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Gang Rape of Indian Woman Sparks Mass Protests


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Cal
- 568 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus has sparked mass protests in India, with thousands demanding drastic action be taken.



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Mm M. (449)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:08 am
No words, but I hope their Peck..rs fall off This is Sick #!#!
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 4:56 am
Utterly horrific
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:28 am
Looks like civilization is well on the way out the door. As worse crisis hit us we will begin to fall fatrher and farther apart. This is just the most disgusting and horrific thing. I hope they do meet out extreme justice. Each one of those men deserves to be stoned to death!
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 9:03 am
Horrifying :-(((((
Dan & Tina Partlow said it. :-(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:26 am
I don't understand how this happened! Nobody got on/off the bus? The driver couldn't see this?

Imagine the horror of this poor woman's attack?

In a nation which supposedly believes in KARMA.....I hope it's true!
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:26 pm
How absolutely horrible and unforgivable! Thanks Cal.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (272)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 1:56 pm
I agree with Robert O
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:17 pm
Any person who harms another or commits rape must be imprisoned for life without chance of parole, period. Free those who need social services, rehab to make room for the truly harmful and dangerous.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 6:57 pm
Poor woman, hope they get jailed for life !
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 7:55 pm
"had to cut out her intestines"? Can you even live with 1/2 your innards gone?
My sympathy for the woman & her 'date', in places where tradition is strong, it takes many years to undo the impact of 'but we've always done it this way."
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 8:42 pm
Healing for the six year old, the couple on the bus and all other victims of rape.

Protesting in the Indian Streets will bring change to the old mindset.

Noted, Thank you Cal.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:05 pm
What a horrible tragedy! I can't even think of a punishment suitable for the misogynists who have forever changed this poor woman's life if, in fact, she survives. Mothers should not favor their sons over their daughters or give their sons the impression that they are "better than" or more loved than their daughters. Parents need to take responsibility for the parts they've played in creating this mindset, and strict punishments must be doled out to men who feel they are entitled to behave in such a manner.
 

caroline s. (77)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:33 pm
Unforgivable.
 

Marie W. (64)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 11:58 pm
Acknowledge many men do no see women as humans but as objects. Not just in India.
 

Stan B. (122)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:09 am
To commit an act like this they must be fairly confident they were going to get away with it.
I'm shocked and surprised that this happened in India.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:26 am
A disgrace Cheers Cal
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:06 am
80 PERCENT NORTH INDIAN MEN ARE WORST THAN ANIMALS.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:08 am
Save me,I want to live: Victim to family(TIMES OF INDIA)

Risha Chitlangia TNN

New Delhi: Mujhe bacha lomain jeena chahti hoon (Save meI want to live), is what the 23-year-old gangrape victim told her family,according to her brother.Though she is still incapable of speaking,she also made enquiries about her family and her male friend,who was also attacked,through scribbled notes.
Doctors treating the girl described her as a fighter with an inspiring will to live.Though her condition has deteriorated in the last 24 hoursdoctors had to completely remove her intestine as it had turned gangrenousher family is still hoping that the courageous girl will defy the odds and survive.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:25 am
According to social activist Arvind Kejriwal : In 2012 635 rape cases have been registered in Delhi but none of them could be cracked by the police.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:36 am
Delhi gangrape: Victim's family sold land for her education
Delhi, Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 01:27pm IST

New Delhi: As the outrage over the gangrape of a young girl in New Delhi continues the family of the victim is in deep pain and anguish. The family members had high hopes from the 23-year-old and her father had sold his land so that she could continue her studies and improve the financial status of the family. The family wanted her to become a medical professional but her dreams were brutally cut short by the rapists.

The girl had came to Delhi so that she could improve the financial status of her family, to ensure that her two younger brothers could continue their studies and to give her parents all the comforts of a good life. The victim father is in a low-paying job and is just able to feed his family. So she came to Delhi to fulfil her family's expectations and dreams.

According to the victim's father she was very jovial and was confident of facing all the problems in life. According to her family she used to face all the problems with a smile on her face. But after her brutal gangrape and assault she is fighting for her life in Safdarjung hospital. Her father's role in her life has been very important.

fter meeting the victim's family Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said that the girl has shown great spirit and strength. "I met the family. I have immense respect for the family members. The family has very high self-esteem, its financial status is not good, even her mother is not educated but they have shown tremendous composure and strength. They have not complaint about the incident, not showed me their anger which even educated people are not able to do," said Meira Kumar.

Meira Kumar said that even though the family is poor and has two sons, it decided to sell its land to educate the girl. "I have heard that people sell their land for the daughter's marriage, for their son's studies, but not for their daughter's studies," she said.

The family of the victim appealed to Meira Kumar to ensure that action is taken against the rapists and the government should ensure that such incidents do not take place again.
 

Shirley S. (172)
Friday December 21, 2012, 4:41 am
Pleased to see that the bus driver was arrested
 

paul m. (93)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:25 am

Bring back ,,Public Castrations
 

Harsha Vardhana R (57)
Friday December 21, 2012, 8:13 am
Protests and anguishes need to lead to some concrete action and preventive steps. These days, if another tragedy or violent act happens, people just forget the old one and start focusing on the new one. Public memory is pathetically short
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday December 21, 2012, 12:12 pm
More and more the world is becoming aware of this situation in India. It is very bad for tourism or for external assistance monetarily or people wise. I think the stocks should be introduced on a global level. They weren't as much fun as people like to think they were. You were exposed to the elements; no latrine privileges; at the mercy of the public; no dinner privileges either. They were down right uncomfortable too. There were very few recidivists at the end.
 

Aaron Bouchard (122)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:08 pm
Signed and noted thanks
 

Bill Eagle (32)
Friday December 21, 2012, 2:41 pm
A very terrible thing. We don't see any Indian politicans asking if this was a legitimate rape or not do we?
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:03 pm
Dear countrymen, let’s look within
Published: Saturday, Dec 22, 2012, 10:00 IST
Agency: DNA

The gang rape of a paramedical student in Delhi has left the country in a state of shock. As people express anger and anguish at the way she was violated — she is battling for life in the ICU of a Delhi hospital — it is time to look inward. Is this nationwide outrage merely driven by an impulse, which will soon run out of steam? Do we truly respect women?

India has seen enough protests in the recent past, but things always return to square one with depressing regularity.

The Delhi rape is a brutal reminder of how women are treated in an essentially patriarchal society. Delhi may have earned the dubious distinction of being a rape capital, but women are hardly safe in other parts of the country.

More than sexual violence, rape is a powerful tool of subjugation by animal force. It is how sick minds display their strength. And, they feel they can get away with it, because (a) in most cases the victim is too scared to lodge a complaint fearing social stigma; and (b) even when a woman is bold enough to seek justice, the rate of conviction in rape cases is poor. Even policemen lack sensitivity in dealing with rape victims.

While strict laws against rape and eve-teasing, and deploying policemen on the streets are effective deterrents, real change will only come about when we change our outlook towards women. This is where the role of the family assumes greater significance. Children should be taught that women must be respected. They should learn to appreciate why women are so important in our lives, how their contributions to the family and society shape our lives.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:05 am
40-year-old woman drugged, gang-raped in Delhi

Dec 22, 2012
New Delhi: In yet another case of rap e in the capital, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped on Friday in Welcome area of the capital by three persons, police said.

The incident took place at the rented accommodation of the mother of four.

Representative Image. Reuters

One of the accused, Gaffar (46) has been arrested while two others were absconding, police said.

Police has identified one of the two absconding accused as Aalam, also 46.

The victim was living in rented accommodation for around a fortnight, while her family was living in New Usmanpur area.

According to police, the accused entered into her house and forced her to consume a spiked drink and later took turns to rape her.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:07 am
Now, a three-year-old girl raped in West Delhi play school

Dec 22, 2012

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New Delhi: A three-year-old girl was raped in a play-school in West Delhi, prompting the Delhi government to ask the police to take stringent action against its principal.

The child was allegedly raped by the husband of the owner of the school on Monday in west Delhi’s Sagarpur area, and the incident came to light two days later, police said.

After the incident, the victim got ill and her family members admitted her in a hospital where doctors informed them that she has been raped.

Walia asked the police to invoke stringent provisions against the culprit. Image: IBNLIVE

The accused was arrested yesterday. Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia, after review of the situation in a meeting of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child’s Right, asked the DCPCR chairman to initiate action. The Commission also recommended the police to close the school till further orders and a closure report should be placed before the Commission by December 24.

Walia asked the police to invoke stringent provisions against the culprit and directed police to invoke Section 23 of Juvenile Justice Act on the land lady who was running the school.

She also directed Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital to provide medical care to the victim and asked the child psychologist to submit reports regularly to DCPCR and CWC.

PTI
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:09 am
Delhi gangrape victim doesn’t know she can’t eat
Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 22, 2012
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The 23-year-old victim was put off ventilator on Friday and has been breathing normally on her own. “She asked for water the moment she was able to speak after the tubes were removed from her mouth,” said Dr BD Athani, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital. “She hasn’t been allowed
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to talk much, but she asked for food and water in the morning. She doesn’t know she can’t eat or drink because she doesn’t have the intestines,” her brother said. Doctors could only allow her a spoonful of water.

Her condition showed marginal improvement on Friday, with the vital parameters, such as pulse rate, urine output and blood pressure, within acceptable limits. But doctors were concerned about a possible liver dysfunction. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/12/22-12-12-pg-04a.jpg

“This hints at infection setting in inside the abdomen and reduced immunity. But the girl is young and has tremendous fighting spirit, so we are hopeful that she will come out of it,” said Dr Athani.

To meet her daily nutritional requirements, the girl has been put on Total Parenteral Nutrition, which is supplying a mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats through the intravenous route directly into the blood stream.

“Our primary concern is to contain infection and two important factors for that are putting the patient on prophylactic antibiotics and maintaining high standards of hygiene in the intensive care unit,” said Dr MC Misra, chief, AIIMS trauma centre, who is also assisting the team of doctors treating the victim.

Many people have offered to help the family by funding the victim’s treatment. The health ministry also assured all possible help to her for her advanced treatment, including an organ transplant.

The director general of health services has constituted a five-member panel of doctors, headed by Dr SC Sharma, head of department, surgery unit, AIIMS, to look after the girl.


 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 1:21 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 4:14 am
Navaruna Chakravarty missing even after 75 Days, Parents want CBI to Probe
Written by BP Staff on 6 Dec, 2012 at 04:17 PM IST | Categorized As Bihar, Muzaffarpur | With 0 Comments

navaruna chakravartyMuzaffarpur. Parents of a Navaruna Chakravarty, who was abducted September 18 from her house at midnight,today demanded a CBI probe to trace her. It has been over 75 days since she was abducted. There is no trace of her.

“We cannot wait any longer. The police have been repeatedly giving false assurances that they would recover my daughter. We demand a CBI probe,” said Atulya Chakravorty, the father of the 13-year-old girl, who went missing in Muzaffarpur district.

Navaruna Chakravarty, a class 7th student of St. Xavier School, 12 yr old, abducted by unidentified criminals from her home in posh area of Muzaffarpur, Bihar on the intervening night of 18-19th September, 2012.

She and her parents went to bed around 12 “o” clock in the night and when the parents went into her bedroom at 4 am in the morning, she was not there. 3 rods in the window were broken. Due to fear, the girl urinated in her bed. Very same day the father of the girl Mr. Atulya Chakravarty went to police station and filed complaints regarding this ghastly incidents.

The district police had Monday sought the help of the criminal investigation department (CID) to trace the girl.

“Only a CBI probe can solve the case because police have been under pressure to suppress the investigation,” Chakravorty told IANS over phone from Muzaffarpur.

The missing girl, a Class 7 student of a public school in Muzaffarpur, was abducted from her home. Her name is being withheld for legal reasons.

Chakravorty said his daughter was abducted by property dealers since he had refused to give up prime land in Muzaffarpur.

Additional Director General Gupteshwar Pandey said he had requested Bihar Police chief Abhyanand to hand over the case to the CID.

Twelve police teams had been constituted to trace the girl, said Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar.

Last week, police recovered a skeleton from a drain near Chakravorty’s house. But the girl’s parents said the skeleton was not their daughter’s.
 

Quanta Kiran (63)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 5:55 am
Noted. Seven days of protests. I hope they keep at it until something changes.
 

bob m. (32)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:15 pm


These "men"; if not executed should be made unics and protectively made slaves of this poor woman for life..in her sevice...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday December 24, 2012, 3:41 am
Those 6 men should be punished minimum life sentence or death sentence. This is the killing of soul of another person!
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday December 24, 2012, 5:17 am
he rape of the 23-year-old — now fighting for her life with grievous injuries not only to her genitals but her intestines — is just another horror in a grim litany of Indian sexual violence. There were 17 cases of rape reported in the state of Haryana, which borders much of Delhi, in October alone. Across the nation, a woman is raped every 20 minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. These frightening figures have risen steadily in recent years: in 2010, 24,206 rapes were reported, an almost 10% increase over 2001. The number of unreported rapes is without a doubt greater.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2012/12/19/brutal-delhi-gangrape-outrages-indians-spurs-calls-for-action/#ixzz2FyVsbNl2
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday December 24, 2012, 5:18 am

Navaruna Chakravarty missing even after 75 Days, Parents want CBI to Probe

Written by BP Staff on 6 Dec, 2012 at 04:17 PM IST | Categorized As Bihar, Muzaffarpur | With 0 Comments



navaruna chakravartyMuzaffarpur. Parents of a Navaruna Chakravarty, who was abducted September 18 from her house at midnight,today demanded a CBI probe to trace her. It has been over 75 days since she was abducted. There is no trace of her.

“We cannot wait any longer. The police have been repeatedly giving false assurances that they would recover my daughter. We demand a CBI probe,” said Atulya Chakravorty, the father of the 13-year-old girl, who went missing in Muzaffarpur district.

Navaruna Chakravarty, a class 7th student of St. Xavier School, 12 yr old, abducted by unidentified criminals from her home in posh area of Muzaffarpur, Bihar on the intervening night of 18-19th September, 2012.

She and her parents went to bed around 12 “o” clock in the night and when the parents went into her bedroom at 4 am in the morning, she was not there. 3 rods in the window were broken. Due to fear, the girl urinated in her bed. Very same day the father of the girl Mr. Atulya Chakravarty went to police station and filed complaints regarding this ghastly incidents.

The district police had Monday sought the help of the criminal investigation department (CID) to trace the girl.

“Only a CBI probe can solve the case because police have been under pressure to suppress the investigation,” Chakravorty told IANS over phone from Muzaffarpur.

The missing girl, a Class 7 student of a public school in Muzaffarpur, was abducted from her home. Her name is being withheld for legal reasons.

Chakravorty said his daughter was abducted by property dealers since he had refused to give up prime land in Muzaffarpur.

Additional Director General Gupteshwar Pandey said he had requested Bihar Police chief Abhyanand to hand over the case to the CID.

Twelve police teams had been constituted to trace the girl, said Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar.

Last week, police recovered a skeleton from a drain near Chakravorty’s house. But the girl’s parents said the skeleton was not their daughter’s.







 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday December 24, 2012, 5:19 am


Sheela Bhatt blames the Delhi [ Images ] gang-rape and its aftermath on the city's dreadful transport mafia, the offspring of the nexus between politicians, crooked bureaucrats and shady operators.

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Since December 17, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been calling Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Secretary R K Singh, legal experts, women's rights experts and, of course, Delhi's Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to suggest that she should not be blamed for the horrific gang-rape of an aspiring physiotherapist on a Delhi bus.

Her contention is that 'Since the police commissioner of New Delhi reports to the Union home ministry, the fallout of the horrific rape case should be solely on the Delhi police.'

Dikshit is stating a half-truth. She and her son, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, have demanded Neeraj Kumar's resignation. This is political pretense of the highest order.

If one goes into the details of this particular case and not into the larger issues of how Indian society deals with women, then it is clear that the girl's plight is largely due to the fact that there exists a dreadful New Delhi transport mafia.

By taking the killer BlueLine buses off the city's roads -- this, only after huge public protests and after a judicial rap -- the Delhi government did try to somewhat control the mess on the roads, but things were done imperfectly and half-heartedly because of pressure from a corrupt system.

Private transport operators, mostly shady characters, are allowed to ply buses on public roads.

There is an enormous amount of black money in the 'auto-mafia' and 'transport mafia'. There is a sensational lack of governance here. All kinds of anti-social elements are allowed to invest in autorickshaws to earn quick and easy money, to exploit poor drivers and passengers in New Delhi.

Almost 90 percent of auto ownership in New Delhi is benami, says Nyaybhoomi, an NGO that is trying to protect the rights of around 100,000 drivers who are exploited by owners of these autorickshaws.

Nyaybhoomi alleges that 'The auto-finance-mafia has adversely affected the livelihood of approximately one lakh (100,000) auto drivers and cause suffering to millions of passengers. The vehicle, which officially costs Rs 1.3 lakh (130,000) now commands a market price of Rs 6 lakh (600,000) due to the tactics adopted by the auto-finance-mafia.' Read the report here.

The scene is worse in the case of buses, which are not only in the hands of dubious individuals who are difficult to nab, but also enjoy protection from the police and politicians in New Delhi.

All of us who live in New Delhi suffer day in and day out because it is the most unfriendly Indian city to commute for ordinary men and women.

It is so, because despite being in power for three terms, Sheela Dikshit has not clamped down on the owners of autos and private buses. She has singularly failed to make the ownerships of buses and autos transparent. She has failed to bring the system under the purview of the law.

Ram Singh, one of the alleged rapists and the bus driver in the horrific December 16 gang-rape case, was arrested without much delay because the police know well who plies which bus at what time and where. It is a well-oiled nexus at work.

Three-wheelers, either without meters or rigged ones, burn a hole in the pockets of middle-class commuters. The army of private buses that ply the nooks and corners of the national capital are made unsafe due to the connivance of politicians, police and bureaucrats in the transport department.

The Delhi rape victim's plight must be blamed on the nexus that exists around the transport department in New Delhi. How did the bus operator allow Ram Singh, one of the alleged rapists, to drive the bus in spite of Singh having flouted the law in the past?

Why did the police not have a set system to check the licences of drivers who pick up passengers from public areas?

The Delhi government just cannot escape its responsibility. Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna, who was holidaying in America, returned only after the students' protests grounded the government. Had he any shame, Khanna should have resigned at the airport before stepping into New Delhi.

Dikshit's shameless government will find many excuses to pass the buck, but the fact that Khanna and she are not on good terms cripples the Delhi administration.

The chief minister cannot cry foul over not having control over certain administrative matters because her Congress party has been in power at the Centre for the last eight years. Dikshit and Congress President Sonia Gandhi [ Images ], incidentally, have a blow hot, blow cold relationship.

Dikshit's coterie -- that consists of her sister Rama, her son Sandeep and some bureaucrats -- are resented by many in her party. As a result, things move in New Delhi only where mega projects with mega bucks are involved. Or else, Dikshit's hold on New Delhi is slipping.

There are enough grounds for Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to resign with immediate effect. Last week, he declared, rather insensitively, that, 'Women should not go out late at night.'

Why?

Because, says the man in charge of Delhi's law and order machinery, women are 'vulnerable.' That, reveals the police commissioner of India's [ Images ] national capital, is the advice he gives his daughters.

When asked if he would give the same advice to his son, Kumar said since he does not have a son, he did not want to give a dishonest answer.

At his press conferences, Kumar kept repeating that he does not want to give 'politically incorrect' answers about the high rate of rape in India and issues related to rape.

But at one meeting with Dikshit present, Kumar finally revealed his 'politically incorrect' answer. The police commissioner reportedly declared that '94 percent of rapes in India take place within the family fold.' Meaning, the police cannot be present everywhere. Some enlightened activists present at that meeting argued that Kumar's figure is not authentic.

Clearly, Neeraj Kumar is unfit to be police commissioner if he wants 'vulnerable women' in the 21st century to stay home because he cannot have a policing machinery in place to protect them.

Kumar tried hard to become director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The police commissioner who revealed a ruthless bent of mind by stating at a nationally televised press conference that 'I don't want to be politically incorrect' must not be shown any mercy.

But the bigger problem lies in Sonia Gandhi's selection of a politically correct and compliant 'Dalit Congressman' as home minister.

Sushilkumar Shinde had no qualification to be appointed India's home minister after failing miserably as power minister. Still, he was made Union home minister. He has no clue about what his job means.

In an interview to CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai [ Images ], while revealing his reasons for not meeting the protestors at India Gate, Shinde said, 'It's very easy to ask the home minister to go to India Gate and talk. Tomorrow, if any other party demonstrates, should the home minister go there? Tomorrow, the BJP will demonstrate, tomorrow the Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons.'

Then, to our horror, he added, 'You should understand the government's role. The government should not go anywhere. Why should the government go anywhere?'

Which world does Shinde live in?

Sonia Gandhi should educate her preferred choice as home minister that the India of 2013 will not tolerate his feudal views.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:48 am
19 yrs after death,Ruchikas friend still seeks justice

Ajay Sura TNN

Chandigarh: As angry protests grip the country over the Delhi gangrape,Aradhana Prakash still seethes in anger over an incident that shook her life 19 years ago.Her closest friend,Ruchika,just 17 then,had snuffed out her own life on December 28,1993,after she was molested by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore and her family harassed by him.
Aradhana,now settled in Australia,recalls the gritty fight she put up for her friend long before 24x7 television and social media and rues that Ruchikas tormentor is roaming free,enjoying a good life.Whatever be it,I want to see an end to this case.Only then can Ruchika rest in peace, Aradhana told TOIover the phone from Sydney,where she stays with her husband and two children.
Aradhana said watching the nationwide protests on television and on cyberspace left her both happy and sad.Had Ruchikas case been highlighted in such a manner then,at a time she faced atrocities after complaining against a powerful police officer,her case may have attained finality, she said.
On August 20,1990,Rathore,then IGP with Haryana police and president of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA),had molested Ruchika Girhotra,a budding tennis player,in the HLTA office in Panchkula.Ruchika was 14 years old then.Soon after she registered a complaint,Ruchika was expelled from her school where Rathores daughter was her classmate for indiscipline. Her family was also allegedly harassed by Haryana police at the behest of Rathore.
On December 28,1993,Ruchika consumed poison and died the next day.
Over 22 years after Ruchika was molested,Rathore was convicted by a Chandigarh court in December 2009 and sent to jail in June 2010.The conviction was upheld by the Punjab and Haryana high court too.
Rathore was sent to 18 months rigorous imprisonment but the Supreme Court granted him bail after he had served five months of his sentence.I was happy when Rathore was convicted and sent behind bars,though it took 19 years of legal battle.But I was left disappointed as the case did not attain finality and is pending before the Supreme Court without any date fixed for hearing, said Aradhana.


Ruchika Girhotra had taken her life in 1993 after allegedly being molested and harassed by ex-Haryana DGP SPS Rathore



 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:23 am
Girl critical,flown to Singapore late at night

Delhi On Edge As Docs Hold Little Hope

Kounteya Sinha & Durgesh Nandan Jha TNN

New Delhi: A last-ditch battle has been mounted to save Nirbhaya.Late on Wednesday night,the rape victim was flown in a special air ambulance to Singapore where she will be taken to Mount Elizabeth Hospital,a top-notch critical care medical centre.
Her health is precarious,thats the main issue before the government, said a Union minister,not wanting to be identified.Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital where Nirbhaya was being treated for the past week were hesitant to hold out hope.Still,the fight to save her is just as strong, said a doctor.
Safdarjung sources said Mount Elizabeth was equipped to deal with trauma and serious complications.It is also capable of carrying out multiple organ transplants.It is understood that Amar Singhs kidney transplant took place at the hospital.Rajinikanth was also admitted there last year for an unspecified illness.Three air ambulances have been pressed into servicetwo Safdarjung Hospitals and one Medantas.

AIR DASH TO SAVE 23-YR-OLD


Govt decides to air-lift Nirbhaya to Singapores Mount Elizabeth Hospital,known worldwide for organ transplants and trauma care.Former SP leader Amar Singh went to this hospital for kidney transplant as did Rajinikanth for an unspecified illness
Nirbhaya reaches IGI Airport just after 11pm and leaves for Singapore around 11.30pm
Four family members,2 doctors accompany girl
3 air ambulances leave for Singapore;2 from Safdarjung Hospital,1 from Medanta.Its a 6-hour flight
Decision taken at top govt level.Cabinet discussed her condition and treatment options
Govt keen to be seen doing its very best to save the girl.Theres anxiety about fresh protests if worst comes true
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 2:32 am
2-year-old Vadodara rape victim dies of injuries
Published: Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012, 12:14 IST
2-year-old Vadodara rape victim dies of injuries
Published: Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012, 12:14 IST
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Even as the country is trying to come to terms with the trauma of the Delhi gang-rape victim, a two-and-half-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, three days after she was raped by a distant relative in Halol town of Panchmahals district.

As the news of the girl’s death at Vadodara’s SSG Hospital spread, the entire Halol town observed a bandh in protest. Residents of the town have demanded capital punishment for the accused.

According to case details, Ram Prasad, who hails from Nepal, had been living in Halol for the last two years. He was employed as a watchman at Vaishali society in the town and used to live in the same place with his wife and two-and-half-year-old daughter.

On December 22, the brother-in-law of Ram Prasad’s sister, Keshav Joshi (32), came to Prasad’s place and had dinner with his family. It is believed that Joshi lured Prasad’s daughter by offering her biscuits and took her to a deserted place near the society and raped her. Later on, out of fear of being caught, he threw the girl in the bushes near the society.

However, he was caught by the neighbours and the parents of the girl who thrashed him and handed him over to the police. The girl, who had sustained serious internal injuries, was taken to the referral hospital in Halol. However, doctors there referred her to SSG Hospital in Vadodara as there was no gynecologist available at the Halol hospital.

After battling for life for three days, the girl died of her injuries on Tuesday. A huge crowd gathered at Prasad’s society and joined the funeral procession of the girl. People have demanded the death sentence for the accused, and day-to-day trial of the case.

Police have slapped murder charge on the accused after the girl’s death, in addition to Section 376 for rape. Joshi is himself father of four daughters.

According to JK Patel, police inspector of Halol town police station, the girl was brutally raped by Joshi and this had caused severe internal injuries and bleeding.“Keshav Joshi is himself a father of four children. His family lives in Nepal while he lives alone at Virpur village in Nadiad where he works as watchman. We have added the charge of murder against him after the girl’s death on Tuesday” said Patel.
 

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Friday December 28, 2012, 4:56 am
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NEW DELHI: Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee, on Thursday sparked off a major controversy with his sexist remarks made against anti-rape protestors in New Delhi.

Abhijit, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Jangipur, West Bengal (his father's Lok Sabha constituency till he moved to Rashtrapati Bhavan), while speaking to the Bengali news channel ABP News, said: "Those who are on the streets pretending to be students, are "highly dented and painted women" seeking two minutes of fame.

He said that "women are giving interviews on TV as if they are there to show off to their children, etc. Are they really students? I have my doubts. Because women of that age are not students, generally."

"What is happening in Delhi is like a Pink Revolution. The people who are on the streets have no idea of what the ground reality is. Walking on the roads of India with candles, going to discotheques," he added.
"We have also been students, we have also led the life of students. We know what the character of students should be."

The remarks led to women's groups and opposition parties protesting against the President's son.
Predictably, Mukherjee is now blaming the media for his remarks, saying that he was misquoted.

"I was talking about students only. The person I was talking about was at least 35 years old, she was not a student. Whom I saw, giving an interview on TV, my comment is based on that. I was asked about whether it was a student movement. She was not a student. She was not young. But if I have hurt anyone, I apologise," he said while speaking to CNN IBN.
 

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Friday December 28, 2012, 4:57 am
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Even as protests are raging in the capital over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student, another gang-rape comes to light. A 42-year-old woman from Jaipur was gang-raped by three men and dumped in South Delhi on Wednesday night.
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Friday December 28, 2012, 8:41 pm
Delhi gang rape victim dies in Singapore hospital


SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The gang rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests died of her injuries on Saturday in a Singapore hospital, potentially threatening fresh protests in India where her case is a rallying point for women's rights.

The 23-year-old medical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, had been flown to Singapore in a critical condition by the Indian government on Thursday for specialist treatment.

"We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m. on Dec 29, 2012 (2045 GMT Friday). Her family and officials from the High Commission (embassy) of India were by her side," Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement.

Most rapes and other sex crimes in India go unreported and offenders are rarely punished, women's rights activists say. But the brutality of the December 16 assault sparked public outrage and calls for better policing and harsher punishment for rapists.

The case has received blanket coverage on cable television news channels. The woman has not been identified but some Indian media have called her "Amanat", an Urdu word meaning "treasure".

"We are saddened to learn that she has succumbed to her injuries, and would like to extend our deepest condolences to her family during this time of bereavement," Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, the hospital had reported that the woman's condition had taken a turn for the worse. It said that her family had been informed and were by her side.

T.C.A. Raghavan, the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, said after her death that the family had expressed a desire for her body to be flown back to India. Moments later, the woman's body was loaded into a van and driven away.

Talking to reporters earlier on Saturday, Raghavan declined to comment on reports in India accusing the government of sending her to Singapore to minimise the possible backlash in the event of her death.

Some Indian medical experts had questioned the decision to airlift the woman to Singapore, calling it a risky manoeuvre given the seriousness of her injuries. They had said she was already receiving the best possible care in India.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government has been battling criticism that it was tone-deaf to the outcry and heavy handed in its response to the protests in the Indian capital.

"It is deeply saddening and just beyond words. The police and government definitely have to do something more," said Sharanya Ramachandran, an Indian national working as an engineer in Singapore.

"They should bring in very severe punishment for such cases. They should start recognising that it is a big crime."

"SIGNIFICANT BRAIN INJURY"

The Singapore hospital said earlier that the woman had suffered "significant brain injury" and was surviving against the odds. She had already undergone three abdominal operations before being flown to Singapore.

Protests over the lack of safety for women erupted across India after the attack, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters in the heart of New Delhi.

New Delhi has been on edge since the weekend clashes. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed on the streets of the capital and streets leading to the main protest site, the India Gate war memorial, have been shut for long periods, severely disrupting traffic in the city of 16 million.

Commentators and sociologists say the rape has tapped into a deep well of frustration that many Indians feel over what they see as weak governance and poor leadership on social and economic issues.

Many protesters have complained that Singh's government has done little to curb the abuse of women in the country of 1.2 billion. A global poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in June found that India was the worst place to be a woman because of high rates of infanticide, child marriage and slavery.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India's major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures. Government data show the number of reported rape cases in the country rose by nearly 17 percent between 2007 and 2011.

(Additional reporting by Ross Colvin in New Delhi and Saeed Azhar and Edgar Su in Singapore; Editing by Michael Roddy and Mark Bendeich)
 

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Friday December 28, 2012, 8:51 pm
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President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee on Thursday found himself in the thick of a controversy over his remarks that “dented and painted” women protested against the gang-rape in New Delhi.

Calling the anti-rape agitation a nautanki (drama), he said the women protesters were good looking but did not exactly look like students.

“Students walking the streets with candles... going to discotheques... our days as students were different. These people did not look like students to me”, Mr Mukherjee told a TV channel.

He also said that the agitators had little connection with ground realities.

Mr. Mukherjee’s remarks were quickly criticised by the political opposition as well as the civil society. His sister Sharmishtha Mukherjee responded saying she was shocked by his statement.

Apologising later, Mr Mukherjee said it was not his intention to either hurt or insult women. His remarks were taken out of context. He said the agitation was justified and the protesters wanted to press for action by the Delhi government.

Mr Mukherjee said that the administration, whether in New Delhi or Kolkata, needed to be firm and quick with the prosecution in such cases so that the culprits get the message that they will face action if they commit “such a heinous crime.” A recently elected MP, Mr. Mukherjee won the by-election for Jangipur in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district with a thin margin after his father vacated it on entering the presidential race.
 

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Friday December 28, 2012, 9:02 pm
Cops get cracking on sham marriage racket
Cops get cracking on sham marriage racket
Alerted by MiD DAY's expose that a qazi in Nagpada was at the helm of a flourishing syndicate that sources girls and arranges for them to 'marry' Arabs for money, cops have initiated a high-level probe

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After MiD DAY’s shocking expose on a sham marriage racket thriving in the heart of the city, the police have ordered a high-level probe to get to the bottom of the murky business.

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Caught on camera: Qazi Zakaria Oamar performed temporary marriages between girls (often minors) and rich Arabs

Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy
Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy

Meanwhile, Qazi Mohmmad Zakaria Oamar, the man who performs the sham marriages, abandoned his office in the Do Tanki area in Nagpada and went underground after the story was published.

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Hot spot: Over a month-long operation, Kranti Vibhute posed as a would-be bride and Bhupen Patel as her friend trying to help her bag the deal. They are seen here outside the qazi’s office. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy said, “First of all, congratulations to MiD DAY for such good work. We have taken serious note of this expose, taking into account its ramifications wherein young girls from poor families are forced into this network. Soon after reading the article, I informed the team, which has already begun the work on it.”

MiD DAY sting 15 young girls are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days, sham marriages

MiD DAY sting 15 young girls are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days, sham marriages

In course of the month-long investigations that culminated in the expose, MiD DAY delved into a dark world where girls as young as 15 are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days to be their ‘wives,’ and qazis perform sham marriages to make a quick buck (‘Arabs buy ‘wives’ and dump them in few weeks,’ December 28).

MiD DAY sting 15 young girls are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days, sham marriages

MiD DAY sting 15 young girls are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days, sham marriages
Eye-opener: In the expose, MiD DAY delved into a dark world where girls as young as 15 are sold to rich Arabs for just a few days to be their ‘wives,’ and qazis perform the sham marriages to make a quick buck.

Following the report, teams of officials from VP Road and Nagpada police stations went to pick up Zakaria several times in course of the day. But Zakaria remained untraceable.

“The locals and shop owners in the neighbourhood have told us that the qazi, who usually works on Fridays, did not open his office all morning,” said Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Chavan of VP Road police station.

Police inspector M Inamdar of Nagpada police station, who has been put on Zakaria’s trail, said, “Some of Zakaria’s family friends told us that he will report to the police station immediately after he comes back, and we are still waiting for it.” Inquiries have revealed that Zakaria has been detained in the past for similar offences.

Surprisingly, no efforts have been made to locate Sameena, the pimp who had unwittingly made shocking revelations about the systematic manner in which she has been supplying minor girls to Arabs. In one of her conversations with undercover MiD DAY correspondents, Sameena had provided details about a recent ‘marriage’ that took place between a 15-year-old girl from Hyderabad and an elderly Arab national, for a price of Rs 1 lakh. Sameena had also provided elaborate details about how she hid several minors at Bawa Gulli in Dongri. Additional Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash said he would look into the matter.

Saeed Noorie, chairman of Raza Academy, said, “The qazis have made this a business. They perform nikaah and also give divorces on the spot. I will do something against these qazis to better our community.”

Meanwhile, legal experts informed MiD DAY that the cops should investigate the racket and work towards applying the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

‘The fact that qazis are acting as brokers itself is illegal’
It is completely against Islamic law. Most Indian Muslim sects, with the exception of the Shias, prohibit mutah marriages. There too, it is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. If you are away from home for a long duration, voyaging at sea or at war, then mutah marriages are advocated over keeping relations outside marriage. But the consent of the woman is also required. Under the Indian Contract Act, minors cannot give consent. Moreover, undue influence or coercion on a party would nullify the contract. The fact that qazis are acting as brokers itself is illegal.
— IA Sayyed Expert on Islamic law

It is a clear violation of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act. They should also be booked under the Foreigner’s Act. It is shocking that incidents like this take place in a city like Mumbai, especially when the nation is screaming for the protection of women and their rights.
—Wesley Menezes Criminal lawyer

It’s a classic case of prostitution, in the guise of Islam. Even Mohammedan Law doesn’t permit this. Qazis, pimps, and the Arabs ought to be brought to justice. Those involved can be booked for fraud, cheating, criminal breach of trust and selling human beings for prostitution.
— Pradeep Havnur Criminal lawyer
 

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Friday December 28, 2012, 10:32 pm
Rape victim's family allege police inaction
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Gurdaspur (Punjab): The rapist and murderers of a 13-year-old girl remains at large even after 23 days of the incident due to police "apathy", the victim's family has alleged.

The victim's family and social activists on Friday protested near Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Abhinav Trikha's office against the police inability to nab the culprits.

Bakshish Singh, father of the victim, told reporters that while the police have been promising that the culprits will be brought to book within a week, police have been unable to nab the culprits even after 23 days of the crime.

While Dorangla SHO Raj Kumar was shifted on December 12 for his inefficiency to solve the case, the present SHO Ravinder Singh Ruby has also not done anything, Singh said.

A case of rape and murder under Sec 376 and 302 has been filed against unidentified culprits, Ruby said.

Gurdaspur SSP Raj Jeet Singh was not available for his comment.

The minor was found murdered in a sugarcane field at Hassanpur village on December 5 after she did not return home after schooling. A medical examination had confirmed that the victim was raped, police said.

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Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:28 am
Ban skirts as school uniform to reduce harassment of girl students: BJP MLA
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Jaipur: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator in Rajasthan wants the state government to prohibit private schools from making girls wear skirts as uniform, citing it as the reason behind increased cases of sexual harassment. Banwari Lal Singhal, in his letter to the Chief Secretary, demanded that girl students be made to wear salwar suits or shirts and trousers as uniform to reduce chances of their being subjected to lewd comments or harassment.

Singhal is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Alwar city constituency, around 150 km from Jaipur. "Girls either walk to school or wait for school buses at various points in Alwar. That is when they face lewd comments from mischievous elements," Singhal said.

He argued that most private schools in the city had skirts as part of the uniform. "It should be prohibited keeping in view the rise of social crimes against women. The school should have pant-shirts or salwar suits as uniforms for girl students," Singhal said in the letter. He said the proposed school uniform would save the students from extreme weather conditions too.

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Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:29 am

Private chartered bus in which the 23-year-old girl was gangraped ran rogue without permit on Delhi roads
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The private chartered bus in which the paramedic student was gangraped on December 16
The vehicle - DL1PC-0149, was impounded by Delhi Police six times in 2011 and 2012.

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If only the Delhi government's transport department had been alert to its responsibility the bus would not have been on the road that fateful day.

Although Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic) said, "At the time of offence bus had no legal permit to run on city roads, had no fitness certificate for the vehicle as well," in an embarrassing cover-up Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that the government has cancelled the 'permit' of the bus. The CM was apparently not aware that the vehicle's permit had expired long ago. What is even more scary, the same illegal vehicle was used to transport children of two prestigious South Delhi schools.

In a telling example of the sorry state of affairs in the city, even though the police had impounded the same vehicle - DL1PC-0149 - six times in 2011 and 2012, the owner of the bus, Dinesh Yadav, managed to get it back from the court by paying penalty. Two drivers of the bus were also prosecuted in separate incidents for driving the vehicle without driving licence.

According to Delhi traffic police, the last time this vehicle was impounded was in July this year when Ram Singh, the main accused in the gangrape case, was driving it without any permit and fitness certificate. However, it was released by the court after Dinesh Yadav paid a fine of Rs.2200.

Earlier it was impounded twice at Kalyanpuri, twice in Sarita Vihar, once in Lajpat Nagar and once in Kalkaji. The bus was challaned two times when its drivers Sarvesh (February 2012) and Sonu (2011) had no valid driving licence.

Dinesh Yadav was allegedly running the bus illegally on DTC routes and had registered the vehicles on fake addresses as well. Earlier, he operated these as blue line buses but after the government phased them out, Dinesh registered them as chartered vehicles and started operating them on DTC routes between Delhi and Noida.

Interestingly, in one instance when this bus was found flouting the rules the traffic police suspended its permit for 25 days.

However, Dinesh went to the state transport tribunal which heard the case and reduced the penalty to just eight days.

"The transport department has to have a serious look into the process of issuance of permits and other documents," said a senior police official.

Take tough steps

"We should have a system in place where vehicles which ply without a permit and do not have a fitness certificate, ferrying passengers illegally should not be returned to the violators of law who must be made to undergo harsher penalties," Garg added.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
The bus belongs to Dinesh Yadav, a Noida based transporter, who has a fleet of nine buses and the sleeping transport department has now awakened to cancel the permit of all his vehicles. Delhi traffic police is also looking into the records to check whether any of his other vehicles were involved in violations in the past few years.

"Government has cancelled permits of all the buses. But we had all the documents of the bus Ram Singh was driving," claimed Rakesh, an employee of Dinesh Yadav, who was not available over phone.

According to Rakesh, Delhi Police are in regular touch with Dinesh and he has been examined several times after the gang-rape. "Could a harsher penalty structure have prevented this inhuman crime?" Garg Tweeted on Friday morning.

Late awakening

The horrific gang-rape took place in this rogue bus on the night of December 16 and triggered widespread protests in the capital forcing the police to impose restrictions on public movement in and around India Gate to avoid unprecedented protests.

The condition of the rape victim, meanwhile, has taken a turn for the worse, according to the Singapore Hospital where she is admitted.

Govt steps for safer Delhi

Five special fast-track courts to deal with cases of sexual assault on women will be set up in Delhi by January 3, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Friday. She had made a request to the chief justice of Delhi High Court in this regard last week. A day after it decided to deploy home guards in DTC night service buses, the government is also considering providing security cover in bus fleet that operates in evening. The round-the-clock helpline for women in distress, 181, will become functional on Monday. It will operate from the CM's office and will be connected with all the 185 police stations across the city.


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Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:46 am

29 December 2012 Last updated at 11:41 GMT

Soutik Biswas, Delhi correspondent Article written by Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent


How India treats its women

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An Indian schoolgirl holds a placard during a prayer ceremony to mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

People have called her Braveheart, Fearless and India's Daughter, among other things, and sent up a billion prayers for a speedy recovery.

When the unidentified woman died in a Singapore hospital early on Saturday, the victim of a savage rape on a moving bus in the capital, Delhi, it was time again, many said, to ask: why does India treat its women so badly?

Female foetuses are aborted and baby girls killed after birth, leading to an appallingly skewed sex ratio. Many of those who survive face discrimination, prejudice, violence and neglect all their lives, as single or married women.

TrustLaw, a news service run by Thomson Reuters, has ranked India as the worst G20 country in which to be a woman. This in the country where the leader of the ruling party, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, at least three chief ministers, and a number of sports and business icons are women. It is also a country where a generation of newly empowered young women are going out to work in larger numbers than ever before.

But crimes against women are rising too.

With more than 24,000 reported cases in 2011, rape registered a 9.2% rise over the previous year. More than half (54.7%) of the victims were aged between 18 and 30. Most disturbingly, according to police records, the offenders were known to their victims in more than 94% of the cases. Neighbours accounted for a third of the offenders, while parents and other relatives were also involved. Delhi accounted for over 17% of the total number of rape cases in the country.

And it is not rape alone. Police records from 2011 show kidnappings and abductions of women were up 19.4%, women being killed in disputes over dowry payments by 2.7%, torture by 5.4%, molestation by 5.8% and trafficking by an alarming 122% over the previous year.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has estimated that more than 100m women are "missing" worldwide - women who would have been around had they received similar healthcare, medicine and nutrition as men.

New research by economists Siwan Anderson and Debraj Ray estimates that in India, more than 2m women are missing in a given year.

The economists found that roughly 12% of the missing women disappear at birth, 25% die in childhood, 18% at the reproductive ages, and 45% at older ages.

They found that women died more from "injuries" in a given year than while giving birth - injuries, they say, "appear to be indicator of violence against women".

Deaths from fire-related incidents, they say, is a major cause - each year more than 100,000 women are killed by fires in India. The researchers say many cases could be linked to demands over a dowry leading to women being set on fire. Research also found a large number of women died of heart diseases.

These findings point to life-long neglect of women in India. It also proves that a strong preference for sons over daughters - leading to sex selective abortions - is just part of the story.

Clearly, many Indian women face threats to life at every stage - violence, inadequate healthcare, inequality, neglect, bad diet, lack of attention to personal health and well-being.

Analysts say deep-rooted changes in social attitudes are needed to make India's women more accepted and secure. There is deeply entrenched patriarchy and widespread misogyny in vast swathes of the country, especially in the north. And the state has been found wanting in its protection of women.

Angry citizens believe that politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are being disingenuous when they promise to toughen laws and speed up the prosecution of rapists and perpetrators of crime against women.

How else, they ask, can political parties in the last five years have fielded candidates for state elections that included 27 candidates who declared they had been charged with rape?

How, they say, can politicians be believed when there are six elected state legislators who have charges of rape against them?

But the renewed protests in Delhi after the woman's death hold out some hope. Has her death come as an inflexion point in India's history, which will force the government to enact tougher laws and people to begin seriously thinking about the neglect of women?

It's early days yet, but one hopes these are the first stirrings of change.


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India's hall of shame: 25 rapes reported while nation protested against Delhi gangrape
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New Delhi: Gangraped, tortured, harassed by the accused and the police, a 17-year-old girl in Patiala, Punjab, was driven to suicide by an uncaring criminal justice system. She was repeatedly summoned by policemen and asked to describe details of the rape. "They repeatedly insulted us and asked uncomfortable questions," said victim's mother.

Shaken by the brutality of the crime and apathy of the police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu cognisance and issued notice to the IG asking for a report by January 8. An embarrassed Punjab Police itself admitted lapses.

The questions is, why does it take a suicide or a brutal rape like the one in Delhi for the administration to sit up and take note? As protests were raging in the national capital against the rape of the 23-year-old, more than 25 such cases were reported during the same week.

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Delhi: The husband of a playschool owner in the national capital raped a three-year-old after sedating her.

Uttar Pradesh: In Faizabad, an investigating officer raped a rape victim.

Gujarat: In Ahmedabad, a man raped his two-and-a-half-year-old relative and dumped her in a field. She died in hospital on Christmas.

Andhra Pradesh: In Hyderabad, a man raped his five-year-old neighbour.

Maharashtra: In Trombay, a man raped a 15-year-old differently-abled girl.

Maharashtra: In Mumbai, three men raped a Nepalese woman in different locations on the same day.

Jammu and Kashmir: In Srinagar, a few men dragged a woman into a jungle, gagged her and then gangraped her.

Tripura: In Agartala, a mob allegedly stripped, gangraped and battered a woman in full public view.

Manipur: In Imphal, a political leader molested a film actress leading to violence on the streets.

Madhya Pradesh: In Sagar, three workers of a government hospital raped a woman who had come to get her daughter treated for burn injuries.

These, however, are just a few blips on the rape map of India. There are many others who don't even find a mention in police records.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:13 am
Delhi: Brother of girl who was molested aboard bus arrested after complaint by her
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday arrested the brother of the girl who was molested aboard a moving bus in the capital on Saturday night. The 16-year-old had filed a complaint with the police alleging that her brother, three years elder to her, had been molesting her for the past few months.

The girl's statement will be recorded by a court on Monday.

The girl had reportedly left her home to escape the continued harassment and was spotted weeping in the bus by the police. The police went to her house on Sunday to record her statement during which she told investigators about her ordeal.

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The girl had filed a complaint with the police alleging that her brother had been molesting her.
Delhi: Brother of girl who was molested aboard bus arrested after complaint by her

A senior police official said her father had married thrice and they were living with his third wife. She claimed that there were problems in the family.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Transport Ministry removed the driver and conductor of the bus on which a man had molested her. The police arrested one person in connection with the case. The ministry said that action will also be taken against the bus owner.

The police are also questioning the bus driver and the conductor.

The incident comes close on the heels of the horrific Delhi gangrape.

With additional information from PTI
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:32 am
Shocking case of child abuse
Cops raid Vikhroli (Mumbai)hospital after alert on 13-yr-old girls forced abortion

Parents abandon girl and flee before cops arrive at the scene

Lata Mishra @timesgroup.com


Cops late on Saturday night raided a nursing home in Vikhroli (east) after receiving information about a 13-year-old girl,who was six months into pregnancy,being put through an abortion there.Ruby Maternity Home in Tagore Nagar was raided after an alert reader got in touch with a Mumbai Mirror reporter and told her about the girls plight.The reporter alerted the Vikhroli cops.
However,before the cops arrived at the 15-bed nursing home run by Dr Savita Chavan,the girls


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Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:34 am

The gang-rape victims death has broken me: Keenan Santoss dad

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In October last year,Amboli residents Keenan Santos,24,and his best friend Reuben Fernandes,29,were stabbed following a scuffle near a paan shop in Andheri while trying to protect their female friends fromagroupofmenwhowereharassing them.Keenans father Vallarine shares his thoughts on the gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old medical student in Delhi.
When I read about the death of this girl,I felt deep pain,more than what it was when my son died.This incident has broken me.My son died fighting the men who were harassing women,but this girl had to suffer extreme brutality.
All I can say is such brutality is a shame on all of us,the system,the judiciary ...
For decades now,we have been talking about the need to put tougher laws in place to deal with crimes against women.
We talk,we expect the changes in law,but how will we get such changewhenseveralpoliticianshave such cases filed against them
I wrote to the prime minister about the need to protect women,and ensure strict punishment for those indulging in such crimes.
I didnt even receive a reply.It's a pitiable state of affairs.Our ministers just want to be in the limelight by making statements,and after that,nothing.Everyone forgets that the family is left to fend for itself.
Its time we learn from such incidents and ensure there is no repeat.

 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:40 am
'The tantrik lured me home with toys and then raped me
'The tantrik lured me home with toys and then raped me'
By: Vinod Kumar Menon Date: 2009-03-25 Place: Mumbai

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Excerpts from the harrowing transcript of the FIR with the Mira Road police filed by accused Kishore Chauhan's elder daughter on March 18

I know the tantrik since the age of five. He used to stay in an apartment close to Cooper Hospital and often visited our house. One day, when I was 11, the tantrik came home and asked me to accompany him to his house. He said he would give me toys to play. My mother told me not to disobey his instructions.

'The tantrik lured me home with toys and then raped me'


As I played with the toys in his house, the tantrik came to me and forcibly removed my clothes and raped me. A few hours later, he dropped me home. I narrated the incident to my mother, who told me that the tantrik did what he did for the well-being of our family. My mother warned me against discussing the incident with anyone. In July 2000, we moved from Santacruz to our new house in Mira Road (E).

It was in October 2000, that my father told me that the tantrik had instructed him to have a physical relationship with me as it would benefit everybody. I bluntly refused to do so. My father frightened me by saying I was responsible for ruining the entire family.

He compelled me to have sex with him until February 2009. I did not narrate the incident to anybody, as it was happening with my mother's consent. During this period, my mother escorted me to the tantrik's house thrice and my father six times, where they forced me to have sex with him. Subsequently, I gathered courage to tell my parents I would not go to the tantrik any more.

However, on November 1, 2008, my mother took my younger sister to the tantrik, as advised by my father. My sister narrated the fact and the happenings at the tantrik's house on November 2, 2008. The tantrik asked my sister to undress, but she refused. My mother threatened her stating that if she did not obey the tantrik's instructions, he would forcibly undress her and asked her to go to the kitchen and undress.

She had just undressed, when she was shocked to notice that her mother as well as the tantrik were naked. The tantrik chanted prayers before forcing himself on her. After this incident, we gathered courage and confided in our uncles in Santacruz They supported us and we finally decided to register a police complaint.
(The uncle and both the girls are at an undisclosed location, said police sources.)

No scientific evidence to nail accused: Cops
The police probing the Mira Road rape case say they have no scientific evidence to nail the three accused, the Chauhans and the tantrik. The medical examination of the victims conducted at Thane Civil Hospital did not prima facie reveal any fresh injuries on the victims.

The police are now awaiting swab test reports from the forensics laboratory in Kalina. Fresh blood samples have been collected to rule out HIV. A senior police officer said they were relying on the victims' complaint and are in the process of collecting circumstantial evidence to establish the case.

Advocate Edgar Braganza, appearing for the accused have rubbished the allegations levied against his clients. Despite being warned by many local residents of Mira Road and political leaders from Thane not to take up the case, Braganza is determined to fight for the accused.

According to him, the police have arrested his clients in haste, as they did not wait for the medical reports before registering the rape charges. He said the police should have ideally taken the victims for medical tests either the same day or the day after receiving the complaint (March 18). The victims were taken for examination three days later.

Key questions police want remain answered
The accused, who are in custody of the Mira Road police station till March 26, have not been cooperating with the police. Here's what the police have to deal with:
>> The three accused, who are known to each other, are not cooperating with the investigators and are giving vague replies
>> The tantrik is a heart patient and his son has provided him tablets, while the victims' mother has arthritis
>> The accused had developed a physical relationship with the older victim for the last nine years. The police have to probe the role of any other person involved in the crime
>> Whether the tantrik cheated and duped any other families in a similar fashion.
>> The police also want to carry out a thorough search of the tantrik's house along with house of the victims, for evidence, if any
- To confirm the locations where the accused took the victims and sexually assaulted them
- To verify if the accused had any links with gangs, who sexually exploit women
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:41 am
Mira Road incest case: Tantrik may have abused other girls too
Nitasha Natu, TNN Mar 21, 2009, 04.47am IST

MUMBAI: The Andheri tantrik who allegedly raped two minor sisters living in Mira Road, and who encouraged their father to rape the older girl over a period of nine years, may have sexually preyed on other women and girls as well.

The older sister, who is 21 years old today, told her maternal uncle (the man who had helped the girls take the matter to the police) that the 55-year-old tantrik, Hasmukh Rathod, had sexually abused other women as well. The uncle told TOI, "There is another woman and her daughter from Mira Road and a girl from Santa Cruz who were also sexually abused.''
The Mira Road police said that as of now they had no knowledge about whether the tantrik was involved in a wider sex racket, but they would investigate the matter. They said the girl had not mentioned other victims in her initial statement. However, when she is released from the Thane Civil Hospital today, the police said they would get a detailed statement from her and ask about other possible victims, their names, addresses and other details.

The girls' maternal uncle said he hoped the police would uncover the truth because he wanted the tantrik to face the strictest possible punishment and to be denied bail. The police said the younger sister, who is 17, had been raped once by the tantrik but not by her 49-year-old father. The girl told police that she was taken to the tantrik's home in Juhu Gully by her mother. "Rathod chanted something and tied sacred threads on our wrists, before he stripped us,'' she said. He then had sex with both women.

The tantrik allegedly encouraged the father of the family to rape his elder daughter, saying that he could become prosperous by doing so. The abuse went on for nine years and the mother was aware of it. She has said she had consensual intercourse with the tantrik. The tantrik had sex with the older girl as well and allegedly made the mother stand nearby naked during the act.

The father and the tantrik will be produced before a local court in Thane on Saturday, along with the 47-year-old mother who has been booked for abetting the rapes.

While the two girls want their father to be punished severely, they appear to be sympathetic towards their mother. "She had no choice but to obey our father and the tantrik,'' the older girl said. The younger sister added, "She should be allowed to go home as she has severe arthritis in her knees.''

The older girl told the police that she had considered committing suicide or running away from home, but the damage it would have caused to her family's reputation had prevented her from doing so. "There were times when I had given up on life completely,'' she said in her statement. "When a child is in trouble, she first approaches her parents for help and protection, but who would protect me from my own father who had behaved like a beast?'' The girl had however confided in a close friend, who had encouraged her to complain about her parents.

Police officials said the girl was in complete control of her emotions while the FIR was being registered, but she could not bear to face her father at the police station. "She gets furious at the mere mention of him and doesn't want to see his face again. For nine years, she was repeatedly raped by him and the tantrik. They threatened her with dire consequences and she was forced to keep mum. In November, when the tantrik raped her 15-year-old sister and also involved her mother in the act, the victim decided she had had enough. She is extremely protective about her younger sister,'' a senior police official said.

"Rathod had group sex with the victim's parents on the pretext of helping them achieve 'spiritual growth'. The victim's mother has admitted that she had consensual intercourse with Rathod in her husband's presence,'' the officer said.

The older girl also said that Rathod would give her birth-control pills and sedatives on occasion. "We have asked the Thane civil hospital to conduct medical tests and prepare a report on the number of times the victim was raped, whether she was pregnant at any time and had to undergo an abortion, whether she has any internal injuries and, most important, if she has contracted any disease,'' said SDPO Maithili Jha.

The uncle is now worried about the future of the two sisters. "My elder niece had started working in a family-owned shop for designed radium number plates at Santa Cruz. The family has another shop at Mira Road. But the younger girl was to appear for her Class X CBSE board exams in April. She is traumatised and I doubt whether she will be able to write her papers,'' he said. She now plans to do the exam privately.

The uncle added that he was planning to adopt both girls so that they would never have to return to their parents. He runs a car interiors business.

The younger girl's statement will be recorded in the presence of a Special Executive Magistrate. The police plan to counsel both girls once they are discharged from hospital on Saturday.

The girls' grandmother, who lives at Santa Cruz, is with them at the hospital. "The victim's father used to prevent her from visiting her grandmother's place as he was scared she would disclose the goings-on,'' an officer said.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:51 am
Mira road 'rapist' dad, tantrik freed
Sandhya Nair, TNN Aug 4, 2011, 06.30am IST

(The astrologer Hasmukh…)

THANE: The astrologer and biological parents accused in the infamous Mira Road incest and rape case of March 2009 were acquitted by a Thane sessions court on Wednesday. The astrologer , Hasmukh Rathod, and the father, Kishore Chauhan, walked out of Thane jail in the evening.

The case, filed by two sisters, then 21 and 15, against their parents and family astrologer, had rocked the nation. The elder sister accused her father of raping her for nine years after he was advised this by Rathod as a so lution to lift his flagging busi ness. Chauhan (51) and Rathod (56) were booked on the charge of rape under section 376 of the IPC. The girls' mother, Anjana was booked on the charge of abetment.

Additional sessions judge N B Dhayatadke acquitted the three accused after the prosecution failed to establish rape. The over 100-page chargesheet filed by the Mira Road police mentioned that Chauhan had raped his eldest daughter since she was 12 Rathod was charged with raping her on a number of occasions and sexually assaulting her sis ter once, in November 2008 Rathod and Chauhan were de nied bail twice.

Advocate for the accused Edgar Braganza argued that the rape charges were an 'alleged of fence' as the elder sister was un der pressure to marry Rathod's only son Rajiv. Braganza ac cepted the medical and forensic evidence placed before the court by the prosecution, but main tained that the medical report mainly of the semen tests of Rathod and Chauhan, did not es tablish rape. He argued that the police had delayed semen col lection by 11 days and that it was done forcibly thereafter. "This was after the police submitted a letter to the Thane civil hospital that it was difficult to obtain the samples," Braganza said.

He said Rathod and Chauhan lodged in jail since their arrest in March 2009, were medically unfit to have sexual intercourse both were diabetic before their arrests. "Rathod is highly dia betic and his private parts are non-functional . The medical re ports have proved it."

He pointed up the medical re ports of the sisters showing that their private parts were not in jured. The elder sister had al leged that she was raped a day before she filed the police com plaint.

As for the mother, Anjana who was released on bail within six months of arrest due to arthritis, the prosecution could not establish the charge of abet ment against her. Neither could the prosecution establish the charge against Rathod of in dulging in group sex with the sis ters' parents at his Seeta Kutir home in Juhu Galli. Braganza argued that considering Rathod's age, health and the size of the bed, it was impossible for him to have indulged in group sex.

The prosecution could also not establish that Rathod prac ticed black magic at his home, as alleged by the sisters. The police did not find any objectionable materials from Rathod's home after his arrest.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:56 am
Man,son held for raping daughter for two years
Man,son held for raping daughter for two years

Pradeep Gupta TNN

Dombivli: In a shocking case,a 49-year-old man and his 20-year-old son were arrested for allegedly raping his 18-year-old daughter repeatedly over a span of two years.
The victim,who had been silent about the sexual harassment,was planning to end her life,but managed to confide to two friends who took her to a social worker who helped the victim lodge an FIR.
The accused and his son,originally from Gujarat,live in an apartment on Phadke road in Dombivli east.Ramnagar police said the victims father works in a photo studio while her brother works in a watch showroom at Ghatkopar.
Police found that the mans wife,upset with his behavior,separated from the accused two years ago and started living with her mother at Ghatkopar.In the complaint the victim said 15 days after her mother left the house two years ago,her brother first started sexually abusing her,threatening her not to reveal anything about the incident, said inspector A P Hire,from Ramnagar police station.
After a few days when the victims father learned that his son was physically abusing the victim,he too threatened her into a physical relationship.The victim told police that she could not muster the courage to approach anyone about the incident as whenever she would think about telling anyone,both would threaten her with dire consequences.Both father and son allegedly threatened the victim not to not talk to anybody in the building.
However upset over the continued sexual harassment,on Friday morning the victim left her house planning to end her life.She took a train from Dombivli to Dadar but still confused,she returned to Dombivli and started crying at the station.Two of her friends passing by asked her what was wrong.After the victim narrated the entire incident to her friends,they took her to a social worker Vidya Dudhalkar who then took the victim to Ramnagar police.Late on Saturday night police registered cases of rape and threat against the father and son.We arrested them late at night, said Hire.
On Saturday,the accused were produced in the Kalyan sessions court and both were remanded to police custody till January 3.

Fearing stigma,girl was silent after rape

Ulhasnagar: Police have registered a case of kidnapping and rape against three unknown persons who allegedly kidnapped an 18-year-old girl from Ulhasnagar and raped her in a moving car.The victim and her family hid the incident even after they discovered she was pregnant,to avoid social criticism.However,on Saturday,when doctors at KEM Hospital where she was admitted for the delivery,asked her family for details of the childs father,they revealed she had been raped.The victim in her complaint told police,I was going to the hospital to serve food,when some unidentified people injected me and I became unconscious,after that I dont remember anything.



 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:08 am

Dombivli victims family wants case fast-tracked

Pradeep Gupta TNN

Dombivli: The family of Santosh Vichivara (19),who was killed for protesting against the sexual harassment of a girl here on December 4,expressed unhappiness with an order of the Mumbai High Court,which imposed a life sentence in a similar case in Dharavi after 13 years.
Barely a year and a half ago,the Vichivara family had lost its head,Vinod.On December 4,Santosh,who had taken on the responsibility of being the three-member familys sole bread-winner,was stabbed to death by five persons,including four minors,at the gate of the Navneet Nagar complex,when he protested.
I am 44 years old and I am a cancer patient.In the last two years,I have lost my husband and elder son.Since then,I feel weak,and if the court will take 13 years to announce a sentence in my sons case,it will be very sad for me as I may not be alive to see the accused get punished, said Vimala,Santoshs mother.
Santosh,who used to work as a salesman with a tile company in Mulund,looked after his 15-year-old sister Tanveer and 12-year-old brother Kartik,besides bearing the medical expenses of his mother.Fortunately,the Kutchi Jain Foundation has adopted the family after the December 4 incident.
If a court takes such a long time to get justice,who will be happy,as 13 years is very long period, said Vimala.


A TOI Dec 5 report on the Dombivli attack
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:24 am
Teen called her ‘sister’, lured her to bus: Sushma
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Calling her “sister” and promising to drop her near her home, it was the juvenile among the six arrested who lured the 23-year-old woman to board the bus at Munirka before she was gangraped, tortured and thrown out of the bus with her badly beaten male friend on December 16.

This was disclosed on Monday by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj at a condolence meeting called by the Delhi BJP.

Swaraj said there was need to complete proceedings in a rape case within six months of the incident and a rape-cum-murder convict sentenced to death should not be given the option of a mercy petition.

Early this morning, Swaraj and party colleague Arun Jaitley visited the south-west Delhi home of the woman who died in a Singapore hospital early Saturday. The family later left for Varanasi with her remains.

“I contemplated what was her fault that she met such a fate. I could come up with only one answer — she was a woman. These accused had stepped out of their homes with only one objective. It was to violate a woman’s body. And it was the juvenile accused who enticed her into boarding the bus. He called her sister and told her they would drop her at her destination,” Swaraj said.

Describing the 23-year-old as the “daughter of the nation”, Swaraj, who was overcome with emotion, said: “I saw the house (where she lived). It is just about a room. The fact that she was able to finish a physiotherapy course despite so much poverty is amazing. It shows how ambitious, focused she was. I could think of nothing else on my way here from her home.” Swaraj also urged the government to give the family “an MIG flat and a job for her brother”.

She said the BJP would use the budget session of Parliament to debate on women-related bills. The gangrape incident, she alleged, highlighted that the administration was least committed to the safety of women.

“My private member bill on considering murder after rape and abduction as the rarest of rare and deserving, therefore, the death penalty is still pending in Parliament. There are five such cases in which mercy petitions have been allowed despite the top court’s decision to give them the death sentence,” she said.

Swaraj said she had asked the Prime Minister and Home Minister to call an all-party meeting or a special session of Parliament but that request was turned down.

“If there is no special session on bills related to women, then we will make use of the budget session. The onus is on us to do something. The formality of not celebrating the new year will not solve the issue. We need to ensure safety of women. Analysis of all laws related to safety of women is needed,” she said.

Paying tributes to the victim of the gangrape, Arun Jaitley said words like brutal, barbaric and cruel were not enough to describe the incident. “The time has come when more than anything else, people need to start changing the way they think about women,” he said
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:25 am
Gangrape victim's only crime was to be born a girl in India, says BJP's Sushma Swaraj
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed profound grief over the death of the 23-year-old gang rape victim, and demanded that speedy justice must be meted out in this unfortunate case.

Swaraj said there is anger and outrage in the BJP condolence meet.

"The girl, who had no relations with me, became my own daughter after this incident. She became the daughter of the entire country. I frequently think as to what was her fault. What crime did she commit? For what did she get punished? After analysing, I find that her only crime was that her body was that of a girl. She was born as a girl so she became the prey to the beast," Swaraj told the gathering at the BJP headquarters here.

Swaraj alleged that the criminals move around fearless in the national capital, and added that they have no fear of the Delhi Police for the two are hand-in-glove with each other.

"She came to a city where the criminals are not afraid of the police. This is not one incident; such incidents keep on happening almost every day. Cases of rape in a moving bus are evident of the fact that criminals in this city do not have any fear of the police. A gentleman fears before going to the police station, but a goon enters the police station with his shirt button open and a scarf in his hand," said Swaraj.

"Buses have today become a den of crime because none of the private buses ply on the road without give and take. Every private bus has a give and take relationship with the police," she added.

Expressing extreme disappointment over the entire handling of the situation by those in power, Swaraj further said the girl is no more, but added that she has wakened the nation''s soul.

Swaraj, who is the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, reiterated the BJP''s demand for a Special Session of Parliament.

"I had called up the Prime Minister on the very first day and demanded that a Special Session of Parliament be called. The Home Minister rejected my demand. I called up the Home Minister the very next day and requested him to call an all-party meeting. He even rejected that demand by the evening," said Swaraj.

"Neither do they want to sit together nor do they want to call a Special Session of Parliament, but they are ready for drama," she added.

Swaraj also lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for cremating the victim''s body early on Sunday morning.

Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley visited the girl''s residence here this morning and met the parents of the victim.

Amid outpouring of anger and grief in the country, the gang rape victim''s body was flown to New Delhi from Singapore early on Sunday morning and cremated within hours. The cremation took place under a dense cover of fog.

The girl, a physiotherapy student, was gang raped and brutally assaulted allegedly by six men in a moving bus in South Delhi on the night of December 16.

The government, which is under sharp criticism from the opposition parties and the people of the country over the gang-rape incident, has set up a Commission of Inquiry to identify lapses and fix responsibility for the December 16 case and also constituted a committee of jurists for reviewing the existing laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of sexual assault.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:31 am
Delhi gangrape-effect? None whatsoever! More rapes mar India
Even as the entire country is on the boil over the horrific gangrape and subsequent death of the Delhi gangrape victim and security forces are on top alert, instances of rape across the country show no sign of declining as is indicated by the numerous cases of the crime that have been lodged today.

Man murders girl; angry villagers lynch him

Chikmagalur: A suspected mentally challenged man allegedly murdered a three-year-old girl in Billur village in Karnataka's Chikmagalur district and, in turn, was lynched by angry locals today, police said.

Initially, police said, the culprit Naron Prakash gained entry into an house and picked up a girl and started to flee. But a boy threw stones at him, forcing him to drop her.

Later, he picked up a three-year-old girl who was playing outside her house. He threatened those who tried to chase him with an iron rod and in the melee, two motorcyclists were injured, police said.

He later ran into a shop, ransacked it and when some locals surrounded him, he allegedly smashed the girl to the ground, killing her, police said.

Angry villagers allegedly beat Prakash to death, sources said.

Prakash had reportedly come to Billur from Balehonnur in the district to work as a labourer.

23-yr-old woman found dead at classmate's house

Hyderabad: A 23-year-old student of Osmania University was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the house of her classmate in Chatrinaka area of Old City here, police said today.

The young woman was suspected to have been strangled to death last night. Her body has been sent for postmortem, they said.
The body was found lying at the house of Shiv Kumar, who is a Ph.D student at the Osmania University, police said.

Chatrinaka Police said Shiv Kumar was absconding since the incident.

An autopsy was being conducted on the girl's body and only after the report more details will be clear about the incident, police added.

Mentally challenged girl raped

Bangalore: A 17-year-old mentally-challenged teenaged girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour at Machanayakanahalli here, police said today.

Prakash, a lorry driver, was arrested today, DySP R Mallesh said.

Prakash allegedly raped the girl yesterday after taking her out of the house, Mallesh said.

A case was registered after the victim's relatives lodged a complaint.

Incidents of rape have been reported in Karnataka over the past few days amid continuing national outrage against sexual attacks on women.

Spurned lover attacks girlfriend, attempts suicide

Thane: A jilted lover allegedly attacked a girl with a blade and later consumed poison in Kopri area of Thane city, police said today.

While the 25-year-old woman was returning home fromwork at around 9.45 PM yesterday, her male friend – Narendra Kave - confronted her near the railway bridge crossing and slashed several of her body parts with a blade, police said.

Later, in an attempt to end his own life, Kave, also around 25 years of age, consumed poison.

Both were residents of Kopri colony in Thane and the woman had broken off with the accused sometime back.

Both of them have been hospitalised and were reported to be out of danger, police said.

An offence under section 307 (attempt to murder) has been registered against the accused. Further investigation was on.

Man arrested for raping minor cousin

Jammu: A man has been arrested from the outskirts of Jammu for allegedly raping his 13-year-old cousin, police said today.

Mukesh Kumar alias Monu was arrested from Jammu General Bus stand as he landed in the city from Ludhiana in Punjab last night, police said.

The victim's father had lodged a complaint on December 17 that his minor daughter had been raped by her cousin on December 12, they said.

The victim's medical examination was conducted and her statement was recorded before the judicial magistrate.

Special police teams were constituted by SDPO Domana, Sandeep Mehta to apprehend the accused, who had taken shelter in Ludhiana, they said.

Kumar was nabbed when he came here and taken into custody for further investigation, they said.

Girl raped by youth

Siddharth Nagar (UP): A girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Etwah area of the district, police said today.

The girl was raped by Jarar last night when she had gone out for some work, police said.

An FIR has been lodged and a special team constituted to nab the accused, they said.

Girl gangraped 9 months back delivers baby, files complaint

Mumbai: Police have launched an investigation after a teenaged girl, who recently delivered a baby, lodged a complaint that she was allegedly raped by three men nine months back in the neighbouring Thane district.

Police today said an FIR was registered on Saturday after the victim complained to city's Bhoiwada police that she was allegedly raped by three persons in a car after being kidnapped by them nine months ago at Kansai in Ambarnath township of Thane district.

On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, the victim delivered a baby boy at KEM hospital in Parel, police added.

The case has now been transferred to Vithalwadi police station in Thane as the crime allegedly took place in its jurisdiction.

The alleged offence came to light after the victim was admitted to hospital for delivery on Saturday night and she could not provide the name of her husband to hospital authorities.

The doctors advised her to register a complaint after she revealed that three persons had kidnapped her from near her home and raped her in a car nine months ago, police said.

The accused were booked under relevant IPC sections including 376(2)(g) (gang rape), police said adding that further probe was on.

13-year-old raped

A school girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour at Kattaya village in Karnataka's Hassan district, police said today.

Rangaraju, who took the eighth standard student on his motorcycle following her mother's request to drop her at school, allegedly raped the girl and threatened her not to disclose the incident, police said.

The incident happened on December 18 evening when the girl needed to go to school to go on a study tour, sources said.

Police said a case was registered last night and efforts are on to nab Rangaraju, who is absconding.

20-year-old raped

Jhajjar: A 20-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two youths at Barahi road in Bahadurgarh town, located on the Delhi-Haryana border, around 45 km from here, police said here.

Police have arrested the accused, identified as Anil of Barahi village and Subhash of Bullaheri village, after registering a case of rape against them on the complaint of the victim in this regard.

In her complaint lodged with the police, the victim said the accused allegedly abducted her in a car when she was on a stroll at a park located adjacent to her house in Sector-6 at Bahadurgarh late last night.

The accused took her to an isolated place on the Barahi road and allegedly raped her.

"The medical examination of the victim has confirmed rape hence we have started investigations after nabbing the accused," said Rajeev Deswal, Bahadurgarh DSP, adding that the accused would be produced before court.

Four youths arrested for eve-teasing

Muzaffarnagar: Four youths were arrested for allegedly eve-teasing a student when she was travelling on motorcycle with her brother on Delhi-Dehradun highway near Purkhaji town in the district, police said here today.

Amit, Surender, Pratap, and Gaurav eve-teased the girl from their car, following which the girl's brother called up the police, they said.

The car got stuck in a traffic jam, where the accused were arrested, they said.

12-year-old girl raped in Buldhana district

Akola: A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a middle-aged man at Khamgaon town in Buldhana district, police said on Monday.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:09 am
I was raped twice by my brother: Girl who was molested in moving bus in Delhi | Watch the video - Yahoo! India
I was raped twice by my brother: Girl who was molested in moving bus in Delhi | Watch the video - Yahoo! India
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Friday January 4, 2013, 10:36 pm

Tags: Rape, India, Delhi, Police, Delhi gangrape, Damini, Delhi Police, Safdarjung Hospital, Zeenews, Zee News
Delhi gang-rape victim wanted accused to be burnt alive: Braveheart’s friend Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim - the only witness in the case - on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was “positive” and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.

"I wish I could have saved her," the friend exclusively told Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary.

The victim’s friend explained to Zee News in detail what exactly happened on that fateful night of December 16.

He said that no one came to their help after they were thrown off the bus by the six accused. Even after the police arrived, it took the cops over two hours to take them to hospital.

The victim’s friend said that since December 16, protests have been happening and people are on the streets. “Many things have come out in the media, but people have been interpreting it as per their convenience. I want to tell them what we faced that night. I want to tell what I faced, what my friend faced,” he told Zee News, expressing hope that people could take a lesson and save others’ lives in future.

He said that the six accused had lured them into boarding the bus on the night of December 16.

“The occupants of the bus, which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.

“The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. They then started teasing my friend and it led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away.

“From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away,” he said.

“Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched our mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime,” he added.

“After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down but I saved my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. We were without clothes. We tried to stop passersby. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but none stopped for about 25 minutes. Then, someone on patrolling, stopped and called the police,” he told Zee News.

The victim’s friend rued the fact that three PCR vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell.

He said nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. “They were just watching us,” he said, adding that after repeated requests, someone gave him a part of a bed sheet to cover his friend.

“My friend was bleeding profusely; I was more concerned about her. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a hospital (Safdarjung) that was far away.”

The victim’s friend said that he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as “the policemen didn’t help us because my friend girl was bleeding profusely and they were probably worried about their clothes”.

“Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they helped us, they would become witnesses to the crime and would be asked to come to the police station and court,” he told the channel.

“Even at the hospital, we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I asked one ‘safai karamchari’ to give me some clothes or curtains and he asked me to wait. But the clothes never came. I then borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I had met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came,” he said.

“I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks,” he said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.

“My family wanted to take me to our native place but I decided to stay in Delhi in order to help the police. It was only after the doctors’ advice that I went back to my home and started private treatment there.”

“When I had met my friend in the hospital, she was smiling. She was able to write and was positive. I never felt that she did not want to live,” he said.

“She had told me that if I wasn’t there, she would not have filed the complaint. I had decided that I would ensure the culprits are punished,” the victim’s friend said.

He said that his friend was also worried about the cost of the treatment. “I was asked to be with her to give her strength.”

“When she gave the first statement to the lady SDM, only then I came to know what had happened with her. I couldn’t believe what they did to her. Even when animals hunt, they don’t mete out such brutality to their prey.

“She faced all of this and told the magistrate that the accused should not be hanged but burnt to death.”

“The first statement she gave to the SDM was correct. She had given that statement with a lot of effort. She was coughing and bleeding while giving the statement. She was on ventilator support. There was no pressure or interference at all. But when the SDM said that she had faced pressure, all her (friend’s) efforts went in vain. It is wrong to say that the statement was made under pressure,” the victim’s friend told Zee News.

When asked what suggestions he would like to give in order to ensure that such incidents don’t recur, the victim’s friend said, “The police should always try to ensure that the victims are taken to the hospital as early as possible and not waste precious time looking for government hospitals. Also, witnesses should not be harassed so that they come to the court to testify.”

He said that one cannot change mindsets by lighting candles. "You have to help people on the road when they need help,” he added.

“Protest and change should not only be for her but for the coming generations as well.”

The victim’s friend said that he wanted the Justice Verma committee - set up by the government to suggest measures to improve women’s security - to make the law easier for complainants.

“I would like to tell Justice JS Verma, Justice Leila Seth and Gopal Subramanium that we have a lot of laws, but the public is afraid of going to police as they wonder whether the police will register an FIR or not. You are trying to start fast-track courts for one issue, but why shouldn’t every case be fast tracked,” he said.

He further said that “only he can tell what he has gone through… what I have faced…”

He disclosed that “no one from the government has contacted me so far to ask about my treatment. I have been paying for my own treatment so far.”

When asked why people don’t want to talk about such issues in public, the victim’s friend said, “In our society, we try to hide such things. If something bad has happened with us, then we try to hide thinking what will the other person say. Also because our friends and relatives talk behind our back about such incidents, that we try to prevent them from becoming public.”

“If I had decided not to file the complaint and just call the incident an accident, this case would not have become this big.”

He rued the people’s indifference towards him and his friend when they were lying on the road. “They (the people) had cars, they could have taken us to the hospital. Every minute was important for us. But they didn’t. Who will change this attitude?” he asked.

He said his mental condition was so bad after the incident that he was not able to sleep properly. “I didn’t share this with anyone. When such a thing happens to us, we often ask ourselves: ‘Am I to blame for this? Why did I go to the mall? Why did I board that bus?’ I was not able to even speak properly for two weeks.”

He said that if his friend was “treated in a better hospital, she would have probably been alive today.” It may be noted that the gang-rape victim was first treated at the Safdarjung Hospital before being shifted to a hospital in Singapore, where she passed away.

He went on to say that one of the police officials wanted him to say that the police were doing a good job in the case.

“Why did they want to take credit for doing their duty? If everyone does their work well, nothing more needs to be said in the matter,” he said.

"We have a long battle to fight," he said further, adding, “If I didn't have lawyers in my family, I would not have been able to fight this.”

The victim’s friend also told Zee News, "I was in the police station for four days rather than being in a hospital where I would be treated. I told my friends that I had met with an accident."

"The internal judgement of the Delhi Police should prompt them to assess for themselves if they have done a good job or not," he added.

"If you can help someone, help them. If a single person had helped me that night, things would have been different. There is no need to close Metro stations and stop the public from expressing themselves. People should be allowed to have faith in the system," he went on to say.

"I never had thoughts of leaving her and running away. Even an animal would not do that. I have no regrets. But I wish I could have done something to help her."

“She has awakened us. If we can carry on this fight with her name, it would be tribute to her,” he said.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:38 am
NEW DELHI: The law may bestow leniency on him but according to the Delhi Police, the juvenile associate of the men who executed the gangrape of December 16 was the most brutal of them all.

According to the chargesheet, the juvenile had subjected the 23-year-old physiotherapist to sexual abuse twice, including once when she was unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, it says.

Even as the five men arrested for the gangrape-cum-murder of the 23-year-old paramedical student face the possibility of a death sentence, if proved guilty, the juvenile accused could even escape a jail term.

The boy, who is seventeen-and-a-half-year-old, would not face the trial under the Criminal Procedure Code like his companions.

Though he faces the grave charge of murder, the juvenile would face proceedings under the Juvenile Justice Act that is more of a reformatory process instead of a criminal trial.

The juvenile can be sentenced for a maximum of three years if found guilty. Even then, he would not be lodged in the Tihar jail but at a reformatory home.

Indian law states that those below 18 years of age, have to be tried by a Juvenile Justice Board for any crime allegedly committed by them, and not in the normal court of law.

Two days after he was nabbed on December 28, the police had applied to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) for a bone ossification test of the juvenile - who, according to police, had subjected the victim to the most inhuman physical and sexual torture.

The Delhi Police, at the moment, is treating him as a juvenile purely on the basis of a school leaving certificate obtained from a school in Badaun, UP. With the test report still pending, police said, they were left with no option but to file charges and initiate legal proceedings only against the five adult members of the demonic gangrape.

"The JJB has to investigate and decide now," admitted a senior officer.

"We had applied to them two days after the minor had been nabbed. The whole process takes time," said the officer.

According to senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, the Juvenile Justice Act does not discriminate the gravity of the offence irrespective of its nature. "The objective of the act is to reform the child because it is possible that he may have committed an act under influence."

Pahwa further says that the procedure to treat juveniles and adults cannot be the same in criminal law.

"A juvenile has got some constitutional protections and therefore he has to be treated separately," he adds, stating there is nothing incorrect in the system that treats a juvenile differently even for committing a heinous offence along with his adult friends.

Public outrage

The public outrage has been based on allegations and the police version that of the six accused named in the Delhi gangrape case, it was the juvenile who inflicted the maximum brutalities on the victim.

Though the first law on protecting children from being prosecuted for having committed a criminal offence was put in place in 1850, constant amendments during the last three decades have compounded the problem.

The 1850 Apprentice Act provided for children in the 10-18 years age group, convicted by courts, to be provided vocational training intended for their future rehabilitation.

The Centre made the first Children Act in 1960 but it was in 1986 that the first central law on juvenile justice came up.

Its definition of juveniles stated :"Juvenile means a boy who has not attained the age of 16 years or a girl who has not attained the age of 18 years."

In 2000 conforming with the United Nations rules, the government raised the age of juveniles to 18 years.

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled that the age of a juvenile accused of having committed any crime, should be determined by ascertaining it on the day of the alleged crime. (With inputs from Hindustan Times)
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:38 am
Juvenile raped woman twice and ripped off her intestine
Hindustan TimesBy Jatin Anand | Hindustan Times – Thu 3 Jan, 2013


New Delhi, Jan. 3 -- The law may bestow leniency on him but according to the Delhi Police, the juvenile associate of the men who executed the gangrape of December 16 was the most brutal of them all. According to the chargesheet, the juvenile had subjected the 23-year-old physiotherapist to sexual abuse twice, once when she was unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, it says.

The police, who are yet to receive the report of his bone ossification test and are treating him as a juvenile on the basis of his school leaving certificate, are supposed to file its chargesheet on Thursday.

The police have also obtained the initial postmortem report from Singapore.

"Of all the persons in the bus, two had engaged in the most barbarism - Ram Singh, the main accused in the case, and the juvenile," said an officer.

"Both of them had subjected her to sexual abuse twice. Singh was the first to rape her followed by the juvenile and then Akshay. Later, when she lost consciousness, Singh and the juvenile raped her a second time."

Nabbed from the Anand Vihar ISBT on December 28 and six months shy of officially turning an adult, the juvenile had moved to the city in 2007.

That day, police said, the juvenile had landed at Singh's Ravi Das slum cluster home to demand R8,000 the former owed him. Here, he met the rest of the men.

Around 9.30 pm, he used his peculiar 'sing-song' whistle to lure the couple aboard the bus. The vehicle started moving on a different route, making the victim's companion apprehensive. They shut the only functional door of the bus.

"When the victim's companion objected, Singh passed a lewd comment which triggered an altercation," the officer said.

The first one to engage her companion was the juvenile before Singh attacked the man on his head with the blunt iron rod used as a weapon during the episode.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:44 am
Settle rape case with Rs.50,000, UP panchayat tells victim
IANS India Private LimitedBy Mohit Dubey | IANS India Private Limited – Fri 4 Jan, 2013

Lucknow, Jan 4 (IANS) Rs.50,000 as compensation for being kidnapped, taken to Nagpur and raped in captivity for many days. That was what a panchayat in Uttar Pradesh has offered a 13-year-old who came to them with her tale of horror at the hands of a youth from the village.

The panchayat in Mauli village in Pratapgarh, about 170 km from here, pronounced its "judgment" late Thursday, police officials said Friday, even as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment that crimes such as rape take place in India and not so much in Bharat kicked up a massive controversy.

The girl has alleged that a youth sexually assaulted her in the village and then kidnapped her at gunpoint and took her to Nagpur in Maharashtra.

She said she was sexually abused for many days and detained against her will. After about a week, she managed to give the rapist a slip and return home Dec 27.

Faced with her horrific tale, the panchayat in Mauli felt there was "no point taking the matter further" and decided monetary compensation was the best way out, an official told IANS.

He added that the young rape victim had petitioned the superintendent of police after which an FIR was lodged against a village youth.

Having heard her ordeal, the family decided to approach the police. The local police station paid little heed to her complaint, however.

Her brother then approached the superintendent of police (SP) in Pratapgarh after which the complaint was lodged.

Sarvesh Kumar Mishra, the station officer of Kunda, told IANS that a case had been slapped on the accused and the girl had been sent for medical examination.

"We have done the needful and action would be taken as per law," Mishra said, refusing to comment on the panchayat's ruling.

Differences, it is learnt, have cropped up in the panchayat, with some members not in agreement with the Rs.50,000 diktat.

Conditioned to believe that rape was the worst fate to have befallen their daughter, elders in her family told the panchayat Jan 2 that they would be okay if the girl, after attaining adulthood, was married to the rape accused.

The panchayat, however, turned down the offer and tried to thrash out a solution between the two families.

It then came up with the formula of asking the accused's family to compensate her by giving her Rs.50,000. It also asked the girl's family to withdraw the police complaint.

What will happen to her complaint is still unclear.

But as the debate over crimes against women intensifies in the country following the gang-rape and death of a Delhi girl, it is hoped that this village girl from Uttar Pradesh will be given justice.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 2:32 am
The unbearable agony of being Aruna Shanbaug: A great injustice

Jun 4, 2012
By Pinki Virani

The birthday of a woman doomed to a very painful — and very slow — death was celebrated last Friday. Outside the locked door of the room in which she is incarcerated, her care-givers posed for happy-happy photos, giving cheerful quotes about their daily devotion to her brittle bones, and how their reward is her grateful smile.

Such sanitised stories don’t matter to the woman. She doesn’t even know these people. She hasn’t known anybody, or anything, after the night of 27 November, 1973, when parts of her brain died and locked-in her broken body to its most basic functions: eat, evacuate. And so she isn’t even aware that her next birthday, 1 June, 2013, will break its own bizarre record.

When Aruna Shanbaug turns 65, she will have been locked in that room for 40 years.

After being sodomised while being strangled with a dog-chain a little after her 25th birthday, largely brain-dead, cortically blind, unable to speak or walk or have control over body movements, Aruna Shanbaug is incurable.

The picture you see on this page is of Aruna a few months before her 63rd birthday. They are screen grabs from a video, taken in the same room, as ordered by the Supreme Court. The video was distributed to the media by the court office but the image used by most outlets is the romanticised one, a 60s passport-photo of a girl-that-was. The SC also ordered a medical report after the letter written by the care-takers implied that she couldn’t possibly have to lie in a soiled bed since she was walked to the bathroom with help.

Image courtesy: Pinki Virani

The medical report stated Aruna as fulfilling most criteria of patients in a permanently vegetative state. The report, however, did not state whether she was being given palliative drugs mandatory for such patients. Enquiries on this continue to be stonewalled. “Doctors have not prescribed,” say the nurses. “Patient-confidentiality prevents giving this information,” say the doctors.

They all say they love her; which is why they would rather not use a catheter to catch her body’s wastes; catheters can lead to infections, these require drugs, they prefer to keep drugs to the minimal, just in case “something happens to her”. Which is why — when her gums caught rot, her teeth fell out one-by-one in that locked room — two doctors stopped her full medical examination even though organised outside, in a private hospital. Even earlier, it is why nurses stopped the physiotherapy, causing her body to atrophy, her joints to lock into angles, her nails to grow inwards to cut into her palms. Medical mismanagement? They bristle with righteousness at the notion, everything is done in Aruna’s best interests, only outsiders think otherwise. Look, they triumphantly point out, not even one bed sore.

A permanently vegetative state does not permit patients to know off, least of all enjoy, favourite foods, music, people. It also doesn’t allow for them to smile in response to an external influence. Aruna has mush tipped into a nasal-feed pipe going directly into the stomach to keep her alive.

The Supreme Court announced its verdict last year (March, 2011). Passive Euthanasia will be allowed in India (with conditions set out in the judgement). It’s a landmark law which places the power of choice in the hands of the individual, over government or medical or religious control which sees all suffering as “destiny”. This Author, who knows Aruna since 1982, filed for Passive Euthanasia after Aruna’s 60th birthday. She did so under the provision of “next friend”, to be legally accountable of the outcome. And as her choice to be morally accountable to a Aruna, no matter the consequences in the Court of God. For it was clear then and even more so today — Aruna Shanbaug must be allowed to die.

Aruna can also avail of this new law which her condition has catalysed. With a caveat. Only a more “appropriate” next friend can approach the Bombay High Court on her behalf. This is deemed as the municipal hospital which looks after her since 1973, from the time she was brutally assaulted in its basement while working there as a nurse. The municipal hospital comprises of people who go home every night, they retire or move on to private practise.

None need pay her bills or return to that locked room. Collective conscience is, therefore, not called upon as it would for a family who would gather to compassionately see it from the patient’s point of view.

[Aruna's family abandoned her after the hospital started insisting that they take her home. When visiting, or raising issues, or questioning acts of omission, this Author has also been asked to take her home several times in the past.]

For Aruna, if permission is granted, it would mean following the internationally-set procedure of tapering out feed over a period of time – eg over 10 to 15 days — along with the introduction of palliatives to prevent pain.

Please look at Aruna’s picture again. At her skin upon which no sun has been allowed to shine for over three decades. Shouldn’t Aruna Shanbaug be allowed to die? What would you do if it were your loved one (God forbid) in her stead?

Look at the ultimate irony. Despite her name bringing a law which allows people to die with dignity, she is being condemned to a living hell. Locked-in with both. Her torments: she smiles, she moans, she lies catatonic. And her tormentors.

This is the unbearable agony of being Aruna Shanbaug.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 2:48 am
At 64, Aruna Shanbaug’s battle continues
Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 01, 2012
Since a week, nurses at the civic run KEM hospital have been preparing flowers out of wastepaper used to wrap X-ray films to gift Aruna Shanbaug on her 64th birthday on Friday. Shanbaug, a former nurse of the hospital, has been admitted there in a vegetative state for the last 37 years,
after she was sexually assaulted by a hospital sweeper in November 1973.

Last March, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed by author Pinki Virani seeking mercy killing for Shanbaug, which the hospital’s management and nursing staff had opposed.

Apart from flowers, nurses are preparing a big greeting card, on which visitors can write their wishes for Shanbaug. It will be stuck outside Shanbaug’s room in ward number 4 of the hospital. According to KEM authorities, Shanbaug’s relatives do not visit her. “This birthday is a reminder for everyone who thought that euthanasia was an answer to her sufferings. Her condition is stable. We give her tetra pack juices twice a month through the ryles tube. She smiles at us, which is a sign of life,” said a senior nurse from the hospital.

To avoid infection, only one nurse is allowed to tend to Shanbaug, who is fed every two hours through a tube. “Only a few nurses are allowed to enter the room and celebrate her birthday. She gets agitated when she sees a crowd, so we have planned to put the card outside for everyone to write their wishes for her,” said a senior nurse who has attended to Shanbaug.

Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM hospital, said, “Aruna is not a liability to us, I am her only legal guardian and we will tend to her till the end. Her condition has not improved, but it has not deteriorated either, which is a good sign in such cases. In fact, her condition is better than last year, when she had started developing fever.”
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 3:38 am
To escape molesters, woman jumps from speeding train in Bihar - Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Bihar/To-escape-molesters-woman-jumps-from-speeding-train-in-Bihar/Article1-984732.aspx#.UOZeq3juHaw.email
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:23 am
Delhi no city for women

FIRST PERSON: To Prevent Complaint,Auto Driver Clicks Womans Photo With Cellphone,Threatens Her With Worst Violence

Neither 100 Nor 181 Came To TOI Reporters Help



Priyanka Singh TNN


I might have passed this over as a routine risk that women in Delhi live with.But now I think the story should be told,especially after Nirbhayas friend has revealed that none of the 50-odd autorickshaws at the Saket malls agreed to take Nirbhaya and him to their destination.If one of them had,they wouldnt have taken that deadly bus and Nirbhaya might have been alive.
My story is just two days old.On Thursday around 6pm,I was waiting for an auto-rickshaw at Badli Mor near Rohini with my sisters.After about 10 minutes,one auto-rickshaw stopped.We wanted to go to Model Town.But the driver didnt want to go there.As it was getting dark and we were anxious to reach home,we told him,You cant say no.We can file a complaint against you.
The driver changed tack.He demanded a large amount for the trip.We told him to go by the meter and charge 50% more.He refused.Again we warned him that we would complain to the police about his behaviour and his arbitrary demands.
Suddenly the driver whipped out his cellphone,turned around,and clicked our picture.His gruff voice turned menacing: Tu complaint to kar,mai batata hun (You just try filing a complaint,Ill show you what I can do.) An argument followed and I called the police control room at 100.
I informed 100 that the driver of the auto-rickshaw DL 1RM 9979 had taken our pictures and threatened us.The voice at the other end gave me another number 27854799 and said the area came under the jurisdiction of the cops.
I called this number several times but it kept ringing.I tried the womens helpline,181,it kept ringing.We had,in the meantime,flagged down another auto-rickshaw.The earlier driver rushed towards us.His threat was chilling: Agar meri complain kari to main tere ko kahin ka nahin chhorunga (If you complain,you wont be in a position to face anyone after that.) I stay with my sisters away from my family.And the threat really shook me to the core.We were going home,but decided to head towards a friends place in Kamla Nagar,scared that the threatening driver might follow us home.
When I called 100 once again,a lady told me that the police coming under the Badli Mor jurisdiction could take action in this case.I waited for some time and then called again to verify the auto-rickshaws registration number to the control room.






 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:31 am
Teacher, peon arrested for ‘raping’ kids in Bastar hostel(THE INDIAN EXPRESS

Teacher, peon arrested for ‘raping’ kids in Bastar hostel

Express news service : Raipur, Mon Jan 07 2013, 02:50 hrs

A teacher and peon of a residential school in Kanker district of Bastar region have been arrested following allegations that they had been raping minor girls at the hostel. The tribal girls, between the ages of eight and 12 and numbering at least 11, had reportedly complained repeatedly of the alleged assaults but police said they came to know about the abuse only on Saturday.

The assaults allegedly happened till August. Peon Dina Nath would reportedly take the girls to his room and then rape them along with teacher Mannu Ram. An FIR has been filed against them.

“We learnt about the incident only yesterday. We took the statements of the girls and are now getting them medically examined,” Kanker SP Rahul Bhagat told The Indian Express, adding that rape has been confirmed in the case of at least seven.

Bhagat admitted that it may be difficult to establish the alleged assaults as the last such incident reportedly took place in August. “Since the cases are very old, it is not very easy to have medical evidence related to rape,” Bhagat said.

Kanker Collector Alarmelmangai D said: “We received a complaint on Friday that girls in that hostel were being sexually exploited. We immediately sent a team of women officers, they spoke with the girls and found that it was true.”

Asked why it took so long to learn about the abuse, she said: “ We have learnt that the girls first complained to the hostel superintendent but she did not take any action. She will also face action.”

A probe team has been set up under IPS officer Neethu Kamal.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:45 pm
A 32-year-old man, who was released from jail for his good behaviour after serving a sentence in the rape and murder case of a minor girl, was again arrested for allegedly raping and killing a girl in Shirdi, police said today.

Sunil Suresh alias Pappu Salve was arrested yesterday for allegedly kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra on December 28 last year, following which he raped her and then killed her.

Salve was arrested yesterday near Manmad railway station in Nashik district by Shirdi police. He was later produced in Rahata local court which remanded him to police custody till January 17, police said.

Earlier, Salve was arrested in 2003 for raping and murdering a minor girl in Sinnar area of Nashik district.

Later, Nashik Sessions Court had awarded death sentence to him in the case. But he had appealed in the Bombay High Court against the sentence and was acquitted in the case, police sources said.

However, he was serving two jail terms - ten-year and seven-year rigorous imprisonment each - for cases of rape and murder against him lodged in Ambad and Nashik police stations in 2002, police said.

On account of his good behaviour, he was released from the Nashik road jail on May 28, 2012.

After release from jail, Salve kidnapped the nine-year-old girl from Shirdi and allegedly raped and murdered her on December 28, 2012.

He then threw the victim's body at an isolated place near Shirdi railway station.

The decomposed body was recovered on Friday night, police said.

Additional Superintendent of Police Sunita Thakare had yesterday said that a rape and murder case against Suresh will be tried by a fast-track court.

Enraged over the incident, people in Shirdi took out a protest march yesterday and demanded stern punishment for Salve.


Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rapist-released-from-jail-strikes-again-rapes-and-kills-9-year-old/1/242153.html
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:48 pm
Woman gangraped, killed; body hung from tree in Bihar(HINDUSTAN TIMES
In a shocking incident, a woman who got down from a Delhi-bound train in Bhagalpur district, was gangraped, killed and her semi-naked body hung from a tree in a mango orchard in Kahalgaon.

The woman, along with her 10-year-old son and two relatives, was on way to Delhi from
Alipurdwar to join her husband who works as a labourer in Delhi. They were travelling by the Brahmaputra Mail.

Police said the 32-year-old victim was dragged to the mango orchard and gangraped by unidentified persons after she alighted from the train between Vikramshila and Kahalgaon stations.

She was strangled to death and her body hung from a tree late Saturday night. Police recovered the body on Sunday and sent it to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpur for postmortem.
According to sources, the woman hailed from New Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. The Kahalgaon GRP was informed of the incident by the woman’s cousin and her husband, who were also travelling with the victim in the train. They told the police that the victim had started feeling restless in the crowded compartment of the train after the train left Sahebganj. She wanted to get down from the compartment, but was somehow persuaded not to do so by them as well as co-passengers, they added.

“However, as the train slowed down near Kajipur, located between Kahalgaon and Vikramshila stations, she jumped out of the compartment,” the relatives informed the police, adding before they could do something, the train had gained speed.

ASP, Bhagalpur, Meenu Kumari said the woman was feeling restless. “As she went towards the toilet, her cousin followed her. When she jumped out of the train all on a sudden, the cousin tried to stop her, but couldn’t. It is not clear why she took this step.”

A group of inebriated people then dragged her to a nearby mango orchard and sexually assaulted her.

“Liquor bottles were found at the spot,” said the ASP. A railway ticket and cellphone number of her village pradhan written on a piece of paper was recovered from the victim’s possession.

At present, the woman’s son and relatives are at Kahalgaon police station.

Bhagalpur SSP K S Anupam confirmed recovery of the body, but said prima facie it did not appear to be a case of rape. However, she added that it would be clear only after the postmortem if the woman had been was raped or not.

The SSP further said the inquiry into the circumstances, which caused the woman to jump out of the compartment — as claimed by her relatives — was in preliminary stages.

She said the orchard where the body was found hanging from a tree is located at a distance of nearly 10 km from the place where the woman was said to have got down from the train. According to local sources, the victim’s clothes were found strewn nearly 50 metres away from the tree.

The latest incident comes close on heels of the December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi. She was brutally assaulted and thrown on the road without clothes. The victim died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.


 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:37 am
French diplomat Pascal Mazurier granted bail in rape of daughter case

Banglore, Wed Oct 17 2012, 14:42 hrs

Karnataka High Court today granted conditional bail to French diplomat Pascal Mazurier, arrested for allegedly raping his minor daughter, observing that circumstantial evidence did not "specify" that he had committed the offence.

Allowing Mazurier's bail plea, Justice H N Nagamohan Das said there was a delay in lodging the complaint and sought to know the reason for it as, though the incident was reported to have taken place on June 13, 2012, it was filed by Pascal's wife Suja Jones only the next day.

The court said there were no eyewitnesses to the incident.

Mazurier was granted bail on the condition that he furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh with two local solvent sureties for the like sum.

The court also asked him to surrender his passport with the jurisdictional magistrate, not to leave the jurisdiction of the court without prior permission and in no manner tamper with the prosecution witnesses.

Mazurier, Consular Attache to the Consulate General of France here, was arrested on June 19 following a complaint by his wife, a native of Kerala, alleging that he had raped their three-and-a-half year old daughter.

A Fast Track Court had earlier rejected the bail plea of Mazurier, who was charge sheeted on September 17 under Section 376 of IPC for allegedly raping his minor daughter.

In its order today, the court said, "According to the complainant (Suja Jones), the minor girl told that the petitioner had hurt her. Thus the victim is capable of speaking and her statement is not recorded."

It said circumstantial evidence based on the statements given by three witnesses, nanny Geeta, Jyothi, the cook and Charles, the driver "do not specify that the petitioner committed the offence. At this stage, even the statement given by the complainant is vague, not definite and clear".

The court also observed "the medical report by Bangalore Baptist Hospital specifies there is sexual assault on the minor victim. This medical report does not not connect the involvement of the petitioner in the crime....... thus the report submitted by the Baptist Hospital read with the DNA report do not prima facie indicate involvement of the petitioner in the alleged crime".

Since the witnesses "are in favour" of the petitioner (Mazurier), there was no question of his tampering with them and since investigation is completed, there are no circumstances warranting continuance of his custody, it said.

Noting that Mazurier was a French citizen and presently working with Consulate of France, the court, however, said "The apprehension in the mind of prosecution that the petitioner may jump conditions of bail and he may not be available for trial is to be safeguarded by putting him on strict terms".

Earlier, in her submission Pramila Nesargi, counsel for Suja Jones, claimed that investigation carried out so far had been done in a "haphazard and biased manner" and the crucial medical records submitted by her client find no mention in the charge sheet.

Nesargi had further claimed that the "actual DNA profile of the child has not been done at all" and since the probe in the matter is still incomplete and in the wake of the "character of the petitioner", there is not only the chance of his influencing the witnesses but there is also a danger to the life of the child.

Special Public Prosecutor H S Chandramouli also submitted that since further investigation is to be conducted, custody of the petitioner is necessary.

In reply, senior counsel C V Nagesh representing Mazurier asserted that the case was totally based on circumstantial evidence of the nanny, the cook and the driver and the complainant (Suja Jones) was never present on the scene.

He further submitted that the DNA report which has been submitted "clearly points out that the DNA samples of the child do not match with that of the father".

Nagesh ruled out tampering of witnesses by his client and the witnesses are only going to help in the case and reiterated that DNA report would only exonerate his client and therefore there was no question of his tampering with the evidence or the witnesses.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:38 am

Punjab woman abducted from bus,gangraped

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Amritsar: In an incident that has throwbacks to the Nirbhaya case,a woman travelling on a bus was abducted and gangraped by seven men in Punjabs Gurdaspur.
The woman is in her late twenties and believed to be mentally challenged.She said that on Friday she was travelling from her parental village in Pathankot by bus.The driver of the vehicle,Daler Singh,and conductor Ravi allegedly took her to Gurdaspur instead of her destination and forced her to accompany them on a motorcycle.
The victim has alleged that she was taken to an unknown place where five more men were present.They took her to a house and took turns to rape her.She was dropped off at her home on Saturday morning.
After being sexually brutalized,the victim had to bear more torture as the Punjab police revealed her identity to the media during briefing on the crime.Police have arrested the driver and conductor along with their friends Jaswinder Singh,Jagpreet Singh and Satwant Singh.Two others are on the run.Gurdaspur SSP Raj Jeet Singh said the victim appears to be mentally unstable.

 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:48 am
India seeks justice for Delhi gang-rape victim,but in city
A year after gang-rape accused walk free,cops yet to challenge verdict
India seeks justice for Delhi gang-rape victim,but in city
A year after gang-rape accused walk free,cops yet to challenge verdict


Eight years ago,a young woman was brutally gang-raped by six people in Jnanabharathi campus.A shoddy charge sheet meant the accused were acquitted for lack of evidence.Worse,the cops havent collected copy of the judgment even a year after the verdict,showing disinclination to go in appeal

Hemanth.Kashyap @timesgroup.com


Bangaloreans participation in the nationwide outcry against the brutal gang-rape in Delhi a month ago,which ended in the death of the 23-year-old victim,was proof that the citys moral underpinnings are still intact.But it would be even more pertinenttoturnourcollectiveattentionto an ugly incident of rape in our own backyard,where police investigations botcheduptheentireprocessofbringing the guilty to book.
In April 2005,a 28-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped in front of her two young sons by six people in the Jnanabharathi campus.Hurt,humiliated and dazed,the victim stumbled to a nearby police station and later made a statement in front of a magistrate.In the span of a few weeks,the six alleged perpetrators were identified and rounded up.And it had seemedthatitwasgoingtobeanopenand-shut case for the prosecution.
The case caused a stir in the city,but in the end the six alleged perpetratorswereacquittedbyafasttrackcourt in December 2011 on the grounds of lack of evidence.The police got the flak for bungling the case.But what has irked legal experts the most is that in the year-plus period since the verdict,the cops have not even bothered tocollectacopyofthejudgment,leave alone appeal against it in a higher court.
According to a statement by the victim,a native of Gulbarga,she and hertwochildrenwerewaitingforabus near the Hosakerehalli bus stop on the Outer Ring Road on April 24,2005.A taxi driver offered to drop the trio home in Giri Nagar.The 28-year-old woman agreed.There were three people in the taxi apart from the driver.She gave the driver directions to her home,but instead of stopping at her house,the four assaulted her and took her to the Jnanabharathi campus,where they were joined by two others who had followed the taxi in a van.
The two children were made to sit in the taxi while the woman was allegedly pushed out and raped by the six.The woman was then bundled into


COPS LIED TO COURT

Hows this for police inefficiency The accused in the rape of a 13-year-old was granted bail on November 11,2012,but a police affidavit in the High Court on November 21,in connection with a PIL,said he was still in judicial custody!
The accused,Syed Shakil,has jumped bail and failed to attend a hearing on January 9.The fast track court has now issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
The girl's advocate,A D Ramananda,told BM,The police have told a blatant lie to the court.It became possible for the accused to get bail because of improper investigation.The girl is 13 years old.But in the investigation,a doctor's statement records her age as between 15 and 20 years.The investigation also records that the girl had given her consent for sex.To top it all,after the accused was out on bail the police lied on oath in an affidavit,saying he is still in custody.
The PIL,alleging tardy police investigation in rape cases,was filed by advocate MK Vijaya Kumar and the HC has directed the police to file a status report on investigations in rape cases in Bangalore and other parts of the state.The girls advocate impleaded himself in the matter and sought relief for the 13-year-old.

 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:02 am
He was short of attaining 18 by just two months
Accused No.1 in city gang-rape is a minor;will walk free in 3 yrs

One of the accused in gang-rape of a law student in October last year is a juvenile,and has been described by the cops as the most violent of the lot.He was sent to a remand home on Wednesday.Even if convicted,he could be out in just three years

Hemanth.Kashyap @timesgroup.com


In the Delhi gang-rape incident of December 16,the police described the minor involved as the most brutal of the six who attacked the 23-year-old physiotherapy student.By a morbid coincidence,one of the alleged rapists of a law student in Bangalore,described by the city cops as the most violent of the accused eight,is also a minor.As soon as the police got confirmation on Wednesdaythathewasaminorwhen the crime was commited on October 13,he was shifted from Parappana Agrahara Central Jail to a juvenile home.
In fact,the police had named him as accused No.1.But his juvenile status will save him from the harshest stricturesofthelaw.Evenifconvicted in the case,he could walk free in just three years.And if the case gets dragged out,he could even come out on bail from the remand home.
According to the cops,he was 17 years and 10 months old when he participated in the crime.Hence,he falls under the children in conflict with law category and can be tried only under the Juvenile Justice Act.He will face just three years in a reformfacilityifconvictedasajuvenile.But if he were to be convicted as an adult,the maximum punishment could be life sentence, said a police officer.The other accused were booked under the Goonda Act.
According to the documents

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE


Juvenile is defined under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act as anyone below the age of 18.The Act draws from United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to which India was one of the signatories.The law governing juveniles in India was amended in 2000,when the juvenile age was raised from 16 to 18 years.Apart from the UN convention,India is also a signatory to the Beijing Rules and the Riyadh Guidelines.The age limit of 18 is based on the principle that the age of criminal responsibility shall not be fixed too low bearing in mind the facts of mental and intellectual maturity.The spirit of the Act is to provide for the care,protection,treatment,development,rehabilitation and social integration of delinquent juveniles.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:30 am
Another Nirbhaya battles for life

14 Surgeries To Reconstruct Her Private Parts

Shoeb Khan & Syed Intishab Ali TNN

Jaipur: The story of Nirbhaya shook the collective conscience of the nation.But a similar gory incident of an 11-year-old from Sikar in Rajasthan,who is battling for life at a hospital in Jaipur after a brutal gangrape is yet to be told.
Six persons had abducted the girl on August 20 last year from a bus stand in Sikar town.They raped and thrashed her mercilessly before dumping her on the outskirts of the town.Her private parts,say doctors looking after her,had been so brutally vandalized that she had to undergo six major surgeries and eight minor surgical procedures.Even now,her condition is critical.
Doctors recall that when she was brought to JK Lon hospital in Jaipur from Sikar on August 22,they were appalled to see the barbaric manner in which she had been violated.She had a complete perineal tear -- there was no partition of muscles left between her vagina and rectum.Surgeons had to use a portion of her large intestine to create a new rectum as well as a colostomy surgery for creating an alternative channel for fecal passage.
In the last four-and-a-half months,we have tried our best to help her.Her condition had shocked each one of us, says Dr LD Agarwal,who led the team of surgeons that performed the surgeries.
The girl,who is from Darbhanga in Bihar,is reportedly the youngest of seven children (six sisters and one brother).She came to Sikar with her mother after her father died.They were hoping that their relatives in Sikar would help them get work.
Now,after the incident,doctors say,the girl has virtually stopped reacting.In the beginning,she was scared of injections but now she doesnt react to anything.Her physical and mental ability is worsening gradually, says a family member.
Despite the brazenness and brutality of the incident,what has shocked many is the apathy of the police.Till the day after the incident,family members allege,the police were refusing to even register a case.It was only because of pressure from locals who took out a protest march that the case was registered.Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Gehlot after which the administration swung into action.
Even though six people were arrested,two have already been granted bail as the police had allegedly booked them under milder sections of Indian Penal Code.
Her relatives say that the rapists are politically well-connected and that the police is going soft on them.They also allege that the actual culprits are still at large.


 
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