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'Honour Killings' Bring Dishonour to India


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Rose
- 661 days ago - asafeworldforwomen.org
he public beheading of a woman by her brother in Kolkata highlights a surge in so-called 'honour killings'. The policeman jumped to his feet as the man walked into the station and placed the head of his sister, along with the butcher knife



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Teresa W. (692)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:51 am
Horrible!
 

Sue Matheson (72)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:06 am
a very sad situation
 

Vivien Green (150)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:01 am
Noted with great sadness, thank you Rose.

'Honour Killings' Bring Dishonour to India" SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:10 am
How can a society be so far behind? It is simply beyond words! poor, poor girl. Thanks Rose for posting
 

Roger Garin-michaud (67)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:01 pm
absolutely awful!
 

Irene J. (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:30 pm
I am so sick of Islamists bringing death and destruction all over the world. Its really becoming the world against Islam. How long before we wake up?
 

Nimue Pendragon (254)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:33 pm
Murder is murder. This needs to stop now, it's wrong.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:55 pm
The title says it all Cheers Rose
 

Marie W. (66)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:59 pm
Another strike against Islam.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:58 pm
In Canada, an Afghani family of 3 teenage girls and their"aunt" were murdered by their father, mother and brother for defiling the family honour. All three have been convicted and serving lengthy prison terms.

In BC, a young East Indian woman was sent to India for an arranged wedding. The wedding never happened and the girl, about 19 I think, ran away with a fellow that she had fallen in love with. She was found dead on the side of a road. The parents in Canada were eventually charged with her murder in India.

I do not understand this concept of honour. The life of a child that you have raised should be the most precious consideration. There is no honour in killing. I suppose that these people will use something like "if thy left eye offend you, pluck it out" or other such reasoning.
 

alicia m. (100)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:31 am
noted, gracias
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:46 am
Murder charges invoked in Delhi gang-rape case

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People light candles during a protest against Delhi gang-rape case in Mumbai on Thursday. File Photo


PTI People light candles during a protest against Delhi gang-rape case in Mumbai on Thursday. File Photo



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Delhi Police on Saturday invoked murder charges against the men allegedly involved in the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus after she died in a Singapore hospital and decided to file the charge sheet in court on January 3, 2013.

Police said it will be their endeavour to ensure the “harshest punishment in the book” to the culprits.

“We hope to file the charge sheet by the 3rd of Jan., 2013. Section 302 of IPC, which is the penal section for murder, has been added in the case,” Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said.

He said a Special Public Prosecutor of eminence has been appointed to conduct the trial in a Fast Track Court on a day- to-day basis. “It will be our endeavour to ensure the harshest punishment in the book to the culprits,” he said.

The autopsy of the victim was done by a Singaporean Medical Team and the report will be made available to investigators at the earliest.

“In this moment of national grief following the loss of a young and innocent life to a barbaric crime, we appeal to members of public to stay calm and maintain peace.

“We, in Delhi Police, as citizens of this country are equally saddened, if not more. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family,” he said.

Police had initially booked the six men under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The girl had boarded the bus, thinking it to be a legitimate public carriage, from Munirka but was attacked and gang-raped even as her male friend accompanying her tried to protect her. He was also injured in the incident.

The arrested persons are driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Singh alias Thakur, Pavan and Vinay. The sixth person apprehended claimed that he is a minor and police have sought the court’s permission to get a bone test to ascertain his age.

One accused remanded to judicial custody

Meanwhile, Thakur was remanded in judicial custody for 12 days by a Delhi court.

Thakur, who was the last one to be arrested in the case, was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma after expiry of his day-long police custody.

“He (Thakur) is remanded to judicial custody. Let he be produced on January 9,” the court said after the police did not seek his further custody.

Thakur had been remanded in police custody on Friday for a day to recover the remaining case property and clothes which he and other arrested five co-accused were wearing while allegedly raping and brutally assaulting the victim.

After the day-long custody, the police did not seek his further remand as they recovered the articles, which had not been recovered earlier.

The investigating officer in the case told the court that they have seized the clothes of the accused worn on the night of incident and also the mobile of the girl and ATM card of her male friend and other valuables at the instance of Thakur.

It also said the victim’s male friend, a 28-year-old software engineer had identified the valuables, which were robbed from them after the incident.

The police told the court that victim's friend had even identified the ring, which girl was wearing on that night.

Thakur was arrested on December 21, 2012 and underwent test identification parade on December 26.

Besides him, the others arrested in the gangrape case are in judicial custody till January 6.

 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:47 am
Private chartered bus in which the 23-year-old girl was gangraped ran rogue without permit on Delhi roads
Tags: Delhi gangrape | Delhi gangrape victim | Delhi gangrape protests | Bus owner Dinesh Yadav | Delhi transport tribunal | Delhi Transport Department | Delhi police | Commissioner Satyendra Garg
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.


Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/delhi-gangrape-rogue-bus-fitness-permit-delhi-transpoart-department/1/239914.html



 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:51 am
42-year-old woman gang-raped, dumped in Delhi - Yahoo! News India http://in.news.yahoo.com/42-year-old-woman-gang-raped--dumped-in-delhi-051144445.html 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. Read the full story
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:52 am


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Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:52 am
Mannus horribilis: For women, it has been a year of horror(TIMES OF INDIA

Mannus horribilis: For women, it has been a year of horror

Bachi Karkaria
26 December 2012, 08:56 PM IST






















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Nirbhaya. We can give the unnameable Delhi victim a symbolic name. We can turn her into an icon and make a shrine of the hospital bed from which she fights so awesomely to live. But no media burnishing can dim the atrocities inflicted on that hapless girl who, after all, did nothing more reckless than take a bus home. Our young women face every living being’s most fearsome prospect: the end of ordinariness.

In an annus horribilis, the good news is that it is about to end not with the whimper of cowering victims but the bang of massed outrage. The fearless 23-year-old, whom the TOI has christened ‘Nirbhaya’, was so bestially violated that her entire intestine turned gangrenous and had to be removed. Across the entire year, across the entire country, the bodily security of women has been under worsening attack, and there seems to be no way, no desire even, to yank out that rot.

The 21st century was touted as the women’s century. It may be, but each advance is countered with a steeper decline in status. We talk bravely of liberation, but each day’s headlines (and often several of them) emphasise the reality of Virginia Woolf’s warning: “The eyes of others are our prisons, their thoughts our cages.” We talk smugly of empowerment, indeed, see its evidence in the confident strut of the new genre of career women. But threats prowl across every opportunity, and the strongest are helpless against their leering, sneering violators.

This year mocked with greater cruelty, sardonically reminding us that the more things change for India’s women, the more they remain in chains. Delhi, uncontested Sty No. 1 of male chauvinist swine, has always unabashedly wallowed in this swill, forcing its women to negotiate an obscene minefield every time they step out of their homes – or even when they don’t. Disturbingly, this year's statistics show that the next two unsafest cities don’t come from a similar cesspool. They are Bangalore and Hyderabad, urban idols whose new global persona as much as their traditions should have buffered them against the filth.

In culturally lofty Kolkata, 2012 began with the February Park Street gang rape; the response of its woman chief minister was a greater atrocity. On July 9, on a busy Guwahati street in broad daylight, a 20-year-old woman was groped and thrown to the ground with impunity for a full 30 minutes as a TV crew filmed without intervening; its reporter, Gaurav Jyoti Neogi, was subsequently charged with actually instigating the mob. Seven days later, Mumbai produced its own shocker. For the first time, several policewomen were molested by the lumpen among those protesting the alleged atrocities against Muslims in the northeast. Then, as the wounded year staggered to a close, the city’s roll-call of dishonour nailed the sham of it being the friendliest to women.

August 8, Pallavi Purkayastha raped and murdered by building watchman. November 2, Mona Chowdhury’s face slashed by a goon hired by her spurned boyfriend. November 5, a Spanish exchange student raped by a cat burglar. November 6, a corrosive chemical attack on Aryanka Hozbetkar, again by a rejected male friend. December 17, the very day after Delhi’s tipping-point gang rape, Sonal Lapshia’s skull and shoulders fractured with a sickle by a vengeful man who mistook her for his estranged wife. December 21, a young Nepali who had come to Mumbai in search of her husband, raped thrice in succession by the men to whom she had turned for help. December 22, as the capital’s most august citadels were being stormed, a 21-year-old stabbed by her ex on the staircase of their Bandra college. The frequency beggared belief.

We must look back in anger on 2012, and leave the shame to men.

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Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:55 am
Cops get cracking on sham marriage racket(MID DAY


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





December 29, 2012



Mumbai


Bhupen Patel












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.

Qazi-Zakaria-Oamar
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.

Over a month-long operation, Kranti Vibhute posed as a would-be bride and Bhupen Patel
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






 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:58 am
Horror killings to ‘guard’ honour shaking India Written by: Dipin Damodharan Published: Friday, July 9, 2010, 16:38 [IST]

Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/cj/dipin-d/2010/horror-killings-to-guard-honour-shaking-india.html
One more story of honour killing reported, but this time it is from the Shivaganga district of South Indian state Tamil Nadu not from North India. The horrific cycle of honor killings to protect the honour of a family or a caste has now spread its tentacles to entire India. In Shivganga, 20 year-old Megala and 24-year-old Sivakumar, were told that they could not marry as they were related. Despite Megala"s love, her family married her off in June. She eloped with Sivakumar ten days after the wedding. Her family traced the couple and killed Sivakumar with sickles. The killers included Megala"s father and brother. Megala says that everyone in her village, including her mother, justified the killing of her lover as she fetched shame to her community and village. In June a news story hit the headlines that a girl and her lover were brutally killed by the girl"s family members, and hanged them as exhibits in front of their house. For the cause of loving a person in the same caste, the cultureless caste fanatics, in the name of honour, subjected the girl Monica (18) and her lover Rinku to brutal inhuman laws as both belonged to same Jat community of Haryana's Nimriwali village. The father of Monica, her brother, uncle and cousins are suspected to be behind the crime and are absconding. They had done this under the guidance and protection of Khap Panchayats, the apex body of caste based council. The main function of Khap Panchayat is murdering couples of the same gotra or sub caste in the villages of rural India. The murder of Monica and Rinku forced the Supreme Court of India to interfere in the issue. On June 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, Haryana government and six other states to take action against the killing of young couples. Honor killings in the most horrible form continue in rural India, particularly in Haryana. The state that has become the epicenter of honour killings. In the last week of April, the country witnessed the brutal murder of a journalist in the name of honour. Nirupama, a 22-year-old journalist was found murdered at her home in Jharkand. Nirupama, hails from a Brahmin family, was in love with a boy from another caste. This was the reason for her death also. Nirupama"s family members including mother brutally killed her for saving the honor of their family. This is the grade of rural Indian villages living under the clutches of feudal landlords. Even a women journalist was not able to survive this kind of ruthless ethos. Then think, what is the condition of an ordinary village girl in rural India? There are many Nirupamas and Monikas in Indian villages, but most of the stories are unseen and unheard. No one knows the official figures of this kind of murders. According to the data collected by India Democratic Women"s association, the number of caste killings is more than thousand in every year. In May 2009, a Court in Haryana awarded capital punishment to five persons and life sentence to one for murdering a couple for marrying against the societal norms. After the verdict, the Khap Panchayat openly challenged it. They collected money to file appeal against the court verdict and demanded change in the constitution of India. They are demanding changes in Hindu Marriage Act, which would essentially legalize the draconian actions of Khap Panchayat. Their threat was not confined to dialogues as they continued to target young couples in the villages. Succumbing to these uncivilized norms, Naveen Jindal, MP of Congress party offered his unconditional support to Khap Panchayat. According to National Commission for Women, honour killings take place when young people challenge accepted norms of marriage. It arises from the fear of feudal village lords that woman in their village or community would challenge them. The role of political parties and social organizations also comes under question. They have done nothing to challenge this peril. Horror killings to 'guard" honour are shaking India in a dreadful manner. The need of the hour is to introduce stringent legislation to deal firmly with the heinous crime. On one side, India is progressing rapidly and on the other Indian villages are going back to the uncivilized culture, the old feudal ethos *Dipin Damodharan is a Journalist (Sub Editor with Jeevan TV) based in Kerala and he can be contacted at dipinbharath@gmail.com *The views expressed in this article are solely that of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oneindia.in or of Greynium Information Technologies Pvt Ltd. *

Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/cj/dipin-d/2010/horror-killings-to-guard-honour-shaking-india.html
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:37 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Many Feathers (131)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 10:02 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:37 pm
There is NOTHING honorable about killing any human or sentient being of this Universe. It is a CRIME in the accounts of the spirit, and we all must avoid participating in any of it. GO VEGAN TODAY.
 

janet f. (28)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:49 pm
Isn't about time the rest of the civilized world stopped referring to these murderous acts as honor killings?
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:34 pm
Honour killings bring dishonour to every country they happen in. There is nothing honourable in these killings. It is murder.
 

faith v. (13)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:44 pm
"Irene J. (0) Friday December 28, 2012, 7:30 pm
I am so sick of Islamists bringing death and destruction all over the world. Its really becoming the world against Islam. How long before we wake up?"

Irene,

Horriffic as these reports coming out of India are, it is not any one religious or ethnic group alone treating fellow-members of God's universe with such stunningly callous disrespect.

Think drone-bombing children in Afghanistan, for example.

Dumping all the muck into somebody else's garden is only going to increase the level of prejudice which fuels disrespect and paves the way for further violence.

As a matter of fact, most Muslims left India following Independence in 1947.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:18 pm
It begins with educating the women and the young men of today and tomorrow's generation. The police and the courts have to be more proactive and the sentences must instill in people the severity for carrying out such a barbaric crime. I know it happens all over the world even here in Canada. Canada needs to toughen up its laws too. As goes the song in the Mikado, "Let the punishment fit the crime."
 

Sylvie Bermannova (39)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 5:47 pm
It is my conviction that, everybody should be free to choose whom to -- and not to -- marry, which is what these women, or people for that matter, cannot do: They are forced into an unwanted marriage. So, a woman is married off to a man selected by her family, but if she does not comply with this and, say, runs away with somebody else, her family punishes her by taking her life. (It comes to mind that, perhaps, if she could have chosen a man to marry, this may not have happened at all.) Not only do her own family resort to murdering her, but they also go as far as to find it justifiable because of her supposed bringing dishonor on them. Since they simultaneously do not see the murder of their own family member as dishonorable, it is nothing but a striking example of double standards: As if they followed the line of thought that noncompliance with a societal dictate is a crime but homicide is fine. These people who are so judgmental of others do not hesitate to soil their hands with murder and are still capable of feeling as though they themselves were just and good! Unbelievable! This is twisted logic, and I find it barbaric. It is a mercy, I must say, that not everybody was born in a society where such things are so deeply ingrained that they still, and incredibly, exist in the 21st century. I feel very sorry for those who have fallen victim to this. May everybody be spared this.
 

Sarah Lee (4)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:56 am
So men can get away with everything and women can't be rescued from terrible in laws? Bull.
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 1:01 pm
noted thanks
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 7:13 am
How barbaric is this, these sick men have no honour and should be put down in the same barbaric way. That poor lady, she was virtually tortured to death, I pray for her.
After the whole thing blows over I guess this scum will walk free after paying a few Rupees, typical Indian justice. A backward Medival culture, sick, shame on Indian males and laws.
 

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:31 pm
Bloody savages!
 

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, 12:41 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, 12:43 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, 2:39 am
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?

The unbearable agony of being Aruna Shanbaug: A great injustice

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, 2:44 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, 3:39 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, 5:21 am
Rape-murder in Noida: 4 policemen suspended(MUMBAI MIRROR




Rape-murder in Noida: 4 policemen suspended

NOIDA Four policemen were suspended and another transferred after a 22-year-old woman who went missing was found murdered,the Noida police said on Sunday.
Three suspects have been detained and are being questioned,they said.
The mother of the woman alleged that her daughter was first gang-raped and then killed.
Two constables at the Model Town police post and two others attached to a police control room van have been suspended,a police officer said.
RK Rathi,the Model Town police post in charge,has been shunted to Police Lines after the mother alleged that the police personnel misbehaved with her when she told them that her daughter was missing.
It was on Friday that the victim left her home at 8.30 am for a 12-hour factory job in Sector 63.
When she did not reach home until 10 pm,her family approached the police station,where the officer suggested she might have eloped with her boyfriend.
After police did not show any interest in locating the missing woman,the distraught family contacted the factory whose workers told them they saw her leave at 9.00 pm.
The family got a call on Saturday morning that the womans seminude body was lying on a roadside in Sector 63.The mother said her daughter was gang-raped before being killed.
The autopsy report is expected within two or three days, said Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar.AGENCIES
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:25 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)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:05 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, 4:29 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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