Rapes and Murder
Kolkata: In the wake of the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman at the behest of a kangaroo court in West Bengal`s Birbhum district, acclaimed Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar Saturday expressed dismay that political parties do not have the “will or courage” to act against such violent incidents because of “vote banks”.
“Political parties do not have the will or courage to condemn or speak against it (acts of violence) because of vote banks,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Kolkata Literary Meet here.
“It (violence against women) is happening all over India.”
Akhtar was attending the session `As if Women Matter` at the meet where American activist Gloria Steinem was one of the panelists. The deliberation veered towards feminism and women`s movement across the world.
After the discussion, he commented that the issue was more of men`s liberation from a psyche of insecurity and release from an inferiority complex of being imperfect.
“As society get educated, men will be liberated…its more about men`s liberation.”
27-year-old fashion designer allegedly raped by 13 men in 25 days in Dubai
A 27-year-old fashion designer, who was lured to Dubai with dreams of professional success, was forced into prostitution and repeatedly raped over 25 days. According to the police, a Khar-based boutique owner took her to Dubai on the pretext of giving her a lucrative job, but subsequently forced her into prostitution.
The Khar police have registered an FIR against Anjali Vinod Kumar Dey alias Agrawal, a Khar-based boutique owner. “Police have registered the FIR against Agrawal under section 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of IPC only.
I am not satisfied with police action. I’ll approach the court soon,” said Avinash Dubey, the survivor’s lawyer. Rosy (name changed to protect identity), a resident of Goregaon (West), is a manager in a top real estate firm. She is also a diploma holder in fashion designing, and harboured dreams of having a successful career in the fashion industry.
On May 13 last year, Rosy met a woman who identified herself as Anjali Agrawal, through a friend. Anjali runs a boutique called Memsaab in Khar (West). In their first meeting, Anjali told her that she had a boutique with the same name in Dubai, and that she was looking for an assistant manager for the same – someone who could manage exhibitions and the business in the city. Anjali (50) promised Rosy a salary that she couldn’t refuse, at Rs. 4 lakh per month.
Rosy agreed, and Anjali extracted Rs. 10 lakh from her on the pretext of arranging for her a visa, air tickets and accommodation. “Thinking about a better future, I paid Rs. 10 lakh to Anjali, after taking a loan from my uncle,’ said Rosy. On June 1 last year, Rosy left for Dubai with Anjali. After reaching Dubai airport, Anjali confiscated Rosy’s passport, saying that it had to be deposited at the reception of the hotel where they would occupy a suite.
Rosy was then confined in a 17th floor apartment. On June 2, Anjali and other three women kept designer dresses and different kinds of alcohol in her room. That evening, four men barged into the apartment and started drinking. Anjali introduced them as her friends who had come to have a good time. Around 10 pm, Anjali told an alarmed Rosy that one of her ‘friends’ liked her, and was ready to pay 3,000 Dirham for sexual favours. Rosy objected furiously and a quarrel ensued. Soon, Anjali started assaulting her.
“Anjali told me she had been involved in the prostitution business for the past 25 years. She claimed to have contacts in the Mumbai and Dubai police, as well as with ministers. She said that she would kill me if I dared to register a complaint against her,” said Rosy.
On June 3, yet another man raped her. By June 27, 11 more men had had forced themselves upon her at different times. Anjali handed over her passport and on the same day, Rosy rushed back to Mumbai. After recovering from the trauma of her ordeal, she contacted her lawyer, Avinash Dubey. Dubey took her to Khar police station and registered a complaint against Anjali Agrawal.
Dubey said, “I have complained to Dubai police headquarters as well. I have also written a letter to the hotel, demanding CCTV footage and other details.” Police sources said Agrawal had two passports. One of them bears the name Anjali Agrawal and the other says Anjali Vinod Kumar Dey. Police have seized one of the passports. “I am very busy. Call me later,” said Rajendra Tendulkar, investigation officer, when asked to comment on the case.
The Other Side
“I am aware about a police complaint. There’s no FIR registered against me. Rajendra Tendulkar (investigation officer) had called me to the police station. All these allegations are false. She (complainant) wants to extort money from me,” said Anjali Agrawal, the boutique owner.
Battered gang-raped minor waits for 20th surgery and justice
New Delhi: At an age when most children cherish their books, clothes and toys, a 12-year old girl is silently suffering the pain of a brutal gang-rape which has forced her to undergo 19 surgeries till now. The victim is now waiting for her 20th surgery at the premier AIIMS here.
Gang-raped by six men in Sikar in Rajasthan more than a year ago, the girl has undergone both mental and physical trauma and has been waging a silent battle against all odds since the time the men left her on the roadside to die after brutally raping her.
When this news agency correspondent met the victim in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), she was lying on the hospital bed with her face covered with the sheet, while her sister and 65-year-old widowed mother sat near her – hoping that the next round of medical treatment will help her regain her health.
“She had a dream of doing something for the family, though she is youngest among six sisters,” the victim’s 22-year old sister, a constant companion, told a news agency.
“We have already spent more than a year in various hospitals but to no avail. We know her pain. We want justice. We don’t know when my sister will come back home. We don’t have an answer,” the sister said.
“She has undergone 19 surgeries so far. One was scheduled for Jan 3 but doctors said she is not fit for the surgery,” she added.
The girl was shifted to AIIMS from Jaipur’s JK Lone hospital last February.
The state government took a decision to shift the victim to AIIMS hospital after the national capital was rocked by street protests over the Dec 16, 2012, gang rape. The state government feared that the minor girl’s incident would spark similar protests in Rajasthan and decided to fund her treatment.
The victim underwent 17 surgeries in Rajasthan and two in AIIMS.
The family had migrated from Bihar’s Darbhanga district to Sikar in July 2012 in the hope of a good life.
The incident happened on Aug 20, 2012, when the victim, along with her three sisters and a neighbour, were returning home after watching the Salman Khan-starrer “Tiger”.
“A car came. The men inside the car tried to drag me and my neighbour but they failed. But one of them pulled her inside the car and sped away,” said the elder sister with tears in her eyes.
“We ran behind the car screaming and shouting but could not rescue her,” she said.
She said that initially the police refused to file an FIR and a case was registered only after local people demonstrated outside the police station.
“The next day at noon my sister was found in another area. She was bleeding and her condition was very critical. We admitted her in a government hospital in Sikar and later doctors referred her to Jaipur,” the sister said. When asked whether the victim talks to the family, the sister just said: “Very less, she is very brave.. she wants to survive.”
She said police arrested only two of the accused, while four more are still at large. “All of them should be arrested and justice should be done. Look at her, she is just a child. Her life has ended. Is there any hope for us?” the sister wailed.
HC asks WB govt about its position on CBI probe on gang-rape
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the West Bengal government to inform it within seven days about its position on a plea for CBI investigation into the Madhyamgram gang-rape and alleged murder of a 16-year-old girl in October.
Justice Dipankar Dutta, hearing a plea for handing over the investigation to CBI by the girl’s father, also directed the state government to provide adequate security to the girl’s family.
The matter will be heard on January 15.
The father of a 16-year-old gang-rape victim, who died of burns after she was allegedly set ablaze, had filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court on January 6 seeking a CBI investigation into the matter.
In his prayer for CBI investigation, he claimed that the state police had been lackadaisical in investigating the case since October 26, when the girl was gang-raped near her residence at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district.
Protests had rocked several parts of Kolkata over the brutal rape and death of the girl with demands for justice to the girl.
Court dismisses plea to prosecute Delhi police officials
New Delhi: A court here has dismissed a plea seeking registration of FIR against police personnel for their alleged high handedness in connection with lodging of a case relating to gang-rape of a minor girl in Delhi last year.
Special Judge Narottam Kaushal declined to prosecute the three suspended policemen, including ACP Bani Singh Ahlawat who was caught on camera slapping a 17-year-old girl protesting. The girl was trying to meet the rape victim at a hospital here.
The judge refused to order registration of FIR saying there was lack of prior sanction to prosecute the public servants.
Besides Ahlawat, the complaint was filed against Inspector Dharampal Singh, Sub-inspector Mahavir Singh and other policemen who had allegedly threatened the girl’s family and offered them money to hush up the matter.
“This court has no hesitation in observing that powers of Magistrate/Court have been curtailed by the Supreme Court…, viz a viz the powers of Officer Incharge, Police Station,…
“Be that as it may, this court is bound by the law laid.. and is of the opinion that power under section 156 (3) CrPC cannot be exercised in the absence of previous sanction for prosecution of public servant,” the court said.
“For the reasons stated above, I find no ground to order investigation or to take cognizance for offence punishable under Prevention of Corruption Act. However, the complainant is within his right to file a complaint before an appropriate court for offences punishable under IPC,” the court said.
The court’s order came on a plea filed by a RTI activist Vivek Garg seeking registration of FIR against the cops.
Garg has sought registration of FIR against Ahlawat who was suspended after the incident.
The complainant also sought action against Dharampal, the suspended station house officer of Gandhi Nagar police station where the victim’s missing persons report was registered on April 15, 2013 and the initial investigating officer of the case Sub-Inspector Mahavir Singh.
Garg’s had contended before the court that the girl, who was kidnapped and raped allegedly by Manoj and Pradeep in east Delhi and kept in captivity for two days, could have been recovered much earlier had the police swung into action immediately and launched a search for the minor.
He had also said the police, by offering Rs 2,000 to the girl’s family and not registering FIR promptly, had committed contempt of the Supreme Court.
Both Manoj and Pradeep are at lodged in Tihar jail. They are accused of kidnapping and raping the minor and also trying to strangulate her. The girl was recovered from their house 40 hours later.
After the commission of crime, the duo had left Delhi and were arrested from different places in Bihar.
The court in its order also said there is no dispute to the factual position that FIR has been registered for the offence of kidnapping and rape of the five-year-old girl.
“Complainant herein seeks registration of FIR against the police officials of Gandhi Nagar police station on account of their lapse in delayed registration of FIR, misbehaviour with protesters and offer of Rs 2,000 by the police officer to the father of the victim child.
“This court, being a Special Court under PC Act, has power to look into allegations which constitute offence punishable under Prevention of Corruption Act,” the judge added.
Murder of four-year-old girl shocks South Africans
Johannesburg: An incident of rape and murder of a four-year-old girl in a South African town has caused a wave of shock and fury in the country.
The little girl (name hidden) was allegedly raped and murdered by her 23- year-old uncle at the weekend in Brakpan, a gold and uranium mining town, southeast of Johannesburg. Her body was found under a bed at her father’s home, Xinhua reported.
The suspect, charged with murdering his niece, appeared briefly in the Brakpan Magistrates Court Monday morning. Hundreds of community members gathered outside the court, yelling and calling the accused a pig and drug addict. The crowd threatened to take justice into their own hands if the accused was not punished severely.
“The minister has called on the courts and the justice system to be swift and firm when sentencing whoever is found guilty of this crime,” said a spokesperson of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.
The court should deny the suspect bail and give him the harshest sentence possible, the official said.
The little girl is the latest victim of uncurbed violence against children in and around Johannesburg over the past few months.
In October, at least four children were killed in Diepsloot township, north of Johannesburg.
In a related development, a 34-year-old mother and her four children, aged between two months and five-years, were stabbed to death inside their home Sunday morning in a village in northern South Africa. The suspect, 44, was believed to be the woman’s boyfriend.
Ambulance driver rapes minor girl, attempts suicide on remorse
Raipur: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an ambulance driver in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on December 23, police said today.
However, apparently filled with contrition, the accused, identified as Kiran Kumar, allegedly tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire after the incident, they said.
“A case of rape was registered against Kiran, a driver with Sanjeevani 108 ambulance service, last evening on the complaint of the minor girl in Amabeda police station,” said Kanker SP RN Dash.
According to the officer, the incident occurred on the night of December 23 after the victim’s mother, a native of Amabeda village, was shifted to Kanker district hospital in the ambulance driven by Kiran.
“Kiran Kumar reportedly took the ill woman to hospital in the ambulance and returned to the patient’s house. Kiran, who was in an inebriated condition, asked the 10-year-old girl to accompany him saying her mother is serious and needs her at the hospital,” Dash said.
However, Kiran allegedly took the minor girl to an isolated place in a forest area and raped her, the SP said. He said relatives of the victim failed to inform police about the incident even after she confided in them on December 24.
The incident was reported to police on Friday, following which medical examination of the girl was conducted, which confirmed rape, the officer said.
When a police team was sent to arrest Kiran it came to know that he had allegedly attempted suicide at his residence on Thursday and suffered minor burns.
A case under section 376 (rape) of IPC and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence Act has been registered against the accused, Dash said, adding that Kiran would be arrested after he gets discharge from hospital.
Five-year-old girl raped by security guard
New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a security guard in Model Town area of North Delhi.
The accused has been booked and arrested.
According to the police, the incident happened yesterday when the girl was playing outside her house when the guard lured her to a secluded place on some pretext.
“He then raped her and threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone. The girl then returned home and revealed her ordeal to her parents,” said a police official.
They then took their daughter to the police station to lodge a case.
The police took the victim to a nearby government hospital where her condition is said to be out of danger while rape was established in her medical examination.
“A case of rape under section 376 of IPC and POCSO Act was registered and the accused, identified as Rakesh Kumar, was arrested in the evening on the basis of the victim’s statement,” the official said.
Engineer’s murder case: four held
The police arrested four persons here on Monday in connection with the murder of an engineer on December 25 near Puthukadai.
According to sources, Antony Jerush (23) of Erayamputhenthurai under Puthukadai police station limits, residing in Chennai, had come to his native place during Christmas holidays. On December 25, while Antony was travelling in a car to Marthandam along with four of his friends, a quarrel erupted between them and another group of six persons who were coming behind the car in two motor bikes.
A fight erupted between them at Mukkadu.
A man from the other group stabbed Antony and his friend Sibin.
The injured were rushed to a hospital but Antony died on the way to the hospital and his friend Sibin was undergoing treatment.
Superintendent of Police N.Manivannan had formed five special police teams to nab the culprits and they arrested C. Jegan (25) of Edaikattuvilai in Painkulam, C.Anish (27) of Kappicadu near Thengapattinam, N.Anand (25) of Vannanvilai near Painkulam and Arun (25) of Edikattuvilai near Painkulam.
A total of six persons were involved in the murder and the police are on the lookout for two more persons, sources said.
Mahesh Shetty Timarody deplores apathy of administration to pro-Sowjanya protests
BELTHANGADY : “The pro-Sowjanya protestors who have been peacefully protesting for justice in the case since the past one year, are ready for a Jail Bharo agitation and also for any amount of sacrifice. But if we fail to get justice, then we may be forced to secure justice in our own way,” warned Mahesh Shetty Timarody, President of the Prajaprabhutva Vedike.
He was participating in a huge protest held at Tannirpantha Alike on December 29, Sunday demanding CBI probe into Sowjanya case as well as all other cases of unnatural deaths reported from Dharmasthala area over the past several years.
Writer Athrady Amritha Shetty who spoke on the occasion said the elected representatives as well as police who have failed to ensure justice in Sowjanya case, should once look towards Sowjanya’s parents and understand their grief.
Sowjanya’s mother Kusumavati said “I have participated in protests heldeverywhere for the cause of my daughter and am shedding tears seeking justice.” She also said “Harshendra should be subject to probe.”
Jayaram Indabettu who also spoke, said the leaders of the Gowda community have no courage to fight for the cause.
Chandappa Gowda, father of Sowjanya and others were present.
Huge protest in Dharmasthala if pro-Sowjanya activists are attacked, warns Timarody
BELTHANGADY: “We have come to know that the evil group had convened ameeting at Dharmasthala to attack the pro-Sowjanya protestors. We will not remain silent if there is any attack on pro-Sowjanya protestors. We will converge people of the entire district before the Dharmasthala Kshetra and launch a huge protest,” said Mahesh Shetty Timarody, District President of the Prajaprabhutva Vedike.
He was speaking at a massive protest meet held at Dharmasthala-Nidle on December 29, Saturday demanding CBI probe into Sowjanya rape and murder caseand all other cases of unnatural deaths in Dharmasthala.
He further said “Through this protest meet, I am lodging a public complaint with the District Superintendent of Police demanding the arrest of those who are conspiring to disturb the pro-Sowjanya protest meet.
Shetty also demanded stern punishment to the accused in the Derlakatte student kidnap and blackmail case.
Devananda, father of Padmalatha who too met a suspicious death in Dharmasthala was in tears as he said so “ They had kidnapped my daughter who had been to the college. When I came to know that my daughter has been trapped in Beedu, I sent my son.They sent him back threatening him and asking him to send his father. They ate the exam fee paid by my daughter to the college and also her. When I enquired with the Principal, he too threatened me and warned that he will summon the police. Finally, my daughter’s body was found a month and 17 days later with hands and legs tied down on the river banks. I did not get justice in the case. Moreover, even my 5.5 acre land was also acquired forcibly.”
Athrady Amritha Shetty, Tulu writer questioned why former CM Sadananda Gowda who spoke about the Delhi, Manipal and Derlakatte cases, was not opening his mouth with regard to the Sowjanya case.
Nidle Ramanna Gowda, presided over the meeting. Sowjanya’s mother Kusumavathi, Dr BR Harale, husband of Vedavalli, Babi Gowda, father of Dinesh Gowda who met a tragic death in road mishap and others were present.
Mangalore: Strigent Punishment Should be Given to Derlakatte Culprits – Sulochana Bhat
Mangalore: BJP Mahila Morcha staged a protest in front of DC office here on December 31.
Addressing the protesters State Mahila Morcha Vice President Sulochana Bhat said that there are a number of rape and murder cases going on in this district. On December 18, a group of 8, in Derlakatte, kidnapped a boy and a girl and took both the students to a remote place and kept them in a deserted house. Later the girl and boy were forced to have sex which was recorded by the group on their mobile phones and was later used to blackmail them.
“The girl was brave and she narrated the entire story to her home people which helped in arresting the group. This is a heinous crime and the culprits should not be let out. They should be severely punished. If the government won’t punish them severely BJP Mahila Morcha will intensify their protest. On January 2, a huge protest rally will be held”, she said.
District BJP Mahila Morcha General Secretary Sushma Janardhan addressing the protesters said, “In Dumbel a poor girl was working in a house as a maid, when she was returning home after her work, three youth were waiting to rape her. There is no proper road nor street lights in the area. The girl hailing from a poor family has two sisters and a mother. To help her mother, the girl was working as a maid in a house. The three youth blocked her way, they caught hold of her, one held her legs, while the other with the help of a cloth covered face so that she would not scream and also avoid seeing her being raped. She tried to escape but her efforts were in vain since the three held her firm.
No doubt that she was a brave girl, for she pretended to be dead, the culprit out of fear removed the cloth from her mouth and the other one holding her legs released his grip. The girl immediately bit the hand of the person holding her and screamed at the top of her voice and ran away from them. This incident happened in the locality of our Health minister U T Khader. After U T Khader became the health minister people in that locality are losing their health, she said.
Sushma also demanded justice to the Medical students who were kidnapped, blackmailed and forced to have sex. Girls or women are not cheap, they should be respected in the society. Poojary was giving statements that the women should be respected in the society, but everyday women and girls are being raped, molested and murdered. The government is not taking any action against the rapists. Government should punish all the 8 persons who were involved in Derlakatte case and book them under goonda act, she urged.
Secretary Tulasi Pooja Pai, Shantha R, former Mayor Rajani Dugganna, Roopa D Bangera, Shakila Kava and other BJP Mahila Morcha members were present.
Man arrested for sexually harassing teenage daughters
Coimbatore, Dec 31: The city police on Monday arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting his daughter s aged 17 and 12.
Police said R Govindaraj of Kurumbapalayam village near Madukkarai on the outskirts of the city developed a relationship with Sharmila, wife of Sivakumar who was running a tea shop, a few years ago. Sharmila had a daughter with Sivakumar. She broke her marriage with Sivakumar and started to live with Govindaraj, a carpenter, in a rented house along with her daughter. She had another daughter from Govindaraj 12 years ago.
Meanwhile, the relationship between Govindaraj and Sharmila turned sore after the former married Revathi (24) six years ago. Sharmila walked out of the house leaving her 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old daughter under Govindaraj’s care.
In her absence, Govindaraj allegedly started sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl, studying in class 12 at a government aided school in the city. Unable to bear his torture, the girl didn’t go home and instead stayed at the school hostel.
Govindaraj then started sexually assaulting his 12-year-old daughter as well. She is studying in class 7 in a school at Kurumbapalayam.
Meanwhile, the 17-year-old girl eloped with K Saravanan (21) of Aruppukottai in Virdhunagar district to Madurai. Saravanan was a relative of Govindaraj and was working as his assistant. The Sarvanan and the 17-year-old daughter was brought to Somanur by Saravanan’s relative and handed over to Sharmila, who helped them get married in a temple.
However, the police arrested Saravanan on Sunday evening when the couple reached Coimbatore railway station, based on a missing complaint filed by Govindaraj on December 26.
“We inquired with the minor who told us that she was sexually assaulted by Govindaraj repeatedly. She stayed in the school hostel and later got married to Saravanan. We also ame to know that Govindaraj
sexually assaulted his 12-year-old daughter as well,” said inspector Munira Begam, all women police station (west).
The inspector said Govindaraj and Saravanan were arrested and remanded in judicial custody on Monday. The two girls were admitted to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for medical examination.
‘Dacoity, rape, kidnap’ cases that fooled the police
PUTTUR : Several dramatic incidents have taken place in the district ever since the Congress government came to power, It has now come to light that the Naushida kidnap case in Puttur, Haleema case in Vittal and the dacoity case in Kabaka were nothing but mere dramas.
Naushida of Madavu near Puttur had a few months ago complained that three menwith tikkis in their ears had kidnapped her and that she escaped by jumping out of the car when it slowed down.
The incident had sparked outrage as large number of people gathered outside the hospital where Naushida was admitted. However, later on Naushida took a U-turn saying she was not kidnapped but had been to Sullia by bus and that she made such a complaint fed up with torture at husband’s house.
In another case, just because Karavali Ale’s Vittal correspondent VT Prasad helped a poor Muslim woman Haleema by highlighting her travails in a report and assisting her in her house construction, a Muslim organisation attacked him and booked a rape case against him. In fact even Haleema herself has denied charges of rape.
A week after this incident, there was a dacoity case at Kallandadka near Kabaka. Though police arrested a few, many believe this to be a mere drama.
A few days later, a few locals convened a press meet and alleged that Ummar who had complained of dacoity had only enacted a drama and that he had lodged a complaint against Khader of Kallandadka accusing him of attack merely because the latter had complained against Ummar’s stone quarry which was inconveniencing locals. Villagers also alleged that Ummar used this technique to prevent people from complaining against his quarry. They have also demandedsuitable probe into the case.
Rape victim’s father was offered Rs 10 lakh
NCSC pulls up Bhiwani SP for attempt to close case
Tribune News Service
Bhiwani, December 30. The family of the Dalit schoolgirl who was reportedly raped by a schoolteacher of Nigana in the district about a month ago was being offered Rs 10 lakh to withdraw the case. This was revealed by the girl’s father to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) during a hearing of the case in Delhi today.
Shocked at the revelations by the victim’s father and the attempt of the police to close the case, the commission pulled up the Bhiwani Superintendent of Police (SP) during the hearing and directed him to review the case and report back to the commission on February 10.
The victim’s father and Dalit activist lawyer Ramdhan, who were present during the hearing at the National Commission for Scheduled Castes headquarters, said the SP informed the commission that nothing had come out of the allegations on the basis of the inquiry and they wanted to close the case.
Commission Secretary JS Chamber slammed the Superintendent of Police and termed the probe as a botched-up one which had failed to do justice to the minor Dalit girl.
“Is this the probe you have come up with? If you are unable to bring out the truth, I will refer the case to the CBI. You must review the investigation and bring out the truth so that justice is delivered. It is shocking that so many rape cases are being reported in Haryana,” the NCSC Secretary reportedly told the SP.
The girl’s father confirmed that money was offered to him to withdraw the case. “Some persons approached me on two occasions. They told me to accept Rs 8 lakh and then offered Rs 10 lakh to withdraw the case,” he said.
“Certain persons spread the rumour in the village that I had accepted the money to malign me and my family. Political pressure is being exerted on us not to pursue the case,” he alleged. He added that certain government officials had paid him a visit, urging him to ‘forget’ the incident.
The victim’s father said the SP brought the attendance register of his daughter’s class to the commission office, showing ‘P’ (present) marked in the register twice between November 6 and November 16.
“This is wrong as she did not attend school after the incident. Her condition was deteriorating every day as she seemed to have lost mental balance. We admitted her to a private hospital at Hisar, where doctors told me to shift her to Delhi,” the girl’s father said.
Ramdhan confirmed that the SP intimated the commission about the closure report, which irked the NCSC. “The SP agreed to review the case and submit a fresh report at the next hearing,” he said. The police could not close the case as the medical examination had reported vaginal rupture and the victim was a minor, he added.
The minor, a student of class X at the government school in the village, was raped by her teacher on November 6. When she did not attend school for nearly 10 days, the family suspected that something wrong.
They prodded her to reveal the reason for her continuous absence from school.
On November 16, the girl disclosed the rape, after which a number of villagers closed the school and thrashed the teacher, who then managed to escape.
The police had booked the accused teacher who was yet to be arrested.
The Education Department had suspended the teacher and transferred the entire school staff.
Money offered to withdraw case
* The girl’s father confirmed that money was offered to him to withdraw the case. “Some persons approached me on two occasions. They told me to accept Rs 8 lakh and then offered Rs 10 lakh to withdraw the case,” he said..
India Rape Cases Colored by Caste
By Krishna Pokharel and Tripti Lahiri
Vivek Singh for The Wall Street Journal
Lalasa Devi, a woman belonging to a caste once considered ‘untouchable,’ says she was raped in March by an upper-caste man from her village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Lalasa Devi says that before her attacker grabbed her by the throat, he snarled “Chamar,” the name of the so-called untouchable caste into which she was born. “What can you do to me?”
Then he threw her to the ground and raped her, she says.
Ms. Devi, a mother of four in her mid-30s, says authorities treated her poorly when she registered a complaint against her alleged assailant, who belongs to a high caste in this small northern Indian village. Nine months after the alleged rape, the man she accused is free on bail, and it isn’t clear when a trial will begin.
“I’m dying of shame,” she said in a recent interview, covering her head with the corner of her sari. “All I had was my honor…you lose that, you have nothing.” She authorized The Wall Street Journal to use her name.
Women across India face daunting obstacles in pressing sexual-assault allegations. An unfriendly justice system and fear of social stigma make many reluctant even to report such crimes, women’s rights advocates say.
Rural, lower-caste women such as Ms. Devi also face pervasive and deeply rooted discrimination against those once called “untouchables”—now known as Dalits, or oppressed people. “It’s the mind-set of the dominant castes,” says Deepika, a Dalit-rights activist in New Delhi who uses only one name. “To them, raping a Dalit woman is not a sin.”
A court in the western state of Rajasthan in 1995 acquitted five men of rape, saying upper-caste men couldn’t have raped a Dalit. The state has asked a higher court to review that case—a request that is still pending.
Attitudes toward Dalits have improved since the 1990s, and a wrenching national dialogue now is under way about sexual assault. The fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi a year ago has prompted new laws against sexual violence and efforts to improve the justice system.
In cities, more victims are stepping forward to report crimes. But in the vast hinterland, where the majority of India’s women live, change is coming much more slowly.
Doctor arrested for abuse
The Thiruverkadu police have arrested a doctor for allegedly misbehaving with a 19-year-old woman at his clinic on Tuesday.
The police said, on Monday, the woman who lives in a hostel in Vanagaram had gone to the clinic at Pallikuppam near Vanagaram, when the doctor allegedly misbehaved with her. Based on a complaint from the victim, the police arrested the doctor and remanded him to 15-day custody.
Man gets 10-year jail in dowry death case
The Mahila Court here on Tuesday convicted and sentenced M. Saravanan alias Saravanakumar to 10-year imprisonment in a dowry death case in which the victim was his wife Devi. Delivering the judgment, judge A.K.A. Rahman imposed Rs. 10,000 as fine on Saravanakumar while acquitting his mother M. Anjalai. According to the prosecution, Saravanakumar had married Devi in April 2012, and harassed her demanding dowry. Upset over this, the woman set herself afire in her house at Anna Valaivu at Thuvakudi in June 2012. Thuvakudi police booked a case against Saravanakumar under IPC sections 304 B (dowry death) and 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty).
Kolkata: Bengal gang rape victim was set on fire by attackers
Kolkata (IANS): A 16-year-old gang rape victim, who died of high degree burns, said in her dying declaration her attackers set her afire, a top officer of the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate said Wednesday.
“In her dying declaration (Tuesday) before a doctor and a police officer, the girl said Ratan Sil and Minta Sil, (accused in the rape case), set her on fire,” Additional Deputy Commissioner (Airport Division) Nimbalkar Santosh Uttamrao told IANS.
Police have now initiated murder charges against the accused, six of whom are behind bars, he said.
The girl, raped by the gang in October, was subjected to the brutality a second time after she filed a police complaint naming six people for the sexual assault.
She and her family were subjected to constant taunts and threats and Dec 23 she was admitted to the R.G. Kar Hospital here in a critical condition after she, continuous humiliated, reportedly set herself on fire.
She died of her injuries Tuesday. The parents of the girl, cremated Wednesday, too claimed the duo set her on fire.
“My daughter told police that she was set on fire by Ratan and Minta. They doused her in kerosene and then lit a match. They bolted the door from outside and went away,” said the mother who had gone to the market on the fateful day.
The father, a taxi driver, also said his daughter told police that she was set on fire by others who used to torment and harass her.
“When my wife came back, she raised an alarm and neighbours rushed my daughter to hospital,” he said.
The family, which last year migrated from Bihar and settled in Madhyamgram of North 24-Parganas district, was forced to relocate to a shanty near Kolkata airport after being subjected to threats and humiliation following the arrest of her attackers.
The father during the day met Governor M.K. Narayanan and sought death penalty for the girl’s tormentors as well as security for his family after being allegedly threatened and harassed by police.
“Police threatened me, asking me to go back to Bihar. I have also been warned I would not be allowed to drive a taxi here,” he said.
The family has now vowed to stay on and fight for justice.
The incident led to political tussle after police earlier in the day allegedly tried to forcibly cremate the girl’s body.
While the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress accused the administration of trying to suppress facts by attempting to forcibly cremate the body, police refuted the allegation.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, on the other hand, dubbed the allegation as an attempt by the opposition to malign it.
Probe ordered after rape accused kills self
Tue Dec 31 2013, 03:41
After a 27-year-old youth accused of raping a minor Dalit girl committed suicide a day after he was sent to jail in the case, the Bahraich district administration has ordered a magesterial inquiry into the claims that he was framed.
Dinesh Lodh was booked on charges of rape and the SC/ST Atrocities Act and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The police are yet to receive the medical examination of the victim.
The case was registered at Bahraich’s Kharghat police station on December 22 and Dinesh was arrested on December 24. He hanged himself in jail next day.
Dinesh’s father Dhillar Lodh, a daily wage labourer, who sought an inquiry, told The Indian Express that his son had an altercation with the girl’s mother on December 22 over a small issue. Dinesh then slapped the girl and her mother hit him with a blunt object, he claimed.
Dinesh belonged to Markhanda village while the girl belongs to a nearby village.
Dhillar Lodh alleged the girl and her mother later reached the police station and got a rape case lodged against his son.
Dhillar further said: “The police took my son from our house on December 22 and detained him for two days before producing him in court on December 24. After his arrest, I found out from the locals that the girl’s mother had an altercation with Dinesh and there was no incident of rape. The police tortured my son in custody for two days. Unable to bear the humiliation, he committed suicide in jail.”
Dinesh, who was also a daily wage labourer, is survived by his wife, Suman, whom he had married after a love affair of three years, and a one-year-old child.
Kharghat police station SHO R N Singh said the victim’s mother alleged in the complaint that her 11-year-old daughter was working in the field when Dinesh raped her.
The SHO denied charges of Dinesh’s illegal detention and his torture in police custody.
“The process of victim’s medical examination is going on,” he added.
Bahraich additional district magistrate (ADM) Prem Prakash Singh said an inquiry has been ordered on all the allegations made by family.
He added that city magistrate Hari Ram Singh, who is inquiring into the matter, has been asked to submit the report within 15-days.
Meanwhile, SHO Singh said Dinesh was jailed for about five months in a case of elopement of a girl who was recovered later. He was released from jail 15 days before he was arrested in the rape case.
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INDIA: No redress for sexual harassment at the work place
Anjuman Ara Begum*
Sabita Lahkar, a Guwahati based female journalist called for a press
conference on September 10, 2003 demanding justice publicly for sexual
harassment at workplace. She was working as the Chief Sub-editor at a
vernacular daily /Amar Asom/. She alleged that her senior, editor in
chief and a well known literary figure in the state of Assam had
sexually harassed her for a period of three years. She registered a
case with the Assam State Commission for Women (case no: ASCW 44/2003)
and another with the Assam Human Rights Commission (case no: 4652/03)
and also sent letters to Press Council of India and to the Editors’
Guild of India seeking action. A few journalists arranged a protest
meeting in solidarity on September 10, 2003. She registered a FIR on
17 September, 2003 at the Paltan Bazar Police Station at Guwahati
(case number: 321/17-09-03, under section 354/509 of the Indian Penal
Code). The Assam Human Rights Commission acted on her petition and
ordered the management of /Amar Asom/ to constitute a redressal
committee in its office as per the guidelines framed by the Supreme
Court of India against sexual harassment at the workplace in 1997
(Vishaka vs State of Rajasthan and others, 1997 AIR 1997 SC 3011,
popularly known as the Vishaka case). The management accordingly
formed the redressal committee and Sabita was asked to depose her
statement. Her grievances were recorded. However, the person whom she
accused was not called for interrogation. Subsequently, a hostile work
environment made it hard for Sabita to continue her job. Financial
constrains had an adverse impact on her career and she remained
jobless for few years. The police did not investigate the case
properly in that the accused was never summoned for interrogation. Ten
years after her complaint, Sabita again wrote to the National Human
Rights Commission and issued a press statement entitled ‘demanding
justice’ on November 22, 2013, reminding everyone that she is still
there, waiting for justice.
Sabita’s case is not the only one in the male dominated workplace in
India. Women constitute 48.46 percent of India’s population. According
to the International Labour Organisation’s Global Employment Trends
, India’s labour force participation rate for women was 29 in
2009-2010. Out of 131 countries with available data, India ranks 11th
from the bottom in female labour force participation. The low rank is
due to the cultural attitude, social norms and fear of sexual
harassment deterring women to take up certain professions in a country
like India. Eight percent GDP growth of the country required women
folk to join the workforce. This requirement is further encouraged by
women empowerment programmes, reservation policies and other reverse
With the women’s entry into the work force, traditionally male
dominated sectors became shared space, minimising the social division
of labour based on gender. However, sexual harassment by co-workers
became an issue for female professionals. Physical, mental, verbal and
non-verbal sexual harassment at the workplace affects women’s
performance as the experience is humiliating and unsafe.
The development of legal safeguards against sexual harassment of
women at the workplace is a recent phenomenon following the sexual
assault of a female in Rajasthan in 1990s. In 1992, Bhanwari Devi, a
female social activist was gang raped while working against child
marriage in a village near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Bhanwari Devi belonged
to an oppressed caste and was financially marginalised. In 1985, she
joined a women’s development programme undertaken by government of
Rajasthan and later she became vocal against child marriage. As a
result of her opposition to child marriage, she became a target of the
dominant caste population in the village. On September 22, 1992, she
was gang raped by five men while working at a field along with her
husband. An FIR was filed and she refused to accept extra legal
settlement with money as compensation. In 1995, the District and
Session court delivered an order stating that dominant caste men could
not rape a women belonging to oppressed caste. The judgement provoked
nationwide protest and the women’s organisations in the country
started campaigning for justice against sexual harassment at the work
The gang rape left an irretrievable damage in Bhanwari Devi’s life.
After her brutal gang rape, Bhanwari was ostracised by her community
and was not allowed to live in the village. She was considered as a
‘bad’ woman in the community and this impacted her children’s
education and marriage prospects.
A women’s group filed public interest litigation before the Supreme
Court of India claiming enforcement of fundamental right to equality,
right to life with dignity and the right to work and carry out a
profession under article 14, 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution. In
1997, the Supreme Court of India passed its judgment in Vishaka vs.
State of Rajasthan and others, popularly known as Vishakha judgment
and framed elaborated guidelines to deal with the sexual harassment at
The Constitution of the India guarantees gender equality, the right
to work with human dignity under articles 14, 15 19(1)(g), 42 and 21.
A workplace free from the fear of sexual harassment is implicit and a
pre requisite for gender justice. The Supreme Court of India noted in
the Vishakha judgment that the ‘present civil and penal laws in India
do not adequately provide for specific protection of women from sexual
harassment in work places’ and that ‘the enactment of such legislation
will take considerable time’. Guidelines are meant to be followed by
the employers and establishments and recommended for the establishment
of internal complaint committee at the workplace to ‘provide
procedures for resolution, settlement and prosecution for the acts of
sexual harassment’ and suggested preventive measures. However, as
always, the guidelines remained on paper.
Implementation of the guidelines remained discretionary and no
mechanism was created to monitor its implementation. The majority of
the work places lack internal complaint committees. Recently
allegation of sexual harassment at the workplace was widely reported
in the media by a law intern and a female journalist. Both of them
alleged sexual harassment by their seniors while working with them.
The Supreme Court constituted a three member penal to investigate into
the case alleged by the law intern. The media house too invited a
eminent personalities to constitute an internal complaint committee.
This indicates that Vishakha guidelines were ignored by most of the
employers including Supreme Court.
The absence of proper mechanisms and uncertainty of justice compels
women in India to keep silence over sexual harassment for fear of
losing their jobs and character assassination. Hostile environments
after complaining of sexual harassment against their co-workers, often
force women to leave organisations and face financial insecurity.
A ray of hope could be that the guidelines framed by Supreme Court
has now received a legal shape and the Sexual Harassment of Women at
the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 was
passed in April, 2013 and rules for implementation of this Act were
notified on December 9, 2013.
Sexual harassment has been defined as sexually determined unwelcome
behaviour which may be direct or implied, physical contact and
advances, a demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured
remarks, showing pornography, any other unwelcome physical, verbal or
non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.
A workplace would mean, any private sector organisation, hospital and
nursing home, sports institution, any place visited by the employees
in due court of the work, a dwelling house or workplace owned in
‘unorganised sector’. And an ‘employee’ would mean any person who is
hired on permanent or temporary, /adhoc /or voluntary basis. Domestic
workers employed for household work are also covered by the Act.
The Act prescribes constitution of internal complaint committees
comprising of a female as the presiding officer and other members made
up of one third females. There should be another district level ‘local
complaint committee’ to receive complaints from workplaces with less
than ten employees. The Act also provides punishment for false or
However, under section 10 the Act provides for ‘conciliation’ before
the initiation of an inquiry giving a chance to the aggrieved woman to
settle the matter along with the accused. The Act prescribes that
monetary consideration cannot be a part of such settlement.
Considering the unequal position of women in the society, this
provision may be abused.
Being a state party to the Convention Against All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), it’s also an obligation on
Indian Government to provide harassment free work environment to women
as a commitment to end discrimination against women committed by both
public and private actors. CEDAW defined sexual harassment at the
workplace to include ‘unwelcome sexually determined behaviour as
physical contact and advances, sexually coloured remarks, showing
pornography and sexual demands, whether by word or action and equality
in employment can be seriously impaired when women are subjected to
gender specific violence, such as sexual harassment in the work
place’. The Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention,
Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 has compiled with this definition
of ‘sexual harassment’. Mere adoption of a definition is not enough.
Several recommendations forwarded by CEDAW in 2007 are yet to be
accepted seriously by the policy makers of the country.
The cases of Sabita Lahkar and Bhanwari Devi indicate the complex
nature and neglect of the issue of sexual harassment at the
workplace arising out the unequal position of women in the society.
Sabita was a lower ranked employee and fell short to counter the
influential personality of her senior assaulter. As a result justice
was denied by the justice delivery system as Bhanwari Devi belonged to
a low income marginalised community. Even after years, justice remains
elusive for the aggrieved women who exhibited extra ordinary courage
and defied the culture of silence over sexual harassment.
It is a deep concern that the response of law enforcement mechanism
is frustrating and humiliating for women. Preliminary steps in
accessing justice, such as filing an FIR is often a big hurdle. The
legislative measures may not fill the gap as the fundamental concern
of its enforcement is often ignored. Despite having the best laws on
paper, implementation and enforcement of laws by agencies like the
police remains weak in India. The absence of women in decision making
positions at all levels makes it more difficult to implement gender
specific laws and policies.
Sexual harassment, or more generally, violence against women is a
result of deep rooted prevalence of direct, indirect, explicit or
implicit discrimination against women prevalent across cultures. Long
term, durable reformative policies in law enforcement architecture
aiming to ensure substantive equality for women need to be adopted.
Affirmative action like raising awareness on what constitutes sexual
harassment, encouraging complaints against abuses, enhancing the
capacity of institutions to investigate and prosecute complaints and
fast access to justice bring ensure dignity for every women
professional in India.
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The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental
organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations
and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the
protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group
was founded in 1984.
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Bengal gang rape victim was pregnant, say police
Kolkata, Jan 3 (IANS): The 16-year-old girl, who died after being raped twice by a gang and then set ablaze, was pregnant, according to police who sent the foetus for forensic test to determine its age and parentage. The West Bengal government continued to come under attack from the opposition and civil society for the “shameful incident”.
Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra Thursday “strongly deplored” attempts to “play politics” over the girl’s body, and denied medical negligence in her treatment at a government hospital, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee smelt a conspiracy.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar police commissionerate Nimbalkar Santosh Uttamrao said the girl – the daughter of a taxi driver from Bihar – was pregnant when she died.
“The doctor treating the girl told us she was pregnant at the time of her death. We have sent the foetus to the forensic science laboratory for determining its age and parentage,” he said.
Police have already slapped murder charges against two accused, now under custody, based on the girl’s dying declaration that the duo had set her ablaze.
Chief Secretary Mitra, fielded by the beleaguered state government to articulate its stand on the issue, refused to answer media queries and limited himself to reading a statement at the state secretariat.
“The government is fully with the bereaved family. However, at this point I wish to deplore… strongly deplore the tendency to play politics over a dead body,” Mitra said.
“There is no evidence of medical negligence. A six-member medical board was looking at the girl. She was in the trauma centre and isolation ward. Finally, she died of multiple organ failure due to extensive burns… around 65 to 70 percent burns.”
“The state government and police are totally cooperating with the family. We also provided assistance in her last rites… what they had asked of us,” said Mitra, in the wake of criticism of police who had allegedly taken away the girl’s body by force for cremation, but had to relent after the parents refused to hand over the death certificate.
The body was finally handed back to the family, who cremated her.
The chief minister hit back, and claimed a conspiracy has been hatched to stop the government from serving the people.
“Some people are indulging in conspiracy. When no other politics works, such conspiracies are hatched,” Banerjee said.
“We will continue to be with the people. We will bring development, peace. The better you work, the more intense will be the conspiracy, narrow politics,” she said.
In Patna, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned the incident, and announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs.1 lakh for the girl’s family and deputed a top police official to meet her parents in Kolkata.
Bihar Police Director General (Special Branch) G.S. Gangwar called on the family, and listened to their tale.
“I shall give a report on my return. I shall also hand over a letter to the director general of police, Bengal, written by his Bihar counterpart,” Gangwar said.
The Left Front brought out rallies and processions in various areas of Kolkata and in the districts, condemning the incident and the “disgusting role” played by police. The Congress also hit the streets.
“The Mamata Banerjee government’s honeymoon is over. Now it is their turn to give answers. We will lay siege to the secretariat on Jan 8,” said Communist Party of India state secretariat member Gautam Deb.
Leader of Opposition and CPI-M politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra criticised the chief secretary’s comments.
“What we heard is only His Master’s Voice. Irrespective of whether they are in the government or the opposition, political parties will do politics. Is it the chief secretary’s responsibility to do politics?”
Targeting Banerjee, who is also the state home minister, Mishra said: “The main responsibility is that of the person who polices the police.”
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly termed the incident as “horrible”, and demanded that the perpetrators be given “stringent punishment”, and anybody found reluctant to book the guilty should also be brought to justice.
A section of civil society members held a meeting at the Rabindra Sarobar compound, protesting the incident.
The teenager was gang-raped twice in October. She breathed her last Tuesday at the government-run R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted with severe burn injuries Dec 23.
Delhi gang-rape: Convicts tell High Court case made up at behest of Ministry of Home Affairs
Two of the four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape case on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that the case against them was “not investigated but prepared at the behest of the Ministry of Home Affairs and political bosses”.
Mukesh and Pawan were tortured into giving self- incriminating stances, their counsel claimed before a bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani.
“The entire case is outcome of torture and fabrication just to please the political bosses. There is length of lacuna which gives clear indication of fabrication of evidence against them,” advocate M L Sharma submitted before the bench which was hearing their appeals against conviction and sentence.
The counsel said “the government has issued a statement on December 23 vowing to punish the rapists even when till that time no sample was sent to CFSL to ascertain that the accused were the culprits.”
“This shows that this case was not investigated. It was prepared at the behest of MHA and the political bosses.” The counsel also questioned as to how did the police find blood on the seats when it was their own case that the victim was raped on the floor at the rear end of the vehicle.
He also said that the injury caused to the girl could have been sustained due to fall from the bus.
The convicts’ counsel completed his arguments and will now file a synopsis by January 15.
Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan will rebutt the arguments tomorrow.
Besides Mukesh and Pawan, Akshay and Vinay were also sentenced to death by a fast track court last year for gangrape and murder of 23-year-old paramedic in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.
The bench has already heard their arguments in appeal.
Woman Delhi police constable accuses SI of rape
A woman constable of Delhi Police has accused a sub-inspector (SI) of allegedly raping her after solemnising a marriage in Najafgarh area of south west Delhi.
According to the police, the SI, identified as Ravi Rathi, who is posted with East Delhi’s Pandav Nagar Police Station, has gone missing after the matter was reported.
Rathi and the victim are 2010 batch police personnel and meteach other during their training and befriended.
A police official said Rahti is already married but he concealed this fact from the victim and proposed her for marriage.
She agreed and both got married at a temple. Rathi then allegedly developed physical relation with the victim.
“Rathi then started ignoring the victim. About 15 days back, the victim learnt that Rathi was already married. She then decided to teach him a lesson and approached Najafgarh Police Station to lodge a rape case,” said a police official.
The official said the victim was taken to a hospital where her medical report proved that she was raped. Police then lodged a rape case under section 376 of IPC.
Meanwhile, when Rathi, got to know that an FIR was lodged against him, fled from his house. Police conducted raids at his house and a relative’s house but he managed to give the cops a slip.
“Rathi is now absconding, we have informed his family and a senior official about the matter. He will land in police net soon,” the police said.
Man held for raping, dumping woman in river
KANPUR: A 25-year-old Dalit Asha worker was allegedly raped and dumped in Yamuna River at Lalauli village of Fatehpur district on Tuesday evening. The accused, Asif alias Kallu of Newatganj Zafarganj, Fatehpur is known to the victim and has been arrested.
As per the FIR, the victim, along with her children, had come to visit her parents in Ghatampur area a few days ago. “On Tuesday morning, Asif offered her a lift on his bike and took her to a secluded place in Lalauli village near river Yamuna and raped her. When she threatened to complain to the police, Asif pushed her into the river and fled,” said station incharge SP Verma. She was later rescued by alert locals of Lalauli village. They approached the patrolling team at the highway and apprised them about the incident. The woman recounted the horror to the police and also told them that he used to stalk her in the past.
Shortly after, Asif was arrested and he confessed to the crime. He was thereafter produced before a court and has been sent to jail on Wednesday. Medical examination of the woman has confirmed rape, said an official at Zafarganj police station. Investigating officer, said, “We arrested him from his hideouts in the village on Wednesday. He allegedly committed the crime on Tuesday and was on the run. He has been booked under sections 376, 307 and SC/ST Act.”
Tingalady gang rape case hushed up?
PUTTUR : Villagers of Tingalady strongly feel that the recent suspected case of gang rape of a school girl in the village, is virtually hushed up with the police failing to crack the case.
It is learnt, on December 28, Saturday, a group of assailants had taken a school girl in an autorickshaw with promise that she will be dropped at her school for theannual day celebrations. The girl was then taken by a jeep when she tried to jump out of the jeep. A Congress leader of Sullia who noticed this had reportedly followed the jeep.
It is said the girl was later taken in an autorickshaw by the assailants who then raped her at an isolated place. Rumours were also agog in the village regarding this.
The Rural Police had even taken up investigation and had interrogated a few suspects. However, they could not proceed further as no complaint was lodged from the victim’s side.
It is also being said that lack of public co-operation in investigation by the police had left this case buried.
Youth rapes girl, uploads nude pictures on social media
Imphal: A youth allegedly sedated his woman friend, raped her and took her nude pictures which he uploaded on a social networking site, police said on Friday.
Allam Rajak Makakmayum raped the Mainipuri girl, with whom he had a year-long friendship, after making her unconscious in a lodge at Tura in Meghalaya in September 2012, police said, quoting the complainant.
Promising to marry her later, Allam left for Pune where he was a post-graduate student, they said.
The victim, a college student in Tura, returned home on a vacation in Thoubal district of Manipur and found her nude pictures in a social networking site on December 20 last year, they said.
Police is looking for the offender who also hails from Manipur.
Delhi gang-rape: One year on, women still not ‘Nirbhaya’
A petrifying shriek pierced our hearts, minds and souls on one cold December night of 2012. The scream was not just the plea of help from a young woman later acronymed Nirbhaya because she had been cornered by a group of ruthless predators, but it was metaphorically the cry of helplessness of millions of girls and young women in India, who dread lurking dangers as they step out on lonely streets.
Of the many rape cases that take place every four minutes in this country, Nirbhaya’s example stood out like a flame in the pitch dark recess of our collective conscience. It awakened us to a reality that we resignedly dismiss due to our silent acceptance of the fact that women will continue to be unsafe, if they live in India.
The Nirbhaya fire shone light not only over the unfortunate fate of those many many women who have been attacked, its fury licked and lashed wildly at our inertia, set fire to our imagination, and threatened to turn into a conflagration that would c
For years we have been mute spectators to the ever deteriorating condition of women’s safety, and for years we have read newspapers full of bloodied incidents; but Nirbhaya case seemed something else.
The unnamed young woman was not just raped, she was brutalized in body and soul. The gruesomeness of the incident was like few others in the past, and no normal human being could remain untouched or undisturbed when details emerged of what actually transpired in that ill-fated bus, as it circled menacingly on Ring Road in South Delhi.
While Nirbhaya’s case startled and shook us, there are millions of women who face subjugation, harassment, molestation, and are raped without ever reporting these incidents.
Even if we go just by figures that are in the public domain, the scenario seems horrific enough. As per the report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) – “Crime in India 2012” – rape is the fastest growing crime in India and has jumped by 902% since 1971. Of the total number of cases reported, in a shocking 98.2% the offenders were known to the victims. Last year alone, a total of 24,923 rape cases were registered in the country.
As far as dispensing justice is concerned, India’s track record is even more abysmal with only one-third of all complaints converting into FIRs. Of the FIRs registered, charge-sheets are issued in only half the cases, and further trials are completed in just over 14% of the charge-sheeted cases, from among which offenders are found guilty only in a quarter. Mathematically, this means less than 0.5% of people against whom a complaint has been filed ever get punished!
Expectedly, Delhi lives up to its reputation of being the rape capital of India – it has the maximum number of rape cases reported amongst all major cities of the country. A document called ‘Crime against Women’ tabled in Parliament in 2011 endorses the fact with Delhi indexing 433 cases. Mumbai is a distant second with 235 cases, followed by Bhopal that registered 100 incidents of rape. Bangalore, Indore and Jaipur are the next cities in line, while Madhya Pradesh is the most unsafe when states are taken as a whole.
Of the total rape cases reported in the country in 2011, a little over one-tenth of the victims were girls under 14 years of age! Nineteen percent were teenage girls between 14 and 18, while 54% of the victims were in the age group 18 to 30 years. Fifteen percent of the victims were between 30-50 years old and 0.6% were over 50 years.
If we were to look at the issue of women’s safety overall – including stalking, molestation, dowry deaths etc – NCRB 2012 data shows Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh is the most unsafe followed by cities mostly in the Hindi heartland region like Kota, Kollam (this one being in Kerala), Jaipur, Indore, Jodhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Patna, Srinagar, Durg, Bhilainagar, Bhopal, Meerut, Agra, Faridabad, and then Delhi.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Nirbhaya case, the government had hurriedly passed an ordinance against sexual violence. However, many are sceptical about its effectiveness considering that it overlooks many of the recommendations made by Justice J S Verma Committee. For example, marital rape is not taken into consideration, and there are many loopholes when dealing with sexual violence cases perpetuated by personnel of security forces and public servants.
The law also fails to accept the Verma Committee recommendations on protecting the victim from the traumatising post rape examination called the ‘two-finger test’.
Not only should all the above considerations be included in future law-making processes, Police reform – both urban and rural – is an absolute must. Police need to be trained so as to change their mental conditioning in matters of women’s status, pressed about sensitive handling of victims and urged to speedily take action in case a complaint of sexual violence is registered.
The government, police and administration need to learn lessons fast, but the biggest transformation must take place in our homes. We, the people, need to change and free ourselves from cobwebs of archaic beliefs related with a women and her perceived diminutive status.
Economic disparity that leaves many on the edge of society (these people hang out in packs and wish to endorse their position in society through acts of violence) and the misplaced belief in male superiority have been found to be fundamental reasons behind high rates of crime against women. Over and above, the lack of convictions in rape cases and associated dishonour linked with the victim helps buy silence of many of the unfortunate.
But this silence cannot be taken for granted forever.
As witnessed during the Nirbhaya case, the dormant angst of so many of us can erupt any time like a volcano, scald the consecrated lanes of Rajpath, shake government establishments and threaten to liquefy the foundations of our societal set up.
The scenario is scary. The clock is ticking.
Inside the mind of a rapist
When the tsunami of protests against the Delhi gang-rape case reached the presidential palace last December, many hoped that it would be the turning point in India’s modern age struggle – one to provide women the freedom of movement, and an escape from oppressive and daunting safety problems.
But hardly have the embers of Delhi rape victim’s pyre extinguished that papers are strewn with news of one sexual assault after the other. In the clutch of fear is not only the pitiable Indian woman; guests are not spared either in this country that preaches ‘athithi devo bhava’.
Just this month two terrible instances have been reported, the first one pertaining to the gang-rape of a Swiss woman, who was accompanied by her male companion in Datia area of Madhya Pradesh. Little did the poor woman know that cycling and camping would be such a crime in India for it took little time for six or more men to pounce on her and rape her, just like predators in search of a prey in the jungle.
Coming from a continent where camping in the countryside meadows and forests is considered recreation, the couple from Europe were completely out of touch with the badlands of Chambal. Her male companion was thrashed and both were also looted of their cash, mobile phones and laptops before the horrific act of gang-rape was perpetuated.
Sad but true, the two will now take home not happy memories of an India tour they had sought as a holiday, but the worst nightmare of their lives.
Soon after this incident, we heard that a British woman had no option but to jump from the first storey room of her hotel in Agra after its manager and his assistant tried to force themselves on her. She is now nursing a fractured leg besides a shaken soul.
No wonder the United Kingdom has issued an advisory to women travellers to India, cautioning them against increasing cases of sexual assault on young women.
Recently, we also saw the arrest of the son of a senior IPS officer, Bitti Mohanty, who had been on the run for the past six years in a case related with a German woman’s rape.
The scroll of such misdeeds is unending and India has to live with the ignominy that is being heaped on us by these prowling hooligans, who are unfettered by law, leave alone basic human values and decency.
The question of why these crimes take place in such frequency in India brings out starkly the point of disjointed evolution of India; for the maturation of the mind has not kept pace with the rapid economic progress made by the country. While the population has more money and opportunities, mentally we are trapped by feudal mindsets, which reinforce the belief that men are superior.
There can be several reasons why a man rapes a woman or why a gang-rape takes place, but the lack of sexual freedom along with the urge to establish the superiority of their masculinity may be two reasons why India particularly has such a huge problem on its hands.
The behaviour may be the outcome of what well-known American feminist, activist and author Gloria Steinem describes as the “cult of masculinity”, which she felt is the basis of “every violent regime”.
This is precisely the reason why rape has been used as a tool of assault in so many wars, where the victors not only derive sexual pleasure from the act, but want to inflict humiliation on the losing side.
It is also because of this rationale that Marcia Cohen and Sherrie H McKenna in their papers ‘Rape: Psychology, Prevention and Impact’ published by Yale have tried to debunk the myth that rape is primarily a sexual act and justified that rather it is a crime of violence.
According to the studies they cited, most rapists belong to the lower economic strata. Startlingly, they plan before raping, so it is not necessarily a spur of the moment occurrence, especially when the crime is done in a pair or as a gang. The choice of victim is often “left to chance and circumstance”.
While several other criminal and psychiatric reasons have been quoted by studies, the Yale paper said a “more widely accepted theory is that most rapists seem to come from a subculture of violence whose values may be different from those of the dominant culture. Therefore these adolescents and young men may be demonstrating their toughness and masculinity in a more violent and anti-social manner”.
This possibly hits the nail when it comes to examining the Indian problem, where disjointed growth is creating different societies for different people. According to Nicholas Groth, author of ‘Men Who Rape’, gang-rapes are predominantly committed by young men, who wish to be held in high esteem amongst peers and thus demonstrate sexually aggressive behaviour. They sometimes try to show their act to be a legitimate one by supposedly enforcing a code or punishment on women they perceive not fitting their ideal notion and seemingly immoral in some way.
Interviewed offenders in the Yale study, therefore predictably, “believed that the prevention or avoidance of rape was the responsibility of the women.” The rapists’ advice to women was not to “go out alone, not to hitchhike, not to drink alone and to learn self defence!” Their thinking only further reinforces the validity of the ‘cult of masculinity’ theory.
Whatever may be the reasons for this debase crime, the need for resolving it cannot be understated. Besides discarding the insouciant approach of the unaffected bystander, a two-pronged approach may be the answer. The first solution has to be education, where feudal mindsets are slowly reformed to instill respect for women, and the second should be the swift deliverance of justice.
Nothing would work better than that.
Hunt on for teacher accused of molesting 11 minor girls
Police have launched a manhunt for a teacher following a complaint that he has been sexually assaulting 11 minor tribal girls at a hostel in Peddavoora mandal in Nalgonda district for the last five months.The accused, Harish (25), allegedly violated 11 of the 44 girls (all aged below 13 years) staying at the hostel.
Speaking to The Hindu , Nalgonda SP T. Prabhakar Rao said the victims have been sent for a medical examination. “We have launched a manhunt to nab the accused,” he said. The hostel is located in Enemeedha tanda under Tungaturthy gram panchayat.
Haliya Inspector and Peddavoora SI visited the hostel late on Friday evening and spoke to some of the inmates of the hostel.The SP said that a couple — Srinivas and Sabitha — from Guntur district were running the hostel since a couple of years. The couple had roped in Harish, a local, to teach the girls.
Alleging sexual harassment by senior, scientist serves notice on Icrisat
A woman scientist working with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) has reportedly served a notice on the organisation alleging that she was harassed by her senior and that the management failed to respond properly.
Even after lodging a complaint with the management after the incident in January 2013, it has failed to nominate women members to the committee, including an NGO, and take action against the accused, she alleged.
The 28-year-old scientist stated that she had complained to the Governing body about the incident and though she agreed not to pursue the case if the accused tendered a public apology, it never happened. N.J. Poole, chairman of the Governing Board of Icrisat, in a reply to her notice, said they would request the management to reopen and reassess the complaint afresh.
She further alleged that she and the person “responsible” for the entire trauma caused to her, continue to be working in the same department despite specific rules which makes it mandatory for the complainant and the accused to be separated in the workplace. Late on Friday night, the Icrisat issued a release stating that the management has taken appropriate action in this case. “The person concerned has apologised to the complainant and the apology was accepted by the complainant. This is also mentioned in the media report. On further request by the complainant to the Governing Board of Icrisat to re-open the case, the Governing Board readily agreed to the request and this was conveyed to the Complainant,” Icrisat informed in the statement.
The case will be reopened and further investigation would be taken up, informed an official of the Icrisat.
Delhi Police orders charge sheets in rape cases within 20 days
New Delhi: Under fire over women’s security following the December 16, 2012 gang-rape incident, Delhi Police in a landmark decision on Friday announced that charge sheets in rape cases will be filed within 20 days to ensure speedy justice to victims.
“Crime against women is a big concern for us and we will try our best to curb them. We have issued an order today that says particularly in rape cases, charge sheet would be filed within 20 days,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi told reporters here.
“If not, it will be brought to the notice of the Joint Police Commissioner with reasons of the charge sheet not being filed (within 20 days).
“And if the charge sheet is not filed even after 30 days, then it will be brought to the notice of Special Commissioner (Law and Order) and Special Commissioner (Crime) explaining the delay and then these officers will bring it to the Commissioner’s notice in a consolidated way,” he said.
The step has been taken to ensure speedy justice to victims of rape as in the past, activists have accused police of delaying investigations in these cases. As per law, investigators get 90 days to file a charge sheet in a rape case.
Bassi said the department will write to the education department to introduce self defence training as a compulsory subject for girl students of the age between 5-7 years.
“Delhi Police will write to the Director of Education to include ‘self defence training’ as a compulsory subject for girl students aged between 5-7 years so that by the time they attend the age when they could be vulnerable, they are prepared to defend themselves,” he said at Delhi Police’s annual press conference.
Last year saw a steep hike in offences against women with molestation and rape cases rising alarmingly by 412 and 129 per cent respectively.
According to police, 1559 cases of rape were registered in 2013 against 680 in 2012, a hike of 129.26 per cent. As many as 3347 cases of molestation were also reported in the past year as against 653, which is a rise of 412.56 per cent.
Talking about the issue and underlining various steps taken for women security in the past one year, Bassi said, “Safety of vulnerable sections of our society, women and children are our major areas of concern.”
“Helplines for women safety have been announced, 24×7 helpdesks are available in every police station. Apart from these, lady policemen manage women helplines in every PS. Areas with paying guest accommodation where women stay in Delhi have been kept under special watch,” he said.
In the recent past, the lines for Police Helpline number (100) have been increased from 40 to 100 while lines for Women Helpline number (1091) have been risen from 4 to 10. There are dedicated telephones managed by women in each police station, he said.
“Delhi police had carried out a security audit of 392 paying guest accommodation and 255 vulnerable routes have been kept under watch. Women officers have been stationed in 100 PCR vans while 398 beats have been brought under Parivartan schemes. Special deployment has been made at 300 bus stops,” Bassi said.
Delhi Police is in the process of recruiting an additional 306 women sub-inspectors while 1300 women constables will also be recruited. Special focus has been laid on response to complaints of obscene calls and stalking while 800 patrol vans, have been given instructions to assist women returning late at night or if stranded anywhere.
Other steps taken to ensure women’s security include motorcycle patrols, emergency response vehicles deployed around girls’ schools and colleges at the time of opening and closing. The department has also identified dark stretches and police personnel are deployed there.
Man held for raping daughter for five years
Kumbakonam, Nov 23: A newborn baby found abandoned at a bus shelter in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam town on Monday led to unravelling of a tale of torture and rape of a 22-year-old woman by her own father for five long years. The officials tracked the woman, who abandoned the baby, on Thursday and found to their shock that it was her 48-year-old father who had made her pregnant.
The woman said she was confined to a room at the house where the man was living with his second wife and children, and raped several times over the past five years. The woman was his daughter from his first wife. She gave birth to three children during the period and it was her third child that she abandoned at the bus shelter.
The father, an autorickshaw driver hailing from Chennai and now residing in Kumbakonam, was arrested on Friday based on her complaint. He was booked under several sections of the IPC, including rape, and the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Women Harassment Act, 2002.
On November 17, a newborn male baby was found abandoned at a bus shelter in Kumbakonam. The baby was rescued by child helpline officials and admitted to the Kumbakonam government hospital for treatment. During investigation, police tracked down the woman and she narrated her story to them.
Police said the girl had been living with her maternal grandparents at Jayankondam in Ariyalur district after her mother separated from her father. But the father came down to Kumbakonam and got married to another woman. The couple had four children. When her grandparents passed away, the father took her to live with him and his family in Kumbakonam. Since then, she has been confined to a room in the house, she said. She accused her father of forcing her into a sexual relationship with him by intimidating her. Subsequently, she gave birth to three children.
After giving birth to the third child at the Kumbakonam government hospital 10 days ago, she decided to flee from her father and further torture. She abandoned the baby at the bus shelter and escaped. But police tracked her down. The father has been lodged in Kumbakonam sub-jail after a city court remanded him in custody. The woman was taken to the hospital where her baby was undergoing treatment.
Six-yr-old girl raped in Ballia
Ballia: A six year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Naduahaldipur village under Ubhaon police station area here, police said on Saturday.
The incident took place yesterday when accused Avdesh, a labourer, lured the victim to an old building and allegedly raped her there, they said.
A villager, who heard the cries of the girl, handed over the accused to the police, they said.
Woman gang-raped by her husband’s friends
Faridabad: A woman has been allegedly gang-raped by two of her husband’s friends here, police said on Friday.
“The woman was taken to an isolated place and gang-raped two days ago by two of her husband’s friends while she was on her way back home, after meeting her husband who is currently lodged in Neemka Jail,” according to the police official.
The two accused are still at large but an FIR has been lodged against two men identified as Gurdeep Singh and Jageer Singh, police said.
The woman met the two friends outside the Jail, who on the pretext of giving her false assurance about her husband’s term, took her to a forested area where they raped her, the police said.
Sexual harassment: Demand to oust TTS principal
Members of the Dalit Liberation Movement of Tamil Nadu held a demonstration in Chennai on Thursday, demanding the ouster of the principal of the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary (TTS) in Madurai. The principal has been accused of sexual harassment and favouritism and the issue has been running for two years.
The demonstrators also protested against the role of Devasahayam, the bishop of CSI’s powerful Madras Diocese, who is also the chairman of the TTS.
S Karuppiah, general secretary, Dalit Liberation Movement, said his organisation had been struggling against the bishop to have the principal removed.
Minor raped by five youths, two arrested in Haryana
Rewari: A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by five for over two weeks and police on Saturday arrested one accused and another woman in this connection.
Accused Mahesh (19) as well as abettor Meena Devi, at whose house the five allegedly repeated the act for over two weeks, were arrested today, police said.
Both were today produced in a local court which sent Meena to a 14-day judicial custody and Mahesh for a one-day police custody.
The victim, a class VII student filed her complaint yesterday following which the police registered a case of gangrape, molestation and collusion in the crime against the six accused persons, including the woman.
The victim in her complaint alleged that the youths committted the crime in collusion with Meena, who happens to be her classmate’s mother.
She also alleged that the youths had also made a video of the act which was persistently used to coerce her into sexual intercourse with them for days. They also threatened her of dire consequences if the matter was leaked to police.
The minor victim, however, mustered courage and narrated the incident to her parents who in turn lodged a complaint with the police.
SC judge sexual harassment case: I’m being looked at with suspicion by panel, says intern
A law intern, who has alleged sexual harassment by a recently-retired Supreme Court judge, feels she is being looked at with “suspicious eye” when she appears before the apex court’s three-member probe panel.
She also said the reason for delay in coming out with the sexual harassment allegation was that she feels Indian law is “not equipped enough to sensitively deal with crimes against women”.
The website ‘Legally India’ which was the first to come out with her story, today quoted her interview to Wall Street Journal in which she said it took her time to come to terms with the fact that she had been assaulted.
“When I finally did, all that I wanted to do was to erase the memory from my conscience. This was a man I had admired, I looked up to him.
“Indeed, I pondered over the idea of legal recourse, but feared it would do more harm than good. First, my case would have dragged on for years. Second, defence lawyers would make me relive every violating moment in court – something I wanted to bury at the time.
“Third, in cases of assaults, where there is no physical evidence, it’s one word against the other, really. There’s no reason why a law graduate would have won over a judge with a spotless record. Even now, for instance, when I appear before the panel, I feel I’m being looked at with suspicious eye. I have to constantly justify that I’m not lying, I’m not making up this story. I feel humiliated,” the website quoted her.
She also said it was ironic that she, being a lawyer, “does not think Indian law, or our legal system for that matter, is equipped enough to sensitively deal with crimes against women”.
The law graduate, who first made public the allegation by writing her ordeal in a blog, said though she had not expected it to go viral, she was happy that it has caught national attention and triggered broader debates.
Delhi gangrape: Four convicts given Hindi version of judgement
New Delhi: Delhi High Court was today informed that the four death row convicts in the 16 December gangrape case have been given Hindi translation of the judgement and other trial records. Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Delhi Police informed the bench of Justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani that it has supplied the Hindi translation of the trial court documents to all convicts – Mukesh Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma. Representational image. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost The court directed the counsel for Mukesh and Pawan to file their appeal against the trial court’s verdict, within seven days, if they so desire. Vinay and Akshay have already appealed against their conviction and sentence. The matter will be heard on a regular basis from 2 December, the bench said. The court is hearing the final arguments on the trial court’s reference to it for confirmation of death sentences awarded to the four convicts. The prosecution supplied Hindi translations to the convicts after the Supreme Court early this month had directed Delhi Police to supply the copies to Pawan and Mukesh, after hearing the plea of their counsel ML Sharma. It had also asked the high court not to rush through with the hearing of the death reference and appeals in the 16 December gangrape and murder case of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus here. Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh were sentenced to death by a trial court in September. The woman succumbed to her injuries on 29 December in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where she was airlifted for specialised treatment. PTI
Mumbai teen allegedly gang-raped by 3 auto-rickshaw drivers
Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested three auto-rickshaw drivers for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl on Monday night at Ganpat Patil nagar in Dahisar.
According to reports, the minor was offered a lift by a rickshaw driver she was familiar with. The driver took her to an isolated place and raped her along with two of his friends. The police have arrested all the three accused.
A case has been registered under Section 376 at police station in Dahisar.
Maharashtra: 12-yr-old school girl dies; parents allege sexuall assault
Thane: A 12-year-old student of an ashram school here allegedly died of jaundice, but her parents are suspecting foul play, police said on Tuesday.
The school authorities said the Class VI had died of jaundice on Sunday, but her father claimed that when he had reached hospital, he saw her clothes were torn and suspected that she was sexually assaulted, police said.
The girl, a resident of Ghol village in Thane’s Dahanu taluka, was studying in the ashram school in Dadhade village of Vikramgadh taluka of the district, they said.
On Saturday, she had called her family and asked them for money for sweets.
However, on Sunday morning, her parents received a call from school informing them that their daughter was unwell.
When her father rushed to the government hospital at Vikramgadh, he was told that his daughter had died, they said.
The deceased’s father told reporters yesterday that he had observed a deep wound on her leg and her clothes were also torn, leading him to suspect that she was subjected to sexual harassment.
A police official said as per the school superintendent, the girl had suffered from jaundice and she had died while being taken to the hospital on Sunday morning.
The school authorities also said the girl had vomited on Saturday and her condition deteriorated further on Sunday morning following which she was taken to the hospital.
The police official said based on the information provided by the school authorities, they had registered a case of accidental death on the same day and the body was sent for postmortem.
Meanwhile, the government hospital said the exact cause of death could be ascertained only after receiving report of the postmortem examination. Investigation in the case was on, police said.
Assam: 4 men gang-rape woman, gouge her eyes out, kill her
Lakhimpur: Four men allegedly raped a woman inside a tempo, gouged out her eyes and beat her before throwing the victim out of the vehicle leading to her death in upper Assam’s Lakhimpur district, sparking outrage from locals.
The incident took place on Friday when the woman had boarded a shared tempo to pick up her six-year-old daughter from school at Boginadi area, about 14 km from the district headquarters town Lakhimpur, police sources said.
The woman was allegedly raped by the four men inside the tempo before they gouged out her eyes, injured her on the head and neck, they said.
The locals saw the accused throwing the injured woman out of the tempo, about 50 metres away from Boginadi police station on the National Highway following which they informed the police which admitted her to a local hospital. The woman was later taken to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital where she succumbed to her wounds on Sunday.
Women’s organisations and locals blocked the National Highway 52 on Monday with her body and condemned the incident, demanding justice for the woman and arrest of the culprits.
On the district administration officials assuring them to nab the culprits, the protesters withdrew their blockade on the road, which had disrupted traffic movement to and from Arunachal Pradesh for about two hours.
Meanwhile, police has picked up two persons for questioning in this connection.
Bangalore teen gang-raped after trip to the cinema
Bangalore (NDTV): A 16-year-old in Bangalore is in hospital after being gang-raped by five men. Three suspects have been arrested, the police said.
On Saturday, the teen watched a movie with one of the suspects, a 25-year-old. The police say from the theatre, he took her to a secluded area in Central Bangalore, where he was joined by four friends.
After she was assaulted and abandoned, the teen returned home and confided in her family, which then rushed her to hospital.
Her condition is stable.
Mangalore: Hand Over 463 Unnatural death Cases in Dharmasthala to CBI – CPI(M)
Mangalore: CPI(M) staged a protest in front of the DC office here on November 26. Prior to the protest a Jatha was flagged off in Dharmasthala, Sowjanya’s house on November 21. The jatha reached Mangalore from Dharmasthala via Pangala – Belthangady – Moodbidri – Kaikamba. The jatha which was flagged off in Sullia also reached Mangalore via Puttur – Mani – BC Road on November 26.
In his keynote address the convener of the Jatha from Dharmasthala B N Bhat said that, we have started our fight from the past one year. The case had been investigated by COD twice but there was no any positive result. We were fighting to hand over the case to the CBI but till today the investigation by the CBI has not started. No other Sowjanya should be a victim of such crime. The CPI(M) will fight for justice till Sowjanya’s family gets justice.
CPI(M) Lok Sabha Member Basudev Acharya speaking on the occasion said that in our country there is a place called Dharmasthala, this place has a separate identity and it is working as a separate state. They are not following the rules and regulations, they are independent they can murder, they can kill and throw the innocent into the river, no one on earth will go against Dharmasthala. They rape and murder, encroach land belonging to the Dalits but no one will take action against them. There are a number of cases of gang rape and murder happened from the past several years. When such lawlessness and inhumane, barbaric activities take place in Dharmsthala no one has the courage to question them and take action against them. Dharamasthala is not following any rules, why should we allow such cases to happen in the state of Karnataka? he questioned.
Congratulating the CPI(M) and their initiative to fight against Dharmasthala, Basudev said that we will fight for justice. Basudev also said, “In Karnataka some people who are in power, have become rich with assets worth Rs 25,000 crores within 5 years of time, and no one will question them”.
He continued and said that the entire county was shocked, when a medical student was gang raped in Delhi. People from various organizations got down to the streets and demanded justice. What was the state government doing from past one year, why Sowjanya did not get justice? why did it take one year to hand over the case to the CBI? CPI(M) has organized several Jatha’s and have gone from village to village to bring out people, because of our sincere efforts Sowjanya’s case was handed over to the CBI.
CPI(M) is the only political party to take up this cause, Prakash Karat had visited the district and had assured that this movement against the brutalization of the people, rape and murder, grabbing of land will not be confined to the state of Karnataka, but will be the issue of the whole nation. We have raised the issue of Sowjanya case in the assembly. More than 463 people have been killed and no FIR was registered. What were the political leaders and the MLA doing in the district? They do not have time to see the poor people dying, they do not have time to visit the victim’s family and console the family. We want justice, we do not want sympathy, whoever it may be, whatever position they may have, whoever is the Chief minister and whichever party is in power, justice should be done and all the 463 unnatural death cases that have taken place in Dharmasthala and its surroundings should be handed over to the CBI.
CPI(M) State leaders Vasudev, G V Sri Ram, District President B Madava, K R Sriyan, State President All India Lawyers Guild advocate S Shankarappa, Dr Harale and Vasanth Acharya were also present.
Mangalore: Sowjanya’s case apart, other mysteries too call for attention
Mangalore, Nov 27: Though Sowjanya rape and murder case has been handed over to the CBI after intense public pressure, there are some other mysterious deaths in Dakshina Kannada that are yet to be solved and demand equal attention.
For instance, even after 2.5 years, the gruesome murder of a mother and her seven year-old daughter in broad daylight at Panjimogeru remains unsolved and the case has been handed over to COD.
Speaking to Daijiworld, Munir Katipalla said, “People are losing faith in the police department. Although it has been 2.5 years after the brutal Panjimogeru double murder the police have failed to solve the case. Even political representatives, who have been elected now, had then joined us in the protest demanding a proper CBI inquiry into the mysterious death of Razia and her daughter Zuha Fathima. People have lost faith in the police department and are instead visiting black magicians to locate the culprits. Although the case is presently with COD, it should handed over to CBI for a proper probe.”
The Mangalore district court has also approved narco analysis test for the three suspects Hameed, Haneef, and Mohammed Ali, but yet the process has not begun.
Hameed, husband of Razia , police suspect in the case, talking to Daijiworld, said, “I am ready to face any type of probe. We have urged the chief minister as well as various sate and union ministers to hand over this case to the CBI. The truth behind the murder should be disclosed as I want to know who killed my wife and why? And I hope the court will surely provide justice,” he said.
Haneef, brother of Razia, another suspect in the case, told Daijiworld, “I am ready to be subjected to any kind of inquiry. I faced a lot of harassment in this case; I cannot even go to work properly. Now, I am waiting for narco analysis test. I have my doubts that there are some other suspects and even they should be investigated.”
Sowjanya and other cases
Sowjanya, Akshata, Soumya
A few days before the state government announced its stand on handing over the Sowjanya case to CBI, Beltangady MLA Vasant Bangera had clearly written a letter to the chief minister demanding a CBI probe into Sowjanya’s brutal rape and murder in which he stressed about carelessness committed by then sub inspector Yogish Kumar who hurriedly tried to wind up the case without a proper investigation.
When Daijiworld team contacted Bangera over phone and asked his opinion on the CoD investigation and CBI inquiry into the case, he said, “People are living in fear and confusion in the taluk. Hence, there is a need to put an end to this so people live a peaceful life. I don’t have any faith in the CoD.”
When he was asked what he would say if the CBI comes up with the same report as CoD, he said, “I will think that there is no justice in this country. Anyway, the case has been handed over to the CBI. We have to wait in patience for the report”.
Months after Sowjanya’s brutal sexual assault, there was another case in the district which left the region in shock. It was yet another suspected rape and murder of a 22-year-old girl Soumya in Baltila village, Kalladka.
Akshata, an 18-year-old student, who went missing was found dead by the river side in Bolar. Even Akshatha’s friend Madan went missing on the same day. Till today, police have not solved the mystery behind Akshatha’s death or even traced Madan.
Role of police
As we contemplate the mysterious deaths in Dakshina Kannada it appears that the police department is not serious and a few police personnel’s incompetence is evident in investigating the case. Although the police department possesses various technologies and forensic, criminology, and victimology experts, the police department has failed in handling these cases.
Forensic evidence plays a vital role in conviction or acquittal in the cases. Hence, collection, transport, and storage of forensic evidence is a prominent component in rape cases. But in Sowjanya’s rape and murder case it is being alleged that the sub-inspector intentionally botched up the forensic evidence.
People losing faith
In these four cases, there were two instances where the victims’ relatives, fed up with police inaction, approached black magicians to express their grievance and find a solution. Police have not been able to trace the culprits though it has been several months. It is also alleged that people who approached police stations to express their grievances in the above cases were not treated fairly.
Role of media
It is worth asking if the fourth pillar of democracy is active in keeping the sexual assault cases alive till the culprits are behind bars, mobilizing the people against the injustice people are facing today. For instance, in Sowjanya’s rape and murder case, it may be said that media has done its job as a watch dog of democracy. Although all dailies did not keep the issue alive, a few newspapers were actively involved and played a vital role pressurizing the government to take up a proper probe into the case. People forming a group in their vicinity were demanding justice. But when a state level media took this issue seriously and telecast a programme, all the scattered people’s groups united to fight and demand justice. Moreover, a few revolutionary rebel groups also took birth in the name of democracy. As soon as the media intervened in the issue of Sowjanya’s brutal sexual assault and murder, CoD quickened the investigation and submitted a report to the government.
Active Participation of Netizens in Social Media
‘Justice For Kumari Sowjanya|Join this Page To Support Us’, a page created to provide justice played fantastic role in keeping this case alive with 47,094 likes or supporters. Thousands of people could easily understand the cause it served. In the case of Sowjanya’s issue the purpose of social media was served. As the demand for justice rose through shares, comments, and likes in Facebook, people themselves got ready for a revolutionary change. It also proved that with the help of social media there are tremendous ways to change society.
Girls harassed, roughed up in train
Patna, Nov 25: A group of students of a missionary school in Dhanbad were allegedly harassed and roughed up by youths in a train, following which the Railway Police has set up an inquiry.
“Though no formal complaint has been lodged either in Patna or Dhanbad in this connection, the Railway police have come to know about last night’s incident from media reports and will look into the matter,” Railway Superintendent of Police, Patna, Upendra Kumar Sinha said today.
He said he has spoken to his Dhanbad (in Jharkhand) counterpart about the incident.
The incident took place in Ganga Damodar Express when 98 students of Carmel School, Dhanbad were returning to Dhanbad after attending a two-day environmental camp in Patna.
A large number of youths claiming to be examinees for a Railway recruitment test of East Central Railway (ECR) at Dhanbad boarded the train from Patna and occupied the reserved seats of the girls.
According to reports, when the train left Patna at 11:40 PM, the unruly youths started harassing the girls and when the teachers protested, they were roughed up.
When the train reached Dhanbad in the early hours today, the girls narrated the incident to their parents.
College student held for rape
Police have arrested a college student on charges of raping a 14-year-old Dalit girl, who is five months pregnant, at Kolandi village near Kalayarkoil in the district.
All Women Police, Sivaganga, arrested M. Govindaraj (21) on Monday under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), 2012, for sexually abusing the girl, studying class X in a local government school, for nearly a year.
He was produced before District Sessions Judge S. Thangakani who directed the police to detain him at the Borstal school in Thanjavur as he was below 21 years, police said.
U. Vimala, Sub-Inspector of Police, who enquired into the matter, said Govindaraj, studying third-year B.Sc., was in love with the girl and had been sexually abusing her for nearly a year. The girl became pregnant and it came to light early this month when her school teacher noticed and informed her parents.
Without informing the police, the two families tried to sort out the issue by asking the boy to marry her. As he refused to marry her and bought her tablets to abort the pregnancy, Ayyavu, the girl’s father, a goat herd, lodged a complaint with the All Women police on November 11.
The boy, who was evading police enquiry for the past 10 days, appeared before the police on Monday and offered to marry the girl, police said. However, when the police brought the issue to his notice, N. Sivakumar, District Probation Officer, Department of Social Defence, advised the police to register a case against the boy and arrest him.
The marriage could not be solemnised any way as the victim was a minor, he said.
Even if it was consensual sex, the boy was liable to be arrested as the girl was a minor, he told The Hindu .
If the case was compromised, the police could be proceeded against for failure to record the case, and the parents of the victim for failure to report the case under POCSOA, he warned.
Murder of two Dalit youths alleged
Dalit organisations alleged murder of two Dalit youths out of vengeance recently at Bilakala Gudur in Gadivemula mandal. Dalit leaders Anand Babu, K. Srinivasulu, T. Seshaphani, M. Giri, K. Ramanjaneyulu and others stated at a meeting here on Monday that Raju and Ravi Kumar were murdered in a gruesome manner by slitting open of their throats. Their bodies were dumped in the pond. The leaders alleged that the police did not render justice to the victim’s families, but implicated the innocent Dalit youths in the case by misrepresenting facts.
The local leaders and perpetrators, who had political connections, hushed up the case and to escape the charges under the provisions of SC/ ST Atrocities Prevention Act, they arrested Dalit youths.
The Dalit organisations formed a committee to carry forward the struggle and see that the culprits were booked.
They alleged that the employer of one of the youths was responsible for the murder as the deceased developed intimacy with a woman in their family.
Minor gang-raped by 4 men on Borivli roadside
A minor girl was gang-raped by four men in Borivli (West) on Monday night. The incident happened between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Link Road inside a mini tempo parked near the Tukaram Ombale Garden.
The MHB Colony police have arrested three accused, identified as Sonu Kamble, Jayprakash Pal and Aslam Khan, all aged around 22-23. The fourth accused is unidentified and on the run. All four accused are autorickshaw drivers.
According to the police, the 17-year-old victim is a school dropout and resides alone in the nearby Ganpat Patil Nagar slums. Her father and sisters live in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh; she came to Mumbai six months ago to earn for her family back home. She has been sent to Dongri Children’s Home.
The police said that on Monday night the girl was waiting for an autorickshaw near the garden to go to a restaurant on Link Road to pick up food. “Kamble, who is known to her, approached her with three of his friends. Before she could react, they dragged her inside the tempo, which was open at the back,” said senior inspector Suresh Kilje.
The four allegedly took turns to rape her. “In her statement, the girl said she tried to resist them and screamed, but the four threatened her and she could not do anything,” Kilje added.
After the incident, the four started running from there. When the girl started screaming, a passer-by chased the men and caught Pal. He handed him over to assistant sub-inspector RH Patil of MHB Colony police who was patrolling on Link Road.
Kilje said, “The passer-by left the scene, but Patil brought the girl and the accused to the police station, after which the girl narrated the whole incident.”
Two teams were sent to nab the other accused; both Kamble and Khan were caught from the Ganpat Patil Nagar slums, where they all reside. The police are looking for the fourth accused.
Medical reports have confirmed rape and, according to the police, all the three arrested accused were drunk at the time of the incident. Kamble also has four cases of theft and assault registered against him.
The accused have been arrested for rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
In her letter sent around 6 am on Thursday morning, 10 days after the woman journalist levelled sexual assault charges against Tehelka editorTarun Tejpal, Chaudhury said that questions had been raised about her integrity and she did not want Tehelka’s image to be tarnished. She added that she was not sure if her presence was helping or hurting the weekly magazine.
Describing it as a “damaging time” Chaudhury continued to defend her actions saying she had acted in “instant outrage and solidarity for our colleague as a woman and co-worker” after the “devastating allegations” were made.
“There were only two days to act on the complaint before the story broke in the press. Post this, things have been misconstrued and have snowballed exponentially in the media, based on half-facts and selective leaks,” she said in her one-page letter.
“Over the past week, I have been accused of an attempt to “cover-up” and for not standing by my feminist positions. While I accept that I could have done many things differently and in a more measured way, I reject the allegations of a cover-up because in no way could the first actions that were taken be deemed suppression of any kind. As for my feminist positions, I believe I acted in consonance with them by giving my colleague’s account precedence over everything else,” she wrote.
“However, despite this, as a result of what’s transpired over the past few days my integrity has repeatedly been questioned by people from our fraternity and, in fact, by the public at large. I would like to take cognizance of this. I have worked hard for Tehelka for many years and what we have stood for is very dear to me and I hold it in high esteem. I do not want questions raised about my integrity to tarnish the image of Tehelka, which it has done in the past week. Therefore, I resign as managing editor with immediate effect,” she said.
Regretting the “inadequacies or lack of clarity in her leadership” Chaudhury said, “I cannot express how painful this is for me. It has never been a part of me to give up midway through a challenge. I would have liked to continue at Tehelka to see us through this dark time, but I am no longer sure whether my presence is harming or helping Tehelka. I deeply regret any inadequacies or lack of clarity I may have displayed in my leadership.”
Shocking: Six professors thrashed for gang-raping ‘dalit girl’ for four months, five get life term
Ahmedabad/Patan: In a case of gang-rape of an 18-year-old Dalit girl by her teachers, Gujarat high courton Saturday awarded life term to five accused while reduced the sentence of one of the convicts.
The high court observed that a gruesome crime had been committed on the girl that traumatised her to the extent that she suffered from frequent bouts of fainting. So, this was certainly a case of crime where no leniency was justified.
After hearing the appeal against the sentence by the six convicts, a bench, comprising Justice Aqil Kureshi and Justice ZK Saiyed, confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment given to Kiran Patel, Ashwin Parmar, Suresh Patel, Mahendra Prajapati and Manish Prajapati.
While Atul Patel, the sixth convict in the crime, the HC observed that since he was engaged in only one crime and not involved in the conspiracy or the act of gang rape, he was charged under Section 376 and sentenced to a 10-year-rigorous imprisonment.
In 2009, Justice SC Srivastave of a special fast track court had declared all the six guilty and sentenced them for life.
In 2007 and 2008, a Dalit girl was repeatedly raped over a period of four months by her professors at the government primary teachers’ training college in Patan.
The victim is one of the five children of a landless agricultural labourer, the accused were thashed by locals for perpetrating the crime.
Arrest of accused in rape demanded
A demonstration was held by tribals and Dalits in Malkangiri town on Sunday demanding arrest of accused persons involved in the rape and murder of a Koya tribal girl. This victim from Bandiguda was beaten up, and raped by some youths before she was murdered by administration of poison on Nov. 24. In a memorandum the demonstrators demanded the Chief Minister order CBI probe into the case, and payment of Rs. 1 lakh as compensation to family members of the victim. They handed over the memorandum to Collector M. Muthukumar. The Collector formed a committee with Sub-Collector and SDPO to look into the case.
Karkala: Narco analysis test will bring out the truth – Sowjanya’s mother
Karkala, Dec 1: ”The daughter I had brought up with so much love was lost to the cruelty of a few, and while the actual perpetrators of the crime are being protected by the police, attempts are being made to hinder the mass movement for justice by slapping defamation cases against those who are demanding CBI probe into the case, which includes me and other supporters of the movement,” said Kusumavati, mother of rape and murder victime Sowjanya.
She was addressing a massive protest in connection to Sowjanya rape and murder case organized by Beltangady and Bajagoli units of Praja Prabhutva Vedike at Bajagoli here on Sunday December 1.
She further demanded that all 462 unnatural deaths reported in Dharmasthala over the last ten years be probed by the CBI under the guidance of Supreme Court.
“If the then SI Yogish, the then SP and the doctor who conducted the post-mortem are subjected to narco analysis test, the truth will be out,” she added.
Praja Prabhutva Vedike chief Mahesh Thimarodi in his address said, “Though it has been almost a month since the state government announced CBI probe into Sowjanya case, there has been no progress at all. The second part of pressure tactics is going on in Dharmasthala, but no matter how powerful the opposition we face, this movement will not stop. One cannot fight for justice with money power, what is imporant is people power.”
Sri Esha Vittaldasa Swamiji of Kemar Math said, “Our fight is not against any individual, Math, Kshetra or religion. We only to see the culprits arrested and punished for so brutally raping and murdering Sowjanya. After embarking into this fight for justice, we have had to hear plenty of criticism. But we will not bow down to any pressure. There is no question of stepping back from this movement.”
Atradi Amrita Shetty said, “If everyone come together and fight for Sowjanya in a peaceful way, she will surely get justice.”
Praja Prabhutva Vedike Bajagoli unit members Vinay Shetty, Nagesh and others were present.
Banner set on fire
Meanwhile, a banner put up near Pernodi in support of Sowjanya was set on fire. The incident took place on Friday November 29 evening, locals said.
IT professional from Bangalore gang-raped in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 1 (PTI): A 40-year old woman IT professional from Bangalore was allegedly gang-raped at a backwater island resort near Thiruvananthapuram and police are on the lookout for two persons involved in the incident.
The woman had come to the star category resort at Pozhiyur, about 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram, with a group of colleagues as part of an official trip and she was allegedly assaulted by two persons in the early hours on November 28, police said.
According to her complaint with police, two unidentified persons entered her room at around 2.30 am. While one of them restrained her, the other man raped her.
The woman suffered injuries during the assault and was in a traumatised state after the incident. She made a complaint to the police the next evening. Police have registered a case of rape on the basis of the victim’s statement. She has left for Bangalore.
Forensic evidence collected from the room had been sent for analysis and phone call details of the guests at the resort at the time of the crime and the staff members were being verified, an Inspector, part of the investigating team, said. The resort is under surveillance and the staff members had been questioned.
CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan asked the state government to institute a criminal inquiry into the incident. In a statement on Sunday, he demanded that the owner of the resort also be brought under the ambit of the probe for rendering the premises insecure for women despite the star-category status it holds.
Mangalore: Duo tries to molest girl, caught by locals
Mangalore, Dec 2: Two youths were on Sunday December 1 night arrested for allegedly trying to molest a girl. The incident took place near St Agnes College.
The arrested are Jackson and Denver, residents of Capitanio.
It is said that the girl, said to be working for a city-based media, was walking back to her hostel after work when the duo came in a bike and allegedly tried to molest her.
The girl began to scream for help, at which the locals began to gather. The people then caught hold of the accused and handed them over to the police.
A case has been registered in Kadri police station.
Tarun Tejpal arrested after court rejects anticipatory bail plea
Panaji, Nov 30 (IANS): Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague, was arrested here Saturday after a court rejected his anticipatory bail application.
Tejpal, who was at the Crime Branch office since 4.30 p.m., was taken into custody soon after the verdict was announced.
The much-delayed order on Tejpal’s bail plead was pronounced just a shade past 8 p.m. by North Goa District and Sessions judge Anuja Prabhudessai.
The order, which allows Tejpal to avail of home food, bedding and clothing during his time in police custody, came nearly three and a half hours after 4.30 p.m., the time by which Prabhudessai was initially scheduled to make the announcement.
Sources said that the delay was caused because of the time taken by the judge to dictate the order to her steno.
Accused by police of dodging them over the last few days, Tejpal’s presence in the Crime Branch office was seen an attempt to avoid being paraded in public from the courtroom to custody, located more than five kms away.
His wife Geetan, sister Neeta, daughters Tiya and Cara and friends were seen waiting outside the Crime Branch office until late in the night.
As Tejpal and his family left the court premises on his way to a city hotel after noon, a yet unidentified person shouting slogans against the editor, charged towards him with a black cloth, but was overpowered and whisked away by police.
Earlier in the day, lawyers from the defence as well as the prosecution matched their wits against each other over the issue of anticipatory bail to Tejpal. He had been granted anticipatory bail Friday, a couple of hours before he surfaced at New Delhi’s IGI airport and boarded a flight for Goa.
While the defence was granted four hours to make their case, the prosecution bench took only 45 minutes to make their case and eventually win the first battle.
The defence extended its argument made on Friday that Tejpal was fully co-operating with the investigators and that custodial interrogation was not necessary.
Lead defence lawyer Geeta Luthra offered several concessions to the prosecution like Tejpal’s willingness to stay in Goa until police requires, surrendering of his passport and fixed deposits among others.
“I have offered that I will stay in Goa until a chargesheet is filed. I can be in Bangalore. I can be wherever this court directs,” Luthra also said on Tejpal’s behalf.
She also assured that for the duration of the investigation, Tejpal would not visit Mumbai, where the victim resides.
She said that Tejpal does not have any criminal record and therefore should be considered or anticipatory bail.
Specially appointed public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar, however argued that Tejpal was changing colours like a chameleon and that police custody is required to complete the Tejpal end of the probe and get the real story out of him.
“Custodial interrogation is a must,” Lotlikar said.
“Your contention that your (Tejpal’s) immaculate reputation will be damaged… may we tell you that it’s already gone for a toss, and mere detention under police custody won’t do any further damage,” the prosecution argued.
Lotlikar also submitted the victim’s statement to the judge and said that CCTV footage secured by police from the hotel had “enough hints” to confirm the victim’s allegations of rape.
The prosecution also refuted claims made by the defence that the complainant had “vested interests” and therefore delayed informing her superiors about the two alleged sexual assaults by Tejpal in a Goa resort earlier this month.
“The lady is known to accused and her father was a friend of the accused. Being the sole breadwinner, she had to make the decision of her life before writing the email,” Lotlikar argued, saying that the victim had confessed about the assault in the elevator to two-three colleagues.
Lotlikar also said that Tejpal’s associates had even tried to intimidate the victim’s kin in Delhi and that a case had already been filed in that regard.
“That the accused is trying to interfere with investigation is proved in the case,” Lotlikar said, making a strong case for Tejpal’s custodial interrogation.
Lotlikar also accused Tejpal of insulting the victim by questioning her integrity adding that she had been “violated by a person who was like a father figure”.
Dalit minor gang-raped in Bihar, critical
SHEIKHPURA: A seven-year-old Mahadalit girl from Bihar’s Sheikhpura district was on Monday hospitalized in a critical condition two days after two people gang-raped her while she was sleeping at home.
SHO Ravikant said the girl and her five-year-old brother live with their grandmother, an octogenarian who suffers from hearing impairment and other physical infirmities, while her parents stay in Patna.
The girl told police she was sleeping when the two, covering their heads, raped her.
The SHO said quacks were treating the girl before she was rushed to hospital as her condition deteriorated. “Her relatives reported the case to police late Sunday evening and she was brought to hospital for treatment and examination on Monday.”
He said the girl’s condition was stable and will be produced before a magistrate on Tuesday to record her statement.
PFI activists admit woman to hospital to file false complaint of sexual harassment
MANGALORE : The fundamentalist PFI activists who had attempted to kill V.T.Prasad, Vittal correspondent of Karavali Ale, later in order to prevent action, had somehow threatened and forced the woman whom Prasad had helped, to get admitted to the Lady Goschen Hospital in Mangalore.
It is learnt, the assailants who threatened Aleema and her daughter Zohara (21) had got them admitted to the hospital on November 27, Wednesday evening at around 6.30 pm without any reason. The two have also not secured treatment for anything.
When Karavali Ale correspondent visited the hospital to know the facts, they said “We do not know anything. We are also unaware as to who admitted us to the hospital and why.”
It is learnt, no sooner the two women were in hospital, the PFI assailants had summoned the Vittal Police and had got a complaint registered that “ he had touched my hand when he came to ask for drinking water.”
Meanwhile, Aleema has been discharged from hospital on November 28, Thursday afternoon at around 12.
Asaram’s son arrested in Surat sexual assault case
New Delhi, Dec 4: Self-styled godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, who had been evading arrest in a sexual assault case in Surat, has been nabbed by Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
“Narayan Sai has been arrested from Delhi-Haryana border. One of his aides Hanuman too has been arrested with him,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav told PTI today.
Delhi Police sources said he had disguised himself as a Sikh man to evade arrest.
In Ahmedabad, state DGP Pramod Kumar said that Sai had been absconding for more than 50 days.
He had been giving a slip to police of several states since the last couple of months after a complaint of rape was filed by two sisters against him and his father Asaram at Jehangirpura police station in Surat, Gujarat.
A team of Gujarat police had landed in Delhi in mid-October and had carried out several raids at Asaram’s ashrams at Rohini, Najafgarh, Jafarpur Kalan and on Ridge Road but failed to trace Narayan Sai.
Later, Dharmendra Pariyar alias Dharmesh (28), in-charge of the Ridge Road ashram, was arrested for allegedly helping Sai to flee the national capital.
Surat police had registered two complaints – one against Asaram and the other against Sai – of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges.
The younger of the two sisters has filed the complaint against Sai, accusing him of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at the Surat ashram.
The elder sister, in her complaint against Asaram, has accused him of repeated sexual assault between 1997 and 2006 during the time she was living at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
Asaram is in judicial custody in Jodhpur jail since his arrest in September for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.
Where is rape-accused Narayan Sai?
New Delhi: Narayan Sai, the son of controversial godman Asaram Bapu, who has been arrested on charges of sexual assault, continues to evade law as the investigating officials are still groping in the dark and remain clueless about his whereabouts.
As per reports, the Gujarat police have so far raided as many as eleven locations in the last seventeen days in search of Narayan Sai, but the self-styled godman managed to give officials a slip every time they reached closer to arrest him.
Among the 11 locations where Narayan Sai was reportedly traced are – Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Haryana, Chindwara, MP-Rajasthan border, Sheopur, Dhar, Ratlam, Shivani and Dharamshala.
Recently, revered spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar too made an appeal to Sai and asked him to surrender and present his case ‘boldly’ if he thinks he has not committed any offence.
Asaram’s son has been on the run since a complaint of rape was filed against him in Surat, Gujarat on October 6. Surat Police had registered complaints filed by two sisters – one against Asaram and another against his son Sai – of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges.
The elder of the two sisters, in her complaint, had accused Asaram of sexual assault between 1997 and 2006 during the time she had been living in his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.
The younger sister had filed a complaint against Sai, accusing him of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living in their Surat ashram. The whereabouts of Sai are not known.
A joint team of Gujarat and Bihar Police on October 18 searched an ashram in Darbhanga to nab Narayan Sai but failed to find him.
Asaram was arrested by Rajasthan Police last month for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram near Jodhpur. He has been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code.
Man sentenced to 7-yr jail for raping woman
Muzaffarnagar: A local court has sentenced a man to seven years’ imprisonment for raping a woman on the false pretext of marriage.
District Sessions Judge Rama Jain yesterday sentenced Waseem, a resident of Tandeda village in the district, and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
The matter came to light when the victim got married to another man of the same village and he discovered that she was pregnant.
The victim’s husband filed a case against the accused and also left her, protesting her pregnancy.
Mangalore: ‘Hand Over Sowjanya Murder Case to CBI Immediately’- HJV
Mangalore: ” Everyone knows that it has been over a year that 17-year-old college student Sowjanya was raped and murdered. Till now the police have not arrested the right killers, other than one person nor the COD has done any justice in solving this case even though they have been investigating this case for such a long time. In the meantime, many individuals and organizations are putting false allegations on Dr Veerendra Heggade and Dharmasthala Kshetra, which HJV strongly condemns. The government should intervene in this issue and see that the case is handed over to CBI immediately for further investigation” said Satyajit Surathkal-State president of Hindu Jagarana Vedike, during the press meet held at Mangalore Press Club here on 23 October. Other members of HJV namely Satish, Vasudeva Gowda, Raviraj Bantwal, and Kishore Kumar were also present on the dais.
“The Congress which is in power now should transfer the case to the CBI to provide justice to the victim’s family. The Congress government seems like it is working only for the minorities, thereby ignoring Hindus who have also voted for them. The Congress party should also concentrate on the Hindus who are in majority and not act as the agent of minorities. Government should intervene in this case, and see that the case is handed over to CBI soon” urged Satyajit.
” It hurts our feelings when a person like Dr Veerendra Heggade who has done so much to the community is falsely blamed for his involvement in this case. Heggade is a innocent person and has absolutely no connection whatever in this murder case. The Dharmasthala area is being developed in economic, social and educational fields due to Dr Heggade’s far sightedness. The action of the media, individuals and some organizations will adversely affect the progress in the region,” opined S Surathkal.
Sowjanya rape and murder
Delhi: 17-year-old girl gang-raped in moving car
New Delhi: Yet again a gang-rape incident has been reported from the national capital. In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by three youths in a moving car in the Safdarjung area of south Delhi Tuesday night.
The sexual assault took place around 8.30 pm on Tuesday when the girl went with the three youths for a drive in south Delhi’s posh Safdarjung Enclave area.
The victim, 17, herself approached the police around 10 pm and informed them about her ordeal.
“A case on the basis of the victim’s statement has been registered. Several teams have been constituted to nab the accused trio who are known to the victim,” said a police officer.
The three youths have been identified as Rohit, Tinku and Narender, who were known to the alleged victim.
After rape was confirmed in the medical examination of the girl, a case under section 376 of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POCSO) was registered, police said.
Last month, four men were given the death sentence for gang-raping a medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in December, a case which saw India gripped by anger and grief. Six men were arrested for the attack; one, who was under 18 at the time, was given the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home by a juvenile court. Another, Ram Singh, committed suicide in his prison cell in March during his trial.
14-yr-old gangraped in moving car in Lucknow
Lucknow: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three persons in a moving car in Aashiyana area here, police said today.
An FIR has been registered in this regard.
Three accused Ramu, Babu and Nafees allegedly kidnapped the girl on October 16 in a car and raped her in the vehicle, the police said.
A report in this regard was filed yesterday by victim’s father after which SSP J Ravinder Goud directed for investigation into the matter, they said.
Youth held for abducting, raping minor girl in AP
Hyderabad: A youth was arrested for allegedly abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl in Shalibanda area in old city here, police said Wednesday.
The accused Suleman Bin Hassan took the minor girl with him on October 15 and allegedly raped her at a city lodge and was in the process of taking the girl to Gulbarga city in Karnataka, they said.
Shalibanda Police Inspector S Maheswar said they had initially booked a missing case following a complaint.
During the course of investigation the police traced the girl from a house here on October 20. However, Hassan, who had gone absconding, was arrested yesterday and sent to judicial remand.
After recording the statement of the girl and her father, police registered a case against Hassan for offences of kidnapping and rape under IPC sections, besides under the relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Maheshwar added.
A married woman was raped allegedly by two autorickshaw drivers in her house at Chimmapudi in Khammam urban mandal five days ago. The incident came to light only on Wednesday after her mother lodged a complaint with the urban police. According to sources, the accused hailed from the same village. The victim’s mother and daughter were away from the village at the time of the incident.
The woman had been staying at her mother’s house along with her daughter due to strained relationship with her husband.
The accused allegedly threatened to kill her daughter if she approached the police.
‘Harassment’ of girl ends in tragedy for youth
What began as an alleged instance of harassment of a girl ended in tragedy as a youth chased by the girl’s uncle fell into a well near her house and drowned late on Tuesday. Police identified the deceased as Ajith (17), student of a polytechnic here.
Police said Ajith and his hostel mate aged 16 had teased a 14-year-old girl when she was at a grocery store at Varattanapalli village.
Police said the boys were on the way to their hostel when they indulged in the alleged eve-teasing.
The girl ran to her house, but was allegedly followed by the students. On reaching home, she complained about them to her uncle, V. Muralikrishnan, who then came out of the house and chased the boys.
While the other boy took the main road to escape, Ajith headed into an open land nearby and fell into a 25-ft deep farm well.
Shocked at seeing the boy falling into the well, Muralikrishnan informed the local police and also the Fire and Rescue Services.
The rescue personnel could not find him as darkness had set in.
The body was taken out of the well Wednesday morning after the water was pumped out.
The body was sent to the Government Headquarters Hospital in Krishnagiri for post-mortem. Maharajakadai police have registered a case under section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code and arrested Muralikrishnan.
He was produced before a local court and was remanded in judicial custody.
Further investigations are on.
Bellary – ‘Let CBI probe Ujire rape-and-murder case’
Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Janavadi Mahila Sanghatane (JMS) staged a demonstration here on Wednesday demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Ujire rape and murder case.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the members of both organisations said the law enforcing machinery was trying to hush up the case by arresting a mentally ill person and allowing the perpetrators of the heinous offence to go scot-free.
The protestors suspected a conspiracy by vested interests to protect the culprit.
R.S. Basavaraj, secretary, CPI(M) and J. Chandrakumari, secretary, JMS demanded that the rape and murder case be handed over for further investigation to the CBI.
Woman alleges dowry harassment
Colva police in south coastal Goa on Tuesday registered a case of dowry harassment after a woman complained that her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law assaulted and abused her, demanding a dowry of Rs. 20 lakh at Golden Palm Hotel, Colva. The police have lodged a case under Section 4 of Dowry Prohibition Act. The complainant said that from October 14 to 17 her husband Venkata Naga Raghavendra Ravikiran Gorti, his mother Radharani Gorti and his sister Jaya Rao Gorti, all from Hyderabad, abandoned her at a rented room of the hotel in Colva, and went back to Hyderabad. They allegedly warned her to return to Hyderabad only if she could meet their demands.
Kasargod: Man arrested for raping maidservant
Kasargod, Oct 25: Police here have arrested a Kanathur, Koodala resident K P Shashidhar Nayar (50) for rape of his maidservant.
It is said that the parents of the girl were employed in the house of Shashidar as agriculture laborers. They left only their 17-year-old daughter in the house and left about a year ago. The girl has complained that she was raped by Shashidhar when there was nobody in the house both during the day and the night.
The girl belongs to Beltangady by origin. She had informed of the incidents to her father and a police complaint was lodged two days ago.
Man gets 10-year RI for rape attempt
The Fast Track Mahila Court here on Thursday sentenced a 45-year-old man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on him for an attempt to rape a 10-year-old girl in Denkanikottai in the district.
The prosecution charge was that Uthariappan tried to rape the girl when she visited his house on July 18, 2008. Hearing the child’s screams, her mother and people nearby rushed to Uthariappan’s house and rescued her. They handed over Uthariappan to the Denkanikottai police.
If Uthariappan fails to pay the fine, he has to undergo another six months simple imprisonment. He was lodged at the Vellore Central prison. — Staff Reporter
Severe action sought against rapists
Demanding severe action against the accused in the rape case of a software professional in Hyderabad, activists of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Thursday. They burnt the effigy of the rapists and expressed concern over the increasing number of atrocities on women. Vice-president of the AIDWA’s district unit T. Savitri and others were present.
Tribal girl raped in Khammam
A 15-year-old tribal girl was raped, allegedly by two youths, at Lachapuram in Dammapeta mandal late on Wednesday night.
According to the police, the girl, a school dropout, was on her way to a relative’s place, when the accused Nagaraju (25) and P. Srinu (23) accosted her near a temple at about 8 p.m. They took her to a coconut grove after gagging her, forced her to consume liquor and allegedly raped her.
A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three men after being made to consume a beverage that was spiked with alcohol at Safdarjung Enclave in South Delhi earlier this week.
Two of the accused were known to the victim.
According to the victim, two of the accused — who were known to her — picked her up in a car near her residence around 7-30 p.m. on the pretext of a joyride. Oblivious of their plan, she went along with them.
They stopped at an isolated place in the Kamal Cinema parking lot where the third accused joined them.
They offered her a cold drink, but she refused. The three — identified as Rohit, Tinku and Narender — then allegedly forced her to consume a cold drink and then raped her.
The accused then dropped her home around midnight and drove away.
Based on her complaint, the police have registered a case under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and launched a hunt for the accused persons.
The vehicle used in the commission of crime has been impounded from the house of one of the accused.
Rape victim spots trafficker in court in quirk of fate
New Delhi: A man landed in the police net in a case of trafficking and forcing a girl into prostitution when the victim spotted him in the court where she had come to testify against the brothel owners to whom she was sold.
Izraful alias Raju was identified by the 18-year-old victim, a native of West Bengal, who had accompanied him to Delhi after he made a false promise of marriage and was forced into prostitution.
When the girl was rescued from the brothel, cops from Kamla Market police station had arrested three women brothel owners — Pooja, Razia and Chanda — and a case of rape, buying and selling minor for the purpose of prostitution was registered against them.
Izraful, however, could not be traced and he was made only a suspect in the charge sheet.
The case was sent for trial before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja.
In the meantime, Izraful was arrested by Burari police in another case of trafficking and the matter also reached the same court for trial.
Earlier this month, the girl appeared in the court of ASJ Baweja to record her statement. Incidentally, the trafficking case in which Izraful was being tried was also put up for the same date.
During her deposition, the girl narrated that she had studied upto class V and about one–and-a-half years ago, a man named Raju assured her that he will marry her and induced her to accompany him to Delhi. He then then sold her to a brothel where she was forced to establish physical relations with many men.
While narrating the events, the girl told the judge that she saw Raju some time ago in the courtroom in custody of the police and he is the same man who had brought her to Delhi.
On this, the judge noted that the man she was referring to as Raju was, in fact, Izraful and he had been brought before the court in another case the same morning.
On court’s directions, Izraful was brought back from the lock-up immediately.
The girl identified him as Raju and the court ordered that he be arrested in the case in which the girl is the victim. He was booked for immoral trafficking, rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement besides other related offences.
Ex-minister held on rape charge
The former Rajasthan minister, Babulal Nagar, was arrested by the CBI on Friday on the charge of raping a 35-year-old woman last month. A CBI team examined him for six hours before effecting the arrest. The CBI sleuths probing the case recorded the statement of Nagar at the Circuit House here after he summoned for interrogation this forenoon, officials said.
Man held on charge of molesting girl
Kannan, 42, of Panayappally in Thoppumpady, was held on charge of sexually assaulting a speech-impaired 15-year-old girl.
The police said the girl was living with her father and older brother.
She is left alone at home every day when the two of them go for work. She had also stopped going to school after her mother died last year.
Kannan, who lived nearby, allegedly got into the girl’s house when she was alone and assaulted her on several occasions.
The police said the case came to light after two women neighbours who were friendly with the child became suspicious and informed them.
“On medical examination, it was found that penetration had not occurred. But the child had been sexually assaulted many times. We have registered a case under Section 354 of the IPC,” said a police officer.
Sexual assault case: Asaram’s judicial custody extended till Nov 6
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Jaipur: A Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of Asaram Bapu till November 6, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor at his ashram.
However, the Jodhpur Police didn’t filed its chargesheet against Asaram. Four accomplices of 72-year old Asaram were also sent to judicial custody.
The controversial Asaram has been accused of rape, sexual assault and illegal confinement by two Surat-based sisters. He was arrested in August on the charge of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been in prison at Jodhpur since then.
Asaram was on Friday produced before the Jodhpur sessions court, which extended his police custody for one more day till today.
The self-styled godman Asaram was brought back to Jodhpur from Surat on Tuesday night.
He was taken to Ahmedabad by Gujarat Police for questioning in a sexual assault case against him and his son Narayan Sai.
His son, Narayan Sai, who is still absconding, has also been named in the chargesheet.
Asaram had been lodged in Jodhpur jail since August in another sexual assault case before he was brought to Ahmedabad on October 15 after Gujarat Police produced a production warrant against him and was granted Asaram’s custody by Jodhpur sessions court.
Mangalore: Youth convicted of raping college girl in 2010
Mangalore, Oct 2: The fourth additional district and sessions court on Tuesday October 1 convicted a youth of raping a college student three years ago in Gandottu, Mucchur.
Prashanth alias Rupesh Devadiga (25) was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl and threatening to kill her on December 10, 2010. A case was registered in Bajpe police station in this regard.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on October 5.
The hearing in the case began on September 17, 2012 in the fast track court. The case was later shifted to fourth additional district and sessions court, where the charges were proved.
The final hearing regarding quantum of punishment will be held on October 3, and the pronouncement will be made on October 5, said justice B K Naik.
The doctors who examined the girl did not find any marks on her body. However, in the report they stated that absence of marks did not mean that the rape had not taken place.
The statements by girl’s mother and family members, and investigation by police helped in proving Prashanth as guilty, said prosecutor Shiva Prasad Alva. None of the villagers had come forward as witness.
During the hearing, the defence lawyer maintained that Prashanth and girl were lovers and villagers had seen them together. Prashanth has been falsely charged in the case, he contended.
The then SI Vinay of Bajpe police had registered the case. The chargesheet was filed in the court by inspector Valentine D’Souza on March 2011. Manjunath V Bhat Penne and Shivaprasad Alva were the public prosecutors.
Murder mystery of 68-year-old woman
After differences cropped up with his wife over a property issue, a lawyer hired a gang at Rs. 2 lakh to eliminate the latter
The Kodumur police on Wednesday unravelled the mystery behind the murder of a 68-year-old woman and arrested the gang responsible for the crime.
Speaking to the media, Deputy SP Y.V. Ramana Kumar said that Rajakumari was murdered in a gruesome manner by none other than her husband and lawyer Prahlada Reddy (70).
According to the police, Mr. Prahlada Reddy married Rajakumari as his second wife 1981. He gifted her a house site at the time of marriage and later, both constructed a house there.
However, he had been pestering Rajakumari to transfer the property in his name for quite some time, which was refused by her, leading to differences between the couple. Mr. Prahlada Reddy attempted twice to eliminate Rajakumari, but failed.
Finally, he hired a gang from Mahabubnagar at Rs. 2 lakh to kill his wife. The gang members have been identified as Anilkumar Sarma, Krishna Goud and Srinivasa Goud, who kidnapped Rajakumari from the court complex on June 22 and killed her. Later, they abandoned the body at Timmandoddi in C. Belagal mandal.
The accused also engaged a supporting team to assist the hired assassins, who have been identified as Adeppa, Narasappa, Srinivasa Singh, Sumana Rani and Suchita. The police arrested the gang members and the supporting team. The vehicle used in the offence and mobiles were recovered from the accused. SP K. Raghurami Reddy appreciated the police team for solving the murder mystery.
Bid to rape minor; accused absconding in Tumkur
An ex-serviceman allegedly tried to rape an eight-year-old girl at Maidanahalli in Madhugiri taluk in Tumkur district on Sunday.
The police said that the accused, Narayanappa (40), had retired from the Border Security Force. The victim is a third standard student.
The accused lured the girl with biscuits around 4 p.m. and took her to his house, the police said. There was nobody in the house when the accused, the police said, tried to rape her. The police said that the girl screamed for help and the accused fled, the police added.
The girl complained to her mother who brought her to Madhugiri taluk government hospital. The doctors told the parents to lodge a complaint against Narayanappa.
A case was registered at Kodigenahalli police station on Monday.
The accused is absconding, the police said.
Women attempt to thrash rape accused in court
They were demanding death sentence to the accused persons in the murder of Satyabhama Ningombam, a research fellow in Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Manipur
Angry women who had crowded the District and Sessions court on Tuesday evening demanding death sentence to the accused persons in the murder of Satyabhama Ningombam, a research fellow in Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, prevented police from taking them inside the courtroom. It was alleged that after attempted rape by a friend of her lover she was murdered and dumped in a dry gulch on April 4 pre-dawn.
The women mostly hailing from her locality at Kakwa in Imphal converged at the court complex to thrash the accused persons when they were produced in the court.
The accused persons who were brought to the court from jail were James Toijam, Biju Khetrimayum and Jivan Thoudam. However, the trial judge Guneswor Sharma is out of station and the judge in charge Brajakumar Sharma was to record their appearance. The accused persons were brought under tight security. Apprehending trouble, the judge directed the court officials to obtain the signatures of the accused persons to register their appearance.
But the angry women were not satisfied as they suspected travesty of justice. They surrounded the police and prison vans. It was with much difficulty that the police could whisk away the accused persons to prison. The agitating women told reporters that if the murderers of a girl in Delhi are given death sentence there is no reason why any leniency should be shown to the murderers of Satyabhama. They said that they will storm the court complex whenever the accused persons are produced.
Court officials told reporters that since the trial judge was on leave all that the judge in charge did was to register their appearance. The proper trial will be conducted by the judge once he resumes duty.
Police said that Biju Khetrimayum, a friend of James Toijam, had lured out Satyabhama shortly after midnight on the fateful night on the pretext that her lover was waiting for eloping. However he was alone in a two wheeler and told the girl that he would take her elsewhere.
On the way he tried to rape her two times. When she resisted, he allegedly murdered her and took the dead body in his bike and dumped it for dropping it in the dry gulch.
Udupi: Sexual assault on child – Parents rise in protest at Manipal school
Udupi, Sep 23: The agitating parents of children studying in Madhavakripa School held a meeting with the management on Monday September 23 following the shocking sexual assault by school bus employees on an LKG student studying in the school last week.
The parents, who said that negligence of the management and staff was to blame for the incident, prepared a 12-point questionnaire for the management prior to the meeting and demanded answer for each question. They also demanded clarification over the security lapse in the school premises.
Madhavakripa School was earlier managed by Manipal Academy and later was handed over to the Pearson Group. The parents said that were not satisfied with the explanations given by the CEO Srikanth and Umashankar Vishwanath on the issue.
“We are not happy with the management of Pearson Group and are also dissatisfied with principal Jessy Andrews,” they said.
Thereafter, G K Prabhu, registrar of Manipal University and president of the school management who arrived at the school managed to calm down the parents.
He assured the parents that immediate measures will be taken regarding security measures and a parent-teacher association will be formed within a month. “The PTA meeting will be held every month on the third Thursday in future. Annual general body meeting will be held every year,” he said.
Further he assured that before appointing any staff, police verification will be made a must. CCTV cameras will be installed at various points in the campus soon, he said.
“As far as this case is concerned, complete support will be given to the parents and we will cooperate fully with the police in taking immediate action against the culprits,” he assured.
He stressed that safety would be the priority of the management. “Pearson Group should be more responsible. Henceforth a lady attender will be compulsorily appointed for each bus to accompany the kids and ensure their safety,” he said.
Meanwhile, there was minor chaos when members of Campus Front of India tried to stage a protest in front of the school without obtaining prior permission from the police. The situation was soon brought under control.
Udupi, Sep 23: A day after the news broke out about the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old nursery school student by three bus employees, scores of parents gathered at Madhavakripa School at Manipal here and demanded explanation from the school management.
The parents began a protest at the school premises asking management to respond to the issue. They alleged that the principal as well as the management had failed to respond even when the parents of the victim had approached them.
“When MLA Pramod Madhwaraj tried to contact the school over the issue, even then there was no reponse. We parents want the management to take some action and show interest in dealing with the case,” one of the parents said.
“The school should hold a parent-teacher meeting. Even though its a big school there is a never a meeting with parents and whenever we have requested for it, we have been told that such meetings create noise. We pay fees to educate our children, hence, this should not be the attitude. There should be a proper system,” they said.
Pramod Madhwaraj arrived at the school and said, “There is a complaint that the principal and the management are not taking responsibility for the incident. If it continues, we will inform the deputy commissioner to summon the principal and the management and take appropriate action,” he said.
Meanwhile, the accused Shubhakumar and Sudheer were produced in the district and sessions court and remanded in judicial custody till October 5. They will be lodged in Hiriadka jail.
A girl aged 3 years and 10 months was allegedly sexually assaulted by three bus employees on September 16. The incident came to light two days later and complaint was lodged on Friday September 21. The police on Sunday September 22 arrested Shubhakumar and Sudheer, while the third accused is absconding.
50-year-old man arrested for sexual abuse of minor girl
B H Abdul Basheer was arrested by a police team led by sub-inspector T Uthamdas on Sunday evening after the girl’s parents lodged a complaint with the Town police station.
The police said Basheer offered toffees to the girl who stayed nearby and sexually abused her twice last week. The arrest was made after a woman police constable spoke to the girl.
Basheer was arrested under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act-2012.
He was produced before a court here on Monday and remanded in judicial custody for two weeks, Mr. Uthamdas said here.
DRDO scientist booked for allegedly raping wife
Raipur: A Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) scientist was yesterday booked for allegedly raping his wife.
“A case has been lodged case against Tapas Kumar Majumdar, who is working with food research laboratory wing of DRDO, on the complaint lodged by his 30-year-old wife this evening,” Raipur Superintendent of Police OP Pal told PTI.
According to the woman, who works as a school teacher in Raipur, the accused had married her in 2011, but kept her in dark about the status of his earlier marriage.
He had told her that he had divorced his first wife but the complainant later came to know that that was not true, the SP said.
“A case has been registered against Majumdar under sections 376 (rape), 419 (cheating by personation), 496 (marrying fraudulently) and 498 (A) (subjecting wife to cruelty),” the SP said.
Majumdar is currently posted at Mussorie in Uttarakhand.
“Further probe is on and suitable action will be taken in this connection,” the SP added.
Man held for attempt to molest girl
M. Krishnappa (33) of Beckily village near Bagalur was arrested on charges of alleged attempt to molest a 13-year-old girl.
Police sources said that the man intercepted the girl while she was on her way home at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The girl, out of fear, suffered an epileptic seizure. Seeing her condition, the man fled the spot.
On the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother, All Women Police have registered a case under section 354 (assault on woman with an intention to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code, Section 11 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act read with Section 3 (1) (ii) of SC/ST Act. Further investigations are on.
The accused was arrested and produced before the Hosur Judicial Magistrate I. He was remanded in judicial custody for 15 days and has been lodged at the Hosur Sub Jail, police said.
Four Booked for Raping Dalit Woman
Four persons have been booked on charges of rape and criminal intimidation on a complaint lodged by a Dalit woman, police said today.
The 27-year-old victim in her complaint lodged with the police alleged that she had been repeatedly raped over last several months by three brothers – Daljit Singh, John and Rishi – all residents of Chachoki village.
She alleged that her 5-year-old daughter was also made captive by Kamaljit Kaur who forced her to have physical relations with the three accused, who were Kaur’s sons.
The victim alleged that the accused wanted to push her into flesh trade. The accused were absconding, police said.
Life sentence to 29-yr-old doctor who raped patient in ICU
Mumbai, Sep 21 (PTI): The Bombay High Court today confirmed the life sentence awarded to a 29-year-old doctor who was convicted for raping a patient in an Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital in neighbouring Thane this year.
A bench of justices P V Hardas and P N Deshmukh accepted the argument of prosecutor Usha Kejriwal that though the medical evidence did not fully support the victim’s version, the act of the doctor amounted to rape and fell within the definition of 376(d) of IPC.
The trial court had convicted Dr Vishal Wanne on charges of rape of a patient who was admitted to hospital. Being aggrieved, he moved the High Court in appeal which was dismissed today.
The victim was admitted to general ward of Lotus hospital on January 28, 2013 after she complained of giddiness. She was under the care of Dr Tadvi.
The accused was the Resident Medical Officer on night duty at the hospital. He shifted the patient to ICU after informing Dr Tadvi that her condition had deteriorated.
The victim was administered an injection which made her drowsy. In the ICU, there were three beds which were segregated and covered separately by curtains. Dr Wanne drew the curtains and slept on the victim’s bed. He then raped her. Although the victim realised what was going on, she could not resist because of the effect of the injection.
Before committing the crme, he asked the nurse in the ICU to go out and take some rest. He also told the victim’s husband to take a nap as the patient was under his care.
When the victim informed her husband of what had happened in the night, they lodged a police complaint and the doctor was arrested. He took the defence that the act could not be termed as “rape”.
However, the prosecutor cited judgements to show that even slightest penetration would be termed as “rape” and that this act fell within the definition of 376(d) IPC which was punishable with life imprisonment.
The defence of the accused was that the medical evidence indicated that there were no injuries of rape found on the victim. However, the prosecutor argued that act amounted to rape, which was accepted by the court.
Coaching class owner arrested for molesting girl
|Mumbai, Sep 23 (Mid-Day): The Mira Road police in Thane district have arrested the owner of a coaching class for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl at his residence. Chanchal Kumar Singh alias Rai (42), the owner of Oxford Coaching Classes, was nabbed on Wednesday night from his residence. The accused is also a local secretary of a leading political party and allegedly writes for a Mira Road-based newspaper.“We have arrested Singh under sections 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty of woman), with sections 7 and 11 of the protection of children from sexual offences act 2012 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He is under police custody till September 23,” said Sneha Jadhav, investigation officer of the Mira Road police station.According to police, Singh and the victim are neighbours. According to the girl’s statement, Singh would often call her to his bedroom as she played with his children and touch her inappropriately.In her statement to her family and to the family doctor, the girl said she was molested several times in the past year. “My daughter had become silent and was not feeling well for the past one month. Even her teachers observed that she was not concentrating on her studies. After being alerted of her behaviour, my wife took her to our family doctor.On being examined and questioned by the doctor, she blurted out that our neighbour, who she called ‘uncle’ (Singh) had been molesting her since a year,” said the girl’s father, who then approached the local police with the help of a social activist.|
Man accused of murdering girl arrested in Kuwait after 9 years
A man accused of murdering a degree student has been arrested in Kuwait after nine years.
The accused is identified at Mohammed Afzal (34) from Telicherry. He allegedly murdered Safana of Thalassery.
The accused had been absconding in Kuwait after going there on a duplicate passport. Interpol had released a warrant for his arrest.
On January 23, 2004 auto driver Afzal had allegedly stabbed Safana, a first year degree student at Thalassery, Christ College. He was harassing, her demanding that she love him and killed her when she was on her way back home for having rejected his advances.
Afzal was arrested the next day of the murder but he absconded when the court granted him conditional bail after six months of his custody. He obtained a passport in Bangalore in the name of Taj Pasha Khan and escaped to Kuwait. He worked for three years in the company where his sister’s husband was employed.
He went into hiding when he read news about him in the media. The police had declared him absconding criminal on September 14, 2009 and released a lookout notice.
Interpol was looking for him and he has been arrested based on secret information received by the police. The parents of the victim had urged the central and state government to arrest Afzal.
Delhi police constable suspended for attempt to rape
Hyderabad: Woman gangraped at bus stand in AP; four including cop held
Hyderabad (PTI): A 35-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by four persons, including a police constable and a homeguard, at Kothkota bus stand in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours today, police said.
Four persons, including a police constable and a homeguard, have been arrested in this connection, they said.
The incident occurred at the bus stand at around 1 AM when the woman was apparently waiting for a bus, Mahabubnagar SP D Nagendra Kumar told PTI over phone.
He said constable Seenu and homeguard Nagendran were apprehended along with two private employees identified as Ramesh and Rakesh based on information.
The victim was sent to a local hospital for medical examination and the four accused were booked under relevant provisions of recently-enacted Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill-2013 and section 376 (B) of Indian Penal Code, the SP said.
Udupi: CFI stages Protest against Rape of Student in Hyderabad
Udupi: Campus Front of India staged a protest in front of the Clock tower Udupi here on 19 September 2013 demanding necessary action against the culprits of the Hyderabad rape.
Addressing the gathering Iqbal Bellare, State President of CFI said that the CFI condemns the brutal rape on Sadiya Mubeen, a student of TRR Polytechnic College. The accused has raped the victim for 17 months causing harm to her physical and mental health. The police must take necessary action against the culprits, he added.
The government should appoint a commission to conduct a probe into the whole incident. The police must ensure security to the victim and also to her family members. Medical help with compensation should be ensured to the victim’s family. The victim should be provided with educational remedies to continue her education. Verdict should be passed with the reference of Nirbhaya Case, he added.
After the agitation the protesters submitted a memorandum through the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi demanding necessary action against the culprits.
Farhan Honalla, State Treasurer CFI, Sahil, Vice President, Joint Secretary Rajesh, Avez Udupi, Shafiq and others were present.
Dalit girl raped, murdered near Bellary
BELLARY: A minor dalit girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered on Saturday by an unidentified person near Hagaribomanahalli, some 60 km from Bellary, police said.
The 15-year-old girl went missing in the morning, according to a complaint filed by her father, Bellary superintendent of police Chetan Kumar Rathore said.
The girl, a ninth standard student of a government school, was not going to school for the last one month.
Today she went missing and her father went in search of her. Later, the girl’s body was found in an agricultural field, Rathore said.
However, the body had no injury marks, he said, adding, doctors are conducting medical examination to confirm rape.
Police are searching for the culprit, Rathore said.
16-year-old athlete raped
A 16-year-old Dalit athlete was allegedly raped by a youth of his neighbouring village while she was exercising with her younger sister.
The accused Charnpreet Singh has been arrested, SSP (Khanna) Sushil Kumar said.
The girl was forcibly taken to a secluded place in Palmajra village, some 45 kms from here, yesterday by the 22-year-old accused, who then sexually assaulted her, he said.
Her younger sister, who was with the athlete, informed the matter to her parents, who then rushed to the spot.
Increasing in Child Rape
Delhi rape case judge convicted rarely, but fingers point at police
In many cases, witnesses turned hostile, or police statements didn’t match victim statements
The judge who convicted four men for the gang rape and murder of a Delhi girl had handed down only two other rape convictions in the last five years, court data shows. However, this record seems to raise more questions about the investigation process than the legal process.
Supreme Court advocate K. V. Dhananjay with a team of advocates who work with him analysed all orders passed in the last five years by Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna of the Saket District Court in New Delhi, and shared this data with The Hindu. Mr. Dhananjay looked at all orders in criminal cases, those in rape cases alone and those that involved convictions in Mr. Khanna’s court from January 1, 2009 to September 9, 2013.
He found that no rape cases came to Mr. Khanna in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Mr. Khanna passed final orders in seven rape cases, all of them acquittals. In 2012, ten rape cases came to his court and all resulted in acquittals. In 2013, 15 cases had come to his court by the time Mr. Dhananjay accessed the data on the September 9, and all had resulted in acquittals.
The Hindu independently verified this data from the website of the district courts, and found two additional orders passed by Mr. Khanna in 2013, both of which had resulted in convictions. Mr. Dhananjay pointed out to The Hindu that both of these judgements had been uploaded on September 11, a day after he had circulated his findings among some members of the legal fraternity.
In total, of the 203 cases involving rape (IPC section 376) that Mr. Khanna had heard from January 1, 2009, to the day he convicted four men in the Delhi bus case, Mr. Khanna had passed convictions in two cases.
A reading of the judgements shows that in several cases, witnesses and victims turned hostile, in others the victim could no longer be traced, while in several others the police statements did not match what the victim or witnesses said in court. Moreover, in one of the two convictions Mr. Khanna relied almost solely on the testimony of the victim and dismissed the defence’s argument that the victim’s lack of injuries implied consent, which would suggest that the court’s low conviction rate did not appear to arise from any judicial bias.
“Low conviction rates in rape cases are primarily a result of the low quality of police investigation,” Supreme Court lawyer Rebecca John who has worked on several rape cases said. “Yes, there are cases where prejudices on the part of the judges creep in, especially when the prosecutrix [rape victim] and the accused are known to each other, or when there is an absence of injuries. But on the whole, conviction rates in all criminal cases would be much higher if the police did a better job of investigation,” Ms. John said.
With its quantity of medical evidence and witnesses, the Delhi bus case was such that it would have taken a particularly incompetent police force to bungle, Ms. John said. “But cases in which there’s plenty of medical evidence are rare not just in Delhi but all over India too,” she said. ,” she added.
Kasargod: 62-year-old ‘sorcerer’ arrested for sexually harassing woman
Kasargod, Sep 9: Kasargod police have arrested a 62-year-old man on charges of sexually harassing a woman in the name of sorcery.
The arrested is identified as Avikkare resident Moidin alias Mohammed.
Police investigation has revealed that he has married five times. He is said to be a Payyannur resident by origin and living in Kanhangad for the last ten years.
He has been arrested on a complaint lodged by the wife of a Madrasa teacher. Moidin allegedly sexually harassed the 30-year old woman, saying that he will solve the marital problem between her and her husband.
Both the woman and her husband had come to him together. But Moidin reportedly made the husband wait outside, took her to his room, gave a medicine to make her lose consciousness and sexually assaulted her.
The incident had occurred on April 10, 2013. An investigation has revealed that several women used to come to him for treatment. Though there were complaints against him, nobody had taken them seriously and none had lodged complaints against him.
An investigation is also being held into his five marriages.
Kundapur: Rape attempt on Minor girl, Accused Absconding
Kundapur: Just as the accused in the Delhi gang rape case have been found guilty, back here an attempt to rape a minor girl in Tudalli near Haddagadde has been reported on September 10.
Sharada (name changed) aged 13-years, who is a student studying in 8th standard at Hosur Higher primary school, belonging to the SC community, was alone at home when Arun Narayan Poojary (26), her neighbour visited her house asking for water. He also insisted Sharada to prepare tea for him. When she went inside the kitchen, Arun attempted to rape her.
When Sharada screamed for help, Arun assaulted her, but she managed to escape from Arun and locked herself inside another room. But this incident came to light after 10 days of attempt to rape and a case has been registered in Bhatkal police station. The accused has been absconding. It is also learnt that some political leaders are supporting the accused and trying to dilute the case.
“After 8th standard the girl students are not allowed to continue their education in Byndoor and Kundapur because in villages it is dangerous for a girl to walk alone to the school. If we need to educate every girl child the police should give protection to the village girls and strengthen the hopes of their parents. Police should take this case seriously and arrest the accused as soon as possible”, said the Director of Spoorthidama Institute, Dr Keshav Koteshwar.
He further said, “When there were rape cases in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and many other cities, people got into the streets and protest against it. But in our own locality, in front of our own eyes our own sister’s have been raped, molested, harassed and we have closed our eyes. This should not happen. We need to raise our voice against such crimes and pressurise the administration to arrest the accused within 2 days of time”.
If the accused is not arrested soon, we will stage a massive protest in Byndoor and Bhatkal, said Dr Keshav.
New Delhi: Burn them alive: Dec 16 rape victim’s last testimony
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) Her cries for help went unheeded as the six people, including a juvenile, tortured her for an hour, took turns to rape her, bit her, hit her with an iron rod, shoved it inside her and even used hands to tear her inner organs out, the gang rape victim said in her last testimony.
In her four-page statement in Hindi to the magistrate five days after the barbaric attack on her, the 23-year-old paramedical trainee, who was admitted to a city hospital in a critical condition, pleaded with the authorities to “burn them alive”.
The statement, which is available with IANS and forms part of the 1,000-page charge sheet submitted by the police to the court, clearly states how the young woman was brutally tortured for an hour in a moving bus and how she fainted a couple of times, but was beaten back to consciousness to undergo more unspeakable indignities.
The charge sheet also has a handwritten statement of the victim, which has barely 20 words scribbled by her in her semi-conscious state. It was written Dec 25. The girl mentions the rod used against her in the note.
A Delhi court Tuesday convicted four men for the Dec 16, 2012, gang rape and murder.
IANS has reproduced the last words of the woman who died 13 days after her gang rape – minus some of the graphic and numbing details that she revealed to a woman magistrate of Delhi.
“I was returning after watching ‘Life of Pi’ from Select City mall in Saket. We took an auto from there and reached Munirka. Here we saw a white coloured bus. The conductor of the bus was announcing that the bus was going to Palam and Dwarka. As I had to go to that side, my friend and I boarded the bus. We gave Rs.20 as ticket.
“When I entered the bus, I saw six to seven people sitting. I thought they are all passengers. I sat in the front seat. The bus had yellow curtains and red seats. The windows were closed and had tinted glass panes. I could see from inside, but no one could see from outside.
“After settling in, I looked again at my co-passengers and got little suspicious. But by that time I had already paid the money and the bus had started.
“Five minutes after boarding the bus, the conductor closed the bus gates and switched off the lights. One of the persons then came to my friend and started abusing him.
“While three-four held him, the rest dragged me to the back seat of the bus. They tore off my clothes and then took turns to rape me. They hit me with the rod and bit me.
“Before this, they had snatched the wallet and mobile of my friend.
“Six of them raped me by turns. While one of them shoved the rod inside, another one used his hand to tear my organs out.
“The torture continued for one hour in the moving bus. They took turns driving the bus and raping me.
“From their appearance they looked like drivers and their helpers. I was losing consciousness, but they hit me repeatedly to wake me up.
“My friend tried to save me. But he was also badly beaten up with the rod. He also lost consciousness. They then stripped us and believing that we are dead, threw us out of the moving bus.
“We were both without clothes on the street. A passer-by called the police.
“They should be hanged so that such an incident does not happen with another woman. They should be burned alive,” the young woman, who died Dec 29 at a hospital in Singapore where she was flown by the government after a national outcry and massive protests, said in the statement.
The answer was to the magistrate’s question on what punishments the accused deserved from the court.