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    Gang-rape protesters face tear gas, and lathicharge (baton beating)

    Police used batons, tear gas and water cannon to turn back thousands of people marching on the presidential palace in intensifying protests against the gang-rape of a woman on the streets and on social media. The 23-year-old victim is battling for her life in hospital after she was beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus on a busy New Delhi street. he protesters, largely college students, are demanding the death penalty for the accused and safety assurances for women. The savage rape and torture occurred on Sunday night, when the woman and her male friend boarded a private bus in south Delhi after watching a movie. The woman was brutally and repeatedly assaulted by six men. Her male friend, who tried to save her, was also beaten up by the rapists. Both the girl and her friend were stripped and dumped by the roadside near the domestic airport, after the nearly 40-minute ordeal in a moving bus, that passed unchallenged through five different police check points while the ghastly act was underway.

    Anonymous takes down Delhi Police website over gang-rape case

    Hacktivist group Anonymous has taken down the Delhi Police website over its reaction to weeklong protests sparked by the brutal gang-rape of a young woman, urging authorities to bring the rapists to justice.

    It comes as the authorities have shut down roads and railway stations in the Indian capital in a bid to halt the protests. Meanwhile, the country’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for calm amid the public outrage gripping India.

    “We all know about the shameful incident that happened in Delhi, and we all want the same result i.e. – punish the rapist,” Anonymous said in a statement published on The Hackers Blog.

    The hacktivists blamed the police for cracking down on protesters instead of cooperating with them and finding the culprits. They also thanked the public for taking to the streets despite chilly weather.


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    Delhi gang rape: Victim's condition better, still on ventilator, say doctors

    NEW DELHI: The 23-year-old gangrape victim's condition was a "shade better than yesterday" as her vital parameters have shown marginal improvement, but she is still critical and continues to be on ventilator support.
    Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital, who have been closely monitoring the girl's health, said she is psychologically "stable, conscious and meaningfully communicative".

    The victim was gangraped and brutally assaulted on December 16 in a moving bus and thrown out. Six persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.

    "The girl's platelet count and total lycolyte count have improved when compared to yesterday. And this improvement is after pumping in of blood, platelets and plasma. The real improvement would be when her body starts producing all these," Dr Sunil Jain, general surgeon of the hospital, said.

    He said the girl's liver functions and lab profile are by and large fine, though she is running a fever of 102 degrees to 103 degrees.

    Dr P K Verma, ICU incharge, said the girl's condition was a "shade better than yesterday" and that she was talking to her relatives since morning.

    He also said the level of internal bleeding has been controlled to a considerable extent while the increase in the level of bilirubin, the yellow breakdown product of normal heme catabolism, which stood at 7.3 today is a "serious cause of concern".

    Sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure, is the cause for internal bleeding, but doctors say the examination of blood cultures have established that they are on the "right track".

    Verma said she continues to be on ventilator support though it has been reduced a little. "She has got sepsis. She still needs partial support. The drains which we gave has drained well," he said.

    The platelet count has increased to 81,000 from yesterday's 70,000. A normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per micro litres of blood.

    The girl was subjected to psychiatric counselling this morning along with her parents. Dr Rastogi of the Psychology Department said despite her fragile body condition, the girl is "stable, conscious and meaningfully communicative"

    "She is very positive about her future. She has got the fighting spirit. She is coping well," he said.

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    Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

    "The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012," a statement from the hospital said. The patient's family had been by her side, it added.

    The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital.

    The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in India that left one police officer dead.

    Six men have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended following the 16 December attack.

    "The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital," a statement from hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said.

    "She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," the statement went on.

    "We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle," Mr Loh said.

    A team of eight specialists had tried to keep the patient stable, but her condition continued to deteriorate over the two days she was at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, he added.

    Officials from the High Commission of India had also been present when the patient passed away. The Indian home minister said the government had decided to send the victim overseas on the recommendation of her doctors

    Arrangements are being made to take her body back to India, Indian high commissioner to Singapore TCA Raghavan told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

    Rising anger

    The victim and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the south-west of the city.

    Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus and into the street.

    On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as a "prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury".

    The government has tried to halt rising public anger by announcing a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women.

    These include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.

    The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them.

    It has set up two committees - one looking into speeding up trials of cases involving sexual assaults on women, and the other to examine the lapses that might have led to the incident in Delhi.

    But the protesters say the government's pledge to seek life sentences for the attackers is not enough - many are calling for the death penalty.

    Since the Delhi incident, several cases have been highlighted of authorities failing to respond to reported rapes.

    On Wednesday, a woman committed suicide in the state of Punjab, after having tried to report to police an rape which allegedly took place last month, local media reports said.

    At least one police officer involved in the case has been sacked, according to local officials


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    Indian rape witness: 'Nobody helped us for an hour'

    Passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, a male friend who was attacked with her said in his first public comments.

    The 23-year-old female student died in a Singapore hospital two weeks after she was raped on December 16 on a private bus in New Delhi.

    Her friend told the Hindi-language Indian cable channel Zee News they were attacked after an evening out watching a film.

    The man, while not named, appeared in person for the studio interview.

    He said they were first tricked into what appeared to be a passenger bus - they even paid a fare.

    But then the doors were locked and the men on board started teasing the woman, leading to a fight.

    She was dragged away and the man said he was knocked unconscious.

    "From where we boarded the bus, they (the attackers) moved around for nearly two-and-a-half hours," he said.

    "We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus."

    For an hour, his friend was brutally raped and tortured before the pair were thrown off the bus.

    The man also confirmed the attackers then tried to run them over as they lay on the road.

    "There were a few people who had gathered round but nobody helped," he said.

    "Before the police came I screamed for help but the auto rickshaws, cars and others passing by did not stop."

    They lay in the street for 45 minutes before a police van arrived and officers then spent a long time arguing about where to take them, the man said.

    "We kept shouting at the police, 'please give us some clothes' but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at," he said.

    The gang rape prompted street protests across India and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders.

    It shone a light on a widespread problem of violence against women in India, where official statistics show a rape is reported every 20 minutes. [imagine how many go unreported]

    Six suspects have been charged over the attack - five men and a minor believed to be aged 17.


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    Insults fly as rape victim's fight for life takes grim turn

    ... further cases of police indifference and political insensitivity to sexual violence in India continue to disturb the country...

    ...Her case caused further political uproar when the son of India's President, and a member of parliament, Abhijit Mukherjee, was upbraided by his father, Pranab Mukherjee, his sister and his son for saying women protesting against sexual violence were ''highly dented and painted'' and not real protesters...The phrase ''dented and painted'' is used by mechanics who mask the bruised bodywork of second-hand cars with paint...

    ...Dr Anita Shukla, a scientist at a prestigious rural university, told a ''women's empowerment'' seminar in Madhya Pradesh the rape victim's injuries were her own fault.

    The woman, a physiotherapy student, was beaten with an iron rod and repeatedly raped on a bus in south Delhi on December 16 by six men, before her naked body was thrown from the moving vehicle onto a road. ''Had the girl simply surrendered when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine,'' Dr Shukla said. ''Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10pm?''...

    ... Much of the anger of the protests which have seized Delhi and other cities over recent days has been directed towards India's politicians and police, who many feel are part of the problem of a culture of sexual violence in India.

    Police are regularly accused of dismissing rape complaints, not believing women who make a complaint or blaming them for the attacks, saying they should not have been out late, drinking, talking to men or wearing jeans.

    On Wednesday, a 17-year-old girl from a village near Patiala, in Punjab, killed herself six weeks after she was abducted, drugged and gang-raped by three men.

    In her suicide note she blamed her attackers and police hostility for destroying her life. Police initially refused to formally register a complaint from the woman and only acted to arrest her attackers after she had killed herself.


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    India Justice: gang-rape victim gets raped again; by her investigating officers

    By: Fawad Khan, 25th December 2012

    According to Indian news media, a gang-rape victim of Indian Uttar Pradesh, has alleged that she was raped by the Investigating Officer of her case and then later, by the Inspector of the police station where she went to lodge her complain.

    On December 14, Senior Sub-Inspector Maan Singh -who was the IO of her rape case- was arrested from a hotel room trying to rape the helpless gang-rape victim.

    According to the woman, she was first gang-raped in her hometown of Ambedkar Nagar about a month ago, after which she and her family approached the Akbar-Pur police station to lodge an FIR against the alleged rapists. However, the police failed to initiate any kind of action against the alleged rapists after which the victim approached SSI Maan Singh for help.

    Maan Singh promised the victim that he would help her; he suggested that she should accompany him to Faizabad where he will arrange a meeting with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Faizabad Range who will ensure the she gets justice.

    Unaware of Maan Singh’s real motives, the victim said yes and left for Faizabad with him. After reaching Faizabad, Maan Singh took the victim to a hotel and started to rape her.

    The arrest came when the victim somehow managed to send a message to one of her neighbors back in her hometown, who then contacted the Faizabad SSP and told him about the situation and the name of the hotel where Maan Singh had took her.

    When Faizabad police raided the hotel room, they found Maan Singh in the room with his pants down to his knees, trying to rape the victim. He was immediately arrested.

    After Maan Singh’s arrest the victim came out of her shell and revealed that she was also raped by Inspector AK Upadhyay who is in-charge of the Akbarpoor police station and also Maan Singh’s immediate boss.

    She said that before Faizabad police raided the hotel room for her rescue, she had already been raped by SSI Maan Singh and his boss, Inspector Upadhyay, as well.

    After this painful ordeal, the woman has now claimed that she is being threatened for her life, to stay quiet about the whole incident, because it involves the police department. She said that she was told not to testify in the court against Senior Sub-Inspector Maan Singh and his immediate boss Inspector Uppadhya.

    The SSP Faizabad police says that he will verify the charges and bring the culprits to the court of justice.

    While the victim has also written a letter to the chief minister appealing him for justice.


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    Gang-rape epidemic: India mourns victim, proposes chemical castration for offenders

    Demonstrators hold candles during a candlelight vigil for a gang rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

    India is drafting a bill proposing 30 years’ jail for rapists and possible chemical castration. It comes after a 23-year-old woman, gang-raped in New Delhi, died in hospital, drawing public attention to an epidemic of violence against women.

    The victim’s body was transferred from the Singapore hospital where she died on Saturday back to India for the funeral on Sunday morning. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the head of the ruling Congress Party greeted the plane carrying the body at the airport.

    The private cremation ceremony was held under tight security in Delhi a few hours after the victim’s body arrived in India.

    The case of the medical student raped two weeks ago in the Munirka area of Delhi by a group of men has dominated the Indian public forum. The incident has provoked public outrage, condemning the police and the government for their inaction on the issue of women’s safety.

    In response to public uproar, India’s ruling Congress Party is drafting the new legislation for submission to the Justice Verma Committee, charged with reassessing current rape laws and suggesting changing to ensure greater safety for women.

    An ambulance transporting the body of a gang-rape victim is seen outside her residence in New Delhi on December 30, 2012. (AFP Photo/Sajjad Hussain)

    The document stipulates a maximum jail sentence of 30 years for those convicted of rape and the introduction of chemical castration as a punitive measure, writes the Indian Express. The draft legislation also stipulates a fast-track deadline of 90 days to finish court proceedings.

    Additionally, the Indian government heard calls from the Bharatiya Janata Party to hold an emergency parliamentary session to discuss women’s safety after the death of the 23-year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped in New Delhi. The medical student, whose identity remains unknown, was reportedly raped for almost an hour before she and a male friend were beaten with iron bars and then thrown out of the New Delhi bus on which she was traveling.

    Indian schoolgirl holds a placard with an image of a hanging man during a rally in Ahmedabad on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gangrape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. (AFP Photo/Sam Panthaky)

    Demonstrators hold placards during a protest in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Amit Dave)

    Thousands took to the streets of the city on Saturday after the news of the victim’s death in a massive peaceful protest.

    Six men were charged with murder on Saturday in connection with the rape. If the suspects are convicted of their crimes they will face the death penalty.

    Indian police personnel stand guard at barrier across a closed road in New Delhi on December 30, 2012, after the cremation ceremony for a gangrape victim. (AFP Photo/Raveendran)

    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

    “The shameful incident can yield a positive result if only the government decides to take a quick decision. For this a parliamentary session should be held immediately where all issues related to the safety of women should be discussed,”
    the party’s national vice-president and Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar said to Indian Express.

    Referring to the mass protests sparked by the woman’s death, Kumar said that the government “has still not opened its eyes completely” to the issue of women’s safety.

    He went on to slam the police, branding entire administration as “inefficient and corrupt.”

    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest for a gang rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Kolkata December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)
    The rape case has become the focus of protests across India, rallying for greater protection for women in Indian society. New Delhi has an infamous reputation as India’s rape capital, with a report from the Hindustan Times documenting more than 20 rape cases since December 16 in the city.

    "We are aware that this is not the first case, nor will it be the last case of gang-rape in India, but it is clear that we will not tolerate sex crimes anymore,"
    said Bela Rana, a lawyer participating in a Delhi rally to AP.
    Victims of gang-rapes often do not come forward to the police in India for fear of shaming their families or being ignored by police. Moreover, cases are so widespread that they are rarely covered by the press.

    Indian residents Meena Rai (L) and Usharai (R) – neighbours of a gangrape victim – stand with police personnel outside a cremation ground in New Delhi on December 30, 2012, after a cremation ceremony. (AFP Photo/Sajjad Hussain)


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    India is a rapists paradise; rape a woman become an MP! Sick country.
    369 MPs, MLAs face charges of crimes against women

    There has been a national outcry seeking harsher laws for rapists in India [ Images ]. As the outrage grows against the heinous incident of gangrape in Delhi [ Images ] and Parliament discusses the issue, Vicky Nanjappa takes a look at the background of our lawmakers (members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies) with respect to rape cases and other crimes against women based on their self-sworn affidavits.

    The Association for Democratic Reforms, which provided a report on the issue shows that a large number of candidates with rape charges against them were given tickets by political parties to contest the elections.


    Six MLAs have declared that they have charges of rape against themselves in their sworn affidavits submitted with the Election Commission at the time of their election.

    Of these six MLAs with declared rape cases, three belong to the Samajwadi Party -- Sribhagwan Sharma, Anoop Sanda and Manoj Kumar Paras (all from Uttar Pradesh [ Images ]), one from the Bahujan Samaj Party namely Mohd Aleem Khan from (UP), Jethabhai G Ahir from Gujarat (Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ]) and Kandikunta Venkata Prasad from Andhra Pradesh (Telugu Desam Party).

    Thirty-six other MLAs have declared that they have other charges of crimes against women such as outraging the modesty of a woman, assault, insulting the modesty of a woman etc.

    Of the 36 MLAs who have declared that they have charges of crimes against women, six MLAs are from the Congress, five from the BJP and three from the SP.

    UP has the maximum number of MLAs (8) who have declared that they have charges of crimes against women, followed by Orissa and West Bengal [ Images ] with seven MLAs each.

    Two MPs, namely Semmalai S of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [ Images ] from Salem constituency in Tamil Nadu, and Adhikari Suvendu of All India Trinamool Congress [ Images ] from Tamluk constituency in West Bengal, have declared that they have charges of crimes against women, such as cruelty and intent to outrage a woman's modesty etc.


    Political parties gave tickets to 27 candidates who contested the state elections in the last five years, who have declared that they have been charged with rape.

    Of these, seven are independent candidates, five have been given tickets by the SP, two have been given tickets by the BJP and two are BSP candidates.

    Out of these 27 candidates who declared rape charges, 10 are from UP, and 5 are from Bihar.

    Political parties also gave tickets to 260 other contesting candidates in the legislative assembly elections held in the last five years have declared that they have charges of crimes against women such as outraging the modesty of a woman, assault, insulting the modesty of a woman etc.

    Out of the 260 candidates who declared that they have been charged with crimes against women, 72 are independent candidates, 24 have been given tickets by the BJP, 26 by the INC, 16 by the SP and 18 have been given tickets by the BSP.

    Maharasthra has the maximum number of such candidates (41), followed by Uttar Pradesh (37) and West Bengal (22).

    In the Lok Sabha 2009 elections, political parties gave tickets to six candidates who declared that they have been charged with rape. Of these, one is from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, one from the Rashtravadi Communist Party, one from the BSP, one from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and two independent candidates.

    Out of these six candidates who declared rape charges, three are from Bihar, one from Delhi, one from Uttar Pradesh and one from Andhra Pradesh.

    Thirty-four other contesting candidates from the Lok Sabha 2009 general elections declared that they have charges of crimes against women.

    Twelve out of the other 34 Lok Sabha 2009 candidates declared that they have been charged with crimes against women, 77 are IND candidates, 4 are BSP candidates and 2 each from AITC and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation.

    Maximum cases of crimes against women are against candidates from Bihar (9), followed by Maharashtra [ Images ] (6), and Uttar Pradesh (5).


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    Bus attack highlights India's rape epidemic

    Protests against the gang rape have spread across cities in India [EPA]

    Rarely has India, a country of more than a billion people, been so vigorously shaken out of its collective stupor than it has been in the recent days over the horrifying ordeal of a young woman on a speeding bus.

    Ever since news broke that the 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped by several men at the back seat of a bus in the nation’s capital New Delhi, shock, shame and outrage have engulfed India in equal measure.

    Angry residents across Delhi and other cities have taken to the streets to protest. Stung by the outpouring over anger, even normally inert politicians and bureaucrats have joined the clamour for the harshest punishment for the culprits.

    "It’s a day of national shame," lamented Jaya Bachchan, a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament which saw members cutting across party lines sink their differences to join ranks in condemning the crime.

    "Rapists should be hanged
    ," said Neeraj Kumar, Delhi’s top police official, who said that he had never come across any other attack in his long career that matched the recent one's brutality.

    Grisly details of what happened that night on the bus are continuing to emerge, as the girl battles for her life in a hospital. Several of her vital organs have been damaged after she and her male companion were beaten up by the assailants before being thrown off the bus.

    Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital are cautiously optimistic that the girl would eventually pull through. But it has done precious little to heal the scars that the mindless brutality has left either on the nation’s conscience or Delhi’s reputation.

    If at all, it has further bolstered Delhi’s notoriety as an extremely unsafe city where women face various forms of abuse almost on a daily basis.

    "New Delhi is no longer a safe place for women, and it's difficult to step outside of one's home after dusk," says Ayesha Ahmed, a former resident who now lives in Mumbai.

    Rising rape cases

    Figures compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau back the claim. New Delhi registered 572 rape cases last year - more than any of the other big cities in the country like Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore. Jagori, a women’s rights organisation, says the city leads the country in crimes against women - including rape, molestation, dowry harassment and domestic violence.

    Even an Al Jazeera documentary a few months ago uncovered the ugly truth hidden behind Delhi’s glitzy exterior: some 80 percent of women in a city of 20 million complained of having been sexually harassed. Also, an astonishing four-fifths of all women said they feared for their safety on streets, especially at night.

    But why is New Delhi so particularly unsafe?

    A host of reasons are normally cited, depending on who you ask. A top police official told the NDTV television channel that the rising figures reflected growing women empowerment. They are better educated and informed and they are more prone to register cases than ever before, he said.

    What the official, however, conveniently overlooked was poor policing and abysmal conviction rate that allows rapists often a free run.

    "The police have their priorities skewed," complains B Arun, a journalist with a prominent newspaper. Theoretically, Delhi has a policeman for every 223 people, but what’s unstated is that most of their duty hours are spent on protecting the teeming number of political leaders who crowd the nation’s capital.

    Policing streets therefore is shoddy as is investigation of crime. Compared to 44 percent in 1973, conviction rate in rape cases in had plummeted to below 26 percent by 2010.

    "Police machinery needs to be reformed; [the] public has lost confidence in police," Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar, member of National Women’s Commission, told Al Jazeera.

    Rufina Baptista Dave, a media coordinator who lives in New Delhi, is equally critical of the authorities.

    "It is very difficult to step outside after 5-6pm. Many people come from different parts of the country and they feel that they can do anything and can get away with it," she said. "If police take strict action against culprits, it can send across the right message. Crimes are increasing here because the perpetrators go scot-free."

    Some residents also blame the culture of impunity to Delhi’s proximity to power. It is easy to have links here with political leaders - big and small - and that makes many to feel powerful themselves. Being drunk on power is a recipe for criminality, says Arun.

    Ayesha Ahmed, the former Delhi resident, concurs. "Most of the men involved in such crimes have [a] powerful background. When caught by police, they simply escape by saying, 'do you know who I am?' Till they have such 'powerful backing' it is difficult to contain crimes against women," she says.

    In the rallies and candle light vigils being held for the hapless girl across the country, there is renewed hope that India would shed its complacency finally.

    Tweets sent out by Bollywood celebrities captured the mood on the streets.

    Actor Arjun Rampal tweeted: "New set of laws and more severe punishments are required for these kind of criminals. Rapist should be publicly flogged. No more tolerance."

    Actress Juhi Chawla went a step further: "Sometimes I wish our laws were as simple & strict as tooth for tooth & an [sic] eye for an eye. Crimes like this wouldn't happen!"


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    Every woman in India is likely to have experienced some sexual harassment

    You learn to not make eye contact with men, to avoid crowds, and to shield yourself with scarves and bags

    There is no simple explanation of what it is like to be a woman in India today. It depends on where you live, whether you are rich or poor, and on your caste.

    But every Indian woman has one thing in common: they have almost certainly experienced some kind of sexual harassment. If you are an Indian woman in a public space, you are forever on edge, looking out for men standing too close, wondering if that grope on a crowded bus was accidental. At an early age, you learn to not make eye contact with men, to avoid crowds, and to shield yourself with scarves and bags.

    Today, India is sunk in unprecedented national sorrow over the death of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus on December 16. Despite being tear-gassed and beaten, thousands of young Indians have taken to the streets to call for justice, social networks are awash with rage, and there has been much soul-searching over how and why such a crime could happen.

    I am one of the privileged women in India, but even in Bangalore where I live, which is regarded as relatively safe for women - certainly compared to Delhi - I face leering stares and comments at least weekly. It becomes so routine I hardly notice.

    I remember my parents telling me to “ignore the gropers”. Most Indian women will have received similar advice, and continue to live by it. My parents were simply being realistic; India’s record of punishing sexual harassers is abysmal.

    Now I have a 13-year-old daughter, and as I think about what advice I should give her, I realise that although life for women in India is changing rapidly in some respects, in others it is as though time stands still.

    This generation is the first to encourage women to go out to work, to travel at night, and wear Western clothes. The rape victim in Delhi was a medical student who came from a lower middle-class family, which could barely afford her education. Only a decade ago, she might never have left home. But, as traditional values are dissolving, modern values are not widely accepted. Many Indian men are outraged at the idea of women having the same freedoms they have. The Delhi rapists taunted the girl because she was with a male friend. “Only prostitutes go out with men at night,” one is reported to have said.

    The government has vowed to increase protection for women, but that is pointless in a country like India, where police are already too few, and if approached, are still likely to ignore women who complain of sexual harassment or assault. In Delhi this year, 635 cases of rape were reported, but there was only one conviction. Last week, even as India grieved for the Delhi victim, a girl committed suicide because police were pressuring her to marry her rapist. It is hard to blame Indian “culture”, because in a country this diverse, there is not one culture. But, by and large, families coddle boys and excuse bad behaviour, while girls are told to “be careful”.

    Scrutiny has turned to Bollywood films, most of which objectify women and often show the hero harassing an unwilling heroine, who eventually yields to his “charms”. But politicians also mirror the problem. In 2012, politicians blamed everything from late marriages to fast food for attacks on women. According to the Election Commission, every one of India’s leading political parties has fielded candidates accused of sexual crimes against women in the past five years, and two members of India’s parliament are facing rape charges.

    Will the tragic case of this dead woman change anything? It’s hard to see real change in a climate such as this, and generations of oppression cannot be undone easily.

    As a feminist, I balk at the idea of restricting my daughter’s movements, telling her what to wear, and especially telling her to ignore groping and leering. But at the same time, I know it will take years before all of India can accept girls like her, and I worry I am endangering her with my thinking. I am going to teach her that if she is ever harassed or molested, it will be the fault of the perpetrators, not hers. I will teach her how to be aware of her surroundings and steps to take care of herself.

    When I look at the fierce rage of young women braving teargas, or the quieter wave of women fighting for education, I see women who are encouraging change. It will take us a long time, but we will achieve it.

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    Police, army rampantly use rape as weapon: Arundhati Roy

    Reacting to the terrible news of the 23-year-old girl succumbing to injuries sustained while fighting off her rapists in a moving bus in the capital, Arundhati Roy warns that it is a sign of forebodings for women of all classes. About the massive outpouring of protests across the country, Roy said, "While we are seeing some very unexceptional reaction to an event which is hardly exceptional, though it's a terrible thing to call a tragic event 'exceptional'.

    "However, the real problem is why is this crime creating such a lot of outrage is because it plays into the idea of the criminal poor, like the vegetable vendor, gym instructor or bus driver actually assaulting a middle class girl. Whereas when rape is used as a means of domination by upper castes, the army or the police it is not even punished," said the feted author.

    When asked if there was any chance that these huge protests are going to ring in some genuine change, Roy said, "I think it will lead to some new laws perhaps, an increased surveillance, but all of that will protect middle class women. But in cases of the army and the police as perpetrators, we are not looking for laws. What do you do when the police themselves burn down villages, gang-rape women. I have personally listened to so many testimonies of women to whom this has been done."

    Pointing to the contrast between the actual truth about women across the country and the image of modern India being portrayed by Bollywood and the hi-tech India, the author agreed that there are quite many a world competing here. "Feudal India has a huge history and legacy of disrespect and violence against women. Any accounts of Partition or what is done to Dalit women contains that but now there is sort of psychosis," she said.

    While stating that the army and the police routinely use rape as a weapon against people in places like Chhattisgarh, Kashmir and Manipur after gaining impunity behind laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Roy said, "More dangerous is the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Earlier, at least the rich did what they with a fair amount of discretion, but now it's all out there on television for conspicuous consumption and there is an anger and psychosis building up and women at the top, middle and the bottom are going to pay the price for it."


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    Delhi gang Rape and rape victims of Kashmir

    Double standards

    It took the death of a 23 Year old girl to awaken the largest democracy on earth. The explosive fallout of the incident of gang rape in Delhi that shook the entire Indian nation is yet to boil down. Kashmiris have been witness to and been protesting the rape incidents day in and out during the past twenty two years of turbulence. Even when this young victim from Delhi was breathing her last in a Singapore Hospital, 35 year old widow was kidnapped and raped in the frontier district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir state.

    None of the Electronic media who have their presence across the state of J&K didn't even dare to report this incident on the national network.

    People in Kashmir are the first to protest the inhuman act that took place in the Indian Capital of New Delhi. After being subjected to such torture umpteen number of times, Kashmiris can fully empathise with the traumatised.

    More than two decades of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir has left a trail of rape victims. These victims live a miserable life. Neglected and ignored by their families and society, they have to put up with government apathy too. A Kashmir-based NGO puts the number of women raped, molested and abused at over 1,000 but data compiled by international agencies like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International put the number at around 900. When the entire Indian Nation condemns the incident in Delhi and demand the stringent punishment like death sentences to the perpetrators, no relief is in sight for this dejected lot of women in the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The state agencies are seemingly unmoved by the plight of these victims. The state home department has no specific data on the number of rapes and molestation cases that took place in the state during the last two decades. Officials of the home department, when contacted, say that media reports as to the number of rape and molestation cases hardly give the correct picture. Further, they maintain that families of allegedly raped women do not lodge complaints against the accused with the respective police stations. Thus the guilty escape from conviction. Records suggest that during the last nineteen years, the state government initiated judicial inquiry only into two cases of rape from Kashmir province, reports of which have been submitted to the government. But the action taken against the culprits is still awaited.

    According to data maintained by a media portal of the United Kingdom (UK) on reported cases of rape and molestation allegedly involving security forces, nearly 800 women were raped in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir between 1990 and 2011. The media portal maintains that it has compiled the reports from what was reported by state media. The portal also reveals that the authorities concerned hardly took any interest in documenting the plight of these silent sufferers of Jammu and Kashmir.

    However with the victims reluctant to come forward, documentation of these cases could never take place, which is making things very difficult. Failure in documenting these cases has worsened the situation. The victims, scared of social stigma, make things difficult and inconvenient and the culprits get away scot-free. The social stigma associated with rape has also made things difficult for various human rights groups and NGOs. They say that women are reluctant to come forward. They maintain that the sordid Kunan-Poshpora mass rape in Kupwara in North Kashmir in which 30 women aged between 18 and 85 years were raped on the night of February 22-23, 1991 has been repeated time and again. 22 years have passed since the incident took place; all the same, no marriage has taken place in Kunan-Poshpora for first fifteen years after the incident.

    International NGO, Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) working on a mental health project in this area maintains that the incident has affected the whole area psychologically. “Awaiting justice, these unfortunate mothers and daughters get a mention everywhere but no support,” says Hilal Ahmad Shah. Social scientist working with MSF say that media and human rights groups have not reported the incidents of rape and molestation seriously. They say society has every responsibility to help these victims and bring them out of this emotional morass.

    In the backdrop of the incident of gang rape in Delhi, It is high time for the state agencies to look into the matter and offer a helping hand to the rape victims of the unfortunate land.


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    Photojournalist gang-raped in Mumbai, over 20 detained

    by Diana George - August 23, 2013

    A 22-year-old photojournalist is in hospital after being gang-raped by five people on Thursday evening at the dilapidated and isolated Shakti Mills compound in Lower Parel, south Mumbai.

    Her condition is now described as stable by doctors attending to her at the Jaslok hospital.

    The young woman, who works with a magazine in the city, was on assignment with a male colleague when she was assaulted at about 8 pm yesterday.

    In details chillingly similar to the December gang-rape in Delhi, the woman and her friend have described in their statements to the police how two men accosted her, beat up and tied her colleague with a belt and then dragged her into a run down, abandoned building, where three other men joined them and gang-raped the young woman.

    The attackers then fled the spot. The young woman and her colleague took an auto rickshaw to the Jaslok hospital four kilometres away and doctors called in the police.

    Twenty people have been detained and the police have released sketches of five suspects based on the statements (Have you seen them?). The woman has reportedly said that two of her attackers called each other Rupesh and Sajid. Four of the men are believed to be in their early 20s and Mumbai's police commissioner Satyapal Singh said he suspected they were drug addicts.

    Nine special teams of the Mumbai Police have been formed to investigate the case and the crime branch is carrying out a parallel probe.

    The police are investigating whether the attackers fled in a train after raping the girl. The Shakti Mills compound is very close to the Mahalakshmi station on the western line.

    Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil visited the young woman in hospital last night. He promised that those responsible would be arrested soon.

    Mumbaikars say they are shocked that such an attack could happen in the middle of the city that they pride as safe for women. South Mumbai MP Milind Deora tweeted, "Mumbai Police must get to the bottom of yesterday's alleged rape and punish the guilty ASAP. Mumbai takes pride in being a safe city for women."

    Last December, a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi. She died 13 days later. The horrific assault had provoked nation-wide protests and demands for better protection for women and more stringent laws against rape.


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    Outrage grows in India over bus gang rape

    December 20, 2012

    The hours-long gang-rape and near-fatal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi has triggered outrage and anger across the country as Indians demand action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women.

    In the streets and in parliament, calls rose for stringent and swift punishment against those attacking women, including a proposal to make rapists eligible for the death penalty. As the calls for action grew louder, two more gang-rapes were reported, including one in which the 10-year-old victim was killed.

    "I feel it is sick what is happening across the country. It is totally sick, and it needs to stop," said Smitha, a 32-year-old protester who goes by only one name.

    Thousands of demonstrators clogged the streets in front of New Delhi's police headquarters, protested near parliament and rallied outside a major university. Angry university students set up roadblocks across the city, causing massive traffic jams.

    Hundreds rallied outside the home of the city's top elected official before police dispersed them with water cannons, a move that earned further condemnation from opposition leaders, who accused the government of being insensitive.

    "We want to jolt people awake from the cozy comfort of their cars. We want people to feel the pain of what women go through every day," said Aditi Roy, a Delhi University student.

    As protests raged in cities across India, at least two girls were gang-raped, with one of them killed.

    Police on Wednesday fished out the body of a 10-year old girl from a canal in Bihar state's Saharsa district. Police superintendent Ajit Kumar Satyarthi said the girl had been gang-raped and killed and her body dumped in the canal. Police were investigating and a breakthrough was expected soon, Satyarthi said.

    Elsewhere, a 14 -year old schoolgirl was in critical condition in Banka district of Bihar after she was raped by four men, said Jyoti Kumar, the district education officer. The men have been identified, but police were yet to make any arrests, Kumar said.

    Meanwhile, the 23-year-old victim of the first rape lay in critical condition in the hospital with severe internal injuries, doctors said.

    Police said six men raped the woman and savagely beat her and her companion with iron rods on a bus driving around the city - passing through several police checkpoints - before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road Sunday night.

    Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar said four men have been arrested and a search was underway for the other two.

    Rapes in India remain drastically underreported. In many cases, families do not report rapes due to the stigma that follows the victim and her family. In other instances, families may decide not to report a rape out of frustration with the long delays in court and harassment at the hands of the police. Police themselves are reluctant to register cases of rape and domestic violence in order to keep down crime figures or to elicit a bribe from the victim.

    In a sign of the protesters' fury, Khushi Pattanaik, a student, said death was too easy a punishment for the rapists, they should instead be castrated and forced to suffer as their victim did.

    "It should be made public so that you see it, you feel it and you also live with it. The kind of shame and guilt," she said.


    The New York Times reports, India may be "one of the most unsafe countries in the world for women":

    "Tens of thousands of rapes are reported each year in India, while many more go unreported because rape victims are often shunned and unable to marry. Even so, reports of rape are on the rise, up about 25 percent in the past six years."

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    Swiss Woman Gang-Raped in India, 8 Scoundrels Violate Her In Front of Her Husband

    March 17, 2013

    According to Xinhua News Agency, from a Times of India report, Indian police stated on the 16th that a Swiss woman was raped and robbed by scoundrels in Madhya Pradesh of India on the night of 15th. At present, 8 suspects have already been arrested, but the police suspected that more were involved.

    According to Indian police, this Swiss woman was attacked by scoundrels that night while camping with her husband in the middle of a bicycle ride. 8 scoundrels gang-raped this woman in front of her husband, and then fled after robbing them of their belongings.

    And in 2003,

    after a 36-year-old Swiss female had finished watching a movie in New Delhi and just as she was getting into her car, she was kidnapped and raped by two men. The Swiss Ambassador of the time said it was “impossible to imagine”, and the Vice Prime Minister of India expressed that this incident had damaged India’s image. Yet according to Agence France Presse, to this day, not a single person has been brought to justice in this case.


    Swiss woman gang-rape case: six arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police

    by Abhinav Bhatt - March 17, 2013

    The Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested six persons in connection with the gang-rape of a 39-year-old Swiss national on Friday. They have also recovered the stolen laptop and mobile phone of the Swiss couple from the arrested persons.

    "We have arrested six accused persons who raped the Swiss woman and recovered her mobile and laptop," SM Afzal, Inspector General, Chambal Range, said.

    They were identified as Baba, Bhutha, Rampro, Gaza alias Brajesh, Vishnu Kanjar and Nitin Kanjar. While five were picked up earlier in the day, Nitin was arrested in the evening in Niwadi, about 100 km from Datia.

    All the accused have admitted to the assault that took place on Friday night, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) D K Arya said.

    The group of men had assaulted the Swiss woman after thrashing her husband with lathis (wooden sticks) and robbing the couple of their valuables. The incident had happened at a village near Datia where the woman and her husband were camping. On a bicycling trip, they had halted there while on their way from Orchha to Agra.

    Switzerland has said that it is 'profoundly shocked' by the gang-rape and has demanded that those responsible for the "tragic incident" be quickly identified and punished. (Read)

    Terming it as a "tragic incident", a foreign ministry statement in Bern said, Swiss diplomats in India are in contact with the local authorities and have "demanded that those responsible be quickly identified and brought before the courts".

    The Swiss embassy in New Dehli and the consulate in Mumbai are also providing support to the couple, whose names have not been released, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation's website reported.


    Is India no country for women?

    The comments of politicians pinning part of the blame on the woman and her husband only adds to the tragedy.

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    Swiss Gang Rape Victim, Husband Partially To Blame For Attack, Indian Officials Suggest


    Officials in India suggested that a Swiss tourist and her husband are partially to blame for an alleged attack and gang rape in a remote wooded area in Madhya Pradesh last week. They said the couple did not inquire about the safety of the region.

    On Friday, a Swiss woman and her husband pitched a tent in a forest in Madhya Pradesh while on a three-month cycling excursion, according to the Associated Press. Around 9:30 p.m. a group of men attacked the couple, beat up the husband, tied him to a tree, gang raped the wife and robbed the pair, police said.

    During a press conference on Sunday, police spokesperson Avnesh Kumar Budholiya suggested the tourists are partially to blame for the assault because they chose to travel that area without speaking to local police, the Independent reports.

    “No one stops there," Budholiya said. “Why did they choose that place? They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They would have passed a police station on the way to the area they camped. They should have stopped and asked about places to sleep.”

    Another official also appeared to place blame on the victim and her husband.

    "The rape of the Swiss national is unfortunate but foreign travelers should inform the police about their movement so they can be provided with adequate protection," said Umashankar Gupta, the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, according to The Times. "They often don't follow the state's rules."

    Madhya Pradesh reportedly has one of the highest rates of crimes against women in the country, a fact the Swiss tourists were unaware of, according to the Times of India.

    "They apparently lost track and took a wrong turn and decided to halt for the night by the side of a village brook little realizing that the district with 85:100 men to women ratio is not the safest place for women," a senior official from the region told the newspaper.

    Six men have been arrested in connection with the most recent reported gang rape, CNN reports. The victim, who was hospitalized after the attack, claims four of the men raped her. The other two reportedly robbed her and her husband. All six appeared in court Monday.

    The most recent attack comes just three months after a 23-year-old woman was gang raped and beaten on a public bus by five men in New Delhi. The defense lawyer for three of the accused placed some of the blame on the now-deceased victim, saying a "respected lady" does not get raped.

    Blaming a female victim of a sex crime is common in India because of a woman's role in society, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

    "This is the mentality which most Indian men are suffering from unfortunately," Ranjana Kumari, director for the New Delhi-based Centre for Social Research, told the newspaper. "That is the mindset that has been perpetrating this crime because they justify it indirectly, you asked for it so it is your responsibility."


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    New outrage in India as schoolgirl raped in toilets

    January 16, 2013

    THOUSANDS protested in the holiday state of Goa after a seven-year-old girl was raped in a school toilet.

    The incident sparked fresh outrage in India following a deadly gang-rape on a bus.

    Crowds began gathering outside the Deepvihar High School in the city of Vasco da Gama on Monday night after news of the attack emerged, prompting police to arrest the headmistress on charges of neglect as well as appeal for calm.

    A massive manhunt has been launched to trace the attacker, thought to be in his early 20s, who managed to get into the premises despite security guards posted at the school gate.

    A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the youngster was raped after being dragged inside the toilet situated next to the headmistress's office during a break in classes.

    Police were alerted after the girl complained of pain and was given a medical examination. The girl was taken to hospital and has since been discharged, a charity worker accompanying her told AFP. "She is fine now and recuperating at home," she said. The victim's identity has been protected in line with Indian law.

    Thousands of people surrounded the school on Monday night, shouting to demand the arrest of the headmistress and the perpetrator. Demonstrations then spread to other parts of the city, with shops and businesses closing in protest. Police were due to hold a press conference on the incident later. Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the spot to try and calm the tense gathering. "We will not spare the accused and anyone involved in this crime," he told the crowds, after which the headmistress was detained. She was later arrested for alleged negligence of duty, the police official said. The case has been transferred from local police to the state crime branch, which has taken up the help of a teacher to draw a sketch of the accused, seen loitering in the school compound.

    The attack comes after the gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi last month sparked nationwide protests and fuelled anger across India over the alarming incidence of sexual assault. Five men and a teenager have been charged with the rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries. Police say the suspects lured the woman and her male companion onto a private bus in the capital when the pair were returning home from the cinema. The group allegedly beat the man and raped the young woman in the back of the bus while driving around the city for about 45 minutes. They also sexually assaulted the woman with a metal bar, leaving her with severe intestinal injuries, before throwing her out of the vehicle.

    Protesters across the country have called for tougher laws to punish rapists, including the introduction of capital punishment in the most extreme cases.

    Also in Goa on Monday, a policeman was arrested after being accused of sexually abusing sex workers, who said he and two other policemen - all now suspended - had been exploiting them in return for protection of their trade.


    The girls stolen from the streets of India

    By Natalia Antelava - 9 January 2013

    The death of a student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus has prompted anguished soul-searching about the place of women in Indian society. The widespread killing of female fetuses and infants is well-documented, but less well-known is the trafficking of girls across the country to make up for the resulting shortages.

    Rukhsana was sweeping the floor when police broke into the house.

    Wide-eyed and thin, she stood in the middle of a room clutching a broom in her hand. Police officers towered above her, shouting questions: "How old are you? "How did you get here?"

    "Fourteen," she replied softly. "I was kidnapped."

    But just as she began to say more, an older woman broke through the circle of policemen. "She is lying," she shouted. "She is 18, almost 19. I paid her parents money for her."

    As the police pushed the girl towards the exit, the woman asked them to wait. She leaped over towards the girl and reached for her earrings. "These are mine," she said, taking them out.

    A year ago, Rukhsana was a 13-year-old living with her parents and two younger siblings in a village near India's border with Bangladesh.

    "I used to love going to school and I loved playing with my little sister," she remembers.

    Her childhood ended when one day, on the way home from school, three men pushed her into a car.

    "They showed me a knife and said they would cut me into pieces if I resisted," she said.

    After a terrifying three-day journey in cars, buses and on trains, they reached a house in the northern Indian state of Haryana where Rukhsana was sold to a family of four - a mother and her three sons.

    For one year she was not allowed to go outside. She says she was humiliated, beaten and routinely raped by the eldest of the three sons - who called himself her "husband".

    "He used to say, 'I bought you, so you do as I tell you.' He and his mother beat me. I thought I would never see my family again. I cried every day," she said.

    Tens of thousands of girls disappear in India every year. They are sold into prostitution, domestic slavery and, increasingly, like Rukhsana, into marriage in the northern states of India where the sex ratio between men and women has been skewed by the illegal - but widespread - practice of aborting girl foetuses.

    The UN children's agency Unicef says it's a problem of "genocide proportions" and that 50 million women are missing in India because of female foeticide and infanticide - the killing of baby girls. The Indian government disputes this estimate, but the reality of life in Haryana is hard to argue with.

    "We don't have enough girls here," the woman who bought Rukhsana cried as she tried to convince the police to let her stay. "There are many girls from Bengal here. I paid money for her," she wailed.

    There are no official statistics on how many girls are sold into marriage in the northern states of India, but activists believe the number is on the rise, fuelled both by demand for women in the relatively wealthy north, and poverty in other parts of India.

    "Every house in northern India is feeling the pressure, in every house there are young men who cannot find women and who are frustrated," says social activist Rishi Kant, whose organization Shakti Vahini (or Power Brigade) works closely with the police to rescue victims.

    In just one area, the Sunderbans in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, the BBC visited five villages all of which had missing children, mostly girls.


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    Muslim Rape survivor comes forward to fight for justice alleging police prejudiced complicity

    By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net, - 15 September 2013

    Hyderabad: The horror rape story which has shocked the conscience of the people of Hyderabad has now been unfolded with many harsh facts coming to light as the girl who suffered the ordeal of 17 months of rape and bondage has decided to go public with her fight against whole system, who are trying to bury her tribulation terming it a love affair gone awry.

    20 year old Seher Azad (name changed) a resident of old city was a student of 3rd year polytechnic TRR College at the outskirts of city, the canteen owner of the college, 33 year old Satya Prakash Singh a native of Bihar, had allegedly kidnapped her from the college premises and raped her for almost 17 months before the brave girl managed to escape from the clutches of rapist.

    But yesterday when the girl along with her mother and Majlis Bacho Tehreek leader Amjedullah Khan filed written complaint at Santoshnagar police station it turned out to be an open dossier reflecting hideous nature of rapist and police laxity complied with prejudice in her rape case.

    Seher who lost her father and lives with her mother and younger brother in her written complaint to police, copy of which is with TCN, stated details of getting trapped by Satya Prakash Singh, “(I) use to visit the College Canteen for lunch during college days along with my friends and had met the canteen owner Mr. Satya Prakash Singh many times at the canteen. On 3rd April 2012 when I was feeling unwell I went to the canteen to take some fruit juice, when I ask for some juice from the said owner he gave me a drink inquiring about my health. After taking juice I felt dizziness and felt unconscious. When I gained conscious I found myself in a dark room with all my clothes torn.”

    And then her ordeal of 17 months of continues as rape and bondage began, “I tried to shout for help, suddenly Mr. Satya Prakash tied my hands and beat me very badly with a belt and hands and raped me which resulted in bleeding from my private parts. As it was nearly dark he locked me up in a room and went away. Next day he came again with some food packets and asked me to eat, when I refused to eat and started shouting he beat me again and forced me to eat. After some time he raped me again. The incident of keeping me in locked and raping continued for nearly one month.”

    Owner of the flats knew about rape bondage but did nothing

    Seher Azad in her complaint made revelation that owner of the flat which was situated on Almasguda knew what was going on but instead of calling the police he asked Satya Prakash to shift her to another flat, “When the house Owner suspected his (satya parakash) activities asked him to vacate the house. The said house was a flat situated at Almasguda, Meerpet, Ranga Reddy Dist. When I was shouting loud the said house owner asked him to vacate the flat.”

    Than Satya Prakash lured Seher for changing the flat by giving false promise of taking back to her home, “One day he came early morning around 3:00 AM and promised me that he will leave me near my house and asked me to accompany him. He took me in a Tata Sumo Vehicle (Blue Color) Number AP11 G 9108. After drive of an hour he again took me forcibly to another flat at Gayatri Nagar and in spite of my protest and shouting locked me with a help of woman who I can identify by seeing.”

    In the next flat he continued to rape her, and according to her complaint, “In the said flat also he raped me daily and used to abuse me. He used to say that I am the fifth girl who he has raped and killed and thrown in a river. He claimed that his father is former Defense Employee and his brother is a Criminal Lawyer who will save him from getting into Police net.”

    Police turned the blind eye inspite of getting a big lead

    In a shocking revelation Ms. Seher Azad stated that she could have been saved given an active intervention of police, which neglected a big lead that is call from the rapist mobile to her family describing her situation, “It was around May 2012 after taking too much of alcohol he raped me and slept. As my hands were open I took his phone and called my mother and told the incident of me being tortured. My brother who had given a complaint of missing person in Police Santosh Nagar Crime No: 76/2012 went and informed the Police about the call.”

    The ordeal of Seher could have ended on the same day when her brother approached the police to inform about the call, but sadly it didn’t. Mr. Amjedullah Khan who accompanied Seher Mubeen to Santosh Nagar police station told TCN that Inspector informed him that after tracking the mobile number they found it to be from a women from Mahbubnagar district, when they interrogated the women they found that women used to run a canteen business with Satya Prakash singh in the past and allotted her SIM to him.

    Getting crucial lead and big circumstantial evidence police called Satya Prakash to station and interrogated him and according to Mr. Amjedullah Khan he was kept in two days custody, but inspector told them that Satya Prakash Singh confessed it to be his mobile number but claimed it was lost few months back and refused any knowledge about the missing girl, so police simply let him off.

    Mr. Amjedullah Khan alleged that police let off Satya Prakash Singh even after such a crucial lead because of the intervention of senior TDP politician son in whose college Satya Prakash was running the canteen.

    Ms. Seher’s complaint to the police corroborate with the allegation of Mr. Khan, when Satya Prakash was let off by the police first thing he did was to vent all his anger on girl revealing his strong political connections, “He didn’t came to the room for nearly for 5 days. The said lady who was kept to check me used to give me food and water from the window. I was kept locked. Suddenly on 6th Day Satya Prakash Singh came in an drunken position and bet me very badly abused me and my mother and said why did I call from his mobile phone through which the police started suspecting him. After beating me badly he raped me again and said that with the intervention from the college owner Mr. Teegala Krishna Reddy (former Mayor) & TDP Leader and his Son (Owner of TRR College) he was set free by the Santosh Nagar police.”

    Family of rapist complicit in the crime

    Ms. Seher Azad, in her complaint revealed that family of Satya Prakash who lives in Bihar was aware and complicit in the crime even visited her in her virtual jail, “One day he came along with some of his family members including his father, wife and his brother and asked me to meet them. Before meeting them he forced me to have a Tilak on my head. He presented me to the family member as Vanita and told them as he is childless (from his previous) marriage, he wanted to marry me. I started crying in front of his father Bhishmukh Prakash Singh (Rt. Defense Employee), Brother Mr. Jayparakash Singh (Advocate) and his wife (who then left the room after listening to the proposal of second marriage). I told them that I am a Muslim Girl and the Satya Prakash has kidnapped me and is raping me since last 4 months. After listening to me they started laughing and said that all the family supports Satya Prakash. Seeing me crying and shouting his father left the room keeping me with his Advocate brother. His Advocate brother than beaten me up with a slipper and he also tried to rape me. By their beating I felt unconscious. His brother threatened me that they will kill my brother and my mother if they do not withdraw their complaint from Santosh Nagar police station.”

    Got pregnant than forced to abort

    The most appalling part of her complaint Ms. Seher stated that due to the continues forced sex she got pregnant and was illegally made to abort, but even after this the humiliation continued, “After some months he shifted me to a new location (3rd location) where I fell ill and was vomiting heavily. He brought some lady to check me and the lady said that I have got pregnant. I started crying and asked him to leave me. Promising that he will leave me after abortion he took me to a Nursing home and asked a lady Doctor for abortion. I protested with the said Lady Doctor and the staff for carrying the abortion. The said lady Doctor did an abortion on me. I was bleeding heavily. He (again) took me to the flat. He used to harass me to satisfy him inspite of me getting aborted. He forced me to do oral sex and also forced to drink alcohol.”

    Some Police officers took bribe and participated in her humiliation

    Some police officers according to Ms. Seher also abetted Satya Prakash in his heinous crimes, she wrote in her complaint, “On one day while I was crying and shouting some of the neighbors called police and informed about me. After some time three police men came and I told everything that I am being kept illegally and being raped since many months. The Police took Satya Prakash along with him and after some hours they came back. I saw all the Police men and Satya Prakash in a drunken position. All the Police men entered and started passing comments and asked Satya Prakash to have a good rape and they left. The Police men while going away took some money from Satya Prakash. Before going the said three Police men touched my private parts and passed bad comments against me.”

    The escape

    Detailing her escape from the clutches of Satya Prakash she stated, “On 4th Sep 2013 around 1:00 PM as usual he came to the flat fully drunk with some food packets. After taking lunch he raped me again and felt slept. As the door was kept open I ran from his clutches and reached my home at 4:30 PM.”

    The present position of her case

    After the new facts been revealed by her, Santosh Nagar police amended the earlier missing complaint and changed it to rape case by inserting stern sections of IPC like 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her for marriage), 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

    Fearing communal fall out Satya Prakash Singh was arrested immediately by the police and is currently lodged in Chanchalguda jail.

    But Mr. Amjedullah Khan alleged that police is not serious to provide justice to Seher Azad and to take this case to a logical conclusion, “It has been more than a week that girl is back at her home but police till now didn’t record her statement. After protest they asked her to visit them again on Monday where a women constable will be recording her statement. Till now no medical checkup has been done on the girl, police is still maintaining that she eloped with that man who raped her for 17 months. Instead of counseling the rape victim, police officers are asking her perverse questions raising fingures on her modesty.”

    Mr. Amjedullah Khan even alleged that local police is intimidating girl’s family to withdraw her complaint. Mr. Khan said he along with girl’s family is planning to file another complaint with Commissioner of Police, Minorities commission or Human rights commission as they are not expecting any justice from the local police. He warned that issue is carrying lot of media attention, now if any untoward tensions arises local police should be held responsible for their inaction.

    Now with her future and life being ruined, Ms. Seher Azad is expecting at least one thing from society, that is justice. In her complaint she requested to the police to act against every individual who was complicit with Satya Prakash and abetted him the crime, “I request you to take necessary action against Mr. Satya Prakash, his father, his brother, his wife, the three flat owners where I was kept Illegal, tortured and raped continuously. The owner of TRR College who helped Mr. Satya Prakash when Santosh Nagar Police caught him. The Nursing Home officials and the lady Doctor where the abortion was done, and the three Policemen who also tried to molest me (in the third flat).”

    (TCN appeal: Although while filing complaint to demand justice rape survivor revealed her real name, but to maintain her anonymity TCN has used a pseudo name TCN also condemns the insensitivity of social media users who are using her name in their posts purportedly to demand justice, trying to make it viral by using hash-tag.)


    May Allah give the girl justice and peace and punish all culprits involved severily in this life and the Hereafter. Ameen!

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    Indian woman says police gang-raped her inside station

    Last updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014

    LUCKNOW, India — An Indian woman said Thursday she was gang-raped by four officers at a police station, the latest in a string of shocking sex attacks in the troubled state of Uttar Pradesh.

    The woman said she had gone to the station overnight on Monday in the state's Hamirpur district to seek her husband's release when she was attacked.

    "At 11:30pm when there was no one in the room the sub-inspector took me to his room and raped me inside the police station," the woman told CNN-IBN.

    The woman filed a complaint with a senior officer on Wednesday over the attack, which allegedly occurred when she refused to pay a bribe to secure the release of her husband.

    "The procedure will be followed, the victim has filed a complaint and the guilty will be arrested soon," Virendra Kumar Shekhar, a police official from Hamirpur, said.

    Sub-inspector Balbir Singh said a criminal case had been lodged against four officers from the station.

    The case is the latest in a string of horrific rapes and murders in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where its chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is under growing political pressure over his handling of law and order.

    Late last month, two girls, aged 12 and 14, were gang-raped and lynched in their village. They were attacked after going into a field to relieve themselves at night because they did not have a toilet at home.

    Their families refused to cut the bodies down from the tree for hours in protest, saying police had failed to take action against the attackers because the girls were from a low caste.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged all politicians to work together to protect women, in his first comments on the issue since the hanging of the girls sparked public outrage.

    Modi warned politicians against "politicising rape", saying they were "playing with the dignity of women" in his first speech to parliament since sweeping to power at last month's national elections.

    India brought in tougher laws last year against sexual offenders after the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012, but they have failed to stem the tide of violence against women.

    Also on Wednesday, a 45-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh, with her family saying she had been raped and murdered.

    A police officer said they were questioning five men over the incident, which occurred several kilometres from her home in Bahraich district.

    "They (her husband and son) have alleged that the woman, before being strung up from the tree, was raped and murdered by these men," district superintendent Happy Guptan told AFP


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    Teen Sisters Gang-Raped, Hanged From Mango Tree In India; Cops Suspected

    By BISWAJEET BANERJEE - 05/30/2014

    Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

    Villagers found the girls' bodies hanging from the tree early Wednesday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home.

    Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree throughout Wednesday, silently protesting the police response. Indian TV footage showed the villagers sitting under the girls' bodies as they swung in the wind, and preventing authorities from taking them down until the suspects were arrested.

    Police arrested two police officers and two men from the village later Wednesday and were searching for three more suspects.

    Autopsies confirmed the girls had been raped and strangled before being hung, Saxena said.

    The villagers accused the chief of the local police station of ignoring a report by the girls' father Tuesday night that the girls were missing. The station chief in Katra, 180 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of the state capital, Lucknow, has since been suspended.

    The family belongs to the Dalit community, also called "untouchables" and considered the lowest rung in India's age-old caste system.

    Records show a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists say that number is low because of an entrenched culture of tolerance for sexual violence, which leads many cases to go unreported. Women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assault, and those who do report it are often subjected to public ridicule or social stigma.

    India tightened its anti-rape laws last year, making gang rape punishable by the death penalty, even when the victim survives. The new laws came after the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi that triggered nationwide protests.

    Health workers, police and women's rights activists say women and girls face the risk of rape and harassment when they go out into fields or bushes due to the lack of toilets in their homes.

    More than a half billion Indians lack access to toilets. A recent study said around 30 percent of women from poor families faced violent sexual assaults every year because they did not have access to a safe toilet.

    Last month, the head of Uttar Pradesh state's governing party, the regionally prominent Samajwadi Party, told an election rally that the party was opposed to the law calling for gang rapists to be executed.

    "Boys will be boys," Mulayam Singh Yadav said. "They make mistakes."


    U.S., U.N. wade into rape row

    Suhasini Haidar - June 5, 2014

    The United States and the United Nations have been sharp in their condemnation of the rape and hanging of two girls in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. While the U.S. State Department said it was “horrified” by the crimes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticised the statements of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh in an oblique reference, saying: “We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of ‘boys will be boys.’”

    Mr. Ban, who made his comments in New York at the launch of a video campaign against sexual violence, said he “was especially appalled by the brutal rape and gruesome murder of two teenaged women in India.”

    The U.N. has been especially critical of India in the wake of the Delhi gang rape of 2012 and sent its Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, to prepare a report for the U.N. Human Rights Council in April 2014 that was very critical of India’s “systemic failures” in curbing sexual violence.

    The comments from the U.S. in response to a question, coming ahead of the visit of the Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, are seen as part of the increasing attention in the U.S. to crimes against women. “The statement puts the NDA government on notice,” says former Ambassador to the U.S. Lalit Mansingh, “and an international spotlight on how they handle such incidents given [Prime Minister] Mr. [Narendra] Modi’s own campaign promises on the safety of women.”

    Ms. Biswal arrives on Friday to meet her counterpart in the Ministry, but is not expected to meet more senior officials as her predecessors have in the past, given the persisting strain in ties between India and the U.S.


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    Indian woman strangled to death had acid poured on her face to prevent her being identified

    Attack took place in Uttar Pradesh, 60 miles from where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a mango tree

    Andrew Buncombe - 02 June 2014

    Police in north India are trying to ascertain the identity of a young woman who was strangled to death and had acid poured on her face. The attack took place about 60 miles from the village where two girls were last week gang-raped and hanged from a tree.

    Officers said the body of the woman, believed to be aged 22, was discovered on Saturday in a field in the village of Aithpura, close to the city of Bareilly.

    Initial reports said the woman had been raped, made to drink acid and strangled. Her face had later been mutilated with acid and petrol, apparently in an attempt to hide her identity.

    But the senior investigating officer, Supt Ravindra Gaur, told The Independent that while the woman had been murdered and her face destroyed by acid, post-mortem examination results showed she had not been raped.

    “We are still trying to identify the body,” he said. “[We believe] the acid was poured on her to conceal her identity.”

    News of the latest incident of lethal violence against women comes as India is still reeling from the rape and murder last week of two cousins, who were seized and assaulted after they went into the fields to relieve themselves. The girls, believed to be aged between 12-14, were then hanged from a mango tree on the edge of the village using their own scarves.

    Relatives said when the girls went missing, police refused to investigate the case and abused them over their low-caste status. The family’s caste is at the very bottom of the Hindu social structure, whereas the three alleged attackers and the police officers on duty belong to the yadav caste, which is the “dominant” caste in the area.

    Since the discovery of the girls’ bodies last Wednesday morning, a number of politicians have made their way to the simple shack occupied by the girls’ extended family. The most recent was Ram Vilas Paswan, a government minister who is also from a low caste.

    He criticized the state government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) for failing to do more to protect the girls. “If you are not being able to provide right to life, then what kind of government this is,” he asked, according to reports in the Indian media.

    The state government in UP is run by the the Samajwadi Party, which draws much of its support from the yadav caste. During India’s recent election campaign, the head of the party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, sparked controversy by saying rapists should not receive the death penalty because “boys will be boys”.

    On Monday, protesters from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which runs India’s federal government, protested outside the headquarters of the UP state administration in Lucknow. Police used water cannon to disperse them.

    Police said there was a suggestion that the woman discovered on Saturday near Bareilly may have come from the state of Uttarakhand and a team of detectives had been dispatched there to look into her background.


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    10-Year-Old Girl In India Raped In Revenge After Her Father Gets Into A Fight With A Neighbor

    By Lisa Fogarty, Fri, July 11, 2014

    A 10-year-old girl was raped in India on Tuesday night as punishment after her father reportedly assaulted a neighbor who broke into his house, reports Daily Mail.

    The rape was reportedly ordered by the village chief of a small community in eastern India’s Bokaro district after the 25-year-old neighbor complained to elders that the young girl’s father had beaten him up when he broke into his home drunk at around midnight. The elders reportedly decided that the girl’s father was “violent” and that his actions deserved a serious consequence.

    In front of all of the village’s residents, and despite her mother’s protests, the 10-year-old was dragged out of her home by the man who had tried to molest her mother and taken to a nearby forest, where he raped her, reports NDTV.

    The girl’s mother found her daughter one hour later lying in blood in the bushes, according to police. Residents of the village were reportedly too scared to step in, fearing they, too, would be punished.

    A medical examination confirmed the young girl was raped, but the details of why the man was allowed to do such a horrific thing differ with each news account. The Hindustan Times claims the girl was 14 and that this incident took place on Monday night. NDTV reports that the revenge rape was ordered because the girl’s older brother tried to assault the 25-year-old man’s sister.

    The village headman has reportedly been arrested, as well as the victim’s brother and the alleged rapist.

    Sources: Daily Mail, NDTV, Hindustan Times


    India, land of the Rapist and the corrupt, where might is right and you can have it your way anytime you want.


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