VAW in the news – Oct 4

1. – Global News

 Keeping women safe is everyone’s responsibility

On Sunday, 30,000 men and women rallied in Melbourne in a public display of solidarity in their sorrow over Jill Meagher’s death and to express their disgust about violence against women.

Over the past two weeks the Victorian, and even international, community has been swept up in a wave of emotions: anger, sorrow, shock, fear and disbelief.

As a community, we need to harness this sadness and direct it towards a solution. We need to ask not only why this has happened, but how we can prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Here’s a hard fact about being a woman in Victoria in 2012: if you are aged between 15 and 44, the biggest threat to your health is not smoking, alcohol or too much junk food – it is violence.


Harassment: Girls blame inert cops

Police faced criticism again for its lenient attitude towards those sexually harassing girls around educational institutes, when some girl students of Dev Samaj College in Sector 45, openly blamed the city cops for not taking action against miscreants, on Monday. Students spoke openly to SSP Naunihal Singh who was heading the interaction session with students in the college. One of the student Sangeet (name changed) said, “Usually, when I and my friends come out of the college auto drivers and rickshawpullers harass us.”


Decoy woman cop harassed, molested; 1 held

A man who allegedly attempted to sexually harass an under-cover woman cop in a CTU bus was arrested near PGI on Monday. Police said, Mahinder, who is a mechanic, started making obscene gestures towards the woman cop, in a CTU bus on way from Sector 17 and to the PGI.

The accused, Mahinder Singh of Sector 25, allegedly tried to molest the woman cop. Two other women cops, who were part of the exercise, recorded Mahinder’s gestures on her cell phone and submitted to the area police station Sector 11. Later a case was registered against Mahinder in the Sector 11 police station. He was arrested and a case registered against him at the Sector 11 police station.


Husband held for woman’s murder

The husband of a 23-year old woman whose body was found brutally battered last week near the railway tracks in Kasna area of Greater Noida has been taken in police custody. Cops said the second accused in the alleged dowry death, the husband’s brother and two other unknown persons, are still at large. Meanwhile, villagers and relatives of the dead woman staged a dharna at the district collectorate to demand swifter action. The DM assured them that the guilty will be brought to book.

Police said the husband of the deceased Renu was apprehended from Hodal in Haryana on Monday morning. “Narender has been taken into custody and we are interrogating him,” said Brijesh Kumar, circle officer, Greater Noida and Dankaur. Cops had been raiding the residences of Narender and his relatives in Palwal and Haryana since the day of the murder.


2-year-old raped, one of the three accused held

A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped at Baghakheda village in Ratlam district on Sunday. The girl child, who is in a critical condition, is being treated. This is yet another incident of rape of child in five days in the state. Last week, a five-year-old girl child was raped and murdered in Indore city by her foster father.

ASP Tilak Singh said Hansi (named changed) was playing in front of her house when three youths, relative of victim’s neighbour, passed by. They shared chips with the baby to which her family members did not object.


IAS officer arrested for allegedly harassing woman in UP

Special secretary, technical education, government of Uttar Pradesh, Shashi Bhushan was arrested on Monday morning by the government railway police (GRP) on charges of trying to molest a woman, an senior executive in IT giant Google while travelling from Delhi to Lucknow on Lucknow Mail. He has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by the court.

The IAS officer was detained after the train reached the Charbhagh railway station and interrogated him for four hours before arrest. The GRP lodged a case of harassment against the officer and will produce him in the court later during the day. The officer said in his defence that he entered into a verbal duel with the woman after she made castist remark on him. The GRP said they had to arrest the officer for further inquiry as charges against him are serious.


Woman strangulated to death for giving birth to girl

A 27-year-old woman from Maharashtra’s Beed district, infamous for high incidence of female feticide, was allegedly strangulated to death by her in-laws for giving birth to a girl for the third time, police said today.

The incident took place last night around 11 PM in Malikpura area of Parli tehsil following a quarrel among them, they said. The victim, Shaikh Taslima, mother of two girls and a boy delivered the baby last month after which she was allegedly tortured by her husband Shaikh Navab and family, according to a police complaint filed by her brother Shaikh Shaukat. Also, Taslima, who was married for seven years, was being harassed for dowry for quite some time now, the complaint said.

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