VAWM in the News – October 9 2012

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Angry at being reprimanded by the victim for passing lewd comments, the 22- year- old slashed her lip and cheek with a blade; threatened her life even after cops arrested him

THREATENING a man to stop sexually harassing her and passing lewd comments proved costly for a 17- year- old girl who sustained severe injuries to her lips and face after the 22- yr- old attacked her with a blade on Saturday night.

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Odisha: 3-year-old girl’s body found; rape suspected

Sambalpur: The decomposed body of a three-year-old tribal girl, allegedly raped and murdered by a tractor driver, was found in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, police said on Monday.

The body of the girl of Budhiapalli under Thelkuli police station was spotted yesterday by the villagers in the dense forests at nearby Talabira three days after she went missing, inspector-in-charge Nirmal Chandra Mohapatra said.


Cong sees conspiracy in rapes

Even as Haryana is increasingly becoming an unsafe state for woman and the atrocities against women in the state are causing outrage across the nation, Phool Chand Mulana, the Congress chief of the state, has called these crimes a political conspiracy.

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Sharmila gangrape: Unidentified villagers pour petrol, light Jind rape victim’s pyre

The shocking incident of self-immolation by 16-year-old Sharmila after being gangraped by neighbours on Saturday has brought to fore alleged insensitive response on the part of the authorities.

The victim’s father, Balraj said that while Sharmila was dying, hospital authorities demanded that he either produce a BPL card or pay Rs 7 per km for an ambulance to transfer her from Narwana civil hospital to Rohtak’s PGIMS. Worse, after she died and her body was handed over to her father, Sharmila’s body was reportedly straightaway taken to the cremation ground and it was alleged that even as Balraj was talking to some people, one unidentified man poured petrol on the pyre and another person lit it.


Haryana Horror: Khap’s comments on rape anger women’s groups

At a time when the entire nation is demanding justice for rape victims in Haryana, Khap panchayats’ comments have shocked everyone. Khap panchayats in the state have come out with a bizarre suggestion that the marriageable age limit should be abolished and girls should be married off as early as possible to decrease incidents of rape.


Nepal: Rising In The Himalayas: Nepal Says Stop Violence Against Women – Pamela Philipose

Nepalis a country in transition. Whether it is the four lane highway that links Tribhuvan International Air portto the capital city of Kathmandu, or the innumerable new concrete constructions that intrude into the jade green rice fields of the country’s rural hinterland, there are signs of change every where.  And it is not just about asphalt and concrete. There has been a significant evolution in the social landscape, too. The end of the monarchy and the emergence of a democratic order, shambolic though it may be, has brought about significant changes in terms of gender representation in politics. Women constitute 33 per cent Nepal’s constituent assembly and it is one of the few countries in the world to recognize the rights of the gay community and to have a women’s cell in the Prime Minister’s Office. A raft of progressive legislation, including a law to address domestic violence, is now in place.  But a midst these glimmers of social transformation and hope, the landlocked Himalayan country continues to be weighed down by a deeply gender-unequal feudal legacy and steadily rising levels of violence against women and children.


Murder condemned

IMPHAL, Oct 8: The Indigenous Women Forum, North East India has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Kh Catherine (15) of New Lamkang Khunthak village, Chandel district at Lai Lam Thokpam Ching under Tengnoupal PS. Taking serious note over the increasing violence against women, a statement issued by the State convenor of IWFNEI, Mary appealed all concerned to respect the dignity of women. It also urged the authority concerned to book the culprits at the earliest and give fitting punishment.


Kochi is safest in Kerala for women

According to the National Crimes Record Bureau Kochi has the highest number of crimes committed and number of cases registered in the country, but when it comes to crimes specifically targeting women, it is the safest city in the state, according to a recent report published by the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).

The report cites the number of crimes against women that were reported in Kerala between January and June 2012. Kochi registered 208 cases.


Pastor rapes and impregnates disabled church member

A Zaoga church pastor is suspected to be on the run after he allegedly raped and impregnated a 25-year-old disabled woman from his church.

The pastor, who could not be named for legal reasons, was confronted by elder women from the church in Chitandara Circuit in ward 18 under Chief Chihota. He allegedly acknowledged responsibility for the pregnancy before vanishing from the area. Police said they were keen to interview the pastor, so he could assist them with investigations.


Man who raped daughter jailed for 12 years

A 37-YEAR-OLD Co Waterford father who sexually abused his 13-year-old daughter after buying her alcohol has been given a 12-year jail sentence.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said the aggravating factors in the case included the breach of trust, the girl’s age, the multiplicity of offences, the effect on the victim and the cynical nature of the grooming involved in providing strong alcohol for her while he remained sober.


Girl Accuses SP MLA of Rape

A 19-year-old girl has levelled rape allegations against five people, including ruling Samajwadi Party MLA Madan Gautam who denied the charge.

Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kakkad said the girl from Kothi Jana area under Ajitmal police station area here, yesterday gave him a written complaint in which she sought action against Gautam and his associates for allegedly raping her.

The girl has stated in her complaint that she was abducted and raped on May 25 by two people and later taken to the MLA’s house in Ratnipur, the SP said.

She further alleged that for four months she had been held hostage and raped so that she would not tell anyone about the incidents, but she somehow managed to escape yesterday, Kakkad said.

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