VAWM in the news – October 15 2012


Gang-rape victim ignores threats, vows to fight back

The first-year polytechnic student, who was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by some of her seniors last Tuesday in the college union room, is determined to see the offenders get punished. Even after receiving threat calls to settle the case mutually and over three hours of interrogation by police on Sunday, the victim was firm on her claims and refused to withdraw the complaint.

Opinion Piece

The misogynists of India politics

Om Prakash Chautala is an interesting man. Though never at the centre stage of national politics, he has managed to hit national headlines with a regularity disproportionate to his calibre.

He shot to fame in 1990 when he was accused of winning a byelection through fraud and violence. Meham (his assembly constituency) became the by word for all that was rotten in India’s electoral politics. Politics today has become so murky  that  even  a Meham won’t shake the nation’s conscience, as it did 22 summers ago.


The recent spate of Haryana rapes shows up the callousness of politicians and law enforcers

The true worth of a modern nation lies in its treatment of women and children. Sadly, India still has a long way to go before it can measure up to such standards. The spate of recent rapes in Haryana of at least 15 women, including dalit teenage girls, has renewed focus on the inefficacy of the law and order machinery. In place of a policy of zero tolerance towards those who commit such crimes, we have a situation of zero political will.


Bengal gang rape victim receiving threats

A first year polytechnic student was gang_raped in West Bengal and a security guard arrested, police said Saturday. The victim has alleged receiving threats for withdrawing her complaint.

The student of Rupnarayanpur Nazrul Centenary Polytechnic College was sexually assaulted Tuesday in the college premises in Rupnarayanpur in Burdwan district, about 200 km from Kolkata, police said.


Four women raped every day in A.P, says data

While the whole nation is shocked by the news of 15 rape incidents in Haryana in the past one month, our own State, which outdoes it by many times, is basking in the shadow of relative anonymity.If one is to be outraged by numbers, there are more outrageous numbers here in the State, with incidents of rape committed against Dalits and Adivasis themselves amounting to 14 per month!6.

Teenager raped, father held

A 37-year-old man who allegedly raped his teenage daughter over a period of three months in a Mumbai suburb was arrested on a police complaint registered by his wife. A local court on Thursday sent Rashid Fenamullah Khan (37) to police custody for three days.

The 13-year-old girl is in a traumatised condition, the Powai police said on Friday.


Don’t let rapists off the hook on flimsy grounds: Supreme Court

Taking note of the increasing number of rape incidents in the country, the Supreme Court on Friday warned trial courts and High Courts not to let off the accused on technical grounds.“The primary concern at both the national and international levels is about the devastating increase in rape cases and cases relating to crime against women in the world. India is no exception to it. Although the statutory provisions provide strict penal action against such offenders, it is for the courts to ultimately decide whether such an incident has occurred or not,” said a Bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi.


Mahapanchayat condemns idea of reducing marriageable age

A mahapanchayat attended by several khaps in Sonepat district on Saturday refuted the idea of a khap leader that the marriageable age of girls should be brought down to 16, saying the suggestion was “individual in nature” and should not be seen as the stand of the body.The mahapanchayat did not endorse this suggestion to help curb increasing instances of rape in the State.The function was presided over by Nafe Singh Nain and attended by various khap leaders, including Sube Singh Samain and Santosh Dahiya, president of the mahila (women’s) wing of a khap.


Authorities still not serious about cracking down on violence against women, allege victims

Five hundred and thirty six cases were registered under the Domestic Violence Act since its implementation with Bardez taluka being ranked the highest with 119 cases, followed by Tiswadi 91 and Marmugao 75.

The lowest were in Pernem, Sattari Sanguem and Quepem that ranged between 12 and 14. Also 293 children were affected due to family violence, RTI information showed.


Driver arrested for sexually abusing minor at Sanguem

A four-and-a-half-year-old girl from Kalay-Sanguem was allegedly sexually abused by a 31-year-old neighbour on Sunday. Curchorem police have arrested Mangunath Shinde, a water tanker driver, for the alleged offence.According to Curchorem police, Shinde allegedly took the minor girl to his house on the pretext of giving her chips and sexually abused her. The incident took place at around noon.
Police inspector, Mr Siddhant Shirodkar said that an offence under section 376 of IPC and section 8 of Goa Children’s Act has been registered against Shinde.


Attrocities against Dalit women spark action in the fight for civil rights

Dalit activists and intellectuals who gathered at Panipat on Sunday to take stock of the atrocities against Dalit women in Haryana have decided to spread awareness in the community about the need to fight for rights.

The activists, who gathered under the aegis of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, said they will visit villages in nine state districts and hold the awareness campaign.


Rani Mukherji’s brother arrested on molestation charge

Bollywood star Rani Mukherji’s brother Raja Mukherji was arrested by Mumbai Police on Sunday evening on a molestation charge. A model (name withheld) had gone with a script to Raja Mukherji and the latter allegedly molested her inside the car, the victim alleged.


Minor girl raped by fruit vendor in Haryana, school expels both rape victim and her sisters

A 13-year girl student of Khai Nangal near Ratia, Fatehabad, has alleged that she had been raped for the last four months by a 62-year-old fruit vendor, following which police arrested the accused and sent the girl for medical check.

Meanwhile, the government school has expelled the rape victim, studying in Class 6,  and her two sisters, and has struck off their names from the register.


12-yr-old raped by school van driver

A school van driver was arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl in south Delhi’s RK Puram, police said on Sunday. Police said the 22-year-old driver, Nitish Kumar, confessed to having sexually assaulted the girl twice in the past. “Kumar lives in the same locality as the victim. He was caught by members of the residents’ welfare association while assaulting the girl on Saturday night. Kumar was beaten up by the residents and handed over to the police,” said an officer.


National Law School student raped on Bangalore University campus

In yet another shocking act of depraved violence against women, a 21-year-old south Asian student of the country’s premier National Law School of India University was allegedly gang-raped by a group of seven to eight drunk men in the adjoining Jnanabharathi campus of Bangalore University late on Saturday night.


Woman raped by brother-in-law

A 28-year-old homemaker was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law at a guest house in south Kolkata on Saturday. The victim lodged a complaint at Bowbazar police station in central Kolkata on Sunday afternoon. She hails from a village in Hooghly’s Jangipara and had come to the city for her mother-in-law’s treatment, said police. The accused, Biswajit Porel, has gone into hiding.

17. raped in front of 5 kids A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old washerman inThotapalem in Vizianagaram district. Following a complaint, the accused, Polupalli Venu, was taken into custody on Sunday and a case was registered.

Police said Venu of Muthyavani Cheruvu area lured the victim along with five others to his home on Friday on the pretext of buying them chocolates. Venu’s wife, a domestic maid, had left for work and the parents of the girls were also not around when the accused committed the crime.


Delhi woman dies a week after set on fire for dowry

A 25-year-old woman, who with her 13-month-old daughter was set on fire by her in-laws for dowry a week ago in New Delhi, died of her injuries in a city hospital on Sunday, police said.

Pariwartika Gupta, who was residing with her husband’s family in south Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar since her marriage in 2010, was set on fire along with her daughter, Idika, on Oct 6 inside her in-laws’ house.

Peon suspended over molestation charge

A 27-year old peon-cum-caretaker at Tulip School in Bopal who was named by a five-year old girl for molestation, was suspended by the school authorities on Saturday. Deepak Thakor, the accused, is in Bopal police custody.


Teacher booked for molestation

Gittikhadan police have booked a 45-year-old teacher for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl on Saturday afternoon. The seventh standard student, in her complaint said that during the class, Yuvraj Shende touched her at inappropriate places. The victim narrated the incident to her mother who approached Gittikhadan police.


Girl pushed off train by jilted lover, dies

A Class XI student died after being pushed off a Katwa-Bandel Down train allegedly by her classmate for turning down his proposal. The victim was thrown off the train between the Kalinagar and Samuidragarh stations on Saturday.

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