VAWM in the news : 23 October 2012

1. Bidadi gang rape case: Accused thought victims were rich dancers

BANGALORE: The culprits who allegedly gang-raped three women after kidnapping them from their residence in Bidadi last week chose their victims under the mistaken impression that they were cash-flush cabaret dancers, Bangalore rural police said.

The 8-9 gangsters swooped down on the house in Jagajyothi Layout, Kengeri, early Friday with an intention to steal.

“We know you are cabaret dancers and earn lakhs of rupees every day. Hand over all the cash,” police quoted one of the gangsters as telling the women. Eight women and four men were staying in the house. One of the women was pregnant, while the others worked as bar girls in a bar and restaurant in Majestic. The men were bouncers assigned for them.

2. Crimes against women: Khaps, women panel meeting on Oct 28

ROHTAK: It would be for the first time that Haryana khap panchayats and National Commission for Women (NCW) would join hands to find a solution to deal with growing crime against Women in the state. Khap leader Om Prakash Dhankar told TOI on Monday that NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma has agreed to participate in a meeting on the issue.

Sharma would be the chief guest in the meeting organized by the Rohtak 84 khap (comprising 84 villages) in Chhotu Ram Dharamshala in Rohtak on October 28, said Dhankar. Dhankar, who is also coordinator of the meeting, said the NCW agreed to share platform after they were convinced that khap panchayats were not against women.

3. Girls with cellphones invite trouble, says BSP MP

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP Rajpal Singh Saini landed in a controversy on Monday after he told a public meeting in Muzaffarnagar district that women and children, particularly young girls, who use mobile phones only invite trouble for themselves.

“Recently, I met a father of a girl who was kidnapped. I came to know that the father had given mobile phone to his daughter, and I told him that giving cell phones to girls only invites trouble,” Saini was shown on TV as saying. He said his mother, wife, sister and daughter never used mobiles and they were doing just fine. Further along the patriarchal vein, he said men can let kids, girls and women use their phones but only for important conversations.

4. Actor Jackie Shroff to lead Bihar campaign against female feticide

PATNA: The Bihar government has roped in Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff to lead a campaign against female feticide in the state.

Shroff, who met health minister Ashwini Choubey has agreed to lead the campaign against killing of girl child through the state government’s scheme ‘Bitiya Bacho Andolan’ (save the girl child movement) launched in May last year.

Shroff promised to create awareness among people to fight the social menace, Choubey said.

The minister said the actor who met him on Sunday shared his concern against the social malady and readily accepted the request to be a part of the programme.

5. Faridkot girl rescued, abductor held in Goa

JALANDHAR/CHANDIGARH: After messing up the kidnapping case for almost a month during which the cops failed to act, revealed the identity of the minor girl, made false claims that she had eloped with the accused, Punjab police finally on Sunday arrested the abductor Nishan Singh and rescued the 15-year-old victim from a Goa beach.

However, it seemed Punjab police still have a soft corner for the accused as an attempt was made to defend Nishan, who was also booked for rape, by senior cops at a press conference in Jalandhar.

While making the announcement of arrest at Jalandhar on Sunday evening, Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini claimed that the girl had “gone away” with Nishan in June and that she was the one who had called up the accused and asked him to “take her away” later in September.

Narrating the sequence of events, Saini said the girl and Nishan “went away” in June and had started living as a couple at Kharar in Mohali after taking a room on rent.

6. Banasthali University hid facts, locked up molestation victims

JAIPUR: Rajasthan’s State Women Commission has indicted the Banasthali University management for suppressing facts about the molestation of two girls in the University campus in September leading to demonstrations by the students which paralyzed the University for almost a week.

The commission submitted its probe report to chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday and urged him to direct the police to take appropriate action. The report suggests that majority of the top positions in Banasthali University are held by members of a single family and they tried to suppress news of the incident to save their skin. The role of the police is also under the scanner.

The report alleged that the Banasthali administration hid information, misrepresented facts and tampered with evidence. “Initially, they refused to share information on the unrest. Our team had to use judicial powers to access information, which shows the dark face of the University,” said Lad Kumari Jain, chairman of the State Women Commission in a press conference on Sunday. The report also revealed that between August and September 2012 around 213 girls left the University in the middle of a session, indicating the need of a thorough probe.

7. Professor held for vulgar tweets against singer

CHENNAI: A 37-year-old associate professor of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Taramani was arrested on Monday for posting vulgar comments on microblogging site Twitter against singer Chinmayee Sriprada.

In her complaint to the police commissioner last week, Chinmayee had identified a few men, including NIFT professor Saravana Kumar Perumal, as posting comments in the names of rajanleaks, senthilchn, Asharavkay, losongelesram, vivajilal and thyirvadai. The men, who tweet/blog as a group in Tamil, posted phone numbers inviting her to contact them, said an investigating officer. Police said a particular comment which appeared offensive was posted in the name of Sharankay, the Twitter handle of Saravana Kumar Perumal of Nanganallur.

Call data records of his mobile phone and broadband connection showed he was on Twitter when the tweets about the singer and her mother were posted. Based on his confession, police registered a case under Sections 66 and 66A of the Information Technology Act. His mobile phone was seized. Perumal’s was produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate in Egmore and remanded in judicial custody.

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