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Crime Watch

Minor raped

A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a petrol bunk worker Praveen, 22, at a secluded place in Malkaram under Alwal police station limits area on Saturday night.

According to the police, the accused lured the girl, daughter of a gardener living at Rajiv Gandhinagar huts, to Malkaram around 7 p.m. and sexually assaulted her.

The Inspector S. Damodar said a hunt was launched to nab Praveen.



Girl gangraped, one arrested

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three youths in KRM Colony on Friday night.

The victim, a resident of Chittibabu Colony in Kancharapalem police station limits, came to the Fifth Town Police Station late in the night along with her parents and lodged a complaint. Though the incident occurred in Three Town limits, they preferred to lodge the complaint in Fifth Town as their area of residence falls in its jurisdiction.

The victim alleged that after accosting her, the trio assaulted her sexually. Later, she narrated her nightmarish experience to her parents.

CI S. Venkata Rao, who is investigating under the supervision of ACP (north) Y. Prem Babu, said on Saturday that Kumar, one of the accused, was arrested while two others, Krishna and Govinda, were absconding.

The victim was sent to King George Hospital for examination.
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Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, Jan 20, 2008

Karnataka - Mangalore    

Action sought against alleged harassment of woman

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada district unit of Karnataka Missions Network (KMN) has raised strong objection to an alleged harassment of a woman belonging to New India Church by police personnel.

In a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police, the office-bearers of the district unit have demanded immediate action to instil confidence among the Christians.

A press release from Walter J. Maben, secretary of the unit, on Saturday stated that some Ullal police personnel reportedly harassed Basamma, a church member, when she was returning home from a prayer meeting held at the residence of Paulose, a church elder, at Kumpala. The reason for such a treatment, he said, was a decision by Ms. Basamma and her family to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and become baptized believers.

The station house officer (SHO) too reportedly abused and assaulted her for changing her religion, he said.

Superintendent of Police N. Sathish Kumar said a delegation from the district unit had met him on Friday and apprised him about the incident. “I have directed the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Panambur sub-division Kaushlendra Kumar, to conduct a departmental enquiry and submit report within five days and action against the accused will follow soon,” he said.
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Date:03/02/2007 http://www.thehindu.com/2007/02/03/stor ... 190300.htm  

Need to curb violence against women

Combating crimes against women should get top priority, writes Biju Govind.  

Latest statistics on crimes against women and children in Kozhikode city offer little cause for cheer. Many citizens feel that the city is unfriendly to the fairer sex. In fact, cases of domestic violence against women and children as well as dowry cases are disturbingly high.

Out of 735 cases registered at various police stations last year, 184 are relating to rape, molestation, dowry and cruelty to women and children. The Nallalam police station recorded 28 cases involving cruelty to women and children. The Feroke, Beypore and Medical College police stations have a significant number of such cases. The Panniyankara police station alone recorded 12 dowry cases.

Statistics reveal that 19 cases of rape and 41 cases of molestation have been recorded at different police stations. "This number is only a miniscule as many of the cases go unreported. Women and girls are afraid to take the culprits to task. Even if they are willing to complain they are likely to get victimised," says V.P. Zuhara, social activist and president of NISA, a Kozhikode-based organisation working for the uplift of Muslim women.

She alleges that crimes against women are increasing in the city. If the police are stern in dealing with the perpetrators of the crime the number could be brought down to a great extent. "Usually women do not get justice from the department as well as government agencies. Mostly the accused go scot-free using money and muscle power," Ms. Zuhara says.

E.K. Vijayakumari, retired schoolteacher of Malabar Christian College Higher Secondary School, feels that the mindset of the youth should change. Women and girls are scared to travel alone after twilight. Youth follow women even when they are travelling in an autorickshaw or ride a moped. The victims do not respond out of a sense of shame, she says.

"One of the reasons for the immature reaction of our youth... is that society does not allow boys and girls to mingle together. This gender demarcation from childhood later results in such nuisances," Ms. Vijayakumari says.

Kozhikode city was once known for its hospitality. " It has become unsafe for women to go out in four-wheelers for shopping in the evening," says B. Rajani, lecturer in Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College.

The police should ensure that women are not disturbed during their outings on the Kozhikode beach and Mananchira Square. Incidents of eve-teasing and harassment at both the Kerala State Road Transport Station and Mofussil bus stations and on private buses plying in the city are not so uncommon, Ms. Rajani says.

Ms. Zuhara says that Government departments and social organisations need to constantly conduct awareness campaigns to educate women against crimes against women and children in public and against domestic violence. One such programme is being organised by NISA on International Women's Day on March 8.

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Friday, January 18, 2008 (14:59:45)
Teachers arrested for gang rape of 16-year-old
Lucknow: Two teachers were arrested on Thursday evening, while police have launched a manhunt for the third teacher allegedly involved in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Unnao, 45 kilometres from Lucknow. Police said the geography teacher of the Class X1 student had summoned her home on the pretext of explaining "certain lessons" on Sunday. By the time the girl arrived, the English and the social science teachers had already reached the geography instructor's house. They allegedly raped her one by one and threatened her with dire consequences if she dared to report the matter to anyone," police said.
When the girl did not return home by sunset, her parents went about looking for their daughter and found her traumatised. After debating whether they should expose their daughter to "social ridicule" by lodging a report with the police, her parents decided to take up the matter with the authorities on Wednesday.

The classmates of the victim were the first to react. They thrashed the teachers on the school premises on Thursday before the police moved in and took them into custody. The English teacher, however, escaped and is absconding. The geography and the social science teachers pleaded innocent and alleged that they were being targeted because of "local politics of some teachers". However, their antecedents were stated to be "shady". (IANS)
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Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, January 18, 2008
Gujarat riots: 13 convicted in Bilkis Bano case
A Mumbai lower court on Friday convicted 13 people, including a police officer, in the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of 14 members of her family during the 2002 Gujarat sectarian riots.
Additional sessions judge UD Salvi held 13 of the 20 accused guilty of rape, murder, assault, conspiracy and causing enmity between two communities. The remaining seven accused, including five police officials and two doctors, were acquitted.

The court will pronounce the sentences on Monday.

The 13 convicted are - police officer Somabhai Khoyabhai Gori, Jaswantbhai Nai, Govindbhai Nai, Shailesh Bhatt, Radheshyam Shah, Bipinchandra Joshi, Kesherbhai Vohania, Pradip Mordhiya, Bakabhai Vohania, Rajubhai Soni, Mitesh Bhatt, Ramesh Chandania and Naresh Modia (dead).

The acquitted police officers are - Narpatsingh Ranchodbhai, Idris Abdul Siayed, Bhikhbhai Patela and B.S. Bhagoria. The two acquitted doctors are Arunkumar Prasad and Sangeeta Prasad.

The Bilkis Bano case had its origins during the Gujarat riots of March 2002. Bano witnessed 14 members of her family being massacred by a violent mob, when they were trying to escape from their riot-struck village Randhikpur, 250 km away from Ahmedabad.

Six months pregnant at the time, Bilkis survived the slaughter, but not before being subjected to gang rape by a savage mob.

The trial began in Ahmedabad. However, after Bano expressed fears that witnesses could be harmed and the Central Bureau of Investigation evidence tampered with, the Supreme Court transferred the case to Mumbai in August 2004.
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Jatin Gandhi, Hindustan Times
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New Delhi, January 14, 2008
Shame: Rape is India’s fastest growing crime
Rape is the fastest growing crime in the country, shows government data, even as reports of sexual crimes, including those against foreign tourists, continue to pour in from across India.

The latest crime statistics, pertaining to 2006, released by the Home Ministry’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that every hour 18 women become victims of crime. The number of rapes a day has increased nearly 700 per cent since 1971 — when such cases were first recorded by NCRB. It has grown from seven cases a day to 53.

The figure grew 5.5 per cent over the number of cases registered in 2005.

In comparison, all other crimes have grown by 300 per cent since 1953 when the NCRB started keeping records.

And these are just the cases that have been reported; the number of unreported cases is far higher.

There have been at least a dozen cases of molestation and rape of foreign tourists in the first couple of weeks of 2008. The latest was reported on Saturday  — a British woman alleged that she was raped in Panaji. Worried over the sexual assaults on tourists, which has the potential to damage the tourism industry as well as the country’s image, the Centre has convened a meeting on January 24 with state governments to review their safety and security.

According to NCRB figures, among 35 cities with a population of more than a million, Delhi topped the list of crimes against women with 4,134 cases (nearly one-fifth of the total crimes against women). One-third of the rapes and a fifth of the molestations took place in the city. Hyderabad was second most dangerous for women with 1,755 cases.

Among the states, Andhra Pradesh had the highest number of crimes committed against women — 21,484 cases or 13 per cent of the total cases in 2006. Uttar Pradesh was a close second, with 9.9 per cent of such crimes. Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases, at 2,900, and also molestation cases.

Records reveal that 7,618 women were killed for dowry in 2006, an increase of 12.2 per cent over 2005. Uttar Pradesh with 1,798 cases had the highest number of such deaths, followed by Bihar with 1,188 cases.
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Monday, Aug. 13, 1990
Romance and A Little Rape

A breathless silence falls on the packed New Delhi movie hall that is showing the Hindi film Hum Se Na Takrana (Don't Confront Me). As the predominantly male audience watches transfixed, a scene shows two lusty sons of a rich landlord cornering a pretty, well-endowed maid in their plush bedroom. "Let me go," she implores, but the men's hands move toward her writhing body. The camera heightens the suggestion of what is to come without allowing the scene to become graphic; there is no nudity, but there is plenty of screaming and leering. When the deed is done, the audience lets out a barely audible sigh of relief. Or is it pleasure? For Ashok Rawat, 28, a building contractor, it is the latter. Says he: "Rape is enjoyable because in men's fantasies force is the only way to get women who are otherwise out of reach."

Rawat is one of 15 million Indians who stream into movie theaters every day to enter the fantasy world of the Hindi cinema. The fare usually consists of song, dance, tragedy, comedy and love -- all wrapped up in one film -- and for several years a rape scene has been an all but requisite ingredient. The billboards outside movie houses almost always suggest a rape. Last year the posters for the English-language film Crime Time carried the promise SEE FIRST-TIME UNDERWATER RAPES ON INDIAN SCREEN.

The prevalence of onscreen sexual assault is all the more remarkable because censors in India are generally quite prudish. Lovemaking and even kissing scenes are banned. Yet the censors regard rape as permissible as long as the camera conceals as much as it reveals. Says Vimla Farooqui, a women's activist in New Delhi: "Rape scenes are used for an ugly kind of titillation."

Why is cinematic rape so acceptable and salable? Part of the answer is that during the past decade, middle-class theatergoers have been replaced by a rougher and more assertive audience whose tastes encourage Hindi filmmakers to resort to such exploitation. Another factor, observers believe, has its roots in the fabric of a society in which most marriages are still arranged and unmarried men even today have little access to women, let alone romance or sex. Ranjeet, 44, the popular Hindi movie villain who has enacted more than 350 rape scenes during a 19-year career, explains the phenomenon in terms of sexual deprivation. Says he: "Because people live in a repressive society, they are sex starved. Filmmakers cash in on this."

Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and author of the recently published Intimate Relations: Exploring Indian Sexuality, suggests that rape in movies is rooted in the Indian male's strong bond with his mother in childhood. Rape, Kakar argues, is a way of momentarily subjugating the all-powerful, suffocating mother figure; hence the male delight at seeing a woman in distress.

In the West there is generally greater sympathy for rape victims, at least in enlightened circles, whereas Indian society more automatically assumes that the victim is somehow responsible for what happens to her. The great Indian epics the Mahabharat and the Ramayana have heroines who are nearly raped but are protected from their assailants by the shield of their virtue. In Hindi films as well, traditionally demure heroines are invariably rescued at the last minute from male attackers. But the same is not so for female characters leading more independent lives, who are frequently portrayed as corrupt and immoral. The attitude -- and the social response -- came through clearly in Insaaf Ka Tarazu (Scales of Justice), a Hindi hit. In the film a young fashion model and rape victim is tormented at the trial of her rapist by lawyers and a snickering crowd; they blame her emancipated life-style rather than her assailant for the attack that she endured.

Still, particularly among women's groups, there is growing revulsion at the portrayal of rape in film, a reaction that may find at least faint resonance in official sanctions. Bharatendu Singhal, the recently appointed chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, has declared that he will force producers to remove much of the titillation from the stylized assaults. Says Singhal: "We will permit the commencement of the assault, but the rest will be left to suggestion. There will be no more scenes of a girl being molested and partially denuded." Filmmakers are lobbying to remove Singhal from his post.

One frequently heard explanation is that cinematic art is merely imitating life. More than 8,000 cases of rape are reported in India every year, but social activists believe this figure represents only a small percentage of the real total. According to India's Ministry of Welfare, half the registered cases of rape involve tribal women and the untouchable, or Harijan, caste; their poverty and lowly status make them especially vulnerable to upper-caste men, such as rich landlords. Says Uma Chakravarti, an activist in New Delhi: "It is the landlord's way of reinforcing the humiliation of the Harijans, of telling them that neither their land nor their women are really theirs." When a 1980 strike in a textile mill in the northern state of Haryana was broken, workers were arrested and their female relatives molested by hoodlums.

Nor does the Indian justice system offer much redress to rape victims. In 1984 a mandatory 10-year sentence for two policemen who raped a minor in their custody was reduced by half because of the "conduct" of the victim: she waited five days before registering a complaint with the police -- a natural hesitation under the circumstances. Last year policemen accused of raping 18 Harijan women in Bihar state were acquitted; the judge felt that the women were so poor that they could have been bribed to file a false complaint.
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