Dalit woman kills self over police ‘harassment’ #Vaw


TNN May 18, 2013,

TRIPUNITHURA: A 32-year-old housewife committed suicide on Friday after she was allegedly harassed by a group of police personnel at Hill Palace police station. The victim was identified as Sunitha alias Mini, from Mathur Colony. She ended her life by jumping in front of a speeding train near Mathur level cross in the wee hours of Friday.

Sources said the dalit woman was allegedly harassed by a few policemen at the station after her husband Babu was booked in connection with a case. Two weeks ago, the police had registered a case against Babu for allegedly attacking the owner of a super market near Eroor. Based on the complaint filed by the store owner, police registered a case and launched a hunt to locate Babu, who was absconding after the incident. As attempts to trace Babu failed, a police team started visiting his house on a regular basis. On Thursday, the police summoned Mini to the station and allegedly kept her in custody from morning till evening. The police team grilled her at the station for hours to collect information on Babu’s whereabouts.

Family members said that when Mini returned home that evening, she was emotionally disturbed. Local residents alleged that the police team, which used to visit the house in search of Babu, used to harass family members. Following Mini’s death, Babu returned home on Friday. The body was handed over to family members after autopsy.

Locals brought the body to the police station premises and staged a protest demanding action against the police personnel who harassed Mini. The situation was brought under control after police deployed more personnel at the spot to prevent any untoward incident. Later in the evening, the body was cremated at the municipal crematorium.

Punjab- Aspiring model alleges sexual exploitation by singer Nachattar Gill #Vaw


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Thursday, February, 28 2013 – 14:27

LUDHIANA: Noted Punjabi singer Nachattar Gill and three others have landed in a trouble after an aspiring model alleged sexual exploitation by them. She alleged that they had established physical relations with her on the pretext of sending her abroad and making her a top model.

The girl, a resident of Haibowal appeared before Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and alleged that he gave her a cold drink laced with sedative at a Chandigarh hotel where they took objectionable pictures of her.She said she was raped by three others also when they visited Singapore.

The victim disclosed that she came in contact with Gill when she was adjudged first runners-up at a beauty pageant at Jalandhar in 2006 where the singer was one of the judges.The duo soon became intimate after they started talking to each other frequently.

The girl used to meet the singer in Ludhiana and Phillaur hotels.She also claimed that the singer had assured to make her a top model in the industry and established physical relations with her on several occasions. She also disclosed that their relation turned sour when she questioned the singer why she was not featured in music albums.

Later, the singer started blackmailing the girl on pretext that he would make the video footage public.Apart from Gill, three city residents also took advantage of her condition. The trio took Rs 20 lakh from her parents so that she could settle abroad.The two city residents also made her MMS when they were in Singapore and established physical relations with her.

She alleged that the third person established physical relations with her on pretext of helping her seek legal action against those who had sexually exploited her.

Meanwhile, Nachattar Gill termed her allegations baseless and a conspiracy against him, adding that he was ready to join investigation on March 5.

 

#India -Policeman arrested for allegedly molesting woman in Goa town #WTFnews #Vaw


Jan 22, 2013   Panaji, Goa

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Action Taken: Superintendent of Police (North) Vishram Borkar said the constable had been arrested and placed under suspension.
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A policeman was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on the pretext of conducting an investigation at her residence in Mapusa town near Panaji, police said on Tuesday. Constable Prashant Dawaskar, 30, was arrested on Monday after a woman lodged a complaint with Mapusa police that he, along with four other civilians, ransacked her flat and molested her, while trying to conduct a probe on a complaint against her husband, police said.
The woman and her six-year-old daughter were at home when the alleged offence took place, while her husband was out on his duty. The woman mentioned in her complaint that Dawaskar entered her house on Sunday at around midnight without a woman police constable and body searched her, amounting to molestation.
Superintendent of Police (North) Vishram Borkar said the constable had been arrested and placed under suspension. There was no formal complaint against the woman and the constable acted on his own, Borkar said. The woman alleged that all the persons entered the house forcibly claiming that her husband owed them money.

 

Bombay HC-slams cops for insensitive report- Shelter Home Horror #Rape #Vaw


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Appoints a three-member committee for a fresh probe into allegations of negligence, sexual abuse and torture

Yogesh Sadhwani

Posted On Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A week after Mumbai Mirror reported on allegations of rape, negligence and torture at the state-run shelter for women, Navjeevan Mahila Vasti Gruh, Bombay High Court disapproved the probe report submitted by deputy commissioner of police, Crime Branch, on grounds that it lacked sensitivity.

DCP Ambadas Pote, in his report, denied allegations made by an inmate of the Mankhurd home, in the interview carried by Mumbai Mirror on October 29.

Expressing surprise at the report, HC has now appointed a three-member panel to probe the allegations afresh.

The panel comprises Dr Asha Bajpai from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, renowned counsellor Dr Harish Shetty, and Rashmi Karandikar, superintendent of police.

In his report, Pote stated that his Special Investigating Team recorded statements of around 100 persons, including staff, inmates, social workers who routinely visit the home, and police personnel, and that none of them mentioned sexual abuse. He also stated that the inmates were given adequate food and were well taken care of.

Pote’s report was filed in HC, which is hearing a suo moto PIL after receiving an email from activist Purnima Upadhyay, who feared for the safety of women after reading the interview of an inmate who had escaped on October 27.

While government pleader Dhairyasheel Nalavade claimed that no such incidents occurred at the home, advocate Shubhada Khot, the amicus curie, pointed out several flaws in investigation.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar said that the investigation was carried out in an insensitive manner. “Where are the women now? Are they still under the same caretakers?” asked HC. When informed that the women were indeed under the same caretakers, HC said, “Tell us, what action are you taking against the caretakers referred to by the woman?”

The bench stated that the police officer merely looked at the specific allegation of “armed men barging into the home, randomly picking up girls and raping them at knife-point”. The court pointed out that the video-taped interview revealed that rowdy elements would visit the premises and on their request woman caretakers would ask inmates to go out with them. Those who dared refuse, were tortured.

“What does this mean, what more you want?” the judges asked Nalavade, expressing surprise that no FIR was registered. “One statement of one witness is sufficient to lodge an FIR, this statement contains more than sufficient material.”

Further pointing out that “apparently many wrong things are going on there” HC stated that the “State authority should have appointed a sensitive person to investigate such a case”.

Meanwhile, in his affidavit, Ujjwal Uke, principal secretary, Women and Child Development Department, admitted that with a capacity for 100, the home which had 298 inmates, was overcrowded. He admitted that around 100 women continue to languish there despite release orders, due to lack of escorts to send them home.

The next hearing is on November 26.

 

Man held for throwing acid on wife


Express News Service
23 Apr 2012

BANGALORE: Kumar, 50, suspecting the fidelity of his wife Gowramma, threw acid on her in Dubasipalya opposite to R V College of Engineering on Saturday.

According to the police, unable to bear Kumar’s harassment, Gowramma had parted ways with him. The couple were living separately for four years and she was working at a garment factory. On Saturday around 8.30 am, Kumar allegedly waited for Gowramma to finish her work, and he claimed he had reformed and wanted to start a new life with her.

Later, he took her to Dubasipalya on the pretext of house hunting, where he threw acid on her and escaped. Passersby noticed her screaming for help and shifted her to a hospital. Soon, Kumar was arrested.

“The acid used in the crime is used for polishing tiles and he had purchased 200 ml of acid from a hardware shop. During interrogation, Kumar revealed that he attacked his wife as she allegedly had an illicit affair. Also, he was upset with her for denying to stay with him. However, investigation has to reveal more about his allegations. He has been booked under attempt to murder, dowry harassment and other cases,” police added. Kengeri police registered a case in this connection and are further investigating.

‘He waited for three days to attack me’

Meanwhile, Gowramma alleged that her husband was trying to attack her since last Wednesday.

“I had seen him waiting for me near the factory since Wednesday. But I had managed to escape from him. But on Saturday, he approached me and told that he had reformed now, and claimed he wanted to start a new life with me. I trusted him. Later, he said he had seen some houses for rent and he wanted me to finalise them. But when I went along with him, he took out a bottle and poured acid on me,” she said. The couple had married 17 years ago and have four children.

“Earlier, we used to stay at Devagere near Kumbalgodu. Though everything was fine initially, after some years Kumar had started to suspect my fidelity. He was addicted to alcohol and depended on my money to buy alcohol. Earlier, I used to work as a domestic maid and he used to harass me in an inebriated condition. He also used to sell household articles to buy alcohol. He had started assaulting me and then I decided to desert him and started living along with my sons in Sun City. He had traced the house and frequently used to visit us and harass. So, I had moved out from that area and started living with one my colleagues at her house in Muthurayanapalya,” she said.

Due to poverty, Gowramma has admitted her three sons to an ‘ashram.’

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