Chandigarh: 5 year old girl sexually assaulted, slapped and threatened by the driver of the private cab. #VAW #WTfnews


Jan 20, 2013   Sector 22, Chandigarh


Action Taken: Sub-inspector Amarjeet Singh said a case of assault, molestation and threatening had been registered and the accused, Pawan, had been apprehended. The case was registered at the Sector 17 police station. Pawan, who is married, will be produced in the dist

A five-year-old student at a private school in Sector 22 was sexually assaulted, slapped and threatened by the driver of the private cab who was dropping her home from school at around 12pm on Saturday.

The accused, Pawan Kumar, 26, of Nayagaon village near Chandigarh has been arrested. A family member of the victim told TOI, “At around noon, my niece came home crying loudly. When I asked what happened, she told me about her horrific experience.”

According to the relative, the regular cab driver Sharwan Singh, had gone to Ludhiana to attend a family function and he had given the charge of ferrying children to and from school to Pawan. A medical examination of the victim, who fell sick and is traumatized, was conducted at GMH-16.

The victim and five other children used to go to school in Sector 22 together. The turn of the victim came in the end. In her statement to the police and family members, the child said that the driver committed the crime, after which he slapped and threatened her. The statement of the child was recorded in the presence of her family members and women cops.

Source: TNN | Jan 20, 2013

#Delhigangrape Month after : Jantar Mantar is a beacon of hope for justice seekers #Vaw #Justice

Published: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013,
Place: New Delhi | Agency: IANS
Protestors protest against the Delhi gang-rape

Jagjeet Kaur, a 30-year-old rape victim from Punjab, was frustrated after running from pillar to post for two years seeking justice. Finally, she landed in Delhi, beginning her hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, the tourist landmark in the centre of Delhi that has been the month-long epicenter of the protests against the Delhi gang-rape that she says inspired her to fight on.

“I saw on TV how hundreds of people were gathering here demanding justice for the rape victim. Some of them were on hunger strike too. The determination of the protesters inspired me to come here,” Jagjeet Kaur, who began her hunger strike Monday, told IANS.

“This is the appropriate place for me to raise my voice against rape,” added Jagjeet Kaur who sat on a mattress covered in blankets in the middle of the road next to a makeshift memorial consisting of flowers, candles and placards erected for the 23-year-old woman who was brutally raped by six males on a moving bus on December 16.

According to Jagjeet Kaur, who works for an NGO in Ludhiana, she was raped by a senior police officer in 2010.

Like her, there were many victims as well as their relatives who came from far and wide to seek justice and they all thronged to Jantar Mantar, an 18th century observatory that abuts Connaught Place, the business and shopping hub of New Delhi.

Since the December 16 incident, hundreds and, on occasions, thousands of people, young and old, came to Jantar Mantar.

All of them are united in their fight to get justice for women. Most of them want death for the six males who raped and then threw the paramedical trainee out of a moving bus on a cold December night along with her friend, bleeding and without clothes. The woman died of her injuries 18 days later in a Singapore hospital.

A month after the incident that shook the collective conscience of a nation, the protest site continues to see gatherings of people who have come together with their demand for safety of women. Surprisingly, it is for the first time that an agitation without any leadership has sustained itself for so long at the venue – or, for that matter, at any venue in the country.

Prior to this, activist Anna Hazare‘s anti-corruption agitation had managed to attract crowds for several days.

“No political party has paid us to come here; neither are we here because a civil activist made an emotional appeal. It is our anger and frustration with the system and the hope to see a safer tomorrow for our sisters and daughters that we are here,” Saleem Parvez, 55, who has often been coming to Jantar Mantar, told IANS.

Crowds consisting mainly of students and social workers usually gather at the site every morning with placards and banners and sit till dusk, braving the winter chill. The numbers swell on weekends.

Vowing to “fight till the end,” many protesters claimed that they would agitate at the site till their demands are met.

“I won’t lie, the crowds are thinning every week but we are still determined and the time till even one of us is protesting here, the movement will be alive,” said Abhishek Singh, 24, who claimed that he had been coming to Jantar Mantar daily since Dec 18, 2012.

“We will not let her death be in vain. We hope we will see changes in the laws that will make the country a better place for our daughters to live,” said Kishan Datt, 70, a retired government official, who has been regularly coming to the venue for some time now.


Delhi: Two men attempt to rape 22-year-old inside a temple, arrested #WTFNEWS #VAW

 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread

DELHI, Posted on Jan 09, 2013 at 08:37am IST

New Delhi: Despite widespread anti-rape protests against flimsy safety laws for women that have shook the national capital since December, 2012, two men allegedly held a woman hostage and tried to rape her inside a temple in Delhi, police said Tuesday. Both the accused have been arrested.

“Phool Chand and Chaukidar were arrested from Mandir Marg area in Central Delhi for allegedly trying to rape a 22-year-old woman,” said a police officer. Police said the woman escaped and told her husband about the incident and approached police.

She told the police that she works at a construction site where Phool Chand, a labourer, called her to a room in the temple on the pretext of telling her about the construction work. “Chaukidar was already in the room. The two locked the room from inside and tried to rape me,” she said in her complaint.


Include Aadhaar in degrees, birth certificates: Sheila Dikshit #UID


10th January 2013 05:30 PM

  • The chief minister announced here that Delhi would achieve 95 percent Aadhaar enrolment by Feb 2013. |PTi File photo
    The chief minister announced here that Delhi would achieve 95 percent Aadhaar enrolment by Feb 2013. |PTi File photo

Setting an April deadline for implementation of all nine central schemes through direct cash transfer, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit urged the union government to include Aadhaar numbers on degree and birth certificates.

The Delhi government launched four centrally-sponsored schemes through Aadhaar Enabled Direct Cash Transfer scheme in two of its districts Jan 1, when the scheme took off in 20 districts of the country.

The chief minister announced here that Delhi would achieve 95 percent Aadhaar enrolment by Feb 2013.

Dikshit also stated that each Aadhaar number is unique to an individual, and would remain valid for life.


#India-Half burnt body of unidentified girl found at Puri #Vaw

Press Trust of India / Bhubaneswar January 04, 2013, 21:25

Odisha Police today recovered the half-burnt body of an unidentified girl near a canal in Odisha’s Puri district but it was yet to be established if it was a case of rape.

The body dressed in a black salwar with mehendi marks on the palms was found beside the Haripur-Balanga canal, about 25 km from here.

“We have recovered the half-burnt body of a girl aged about 20 years. Her identity is yet to be ascertained,” Puri Superintendent of Police Anup Sahul told reporters here.

Residents of Samarai Sasan village found the body this morning and informed police, the SP said, adding there were no burn injuries on the victim’s hands and legs while half of her face was burnt.

Asked if it was a case of rape, the SP said “the details will be known after we get the postmortem report from the district headquarters hospital.”

Police found some liquor bottles and other materials from a half-built house near the canal.

A dog squad and scientific teams from Puri were investigating the killing.

The police suspected the girl was killed somewhere else and the body set ablaze near the canal.

The spot where the body was found was only four kilometer from Pipili where a dalit girl was attacked and raped in November 2011. She died in July 2012 after remaining in coma for about seven months.


#India-Settle rape case with Rs 50000, UP panchayat tells victim #WTFnews #Vaw

IANS | Jan 4, 2013,

Settle rape case with Rs 50000, UP panchayat tells victim

LUCKNOW: Rs 50,000 as compensation for being kidnapped, taken to Nagpur and raped in captivity for many days. That was what a panchayat in Uttar Pradesh has offered a 13-year-old who came to them with her tale of horror at the hands of a youth from the village.

The panchayat in Mauli village in Pratapgarh, about 170 km from here, pronounced its “judgment” late Thursday, police officials said Friday, even as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat‘s comment that crimes such as rape take place in India and not so much in Bharat kicked up a massive controversy.

The girl has alleged that a youth sexually assaulted her in the village and then kidnapped her at gunpoint and took her to Nagpur in Maharashtra.

She said she was sexually abused for many days and detained against her will. After about a week, she managed to give the rapist a slip and return home December 27.

Faced with her horrific tale, the panchayat in Mauli felt there was “no point taking the matter further” and decided monetary compensation was the best way out, an official told IANS.

He added that the young rape victim had petitioned the superintendent of police after which an FIR was lodged against a village youth.

Having heard her ordeal, the family decided to approach the police. The local police station paid little heed to her complaint, however.

Her brother then approached the superintendent of police (SP) in Pratapgarh after which the complaint was lodged.

Sarvesh Kumar Mishra, the station officer of Kunda, told IANS that a case had been slapped on the accused and the girl had been sent for medical examination.

“We have done the needful and action would be taken as per law,” Mishra said, refusing to comment on the panchayat’s ruling.

Differences, it is learnt, have cropped up in the panchayat, with some members not in agreement with the Rs 50,000 diktat.

Conditioned to believe that rape was the worst fate to have befallen their daughter, elders in her family told the panchayat Jan 2 that they would be okay if the girl, after attaining adulthood, was married to the rape accused.

The panchayat, however, turned down the offer and tried to thrash out a solution between the two families.

It then came up with the formula of asking the accused’s family to compensate her by giving her Rs 50,000. It also asked the girl’s family to withdraw the police complaint.

What will happen to her complaint is still unclear.

But as the debate over crimes against women intensifies in the country following the gang-rape and death of a Delhi girl, it is hoped that this village girl from Uttar Pradesh will be given justice.


#Goa- The year of Rapes : 50 cases this year #Vaw


By , TNN | Dec 28, 2012, 03.17 AM IST

PANAJI: The year 2012 started started with the betrayal of teacher-student relations. The first rape case of the year was registered against Kanhaiya Naik, a married art teacher, who allegedly raped his student. It was the first of around 50 rape cases this year.

Till November 2012, 982 cases have been registered across the state, across crimes. Police have registered 42 murder cases, 50 rape cases, four dacoity cases, 23 robbery cases, 820 thefts and 46 drug cases.

Compared to last year, rape cases have increased by 29, to 50 cases (till November), and a majority of victims are minors, while the accused persons are teachers, friends or unidentified persons.

The first case came to light on January, 18, 2012, when Naik was arrested by Panaji police for allegedly raping his student. On December 29, 2011, Naik picked up the girl from her residence, stating that he would give her career guidance, and took her to his flat at Ribandar. Police sources said that Naik clicked photographs of the girl and molested her. The incident came to light on December 31, 2011, when the girl’s mother saw some marks on her neck. Sources said that when her mother questioned her, she revealed that Naik had molested her.

After Naik was granted bail on July 10, 2012, the victim committed suicide, succumbing to 90% burn injuries. Naik was again arrested for abetment of suicide and later, he was released on bail. Police have filed a chargesheet in the case.

In another case in January, a16-year-old girl was raped in a bus at Dona Paula. Police registered a case of rape and arrested 22-year-old Shrikant Baranappa of Hubli.

The girl had gone to work at a house in Taleigao, as her mother, who was working as a domestic help at the house, had fallen ill. As she found the house locked, she sat at a garden in Taleigao waiting for her mother’s employers to return, when she met Baranappa, who was known to her.

The girl said Baranappa approached her and told her that it was unsafe to sit alone in the garden and that he would drop her home on his bike. Since she knew the man and trusted him, the girl went with him but instead of taking her home, Baranappa took her to Dona Paula, pushed her into a parked bus and then raped her there.

Police added that Baranappa forcibly kept the girl in the bus throughout the night and only allowed her to go in the morning, after threatening her that if she told anyone about the incident, he would trace her and kill her. Frightened, the victim, instead of going home to her parents, went to her grandparents’ home in Hubli, police said. She was then convinced to return to Goa and narrated the incident to her mother and the mother lodged a complaint. Police have filed the chargesheeted in the case.

On September 26, 2012, an unidentified person took a minor girl to Panaji and after confining her to his house in Porvorim, raped her. He later handed the victim over to another unidentified person, who took her to Miramar beach and molested her. After confining her to his house till October 6, he brought the minor to Margao and left her at the KTC bus stand. While at the KTC bus stand, Wassim Kalaigar, a resident of Margao, got acquainted with the minor and took her to an ice cream parlour at Margao, where he too raped her. Kalaigar then brought her back to the KTC bus stand, Margao, from where she left for Panaji.

After the victim’s relatives noticed her in Panaji, they dropped her back to her house and after the victim narrated the incident, a case was lodged at Margao police station. Three accused are released on bail, while two are in judicial lockup. The case is under investigation.

In December, a 16-year old girl was raped by two persons at two different locations, while one of the accused was a classmate of the victim and also a minor.

Police sources told TOI that the accused lured the girl to a cinema hall to watch a movie after skipping classes. Both are students of a higher secondary school near Margao. After watching the movie together, he forcibly took her to a toilet within the complex and had sexual intercourse with her.

The minor accused then called up one of his friends and asked him to meet him at the nearby KTC bus stand, Margao. The other accused person then came to the KTC bus stand on a bike, and forcibly took her to some unidentified, isolated place, where he also raped her. The accused also took video clippings of the act.

Police have arrested the minor boy and kept him in a protective home. The unidentified person is yet to be traced.


#Chhattisgarh govt to probe on botched rural eye camp #medicalnegligence

BS Reporter / Kolkata/ Raipur Dec 18, 2012, 00:08 IST

Chhattisgarh government, on Monday , has ordered a probe on the botched eye camp held in Mahasamund district in which 15 patients allegedly lost their vision.

The patients mostly from the rural pocket, had undergone cataract surgeries in the camp. The preliminary investigation suggested that they developed infection post surgeray. The state government had shifted all the infected patients to a hospital here for better treatment.

The state’s health minister, Amar Agrawal on Monday visited the hospital and talked to the patients. “A probe has been ordered and strict action will be taken against the doctors found guilty for any negligence in the camp,” Agrawal said.

Senior health official and eye expert Dr Subhash Mishra has been asked to investigate the matter and submit a report to the government within 10 days.

He announced that the state government would bear the entire expenditure for medical treatment of these patients.

The camp was organized by a social organisation Shree Krishna Agrawal Memorial Trust at the Community Health Centre at Bagbahra, about 100 kms from Raipur. In the camp, 145 persons had undergone the surgery that too in just two days on December 9 and 10.

The health department officials said Dr Charu Dutt Kalamkar and Amrita Mukherjee from the Trust and Dr PC Patra from the state government performed and supervised the surgeries in the camp.

After the surgery, 15 patients including eight women developed swelling and pus in the operated eye. When the matter spilled out in open, the authorities immediately shifted them to MGM eye hospital in Raipur.

The doctors attending on them confirmed that the seriousness of the matter and said the possibility of their sight recovery was bleak.


Protect reporters in conflict zones, say experts


New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS)

Mediapersons reporting from conflict zones, including Jammu and Kashmir, Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh and the northeastern states, should get government protection, media experts said at a seminar here Saturday.

“The state institutions are expected to provide adequate protection and other systems to the journalists – irrespective of the views of the newspaper and channel concerned,” said a statement passed at the seminar on ‘Reporting Conflict Zones’ organised by South Asia Media Commission under the mandate of Indian chapter of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).

“There is no organised machinery to either protect or to project objective truth about the situation in those areas,” said a release issued by the commission, which facilitates free flow of information among Saarc countries.

The experts put the onus on the owners of the media organisations to “give monetary and legal back up, including special insurance, to the journalists”.

The statement issued on the conclusion of the day-long seminar regretted that there was a general apathy threatening the free flow of information which was a “prerequisite for maintaining national unity, integrity and sovereignty”.

The families of newspersons reporting from conflict zones too were subjected to blackmail, the experts said.

The statement said this while noting the “permanent threat” to the lives of the scribes reporting from “conflict zones like J&K, naxal affected areas like Chattisgarh or the northeast to various districts under Maoist influence…”.

The media commission urged the “state institutions, media owners and independent media organisations to join hands to face the grave threat to free media”.

“We should express solidarity with those who do a difficult job of reporting from the battle lines as it were,” the statement said.

Calling upon the governments to repeal the laws that restricts freedom of press in any manner, the seminar urged the governments particularly the Jammu and Kashmir government not to resort to the “stoppage of advertisements to newspapers and desist from resorting to persecution”.



Mumbai riots 1992-93: The days that changed the city

pci courtesy- Himag Mag


By Quaid Najmi | IANS India Private Limited – 16 hours ago

Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) It was a rather cool evening in the second week of December 1992 when I was permitted to leave early – to rush from south Mumbai’s Nariman Point to the northwest suburb of Borivli, at the other end of the city.

At 7 p.m., as I warily entered the Churchgate station, I stopped in my tracks: it was eerily empty! On normal weekdays, every inch was occupied with commuters in the day, especially the morning-evening peak hours.

That night I travelled virtually alone in the train, barring the motorman and guard, and maybe a suspicious commuter getting in briefly at one of the 20 railway stations en route.

That was what Mumbai had degenerated into after the Dec. 6, 1992, razing of the Babri mosque, in faraway Ayodhya. It was among certain cities in the country which bore the brunt in the aftermath of the demolition.

It had erupted into a frenzy of riots, senseless killings, mobs brazenly moving around armed with sticks, rods, swords, chains, bottles, bulbs and tubelights to maim or kill. The riots continued thus in two phases Dec 7-27, 1992, followed by a brief lull, and then again Jan 7-25, 1993 – making them the worst sectarian riots in the post-Independence era.

Such was the fear even among mediapersons, who worked late hours, that many offices temporarily changed the timings for their staff members, especially those in the sensitive category, and even organised overnight boarding-lodging in local hotels.

At times, mediapersons grouped together for a particular train – and discovered that only 10-12 people occupied an entire suburban local into which 5,000 commuters were normally packed!

Surprisingly, during the day – barring some pockets – Mumbai remained calm and peaceful, with people going about their normal routine. Like the proverbial vampires, the killer beasts started lurking around the city’s streets and alleys after dark.

Besides the direct victims, also hit was Mumbai’s legendary, rocking nightlife, its erstwhile dance bars which have featured in practically all the top international media, the non-stop night-long parties, lavish weddings, movies and theatres, shopping or simply night outs at the beaches, gardens and other public places.

Even the popular all-night joints like Bade Miyan in Colaba and Haji Ali Juice Centre where you could be chewing into a ‘Baida-Roti’ or an exotic milkshake with stars like Saif Ali Khan, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff, ministers, policemen and other top officials, leading businesspersons and others jostling for elbow space at the open counters, were deserted.

Though some of these have revived with extra precautions, there is always a warning for the youngsters: “Take care, come home early,” – unheard of prior to the riots.

According to official estimates, the two-phased riots claimed nearly 900 lives, including policemen. Many hundreds are reported missing and presumed dead for years. Public and private properties worth billions of rupees was destroyed and the spirit of Mumbai was shaken to its roots.

This writer and many others travelled in armed police vehicles – some luckier ones in army vehicles – which fanned out to control the rioters who seemed to appear from nowhere, create mayhem and disappear.

Finally, the army found a way to control the riots – without firing a single bullet or even raising a baton in warning. It deployed two of its ferocious dogs, each the size of a pony, before huge crowds of 3,000-5,000. The trained dogs were simply let loose on the mobs, which practically turned invisible in seconds!

Finding that the barking dogs were more effective than the biting variety without a single casualty, they were regularly deployed in various sensitive areas. After the riots, the two dogs were accorded due recognition – a front page lead photograph in a prominent city daily!

With revenge taken by both sides, the two-phased mass riots finally ended – though some small pockets continued to brun for a few more weeks.

Mumbaikars heaved a sigh of relief – but not for long as March 12, 1993 witnessed what was India’s first retaliatory serial bomb explosions hitting Mumbai from the southern parts right into the suburbs at quick intervals. It was also the country’s first home-bred, non-terror attack, perpetrated by the underground and with a precision that remained unmatched for years afterwards.

After making all the right noises, the politicians at the centre and the state got down to brasstacks – politicking – with sackings, replacements or removals of officials and politicians, change of governments, et al.

One of the most hailed inquiry reports, of the Justice B. N. Srikrishna Commission which probed the riots and the bomb blasts also came out later, but most recommendations remained unimplemented.

A little-known 40-year-old lawyer from Jalgaon, Ujjwal Nikam, was appointed to lead the blasts trial which he achieved with flying colours and attained international celebrity status.

After handling some of the most high-profile cases in the country, Nikam crowned it with the with the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case in which Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged Nov 21, 2012.

But, 20 years later, the original soul of Bombay is missing somewhere.


Indo-Asian News Service


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