#India- Heaping abuse on the abused #sexualviolence #Vaw

Hindustan Times
April 10, 2013

The sharp contrast between public outrage and institutional mechanisms when it comes to crimes like rape was nowhere more evident than in the case of the 10-year-old victim from Bulandshahr. When the mother of the child, allegedly raped by an upper caste man, took courage into her hands and went

to the police station to report the crime, the traumatised child was locked up. This was in an all-women police station. The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports on this issue and has sent a notice to the state government. Despite the public outrage after the Delhi gang rape, it is clear that things on the ground have not really changed for victims of rape.

The plight of sexually abused children is by far the most heart-rending. Incidents of sexual violence against children seem to be on the rise. In recent times, just before the Bulandshahr episode, a 45-year-old businessman was arrested for raping his 16-year-old daughter in Gurgaon. In Karnal, a father has been arrested for raping two of his minor daughters. This proves that stringent laws alone cannot be effective. The first port of call for a victim is the police. It is here that both sensitivity and speed in gathering evidence are essential. In cases of rape, medical evidence has to be recorded within 24 hours. In the case of children, it is absolutely vital that the child is not traumatised any further. Unfortunately, class, caste and socio-economic factors work against victims in many police stations. There is a great deal of social stigma attached to rape. It is the duty of the law to see that this does not deter victims from registering their complaints.

Along with strengthening laws, the police have to be taught to be more sensitive in the cases of child rape victims. The child’s testimony must be recorded in a conducive environment and she should not have to face her attacker unless absolutely necessary. Children of such abuses need long-term counselling. Unfortunately, in our conservative society, abuse at home by a father or male relative is often covered up to protect the family’s honour. The February report by Human Rights Watch titled ‘Breaking the Silence: Child Sex Abuse in India’ highlights how the government’s response to children who are sexually abused fails to protect the victims. In the Bulandshahr case, it is absolutely vital that the police persons who thought it fit to lock up the victim be bought to book. After the Delhi gang rape, there was a huge momentum for change. There cannot be such a glaring disconnect between public sentiment and police conduct.

Otherwise the gains made in the form of stronger laws will not really amount to either preventing rapes of children or minimising the trauma of child victims.


Abolish death penalty in India, Pakistan: Burney

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times
Karnal, December 13, 2012

Former Pakistan federal minister and human rights activist Ansar Burney has advocated a complete abolition on awarding capital punishment.
Interacting with the reporters here on Wednesday evening, Burney said that death sentence was a blot on humanity and it should be


He informed that there were eight thousand persons awaiting gallows in Pakistan.

“This is a very serious issue and I appeal both India and Pakistan to end the inhuman practice of awarding death sentence. In most of the cases, the criminals are victims of legal system or circumstance and the society should act sympathetically towards them,”said Burney, who is fighting for the release of several Indians, including Sabarjit Singh, lodged in Pakistan jails.

Burney had reached Karnal on Wednesday to receive an award “Manav Mitra” by a local NGO.

The former federal minister of Pakistan said that in his country fanatic religious leaders were fanning extremism.

“By promising false things in the name of religion, the Pakistani religious leaders are brainwashing the innocent minds and slipping them in the world of violence. When these youngsters are caught then a death sentence is demanded, but the root cause remains flourishing,” he said.

However, Burney clarified that he was not opposed to the death sentence awarded to Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistan national caught during Mumbai terror attack.

He claimed that his trust would not demand to get Kasab’s body buried at Yarwada jail in Maharashtra as “I do not support a case where a person had killed several innocent persons”.

“As a lawyer I welcome the Indian court’s judgment, but we should not advocate death penalties. Recently, I had again filed a petition to the Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari to convert death sentence of nearly eight thousand convicts lodged in different jails, into life sentence,” he said.

Burney said that though commoners had always favoured peace with the neighbouring Pakistan, few politicians of both nations were fanning hatred for their own petty gains.

“Electorates of both countries should vote out such politicians who promote hatred with neighbouers. Forgetting mistakes committed in the past, both countries should follow the peace map of European Union to bring harmony in the sub-continent,” he added.


#India- Haryana Horror- Minor alleges gang rape by 12 men #Vaw #WTFnews

Minor alleges rape by 12 men in Haryana

Published: Sunday, Nov 4, 2012, 23:08 IST
Place: Chandigarh | Agency: IANS

A teenaged girl from Karnal district in Haryana has alleged that she was raped by 12 men, police said on Sunday. An accused known to her was arrested.

The 16-year-old victim, who belongs to Tarwari area, was rescued by railway police personnel from the Karnal railway station, where she had been dumped by one of her tormentors.

She underwent a medical examination, police said.

The girl told police that she was taken by a man, who was her friend and had promised to marry her. She alleged that later, 11 other men came and raped her Friday and Saturday.

Police officials in Karnal, 130 km from here, said that the main accused, who was a friend of the victim, had been arrested.

Police sources said that most of the other accused had also been detained.

Haryana has seen a spurt in rape cases, especially against minor and Dalit girls, since September this year.



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