#India – Woman brutally assaulted with iron rods in Ludhiana as people look on #Vaw #WTFnews


IANS | Apr 17, 2013, 04.00 PM IST

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Ludhiana: Four men beat up woman in public

Ludhiana: Four men beat up woman in public
LUDHIANA: A woman was brutally assaulted with iron rods and sticks by a group of men in Punjab’s Ludhiana district – people watched as she cried for help but little help was forthcoming.The incident, which once again demonstrates societal indifference, took place on April 3 and was captured on camera. It comes close on the heels of last month’s incident of Punjab police officers brutally thrashing a young woman in Tarn Taran district.

The victim filed a complaint, leading police in Ludhiana to register a case and launch a hunt to arrest the accused.

Police officials said the woman had gone to meet the accused and demanded that they return the Rs 20,000 that they owed her. She insisted that her money be refunded. At this, the men assaulted her with iron rods and sticks.

Though there were other people present on the spot, none came to the rescue of the helpless woman.

An elderly man and another woman seen in the video trying to stop the men were also attacked and shooed away.

The victim was not only beaten but pushed to the ground and thrashed even as she cried for help.

“We have identified the men involved in this crime. We will arrest them soon,” a police officer said.

 

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.

 

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


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Jan 20, 2013   Sector 22, Chandigarh

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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
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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
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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.

 

India- Scrap outdated #Mental Health Bill- Activists


 

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Petition health minister over inclusion of archaic psychosurgery and electro-shock treatment, which is banned in many countries #MENTALHEALTH

 

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Health Minister: Repeal of the   Draconian Mental Health Law

Posted On Friday, October 05, 2012 at 04:15:43 AM

Human rights activists are upset about a new proposed Mental Health Care bill that retains outdated and controversial treatment techniques such as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and psychosurgery– neurosurgical treatment for mental disorders.While many term the draft bill as ‘patient friendly’, some activists feel that the bill represents the ‘over-medicalisation’ of mental health when it should instead concentrate on the most effective therapies.

On Thursday, activists started an online petition demanding the bill be quashed. The petition letter, addressed to Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad, demands that all rights of people with psychosocial disabilities should be covered under the recently drafted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2012, and that the MHC Bill be given a quiet burial.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill guarantees the ‘legal capacity’ and the ‘right to choice’ of all persons with disabilities, including those with psychosocial disabilities.

“The MHC Bill, on the other hand, only looks at medicalisation of mental health issues. We are amazed that the bill retains the archaic and horrendous ECT or shock treatment, which has been banned by most countries,” said Kamayani Bali Mahabal, a lawyer and human rights activist.

According to Mahabal, the bill also retains the option of psychosurgery, which has always been controversial. “Mental health treatment needs to be more therapy-based than medicine-based,” said Mahabal.

The activists are of a view that mental health patients need community-based treatment with groups and peer support, neighborhood care systems, conflict reduction and peace building strategies, supportive counselling, addressing stigma, trauma-informed services, and a range of other alternatives.

According to Dr Sanjay Kumawat, medical superintendent of Thane Mental Hospital, the draft bill may need some modifications, but feels the demand to do away with ECT and psychosurgery is unreasonable. “ECT has proved beneficial for many patients. If ECT is performed following guidelines – using muscle relaxants and anesthesia – and is going to benefit the patient, I don’t see any harm,” said Kumawat.

Psychiatrist Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla agreed. “Patient benefit is the most important factor and I think this bill is extremely patient friendly. There are a few points that need clarity. For example, the bill says that patient’s consent is needed for any psychosurgery. However the bill does not explain if a nominee can give their consent if the patient is unable to do so,” said Matcheswalla.

Dr AK Kala, a senior psychiatrist from Ludhiana, added, “The old type of neurosurgeries, which landed patients in a vegetative state, are not performed anymore. In India, very few psychosurgeries are performed, and the bill is trying to regulate those. It states that a government committee has to approve all psychosurgeries, which is a good thing.”

 

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