NTUI condemns the arrest women activists protesting against rape and murder of students #Vaw

An impatient administration that tries to stifle the voice of protests, unmasks itself much more than critics can possibly do. This morning, members of Maitree, a Kolkata based network of women’s group, assembled peacefully outside Mamta Banerjees residence asking for an appointment to submit a letter of protest to the Chief Minister against the two recent cases of gang rape and murder. They had earlier tried to hand over the same at the Writers building on Monday but she had refused to meet the delegation. The grotesque rape,murder and violence against two students in Barasat and KrishnaganjNadia, in the last few days is an ampleindication of the appaling law and order sitution in the state and the administration’s dismal failure to ensure safety and security of women. The members of Maitree wanted to draw the Chief Minister’s personal attentionto this in a bid to ensure her personal intervention in this issue.

Instead of receiving their protest letter, the police arrested 13 women instantly. Anuradha Kapoor, Swapna, Kakali Bhattacharya, Anchita Ghatak, Shyamali Das, Ratnaboli Roy Sharmishtha Dutta Gupta, Shreya Sanghari, Madhura Chakraborty, Shreya Chakraborty, Sudeshna Basu, & Aditi Basu were whisked away to Lalbazar where they are currently detained at the Labazar central lock up. Abir Niyogy who was earlier taken away to Kalighat police station and has been currently transfered to Labazar central lock.

NTUI strongly condems this arrest by the police and demands an immediate and unconditional release of the members of Maitree. We strongly uphold the peoples’ right to dissent and protest. We also call upon theGovernment, judiciary and law enforcing agencies for an immediate arrest of culprits, a proper investigation and a fair and unbiased trial which would enable victims and their families in accessing justice and lead culprits towards due punishment; otherwise this wave of brutality against women would remain endless and unabated.

June 13, 2013

Shehla Masood murder: Zaheda was insecure of Singh, claims witness #Vaw

May 31, 2013Indore: A prosecution witness in the RTI activist Shehla Masood murder case told the court in Indore on Friday that the main accused, Zaheda Parvez, had become ‘possessive’ about BJP MLA Dhruvnarayan Singh and resented Masood’s friendship with him.

Zaheda Parvez. PTI

Zaheda Parvez. PTI

Deposing before the special CBI court in Indore, Sanjay Gupta, a Bhopal-based industrialist and the BJP MLA’s friend, said that Zaheda always suspected the women who came in contact with Dhruvnarayan.

He further told the court that after the murder, Zaheda had a phone conversation with him. When he bemoaned Shehla’s death, she said, “One always pays for the bad deeds. As you sow, so shall you reap.”

According to the CBI, Zaheda had Shehla killed because she was jealous of the latter’s increasing closeness to the BJP MLA.

Shehla was shot dead outside her Bhopal residence on 16 August, 2011. Police have arrested five persons in the case including Zaheda Parvez.

Gupta also said that Dhruvnarayan had told him that Zaheda once had a fight with him when he had gone to Shehla’s residence.

According to Gupta, Dhruvnarayan had called him on 16 August, 2011 and gave him the news of murder.

Dhruvnarayan told him to pass on the message to Shehla’s father Sultan Masood that the MLA was at a temple and would go there later, Gupta said, adding that he passed on the message to Masood.


Australia – Calm killer and rapist caught taxi with her body in suitcase #Vaw #Racism

May 18, 2013, Sydney Morning Herald 
Tosha Thakkar. Happy girl: student Tosha Thakkar believed everyone was good. Photo: Supplied

The teenager casually wheels a large black suitcase out to a waiting taxi.

As he and the driver heft the case into the boot, the young man lies to explain the bag’s surprising weight and bulging contents, telling the driver it’s ”full of laptops and electrical gear”.

CCTV footage, later tendered as evidence, shows the 19-year-old Daniel Stani-Reginald chatting happily to the driver as they make a short trip to the Parramatta River.

-Callous lies: Footage of Daniel Stani-Reginald loading his suitcase into the taxi. Photo: NSW Police Force

He then removes the case and walks off.


In the words of NSW Supreme Court Justice Derek Price the ”calmness demonstrated by the offender” in these moments showed the utter ”callousness of his crimes”.

On the morning of that taxi ride, on March 9, 2011, Stani-Reginald confronted Indian student Tosha Thakkar in the hallway of the second-storey boarding house they shared in the inner-west suburb of Croydon.

-The suitcase he told the driver was ”full of laptops and electrical gear”. Photo: NSW Police Force

Forcing the 24-year-old back into her room, he then raped and assaulted her and strangled her with a black coaxial cable.

The 19-year-old storeman then stuffed his victim’s body in a suitcase, booked a taxi to Meadowbank and dumped her in a canal that flows into Parramatta River.

”The last moments of her life must have been terrifying – this was a terrible way to die,” Justice Price said as he sentenced Stani-Reginald to at least 30 years’ jail on Friday.

-Stani-Reginald will be eligible for parole in March 2041, at the age of 49. Photo: NSW Police Force

The court heard that Stani-Reginald had been planning and fantasising about crime for months beforehand, viewing thousands of internet articles about serial killers, notorious rapists and murders in which the victim’s body was dumped in a suitcase.

These included Australian cases such as Dean Shillingsworth, the murdered toddler whose body was dumped in a suitcase, and foreign killers such as the Yorkshire Ripper and Richard Ramirez.

”There is documented evidence he had been planning similar offences for a period of years, gradually becoming more focused,” Justice Price said.

Shortly before the murder, Stani-Reginald had psyched himself up by viewing pornography, including videos of degrading acts being done to Indian women. Afterwards he returned to his computer to re-read an article entitled ”The Beginnings of a Serial Killer”.

”The offender’s lack of empathy for the enormity of his crime is evident from the articles he viewed online before and after the murders,” Justice Price said.

The court heard that a number of psychiatrists examined Stani-Reginald over the course of his extended criminal history. All but one found that while Stani-Reginald was disturbed, there was no clear evidence of a mental disorder or psychosis, even though as a child he had witnessed his father murder his mother.

Justice Price found that the now 21-year-old had demonstrated no contrition or remorse and represented a serious threat to the community.

”The offender’s prospects of rehabilitation are very poor. His juvenile record is replete with his refusals to accept assistance,” Justice Price said.

”I’m satisfied that there’s a real risk that the offender will reoffend with acts of violence and sexual assault.”

Nevertheless, Justice Price stopped short of sentencing Stani-Reginald to life, as prosecutors had suggested, finding the offender’s young age meant such a sentence could equate to as much as 60 years in jail.

He sentenced Stani-Reginald to a maximum of 45 years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years.

After the sentence was handed down, Ms Thakkar’s cousin Pratik Thakkar said the family had been expecting a life sentence and was disappointed.

”She was a happy girl and I think the only mistake she made is thinking all is good, everyone is good,” Mr Thakkar said.

”[Her parents] didn’t send her [to Australia] for these things. They wanted her to have a good life. It’s like everyone here; we want to be happy and live Australian life – that’s why she was here.”

With time served, Stani-Reginald will be eligible for parole in March 2041 at the age of 49.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/calm-killer-caught-taxi-with-her-body-in-suitcase-20130517-2jrxb.html#ixzz2Tcssx9e7


Karnataka student gang-raped, killed, ‘Maratha’etched on body #Vaw

TNN | Apr 28, 2013, 05.02 AM IST

 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread
Deputy commissioner Munish Moudgil called it a most heinous incident, and said the accused deserve to be hanged.
BELGAUM: A 20-year-old college student was gang-raped and murdered at Sulebhavi village, 20 km from here, on Friday. The girl’s half-naked body was found in a farm on the outskirts of the village the next morning.

Police sources said the rapists had smashed her face with a stone and written “Maratha” on her body in Devanagari script before fleeing the place.

Sources said the victim was kidnapped on Friday evening when she was returning home after writing an examination in Belgaum. She was a student of the Government Degree College here.

The girl’s father identified the body on the basis of her clothes and footwear. Her family members waited for her till Friday evening and looked for her all night. They filed a police complaint on Saturday.

Police superintendent Sandeep Patil and deputy commissioner Munish Moudgil visited the spot. Police have formed three teams to nab the culprits, the SP said. Moudgil called it a most heinous incident, and said the accused deserve to be hanged.

Hundreds of residents and college students blocked the road near the village bus stand. They withdrew the roadblock after an assurance from the SP and DC.

This is the second gang rape and murder of a college student in Belgaum district in the past three months. A pre-university student was gang-raped and killed in Athani in January. The rapists had burnt the body after killing her. Police are yet to arrest them


Taiwan compensates trio after 11 years on death row

Taiwan will pay a total of Tw$15 million compensation to three men who spent more than 11 years on death row before their acquittal in one of the island’s most controversial murder trials, a court said Wednesday.

Su Chien-ho (C), Chuang Lin-hsun (2R) and Liu Bin-lang (2L) outside a court room in Taipei on November 12, 2010 after they were acquitted in the murder of a couple in 1991. (AFP/PATRICK LIN)

TAIPEI: Taiwan will pay a total of Tw$15 million compensation to three men who spent more than 11 years on death row before their acquittal in one of the island’s most controversial murder trials, a court said Wednesday.

Su Chien-ho, Liu Bin-lang and Chuang Lin-hsun will each receive about Tw$5 million for wrongful imprisonment, the High Court said.

The trio, who said they were tortured into making confessions, were first sentenced to death 21 years ago for the murder of a couple in Taipei.

Their legal plight began after a soldier who confessed in 1991 to killing the couple claimed that they were his accomplices. The soldier was executed the following year after a trial by a military tribunal.

They had since faced a series of trials and retrials that saw their death sentences being lifted and then reimposed until the High Court made a final ruling in their favour last year.

Taiwan’s human rights groups have seized on the case to call on the government to abolish capital punishment.

Like many Asian countries, Taiwan maintains the death penalty, reserving it for serious crimes including aggravated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Last year, Taiwan executed six death row inmates, the largest number to be put to death in one day in recent years.

– AFP/gn


Shehla Masood Case : 2 accused denied bail by special CBI court #RTI

Press Trust of India | Updated Apr 16, 2013 a
Indore: A special CBI court on Monday rejected the bail plea of two accused in the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood. Saquib Ali `Danger‘ and Tabish Khan, the alleged shooters accused of executing the murder in 2011, were refused bail by Judge Anupam Srivastava. The accused had filed the bail applications in December 2012 and the court completed hearing the arguments on them by defence lawyer and CBI prosecutor last week.

Rejecting the plea, the court said it is not prudent to grant relief to the duo considering the seriousness of the crime they have been accused of committing and also given the complexities of the case. Five people are on trial for the murder of Masood who was shot dead outside her residence in Bhopal on August 16, 2011.

Besides Saquib and Tabish, the other accused are interior designer Zahida Parvez, her associate Saba Farooqi and Irfan, an alleged contract killer hailing from Kanpur. All the accused are in judicial custody since their arrest.

Shehla Masood murder: CBI court rejects bail of accusedFive people are on trial for the murder of Masood who was shot dead outside her residence in Bhopal on August 16, 2011.


Mariakkutty murder case: First time details of Aadhaar card being used in investigation ! #UID #WTFnews

English: Fingerprint
Kozhikode: The Crime Branch (CB) Superintendent, Kozhikode, has requested help from the Director of Aadhaar, Bangalore, to identify the fingerprint of the culprit in the Mariakkutty murder case at Kannur. This is the first time, police are looking for the details of Aadhaar card to investigate a murder case in the state.

Mariakkutty was found murdered at her home in Kannur district a year ago. Crime Branch police found evidence of fingerprint from the house in the investigation. However, they could not identify the murderer when they cross-checked the evidence with that of the stock of the state police. Then the police arrived at a conclusion to check the details of Aadhaar card. Taking finger print is a must procedure in Aadhaar. So the police believe that the particulars in the card can help them trace the murderer.

Crime Branch SP, Shamsu Illickal, has handed over the facts of the fingerprint to the Aadhaar Director in Bangalore. If the murderer has taken the card, it will trap him. Otherwise the probe will be prolonged further. The officials expect that Aadhaar card will also be as helpful as mobile phones in investigation process.

Source- http://english.manoramaonline.com/


Prime suspect to turn prosecution witness in Shehla Masood case #RTI

Dailybhaskar.com | Mar 30, 2013,
Bhopal/New Delhi: In a fresh twist to the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood, Bhopal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Dhruv Narayan Singh is all set to be the prime prosecution witness in the case. Singh was the prime suspect in the killing of Masood in Bhopal in August 2011.
Singh was recently quizzed by CBI after which the decision to make him the prosecution witness was taken, said reports. Bhopal-based interior designer Zahida Pervez and her friend Shaba Farooqi were also interrogated by CBI that revealed the BJP MLA had nothing to do with Masood’s killing.
It is to be noted that the BJP legislator was allegedly close to Shehla Masood and interior designer Zahida Pervez, who masterminded her murder.
Reportedly CBI sources said that the BJP MLA was reluctant to become a witness in the case. However, he agreed to their request later.
The flashback
Masood, an environmentalist and RTI activist was shot dead by three hired assassins outside her Bhopal residence in August 2011, allegedly at the behest of Zahida Parvez.
She was constantly living in threat, as revealed by her in an interview before her death.


Mumbai – Bouncer who protested rape bid murdered #WTFnews

By, TNN | Mar 17, 2013,

Bouncer who protested rape bid murdered
The Mahatma Phule police, on the basis of Abdul’s dying declaration, registered a murder case against prime accused Sadiq Shaikh (18), besides Shamsuddin Shaikh (21), Jameer Kadar Shaikh, Sameer Sayyed, Subhash Malbari and Sumit Prajapati.
MUMBAI: Haji Abdul Gaffar Shaikh, a 33-year-old bouncer, was brutally attacked by six men late on Friday night in Kalyan (West) for protesting against a teenager’s bid to rape an 11-year-old girl in the neighbourhood last week. The father of two young children, Abdul succumbed to his injuries early on Saturday.

The Mahatma Phule police, on the basis of Abdul’s dying declaration, registered a murder case against prime accused Sadiq Shaikh (18), besides Shamsuddin Shaikh (21), Jameer Kadar Shaikh, Sameer Sayyed, Subhash Malbari and Sumit Prajapati. Shamsuddin has been arrested, the others are absconding.

The family of a minor girl, who was saved by neighbours when Sadiq was allegedly dragging her to the terrace with the intention of raping her on March 4, has also given its statement to the police. The incident seems to have set off the revenge saga. Hearing the girl’s screams, neighbours had rescued her and slapped Sadiq. The victim’s family did not file any police complaint at the time to avoid attention. Instead, a meeting of community members was called. Abdul, who lived in the next building, was incensed and slapped Sadiq at the meeting.

Abdul’s mother, who lost her husband seven years ago, still can’t believe her son was killed for raising his voice against a man who tried to rape a minor. “When my son learnt of Sadiq’s behaviour, he got very angry as he also had a young daughter. It was the reason why he went to the meeting and slapped the accused, warning him not to repeat the incident,” said a tearful Shahnaj, adding, “We want maximum punishment for them.”

Abdul told police in his dying declaration that he was returning home on his motorcycle on Friday from work at around 11.15pm, when he realized a vehicle was following him. As he slowed down at a speed-breaker near Kala Talao, some men came out of the car and attacked him with swords and choppers. Perhaps because he was a powerful man, the attackers first hacked four of his fingers to ensure he couldn’t fight back and then stabbed him seven times. Some people who later saw him lying in a pool of blood informed his relatives. He was taken to the private Shreedevi Hospital and later shifted to AIMS Hospital in Dombivli, where he died of his injuries at 1am on Saturday. “We have formed two teams to nab the accused,” said inspector Manoj Nerlekar. A crime branch team has also joined the hunt.

Abdul held two jobs to support his mother, six-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. His younger sister Rehana too, said the men deserved maximum punishment. “They should be hanged. If released, they will repeat their crimes,” she said. His elder sister Zarina said, “After my father’s death, he took the family’s responsibility and got all sisters married.”

Abdul’s wife separated from him two years back.

Past Attacks

December 3, 2012: Santosh Vichivara (19), was stabbed to death by four youngsters, including three minors, outside the gate of his housing complex in Dombivli for protesting against the lewd comments they were passing at a girl frm the same complex

October 20, 2011: Keenan Santos (24) and Reuben Fernandez (29) were brutally beaten and stabbed by a group of men near a paan shop in Amboli, Andheri (W), when they protested against those men harassing their women friends. They succumbed to their injuries


NHRC pulls up Maharashtra for Bhandara sisters rape & murder #Vaw


Wants Report On Bhandara Atrocity Within Four Weeks

Sanjeev Shivadekar TNN

Mumbai: The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to submit a detailed report on the death of three girls in Bhandara district. The commission has asked the chief secretary to file a reply within four weeks on the entire incident.
According to police reports, the bodies of the three sisters were found in a farm well on Saturday near Murmadi village of Bhandara district in Maharashtra. The police initially claimed it was a murder case. Following pressure from local villagers and after getting the post mortem report, they confirmed that the girls, aged 6, 9, and 11, were also sexually abused.
They had gone missing from the village on February 14. The NHRC, on its website, stated that the commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the three minors being raped and killed. The chief secretary’s office confirmed the development. However, despite repeated attempts, chief secretaryJayant Kumar Banthia was not available for comments.
Meanwhile, the situation on the ground remained tense as the police have not arrested any culprit in the case till date. “Police and local administration have failed to trace the culprits. Locals have lost their faith in the state machinery and have stopped sending their kids to the school. This is a serious crime. The Maharashtra government should hand over the investigations to the CBI,” Nana Patole (BJP), local MLA told TOI.
PM condemns sisters’ killing
New Delhi:PM Manmohan Singh “expressed serious condemnation” of the rape and murder of three minor girls in Maharashtra. At aCabinet meeting on Thursday, he also announced Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the family. TNN


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