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Uber cab rape case: Delhi court grants life sentence to driver Shiv Kumar Yadav

An Uber cab driver was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment till his natural death for raping a woman executive in his taxi 11 months ago by a Delhi court.

“Convict (Yadav) is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment till his remaining natural
life for the offence under section 376 (2)(m) (committing rape causes grievous bodily harm) of the IPC,” the judge said and
also imposed a fine of Rs 21,000 on him.

Shiv Kumar Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy: AFPShiv Kumar Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy: AFP

Shiv Kumar Yadav. File photo. Image courtesy: AFP

The court also directed the Delhi Legal Services Authority to give compensation to the victim and to take care of the family of the convict.

Moments after pronouncement of the judgment, Yadav, his wife, father and two minor daughters started crying inconsolably. His wailing wife also fainted in the courtroom.

The judgment handing out life imprisonment comes  two weeks after the court convicted him in the case. The court had found that there was sufficient evidence against Yadav and that all prosecution witnesses had supported the case against him. The court had convicted him under sections relating to rape, abduction, criminal intimidation and causing hurt.

In December last year, a 27-year-old woman was raped in an Uber taxi, which she had hired to return home from a dinner party in Gurgaon.

According to the police, the woman had dozed off on the back seat of the car, and she later woke up to find that the car had stopped at a secluded spot. When she tried to raise an alarm, the driver is said to have assaulted and raped her.

The driver Yadav was arrested on 7 December, 2014 from Mathura and is currently in judicial custody.

The Supreme Court had earlier set aside the Delhi High Court order allowing the accused to re-examine 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim.

After Yadav was arrested, it came to light that he had a history of alleged sexual assault and had five cases of sexual assault registered against him.

After the incident, the Delhi government had banned several app-based companies and had cancelled the licence application of Uber. However, the government act of cancelling the licence was set aside by the Delhi High Court.

Last month, the woman voluntarily ended her lawsuit against Uber in a US court, which she had filed in January, according to a Reuters report. This was after Uber argued that the driver had a contract with Uber BV, a Netherlands-based entity which had no US operations.

With inputs from PTI

Delhi: 15-year-old girl allegedly raped by minor, police arrest accused

New Delhi: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar area with the accused in the case suspected to be a minor, police said on Saturday.

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Representational image. Reuters

The accused, a resident of a slum cluster in Shashi Garden area, has been apprehended by police, said an official.

According to police, the incident was reported on Friday evening when the girl was returning from a visit to the grocer’s shop. On her way back, scared by a pack of stray dogs, she tried to hide behind some bushes near a temple when the accused pulled the girl inside his shanty, police said.

His dwelling was close to the spot where the girl was hiding, they added.

It was alleged that the accused was following the girl and took advantage of the situation to drag her inside his shanty and force himself upon her, said the official.

Her relatives approached police after she returned home and told her mother of her ordeal. She was subsequently taken for a medical examination, which confirmed rape, said the official.

A case was registered under relevant sections of IPC and the POCSO Act and the accused was apprehended from his house immediately. Police said it was found that the accused is addicted to drugs and often created ruckus in his slum cluster.

PTI

Mentally challenged teenage girl allegedly raped by 50-year-old man in Thane

Thane: A mentally challenged teenaged girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by a 50-year-old man at a village in the district, police said on Sunday.

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The accused Yeshwant Rayat used to stalk the girl, who lived in his neighbourhood in Kamdipada village of Sahapur taluka, when she would go out for grazing the cattle, Assistant Police Inspector ND Gaikwad said.

He had been following the girl for last three months and allegedly raped her several times her by dragging her to a secluded place in a forest where she used to take cattle for grazing, he said.

Fed up with the frequent sexual harassment, the girl informed her mother about it on Saturday following which the duo registered a complaint with Sahapur police station.

Offences have been registered under section 376 (rape) of IPC and sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Gaikwad said, adding that efforts were on to nab the accused.

PTI

UP: Two arrested, one surrenders in connection with murder of rape victims

Mau: Two persons have been arrested while one surrendered on Monday in the court in connection with murder of two rape victims in Mau and Sitapur district of the state, police said.

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Representational image. Reuters

In Mau, FIR has been registered against seven persons including BK Singh, his son Jaywardhan Singh, Ranjit Singh, Mathura Rajbhar, Nagina Singh and Akash Singh and one unnamed, police said.

Nagina Singh on Monday surrendered in the court and was sent to jail on 14 days judicial custody,

IG zone, Varanasi Amrendra Sengar said that all the accused will be arrested soon.

An 18-year-old rape victim was shot dead by motorcycle-borne youth on Sunday at Baijapur village in Mau district, two days before she was to appear in a court as witness in her case.

The girl, accompanied by her brother, was going to visit a doctor. She died on the spot, they said.

The girl was raped on 6 June, 2011, allegedly by BK Singh, manager of a college, the police said. The case was being heard in the local court. The victim’s family members alleged that she was killed on the directions of the rape accused, they said.

In Sitapur district, main accused Pradeep and Bhagwati were arrested in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old woman in Mahmudpur village.

“Pradeep and Bhagwati have been arrested. While one accused is it at large,” Station Officer, Maholi, Rang Bahadur said.

The woman was shot dead allegedly by the man against whom she had lodged a complaint of rape last year.

The accused Pradeep had come out of jail about two months back and was pressuring the woman to withdraw her complaint, the police said.

Sunday’s twin attacks were condemned by Opposition Congress which slammed the SP government for the “increasing lawlessness” in the state.

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Gurgaon rape case: Residents of Saudi diplomat’s apartment beat up police officers, alleges report

The Gurgaon police on Monday submitted a report on the alleged rape and torture of two Nepalese women by a Saudi diplomat to the Haryana DGP.

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Representational image. Reuters

According to Times Now, the police have claimed in the report that the residents of the apartment from where the two women were rescued abused and even beat up the police officers who had were present there.

The TV report also said that the report was a detailed description of how the crime against the two women took place and the sequence of events which took place during the night when the women were rescued. The Times Now reporter added that the details of the report “cannot be described on television”.

Gurgaon Police on Wednesday night had sent a “detailed” report to the External Affairs Ministry on the issue, according to PTI.

The report was e-mailed to the ministry, hours after a second medical medical examination of the two women, who were rescued from the diplomat’s apartment on Monday night, confirmed rape and sodomy, Rajesh Chechi, ACP (Crime) of Gurgaon Police, had said.

He had said that the “detailed report” contained “elaborate description” of the sequence of events, including the rescue of the two women and registration of an FIR in the case.

The two Nepali women had been rescued from an apartment flat on the fifth floor of Ambience Island Caitriona complex in Gurgaon. The victims were “rescued” after the intervention of the Nepalese embassy and with the help of an NGO Maiti India, police had said.

The Nepali women were lured on pretext of all comforts and high salary for a job in Saudi Arabia by a woman in Nepal six months ago, according to IANS.

“After keeping the duo for some time in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, both were brought to Gurgaon. The victims were raped and gang raped by the diplomat and his friends and guests,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajesh Kumar had told IANS.

On the other hand, the Saudi Embassy had issued a statement on Wednesday terming the allegations “false” and said it has protested the police “intrusion” into a diplomat’s house against “all diplomatic conventions”.

(With agency inputs)

UP shocker: 18-year-old rape victim shot dead two days before she had to testify in court

Mau: An 18-year-old rape victim was on Sunday shot dead allegedly by bike-borne youths in Baijapur village in Dakshintola area, two days before she had to appear in a court as witness in the case, police said.

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The incident occurred when the girl along with her brother was going to visit a doctor, and died of bullet injuries on the spot, they said.

The girl was allegedly raped on 6 June, 2011 by one BK Singh, Manager of a college, police said, adding the case was going on in the local court, where she had to appear as witness after two days.

The victim’s family members have alleged that she was killed upon the directions of the rape accused, they said.

Police is trying to workout the case and the guilty will not be spared, Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh said.

PTI

Uber rape case: SC to pronounce verdict on petition challenging witnesses’ recall on Thursday

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce verdict on Thursday on a petition by Delhi Uber cab rape victim challenging Delhi High court order permitting the recall and re-examination of 13 witnesses including herself.

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The verdict by a bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel would be pronounced by Justice Goel.

While reserving the verdict on 13 August, on the plea by the victim and Delhi Police challenging the recall and re-examination of witness, the court had said that the accused can’t be allowed to frustrate a trial on flimsy pleas.

It also said that the recall and re-examination of the witnesses could be permitted only when new material that emerges subsequently has the potential falsifying the prosecution case, as otherwise no trial would get completed if courts were to grant plea by the accused for re-examination of witnesses.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who had appeared for Delhi Police, told the court that it was the victim who had suffered four times first when incident took place, second time when her statement was recordedAunder section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure before the magistrate, third time when she was examined before the trial court in the course of the trial and fourth time when she was re-examined following the high court’s 4 March order.

His argument came while assailing the high court reasoning that it was the accused who would suffer delay in trial, and holding it should have rejected the plea by accused Shiv Kumar Yadav with costs.

The apex court had March 10 stayed the high court order permitting the recall and re-examination of witnesses including the victim.

IANS

Delhi rape survivor ends lawsuit against Uber in United States court

New York: In a surprise development, a young Indian woman allegedly raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi last year “voluntarily” dismissed the lawsuit she had filed in a US court against the web-based taxi company.

In a very brief notice filed yesterday in US District Court, Northern District of California, the woman’s lawyers submitted that “Plaintiff Jane Doe hereby voluntarily dismisses the above-captioned action against Defendant Uber Technologies with prejudice. Each side shall bear its own costs, expense expenses, and attorneys’ fees.”

Since the Indian woman was not named in the lawsuit, she was identified as ‘Jane Doe’.

Image courtesy: ReutersImage courtesy: Reuters

Image courtesy: Reuters

There was no further mention in the court papers about why the case was dismissed and under what terms. The woman’s attorney Douglas Wigdor could not immediately be reached for a comment.

The woman had filed the lawsuit against Uber in January this year alleging that Uber does not adequately screen its drivers and its “negligence and fraud” lead to her being sexually assaulted and humiliated. She had sought an unspecified amount of damages and compensation for the “physical and monetary” harm and the damage to her “professional and personal reputations” the assault had caused.

Following the filing of the lawsuit, Wigdor had said that Uber’s focus on its “bottom line over the safety of its passengers has resulted in what can only be described as modern day electronic hitchhiking”.

“…We intend to hold Uber responsible for the significant physical and emotional harm it has caused to our client, while simultaneously seeking a court order mandating that Uber initiate certain safety precautions that they appear unwilling to do voluntarily,” he had said.

The lawsuit had said that had Uber done a basic background check on its driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, it would have found that Yadav had provided fraudulent documents and had a “known propensity” for “violent and deviant conduct, including numerous arrests for rape and assault. The lawsuit had described in detail the night of December 5 when the woman was allegedly “raped and sodomised” by Yadav.

It said Yadav repeatedly threatened to kill her and warned that if she yelled or tried to escape, “he would insert a metal rod inside her,” alluding to the horrific December 2012 gang rape of a student.

PTI

2012 Delhi gangrape convict claims he was brutally assaulted in prison

New Delhi: One of the four death row convicts in the 16 December gangrape and murder case on Thursday claimed in court that he was brutally assaulted by the inmates in Tihar Jail in New Delhi due to which he has sustained fractures.

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Vinay Sharma, who is also facing trial in a separate robbery case along with the other three, moved an application before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh saying he was assaulted by the inmates on 15 and 16 August respectively.

The plea, filed through advocate AP Singh, said that Vinay was attacked inside the jail due to which his left hand and left leg got fractured.

“Vinay Sharma was beaten up very badly on August 15 and 16 by other inmates of the jail…,” the plea said adding that five to six jail inmates, who had allegedly assaulted him, had also threatened to kill him in the prison.

The counsel said the court has called for a report from the jail authority on 25 August on Vinay’s plea.

The court is currently hearing the final arguments in the robbery case.

A special fast track court had earlier awarded death penalty to four convicts – Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh – in the gangrape and murder case which was later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.

In the robbery case, Delhi police has alleged that before gangraping the 23-year-old girl in the moving bus in New Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012, the accused had lured a carpenter, Ram Adhar, into the vehicle and robbed him.

The gangrape victim had died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December, 2012.

The accused facing trial in the robbery case had earlier claimed that they had not robbed or assaulted the complainant.

Ram Adhar had identified in the court the four accused as those who had robbed and assaulted him on 16 December, 2012 night.

The court had put them on trial in the robbery case for the offences under various sections of IPC, including sections 395 (dacoity) and 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person).

PTI

Home Ministry to make public names of charge sheeted sex offenders

New Delhi: Parents, employers and concerned people will soon get on a website information about sex offenders and others charge sheeted for crimes against women anywhere in the country as the Home Ministry is planning to make public online names of all such persons.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Steps are afoot to extend the Crimes and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project by publication of a list of charge sheeted offenders in cases pertaining to crime against women, Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote in a special feature issued on the eve of Independence Day.

List of wanted and most wanted criminals, publication of a list of proclaimed offenders, information on human trafficking and missing persons, accessing legal services will also be part of the online initiative under the CCTNS, he said in the feature title ‘Steps taken to make the country safe and secure’.

The United States has a similar website called National Sex Offender Public Website. Concerned residents can utilise the website’s search tool to identify location information on sex offenders residing and working not only in their own neighbourhoods but in other nearby states and communities.

In addition, the US government website provides visitors with information about sexual abuse and how to protect themselves and loved ones from potential victimisation.

The Home Ministry’s Central Citizen Portal and a central database will provide useful services to the citizens speedily.

The intended services include reporting a crime, passport verification, other kind of police verification and accessing victim compensation fund.

“Women’s Safety has been my prime concern. On the 1st of January this year Delhi Police launched an application called ‘Himmat’ which receives distress signals from registered women users of mobile phones and facilitates physical presence of police in 5-7 minutes,” Singh said.

The Home Ministry has initiated steps to set up a Nationwide Emergency Response System to respond to the needs of women in distress across the country.

Department of Telecommunications has already allocated Emergency Number ‘112’ for this system.

Victims in need or their relatives may contact the ‘112’ system using any mode of communication like landline telephone, mobile phone, SMS, e-mail, chat services, voice over internet and mobile apps etc.

‘112 System’ is being designed to handle 10 lakh calls per day which will require approximately 3,500 personnel to handle these calls in all the states/UTs once fully implemented.

“This project would cost Rs 321 crore which includes the cost of technical infrastructure and also the operation and maintenance cost for five years,” he said.

PTI

15-year-old girl allegedly gang-raped by six persons in Mumbai, police arrest all accused

Mumbai: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by six persons at a shop in suburban Chembur in the wee hours of Wednesday and all the accused were arrested, police said.

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According to police, the incident took place around 2.30 am inside a lottery shop named ‘Harsha Enterprises’ located in Pestom Sagar Colony in Chembur.

The lottery shop, which was opened on Monday, is owned by underworld gangster Chhota Rajan’s associate Vimal Rattesar, they said, adding that one Rajesh Rajusth is the caretaker of the shop.

The alleged crime came to light after a rickshaw driver, who dropped a customer at a building located opposite the lottery shop early Wednesday morning, informed the police.

“When the driver heard a woman’s cries coming from inside the shop, he alerted the police and told them that something fishy was going on inside,” Senior Inspector of Tilak Nagar police station Bhagwat Sonavane said.

A police van, which was on the night patrol in the area, rushed to the shop and caught all the six accused from the spot, he said.

During the course of investigation, police found that Rajusth had thrown a party late last night for his bodyguards and other people working for him to celebrate the launch of the lottery shop.

The arrested accused had also brought liquor and made the minor victim consume alcohol and asked her to dance on some film numbers before sexually assaulting her, police said.

“Police are trying to find out whether the girl had gone to the shop with one of the arrested accused, whom she knew,
or whether she was forcefully brought there with the intention to gang rape,” Sonavane added.

Rajusth, along with his bodyguard Vinod was also present inside the shop till 1.30 am and police suspect their involvement in the crime. “Police are on the lookout for Rajusth and his bodyguard Vinod,” Sonavane said.

The victim has been admitted to Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar East and the accused were arrested under relevant sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.

All the accused are residents of Lal Dongar area in Chembur Naka.

Further investigation in the case on, police said.

PTI

Long overdue? Pachauri told to step down as TERI chief, Ajay Mathur to take over

Bengaluru: Renowned climate scientist RK Pachauri, who is battling charges of sexual harassment by a junior colleague, was on Thursday sacked as chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) by its top decision making body.

RK Pachauri was sacked as TERI chief. Agencies

RK Pachauri was sacked as TERI chief. Agencies

The decision to show the door to Pachauri as Director General of the non-profit think-tank, TERI, was taken by its Governing Council that has some of the influential names of corporate India, at a meeting held in Bengaluru.

The Council chose Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Director General Dr Ajay Mathur as successor to 74-year old Pachauri, who was allowed by a Delhi court recently to enter his office premises while keeping the head office and a branch in Gurgaon off limits for him.

“The Governing Council (GC) of TERI at its meeting held in Bangalore on Thursday took a decision to appoint Dr Ajay Mathur, currently Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India, as the Director General (DG) of TERI,” the environment body said in a statement.

Pachauri has been booked on charges of molestation, stalking, sexual harassment (Sections 354, 354A, 354D of IPC) and criminal intimidation (Section 506 of IPC) on a complaint by a 29-year-old woman in February 13.

Pachauri quit as the chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this year after the woman in her complaint, alleged that he sent her inappropriate emails, text and WhatsApp messages, charges that were denied by him.

“…Pachauri will not continue… The long term interest of TERI is paramount,” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chief of biotech giant Biocon, who is on the Governing Council, told PTI after the meeting.

The Council also includes non-executive chairman of the board of HDFC Deepak Parekh, banker Naina Lal Kidwai, veteran investment banker Hemendra Kothari and Earth Sciences and Secretary Shailesh Naik.

Mathur will take up his new responsibilities as soon as he is in a position to do so, subsequent to being relieved from his current responsibilities by the Government of India after a brief period of transition, the TERI statement said.

“Pachauri has led and built TERI over the last 34 years from a concept to a major, financially autonomous, professionally dynamic organisation on the global stage,” it said.

It said the decision to appoint Mathur was the culmination of an extensive search process and an intensive evaluation of candidates from across the globe.

“All efforts will be made to aid and assist Dr Ajay Mathur in a smooth and expeditious transition, as the latter assumes responsibility as TERI’s new chief executive,” it said.

The statement said the Council is certain that the 1,200 persons working for TERI in different parts of the world would “welcome this development, and extend all their support towards a smooth transition…”

The Delhi court’s decision last week allowing Pachauri access to all TERI offices in the country except the ones in Delhi and Gurgaon had come after the police sought cancellation of his anticipatory bail, saying he was influencing witnesses and misusing the liberty of bail.

Pachauri had told the court that there was “nothing on record to suggest that he has ever influenced witnesses or any other persons related to the present case or interfered in the investigation.”

The complainant, a research analyst, had alleged in her application that “free and fair investigation” cannot be carried out if Pachauri was “allowed to roam around freely”.

PTI

Govt’s new sexual harassment guidelines allow 3 months paid leave for victim, transfer of accused

New Delhi: A complainant in sexual harassment case will be allowed three months paid leave and he or she or the charged government employee can be transferred to another department during the inquiry, according to a fresh set of strict instructions by the Centre in such cases.

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The disciplinary authority has been directed not to dispense with the inquiry in complaints of sexual harassment lightly, arbitrarily or with ulterior motive or merely because the case against the government servant is weak.

The committees for checking sexual harassment at work place will have the powers to recommend transfer of the aggrieved woman or the charged officer to any other workplace, and to grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months. “The leave will not be deducted from her leave account,” it said.

Complaints committees have been set up in all ministries and organisations under them in pursuance to the judgement of the Supreme Court in the Vishakha case. These committees are to be headed by a woman and at least half of its members should be women.

“In case a woman officer of sufficiently senior level is not available in a particular office, an officer from another office may be so appointed. To prevent the possibility of any undue pressure or influence from senior levels, such complaints committees should involve a third party, either an NGO or some other body which is familiar with the issue of sexual harassment,” the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in its instructions.

The aggrieved woman or complainant is required to make a complaint within three months of the incident and in case there has been a series of incidents, three months of the last incident, it said.

The complaints committee may, however, extend the time limit for reasons to be recorded in writing, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the complainant from filing a complaint within the stipulated period, the DoPT guidelines said.

Sexual harassment includes physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing any pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal, non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

Besides, implied or explicit promise of preferential or detrimental treatment in employment; implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; interference with her work, creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment for her; and humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety may also amount to sexual harassment, it said.

The committee may make recommendations including deduction from the salary or wages of the charged officer such sum as it may consider appropriate to be paid to the aggrieved woman or to her legal heirs.

“Committee may recommend action to be taken against complainant, if the allegation is malicious, or the complainant knows it to be false, or has produced any forged or misleading document. The Committee may also recommend action against any witness if such witness has given false evidence or produced any forged or misleading document,” the DoPT instructions read.

The DoPT has cited special provisions to deal with threats or intimidation saying the action can be taken where the government servant, through or together with his associates terrorises, threatens or intimidates witnesses who are likely to give evidence against him with fear of reprisal in order to prevent them from doing so.

Action can also be taken if government servant himself or with others threatens, intimidates and terrorises the disciplinary authority, members of the committee, case presenting officer or members of their family, it said.

The complaints committees may act on complaints of sexual harassment when they receive them directly or through administrative authorities etc, or when they take cognisance of the same suo-motu.

PTI

Stabbed 35 times, teen girl brutally killed in Delhi for resisting molestation

A 19-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed to death by two youth in New Delhi in the Anand Parbat area, police said on Friday.

The Class 11 student, was allegedly stabbed by Jaiprakash and his brother on Thursday, when she went to a market, a police officer told IANS.

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The girl was allegedly stabbed 35 times by the attackers, according to IBNLive. “That girl ran from them and landed in my gallery. They entered and stabbed her here too. She was unconscious by then. They used to irritate her a lot,” IBNLive quoted a witness as saying.

“The neighbours there did not help her. She could’ve been saved if they helped her. She entered a neighbour’s house as she was getting beaten. The neighbours whose house she entered, threw her out of their house, saying that they did not want to get involved in the matter. That is why they (the accused) got to assault her and they ran away after that,” the report quoted the victim’s sister as saying.

The girl’s mother was also injured while trying to save her, the police said. Both were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where the girl died from her injuries.

Police said that both the attackers have been arrested, charged with murder. Investigation is now underway.

The report added that the victim was being eve-teased by the attackers. In 2013, the girl had filed a molestation complaint against the attackers.

NDTV reported that the teenage girl’s family alleged that she was killed by Jaiprakash, his brother and their mother because she had registered the complaint against the brothers.

(With inputs from IANS)

Stabbed 35 times, teenage girl brutally killed in Delhi for resisting molestation

A 19-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed to death by two youth in New Delhi in the Anand Parbat area, police said on Friday.

The Class 11 student, was allegedly stabbed by Jaiprakash and his brother on Thursday, when she went to a market, a police officer told IANS.

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Representational image. AFP

The girl was allegedly stabbed 35 times by the attackers, according to IBNLive. “That girl ran from them and landed in my gallery. They entered and stabbed her here too. She was unconscious by then. They used to irritate her a lot,” IBNLive quoted a witness as saying.

“The neighbours there did not help her. She could’ve been saved if they helped her. She entered a neighbour’s house as she was getting beaten. The neighbours whose house she entered, threw her out of their house, saying that they did not want to get involved in the matter. That is why they (the accused) got to assault her and they ran away after that,” the report quoted the victim’s sister as saying.

The girl’s mother was also injured while trying to save her, the police said. Both were taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where the girl died from her injuries.

Police said that both the attackers have been arrested, charged with murder. Investigation is now underway.

The report added that the victim was being eve-teased by the attackers. In 2013, the girl had filed a molestation complaint against the attackers.

NDTV reported that the teenage girl’s family alleged that she was killed by Jaiprakash, his brother and their mother because she had registered the complaint against the brothers.

(With inputs from IANS)

Main accused in the Bengal nun gangrape case arrested

Kolkata: A 28-year-old Bangladeshi, one of the main accused in the sexual assault of a septuagenarian nun at a Ranaghat convent school, has been arrested from Sealdah railway station in Kolkata.

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Representational image. PTI

Nazrul aka Nazu was arrested from Sealdah station while he was getting down from a local train late last evening, SS CID Chittaranjan Nag said on Thursday.

“Our sources informed us that Nazrul was trying to reach Kolkata. Working on the tip-off, our officers were waiting for him at Sealdah station and caught him when he was getting down from Bongaon local (suburban train),” Nag said.

Asked where he was hiding since the crime took place in March, Nag said, “He was hiding somewhere in the border areas of Bangladesh. Probably after he was chased by the police there, he sneaked past the border to get into India. He was trying to flee somewhere.”

Nazrul would be produced at the Ranaghat court.

So far, six people have been arrested for their involvement in the case, the police said.

PTI

Moga molestation case: Haryana and Punjab HC takes suo motu cognisance

Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh has taken suo motu cognisance of a letter written to it regarding the Moga bus molestation case in which a teenaged girl died after being allegedly thrown off a bus.

Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu congnisance in the Moga molestation case. PTI

Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu congnisance in the Moga molestation case. PTI

Taking note of the letter sent to it, the high court directed that it be placed before a bench.

As per the high court cause list, the letter will come up for hearing before the division bench of Justices Satish Kumar Mittal and Harinder Singh Sidhu as against the state of Punjab and other respondents.

The victim, who was cremated today, was pushed off a moving bus on Thursday along with her mother after they resisted molestation attempts. The bus belongs to Orbit Aviation, the company owned by relatives of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

PTI

Punjab horror: 13-yr-old girl dies after jumping off bus with her mother to avoid molestation

In an incident which brings back horrific memories of the Delhi gangrape in a moving bus, a 13-year-old girl died and her mother was seriously injured in Moga, Punjab, when they were allegedly forced to jump off a moving bus to avoid being molested by a group of men, according to reports.

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The police have arrested two people in connection with the case and have registered an FIR, according to TV reports. The bus was impounded.

The incident took place on Wednesday evening. The 35-year-old woman said the harassment began from the moment she, along with her daughter and 14-year-old son, got on the bus, according to NDTV. “The conductor refused to give my daughter a ticket,” the NDTV report quoted the woman as saying.

When the bus reached a toll plaza around 10 km from Moga, the assistant bus conductor allegedly began sexually assaulting the woman, according to The Times of India. When the woman complained to the conductor, instead of helping her, the conductor sided with the assistant. Eyewitness account of passengers on the bus indicated that the mother and daughter were subjected to molestation and lewd remarks by some youth and the bus staff after they boarded it.

Even the bus driver did not stop when the woman asked him to stop the bus. In fact, when the woman and daughter tried getting off the bus, the driver increased the speed of the bus.

“They kept abusing us. No one helped. They first pushed my daughter off the bus, then me,” NDTV quoted the mother as saying. However, the TOI report said that the woman and her daughter jumped off the moving bus to avoid being sexually assaulted.

“No one in the bus came to the rescue of the victims. There were not many passengers in the bus when the incident happened,” an eyewitness told police.

The girl was declared brought dead by doctors at a hospital. The mother was admitted to a government hospital in Moga.

(With inputs from IANS)

Youth misbehaves with AAP MLA Alka Lamba, claims to be ‘mentally unstable’

New Delhi: A youth, who claimed to be mentally unstable, was slapped by AAP MLA Alka Lamba when he allegedly tried to misbehave with her while she was inspecting heritage mansion of renowned poet Mirza Ghalib in New Delhi on Thursday.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba. PTI

AAP MLA Alka Lamba. PTI

The youth, in his early 20s, was handed over to Kotwali Police by AAP volunteers.

“He winked at me. He was looking at me in an inappropriate way. He also approached me near town hall, after which I slapped him. Following this, he started running. AAP volunteers who were there with me, chased him and handed him over to Kotwali Police.

“He claimed he was mentally unstable but even by evening his family could not produce any satisfactory evidence that he was undergoing medical treatment,” Lamba, who is Delhi Government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, said adding that she had asked the police to take necessary action.

The MLA shared detail of the incident on Twitter and also posted the photographs of the youth.

“Is manchale ko bhi nahi pata chala ki main kaun hoon, pehale muskuraya, phir aankh maari, phir kandha, phir mera kas kar chata, ab jail..” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, police said the accused was identified as Rajesh, a resident of Baljeet Nagar area.

“A written complaint has been made to us in this regard and we are looking into the matter,” a police officer said.

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Rapes rising because women aping western culture: Goa minister defends wife’s remarks

Panaji: Coming out in support of his wife who stoked a controversy by stating that rapes are on the rise as women are aping western culture, Goa Factories Minister Deepak Dhavalikar on Tuesday said the “way people dress today, fuels incidents of rape”.

“When girls used to follow Hindu culture, there were no instances of rape. Now, people have changed the way they behave and dress and you have seen how the number of rapes are on the rise,” Dhavalikar, told PTI on Tuesday when asked for a reaction over his wife Lata’s remarks.

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Lata, a functionary of controversial right wing organisation Sanatan Sauns was addressing a convention in Margao on Sunday where she appealed to the parents not to enrol their children in missionary schools.

She had also said rapes are on rise as women are aping Western culture.

The minister said what his wife said was true, adding, “Are convent schools teaching about our culture? You meet the students from convent and judge yourself. They have no knowledge about our culture,” he said.

Dhavalikar further said the platform where Lata was speaking, is to preach Hindu religious values and there is nothing wrong in speaking from the heart.

“Hindu religious institutions feel that Indian culture and dharma should be spread because Western culture has invaded our Indian culture. I also agree with what they say,” he added.

Dhavalikar’s elder brother Sudin Dhavalikar, who is also a senior minister in the state cabinet, had last year created a row over his demand to ban on bikinis on Goa beaches that attract lakhs for tourists, including foreigners.

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NHRC seeks report from the West Bengal govt over the nun gangrape

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to West Bengal government seeking a report in connection of the alleged gangrape of a nun in the state.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

According to an official statement released today, NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, West Bengal calling for reports in the matter within two weeks.

The notice was issued after the commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that a 71-year-old nun was raped by a gang of seven dacoits inside a Convent in Gangnapur village of Nadia district in West Bengal on March 14.

Reportedly, the victim along with another nun tried to thwart the robbery attempt on the premises of the Convent. However, the dacoits tied up the other nun and raped the victim in front of her. They also decamped with Rs 12 lakh with 10 to 12 lakh rupees in cash.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to serious violation of human rights of victim.

A CID probe was ordered into the incident.

The District SP had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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West Bengal Human Rights Commission seeks report on nun gangrape from CID

Kolkata: Taking cognizance of the gangrape of a septuagenarian nun in Nadia district, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), an official said on Tuesday.

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Representational image. PTI

In an incident that has caused revulsion in the state and beyond, the nun was brutalised by a gang of bandits inside the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat, some 80 km from Kolkata on Saturday.

“The commission has taken cognizance and directed the Additional Director General (Criminal Investigation Department) Rajeev Kumar and Nadia Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh to submit a report at the earliest,” a commission official told IANS.

“After studying the report, the commission will make its recommendations,” added the official.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, has expressed concern over the Ranaghat gang rape as well as the vandalisation of a church in Haryana, and sought a report on these incidents.

“PMO has asked for immediate report on facts and action taken regarding the incidents in Haryana and West Bengal,” the PMO tweeted on Tuesday.

While the police have detained 10 people, their failure to arrests the culprits yet has created a furore among Ranaghat locals, who on Monday blocked the convoy of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She had gone there to meet the survivor, now admitted to a hospital.

The demonstrators demanded a CBI probe into the matter, drawing angry reactions from Banerjee. She blamed the opposition, including the BJP, for politicising the incident.

IANS

Nun gangrape: No arrest made even after 3 days since incident, police detain more people

Ranaghat: No arrest has been made even after three days of the gangrape of a septuagenarian nun at a convent in Ranaghat but some more people were detained in connection with the incident on Monday night.

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Representational image. PTI

The health of 71-year-old Sister Superior of Convent of Jesus and Mary, who is under treatment at Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital, is improving, doctors said.

Nadia district superintendent of police Arnab Ghosh said the detentions were in addition to the ten detained till Monday but refused to give details.

A police team, he said, has been sent outside the state in connection with the incident.

CCTV footage had shown four persons who were allegedly involved in the crime. The SP had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused.

Ranaghat hospital superintendent AK Mondol said she is taking normal food, both solid and liquid. A medical board has been formed for her treatment and she is being provided counselling.

Her spiritual counselling by a Christian missionary from Rome is also on, Mondol said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited the 71-year-old nun at the hospital on Monday and said she believed that the culprits should be hanged.

Meanwhile, traders observed a bandh in the area near the convent in protest against the incident and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Vice-chairperson of West Bengal Minorities Commission, Maria Fernandes who visited the nun at the hospital, said that many incidents of attack on women had taken place across the country in the past eight months.

“We have to fight unitedly against the attacks on women,” she said.

The incident, Fernandes said, was not a case of mere robbery only but of rape and vandalism also.

The chapel of the convent was vandalised, she said.

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Our heads hang in shame, says PM Modi on International Women’s Day

New Delhi: On International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced crimes against women, saying, “our heads hang in shame” and announced that the government is setting up ‘One-Stop-Centres’ besides a helpline for those facing violence, abuse or harassment.

PM Narendra Modi condemned crimes against women on Women's Day. PTI

PM Narendra Modi condemned crimes against women on Women’s Day. PTI

“I salute the indomitable courage and stellar achievements of women. Today, we renew our pledge to make women an equal and integral part of our development journey,” he said in a statement.

“Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women. We must walk shoulder-to-shoulder to end all forms of discrimination or injustice against women,” he said.

Modi said the government is setting up ‘One-Stop-Centres’ that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counselling to women who face violence or abuse.

The government is also commencing a mobile helpline to enable women to dial 181 for access to counselling and referral services.

He said his government has initiated several measures aimed at bringing about a positive change in the lives of women.

“That is central to our vision of India’s progress and a life of dignity and opportunity for all our citizens,” Modi said, and appealed to all for support in “transforming our vision into reality”.

Referring to the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Yojana, he said it seeks to usher in a paradigm shift in attitudes towards the girl child and places emphasis on educating the girl child.

The Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana will provide support for marriage and education of young women. Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank will help thousands of women achieve financial independence.

The Union Budget which has been presented recently, unveils broad based social security schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana.

“These will benefit women in a big way,” he added.

PTI

Nagaland lynching: College and school girls shielded lynch mob

Three senior officials of Dimapur, including the SP and the Central jail chief, were suspended on Friday, a day after a rape suspect was dragged out of the prison and lynched by a mob in this Nagaland town where the situation was stated to be tense but under control. One person, who was among the five injured in police firing on the mob, succumbed on Saturday, police told PTI.

Dimapur authorities on Friday told AFP they had imposed a round-the-clock curfew, a day after a rape accused was pulled out of jail and lynched by a mob.

The mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. APThe mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. AP

The mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. AP

Neighbouring Assam was put on high alert by the Centre following the incident in Dimapur as the rape accused Farid Khan is believed to be from that state. Khan had allegedly raped a Naga woman several times before he was arrested on February 25.

According to a report in The India Express, the police said they could not use force to save the rapist as the lynch mob was led by college and school-going girls. “How could I use maximum force when there were hundreds of girls in school and college uniforms in the front of a massive mob? It was difficult. There would have been several casualties,” Dimapur SP Meren Jamir told The Indian Express.

Infuriated by the alleged rape, the mob had forced its way into the Central jail on Thursday, pulled Khan out before lynching him. Karai Chawang, Press Officer to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeilang, told PTI on phone from Kohima that a meeting of the state cabinet decided to suspend the district collector, SP and SP, Central Jail, for “their failure to control the situation.”

The meeting also decided to arrest all those involved in pulling the rape suspect out of the prison on Thursday, parading him naked and lynching him, he said. Chawang identified the deceased rape suspect as Farid Khan.

One person was injured in police firing on the mob and he later succumbed to his injuries, Meren Jamir, Superintendent of Police of Dimapur, said earlier, adding in all four to five people had sustained injuries in the action. He said curfew remained in force in Dimapur where the situation was “under control.”

Jamir said police could not prevent the mob attack on the jail as the securitymen were vastly outnumbered and there were several school children in the mob.

Asked to comment on reports that the rape accused was a Bangladeshi immigrant, Jamir said “I cannot tell you anything on that now and it is a matter of investigation.”

Posse of riot police personnel patrolled the streets of Dimapur. Zeliang said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the mob attack to ascertain if there had been any lapse in security.

Chawang said the cabinet meeting decided to take steps to protect the minority community members amid reports that business establishments owned by them had come under attack in the wake of the rape incident. He also said that Khan’s family would be given ex-gratia.

The Centre meanwhile sought a report from Nagaland government on the lynching of the rape accused by a mob and put neighbouring Assam on high alert in the wake of the incident.

“We have sought a report from Nagaland government about the incident and how a mob entered a jail and pull out an inmate,” a Home Ministry official said in New Delhi. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he has already discussed with senior officials about the incident and asked them to take necessary action.

The central government has also alerted neighbouring Assam and asked it to step up vigil so that no untoward incident takes place along its border with Nagaland, officials said.

Zeliang assured Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that necessary action would be taken against those who had broken into Dimapur jail and lynched the rape accused. In a telephonic conversation, the Nagaland Chief Minister Zeliang told Gogoi that a probe into the incident has already been initiated and anyone found guilty would be punished, according to an Assam government release. Zeliang also said if there were lapses on part of the officials, then necessary steps would be taken against them too.

With inputs from PTI

Nagaland lynching: Curfew in Dimapur while Assam put on high alert

Three senior officials of Dimapur, including the SP and the Central jail chief, were suspended on Friday, a day after a rape suspect was dragged out of the prison and lynched by a mob in this Nagaland town where the situation was stated to be tense but under control. One person, who was among the five injured in police firing on the mob, succumbed on Saturday, police told PTI.

Dimapur authorities on Friday told AFP they had imposed a round-the-clock curfew, a day after a rape accused was pulled out of jail and lynched by a mob.

The mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. APThe mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. AP

The mob in Dimapur holds a rope to pull the man accused of rape after he was lynched to hang him. AP

Neighbouring Assam was put on high alert by the Centre following the incident in Dimapur as the rape accused Farid Khan is believed to be from that state. Khan had allegedly raped a Naga woman several times before he was arrested on February 25.

According to a report in The India Express, the police said they could not use force to save the rapist as the lynch mob was led by college and school-going girls. “How could I use maximum force when there were hundreds of girls in school and college uniforms in the front of a massive mob? It was difficult. There would have been several casualties,” Dimapur SP Meren Jamir told The Indian Express.

Infuriated by the alleged rape, the mob had forced its way into the Central jail on Thursday, pulled Khan out before lynching him. Karai Chawang, Press Officer to Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeilang, told PTI on phone from Kohima that a meeting of the state cabinet decided to suspend the district collector, SP and SP, Central Jail, for “their failure to control the situation.”

The meeting also decided to arrest all those involved in pulling the rape suspect out of the prison on Thursday, parading him naked and lynching him, he said. Chawang identified the deceased rape suspect as Farid Khan.

One person was injured in police firing on the mob and he later succumbed to his injuries, Meren Jamir, Superintendent of Police of Dimapur, said earlier, adding in all four to five people had sustained injuries in the action. He said curfew remained in force in Dimapur where the situation was “under control.”

Jamir said police could not prevent the mob attack on the jail as the securitymen were vastly outnumbered and there were several school children in the mob.

Asked to comment on reports that the rape accused was a Bangladeshi immigrant, Jamir said “I cannot tell you anything on that now and it is a matter of investigation.”

Posse of riot police personnel patrolled the streets of Dimapur. Zeliang said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the mob attack to ascertain if there had been any lapse in security.

Chawang said the cabinet meeting decided to take steps to protect the minority community members amid reports that business establishments owned by them had come under attack in the wake of the rape incident. He also said that Khan’s family would be given ex-gratia.

The Centre meanwhile sought a report from Nagaland government on the lynching of the rape accused by a mob and put neighbouring Assam on high alert in the wake of the incident.

“We have sought a report from Nagaland government about the incident and how a mob entered a jail and pull out an inmate,” a Home Ministry official said in New Delhi. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he has already discussed with senior officials about the incident and asked them to take necessary action.

The central government has also alerted neighbouring Assam and asked it to step up vigil so that no untoward incident takes place along its border with Nagaland, officials said.

Zeliang assured Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that necessary action would be taken against those who had broken into Dimapur jail and lynched the rape accused. In a telephonic conversation, the Nagaland Chief Minister Zeliang told Gogoi that a probe into the incident has already been initiated and anyone found guilty would be punished, according to an Assam government release. Zeliang also said if there were lapses on part of the officials, then necessary steps would be taken against them too.

With inputs from PTI

Govt exploring ways to stop broadcast of Delhi gangrape documentary abroad: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Government on Wednesday said there is a “conspiracy to defame” India through the telecast of the documentary containing the interview of 16 December gangrape convict. He added that the government would find out how its screening can be stopped even abroad.

Venkaiah Naidu said the government was trying to stop the broadcast of the Delhi gangrape documentary abroad. PTI

Venkaiah Naidu said the government was trying to stop the broadcast of the Delhi gangrape documentary abroad. PTI

Participating in a debate on the issue in Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the telecast of the film can be banned in India but there is a conspiracy to defame India and the documentary can be telecast outside.

“We can ban the documentary in India but there is a conspiracy to defame India and the documentary can be telecast outside. We will also be examining what should be done”, Naidu said, adding, “The Home Minister has said he will talk to the I&B Minister and find out what is the way.”

Parliament witnessed outrage over the interview of Nirbhaya gangrape convict, prompting the government to promise an indepth inquiry and disallowing its telecast even abroad.

Members, cutting across party lines, questioned how permission was granted for interview of such a person and wanted a probe to find out who gave the go-ahead.

Women members in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were in the forefront of expressing their anger at the remarks made by the convict and said it reflected the “mindset” in the society.

Sharing anger of the members in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in both Houses of Parliament that he has already spoken to the Information and Broadcasting Minister and told him that necessary steps be taken so that the documentary was not broadcast even abroad.

PTI

India’s Charlie’s Angels: All-women police squad take on Delhi’s mean streets

New Delhi: As dawn breaks over the Indian capital, a group of police women are already hard at work practising their punches, on a mission to rid the city’s streets of sexual predators.

Dressed in white karate kimonos, the constables knee and kick their imaginary attackers with aggression, honing their skills in preparation for their debut assignment to protect women and the vulnerable.

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Some 2,069 rapes were registered with police in Delhi in 2014 against 1,571 the previous year, an increase of 31.6 percent.

Following a string of high-profile attacks that has seen New Delhi branded the rape capital of India, police chiefs decided to form an all-women squad specially trained in martial arts.

“We won’t tolerate any bad behaviour,” leader Bharti Wadhwa told AFP after an intense two-hour session with her 40-strong team, dubbed Charlie’s Angels by their trainers.

“It can start from a simple cat call which then leads to stalking and then rape. We will nip such antics in the bud,” said Wadhwa.

After months of such sessions, the women are almost ready. Wearing plain clothes instead of uniforms to blend in, they are set to be deployed in coming months at busy bus and metro stations, outside colleges and other areas where women are thought vulnerable.

Trainer Vishal Jaiswal, a blackbelt in Japanese Shotokan-style karate, is all praise for his proteges.

“In fact, I feel a great sense of responsibility while training these cops. I feel like a warrior on a mission,” he said.

“And my mission is to make them like Charlie’s Angels, fearless and fearsome,” he said with a smile.

Delhi, a sprawling city of some 16 million, came under the spotlight just over two years ago when thousands took to the streets, enraged about violence suffered by women.

The tipping point was the horrific fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in the capital. The attack and the subsequent protests shook the country and led to a wave of policing and legal reforms.

Since then however, attacks on women in Delhi have showed few signs of slowing. Last month women’s safety again made headlines when an Uber taxi driver was charged with raping a woman passenger as she returned home from dinner in the city.

Some 2,069 rapes were registered with police in Delhi in 2014 against 1,571 the previous year, an increase of 31.6 percent. Experts say women are coming forward in increasing numbers, instead of suffering in silence, despite the stigma attached to sex crimes in deeply patriarchal India.

Police have adopted a range of controversial initiatives to try to throw off the “rape capital” tag, including holding self-defence classes for Delhi’s female residents.

The all-women karate unit has been championed by Delhi police chief Bhim Sain Bassi. Known as ‘Charlie Papa’ on police radio, he has stressed women’s safety as a priority since taking the top job in 2013.

“After some more training, the karate unit will be deployed in plain clothes near metro stations and outside schools and colleges, spots which are most vulnerable,” police deputy commissioner Varsha Sharma told AFP.

“Young girls and women must feel assured that these guardian angels are there to take care of them at all times.”

Women rights activists laud the initiative but are sceptical of what a unit numbering just 40 can really achieve in a city teeming with millions.

“They must extend this training to enrol more police women,” Mriganka Dadwal, executive director of non-profit group SLAP (Street-level Awareness Programme), told AFP.

“The message should go out loud and clear to sex offenders that they are constantly being watched wherever they may be.”

In test runs, the karate unit has fanned out across the city to patrol public buses and talk to passengers about their safety fears.

Women commuters hailed the constables as “much needed” when AFP tagged along on one of their recent runs.

“I use the bus to go to college and often men stare or give you dirty looks,” said Sakshi Sharma, 19, as she browsed through a pink police booklet offering tips on how to stay safe in the city.

“I used to feel helpless but I am glad to know that now women cops will be around to protect us from lecherous men. It’s a great start by the police.”

Sitting alongside her, Chhaya Aggarwal, a 25-year-old software professional, was more enthusiastic.

“Now our fathers and brothers need not worry about us when we are out, thanks to this women’s army out on the streets.”

AFP

Meerut: Woman held hostage by her rapist’s father, forced to withdraw case

Meerut: A 25-year-old Nepalese woman was held hostage along with her toddler son for three months allegedly by a man who pressurised her to withdraw rape case against his son, police said today.

The woman was raped by the accused identified as Naved in Nepal three months back when she was working in a hotel there, they said. Following the incident, Naved was arrested and is now lodged in a jail in Nepal, police said.

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In her complaint filed yesterday, the woman alleged that after the incident Naved’s father Nasim went to Nepal and abducted her son. The victim then came to Meerut to free her two-year-old son but was held hostage by Nasim in his house at Nauchandi district here.

Nasim kept pressurising the woman to withdraw the rape case against his son Naved, police said, adding, the victim was also beaten up by Nasim and his family members.

An FIR has been registered against Nasim and his family members under relevant sections of IPC and the matter is being investigated, police said.

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KV teacher in Lucknow rapes Class 12 student for two months, held for forcing abortion

Lucknow: A 12th grade student of a Lucknow-based Kendriya Vidyalaya was allegedly sexually exploited for two months by her school teacher, who also forced her to terminate a pregnancy, police said on Tuesday.

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According to the FIR filed by the girl’s family, 47-year- old R C Tiwari, a teacher at the central government-run school in Gomti Nagar area, had been sexually exploiting the girl since December last year on pretext of extra classes.

Tiwari and wife Anita along with two women doctors, Vijay Shree and Ashaqa Siddiqui, are also accused of forcing the minor to terminate her pregnancy at a private hospital on January 10, they said.
Upon her mother’s suspicion, the girl revealed the incident, police said.

The complaint was lodged on Sunday and the FIR was filed yesterday.

Tiwari was arrested on Monday on the charges of rape, criminal intimidation and under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences. His wife and the two doctors were also taken into police custody, they said.

Meanwhile, the school officials said they have recommended Tiwari’s dismissal.

PTI