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Nepali bar attendant raped in Gurgaon, police arrest autorickshaw driver

Gurgaon: A 28-year-old auto-rickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly raping a 30-year-old Nepali woman in Gurgaon who had been working as a bar attendant, the police said on Wednesday.

The woman lives in Delhi and works in a pub on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road. The accused, identified as Bablu alias Tuntun, a resident of Gurgaon, has denied the charge.

Haryana police. File photo. Image courtesy: ReutersHaryana police. File photo. Image courtesy: Reuters

Haryana police. File photo. Image courtesy: Reuters

Bablu hailed from Madhubani district in Bihar and had been driving an auto-rickshaw here for over two years, the police said.

The woman had hired Bablu’s auto-rickshaw to go home after finishing her work in the early hours of Tuesday.

The accused allegedly committed the crime after parking the vehicle in a secluded area near a Rapid Metro station.

Denying the charge, the accused stated that he was implicated after he refused the woman money she had demanded for alcohol and cigarettes.

“We have arrested the accused after medical examination of victim and her statement before the concerned magistrate. Our investigation is on,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Hawa Singh told IANS.

IANS

Three teachers arrested for rape of a 9-year-old schoolgirl in Bhayander

Thane: In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old school girl from Bhayander (Mumbai) was allegedly raped by three of her teachers repeatedly since 2014.

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PSI S B Kadam on Tuesday said that the accused trio – Sanjay Patil (47), Nilesh Bhoir (47), and Jitendra Jadhav (23) – were arrested for rape on Monday after the parents of the victim filed a police complaint.

According to the girl, the teachers took turns to sexually abuse her several times in empty classrooms.

Also, the minor was threatened as well as beaten to keep her mouth shut about the incident.

The criminal assault continued till last month after which the girl, fed up of the constant torture, opened up to her parents.

The trio have been charged under sections 376, 323, 504, and 506 rw 34 of the Ipc and also sections 3 and 4 of the Pocso Act 2012, police added.

PTI

Nirbhaya once again: Bengaluru nurse raped in moving bus, cops arrest driver

Bengaluru: A 19-year-old nurse was allegedly raped in a moving bus by its driver at Hoskote on the city’s eastern outskirts, police said on Friday.

“We have arrested accused Ravi, 26, with bus cleaner Manjunath, 23, on a complaint by the victim that she was raped by the driver when she was alone in the bus on Thursday night,” Bengaluru Rural Additional Superintendent of Police SR Ramesh told IANS in Bengaluru.

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Karnataka police. Representational image. Image courtesy: Getty images

The attack took place when the young woman boarded the bus at Sulibele to go to work at a nursing home in Hoskote, 30 km from the city centre.

“The accused asked the cleaner to drive the bus while he raped her and dumped her later on the roadside at Nagagondanahalli. When she narrated the incident to doctors at a private hospital, police were called to take her complaint,” Ramesh said.

After recording her version of the incident in Kannada, police swung into action and arrested the two people and seized the bus. The bus was registered in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

On 3 October, a 23-year-old woman was gang raped by a driver and a cleaner in a moving van in the city’s southeast suburb.

IANS

Castration for child rapists will lead to ‘magical’ results, says Madras HC

In a strongly-worded order, the Madras High Court has called for a consideration of the castration of people convicted for child sex abuse, according to reports. The court’s remarks came in response to a plea filed by a British national accused of pedophilia for quashing of the charges against him, as per a report in The Times of India.

The court said that the punishment of castration for child rapists would lead to ‘magical results’, according to the Times of India report. Justice N Kirubakaran, who passed the order, pointed out that the punishment is in force in several countries, including the US, as stated in the report.

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Madras HC. Image courtesy: ibnlive

The judge remarked that the court ‘cannot remain a silent spectator’ on the issue of rapes of children in the country, as per a report in The Hindu. The court also said that activists should exhibit sympathy for the victims of such crimes instead of having ‘misplaced sympathy’ for the perpetrators.

Even as the court made these remarks, it noted that the conviction rate in sexual offences against children is merely two percent, as per the report in The Times of India.

This is not the first time that a call for considering the option of castration has been made by a court. In 2011, a Delhi judge had suggested chemical castration as punishment for rape. The judge had suggested the measure as an alternative sentence to imprisonment, according to a report in The Times of India. The court had then said that there should be a ‘full public debate’ on the issue.

However, in 2013, the Justice Verma committee had rejected the demand for castration as a punishment for rape, as reported by IBNLive. The committee had noted that the punishment ‘fails to treat the social foundations of rape’, saying that the act is about ‘power and sexually deviant behaviour’. The report also said that it would be unconstitutional and inconsistent with human rights treaties to expose citizens to the potentially dangerous medical side effects of castration without their consent.

Hyderabad: Techie arrested for raping physiotherapist

The techie reportedly threatened to kill her four-year-old child.

A physiotherapist, 30, accused her neighbour of rape in Hyderabad. According to a leading daily, the police has now arrested the man. The neighbour, a techie who works in HITEC City, reportedly threatened to kill her four-year-old child if she didn’t consent to have sex with him. She has alleged that she also got an STD from him.A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the physiotherapist, who works in a private hospital, has alleged that her neighbour, Manoj, drugged her and then raped her in May. He apparently repeated the same tactic in August and raped her again. He then threatened to kill her daughter if she didn’t continue to have sex with him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajendranagar inspector V Umender has stated to the daily that the victim was sent for a medical examination and verifying her statement. They have registered a case of rape under Section 376. The police had launched a manhunt to search for Manoj.

Four-year-old girl raped in Delhi, four persons detained

New Delhi: Four persons were detained on Monday in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl at northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, said police.

The detained persons include the youth, who the girl’s father had named and claimed that he often used to offer toffee to the girl, one of his associates and two other youths from the same slum cluster, said a senior police officer.

Senior officers said that the accused would be arrested by midnight, without disclosing any further details. The victim’s father had told the police that he suspected the involvement of two men who had lured the girl with food.

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On Monday, the police claimed to have questioned over a hundred persons in connection with the case and zeroed in on a few, even as the girl’s family claimed that she had named a man “Rahul” who used to offer her toffees.

The victim’s father told the police that on the night of 9 October, two persons allegedly approached the girl and lured her with a packet of noodles and a Rs 10 note. One of them was seen picking up the girl and then handed her over to the other, before they vanished, said a police officer.

“Rahul was the one who handed over the girl to the other unidentified person. Once police catches Rahul, he will reveal name of the accused,” father of the victim said.

Later, the girl was found behind bushes near a railway track in the area, bleeding profusely. She was rushed to a hospital, where rape was confirmed.

She was later referred to Safdarjung Hospital. A senior doctor said, “The girl is stable and under observation. We are constantly monitoring her condition.”

“She was admitted in the High Dependency Unit of Safadarjung Hospital at 8 PM on 9 September. She had injury on her private parts and doctors operated on her,” he said.

The doctor said her private parts were seriously injured and a three-hour long colostomy was performed to provide for an alternate opening for passage of stool.

PTI

India asks Saudi Arabia to present diplomat accused of rape, torture before police

New Delhi/Gurgaon: India asked Saudi Arabia on Thursday to present its diplomat, accused of rape and torture of two Nepalese women, before investigators and cooperate with the probe in the case that has triggered outrage.

Saudi Arabian Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati was called to the External Affairs Ministry and told that the accused diplomat should give a statement to the Gurgaon police probing the case.

The two Nepali girls rescued from the Gurgaon residence of a Saudi diplomat on Wednesday. IBNLive

The two Nepali girls rescued from the Gurgaon residence of a Saudi diplomat on Wednesday. IBNLive

“MEA Chief of Protocol called in Saudi Ambassador today and conveyed request of Haryana Police for cooperation of Embassy in the case of two Nepali citizens,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said.

It is learnt that the diplomat along with his family has shifted to the Saudi Embassy while the two Nepalese women have left for Nepal earlier in the day.

The MEA called in the Saudi envoy, a day after it received a “detailed report” about the case from Gurgaon Police. The report was sent to MEA hours after a second medical examination of the two women confirmed rape and sodomy, said Rajesh Chechi, ACP (Crime) of Gurgaon Police.

Asked whether Saudi Arabia has invoked diplomatic immunity of the diplomat, accused of confining and raping the women at his house in Gurgaon, to enable him escape prosecution, sources said India has not been informed about any such move.

The two women were rescued from the diplomat’s house in Gurgaon on Monday by police.

Sources said Nepal government has requested India to take action against the Saudi diplomat and ensure justice to the victim women.

The option for Saudi Arabia include shifting the diplomat out of India, while New Delhi has the option of declaring him persona non grata if he does not cooperate with the investigation.

The Saudi Embassy had issued a statement yesterday terming the allegations as “false” and said it has protested police “intrusion” into a diplomat’s house against “all diplomatic conventions”.

The Saudi Ambassador along with some embassy officials had also met senior MEA officials on Wednesday to register their protest.

Meanwhile, a group of women rights activists held a protest outside Saudi Embassy demanding action against the diplomat. They demanded that no diplomatic immunity be extended to him.

PTI

Geopolitical complications, diplomatic immunity: Saudi diplomat accused of rape in Gurgaon may go scot-free

The Gurgaon Police on Wednesday filed a case against a Saudi Arabian diplomat and ‘unknown persons’ under Sections of gang-rape (376 D), rape (376), unnatural sex (377) and other sections of Indian Penal Code including 342, 323 and 120B (conspiracy). The Ministry of External Affairs has already sought a detailed report from the police.

But there are many problems before the police can proceed in the case. And if the plight of the Southeast Asian women allegedly enslaved by a Saudi diplomat in London in 2011, and two Filipino women rescued from the home of a Saudi diplomat in Washington in 2013 is anything to go by, it may not be a smooth path for the Indian police ahead.

First, there’s the legal side.

“Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority(emphasis added).

On paper, article 41, paragraph 1 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations looks self-explanatory enough. But its implementation is rarely as simple.

The two Nepali girls rescued from the Gurgaon residence of a Saudi diplomat on Wednesday. IBNLive

The two Nepali girls rescued from the Gurgaon residence of a Saudi diplomat on Monday night. IBNLive

For instance, the 2013 arrest and strip-search of Indian deputy consul-general in New York, Devyani Khobragade on the grounds of alleged visa fraud violated her diplomatic immunity, and somehow implied that she had committed a grave crime.

But, two years earlier, the US had invoked diplomatic immunity to have Raymond Davis — widely believed to be a CIA contractor — freed and returned to the US at once from Pakistan. In fact, President Barack Obama invoked diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention and demanded the release of the “diplomat”. His crime? Killing two Pakistani men in broad daylight in Lahore.

Clearly, what constitutes a ‘grave crime’ and what doesn’t, is open to interpretation and problematic at best.

Additionally, as per article 31 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunity, there are only three circumstances under which diplomatic immunity does not apply: action relating to private immovable property, action relating to succession and estates, and action relating to any professional or commercial activity outside official functions.

Rape, as it turns out, is not among these.

Second, there’s the geopolitical side.

India and Saudi Arabia share cordial relations. Apart from the fact that Saudi Arabia is India’s second largest supplier of crude oil and its fourth largest trade partner (bilateral trade reached nearly $40 billion in 2014-15), it is also home to a sizeable diaspora of over 2.5 million Indians.

The year 2015 was set to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s breakout year in West Asia. A visit to the UAE already under his belt, and a proposed high-profile visit to Saudi Arabia is on the cards ‘in the coming months’. The significance of this visit will be three-fold — energy security, investment and security. The third of these factors is likely to be crucial given Riyadh’s closeness to Islamabad.

The case against the Saudi diplomat comes at a delicate time for India-Saudi relations, given that seven Indian nationals are still believed to be missing in an air-strike in Yemen carried out by a Saudi-led alliance. But, with a recently-signed defence agreement  and Saudi Arabia’s extradition of 26/11 plotter Abu Jundal in 2012 (not to mention those who were brought back covertly to India through less orthodox means), New Delhi is unlikely to upset the apple-cart by pushing Riyadh too hard on the prosecution of the diplomat, the gravity of the crime notwithstanding.

Third, there’s the added complication of nationality.

The alleged crime occurred in India, and has been charged under the Indian Penal Code. However, with the alleged perpetrator being a Saudi national and the victims Nepali, a spanner may have been thrown into what is already a complicated situation.

While Nepali nationals have often faced hardships in India, this particular case could blow into a three-way diplomatic crisis if not handled sensitively. The Indian MEA is likely to push the Saudis to waive the diplomat’s immunity, but this is likely to be in vain. What is more likely is a situation that sees Riyadh recall the diplomat in question and administer internal punishment.

Either way, India-Nepal relations are unlikely to be affected, However, if India displays laxity in pursuing the case, it may just provide protestors in Nepal — presently railing against the draft of the new Nepali Constitution — with another issue with which to generate anti-India steam.

Lastly, there is the nature of the case itself.

The allegations are undoubtedly serious. However, given the context of India-Saudi relations which would preclude New Delhi from exerting too much pressure on Riyadh, any consequences are likely to be faced by the diplomat back in Saudi Arabia.

Under Sharia Law however, rape is classified under Hudud cases — considered crimes against God — and interpreted as adulterous sexual intercourse between unmarried people. The only problem is that the law prescribes an inordinately harsh punishment on women, while the man cannot be considered guilty unless he confesses or is witnessed in the act by at least four adult Muslim men.

Interestingly, sodomy — for which the diplomat has been charged under section 377 of the IPC — carries a far harsher sentence in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi diplomat accused of rape: External affairs ministry seeks detailed report

New Delhi: The external affairs ministry has sought a detailed report on the alleged incident involving a diplomat at the Saudi Arabia embassy in New Delhi who has been booked for rape.

A Saudi diplomat, reported to be of First Secretary rank, has been booked for rape while his wife and daughter have been booked for torturing domestic helps in Gurgaon, Haryana Police have said. The diplomat was not named.

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The ministry will get into the picture in case the police file charges and need to interrogate the person, said official sources.

The Saudi embassy has dismissed the charges against the diplomat as “completely false” and “contrary to facts in our possession”, and said they would wait for the Indian government to clarify the matter as per diplomatic norms.

The diplomat and some of his friends and guests have been booked for raping, gang-raping two Nepali women while his wife and daughter have been booked for torturing the victims.

The Gurgaon police had registered cases against the diplomat and “unknown people” said to be the diplomat’s friends on Tuesday at the DLF-2 police station under sections of gang-rape (376 D), rape (376), unnatural sex (377) and other sections of Indian Penal Code including 342, 323 and 120B (conspiracy)..

No arrests have been made so far.

IANS

Uber rape case: You are trying to destroy criminal justice system, SC raps accused

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the accused in the Uber cab rape case, saying he was trying to “destroy criminal justice system” by seeking re-examination of the victim who has only been “embarrassed and insulted” by him in her earlier deposition.

The bench headed by Justice JS Khehar came hard on the accused while reserving verdict on two pleas of Delhi police and the victim against a Delhi High Court decision allowing the accused cab driver to recall 13 prosecution witnesses, including the girl in the trial.

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“You are, in a way, trying to destroy the criminal justice system of this country. You are saying that let this person sit on our head. You are trying to say that the criminal should be honoured and he should get everything which he wants,” the bench, also comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said.

“Don’t play fool with us. We are used to counsel. We are used with the jugglery of words,” it said at the fag end of the day and asked the counsel for accused to show one “good” ground for recall of witnesses including the girl.

The bench may also lay down guidelines as to whether an accused has right to get witnesses recalled for re-examination in a criminal trial.

Referring to trial court records, the bench said, “You are asking totally irrelevant and nonsense questions in the cross-examination.”

“So far as the occurrence of crime is concerned, in the three days of the cross-examination, there was no relevant questions were asked by you,” the bench, also comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said.

The prosecutrix gave a “perfect answer” to question asked about the cab’s picture taken by her and “For three days you only embarrassed her. You only insulted her,” it said.

“We feel you have all nonsense at your hand. For three days what you did except to humiliate the prosecutrix who made the allegations,”

The bench said the counsel for accused “wasted three days to come to the most crucial questions “related to the offence.

“All your questions doesn’t matter to the crime. Whether she spoke to her mother before making complaint does not matter here,” the bench said.

During the day-long hearing, the apex court also raised questions on move of accused Shiv Kumar Yadav to seek recall of witnesses including the victim and said that this man is “master” in playing legal tricks.

The meticulous planning done by accused is usually unheard of a person like him, it said.

Despite being a judge of the Supreme Court, such ideas don’t strike us, one of the judges said, while referring to the steps taken by the accused to prolong the trial and demolish the case of the prosecution.

Referring to the change of defence lawyers and the move to seek recall of witnesses, the bench said that it seemed that the accused is getting “perfect” legal advice in the case.

The delay of several months in the trial has led to unnecessary harassment of the victim as it is very traumatic experience for her to come and depose again and again, it said, adding that the accused has “misused” the process of law.

At the outset, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Delhi police, opposed the plea of accused that he was rightly allowed by the High Court to recall the witnesses.

He said the accused cannot seek this on the pretext that his lawyer was a “novice” as he has been familiar with court proceedings.

“We have to weigh both sides. If we say that incompetency of a lawyer is a ground to recall witnesses then a lot of similar cases will come to us.

“If we do not do this, then it may cause injustice to some of the accused. So we will have to weigh both the sides,” the bench said.

Rohatgi then said, “This accused has faced criminal trials earlier. There are three rape cases including the present one against him and in addition to these, there are several other cases in UP.

“The idea is to show that the accused is familiar with the court proceedings.”

The first FIR against this man was lodged way back in 2001 and he has been acquitted in one of the rape cases, the AG said.

PTI

Delhi Police likely to form SIT to probe charges against ‘serial rapist’

Delhi Police is likely to form an SIT to investigate the charges against the 24-year-old “serial rapist”, who has allegedly confessed to have raped and murdered 30 minor girls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

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Delhi Police is likely to form an SIT to investigate the charges against the 24-year-old “serial rapist”, who has allegedly confessed to have raped and murdered 30 minor girls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.Ravinder, who was arrested last week, has so far admitted his involvement in 32 cases of rape and murder of minor girls in Delhi and neighbouring states of UP and Haryana, a senior police officer said.The investigators said that he was being taken to places in Delhi and other states where he allegedly committed the heinous crimes since 2009.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 24-year-old accused, a native of Badaun in UP, was arrested by police last week, in connection with rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl in Begumpur area in Outer Delhi.During investigation, a police officer said, Ravinder confessed to have committed ghastly crimes of rape and murder of minor girls, raising the number of his victims from earlier 15 to 32 now.Delhi Police is mulling over a proposal to form an SIT to investigate and bring out the truth related to the accused, a senior police officer of Delhi Police headquarters said. He was taken in police custody which will end on July 23, the officer said, adding that in view of his long list of victims we will ask the court to give us more time to interrogate him.Joint Commissioner of North Range Sanjay Singh said investigations into the case are going on in full swing with Delhi Police officials trying to trace his victims.Also read: Man, who confessed to the rape and murder of more than 30 minors, baffles Delhi Police

Rape victim’s father gives police audio clip against Asaram

Asaram had allegedly sexually assaulted the 16-year-old victim at his ashram near Jodhpur in Rajasthan in 2013. The girl”s father said Kripal had handed over the clip to him so that it could be used to prove that Asaram had access to a cell phone even inside jail.

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An audio clip in which self-styled godman and rape accused Asaram is purportedly heard offering bribe to a witness, who was killed later, has been handed over to police by the victim”s father. The victim”s father said the alleged conversation was recorded eight months ago and he had got the tape from Kripal Singh, the slain key witness in the Jodhpur rape case, Superintendent of Police Shahjahanpur, Babloo Kumar said on Tuesday. Singh, who was attacked in Shahjahanpur on July 10, died in a Bareilly hospital the next day. He was the ninth witness attacked and the third one to have died.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The authenticity of the audio clip is being verified and if proved genuine, it will be used in investigations,” the SP said, adding that voice of 74-year-old Asaram will be matched with his voice recorded earlier. According to the girl”s father, Asaram, in the purported clip, is heard telling the witness that he would get “50 per cent in advance and the rest after the job is done.” The conversation was allegedly facilitated by two of Asaram”s followers Raghav and Sanjay who are also key suspects in Kripal”s murder. Asaram allegedly spoke to Kripal and his followers from jail.Asaram had allegedly sexually assaulted the 16-year-old victim at his ashram near Jodhpur in Rajasthan in 2013. The girl”s father said Kripal had handed over the clip to him so that it could be used to prove that Asaram had access to a cell phone even inside jail. Asked as to why he did not provide the clip to the police or the court earlier, the girl”s father said, “I did not know it could be used as evidence in the rape case. When the Bareilly Range DIG RKS Rathore visited my house after Kripal”s murder, I told him about this audio clip. “The DIG asked me to immediately hand it over to the police as it could be an important evidence in the murder case,” he said. The girl has demanded a CBI probe into the rape case against Asaram.”I want the Prime Minister to ensure justice to me by ordering a CBI probe into the 2013 (rape) incident,” the victim had said after Kripal was killed.Kripal had recorded his statement in the rape case in the Jodhpur court two moths ago. After his murder, Kripal”s family members had accused Asaram”s men of killing him and demanded a thorough investigation. Meanwhile, another important witness in the rape case Arvind Bajpai, who is principal of Saraswati Shishu Inter College, Shahjahanpur, has been provided with a gunner. Bajpai had issued Transfer Certificate (TC) of the girl, who had alleged that she was raped by Asaram, on the basis of which she was considered minor, Rathore said, adding that the principal had appeared in court in December 2014 in the case.Bajpai had received threats over phone before he appeared in the court in the case to give evidence. Asaram has been in a jail in Jodhpur since September 2013. Two months later, he, along with his son Narayan Sai, was booked for the alleged rape of two sisters at their ashram in Gujarat”s Surat. In January this year, Asaram”s cook was shot dead in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Man held in Delhi for raping, killing 15 children since 2008

New Delhi: In a replay of the chilling Nithari killings, a man has been arrested from south Delhi for sexually assaulting and killing at least 15 children since 2008, police said on Sunday. His latest victim was a six-year-old girl a few days back.

The 24-year-old man, Ravinder Kumar, was arrested on 16 July for raping and murdering the six-year-old girl in Begumpur area of south Delhi.

“On 14 July, we received a missing complaint about the minor girl in Begumpur, and arrested Ravinder Kumar after investigation on July 16,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikramjeet Singh said at a press conference.

“During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and also revealed that he sexually assaulted and killed at least 14 other children since 2008,” the official said.

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Ravinder Kumar, who hails from Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh, lived in Karala village in Delhi.

“Ravinder seems to be a person with a perverted mindset. At the time of arrest, his mental condition was normal. If needed, we will opt for a brain mapping test along with his psychological profiling,” the DCP said.

The official said police were able to establish Ravinder Kumar’s involvement in seven such cases. The victims were mostly from Delhi’s outer areas like Begumpur, Kanjhawala, Samaypur Badli, Mundka and Vijay Vihar.

“This brings back memories of the Nithari murders of 2005 and 2006 in Noida, where many young girls reported missing were murdered by Surinder Koli,” the police official said.

During interrogation, Ravinder Kumar told police that he would lure children, both boys and girls, with toffees or money, take them to isolated spots and rape them before murdering. He then dumped the bodies in drains or buried them in fields.

The DCP said that on 14 July, a complaint was lodged at Begumpur police station of a minor girl missing.

During a search, the girl’s body was found in an abandoned house.

Police also found a driving licence issued in the name of a man named Sunny, who at that time was being interrogated in another case in Kanjhawala police station.

Sunny revealed that he recently had a scuffle with Ravinder Kumar, who ran away with his motorbike and also snatched his driving licence.

“We launched a manhunt and nabbed Ravinder Kumar from Kanjhawala area. On being questioned, Ravinder confessed to having murdered many more children earlier,” the DCP said.

Last year, Ravinder Kumar was arrested for assaulting a minor boy in Begumpur. He abducted the boy near his house and then fled after slitting his throat.

He assumed the boy was dead, but he was saved as police found him bleeding in a septic tank of an under-construction building, the DCP said.

IANS

Madras HC recalls order directing mediation in rape case, after SC says ruling against ‘dignity of women’

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Small victory for Uber: HC sets aside Delhi govt’s rejection of its license application

New Delhi: In a boost for taxi-app Uber, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday set aside the Delhi government’s order rejecting the application of the service to operate in the national capital.

“I don’t know if there should be a complete ban. I have doubts about it. How can you (Delhi government) stall someone like this. You can grant a conditional permission,” Justice Manmohan said.

The court also said since the high court on 11 June  had set aside Delhi government’s 3 June order, by which application for licence of two other app-based taxi services– Apra Cabs India Pvt Ltd and Serendipity Infolabs Pvt Ltd (Taxi for Sure) — were rejected, Uber India Technology Pvt Ltd was “entitled” to a similar relief.

It said as Delhi government has not challenged the June 11 order, it cannot “discriminate” against Uber, when relief has been given to Apra and Serendipity.

The court gave Delhi government the liberty to write to Uber, within ten days, informing the company about the “requirements it has to satisfy”.

This clears the way for the service to apply again for a licence. However, since Uber doesn’t have a radio taxi licence yet it cannot operate legally in the capital just yet. The service has been operational in Delhi but officials had been issuing fines to cabs operating under the service.

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Uber India Technology Pvt Ltd’s had filed a plea in the high court that a 3 June order rejecting its licence application be quashed.

The Delhi government had cancelled the licence application of Uber for not complying with the provisions of the recently amended Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006.

The amendment was introduced after app-based cab companies were banned in the capital following an Uber cab driver allegedly raping a finance executive in December last year.

“If the GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) is not satisfied with the response, it will give the petitioner (Uber) one opportunity to further be heard and give clarification. A decision will thereafter be taken on the application made by petitioner and communicated to them not later than four weeks thereafter,” it said and disposed of Uber’s plea challenging the 3 June order.

The court also told the Transport Department of Delhi government to impose any condition on Uber, in accordance with the law if it was inclined to grant licence to the company and told the app-based cab service provider that it will have to comply with the conditions.

The Delhi government had cancelled the licence application of Uber for not complying with the provisions of the recently amended Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006.

The amendment was introduced after certain app-based cab companies were banned in the capital following an Uber cab driver allegedly raping a finance executive in December last year.

The modified scheme imposes various mandatory requirements, including having prefixed calibrated meters, a GPS device and running on CNG, on the companies for grant of licence.

The court told Delhi government to strictly impose the condition that all commercial vehicles plying in the national Capital shall run on CNG, after an Association of Radio Taxi Operators contended that the app-based cab companies, which are acting as taxi aggregators, are running diesel vehicles.

During the hearing, advocate Naushad Ahmed, appearing for Delhi government, told the court that Uber’s application was rejected as it had not complied with statutory requirements under the Motor Vehicle Act as well as the modified Radio Taxi Scheme and the Supreme Court’s direction that commercial vehicles in the city have to run on CNG.

Meanwhile, the Association of Radio Taxis said Uber has to give an affidavit that cabs it was aggregating are running on CNG.

The association had also contended that Uber’s plea was not maintainable as the application for licence which was rejected was filed by one Ankit Goel on behalf of Resource Expert India Pvt Ltd (REIPL) which has not given any undertaking that it will only operate CNG-based cabs.

Rajiv Nayar, appearing for Uber, opposed the contention, saying REIPL was its subsidiary and the company’s petition in the high court was supported by an affidavit by Ankit Goel.

The court, thereafter, said Uber “has the locus standi to maintain the petition as REIPL in its application (for licence) of 22 January, 2015, had disclosed that it was a
subsidiary of Uber”.

“This court is of the view that as facts of the present case are similar to that of Apra, decided on 11 June,petitioner (Uber) is entitled to relief as directed in that
one…”

On 17 June, the high court had refused to grant any interim relief to Uber on its plea challenging rejection of application for licence to operate in the national capital,
saying that it was not supposed to ply if it did not have any permit.

PTI

Liberal approach, mediation or compromise in rape cases a ‘spectacular error’, says Supreme Court

The apex court also stressed that the courts should remain absolutely away from any “subterfuge”, like the perpetrator entering into a wedlock with the victim, to adopt a soft approach in a case, as “any kind of liberal approach has to be put in the compartment of spectacular error”.

It would be a “spectacular error” to adopt a soft approach on cases of rape or attempt to rape and there cannot be any compromise or mediation in such cases, the Supreme Court said in a stern message today.”When a human frame is defiled, the ‘purest treasure’, is lost. Dignity of a woman is a part of her non-perishable and immortal self and no one should ever think of painting it in clay. There cannot be a compromise or settlement as it would be against her honour which matters the most,” a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We would like to clearly state that in a case of rape or attempt of rape, the conception of compromise under no circumstances can really be thought of. These are crimes against the body of a woman which is her own temple. These are offences which suffocate the breath of life and sully the reputation. And reputation, needless to emphasise, is the richest jewel one can conceive of in life. No one would allow (it) to be extinguished,” the bench, which also comprised Justice Prafulla C Pant, said.The strong remarks came as the apex court criticised a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge who was influenced by the compromise entered into between the accused Madan Lal and the parents of the seven-year-old victim and had set aside the conviction and five-year sentence for the rape.The apex court also stressed that the courts should remain absolutely away from any “subterfuge”, like the perpetrator entering into a wedlock with the victim, to adopt a soft approach in a case, as “any kind of liberal approach has to be put in the compartment of spectacular error”.The state government had appealed against the High Court verdict holding guilty the accused only for lesser offence of outraging the modesty of the minor with a restricted punishment to the period already undergone, which was slightly more than a year.The Supreme Court bench remitted the case to the High Court for a re-appraisal of the evidence and a fresh decision, with an order that the accused will be taken into custody forthwith.While dealing with the case, the bench said “in the instant appeal, as a reminder, though repetitive, first we shall dwell upon, in a painful manner, how some of the appellate Judges, contrary to the precedents and against the normative mandate of law, assuming a presumptuous role, have paved the path of unbelievable laconicity to deal with criminal appeals which, if we permit ourselves to say, ruptures the sense of justice and punctures the criminal justice dispensation system.”Holding that dignity of woman is “sacrosanct”, the apex court said “sometimes solace is given that the perpetrator of the crime has acceded to enter into wedlock with her which is nothing but putting pressure in an adroit manner”.”…We say with emphasis that the Courts are to remain absolutely away from this subterfuge to adopt a soft approach to the case, for any kind of liberal approach has to be put in the compartment of spectacular error. Or to put it differently, it would be in the realm of a sanctuary of error. We are compelled to say so as such an attitude reflects lack of sensibility towards the dignity, the elan vital, of a woman. Any kind of liberal approach or thought of mediation in this regard is thoroughly and completely sans legal permissibility. It has to be kept in mind,” the bench said referring to one of its earlier judgements.It said the consequence of remanding the matter is that the order of the High Court stands “lancinated” and as the accused was in custody at the time of the pronouncement of the judgment by the trial court, he should be taken into custody forthwith by the concerned Superintendent of Police and thereafter the appeal before the High Court be heard afresh.The compromise issue was not favoured in the trial court on the ground that the offence in question was “non-compoundable”.

Gujarat court again postpones framing of charges in rape case against Asaram

The framing of charges against self-styled godman Asaram in a rape case could not be taken up on Saturday as the judge was on leave.

The framing of charges against self-styled godman Asaram in a rape case could not be taken up on Saturday as the judge was on leave.This is the third time the charge-framing has been postponed in the case before the Gandhinagar court.The proceedings were adjourned to July 10 as the Additional District judge RA Ghoghari was on leave, said the Special Public Prosecutor RC Kodekar.Earlier, the proceedings were postponed because a court in Jodhpur said that he could not be taken out of the prison unless the trial for (another rape case) against him in Jodhpur did not get over. Asaram is at present lodged in Jodhpur prison.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The case in Gandhinagar court relates to accusation of rape levelled by a Surat-based woman.

Am not ready to marry him, says victim after Madras HC gives rapist bail to ‘mediate’ with her

After the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to a rapist on the condition that he mediates with the victim, the woman spoke out against the verdict and said she did not want to marry the rapist.

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“I am not ready to talk to him or marry him,” a CNN-IBN report quoted the victim as saying.

The victim also reportedly asked why the court was asking her to settle the matter with the victim after so many years.

A mahila court in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu had found a man called V Mohan guilty of raping the minor girl. Besides imposing a Rs 2 lakh fine, the court had also sentenced him to seven years in prison.

The victim was an orphan who was living with her adoptive mother. She had become pregnant after the rape and had delivered a child.

After the mahila court verdict, Mohan had appealed to the Madras High Court for bail. On Tuesday, the Madras High Court judge Justice P Devadass granted interim bail to the rapist so that he could ‘mediate’ with the victim.

Justice P Devadass, holding that alternative dispute resolution such as mediation is now being used in criminal cases, had said, “In fact, even in Islam, Hinduism and Christianity there are instances of solving the disputes in a non- belligerent manner. The result of it is very good because there is no victor, no vanquished.”

Granting interim bail to the accused Mohan, the judge in his order had said that he has already referred a similar matter in February for mediation which has yielded a good result and nearing happy resolution.

“The victim-girl has become mother of a child. But as on date, she is nobody’s wife. So, she is an unwed mother. Now there is a big question mark looming large before the girl as well as her child, who is completely innocent

“Generally, in this type of cases, the girl concerned is stated to be a victim, but really speaking the child born out of such a physical contact is also a victim. The child is a victim of circumstances. She had born to suffer a social stigma for no fault of hers. It is a great tragedy,” the judgement had said.

As Firstpost had earlier pointed out,’mediation’ is not the right approach in a criminal offence as heinous as rape, especially after the victim herself has now said that she does not want mediation in the case.

(With inputs from PTI)

Mumbai model rape case: Forensics use print on dress, photos to reconstruct dental imprints of accused

In a unique breakthrough in the Sakinaka model rape case, Mumbai police have found forensic evidence by reconstructing the exact dental imprints of the accused from bite marks on the victim’s body.

With the help of forensic odontology expert at KEM Hospital, Dr Hemalata Pandey, the police have matched the suspect’s teeth impression with the victim’s bite marks and the subsequent report prepared by the forensic team is now part of the charge sheet, according to a report by DNA.

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The case involved  a 29-year-old model who approached the Mumbai police commissioner Raskesh Maria alleging she was sexually assaulted  by police officers working at the Saki Naka police station. She also said that the policemen extorted around Rs 5 lakh from her. The main accused were assistant police inspectors Sunil Khatpe and Suresh Suryavanshi and constable Yogesh Ponde.

One of the problems the investigators faced was that the bite marks on the victims’s body were not fresh as she had gone for a medical examination more than a month after the incident. However, she had photographed her injuries on her phone, continues the report.

These photographs proved to be a turning point as the forensic department used a software to corroborate the information on the image with what the model had told the police.

The next problem was understanding the scale of the image. “The biggest roadblock after this was scaling the image,” said Dr Pandey. “In this case, it was the floral print of the dress that the victim was wearing at the time of the crime. She had clicked a photo were the dress was visible. We then called in for her dress and we were able to convert the photographic proof to clinching evidence,” DNA quotes the forensic expert as saying.

This forensic report could to be the most crucial evidence in the case and the innovative investigation method is sure to benefit the police in future cases as well.

Faridabad: Two men allegedly gangraped 15-year-old girl from Delhi

Faridabad: A 15-year-old girl from Delhi has been been allegedly gangraped in Faridabad by two men, police said.

According to a complaint filed by the victim, she is a resident of Shakarpur in Delhi, and had left the capital city on 21 June at around 10 am to visit her maternal uncle, who is living in Dabua Colony of Faridabad.

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After reaching Badarpur Border she became acquainted with one Babu, an auto-rickshaw driver.

Babu, was later joined by his two friends, one of them was called as Dharmendra by Babu, while the name of other was not known to her, the victim said.

After roaming the place entire day, the girl said, she was taken by them to a house in Dabua Colony, where Babu left her along with his other two friends. The duo then raped the girl, according to the complaint.

Medical test has been conducted and rape has been proved, SHO Rajinder Singh said, adding, though none of the accused have been arrested till now.

The officer said that the police is hopeful of arresting them in a couple of days.

A case has been registered at Police Station Saran under section 376D of IPC and Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) in the presence of a legal counsel.

Recalling the incident, the victim said, at 3 AM on the night of 21 June, Dharmendra was left to guard her and the other man went to fetch some food, which is when she managed to trick Dharmendra away from her and made a call to the police from his mobile phone.

PTI

Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui arrested on rape charges: All that we know so far

A 35-year-old American student from Columbia University has alleged that Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui raped her after inviting her to a party to his Delhi residence on 26 March this year.

The police registered an FIR charging Farooqui with rape (section 376 IPC) at the New Friends’ Colony police station in New Delhi on 19 June and the artiste was arrested from his home on Saturday night.

“The accused Mahmood Farooqui has been arrested and was presented before Saket court. The court has sent him into judicial custody till 6 July,” an official was quoted as saying by the IANS.

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Mahmood Farooqui with wife Anusha Rizvi. AFP

Farooqui is married to director and screenwriter Anusha Rizvi, who directed the 2010 satirical comedy Peepli Live.

A noted name in social and literary circles, Farooqui was the writer and co-director of the film produced by Aamir Khan.

Anusha in a statement claimed that the complaint was “manipulated, false and belated.”

“A complaint has been registered against Mahmood Farooqui. The moment he heard about it he presented himself at the concerned police station. He was thereafter taken into custody. The complaint is manipulated and false. We don’t want to make any further comments on the matter because the case is under investigation. We will wait for the court’s decision where the actual truth of the matter will come out. In the meanwhile we are thankful for the show of support from friends, colleagues and well-wishers. We are determined to fight this till the reality is presented before the people. We are very sure of it.”

According to a report in The Indian Express, the incident happened on 26 March this year. Farooqui had invited the woman to his Sukhdev Vihar home. When she arrived at Farooqui’s house, there were only two other people apart from Farooqui. They soon left, the woman said and added that Farooqui was considerably drunk.

A Times of India report quoted the woman as saying in her complaint that Farooqui was allegedly crying and he kissed her while she was standing on the porch. He then sexually assaulted her inside the house, the victim reportedly said in her statement.

The woman told the police that she had left without saying anything because she was scared, but later on sent an email to Farooqui saying how violated she felt after the incident. According to the woman, Farooqui replied to the mail saying he was drunk, apologized for the incident and allegedly even wanted to resolve the situation amicably. She also claimed that his wife knew about the incident and had promised her justice.

According to The Indian Express, there were a few mails exchanged between Rizvi and Farooqui after which she left for the US. And three months after the incident, the woman returned to India and approached the US Embassy who informed the Delhi police.

Farooqui has denied sending any mails to the woman. The Delhi police have sent the communication produced by the complainant for forensic analysis.

Rapes happen with mutual consent of boys and girls: UP Minister Totaram Yadav

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Six-year-old girl raped by high school boys in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A 6-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two high school boys at Bannerghatta near here, police said on Sunday.

The incident took place yesterday when she was playing with her brother and the boys, they said.

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The boys took the girl to an isolated place nearby and raped her. Her brother who arrived at the scene searching for her soon rushed home and informed his grandparents about the incident, police said.

The girl was immediately taken to a doctor for medical examination by the police who visited her soon after getting to know about the incident.

“A case has been registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and various sections of IPC,” Bangalore (Rural) Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Bhanot, told PTI.

“Both accused are minors. One of them was arrested on Saturday, while search is on for the other who is absconding,” he said.

PTI

Why protect the Badals? Molestation case in Moga no different from Uber rape

In 2012, while contesting the Punjab Assembly polls, Sukhbir Singh Badal declared himself a humble farmer. His only vehicle: an old Mussy tractor worth around Rs 2 lakh.  A few months later, ‘politician and agriculturist’ Badal acquired a huge stake in a family-owned aviation company engaged in ferrying passengers on planes and buses.

According to the Registrar of Companies (RoC) documents, Sukhbir now holds shares in Orbit Aviation in three different ways: 5,000 direct shares, about 2 crore shares through his hospitality firm Orbit Resorts and 41 lakh shares through his media firm called G-Next Media Private Limited.

Badal’s aviation company has three flying jets – an eight-seater Cessna 525A jet, another eight-seater Super King Air B 200 and a helicopter Bell 429,” according to the Times of India.

On Wednesday night, a 13-year-old girl died when she was thrown out after being molested by the staff and some passengers while travelling in a bus in Punjab. The victim’s mother, who was also pushed out, is hospitalized with severe injuries. The incident was a re-run of the Nirbhaya gang-rape in Delhi, except that the outrage was limited to Punjab.

The bus belonged to Orbit Aviation, the company co-owned by Sukhbir Singh Bada Badal, deputy chief minister of Punjab. “Unfortunately, the vehicle was ours,” his father and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said.

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Within hours, DGP Sumedh Singh Saini ruled out questioning of the owners. Naturally, understandably. There are owners; and there are the Badals, the first family of Punjab. Nobody crosses the path of a Badal in an Orbit of his own.

Compare this with police action that followed the rape of a woman by an Uber cab driver in Delhi in December 2014. Soon after the incident, the Delhi government banned all app-based taxi services, questioned Uber on the process of selection of drivers, screening of its staff and harassed its management through notices. The cops filed an FIR against Uber for ‘cheating’ customers on the pretext of providing safe commuting and reliable drivers.

Former home secretary and BJP MP RK Singh even insinuated that there was a case for implicating Uber as a co-accused in the rape case.

“Definitely it should be banned; also, Uber should be considered an accused. Uber is providing services, it has to take responsibility, and it should engage drivers only after verification. It is my view,” Singh had argued, while speaking to ANI. Home minister Rajnath Singh had gone on to ask all states to ban Uber cabs.

Now, nobody will suspend the licence of Orbit Aviation, find out if it had the permit to ply buses on that route, ask the management if due diligence was carried out while hiring the conductor and the helper, or whether the driver had a valid license or was given ‘gender training’. The home minister will not ask all states to ban Orbit’s buses—in case they have inter-state travel permits—or ground Badal’s planes. RK Singh will, naturally, not argue that the Badals, partners in NDA, be implicated.

This is not to argue that the Badals are in any way guilty of the crime. There may have been some lapses in hiring the staff, checking their police records, licences and testimonials; there could have been possible issues with permits, but that is where the company’s, like Uber’s, role would have ended.

But, by not acting with the same enthusiasm, by excluding owners from the probe, the Punjab police missed the opportunity to bring the murky business of private buses and their staff under the scanner, put it under the national spotlight.

This could have India’s Uber moment for private buses. Orbit’s owners may be high-fliers, but making them part of the probe would have told us more about the ground realities of travelling on buses in remote corners of India.

Mumbai model rape case: 3 cops suspended, 2 shunted out to non-exec postings

Mumbai: In a fresh development in the alleged rape of a 29-year-old model in a police chowky, three policemen accused of raping and extorting money from her were suspended last night, while two officers have been transferred for “inept” handling of the entire episode.

Senior police inspector Prasanna More, Saki Naka police station and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone X Prashant Holkar have been shunted out to non-executive postings. More has been posted in special branch while Holkar has been posted in local arms branch.

Sunil Katape, Suresh Suryavanshi and Yogesh Ponde — all policemen attached to MIDC Police station in the suburbs – have been suspended after they were found guilty of lapses and negligence in handling the case.

“The senior police inspector and deputy police commissioner of police have been transferred for flat supervision and failure to exercise their control over the police station,” said Deven Bharti, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order).

As per the service rules, if a policeman is arrested for serious offence, he is suspended within 48 hours.

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The Mumbai police probing the alleged rape suspect that the arrested accused may have targeted other people too by threatening to book them for prostitution and extorting money.

Police officials said that there could be other people who might have been  victims of these accused policemen in the past and might not have come forward to register the case due to social stigma.

“The way the so called raid was carried out and the criminal attitude shown by the accused police officers indicate that they may have duped and exploited other people too. We are investigating into to it to know about other victims,” an IPS officer told Firstpost .

The officer added that  property details of the accused police officers will be checked to ascertain whether they have amassed the properties through extortion.

On April 23, assistant police inspectors Sunil Khatpe and Suresh Suryavanshi and constable Yogesh Ponde  working at the Saki Naka police station were arrested after a 29-year-old model approached the Mumbai police commissioner Raskesh Maria alleging she was sexually assaulted by Khatpe. She also said that the policemen extorted around Rs 5 lakh from her.

Eight persons, including three policemen, have already been arrested in connection with the case. Khatpe was arrested for raping the victim in a police post in Andheri MIDC on April 3. Suryavanshi, Ponde and five others have been booked for extortion, wrongful restraint and wrongful constraint under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code. All the accused have been remanded in police custody till April 29.

Investigation has also revealed that the authorities at RN Cooper hospital have failed to inform the local police when the victim had gone for the medical examination a day after the allege incident. “Despite being a medico-legal case, the hospital has not informed the local police about it,” said Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of Police (Crime).

Another police officer said that it is major lapse on the part of the hospital and it is planning to seek action against the hospital and the doctors who carried out the medical examination of the victim. A doctor has to inform the local or concerned police station if it is a case of sexual assault, the officer said.

Delhi’s shame: 4-year-old first molested by cabbie, then shunned by school

A four-year-old girl from East Delhi was molested by the driver of the cab that takes her to school, but when she complained to the school, she was allegedly asked to leave because the administration didn’t want her sitting with other children.

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According to this Times of India report,  the parents were intimated about the event when the child refused to board the Maruti Omni on Monday morning, complaining that the driver made her sit on his lap and touch her private parts. When she would cry, he would slap her, she told them.

Her mother says in the report that when they reached the school, “the teacher at the gate asked us to take her back until further decisions were taken.”

However, the school changed its stance when the parents of the girl approached police. They have now issued a verbal apology, calling the incident a miscommunication.

This is not the only case of shame and fear after molestation or sexual abuse was reported by the victim. Suzette Jordan, the famous Park Street rape survivor, who passed away earlier this year, was harrassed and hounded by employers and neighbours after she came out and spoke about it in public.

Not just limited to Indian cities, a chilling case of child sexual abuse racket was reported in Oxfordshire, UK, where nearly 373 11-year-old girls were raped, abused and forced into prostitution. Mirror UK reported in March that when one victim went to the police, with blood-soaked clothes, she was turned away and no case was registered.

“They dismissed me as being naughty, a nuisance,” the victim said.

An eight-year-old Liberian girl in Arizona was also allegedly shunned by her own parents after being gangraped by four boys aged 9, 10, 13, and 14,  Jezebel reported in August 2014. They parents, ashamed of their daughter being raped by her peers, asked officials to take her back. The girl is now recovering in a foster care.

Chant my name to prevent rape: New Mumbai baba on the block outshines all ‘godmen’ with absurd claim

Even as India struggles with crimes against women, we have been flooded with numerous bizarre suggestions from ‘babas’ and politicians on how to battle this threat. And there seems to be no end to this nonsense.

When the whole country was raging over the gruesome 16 December Delhi gangrape, self-proclaimed spiritual guru Asaram Bapu — who himself is in jail on charges of rape — had told the world that the girl should have called her rapists ‘bhaiya’ (brother) to save herself.

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Asaram had said, “Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”

And now yet another video of a baba, Aniruddha Bapu who seems to have emerged from the woodwork. He is seen in the video telling people that women should chant mantras in his honour to prevent rape.

The Times of India reports, “A 10-minute video uploaded online on January 4, 2013, in the aftermath of the Nirbhaya case was aired on TV channels on Wednesday. In it Bapu urges women and boys to recite the ‘Aniruddha Chalisa’ in his honour 108 times for 11 days and repeat the Gurukshetra mantra five times a day. Bapu says these chants can “keep 100 men at bay and make rapists impotent”.”

Yes, now women can heave a sigh of relief, policemen patrolling the streets can just go on a holiday, and social workers battling to better women’s safety in India can find something else to do. Because, Aniruddha Chalisa is here.

And if you are apprehensive that you can’t mug up the whole chalisa, or if you can’t read, no fear — you can just chant the bapu’s name and that’s it. No more danger of getting raped, says the baba.

This new baba on the block, with a rape-repelling name, is based out of Khar in Mumbai.

And as one is filled with outrage over his remarks, women’s organisations are already demanding an unconditional apology from him. The Times of India quoted former chairperson of the state women’s commission Susieben Shah as saying that he “should tender an unconditional apology to the six crore women of the state, and indeed all women, for propagating falsehood”.

Falsehood it is, and probably Anirudda Bapu will tender a half-hearted apology under pressure from the public, or may be he will say his comments have been misconstrued. But that won’t change the mindset of the people who say these bizarre things or those who follow these people.

In a country where people blame everything from chowmein, mobile phones, jeans to kissing for rape, and where even leaders like Sonia Gandhi are not immune from sexist and racist comments, the fact that these ‘godmen’ thrive is not very surprising.

Unfortunately, this baba is not alone in his fest of stupidity.

Remember Mulayam Singh Yadav saying, “Ladkiyan pehle dosti karti hain. Ladke-ladki mein matbhed ho jata hai. Matbhed hone key baad usey rape ka naam dey deti hain. Ladko sey galti ho jati hai. Kya rape case mein phasi di jayegi? (First girls develop friendship with boys. They when differences occur, they level rape charges. Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape).’?

And it is not just male leaders. Politicians in Mumbai had insisted that when men see mannequins in lingerie, the urge to rape is natural.”Lingerie mannequins promote rapes. Skimpily clad mannequins can pollute young minds. After the Delhi rape case, I felt something had to be done,” said Ritu Tawade, the BJP corporator who had put forth the proposal.

It does not end there. The police too reflect the bigoted mindset. Satyapal Singh, the former Mumbai police commissioner, after the Shakti Mills gangrape had said, “We have to strike a balance. On the one hand you want to have a promiscuous culture and on the other hand you want a safe and secure environment for the people…Should couples be allowed to kiss in public?… Should they be allowed to indulge in all obscene things?”

These comments reflect the mindset most men and women still have in our country. While educated women, like those in the Shakti Mills gangrape and the Uber rape case, are able to pursue their case, women in villages or the urban poor are not even aware of their rights. The crimes against women are not just rape but acid attacks, domestic violence, dowry deaths and femal foeticide.

In such a scenario, comments from our ever so enlightened babas and politicians is a step backwards.  Apologies are a short-term solution. In fact, such comments should invite penalties. Maybe then people will restrain themselves from making such irresponsible, misleading statements.

CBI nabs one in case of rape videos being circulating on social media

New Delhi: CBI has arrested a suspected sex offender who purportedly appeared in one of the sex videos handed over to the agency by the Supreme Court for investigations.

CBI sources said the agency has arrested property dealer Subrat Sahu alias Kalia from Bhubaneswar who has purportedly figured in one of the nine video clips handed over to the agency for probe by the apex court.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation. AFP

The Supreme Court had taken suo-motu cognisance of a letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO to Chief Justice of India HK Dattu. The NGO has also annexed nine videos of separate sexual offences being circulated on social media in a pen drive. The apex court had ordered the CBI to start probe in the cases.

In none of the cases is time and place of crime, identity of the victim and offenders who are appearing on the video, clear.

The sources said Sahu has been arrested in the case where two males and a woman are seen engaged sexually in an old video clip.

CBI sources said the case has registered on charges of common intention, propagating obscene material and assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under provisions of Indian Penal Code besides provisions of Information Technology Act related to violation of privacy and publishing or transmitting obscene material in an electronic form.

Besides this case, the agency has registered six FIRs of alleged gangrape and one FIR of rape while a preliminary inquiry has also been registered. The FIRs related to gangrape and rape, the agency has also invoked sections of abduction.

The sources said Sahu was arrested late last night in Bhubaneswar.

The sources said details of the case will emerge during the custodial interrogation but it is suspected that the alleged sexual act appeared to have taken place in Bhubaneswar somewhere around 2010.

“We are yet to establish the identity of the victim, location of the crime, date of the crime which will be possible during the custodial interrogation. These are blind cases of viral videos of sexual offences taking place at unknown locations by unknown persons. It was very difficult to nail down the culprits,” an official said.

When contacted CBI Press Information Officer RK Gaur on Tuesday said that the the agency has announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for information on suspects who appear in the nine video clips being probed by the agency.

“There are nine suspects the photographs of whom have been sent to DGPs of all the states,” Gaur said.

The sources said in one of the video clips probed by the agency there are visuals of a girl being purportedly gangraped inside a moving car while in another video a girl is seen being blackmailed, and criminally intimated by some men who are allegedly seeking sexual favours from her.

The NGO, which provided the videos in a pen drive along with the letter to the CJI, had said that one video, which is 4.5 minutes long, shows a man raping a girl while another man is filming the heinous act.

The other video, spanning 8.5 minutes, relates to gang rape of a girl by five culprits who have been shown smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim, it said.

The court had then issued notices to central ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology and asked the MHA to “forward the pen drive/DVD” to the CBI Director “forthwith” for the investigation.

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Minor girl alleges being assaulted by former Congress minister in West Bengal

Ranchi/Dhanbad: The police have registered an FIR against former Congress minister Mannan Mallick after a minor girl accused him of inappropriate behaviour and assault, the police said on Sunday.

The FIR was registered last night after the 13-year-old girl approached officials of the Child Welfare Committee through an NGO after leaving Mallick’s house at Doranda 15 days ago.

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Representational image. AFP

The girl from Dhanbad used to stay at the ex-MLA’s house to look after his ailing wife, the police said.

She alleged that she was beaten up, subjected to inappropriate behaviour and levelled various other charges against Mallick.

The disaster management minister in the erstwhile Hemant Soren ministry was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, BJP activists led by Dhanbad Sadar MLA Raj Sinha demonstrated near the Dhanbad collectorate demanding Mallick’s immediate arrest and also burnt his effigy.

Sinha defeated Mallick in the last Assembly election.

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RIP Suzette Jordan: All she ever wanted was to dance

Like most of the rest of us I knew her largely as the “Park Street rape victim”. It’s ironic that she came out of the shadows of that rape in order to reclaim the rest of her life but was unable to escape the confines of that box.

But if anyone epitomised rape survivor rather than victim it was Suzette. She had a zest for life that showed through all the anger and sadness and pain of her story. Not everyone gets gangraped and thrown out of a car half-naked in the dead of night and dares to speak up. When I went to interview her she was feverish and had called in sick at work. I remember her sitting in her little room playing with a feisty little kitten she had adopted. And she talked and she talked.

Her mother puttered around in the next room in the little house. I wonder what she made of the journalists and television cameras tramping through the house asking Suzette to recount the details of that harrowing night over and over again.

Suzette must have been tired of telling her story over and over again. But she was tireless in recounting it. She knew she had few official allies. The state’s chief minister had already famously dismissed the Park Street rape story as a conspiracy to defame her. A minister had wondered what a mother of two was doing at a night club that late at night. And somewhere simmering under all of that was a prejudice against her as an Anglo-Indian and therefore a little too much of “girls who just wanna have fun”. She said politicians would say, “Oh she’s a single mom, her husband left her, she might have been a prostitute.”

And Suzette unabashedly wanted to have fun. She liked to party. She liked going out with friends. She liked drinking and smoking. But we live in a society which frowns upon all of these especially when it comes to women. We want our rape victims to be Sati Savitris. We assume our rape survivors will be textbook feminists. But the Suzette I met was not that person.

Suzette Jordan in this file photo. Image by Sandip Roy.

Suzette Jordan in this file photo. Image by Sandip Roy.

She certainly had guts. She did not want to hide in the shadows. She did not want to be the one covering her face as she left the courthouse as if she had done something shameful by being raped. She had to live with snide comments from lawyers on one hand while the accused’s friends and families took photos of her on their cell phones on her way out of court. She refused to flinch.

However along the way society started pushing her into a new role – a feminist role model for rape survivors everywhere. She had a short-lived stint as a counselor for a support line for victims of rape and domestic violence. She was a key speaker at the Tehelka Think conference which itself got embroiled in a rape controversy. She was nominated for a Femina Woman Award. She became the easy go-to person on speed dial for the media whenever they needed a comment about a rape story.

Recently when a nightclub refused her entry it became an enormous social media story. There were protests outside the club. Celebrities tweeted in her support. The club claimed they had not refused her entry because she was the “Park Street rape victim” but because it was late and contrary to what she had claimed, she had been to the club before. The case died away amidst a flurry of he-said, she-said but if anything it highlighted how difficult it was for her to resume life as normal.

The terrible truth was in trying to pick up the pieces of her life, she had little to fall back on except the tragedy that had happened to her. She told me she had struggled because she did not get a college education. As Nilanjana S. Roy writes in Scroll, “Violence against women in India is often meticulously covered and discussed, and yet the wellbeing of victims and survivors is seen as their individual burden, not as the responsibility of the community or the state.” The kinds of jobs open to her were limited. After her story became public many came to her promising jobs. But she said after the interview no one ever got back to her other than a couple of NGOs and activists like Santasree Chaudhuri. Suzette was, in the end, trapped in her own story.

In death she is being hailed as a sort of feminist icon and a trailblazer. But these were all identities foisted on her by what happened to her. They were in the end an uneasy fit for her. She gamely took them on because in a way that was what society expected of her and the only way it would accept her. In coming out as a rape survivor she had also unwittingly become a counselor, a sober role model, an expert on assault. A rape survivor who might want to party again – now that’s taboo.

But Suzette Jordan like many people I know wanted to have a perfectly ordinary life with friends, food and family. And she wanted to go dancing in a nightclub. She told me many harrowing details of that night and the aftermath of it – the sleeping pills, the anti-depressants, the hair coming out in clumps. But the one that really stuck with me was not about the futile job search, the ignominy of the rape tests, the meandering court case.

I love to dance she told me but I have not been able to go back to a nightclub since that night. I really want to dance again. When social media erupted with protests about the nightclub that barred her entry I remembered that comment again. And I wished that one day the case would be over and Suzette Jordan would just be able to go dancing again without remembering, or being reminded of the fact, that she was the Park Street rape survivor.

RIP Suzette Jordan.

If empowered, she could have died happy: Suzette Jordan’s friend speaks about her struggle

Editor’s note: This was first published on Harish Iyer’s Facebook page. It was reproduced on Firstpost with permission from the author.

I met Suzette Katrina Jordon around a year back at the Think Conference. (Ironically), in a panel on rape. She was scared and petrified, she had spoken on TV, but had never faced such a large and high profile audience, she said. I went up to her to comfort her. I instantly told her I am gay so she can hug me. She laughed and said she was scared. I replied, “Kaiko darti hai baba, tu bhi rape victim main bhi rape victim, audience mein bhi rape victims hai.(Why are you scared, you are a rape victim, so am I. There are rape victims in the audience as well)” She was shocked and she laughed at my ice-breaker. That very day, Suzette Jordan bonded with my friends Anuja, Ranadeep and Yudhajit. We got along like a house on fire. She and I shared our stories of rape. Pain united us, as we laughed over the abuse in our lives, a cruel black humour, it was, when we were narrating the joke in our country — Rape and Child Sexual Abuse.

But we were not defeated by it, we were united by it. We refused to let our past affect us in any way. We didn’t turn anti-men. We went on a hunt. She had the resilience no one could match. Later in the day, we made jokes on all the men at the conference like two gossiping college boys. We ogled, not leched, at them together, and had our bets on who was gay and who was bi and who was worth a try.

Suzette Jordan in a file photo. Sandip Roy/ FirstpostSuzette Jordan in a file photo. Sandip Roy/ Firstpost

Suzette Jordan in a file photo. Sandip Roy/ Firstpost

After we left the conference, we kept in touch over the phone. When the infamous Tehelka rape case happened. We both reached out to the affected person. Suzette called me and told me, “This is what is going to happen next with her, she is going to be shamed… ” She had her horrors of rape visiting her with every story of rape. The Nirbhaya rape case got her out of the closet — she famously said, “I AM NOT THE PARK STREET RAPE VICTIM. I AM SUZETTE JORDAN.” She was reminded again at Tehelka, and followed up with me, asking me to follow up with the ex-Tehelka complainant, as she too was overwhelmed with emotions every time when she spoke to her.

Suzette loved her daughters. She wanted to get them introduced to me and have a house on fire. When she was here (Mumbai) for shooting for the Satyamev Jayate episode, we had a chance to meet. But we couldn’t as she was here for a very short while. Satyamev Jayate is hush-hush in its recordings. But I was pre-informed about her visits, because the world knew that we were like love-birds separated by a few seas. I missed a chance to meet her, and she cursed me for that.

In the meantime, we had more tragedies. While she put up a real brave front, I used to tell her that she could let herself loose and cry. I used to call her and joke and laugh. Laugh until she started crying about her psychological unrest. There were secrets that only I knew. I have no qualms in letting them out now. Suzette was really upset about the fact that she was treated like an accused in the rape case.

Mamata Banerjee had called her the enemy of the state. She had accused her of lying about her rape to tarnish the image of the Trinamool Congress government. She was called a hooker whose client had harsh sex with her. If all of this was not enough, she was treated with absolute contempt inside the court. She told me that the “FEMALE” judge behaved with her very rudely with absolute lack of empathy. Her court case appearances were unending. She was asked to narrate the incident again and again as the defense looked for discrepancies in her then and now statements. She was determined to fight it out even if it meant that she would be shot dead or raped again. She was a fighter. But people took her strength for granted. People forgot that she was human and she had the right to cry. She didn’t want to be brave all the time. She didn’t want to be the inspiration all the time. She was a normal person. She wanted to be seen as a normal average Joe though she had the worst humiliations to face. One incident that affected her so badly was when her undergarments that she was wearing when she was raped were paraded openly. The defense lawyer held it with a stick and asked her if it was her undergarments, and if she was wearing this on that day when she was “allegedly” raped. She told me that she broke down in court and pleaded to the judge asking her to intervene. The judge, one of her own gender, did not.

This one incident was one of the most devastating ones in Suzette’s life. She described it as, “I WAS GANG RAPED. AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN IN COURT.” She wanted to hold me and cry. I would coyly get her to laugh at her tragedy every time we spoke. Once when she was too upset with the defense lawyer, I asked her “Was the Lawyer HOT?” And she started giving me horrible Hindi abuses in jest. We both addressed each other by the tragedy. “Hello Can I Speak To Rape Victim?” is how we would begin our conversations and laugh before we cried.

She was not raped by some gang of perverted men. She was raped by the people of this country. She was raped by the law process of our country. She was raped by each one of you who doubted her story. Some time back, she was denied entry into a restaurant called @Ginger, in KOLKATA because *She was a rape victim*. There was an outrage on Twitter and Facebook when she spoke up. But actually, the restaurant staff was only holding a mirror to the attitude of people in our country. For us rape is a cause, and rape victim is a story. Rape is something that happens to the person on TV, or someone you read on the news, rape doesn’t happen in our homes. We live in a world of denial. Suzette died today at 3 am. Correction: India murdered Suzette with their mindset and attitude towards women and survivors of rape.

She died of meningitis. We all know that once depression bites you, you become a reservoir of diseases. In the end, she listened to me. I used to tell her “it is okay to go weak sometimes. It is okay to give up fighting and love yourself just as yourself. It is okay to just “Be””. She allowed herself to be. She stopped breathing. Her heart stopped beating. She passed away.

If she was really empowered, if people didn’t judge her, if the lawyers didn’t ill-treat her in court, if the female judge was sensitive to a person similar to her own anatomy, if the restaurant didn’t throw her out, if people didn’t judge her, she would have survived. Or for that matter, died happily.

India Killed Suzette. You killed her.

Things have to change. I demand judicial reforms. No woman should be humiliated like Suzette was in court. NO ONE.

Home Ministry issues advisory to state govts over backlash against people from North East

New Delhi: In the wake of lynching of a rape accused in Dimapur, the Home Ministry is apprehending backlash against people from the northeast living in Bengaluru, Pune and Gurgaon and asked the state governments concerned to ensure their security.

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Representational image. AP

In an advisory, the Home Ministry on Wednesday asked Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana governments to be fully alert and ensure security of northeast people.

The communication has been sent by the Home Ministry after it found that a misinformation campaign about the Dimapur incident was going on in social media.

“We suspect that the social media is being used by some anti-social elements to create tension and instigate people to attack people of northeast origin in the three cities,” a Home Ministry official said justifying the issuing of the advisory.

The Centre also told the states to deploy adequate security forces in places where sizeable number of northeast people live and roam around in these cities.

The activities in social media have been witnessed after Syed Sarif Khan, who was accused of raping a girl, was lynched by a mob after being dragged out from a jail in Dimapur.

The mob stripped Khan naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him towards the centre of Dimapur town, seven kilometres away from the jail. He died from his injuries on the way after which the mob displayed his body from a clock tower.

Thousands of northeast origin people living in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities had fled their place of work and study in August 2012 after rumours of possible attacks on them in the wake of clashes between Bodo tribals and immigrant Muslims in Assam that year.

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Bring law to hang rapists within a month, demands Shiv Sena

Mumbai: In the wake of an incident in Nagaland where a man accused of rape was lynched by an angry mob, the Shiv Sena today demanded formulation of a stringent law, under which those found guilty of rape would be hanged within a month of committing the crime.

“The way justice was meted out to the rape accused in Nagaland, should happen in Maharashtra as well. Cases relating to rape carry on for years, with the accused getting no punishment for his crime,” Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam told reporters in Mumbai.

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“What is necessary is immediate decisions to give justice to the rape victims. I will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demand the formulation of a law, which will fast track the rape related cases and the accused, if proven guilty is hanged within a month of committing the crime,” he added.

Kadam said that awarding death penalty is the only way to ensure that crime against women is curbed in the state.

The Shiv Sena has justified the lynching of the rape accused in Dimapur, stating that the mob fury reflects people’s anger towards sexual crimes against women.

“Our judicial system works at a snail’s pace when it comes to rape cases. However strong the case may be, we can never be sure if the rapist will be hanged. And if the accused is a minor, he is sent to a remand home where in the name of humanity, all kinds of facilities are provided to him,” the Sena had said in its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana.’

“The people of Nagaland have long been protesting the illegal migration from Bangladesh. But their protests were ignored. In the middle of this unrest came up this rape incident… This incident made people lose their patience… it is only a result of people’s anger against increasing sexual crimes,” the Sena had said.

Syed Farid Khan, owner of a motorparts shop in Dimapur was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman on February 24 and remanded to judicial custody in the Dimapur Central Jail the next day.

On 5 March, a mob broke into the jail, dragged him out, stripped him naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him towards the centre of Dimapur town, seven kilometres away. He died from his injuries on the way after which the mob displayed his body from a clock tower.

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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: Dimapur SP and Central jail chief suspended

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 today, police said.

Security personnel near a vehicle which was torched by a mob during a mass protest where they pulled out a rape accused from a district jail and lynched him in Dimapur, Nagaland on Thursday night.

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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 today, police said.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.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.

What will people say: Why India is up in arms over the Dec 16 BBC documentary

India’s Daughter is doing something that Indians fear. It’s washing our dirty laundry in public. India’s Daughter might as well have been called India’s Shame.

Rape has become India’s Number 1 black mark in the world outside, tourist advisories and all. Had Mukesh Singh spoken to an Indian channel, there would have been some tut-tutting and some shock and dismay but we would have gone back to programming as usual. But a BBC documentary makes our worst “log kya kahenge” nightmares come true.

No wonder India is up in arms. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister has said he has asked authorities to stop broadcast of the documentary scheduled for March 8. “The producers of documentary on Nirbhaya were required to take approval from jail authorities before the telecast but they did not do so,” tweeted Singh’s office.

Singh promised that the government will “institute an inquiry into this incident and responsibility will be fixed.” Ambika Soni of the Congress wants to know how the documentary make got permission to interview the convict inside Tihar jail.

A still from India's Daughter.A still from India's Daughter.

A still from India’s Daughter.

With all due respect to the HMO, is that the real problem here? Are the bureaucratic logistics of getting an interview (even 26 hours of footage) with a man convicted of rape the most serious problem? That sounds more like the excuse based upon which the documentary can be kept off the airwaves because powers-that-be find it embarrassing.

The real problem is that something as horrible as this rape has morphed into a point of cultural pride and national honour. We can debate about the ethics of giving a convict like Singh a platform or even the ethics about persuading him to speak. Udwin has said Singh’s mother persuaded him to speak and Kavita Krishnan asks on Scroll if it was ethical to use a distraught mother who probably thought she was helping her condemned son. Whether such a film should be aired while the convicts’ sentences are being appealed is a separate legal issue as well.

But leaving those arguments aside, let’s be clear about what this should not be about.

It should not be about the fact that it’s a Western filmmaker who made this film. Everyone has a right to talk about the issue. Anyway Indian filmmakers who talk about Indian problems also get accused of peddling poverty to westerners as Nargis Dutt once accused Satyajit Ray.

Whether the United States has more reported rapes than India or not has nothing to do with this issue. Rape is hardly the most suitable platform to play these games of cultural one-upmanship.

And it’s certainly not about tourism. “This affects tourism,” BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi told the Rajya Sabha. “The police should take appropriate action…they should be charged under appropriate sections.”

All of this self-righteous political indignation, allegedly on behalf of the rape victim from 2012, is really about something else entirely. The outrage should be about gang rapes not that there is a documentary about a gang rape. The outrage should be that too many Indians who may not brutalize women with iron rods also subscribe to many of his beliefs. As Kavita Krishnan writes in DailyO the words of Mukesh Singh could be plucked from the lips of religious guru Asaram Bapu. “Even the phrase ‘it takes two hangs to clap’ and suggestions that the rapists would have left the victim alone had she not fought back, are almost word for word what Asaram notoriously said about the December 16 rape.” Every time a police officer or a politician finds excuses for a rape – she was out too late, she was out alone, she was out with too many men, she was wearing a skirt, she had a drink – they are bolstering the convictions of a man like Mukesh Singh.

The restraining order against the film says “British filmmaker Leslee Udwin from BBC interviewed Mukesh Singh… in which he had made offensive and derogatory remarks against women creating an atmosphere of fear and tension with the possibility of public outcry and law and order situation.”

But if Singh was one rotten sociopathic apple we would not care that much. What we really fear about this documentary is that Mukesh Singh’s words come too close for comfort. That it would prove as filmmaker Leslee Udwin says it’s not just about a “few rotten apples” but that the “entire barrel is rotten”. And could our national pride digest that? All those arguments about why India’s Daughter should not be aired thus become convenient fig leaves for a greater discomfort – that India’s Daughter nakedly exposes India’s Shame.

It is a grossly misplaced sense of national pride that still places the burden of shame squarely on the rape victim. The restraining order on the film is an exercise in cultural nationalism as patriarchy, plain and simple. This is exactly what discourages real action on sexual violence because the family, the community and now the country’s government would rather draw a veil of silence over deeply shameful acts like this. But this should never have been about the rape victim’s shame. She has nothing to be ashamed of. “If I was raped, I’m not ashamed.The shame isn’t mine, it is that of my rapist. Therefore we must come out and talk,” Udwin tells DNA.

The real shame here is we do not do enough about it. And if that rankles that’s just what it should do because the other name for that kind of “shame” is conscience.

Log kya kahenge: Real reason we don’t want Dec 16 BBC documentary aired

India’s Daughter is doing something that Indians fear. It’s washing our dirty laundry in public. India’s Daughter might as well have been called India’s Shame.

Rape has become India’s Number 1 black mark in the world outside, tourist advisories and all. Had Mukesh Singh spoken to an Indian channel, there would have been some tut-tutting and some shock and dismay but we would have gone back to programming as usual. But a BBC documentary makes our worst “log kya kahenge” nightmares come true.

No wonder India is up in arms. Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister has said he has asked authorities to stop broadcast of the documentary scheduled for March 8. “The producers of documentary on Nirbhaya were required to take approval from jail authorities before the telecast but they did not do so,” tweeted Singh’s office.

Singh promised that the government will “institute an inquiry into this incident and responsibility will be fixed.” Ambika Soni of the Congress wants to know how the documentary make got permission to interview the convict inside Tihar jail.

A still from India's Daughter.A still from India's Daughter.

A still from India’s Daughter.

With all due respect to the HMO, is that the real problem here? Are the bureaucratic logistics of getting an interview (even 26 hours of footage) with a man convicted of rape the most serious problem? That sounds more like the excuse based upon which the documentary can be kept off the airwaves because powers-that-be find it embarrassing.

The real problem is that something as horrible as this rape has morphed into a point of cultural pride and national honour. We can debate about the ethics of giving a convict like Singh a platform or even the ethics about persuading him to speak. Udwin has said Singh’s mother persuaded him to speak and Kavita Krishnan asks on Scroll if it was ethical to use a distraught mother who probably thought she was helping her condemned son. Whether such a film should be aired while the convicts’ sentences are being appealed is a separate legal issue as well.

But leaving those arguments aside, let’s be clear about what this should not be about.

It should not be about the fact that it’s a Western filmmaker who made this film. Everyone has a right to talk about the issue. Anyway Indian filmmakers who talk about Indian problems also get accused of peddling poverty to westerners as Nargis Dutt once accused Satyajit Ray.

Whether the United States has more reported rapes than India or not has nothing to do with this issue. Rape is hardly the most suitable platform to play these games of cultural one-upmanship.

And it’s certainly not about tourism. “This affects tourism,” BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi told the Rajya Sabha. “The police should take appropriate action…they should be charged under appropriate sections.”

All of this self-righteous political indignation, allegedly on behalf of the rape victim from 2012, is really about something else entirely. The outrage should be about gang rapes not that there is a documentary about a gang rape. The outrage should be that too many Indians who may not brutalize women with iron rods also subscribe to many of his beliefs. As Kavita Krishnan writes in DailyO the words of Mukesh Singh could be plucked from the lips of religious guru Asaram Bapu. “Even the phrase ‘it takes two hangs to clap’ and suggestions that the rapists would have left the victim alone had she not fought back, are almost word for word what Asaram notoriously said about the December 16 rape.” Every time a police officer or a politician finds excuses for a rape – she was out too late, she was out alone, she was out with too many men, she was wearing a skirt, she had a drink – they are bolstering the convictions of a man like Mukesh Singh.

The restraining order against the film says “British filmmaker Leslee Udwin from BBC interviewed Mukesh Singh… in which he had made offensive and derogatory remarks against women creating an atmosphere of fear and tension with the possibility of public outcry and law and order situation.”

But if Singh was one rotten sociopathic apple we would not care that much. What we really fear about this documentary is that Mukesh Singh’s words come too close for comfort. That it would prove as filmmaker Leslee Udwin says it’s not just about a “few rotten apples” but that the “entire barrel is rotten”. And could our national pride digest that? All those arguments about why India’s Daughter should not be aired thus become convenient fig leaves for a greater discomfort – that India’s Daughter nakedly exposes India’s Shame.

It is a grossly misplaced sense of national pride that still places the burden of shame squarely on the rape victim. The restraining order on the film is an exercise in cultural nationalism as patriarchy, plain and simple. This is exactly what discourages real action on sexual violence because the family, the community and now the country’s government would rather draw a veil of silence over deeply shameful acts like this. But this should never have been about the rape victim’s shame. She has nothing to be ashamed of. “If I was raped, I’m not ashamed.The shame isn’t mine, it is that of my rapist. Therefore we must come out and talk,” Udwin tells DNA.

The real shame here is we do not do enough about it. And if that rankles that’s just what it should do because the other name for that kind of “shame” is conscience.

Meerut: Law student refuses to have landlord’s baby, dragged and beaten by five men

Meerut: A 22-year-old law student was allegedly beaten up by a guest house owner and his accomplices in Meerut after she resisted rape. PTI quoted the police officials as saying that she refused to have a baby with the landlord.

Five persons, including owner of the guest house and of a private hospital, were arrested this morning in connection with the incident which had taken place on February 3, Circle Officer Civil Lines Vandana Mishra said.

Reuters image.

Those arrested also include two women, Mishra added.

According to the complaint lodged by the victim on Sunday, she worked at a guest house owned by Subhash Bharati in Jagruti Vihar under Medical police station area.

Police said the accused tried to raped the student and forced her to have a baby with him using the test-tube method. When she refused, she was beaten by him and his four accomplices.

According to the police, a case has been registered under Section 376 (rape), Section 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and other relevant Sections of IPC and SC Act.

Mishra said the victim was sent for medical examination and today her statement will be recorded before a magistrate.

PTI

Delhi again: Woman gangraped on moving bus by driver and helper

A married woman was allegedly gangraped on a moving Uttar Pradesh roadways bus by its driver and helper in Dadri on the outskirts of Delhi, the police said on Sunday.

The woman boarded the bus at Kannauj for Dadri, but failed to notice her station and reached Delhi on Saturday night, the police said.

Representational image. Reuters

According to the compliant lodged by the woman, the driver and the helper offered her to drop at Dadri and later raped her.

A case was registered on Sunday, the police said, adding that the accused are absconding. The medical examination of the woman was also conducted.

PTI