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					                                      WOMEN – 2010
                                        (January to December 2010)

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                                                                           Human Rights Documentation,
                                                             Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road, New Delhi

Govt mulls making molestation non-bailable offence (8)
New Delhi: Taking a lesson from the Ruchika case, the Government is considering making molestation a
non-bailable, cognisable offence in which the accused can be arrested based on a complaint. According
to the draft of the proposed Sexual Crimes (Special Courts) Bill, 2010, the Law Ministry has proposed
making molestation a cognisable, non-bailable offence. So far, a person accused of molestation under
Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code could be granted bail as the maximum punishment stipulated is
less than three years. "According to the preliminary draft, a person cannot be released on bail unless the
public prosecutor is given a chance to oppose the bail plea. In other words, a judge cannot deliver an ex
parte judgement," a senior Law Ministry official told PTI. He said the details are being worked out. "We
expect women organisations and other groups to provide more suggestions before the final draft is sent
to the Home Ministry," he added. Since creation of special courts would require amendments in the Code
of Criminal Procedure, the matter comes under the Home Ministry. Law Minister M Veerappa Moily had
said that after going through the Ruchika case, he had decided to work on the new Bill which will help fast
track disposing of cases of sexual crimes. The Bill also proposes to set up TADA like fast track special
courts to deal with such cases. These courts will have powers of a district court and hand down
judgements within six months to one year. The lighter punishment of six months in jail for molesting
Ruchika and the immediate bail granted to former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore had created an uproar.
(Pioneer 1/1/10)

One out of every three girls in Mumbai is molested (8)
Mumbai: According to the Mumbai police, there were 167 rapes and 356 in Mumbai in 2009. But this is
just the tip of the iceberg. The actual number of crimes against women, collectively labelled under the
umbrella of “outraging the modesty of a woman” in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is much higher, say
social workers and child rights activists. According to estimates, one in every three girls and one of every
five boys before the age of 18 have been molested. “It is a commendable fact that Ruchika’s family did
not give up even after so many years,” said Pooja Taparia, founder and CEO of Arpan, an NGO working
on the issue of child sexual abuse. “Unfortunately, many such cases go unreported.” “We find very few
complaints being lodged, and hardly any action being taken against the perpetrators,” said Taparia,
attributing this to the fact that there are “no specific and stringent laws” to tackle the issue of child sexual
abuse or even molestation. “On one end of the spectrum is section 509, which deals with outraging a
woman’s modesty and on the other is section 376, which defines punishment for rape. However, there
are several other issues ‘in-between’ which neither addresses,” said Taparia. Pushpa Venkatraman, who
has counselled several adult survivors of sexual abuse, agreed. “Issues like touching, non-contact
offences like lewd glances, talking furtively, as well as sending obscene MMS clippings, which are
happening more and more often now, are not addressed,” said Venkatraman. “As far as molestation
cases are concerned, people either get away on bail, or it takes years for the hearing to come up, or a
person can do an out of court settlement very easily,” said Taparia. “Speedy justice, speedy trials, friendly
environment for the victim are the need of the hour,” she said. However, at the bottom of all this, said
social activists, is the patriarchal Indian society. “Many a times, the abuse is done by a known person. In
such cases, protecting family honour becomes more important,” said therapist Rita D’Souza. (DNA
2/1/10)

97 pc rape victims in Delhi molested by relatives, acquaintances (8)
New Delhi, Jan 2 : Reiterating that women cannot trust even close family members, statistics released by
the Delhi Police today show that a shocking 97.35 per cent of rape victims in 2009 were molested by their
relatives or acquaintances. ''Only 2.65 per cent such victims became targets of strangers,'' Commissioner
of Delhi Police Y S Dadwal said. Statistics also show a decline in the number of cases of rape registered
with the Delhi Police last year. Showing a decline of three per cent since 2008, 452 cases of rape were
registered with the police in the city last year. Besides, 2.66 per cent cases of rape were recorded per
lakh of population last year compared to 2.7 per cent in 2008. The Commissioner added that while 35
police stations in the city reported no cases of the heinous crime, 35 stations reported 225 cases (50 per
cent cases) of rape. ''Crime Against Women cell has provided services to countless victims. Of the 8,332
marital dispute related complaints last year, 3,579 were decided and legal action was sought in only 5,13
cases,'' Mr Dadwal said. Out of the 7,354 calls received by the Women Helpline of Delhi Police last year,
most pertained to complaints of missing women and domestic violence. Terming the training in self-
defence techniques for women a positive step, the Commissioner also said 6,900 women and girl
students in 56 training programmes and 18 workshops last year, were trained to protect themselves and
given legal awareness. (New Kerala 2/1/10)

Ruchika case: Rathore may be asked to pay damages (8)
CHANDIGARH: Almost two decades of living in fear has left the Girhotras battle-scarred and traumatized.
But the war against the influential man who wronged their daughter and made their son Ashu’s life a living
hell is not yet over. Along with the hope that former DGP S P S Rathore would soon pay for his misdeeds
comes another light at the end of the tunnel that the accused could be made liable to compensate the
Girhotra family for 19 years of harassment, as per the provisions of law. Ironically, while Haryana does
not have a policy of extending financial aid to victims, except in cases of rape and child abuse, there is
optimism brewing as state advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda has strongly suggested that the accused
could be made to compensate the victimized family from his pocket. This, especially since Ashu was
subjected to illegal detention and faced many false cases. For this, Hooda says an appeal can be filed for
damages, in addition to demanding an enhancement in Rathore’s sentence by adding molestation
charges. Sources said Haryana could recommend the CBI to file an appeal for compensation in Punjab
and Haryana Court under Section 357 of CrPC. The state had sought Hooda’s opinion to explore various
aspects related with the case. A senior officer admitted, Haryana does not have a policy to give financial
aid to victims, except in cases of child abuse and rape, where an amount ranging from Rs 10,000 to
20,000 can be extended. Interestingly, the CrPC (Amendment) Act, 2008, which provides for
compensation to victims of illegal arrest and police harassment, came into effect from December 31,
2009. It reads: ‘‘In coordination with the Centre, every state should prepare a scheme for providing funds
for compensation to the victim or his dependents who suffered loss or injury as a result of crime, and who
require rehabilitation.’’ The compensation case can take a long time so the government must initiate the
process. ‘‘It won’t be simple because the entire state machinery and a former DGP were involved in the
matter,’’ said advocate H C Arora. He said Punjab and Haryana high court had recently directed Punjab
to pay Rs 1 crore as compensation to five innocent persons who were sentenced to life for the murder of
a person who was later found alive. Nobody can mock the judicial system. On similar lines, Haryana must
also award the compensation in favour of Ashu, he added. Girhotras lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj, however,
demanded that the state first create a fearless atmosphere so that the family could come out and speak.
Rathore’s former counsel Ajay Jain said: ‘‘Its for the court to decide whether any compensation is to be
given under Section 357 CrPC. The state has no say in the matter as it would amount to interference in
the administration of judicial system. It’s open for Rathore as well as for Madhu Parkash (complainant on
the behalf of Ruchika family) and CBI to pursue the appeal in superior court.’’ (Times of India 3/1/10)

Meena demands CBI probe into tribal woman rape case (8)
Jaipur Kirorilal Meena, Independent MP from Dausa, demanded a CBI probe into the alleged rape of a
tribal woman involving a former IPS officer, and the murder cases against assembly speaker Deependra
Singh Shekhawat and cooperative minister Parsadilal Meena. An investigation by the Special Operation
Group in the rape case allegedly involving former DIG Madhukar Tandon would not be sufficient and the
CBI should take up the matter forthwith, Meena said at a press conference here while introducing the
victims and their relatives. The alleged rape victim, with her face veiled and flanked by husband Khayali
Ram, told reporters they were receiving threat calls from unknown persons after the MP revived the
demand for justice. The woman was allegedly abducted and raped by Tandon in January 1997.
Meanwhile, demanding a CBI probe against Deependra Singh Shekhawat, Meena alleged that
Raghunath Guvaria, a Dalit, was beaten to death by the speaker's men on May 15, 2009 for not changing
his statement in a corruption case. "Influencing police and the state CID-crime branch, the speaker
eluded himself from the FIR lodged with Srimadhopur police station in Raghunat case," Meena said
distributing photocopies of the case to media persons.(Express India 4/1/10)


 Ex-MLA’s son accused of harassing girls (8)
CHICKABALLAPUR: Hundreds of students from various colleges in Chickaballapur took to the streets on
Monday to protest against the increasing harassment of college girls. Under the aegis of Akhila Bharatiya
Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP), the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike,
the students took out a procession and staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent
of Police. Various organisations, in a memorandum submitted to the police, said that the girl students
were being harassed near colleges, hostels and bus stops. The miscreants even snatched books, bus
passes and other belongings from the girls and passed lewd comments at them. Some youth even
tortured the girls who refused to ride pillion on their motorcycles. Fearing further harassment and
humiliation, most of the victims and their parents, had suffered silently and not lodged complaints, the
student union leaders said. Superintendent of Police Ravindra Prasad told presspersons that the
organisations had complained that the son of the former Chickballapur MLA Anasuya Natarajan and his
friends were involved in most of the alleged incidents. Mr. Prasad said the Chickaballapur Town Police
had registered a non-cognisable case. The officer said that to trap such persons, he would deploy “well-
dressed” women police constables in plainclothes near colleges and bus stops in the town. (The Hindu
5/1/10)

Women’s groups urge Moily to amend sexual violence laws (8)
NEW DELHI: Women’s groups, organisations and individuals have appealed to Union Law Minister
Veerappa Moily to amend the laws on sexual violence at the earliest, arguing that there is an urgent need
for strict and exemplary action against any state functionaries who conspire to deny justice to victims of
sexual violence. The organisations and individuals, coming under the banner of ANHAD, called for a time-
bound national discussion on ways to democratically advance law reforms. Merely bringing in a law to
fast-track cases through the proposed Sexual Offences (Special Courts) Bill, or making character
evidence illegal, or sexual offences cognisable would not solve the difficulties, beyond the immediate
context, going by the endless histories of those victimised by sexual violence, the letter said. Unless the
definitional and substantive aspects of the rape law and those dealing with sexual harassment,
molestation, unnatural offences and abduction of girls and women in everyday contexts were amended,
the proposed law would remain a hollow gesture, it said. The letter said it was the experience of the
Domestic Violence Act that stipulating time alone did not mean that cases would be heard in time. Nor did
special courts, as seen in the cases of communal riots, ensure justice, since they did not take into
account the problems faced by survivors in testifying. Calling for re-defining rape, the letter wanted to
include marital rape as a crime. Copies of the letter have been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Girija Vyas, chairperson of the
National Commission for Women, Shantha Sinha, chairperson of the National Commission for the
Protection of Child Rights, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath and the National
Human Rights Commission. (The Hindu 6/1/10)

Draft bill on harassment to be reviewed (8)
NEW DELHI: The Centre has decided to review provisions of the draft bill on protection of women against
sexual harassment at the workplace. The Ministry of Women and Child Development on Friday
constituted an inter-ministerial group and asked it to examine and fine-tune the draft bill by January 20 so
that it can be finalised as early as possible. The group will be chaired by Additional Secretary in the
Ministry of Women and Child Development and will have the representatives from the Ministry of Social
Justice and Empowerment, Health and Family Welfare, Railways, Information and Broadcasting, Home
Affairs, Labour and Employment, Department of Personnel, Planning Commission, Law and Justice and
Department of Post. National Commission for Women Member Secretary will also be a member. The
Ministry of Women and Child Development has prepared a draft bill that seeks to cover students,
research scholars and those working in the unorganised sector. The inter-ministerial group will review the
provisions of the draft bill, keeping in view Supreme Court judgements in such cases. (Express Buzz
9/1/10)

Justice for women in Karnataka still a far cry? (8)
BANGALORE: Is justice for women still a distant dream in Karnataka? With dowry deaths, domestic
violence, acid attacks, rape and sexual harassment hogging the headlines almost every day, activists
seem to have lost track of Pratibha, who was raped and murdered four years ago. TOI spoke to some
Bangalore activists even as the government shows no signs of appointing a chairperson to the headless
State Women's Commission. Dona Fernandes of Vimochana feels the Women's Commission was all set
to cover up crimes committed against women. "When the last commissioner left office, many files had
gone missing. There were rumours that they were burnt. Till date, there is no information about this. Even
if we demand a chairperson for the commission, she will be a representative of the ruling party, deputed
mainly to cover up issues as most often crime is committed by those in power," she says. The whole legal
system is biased against women. The newly drafted Sexual Harassment Bill is also faulty. In most of the
genuine sexual harassment cases, victims are made to appear as levelling false allegations. According to
this Bill, women will be punished if their complaint is found to be faulty. With this condition, will women
ever come and register a case against harassment?" she asks. Pointing out that Pratibha's incident is
unfortunate and delay in justice is unpardonable, Dona says: "Our organization has not forgotten
Pratibha, rather it was busy fighting for similar victims. Every day, six to eight women are burnt and
brought to Victoria Hospital, and many cases of harassment go unnoticed. We are fighting to prevent
occurrence of such incidents." Recipient of the Right to Livelihood award, social activist Ruth Manorama
said the state should protect women from getting raped, molested and killed. "The BJP government has
failed to even appoint a chairperson, without a Women's Commission how can there be follow-up of such
cases?" she says. "Justice delayed is denied, we need a fast-track court to clear such cases. With regular
incidents of domestic violence and harassment against women piling up, we have been busy taking
measures to prevent such incidents," she adds. We reach out to silent sufferers Campaign And Struggle
Against Acid Attack and Women (CSAAAW) activist Mallige says a few days after Pratibha was killed, a
labourer at Kengeri was raped in front of her children. "Several such incidents occur daily and 60% of the
cases are not even registered. Very few families like Ruchika's continue to fight even if it is delayed for
decades," she says. "Recently, at Malavalli, a tribal woman was raped and murdered. Who will fight for
these women? Pratibha's case was at least highlighted in the media. Our struggle is to reach out to those
silent sufferers who are unable to fight for justice themselves," adds Mallige. (Times of India 11/1/10)

Girl complains of harassment in residential school run by math (8)
Bangalore/Shimoga: A human rights forum based in Sagar of Shimoga district has appealed to the
Karnataka State Human Rights Commission and the National Women’s Commission to probe the alleged
case of sexual harassment of a minor girl in the residential school run on the premises of
Ramachandrapura Math in Hosanagar taluk. Manava Hakku Vedike, Sagar, alleged that one of the
teachers harassed the residents of the school run for poor girl students. The math authorities, it said, was
protecting and promoting the accused. The organisation also appealed for protection to the family of the
girl, who it claimed was facing threats from those close to the math. In the first information report (FIR)
filed at Hosanagar in December 2009, the girl, who is now 18, said she was harassed by a teacher of the
school while she was studying there in 2004-05. The girl alleged that she was threatened of dire
consequences if she reported the matter to the authorities. The complainant stated that she subsequently
left the school unable to bear the harassment. The girl said her parents had brought these sexual
harassment episodes to the attention of the seer of the math, Raghaveshwara Tirtha, who had promised
to take action against the teacher, but eventually only promoted him. It was said that there was delay in
filing a police complaint because the girl and her family waited, hoping that the math authorities would
take action as promised. Speaking to The Hindu, Veena Hegde, mother of the complainant, and Indira
Mohan Hegde, a family friend, alleged that they were facing threats from the Suraksha Samiti (protection
committee) which wants to prevent them from speaking against the math and its authorities. False cases
had been filed against anyone who dared to speak against the math, Ms. Indira Hegde said. However,
U.H. Ramappa, chairman of the Suraksha Samiti of Ramachandrapura Math, denied allegations of sexual
harassment and threats to the family of the girl. Speaking to this correspondent, he said that delay in filing
the complaint led to suspicion that it was part of a conspiracy against the math and its seer by certain
groups. He said that a demonstration had been planned at Sagar on Tuesday against the systematic
campaign, and added that seers of Pejawar Math and Keladi Rajaguru Math, besides political leaders,
were expected to participate in the protest. (The Hindu 12/1/10)

NCW chief meets Chidambaram; demands stringent punishment for rapists (8)
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, National Commission for Women
(NCW) chairperson Girija Vyas today met Union home minister P Chidambaram to press for the need of
changing laws on sexual assaults. During the meeting at the home minister's North Block Office,Vyas
demanded strict punishment for crimes like rape and molestation, especially when it is committed by
government employees like police officers. "There is an urgent need to change the laws on sexual
assaults. The definition as mentioned in the Act be enlarged and punishment should be stringent," she
told reporters after the meeting. As per law, a maximum of two-year imprisonment can be given to rape
convicts. Vyas said a minimum of life or seven years in prison should be given to such culprits. Vyas
requested the Home Minister that if any such crime against women is committed by government servants
and by police officers, the punishment should be "more". She also expressed concern about non-filing of
FIRs in many of rape cases. Chidambaram assured the NCW chief that a State-Centre inter-ministerial
coordination committee headed by Union home secretary is already looking into the laws related to
sexual violence. (DNA 13/1/10)

Women commuters unsafe in Mumbai local trains: Crime graph (8)
Mumbai: Women commuters appear to be unsafe travelling in suburban trains, considered lifeline of
Mumbai, with incidents of chain snatching and bag lifting showing an upward curve in 2009 compared to
previous year. Incidents of molestation also did not see any downfall as 12 cases were reported in 2009.
In the previous year too the number of such cases was the same. The annual crime rate, compiled in
2009 by Government Railway Police, show that 452 chain snatching incidents were reported in the
suburban railway route compared to 429 cases in 2008. In these cases, most victims were women. A total
of 201 bag lifting cases were reported in 2009 as against 151 in 2008, police said adding that bag
snatching or bag cutting incidents were seven in 2009 while 5 such cases were reported its previous year.
In the backdrop of crime graph showing an upward trend, particularly against women, Government
Railway Police Commissioner Tukaram Chavan assured they were doing their best to ensure safe
journey for the commuters. "The number of commuters travelling in suburban trains is increasing day by
day where as the strength of policemen is insufficient and this becomes difficult to handle the things.
However, all passengers including women should feel safe while travelling in trains as we have stepped
up our vigilance at all places," Chavan said. The crime detection rate of the GRP has also come down
from 75 to 71 per cent. In 2009, a total of 2,343 case were reported of which 1,675 cases were detected.
In 2008, 1657 cases of 2212 were detected. A total of 2076 theft cases including chain, watch, bag
snatching, pick pocketing and bag lifting were reported in 2009 against 1938 incidents in 2008. The
commissioner also emphasised on the need of 360 or 180 degree angle CCTVs to be installed at major
railway stations instead of CCTVs which could catch only one fixed angle. "We should have wide angle
CCTVs which would enable us in identifying the movements of suspicious persons and detecting various
cases," he said. The suburban railway system is spread over an expanse of 472.66 km with 6.8 million
commuters travelling everyday. (DNA 13/1/10)

Dalit woman abuse case: NCW seeks report (8)
BALASORE: The abuse of a Dalit woman in a crowded market place here has drawn the attention of the
National Commission for Women (NCW). The Commission has sought a report from Balasore Police on
the case within a week. The Commission wants to know about action taken by the police in the case and
rehabilitation measures provided to the victim. On October 14 last, a 25- year-old woman, mother of
three, was dragged to a market place at Bagudi near Soro and tied with a tree while a group of persons
thrashed her. They assaulted and abused her after branding her as a prostitute and the act was video-
shot and handed over to an electronic media. Claiming sluggish action of police against the culprits, the
woman had even appealed for intervention of the Chief Minister. The NCW, however, sought the report
after human rights lawyer Prabir Das moved the Commission and NHRC. (Express Buzz 14/1/10)


Over USD 9mn granted for empowering women (8)
New York, Jan 13: A new fund managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
has announced over USD 9 million in grants to support initiatives in 26 countries to empower women,
ranging from boosting their political participation in Bosnia and Herzegovina to assisting those denied
inheritance and property rights in Afghanistan.The Fund for Gender Equality is a USD 68 million
multilateral initiative, currently funded by the Governments of Spain and Norway, designed to promote
innovative programmes focusing on women's economic and political empowerment at local and national
levels. "This new Fund has tremendous potential to bring about concrete and sustainable changes in
women's lives. Very impressive efforts to advance women's political and economic empowerment are
underway in every corner of the world," said UNIFEM Executive Director Ines Alberdi. "Yet this work is
critically under-funded. It is important that the Fund supports both governments and civil society
organizations - and very significantly, partnerships between them as well." The activities of the 27
initiatives which will benefit from the initial grants range from supporting women in the informal sector in
Cameroon, Egypt and the Philippines to increasing greater political participation by women in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Morocco and in the Pacific Islands. Initiatives also focus
on indigenous women and those in high-risk groups, such as women affected by HIV and AIDS, as well
as on assistance to women farmers facing food insecurity and climate change and those who are
systematically denied inheritance and property rights such as women in Afghanistan. The new grants fall
into the Fund's Catalytic Grant category - one of two types of high-impact grants aimed to accelerate
efforts of dozens of initiatives on the ground. The second category of Implementation Grants will be
announced in June and will focus on the implementation of already-ratified national laws or policies. (New
Kerala 13/1/10)

Women's groups seek tougher abuse laws (8)
NEW DELHI: Following public outrage over the perceived injustice meted out in the Ruchika Girhotra
molestation case, a group of women’s organisations have demanded a comprehensive legislation to deal
with cases of sexual assault and rape. The organisations, including All India Democratic Women’s
Association (AIDWA) and National Federation of Indian Women, suggested widening the definition of
rape and molestation to bring it in conformity with international standards and ensure that there are no
legal loopholes. A delegation led by CPM leader Brinda Karat met law minister M Veerappa Moily to
press for speedier trails and procedural changes that would ensure justice was meted out. “The minister
assured us that he would convene a meeting of nodal ministries of home affairs and women and child
development to discuss the bill. We have already submitted a comprehensive draft of urgent amendments
in the criminal law,” Kirti Singh, AIDWA legal convener, said. The delegation asked the ministry to
introduce various other sections on cases of protracted sexual assault and sexual assault by guardians
under the IPC. (Times of India 17/1/10)

National mission for empowerment of women to be launched soon: Tirath (8)
New Delhi, Jan 18: Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on Monday
said that the government is proposing to set up a national mission for the empowerment of women. The
mission aims to ensure empowerment of women in all spheres - economic, social, political and legal.
Addressing Social Editors' Conference in the national capital, Tirath highlighted the measures being taken
to strengthen legal provisions for the welfare of women. "The Ministry has set up an Inter Ministerial
Group to finalize the proposed Bill for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace and a proposal for
restructuring and expansion of Rashtriya Mahila Kosh and the premier micro credit agency for women to
raise its corpus to Rs. 500 crore from the present Rs. 100 crore is under active consideration," Tirath said.
She further said that the Ministry has formulated a new scheme, namely, "Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog
Yojana (IGMSY)", which will be piloted in 95 districts where conditional cash transfer would be given to
pregnant woman and lactating mothers so that she enhances maternal care and nutrition. In order to
address the issue of under nutrition and nutrition deficiency in children, Tirath said that a new scheme the
integrated child development scheme (ICDS), aimed at improving the well being of children in difficult
circumstances including children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection, has been
launched. She said that 7073 ICDS projects have been sanctioned under which 14 lakhs anganwadi
centres would be functioning in the long run. "The new scheme will be primarily implemented through the
State Governments and States will play important role in effective implementation of the scheme," Tirath
said. Six State Governments, including Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland
and Manipur have already signed the MOU with the Ministry for implementation of this scheme. The
Minister added that State Governments of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Goa have also
communicated their willingness to sign the MOU with the Ministry, while the proposal from the remaining
State Governments are awaited. (New Kerala 18/1/10)

SC dismisses woman RAW officer's sexual harassment complaint (8)
New Delhi, January 18, 2010: The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition filed by a senior woman
officer of the country's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing who had alleged sexual
harassment by her superior officers. "We have gone through the petition as also the documents filed and
find that the allegations made by the petitioner (Nisha Priya Bhatia) have been inquired into by several
independent bodies, including a committee headed by Dr Renukam Viswanathan and supervised by the
Cabinet Secretary, and that no merit has been found in the allegations levelled by her. "The record further
shows that the allegations made by the petitioner have at one time or the other been examined by
the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women and they too had not
granted her any relief," the apex court said in a judgement. Interestingly, the bench of Justices H S Bedi
and J M Panchal said it did not pass the judgement in the presence of Nisha as she was "surcharged"
and "emotionally disturbed". The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up RAW for not
providing Nisha the report of a "complaint committee" to one of its officials after it probed her sexual
harassment allegations against her bosses. (Hindustan Times 18/1/10)

NGO voice for abuse victims (8)
Imphal, Jan. 17: A young widow with a small daughter, Ibenungshi Devi, was finding it difficult to make
ends meet, especially after her right hand was mutilated during a murder attempt by her husband. Last
year in December, a glimmer of hope shone through her miserably days when Women Action for
Development, an Imphal-based NGO, offered to sell her pottery items. Ibenungshi’s story was revealed
during a daylong discussion on the role of media in combating violence against women, organised by the
NGO. Her husband, L. Jeevan was a rifleman in the Manipur Rifles some years ago. “He did not bring
any money when he came on leave. Instead he demanded money from whatever I earned from selling
my pottery items for his liquor. He beat me black and blue whenever I refused him money,” the 33-year-
old Ibenungshi from Thongjao in Thoubal district, said. Her mother-in-law, Leiren Devi allegedly harassed
her for not bringing enough dowry. Her husband tortured her, as she could not give him a son. “On one
such leave, he poured kerosene on me and set me on fire. I survived with a badly mutilated right hand,”
she said. After the incident, Ibenungshi left her husband’s house and moved in with her elder sister
Achoubi and her husband Maniton. Her daughter, now 13, is living with her husband. “I had almost given
up hope of living. But the NGO has given me hope, provided me with some money and promised to sell
my pottery,” she said. Her pottery, mostly teacups made of clay, is one of the most favoured items
displayed at the office NGO at Palace Compound in Imphal. The NGO works against domestic violence
and gender issues. It also helps widows of HIV/AIDS victims. Sobita Mangsatabam, the secretary of the
NGO, said Ibenunghsi’s story was only the tip of the iceberg. “Many victims of domestic violence are
suffering silently. We need help from the media in exposing such violence so that corrective measures
can be taken by society and we all could lend a helping hand,” she said. The organisation presented cash
awards to five reporters for their coverage of gender issues. (Telegraph 18/1/10)

NCW team to probe Godhra assaults (8)
NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday sent a team to Godhra, Gujarat,
to probe allegations that some women were sexually as well as physically assaulted by policemen there.
NCW chairwoman Girija Vyas said that according to complaints received by the Commission, some
policemen went to an area in Godhra on the midnight of December 19 to nab some persons accused of
stealing a cow and sexually as well as physically assaulted some women. After going through some
photographs of the violence, she decided to send a team there, she told reporters here on Thursday. She
demanded strict action against the police personnel involved in the crime. The State government, she
said, was not taking the issue seriously. The NCW would take appropriate action after getting a report
from the team. (The Hindu 22/1/10)

NCW takes up women hockey players’ issue (8)
NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Hockey India asking the interim
body to look into the grievances of the national women hockey players, who are agitating against the
delay in payment of dues. NCW chairperson Girija Vyas told journalists here on Thursday that the
Commission had also asked the Hockey Federation to let them know the steps taken to address the
grievances of the players. The women players have launched a silent agitation against the delay by
wearing black armbands during the training session of the Commonwealth Games’ preparatory camp in
Bhopal. The protesting women players have not received their dues since April last, and hence the core
group decided to sport black bands in protest.(The Hindu 22/1/10)

Women tourists go off the beaten track (8)
BANGALORE: A bullockcart ride, a hand on the potter’s wheel, ploughing a paddy field, learning the
recipe of an ethnic pickle. Shattering stereotypes, these are a few things that women tourists prefer to
experience these days... experience local people, local culture and have a wonderful time while doing it.
They don’t much care for the “must-see” listed in the itinerary. Tour operators say, men, by and large, are
satisfied with travel packages. Designing destinations for women is a tough proposition as their needs are
getting extremely unique, says Mathew Joseph, director, Le Green Hotels & Resorts. Women want to
explore a variety of simple but different things, they want to experience the rustic environ, says Prema
Lakshmi, director, Femmes en Voyage, a travel operator exclusively for women. The company recently
took 20 women on a ranch holiday in Biccaud, a village on the outskirts of Belur. “The itinerary included a
10 km-bullockcart ride, passing many villages, drinking local lassi. We wanted to see the village life, men,
women and children and their animals out there,” says Nivedita Bhasker, a tourist. “Women travellers are
unpredictable. We need to innovate to keep up to their taste,” says Piya Bose, founder of Mumbai-based
Girls On The Go, another exclusive women-tour operator. Recently, a bunch of women tourists were
returning after visiting the meteoric crater in Lonar in Maharasthra. They spotted gypsy camps on the way
and got off there. “They gave gypsies food. They played and sang songs with them. They also bought
handmade jewellery, lamp shades and flower urns from them,” recalls Bose. Some women love
adventure sports like rock climbing and air ballooning. Foreigners too are keen on grassroots tourism in
India. For instance, 18 young women students — 15 Americans, 2 Sri Lankans and 1 Chinese — recently
toured for a fortnight exploring paddy cultivation, coir making and fish farming in Alappuzha, before they
explored wildlife in Waynad and Bandipur. (Times of India 25/1/10)

Wipro engineer molestation case transferred to Mirzapur (8)
Kanpur, January 27, 2010: A case regarding molestation and assault of a woman engineer by attendants
of a Bihar legislator in Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express, was on Wednesday transferred to Mirzapur in Uttar
Pradesh, officials said. One of the accused was arrested and produced before a magistrate while search
is on to nab another who is absconding. Since the train was passing through Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh at
the time of the incident, the case was transferred there and one attendant, Upendra, was produced before
a magistrate while a manhunt has been launched to nab the other accused, Vimal, GRP Circle Officer
Akhlaf Ahmed said. On being pointed out that the engineer has also named the MLC Jyoti Singh in the
FIR, he said the matter now lies in the hands of Mirzapur officials. The incident occurred in the Patna-
New Delhi Rajdhani Express on Tuesday when the engineer, an employee of Wipro company, was
allegedly molested by two attendants of the Congress MLC, who was travelling along with her mother and
a few relatives. The engineer, in her complaint, has said that the attendants molested her at around 2 am,
and when the other passengers raised an alarm, they abused and assaulted her.(hINDUSTAN tIMES
27/1/10)

Child raped in Goa, Russia warns India (8)
Jan. 27 (PTI): A nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped by a domestic tourist on a beach in north
Goa, provoking a “deeply outraged” Russia to threaten to issue an advisory asking its citizens not to
travel to the coastal state. A Russian woman in a complaint with police in Pernem, 35km from Panaji, said
her nine-year-old daughter was raped by an unidentified person on Arambol beach while she was playing
in the sea between 5.30pm and 6pm yesterday. The superintendent of police (north), Bosco George, said
a case had been registered against the unidentified person. No arrests were made till Wednesday
evening. Sources said the incident occurred a day after the husband of the Russian woman left for
Moscow. The woman was supposed to leave for Russia next week, they said. The deputy superintendent
of police, Sammy Tavares, said Pernem police had registered a rape case under the Indian Penal Code
and the Goa Children’s Act. According to the complaint, two persons struck up a conversation with the
mother on the beach. “While one person continued chatting with her, the other went into sea where the
minor was playing and raped her,” police inspector Uttam Raut Desai said. A medical examination of the
girl has confirmed rape, he said. The Russian embassy in New Delhi demanded “strict and efficient”
measures immediately to ensure the safety of Russian citizens. “Otherwise, we will have no other option
but to recommend Russian tourists to refrain from visiting Goa,” the statement added. Over 40,000
Russians visit Goa each year. The child assault comes after last month’s rape of a 25-year-old Russian
girl, allegedly by local politician John Fernandes. In another incident on December 26, two Russian girls
had to hide in a forest for almost four hours after their taxi driver tried to assault them. The Russian
statement made a reference to the earlier case and formally expressed dissatisfaction with the progress
in the investigation. “Last December, a 25-year-old Russian woman was criminally assaulted and raped.
Investigation of that case is being conducted inefficiently. Earlier, the police had registered several other
cases of assaults and abuses of Russian tourists in Goa. “Increased criminal activities in the state, which
has become popular among Russian tourists, cause damage to its reputation. We expect the Indian
authorities to immediately take strict and efficient measures to ensure the safety of Russian citizens,” the
embassy said in the statement. Tourism minister Kumari Selja demanded immediate action by the Goa
government. (Telegraph 28/1/10)

Woman sexually assaulted, burnt alive (8)
VARANASI: In a sensational incident, the half-burnt body of a young woman Pushpa Singh (26) was
found in her flat in VDA Colony in Shivpur area on Friday. It was suspected that Pushpa was killed and
burnt after being sexually assaulted by some miscreants. However, the police said it would be clear only
after the post-mortem reports. According to reports, a contractor, Amit Singh along with his wife Pushpa
and four-year-old son Ayush resides in the flat. He had gone out of station on Thursday. After hearing the
cries of the child on Friday morning, the local residents opened the doors. They were shocked to see the
condition of the house and found the half burnt body of Pushpa in the bathroom. The police are
investigating the matter. Shot at: A BJP worker, Ramnarayan Singh was shot at by some miscreants at
his residence in city Kotwali area in Mirzapur district on Friday. According to reports, two youth on a bike
went to his house and shot him when he came out. He sustained bullet injuries on his leg and face. He
was admitted to the hospital. Some tender related dispute was stated to be the reason behind the
incident. The police are investigating the matter. In another incident, in Chilh area of the district, the police
raided the house of Munnilal alias Baba Sonkar at Talapatti village and recovered 1,800 pouches of illicit
liquor. Sonkar was arrested. Two crushed to death: In two separate mishaps at different places, two
persons including a woman was killed on Friday. A 40-year-old man Noor Mohammed, resident of Turra
village under Pipri police station in Sonebhadra district was crushed to death by a speeding truck on
Mirzapur-Shaktin Nagar highway. He was going somewhere on his motorcycle when the mishap took
place. In another incident, a safai worker Shanti Devi (55) lost her life when hit by a goods carrier in
Kotwali area in Varanasi. Six become unconscious: Six persons of a family became unconscious when
they consumed tea contaminated with pesticide at Tarsara village under Phoolpur police station on
Friday. They were admitted to the hospital for treatment. According to reports, a girl mistakenly put the
pesticide in the boiling water while she was preparing tea. The family members including Gauri Shankar
Patel, Pramod Kumar, Urmila Devi, Satya Prakash, Pooja, and Priya started feeling uneasy after
consuming the tea, and soon became unconscious. The local natives rushed them to the hospital where
their treatment is going on. Robbers arrested: The Lanka police claimed to have arrested three robbers in
Dafi area on Friday. The arrested miscreants were involved in a robbery at Bajrang Nagar colony taken
place on December 29 night. The police recovered looted ornaments, three country made pistols and a
bike. (Times of India 30/1/10)

NCP national leaders downplay sexual assaults on foreigners (8)
MARGAO: In contrast to state ourism minister Francisco “Mickky” Pacheco’s recent attack on home
minister Ravi Naik, following the alleged rape of a nine-year-old Russian girl at Arambol recently, national
leaders of his party, the National Congress Party (NCP), chose to downplay the issue. Without referring to
the matter, the NCP’s national president and Union agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar, told those
gathered for the party’s state workers convention on Saturday at Betalbatim that “one or two (such)
incidents can bring disrepute”. “I am sure not a single Goan will create problems, but sometimes things
happen. Both the governments of Goa as well as India will see that it does not happen,” Pawar said while
he addressed the gathering on Saturday. Further cautioning the media, the NCP head went on to say,
“Don’t give too much publicity to wrong things. It might invite serious problems for tourism in the state.”
The minister also asked for a change in attitude at the national as well as local level with regard to the
future course of development and growth of the state. He said women had a major role to play in this.
NCP national general secretary and union civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, in his speech, also
downplayed the incidents in Goa. “Goa is well known all over the world as an international tourist
destination and it is true that the minister in charge of tourism is concerned about the security cover to
foreign nationals in the backdrop of certain incidents. However, these are local problems and will get
sorted out,” the union civil aviation minister Patel said. (Times of India 31/1/10)

Woman stripped and paraded in Chitradurga in Bangalore (8)
Bangalore: A dalit house was set on fire in Lakshmisagar in the wee hours of Friday. The incident
occurred when a dalit woman was beaten and paraded naked around the city on January 17.Vasanth, the
accused, who hails from the Nayak Community, was arrested on Thursday morning at 11am. “People
from the Nayak Community burnt the house of Hanumanthappa, who belongs to the dalit community,”
said a villager, who didn’t want to be named. A 25-year-old woman from their community was allegedly
beaten up by about four dozen men, for reportedly helping a young couple run away from the village.The
men, reportedly from the Nayak community, stripped and paraded Bhagyamma in public, dragging the
hapless woman through the streets of the village by her hair. Her husband, who went to her aid, was also
harshly beaten up.The men were reportedly punishing Bhagyamma for helping Mahesh (name changed
on request), a boy from the Dalit community, to elope with Savithri (name changed on request), a girl from
Nayak community, from Lakshmisagar in Challakere taluk. Bhagyamma has filed a complaint against
eight people. Of them, only one has been arrested and the rest are left scotfree. (DNA 31/1/10)

Uttar Pradesh minister faces dowry allegations (8)
Lucknow, February 01, 2010: An enquiry has been initiated against Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister
Ayodhya Prasad Pal over allegations that he called off his son's marriage because the woman's family
failed to meet a Rs 5 million dowry demand, police said on Monday. Pal's son Om Dutt was apparently
engaged to the daughter of a doctor in Chitrakoot district in October 2008 but the minister has now called
off the engagement allegedly over the family's inability to pay dowry. "The inquiry has been initiated
against the minister and his family also, following a written complaint registered by the doctor Prabal
Pratap," district police chief Aparna HS told reporters in Chitrakoot, some 280 km from Lucknow.
According to Pratap, the engagement ceremony took place Oct 7, 2008 at a tourist bungalow in Karvi
town in Chitrakoot. Since then, the minister has been delaying the marriage and is now demanding
dowry. "He (minister) now says the only way to get my daughter married to his son is to give Rs.50 lakh
(Rs.5 million). The minister has even openly challenged me to get a case registered against him for
demanding dowry," Pratap told reporters. "I have also learnt that the minister has now arranged his son's
marriage to the daughter of an engineer in the irrigation department in Allahabad," he added. According to
Pratap, he had submitted necessary evidence to prove he had spent over Rs.500,000 on gifts that were
given to Pal's family on the occasion of the engagement ceremony.(Hindustan Times 2/2/10)
Garment units will get women labour officers (8)
Bangalore: The state labour department on Tuesday ordered the appointment of women labour welfare
officers in all garment factories in a bid to end the exploitation of women workers. The garment
manufacturing sector employs about four lakh women in about 2,000 units. The labour department
decided to appoint welfare officers following several complaints of sexual harassment by women workers.
According to the secretary of the labour department, RB Jalakhi, the process of appointing women
welfare officers had already begun. “Women labour welfare officers will look into problems faced by
women workers in garment factories. Any complaints received will be forwarded to the labour department.
We will issue a notice to the employee concerned through the company, and further action will be initiated
after getting a reply,” he said. Speaking to reporters earlier, labour minister BN Bachche Gowda said that
the state government had, for the first time in India, constituted a Skill Commission under the
chairmanship of the chief minister, to train youth in job skills. In another first in the country, action had
been taken to convert district employment exchanges into human resource development centres. Gowda
said that the state had set a target of creating 10 lakh jobs in five years. The state had also been trying to
provide social security to 2.93 crore employees working in the unorganised sector with Central
assistance, Gowda said. He said that the deadline to declare Karnataka as a child labour-free state had
been extended from 2007-2008 to 2011-2012. The state had identified 92,656 child labourers from 2001
till date, and they had been released and rehabilitated. With no survey conducted so far, the state had
requested the Centre to evolve common modalities to conduct a survey in Karnataka immediately, Gowda
said.(DNA 3/2/10)

Fair sex gets unfair treatment in city (8)
KANPUR: Terror in the form of gang-rape, sodomy, molestation and eve-teasing is stalking the Industrial
City. Consecutive cases of crime against the fair sex have shocked the common man. There is just one
question in their mind: Are we copying other big cities like Mumbai and Delhi for the wrong reason? The
recent case in which a minor girl set herself ablaze following regular threats from her rapists in Rawatpur
Colony in Kalyanpur is an eye-opener of sorts. The girl had gone into acute depression after failing to
received help from any quarter. When investigators were asked about the incident, they claimed: "After
initial findings, rape was not confirmed and we have also found out that the victim knew one of the
accused on a personal level. In fact, the day the incident occurred, she had left home on her own will." In
another uncalled for incident that followed within a few days to this one, two minor sisters were gang-
raped in Kauru Jalalpur hamlet of Kanpur Dehat and the accused are still on the run. Such shocking news
continue to make headlines and the fairer sex are left to wonder how safe they are in this city. Sanjana
Bhatia, an MNC worker who originally hails from the Industrial City says: "I have also worked in big cities
like Delhi and Mumbai where such incidents are very common. But, going by the recent incidents, the
picture here too is not very rosy. During my last visit to the city on Saturday, I was shocked to hear of the
sensational news of a minor girl killing herself after she was denied justice." Anjumita Agarwal, a 27-year-
old wife of an industrialist, says: "The move of the city police to invoke NSA against such type of lumpen
elements was a good start, but it also remained ineffective and was finally quashed by the high court.
Now, the industrial city continues to be unsafe for women." "It has become difficult for girls to walk down a
stretch of road in late evenings without the fear of being stalked. In fact, at times when I told my family
members, they advised me not to venture out alone in the evening. When the incident was brought to the
notice of local police, they also asked my parents not to allow children, particularly girls, out of the house
after sunset." An officer of Mahila police station preferring anonymity informed: "Such types of complaints
have become the order of the day, but we can entertain only a few." An officer of inspector rank however
told TOI that on an average, three to four cases of crime against women were registered in the Industrial
City everyday. "They include harassment, molestation, rape, eve-teasing and abduction," he informed.
DIG BP Jogdand claimed police would crack down on such anti-social elements very soon. He also
expected citizens to report such cases immediately to the nearest police station or out-post. "But going by
the crime graph and recent reports, more needs to be done," concluded another senior police
official.(Times of India 4/2/10)

23-yr-old woman strangulated by in-laws (8)
KANPUR: The Nawabganj police on Thursday morning forcibly took the body of a 23-year-old woman into
their possession from near the Company Bagh area after her neighbour's alerted the police that the girl's
in-laws including her husband were on their way to dispose of the body after strangulating her for not
meeting dowry demands. According to reports, the incident took place in the Nawabganj locality during
the wee hours of Thursday. The girl was identified as Renu Gupta, daughter of Jagdish, a resident of
Jankipuram. The girl succumbed to death on late Wednesday night following alleged torture by her in-
laws including her husband Dheeraj Gupta, his two brothers Neeraj and Tinku, and sister Poonam. The
local residents apprised Renu's parents and the police of the incident. However, Dheeraj, along with other
siblings, was detained from near the Company Bagh along with the body in the wee hours of Thursday,
informed a police official. The girl's parents alleged that Renu's in-laws were on their way to perform her
last rites to destroy the evidence. But the in-laws, however, said they were taking Renu to hospital for
medical assistance as Renu had attempted suicide by hanging herself. However, she died on the way,
they claimed. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against
Dheeraj and his family. According to police, Dheeraj have been arrested, and search for his two brothers
Neeraj and Tinku and other family members is going on. The body has been sent for postmortem.
Victim's parents claimed that Renu's in-laws were pressurising her to bring Rs 1 lakh as dowry. (Times of
India 5/2/10)

Attempt to tear woman apart for dowry in Aurangabad (8)
Aurangabad: A husband and in-laws of a woman allegedly tried to tear her into two by pulling her legs
apart, police said.The in-laws and the husband have been booked and the woman is hospitalised. The
incident took place in Haarashangar locality of the city yesterday night. City Chowk police said that
Shabana Fatima, resident of Rahemaniya Colony was married to Shaikh Abbas two years ago. She was
consistently tortured as she could not bring cash of Rs 20,000 demanded as dowry by her husband and
in-laws. While she was fast asleep in her house, her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law started
pulling her legs apart for tearing her into two pieces. She screamed and the neighbours came to her
rescue. She had been admitted to the government medical college and hospital and a case is registered
with the City Chowk police. (Zee News 6/2/10)

Mahila Satta pleads for police reforms (8)
HYDERABAD: Mahila Satta, women’s wing of Lok Satta Party, has appealed to Home Minister P. Sabitha
Indra Reddy to bring in police reforms to prevent crimes against women and children in the wake of
kidnap and brutal murder of nine-year-old Naga Vaishnavi of Vijayawada. The delegation comprising
Mahila Satta president N. Saroja Devi and general secretary K. Geetha Murthy and others met the Home
Minister here on Friday and urged for implementation of Justice Malimath Committee recommendations
on improving criminal justice. They suggested that abduction of women and children be treated as crime
warranting capital punishment. Crime perpetrators and their instigators should be punished within 90
days. Criminal investigation should be shielded from political interference and forensic labs be
established in each district, the Mahila Satta leaders added. (The Hindu 6/2/10)

Dowry torture: Doc held (8)
KOLKATA: An NRI doctor was arrested hours before he flew out on the charge of torturing his wife for
dowry. Tarif Rahman (32) is based in London, while his wife Sofia Ahmed, a British citizen, works a
lawyer. Police said Rahman, originally from Nadia's Ranaghat, got married to Sofia in 2005. Sofia then
arranged for his passage to London for pursued higher studies. Sofia's family has alleged that despite
paying Rs 2 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh, she was physically and mentally tortured by
Rahman. Sofia flew down to Kolkata in December. According to a complaint lodged with Ekbalpore
police, Rahman came to Kolkata and assaulted Sofia physically., leading to her hospitalisation. Police
arrested Rahman hours before he was about to fly out of Kolkata. (Times of India 7/2/10)

Beaten up by in-laws, pregnant woman dies (8)
Shimoga: A woman who was allegedly beaten by her in-laws died here at McGann Hospital on Friday
night. The police have identified the deceased as Kavitha (20), daughter of Chinnappa of Shimoga taluk.
It is said that she had got married to Jayappa of Salur village in Shikaripur taluk nine months ago. At the
time of marriage, her parents are said to have given Rs. 80,000 in cash and 60 grams of gold to her in-
laws as dowry. But the in-laws allegedly continued to torture Kavitha physically and mentally asking her to
bring more money. The police said that the pregnant woman was severely beaten by the in-laws four
days ago. She was later rushed to the McGann Hospital in Shimoga. But she succumbed to injuries on
Friday. On hearing the news of Kavitha’s death, her relatives beat up the family members of her husband
Jayappa and held them responsible for her death. Her parents lodged a complaint against Jayappa’s
family at the Kumsi Police Station. (The Hindu 7/2/10)

Haiti quake refugee camps tighten security to prevent rape of women (8)
Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Feb.7 : One of the unmentioned effects of last month's earthquake in Haiti, is that
women and young girls are suffering a rising number of rapes and sexual assaults, according to leading
aid agencies. So widespread are the reports - and they include the rape of a girl of 12 by her rescuer after
she was pulled out from the rubble, that emergency measures are now being taken. According to The
Independent, displaced men and women patrol some camps with makeshift arms to ward off attackers;
girls wear jeans under their skirts for protection if they go out after dark; temporary women-only health
centres are being set up; and NGOs try to deliver aid to dangerous neighbourhoods where women are
too scared to go out in search for food. Sarah Spencer, gender-based violence co-ordinator for the
International Rescue Committee (IRC), who arrived in Port-au-Prince two weeks ago, said: "Violence
against women was a problem in Haiti before this crisis. Now, women and girls are dramatically more
vulnerable to attack.' 'Many women have been left without male protection because their husbands or
brothers were killed. All of this means the risk to women in post-disaster Haiti have elevated dramatically,"
Spencer added. The Ti Source camp, which is home to 3,000 refugees and is located 30-minutes from
Port-au-Prince, has formed a male security group to prevent rape of women. Martine Josil, 24, said: "After
the earthquake we felt very afraid because people were talking about rapes and robberies in other
camps. We were all sleeping out in the open on the streets and things were very chaotic. There were
many women who had lost their husbands and they felt very vulnerable. We didn't want to get raped so
we asked the guards to protect us." The men, and some women, carry makeshift weapons - iron bars and
knives - and guard the camp throughout the night in groups of five. Jean Michelet Cornet, 30, is one of
the 21 volunteer security guards at Ti Source who makes sure everyone is in their tent after dark, and
then checks for any strangers. He said: "We are here to protect the women in our camp from sexual
abuse or even beatings from their husbands. We have machetes, iron bars and ropes to protect the
women in our camp." In Port-au-Prince, the International Rescue Committee has set up two female health
centres in the past week, providing rape victims with life-saving medical treatment such as retroviral drugs
which protect against HIV. More than 5 per cent of the adult population have HIV/Aids in Haiti, the highest
rate outside Africa. Rates of sexual and domestic violence against women and girls in Haiti are among
the highest in the world. ActionAid is delivering food and water to poor neighbourhoods where women are
too scared to leave their homes and walk to aid distribution points, in case they can't get home before
sunset. Rape was criminalised only in 2005 but, as with domestic abuse, it remains shrouded in shame.
(New Kerala 7/2/10)

Life imprisonment for dowry death only in rare cases: SC (8)
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken a view that only in rare cases should life imprisonment be
awarded to those convicted for causing the death of women in dowry-related cases. A bench of Justices
P Sathasivam and H L Dattu passed the judgement while reducing to 10 years the life sentence imposed
on G V Siddaramesh, convicted by a sessions court in Karnataka for causing the death of his wife Usha.
Under Section 304-B (dowry death) of the IPC, the minimum punishment is seven years but the maximum
punishment can go up to life imprisonment. Citing the judgement of a three-judge bench in the
“Hemchand Vs State of Haryana” case, the apex court said Section 304 B merely raises a presumption of
dowry death and lays down that the minimum sentence should be seven years which may extend to life
imprisonment. “Therefore, awarding the extreme punishment of imprisonment for life should be used in
rare cases and not in every case,” it said. The SC said since Siddaramesh was young, it would be
appropriate if his sentence is altered to 10 years. Usha, who got married to Siddaramesh on December
13, 1997, committed suicide by hanging herself at their matrimonial home on January 17, 1998. She took
the extreme step on account of mental torture meted out to her by Siddaramesh who was demanding Rs
50,000 as dowry. The sessions court convicted Siddaramesh under various sections and awarded life
imprisonment, confirmed by Karnataka HC. The convict pleaded with SC that his wife committed suicide
as she was against their marriage, since Usha had a love affair with another man. However, the apex
court rejected the argument. “ However, his sentence of life imprisonment imposed by the courts below
appears to us to be excessive. “The appellant is a young man and has already undergone six years of
imprisonment after being convicted by the Additional Sessions Judge and the High Court. We are of the
view, in the facts and circumstances of the case, that a sentence of 10 years rigorous imprisonment
would meet the ends of justice,” the SC said. (Mumbai Mirror 8/2/10)

Sexual abuse bill covers research scholars, patients (8)
New Delhi, February 09, : A Central government committee has included patients, research scholars and
students under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, which is likely to be introduced in the upcoming
budget session. An inter-ministerial group headed by Sudhir Kumar, Additional Secretary in the women
and child development ministry, has decided to widen the ambit of the bill by including women covered
under the “employer-employee relationship”. A new clause 2 (a) has been inserted which defines
aggrieved women, thereby bringing students, research scholars, patients and women in the unorganised
sector within the ambit of the proposed law. “We want the law to be as inclusive as possible,” a senior
ministry official, on condition on anonymity, said. “The effectiveness of the law might get diluted, if any
client/receiver of a service were not covered. Women or client in relation are integral part of the
functioning of educational institutions and hospitals,” the official said. The group has also decided to
provide for a penalty provision, including de-registration, of the institutions, which fail to constitute internal
complaints committee. Along with committee, the proposed law provides for a mandatory district level
local complaint committee to investigate sexual harassment complaints, especially registered by women
working in the unorganised sector such as domestic helps. “This will provide an aggrieved option to
approach either of the committee,” the official said. An important power recommended for the committee
is to provide compensation to the victim from the income of the accused. The group, however, overruled
the objection of the Department of Personnel and Training, which manages cadre of Indian Administrative
Service officers, to this clause saying that there cannot be different provisions for those working in private
sector and the government. In a bid to prevent false complaints, the group has decided to retain clause
12 in the law, which provides power to the committee to take action against the complainant, in case it is
found to be false or malicious. (Hindustan Times 9/2/10)

About 160 women raped per week in Congo: UN (8)
Nairobi/Goma: An estimated 160 women are being raped each week in the Democratic Republic of
Congo's unstable North and South Kivu provinces, the UN said Tuesday. The Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in report that "armed men" - including the national army - were
largely responsible for the sexual violence. Over 8,000 cases of rape were reported in 2009. DR Congo's
deadly five-year war - believed to have caused the deaths of over 5 million people - ended in 2003, but
rebel groups and militias have continued to cause havoc in the eastern provinces. OCHA said that 1.35
million people have been displaced in the provinces, the majority of them during 2009 as the Congolese
army, backed by UN peacekeepers, struggled to wipe out a Rwandan rebel group. The Democratic
Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was formed by militia who fled Rwanda after taking part in
the 1994 genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. It has played a key role in the DR Congo's
ongoing unrest for over a decade. Civilians have been caught in the middle of the clashes. The UN
peacekeeping force MONUC last year withdrew support for an army unit that killed dozens of civilians.
(Indiainfo.com 9/2/10)

‘Stop women trafficking’ (8)
BHUBANESWAR: Chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board Prema Cariappa arrived here today
on a two-day visit to the State. She met Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallik at the
Secretariat and discussed the progress of various schemes for the development of women. Cariappa
underscored the need for the State Government to find ways to stop women trafficking. Stating that
40,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are working in the State, she said that the State
Government should take steps for educating women with their help. Describing sex determination tests
and foeticide as social crime, she requested the State Government to take strong action against officials
found to be supporting those involved in them.(Express Buzz 12/2/10)

No divorce if spouse is compelled to live separately:SC (8)
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has ruled that a husband or wife is not entitled to divorce if it is proved
that one deserted the other due to constant torture or harassment. For instance, if the wife due to
constant harassment is compelled to leave the matrimonial home and live separately, the husband cannot
invoke the ground of "desertion" as provided under the Hindu Marriages Act to obtain divorce, a bench of
Justices P Sathasivam and Asok Kumar Ganguly said in a judgement. The apex court passed the
judgement while dismissing the appeal of Ravi Kumar who sought divorce from his wife on the ground of
desertion, although it was his constant harassment which drove her to leave the husband's home and live
separately. Under the Hindu Marriage Act, divorce can be granted if it is established that one of the
spouse has deserted the the other. "In this case, the child has clearly stated the cruelty of the appellant-
husband towards his wife. Therefore, there is sufficient reason for the wife to stay apart. Under such
circumstances, one cannot say the wife is guilty of either cruelty or desertion," the apex court said. The
apex court said the Himachal Pradesh High Court had rightly quashed the divorce granted to Ravi Kumar
on the basis of the child's testimony which stated that it was the father who constantly harassed the
mother compelling her to leave the home. (Times of India 12/2/10)

Most women blame victims for rape, says British survey (8)
LONDON: More than half of women believe that the rape victims are more responsible for the attack on
them than the rapists, according to a new British survey. The survey of 1,000 adults found 54% of women
— mostly those aged between 18 and 24 years — believe rape victims should be held accountable for
the attacks. Over 24% of this age group said wearing a short skirt, accepting a drink or having
conversation with the rapist made victims partly responsible. Nearly a fifth of women thought the victim
was at fault if she went back to the attacker’s house, while more than one in ten — 13% — said dancing
provocatively or flirting made them partly responsible. According to sexual assault clinics that carried out
the poll, this blame culture is deterring victims from reporting the crime. The ‘Wake Up To Rape’ report
also found that 14% of women believe most rape claims were made up. Alarmingly, the survey also found
that one in three men claimed they didn’t think it was rape if they made their partner have sex when they
didn’t want to, the Daily Mail reported. The poll also found one in five women wouldn’t report a rape to the
police, with half of these saying they would be ashamed. QnA: Are frequent incidents of molestation of
foreign tourists in India tarnishing our image and affecting tourism? (Times of India 16/2/10)

NAPM demands probe in Dalit woman assault case (8)
LUCKNOW: Sixth-eight years old Dalit women Shashikala is battling for life in the bed number 15, ward
number six, at the orthopaedics department of the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University
(CSMMU). She is victim of the atrocities allegedly unleased by a BSP leader of village Baijnathkapurwa in
Sitapur. The woman was allegedly beaten up by the BSP leader over a land dispute. The leader also
hanged her from the tree tying a rope around her neck. Though she was saved by the timely arrival of
police, the neck and pelvic bones of the woman were fractured. Her house was also set afire. She was
rushed to the district hospital from where referred to the CSMMU. The incident took place on January 27
but no action has been taken against the ‘culprits’. Instead, the police picked up village pradhan and four
others on charges rioting and arson. On Monday, activists of the National Alliance for People’s Movement
(NAPM), led by Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey came out in support of the woman. Pandey
demanded that government should order probe on Baijnathkapurwa case as well as revenue records on
village ponds and chuk-roads. He said the small piece of land was in possession of woman and her
husband Parasuram for last over 30 years. The family has a BPL card. It had also planted few trees on
the land and had also got constructed a small temple with the help of others. The BSP leader, who lives
in the same village and is not on good terms with the family, diverted the chuck-road which was to pass
from his fields to Parasuram’s land. the temple was demolished and trees were cut. “When the woman
opposed, she was brutally assaulted. The gram pradhan was also thrashed for taking side with
Parasuram’s family. All happened with the help of police and district administrative officers,” alleged
Pandey and his associates. Four houses were also gutted in fire set by the aides of BSP leader, he
claimed. Some social activists in the area came for the help for the victim family and decided to take out a
march from the village to Lucknow. Around 27 villagers led by advocate Poonam Mishra came to
Lucknow to hand over a memorandum to the governor to seek his intervention for justice. However, all
were arrested in the outskirts itself and sent to jail, said SR Darapuri, retired IPS and NAPM member.
(Times of India 16/2/10)

J&K to have law on violence against women (8)
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government will introduce a bill in the budget session of the state
legislature for the protection of women against domestic violence. The decision was taken at the state's
winter capital here, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah late on Monday night. The
decision was taken in the backdrop of several cases of mysterious deaths of women in Jammu and
Kashmir, attributed to a demand for dowry or harassment of women by in-laws. Omar Abdullah had
promised that the government would act fast in such matters, and in Monday night's cabinet meeting it
was decided that the law ministry in consultation with the social welfare ministry will introduce a bill in the
budget session, which will commence on February 22. (Sify News 16/2/10)

Activists, experts speak up for girl child (8)
JAIPUR: Representatives of civil society groups, human rights activists and legal practitioners have called
for rigorous implementation of laws against sex determination and female foeticide, prohibition on
unethical practices and creating an “enabling environment” for the girl child at a dialogue here over the
weekend. Activists shared their experiences of working on issues such as declining sex ratio, girl child
education, gender discrimination, violence against women, maternal health and safe medical termination
of pregnancy at the dialogue organised by the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CfAR). The
participants pointed out that there are over 500 centres in Jaipur alone providing ultrasound facility
without strictly adhering to the regulatory provisions of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic
Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994, and the rules framed therein. The State
Government’s PC-PNDT Cell is also facing the challenge of monitoring a large number of ultrasound
centres with multiple machines operated by a single doctor. Health activist O. P. Kulhari said courts often
return the ultrasound machines sealed during inspection after the filing of cases. Lawyer Naim Aqeel
suggested that the representatives of non-government organisations follow up these cases and attend the
court hearings. Rakhee Badhwar of CfAR said that instead of two District Advisory Committees for Jaipur
under the PC-PNDT Act, only one committee had been constituted with insufficient members: “In this
scenario, no plan is seriously formulated and there is practically nil application.” Ritu Tiwari of the Centre
for Community Economics and Development Consultants’ Society said the newly-elected representatives
of Panchayati Raj institutions in the State should be given training on the laws against sex determination.
This would help build up their capacity to deal with the issue of declining child sex ratio. Several
participants voiced the need for involving like-minded people and stakeholders from diverse fields and
form a District Support Group in Jaipur which could network with the district officers to regulate unethical
practices in pregnancy management. (The Hindu 17/2/10)

‘Ensure education for underprivileged women’ (8)
JAIPUR: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday called for extending the benefits of education
to women belonging to marginalised sections of society to ensure their welfare and empowerment. This
would strengthen women’s power to influence the growth of culture and civilisation, she said. Addressing
the annual passing-out ceremony at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School here, Ms. Kumar said the social
evils in the country were affecting women’s security, well-being and progress and added that the fair sex
was often the victim of anti-women mind-set of people. “The purpose of education is not just to get high
degrees or a decent job, but to bring about a change in the mindset commensurate with the 21st
Century,” said Ms. Kumar, pointing out that evils such as female foeticide, dowry, caste system and
domestic violence should have no place in modern society. MGD Girls’ School, one of the oldest schools
for girls in Rajasthan, is the alma mater of Ms. Meira Kumar. It was established by the late Gayatri Devi,
wife of Sawai Man Singh II who was the last ruler of the Jaipur princely state before Independence. The
Lok Sabha Speaker said a large number of girls were not able to go to school or pursue higher education
for various social and economic reasons. “It is the moral duty of girls getting good education to help out
their less fortunate sisters and ensure that they too have access to knowledge and education,” she
added. Ms. Kumar recollected the memories of her days as a hosteller at the school and said the
prestigious institution was continuing to carry out a holistic development of its students’ character and
inculcate positive values among them. She wished success in life to the 267 students of Class XII passing
out this year. Earlier, Ms. Kumar attended a special convocation of Banasthali Vidyapeeth – a residential
deemed university for women – in Tonk district, where an honorary doctorate was conferred on her.
Former Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Sumitra Singh also attended the convocation marking the
university’s 75th anniversary. (The Hindu 18/2/10)

Woman alleges molestation by Mahila Samakhya FO (8)
LUCKNOW: The Mahila Samakhya (MS), an autonomous body formed by the government to empower
marginalised women, has come under the cloud following allegations of sexual harassment of a woman
district programme coordinator by acting finance officer (FO). The more disturbing part of the controversy
was that the MS director did not take victim's complaint seriously. With no other option, the victim lodged
an FIR at the Gomtinagar police station on Sunday evening against the officer. The incident took place on
February 19 when Veena Rana, the district programme coordinator, was going to collect her baby during
the lunch hour. In the FIR, Veena has said that Mridul Tiwari, who is treasurer and also acting finance
officer, stopped her in corridor and forced her to sit besides him in sofa. When she resisted, Tiwari
threatened her of administrative action, if she did not 'adjust' with the situation. He also tried to molest
Veena. At this, the victim warned Tiwari that she will lodge an official complaint against him. Tiwari
allegedly retaliated with a threat and said that what ever he was doing was in the knowledge of the
director. Veena rushed to director, Lalita Pradeep, and informed her about the incident. it came as shock
for Veena when director allegedly replied, "Why is he harassed you...he never does this with me." Veena,
when contacted, told TOI that the director at that time was leaving the office and told her that she will see
into the matter after coming back. "I waited for her all day but she didn't return," she said. Veena left the
office and later faxed the complaint to the director. She waited for a day for action. In the meantime, the
accused allegedly started mounting pressure on her to withdraw the complaint. Veena's colleague said
that Tiwari's had misbehaved with Veena and a few other female workers earlier also for which he was
pulled up by the previous director. They also said that Veena was a dedicated worker who had been
working for the marginalised women for long. She had also run a successful campaign against illegal
units manufacturing countrymade liquor in Mau besides being associated with other public welfare issues.
Several women organisations including All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) have came out
in support of Veena and have threatened to launch an agitation, if state government fails to take action in
the case. However, when contacted, MS director, Lalita Pradeep said that she had not received any
verbal or written complaint from Veena till date. When asked that Veena has also accused her in the FIR
of siding with Tiwari, Pradeep said, "I have come to know that some FIR has been lodged at Gomtinanar
police station but so far not aware about the details...and I repeat that I have not received any verbal or
written complaint from Veena so far." On the other hand when TOI contacted Tiwari, he took the call but
disconnected it without replying the query. The TOI tried to contact him again but he didn't take any of the
calls. (Times of India 22/2/10)

Dalit woman burnt for objecting to molestation (8)
Lucknow, A group of men allegedly set a 25-year-old Dalit woman on fire after she objected to
molestation by them in UP’s Kannauj district, police said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday
evening at Kannauj, some 250 km from Lucknow, where Altaf and two of his aides set the Dalit woman on
fire. With severe burns, the woman was being treated in hospital, where her condition was critical. “While
the woman was on her way to a shop, Altaf and his friends intercepted her. After passing lewd remarks,
they started molesting her. As the woman raised an alarm, an irked Altaf, who was carrying a kerosene
poured the oil on the woman and set her afire,” police said. (Deccan Herald 23/2/10)

Hubby guilty if dowry death within 7 years of marriage: SC (8)
New Delhi: If a woman dies in unnatural circumstances at her matrimonial home within seven years of
marriage, the husband is presumed to have killed her if he can’t rebut the charge successfully in court.
This presumption gains strength if the woman has been harassed over dowry. In a major ruling that
explains the term “presumption”, which in ordinary cases favours the accused, the Supreme Court (SC)
has said that section 113B of the Evidence Act just says so. “If it is found that the husband had harassed
the woman for dowry, or treated her cruelly, the court shall presume that he had caused her death,’’ the
court said. SC upheld seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for Sudhir Kumar for causing the death of
his wife Kamlesh Rani within four months of their marriage. The victim had severe burns when she was
found dead at her matrimonial home. The couple had married on July 28, 1989, in Bhatinda, Punjab. A
sessions court sentenced Kumar and his mother Kaushalya Devi to seven years RI under Section
304B(IPC), but acquitted his father Angoori Lal and sisters Neelam Kumari and Urmila Devi. The Punjab
and Haryana high court had acquitted Kaushalya Devi on April 7, 2003, but upheld Kumar’s conviction,
after which he appealed in the apex court. SC said that circumstantial evidence established the
husband’s involvement in the death, which occurred within seven years of marriage. (DNA 25/2/10)

Sachin bats for campaign against domestic violence (8)
NEW DELHI: Want to play like Sachin Tendulkar on the field? First, behave like him off it. With domestic
violence becoming a serious problem in India — one in three married women reporting some form of
abuse — around 25 cricket coaches in Mumbai are now being trained to teach their players how to
behave with a woman. Initiated by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), in
collaboration with Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) and Mumbai School Sports Association
(MSSA), project 'Parivartan' hopes to use India's most popular sport to curb domestic violence. The
project, on the lines of the famous American programme 'Coaching Boys Into Men', has been endorsed
by Sachin himself. In a letter to coaches from 25 schools, mostly from south and suburban Mumbai,
Sachin said, "Winning a match is important for a coach but a big part of the job is helping to develop a
solid, responsible young player who is able to become an outstanding citizen." The maestro added,
"Parivartan will use India's most popular sport to teach boys how to be respectful towards women and
help reduce violence against women." To be formally launched in Mumbai on March 8 to coincide with
International Women's Day, the programme will see coaches teach over 1,000 budding cricketers "how
not to use foul language while talking to a woman, how not to carry aggression back home and how to
respect women". Coaches are being trained on how to identify moments on the field where they can point
out inappropriate language and behaviour and explain how to change them. The ICRW will measure the
impact of the programme on the boys as well as the women by January 2011, after which a decision will
be taken to roll out the drive in other states. (Times of India (26/2/10)

Woman can invoke Domestic Violence Act against brothers: Delhi court (8)
New Delhi: A woman, who is living with her brothers, can take refuge under the Domestic Violence Act in
case of any harassment to her, a Delhi court has said. "It emerges that when an aggrieved person lives or
at any stage has been in domestic relationship with the respondents and has been subjected to any
domestic violence, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is applicable," additional
sessions judge Shalinder Kaur said. The court said that the welfare legislation could be invoked by a
woman even against those with whom she had lived at any point of time. It passed the observation while
allowing a plea of widow, whose petition seeking relief under the Domestic Violence Act against her
brothers was dismissed by a metropolitan magistrate saying that there was no domestic relationship
between her and her brothers. She submitted that she was living with her brothers and alleged that they
have forged her signatures in an effort to dislodge her from their ancestral property at Karol Bagh here.
Her brothers' claim that they were not living in a shared household could not impress the court which
noted, "all the respondents (brothers) at some point of the time had lived together in the same house.
Moreover, the house in question is stated to be their ancestral house." Explaining the provisions of the
Act, the court said Section 2(f) connotes the meaning of "domestic relationship" as a relationship between
two persons who live or have, at any point of time, lived together in a shared household, when they are
related by consanguinity, marriage, or through a relationship in the nature of marriage, adoption or are
family members living together as a joint family. The court, while granting relief to the woman, also took
into consideration a report of the Protection Officer, appointed under the Act to look into the complaint of
the aggrieved, stating, "it emerges that appellant is being subjected to abuses and harassment at the
hands of respondents (brothers). It dismissed the order of the metropolitan magistrate with a direction to
consider her plea afresh. (DNA 28/2/10)

NDTV impact: Centre to probe infanticide (8)
On Sunday, NDTV reported on the brutal murder of baby girls after social schemes were availed in
villages in Rajasthan. The girl child is borne, so that schemes offering a sum of Rs 1,800 for the birth of a
baby girl in hospital can be availed of. They are killed soon after. The Health Ministry has now sent a
team to look into it. (Read & Watch: The price of being a girl in Rajasthan) Female infanticide, the
tradition of killing newborn girls in the womb might sound old in a Rajasthan village because a girl child is
given birth in government hospitals to avail government schemes and then killed after getting a mere
1,800 rupees. It's literally the price of being a girl. The desert districts of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer and Barmer
known for their colourful history of valour and honour are now offering a sacrifice of a different kind.
Newborn girls are being killed after birth. Traditionally girls are called manhoos or curse. Female
infanticide died out with the coming of the ultrasound machine. Girls were killed off in the womb itself but
now it is once again on the rise because families want to take advantage of government schemes which
provide money for having babies delivered in hospitals. Women deliver daughters in hospitals get paid
1800 rupees and go home. Within days the newborns disappear. Auxillary nurse midwives or ANMs, who
supervise pregnancy and childbirth in villages, say girls are being disposed off ruthlessly. "Girls are
definitely killed. I won't names castes, but female infanticide is prevalent in some castes, not all. In the
last 5 years, there have been many such incidents," said Nakhat D Dheta, Seemant Kisan Sansthan,
social worker. Jaisalmer district has a sharply skewed sex ratio of 869 per 1000 boys while Barmer has
919 girls per thousand boys - way below the national average of 933. "I've been working here for 8 years
now, so I've seen cases of 10-12 girls being killed. Pressure is on the mothers, even husbands say that
dowry is the main reason," said Mani Devi, Auxillary Nurse Midwife. Villagers themselves remain silent
about the practice but it is clear that the government's financial incentives to support girl children have
had little impact. Instead schemes like the Janani Suraksha Yojana, meant to ensure safe deliveries, are
now being misused. Mani Devi further says: "Yes, the number of deliveries have increased. Nobody used
to come here earlier. People belong to various castes. I went and explained that they should get their
babies delivered here, both mother and baby will be safe. Female infanticide is taking place in my own
village. Whether it's dowry, property or simply son preference, the reality is that daughters are still
unwanted. (NDTV 1/3/10)

Woman burnt alive for dowry in Bokaro village (8)
BOKARO: One Namita Devi (25) was burnt alive by her husband and in-laws and her body was tied to a
tree in a jungle at Chagri village under Mahuataad police station in Bokaro district. Police recovered the
body after a few days and was handed to her parents. On Monday, her angry father along with hundreds
of villagers took her body to her in-laws' house and buried it near the front doorstep. The incident has sent
shock waves among the residents here. While Namita's body is still buried in the portico of her in-laws'
house, police are trying to convince her parents to perform the last rites. Namita's husband, Chandrika
Mahto, and father-in-law, Bhatu Mahto, a Coking Coal Limited employee along with other members of the
family have been absconding after the incident. Namita, a resident of Dudhmatia, was married to
Chandrika about four years back. She repeatedly complained to her parents that her husband and in-laws
regularly tortured her for dowry, police said. Mahuataad police station OC Dinesh Kumar Prajapati said
they were informed by villagers about the body of a woman tied to a tree in the jungle on February 28.
They rushed to the spot and recovered the dead body in a decomposed state. During investigation police
found that she was Chandrika's wife. When police went to Chandrika's house, they found the door locked.
Policemen broke the door and went inside only to be greeted by the stench of burnt flesh. After post-
mortem and registering the case, police handed the Namita's body to her father of the deceased for the
last rites. "But Nandlal instead of perfoming the last rites went to Chandrika's house along with other
villagers and buried the body near the front door," Prajapati said. Bokaro SP Saket Singh said a case of
dowry death has been registered against Chandrika and his family members. (Times of India 3/3/10)


Women quota bill a conspiracy against Muslims, Dalits: Mulayam (8)
Lucknow Slamming the women's reservation bill as a ‘dangerous’ one, SP supremo Mulayam Singh
Yadav on Sunday alleged that it was a conspiracy to prevent Muslims, bbackwards and dalits from
entering Parliament and state assemblies. "SP is not against reservation to women, but we are against
the present format of the bill, which is a big conspiracy by the Congress and the BJP to prevent Muslims,
backwards and dalits to get elected to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas," Yadav, whose party has
steadfastly opposed the bill, told reporters here. Attacking the two parties, he said, "It's not an allegation,
it's the reality as Congress and BJP had always been anti-Muslim, anti-backwards and anti-dalit.
Therefore, they want to amend the Constitution." He contended that when not a single Muslim MP was
elected to Parliament from several states including Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra, Punjab and Haryana, how
Muslim women could be elected without reservation. "This bill is dangerous.... If it is enacted, Muslims
and OBCs will be at the receiving end," he said. "It's a big conspiracy not to allow the leadership to grow
among Muslims, OBCs and dalits," he claimed. Yadav said that if the intention was to promote women,
then why was reservation not being offered in government jobs and in the education sector. "If they want
uplift of women why don't they offer 40 to 50 per cent reservation in government jobs or in the education
sector. We have no objections," he said. (Express India 7/3/10)

BJP first to realise importance of reservation for women: Modi (8)
VADODARA: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has claimed that political parties started realizing the
importance of the Women's Reservation Bill after the BJP adopted an unanimous resolution regarding
reservation for women in 1994. "BJP had realised the importance of women and that is why it decided to
pass a resolution in the national convention of the party held in Vadodara in 1994 and sought reservation
of seats for women in the Parliament and the state Assemblies," Modi said addressing the Mega
Women's Convention (Virat Mahila Sammelan) of Central Gujarat here yesterday. Afterwards, other
political parties took up the issue, he added. Modi hoped that Governor Kamla Beniwal would give her
assent to the Women's Reservation Bill, passed by the state Assembly during its last session, which will
allow reservation of 50 per cent seats in the local civic bodies and panchayats in the state. Modi
disbursed various welfare schemes to women beneficiaries at this convention. Over 1,800 women from
Central Gujarat were given away assets and cash assistance worth Rs 79 lakh under various women
welfare and development schemes. (Times of India 8/3/2010)

Husbands can't get away with marital rape: Government (8)
New Delhi: Should a man be charged with rape if he has sexual intercourse with his unwilling wife? Men
say “No”. The government says “Yes”. Should a rape victim be allowed to marry the man who destroyed
her self-esteem? “Yes,” feels chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan. “No,” indicates popular wisdom.
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on Monday, the government plans to protect women
from all possible tormentors, including their husbands, by introducing “marital rape” as a separate
provision under the proposed new law against rape and sexual assault. There is no law at present to
identify marital rape and penalise husbands for forced sex with their wives but the Domestic Violence Act
that covers sexual abuse as part of violence on women. However, soon, husbands may find themselves
behind bars if their wives lodge a complaint. The proposed penalty for marital rape will be three years’
imprisonment with fine. Besides, sexual intercourse by a husband with his estranged wife living
separately under a decree of separation, etc, without her consent, too, will seen as an criminal offence
punishable with imprisonment ranging from 2 to 7 years. The department of legal affairs has drafted the
Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill based on recommendations of the women and child development ministry
(WCD) and the National Commission for Women (NCW) to amend certain sections of the Indian Penal
Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal procedure (CrPC), 1973; and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, to
recognise new categories of sexual assault besides redefining rape by including sexual assault in any
form in its definition. “The definition of rape needs to be expanded to take into account forms of sexual
assaults not covered in the existing definition under the IPC… the proposed bill recognises marital rape
as an offence and also incorporates a specific provision on sexual assault by a relative or a person in
position of trust or authority or in a position of social, economic or political dominance,” said justice Geeta
Mittal of Delhi high court. While women groups say that marital rape is a worldwide phenomenon and
almost 50% of women face forced sex by their husbands, men’s organisations said the changes in law
would essentially damage the fabric of a family system. “This means that the government wants police to
enter bedrooms now, which is a sure shot way to break a marriage as no relationship will work if these
rules are enforced,” said Virag Dhulia of the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), an organisation of
harassed husbands. “Although the bill recognises marital rape, this issue is a matter of serious discussion
and national debate,” said S Chatterjee, member secretary, NCW. Anticipating protest, the government is
treading cautiously. A national consultation under a committee headed by home secretary GK Pillai is
being held to form a comprehensive view on various proposed amendments. However, the proposed new
law, besides terming sexual relationship of a man with a wife under the age of 18 as rape, also specifies
under section 376 (1) that if a man commits sexual assault even on his wife, who is above 18 years of
age, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years and shall be liable for a fine.
The other proposals include making punishment for molestation more stringent. An additional section 354
(A) will be added saying: whoever strips a woman, attempts or abets to strip a woman in public place,
shall be punishable for a term not less than one year, which may be extended up to seven years of
rigorous imprisonment. Penalties: For rape and other sexual assault — 7 to 10 years; for stripping a
woman in public or against her will, proposed to be enhanced from 2 to 7 years; for marital rape will be
three years of imprisonment with fine; for sexual intercourse with estranged wife living separately under a
decree of separation, etc, without her consent, too, from 2 to 7 years Amendments: The Indian Evidence
Act is being ammended so that the character of a victim or of his/her previous sexual experience with any
person does not become relevant in matters where the question of consent for sexual intercourse is the
issue. (DNA 8/3/10)

Nuns help women demand education (7)
Sister Vinaya Thomas, a member of the Sisters of Jesus congregation that organized the rally in Sagar,
Madhya Pradesh state, said the country could address many problems if its women were educated.
“Women are the torchbearers of the family and their education is a must for the strengthening of society
and nation,” the nun told UCA News after the rally. The rally ended with the women performing dances
and short plays for some 500 people, including men and children. A play on female infanticide highlighted
how important females are in the family and society. Sister Alice Jacob, the congregation’s assistant
superior general, urged the women to fight as a group for their rights. “When you go alone to a
government office, you may be denied your rights, but go in a group and get what is due to you,” the nun
said. Sister Thomas said her congregation has been striving to help women lead a dignified life. Geeta
Patel, a high school dropout, said the plays made her realize she would have had a better life if she had
continued her studies. She had to quit school because she had to find work to support her family after her
father’s sudden death. Although the Indian government has expressed a strong commitment toward
education for all, India still has one of the lowest female literacy rates in Asia. According to 2009 statistics,
the percentage of female literacy in the country was 54.5 percent, which means today there are at least
200 million illiterate women in India. This not only has a negative impact on women’s lives but also on the
lives of their families and on the country’s economic development. Studies reveal that illiterate women
have high levels of fertility and mortality, a poor nutritional status, low earning potential, and little
autonomy within the family. A woman’s lack of education also adversely impacts the health and well-
being of her children. (Source: Indian Catholic, March 8, 2010)

“Prioritise women's empowerment” (8)
NEW DELHI: It is imperative that at this point in time we “prioritise women's empowerment as an intrinsic
part of our development agenda and policy,” Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has said. “The protection
of women's rights and their empowerment is our collective responsibility, and the government, social
organisations and the civil society, in partnership with the media, need to create a congenial atmosphere
and shape public opinion so that women have freedom to define and achieve their full potential and live
purposeful lives,” she said in a message on the eve of the International Women's Day. “We need to
augment our efforts for empowering women and enhance their progress. It is our moral, social and
constitutional responsibility to ensure their progress by providing them with equal rights and
opportunities,” Ms. Kumar said. These ideals were rooted in the Constitution, which provides the
fundamental framework for development of women and guarantees equality for them. “Our Parliament,
over the years, has enacted several laws to address the disparity and aberrations faced by women, but
the efficacy of these laws and their impact on the lives of women will be felt when they are implemented
in letter and in spirit.” The National Women's Organisation, a conglomeration of groups, has welcomed
the decision to introduce the Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha to coincide with the
International Women's Day. “We also appreciate the firm stand taken by the various parties in favour of
this Bill,” the organisation said in a statement here on Sunday. Expressing happiness over Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar backing the Bill, the women's groups have appealed to all parties to ensure its
smooth passage. “There has already been undue delay.” It was signed by the All-India Democratic
Women's Association, the All- India Women's Conference, the Centre for Women's Development Studies,
the Guild of Services, Joint Women's Programme, Muslim Women's Forum, the National Federation of
Indian Women, the Young Women's Christian Association and the All-India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch.
(The Hindu 8/3/10)

To the rescue: Kolhapur checks female infanticide (8)
PUNE: It is a cliché often attached to instances of lower female sex ratio that poverty breeds contempt for
the gentler sex. If this is so, what could be the plausible explanation for the low female to male ratio of
839/1000 in the affluent areas of western Maharashtra? Concerned by this pitiable figure, the Kolhapur
district administration decided to launch a website whereby all sonography centres in the district were
connected. The five-month old website, www.savethebabygirl.com, has already succeeded in checking
the rising instances of female foeticide by bringing under its radar the day-to-day workings of 232
sonography centres in the district. From November 2009 till date, the website shows an online record of
230 baby girls delivered at various maternity centres. Significantly, this is higher than the number of baby
boys, 204, delivered during the same period. In fact, a study conducted by Sanjeevni Mulay of the
Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, in 2005, found a direct correlation between the number of
sonography centres and cases of female foeticide. That is, such cases were maximum in districts which
had the highest number of sonography centres, and correspondingly low in districts with the least number
of sonography centres. (Times of India 8/3/2010)

Nityananda ashram rejects charge of rape (8)
BANGALORE: Rejecting rape charge and doubts raised over death of a foreign devotee of self-styled
godman Paramahamsa Nityananda, his ashram on Monday said he would make a public appearance
soon and answer all allegations. The charges were part of a "conspiracy to malign the image of the swami
and impede ashram's social activities," the ashram spokesperson Nitya Sachidananda told reporters at
the Nityananda Ashram near Bidadi, about 40 km from here. A 23-year-old woman, an inmate of the
Bidadi ashram, had alleged that Nithyananda had raped and sexually harassed dozens of women in the
ashram. Chennai police have registered a rape and cheating case against Nityananda, days after video
footage of his alleged sleazy acts were telecast by TV channels. Sachidananda also denied a charge that
mystery shrouded the death of foreign national Melvyan Boyd Diamond, a Yoga teacher in the ashram.
"Diamond had family history of cardiac problems and he died following an accidental fall from the second
floor of the building he lived in," he said, adding that the ashram had arranged for his cremation. The
operation to malign Nityananda had been done in "a surgical precision" and "Swamiji himself will come
and comment on all the issues. As his "personal security" was at risk "we have advised him to come after
some days," the spokesperson said. The ashram, which faced violent protests after telecast of the video,
has so far not lodged any police complaint. (Times of India 8/3/10)

Sex with 'exploited' women to draw fines (8)
LONDON: The UK Home Office has announced that men who have sex with "exploited" women will face
fines of £1,000 under a new law applicable from April 1. The law will criminalize anyone who pays for sex
with a prostitute who is "controlled"— such as those with pimps, in brothels or who have been trafficked. It
is a strict liability offence, which means claiming ignorance of the woman's circumstances will be no
defence, while men who have sex knowing the woman was exploited could face rape charges. In other
measures, prostitutes will be able to avoid fines for loitering or soliciting if they agree to attend sessions
with relevant agencies to address the causes of what drove them on to the streets. A new power for the
police to arrest kerb-crawlers on their first offence, rather than currently having to show they are
persistent offenders, will also be introduced by the government. "We are determined to tackle the demand
for prostitution and provide help for those who wish to leave prostitution," Alan Campbell, the Home Office
Minister, said. "These new measures build on the action we have taken to tackle prostitution and
trafficking for sexual exploitation. They will bring more protection to vulnerable people involved in
prostitution," Campbell added. (Times of India 9/3/10)

Husband, in-laws 'torture' woman (8)
BEGUSARAI: A woman was tortured allegedly by her husband and in-laws on Monday — the day the
world celebrated International Women's Day — at Jokia village under Bhagwanpur police station in
Begusarai district. She had to be hospitalised with multiple burns. Her fault? The 25-year-old Lalita had
failed to fetch Rs 50,000 as dowry from her father and could not bear a child even after four years of
marriage. She claimed that her husband, Birju Sah, hanged her upside down and scalded her with a
burning cigarette all over her body. His brutality did not end there though. Birju also smeared her private
parts with red chilli powder, added Lalita. While all this was going on, her in-laws not only remained mute
spectators, but even prompted their son to force her to bring money from her father. Lalita somehow
managed to flee from her in-laws' place late on Monday evening when her husband stepped out of the
house for a while and reach her father's home at Itwah village with the help of some villagers. (Times of
India 10/3/10)

The 14-year-journey of Women's Reservation Bill (8)
New Delhi: The 14-year journey of the Women's Reservation Bill was marked by high drama and hit
roadblocks in each of its outings in Parliament before the historic measure cleared the first legislative
hurdle. The battle for greater representation to women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies was routinely
punctuated by frayed tempers and war of words which sometimes got physical, as different governments
since 1996 tried to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed in Parliament without success. The Bill also
lapsed each time the House was dissolved and was reintroduced by the Government of the day. The
pathbreaking Bill greenlighted by the Rajya Sabha after some hiccups to create legislative history was
first introduced in the Lok Sabha by the Deve Gowda government on Sept 12, 1996. Snatching of Papers
from presiding officers and Ministers and scuffles became a familiar scene each time the Bill made its way
to Parliament before it was aborted. Once, Union minister Renuka Chowdhury pushed a Samajwadi
member away when a Samajwadi member tried to snatch a copy of the Bill from her Ministerial colleague
H R Bhardwaj in the UPA government's first term when it was being introduced. Bharadwaj also took his
seat between two women ministers and was guarded by some women MPs to ward off any attack on him
by some Opposition members. And the opposition to the Constitution Amendment Bill to reserve one-third
of seats in the Legislatures hit a nadir yesterday when some opposition members tried to attack Rajya
Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari and disrupted tabling of the Bill. The opposition to the Bill had its own
share of lows when JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav, a critic of the legislation, asked in June 1997, "Do you
think these women with short hair can speak for women, for our women...". In the Bill's previous foray on
May 6, 2008, a resolute government introduced the legislation in the Rajya Sabha yet another time amid
high drama and scuffles between members. With Congress Parliamentarians providing protective cover,
Law Minister H R Bhardwaj introduced the Bill in the midst of Samajwadi Party members trying to snatch
its copies from the hands of the Minister. Samajwadi members stormed the well soon after the House
resumed at noon in an apparent attempt to stall introduction of the Bill, which they have been opposing
along with JD(U.) However, the disruptions could not dissuade the government from going ahead and
introducing the Bill. (Financial Express 10/3/10)

Woman beaten, paraded naked in Orissa village (8)
BHUBANESWAR: A woman suspected to be practicing witchcraft in an Orissa village was beaten and
paraded naked, police said on Wednesday. Two people were arrested after Baidei Patra from Jangala
village in Sundergarh district complained to police Tuesday. "We got a complaint from Baidei Patra on
Tuesday that she was paraded in her village naked and beaten. We have arrested two of the three
accused in this connection," a police official said. "They paraded me naked in the village suspecting that I
practice witchcraft. They also bound me to a tree and beat me up," Patra told police. (Times of India
17/3/2010)

Violence against women starts from birth to death: judge (8)
MADURAI: Men should become part of the women's liberation movement and understand that they are
equals to them and it is the question of inequality that forms the basis of violence, said D. Hari
Paranthaman, Judge Madras High Court. He was delivering the inaugural address here at V.R.Krishna
Iyer Hall on Tuesday at a seminar titled ‘Opposing Poverty and Violence' to celebrate the occasion of
International Women's Day which fell on March 8. Talking about women's reservation in Parliament and
Assembly, he said that the logic of reservation is simple, it's only when there is no equality reservation
comes into play. Stating that violence against women starts from birth to death, female foeticide and
infanticide are examples of violence committed during the time of birth and cited the practice of widow
immolation (Sati) as violence during the time of death. He also said that child abuse, eve teasing, sexual
harassment at work place, domestic violence too form the different forms of discrimination that take place
in a woman's life. Mr. Hari Paranthaman gave an example of an honour killing where a backward caste
girl was hacked to death in a gruesome manner by her own brothers for marrying a Dalit boy. It is women
who are affected the most during ethnic, caste and communal clashes and even after so many stringent
laws in force violence against women has not declined. The efforts of B.R.Ambedkar, who was the law
minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet, where he tried hard to pass the Hindu Code Bill in the year 1951,
but was resisted by Caste Hindu members of the parliament resulting in his resignation. In fact Ambedkar
fought hard for a legislation that intended to do away with gender discrimination in Hindu marriage and
property laws, he said. He recalled the efforts of EVR Periyar to abolish the Devadasi system and Tamil
Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi for enacting a law guaranteeing property rights for women in the year
1989. All these efforts were historic and needs to be remembered at all times, he said. S.Gnanam, State
Vice President, R.Preethi and Ponnuthayi of All India Democratic Women's Association, R.Malliga,
Municipal Chairman, Kovilpatti and C.Sundaravalli, State President, Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers
Association were among the others who spoke on the occasion. The event was organised by a number of
organisations coming under a single umbrella called Madurai District Women's Federation. (The Hindu
18/3/2010)

Witnessing sexism makes women view all men negatively: Research (8)
WASHINGTON: It is already known that experiencing sexual harassment has a negative effect on
women. But a new study suggests that simply being a bystander to sexism is enough to inspire women to
report higher identification with women as a group, and heightened feelings of negativity toward men. The
new research shows that women often experience a variety of negative emotions when they are the
targets of sexism and other women who witness the derogatory remark can also be affected. Sexism also
has the potential to shape how women think, feel and behave towards men in general. Stephenie
Chaudoir and Diane Quinn, from the university of Connecticut in the US, examined women's reactions to
overhearing a catcall remark and, in particular, how observing a specific sexist incident impacts women's
feelings and attitudes towards men. They asked 114 undergraduate female students to watch a video and
imagine themselves as bystanders to a situation where a man made either a sexist catcall remark ("Hey
Kelly, your boobs look great in that shirt!") at another woman or simply greeted her ("Hey Kelly, what's
up?"). The researchers then asked the students to rate their anxiety, depression and hostility levels, their
anger and fear towards men, how prejudiced they thought the comment was, their desire to move against
or away from men in general, as well as how strongly they felt about their gender identity as a result of
witnessing the sexist remark. The analyses showed that women were more likely to think about
themselves in terms of their gender group identity and, as a result, feel greater anger and motivation to
take direct action towards men, in general, when they are bystanders to sexism. In other words, they
experienced emotions and motivations in line with how the situation may help or harm women as a whole,
rather than how it might affect them personally as individuals. Chaudoir and Quinn's work highlights how
men and women in general are implicated in individual instances of sexism and that sexism is bad for
everyone. "Women are obviously implicated because they suffer direct negative consequences as targets
of prejudice and, as the current work demonstrates, indirect consequences as bystanders. But sexism
also harms men as well. Whenever a single man's prejudiced actions are attributed to his gender identity,
male perpetrators impact how women view and react to men more generally," the authors said. (dna
19/3/2010)

‘Need for more awareness on Domestic Violence Act' (8)
Thrissur: District Judge B. Kemal Pasha has called for raising public awareness about the Domestic
Violence Act to ensure protection of women. He was addressing a workshop on ‘Protection of Women
from Domestic Violence Act -2005' organised by the Social Welfare Department in association with
District Probation Office here on Thursday. “With limited or no understanding, women are unable to
benefit from the new law. It has laid down stringent rules to punish men who harass or insult women at
home,” he said. Elaborating on the Act, Seena Rajagopal. Advocate, said the Act provided protection for
women not only from physical or sexual abuses but also from other manifestations of violence such as
psychological, verbal and economic. “Physical violence includes beating, pushing, causing pain or
criminal intimidation. Sexual violence covers any conduct of a sexual nature such as forced sex, forced
exposure to pornographic material, sexual act with minors; emotional or verbal violence including insults,
humiliation, ridicule for not having a male child, preventing a woman from taking a job, forcing marriage
against a woman's will.; economic violence includes deprivation of money, medicines, forcing a woman to
quit her job, not allowing her to use her partner's salary, facilities, not paying rent, and forcing her out.”
Any relationships with in the family such as husband and wife, brother and sister, father and daughter or
mother and son would come under the purview of the Act, she said. According to the Act, the protection
officer is supposed to handle complaints and file a Domestic Incident Report (DIR). Organisations
appointed as service providers also can register complaints and provide care for the victim. Former family
court judge Fathima Beevi spoke about ‘Family Court Act' at the workshop. Judicial officers, shelter home
superintendents, representatives of service providing centres, legal counsellors, police officers, jagratha
samithy members, and social activists participated in the meeting. (The Hindu 19/3/2010)

Women’s helpline no help for girl turned out from marital home (8)
Newly-married Rabiya Khan, 18, feels let down by the special police helpline for women. She said she
was turned down by the 103 helpline after being turned out from her lawful house by her husband for a
‘deformity’ in her right leg. Rabiya said, “I called up the police’s women helpline number 103 on Tuesday
evening and asked them to help me return to my matrimonial house. They didn’t entertain my request and
asked me to go to Tardeo police station and lodge my complaint. However, the Tardeo police didn’t
register my complaint. They said I should wait till the court passes its order.” Rabiya had moved the
Bandra family court on January 25 seeking maintenance and an injunction order ‘to not restrain her from
entering her matrimonial house’. When Mumbai Mirror contacted the helpline, the person receiving the
call said, “If a woman asks for a suggestion, we give her one. If she seeks protection, we send police to
her help immediately. All calls are recorded.” Rabiya got married to the bookshop salesman on October
16, 2009. Immediately after the wedding, the latter’s family began torturing and harassing her over dowry,
she alleges.Three weeks later, Rabiya alleges, she was beaten up by Arif’s family, and compelled to
leave her matrimonial house. She went to her mother’s residence in the Colaba chawls on November 10,
2009. Her mother’s attempts at reconciliation were in vain. She then approached the court. In the couple’s
first counselling session at the court, Rabiya told the marriage counsellor that she wanted to return to her
husband Arif Khan (26). He sought time to think about it. In the second session on Tuesday, however, Arif
told the counsellor that he wouldn’t take his wife back. Rabiya said all her belongings, from clothes to
jewellery, were still at Arif’s house. She alleged that she knocked at Arif’s door on Tursday night but was
driven out by his family. Arif’s lawyer Mehtab Kazi denied he ever demanded dowry from her and claimed
that Rabiya’s family were not ready for amicable talks. In January, Rabiya received Kazi’s notice on Arif’s
behalf, which stated that she had cheated and fooled the family by not telling them she had a deformity in
her right leg before the marriage. The family alleged she couldn’t walk properly. Rabiya said the deformity
was minor and Arif knew about it before the marriage. Rabiya’s lawyer Sana Hakim said, “Although her
plea for allowing her to enter Arif’s house is pending before the court, nobody can stop Rabiya from living
in her lawful house. The order will only reinforce her right. Yet, the police shrugged their responsibilities
and left her estranged.” Kazi contended, “The dispute between the couple started over her deformity. But
instead of settling the matter amicably, Rabiya moved the court and is now trying to enter Arif’s house
despite the order on it being pending before the court. Meanwhile, her family even threatened Arif. Rabiya
must understand that patience pays and that all issues should be talked out.” Rabiya maintained that she
was determined to return permanently to Arif’s house. “This marriage means the world to me.” (Mumbai
Mirror 25/3/10)

Tension over Thoubal suicide (8)
Imphal, March 31: Tension is brewing in Kakching Khunou village in Thoubal district over the death of a
young woman who, after an alleged assault by a policeman in public on Sunday, consumed acid the day
after. Khumukcham Shamasha-khi Devi, 24, a resident of Kakching Khunou in Thoubal district, died in
hospital here today. She consumed acid on Monday after being allegedly assaulted by police commando
Anand Singh of sub-inspector rank, her mother Manimacha Devi alleged. She was a pharmacist with New
Light Clinic at Mayang Imphal in Imphal West district. Anand, a police commando posted at Mayang
Imphal police station, close to the private clinic, used to visit the clinic frequently. “My daughter committed
suicide after the police sub-inspector publicly humiliated her by beating her on March 28 and later
threatened her. The police officer should be brought to book,” Manimacha Devi, mother of Shamashakhi,
said. The relatives refused to take the body and have lodged a complaint at Waikhong police station in
Thoubal. Manimacha Devi said: “My daughter told me before she consumed acid on March 29 that she
did not want to live because her prestige has been lowered after the assault.” She could not, however,
say why the policeman had assaulted her daughter. Shamashakhi had a boyfriend — Rabishankar Singh,
an Assam Rifles jawan — now posted in Nagaland. “My daughter also told me that one day Anand forced
her to call her fiancé’s parents over mobile phone and tell that as she had physical relation with the sub-
inspector they better give up hope of getting her as their daughter-in-law.” Manimacha Devi told the
media today. She said on Sunday, her daughter had called her from the clinic, asking her to take her
home since she was afraid to come alone,” Manimacha Devi said. Sangrila, Shamashakhi’s colleague,
said Anand beat up her friend severely while Shamashakhi was on her way to Sangrila’s place on
Sunday. Manimacha Devi said Anand had dropped her daughter home on Monday morning, after which
the girl consumed acid. (Telegraph 1/4/10)

Wife forced to stand all night April 2nd, 2010 (8)
woman has alleged that she was regularly tortured by her in-laws and at times made to stand throughout
the night and beaten if she fell asleep due to exhaustion. The police are on the lookout for her husband
for assaulting her father. Riyaz Fathima, 25, had married Yousuf Mahar Ali, 30, a post-graduate in
information technology, in February 2007. The couple has a two-year-old daughter. After Yousuf went to
Dubai in October 2008 to work, Fathima returned to her parents’ house alleging that her in-laws tortured
her. She presented a petition to the jamaat (Council of Muslim elders) in February 2009 appealing for a
talaaq from her husband. The jamaat, however, is keeping the petition pending an inquiry. “Ever since the
marriage, I was not happy at my in-laws’ house. I was mercilessly beaten and harassed by my husband
and other members of his family without any reason. On several nights, they would force me to stand
awake throughout the night and would even beat me if I dozed off in exhaustion” Fathima said. Yousuf,
who returned from Dubai recently, presented a petition at the All Women’s Police Station (AIWS) in
Nagapattinam on Wednesday expressing his willingness to live with Fathima. Following up on the
petition, Fathima and her father Abdul Rahman were called to the police station. When Rahman emerged
from his house, Yousuf along with four relatives assaulted him with wooden logs. Rahman, who was
seriously injured, was admitted to Nagapattinam GH. The Nagapattinam town police has registered a
case and are on the lookout for the five assailants who are now be absconding. (Deccan Chronicle
2/4/10)

Only Rs 12,500 'fine' for gangrape (8)
LUCKNOW: In Uttar Pradesh, a woman's honour is worth only Rs 12,500. For this is the "fine" imposed
on each of the three accused in a gangrape case. The verdict, not surprisingly, has come from a village
panchayat in Rampur district of the state. Allegations are that the issue came up before the village
panchayat after the police initially refused to register a rape case on the complaint of the victim. But after
the matter was highlighted by the media, the police quickly registered a case but only that of molestation
and not rape. A woman of Khera village under Mnaik Khanam police station of Rampur was allegedly
raped by three local goons hailing from the neighbouring Noorpur village on March 27 last. Though the
village panchayat concluded that the victim was gangraped, as punishment it directed the accused to
collectively pay Rs 12,500 to the victim's family. After the news about the village panchayat's decision
was brought to the notice of the district police chief, he assured a thorough probe into the incident, apart
from stringent action against the accused. (Times of India 3/4/10)

25-yr-old pregnant woman hangs self, in-laws held (8)
Mumbai, April 05, 2010: A 25-year-old pregnant woman committed suicide in her Nallasopara flat on
Friday night. Police arrested her in-laws for dowry harassment on Saturday. The deceased’s father,
however, has refused to claim the body unless Nallasopara police charge the three accused under
Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The deceased, Varsha Purohit hanged herself from the
ceiling in the living room in her Star Residence flat in Evershine City, at Nallasopara. Neighbours said her
in-laws, Ashok Purohit (56) and his wife Sangita (53) and their son Roopsingh Rajpurohit (30) tried to
cremate the body without informing the police. The neighbours informed the woman’s father, Babulal
Rajpurohit (57), who lives in Ajmer in Rajasthan. Her father arrived in time and informed the police. Her
husband has been admitted to a Vasai hospital after he allegedly suffered a heart attack. “On being
informed by the neighbours, I reached Nallasopara on Saturday morning with 150 relatives from my
village, and informed the Nallasopara police,” said Babulal. The body is currently at Thane Civil Hospital.
The post-mortem revealed she was three months pregnant. “My daughter already had a three-year-old
daughter. Her husband Ramesh runs a catering business, while Roopsingh owns a glass business in
Vasai,” said Babulal. He added: “My daughter was married to Ramesh seven years ago and since their
first day together, she had been harassed for dowry. The day before she committed suicide, Varsha
phoned me and said her in-laws were physically torturing her, but we managed to calm her down. The
next day, she hung herself.” API R Raskar of Nallasopara police said: “We’ve arrested Ashok, Sangita
and Roopsingh under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and Section 498 A (cruelty to a woman by
husband) on Saturday. We will arrest Ramesh soon – he has suffered a heart attack and is admitted in
the Cardinal Gracias Hospital at Vasai.” Raskar added: “The trio have been produced in the Vasai
holiday court, and [at the time of going to press], the Vasai Magistrate is yet to remand them.” (Hindustan
Times 5/4/10)

14 girls speak against molester teacher (8)
Ghaziabad, April 06, 2010: Fourteen girls have come forward to lodge a case of molestation against their
teacher from a government school in Jalalpur here. This is the second incident of molestation attempt by
a government teacher in past 10 days reported from the Murad Nagar block. The girls belong to classes
VI, VII and VIII standard at Jalalpur government school in Murad Nagar block of Ghaziabad. They
submitted their written complaint to the police on Monday against their English teacher Krishna Avtar
Tyagi (57). The complaint of a Class VIII student read: “He used to touch us and passed lewd comments
on the girls in our school. We cannot narrate the type of comments he used to make. We want this
teacher to be removed.” Late Monday night, the police lodged a case and reported the matter to the basic
education officer. “The suspension procedure is underway. In future we would hand over such offenders
to the police after conducting departmental action,” said Rajesh Srivas, district Basic Education Officer.
“This is a serious matter and we have lodged an FIR under section 354 (molestation) of the IPC. The
accused is absconding but he would be arrested soon,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Capt. M.M. Baig
said. (Hindustan Times 6/4/10)

Acid attacks: SP promises stringent action (8)
GUNTUR: The latest acid attack on a minor girl in Tenali on Wednesday has again brought the focus on
acid attacks on women. In 2009 five incidents of acid attacks were recorded, most of them in Palnadu
region. Out of the five, four took place in June and three in quick succession. In the first incident on June
17 at Mruthunjayapuram village in Nuzendla mandal, a 29-year-old Deveneni Lakshmamma was attacked
by a man, Jedda Venkateswarulu, in the cover of darkness and fled away. Her husband, D. Balayya, was
sleeping in the verandah when the incident took place. The woman with 50 per cent burns survived the
attack after being admitted to Government General Hospital in Guntur. The second attack the next day
against a married woman from Perecharla, Sk. Nabi shocked police. The woman with minor injuries was
treated at Sattenapalli and sent home. In the third incident on June 19, an elderly woman was attacked by
her daughter-in-law at Guthikonda village in Piduguralla mandal. She also survived the attack with 50 per
cent of burns. After a lull of over four months, an acid attack was reported at Vinukonda. Unidentified
persons attacked Sk. Hasim (25) of Mummadivaram in Vinukonda mandal and splashed acid on him. The
victim was sleeping in open area in front of his house. The police, while condemning the attacks, had
traced a common thread of either illicit relationships or past rivalry behind the attacks. ``We have booked
cases under Section 304 IPC against the culprits. A proposal is under study to bring out a separate penal
act on acid attacks, with an intention of delivering stringent punishments to the culprits,'' Superintendent
of Police S.B Bagchi told The Hindu on Wednesday. (The Hindu 8/4/10)

Women can't be forced to wear veil, rules Dhaka court (8)
Dhaka, April 09, 2010: Muslim women cannot be forced to wear the veil while at work or in public, the
Dhaka High Court has ruled while stating that it should be their personal choice. It said in a ruling on
Thursday that no one could force women, working at public and private educational institutions, to wear
the veil or cover their heads against their will. The court directed the education ministry to ensure the
execution of its order. It asked the education secretary to ensure that women were not harassed by their
superiors at educational institutions. Bangladesh is a largely-Muslim nation where women, active in
political and public life, move without veils. The verdict came in response to a writ petition filed to seek a
directive following a newspaper report that a sub-district education officer of Kurigram insulted a female
teacher for not wearing the veil in June last year. The high court bench of woman judge Justice Syeda
Afsar Jahan and Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also asked the education secretary to carry out the
directives given by this court in May last year on sexual harassment of women at the institutions. The
court May 14 last year directed the authorities concerned to form a five-member harassment complaint
committee headed by a woman at every workplace and institution to investigate allegations of
harassment of women. The bench Thursday asked the secretary to transfer the official, Arif Ahmed, who
passed the remark on Sultana Arjuman Huq, headmistress of Atmaram Bishweshwar Government
Primary School. Earlier in January this year, Ahmed apologised to Arjuman before the high court and the
court acquitted him of the charge after Arjuman pardoned him. Bengali language daily Shamokal June 26
last year reported that Arif Ahmed had called Sultana Arjuman Huq 'Beshya' (prostitute) at a meeting
June 25. Anjuman felt insulted and became sick after the incident, the report said. (Hindustan Times
9/4/10)

600 women seek relief for domestic violence (8)
CHENNAI: About 600 women in the city have sought compensation for medical expenses under the
provisions of the Domestic Violence Act since it came into force four years ago. It includes 100 petitions
that the Department of Social Welfare received since January. The number does not include the cases of
dowry harassment and rape registered in the All Women Police Stations in the city. Since January, at
least a dozen cases of dowry harassment and rape were registered every month by the police. Protection
officers attached to the Social Welfare Department and non-governmental organisation representatives
working with victims of domestic violence say though women suffer abuse every day, they do not seek
remedy under the Act as the process is time-consuming. As protection officers are allowed only to assist
with receiving compensation and not punishing the perpetrator, very few women approach them. Though
the Act stipulates that the cases should be disposed of within 60 days of filing them, the absence of a
panel of lawyers to handle such cases is also delaying the procedures. Prasanna Poornachandra, Chief
Executive Officer of International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care, says the Act is good
but the process is unreasonable. “It takes six months to get a protection order when it should not take
more than 24 hours. A woman has to go through five sessions of counselling even if she is not seeking
divorce,” she says. According to her, abuse is common across all socio-economic groups. “Women will
remain in an abusive relationship when husbands threaten to take away the child. It is domestic terrorism
when violence increases if there is fear of losing a job. As we cannot wait for the law to help out, we come
up with plans to independently handle such situations.” A survey of the petitions filed with the Social
Welfare Department revealed that the trend was similar in both north and south Chennai. According to
Protection officer (North) M. Santhi Saraswathi, 307 women had filed petitions from north Chennai while
286 women had done so from the southern parts of the city. Taking cognisance of the situation, the Social
Welfare Department organised a legal colloquium in December to improve reporting of trafficking in
women and children and domestic violence. Representatives from the Indian Council of Child Welfare
and Madras High Court judges and lawyers participated. The colloquium recommended that the Domestic
Incident Report, which currently runs to 18 pages, should be simplified. It has also suggested having in
place a panel of lawyers to take up the cases through the State legal service cell. The need to post
women government employees as protection officers was also emphasised since they were perceived as
being more sympathetic. (The Hindu 11/4/10)

Violence against women on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir (8)
Jammu, April 12, 2010: Domestic violence again women is on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir. Even the
educated and the economically independent women are at the receiving end, according to anecdotal
evidence contained in police data. Vandana, 25, a lecturer with a doctorate, has been thrown out of her
house just because her in-laws suspected that an over-qualified person would dominate their son. “My
higher qualification above that of my spouse became the biggest drawback as my in-laws suspected me
of dominating their son and turned me out of their house,” lamented Vandana, 25, a PhD holder working
as a lecturer. There are several instances like this across the state. Police figures show an increase in
domestic violence cases, mostly relating to matrimonial disputes and family squabbles. Harassment for
dowry too is one of the most common complaints lodged with the police, data shows. In 2008, 772
complaints were received. Out of which 62 were registered, 121 reached the trial stage and 381 were
settled by mutual agreement and 108 are still pending. In 2009, the number of cases nearly doubled with
1272, and in 2010 in just three months 191 complaints were recorded. “Women’s boldness is most often
mistaken for arrogance and this according to many is justifiable in her getting beaten up by their spouses.
While some find the courage to speak up or walk out, there are others still bound by family pressures and
keep the matter within the four walls of the house,” said SHO women cell Jammu Shakti Sharma.
(Hindustan Times 12/4/10)

Man threatens wife with nude pics for dowry, arrested (8)
Ghaziabad, April 13, 2010: A software engineer who threatened to post nude pictures of his wife on the
Net when she rejected his dowry demands and protested against his second marriage, has been
arrested. In a plot that bears uncanny resemblance to parts of the film Love, Sex and Dhoka, Anil Kumar
(name changed) 32, living in the upscale Vaishali township of Ghaziabad district and working with a
software firm in Gurgaon, married Krishna Singh (name changed) after a two-year courtship in January
this year. Two months into the marriage, his attitude changed, his wife alleged in her complaint to the
police. “He started demanding dowry and beat me up badly,” she said. She also discovered that he had
married another girl in Kanpur, the town he hailed from. When she confronted him, he beat her up some
more. “He used to take nude pictures of me with his mobile phone, and make MMS clips. When I asked
him about his second marriage, he threatened to post my pictures on the Internet,” Singh stated in her
FIR against her husband. She gathered her courage and despite the embarrassment involved,
complained to the police. “Her husband was arrested on Sunday,” said Station Officer Inspector Rajesh
Dwivedi. “He was trying to escape to Kanpur by train when he was caught.” During questioning Kumar
denied all charges. He has been remanded to judicial custody. (Hindustan Times 13/4/100

Dharna against women's Bill (8)
JAIPUR: Hundreds of women belonging to Muslim and Dalit communities staged a dharna here on
Monday demanding a sub-quota in the Women's Reservation Bill to ensure representation to minorities,
Dalits and most backward classes in proportion to their population in Parliament and State legislatures.
Women taking part in the demonstration at Badi Chaupad in the Walled City of Jaipur said the Bill in its
present form would only empower the already educated and economically strong women from higher
castes and “utterly fail” in bringing the neglected, marginalised and deprived women into the law-making
institutions. The two-hour dharna was organised by the All India Milli Council's Rajasthan unit in
association with other civil rights and Dalit groups. Addressing the gathering, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila
Andolan convenor Nishat Hussain said the proposed 33 per cent quota in legislatures for women would
lead to a “serious anomaly” in the representation of various classes, as it would mingle together the
groups which are wide apart in terms of clout, status, education, empowerment and access to resources.
The speakers drew the Union Government's attention to the negligible percentage of Muslim women in
the Lok Sabha from 1952 to 2009, with only 14 Muslim women out of 7,906 MPs elected since the first
general elections in the country. Ms. Hussain said the Bill should not be passed without a provision for
sub-quota within the quota for the Dalit, minority and most backward women. The speakers expressed
gratitude to leaders such as Mulayam Singh, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Lalu Prasad and Sharad
Yadav for extending their support to the demand for sub-quota for Dalit and minority women. Mujahid
Naqvi of the All India Milli Council said the civil rights groups would not allow the Bill to get passed in its
present shape in the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies: “The Bill will further empower the same class
which already has a great clout in the national politics.” Others who addressed the gathering included
Dalit leader Than Singh, Jamat-e-Islami Hind president Mohammed Salim, Islamuddin of Rehmani
Welfare Society and women activists Humaira Khan, Fahima Anwar and Shabana Hafiz. The organisation
which joined the demonstration included the Centre for Dalit Rights, Society for Human Dignity and
Rights, Samajik Nyay Adhikar Manch, Muslim Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Dalit-Muslim Ekta Manch, Al-
Falah Welfare Society and the Milli Education and Welfare Trust. The participants also signed a
memorandum addressed to the Governor and Chief Minister calling upon them to help out the
underprivileged sections in challenging the “existing unfair class equations” which they said were likely to
be compounded by the Women's Reservation Bill. (The Hindu 13/4/10)

Sakinaka rape case: Five accused gets bail (8)
Mumbai, April 14, 2010: The sessions court has granted bail to five persons, arrested for allegedly raping
a 12-year-old girl for over two years, after their lawyer pointed out that the medical tests were negative.
The victim had accused nine persons including a 71-year-old man of having raped for continually for over
two years at suburban Sakinaka, where she was staying with her aunt. While five of the accused were
arrested, the remaining four, including her cousin brother are still at large. The five arrested persons -
Jamuna Prasad Sharma (71), Jitendra Yadav (25), Vinod Yadav (27), Vakil Ahmed (27) and Premchand
Pandit (35) - were granted bail on a surety of Rs 35,000 each. "The court has accepted my argument that
the medical report of the girl has revealed that there is no indication of rape or sexual assault," their
lawyer Tarannum Shaikh said. The court has directed the five accused to appear before the Saki Naka
police once a week till the chargesheet is filed in the case. (Hindustan Times 14/4/10)

Female infanticide tells on sex ratio in Punjab (8)
PATIALA: “She was thrown in the garbage dump outside the village for dogs that ate her. Her only fault
— she was the fourth girl born in a poor family,” said Harshinder Kaur, paediatric doctor here, recalling
the first time she witnessed discrimination against female infants in Punjab's rural side. “Over a decade
ago, I couldn't save that infant and ever since I try to speak for the girls who never lived,” said Dr. Kaur,
who has been awarded by numerous governments across the globe for her work in eradicating the evil.
Rampant female foeticide continues to push the sex ratio of Punjab against females; unfortunately, the
evil is more prevalent among the educated, the rich and the urban bred. The 2006 National Family Health
Survey shows that prosperity does little to curb the evil as Punjab's overall sex ratio at birth (considered a
more accurate indicator of female foeticide) was 776 against 793 in 2001. In urban areas, it goes further
down to 761:1,000. “The data clearly contradicts the belief that people don't want daughters only due to
the expense of dowry and marriage, the practice is more popular amongst the prosperous urban
population who commit the crime to avoid perceived social disgrace of not having a son and escaping
property division,” said Parveen Singhal, retired professor, who continues to work on the issue. Education
too has failed in curbing the practice as children born to mothers having Class 10 or higher education had
a significantly lower sex ratio at 683:1,000 than illiterate mothers at 869:1,000. “My study on girl students
of higher secondary schools in urban areas revealed that 78.8 per cent did not want to give birth to a girl
child. I was shocked to find that educated girls from urban areas can discriminate against their own kind.
They cited the deplorable condition of their mothers and restriction imposed on girls from family as the
main reason,” said Dr. Kaur, adding that until the social status of women changed, the mindset would
continue. Chandigarh has a sex ratio of 777:1,000 and Fatehgarh Sahib district has the lowest ratio of
754:1,000. Examining the sex ratios at birth of second child makes it evident that son preference is
affecting family-building strategies. The sex ratio of last births (number of females born per 1,000 males
when the first child is a female) ranges from a low of 504 in Punjab, to 540 in Haryana. However, Punjab's
sex ratio of the second child when the first child is a male, goes up to a healthy 1,003:1,000, in other
words, after one son, families are less inclined to go in for sex determination tests and foeticide.
Kamaljeet Gill, Professor of Economics at Punjabi University, said: “Even today, birth of a girl child is
viewed as a bad investment for future but the poor still find the cost of raising a child to be nominal with
respect to the income that the child might generate and also they cannot afford the cost of tests and
abortion. The reform needs to begin with the prosperous, educated class which abort a female child due
to their narrow patriarchal view, where sons are considered to be the only hope of old age and even after
life.” “Unchecked technology combined with affordability has made the practice a norm, and high and
middle-income groups have completely shifted to female foeticide as a more ‘sanitary option' and female
infanticide too is practised more in the form of abandoning few-days-old infants in bushes, public toilets,
parks or garbage bins but the aim has not changed, no one wants to be son-less,” said Dr. Kaur.
“Statutory laws such as the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and The Pre-natal Diagnostic
Techniques [Regulation and Prevention of Misuse] Act are not enforced strictly and doctors convicted
open their clinics again. (The Hindu 16/4/10)

Duo attacks 8 women in Junagadh town with knife (8)
KESHOD (Junagadh): Two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants attacked eight women at different
places in the city and vanished in the darkness after inflicting the victims with knife injuries on Wednesday
night. The incident sent shock waves across the town observing a bandh against police inaction on
Thursday. According to police, the assailants moved around in Ambawadi, Alap Colony, Pipaliyanagar
and Meghna Society areas and attacked the victims with knives. The victims were roaming the streets,
some of them in the company of their family members, when they were attacked. As per the eye-
witnesses' accounts, the assailants stormed the area brandishing knives. They inflicted knife injuries on
the victims' hand, stomach and other parts of body before fleeing from the place. Four victims have been
identified as Archana Baghodi, 24, (attacked on Mangrol Road), Dhara Hareshbhai, 19, (attacked near
Jagannath Society), Anjali Viththalani, 17, (attacked in Ambawadi) and Pragna Karmata, 21, (attacked
near Meghna Society). The victims have been shifted to hospital. "What puzzles us is the motive of the
attackers. That it wasn't loot is evident from the fact that none of the accused asked the victims to hand
over valuables or even tried to snatch their belongings. It looks like an act of pervert state of mind," said
investigating officer inspector AC Patel of Keshod police station. Meanwhile, police have registered a
case and started investigation by launching an intensive search operation against suspects. (Times of
India 16/4/10)

Bangalore doctor admits to female foeticide (8)
Bangalore: As part of its regular surprise checks, the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) cell of the
state conducted a raid on the Aruna Maternity Home and Clinical Laboratory at Gayathrinagar near
Rajajinagar on Thursday. Dr Aruna Kumari, 64, initially tried to hide the scanning machine. When that
proved difficult, she attempted to escape with the machine. Caught with the machine, however, she
admitted that she had been performing tests to determine the sex of the foetus, and that she had
performed medical terminations of pregnancy (MTP) of female foetuses. And yes, she knew that it was
illegal. “The PNDT Act came into being in the 1990s. I have continued sex determination and MTP. On an
average, I conducted 40 to 50 MTPs. However, now onwards, I will discontinue the practice,” said Dr
Kumari, whose clinic was set up in 1980, before the PNDT Act was introduced. What surprised members
of the PNDT cell was the public support that the doctor seemed to find in the neighbourhood. However,
residents later clarified that though they knew the doctor well, they were unaware that her clinic practised
termination of pregnancy of female foetuses. While the clinic is located on the ground floor, the doctor
herself lives on the floor above. “We have warned the doctor and issued a notice. Dr Aruna Kumari has
assured that she will not continue the practice,” said Dr Vasundhara, a member of the committee that
raided the clinic. Members of Janavadi Mahila Sangathane, a women’s NGO, who were present during
the raid, protested against Dr Aruna Kumari. Subramanyanagar police said that no complaints had been
registered against the doctor. Police officials said they were not informed of the raid on the health centre.
“Policemen were deployed in the area because there was a large crowd, and we wanted to avoid any
untoward incident,” said MR Suresh, sub-inspector of police, Subramanyanagar. (DNA 16/4/10)

A dozen human foetuses recovered from dustbin in Ahmedabad (8)
AHMEDABAD: The recovery of a dozen human foetuses — some of them eaten by stray dogs — from a
dustbin near the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in the labour-dominated Bapunagar locality here has
unnerved the police. They said an anonymous telephone caller informed the police on Monday morning
about the presence of the human foetuses in the dustbin. Some were found in damaged condition,
possibly partly eaten away by stray dogs. The police immediately alerted the authorities at the Forensic
Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar for assistance. They initially suspected it to be a case of mass female
foeticide, but the medical report on the foetuses revealed that seven of them were male and five female.
The Ahmedabad municipal corporation authorities said it has launched a massive investigation among
medical practitioners in the vicinity to unearth the possibility of illegal termination of pregnancies,
particularly because one of the foetuses was found kept in a bottle. The police believe that some
unauthorised medical practitioners dumped the foetuses on Sunday night. State Health Minister
Jaynarayan Vyas, condemning the incident, said the government had asked the State health
commissioner to inquire into the matter and unearth illegal practices. M.S. Patel, president of the
Ahmedabad Gynaecology Association, condemned the incident as “despicable.” (The Hindu 20/4/10)

Pregnant rape victim seeks Gujarat high court help (8)
Ahmedabad: Caught between the law of the land and social stigma, a 13-year-old rape victim has
knocked on the doors of the Gujarat high court for permission to terminate her pregnancy.The girl moved
the high court after the local court in Surendranagar rejected her petition for this. Earlier, local doctors had
also refused to terminate her pregnancy saying it was a case of rape and they needed a court’s order to
perform the procedure. The minor girl from Halvad taluka in Surendranagar district was allegedly raped
several times by her neighbour, Ghanshyamsinh Rajput, for nearly one year.Though she was sexually
abused for such a long time, she had kept quiet out of fear of Rajput who allegedly kept threatening her.
But when the girl underwent certain physical changes, she brought them to the notice of her parents who
found that she was pregnant. Her parents then lodged a complaint against Rajput at Halvad police
station. Rajput was arrested for rape. On learning that their daughter was pregnant, the girl and her
parents approached local doctors for termination of the pregnancy. But the doctors refused. After this, the
girl and her family members filed a petition at the local court in Surendranagar but the court rejected their
plea on March 30. Then the family members approached the high court. In the petition filed before the
high court, the rape victim’s family members have stated that the girl is two-and-a-half months pregnant.
They have prayed that her pregnancy be allowed to be terminated as she will have to suffer humiliation
because of it and also because she was too young to bear the responsibility of motherhood. After
preliminary hearing of the petition on Tuesday, justice AS Dave of the high court issued notices to the
investigating officer of Halvad police station and posted the case for further hearing on April 28. (DNA
21/4/10)

Dowry victims should contact local cops for complaints: Bombay high court (8)
Mumbai: A woman seeking action against her husband or in-laws for subjecting her to dowry harassment
can only approach the local police station and court, the Bombay high court has ruled. In a case filed by a
Nashik-based family, the court recently observed that a complaint filed under section 498A of the IPC will
have to be lodged at the place of offence, not at a place where the woman resides after leaving her
matrimonial home. Transferring the case to a court in Nashik, justice BR Gavai said: “It would be in the
interest of justice to transfer the proceedings from the court of JMFC (judicial magistrate first class)
Sahada to the court of learned chief judicial magistrate, Nashik.” Shekhar Mahire, his parents and two
sisters were booked by Sahada police in Nandurbar, after his wife, Sarika, lodged a case of dowry
harassment against the family. Sarika resided with her parents at Sahada, after she left her matrimonial
house in 2007. After moving with her parents, Sarika filed a complaint under section 498A. A local court
had initiated criminal proceedings against the husband and the in-laws. The Mahires then moved the high
court in 2008, seeking transfer of the case from Sahada to Nashik. The applicants claimed that the
alleged offence took place at Nashik and hence only Nashik court had jurisdiction to hear it. The court
had appointed senior counsel Ashok Mundargi as an amicus curie (friend of court). Mundargi informed
the court that the criminal procedure code (CrPC) states that every offence shall ordinarily be inquired
into and tried by a court within whose local jurisdiction it was committed. Mundargi also told the court that
the CrPC has laid down certain exceptions in offences wherein it is not necessary to lodge the complaint
at the place of offence. “Section 498A does not feature among these exceptions, and hence it cannot be
lodged at a place other than the place of offence,” Mundargi informed the court. According to the FIR,
Sarika was allegedly subjected to ill-treatment at her matrimonial home in Nashik. The judgment in the
case has been stayed for eight weeks. Criminal lawyer Satish Borulkar said: “The judgment would cause
a lot of inconvenience to women, because if she is driven out of the matrimonial home she will have go to
the place where she has been subjected to such a cruelty. This will defy the objective of 498A.” Likewise,
Uday Warunjikar, advocate, high court, pointed out: “This [the ruling] will create further hardship for
victims under section 498A of the IPC. If the victim does not live in the same place or area where her
matrimonial home is, she will be forced to be physically present in the same area.” (DNA 23/4/10)

Cases of violence against women need speedy trial: Vyas (8)
Ahmedabad, April 24 : Cases of trafficking and violence against women should be fast tracked, National
Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Girija Vyas said Saturday. "It takes a very long time to get
justice in a normal trial, hence the need to allocate such cases to fast track courts," she told reporters
here. She said the government should set up a cell to curb cases of fraudulent marriages involving
gullible women and non-resident Indians (NRIs). Vyas said that the NCW would urge the Gujarat
government to shut down clinics carrying out illegal abortions. She was apparently referring to the
recovery of 14 foetuses from a garbage dump in Ahmedabad April 19. A doctor was arrested in the case.
Vyas demanded that the government amend the law and enhance the punishment for conducting an
illegal abortions from three years to 10 years. (New Kerala 24/4/10)

Railway employee rapes colleague's wife, arrested (8)
Mumbai: It took a woman over four years to muster the courage to file a police complaint against her
husband’s colleague who had not only been sexually abusing her but also extorting money from her.
Anil Modagil, 45, was arrested by the Santa Cruz police for allegedly raping a 46-year-old woman
repeatedly and extorting money by threatening to make public her photograph in compromising position,
police said. Modagil, working as an assistant in the confidential branch of the railway department in
Mumbai, had been sexually abusing the victim since 2007. The victim has a son and her husband is also
a railway employee, the police said. According to the police, Modagil, who is married and stays in the
railway quarters, had allegedly taken photographs of the victim in a compromising position when he first
sexually exploited her. “He started to threaten her that he would show the pictures to her husband and
others if she did not obey his orders,” a police officer from Santa Cruz police station said, “He started
regularly visiting her house when she was alone and raped her multiple times. He also reportedly extorted
money from her. After several years of harassment, the victim finally broke down and registered a police
complaint.” Senior inspector Madhukar Choudhary said Modagil had bought a flat for which he needed
money. “He extorted about Rs4.50 lakh from the victim over a period of time. The victim and accused
have been staying in the same colony for over five years.” Choudhary said that Modagil has been booked
under sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion) and 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit
extortion) of the Indian Penal Code. “We will soon be searching Modagil’s house to get the objectionable
photographs of the victim. Also, we have to investigate where he spent the money and have to recover
the same,” a police officer said. (DNA 25/4/10)

Legal inadequacies a cause of misery for rape victims: judge (8)
MADURAI: Rape victims are humiliated, disgraced and subjected to untold miseries inside the court halls
in the guise of cross examination by defence lawyers due to the limitations of the present laws which give
scope for offenders to escape punishment on technical grounds, according to G.M. Akbar Ali, Judge,
Madras High Court.Addressing a consultation programme on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2010
and the Sexual Offences (Special Courts) Bill, 2010 at Lady Doak College here on Saturday, he
expressed hope that amendments proposed to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal
Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act would certainly help alleviate hardships faced by women. The
judge welcomed the proposal to replace the term ‘rape' in Sections 375 and 376 of the IPC with ‘sexual
assault' thereby broadening the nature of the offence and encompassing every other kind of sexual
offence within the ambit of law. “As of now, the judiciary is handicapped while dealing with rape cases
because we are not armed with proper rules or laws,” he said. Mr. Akbar Ali pointed out that 61,552 rape
cases; 33,000 sexual harassment cases and 1,15,754 molestation cases were registered in the country
between 2006 and 2008. There were nearly two lakh victims of sexual assault. “Despite the enormity of
the problem, the irony is that the conviction rate in rape cases was only 4 to 5 per cent,” he lamented.
Allaying fears of the proposed amendments being misused by some women, the judge asked: “Why
should men give any scope for such misuse. Why can't they be good fathers, good husbands and good
sons? Men claim to be the protectors of women all through the three stages of her life as a daughter, wife
and mother. But I always wonder whom are they being protected from?” A. Mercy Pushpalatha, College
Principal and Secretary, said that sexual harassment was a global phenomenon. Not only Indian women,
even the westerners were hesitant to report the travails undergone by them at home, workplaces and
social gatherings. A United States Senate Judicial Committee report in 2001 stated that one in five
women was sexually assaulted at least once in her lifetime. Explaining the objective of the consultation
programme, advocate U. Nirmala Rani said that the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA)
and 16 other organisations had fought for 17 long years to get the criminal laws amended. 0She said that
the end results of the consultation programme would be forwarded to the Union Home Ministry before
May 15 for further action. Ms. Rani urged the media to be more sensitive while reporting cases of rape.
She said that it would be appropriate for the Tamil media to use the expression ‘Paliyal Balathkaram'
instead of ‘Karpazhippu' while referring to rape. The latter term had more of a moral value attached to it
and hence it created an impression as if the victim was at fault. U. Vasuki, State General Secretary of
AIDWA; representatives of various non-governmental organisations; social activists; lawyers; and victims
of sexual assault participated in the programme. The consultation programme was organised jointly by
the Legal Aid Centre for Women, Chennai and the Centre for Women's Studies, Lady Doak College. (The
Hindu 25/4/10)
Girl commits suicide after harassment (8)
GHAZIABAD: An 18-year-old girl committed suicide on Saturday after being harassed for weeks by a
thug who is now on the run, police said. The incident occurred in Ganeshpur locality. The girl's father,
Ram Gopal, a security guard with a private company in New Delhi, said: "My daughter used to complain
of harassment by Kali Charan, a goon. "Kali Charan threatened to throw acid on her face. He would taunt
and tease her. Today (Saturday) she committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in her
bedroom," he added. Superintendent of Police AK Vijaita said: "We have registered a case against Kali
Charan and his accomplices. The entire family is absconding. We are conducting raids to arrest them."
(Times of India 1/5/10)

Teacher gets 30-yr RI for sex abuse of kids (8)
Kozhikode: A 42-year-old primary school teacher in Kerala has been sentenced to 30 years of rigorous
imprisonment by a court for sexually harassing girl students. A K Haridas, a teacher of the government
primary school at Puliyavu in the district, was held guilty on three counts in the six cases against him by
Nadapuram First Class Judicial Magistrate K P Anil Kumar on Friday. The teacher was charged with
sexually harassing class IV girl students in the school premises. Accepting the prosecution plea for
stringent punishment taking into account his status in society and causing mental agony to the students
and parents, the judge sentenced the teacher to six years imprisonment in the first case, five years each
in second and third, six years each in the fourth and fifth and two years in the sixth case. The court
ordered that the total sentence of 16 years in the first three cases would have to be undergone
consecutively while the remaining 14 years would run concurrently, an effective jail term of 16 years. He
was convicted for offences under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to
outrage her modesty), 377 (unnatural offences), and 506 (1) (Punishment for criminal intimidation). The
court also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on the teacher and ordered him to pay Rs 4,000 each to five of the
victims. The teacher, who was arrested, had been suspended pending inquiry after the shocking incident
came to light. The teacher was later released on bail. (CNN IBN 2/5/10)

Woman files rape complaint against Karnataka Minister (8)
Bangalore, May 03, 2010: The woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Karnataka Minister
tonight filed a complaint of rape and criminal intimidation against him with the Director General of Police.
The woman, along with her husband Venkatesh Murthy, drove to the residence of DGP Ajai Kumar Singh
and filed the complaint against Food and Civil Supplies Minister Harathalu, who quit today following a
media report which alleged that he sexually assaulted a friend's wife. "He (the DGP) has assured that an
inquiry will be conducted," said Murthy, adding "he (Halappa) has done a bad thing. He should be
punished. It (the entire episode) should not become an entertainment for the people". The woman alleged
that Halappa had threatened to kidnap their children, while her husband charged him with holding out
threat to their life. Murthy said they did not file the complaint in Shimoga because they fear that it might be
"dumped" because of "political pressure". (Hindustan Times 3/5/10)

‘CM should take action against Halappa’ (8)
Udupi, May 3, DHNS: ''The Chief Minister should initiate action against former Minister for Food and Civil
Supplies Hartal Halappa. Halappa’s statement that he has tendered resignation in the backdrop of Gram
Panchayat election is highly condemnable,'' said former minister Jayaprakash Hegde. Speaking at a
protest organised by the DCC at Clock tower in Udupi, he said for political reason he has tendered
resignation. He said “Reddy Brothers have looted the boundary of Karnakata. Instead of speaking on
morality, action should be initiated against them by seeking their resignation.” District Congress President
M A Gafoor said “the rape charges against a minister has made all of us to bow our head in shame.
Women are undergoing harassment and assault after BJP government came to power in the state.
Padmapriya incident is still mysterious. After Jayalakshmi and Renukacharya incident, Renukarchaya has
been given ministership. The condition of women are miserable in the state.” District Women Congress
President Veronica spoke. (Deccan Herald 4/5/10)

Concern over child marriages in State (8)
Udupi: Women and Child Welfare Minister P.M. Narendraswamy said on Tuesday that the Government
was taking stern steps to prevent child marriages in the State. He was speaking at the annual day
celebrations of the Sri Krishna Balaniketana Orphanage, here. He also inaugurated a summer camp at
the balaniketana on the occasion. The Minister said that despite several measures by the Government,
some child marriages were still taking place in the districts of north Karnataka. The Government wanted
to put an end to this practice. He said that it was the social responsibility of the people who were well-off
to work for the children in orphanages. Each child in orphanages came from different backgrounds. It was
necessary to provide good education and upbringing to these children so that they became responsible
citizens of the country. To put an end to female foeticide and to bring about gender equality, the State
Government had started the Bhagyalakshmi scheme. It was providing nutritious food to children in
anganwadi centres. To help personality development of children, the Government was holding summer
camps in Bal Bhavans, the Minister said. Visvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and CEO of Zilla
Panchayat Pranesh Rao were present. (The Hindu 5/5/10)

Health worker, mother arrested for foeticide (8)
CHANDIGARH: In a state grappling with poor sex ratio and growing armies of bride-hunting bachelors,
the health authorities suffered yet another embarrassment when the Fatehabad police picked up a village
health worker and her mother from Bhuna subdivision of the district for running a foeticide racket. They
are now looking for their accomplice, a registered medical practitioner (RMP) who used to refer patients to
the accused's clinic. The women — identified as Gurpreet Kaur alias Suman and her mother Jaswant
Kaur — were arrested during a joint raid of police and health officials on Tuesday. The racket, apparently,
had been going on for the past over three years. However, the district authorities are now in hot pursuit of
the duo's cronies, including the medical practitioner who directed his patients to Gurpreet for termination
of pregnancies after sex determination tests. (Times of India 6/5/10)

Pune police trying to downplay increasing sex crimes? (8)
Pune: Even as they continue to step up vigilance to arrest an alarming rise in sex crimes in the city, Pune
Police have drawn flak from women's groups for purportedly seeking to downplay the issue. What has
agitated the women activists is a survey released by police, which claims that as per their statistics over
70% of the rape cases were filed belatedly by the victims who first agreed to consensual sex act and later
chose to file complaints when the promise of marriage was not kept by the accused men. Addressing a
meeting of women's organisations convened here last week to discuss security measures being
implemented by police to curb sex crimes, a senior police official contended that a majority of rape cases
registered were "fall out of love affairs". Complaints in such episodes were lodged after considerable
delay and this made the job of gathering evidence difficult for the investigators, he argued. This
contention was later supported by DCP (Crime) Anil Kumbhare citing statistics over the last couple of
years. The officials claimed that the statistics showed cases of harassment filed by women had actually
dropped in the city. However, the police claim has not gone down well with representatives of women who
have raised doubts over the conclusions drawn by the law enforcing machinery. Questioning the findings,
Kiran Moghe, who heads the Pune unit of All India Democratic Women's Association, said the police
survey also mentioned that most of the cases that fell under the category of consensual sex involved
underage girls. "If that is true, then it is a contradiction as sex with minor should be considered as a rape
because the consent aspect in such cases is void," she said. Moghe rubbished the police statistics and
said lack of sensitivity on part of authorities while handling complaints of sexual assault on women could
have resulted in registration of less number of cases during the period under reference. Apart from an
increased number of sex crimes, the city has also witnessed a spurt in the cases of domestic violence,
she added. "A liberalised liquor policy in Maharashtra could be a contributory factor to this malady."
Echoing her views, Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena MLC who has been associated with a women's cell, "Stree
Adhar Kendra", for the last three decades, said she could not agree with the police version of nature of
rape cases emanating from failed love affairs and betrayals. "One needs to ponder over as to why police
are releasing this kind of survey when the whole law and order machinery in the city has come under a
scanner following a series of rapes reported in last one and a half months." It could well be a ploy to divert
the public's attention from their own failure to curb crime against women, said Gorhe, who has demanded
removal of Police commissioner Satyapal Singh. (DNA 8/5/10)

Lucknow bans students in uniform from malls, theatres (8)
Lucknow, May 10, 2010: Lucknow District Magistrate (DM) Anil Kumar Sagar has banned the entry of
students in uniform into malls, theatres, restaurants and parks during school hours to check crime.
Exercising his powers as the District Magistrate, and citing section 144 of the CrPC, the DM has issued
instructions to the managements of all malls, theatres, restaurants and parks, besides schools and
colleges to comply with the order. Those found violating the order will be charged under Section 188 of
the IPC. The order has immediately come into effect and, if not withdrawn midway by the administration,
will continue to be in force for two months. “It has been brought to my notice that students of various
schools and colleges loiter around in malls, theatres, restaurants and parks after bunking classes. This
has led to increase in the number of cases of misbehaviour, eve-teasing, suicide and crime,” DM Sagar
said. He added, “This is causing resentment among the citizens. It has threat to breach of peace and may
lead to a law and order situation in the society.” ‘We’ve the right to chill out’ The DM’s order
notwithstanding, many students feel bunking is fun and an unofficial part of the school curriculum. “We do
it for fun and most are aware that we don’t have to indulge in something dangerous. We have the right to
chill out,” said a student. Bunking students ususally stopover at regular parks, malls, restaurants, coffee
shops, video game parlours and markets. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Residency, Regional Science City
and other smaller parks around the city are usually dotted with children. The LDA has already banned
entry of students in school uniform at parks maintained by it during school hours. School teachers
however say that cases of bunking school are on a rise and get a little out of hand sometimes. (Hindustan
Times 10/5/10)

Women’s Commission without a chief (8)
May 9: The Karnataka State Women’s Commission which has the onerous task of safeguarding women’s
rights and probing everything from a sexual assault case, to domestic violence, has been left toothless.
Not because of the lacunae in the laws concerned but because of the state government’s failure to
nominate members to the body. With this all important institution rendered powerless, women caught in
such cases are left wondering who to turn for help and justice. Sources say that the government has
deliberately rendered the Commission ineffective so that it has no role to play in handling high profile
political and administrative cases which can then be ‘taken care of’ by the government without any
interference. At present, the Commission is not only headless, it has just one member as against the ten
members needed for the body to function effectively. As per the Karnataka State Commission for Women
Act, 1995, the Commission should comprise of six non-officials members and four ex-officio members,
apart from a chairperson (who should be a woman as per the Act). The four ex-officio members include
the secretary and the director, department of women and child development, the state DIG and the
Commission secretary. The previous members completed their term three years ago. Since then, the
government hasn’t bothered to nominate new members although the vacancies should be filled in three
months. Violations have become the norm as far as the Commission is concerned with the secretary,
department of women and child development, D.S. Ashwath holding dual charge as chairperson of the
Commission till recently, violating the norms of the Act. As per the Act, the chairperson should also be a
woman. Ironically, this time too, the government has appointed a male officer (C.N. Seetharam) to the
post. The hapless Commission is now finding it difficult to conduct even a simple investigation like
inspecting a women’s wing in the jail. It is also unable to probe cases of harassment and suicide properly
for which a full fledged body is required. (Deccan Chronicle 10/5/10)

Bombay HC: Sorry, sari is no grounds for divorce (8)
Mumbai: Many women complain about the change in their lifestyle after marriage. Some adapt to the new
environment, but some don’t. Like this 33-year-old homoeopathic doctor who moved the Bombay high
court seeking divorce, as her “cruel” in-laws wanted her to wear a sari. The court refused to grant her
divorce. A division bench of justice AP Deshpande and justice RP Sondurbaldota refused to grant her
divorce, saying that being conservative in dressing sense did not amount to cruelty. The woman, who
runs a clinic in Central suburbs, had sought divorce from her husband, an engineer, alleging physical and
mental harassment. She also alleged that she was denied her freedom because she was not allowed to
wear salwar kameez, and was forced to wear sari. She moved the high court in 2007 after a family court
rejected her divorce plea in 2004. According to the woman’s appeal, she married on June 24, 2003. Less
than a month later, on July 18, her father-in-law passed away after having a massive heart attack. She
then went to her parents’ house on August 1, 2003, only to return to her husband’s home in Navi Mumbai
a month later. A few months down the line, the woman filed a criminal case against her husband, mother-
in-law and two sisters-in-law under section 498A of the IPC (matrimonial cruelty). She alleged that her
hubby’s family was demanding dowry and even assaulted her physically. The high court, while rejecting
the divorce appeal, noted that one of the sisters-in-law was physically handicapped. Also, the family was
acquitted from the case. The woman alleged that her husband had not told her about his siblings. She
also alleged that he had multiple extramarital affairs and she was mentally tortured by her conservative
in-laws, as they did not allow her to wear salwar kameez. The judges, however, refused to buy the
defence. Taking a note of the financial status of the husband, the judges noted that it was doubtful that he
demand dowry. The high court also observed that since one of her sisters-in-law was physically
handicapped, she did not seem capable of assaulting anyone. “Considering the short duration of co-
habitation of the parties and the fact that during the very prior, the husband’s family was under grief on
account of loss of his father, there was hardly any scope for the family subjecting the wife to any mental
cruelty,” the judges observed. “Besides, none of the allegations are of such nature as to cause a
reasonable apprehension that it would be harmful or injurious to live with the husband. Hence, they
cannot constitute ‘cruelty’ as contemplated by section 13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act.” (dna 11/5/10)
Sorry, no divorce over sari, says court (8)
Mumbai: Sari may be a bothersome garment, especially compared to the Punjabi dress, but a marriage
cannot be ended over it, the Bombay High Court has held. Dismissing a petition filed by a homoeopathic
practitioner, a Division Bench of Justices A.P. Deshpande and Rekha Sondurbaldota held that her in-
laws' insistence on her wearing sari would not amount to “cruelty” under the Hindu Marriage Act. Alka and
Anand (both names changed) got married in June 2003. Alka soon fell out with her husband and in-laws
and returned to her parents' house. Besides lodging a criminal complaint against her husband, his mother
and two sisters for subjecting her to torture for dowry, Alka filed a divorce petition in the family court. In
the divorce petition, she cited several instances of cruelty including her husband's illicit relationship with
another woman. One of her grievances was that she was forced to wear sari by her in-laws. After the
family court rejected her application, she filed an appeal in the High Court. Upholding the family court's
decision, the High Court last week said the in-laws' insistence on her wearing sari could not be an
instance of cruelty to dissolve the marriage. — PTI (The Hindu 12/5/10)

Kannada film actor Anand held for dowry harassment (8)
Bangalore, May 14, DHNS: Kannada film actor Anand was arrested by Basavanagudi Women’s police
following a complaint by his wife alleging that he harassed her for dowry and had an affair with another
girl here on Friday. Anand, who made his debut with ‘Nannadeya Haadu’ recently, had married his
girlfriend M S Bharani last year. According to Bharani, their marriage ran into rough weather as Anand
began taking interest in another girl Ramya. Anand also reportedly attempted to poison her but she was
hospitalised and recovered, she alleged in her complaint. H T Ramesh, ACP (Banashankari sub-division)
told Deccan Herald that the actor, a one-time video jockey with the Kannada music channel U2, had also
allegedly demanded Rs 50 lakh from his wife. A case of dowry harassment has been registered. (Deccan
Herald 14/5/10)

Crime against women on rise in Bihar (8)
Patna: Crime against women in Bihar has substantially risen since 2005, according to the police records.
Crime against women rose by over 10% in 2006 with recorded 4,974 cases as against 4,442 cases in
2005, the data states. Rape, kidnapping, eveteasing and harassment for dowry increased, though dowry
death cases decreased. During 2007, the number of such crimes remained more or less same at 4,969,
as against the previous year. There is a dip in eveteasing a dip from 201 to 69 cases and harassment for
dowry from 1,759 to 1,596. Rape, kidnapping and dowry deaths witnessed an alarming rise during 2007.
The year 2008 witnessed a surge in such crimes by more than 20% at 6,186, with eveteasing rising by
over 150% at 188. While the number of rape cases dipped marginally at 1,041, kidnapping rose by above
30% at 1,494. Dowry deaths and harassment also jumped by 10 to 25% during 2008. Crime against
women continued unabated in 2009 as well with the state recording a total 6,393 cases—an increase of
3% as compared to 2008. Kidnapping lin 2009 was at 1,997 as against 1,494 in 2008, though the number
of rape, eve-teasing, dowry harassment for dowry against women was less. Despite this increase, the
state stood at 11th and 10th places in 2006 and 2007, respectively, on the yardstick of the recorded crime
against women. The state was on eighth position during 2003 and 2004. (Financial Express 17/5/10)

SC: Prove cruelty in dowry death cases (8)
New Delhi,May 19, pti: The Supreme Court has held that husband or other family members can be
convicted for dowry death only if it is proved that the wife was subjected to cruelty or harassment in
pursuit of the demand and not on mere presumption. The apex court said Section 304-B (dowry death)
can be invoked against the accused only if there is material evidence to support the allegation and not on
mere presumption that the victim died within seven years of marriage. Under Section 304-B read with
Section 113-B of the Indian Evidence Act, a husband and his family members can be prosecuted for
causing dowry death of the woman if the same occurs within seven years of the marriage. “In order to
hold an accused guilty of an offence under Section 304-B of the IPC, it has to be shown that apart from
the fact that the woman died on account of burns or bodily injury, otherwise than under normal
circumstances within seven years of marriage, it also has to be shown that soon before her death, she
was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband for, or in
connection with, any demand for dowry. “Only then would such death be called dowry death and such
husband or relative shall be deemed to have caused the death of the woman concerned,” a bench of
Justices Altamas Kabir and H L Gokhale said in a judgement. The apex court passed the judgment while
acquitting Durga Prasad and one of his relatives sentenced to seven years imprisonment in a case of
harassment and dowry death in Madhya Pradesh. A sessions court had sentenced the accused for
harassing Kripa Bai for dowry resulting in her committing suicide. (Deccan Herald 19/5/10)
Domestic help hole in sexual abuse law (8)
New Delhi, May 19: A last-minute change to a proposed law against sexual harassment at the workplace
leaves millions of domestic workers, one of the most exploited sections of India’s workforce, unprotected
from sexual predators. The women and child development ministry (WCD) has withdrawn protection from
sexual harassment to domestic workers under a controversial change to a long-pending proposed
legislation that may be placed before the cabinet soon. Domestic workers have been left out of the ambit
of the legislation after the law ministry argued that implementing the law inside people’s homes may
prove too hard, top government sources said. India has over 15 million domestic workers and over 80 per
cent — or about 12 million — of these workers are women, the WCD ministry estimates show. Many of
these workers are children (girls) and several are victims of trafficking. Several reports and independent
research have repeatedly found domestic workers among the most vulnerable sections of the country’s
workforce, frequently exploited sexually by employers. The prevention of sexual harassment at the
workplace bill, first mooted by former WCD minister Renuka Chowdhury in 2007, has till now covered all
institutions that serve as workplaces. “I am very surprised. If the government does exclude domestic
workers from the ambit of this law, it would make the exploitation of women domestic workers — adults
and children — even easier than it is today,” said Shireen Miller, head of advocacy for UK-based NGO,
Save the Children. A recent study by the NGO in Bengal showed that over 70 per cent of girls working as
domestic help in the state faced sexual exploitation, Miller added. The bill, which for the first time takes
into account the nature of employer-employee relationships in tackling sexual harassment, covers both
the organised and the unorganised sector that constitutes over 90 per cent of India’s workforce. Till
recently, the bill only protected employees at their workplace. But as was reported first by The Telegraph
on February 22, 2010, the WCD ministry proposed — and the law ministry accepted — making the law
stricter to cover all those present at the workplace of the accused. This change came in the aftermath of a
nationwide outcry over the suicide of a teenage Chandigarh girl after she was molested by a senior police
officer heading a tennis club where the girl practised. Sportswomen at training camps, children of
employees visiting their parents’ offices and any other guest visiting an office are protected under the
draft law now. (Telegraph 20/5/10)

Women getting empowered for crime: SC (8)
New Delhi: Noting that three of the accused in an acid attack case were women, the Supreme Court
today observed that the fair sex was not only empowering itself in the positive direction, but also towards
criminal activities. "It only shows that in this country women are not only getting empowered in the
positive direction, but also for committing crimes," a vacation bench of Justices G S Singhvi and C K
Prasad noted. The apex court said differences between neighbours should not degenerate to such an
extent that they should resort to acid attacks on rivals. "If you have differences with your neighbour you
cannot go to the extent of attacking them with acid. The entire family seemed to be carrying a potful of
acid to attack the neigbbours," the apex court told counsel R K Kapoor appearing for the accused. The
apex court rejected the argument of the counsel that the attack was in self defence as it was the five
victims who had come to attack the accused as per the findings recorded by the Punjab & Haryana High
Court. "Are you in the process of manufacturing acid in the house that you found it readily available to
attack the victims," the bench asked the counsel. Fifteen persons including three women - Sinder Kaur,
Piar Kaur and Mukhtiar Kaur - were convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by the
Ludhiana sessions court for attacking a family of five members in the neighbourhood over a property
dispute on July 31, 2000. One person, Jagdev Singh, lost his eyes in the attack while others escaped with
burns. The High Court had on January 2, however, reduced the sentence to one year in the case of the
women and two years for men, but enhanced the punishment to four years for the main accused Charan
Singh. The accused the appealed before the apex court challenging the conviction and sought bail. The
apex court, while making the observation, directed all the accused to surrender and said it will consider
the bail application on May 28, except that of Charan Singh. (Financial Express 24/5/10)

Women's body demand dismissal of guilty policemen (8)
Bhopal, May 27: The Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti has demanded dismissal of policemen
accused of allegedly harassing two sisters who later committed suicide in Chhattarpur district.
A demand was also raised to register a criminal case against other policemen connected with the
incident. The Samiti had demanded from the state government that the two constables Pravin Tripathi
and Ashok Tiwari be dismissed and arrested. This apart, the two other constables arrested earlier be
charged under sections relating to rape and harassment of minors, General Secretary of the Samiti's
Madhya Pradesh unit Nina Sharma said in a statement. She said that the incident led to one of the girls
committing suicide on May 26 and her elder sister died while undergoing treatment today. The deceased
did not have mother and their father is a teacher by occupation. While condemning the incident, Sharma
said that the law and order situation in the state could be imagined from the heinous crime committed by
policemen, who are supposed to keep check on activities of the criminals. Alleging that the local
administration is trying to protect the guilty policemen, she said that the local policemen had earlier
misbehaved with a lady teacher by entering her house last year. Sharma said that no action was taken
against the policemen in the case. She demanded intervention of the National Women's Commission in
the case. (Deccam Chronicle 27/5/10)

‘Expedite domestic violence cases' (8)
COIMBATORE: The Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women, Sarguna Pandian,
has asked officials to expedite cases registered under domestic violence laws. Addressing officials at a
review meeting held at the Collectorate on Friday, she said as per the Protection of Women from
Domestic Violence Act, 2005 officials concerned had to complete the cases within 90 days. Officials must
stick to the deadline to help the complainants get justice, she said after reviewing the 39 cases pending in
the district. This was the ninth such meeting she had conducted in the State. Her previous meetings were
in Tirupur, Nagapattinam, Vellore, Thanjavur, Theni, Dindigul, Erode and Virudhunagar. The cases she
reviewed related to domestic violence, dowry harassment, verbal abuse, ill-treatment, caste abuse,
disputes over alimony, separation from husband among others. Ms. Pandian said the Commission had
recorded pendency of 300 cases in 2007, 648 in 2008 and 943 in 2009. Majority of those complaints were
against mothers-in-law, which was worrisome as women were not only victims but also perpetrators of
violence. The Commission in its efforts to complete the inquiry into pending cases also looked at
resolving the same by counselling the disputing parties. District Social Welfare Officers were asked to
counsel and only in the event of failure should the cases reach the court. At the end of the function she
gave away financial assistance worth Rs. 1.7 lakh to nine persons. District Social Welfare Officer R. Anbu
was present. (The Hindu 30/5/10)

Dowry harassment: Man burnt to death in public (8)
While dowry deaths are not uncommon in the state, relatives of a woman, who is fighting for her life after
being seriously injured in a fire in her house, took things into their own hands and set her husband on fire
in full public view in Nez village, Chikkodi taluk late Friday. Shivajirao Shinde (30) was admitted to the
Belgaum civil hospital for treatment, but died on Saturday. Shinde, a computer operator in a private
finance company in Examba village, near Chikkodi, married Renuka a year ago and allegedly harassed
her for dowry constantly. A few days ago Renuka was seriously injured in a fire, which her in-laws claim,
was caused by a stove bursting in the kitchen. But her family which learnt from doctors on Friday that
Renuka's condition was critical, accused her husband and in-laws of setting her on fire. Around 15 angry
relatives of the woman rushed to Nez carrying about 25 litres of kerosene and beat up Shinde and his
family. As Shinde began to run, they chased him and pouring kerosene over him, set him on fire in full
public view. A dozen of them have since been arrested. According to the Sadalga police, Renuka's in-
laws lodged a complaint soon after she was injured that she was hurt in an accidental stove burst.
Renuka also gave a statement that her husband was not responsible. As both families have now
registered cases against each other, the police is investigating to get to the bottom of the matter. (Deccan
Chronicle 30/5/10)

 Foeticide zone taps Kerala for brides (8)
Chennai, May 30: Facing a shortage of brides, a female foeticide belt has turned to a neighbouring state
with the highest sex ratio and best social indicators in India. The increasing marriages between women
from Kerala and desperate Gounder-caste grooms from Tamil Nadu’s western Namakkal district has been
welcomed by Namakkal collector U. Sagayam. “Only when they find it difficult to get a bride will the men
realise the importance of the girl child. Since women from Kerala are an emancipated lot, they would be a
good buffer against this heinous practice in this belt,” he said rather hopefully. The number of young
women in Namakkal has fallen since the ’80s because of rampant female foeticide, mainly among the
district’s large Gounder population, said Muruga Ravi, a wedding broker who has arranged scores of
these inter-caste, “cross-border” marriages. These marriages are taking place despite generations of
politicians having successfully raised passions in either state over their river disputes. “Gounders spurn
the girl child because they have to pay a hefty dowry to marry off their daughters,” Ravi said. The 1990
census found the sex ratio in Gounder villages — 625 girls for every 1,000 boys among children aged 0-6
years — to be one of the most biased in the country. “I could not find a suitable bride within my Gounder
community. A broker got me a bride from Kerala’s Palghat,” said E. Ponnusamy, 40, a wealthy farmer.
“We married four years ago and have not faced any cultural clashes. We celebrate Onam and Pongal and
both of us can speak Tamil and Malayalam.” The paucity of brides had forced frustrated Gounder men to
declare they were ready to marry outside their caste, but even this proved difficult in Tamil Nadu. So,
when broker Ravi learnt that girls in Kerala —which has a sex ratio of 1,058 — often struggled to find
grooms, he put one and one together. “I have made more than 60 cross-border matches and still have 40
Kerala brides in my data bank,” he said. Most of the brides are Ezhavas, a Most Backward Caste like the
Gounders, from the four districts of Trichur, Palghat, Idukki and Malappuram. What started in the towns
has spread to the villages, with Namakkal becoming the trend-setter. It has witnessed more than 100
“cross-border” weddings in the past three years. “The Kerala brides are not too demanding. They don’t
ask for horoscopes or mind the age difference. They only want an understanding husband with steady
finances,” said K.R. Chandran, another marriage broker. The brides, however, impose two conditions: the
groom must produce a medical certificate showing he is not HIV-positive, and the wedding must be held
in Kerala so the marriage can be registered in their home district. “It’s understandable. Namakkal, the
South’s truck-building centre, was notorious for its HIV-infected truck drivers till a few years ago. And the
experience of many Kerala brides, deserted by their Gulf-based husbands, has compelled these girls to
make sure their marriage is registered,” Chandran said. M. Anandan, a well-off farmer from Namakkal
who married Suja from Trichur six months ago, said this was the first inter-caste wedding in his family. “At
35, when I could not find a suitable Tamil bride, I decided to look towards Kerala. There is much in
common between our two languages. But we do have to make minor culinary adjustments since she
needs coconut for everything,” he laughed. (Telegraph 31/5/10)

No relief for Rathore yet again, case deferred till tomorrow (8)
Chandigarh, June 1 (PTI): Disgraced former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, sentenced to 18-month prison
term by a court here in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, will have to spend another night in jail with
hearing on his bail plea being deferred till Wednesday. Declining to give any immediate relief, the Punjab
and Haryana High Court vacation bench of Justice Ajay Tewari posted the matter for Wednesday after it
was told to him that advocate of Ruchika's family Pankaj Bhardwaj was indisposed. 68-year-old Rathore
has been in the high security Burail jail for the last one week after a sessions court on May 25 enhanced
his jail term from six months to one-and-a-half years while allowing the plea of CBI and the Girhotra
family. Rathore's lawyer wife Abha Rathore had filed the review petition in the High Court on May 26
seeking bail. On May 28, High Court Judge, Justice Gurdev Singh had posted the matter for May 31 on
the plea of the CBI counsel that the investigating agency had not received copy of the review petition. In
her petition, Abha had alleged that the appellate court had on May 25 passed the order "under media
pressure". Yesterday, CBI had strongly opposed Rathore's bail plea before the High Court, submitting that
he must undergo "some part of marginal sentence" awarded to him. 14-year-old Ruchika, a budding
tennis player, had committed suicide three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990.
During the hearing today, CBI accused Rathore of trying to distort the facts. In its 14-page reply on the
revision petition of Abha, the CBI said Rathore was trying to distort the prosecution case regarding the
visit of Aradhana, prime witness in the case who was with Ruchika when she went to the Haryana Lawn
Tennis Association office at Panchkula on August 12, 1990, the day the DGP molested Ruchika. "Their
(Aradhana and Ruchika) visit stands already proved through Aradhana's deposition," the CBI told the
court in its detailed reply. The prosecuting agency held that "Aradhana has personally seen molestation of
Ruchika at the hands of the convict." CBI said Rathore had "intentionally and deliberately" planned to
molest Ruchika. It rejected Abha's contention that Rathore was a victim of media trial, saying it was "false,
unjustified and baseless" as lower courts did not allow media during the hearing of matter. (Deccan
Herald 1/6/10)

Protest against sexual harassment (8)
Bangalore, May 31,dhns: The Hotel Employees Federation of India (HEFI), staged a dharna at the
Gandhi Park on M G Road here on Monday, demanding justice to a female staffer of Windsor Manor
hotel in the City. HEFI alleged that the employee was subjected to sexual harassment by the
management and was subsequently dismissed from service in April, without being offered a chance for
law to take its course. G R Shivashankhar, president of HEFI said, “We are seeking justice on behalf of P
Saraswathi, who had been employed as a masseuse for female clients since 1993 at the hotel’s health
club. In 2008, she was asked to offer her services (cross massage) to male clients of the club as well.
She then protested the decision taken by the hotel management” said Shivashankhar. “This has been
happening at some of the five star hotels in the City, albeit in a silent manner. This is in blatant violation of
laws and is an unfair labour practice. After she (Saraswathi) refused to obey the instruction of the
management, she was demoted to the task of a sweeper and subsequently dismissed. The issue was
brought before the assistant labour commissioner who then asked the both the parties in the dispute to
arrive at a conciliation” added Shivashankar. HEFI has now sought the intervention of the State
government to resolve the issue. (Deccan Herald 1/6/10)
Families dump mentally ill in tiger reserve (8)
New Delhi, June 03, 2010: Some families have found a shocking way of getting rid of their mentally
challenged members. They pay truckers to dump them on a forlorn stretch of road running through
Karnataka’s Bandipur National Park, a tiger reserve 220 km southwest of Bangalore. The hapless victims,
many of whom can’t even utter their own names coherently, hail mostly from West Bengal, Orissa,
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Left to the mercy of the elements, many have either
been killed by wild animals or sexually abused by truckers. Lacking basic survival skills, some of them
have even set alight forest fires. Apart from families, police in neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and
Kerala are also alleged to have paid truckers to get rid of mentally ill people whom they have
apprehended off the streets, NGOs working in the region said. Some of those who survive have landed
up in a hospital run by Catholic missionaries. A few like the Marathi-speaking, middle-aged Vijay (name
given by locals) do petty chores to earn food from tourists and forest officials. “One or two such people
are brought to us every week,” said Sister Hillary, doctor-in-charge of Karunalaya Hospital of Nanjangud
town on the edges of the park. Of the 57 currently being treated at the hospital, 32 are women, six of
them pregnant and five HIV positive. “They are being treated for a range of ailments from advanced
schizophrenia to delusion to paranoia, apart from being provided food and shelther,” said another doctor
at the hospital. The trend of dumping the mentally ill began in 2007, locals said. The victims are unaware
that their kin preferred to pay for abandoning them rather than spend on their treatment. Some like 20-
something Savitri (real name unknown) ended up being raped during her transportation and getting
pregnant, Sister Hillary said. “Long-distance truckers are known to pick up the mentally ill, especially
women, and rape them before dumping them,” said B Renuka Prasad, in-charge of Gundulpet police
station in the region. Checkpoints along the stretch have done little to curb the menace. Police attribute it
to their inability to understand what the victims are saying. Sometimes the truckers are known to drug the
victim with opium, making it impossible to question him or her. Besides, policemen normally check the
papers of vehicles and what they are carrying, not the cabin or passengers in it. The Karnataka
government hasn’t been able to curb the racket. “We are aware of the problem. The administration is
conducting a survey of such persons. They will be treated and rehabilitated,” said Karnataka State Mental
Health Authority Member Secretary H Chandrashekhar. (Hindustan Times 3/6/10)

Groom's family fined for demanding dowry
Muzaffarnagar: Last-minute dowry demands proved expensive for a bridegroom's family as it had to
cough up Rs.60,000 as fine and return without the bride on the orders of a community panchayat. A
dispute broke out between the two families when the groom's family demanded more dowry just before
the wedding. Enraged, the bride's family took the groom's family hostage for five hours in Tawli village
here. When the matter reached the community panchayat, it ruled that the groom and his family would not
be let off unless they paid a fine of Rs.60,000. The wedding party was allowed to leave only after they
had paid the amount to the family of the bride.- PTI (The Hindu 3/6/10)

Woman has miscarriage after husband assaults her (8)
Mumbai, June 04, 2010: Trombay police arrested a BPT employee, Mohammed Arif (40), for allegedly
assaulting his pregnant wife, leading to a miscarriage on Thursday. Nazo Begum (33), his first wife who
was five months pregnant, is recuperating at a BPT hospital. The incident took place at Cheetah camp
area of Chembur. According to Munni Begum, Nazo’s sister, Arif married for the second time on April
20.“He would come drunk and assault Nazo,” said Munni. He has been living with his second wife since
then, she added. The family said that on Tuesday afternoon, Arif came home and assaulted his daughter
Afreen with a knife. When Nazo tried to intervene, he reportedly pushed her to the ground. “He pulled her
by her hair and hit her on her stomach,” added Munni. A medical test revealed Nazo had a miscarriage,
the relatives said. According to a witness, the assault happened in front of the entire neighbourhood.
Arif’s second wife was also present. “Many people from the area tried to help Nazo but couldn’t stop him,”
said Shameem Rahat, a neighbour. “Investigation is on,” said Senior Police Inspector S. Jagtap.
(Hindustan Times 4/6/10)

13-year-old girl spurns marriage with 38-year-old man (8)
Hubli: A 13-year-old girl has showed exceptional courage in stopping her wedding to a person thrice her
age and who already has two wives. The girl contacted a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working
for the welfare of children and women. NGO members, along with Department of Women and Child
Development officials, swooped on the girl’s house at Gautan Nagalavi in Mandihal Gram Panchayat,
Dharwad taluk, and saved her from child marriage. It is believed that the girl’s father received Rs 6,000
from a 38-year-old person of Nandghad in Alnavar taluk, to arrange the marriage. The girl had just
completed seventh standard at the Government High Primary School at Mugad. The groom had allegedly
promised the girl’s father more money after the marriage. As soon as the girl learnt about the marriage,
she opposed it and expressed her desire to continue studies. Even her mother and uncles supported her,
but her father was adamant. The girl, who had heard about the NGO during an awareness programme in
the school, showed the courage to contact them seeking help to save her. On Thursday, Dharwad-based
Sadhana Human Rights Centre Founder Isabella Xavier, Child Development Project Officer (Dharwad
Rural) D H Lalitha, a supervisor and an Anganawadi worker visited the girl’s house at Gautan Nagalavi.
They managed to convince her father to cancel her marriage fixed for June 4, and send her to the
Balakiyara Balamandir at Ghantikeri in Hubli to continue her studies. D H Lalitha recounted that when
they visited Gautan Nagalavi, the villagers and family members asked them to save the girl. “As a result,
three purposes were served. The child was saved, her desire to continue studies will be fulfiled and
awareness was created among other adolescent girls of the village,” she added. In the last two months,
the department has managed to stop two child marriages in Itagatti and Benachi villages. The girl will now
continue her studies at Balakiyara Balamandir till she is 18. Isabella Xavier said the awareness
programmes about child marriage and children’s rights being organised in schools under the Sarva
Shikshana Abhiyan helped this girl. “Such a programme was held at the Mugad school also. When this
girl came to know about her marriage, she sent her uncle to the school, obtained my phone number and
contacted us,” she said. Her marriage was being arranged through a mediator at Alnavar. Xavier further
added that the girl’s father, an alcoholic, beat up his family members for opposing the girl’s marriage. In
view of this, she has been shifted to Balakiyara Balamandir. When the girl was brought to the Balamandir
on Thursday evening, the mehendi on her hands and legs were tell-tale signs of the marriage that she
managed to rescue herself from. The girl, who defeated the bid to ruin her life, was visibly happy about
being able to continue her studies now. (Deccan Herald 5/6/10)

Woman assaulted and paraded naked by six
Aligarh, June 05, 2010: A woman has charged six persons, including district BSP President, of assaulting
and later parading her naked in a market following which a case has been registered against them by the
police. A case of assault against six persons, including the BSP leader Moolchand Bhagel, has been filed,
Superintendent of Police Maan Singh Chouhan said. He, however, said the woman was not paraded
naked. The incident took place on June 2 when 45-year-old Brima Devi had a minor tiff with some
persons while she was on her way back from a temple. She was then beaten up. She alleged in her
complaint to police that she was also paraded naked through the village Chandaukha, 20 kms from here.
Bir Singh, husband of Brima Devi, alleged that the police was trying to dilute the charges against the BSP
leader because of political pressure. The woman was detained by the police for a few hours in connection
with some case. She was, however, let off later. "Instead of arresting the persons named in the report, the
police has arrested Devi on a case filed against her by a group ten days back," Singh alleged. (Hindustan
Times 6/6/10)

Woman attacked with acid over dowry (8)
A woman was seriously injured when her in-laws allegedly threw acid on her over dowry at Khaikhri
village in the district, police said on Monday, Nisha Tyagi, who sustained burn injuries, was rushed to a
local hospital in critical condition, police said, adding that a case has been registered against four persons
after her brother lodged a complaint. In another incident, a woman was strangled to death and two others
sustained injuries when a group of people attacked them over a money dispute at Kandhla town. Police
have registered a case against five persons in this regard. (Deccan Chronicle 7/6/10)

Relief for woman 'harassed' by her seniors in office (8)
NEW DELHI: A woman executive, who was suspended from a private Hindi news channel in the capital
after she brought allegations of sexual harassment against colleagues, has been given relief by the Delhi
high court. Acting on her petition in which she claimed that the sexual harassment committee — set up by
the channel after the matter reached the National Commission for Women (NCW) — was "unfair in
nature”, justice S Muralidhar last week stayed the functioning of the in-house panel. Granting the
petitioner interim relief till August 16, the court asked the respondents (the news channel, NCW, ministry
of women and child welfare) to come up with their responses by the next date and to answer the
allegations made. According to the executive, she joined the organisation as a deputy manager in the
sales department in 2006 and was "subjected to systematic sexual harassment, abuse and bullying” by
two of her seniors. Despite several oral complaints, her superiors failed to respond to her problems, much
less address them, she alleged. After putting up with the humiliation for three years, the woman finally
gave a written complaint to her boss, urging him to act as she was unable to bear the physical and mental
stress since she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy. Much to her dismay, instead of providing her
with relief, they forced her to proceed on maternity leave. Her problems worsened when on rejoining her
job, she was asked to sit with her juniors and allegedly even received threat calls from unknown persons,
prompting her to first lodge an FIR with the local police and later approach the NCW. Even while the NCW
mulled over her complaint, the organisation terminated her services. On being served a notice by NCW,
the organisation reversed its stand, giving her job back and agreeing to refer her case to a sexual
harassment committee. She alleged she had little option but to move HC against the committee because
it consisted of persons who were already biased against her and who had ignored her complaints earlier.
Though the committee was chaired by a woman working with an NGO, she has alleged it is an NGO
devoted to cancer treatment and has no connection or experience with issues of sexual harassment.
(Times of India 8/6/10)

Woman paraded naked - Women in Tripura kangaroo court suggested nude punishment
Agartala, June 7: A Tripuri woman was beaten up and paraded naked through her village by panchayat
members in Dhalai after a kangaroo court accused her of sexual misconduct last Saturday. The 30-year-
old wife of a farmer, villagers said, “were spoiling young boys with sexual bait” in Jayanti Bazar village.
Last Saturday, when the mother of two was feeding her children around 12pm, panchayat member
Bangalaxmi Debbarma came to her house and asked her to appear in the house of panchayat chief
Bidyamohan Debbarma. As she continued to feed her children, Bangalaxmi barged into her home again
and warned her that unless she went to the panchayat chief’s house immediately she would be driven out
of the village. Practically dragged to Bidyamohan Debbarma’s house, the woman was asked to sit in the
middle of the courtyard surrounded by local leaders, includingpanchayat functionaries of the CPM
Radhamohan Debbarma, Birendra Debbarma and Kalimata Debbarma. Following a fusillade of
accusations, two women workers of the CPM pulled at her pachhra (indigenous wear) and systematically
disrobed her. Amid cries of ecstasy from the crowd, Birendra Debbarma beat her up, while the women
suggested that she be paraded naked through the village. The proposal was immediately accepted. Eyes
covered with her hands, the hapless woman staggered through the village till she fell at a spot. The
members of the khap panchayat finally let her go with a warning that if she went to a hospital or informed
police, her family would be massacred. Her husband rushed home on receiving information of her torture
and sat tongue-tied in shock. Her brother arrived and took her and the family to his home in nearby
Dalucherra before admitting the bruised woman to a primary health centre. Sub-inspector Subal
Mauzmder noted down a complaint from her at the health centre but advised her not to pursue the case
as “they are powerful people and will do more harm”. He rounded up 14 of the 16 CPM supporters,
including the panchayat members, but let them off quickly as the sections he had invoked from the Indian
Penal Code were bailable. The family now continues to live in terror in Dalucherra village. Reacting to
allegations on police inaction, superintendent of police (Dhalai) Dipak Kumar said he had heard of the
incident and would personally visit Jayanti Bazar and Dalucherra villages to take stock of the situation.
“This is a barbaric incident and I will look into the complaint,” said Kumar. But the leader of the
Opposition, Ratanlal Nath, who visited Dalucherra and spoke to the woman and her husband yesterday,
said the family had been singled out for “barbaric torture” because they have been traditional Congress
supporters in a village almost totally dominated by the CPM. (Telegraph 8/6/10)

Cases against NRI husbands on the rise (8)
HYDERABAD: The state police records an average of 80 cases every year of NRI husbands harassing
their wives. In fact, as many as 30 such cases have been booked in the first four months of 2010.
According to CID officials who deal with cases registered against NRIs, a majority of the accused are
white collar professionals including software engineers, doctors and management sector employees.
According to CID IG S Umapati, about 90 percent of the accused are from US, followed by UK and
Canada. The majority of the cases registered against the NRI husbands have been under section 498-A
(subjecting married woman to cruelty). The other sections include, 420 (cheating) and dowry prohibition
act. In the year 2009, a total of 87 cases were registered against NRI husbands in state, 34 non-bailable
warrants, three look out circulars and four red corner notices were issued. About 90 percent of these
cases have been registered in the city. According to the IG, who is also an interpol liaisoning officer in the
state, issuance of red corner notices had a positive effect on solving the dowry harassment cases
involving an NRI husband, as most of them had been forced to come to India to face a trial. Two years
ago, Interpol stopped issuing red corner notices against accused in dowry harassment cases (section
498-A of the IPC). Prior to this decision by interpol, 19 such notices were issued in 2007. However, even
after the issuance was stopped, police are trying to bring the NRI husbands to book by trying to attach
their property under section 82 (proclamation for person absconding) and section 83 (attachment of a
property of a person absconding) of CrPC. “We are also trying to extradite the accused as per section
105-B of the CrPC,” the IG said, adding that most of the victims return to their homeland to lodge a
complaint as the marriage had taken place here and also because the concept of dowry does not exist in
western societies. To prevent such tragedies, the IG said that people should do some basic background
checks about the NRI bridegroom before marrying off their girls. “Talk to the manager of the firm where
the boy is working and also to at least two of his close friends. Send some of your people who stay in that
country to verify the details. Take his passport and Visa number and be a lot more careful if he wants to
marry very quickly,” the IG suggests. (Times of India 12/6/10)

Women panel chief holds discussions with officials (8)
CUDDALORE: Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women Sarguna Pandian has
embarked upon a State-wide tour to review the cases relating to violence against women. She spoke to
presspersons after holding discussions with officials in connections with issues pertaining to women here
on Thursday. Ms. Pandian said the Violence Against Women Act had come in handy to get justice to
aggrieved women. However, cases were pending for over five years and, to render speedy justice to
women, she had been directing the officials to dispose of the cases received by the Commission within 90
days. From 2007 to 2009, the Commission had received a total of 4,523 petitions highlighting atrocities
against women. These included dowry harassment, non-payment of alimony, desertion, second marriage
without getting the consent of first wife, etc, Ms. Pandian said. The year-wise details of pending cases are
as follows: 2007 – 350, 2008 – 648 and in 2009 – 1,139. Some of these were pending in courts and
others had gone in for appeal. Ms. Pandian said that when it came to safeguarding dignity and self-
respect, women should not remain diffident but assert themselves to claim their societal and constitutional
rights. As regards Cuddalore district, the Commission had received 23 petitions - eight through the Social
Welfare Department, three through the Revenue Department and 12 through the police. Collector P.
Seetharaman and Superintendent of Police Ashwin Kotnis were present. (The Hindu 18/6/10)

Sexual Assault Bill to be tabled soon: Girija Vyas (8)
New Delhi, Jun 18 : Observing that the definition of rape was 'too narrow' in the Indian Penal Code,
National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson and Lok Sabha MP Girija Vyas today said Sexual
Assault Bill will soon be tabled in Parliament. Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a self-defence
training programme organised here by the Delhi Police, she said, ''The Bill, with all new and wide
definition of rape, will soon be tabled in Lok Sabha.'' Asserting that the present definition of rape in the
IPC was insufficient to provide justice to the victims, she underlined that sexual harassment and
molestation should carry a punishment as stringent as that for rape under the umbrella of the new
definition provided by the Bill. ''The careless usage of word eveteasing for molestation and assault
undermines the mental torture any victim goes through,'' Ms Vyas stated. She said the Bill also proposes
severe punishment for unnatural sex, gangrape, rape in police custody and rape by police officials. ''It will
also vie for adequate amount of compensation and counselling for the victim, though no amount of
compensation is enough in bringing back the victim from the trauma,'' she added. (New Kerala 18/6/10)

Bill allowing adoption by single women in next Parliament session (8)
CHENNAI: The Bill seeking to amend the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 and the Hindu Adoptions and
Maintenance Act 1956 to pave the way for adoption by widows and single women will be passed in the
coming session of Parliament, said Jayanthi Natarajan, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill,
2010, was introduced in Rajya Sabha on April, 22, 2010 and referred to the standing committee for
eliciting public opinion on the issue. Talking to reporters after holding discussions with officials of the
State government and various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Ms. Natarajan said there was
unanimous opinion in favour of the Bill. The committee had already visited Mumbai and Bangalore. Ms.
Natarajan said the issue of adopting a “flexible policy,” with regard to promotion, leave and vacation for
women in government jobs, was also discussed. “Many women refuse to accept promotional transfers
citing family responsibility. The committee has suggested that the PSUs and other government agencies
could formulate a flexible promotion and transfer policy for women employees.” While discussing the
issue of sexual harassment of women in the workplace, the committee evaluated whether the guidelines
set up by the Supreme Court in Vishaka case were being followed. She said the Centre was considering
enacting a law in this regard and the private sector could be covered at a later stage. The meeting on
Saturday also discussed in detail the infrastructure facilities, appointments in subordinate courts and the
possibility of courts functioning in shifts, re-employment of retired judges and setting up fast-track courts
for speedy disposal of cases with regard to rape, sexual harassment and cases involving senior citizens.
Ms. Natarajan said the situation in Tamil Nadu was better in terms of infrastructure. Vacancies were filled
immediately and judges were given training periodically. She said no representation was made to the
committee in connection with making Tamil a court language. (The Hindu 20/6/10)
Why govt slept for 13 years on a law against sexual harassment at workplace? (8)
Irrespective of the party in power, it is an irritatingly intrinsic characteristic of governments to go into
prolonged unnatural slumber over important issues. And everytime it gets shaken up by events, it
invariably presses the panic button and proceeds with a war-time mindset to correct the huge damage
caused by its inexplicable lethargy. There are many examples. The most recent one is the Bhopal gas
leak disaster case. After 26 years, a Group of Ministers has been formed to untangle the uncomfortable
political web that got weaved around it by the denial of adequate compensation to the victims and which
grew stickier by the light punishment meted out to the accused in a case involving over 15,000 deaths.
Why couldn't a GoM or expert panel be set up in the 1980s when it mattered most? Another such
example is the government waking up to the need for a law against sexual harassment of women at the
work place. It has readied a Bill nearly 13 years after the Supreme Court formulated a code and declared
that this would be the law till the government enacted a suitable legislation. It is not that the government
was unaware of this behavioural aberration at work place discomfiting women. For, on July 30, 1980, it
was one of the first country to put its signature on the `Convention on Elimination of All Forms
Discrimination against Women' (CEDAW), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979.
India took an unusually long time, 13 years to be precise, to ratify CEDAW, often described as an
international bill of rights of women. It eventually did so on July 9, 1993. And then it forgot all about it. The
Supreme Court noticed that despite all the high moral activity in the international fora, the government
had done little to enact a law to prevent sexual harassment of women at work place and that there existed
an eerie void in legislation to curb this tendency among superiors in offices, be it government, public or
private sector. In a landmark decision on August 13, 1997, in the case Vishaka Vs State of Rajasthan, a
three-judge Bench of then Chief Justice J S Verma and Justices Sujata V Manohar and B N Kirpal laid
down elaborate procedures against sexual harassment at work place, making it mandatory for every
employer to provide for a sympathetic and non-retributive complaint registering and speedy adjudicating
mechanism. In this judgment, the SC sarcastically noticed the official commitment made by India in 1995
at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing "to formulate and operationalise a national policy on
women which will continuously guide and inform action at every level and in every sector; to set up a
Commission for Women's Rights to act as a public defender of women's human rights; to institutionalise a
national level mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Platform for Action". After laying down the
legal framework against sexual harassment, the SC's three-judge Bench had said: "We direct that the
above guidelines and norms would be strictly observed at all work places for the preservation and
enforcement of the right to gender equality of the working women. These directions would be binding and
enforceable in law until suitable legislation is enacted to occupy the field." Any government would have
immediately set out to frame a suitable legislation given the common fallacy and inherent deficiencies in a
court-framed law and a well-debated Parliament enacted legislation. But, no. The government again went
into slumber relieved of its primary task by the SC and forgot all about its commitments made in the
international fora. It appears to have woken up after 13 years by framing a Bill on the lines of the 1997
judgment of the apex court. We hope that this Bill gets introduced in Parliament soon and does not get
opposed like the Bill providing for 33% reservation to women in Lok Sabha. (Times of India 21/6/10)

Nearly 200,000 women suffer gender violence in Madrid ever year (8)
Washington, June 22 (ANI): Around 200,000 women become the victim of gender violence in Madrid
every year, a study has revealed.he Technical Commission, that is a part of the Department of Health of
the Autonomous Community of Madrid, conducted the study. The study revealed that at least 10 percent
of the women who are or who have been in a relationship in the previous year have suffered some type of
gender-related violence. 8.9 percent were victims of psychological abuse, 2.4 percent were victims of
physical violence and 1.1 percent were abused sexually. "In view of the results, 48,000 women in the
Community of Madrid had suffered gender-related physical violence during the year before the study, with
150,000 having experienced psychological violence," researcher Maria Durban, of the UC3M Statistics
Department said. Another finding of the study is that psychological violence is less in women aged
between 25 and 39 and more frequent among separated or divorced women. Around 2,000 women were
interviewed by telephone. The women were between 18 and 70 years old and had lived in the Community
of Madrid during the previous year, and had a partner or had been in contact with their former partner in
the previous year. The study was published in the European Journal of Public Health. (ANI) (One India
22/6/10)

Increasing incidents of dowry deaths or harassment (8)
KANPUR: The industrial city is already infamous for being a hub of crime and the recent spurt in the
cases of dowry-related offences has added another cause for concern. In a shocking incident on June 19,
a woman registered a complaint against her husband and in-laws under section 302 of IPC. She claimed
that her husband and in-laws tried to kill her first by strangulation, then by poisoning her and after failing
in both attempts, they abandoned her at her parents' house in Kalyanpur police station limits. The
harassment was allegedly over dowry demands for a motorcycle and cash. The hapless woman, Gudiya,
tortured beyond endurance, collapsed as soon as she reached her parents and was admitted to Lala
Lajpat Rai Hospital, where she died on Sunday morning. In a similar incident on June 17, Ram Kumari of
Dallapurwa in Bithoor, soon after `Tilak' ceremony, had the groom and his family arrested for demanding
cash from her family. The two incidents highlighted the prevalence of a social evil like dowry, even in this
day and age. As per the records provided by an NGO, as many as 21 cases of dowry deaths (section 304
B of the IPC) have been reported in the district alone till June 20, while 40 cases have been listed under
`cruelty meted out to woman by her husband and his relatives' (section 498 A of IPC), which is also linked
with dowry demands. These crimes are in fact a matter of concern, as they reflect the condition of women
in our society," said Neelam Chaturvedi, a social activist, who runs an NGO. Chaturvedi further feels that
the dowry death cases in the district "need a thorough investigation to effect a decline in this ever-growing
social evil". She is actively involved in the fight against crimes against women in the city. Chaturvedi said
that the crimes against women also have roots in the "peculiar masculine syndrome that exists
predominantly in our society". After being subjected to physical or sexual abuse by husbands, the women
either end their lives or are murdered, she added. Reports stated that the city witnessed at least one
dowry death every day. Even though section 304 B of IPC imposes severe punishment against practice of
dowry in any form, no marriage "can be solemnised' without some form of dowry, said an official, working
for women who have faced harassment due to dowry demands. Police records say some 30-40 cases are
filed every year. But few get relief from the courts, according to city-based Sakhi Kendra, an NGO that
deals with women's issue. For instance, Rashmi, a housewife, who had come to the city from Lucknow
after a love marriage, is now fighting a dowry case against her husband's family for allegedly harassing
her over dowry payments. Another activist, Archana said that two to three women are taken into Lala
Lajpat Rai Hospital's burn unit every day. The latest arrival is a young woman from Kanpur Dehat, who
has 80% burns. The victim said her husband poured kerosene over her and told her to die. Doctors at the
burn unit told TOI that the condition of girl is critical. Another woman patient in the unit said that that her
husband, who is an alcoholic, took all her jewellery and then demanded more dowry from her parents, so
she went into the kitchen, poured kerosene over her body and set herself ablaze. As per a senior high
court lawyer, "It is all the more agonising that aggrieved persons, after the police refuses to buy their
version, have to move court for relief and justice." In one such case reported from Narwal, Vinay Pandey,
whose sister had died under suspicious circumstances owing to the alleged cruel treatment of her in-laws
in December, 2009, failed to get a case of dowry death registered, he had to file a petition in local court,
which has now issued a directive to the police to register a case against in-laws of his sister. Another
victim who testified in the court said she suffered regular beating and mental torture at the hands of her
husband of 5 long years, before ending her marriage. "Physical harassment and abuse was part and
parcel of my three years of married life. My husband always demanded dowry from my parents, but as my
parents were unable to give it, he used to beat me. I left my husband. At present I am staying with my
parents," said a dowry victim from the city, who did not wish to be named. (Times of India 23/6/10)

Fighting crime against women with 24x7 helpline (8)
LUDHIANA: City police is all set to launch a round-the-clock helpline for victims of domestic abuse. The
step is expected to help control crime against women. The helpline number would be 1098. ‘‘We are
streamlining the working of police to make residents feel more confident and secure. Our earlier steps
included steps relating to reduction of response time while reaching crime spot. The latest move is chiefly
to help women,’’ said commissioner of police Ishwar Singh. He added that though the helpline would
initially be connected to the control room, it would soon be linked with crime against women cell. ‘‘Once
that happens, we’ll be able to deal with a large number of distress calls made by women regarding marital
disputes and other crimes like eve-teasing, snatching and rape,’’ Singh added. The city’s young
professionals say the helpline would go a long way to make them feel safer. ‘‘We are easy victims and a
line dedicated to such crimes will be very useful. The married women who’re subjected to domestic
violence will also feel relieved,’’ said Anjana Gupta, who runs a job consultancy. ‘‘We often hear that cops
don’t respond in time to complaints of eve-teasing. If this helpline is run efficiently, we will feel a lot more
secure,’’ said Namita Kohli, a college teacher. (Times of India 25/6/10)

Molestation victim dies; sister raped (8)
CHANDIGARH: A father and daughter continued their fight for justice for 26 days but its slumber could
not be broken. Worse, while the girl, who was molested, breathed her last on Sunday, back home at
Panipat, her younger sister was allegedly sexually abused. This horrifying incident has exposed yet
another dirty face of the Haryana police, which has so far delayed investigation into the complaint against
its men involved in the heinous crime. For the past 26 days, Kavita (name changed), in her early 20s, was
fighting for life at PGIMER, Rohtak. She had attempted to kill herself over delay in action against five
persons, including a police informer and three constables. She was allegedly molested by them on May
23 at Chandni Bagh police station. Alleging inaction, Kavita had attempted suicide by setting herself on
fire in Panipat. With 85% burns, she was rushed to Panipat civil hospital from where she was referred to
PGIMER. She died on Sunday morning. Imagine the plight of poor father, who got the news of her
daughter's death at the time when he was pursuing the complaint relating to rape of his younger daughter
at a police station. Contrary to the denial by the victim's father, the police officials claimed that he had
come to the police station to withdraw the complaint. His statement had been entered in the daily diary
report (DDR) of the Chandni Bagh police station, the cops said. "I was at Rohtak at the time of occurrence
of the incident. As I reached Panipat to pursue the case of my younger daughter, I got the information
about elder one's death and had to rush back. Though I am under immense pressure, I will never
withdraw the complaint. Now, I will pursue both the cases,'' the victims' father said. Speaking to The
Times of India over phone, he categorically accused the police of sheltering the accused, who had
molested his daughter. Despite one of the police constables having been identified by Kavita at PGIMER
where she gave her statement, to the judicial magistrate, the police were yet to arrest all the accused.
Except for one person, namely Rohit Chawla, who was arrested after the victim's father met the chief
minister, the police had been delaying the arrest of the rest of the accused. "As far the molestation case is
concerned, two persons, including the main accused and younger brother of the co-accused have been
arrested,'' said the in-charge of the police post attached with Chandni Bagh police station. The constable
identified by her at hospital was not a regular staffer of the police station but deployed with FSL team.
Other constables, on PCR duty, who had allegedly brought the victim to police station are under
suspension,'' he added. In the second case, DSP in-charge of the area Rajiv Deswal said the victim's
father had come to withdraw the complaint in company of lawyers. Haryana DGP Ranjeev Dalal while first
expressing ignorance about the incident, assured an appropriate action. "I have asked the Panipat SP to
probe the entire incident and take strict and appropriate act immediately,'' Dalal said. (Times of India
28/6/10)

Rape, sexual harassment at par in new bill (8)
New Delhi, July 01, 2010: Victims of sexual harassment at the workplace will be treated at par with rape
victims and juvenile delinquents, as far as confidentiality is concerned, according to the draft legislation to
protect women from sexual harassment. India's first attempt at legislation to prevent and punish sexual
harassment is ready. "We have been fast tracking all activity on the Bill and I hope it gets Cabinet
clearance," said Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath. The most important feature of
The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Work Place Bill is that it recognises the
social discomfort that filing a case of sexual harassment against a colleague generates for the
complainant. The Bill provides that no information about the complainant or the complaint can be made
known to the media or public "in any manner", even in response to RTI applications. Till now, all sexual
harassment charges in India have been dealt with using guidelines set by the Supreme Court in the 1997
Vishakha judgment. Other provisions in the Bill include penalties for employers with more than 10
employees who fail to set up an internal committee to deal with complaints of harassment. (Hindustan
Times 1/7/10)

TN school principal held in Bhutanese girl molestation case (8)
Dindigul (TN), Jul 2 (PTI) The principal of a public school in Kodaikanal was today arrested and her father
surrendered before a local court in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of a Bhutanese girl
student. M L Brite, the 76-year-old administrator of the school, was charged with sexually harassing the
Bhutanese girl and surrendered before the judicial magistrate at Srivilliputhur in Virudhunagar district,
hours after his daughter and principal Sheefa Paul was arrested, officials said. Brite filed an anticipatory
bail plea before the Madras High Court Bench here which will come up for hearing on July 5, pending
submission of case diary relating to the FIR filed against him. In a complaint, the girl's guardian alleged
that Brite had sexually harassed the girl on June 3 in the hostel located in the hill resort town of
Kodaikanal, 60 km from here. The FIR was filed on June 18. Sheefa Paul, who was produced before a
court, was remanded in 15 days of judicial custody. After her arrest, Paul was taken to a doctor when she
complained of chest pain but she was certified to be in 'good health', police said. A case had been
registered against Brite under Sec 354 (outraging modesty of woman by assaulting or using criminal
force) and Sec 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act 1998. The girl was staying
along with 17 others at Brite's house which was converted into a hostel. In his petition in the court, Brite
said the girl was paying Rs 500 per month as hostel fees but as she did not pay the amount for three
months, she was accommodated in the "free hostel". Since she did not agree to pay, her guardian sought
a transfer certificate on June 16 and lodged a police complaint two days later alleging he misbehaved
with the girl. (Deccan Herald 2/7/10)

Female foeticide tells on sex ratio in India: Official (8)
MANGALORE: There will be a serious imbalance in the male-female ratio in the country if steps are not
initiated to check female infanticide, said the district child and reproductive health officer Rukmini.
Speaking at the Statistic Day celebrations in commemoration of Prasanta Chandra Mahalnobis who
contributed to the field of statistics here recently, she said female infanticide is growing at an alarming
rate, and is the primary reason for the growing imbalance in the male-female ratio. Providing statistics of
the birth rate in the district, she said in 2009-10, a total of 22,672 children were born in the district. The
number of new born babies in five taluks of the district include 4,943 in Bantwal, 3,491 in Belthangady,
3,706 in Puttur, 1,913 in Sullia, 6,474 in Mangalore rural and 2,145 in Mangalore urban. She said of the
total deliveries, 9,131 were held at government hospitals, 13,506 in private hospitals and 35 cases were
home deliveries. As many as 246 babies died due to various reasons. All new born babies have been
immunized, she said. Speaking on the occasion, DK zilla panchayat chief planning officer T J Takath Rao
focused on the importance of statistics in the process of development in the country. (Times of India
2/7/10)

Abused by cousin for years, girl has nowhere to go (8)
NAGPUR: She is 20 and is earning to support her studies. Shaila (name changed) could have been
another girl-next-door from a middle-class background. However, she lives under the shadow of a dark
past of being victim of a cousin’s lust over a prolonged period and his threatening presence in the vicinity
has made her situation trickier. The victim, devoid of parental support, stands alone in resisting undue
advances of the cousin and is also not able to come fight openly fearing social ostracism. Shaila, who
recently met city police chief Praveen Dixit, had been suffering since her early teens. One of her close
friends told TOI what Shaila had been undergoing since Standard VI. “We have come to know that the
culprit’s younger brother too has faced rape charges and was sent to jail,” said a former colleague of the
girl. Shaila was taken to a desolate place, close to her village in the district, where she was savaged for
the first time by the cousin. The culprit had convinced Shaila’s mother to take her daughter safely to their
relative’s place. On the way, the cousin would purposefully delay their journey on some or the other
pretext and tactically ensure nightfall. “She had told her parents about it after the first incident itself but
her mother had pointed out at her moral character then,” said the friend who had accompanied the girl to
Dixit. Since then, Shaila had been allegedly forced to surrender herself at different places by the cousin
but she was not able to protest or resist. She often tried to dodge the cousin but he had been relentlessly
pursuing her. “Recently, he shifted from his village to stay where the girl resides in the city. The girl has to
often remain alert as the cousin tries to sneak into the residence every now and then on some or the
other pretext,” said the friend. He also informed that Dixit gave her a full hearing and urged her to come
back with a complaint in writing. “Dixit promised to look into the matter,” he said. Shaila recently also tried
to inform her father through another friend. Her father, unfortunately, was left exasperated after receiving
the call from a stranger who claimed to have relayed him sensitive information regarding his daughter. A
confused Shaila has remained undecided whether to fight the humiliation or suffer silently. Woman
activist Seema Sakhre said that the girl should fight it out. “The parents seem unable to decide what to
do. I do not believe parents can be so insensitive to a daughter’s plight. The girl should immediately seek
protection and shelter from social organizations that would extend their support,” said Sakhre. The activist
said that she was ready to help the girl. Advocate Rekha Barhate too said that the girl should approach
an NGO and fight the situation. “The parents not supporting her has further aggravated the situation. An
NGO could counsel the parents too. Either the family would be ready to fight legally or they would
henceforth protect the girl. The NGO can also summon the culprit and extract an assurance of decent
bahaviour or face legal action,” said she. (Times of India 3/7/10)

Dalit man raped minor daughter for three years, arrested (8)
Bulandshahr, July 04, 2010: A Dalit man was on Sunday arrested for allegedly raping her 13-year-old
daughter several times during the last three years in Chattari area in the district, police said. The victim
was living alone with her father, Dharamveer, in Runi village after her mother died four years ago,
according to SO Chattari DK Sharma. The girl was allegedly raped several times by her father, in his 50s,
during the past three years, he said. When relatives came to know about the sexual assault on the minor
girl, they took her with them. But the accused brought her back after some time, he said. With the help of
relatives, traumatised girl filed a complaint with the police, leading to the arrest. The medical report of the
girl was awaited, police said. (Hindustan Times 5/7/10)
Delhi survey suggests women 'unsafe' in city (8)
Women at a self defence course in Delhi College students and working women are most at risk Two in
every three women in the Indian capital have faced some form of sexual harassment in the last year, a
government-backed study has suggested. Delhi women face continuous and different forms of sexual
harassment in crowded and secluded places, it says. Teenage students and women working in the
unorganised sector are the most vulnerable, the report says. The survey by two UN agencies and an
NGO is based on a sample of 5,010 women and men. It was undertaken between January and March.
The survey is titled "Safe City Free of Violence for Women and Girls" A BBC correspondent in Delhi says
the findings confirm what the people of Delhi have known for a long time - that the city is unsafe for
women. "Women in the national capital feel unsafe in many public spaces, and at all times of the day and
night," the survey says. Public transport, buses and roadsides are reported as spaces where women and
girls face high levels of sexual harassment. Most women who were surveyed said buses were the most
unsafe form of transport. Many said the Metro system, which used to be safer earlier, is now equally
crowded and unsafe. The report says the most common forms of harassment are "verbal (passing lewd
comments), visual (staring and leering) and physical (touching or groping or leaning over)". Women of all
classes have to put up with harassment in their daily lives, but students between 15 and 19 years old and
women employed in the informal sector are specially vulnerable, the survey says. Poor infrastructure -
including absent street lights, unusable pavements and a lack of public toilets - is one of the main reasons
behind the lack of women's safety, the report says. The survey was commissioned by the Delhi
government's department of women and child development. It was carried out by Jagori - an NGO
working in the field of education, health, and women welfare - UN Development Fund for Women
(Unifem) and UN Habitat (UN Human Settlements Programme) (BBC News 9/7/10)

Gang rape inside police station: Allahabad HC orders CBI inquiry (8)
Allahabad: The Allahabad high court today ordered a CBI inquiry into the alleged gang rape of two minor
girls at a police station in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh by five persons, including four policemen.A
Division Bench comprising Justice Sabhajeet Yadav and justice Bala Krishna Narayana passed the order
on the writ petition of Nagina Devi, whose two daughters were allegedly raped inside the Kubersthan
police station of Kushinagar district on April 19. The petitioner had accused the then in-charge of the
police station, three constables and a gram pradhan, with whom her family had a long-standing dispute,
of having sexually assaulted her minor daughters. Passing the order for CBI probe, the court directed the
agency to complete its investigation and submit its report within three months. Earlier, the superintendent
of police of Kushinagar had informed the court that all the police personnel named in the FIR registered in
connection with the gang rape have been placed under suspension. (DNA 9/7/10)

66 pc women faced sexual harassment last year: Survey (8)
New Delhi: Two out of three women in Delhi have suffered sexual harassment at least 2-5 times in the
last year. This was revealed in a joint survey report released by NGO Jagori, United Nations Development
Fund for Women and UN Habitat. The survey ‘Safe Cities Baseline Survey- Delhi 2010’ gathered and
analysed information about the nature and forms of gender based violence and harassment faced by
women, the role of governing agencies and the police in safeguarding women’s rights and societal
perceptions and attitudes towards sexual harassment. It had a total sample of 5010 people. This survey is
the first of its kind and is unique for including the perceptions and experiences of men regarding the
issue. It looked at harassment of women in Delhi , highlighting concerns relating to public spaces in the
city. More than 80 per cent of the respondents reported incidents of verbal harassment, with 45 per cent
women reporting incidents of stalking. Women claimed to suffer maximum harassment in the marketplace
followed closely by metro stations and areas around schools and colleges. Roadsides and public
transport are places where women are most vulnerable to harassment. The survey found school and
college students to be most vulnerable to harassment, though women across all categories face
harassment. The main reasons for sexual harassment identified by the survey include lack of gender
friendly and functional infrastructure such as adequate lighting, side walks and safe public toilets; open
usage of alcohol and drugs by men; and the lack of effective and visible police presence. 54 per cent of
women reported feeling unsafe and vulnerable in crowded public transport and bus stops. Female
respondents expressed a dismal lack of confidence in the police to curb harassment, with only 0.8 per
cent reporting such incidents to the authorities. The vast majority responded to harassment by confronting
the perpetrator themselves or by seeking help from family and friends. The lack of faith in the police
extended across all occupational groups. The report on the findings of the survey included a number of
recommendations like improving public infrastructure such as streetlights,sidewalks and privacy of public
women’s toilets; publicising the use of helplines, deploying policemen and sensitising the public.
(Financial Express 9/7/10)
Mother watches aghast as girl, harassed for dowry, leaps to death (8)
A heated family dispute ended in tragedy when 27-year-old housewife Leena Ganjawala fell to her death
from her fourth-floor apartment in Tardeo, in the presence of her husband, in-laws, mother, and two-year-
old daughter. The two sides, who had gathered on Friday to resolve a running dowry row, are now
squabbling over the cause of death. Leena’s husband and in-laws insist it was suicide, but her parents
allege she was pushed through a window following prolonged harassment for three years. “We were
having an argument when her sister-in-law, Dharti, took Leena to the kitchen and shut the door. A few
minutes later, she came out and said Leena had jumped out from the kitchen window. But my daughter
would never take such an extreme step. This was planned. She was pushed on purpose,” alleges a
sobbing Surekha Bhanushali, Leena’s mother. Leena, whose parents have a garments business in Vasai,
and Hiten, whose family owns the Palms Beauty Parlour in Walkeshwar, were married on May 31, 2007.
Leena’s mother says her daughter’s troubles started soon after the wedding. Leena Ganjawala (second
from right) at her wedding three years ago with father-in-law Vikram, mother-in-law Pramodini, husband
Hiten and sister-in-law Dharti Patel; the window in her fourth-floor flat at Tardeo from which she jumped
out on Friday “There were several instances of harassment and torture over the last three years. Leena
had told us about it. Her in-laws used to trouble her over petty things, and taunt her about not getting
enough money from her parents. But we kept thinking the situation would improve, and told her to ignore
it,” Surekha says. Things had been especially bad for the last two weeks, and reached a flash point on
Friday morning when Leena made a frantic call to her mother at 11am, saying her in-laws were accusing
her of stealing Rs 20 lakh. “I immediately informed by husband, and rushed to her house from Vasai,”
Surekha says. When Surekha reached the flat in Ganjawala Apartment, Tardeo, around 1 pm, she says a
heated argument was going on. “They were accusing Leena of stealing money and giving it to me. It
started with 20 lakh, but the figure soon went up to 57 lakh. They told me to give them the money, or take
Leena home. While I tried to explain to them that their allegations were not true, Leena was just standing
there, not saying anything.” In the middle of this heated discussion, Leena went into the kitchen with her
sister-in-law Dharti. They shut the door, ostensibly to have a conversation. In a couple of minutes, Dharti
darted out of the room saying Leena had jumped through the window.( Mumbai Mirror 11/7/10)

'1,600 female foeticides happens in India daily' (8)
PUNE: Birth of as many as 1,600 female foetuses are selectively aborted after pre-natal sex
determination every day in the country, said Anuja Gulati, project co-ordinator of United Nations
Population Fund Agency (UNFPA). "Selective abortions of female foetuses and atrocities against women
are the two things that need to be addressed urgently," Gulati said. She was speaking at a programme
organised jointly by public health department and the UNFPA to observe World Population Day at
Alpabachat Bhavan here on Sunday. "Female foeticide is an extreme manifestation of violence against
women... In some parts of Maharashtra, the sex ratio of girls to boys has dropped to less than 800:1,000.
In Panhala, the ratio is 798:1,000 The United Nations has expressed serious concern about the situation,"
added Gulati. Prenatal sex determination with the intention of preventing female births must be viewed as
a manifestation of violence against women, and a violation of their human rights, Gulati said. Be counted,
is the theme of this year's World Population Day. "The theme asserts the right of everyone to be counted,
especially women, girls, the poor and the marginalised," said Prakash Doke, executive director of the
State Health Resource Centre. Reliable information is essential for governments to formulate policies that
would meet people's needs and improve their lives, he added. Paediatrician Pramod Joag spoke about
various dietary measures that can be maintained while upbringing the child. Gynaecologist Arvind
Sangamnerkar spoke about how the basic human rights of women are being trampled every day in her
own families. (Times of India 12/7/10)

Harassed for a male child, woman sets daughters on fire (8)
Lucknow: Upset over frequent harassment by her husband for failing to give birth to a boy, a woman
allegedly set her two minor daughters on fire and tried to kill another in Lakhimpur village in the Milak
area of Rampur district on Tuesday. The family then quickly buried the bodies of the two girls. Following
information given to the police by the village pradhan, Vishnu, the police exhumed the bodies and
arrested the woman. SP of Rampur, Ramit Sharma, said Niranta (30) told the police that she had three
daughters and her husband Parmanand Gangwar used to harass her regularly for not bearing a boy.
Niranta said that she had put two daughters — Samiksha (4) and Shivangi (2) — inside a box and burnt
them after sprinkling kerosene. While she was taking her third child, the six-year-old daughter, to set on
fire, her mother-in-law raised an alarm and the locals rushed to the house. (Indian Express 14/7/10)

Impact of Guj riots on women under review by UN (8)
United Nations: India's report to the UN on issues related to the impact of the 2002 Gujarat riots on
women is under review by a panel of top experts here. The experts belonging to the Committee on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), who are meeting in a 19-day session at the U.N.
headquarters, will review India's report on the impact of the Gujarat riots. Following reports submitted
previously by India in 2007, the U.N. asked New Delhi to "report on an exceptional basis" with additional
information on the several issues, including information disaggregated by sex on the cases relating to the
killings, on sexual assault and violence against women that have been reported and the resolution of
such cases. It also called for information on arrests made and punishments imposed, including on state
officials who were found to be complicit in such crimes and on compensation awarded to women victims,
especially of violence against women. CEDAW also asked India to report back on 5,000 or so Muslim
families displaced by the violence and measures taken by the government for their resettlement and
rehabilitation. In seven-page report submitted in December 2009, India responded to the questions by
stating that the cases of 169 persons (146 male and 23 female), who had been reported killed in 2002 in
Gujarat, have been reopened and charge sheets have been filed in 12 cases of males and 1 case of a
female. It also said that a total of 19 cases of sexual assault and violence against women had been
reported. The report also said that New Delhi had sanctioned Rs. 23.6 million for organising training for
rehabilitation of the riot affected women and the state government had spent Rs. 23 million for vocational
training classes in all districts. Seven other countries are up for review? Turkey, Russian Federation, Fiji,
Papua New Guinea, Australia, Argentina and Albania. The organisation periodically reviews each country
once it becomes a party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women, which was adopted in 1979. Currently 186 countries have accepted the Convention. (Zee News
14/7/10)

Silent Observer to stem female foeticide (8)
The state’s shamefully lopsided sex ratio - 927 females per 1,000 males - shows no signs of improving
with female foeticide now becoming rampant in rural Maharashtra as well. Coupled with the fact that a
five-year-awareness campaign seems to have had no impact on the masses, the State Health Ministry
has launched a high-tech watchdog, aptly named Silent Observer. This is a software which when
installed in sonography machines will keep a log of all pregnancy tests done in a year’s time. A file picture
of officials sealing sonography machines after finding irregularities at several hospitals in Thane, Mumbra
and Navi Mumbai The tamper-proof programme will also record the diagnosis done by the doctors. Given
that there are 7,373 registered sonography centres in the state, the Silent Observer is expected to make
a big difference. The State Health department had run a pilot project in Kolhapur in 2009. The district
collector had installed the Silent Observer in every sonography machine there to track the number of tests
performed and several illegal abortions were successfully detected. On Tuesday, State health Minister
Suresh Shetty informed the legislative council, “In the last Assembly session we had discussed the
Kolhapur model and wanted to replicate the formula all over the state.” Congress MLC Jayprakash
Chhajed raised the issue of increasing cases of female infanticide and asked if the State is taking some
measures to curb the problem. In response, Minister of State for Health, Fauzia Khan assured setting up
flying squads for surprise visits to the sonography centres. The squads will make four visits every month
and collect data from the Silent Observers. “Over the last few years the State Health Department has
charged 125 sonography centres with illegal sex determination, slapping a fine of Rs 15,000 on each.
“One of the accused has also been imprisoned,” said Khan, adding, “In Pune 15 more have been
convicted.” (Mumbai Mirror 15/7/10)


11-year-old girl raped by her neighbour’s relative
NEW DELHI: An 11-year-old girl was raped on Tuesday in Pilanji village near Sarojini Nagar. The incident
occurred when the minor's parents were away from their residence and the minor was alone at home.
Ramesh, the relative of her neighbour allegedly forced himself on her in the evening and then escaped.
The girl complained to her parents and a case was registered in the Sarojini Nagar police station.
Ramesh was reportedly a regular visitor at his uncle's house who was a neighbour of the victim. The
police have launched a manhunt against the accused following the minor's statement and her MLC report.
(The Times of India, 1/8/2010)

Woman hit by axe, husband flees
JAIPUR: In a case of domestic violence, a 30-year-old woman was hit with an axe by her husband in
Mahesh Nagar area of the city in the wee hours of Sunday. The police said the woman's daughter raised
an alarm following which she was rushed to SMS Hospital where her condition is now stated to be stable.
The police are searching for the husband. According to the police, the victim, Asha Mehra, had gone to
bed after dinner. "Her husband Vinod Mehra and she had a fight before going to sleep," said Alok Kumar
Saini, in charge of Mahesh Nagar police station. "Vinod, who was unemployed, often quarreled with his
wife for he suspected she had relations with others," said Saini. He added that around 3 am, Vinod hit
Asha with an axe. "She sustained serious head injuries. Her daughter who was sleeping nearby saw
Asha profusely bleeding and in an unconscious state. She cried for help and Asha was rushed to
hospital," said Saini. He added the woman's condition had been critical till Sunday morning, but she is
now out of danger. Vinod fled leaving his wife bleeding. "We are searching for him. We have some clues
and hope to nab him soon," said the officer. Statements of the neighbours are being recorded. "The
neighbours say fighting between them was a regular thing. We have lodged an FIR under Section 307 of
IPC," said the officer.(Times of India, 2/8/2010)

Sharp spike in rape cases in India's 'safest' city
MUMBAI: Delhi has reconfirmed its position as the worst city in the country as far as women’s safety is
concerned. Last year, with 452 rapes, it emerged as the most unsafe. With 178 rape cases, Mumbai had
278 fewer rapes than Delhi, but 112 more than neighbouring Pune’s 66 and a lot more than Kolkata’s 40
— something that’s come as a shocker for a city that prides itself in being among the safest for women.
According to the latest statistics, in the first four months of the year alone, Mumbai police registered 108
cases of rape, an embarrassingly high figure given that there were 178 such instances in all of 2009. But
it is not just Mumbai, Maharashtra too does not fare well when compared to many other parts of the
country. According to National Crime Record Bureau numbers, in 2009, there were 1,508 rapes across
Maharashtra compared to 1,450 in the much-maligned Bihar and 1,430 in Rajasthan. Only Madhya
Pradesh (2,900), West Bengal (2,400) and Uttar Pradesh (1,900) figured above Maharashtra. And while
Mumbai leads many other cities in the number of rape crimes, it lags behind them in bringing the accused
to book. The conviction rate in rape cases in the last five years in the city was about 20% (203 found
guilty out of 1,034), compared to the countrys rate of 22% to 27%. In Maharashtra, according to the state
criminal investigation department, barely 15-16% accused in rape cases were convicted of the crime.
Ninety per cent of the rape cases registered in the city are committed by either relatives or those who are
very close to the victims, said Mumbai police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal. Society should take up the
matter seriously and understand their responsibility in ensuring the safety of their kids, he said. He said,
‘‘The reason for the poor conviction rate is that the investigations continue for too long -- sometimes for
years after the crime happened -- which allows the accused time to get bail. They then cajole or threaten
the victims who many a time turn hostile when the trial is finally heard. Such serious crimes should be
prosecuted by a fast track court to get a better conviction rate.’’ (The Times of India, 3/8/2010)

Minor girl raped by auto driver
HYDERABAD: An auto driver was arrested on Monday for the alleged rape of a seven-year-old minor girl
at Vivekananda Nagar in Asifnagar. Police arrested auto driver Nagesh, 24, and sent the Class II student
to the Government Maternity Hospital, Petla Burz, for treatment. On Sunday night at around 9.30 pm, the
girl's mother sent her to a grocery shop to fetch some items. "The driver, who is also a distant relative of
the girl, saw her and lured her to his hut by offering chocolates and then forced himself on her by gagging
her," ACP, Asifnagar, L T Chandrasekhar told TOI. The girl returned home weeping and told her mother
about the incident. The girl's mother lodged a complaint at the Asifnagar police station. "Based on the
complaint, we took Nagesh into custody. He confessed that he had raped the girl. A case was registered
under section 376 (rape) of the IPC," the ACP added. (The Times of India, 3/8/2010)

Man accused of raping girl in car
SURAT: A 50-year-old man from Navsari, Anwar Sheikh, has been charged with raping a 16-year-old
schoolgirl in a car. A police complaint was registered by the victim's uncle on Tuesday. Police officials
said the incident happened on July 20. Officials added that the girl was standing near a petrol pump in the
morning on her way to school as her chappal had broken. Shiekh approached her in his car and offered
to help her get the chappal repaired. After convincing the girl to come with him, he took her to an isolated
spot on the Navsari-Valsad highway where he allegedly raped her. The girl was in a state of shock after
return and did not speak to anyone for a few days. She finally told her uncle about the incident on
Tuesday after which a police complaint was registered. (The Times of India, 4/8/2010)

Woman ‘kept back' in hospital for 10 days
She was asked to clear bill before being discharged. A poor woman was allegedly not discharged for 10
days by the authorities of a private hospital for not clearing the bill. She was finally discharged on
Tuesday after some social organisations intervened. Speaking to The Hindu, Ayshatul Kubra , a resident
of Manchi in Bantwal taluk, said that she had delivered a baby at Unity Hospital in Falnir three months
ago. “A month after the delivery, I developed severe pain in my left leg and got readmitted to the hospital.”
According to her, she was treated for over two months at the hospital. “Her treatment was completed 10
days ago and the doctor asked us to pay the bill and get her discharged. But we fell short by around Rs. 1
lakh,” said Mohammed Basheer, her brother and sole guardian, who is a daily wage-earner. “Her
husband deserted her after the child was born,” he added. A local newspaper reported the plight of the
family on Tuesday and triggered widespread outrage. Members of several organisations converged on
the hospital and started demanding the immediate discharge of the patient. Finally, Khader Haaji, a
businessman from Bangalore, intervened and paid the dues. However, speaking to The Hindu, the
Director of the hospital, Ashfaq Moideen, denied the charges and said that Ms. Kubra was cured only on
Monday. “It is not true that we held her for 10 days. She was ready to be discharged only on Monday. Our
hospital has always been committed to the poor and needy. We have also given the family a substantial
discount,” Mr. Moideen said. (The Hindu, 6/8/2010)

Delhi: Trader allegedly rapes girl in car
NEW DELHI: In another shame for the capital, a 52-year-old businessman -- a father of two daughters --
allegedly raped an undergraduate student of Delhi University inside his car in west Delhi after abducting
her from outside her college on Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old victim, fresh out of school, is a
first-year honours student at Bharati College in west Delhi. Police said the accused, Mukesh Singhal, who
runs a carton-making unit in Hari Nagar, stopped his WagonR next to the girl on the pretext of asking for
directions and pulled her into the car before speeding away. The car's heavily tinted windowpanes and
the fact that it was raining, helped Singhal drive unnoticed to a deserted lane near Moti Nagar, where he
allegedly raped the victim inside the vehicle. Singhal, a resident of Ashok Vihar in north Delhi, was
arrested on the spot after a passerby heard the girl's screams and alerted a beat constable. A case of
kidnapping and rape has been registered against him. Police said Singhal had in 2005 been acquitted of
rape charges. He was sent on a 14-day judicial remand on Thursday. According to DCP (west) Sharad
Aggarwal, the girl had come out of the college alone after her classes. "Instead of taking the main gate,
she came out through the staff gate not usually used by students. She had taken a few steps towards the
Janakpuri West Metro station when the accused approached her in his WagonR car. As it was raining,
not many students or passersby were on the road. The accused asked for directions. As she was
answering, Singhal suddenly opened the front door and pulled her in before speeding off towards Moti
Nagar," said DCP Aggarwal. The Janakpuri police said that though there was a police picket outside the
college for the past 15 days and cops in plain clothes posted near the bus stand, the abduction took place
a little away from these spots. "We are inquiring whether the girl had accepted a lift from the man. We do
know for certain that the victim and accused did not know each other," said an officer investigating the
case. DCP Aggarwal said the accused drove the car towards Bali Nagar near Moti Nagar, entered a
narrow deserted lane and raped the girl inside the car. "The accused had planned to dump the victim near
her college but a passerby heard her shrieks and told the beat staff. Our team reached the spot and
caught the accused red handed just as he was preparing to escape," said Aggarwal. District police
sources refuted claims that the girl was dropped off near her college around 4pm, an hour after she was
allegedly abducted. "A medical test at Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital has confirmed the rape. We are
now looking into provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act to see whether we can slap other charges against
the accused," said a senior officer. Meanwhile, the Delhi traffic police said tinted glasses on vehicles was
a major problem. "According to rules, a 30% tint is allowed for side windows and 50% for the front and
rear glasses. But this is often violated by drivers. We have launched a drive recently where we are ripping
off the film. But, the fact that there is only a fine of Rs 100 for such violations makes it easy for motorists
to pay up and forget. We need stricter provisions to tackle the menance," a senior traffic police officer
said. (The Times of India, 6/8/2010)

1,000 women join police force
MUMBAI: In a welcome change, the city police force witnessed the induction of 30% women constables
during its recruitment drive in May-June this year. This is significant considering that the figure used to
hover around an abysmal 10% all these years. "Earlier, most families were opposed to the idea of women
joining the force," said a senior police officer. "This is why there were fewer khaki-clad women. But times
are changing," he said. "More and more women are coming forward to join the force." This year's
recruitment drive saw a total of 3,586 constables being inducted into the force. Of these, 1,048 are
women. "Now, we can deploy women at most of the police stations as well as other departments,'' said a
police officer. Usually, women constables are attached to the crime branch. "Victims of rape and
molestation are often reluctant to speak with men officers. They are more comfortable talking to women
officers,'' said an observer. The state government prescribes that women officers comprise 30% of the
force. There are 14,000 posts for women in the Mumbai police force, but only 4,000 female personnel.
(TOI, 9/8/2010)

Man held for raping his 17-year-old niece
MUMBAI: A 33-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping his 17-year-old niece at his
house at Mangal Murti Cooperative Housing Society at Navghar in Mulund (E) on Wednesday night.
Sharad Kawalekar reportedly committed the offence when he brought the victim, a Diva resident, to his
house on the pretext of celebrating his birthday. According to the investigators, Kawalekar said he had
gone to his sister's house at Diva on Wednesday. While returning, he took his niece with him to celebrate
his birthday. "After reaching home, Kawalekar asked his niece to stay back in his house that night. The
incident occurred around 2 am when the victim had gone to kitchen to drink water,'' said Navghar police
senior inspector Shrimant Gule. The victim, in her complaint, said, "My uncle said it was his birthday and
he wanted to give me a treat. He took me to a hotel where we had food and I decided to stay back at his
house in Mulund where my grandmother stays with him.'' The victim is a junior college student and also a
part-time employee with a city-based private company while Kawalekar is employed as an electrician at a
private company in Airoli. "I woke up around 2 am to drink water. My uncle followed me into the kitchen
where he raped me and threatened me with dire consequences if I told anybody about the incident,'' the
victim stated in her complaint. The next morning, the victim went home and narrated the entire incident to
her parents. In the evening, the victim along with her parents visited the Navghar police and lodged an
FIR against Kawalekar. "According to the victim, at the time of the crime, her elderly grandmother was
sleeping in the bedroom but she was unaware of the of what happened,'' a police officer said. Kawalekar
was arrested from his residence and has been booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
for rape. He has been remanded in police custody till August 12. (TOI, 7/8/2010)

Woman burnt to death in Greater Noida
GREATER NOIDA: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly burnt to death for dowry by her husband and in-
laws in Shadipur Chidauli area of Greater Noida, police said on Sunday. Reshma, the wife of contract
worker Israr, was found with serious burns in her husband's house in Shadipur Saturday, Badalpur police
said. "We received an information around 2.30 pm. When we rushed to the house, we found her with
burns. There was kerosene can kept beside her body," Badalpur Station House Officer Amit Kumar said.
"No family member was present inside the house," he said. "Reshma, originally a resident of Yasingarhi
in Ghaziabad, married Israr two and half years back," Amit Kumar said. "The woman's father Abdul
Hamid claimed that her husband and in-laws were harassing her for dowry ever since her marriage," he
said. "On Abdul's complaint we have registered a dowry death case against Israr, his brother Irfan,
mother Khatoon, and sisters Chitara and Salma," he said. "All the accused are at large. We are making
efforts to arrest them," Amit said. (TOI, 9/8/2010)

DMK municipal chairman arrested on charges of rape
MADURAI: The chairman of the Rameswaram municipality, who belongs to the DMK, was on Saturday
arrested along with five others on charges of alleged rape. They were arrested following a compaint
lodged with Ramanathapuram superintendent of police Pradeep Kumar by the victim on Friday. She
claimed that municipality chairman J Jaleel had asked her to come to a lodge belonging to him near the
Rameswaram bus stand when she sought a loan of Rs 10,000 from him. When she went to the lodge on
Thursday, six persons including Jaleel allegedly raped her and he even photographed her with his
cellphone. She said the men threatened to circulate the pictures if she spoke about the incident. She also
alleged that the men burnt her hand with cigarette butts. The other men she named in her complaint are
Thiagarajan, a police constable under suspension, Kesavan, Udhayakumar and Ragupathy. She said
they were in an inebriated state. The police lodged a complaint under Section 376 of IPC for rape, 341 for
wrongful restraint, and 506 of the Women Harassment Act. Inspectors Shanmugam and Jesu arrested
the six men and produced them before Rameswaram judge Kumaresan, who remanded them in custody
till Aug 20. They were lodged in the Madurai central prison. (TOI, 8/8/2010)

'2% of pregnant women in Karnataka are HIV positive'
BANGALORE: Karnataka is one of the five states in the country with high prevalence of HIV+ patients. At
a programme on UN Millennium Development Goals organized by the department of communication,
consultant obstetrician Dr Padmini Prasad said HIV among pregnant women in Karnataka is 2%. “This is
an alarming figure given that the percentage should be less than 1. Immediate measures have to be
taken to prevent the spread of the infection,” she said. Noting that increasing number young women are
falling prey to the deadly virus, Dr Padmini maintained that at least 50% of HIV-infected are in the age
group of 15-24 years. “Youth are becoming more vulnerable due to physical, psychological and social
attributes of adolescents. India is faced with the daunting task of prevention, care and treatment of
HIV/AIDS and overcoming the stigma is also a challenge,” she explained. To contain the disease from
spreading, she underlined that services should be made youth-friendly. Apart from easy accessibility,
there should be consistent and correct use of condoms. About maternal mortality in the state, Dr Sheela
Mane, chairperson, Safe Motherhood Committee and vice president, Fulfilling People’s Aspirations said
that the mortality rate is 213 per lakh population. “This has to be brought down to at least 100 by 2015,”
she added. (TOI, 7/8/2010)

14-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped, raped
CHANDIGARH: A 14-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a man, police said on Saturday.
Mother of the victim has alleged in her complaint that her daughter, who lives with her in Daria village
here, was kidnapped a few days back and later raped by Raju Masih. A case under various Sections of
the IPC has been registered against Masih, a resident of Kailash Nagar in Baltana village of Mohali
district, police said. Masih's wife has also been booked and arrested, while her husband was absconding,
police added. (TOI, 7/8/2010)

Harassed woman kills kids, jumps into river
MYSORE: A woman killed her two children and later jumped into Kapila River near Hullahalli in
Nanjangud. The incident came to light on Sunday. The bodies of Sathya and Dharma were recovered
from the place where they were pushed into the water, whereas their mother, Gauramma's body is yet to
be traced. Police suspect the incident happened on Saturday evening. Gauramma's brother Yogendra
has lodged a complaint with the police, against her husband, Basavaraju and in-laws for harassment
which led to the tragedy. Hailing from Heggadadevana Kote taluk, Gauramma was married Basavaraju, a
daily worker, of Akala village in Nanjangud five years ago. But since then her husband's family had been
harassing her for dowry, said Yogendra. The homemaker went missing along with her kids since
Saturday. Police said that Gauramma left her residence in Akala, following an argument with her in-laws.
She travelled 8 km till Hullahalli, where she is suspected to have committed suicide after killing the young
children. Nanjangud police have continued to search for her body and are also on the look out for
Basavaraju and his parents who are reportedly absconding. (TOI, 9/8/2010)

Father held for raping daughter
A 52-year-old man was arrested for raping his 16-year-old daughters at Ashok Nagar slums in Kalyan (W)
on Friday. The police have arrested Abdul Khalid Ansari and a medical test has confirmed the crime. The
girl had told her friend about it. (TOI, 10/8/2010)

Teenage sisters commit suicide
BANGALORE: Two daughters of a soothsayer committed suicide on Sunday by consuming poison in
their sister's house near Kodihalli in Kanakapura taluk. Kanakamma, 17, and Radha, 16, drank the poison
around 9am and their sister Nagaveni saw their condition and rushed them to Kanakapura hospital. They
were shifted to Victoria Hospital where they died. It's not clear why they committed suicide. Their father
Sampath Kumar of Kanchinakoppa, near Bidadi, was a soothsayer. He had three wives and the first wife
had one daughter. The girls who died were daughters of his third wife and they had two sisters, Nagaveni
and Meenakshi. For the past few months, Radha and Kanakamma had been staying with Nagaveni.
Police said their neighbours didn't give a hint of anything amiss. "The two girls seemed to be friendly.
Everyone seems shocked about their death," police said. Read more: Teenage sisters commit suicide -
Bangalore - City - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Teenage-sisters-
commit-suicide-/articleshow/6284816.cms#ixzz0wBF2HgMg (TOI, 10/8/2010)

Rape victim kills self over "police inaction"
JAIPUR: A 17-year-old rape victim committed suicide, late on Sunday night, by consuming poison after
the police allegedly did not take action in the case filed by her against five local villagers in the Bakani
police station in Jhalawar. As the news about the suicide spread, angry villagers demonstrated outside
the police station and demanded the suspension of the SHO. Meanwhile, the police have arrested two
accused persons and ordered an inquiry into the matter. According to reports, Kesar Devi of Karal village
was allegedly kidnapped by two villagers and taken to the jungles, where three others joined them and
took turns to rape her. She reported the matter to the Bakani police, but the case was not registered till
senior police officers intervened. SP Jhalawar, Gaurav Srivastava said the rape case was registered on
April 5, in which Kesar had alleged kidnap and rape by two villagers and three unidentified persons.
During investigation, it was found that Kesar was married to a deaf and dumb person, but lived with her
parents. The police claimed that some of her statements were contradictory, due to which they were
probing other possible angles too. Srivastava said an inquiry under Dy SP has been ordered to
investigate police negligence, if any, during the investigation. Another officer said the possibility of
committing suicide, just four days after an FIR has been lodged, due to alleged police negligence is less,
as the case is still being investigated. He said the police are interrogating the arrested persons to get
more details about the incident. The body of the deceased has been handed over to the family after post-
mortem. However, villagers alleged that earlier Bakani police did not register a case till the victim took the
matter to senior police officers. It did not arrest those named in the report. (TOI, 10/8/2010)

Widows, devdasis seek higher grant
MUMBAI: While the rest of the country was busy celebrating Independence Day, six elderly women
walked semi-nude in a rally from CST to Mantralaya on Sunday morning. The protesting women are
destitute widows and part of the Maharashtra Niradhar Va Devdasi Mahila Sanghatana. The widows and
destitute women get a monthly grant of Rs 500 under the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana to run their
households. However, the organization members said that transgender devdasis are not included in the
beneficiaries' list. "A woman gets Rs 500 per month as of now, which is not enough to run a household,''
said Diksha Jagtap, secretary of the organization. (The Times of India, 16/8/2010)

Eye on Games business, city sees spurt in trafficking of minor girls
NEW DELHI: Sixteen-year-old Sujata had gone to attend the annual fair in her village a month ago when
she was intoxicated by two men and put on a train to Delhi. She was rescued from the capital’s redlight
area last week. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) said the girl, who was trafficked from South 24
Parganas in West Bengal, is traumatized and needs counselling. After being handed over to police by
NGO Shakti Vahini, which rescued her from brothel number 512 on GB Road, Sujata was sent to the
children’s home at Nirmal Chhaya in Tihar Jail. "The two men gave me something to eat and I
immediately fell unconscious. I do not remember anything after that. The days I spent in the brothel were
a nightmare. I was beaten up if I refused to entertain a customer," said Sujata. Over the past one month,
the authorities say, several minor girls have been rescued from the GB Road area and the railway
stations in the capital. According to child rights NGOs, with the Commonwealth Games approaching,
young girls are being lured by placement agencies which promise them work in the city. "We have seen a
spurt in such cases over the past one month. The victims are mostly those who were promised work in
Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games by placement agencies, but were instead sold off to pimps and
forced into sex work," said Surinder Jeet Kaur, SHO, Kamla Market police station. Minor girls continue to
be the main target. Some of them are even injected with oxytocin to attain puberty at a younger age.
Another 16-year-old, Chhaya, was rescued recently from a GB Road brothel. She, too, was picked up
from her village in West Bengal. "The madam at the brothel would force me to entertain customers for
over 12 hours a day," she said. After being rescued by police, the girl has been living at Nirmal Chhaya.
No less heartrending is the story of 13-year-old Kashish, who was rescued from Gurgaon. She was
gangraped after which got pregnant. Two days back, she delivered a baby girl. " Kashish was forced to
have sex with two men, who used to visit her daily. She was beaten up and locked inside the room if she
refused," said Pooja, coordinator of Child Line, who was herself rescued four years after being forced into
sex work. Three girls, including two minors, who were brought to the capital from Jharkhand and Orissa
were recently rescued from New Delhi railway station. ‘‘Most of the trafficked girls are from West Bengal,
Orissa and Jharkhand. They fall into the trap of middlemen who bring them here on the pretext of giving
them jobs. The crime is fast spreading and there should be strict action against those involved in child
trafficking,’’ said Rishikant of Shakti Vahini. NGOs hold multiple agencies responsible for the plight of
these young girls blaming them for lack of coordination. "There is no exchange of information between the
ministries. It must be ensured that such activities do not go unchecked in the garb of labour migration.
The ministry for women and child, for labour and the railway ministry should work together," added
Rishikant, who said a team from the NGO is present at the railway station every day to keep a lookout for
any such victims. (The Times of India, 16/8/2010)

Woman strangles 4-yr-old son, commits suicide
CHENNAI: A 29-year-old woman committed suicide in her house after strangling her four-year-old son
following an altercation with her husband in Tondiarpet on Saturday. Revathi was allegedly abused by her
husband Bose on Friday as she had borrowed Rs 1,000 from his sister and failed to return it in time. On
Saturday, Bose left for Aruppukottai to arrange money for his trip abroad. Around 6.30pm on Saturday,
Revathi strangled her four-year-old son with one end of a sari. She then hung herself from the ceiling fan
using the other end of the sari. The incident came to light when Bose returned from Aruppukottai on
Saturday night. As the door was locked from inside and she failed to respond to his calls, he peeped
through a window and saw their bodies. He called his neighbours and informed the police. Police said the
boy was hanging from one side of the fan and the woman from the other. Police said Bose works as a
executive in a private pharmaceutical company. Revathi had borrowed Rs 1,000 from Bose's sister. On
Friday, Bose's sister asked for the money. Following this, Bose got into a fight with Revathi and allegedly
abused her. Police said Revathi was upset by this and decided to commit suicide. Tondiarpet police
registered a case based on Bose's complaint. The bodies were handed over to Bose after conducting
postmortem examination. Further investigations are on. (TOI, 16/8/2010)

Man held for raping minor in Nagaur
JAIPUR: A minor girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Bhakta Bari area under Kotwali police station of
Nagaur city late on Sunday. Police have arrested the accused Vishnu Soni and a case has been
registered against him. According to reports, Seema was playing outside her house when neighbour
Vishnu Soni lured her in the name of giving her sweets and took her to an isolated place on the back side
of his house. He then raped her but when the victim cried, her family members and passersby rushed to
the spot for help due to which Soni left the girl and fled from the scene. Victim's family took her to a
nearby hospital where she was treated after which they lodged a complaint against Soni at Kotwali police
station. SP (Nagaur) Bal Mukund Verma told TOI that the girl was admitted to a hospital by the family
members before informing police. As soon as police got information, the accused person was
immediately arrested, he said and added that Soni is under interrogation. Preliminary investigation
revealed that Soni, who is unemployed, lured the girl to an isolated place and was raping her when family
members reached there and he escaped from there. He also said that the condition of girl is stated to be
out of danger. (TOI, 17/8/2010)

Man kills wife and daughter, arrested
Burdwan: A 30-year-old man and his mother were arrested on charges of murdering the former's wife and
8-month-old daughter in Burdwan's Madhavdihi on Monday morning. Police said Barun Dey, a farmer,
allegedly killed his wife Moyna Dey and daughter in an inebriated condition late on Sunday night. He beat
them to death with a rod following an altercation with Moyna. Barun reportedly tried to set them on fire
when neighbours realised something was wrong and rushed in. Moyna's brother Bappaditya Roy later
lodged a complaint against three persons at Madhavdihi PS. Police arrested Barun and his Mahamaya
(50) but the third accused a relative is yet to be traced. (TOI, 17/8/2010)

UK woman allegedly molested in Orissa govt hotel
BHUBANESWAR: A young woman from Britain was on Tuesday allegedly molested by an employee of a
state-run hotel at Konark near Sun Temple in Orissa. "The 20-year-old woman from the UK has
complained that one of the staff, Subhas Sahu, molested her when she was alone in her room at Jatri
Niwas this afternoon," Puri SP Sanjay Kumar said. Hotels under the brand name Jatri Niwas are run by
Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC). The girl had checked into the hotel at about 12:30 pm.
Sahu entered her room on the pretext of serving lunch, police said. "Sahu, a waiter at the hotel, has been
arrested and booked under section 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) of IPC," the SP said.
Immediately after the incident, the girl rushed to the police station along with the owner of a private lodge,
where she is currently staying, Kumar said. The incident came a day after a group of miscreants
attempted to attack a couple from South Korea at Sakshigopal in Satyabadi area of Puri district. However,
the couple managed to escape the attack, police said. (TOI, 19/8/2010)

Unmarried mom charges lover of rape
AHMEDABAD: A 23-year-old dalit woman has charged her lover with rape after he dumped her when her
baby was born. The police has decided to do a paternity test on the baby. Poonam (name changed) had
lodged a complaint with the women's police station and the SC/ST cell which was later transferred to the
Vejalpur police station. A resident of Vejalpur she told the police she was tricked into a relationship by the
youth who promised to get her a job abroad and to marry her. But after she got pregnant and had his
baby, he rejected her. Poonam was working with a private telecom operator's call centre on SG Highway.
She claimed she occasionally go out for tea with a colleague called Hafiz. During one such trip, she was
introduced to Muzaffar Nawaz Husain, a resident of Kalupur. Husain claimed to contacts in the industry
and could help her get a better job. They kept in touch and got close. He told her he was in Dubai for five
years and had a girlfriend who had ditched him and he had vowed never to get into a relationship. "He
claimed that she had forced him to change his opinion about women", said a police officer. Last year,
Husain called her to a guest house near Lal Darwaja and forced her to have sex. When she protested, he
said he would commit suicide and also kill her parents so that she was left alone. He tried again, this time
calling her to a flat in Vejalpur and she fell for the bait. She realised she was pregnant when she was in
the fifth month. She started skipping jobs and important functions. In April, she gave birth to a child in a
private hospital against the wishes of her family. She was hopeful that Husain would marry her.
"However, when she broke the news to him, he cut all ties with her claiming he was not the father of the
child. Her parents met Husain's family but even they called it a cheap stunt to force their son into
marriage," said the officer. "We are in a process of determining the father of the child and are treating the
case as rape. Soon, the accused's statement will be registered," said a senior Vejalpur police station
official. (TOI, 20/8/2010)

HIV+ woman triumphs, goes back to work
PUNE: This is about the triumph of human spirit and doggedness, and about how a community can come
together to dispel HIV-related misconceptions. So, even though it took her some time, this 28-year-old
woman, who is HIV positive as is her six-year-old daughter, managed to convince the villagers of Longe,
Kolhapur, that neither she nor her daughter are a threat to society. This August, the Longe gram
panchayat "respectfully requested her to return as an anganwadi worker and allowed her daughter to
attend the village school." The woman told TOI, "I am relieved that I can live with dignity. This is an
important win." It all started in early 2009. Sanjeevani Kulkarni, founder-president of NGO Prayas, that
works for the uplift and fair treatment of the HIV-affected, narrated the woman's story. "Her husband was
first detected with HIV in early 2009 at the village primary healthcare centre. She too underwent the test.
Both the woman and her daughter tested positive, though her older son did not," she said. " When the
villagers came to know their status, they were not uncooperative. They helped the family in many ways."
Eventually, the woman's husband passed away in late 2009. Though she continued to be in good health
several eyebrows were raised at the fact that she was an anganwadi sevika. "Parents were worried that
her proximity to their children would prove detrimental to their health and well-being and that her little
daughter would pass on the infection to other children in the village school. Now these worries are neither
scientific nor logical. Nevertheless, she was asked to stay home with the promise that her salary would be
sent to her. Her daughter was denied admission to the school. When this state of existence was
unacceptable to her, the woman left the village with her children," Kulkarni said. She went to Mumbai this
June and got in touch with the media, as well as various NGOs that work for the HIV positive. Her voice
was heard and gradually the wheels of hope began spinning once again, especially when tehsildar Vijaya
Jadhav got to know of the situation. A meeting with the gram sabha of Longe village was initiated.
Officials from the district HIV programme, various NGOs like the Network of Positive People, Lotus
Medical Foundation, Red Cross Society, Sakhi Sanghatan and Jeevan Jyot, as well as members of the
Maharashtra State Aids Control Society were present. At the meeting, Sanjeevani Kulkarni and Pravin
Naik, district HIV programme officer, Kolhapur, put to rest every niggling suspicion and query in the
villagers' mind. "The meeting lasted for over two hours, and we were successful in convincing the
villagers that the woman and her child were far from being a threat," said Kulkarni. "The villagers
promised to look after her and her daughter in every way." Drupada Kumhare, sarpanch of Longe, said,
"We are convinced that there is no way that one can get infected with HIV just by coexisting with a
positive person." Deputy sarpanch Subhash Patil said, "We were afraid that our children could get
infected if her daughter would play with them. But now we know that there is no such chance." A village-
level committee comprising the sarpanch, deputy sarpanch as well as members of the village conflict
redressal committee will support the woman. "She is in good health. And so far, there has been no need
for anti-retroviral therapy for her," added Kulkarni. (TOI, 20/8/2010)

'UP riskiest place for women to give birth'
LUCKNOW: A new set of damning report against the health scenario in Uttar Pradesh has given the state
a fresh reason to hang its head in shame. A review of UP's health and socio-development has revealed
that the state is the riskiest place for a woman to have a baby. According to the survey report, endorsed
by the Population Foundation of India, more than one-third cases of women dying due to pregnancy
related causes in India are registered from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Add to this, a pregnant
woman in UP has only 1 in 42 chances of survival during and immediately after pregnancy as compared
to 1 in 500 for her counterparts in Kerala. This, however, is not the first time that the abysmal condition
of health sector in UP has been called to question. In fact, poor infrastructure and high infant mortality
rate (IMR) -- pegged at 67 in UP -- have been identified as key concerns. But despite the repeated
reminders and urgent calls for attention, little has changed, especially when it comes to government
intervention. Director, John Hopkins and KGMU collaborative project, Viswajeet Kumar, said: "There
needs to be a paradigm shift in the way development of the health sector is viewed. Mortality reduction
among infants is not very difficult on a statewide scale, if a few basic steps are taken.'' Amid the bad
news, however, a ray of hope also emerged for rural UP, in that an intervention on maternal and newborn
care by Bill and Melinda Gates supported programmes, shows institutional deliveries having gone up from
24% to 63.59%. In addition, according to Shilpa Nair, state coordinator, PATH's Sure Start project, while
knowledge of danger signs among pregnant women has seen an increase from 58% to 80%, the rate of
mothers breastfeeding infants within an hour of birth has also moved from 31% to 85.87%. If births in
hospitals have been on the rise in the state, children able to survive birth are still not entirely free of
danger or disease. In UP, only 30% children between 12 and 23 months are fully immunised. In addition,
the state is also home to 52% of India's severely malnourished children. Well researched and integrated
projects taken up by various civil society organisations in the state show that UP can become a vibrant
state in its health and other social indicators as compared to other states of the country. Programme
officer, BETI Foundation, Neha Tiwari, said: "The situation on ground is still far from rosy. In Bahraich and
neighbouring belts, institutional deliveries are still a rarity. Many newborns die within the first week of
birth.'' Calling for a massive shift from illness management to prevention, and relying on successful
models, Shivgarh and Gadhchiroli, experts believe there is a need to understand behaviour and social
practices of communities before planning behaviour change strategies. Kumar added: "Neonatal mortality
can be impacted through behaviour change and greater partnership between NGOs, government and
implementing agencies.'' (TOI, 22/8/2010)

Concern over low women literacy rate
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari has regretted
Visakhapatnam being among the 18 districts with less than 50 per cent women's literacy. Addressing a
gathering after inaugurating an adult education resource centre of Rashtriya Seva Samiti at Yendada on
Sunday, she said ‘Sakshar Bharat' was launched to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the country from the
present 65 per cent. The mission intended to make 4.92 lakh people literate in the district. Of them 70,309
were men and 4.21 lakh were women. In the first phase, 98,500 would be made literate. (The Hindu,
24/8/2010)

Suicide pact: 2 kids die as mom battles for life
VIJAYAWADA: In a tragic incident, a woman along with her two kids attempted suicide at G Konduru
village in Krishna district on Tuesday. While the two children died, the woman is battling for her life in a
hospital. Shaik Mastan Bi, 28, made her children Farjana, 3, and 18-month-old Karishma consume a
pesticide-mixed soft drink before she herself drank the liquid. She allegedly took the extreme step after
failing to convince her husband Rasool, an auto driver, not to indulge in betting and gambling. The kids
died on their way to hospital in Kondapalli, while Mastan Bi's condition is said to be critical. Rasool
reportedly lost nearly Rs 2 lakh in the recent past with his indulgence in cricket betting and gambling. "He
used to quarrel with Mastan Bi often and vexed with his behaviour, she resorted to the extreme step," a
police official said. A case has been registered. (TOI, 25/8/2010)

Two women commit suicide including Delhi Police SI’s wife
The wife of a Delhi Police Sub Inspector allegedly committed suicide after a fight with the family of
another police official over a trivial issue of disposing garbage, police said on Sunday. The incident was
reported from Police Colony in Dwarka on Saturday. The deceased, Soma Floria, was the wife of Sub
Inspector Mahesh Kumar, who is posted in north-west Delhi. Floria, who was in her early thirties, was
found hanging and her husband claimed before the Sub Divisional Magistrate that she was depressed
after an argument with the family of Pyare Lal, an Additional SHO in Bindapur police station. “Floria was
staying on the first floor while Lal’s family stays on the second floor. Two days ago, Lal’s son allegedly
threw some garbage down and it fell at Floria’s flat. This led to an argument between the two families,” a
senior police official said quoting Kumar’s statement to the SDM. Lal’s family allegedly threatened Floria
stating that they would ensure that Kumar lose his job. Following this, she was depressed and took the
extreme step, the official said. The police is investigating the matter. Meanwhile, in another incident, a 26-
year-old woman was killed when a train hit her while crossing a railway track in east Delhi on Sunday
afternoon. The incident took place in Vivek Vihar at around 2 pm and the victim has been identified as
Pushpa, a resident of Jwala Nagar. Pushpa, who hailed from Jalaun in Uttar Pradesh, was on her way
home from a hospital and was hit by a train when she was crossing the track. She died on the spot. The
body has been sent to Guru Teg Bahadur hospital. (Dailypioneer, 30/8/2010)

NE bar girl alleges molestation by boss
NEW DELHI: An employee of a restrobar, hailing from northeast India, has alleged that her boss tried to
molest her after he found her watching television during duty hours inside the bar located in L-block of
Connaught Place. The accused is the manager of the bar. New Delhi district police has registered a case
of molestation. The victim, a resident of Manipur, has alleged that her manager first hurled abuses at her
and then pushed her off her chair before trying to molest her. "I was alone on the first floor of the
restrobar when he attacked me with a fork. I suffered bruises," the woman told police. She added that
when she raised an alarm other employees of the restrobar rushed to her rescue. "The accused has
accepted that he did scold her but refuted all other charges. We have taken the victim, who has been
working at this restaurant-cum-bar for the past three months, to RML Hospital for a medical test. We are
investigating the case," said an officer. Additional commissioner (New Delhi) Shankar Dash said, "As it is
a case of molestation against a girl from northeast, we are treating the case seriously." The girl, who lives
with her brother and cousin at Kotla Mubarakpur in south Delhi, vowed that she will never set foot on the
restrobar again. "Now, I do not want to go back to duty. They did not remove me from my post. I left the
job on my own volition," she said. (TOI, 31/8/2010)

This girl maintaining family of 9 by selling vegetables
Even though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has boasted of his Government’s measures for the upliftment
of rural, poor and downtrodden people, a 20-year-old girl Amari Sahu, a resident of Ratnapur village
under Shankarpur GP is forced to sell vegetables by the roadside in Dhenkanal town covering a distance
of 15 km everyday in order to maintain her widowed mother and seven siblings. When contact, Amari told
The Pioneer that her father Kahnu Charan was a daily labourer who died in 2003 leaving behind his wife
and eight children. Her father’s landed property was too meagre to maintain the large family. So she was
forced to leave her studies from eighth standard as her only brother Chintamani is the youngest among
them and her three elder sisters reached their marriageable age. Unfortunately, though Amari has
approached Shankarpur panchayat office and Sadar block office several times for a job or include her
family in BPL category, she was reportedly harassed by the officials. With no other way out, she decided
to get vegetables from nearby villages and sell them in Dhenkanal town. At last she succeeded in her
efforts. Apart from marrying off her three elder sisters, Amari is now capable in providing education to her
three younger sisters and her youngest brother. She said that even though her family has not been
included in the BPL category and they have not been provided with a house under Indira Awas Yojana so
far, Dhenkanal municipality authorities have been kind enough to exempt her from taxes towards selling
vegetables in the market. Meanwhile, her mother has started getting widow pension of Rs 200 but Amari
is determined not to get married until the completion of studies of her brother and sisters. (Dailypioneer,
31/8/2010)

A blood Red tale of brutality and shame
Maoists gangrape, bury alive woman for defying diktat. In a shocking incident of Maoist brutality, a band
of Red ultras waylaid an Anganwadi woman, subjected her to gangrape and buried her alive in order to
send across a bloodcurdling message to their nonconformist political opponents. The ferocity of the
medieval-type ‘punishment’ was such and its impact so complete that the few villagers who saw this cruel
incident take place chose not to come to the police after the incident, police officials of West Midnapore
district said. The police said the incident took place between August 2 and August 4 when a band of 21
Maoists led by the Pintu Mahato squad stormed the Bhangabandh house of Chabi Mahato and dragged
her away. Bhangabandh is a tiny tribal hamlet flanked by a forest and a canal in Salboni area of East
Midnapore. Incidentally, Salboni is the same place where the Maoists had triggered a landmine explosion
targeting Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s cavalcade in November 2008 while the CM was
returning after inaugurating a Jindal Group project. Chabi Mahato, an anganwadi worker and a CPI(M)
member attached to the Pirakata local committee, was dragged away at gunpoint by the members of
People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) and Maoists as she had refused to join a PCPA
procession in support of a rally to be organised later at Lalgarh, senior officials said. The 40-year-old
victim, who is survived by two daughters and a son, lost her husband a year ago to a Maoist attack. He
was abducted and shot by the Red guerillas following a kangaroo court decision. “They (PCPA-Maoists)
had threatened my mother with dire consequences if she did not walk in their procession. But my mother
was a brave woman and she refused to comply with their order,” said Debashis Mahato, the victim’s son.
Though senior officials would not divulge the exact contents of the post-mortem report, they confirmed
she was gangraped between the canal and the forest. “There were 21 of them. Some villagers, who saw
the crime but were afraid to report it, said she was screaming,” Midnapore police said, adding that the
rebels buried her alive when she fell silent. An FIR had already been filed against 15 persons. Sibram
Mahato, a PCPA activist from Salboni, charged the ruling Marxists with the crime. “It is the CPI(M) game
plan to malign the PCPA,” said Mahato. “The post-mortem report points at gangrape but more tests will
be carried out as the body had rotted,” said a senior official, quoting the doctors. It would take more than
a week for the report to be submitted. On what led the doctors to surmise the reason for death, officials
said the body did not bear such marks so as to suggest fatal blows. Besides, there was earth in the lung
which also would suggest that she was breathing while being buried. An abnormal bloat in the ground
near Bhangabandh canal raised suspicion among the villagers who then called the police on Monday.
The police were also looking for another Anganwadi worker, Anima Besra, who went missing on August
23 from Kumra village of Maoist-hit Bandwan in Purulia district. On why the villagers were coming forward
with the story of what happened to Chabi Mahato on August 2, officers said, “They were scared.” The
villagers from all the parts of West Midnapore had started to speak up and raise protest movements
against the Maoists after the recent successes the security forces got in the Jangalamahal, police
maintained, adding, more and more Maoists were contacting them to surrender arms. (dailypioneer,
2/9/2010)

HC seeks report on woman’s death
Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports that a destitute woman died on the pavement in the capital
after giving birth to a child, the Delhi high court on Wednesday said hospitals cannot deny treatment to
any pregnant woman. “Perplexed” over the fact that the baby girl had to take her first breath on the
footpath despite court directions to provide medical facility to the poor in the capital, a division bench
comprising Delhi high court Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmo-han said, “It is the sacrosanct
duty of the government to see that children are looked after properly in hospitals..” Seeking an
explanation from the city government on why such incident happened, the court asked it to file an affidavit
within four weeks. On July 26, a woman gave birth to a baby girl on a footpath at Shankar Market. She
died later. Expressing concern over the incident despite various welfare schemes for the poor, the court
said, “Central government has framed a bouquet of schemes for the destitute and their children. How
then has this incident happened? Such incident should not occur in a civilised society.” The court
appointed senior counsel Colin Gonsalves as amicus curiae (Friend of the court) in the matter. The
doctors, who detected the baby suffering from septicaemia, appeared before the division bench and said
the child was out of danger as she was in the initial stage of the disease and is now cured. The court,
however, directed the doctors to do periodical health check-up of the girl to ascertain the improvement in
her health. (AA, 2/9/2010)

Girl raped, 2 accused arrested
A 14-year-old girl was raped by two drivers in west Delhi, the police said on Wednesday. According to the
police, the incident was reported from Hari Nagar in late hours on Tuesday night and the accused who
have been identified as Gyanendar Kataria and Raju Singh Rawat have been apprehended by the police.
The girl had come to Delhi a month ago and was working as a domestic help in a house. She left the job
on Tuesday as she did not like it and was sitting in a park when the two drivers approached her and told
her that they will drop her at her home. However, they allegedly raped her in the park. The girl
approached the police later and a medical examination confirmed rape. The duo was arrested following
registration of a case of rape. (AA, 2/9/2020)

Women get equal rights in guardianship, adoption of children
NEW DELHI: Women in India will now have equal rights in guardianship and adoption of children with the
President giving assent to an Act to amend laws governing marriages in the country. Parliament had
recently passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to amend the Guardians and Wards Act,
1890 and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956. "The President assented to the Personal
Laws (Amendment) Act, 2010 on August 31, 2010 and it is published in the Gazette of India as Act 30 of
2010 on September 1, 2010," an official statement said on Wednesday. According to the Guardians and
Wards Act, which applies to Christians, Muslims, Parsis and Jews, if a couple adopts a child, the father is
the natural guardian. The amendment to the 120 year-old Act allows the mother along with the father to
be appointed as a guardian, making the process gender neutral. The Act provides for the mother to be
appointed as a guardian along with the father so that the courts do not appoint anyone else in case the
father dies. The second amendment in the Hindu Adoption Maintenance Act, 1956, (applicable to Hindus,
Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs) aims to remove the hurdles in the way of a married woman to adopt and also
give a child for adoption. Presently, unmarried and divorced women as also widows are allowed to adopt
a child but women separated from their husbands and engaged in lengthy divorce battles cannot adopt a
child. The new amendment would allow a married woman separated from her husband to adopt with the
consent of her husband even during the time of divorce proceedings. However, if he changes his religion
or is declared to be of unsound mind, no consent from the estranged husband will be required. (TOI,
2/9/2010)

Sex workers' group starts website
MUMBAI: Aastha Atmanirbhar, a sex workers' federation, has launched a website and a few cosmetic
products as an alternative option of livelihood for the community. In an initiative taken by 14,000 sex
workers, cosmetics designed by them will be sold to those within and outside the community. Their
website includes procedures and training manuals and a Marathi version of the community mobilization
strategy for the sex workers. "Our Parivaar is two years old. We have male, female and transgender
groups all in our organisation. We have come up with this alternate livelihood option, especially for the
older sex workers, so that they don't have to depend upon anyone else. This will also create funds for HIV
and STD prevention activity,'' said Anu Swami, a sex worker and president of the organisation. (TOI,
2/9/2010)

Minor girl's fax to collector saves her from forced wedding
COIMBATORE: A minor village girl from Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri saved herself from a forced marriage to
a man twice her age by faxing a complaint and her wedding invitation to the district collector. Acting
quickly on 15-year-old schoolgirl Muniyammal's call, collector Arun Roy sent a team of the officials to the
wedding venue and stopped the marriage moments before it was to take place. The officials told the
groom, Sundaram (32), to drop the plan of marrying the minor girl or face action. Sundaram dropped the
plan and left the venue. The officials also warned Muniyammal's parents, Venkataraman and Konammal,
of stringent action if they married off their daughter before the permissible age and her consent. Those
who gathered at the temple for the function disbursed immediately and the parents gave an assurance to
officials that Muniyammal would be permitted to continue her studies. Roy praised Muniyammal's courage
and said it was a result of ongoing awareness programmes against child marriages. He issued a
statement terming child marriages illegal and warned that underage weddings would invite stringent
criminal action. (TOI, 6/9/2010)

Ghatampur suicide, rape case: No action yet against ‘guilty’ cops
Kanpur Four days after the suicide by a 17-year-old Dalit girl in Ghatampur following her alleged rape, the
authorities are yet to take any action against police personnel who had not only refused to lodge an FIR in
the case but also allowed the accused to get away. The authorities said no action could be initiated as the
team formed to probe into the role played by Station Officer Kalu Ram Dohrey and Constable Virendra
Singh is yet to submit the report. Kanpur DIG Prem Prakash said: “Both Singh and Dohrey have been
attached to lines. If found guilty, they would be suspended and a case will be registered against them.”
The investigation is headed by Circle Officer of Ghatampur PP Singh. “Until I get the investigation report,
it will not be possible to comment further,” he said. Moreover, the DIG said the girl’s family has not made
any official complaint against the SO or the constable. Prakash said three teams have been formed to
arrest the accused. “The neighbours, relatives and locals are being contacted by our teams to trace the
absconding persons,” he said. The victim, a resident of Parauli village of Ghatampur block, immolated
herself on the terrace of her house on September 3. She was a class XI student of Pandit Deen Beni
Singh Bharat Inter College of Bheetargaon Block. According to the postmortem report, the girl died of
burn injuries and a head injury. The girl’s father, Ashok Kumar, had alleged that a villager, Sunil Singh
Bhadoria, had raped his daughter on September 2. According to him, the Station Officer of Ghatampur
police station refused to register a case when he approached him. After a protest in the village on Friday,
a case on the charges of kidnapping, rape, provocation for suicide and SC/ST Act was registered against
Sunil and his parents. He said he could not lodge a formal complaint against the policemen because he
had been running around since the death of his daughter. According to him, his daughter would not have
committed suicide if the SO had registered a case on Thursday and arrested the accused “The SO and
the constable are equally responsible for my daughter’s death,” he said. A group of BJP leaders, including
former legislator Bal Chandra Mishra, visited Parauli village on Monday to meet the victim’s family. Mishra
blamed the police for the Dalit girl’s suicide. Senior state BJP leaders are expected to visit the village on
September 10. Express News Service, Sep 07, 2010

Tipsy youths rape 85-yr-old woman
LUCKNOW: In a shocking incident, two tipsy youths stormed into a temporary house of an 85-year-old
widow and allegedly raped her. The incident took place on the outskirts of Hardoi district late on Monday
night. Station officer, Attrauli police station, Hardoi, Brijesh Pandey said the victim was a widow and lived
alone in a single room accommodation near the house of her sons. The two youths allegedly stormed into
her house and ransacked the room. Having failed to find anything worth laying their hands on, they
assaulted her and then reportedly raped her. The two then left the scene. "The incident came to light on
Tuesday morning when the locals saw the 85-year-old woman lying wounded and rushed her to a local
hospital," said Pandey. The circumstantial evidence suggest sexual assault. Since the victim is in a critical
condition, we are yet to establish the exact sequence of events, he said. The medical examination report,
police said, was yet to be obtained as the doctors were learnt to have stated that their priority was to
stabilise the victim's condition first, before going ahead with the medical examination. About the accused,
police claimed to have picked up some clues. "We had detained some family members and friends of the
accused who have been identified. But they are on the run," Pandey said. (TOI, 9/9/2010)
Now, easier for women to avail child care leave
NEW DELHI: The UPA government has relaxed norms for child care leave for its women employees, in a
move that may help improve gender balance in the male-dominated government jobs. According to new
rules, women employees can now avail two years (730 days) of the child care leave (CCL) even if they
have earned leaves left. So far, mothers on government rolls could avail full 730 days of the CCL during
their entire service for taking care of up to two children -- whether for rearing or to look after any of their
needs like examination, sickness etc -- only if they had no earned leave to their credit. Many of the
women employees and their associations resented the linkage between the CCL and earned leave. The
change will come into force from September 1, 2008. Interestingly, while the new rule has taken care of
grievance of women employees, many in the government feel that the CCL should be extended to single
parents among male employees as well. According to the new rules, the CCL will be treated like an
earned leave and can be availed of by women with children aged less than 18 years. In the case of those,
who have physically challenged children, the rule has been relaxedtill 22 years. The CCL can be granted
to a probationer under extreme situations -- and only if the sanctioning authority is fully satisfied, and the
period for which the leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal. The rules had also clarified that the
leave may not be granted in more than three spells in a calendar year, and not more than 15 days at a
time. (TOI, 10/9/2010)

Muslim women break taboo, offer Eid prayers
MALDA: Fighting back convention, 1,000 women congregated at Hyderpur in Malda to offer Eid namaz
on Saturday just like their male counterparts. Succeeding in breaking free from the shackles of male
domination, the women gathered under the banner of Muslim Mahila Janakalyan Samity and prayed, led
not by a moulvi but a woman from among them. "We have been doing this for the last nine years. It is the
first all-women prayer to be held in West Bengal. We are proud that women are coming out from behind
the purdah. There were initial objections from male family members, but they have now accepted it," said
Shamima Begum, who led the prayer. It was not an easy task for Rabeya Biwi, Amina Khatun or Surama
Begum. Mostly homemakers, the women had to fight all odds to step out of their homes. "It was very
difficult to convince our husbands that we, too, had the right to pray," said Amina. To begin with,
enlightened men of the community, who understood their need, arranged for a special prayer, exclusively
for the women. Initially, around 100 women gathered for the namaz. Soon the number swelled to 1,000.
(IE, 12/9/2010)

11 of a family beat woman to death
BANGALORE: Three persons, including a 21-year-old woman, were murdered in the city since Saturday
in three separate incidents. Infuriated family members of Anand allegedly beat a woman to death after he
eloped with the victim's younger sister in K R Puram police limits on Friday. M Martha, resident of
Swantantrapalya, was attacked by 11 people, police said. "She was shifted to a hospital where she
succumbed to injuries on Saturday. The victim's mother Mallika has filed a complaint. The row began
soon after Anand and Mary went missing on Friday," police said. Another murder was reported from
Kamakshipalya when people alerted police on seeing a bludgeoned body at Sannakkibayalu. Cops
identified him as C Siddaraju alias Shankarnag. Chamaraj Urs, the victim's father, filed a complaint saying
his son had left home around 10.30 pm on Saturday. "Shankarnag used to indulge in street fights," police
said. In the third mishap, a 25-year-old farmer was smashed to death in Ramanagaram police limits late
on Saturday night. The victim Muniyappa was found dead near a farm, police said. (TOI, 13/9/2010)

More women reporting sexual harassment, say city police
AHMEDABAD: If applications received by city women's police station are an indication, the number of
cases pertaining to sexual harassment in households or at workplaces is on the rise. The harassment is
not always in form of offensive physical contacts or sexual advancements. It can be sexually explicit talks
in front of a woman, or talks and lewd gestures not considered acceptable in normal circumstances.
According to women's police station officials, they had received 2,397 applications in 2009, most of them
regarding dowry demands or assaults by family members. However, there were also complaints of, a
small number though, sexual harassment. The number has gone up in 2010. In 2009, a total of 64 FIRs
were lodged in various cases, while at the end of August this year, the number is 48. The number of
application the women police station has so far received this year stands at 2,000. The state women's
crime cell conducts a meeting every three months to review the situation. For last six to seven months,
the scenario has not been very encouraging. Chetna Chaudhary, inspector of women police station, told
TOI that sexual harassment was a menace spreading its tentacles. "One need not look at the figures as
they do not represent the real picture. We receive four to five complaints every month about one type of
harassment or other. Most of the applications, however, are not turned into FIRs," she said, adding, "The
number of complaints earlier were one or two every month." Chaudhary said many women did not want to
get into trouble. "Many families dread getting involved in police cases. They look upon it as a hassle and
try to settle the issue without lodging a formal complaint. In many cases, a visit to the police station brings
the accused back to their senses and they vow not to harass the woman in future. If we see that the
offender is not habitual and can mend his ways, we don't press charges," said Chaudhary. Talking about
the cases received, the women police officials said that the complaints covered all places — corporate,
households, schools and colleges. (TOI, 13/9/2010)

Man rapes minor on pretext of marriage
A man in his twenties allegedly lured a girl by promising her to marry and raped her several times. Police
said that the accused Pappu, son of Prem Gorkha resident Shyampur, Rishikesh lured a neighboring
minor girl by promising to get married to her. Believing the accused, the victim left her home about six
months back and was living with him without getting married. Two days ago when the victim forced him to
get married, he allegedly refused and forced her out of his house. The victim approached her parents and
with their help lodged a case of rape. A case has been registered and further investigations are on, police
added. (Pioneer, 14/9/2010)

Five arrested in rape case
Mohali Police on Tuesday arrested all the five accused involved in rape case of 16-year-old girl of Bihar.
The girl was abducted in front of Mohali Phase-5 Gurdwara and was later sexually assaulted by all the
five accused. Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police have
succeeded in solving the case which was reported by Neeraj, a resident of Azad Nagar Balongi here. A
case under Sections 363, 366, 376, 342 of IPC was registered against the accused persons. It is alleged
by the complainant that she along with her mother were going for work and then her mother (Munni) went
inside the Gurdwara Sahib to have a cup of tea and in the meantime, three boys came there on motor
cycle and took her on the pretext of doing work in a kothi. They took her to a room in a village in Mohali
and raped her. Thereafter while going to her house, she met a Sikh boy who took her to his room. He and
another boy raped her too and left her there by closing the room. She managed to escape from the room
on September 7. After the registration of the case, investigation was carried out under the supervision of
City-1 Mohali, DSP Raka Gheira. On pin-pointing the places where she was raped, a thorough probe was
carried out at the spot. Accused arrested have been identified as Suresh Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Mahavir
Singh, Sandip Sharma, the residents of Mohali and Nasib. All the accused were produced in the court
and further investigation is being carried out.ase (Pioneer, 15/9/2010)

Woman thrashed inside HC in presence of police, advocates
CHENNAI: In an incident that underscored the vulnerability of the Madras high court campus to security
threats, a young woman was thrashed and dragged away by her relatives in full public view on Monday
even as police personnel watched in silence. Even her screams and wails evoked no response from the
personnel posted on the court premises. Finally, when the gang of relatives attempted to push the 25-
year-old woman, Deepa, into a waiting car, some advocates intervened and said they would not allow her
to be taken away in such a manner. They escorted Deepa back to the court and the judges, who took up
the matter again, sent her to a government home. As per a February 2007 order of the first bench of the
court and a subsequent government order, the HC premises should be guarded by a 252-strong police
force "at all times". The order, passed by the then Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice K Chandru, said:
"No personnel, who is coming within the sanctioned strength of 252, comprising various categories, shall
be deputed to any other work, except for the work of the high court, and no diversion of the force will be
permitted, except with the prior permission of the chief justice." The government had given its full consent
to the order and besides stationing the prescribed number of personnel, it also gave an undertaking that
they would be imparted adequate training. If 252 police personnel were actually on duty on the court
campus on Monday, none of them was seen anywhere near the hapless woman when she was being
thrashed and dragged away by her relatives. The matter relates to a habeas corpus petition filed by K
Manimaran (27) of Villupuram district, stating that his wife Deepa was in the illegal detention of her
parents. Manimaran, a law graduate, and Deepa, an MPhil degree holder, got married in October 2008,
when they both were students, and were living separately till June this year. After Deepa's father got to
know about the marriage, the couple started living together since July 28. On August 13, her parents took
her away by force, prompting Manimaran to file a habeas corpus petition. However, when she was
produced in court on Monday, Deepa informed the judges that she was staying with her father after ill-
treatment by her husband and that she was not under any illegal detention. After recording this statement,
the bench, comprising Justices M Chockalingam and M Sathyanarayanan, allowed Deepa to go with her
parents. The commotion started when Deepa stepped out of the court hall; her relatives rained blows on
her. When they tried to bundle her out of the court premises, unmindful of her full-throated screams, not a
single police or court official came to her rescue. She collapsed on the staircase, gasping for breath. On
information, registrar-general S Vimala rushed to the spot, but Deepa had already been carried to a
waiting vehicle by then. Madras High Court Advocates Association president RC Paul Kanagaraj and
senior lawyer Y Deva Arul Prakash explained the commotion to the judges and said Deepa was not safe
in the custody of her parents. After Paul Kanagaraj mentioned the matter to the judges in their chambers,
the court re-convened in the afternoon and said Deepa must be sent to the government home on
Kutchery Road in Mylapore until further orders. It said neither her husband nor her parents must visit the
home and disturb her during her stay there. More than the facts and circumstances of Deepa's case, what
was shocking was the utter absence of response from the police and court security personnel, who must
maintain campus peace "at all times". "If the police cannot foil a motley group's uncivil behaviour on
campus, how can they be expected to take on concerted anti-social behaviour or a serious security
breach?" asked an angry senior member of the Bar. The incident also exposed the dangers of unfettered
access available to private vehicles and strangers frequenting the court premises. It is time to restore the
hugely popular and successful access control system, which was the first victim of the February 19, 2009,
police-advocate clash on the campus, feel some senior advocates. "Regulating the entry of private
vehicles and strangers and streamlining vehicle parking on the campus will greatly enhance the general
security situation in the high court," said a senior police official. (TOI, 21/9/2010)

2 held for allegedly raping 20-yr-old student
NEW DELHI: Two persons were arrested on Sunday after they allegedly gang-raped a 20-year-old
woman in southwest Delhi and kept her confined for over 24 hours. The accused have been identified as
Manish, 26, and Rijnesh, 42. Manish had reportedly struck up a friendship with the victim in a discotheque
at Vasant Vihar a week prior to the incident. A case of forceful confinement and rape has been registered
in the Dwarka north police station. Manish had allegedly picked up the girl from her residence on
Saturday in Dwarka where she lives alone. He had then taken her to Rijnesh's residence in his car to
Dwarka sector 16 where they had allegedly locked her inside the house and raped her. Her mobile phone
was forcibly taken away from her. However, on Sunday afternoon, she managed to call the PCR through
her mobile. Police arrested the duo immediately. Police said Manish is a resident of Najafgarh in
southwest Delhi and a property dealer by profession. Rijnesh runs a small business of repairing photostat
machines. The victim studies in DU through the distance education mode. There have been several
instances in the past this year when acquaintances have invited their victims to unknown locations before
abusing them. According to Delhi Police, the accused in most rape cases are previously acquainted with
their victims, many turning out to be immediate family members. (TOI, 22/9/2010)

Abused kids' mother getting threats
NEW DELHI: The mother of the three siblings, who were raped and sodomised by their school van driver,
Lalit Ratawal, has alleged that she is receiving threats from family members of the accused to withdraw
the case. She has also accused the police of trying to push up the case. "The only option left for me is to
commit suicide. My family is receiving threats and my traumatised children are being asked to relive the
trauma each day as policemen are asking us the same questions over and over again," she said. The
woman, who earns a living by renting out two rooms in her house, alleged that police were trying to push
up the case. "The police may have apprehended two boys, but they are yet to arrest the remaining two.
While one is the son of a businessman, the other is the son of a teacher in the school where my children
study. Even after this gruesome incident, that boy is regularly attending classes and the police claim that
they cannot trace him," said Subhas Nagaar, the neighbour who helped the woman and her three children
lodge the case. The mother said she is planning to leave the city. "Once, when we were at the police
station, family members of the accused tried to stop us from talking to the cops. They kept insisting that
we withdraw the case even as the cops just watched the proceedings," she said. Her 12-year-old
daughter, who has withdrawn into a shell, said: "I will never forget the torture I went through. Whenever I
tried to protest, I was beaten up. I still carry the bruises." Naagar, who helped the woman meet senior
police officers and even top Congress leaders, claimed that the police had made little progress in their
investigation. "We are all waiting for the victims to identify the accused, but why is the girl being frequently
asked to visit the police station even though her statement has been recorded?" he asked. (TOI,
22/9/2010)

Cop beats 60-year-old to death in Bihar
MADHUBANI: A woman was beaten to death allegedly by a police officer in this Bihar district on
Wednesday for failing to provide information about the whereabouts of her son. Madhubani SP Saurabh
Kumar told reporters that there was formal complaint that 60-year-old Bhulli Devi was punched and
kicked by station house officer Laxman Prasad at Narkatiya village and died on the spot. Bhulla Devi's
husband, who was present at the spot, could not put up any resistance and later filed an FIR. Her son, for
whom the police is on the look out for preventive detention in view of the coming assembly polls, is
absconding. (TOI, 23/9/2010)

10-year RI for three of family in dowry death case
A city court on Thursday sentenced 10-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) to three members of a family from
the Industrial Area in Chandigarh in connection with a case of dowry and abetment to suicide case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ved Prakash Sirohi pronounced 10 years imprisonment along with
`5,000 fine to Rajinder, his brother Raj Kumar and mother Ajmer Kaur under the Dowry Act and abetment
to suicide under Section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The trio was booked by the Chandigarh Police
in March 2006 when Rajni, wife of Rajinder, committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan. Following
the incident, a case was registered under the Dowry Act and IPC against the accused at the Industrial
Area Police Station of the city on the complaint of Vijay Kumar, an uncle of the deceased. The
complainant alleged that Rajni of Jalandhar had got married with Rajinder in 2005 but after the marriage
the family of her husband, including her brother-in-law Raj Kumar and mother-in-law Ajmer Kaur, started
harassing her for more dowry and demanded a car. When she failed to bring a car, the accused persons
started beating and harassing her in different ways. Following the persecution one day Rajni committed
suicide, the complainant added in his complaint to the police. Rajni also had a daughter. (Pioneer,
24/9/2010)

3 women chosen for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
For the first time three women figure in the list of nine scientists chosen for the prestigious Shanti Swarup
Bhatnagar Prize 2010. The awards were announced at a function to mark the foundation day of the
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research here on Sunday. The award for S&T Innovations for Rural
Development 2009 will go to the Indian Oil Corporation's Research and Development Centre in
Faridabad. CSIR Director-General Samir Brahmachari said the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, a
citation and a plaque and will be presented by the Prime Minister later this year. The awardees for
Biological Sciences are Sanjeev Galande of the National Centre for Cell Science, Pune and Shubha Tole
of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. The others are Swapan K. Pati, Jawaharlal
Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore; Sandeep Verma, Indian Institute of
Technology, Kanpur ; G.K. Ananthasuresh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Sanghamitra
Bandyopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (Engineering Sciences); Mitali Mukerji, Institute of
Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi , Umesh Vasudeo Waghmare, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for
Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Kalobaran Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,
Mumbai . This year no award is being given in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and
Mathematical Sciences. — PTI (The Hindu, 27/9/2010)

Witch-hunting takes one life; other critical in Bokaro
In a most horrific incident, a woman was killed after being branded as ‘witch’ while another severely
injured after brutally beaten up by the local villagers in Joshi Colony, Sector 9, under Herla police station
at Bokaro Steel City on Saturday night. Police are investigating the matter but no arrest has been made
till Sunday evening, informed Jagdish Chowbay, officer-in-charge of Herla police station. On Saturday
night annoyed villagers of Joshi colony had brutally beaten up two women — Guruwari Devi and Mukta
Devi — after branded them witches. Badly beaten Guruwari Devi died on the spot, while Mukta Devi
admitted to a hospital with multiple injuries where doctors declared her serious, informed police sources.
Villagers alleged that the on Saturday night the duo Guruwari Devi and Mukta Devi put Sunita Devi- an
another woman of the same village on fire. Later, she was rescued by the villagers and rushed to the Sai
Hospital where her condition stated to be stable. Raghu, a resident of the village said that by branding
them ‘witch’ Sunit had hot argument with the both women on Saturday night. Later furious Guruwari and
Mukta entered into the Sunita’s house and put her on fire. After hearing the noise of Sunita, the villager
rescued her and rushed Sunita to the hospital, he added. Elaborating the incident Sunita branded them
witch and alleged that her elder child who was no more killed by their practice of witchcraft recently. “Now
my second daughter is severely ill due to their same practice”, Sunita alleged. Later, villagers lost their
control when Sunita elaborated them about the incident which triggered the villager for taking such step.
Police officials also said that Sunita alleged that the both women practicing witchcraft which was
responsible for her child’s death. Jharkhand tops the list with 50-60 witchcraft—related murders every
year followed by Andhra Pradesh where the number is around 30, Haryana 25-30 and Odisha 24-28,
sources informed. A recent study reveals that “In past 15 years, more than 2,500 women were killed after
being accused of practicing witchcraft”. (Pioneer, 27/9/2010)

Country's first all-women police battalion inducted into Rajasthan Police
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inducted the country's first all-women battalion, “Hadi
Rani”, into Rajasthan Police at a convocation parade organised at Sultan Singh Stadium at the Police
Training Centre in Jodhpur on Sunday. A total of 480 women police officers from various districts have
been appointed to the battalion. Addressing the gathering after taking salute of the impressive parade,
Mr. Gehlot said the appointment of first-ever women's battalion was “a milestone in women's
empowerment” in the desert State and would inspire women to courageously face challenges in their
lives. Mr. Gehlot pointed out that though the Central Reserve Police Force had two and the Border
Security Force had one women's battalion, there was no police force in any State with an exclusive all-
women contingent. “This is indeed a historic occasion for Rajasthan and a day [worth] being recorded in
golden letters,” he remarked. The 36-week training for the battalion had started at the Police Training
Centre in November last year. The women cops have been given special training, including commando
training similar to the para-military forces, to evolve them as strong and robust members of a modern
police force. Mr. Gehlot said the State Government was taking steps to strengthen the police force and
provide them with more facilities. In addition to regular promotions, new appointments of 650 Sub-
Inspectors would be carried out shortly. The Chief Minister pointed out that the 13 {+t} {+h} Finance
Commission had recommended an allocation of Rs.100 crore for modernisation of police force in view of
its significance for internal security. The State Government also intended to provide special allowances to
the anti-terrorism and anti-sabotage squads, he added. Director-General of Police Harish Chandra Meena
said with the women's battalion joining the 80,000-strong police force of the State a new era of teamwork
and cooperation will follow. (The Hindu, 27/9/2010)

Muslim groups want code for women in Kerala polls
For the first time in Kerala, 50 per cent seats would be reserved for women in an election, as polls are
held for local self-governing bodies next month. But the Muslim women who get the tickets might have to
adhere to a moral code of conduct, drawn up by prominent community organisations. The Samastha
Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema, Kerala’s largest Muslim community organisation, has put forward conditions
for women candidates during campaigning. Samastha supports the Indian Union Muslim League, which is
an ally of the Congress at the Centre and in the state. At the Centre, the IUML is represented by E
Ahamed, the Union Minister of State for Railways. According to sources, with many of its cadres
belonging to the Samastha, it is not really averse to the morality guidelines. The “code of conduct”
specifies that women not share immediate space with men on dais during campaigning, not shout
slogans or take part in marches, and that they wind up their campaign before dark. The Samastha also
said that while it continues to be against the 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies, it has
accepted it as “a bitter pill prescribed by the government”. The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, which has allowed
its women cadres to contest under the banner of locally floated development committees, also has its
share of conditions, though theirs is a toned-down version. Women can take part in election rallies but
strictly within the “confines suggested by Islam”, should observe “decency” while mingling with men, and
should avoid “vulgar dressing”, says Jamaat Kerala Ameer T Arifali. On the other hand, the pro-Left Sunni
Muslim leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, who too has considerable clout in the
community, has made public his reservations about women attending public functions, including election
campaigns. According to Samastha leader and state general secretary of its youth outfit, Samastha
Kerala Sunni Students Federation, Nazer Faizy Koodathai, “Women mingling with men would lead to
moral anarchy. They should not sit beside men at campaign venues.” He added that there was no order
as such on guidelines for women candidates. “We are launching a campaign among women candidates
and political parties, especially the IUML. The issue had been unofficially discussed with IUML leaders.
Since a major chunk of IUML cadres belong to the Samastha, we have asked the party to give necessary
directions to women candidates. Yet, we cannot comment on how the women candidates would take up
the guidelines. We are here to discharge our duty to the community,” Koodathai said, adding that several
other community organisations are toeing the same line. The IUML, the largest Muslim political party in
Kerala, isn’t about to question the guidelines. “Orthodox and extremist elements in the community are still
against women contesting elections. Hence, the party cannot field Muslim women without
accommodating the concerns of conservatives,” a senior IUML leader said. “We would ensure that
women candidates do not breach the dress code (covering the entire body, except the face and hands).
The IUML wants to present women candidates in a manner acceptable to orthodox groups.” (Indian
Express, 28/9/2010)

2 arrested for ‘raping’ CBI officer’s daughter
Two sons of a police sub-inspector who allegedly abducted and raped the daughter of a CBI officer inside
police residential complex in Gulshan Ground here were arrested here on Monday. Identifying the duo as
Mukat Singh alias Sunny and Sanjeet Singh alias Sofi, police said while the former was a BA final-year
student, the latter had passed Class XII examination and also cleared the test for Merchant Navy. The
police said the victim, daughter of the CBI inspector at Chandigarh, had left her home following an
altercation on September 13. She went to Vaishno Devi and after darshan, returned to Jammu on
September 16. While she was standing at the bus stand all alone around 2 am, the accused came there
in a vehicle and started questioning her posing themselves as police officers. As the girl told them that
she was waiting for a bus for Chandigarh, they advised her to spend the night at a gurdwara and take the
bus in the morning. They offered her a lift to the gurdwara and the girl agreed. However, they took her to
their residential quarter in Gulshan Ground and raped her. The accused’s parents had gone to Mumbai at
that time, police said, adding that they dropped her at the bus stand in the morning. The girl returned
home and kept silent for some days. However, on repeated queries by parents in view of her changed
behaviour, she narrated them the entire tale. Her father brought her to Jammu and lodged a complaint
with the police, who at the instance of the girl, nabbed the accused. (IE, 28/9/2010)

Rashtrapati Bhawan staffer's daughter raped, attempted to immolate
In a sensational incident, the 18-year-old daughter of a Rashtrapati Bhawan staffer was kidnapped and
gang raped by a person in Bulandshahr. The miscreant later tried to torch her to conceal the crime but
she somehow survived the onslaught and she was found in a critical state on Tuesday morning. Later she
was shifted to the District Hospital where she is battling for her life. Ironically the cops dismissed the
torching incident claiming that the traumatised victim tried to immolate herself after going through the
harrowing experience. Heavy police force was deployed in the area to avert communal tension in the area
as the accused belongs to the minority community. As per reports, Rani (name changed) of Khadkoti
hamlet of Bibinagar police station had gone to her grand parents house in Rasoolpur locality in Gulawati
police circle. On Monday afternoon, while she was going to a local market to make some purchases four
local youths kidnapped her. The locals informed Rani's grand parents in this regard and the police was
intimated. But the local police did no turn up at all. The villagers later launched a hunt on their own and
finally on Tuesday morning, they located Rani lying in a critical condition with 90 per cent burn injuries.
They immediately shifted her to a hospital and called the local police. Rani disclosed that the four
miscreants took her outside the village and took turns with her. Since she identified two of them as Bhure
Khan and Saddam of Rasoolpur in Gulawati, they tried to kill her by setting her afire. Later taking her for
dead, they escaped. (Pioneer, 29/9/2010)

Woman wanted one son, delivers four
Maya Devi, a resi dent of Unnao district, never consulted a doctor during her pregnancy because she had
neither the money nor the time to do so. On Monday, when the labour pains began, her husband Ashok,
who works as a labourer in fields, took her to the nearby primary health centre in Nawabganj. To his utter
surprise, Maya delivered not one but four bonny babies — all boys — and the mother the four infants
were healthy. However, since the babies weighed less than normal, they had now been shifted to the
child care unit in the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU). “The babies weigh 800
gms, 1280 gms, 1,340 gms and 1,360 gms which is much less than what a normal baby weighs.
However, the babies are doing fine and have been kept under constant medical vigil. The parents are so
poor that they cannot even afford the basic medicines but our doctors are pooling in their resources to
ensure that the babies get the necessary medical aid,” said Dr S.N. Shankhawar, chief medical
superintendent of CSMMU. Meanwhile, Ashok told this correspondent that the couple has two daughters
and were keen to get a son. “When my wife became pregnant, we did not have the money to visit a
doctor. However, towards the end of her pregnancy, her tummy became outsized but we never expected
that there would be more than one baby. Since she never took an ultrasound test, there was no question
of anyone knowing about the quadruplets,” he said. A delighted father now says he will work twice as
hard to feed the quadruplets and give them a better life. “If God has been so kind to us, we will also do
out bit to give them a good life,” he said.  (AA, 29/9/2010)

Newly-wed strangled to death for dowry
Failure to bring Rs 1.5lakh and a motorcycle in dowry cost 19-year-old Laxami Devi her life. Her father
Deonarayan Kamar has suspected that his daughter Laxami’s in-laws have strangled her to death. The
Peterwar Police are investigating into the incident. However, no arrest has been made so far. The
incident occurred two days back at Piparadih village under the Peterwar Police Station, 15 km from
Bermo. According to the FIR lodged by Deonarayan Kamar -the father of Laxami -who is a resident of
Jaridih village under the same police station, she was marriaged to Amit Kamar, the son of Rikua Kamar
only three month ago on June 16,2010 . Sufficient dowry was given to the bridegroom at the time of the
marriage ,the victim’s father said. But her greedy in-laws with the support of her husband ,put pressure on
her to bring a Hero Honda motorcycle and `1.5 lakh . As the parents of the helpless girl could not meet
the demand ,she was tortured mentally as well as physically by her in laws ,the FIR said . Her neighbors
confirmed that Laxami was tortured by her in-laws. On September 27, the victim’s father said that one of
the villagers rushed to his house and informed that Laxami was ailing in her husband’s house . Kamar
immediately rushed to his daughter house to take care of her. But when he reached her house, he found
his daughter lying dead on a cot . None of her family members was there. He saw blood coming out of
her nose and some marks on her neck. Her tongue had also come out .He suspected that Laxami’s in-
laws had strangled her to death. A case(93/10) has been registered under section 304,B /34 of the Indian
Penal Code by the Peterwar Police against Laxami’s husband Amit Kamar alias Jhaboo ,her father-in-law
Rikua Kamar, mother-in-law Kunti Devi and one other. (Pioneer, 30/9/2010)
Husband kills wife for dowry
A woman has strangulated to death by her husband and other family members for dowry on Saturday
night. The tragic incident has occurred at Jhabrera village near Roorkee near Haridwar district. A case of
murder for dowry has been registered against the victim’s husband and other six members of the family,
police said. The victim has been identified as Meenakshi (26) was found dead with injury marks on neck
at her residence. Prima facie reveals that she was strangulated, but the exact cause will be known only
after postmortem report, police said. According to police Meenakshi, daughter of Rajpal Singh, resident of
Bhopa village of Muzaffarnagar has married Puspendra of Jhabrera in June 2009. She gave birth to girl
baby in July. Her parents told police that her in-laws used to torture her for dowry since marriage but after
she gave birth to a girl baby, they even started thrashing her physically. The neighbours of the victim
informed her parents. who later on informed the police. CO Roorkee Sudip Rai said that a case under
section 304 has been registered against Puspendra and his family. (Pioneer, 4/10/2010)

Constable raped on police station premises, cops held
The Kota police arrested two police constables on Saturday for the rape and murder of a woman
constable on Wednesday night within the premises of a police station in Kota. The arrested constables
were produced in court and remanded in police custody till October 4 while the staff of the entire police
station has been transferred to the police lines. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has ordered a
probe by an additional director general of police, and has also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh
for the victim’s family. Senior police officials said the accused, cook Tulsi Ram and beat constable Desh
Raj, had entered the victim’s room within the premises of the Chechat Police Station late on Wednesday
night, saying they wanted to watch television, and then locked the room and assaulted her. The duo then
killed her and fled from the scene of crime. Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Saturday stated that the
entire staff of the police station have been transferred to police lines and new personnel have taken over.
He also promised a government job to a member of the victim’s family. Villagers from nearby areas had
protested outside the police station on Friday evening, demanding the arrest of the accused and police.
With anger running high, a senior police officer said they were keeping the two accused in another police
station for the duration of the remand for their own safety. (IE, 3/10/2010)

Should a mistress get maintenance? SC to decide soon
The Supreme Court on Monday decided to examine whether a live-in partner, concubine or a girlfriend is
entitled to maintenance even though under existing Indian laws she is not eligible for the same. The apex
court passed the direction while chiding a man for having intimate relationship with a woman for 14 years
but refusing to pay her maintenance on the ground that she was not legally entitled to it. A Bench of
Justices Markandeya Katju and T S Thakur appointed senior counsel Jayant Bhushan to assist the court
on the issue and posted the matter for further hearing on Wednesday. The Bench said though Indian laws
may not permit it yet, there was no reason why such benefit should not be extended to a live-in-partner
and cited the ruling of a Californian court in the US which had ordered similar relief by invoking the
doctrine of "palimony." "You had spent 14 years with her. She lost her youth but you do not want to pay
anything to her. She might not have been legally married to you but you have an obligation," Justice
Katju, heading the Bench, told counsel Harish Kumar T appearing for D Velusamy. Velusamy moved the
Supreme Court after a matrimonial court in Tamil Nadu had ordered him to pay an alimony (maintenance)
of Rs 500 to D Patchaiammal who insists she was married to Velusamy in 1986. Counsel for Veluswamy
said Patchaiammal's claim was false as he was already married in 1980 and any so-called marriage in
1986 was invalid in the eyes of the law. Veluswamy's lawyer submitted that the matrimonial court and the
High Court had taken an erroneous view that Patchaimmal was entitled to maintenance under Section
125 Cr PC. Under the law, an estranged wife, besides, aged parents and children of a man are entitled to
maintenance from the latter. The counsel pointed out that there was no provision for providing
maintenance to a woman who is not legally married. "It may be true that under Section 125 Cr PC she
may not be entitled to maintenance but you had spent time with her for 14 years. There was a ruling by a
Californian court in the Marwin Vs Marwin case where the court ordered that 'palimony" should be paid
even if the woman is not legally married," the Bench said. The apex court pointed out that the term
'palimony" emanated from the word "Pals" under which such relationship was a sort of contract even if it
was an "oral agreement." The Bench then proceeded to appoint the amicus curiae to assist the court on
determining the issue in the light of the ruling of the Californian court. (IE, 5/10/2010)

SC for permanent commissions for women in more non-combat roles
NEW DELHI: Serving women army officers on Monday got a shot in the arm with Supreme Court asking
the government to explore the possibility of giving them permanent commission in other non-combat
branches in addition to the legal and educational wings. "Let us know why this cannot be extended to all
branches except combat unit," a bench comprising Justices J M Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra said
and posted the matter for further hearing on November 22. The court asked the government to look into
such possibility after counsel appearing for women officers submitted that there are non-combat branches
other than Judge Advocate General (JAG) and education in the army in which male officers are given
permanent commission. Advocate Meenakshi Lekhi, appearing for the women officers, submitted that
they could be absorbed in logistics like Army Service Corp, Army Ordnance Corp, Military Engineering
Services, Military Intelligence and Signals which are support arms and non-combat branches. She
submitted that women as such are not considered for infantry and artillery which are combat branches.
The court was hearing an application by government which had sought time till December 1 to complete
the formalities of giving permanent commission to the serving women officers in the JAG and educational
branches of army for which it had given an undertaking on August 2 this year. Government had given an
undertaking that the entire exercise will be completed within two months but the plea seeking extention of
time was dubbed by the women officers as a delaying tactic. Lekhi and another advocate Rekha Palli
accused the government of delaying the entire matter. Palli submitted that at least government should
consider extending the services of those women officers who are retiring this year. Serving women
officers had won first round of legal battle after seven years. They are also demanding permanent
commission in combat, infantry and other wings of the army. (TOI, 5/10/2010)

NCW concerned over reduction of sentence
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has expressed concern at the Supreme Court commuting
the death sentence of the accused in the 1996 rape and murder of a Delhi University student to life
imprisonment. “I am pained, sad and worried,” Commission chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters here
soon after the verdict was pronounced. Santosh Kumar Singh, son of a senior IPS officer and a law
student of Delhi University, had raped and murdered another law student in January 1996. Ms. Vyas said
the verdict was delivered after 14 years of struggle; as a woman she was “pained, hurt and felt sorry” over
the verdict. Ms. Vyas said the Commission would stand by the victim's family and friends and speak to
them. (The Hindu, 7/10/2010)

Govt to raise age limit to 18 yrs in marital rape law
NEW DELHI: Government has fixed 18 years as the maximum age till which forceful sexual intercourse
with the wife can be deemed as rape but the NCW which had proposed inclusion of marital rape as a
punishable offence in the IPC today said it would have preferred doing away with age limit. The proposal
for amendment to the rape laws in the IPC to include marital rape was sent to the government on August
18 this year, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters here. Under the present law, sexual intercourse
by a man with his wife, who should not be under 15 years of age, is not rape. The Commission has
emphasised that this 'exception' to Section 375 of IPC should be deleted thereby bringing marital rape
under the ambit of the crime of rape, she said. A high-powered committee chaired by the Secretary Home
said that the relevant section in the IPC would be modified to raise the age to 18 years. The NCW, Vyas,
said would have preferred if no age limit was mentioned. "However, as a first step it is heartening that the
age limit has been increased from 15-18," she said. The Commission also suggested a rehabilitation
scheme for acid attack victims and accordingly has formulated a scheme for relief and rehabilitation of
offences by acids on the lines of those relating to rape victims. (TOI, 7/10/2010)

SEWA transforming women's lives in India: Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON: Terming NGO 'SEWA' as one of the most effective women's organisations in the world,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it has transformed the lives of many poor women in India. "Last
year in Mumbai, I visited a shop owned and operated by women selling crafts and textiles, most of whom
come from the very lowest socio-economic stratum, all of whom are organised through one of the most
effective women's organisations in the world, Self-Employed Women's Association known as SEWA,"
Clinton said. "I've worked with SEWA for many years. I have literally seen the transformation in lives that
banding together has catalysed in individual women's lives," Clinton said in her remarks at the 12th
Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington. "I also, last summer, went back to Cape
Town, and for the third time, I visited a group of women who, on their own, transformed their position as
squatters into homeowners and then community leaders. I'd already been to one of the housing
developments that these women through their own sweat equity had created, and this time I went to the
second housing development that they are starting," she said. "The women that I have come to know
don't have much education, but they are among the most powerful and effective women I have ever met.
And they have created now two thriving communities where before there was apathy if not despair,"
Clinton said. "I've been all over the world talking to women who have overcome odds that even I find
daunting, thinking about coming from oppression and repression, coming to stand against family
members who want to keep you down, government officials, and other threats," she said. "When I was in
the Democratic Republic of Congo last summer, I met some of the most extraordinary women I've ever
seen anywhere in the world, women who themselves had been brutally attacked and assaulted, left for
dead, but who refused to die, and who are now part of a healing community," she said. "I also have talked
with a number of women who are making their own entrepreneurial mark on the world, from Jerusalem to
Islamabad, meeting women who are taking the tool of microenterprise and turning it into better lives for
themselves and creating supportive communities," Clinton said. (TOI, 7/10/2010)

Older daughter too complained against dad
NAGPUR: Ajay Agrawal, a pani puri vendor, has gone absconding after his daughter Meenal (name
changed) accused him of raping her in the past four months. A crying Meenal was unable to narrate her
plight to the cops when they questioned her at the Government Medical College and Hospital. She finally
gave her statement to a lady constable. She said that her father had been raping her repeatedly.
Meenal's mother claimed that even her older daughter had complained that Agrawal often tried to touch
the girls inappropriately. "He used to find reasons to hug them telling them he loved them more than me,"
the mother said. She added Agrawal fled from home when she took Meenal for medical check-up. Family
members said Meenal's parents got separated ten years ago. "Since Agrawal could not bear their
expenses, he sent Meenal and her elder sister to an orphanage from where they did their schooling," said
a family member. He added that in March this year, the sisters shifted back to their father's home while
their mother continued living with another man with whom she has a relationship. PSI PP Masad said
when cops visited Agrawal's house in Sitabuldi, he had fled. "We suspect he might have gone to his
relatives (TOI, 7/10/2010)

Neighbour held for Kanpur schoolgirl’s death
The Kanpur police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the case of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl
last week, leading to her death, with the arrest of her 39-year-old neighbour Munna Lal Lodhi. The victim's
mother, Sonu Singh Bhadoria, however, said the police were trying to absolve the authorities of the
school in which her daughter studied by arresting an innocent man. Contrary to earlier reports that the girl
was raped on the premises of her school, the police now claim that Lodhi had raped the minor a week
before and this eventually led to her death. The postmortem had earlier attributed the death to damage to
intestines, blood loss and shock as a result of forced unnatural sex. The 12-year-old had been sent back
home from her school, Bharti Gyan Sthali, after she "fell ill" on September 27, and left on a cot outside her
house bleeding. Her mother was away at work at the time, and rushed home on being informed by the
neighbours. She found her daughter unconscious and her blood-stained uniform stuffed in her bag. She
was rushed to school but died on the way. According to Circle Officer of Kalyanpur Laxmi Niwas Mishra,
Munna had been entrusted by the girl's mother to look after her daughters while she was away at work
and had confessed to assaulting the 12-year-old on September 20. Soon after, Munna, who is married
and is the father of three small children, left for his native village in Unnao. Mishra said that following
assault, the girl started bleeding. Munna allegedly bought her some medicine, costing Rs 17, to stop the
bleeding. According to Mishra, in absence of proper treatment, her injuries got aggravated. Speaking to
mediapersons, Munna confessed to “raping” the girl on September 20 but denied sodomy. He claimed he
left for his village as it was flooded and his family had sought help. He returned to Kanpur on Wednesday.
(IE, 7/10/2010)

Woman set ablaze for insufficient dowry
KANPUR: A 20-year-old newly married woman was allegedly set on fire by her in-laws for not bringing
enough dowry. The incident took place under the limits of Chaubeypur police station on Wednesday
night. Ayesha Bano, wife of Maqbool, a resident of Jarari in Chaubeypur, who suffered 90 per cent burn
injuries, died at a hospital. Ayesha was attacked by her father-in-law Badrul Hasan, brother-in-law and
mother-in-law over a petty issue. In a fit of rage, the accused poured kerosene on the woman and set her
ablaze. "They used to quarrel with my daughter almost daily over dowry. On Wednesday, when Ayesha
told them not to use foul language against her parents, they started thrashing her. The in-laws poured
kerosene oil and set her on fire," said a kin. Ayesha got married to Maqbool on April 1, 2010. The
accused are yet to be arrested. Investigating officer said: "We are looking into the charges. Investigations
are on and a police team has fanned out to trace the accused." "The accused would be booked under
various sections of the IPC, including 302. We have interrogated the neighbours and relatives of the
accused and they have confirmed what had happened," a police official said. (TOI, 8/10/2010)

Tribal girls in ‘huge demand’ among foreign visitors
New Delhi, October 10: In the dark world of child prostitution, there are no windows for light. That explains
the helplessness of law enforcers in nabbing the operators of fraudulent placements agencies, who have
found in the Commonwealth Games an excuse to source minor girls for running sex rackets in the
National Capital Region. They are operating in liaison with massage parlours, escort clubs, and in some
cases even brothels. In abundance in Shakarpur area of Punjabi Bagh and Mahipalpur close to the
airport, many such agencies are working in the name of getting domestic labourers for clients. The Delhi
police and the Home Ministry, however, admit there is ground to believe they are sourcing minor girls and
supplying them for commercial sex work technically retaining them as "domestic workers" during the
Games. "Increased trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation ahead of
Commonwealth Games is of deep concern. Minor girls, brought to the Capital from certain eastern states,
were recently rescued from New Delhi railway station. They were brought on the pretext of being given
jobs," Joint Secretary of Home Affairs Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi wrote to the states earlier this month. A set up
last week by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), a reputed anti-trafficking agency in Delhi, revealed the
modus operandi of these agencies, who admitted in a taped conversation to have been preparing for six
months for CWG. In the process, they hired residential space in elite but crowded Delhi localities where
customers would feel safe and not at risk of police raids. "When you supply a girl at a posh flat, you
escape anti-trafficking laws as there's no proof that the man in the flat is a customer or the girl a sex
worker. When we tracked the placement agencies through some agents, we were told we can't choose a
location of the meeting and the agency would decide on that. They said they would provide us a pick and
drop and would intimate where to come for a pick up," Rakesh Sangar, national secretary of BBA, said.
Decoy customers of BBA got in touch with placement agency men, who admitted on the phone that the
rates of girls had shot up ahead of the CWG, that the younger the girl the more expensive she is, that
"every girl is well-groomed, well-trained in everything". The agents, however, have code words for trade
and asked the decoy customers what they were looking for. "Do you want Black Diamonds, Kaali
Gudiya?" the man on the phone asked when Sangar himself once posed as a customer. "Black Diamond
is a reference for tribal girls who are hard to get. Fairer ones are easily available," the agent who called
himself Milan said. He admitted that tribal girls from Mandala, (MP); Dumka, Gumla, Simdega
(Jharkhand); Orissa and West Bengal were in huge demand among the visiting foreigners. That explains
the traffic the inflows of minors from eastern states. As for operation, the agent said they had flats where
they would set up a meeting with the client. The girls on offer otherwise live as domestic workers with
"families chosen" for the purpose; they come in on demand within hours and go back to the houses,
escaping suspicion. BBA is sharing its evidence with Delhi police. Two months ago, six tribal girls from 24
Parganas, Bengal brought to Delhi for work during CWG, went missing. They had come through a
placement agency in Madanpur Khadri near Sarita Vihar. Crime trails showed there was no such agency
on ground. Unregistered operators shift base overnight. "We are getting calls these days about minors
being forced into commercial sex after being brought for domestic work by placement agencies. These
agencies are informal and hard to track," admits Komal Ganotra of Childline Delhi who recently rescued
two minor girls from Yamunanagar. They hailed from Cooch Behar, were brought to Delhi through a
Tuglaqabad-based placement agency, used here, then moved to Yamunanagar. These agencies are also
operating for CWG through massage parlours and escort clubs, whose advertisements have loaded the
local newspapers. On September 9, the Delhi police booked one RK Dubey, 23, a Kotla Mubarakpur
resident, for running a sex racket under Joya Escorts and Monica Massage Services. One Syed Gabbar
of Jhajjar (Haryana) was arrested for assisting him. (Tribuen, 10/10/2010)

34-yr-old set to become first WR motorwoman
MUMBAI: Western Railway (WR) is gearing up to welcome its first motorwoman. As you read this on
Tuesday morning, one very excited woman will be preparing for her first solos train ride on the Western
Line. But this is no ordinary ride Priti Kumari, 34, will grab headlines for being the first motorman on
Western Railway (WR). She will pilot the 2:29 slow local (train number 593) between Churchgate and
Borivli. She will be guided by a chief loco inspector. "I am very happy," said Kumari on Monday. After
undergoing on-field training for six months, Kumari will be one of three to join WR on Tuesday. "I will start
the day by going to the temple," she told TOI. Sixty-nine candidates started training for the post in August
2009 and the trio will be the first batch to be inducted. "The rest of the to-be-motormen will all be inducted
in the last 45 days whenever they clear the required practical and competency tests," said a WR official.
What makes Kumari's feat even more noteworthy is the fact that she would also be the first woman in
Indian Railways to gain direct entry to the post. On CR, motorwomen like Surekha Yadav who incidentally
was the first motorwoman in Asia, worked her way up from the post of assistant driver. Kumari has a
diploma in electronics and a BA (honours) in history. A native of Banka District in Bihar, she joined WR's
Electrical Training College, Mahalaxmi in August last year. Kumari stays with her husband, who is
employed with the Indian Air Force, at Dahisar. (TOI, 12/10/2010)
Newly married woman raped and murdered
BANGALORE: A 24-year-old software engineer was found raped and murdered in an apartment in BTM
Layout II Stage on Monday evening. Mico Layout police said her throat was slit with a knife. The
deceased has been identified as Malarvelli from Tirunelveli. Police suspect the incident occurred around
4.30pm and 5 pm. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment which possibly indicate that the
victim knew the assailant. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar said Malarvelli was married to
Balasubramanyam, a software engineer with Capgemini company, in August. She was working with TVS
company as a software engineer before the wedding, after which she quit her job. They moved into the
apartment only in September. The incident came to light when Malarvelli's cousin tried calling her and
learnt that her cellphone was switched off. Worried, her cousin rushed to her house and found her
murdered. Police said they have found certain clues that point a finger at an old acquaintance of
Malarvelli. They said the assailant will be nabbed soon. DGP (south-east) BNS Reddy said a grilled door
guarded the main door, hence a forced entry would have been impossible. They also found that Malarvelli
had not only let in the assailant, but had also offered juice to the person. The assailant had also brought
her a gift, which strengthens teh police suspicion that the assailant was well acquainted with the victim.
(TOI, 12/10/2010)

Women catch rapist red-handed
AHMEDABAD: A group of women in Narol caught a rapist red-handed when he was with a seven-year-
old girl. The Danilimda police said the accused has been raping the girl for the past six months. According
to case details, the girl, a resident of Nazimnagar in Narol, approached Shakeela Bano Shaikh, 38, a
resident of the same locality, on Saturday afternoon when she was sitting and chatting with other women.
The girl confided in Shakeela and told her about her harrowing experience. She said that two men of the
same locality, Abdul Kader Shaikh, also known as Abdul Bihari, 40, and a paddle-rickshaw puller, used to
her to various places and rape her repeatedly. "The women were shocked when they heard her story.
They immediately decided to catch the rapists and sought the help of other men in the society," said a
Danilimda police official. "When Shaikh came to fetch the girl on Sunday, the women followed him. He
took the girl to an abandoned house, where the women barged in and beat him up before handing him
over to the police," the official said. MM Vasava, inspector of Danilimda police station and investigator of
the case, told TOI, "Shaikh had come to Ahmedabad three years back and lived close to the victim's
house. He is married and has children back home in Bihar." "He started torturing the girl six months back
by luring her with gifts. The girl and her three siblings stay with their grandmother. Her mother left her
father, an autorickshaw driver, some time back," he added. (TOI, 12/10/2010)

Gender bias in security forces should be removed: HM
Pitching for equal opportunities for women, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the
gender bias existing in security forces should be removed. The Minister said one of the reason for setting
up Mahilla Battalions was to remove gender bias against women that they cannot perform certain duties.
"Properly trained, properly equipped and given the right opportunities, women can do just as well as men
in every walk of life," Chidambaram said addressing the first Nagaland Women Battalion, who were
deployed in the national capital for the security of the just-concluded Commonwealth Games. The about
1,000 women personnel of the Nagaland Armed Police (Indian Reserve), were deployed in various
markets here besides at Delhi Metro stations during the Games duration. (IE, 16/10/2010)

Woman faints during Puja, raped by doc in ICU
NAVI MUMBAI: A visit to a Durga Puja pandal led to a nightmarish rape ordeal for a 30-year-old married
woman in Vashi. The Bengali devotee, who had gone to the pandal on the premises of ICL School in
Sector 15 on Saturday night, fainted when the festivities were going on and was admitted to Lotus
Hospital in the vicinity where she was raped by the doctor on duty. The Vashi police have arrested the 26-
year-old resident medical officer (RMO), Dr Vishal Vanne, who reportedly raped the semi-conscious
woman inside the intensive care unit of the hospital. The investigating officer, inspector Rajkumar
Chaphekar, told TOI, "The accused doctor, Vanne, who specialises in ayurveda and stays in Ghansoli,
took advantage of the woman's helpless situation which was caused by low BP, and raped her on her ICU
bed between 2 am and 5 am." Chaphekar added that the female patient could comprehend that she was
being violated, but due to her semi-conscious state could not cry out for help. A patient lying on the
adjoining bed was fast asleep when the crime took place, while the woman's husband was sleeping in
another part of the hospital. "From initial questioning, we have come to know that the accused was
employed at Lotus Hospital since last December. He has admitted to the crime, and we have also
collected forensic data from the victim's clothes and bed as evidence," said Chaphekar. Vanne will be
produced before the local court on Monday, added the IO. The zonal deputy commissioner of police,
Ashok Dudhe, said that the police acted immediately on the complaint early on Sunday morning, after the
devastated woman managed to tell her husband about it. "Under the guidance of DCP Dudhe and ACP
Purshottam Karad, we immediately started our investigations and quickly nabbed the accused, thus
preventing a law and order situation in the locality," said Chaphekar. Other senior medical employees of
Lotus Hospital are also being questioned to know why the security was so lapse in a critical unit like the
ICU. The hospital has been in existence for the last two years. When TOI called up the hospital to speak
to its representative, this correspondent was told that none were available for comment, as they all had
been summoned by the Vashi police. (IE, 18/10/2010)

Principal held for bid to rape daughter-in-law
A 58-year-old man employed as the principal of a Government school in Rohini has been arrested for
allegedly attempting to rape his daughter-in-law on Sunday night. The incident came to light at around 11
pm from Karala village in Kanjhawala where Kanjhawala MCD school teacher lives with his wife and
daughter-in-law. On Sunday night when the 26-year-old victim, who worked as a teacher with a private
institute was coming out of the bathroom located near her room in the first floor of the building at
Kanjhawala she was allegedly attempted to rape by her father-in-law identified as Ranveer Kumar (58) a
principal of Kanjhawala MCD school. The police said that the victim in her complaint had alleged that her
father-in-law Ranvir Kumar forcibly caught hold of her and tried to rape her. “The victim has alleged that
Ranvir came to her and caught her from behind. Since she had stepped out of the bathroom and were
covered in minimum clothes he forced her to get physical with her. She has alleged that she fought back
and then ran into the bathroom. She stayed in the bathroom for some time before she got out and called
the Police Control room,” said a police official. Acting on the information, a police team reached the spot
after receiving a call and the accused was arrested from his residence. Investigating officials said that the
woman was taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital for medical examination. During the investigations, the
police found out that the victim was married to the Sanjit Singh, son of the accused. Sanjit is reportedly
living separately from his family. “The victim stayed in the first floor of the house while her in-laws stayed
in the ground floor. Her husband Sanjit was staying separately with another woman in the nearby area. A
case has been registered and we are investigating the case,” said a senior police official. (Pioneer,
19/10/2010)

Changing face of MP’s rural woman
In keeping with the changing times, women, who were earlier confined within the four walls of their
household looking after domestic chores, are stepping out into the world to use their talents and skills and
make significant contributions to the family income. Bubbling with confidence and enthusiasm, these
women are out to redefine social norms by proving their mettle. Scores of rural and semi-urban women in
MP too have adopted occupations like sewing and knitting to augment the household income and assert
themselves. Pimpapal (30) of Shadhol district.stepped out of her home to attend a sewing, knitting and
embroidery training programme organised by the Women and Child Development Department. After the
completion of the training, she started a sewing and knitting shop at Pandav Nagar, where she also trains
other women. Today, Pimpapal’s shop caters to an ever-growing clientele by providing with readymade
clothing that is created keeping in mind the latest trends and designs. Having earned a reputation for
quality clothing that stands out for its perfect balance between traditional styling and latest trends, her
shop also undertakes stitching orders.Her clients include girls from local schools, colleges and hostels.
Mother of a girl, Pimpapal says her venture has helped her become financial independent, which would
not have been possible without the help extended by the State. Mehrunnisa (29) of Gharola locality, says
she no longer needs to approach her husband for her needs, as her self-reliance is helping her shoulder
the financial burden of the family. Mehrunnisa, whose husband earns a meager income by hiring out
three rickshaws he owns, says she attended a sewing training programme, conducted by the department,
to make a much-needed contribution to the family income. The training added wings and she bought two
sewing machines and started taking stitching orders from her house. Despite the humble beginnings,
Mehrunnsa’s soon earned a reputation for quality stitching, and young girls even from far-away localities
started to frequent her shop. The modest venture led to a significant rise in the income and also the
status of young Mehrunnisa’s family. Describing the training as a turning point in her life, Mehrunnisa
says, “The economic condition is far better than earlier. I have purchased some machines and stitching
equipment from my income.” (Pioneer, 19/10/2010)

Adopt sensitive approach to crime against women cases: Justice Sabina
At a time when the Ruchika molestation case has shocked the conscience of the entire nation, the Punjab
and Haryana High Court, in its recently passed order, directed the lower courts to adopt a ‘sensitive’
approach towards case relating to crime-against women, especially rape cases. Notably, the incidents of
crime against women are increasing, especially rape cases. As per figures by the National Crime Records
Bureau, over 36,000 murders, 20,000 rapes, 7,500 dowry deaths and 37,500 molestation cases have
been reported in India in 2009 against women. The directions came from Justice Sabina on the petition
filed by rape case convict Gurbir Singh against the State of Punjab. “Of late, crime against woman in
general and rape in particular is on the rise. It is a sad reflection on the attitude of indifference of the
society towards the violation of human dignity of the victims of sex crimes,” observed Justice Sabina.
Going into the background of the matter, Gurbir Singh was convicted for an offence under Sections 363,
366 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) vide judgment dated January 14, 2008, passed by the
Sessions Judge, Rupnagar and directed to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years, along with fine.
The FIR (first information report) was registered on the statement of the prosecutrix’s father on April 11,
2006. The prosecution contended that the father was told that their daughter was seen along with the
accused and had allegedly “enticed away their daughter without their consent with an intention to marry
her”. While dismissing the appeal of the convict, Justice Sabina stated, “In the present case, the
prosecution had been successful in proving its case. The statement of the prosecutrix inspires
confidence. The prosecutrix was a minor and had been subjected to rape after she had been kidnapped
by the appellant. The trial Court has, thus, rightly convicted and sentenced the appellant under Sections
363, 366 and 376 IPC. No ground for interference is made out.” Further, noticing the rise in such cases,
Justice Sabina asserted, “A rapist not only violates the victim’s privacy and personal integrity, but
inevitably causes a serious psychological as well as physical harm in the process. Rape is not merely a
physical assault; it is often destructive of the whole personality of the victim.” “A rapist degrades the very
soul of the helpless woman. The Courts are, therefore, required to deal with cases of rape with utmost
sensitivity. If the evidence of the prosecutrix inspires confidence, it must be relied upon without seeking
corroboration of her statement in material particulars,” added the Bench. (Pioneer, 20/10/2010)

Conditional maternity benefit scheme launched
To improve maternal and child health, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday
approved the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) — a monetary scheme for pregnant women
and lactating mothers — on a pilot basis in 52 districts in this Five-Year Plan. Each pregnant and lactating
woman will receive Rs. 4,000 in three instalments between the second trimester of pregnancy until the
child is six months old. Each beneficiary has to open an individual account (if she does not have one
already) in the nearest bank or the post office for cash transfer, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram
told journalists after the Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The
scheme, to be implemented through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme
infrastructure and personnel, will cost Rs. 1,000 crore. Some personnel will be hired on a contractual
basis. The scheme will be fully funded by the Centre and Rs. 390 crore and Rs. 610 crore have been
allocated for 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively. Under the scheme, cash transfers will be made to all
pregnant and lactating women as incentives based on fulfilment of specific conditions relating to mother
and child health and nutrition. However, government employees and Central and State Public Sector
employees have been excluded from the scheme as they are entitled to paid maternity leave. It is
expected that in the initial years, about 13.8 lakh pregnant and lactating women in 52 districts could avail
themselves of the benefit. The beneficiaries will be pregnant women of 19 years and above and for the
first two live births (benefits for still births will be as per the norms of the scheme). Since the IGMSY will
be implemented by the States through the existing ICDS system and supported by additional contractual
staff, anganwadi workers and helpers will receive an incentive of Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 respectively a
pregnant and lactating woman after all the due cash transfers are made. There will be steering and
monitoring committees at all levels to oversee the scheme. A special cell to monitor the scheme will be
set up within the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The scheme will promote appropriate
practices, care and service utilisation during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation. This will also
encourage women to follow the practice of breastfeeding. (The Hindu, 21/10/2010)

Allot 5 homes for pregnant women, HC tells Govt
The Delhi High Court has suggested that the NCT Government demarcate five secure shelter homes
exclusively for destitute pregnant women in the Capital. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra
and Justice Manmohan made the suggestion after receiving inputs from amicus curiae Colin Gonsalves,
senior advocate Jayant Bhushan and standing counsel for GNCT Najmi Waziri. The court made the
suggestions to ensure that no pregnant woman is compelled to deliver a child on a footpath. The court
also said that food and medical care should be made available at the shelter. There should also be a
helpline monitored by professionally-trained people. Awareness of the existence of such shelter homes
should be disseminated by radio and television as well as awareness camps to be held every fortnight.
The Delhi Government should also provide a mobile medical unit so that people can be transported to the
shelter home or the hospital as the case may be. The Government may also involve NGOs in the
endeavour. The suggestions shall be forwarded to the competent authority of the State Government
which will then file an affidavit in court within four weeks. (Pioneer, 21/10/2010)

Minor raped, burnt to death
A 16-year-old girl was burnt to death by five persons after having sexually assaulted in Damoh district
town. Police claimed to have arrested four persons while the fifth accused who is relative of a police
inspector is still absconding. Police sources said, the main accused in the case is Saurav, who is studying
in an engineering college of Bhopal and is a neighbour of the girl, who was allegedly raped before being
set on fire. The incident took place on Monday and the victim succumbed while undergoing treatment in
district hospital on Wednesday. Surprisingly, only a case under section 354 of the IPC (Eve-teasing) was
registered by police, that to after several requests. Father of the victim along with his daughter had
approached the local police, but the cops declined to register an FIR. On Tuesday afternoon, the victim,
who was all alone in the house, was allegedly attacked and dragged to the backyard by Saurav, where
his father and two uncles allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her afire. She was rushed to the
hospital with 90 per cent burn injuries. She named all five persons in her statement before dying. The
names mentioned by the victim are — Saurav, his uncles Tikaram, Sitaram and Parshuram, and Nannu.
Victim’s father told mediapersons that he had reached police station to lodge a complaint at around 8 pm
and was there for quite some time. Now, after the death of the girl, the incident came to fore, police were
forced to register a case under sections of rape and murder. The father and the two uncles of the
accused have been arrested, but the main accused is absconding. Police have launched a massive hunt
for the accused. DIG (Sagar Range) RK Gupta told The Pioneer that there was no laxity in registering
case. As soon as the victim approached police complaining she was teased, police registered a case
under section 354 of the IPC. Later, when she complained that she was sexually harassed, a case of
rape was registered. Later, when an FIR under section 307 of the IPC (murderous assault) was
registered, which has been changed to case of murder now, he added. (Pioneer, 21/10/2010)

Bihar woman who strayed after illness returns home, to losses
When the Cochin-Patna Express chugs into the Patna railway station Thursday, Rekha Kumari would be
alighting to a tragic vacuum that had built up in her life over the past eight years since she left her native
village Angarghat in Bihar’s Samastipur district. Rekha, now 40, had run away from her in-law’s house
while undergoing treatment for a mental disorder in October 2002. After several months of wandering,
she landed in Kochi, where the police handed her over to a government-run relief centre. When
authorities in Kochi finally traced and managed to get in touch with her relatives in Samastipur last week,
they came to know that Rekha had lost her only son and her husband had remarried. Shanker Paswan
remarried three years ago and the son, eight months old when Rekha left home, died later. “When she
reached Palluruthi Relief Settlement (PRS) in Kochi she was unable to speak. The completely strange
circumstances, people and places made her a full-blown mental patient,” said PRS superintendent P J
George. Two years ago, she briefly regained normalcy, which helped the PRS find out she hailed from
Bihar. “In the near-normalcy days, she used to gesture that she was a mother of a small boy. She looked
longing for the lost boy,” said George. The PRS, with the help of Kerala Legal Services Authority, made
another attempt to find her relatives. The KLSA took up the matter with its Bihar counterpart, which
tracked where Rekha came from. Last week, her brother and brother-in-law reached Kochi to take her
back home. Till the time Rekha, who has almost recovered now, boarded a train to Bihar Tuesday
evening she had not been told about what had happened to her son and husband. “If told at this stage,
that news would throw her mind into another bout of turmoil,” said George. (IE, 21/10/2010)

SC relied on Dirty Dozen star live-in case
The Supreme Court, which found the provisions of the new Domestic Violence Act grossly “inadequate” to
deal with the problems of women in “live-in” relationships, relied heavily on the case of famous Hollywood
actor Lee Marvin which had laid the foundation for grant of maintenance to women in such liaisons all
over the world. The top court found that the expression “domestic relationship in the nature of marriage”
referred to in the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act of 2005 was “vague” as the legislation
“unfortunately” has not defined it with proper elaboration; nor did it find any Indian court decision of any
help. “Therefore, we think it necessary to interpret it because a large number of cases will be coming up
before the courts in our country on this point,” said Justice Markandey Katju, who authored the verdict. In
the process he picked up the California superior court’s 1976 decision in the Lee Marvin case, considered
the benchmark for defining “live-in” relationships and granting “palimony” to a woman in the US. Michelle
Triola (who legally changed her name to Marvin), who lived with Lee Marvin for several years without
marrying him, had sued him after he deserted her. The California court, in its historic decision in the
Marvin v. Marvin case, allowed her plea and thus laid the foundation for upholding the legal right of
women in “live-in” relationships. The judiciary in the US strengthened their rights further in several
subsequent verdicts as countries like India did not have laws to deal with the issue, especially when the
women were lured into such relationships for “sexual gratification” by men. In the Marvin case the court
laid that “if a man and woman have lived together for a substantially long period without getting married,
there would be a deemed and implied or constructive contract (between them) that palimony will be given
on their separation.” But a significant change in the judiciary-laid laws on the issue was brought in the
Devaney case by the New Jersey supreme court as recently as 2008. It laid down that even
“cohabitation” by “live-in” partners was not necessary to claim “palimony” as it was “rather the promise to
support, expressed or implied (by the man) in a marital-type of relationship, that are indispensable
elements to support a valid claim for palimony.” The Supreme Court also relied on the judicial
pronouncements of several European countries, which recognised such a relationship under “common
law marriages” even though there was no formal marriage between the partners. Though the apex court
also referred to three Indian cases — Tamil actress Khushboo’s case on her live-in relationship
comments (2010), Savitaben Somabhat Bhatia of Gujarat (2005) and Vimla v. Veeraswamy case (1991)
— but found them of little help. (AA, 24/10/2010)

Maharashtra has highest number of women murderers
MUMBAI: Backed into a corner by an apathetic society tipped heavily in favour of men, an increasing
number of women in Maharashtra are resorting to the heinous recourse of murder. Last year alone, more
than 650 women were arrested across the state for killing their husbands or lovers, children or others.
This figures is the highest in the country, and nearly 48% more than second-placed Andhra Pradesh. In
almost all cases, police officials say, the women were first-time offenders. They committed the crime
either out of betrayal or exploitation, or in the throes of poverty and homelessness. ''A woman commits
homicide either due to isolation and deprivation due to her husband's extramarital affair, or her own
involvement with another man,'' said joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy. ''It is also
noticed that almost 99% of them are first-time criminals.'' 'Crime in India' reports compiled by the National
Crime Records Bureau show that the number of women arrested for various criminal activities in India in
2003 was 1,51,675; by 2007, it rose to 1,54,635. ''The nature of crimes committed by them too is
witnessing a sea change. From softer crimes like drug trafficking and prostitution to heinous acts like
murder: 3,543 women were arrested for murder in 2005 and 3,812 in 2007. That is an increase from 5.4%
to 6%,'' an NCRB report says. In Maharashtra, the figure has grown from 576 in 2005 to 652 in 2009 (the
numbers crested in 2007, when a record 711 women were arrested for homicide). In Andhra Pradesh,
though, the numbers have fallen from 458 in 2005 to 442 in 2009. Incongruously, the country's crime
capital, Delhi, has always stayed close to the bottom of the ignominious list. In 2005, 40 women were
arrested for murder, while last year, the figure was just 53. Closer home, in Mumbai, 2008 was the worst
year, with 38 women being put under arrest for murder; last year, it was 33. Salma Shaikh (name
changed) was one of them. A 23-year-old resident of Bharat Nagar in Bandra (E), Shaikh was attacked
with a knife and raped by a cousin of her husband in the wee hours of August 14 last year. Minutes later,
Shaikh stabbed him to death with the same knife. The incident occurred around 3 am. While Shaikh's
husband was in a drunken slumber, Mohammed Ansari (29) forcibly entered their house and dragged her
out at knifepoint. In her statement to the police, Shaikh said that Ansari slashed her neck and punched
and pushed her into a shanty. When she refused to undress, he knifed her in the abdomen and raped
her. After the act, Ansari threatened to kill her. ''A traumatized Shaikh picked up the knife lying on the
floor, grabbed him by his hair and slit his throat, killing him instantly,'' said the police. The case is pending
in court. Jalinder Khandagale, ACP (Trombay division), said that women committing murder is nothing
new. ''In 1983, when I was posted as a sub-inspector at Kapurbawdi police station in Thane, a case of
murder was solved in which a woman was accused of killing her husband because she suspected him of
having an affair,'' Khandagale said. (TOI, 25/10/2010)



Fresh allegations of sexual assault by security forces surface in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada
district
The Hindu Kunjami Mangli's torn blouse and a lock of her hair that she says was cut off when she was
sexually assaulted by the Chhattisgarh police's Koya commandos. Photo: Aman Sethi A young woman
carries a torn blouse and an undergarment and a lock of her hair in a clear plastic bag that rarely leaves
her side. Kunjami Mangli (name changed) of the Bade Bidme panchayat in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada
district preserves these items as evidence of the events of the night of October 12. “Four uniformed
policemen burst into my house at 2 a.m.,” said Mangli, speaking through a translator. “They ripped off my
blouse and brassiere and sexually assaulted me.” “I was sleeping on the floor, one policeman put his foot
on my head, pulled my hair and cut off a lock with a knife,” said Mangli. “The three others pulled up my
petticoat and tried to rape me.” Mangli said her ordeal lasted about 15 minutes, even as her mother
pleaded with the men to spare her daughter. Mangli and her mother said the assault was perpetrated by
the Koya Commando wing of the Chhattisgarh police. The Koyas are a commando unit raised from
Adivasi special police officers, a tribal police corps recruited in the aftermath of the 2005 Salwa Judum,
and is at the forefront of the Chhattisgarh police's battle against the CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation
committed to the overthrow of the Indian state. Villagers say the October 12 raid began with an eight-hour
blackout in which the adjoining panchayats of Bade Bidme and Phulpar were plunged into darkness. The
police raid continued through the night during which, villagers say, policemen assaulted Kunjami Mangali
and arrested Kunjami Bhima from Bade Bidme's Kunjamipara village and picked another five men from
Phulpar panchayat's Domarpara and Koyalipara villages. In the last month, 12 residents of Bade Bidme
have been arrested on the suspicion of aiding Maoists. Villagers also accused the Koya commandos of
breaking into houses and stealing utensils and jewellery. Kunjami Hidme, 26, of Kunjamipara said the
search party had stolen Rs. 3,000, a pair of golden earrings, a necklace and silver anklets from her home.
The raid ended at 4 a.m. Electricity returned a few hours later. The sexual assault on Kunjami Mangali is
one of an increasing number of cases in which Adivasi women have allegedly been targeted by the
security forces; both State and Central paramilitary forces stand accused of assaulting and raping young
women during search operations. In a June 8 report in The Hindu, three teenaged girls from Mukram
village in Dantewada district stated that they were brutally assaulted by SPOs attached to the 62nd
battalion of the CRPF. The National Human Rights Commission directed the Chhattisgarh police to
conduct an inquiry and submit a report on October 1. A spokesperson for the NHRC said the police were
yet to file a reply, and that the deadline for the inquiry had been extended to November 9. On September
11, The Hindu published the testimony of two girls from Pachangi village in Kanker district, in which they
accused personnel of the Border Security Force of sexual assault. BSF Director-General Raman
Srivastav ordered a prompt internal inquiry. When contacted on Sunday, BSF DIG Ram Avtaar said
witness statements had been collected and the inquiry report would be submitted “soon.” The
Chhattisgarh police have consistently maintained that all such accusations are taken very seriously and
inquiries are under way. (The Hindu, 25/10/2010)

MLA’s victim seeks permission for `Death Wish' from court
In an interesting turn of events in alleged sexual exploitation by Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Anoop
Sanda, the victim Samreen Khan filed a writ in High Court seeking permission for `Death Wish', claiming
that she wanted to end her life. Her writ was reportedly dismissed on Tuesday. Reports said that
Samreen who was admitted in Truama Centre at Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University after she
claimed to have consumed poison to end her life two days back made a surprise move. With the help of
an advocate she filed a writ in the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court seeking `Death Wish'.
Samreen reportedly claimed that when she could not get justice than she would better prefer to end her
own life so the Court must give her permission in this regard. However, her appeal was finally turned
down. It may be mentioned here that Samreen Khan is engaged in one or the other act making all out
efforts to settle score with SP MLA, Anoop Sanda claiming that the latter's affair had already ruined her
career and even her family life. Samreen first created ruckus after she barged inside the house of SP
MLA from Sadar constituency of Sultanpur, and later registered a case of rape, cheating and sexual
exploitation against him. She also held the leader responsible for her breakaway from her husband
claiming that the accused had made her obscene MMS. Few days back, Samreen even not left Anoop's
wife when in Saharaganj Shopping Mall, she (Samreen) forcibly occupied four wheeler of Sanda's wife
and raised alarm claiming that efforts were made to kidnap her. The cops of Hazratganj police who
rushed to the spot denied claims of Samreen and they even registered a case against her for abusing and
making scuffle with Sanda's wife. She was also arrested and send to jail. After being released from jail,
Samreen who was upset with the above action claimed to have consumed poison and was rushed to
Medical College. She once again held Anoop Sanda responsible for forcing her to took the extreme step.
Samreen Khan, who is beautician by profession also demanded that the case should be transferred out of
the Sultanpur district for further probe and that the accused should be also arrested. She demanded
security cover claiming threat to her life from the MLA. (Pioneer, 27/10/2010)

87-yr-old woman strangled in house
Apparent motive: Theft of belongings worth Rs 2,000 In a gruesome incident, an 87-year-old woman was
found strangulated to death at her three-storey residence in north-west Delhi’s Mahendra Park area early
on Wednesday. According to senior police officers, she has been identified as Maya Devi. The incident
came to light when her grandson Arvind Kochar (35) woke up around 4.30 am since he had to go to New
Delhi Railway Station for receiving his father, who was returning from a trip to Punjab. According to the
victim’s family, the woman was murdered for her earrings, some clothes and an old DVD player – goods
worth a paltry Rs 2,000. According to the police, Arvind woke up and realised that the room in which his
grandmother was sleeping, had been bolted from the outside. “Despite calling out to her several times, he
did not get any response. He then used a window next to the staircase to climb into her room. When he
checked on Maya Devi, he saw her lying limply on her bed in the centre of the ransacked room. Her limbs
had been tied down with two dupttas and a third one had been tied tightly around her neck,” a senior
police officer said. The family has been living in the area since the early 1970s. The family’s residence is
less than 100 metre from the local police beat box. “Maya Devi’s son Ram Lobhiya (62) is a diabetic. He
had gone to visit one of his friends, a doctor in Ferozpur, Punjab, for examining on Saturday. He was to
return by the Punjab Mail around 5 am,” said Naresh Ahuja, Arvind’s uncle. “While the family – including a
seven-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter — stays on the first floor, the ground and second floor
rooms have been given to about 13 tenants who pay monthly rents ranging from Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,500.
Apart from this, Arvind owns a general store near his residence,” said the officer. “According to
investigators, the entry was friendly and it seems that someone close to the family committed the crime.
We have formed teams to investigate the case and recorded the statements of Maya Devi’s family. We
are investigating the case from all angles,” said a senior police officer. (Pioneer, 28/10/2010)

Passing off dowry death as suicide draws SC ire
NEW DELHI: This happens to thousands of newly married women in the hinterland of India where they
are killed but the in-laws show the death as suicide to escape the law. One such case from a remote
village Rajasthan's Barmer district roused the suspicion of the Supreme Court and it has issued notice to
the woman's in-laws on a petition filed by the victim's father alleging murder. For, the trial court had
conducted the proceedings in haste, did not wait for the forensic laboratory report, termed the death of
the woman, Kamala, just after a year of her marriage as suicide and acquitted the husband and in-laws.
Ironically, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report came 20 days after the trial court verdict and
termed the death as a clear case of poisoning. Strangely, this too did not help Kamala's father Khumba
Ram in sustaining his appeal against the acquittal in the Rajasthan high court. But, it did not deter
counsel Aishwarya Bhati from bringing to notice of an apex court bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and
Chandramouli Kumar the gross miscarriage of justice and denial of a fair hearing in Kamala's case to nail
the culprits responsible for her death. The bench issued notices to Kamala's in-laws and asked them to
respond to the petition as well as show cause why their acquittal be not set aside. Kamala was married to
one Bhanwara Ram on May 27, 2007, and since then had been repeatedly complaining to her parents
about ill-treatment at the hands of her in-laws who were demanding more dowry. On August 11, 2008, her
body was found in a water tank. (TOI, 28/10/2010)

40-yr-old man held for raping his daughter
NEW DELHI: A 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter in south Delhi
late on Monday evening. The man was arrested from outside his house after the police received a
complaint from his daughter that he had raped her on at least two earlier occasions and attempted to rape
her on Monday morning as well. The victim approached the PCR van standing near the Aya Nagar Metro
station on Monday morning and claimed that her father had tried to rape her. "She said she had somehow
managed to escape after her father tried to rape her when he found her alone at home on Monday
morning. In her police statement, she has claimed that she was raped by him twice earlier in the past
fortnight but had remained silent because he had threatened her of dire consequences. She also claimed
that the accused had approached her elder sister on previous occasions but we have received no formal
complaint from the sister," said a senior police officer. The victim's father had reportedly run away and
returned home later in the evening thinking the police had left. "We had kept a watch on the house
together with the victim. When she pointed out the accused to us, we apprehended him on the spot
around 8.30pm. Now, he has been sent to Tihar Jail while the girl is under the care of an NGO. The Child
Welfare Centre will decide now on Saturday how the victim is to be taken care of," explained the officer.
The accused is a father of six children and unemployed, according to the cops. His wife, a private
employee in Gurgaon, reportedly is the principal breadwinner for the family, supported by the eldest two
daughters, including the victim. "The accused would allegedly regularly beat up his wife but he was
neither an alcoholic, nor a drug addict," said an officer. (TOI, 28/10/2010)

Man must support his wife if in-laws harass her, says HC
MUMBAI: It's the husband's duty to support his wife and protect her if she faces harassment from her in
laws, the Bombay HC has said. Twenty-one years after he was charged with driving his wife to commit
suicide for failing to meet his demands for dowry, a division bench of Justice P B Majumdar and Justice
Anoop Mohta upheld a trial court's order, sentencing the 52-year-old Satara resident to three years in jail.
The judges took the opportunity to advise families that they had an obligation to care for their son's
brides. " Girls leave their maternal house with tearful eyes hoping that they will get love and affection in
the matrimonial house. At least, she would expect that during the good or bad days, her husband would
be at her side," said the judges. According to them, it is expected of the husband to take care of his wife;
even the father-in-law and mother-in-law are expected to treat the bride as their daughter and for all
practical purposes, the parents of the husband should treat the daughter-in-law as their daughter. "The
husband should always be at the side of the wife; even if there is any harassment or ill-treatment on the
part of other family members, it is the duty of the husband to protect his wife," said the judges while
delivering a judgment in the 21-year-old case. The incident dates back to June 14, 1989, when a young
Sushma, who had married Mrityanjay Pawar two years earlier, was rushed to the hospital with 100 %
burns. Though initially it was claimed that she had died when the stove burst and had in fact given a
statement to that effect, the truth came out soon enough. The police found a suicide note that Sushma
had written a day prior to the incident, about enduring ill-treatment and beatings from her husband for
being unable to fulfill his demands for a cupboard, tape recorder and a gas connection. In her dying
declaration, Sushma told the police that following a quarrel the previous day, she had set herself ablaze.
Pawar was arrested and released on bail in a few months. He and his family stood trial and a sessions
court convicted them of abetting Sushma's suicide in 1990. The matter came up before the BombayHC,
this year. The HC acquitted Pawar's father and sister but said there was enough evidence to prove that
he had subjected Sushma to cruelty. "There is no doubt that in the present case, the husband made
demands to the girl and her parents for various articles," said the judges. The HC refused to show any
leniency to Pawar on the grounds that several years had passed after the incident. The court held Pawar
guilty of dowry harassment and abetting his wife's suicide. It sentenced him to three years' imprisonment.
Pawar has eight weeks to surrender to the police, ruled the court. (TOI, 28/10/2010)

Dowry death: Autopsy confirms murder
KANPUR: A newly married 22-year-old girl, whose body was recovered from Panki Canal on Tuesday,
had been strangulated said the autopsy report. The police had identified the victim as Neha, wife of Anuj
Awasthi, a property dealer and a resident of Raigopalpur, Chaubeypur. Her family alleged that Neha, who
got married to Anuj on July 9, 2010, was killed by her in-laws for dowry. The police, however, failed to
arrest the victim's husband but managed to arrest her father-in-law Dinesh Awasthi and brother-in-law
Raman Awasthi on Wednesday. "They were torturing her for Rs 50,000, a gold chain and a ring. When
we failed to fulfil their demands, they killed Neha," said her father Kamlesh. On the night of October 13,
Neha's husband had made a phone call to her parents, saying she had eloped with a local youth. After
launching a frantic search for her, Neha's parents lodged an FIR against her in-laws, stating that they had
killed their daughter and disposed of her body in order to destroy the evidence. However, an unidentified
body was seen floating in Panki canal on Tuesday morning. The body was identified as that of Neha. The
body bore superficial injury marks. The police sent the body for postmortem. The autopsy report stated
that the girl had been beaten up severely before being strangulated. (TOI, 28/10/2010)

Woman kills self to avoid rape
NAGPUR: A 20-year-old woman committed suicide rather than submit to lewd advances of a youth. Neha
Bhiwgade immolated herself but did not surrender her dignity. Unfortunately, there was no one even to
light her funeral pyre as her husband is serving jail time for robbery. Neha succumbed to her burns at
Government Medical College and Hospital late Tuesday night. She was brought to the hospital from her
Pannase layout home on Saturday morning by police with serious burn injuries. With her husband Nitin
lodged in Nagpur central jail, Neha felt defenceless as a youth, identified as Golu, pursued her. She had a
love marriage with Nitin two years ago. She remained awake the entire Friday night as Golu kept on
knocking her door seeking sexual favour. A scared Neha waited whole night behind the locked door as
Golu kept banging on it. He also calling out her name too. Neha took the drastic step fearing Golu,
apparently a local goon, may eventually have his way with her. Police said Neha in her final statement
had claimed to have met Golu at a tea-stall. The stall owner Manishabai had introduced him to her. Since
then, Golu would try to befriend her. Neha said she found Golu's advances indecent. She claimed Golu
wanted physical intimacy with her. Sonegaon police station was informed by control room which was
informed by a caller that a woman was lying naked in an open space in burnt condition. The cops rushed
to the place to shift Neha to hospital where she succumbed to the injuries after three days. Initially, Neha
had furnished wrong statement to cops thinking that it might bring fresh trouble for her. Later, she indicted
Golu before a magistrate and a woman police sub-inspector of Sonegaon police who have charged Golu
with abetting the suicide. Neha's tragic end, however, could not end her trauma. Sonegaon police could
not hand over her body to anyone as husband Nitin's could not reach GMCH mortuary. Sonegaon police
have intimated the jail authorities regarding the situation. Nitin was sent to jail around five months ago
after being nabbed by city police for his alleged involvement in robbery. Sonegaon cops are now waiting
for jail authorities to allow Nitin to perform the last rites of his wife. They are yet to arrest Golu. (TOI,
28/10/2010)

Father, four sons booked for gangrape
The four brothers and their father, were booked for repeatedly gang raping and blackmailing a 37-year-
old woman doctor. Nagpur: Nine persons, including four brothers and their father, were booked for
repeatedly gang raping and blackmailing a 37-year-old woman doctor here, police said today. According
to the woman, the incidents took place between June 2008 and September 2009. The incident came to
light after the victim, tired of constant demand for money and blackmailing by the accused, registered a
complaint with Gittikhan Police Station yesterday. (AA, 28/10/2010)

Man gets 10 years jail in dowry-death case
A city court on Thursday sentenced ten years imprisonment to Moga-resident Bhupinder Singh Gill in
connection with nearly ten year-old dowry death case involving suicide of his wife in January 2001.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Lalit Batra who had already convicted the accused under Sections
304B and 498 A of Indian Panel Code (IPC) on Monday pronounced ten years imprisonment along with
`2,000 as fine to Gill. The accused, working as Zonal Manager in a tyre company, got married with
Chandigarh’s Sector 33 girl Tikapreet on February 20, 2000 who later on committed suicide at her
parental home in Chandigarh on January 29, 2001 by consuming poisonous substance. Later on, the
deceased father Retd Col Nirvay Singh Pandher filed a complaint with Chandigarh Police alleging
harassment by in-laws of his victimised daughter including her husband Bhupinder who abetted her to
commit suicide. Following the complaint, the accused Bhupinder along with his father and mother were
booked by the city Police and a case was registered against them under Sections 304 B, 498 A, 306 and
34 IPC at Sector 34 Police station. In his complaint, Pandher stated that just after the marriage, her
daughter’s in-laws had stared demanding more dowry and began to harass her by beating her, even also
sent back to her parental house some months before the incident. However, the court has acquitted
accused’s father Karamjit Singh Gill and mother Parvinder Kaur in the case. (Pioneer, 29/10/2010)

Father convicted for raping minor daughter, gets life term
AHMEDABAD: A city sessions court on Thursday convicted a person of raping his minor daughter and
awarded him life imprisonment. The court, however, acquitted his wife for lack of evidence that could
prove that she had helped her husband commit the crime. Sessions judge PA Vaghela, while
pronouncing his judgment and convicting Bharat Rathod, observed that it was a gruesome and shameful
incident and the accused deserves the maximum punishment. The judge further observed that by giving
maximum sentence to Rathod it wants to set an example for the society. The judge also noted that a
father is supposed to protect his children, but Rathod had committed a heinous crime which is highly
condemnable. Rathod has also been slapped with a penalty of Rs 5,000 by the court. According to the
details of the case, Rathod raped his 15-year-old daughter on the night of April 28, 2009, at his residence
in Khokhra. According to the prosecution, Rathod's wife Rekha was present in the house at that time, but
instead of stopping her husband she aided him in the crime. During the trial, Rathod's lawyer had
contended that the victim was having an affair and accused the girl of making false statements. But the
judge refused to buy this argument and said that court does not give anyone the right to rape a girl. (TOI,
29/10/2010)

Court: Bride not yet treated as family member
One of the basic reasons that the sex-ratio is seriously against the female in India is that the bride is not
yet treated as a family member and a daughter in the house of her in-laws, said a city court. The court
while awarding 10 years of rigorous punishment to the convict for committing the offence of dowry death
and subjecting his wife to cruelty said that despite the amendment in the law long back, there has been
no respite from the social evil of dowry. "The parents dread if daughter is born in their family, not because
the parents do not want the daughters to be born but on account of such incidents where the young bride
losses her precious life in the hands of greedy dowry seekers," said Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ)
Gurdeep Singh. To prove the case, prosecution examined 11 witnesses in its support. The court said
several efforts and schemes launched by the Government have bore no fruit and change in the situation.
"Unless such evil is dealt with an iron hand, the situation is not likely to improve. In this case, the bride
died with hanging after five months of her marriage with the convict. She had severe injuries on her body
to show the hell let lose on her by the convict," said ASJ Singh. The court also imposed a fine of Rs
20,000 on the convict Parvez. The court acquitted other co-accused Nawab, Nazma, Chand Bibi in the
case by gaining benefit of doubt. Parvez and the deceased got married on November 20, 2005 and on
April 5, 2006 the deceased died. Mother of the deceased submitted before the court that after three
months of the marriage, Parvez came to her house with her daughter and he demanded Rs one lakh and
he did not disclose the purpose for which he was demanding money. As parents of the deceased could
not arrange the amount, the in-laws of the deceased started harassing her. The mother of the deceased
said that Parvez informed her that his wife had received heart attack. When she reached the spot, she
found injury marks on her daughter's face and on other parts of the body but her daughter was not taken
to hospital. The convict had taken defence that the deceased was having love affair with some other man
and she was married with him against her wishes and therefore she committed suicide, but he has not led
any evidence to rebut the presumption against him. Rather the circumstances under which the dead body
was found also suggests that the accused was directly involved with her death. On the other hand,
prosecution submitted that as per the postmortem report, there were 12 injuries noticed which were ante-
mortem in nature and same has not been explained. (Pioneer, 01/11/2010)

Pune man raped daughter since she was 15
A newly-married woman has filed a police complaint against her father, alleging that he had been raping
her since she was 15 years old. She has also demanded death penalty for him. The incident came to light
when the father, identified as Limbaraj Ghogare, landed up at the woman’s home and attempted to rape
her again while her husband was away. Pushed too far, the woman, along with her husband, filed a police
complaint against Ghogare, resident of Osmanabad in Beed district. A few days ago, Ghogare had gone
to her husband’s house for taking her back to her house for Diwali. Seeing that her husband was out,
Ghogare attempted to rape her again. It was then that the complainant’s husband got to know about the
entire sordid affair and decided to file a case against him. In his statement to the police, the husband said
he got married to Ghogare’s daughter four months ago. “Two days ago, Ghogare came to Pune to take
his daughter home for Diwali but my wife was not ready to go with him. I found her behaviour unusual and
asked her the reason. Initially, she was not ready to tell me anything. When I insisted, she finally burst
into tears and narrated how she was being raped by her own father since she was in Class IX,” he said.
The woman narrated the horrific tale, saying, “Ever since I was in Class IX, my father began his atrocities
on me. I was raped by him for the first time that year and it never stopped till my marriage. To make
matters worse, my father brought home another woman as his mistress.” She added, “He would force my
mother and me to sit and watch him and his mistress having sex. If we refused, we would get beaten up.
It was horrible. He would take me to the farm and rape me. He threatened to kill me if I ever complained
against him.” She said she felt ashamed to call Ghogare her father and wanted him to be awarded the
death penalty. (Pioneer, 31/10/2010)

1994 Maha govt rule discriminates against women: HC
MUMBAI, 2 NOV: Bombay High Court has held that the role of an unmarried daughter in supporting her
family did not change after marriage and described as “unfair labour practise” a 1994 Maharashtra
government rule which held only unmarried daughters eligible for employment on compassionate ground
in the event of their parent's premature retirement. “It is impossible to accept in this day and age that
assuming a woman gets married she will cut off her ties with the family she is born in and will leave it to
suffer the vagaries of life in penury,” Ms Justice Nishita Mhatre observed in a significant judgment
delivered last week. The court was hearing an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government against an
order of the industrial court which termed as illegal the termination of Ms Medha Parke, a Pune resident,
who had secured employment in keeping with the government policy framed under the Maharashtra Civil
Services (pension) Rules after her father retired prematurely on medical ground. “In my opinion, the rule
which discriminates against women is arbitrary and therefore it cannot be said that the termination of
service of Parke was legal. An unfair labour practise has been established,” Ms Justice Mhatre observed.
“It is necessary for the government in this case to establish on evidence that Parke, after having secured
employment, was no longer connected with the family that she was born into and that the family was
living without her financial support,” the judge said. “The state has instead chosen to dismiss Parke
without holding an enquiry and thereby committed an unfair labour practise,” the judge said in the order.
One of the criteria for applying for appointment on compassionate ground is that the daughter must be
unmarried. The respondent was unmarried when she had applied for the post. She was selected as she
fulfilled all the other criteria for appointment. Her name was included in wait-list and she was issued an
appointment order three years later. “The petitioner cannot expect the life of respondent (Ms Parke) to
come to a grinding halt only because her name was included in wait list. The unreasonableness and
arbitrariness of the petitioner is writ large,” Ms Justice Mhatre observed. The judge asked: “Does the
respondent have to let life pass her by only because her name was included in wait list? The answer must
be emphatically in the negative. To suggest that because Parke had not waited long enough to get
married, she had committed a fraud, smacks of unfair labour practise. “In my opinion, the order of
industrial court is correct and need not be disturbed. Industrial court has also rightly awarded the back
wages. Parke's services were terminated on 21 December, 2005. The complaint was filed on 31 January,
2006, after a month and 10 days of her termination from service. It is difficult to believe that a person will
be able to get job within a month from the date of her dismissal.” “Merely, because the complainant has
not stated that she is unemployed it would not mean that she is not entitled to back wages. The industrial
court has therefore rightly granted her back wages,” the court held. In 1994, the government had framed
a policy under the Maharashtra Civil Services (pension) Rules which provides that a husband/wife, son or
unmarried daughter or legally adopted son or unmarried daughter are eligible for being appointed on
compassionate ground in place of a deceased or a prematurely retired government employee.
Accordingly, Ms Parke had applied for the job after her father retired prematurely. (Statesman,
02/11/2010)

Our society has become sick: SC on dowry deaths
NEW DELHI: Shaken by the large number of women being killed for dowry, the Supreme Court said
Indian society has become sick. "The hallmark of a healthy society is the respect it shows to women.
Indian society has become a sick society. This is evident from the large number of cases coming up in
this court and also in almost all courts in the country in which young women are being killed by their
husbands or by their in-laws by pouring kerosene on them and setting them on fire or by
hanging/strangulating them," an anguished bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra
said in a recent judgment. "What is the level of civilization of a society in which a large number of women
are treated in this horrendous and barbaric manner? What has our society become," asked the Bench
before upholding life term for the husband and mother-in-law of a woman killed for dowry. The bench had
a point. Data compiled for 2008 by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed that there were
8,172 dowry deaths in the country but only 33.4% of the cases resulted in conviction. For the same year,
there were 81,344 cases of cruelty towards women by husbands and relatives and the conviction rate
was even lower at 22.4%. Advocating harsh punishment for those who murder women for dowry, the
bench said crimes against women could not be classified as ordinary ones committed in a fit of anger or
for property. "They disrupt the entire social fabric, hence call for harsh punishment," it said.
"Unfortunately, what is happening in our society is that out of lust for money, people are often demanding
dowry and after extracting as much money as they can, they kill the woman and marry again and then
again, they commit the murder of their wife for the same purpose," the Bench said, making a rather
sweeping generalisation of the nature of the crime. The bench went on to analyse causes behind this
abnormal behaviour. "This is because of total commercialization of our society, and lust for money which
induces people to kill their wives. The time has come when we have to stamp out this evil from society
with an iron hand," it said. (TOI, 2/11/2010)

Girl poisoned to death for `honour'
RAYACHOTI (Kadapa): In what could be yet another case of honour killing in the state, a 19-year-old girl
was allegedly poisoned to death by her father for her love affair with a youth. The girl's body was found
buried in a graveyard close to her residence in Rayachoti in Kadapa district on Monday. Following a tip-
off, the police rushed to the graveyard and exhumed the body. The victim was identified as Rupa,
daughter of Sivarama Chari, 50, a head master in the zilla parishad high school in Devapatla village in
Sandepalli mandal. Sources said the parents forced Rupa to consume the food mixed with poison on
Sunday night. Later in the night, they buried her in the graveyard near their house. They were upset with
Rupa for having an affair with the youth belonging to another community. "In spite of several warnings
from her parents, the girl continued her affair. Chari even stopped her education after Intermediate and
confined her to the house when Rupa refused to give up her love," sources said. When contacted, Chari
denied the allegations and said his daughter died of epilepsy. "She had severe fits on Sunday and died.
We buried her in the graveyard, which is close to our house," he said. Chari has two wives. Meanwhile,
police have sent the body for an autopsy. "Once we get the autopsy report, we will take action. We have
started investigation," a police official said. Chari has not been arrested yet. (TOI, 02/11/2010)

Six-point resolution adopted for women welfare
Mangalore: A three-day international conference on women and mental health organized by School of
Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore, and Flinders University, Australia, adopted a six-point resolution.
Participants of the conference deliberated on various issues, facets on above theme and adopted
resolutions for consideration by stakeholders. A copy of the resolution was given to M Veerappa Moily,
Union law minister. Acknowledging the rights and mental health issues, the remedial measures in the
form of various acts and policies, the conference recommends that measures provided under the act be
taken to the grassroot level through awareness created for the public, law enforcing authorities and
judiciary. The conference urged for creation of more shelter homes, medical facilities, welfare measures
and counselling centres under schools of social works in India. It advocated the need to bring in
evidence-based research and practice in the field of women and mental health from India through
research institutions, schools of social work and practitioners. Moily assured to do the needful with
respect to the above demands. It also sought to review the current curriculum in schools of social work
and to include the programme, policies and newer models of development on women and mental health.
The conference wanted authorities concerned to bridge the mental health service gap in terms of
community-based mental health and development approach with special reference to women's mental
health. Practitioners, educators, researchers, NGO, schools of social work, research institutions to
network and commit in provisions of accessible, affordable and available services to the women to
enhance their mental health. Moily, who delivered the valedictory address, said he would try to come up
with suitable legislations to safeguard rights of women. (TOI, 02/11/2010)
Five-month pregnant woman set ablaze by in-laws
NAGPUR: A 21-year-old pregnant woman was allegedly set ablaze by her husband and in-laws over
dowry at Taj Nagar on Sunday afternoon. Married just five months ago, Sarjah Khan suffered 90% burn
injuries and delivered a still born baby. She is presently recuperating at a private hospital at Ajni. Sarjah,
daughter of Ismail Khan, a native of Saunsar village, married Afsar Khan on June 7 this year. Her family
members claimed Sarjah was subjected to physical and mental torture by the husband and in-laws.
According to the victim's family, Afsar, who is a daily wager, wished to set up a new business and needed
Rs 2 lakh. He used to come home in a drunken state, and abuse and thrash Sharjah over petty issues,
besides the dowry demands. The victim reportedly told her family members that on Sunday afternoon her
in-laws picked a quarrel with her over the dowry. After a long argument, her in-laws and her husband set
her afire, said the girl's father. The burn injuries left Sarjah screaming in pain, and also induced her labour
pains. Afsar then rushed her to a nearby hospital. In order to avoid prosecution, on way to the hospital,
Afsar convinced Sarjah to give a false reason to the cops and the doctors about her burns. He assured
her that he will bear all her hospital expenses, alleged the victim's family. At the hospital, Sarjah delivered
a premature still born foetus. Her father alleged that the in-laws did not inform them of the incident for a
long time. "Though they admitted her to hospital at 3pm, they informed us on Sunday midnight. By the
time we reached the hospital early on Monday morning, they had already forced her to give a false
statement," said a relative, Abdul Alim. Sarjah's initial statement to the cops mentioned that she caught
fire while cooking food. Later, she revealed the truth in front of her parents, who reached the hospital
early on Monday morning. Her enraged parents then reached the police station to register a complaint.
According to the police, the victim told them she had no complaints against her husband and held her in-
laws responsible. Ajni police have registered a case of cruelty against the mother-in-law, Makhtum and
sister-in-law Afsana. Sarjah's family members said that though they had given dowry of Rs 1.20 lakh,
Afsar and his family were demanding Rs 1 lakh more. "Within a month of the couple's marriage, her in-
laws and Afsar started harassing her regularly. Since they were making my daughter's life hell, first I gave
them cash Rs 80,000 and later I gave Rs 40,000 on October 27," said Khan, a farmer. He added that
Afsar wanted an additional Rs 1.2 lakh, so the family continued with the harassment. Khan said he had
last spoken to his daughter on October 28. She had complained about the harassment reaching extreme
levels. "Belonging to a farmer's family, we don't have more savings. Whatever we had, we gave
everything and now we are helpless," said Sarjah's mother. (TOI, 02/11/2010)

Nikki Haley becomes first Indian-American woman governor
Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, created history by becoming the first
woman to win the governor's race in South Carolina state and the first Indian American woman in the
country to occupy the office. Haley, born Nimrata (Nikki) Randhawa will be the first woman chief executive
of the state and America's second Indian-American governor after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also
a Republican, who became the first with his election three years ago. The 38-year-old mother of two, who
defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen with a surprisingly close 51 percent-47 percent vote in the most
expensive election in state history Tuesday, has already like Jindal been mentioned as a "long shot"
presidential candidate for 2012. Haley saw quite a bit of controversy surround her campaign before the
primary earlier this year. From a racial slur from a fellow lawmaker to unproven accusations of an affair by
a political blogger, Haley still snagged the Republican nomination in a run-off in June with 65 percent
votes. Endorsed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former South Carolina first lady Jenny
Sanford, and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Haley is also part of the populist,
conservative/libertarian Tea Party movement. Haley, one of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state
government, was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004, when, as a
virtual unknown, she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008, Haley was
sent back to the state house with 83 percent of the vote - the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker
facing a contested South Carolina election that year. Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, Nikki's first job
was keeping the books for her family's clothing store - at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from
Clemson University with a BS degree in accounting and following her graduation worked as Accounting
Supervisor for the Charlotte, North Carolina based corporation FCR, I nc. and five of its subsidiaries. Nikki
then went back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth into a multimillion dollar
operation. Nikki and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National
Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, live in Lexington with their two children, Rena, 12, and
Nalin, 8. (Pioneer, 04/11/2020)

‘Women still treated as 2nd-class citizens’
Bhubaneswar: Participating in the seven-day-long Woman Awareness Workshop held at Unit-IX-based
Radhakrishna Basti aided by the National Social Welfare Board and chaired by Sakar secretary Swarupa
Adinarayan, speakers while expressing their grave concerns over the plethora of dowry tortures, witch
hunts, female foeticides and sexual abuses viewed that even in the 21st century and despite scores of
developmental schemes being undertaken for the uplift of women, they are still being meted out second-
class citizens’ treatment in our State and nation. Among others, State Social Welfare Board member
Dayamayi Rath, Odisha Suchana Sahayata Manch convenor Prakash Rath, Parivar Seva Clinic
community coordinator Dushipadma, Bank of India general secretary AK Motaeday and Sanjukta
Mohapatara attended and the programme is being coordinated by Dilip Mishra. (Pioneer, 04/11/2010)

Bill on sexual harassment on Cabinet agenda
NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet is likely to take up the long-pending bill for protection of women against
sexual harassment at workplace on Thursday. Under the proposed legislation, women will have a forum
to complain against harassment that may include physical contact, demand or requests for sexual
favours, sexually coloured remarks or even showing pornography. The legislation will apply to all
organised and unorganised sectors and there is a penalty provision for employers who do not comply.
The ministry of women and child development (WCD) that has piloted the bill has also made provision for
compensation for women that can be deducted from the salary of the guilty person. The penalty, if
harassment is proved, will be levied keeping in view the victim's mental suffering and trauma, income and
financial status of the woman, medical expenses incurred by the victim and loss in career opportunity
because of the incident. For the first time, any person giving a false complaint or false evidence will be
liable to be punished under service rules. The bill will include sectors that have so far managed to stay
out of the loop like the hospitality industry (including catering services and restaurants), professions like
NGOs, health services and coaching centres, domestic helps, and women working in tailoring
establishments or in beauty parlours. The bill also prohibits publication or making contents of the inquiry
or the aggrieved woman's details available. The employer will also be expected to provide a safe
environment at the work place, organise sensitisation workshops and create awareness regarding the
rights and penalties under law. (TOI, 04/11/2010)

12-year-old girl raped by father
HYDERABAD: A 12-year-old girl on Wednesday alleged that she had been raped by her father for the
past two months, police said here. The victim's mother approached the police today and complained that
the girl, a student of class sixth, was allegedly raped by her father Afsar Khan, a fruit vendor, at their
house in Mustafa Nagar, they said. According to the complainant, she was informed by her daughter that
Khan sexually abused her for the past two months and used to threaten her of dire consequences if she
ever revealed it to anybody, police inspector at Shivarampally, Uma Maheshwar Rao said on Wednesday
night. "The man has not yet been arrested as further inquiry was on," the police officer said. (TOI,
04/11/2010)

Moment of glory for `73 batch women diplomats
NEW DELHI: India's women diplomats shine during the Obama visit. Three of India's top women
diplomats will take the floor as the official leg of Obama's visit gets under way. And interestingly, all three
women belong to the same IFS batch of 1973. Nirupama Rao leads as foreign secretary. Rao, the second
woman foreign secretary, came to the job after being ambassador in Beijing. Over the next couple of
months, Rao will lead India's diplomatic efforts with France, China and Russia. Meera Shankar, also a
key member in the Indian delegation, is the first woman ambassador to the US, which is generally
regarded as the most important posting for a career foreign service officer. And Meira Kumar, yet another
diplomat of the 1973 batch, is the Speaker of the Lok Sabha who will preside over the session in
Parliament on Monday when Obama addresses MPs there. Kumar resigned from the service in 1985 to
join politics. But on the podium with Kumar will be Hamid Ansari, vice president and chairman of the
Rajya Sabha. Yet another foreign service officer, Ansari has served as envoy to key countries like Iran.
Clearly, Indian diplomats have a lot to cheer about. (TOI, 08/11/2010)

More women respected in Pakistan than India: Report
NEW DELHI: Compared to India, a higher percentage of women in Pakistan feel they are treated with
respect, says a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report. According to the report, 81
percent women in Pakistan are treated with respect as compared to 79 percent in India. Even
Bangladesh - with 86 percent - fares better on this index than India. The report, titled "The Real Wealth of
Nations: Pathways to Human Development", had a global launch Thursday evening and is the 20th
anniversary edition. India's other neighbours - Sri Lanka and Nepal - however, have fewer women feeling
that they are treated with dignity. In Sri Lanka, the percentage is 75 percent and in Nepal it is 44 percent.
When it comes to overall life satisfaction, however, India leads its neighbours. This index was measured
on a scale of 0-10 (0 being the least satisfied), on the basis of perceptions of individual well-being and
happiness. In this context, India scored 5.5 in overall life satisfaction. Pakistan scored 5.4, Bangladesh
5.3, Nepal 5.3 and Sri Lanka 4.7. While a greater percentage of people in India were satisfied with the
standard of living and personal health, when it comes to job satisfaction, fewer Indians said they were
satisfied. As compared to 86 percent respondents in Sri Lanka, 80 percent in Nepal, 76 percent in
Bangladesh and 77 percent in Pakistan, only 74 percent people in India who are employed said they were
satisfied with their jobs. India ranks 119 on the Human Development Index (HDI) among 169 countries,
the report said. (TOI, 06/11/2010)

DU student gangraped near IP power station
On the day when the new Commissioner of Police, BK Gupta, announced to make the Capital safe for
women, there were reports of a second year DU student allegedly gangraped near Indraprasth Power
station. On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered after conducting medical examination
of the victim. The accused were also threatening the victim not to disclose their identity. So far one
person has been arrested. A police official said the incident came into notice on November 6 when the
victim Neelam (name changed), a second year student of PGDAV college (evening), approached with her
parents Mandawali police station. On the basis of the complaint, the medical examination of the girl was
conducted, which confirmed rape. On November 7, a case was registered in this connection under
Section 366 (Kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), Section 376
(Punishment for rape) and Section 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust). During the course of
investigation the victim revealed that she had been threatened by the accused on mobile phone. The
police then scaned the call details of the victim. During the scanning, police got a suspected mobile
number of a person identified as Ranbeer (26). After interrogating the person, the police arrested him in
this connection. The police said that the associates of the arrested person are absconding and hunt is on
to nab the culprit. Narrating the entire case a police officer said that, victim lives with her family in
Mandawali area. She works in a private company in Lajpat Nagar while her father works in a firm in
Noida. On November 3, on November 3 around 6 am when the victim was waiting for her office cab at
Ganesh Chowk near Mother Dairy. A TSR stopped near her and three to four persons sitting in TSR
pulled her inside the TSR. They took her in a lone place at Indraprasth Power station. Three associates of
the accused were already present at the spot and took turn to rape the victim. (Pioneer, 11/11/2010)

Court orders dowry-torture charges against mother-in-law
Coming to the rescue of a young widow, a sessions court directed a trial court to prosecute and frame
charges against her mother-in-law for harassing and ill-treating the woman for not bringing enough dowry.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) OP Gupta set aside the order of the lower court and ordered the
Metropolitan Magistrate to frame charges against the mother-in-law Brij Mohini under section 498 A
(subjecting a married woman to cruelty) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Sessions court's direction came on a
revision petition filed by daughter-in-law Kiran Bhola against February 2010 order of the magistrate
discharging Mohini of the charges of harassing her daughter-in-law for bringing insufficient dowry,
subjecting woman to cruelty and criminal breach of trust under IPC. The ASJ reversed the orders of
magistrate and said, "I find prima facie case under Section 498 A of the IPC was made out against
mother-in-law. Impugned order (by magistrate) is set aside and the matter is remanded back to the
metropolitan magistrate to frame charge against the accused mother-in-law and proceed with her trial."
Mohini was discharged by the magisterial court on the ground that no specific allegation had been leveled
against her and the widow complainant was residing separately from the family of her husband who died
during the ongoing matrimonial dispute. The ASJ differed with the findings, saying "The complainant must
have started living separately after few months/days of marriage. She did not start living separately from
day one." The complainant, in her complaint before the Crime Against Woman cell in March 2003, alleged
that her husband and mother-in-law used to harass her physically and mentally for her failure to bring
enough dowry. The husband of the woman expired before the order on charge by the metropolitan
magistrate could be passed. The court took into account the fact that complaint had been made merely
seven months after their marriage in July 2002. "In the present case, the complaint has been made just
after about seven months of marriage. The allegations of demand of dowry by husband and mother-in-law
are there. Mother-in-law used to instigate the husband. All this is sufficient to attract the penal provision,"
ASJ said. (Pioneer, 11/11/2010)

Woman to head panchayat, husband to drive her jeep
Both Suni and her husband Soman will be in the 'driver's seat' in Poovachal village for the next five years.
While Suni has been elected as president of village panchayat, Soman will continue to be the driver of the
jeep of the civic body, mostly used for travel by its head. Suni (39), who won the poll on Congress ticket,
was on Tuesday elected to head civic unit, whose top seat is reserved for women. Mother of two, Suni
said neither she nor her husband had any problem to adjust in their new roles. "We have no complex or
problem over our new roles, as some might think. Soman's is a paid job and there is no reason for him to
give it up because I have become the panchayat chief. Both of us believe in dignity of work", Suni said
when asked about the strange coincidence. Suni said if it was not for the support from her husband, she
would not have contested and won elections. "Ours is a traditionally politically-oriented family. This would
also help us to do our roles without any friction", she said. In Kerala, 50 per cent of the seats in civic
bodies are reserved for women. (IE, 11/11/2010)

State to form Women’s Policy soon
The State will soon have a Women’s Policy of its own for the half of the population (women) of the State.
Scheduled to be formed after the completion of 10 years of the State formation this Women’s Policy will
cater to the population spread across cities and villages at large. The National Women’s Policy will
feature eight new chapters from the State. Earlier, the policy of the undivided Bihar was only catering to
the State. A State Level Consultation on Jharkhand State Women Policy was organised in the SDC hall to
draft such a policy on Thursday. Secretary Welfare Board, Rajiv Arun Ekka was present during the
consultation meet and has extended his support to the policy. During the meet he has asked the
committee to draft their policy and forward it to the department. The department will combine it with the
Government drafted policy and a committee will be set up to prepare the final draft. A joint meeting is also
scheduled to be organised after December 13 amidst the government and the women commission to
prepare the final draft. Attended by several women organisations across the State this consultation meet
discussed the outlook and contents of the policy taking references from 17 other women policies across
the country. State Commission for Women (SCW), Jharkhand; Jharkhand State Social Welfare Board;
Ekal Nari Sashakti Sangathan; Mahila Garima Abhiyan, Jharkhand and Sakhi Kendra were the prime
organization participating in the consultation meet. Discussing about the drafting of the policy Vasavi Kiro,
Member of SCW, emphasised on the strengthening of women across the State and said: “It is a shame in
itself that since 10 years of the formation of the State no women’s policy has been constituted for the
development of this population. So through this consultation meet we are drafting the policy to forward it
to the Government. We have consulted 17 policies across the country to chalk out the best for the State.”
Emphasising more on the salient features of the policy, Kiro said: “We have included several new
features to the existing policy including the topics of forest, land, and marginalized community referring to
the tribal, dalit and Muslim community residing here. The involvement of women in the upcoming
Panchayat elections is also necessary and we seek a policy for the same.” This policy also has adopted
several new features from other policies of the state like, from Gujrat Women’s Policy the issue of single
women and the process s to adopt a child by her is discussed which is absent from the earlier policy of
the state. From Maharashtra, the policy of women in migration and displaced has been adopted. Other
prime issues are gender justice, social justice, peace and development and non- discrimination amongst
women. (Pioneer, 11/12/2010)

88% women subjected to sexual harassment at workplace in IT sector, reveals survey
NEW DELHI: Just as the Union Cabinet approved a Bill seeking to protect women from sexual
harassment at workplaces, a survey by a non-government organisation has claimed that nearly 88 per
cent of the female workforce in Indian Information Technology and business process outsourcing and
knowledge process outsourcing (BPO/KPO) companies reported having suffered some form of workplace
sexual harassment during the course of their work. Close to 50 per cent women had been subjected to
abusive language, physical contact or been sought sexual favours from, it reveals. The “Workplace
sexual harassment survey,” carried out by the Centre for Transforming India, a non-profit organisation in
the IT and BPO/KPO industries, has brought out some startling revelations about the status of
implementation of policies to prevent such harassment. As many as 47 per cent employees did not know
where to report, while 91 per cent did not report for fear of being victimised. The survey, covering 600
female employees working in IT and BPO industries across all the major IT destinations of India, revealed
that there exist poor awareness levels among female employees on the issue and a majority of female
employees continue with their ordeal for fear of professional victimisation. Another major finding was that
more than 82 per cent of the incidents which could be classified as sexual incidents occurred outside the
boundaries of the office and in nearly 72 per cent of the incidents the perpetrator was a superior.
Workplace sexual harassment has been emerging as a critical challenge for female employees working
across industries, especially in the service sector. While the manufacturing industry is largely regulated in
terms of working environment, there is no framework for reference in the service industry. Further, the
service industry faces a challenge of working 24x7 which entails working at odd hours for the female
employees and also other professional and personal challenges. Seventy-seven per cent of all
respondents said details of sexual harassment policies were not part of their hiring process. (The Hindu,
12/11/2010)

Christian woman gets death for blasphemy in Pakistan
A 45-year-old Christian woman has been sentenced to death after being convicted by a Pakistani court
for defaming the Prophet Mohammed, the first such conviction in the country. The sentence awarded to
Asia Bibi, a mother of five, sparked protests by a rights groups on Thursday. She was sentenced on
Monday by a court at Sheikhupura town in Punjab province, 75 km from Lahore. Asia Bibi has denied the
charge of blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith. No one has been
executed as yet for blasphemy in Pakistan though several Christians have been arrested or convicted in
recent years on charges of defaming the Prophet Mohammed. Asia Bibi’s case dates back to June 2009,
when she was asked to fetch water while working in the fields with other women. A group of Muslim
women refused to drink the water brought by a Christian. They claimed the water was “unclean” and this
triggered a row. A few days later, the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Asia Bibi had made
derogatory remarks about the Prophet. The cleric went to the police, who registered a case and arrested
Asia Bibi. She was prosecuted under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death
penalty. Activists said Asia Bibi was held in isolation for over a year before being sentenced on Monday.
Her husband Ashiq Masih said he will appeal the sentence, which needs to be confirmed by the Lahore
HC. (IE, 12/11/2010)

Crimes against women deserve the death penalty: Supreme Court
Observing that crimes against women should be firmly dealt with and no leniency must be shown to the
offender, the Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to a life convict asking him to show cause why the
sentence should not be enhanced into one of death penalty for killing his wife. A Bench of Justices
Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra passed this interim order on a special leave petition filed by
Sukhdev Singh challenging the life sentence awarded to him by the trial court and upheld by the Punjab
and Haryana High Court. Justice Katju, who wrote the order, said: “This is a clear case of brutal and
barbaric murder of Daljit Kaur. Crimes against women are not ordinary crimes committed in a fit of anger
or for property. They disrupt the entire social fabric. Hence, they call for harsh punishment.” The Bench
pointed out that in this case the petitioner had first strangulated his wife and then burnt her. “The doctor's
report shows that some of the bones of her neck have been fractured and there is bleeding on the neck.
In our prima facie opinion, these could clearly not be self-inflicted injuries. Also, there are burns all over
the body.” Ill-treated It said: “The depositions of the witnesses show that it was the petitioner, the husband
of Daljit Kaur, who was present in the house when she died. There is evidence that Daljit Kaur was being
ill-treated by her husband and was often beaten by him. “In our opinion, crimes of the nature which has
been committed in the present case outrage the modern conscience [of the society] and they belong to
the rarest of rare category, deserving death sentence. Issue notice to the petitioner as to why his life
sentence be not enhanced to death sentence. Petitioner shall also be at liberty to argue the case on
merits,” the Bench said. (The Hindu, 15/11/2010)

Why not death, SC asks killer hubby
NEW DELHI: A fortnight ago, the Supreme Court had termed Indian society as sick for the prevalence of
bride burning incidents and advocated death penalty for the accused. On Friday, it attempted to practice
what it preached and readied to administer the bitter pill to the "sick society" by issuing notice to a convict
husband asking him why the life sentence awarded to him be not enhanced to death penalty. A Bench
comprising Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra issued notice to the convict, Sukhdev
Singh, who ironically had challenged the life sentence and even sought bail during the pendency of the
appeal. Singh was convicted under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code for the murder of his wife Daljit
Kaur and sentenced to life by the trial court after the medical evidence clearly stated that she was
strangulated so badly that her neck broke and then kerosene was poured on her body and set afire. The
Punjab and Haryana High Court had upheld the conviction and sentence on July 21. Terming the crime
as "brutal and barbaric", Justice Katju said: "We are going to provide the bitter pill for a sick society. This
case cries out for death penalty." "Some of the convicts in bride burning cases must be hanged. Too
much of `ahimsavadi' (reliance on non-violence) is bad. Now it is time to punish these sick minds with
death penalty," the Bench said. It said the doctor's report showed that some of the bones of her neck had
been fractured and there was bleeding on the neck. "In our prima facie opinion, these could clearly not be
self-inflicted injuries. Also, there are burns all over the body. The depositions of the witnesses show that it
was the petitioner, the husband of Daljit Kaur, who was present in the house when she died. There is
evidence that Kaur was being ill-treated by her husband and was often beaten by him." "In our opinion,
crimes of the nature which has been committed in the present case outrage the modern conscience, and
they belong to the rarest of rare category deserving death sentence," it said. On October 28, the same
Bench while dealing with a similar case had expressed deep anguish over the large number of women
being killed for dowry. It had said: "The hallmark of a healthy society is the respect it shows to women.
Indian society has become a sick society. This is evident from the large number of cases coming up in
this court and also in almost all courts in the country in which young women are being killed by their
husbands or by their in-laws by pouring kerosene on them and setting them on fire or by
hanging/strangulating them." "What is the level of civilisation of a society in which a large number of
women are treated in this horrendous and barbaric manner? What has our society become?" the Bench
had asked before upholding the life term for a husband and mother-in-law of a woman killed for dowry.
(TOI, 13/11/2010)

Woman, child set ablaze for dowry
KANPUR: A woman and her five-year-old girl child were set on fire by her husband and in-laws in
Bhadesha Sudesha Bahadurpur under the limits of Makhi police station in Unnao. The woman and her
daughter died on the spot. The police have failed to arrest the accused, who are absconding. According
to the woman's brother Santosh, her in-law were demanding dowry and a motorcycle. When he failed to
meet their demands, they set his sister Guddi and her five-year-old daughter Reshu on fire. Guddi, a
resident of Thakuri Kheda, got married to Banke Lal of Bhadesha Sudesha Bahadurpur in 2004. The
couple had three children, including Reshu. After a few months of marriage, Banke Lal, his mother and
father started demanding Rs 50,000 in cash and a motorcycle, to which Guddi refused. When Guddi was
visiting her parents home for Diwali. The in-laws and husband asked her to come back with the dowry or
face dire consequences. As soon as she returned on November 9, they picked up a fight with her on
flimsy grounds. On hearing her cries, neighbours rushed to the house to rescue her. Sensing trouble, her
in-laws acted as if they were dousing the fire. But by the time, she was nearly 90 per cent burnt. When
the police came to Guddi's in-laws house, they said that she and her child sustained burns while cooking.
However, on Sunday, when the kin threatened to complain to the SP, the police sent the bodies for post-
mortem examination and registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498A (cruelty to
woman) against Guddi's in-laws. (TOI, 15/11/2010)

Court angry over cops' inaction in dowry case
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police's practice of waiting for a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) to send a report in
order to register an FIR in case of death caused due to dowry demand has come under scanner with a
trial court seeking a report from the police asking whether any instructions have been given to the cops to
follow this process while registering FIRs in such cases or not. The court also expressed its displeasure
over '' inaction'' by NCT government in framing proper rules for executive magistrates to follow in case of
unnatural death of a woman due to dowry harassment. Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba sought a
report from the DCP headquarters on November 23, to apprise it whether any instruction has been sent to
all police officers with regard to registration of FIRs in such cases. It issued the notice while awarding a
woman and her two daughters with 10 years rigorous imprisonment for driving her daughter-in-law to
commit suicide on December 6, 2005, within 10 months of her marriage. '' There seems to be inaction on
part of state government in framing appropriate rules for purposes of sections 174/176 (police to inquire
and report on suicide etc and inquiry by magistrate into cause of death respectively) of the CrPC,'' the
court said. During the trial, the court noted that there was a substantial delay in registration of FIR in the
matter, despite information being sent to Prasad Nagar police station by Kamla Devi, mother of victim,
Chanda Kumar, following her suicide . The police, instead, waited for SDM's instruction to register the
case. The SHO of the police station concerned sat over the order of the SDM stating there was no
specific direction to register the FIR even though the nature of offence was cognizable. The court
imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on victim's mother-in-law , Premawati, and his sisters-in-law , Deepa
Bala and Lalita, after holding them guilty of abetment of suicide and cruelty. (TOI, 16/11/2010)

HCS officer convicted for rape
PANIPAT: A local court convicted a Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer and former Panipat city
magistrate Jeet Singh on Monday for cheating and raping a woman. The crime was committed sometime
before 2004, when Jeet was the city magistrate. While holding him guilty in the case, additional district
and sessions judge CL Mohal said the quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Tuesday. A
resident of Gannaur town in Panipat district had filed a criminal complaint in the court in October 2004.
She had alleged that she came to know the officer when he was posted as sub divisional magistrate of
Gannaur in 2003. Later, they had lived as a couple in Kurukshetra till July 2004, when he was posted to
Panipat. She said Jeet started ignoring her when in Panipat and, three months later, told her that he was
already married. Shocked and feeling cheated, the victim had then approached the court to file a case of
rape and cheating against Jeet. (TOI, 16/11/2010)

Inspector charged with raping minor dismissed
Maharashtra Director General of Police on Wednesday dismissed Senior Inspector Arun Prabhakar
Borude of Mumbai Police on grounds of immoral conduct after he was made accused in the case of rape
of a minor girl in Powai here. Mumbai Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Dayal gave this information at a
press conference here. “He [Borude] has brought shame to the entire department and the department is
very angry with him,” he said. Borude has been absconding since he was made an accused in the rape
case registered in Powai police station on November 2. Ajit Pawar's criticism The matter has gained
significance even as the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar pulled up the police on Tuesday for being
unable to trace one officer. The police have already arrested two real estate agents and a woman abettor
in the case. “We have sufficient evidence against Borude as well,” Mr. Dayal said. The matter came to
light early this month when it was learnt that a minor had delivered a child in a city hospital. Investigations
revealed that the minor's neighbour Shantabai Gaikwad, who is in judicial custody now, pushed her into
the flesh trade early this year on the pretext of getting her a job. The girl gave birth to a premature baby
on October 17. She had allegedly been raped several times not just by Borude but also by some real
estate agents. (The Hindu, 17/11/2010)

Scheme for women agriculturists planned
The Union government intends to launch by January end a scheme aimed at improving the status of
women as agriculturists and open up opportunities for their empowerment. The scheme, to be taken up
by the Ministry of Rural Development, has been named Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP).
It will be launched as a sub-component of the renamed, but yet to be launched, National Rural Livelihood
Mission (NRLM), which was earlier known as Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY). The
scheme hopes to meet the needs of women farmers, who predominantly come under the small and
marginal farmer categories. Its objective is to achieve socio-economic and technical empowerment of
rural woman farmers. A sum of Rs. 100 crore has been allocated for implementing the MKSP in the initial
stages. The MKSP will serve as a mechanism that will help women access extension services and
production assets such as seed, water, credit, and subsidy. At present, they are not considered
beneficiaries of various government programmes as they are not recognised as farmers for want of
ownership of land. Systematic investments The programme provides for systematic investments to
enhance their participation and productivity and, at the same time, create and sustain agriculture-based
livelihoods of rural women. By allowing them better access to inputs and the services provided by the
government, the MKSP seeks to help women gain control over the production resources and manage the
support systems. The project follows the group approach, mobilising women into self help groups and
ensure capacity building. The Centre would fund 75 per cent of the specific project to be prepared in
partnership with women groups. The States are expected to contribute the remaining percentage of the
share. In the case of northeast and hilly States, the Centre's contribution will be 90 percent of the scheme
approved by the States. The ownership and management rights of the infrastructure and assets created
under the project will remain with the participating women groups and organisations. (The Hindu,
17/11/2010)

Husband, accomplices get life in Anuradha murder case
A city court on Wednesday pronounced life imprisonment to Baljinder Singh along with Vijay Pal and
Ashok in the murder case of Anuradha. Her husband Baljinder Singh had got Anuradha eliminated in May
2008 to marry city-based model Noor Kataria. The court called the murder a deep rooted conspiracy
knitted by Baljinder alias Talla with Vijay Ram Pal alias Nikku and Ashok Kumar in which Vijay Pal and
Ashok Kumar robbed the house of Baljinder while he got the report lodged. "In fact, motive behind it was
to get rid of Anuradha and accused Baljinder wanted to remarry Noor Kataria," said the court Additional
District and Sessions Judge Gian Chand Garg found the accused Baljinder guilty under Sections 302,
120B while Vijay Ram Pal and Ashok Kumar under Sections 302, 120B, 460 and 397 of Indian Penal
Code (IPC) and sentenced life imprisonment along with ` 5000 fine to Baljinder while ` 7000 fine each to
Vijay and Ashok. The infamous Anuradha murder took place on the intervening night of May 17 and 18
2008 in the house No. 5590, Sector 38-West, Chandigarh, owned by Baljinder Singh who on May 18
stated the police that at the night of incident, around 10 pm he had left for disco in Sector 8. The accused
further stated that he returned at about 1 am and found that his wife Anuradha was murdered with sharp
edged weapon and the house hold articles scattered and jewellery and cash amount had been stolen.
Baljinder stated that Mukatsar based servant Nikoo along with others had murdered his wife with sharp
edged weapon. Following the incident, the police registered a case under Sections 302, 34, 460, 394,
397, 120-B of IPC at Sector 39 Police Station. Later on, the police arrested the absconding Vijay Pal from
Nalagarh area of Solan district in Himachal Pradesh and subsequently, also nabbed Ashok. Police also
recovered ` 147000 cash, $1788 along with other jewellery, pan cards, visa and other things belonging to
Baljinder and Anuradha. During the investigation, Vijay and Ashok admitted of killing Anuradha by cutting
her neck with blades. The investigation had proved that the entire conspiracy of Baljinder. The accused
Vijay Pal disclosed that Baljinder also owned another House no. 5030 in Sector 38 West Chandigarh
which was kept secret from his family members including his wife Anuradha as he used to bring girls for
entertainment there. The accused Baljinder had also offered himself even for narco-test to show his
innocence and to expose the police's wrong doings regarding his false involvement but was rejected by
the court. A total of 51 witnesses were examined by the prosecution while 12 by the defence during the
proceedings of the court. (Pioneer, 18/11/2010)

Bihar, UP women have highest fertility rate
NEW DELHI: Women in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have the highest fertility rate (TFR) in India while those
in Kerala and Tamil Nadu have the lowest. While the TFR in Bihar is 3.9 and that in UP is 3.8, the number
stands at 1.7 in Kerala and TN. The other states with high TFR include MP and Rajasthan at 3.3,
Jharkhand at 3.2 and Chhattisgarh at 3. Assam's TFR is 2.6, Gujarat and Haryana's 2.5, Orissa's 2.4 and
Jammu and Kashmir's 2.2. States with TFR between 1-2 include Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka at 2
and West Bengal and Punjab at 1.9. The total fertility rate (TFR) of a population is the average number of
children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime. According to health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,
the TFR for India fell from 3.3 to 2.58 in 2008, population growth rate from 1.5% to 1.1% in 2008 and
contraceptive prevalence increased to 62.3%. India's swelling population has the health ministry seriously
worried. According to Azad, unless the rapid growth of population is contained, it will be difficult to ensure
quality education, healthcare, food, housing, clean drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and a healthy
environment for all. Addressing the conference of Asian Population Association on Tuesday, Azad said
the sheer pressure of numbers and limited resources like land leads to widespread displacement of
people forcing them to migrate in search of livelihood. (TOI, 18/11/2010)

Woman poisoned to death for seeking share in property
ARARIA: A married woman was poisoned to death allegedly by her father and stepmother at Ramgarha-
Laska village under Narpatganj police station in Araria district on Monday night because she was not
willing to give up her claim on her father's property. This incident came to light on Tuesday when the
heartless parents vainly tried to clandestinely cremate and dispose of her body, police said. Narpatganj
SHO quoting the FIR lodged in this connection, told TOI on Wednedsay that Runki Devi, 22, was
poisoned to death by her father and stepmother on Monday night after she doggedly refused to part with
her right to her father's property. Her stepmother was allegedly bullying her for long to forgo her right on
father's property. She had been married three years back to a person belonging to the nearby village __
Chakla __ under the same police station. She recently came to her father's house to spend the festivals
and was staying with them for the last three months. Her mother had died a few years back. On the death
of his first wife, her father, Arjun Singh had married again. When his only daughter, Runki Devi, came to
live with her parents, her stepmother starting pressurising her to forgo her right to her father's property.
But, when she did not yield, her stepmother allegedly instigated her husband to eliminate her.
Accordingly, on the fateful night, they allegedly mixed poison in her food and killed her. The neighbours,
who got wind of it, promptly informed Runki's uncle, Rajendra Singh, a resident of Chhataput-Lalpur
village in Supaul district. Her uncle immediately informed Narpatganj police station. Their wicked plan to
cremate her body was frustrated in the end, the police said. An FIR has been lodged against Arjun Singh
and his second wife. The SHO said the couple have left the village and are absconding. (TOI,
18/11/2010)

Kerala girl raped by Jalandhar resident, held
The resident of Kerala Rugmini on Thursday alleged that she has been raped by a Jalandhar resident in a
Sector 17 hotel. Following the case immediately, the local police registered the case under Section 376 of
IPC and arrested accused Manjinder Singh on afternoon. The victim Rugmini alleged that she had come
in contact with the accused through an advertisement published in city based newspaper, in which Singh
had asked for a female nurse to look after an old age mother of NRI settled in Canada. The accused
called her up and told to meet at Sector 17 ISBT but later took her to a nearby hotel and committed rape.
Within few hours, the local police nabbed Singh and put him behind the bars. (Pioneer, 19/11/2010)

One arrested in Dhanas gang-rape case
The local police on Thursday morning arrested accused Sonu alias Noni from Dhanas for committing
gang-rape with a minor, who is a Class XII student of Model School. The family is resident of Housing
Board Colony and the police registered a case under Sections 363, 366A, 376(g) of IPC on compliant of
victim’s mother Sashi Thakur on Wednesday. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Central Deshraj
Singh said: “The arrested is one of the three accused who committed rape with minor at late hours on
November 13 and the other absconding two are Gaurav and Avtar Singh. There are two more accused
namely Sukha and Lucky who helped these three in committing the crime and we are looking for them
all.” The victim informed that Gaurav is known to her. Where Gaurav and Lucky are residents of Milk
Colony, Avtar, Sukha and Sonu alias Noni are residents of Dhanas only. The minor girl goes for her
tuitions daily from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm at Milk Colony but had reached early on November 13, following
which, her friend Gaurav, already present there, asked her to come along in his Zen car (PB 23 3300).
Later, Gaurav and Avtar Singh took her to village Miyanpur through Mullanpur and stopped at a two-room
set near a tube-well there where other accused Sukha, arrested Sonu and Lucky were already present.
The girl them became victim of gang-rape by Gaurav, Sukha and Sonu. (Pioneer, 19/11/2010)

Two children dead as mother tries to end life
Two children were burnt to death when their mother attempted self-immolation in West Delhi on
Thursday. The woman, a resident of Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar, was reportedly upset over her
husband’s constant demand for dowry from her family because of his failing business. At 7 am, five-year-
old Khushi and her four-year-old brother Akash were asleep when their mother Beena (28) doused
herself with kerosene and set herself ablaze in the kitchen. The mattress on which the children were
sleeping also caught fire, killing them on the spot. Beena, however, survived and is admitted to the
Safdarjung Hospital with 95 per cent burns. The blaze had to be doused by neighbours as the fire officials
had trouble reaching the house through the narrow lanes. A senior police officer said, “Beena had
planned the whole thing. Last evening, she purchased the kerosene and decided to kill herself in the
morning when her husband was away.” The officer said Beena’s husband Mukesh (30) ran a cardboard
business which was not doing well for the last four or five months. Three days ago, he made a trip to
Jaipur for a loan, said the officer, adding that the family was going through a financial crisis. (IE,
19/11/2010)

Unable to pay back Rs 15,000, father hands over girl to lender
Unable to repay the loan of mere Rs 15,000 to a moneylender, a poor man handed over his teenage
daughter to him. The mother of the unfortunate girl alleged that the moneylender was keeping the victim
for the last one week. The police claimed to have recovered the girl on Sunday evening. The mother of
the girl told reporters that her husband took the girl to Hapur town (a sub division of Ghaziabad district)
under the pretext to buy slippers for them, but the father Dinesh, a resident of Goyna village, handed over
the daughter-Sonum (14) to the money lender Pintoo, a resident of Ubarpur locality of Hapur. The
incident occurred on November 15. Dinesh had obtained a loan from Pintoo but could not return it and
promised to fulfill the latter’s desire to keep his daughter with him. "The younger daughter Moni informed
that after reaching Hapur her father asked Sonum to go with the man who was waiting for him. She cried
and posed a tough resistance to the man but the man forcibly dragged her into his car and fled," Guddi,
the mother, told reporters gathered at her house. The younger sister of the girl narrated the entire scene
to mother Guddi on her return. The mother lodged a complaint with the police but the mother alleged that
police was apathetic to his complaint and could not recover even after a week. The Sub Divisional
Magistrate Pushpa Devrar told "that the police had informed her that girl had been rescued today-Sunday
evening. The police are looking other aspects of the case such as of her age and the other claims made
by the money lender." (Pioneer, 22/11/2010)
Orissa: Bank official held on rape charge in Jajpur
A bank official was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl in Orissa's Jajpur district, police
said. An FIR filed by the girl's father Gopinath Jena yesterday alleged that Alekha Jena (35), assistant
manager of the bank's Phulbani branch, entered the victim's house when she was alone and attempted to
rape her. He fled after being spotted by the 13-year-old's mother, a police officer said quoting the FIR. A
native of Mangalpur under Ghasipura police station in Keonjhar district, Alekha used to stay at
Santaragadia with his wife. Soon after the incident, villagers and the girl's family members held a meeting
and summoned the accused. However, the official allegedly assaulted the victim's father in the presence
of some villagers which led to lodging of the FIR, a day after the incident. (IE, 21/11/2010)

Health scheme for teenage girls in 200 backward dists
NEW DELHI: The government on Friday launched SABLA, or the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Adolescent
Girls — a special scheme for the health and well-being of adolescent girls — as a pilot project in 200
most backward districts of the country. To be based on the Integrated Child Development Services, or
ICDS platform, the basic function of the scheme would be to address the nutritional and special training
aspects of girls between 11 and 18 years. "The success of this programme is vital for the progress of the
country," Union home minister P Chidambaram said while launching the programme. The home minister
said, "it does not matter if mistakes are made in the first year of the scheme, but it is important that those
loopholes are plugged before going in for a further sanction for universal launch before the 12th Five Year
Plan." (TOI, 21/11/2010)

Sex with wife below 18 yrs may get 7 yrs in jail
A high-level committee constituted by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram last year to look into the
issue of amendments to rape laws is all set to recommend that intercourse with a girl less than 18 years
of age, even if she is a wife, be made a criminal offence, punishable with seven years’ imprisonment. A
husband, if he has sexual relations with his lawfully wedded wife who is less than 18 years of age, will be
committing a crime under the amended law. Simply put, this means that marrying a girl less than 18 years
will now be a criminal offence and not a civil offence as is the case now. It remains to be seen how
Muslim groups, especially Mullahs, react to the proposed changes as under Muslim law, a woman is
deemed old enough to get married the day she attains her puberty, her real age notwithstanding. The
committee is also going to recommend that intercourse with a girl below the age of 18 years, even if
consensual, should be a criminal offence. “At present, even though the minimum age of marriage of girls
is 18 years, unless one of the two parties in the marriage objects and files a complaint, no law
enforcement agency can take cognisance. What we are proposing is that this should be made a crime
where the police can take suo motu cognisance,” explained a member of the committee. In its report, the
committee, which is headed by Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and comprising Secretaries in the Union
Ministries of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department, Women and Child Development, Member-Secretary,
Law Commission of India, Member-Secretary, National Commission for Women and Shashi Bhushan,
Consultant (Judicial) in the Home Ministry, is also going to submit a draft Bill on rape laws. One of the
most important recommendations of the committee is that it wants a separate clause in the Indian Penal
Code to deal with the offence of acid attack. Currently, cases of acid attacks on young girls by jilted lovers
are dealt under Section 326 of the IPC. Now, the panel wants separate clauses — 326 (A) and (B) — to
be added to the IPC to deal with this gruesome crime. The minimum punishment for accused in acid-
throwing cases, the panel says, should be 10 years in jail and fine which could go up to Rs 10 lakh. The
fine amount, the panel says, should be given to the victim of the acid attack. Moreover, even if nobody
gets hurt in the acid attack, the guilty will attract a prison term of at least five years and fine. Another
significant recommendation of the panel is that a new offence dealing with sexual abuse of a minor be
added to the IPC. The minimum punishment in such cases would be seven years. The panel also wants
that Section 198 of the Criminal Procedure Code be amended to substitute “sexual intercourse” with
“sexual assault”. Another important recommendation is to amend Section 146 of the Indian Evidence Act,
1872 to make it impossible for the accused or his/ her lawyer to question the rape victim’s moral
character, previous sexual experience, etc. Sexual assault by a police officer or any government servant
or politician is also going to be an offence, punishable with rigorous imprisonment of not less than 10
years. (IE, 22/11/2010)

Dowry slur on Power Grid Deputy Manager
In a shocking incident the wife of a high-ranking official of the Power Grid Corporation of India has alleged
that that she was tortured for dowry by her husband and in-laws physically and mentallyever since they
got married. Besides, she alleged that their four year-old daughter had been snatched away by her
husband from her and was being kept elsewhere. Besides demanding action against her husband she
also demanded that her child be returned to her at a Press conference here on Tuesday. The hapless
woman mentioned her plight after seeking shelter in a distress home, Swadhar Ghruha run by a NGO
CIDR at Sahadevkhunta. Sandhya Sanshwari, a native of Chhattisgarh had married Sudarshan Guru of
Ranpur Nayagarh district about six years back as per Hindu customs. Guru is currently working in the
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited as Deputy Manager. A few days back amidst strained
relationship she was allegedly beaten up by her husband demanding money, causing grievous injury
following which she fled. Regarding her dowry torture she has filed a complaint with the police. A case
under various sections of dowry prohibition was registered by Sahadevkhnuta police. The father of the
victim PC Sanwari, CIDR director Meera Rani Nayak and Binod Nayak were among others present.
Although repeated attempts were made to contact Guru over the allegations yet his cellphone was
switched off and it was learnt from his office that he had gone on sick leave. (Pioneer, 24/11/2010)

SC notices to 2 wife tormentors
Toughening its stance on the atrocities against women, particularly those falling in the range of brutal
domestic violence, the Supreme Court issued notice to a man from Andhra Pradesh asking him why his
life sentence should not be converted into death penalty for the barbaric murder of his wife. In another
notice to a man from Haryana, the top court also sought his response why his 10 years rigorous
imprisonment for a dowry related murder of his wife should not be enhanced to the life sentence. Both the
notices were issued by a bench of Justices Markanday Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra, while citing two
other cases of identical nature in which it had issued notices to the convicted husbands for converting
their life sentence into death penalty for brutal and barbaric murder of their wives. In the Andhra Pradesh
case, the order was issued on an appeal of Thathamsetty Suresh, who incidentally challenged his
conviction and life sentence for the murder of his wife. While giving the graphic details of the manner
Suresh murdered his wife inflicting multiple wounds on her body before setting her on fire, the apex court
said in such cases of severe domestic violence normally there were no eye-witnesses. (AA, 24/11/2010)

26-yr-old girl abducted, gangraped at gunpoint
A 26-year-old girl from Northeast, working in a leading call centre company, was allegedly abducted and
gangraped at gunpoint in a Tata pickup van by four unidentified persons in Dhaula Kuan area of South
district early on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred on the day, when Delhi Police Commissioner
BK Gupta announced that they are securing the Delhi University and its female students by turning the
existing Maurice Nagar police station into a predominantly female police station. According to police, the
matter came to light at around 1 pm after when police received two calls — one from the victim, who hails
from Manipur and another from her friend, who was with her when she was abducted from Moti Bagh
area. Police officials said that the victim, Geeta (name changed) alongwith her friend were walking
towards their home, after they were dropped by their office cab in Moti Bagh area, when the incident
occurred. “Both of them works in a leading call centre in Gurgaon and were returning home after work.
The victim’s friend who made the first call about the incident told us that at around 12.40 am the cab
dropped them about 30-40 metres away from their home. On the way four persons who were in a pickup
van stopped their vehicle and on gunpoint tried to drag the girls in their vehicle. While the assailants
overpowered the victim, her friend managed to escape from their clutches and ran away from the spot,”
said a police official adding that after the miscreants escaped with the victim her friend made a PCR call
and informed us about the incident. After receiving the call, the official claimed, they reached the spot and
on the basis of her complaint lodged an FIR. They also launched a manhunt to search the victim as well
as the assailants. Search for the victim was on when the police received a PCR call made by the victim in
Mangolpuri area. “A police team reached Mangolpuri and brought her to Dhaula Kuan police station. In
the meantime the DCP on night duty also reached the spot and took the girl to the spot where she was
dumped after being raped one by one by the four assailants on gunpoint in the pickup van,” said the
official adding the case was changed into 376 (g) after her medical examination confirmed rape. (Pioneer,
25/11/2010)

Concern over rapists targeting north-eastern girls
The Centre has expressed ``shock and dismay’’ at the allegedly kidnapping and rape of a young girl from
Mizoram in the National Capital. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also taken suo motu
cognisance of the matter and sought an action taken report from the Delhi police. The NCW has also
written to the call centre where the victim was employed, seeking details of the mandatory guidelines
being followed by them for women employees. In a statement issued here on Thursday, Minister of State
for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said she would take up the issue with the Home
Ministry. She has also sought more PCR vans and extra police posts in areas where women from the
North-East live in large numbers. "I am concerned about these incidents happening to the girls from North
East. I had already taken up this issue and I am going to reiterate this issue with the Home Ministry that
they should have extra kiosks and PCR vans in all police stations in areas where there is a concentration
of girls from North East," she said. Ms. Tirath said there was a need to ensure safe working conditions for
women. "I am also asking the police to hold gender sensitisation workshops in every police station so that
police personnel at all levels are adequately sensitised to these problems". The 30-year-old victim was
walking towards her home in Moti Village in south Delhi early Wednesday morning after returning from a
call centre where she was employed along with one of her colleagues, when four men in a vehicle
abducted her and took turns to rape her. This is the latest in several incidents of sexual assaults in the
city where girls from the North-East were at the receiving end. (The Hindu, 26/11/2010)

Only 15% Indian women are overweight: Study
NEW DELHI: This could come as a bit of a surprise. Contrary to popular perception, Indian women aren't
all that fat. In an interesting study, conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health
(HSPH), which looked at percentage of women who were overweight in 54 low and middle-income
countries, India figures in the bottom five worst-affected countries. According to the study, the average
Body Mass Index (BMI) of an Indian woman is 21, and only 15% — aged between 15-49 — are
overweight. Researchers said women with BMI above 25 was assigned as overweight. The study was
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on November 20. S V Subramanian, associate
professor in the department of society, human development and health at HSPH, told TOI, "India is
among the bottom five countries in terms of its BMI. So, overall India is still far from hitting the overweight
mark. The overall prevalence of overweight in India is also among the lowest at 15%. But, it varies
dramatically as per socio-economic status — the rich are heavier and poor are lighter." Besides India,
countries with lighter burden of overweight women include Ethiopia (6.3%), Cambodia (7.3%), Nepal
(7.9%), Cameroon (9.2%), Madagascar (10.4%), Chad (11.3%), Congo (12.9%), Bangladesh (13.8%)
and Malawi (13.9%). Ethiopia (20.4), Bangladesh (20.9), Nepal (20.6), India and Cameroon (21) boast of
women with lowest BMI. Egypt leads the way as far as heavier women is concerned — the average BMI
being as high as 28.7 — followed by Jordan (28.3), Swaziland (26.4), Turkey (26.7), Nicaragua and
Bolivia (25.5). When it comes to percentage of female population being overweight, Egypt again tops the
chart (75%), followed by Jordan (69%), Bolivia (46.7)%, Armenia (43.3%) and Colombia (42%). According
to Dr Subramanian, the study found that high BMI in developing countries remains primarily a problem of
the rich. The findings suggest that the shift towards overweight and obesity among the poor that has
already happened in wealthier countries has not yet happened in developing nations. Subramanian and
his colleagues analysed data from nationally representative samples of 538,140 women — aged between
15 and 49 — drawn from Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 54 low to middle-income
countries between 1994 and 2008. The researchers found an association between BMI and wealth in
every country. Globally, a 25% rise in wealth index was associated with a 54% spurt in BMI and a 33%
increase in overweight. "Previous research has assumed that the burden of obesity is shared by
everybody within these countries; we found that the social patterning of weight continues to closely
resemble the unequal distribution of income," he added. The researchers claim that these findings could
be due to a number of factors, including that women in higher-income groups are more likely to have diets
richer in animal fats than those from lower-income ones. (TOI, 26/11/2010)

Plea to recall ruling where woman was described as ‘keep'
Contending that the use of the expression ‘keep' in a recent judgment to describe a woman was highly
derogatory and a discrimination against women on grounds of marital status, Mahila Dakshta Samiti, a
women's organisation has moved the Supreme Court for its recall. On October 21, a Bench of Justice
Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra in a judgment had said, “not all live-in relationship will
amount to a relationship in the nature of marriage to get the benefit of the Protection of Women from
Domestic Violence Act of 2005. If a man has a “keep,” whom he maintains financially and uses mainly for
sexual purpose and/or as a servant it would not, in our opinion, be a “relationship in the nature of
marriage. Merely spending weekends together or a one-night stand would not make it a ‘domestic
relationship.” Offended by the expressions used, the very next day, Additional Solicitor-General Indira
Jaising voiced her protest before Justice Katju, who wrote the judgment, and indicated that women's
organisations would be filing review petitions for recall of the ruling. In its review petition, Mahila Dakshta
Samiti said, “the expression such as ‘keep' which specifically refer to woman is based on social and
cultural prejudices which need to be eliminated in order to prevent discrimination against woman. The
expression would perpetuate social and cultural prejudices and is based on the idea of stereotyping
woman. It submitted that “Article 2(f) of the Convention for Elimination of Discrimination against Women
calls for change in the traditional roles of men and women in bringing about gender equity. Article 2(F)
provides that States should take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish
existing laws, regulations, customs and practices, which constitute discrimination against women.” It said,
“in law only chattel can be “kept” and not human beings. Slaves could be “kept” as they are considered
chattels in law and owned by the master. Hence the word ‘keep' is inappropriate in a constitutional regime
such as ours which guarantees fundamental rights and the dignity of woman. The use of the expression
‘keep' violates Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India as it is not gender neutral and applies only to
women. Further the expression ‘servants' is derogatory of the dignity of labour and they are now known
as domestic help.” The petitioner said, “while deciding the nature of the relationship, which meets the
requirement of a relationship in the nature of marriage, the Supreme Court has also laid down certain
relationship which do not qualify for being described as relationship in the nature of marriage. It said the
court had recorded its findings based on Wikipedia, which is an online encyclopaedia and information can
be entered therein by any person and as such it may not be authentic and cannot be used for the purpose
of determining the content of relationship. It was of the view that the Supreme Court was not called upon
to give such observations in the facts and circumstances of the case as emerging from the judgment. The
petitioner while seeking to recall the order in so far as the use of these expressions was concerned
sought an oral hearing. (The Hindu, 29/11/2010)

Dowry harassment: 5-year jail term for former VC
A fast track court here has upheld a trial court order sentencing former Vice-Chancellor of Periyar
University here Sethupathy Ramalingam to five years rigorous imprisonment in the case relating to
alleged dowry harassment of his daughter-in-law. The 4th Judicial Magistrate court here in June last had
pronounced the judgement holding Ramalingam guilty of charges of harassment of his daughter-in-law
Sangeetha. Police had registered a case against Ramalingam and others in 2003 based on a complaint
from Sangheetha that her husband, Rajavel Sethupathy, along with his parents, sister and brother-in-law,
had demanded jewellery, car and cash as dowry. She had also alleged that Ramalingam misbehaved
with her. Ramalingam had moved the Fast Track Court-II challenging the trial court verdict. Fast Track
court Judge Chandrasekaran yesterday confirmed the five years sentence. (IE, 27/11/2010)

Three held for rape of minor
PUNE: The Kondhwa police on Thursday arrested three persons on the charges of raping a 15-year-old
girl from Mohammadwadi. The police have identified the accused as Jeevan Bhangire (19), Sunil Ghule
(20) and Shivling Narke (18), all residents of Mohammawadi. According to sub-inspector Rajaram
Kshirsagar, Bhangire, a farmer, promised the girl that he would marry her and eloped with her on
November 21. Ghule and Narke helped Bhangire in eloping with the girl in a car. All the four went to
Phaltan and stayed in a lodge there. The next day Ghule sent Bhangire out on some errand, and raped
the girl. Meanwhile, the girl's parents managed to contact her on her mobile. She told her parents that she
was experiencing pain in her stomach. The three suspects brought her home on November 23. While
undergoing medical examination, the girl told the doctor and her mother that she was raped by Ghule,
following which her mother registered a complaint with the Kondhwa police. The police arrested the trio
on the same day under section 363, 366 (A) and 376 of the IPC.TOI, 28/11/2010)

Pilot: more security for BPO women employees soon
Asking Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies to invest more in better transport facilities for its
employees, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot on Monday
said a plan was being prepared by the IT Department, BPO firms and other stakeholders to find ways to
enhance safety and security for women employees, particularly those working on night shifts. “We have
identified seven cities from where over 90 per cent of BPO jobs are generated…we will form monitoring
bodies comprising various stakeholders to ensure the safety of women employees. We will involve State
governments, police administration, BPO firms and even residents' welfare organisations to device a
mechanism that adds to the safety and security of women IT employees. These groups will meet once in
three months for review and improvement of the safety mechanism,” Mr. Pilot told The Hindu. In view of
the rape of a BPO employee in Delhi recently, Mr. Pilot held a high-level meeting attended by
representatives of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and BPOs
operating in Delhi and neighbouring townships of Gurgaon and Noida, besides senior police officials. “We
discussed ways to provide foolproof security measures for BPO employees,” he said. Sunrise sector
Stating that the BPO sector provided jobs to 25 lakh employees, 40 per cent of which are women, Mr.
Pilot said: “It is a sunrise sector and we cannot allow any stigma to be attached to it…BPO companies
need to be extra sensitive to the needs as employees' safety is of prime concern. We should have a zero
tolerance approach towards any kind of crime against women employees and special courts would be set
up to ensure quick justice.” Some measures that would soon come to effect include a consistent
monitoring of pick-up and drop-off facility for women employees. Mr. Pilot said a database of workers
employed in jobs like providing cab facility and catering was being prepared, as these were the people
who know about the movements of women employees, and were found to be behind such crimes. The
police administration would also work closely with the BPO industry, he added. (The Hindu, 30/11/2010)

‘At Braj, they are happier than in their homes'
The widows in Braj, a region around Vrindavan town in Uttar Pradesh that provides shelter to probably
the largest number of widows in the country, are happier there than in their homes in villages, and most of
them have no intention of returning. They also seem to be veering away from traditional beliefs on how
widows should live and what they wear and eat. This is what a study, titled ‘Dimensions of Deprivation:
Study on the Poverty Levels of Widows of Vrindavan,' released here on Monday, says. The study
suggests that the Braj widows do not believe in tonsuring, and some of the younger ones seem open to
the idea of remarriage, though they do not say it openly. Less discrimination “They are rebuilding their
lives and find less discrimination because of their widowhood. Most are able to enter temples, and some
even attend ceremonies. In fact, one of them used the Internet and googled her way to an ashram here,”
says the report. Commissioned by the Guild of Services, the study sent questionnaires to 500 widows in
the region. Seventy-eight per cent of them, the young as well as the old, are afraid of physical and sexual
harassment, and 63 per cent of not attaining salvation (moksha). They also fear falling sick, not being
cremated with proper rites, of being homeless and hungry. Although they earn money from multiple
sources — bhajans, ashrams, charity, pension, domestic-work, tailoring and candle making — it does not
add up to much. Most of their money is spent on food, medicines, rent, clothes, travel and puja. A majority
of them, (83 per cent), earn between Rs. 200 and Rs. 1,000 a month; 7 per cent less than Rs. 200 a
month and 10 per cent more than Rs. 1,000 a month. Emotional support They receive little or no financial
support from their families. A small percentage did, however, get emotional support. While food is not a
problem, finding shelter is an area of concern, with approximately a third of them living in the open — on
the streets, ghats, railway stations and bus stops, and having to fend for themselves. More than half of
them live in rented rooms and 16 per cent in ashrams. Sanitation is another area of concern, the survey
points out. Economic independence Recommending convergence of several schemes meant for widows
and destitute women, the report stresses need for the government to move from the dole-giving welfare
approach to garnering the potential of this valuable human resource of 40 million widows who could be
imparted education and enrolled into skill-development courses for making them economically
independent. These women can be trained for healthcare services, employed under the Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, covered under the health insurance scheme and even
provided social security in a respectable manner, the report says. (The Hindu, 30/11/2010)
State looks towards Kerala to reverse sex ratio and save its daughters
CHANDIGARH: Upset over the skewed sex ratio, Haryana government is going to find out how Kerala,
which has a matriarchal society, continues to be proud of its female population. Haryanas health minister
plans to visit Gods own country, Kerala, to know the best practices among Malayalis of loving their
daughters and recording the best sex ratio in south. The growing army of bachelors has become a
serious problem in the boy crazy Jatland as they are forced to buy the brides from different states.
Confirming the move, state health minister Geeta Bhukkal said, I have even spoken to health minister of
Kerala about my plan to visit the state. We want to know the status of women in Malayali society and the
best schemes of Kerala leading to empowerment of women. Ironically despite a lot of schemes initiated
by Haryana government, the sex ratio in the state has not improved significantly in last 10 years. Further,
it would be a challenge for Haryana to break the traditional patriarchal set-up of society in rural
conservative parts while some communities of Malayalis enjoy the matriarchal system. Benny Thomas,
president, Malayali Samajam, Mohali, said, In various Malayali communities, women enjoy decision
making powers in the families and the daughters get equal property rights." Kerala leads in womens
education with 87.86% female literacy rate in comparison to 55.73% of Haryana. According to census of
2001, there are 1058 females per 1000 males in Kerala while in Haryana it is 861:1000. Over the last 100
years females have been outnumbering males consistently. The major reason attributed to the increase in
sex ratio is the decline in female infant mortality rate and the increase in life expectancy of women,
announced a website of Kerala government. The state, which is facing a skewed sex ratio, has been
making headlines for all the wrong reasons. An NGO has found that girls are being bought and brought to
the state from 20 states across the country. Haryanas sex ratio stands at 837 (female):1000 (male) in the
0-6 years age group the states lowest in the last five years and second only to Punjab. In its report
released in Pune , the NGO, Drishti Stree Adhyayan Prabodhan Kendra, has found that most of the girls
were brought from West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. Its findings also indicate that girls
were bought within the state too. (TOI, 01/12/2010)

Female foeticide slips with Modi’s campaign
A vigorous campaign led from the front by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the past few years
has yielded results. The girl child ratio has begun improving, even in districts that were notorious for
female foeticide. A recent survey conducted by the State Health Department has recorded 905 female
births per 1,000 males. This is a definite improvement upon the figures of 883 in 2008 and 879 in 2007
registered in the Civil Registration Survey (CRS). Though Gujarat has seen a general decline of female
population ratio over the last two decades, the number of girl children in the 0-6 year age group declined
from 928 (per 1000 males) in 1991 to just 878 in 2001 Census. Alarmed by the danger of skewed sex
ratio leading to social imbalance in the long run, Modi had launched a Beti Bachao Andolan (Save the girl
child movement), especially among the communities indulging in female foeticide. During the campaign,
nearly a lakh-strong gathering of Patels in Surat had pledged to abandon the practice of sex
determination tests and the subsequent female foeticide. State additional director (vital statistics) KK
Panchal told The Pioneer on Thursday that the Chief Minister’s Beti Bachao slogan was last year
upgraded to Beti Badhao (increase girls). People were sensitised to the need for more girl children in
society, he added. Following Vigilance Wing of the State Health Department conducting raids on nursing
homes and seizing nearly 150 sonography machines, incidents of finding female foetuses in garbage bins
had virtually stopped in the State. Apart from the campaign led by the Chief Minister, the other factors that
contributed to the improvement in the girl child sex ratio include public awareness and involvement of
community and religious leaders, additional director (family welfare) Dr BK Patel told The Pioneer.
(Pioneer, 03/12/2010)

Guards to escort BPO staff till home
The Delhi Police will make it mandatory for BPOs that security guards accompany the call centre
employees till their homes. The decision to promulgate such a legal measure came in the backdrop of the
abduction and gangrape of a 30-year-old call centre employee who was abducted from the main road
near her house in south Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan area. The Delhi Police has issued several guidelines to the
BPOs regarding the safety and security of their employees, especially female employees. However,
despite several requests the guidelines were not followed and this has forced Delhi Police to promulgate
an order making it mandatory for the BPOs to drop their employees outside their homes. Delhi Police
Commissioner BK Gupta said, “We will surely promulgate an order making it mandatory for the BPOs that
its employees are dropped at homes and not instead on main roads. I will issue an order under Delhi
Police Act or Section 144 of CrPC.” The order, which will cover the BPOs, the drivers of call-centre cabs
and security guards accompanying the staff, is likely to come out within two days. “We have to study the
matter and under which rule it can be promulgated. It may take two days,” Gupta said. “The employees
will have to be dropped at their homes. If the vehicle cannot reach their homes, then the security guard
will have to accompany them till they reach the homes,” he said. Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner
(Southern Range), said the Dhaula Kuan incident would not have happened if the cab of Convergys, the
BPO where the victim was working, dropped her at home. According to Gupta, the accused spotted the
women in the call-centre cab and started trailing them. “The moment they saw the cab dropping the
women and leaving the spot, they thought it was an opportunity and abducted the victim. They were
under the influence of alcohol and seeing the opportunity that the girls were walking alone from the main
ring road, they decided to abduct them,” he said. Gupta said police presence is thin during 1 am to 5 am.
“We have learnt that around 2,000 vehicles of call-centres operate during this time. They did not take
precaution despite we had a meeting with them on November 18,” he said. According to a senior police
official, Convergys had outsourced its ferrying of their employees to 400 cabs and it was learnt that some
BPOs used to change drivers every six month. Delhi Police have already started an operation to follow
call centres cabs during night and check if the guidelines issued by them are being followed. “The PCR
vans will trail the BPO cabs and see where they are dropping their employees,” Gupta said. (Pioneer,
02/12/2010)

Delhi gangrape: 3 arrested; case solved, say cops
With the arrest of three members of a criminal gang from Haryana's Mewat district, the Delhi Police today
claimed to have solved last month's case of abduction and rape of a Mizo BPO employee which sparked
a public outrage and raised questions again over the safety of women in the city. Commissioner of Police
B K Gupta said two people were arrested in a raid by a team of over 300 police personnel from Mewat
after they zeroed in on the gang following thorough investigations. Out of the five men allegedly involved
in the crime, two -- Shamshad and Usman -- were arrested last night, and a third -- Shahid -- gave himself
up today in Faridabad. But two others -- Kangru and Iqbal -- are still at large, he said. Gupta told a press
conference that a team consisting of 15 officers of DCP and Inspector-level rank, and 300 police
personnel was constituted to probe the case and nail the culprits. The team was led by Joint
Commissioner (Southern Range) Amulya Patnayak and Deputy Commissioner of Police South H S
Dhaliwal. Gupta said the victim, who fully cooperated with the police, had told them some peculiar
characteristics of the vehicle in which she was abducted and this helped them trace it. "It was a totally
blind case. The culprits had left no clue, even their vehicle bore no number. Zeroing in on the main
suspects was, therefore, a herculean task," Gupta said. He said Dhaliwal had not shared all the
information with the media during the investigation as that would have helped the culprits. Dhaliwal said
the crime was committed on the "spur of the moment". He said the culprits who were on the move saw
the victims in their office cab after which they chased them to their place of drop. "When they saw the two
women walking towards their apartment, they abducted one while the other managed to escape," he said.
The incident had occurred at 1.10 am on November 24. The victim was abducted by the culprits while she
was walking towards her rented accommodation in Moti village near Dhaula Kuan along with her
colleague after being dropped by their office cab from their workplace in Gurgaon. The commissioner said
they had decided to trail the BPO cars to see whether they are dropping the girls right up to their
destinations. He said they are also discussing legal provisions in this regard. The investigation involved
checking nearly 6,000 vehicles and scanning the entire Mongolpuri area, where the gangrape was
committed, to scour for suspects. He said the main accused in the case was also arrested in connection
with a gangrape in 2007 in Faridabad along with his uncle and brother. (IE, 03/12/2010)

Woman, son get lifer in dowry death case
KANPUR: The additional district and sessions judge II of Kanpur Nagar, S P Tewari convicted one Dinesh
alias Pintoo and his mother, Shivrani, in a case of dowry death, here on Thursday. The duo were
sentenced to life imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each. According to prosecution case,
Pintoo, a resident of Gujaini in Ratanlal Nagar under Govind Nagar police station, was married to Rajo,
daughter of Om Prakash of Shuklaganj, Unnao, on May 5, 2006. He was demanding a sum of Rs 50,000
or a plot for business from his in-laws. When they expressed their inability to fulfil his demand, Pintoo and
his mother poured kerosene over Rajo and set her on fire on September 22, 2006, around 4.00pm. Rajo
later succumbed to her burn injuries. In another judgment, an accused named Shamshad suffered a heart
attack when he was convicted and sentenced by additional district and sessions judge II Rama Bai
Nagar, C M Dixit. The presiding judge, in a murder case, punished Shamshad and Abdul Hasan with 10
years' rigorous imprisonment and fined a sum of Rs 5,000 from each. The judge acquitted the two co-
accused, Naseer and Nafees, for want of evidence. According to case file, the accused, a resident of
Fattepur under Moosanagar police station, had attacked a fellow villager, Shamim Ahmad, on December
16, 2008, when he was guarding his agricultural fields. Armed with lathis and sticks, he had thrashed
Shamim severely as a result of which, he succumbed to his injuries later. The reason behind the assault
was a dispute over land. (TOI, 02/12/2010)

Refused dowry, magistrate beats up would-be wife
A Judicial magistrate (first class) allegedly beat up his would-be wife in the marriage hall and fled before
threatening to take her life because his demand for dowry was turned down. Inder Singh Malviya was
allegedly drunk when the baarat reached Gautam Ashram, the marriage venue in Dewas town, late on
Wednesday. The 30-year-old caused ruckus on the way when he was riding a horse and also inside the
hall before he turned to 19-year-old Monika Solanki, to whom he was engaged a month ago. Malviya
wanted Rs 1 lakh and a car before completing the ceremony, Iinvestigating Officer Abdul Jabbar Khan
told The Indian Express, adding that the groom is posted in Shahdol as JMFC. Khan said the district
judge in Shahdol and the registrar general of the MP High Court had been informed. After Malviya and his
family members returned from the hall, Solanki’s father, a teacher, went to Kotwali Police Station and
registered a complaint under the Dowry Prohibition Act as also the relevant sections under the IPC for
threatening her with life and using invectives. Solanki, a first year Bachelor of Arts student was subjected
to medical examination on Thursday. Malviya moved an application in a local court on Thursday seeking
anticipatory bail. The matter would be heard on Friday. Khan said the police had gone to Malviya’s
residence in Arjun Nagar but could not locate him. (IE, 3/12/2010)

Mizoram ranks second in incidence of child abuse in country
AIZAWL: Two recent incidents of rape and murder of minors have come as a wake-up call for Mizoram
which has the unenviable record of having the second highest incidence of child abuse in the country. A
five-year-old girl was raped and murdered on October 18 in Thakthing locality here with a 35-year-old
man from Salem locality arrested for the crime. While public anger against the incident was still seething,
another brutal rape and murder of a five-year-old girl occurred at Muallungthu village near Aizawl on
November eight. The accused, a 26 year-old Myanmarese national, was lynched the next day. Officials of
the State Council for Child Welfare say Mizoram ranked the second highest in child abuse, next only to
neighbouring Assam. Aizawl Superintendent of Police Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that since 2006, 344
rape cases were registered of which 209 (60.76 per cent) victims were below the age of 15. Of the
victims, 35 were aged between one to five years, 70 between the age of five to ten and 104 between the
age of 10 to 15. "The rape figure, especially minor rape, will be much higher as the majority of victims do
not complain to the police," he said. He cited an example of a person who raped and sexually molested
ten minors in a village, but the parents of only two victims complained to the police. (TOI, 5/12/2010)

Woman gangraped in Assam, cops' sons among 8 arrested
NEW DELHI: A Mizo teenager was gangraped by a group of Class X and XII students, among them sons
of three policemen, hours after a woman suspected to be involved in trafficking handed the girl over to the
group. The incident, which took place in Silchar in Assam on Thursday evening but came to light on
Saturday. All are students of Class X and XII of a reputed college and a private secondary school. Three
of them are sons of police officers, including the personal security officer of a deputy commissioner and
an MLA. (TOI, 5/12/2010)

22-year-old woman raped in car, 5 held
NEW DELHI: In a shocking incident , coming close at the heels of the gangrape of a call-centre employee
in Dhaula Kuan, a 22-year-old woman - a resident of Seemapuri in northeast Delhi - has alleged that she
was gangraped by six men on Tuesday night. The victim was allegedly abducted from near her residence
and raped for over two hours in a moving car. Police claim to have arrested five of the accused. The
accused dumped her in the same area in a semi-conscious state. The woman complained to police but
no FIR was lodged for two days; till the time the medical report confirming rape was received. The
woman, who got married recently, was returning home when six men driving in acar forcibly pulled her in.
After being dumped in the Seemapuri area, the traumatized victim somehow managed to get to police,
but no immediate steps were taken to track down the accused. The woman was taken to GTB Hospital .
After the medical reports confirmed rape a case was registered under sections 365 (kidnapping) and 376
(g) (gangrape) at Seemapuri police station. Police sources said the accused were known to the victim .
"We have apprehended five out of the six men based on the description given by the victim. The car used
for the crime is yet to be recovered. The accused will be produced before the court on Monday," said a
senior police officer. (TOI, 6/12/2010)

3 profs, principal held for sexual harassment
AHMEDABAD: Three lecturers and the principal of NC Bodiwala College were arrested by Kalupur police
station officials on Monday in connection with a harassment complaint filed against them in August this
year. A woman professor exposed the staff members when they harassed her and two other colleagues
inside the college over a period of time. According to police, professor Deepti Mehta, and a lecturer Anju
Dabral had filed two separate complaints in August and October against the four. Mehta had stated in her
complaint that her colleagues Rakesh Damir, Milan Shah and SD Shah started harassing her soon after
her induction. While, the fourth accused, Jayantilal Patel, the principal of the college, did not take any
action against the trio and indirectly helped them in the act. "The two complainants had mentioned that
the male colleagues used to pass lewd comments, show photographs in glossy magazines and also try to
approach her with indecent proposals. When she tried to approach the senior authorities, they even
threatened to kill her. We had lodged a case against the four persons and booked them for harassment.
They have been arrested on Monday," said DA Desai, inspector of Kalupur police station. The group led
by Mehta had approached Kalupur police station officials last week and inquired about the development
in the case and had also mentioned that the harassment had continued till date and as the accused are
influential, they had also tried to influence the police case. The arrests have been made after
representation to Satish Sharma, joint commissioner of police (sector 1), said officials. The accused were
sent to judicial custody after their bail plea was rejected on being produced before a metropolitan court.
According to officials, the accused will soon be suspended from duties. (TOI, 7/12/2010)

Two Africans try to kidnap, rape N-E girl; still at large
In what could have turned into another sensational gangrape case of Northeast girl, two Africans
attempted to abduct and sexually assault a BPO employee hailing from Manipur in Mahipalpur area of
South Delhi last week. The attempt was, however, foiled by two cops, who came to the rescue of the
victim after she raised an alarm. According to police, the incident occurred on December 1, outside a
prominent mall in Saket when the girl was returning her home. The incident took place a week after a 30-
year-old Mizo woman was abducted by five persons from Dhaula Kuan area and gangraped in
Mangolpuri. Police officials said the victim, who works in a Noida-based call centre, was returning after
collecting her debit card from a bank in Saket, when two Africans intercepted her and tried to drag her to
an isolated place. “They passed lewd comments. First she ignored them and then they caught her by her
arms,” a police official said. When she shouted for help, the official said, the duo slapped her and
threatened her with dire consequences, besides they hurled abuses on her. Hearing her cries, the official
said, two policemen patrolling the area rushed to the spot. “Seeing two policemen, the Africans fled from
the spot,” the official said. A police team along with the woman searched the accused in the Saket area
but they did not find them, the official said. Sources said the girl had identified two African nationals from
police records. “A police team was sent to the place, where the two Africans were living. But they could
not be traced because their houses were found locked,” the official said, adding they have registered a
case against the two at Malviya Nagar police station and looking for them. Further investigations into the
matter are on, said a police official. (Pioneer, 7/12/2010)

Sex worker helps rescue multi-lingual desitute from CP roads
When Seema (name changed), a sex worker, saw 27-year-old Priya (name changed) languishing on the
streets of Connaught Place, she reached out to Priya to save her from the city’s apathy. A well-educated
woman and dressed in a sweatshirt and track pants, Priya had been sleeping on the pavements of one of
the city’s most visited markets for the past two months. “When we found her on the streets and asked her
to come to a shelter home being run by us, she refused. It was only after Seema convinced her that she
would have a better life if she left that place that she agreed to come. She had befriended the group of
sex workers during her stay there,” said Indu Prakash Singh, technical advisor, Indo Global Social
Service Society (IGSSS), the NGO that rescued Priya. Priya — who speaks fluent English, a bit of
French, Marathi and Kannada, claims to have studied chemistry in college — has now been shifted to
Institute of Behavioural Health and Allied Sciences (IBHAS) in Shahdara. “She was brought here two
days ago and we have put her on medication. She doesn’t seem to remember much about her past,” said
Dr Nimesh G Desai, director, IBHAS. Doctors said they were yet to ascertain if she had been drugged or
subjected to sexual assault. An NGO worker who was part of the rescue mission said, “The sex workers
told us many times that she was a nice girl and that she should be taken away lest her life is ruined.”
Another doctor at IBHAS said all she remembered was that she had come to the New Delhi railway
station a few days ago and had gone to Connaught Place (where she was spotted) after that. “She says
she has come from New Delhi railway station and sometimes mentions Uttam Nagar in her conversations.
To complete her sentences, she uses words and phrases from the four languages that she knows. We
are treating her for a bipolar disorder and the medicines would take at least three weeks to show the
effects,” said the doctor. “It was a difficult task getting her to the shelter home but she was comfortable
once she saw children and women there,” said the NGO worker. (HT, 7/12/2010)

Bill to prevent workplace sexual harassment tabled
The government on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment of women at
workplace in various forms, including implied or overt promise of preferential treatment, or threat or
interference in her work through intimidation. The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at
Workplace Bill, 2010, tabled in the Lok Sabha, provides for mandatory setting up of an internal committee
by a company or any other institute to probe a written complaint by an aggrieved person or settle the
matter through conciliation. Introducing the bill, Minister of State for Women and Child Development
Krishna Tirath said the objective was to enact a comprehensive legislation to provide safe, secure and
enabling environment, free from all forms of sexual harassment to every woman, irrespective of her age
or employment status (other than domestic workers). It fixes the responsibility on the employer as well as
the District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate or the Collector or Deputy Collector of every district
in the State as a District Officer and lays down a statutory redressal mechanism. The proposed legislation
makes it incumbent on the employer to order probe into any complaint and provides for a fine of Rs.
50,000 in case an internal inquiry is not set up by the employer or attempt is made to contravene the
provisions of the new law. However, in the case of false or malicious complaint, the bill provides for action
against the complainant in accordance with service rules and in any other manner in case no service
rules exist. The “malicious intent or falsehood” on part of the complainant shall be established after an
inquiry in accordance with the procedure prescribed before any action is recommended, says the bill. But
mere inability to substantiate a complaint or provide adequate proof need not attract action against the
complainant, it says. The bill has identified actions that would come under its purview as “implied or overt
promise of preferential treatment in her [any woman's] employment; or implied or overt threat of
detrimental treatment in her employment; or implied or overt threat about her present or future
employment status.” Other cognisable actions are: “Conduct of any person which interferes with her work
or creates an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment for her; or humiliating conduct
constituting health and safety problems for her.” The bill will apply to any department, organisation,
undertaking, establishment, enterprise, institution, office or unit which is established, owned, controlled or
wholly or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the appropriate government, the
local authority, a government company, or a corporation or a cooperative society. It will also apply to
private sector organisation, societies, trusts, educational institutions, non-governmental organisations,
service providers of commercial, professional or entertainment activities. It will cover the ‘unorganised
sector' where the number of such workers is less than 10. “With more and more women joining the
workforce, both in organised and unorganised sectors, ensuring an enabling working environment for
women through legislation is felt imperative by the government,” the Minister said. (The Hindu, 7/12/2010)

Indian women more ambitious than fairer sex in US : Report
Indian women have emerged as more ambitious with a desire to attain top level positions than their
counterparts in the US, reflecting a shift in the social status of fairer sex in the country, a latest report
revealed. "The widespread nature of aspiration among Indian women is extraordinary with a whopping 80
per cent of them ready to go extra-mile to achieve their ambition compared to 52 per cent in the US," it
said. The report titled 'The Battle of Female Talent in India' is prepared by a non-profit think tank Center
for Work-Life Policy. Interestingly, the report noted that less than 30 per cent of women in India work and
only 10 per cent between the ages of 18-23 are enrolled in higher education. Still in 2009, women back
home represented 11 per cent of CEOs, almost 4 times the 3 per cent figure for women in U.S and U.K
as contained in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies respectively. "The impressive levels of
aspiration amongst Indian women have been fuelled by the country's rapid economic growth that has
brought about a shift in the social status of women," the report said. However, growth in the number of
working Indian women is still muted due to the major barriers like childcare issues, workplace gender
bias, safety concerns, travelling time and extreme working hours, it added. About 70 per cent of Indian
women find it tough to cope with the responsibility of taking care of the kids , parents and other elder
members, while 45 per cent of Indian women believe that unfair treatment at workplace is a major hurdle.
Safety concerns affect 52 per cent of women in India commuting to their jobs while 73 per cent
experience societal disapproval of travelling alone for job purposes. DeAnne Aguirre of Booz & Company
(USA) said winning the war for female talent in India requires commitment. Aguirre suggested that the
companies must strive to become a magnet for smart women through an intellectually challenging,
growth-oriented, equitable, and supportive workplace. Besides, female ambition should be sustained
through the cultural tug-of-war by promoting networks that help build ties among them and provide the
organisational know-how to succeed, Aguirre added. Aguirre insists that the females should be provided
with the flexibility to deal with family-related pulls and work-related pushes through creative solutions
based on local knowledge. Keeping the above things in mind, some corporates like Google, Goldman
Sachs, Infosys, ICICI Bank, GE, Tata, Ernst & Young, HSBC, and Pfizer are creating processes and
practices that would enable Indian women to compete and flourish at their full potential (deccan herald,
8/12/2010)

TV anchor booked for neglecting ailing mother
KOCHI: Police in Kerala have registered a case against a Television anchor under the Maintenance and
Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act after they found her cancer ridden widowed mother in a
unconscious state with worms feeding on her soars. Sixty-one year old Shyamala Kumari, a retired
professor of Malayalam in a local college, who is a cancer patient, was found by neighbours in an
unconsicous state yesterday. She had bed soars and worms were found on them. Her husband,
Ravindran, who was general manager of SIDCO, had passed away six years ago. Shaymala Kumari was
living with her only daughter in a palatial house at Thottakattukara near Aluva. The daughter, Shabnam, a
SIDCO employee, and a televison anchor, was away at work when police admitted her mother to a
hospital. A home nurse was looking after the aged woman. The neighbours said they had often told the
woman's daughter to admit her to a hospital, which she had allegedly refused. As her condition worsened,
the nurse informed the neighbours, who called up the police. Special branch DYSP Anil Kumar and
Janamaitri police found the woman in an unconscious state and was admitted to the pain and palliative
care unit of a hospital in Aluva. Shayamala Kumari despite being cancer ridden, used to undertake social
work. Four months ago, she was completely bed ridden, her neighbours said. In another incident, a 65-
year-old woman, Devaki, who was forced by her daughter to sleep in a tarpaulin shed outside the house,
was also taken by police to a nearby hospital. Devaki was staying with her only daughter and family.
Police found her lying naked in the shed in a very week state. (IE, 8/12/2010)

47-year-old woman to deliver twins for daughter
SURAT: It is one of the most precious gifts a mother can give her daughter. Shobhana Chavada, 45,
became a surrogate for her daughter Bhavika, 28, and is now set to become grandmother of not one but
two children. Shobhana is expected to give birth to twins at an infertility clinic on Friday. Residents of
Rajkot, Saurabh Kathwadia married Bhavika six years ago and was aware that that she would not be able
to conceive a child as she had a congenital absence of uterus and vagina. Dr Purnima Nadkarni, who
runs an infertility hospital in the city, suggested Bhavika's mother become the surrogate. After medical
tests, Shobhana, a mother of four children, was found to be suitable for the procedure. Three embryos
were transferred into Shobhana's uterus. She conceived in the first attempt and had a triplet pregnancy.
Since triplet pregnancies have a greater risk of miscarriage, one embryo was taken out in the third month.
"We did not want to risk Shobhanaben's life and decided to remove one embryo. It has been almost nine
months and the surrogate mother is ready to deliver twins, each weighing about three kilograms," said
Nadkarni. Preparations have been made for a Cesarean surgery to give birth to the healthy twins. "It will
be one of the biggest days of my life. My children will come into the this world through the same womb
that I was conceived in 28 years ago. My mother is truly an angel ," said Bhavika. Shobhana said from the
hospital bed, "I feel proud I can give this gift to me daughter." (TOI, 9/12/2010)

Kerala man arrested for maintaining ‘harem’
A 52-year-old man from Kerala’s Thrissur district has landed in the police net for marrying 11 women.
Erinchery Thomson of Ollur, Thrissur, who married 11 women but never deserted any of them, says he
did it due to his desire to live with as many women as possible. According to the police, Thomson, who
used to work in the Gulf till recently, had adopted the modus operandi of giving matrimonial
advertisements in newspapers inviting proposals from girls of poor families, saying he was a 39-year-old
widower working in the Gulf. He would take particular care to add in the ad the caste-no bar clause. Once
he came to direct contact with the families of the women, he would win their hearts with his charming
behaviour, promises to help them with money, home, etc, which he never failed to provide. After each
marriage, he would live with the woman for some days and leave her saying it was time to return to Gulf.
Thomson, who assumed different names for the purpose of marriages, had started his strange game in
2008. Since then he married 10 women. His first marriage, with the consent of his family, was in 1984,
and that first wife was still living in the Gulf with his two children in that relationship. He had lost his job in
the Gulf six months ago. The happy period of ‘successful marriages’ came to an end on Wednesday
when he was arrested in Alappuzha, two days after his marriage with a woman of Kuthirappanthi,
Alappuzha. One of the neighbours had developed suspicions when Thomason married her at her home at
4.00 pm Monday and this led to the arrest. Just 20 days ago, he had married a woman from Kavalam in
Alappuzha district. The police said that though Thomson was in the habit of marrying almost once in
every three months, he had not been involved in theft or any other type of crime. “Not just that. He used
to give his women and their families all he could – like money, home and land,” said a police official. As
his targets were invariably women from poor families, the relatives never had much of a problem with this
condition that his relatives should not know of the marriage “and Thomson had never broken his
promise”, said the official. He would take those relatives who showed too much eagerness to Ollur, where
his two-storey modern house with two cars parked in front would convince them. His first marriage since
he developed the strange behaviour was with a woman from Changanassery. Thomson has a child in that
marriage. In 2009, he married women from Pothenkode in Thiruvananthapuram district, Manarkkad in
Kottayam district and a government employee at a temple near Guruvayur. Thomson had bought some
land and a house at Pala, Kottayam some one-and-a-half years ago and had married a school teacher
from there. After he lost his job in the Gulf six months ago, he arrived in Kerala to marry a woman from
Chingavanam, Kottayam and another from Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. He had also married women
belonging to Idukki and Wayanad district. Thomson claimed to the police that there had never been any
complaint of cheating or robbery against him nor had anyone raised any complaint about his behaviour at
any point of time. The police said they were checking the details of his marriages and behaviour. It is said
that Thomson used to work in a bank earlier, but he had resigned from the job and turned his attention to
real estate business, in which he suffered a huge loss. Later, he migrated to the Gulf and had worked
there till six months ago. (Pioneer, 10/12/2010)

Dropping night-shift women staff on doorsteps made mandatory
In the wake of the gangrape of a BPO employee in the Capital, the Delhi Police has issued an order
making it mandatory for BPOs, corporate and media houses from Thursday onwards to drop their women
employees on their doorsteps during night hours and also confirm about their safe arrival. Police also
made it compulsory for the employers to ensure that a security guard accompanies the woman employee
to her residence and ensure her safe arrival if the office vehicle cannot drop her outside her house. The
order was issued under Section 144 of CrPC and the employers violating the order are liable to be
punished under Section 188 (disobedience of an official order) of IPC, which entails an imprisonment of
up to six months or a fine of Rs 1,000 or both. “Certain criminal and anti-social elements look for soft
targets, particularly during the odd hours and the women employees who travel during late night hours
are vulnerable to crime by such elements if they are not dropped securely and safely at their places of
stay,” the order said. The order, however, did not define the night hours. According to a senior police
official, the order was issued, as some of the employers have not properly monitored the cab operators
hired for ferrying their workers. Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta had on December 2 said that
women working in night shifts should be dropped at their homes and not at nearby streets. A 30-year-old
Mizo woman was abducted and raped by five men in south Delhi when she alighted from her office cab
and was walking towards her house from the main road. Police had then said if the cab had stopped for a
minute, she would have been saved. According to the order, the cab driver involved in transportation of
women employees drops them right at their houses, remains halted at the point where a woman
employee has been dropped till she confirms about her arrival at her residence through a telephone call.
Noting that there was a “mushrooming of BPOs, corporate and media houses in Delhi and other parts of
the NCR providing employment to youth, the order said, that the employer should ensure that women
workers were not made to travel alone with the cab driver and a security guard should be invariably
deployed in each cab carrying them. It has also asked employers to maintain a database of all
employees, security personnel, cab drivers and contractual workers working with them for access by
police besides hiring security personnel and other contractual personnel as far as possible from licensed
agencies only. Other points made mandatory for the employees include choosing the route in such a
manner that woman employees were not the first one to be picked up or the last to be dropped. The cab
drivers should not pick any stranger or stray away from designated routes, the order said, adding the
employer should install GPS on their vehicles for easy tracking. (Pioneer, 10/12/2010)

Girl abducted, raped in Delhi
Close on the heels of the abduction and gang-rape of a call centre employee, an 18-year-old girl was
allegedly abducted by four persons, including a minor, in Sultanpuri here late on Saturday night and
gang-raped in a moving car. Three of the accused, Rama (28), Chanderpal (23) and Dabbu (25), have
been arrested and the minor apprehended. The car used for the crime has also been seized. Lewd
comments The 18-year-old girl, along with her 24-year-old neighbour, was on her way to pick up her
mother, who works in a factory at Mangolpuri, around 10 p.m. when the four in a black car allegedly
passed lewd comments at her. “It led to a heated exchange between the girl and the men in the car and
she hurled a bunch of keys at them damaging the window glass. The men then asked her to compensate
for the damage. As the girl continued to protest, the men dragged her inside the car and drove away,”
said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer Delhi) Chhaya Sharma. Her neighbour made the first call to
the PCR around 10.30 p.m. informing about the incident, but could not provide specific details about the
vehicle. He made another call to the PCR around 11 p.m. after he got the registration number of the
vehicle from a tent owner who was witness to the whole incident. Armed with the registration number, the
police teams carried out extensive searches on the outskirts of the capital before a PCR personnel on a
motorcycle spotted the vehicle parked in the Mangolpuri Industrial Area Phase-I around 12.30 a.m. Rama
and Chanderpal were inside the car with the girl. The two were arrested and the car was seized. Medical
examination of the girl has confirmed rape. “For almost an hour after the four abducted the girl, they
continued to argue with her about the compensation for the broken windowpane and drove around in the
area. Two of them, Dabbu and the minor, then got down. It was then that Rama and Chanderpal raped
the girl. As per the victim, the two first drove towards Nangloi and then reached Mangolpuri,” said Ms.
Sharma. All four are drivers by profession. Rama, who owns the car, has previously been found involved
in a brawl. Giving details of the search operation, Ms. Sharma said it was a mammoth exercise that lasted
for over two hours and involved over 600 police personnel. “As soon as the first call was received, the
information was passed on to the PCR vans and the staff of six police stations and special staff of the
district were alerted and pressed into the search operation. The district police personnel were directed to
search inside lanes as the culprits might have avoided taking the main stretches. Simultaneously, we kept
calling and sending text messages to the victim to find her location. It became easier after the victim's
neighbour provided us the registration number of the vehicle.” (Hindu, 13/12/2010)

Software engineer keeps remains of murdered wife in freezer
In a gruesome incident, a software engineer battered his wife to death with an iron object, chopped her
body into eight to ten pieces and kept her body hidden in a freezer in Dehradun for two months. Rajesh
Gulati, 38, kept updating his wife's status on her social networking websites so that her Delhi-based
family and others could not learn about her death until a week ago. He kept telling his two small children
that their mother had gone to Delhi. Lately, he told family members and neighbours that she had gone
missing and called police to tell them the same story. Police initially believed his words but when he was
inquired about the sequence of events before her disappearance, he failed to convince and raised
suspicions. Police then thought it wise to search the house first. To their shock, they found her remains
stuffed in a polythene bag and stored in a freezer. According to police, Gulati, who was living in a rented
house in Govindgarh locality here along with her two small children, killed partner Anupama on October
17 after stuffing a piece of cloth in her mouth and smashing her on the head with a heavy iron object.
SSP GS Martolia said domestic dispute was the cause of the murder. Acting on the information provided
by the accused, police recovered some body parts strewn along the Mussoorie Road and the saw that
had been used to chop up the body. The accused, who hails from Delhi, was earlier employed in a
software company. He, along with his family, came to Dehradun in 1999. (Pioneer, 13/12/2010)

Domestic violence cases on the rise
Around 15-20 cases related to domestic violence are being received by the department daily, said
Dehradun District Protection Officer Rimindri Mandrawal While talking to The Pioneer on Sunday.
Mandrawal said that as many as 650 cases related to domestic violence have been registered of which
around 30 per cent cases filed by men against the domestic violence in six-months. More than 500
people suffered under domestic violence in the district. Most of the cases which have been registered are
of dowry, extra-marital affair in either of side, mental and physical abuse. Recently in one of the cases,
parents of bride accused especially in inter-caste and inter religious marriages that the age of girl was
below 18, but in such cases, girls and boys are always found around 22 years of age. She further said
that men have also registered their cases on domestic violence and in most of the cases, false allegation
of dowry, extra-marital relation, not respecting the other family members are the reasons. Uttarakhand
Women Commission President Sushila Balooni said that there is need to create awareness among the
people on Domestic Violence Act and all the section of the society, social organisation will have to put
their combined efforts to eradicate this menace. Domestic violence related issues should not be hidden,
but the officials needed to be sorted on the spot. She further said that those women, who remain silent
against domestic violence will be exploited more in the society. Women of the society will have to
empower themselves and come forward against this menace. While talking to The Pioneer MKP (PG)
College Sociology Department Head Dr Zainab Rehman, said that people are not giving the importance
of values and become money minded and for the sake of getting name and fame, men and women are
involving in extra-martial relationship as well as going for marriage. Such cases are increasing in the
society which marks great question before society. She further said that society as whole will have to
come forward to address such issue and parents will have to provide good values to their children and
society will have come forward. (Pioneer, 13/12/2010)

NGO asks SC to expunge 'keep', 'one night stand' remarks
Mahila Dakshta Samiti, an NGO working for the cause of women, has asked the Supreme Court to
expunge its remarks like "keep", "one night stand" and "servant" made in a judgement, saying it was
highly derogatory and insulting to females. The review petition comes against the backdrop of the strong
opposition aired by country's sole woman Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, who on October 22
told the Bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and T S Thakur that the remarks ought to be expunged.
While dealing with a matrimonial dispute, the Bench had ruled that the benefits of maintenance available
to women under Section 125 CrPC and Domestic Violence Act 2005 would not be available if the woman
was a mere "keep," a "servant" used for sexual purposes, or if it was a "one night stand" between a man
and a woman. "It is submitted with respect that use of expressions such as 'keep' are highly derogatory of
women and discriminate against them on ground of marital status which ought to be abhorred and
deprecated in the light present day constitutionality," the petition said. The petition submitted that the
interpretation was erroneous and contrary to the plain wording of relationship in the nature of marriage as
used in Section 2(f) of the Act 2005. "It is submitted the fact that several men who may be married, do
enter into a second marriage, live and cohabit with the another woman and represent to the women as
well as to the world that he is married to her. "It would be unjust and unfair to deny the protection of the
law to such women considering that they have yet to believe they have actually cohabited with the men
for a considerable length of time as husband and wife," the petition said. It stated the petitioner "truly
believes and is supported in this belief by a large number of women that words such as 'keep', and 'one
night stand' when used to with reference to women who are in relationship with the men outside the
framework of marriage, are highly derogatory of their dignity and are in violation of their rights under
article 15(3) in as much as they discriminate against women on the ground of sex and marital status." The
world over such persons are termed as cohabitants or partners in keeping with the dignity of Human
beings, the petition said. Under English Law 'cohabitants' is defined as a man and a woman who,
although not married to each other, are living together as husband and wife, it argued. "The Petitioner
also prays that the use of the expression 'servant' in the said judgement is derogatory of the dignity of
labour and needs to be expunged. It is worth mentioning that those who provide domestic service are
referred to either as domestic workers or domestic help in international forum as well in Legislations such
as Maharashtra Domestic Workers' Welfare Board Act 2008," the petition said. (IE, 12/12/2010)

NCW seeks stringent punishment for rapists
Concerned over rising cases of sexual assaults on women in the Capital, National Commission for
Women (NCW) chairperson Girija Vyas on Monday sought stringent punishment for the rape accused to
prevent recurrence of such crimes. Speaking to journalists outside Parliament, Ms. Vyas said she would
soon meet Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta and discuss the steps taken to ensure the safety of
women in the city. “It [rape cases] is a serious issue. It is repeating again and again. Police should be
more serious about it. But I think that unless the culprits get severe punishment, the cases will occur
again and again,” Ms. Vyas said in the wake of recent the gang-rape in Mongolpuri. She said that while it
was a relief that the police managed to arrest all the four accused in the Mongolpuri case, “I am sorry that
in many other cases all the culprits are yet to be arrested.” The rape of a teenager in the Mongolpuri area
was the fourth incident of abduction and sexual assault on women in Delhi in recent times. Information
and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the mechanism should be galvanised in a manner that would
allow women to feel safe when venturing out. “At a time when we are talking about women empowerment
and seeking a greater role for them at all levels, including at the panchayat level, it is a must that women
be made to feel secure,” Ms. Soni said. Mr. Gupta on Friday met Women and Child Development Minister
Krishna Tirath and assured her that steps would be taken to ensure the safety of women in Delhi. After
the meeting, he said an additional 300 police control room (PCR) vans would be deployed to patrol the
roads, and gender sensitisation workshops would be organised at police stations. The Delhi Police has
also issued notices to all BPOs and corporate and media houses to ensure that women employees in
night shifts are picked up from and dropped at their doorsteps. (Hindu, 14/12/2010)



Wives in local bodies, Kerala takes charge of the men and in-laws
A woman's work, they say, is never done. But Kerala is lending a hand. For the first time in the country,
husbands and other family members of women representatives elected to local self-governing bodies
would get state-sponsored training in how to manage their “domestic and emotional affairs” in a manner
so as to help their spouses perform well in their new roles. After 50 per cent of the 21,162 seats in three-
tier bodies and half of the governing positions were set aside for women in last month’s polls in Kerala,
hundreds of women from orthodox families saw themselves in elected positions for the first time. A study
conducted by the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) among members of previous governing
bodies had shown that one of the biggest problems faced by women members was lack of support from
their families. With a large number of women voted this time, the state decided to step in to correct the
situation. Says KILA Director Dr N Ramakanthan: “We have asked all women representatives to identify
two persons each in their families who should undergo the (sensitisation) training, starting next month. A
woman representative can suggest two persons from her family depending on who the decision maker is.
The person could be the husband, father in-law, mother in-law or brother.” The training would be provided
by KILA, which falls under the state Local Administration Department. Pointing out that Kerala was the
first state in the country to look into the “domestic management” of elected women representatives,
Ramakanthan says: “As people’s representatives, these newly elected women would have to attend
several programmes and urgent missions even late at night... If the male members do not rise to the
occasion, even marital relations would collapse.” While a detailed course for the training is being worked
out, the KILA Director says it would cover all relevant domestic matters, as well as give an idea to the
spouses of women officials about the volume of work involved in governing bodies. Men would be
sensitised, for example, about giving space to women to allow them to go through files after office hours.
“The training would also sensitise the men about addressing routine matters to reduce conflicts. For
example, women members may have to leave home for a public function after preparing food. Men
should shed their ego and serve the food themselves,” Ramakanthan says, trying to emphasise the
minutest points they were trying to cover in the training. Welcoming the initiative, Malappuram district
panchayat president Suhara Mambadu says: “We have several women representatives who face a lot of
pressure from family when they go for public activities. The trouble at home starts a few months after
election... Men should be willing to share the domestic responsibilities of elected women. Otherwise, our
performance as people’s representative would definitely collapse.” (IE, 14/12/2010)

16-yr-old Dalit girl raped by neighbours
In a bizarre incident, a 16-year-old Dalit girl was brutally gang-raped in Chhertha locality in Amritsar, on
Sunday. According to the police, the victim, who was first kidnapped on Saturday evening by two
accused, identified as Harkush Singh and Joban, both residents of the same locality where the girl
resides, took the girl to an isolated place, where they raped her repeatedly throughout the night. After
raping her brutally, she was left free to go at her home, where she narrated the incident to her parents.
Her parents took the girl to the police station with her blood-stained clothes and bruises on her whole
body. The police got the girl medically examined from the Government Civil Hospital and lodged the first
information report (FIR) under section 376, 120 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for raping the girl cruelly,
against accused Harkush Singh and Joban, who were yet to be arrested. Parents of the victim reported
before the police that they were being threatened by the accused, who were allegedly roaming freely
around their house, and pressurising them to withdraw the rape case or else face dire consequences.
(Pioneer, 20/12/2010)

Madhya Pradesh tops in rape cases, Nagaland ranks lowest
The number of rape cases across the country has increased with Madhya Pradesh reporting highest
number of such crimes, according to an official data. In most of these cases, the perpetrator of the crime
was an acquaintance with the victim, according to data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau.
A total of 21,467 rape cases were reported in 2008, registering an increase of 3.5 per cent over the
previous year. Provisional data for 2009 shows that 21,397 rape cases were reported during the year.
Madhya Pradesh reported as many as 2,937 cases, accounting for 13.7 per cent and highest of total rape
cases, followed by West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh at 2,263 and 1,871 cases respectively. These states
were followed by Maharashtra (1,558), Assam (1,438), Rajasthan (1,355) and Bihar (1,302). The lowest
number of cases were reported from Nagaland (19). Women in the age-group of 18-30 years appeared
most vulnerable to the crime. In 2008, 57.2 per cent (12,299) of the victims were from this age group, only
0.5 per cent less than in 2007 (11,984). In as many as 91 per cent (19,542) of these cases, the offenders
were known to the victims. Neighbours were accused in 33.1 per cent of rape cases. Worried over these
figures, the Consultative Committee of the Parliament attached to the Ministry of Women and Child
Development at its recent meeting decided to focus on the principle of restorative justice to help the
victims of the heinous crime survive. "Rape is one of the most violent forms of crimes against women,
which not only impacts her bodily integrity but in the long-run, impairs her capacity to develop meaningful
personal and social relationships, and affects her life and livelihood," Minister of State for Women and
Child Development Krishna Tirath said in the meeting. She said the Supreme Court had directed the
National Commission for Women (NCW) to evolve a "scheme so as to wipe out the tears of unfortunate
victims of rape". The Apex Court observed that with regard to Directive Principles of the Constitution, it
was necessary to set up a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, as victims are too traumatised to
continue in employment in some cases. Following this order, the NCW held consultations with various
stakeholders such as women's organisations, NGOs, members of the judiciary and police and drafted a
scheme. This comprehensive scheme titled "Financial Assistance and Support Services to Victims of
Rape: A Scheme for Restorative Justice" was formulated and discussed in a meeting held last week.
Some of the salient features of this proposed scheme are that it covers rape victims in all age groups.
Legal heirs are also entitled to financial assistance where death of the affected woman has resulted as a
consequence of the crime. The victim will also be entitled to interim financial assistance of Rs 20,000 to
take care of her immediate needs. Support services such as shelter, counselling, medical aid, legal
assistance, education and vocational training shall also be provided. Assistance of upto Rs 50,000 can be
provided for these support services and final financial assistance of Rs 1.30 lakh to address her long-term
needs. In cases, involving minors or mentally-challenged/ differently-abled women, women who got
infected with STDs or pregnant due to the crime, the quantum of assistance may be enhanced up to Rs
three lakh. In case of victim's death, her legal heirs, including minors, shall be entitled to Rs one lakh as
assistance if she was a non-earning member or Rs two lakh in case she was an earning member of the
family. The scheme envisages the setting up of criminal injuries relief and rehabilitation boards at the
district, state and national levels. (IE, 19/12/2010)

14-yr-old violated for a fortnight
CHANDIGARH: A 14-year-old lured with the promise of marriage by a youth was raped by him and his
three friends for a fortnight at various places in Haryana. The girl, who was lured away by the youth on
December 5, was found near a residential colony in Panipat on Saturday. While one of the accused
youths is on the run, police have arrested four persons, including the woman who helped one of the
youths to rape the victim, at her home. Besides Panipat resident Sona Devi, others who have been
arrested in the rape case registered at Safidon, include Moti, a youth living in the neighbourhood of victim
in Gangoli village, Kashmira and Virbhan, residents of Pilukhera in Jind district. (TOI, 19/12/2010)

Dowry death: Lawyer gets life sentence for killing wife
JAIPUR: A young lawyer was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of killing his wife for dowry by
the sessions court at Jaipur on Saturday. The special court, which handed out the punishment, made a
stern remark that the convict being a practising lawyer deserved no mercy since he committed a grave
crime fully knowing the law and the legal procedures. "The society expected him to get justice for the
oppressed, but he killed his wife for dowry. He deserves no leniency," judge Ashok Kumar Vyas wrote in
his order, giving the maximum punishment provisioned for each of the charge levelled against the convict,
Tek Chandra Sharma. The judge, while holding the lawyer guilty of demanding dowry ( IPC section 498
A) and causing the death of his wife while harassing her for dowry (IPC section 304 B), imposed an
additional penalty of Rs 2 lakh on the convict. The amount would be paid to the deceased's parents. Soon
after the judge pronounced the order around midday, the 34-year-old lawyer was taken into custody by
the city police and handed over to the jail authorities. Sharma is entitled to appeal against his conviction
before a division bench of the high court within a month. It was alleged that Sharma poisoned his wife
Meenu Sharma at the couple's rented accommodation in Vaishali Nagar on October 17, 2003. The couple
had been married for barely one-and-a-half years then. Meenu's parents, who teach in separate
government schools, lodged a complaint with the Vaishali Nagar police station alleging that Sharma and
his parents had started harassing their daughter for dowry soon after marriage. "Meenu suspected that
her husband and in-laws might kill her for dowry. She expressed her fear in the letters she wrote to her
mother, but could never dispatch," special public prosecutor Shiv Chand Sahu told TOI. One of Meenu's
letters, which was produced in court, read: "I had never imagined that there would be such a difference in
the life before and after marriage. If something happens to me, these tormentors should never be spared
because they will attempt to kill me and call it suicide or natural death." Meenu used to teach in a private
school and maintained a daily diary where her letters were discovered by the police. Minutes after Meenu
was allegedly poisoned by her husband and in-laws around 5:30 pm on October 17, she called up her
mother Laxmi Kaushik from a public telephone booth located close to her rented home. "Maa, teri beti ko
teeno ne kuchh khila diya hai. (Mother, the trio has fed something to your daughter)," Meenu told her
mother, suggesting that her husband and parents-in-law had cunningly given her something poisonous to
eat. The telephone operator, a handwriting expert and the private doctor who first treated Meenu when
she was poisoned, were among the 28 witnesses who testified against the accused. Shortly before the
judge was to pronounce the order on Saturday, Meenu's father Narendra Bihari Kaushik left the
courtroom saying, "I won't be able to hear the verdict." (TOI, 19/12/2010)

70% migrant women in Delhi hail from UP, Bihar: Survey
LUCKNOW: A survey report released by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry has shown
that 70% women who migrate to Delhi in search of jobs and better education, belong to Uttar Pradesh
and Bihar. According to data provided in the survey, while UP ranked highest - with nearly 38% women
leaving the state - Bihar came a close second with 32% women leaving the state in search of better
prospects. Among other states that registered their presence in the survey were those from Rajasthan
(12%) and Madhya Pradesh, where 6% women chose the national capital over their native cities.
Secretary general, ASSOCHAM, DS Rawat, said: "Out of the total 38% women migrants from UP who
came looking for jobs in Delhi, 21% are employed in the organised sector, 65% in unorganised sector and
remaining 14%, according to the survey, are still unemployed.'' In Bihar as well, out of 32% women
migrants, the majority of women, 64%, were working in the unorganised, while 28% and 8% women were
in the organised sector and unemployed respectively. The report's findings were based on a random
survey of about 1500 women in Delhi and was conducted by ASSOCHAM's Social Development
Foundation. Rawat added that the final findings of the survey were arrived at in six months, in September
2010. "This is not a routine annual exercise but a reporting of social trends observed in the industry,'' he
said. Among Rajasthan's 12% women who migrated from the state, the difference between the organised
and unorganised sectors was lesser in comparison to UP and BIhar. While 33% women from the state
were found employed in the organised sector, 56% were in the unorganised sector and 11% were
unemployed. The ASSOCHAM study also pointed to the trend of large percentage of women migrants
working in the unorganised sector. Rawat said: "The highest number of unemployed migrant women -
20% of the women surveyed - were from Madhya Pradesh.'' Aside from the trend of employment among
women who leave their native states for Delhi, the ASSOCHAM study showed that 46% of the women left
their native places in search on jobs, only 7% of the total migrant had left for better educational prospects.
The survey also categorised 24% women as `others', who migrated because of reasons other than
seeking education and job opportunities. (TOI, 19/12/2010)

Woman forced to drink acid, dies
ARARIA: In a gory incident, a woman was killed after she was allegedly made to gulp down acid at
Jhaua-Baturbabi village under Tarabari police station in Araria district on Friday night. About half-a-dozen
persons, who were awaiting outside the house of one Mohd Ibrar Alam, allegedly thrashed Alam's wife
Bibi Naukhej (27) as soon as she came out of her house after dinner. Later, they allegedly forced her to
gulp down acid, police said. Mohammad Ibrar Alam, who rushed out of his house on hearing the
hullabaloo, was also attacked with a knife and inflicted injuries. They also sprinkled acid on him. The
couple were soon taken to Sadar Hospital, Araria. When the condition of Bibi Naukhej began to
deteriorate, she was first shifted to Purnia and later to Katihar Medical College. She succumbed to her
injuries on Saturday, police added. In an FIR lodged with the Tarabari police station, Alam identified the
two main assailants — Pervez Alam of Kharhat village and Mohd Nasir. One of their friends has also
been made accused in the case, the police said. (TOI, 19/12/2010)

Teacher rapes student, flees
PUNE: A government school teacher in Rajgurunagar allegedly raped a 12-year-old student in the
principal's office on December 9. The teacher, Prabhakar Borse, has been booked under sections 376
(2)(F) and section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. He has gone missing after the incident. Sub-inspector
Seema Dhakane of the Khed police told TOI that the girl, a seventh-standard student, had earlier been
molested by Borse, who is her class teacher. On December 9, Borse told another female student to tell
the girl that he wanted to talk to her. When the girl hesitatingly went to Borse with the other girl, he said
he wanted to take both of them for a ride on his motorcycle, Dhakane said. "When they refused, he forced
the victim into the principal's office and raped her," she said. The police said Borse allegedly threatened
to kill the girl if she spoke of the incident. However, some students who had seen Borse forcing the girl
into the principal's room told their parents, who later informed the police. (TOI, 19/12/2010)

Women face many hurdles in political career: Guv
Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva said that it was not an easy task for women to climb up the ladder in
political career and that she herself had faced all hurdles that came her way during her struggle in political
life. Speaking at a civic reception organised for her by the Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK)
and Catholic Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Rachana) at Mangalore yesterday, the Governor said, “I
walked with my head held high and no one can point a finger at me and my name has not appeared in
any scam till date.” Corruption is spreading like a cancer in our society today and society is being
recognized by wealth. Wealth has created a different attitude in the minds of the people. Fighting against
corruption is not easy and we have to send a message that we don't want such people in the society, she
stressed. On the occasion, the Governor said that she was honoured to receive this recognition and
felicitation by Mangaloreans in her own home town, and recalled her struggle and efforts in including the
Konkani language in the 8th schedule of the Constitution. Earlier, Bishop of Mangalore Rev. Dr Aloysius
Paul D’Souza honoured the Governor. Addressing the gathering, Bishop of Mangalore said, that Alva has
brought glory to the diocese, and boosted the Konkani Community. Later in the day, the Governor
presented the prestigious Rachana Awards instituted by Rachana, Catholic Chamber of Commerce &
Industry, to five distinguished personalities for their contribution in various fields, at a colorful function
organized at the Milagres Jubilee Hall, Mangalore. The Governor presented the Rachana Agriculturist of
the Year award to Richard Rebello, Mr. Rachana Professional of the Year award to Pascal Alan
Nazareth, Rachana Entrepreneur of the Year award to Vincent C Kolnad, Rachana NRI Entrepreneur of
the Year award to Mr. Ivan Fernandes from Dubai and outstanding woman of the year award to Flavia
Agnes, Mumbai (social activist and Advocate). (Pioneer, 21/12/2010)
Man arrested for raping nurse
PUNE: The Pimpri police on Sunday arrested a clerk from the Tehsil office in Ratnagiri for allegedly
raping a 27-year-old nurse from a private hospital in Thergaon on the pretext of marrying her. The
suspect was later released after he furnished an anticipatory bail order. The police have identified the
suspect as Surendra Laxman Bhose (29) of Pavas in Ratnagiri district. The incident took place between
May 2001 and November 2010. The victim had lodged a complaint with the police on November 25 after
she came to know that Bhose was getting married to another woman. According to the Pimpri police,
Bhose and the victim knew each other since 2001. In 2006 they decided to get married. During this period
he raped the victim several times. However, in 2009, Bhose and his family turned down the marriage
proposal. At that time, the victim lodged a case of cheating against Bhose with the Ratnagiri rural police.
Bhose was arrested by the Ratnagiri police in the case and later released on bail. The police said that
after the incident, Bhose apologised to the victim and promised to marry her if she took back the charges
against him. The victim agreed to his proposal and started meeting him again. When she became
pregnant, Bhose forcibly aborted the child. When she came to know that Bhose was getting married to
another woman, she lodged the complaint. (TOI, 21/12/2010)

Alimony to women is not a welfare scheme but a right: Activists
Unable to bear the daily harassment by her husband, 34-year-old Aliya, a mother of two, finally decided to
call it quits and filed for divorce, little knowing that her problems were far from over. Aliya's world since
2001, when she filed a divorce petition, has been limited to running from pillar to post trying to make her
husband cough up the alimony that was due. But the protracted battle in the court is slowly taking its toll
on her health and is keeping her from her only possession -- her children. "Aliya's case is not a one-off
incident. There are thousands of cases like hers pending before courts all over the country. This only
goes on to show there are several loopholes in the Indian marital laws that need to be plugged," said
Jaya Sagade, Vice Principal of ILS Law College, Pune. Sagade's voice was among the many at the two-
day seminar on economic rights and entitlements of separated and divorced women held in the capital
which saw women lawyers, teachers and women rights activists come together to deliberate ways to
"plug-in" the "flaws" in Indian marital laws.They also raised concerns about how the right to maintenance
was increasingly being used as a tool for discrimination. "We need to, at first, look for alternatives to the
word maintenance. People, especially those connected to the judicial system, are increasingly looking at
alimony as a welfare scheme where money is doled to women. "The first step is to change this perception
and start looking at it as a right," said Malavika Rajkotia, a lawyer at the Delhi High Court. Separation and
divorce for the Indian women usually leads to the woman returning to her natal home with absolutely
nothing, she said, adding that this not only leads to a drastic fall in her lifestyle, living standards and social
status but is also a big blow to her confidence. The stigma associated with single women, the paltry
amount in alimony, expenses incurred during trials, "class and gender bias" among lawyers are some of
the problems that were raised during the course of the seminar. "Let's take the case of Kerala which has
the highest women literacy rate, but even this state is not spared of violence, crime and discrimination
against women," said Geena Kumari, a lawyer practising in the Kerala High Court. Women often feel that
they are doubly harassed, first by their husband and marital families and then by the police and lawyers
they approach for help, she said. "Women most often are unaware that they are entitled to maintenance,
have no idea how much their husbands earn, or even where they work, and are unable to provide their
income proof in order to ask for maintenance," Kumari said. "These are the least of their problems. In
addition, they have to carry the stigma of being a single woman, go through the cumbersome judicial
process, try to meet the expenses for each hearing and the end of all this make-do with the meagre
alimony they get which can be as low as Rs 500 per month," she said. Geetha Ramasheshan, an
advocate of the Madras High Court, said, "The government must try to address more gender-related
issues." She said the judicial system, in the meanwhile, must start treating the refusal of alimony as a
criminal offence. A primary recommendation that emerged during the discussion is that all separated,
divorced Indian women must be entitled to at least half the share of assets in marital home or assets
acquired by couple during the period that they were together. The women also raised the need to
sensitise judges to gender issues and a support system for women whose husbands can't give
maintenance. "What is sad is that it's been almost three decades since the landmark Shah Bano case,
where the 62-year-old mother of five went to court seeking alimony, but sadly the marital laws in the
country have evolved little since then," said Mary E John, Director of Centre for Women's Development
Studies. (IE, 21/12/2010)

Two minor sisters raped and one killed
BAHRAICH: Two minor girls were raped and one among them killed, while returning to home from their
school on Tuesday night. The police has arrested a teacher in this connection. The two girls, Priya(8) and
Priyanka(10) were sisters and students of class first and second respectively. Residents of Kharia village
under Motipur police station, the girls were returning from their nearby primary school on Tuesday
evening. The police sources said that a teacher, Subhash had offered to take them on his bicycle. The
teacher, reportedly gave them a ride and stopped near a field where his friend had already arrived. The
police said that the two men raped both the girls and killed Priya(8) by choking her neck. The
superintendent of police(SP) Sanjai Kakkar told that a person had been arrested in this connection while
hunt for the other was going on. Priyanka has been sent for medical examination and Priya's body for
autopsy. (TOI, 23/12/2010)

Teacher rapes orphan student
A 40-year-old physical education teacher of the Government Boys and Girls High School in the state
capital repeatedly raped his eighth standard minor student, an orphan for over a year. He had threatened
her with dire consequences if she disclosed the atrocity to the school authorities. The incident came to
light only on Tuesday after the girl became pregnant and was taken to a doctor by the teacher for
abortion. The doctor refused to abort the foetus and in turn alerted child rights activists of Mahila
Samakhya. The physical education teacher Suresh Goud gave the slip to the police who visited the
school on Tuesday. The girl hailing from B K Guda of Balkampet was admitted to the orphanage at
Musheerabad after her parents died two years ago. She was studying in the Bhoiguda Government
School since then. Orphanage officials had earlier filed a complaint with the Hyderabad District Education
Officer on the suspicious behaviour of the teacher. An official inquiry found Goud had violated the ethical
code of teachers by luring the girl offering books and money. He was let off with a warning. Pretending to
pity the orphan girl, Goud, a married person with three children, used to frequently pick up the victim from
the orphanage and drop her at school. “He used to take the pretext of training the girl for dropping her late
at the orphanage and had sex with her,” said a police after interrogating the girl. The orphanage shifted
her to another school on November 2. The police sent the minor girl for medical examination. A rape case
under Section IPC 376 (Rape) against the teacher was booked and a manhunt launched, said S
Sudhakar, inspector of Gandhinagar police station. The school authorities have suspended the teacher
after the case was registered against him. But it appeared that they and other teachers were aware of the
issue but kept it under wraps to avoid a scandal in the school, said District Education Officer P Sushinder
Rao. He has released a circular to all schools forbidding male teachers interacting with girl students after
class hours. (Deccan herald, 23/12/2010)

Forced to divorce husband and marry militant, she is now in jail
Shahida Begum is 24. But she has seen the twists and turns of a lifetime, enduring all the agony that
came with it. From Tiryath village in Rajouri district, Shahida’s life turned topsy-turvy three years ago
when a militant commander forced her to divorce her husband of six months and marry him at gunpoint. A
month ago, she received another jolt — when the police arrested her for helping her militant husband in
terrorist activities. She was arrested on November 17, two days after the arrest of her husband —
Mohammad Abdullah Chechi alias Abdullah Inquilabi — in Delhi. Inquilabi, from Pakistan occupied
Kashmir and self styled divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, had been active in Rajouri-Poonch
district and adjoining areas for the last 10 years. Lodged in a separate cell in Rajouri jail’s women’s block
for the past one month with her five-month-old younger son, Shahida at times appears shattered and
curses Inquilabi for ruining her life, according to jail officials. She does not like the police either, she has
confided in some women inmates, as they could not save her from Inquilabi. Outgoing DIG for Rajouri-
Poonch range, S D Singh Jamwal, admitted that Shahida was married to a local youth earlier. “To remarry
Inquilabi, she appeared to have been coerced to take divorce from her first husband,” he added. He
confirmed that she was arrested for helping her militant husband; there were cases against her in
Kulgam. Shahida’s parents, too, have been arrested. Father Bashir Gujjar was arrested along with her,
while her mother was arrested a month earlier in Kulgam where police claimed to have seized Rs 4.5 lakh
hawala money from her. Shahida’s elder son, now aged three, is at home with her younger brother — and
she has little news coming on him. Shahida’s story is a tale of a hapless village girl who had no option but
to accept divorce from her first husband and re-marry a gun wielding militant to save her and her family
members’ life, according to people familiar with her case. Hailing from a nomadic Bakerwal family, she
was married to a local village youth in 2006. Six months after her marriage, when she along with her
parents went back to the upper reaches of Pir Panjal to spend summer months, Inquilabi visited them and
asked her father to let his son accompany him. When the father requested him to leave the boy alone as
he was very young, the militant demanded his daughter’s hand. On being told that she was already
married, Inquilabi forced her husband to divorce her so that she can marry him, said a senior police
officer. (IE, 23/12/2010)

Magistrate sacked for demanding dowry
The Madhya Pradesh High Court Thursday sacked a judicial magistrate in the state for demanding dowry.
Inder Singh Malaviya, a first class magistrate in Shahdol district, sought dowry on the day of his wedding
with Monica Solanki at Dewas Dec 1. The magistrate reportedly came in a drunken condition to the
wedding venue and refused to join the ceremonies till the bride's family gave him a car and Rs.1 lakh in
dowry. The marriage was called off by the disgusted bride's family. The Jabalpur bench of the high court
took note of the incident and ordered an inquiry, which found the magistrate guilty. An additional sessions
judge in Dewas dismissed Malaviya's anticipatory bail petition Dec 7. The man is yet to be arrested,
Superintendent of Police S.P. Singh told IANS. (Deccan heralds, 24/12/2010)

Three get life term in dowry death case
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has sentenced a woman and her two sons to life imprisonment for burning
alive her daughter-in-law for bringing insufficient dowry. Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Dudeja
awarded life term to the trio, saying that deterrent sentences are the need of the hour to curb rising crime
against women. "Deterrent sentence is called for in cases where the women are tortured and harassed
and killed by the husband and the relatives of the husband," said the court in a recent order. It convicted
Seema's mother-in-law Kanta, her husband Vicky and brother-in-law Bunty, taking into account the
victim's harassment and torture by them for bringing less dowry. "I am of the opinion that prosecution has
been able to prove that deceased was subjected to cruelty for dowry by the accused and all the three
accused persons in furtherance of their common intention, poured kerosene oil over her and burnt her to
death," the judge said, while also imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on each of the convicts. The court convicted
the trio, relying upon various dying declarations of Seema made before an executive magistrate and her
parents in the hospital. "On a careful scrutiny of all the four dying declarations, the court is of the
conclusion that they are coherent and consistent and whatever is stated therein is an unalloyed
truth...and free from any effort to induce the deceased to make a false statement," the court said. The
court gave its order in the case which dates back to March 2004, when victim Seema, married to Nangloi
resident Vicky two years earlier, had been set ablaze by her in-laws at their West Delhi residence. In her
dying declarations, Seema had maintained that she had been set ablaze by her mother-in-law, husband
and his brother for bringing insufficient dowry. A day after the fateful incident, Seema had told the
executive magistrate from her death bed in the hospital that all three were party to the brutal act of
burning her. She had said that after being set ablaze, she rushed out of the house, where neighbours put
off the blaze and took her to hospital. She succumbed to her injuries on March 11. Father of the victim
had deposed in the court that after around six months of the marriage, Seema's husband and her in-laws
had demanded a two-wheeler which he was unable to give. The trio, meanwhile, contended they were not
present at the house at the time of the incident. They also said that there were contradictions in the dying
declarations of the victim. The court, however, convicted them trashing their contentions. (TOI,
24/12/2010)



Women panel orders probe into rape-murder case
The body of a woman, who was suspected to have been raped and murdered, has prompted the
Jharkhand Women’s Commission to set up a committee to probe the incident. The State Women’s
Commission chairman Hemlata S Mohan has expressed shock on the incident and has constituted a
three-member team to probe into the matter and asked to submit a report in one week’s time. The body of
the 30-year-old unidentified woman was found behind the Delhi Public School building on national
highway-33 under MGM police station area. The police on Sunday had recovered the body with serious
injury marks all over, including her private parts, which was attacked with sharp weapon. “Meanwhile, the
Jharkhand Women Commission has set up a three-member committee to investigate the incident,” JWC
chairperson Hemlata S Mohan said. Mohan, who inspected the spot, said the probe team has been
ordered to submit its report within seven days. She expressed concerns over rising atrocities against
women. She said that earlier too a 15-year-old girl committed suicide following eve-teasing. Deepika, a
student of class X, hanged herself in her room on December 15 at Bhuiyandih here. “We want to ensure
that the incident of rape should be probed and the culprits be booked and action should be taken against
them. It’s a barbaric act and should be condemned in every word. I have constituted a three-member
team to probe into the case and submit report in one week’s time,” said Hemlata S Mohan while talking to
the media. Officials of MGM police station informed that the body has been sent to MGM Medical College
for postmortem. The officials said that the police will take every step to nail the culprits involved in the
gruesome act. Recently 16 year-old Deepika Kumari had committed suicide owing to unbearable
harassment by her neighbour Shiv Pujan Yadav in Bhuyandih under Sidhgora police station area.
Notably, in a similar way, a 14-year-old girl, Tripti, had committed suicide by hanging herself from the
ceiling fan at Bhatia bustee Kadma a week ago. She got calls on her cell-phone repeatedly from a youth.
Upset with the repeated calls from a stranger, she informed the matter to her parents, who instead of
solving the problem scolded her. (Pioneer, 28/12/2010)

EMIL’s Udyogini benefits 1,600 women in Joda
Essel Mining & Industries Ltd (EMIL), working with AV Birla Jan Seva Trust (AVBJST) has ushered in
hope to the lives of illiterate women steeped in abject poverty from Jaishyam Busty of Jalahari Panchayat
of Joda Block in the district of Keonjhar. The Jai Sita Ram group was formed with 12 members in 2008,
who could accumulate a decent amount in banks, self-sufficiency and pride with in just two years.
Similarly, the members of OM Shanti SHG of Bhadrasahi are adding to their family income by marketing
milk packets. Project Udyogini of EMIL and AVBJST has enabled 50 Self Help Groups with nearly 1600
women in Joda block and nearby areas to live with dignity by helping them in soap making, phenyl
making, vegetable cultivation, running the rice mill, Tailoring and running OMFED milk parlours. Udyogini
is a participatory, inclusive and gender sensitive approach of AVBJST for sustainable and inclusive
development of agriculture and industry in which agricultural output is the input to industry. The project
focuses on providing training to women Self Help Groups and establishes village based enterprises. EMIL
is always committed towards the peripheral development of Joda and Barbil area as a part of its policy of
paying back to the community from whose resources help it run its business. It is taking a number of
initiatives in the area of sustainable livelihood, infrastructure development, education and capacity
building and health for the people of the region. Observers are hopeful of Udyogini bringing in a positive
change in the life of the women of the area. (Pioneer, 29/12/2010)

E-toilet for women
In a novel step towards arranging basic facilities for women in the city, the Kozhikode Corporation in
Kerala on Tuesday opened its first “e-toilet” for women. The coin-operated electronic toilet is the fruit of a
long and persistent struggle of women working in the unorganized sector in the city Inaugurating the
facility on the busy Oyootty Road in the city, Kozhikode Mayor MK Premajam said that the presently
installed toilet was only a demonstration unit and more such units would be installed based on its
success. She said the toilet expressed the will of the corporation to ensure care for women. Introduced
jointly by Thiruvananthapuram-based Deacelera Electronics (DE) and Rain Concert at their own cost on
experimental basis, the toilet door would open on the insertion of a Re-1 coin in the slot. DE director
Manoharan said that the Kozhikode Corporation would manage the facility if it was economically viable,
adding that the firms had submitted proposals to all civic bodies for setting up similar facilities in their
areas. (Pioneer, 29/12/2010)

BSP legislator accused of rape
In a major embarrassment for Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati,
a party MLA allegedly raped a minor girl in Banda district, about 200 km from here. The minor girl has
alleged that BSP legislator from Banda Purshottam Naresh raped her when she approached him for help
a few days ago. The girl also alleged that when she threatened to expose the legislator, the latter got her
implicated in a false theft case and had her arrested. The victim narrated her plight to her family members
and others when she was brought by the police to the district court in Banda on Monday. “I was severally
beaten by the MLA’s goons when I threatened to expose his deeds. He also said that I would rot in the jail
if I exposed him,” the minor girl alleged. According to reports the pradhan (village panchayat chief) of the
girl’s village in Banda had sold her to someone and had been terrorising her father. The pradhan had also
threatened her father with dire consequences, she alleged. The girl had approached the local MLA with a
request to save her from the clutches of the pradhan, when the latter took advantage of her situation and
raped her. Local woman activists in Banda have embarked on an indefinite fast against the police inaction
and demanding the MLA’s arrest. “The MLA must be arrested forthwith and proceeded against,’’ said
Devmala Kushwaha, one of the activists. The opposition parties are also up in arms demanding action
against the MLA. The MLA, however, strongly denied the allegation and termed it as a conspiracy by his
political opponents to tarnish his image. “The allegation is politically motivated. Iit smacks of a political
conspiracy,’’ he claimed. Only recently a minister had to be sacked after he was charged with grabbing
large tracts of government land, turning it into cremation ground and levying taxes on burning of bodies.
(Deccan herald, 29/12/2010)

Woman, daughter paraded naked
In the third incident in as many months, a teenage girl and her mother were stripped, paraded naked and
thrashed by a mob at a village in South 24 Parganas district as the girl was having an affair with a married
youth, police said on Tuesday. The incident, which happened on Friday last, could not be reported as
some local goons threatened the mother and daughter with dire consequences if they lodged any
complaint with police. The girl, Sohonara (name changed), class X standard student, was returning home
from tuition when a gang of goons pounced on her for having an affair with a married youth who
reportedly had a “high status” in the village. After stripping her, they ordered the girl to parade nude
before them. At this, her mother, a wife of a rickshaw puller, tried to save her daughter from the outrage.
But to her horror, the goons even forcibly undressed her in full view of villagers, tied her to a tree and then
started thrashing the mother for trying to protect her daughter. All their pleas for being let off fell on deaf
years. Their ordeal did not end there; the goons trimmed the hair of the girl who has been preparing to
take her Plus Ten examination in February 2011. When they went to the local police station, the cops
refused to register a diary of the incident. Pushed to a corner following persistent demand of the villagers,
the cops finally budged and took the complaint. On the basis of the FIR, a huge posse of police combed
the village and arrested four of the accused. Two others are still at large. (Deccan herald, 29/12/2010)

Youth chops off woman's tongue
Enraged over his failure to rape a woman, a youth in Uttar Pradeh’s Harodi district allegedly chopped off
a part of the woman’s tongue before escaping. The profusely bleeding victim, from Lohna village, has
been admitted to the hospital. Doctors said that she would not be able to speak clearly in future.
According to reports, Suresh Prasad, who lived in the neighbourhood, allegedly barged into the woman’s
house on Monday and tried to rape her. The woman, a mother of two, put up strong resistance and
shouted for help. A frustrated Suresh allegedly thrashed her before chopping off a part of her tongue. He
fled before the villagers reached the spot after hearing her shouts. Family members of the woman alleged
that the youth had been stalking her for the past several days. “We had approached the police with a
complaint but they did not take any action’’, said Ram Prakash, the husband of the woman. The husband
is a landless labourer. “Had the police taken quick action on our complaint, this tragic incident could have
been avoided’’, he said. Hardoi district police chief Luv Kumar said that a case has been registered and a
manhunt had been launched to nab the alleged culprit. (Deccan herald, 28/12/2010)

SC woman judge lists daughters as ‘liabilities’
NEW DELHI: It is a line that even Bollywood has banished for a while now. But while declaring her assets
and liabilities, sitting Supreme Court judge Gyan Sudha Mishra, the only woman judge in the SC at
present, has listed the marriage of her two daughters in the "liabilities" column, apparently without
considering anything to be much amiss. The SC's official website in its assets of sitting judges column
gives Justice Mishra's declaration where she lists "two daughters to be married" against the liabilities
column. While this might be a sentiment still shared by a section of the middle class, it could be regarded
as being very politically incorrect, especially on the part of the country's seniormost woman judge. Other
entries in the liabilities column are "guarantor for education loan of my daughter" and residential house to
be built post-retirement. The view that daughters are a "liability" (often because of the high cost of their
marriage), or a burden of some sort, is a notion that the government is fighting to eradicate through many
campaigns. The declaration is likely to attract comment as it is does not seem in sync with the SC's
otherwise progressive image on social issues in general and women's rights in particular. It could be seen
to be betraying a thinking on which the SC is often called to deliberate on while handling sensitive gender
parity cases. The assets Justice Mishra, who formerly headed the Chhattisgarh high court, has declared
are not out of the ordinary. "Stridhan" of one gold set and "few gold rings and a pair of bangles" are listed
under jewellery. There are no shares or mutual funds and fixed deposits total just Rs 5 lakh. Justice
Mishra has a PPF of Rs 3 lakh and has listed her VIth pay commission arrears as well. Her landed
property includes an original allottee of one flat in a society for judges and lawyers in Mayur Vihar in Delhi
and a residential plot in Faridabad. The flat and plot cost Rs 5 and Rs 6 lakh at purchase though their
value would be much higher now. She has shown nothing to declare under the vehicle column while her
spouse owns just one Maruti 800. He also has an office space in Rani Bagh purchased in 1999 for Rs 4
lakh and one unregistered residential plot in Fraidabad. He is also claimant to a share in joint family
property in Dhanbad. (TOI, 29/12/2010)

Girl thrashed for asking directions
Guwahati, Dec. 29: Three women, one of them the vice-president of the BJP’s city district unit, were
arrested today for assaulting a Mizo girl yesterday morning. The three — Juri Das (the BJP office-bearer
who also runs a Guwahati-based NGO), Monimala Das and Mini Das — were later released on bail, a
senior police official said. The 23-year-old girl from Mizoram, who was here to attend a wedding, was
assaulted when she knocked on the door of one of the accused at Nabagiri for directions after apparently
losing her way while returning to the private guesthouse where she had put up. Instead of helping her, the
accused, along with two other women and an unidentified man, hit the girl, accusing her of being
inebriated, sources said. The women also took away her purse and mobile. Then they called up some
media persons and when they arrived, beat up the girl again. Later, the women handed the girl over to
police. But after taking stock of the situation, the police refused to arrest her. Instead, they handed her
over to the caretaker of the guesthouse. The women were arrested after the caretaker filed an FIR at
Chandmari police station yesterday evening. The officer in charge of Chandmari police station, R.
Buragohain, said: “The Mizo girl was attacked when she sought help, asking for directions. We booked
the three women under Section 143/325 of the IPC.” BJP spokesperson Dilip Saikia today said the party
suspended Juri Das following instructions from its state unit president, Ranjit Dutta. Several social
activists and organisations condemned the incident. “The girl was a guest in the city and instead of being
hospitable, these women attacked her for no fault of hers. One of the accused claims to be a social
worker but how can she work for the cause of women if she herself assaults another woman?,” Sumitra
Hazarika, a woman rights activist, said. Hazarika said the girl had to be hospitalised yesterday but was
released today. She was, however, too traumatised to speak to anyone, she added. Juri Das while
admitting that she was involved in the incident alleged that some sections of the media had instigated
them to beat up the girl. (Telegraph, 30/12/2010)

				
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