Author Archives: Asmat Khan

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

An Indian journalist and cartoonist who has received online threats over a cartoon that refers to recent incidents of rape says she will not back down. Swathi Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and his wife, Sita, to criticise right-wing support for the accused. In the cartoon, Sita tells Ram she is “glad” she was kidnapped by ...

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Hindu ‘nationalists’ defend accused rapists and shame India

By Barkha Dutt Dear India: Where are our candlelight marches, our outrage and our mass protests? Why have we been so muted in our response to the reported gang rapes of two girls, an 8-year-old child and a teenager? And no, our lazy tweets and our commiserating hashtags do not count. This week, two cases of rape and murder — ...

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Rape inquiry against India BJP lawmaker

A federal inquiry has been ordered into a rape allegation against a lawmaker in India’s Uttar Pradesh state. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, 50, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl last year – an allegation he denies. The victim tried to kill herself last week in front of the chief minister’s home after alleging ...

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Kathua minor rape-murder: Lawyers stop cops from filing chargesheet

JAMMU: A group of irate lawyers from one community on Monday prevented the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police from filing chargesheet against the seven accused who raped and murdered an eight-year-old girl from another community three months ago in Kathua district. The minor, from a nomad Muslim community, had been held captive, sedated and raped for several days ...

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Two men paraded naked for raping 17-year-old girl

Two men were paraded naked by a mob in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh for allegedly raping a high school student, a top police official said. The two accused were thrashed and paraded naked by the mob, including women, in Yingkiong market area on March 26 before being handed over to the police. Two others are absconding, the police ...

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Rape FIR against Olympian

BARASAT: An 18-year-old girl lodged a rape complaint against ace table tennis player and Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh at Barasat women police station on Wednesday. The teenager alleged that the Arjun awardee had promised to marry her and raped her several times over the past three years. The girl alleged that she met him on a social networking site and met ...

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4-day-old baby of Rajkot gang rape survivor may not live long

A committee of doctors formed from the pediatric and the neurology department of Civil Hospital in Asarwa have decided against performing a surgery on the 4-day-old baby of an 11-year-old rape survivor from Gujarat’s Rajkot. The baby girl, who was born on March 17 at the Civil hospital in Rajkot, was shifted to Ahmedabad because of a congenital defect called ...

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Minor’s rape case: One more arrested

RAJKOT: One more person was arrested on Thursday night for rape of 11-year-old girl who is now eight months pregnant. Police identified the accused as Vipul Chawda (40), a resident of Babaria Colony in Rajkot. On Wednesday night, police had arrested a blind man Vijanand Mayad (47), resident of Babaria Colony in Rajkot, and his accomplice, a 17-year-old minor boy. ...

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Youths Gang Rape 40-Year-Old Woman, Post Video Online

The woman decided to tell the police after finding out that the video has circulated online. A 40-year-old woman in India has come forward to authorities about getting raped by a group of young people a month after the crime was committed. Six youths in Rajasthan’s Baran district sexually assaulted the woman then filmed the incident and posted it on ...

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Rape survivor dies sans compensation

AHMEDABAD: Saira (name changed), 19, a rape survivor who was living with her mother and brother on a footpath in the walled city, succumbed to medical complications late in February. While officials of Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) could not be contacted, sources privy to the development said the survivor or family did not receive any compensation. Saira was ...

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