Author Archives: Asmat Khan

A Young Girl’s Rape in India Becomes a Crisis for Modi

NEW DELHI — The rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl is provoking major political fallout for India’s government, with an explosion of outrage reminiscent of the reaction several years ago after a young woman was brutally raped on a bus and later died of her injuries. In the past few days, as protests erupted across the country, two high-level officials ...

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Asaram Bapu: Indian guru sentenced to life for raping girl

A self-styled Indian spiritual guru who claims millions of followers worldwide has been given a life sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl. Asaram Bapu was convicted of the 2013 attack on the girl, a devotee at his ashram in Jodhpur, by a court in the city’s jail. He is expected to appeal. The guru, who is 77, has 400 ashrams around ...

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Two children raped, murdered during weddings

Two girls were raped and murdered during wedding ceremonies in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, police said on Friday, adding to a number of brutal sexual assaults reported across India this week. The incident in Uttar Pradesh took place in Etah district on Thursday night, just three days after another minor girl was sexually assaulted and murdered about 50km away, also ...

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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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