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Rape after rape after rape, but nothing ever changes in India

As Indians, including law makers in Parliament, rejoice in a particularly Indian phenomenon — the fake encounter of four men in Hyderabad who had allegedly raped a 23-year-old veterinarian Dr Priyanka Reddy and burnt her to death — India, if you forget the window dressing, has emerged as the rape capital of the world. Just as the rape/murder of Reddy ...

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No Stranger to Crime: 93% Rapes in India Committed by Persons Known to the Victim

New Delhi: As many as 32,559 rapes were reported in India in 2017 and the accused were known to the victims in 93.1% of the cases, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data released on Monday said. According to the report, of the 30,299 such cases, the accused were members of the victim’s family in 3,155. As many as 16,591 ...

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India named the most dangerous country in the world for women

An annual poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation titled ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women’ ranks India at number one, with Syria, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Somalia also in the top five. The results were based on interviews conducted with women across six key areas, namely healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. Nations ...

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Death penalty in India rape cases a ‘ploy,’ say rights activists

DELHI: An Indian parliament ruling prescribing the death penalty for those convicted of raping a girl under the age of 12 has been criticized by rights activists, who call the legislation “hurried” and “not in the larger interests of the society.” The legislation, which also tightened the law dealing with sexual offenses, follows a nationwide outcry after the rape of ...

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Why Is India Unable To Control Alarming Number Of Rape Cases

The brutal gangrape of a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur last week came as a chilling reminder of the infamous abduction, gangrape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu earlier this year in January. A week later, a four-year-old girl was found lying in a secluded place in a village in Satna, Madhya Pradesh. She was raped by ...

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India is the most dangerous nation for women, says poll

Pepper spray, safety apps and covered clothing – a mental list Kanika Johri checks off before stepping out of her house in New Delhi, dubbed “India’s rape capital”. These are also must-haves for her friends and family in India, where official data show nearly 40 crimes against women take place every hour. For Johri, 28, who worked for seven years ...

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‘Do you have rapists in uniform?’: Why SC asked Indian Army this haunting question

It is a question that will loom large on the moral hold of the Indian Army on the democratic republic. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 18, asked the armed forces, “Do you have rapists in uniform?” in relation to amicus curiae Maneka Guruswamy’s scathing report on atrocities perpetuated by members of the armed forces in Manipur, hiding behind the controversial ...

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Rape as communal violence in India

In 2013, a coalition government led by the Indian National Congress, the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA), had approved a draft Communal Violence Bill. The bill made communal violence, including hate propaganda, punishable by law and also allowed for prevention and control of communal violence, speedy investigation and trials, and rehabilitation of victims. It also held public servants accountable for ...

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2,430 girls sexually assaulted in A.P. in over two years

Victims are between three and 17 years of age; 15 convicted in POCSO cases in 2016 and 2017 Notwithstanding the claims being made by the government on prevention of sexual abuse against minor girls, 2,430 girls were raped in Andhra Pradesh in the last two years and three months. The victims were aged between three and 17, and in the ...

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India’s abuse of women is the biggest human rights violation on Earth

Deepa Narayan India is at war with its girls and women. The planned rape of eight-year-old Asifa in a temple by several men, including a policeman who later washed the clothes she was wearing to destroy evidence, was particularly horrific. Asifa’s rape has outraged and shaken the entire country. Yet sexual abuse in India remains widespread despite tightening of rape ...

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