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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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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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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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India’s youth on rising rape crimes

In 2012, India experienced a watershed moment in crimes against women with the Nirbhaya rape case that shocked the world with its brutality. Six years on, the incidences of rape, and brutalised rapes, in India continue. What factors are responsible for this and what can be done to combat the problem? Gulf News talked to Indian youth about the issue ...

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19-year-old Indian girl unveils bulletproof prototype with GPS alert

While anti-rape clothing isn’t a completely novel idea, a teenage girl from India claims to have developed a “rape-proof” underwear that sends out messages to a pre-stored contact list in case of an emergency. Seenu Kumari, a 19-year-old girl from the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has designed the prototype and it includes features such as a combination lock, ...

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5 Years After Fatal Gang Rape in India, Sexual Violence Continues

NEW DELHI — Five years after the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physical therapy student in the Indian capital turned the focus to violence against women, small groups turned out in New Delhi and several other cities on Saturday to highlight the need for safety for women in public spaces. The “Meet to Sleep” movement, under which women took ...

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Call to speed up child rape executions in India: Swati Maliwal

Rapists of children should be executed within six months of their crime, a leading advocate for women’s rights in India has demanded. Swati Maliwal made the appeal in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the brutal gang rape and murder of student Jyoti Singh, 23, whose death sparked national ...

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2016 saw 106 rapes a day, Delhi the capital here too

NEW DELHI: In 2016, India recorded 106 rapes a day, once again highlighting the continuing rise in crimes against women in the country despite a series of court rulings and toughening of laws to deal with the menace. A large number of those raped (2,116) were girls in the age-group of 0 to 12 years and in 36,859 (94.6%) of ...

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