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Girl, 10, raped at the command of village chief in Jharkhand, India
A ten-year-old girl has been ordered to be raped by a village chief because her dad
beat up a man trying to molest his wife in India’s latest shocking sex crime.
The Times of India reports the girl has been raped at the behest of a village
chief in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand in the most recent incident in
the country’s seemingingly unstoppable tide of violence against women.
Police said that the rape followed a confrontation on Monday night when
a 25-year-old man barged into the victim’s house in an inebriated state,
trying to molest the child’s mother.
Her husband then beat up the attacker and threw him out.
The following morning, the man went to the chief of the village in Bokaro district,
police said, and complained of being assaulted. A spokesman added that an assembly of
elders was convened to determine how best to punish the violent husband.
The families of the victim and the attacker were summoned to the meeting, where
the village chief allegedly directed the man to rape the ten-year-old girl to
avenge the assault, police said.
The man is then claimed to have dragged the girl into bushes a short
distance away and raped her, ignoring her mother’s cries. An hour later,
the mother retrieved her daughter from the bushes, where she lay soaked in blood, police said.
As horrifying as this incident is, it is just one of the estimated 25,000
rape cases which are reported across India each year.
According to Indian government statistics, a rape occurs every 22 minutes, but
activists say the figure is conservative as many rapes go unreported
in the nation of 1.2 billion where sexual crime victims are often publicly shamed.
Rape in India is the fourth most common crime against women.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report,
24,923 rape cases were reported across the country in 2012.
Out of these, 24,470 were committed by a relative or neighbour;
in other words, the victim knew the alleged rapist in 98 per cent of the cases.
Marital rape is not a criminal offence in India unless the victim is separated
from the perpetrator.
Several shocking rape cases have received widespread media attention
and triggered protests across the country since 2012.
India revised its laws on sex attacks in the wake of the December
2012 gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi which triggered worldwide
outrage, but they have done little to stem the tide of sex attacks.
In fact, the number of rape cases in India’s capital has almost doubled
since the gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student.
More recently, the brutal rape and killing of two girls, aged 14 and 15, in an
impoverished village in Uttar Pradesh state in May, sparked public outrage
after the family complained of police apathy towards them because they were from a lower caste.
Cousins Murti and Pushpa were allegedly gang-raped and murdered with their bodies
found hanging from a mango tree in Katra Sadatganj village.
The 20-year-old brother of one of the girls — a cousin to the other victim — has
been staging a protest in New Delhi for the last three days demanding justice in the
case, which is being investigated by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Last month India’s newly elected prime minister Narendra Modi called for action
against the current rape crisis.
“Respecting and protecting women should be the priority of the 1.25 billion
people in this country,” Mr Modi said in his first speech to parliament since
winning a landslide general election victory.
“All these incidents should make us introspect. The government will
have to act. The country won’t wait and people won’t forget.”
Three brothers confess to gang-rape, murder of two teenage girls in India
Three brothers have confessed to the gang-rape and murder of two teenage girls who were found
hanging from a mango tree in India last week, according to police.
Authorities continued to search for two additional suspects in last week’s attack on the
14- and 15-year-old cousins in Uttar Pradesh state, police officer Atul Saxena said.
The girls, from an impoverished family with no toilets in their home in the tiny village
of Katra, about 300 kilometres from Lucknow, the state capital, disappeared on Tuesday night after going into fields to relieve themselves.
After the girls were found hanging from a mango tree on Wednesday, hundreds of angry
villagers stayed next to the tree, demanding that police find the attackers before allowing them to remove the bodies.
It was initially reported by a local official that the girl hanged themselves after they were raped.
Indian television stations showed footage of the villagers sitting under the girls’ bodies as they swung in the wind.
Police arrested two suspects on Wednesday and another on Saturday.
CNN reported that three men who confessed were brothers from a higher caste than their victims.
When questioned by police, the men admitted they had attacked the girls, Saxena said.
The suspects face murder and rape charges, crimes punishable by the death penalty.
Saxena said police were preparing identity sketches of the two missing suspects based on descriptions
provided by the three men who were arrested.
Authorities also have arrested two police officers and suspended two others for failing to investigate
when the father of one of the teenagers reported the girls missing Tuesday night.
Federal authorities are expected to take over investigation into the case this week, Saxena said.
India has a long history of tolerance for sexual violence and of women and girls from Indai’s
lowest castes being raped by higher castes.
Many live in fear of being attacked as they go about their daily business - to school, or to the
toilet or to fetch water.
The attack on the girls has caused outrage across the nation, and is reminiscent of the reaction to
the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a moving bus in New Delhi, India’s capital.
The nationwide outcry following that attack led the federal government to rush legislation doubling
prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalising voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women.
The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.
Health workers, police and women’s rights activists say women and girls in India face the risk of rape
and harassment when they go out into fields or bushes due to the lack of toilets in their homes.
More than a half billion Indians lack access to toilets. A recent study said around 30 per cent of
women from poor families faced violent sexual assaults every year because they did not have access to a safe toilet.
Bindeshwar Pathak, a well-known sanitation and hygiene expert, said Sunday that his
New Delhi-based social service organisation, Sulabh International, would pay for toilets to be
installed in all 108 homes in Katra, the girls’ village.
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Indian teen girls gang-raped and hanged: families allege police shielding attackers
Delhi: The rape and murder of two teenage girls in an Indian village threatened to touch off wider
strife on Thursday, when the father of one of the girls said the crime was the product of a
conspiracy among Yadavs, members of the dominant caste in the area.
The two girls, cousins who were 15 and 14, were found dead on Wednesday,
their bodies hanging from mango trees in Katra Shadat Ganj, a village in Uttar Pradesh state.
An autopsy confirmed that they had been raped and strangled.
Indian police have arrested one man and are looking for four other suspects, police said on Thursday.
"We have registered a case under various sections, including that of rape, and one of the accused has
been taken into custody. There were five people involved, one has been arrested and we are looking
for the others," Budaun's Superintendent of Police Man Singh Chouhan told reporters.
Chouhan said a post-mortem had been conducted and DNA samples had been been taken to help identity the perpetrators.
Uttar Pradesh state, like much of India, is deeply split by religious and caste divisions
and has been prone to mob violence, often in reaction to crimes committed by members of
one group against another. Against that backdrop, the father's accusations of a caste-based conspiracy are potentially explosive.
Two police officers are accused of involvement in the crime.
The victims' families allege that local police were shielding the attackers as they refused to take action
when the girls were first reported missing. It was only after angry villagers found the hanging corpses
and took the bodies to a nearby highway and blocked it in protest, say the families, that police registered a case of rape and murder.
A case of conspiracy had also been registered against two constables, said Chouhan, adding that they had been suspended.
The father, an agricultural labourer from a low-ranking caste, said the girls were last seen alive on
Tuesday evening in an orchard, in the company of a man named Pappu Yadav. (His surname is the same as his caste.)
The father said a relative saw the girls with Yadav and two of Yadav's brothers and, for reasons he did not explain,
the relative tried to intervene between Yadav and the girls.
At that point, one of the Yadav brothers pulled out a pistol "and put it to the head of my cousin-brother",
the father said, using a common term in India for a close relative. "He got scared and ran away."
When he heard what had happened, the father said, he went to the police station and asked that Yadav's house
be searched. But the police officers, members of the Yadav caste, "took the side of the culprits", the father said.
Charges of rape by a low-caste father have deep resonance here, because for centuries upper-caste Hindus
were free to attack, rape and even murder those in low castes with impunity.
Sex crimes against young girls and women are widespread in India, say activists, adding that females
from poor, marginalised, low-caste communities are often the victims.
A report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights in April last year said 48,338 child rape cases were
recorded in India from 2001 to 2011, and the annual number of reported cases had risen more
than fourfold - 336 per cent - over that period.
Protest Against Gang rape with two sister
In Badaayu dist Uttar on 28th may 2014, Two sisters Gang raped and killed. After
rape rapist hang the girls on tree. When her parents went to police station to complain,
police reject. When parent return, they find their daughters dead body on tree.
Situation is very bad and horrific. Girls are leaving in fear. Government is sleeping and
no any fast action. but all five rapist arrested when people come on road.
We strongly oppose it and continuous protest against this and sexual violence in state.
Police are out of control. POCSO- Protection of Child Sexual Offence act 2012 is not implementing in every child cases .
In this fight many girls and man participate and Mr. Riaz Aziz and Delena (begunahi Foundation U.S.A.) and
Melissa Solt and with Michel ( self defence Instructor) participated.
We will fight continued against Sexual violence, pls encourage us.......
Teenage girls gang-raped and hanged in India
Abducted, gang-raped and found hanging from a tree…
That was the terrible fate of two teenage girls who have become the latest victims of violence against women in India.
Villagers in northern Uttar Pradesh state claim the police failed to properly investigate the disappearance of the
pair, said to be sisters or cousins aged 14 to 16.
At least one officer has been accused of involvement with the crime or of helping to cover it up. Several suspects have been arrested.
“Whatever happened, it was very wrong. It is a very serious issue,” said local police officer Maan Singh Chauhan.
“We are fully prepared and we are with the victims’ family. The culprits will be dealt with severely.”
The girls are said to have belonged to the Dalit community – formerly known as ‘untouchables’ – considered to be
the lowest caste in India’s traditional system.
They reportedly went missing from fields which they had entered because they had no toilet at home.
Women’s safety in India has been under the spotlight since the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012.
That triggered nationwide protests and the introduction of tougher sexual assault laws.
Yet a series of high-profile attacks since then has raised concerns that little has changed.
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