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Court awards life term to Uber driver for rape

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New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday sentenced to imprisonment for life till death an Uber cab driver who raped a woman executive on December 5, last year.

Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted by a court for raping a woman executive on the night of December 5, 2014, in his taxi that she hired to head back home in Delhi’s Inderlok area.

Police had said Yadav drove the woman to an isolated place and raped her.

The court had framed charges of rape, causing grievous bodily harm and endangering the life of a woman, besides other charges.

(With inputs from various sources)

 

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Unsafe women, unsafe Delhi: people call for a change

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New Delhi: With the number of crimes against women escalating by leaps and bounds in Delhi, the female folk, especially the young girls, face a plethora of challenges while going out.

The crimes against women had also tarnished the reputation of Delhi which had been branded as the “rape capital”.

It is, however, the collective responsibility of every citizens to take up the issue and address it at the earliest.

The alleged atrocities against women has also changed people’s perception about Delhi. Only a notorious faction of the society is responsible behind the debacle.

The situation demands a total revamp of the attitude of the people living in the capital.

But what kind of attitude and behavior is required for a change? What should be the role of public? What should be the role of government?

Expressing concerns over the security of women in Delhi, the High Court stated that there was a need for a “sea change in the medieval mindsets” of people with regards to their attitudes towards women.

Creating mass awareness is another important weapon to curb sexual offences against women. Though mass awareness campaigns were carried out but they failed to provide an effective solution.

How can one forget what happened on 16th December 2012? Did ‘Nirbhaya’ get justice?

Though people came down to the streets to demand justice, but the scenario did not change. Rapes continued, atrocities on women did not stop and politicians ceaselessly tried defending people.

Media did play a major role in spreading the awareness. But they highlighted their agenda and aired news of rape by highly sensationalizing them.

It became a fashion for the media houses to broadcast or publish news stories related to rape as it brings them more eyeballs.

But media never pay heed to the fact that the more they use the word ‘rape’ the more they inflict a never-healing wound to the psyche to the victims. Furthermore, media reports alienate the victims from the society.

It was not the fault of the victims that they were raped. Even after that trauma, the society made them feel that they were solely responsible for it. This attitude needs to change for bringing in a paradigm change.

The crimes against the women testify the loophole in the security system of the government. It was only after the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident that incidents of the heinous crime were being reported.

Police data says that most of the cases are committed by persons known to the victim. It might be mentioned that in most cases it was the minors who faced the brutalities.

Minor crimes

 

The situation is indeed concerning. A paradigm change is needed to curb the incidents.

Government moves and initiatives would not work if the people do not support it.

Mera imaan, Mahilaon ki samman’ written on the back of public transport like autos and taxis does prove that people do want to get out of the stigma and build a safer Delhi for women.

(By Adita Mehta, Edited by Arka Mondal)

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Conviction rate low, says DCW as Delhi sexual crimes hit 15-year high

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New Delhi: As many as 21 cases of sexual abuse of women, on an average, are reported in the capital every day, according to the latest figures released by the police.

These include six cases of rape and 15 of molestation. This year 1,750 cases of rape and 4,406 of molestation were reported by October 15.

This is the highest number of such crimes in 15 years for the same period.

However, Delhi Police top brass say the rising rape and molestation cases were a sign of its “zero-tolerance policy in filing cases”. Police also claim to have solved almost 90 percent of rape and molestation cases.

Senior Delhi Police officers refused to comment on the issue, but they said that the rising number shows an attempt not to hide any offence.

“We follow a zero-tolerance policy in registering rape and molestation cases. We don’t bother whether the crime graph is rising or falling. Our priority is to register cases and act promptly,” an officer, who did not want to be named,said.

Although Delhi Police claim that an overwhelming majority of sexual crime cases were solved, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) says the conviction rate is very low.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal agreed that the police were filing cases of atrocities against women in a more proactive way. But she questioned the force’s investigation process.

“I met the Delhi Police Commissioner a few weeks ago and asked him about the cases of atrocities registered against Delhi women in 2014. I was surprised that the police had filed 11,000 such cases in 2014, but charge-sheet was filed in only 3,500 cases and only nine persons were convicted,” Maliwal said.

Maliwal said that only registration of cases of crimes against women was not enough, the police should file the charge-sheet in each and every case promptly, and the victims should be given proper counseling so that they do not become hostile.

“Speedy forensic science laboratory reports are crucial in solving such cases. Finally, more fast-track courts for sexual crimes should be set up in the capital to hear such cases,” Maliwal said.

Last year, 1,725 rape cases and 3,487 molestation cases were reported for the same corresponding period (January-October 15, 2014). A total of 2,166 cases of rape and 4,322 cases of molestation were registered in the full year.

In 2013, at least 1,636 rape cases and 3,515 molestation cases were reported in the national capital. In 2012, the numbers were 706 rape and 727 molestation.

The officer said the prevention of rapes by policing was difficult as in 95 percent cases the accused is someone the victim knows well.

“Only a small percentage of the rapes are committed by strangers,” the officer said.

(Rajnish Singh, IANS)

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Politics of rape, molestation, state and police

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By Tarun Pratap

Delhi: A rape in Delhi has become as common as an upcoming mall, the latest smartphone or any new thing that can be associated with the fast paced 21st century. Yesterday alone, 6 rapes and 14 molestations cases were reported in Delhi. An average day for the capital, one would say.

A two and a half year old child was gangraped in Nangloi area. She was in the neighborhood watching Ramlila when she was picked up by three men. She was later found in a park, at two in the night, bleeding profusely from her genitals, and in a state of trauma.

In another case, a five year old girl was kidnapped and then gangraped in the JJ colony area of Anand Vihar.

Arvind Kejriwal, CM of Delhi, visited both the victims and weat ahead with the usual politics of blaming others. While he is not entirely wrong about the Delhi police, his comments were ill timed. Delhi CM said, “Delhi police has completely failed to provide the security to women, what are the PM and LG doing?”

He later tweeted and said, “PM sir, give control of delhi police to del govt for one year. If situation does not improve, take it back.”

Arvind Kejriwal, being the CM of the state, played it wrong. He put the blame on PM, police and centre. It needs to be asked, whether the lack of police force is the reason behind these ghastly incidents, or is it the insensitive patriarchal male mindset that doesn’t back off?

Delhi police data shows that in 95% of rape cases, victims knew the perpetrators. This includes closed relatives, neighbours, friends etc. In one of the two rape cases that took place on Friday night, accused person was the relative of 5 year old victim.

Police cannot possibly stop every such crime. It is not the justification in favor of the police, but it is about realizing the core problem of the issue. No matter by how much the police strength is increased to, we can’t have police in every house. As the data shows, half of the victims were raped by relatives. Arvind Kejriwal has to realize that public, especially males, need to be sensitized.

The male mindset is one of the main reasons behind the rapes. It is more of a mental issue than a legal failure. What else can possibly be the reason behind the rape of a two year old? Any crime has a lot to do with the mentality, if people could be sensitized repeatedly from their childhood, the number of such incidents would go down.

In 2012 when infamous Nirbhaya rape incident took place, Kejriwal had said that Sheila Dikshit was a weak CM; and if he was given the power of for just one day, he could change the situation. Since Kejriwal came into power in February, he has talked more about the PM and centre, rather talking about how to make things better in Delhi.

His first comments after visiting the rape victims on Saturday were, “PM and Lt General are busy arresting Delhi government’s MLAs.”

Delhi CM, maybe, does not hear himself. His comments were as insensitive as any other made by several politicians in past. It seems that Kejriwal has a habit of making everything personal and political.

Kejriwal somehow managed to show himself as a victim while talking about rape victims and that might be his biggest achievement. Next day he gave a sort of open challenge saying that he was not Sheila Dikshit and he would make PM’s life miserable over this issue.

In all this series of comments, Kejriwal and Modi were the ones who got mentioned. Everywhere, media covered what CM said and what he got in reply. But in all this, the actual victim got sidelined. Everyone should have been discussing that how this issue should be tackled but more discussion was about who is the right authority to tackle this.

Apparently, the job of politicians in India, whenever something like this happens, is to make their opposition look criminals rather trying to find real criminals, punish them and find ways to stop the crime. It seems that somewhere political parties wait for such cases so that they can go after the Opposition.

People don’t need sympathy which politicians are seen eager to offer. People want what they deserve, what is their own, their security, and their freedom. Why do people have to come marching on roads every time to demand their fundamental rights?

The question today is, how many more cases or how many more victims would it take before things take a turn?