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Four gangrape convicts of December 16, get 10-year jail in dacoity case

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New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday awarded 10-year jail terms to four people – earlier convicted for the brutal gangrape of December 16, 2012 – in a dacoity case that occurred on the same night. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh on August 27 convicted the four people for dacoity, kidnapping, wrongfully confining a person, voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery, dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing it was obtained by dacoity and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. The four gangrape convicts  Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta – were tried for beating up and robbing carpenter Ram Adhar before they raped and brutally assaulted a 23-year-old physiotherapist in a moving bus in Delhi. The court observed that ramifications of the incident with the public at large did not not allow it to show any leniency on account of their age, their economic and social backgrounds of their family situations. The court on Wednesday sentenced them to undergo a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and slapped a fine of Rs.1.01 lakh each. There was no remorse on the face of convicts even after hearing the sentence awarded by the court.

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The court observed that “any person who waits at a bus stop for transportation does so with the assurance that the buses plying on the road have complied with all statutory requirements and the person manning them have been permitted by the appropriate government to ply buses on the road after their antecedents have been verified”. The incident with Ram Adhar is an incident which affects every person who does not afford private transportation, it noted. “Even if a bus on the road is plying with all permits and statutory compliance’s, but that bus by chances happens to be empty, a person will think twice before entering it, lest he may suffer the same fate as Ram Adhar,” the court said. “This incident shakes the confidence of the public that buses plying on the road are a safe and secure mode of transport. “The court said such an act on the part of the convicts has taken away the confidence with which Ram Adhar boarded the said bus. “In future, Ram Adhar will always have the memory of this incident at the back of his mind whenever he needs to use public transport,” the court added.

The court opined that this incident may also compel Ram Adhar to shun public transport altogether and arrange for private transport for himself. All four were sentenced to death in the gang rape case by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The matter is now pending in the Supreme Court. Delhi Police, in its charge sheet filed on March 15, 2013, in the robbery case, said bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, along with a juvenile, snatched Ram Adhar’s mobile phone and Rs.1,500 after luring him into the bus. Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay were put on trial in this case in which charges were framed in July 2013. Charges against Ram Singh abated after his death in Tihar Jail in March 2013.

(IANS)

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15-year-old girl gangraped on Facebook Live relocated to “safe space”

The woman also showed to the Chicago Police head the screen shots of the video of the assault

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New York, March 26, 2017: A 15-year-old girl whose gangrape was streamed live on Facebook, and her family have been relocated to a “safe space”, a media report said.

After the video of the attack was published, the authorities offered relocation services to the victim and her family as they started receiving threats and were being harassed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday.

On Monday, five to six men allegedly gangraped a teenager and streamed the assault live on Facebook. What was more horrifying was that the 40 people who watched the video did nothing — not even call the police.

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The incident came to the attention of the police on Monday night, when the girl’s mother approached the head of Chicago Police and registered a “missing” report. She said the girl disappeared on Sunday from the Lawndale neighbourhood.

The woman also showed to the Chicago Police head the screen shots of the video of the assault.

On Tuesday, the girl was found and reunited with her mother. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the girl was found by Ogden District police officers.

The girl’s mother said that since the attack, people have threatened on Facebook that “they are going to get her” daughter.

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She also said that neighbourhood children have been laughing about the incident and ringing the family’s doorbell looking for the girl.

Guglielmi said the police have also “directed special attention” to the family’s home.

Last year three men in the US, who were streaming a video on Facebook Live, ended up recording their own shooting.

In the video, the three men were seen streaming a video while listening and rapping along to hip-hop music in a car. About five minutes and 40 seconds into the video, gun shots were fired. The police later confirmed the shooting.

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The video of the shooting was posted online and was shared over 1,000 times.

In another incident, a 28-year-old man was gunned down while he was filming some lighter moments with friends for Facebook Live in Chicago.

Antonio Perkins, father of three children, was live-streaming when the shooting occurred in the background. (IANS)

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Why do they rape?

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By Roshni Chakrabarty

Since 2008, 24-year-old Ravindra Kumar has raped and abused more than 30 children, killing most of them. Arrested in July, he showed no remorse and proclaimed that had he not been arrested, he would have continued on his spree.

tenant-rapes-two-minor-sisters-arrested_051114040400A month before, a three-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a slum cluster in Pilanji village near Sarojini Nagar was raped and a wooden object was inserted into her private parts by unidentified assailants.

In August, a man was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for raping his 16-year-old daughter and trying to kill her after the act. Such crimes are rampant in India. A report by the National Crime Records Bureau revealed that a woman is raped every 29 minutes. In 2012, the number of such rape cases reported was 706. The number increased to 1,636 and 2,166 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

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The major reason behind this increase in number is the awareness rush caused in India due to the wave of protests following the Nirbhaya case in 2012.

“It is only due to this awareness that many have finally understood the fact that they are victims. Unless people understand what their rights are, they wouldn’t know when they are being violated,” criminal psychologist Anuja Kapur told NewsGram.

Most sexual offenders are initially victims who have faced some sort of abuse. When they are not spoken to and counselled at the right time, they turn into offenders themselves and take revenge upon the society. “It is this vicious cycle which needs to be broken,” she added.

Sending offenders to jail without any proper steps for their reformation is not the solution. They act as a punishment only without solving the issue itself.

In 2013, Derek Medina of Miami shot his wife and posted the photo of her bloody corpse on Facebook. Whereas a murder like this is a routine affair in South Florida, Medina shot to viral fame due to his act. “You will see me in the news,” he wrote in the post accompanying the photo. While the social media boom has brought to light the range of crimes against women, the vengeful ideas are also being amplified by the same platform.17-1426573913-women-rape123-600

WHO report (2013) called violence against women “a global health problem of epidemic proportion,” which is wreaking havoc on social media. Rape videos, revenge porn and gruesome photos of violence against women are splashed across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with misogynistic comments supporting the crimes. This fuels the urge of offenders to share their exploits on a public forum.

In an age where one can get instant fame at the click of a mouse button, criminals and sex offenders turn into “copycats”, imitating gruesome crimes in order to get fame. In January, a woman was found murdered and violated with a stick, in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. The incident was eerily similar to the December 2012 Nirbhaya case in Delhi. In the case of a gang-rape, the individuals lose awareness of their own morality and adopt a misogynistic group mindset. As a result, gang rapes are more violent and aggressive in nature.

To nip the crime in the bud, victimologist Anuja Kapur quipped, “Sensitization of the society is most essential. We have to teach our children how to take responsibility of themselves. Women need to understand that the societal norms are not going to change overnight. They should not act in a reckless manner just to prove a point.”

In a society such as that of India, which has developed exponentially within a very short span of time, a disparity is created amongst the masses as they are unable to cope with the changing roles of men and women. “When a woman changes, the nation changes.”

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Mukesh Ambani seeks early revision of gas prices, urges govt to resolve ‘legacy issues’

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AmbaniReliance Industries on Friday sought an early revision of gas prices and urged the government to quickly resolve what it termed as “legacy issues” over its production-sharing contracts for discovered hydrocarbon.

Pointing out that Reliance Industries was a pioneer in deep-water production of oil and gas, Chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders that the company was trying hard to raise output from the challenging areas in the Krishna-Godavari basin, but the returns were below the cost of capital.

“We are constructively engaged with the government to resolve legacy issues in a timely manner with regards to our rights to cost recovery, gas pricing and other issues to create value for the nation and our shareholders.” He also told the 41st annual general meeting at the Birla Matoshree Auditorium here that: “We are hopeful that the government will address this policy issue in the larger interest of attracting investments in the critical E&P business.”

But Ambani also sought to play down the impact of this business on the company’s financials as of now, but said the future had promise. “Reliance had a total earnings before interest and taxes of Rs.31,835 crore last year. The contribution of the E&P business under NELP to this is about Rs.194 crore, which is about 0.6 percent of the company’s EBIT,” he said.

“Though E&P may today be very small in Reliance Industries’ overall portfolio, it has a high latent value creation potential.” In October last year, a meeting of the federal cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had hiked the natural gas prices for normal discoveries $5.61 per unit, from $4.2 per unit, as opposed to the industry demand for at least doubling it to a little over $8 per unit.

But for all new discoveries in ultra-deep-water areas, deep-water areas and the high pressure-high-temperature areas, it said that a premium will be given, but did not spell out further details on how it will be calculated and when it will be awarded.

While shallow-water blocks are at a depth of up to 100-500 metres, deep-water blocks descend to around 1,000 metres. Those at depths beyond 1,500 metres are classified as ultra-deep-water blocks.

These are the areas where Reliance Industries has maximum discoveries. The statement issued after that cabinet meeting said the premium for Reliance Industries for its gas discoveries was under arbitration, and that the company would continue be paid the earlier price of $4.2 per unit.

The arbitration concerns the penalty imposed on the company for allegedly failing to meet output targets from the Reliance-led consortium’s specific offshore blocks. The government wanted the company to make good this shortfall vis-a-vis the terms of contract.

– (IANS)