Bhopal: Three people accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a moving bus here on Wednesday night have been arrested and a case of rape slapped against them, an official said on Friday.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when a 35-year-old woman was travelling by the state transport bus, Anshuman Singh, police superintendent, Bhopal has said.
The woman was left alone after fellow passengers got down at a stop. When she wanted to get down, the driver asked her to wait till the bus took an about turn from a nearby roundabout.
Meanwhile, the conductor Deepak first misbehaved with her and then sexually assaulted her. The driver Sallu and another traveller Raju allegedly helped him in carrying out the assault. They later dropped her near an income tax office and fled.
The official said, “A rape case has been filed against all the three, as the two helped conductor Deepak in committing the act. All three have been arrested and bus seized.”
Kolkata, November 8, 2017 : Cases of sexual assault are not new to the country. Sadly, the number of reported cases has witnessed a sharp rise in recent years. Countless insane reasons have been repeatedly cited to defend rapes that ranged from wearing short clothes, staying out till late hours, being over-friendly with men, among many others. But how do you justify the rape of an elderly nun? How do you justify rape at all?
Ranaghat nun rape case dates back to 2015. Two years after the incident, a court in Kolkata has now convicted and sentenced a Bangladeshi man to life imprisonment, for raping an elderly nun. The incident had taken place at a school in Ranaghat, West Bengal in 2015.
On March, 2015, five men had broken into the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat with a motive to loot the church and vandalize the idols. Consequently, they attacked the oldest nun of the school, aged 71, who had tried to stop them.
On November 7, two years after the Ranaghat nun rape case, the City Sessions Court announced 28-year-old Nazrul Islam, a Bangladeshi man guilty of rape and attempted murder of the nun.
Previously, Islam had been arrested after the nun had identified him from a list of suspects.
Ranaghat Nun Rape Case: What Exactly Happened?
As per a report by PTI, Arnab Ghosh, a police superintendent in Ranaghat revealed that the men, all aged between 20 and 30, jumped the boundary of the co-ed school around 11:40 pm in March 13.
After disconnecting the telephone lines, the five men choked the security personnel on duty and entered the nuns’ room. Upon being stopped by the oldest nun of the school, they forced her into another room where she was raped.
The men then went on to steal cash, and other expensive materials that included a camera, mobile phone and laptop.
The men also attacked Convent of Jesus and Mary and vandalized and stole holy items.
Reactions To The 2015 Ranaghat Nun Rape Case
The nun was subjected to such brutal treatment that she had to be rushed to a hospital on March 14 where she underwent an operation.
The Ranaghat nun rape case sought intense reactions from the larger public. Hundreds of angry locals, priests and schoolgirls took to the state to protest against the incident – highways were blocked, shops were closed and candlelight marches were carried out as slogans demanding justice were raised.
Soon after the incident was reported, the West Bengal government ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to carry out investigations that made use of CCTV footage to arrest the five accused.
The five accused were arrested after three months.
Delayed But Deserved Verdict
A court in West Bengal on November 8 has now sentenced Nazrul Islam to life imprisonment for raping, and allegedly attempting to murder the aged nun.
The court also convicted his other five accomplices – Gopal Sarkar , Kumar Sarkar, Mohd Selim Sheikh, Ohidul Islam and Khaledar Rahman of robbery, and sentenced them to 10 years of imprisonment.
The verdict comes two years after the incident had taken place.
The delay in the verdict raises serious concerns on the security of women in the count.
Rape Culture in India?
As per the 2015 government data, 34,651 cases of rape were officially recorded. However, it is estimated that the true figure is much higher than this, given half of the cases go unreported.
Rape culture in India garnered more spotlight following the Nirbhaya-gang rape, after which the issue has continue to remain a burning topic in the country. Consequently, laws on sexual violence were strengthened. However, the extents to which they are enforced remain questionable.
Bhubaneswar, October 17: Close on the heels of sensational Koraput gang-rape case, Another Odisha Girl Gang-Raped in presence of her fiance in Ganjam district, police said on Tuesday.
Six persons have been arrested for their suspected involvement in the incident.
According to police, a student of Plus-Three Second Year, hailing from Bhanjanagar of Ganjam, was allegedly gang-raped by six persons at a forest near Budhakendu Thakurani Temple in Gangapur area of the district on Monday.
The incident came to light after the victim and her fiance lodged a complaint with the police.
The accused intercepted the victim when she was returning home with her fiance after visiting the temple. They thrashed the fiance and dragged the victim to a nearby cashew forest and allegedly gang-raped her.
“I had gone to the temple with my fiance to offer prayers. When we were returning, six people dragged me to the nearby forest and thrashed my fiance. (Each) one of them raped me, whereas others filmed it,” said the victim.
“We were returning from the temple after having darshan at around 3.30 p.m on Monday. Six persons came on two bikes and intercepted us. They thrashed me and snatched away our mobile phones from us. They took her to a nearby forest and raped her,” the fiance of the victim said.
Ashish Singh, Ganjam Superintendent of Police, said: “All the six have been arrested and will be produced in the court. We are investigating the case.”
A case has been registered over the incident at Gangapur Police Station. The accused and the woman would undergo medical examination and then the accused would be produced in the court, said Utkal Keshari Dash, Bhanjanagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer.
Meanwhile, the police are yet to nab the culprits involved in Class IX girl gang-rape case in Koraput district on October 10. The victim has alleged that the four men were armed and dressed as security personnel.(IANS)
Any kind of physical or mental harm towards women is deemed as “crime against women”
Domestic violence is the most dominant crime against women
Andhra Pradesh state is the highest to report crimes against women in the period of ten years
Sep 20, 2017: A report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suggests that crimes against women have increased violently in the last ten years with an estimated figure of 2.24 million crimes. The figure is also suggestive of the fact: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes, reports IndiaSpendanalysis.
The most dominant crime against women with 909,713 cases reported in last decade was ‘cruelty by husbands and relatives’ under section 498‐A of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
‘Assault on women’ booked under section 354 of IPC is the second-most-reported crime against women with 470,556 crimes.
‘Kidnapping and abduction of women’ are the third-most-reported crime with 315,074 crimes, followed by ‘rape’ (243,051), ‘insult to modesty of women’ (104,151) and ‘dowry death’ (80,833).
The NCRB report also listed three heads, namely commit rape (4,234), abetment of suicide of women (3,734) and protection of women from domestic violence (426) under which cases of crime against women have been reported in 2014.
Andhra Pradesh has reported the most crimes against women (263,839) over the past 10 years.
Andhra Pradesh state is the highest (263,839) to report crimes against women in the period of ten years. Crimes reported for insult (35,733) ranks first followed by cruelty by husband relatives (117,458), assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (51,376) and dowry-related deaths (5,364).
West Bengal (239,760) is second most crime against women state followed by Uttar Pradesh (236,456), Rajasthan (188,928) and Madhya Pradesh (175,593).
Abduction increased up to three folds over the recent years, with Uttar Pradesh being the worst affected state. Cases rose from 15,750 cases in 2005 to 57,311 cases in 2014.
Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94
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