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Two minors gang-raped in Bihar

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Two minors, who are cousins, were gang-raped by 15 youth when they were returning from a temple in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Wednesday, police said, adding a search was on for the accused.

Both the victims, students of class 6 and 7, have been admitted in a hospital in district headquarters Sasaram. “Both victims were admitted in critical condition for treatment,” said a district police official.

According to police officials, the incident took place when the girls, who were accompanied by a male cousin, were returning from Tarachandi temple after offering prayers. “The accused forcibly restrained their brother and raped the two in front of him.”

Police have lodged a case and launched a search operation to arrest the accused.

The victim’s brother alleged that local police have reached at the incident site two hours after being informed. “Police acted as nothing has happened,” he alleged.

No arrest has been made so far in the case, police said. (IANS)

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Meet to sleep campaign undertaken by women on the support of the 6 year old gang rape victim

In a bid to make cities safer, the government has set up help lines and installed security cameras which was a great fail according to the rights activists. A six year old girl was raped in the state of Haryana.

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FILE - Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a 2012 deadly gang rape had boarded the bus on what would become her final journey, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 16, 2014.
Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape in a moving bus had boarded the bus two years ago, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The case sparked public outrage and helped make women’s safety a common topic of conversation in a country where rape is often viewed as a woman’s personal shame to bear. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
  • A 6 year old girl was gang raped int the state of Haryana
  • The gang raped was compared to The Delhi gang rape in 2012
  • “Meet to Sleep” campaign done by women

December 16, 2017: 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 a short nap at a park, is one of several campaigns that have emerged in the wake of massive protests that rocked India after the gang rape. The symbolic nap highlights the need for women’s safety when they are most vulnerable.

“What happened to her [the gang rape victim] happened in a very public place, in a bus, which is a mode of transportation that many women use, but remains unsafe. Five years on, not much has changed,” said 26-year-old Kriti Omprakash.

Kirti Omprakash says that public spaces are still not safe for women in the Indian capital, where a horrific gang rape in 2012 turned the spotlight on sexual violence against women. (A. Pasricha/VOA)
Kirti Omprakash says that public spaces are still not safe for women in the Indian capital, where a horrific gang rape in 2012 turned the spotlight on sexual violence against women. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

The gang rape victim was assaulted by six men on a bus that she boarded with her male friend in December 2012. She later died due to the injuries she sustained.

Not only do sexual attacks targeting girls and women continue to pose a challenge – such incidents actually have increased, according to the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau. Delhi, considered one of India’s most unsafe cities, reported 1,996 rape cases in 2016, up from 1,893 in the previous year.

Rising voices

Women’s rights activists say the biggest change, however, is that women have become more vocal in demanding their freedom and safety and that the subject of violence is now discussed openly in a country where talk of sex crimes previously had been considered taboo.

A woman takes a symbolic nap at a park in New Delhi as part of a "Meet to Sleep" campaign initiated to highlight the need for more safety for women. (A. Pasricha/VOA)
A woman takes a symbolic nap at a park in New Delhi as part of a “Meet to Sleep” campaign initiated to highlight the need for more safety for women. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

“In the past five years, one of the most positive things I think is that those kind of agitations have taken teeth and grown,” said Kavita Krishnan from the All India Progressive Women’s Association.

In a bid to make cities safer, the government has set up help lines and installed security cameras, although that has failed to be a deterrent, according to rights activists. They express disappointment that despite the tightening of laws for rape and sexual harassment, crimes are still surging, sometimes against very young girls.

“We feel very, very let down by the system, by the government. The gruesomeness of crime has increased,” says Ranjana Kumari at the Center for Social Research in New Delhi. “There have been very, very young children who have been assaulted in most brutal way.”

Less than a week ago, a six-year-old girl was found murdered with grave sexual injuries in the northern state of Haryana – a case whose brutality led to comparisons with the 2012 bus gang rape.

Women activists say movements like "Meet to Sleep" have increased in the wake of the 2012 gang rape. (A. Pasricha/VOA)
Women activists say movements like “Meet to Sleep” have increased in the wake of the 2012 gang rape. (A. Pasricha/VOA)

Legal efforts

The mother of the gang rape victim, Asha Devi, also expressed anguish over reporters asking, “Women and girls are still being raped, what changed? The city is as unsafe as it was five years ago.”

Activists also worry about what they feel are efforts to dilute the tough laws that were instituted after the gang rape to punish men and point to a judgment.

Earlier this year, a judge set aside the conviction of a Bollywood filmmaker for rape after ruling that a “feeble no” could indicate willingness on the part of the victim.

Kavita Krishnan stresses the need for more mobilization of the kind that was seen in the wake of the 2012 gang rape to continue to keep the focus on women’s safety and freedom.

“We cannot celebrate the 2012 movement without realizing what is happening around us right now. It has to be a continued fight. It can’t just be a ritual obeisance paid to the 2012 moment,” she said. (VOA)

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Hindu girl gang-raped in Bangladesh

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A Hindu female student of Government Edward College was reportedly gang-raped by some miscreants after picking up from her residence in Pundia village of Sathia upazila in Pabna district on Sunday night. The victim is a second year student of the Department of History of the college. The victim girl has been sent to Pabna General…

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Nirbhaya juvenile convict won’t walk free

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New Delhi: The juvenile accused in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case will be released later this month but will still be closely monitored and under the observation of an NGO for a vocational training.

Maneka Gandhi had requested the Home Minister few days ago for tracking the sex offender even as he will be released.

The 17-year-old convict in the Nirbhaya case is expected to be assigned to an NGO once he completes his three-year punishment at a correctional facility. The convict’s activities will be observed for a year, stated a daily.

The accused juvenile was the youngest amongst the six offenders who raped and inhumanly tortured the 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in Delhi 3 years ago.

The Union minister remarked, on the expected release of the juvenile, that his release was not in the best interest of the society, although he justified it under the spectrum of law which needs to prevail and be equal to all.

“I don’t know whether the justice has been served, but certainly the law has been adhered to,” said the minister.

The parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim had also conveyed their frustration for the legal system, that failed to deliver “complete justice” to the victim according to them and questioned whether the then juvenile convict has undergone any reform.

“He was few months short of an adult while committing the crime and was sent to a reformation centre for this reason. But did he reform? Thousands of girls are being raped across the country. What has changed?” said the victim’s mother in an interview with a newspaper.

Four other men, who were found guilty along with him, are on death row whereas one of the charged died in prison. Nirbhaya died 13 days after the incident, in a hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment.

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