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Boy, 10, raped, strangled to death / Dramatic rise in rape cases

anti-rape protest in Lahore on September 14

The body of a 10-year-old boy who was abducted on Tuesday was recovered on Wednesday. The minor was raped before being strangled to death.

According to the victim’s family, the 10-year-old stepped out of his house to buy some things when men kidnapped him from within the remit of the Baghbanpura police station in Habibullah town area.

After searching for him in vain, the victim’s family informed police who were unable to trace his recovery. His body was then found in the fields on Wednesday morning.

Police arrived at the scene and shifted the body to a hospital for a postmortem. Further investigation into the incident is under way.

Rape is notoriously difficult to prosecute in Pakistan. In April 2011, the Supreme Court had upheld the acquittal of five men sentenced to death in Pakistan’s most famous rape case, that of Mukhtar Mai.

Mai was gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment, after her brother, who was aged just 12 at the time, was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan. A local court had sentenced six men to death, but a higher court acquitted five of them in March 2005, and commuted the sentence for the main accused, Abdul Khaliq, to life imprisonment.

A story reported by the BBC reveals exactly why Sadia (name has been changed to protect the victim’s privacy), a young girl living in a village in rural Pakistan was gang raped by a number of men.

They made a video of the rape and then shared it via Bluetooth and various cell phone-enabled social media. It went viral. Thousands of Pakistanis clicked on it, watched it and yes even shared it far and wide.

Pakistan: Clicking on rape March 1st, 2015

NAMAKKAL: Police on Tuesday arrested five men who gang-raped a woman in front of her husband near Rasipuram in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday night. 

The woman was gang-raped by five men while she was returning home with her husband after shopping. 

"The men waylaid the couple. They tied the husband to a tree and raped her in front of him," the Namagiripettai police, who are investigating the case, said. 

Neighbours of the woman brought this issue to Namakkal district superintendent of police (SP) S R Senthil Kumar. The SP ordered the Namagiripettai police to register a case. 

The police arrested the accused from their hideout on Tuesday morning. The accused were remanded in judicial custody. 

Meanwhile, the victim was sent to Salem government hospital for medical examination. 

The number of rape cases registered has “dramatically” increased since 2013 which is a matter of “deep concern”, government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and exuded confidence that the steps being taken to deal with the issue will take effect.

“We have initiated a lot of steps which I cannot count…. But the fact remains that the number of cases registered with rape charges is increasing, and it is a very deep concern for the government,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kirien Rijiju said.
In a written reply to a query on whether government has developed some strategy to make Delhi and NCR safe for women where rape incidents had been increasing, the Home Ministry said government was deeply concerned about the menace and has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to counter it.

The strategy includes various legislative measures to strengthen the legal regime from the point of view of safety of women.

The government has taken at least a dozen of measures including setting up women help-desk in each police station, increasing the number of telephone lines in the Helpline and keeping vigil on vulnerable routes.

Dramatic rise in rape cases registered: Govt March 18, 2015

Data on sexual violence in Pakistan, as in India, are vague and believed to be vastly underreported. What both nations share is the existence of a “rape culture” where men have brutalized women for centuries with impunity.

Ayesha Hasan, a freelance journalist, told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, “Every year some 2,900 women are raped in Pakistan, almost eight a day."

In an opinion piece published recently in Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper, a columnist wrote: "The plight of women who have faced rape and sexual assault in Pakistan has been largely confined to formulaic articles in the press, slow-moving cases in the courts, and frequent dropped charges due to bribes, threats of further violence and family pressure on the victim to avoid further 'shame.'"

Girls from religious minorities, including Hindus and Christians, are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and rape, as well as to forcible conversion to Islam.

The Indian Express newspaper, citing a survey from the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, reported that in 2011 alone almost 2,000 women from minority faiths in Pakistan were “forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings.”

On a broader scale, Shahla Haeri, a women's studies professor at Boston University, characterized rape in Pakistan as "often institutionalized and has the tacit and at times the explicit approval of the state.”

Maheen Usami, a journalist, put the grim reality of Pakistan in context in a blog published by the Express Tribune almost two years ago.

“Despite the lip service paid to the rights of women and their ‘honor,’ most women in Pakistan are treated as chattels and dirt, to be trod on, spat upon and trashed verbally and physically,” she fumed.

Domestic violence is traditionally accepted in South Punjab and no woman knocks at the police station because of fear of humiliation. “Law enforcement agencies will have to change their attitude towards women who cannot be ignored anymore. States cannot flourish by keeping their women oppressed,” he adds.
A social worker who belongs to a backward area in Rajanpur says the police is totally helpless here. The feudals can get them transferred any time so they have to obey and do whatever they want them to do. The oppressors and rapists are influential and get released because of their connections with the feudals.
He says it is for this reason that incidents like Mukhtaran Mai’s gangrape, cutting of ears and nose of women, forced marriages with minor girls, karokari are all found here. 
He says the feudals do not mostly seek development funds from the government as they are anti-development. They only ask for powers to rule their people, twist the police and justice system and decide the fate of people living as their slaves, he adds. That is why development budget allocation has always remained low.
HRCP data from January 1, 2014 to August 30, 2014 shows that during this period 432 women were gang raped, 682 women were raped, 38 women were set on fire, 33 women were killed in acid attacks, heads of five women were shaved, 280 women were kidnapped for rape, 675 women were killed in the name of honour and 579 women were murdered on other issues. Expectedly, most of these cases happened in South Punjab.
Fauzia Viqar, Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women says, “Violence against women is culturally accepted in South Punjab and domestic violence is commonly practiced. Mostly women are illiterate and unaware of their rights. Those who are aware of rights are exploited emotionally,” she adds.
She shares the reported data of district Rajanpur and district Multan in South Punjab. In district Rajanpur, 79 women were raped, 10 killed in the name of so-called honour and 16 women were beaten miserably. While in district Multan, 138 women were raped, 67 were killed and 44 were beaten. It is surprising that the ratio of violence against women is less in Rajanpur as compared to Multan and other districts. “One reason for this situation is that a woman visiting a police station is considered bad in South Punjab,” she says.
Punjab government has established help desks in every division of Punjab to help women victims of violence. The victims can register their complaints by calling at free helpline. The Commission will help them out. Crisis centres have also been set up in Punjab to help out women.

India: Mother of infant brutally gang-raped, died after car driven over her head March 4, 2014

Outcry over rape of five years old girl in Pakistan SEP 15, 2013

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