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#BreakTheSilence on Rape Culture

Smita Sharma was molested by a professor and then, her cousin committed suicide after facing abuse. Today, this photojournalist traverses...

venerdì 17 aprile 2015

India choc, bambina di cinque anni stuprata e mutilata

La piccola rapita dalla sua casa. Dopo due giorni di sevizie è stata trovata viva dai suoi genitori


Continua senza sosta la catena delle violenze sessuali a New Delhi con un nuovo brutale stupro di una bambina di 5 anni tenuta per due giorni chiusa in una stanza in balia di un folle maniaco che l’ha ridotta in fin di vita. 

La piccola è stata violentata, torturata con degli oggetti e mutilata nei genitali. È stata trovata miracolosamente viva dai suoi genitori disperati perché la polizia si era rifiutata di intervenire. In serata è stata trasferita nel principale policlinico della capitale, dove i medici stanno facendo il possibile per fermare le infezioni e emorragie interne. 

Il nuovo caso di abuso, ancor più disumano perché su una bambina, ha messo in luce anche le carenze delle forze dell’ordine. I genitori della piccola, che abitano nel quartiere di Gandhi Nagar, nella parte più povera della metropoli, hanno accusato la polizia di non aver agito prontamente quando è stata denunciata la scomparsa il 15 aprile. 

«Ci hanno mandato via e non hanno fatto nulla», ha detto oggi il padre della vittima ai giornalisti. Quando poi, dopo due giorni, i familiari hanno sentito le grida in una stanza al pian terreno e hanno scoperto l’orrore, i poliziotti hanno offerto del denaro alla famiglia per comprare il silenzio. «È già tanto che l’avete trovata viva», hanno detto al disperato genitore. 

La piccola è stata trovata in stato febbrile, esausta per la fame e sete, con gravissime infezioni per le mutilazioni e profonde lesioni addominali. I medici sono stati scioccati quando hanno trovato alcuni «oggetti estranei» nel suo corpo. 

Gli investigatori hanno detto di aver individuato il sospetto assalitore: un giovane sui 30 anni dello stato dell’Uttar Pradesh che aveva affittato una camera e che è sparito dopo il crimine. Avrebbe anche tentato di strangolare la bambina da quanto risulta da alcune ferite sul collo. 

Il caso ha sollevato lo sdegno del primo ministro Manmohan Singh che si è detto «profondamente disturbato» e ha promesso che sarà sottoposta alle migliori cure mediche. 

Ieri nella città di Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), non lontano da New Delhi, una bimba di sei anni era stata trovata morta in una discarica con segni di strangolamento e di stupro. La violenza sessuale è stata confermata dall’autopsia. 

India choc, bambina di cinque anni stuprata e mutilata: è in fin di vita 19/04/2013

Minor girl gang-raped and murdered in Alwar 11 APRILE 2015


GURGAON: A five-year-old girl, who was raped and sodomized in the city on March 29, was admitted to Civil Hospital on Thursday after she complained of pain and difficulty in passing urine.

She was brought to the hospital around 9pm and admitted to the gynaecological ward. Hospital authorities called on the gynaecologist on duty and other specialist doctors to treat the girl.

Chief medical officer (CMO) Pushpa Bishnoi told TOI, "A tube was surgically placed in her body, so that she could pass urine easily. It could be that the tube got displaced. On such occasions, patients find it difficult to pass urine. Although I have instructed the hospital authorities to continuously monitor her condition, she is stable as of now."

The girl had undergone surgery at Safdarjung Hospital. She sustained severe injuries in the assault.

The survivor's grandfather said, "She was discharged from Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday, and was fine till today (Thursday) morning. Since 11am, she began complaining of pain and difficulty in passing urine. We took her to the Civil Hospital once her pain became unbearable."

On March 29, the girl had stepped out of home at night with her parents and other family members to attend a function at Chakkarpur village, near DLF Phase 1.

Around 9.30pm, the family noticed she was missing and began looking for her. Her father and his cousin spotted the accused, Sharma Yadav, carrying the child in his arms. She was crying in pain and bleeding from her private parts. Sharma Yadav has been arrested.


A nine year old girl was raped by a tea vendor at the Old Mud Fort area in Kharkhana. 

Police informed that the accused and the victim’s father were friends; few days ago he took the victim to his house and raped her.

The culprit, Maruthi alias Maroti Teje Rao aged 31, sells tea on his bicycle and took his chance to lure the girl out when the victim’s father was not at home while the mother allowed the girl to go with him as she knew him well. 
A Police official from Kharkhana said that the incident came to light when the mother was informed about the heinous act after the girl returned home.

Unlike the 2012 Delhi gang-rape, the violence meted out against women in India’s north-east has not elicited widespread calls on the government to act. The silence is proving costly


In early October 2014, the body of a young tribal girl was found face down in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills. Her body had been decapitated, charred, bruised and left naked in a densely forested area near Kisumgolgre village in the sprawling East Garo district. 
The girl, identified later by the police as Richina Sangma, was a 15-year-old Garo. She had been reported missing a few days earlier. Parts of her body that were severed and strewn in the jungle, when discovered, had already been partly eaten by wild animals.
India’s rugged north-east — which consists of the seven states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and the Himalayan state of Sikkim — has seen a rise in crimes against women over the past decade. In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau reported that six of the north-east states have witnessed an accelerated increase in crimes against women. These crimes ranged from rape and kidnapping through to dowry death and domestic cruelty.
Williamnagar has witnessed many crimes against young women. In March 2013, another young girl from the town was lured into the jungle, and gang-raped by four men. In December 2012, a few days after the gruesome Delhi gang rape, an 18-year-old girl was raped by 16 men on the way home after attending the Simsang festival.  Her private parts were mutilated after the brutal act. The police found that eight of the accused were juveniles. It took immense pressure from NGOs, human rights groups and the community to ensure that the accused were brought to justice. In the end, the government merely offered a compensation of 25,000 rupees to the family of the victim. 
The young girl’s mother helplessly asked the media: “What will I do with the money when I can no longer lead a normal life?”
In 2013, Tehelka, one of the few national magazines that followed the Sangma case, reported that Meghalaya alone had over 500 pending rape cases in court and pointed out that conviction rates in the state still remained notoriously low. The Garo Hills, for example, despite facing brutal acts of violence against women, had no fast-track court. It was only recently that the government established one in Tura, the main town in the West Garo Hills district. Crimes against women and children rose by 23 percent in 2013, according to a few sources. 
The pervasive apathy of lawmakers and the government has made it routinely difficult for women in the north-eastern states to report sexual violence. Often these women live with the accused or stay silent given that they have little or no power to take on authorities in their poverty-striken conditions.The apathy of the Indian state to look into this mirrors a deep societal bias against women who are poor and members of tribal communities. 
Biplab Dey, a journalist who works in Tura, focuses on the specific challenges that Garo tribes face in Meghalaya. Since communities follow a clan system, he says, most issues that concern sexual violence are kept within the group. Meghalaya also has a policy where rape victims are not offered more than Rs 50,000 and the waiting time involved in receiving compensation can sometimes take more than three years.
A pressing challenge that both men and women face is the constant threat of militancy. “Both state actors like the members of the army and non-state actors such as people from groups from GNLA (Garo National Liberation Army) have family in the town,” he observes. Anjuman Begum, a human rights expert on north-east affairs, points a serious problem of human trafficking. 
Another problem is that lack of opportunity and poverty has also pushed a lot of youth to drop out of high schools. According to official statistics published in 2011, the secondary school dropout rate in Meghalya is 58.87 percent. As a result, young boys are reportedly taking up arms in the Garo Hills, while young girls are lured into the sex trade
India’s silence on crimes against women in the north-east is proving costly. 

A dangerous silence in India’s north east April 17,2015


Indian campaigner inundated by gang rape videos / Girl burnt alive for resisting rape 14 APRILE 2015








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