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domenica 26 aprile 2015

India, rape by teens rise to 288%

Rape was the fastest-growing crime among juveniles, 86% of teens arrested for various crimes come from poor families, only 6% were homeless and less than 6% were girls, reveal crime data for 10 years.
Arrests of juveniles in the age group 16-18 increased 60% from 2003 to 2013, the highest among all three juvenile age groups, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a division of the home ministry.

Juvenile arrests for rape rose 288% over this period and arrests for theft increased 68%, the data showed.

Contrary to popular belief that juveniles from broken homes commit the most crimes, 81% of teens arrested in 2013, lived with their parents, the data reveal.
The figures lend perspective to an unfolding national debate around a cabinet decision to enact a law that proposes trying juveniles as adults.

The demand for such a law arose after a 17-year-old was sentenced to three years in a reform facility, after he and five other men gang-raped and battered a physiotherapy student in a Delhi bus on December 16, 2012.

The proposed law provides, in the case of heinous crimes allegedly committed by adolescents aged 16 to 18, for examination by a Juvenile Justice Board to assess if the suspect should be regarded as child or adult.

As mentioned earlier, juveniles living with parents accounted for more than 80% of arrests, 35,244 in 2013, according to an NCRB report.

No more than 2,462, or 6%, of juveniles arrested in 2013 were homeless and 5,800 lived with guardians.

77% of juveniles arrested in 2013 belonged to poor families, with annual incomes up to Rs 50,000.

As many as 8,392 juveniles arrested were illiterate, and 13,984 had gone to primary schools.

As many as 379,283 minors were arrested in the period 2003-13 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and special and local laws, according to the NCRB.

In 2013, 28,830 kids between the ages of 16 and 18 were arrested under IPC and special and local laws, comprising 66% of juvenile arrests in India.

Of 43,506 juveniles arrested in 2013, 1,867 (4.3%) were girls. Over 10 years from 2003 to 2013, 357,935 boys and 21,348 girls were arrested.

From 2003 to 2013, Madhya Pradesh reported 75,037 arrests of juveniles followed by Maharashtra with 72,154 arrests.

In 2013, 43,506 juveniles were arrested. Maharashtra with 8,012 juvenile arrests ranked first, followed by Madhya Pradesh (7,365), Tamil Nadu (3,142), Andhra Pradesh (3,133) and Rajasthan (2,882).

The number of juveniles arrested on rape charges rose 288%, as we said, from 535 in 2003 to 2,074 in 2013. As many as 10,693 juveniles were arrested on rape charges over 10 years from 2003 to 2013.

Similarly, arrests on the charge of assaulting a woman “with intent to outrage her modesty (Sec. 354 IPC)” and “insult to modesty of women (Sec. 509 IPC)” rose 117% compared to the previous year.

Most juveniles were arrested for theft in 2013: 7,969 were arrested that year.

Parliament will now decide if juveniles can be tried as adults.

One of the major amendments include removal of a clause in the law that relates to the trial of a person above the age of 21 years as an adult for committing serious offences when the person was between the ages of 16 and 18.

The amendment also increases the period of preliminary inquiry by the Juvenile Justice Board in case of heinous offences committed by children aged 16 to 18.

The amendment to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014, will be introduced in the current session of Parliament.

Rape by teens rise 288% even as India considers new law Chaitanya Mallapur  

76% increase in rape of minor girls 2 APRILE 2015

Rape cases in India up by 875% 24 MARZO 2015



A seventh grade girl has been raped at Senab village under Kauraid union in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur District.

The victim, who is 12 years old, is a student of Lakchatal Islamia Dakhil Madrasa.

LAHORE: 
A 12-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped late on Thursday. 

Speaking to The Express Tribune, her father said she had gone missing on Thursday and was found lying unconscious on Bund Road the next day. “When I returned from work on Thursday, I found her missing. We looked for her the entire night and reported the matter to police,” he said. 

She was taken to Mayo Hospital where doctors treating her said her condition was critical. Her family and neighbours protested at the hospital. 

City Division SP Asad Sarfaraz Khan said police had registered a case. 

Crime Against Children: 12-year-old raped in City April 25th, 2015

The Mumbai police have held two more persons in connection with the rape of a 29-year-old model inside a police post. 
With this, eight people have been arrested in the case, three of them policemen.
In addition to sexual assault of the victim, the arrested have been accused of extortion.
Among the arrested are two assistant inspectors and a constable, besides a woman who posed as a constable, to extort money and rape her after threatening to frame her in a false case according to the victim’s complaint. 
The others, said the police, had peripheral roles in setting up a scenario she found herself caught in.
Different versions
The victim and the accused have provided different versions of the sequence of the events, with the accused policemen purportedly admitting to extortion but not rape, said police sources.
According to the complaint, the woman had gone to a five-star hotel in Sakinaka for the casting of a film, where she met an agent and his friend. When the agent told her to go to one of the rooms to meet the production staff, she refused and left the hotel. 
“She told us that when was walking away from the hotel, a police vehicle pulled up, and the occupants, three policemen in plainclothes — Assistant Police Inspectors Khatape and Suryavanshi and Constable Kode — from the Sakinaka police station stopped her. She was threatened that if she failed to board the vehicle, they would implicate her in a false case. Once she got in, they took her to the police post,” said a police officer.
The accused told the police that they had a tip-off that the woman was indulged in flesh trade and that they had sent decoy customers and agent to the hotel. They admitted that they brought her to the police station and demanded money but denied sexual assault,” said a police sources.

Model’s rape: two more arrested in Mumbai April 24, 2015

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – A court in Indian-administered Kashmir sentenced four men to death Friday after they were convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl which sparked protests across the region.

The four convicts, including two locals and two migrant labourers from West Bengal and Rajasthan, had been found guilty earlier this month of the 2007 killing near the de facto border with Pakistan, known as the Line of Control (LoC).

Sadiq Mir, Azhar Mir, Jehangir Ansari and Suresh Kumar were all arrested soon after the teenage student was discovered with her throat slit in an orchard in the frontier district of Kupwara in June 2007. 

The girl had gone missing on her way from school and it later emerged that she had been abducted by the four men.

A statement from the court in the frontier district of Kupwara, 100 kilometres north of the region's main city of Srinagar, said the four convicts should "be hanged by the neck till they are dead", although they do have the right to appeal against the sentence.

India only executes people in the "rarest of the rare" cases but the girl's killing was particularly shocking, even in a country that has a distressing record of high-profile sex attacks.

The father of the girl, who cannot be named as all rape victims have to remain anonymous, welcomed the judgement.

"We fought for justice for eight long years. I am happy our prayers were finally answered and justice was done today," the father told AFP.

India's notoriously sluggish legal system means it can often take years for suspects to face trial, even for crimes such as rape and murder.

There have been multiple allegations of mass rapes carried out by Indian soldiers in Kashmir in the 25 years since the federal government brought in laws making it virtually impossible to put troops on trial in civilian courts.

"The judgement is welcome deterrence but there has not been a single conviction of soldiers or state officials involved in similar offences," Khurram Parvez, a prominent rights activist, said after the sentencing.

"The impunity in such cases persists," he added.

India has hundreds of thousands of troops stationed on its side of the disputed region which has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. Both claim the territory in its entirety.

Four to hang for girl's rape, murder in Indian Kashmir April 24, 2015


There are very few categories of human development in which India does better on average than China, which surely explains why developing countries (and many Indian specialists!) looking for economic models are far more likely to choose China than India.

Statistically, among the most telling indicators of human development are those affecting children and women. Infant mortality is exceptionally high in India (44 percent, compared with China’s 12 percent), and life expectancy for children is lower than in the poorest African country.  Poor nutrition and sanitation, and limited access to health care, are the observable reasons. Child labor in India, at 12 percent for ages 5 to 14, is also uncommonly high.

Equally shameful is the low status of India’s women, a fact recently brought home in two very different ways. One is the film (produced in Britain), India’s Daughter, which explores the culture of rape, based on the well publicized incident lin which a young woman was gang-raped on a public bus in New Delhi. The woman died of her injuries, the rapists were not the least bit repentant, and the government has banned the film on the specious argument that it will encourage more such assaults.  

The low status of Indian women is also the key factor in their limited access to prenatal and other health care. As a result, they are, as the article puts it, dangerously underweight.

In short, India is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.  Never mind Sonia Gandhi and other successful Indian women. For the overwhelming majority of Indian women, degrading treatment, sexual violence and last-in-line access to the means of well being are the norm.  (China is hardly a model here, but the status of women is certainly higher in China than in India.)

India’s shame is also the world’s. The latest UN report on the status of women presents the first “Platform for Action” since the landmark 1995 international conference in Beijing. The report finds that although women have advanced globally by some measures, such as political office holding and education, violence against women is pervasive everywhere

In the words of the report:
“Recent global estimates show that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. While there is some variation across regions, all regions have unacceptably high rates of violence against women.”

In India, according to the UNDP, more women than men (54 percent to 51 percent) believe wife beating is justified. Though few countries can match the depth of violence against women that characterizes Indian society, global and regional averages suggest that violence, and acceptance by men and many women of its legitimacy, cut across income levels.

When it comes to preventing violence against women and girls, the UN ECOSOC report repeats all the well-known reforms that are needed—in law, education, community awareness, and police enforcement—but accepts that cultural norms run deep. 

Thus the report notes that “although States are increasingly recognizing the importance of prevention, very few have introduced long-term, coordinated and cross-cutting prevention strategies, with the vast majority reporting on short-term piecemeal activities.”  

Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly and blogs at In the Human Interest.

The shame of India and the world April 24, 2015

ACCEPTANCE OF RAPE CULTURE  15 APRILE 2015


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