A woman has been gang raped and burnt alive in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say, the latest in a series of brutal but unrelated attacks on women there. ( 20 June 2011 )
The woman’s family says five men gang-raped her and then set her alight in her own home in Etah district.
In the past week there have been three violent attacks on women in the state.
Correspondents say Uttar Pradesh is one of India’s most lawless states where women are accorded a very low status.
On Friday a 14-year-old girl was stabbed in the eye as she fought off two men who attempted to rape her.
The teenager was attacked in Gadwa Buzurg village in the Kannauj district of the northern state. She lost one eye and the other was also seriously damaged.
Police say the attackers were from her own village. Only one has been arrested so far and police said they were looking for the second man.
Two policemen in the area, who initially refused to lodge the parents’ complaint, have been suspended.
Last week, a girl’s body was found hanging from a tree on police premises in the Nighasan area of Lakhimpur district.
The girl’s parents alleged that she was raped and murdered and that the police had offered them a bribe to keep quiet.
In the latest incident the woman, who was in her thirties, was sitting outside her home when five men dragged her inside the house and gang-raped her, according to her family.
Her family say the attackers sprinkled kerosene on her and set her on fire because the woman had recognised them and they were afraid of being caught.
The woman managed to give a statement to police but died shortly afterwards.
Police say they are are still looking for the attackers.
Earlier this year, the head of the National Commission for Women, Girija Vyas, said Uttar Pradesh was at the top of the list when it came to violent crimes against women.
State authorities have been criticised in recent years after several attacks on women and girls were reported.
Kerala girl sexually abused by 100 men —
Expressing shock over the incident, Mr Chandy said, “Police is actively probing the case…government will not allow anyone to escape the law”.
Earlier, police teams were sent to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and various parts of Kerala to nab at least 70 persons for the alleged sexual exploitation of the16-year-old in connivance with her father.
The action came after the girl revealed to police about her sexual exploitation, including by her own father, police said.
The child is being treated for venereal diseases at a government hospital here. According to the police who believe that 100-odd persons might be involved in the case, 29 had been arrested in recent days.
The girl told police that her father, who used to do odd roles in Malayalam films, first exploited her and then let many others in the industry and outside to do the same.
Hailing from Paravoor in Ernakulam district, the girl had revealed to a close relative about her plight following which a police complaint was filed some three months ago.
Police had said that 71 accused were absconding and five squads had been formed to trace them.
The victim had named some persons and a few more had to be identified, Crime Branch SP S Surendran told PTI. on Saturday.
‘We are collecting the details of the accused. There is no information about involvement of politicians,’ he said.
Police had arrested a Tamil Nadu PWD contractor two days ago. His car which was used to transport the girl to his farm house had been seized.
Aussie tourist raped near Mysore
TNN | Jun 27, 2011, 11.08pm IST
The tourist came here on June 11 and was befriended by the accused Chandra Vishwas, 24, of Channapatna, at a hotel. Vishwas took advantage of this and committed the crime in Channapatna along with his relative Shrunkal Gowda, a BBM student, police said.
She told police she wanted to visit a friend in Bangalore and boarded a bus from Mysore on Friday, June 24 morning. The two accused offered to give her a life in their four-wheeler and told her to get down at Channapatna, which she did. The trio went to Bangalore in the vehicle and visited shopping malls there.
Though she wanted to stay at her friend’s place that night, the duo persuaded her to leave Bangalore late in the evening. When they reached Channapatna, they forced her to stay at their lodge overnight and reportedly raped her late on Saturday night, police said.
She escaped from the lodge in the wee hours of Saturday. As she didn’t find a bus to Mysore, she boarded a Bangalore-bound bus and from there she reached Mysore around 10am on Saturday. The nurse, who was a paying guest in Chamarajapuram in Mysore, told the house owner about the incident and then lodged a police complaint on Sunday night.
City police formed two teams and arrested the accused on Monday. She assisted the police in identifying Shrunkal Gowda at the New Irish Lodge and the other accused was picked up from his residence in Channapatna. Both are sons of businessmen and Vishwas is a college dropout, police said.
The youths have been charged under Sections 34, 354 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code. The Australian is here on a tourist visa which expires in November 2011.
Mentally deranged girl raped in city
TNN | May 16, 2011, 02.37am IST
The crowd found her lying unconscious in a pool of blood. She was admitted to Suri hospital in a critical condition.
The accused, one of whom was the son of a policeman, was handed over to police.
Birbhum SP Nishat Parvez said, “We are unable to identify her as she could not speak well. But we shall start the case suo moto.”
It’s the fastest growing crime in India and New Delhi has seen more than 10 rapes last month alone.
As an embarrassed government gets ready to enact tougher rape laws, the victims continue to face an insensitive police and criminal justice system.
Nearly three years ago as India was celebrating the festival of lights, the world dimmed for an 18-year-old as she was returning from work late in the night.
Iris was first stalked by four drunken men and then raped by one of them in the heart of New Delhi.
“The whole night he raped me. My hands were tied and my voice deserted me,” Iris recounts the incident.
And the trauma didn’t stop there.
The police first refused to lodge an FIR and when they finally did, no medical tests were ordered.
Instead in a misguided attempt at justice they got her married to her rapist.
Two years on, with a child she conceived the night she was raped, Iris is out on the road, deserted by her husband and looking for justice again.
“Some times I feel I should commit suicide,” she says.
Iris is part of statistics that have got sociologists worried.
The reported cases of rape have grown by 700 per cent since 1953. Last year 20,000 rapes were reported in the country. And India’s rape capital New Delhi has seen 10 cases last month alone.
One case was that of a minor girl being raped by a policeman.
Sociologists say reasons for this sudden increase is a complex mix of migration, shrinking spaces in cities and the high visibility of women outside their homes.
However, law enforcement agencies argue that actual rape cases haven’t increased substantially, what has is their reportage.
And in any case since 80 per cent of the accused are known to the victims, it’s a crime virtually not preventable.
Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Kawaljeet Deol would know.
She helped set up the crime against women cell in the capital 24 years ago.
She says though the police is often blamed for being insensitive to rape victims, their real culprit is the criminal justice system.
The trial of rape cases is very long and intimidation for the victim. Many victims turn hostile because of this,” Deol says.
No wonder then that the conviction rate for rape is as low as 27 per cent. In a country where a rape is reported every 30 minutes, it’s a statistic that should put all of us to shame.
Tutor held for raping girl
A 29-year-old DYFI activist was arrested on Friday night for raping an 11-year-old girl at his home at Amberia near Hingalganj in North 24-Parganas.
Joydeep Mondal, a DYFI member of the Hingalganj North Local committee, was a private tutor of the Class V girl. He allegedly raped her on Wednesday evening when she came to his home to attend tuitions.
When the girl returned home, she fell unwell and her parents realized that something was wrong. They rushed her to hospital. “When she was discharged on Friday evening, she was still traumatized. She told us what happened and we rushed to the Hingalganj police station to lodge a complaint,” said the girl’s father. Joydeep was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody by the Basirhat subdivisional court on Saturday afternoon.
India ranks in top three in sexual crimes in the world, much of the cases go unattended by the Police and most which never get reported to the Police. India has more 58000 rape cases which is still pending in the courts and criminals go unpunished if they pay some bribe to the authorities.