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Telecom dept directs ISPs to block 4,694 URLs containing child sexual abuse content

The Telecom Department (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 4,694 URLs that contained material related to child sexual abuse, Parliament was informed today.Besides, instructions for blocking 1,791 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) including Facebook pages and YouTube videos have been issued by the DoT to ISPs in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.”DoT has directed ISPs to block the list of 4,694 URLs of child sexual abuse material as provided by Central Bureau of Investigation,” Sinha said.Also, a total of 2,133 URLs were blocked in order to comply with the directions of various courts in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), he added.Sinha said ISPs implement blocking of internet websites/ URLs by using suitable technology.”However, at present, technically it is not feasible to block specific items or content contained in a particular URL/webpage,” he noted.In response to a separate query, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam said a total of 587, 964, and 1,329 URLs of social media websites/specific webpages were blocked in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively.”Further, a total of 632, 100 and 83 URLs of social media websites/web pages were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively,” Kannanthanam said.The government does not regulate content appearing on social networking sites, Kannanthanam said adding that law enforcement and security agencies make searches on the Internet on specific case-to-case basis or as appropriate.”As per the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 2,423 persons in 2014, and 3,137 persons in 2015 were arrested under combined sections of 66 and 66A of IT Act,” he said.Kannanthanam said there have been attempts from time to time to penetrate systems/devices of cyber networks operating in government and its personnel.”These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” he said.Citing data from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister said 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber security incidents were observed during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till November), respectively.The types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attack etc, Kannanthanam added.CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and counter measures to protect computers on regular basis.Kannanthanam said 15 drills have so far been conducted by CERT-In to assess cyber security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from different states and sectors such as finance, defence, power, telecom, transport, energy, space, IT/ITeS etc participated in these drills.A 24/7 security monitoring centre including NIC-CERT is also in place at NIC (National Informatics Centre) for detecting and responding to security incidents, he said.

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Over 180 girls abducted daily in 2016: NCRB

More than 180 girls and women were kidnapped in India every day last year. The scarring data was revealed recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which also stated that nearly 100 of these women were kidnapped daily for marriages, while five a day were abducted for illicit intercourse.Also, the data revealed that the number of these victims has risen alarmingly by the year. In 2014, the number of victims of kidnapping or abduction, both male and female, was 77,250, which rose to 83,005 in 2015. The total number of victims in 2016 stood at 88,008.In all, 66,525 girls and women were kidnapped in 2016. The data further classified that 33,796 or 37.7 per cent girls or women were kidnapped only for marriages.Of them, 14,539 were aged between 18 and 30 years and 2,320 victims were aged between 30 and 60 years.Also, of the total kidnapped and abducted victims, 16,937 were children, and 1,853 victims were abducted for illicit intercourse. The data also read that 111 of the total victims were forced into prostitution.Commenting on the report, Priyank Kanoongo, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said that the drastic rise in number of kidnapping or trafficking victims was largely because more cases were being registered now and more victims were coming forward to seek help.”In order to bring down these numbers, we require to enhance skill development among women in bordering areas, specially in West Bengal, Assam, and nearby states that share international borders,” he said, adding that the Commission is taking measures in this direction.Kanoongo further said the NCPCR in West Bengal, which recorded the highest number of trafficking cases last year and surpassed Assam, is organising a workshop to spread awareness, especially among adolescent girls, in order to develop their development skills to make them independent.”The commission is working constantly to curb such crimes against children and to make them aware of their rights. We have also talked to our resident commissioners in various states regarding the issue and post-trafficking guidelines for rehabilitation are also being set up,” he said.NUMBING NUMBERSOver 180 girls/women kidnapped every day in 2016 Nearly 100 of them kidnapped for marriages Five girls a day kidnapped for illicit intercourse In all, 66,525 girls and women kidnapped in 2016 33,796 (37.7%) abducted for marriages 1,853 kidnapped for illicit intercourse 111 kidnapped for prostitution Total abductions (male and female)2014: 77,250 2015: 83,005 2016: 88,008

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Gujarat fifth in crime against SC/ST: Data

According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday, Gujarat ranks fifth in crime rate against those belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) category in 2016. While Madhya Pradesh topped the list, Rajasthan, Goa, Bihar and Gujarat followed closely.The data states 40,801 cases were lodged under (Prevention of Atrocities) Act across the country in 2016. Out of which 1,322 cases were lodged with Gujarat police. The number of such cases shot up in Gujarat as compared to the last two years. It was 1,010 cases in Gujarat in 2015 and 1,094 cases in 2014.Out of the 1,322 cases that were lodged in Gujarat, 32 cases were related to murder, 35 cases of attempt to murder, 64 cases causing grievously hurt, 75 cases of assault on Schedule Caste women, 36 cases of sexual harassment, 57 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 70 cases of rape, 99 cases of rioting, 16 cases of robbery, 11 cases of arson, 688 cases of other IPC crimes and 165 cases related to other incidents, the data said.TOTAL ATROCITY CASES IN INDIA2016- 40,8012015- 38,6702014 – 40,401RANK OF STATES BASED ON RATE OF CRIME IN 2016Madhya Pradesh – 3,294 casesRajasthan- 6,735 casesGoa-13 casesBihar- 7,886 casesGujarat- 1,322 cases(Crime rate is the number of incidents per 1,00,000 of the population.)
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In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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Unnatural sex: Kids account for 57% of victims

Children accounted for 57% of the total number of victims in cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016, as per the recently-released data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). While there were a total of 2,195 victims in 2,187 cases reported in 2016, there were 1,254 child victims in 1,247 cases.The conviction rate in these cases remained abysmal at below 10%, with only 131 convictions and over 169 acquittals. While 1,386 people were arrested for unnatural offences against children, 1,217 people were charge-sheeted in over 1,081 cases. The police dealt with over 1,302 cases of unnatural offences against children that were pending trial from 2015, and sent 1,081 cases for trial during the year.The total cases registered under section 377 in 2016 (2,187) saw a jump of 38% from 2015 (1,347 cases) and 2014 when 1,148 cases were registered. Uttar Pradesh accounted for more than 45% of the total number of cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016 with over 999 cases. Kerala, with 207 cases, came second while Delhi with 182 cases took the third spot.There were 461 (21%) cases of unnatural offences against women registered in 2016, with over 464 victims (21.1%). Of these, 132 cases were pending from the previous year. In the case of women, too, the conviction remained quite low with only seven convictions, and over 16 acquittals. In 2016, there were 502 arrests made, of which 487 were male, and charge-sheets were made in 276 cases with 264 being male.
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NCRB data reveals Delhi cops go soft on own men

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau suggests that Delhi Police is rather lenient in handling crimes committed by its own men. In a surprising revelation, 136 criminal cases were registered against Delhi Police personnel in 2016, of which only 42 were arrested. The NCRB data further shows that of these, only two cases were chargesheeted.The data also revealed that 20 persons escaped from the Delhi Police’s custody last year, of which five escapees were chargesheeted.Also, in 2016, one case of disappearance or death in the Delhi Police’s custody was recorded and a magisterial enquiry was ordered. A case was also registered against the police personnel in connection with the death. However, as per the data, no chargesheet was filed in the case, and neither was any policeman convicted.Last week, Praja Foundation had revealed that the number of complaints received in 2015 against the police force was 12,913, of which 346 were declared false. Only 145 criminal cases were registered but no policeman got arrested. The same year, of the 1,057 cases registered against the police, 62 per cent were either withdrawn or disposed of, while 69 were dismissed, and in 292 cases major punishment was awarded, it said.A number of incidents were reported in 2016 where rogue policing came to light. In December 2016, a head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station. The act was caught on a CCTV camera. In the same month, a constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees in Burari area.Two months before this, in October, an inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case for fake coin manufacturing.These apart, in September, three cops from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell were dismissed for extorting money, and in August, a head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar area.NCRB DATA – 2016 136 criminal cases registered against Delhi cops.42 arrests made.2 cops chargesheeted.Rogue Cop casesDecember: A head constable was suspended after allegedly helping women pickpockets at a metro station when the act was caught on CCTV.Another constable and five others, including three women, were arrested for allegedly honey-trapping businessmen and government employees.October: An inspector was suspended for his alleged involvement in a corruption case of fake coin manufacturing.September: 3 cops from the Special Cell were dismissed for extorting moneyAugust: A head constable and two others were booked for carrying out unauthorised construction in Hari Nagar.
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Gujarat among worst states for children

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that Gujarat registered a total of 1,120 murder cases in 2016. Of the total murders, 94 were of those aged up to 18 years; 53 of whom were under six years of age — this is the second highest among states. In 2015, the state recorded 1,150 murders, and in 2014, 1,124 murders were recorded.In the total number of murders in 2016, Gujarat ranks 27th among states. A total of 79 murder cases were registered in the state, where 94 victims were children aged between 1 and 18 years. Of them, 53 were children under age six — 30 boys and 23 girls.As per the data, the highest number of children below six were murdered in Maharastra (94), followed by Gujarat and Karnataka, with 53 murders each, and Uttar Pradesh, with 49.Honour & passion killingGujarat is on the third spot in honour killing and fourth in crimes of passion in 2016. A total of 1,493 cases of crimes of passion were registered in the country in 2016; 133 of which were in Gujarat.The highest number of passion killings was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, with 398 murders, followed by Tamil Nadu (180), Bihar (133) and Gujarat, with 133.In honour killing, a total of 71 cases were registered across the country in 2016. The highest number was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 18 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (16) and Gujarat (10).
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India sexual abuse: ‘Four child victims every hour’

The National Crime Records Bureau reports a steady rise in offences against children.

Rajasthan crime graph shows steady rise

The state that was considered one of the best for leading a secured life, could be heading for a separate path. With a population of six crore living in the state, it does not mark good to the state’s image when considering that the state stood on the fifth pedestal in the country in number of crimes committed in 2016. The statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shocking facts about the law and order and crime in the state.Interestingly, a dip has been registered in the incidences from 2014, 2015 and 2016. Where in 2014, a total of 2,10,418 incidences were registered, the same decreased in 2015 to 198080 incidences which in 2016 has further decreased to 180398 incidences. However, the state is still on the fifth pedestal in crimes in India.Rajasthan is the eighth state in country with most murders with 1551 murders, the state stands 10th in attempts to commit murders (1632). It is also fifth in incidences of deaths by negligence with a whopping 9345 incidents.WOMEN IN STATEWhile a pandora’s box has been opened with the movie Padmawati and various social organisations have come out openly against the movie, citing honour of women in state, the statistics paint a grim picture for women in Rajasthan. Registering fourth most crimes against women in country, in 2016 a whopping 27422 incidents were reported against women in state. Notably, this is far below the numbers for the year 2014 wherein 31216 incidents were registered, third highest in country.
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Love, illicit affairs sparked 3 murders a month: NCRB data

In Delhi, almost three murders were sparked every month either due to an illicit relationship or a love affair at an average, out of the total 479 murders reported from the city in 2016. Delhi ranks first with 21.8 per cent as the Capital’s percentage share in total murders recorded in all metropolitan cities across the country.The fact was revealed in a data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday. Other reasons that the data mentioned behind killings in the Capital, were personal enmity in 50 murders, property related dispute leading to 37 killings, four people were killed over water or money disputes, three due to rape and two murders were claimed by honour killings.The Capital also witnessed one death following road rage and apart from this six people were killed for robbery in 2016. The data also states that out of the total number of murder victims of 2016, 11 were below the age of six years and 14 victims were among the age group of 12 and 16 years. The highest number of murder victims targeted between the age of 18 to 30 years, was 254. Twenty senior citizens including 11 women were also killed in the city in 2016.Interestingly, at a time when the Delhi Police is seeking curbs on regulation of illegal arms in the Capital, data read that 26 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 21 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms were reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.A few weeks ago, based on Delhi Police data, DNA had reported that sudden provocation in the Capital leads to 12.60 per cent of the total crimes reported, while 22.83 per cent were sparked out of enmity.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maha to hold session on crime control today

The Maharashtra government has organised a two-day brain storming session on December 1 and 2 on the state’s report card on crime control, investigation, detection, conviction, and the steps to be taken for further improvement.The Home Department officers, under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’, will make a series of presentations on achievements, shortfalls and the roadmap for future with regard to crime control.The session will take place a day after the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released crime data for the year 2016. According to NCRB, Maharashtra ranked third when it comes to reporting of Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases in the country. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5% of the total IPC cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7).Furthermore, Maharashtra tops in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty with 11,396 registered cases, ranks second in kidnapping and abduction cases with 6,170 cases and comes third in cases of rape with 4,189 cases registered in 2016.A senior officer, who will be present at the two-day session, told DNA: “There has been marked improvement in the crime conviction rate which has surged to over 47% from 9% in 2014, largely due to the increase in forensic facilities. Still, there is scope for improvement. Also, crime against women are being tried in 27 fast-track courts, and the pending ones are going on in 22 such courts.”
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Delhi stands first, Mumbai second in most violent crimes

With a total of 6,096 cases of violent incidents reported in Mumbai, the city ranks second after Delhi which reported 15,297 cases in 2016. Maharashtra reported a total of 42,468 violent crime cases last year. Mumbai stands second after Delhi in cases of sexual exploitation against women.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 2,299 murder cases were registered in Maharashtra of which 147 cases were reported in Mumbai. The city also reported 712 cases of rape in 2016, with Delhi at a record of 1,996 cases.A total of 473 cases of rioting were reported in Mumbai, and stands after Patna reporting 565 cases. There were 1,145 cases of robbery in Mumbai, while Delhi recorded the highest with 4,560 cases.In 2016, of the 19 metropolitan cities, 647 cases of senior citizens being cheated were reported, of which 336 cases were registered in Mumbai, followed by Delhi in which 108 cases were registered. Moreover, a total number of cases registered by senior citizens being robbed off was more in Mumbai with 373 cases followed by 91 cases in Delhi and 46 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra stood fourth in violent crime cases after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar.
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Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major Indian cities , reveals NCRB data

Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40%, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today.The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.Delhi accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai 7. 7%. The national capital recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9% of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12. 9%) and Surat (12.6%) during 2016.Also read61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRBDelhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48. 3%) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6%) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8% during 2016. The city reported highest number of murder – 479 out of 2,194 cases- (21.8%) followed by Bengaluru 10. 4% (229 cases) and Patna 8.9% (195 cases). Highest number of cases at 35.6% (2,368 cases out of 6,645) of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences 5,942 cases (19.3%) followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases) accounting for 15.4% and 13.6% respectively during 2016. In cyber crimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases – 980 (23.5%) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.
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61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRB

A total of 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes took place in the country in 2016, down five per cent from the previous year, National Crime Records Bureau data said today.According to it, 35 cases of sedition were also registered in 2016 out of which Haryana accounted for the highest number of 12 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with six.Among the 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes, the highest — 11,617 cases — were registered in Bihar, 8,018 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,898 in Maharashtra.There were 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes in the country in 2015.The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.Also readWith 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRBAs many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.A total of 32 people also died or disappeared in the country last year while they were under the remand of the police. These included six each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and two each in Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
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Islamic preacher arrested for abducting, raping women inside madrasa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Imam — head of Islamic seminary — allegedly abducted and raped a 30-year-old married woman in his Madrasa in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.Police have arrested Molvi Altaf Ahmad Malik and booked him for rape, abduction and wrongful confinement under Sections 376, 366 and 342 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) respectively. Malik, police said, has been heading Darul Uloom for boys in Qalam Abad in Kupwara district for the last one year.Police officers said Malik had picked up the woman from a social function saying he’d drop her home. He then took her to his Darul Uloom where he allegedly raped her.”Locals informed us that a Molvi had taken a woman inside his Darul Uloom. We immediately rushed a party headed by the Station House Officer to the spot. The police party found the preacher in unacceptable position,” said Shabir Ahmad, sub divisional police officer, Handwara.The woman narrated how she was abducted and raped during interrogation. “She requested this Molvi to drop her home from a function as she knew him. The Molvi, instead of dropping her home, took her to his Darulul Uloom. The locals learnt of the incident from her screams, and called us,” Shabir said.Police conducted medical examinations on the woman and are awaiting the reports.This is not the first incident in which an Imam has been booked for rape in Jammu and Kashmir. Last year an Imam allegedly sodomised an eight-year-old boy in the Hamam (an enclosure adjoining prayer hall used in winters to keep the room warm) of a mosque at Pulwama district of south Kashmir.Data released by National Crime Records Bureau revealed that there were 331 cases of rape reported in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 compared to 331 in 2014 and 378 in 2013.

‘End the shame’: India kicks off world’s largest march to protect children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered in southern India on Monday to kick off what is expected to be the world’s largest march against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children as reports of such crimes continue to rise in the country.Organised by Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, over 10 million people from across India are due to take part in the month-long “Bharat Yatra” – or India March – which will end in the capital New Delhi on Oct. 16.Flagging off the march from Kanyakumari, a coastal city on the southern-most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Satyarthi told crowds of school children, officials and activists it was time to shatter the silence around such crimes.
ALSO READ Sorry Mr. CEO, Ryan International is no victim and you have blood on your hands”The sun rises every morning. But today this morning is different and this sun is different. Today this sun rises to dispel the darkness of fear, hopelessness and shame faced by our children. Today we march to end this,” Satyarthi said.”India is known for a country where children are being raped, where children are being sold. They are not safe in their schools; they are not safe even in their homes. If one child is in danger, then it means that the whole of India is danger.”
ALSO READ Ryan student death: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar assures victim’s father of CBI investigationChildren in India face a barrage of threats ranging from human trafficking, sexual violence and early marriage to a lack of access to quality education and healthcare, say activists.More than 9,000 children were reported to have been trafficked in 2016, a 27 percent rise from the previous year, according to government data.Most are from poor rural families who are lured to cities by traffickers who promise good jobs, but then sell them into slavery as domestic workers, to work in small manufacturing units, farming or pushed into sexual slavery in brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some are found, but many remain missing.Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau also show that almost 15,000 children were victims of sexual violence such as rape, molestation and exploitation for pornography in 2015 – up 67 percent from the previous year.But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg in socially conservative India, say activists, where fear of being blamed, shamed or stigmatised means victims and their families often keep quiet and do not report the abuses they face.BREAKING THE SILENCESatyarthi, whose charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) has rescued 80,000 enslaved children, said the march was part of a three-year campaign to spread public awareness and push for stronger policies on child protection.The march participants will travel around 11,000 km (7,000) miles) and cover 22 of India’s 29 states. They will stop in towns and villages, visit schools and colleges and hold events with local officials, police, religious and community leaders.Monday’s kick-off saw thousands of children from remote areas across the country travelling to Kanyakumari to participate in the event. They chanted slogans and waved banners calling for an end of child slavery and child sexual abuse.”I am here today as I want to help protect other children like me,” said Ruby Kumari, 14, a pony-tailed schoolgirl from the district of Koderma in India’s eastern Jharkhand state.”We want to tell people that we are the future of this country and we want a safe environment for all children. They should be able to go to good schools and not sent to work.”The event also saw the participation of parents and their children who are survivors of sexual abuse and child labour.Thirty-five-year-old Moti, whose two teen daughters were raped by a family friend in the northern state of Punjab for years before the crime was discovered, said he hoped the march would help parents understand the dangers faced by children.”I had no idea that this was happening to my daughters. I trusted this man and he did this to my daughters,” said Moti, as he sat amongst the crowds, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with #MakeIndiaSafe printed on the back.”If there had been marches like this before, perhaps I would have known better and I could have saved them. Now I am here to take part in his march so that it doesn’t happen to other children and parents won’t have to go through what I did.”

Women cyber complaint portal to be up by March 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The women and child development ministry on Wednesday said that the Cyber Crime Prevention of Women and Children (CCPWC) project, on which the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) are collaborating, will now be operational by March 2018; it was supposed to be completed by December this year.The WCD ministry said that while work on the project is being carried out by the three government agencies, women and children who are facing increasing instances of abuse on online platforms should report it on the Digital Police Portal which was launched last month. The portal has a database of criminals.CCPWC, a project proposed by the MHA under the Nirbhaya Fund, was cleared by the WCD ministry for Rs 244.32 crore in May 2016. Progress on it has been slow and information has been hard to come by. The project involves a platform where complaints can be filed and it will be monitored by the cyber cell of the Home ministry.In March this year, the MHA informed the department-related parliamentary standing committee that is preparing the demand for grants that as part of the project, 36 Cyber Forensics Training Centres will be set up across all states and union territories. Apart from that, 40,500 police officers will be trained across India and a research and development centre will also be established to study cybercrime prevention technologies, to study new tools, and for training and capacity-building.The committee, however, had pulled up the MHA for under-reporting cases of child abuse. “The Committee is aware of the fact that child sexual abuse and related crimes remain overwhelmingly under-reported in this country due to associated stigma and propensity of parents/ guardians to not involve police in these matters. The Committee feels that the process of reporting such crimes needs to be simplified and identity of children involved be protected to ensure that such crimes do not go unreported,” read the report.ABOUT CCPWCCCPWC was proposed by MHA under the Nirbhaya Fund
Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Informatics Centre and the National Crime Records Bureau are collaborating on it
It was cleared by the WCD ministry for Rs 244.32 crore in May 2016

Rape victim, 10, delivers baby after India court bars abortion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India’s top court gave birth on Thursday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abuse of children. The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby; her parents told their daughter she was undergoing stomach surgery to remove a stone. “The girl is doing fine, she is recovering. We expect she will be discharged early next week,” said Dasari Harish, who heads a committee overseeing the girl’s care. The girl, whose identity has been kept secret, delivered a girl by Caesarean section in a state hospital in the northwestern city of Chandigarh, said Harish, who is a hospital physician. “The parents of the girl have refused to take custody of the child, and have agreed to her adoption through the state agency. They said they don’t even want to see the child,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Local media reports said the girl had been raped by an uncle and that he was now under arrest. The pregnancy was discovered when the child was taken to the hospital last month after complaining of stomach pains, and was found to be about 30 weeks pregnant. COURT CONTROVERSY A local court refused to grant the child an abortion, saying it was too risky at such a late stage. A plea in the Supreme Court was dismissed for the same reason on July 28. Indian law prohibits terminations at more than 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger or in exceptional circumstances. An increasing number of such cases have come to the courts in recent years. In May, a court allowed another 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her stepfather to undergo an abortion. As many as 10,854 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Activists say that awareness of, and reporting of, sexual violence against women has risen since a fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012, which sparked nationwide protests and a tightening of the law. But sexual violence against children still remains a taboo topic, with most cases going unreported.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

#AintNoCinderella: Indian women post selfies at midnight after stalking case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of women in India have taken to social media to post selfies of themselves out at midnight with the hashtag #AintNoCinderella after a senior politician questioned why a women, who was reportedly stalked, was out at night. The 29-year-old woman from the northern city of Chandigarh in Haryana state said she was followed and almost kidnapped by two men who pursued her car as she drove home in the early hours of Saturday. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said one of the men is the son of a prominent politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana. But while police arrested the politician’s son and his friend, registered a complaint against them and released them on bail, the BJP’s vice chief in Haryana has blamed the victim for being out late — triggering a backlash on Twitter. “The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night?” BJP state vice president Ramveer Bhatti told a local television station on Monday. Twitter was flooded with women posting pictures of themselves outside their homes at night, mocking Bhatti and condemning his remarks which they said were shaming victims instead of supporting them. “If I’m out at 12 am, it DOES NOT mean I’m to be raped, molested, chased. My dignity is my right 24X7. #AintNoCinderella,” tweeted Sharmistha Mukherjee, a politician from the opposition Congress Party, with a picture of her in the dark. “Dear regressive India, I will do as I please, night or day. Don’t ever think you have the right to stop me #AintNoCinderella,” wrote another user with the twitter handle @queenpsays, along with a picture of her in jeans in a red top. BARRAGE OF THREATS Indian women face a barrage of challenges ranging from child marriage, dowry killings and human trafficking to rape and domestic violence, largely due to deep-rooted attitudes that view them as inferior to men. There were 327,394 reports of violence against women such as rape, molestation, abduction and cruelty by husbands in 2015, up more than 40 percent from 2011, according to the latest data from India’s National Crime Records Bureau. The high-profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 sent shockwaves across India and led to countrywide protests, forcing the government to enact stiffer penalties for rape and criminalising stalking. The incident over the weekend hit the headlines on Sunday after the victim, who is a professional radio disc jockey, posted an account of her ordeal on her Facebook page. “I was in a full-blown panic attack by now because they would keep trying to corner me, and I’d somehow manoeuvre my way out and keep moving,” she wrote, describing how the men pursued her, blocked her vehicle and tried to open her car door. “My hands shaking, my back spasming from fear, half in tears, half bewildered, because I didn’t know if I’d make it home tonight.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

35 sedition cases registered in 2016, government tells Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said that 35 sedition cases were registered across the country in 2016.”Of the 35 cases under sedition charges (Section 124A of IPC), 12 were registered in Haryana, six in Uttar Pradesh, three each in Karnataka and Kerala and two each in Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.Replying to another question, Ahir said, “The National Crime Records Bureau has conveyed that it does not maintain record on sedition cases registered against individuals who have supported cricket teams post match.”

Cow killers get more stringent punishment than errant drivers: Delhi court to BMW hit-and-run accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Utsav Bhasin, the son of a Haryana-based industrialist, was sentenced to two years in jail for mowing down a motorcyclist with his over speeding BMW car in 2008 by a Delhi court, which rued that cow killers get more stringent punishment than errant drivers.”Sentence for killing cow is five or seven or 14 years in different states but in case of death of a human being caused by rash or negligent driving, sentence prescribed in law is only 2 years,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar said.After pronouncing the sentence, the court granted a statutory bail to Bhasin for enabling him to file an appeal in the high court and asked him to furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000 with a surety of like amount.Expressing shock over the statistics of road accidents in India, the judge said, “I am compelled to observe that India has a disreputable record of road accidents” while noting that according to National Crime Record Bureau during 2015, a total of 4.64 lakh cases of road accidents were reported which rendered 4.82 lakh persons injured and 1.48 lakh deaths.”One is shocked to know the statistics about road accidents in our country. Every minute one accident takes place and every four minutes one person dies in road accidents.”Human life is precious. Road users have a fundamental right to life and liberty which includes the right to safety under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. It is the duty of the state to ensure safety on roads of the people and it cannot shy away from its duty in any circumstance,” the judge said.The court directed the convict to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the deceased victim’s kin and Rs 2 lakh to the other injured man, a journalist, who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler.It also termed as “unfortunate” the fact that even in Delhi, capital of India, there are no exclusive non-motorised vehicle lanes in most of its roads/part.Referring to the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 on “Mann ki Baat” where he expressed concern about road safety stating that he was shocked to see the visuals of a recent road accident in Delhi in which the victim lay in a pool of blood for 10 minutes but nobody came for his help.The judge further said that a copy of the judgement be sent to the Prime Minister for looking into the aspect of inadequate punishment for offence causing death by negligence under section 304 A of the IPC.Referring to slogan, “Sabka saath sabka vikas”, the judgement said that this goal can only be achieved when people do not die in accidents.The verdict also quotes Union minister Nitin Gadkari, to highlight the fact that road accidents kill more people than terrorism or natural disasters.Referring to the death of Union minister Gopinath Munde in an accident in 2014 here, the judgement rued this fact that the inadequate punishment provided for the offence in 1861 is still being persisted with.The court had on May 5 held Bhasin guilty of offences under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving rashly which could endanger human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.The court had while convicting him dropped the charges of 304(II)(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC.Bhasin was driving his BMW car when he had hit the two- wheeler on Moolchand flyover in South Delhi, killing Anuj Singh on September 11, 2008. The TV channel journalist was also injured in the incident.The brother of the deceased, who was present in the court room, said that he would file an appeal in the high court against the dropping of a stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 (II) of the IPC.

Rights body asks state bhavans to set up held desks for kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked all states to set up help desks in their bhavans in Delhi to help rehabilitate victims of child trafficking rescued from the national capital, the rights body said today. The NCPCR is framing guidelines for children rescued from the capital and the NCR region to create a post-rescue standard operating procedure which would help them reunite with their families. NCPCR deliberated at a meeting here on measures that could be taken with nine state resident commissioners – of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was also attended by child welfare committees from eight states, Childline, a helpline for children, and NGOs working on anti-trafficking issues. “I request all state bhavans to open a help desk for such victims and their families, and all states should appoint nodal officers for this purpose,” NCPCR Chairperson Stuti Kacker said. NCPCR is also looking at how rescued children can be sent back home and in the event of a death, how a body can transported to their hometown. It also plans to compile a resource directory with the contact details of every state s child protection and anti- trafficking units, child welfare committees as well as NGOs concerned. “This is for the first time that such a meeting was held with state bhavans as they are an important aspect of the coordination needed in the post-rescue scenario for these children,” said Supreme Court advocate Ravikant, who also attended the meeting. Ravikant, who runs Shakti Vahini, an anti-trafficking non-profit group, said it was essential that Delhi, being a major hub of trafficking, look into coordination. “After their rescue, these children need translators and a safe place to stay which the bhavans can provide. Also officials from the states who come to take the victims back need the support of the bhavans,” said Ravikant. The meeting also discussed the help that could be given to victims’ families who come to Delhi in search of missing children. They and police escorts from the states could be provided with train tickets and residential accommodation, it was suggested. NCPCR said the guidelines would be finalised soon. According to the 2015 National Crime Records Bureau data, there has been a 73 per cent increase in the registration of cases against traffickers in Delhi. The figure has gone up to 156 cases registered from 23 a year ago. As many as 207 girls were rescued by the police and other agencies in 2015, compared to 32 in 2014. About 60 per cent of the victims were in the age group of 12-16 years and 83.3 per cent of the traffickers were known to the victim. Most of the victims rescued were trafficked from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s woes far from over in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh government’s troubles over the farmers’ agitation is refusing to subside. Just as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan seemed to have tided over the worst phase of the stir that led to six deaths in a firing incident at Mandsaur, and a wave of suicides in 48 hours. Seven farmers have so far committed suicide since June 8. The latest victim was Narmada Prasad of Hoshangabad. A money lender took Rs 45,000 from Prasad after he had just sold some pulses on Wednesday. The money lender also forced the victim to part with his tractor. Prasad allegedly consumed poison to end his life. The National Crime Records Bureau statistics reveal that 18,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past 13 years under the BJP rule. The 2016 figure of 1,982 was the highest.Chouhan, who sought to placate the farmers by visiting Mandsaur to distribute cheques of Rs 1crore each to the kin of the six victims who died in the firing incident, stayed put in the region. With protests continuing in the town, the collector announced that the money would be credited to the accounts of the beneficiaries. The farmers were demanding action against the policemen who opened fired on them. Chouhan promised that the police inspector who ordered the firing would be dismissed. Strangely, however, no FIR was filed against the police officers till Thursday.The farmers were also angry that the minister-in-charge, Archana Chitnis, rarely visited the district. She had not met them and the party leaders of the region for quite some time. She had also failed to organise a meeting between relatives of the firing victims and the CM. Chitnis, who was supposed to accompany Chouhan on the Mandsaur trip, left for Bengaluru saying she was asked by the central leadership to participate in the Modi Fest there. Public Relations Minister Narottam Mishra eventually pacified the farmers and got them to meet Chouhan.The Modi Fest — to mark three years of the NDA government at the Centre — under which farmers are being cultivated by the party turned ugly in Balaghat where the state Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen and the party MP Bodh Singh Bhagat almost came to blows. Bisen left the function midway.There is growing realisation in the ruling party and the government that the officials of the cooperative and agriculture departments, and party members, have been misleading the government and party leaders about ground realities on farming sector.Political expediency has side-tracked the administrative urgency as party workers drum up support for the party in the run-up to the next assembly elections in 2018. The way MLAs were tasked to herd up farmers to show support for the fasting CM left a bad impression on the farmers. The ruling party may have allowed the Congress to revive itself with a clumsy handling of the agitation. The Congress may have just made it in time to show its support among farmers. Next week, the farmers will be busy with sowing, and such rallies wouldn’t interest them.

Law panel for electronic tagging of accused, but with caution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Law Commission today recommended the “electronic tagging” of people accused of grave crimes, saying it would help reduce pressure on overcrowded jails as well as keep a check on people hoping to evade the law. The commission, however, warned that the system should only be used with the “highest degree of caution” after changing laws. Electronic tagging has the potential to reduce both fugitive rates, by ensuring that a defendant can easily be located, and government expenditure, by reducing the number of defendants detained at state expense. In its report submitted to the law ministry today on “Provisions relating to bail”, the panel quoted a New Zealand law to define electronic tagging or electronically monitored (EM) bail as a mechanism that is also known as a “restrictive” form of bail. “A person on EM bail must remain at a specified residence at all times unless special permission to leave is granted for an approved purpose (such as work). Compliance is monitored via an electronically monitored anklet that must be worn 24 hours a day,” it said. EM bail is available in New Zealand for defendants and young people aged between 12 and 17 years who would otherwise continue to be held in custody in prison while they waited for a court hearing. But at the same time, the Commission warned that electronic tagging had a “grave and significant impact on the constitutional rights” of individuals. “It must be implemented with the highest degree of caution. Such monitoring must be used only in grave and heinous crimes, where the accused person has a prior conviction in similar offences. This may be done by amending the appropriate legislations to restrict the application of electronic tagging…,” it said. It also recommended that section 50 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) be amended to ensure that a person arrested is given in writing, in the language he or she understands, the reasons for the arrest. It also said a person should not continue to remain behind bars as an undertrial because of an incomplete investigation. “A bail condition must not unreasonably violate the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the prosecution cannot show through evidence that the person accused of an offence is at the risk of absconding, or is likely to commit the same offence, the accused should be considered eligible for release,” it recommended. The Law Commission, headed by Justice (retd) B S Chauhan, said it was of the opinion that anticipatory bail must not only be granted with caution but must also be made operative for a limited period of time. It said undertrials accused of crimes carrying a punishment of seven years in jail should be released on bail if they have spent one-third of that time, or two-and-half years, behind bars while on trial. The Commission also recommended that those who were accused of crimes which attracted a term of over seven years be released on bail if they had spent half of the term behind bars on trial. It said undertrials who could not produce a non-monetary surety — an undertaking by an individual that the undertrial will appear before authorities when required — should be allowed to instead deposit government identity documents such as Aadhaar or PAN cards to get bail. As of now, Section 436 A of the CrPC deals with the maximum period for which an undertrial prisoner can be detained. Under the law, those accused of a crime which is not an offence where the punishment is death should be released on bail if they have been in jail for a period “extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law”. Two-thirds of prison inmates in India are undertrials, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

House panel raps Centre over inactivity on rising trafficking cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A parliamentary standing committee has rapped the Ministry of Tribal Affairs over its inability to stop the increasing cases of trafficking of tribal girls. The Lok Sabha committee on empowerment of women, chaired by former union minister, BJP MP Bijoya Chakravarty, in its ninth report on the empowerment of tribal women, said that the ministry needs to be “more dynamic and proactive to put an end to the sufferings of tribal women/girls caused by ever-growing cases of human trafficking in the country”.The report also recommended that a special cell be constituted in the ministry to bring all agencies together, co-ordinate between the states and the Centre, channelise NGOs, use resources judiciously and study the causes of the trafficking. The report also said that the committee should become “a response centre for the victims of trafficking in the country”. It has also recommended that a dedicated web portal be constituted as well.The committee sharply criticised the government on the lack of any data on the issue. “Adding insult to the injury, the Ministry has gone ahead stating before the Committee that there is no reliable record available to indicate that tribal women, trafficked from tribal belts to cities, are engaged as maid servants, etc., when our newspapers and electronic media are flooded with such stories,” read the report, adding that it is dismayed at the Centre’s insensitivity over the issue.The report also criticised the government over the data with the National Crime Records Bureau, which cite the number of cases in two-digit numbers, while data with NGOs put it at “tens of thousands”.Pulling up the police, too, for their inactivity and procedural delays, the Committee has asked for a “special cell” to be put up under the Station House Officer (SHO) in each police station under tribal-dominated areas, while sending routine reports to the DGP, NHRC and state commissions.Taking up the issue of surrendered Naxalite women in insurgency-hit areas, the committee has asked for rehabilitation schemes for them and that they be engaged as midday-meal cooks, in anganwadi centres, as midwives, etc. “The Committee is also aware that a large chunk of extremist foot-soldiers are women and many of them are exploited, abused and later abandoned by insurgent groups,” the report noted.

The bench said, "agriculture is a state subject and the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre will coordinate with all the states and come up with a line of action to address root cause of farmers committing suicide.” It said that looking at the seriousness of the issue, the union government must file the proposed line of action in apex court registry within four weeks. Expressing grave concern over farmer suicides, the apex court had earlier said that it felt the government was going in a “wrong direction” in tackling the real problem. Asking the Centre to apprise it of the policy roadmap to address the burning issue, the court had said the issue of farmers’ suicide was of “extreme importance” and paying compensation to the families of such victims “post-facto” was not the real solution. The ASG had earlier told the court that the government has initiated many schemes for farmers and the 2015 crop insurance scheme would drastically reduce such fateful incidents. He had said other schemes also needed to be strengthened to make farmers feel that the government would stand behind them in distress. The plea was filed by the NGO on the plight of farmers in Gujarat and suicide committed by many of them there. The bench had expanded the scope of the petition to the entire country. The apex court is also seized of another PIL filed by Punjab-based NGO Youth Kamal Organisation through its President Happy Mann on the issue of farmer suicides in which the Centre had in 2015 stated that number of suicide deaths of farmers had declined since 2009 and there were factors other than agrarian which led them to take the extreme step. The affidavit of Ministry of Agriculture had submitted that out of a total of over one lakh suicides in the country in 2013, farmer suicides were recorded at 8.7 per cent. Referring to the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) as per which the number of suicides by persons self-employed in farming/agriculture in 2009 was 17,368 which had come down to 11,772 in 2013. It had submitted that as against the total population of 122 crore (estimated) during 2013, the total number of suicides in the country was 1,34,799, of which suicides under the category of self-employed (farming/agriculture) was 11,772 which is 8.73 per cent of total suicides. Earlier, the apex court had indicated that the suicides may be linked to certain inherent deficiencies in the National Policy for Farmers, 2007, which may be revisited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take decision on undertrials: Centre to HCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing concern over the increasing number of undertrial prisoners in jails across the country, the government has urged the high courts to take suo motu action for their release after they complete half of their likely term.Section 436A of the CrPC provides that if an undertrial has completed half of the likely term he is likely to get for the crime he has allegedly committed, then he or she can be granted bail with or without surety. It is not applicable on offence for which the punishment of death has been specified as one of the punishments under the law.In a recent letter to chief justices of the 24 high courts, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that they should advise the district judiciary to review all such cases and take suo motu action for their release. “I shall also be grateful if the high court ensures that the undertrial review committee mechanism, for periodic monitoring of undertrial releases, continues to effectively deliver its mandate, so that the basic human rights of the undertrials are not undermined,” he wrote.In September 2014, the Supreme Court had said that states should release all such undertrials who come under the ambit of Section 436A of the CrPC. According to National Crime Records Bureau estimates, 67% of the people in jails are undertrials — those not yet convicted of any crime.At 82.4 per cent, Bihar had the highest proportion of undertrials, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 81.5, Odisha at 78.8, Jharkhand at 77.1 and Delhi at 76.7.Successive Union Law Ministers and Union Home Ministers have been regularly writing to high courts and state governments to review the status of undertrials.

Women in 30 major cities ‘occupy the night streets’ to protest Bengaluru mass molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hundreds of women gathered in over 30 towns and cities across India late on Saturday, saying they were “occupying the night streets” to demand safety in public spaces after reports of the mass molestation of women in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve.From the capital New Delhi to Kolkata in the east, Chennai in the south and Mumbai in the west, activists, students, and professionals gathered at marches and street plays or sang songs and recited poetry on equality for women. The participants, which also included many men, chanted slogans such as “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!” and held banners saying “Take back the night. Break the silence. End the violence” and “Nobody asks what my molester was wearing.””Since the age of 12, I have never felt comfortable or safe on the streets – day or night, but first time I have ever attended a march like this ,” said Anuradha Sinha, 37, a program manager at a e-commerce company. “I have a 3-year-old daughter and given the situation we face today in terms of sexual harassment, I don’t want my daughter to grow up and endure we have to go through every day. It has to change.”The marches coincided with marches being held around the world following U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, but organisers of the #IWillGoOut campaign said their demands were different from those in other countries. The campaign in India was launched this month after reports of sexual assaults during celebrations on Dec. 31 in Bengaluru, where several women were allegedly groped and assaulted by a mob in the city’s central business district.The state home minister later told television networks “such incidents do happen”, while another politician blamed women for following “western culture”, dressing inappropriately and staying out late.The attacks, reminiscent of those blamed on migrants in German cities during New Year’s Eve celebrations in 2015, shocked many Indians, since Bengaluru, home to many well-educated professionals, is regarded as safer for women than New Delhi. Sex crimes are common in India, where the National Crime Record Bureau says more than 34,000 rapes were reported in 2015, although women sometimes do not report assaults for fear of the associated social stigma.The fatal gang rape of a woman by six assailants aboard a bus in Delhi in December 2012 sparked global outrage and led to calls for greater protection for women moving around India’s cities. While the government has brought in tougher legislation on sexual assault, activists say more could have been done. At least 30 Indian towns and cities – including Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Puducherry, Lucknow, Pune, Jammu, Dharamsala and Bhopal – held events, with a few hundred participants turning out ineach city, said organisers.In Bengaluru, where around 300 people gathered, organisers said most women have experienced being pinched, groped, molested, or faced lewd comments in public — from travelling on the bus to shopping in the market to walking in the street. “I have so many stories of being made to feel uncomfortable in public spaces,” said Divya Titus, one of the organisers of the Bengaluru march.”Despite a legislation, we still see sexual harassment. I decided enough is enough. We have to stop normalising these events.” (Reporting by Nita Bhalla @nitabhalla in Delhi and Anuradha Nagaraj @AnuraNagaraj in Chennai.

Bengaluru molestation: Only 1 in 100 sexual assaults in Karnataka ends in conviction

By Devanik Saha

The new year’s eve sexual attacks against female revellers in Bengaluru may have generated nationwide outrage, but most such cases end up with no punishment: No more than one in 100 cases registered in Karnataka under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)–“Assault on women with intention to outrage her modesty–” ended in a conviction in 2015, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. Nationwide, one in 10 such cases ended in conviction, 10 times better than Karnataka’s record.

The outrage further grew after the video of a woman woman being groped and molested on a Bangalore street the same night went viral.

In 2015, of 5,112 cases registered under Section 354, only 69 (1.3 percent) ended in conviction. Of the 9,118 persons arrested in these cases, only 107 (1.2 percent) were convicted.

Source: National Crime Records Bureau

Across India, 82,422 cases of sexual assault were registered, of which 8,408 (10 percent) ended in conviction. Of 101,571 persons arrested for these attacks, 11,342 (11 percent) were convicted.

While the number of cases under this section rose by 92 percent from 42,968 in 2011 to 82,422 in 2015, conviction rates declined from 16 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2015.

Maharashtra reported the most sexual assaults (11,713), followed by Madhya Pradesh (8,049) and Uttar Pradesh (7,885) in 2015.

Source: National Crime Records Bureau; *Read as cases registered for ‘incidents’, and persons arrested for ‘persons’

The rise in cases registered can be correlated to the change in laws–which were tightened, possibly leading to higher reporting–after the 2012 gangrape of a physiotherapy student, now widely known as Nirbhaya, which sparked nationwide protests and outrage.

Conviction rates reduce by more than 1/4th for Section 509 cases

In 2015, 8,685 cases were registered in India under Section 509 of the IPC–“Insult to modesty of women”, of which no more than 870 (10 percent) resulted in conviction, a drop of 33 percentage points from 43 percent conviction rate in 2011.

Under this section, 9,870 were arrested across India, of which 1,108 were convicted (11 percent).

Source: National Crime Records Bureau; *Read as cases registered for ‘incidents’, and persons arrested for ‘persons’

In Karnataka, of 154 cases registered under Section 509 in 2015, no more than seven (5 percent) ended in a conviction. Of the 163 persons arrested in these cases, nine (6 percent) were convicted.

Source: National Crime Records Bureau

Saha is an MA Gender and Development student at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

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Bengaluru shame: Four arrested for molesting, manhandling woman on New Year’s Eve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police on Thursday arrested four men in Bengaluru over a video recording of a New Year’s Eve attack on a woman that has sparked national public debate about women’s safety.News of the video came after a Reuters witness and media said several women revellers were groped and assaulted by a mob in the southern city in a separate incident on New Year’s Eve.Police made the arrests after examining a closed-circuit video clip of the attack by two men as the woman walked down a secluded lane in a residential area late on December 31.The four men arrested were “directly related to the case”, including the two who perpetrated the attack, a senior city police official said.”There is clear evidence in the case,” added the official, who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.The police official did not elaborate on why the other two men were arrested. All face charges of sexual harassment and assault.The video sparked outrage because it showed a man dismounting from a scooter to grab the woman and drag her towards the vehicle, despite her struggles. The other man on the scooter briefly joined the scuffle as bystanders watched.But she was thrown to the ground before the men rode off.Bengaluru, in India’s southern state of Karnataka, is home to many well-educated professionals, and had widely been viewed as safer for women than New Delhi, which is often labelled the country’s rape capital, for the many sex crimes reported there.Sex crimes are common in India, with more than 34,000 rapes reported in 2015, figures from the National Crime Record Bureau show.Authorities often face criticism for not doing enough to address a weak system of law enforcement and policing that leaves women vulnerable.G. Parameshwara, the state’s home minister, said the government would soon bring the “culprits to book”.The government plans to install nearly 550 more closed-circuit cameras within two months, increase police call-centre facilities and deploy more women police officers, he added.

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