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Minor at Mukherjee Nagar shelter home sexually assaulted

A minor boy lodged at the shelter home in Mukherjee Nagar was sexually assaulted by two other juveniles at the correction home on Sunday night. The police have registered a case and have told the authorities at the correction home to probe the incident in order to make sure that the incident is not repeated.The victim was lodged at the shelter home in a case of robbery case whereas the two accused juveniles were lodged in the jail in connection with the rape and murder case of a minor. According to the police, a call was made around 10 pm on Sunday after the victim complained of pain in his private parts.”A case under Sections 377 (unnatural offences) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) was registered on the complaint of the minor boy. We have asked the home authorities to probe the incident and make sure the juveniles do not commit such a crime again,” said a police officer.The minor called the home warden after he could not bear the pain in his private parts. He informed the warden that the two juvenile boys had assaulted him when he had gone to the washroom. The two minor boys had first threatened him and then forced themselves on him. They later threatened to strangle and kill him if he told anyone about the incident.The accused juveniles came to the correction home at the beginning of this year. The minor victim, who is in trauma, is undergoing counselling as well, police informed.STEPS TAKENA case under Sections 377 (unnatural offences) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) was registered on the complaint of the minor boy. Home authorities will probe the incident.

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Pune | 6, including 5 minors, arrested for sexually abusing 8-year-old girl

An eight year old girl was allegedly raped by six boys including five minor and a 19 year old in Kondhwa area. After mother of the victim approached Kondhwa police, the 19-year-old was arrested and the five minor boys were sent to observation home.According to Kondhwa police, all the six boys booked for raping the minor are known to the victim’s family. The girl would go to play with them when they sexually assaulted her.Inspector (crime) S Shinde of Kondhwa police told DNA, “Out of the six boys detained on Thursday, one is major and he is 19 year old. The other boys are 10 and 11 year old. According to the mother of the victim, these boys would take the girl to play with them where they would sexually assault her.”According to the statement given by the mother of the victim to police, the girl started complaining about pain in abdomen after which she was taken to a doctor. During the medical examination, doctor found out that the girl was being sexually abused.”Since the girl is small, she could not explain about the incident. When asked her about the activities the boys would do with her, she explained all the details,” Shinde said.Along the section of rape under section 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police have also slapped relevant sections of the protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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3 men rape 16-year-old girl in Shalimar Bagh

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on Saturday. Police said that efforts to identify the accused and arrest them are being made.According to senior police officials, the matter was reported by the victim to her family who approached the police. According to the complaint, the minor victim used to work as a house-maid and was sitting with her male friend in the park near Haidarpur Slums in Shalimar Bagh area, when the three accused arrived and forcefully took her to a secluded corner and raped her in turns. Her mobile phone was also snatched while her male friend was threatened and assaulted.”Yesterday evening, an incident of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl by the three accused persons was reported. Following the medical examination, a case of gangrape has been registered under IPC sections 323, 363, 376D and 6 POCSO Act at Shalimar Bagh Police Station,” a senior officer said.He said the statement of the victim has been recorded and an investigation is being conducted. “Teams have been formed to apprehend the accused persons and raids are being conducted. A counsellor has been arranged for the girl,” he added.Police are also checking CCTV footages from the area in order to ascertain the sequence of incidents. It is also suspected that one of the accused was known to the victim, police said.

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Minor actor molestation case: Mumbai Police says sufficient evidence against accused, requests restraint in discussions

The Mumbai Police on Saturday said that it has sufficient evidence against accused in the minor actor molestation case and requested “all citizens and netizens to exercise restraint while writing or speaking about the case.”Accused Vikas Sachdev, 39, was arrested on December 10 for allegedly allegedly molesting the film actor on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight. He was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till December 22.Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC, and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.In a statement posted on Twitter, Mumbai Police said much has been written and spoken about the case and “most of the conclusions drawn seem to be without appropriate knowledge of the facts of the case and based on hearsay.” It also requested people to be “sensitive enough in our discussions keeping in mind the agony the minor victim must be going through.” “Our action against the accused is backed by sufficient evidence against him and it has been under the scrutiny by the court of law. It is our request to all citizens and netizens, to exercise restraint while writing or speaking about the case of sexual assault on a minor without proper knowledge iof the case,” the Mumbai Police said. The 17-year-old actor, in an Instagram post, said the passenger sitting behind her was rubbing his foot against her back and neck while she was half-asleep.In the video, which the actor recorded immediately after deboarding the flight, she broke down several times.

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Tamil Nadu | Man gets 43-year jail term for raping, impregnating his teenage daughter

In a stark reminder of dismal record of women safety in India, a man in Tamil Nadu was sentenced for 43 years for raping and impregnating his teenage daughter.On Wednesday, the Mahila Court in Tami Nadu’s Tiruchy dictrict awarded three consecutive terms of life imprisonment and a year’s rigorous imprisonment to a 51-year-old daily wager for raping his 14-year-old daughter and impregnating her.District sessions judge Jacintha Martin ordered S Kamaraj, the 51-year-old convict, of Arasangudi village in Tiruverumbur to undergo 43-years imprisonments for repeatedly raping his minor daughter since July 2013 by threatening her to keep mum.In 2014, the girl developed some physical problems and informed her mother Pazhaniammal regarding the past incidents.Subsequently, the girl underwent a medical examination that confirmed she was pregnant and the doctors said termination of the foetus would be dangerous.The girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Tiruverumbur All Women police station on December 31, 2014.Following the complaint, the police who registered a case under various sections including under the POCSO Act arrested Kamaraj.The police investigation revealed that Kamaraj had undergone seven years imprisonment for murdering a neighbour and had been looking for a job ever since his release from jail. Kamaraj had forced himself on his daughter and repeatedly raped her when his wife was out for work.Meanwhile, the 13-year-old was delivered of a girl baby at Kasturi Bhat hospital in Dindigul in March 2015 and the baby was handed over to an adoption centre run by the hospital. However, the baby died due to various complications in June 2015.In order to prove Kamaraj’s crime, the police exhumed the baby’s body and a DNA test was carried out in October 2015. “The DNA test confirmed that the girl was impregnated by her father Kamaraj,” said special public prosecutor G Krishnaveni Thamaraiselvan.
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Kolkata sexual assault case: School principal finally removed after massive protest

After much outrage and protest from parents, authorities of GD Birla Centre for Education in Kolkata have removed the school principal for her inability to properly deal with a case of sexual assault inside the premises. A four-year old girl student was sexually assaulted by two male teachers last week. Principle Sharmila Nath initially tried to play down the entire incident said it was merely a ‘mischief’ by the teachers. Once, there was greater clarity, there was intense pressure on her to step down. However the school authorities didn’t immediately fire her. Finally after a marathon meeting, the authorities decided to send her for a long leave, reports Zee 24 Ghanta. School spokesperson Subhash Mohanti was quoted as saying, “The Principal has been sent on leave. She is not involved with us any longer. Once the legal process is over, a formal letter will be sent to her”. However, Mohanty also said that no one can be branded as guilty before it is proven. So there is a chance that Nath may be back in future in some other capacity. Earlier, the meeting witnessed hectic parleys with parents too divided about future course of action. One group wanted school to be reopened as soon as possible, others demanded resignation of the Principal before that. Finally, the authorities buckled under pressure and asked the Principal to go on a ‘long leave’. Also readKolkata child sexual assault: Soon schools need to declare infrastructure detailsOn Tuesday. the principal of the school, Sharmila Nath, who has courted a fresh controversy by revealing the victim’s name in contravention of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, was summoned by the city police. A sweeper and two other non-teaching staff members of the premier school were also summoned for questioning, a senior Kolkata Police official said.The parents forum also wants principal to be arrested. “Since an FIR has already been filed against her and a probe initiated by the police, let the legal procedure be completed. We have full faith that action will be taken against her, in accordance with the law, soon.” West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) Chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, who too attended the meeting, said the commission stood by the guardians’ demand on Tuesday. Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeThe school authorities had, through a notice on Sunday, had informed the “parents and all concerned” that the junior and senior sections of the school would remain shut from Monday. In another notice, it had said the two physical training instructors, who were arrested on Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting the child, were removed from service and promised full cooperation in the police probe. With PTI inputs
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I made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old

The Jharkhand school principal who was booked for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old child, has admitted to the crime. However, he has brushed it off saying that there was ‘no intercourse involved’.According to an NDTV report, S Xavier, who heads the school in Jharkhand’s Koderma district had allegedly taken the child to the school toilet where he stripped her and inappropriately touched her. He then gave her some money and told her to not repeat what had happened.He was produced before the media by the police. “Yes I did, but it wasn’t such a big mistake. There was no sexual intercourse. Let me be frank, I could not even have done it, I’m old now. It was an accident.” The man, who has been sent to jail for 15 days, also said, “I am under a lot of stress. My work is not going well. I have heart trouble. I can’t sleep at night sometimes. I have insomnia,” he said.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal Xavier has been booked under various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act​ (POCSO).The incident came to light days after a four-year-old child from a posh school in Kolkata was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers. Both the teachers were booked under POCSO after the child identified them. Parents staged protests outside the school and the Jadavpur police station where the accused have been locked up, demanding stricter action. They had also lamented the high school fee (Rs 5,000 per month) but no adequate security for the children.
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NCPCR invites tips to arrest CSA crimes

The rise in cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) has prompted the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to invite suggestions from stakeholders like children, parents, school administration, law enforcement, NGOs and civil society on the prevention of such crimes.The circular uploaded to NCPCR’s website states that the Parliament has already introduced a comprehensive Act namely The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to punish those who commit sexual offences against children. However, the body has felt a pressing need to formulate a broad-based strategy. The stakeholders have been requested to send their suggestions to the commission at their mail address. The letter is from NCPCR chairperson Stuti Kacker who has also mentioned her own email address to receive the suggestions.Anubha Sahai, President, India Wide Parents Association, said, “The government must introduce strict provisions for such offences. The child rights commission should take cognizance if the police fails to register an FIR within 48 hours. Stakeholders like NGOs, parents associations, reporters should be members in the commission. Concerned managements should also be held accountable for not taking steps to ensure a child’s security.”The NCPCR also introduced a POCSO e-box on their website in August 2016 which has received several complaints from children.
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Missing minor found sodomised, 1 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on Saturday was found to have been sodomised by a 20-year-old man who lured him on the pretext of getting him a chocolate, Ranip Police said on Monday. The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC.Police said the boy’s father had lodged a missing complaint on Saturday. Acting on it, cops started the search for the minor. He was found near Sabarmati railway station yard. The victim has been sent to Civil Hospital and the accused was to be produced before the court.Police said Thakor lured the six-year-old on the pretext of getting him a chocolate. He then took him to the Sabarmati railway station, where he beat the minor up and forced himself upon him. A case has been registered and further probe is onf cities.

Ryan student murder | Class 11 student killed Pradyuman as he wanted exams postponed: CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday apprehended a Class XI student in connection with the killing of a seven-year-old schoolboy in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School.Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.”The agency has apprehended a child in conflict with the law, a student of the senior class of Ryan International School in a case related to the murder of a student,” CBI said.”On basis of scientific evidence, thorough inspection of the crime scene, analysis of CCTV footage, the initial investigation revealed that the child wanted examination and parents-teachers meeting postponed,” CBI said in a statement.The agency had taken over the probe on September 22.The prime suspect in the killing was the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar. However, the agency said that the bus conductor has not committed the crime. It further said that the agency doesn’t give a clean chit to anyone. It is the court’s call.”The agency also said that no sexual assault theory came out during our investigation.The post-mortem report of Pradyuman had cited “shock and hemorrhage” as the cause of death.The CBI has taken over the probe after receiving a notification from the Centre. The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the POCSO Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.The Punjab and Haryana High court has granted bail to Ryan school founders in the case till December 5, with conditions.The High Court, however, has imposed stringent conditions along with the bail.

Ryan student murder case: Class XI boy arrested, to be produced before Juvenile Justice Board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh twist in a Pradyuman murder case, a Class XI student of the Gurgaon’s Ryan International School has been arrested by police.A class 2 student, Pradhuman Thakur, was found dead in a school toilet with his throat slit on September 8, following which the schoolbus conductor was arrested.The student will be produced before Juvenile Justice Board in afternoon, which will take a call whether to treat him as a major or minor under amended JJ Act (2016).The teenager reportedly had been seen carrying a knife in school.The post-mortem report of Pradyuman had cited “shock and hemorrhage” as the cause of death.The CBI has taken over the probe after receiving a notification from the Centre. The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the POCSO Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.The Punjab and Haryana High court has granted bail to Ryan school founders in the case till December 5, with conditions.The High Court, however, has imposed stringent conditions along with the bail.

Man rapes baby with his kids in same room

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a horrific incident, a man allegedly raped an 18-month-old baby when she went over to his house to play with his children on Wednesday morning. The two were neighbours in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar area.”The condition of the girl is not medically serious,” said MN Tiwari, deputy commissioner of police, Outer Delhi. “A case has been registered under 6 POCSO act (Punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault). The accused has been identified as 33-year-old Rakesh Bhatnagar and he has been arrested. Bhatnagar resides in the area with his wife and children.”Swati Maliwal, chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) went to meet the victim who is being treated at Sanjay Gandhi hospital. She expressed her anger on Twitter, saying (sic) “1.5 year old baby brutally raped in Aman Vihar. Operated for 1.5 hrs. Pl @rajnathsingh ji, call hi level meet of CM, LG, Police Comm & DCW!”In another tweet, she said “(sic) Requested High Level Committee meet on women safety zillion times from Centre. No result. Is the 1.5 year old girl not Nirbhaya? R daughter?”The baby girl had gone to play with Bhatnagar’s children – aged four and two – at his house. His children were in the same room when he allegedly assaulted her. His wife was on the terrace and came rushing down when she heard the girl’s screams. She took the baby to her house and told her mother that she fell while playing and thus was bleeding.The girl’s mother rushed her to Sanjay Gandhi hospital, where the doctors informed that she had been sexually assaulted. The baby sustained injuries on her private parts and needed four stitches.The mother registered a case with the police. Bhatnagar had fled from his house by then but was nabbed by cops on Wednesday night.MAN MOLESTS DAUGHTER, 4Another incident was reported from south-east Delhi’s Amar Colony area. A man molested his four-year-old daughter in their home. The mother first called the police and later, the girl was taken for medical examination. However, her family members refused permission for an internal examination. A case has been registered under section 354, 354 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 10 POCSO. The father has been arrested and sent to jail.

11-year-old Nigerian boy sodomised in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An 11-year-old Nigerian boy was allegedly sodomised by a 38-year-old man in Kaushalya World school in Pi-2 sector of Greater Noida. Police say they have registered a case at Surajpur police station .In the complaint, the parents of the boy, who work in a private firm, stated that their son was upset for some time and would not talk to them. He would also often cry and not tell them the reason.Police also said that when the boy came back from school on Monday, he again started crying at home. He then narrated his ordeal of being sodomised by a man in the school’s administration department.”The man has been identified as Ashok Mishra, a book seller in the school and he is absconding now. We have informed the school management and a manhunt has been launched to nab him.” said Girish Kumar Kotiya, Station House Officer (SHO) Surajpur police station.Police said that they received a complaint from the parents of the boy on Monday following which case was registered under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3/4 of the POCSO Act.Kotiya said that according to the boy’s account he had been sodomised for around three months. He added that they were hopeful of arresting the accused soon.The boy has been living with his family for the last five years at Omaxe Palm Greens, an upscale residential society in Greater Noida.MONTHS OF ABUSEPolice said that according to the boy’s account, he had been sodomised for around three months

SC criminalises sex with under-18 wife, can attract jail term from 10 years to life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apex court’s landmark decision to amend Exception 2 of Section 375 (definition of rape) of the IPC, which had earlier exempted husbands from being tried for rape for having sexual relations with wives of 15 to 18 years of age, would now make such males liable for prosecution and stringent punishment.The amended provision now reads: “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under eighteen years of age, is not rape.” The court highlighted the inconsistencies in two penal laws saying as per the Exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC, a man’s sexual intercourse with his wife between the age group of 15-18 was not rape but at the same time it is an offence of aggravated penetrative sexual assault and punishable under Section 6 of the POCSO Act.The bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said that as per Section 42 A of POCSO Act, if there was any inconsistency between IPC and POCSO, the latter would prevail.”Exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC, which makes sexual intercourse or acts of consensual sex of a man with his own wife not being under 15 years of age, not an offence, is not found in any provision of POCSO.”Therefore, this is a major inconsistency between POCSO and IPC. As provided in Section 42A, in case of such an inconsistency, POCSO will prevail. Moreover, POCSO is a special Act, dealing with the children whereas IPC is the general criminal law. Therefore, POCSO will prevail over IPC and Exception 2 in so far as it relates to children, is inconsistent with POCSO,” the bench also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta said.The bench also observed that the exception 2 of the section 375 of IPC creates a distinction between a married girl child and an unmarried girl child with no real rationale.”Such an unnecessary and artificial distinction if accepted can again be introduced for other occasions for divorced children or separated children or widowed children,” the bench said.It opened the doors of criminal courts for minor wives to lodge complaints against their spouses if they resort to sexual intercourse.”It is also clarified that Section 198(6) of the Code (of Criminal Procedure) will apply to cases of rape of ‘wives’ below 18 years, and cognizance can be taken only in accordance with the provisions of Section 198(6) of the Code,” Justice Deepak Gupta who wrote concurring judgement, said.

SC to pronounce verdict on pleas challenging exception clause in rape law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Wednesday its verdict on a plea challenging the validity of an exception clause in the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years.Section 375 of the IPC, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape. However, the age of consent is 18 years.A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur had on September 6 reserved its order on the plea while questioning the Centre how Parliament could create an exception in law declaring that intercourse or a sexual act by a man with his wife, aged between 15 and less than 18 years, is not rape when the age of consent is 18.The apex court had said it did not want to go into the aspect of marital rape, but when the age of consent was 18 years for “all purposes”, why was such an exception made in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Responding to the query, the Centre’s counsel had said if this exception under the IPC goes, then it would open up the arena of marital rape which does not exist in India.He had referred to the concept of age of puberty among Muslims for the purpose of marriage and said these aspects have been deliberated upon by Parliament before arriving at a conclusion. During the hearing, the apex court had observed that child marriage cannot go on like this just because this illegal practice was assumed to be legal and has been going on for ages. The petitioners have sought a direction to declare exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC as “violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution to the extent that it permits intrusive sexual intercourse with a girl child aged between 15 and 18 years, only on the ground that she has been married.”One of the petitioners had argued that the exception to section 375 of the IPC was defeating the purpose of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and was also in violation of international conventions to which India was a signatory. They have also referred to the provisions of the POCSO Act and said these were contrary to the IPC provision.

Kerala priest arrested for sexually abusing minor girl inside church

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala priest was arrested on Monday for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old school girl inside a church, police said.The crime took place on Sunday when the victim had gone to the church for taking Bible lessons, they said.The accused, Fr Devaraj (65), of Kandanthitta CSI church will be produced before a magistrate later in the evening.A case under POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and section 376 of IPC (rape) has been registered against the priest, police said.The girl’s father alleged that he saw his daughter being abused by the accused when he came to pick her up, and immediately informed the police.The accused has been functioning as the priest in the church since the past one year, police added.​

Woman raped in Bundi, minor sodomised in Kota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25-year-old married woman was on Monday night allegedly raped by her neighbor in Nainwa town of Bundi, while in another incident, a 10-year -old minor boy was allegedly sodomised by 17-yr-old boy in a village in Kota district. The accused in both cases have been absconding, however the victims have today undergone medical examination in government hospitals. A 25-year-old married woman, resident of ward number 15 in Nainwa town lodged complaint with the police and alleged a 35-year-old man, identified as Sahazad Khan,a resident of Subhash Nagar area for raping her while she was sleeping in her room,told SHO at Nainwa police station Lakhan Lal Meena. The victim alleged that the accused entered her room late last night and forcibly raped her,he said.The accused Sahazad Khan was booked under 376 of IPC and the victim was sent for medical examination,the SHO said.The accused in the matter has been rounded up and further investigation is underway, the SHO said.On the other hand, a ten-year-old boy in Godliyahedi village of Kota district was on Monday night sodemised by a 17-year-old minor. The accused minor took the boy with him to some isolated place of the village and sodomised him, told SHO, Kaithun police station, Pushpendra Singh Hada. While the boy was getting back home from the spot of crime, the family members came to know of the incident and approached the police.The accused minor fled away after the incident, he added.A case under section 377 of IPC and sections of POCSO Act has been lodged in the matter and efforts are underway to nab the accused minor,the SHO said. The boy was also sent for medical examination today, he added.

Youth held in Dharavi for minors’ sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, Dharavi police have arrested a 20-year-old for allegedly sodomised a two-year-old boy. The accused allegedly took the toddler to a secluded place, sodomised him and gave him a bath to destroy the evidence.The accused has been identified as Niyam Ahmad Khan, a plumber by profession.According to police, the incident took place on Monday afternoon when the accused had come to the building of the victim and had lured him with sweets.”After the act, he gave the boy a bath so that evidence would be destroyed. The boy returned home crying and narrated the incident to his family who immediately approached us and lodged a complaint. We have registered a case and arrested the accused,” said an officer from Dharavi police station requesting anonymity.The accused has been booked under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and IPC.In another incident at Shahu Nagar, police have arrested a 38 year old man for allegedly sodomising an eight-year-old boy on the terrace of a building in the area.

Ryan murder case: CBI starts forensic analysis of crime scene

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CBI team along with forensic experts on Saturday reached the premises of Gurugram’s Ryan International School where the body of seven-year old Pradhuman was found with throat slit on September 8.The CBI sources said the 10-member team will try to gather evidence and make an attempt to recreate the events of the day Pradhuman, a class 2 student, was killed.The CBI has also started questioning the school bus conductor Ashok Kumar, prime suspect in the killing, regional head of the school group Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas after taking them into custody.The agency had earlier approached the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court seeking custody of Kumar, Francis and Jeyus, which was granted.While Kumar has been sent for a one-day CBI custody, the remaining two are for two days, a CBI spokesperson said.”At the request of the CBI in an ongoing investigation of a case related to the alleged murder of a student in a school at Gurugram, the competent court on Saturday remanded three accused in one day police custody,” the spokesperson said.The CBI on Friday took over the probe into the killing of the seven-year-old at the Gurugram school after receiving a notification from the Centre.The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the POCSO Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.

How safe is your child’s school?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six-year-old Sayli (name changed) has recently started going back to school. Unlike other children her age, going to school for Sayli has become a mere compulsive act over the last two years. Sayli’s father Vikrant says that his daughter is neither excited nor sad to begin her day at school every day. “She is just neutral,” he adds.On November 23, 2015, the police arrested three teachers in connection with an alleged case of sexual violence after Sayli complained to her parents about the teachers “touching her inappropriately”.Nearly two years after the incident, Sayli’s family, residents of a western suburb in the city, is now celebrating some of the smallest victories. After a series of counselling sessions, Sayli started going back to the same school. The accused meanwhile were let out on bail a few days after the incident while the trial in the case has only just begun.Sayli’s case is just another in a series of incidents of sexual abuse and negligence in schools that have been reported over the last few years in the city. The most recent case — from Gurugram — is a 7-year-old male student being killed inside the school’s washroom at Ryan International School, that has once again brought to the forefront serious concerns over child safety in schools.Knee-jerk reactionsA series of protests from parents across the country followed in the wake of the Gurugram incident. Parents demanded not only a safe environment for their children and wards in schools, but also emphasised on the need for a single comprehensive policy to arrest the possibility of such crimes even before they take place.Time and again, such instances have only seen knee-jerk reactions from all sections, be it from the government or school authorities themselves. Despite a number of safety guidelines and punitive measures in place, such instances are only on the rise.Anubha Sahai, practicing lawyer and President of the Indiawide Parents Association, says that despite several provisions under the law, a lack of awareness and the difficulty in invoking them makes it difficult to handle situations pertaining to sexual abuse and negligence in schools.“There are multiple ways in which parents can lodge a complaint if such an untoward incident happens to their child. Several laws including the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and several provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) can be invoked. The National and State Commissions for the Protection of Child Rights can also be approached as well,” Sahai explains but notes, “The issue, however, lies with the implementation. Numerous complaints filed under these laws are handled at a snail’s pace while the perpetrators run free.”She says that in such cases, the negligence of government authorities including the state education department is not pointed out. “If a school lacks basic safety provisions or if it does not have some of the basic infrastructural facilities like separate toilets for girls and boys and the staff, how and why does the state education department continue to give affiliation to such schools?” she remarks.Security lapsesOver the past few years, as schools get more sophisticated, hefty amounts are often spent on infrastructure, staff training, and background checks. Despite all these measures, however, several schools have recently seen crimes perpetrated by ‘insiders’ like peons, teachers, bus drivers, conductors, helpers and even principals, who have managed to breach these systems.“The idea of security and safety which schools have is very narrow. Schools only show that they have all the requisite infrastructure in place without actually monitoring it. Most schools have CCTV cameras but there is nobody to monitor them at all times. Some of these cameras do not even store the footage. Also, while most schools claim to conduct background checks at the time of recruiting staff, this is not enough. There should be sensitisation workshops from time to time and there should be constant monitoring to ensure that such incidents do not take place,” said Jayant Jain, President, Forum for Fairness in Education (FFE), a city-based NGO that plans to file a PIL requesting the government to introduce a comprehensive safety policy in schools.Despite understanding the advantages of it, budget private schools and government schools struggle to implement security measures due to the lack of financial support. Uday Nare, a teacher at Hansraj Morarji Public School in Andheri said that while most schools are aware of the safety provisions, they find it difficult to implement them due to the lack of funds from the government.“Small private schools and government schools do not have the necessary funds to set up and maintain such security systems. These schools cannot charge hefty fees from students as most of them come from poor backgrounds. The government needs to allocate special funds for this purpose at least now after several such cases have been reported,” added Nare.Demand for a comprehensive policyWhile the state government and the respective education departments issue circulars for the safety of children in schools, educationists point out the lack of a uniform policy which can create a strict mandate for schools. Early Childhood Association (ECA), a national body representing pre-schools in the country, created a safety manual for schools in the country in 2015.Swati Popat Vats, President of ECA, said that the absence of a body to regulate pre-schools is a big hurdle in making them safe. “Unlike other countries, there are no standard procedures to open a playschool here. The government does not have a set of official guidelines which can be strictly implemented. Even agencies like the police and the corporation do not know what action to take as there are no clearly laid down norms in the first place. The ECA has put together a manual which schools can use as a reference,” said Vats.With technology, parents are able to track their child in schools. But concerns are being raised about the misuse of this technology and the increasing surveillance on children in schools which could also affect the child in the long run.“Many parents come to us with requests for a GPS tracker on each child. Some parents ask for CCTV footage on their phones. This is not just intrusion into the child’s private space but also a huge risk as this can be misused by other sinister elements in their favour,” explains Vats.Several initiatives have been taken up by the state government to ensure the safety of students in schools including the formation of a Suraksha committee to make school buses safe, the inclusion of counsellors in each school, setting up POCSO boxes in schools to get complaints. But these are far from being implemented.“For the last two years, the Suraksha committee has hardly done any work. Bus owners have tried putting across their concerns about the proliferation of illegal vans which pose a huge threat to safety but the government has not taken any action on this issue,” said Anil Garg, President of the School Bus Owners Association (SBOA).The way aheadWith its existing challenges, the issue of lack of safety in schools is far from being addressed at all levels. While demands for stronger regulations are getting louder by the day with parents becoming more aware and concerned about their child’s safety, educationists say that the issue does not and cannot have a one-stop solution.“The issue is very complex and has to be dealt with at multiple levels. To begin with, there should be strict regulations binding on schools to ensure that there are no obvious security lapses. This needs constant monitoring and supervision from the concerned authorities and bodies. On the other hand, students have to be sensitised about “good touch and bad touch” while staff members should be trained and sensitised on various levels and frequent intervals. Even if an untoward incident does take place, despite all these precautions, the school authorities, police and child rights bodies should work together to bring the child out of the trauma and ensure that the culprits are booked,” said Arundhati Chavan, President of the PTA United Forum, a parent body.MHRD GUIDELINES FOR SAFETY OF SCHOOL STUDENTSGuidelines set by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in 2014 regarding preventive mechanisms and procedures for institutionalising a system to ensure the safety and security of children in schools:(a) Get a security and safety audit done on the school’s premises and personnel by the respective local police station and follow the security-related advice for the safety of school children.(b) Install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas and points on the school’s premises and ensure they are functional at all times.(c) Schools must ensure that the police verification and psychometric evaluation is done for all the staff employed by the school. Such verification and evaluation for non-teaching staff such as bus drivers, conductors, peons and other support staff must be done in a detailed manner.(d) Ensure that the school’s support staff is employed only via authorised agencies and that proper records are maintained.(e) Constitute a parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and take regular feedback from parents in this regard.(f) Access to the school’s building and premises by outsiders should be controlled and visitors monitored.(g) Provide training and development to staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from any form of abuse.(h) Constitute separate committees for the redressal of grievances by the public, staff, parents and students. An Internal Complaints Committee on sexual harassment, committees under POCSO, and details of these committees along with contact details shall be displayed prominently on the school’s notice board and school website for information of all stakeholders.SEXUAL PREDATORS IN OUR MIDSTAugust 8, 2017
A peon was arrested in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old female student of a Malad school.
June 5, 2017
Trustee of a prominent international school was booked after parents of a few kindergarten students alleged that he sexually exploited their children.
January 8, 2016
Ten-year-old female student raped by a canteen boy in her Dadar school. Twenty-year-old accused, Somnath Yadav, was arrested on the same day. He is currently under judicial custody.
November 23, 2015
A Class IV student was allegedly raped by three teachers at a Mira Road school. The accused, Sanjay Patil, 47, Nilesh Bhoir, 47, and Jitendra Jadhav, 23, were released on bail.
September 10, 2015
A Class III male student was allegedly molested on several occasions by the school principal, Rosario Alphanso.
December 8, 2014
A five-year-old female student was molested by her teacher at a suburban school when she went to give him chocolates. He was arrested on the same day. LEGAL PROVISIONSThe Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000
Sections 375, 376, 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
Parents can approach the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) or the respective State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR)

Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar to hold high-level meeting on safety, protection of children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking note of the seriousness of incidents of child abuse in schools, the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Human Resource Development will hold a high-level meeting on the safety and protection of children in schools, on Wednesday.The meeting will be co-chaired by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi and the Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javdekar.The officials of the two ministries, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will also participate in the meeting.Earlier, in a telephonic discussion, Maneka Gandhi requested Javadekar to consider suggestions like having women employees as the support staff and bus drivers/conductors in the schools, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools, popularising POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications and having strict norms for employing the support staff.Maneka Gandhi has also given the suggestions in her letter to the HRD Minister.The Ministry of Women and Child Development has already started its outreach campaign for protection of children through electronic as well as social media.Maneka Gandhi stated that the basic objective of the meeting of the two ministries is to develop a set of guidelines and protocols which schools must follow so that the children remain protected from any kind of abuse or physical/mental harm.The WCD Minister further stated that the parents, guardians and teachers should remain vigilant about the children as well as their behavior and any suspected situation should be reported immediately on the Childline No.1098 and the POCSO e-Box.This comes in the wake of the gruesome killing of a seven-year-old at the Ryan International School in Gurugram.

Probe ordered as 5-yr-old raped at Delhi pvt school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry after a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a drunk peon at a private school in East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar. The crime took place at Tagore Public School on Saturday and the accused, Vikas, was arrested later in the night.The Sub-divisional Magistrate of Vivek Vihar area has been told to submit his report within three days. The survivor’s condition is stated to be stable, but she will take a couple of days to recover, doctors said. The girl has now refused to go to the school.”She came home and did not say anything out of fear. Later, I saw her cleaning her wounds… she was bleeding. She said she got injured in the school. I informed my husband who came home and we rushed her to hospital,” said the mother.”Now my daughter calls the school employee ‘gande uncle’ and doesn’t want to go to school anymore… even I don’t want to send her. Don’t know if we as parents should ensure the safety of our children by keeping them uneducated,” she said.It was only after the doctors and the police assured her that they would beat up the accused, she described him as “a fat, bald man who was wearing a red cap.” Later, she identified him through a sketch, said the father.The accused had been associated with the school for the last three years. Sources said he had once manhandled a female teacher who later left the school. He earlier worked as a driver.The girl had gone to the water cooler when the accused called out to her and took her inside a store room. He then assaulted her and even shoved his hand inside her mouth to threaten her, the police said.The father claimed that there medical papers went missing at the hospital. He said he called up the class teacher, Simran, who initially refused to come but later reached the hospital with sweets and candies.”She even asked us not to reveal the name of the school in order to save its reputation. She tried to convince us to hush up the matter,” said the father. The nurse at the hospital who had informed the family that it could be a case of sexual assault later went missing after talks with the teacher.”This is a shameful incident… a five-year-old girl was raped within her school premises. We have been seeing such cases again and again. I suggest that the investigation is completed soon and the accused is given the death sentence… we should spread fear among such accused who target minors,” said Swati Maliwal, Chief, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).”We have issued a notice to the school, seeking details on whether it got police verification done of its non-teaching staff. Are there CCTV cameras on the premises? Did the school timely report the incident? These questions must be answered in 72 hours,” she added.The Shahdara district police registered a case under sections of rape and the POCSO Act against the accused.Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik directed the force to keep a check at schools and make sure security audits are carried out.

Delhi: Five-year-old raped inside school premises; accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the issue of Ryan International school student’s death is still raging, a five-year-old girl was raped by a peon inside a classroom in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area on Saturday.The incident took place in the premises of Tagore Public School and the accused, Vikas who was absconding after the incident, has been arrested.The accused had been working in the school for the last three years. He had earlier worked as a security guard in the same school.The girl, a student of class one reached home in the afternoon. While her mother was changing her clothes she noticed that she was bleeding. She was rushed to a local hospital and now has been shifted to RML hospital. Her condition is said to be in a critical.”After the doctors observing her, they informed me to call the police and to file a FIR in this matter. I am glad that the police have arrested the accused and would want strict action against him. The school has not yet taken any action on this matter,” Speaking to ANI, the victim’s father said.The police have registered a case against under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and are investigating the matter.

Man arrested for sexually abusing 7-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police arrested a man named Sipu, 22, on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl in Sanjay Colony.According to the police, both the accused and the victim live in the same locality. The girl was playing near her house on Wednesday when Sipu called her and took her to a corner. He allegedly abused her sexually. The same thing was repeated on Thursday as well. The accused had assaulted the minor repeatedly for two days.Finally, the girl told her mother about the incident on Friday, after which the FIR was registered at Sector 14 Police Station.The accused has lived in Sanjay Colony for the past seven years. He is originally from Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh. In Gurugram, Sipu used to work at a furniture shop in Sanjay Colony.An FIR has been registered against the accused under sections 4 and 8 of the POCSO Act.“The accused has confessed. He has been produced in court on Saturday. The Magistrate has remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks,” said ASI Anil Kumar, investigating officer.​HORRIFIC INCIDENTAccording to the police, both the accused and the victim live in the same locality.
The girl was playing when the accused took her to a corner and abused her.

Law shields minors for giving false info, court lets off girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bar in law to prosecute minors for giving false information has led a Delhi court to let off two girls for filing a false rape case against their father. As per the provision of the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, no punishment shall be imposed on a child for giving a false complaint or false information, which is otherwise a penal offence. Additional Sessions Judge Ashwani Kumar Sarpal acquitted the father of the two minor girls, who was accused of raping and sexually assaulting them, saying no offence was proved against him as his daughters — aged 15 and 11 years — have resiled from their statements. “No doubt the complaint on which FIR has been registered is in the own hand writing of the victim (elder daughter) and both the victims had also given statement under the CrPC against the accused, from which they have now resiled. “But these victims cannot be prosecuted for any perjury due to bar of Section 22(2) of the POCSO Act. Hence, accused is hereby acquitted of all the offences which are not proved,” the court said. The minors also deposed that they were pressurised by the police and an NGO to lodge a false complaint against their father. The court said the girls had turned hostile and exonerated their father from committing any offence against them. “From their testimonies, it is revealed that due to some quarrel in the family, as well as the fact that the accused was a bad character of the area, they were asked to give false complaint and statements so that the accused could be kept in jail for peace in the family,” the court said. The court closed the trial saying that no incriminating evidence has come in the statements of both the victims against the man and there was no need to record his statement. A case was lodged against the man at the Preet Vihar police station in east Delhi in October 2015 on the complaint of the minors that their father was raping and sexually assaulting them for the last over two years. The police had got the statements of the girls recorded before a magistrate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Teen critical after suicide attempt over sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 16-year-old girl set herself ablaze at her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by two youths who blackmailed her by threatening to upload the video of the act, police said today. The victim was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition after the incident last night. The girl, who is a class-12 student, was sexually assaulted in a hotel on June 18 by the two accused – Akash and Subham – who purportedly blackmailed her with the video of the crime, a police officer said. Unable to take the ordeal, the girl allegedly set herself ablaze, police said. A case has been registered against the accused, who are absconding, for sexual assault and abetting suicide, along with relevant sections of the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act), the officer added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Simple blow on child’s back is not sexual harassment: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A simple blow on a child’s back does not amount to sexual harassment under the POCSO law as there must be a sexual intent behind the act, a Delhi court has said. It said that an offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is made out when harassment is done with a sexual intent. “Simply giving a blow on the back of the victim does not amount to sexual harassment as defined under the POCSO Act, according to which sexual harassment must be done with sexual intent. Then only the offence becomes punishable under the POCSO Act. “Explanation of Section 11 of the Act says that any question which involving sexual intent shall be a question of fact,” Additional Sessions Judge A K Sarpal said. The court’s observation came in a case in which a minor girl, student of class 10, had accused a man of sexually harassing her by spitting on her and misbehaving with her after giving a blow on her back with his hand. The girl had alleged that the incident took place when she and her sister were going to school on a scooter in July 2015. She claimed that the accused came forward and threw garbage on the road and obstructed their way. He then hit her with the garbage bucket and when she objected, he abused her, the girl alleged in her complaint. The court, however, said the record pointed out that it was an “incident of simple quarrel which cannot be stretched to sexual harassment by any imagination”. The court also noted that as per the charge sheet, the victim and her family members have instituted 14 similar kind of cases against the accused and other neighbours. Even her parents were facing four cases against them. “In my opinion, simple vague and unspecific allegations made against the accused that he had misbehaved with the victim while giving a blow on her back itself, is not sufficient to invoke the provisions of POCSO Act against him. “It was required by the prosecution to show that at the time of alleged quarrel, the accused has committed the offence of sexual harassment and that is also with a specific sexual intent,” the judge said. The court said that even if the man gave a blow on the minor’s back during the quarrel, that act will not amount to showing any feeling or indicate sexual intent. “Accordingly, after considering the charge sheet, I am of the opinion that no offence under the POCSO Act regarding commission of sexual harassment is made out,” the judge said. The designated POCSO Act court transferred the matter to the court of chief metropolitan magistrate to decide whether any other offence was made out against the man.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

School dropout rapes 12-year-old in her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurugram Police have arrested an 18-year-old boy for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in IMT-Manesar. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon and the victim lodged an FIR against the accused on Friday. As per police sources, both the accused and the victim are residents of the same locality in IMT-Manesar. The accused has allegedly sexually assaulted and molested the victim a number of times in the past one year.On Wednesday, the day when the assault last took place, the girl was alone at home and her parents had left the door unlocked. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused tiptoed into her house and allegedly raped her.The accused is a school dropout and originally belongs to West Bengal. The victim is originally from Uttar Pradesh but has been residing in IMT-Manesar with her parents for the last few years.After the complaint was lodged, the girl was sent for a medical examination.“An FIR has been registered under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) at IMT-Manesar police station. The boy has been produced in a city court and thereafter he has been sent to judicial custody,” added a police official.

Powai sodomy case: Investigation hits roadblock, father demands justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after the incident came to light, investigations by Powai police into the alleged sodomy case of two minor boys have a hit a roadblock after the death of both victims. Meanwhile, the father of the 13-year-old victim is now demanding justice and has threatened to protest if the accused are not arrested.On July 12, the 13-year-old was rushed to Sion hospital after he complained of continuous vomiting after he allegedly consumed poison. The boy was later shifted to KEM hospital where he died on July 25 during treatment. The teenager later revealed that he, along with his 10-year-old friend, had consumed poison. The latter died after consuming poison and his body was exhumed on July 25 and his viscera was sent to Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis.”The video recorded by the father of the victim has not yet revealed any clue regarding the incident, but on receiving the complaint, we registered the case under section 377 (unnatural sex) of the Indian Penal Code and under Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), but we are yet to get a lead in the case,” said a senior police officer privy to investigations.”We have questioned 26 persons so far, including friends of the boys, but they are unsure of the boys’ closeness to any other person. We, however, are sure the act could have been committed by a person known to the boys. They had stopped attending tuition classes since July 6,” said the officer.”A special team is also probing the case along with the crime branch. We are sure of getting a clear picture in the coming days,” said the officer.Meanwhile, the father of 13-year-old has demanded justice for his son and threatened to protest if the accused are not arrested.”We have left the city and are now in our native place to conduct the last rites of my son. I am given only assurances by the police that the accused will be arrested, but they have failed to investigate the case properly,” the father told DNA.”If the accused are not arrested, our entire family will protest and demand justice,” said the father.

Youth arrested for allegedly raping five-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a 19-year-old youth for allegedly raping his niece in Sehore district. The alleged incident took place at Lasudia Dhakar village last night. The victim, who is only five years old, was admitted in the district hospital in serious condition, said Mandi police station in-charge Pradeep Gurjar. According to the local people, the accused is mentally unstable. Police have registered a case under section 376 (rape) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Martial rape not penal offence, Parliament debated it: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The raging issue whether to make forced martial intercourse and sexual acts part of offence of rape in penal law has been extensively debated and now it cannot be considered as a criminal act, the Supreme Court today said. Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says the intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not a rape. The apex court, however, sought to know as to whether Parliament debated the aspect of protecting married girls, between the age group of 15-18 years, from the forced sexual acts by their spouses. It also asked whether the court could intervene to protect the rights of such married girls who may be sexually exploited by their spouses. “Parliament has extensively debated the issue of marital rape and considered that it was not an offence of rape. Therefore, it cannot be considered as a criminal offence,” a bench of justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said. The apex court also said that marriage of a girl, who is below the age of 15 years, was “illegal”. “There are cases when college-going teens, below 18 years of age, engage in sexual activities consensually and get booked under the law. Who is going to suffer? The boy is not at fault. The punishment of seven years is too harsh,” the bench observed. It said, similarly, problem arises when a girl, under 18 years of age, elopes and engages in consensual sexual activity, the male gets booked for rape. “In these cases, we do have problem if look at various aspects,” the bench said as it asked the Centre to apprise it about the number of prosecutions under the Child Marriage Act for past three years in three weeks. It also asked Centre to apprise it about appointment of the Child Marriage Prohibition Officers (CMPO) under statutory provisions in the country and posted the matter for hearing after four weeks. The bench was hearing a plea questioning the constitutionality of a provision permitting a man to have physical relationship with his wife even if she is aged between 15 and 18. The apex court said according to prevailing law, if a man has physical intercourse with a girl under 15 years of age, it is termed as rape irrespective of “consent or no consent” and if she is below 18 years of age, but more than 15 and married, then no offence of rape is made out. Advocate Gaurav Agarwal appearing for NGO Independent Thought said that distinction made in between 18 and 15 is illegal and unconstitutional. “Parliament cannot impinge upon Article 21 by allowing the girl to marry under 18 years of age and allowing her to get pregnant or have intercourse. The Parliament should have considered various reports of the United Nations,” he said. He said that a girl in the age group of 15-18 is not that physically developed and she is not capable of taking an informed decision or consent. “The State has failed to protect her as there is no protection for her is she is below 18. Above 18 years of age she is developed and can think of coming out of abusive relationship,” the lawyer said. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who was part of the Justice J S Verma Committee constituted in the aftermath of the December 16 gangrape in Delhi and was present in the courtroom said, they had considered various aspects and after that, suggestion to criminalise marital rape was made. The committee was headed by former Chief Justice J S Verma and comprised former judge Leila Seth and Subramaniam. “Without any renumeration we have submitted the report to the government and that too without any extension. It was an exhaustive work,” he said. Advocate Binu Tamta appearing for Centre said that keeping the social and economic conditions of the country in mind, the Parliament has kept the age of 15 as threshold. “It has been considered pragmatically and every aspect was considered by the Parliament,” she said, adding that keeping the child marriage prevalent in some societies it has been done. Earlier, the apex court had in 2015, made National Commission for Women (NCW) party to explain how the offence of rape in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) afforded an exception to a man to have physical relationship with his minor wife and still not qualify it as crime. The NGO in its petition sought direction to declare exception 2 to Section 375 of the IPC as “violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution to the extent that it permits intrusive sexual intercourse with a girl child aged between 15 and 18 years, only on the ground that she has been married.” It has also referred to the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012, and said these provisions were contrary to the IPC provision. The POCSO provision provides that physical relationship with a minor constitutes the offence of rape and it does not exclude such relationship between a man and his minor wife.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court acquits man in false rape case lodged by step-daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man of the charges of raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter after she admitted filing a false complaint due to a quarrel between them. The court let off the man, an auto driver by profession, of the offences of rape and criminal intimidation under the IPC and sexual assault under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), while noting that the girl and her mother did not support the prosecution case. “From the testimony of the girl, it is apparent that no penetrative sexual assault was committed by the accused with her. She has categorically stated in her examination that she has filed a false case of rape against the accused as he quarrelled with them (herself and her mother) after having liquor,” Additional Sessions Judge (Balwant Rai Bansal said. The court noted that the mother too supported the version of her daughter and denied the incident of rape. “In the overall facts and circumstances of the case and keeping in view the testimonies of the victim and her mother, there being no material or evidence against the accused, he is entitled to be acquitted and is not found guilty…and consequently, he is acquitted of the said offences. According to the complaint lodged by the girl, on August 21, 2015 she called up the police, after her drunk stepfather quarrelled with her and beat up her mother, alleging that the man had raped her. However, during her examination in court, she denied the charges following which the statement of the accused under Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was dispensed with.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Get kids to report sexual harassment on POCSO e-box: CBSE to schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To address the rise in cases of sexual harassment faced by children in schools and elsewhere, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools to educate not just parents but also the children themselves. It has urged them to motivate children to report their complaints directly on POCSO e-box, an initiative by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).NCPCR had developed The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) e-Box to facilitate easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against and by children so that action can be taken under the POCSO Act, 2012. A circular issued by CBSE has urged schools to popularise the e-box by talking about it during parent-teacher meetings, display related information on notice boards, school magazines and its walls and educate school counsellors and students during the regular assemblies.The schools have also been asked to screen a national award-winning film ‘Komal’ to create awareness among school children about inappropriate touching. The circular states: Childhood is the period of both ignorance and innocence. Teachers, parents and all concerned adults should try to keep children safe from any kind of abuse. Within our different areas of responsibility, guided by policy, legislation and experience, we should take steps to provide what is best for children. One important step in this regard can be equipping and empowering children at the right age.” It added that the ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, had commissioned ‘Komal’ which has been uploaded and made available on CBSE YouTube channel.”Students can file complaint on e-box if they face harassment by: Family member, relativesSchoolSchool bus, vanBlackmailInternet, phoneMarket

13-yr-old allegedly attempts suicide following sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 13-year-old boy attempted to commit suicide after he was sexually assaulted by an unknown person in suburban Powai, a senior police official said today. The boy, who tried to end his life by consuming poison yesterday, was battling for life at a city hospital, the official said. His father told the police that the boy was sexually assaulted by an unknown man on July 12. The man warned him not to reveal the incident to anyone. Traumatised by the ordeal, the boy allegedly tried to end his life, the official said. The police have registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police are also investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy, the victim’s friend, who died two days ago. Though his father said that he died of `dehydration’, police were probing if he too had become a victim of sexual assault and ended his life. Further probe is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for raping 2 minor girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two girls — aged six and eight, were raped by their neighbour in Bawana on the outskirts of Delhi on Friday night. The accused had taken them to a nearby shop on the pretext of buying them candy after which he abducted them. Police sources said that the two children, who live in the same locality, went to a nearby shop to buy something. While they were returning from the shop, they bumped into the accused who asked them to come along to another shop, a little far from their residence, to buy candy.After the girls went missing, the family of the victims called up police to file a missing person’s report. After a search, the kids were found lying in a pit in a nearby park in a semi-conscious condition, during the early hours on Saturday. Police have arrested the accused.“As stated by the victims to the police, the man took the children to a secluded spot near a jungle area. When sister of one of the accused (who had seen the girls with the man) tried to accompany them, the accused scolded her and sent her away. He then raped them in turns. When the girls tried to raise an alarm, he attempted to strangle them, following which they fainted,” said a senior police officer.Police from Bawana police station and local residents had initiated a search for the girls in the spot where they had last been seen by one of the victim’s sisters. Officers said that the girls’ condition is now stable.“It was around 4 am in the morning that the two girls were found lying in a pit in the deserted ground, in a semi-conscious state. They were immediately rushed to a hospital where sexual assault was confirmed, and the duo admitted for treatment. Their condition was said to be critical initially, but was declared stable by Tuesday evening. A case of rape under IPC section 376 and POCSO Act was registered and their statement was recorded,” the officer added.Recent casesMay 2017 – A 3-year-old was brutally raped by her neighbour in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat areaApril 2017 – A 7-year-old raped by her distant relative who took her to a secluded spot and dumped her bleeding in the Delhi-Ghaziabad border area

College student molested by pillion rider in Bandra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A first-year college student was allegedly molested by a pillion rider at suburban Bandra, police said today. The incident occurred yesterday at around 2.30 pm at Kherwadi area when the victim along with two other girls was walking back home after college lectures, police said. Suddenly a two-wheeler which was passing on the road stopped near the girls and the pillion rider molested the girl and fled away, police said. After the incident the victim started crying, they said. The Kherwadi police rushed to the spot after getting the information about the incident, the official said. “Police have registered a case of molestation and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)”, Rajendra Patil, Senior Police Inspector of Kherwadi said. “We are also examining CCTV footages to identify the accused,” Patil said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karate trainer held for molesting teenage girl student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 47-year-old Karate coach was arrested yesterday for allegedly molesting his 13-year-old student, the police said today. According to the police, Sarvajit Singh, who runs an academy in Rabodi area of the city, had allegedly been touching the girl inappropriately since 2015 under the pretext of training. However, the girl confided in her parents only recently after Singh made her half-nude photo viral on social media, the Rabodi Police Station inspector R M Somvanshi said quoting the complaint. He was booked under appropriate sections of the IPC besides under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Information Technology Act, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Priest arrested for raping 10-yr-old girl in neighbourhood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A priest allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl living in her neighbourhood in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur area on Wednesday. Police said that the girl narrated her ordeal to her mother after which the crime came to the fore. Police have arrested the accused on Wednesday night.According to the police, the incident took place when the girl, a student of Class 4, returned from school and entered her house. As her parents were away for work, the accused saw the victim alone and entered the house behind her.”The victim said that the man was known to her since he used to hold religious gatherings in the neighbourhood. As a result, the girl did not raise an alarm when he approached her,” said a senior police officer.”The victim’s mother also told us that when she returned, her daughter was crying. When asked she stated how the man touched her inappropriately and sexually harassed her. On hearing this, the woman called up the police.”The child also told the police that the man had threatened her not to tell anything about the incident to her parents, or he would use his powers to harm her family members.The police raided the suspect’s house and he was arrested.Senior police officers said that the accused confessed to have sexually harassed the girl and has been booked under the IPC section and POCSO Act.

Man arrested for molesting 5-year-old granddaughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurgaon Police have arrested a 64-year-old man and his wife in connection with the alleged molestation of their 5-year-old granddaughter, police said today. The couple was arrested from Mumbai yesterday. While the man was arrested for molesting the minor girl repeatedly, his wife was held on charges of aiding and abetting the crime. She also warned the girl not to talk about it, a police spokesman said. The man and his wife have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said. “The accused were arrested on July 5, from Mumbai and were brought to Gurugram (Gurgaon). They will be produced before a court here today,” he added. An FIR was lodged against them by the girl’s parents on June 28 who alleged that their daughter was first molested in March last year as she complained of persistent pain in her private parts. The parents consulted doctors who could not diagnose the problem. In May this year, the girl visited her grandparents, when the man molested the minor again. After coming back home, she complained of pain and later revealed her ordeal to her parents, following which they informed the police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Framing of charges against Prajapati, others deferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special POCSO court today deferred to July 10 framing of charges against ex-minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet Gayatri Prajapati and his associates in connection with a gangrape case. The accused were produced in the court from the jail today and have been directed to be brought again on the next date of hearing. The court also turned down the bail pleas of three accused– Amrendra Singh alias Pintoo, Vikas Verma and Rupeshwar alias Rupesh. Judge Uma Shanker Sharma said the offence was of very serious nature and the accused did not deserve bail. The high court had already cancelled the bails granted to Prajapati and two others. The victim had alleged she was repeatedly raped by the accused on the pretext of allotting a mining license and when the accused cast evil eyes on her daughter, she had to lodge case. An FIR was registered with the Gautam Palli police station on February 18, 2017 after the Supreme Court s intervention. A Special Investigating Team probing the matter had submitted the charge sheet in June. They were booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One arrested for sexually harassing teenage girl at orphanage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cyberabad Police today arrested a man, the founder of a private orphanage here for allegedly sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl inmate. The teen-aged girl, a class ninth student staying at the orphanage in a complaint to police yesterday has accused Madhav Rao of sexually harassing her after calling in his room in the premises, a police official attached to L B Nagar Police Station said. Following the complaint, a case under section 354A (sexual harassment) of the IPC and under relevant sections of POCSO Act was booked against Madhav and he was arrested. He is being produced before a local court today, the official said. In a related development, city-based Balala Hakkula Sangham, an NGO working for child rights, condemned the incident. “A thorough inspection should be conducted at private orphanages and if any irregularities are found such orphanages should be immediately merged with government homes,” honorary president of the NGO, Achyuta Rao said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New Delhi: Minor raped in Nangloi accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor was allegedly raped in Delhi’s Nangloi area, following which the accused was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday.A call regarding the same was received at the Nangloi Police Station on Sunday night where the victim alleged that she was raped four days before.The victim resides in the same premises as the accused.A case has been registered under Sections 376, 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.Further details are awaited.

Court refuses bail to accused who forced girl to have sex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court here refused bail to a man who allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old girl and forced here to have sex with a co-accused for several days. On February 9, the girl’s father had lodged an FIR at sector 20 police station stating that his daughter had been kidnapped. Accused Salman pleaded innocence and said the victim in her statement has not confirmed rape by him and he was not accused in the initial FIR. Prosecution had opposed his bail application. Prosecution officer stated that victim in her statement stated that on February 1 when she was passing through the street someone from behind put piece of cloth on her face and nose and she fell unconscious. When she gained consciousness and opened her eyes she found herself in a room. Then two men Salman and Aas Mohammad came to the room. Both are her neighbours. They had also bolted her neighbour Amarjit, who is a co-accused in the case, in the room. For three days they did not give food to her and Amarjit and forced them to have sex. Both accused had a fight with her and Amarjit’s family in the past. To take revenge they kidnapped both of them. For several days she was forced to have sex with Amarjit on gunpoint by the accused who also made a video clip of the act. Later police had arrested the accused and charged them under IPC sections 363, 366, 376 and POCSO Act. Prosecution stated that from her statement it was clear that accused Salman and Aas Mohammad forced the victim to have sex with Amarjit. Additional Sessions Judge Ram Naresh Maurya refused bail to accused Salman, D S R Tripathi, Senior Prosecution Officer, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Madras HC directive on investigations under POCSO Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court has held that if the investigation of those arrested under POCSO Act or Prevention of Atrocities Against SC/ST Act cannot be completed within 24 hours, the investigating officer should produce the accused before the nearest judicial magistrate. A Special Bench of Justices S Nagamuthu (since retired) and P N Prakash gave the ruling recently, when a special reference was made by the Chief Justice to clarify the powers of the usual magistrate courts and the special courts constituted under the two Acts on the issue. The Bench said if the accused could not be produced within 24 hours before the jurisdictional Special Court under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) or the SC/ST Acts, the IO may produce him before the nearest Judicial Magistrate, who may remand the accused to such custody, as he thinks fit, for a term not exceeding 15 days. “We clarify that all the provisions contained in Section 167 of the CrPC are applicable to the Special Court under the POCSO/SC-ST Act,” the bench said and directed the Registry to withdraw immediately, a circular issued by a portfolio judge of the High Court on the issue, on February 12, 2016. The Special Courts shall deal with the applications seeking bail and any order of such court either granting or refusing to grant bail shall be appealable to the High Court and Section 439 of the CrPC is not applicable to the High Court in respect of any offence under the POCSO or SC/ST Act. The said Special Court shall have jurisdiction to grant all the reliefs to a victim, as per the SC/ST Act, the judges said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tamil Nadu: 15-year-old girl allegedly gangraped in bus, three arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two drivers and a conductor in a bus near Salem, the police said.The three men, who allegedly committed the crime last night after halting the private bus at a village, were arrested , they said.The incident brought back memories of the December 16, 2012 sensational gang-rape in which a 23-year-old woman paramedic was raped in a moving bus in New Delhi.It came to light after some locals in the village heard the cries of the girl and alerted the police.According to the police, the girl, after a tiff with her parents, was seen moving about aimlessly.She later boarded a local bus to a village in the afternoon and kept travelling to and fro in the same bus till late night, the police said.Manivannan and Murugan, who usually take turns to drive the bus, and conductor Perumal pacified the girl and befriended her.Later, the three men allegedly raped the girl at night.A senior police official said the three were arrested and were being questioned.”A total of nine sections including those from the IPC, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, have been invoked against the accused,” he told.

K’taka honor killing Women activists call for immediate legislation of special Section

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Women activists on Tuesday called for immediate legislation of special Section under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for honor killing after a pregnant woman in Karnataka’s Bijapur district was burnt alive by her family members for allegedly marrying a Dalit man. Talking to ANI, Advocate and Activist Abha Singh said the Karnataka incident shows that the Indian society is getting fractured on communal lines. ?The incidents of honor killing are increasing day by day. Honor killing in India are on rise, be it south India or north India. The Karnataka incident shows that the society of India is getting fractured on communal lines and what is worse that the politicians and the government in the country have not found time even to make a specific offence on honor killings. Presently an honor killing is only tried under murder. It is necessary that a special section under IPC for honor killing is immediately legislated in the parliament,? she added. Echoing similar sentiments, another women activist Nirmala Samant said strictest action should be taken so that a strong message is given to the society. ?This is a very cold-blooded offence. Strictest action should be taken so that a strong message is given to the society,? she added. In a dreadful incident of honour killing, 21-year-old Banu Begum was burnt to death for allegedly marrying a Dalit person. Begum was in love with 24-year-old Sayabanna Sharnappa Konnur, a young man from the same village. After firm resistance from the girl’s parents who refused to accept their relationship, the couple decided to elope to Goa and get married. Banu’s family was so enraged that they dragged the girl to the local police station and sought a case of POCSO to be filed against Sayabanna. On June 3, the duo returned home after she got pregnant, with the hope that they will have to accept their marriage. However, both the families were unwilling to change their stand and soon got into a fight. Sayabanna was brutally assaulted by the girl’s family but he managed to escape with bite marks all over his body but Banu could not escape. When Sayabanna returned with police, the family members had set Banu on fire. Four members including Banu’s mother, her sister, brother and brother-in-law have been arrested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

K’taka Pregnant woman burnt alive for marrying Dalit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a dreadful incident of honour killing, a pregnant woman in Karnataka?s Bijapur district was burnt alive by her family members for allegedly marrying a Dalit man. The incident took place in a village called Gundanakala in the Bijapur district. 21-year-old Banu Begum was in love with 24-year-old Sayabanna Sharnappa Konnur, a young man from the same village. After firm resistance from the girl’s parents who refused to accept their relationship, the couple decided to elope to Goa and get married. Banu’s family was so enraged that they dragged the girl to the local police station and sought a case of POCSO to be filed against Sayabanna. On June 3, the duo returned home after she got pregnant, with the hope that they will have to accept their marriage. However, both the families were unwilling to change their stand and soon got into a fight. Sayabanna was brutally assaulted by the girl’s family but he managed to escape with bite marks all over his body but Banu could not escape. When Sayabanna returned with police, the family members had set Banu on fire. According to reports, four members including Banu’s mother, her sister, brother and brother-in-law have been arrested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two arrested for rape charge, sent to judicial custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been sent to judicial custody after they were arrested and produced before a court for raping a 16-year-old girl at Madira village in the district, police said today. The incident took place on Wednesday following which the accused were nabbed and produced before a local court here, said Manoj Yadav, incharge of police outpost. The accused have been arrested on rape charge and POCSO Act has also been invoked against them for sexual offence against a minor, he said. The judge, Ram Budh Singh, has sent the accused under judicial custody till June 16.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC cancels Gayatri Prajapati’s bail, questions ASJ’s haste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today cancelled the bail granted to former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati and two others in a case of alleged rape of a woman and molestation of a minor, saying the lower court had acted in haste. The HC had earlier stayed the April 25 order of the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) granting bail to Samajwadi Party leader Prajapati and his associates Vikas Verma and Amrendra Singh alias Pintu. Allowing the petition of the state government seeking cancellation of their bail, Justice AP Sahi today questioned the manner in which the ASJ handled the matter saying “the entire process was concluded as if the grant of bail had been preordained”. In the circumstances, there cannot be a presumption of the impugned order having been passed in good faith, the judge said. “Rather, the entire episode indicates that the manner in which the bail was granted almost on the eve of the retirement of the officer concerned, that too even without any opportunity being afforded to the prosecution in the real sense, the grant of bail was clearly vitiated,” JUstice Sahi said. The ASJ did not discuss the ingredients of the provisions of the POCSO Act and its implications, said the HC, adding a court while dealing with such serious matters having the potential of wide ramifications has to act with gravity and patience. It, however, said that the accused could move fresh pleas for bail to be decided on merit after affording adequate opportunity to the prosecution to present its case. A woman had lodged an FIR with Gautam Palli police station here that Prajapati and his accomplice had raped her for years after promising her a mining license and they were trying to target her daughter. The FIR was registered after the Supreme Court had pulled up the state government. The three accused were later granted bail. HC Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosle had on the petition of the state government stayed the bail order. Prajapati was not released from jail while the two other accused had surrendered after the HC direction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala Govt. should pardon student who castrated rapist- Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress today welcomed the brave act of pure self defence where a woman cut off a man’s genitals after he allegedly tried to rape her, and demanded that the government pardon her. Speaking to ANI here, Opposition leader in Kerala, Ramesh Chennithala said, “The lady took such drastic step because the she has been going through trauma from so many years. The so called swami has been exploiting her for so many years, she was undergoing all kinds of torture.” He further demanded that the state government should not take any legal action on the woman. In a brave act of pure self defence, a woman cut off a man’s genitals after he allegedly tried to rape her at Pettah. The seriously injured man was admitted to the hospital following the incident which took place last night. As per the police, the man was known to the woman and her family and also used to visit her house to conduct pujas. The woman, in her complaint, alleged that the man had been molesting her for a span of six years. A case has been registered against the man Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. However, no case has been registered against the woman.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala: Woman chops off Swami’s genitals, alleges she was being raped for years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old woman in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram chopped off the genitals of a Swami from an ashram after he allegedly tried to rape her on Friday night.The ‘godman’ has been identified as 54-year-old Hari alias Ganeshananda Theerthapada Swami​.According to a report on The News Minute, police say the woman gave a statement alleging that the Swami had been abusing her for several years, since she was in her high school.”She knew that no one would believe her if she said she had been sexually assaulted by a man of god. So, this was perhaps the only thing she could think of,” the Circle inspector of Pettai station told TNM. The woman has been taken to a women’s shelter run by the government.Theerthapada , who ​belongs to the Panmana Ashram in Kollam, is now out of danger after surgery. He ​used to visit the woman’s house to conduct pujas for her sick father.Meanwhile, the Panmana Ashram, which was founded by social reformer Chattambi Swamikal, said in a statement, “The Swamy had left the ashram 15 years ago after completing his studies.”A case has been registered against the Swami under IPC section 376 (rape) and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. No case has been registered against the woman.

Man abducts teen neighbour, forces her into prostitution for six months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly raped and assaulted his 16-year-old girlfriend, and forced her into prostitution while keeping her in captivity for six months. Reportedly, he abducted her from near her home in south-west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area in December last year.The girl managed to escape last week and approached the police. She narrated her entire ordeal, including how the accused filmed her nude and then blackmailed her into prostitution by threatening to leak the videos. Based on her statement, the police have registered a case and are looking for the accused. It was later found that the girl had been pregnant for two-and-a-half months.The girl told the police that she became friends with the accused, a neighbour, nearly two years ago. Soon, the man started visiting her house and they started getting intimate. Then on one of the occasions, he filmed them together in a compromising position.”The girl said that after this, he started assaulting her and tried to force her into prostitution. When she protested, he threatened her that he would make her obscene video public and upload it on social networking sites,” a senior police officer said.The victim further told the police that one day he called her on the pretext of returning her all the videos he had recorded. He then took her to a secluded area, where two of his friends were already waiting. The trio forced the girl to sniff something, after which she fainted. When she gained her consciousness, she was in a house with two men and a woman.”The victim has claimed that she was forced into prostitution for more than five months, during which she also became pregnant. Seeing an opportunity to escape, the girl fled from the house last week and reached a police station. The cops then located her home and informed her parents. She was also sent for a medical examination, following which a case of rape under IPC section and POCSO Act was registered,” the police said.When queried, DCP (south-west) Surender Kumar refused to comment on the issue. Other senior officers, however, said the accused have been identified and efforts are being made to nab them. “Several raids are being conducted and we have strong leads. The accused will soon be arrested and the matter is being probed from all possible angles,” the officer said.MAN RAPES 6-YR-OLDA man raped his six-year-old step-daughter at his workplace in Saket. The victim, her mother, the accused, and his five-year-old son from a previous marriage live in the Khanpur area of Delhi. The accused even threatened to kill the girl, who is now recuperating at AIIMS.

Thane: Three get 3-yr RI for molesting teenage girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a district court here in connection with a 2016 molestation case. The trio was handed over the punishment recently by District and Special Judge Ashutosh N Karmarkar after they were found guilty of offences under the POCSO Act, 2012 and section 354 A(1)(i) of IPC. The accused–Mahesh Vishnu Masmare, 20, Naresh Batra, 28 and Gondya Madhya Bond, 21–were also fined a sum of Rs 500 each. The three had molested a teenage girl in Dadade Palkhi Masmarepada village in Vikramgad taluka on March 25, 2016 when she went to fetch water from a well, according to the prosecution. When the victim (aged below 16) was returning home, the men forcefully pulled the pot she was carrying on her head and poured water on her. While one of the accused held her hand, the other touched her inappropriately and made advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, the court was informed. Another accused in the case, who was a minor has been referred to the juvenile justice court. Pronouncing the verdict after hearing both the sides, the court said, “it appears that the alleged incident is against minor girl. In order to check such type of offence in future, the accused are to be dealt with and therefore, I am not inclined to grant benefit of Probation of Offenders Act to them.” Taking into consideration submissions from both the sides, the age of the accused and other factors, following order will meet the ends of justice, the court observed while awarding the sentence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Coaching institute owner held for exploiting student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man who runs a coaching institute has been arrested for allegedly raping a student and blackmailing her into stealing cash and other items from her relatives’ house, police said today. The victim, a student of class 10th, was caught while stealing after which she told her relatives that she was being blackmailed by the tutor, who had allegedly filmed her through a secret camera in the toilet of the institute, a police official said. The accused threatened her to upload the video clip on social media sites and exploited her. He allegedly told her to steal cash,ornaments and other items from her as well as relatives house, the police said. The accused, who runs a coaching institute in Habibpur in Chetganj police station area for students upto intermediate, however claimed that he was innocent and all allegations were baseless. On the complaint of the victim,a case has been registered against the tutor under sections 386 (extortion), 376 (rape) and POCSO act, police officials said. The accused was arrested and sent to custody yesterday, they said adding further investigations are on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Habitual offender’ held for sexually assaulting 2 minor girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old man was arrested today after he allegedly sexually assaulted two six-year-old girls in suburban Andheri, the police said. The accused, identified as Dinesh Panchal, is a habitual offender and had allegedly sexually assaulted a minor girl in 2015, a senior police officer said. He is currently out on bail in the 2015 case, he said. Panchal allegedly lured the girls, residents of Sahar village in Andheri (east), under the pretext of offering them chocolates and biscuits, and sexually assaulted them at a secluded spot, according to the officer. The girls narrated the ordeal to their parents, following which a complaint was lodged at Sahar police station. Police said the medical tests conducted on the girls have confirmed the sexual assault. Panchal has been booked under section 377 (unnatural offences) of IPC and under relevant sections of POCSO ACT, he said. He was produced before a court, which sent him in the police custody till Monday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three wives get together to stop man’s fourth marriage; accuses him of making obscene MMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man’s plan to marry for the fourth time hit a hurdle after his previous three wives divorced through triple talaq approached police, accusing him of making their obscene MMS and raping a minor.The three women reached the office of the Additional Superintendent of Police, Dinesh Tripathi, two days ago and alleged that 30-year-old Danish had married for the first time in 2013 and made an alleged MMS of his wife, police said.After a dispute with her, he allegedly blackmailed the first wife and her family members by making the MMS viral to extort money.He later gave her triple talaq and married for the second time. The marriage continued for only a year and he left his second wife also, according to the FIR.On October 24, 2016 the accused went to his relative’s house where he allegedly raped his 15-year-old cousin and later married her.He also allegedly made her obscene MMS and threatened her parents that he would make it viral if they protested.When the three women came to know that Danish was going to marry for the fourth time, they reached the ASP’s office and narrated their woes.ASP Tripathi said an FIR has been registered against Danish under POCSO and other relevant sections of the IPC.A probe is on in the matter, he added.

HC suspends judge who granted bail to Gayatri Prasad Prajapati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Judge Om Prakash Mishra, who on April 22 had granted bail to gang rape accused former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, was on Saturday suspended by the Allahabad High Court. The court also ordered a departmental judicial inquiry against the judge.The Yogi government has also set up a Special Investigation (SIT) team to re-investigate the case. The decision was taken after complaints of a shoddy investigation done by the police allegedly under pressure from the Akhilesh Yadav regime.Prajapati, a senior Samajwadi Party leader, was arrested on March 14, 2017 on charges of raping a girl from Chitrakoot at his official residence in Lucknow..Prajapati was granted bail by the Additional Sessions and POSCO Judge Om Prakash Mishra on April 22.The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the bail.”Yes, the judge has been suspended and an inquiry ordered,” Allahabad High Court registrar D K Singh said.Mishra was suspended for failing to discharge his judicial duties in accordace with the law.Prajapati and his cronies are accused of raping a girl from Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh who had come to his Lucknow at his official residence for some work in 2014. Her FIR was not lodged during Akhilesh regime forcing her to move to the Supreme Court.The apex court in its order on February 18, 2017 had directed the UP Police to register a case against the minister and five other accused. Though the police had regiostered a case at Gautampalli police station but till Akhilesh Yadav remained in power the police did not lay its hands on the influential minister.The Luckow police had finally arrested the ex-minister on March 14, 2017. Gayatri and five others are facing case under sections 376 (D), 376, 511, 504, 506 of the IPC and and 3 / 4 of the POCSO Act.

POCSO court grants bail to ex-UP minister Gayatri Prajapati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Uttar Pradesh government minister Gayatri Prajapati and two of his alleged accomplices were today granted bail by a POCSO court here in connection with a rape case. Special judge of a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court Om Prakash Mishra granted bail to Prajapati, Vikas Verma and Amrendra Singh alias Mintu. The court asked Prajapati to furnish two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each and a personal bond of the same amount. An FIR was registered against Prajapati and six others on February 17 on a Supreme Court directive. Prajapati was then a minister in the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. Yadav, when asked today about the bail granted to his former cabinet colleague said, “It’s good that he got bail. Please tell me if there is anything wrong in it.” After being on the run for nearly a month, Prajapati (49) was arrested from the Aashiyana area here on March 15 and was sent to jail for allegedly raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter in 2014. The six others had been arrested earlier. Prajapati had approached the Supreme Court to get a stay on his arrest. But the Apex court asked him to approach the court concerned. At the time of his arrest, Prajapati had claimed that he was innocent and alleged the charges were a conspiracy to malign him. The former minister had said that he was prepared for a Narco test to bring out the truth and also demanded a similar test on the minor victim. The allegations against Prajapati were raked by the BJP during the state assembly elections to attack the then Akhilesh Yadav led government. The Supreme Court order to file a police complaint against Prajapati had come just two days before the third phase of polling in the seven-phase state elections which saw Samajwadi Party winning only 47 of the 403 assembly seats while the BJP and its allies bagged 325 seats. The BJP had accused Akhilesh Yadav of shielding his tainted minister, a charge refuted by Samajwadi Party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: Rape accused ex-minister Gayatri Prajapati granted bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rape-accused Uttar Pradesh former minister Gayatri Prajapati was on Tuesday granted bail by a POCSO court in Lucknow.Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF). The SP leader was booked on a Supreme Court directive and an FIR was lodged on February 17 against the minister and six others for allegedly gang-raping a woman and attempting to rape her minor daughter in 2014.”I am innocent. This is a conspiracy to malign me,” Prajapati had said after his arrest.Meanwhile, the apex court has directed the Uttar Pradesh police to protect the woman’s family members.

Delhi court orders FIR against woman cop for sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday ordered lodging of an FIR against a woman police official for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl, who had earlier accused her teacher of molesting her.Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav passed the order after the 13-year-old child told the court that she was sexually assaulted by the woman investigating officer (IO) of the case and she had lodged a complaint to the police against her but no action was taken.The court also dismissed the third bail plea of the teacher of a government school, facing prosecution in the case, saying there was no change in circumstances.”Today separate directions have been given for lodging of FIR against the IO in this case for having committed penetrative sexual assault upon the child victim and creating false evidence.”Needless to say, false evidence was being created by the IO solely to accord benefit thereof to the applicant/accused Manoj Rathi (teacher). Be that as it may, I do not find any change in the circumstance warranting taking different view. The bail application of the applicant accordingly stands dismissed,” the judge said.The court directed the SHO of Mangolpuri in north west Delhi to get the FIR registered against woman IO, a sub inspector, through a senior officer and file a status report in the matter on April 29.The girl, in her complaint, alleged that the IO had threatened her father to get the victim medically re-examined or she would implicate her in a false case.The child alleged that initially the woman official sexually assaulted her and later took her to a hospital where the doctors conducted her internal medical examination without her consent.The police, which is already probing the aspect of sexual assault on the minor by her teacher, had earlier informed the court that it has also registered an FIR against the girl’s father in view of the alleged confession letter which was given to the police by the school staff.The school staff had earlier given to police an alleged confession letter of the girl’s father that he had repeatedly sexually assaulted her.The initial incident occurred in August last year when the girl, a Class V student of a government school in Aman Vihar area of North-West Delhi, asked a question to the teacher who told her to meet him alone later.The girl said in her complaint that the teacher allegedly molested her and when her parents came to the school next day to complain about his conduct, he threatened them and took thumb impression of the child’s father on a blank paper.The teacher then allegedly wrote a confession letter on behalf of the girl’s father that he had repeatedly sexually assaulted his daughter and got the signatures of other colleagues, she had alleged. Later, a case under the POCSO Act was registered by the police against the accused teacher.The police has also lodged a case against other school teachers and principal for not informing them about an alleged confession letter of a minor girl’s father.

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