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53% children face one or more forms of sexual abuse: Govt tells Parliament

A centrally-sponsored survey has found that more than 53% children in the country faced one or more forms of sexual abuse, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, said that the Ministry of Women and Child Development had conducted a study on Child Abuse in 2007, covering 13 states and more than 13,000 children.The study revealed that that more than 53% of children interviewed reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse and 21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse, he said in written reply to a question.Ahir said 50% abusers were persons known to the child and most children did not report the matter to anyone. Children on street, at work and in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault, he said. The 13 states where the survey was conducted were – Assam, Mizoram, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.

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Child rape cases shot up sharply in Ahmedabad, says NCRB

The city which is known to be one of the safest for children is turning out to be a place of nightmare. According to the data issued by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 196 cases were recorded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(POCSO) Act were lodged in Ahmedabad in 2016.Of these, 139 cases were of minors being raped, 21 21 of them were reported to be sexually assaulted. Also, 7 cases of unnatural activities were reported against children were registered.For instance, one eight-year-old girl was molested by a 60-year-old doctor in his clinic in Isanpur area last Thursday. The incident took place when the girl went to his clinic alone. The doctor took her to an adjacent room, where he held her hand and zipped his pants down to flash his private parts.In 80 per cent of such cases, the accused turned out to someone known to the victims, which includes mostly relatives, neighbours, friends etc. Binal Patel, the city coordinator of Childline of an NGO that works to protect the rights of children, said that she has known a lot of cases where children are abused daily.The one who abuses the kids are mostly in acquaintance, she said.”It is often the relatives, friends of the family, neighbours or people in school whom the child is in touch with who abuse them,” said Patel, adding that in many cases the child is being abused over a period before s/he opens up to her/his parents.The trigger is often when parents discover the physical signs of sexual abuse or molestation,” said Patel. In many cases, the relatives even ignore the case because the incident involves members of the same of extended families, she said. “We know of a case in which an orphan girl was sexually abused by her uncle. But, her relatives asked her to stay mum,” she said.According to NCRB data, 481 cases of crime against children were reported in Ahmedabad in 2016. Of them, 196 cases were reported under POCSO Act, which is 40.74 per cent. While in 2015, 609 cases of crime against children were reported where 191 cases were of POCSO, 173 out of 437 cases were registered under POCSO Act in 2014.Cases in 2017 October 31: A 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old, who spotted the victim playing near his house. The crime took place in Odhav area of the city. Finally, the accused was caught redhanded by the victim’s uncle and was handed over to police.On September 14: Principal of a municipal English medium school, near Shankar Bhuvan, in Shahpur, was nabbed by Shahpur police for raping an eight-year-old student of his school. March 17: Two teenage sisters, both around 15 years old, were gang-raped by six in a running car in Dahod. The accused wanted to punish the family after the girl’s brother accused one of them of bootlegging.POCSO cases filed in Gujarat 2016 1408 cases1414 victims2015 1416 cases1424 victimsPOCSO cases lodged in Ahmedabad 2016 196 cases196 victims2015 191 cases191 victims2014 173 cases 173 victimsCrime chart of cases filed under POCSO Act in Ahmedabad Child Raped 139 cases139 victimsSexual Assualt 21 cases21 victimsOther POCSO cases35 cases 35 victims

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Minor actress molestation: Accused gets bail

Clean chits from the airline, the co-passenger, the air hostess and office support have helped the defence to put forth its case before the court, which granted bail to Vikas Sachdev, a senior corporate executive of a media firm. The court granted him bail in the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) case, which was levelled against him by a minor actress. The actress had accused Sachdev of allegedly molesting her while he had boarded the same Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on December 11.The court presided over by judge AD Deo granted bail to Sachdev on temporary cash bail of Rs 25,000 and two solvency sureties. The court has laid conditions of Sachdev attending Sahar police station on every first Sunday of the month between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm till the conclusion of the trial. The court has also asked him to not to tamper with evidence and witness in any manner.Family members of Sachdev, while speaking to DNA, said, “Our advocate had filed for his bail clearly on the merits of the case. Sachdev was arrested with no prior notice, which is a fundamental right of every accused. When the prosecution was confronted with the same, they were speechless on the fact that the accused was not given time to opt for a legal option. Furthermore, as per the sections imposed against Sachdev under POCSOA, it was not practical enough to touch the four body parts which were described in the Act, of which he was accused of. Also, clean chits were given to Sachdev by all the authorities concerned.”Vikas Sachdev was arrested after the actress filed a complaint and was presented before the court which sent him to police custody. Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.The actor had alleged she was on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.

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Shame! In India, 2 women harassed daily at workplace: National Commission for Women 2017 report

India may surpass first world nation in terms of economic growth, but when it comes to women empowerment, the Asian giant cuts a sorry figure.The latest numbers from the National Commission for Women report just proves the pathetic state of affairs.Sample this – two women were harassed at their workplace daily in 2017, with Uttar Pradesh topping the ‘shame list’.The women panel’s report for the year 2017 says that on an average, the NCW received 1.7 complaints per day, a Times of India report said on Sunday.The Commission got 539 complaints with maximum coming from UP, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. But the panel feels that this is just a minuscule number, a tip of the proverbial iceberg as majority of victims still don’t report such matter either to the local police or to the Commission.In last four years, the Commission has received just 1,971 complaints. With #MeToo trending all this year in post Harvey Weinstein expose era, there has been a greater understanding among the women about this issue. Now, the stigma attached to such cases is giving way to women speaking openly about their horrifying experiences.The trend was also responsible for finally making the Indian Inc responsible towards the issue with the Corporate Ministry making it mandatory for all companies to make full disclosure on their compliance with the Sexual Harassment Act.It should be noted that this was a two-year-old demand by the Maneka Gandhi’s ministry, which was accepted only in 2017.

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Minor actor molestation case: Accused Vikas Sachdev sent to judicial custody till December 22

A sessions court here today remanded the 39-year-old man, arrested for allegedly molesting a minor Bollywood actress on-board a Delhi-Mumbai flight, in judicial custody till December 22. Vikas Sachdev was arrested on December 10 and was presented before the court next day which sent him to police custody. Sachdev also filed a bail application before the Dindoshi sessions court which will hear the plea on December 15. Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.The actor had alleged she was on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday night when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.Also readMinor actor molestation: NCW issues notice to Air Vistara; DCW seeks full report of incident”He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” the actor said in an Instagram post soon after she got off the plane at the Mumbai airport.(With agency inputs)

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Odisha: Teacher arrested for sexually harassing two minor students in school

A teacher in a government-run school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly outraging the modesty of two Class VII girl students.The assistant teacher in Gahangu upper primary school, was arrested on the basis of complaints lodged by the girls, both aged around 12 years, said inspector in charge of Buguda police station, Rama Chandra Biswal.In separate complaints, the girls alleged that the teacher touched them inappropriately on their private parts inside a room in the school on Friday, he said.The students had informed about the incident to their parents after which complaints were lodged with the police.A large number of people, including parents of the students, staged a demonstration outside the school demanding immediate action against the teacher.The teacher, however, denied the allegation and claimed that there was an attempt to tarnish his image.The arrested teacher has been booked under various sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POSCO) Act, the IIC said.District Education Officer (DEO), Sanatan Panda has sought a report from the block education officer (BEO) in this regard.We have asked BEO to inquire into the matter. We will take appropriate action against the teacher after getting report, he said.

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In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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Delay no reason for relief in child sex abuse cases: Court

The special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) court while justifying a delay caused in registering of FIR in a POCSOA case held that the parents and the family members of the girl child would think twice before registering a sexual harassment offence, which their child had gone through. The court while refusing to accept the defence placed on record by the 35 year old Sion resident, Jasbeersingh Baas, held the man guilty of molestation charges and sentenced him to three years of rigorous improvement along with a fine of Rs 22,000.The court in its orders held, “The victim’s mother had explained the delay by saying that her parents-in-law and husband were not at home so she had not lodged the report immediately, hence the delay is properly explained.Parents and the family members would always think twice before lodging the report as regards to a girl child. In context with Indian society, the female member cannot take such decision to file a case pertaining to child without support of family. So, delay caused is properly explained that victim’s mother lodged report when her husband, parent-in-law came.”According to the prosecution’s case, the victim, a nine year old girl, was abducted by Baas and was sexually molested. The child ran to her mother and informed that a ‘Sardaarji Uncle’ did wrong act with her and pointed out towards his house. The child in her statement said that the accused had lured her with chocolates and took her at his house and molested her. However the FIR in the case was not registered immediately as she claimed that there was no one present at her house when the incident took place and so she had to wait for her family to decide on the aspect of registering the complaint.The defence was of the view that he had slapped the child, as she had blown soil in his eyes, and just to take a revenge, a complaint under the stringent POCSOA charges against him and he was wrongly implicated in the case.The court however, after going through the evidence put up by the prosecution as well as after going through the statement of the child found confidence in the her statement. Also witnesses produced by the prosecution had supported the case.
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Kolkata minor sexual assault: Parents protest outside school; lament lack of security despite hefty fees

The father of the four-year-old child who was sexually assaulted, allegedly by two teachers, reached the gates of GD Birla Centre for Education at 6 am on Saturday, to protest against the authorities.The father told reporters that he and his wife were unable to sleep at night because of the pain their child was going through. He also urged other parents who had arrived to extend their cooperation and support.“We pay about Rs 5,000 per month as fees and there is no security available,” said a concerned parent.Earlier, parents had protested outside the school premises demanding the principal’s arrest. Amidst police protection, teachers and principal of the school left the campus and after midnight, the school had hurriedly installed a CCTV outside the gate.Also readRyan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyerMeanwhile, the two accused physical education teachers Abhishek Roy and Md Mofizzuddin were arrested and placed in police custody at Jadavpur police station. They have been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.Earlier, it was reported that the girl was lured to the toilet with promise of getting chocolates. There she was shown pornography and was molested. The victim has identified the two individuals from pictures shown by the detectives.The child was constantly crying and complained of severe pain after returning from school on Wednesday when her mother spotted blood stains on her clothes, he said. On enquiring, the girl told her mother that the PT teacher had taken her to the washroom but could not narrate what happened thereafter. Her parents took her to a pediatrician who advised her to be taken to the police, the officer said.The child was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital late last night. Tests were performed to confirm the alleged sexual assault on her. The report is awaited, hospital sources told. Following the incident, parents of other students held protests in front of the school gate today demanding immediate suspension of the accused teacher.
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Police no longer ignore crimes against children

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Mumbai reported 3,400 cases of crime against children, next only to Delhi which reported 7,392 cases in 2016. Bengaluru reported 1,333. Mumbai, in fact, recorded the second highest cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The city tops in reporting of child labour cases.The NCRB data states that in Mumbai 1,864 children were allegedly kidnapped while in Delhi 5,457 children were kidnapped. Bengaluru recorded 871 cases. While 13 children were murdered in Mumbai, 36 were murdered in Delhi. Pune and Bengaluru registered 10 murder cases each.In 2014, 1456 cases were reported for crime against children in Mumbai, in 2015, 3187 cases were reported. The cases were rising steadily since 2014 and in 2016, 3400 cases were registered for crime against children.A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police department said, “We have ensured that the police officers do not indulge in neglecting cases leading to increasing crime rate against children.”
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Maximum city, minimal safety

Contrary to common belief that Mumbai is one of the safest cities in India, the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that after Delhi, most numbers of cases of sexual assault on women are registered in Mumbai. The Maximum City also ranks second as far as registration of rape cases is concerned compared to 18 other metropolitan cities, the NCRB data revealed.According to the NCRB, 13,803 cases of sexual assault on women were reported in Delhi in 2016, followed by 5,128 cases registered in Mumbai. Total crimes against women in Mumbai rose from 3974 in 2014, to 4819 in 2015, and 5128 in 2016. The city, therefore, saw a rise of 6.4 % in crimes against women in 2016, compared to the previous year.Mumbai also ranks second in the number of kidnapping, rape and assault cases on women in India.In Delhi, 1,996 cases of rape were reported in 2016, followed by 712 cases registered in Mumbai and 354 cases registered in Pune.Delhi tops the list in cases of assault on women with 3,746 cases, followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases and Bengaluru with 820 cases.Of the 2,183 cases of assault on women recorded in Mumbai, in 38 cases women were victims of voyeurism, in 359 cases women reported that they were stalked, and 454 cases were of outraging the modesty of women.In 2016, a total of 31,388 cases of crime against women were registered in Maharashtra.Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said, “Mumbai being a glamour town, most of the cases reported are due to broken love affairs. The reporting and registering of the sexual assault cases have increased as women are more aware to report any wrongdoings. But I feel women are very safe in Mumbai as compared to other metropolitan states.”Dr Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson, State Women’s Commission, said, “The numbers issued by the NCRB which shows Mumbai being on the second number in the number of sexual assault cases. The police should work towards providing safety to women.”
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In Thane, 6-year-old raped inside creche, owner’s husband charged for assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a creche in adjoining Palghar district, police said today.The girl’s mother works in a factory in the district and would drop her daughter at the child care centre, run by a woman, in Vasai before leaving for her workplace, the police said in a release.The husband of the creche owner has been booked for the crime under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vasai) Vishwas Valvi.The 30-year-old accused has not been arrested yet, the release said.The alleged crime took place on November 22, but a complaint was filed by the victim’s mother yesterday at the Valiv police station, it said.The victim was the only girl going to the creche, Valvi said.

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.

Dare and Brave challenge: Gujarat boy held for blackmailing minor girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andheri police probing the case of a minor girl being allegedly blackmailed and sexually exploited while playing a dare and brave game on the darknet had led to the arrest of a 23-year-old boy from Gujarat. During the probe police have learnt that the accused was involved in similar such instances with other minor girls too.A dark net is a closed group in which the administrator assigns different challenges and if the participant fails to accomplish the task, the administrator pronounces the punishment which also includes sending nude pictures and videos. A 15-year-old girl while playing the game fell into the trap and soon the accused from Gujarat allegedly threatened to leak the pictures and videos on the internet leading to the girl approaching her father and filing a police complaint with the Andheri police.”The accused was traced via the mobile number which was used to contact the minor girl. We have also found the pictures of other minor girls in the cellphone which has been sent for forensic analysis”, said a senior police officer from Zone 10 of the Mumbai police department.”The accused has been booked under the Information Technology Act and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The minor accused has exploited minor girls in the state of Gujarat and in Mumbai and if other victims come forward we will file furthermore cases against him.”, said the officer.Akbar Pathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime, said, “The students should be aware of the risk involved in playing such games and should approach the parents to discuss such issues. The parents should also keep a watch on the activities of their children on the internet and must report the matter to the police if they find any activity suspicious.”

Safety audit: NGO to identify issues at local railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters travelling in local trains and crowded railway stations have been facing harassment issues every day. Recently there have been instances where women commuters had come forward to report about the harassment they faced while commuting at the railway stations. In order to check how safe the railway stations in the city are, a group of activists along with citizens will be conducting a social audit called the ‘safety audit’ at three railway stations on the Western line.While the first safety audit was conducted on November 8, Wednesday at Goregaon railway station, the other two social audits will be conducted in the afternoon at Andheri station on Thursday and Borivali railway stations on Friday.The safety audit is organised by the NGO Safecity to evaluate and improve the safety of citizens by identifying problems and reporting it to the concern authorities.As per the organisers, the objective of the safety audits is to assess the railway stations from the angle of safety and existing infrastructure. The organiser, said, “We will be communicating with commuters of all genders at the stations to understand the occurrence of sexual harassment at these stations. We are building an understanding of the needs of people and infrastructure for safer public transport (railways) and look forward to your suggestions.”Other commuters who want to report any sexual harassment at stations can report it online at safecity.in.A few years ago, as per a study conducted by another NGO revealed that many women have a tendency to not report instances of sexual harassment. They have ignored sexual harassment faced by them or others out of fear of the consequences. It was also found that overcrowded trains, congested platforms, narrow footbridges make train travel more dangerous for women.

Sex pests at work? Just SHe-box your complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday launched a portal where women facing sexual harassment at workplace will be able to lodge complaints.The online medium – ‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) – can be used by women working in public sectors as well as private organisations. It will be hosted on the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.Officials from the ministry said that the portal will ensure effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (the SH Act), 2013.According to official release, the launch of the portal is a proactive step taken by the ministry in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo, where women have related their experience of facing sexual harassment and abuse.The Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 mandates every organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an internal complaints committee for addressing complaints of sexual harassment.A cell under the ministry will look into every complaint filed online and share it with the concerned organisation’s internal complaints committee (ICC), which is a mandatory requirement under the law.Complainants will also be able to monitor the status of an inquiry by the ICC. Women who have already filed a written complaint with the ICC or local complaint committee constituted under the SH Act will also be eligible to register their complaint through the portal.The portal also provides information on 112 institutions empaneled by the ministry to conduct training/workshops on the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.The ministry had earlier launched a web page for government employees, which has now been extended to women in the private sector, minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi told reporters, adding that the ministry has also produced a manual and has organised training programmes for ICCs.WOMEN POWERUnder the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013, it is compulsory for any organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an internal complaints committee for addressing complaints of sexual harassment.
SHe-box can be used by women working in public sectors as well as private organisations. It will be hosted on the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

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.

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.​

Now, 6-year-old raped in south Delhi’s private school, housekeeping staff arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after Ryan International student was found dead, a 6-year-old student was raped in a toilet of south Delhi school.The incident came to light when the child returned home from school and told her mother, reported Hindustan Times. The latest incident has once again brought the issue of students’ safety to the fore.After using the washroom, my daughter called the woman for help but the male employee entered and assaulted her sexually, said the victim’s father.He also claimed that the woman employee who was supposed to assist children was not in the washroom at the time.”We are in shock, We send our kids to get educated and not to be victims of such perverts loitering in schools,” he told the daily.A case of rape and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) has been registered.Meanwhile, the employee has been reportedly arrested and the matter is being investigated.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

Men can also be raped: Delhi HC seeks government’s reply on PIL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has sought government’s response on a Public Interest Litigation stating Sections 375 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code are biased towards men and don’t include women as the perpetrators. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar have sent a notice to the government to reply within three weeks on this issue. The matter has been posted for further hearing on October 23. The petitioner, Sanjiv Kumar, has asserted that the existing provisions recognise only a man as the perpetrator and the woman as a victim of rape. “Gender is central to any understanding of how and why sexual violence occurs. What is clear, however, is that while females are the main victims of sexual violence and males the main perpetrators, one still has to consider how sexual assaults beyond the male-on-female paradigm are to be labelled by the criminal law”.”After the Right to Privacy ruling where consent and bodily integrity of each citizen is now a fundamental right as part of the freedoms and are intrinsic part of right to life and personal liberty under Article 21, female and male both have equality before the law and equal protection of the law under Article 14 guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution,” the petition said.Kumar also pointed out that for a brief period of 58 days, India had a gender-neutral rape law – The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 which was repealed after protests from certain quarters of the society.The plea, also referred to the recent murder of a boy in Ryan International school in Gurgaon, allegedly by a 42- year-old man after he had resisted an attempt to sodomise him.It said that boys under the age of 18 are protected under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), but once they pass the age, they “are robbed of their rights”.(With PTI inputs)

Just because a woman has boyfriends doesn’t mean she can be sexually assaulted: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an order passed last week, Justice A M Badar denied bail to a man convicted under the Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for repeatedly raping his minor niece.It rejected his argument that the victim has had “two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations”.”A woman might be of easy virtue but that does not mean that all and sundry can take advantage of this fact. She has a right to say no,” Justice Badar said.”Even if we were to assume that the victim in this case had two boyfriends, the same does not empower or authorise the applicant to commit penetrative sexual assault on her,” he said.The judge pointed out the victim had not attained the age of consent at the time of the incident.”She has categorically stated in her cross examination that the applicant had repeatedly sexually assaulted her,” he said.The man, a resident of Nashik, was convicted and sentenced by a POCSO court in 2016 to imprisonment for 10 years.He, however, approached the HC for bail arguing he had not committed the said offence and that he deserved to be let out on bail since he was the sole breadwinner for his family.”The girl (victim) did not lodge a complaint or register the First Information Report (FIR) immediately after the said incident. And even after she was taken to a shelter home, she never disclosed the crime in question to anyone there,” he said.This proves the incident did not take place, he said.She also had two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations, the man argued.Justice Badar, however, rejected his arguments and held that unavailability of another earning member in the family was not relevant grounds for the suspension of the sentence.”The offence in question is a serious one and the applicant has been held guilty of the offence after a due trial. Hence, no case for grant of bail is made out,” he said.

JNU replaces gender sensitisation body, invites students’ ire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing tussle between the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration and its students escalated on Monday after the varsity officially replaced the sexual harassment complaint body, Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), with an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), citing University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations, 2015.During an Executive Council (EC) meeting held on Monday, the administration scrapped the existing GSCASH, an 18-year-old body, and officially adopted ICC. GSCASH was an autonomous body to look into complaints of sexual harassment. It was formed under the Vishakha guidelines.”GSCASH has been replaced by the ICC on Monday and it will immediately take over the functioning of the latter. Elections for ICC’s three student representatives will be held soon,” JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said.Students and teachers, however, slammed the move, citing the fact that the functioning of ICC will have an administrative influence as its members were being nominated by it. All GSCASH members were elected.”The administration tried to seal the GSCASH office and take over all the files. But we did not let them. How can we trust them with such confidential files? Why is the administration so interested in taking over them?” asked JNU Student Union (JNUSU) President Geeta Kumari, who herself was a part of GSCASH.”ICC can never be like GSCASH as it will not be independent,” she said.Meanwhile, the administration also issued the names of six nominated ICC members, including present JNU Chief Proctor Dr Vibha Tandon as its Chairperson, which, according to students, is a violation of the UGC regulations, 2015. “The regulations state that no member holding any position of power in the administration can be made an ICC member, to prevent misuse and abuse of power,” Kumari added.Members of the recently dissolved GSCASH also issued a list of selected candidates for election of its student representatives. “We are yet to decide what will be done about the elections since the body itself has been dissolved by the administration,” the JNUSU President said

Delhi minor’s rape: Six major lapses, including lack of police verification of accused, found in Tagore Public School

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sub-divisional magistrate in a report highlighting the rape of a five-year-old girl from Tagore Public School in New Delhi, has highlighted six major lapses in the school.As per ANI, the report said that entire building was not under CCTV surveillance. Furthermore, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against school for undertaking classes in unrecognized areas of the school building.Regarding the accused, the report stated that he was working for almost 2.5 years without any police verification.A five-year-old girl was raped by a peon inside a classroom of the school in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area on September 10.The accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested, said Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara.Vikas had previously he worked as a security guard in the 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 at the time was critical.The police have registered a case against under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and are investigating the matter.

JNU’s move to replace gender sensitisation body faces flak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) decision to replace the 18-year-old Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) with an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) has been slammed by the varsity’s women groups. Several groups have, in fact, written to Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Jagadesh Kumar, urging him to retract any attempt to “dilute” the autonomous nature of the body.”It is regrettable that in the recent past, the JNU administration has made concerted attempts to erode the independent functioning of the GSCASH and violate its norms and rules. This fact is particularly alarming because the administration has approached the Executive Council and tried to get some cases of sexual harassment against persons in authority removed,” read the letter undersigned by several women’s groups, including the All India Progressive Women’s Association and ANHAD.The university’s decision has created uproar among student and teacher fraternity on the campus, mainly regarding the authorities’ direct involvement in selecting the members for ICC. GSCASH included four elected faculty members, of whom at least two were women, four elected student representatives, of whom at least two were women, an elected woman official, as well as an elected woman staff member, among others. The ICC, however, will have only three student representatives, three faculty members, and two non-teaching staffers.The students have been protesting over the issue. “We will not let the administration attack the autonomous and democratic composition of GSCASH and replace it with its handpicked ‘nominated’ members,” JNU Student Union’s (JNUSU) newly elected President Geeta Kumar said. Kumar is also a member of GSCASH.The letter added: “We extend our support to protesting students and urge the V-C and members of the Executive Council to retract any attempt to dilute the effectiveness of GSCASH.”CREATES UPROARThe university’s decision has created uproar among student and teacher fraternity.
The students have been protesting over the issue.

LGBT rights: SC likely to hear Section 377 curative petition today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India, the apex court today will hear curative pleas over the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises gay sex.The curative petition has been filed by Naz Foundation and several gay rights activists challenging an SC judgment from 2013 upholding the validity of Section 377.The SC had, in 2013, set aside a 2009 judgment of the Delhi High Court decriminalising homosexuality, saying it should have been left up to the Parliament to amend or repeal the law.The fight against Section 377 got a major boost when a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, while upholding the right to privacy as a fundamental right intrinsic to life and liberty observed that the chilling effect of Section 377 “poses a grave danger to the unhindered fulfilment of one’s sexual orientation, as an element of privacy and dignity.”The nine-member SC bench also observed: “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual”. (With inputs from agencies)

Right to privacy: LGBT community cheers after SC adds a touch of rainbow in judgment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The right to privacy cannot be denied to members of the LGBT community merely because they have unconventional sexual orientation and form a miniscule fraction of the over 1.32 billion Indian population, the Supreme Court observed today.The 9-judge bench, which held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right, made this observation while assailing the earlier apex court verdict in the appeal by an NGO on behalf of the LGBT community in which it said they formed a miniscule fraction of the country’s population and the right to privacy cannot be a ground to set aside a penal law.Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices R K Agrawal, S A Nazeer and D Y Chandrachud, who were part of the nine-judge constitution bench, said that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity of an individual.
ALSO READ Right to Privacy: Individual has right to refuse medical treatment, terminate pregnancy, says SC”A miniscule fraction of the country’s population constitutes lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders (LGBT) is not a sustainable basis to deny the right to privacy. The purpose of elevating certain rights to the stature of guaranteed fundamental rights is to insulate their exercise from the disdain of majorities, whether legislative or popular,” the bench said.The apex court said that discrete and insular minorities face grave dangers of discrimination for the simple reason that their views, beliefs or way of life does not accord with the ‘mainstream’.”Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”The right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientation lie at the core of the fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution,” it said.It, however, clarified that since the challenge to Section 377 (Section which criminalizes gay sex) is pending consideration before another bench of the Supreme Court, it would leave the constitutional validity to be decided in an “appropriate proceeding”.Justice S K Kaul, in a separate judgement, also concurred with the view of the four judges and said the majoritarian concept does not apply to Constitutional rights.”…The Courts are often called up on to take what may be categorised as a non-majoritarian view, in the check and balance of power envisaged under the Constitution of India. One’s sexual orientation is undoubtedly an attribute of privacy,” he said.

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.)

Gurugram teen says taxi driver stalked her for weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another case of stalking coming to the fore, a taxi driver has allegedly been following a 15-year-old girl from her school to home in Gurugram since the last week of July. The Class XI student has said the accused even chased her at times.Earlier, the girl had lodged a complaint against the accused, following which he threatened her. But after the case of two men stalking an IT professional got highlighted in the media, the girl lodged an FIR against the taxi driver at Sector 53 police station on Wednesday.The teenager told the police that the accused not only followed her regularly on her way to school and while she was returning home, at times, he would bring another person with him. Initially, she was afraid of telling anyone. But when he didn’t stop, she told her parents and approached the police. She also said the accused tried to stop her and touch her, and when she resisted, he threatened her.An FIR has now been registered against the accused under Section 12 (sexual harassment and stalking) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).”Both the victim and the accused are from the same village of Rajasthan. Even in Gurugram, they live in the same locality. The investigation is on and raids are being conducted to nab the accused,” a police officer said.

Malad school peon held for sexually abusing 4-year-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A peon at an ICSE school in Malad East was arrested by the Dindoshi police on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in the school’s toilet on four consecutive days since August 1.Outraged at the abuse, parents of students gathered at the school premises on Tuesday morning and camped for hours, demanding the suspension of the school principal. Claiming that this was the third such incident, parents also demanded the immediate arrest of a female caretaker, who they claimed had abetted the crime.The mother of the girl approached the police on August 5 to lodge a complaint.The police have arrested the peon, Vishal Sarode, 32, under sections 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The victim pointed out the accused to the police, leading to his arrest, sources said.”The female caretaker should be arrested as she supported the act by allowing the peon to enter the toilet when a girl was present inside,” the victim’s mother said.”We will check the CCTV camera footage of the toilets on the first floor. The complainant has revealed that a female caretaker was also involved in the incident. We are verifying her claims. The girl has been sent for medical examinations,” said investigating officer Police Inspector Ravi Adane.When contacted, the school’s principal refused to comment. A senior school teacher, on condition of anonymity, said, “We are co-operating with police in their investigations.”Call for actionParents intend to stage a protest walk to the school and the police station on Wednesday, and said will continue until the school puts in place reforms to prevent such incidents.

CIC seeks explanation from NCW chairperson for ‘obstructing’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CIC has sought explanation from the chairperson of the National Commission for Women for “obstructing” access to the records sought by a former woman research assistant who had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against an official of the Commission. The Central Information Commission also slapped maximum penalty under the RTI Act on–a former official at NCW who is now with NITI Ayog and an Under Secretary of the NCW, on whom the allegations were levelled–for not giving access to the information. The Commission also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to be paid by the NCW to the victim. The victim who was a research assistant between 2010-16 had levelled allegations of sexual harassment. When her employment contract was not extended, she had filed an RTI application seeking to inspect files related to her complaint, contract and reports of officials of the NCW. When she failed to get response, she approached the Central Information Commission. “If this is the fate of a woman who is working as research assistant in National Commission for Women, what will be the plight of ordinary women outside the NCW? “The National Commission for Women has a Constitutional duty to explain reasons for breach of two statutes on Sexual Harassment and Right to Information in case of this appellant,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said. After the Commission’s order on June 16, the NCW called the victim for inspection of records but she alleged that files were not properly shown to her and an important file was denied on the grounds that it was with the chairperson. The Commission again heard both the parties including the official of the NCW against whom the allegations of sexual harassment were levelled. “The allegation of sexual harassment against one of the important officer in NCW is a serious issue, which should have been in the knowledge of the chairperson,” he said. He said it was not proper on the part of the NCW to withhold some of the files on this excuse, which amounts to non-compliance of the order of the CIC and attracts penal proceedings under Section 20 of the RTI Act. Acharyulu said the material placed before and the contentions made by the parties leads the Commission to inevitable inference that the chairperson, knowing the order of the CIC, has obstructed the access to a key file by withholding it in her custody from inspection. “As the files and contentions prove that one file could not be accessed because it was held by the chairperson, the chairperson has a duty to explain why Section 20 should not be invoked against this obstruction, before July 28, 2017,” he said.(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

Court sentences man to 10 years imprisonment for raping girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district today sentenced a man to 10-years rigorous imprisonment after convicting him for raping a minor girl. Additional District Judge Mayurbhanj, Ajit Kumar Singh convicted Srikant Soren (23) under POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012. The convicted person was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 20,000 was imposed on him. On default in payment of the penalty, the convict shall undergo one more year of imprisonment, the court order said. Soren had raped a 13-year-old girl at Jolanda village under Barasahi police station limit on May 28, 2014. The girl was raped after she was forcibly taken to a paddy field by Soren. She was returning home after working at a manufacturing unit. Besides the victim, the court recorded the statement of 12 witnesses before pronouncing the judgement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Judges question Delhi Police’s knowledge of law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a series of orders passed in various district courts in the city, judges have raised questions about police officers’ knowledge of law. The questions pertained to cases wherein names, parentage or addresses of child victims were revealed in the chargesheets filed in courts.According to Section 33 (7) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the identity of a child victim cannot be disclosed during the course of investigation or trial. Despite these directives, many chargesheets revealing the identity of child victims have been filed in courts.Judges termed this blatant violation of provisions regarding confidentiality and directed that “the names and addresses of child victims in chargesheets and annexures be covered with fluid”.”Identity of a child victim can be revealed through her/his address and address of his/her parents. This is gross violation of the provision,” Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma said, in an order dated July 19.The court further directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to ensure that in future, no chargesheet filed discloses the name and address of child victims and also the names and address of her/his parents.On the same day, three orders passed by the same judge, revealed that the cops had revealed the identity of a child victim in the chargesheet. The judge also directed that the CD of the file, annexed with the chargesheet, should not have any mention of the child victim’s identity.

CBI takes over probe into alleged rape, murder of Shimla girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today took over the investigation of the alleged rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Shimla, and registered an FIR in the case which has triggered angry protests against the Himachal Pradesh government. The agency has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to be headed by a Superintendent of Police of the agency, CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said. The team also comprises an Additional SP and a Deputy SP. “It was alleged that a minor girl had gone to school on July 5, 2017 but did not return home. Her body was found in the morning of July 6 from a nearby forest. On a complaint lodged by her father with Police Station Kotkhai, District Shimla, the FIR was registered against unknown persons,” Gaur said about the case which has been filed under sections 302 (for murder) and 376 (for rape) of IPC, and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Under section 4 of POCSO, if convicted for the offence of sexual assault of a child, a person can be imprisoned for a minimum period of seven years, extendable to life. Gaur said after filing of the FIR this evening, the SIT left for the scene of the crime. The CBI will also probe a related case of the death of one of the six accused in the case, under alleged mysterious circumstances in police custody. It has registered a separate FIR for it. The post-mortem of accused Suraj, who died in police custody at Kotkhai police station, was conducted at IGMC Hospital here but the CBI has asked the state police not to hand over the body to his family members. The CBI took over the cases on the order of Himachal Pradesh High Court. Meanwhile, protests demanding justice for the murdered girl continued with protesters blocking the Hindustan-Tibet road in Theog, 32 kms from Shimla, for several hours as hundreds of vehicles were left stranded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan: 19-year-old kills girlfriend, tries to commit suicide in Jaipur

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old man killed his girlfriend by slitting her throat and then tried to commit suicide by hanging himself in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, the police said on Tuesday.Dilip Meena slit the throat of a minor girl when she came to his residence in Gayatri Nagar yesterday. He later attempted suicide, but he was saved by his family members, Investigating Officer Vishambhar Dayal said.He said that following a complaint girl’s uncle, a case has been registered against Meena under relevant sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The accused has been detained and is being interrogated, the officer said.

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.)

Three-year-old girl raped by school music teacher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her music teacher at her school in Aashiyana locality here, police said today.The accused was arrested yesterday. The incident came to light on Wednesday when the girl complained of uneasiness.The girl was taken to a private doctor, who suspected rape. The family members informed the school principal and also the police. A medical examination later confirmed rape.The accused teacher Pawan Gupta was arrested on rape charges and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) ACT, police said.

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.)

Indrani’s claim of being beaten up in jail true: doctor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea’s allegation of being beaten up by Byculla prison officials appears to be true, a senior medical officer of the state-run J J Hospital said today. Indrani, booked for rioting in the women’s prison here along with other inmates, two days back alleged that she was beaten up by jail officials and threatened of sexual assault after the death of a convict sparked protest in the prison. The former media executive’s lawyer later filed an application in a CBI court here alleging that Indrani was verbally abused by jail officials and the superintendent and was threatened of sexual assault for protesting against the death in jail. Special CBI judge J C Jagdale yesterday said that Indrani be first taken for a medical examination and later to a police station to file her complaint. “Indrani has received some blunt injuries and other (injuries) as well. Her claims of being beaten up appear to be true as per our check-up,” the medical officer of J J Hospital, where Indrani’s medical examination was conducted, told(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.

Bombay High Court refuses relief to rape victim who wanted to abort 26 week foetus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High court on Wednesday refused to grant relief to a Pune resident’s plea seeking permission for his 26-weeks-pregnant minor daughter, a rape survivor, to abort the foetus.A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Sarang Kotwal allowed the petitioner to withdraw his petition but granted liberty to him to file a petition seeking compensation under various government schemes. The petitioner withdrew the plea after the court opined that it was not inclined to grant any relief.The father of the victim claimed that his daughter was abducted and raped repeatedly by her neighbor when she was 17. Her pregnancy thus must not be forced on her, he argued and urged the court to uphold the girl’s right to life.According to the plea, on June 22, 2016, the girl left home for college but did not return. Her parents lodged a missing person complaint. The next day, they came to know that a man from their neighborhood was also missing.The parents and the police tried to contact both of them but their phones were not reachable. Eight months later, the police finally found them in Solapur.The man was arrested and charged with rape and abduction under the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. As per Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act does not permit abortion after 20 weeks.

Teenage girl gang-raped in bus in TN, three men held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two drivers and a conductor in a bus near here, the police said today. The three men, who allegedly committed the crime last night after halting the private bus at a village, were arrested today, 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 here yesterday. 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(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5-yr-old girl sexually assaulted in Bengaluru, ragpicker arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-year old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted and dumped in a semi-conscious state on a roadside here in the early hours today. Police said a ragpicker has been arrested in connection with the case.The incident occurred in K G Halli police station limits police said, adding, the girl was found by beat police patrolling the area. The girl with bleeding head injuries was immediately rushed to the state-run Bowring hospital, officials added. She has suffered several injuries.Additional Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru) Hemanth Nimbalkar said in the evening that a 24-year-old ragpicker has been arrested in connection with the case.Doctors treating the girl said she is currently under shock. “The girl was admitted at about 3.45 AM at our hospital. There are genital injuries like vaginal tear, her ring finger had been amputated… there is also a scalp injury and she is bleeding,” Dr Manjunath told reporters here.He said the girl was in shock and a bit disoriented.Prima facie it seemed like she has been sexually assaulted, he said, adding the sex abuse cell would conduct further tests in this regard and come to a conclusion.Stating that all her other health parameters are stable, doctors said the child is out of danger and is undergoing treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit.Police had registered a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and had formed three teams, including a technical team and a special team under the supervision of Ajay Hilory DCP (Bengaluru East) to investigate the case.Nimbalkar had earlier said after the doctors suspected sexual assault, the girl’s mother was traced and following her statement a case was registered.According to the mother the girl had gone out of the tent in which they were staying to attend to nature’s call and did not return.Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning K J George who visited the girl at the hospital called it a “heinous crime” and said the incident shames the entire society.He said she would be provided the bestmedical treatment possible and police would investigate and take action against the culprits at the earliest.

Two Thane kids stripped, paraded for ‘stealing’ food item

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two minor boys were stripped and paraded with garlands of slippers for allegedly stealing a food item from a sweet shop, police said today. The shop owner and his two sons were arrested after the shocking incident that took place in Prem Nagar area of Ulhasnagar township last night, they said. The children, aged 8 and 9 and hailing from different families, went to the neighbourhood shop where they picked up a packet of ‘chakli’ (a snack) without the owner’s permission and ate it. This angered the shop owner, Mehmood Pathan (69), police said. Mehmood, with help from his sons, caught hold of the duo and chopped off their hair. Not stopping at that, they allegedly stripped the minors, made them wear garlands of slippers and paraded them on the street as punishment. Annoyed over the humiliation and mistreatment of the children, their parents, who reside in the same locality, lodged a complaint with the Hill Line police. Based on the complaint, Mehmood and his sons Irfan (26) and Salim (22) were arrested around midnight, police said. The trio was booked under IPC Sections 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person), 500 (defamation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

In rare victory, Indian sex trafficking survivor gets compensation cash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Devi is a bubbly teenager who loves hip hop and belly dancing, and still nurtures her childhood dream to become a doctor, even after her life took a cruel turn when she was trafficked and sold for sex in Mumbai two years ago. “I want to study science after high school. I know it is difficult, but I have the will to study. I was only unsure of the money,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from a shelter where she has stayed since she was rescued. Now the money she needs has come through. A few weeks ago, the government of the western state of Maharashtra deposited 75,000 rupees ($1,150) into Devi’s bank account, making her a rare beneficiary of a compensation scheme for victims of sexual violence that has failed to compensate many trafficking survivors. She will receive another 225,000 rupees when she turns 18 next year. Thousands of people – largely poor, rural women and children – are lured to India’s towns and cities each year by traffickers who promise good jobs, but sell them into modern day slavery. Some end up as domestic workers, or forced to work in small industries such as textile workshops, farming or are pushed into brothels where they are sexually exploited. Maharashtra is one of the top destinations for trafficked children in the country. The state government is preparing to review a financial aid scheme it established in 2013 for victims of rape and acid attacks, and for children who have been sexually assaulted. Since its launch, Maharashtra has received 7,500 requests and offered payments to nearly 4,500 girls. Some claims were rejected while others have been held up for lack of funds, an official said. Adult trafficking victims have not been able to access compensation as perpetrators in such cases are charged under anti-trafficking laws – not rape laws, which is a requirement to get aid under the scheme. Yet trafficking victims under the age of 18 can be compensated if their cases are registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. A district office committee decides on compensation based on the report filed by police and the victim’s medical records. Maharashtra’s review of the scheme was directed by the Bombay High Court, which is hearing petitions challenging rules that exclude victims from the scheme, including one denying compensation to victims assaulted prior to the scheme’s launch. “You can’t have a cut-off date for this scheme. This is not how a welfare scheme works,” said Wesley Menezes, a lawyer fighting for compensation for a 13-year-old rape victim who was forced to marry her attacker in 2012, a year before the scheme was launched. Advocates for trafficking victims say the date rule has primarily impacted children. The International Justice Mission (IJM) helped in Devi’s case and it took two years, reams of paperwork and follow-ups with various government departments before the financial aid came in. “This is the first time compensation has come through for a case with our follow-up. We are now encouraged and are pursuing compensation for four to five other cases of minor victims who are eligible for compensation,” said Melissa Walavalkar, IJM’s director of justice solutions. ($1 = 64.2380 Indian rupees)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raped by stepfather repeatedly, 10-yr-old found pregnant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 10- year-old girl here was found to be five months pregnant after being raped repeatedly allegedly by her stepfather, police said today. The girl’s pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors when her mother took her to a hospital, they said. The police said that the accused, identified as Suresh, was arrested under section 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012. The family, originally hailing from Bihar, was residing at Durga Colony here, Rohtak DSP (City) Ramesh Kumar said. The mother, in a complaint lodged with the police, alleged that the girl’s stepfather had been raping her for a long time and threatened the girl of dire consequences if she dared to disclose it to anyone. The girl was admitted to PGIMS, Rohtak, police said, adding that they were probing further into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

E-platform to file sexual harassment cases expected this month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An e-platform that will enable women employees of the central government to file sexual harassment complaints online is likely to be launched this month. “We have worked vigorously in the last two-three years in this area. We are going to launch an online platform where women can file sexual harassment-related complaints,” Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop here. “We have just been waiting for the NIC (National Information Centre) to establish it. It (platform) should be here this month,” Gandhi, who was addressing heads of Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) of various ministries and departments, added. The decision to host an online platform for sexual harassment cases was taken by the WCD ministry last October after the minister received complaints from women employees from various ministries. The e-platform will be hosted on the WCD ministry’s website and the complaints will then be taken up with the respective ministries or departments. “We hope our ICCs work in such a way that hopefully, we won’t have the need for using such a platform to seek redressal. Also, we have had an e-box facility for the last one year for children to file complaints anonymously. We have received hundreds of cases through that and we have taken it up,” Gandhi said. The minister asked the heads of ICCs to deal with frivolous cases “very strictly” and “be careful”. Her ministry, too, received many such cases, she said. “I have zero tolerance for such frivolous cases,” Gandhi declared. In her opening address at the workshop, Gandhi also said, “Common bathrooms for males and females is a form of harassment.” Asked by reporters to elaborate, she said, “What I meant was that ICCs should also look at workplace management so it becomes a happier place for women.” “Sometimes, women do not want to go to a bathroom used by men. The ICC should extend its mandate to want better facilities for women, which will eventually cut down on feeling of unhappiness experienced by women.” She also urged representatives of all ministries to ensure compliance within their domain. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers constitute an internal complaints committee for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. The Union government has a strength of 30.87 lakh employees. According to the Census of Central Government Employees, 2011, women constitute 10.93 per cent of the total force.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maneka Gandhi to inaugurate workshop on sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Maneka Gandhi will inaugurate a workshop here tomorrow for internal complaint committees (ICCs) on sexual harassment of government ministries and departments. The move comes after several women employees wrote to the Women and Child Development Ministry about delays in getting their complaints about sexual harassment resolved. “The workshop is being held for capacity building of chairpersons of ICCs to ensure its effective implementation,” an official statement said. Gandhi had also announced an online portal to enable women employees of the Central government to voice their grievances in this regard online. The project, however, was shelved. Around 60 participants are likely to attend the workshop tomorrow. These will be mostly Chairpersons of Internal Complaints Committees constituted in all Central government ministries/departments. The training program is being organised in collaboration with the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers must constitute an internal complaints committee (ICC) for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. The Government of India has a total of 30.87 lakh employees. As per the Census of Central Government employees, 2011, women constitute 10.93 per cent of the total regular Central government employees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HP dists with higher sex ratio reported fewer sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Districts in Himachal Pradesh, where the sex ratio is higher, reported fewer sexual assault cases against women, according to a study by the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory here. The study was based on the trends of the sexual assault cases against women received in the laboratory between 2011 and 2015 for five districts in the state. According to the study, in the five districts under the central zone of the state — Mandi, Bilaspur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti, and Hamirpur — the number of sexual assault cases was higher where the number of women per thousand men was low. The Deputy Director of the laboratory, Rajesh Verma said out of about 400 cases, 42.5 per cent were from Mandi district, 28.6 per cent from Kullu, 14.8 per cent from Bilaspur, 12.5 per cent from Hamirpur and around 1.5 per cent from Lahaul and Spiti district. Sexual assault cases every year per lakh population were found to be the highest in Kullu district at 5.1, followed by Lahaul and Spiti at 3.9, Mandi at 3.3, Bilaspur at 3 and Hamirpur at 2.1. These figures made more sense when compared with the social indicators for these districts according to the 2011 census data. The study revealed that the strongest correlation was observed with the sex ratio (number of females per thousand males) in each district. There was a high negative correlation of these case figures with the sex ratio of the districts. It revealed that sexual assault cases tend to be lower in the districts where the sex ratio was higher. In Hamirpur district, where the average number of cases per year per lakh population was the lowest at 2.1, the sex ratio was the highest at 1,096 females per 1,000 males. As per the studies conducted by the Junga Forensic laboratory in Shimla, last year the average number of cases per year per lakh population in Kinnaur district was 6.1, which was the highest and the female population there was 818 per 1,000 males. Verma said a statistical model based on these trends was successful in estimating the number of sexual assault cases in all the districts of Himachal Pradesh and compared well with the figures reported. It was observed that the society where females were more in number and educated a lesser number in sexual assault cases were reported.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP govt to move HC for cancellation of Prajapati’s bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government will move the Allahabad High Court to seek cancellation of bail granted to former minister Gayatri Prajapati by a special court in a rape case, a top law officer said today, indicating fresh trouble for him. “The government is currently examining all relevant papers before challenging the bail order given by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in the case,” Advocate General Raghavendra Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rape accused ex-UP minister Gayatri Prajapati to walk free today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Gayatri Prajapati who was arrested in connection with a case of an alleged sexual assault of a minor girl, will walk out of district jail in Lucknow today. Prajapati was yesterday granted bail by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in connection with case. Two associates of Prajapati were also given bail. The court asked them to furnish two sureties of Rupees one lakh each and a personal bond of same amount as a condition of bail. Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from the Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF). The Samajwadi Party leader, who was also accused of allegedly raping the girl’s mother, evaded his arrest for nearly a month before he was arrested. In February, a police complaint had been filed against the former minister and six others in the case following the Supreme Court’s order. The Uttar Pradesh Police had also filed a non-bailable warrant against the former minister and six others for the same.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: Eight-year-old girl raped inside cab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a cab driver inside a vehicle in southern part of the city, police said today.The man lured the girl, a Class III student, with chocolate when she was playing in front of her house in Ballygunge Park area at about 7.30 pm on Friday.On hearing the girl screaming for help, a police patrol spotted the car in nearby Ballygunge Phari area and arrested the man who is a neighbour of the victim, a police official said.Medical tests on the girl confirmed rape, he said.The man has been charged with abduction and rape as well as provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, he said.

India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

Diplomat Pascal Mazurier, who was accused of raping his three-year-old daughter, was arrested in 2012.

Maharashtra: Five arrested for raping minor girl for eight months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Police on Friday arrested five persons including a 17-year-old for raping a minor girl for the last eight months in Bhayandar.The girl was gang raped on several occasions by eight men, including her boyfriend and his friends. She is now pregnant.The girl was friendly to a 20-year-old boy living in her locality since three years.Eight months ago, the boy asked her to accompany him to a secluded spot in Bhayandar.He raped her underneath a water tank after threatening to harm her parents and siblings.Three days after the sexual abuse, he called her to the same location and raped her again.He then called three of his friends, all known to the girl. They took turns to sexually abuse her.After sometime, her parents moved to another locality. On April 6, when the girl began vomiting her mother got suspicious. A medical test showed she was 45-days pregnant.On Thursday, the victim’s parents filed a police complaint. The police official said the other three are to be arrested. Two police teams have been formed to nab the accused.The eight accused have been booked for gang rape under Sections 376 (2), unnatural sex (377) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Police rapped for revealing identity of sexual offence victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city court has rebuked Delhi Police for blatantly violating the law on confidentiality by revealing the identity of minors subjected to sexual violence and their parents in a series of cases. Taking serious note of the names of the child victims and the names and addresses of their parents being mentioned in the charge sheets, Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh said “this is gross violation of the provision. Therefore, it is directed that the name and address of the child victim on the charge sheet be covered with fluid. “Similarly, address of her/his parents be also covered. The name and address of child victim shall remain in police file which shall be confidential.” The court was dealing with 14 cases of sexual offences from April 1 to April 7, ranging from rape, molestation, unnatural sex and stalking, in which the police filed charge sheets along with names, addresses and other details of the minors, disclosing their complete identities. The court was dealing with the cases lodged in various police stations of east Delhi, north east Delhi and Shahdara districts. The judge, who passed identical orders in these cases, also directed senior officers of Delhi Police to ensure protection of the victims’ identity. The court took serious note of the fact that the provisions of Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have been violated in various cases. It referred to the provision of POCSO Act which says that the identity of the child victim shall not be disclosed during course of investigation or trial and said that despite direction, the police has filed the charge sheet along with names and addresses of the minors. The court said this was a blatant violation of the provisions of confidentiality and directed the concerned Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to ensure that in future no charge sheet shall be filed disclosing name of the child victim. It also directed that the address of child’s parents should also not be disclosed as it may reveal the victim’s identity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC notice to WhatsApp Inc in sexual offence video blocking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has sought the response of US-based instant messaging application firm WhatsApp Inc in a matter relating to blocking of videos of sexual offences on social networking sites. The court, while making WhatsApp Inc a party in the matter, said that the petitioner might send a detailed e-mail to them to make a presentation, if possible through video conferencing, to assist the committee set up by the court to explore a technical solution to block such videos. The court’s order came after advocate Aparna Bhat, who is representing the petitioner, mentioned the matter before it seeking to make WhatsApp a party in the case. “On an oral request made by the counsel for the petitioner, WhatsApp Inc having office at 1601, Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, United States of America is made a party-respondent,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said. “Since the meetings pursuant to our earlier orders are being held on a day-to-day basis, (we) issue notice to WhatsApp Inc returnable on April 13,” the judges said. “In the meanwhile, the counsel for the petitioner may also send a detailed e-mail to the newly added respondent to make a presentation, if possible through video conferencing, to assist the committee,” they noted. The court had on March 22 constituted a committee comprising representatives from the Centre and Internet majors to explore a technical solution to block videos of sexual offences on social networking sites. It had given the nominees of Google India, Microsoft India, Yahoo India, Facebook and other internet intermediaries 15 days to meet and come up with a solution. The Centre had earlier informed the apex court that it would set up a specialised agency to block and curb sharing of sexual offence videos on social networking platforms. The court was hearing a letter sent to then Chief Justice of India H L Dattu by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala along with two rape videos in a pen drive. It had taken cognisance of its own of the letter about posting of those videos and had asked the CBI to launch an investigation with immediate effect to apprehend the culprits. The NGO’s letter had also mooted the idea of maintaining a national sex offenders’ register which should contain details of persons convicted for offences like eve-teasing, stalking, molestation and other sexual assaults. It had also suggested that the Ministry of Home Affairs should have a tie-up with YouTube and WhatsApp to ensure that such offensive videos are not uploaded and the culprits are punished.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man booked for raping minor girl,stepmother for abetting crime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today booked a man for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl at a village in Dombivili township of the district. They have also registered offences against the girl’s stepmother for abetting the crime, an officer at Manpada police station said. The victim lived with her father and stepmother at Golawali village in Dombivili East. When her father used to out for work, the stepmother would ask the man to come into the house and then she would leave the house locking the door from outside. The man lured the girl with chocolates, gave her money and allegedly raped her on several occasions in last three years, the police officer said. The two accused threatened the girl with dire consequences if she revealed about the offence to anybody, he said. Fed up with the torture, the girl today lodged a complaint with Manpada police under Kalyan division. The police registered offences against the man and the girl’s stepmother under IPC sections 376(2) (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) also relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, he said. No arrest has been made so far in this connection, the officer said adding that they are trying to find out details of the accused man and if he was related to the girl’s stepmother.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delayed by a year, JNU gender panel polls to be postponed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elections for JNU’s gender panel, dealing with complaints of sexual harassment, which have been delayed by a year are likely to be postponed to the next academic session following the ongoing turbulence on campus. The election to the post of student representatives of Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) are conducted in April every year. However, the polls could not be held last time as the sedition row leading to arrest of three students sparked a series of controversies on the campus. “We have been considering the conduct of the GSCASH elections for few months as it is a very crucial body but some or the other issue kept cropping up. We are not sure when they can be conducted next, it will have to be decided during a union meeting,” Mohit Pandey, President of JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said. The current academic session will come to an end in few weeks followed by examination in May. Hence, the polls are likely to be conducted in the next session only. Earlier, the election to GSCASH would coincide with the JNUSU polls. However, to maintain the sanctity of the gender panel as a non-political body, it was decided three years ago to hold the two polls separately. Though the election is not contested on the basis of organisation’s or a candidate’s political ideology, most of the candidates are supported by organisations within the campus. GSCASH, which works as an autonomous body, was constituted in 1999. Its three major functions are gender sensitisation and orientation, crisis management and mediation, and formal enquiry and redressal. The panel plays a crucial role as the university has received maximum number of sexual harassment complaints by any educational institution in Delhi in the last two years. As per the norms, the students’ union is supposed to approach the administration proposing the conduct of elections following which a date is decided for the same. Like the union polls, the entire process is managed by the students only. Some of the issues which have kept students and the JNU administration at loggerheads in recent months include the row over the February 9 event last year in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, a student going missing from campus, blocking of degrees of a few students for allegedly violating discipline norms, banning protests at varsity’s administration block and suspension of students for allegedly disrupting a council meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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