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Who killed the Hyderabad rape accused?

This is not the first time that guns and the bullet have been used to get at those labelled criminals. For Sajjanar, handling the high profile rape case of Hyderabad veterinary doctor, of the three ‘encounters’ of non-Maoists in Telangana in 10 years, two were led by the same cop

06 Dec 2019
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Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar 


The police officer from the Hyderabad police, was SP Warrangal ( Sajjanar), when three persons accused of throwing acid on two girls were shot dead in an encounter on December 12, 2008. Now at about 3 a.m. on December 6, 2019, media reports tell us that the ‘encounter of four accused’ in the rape and murder of the 27 year old veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad that had generated nationwide outrage is the third in 10 years in Telangana not involving Maoists by the same officer. The accused were reportedly taken to Chattapally, 30 km from Hyderabad, post-midnight in an attempt to recreate the crime scene when they allegedly tried to escape after attacking the police. Officials have been on record with sections of the media stating that the police fired at them in self-defence and killed all four on the spot.


2008 ‘encounter’ in acid attack case 

The first encounter dates back to December 12, 2008, when the Warangal police shot down, in cold blood, three persons allegedly accused of throwing acid on two girls. It was none other than present day Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar, who is handling the Hyderabad rape case, led the 2008 action as the SP of Warangal.

At that time 11 years ago too, the police had claimed that those ‘accused’ in the acid attack case were shot dead in self-defence as they had tried to attack the police and escape. According to the police, the trio was taken to a place near Muvunur where they had hidden the motorcycle used during the incident. But as soon as they neared the vehicle, the accused whipped out a revolver and knives hidden in the motorcycle and tried to attack the police.

Police had claimed that the men had asked the escort to stop to answer nature’s call and while reboarding the bus, tried to snatch weapons from the police. All five of them were killed in self-defence, police had said. The encounter took place a week after two SIMI activists shot dead four policemen while trying to escape a check post in Nalgonda district. Civil rights activists have however repeatedly claimed it was a staged encounter and that the five men were killed to avenge the death of the policemen.

Who killed the Hyderabad rape accused?

This is not the first time that guns and the bullet have been used to get at those labelled criminals. For Sajjanar, handling the high profile rape case of Hyderabad veterinary doctor, of the three ‘encounters’ of non-Maoists in Telangana in 10 years, two were led by the same cop

hyderabad cop
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar 


The police officer from the Hyderabad police, was SP Warrangal ( Sajjanar), when three persons accused of throwing acid on two girls were shot dead in an encounter on December 12, 2008. Now at about 3 a.m. on December 6, 2019, media reports tell us that the ‘encounter of four accused’ in the rape and murder of the 27 year old veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad that had generated nationwide outrage is the third in 10 years in Telangana not involving Maoists by the same officer. The accused were reportedly taken to Chattapally, 30 km from Hyderabad, post-midnight in an attempt to recreate the crime scene when they allegedly tried to escape after attacking the police. Officials have been on record with sections of the media stating that the police fired at them in self-defence and killed all four on the spot.


2008 ‘encounter’ in acid attack case 

The first encounter dates back to December 12, 2008, when the Warangal police shot down, in cold blood, three persons allegedly accused of throwing acid on two girls. It was none other than present day Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar, who is handling the Hyderabad rape case, led the 2008 action as the SP of Warangal.

At that time 11 years ago too, the police had claimed that those ‘accused’ in the acid attack case were shot dead in self-defence as they had tried to attack the police and escape. According to the police, the trio was taken to a place near Muvunur where they had hidden the motorcycle used during the incident. But as soon as they neared the vehicle, the accused whipped out a revolver and knives hidden in the motorcycle and tried to attack the police.

Police had claimed that the men had asked the escort to stop to answer nature’s call and while reboarding the bus, tried to snatch weapons from the police. All five of them were killed in self-defence, police had said. The encounter took place a week after two SIMI activists shot dead four policemen while trying to escape a check post in Nalgonda district. Civil rights activists have however repeatedly claimed it was a staged encounter and that the five men were killed to avenge the death of the policemen.

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All four accused in Hyderabad vet rape & shot dead

06 Dec 2019

Hyderabad Police Encounter

Hyderabad/New Delhi: The extra judicial killing took place at 3 am on Friday, close to where the accused had allegedly burnt the woman's body. The Cyberabad police has given this information to the media and world. According to police officials, the accused were taken to the crime scene to recreate the incident of the crime, when they reportedly tried to escape. 

 DCP Shamshabad Prakash Reddy said, “Cyberabad Police had brought the accused people to the crime spot for re-construction of the sequence of events. The accused snatched weapon and fired on police. In self defence, the police fired back, in which the accused were killed.”

The men were rushed to a nearby hospital but they succumbed to bullet injuries.  The father of the veterinarian said, “It has been 10 days to the day my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police and the government for this. My daughter's soul must be at peace now.”

Speaking to media, the sister of the Hyderabad vet said, "I am happy the four accused have been killed in an encounter. This incident would set an example. I thank the police and media for their support."

The men, identified as Mohammed (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.

The police alleged that one of the four accused had gestured to the other three to flee after attacking the cops. The four tried to run towards a deserted pathway when cops opened fire in self-defence, an official told The Indian Express. He added the accused were taken for the recce in the middle of the night “to avoid confrontation with the public, who are angry.”


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All four accused in Hyderabad vet rape & shot dead

Hyderabad Police Encounter

Hyderabad/New Delhi: The extra judicial killing took place at 3 am on Friday, close to where the accused had allegedly burnt the woman's body. The Cyberabad police has given this information to the media and world. According to police officials, the accused were taken to the crime scene to recreate the incident of the crime, when they reportedly tried to escape. 

 DCP Shamshabad Prakash Reddy said, “Cyberabad Police had brought the accused people to the crime spot for re-construction of the sequence of events. The accused snatched weapon and fired on police. In self defence, the police fired back, in which the accused were killed.”

The men were rushed to a nearby hospital but they succumbed to bullet injuries.  The father of the veterinarian said, “It has been 10 days to the day my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police and the government for this. My daughter's soul must be at peace now.”

Speaking to media, the sister of the Hyderabad vet said, "I am happy the four accused have been killed in an encounter. This incident would set an example. I thank the police and media for their support."

The men, identified as Mohammed (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.

The police alleged that one of the four accused had gestured to the other three to flee after attacking the cops. The four tried to run towards a deserted pathway when cops opened fire in self-defence, an official told The Indian Express. He added the accused were taken for the recce in the middle of the night “to avoid confrontation with the public, who are angry.”


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What criminals could not achieve has now been legitimised by the Court: December 6

06 Dec 2019

Babri demolition

The author visited Ayodhya one month after the demolition of Babri mosque by the RSS/Shiv Sena/BJP cadres. It presented a picture of carnage, devastation, criminal participation of the Indian State in it but there were also clear underlining signs that pointed to the fact that secularism was not dead in Ayodhya. But today, on the 27th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque I am not so sure, specially after the Supreme Court judgment on November 9, 2019, handing over the mosque site to those who had razed the mosque. The moral of the story is that what criminals could not achieve on December 6, 1992, has been legitimised by the highest court of justice of India.

The short report is being produced in full, courtesy The Sunday Times of India.

Publication Date: Jan 17, 1993

Publication Name: The Sunday Times of India, Delhi.

shamsul islam

December 6, 2019

Link for some of S. Islam's writings in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati and video interviews/debates:

http://du-in.academia.edu/ShamsulIslam

What criminals could not achieve has now been legitimised by the Court: December 6

Babri demolition

The author visited Ayodhya one month after the demolition of Babri mosque by the RSS/Shiv Sena/BJP cadres. It presented a picture of carnage, devastation, criminal participation of the Indian State in it but there were also clear underlining signs that pointed to the fact that secularism was not dead in Ayodhya. But today, on the 27th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque I am not so sure, specially after the Supreme Court judgment on November 9, 2019, handing over the mosque site to those who had razed the mosque. The moral of the story is that what criminals could not achieve on December 6, 1992, has been legitimised by the highest court of justice of India.

The short report is being produced in full, courtesy The Sunday Times of India.

Publication Date: Jan 17, 1993

Publication Name: The Sunday Times of India, Delhi.

shamsul islam

December 6, 2019

Link for some of S. Islam's writings in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati and video interviews/debates:

http://du-in.academia.edu/ShamsulIslam

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Unnao rape survivor set ablaze by accused!

She was on her way to the hearing in the case when an accused who was out on bail got together with his accomplices and set her on fire.

05 Dec 2019

Unnao Rape

In yet example of the impunity with which perpetrators intimidate and silence witnesses, a rape survivor from Unnao was set ablaze by a group of men who had raped her. Reports say that the rape accused and his friends took the woman outside her village, into the fields and doused her with petrol before setting her on fire.

The incident took place at Sindupur village under the Bihar Police station area on Thursday morning when she was on her way to Rai Bareilly for a hearing in the case. The victim has sustained 80% burns and has been admitted to the Trauma Center of the King George Medical University, Lucknow.

The accused are reported to be Shivam Trivedi, Shubham Trivedi, Harishankar Trivedi, Ramkishor Trivedi and Umesh Bajpayee. The police say that three of the men have been arrested and that the lookout for the other two is on. Out of the three accused, one is the man against who she had filed the rape charges in March this year.

SK Bhagat, senior police officer from Lucknow, told reporters , "In her FIR, the woman said that one of the two rape-accused was in relationship with her in 2018 but he physically exploited her, lured her with a marriage proposal. Later, he refused to get married and raped her with another friend." While registering the rape charges, she had also alleged that the men had made a video about the incident. One of the accused had been arrested but got out after getting bail on November 30 and allegedly decided to take revenge.

The Asian Age reports that after she was set on fire, she ran for a while before eyewitnesses saw her and informed the police. The police then sent her to the Community Health Centre from where she was sent to the district Shyama Prasad Mukherjee hospital, before being referred to Lucknow.
 

Reactions are pouring in, will justice too?

The gravity of the incident has shaken up the political class of Uttar Pradesh. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after the Congress wanted discussions on the incident. However, since the matter was not listen, Chairman of the House, N Venkaiah Naidu did not allow any discussion on the same. He later adjourned the House over the rising furore by the Opposition parties.

Republic World reported Sakshi Maharaj, Unnao MP and BJP leader as saying, "It is a very unfortunate incident and any amount on the condemnation is less. I had put in all my efforts when the rape case had occurred. The accused were sent to jail, not via Unnao, but Rae Bareli. They were granted bail a few days ago and today when the girl left her house at 4:30 AM, the accused had tried to kill her by setting her on fire. I hope that such accused should be hanged to death.”

The National Commission of Women too has taken suo-motu cognizance of the case and asked the UP police to take action on the same at the earliest.

 


UP CM Yogi Adityanath has said that the treatment expenses will be borne by the government and strict action will be taken against the accused.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too pulled up the UP government in her reaction. She tweeted that in the wake of such heinous crimes against women in UP, it was clear that the administration was lying of a good law and order situation in the state.


Sharad Pawar too implored the state and central government to take immediate action in the matter.
 


Advocate and MP Majeed Memon too spoke about the matter. In his tweet he said –

 


Shama Mohamed, Congress member also spoke about the negligence of the police to provide any protection to the victim in such an important case.

 


The incident of this 23-year-old woman in Unnao has come close on the heels of the rape and murder of the veterinary doctor in Hyderabad which enraged the country. It has been noted that the state and central governments have also not implemented the Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 recommendations that list out guidelines for women’s safety and making public spaces safer for women.

The country is demanding higher convictions in cases of crimes and stricter sentences for the accused. Will the police, the judiciary and the government take notice of the increasing incidents of crime against women in the country or will it react after it’s too late?

 


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Unnao rape survivor set ablaze by accused!

She was on her way to the hearing in the case when an accused who was out on bail got together with his accomplices and set her on fire.

Unnao Rape

In yet example of the impunity with which perpetrators intimidate and silence witnesses, a rape survivor from Unnao was set ablaze by a group of men who had raped her. Reports say that the rape accused and his friends took the woman outside her village, into the fields and doused her with petrol before setting her on fire.

The incident took place at Sindupur village under the Bihar Police station area on Thursday morning when she was on her way to Rai Bareilly for a hearing in the case. The victim has sustained 80% burns and has been admitted to the Trauma Center of the King George Medical University, Lucknow.

The accused are reported to be Shivam Trivedi, Shubham Trivedi, Harishankar Trivedi, Ramkishor Trivedi and Umesh Bajpayee. The police say that three of the men have been arrested and that the lookout for the other two is on. Out of the three accused, one is the man against who she had filed the rape charges in March this year.

SK Bhagat, senior police officer from Lucknow, told reporters , "In her FIR, the woman said that one of the two rape-accused was in relationship with her in 2018 but he physically exploited her, lured her with a marriage proposal. Later, he refused to get married and raped her with another friend." While registering the rape charges, she had also alleged that the men had made a video about the incident. One of the accused had been arrested but got out after getting bail on November 30 and allegedly decided to take revenge.

The Asian Age reports that after she was set on fire, she ran for a while before eyewitnesses saw her and informed the police. The police then sent her to the Community Health Centre from where she was sent to the district Shyama Prasad Mukherjee hospital, before being referred to Lucknow.
 

Reactions are pouring in, will justice too?

The gravity of the incident has shaken up the political class of Uttar Pradesh. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after the Congress wanted discussions on the incident. However, since the matter was not listen, Chairman of the House, N Venkaiah Naidu did not allow any discussion on the same. He later adjourned the House over the rising furore by the Opposition parties.

Republic World reported Sakshi Maharaj, Unnao MP and BJP leader as saying, "It is a very unfortunate incident and any amount on the condemnation is less. I had put in all my efforts when the rape case had occurred. The accused were sent to jail, not via Unnao, but Rae Bareli. They were granted bail a few days ago and today when the girl left her house at 4:30 AM, the accused had tried to kill her by setting her on fire. I hope that such accused should be hanged to death.”

The National Commission of Women too has taken suo-motu cognizance of the case and asked the UP police to take action on the same at the earliest.

 


UP CM Yogi Adityanath has said that the treatment expenses will be borne by the government and strict action will be taken against the accused.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too pulled up the UP government in her reaction. She tweeted that in the wake of such heinous crimes against women in UP, it was clear that the administration was lying of a good law and order situation in the state.


Sharad Pawar too implored the state and central government to take immediate action in the matter.
 


Advocate and MP Majeed Memon too spoke about the matter. In his tweet he said –

 


Shama Mohamed, Congress member also spoke about the negligence of the police to provide any protection to the victim in such an important case.

 


The incident of this 23-year-old woman in Unnao has come close on the heels of the rape and murder of the veterinary doctor in Hyderabad which enraged the country. It has been noted that the state and central governments have also not implemented the Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 recommendations that list out guidelines for women’s safety and making public spaces safer for women.

The country is demanding higher convictions in cases of crimes and stricter sentences for the accused. Will the police, the judiciary and the government take notice of the increasing incidents of crime against women in the country or will it react after it’s too late?

 


Related:

Violence against women – more than just a law & order problem
Reject culture of misogyny, democratise socio-cultural spaces: #Justice4RapeVictims
WCD Ministry offers up cookie-cutter answers to
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Sultanpur rape case: CJP moves NHRC citing lacunae in police investigation

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Sultanpur Rape Case: NHRC pulls up Uttar Pradesh police for negligence

The Commission has asked for a report from the U.P. police

05 Dec 2019

NHRC

NHRC has taken up the cudgels to ensure women’s safety in the country, as it recently asked state governments as well as the Centre to submit SOP on women’s safety measures. It is proving to be a strong entity and nodal agency for human rights and is actively taking cognizance of issues, something that is expected of a body of its stature and standing. On the same lines, it has proceeded with an inquiry in a rape case in Sultanpur, which missed the public eye but a complaint from CJP will hopefully culminate into justice for the victim.

On October 1, CJP had filed a petition before the NHRC to bring to its notice the blatant inaction and alleged representation of false facts by the police in Sultanpur District, Uttar Pradesh. The petition emphasized that “the police, clearly failed to follow protocol in terms of primary investigation and on top of that are making false claims with respect to the post mortem and are representing false facts and the reason for the same is still unknown.”


Background

On September 10, villagers from Baijapur in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh woke up to the mutilated body of a young girl hung from a tree, not much unlike the Badaun rape case. The incident was also reminiscent of the Nirbhaya rape case given how a stick had been inserted in the victim’s private parts.

Though media reportage on the matter has ranged between nil to limited, CJP has been following the case ever since it came to light. Some examples of the possible instances of investigative lacunae up are as follows:

  1. The police allegedly recorded an FIR attributing the information to the owner of the field where the body was discovered. However, the man later claimed in an interview to a local journalist that he was not the one to discover the body. He also said that he was not given a copy of the FIR.
  2. The post mortem was allegedly not conducted within 24 hours of the body being discovered, leading to possible loss of key forensic information.
  3. The post mortem found several serious injuries to the victim’s private parts including tears in her uterus, but these were not mentioned by the police in their public statement where they only limited themselves to talking about strangulation as the cause of death, purportedly to put a shroud over the brutality of the crime, limiting it to just a murder case, when clearly there was a grievous sexual assault that preceded the victim’s eventual death.
  4. The police claimed that investigation was taking time as they were unable to identify the victim. However, the identity of the victim should never be a hurdle in conducting inquiries pertinent to the case.

The police investigations were proceeding at a snail’s pace in a case of such a heinous crime that needed a strong primary investigation in order to nab the culprits and also to identify the victim. Bu the lapses in procedure raised suspicions of deliberate delays and lapses and hence the NHRC was approached.


Status of the case

The case was registered by the NHRC on November 5 under Case No. 29482/24/70/2019WC. Action was taken on November 14 and an ‘Action Taken Report’ was called for by the Commission from the DGP (Director General of Police), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Commission has given the DGP, Uttar Pradesh time till December 29, failing which the Commission will be constrained to invoke coercive process under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act for personal appearance of concerned authorities. The next date of hearing is January 7, 2020.
 

Another petition

Closely related to this case, is the case of an eminent journalist in Sultanpur who was closely monitoring and reporting on the proceedings of this case and was eventually threatened by the Superintendent of Police (SP), Sultanpur for reporting on the police inaction. CJP approached the NHRC in this matter as well, the petition can be read here


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Sultanpur Rape Case: NHRC pulls up Uttar Pradesh police for negligence

The Commission has asked for a report from the U.P. police

NHRC

NHRC has taken up the cudgels to ensure women’s safety in the country, as it recently asked state governments as well as the Centre to submit SOP on women’s safety measures. It is proving to be a strong entity and nodal agency for human rights and is actively taking cognizance of issues, something that is expected of a body of its stature and standing. On the same lines, it has proceeded with an inquiry in a rape case in Sultanpur, which missed the public eye but a complaint from CJP will hopefully culminate into justice for the victim.

On October 1, CJP had filed a petition before the NHRC to bring to its notice the blatant inaction and alleged representation of false facts by the police in Sultanpur District, Uttar Pradesh. The petition emphasized that “the police, clearly failed to follow protocol in terms of primary investigation and on top of that are making false claims with respect to the post mortem and are representing false facts and the reason for the same is still unknown.”


Background

On September 10, villagers from Baijapur in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh woke up to the mutilated body of a young girl hung from a tree, not much unlike the Badaun rape case. The incident was also reminiscent of the Nirbhaya rape case given how a stick had been inserted in the victim’s private parts.

Though media reportage on the matter has ranged between nil to limited, CJP has been following the case ever since it came to light. Some examples of the possible instances of investigative lacunae up are as follows:

  1. The police allegedly recorded an FIR attributing the information to the owner of the field where the body was discovered. However, the man later claimed in an interview to a local journalist that he was not the one to discover the body. He also said that he was not given a copy of the FIR.
  2. The post mortem was allegedly not conducted within 24 hours of the body being discovered, leading to possible loss of key forensic information.
  3. The post mortem found several serious injuries to the victim’s private parts including tears in her uterus, but these were not mentioned by the police in their public statement where they only limited themselves to talking about strangulation as the cause of death, purportedly to put a shroud over the brutality of the crime, limiting it to just a murder case, when clearly there was a grievous sexual assault that preceded the victim’s eventual death.
  4. The police claimed that investigation was taking time as they were unable to identify the victim. However, the identity of the victim should never be a hurdle in conducting inquiries pertinent to the case.

The police investigations were proceeding at a snail’s pace in a case of such a heinous crime that needed a strong primary investigation in order to nab the culprits and also to identify the victim. Bu the lapses in procedure raised suspicions of deliberate delays and lapses and hence the NHRC was approached.


Status of the case

The case was registered by the NHRC on November 5 under Case No. 29482/24/70/2019WC. Action was taken on November 14 and an ‘Action Taken Report’ was called for by the Commission from the DGP (Director General of Police), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Commission has given the DGP, Uttar Pradesh time till December 29, failing which the Commission will be constrained to invoke coercive process under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act for personal appearance of concerned authorities. The next date of hearing is January 7, 2020.
 

Another petition

Closely related to this case, is the case of an eminent journalist in Sultanpur who was closely monitoring and reporting on the proceedings of this case and was eventually threatened by the Superintendent of Police (SP), Sultanpur for reporting on the police inaction. CJP approached the NHRC in this matter as well, the petition can be read here


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Violence against women – more than just a law & order problem

05 Dec 2019
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Jaya Bachchan’s and Swati Mahiwal's outbursts, in Parliament and outside, may be understandable but they also show that our politicians have run out of ideas. They treat all incidents of violence against women as simple 'law and order' problems. Both of them have not spoken up against the culture which degrades women and makes them secondary to men. Why would they speak when they 'celebrate' so 'joyously' all the festivities where women celebrate their secondary status, like the Karwa chowth, Bhaiya Dooj,Raakhi,Sankat Chowth etc. Not only this, do read the 'good books' of Gita Press, Gorakhpur, written by Goyanka ji, which describe how a woman should live, views best known in his 'Adarsh Bharatiya Naari'.

The seriousness of our Parliamentarians can be gauged from the fact that there were just a few, who wanted to speak on the issue of violent crimes against women – you could count them on your fingers. Where is the rest of the outrage?

Just asking for the accused to be handed over to the public for ‘lynching’ is the worst kind of response from a law-maker/legislator. Can those sitting in the Parliament and Assemblies really speak like this, utter words that promote and encourage the culture of mob-lynching?

Yes, we have failed to protect our people. We have failed to take action, not just in stopping crimes against women but in a host of other spheres, too. Or else, all those whose names are listed in the Panama papers would have been behind bars, but they enjoy not only popularity but also 'respect'. Our criticisms and campaigns are very selective and targeted. When you speak about corruption, you name Lalu Yadav but will not utter a word against the Ambanis or Bachchans!

We need to devote some time to think on these issues. Professionalise your forces and law enforcing agencies. As long as these agencies are just tools of the ruling parties; to harass those who are opponents or civil society organisations, independent journalists and activists, they will never be able to look at these issues from the perspective of human rights.

Unfortunately, human rights became the 'worst' term in this country and the right wing men and women (I include Patriarchal women in this) have abused human rights defenders and feminists. It will be the Human Rights defence that we all will need, including those Hindutva champions who have often abused them.

Once we respect the individual and her autonomy over her body, we will respect her right. However, that understanding will not come unless our leaders and those who are in public services and institutions educate themselves and their children, tell students that the past is not always great and glorious. Times have changed. Women are not just family guardians or caretakers, but are leaders, too, and need equal space in all sphere of life.

All public spaces will need women's representation. They will need to deal women's issues not merely as a gender’s issues but as human rights issues. And the more women emerge from social movements into these structures, the better it would be. I wish more and more women, active on the ground, become our law-makers so that we are saved from the idiotic ideas of those who are symbolically brought out from the 'powerful' families in the name of 'women'. We do not need people from the tinsel town to 'represent' us. In the last twenty years, more and more 'brands' are entering our Parliament, which reveals the deep antipathy of our political class towards people's representation. Political leaders have made politics apolitical by bringing into public life people these 'brands', who have no interest except for 'serving' themselves and protecting their money and other business deals. If parties are so interested in women's issues, let them give fair representation to women from all segments of life, including Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs and minorities, in these law-making processes but they will not do so. Tragedy is that parties like Samajwadi Party ensure that Jaya Bachchan is in the Rajya Sabha continuously for such a long period, but never ask her about her contribution towards the ideas that her party stands for. Either the party does not stand for socialist ideas or Jaya is not bothered about socialism and social justice, but her own self. But the problem is that once she leaves Samajwadi Party or the party is not willing to give her a ticket, others will be ready to embrace her. This is the biggest scandal. It will never allow people to come up from the grassroots or from the marginalised sections, to find a place in the power structure.

Indian law makers must come out of these lynch-mob ideas and encourage a gender audit of our laws and all the institutions in order to expedite the cases of violence against women. Fast track courts are important, as also the involvement of women in our police and other public services. As parliamentarians, they cannot show helplessness when they have been given all the power. It is a clear case of evading responsibility and accountability. Expedite the process, make your executive sensitive to the issue and fix a time frame for achieving the outcome, but do not jump to the idea of mob trial and mob justice. So many innocent lives have been lost to lynch mobs and mob trials. .It is time we focus on sharpening our laws and ensuring that police and other agencies do their work efficiently and take the cases to logical conclusion in a fixed time frame work.

 

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Violence against women – more than just a law & order problem

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Jaya Bachchan’s and Swati Mahiwal's outbursts, in Parliament and outside, may be understandable but they also show that our politicians have run out of ideas. They treat all incidents of violence against women as simple 'law and order' problems. Both of them have not spoken up against the culture which degrades women and makes them secondary to men. Why would they speak when they 'celebrate' so 'joyously' all the festivities where women celebrate their secondary status, like the Karwa chowth, Bhaiya Dooj,Raakhi,Sankat Chowth etc. Not only this, do read the 'good books' of Gita Press, Gorakhpur, written by Goyanka ji, which describe how a woman should live, views best known in his 'Adarsh Bharatiya Naari'.

The seriousness of our Parliamentarians can be gauged from the fact that there were just a few, who wanted to speak on the issue of violent crimes against women – you could count them on your fingers. Where is the rest of the outrage?

Just asking for the accused to be handed over to the public for ‘lynching’ is the worst kind of response from a law-maker/legislator. Can those sitting in the Parliament and Assemblies really speak like this, utter words that promote and encourage the culture of mob-lynching?

Yes, we have failed to protect our people. We have failed to take action, not just in stopping crimes against women but in a host of other spheres, too. Or else, all those whose names are listed in the Panama papers would have been behind bars, but they enjoy not only popularity but also 'respect'. Our criticisms and campaigns are very selective and targeted. When you speak about corruption, you name Lalu Yadav but will not utter a word against the Ambanis or Bachchans!

We need to devote some time to think on these issues. Professionalise your forces and law enforcing agencies. As long as these agencies are just tools of the ruling parties; to harass those who are opponents or civil society organisations, independent journalists and activists, they will never be able to look at these issues from the perspective of human rights.

Unfortunately, human rights became the 'worst' term in this country and the right wing men and women (I include Patriarchal women in this) have abused human rights defenders and feminists. It will be the Human Rights defence that we all will need, including those Hindutva champions who have often abused them.

Once we respect the individual and her autonomy over her body, we will respect her right. However, that understanding will not come unless our leaders and those who are in public services and institutions educate themselves and their children, tell students that the past is not always great and glorious. Times have changed. Women are not just family guardians or caretakers, but are leaders, too, and need equal space in all sphere of life.

All public spaces will need women's representation. They will need to deal women's issues not merely as a gender’s issues but as human rights issues. And the more women emerge from social movements into these structures, the better it would be. I wish more and more women, active on the ground, become our law-makers so that we are saved from the idiotic ideas of those who are symbolically brought out from the 'powerful' families in the name of 'women'. We do not need people from the tinsel town to 'represent' us. In the last twenty years, more and more 'brands' are entering our Parliament, which reveals the deep antipathy of our political class towards people's representation. Political leaders have made politics apolitical by bringing into public life people these 'brands', who have no interest except for 'serving' themselves and protecting their money and other business deals. If parties are so interested in women's issues, let them give fair representation to women from all segments of life, including Dalits, Adivasis, OBCs and minorities, in these law-making processes but they will not do so. Tragedy is that parties like Samajwadi Party ensure that Jaya Bachchan is in the Rajya Sabha continuously for such a long period, but never ask her about her contribution towards the ideas that her party stands for. Either the party does not stand for socialist ideas or Jaya is not bothered about socialism and social justice, but her own self. But the problem is that once she leaves Samajwadi Party or the party is not willing to give her a ticket, others will be ready to embrace her. This is the biggest scandal. It will never allow people to come up from the grassroots or from the marginalised sections, to find a place in the power structure.

Indian law makers must come out of these lynch-mob ideas and encourage a gender audit of our laws and all the institutions in order to expedite the cases of violence against women. Fast track courts are important, as also the involvement of women in our police and other public services. As parliamentarians, they cannot show helplessness when they have been given all the power. It is a clear case of evading responsibility and accountability. Expedite the process, make your executive sensitive to the issue and fix a time frame for achieving the outcome, but do not jump to the idea of mob trial and mob justice. So many innocent lives have been lost to lynch mobs and mob trials. .It is time we focus on sharpening our laws and ensuring that police and other agencies do their work efficiently and take the cases to logical conclusion in a fixed time frame work.

 

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No country for children: 35-year-old rapes, murders 8-year-old in Karnataka

The accused approached the girl near her school and lured her away with chocolates

04 Dec 2019

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In a matter of utmost shame, after the heinous rape and murder of the 27 –year-old veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad, news of the alleged rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Karnataka has emerged.

The horrifying incident of child sexual abuse and murder surfaced in Karnataka’s Kalaburgi on Monday evening when the police found the body of an 8-year-old girl near a storm water drain which was found after a search operation since the girl had gone missing.

The Kalaburgi police have arrested a 35-year-old man from the same village in connection with the incident. The girl who was absent from school on Monday morning, was seen with the man, Yellappa, by some villagers. He had allegedly gone to the government school where she studies in grade 2 and lured her by offering to buy her a chocolate. After the girl did not return home at 4.30 pm as usual, her worried parents rushed to school to enquire about their daughter only to be informed that she hadn’t come to school. The teachers thought she had taken the day off.

The parents then rushed to Sulepet police station where they filed a missing persons report. A team of six police officers was formed to look for her and the parents too formed a search party along with the residents of the village. At around 7.30 PM, the residents found a dress near a plot next to the storm water drain, which looked like it belonged to a little girl. They spotted the body in the canal of the Mullamari irrigation project located behind the Anganwadi centre in the village.

The police told The News Minute that the girl’s throat had been slit and she was stabbed multiple times. “We found a pair of men’s underwear near the girl’s body. When we found Yellappa, he was near the village square. His clothes were bloody and he was drunk. He was drunk when he abducted the girl. We took him into custody and questioned him,” Sulepet Police told TNM.

According to reports by TNM, Yellappa confessed to sexually assaulting and then murdering the girl. “When we arrested him, he kept saying that she did not listen to him. He was incoherent. After he became sober, we questioned him once more and he confessed to sexually assaulting and killing the girl,” the police added.

Kalaburagi Superintendent of Police Lada Martin Marbaniang confirmed the incident to IndianExpress.com and said, “A case has been registered on Monday and we are investigating.”He also said that the medical examination would confirm the details including the cause of death, but they had booked Yellappa for rape and murder and their investigation was oriented towards the same as the girl was found partially disrobed with marks of strangulation on her body.

The Sulepet police have booked Yellappa under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and sections 3(b)(2) (penetrative sexual assault) and 6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the POCSO Act.

According to a report by the Economic Times, the Union government has proposed to set up a total of 1.023 fast-track special courts to speed-up trials of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the nation. These courts are supposed to give verdicts to at least 165 cases per year. Out of the 1,023, 389 courts are to exclusively handle cases registered under the POCSO Act.

The Department of Justice had earmarked a total budget of Rs. 767.25 crore for the same and Rs. 474 crore for one year would be given by the Centre from the Nirbhaya Fund which was created by the Centre in 2013 after the monstrous rape and murder of a student in Delhi.

However, it has come to light that the Nirbhaya Fund that has a corpus of Rs. 10 billion, has been utilized by only 4 out of the 12 states that were granted funds. What are the states doing with the money if not utilizing it for what it was meant?

According to the last statistics in 2016, over 90,000 cases registered under the POCSO Act were pending trial. 36,022 cases had been registered in 2016 itself and 15,283 were pending investigation.

The Crime in India 2017 report by the National Crime Records Bureau in October 2019, show that violence against women has risen by 83% since 2007. It mentioned that 43.2% of rape survivors were minors, under the age of 18.

If one checks news reports, there are more than 6 cases in November alone were minors were raped all over the country. Just this week, we reported of how a rape bid on a 4year-old by a 35 year-old man was thwarted in Nagpur. The Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 had made some recommendations to make public spaces safe for women, even those have not been completely implemented.

On paper, everything has been listed out elaborately. On the ground, there has been no implementation made and the proof is for everyone to see. Public outrage will only do so much, but whom does the onus really lie on?


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No country for children: 35-year-old rapes, murders 8-year-old in Karnataka

The accused approached the girl near her school and lured her away with chocolates

child rape

In a matter of utmost shame, after the heinous rape and murder of the 27 –year-old veterinarian doctor in Hyderabad, news of the alleged rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Karnataka has emerged.

The horrifying incident of child sexual abuse and murder surfaced in Karnataka’s Kalaburgi on Monday evening when the police found the body of an 8-year-old girl near a storm water drain which was found after a search operation since the girl had gone missing.

The Kalaburgi police have arrested a 35-year-old man from the same village in connection with the incident. The girl who was absent from school on Monday morning, was seen with the man, Yellappa, by some villagers. He had allegedly gone to the government school where she studies in grade 2 and lured her by offering to buy her a chocolate. After the girl did not return home at 4.30 pm as usual, her worried parents rushed to school to enquire about their daughter only to be informed that she hadn’t come to school. The teachers thought she had taken the day off.

The parents then rushed to Sulepet police station where they filed a missing persons report. A team of six police officers was formed to look for her and the parents too formed a search party along with the residents of the village. At around 7.30 PM, the residents found a dress near a plot next to the storm water drain, which looked like it belonged to a little girl. They spotted the body in the canal of the Mullamari irrigation project located behind the Anganwadi centre in the village.

The police told The News Minute that the girl’s throat had been slit and she was stabbed multiple times. “We found a pair of men’s underwear near the girl’s body. When we found Yellappa, he was near the village square. His clothes were bloody and he was drunk. He was drunk when he abducted the girl. We took him into custody and questioned him,” Sulepet Police told TNM.

According to reports by TNM, Yellappa confessed to sexually assaulting and then murdering the girl. “When we arrested him, he kept saying that she did not listen to him. He was incoherent. After he became sober, we questioned him once more and he confessed to sexually assaulting and killing the girl,” the police added.

Kalaburagi Superintendent of Police Lada Martin Marbaniang confirmed the incident to IndianExpress.com and said, “A case has been registered on Monday and we are investigating.”He also said that the medical examination would confirm the details including the cause of death, but they had booked Yellappa for rape and murder and their investigation was oriented towards the same as the girl was found partially disrobed with marks of strangulation on her body.

The Sulepet police have booked Yellappa under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and sections 3(b)(2) (penetrative sexual assault) and 6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the POCSO Act.

According to a report by the Economic Times, the Union government has proposed to set up a total of 1.023 fast-track special courts to speed-up trials of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the nation. These courts are supposed to give verdicts to at least 165 cases per year. Out of the 1,023, 389 courts are to exclusively handle cases registered under the POCSO Act.

The Department of Justice had earmarked a total budget of Rs. 767.25 crore for the same and Rs. 474 crore for one year would be given by the Centre from the Nirbhaya Fund which was created by the Centre in 2013 after the monstrous rape and murder of a student in Delhi.

However, it has come to light that the Nirbhaya Fund that has a corpus of Rs. 10 billion, has been utilized by only 4 out of the 12 states that were granted funds. What are the states doing with the money if not utilizing it for what it was meant?

According to the last statistics in 2016, over 90,000 cases registered under the POCSO Act were pending trial. 36,022 cases had been registered in 2016 itself and 15,283 were pending investigation.

The Crime in India 2017 report by the National Crime Records Bureau in October 2019, show that violence against women has risen by 83% since 2007. It mentioned that 43.2% of rape survivors were minors, under the age of 18.

If one checks news reports, there are more than 6 cases in November alone were minors were raped all over the country. Just this week, we reported of how a rape bid on a 4year-old by a 35 year-old man was thwarted in Nagpur. The Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 had made some recommendations to make public spaces safe for women, even those have not been completely implemented.

On paper, everything has been listed out elaborately. On the ground, there has been no implementation made and the proof is for everyone to see. Public outrage will only do so much, but whom does the onus really lie on?


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NHRC, Delhi High Court spring into action, pull up governments on women’s safety measures, utilisation of Nirbhaya Fund

The executive has failed by not implementing policies and governments have failed to keep the executive in check as there is no monitoring of implementation being carried out. In this atmosphere, there is always room left for perpetrators of crime to dare to commit such heinous crimes as the preventive machinery in the State crumbles.

04 Dec 2019

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The NHRC has put itself on “high alert” mode after Hyderabad’s brutal rape case rocked the nation. The Commission has issued notices to the Centre and all States and Union Territories on December 2, seeking reports on SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to deal with cases of sexual assault, to be submitted within 6 weeks. The Commission has also asked for status reports on utilisation of the Nirbhaya fund in the last 3 years and details of availability of money in the fund.

The Nirbhaya fund which is administered by Ministry of Finance is a fund that can be utilised for projects of women safety and security. Any policies related to safety of women formulated by any State or UT can receive funding from the Nirbhaya fund after necessary approvals. It has a corpus of Rs. 10 billion.

The Commission noted in its statement, “The largest democracy of the world, which has adopted the longest written constitution and has a rich cultural heritage of gender equality, is today being criticised for having the most unsafe environment for women…“The incidents of rapes, molestation, gender based discrimination and other such atrocities against women have, unfortunately, become routine media headlines.”

The Commission also issued notices to Director-Generals of Police asking them about the best practices adopted to deal with cases of sexual abuse and details of the action taken against the police officers found insensitive and guilty of negligence. The Commission also went ahead and called for a detailed report from Ministry of Womenand child development for details on schemes or guidelines initiated and more importantly, the status of the implementation of the same.

Nirbhaya Fund utilization data

Data released by the Parliament recentlyrevealed that Maharashtra is the only State, among the large states, which has not used the Nirbhaya fund at all. Among the 12 states which were granted funds for the Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme, only 4 states utilised the fund.

This clearly shows that there has been no monitoring at the Centre’s end for implementation of these schemes and the States couldn’t care less for using this special fund for building a better, safer ecosystem for women.
 

Delhi High Court directions

The Delhi High Court has been monitoring policing in the State since after the Nirbhaya case of 2012. The Bench of Justices AnupJairamBhambhani and GS Sistani took cognisance of the current situation and issued certain directions to the government as well as the Delhi police.  The court has ordered police to deploy the cops at several vulnerable spots in the city and if possible to consider deploying women cops in plain clothes. The Court asked the central government, to look into augmenting manpower in Delhi Police in view of long duty hours and workload on the cops. The Court also asked the Delhi chief secretary to finds ways to utilise the vast sums of money accumulated in the Nirbhaya fund.

If cases like these are requisite to wake the authorities, the administration and the executive from their slumber then it speaks volumes about the kind of system we have built for women’s and children’s safety in the country and one can only be dismayed that such a crucial issue has become last priority for our government.

 

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NHRC, Delhi High Court spring into action, pull up governments on women’s safety measures, utilisation of Nirbhaya Fund

The executive has failed by not implementing policies and governments have failed to keep the executive in check as there is no monitoring of implementation being carried out. In this atmosphere, there is always room left for perpetrators of crime to dare to commit such heinous crimes as the preventive machinery in the State crumbles.

candle

The NHRC has put itself on “high alert” mode after Hyderabad’s brutal rape case rocked the nation. The Commission has issued notices to the Centre and all States and Union Territories on December 2, seeking reports on SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to deal with cases of sexual assault, to be submitted within 6 weeks. The Commission has also asked for status reports on utilisation of the Nirbhaya fund in the last 3 years and details of availability of money in the fund.

The Nirbhaya fund which is administered by Ministry of Finance is a fund that can be utilised for projects of women safety and security. Any policies related to safety of women formulated by any State or UT can receive funding from the Nirbhaya fund after necessary approvals. It has a corpus of Rs. 10 billion.

The Commission noted in its statement, “The largest democracy of the world, which has adopted the longest written constitution and has a rich cultural heritage of gender equality, is today being criticised for having the most unsafe environment for women…“The incidents of rapes, molestation, gender based discrimination and other such atrocities against women have, unfortunately, become routine media headlines.”

The Commission also issued notices to Director-Generals of Police asking them about the best practices adopted to deal with cases of sexual abuse and details of the action taken against the police officers found insensitive and guilty of negligence. The Commission also went ahead and called for a detailed report from Ministry of Womenand child development for details on schemes or guidelines initiated and more importantly, the status of the implementation of the same.

Nirbhaya Fund utilization data

Data released by the Parliament recentlyrevealed that Maharashtra is the only State, among the large states, which has not used the Nirbhaya fund at all. Among the 12 states which were granted funds for the Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme, only 4 states utilised the fund.

This clearly shows that there has been no monitoring at the Centre’s end for implementation of these schemes and the States couldn’t care less for using this special fund for building a better, safer ecosystem for women.
 

Delhi High Court directions

The Delhi High Court has been monitoring policing in the State since after the Nirbhaya case of 2012. The Bench of Justices AnupJairamBhambhani and GS Sistani took cognisance of the current situation and issued certain directions to the government as well as the Delhi police.  The court has ordered police to deploy the cops at several vulnerable spots in the city and if possible to consider deploying women cops in plain clothes. The Court asked the central government, to look into augmenting manpower in Delhi Police in view of long duty hours and workload on the cops. The Court also asked the Delhi chief secretary to finds ways to utilise the vast sums of money accumulated in the Nirbhaya fund.

If cases like these are requisite to wake the authorities, the administration and the executive from their slumber then it speaks volumes about the kind of system we have built for women’s and children’s safety in the country and one can only be dismayed that such a crucial issue has become last priority for our government.

 

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Revisiting the Justice Verma Committee report of 2013: #JusticeForRapeVictims

Had the recommendations of the report been seriously considered and implemented, the Delhi crime may have been prevented in Hyderabad.

03 Dec 2019

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In the wake of the recent case of the most brutal rape-murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, attacked and killed when returning home after work, the question of the safety of women in India has yet again generated heated debate. In 2013, the Justice Verma Committee recommended better street lighting, 24/7 public transport, more alert and gender sensitive policing, an end to victim blaming, and changes in law.

Now, six years later, is there away this outrage of citizens actually compels the government to implement Justice Verma Committee's recommendations?

It is time one revisits the Justice Verma Committee report that was submitted after the Delhi gang rape case of 2012. Public debate, confined as it is to momentary responses on twitter and Facebook rarely go below the surface. For instance, it is not widely known that not all recommendations of the report were implemented though the criminal law was amended.

Some other key recommendations made in the report regarding improvement of safety measures to prevent such crimes from happening, would, if they had been effectively implemented, prevented the loss of life and such a brutal dual crime in Hyderabad.
 

Current Outrage

Parliament, social media and the streets, India has, just like in 2012 with the Nirbhaya case, burst forth in anger: #JusticeForRapeVictims Trending hastags and statements by parliamentarians urging authorities to come down on the criminals with an iron-fisted approach have hogged headlines. Apart from the rape-murder of the Hyderabad vet last Friday, a series of 5 deadly rape cases were reported from different corners of the country in a period of two days – all pointing to violent crimes against women and girls on the rise across India.

Tamil Nadu:A 32-year-old widow, from Neyveli in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, was gangraped by five men on her way home from grocery shopping, on Thursday, a day before the Hyderabad crime. One of the five accused was killed by the other rapists, after he got into a fight with them over his turn to rape the victim.

Tamil Nadu: A twenty-year-old Dalit woman, Roja, was raped and murdered in Kancheepuram. The  body of a 20-year-old was found in the bushes in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu by shepherds who saw her carcass on the evening of 26th November. They alerted the village administration and the police came to recover her body – but it was completely decomposed by the time any action was taken.

Punjab: An auto-rickshaw driver was arrested for kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl who was abandoned by her aunt at Chandigarh Railway Station, Punjab Police said on November29. Urmila Devi, Sub-Inspector of the Government Railway Police (GRP), told ANI, “A girl was allegedly abandoned by her aunt on Chandigarh Railway Station. A case has been registered under POSCO Act.

Gujarat: On the night of November 28, a 14-year-old girl who was out with her 16-year-old male friend, was raped by two men near Navlakhi Compound, Vadodara. The two rapists approached the pair of friends posing as policemen and picked a fight with them. When the victim and her friend began moving away, the rapists thrashed the boy and dragged the girl into a compound, asking her if she had any valuables such as gold ornaments or an expensive mobile phone. When she refused, they took turns to rape her. The girl’s friend informed the police immediately and they found her lying on a cricket ground located near the western end of Navlakhi Compound. The medical examination confirmed that she was sexually assaulted several times and bore injuries on her private parts. The rapist duo is still absconding.

 Jharkand: A 25-year-old law student was abducted and gang raped by 12 men at gunpoint at a brick kiln near Ranchi’s high-security zone this week. According to a report, all 12 accused have confessed to the crime. As per the FIR lodged by the victim at Kanke police station, the incident happened at around 5.30 pm on November 26 when she was with a friend in the city outskirts.

Maharashtra:A 35-year-old man was paraded naked on Sunday evening by people for trying to rape a four-year-old girl at her house in Pardi area of Nagpur in Maharashtra, the Asian Age reported. The police said that the accused, Jawahar Vaidya, a daily cash collection agent for a co-operative society bank, was thrashed, had his hands tied by a rope and paraded naked on the streets before being handed over to them.

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About the Committee and the report

The Justice Verma Committee was constituted through a Government of India Notification dated December 23, 2012 to look into possible amendments of the Criminal Law to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women. This was on the back of the nationwide outrage over the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape in Delhi.

The Committee submitted the report within 30 days of its constitution, on January 23, 2012. The urgency of the report was that the Committee was formed in the aftermath of the brutal case of gang rape in Delhi in December 2012. The Committee was headed by Justice J.S. Verma (Retd) and had two other members, namely, Justice Leila Seth (Retd) and Mr. Gopal Subramanium.

The report started with a quote of Mahatma Gandhi which is pertinent to be noted here,

“Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him. She is entitled to a supreme place in her own sphere of activity as man is in his. This ought to be the natural condition of things and not as a result only of learning to read and write. By sheer force of a vicious custom, even the most ignorant and worthless men have been enjoying a superiority over woman which they do not deserve and ought not to have. Many of our movements stop half way because of the condition of our women”

 

The Verma Committee report is a comprehensive document on the issue of rape, sexual assault, trafficking of women and children, child sexual abuse and honour killings, especially in terms of definition, references made from international conventions as well as international case laws.

The report notes that, “even though a government may enjoy popular public will, unless and until its actions are informed by constitutionalism, it will be unable to discharge the obligations towards citizens which are guaranteed under the Constitution.  The way in which these rights are made visible in life, society, and on a practical and continual basis, is the obligation of the State. This cannot be more telling in the context of women, their rights and their empowerment.”
 

The Justice Verma Committee recommendations

There are some extremely crucial recommendations that were made in the report apart from definitions and prescription of punishments. The Report had also made some suggestions with respect to safety measures that will play a precautionary role, which will altogether prevent such crimes from occurring in the first place. The report held, “Apart from having an efficient and honest law and order machinery, it is necessary that certain basic measures regarding provision of civic amenities be undertaken by the State, so as to minimise opportunities for the perpetrators of the crimes.”

Some recommendations made in the report pertaining to safety measures:

  1. State should undertake the task of providing well-lit roads, streets and other common spaces to the citizens.

  2. At night women have to get out of their houses to use sanitation facilities and these moments are abused by anti-social element and hence issue of provision of adequate sanitation facilities in villages and urban areas has to be considered urgently.

  3. Directions given by the Supreme Court in respect of use of dark film on car windows need to be implemented strictly as the use of black films upon the vehicles gives immunity to the violators in committing a crime and is used as a tool of criminality, considerably increasing criminal activities.

  4. The central government had issued a memorandum dated September 4, 2009  to all state governments titled “Advisory on Crime against Women” which include some pertinent points, gender sensitization of the police personnel, adopting appropriate measures for swift and salutary punishment to public servants found guilty of custodial violence against women, minimizing delays in investigations of murder, rape and torture of women and improving its quality, setting up a ‘crime against women cell’ in districts where they do not exist, providing adequate counselling centres and shelter homes for women who have been victimized, setting up of special women courts, and improving the effectiveness of schemes developed for the welfare and rehabilitation of women who are victimized with greater emphasis on income generation to make the women more independent and self-reliant.

  5. The Advisory also asked concerned state departments to take suitable steps to increase number of beat constables specially on sensitive roads, increase number of police help booth/kiosks specially in remote and lonely stretches, increase police patrolling specially during the night, increase in number of women police officers in mobile police vans, set up telephone booths for easy access to police, install people friendly street lights on all roads, ensure street lights are working.

  6. All public transport, after 5.30 pm until 7.30 am must have a security person, they must be well-lit, they must have drivers who are security vetted by local road transport authority and they must have a good character certificate from two known persons in the city.

  7. Make it mandatory for the bus owners (or State Road Transport Corporations) to display, in good light, the bus numbers as well as the name, age and address of the drivers along with their photographs and contact numbers.  It should be displayed within the bus and should always be visible on the outside of the bus as well.

  8. All buses to have CCTV cameras in Metro cities

  9. All buses to be fitted with tamper-proof GPS systems.

  10. There should be downloadable mobile phone applications so that citizens can, with one click or touch, send distress signals to the police.

About well-lit roads, the report said that it is nothing but common sense that crime hides in darkness and eradication of darkness is an easy way to eradicate crime. The Committee also expressed its despair that the central and the state governments were unable to even implement most basic safety measures with any amount of efficacy.
 

Adoption of the recommendations

Whenever a Committee is formed under the instructions of the government, the Committee makes a comprehensive report with recommendations. Albeit, these recommendations are not binding on the government and it is at liberty only consider a few of the suggestions, modify the same and use the report as a guiding document. Hence, although the Justice Verma Committee report, a well-researched document, is available with the government, it is now gathering dust and the recommendations made therein which still remain relevant even after 6 years, the same have not been implemented. The price, however, is being paid by the women of this country, as the government, the administration, the executive have all failed to safeguard them despite of having a list of “things to-do”.

Maybe it’s time the government realises that having a fast track court hear the Hyderabad case is only a piece meal approach being used to pacify public furore and what it needs to do is dust off the Justice Verma Report and issue strict and time bound advisories to state governments for implementing some of the most relevant recommendations which will go a long way in ensuring women safety in India.

The Complete report may be read here.

pdf

 

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Had the recommendations of the report been seriously considered and implemented, the Delhi crime may have been prevented in Hyderabad.

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In the wake of the recent case of the most brutal rape-murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, attacked and killed when returning home after work, the question of the safety of women in India has yet again generated heated debate. In 2013, the Justice Verma Committee recommended better street lighting, 24/7 public transport, more alert and gender sensitive policing, an end to victim blaming, and changes in law.

Now, six years later, is there away this outrage of citizens actually compels the government to implement Justice Verma Committee's recommendations?

It is time one revisits the Justice Verma Committee report that was submitted after the Delhi gang rape case of 2012. Public debate, confined as it is to momentary responses on twitter and Facebook rarely go below the surface. For instance, it is not widely known that not all recommendations of the report were implemented though the criminal law was amended.

Some other key recommendations made in the report regarding improvement of safety measures to prevent such crimes from happening, would, if they had been effectively implemented, prevented the loss of life and such a brutal dual crime in Hyderabad.
 

Current Outrage

Parliament, social media and the streets, India has, just like in 2012 with the Nirbhaya case, burst forth in anger: #JusticeForRapeVictims Trending hastags and statements by parliamentarians urging authorities to come down on the criminals with an iron-fisted approach have hogged headlines. Apart from the rape-murder of the Hyderabad vet last Friday, a series of 5 deadly rape cases were reported from different corners of the country in a period of two days – all pointing to violent crimes against women and girls on the rise across India.

Tamil Nadu:A 32-year-old widow, from Neyveli in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, was gangraped by five men on her way home from grocery shopping, on Thursday, a day before the Hyderabad crime. One of the five accused was killed by the other rapists, after he got into a fight with them over his turn to rape the victim.

Tamil Nadu: A twenty-year-old Dalit woman, Roja, was raped and murdered in Kancheepuram. The  body of a 20-year-old was found in the bushes in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu by shepherds who saw her carcass on the evening of 26th November. They alerted the village administration and the police came to recover her body – but it was completely decomposed by the time any action was taken.

Punjab: An auto-rickshaw driver was arrested for kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl who was abandoned by her aunt at Chandigarh Railway Station, Punjab Police said on November29. Urmila Devi, Sub-Inspector of the Government Railway Police (GRP), told ANI, “A girl was allegedly abandoned by her aunt on Chandigarh Railway Station. A case has been registered under POSCO Act.

Gujarat: On the night of November 28, a 14-year-old girl who was out with her 16-year-old male friend, was raped by two men near Navlakhi Compound, Vadodara. The two rapists approached the pair of friends posing as policemen and picked a fight with them. When the victim and her friend began moving away, the rapists thrashed the boy and dragged the girl into a compound, asking her if she had any valuables such as gold ornaments or an expensive mobile phone. When she refused, they took turns to rape her. The girl’s friend informed the police immediately and they found her lying on a cricket ground located near the western end of Navlakhi Compound. The medical examination confirmed that she was sexually assaulted several times and bore injuries on her private parts. The rapist duo is still absconding.

 Jharkand: A 25-year-old law student was abducted and gang raped by 12 men at gunpoint at a brick kiln near Ranchi’s high-security zone this week. According to a report, all 12 accused have confessed to the crime. As per the FIR lodged by the victim at Kanke police station, the incident happened at around 5.30 pm on November 26 when she was with a friend in the city outskirts.

Maharashtra:A 35-year-old man was paraded naked on Sunday evening by people for trying to rape a four-year-old girl at her house in Pardi area of Nagpur in Maharashtra, the Asian Age reported. The police said that the accused, Jawahar Vaidya, a daily cash collection agent for a co-operative society bank, was thrashed, had his hands tied by a rope and paraded naked on the streets before being handed over to them.

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About the Committee and the report

The Justice Verma Committee was constituted through a Government of India Notification dated December 23, 2012 to look into possible amendments of the Criminal Law to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women. This was on the back of the nationwide outrage over the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape in Delhi.

The Committee submitted the report within 30 days of its constitution, on January 23, 2012. The urgency of the report was that the Committee was formed in the aftermath of the brutal case of gang rape in Delhi in December 2012. The Committee was headed by Justice J.S. Verma (Retd) and had two other members, namely, Justice Leila Seth (Retd) and Mr. Gopal Subramanium.

The report started with a quote of Mahatma Gandhi which is pertinent to be noted here,

“Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him. She is entitled to a supreme place in her own sphere of activity as man is in his. This ought to be the natural condition of things and not as a result only of learning to read and write. By sheer force of a vicious custom, even the most ignorant and worthless men have been enjoying a superiority over woman which they do not deserve and ought not to have. Many of our movements stop half way because of the condition of our women”

 

The Verma Committee report is a comprehensive document on the issue of rape, sexual assault, trafficking of women and children, child sexual abuse and honour killings, especially in terms of definition, references made from international conventions as well as international case laws.

The report notes that, “even though a government may enjoy popular public will, unless and until its actions are informed by constitutionalism, it will be unable to discharge the obligations towards citizens which are guaranteed under the Constitution.  The way in which these rights are made visible in life, society, and on a practical and continual basis, is the obligation of the State. This cannot be more telling in the context of women, their rights and their empowerment.”
 

The Justice Verma Committee recommendations

There are some extremely crucial recommendations that were made in the report apart from definitions and prescription of punishments. The Report had also made some suggestions with respect to safety measures that will play a precautionary role, which will altogether prevent such crimes from occurring in the first place. The report held, “Apart from having an efficient and honest law and order machinery, it is necessary that certain basic measures regarding provision of civic amenities be undertaken by the State, so as to minimise opportunities for the perpetrators of the crimes.”

Some recommendations made in the report pertaining to safety measures:

  1. State should undertake the task of providing well-lit roads, streets and other common spaces to the citizens.

  2. At night women have to get out of their houses to use sanitation facilities and these moments are abused by anti-social element and hence issue of provision of adequate sanitation facilities in villages and urban areas has to be considered urgently.

  3. Directions given by the Supreme Court in respect of use of dark film on car windows need to be implemented strictly as the use of black films upon the vehicles gives immunity to the violators in committing a crime and is used as a tool of criminality, considerably increasing criminal activities.

  4. The central government had issued a memorandum dated September 4, 2009  to all state governments titled “Advisory on Crime against Women” which include some pertinent points, gender sensitization of the police personnel, adopting appropriate measures for swift and salutary punishment to public servants found guilty of custodial violence against women, minimizing delays in investigations of murder, rape and torture of women and improving its quality, setting up a ‘crime against women cell’ in districts where they do not exist, providing adequate counselling centres and shelter homes for women who have been victimized, setting up of special women courts, and improving the effectiveness of schemes developed for the welfare and rehabilitation of women who are victimized with greater emphasis on income generation to make the women more independent and self-reliant.

  5. The Advisory also asked concerned state departments to take suitable steps to increase number of beat constables specially on sensitive roads, increase number of police help booth/kiosks specially in remote and lonely stretches, increase police patrolling specially during the night, increase in number of women police officers in mobile police vans, set up telephone booths for easy access to police, install people friendly street lights on all roads, ensure street lights are working.

  6. All public transport, after 5.30 pm until 7.30 am must have a security person, they must be well-lit, they must have drivers who are security vetted by local road transport authority and they must have a good character certificate from two known persons in the city.

  7. Make it mandatory for the bus owners (or State Road Transport Corporations) to display, in good light, the bus numbers as well as the name, age and address of the drivers along with their photographs and contact numbers.  It should be displayed within the bus and should always be visible on the outside of the bus as well.

  8. All buses to have CCTV cameras in Metro cities

  9. All buses to be fitted with tamper-proof GPS systems.

  10. There should be downloadable mobile phone applications so that citizens can, with one click or touch, send distress signals to the police.

About well-lit roads, the report said that it is nothing but common sense that crime hides in darkness and eradication of darkness is an easy way to eradicate crime. The Committee also expressed its despair that the central and the state governments were unable to even implement most basic safety measures with any amount of efficacy.
 

Adoption of the recommendations

Whenever a Committee is formed under the instructions of the government, the Committee makes a comprehensive report with recommendations. Albeit, these recommendations are not binding on the government and it is at liberty only consider a few of the suggestions, modify the same and use the report as a guiding document. Hence, although the Justice Verma Committee report, a well-researched document, is available with the government, it is now gathering dust and the recommendations made therein which still remain relevant even after 6 years, the same have not been implemented. The price, however, is being paid by the women of this country, as the government, the administration, the executive have all failed to safeguard them despite of having a list of “things to-do”.

Maybe it’s time the government realises that having a fast track court hear the Hyderabad case is only a piece meal approach being used to pacify public furore and what it needs to do is dust off the Justice Verma Report and issue strict and time bound advisories to state governments for implementing some of the most relevant recommendations which will go a long way in ensuring women safety in India.

The Complete report may be read here.

pdf

 

Related:

Five Actions You Can Take To End Gender Based Violence
35 year-old attempts to rape 4 year-old, paraded naked: Nagpur
Sultanpur rape case: CJP moves NHRC citing lacunae in police investigation
Reject culture of misogyny, democratise socio-cultural spaces: #Justice4RapeVictims
Dalit woman found dead, family alleges gang-rape: Kancheepuram

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A few days ago, a veterinary doctor was gang-raped, smothered and her body burned in Hyderabad. The last communication was with her sister, who she had called on finding out that her scooter had a flat tire. Everyone is outraged about this incident as it reminds us of Nirbhaya, who was gang-raped almost seven years ago in Delhi.

These incidents amongst many are a reason for the annual International campaign: 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence. Everyday millions of girls and women are subject to all kinds of violence making it a global pandemic. It is ironic that this year’s focus of the campaign is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

Teachers and parents must be able to talk to children about rights, consent, respect for each other and build confidence to report violations and fight back.

The UN says violence against women and girls is one of the “most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.” Approximately 87,000 women and girls were murdered around the world in 2017, most often by someone close to them. It remains largely unreported because of issues including impunity and stigma. In India, even the highly under-reported numbers estimate that every 15 minutes a woman is raped. So it is no wonder that last year the Thomson Reuters perception survey listed India as the most dangerous country in the world for women.

Unlike other nations where people are out protesting on streets objecting to violence, in India we are operating as though it is business as usual. The Home Minister of Telangana state actually put the blame on the victim stating she should have called the emergency number 100 instead of her sister. Twitter is abuzz with people demanding for the death penalty for the rapists and stricter laws on sexual violence. As a country we have the death penalty and strict laws, but it does not seem to deter the perpetrators.

 

Five Actions You Can Take To End Gender Based Violence

gender based violence

A few days ago, a veterinary doctor was gang-raped, smothered and her body burned in Hyderabad. The last communication was with her sister, who she had called on finding out that her scooter had a flat tire. Everyone is outraged about this incident as it reminds us of Nirbhaya, who was gang-raped almost seven years ago in Delhi.

These incidents amongst many are a reason for the annual International campaign: 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence. Everyday millions of girls and women are subject to all kinds of violence making it a global pandemic. It is ironic that this year’s focus of the campaign is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

Teachers and parents must be able to talk to children about rights, consent, respect for each other and build confidence to report violations and fight back.

The UN says violence against women and girls is one of the “most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.” Approximately 87,000 women and girls were murdered around the world in 2017, most often by someone close to them. It remains largely unreported because of issues including impunity and stigma. In India, even the highly under-reported numbers estimate that every 15 minutes a woman is raped. So it is no wonder that last year the Thomson Reuters perception survey listed India as the most dangerous country in the world for women.

Unlike other nations where people are out protesting on streets objecting to violence, in India we are operating as though it is business as usual. The Home Minister of Telangana state actually put the blame on the victim stating she should have called the emergency number 100 instead of her sister. Twitter is abuzz with people demanding for the death penalty for the rapists and stricter laws on sexual violence. As a country we have the death penalty and strict laws, but it does not seem to deter the perpetrators.

 

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