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SC transfers Kathua rape and murder case from J&K to Punjab District Judge to conduct day-to-day hearings without adjournments, SC will monitor trial

In a welcome development in the Kathua rape and murder case, the Supreme Court has transferred the case to a court in Pathankot, Punjab. The trial will be conducted on a day-to-day basis and the SC will monitor the trial. This is significant given concerns that the accused in the case could use their political clout…

Death Penalty for Child Rape: Knee Jerk Reaction or Careful Political Manoeuvre? Was the Ordinance passed with an eye on elections?

Riding on the outrage generated in wake of the horrific details of minor Kathua girl becoming public, the BJP government has passed an ordinance on death penalty and other stringent punishments for people who rape minors. Not only is this a regressive step but also this move is nowhere close to yielding the desirable results. This measure is only…

How Kathua’s Horror Story Unfolded In this video CJP attempts to put together all facts of the incident

The brutal gangrape and murder of an eight year old girl in Jammu and brazen attempt to defend the perpetrators shocked everybody in India. The Crime Branch chargesheet says that it was an attempt to drive Muslim Bakarwals out of the area.   Related: Outrage spills outside Kathua and Unnao Implement FRA to empower Bakarwals…

Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1,000 children since 2013: UNICEF

Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have kidnapped more than 1,000 children in the country’s northeast since 2013, UNICEF has said. UNICEF has said that it has recorded more than 1,000 confirmed cases of kidnapping, but that the true figure could be more. According to UNICEF, over 1,400 schools have been destroyed and at least 2,295 have…

बाल यौन उत्पीड़न: 95 प्रतिशत मामले अभी भी लंबित हैं पीओसीएसओ(पोकसो) के दिशा-निर्देशों के कार्यान्वयन में महाराष्ट्र, उत्तर प्रदेश और मध्य प्रदेश सबसे खराब निर्वाहक हैं

बाल यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले देश में बढ़ रहे हैं और भारत के मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा की अगुवाई में तीन न्यायाधीशों की पीठ, ने उच्च न्यायालयों से यौन अपराधों से बच्चों का संरक्षण करने संबंधी अधिनियम (प्रोटेक्शन ऑफ चिल्ड्रन फ्रॉम सेक्सुअल ऑफेंस – POCSO), 2012 के तहत बाल यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले में लंबित केसों…

Shame on us Blog by Vidya Bhushan Rawat on Kathua Rape Case and the campaigns in support of the accused

Chilling details have emerged of the abduction, rape and murder of the tribal girl in Jammu by the goons affiliated to right wing Hindu organisations. More chilling is the fact that Jammu remained closed in support of those who were accused of the heinous and gruesome crime. The lawyers and advocates of the courts who…

बाल यौन शोषण – कैसे पहचाने और रोकें सामुदायिक संसाधन: अभिभावकों, शिक्षकों और अन्य जिम्मेदार वयस्कों के लिए तैयार दिशानिर्देश

बाल यौन शोषण भारत में महामारी के अनुपात पर पहुंच गया है. 2007 के एक महिला एवं बाल विकास विभाग की बाल यौन शोषण रिपोर्ट के अनुसार प्रत्येक दो बच्चों में से एक का यौन शोषण किया गया है. इसलिए इस खतरे को खत्म करना बेहद महत्वपूर्ण है. यहां बाल यौन शोषण को पहचानने और उसे रोकने…

Kathua Rape case

IAPL calls out Kathua Lawyers’ insensitivity in Rape and Murder of Minor Girl Asks them to stop communal propaganda, withdraw resolution and let the law take its course

Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) has called out the insensitivity of Kathua lawyers who were openly supporting the key accused in a case involving the rape, torture and murder of a minor Bakarwal girl, from Rassana village in Kathua, Jammu.   In a statement released on April 11, 2018 IAPL, led by Sudha Bhardwaj and Surendra…

Under Siege: Violence against Children in Jammu and Kashmir Shocking findings of a JKCCS Report

The Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) recently published a report, titled ‘Terrorized: Impact of Violence on the Children of Jammu and Kashmir’, which details the various ways in which violence has been perpetrated against children in Jammu and Kashmir, and its effects. First, the report notes that children in the state “are living…

Nearly half a million students left school in Yemen since 2015: UNICEF

According to the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, almost half a million children in Yemen have left school since 2015. That year, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen’s civil war. The total number of children in Yemen who lack access to education is two million. Meritxell Relano, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen said, “The journey to…

Twinkle-twinkle little star, why do nursery kids need Aadhaar? Intervention Application in Aadhaar case in SC challenges schools' demand for Aadhaar during admission

In a bizarre attempt to appear more loyal than the king, several schools across the country are demanding that all students compulsorily fill in their Aadhaar data during enrolment. In fact, even the admission process for Nursery for the academic year 2017-18 at these schools requires Aadhaar information of both the parents and the child! Now…

Child Sexual Abuse: 95 pc cases still Pending Maharashtra, UP and MP worst offenders in implementation of POCSO guidelines

Child Sexual Abuse cases have been on a rise in the country and a three judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra has ordered data from the High Courts on the number of pending child sexual abuse cases booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The 2016 data from…

US school children bite the bullet as government dithers on Gun Control Students take to the streets in the March for Our Lives

Students across the United States are participating in the March for Our Lives demanding Common Sense Gun Control Laws. However, given the financial might and political influence of the gun lobby, it remains to be seen if the government would actually enact any laws that would reduce people’s access to firearms.   Occurring a little over…

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