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SC entrusts Witness Protection of Hathras victim’s family to CRPF This was one of the key pleas in CJP's intervention application

On October 27, 2020 a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian directed that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel provide witness protection to the family of the victim in the Hathras gangrape and murder case. CJP had filed an intervention application in the…

UP Police adding to trauma of rape survivors? Report by CHRI and AALI showcases experiences of 14 rape survivors in UP

In wake of the rape, murder and forced cremation of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh, several questions are being raised about the role of the police in delaying even denying justice to rape survivors and victims. Now, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI) have come out with a report…

India needs safe public spaces for women: A re-look at the Justice Verma Committee Report 2013 Had the recommendations of the report be implemented in time, the heinous incident of sexual violence in Hyderabad could have been prevented

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…

अब भी डटी हुई है भँवरी तीस्ता सीतलवाड़ के साथ बातचीत में

ये भँवरी देवी की ऐतिहासिक लड़ाई का नतीजा था, जो कार्यरत महिलाओं के यौन उत्पीड़न के ख़िलाफ़ एक क्रांतिकारी क़दम बना – विशाखा दिशानिर्देश (Vishakha Guidelines) के रूप में. परन्तु क्या आप जानते है कि अभी भी भँवरी देवी डटी हुई हैं, आज भी साथिन का काम करते हुए दूसरों के अधिकार के लिए संघर्षरत…

As #MeToo mounts, Bhanwari Devi’s Struggle Must Not be Forgotten Human Rights Defender Profile

“Indian culture has not yet touched such low depths that an innocent villager would lose all sense of age and caste and like a wolf would pounce upon a woman, that too in the presence of a 70-year old,” said the Jaipur district and sessions court while acquitting the four accused in Bhanwari Devi rape…

Sudan: Teenager who killed husband who raped her appeals death penalty ruling

Lawyers for Noura Hussein, 19, have formally filed an appeal after Hussein was given the death sentence for killing her husband as he attempted to rape her, the Guardian reported last week. Hussein was forced to wed at age 16 to an older man selected by her father, but she escaped to her aunt’s house. However, after…

The Indomitable Spirit of the Unnao Rape Survivor A Timeline of the Unnao Rape Case

A teenaged girl was allegedly raped by a powerful politician in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. When she tried to report the crime, his stooges took turns raping her over and over in a bid to keep her quite. When the police refused to help her, she went to court. The rapist and his men, then…

Outrage spills outside Kathua and Unnao Citizens across India continue to take to the streets demanding justice

There has been an outpouring of anguish and outrage as people from across the country are coming to terms with the chilling details of the Kathua rape and murder case. The brutality inflicted on the eight year old Bakarwal girl by key accused Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official, his son Vishal Jangotra and nephew (believed to…

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SC takes suo motu cognisance of Kathua lawyers’ unruly behaviour Lawyers had called strike in support of the accused, obstructed victim's lawyer and cops from entering court

The Supreme Court on April 13, 2018 took Suo Motu notice and started proceedings on the unruly conduct of Kathua Lawyers and some members of the Jammu Bar Association, where they obstructed advocate Deepika Thusoo, the lawyer appearing for the family of the eight year old Bakherwal girl who was brutally raped and murdered in…

Do you remember Kunan Poshpora? Ifrah Butt on Kashmiri Women's Resistance

February 23, 2018 marks the 27th anniversary of Kunan Poshpora mass gang rape case. Two contiguous villages from North Kashmir, Kunan and Poshpora, on that cold and dark night of February 23, 1991 allegedly experienced a massive sexual assault by a group of soldiers and officers of the 4th Rajputana Rifles regiment of Indian army. As many as…

Somaliland upper house approves law criminalising rape

According to a senior official, Somaliland approved its first law against rape, with alleged rapists now potentially having to face up to 20 years’ imprisonment, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Somaliland’s upper house of parliament approved the bill in question on Saturday, April 7; it also criminalises sexual harassment, sex trafficking, and forced marriage. The lower…

Boko Haram releases many Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted last month

Boko Haram militants on Wednesday, March 21, drove into Dapchi, Nigeria and released many schoolgirls whom they had abducted in February, Reuters reported. According to residents of Dapchi, more than 100 girls were freed. The group did not explain why the girls were freed, and, according to Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed, girls were freed thus far,…

Militia fighters engage in mass rape in Central African Republic: MSF

French medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has said that militia fighters abducted and raped a large number of women in a remote area of Central African Republic in February 2018, Reuters reported. MSF said the women had left their village, Kiriwiri, to collect water and see to their fields, and were abducted by militia fighters and…

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Capital Punishment for the Rape of Minors Against Survivor’s Interests Rape culture should be addressed more holistically

The death penalty for perpetrators in case of rape of girls below the age of 12 years, is going to neither be a deterrent against such offences nor will it address the more urgent need of prevention of sexual abuse of children, including rape. The decisions by the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan…

Commemorating Kashmiri Women’s Resistance The Kunan Poshpora story told through art born out of anguish

On the night of February 23, 1991, units of the Indian Army launched what was purportedly a massive ‘search and interrogation operation’ in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Kashmir’s Kupwara district. However, under the guise of flushing out terrorists and anti-social elements, the Indian Army allegedly committed several excesses against the people…

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