Saturday, January 5, 2013

Woman jumps out of moving train to escape rape - has it come to that in India ? Friend of India rape victim speaks out and recounts the ordeal , blasts police response - why do gang rape cases take years to resolve anyway ?

India's rape crisis - focus will shift to the negligence of the police ..... first a recap of my prior post...

http://fredw-catharsisours.blogspot.com/2012/12/india-rape-crisis-hits-new-low.html

Has it come down to this in India regarding rape ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258422/Fury-Indian-guru-blames-rape-victim-vicious-gang-attack-killed-her.html


'She's as guilty as her rapists': Fury as Indian guru blames tragic student, 23, for the vicious gang attack which killed her

  • Asaram Bapu says gang rape victim is responsible for her own fate
  • Spiritual leader's remarks criticised by politicians and mocked by web users
  • Comes as judge orders trial of rape suspects to be held in private
  • 150 people tried to cram into court room built for just 30
  • The victim died on December 29 - 13 days after horrific attack
Outrage: Asaram Bapu has come under fire for criticising the victim of the notorious Delhi gang rape
Outrage: Asaram Bapu has come under fire for criticising the victim of the notorious Delhi gang rape
A self-described 'spiritual guru' has sparked outrage in India after saying that the 23-year-old rape victim who died after being assaulted by six men was partly responsible for her own attack.
Asaram Bapu said that the victim, whose fate has drawn the sympathy of the world and been treated as a national tragedy within India, was 'as guilty as her rapists'.
He added that she should have been more friendly to her attackers if she wanted to preserve her own life.
Politicians and web users have reacted with fury to the 71-year-old guru's comments.



Asaram Bapu's controversial intervention in the case comes on the day that five of the woman's six alleged attackers appeared in court to face charges of murder, rape and abduction.
A judge ordered that the courtroom should be closed to the public after more than 150 people tried to cram in to a room designed for around 30 during the suspects' initial hearing.
'Only five to six people are not the culprits,' Asaram Bapu said. 'The victim is as guilty as her rapists.
'She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop.'
He added: 'This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don't think so.'
Leading political figures were quick to condemn the inflammatory comments, which one opposition politician called 'regrettable, deeply disturbing and painful'.
Sandeep Dikshit, from the ruling Congress party, said, 'Such comments should be condemned as much as possible,' while his colleague Rashid Alvi added that religious figures should 'give serious thought' before commenting on public affairs.


Protest: The vast majority of Indians have rallied behind the victim and demanded justice for her death



Protest: The vast majority of Indians have rallied behind the victim and demanded justice for her death
Support: The death of the 23-year-old rape victim has been treated as a national tragedy by many Indians
Support: The death of the 23-year-old rape victim has been treated as a national tragedy by many Indians
Asaram Bapu
Asaram Bapu

Controversy: Asaram Bapu has made headlines for outspoken behaviour in the past
Many Indians took to social media to express contempt for Asaram Bapu's views.
@SahilBulla tweeted: 'Dear Asaram Bapu, one hand can never clap but one finger can easily show you what we think of you.'
 
The guru even sparked a protest by a social activism group, who gathered in Ahmedabad waving signs saying 'Shame on Asaram' and burning effigies of him.
'We demand that Asaram apologise to the women of the country and urge him to take back his words,' protest leader Sanjay Gadhvi said as he revealed plans to deface Asaram's publicity posters and demonstrate outside his talks.
A spokesman for the leader denied that he had been insensitive about the woman's death, but added: 'If she would have taken God's name or recited a mantra God inside her might have suggested her to how to avoid such crimes.'



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http://rt.com/news/india-minors-rape-bengal-452/


2 year-old girl, 4 other minors raped in India

Published: 06 January, 2013, 20:39
Indian attendants carry Rajesh Gangwal, a protester on hunger strike, to the ambulance after his health was critical from not eating the last thirteen days during a protest against a gang rape at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 6, 2013 (AFP Photo / Sajjad Hussain)
Indian attendants carry Rajesh Gangwal, a protester on hunger strike, to the ambulance after his health was critical from not eating the last thirteen days during a protest against a gang rape at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 6, 2013 (AFP Photo / Sajjad Hussain)
Five girls aged between 2 and 10 have been raped in two separate incidents in India, four of whom were assaulted by the same attacker. The attacks are only the latest in a string of brutal sexual assault cases that have recently outraged the country.
Both of the incidents took place in the populous eastern Indian state of West Bengal. 
A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an 18-year-old male in Minapara village near the city of Raigani on Saturday, India’s DNA news cites police as saying.

The baby’s father told police the incident occurred when his wife went to wash clothes in a pond on Saturday, leaving the sleeping infant unattended.
The teenage assailant was arrested and is being held on 14-day judicial custody. 
Four more girls, aged between five and ten, were reportedly raped by a 40-year old man in the town of Belatore on Thursday. 
The girls had reportedly gone to a grocery shop owned by the alleged assailant Rabi Lochan Dey to buy a cake.
Dey reportedly lured the girls into a back room, where the attack is said to have taken place.
The assault became known to authorities when one of the victims was taken to hospital after passing blood through her urine, police said. Dey was subsequently arrested on Saturday night.
“We have arrested the man who is being accused of this horrific crime. A first-investigation-report (FIR) has been filed by the girls’ parents, we have sent the victims to Bankura Sammilani Medical College Hospital for medical tests and the results are awaited,” Gulf News cites the district police superintendent as saying.
Protesters who gathered outside Dey’s shop on Sunday to decry the attack were soon dispersed by police.
Saturday’s attacks are only the latest in a series of highly publicized sexual assault cases following the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year old student in New Delhi in December.
The violence sparked mass protests throughout the country, with people, particularly women, demanding punishment for those responsible, as well as new laws to protect Indian women.
Despite attempts by the government to assuage public anger, the country has a poor record of prosecuting sexual assault cases.
India’s National Crime Records Bureau reports that only 15 percent of the country’s 95,000 pending rape cases made it to trial in 2011.

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http://rt.com/news/indian-jumps-train-escape-molester-376/


Indian woman jumps from train to escape rape

Published: 05 January, 2013, 03:32
Edited: 05 January, 2013, 16:47
Hyderabad, India (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)
Hyderabad, India (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)
A young woman is in hospital in critical condition after throwing herself off a moving train in an attempt to escape molestation. It’s the latest in a number of incidents that have exposed the vulnerability of women in India.
The 25-year-old woman jumped from the carriage of a moving train after allegedly being molested by a soldier. The attack occurred on Thursday while the train was en route from Darjeeling to Delhi. The man groped her after she had visited the lavatory. After pushing him back, the woman jumped from the Brahmaputra Mail line train. The mother of two is being treated in hospital in the city of Patna. 
“Her condition continues to be critical. A team of doctors is treating her. She has suffered injuries to her head and legs,” a police official told the IANS news agency.
A member of the Assam Rifles paramilitary force has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. 
It comes just weeks after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a bus in Dehli, while her male companion was severely beaten. She later died from her injuries in hospital.
The male companion has revealed more details of the tragic event. He recounted that in the immediate aftermath of the rape, no one responded to their cries for help. 
Police and passersby left the mortally injured female student lying naked and bleeding for almost an hour.
“We kept shouting at the police, 'please give us some clothes' but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at,” the Zee News network reported on Friday.
The allegations were denied by Joint Commissioner of Police (South West range) Vivek Gogia. Citing electronic logs and data from GPS tracking devices, Gogia said that police had received a report about two people lying on the road in a pool of blood at 10:21p.m.
Less than ten minutes later, two patrol vehicles arrived at the scene, with one leaving to carry the pair to a hospital at 10:39pm, the commissioner said. It took the van 16 minutes to reach the hospital.
The police official also said that no argument over jurisdiction occurred between the officers at the scene.
The rape case has resonated with the population as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to voice their anger over the attack and the lack of police response. The crowd demanded punishment for those responsible, as well as new laws to protect Indian women. 
The rapists have been arrested. Five of the men detained have been indicted with gang rape and murder, and are likely to face execution. They will face a specially-established fast-track court on Monday. A sixth male is under 18 and will be judged in a juvenile court, despite the victim's family’s plea for an adult trial, as he is believed to been the most brutal of the attackers. The victim's father has also demanded new legislation on sex crimes to be named in honor of his daughter.
Indian students of various organisations hold placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration in Hyderabad on January 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)Indian students of various organisations hold placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration in Hyderabad on January 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)
In an effort to provide more protection on transport routes and deter gangs operating on trains, India's inspector general said the railway police have stepped up patrols. In 2012, police apprehended nearly 15 gangs and recovered 15 weapons from trains. 
The problem of sexual violence against women appears to touch all levels of Indian society, as on Thursday the ruling Congress party in Assam state suspended a politician accused of rape. Police claim that Congress leader Bikram Singh Brahma was visiting the village of Santipur when he entered a local house and raped a woman at 2am. The villagers later attacked the politician and captured the footage on tape.
New Delhi has an infamous reputation as India’s rape capital, seemingly confirmed by a report in the Hindustan Times that documents more than 20 rape cases in the city since December 16th, the day of the rape and brutal murder of the 23-year-old medical student.
Indian students of various organisations hold placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration in Hyderabad on January 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)Indian students of various organisations hold placards as they shout slogans during a demonstration in Hyderabad on January 3, 2013 (AFP Photo / Noah Seelam)



Now consider the statement of the male victim - and the reaction of the police into the attack....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257507/India-gang-rape-Male-friend-victim-claims-police-wouldnt-help-carry-bleeding-body-waited-TWO-HOURS-taking-hospital.html


Male friend of Indian gang-rape victim claims police wouldn't help him carry her bleeding body and waited TWO HOURS before taking them to hospital

  • The 28-year-old and his female friend were ambushed on a Delhi bus, she was gang-raped by six men and violated with an iron bar
  • Man says he prevented his friend from being run over by the bus after their beaten and naked bodies were dumped on the road
  • He claims no-one helped them and when police arrived they were slow to act
  • The 23-year-old died as a result of her injuries
  • The six men accused of the crime will be tried on Saturday


A male friend of the Indian gang-rape victim who was with her when she was attacked has described how he had to carry her bleeding body into a police van on his own - because none of the officers wanted to touch her.
The 28-year-old said no passersby stopped to help them as they lay naked and bleeding in the road after they were thrown off a Delhi bus on which the gruesome ordeal occurred on December 16.
When the police finally arrived they wasted two hours arguing over which police station was responsible before finally taking the victims to a hospital which wasn't close to the crime scene.
Claims: A male friend of the brutal gang-rape victim spoke out in an interview on Indian television


Claims: A male friend of the brutal gang-rape victim spoke out in an interview on Indian television
The victim of the gang-rape was taken to intensive care at a Singapore hospital but died of her injuries
The victim of the gang-rape was taken to intensive care at a Singapore hospital but died of her injuries

The 23-year-old woman died on December 29 in a specialist hospital in Singapore after a 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that her intestines had to be removed.

She underwent three major surgeries and suffered a cardiac arrest in India before being flown to Singapore for treatment.

The horrifying crime has appalled India and brought simmering anger about widespread crime against women to the boil amid angry calls for safer streets, more sensitive policing and changed social attitudes.
In an interview with Hindi TV channel Zee News, the victim's friend said the gang of six men aboard the bus - fitted with curtains and tinted windows - had planned to trap them.
Once on the bus, he was attacked and his 23-year-old friend was gang-raped by a group of allegedly drunk men, including the driver, who also violated her with an iron bar causing immense internal damage that lead to her death.
The man, believed to be the only witness in the case, said he did his best to fight off the attackers.
'They beat us up, hit us with iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and they threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch. 
'From where we boarded bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us,said the 28-year-old, who suffered a broken leg in the attack.
'But they switched off the lights. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial police control room number 100, but the men snatched the mobile.
On guard: Indian police personnel stand guard outside the district court Saket in New Delhi. They plan to keep

Indian police personnel stand guard outside the district court Saket in New Delhi after fears of mob violence against the suspects
Public interest: Indian citizens queue to enter the district court - they trial will be held in a fast-track court
Public interest: Indian citizens queue to enter the district court - the trial will be held in a fast-track court on Saturday

His comments come after her alleged killers were kept away from court on Thursday amid fears of mob violence.
'After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down, but I saved my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. 

'We were without clothes. We tried to stop people passing by. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but no one stopped for about 25 minutes. 
'Then someone on patrol stopped and called the police,' he told Zee News. 
He claimed three police vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell. 
He alleged nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. 
'They were just watching us,' he said, adding someone gave them a part of bed sheet to cover his friend after repeated requests. 
'My friend was bleeding profusely. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a far away hospital.' 
Anger: India lawyers participate in a protest outside Indian Saket District Court

Anger: India lawyers participate in a protest outside Indian Saket District Court
He said he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as the policemen didn’t help them because the girl was bleeding profusely. 
'Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they help us they would become witness to the crime and would be asked to come to police stations and courts,' he told the channel. 
'Even at the hospital we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came,' he said.
'I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks,' he said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.
Five people have been formally charged over the rape and murder of the student paramedic, with one named as Ram Singh.
It has emerged that a sixth suspect, who is believed to be a juvenile and is expected to be tried separately, was the cruelest of all.
NDTV has shown footage understood to be the suspects charged in the Delhi gang-rape case.

Indian TV station NDTV has shown footage understood to be the suspects charged in the gang-rape case
According to The Hindustan Timesa police charge sheet reveals in horrendous detail exactly what he is alleged to have done to the unconscious victim - after she had been raped.
The newspaper reported that he pulled her intestines out with his bare hands and was also responsible for suggesting that she be thrown naked from the bus.
Yesterday, her father called for the hanging of those responsible for the attack saying 'the death penalty is compulsory for a crime so great.'
The trial will be held in a fast track court and will start on Saturday.
'Of all the persons in the bus, two had engaged in the most barbarism - Ram Singh, the main accused in the case, and the juvenile ' said an officer according to the paper.
'Both of them had subjected her to sexual abuse twice. Singh was the first to rape her followed by the juvenile and then Akshay. Later, when she lost consciousness, Singh and the juvenile raped her a second time.'
Authorities are waiting for the outcome of a bone marrow test before deciding whether the sixth suspect in the attack will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.
Calls for hanging: In an interview her father said 'The death penalty is compulsory for a crime so great - the assailants must be hanged'



Calls for hanging: In an interview the victim's father said 'The death penalty is compulsory for a crime so great - the assailants must be hanged'
The results of the test, intended to determine the suspect's exact age, are expected to arrive soon.
Police plan to ask for the death penalty in the case. The men - the bus driver, his brother and four of their friends - are residents of a south Delhi slum near the site of the attack.
Indian Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said the accused should be tried swiftly, but cautioned that they needed to be given a fair trial and not subjected to mob justice.
'Let us not lose sight of the fact that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty,' he said yesterday, while inaugurating the new fast-track court.
Criminal lawyer Ajay Digpaul told India Today: 'In my view, it should not take more than 10-15 effective hearings to decide the case it as there is plenty of evidence.'
Sanjay Kumar, a lawyer and a member of the Saket District Bar Council said that 2,500 advocates registered at the court had decided to stay away to ensure 'speedy justice'.
'We have decided that no lawyer will stand up to defend the rape accused as it would be immoral to defend the case,' he said to AFP.
The government is to set up four other such courts in the capital to hold timely trials in sexual assault cases, which often get bogged down for years in India's notoriously sluggish court system.
Women's activists hope the rape and killing of the university student on December 16 will mark a turning point in India's behavior towards women.
Poignant: White lilies could be seen in the back of the ambulance as the body was taken in a ambulance as it arrives from Singapore hospital in New Delhi

Poignant: White lilies could be seen in the back of the ambulance as the body was transported through the city
Yesterday the father of the physiotherapy student paid tribute to his 'fiercely determined' daughter in his first interview since the attack happened.
In an interview with the BBC the day after he scattered his daughter's ashes on the sacred waters of the River Ganges, her father revealed how his daughter wanted to be a doctor and had promised to lift the family from their poverty.
He said: 'She was very adamant about whatever she wanted.
'When we used to stop at a sweetshop on the way to school she was adamant about wanting a sweet and even the shopkeeper had to relent.
'It was the same in high school. She wanted to be a doctor and said it was only a matter of a few years and that when she was a doctor (all our suffering) it will end.'
'I remember asking her once, who are all your friends? She replied, Dad it's only my books I am friends with.'
Her father moved the family to Delhi from a rural part of India in order to improve her chances of realising her ambition of a career in medicine.
The dream was cut short on December 16 when she was attacked by six men after as she caught the bus home after going to the cinema to watch The Life of Pi.

 WATCH  Delhi protests as its revealed rape victim was thrown under bus



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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201314193611960396.html

Friend of India rape victim recounts ordeal

Man with victim when she was gang raped gives first public account, saying attack "was so brutal I can't even tell you".
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2013 06:42
Police and passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, a male friend who was attacked with her has said in his first public comments on the case that provoked a global outcry.
"We kept shouting at the police, 'please give us some clothes' but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at," the friend told the Zee News network on Friday.
The 23-year-old student died in hospital two weeks after she was attacked on December 16 in a private bus in New Delhi, a city dubbed India's "rape capital".
The man said he and the woman were attacked after they boarded the bus following an evening out watching a film.
"The attack was so brutal I can't even tell you ... even animals don't behave like that," he said.
They were thrown off the vehicle and left bleeding in the street for 45 minutes before a police van arrived, he said.
Officers then spent a long time arguing about where to take them, he added.
"There were a few people who had gathered round but nobody helped. Before the police came I screamed for help but the auto rickshaws, cars and others passing by did not stop," he said in a studio interview, a blue metal crutch leaning on his chair.
"It took an hour and a half for us to be taken to hospital," he added.
The attack prompted street protests across India and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders.
Neither the woman nor her friend have been named.
Five men were charged with her gang rape and murder on Thursday. The sixth is thought to be a juvenile. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Saturday.

And in fairness , here is the version of the event from the point of view of the police.....

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/We-came-to-rape-victims-aid-in-minutes-Delhi-Police/articleshow/17899871.cms


We came to rape victim's aid in minutes: Delhi Police

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Saturday refuted allegations levelled by the friend of the December 16 gang-rape victim that policemen argued overjurisdictional area, losing precious time that might have proven crucial in saving her.

In a short explanation, Delhi Police said that the Police Control Room van got the first call at 10:22pm that night, of two people including a woman lying on the road in a pool of blood.
Police claimed that two rescue vans reached the spot within minutes and took the victims to hospital 33 minutes after receiving the first distress call.

   "The PCR call was received at 10:22:20. Call broadcast to PCR vansand Van Z-54 was directed to spot," a statement from Delhi Police said.

"Meanwhile PCR van E-42 reached the spot on its own at 10:26 -- in four minutes. Van Z-54 reached spot at 10:28 i.e. within 5.5 minutes of the call. It left the spot with victims at 10:31 i.e. within three minutes. It reached Safdarjang Hospital within 24 minutes at 10:55. All records as per GPS (Global Positioning System)," said the statement.

Breaking his silence for the first time since the horrific Dec 16 gang-rape, the victim's friend on Friday said he wished he could have saved the 23-year-old woman. He also blamed police for delaying taking them to hospital for over two hours as three PCR vans fought over jurisdiction.

  Do the police seriously investigate charge of rape ? Family members of victims say no.....

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/Woman-found-stripped-dead/articleshow/17901602.cms


    NOIDA: A 22-year-old woman was found stripped and dead in Noida. The woman's mother alleged that the girl had been raped and the rapists had killed her to destroy evidence. 

Police said that whether or not the woman had been raped could only be established after a post-mortem. 

The woman's mother said that she had left home 8.30am on Friday to attend to work at a call centre in Sector 63, where she had the 9am to 9 pm shift. 

When her daughter did not return till 10.00 p.m., a search was conducted. Policemen said the woman may have "eloped with a boyfriend", and refused to take the matter seriously. 

The woman's mother was told by her daughter's fellow-workers that she had left office premises at 9.00pm on Friday. 

At 8.30pm Saturday, the mother received a call on her telephone, informing her that her daughter lay dead on the roadside at Sector 63, her body stripped of clothing. 

The mother alleged that her daughter had been stripped by men who raped her.

   "An autopsy is being conducted by a panel of three doctors. Appropriate legal action would be initiated after the outcome of the post-mortem report is made known," said SSP Noida Praveen Kumar.


  Why do these cases take years to resolve ?

   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Gang-rape-case-pending-for-37-years/articleshow/17900758.cms

  LUCKNOW: There is huge pendency of rape cases in lower courts of Lucknow. As many as 605 rape cases are pending, of these, 54 gang rape casesand 373 rape cases are in the trial stage, whereas 34 gang rapes and 144 rape matters are awaiting committal from the magistrate's courts to sessions court. 


The session judge KK Sharma has sought details of the pending cases and decided to allot three court for trial of rape cases only. He has also asked thechief judicial magistrate to monitor the status of rape cases at pre-trial stage before committal and ensure that the cases are speedily sent to sessions courts after completing the necessary formalitiesThe sessions judge will supervise the progress of the trial and see that justice is delivered expeditiously. 

These steps have been taken by the judge after Delhi gang rape incident. The public outrage over the incident also brought to the fore huge pendency of cases related to crime against women across the country. In Lucknow, it was found that a rape case of 1975 is still pending for disposal in one of the court. Lucknow. UnderKrishnanagar police station, a girl hailing from Kandhi Bazaar of Kolkata was raped and the police had submitted chargesheet 37 years ago, but the case is yet not committed for trial. Meanwhile, one of the three accused in the case has died, while two are absconding. 

In yet another incident of the same police station, a woman was raped in 1976 and her case is also awaiting committal. Similarly, cases of 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989 of different police stations are also awaiting to the sessions court. In one of the rape case, the trial began in 1993 but has not concluded as yet.