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Thane, 24 Sept 2015,
A 12-year-old girl who got pregnant after being raped by her stepfather, had a baby boy at JJ Hospital. The girl’s pregnancy and the father’s abuse was discovered only when she was more than seven months pregnant. The step father was arrested in July, and later died due to some disease, police said. The newborn will be put in the care of an orphanage for which the girl’s family members have given consent.
Faridabad, 30 Sept 2015,
In a dowry case, a woman has filed a complaint of physical, mental and sexual against her in-laws. Married in 2008, she says her father-in-law and mother-in-law had been harassing and torturing her physically and mentally for dowry. Her father-in-law had also been sexually abusing her. The cases of sexual abuse of women by their in-laws for dowry are far more frequent than reported.
Vishakhapatnam 26 Sept 2015,
Neighbors say 25-yr-old Mangathalli committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan because she was abused for dowry by her husband every day. She married P. Sattibabu two years ago after his first wife had divorced him. Often dowry murders are staged as suicides. The police is waiting for the post mortem report.
Srinagar, 28 Sept 2015,
A 34-year-old, mother of two, set herself ablaze after prolonged domestic violence for dowry by her in-laws. After the neighbors found the woman in a critical condition, they took her to the hospital where she died. She had received 90 per cent burn injuries. “They used to harass her every day for dowry. On Friday afternoon, she called us and told us to visit her as her in-laws, including her husband, threatened to kill her. But by the time we reached there, the incident had taken place,” said a relative of the victim. Such incidents of dowry related murders or suicides, earlier unheard of in the state of Kashmir, are becoming more frequent now. There have been about 300 cases of dowry related violence reported in 2014. There have been three dowry related deaths since May this year.
Eighteen months after this 60-yr-old Dalit woman was raped, she is still waiting for the police to file a chargesheet against her assailant, 27-year-old Chinna Durai. While her medical examination confirmed rape and revealed serious injuries, she has not received any compensation.
She doesn’t remember the exact date of the rape, only that “it was the day after I had voted in the elections that brought (Narendra) Modi to power (April 25, 2014)”. The 27-year-old, said a local sand mafia leader, reportedly entered her house in the Dalit hamlet of Alangulam, about 20 km from Tirunelveli town, dragged her out, and raped and beat her up. Durai raped her over the next half an hour, before throwing her on some thorny bushes nearby and shouting, “Why are you not dead yet?” She somehow dragged herself to a house in the neighbourhood, she says, and lay there in a pool of blood till morning. The police and even the nurses ridiculed her and refused to believe she had been raped, even though she was bleeding. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/the-silenced-letter-story-of-a-dalit-rape-victim-fighting-to-restore-her-sc-name/#sthash.is119M2q.dpuf
Andhra Pradesh, 27 Sept 2015
Police on arrested two auto-rickshaw drivers on charges of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl in Tadepalligudem.
Police arrested Gandrotu Lakshman of Jangareddigudem and his close friend Srinu of Tadepalligudem, both auto-rickshaw drivers. The girl was a resident of Jangareddigudem, studying in class 9 in a local school.
Deputy superintendent of police J. Venakta Rao said Lakshman kidnapped the girl and a classmate of hers while they were on their way back to home from school on September 18. The classmate returned home the next day and her mother lodged a complaint with the police.
Indian Women provide more than half of all agricultural labour yet own less than 13 per cent of all land. In fact this national average is considerably lower, and is spiked up only by inclusion of states like Kerala, where women own 43 per cent of landed property. Daughters inherit property from their mothers in a few matriarchal communities in the South. In northern states, women’s right over property remain entangled in moorings of the past, despite progressive laws. Land ownership a strong tool of empowerment– eludes women, despite the guarantee of legal framework. Criminal cases related to property ownership of women in urban areas, such as Panchkula, would reflect the enormity of social bias that runs through society against women’s true empowerment. Anuradha Adhikari received a two-canal house, bequeathed by her mother.
The house was registered in Anuradha’s name in 2004 and a registered will to the effect was left in the custody of their family lawyer by her mother, a medical professional. The lawyer sold the house to two different buyers without her consent, after manipulating the Will. When Anuradha contested the Will, the lawyer offered a sound justification for his actions, which are in tune with the political history of land ownership in the region. “What for does a single woman need property worth crores?” he contested. Despite Anuradha’s education and a sound social background, she had to partially concede to the lawyer’s demand. Else, she would be involved in a long-drawn legal battle. Gift and sale deeds registered in favour of male members in Punjab and Haryana. In some cases the land is automatically registered in the girl’s name but remains in de facto possession of the brother. “If we go by the number of women demanding share in property, it’s not even one per cent. They are told, you got your share in dowry and they believe it,” says Santosh Dahiya, the first-ever woman national president of Sarv Jatiya Maha Panchayat. “Gap in knowledge of gender and property ownership is more pronounced for urban women than it is for rural women,” says Bipasha Baruah author of Women and Property in Urban India. A strong correlation has been established between landlessness and poverty.