Pendency of 1.6 lakh cases of crime against women and kids: Courts to be set up to fast-track them

Reddy said about 12,609 rape cases were registered under POCSO this year.

Of this, charge-sheets have been filed in 6,222 cases while 2,397 cases are under investigation.

“The Centre is going to set up fast track courts and a proposal in this regard will be placed before the cabinet in the coming days,” the minister said. Regarding NCRB report on rising crime rate, he said earlier the cases were not reported and the reporting of crime has increased with the launch of online portal after the Nirbhaya incident. “There is no doubt that cases are rising but the fact is that reporting of cases has gone up and it is very important to deal with these

The number of cases being registered has gone up after it was made mandatory for police to register such crimes and probe within four months,” he added. Expressing concern over cyber crime threats, he said: “This is a serious issue. Our government is taking steps like launch of cyber crime portal.” “The cyber crime will pose a problem in future. There should be discussion in the House on this issue. We should bring this in syllabus and curriculum,” he added.

Crime against women unusually high in state: Tripura HC Chief Justice

Crime against women unusually high in state: Tripura HC Chief Justice
Crime against women unusually high in state: Tripura HC Chief Justice

Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court Deepak Gupta today praised the governance by the Manik Sarkar government but said the crime against women was “unusually high” in the state.

“Governance in the state is good. There is honesty at the helm of affairs. I find good roads, good libraries and good dispensaries even in remote areas,” Justice Gupta told reporters.

“The conviction rate is very low in the state. The main reason is that filing of FIR is very low. Police here should register FIR and start investigation immediately,” Justice Gupta told a press conference.

He said crime against women is “unusually high” and matrimonial disputes were large in number in the state.

Justice Gupta has been transferred as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei of the Gauhati High Court will be the new acting Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court and take charge on May 16.

( Source – PTI )

“Eve-teasing, stalking violate woman’s right to life”

"Eve-teasing, stalking violate woman's right to life"
“Eve-teasing, stalking violate woman’s right to life”

Eve-teasing and stalking violate women’s right to life and liberty and are a menace which makes them feel unsafe, a Delhi court has observed.

The court also observed that eve-teasing and stalking are a “ridiculous form of enjoyment for men but physical and mental torture for women”.

It said a large percentage of Indian women have faced or are facing this menace and they find themselves vulnerable to threat of eve-teasing everywhere, be it a public transport system, public place, shopping mall or multiplex.

Metropolitan magistrate Susheel Bala Dagar’s observation came while holding 22-year-old Rajesh, a resident of Sultan Puri in north west Delhi, guilty of stalking a girl and uttering words, making gestures intended to insult her modesty and sentenced him to three months in jail.

“Eve-teasing has become a menace in the society due to which women feel unsafe and nervous to move out alone. Eve- teasing is a typical social crime which violates the right to life and liberty of the women in the metropolitan cities,” the court said.

It said eve-teasing and stalking violate a woman’s right to live with dignity and the convict must be awarded such a sentence which discourages the other like minded people of the society from doing such offences.

“Acts of stalking, passing lewd remarks and gestures, brushing against the woman’s body and passing vulgar comments are some of the things which women in metropolitan cities face all the time and what exactly happens simply depends upon the opportunity which the perverts gets,” the magistrate said.

“Men who indulge in such enjoyment do not seem to realise how a woman may be affected by their comments and acts. These men feel it right to show their attention and aggression towards women. They rather feel validated by acting sexually and aggressively towards women.

“In case of eve-teasing and stalking, the seriousness of the offence lies not in the extent of punishment it carries but on the impact, it has social psyche and public order,” it said.


( Source – PTI )

Court concerned over rise in cases of crime against women

A Delhi court has expressed concern over increasing cases of crime against women in the city while sending an auto driver to jail for 18 months for molesting and threatening a woman, saying it was a serious matter that females are not safe on roads even from auto drivers.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ekta Gauba awarded the jail term to 33-year-old Narender, saying he misbehaved with the woman when she was passing by on the road and he did not deserve the benefit to be released on probation.

“…Convict Narender had outraged modesty of the victim by tearing her clothes and biting her and he insulted modesty of the victim by speaking indecent words to her and wrongfully restrained her, voluntarily caused hurt to the victim and criminally intimidated the victim with a threat to kill her…

“And in view of the fact that offence against women are on increase in the city and it is well-known fact that it is a serious matter if the women are not safe on road while passing by even from the auto drivers as in this case, Narender is an auto driver and he had misbehaved with the victim when she was passing by on the road and in view of facts and circumstances, he does not deserve the benefit to be released on probation,” the court said.

The court directed Narender to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to the woman and also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.

A police complaint was lodged by the woman on December 5, 2008 that in the morning, Narender obstructed her way in Baljeet Nagar here, abused her and tried to strangulate her.

She told the police that the man had bitten her and also tore her clothes and threatened to kill her if she passed from the way in future. She was saved by passersby who called police and the driver was arrested.

During the trial, Narender denied the allegations levelled against him and claimed that the woman implicated him in a false case as he had refused to ply his vehicle.

He was held guilty by the court for offences punishable under sections 354 (molestation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

The court also referred to the Supreme Court’s latest judgement in which it has been held that “benefit of Probation of Offenders Act, 1958 cannot be extended to the accused considering the heinous crime i.E. Crime against women that accused had committed and social conditions prevailing in the society…

Prof sent to police custody in obscene letter case

justiceA local court sent a professor of the Gujarat University to a one-day police custody here on Friday, in connection with a sexual harassment case, for allegedly writing obscene letters to three of his women colleagues.

Sarman Zala (56), who heads the political science department of the Gujarat University, was arrested yesterday for sexually harassing three women colleagues after he allegedly wrote obscene letters to them.

Metropolitan Magistrate B L Choithani remanded Zala to a one-day police custody after hearing the probe agency’s application which sought three days’ of police remand.

The Gujarat state police had contended before the court that it would need three days’ remand of the accused to find out if he wrote obscene letters to women professors and under what circumstances he wrote such letters.

The probe agency said in its remand application, that it would need the accused professor’s handwriting samples to match with the handwriting on obscene letters which were allegedly written by him.

Opposing the remand application, Defence Counsel Amit Nair told the court that no grounds have been put forward to substantiate the claim that the letters were written by Zala.

Nair argued that the alleged obscene letters are in the custody of the investigating agency and so there is no need to interrogate his client.

He told the court that whenever the police needed the accused in this case, he could be produced to co-operate in the investigation.

After hearing both sides, the metropolitan court sent Zala to police custody until 11 am tomorrow when a further hearing of the case is scheduled.

The sessions court had rejected Zala’s anticipatory bail after which he had surrendered at the Mithakhali-based women police station here yesterday.

According to the police complaint, Zala has been charged under Section 354-A (sexual harassment), Section 509 (insulting the modesty of women and Section 506 (criminal intimidation), which is applicable to his wife as well as an unidentified person.

The issue came to light when three women professors filed a police complaint on July 30 about anonymous letters in vulgar language being sent to them at their respective offices in the Social Science building.

These professors claimed that the letters, addressed to each of them and written in English, were either found in empty rooms or kept on their tables during April and May.

After finding out that Zala is behind writing such obscene letters, the three women professors finally lodged an FIR against him and his wife, as well as an unidentified person on August 3.

(Source: PTI)

Indian-American millionaire beats girlfriend 117 times, but ducks jail

aaGurbaksh Chahal, India-born CEO of RadiumOne, a Silicon Valley company focusing on real-time advertising across web, mobile and Facebook, has dodged jail time even after beating his girlfriend 117 times.

Chahal, 31, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour, domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend, The Huffington Post reported.

But the tech millionaire, who was arrested last August after police responded to a 911 domestic violence call at his San Francisco penthouse apartment, was sentenced to only three years’ probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training programme and 25 hours of community service.

His girlfriend told arriving officers that she was unable to breathe and that Chahal had told her four times, “I’m going to kill you”, San Francisco officer Anh Nguyen was quoted as telling the San Francisco Business Times in March.

“She stated she was in fear for her life.”

According to the Post, home security footage reportedly showed Chahal beating and kicking his girlfriend 117 times during the 30-minute attack.

Prosecutors said Chahal lashed out at his girlfriend upon learning that she had cheated on him with another man during a trip to Las Vegas, according to court documents.

Soon after Chahal posted his $1-million bail and hired former federal prosecutor James Lassart as his attorney, his girlfriend stopped cooperating with the investigation and refused to testify against him, the Post said.

During a preliminary hearing, Lassart did not deny that Chahal repeatedly struck his girlfriend, but insisted the physical damage was overblown.

In a crippling blow to the prosecution, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy ruled that the surveillance video could not be used as evidence because police seized it illegally from Chahal’s apartment, the Post said.

The prosecution argued it likely would have been erased if police had waited for a warrant.

RadiumOne is Chahal’s third company. Once named one of America’s “most eligible bachelors” by ExtraTV, Chahal sold his first online-ad network, to ValueClick at the age of 16 for $20.5 million in stock, the Post said.

Seven years later, he sold BlueLithium, which also he founded, to Yahoo for $300 million in cash.

In 2009, he authored a book about himself called ‘The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions’.
(Source: IANS)


Dec 16 gang rape case sentencing Friday

A fast track court, which has convicted four persons in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case, on Wednesday fixed September 13 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence to be awarded to them.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna reserved the order on punishment after hearing arguments of the prosecution, which sought death penalty for the four, and the defence lawyers.

The Delhi Police sought death penalty for the four for brutally gangraping and murdering a defenceless 23-year-old girl in a cold blooded manner.

Advancing arguments on quantum of sentence, Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan said the death sentence should be awarded to the four convicts — Mukesh (26), Vinay Sharma (20), Pawan Gupta (19) and Akshay Thakur (28) — as the case falls in the category of “rarest of rare” cases.

The defence lawyers, however, sought a lenient punishment for the convicts, saying life imprisonment in such a case is a rule while death penalty is an exception.

During the arguments, the prosecutor told the court that the convicts do not deserve any mercy, as they killed the helpless girl who kept on pleading for mercy.

“The crime is not only grotesque and diabolic in nature but the barbaric behaviour of the convicts was of the highest kind. Maximum sentence has to be given as the court should see that they have raped and killed a helpless girl, even as she pleaded for her life,” he said.

He said people at large are watching this case and if the convicts are awarded a lighter punishment, the public will lose faith in the judicial system.

“This is an extreme case of depravity and sexual assault of a young girl, who could not survive after their gruesome attack and gangrape.

“The act to damage the girl’s intestines intentionally leaves no scope of sympathy,” the prosecutor argued.

The prosecutor said as per an apex court judgement when there is murder after gangrape, the sentence should be death penalty.

At the start of arguments on point of sentence, convict Mukesh moved an application seeking issuance of contempt notice against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for his reported statement that death is assured for the four convicts in the case

The court, while convicting the four men on Tuesday, had said that the crime was committed in a “premeditated manner”.

The court convicted them for 13 offences including gangrape, murder, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, while acquitting them of the charge of murder in dacoity.

In the 237-page judgement, which had come six days short of nine months of the incident that shook the nation’s conscience, also found complicity of main accused Ram Singh, who was found dead in Tihar jail during the trial.

On August 31, the juvenile accused was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home.

On the night of December 16, last year, Ram Singh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and the juvenile had gangraped the girl in a bus after luring her and her 28-year-old male friend, who was also assaulted, on board the vehicle, which was later found to be plying illegally on Delhi roads.

The limbs of the victim’s friend, a software engineer, were fractured in the incident. The girl succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital.

(Source: IANS)

Law to prevent crime against women soon: Sonia

A law to prevent crime against woman will pass soon in the country according to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia, who was speaking after the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology here in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said the UPA government had taken various steps for the cause of women and establishing their rights.

“The UPA government has taken several steps for the betterment of women and to make them self dependent. With a fund of around Rs 1000 crores, we are planning to set up a Women Bank, which will be run by women and help women in their business ventures,” according to Sonia, who is also the AICC president.

“We are also constituting a Nirbhaya fund with Rs 1000 crore. This fund will be used to protect the honour and dignity of our mothers and sisters,” according to her.

Gandhi’s remarks come against the backdrop of the Union Cabinet clearing a bill on Thursday providing for stringent punishment for rape, acid attack, stalking and voyeurism besides reducing the age of consent for sex to 16 years.

The bill, brought against the backdrop of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape, provides for minimum jail term of 20 years for rape which may be extended to ‘natural life’ of the convict in jail or even death if the victim dies or is left in a ‘persistent vegetative state’

Referring to the proposed Food Security Bill, Gandhi said UPA was looking into passing it. “We are trying to pass the Food security bill so that poor people of this country don’t have to starve.

“Education is also an important sector in the growth of the nation. Our UPA government under the Manmohan Singh has given special attention to technical education and education. We have also taken measures to provide proper education to kids of rural India,” she also said

Steps have also been taken for the development of minorities, added by her.

Supreme Court indicates speeding up hearing cases against women

“It will speed up hearing of appeals pending before it in sexual harassment and other cases related to crime against women all these things,” has been indicated by The Supreme Court of India.

According to a bench comprising Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and justices J Chelameswar and Vikramjit Sen, “Please wait for a week. I have something in mind. All matters like this one pending from 2004 and 2005 will be speeded up.”

The remarks were made during the case relating to the Suryanelli rape incident, in which 42 men had allegedly gangraped a 16-year-old girl for over 40 days in 1996.

The court on January 3 had decided to hear urgently the appeal against the acquittal of accused in rape case within three weeks. The bench had given the assurance after it was brought to its notice that appeal against the acquittal of accused in the case is pending in the apex court for the last eight years.

The girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala was abducted in January 1996 and was transported from place to place across Kerala. On September 6, 2000, the special court had sentenced 35 people to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms.

The Kerala High Court, however, acquitted all 35 convicts earlier and found only one of them person guilty of crimes related to the sex trade and sentenced him to five years jail term and a fine of Rs 50,000.

Later, her family and the state moved the Supreme Court in 2005 against the high court’s verdict.

Yet another gang rape in city

In yet another incident of crime against women in the West Bengal capital, a young woman was allegedly gangraped at Chetla in southern part of the city, police said today.

The woman was forced to get into a car by a group of men last evening at Chetla and taken to an undisclosed location where she was raped, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) P K Ghosh said.

Ghosh said the matter was being investigated after a complaint was made with the police in this regard.

A person has been detained for questioning, he said.

The complaint stated that the victim was later dumped by the accused where she was taken away from.

A spate of rape incidents have taken place in the city recently, including the Park Street case in which an Anglo-Indian woman was raped in a moving car by a group of five young men in last February.

A senior official of the Park Street police station, the victim made the complaint, was transferred after he was accused of not taking the complaint seriously.

Four months after the infamous case, another housewife was raped in a moving car in the city.