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Muzaffarpur case: Court seeks CBI response on Brajesh Thakur’s plea claiming witnesses not reliable.

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A Delhi court on Tuesday sought response of the CBI on a plea filed by Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in a case of alleged sexual and physical assault of several girls in a Muzaffarpur shelter home, claiming that testimonies of witnesses in the case were not reliable. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha directed the CBI […]

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Muzaffarpur shelter home case : Delhi court defers verdict till Jan 14

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A Delhi court on Thursday deferred by a month the judgment in the case of alleged sexual and physical assault of several girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur which was run by former Bihar People’s Party (BPP) MLA Brajesh Thakur. Additional Sessions Judge Sudesh Kumar deferred the verdict till January 14 next year, […]

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Tarun Tejpal must face trial in sexual assault case: Goa Police to Supreme Court

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The Goa Police claimed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that there were “contemporaneous” WhatsApp messages and e-mails which showed that Tehelka magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal should face trial in an alleged sexual assault case lodged against him by a former woman colleague. The police, while opposing Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of charges framed against […]

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Delay in Courts Trial pushing Victims of Sexual Assault to out of Court Settlement with Accused

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In one of the most disturbing testimonies during the trial in Yeroor case, the seven-year-old victim was heard asking Mama nammal engotta pone (uncle, where are we going)? to the man who brutally raped & murdered her. She seemed happy & carefree & they were about to enter the forest mouth. Her question, so full […]

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Supreme Court dismisses Asaram Bapu’s bail plea in sexual assault case in Gujarat

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The Supreme Court Monday dismissed the bail plea of self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu in connection with a sexual assault case lodged against him in Gujarat. A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, that the trial in the case was going on and […]

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Court asks sr cop to sensitise juniors in sexual offence cases

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A senior Delhi Police officer has been directed by a city court to sensitise its officials to prudently deal with cases of sexual assault and adhere to the mandates of higher courts. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra passed the direction while pulling up the police for not complying with its order to assess the threat perception […]

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“Sexual assault on TN tribal women by police likely”

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Nearly five years after the alleged rape of four tribal women by police in Tamil Nadu, a report of a Judicial Magistrate filed today in Madras High Court said there are reasons to believe that they were sexually assaulted, but not raped. The report of the Judicial Magistrate Thirukovilur in Villupuram District stated the medical […]

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Sexual assault: ‘Judges not to disclose victims name’

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Judicial officers should not mention the name of victims in the judgements passed in sexual assault cases and they “must avoid” disclosing the identity to protect their reputation, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice S P Garg said this while noting that a magistrate as well as district and sessions judge had mentioned the […]

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Man gets 10-yr jail for sexual assault on 5-yr old girl

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A 48-year old sanitary inspector has been sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a court here for sexual assault on a girl child in 2013. Mahila court judge R Vijayakumari yesterday awarded the sentence to Sengottaiyan under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and also imposed a fine of […]

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Court acquits youth of charges of sodomising minor

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A youth accused of sodomising a 10-year-old boy has been acquitted by a Delhi court after the alleged victim failed to identify him. Additional Sessions Judge Gautam Manan absolved the youth, a Delhi resident, of offences of sodomy and wrongful restraint under IPC and sexual assault under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. […]

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Youth gets 5 yrs jail for sexually assaulting minor

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A youth, convicted for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, has been sentenced to five years in jail by a Delhi court which observed that it was a “highly derogatory” offence. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav, however, took a lenient view considering Arjun’s poor family background and awarded the minimum punishment of five years to the […]

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HC to hear Jindal’s plea against news on ‘sexual assault’

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The Delhi High Court on Friday posted for hearing on January 19 a plea by Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal seeking a direction to restrain the media from airing the news relating to alleged sexual assault case against him and his associates. A bench of Justice Jayant Nath issued a notice to a private […]

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Law often ineffective against gender discrimination

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Laws to check gender discrimination and son-preference are often ineffective, and in many cases, may advance discriminatory practices against women, a study released here Thursday said. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) study, “Laws and son preference in India”, authored by advocate Kirti Singh, recommends a new, anti-discriminatory legal framework to guide laws and policies […]

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CBI officer says Aarushi was killed by her parents

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In Trial court hearing the CBI told that the Aarushi-Hemraj double-murder case that circumstantial evidences show that the teenager was killed by her parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. No one from the outside could have entered the flat and committed the murder. Investigation Kaul appeared before Central Bureau of Investigation special Judge S Lal and said […]

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Justice Verma report’s potency being diluted: Shabana Azmi

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Actor-activist Shabana Azmi accused the government of “diluting the potency” of Justice Verma Committee report on sexual crimes by “cherry-picking” its recommendations. “Women activist were happy about the suggestions, but government diluted the potency of the recommendations by cherry-picking suggestions. We must keep pressure on the government so that it implements the report in its […]

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Man convicted of raping daughter’s friend

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Holding a man guilty of raping a 15-year-old friend of his daughter, a fast track court has told delay by victim in lodging complaint of sexual violence should not be a mitigating factor for conviction of accused as it is agonising for victims to confide in such cases. “Sexual assault destroys the entire psychology of […]

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Delhi Gang rape victim a 23 year old girl has got dead in Singapore

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Delhi Gang rape victim a 23 year old girl has got dead in Mount Elizabeth Hospital here in Singapore early this morning. The victim was brutally gang raped and assaulted in Delhi. The girl, who was admitted to the well-known multi-organ transplant facility in Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday morning in an extremely critical condition, breathed her last […]

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AAP seeks enactment of Sexual Assault Bill

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In Delhi Expressing solidarity with the protest against the gangrape of a girl, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to sought immediate enactment of the Sexual Assault Bill either by bringing an ordinance or by convening a special session of Parliament. According to the AAP, “The Parliament must immediately enact the Sexual Assault Bill (currently […]

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Sex crimes: Sexual assault instead of Rape

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The government’s move to make rape a gender-neutral crime is a welcome step towards harmonising current anomalies in laws relating to sexual offence. The proposed changes are aimed at broadening the definition of rape, so far restricted to penile and vaginal penetration. The replacement of the word ‘rape’ with ‘sexual assault’, a gender-neutral distinction, will […]

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