Archive for December, 2007

On Dec 30, 2007 , in New Delhi, The Times of India reported the news of the bail of two people who married the rape victims.

  ” After two alleged rape victims in separate cases said they wanted to get married to the accused, a city court in a unique order on Saturday directed them to go ahead with their decision and report back next week. The accused had also expressed their willingness to get married to the alleged victims in both cases.

Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau granted interim bail to both the accused and asked them to produce the proof of their respective weddings in the court. The order came while the court was hearing the bail applications of the accused Rajesh and Amit. Both Rajesh and Amit were granted interim bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 15,000 with a local surety of the same amount.

As both the women in question were pregnant, the court also ordered that one fixed deposit each be started in the names of the women, which would be transferred to the children once they attain the age of 18 years. In the case of Rajesh, the court ordered a fixed deposit of Rs 30,000 while in Amit’s case a fixed deposit of Rs 35,000 was ordered. Saturday’s court order being an interim one, a final order will be passed by the court once the accused comply with the court’s directions.

Though the cases were filed separately, the court passed the orders simultaneously, taking into consideration similar circumstances. In the case of Rajesh, a complaint was filed by the father of the girl at Najafgarh police station, when he found his daughter was pregnant. The girl, however, told the magistrate that she was in love with Rajesh and they had secretly got married and expressed her desire to stay with the accused. Her father, however, questioned his daughter’s consent as he held that she was a minor. It was later ascertained from the mother of the girl, who was staying separately from her husband, that the girl was of a marriageable age.

In the second case, Amit, working as a delivery boy, was accused of raping a housemaid. The employer of the girl filed a complaint at Dwarka police station, when he found that the girl was four months pregnant. The girl, however, had mentioned her desire to marry Amit in her statement before the magistrate. The relatives of the girl, who had come from her native place in east India, said that she was of a marriageable age. The court, taking into consideration the bail applications of the accused, had directed the families of the accused and that of girls to be present in the court. The families had also consented to the marriages.”

This may help the victims in some way but there is no guarantee that the accused would take care of the victims properly because the accused may marry the victims just for bail.


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On Dec 29, 2007, NDTV reported about the availability of the deadly drug.

” The fear of date rape has reared its ugly head in Mumbai with a drug bust at the Mumbai airport. But it’s not just drug cartels you need to watch out for, it’s date rape drugs being sold for a song over the counter. NDTV finds out how easy it is to purchase this deadly chemical.

What better way to bring in the New Year than to say cheers! But beware, not every clink of the glass has an innocent ring. Lacing your cocktail could be deadly substances as date-rape drugs are causing ripples in Mumbai party circles.

And now, raising the alarm is a seizure of Ketamine hydrochloride. Nine kg of a chemical powder used to make date-rape drugs was seized at the Mumbai airport. It’s the fourth seizure in two months and the enforcement agencies are worried.

Dilip Srirao, DCP, Anti Narcotics Cell said, ”What’s more frightening is the easy availability of Ketamine, used to make injectible anaesthetics, a prescription drug not meant to be sold over the counter.”

Shockingly, NDTV found the anesthetic freely available. We merely walked into a South Mumbai medical store, asked for Ketamine and walked out with a bottle, no questions asked.

Taking matters to another level are the reports of at least four Mumbai-based pharmaceutical firms accused of faking invoices to import Ketamine in bulk. ”

A substance when converted into date-rape drugs fetches crores of rupees, drugs that go by the name Roffies and Liquid X.

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On Dec 28, 2007, The Statesman reported the death of two people.

” The cause of death of two members of a family of Talabarangpadar village, under Bisam Cuttack police limits has perplexed both police and people of the district.
Ranjee Kumburuka (30), wife of Lingana Kumburuka and her mother-in-law Deepai Kumburuka (60) had died on the same day. While the family members of Lingara claimed that Ranjee died of illness, his in-laws claimed that she was murdered for dowry.
Sources said that Rajnee, a mother of five had fallen ill recently, while her husband was away. She reportedly died after sometime, though the family members claimed that they had tried their best to save her. Ranjee’s mother-in-law Deepai died soon after.
The villagers cremated both the bodies and informed the matter to Ranjee’s family members. They lodged a complaint in the police station alleging that she was tortured for dowry and was murdered.
Bisam Cuttack IIC Mr Kartikeswar Samal along with a doctor reached the spot to enquire the matter. The doctor informed that there were injury marks on the head, left eye lid, chest, hand and back. Ranjee was five month’s pregnant, the doctor added.
Police are investigating into the matter the matter and nobody has been arrested so far.  “

We will follow this story and update you with the latest news.

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Bangladesh Human Rights report handed in to Dutch MP van Bommel

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Woman kills herself because of dowry

On Wednesday, In Ahmedabad, December 26, 2007, TimesofIndia reported the incidence of dowry.

 A young woman committed suicide at her home in Sabarmati by hanging self Monday night. Her parents then accused her husband of murdering her. However, on Tuesday the post mortem report confirmed that she hanged herself. The alibi of her husband checked out and police have dropped all charges against him.

Archana Nayak, 26, was found dead in her home in Varahi society in Sabarmati at around 9 pm by her relatives. She had hung herself by a nylon rope in her bedroom.

M B Parmar, sub-inspector of Sabarmati police station said, “Archana was Bharat Nayak’s second wife. He already has a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. He works in Western Railways (Mehsana) unit as a foreman.

He came in touch with her, a resident of the same society, in 2004 when he was already married. They fell in love and got married in 2005 despite opposition from Archana’s father, Chinubhai Patel,” said. Adding that their marriage was going well till some time back.

“Chinubhai has mentioned in his complaint against Bharat, his father Arvind and mother Bhavna Nayak that the trio was
physically and mentally harassing Archana. Also that they were pressurising them for dowry,” he said.

K B Zala, inspector of Sabarmati police station, said, “The complaint does not prove Bharat’s involvement in Archana’s murder. Her parents accused murder but medical reports confirmed that she hung herself. There were no injury marks on Archana’s body in the post-mortem. Bharat also gave an alibi that he was at Mehsana when the incident took place which we have confirmed. However, we have registered a complaint for harassment for dowry against him and his parents till investigation reveal otherwise,” said.

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On Wednesday,in Delhi, December 19, 2007, CNNIBN reported about the sex racket.

” The national capital is fast gaining the dubious distinction as a hub of underage prostitution racket.

Minor girls are being pimped as “virgins” for huge prices to customers from across India and the market is thriving. Experts say the alarming trend is common to most metro cities but Delhi ‘s underbelly seems to be the murkiest.

A CNN-IBN Special Investigation Team went undercover, posing as customers and found child traffickers offering young minor girls for a price without a care for the law.


The first girl on offer was Payal (name changed), a underage girl being touted by a pimp called Mukesh at a shop in south Delhi. Mukesh regularly “supplies” underage, virgin girls to customers in Delhi.

Their “going rates” are on his fingertips. Given below is an excerpt from a conversation CNN-IBN had with Mukesh.


Mukesh: Uska bahut mota paisa lagega. (Payal will be very expensive)

CNN-IBN: Kitna lagega? (How much?)

Mukesh: Kam se kam 80-90 hazar rupay lagega. (At least Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000.)

A week later, Rahul, Mukesh’s right hand man got Payal to meet the SIT team again and repeatedly assured that she was a minor.

Rahul: (I assure you she is young, but you should be the only one having intercourse with her, otherwise there’ll be trouble and I will be in trouble.)

CNN-IBN: Khoon nikelaga? (Will she bleed?)

Rahul: Haan. Nahi niklega toh paisey ley jao. Rs 1000 de dena. (Yes. She will. If she does not, you’ll get your money back. Just pay us Rs 1,000 in that case.)

During the investigation, the SIT found there was a huge demand for underage girls in metros like Delhi.

CEO of NGO Naz Foundation, Anjali Gopalan explains the disturbing trend. “Minor girls are being increasingly pushed into the flesh market because many men think they will be safe from being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases,” she says.


That’s not all. With girl children fetching up to Rs 1 lakh, traffickers like Rahul and Mukesh admitted family members were often prepared to push their girls into the flesh trade. “

 We will follow this story and update you with the latest news.

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Rape accused set free by the court

 On Monday, December 10, 2007. The Daily News reported the following news about the court order.

” The Court of Appeal recently set free an accused in a rape case on the basis that his dock statement had not been properly weighed. Justice W.L.R. Silva delivering the judgement with Justice Sisira de Abrew agreeing, noted that the trial judge had failed to see whether the dock statement was sufficient to create reasonable doubt.

Justice Silva held that as a result, the evaluation of the dock statement was contrary to the law, unfair and prejudicial.

Justice Silva noted that there were glaring errors in weighing the dock statement of the accused by the trial Judge namely that he had on several occasions tried to compare the weight of the evidence between the prosecution and defence and that the trial judge had been misdirected himself on the probative value of the dock statement i.e. it had a less probative value.

The court held that the dock statement should not be treated as an inferior evidence and should not be treated as of less probative value.

The Court also noted that there was no evidence to support the opinion of the Medical Officer and it had not been very plausible. According to the Medical Officer who had examined the victim, he had not observed any contusion or any injuries on the labia.

In this case accuse-appellant, W. D. Siyadoris, 65 was found guilty of the charge of raping a baby girl. He had been sentenced to 12 years RI in addition to a fine and compensation payable to the victim. Being aggrieved by the sentence and the conviction, the accused-appellant had filed the instant case in the Court of Appeal. ”

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