Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

On June 19, 2008, in Handwar, a local newspaper Etaalat reported about a Gujjar girl who was molested by three army men.

Police on Thursday registered a case against three soldiers who molested a Gujjar girl in Nowgam village of Handwara on Wednesday.
A senior police officer told this newspaper that an FIR (No. 92 u/s 354 RPC) was registered against the three soldiers of 161 bn Territorial Army who work with 30-Rashtriya Rifles.
The accused molested Shahzada (name changed) when she was grazing her cattle in the village. The trio, apparently in drunken condition, had been hiding in bushes. They tried to rape her but her resistance and cries caught the attention of her family members who rushed to the spot.
The family said some soldiers of 8 Raj Rifles who were on duty nearby also came to the spot. “Thus her chastity was saved,” they said
“Had we didn’t reached at the spot, the beasts would have outraged the chastity of our daughter,” the family told this newspaper.
Meanwhile, the incident has evoked massive condemnation from the local residents.  The nomadic Gujjars have threatened to vacate their dhokas and return to their villages. “Now our daughters are not safe here because of terror unleashed by soldiers and the government gunmen. I have decided to vacate this place and take the women folk back,” an aged Gujjar said.
When contacted, Army’s Srinagar-based spokesman Lt Col Mathur said that one of the accused troopers “is the relative of the girl.” He, however, denied the charges of molestation. “


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Women trafficking

An article from nytimes about women prostitution

WHAT do we know about the woman Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly hired as a prostitute? She was the one person he ignored in his apology. What is she going through now? Is she in danger from organized crime because of what she knows? Is anyone offering her legal counsel or alternatives to prostitution?

“I’m here for a purpose,” she said in a conversation with her booking agent after meeting with Governor Spitzer, according to the affidavit of the F.B.I agent who investigated the prostitution ring. “I know what my purpose is. I’m not a … moron, you know what I mean.”

Her purpose, as a man who knew patiently explained, is “renting” out an organ for 10 minutes. Men rent women through the Internet or by cellphone as if they were renting a car. And now, in response to the news about Governor Spitzer, pundits are wading into the age-old debates over whether prostitution is a victimless crime or whether women are badly hurt in prostitution no matter what they’re paid.

Whose theory is it that prostitution is victimless? It’s the men who buy prostitutes who spew the myths that women choose prostitution, that they get rich, that it’s glamorous and that it turns women on.

But most women in prostitution, including those working for escort services, have been sexually abused as children, studies show. Incest sets young women up for prostitution — by letting them know what they’re worth and what’s expected of them. Other forces that channel women into escort prostitution are economic hardship and racism.

The Emperor’s Club presented itself as an elite escort service. But aside from charging more, it worked like any other prostitution business. The pimps took their 50 percent cut. The Emperor’s Club often required that the women provide sex twice an hour. One woman who was wiretapped indicated that she couldn’t handle that pressure. The ring operated throughout the United States and Europe. The transport of women for prostitution was masked by its description as “travel dates.”

Telephone operators at the Emperor’s Club criticized one of the women for cutting sessions with buyers short so that she could pick up her children at school. “As a general rule,” one said, “girls with children tend to have a little more baggage going on.”

Whether the woman is in a hotel room or on a side street in someone’s car, whether she’s trafficked from New York to Washington or from Mexico to Florida or from the city to the suburbs, the experience of being prostituted causes her immense psychological and physical harm. And it all starts with the buyer.

Melissa Farley is the author of “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections.” Victor Malarek is the author of “The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade.”

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On Saturday- March 08, 2008, in Goa, CNNIBN reported the news about a British girl who was raped

” Goa Tourism Minister Mickey Pacheco has demanded dismissal of police officers who carelessly handled the case of the 15-year-old British girl who was found dead under suspicious circumstances on the Goa beach.

“Such negligence by police department spoils Goa’s image,” he said this in the letter to Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik.

The Goa Police had earlier said it has no reason to hush up the case of the dead 15-year-old British teenager, which has caught international attention after her family members alleged foul play.

“From day one our investigation is aimed at finding out whether the death is homicidal or accidental. We have no reasons to hush up the case,” North Goa Superintendent of Police Bosco George had told PTI this evening.

Scarlett Keeling’s second autopsy report is identical to the first and it repeats that she died of drowning. However, it doesn’t establish the circumstances surrounding her death

Scarlette’s parents believe the death was not due to drowning as the police claim. They say the injury and other bruises on her body point to a cover up.

Fiona McKeown, Scarlette’s mother, has questioned the first post-mortem report that said the teenager had accidentally drowned.

“We think she had her face pushed into the sand because of the amount of the sand that was inside her nose and mouth. But the injuries all over her legs, arms and back are not fatal injuries. Somebody’s done that to her before they killed her,” Fiona says.

“She was battered before she was murdered, there were a lot of bruises on her. There had been an order that morning at 9:30 for the body to be removed after we’d gone down to the police station and asked to see the body again,” she says.

She adds, “I had asked them not to remove the body until I saw it agian, But they were still trying to remove it. They’re definitely trying to cover up.”

The counsel for the Keeling family says they’ve evidence pointing to foul play in Scarlette’s death.

“They have changed the investigating officer and there’s a new supervising officer who is above him. I am optimistic that they will carry out a proper investigation now. We will follow the logical process till justice is served,” says the counsel for the parents of the victim, Vikram Verma.

McKeown says she is sure her daughter was murdered.

“I saw her body for the third time today and there are more than 50 bruises on her body. I don’t know who killed her. But she was killed,” Fiona adds.

The photographs, which were taken by McKeown shortly after she saw the body on February 18, clearly show a number of bruises and cuts on Scarlette’s body. Even the first autopsy had mentioned the presence of injury marks, but the Goa police did not take the investigation forward.

“Why are police lying to the mother of the girl? Why is police lying to the media? Why are police hiding information? Should we trust the men in uniform or we should get terrorised because of them?” McKeown’s advocate Vikram Varma asks.

Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has said he will personally monitor the investigation. The results of the second post mortem are expected on Saturday.”

This is just one story which is been reported and so many of them go unreported. It is very hard for the foreigners to stay or live in India specially if they do not know the regional language.



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The crime chart of the capital city

On Jan 1, 2008, In New Delhi The times of India reported about the statistics of the crimes in the capital city.

” Delhi continues to be the undisputed ‘crime capital’ of the country. It is not only No 1 among 35 big cities with the largest number of crime cases but also has the dubious distinction of having topped the list for five years in a row.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in its latest annual report—Crime in India: 2006—also points out that Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore together accounted for more than one-third of all crimes reported in Indian cities having a population of over a million people, for the second year in a row.

The national capital occupies the top slot for almost all violent crimes, including murder, rape, dowry death, molestation, kidnapping and abduction.

The report also notes the disturbing trend of young people taking to crime in a big way. It shows that 44.6% of the total arrested criminals during 2006 belonged to the 18-30 year age-group. In 2005, the figure was 44% and the trend was uniformly high across the 35 big cities under survey.

Besides the top three cities, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Indore and Pune are the other mega cities which figure prominently in NCRB’s list for reporting relatively higher number of cases.

The 35 mega cities collectively reported a total of 3,26,363 cognizable crimes in 2006, an increase of 3.7% over 2005.

According to NCRB, the country reported a total of 51,02,460 cognizable crimes, of which 18,78,293 related to murder, rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, abduction, dowry death, dacoity, molestation and other violent offences. The remaining 32,24,167 incidents were cases registered under the Arms Act, Gambling Act, Prohibition Act, Forest Act, Railways Act and other special and local laws.

Although the overall crime in the country recorded an increase of 1.5% in 2006 as compared to 2005, the ‘crime rate’ (number of crimes per one lakh population) declined by 0.02%. Predictably, Delhi bucked this trend as well and the crime rate here grew to 357.2, more than double the national average of 167.7.

The crime rate is universally accepted as a more realistic indicator of crime. These figures reveal the dismal state of women in the capital. Dowry death (120), rape (533) and molestation (629) rates in Delhi were much higher as compared with other mega cities. Delhi, in fact, accounted for 31.2% of the total rape cases reported in big cities.

Among the states, Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rapes (2,900), accounting for as much as 15% of the total.

NCRB’s figures for Delhi endorsed what the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) of the home ministry had recently mentioned about the city while referring to a study/survey.

That study, conducted by the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (NICFS) at the behest of BPR&D, had concluded that the “absence of visible police patrolling” and “the police’s attitude towards women complainants” in the national capital had substantially reduced the trust-quotient of police, particularly among women.

As far as states are concerned, NCRB has found that Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of crimes (1,94,711) followed by Maharashtra (1,91,788), Andhra Pradesh (1,73,909), Tamil Nadu (1,48,972) and Rajasthan (1,41,992) during 2006.

Among violent crimes, India reported 32,481 murders, 19,348 rapes, 7,618 dowry deaths and 36,617 molestation cases in 2006.”

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