Archive for the ‘molestation’ 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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On Jan 11, 2008, The Statesman reported about a housewife who was molested by a doctor.

” A housewife, Mrs Shilpi Dhali, brought molestation and harassment charges against a doctor here today. The alleged victim has registered a complaint with the Human Rights Commission seeking and has also informed the Islampur SDO, Mr Jagdish Meena, and the superintendent of Islampur sub-division hospital, Dr Prakash Barui. Mrs Dhali of Sahapur under the Goalpokhar police station area of North Dinajpur district developed breast tumour and was in consultation with Dr Bidyut Biswas. He advised her to meet him in his house. When she visited him,                               Dr Biswas molested her. “

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On Jan 04, 2008, In Mumbai,  The Indian Express newspaper reported about the molestation of two women in front the hotel in Juhu on New Year’s eve.

”  Fourteen men who were arrested for molesting two women on January 1 outside a hotel in Juhu were on Friday produced in a magistrate’s court in Andheri, where they were granted bail on a surety of Rs 10,000 each. Since the accused were yet to get copies of the bail order, they will furnish the surety amount on Saturday, said lawyers. Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil said the state would appeal against the bail in the High Court.

Those arrested are Kunal Jadhav (20), Amit Kapoor (26), Sebastian D’Silva (18), Swapnil Mandhre (21), Sandeep Panchal (23), Manoj Panchal (21), Vaibhav Marathe (19), Nilesh Bhagyatkar (19), Derek Jadhav (19), Siddharth Singh (19), Sudhir Naikwade (21) Ajay Marathe (18), Ravindra Shukla (27) and Sandeep Shukla (19).

While Ravindra Shukla runs a sandwich stall at Vile Parle and is a resident of Kandivli, his cousin Sandeep Shukla lives in Vile Parle (East). The remaining 12 are residents of Siddhivinayak Society on Shraddhanand Road in Vile Parle (East).

Announcing the arrests, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K L Prasad had earlier said that one of the 14 had surrendered himself. However, at the Andheri magistrate’s court on Friday, even as the youngsters were first remanded to judicial custody and then applied for bail, the families of the 12 who belong to Siddhivinayak Society claimed that they had surrendered of their own accord.

Manohar Jadhav, the father of Derek Jadhav, said: “These kids had been enjoying their New Year Eve on the terrace of Siddhivinayak Society. Later, they went to Juhu beach to watch the celebrations and while returning, they saw a mob near Marriot.”

According to Jadhav, four of them rushed forward to check what the commotion was about and two of them, Nilesh Bhagyatkar and Sudhir Naikwade, were captured in photographs shot by two journalists at the spot.

At about 1.45 am on January 1, two couples leaving the J W Marriott were caught in an unruly mob of men. The two women were molested for close to 10 minutes until the photographers at the spot alerted a passing traffic police van. After waiting over 24 hours to register a case, the police finally launched a hunt for the culprits, announcing a reward for information on those in the photographs.

The 14 arrested late Thursday have been charged under Sections 143, 147, 148, 149, 323, 354, 341, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act. Deputy Commissioner of Police K M Prasanna said, “More arrests will be made in the case.”

Defence lawyer Nagesh Joshi, who appeared for the 14 accused, said the prosecution could not satisfy the court on why they needed police custody. “The court felt that there was no need for arguing the case at this stage,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief minister R R Patil on Friday said the state would urge the Centre to make Section 354 of the IPC non-bailable. ”

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