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Dalit minor girl set on fire in Gujarat after dispute #Vaw #WTFnews


Fight began among neighbours over disposal of dirty water

A spat with neighbours over disposal of dirty water resulted in a minor Dalit girl from Gujarat being set ablaze on Sunday.

Chandrika Parmar (15) suffered 70 per cent burns when her neighbours, also Dalits, launched a sudden attack on her and her family. She is battling for her life at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.

The incident took place in Syla village in Surendranagar district. Chandrika had complained to her neighbour, Suneeta Vaghela, about throwing dirty water outside her house, leading to an argument. Ms. Vaghela’s father Motibhai Sumera then slapped Chandrika’s younger brother Milan and threatened the family.

When Chandrika’s mother Manjuben Parmar lodged a police complaint, the neighbours were infuriated. “That afternoon, Mr. Sumera, along with his immediate and extended family members, barged into the Parmar home and started beating everyone,” Chandrika’s cousin Mahendra Parmar told The Hindu.

“They were carrying sticks, red chilli powder and kerosene. There were nearly 10 of them. They were trying to douse Chandrika’s younger brother with kerosene when she rushed to his rescue. The assailants then turned on her. While three women held her down, the men poured kerosene and set her on fire,” the cousin said.

Chandrika suffered severe burns. “She is still in a critical condition,” M.M. Prabhakar, medical superintendent of the Civil Hospital, told The Hindu.

“Had the police acted on Manjuben’s complaint, the matter would not have escalated to this extent,” said Anand Parmar, Chandrika’s elder brother. “Instead, the local police used abusive words. They threatened to put me behind bars. When we went to the police station, we were made to wait for hours.”

The police have registered a case of attempt to murder, house-trespass and criminal intimidation against Mr. Sumera, a civil engineer; Sangeeta Vaghela, a school headmistress, and six other members of the Sumera family, based on Chandrika’s statement.

“Such a violent reaction to such a trivial issue is quite unexpected. There is no history of animosity or violence between the neighbours, except for occasional arguments over petty issues,” P.N. Momaya, Deputy Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu. She denied the family’s allegations that the police was lax in acting on the family’s complaint. “We took prompt action,” she said.

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#India- Godman locks up 7- yr-old girl underground for Reincarnation Ritual #Vaw #WTF news

7-yr-old girl rescued from godman’s underground cell

,TNN | Feb 27, 2014, 04.56 AM IST

7-yr-old girl rescued from godman's underground cell
The underground cell where the seven-year-old girl was confined by Appayya Swami (top left) in a Belgaum village.
BELGAUM: A seven-year-old girl was rescued late on Tuesday night from the ashram of a self-styled godman in a Belgaum village, where she had been forcibly confined for 20 days in an underground cell.Police raided the premises of Chandragiri Mutt at Zunjarwad village in Athani taluk, 180km from Belgaum, and arrested the godman Sadashiv alias Appayya Swami and his aide, Gurupadgouda Patil.

The rescued girl, who the accused claimed had been adopted by him, was admitted in the Athani government hospital. The girl is stable but traumatized, said hospital authorities.

Pushpalata Sunnadakal, chief medical officer of Athani hospital, dismissed claims of Appayya Swami that the girl had not taken food and liquid for the past 20 days and that she had been kept alive through spiritual power.

The police team found food, water, lamp, kerosene and items used for rituals inside the 11ftx11ft wide and 9ft high cell where the girl, Nijalingamma Channappa Dodamani, was kept.

Following the incident, Arun Neeralagatti, district child protection officer, visited the spot and rescued five more children from the ashram.

The event had in fact been publicized as Yog Samadhi by the ashram authorities around 20 days ago. Claiming that it was being done for the welfare of humankind, the godman conducted a ritual claiming that the girl would be burnt alive and brought back to life on Shivarathri.

Pamphlets were distributed and donations were sought among villagers. According to plan, ashram authorities placed the girl under logs of wood and burnt the pyre.

As hundreds of devotees witnessed the event amid chants, the girl was whisked away and her body smeared with black paint and ash to show that she had been charred to death. Later she was confined in the underground cellar and the modus operandi was to produce her alive on Shivarathri day.

Appayya Swami claimed he had adopted the girl and that her parents are from Soorpali in Jamkhandi taluk of Bagalkot district. However, sources in the women and child welfare department said that the adoption was illegal as no mandatory adoption procedures were followed.

Tahsildar Pavate said she was surprised that the villagers of Zunjarwad had not informed authorities about this earlier. “At least, local gram panchayat members or women groups should have informed us,” she said.

District commissioner N Jayaram said the government will take up the responsibility of the rescued girl, including tracing her family and her schooling. “Besides, the construction of the mutt is illegal and authorities will look into it,” he said.

A case has been registered against the accused Appayya Swami and his aides. Further investigation is on, said S R Patil, DySP, Chikkodi.

The godman has been a controversial figure in an area, steeped in superstition. Nine months ago, he had dropped his clothes in front of the camera saying he was free of sexual desires when some journalists sought his reaction over rape charges levelled against him.

In 2010, Appayya had been booked for attempt to suicide after he claimed to have sat in an underground cell without food and air for 15 days, surviving only on his spiritual powers. Two atrocity cases had registered against him but he was acquitted in both cases as they were proven false due to lack of evidence.

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#India – Human rights day -Youths abduct minor Dalit girl, burn her face #WTFnews #Vaw

BS, Rewari (Har) 

 Last Updated at 19:46 IST

In a shocking incident, two youths allegedly abducted a minor Dalit girl and burnt her face with matchsticks over some enmity with her family in Khurrampur village, about 21 km from Rewari.

The eight-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by Jag Ram and Pawan, who were later joined by their associate, Kala Jat, on December 8. The trio allegedly burnt her face at a deserted place using matchsticks, police said today.

The accused committed the crime over some enmity with the minor’s family, they added.

Later, when the girl narrated her ordeal to her parents, her father Mukesh Kumar yesterday filed a complaint following which the police registered a case of abduction, causing grievous hurt by means of a blazing substance, unwelcome physical contact and under the SC/ST Act against Jag Ram, Pawan and Kala Jat.

The medical examination of the minor was carried out yesterday at the community health centre of Bawal. Police said efforts were on to arrest the accused.

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#India – Severed Head, Limbs of Dalit Girl Found in Haryana #Vaw #WTFnews


The body of a 13-year-old Dalit girl, kidnapped on October 20, was found with severed head and limbs, which were recovered from different areas of Khedi village of Mahendergarh district.

The torso of the girl was found on October 24 and a day later her severed arms were recovered, according to police.

Her head was found today in the Ateli area, about 50 kms from here, they said, adding the minor’s post mortem was conducted at PGIMS, Rohtak.

The Class VII student was kidnapped by unidentified persons on October 20 and four days later her torso was found, triggering protests by the family members and villagers.

Seeking a high-level probe into the matter and the arrest of assailants, irate villagers blockade on the Ateli-Behror road yesterday and continued with the protest today.

The protest was called off following a request of DSP Jaipal Singh, who assured of a speedy action into the matter.

A case of murder was registered and probe initiated into the matter, police said.

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#India – Gujarat cities killing infant girls #Vaw

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Paul John & Radha Sharma, TNN | Jul 25, 2013,

GANDHINAGARInfant girls in the 0-12 months age group are unsafe in urban Gujarat. The online data on infant deaths put out by Gujarat’s chief registrar of births and deaths for the last three years reveals that urban areas have registered deaths of 12,325 infant girls and 8,076 infant boys.

Ironically, in rural Gujarat, while 2,739 boys didn’t live till their first birthday, the corresponding figure for girls was 2,246. According to 2011 census, urban population ofGujarat is 2.57 crore, while rural population is 3.47 crore. Places with one lakh and above population are considered as urban areas.

The data has experts foxed as there is no reason why the girl child, considered a stronger sex, should be a bigger casualty in urban centres which have better medical facilities compared to rural areas. The data, experts say, reveals a deeper malaise in society where the sex ratio of births is already skewed.

“I am not surprised by these figures. There’s marked discrimination when it comes to medical treatment of daughters in the lower middle class and urban poor,” said Dr Ashish Mehta, a consultant neo-natal specialist at VS Hospital here.

Dr Mehta recalled the recent case of a new born girl weighing 1.8 kg who had septicemia and had to be put on ventilator. But the family took the baby away saying they could not afford to spend thousands in saving the life of a girl.

For a boy, the poor are ready to go the extra mile in most cases. Pediatrician in Maninagar Dr Mona Desai says she often finds parents are reluctant to incur significant financial expenditure for a girl, while for sons, most are ready to sell off jewellery and even mortgage their homes!

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Girl, 15, ‘beheaded’ in Afghanistan after her family turned down marriage proposal

By Kerry Mcdermott,

PUBLISHED: 10:08 GMT, 29 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 29 November 2012

A teenage girl was beheaded by a relative in northern Afghanistan after she turned down his marriage proposals, according to reports.

The victim, named as Gisa, was decapitated with a knife in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province on Tuesday, local police said. She is believed to be around 15-years-old.

A police spokesman said two men, named as  Sadeq and Massoud, had been arrested following the teenage girl’s murder.

The two men are understood to be close relatives of the victim that live in the same village.

Local police sources have said the men behind the attack wanted to marry the girl, but their advances had been turned down by victim’s father.

Violence: The teenage girl is understood to have been beheaded after she refused a relative's repeated marriage proposals (FILE PHOTO)Violence: The teenage girl is understood to have been beheaded after she refused a relative’s repeated marriage proposals (FILE PHOTO)

Gisa is understood to have been attacked as she returned to her home in Kulkul village after going out to collect water from a nearby well.

Her father told a local news agency he had not wanted his daughter to get married because she was too young.

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime – notorious for its oppression of women in the country – was ousted in 2001, but extreme violence against women is still rife.

In 2009 the Elimination of Violence Against Woman law was introduced in Afghanistan, criminalising child marriage, forced marriage, ‘giving away’ a girl or woman to settle a dispute, among other acts of violence against the female population of the ultra-conservative Islamic nation.

But the UN has said there is a ‘long way to go’ before the rights of Afghan women are fully protected.

Comprehensive official statistics on the number of incidents of violence against women in the country are difficult to establish, with the majority of cases going unreported. However in the year to March 2011, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission registered over 2,000 acts of violence against women.

The NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force has given high priority to re-establishing women’s rights that were eradicated under the Taliban as part of its efforts to create a security strategy for Afghanistan.

But with the deadline for international troops to pull out of the country – scheduled for the end of 2014 – looming, activists have warned that the outlook for the female population remains bleak.

Human Rights Watch has said women’s rights are increasingly at risk in the run up to the scheduled draw-down of NATO forces, with early and forced marriage, impunity for violence against women and lack of access of justice among the long list of challenges they still face.

'Beheaded': The teenage girl is understood to have been attacked as she returned to her home in the Imam Sahib district after fetching water from a nearby well‘Beheaded’: The teenage girl is understood to have been attacked as she returned to her home in the Imam Sahib district after fetching water from a nearby well


While Afghan women have won back some basic rights since the Taliban was toppled 11 years ago, so-called honour killings remain relatively commonplace in the war-torn Islamic nation.


The summer of 2012 saw a spate of so-called honour killings in Afghanistan.

In July a father shot his two teenage daughters dead in the Nad Ali district of Helmand when they returned home four days after running away with a man.

Earlier that same month shocking video footage emerged of a 22-year-old Afghan woman being gunned down with an AK47 in front of a crowd of baying villagers in Parwan province.

Thought to have been married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant group, the woman, known only as Najiba, was executed after being accused of having an affair with a Taliban commander.

Her murder followed a horrific case in Ghazni province in which a man beheaded his ex-wife and two of their children.

Serata’s former spouse barged into her home and decapitated her in front of their eight-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

He then killed the children because they had seen, police said.

This year the country’s Independent Human Rights Commission recorded 16 incidents of honour killings in March and April alone, the first two months of the Afghan new year.

During the month of July a spate of brutal killings in the country – which left four women and two children dead – attracted international attention.

The Independent Human Rights Commission warned last month that Afghanistan has seen a sharp rise in cases of both honour killings and rape, adding that many incidents of murder and sexual assault go unreported to authorities.

The ever-present threat of violence at the hands of men in a patriarchal society has also led to an increase in cases of Afghan women taking their own lives.

Dozens of women commit suicide in the country each year, often to escape failed or abusive marriages.

Divorce is still taboo in Afghanistan, and women who flee their marriages, if caught, face stringent prison sentences.

A family court established in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, in 2003 offered a semblance of hope for women in the country that are trapped in forced marriages or subject to domestic violence – but it still adheres to Afghanistan’s version of Islamic sharia law.

Traditional Afghan culture places no onus on a man who wants to leave his spouse to go through legal proceedings – he can divorce his wife without any approval of the justice system. In the court in Kabul, a woman must plead her case before judges and lawyers, and she must have five male witnesses willing to attend in support.

A recent case saw a 17-year-old girl forced to accept a marriage proposal from a man she despised successfully argued for her engagement to be scrapped by the court, according to The Washington Post.

Tragically for Farima, who dreamed of becoming a doctor, the decision did not mark a return to the life of relative freedom she enjoyed before her engagement. Before taking her battle to the court, the desperate teenager had thrown herself from the roof of her Kabul home.

Farima broke her back in the fall, but survived. Her fiance insisted that their planned marriage must still go ahead, leading the now disabled teenager to take her battle to the family court.

Following the case, the 17-year-old is back in her childhood home. Her family did not allow her to return to school, and the injuries she sustained in her failed suicide bid mean relatives fear she will be unlikely to marry in the future. While she managed, against the odds, to free herself from a fate she dreaded, the future for this defiant Afghan girl still looks bleak.

Girls in rural parts of Afghanistan are often forced into marriage at a young ageChallenges: Afghan women have won back some basic human rights since the fall of the Taliban, but there is still a ‘long way to go’, activists say (FILE PHOTO)


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