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Mumbai – #1BillionRising – Maya Rao performs the ‘ WALK’ #Rise4Revolution #Vaw



Theatre Artiste maya Rao perform here monologue the ' Walk' at one billion rising OBR) 2016 program at St Xavier in Mumbai

Theatre Artiste maya Rao perform here monologue the ‘ Walk‘ at one billion rising
OBR) 2016 program at St Xavier in Mumbai

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February through March 8th, thousands of Risings take place in hundreds of countries across the world and within local communities – to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors of various forms of violence face. People around the world rise through dance to express rage against injustices, and the power of global solidarity and collective action. They dance to express joy and community and celebrate the fact that together, violence can be defeated. They rise to show a determination to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.


It has been a most amazing THREE years of the campaign: One Billion Rising (2013), One Billion Rising for Justice (2014) and One Billion Rising: Revolution (2015).





In Mumbai, Theatre Artiste Maya Rao performed her monologue

the ‘Walk’ in response to the horrific gang rape in a Delhi bus on 16 December, 2012. The performance has been performed in a range of spaces – on the street, schools, colleges, shopping malls, theatre festivals.

According to Maya, ” The Walk is not just about the freedom to walk the street at any hour of day or night without fear; it’s about taking hold of the night to think, reflect, talk to each other; it’s about doing all the things that  girls   can do no more.

The event was organised by NGO, Akshara, at St Xavier College where more than 300 students were provoked to a Q and A,

Maya Rao’s intense performance left the youth gathered in St. Xavier college deep in thought.. about claiming public spaces, about owning the city, about taking risk, about giving and accepting consent…about ability to say NO and say Yes and accept NO…

Mumbai rising with Millennials…………… making promises of change, building a movement, walking towards revolution……… one step at a time

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Lift syndrome: Forced kiss lands Gaming Company CEO in jail #Vaw


DC | Bellie Thomas | August 05, 20

Bengaluru: It has shades of the Tarun Tejpal case. While the Tehelka founder editor is in the dock for allegedly raping a colleague in a lift, a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a video-gaming firm in the city is alleged to have kissed a young female colleague in the lift of a restaurant as the two returned from lunch to their office recently.

Janardhan Guptha, 40, CEO of KLAP Edutainment Private Limited, H.S.R. Layout, has been charged with sexual harassment under IPC section 354-A  sexual and suppression of evidence after the 26 –year- old victim complained to the police.

She has alleged that the CEO had made several advances to her, but she had managed to dodge them until Wednesday (July 30) last week, when he kissed her forcefully while they were in a lift of the restaurant. The girl claims she reported the matter to the HR department of the company, but received no response.

“The company does not fall under our jurisdiction, but the restaurant does. Since the crime took place in the lift of the restaurant, we have registered a sexual harassment case against the CEO,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East Division, Rohini Katoch Sepat, adding that the police was looking into  whether the girl had gone to lunch alone with the CEO or if it was a team lunch.

“We are also trying to establish why she took five days to file a complaint,” she added. Asked if she was threatened with losing her job by the staff or the CEO to stop her from complaining, the DCP said she had made no mention of it.

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Odisha woman sold for Rs 25,000 at public auction in UP ! #WTFnews


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, July 26:

In a shocking incident, a woman from Odisha was allegedly sold at a public auction in Hamirpur district in Uttar Pradesh, a report in the Deccan Herald said on Friday.

According to the report, the auction took place at the baaratghar (community centre) in Jarakhar village and continued till well into Thursday night.

The woman was ultimately bought by the highest bidder, a resident of the same village who paid Rs 25,000 and took possession of her.

The Deccan Herald report, quoting sources, said the woman was originally bought by a resident of Jharakhar village Sohanlal Valmiki, who had worked in Odisha for a few months.

Valmiki had brought the woman to the village a few days back.

“After exploiting the woman for all these days, Valmiki decided to sell her through an auction to get the best price. The initial bid for the hapless woman was for Rs 10,000 which went up to Rs 15,000. The woman, according to the reports, refused to go with an old man who had agreed to pay Rs 15,000. Ultimately, Brijbhan Kori of the same village bought her for Rs 25,000 and took her away,” the newspaper report said, adding, hundreds of curious onlookers were also present when the auction took place.

“We have reports of such an auction. We are investigating it. Stern action will be taken against the guilty if the reports turn out true,” a police officer was quoted as saying.

” Earlier also reports of buying of young girls from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand by UP youths, especially from the western region, have been received.The sex ratio has decreased alarmingly in the western districts in the state and the families are finding it very difficult to get brides for their men,” the Deccan Herald report noted.

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#India – Fighting Sexual Violence when Police Doesn’t Respond To Distress Calls #Vaw


By Samar

27 June, 2014

The calls were not getting answered, not a single one of them. The friend was recounting the tale of a female friend held hostage by some people in her own house with horror. I was calling the Senior Superintendent of Police and other officers, district administration, the local police station. Every passing minute was sending shivers down my spine, he continued.

Worst was the response of the police station where full rings went with nobody answering them. What for these police stations are if they cannot respond to such emergencies? The story, in short, was eerily similar to countless other stories of bodies of women being turned into the site of ‘honour’ and battles for the same. The younger brother of the woman in this case had married a girl out of love and then the couple eloped for safety. The case did not involve any caste conflicts, ironically, as both of them belonged to the same caste. It was the girl’s decision to choose her life partner on her own that had irked the family members, self-designated custodians of the girl in any patriarchal society. It was this they wanted to avenge and had, therefore, landed on the woman’s house in the dead of the night and held her hostage.

They had also confiscated her phones for stopping her from seeking any help. She was asked to tell where the couple was and threatened with rape and getting paraded naked if she did not. She, in fact, did not know. Yet, she asked for her phone on the excuse that a friend might know the couple’s location and she will ask her. That is how the friend I was talking to came to know about the incident. She, in turn, tried to contact every possible person who could help starting with the local police.

As I said before, the police did not answer the calls even once leaving her flummoxed. Then she started contacting her friends in media and women’s movement who could, finally, reach the police and make them act. The hostage situation was broken next morning after hours long ordeal for the woman. . Thankfully, she was rescued before getting violated despite being kept in illegal confinement. That too, it broke because the woman was well connected and her friend could reach people in positions of helping What would happen to an ordinary woman with no such contacts is anybody’s guess.

This happened in a country which saw a national outpouring of anger against violence against women after brutal gang rape and subsequent death of a young girl in Delhi last December. The popular protests had shaken the government of the day into action and it came up with new laws against rape and promised heightened security for women across India. That the changes were cosmetic gets betrayed by stories after stories of violence against women being committed in the country. Uttar Pradesh, most populous province of the country has been in news for spate of gang rapes and murders. Madhya Pradesh which has not been in news despite performing worse is officially acknowledged rape capital of the country. Even places which were considered safer for women in the past have seen a rise in incidents of sexual violence. Mumbai, for instance, witnessed a passenger attacking a female bus conductor and tearing her clothes in broad daylight.

The new law, evidently, has not worked on the ground. It will not for laws, however good, need institutions to work and if institution are defunct and/or deviant they are bound to fail. What law can save a woman if the police would not do as much as taking a distress call? What law would save someone from getting raped if she is held hostage for hours in her own house? What law would save a girl wanting to marry out of her own choice if the police cannot offer as much as protection to her? The country has seen cases of Khap Panchayats (caste councils) killing couple having police protection and then threatening the judge who sentenced those responsible. Interestingly, the local police did not beef up the security cover for the judge despite her repeated pleas as they were hand in gloves with the murderers.

Introducing newer, harsher laws is not going to curb sexual violence in India. Only thing that can is radical restructuring of the criminal justice system by making it responsive and responsible. Having dedicated teams to respond to emergencies might be a beginning but until and unless impartial investigations ending in speedy convictions become the norm, nothing will change on the ground.

Till then, we can make do police stations which do not respond to distress calls.

Samar is Programme Coordinator – Right to Food Programme Asian Legal Resource Centre / Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong

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Angry bare naked ladies #Vaw #Protest


,TNN | Jun 15, 2014, 07.00 AM IST

Angry bare naked ladies
Six middle class women recently shed their saris, salwars and jeans to protest against sexual violence in the heart of conservative Kochi. But do topless tactics really work?

It was around 4pm. The workday was beginning to wind down in down town Ernakulam when four women trooped into the washroom of lawyer K Nandini’s office in Kombara. There they dropped their saris, salwar kameez, jeans, tops and stepped out draped in just five metres of unstitched cotton.

At the busy office junction outside, they tried to flag down an auto. Some jaws dropped in astonishment at the sight but predictably no auto stopped for them. Even as an uneasy bunch of policemen gathered, unsure about what to make of the crazy scene unfolding before them, a friend came by in an auto to pick the women up and drive them to the busy High Court junction.

What followed was 15 minutes of remarkable drama that left much of Kerala’s very conservative and belligerently patriarchal society stumped. Two more women in a state of partial undress joined the quartet at the junction and they stood draped in sheets painted over with slogans raging against the rising sexual atrocities in UP.

“Our point was: here we are. Come get us. If you humiliate us using body politics we will discomfit you right back using the same body,” says Nandini, a part of Sthreekoottayama, a loosely knit women’s collective. The police registered cases against the women but released them later on bail.

The scene stirred memories of the 2004 protest by 12 Manipuri mothers who raged naked against the alleged rape and torture of women by Assam Rifles. That was a radical demonstration of helpless grief as the women were directly affected by the tragedies.

“We were not trying to mimic them though we were inspired by them. But to those who ask why we strip for our dalit sisters in UP I say: why should Kerala remain immune to the humiliation of women elsewhere in the country? We have had our own share of stories of sexual violence here,” says Nandini. She does not deny that the use of the bare female form helps to cut through the clutter of routine protests. Others have used the bare female body to register extreme protest. Femen, the highly controversial European group, argues that it is “transforming female sexual subordination into aggression, and thereby starting the real war” by “bare breasts alone”. PETA has been grabbing eyeballs by using artfully covered naked models to make a point about animal rights. But PETA usually features models and actors comfortable with the public gaze.

Sthreekoottayama has been agitating for women for the last four years but they never made quite the impact they did last Thursday. “We had earlier held a rally with phallic cutouts stuck on tiaras. But people just looked away embarrassed,” says activist and videographer Jolly Cheriath, 45, who initiated the idea of the clothes-off protest. “But this time we drew huge crowds, and were on social media almost instantly, being both abused as well as praised.”

Much of Kerala, even a city like Kochi, has feudal notions about acceptable female behaviour. Interestingly , one of the six protestors was Thasni Banu, a Kochi software professional, who had hit the headlines a couple of years ago for resisting harassment by men furious that she was out late at night with a male friend. So how was it for six middle class women to stand, feeling the breeze on bare shoulders, in a packed city corner?
“We are a funny bunch of women you know, a rainbow of characters,” says 50-year-old Nandini with a loud guffaw.

“We debated the idea and were okay if others didn’t want to join. But once we agreed we were into it 100%.”

In an interview with a magazine, one of the Manipuri women to participate in the 2004 protest, Laishram Gyaneswar, talked about leaving home without telling her husband of her plans but touching his feet as a mark of apology for putting him through the tumult that would follow. But her family today looks back on her actions with pride.

In Kochi, families responded with encouragement and some hesitation.

“My parents are orthodox so they were upset. But my husband stood by me and so did my two sons, one 15 and another 17. This is a sick society, mom, go out and make a scene, they said,” says Cheriath.

But do bare bodies make for an effective demonstration of feminist power?

Or does it only work to grab attention for a few fleeting minutes? Cheriath says it is ironic that most responses to their protest were related to their partial na kedness, not the issues they were agitating about. “It is as if the mode of protest was more important than the issue itself,” she says.

Activist Kamla Bhasin says extreme despair calls for extreme pro tests. “I was queasy about the Pink Chaddi campaign till I saw that it worked. Being dignified never got us anywhere so why not strip and scream?” she says. Feminist writer Urvashi Butalia seconds the view.

Femen, she points out, comes from a culture where the female body is not a “hidden” body. “But if we, in India, are driven to this it shows our sheer helplessness,” she says. “I don’t think stripping detracts from the issue. How many more dharnas can we hold?”

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#India – Staring at women is a pastime, even nuns get stared at #Vaw #WTFnews

UK travel expert

Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times  London, June 07, 2014

Reports of rape and sexual assaults on women in India continue to make headlines in the British media as the Foreign Office advisory asks women travelling to India to exercise caution and one India travel expert concludes that ‘staring at women is an Indian pastime’.

Villagers and policemen gather at the spot where two teenage cousins were found hanging from a mango tree in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh.

After Narendra Modi’s election victory, India has mainly been in the news here for the Badaun rape and hangings, and for Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur’s reported remark that ‘sometimes rape is right’.

Hundreds of women protested outside the Indian high commission last Wednesday against the rapes in Badaun and Bhagana (Haryana), prompting Indian authorities here to issue a detailed note on the action taken so far in Uttar Pradesh.

Thousands of readers responded online with disgust and worse to such reports on British news websites, while Britons travelling to India sought out travel experts for advice on ‘what to wear in India: advice for female travellers’.

Gill Charlton, an India travel expert at the Daily Telegraph, responded to such a query, writing: “Staring is an Indian pastime; even nuns get stared at. But if you want respect, then dress conservatively”.

Her advise was: “A long scarf, known as a dupatta, is useful in the cities. Even Indian sophisticates wearing skin-tight jeans will fling one over their shoulders in crowded places to obscure their breasts from men who might try to touch them”.

The Foreign Office’s advisory on this issue says: “Women should use caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk”.

It notes that British women had been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthanand that women travellers often received “unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men”.Recalling that serious sexual attacks involving Polish, German and Danish women travellers had been reported in 2014, the Foreign Office says: “If you are a woman travelling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day”.


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India’s Feudal Rapists #Vaw


WHEN a distressed father is reporting his daughter’s disappearance to a policeman in India, there are some questions he doesn’t want to hear. “What is your caste?” is one of them. Yet, the father, Sohan Lal, said this was the first thing the police asked him last Tuesday, when he begged them for help. After revealing his low-caste background as a Shakya, Mr. Lal said the officers mocked him and refused to lift a finger.

Hours later, Mr. Lal’s daughter, 12, and a female cousin, 14, were found hanging by their scarves from a mango tree in Katra Saadatganj, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. They had been raped. His daughter had last been seen with a group of brothers from the Yadav caste, which is the dominant caste in the village.

Our understanding of their deaths will be incomplete until we recognize the role of the caste system in India’s rape crisis.

For much of India’s history the lower castes, especially the Dalits (once known as untouchables), have been routinely raped by the landowning upper castes. Better legal protections, urbanization and social mobility have helped reduce caste-based discrimination, but not enough. Dalit women are still the most likely to be victims of gang rapes. An analysis of Uttar Pradesh’s crime statistics for 2007 by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties showed that 90 percent of rape victims in 2007 were Dalit women.

Since December 2012, when a 23-year-old woman from the Kurmi caste, another low caste, died after being gang raped and attacked with an iron rod by five men in a moving bus, India has been undergoing a process of soul searching. Yet the caste system has not been mentioned enough in the debate. While attacks against Western tourists and women in urban centers have attracted a great deal of attention, rapes of lower-caste women routinely fail to provoke an outcry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for example, has yet to condemn the rape and murder in Katra Saadatganj.

It is no surprise that the caste system, and the unequal society it produces, leads to moral blind spots that hide rapes from public view. Caste historically determined where you lived, what you did, whom you married, even what you ate. In many villages, those rules are still in place, decades after caste discrimination was banned.

Much of the caste-based sexual violence emerges out of a feudal sense of entitlement among some upper-caste men. “You have not really experienced the land until you have experienced the Dalit women” is a popular saying among the landowning Jats, a politically powerful group that, despite being relatively low caste themselves, are above the Dalits.

Though upper-caste men are rarely imprisoned for raping Dalits, they have a widely accepted defense at their disposal, should they ever need one: They would never touch a lower-caste woman for fear of being “polluted.” In one famous 1995 case, a Dalit woman’s allegations of gang rape were dismissed by a judge who claimed that “an upper-caste man could not have defiled himself by raping a lower-caste woman.”

Caste discrimination is exacerbated by corrupt and inefficient governance, which encourages people to seek political power through caste allegiances. Caste bias seems to have been at work in the Katra Saadatganj case. One need only look at the names of the accused brothers (Pappu Yadav, Awadhesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav) and that of the head of the police station (Ram Vilas Yadav) for evidence that they belonged to the same caste. Two more police constables involved are also Yadavs.

When the police and judiciary cannot be relied on to resolve disputes, rape often becomes a means of retribution. This has been apparent in Hindu-Muslim riots as well as in intercaste conflict. “Rape is a weapon to silence the assertions of the community. A way to teach us a lesson. To show us, including our men, that they are helpless and cannot protect their own women,” said Asha Kowtal, a Dalit activist.

Such thinking seems to have been at work in March, in the state of Haryana, when four lower-caste girls were gang-raped and dumped on a train station platform more than 100 miles from their homes. There is evidence that a conflict between Dalits and Jats precipitated the attack. According to the Indian newspaper Mint, a land dispute led Jats to declare “a social and economic boycott against the Dalits,” perhaps culminating in the gang rape.

We will never be able to address India’s rape crisis if we remain blind to the machinations of caste discrimination. In the past, it has taken gruesome cases of violence to ensure coverage of rape. Indeed, perhaps the only reason the Katra Saadatganj hangings attracted attention was that grisly photographs of the dangling bodies were published in Indian newspapers and circulated on social media, despite complaints by Dalit activists that this was disrespectful.

But we cannot rely on the shock value of particularly horrific cases to lead to change; we need structural solutions. The government should start by amending the 1989 Prevention of Atrocities Act, which is designed to address caste-based violence. The conviction rate under the act is notoriously low — according to a 2012 report, more than half of all cases are closed before they reach the courts. In the case of Mr. Lal’s daughter and her cousin, the police did not register the crime under the act at all. Amendment proposals that would ensure crucial witness protection, more legal support and special courts are sitting in Parliament right now, awaiting approval.

There is no doubt that it was wrong for the police to ask Mr. Lal about caste. But for the rest of us, when it comes to understanding India’s rape crisis, not talking about caste is just as bad.

Amana Fontanella-Khan is the author of “Pink Sari Revolution.”

A version of this op-ed appears in print on June 5, 2014, on page A27 of the New York edition with the headline: India’s Feudal Rapists.

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Women safety : India Are we ignorant about sexual harassment in public ? #Vaw

Thursday, 22 May 2014 – 11:29pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Vishal Manve

Pledging support, holding candles and walking upto India-gate and seeking justice or starting campaigns, India has seen numerous protests against crimes inflicted on women post the Delhi gang-rape incident.  But, do we really notice harassment that happens all around at bus-stops, work places on a daily basis? 
The rising number of rape cases throw light on how India as a society needs to realign its thinking and create a better society with respect to women safety.The video by the Free spirit Project has a strong message and the caption reads: Some are born so, while some choose to become so. A telling tale of a deadly disease that is afflicting each and every one of us. Watch this film before you too, become blind! 

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Three youths gang-rape minor girl during wedding ceremony #Vaw #WTFnews


— By FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICE,  May 14, 2014 12:41 am

SHIVPURI: Three youths dragged a 13-year-old girl to a house and gang-raped her in a village under Khaniandhana police station area on Monday night. The girl was watching a marriage procession when the accused took her to a nearby house where they raped her. The accused fled from the house when some villagers reached there after hearing the girl’s screams.

The girl’s father had gone to another village to participate in a wedding while her physically disabled girl was at home. He filed a complaint at Khaniandhana police station. The three accused have been booked under section 376 B of the IPC, sections 3, 2 (5) of the SC/ST Act and section 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012.

According to sources, the incident took place at Devkho village during the marriage of Virendra Pal’s daughter. The girl was at Pal’s house and watching the wedding procession when accused Pran Singh, son of Gulva Kushwaha, Manoj, son of Kamla Koli, Shankar, son of Mangalia Koli forcibly took her Shankar’s house.

Pran Singh raped the girl first after which Manoj took the turn. The other villagers including Bhadda Jatav, Jagdish Chouhan, Arjan and Sukhlal were passing by Shankar’s house where they heard the girl’s screams for help. The accused escaped from the house when the villagers entered the house after breaking open the door.

The villagers took the girl to her house where her physically challenged mother was alone during her husband’s absence. The cops have launched a hunt to nab the accused after the victim’s father filed a case.

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#Modikiadalat – Modi Lies of Safety of Women in Gujarat #Vaw

What is the Truth in Narendra Modi ‘s claim that Women are safest in Gujarat



He saysin his interveiw to Rajat Sharma in aap ki adaalat while replying on a quetion on womens safety s- ‘ Aap gujarat aaiye navratri main, hamari betiyan gehnon se laddi raat ko 1-2 baje scooty pe jaa rahi hain ‘ Is this measurement of womens safety

Lets see  statistics which reflect the state of women in Gujarat.

1) Gujarat Sex Ratio

In Gujarat’s population the number of women has gone down. In 2001 there were 921 women against 1000 men. In 2011, three more were lost per a thousand, 918 were counted in the census. This is the ten year period during which nine other States recorded increase in the number of women, from 45 in Delhi to 4 in Rajastan. Gujarat kept losing.

In Gujarat the sex ratio in the age group of 0 to 6 years in 2001, was 886 girls as against 1000 boys. In 2011 it was 883 girls as against 1000 boys. Difference of only 3 gained over ten years! It was only in late 2011 that the news of the government having closed 101 sonography clinics was heard; thereafter a few were reported closed in 2012. In 2013, so far, no penal action under PCPNDT Act is reported. That is the Governance in Gujarat! Does the Government care?

State with Highest Female Sex Ratio Kerala with 1058 females for every 1000 males.

State with Lowest Female Sex Ratio is Haryana with 861 females for every 1000 males.

2) Crime Against Women

As per the Crime against women in India Report 2012. Gujarat is not the worst state in terms of incidence of crimes against Women. But it’s not the best in providing safety to women. To understand this, if Delhi has 70-80 crimes against women for every 1 Lakh women population; Gujarat has 70-80. In terms of crimes against Women Gujarat comes somewhere in the middle of the List.

A cursory glance at the data regarding conviction rates released by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2012 narrates a frightening story about how crime against women goes largely unpunished in Gujarat.

  1. Dowry Deaths – Conviction Rate is 0.0Lowest in the country. National Average is 31.9.
  2. Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty – Conviction rate is 1.6!Lowest in the country. National Average is 23.5.
  3. Rape – Conviction Rate is 15.3. Ranks 20th in 28 states. National Average is 23.1
  4. Cruelty by Husband or his relatives – Conviction rate is 3.5. Ranks 22nd in 25 states. Data Missing for 3 states. National Average is 14.8.
  5. Kidnapping & Abduction of Women – Conviction Rate is 6.5. Ranks 20th in 28 states. National Average is 20.4.
  6. Insult to the modesty of Woman – Conviction rate is 20.0. Ranks 17th in 23 states. Data Missing for 5 states. National Average is 36.9.

For every type crime against women, Gujarat’s conviction rate is way below the already low national conviction rate. Gujarat even though considered generally safe for women has a fair share of crime against women.

  1. Cruelty by Husband or his relatives – 6658 cases – Ranks 6th in 28 states.
  2. Kidnapping & Abduction of Women – 1527 cases  – Ranks 8th in 28 states.
  3. Insult to the modesty of Woman – 93 cases –  Ranks 13th in 28 states
  4. Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty –745 cases – Ranks 14th in 28 states.
  5. Dowry Deaths – 21 cases – Ranks 20th in 28 states.
  6. Rape – 473 cases – Ranks 19th in 28 states.

So while crime is on the rise every year, the conviction rate remains alarmingly low.



Modi  subjects a young woman to extraordinary, invasive and meticulous surveillance of a kind that should make partisans for liberty shudder. The Gujarat government seems to take an unusual interest in this case;  the surveillance seems to have been done at someone’s behest. Modi has been silent why ?

First, there is the bizarre confusion of the personal and the political, as if the state was someone’s personal fiefdom.  And in its defence it produced a letter written by the father saying that the girl in question needed security of some sort, and condemned the use of the issue by vested interests. In a way, this confirmed the revelations rather than contested them. Even assuming the sincerity of the letter, the issue of law and principles is not settled. The nature of the surveillance, the agencies conducting it and the nature of the information being sought seem so wildly disproportionate to the purported request. And the surrounding conversation makes the issue murky, to say the least.



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