Shunned, beaten, burnt, raped: #Dowry violence in the #UK

October 2014

The police in the UK are starting to investigate an underground epidemic of dowry violence in the British-Indian communities. The patterns of abuse are the same as that in India. Women are blackmailed for dowry and abused in different ways : physically, sexually and with death threats. See the report below

Woman stripped, sexually tortured and lynched as a “witch”

27 October 2014, Chattisgarh

A 55-year-old woman was dragged out of her house by 12 relatives, who accused her of being a “witch.” They then publicly stripped her, sexually tortured her and beat her to death as the village, and her husband and children watched on. Increasingly studies show that most cases of witch lynching in India involve property disputes, where relatives or neighbors drum up resentment against women whose property they want to grab.

Woman threatened with revenge porn by in-laws for dowry

22 October 2014, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

A woman’s in-laws forced her to strip and made a video as they paraded her naked around the house in front of relatives, because they wanted Rs 50 lakhs ($100,000) more in dowry from her. They threatened to upload the video on the internet if her parents didn’t pay up.

4-year-old #raped by her school teacher in Bangalore – via Times of #India

20 October 2014, Bangalore

A 4-year-old student was raped by her teacher in a private international school in Bangalore. This is part of an increasing trend of reports of sexual violence towards girls in school in India.

Road Construction Worker Gang Raped and Murdered in Arunachal

2 October 2014

The victim was working as a casual labourer for a road construction company. At least three men have been arrested, one of whose house the victim’s body was discovered in.–murder-shock-Tawang/articleshow/44019646.cms

Dentist commits suicide over dowry harassment – via Times of #India

15 October 2014, Agra

A 27 year old dentist is said to have committed suicide after persistent harassment and physical abuse by her husband and in-laws for dowry. The abuse escalated when she gave birth to a daughter, who now is six months old.

Parents in Hyderabad are SexTrafficking Their Daughters’ Into Pretense “Marriages” for a Night

This photo is not of Tasleema. It is 14-year-old child bride Laxmi from Kamkheda village, in Rajasthan, on her wedding day on May 7, 2011.

Tasleema is a 14 year old school girl from the city of Hydrebad in India, whose mother sold her in “marriage” to 61-yer-old man from Oman for $700. Tasleema had got ready for school, when her mother took her to this man’s apartment and told her that she’d be getting “married” to him immediately.  She was also “divorced” the same day.  Her mother left Tasleema in the hotel for two nights during which time the man raped her repeatedly.  Tasleema who was in great pain from the repeated sexual assault managed to call her uncle for help who got the man and her mother arrested.

But Tasleema was thrown out of the family home because they said she had brought them shame. Her 16-year-old sister Naseem was also thrown out for supporting her. Tasleema’s school expelled her.

Tasleema says “If I had known that my mother would have also been arrested, I would have never called my uncle. I didn’t want any trouble for her … it was so painful that I didn’t know what else to do.”

Taslima’s case is not unique. Wealthy men from Arab countries started coming here since the 1970s, looking into poor Muslim neighborhoods in Hyderabad to buy “virgin brides” who are as young as 11 or 12.  But over the past few years this city has become a child sextrafficking market with parents bargaining away their underage girls for a few days of “marriage.”  A “husband” pays between $500 and $1,500 for a “wife.” The money is shared by the girl’s family, the marriage broker and the qazi, the Muslim judge who performs the wedding.

Full report here

Also see link below on a tradition of sextrafficking of girls by their families in certain communities like the Bedia in India. These girls are not allowed to get married, but support the family for as long as they can.

Yet another form of sextrafficking in India is “bride trafficking” where girls are sold by their parents to families of men who can’t find brides because the sexratio for girls in their region has dropped so much.  These girls are gang raped by all the men in the family they marry into, used for reproduction and then resold are “brides” to other families. Below is the link to our post on this


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