18 May 2015, Orissa
Sabitri and her six-month-old daughter were torched to death by her husband Bulu Das in Titikhandi village for dowry. The couple were married for 8 years and also have an older who too was doused with kerosene, but managed to escape. Bulu had been demanding Rs.10,000 in extra dowry from Sabitri and frequently beat and tortured her for it.
18 May 2015, Orissa
17 May 2015, UP
22-year-old Rajmala who was pregnant woman was hanged to death by her Guddu Yadav, her husband and in-laws when they couldn’t get the dowry they demanded from her. An FIR (police case) has been filed by Rajmala’s parents, but there are no arrests so far.
18 May 2015, New Delhi
In Delhi’s Defense Colony, around 12 a.m. as a woman tried to board an auto after work, a white Santro car came by with 5 men who pulled the woman inside the vehicle and sped away. The auto driver noted down the car’s registration number and made a call to the police control room.
Police found the woman lying on the roadside in Dakshinpuri area near Pushpa Bhawan. She helped them locate the house where she was gangraped. Out of the six men, four were arrested from the house while a hunt is on for the remaining two.
17 May 2015, Jharkhand
A 14-year-old tribal girl was kept chained by her stepfather in a dark room over the last 11 months.
The rescue at the Chanho Block house was carried out on Saturday evening by officials of the Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, whose member said the ordeal was unprecedented in its brutality. The girl was chained allegedly by her stepfather.
“Some trafficked Jharkhand girls have been kept in similar condition by their employers and placement agents in Delhi and Mumbai in the past. But we haven’t come across any such case in Jharkhand before,” said Sanjay Mishra, senior member, JSCPCR.
15 May, Rajasthan
During a land dispute in the Dangawas village, when an upper caste man was shot dead by a Dalit, the upper caste retaliated with vengeance. Hundreds of Dalits fled the area as three dalit men were crushed to death with tractors by upper caste men, and Dalit women physically and sexually brutalized. Six Dalit women are being treated in Ajmer’s JLN hospital and say that the attackers sexually assaulted them. Some of them suffered multiple fractures in hands and legs. A 25-year-old woman wept in the hospital speaking about how the attackers tore off her blouse and tried to strip her on the disputed land. She got 15 stitches on her head. “They tried to rape me and abused me,” the woman said. Another woman said, “Four attackers tried to remove my ‘ghaghra’ (skirt) and tried to thrust a stick inside.” A third woman said, “They pulled me by my hair for about 50 metres, tore off my clothes and hit my legs with iron-rods.” A DSP with a police team is now deployed to secure the injured Dalit women, though no arrests have been made yet.
7 May 2015, Gujarat
A 16 year old girl was attacked and gang raped by 5 minor boys aged 13 to 16 years. This case has implications for India’s controversial juvenile rape law that doen’t allow a juvenile to be tried as an adult.
Shirdi, 12 May 2015
24-year-old Yogita Mahale committed suicide by hanging herself in a village here, police said today. Yogita a resident of Pohegaon village, who was being harassed for dowry by her husband and in-laws, is said to have committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence on Thursday Shirdi police station in-charge Pramod Wagh said.