High Court refuses #gang #rape survivor’s plea for #abortion in #India

Ahmadabad, Gujarat, 17 April, 2015

The Gujarat high court on has refused to permit a 24-year-old gang rape survivor to terminate her 28-week pregnancy citing the law which does not permit abortion beyond 20 weeks’ of a pregnancy. The court, instead, directed the collector to ensure that the woman is provided with all care to ensure she carries the pregnancy to full term, has a safe delivery and the child born is not abandoned.

The woman, who is married with two children, had moved court recently saying she became pregnant after she was abducted and held captive for over six months. When she managed to escape after months of torture, she was already many months into pregnancy. This led to delay in her moving court for permission for abortion. The woman is a native of Botad district and lives with her husband and two children in Surat.


A woman #student gang #raped by 3 law students on #campus in Haryana

12 April 2015, Chandigarh

Three final year law students repeatedly raped a first-year student of a professional course at different places on the campus of a private university in Haryana’s Sonipat district.

One of the accused also  clicked pictures of the woman and had been blackmailing her.


Newly married woman hangs to death after #dowry torture by in-laws in Bengaluru

12 April 2015, Bangalore

20 year old Bhahya who married around eight months ago, reportedly hanged herself to death after her husband left for work on Saturday morning.

Bhagya’s parents have made a complaint to the police, saying that their daughter had slipped into depression as Gowda kept harassing her for dowry and had stopped talking to her. They claimed that her in-laws harassed her too.


Top Reserve Bank of India official gets bail in his wife’s dowry death case

7 April 2015, New Delhi

Nitin Kumar, Assistant General Manager in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), who was arrested on upon a complaint lodged by his father-in-law who said that his daughter’s in-laws and husband had killed her for dowry, was released on bail.
Kumar’s wife who was a manager with Punjab National Bank, was found hanging from the fan in her house in R K Puram. Kumar’s counsel asserts the  victim had committed suicide after an argument.However, the deceased’s parents alleged that she was being harassed by Kumar and was never allowed to visit them after her marriage. One day prior to the incident, the victim had informed her parents about her dowry harassment.



#Gang #Raped Teenage Girl in Haryana Commits Suicide Because of Corrupt Police

5 March, 2015, Haryana

A teenager in Haryana, who was kidnapped and gang-raped by four men on a farm last month, has committed suicide. The girl hanged herself from a fan at her home. Her family says she was very upset after the police forced her to drop charges against three of the men, converted the gang-rape case into rape and arrested only one of the four men she had named.

Another Acquittal in A #Dowry Related #Death by Madras High Court

29 March, 2015, Chennai

Paramasivam’s wife Sudha was found dead on September 12, 2001. Tirunelveli district and sessions judge had convicted Paramsivam and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on charges of instigating his wife to commit suicide. He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment under Dowry Harassment Act on October 27, 2006.

However Paramasivam filed an appeal against the conviction and sentence in the High Court. The counsel for the petitioner said blaming his wife for being “dark coloured” was not harassment that and could not be seen as instigating her to commit suicide. Paramsivam had also asked for money for starting a business and that was not harassment. He had a car and had asked money for repairing the car and doing business. This was not dowry harassment, the counsel said.

Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madurai, allowing a petition filed by Paramasivam against a lower court order, said “criticising the wife for being dark in colour does not amount to harassment or torture, and it cannot be said that the husband instigated the wife to commit suicide”. The Judge acquitted him from the charges.

Every year hundreds of women are driven to suicide after facing various forms of abuse and harassment for dowry. See our last post. Cases like this are setting a dangerous precedent for judicial and criminal response to dowry related suicides and murders in India.


Widow’s partially burnt body in husband’s pyre raises suspicions of ‘sati’

1 April 2015, Lathur

The partially burnt body of Usha, a 50-year-old widow was recovered from her husband’s funeral pyre in a village in Latur district. It has aroused suspicions of  Sati, a banned practice in India. Police have denied it being a case of Sati, even though the family’s explanations are suspicious. Latur district superintendent Dnyaneshwar Chavan said, “We have come to know she was under shock and was very weak. She may have fainted and then her clothes might have caught fire. The body had been partially burnt.”



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