#Policeman’s son is one of 5 men who #gang #raped a woman in Muzaffarnagar

28 February, 2015, Muzaffarnagar, UP

A policeman’s son is one of 5 men accused of drugging and gang raping a woman, and then threatening her with murder if she filed a complaint.

Woman beheaded by relatives in Bihar

26 February 2015, Bihar

The Pal family was attacked by an armed group of their own relatives as they sat down to lunch. They beheaded Pal’s wife and seriously injured the others. The cause of attack is still unknown.


Father Strangles And #Drowns Three #Daughters So He Doesn’t Have to Pay #Dowry

Feb 18, 2015, Gujarat,

A 33-year-old Indian man strangled his three daughters and threw their bodies into a canal because he was afraid he’d never be able to afford dowry for their weddings. Police were alerted to the crime when a villager found three bodies floating face down in a canal. Dubey told his wife he was taking his young daughters – Ankita, 9, Priya, 7, Bhavna, 2 – to a local fair, but he instead led them to the canal where he strangled each one of them. Dubey had reportedly been suffering from depression after losing nearly $6,000 in a business deal a few months ago, his 32-year-old wife Meera Devi said “I do not know why he killed the girls. I have no idea, it’s so out of character,” Devi said. “He loved them very much. Our daughters were our world. He had always been a very loving father.”


Indian film Director arrested for Abusing his wife for #Dowry

21 February, 2015, Orissa

40-year-old Odisha film director Nishikant Dalabehera was arrested, upon his wife’s complaint that he had assaulted and tortured her for dowry and inflicted grievous injury on her by attacking her several times.


A woman is on hunger strike because the police refused to act on her complaint of #dowry abuse

Chandigarh, February 25, 2015.

Deepika Kukkad began a hunger strike against her husband and police because she says the police refuse to act on her complaint of dowry abuse and torture by her in-laws.  She has moved to her parents house, but wishes to return to her husband’s house with police intervention.  Married women in India often do this, holding the marriage above their own safety.  And unfortunately often get killed when they return.  We hope Deepika will seek justice in court regarding the dowry extortion which is illegal, as well as the abuse. But we hope she will decide not to return to her husband’s house.


#Abuse of Underage #Girls by Factories in India With Promise of #Dowry

Tamil Nadu, February 25, 2015

An employment scheme known as “sumangali” in southern India, under which factories hire underage girls for labor with the promise of helping their parents with their daughters’ dowries at the end of the contract, is now an emerging form of abuse of underage girls in India.

Sumangali schemes in Tamil Nadu state employ only girls and women, between the ages of 14 to 20, and generally are offered by textile mills and garment factories. The mills target poor families, mainly daily wage earners from the low-caste Dalit community, and offer to sign up their daughters for a three-year contract. In Tamil “sumangali” means a happily married woman. In the case of the Sumangali scheme it is a girl/woman who can give dowry, alluding to the sum of money between 60,000 and 150,000 rupees ($965-2,410 dollars) offered as “marriage assistance” at the end of the contract.

However the girls are subject to atrocious working conditions and various forms of abuse by the supervisors. They are made to work up to 16 hours a day, in crammed, hot, poorly ventilated spaces that cause illnesses in the girls. There have reports of sexual abuse as well. The worst is that girls who want to leave are often not allowed to. Sumangali ultimately is a form of bonded and forced labour because the wages are withheld and girls are kept captive in the factory until they complete the contract.

Several international retailers have been linked with factories in Tamil Nadu accused of exploitative practices in a report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations released October. It found labour rights violations at five mills that supplied global brands.


Two men slit a woman’s throat as to tries to protect her 13-yr-old daughter | Kolkata, #India

22 February 2015, Kolkata

Two men attack a woman and slit her throat as she tried to stop them from abducting her 13 year old daughter. There have been a spate of gang rapes of girls and women here, and also an increase in abductions of girls by sex-trafficking networks



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