15 year old girl burnt alive by 4 men who #sexually #harassed her

9 July 2015, UP

A 15 year old girl was burnt alive by four men who had previously been sexually harassing her, and against whom she had filed a police complaint. The police were lax in their response, which emboldened the men.


45 women gang raped at a picnic spot in India

July 2015 Madhya Pradesh

45 women were raped by a gang of men over two years at the Kajligarh Picnic Spot, situated 16km (10 miles) from Indore. The gang would wait for a couple to settle down and then attack. They’d tie up the man and film the gang rape of the woman, and use the video to blackmail the couple to not report, by threatening to uploaded it on the net


Woman Professional Gang-Raped in Delhi By Eight Men

Delhi, August 11, 2012

A 22-year-old woman, an employee of  the Delhi Jal Board (Water Board) was gang-raped by a male friend of hers, and at least seven other men through Thursday night and dumped near the Ballabhgarh flyover on the Delhi-Agra highway.  The woman’s friend had called her on the pretext of helping his sort out his problems with his girlfriend.  The men took her in the car to a field where they took turns raping her.  The police claim that they’ve not been able to arrest the accused yet.  The victim’s family however says that the accused have political connections and being protected.  Full report here

Police Constable Kills Daughter-in-law for Dowry

Kolkata, April 09, 2012

Raj Kumar Pandey, a police constable, along with his son, daughter and wife, poured kerosene on 25-year-old Anushka,  the daughter-in-law, and set her on fire because her parents did not meet their demands for more dowry in gold and a motorcycle.   Anuska died in the hospital. Report here.

Woman Goes “Missing” After Being Harassed For Dowry

Rourkela, February, 26, 2012

Sachidananda Swain had alleged that his daughter Laxmipriya had gone missing from her in-law’s house in Naya bazar area under plant site police limit of the city on Monday. Swain had filed a complaint that his daughter’s husband Sanjay Jena and her elder brother-in-law Bijay Jena and mother-in-law Premalata were most likely involved in the disappearance of his daughter.  He said that his daughter was being subject to torture for dowry by her in-law’s family.  The police arrested Sanjay, his elder brother Bijay and mother Premalata.  Report here

An Entire Family Murdered For Not Paying Dowry

Hyderabad, February 24, 2012

Jahangir, an autorickshaw mechanic, married Neha but after he began harassing her for dowry, she moved out and began living with her parents.  Sometime later, on May 30, 2010, Neha and four other members of her family — her father, mother, and two brothers were found murdered in their home.  The police then arrested Jahangir and his 8 of his relatives, including four women, on June 4, 2010 on the charges of criminally conspiracy and murdering Neha’s family.  

However, with the police failing to submit proper evidence to the court, the court acquitted the nine accused.

Reacting to the acquittal, city police commissioner AK Khan said they would go in for an appeal.

When pointed out that the police failed to provide proper evidence, he simply said action would be taken against the investigating officers if it was found that they had failed to conduct a proper inquiryReport here


Three Brothers Convicted of Murdering For Dowry

Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, 25 February, 2012

Chaitanya had married Jhunu Behera of Puri in July 2002.  Soon after, the husband and in-laws began harassing her for more dowry money.  On March 07, 2009, five people ganged up together — her husband, his two brothers and two sisters-in-law and together killed Chaitanya by setting her on fire.  She died at SCB Medical College two weeks later. Police had recorded her dying declaration based on which the husband, his two brothers and as many sisters-in-law were charged under Sections 302 and 498-A of IPC and 4 of DP Act under a fast-track court.  While four of the family members were convicted,  one of the sisters-in-law, was acquitted by the court. Full report here

Bride’s Family Thrashed For Not Giving Dowry

Jaipur, January 16, 2012

When Delsina’s parents failed to meet the additional demand of Rs. 2 lakhs made by the groom’s family on the day of marriage, the groom’s party returned home without the bride.  But not before the groom’s relatives beat up the bride’s uncle for saying that they could arrange any more dowry.  The bride’s family had already mortgaged their house to pay the intial demand of Rs. 3 lakhs.  Report here.

Four Get Life-Imprisonment For Dowry Murder

Manipuri, Uttar Pradesh, January 19, 2012

The additional District and Session’s Judge Sunil Kumar, handed life imprisonment to Sunita Kumar’s husband, mother, sister and brother, holding them guilty of murdering Sunita eight years ago in a dowry related case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on each of the convicts. The report here.

Relative of India’s President Under Dowry Harassment Investigation

Bangalore, December 20, 2011

Rahul G Patil, the nephew of India’s President, Pratibha Patil, is currently under investigation for dowry harassment, in a case filed against him by his wife Prachi Singh Patil. Prachi and Rahul got married in 2007. In 2009, she complained at the Byappanahalli police station that her in-laws came to Bangalore and harassed her for dowry. She filed a complaint in Mumbai against her husband and in-laws before coming to stay in Bangalore with her brother.

The High Court in Bangalore disposed of the case observing that a major portion of the alleged offence had taken place outside Karnataka — in Maharashtra and UP. However, it gave Prachi Singh liberty to file fresh complaints in Mumbai  where the offence was committed. The court also noted that the law of limitation would not be applied as Prachi had already filed the complaint here. Read the report here.

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