#Rape victim refused #abortion by court, punished by villagers

8 August 2015, Gujarat

The court refused her abortion after she became pregnant by her rapist. Then her village punished her by forcing her to balance a 40kg rock on her head in order to prove her “purity” and be able to live with her husband again.

The woman, who was refused an abortion by Gujarat High Court in India, and reportedly had to later surrender her baby to the government, is having to undergo the ‘sanctity test’ for an unspecified time frame. The woman also lives in fear of her life as the rapist has threatened to kill her after he gets out of prison.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rape-victim-made-to-balance-rock-on-her-head-to-prove-purity-in-india-10446759.html

5 boys aged 13-16 years #gang #rape a teenage girl in Gujarat

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.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-16-year-old-girl-gang-raped-by-five-minor-boys-in-gujarat-2084160

5 boys aged 13-16 years #gang #rape a teenage girl in Gujarat

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.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-16-year-old-girl-gang-raped-by-five-minor-boys-in-gujarat-2084160

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.

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/HC-no-to-rape-survivors-abortion-plea/articleshow/46952101.cms

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.

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/Law-undergraduates-rape-girl-on-Haryana-university-campus/articleshow/46901346.cms

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.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-madras-hc-acquits-man-who-criticised-wife-for-being-dark-2072889

Delhi Judge Rules “Minor beatings” By Husband As Acceptable In A #Dowry Related Suicide

March 31, 2015, New Delhi

In a case where the prosecution has argued that physically abused by the husband for dowry, a woman was driven to suicide, as is the case with hundreds of dowry related deaths (murders) in India, the judge in a Delhi trial court ruled that “Minor incidents of beatings” do not amount to cruelty upon wife, while acquitting a man in the dowry death case of his wife. Giving the benefit of doubt to Delhi resident Jagmohan, the court said, “Minor incidents of beatings on small issues can take place in any household and it would be unsafe and rather hazardous to overstretch these and give them the colour of cruelty as defined in the explanation attached to Section 498A IPC.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-court-Minor-beating-by-husband-is-not-cruelty/articleshow/46751663.cms

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