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

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Judge Says Sunita’s is not a Dowry Murder Because Her Marriage May be Illegal?

sunita dowryNew Delhi, March 07, 2014

This case may be a bitter warning to all women in India contemplating marriage and to their parents!

In 1997 Sunita who was married to Rajbir was burnt to death.  She suffered 90% burns.  Her parents went to court saying she was being harassed for dowry and had been burnt to death.  This has become a prevalent practice in India and a 2009 report (see below) estimated that about 106,000 women were burnt to death this way. (SEE BELOW)

However more 17 years after the incident, a court today said Sunita’s death couldn’t be established as dowry related murder, as her marriage to Rajbir was her second marriage and may not have been valid!

IS THIS JUSTICE FOR SUNITA? WHY SHOULD THERE BE A SEPARATE PRECEDENT FOR DOWRY RELATED VIOLENCE AND MURDER? WHY ISN’T VIOLENCE AND MURDER OF WOMEN A  CRIME REGARDLESS OF WHAT PRECIPITATES IT?

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/can-t-be-held-for-dowry-harassment-if-marriage-is-doubtful-114030700847_1.html

Sunita’s Case file here http://indiankanoon.org/doc/1527429/

106000 WOMEN BURNT TO DEATH IN INDIA IN 1 YEAR

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/video-murder-by-fire-100000-women-a-year/

5 IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR WOMEN BLACKMAILED FOR DOWRY

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/5-important-advices-for-women-being-blackmailed-for-dowry/

PLEASE READ THE DOWRY RELATED LAWS BELOW IF YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED IN INDIA. 

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/dowry-laws-every-indian-must-know/

RISE IN WEALTH IN INDIA BRINGS RISE IN DOWRY MURDERS

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/rise-in-wealth-brings-rise-in-dowry-murders-to-assam/

Why Did Her Relatives Label Her a “Witch” and Lynch Her?

Raipur, Chattisgargh, March 05, 2014:

witch

Dulari bai

52 year old Dulari Bai who had no children was accused of being a “witch” and beaten and killed by four men, all of who were her immediate relatives.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/raipur/Woman-branded-witch-mercilessly-killed-in-Chhattisgarh/articleshow/31486503.cms

This is a consistent pattern.  In most cases of ‘witch lynching’ the attackers are male relatives or powerful men in the village.  And as studies establish now (see the link below) the reason the women are attacked and killed is so that the men can grab their land and property.

http://fridaymagazine.ae/features/the-big-story/the-witch-hunts-of-india-1.1227329

Indian Judge Advices Battered Wife to “Adjust” to her Abuse

Pune, Maharashtra, September 02, 2012

A 28-year-old woman who had left her husband’s house, unable to bear his battering any more was told by the judge to return to him.   When the case came up before the court, instead of granting her a divorce, the wife was advised by Justice K Bhaktavatsala of the High Court of Karnataka to adjust to her abuse. He said, “Women suffer in all marriages. You are married with two children and know what it means to suffer as a woman. Why are you still talking about his beatings? I know you have undergone pain. But that is nothing Continue reading

Amrita Kumari’s Attempted Gang-Murder For Dowry

September 26, 2011, Patna

Amrita Kumari was thrown off Patna’s Gandhi Setu by Singh and his uncle on Wednesday evening. Fishermen at Rasalpur Ganga Ghat in Samastipur district, over 40 km away, saw her floating senseless the next morning and rescued her. “My husband, his uncle, my mother-in-law and a family friend of theirs took me to the Ganga bridge in the evening in a car. My husband and his friend grabbed my hands while my husband’s uncle and his friend grabbed my feet to throw me down into the Ganga to die,” Kumari told a magistrate Saturday. Read the full report here.

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