Monthly Archives: December 2012
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha member T N Seema on Monday urged the Union government to declare 2013 as “Year of Women’s Safety” as a homage to the Delhi gangrape victim, who braved the brutal assault and fought for life till her last breath.
In a statement here, Seema also urged every citizen of the country, especially women, to skip New Year celebrations to express solidarity with the family of the victim and to support the cause of the innumerable rape victims in the country.
“I make a strong request to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that let the year 2013 be observed as the Year for Women’s Safety. We all should pledge to wear black clothes tomorrow as a mark of homage to the brave girl and protest against such happenings,” she said.
Seema, also leader of CPI-M’s women wing AIDWA, appealed to women from all walks of life to gherao District Collectors, Superintendents of Police, Chief Ministers and Ministers across the country demanding immediate changes in the existing framework of law to prevent such happenings in future.
Stating that women’s safety could be ensured only through strong partnerships between civil society organisations, governments, urban authorities and law-enforcing agencies, she said political parties, corporates and media should essentially declare their gender policy.
New training standards for policemen should be evolved and the National Commission for Women should be professionalised to initiate strong action against culprits in the cases of violence against women, she said.
She also demanded immediate removal of inefficient and ineffective members from the women’s panel and asked the Commission to maintain a record about what happens to rape cases from prevention to investigation to conviction.
New Delhi: The draft chargesheet in the brutal gang-rape of the 23-year old girl who died in Singapore has been prepared and the police in all liklihood will seek maximum punishment for the rapists, according to sources on Monday.
Delhi Police have sited 30 witnesses in the chargesheet and will ensure a fast trial in the case. As per reports, the chargesheet will be filed on January 03 in city’s Saket court. The convicts will be charged under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code .
The chargesheet is said to be of about 1000-page.
After the girl’s death, the charges of murder were added in the chargesheet against the six accused men.
All six accused have already been charged with gang-rape, kidnapping, unnatural offences, hurting in committing robbery and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.
In the wake of the death of Delhi gang rape victim, the movement demanding justice for 23-year-old medical student and better security for women continued across the country.
Activists and various student groups have vowed to keep the movement alive.
The BJP too organised a condolence meeting at Jantar Mantar today to pay tribute to the 23-year-old gang rape victim.
Top BJP leaders including LK Advani, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj offered tribute the brave heart, who died after battling for life for 13 days.
Following a day of protests on Sunday across India over the brutal rape and killing, several cities held silent candle light vigils to remember the young woman.
In New Delhi, where the attack took place, a petition calling for the death penalty for rape gathered 100,000 signatures.
New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, police figures show. Reported rape cases rose by nearly 17 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to government data.
THIS WILL SURELY BRING TEARS IN UR EYES….Please READ AND PRAY FOR HER..FIGHT FOR HER …
THIS IS FOR OUR FAMILIES SAFETY……
I AM SORRY MOM I CAN’T FIGHT MORE
(CRY OF A RAPE VICTIM)
I still remember mom when once you and dad asked me what I need to do in my life I replied you I will reduce the pain of other’s people and I became a physiotherapist so that I can try my level best to reduce the pain of others. But today I am not able to resist my own pain.
Doctors are slashing my body parts for the fifth time like they were never the parts of my body…it is paining a lot mom I am not able to breathe properly and they attached me with oxygen cap. please tell the doctors not to give me the anesthesia mom.
I am scared I don’t want to close my eyes. If I close my eyes it takes me to that scary phase of my life where I was being cut into pieces I was just bunch of flesh which was being continuously chopped by those animals. Those faces were very scary mom they were like those hungry animals who were biting at every parts of my body.I don’t have courage to look myself in the mirror. Mom please break all the mirrors nearby me. Pls take me to bath. I want to bath. I want to sit under the shower for years mom so that I can wash those inhuman touch which has made me hate my own body.I tried to go towards bathroom but my stomach pain didn’t allow me to move myself.I can’t raise my head to see you standing outside through door glass.
When someone enter in my room I feel very scared mom. my heartbeats gets faster my eyes searches for you. please be around me. I don’t want to be alone.
Mom these medical instrument beeps are haunting in my brain. they sound like those unhelping traffic sounds which muted my cry and pleads which I was doing that time mom. The silence of this room reminds me of that silence when I was thrown on deserted road. I don’t know what happened but I was feeling very much cold the same way like a person shivering with very high temperature. Mom do you remember once when dad slapped me in childhood how much you fought with him until dad didn’t bring my favorite chocolate…
Where is dad, mom?
I can’t see him…is he ok mom ???
Please don’t let him cry mom. Do you remember once how dad got angry on you when you used to shout on me for anything?
They have beaten me and my dearest friend with some metal. It was paining a lot mom. I saw how he was bleeding to save me but they were coward rascals. They kept on beating him together till he didn’t collapse and then they scratched every parts of my body repeatedly mom. You always taught me to fight with the difficult situations but I am very weak in this situation. please hold my hand.
I want to sleep please put my head in your lap.
Please wash my body. Give me some pain killer my stomach is paining. Please tell doctor not to cut more parts of my body. its paining a lot.
I am sorry mom I can’t fight
Share it friends till it becomes the voice of the whole nation..
May her soul rest in peace..PRAY
New Delhi: Unable to bear the loss of her daughter, the 45-year-old mother of the 23-year-old medical student ‘Amanat’ (NOT her real name) collapsed today and was rushed to a city hospital where doctors said her condition was stable.
Doctors at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi said the woman underwent thorough check-ups and was doing “completely fine” now.
A senior doctor said she was suffering from grief and that is why she was unconscious for some time in the morning after the cremation.
He said the woman was frail and was not able to bear the loss of her daughter. “It also looks like she had not had proper food for the past 10-12 days and is very weak. We call it the grief effect,” the doctor said.
The doctor said she must have been anxious and disturbed for the past couple of weeks and this was the reason for her collapse.
She is under the observation of doctors.
1.Increase the deterrence against crimes against women. Change law to make life term plus chemical castration the punishment for violent rapes 2. Expand the definition of rape to include not just penile penetration of the vagina but also oral sex and penetration for sexual purpose of the vagina, anus, urethra or mouth 3. Introduce rape by security forces as a special category of aggravated sexual assault on the lines of the clause dealing with custodial rape 4. Enhance the maximum prison term for molestation from 2 to 5 years & sexual harassment or what’s euphemistically called ‘eve-teasing’ from 1 to 3 years 5. Remove gender inequities in the provisions relating adultery and natural guardian and enact a special law to take pre-emptive action against caste assemblies inciting “honour killings”
Source: The Times of India
1. Increase police patrolling. If necessary, hike number of cops in city. All VIPs with more than two security personnel should give one cop from their security to enhance police presence for the public 2. Register FIRs in all cases of rape, sexual harassment and other crimes against women. Prosecute cops found persuading women to drop such complaints 3.Home guards on buses not enough. Institute system of random checking of buses by PCR vans at night 4.Use technology: All public transport must be on GPS, install CCTVs on buses, make drivers and helpers/conductors wear non-tamperable photo IDs, create common database accessible by police and other enforcement agencies 5.All sexual offenders must be monitored by law enforcers once they have served their sentence
Source: The Times of India
Calling the 23-year-old gang-rape victim a “martyr” for safety of women, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today asked both civil society and the government to work together to stop such crimes in the future.
NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said the civil society should also assist the government in amending laws related to sexual assault on women.
“The young girl is martyr in the name of women’s safety. Everyone, the government and the civil society should work together and help in amending laws relating to sexual assault against women,” she said.
It was the duty of everyone to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future, she said. The paramedic student, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus on December 16, died “peacefully” at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where she was airlifted on Wednesday night.
Her condition took a turn for the worse last night and she passed away in the wee hours today due to multiple organ failure.
Condoling the death of Delhi gang-rape victim, NCP MP Supriya Sule today said it is high time to take up the issue of women’s and young girls’ safety at public and private places as well as at home.
“Early morning, today, received tragic news of death of a rape victim from Delhi. I pray for peace to the great soul. We tried to join her struggle for life, but failed,” Sule said on her blog.
“This is high time for us to retrospect about what has been happening for last 15 days. This is high time for us to take up the issue of women’s and young girls’ safety everywhere, at public places, private spaces and even at our home,” she added.
Government and the police machinery to remain alert on this issue. “Prime Minister himself mentioned that it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain…Government, police and administrations at all level need to be alert on this issue,” she said.
We should check all our further actions and our past decisions with respect to the safety of the women, Sule said adding, “This is a difficult time to control our outrage as social groups,” she said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress met Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal drawing his attention to the rise in crime against women.
They also urged Dayal that police should inform people, through regular media interactions, about the measures taken on the issue of women’s safety.
Meanwhile, Deshbhakti Andolan, a city-based NGO held demonstrations at suburban Bandra here to demand resignation of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde alleging that he had failed to maintain law and order, in view of the recent gang-rape incident in the national capital.
NEW DELHI: Condoling the death of the gang-rape victim, the Indian Medical Association today questioned the airlifting of the 23-year-old victim to Singapore for advanced treatment and wanted to know whether hospitals in India lack infrastructure to treat such patients.
The IMA sought to ask the government whether the reason to shift the patient was purely for medical purposes or there were other factors.
The paramedic student was airlifted to Singapore on Wednesday night after undergoing treatment for 10 days at the Safdarjung Hospital. Many doctors have questioned the move with some directly attacking the government, saying it was a political move.
K Vijayakumar, president of the IMA, told that a doubt arises in everyone’s mind whether the country’s premier institutes and hospitals lack infrastructure to treat such patients.
“Indian hospitals have infrastructure at par with their counterparts in other countries. India is emerging as a major centre of medical tourism and obviously the shifting of the girl raises the question whether our hospitals lack the necessary facilities?” he asked.
Indian doctors are “equally competent” to handle such cases, Vijayakumar said.
Condoling the death, honorary secretary of IMA Dr Narendra Saini also wanted to know the reasons behind shifting the girl from India to Singapore.
“Is it safe or of any advantage to transfer of patient in this condition? Do our hospitals lack infrastructure or our doctors incompetent to handle such patients or this particular decision was taken for other reasons?” he asked.
Both the president and honorary secretary of the IMA demanded that the government come out with some criteria and norms to be followed in cases of transferring patients to other hospitals.
Her death should not be in vain, was the chorus from President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and civil society, doffing its collective hat to the spirited 23-year-old who propelled an entire nation into a rethink of its societal rules and laws.
Across the country, in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, in city after city, the grief found echo. Hundreds gathered at various places demanding an end to crimes such as this.
In the dying days of the year, the young physiotherapy intern had lost her battle for life in a Singapore hospital – 13 days after a trip to see a film with a friend ended in her being brutally tortured and raped by six men in a moving bus.
She was left, stripped and bloody, virtually for dead on that cold Dec 16 night, so grievously injured that her intestines had to be taken out. Now she is dead.
The six accused, including one suspected juvenile, are in jail and all of society in the dock. All six will now face murder charge.
The woman passed away peacefully at 4.45 a.m. with her family and Indian diplomats by her side, Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital said.
“She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain,” hospital official Kevin Loh said. “We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle.”
The ripples were felt in Singapore, where people queued up outside the Indian high commission on Grange Road to pay tribute to the doughty woman from a humble family in India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
Questions also arose on why she was shifted to Singapore when her health was so precarious. And the government was the target. For lax policing that led to the incident, and for taking the risky decision to move her.
The body is to be flown back to India Saturday evening in a special aircraft.
As introspection continued on the vulnerability of women, the legal framework to prevent aggravated sexual assaults and ways to stem such crimes, there were tears and protests.
From politicians, celebrities, students and domestic workers. Men and women, everybody was a stakeholder. Many pushed for the death penalty but there were also voices advising against such extreme steps.
The president termed the young woman — who had told her family she did not want to die — “a true hero”.
“…let us resolve that this death will not be in vain,” he added.
The prime minister spoke out in almost the same words, saying that it was up to “us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain”.
The reticent Sonia Gandhi said – twice in two days – that we “pledge that she will get justice and that her fight will not have been in vain”
Others spoke up too. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan said he was ashamed of being a man. “I promise I will fight with your voice,” he said in a tribute to the “brave little girl”.
And actress-activist Shabana Azmi said: “Our impotence stares us in the face.”
India’s civil society agreed. And gathered in their thousands.
Though there was a virtual lockdown in Delhi’s city centre, protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar area close by and the anger spilled over. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was booed away.
The bus stop at Munirka, where the woman boarded the bus for that last ill-fated ride, piled up with flowers and scores of posters.
Many people across the country felt that the dead woman could have been one amongst them.
But even in this cathartic moment of collective grief, reports came in of harassment at Jantar Mantar.
And just three days ago, an 18-year-old victim of gang-rape committed suicide in Patiala, Punjab, because police had refused to register a case and humiliated her by asking difficult questions.
This should be India’s wake-up moment. But was it?