Caste Atrocities

India’s courts ‘condone’ Dalit atrocities

Caste-blind judiciary fails Dalit victims as number of sex attacks are reported against former untouchables.

 

United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice

Statement by Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Dr Rebecca R Tavares, Representative, UN Women’s India Multi Country Office and Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India

Ending violence against women and girls is a fundamental goal of the United Nations. The UN system in India stands united with people across the country to do what it takes to ensure that every woman and every girl can live safely and with dignity everywhere.

“There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women and girls from lower caste communities who are targeted and raped in rural India. Violence against women is not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue,” said Lise Grande, Resident Coordinator of the UN system in India.

“Every girl and woman should be able to live safely, feel protected and grow up free of violence,” stated Dr. Rebecca Tavares, UN Women’s Representative in India. “Amongst the many actions that need to be taken, the UN encourages the speedier application of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, including the establishment of the one-stop crisis centres. The justice system is key to addressing the problem.”

“Many progressive reforms and changes have resulted following the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012 and the historic Justice Verma Committee report,” stressed Lise Grande. “But having the laws in place are only one part of the solution – their implementation also matters as does changing mind-sets. Violence against women and girls is preventable, not inevitable. Sustained implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 and the setting up of Special Courts and child friendly procedures for victims under 18 years of age are also key priorities.”

The latest brutal act of violence against the girls in UP also highlights the dangers girls and women all over India are exposed to due to the lack of toilets. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF’s Representative to India stressed that: “Around 65% of rural population in India defecates in the open and women and girls are expected to go out at night. This does not only threaten their dignity, but their safety as well.

In Bhagana, an unending wait for justice

A small group of Dalits from this village in Haryana waits patiently for justice for the rape of four teenage girls in March this year
In Bhagana, an unending wait for justice

Source: LiveMint

Two Indian sisters ‘gang-raped’, killed and hanged from a tree

Three men arrested, including two police officers, after teenagers’ bodies are discovered in Uttar Pradesh
Source: The Guardian

India gang rapes: Arrests over hanged girls in Uttar Pradesh

Demonstration against rape in India

Ever since the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012, there have been public protests and an outcry against sexual violence

Source: BBC News

Two minor dalit girls raped and hanged in Uttar Pradesh

 

LUCKNOW: The deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh came under sharp focus after two cousins were gang-raped and killed in a rural area of Badayun district, with opposition parties blaming the Samajwadi Party government for not acting against the accused. 

The two minor Dalit girls had gone missing since Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, their bodies were found, hanging from the tree, which led to a huge public protest in the area and a massive outcry across the state. 

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