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#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
#Badaun gang-rape: Human Rights groups demand strict action against policemen involved in heinous act - The gang-rape and murder of teenage Dalit girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh has enraged the nation and sent shivers down the spine of the Uttar Pradesh's political leaders. But, it has also provided them the opportunity to start a blame game.
The victims not only carried the triple burden of being a girl child from lower caste and class but were also minors.
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Rohingya Refugees In India: Tales Of Endless Persecution, Torture And Exploitation

Rohingya Refugees In India: Tales Of Endless Persecution, Torture And Exploitation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....“Nobody owns us,” he says on his stateless status

“Every time we cross the border we have to pay the price in the form of money or woman to the army, stationed at borders. We do not have any protection. We are born to tolerate everything silently,” he adds.

“Recognition is the main thing. Our cries are listened but not acted upon. We are born to see bloodletting. Now we have resigned ourselves to torture and persecution,” he says as his eyes well up....

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India’s child maids face slavery, abuse and sometimes rape

Despite uproar over Delhi rape, Indian society turns a blind eye to child-trafficking industry.....

Every year, hundreds of thousands of girls are trafficked from rural India to work as domestic servants in middle-class homes in India’s fast-growing urban areas. They are expected to work at least 15 hours a day for food, lodging and salaries well below the legal minimum monthly wage of about $125. Many end up cut off from their families, abused and treated like slaves. Some are sexually assaulted.

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Indian gang-rape victim commits suicide — RT

Indian gang-rape victim commits suicide — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Amid widespread outrage over a gang rape in Delhi, another victim of sexual assault in India has committed suicide after police and suspects from an influential cast pressured her to drop the case.

The teenage girl was found dead Wednesday night after swallowing poison. She was assaulted during the festival of Diwali on November 13 in the Patiala region, Punjab, according to officials.

No arrests were made after she took her case to the police. It was only after her suicide that three suspects were detained on Thursday. ....

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India advances, but many women still trapped in dark ages

India advances, but many women still trapped in dark ages | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI, June 13 (TrustLaw) - The birth of a girl, so goes a popular Hindu saying, is akin to the arrival of Lakshmi - the four-armed goddess of wealth, often depicted holding lotus flowers and an overflowing pot of gold.
That should assure pride of place for women in Indian society, especially now the country is growing both in global influence and affluence.
In reality, India's women are discriminated against, abused and even killed on a scale unparalleled in the top 19 economies of the world, according to a new poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The survey, polling 370 gender specialists, found Canada to be the best place to be a woman amongst G20 nations, excluding the European Union economic grouping. Saudi Arabia was the second worst, after India ....

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India anti-graft activist to end fast after government

India anti-graft activist to end fast after government | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A self-styled Gandhian activist whose campaign against corruption sparked some of India's biggest anti-government protests in decades will end a 13-day hunger strike Sunday after...
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CALL ON THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT TO END CHILD SLAVERY

CALL ON THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT TO END CHILD SLAVERY | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Every day, millions of children in India wake up with nothing to look forward to except hours of back-breaking labour working everywhere from stone quarries to carpet factories to rice mills. Children as young as 5 years-old are kept from school, forced to work 7 days a week for up to 18 hours a day and end up with crippling injuries, respiratory disorders and chronic pain.

Because these children are often left illiterate and plagued with health problems, they are - in a cruel twist of fate - less likely to find employment once they reach adulthood. This continued enslavement of children traps generations of Indians in a vicious cycle of slavery, illiteracy and poverty.

Thankfully, the Indian Parliament is considering legislation called the "Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill," which:

Prohibits the employment of children up until 14 years of age,Outlines harsher sentences for violators of child labour laws andProvides for monitoring of suspected instances of child slavery.

This legislation would put an end to the enslavement of children in India but it risks not passing without a demonstration of mass public support.

For every day the bill is delayed, several children remain at risk of being bought and sold to work in unimaginable conditions of sex slavery, bonded labour and domestic servitude. Any further delay in the passage of this historic law ending the enslavement of children in their country is simply unacceptable and we need to build massive public pressure that leaders in India cannot ignore.

Call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill and end child slavery in India.

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Kashmir aghast at unabated use of pellet, pepper guns

Kashmir aghast at unabated use of pellet, pepper guns | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a blatant violation of International law and utter disregard for state-run human rights commission's directions, forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir continue to use lethal pellet guns to deal with anti-government protestors. Kashmir medical sources say nearly 50 youth have permanently lost eye sight in the last two years due to unbridled use of pellet guns by forces during pro-independence protests in this disputed Himalayan region....

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Indian woman jumps from train to escape rape

Indian woman jumps from train to escape rape | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A young woman is in hospital in critical condition after throwing herself off a moving train in an attempt to escape molestation. It’s the latest in a number of incidents that have exposed the vulnerability of women in India.

The 25-year-old woman jumped from the carriage of a moving train after allegedly being molested by a soldier. The attack occurred on Thursday while the train was en route from Darjeeling to Delhi. The man groped her after she had visited the lavatory. After pushing him back, the woman jumped from the Brahmaputra Mail line train. The mother of two is being treated in hospital in the city of Patna. 

“Her condition continues to be critical. A team of doctors is treating her. She has suffered injuries to her head and legs,” a police official told the IANS news agency.

A member of the Assam Rifles paramilitary force has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. 

It comes just weeks after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a bus in Dehli, while her male companion was severely beaten. She later died from her injuries in hospital.

The male companion has revealed more details of the tragic event. He recounted that in the immediate aftermath of the rape, no one responded to their cries for help. 

Police and passersby left the mortally injured female student lying naked and bleeding for almost an hour.

“We kept shouting at the police, 'please give us some clothes' but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at,” the Zee News network reported on Friday.

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Indian father accused of killing baby 'for being a girl' - CNN.com

Indian father accused of killing baby 'for being a girl' - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The United Nations has said India is the most dangerous place to be a girl. Dr. Anand Krishnan at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who has studied the gender gap for years, agrees ...

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Can UID aid the unaccounted millions in India?

Can UID aid the unaccounted millions in India? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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the idea of thieving middlemen being cut out of the picture by the UID. Poor Indians with an identity number are much harder to rob. Ghost laborers staffing public-work schemes and any among India’s twenty million government employees, should disappear and the middlemen who steal billions should be caught as they are obliged to deliver grain, not to the poor, but rather to named individuals who could confirm receipt by scanning their fingerprints.

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India activist makes release deal - 15 day fast unto death...

India activist makes release deal - 15 day fast unto death... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Mr Hazare's protest is aimed against what he regards as a watered-down anti-corruption bill introduced by the Indian government.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accused Mr Hazare of trying to circumvent democracy by demanding the overhaul of an anti-corruption bill.

Mr Singh told parliament Mr Hazare's hunger strike was "totally misconceived", but his speech was constantly interrupted by opposition MPs, many of whom jeered and shouted "shame".

The spontaneous outbreak of public support is a matter of deep concern for Mr Singh's administration, says the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in the capital.

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He also acknowledged that the bill at the centre of the corruption controversy is flawed, as it stands.

Mr Hazare has called the proposed anti-corruption legislation a "cruel joke" and has described the fight against corruption as the "second war of independence".

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