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Posted: January 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Crimes Against Women, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Indian Village Council Orders Gang-rape

Violence against women out of control in India

A woman has been gang-raped by a dozen men on the orders of village officials in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair. The village council in West Bengal state ordered the penalty to be carried out after the 20-year-old woman was discovered with a man from another community, a senior police officer said.

The woman was gang-raped after her parents said they could not pay the fine imposed by the council for having the affair. Twelve people have been arrested over the attack.

The incident took place in Subalpur village, about 240 kilometres west of the state capital Kolkata, after the couple were discovered on Monday. The man apparently involved with the girl was freed after he agreed to pay the fine within a week. The woman was recovering from the attack in a hospital ::::

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“The head of the village council held an urgent meeting in the village square on Tuesday when the girl and her lover were called,” district police superintendent C. Sudhakar said. “The girl and her lover were tied to two separate trees and fined 25,000 rupees/$US400 each as a fine for having an affair.”

The attack again highlights India’s record on sexual violence back into the spotlight after national outrage over the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012.

The incident also echoes an attack on a woman in neighbouring Pakistan in 2002 on orders of a village council to avenge her 12-year-old brother’s alleged impropriety with a woman from a rival clan.

Six men were sentenced to death for the rape of the illiterate Pakistani woman Mukhtar Maiher in a landmark ruling there. But five were later acquitted and the main culprit had his sentence reduced to life imprisonment.

Despite tougher laws and efforts to change attitudes to women in India’s deeply patriarchal society, the number of reported sex crimes continues to rise.

Earlier this month, a Danish woman was allegedly gang-raped and robbed in the capital after she became lost on her way back to her hotel.

Indian men accused of pack rape led by police

Supreme Court Orders Investigation

India’s supreme court has ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from an eastern tribal region by 13 men on the orders of a village court.

The woman, who is recovering in hospital, told police she was assaulted by the men on Monday night in the Birbhum district of West Bengal as punishment for violating rules of her tribe by having a relationship with a man from a different community.

In the West Bengal case, the couple were ordered to pay a fine of $US400, said the victim’s mother, adding that the village head then ordered the rape of her daughter.

The police said that the woman’s male companion was tied up in the village square, while the assault on the woman happened in a mud house.

There were sporadic protests in West Bengal, where earlier this month there were large demonstrations against police who have been accused of failing to act on the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl who was later murdered.

“This is complete sadism and the authorities must do something,” said rape victim and activist Suzette Jordan, whose case also sparked massive protests against the police and the West Bengal state government.

West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, under fire for being slow to act over rape cases, removed the superintendent of police of Birbhum from his post for failing to take swift action against some alleged attackers linked to her political party.

Nityananda Hembram, a senior leader of the tribal Santhal community, said there was a campaign to malign the tribal culture by distorting the facts in this case.

“She may have been raped but of what I gathered she was warned ahead by the womenfolk of the village against living with a man from another community without marrying,” Mr Hembram said.

The ruling by India’s top court underscores the sensitivity of sexual violence issues following the fatal gang rape of a physiotherapist on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012.

That attack sparked nationwide demonstrations and political uproar, India has toughened laws on sex crimes in March last year after the brutal assault in Delhi. The issue was highlighted in local media again last week after a 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped in central Delhi by at least five men whom she had asked for directions.

Human rights groups say diktats issued by kangaroo courts are not uncommon in rural regions. In northern parts of India, illegal village councils known as “Khap Panchayats” act as de-facto courts settling rural disputes on everything from land and cattle to matrimony and murder.

But such councils are coming under growing scrutiny as their punitive edicts grow more regressive – ranging from banning women from wearing western clothing and using mobile phones to supporting child marriage and sanctioning the lynching of young couples in so-called “honour killings”.

West Bengal has recorded the highest number of gender crimes in the country at 30,942 in 2012 – 12.7 per cent of India’s total recorded crimes against women. These crimes include rape, kidnapping and sexual harassment and molestation.

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