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National Network of Sex Workers condemn recent raids on sex workers in Mumbai

ay be noted that the Justice Verma Committee was constituted to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing Sexual Assault against women. The Committee submitted its report on 23rd January, 2013. Please click here to access the petition submitted by the National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW). NNSW comprises 63 organisations spread over eight states with over

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In Delhi today: Over 5,000 survivors of Sexual Assault -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express Some spark a movement at the click of a keypad. Others trudge 10,000 km across the country for their stories to be heard, stories that were largely left out of India’s #MeToo movement. Ahmedabad, Dahod (Gujarat), Jhabua (MP), Ratlam (MP): The bus rumbles along to its final destination for the day. After traversing much of Madhya Pradesh over the last few days, it has just entered the eastern tip of Gujarat. As the vehicle halts for the night at a tribal settlem

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65-day, 10,000-km yatra to end sexual violence -Pranay Prakash

en and children, as well as raise awareness about the plight of the survivors throughout the country. Aims and objectives The march was announced by a group of people who had faced some form of Sexual Assault. While everyone who spoke at the event have revealed their names, The Hindu protects their identity. Among those present were a Sexual Assault survivor from Rajasthan, a survivor of human traffic

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#MeToo: GoM likely to meet on December 10 -Jagriti Chandra

Minister Maneka Gandhi. The Union Cabinet constituted the high-level panel in October days after Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar was forced to step down following allegations of Sexual Assault and misconduct against the former editor. The GoM has been given three months to recommend ways to ensure effective implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, as well as t

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'2 of 5 women don't report Sexual Assault' -Ambika Pandit

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: One in four of those reporting non-marital sexual violence are adolescents in the 15-19 age group, pointing to higher vulnerability of minors who are also less likely to report such instances to police as compared to adult women, a study on the lack of disclosure of such crimes has found. Overall, two in five female survivors do not inform anyone of sexual violence suffered. The findings on the lack of disclosure are part of an analysis of the national fami

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Nod to prisoner amnesty scheme

n convicted of an offence for which the sentence is death or where a death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. Those convicted in cases involving dowry death, rape, human trafficking, Sexual Assault on children, terror, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, circulation of fake currency, money laundering, foreign exchange violation, corruption and narcotics will also not be eligible for the remission. Please click here to read more

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

out bodies like Child Welfare Committees. A miniscule proportion of people knew about Childline (helpline for children) number (viz. 1098). Media exposure of adolescent girls to stories related to Sexual Assault has made them more careful about where they go in public spaces, finds the study. Roughly two-fifth of teenage girls believed that the reaction of the local police station (in the event of their going and lodging a complaint) would rang

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When perception is reality -Sameera Khan

olence by the spouse, still only 15% of sexual violence committed by others is reported to the police. The reasons for this usually are poor trust in the justice machinery and low conviction rates in Sexual Assault cases. While rape accounts for 12% of all crimes against women in India — almost 39 rapes per hour — only 1 in 4 rape cases ends up securing a conviction. So if reported data is only giving us a minuscule image of the larger

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Death penalty is not the answer -Maya John

that brutal rapes in India have not decreased despite enforcement of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 — a piece of legislation which prescribes the death penalty and life imprisonment for Sexual Assaults that result in death or the victim being reduced to a persistent vegetative state. Patriarchal undercurrent Women’s movements across the world have consistently criticised knee-jerk, populist “solutions” to curbing

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Death poor deterrent: Three per cent convictions, 94% accused know victims in child rape cases -Shalini Nair

oposed ordinance cleared by the Union Cabinet on Saturday. Says Supreme Court advocate Vrinda Grover, “Far from reporting the crime, death penalty is going to deter the victim from reporting Sexual Assault when the offender is from the family or is known to them. This will lead to the crime being suppressed and the victim being left completely helpless. Without strengthening the investigation process or the prosecution, creating an enabling e

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