SocietyNews Feminist News Wrap: Transgenders Rights, POCSO & Pakistani Activist Mahmud

Feminist News Wrap: Transgenders Rights, POCSO & Pakistani Activist Mahmud

Along with reports of assault, rape and misogyny, this week has seen a significant number of positive updates too in terms of police action, court-verdicts and parliament bill enactment.

When her husband ran off with another man’s wife, a Rajasthan khap panchayat gave 25-year-old Mamta Bai two options: either live with the man as his spouse, or pay him Rs 3 lakh as compensation.

Four years ago, Chhattisgarh police claimed to have shot dead a young woman Maoist in a fierce encounter in Sarguja. But a judicial commission has found that the official version was a complete fabrication. The girl was raped and murdered by the police.

An AIIMS doctor’s wife committed suicide since she could not longer deal with her husband being gay. Her father says, “it was the responsibility of a ‘traditional Indian woman’ to make marriages work.”

In a rare enactment, a private member’s bill, providing rights to the transgender community was passed in the Rajya Sabha. We are excited!

A private member’s bill to treat marital rape as a crime was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

BJP Leader Subramanian Swamy meets rape accused Asaram Bapu, in order to fight his case.

In a one of its kind incidents, the Kondhwa police team filed a case against a man for raping his minor daughter, when both his wife and daughter refused to lodge a complaint. The police invoked the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the father.

Seven people including three policemen were arrested for raping and extorting money & jewellery from a model in Mumbai.

A 21-year old woman emerged as the youngest winner in Aurangabad civic elections.

Horrific rapes are still being reported. A 14-year old rape victim committed suicide.

Four men were given the death sentence for the abduction, gang-rape and murder of a 13-year old in north Kashmir eight years ago.

In yet another verdict, a man was given a sentence of 10-years’ imprisonment for rape.

As much as Rs. 1,273 crore is lying unused as part of the Nirbhaya fund which was set up more than 2 years ago.

This report of human right violations including rape, assault and murder by the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh came up.

The Delhi government has decided to involve corporations to help setup rape crisis centres.

Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead, shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s “disappeared people”, in the southern city of Karachi.

More than 1,000 people have been killed after a major earthquake hit Nepal, toppling buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, and triggering avalanches in the Himalayas.


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