Laws, Legislation & Court Orders

The Supreme Court had held that a wife becomes absolute owner of property willed to her for “maintenance” by her husband and can do whatever she wants with it.

A local court in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district has sent a Territorial Army soldier to judicial custody for kidnapping and raping a woman.

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court acquitted a rape accused while ruling that solitary testimony of rape victim is not enough to convict a person.

A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking recruitment of gainfully employed women in the Territorial Army.

The Madhya Pradesh high court (MPHC) issued a notice to the state government over the non functioning of the MP State Women’s Commission.

The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has extended an invitation to women to join the working committee and hopes that a “fair representation of women” will help it deal with their issues in a better way.

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A non-bailable warrant was issued against Gurgaon deputy mayor Parminder Kataria, who was booked in a rape case on October 24 and has been absconding since then.

Reported Rapes

In Aurangabad, a rapist who was out on bail, raped the same women once again.

A 12- year old Dalit girl, who was gang raped in Patna, was kept  in police custody for 3 days under pretext of enquiry and medical tests. She was let go off only after protests by the locals. The National Commission of Women (NCW) member Sushma Sahu visited the family and has accused the police of inhuman treatment to a minor rape survivor by keeping her in custody.

In a very shocking incident, the security guards of Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park gang-raped a woman under the pretext of showing her the way out. And, the Home Minister of Karanataka wasted no time in displaying his victim-blaming attitude by saying, “Why should a woman go to play tennis at 9:30 in the night?

Protests erupted in Meerut after the rape & murder of a 12 year old Dalit girl in Samauli village.

Several other cases of rape and child sexual abuse were reported.

Data & Other Reports

According to a report released at the International Conference on Gender Equality at Kovalam, India has witnessed a surge in rape cases, with their number increasing more than double from 2001 to 2014.

The National Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of a media report that at the primary health centre, Bansdih, district Balia, Uttar Pradesh, health workers made three women deliver babies on the floor despite the availability of beds.

Featured Image Credit: The rapists (also security guards) in the Cubbon Park rape case being escorted by the police |

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Swetha is a communications professional who dabbles in several things. A feminist, she initially started writing for FII and now is an all-round writer, thinker, planner and sometimes also a designer! She tweets @swethadandapani

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