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A candle light vigil was held in Delhi protesting against the Delhi Rape case Earlier this week, an Indian parliament member Kanimozhi from DMK party asked the home ministry whether marital rape will be included in the definition of rape. To this, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, minister of state for home replied, “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors, including level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament.” Despite

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After a trial of more than seven years today Kupwara district and Sessions court has given death sentence to all four convicts in Tabinda Gani rape & murder case. Principal and Sessions Judge Kupwara, Muhammad Ibrahim Wani today announced the judgment in the case and sentenced all four convicts in the case to death. The convicts included Sadiq Mir, Azhar Ahmad Mir who are residents of Langate while two non-locals – Mochi Jahangir Ansari of West Bengal and Suresh Kumar of Rajasthan. Earlier, the court had found all four men guilty of gang rape and cold blooded murder 13-year-old, Gani was

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On Sunday, Greater Kashmir – one of the leading English dailies of the Kashmir valley – carried a news report about the rape of a class 9 school girl in Srinagar, allegedly by her forty-year old tutor. The story carried the headline “Student loses honor to teacher’s lust”. As I read the details of the incident, it seemed to me ironic that a report published on the eve of the first anniversary of the brutal December 16 Delhi gangrape – and that too, by such a reputed newspaper of Kashmir – should carry a headline as insensitive as the above. The gangrape of

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One of the headlines of the Greater Kashmir newspaper, which enjoys the largest readership in Jammu and Kashmir, is in social media buzz. A lead story on page 7 about an alleged rape by a teacher in his coaching centre has been published in the newspaper with the headline “Student loses honor to teacher’s lust.” The questions are being asked that how the newspaper can judge that the girl loses her honour by rape. Is honour only for women and not for the men? Does this mean all the women who have been raped, in Kashmir or anywhere, have no

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Family of double-rape-murder victims Asiya and Neelofer in Delhi, protesting against the CBI inquiry in the case. Photo: Kashmir Dispatch By Saima Bhat Indian-held-Kashmir is a highly militarized zone where for every citizen- the armed forces are in ratio of 1:20, the highest soldier-to-civilian ratio in the world. Women are generally targeted, they are overpowered by the perpetrators in every society and same is the case here where women have been targeted socially, mentally as well as physically. Indian forces are believed to be hyper masculine who just know how to abuse. They have always tried to attack psyche of

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Women protesting during 2010 mass uprising. Kashmir’s women have been called the steel magnolias, the bravest in the world. Brave for having taken every suffering, endured pain and stood up in the height of odds. They have tolerated being widowed, left with no son, ravaged off their chastity and left alone in conditions, which are unbearable for others. But what have we done for them? Apart from mentioning them in the rhetorical talks of their sufferings and praising them with beautiful sobriquets and then “the world moves on”. Once I was travelling from Lal Chowk to home in my car.

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