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Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"The videos Al Jazeera saw were deeply disturbing, and included what appeared to be a minor. One woman begged her rapists to stop, saying that her only recourse would be suicide. Another begged her assailants to at least stop recording the attack" (para 26). "'I can only imagine what the women have to go through ... one can only wonder what would have happened to these victims whose videos are being sold in the market,' said Shaikha. 'I don't doubt that many of them might have resorted to committing suicide'" (para 41-42).
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In 2015, the number of rape cases declined by 5.6 percent to 34,651 reported cases, down from 36,735 in 2014. However, other sexual offences, such as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism and 'assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty', increased by 2.5 percent" (para 35).
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"After she was raped in her village in March 2015, Shikha endured 'shaming' by her classmates and had to drop out of school" (para 38).
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"'They make [videos] to blackmail the victims [of rape] ... so that they don't go and file a complaint in the nearest police station,' Shawnawaz explained" (para 7). "After she was raped in her village in March 2015, Shikha endured 'shaming' by her classmates and had to drop out of school" (para 38).
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: PRN-PRACTICE-1

"In this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal. Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds. The faces of the women are visible in these films. Their voices are clear. The attacks on them are brutal" (para 1-3). "Shahnawaz, who declined to use his real name, said that the videos are not generally made with the intention of being sold on the open market. Still, ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal. Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale across the state. They cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds. The faces of the women are visible in these films. Their voices are clear. The attacks on them are brutal" (para 1-3). "In the village of Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh, one man who readily admitted that he frequently purchases pornography - particularly videos of rape - told Al ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Indeed, despite introducing stringent laws to curb crime against women after the high-profile 2012 gang rape case, crimes against women continue to rise. According to the National Crime Record Bureau of India, in 2014 a total of 337,992 incidents of violence against women were recorded, showing an increase of 9 percent over the previous year" (para 33-34).
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: BR-DATA-1

"India’s total fertility rate of 2.3 is expected to sink below 2 within the next decade. Telangana’s fertility rate reached replacement levels before the State came into being in 2014...The third round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) done a decade ago established that undivided Andhra Pradesh had recorded fertility rate of 1.8. The latest survey in 2015 affirmed Telangana’s fertility rate stood at 1.8 births per woman" (para 7-8).
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Of the 40 lakh [4,000,000] sterilisation procedures done in 2014-15, vasectomies accounted for minuscule 1.9 per cent" (para 3). "With an annual target of 2,500 vasectomies this year — the district’s count stands at 5. Last year’s numbers only seem marginally better with 37 men undergoing the procedure" (para 4). "Experts maintain that the gap between vasectomy targets and achievements remain unchanged over the years even as country’s fertility and birth rates continue to fall, driven mainly by female sterilisation" (para 9). "Despite aggressive promotional campaigns over the last decade, only a small proportion of couples use State-distributed condoms (0.5 per cent in 7,786 Telangana households surveyed in 2015), oral ...more
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The State paid them Rs.1,100 each for undergoing sterilisation while the 24,000 women who underwent sterilisation were paid Rs.880 per person" (para 4). "most women who opt for sterilisation, mainly from low-income groups, seek counsel of other women" (para 6).
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"The government observed ‘Vasectomy Fortnight’ between November 21 and December 4 with the hope to create awareness about male sterilisation and, more importantly, to facilitate district administrations reach sterilisation targets through campaigns" (para 3). "With an annual target of 2,500 vasectomies this year — the district’s count stands at 5" (para 4). "The State paid them Rs.1,100 each for undergoing sterilisation while the 24,000 women who underwent sterilisation were paid Rs.880 per person" (para 4). "Experts maintain that the gap between vasectomy targets and achievements remain unchanged over the years even as country’s fertility and birth rates continue to fall, driven mainly by female sterilisation" (para 9). "The State’s health ...more
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"She pegs the lack of willingness [of men] to share the burden of contraception on a misplaced sense of masculinity" (para 5). "'For men, concerns of losing sexual potency and physical vigour make them unwilling to discuss vasectomy,' says Harish Chandra Reddy, health official in Ranga Reddy district" (para 8). "In rural India, women are against their husbands undergoing vasectomies fearing it may rob the family of its means of earnings and cast aspersions on them should pregnancy ensue after vasectomy" (para 12).
Sept. 1, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-SCALE-3

3.0
Sept. 1, 2017, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-SCALE-2

1.0
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“In India - where women also took part [in World Breastfeeding Week] - a nationwide awareness programme has been launched, called 'Maa - Mother's Absolute Affection,' on breastfeeding with Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit as the brand ambassador” (para 18).
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

“India's health minister JP Nadda said in New Delhi on Friday that promoting breastfeeding in the country is imperative” (para 20).
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IM-DATA-1

“Currently nearly 20 per cent of newborn and 13 per cent of children under the age of five years die in India due to causes attributed to poor breastfeeding practices” (para 21).
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-SCALE-1

2.0
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-3

“The ‘two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen … has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history, although courts have said that should have no bearing. … New medical guidelines for doctors forbid its use and the Supreme Court outlawed the two-finger test in 2013” (para 24-25). “His attorney, Gopal Narain Mishra, said that he is appealing because the prosecution pinned its case on the testimony of the victim alone and presented no physical evidence tying his client to the crime” (para 56).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“She was still a teenager when a pack of young men pulled her into a car, tortured her and gang-raped her. The young woman, now a poised student, endured more than three dozen court appearances, six separate trials and endless legal wrangling” (para 1-2). “Activists, attorneys and officials say that female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts. These include poorly trained doctors, callous police, shoddy forensic practices and the delays that permeate India’s judicial system — delays so disheartening that some victims lose their nerve or settle with attackers’ families” (para 6). “In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“The leader of its [Uttar Pradesh’s] governing political party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, caused a stir two years ago when he suggested that rapists should not be given the death penalty. ‘These are boys,’ he said, ‘they make mistakes’” (para 12). “The doctor also performed what is known as the ‘two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen. The exam has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history, although courts have said that should have no bearing. This ‘blame the victim’ mentality long outraged human rights groups” (para 24). ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

“The victim had support from the police early on as well as from her father, a white-bearded scrap dealer named Sabruddin, who was outraged at what his daughter had gone through. In this, she was lucky: Many families don’t report rapes for fear it will bring dishonor upon them” (para 19-20). “The doctor also performed what is known as the ‘two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen. The exam has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history, although courts have said that should have no bearing. … ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track courts to speed prosecution of rape cases and other crimes against women. But these new courts have their own delays — and in some states, strikingly low conviction rates” (para 7). “Then came 2012 and the devastating fatal gang rape of a New Delhi college student on a bus … In its wake, the government … set aside $289 million for rape crisis centers, help lines and special investigators. More than three-quarters of that has not been spent, according to a government report” (para 37). “In January 2015, the court referred the case to one of ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-2

“A daily computer class in a nearby storefront is the victim’s salvation. There, no one knows her history, and she makes it a point to keep it that way, giving her police guards the slip when she heads out” (para 51).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“The leader of its [Uttar Pradesh’s] governing political party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, caused a stir two years ago when he suggested that rapists should not be given the death penalty. ‘These are boys,’ he said, ‘they make mistakes’” (para 12). “The doctor also performed what is known as the ‘two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen. The exam has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history, although courts have said that should have no bearing. This ‘blame the victim’ mentality long outraged human rights groups” (para 24). ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

“Although the victim was hospitalized a day later because of excessive vaginal bleeding and would continue to bleed for weeks afterward, the female physician wrote in her report that there was no bleeding and did not mention the burns on her body obvious to police and her family. She noted that the girl’s hymen was no longer intact but concluded that ‘no definite opinion about rape’ could be given. Many rape cases are hampered by poorly trained doctors … Sexual-assault examination guidelines for doctors were established only in 2014” (para 22-23).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Violence against women and the number of rapes in India have risen for over a decade — more than two rapes occur every hour on average, one study says” (para 6). “Instances of reported rape have increased faster in the state [Uttar Pradesh] than in the rest of India in recent years, with the number of rapes more than doubling between 2014 and 2015” (para 12).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Violence against women and the number of rapes in India have risen for over a decade — more than two rapes occur every hour on average, one study says — yet activists, attorneys and officials say that female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts” (para 6). “Instances of reported rape have increased faster in the state [Uttar Pradesh] than in the rest of India in recent years, with the number of rapes more than doubling between 2014 and 2015” (para 12).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track courts to speed prosecution of rape cases and other crimes against women” (para 7). “Sexual-assault examination guidelines for doctors were established only in 2014” (para 23). “‘The two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen … has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history … new medical guidelines for doctors forbid its use and the Supreme Court outlawed the two-finger test in 2013” (para 24-25). “Then came 2012 and the devastating fatal gang rape ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“The last of the rapists, the son of a powerful family, was convicted this past spring — 11 years after the crime. During her ordeal she was forced to leave school, was put in a home for runaway girls and even now lives with police protection out of fear that allies of the rapists could exact revenge” (para 3). “Female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts. These include poorly trained doctors, callous police, shoddy forensic practices and the delays that permeate India’s judicial system — delays so disheartening that some victims lose their nerve or settle with attackers’ families” (para 6). “The victim had support from ...more