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Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Outrage over the alleged attacks grew on Wednesday after the Times of India published CCTV footage showing a woman being attacked by two men on a motorcycle, who appeared to try to wrestle her on to the bike, before throwing her to the ground. The incident occurred about 2.30am on Sunday morning in an alley several kilometres from the central Bangalore streets where the mass molestation allegedly took place, the newspaper said" (para 10-11). "Another victim of a sexual assault on the night, Chaitali Wasnik, told the Guardian she had been trying to find a taxi on a crowded street when two suspicious men started walking towards her. 'Out of ...more
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Police in Bangalore say they have detained at least six suspects over an alleged 'mass molestation' in the south Indian city on New Year’s Eve, as the release of CCTV footage from the night fanned outrage" (para 1). "Witnesses and local media reports said the crowd turned unruly and a number of women were sexually assaulted or harassed" (para 2).
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Indian’s National Commission for Women on Tuesday sought the resignation of G Parameshwara, the home minister for Karnataka state, for his claims that incidents such as the alleged mass sexual assault 'do happen' and were the fault of young people acting and dressing 'like westerners'” (para 7). "The violence in Bangalore has received extensive coverage in the Indian media and triggered another round of national soul-searching, the latest since a notorious 2012 gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student shone a spotlight on sexual violence in India" (para 16). "Aamir Khan, one of India’s most popular actors, was among those to voice their disgust at the recent incidents, saying Indians ...more
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Earlier in the day, the city police commissioner, Praveen Sood, said officers had seen images from 45 CCTV cameras and had enough evidence to begin an investigation" (para 4). Since the police are collecting evidence and pushing forward investigations, it appears that they are attempting to enforce laws against assault and rape (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Indian’s National Commission for Women on Tuesday sought the resignation of G Parameshwara, the home minister for Karnataka state, for his claims that incidents such as the alleged mass sexual assault 'do happen' and were the fault of young people acting and dressing 'like westerners'" (para 7). Gender issues are being discussed in the public sphere, but this particular government official is down-playing the seriousness of such issues (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Aamir Khan, one of India’s most popular actors, was among those to voice their disgust at the recent incidents, saying Indians were 'saddened and feel ashamed when something like this happens in our country'” (para 19). Although government officials are ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Child marriage is illegal in India, but it is deeply rooted and accepted in society, and remains widespread in parts of the country" (para 2).
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"An increasing number of underage girls in India's towns and cities are being married off, a study has revealed, challenging long-held assumptions that child marriage in the country is largely a rural phenomenon" (para 1). "Yet while the number of underage brides has declined by 0.3 percent in rural areas since 2001, they have increased by 0.7 percent in urban parts, said a report by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the charity Young Lives. Experts said these percentage figures appear insignificant, but considering India has a population of 1.3 billion, this means tens of thousands more underage girls were married in towns and cities in ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"An increasing number of underage girls in India's towns and cities are being married off, a study has revealed, challenging long-held assumptions that child marriage in the country is largely a rural phenomenon" (para 1). "Child marriage is illegal in India, but it is deeply rooted and accepted in society, and remains widespread in parts of the country" (para 2). "Data from the 2011 census shows more than 5 million girls were married before the legal age of 18 - a marginal decrease from 2001" (para 2). "The study - the first to break down India's census data on child marriage - found nearly one out of four girls in ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"You know when the "anti-human trafficking caravan" is in town. The loudspeakers blare as the large white bus moves slowly through eastern India's towns and villages and an animated voice calls on residents - young and old - to come and join the fun. And the fun really is fun - ranging from music, dance performances and street plays to puppet shows, movies and exhibitions - but all have a serious message: 'Be Alert, Raise Alarm. Stop human trafficking'" (para 1-2). "The [anti-human trafficking] caravan is the brainchild of the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata and is a novel attempt to raise public awareness about trafficking and slavery in a country ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"You know when the "anti-human trafficking caravan" is in town. The loudspeakers blare as the large white bus moves slowly through eastern India's towns and villages and an animated voice calls on residents - young and old - to come and join the fun. And the fun really is fun - ranging from music, dance performances and street plays to puppet shows, movies and exhibitions - but all have a serious message: 'Be Alert, Raise Alarm. Stop human trafficking'" (para 1-2). "The caravan is the brainchild of the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata and is a novel attempt to raise public awareness about trafficking and slavery in a country where such ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'We used a variety of tools such as street plays, mobile exhibitions and were joined by puppeteers, dance troupes and musicians at various stops,' said Ananya Bhattacharya from banglanatak.com, one of the charities involved in the [anti-human trafficking] campaign (para 5). "Ravi Kant from Shakti Vahini, another charity behind the [anti-human trafficking] campaign, said they hoped to replicate the caravan in India's northeastern states" (para 15).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Many [trafficked women] end up as maids, or are forced to work in small industries such as textile workshops or labour on farms. Others are even pushed into brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some go missing, and their families cannot trace them" (para 9-10). "Street plays, songs and performances were used to highlight traffickers' modus operandi such as false promises of jobs, marriage and a better lifestyle" (para 12).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year, according to government data. Thousands of people – largely poor and rural – are lured to India's towns and cities each year by traffickers who promise good jobs, but sell them into modern day slavery" (para 7-8).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Mass protests then broke out as a result, with students from other colleges, including a girls' college, taking part" (para 6).
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India, Nepal, Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, ACR-LAW-1

"It follows the closure of surrogacy in Thailand, Nepal, and India" (para 2).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Many women IPS spoke to, say they feel danger still lurks around street corners, especially in the big cities, where venturing out at night is still considered an `adventure’. 'I don’t feel safe in public places at all nor while using public transport. I know nobody will come forward to help me if I get into trouble,' says Rekha Kumari, 30, a cook. 'I carry pepper spray and a knife with me as I return late from the office,' says Shashibala Mehra, 52, an accountant in New Delhi. 'Throughout my 40-minute commute back home I keep talking to my husband on phone just so that he knows when I’m in ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In addition, sexual harassment on Indian streets or in other public spaces is a common experience for women. A survey by the NGO ActionAid found 79 percent of Indian women have been subjected to harassment or violence in public" (para 6).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"[Delhi Police] formed a squad of plainclothes officers called 'police mitras' (friends of the police) — comprising farmers, homemakers and former Army men — to assist them in the prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order. In another scheme, police chiefs launched their own version of 'Charlie’s Angels' — a specially trained squad of crime-fighting, butt-kicking constables in white kimonos who take on sexual predators across the country. The 40-member women’s squad trained in martial arts guards “vulnerable” landmarks in the city such as schools and metro stations, while undercover as regular citizens" (para 1-2). These initiatives by police are fighting against not only sexual crimes, ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, such crimes (primarily rapes, molestations and stalking) have skyrocketed by a whopping 60 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 2014 and 2015" (para 4). "Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9). "The three attackers in the 2012 rape were sentenced to death and within months the government passed a bill broadening the definition of sexual offences to include forced penetration by any object, stalking, acid violence and disrobing" (para 13).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, such crimes (primarily rapes, molestations and stalking) have skyrocketed by a whopping 60 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 2014 and 2015" (para 4). It is considered a crime to stalk another individual; majority of stalking victims are women (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Last month, Delhi Police launched a unique initiative to check spiralling crimes against women in the city, also known dubiously as the 'rape capital' of India. It formed a squad of plainclothes officers called 'police mitras' (friends of the police) — comprising farmers, homemakers and former Army men — to assist them in the prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order" (para 1). "India, considered one of the world’s most unsafe countries for women, has lately seen a raft of innovative initiatives to safeguard women from sexual crimes" (para 3).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Ironically, despite increasingly stringent laws and a visible beefing up of police protection, crimes against women have surged" (para 3).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'There’s a lot of media coverage, candlelight marches and social media angst if women are outraged but in reality little has changed,' says Pratibha Malik, an activist with a pan-India non-profit Aashrita. 'I feel the very presence of women in non-traditional spaces like offices, in bars, restaurants etc in a patriarchal society like India’s is responsible for this backlash'" (para 10). Gender issue discussions are occuring in India, but some feel that the discussion has yet to lead to real change (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Campaigns which help victims of violence fight social stigma have urged the government to enforce stricter laws and promote gender equality. Red Brigades, a female-only collective, for ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Many women IPS spoke to, say they feel danger still lurks around street corners, especially in the big cities, where venturing out at night is still considered an `adventure’" (para 14). There are women in the IPS (Indian Police Service), but we do not know if they are being actively recruited (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9). While there is a law in place against acid attacks, the article does not indicate that it includes any specialized penalities (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Aggarwal has joined hands with an organization called Stop Acid Attacks to assist other victims of such attacks and also fight for their rights in local courts" (para 18). If this group is having to advocate for acid victims' rights in courts, there must be problems with the current laws/system but the article does not describe these ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"Laxmi Aggarwal, 27, an acid attack victim who has now become an activist championing the ban on the sale of acid in India, says the government has done little to prevent its sale. 'Young, vulnerable girls are attacked in many parts of rural India,' she says (para 17).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, such crimes (primarily rapes, molestations and stalking) have skyrocketed by a whopping 60 percent between 2010 and 2011 and 2014 and 2015" (para 4). "A report by the National Crime Records Bureau found 337,922 reports of violence, including rape, cruelty and abduction, against women in 2014, up 9 percent from 2013. The number of reported rapes in the country also rose by 9 percent to 33,707 in 2014, the last year for which such figures were available" (para 5). "The trigger for much of legislative and police action was the December 2012 rape of a 23-year-old Indian medical ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The rise in attacks on women has also led to a mushrooming of volunteer-led projects which provide a valuable social service...By engaging not only perpetrators and victims, but also spectators and passers-by, Blank Noise, launched in 2003, relies on ‘Action Heroes’ or a network of volunteers, from across age groups, gender and sexuality to put forth its message" (para 7-8). "By engaging not only perpetrators and victims, but also spectators and passers-by, Blank Noise, launched in 2003, relies on ‘Action Heroes’ or a network of volunteers, from across age groups, gender and sexuality to put forth its message. Effective legal mechanisms, staging theatrical public protests and publicizing offences help the ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Aggarwal has joined hands with an organization called Stop Acid Attacks to assist other victims of such attacks and also fight for their rights in local courts" (para 18).