Horrifying Sexual Abuse Of Young Girls In Australia.

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#1 Apr 23, 2010
Girl sexually abused and repetedly raped by the carers!!
Abused teen back on the run
SELMA MILOVANOVIC
February 18, 2010
A TEENAGE girl due to face court next week over allegations she burnt down the welfare unit where she lived is on the run from state care.
It is believed ''Emma'', 16, who has a history of absconding, ran away from a Department of Human Services unit eight days ago.
The Age revealed in December that Emma was allegedly gang-raped and repeatedly sexually exploited while in care over the past four years. All of the alleged rapes happened during her bouts of running away.
It can now be revealed that police suspect that Emma is a victim of a man described by detectives as one of Victoria's worst child sex offenders, who faces more than 100 charges relating to 19 victims, including counts of sexual penetration of children under 10. The charges relate to offences that occurred between 1970 and 2000.
While in care, Emma repeatedly stayed overnight with the accused rapist,''Mr X'', 55, whom police suspect used her for sex. Last year, she was taken to hospital with horrific internal injuries after being allegedly gang-raped by several men. While in hospital, she phoned Mr X and ran away with him for a short time.
That incident came after Emma was allegedly raped twice before while living in state care. No one has yet been charged over the rapes but it is believed police have approached Emma about making a statement against Mr X.
A Children's Court warrant has been issued to locate Emma. It is believed DHS workers spotted her on Monday but it is unclear why they were unable to take her into custody. Calls by DHS to her mobile phone have gone unanswered. DHS workers have also been checking places Emma has been known to visit as well as talking to her friends. It is believed a missing person's report will also be filed if she is not found soon.
In December, Emma was charged with arson over a fire that burnt down the residential unit where she had lived for several months. Police will allege the fire was lit deliberately, while Emma will contend it started while she was cooking breakfast.
DHS will argue in court that Emma should continue to be in long-term care because she continues to be at risk due to running away, sexual exploitation.
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#2 Apr 23, 2010
52 Yr Old Aussie Man, Sexually abused 15 year old underage girl under his care, even had miscarried baby!!

A 52-YEAR-OLD man who had sex with a 15-year-old-girl placed in his care by the Department of Human Services ran away with the teen when authorities became aware of the relationship, a court heard.
The teenager became pregnant but later miscarried, the County Court heard today.
Robert McNair was jailed for five years with a minimum of three years after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

Judge Susan Pullen said the troubled teen had been living in a tent before the Department of Human Services placed her in McNair's care.
The pair began having sex in December 2008, about five months after she moved in.
But when child protection authorities and the girl's mother found out, the man ran away with the teen to the Murray River area in Victoria's north where the relationship continued.
(Woman raped 500 times in foster care)
McNair was arrested and charged on May 25 in Echuca. Judge Pullen said McNair's behaviour was "totally inappropriate and unacceptable''.
"You were aware not only of her age but ... that she was a vulnerable young girl,'' Judge Pullen said.
"You were the adult and you were the one with the responsibility to behave appropriately and you didn't."
She said the court had a duty to protect vulnerable children.
"In this case we are dealing with a 15-year-old girl who was vulnerable and immature,'' Judge Pullen said.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/robert-mcnai...
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#3 Apr 23, 2010
Football players charged over alleged pack rapes PAUL MILLAR AND MEX COOPER
October 29, 2009

Victorian sexual crimes squad detectives expect to lay further charges over the alleged pack rape of two young women by suburban football players on an end-of-season trip. The women were held prisoner and repeatedly raped by a gang of young men who lured them to a rented house on Phillip Island by inviting them to a party, according to police.

One woman, 18, alleged she was sexually assaulted by as many as eight men. Her friend, also 18, who was allegedly assaulted by up to five men, is not pressing charges, but she said she would act as a witness for her friend. Three young men - teammates in Montmorency Football Club's under-19 side - appeared in an out-of-sessions court last night charged with three counts of rape, two of indecent assault and one of unlawful imprisonment on October 10. The charges relate to the same woman.

Trent Cantwell, 18, of Lower Plenty, Ruben James Mineo, 18, of Bundoora, were bailed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. Cantwell, a year 12 student, was to sit a VCE English exam that day. A 17-year-old from Montmorency, who cannot be named, will appear at the Children's Court on November 27. Thirteen others were interviewed by police yesterday, but were released, pending investigation.

Police said that some of the young men met the two women at a hotel and invited them to a party at the house in Cowes. The women arrived to discover 30 men there. It was alleged that the women were ushered into separate bedrooms and that wardrobes were pushed across the doors to stop them from escaping, before they were repeatedly assaulted. The women were able to escape the next morning when a brawl broke out among the youths. Detective Sergeant Jason Walsh, from the sexual crimes squad, told the court that the trip to Phillip Island had been organised by members of Montmorency's under-19 team.

Police said they found a large amount of blood at the scene. They have taken blood, semen and fingerprint samples. Police told the court the 17-year-old and Cantwell, who won a Northern Football League best-and-fairest award last year, had described what they believed were consensual acts.
Mineo had told police that he disputed the woman's statement regarding the question of consent.
When asked by bail justice Annette Stockman if he wanted to address the court about bail, Mineo said he could understand if she thought ''this kid's a monster who would do something like that''.
He then said:''My parents didn't bring me up to do something like that. I'm ashamed. I want to see my mum.'' Police had opposed bail on the grounds that the three might contact teammates or other witnesses and interfere with the case. But Ms Stockman granted bail on conditions including that they report to police, surrender or not apply for passports, and do not contact anyone from the Montmorency Football Club or the alleged victims or their families.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/football-playe...
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#4 Apr 23, 2010
Students turn to sex work to help pay for University!!

HUNDREDS of university students in Victoria have turned to prostitution to pay their way through higher education, The Sunday Age has learnt.
Up to 40% of the female sex workers in Melbourne's brothels are attending the city's eight universities and other colleges. Many of the women cite the costs of course fees, increased rent and a rise in the general cost of living for their decision to join the "oldest profession".

One 22-year-old Monash student, who has been working as a prostitute and escort for 18 months, told The Sunday Age: "In an ideal world I wouldn't be doing this work but it's well paid and there's no way I could afford to complete university and live out of home if I had any other part-time job."
The huge earning potential for these girls is the biggest attraction of sex work. According to managers at numerous brothels across the city, a pretty woman can pocket as much as $1400 on a busy night.

Nearly all the brothels contacted by The Sunday Age this week admitted they had students working in their establishments. Many said that between 40% and 50% of their girls were in full-time education. Glen Barnes, general manager at Melbourne's largest brothel, the Daily Planet, said that university students often made the best workers. He explained: "We've got nearly 200 girls on our books and I'd say at least 35% are students, and they're nearly always a pleasure to deal with.

"Typically they're very career-oriented and know exactly what they want to get out of the job. Going to uni is obviously getting more and more expensive, and for many who haven't got wealthy parents, this is the best way to make ends meet. Most of the girls say it's the rising costs of fees and being a student in an expensive city like Melbourne that is making them consider the sex industry. Although there is no official register of sex workers in Melbourne's brothels, industry insiders believe there are up to 2000 women who are selling their bodies in the city.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/studen...
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#5 Apr 23, 2010
sexual abuse should never be laughed about.
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#6 Apr 23, 2010
Girl forced to have sex for fuel: court

13:11 AEST Fri Apr 16 2010

A mother forced her 13-year-old daughter into a sexual act with a truck driver in exchange for some diesel fuel, a court has been told.
The Downing Centre District Court heard on Friday that following a Father's Day visit with her dad, the girl's mother dropped her off on the F3 Sydney to Newcastle freeway and forced her into the cab of a truckie twice her age.
The mother later siphoned diesel from the man's truck, which prosecutors say was in exchange for the child.
It was the third time in 2004 that the young girl had been forced into sexual acts with the man by her mother - but this time she was left alone with him for seven hours, the court was told.
In November, the girl's mother and the truck driver - neither of whom can be named for legal reasons - were found guilty of a combined total of over 60 charges, including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and aggravated acts of indecency.
At the man's sentencing hearing, crown prosecutor Gina O'Rourke said the pair should face similar sentences because the offences had resulted from a joint criminal enterprise.
The truck driver might have been the "physical perpetrator" of the offences but the girl's mother had been an active participant, Ms O'Rourke said.
The pair had been in a casual sexual relationship prior to the offences and were intoxicated - ice for the woman, and speed for the man - when at least one of the incidents occurred.
Ms O'Rourke said the girl had been repeatedly victimised and there were a number of disturbing and troubling factors that put the offences in the higher range of seriousness.
The truck driver had denied committing the offences and despite being found guilty had never admitted to any responsibility or shown any remorse, she said.
But in a victim impact statement to be read to the court on Friday afternoon, the girl says she does not want her mother to be punished, saying she has forgiven her, the court has heard.
"She has no real understanding of the culpability of the mother's offending against her," Ms O'Rourke said, adding that the statement should not mitigate the sentence.
"She has a desire for her mother to accept her and love her unconditionally."
Judge Greg Woods questioned whether locking the mother up would be the best solution for her daughter.
"She is still a young girl, and what impact does it have on her if her mother cops a decade or so in prison?" Judge Woods asked.
"And what effect does that have in relation to the question of the deterrence ... is that likely to deter other young children from coming forward at all?"
The hearing is continuing and the mother's sentencing hearing is due to begin on Friday afternoon
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#7 Apr 23, 2010
Australian Man Raped His Daughter For 30 Years, Fathered Four Children.

A VICTORIAN man who allegedly raped his daughter almost daily for 30 years, kept her a virtual prisoner and fathered her four children has been charged by police.
In what has been described as a case as shocking as the Josef Fritzl case in Austria, child welfare advocates have called for a full inquiry amid claims authorities failed to investigate the alleged abuse despite being warned decades ago.
One source close to the case claimed it could be "every bit as bad, if not worse, than the Josef Fritzl case.
"Especially the fact that she had so many children to her father".
Neighbours of the family said they had suspicions of abuse, but did not go to the authorities because they did not want to cause trouble.
The victim's mother claims to have been unaware of any abuse, despite sharing a house with her daughter, husband and grandchildren until 2005.
It is understood the family has been known to authorities for more than 30 years. Three of the man's children died – two of cot death and another drowned.
The surviving children are understood to have spent periods in care.
It is claimed the man allegedly threatened his daughter with violence against her mother and siblings while he raped her at a variety of properties in Melbourne and country Victoria.
The rapes are said to have begun when the victim was aged about 11 in the 1970s and continued until 2007.
Police have known about the alleged abuse since 2005 when the woman came forward, but were powerless to act because she said she did not want to co-operate with police because she was scared of her father.
The woman gave birth to four of her father's children, each in major Melbourne hospitals. Supporters of the woman say none of the children's birth certificates record the name of the father, and all of the children have health problems.
Despite one of the children – a girl – dying from severe developmental problems, and all three of the other children having major health problems, no health professional reported concerns about the woman, now in her 40s, to police or other authorities.
The father was only charged in February after the alleged victim came forward a second time and made a statement to police.
The woman and surviving children now live in a safe house and are being cared for by authorities.
It is believed police will allege the man kept his daughter a virtual prisoner, discouraging her to make friends outside the home, and threatening her with violence if she complained of rape or tried to leave.
Sources say concerns about the father and the family were first reported to welfare workers more than 30 years ago, but no action appears to have been taken.
The woman's mother, who is still married to the man, has denied knowing anything about any assaults or who the father of her grandchildren is.
The man initially denied raping his daughter, but was charged after tests showed he was the father of his daughter's children.
The woman was allegedly psychologically imprisoned, and was regularly threatened with violence.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/man-raped-...
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#8 Apr 23, 2010
Mom Films Her Boyfriend Having Sex with Her 13-Year-Old Daughter

The Sun reports today on the case of a 46-year-old Perth, Australia mom (well, until they take the daughter away from her, of course) who allegedly videotaped a 29-year-old man having sex with the mom's thirteen-year-old daughter.And the video might have stayed under wraps, had the man not blackmailed another woman, a victim of his internet stalking... Cops allege the girl's mother was also involved in the video and will appear in court next week. She faces 19 sex offence charges. The man has appeared before magistrates accused of having sex with the 13-year-old and recording the acts. The man has been charged with more than 150 counts of distributing child pornography and having sex with an underage girl and was granted bail today. Good Lord, did some Billionaire put up an island as collateral? How the hell was his bail low enough that he was able to meet it? One hundred and fifty counts-- and this doesn't even include the stalking, it seems.The crimes came to light when early last month police say they received a complaint from another woman who said she was being stalked on the internet. Perth policeman Sgt Greg Lambert said: "An unknown person was sending her emails that contained naked pictures of herself in the shower.""The woman was threatened that the pictures would be posted on the web if she reported the matter."When the po-po dropped by the idiot perv's house to check his computer, they found his exploitative video and probably beat the shit out of him. At least, we hope they did... although, if not, we're sure his future inmates will know what to do with this creep.
http://celebrifi.com/gossip/Mom-Films-Her-Boy...

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#9 Apr 23, 2010
A problem that is only beginning to come into light in India, rape, sexual abuse,
and sexual harassment are worldwide issues of gender violence. There is very little
research done in this area in India, and only a few books have been written, keeping the
subject even further from the consciousness of the country. However, the problem
persists with staggering incidence, and India’s unique profile adds to the complexity of an
already difficult subject.
Fortunately, the issue of child sexual abuse is slowly becoming a more recognized
issue, and for this reason, this paper will focus much on sexual abuse against minor
children: the laws, victims, and perpetrators. Finally, an analysis of the aspects of Indian
culture that make this issue particularly difficult to understand and cope with will be
presented.
What is the Law?
By usual definition, sexual assault is defined as sexual actions or advances
without the consent of one party. However, legal definitions tend to differ somewhat.
Sections 375 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code refer to rape. This defines rape as penile
penetration of the vagina only. The punishment for such a crime ranges from seven years
upwards (Virani, 2000). Unfortunately, this law neglects sexual crimes that include
digital, oral, or object penetration, as well as sexual crimes against men.
Those committing the crime of sexual violence might also be punishable under
other laws, such as Section 354, which is an assault or criminal force to woman with

intent to outrage her modesty. Many of the offenses listed below may also be applicable
to crimes against adult women.
Unlike many other countries, laws in India do not distinguish child sexual abuse
from rape. Indeed, the laws against child sexual abuse are only in their developing stage
(Raman, 1995). Some parts of the law, however, are applicable to sexual abuse of a
child: sale, hire, distribution, or circulation of obscene objects of literature to children
(293); obscene acts or utterances in public places (294); causing grievous hurt (325);
unnatural offense (377); cheating (417); indecent behavior (509); and intent to rape (511).
Several movements have been started to persuade amendments to the penal code
adding specific crimes for sexual abuse. Though this has not yet been achieved, the issue
has been raised and is being debated.
Who are the Victims?
WIN News (1999) reports that in Mumbai, 60% of rape victims are between the
ages of three and sixteen, with 50% below the age of ten.
Unfortunately, these numbers represent only the most serious of cases. Most
never get reported to the police in the first place. A study of slum girls by the Special Cell
for Women and Children in Mumbai found that 11% reported having been sexually
abused. According to a senior civic health official, Dr. Usha Ubale,“a large number of
male members, including distant relatives, staying in a cramped space, make the girls
vulnerable. They face constant sexual harassment, but cannot talk about this to anyone.”
Because of their inability to discuss the incidents, most cases are unreported (WIN News,
1991).

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#10 Apr 23, 2010
Virani (2000) states that the World Health Organization found that at any given
time, one of ten Indian children is the victim of sexual abuse. Tata Institute of Social
Sciences found that 30% of girls and 10% of boys had been sexually abused, with 50%
happening at home. In 1996, a now famous study conducted by Samvada in Bangalore
found that 83% if girls had been subject to eve-teasing, with 13% of these under age ten.
47% had been molested, and 15% had been seriously sexually abused as children. Nearly
a third were under age ten, and had been raped, forced into oral sex, or penetrated with
foreign objects (Virani, 2000).
Though often considered an act against lower-classes, child sexual abuse affects
the upper classes as well. A study by Rahi (Virani, 2000) in five major cities in India
looked at the experiences of English-speaking middle- and upper-class adults. A
whopping 76% reported sexual abuse as children. 35% of the attacks took place between
the ages of twelve and sixteen, while 19% took place under age eight.
Dalit women and girls face even more exploitation. About 1,100 Dalits are
sexually attacked each year, being physically harassed, molested, and raped, often by the
rich (WIN News, 1999). As one Dalit women stated,“If we are untouchables, why are
we subjected to repeated rape by upper-caste landlords? How do landlords forget our
untouchability when it comes to rape?”
Further adding to these startling numbers are the reported “disappearances” of
rape victims in Delhi. Off Our Backs (2000) found that almost 70% of Delhi’s rape
victims (those who reported the crime to the police), 51% of which were minors, simply
disappeared. It has been suggested that “rebuke from parents, relatives, and friends;
insecurity and threats from the rapist; a lengthy trial and little hope of conviction, and the
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fear of harassment if the rapist goes free” may be some of the reasons that girls simply
leave home, or are even thrown out by parents when news of the rape comes out in the
open. In the case of children, this may also be because the abuse is occurring in the
home, and he or she leaves to escape the abuse when the police are inactive.
The police in India determine “official” numbers to be 45% of girls and 25% of
boys under the age of sixteen (Virani, 2000). The numbers continue to grow, with a 30%
increase from 1993. A state-wise breakdown finds that Madyha Pradesh, Delhi,
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal account for about 65% of
child-rape cases. All this amounts to more than 12 children being raped in India each
day. That is only the reported cases of rape, not including unreported and other offences
such as molestation (Virani, 200).

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#11 Apr 23, 2010
It would be remiss to not also mention the issue of trafficking of children in India.
Child prostitution and pornography are a huge business in South Asia and beyond,
accounting for about a quarter of the commercial sex industry (Virani, 2000). There are
an estimated 2 million child prostitutes (under the age of fifteen) at work in India, with
about 500,000 children forced into the trade every day (Brown, 2000).
Who are the Perpetrators?
As with sexual abuse worldwide, the perpetrators are usually known to the victim.
In an earlier-cited study by Samvada, 75% of the serious sexual abusers were adult
family members. Overall, 50% of sexual abuse cases involved family members and close
relatives and occurred at home (Virani 2000).
The Rahi study of upper-class women found similar results. 71% of those who
had been sexually abused reported the abuser to be a relative or family friend (Virani,
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2000). The abuser is someone known to the child, and may be part of her day-to-day life
as a father, brother, cousin, servant, or friend.
When one hears of the sexual abuse of children by family members, it is often
assumed that these are low-class and uneducated families. However, these are simply the
cases that receive the most attention. Child abusers come from all strata of society; the
perpetrators too may be high- or low-class. Most are working males; only 27% of the
abusers in one study were non-working (Virani, 2000).
Though men are responsible for most of these acts, women too can be
perpetrators. 10% of abusers internationally are women, though in India the number has
been reported as nearer to 2%, with women sexually abusing both girls and boys (Virani,
2000).
What leads to these crimes?
Child sexual abuse in India is a serious problem. Though not unique to India, the
country does have characteristics that add to the complexity and severity of the problem.
First, and often considered most important, are women’s rights in general.
Women in India are often treated as second-class citizens, kept in the home, sometimes
silent and uneducated. Women face discrimination on many fronts, and this includes
young girls as well, who are kept from attending school, and treated as more a burden
than a blessing due to the need to produce a dowry to marry the child off. In marriage,
women are a commodity to be sold and purchased. It is not hard to compare this to child
prostitution, where women too are sold and purchased, only in this case in a practice not
sanctioned by tradition and religion. This does not appear to account for boys being
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raped. However, subjugating women may lead to subjugating other weaker members of
society, including young boys and Dalits.

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#12 Apr 23, 2010
India is an overpopulated and poverty-stricken country. This often leads to living
in close quarters. Young girls may live with dozens of male family members, putting
them at an extreme risk in their own home. Even in the streets young women and girls
face crowds and the anonymity that comes with this, leading to unwanted groping and
eve-teasing.
Being abused as a child makes it nearly impossible for a girl to get married,
thanks to the desire for only a pure and virgin bride. This might lead to the child refusing
to disclose the crime, and parents forbidding its report to the police for fear that it might
become public. When these crimes are brought to the justice system, part of the
punishment for the criminal is often paying retribution to the victim because she will
require a high dowry if she can get married at all. Police too have been reported to offer
a settlement of a sum of money in exchange for the victim simply dropping the case.
India seems to have made all talk of sex taboo. This may lead to men feeling as
though they need to get sexual gratification from any source possible (sadly, including
children). Further, there is a lack of sex knowledge and a refusal to discuss the issue.
Because of this, children are not being educated on sexual abuse when they are young,
and therefore may not have the knowledge or confidence to disclose the act to someone
who might be able to help.
A minor faces severe traumas after sexual assault (Raman, 1995). One of these is
the justice system. In court, cases become weak for several reasons, including inadequate
investigation and insufficient medical evidence. The laws too are very weak. The
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National Commission for Women has recognized the unique character of the offence of
sexual abuse. According to them, the existing law does not address the increasingly
visible offence of child sexual abuse and contains serious contradictions that inhibit
women as well as children from reporting crimes of sexual abuse. The existing
definitions of 'rape' and 'molestation' do not adequately address the various types of
sexual assaults in terms of women's experience nor do they sufficiently recognize the
gender specific nature of such crime.
In sum, rape and sexual abuse of children in India is a large problem without an
easy solution. Though the issue persists worldwide, India’s culture which traditionally
keeps women below men, makes talk of private matters such as such unallowable, and a
corrupt and weak legal system when it comes to rape makes the problems even larger.
However, the situation could be improved by appropriately educating children and adults
on sexual abuse, and educating police and strengthening laws. Further women’s
empowerment may lead to healthy changes as well.

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#13 Apr 23, 2010
When it comes to Human Rights issues in India, it is not ratified the UN Convention against Torture, its citizens do not have the opportunity to find recourse in remedies that are available under international law. The victims are trapped with the local Hindu caste system, which in every aspect militates against their rights.

India has a very poor record of protecting the privacy of its citizens, according to the latest report from Privacy International (PI). India scored 1.9 points, which makes it an ‘extensive surveillance society’. A score between 4.1 and 5.0 (the highest score) would mean a country “consistently upholds human rights standards”. PI is a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations.[Fake encounter killings are rampant in India. This extra judicial killings are inspired by theological texts of Brahmins like Artha Shastra and Manusmriti which teaches espionage and torture methods. Every such killing of an innocent person, branded a terrorist, has encouraged the killer cops to target socially excluded communities like dalits, tribals and minorities.

According to the National Human Rights Commission, as on 30th June 2004, there were 3,32,112 prisoners in Indian jails out of which 2,39,146 were under trial prisoners. That’s more than 70 %. India’s jails hold a disproportionate number of the country’s minority Muslims, a sign of discrimination and alienation from the Hindu majority. The bar association in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, has refused to represent 13 Muslim suspects accused bombing courthouses in 2005 . A large part of police officers, Indian attorneys and judges appear regularly on the events organized by notorious Hindu militant groups. Prison statistics of Indian Jails can be seen from National Crime Record Bureau, here

India is a parliamentary democracy, but rather less than a fully free society. The human rights group Freedom House ranks India as a 2 (on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 the highest) for political rights and 3 for civil liberties. Elections are generally free but, notes Freedom House,“Government effectiveness and accountability are also undermined by pervasive criminality in politics, decrepit state institutions, and widespread corruption.” The State Department observes:“There were numerous reports that the government and its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings, including extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and insurgents, or staged encounter deaths.” Read Freedom House Report from here.
Discrimination against Children

According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, India has the highest number of street children in the world. There are no exact numbers, but conservative estimates suggest that about 18 million children live and labor in the streets of India’s urban centers. Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta each have an estimated street-children population of over 100,000. The total number of Child labor in India is estimated to be 60 million.

The level of child malnutrition in India is among the highest in the world, higher even than some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, says the report ‘Extent of Chronic Hunger and Malnutrition in India’ by the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food. While around 25 percent children globally were underweight, in India the number was 43 percent. A quarter of all neo-natal deaths in the world,(2.1 million) occurred in India, says UNICEF Report 2007 . More than one in five children who die within four weeks of birth is an Indian. Nearly fifty percent of Indian children who die before the age of five do not survive beyond the first 28 days.

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#14 Apr 23, 2010
Discrimination against Women

According to the 2001 census, female literacy in India is 54.16 % against male literacy of 75.85 %. Most of the working women remain outside the organized sector: A mere 2.3 % women are administrators and managers, and 20.5 % professional and technical workers.

There are an estimated 40 million Hindu widows in India, the least fortunate of them shunned and stripped of the life they lived when they were married. It’s believed that 15,000 widows live on the streets of Vrindavan, a Hindu holy city of about 55,000 population in northern India. Many widows – at least 40per cent are said to be under 50 – are dumped by their relatives in religious towns and left to live off charity or beg on the streets. Their plight was highlighted in Deepa Mehta’s award-winning film Water, which had to be shot mainly outside India because of Hindu extremist opposition to the production.

Nearly 9 out of 10 pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and about half of all children (47%) under-five suffer from underweight and 21 % of the populations are undernourished. India alone has more undernourished people (204 million) than all of sub-Saharan Africa combined. Nearly 20 % of women dying in childbirth around the globe are Indians. Six out of every 10 births take place at home and untrained people attend more than half of them. 44 % of the Indian girls were married before they reached the age of 18. It added, 16 % of girls in the age group 15-19 years were already mothers or expecting their first child and that pregnancy is the leading cause of mortality in this age group.

On an average one Indian woman commits suicide every four hours over a dowry dispute. During Indian marriage, women should bring jewellery, cash and even consumer durables as part of dowry to the in-laws. If they fail, the victims are burnt to death – they are doused in kerosene and set fire to. Routinely the in-laws claim that the death happened simply due to an accident.

Rape is the fastest growing crime in India. Every hour Indian women face two rapes, two kidnappings, four molestations and seven incidents of cruelty from husbands and relatives [National Crime Records Bureau Report 2006]

Fetus Killing

Women to men ratio were feared to reach 20:80 by the year 2020 as female fetus killing is rampant. Ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after, told Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury to Reuters. According to the 2001 census, the national sex ratio was 933 girls to 1,000 boys, while in the worst-affected northern state of Punjab, it was 798 girls to 1,000 boys. The availability of ultrasound sex-determination tests leads to such mass killings in India.

Around 11 million abortions are carried out in India every year and nearly 80,000 women die during the process, says a report from Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

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bullet-proof tiger

#15 Apr 23, 2010
Discrimination against Women

According to the 2001 census, female literacy in India is 54.16 % against male literacy of 75.85 %. Most of the working women remain outside the organized sector: A mere 2.3 % women are administrators and managers, and 20.5 % professional and technical workers.

There are an estimated 40 million Hindu widows in India, the least fortunate of them shunned and stripped of the life they lived when they were married. It’s believed that 15,000 widows live on the streets of Vrindavan, a Hindu holy city of about 55,000 population in northern India. Many widows – at least 40per cent are said to be under 50 – are dumped by their relatives in religious towns and left to live off charity or beg on the streets. Their plight was highlighted in Deepa Mehta’s award-winning film Water, which had to be shot mainly outside India because of Hindu extremist opposition to the production.

Nearly 9 out of 10 pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and about half of all children (47%) under-five suffer from underweight and 21 % of the populations are undernourished. India alone has more undernourished people (204 million) than all of sub-Saharan Africa combined. Nearly 20 % of women dying in childbirth around the globe are Indians. Six out of every 10 births take place at home and untrained people attend more than half of them. 44 % of the Indian girls were married before they reached the age of 18. It added, 16 % of girls in the age group 15-19 years were already mothers or expecting their first child and that pregnancy is the leading cause of mortality in this age group.

On an average one Indian woman commits suicide every four hours over a dowry dispute. During Indian marriage, women should bring jewellery, cash and even consumer durables as part of dowry to the in-laws. If they fail, the victims are burnt to death – they are doused in kerosene and set fire to. Routinely the in-laws claim that the death happened simply due to an accident.

Rape is the fastest growing crime in India. Every hour Indian women face two rapes, two kidnappings, four molestations and seven incidents of cruelty from husbands and relatives [National Crime Records Bureau Report 2006]

Fetus Killing

Women to men ratio were feared to reach 20:80 by the year 2020 as female fetus killing is rampant. Ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after, told Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury to Reuters. According to the 2001 census, the national sex ratio was 933 girls to 1,000 boys, while in the worst-affected northern state of Punjab, it was 798 girls to 1,000 boys. The availability of ultrasound sex-determination tests leads to such mass killings in India.

Around 11 million abortions are carried out in India every year (110,000,000 per ten years) and nearly 80,000 women die during the process, says a report from Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI)

“No carbon dioxide tax”

Since: Feb 10

bullet-proof tiger

#17 Apr 23, 2010
It would be remiss to not also mention the issue of trafficking of children in India.
Child prostitution and pornography are a huge business in South Asia and beyond,
accounting for about a quarter of the commercial sex industry (Virani, 2000). There are
an estimated 2 million child prostitutes (under the age of fifteen) at work in India, with
about 500,000 children forced into the trade every day (Brown, 2000).
Who are the Perpetrators?
As with sexual abuse worldwide, the perpetrators are usually known to the victim.
In an earlier-cited study by Samvada, 75% of the serious sexual abusers were adult
family members. Overall, 50% of sexual abuse cases involved family members and close
relatives and occurred at home (Virani 2000).
The Rahi study of upper-class women found similar results. 71% of those who
had been sexually abused reported the abuser to be a relative or family friend (Virani,
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2000). The abuser is someone known to the child, and may be part of her day-to-day life
as a father, brother, cousin, servant, or friend.
When one hears of the sexual abuse of children by family members, it is often
assumed that these are low-class and uneducated families. However, these are simply the
cases that receive the most attention. Child abusers come from all strata of society; the
perpetrators too may be high- or low-class. Most are working males; only 27% of the
abusers in one study were non-working (Virani, 2000).
Though men are responsible for most of these acts, women too can be
perpetrators. 10% of abusers internationally are women, though in India the number has
been reported as nearer to 2%, with women sexually abusing both girls and boys (Virani,
2000).
What leads to these crimes?
Child sexual abuse in India is a serious problem. Though not unique to India, the
country does have characteristics that add to the complexity and severity of the problem.
First, and often considered most important, are women’s rights in general.
Women in India are often treated as second-class citizens, kept in the home, sometimes
silent and uneducated. Women face discrimination on many fronts, and this includes
young girls as well, who are kept from attending school, and treated as more a burden
than a blessing due to the need to produce a dowry to marry the child off. In marriage,
women are a commodity to be sold and purchased. It is not hard to compare this to child
prostitution, where women too are sold and purchased, only in this case in a practice not
sanctioned by tradition and religion. This does not appear to account for boys being
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raped. However, subjugating women may lead to subjugating other weaker members of
society, including young boys and Dalits

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