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Crimes against women

A compilation of some of the crimes that women have experienced over the last few years

1. Nirbhaya g ang-rape:

On 16 December 2012, a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped and assualted by six men in a moving bus in Delhi. The incident resulted in a massive outrage among citizens followed by several protests across the country. Four of the accused were convicted. While one other accused was found hanging inside his prison cell, the last juvenile accused is currently behind bars.

2. Shakthi Mills case

A photojournalist in Mumbai was gang-raped by five men at Shakti Mills Compound on August 22, 2013. She was accompanied by a male colleague.Two of the accused were juveniles who were convicted and have been sent to reformation house. The other three were convicted.

3. Badaun sisters rape and death

Two Dalit girls, who were cousins aged 14 and 15, went missing on May 27 last year and were found hanging from a mango tree the next day in Badaun village in Uttar Pradesh. The victims were allegedly raped. Five of the accused were arrested by the police which included a police constable.

4. Pachauri molestation case

The director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was accused of sexual harassment in 2015 by a 27-year-old woman who had worked with him at TERI. The complainant, who is still an employee of TERI, recounted the alleged harassment she faced in the two years she worked at the organisation. In the wake of her statement, a former colleauge has now alleged that he sexually harassed her when she worked with him ten years ago.



5. Tarun Tejpal molestation issue

The former editor of Tehelka was accused of sexual harassment by a colleague in late 2013. The well-known editor and sting journalism specialist was also been accused of evading the police after allegedly committing the crime. The 2,846-page charge-sheet filed in February 2014 charged Tejpal with rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of his female colleague on two consecutive days in the elevator of a five-star hotel in North Goa.

6. Suryanelli

A 16-year-old girl, who went missing from her school hostel in Munnar in January 1996, was taken to various places in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by the convicts. She was travelling about 3000 km during a 40-day ordeal when she was raped by over 40 persons, including then Union Minister P. J. Kurien. In April 2014, the 24 accused, who had been acquitted earlier, were held guilty of gang rape by Kerala high court.

7. Justice Ganguly

In 2013, a former law intern accused ex judge Asok Kumar Ganguly of sexual harassment. The Supreme Court appointed a three-member committee to probe the allegations which reported that "the allegations prima facie disclosed an act of unwelcome sexual behaviour."

8. Guwahati molestation incident

A teenage girl was stripped and molested by a gang in full public view in Guwahati in 2012. The incident occurred in front of a bar at Christian Basti on the Guwahati-Shillong Road. A video of the assault taken by a TV channel and uploaded on Youtube sparked a nationwide outcry. 16 men were identified as accused with the help of the video.

9. Uber rape case

A 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by the driver of the Uber cab she had hired to go back to her home in Northwest Delhi's Inderlok. The woman, who works in a finance company in Gurgaon, was returning home after having dinner with her friends. Following this, Delhi government banned Uber taxis in the state.

10. Rohtak gang rape case

A mentally-challenged Nepalese woman was gang-raped in Rohtak, Haryana in February this year. Eight men have confessed to the brutal crime while the ninth is still at large.



11. Park Street gangrape

A 37-year old woman was raped at gunpoint in a car early on February 6, 2012, by five young men who picked her up from Park Street in Kolkata. The police, in its charge sheet, named five men, of which three are behind bars. Two others, including the prime accused, are yet to be arrested.

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