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Friday, July 31, 2009

Social Welfare Dept Has Failed to Use Funds

".. The report says the government raised Rs 42.93 lakh (in 2002) through a raffle for rehabilitation of street children in six corporations, but Rs 38.19 lakh remained unutilised until April 2008. Only Rs 4.74 lakh was paid to Madras University's criminology department to conduct a survey on street children. The study was conducted but none of the recommendations were carried out .."

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

A New Law for India’s Sexual Minorities

Interesting editorial from the Guardian

".. As the sole mechanism for prosecuting child sexual abuse, section 377 is inadequate. Child rights advocates have campaigned for a separate law that addresses the needs of abused children. These are currently overlooked due to section 377's emphasis on "unnatural" acts … The aim of sexual assault laws should also shift from protecting the "modesty" of women and children towards a consent-based approach .."

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saudi Arabia: Psychiatry conference clears the Mystery Surrounding Mental Health

Topics covered at 5th International Psychiatry Conference

" .. the 5th International Psychiatry Conference titled “Challenges in the Outcome of Psychiatric Disorders”, held .. in Jeddah .. Multi-modal Cultural Perspective on Mental Health practice in Arabian cultures .. also covered the importance of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with positive reinforcement .. Challenges and Outcome in Para-Suicide Management .. A hugely debatable and interesting presentation, Religion at Work in Clinics: Can Religion be employed in clinical practices .. Family Violence and Psychiatric Disorders .. The factors associated with violence, such as those of stressful lifestyle, illness, and childhood trauma need to be addressed at the first signs in order to prevent them from becoming worse later .. Outcome of Early Marriages: Psychological Perspectives .. factors that lead to early marriages such as poverty, and the need to protect a girl’s virginity .. "

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Role of Parents in Child Trafficking

Title misleading! This is a long but comprehensive document on various aspects of child trafficking, in India and other countries.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Man Jailed for Raping Daughters

".. A Delhi court on Monday sentenced a man to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for raping his two daughters .. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Ram Singh, a resident of south Delhi's Malviya Nagar .."
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Human Trafficking Not Just A Distant Problem

“ .. Canada is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour," says the report .. I was in Karnataka state in the south, identified as one of five "high supply zones" for predators seeking women and children .. In India, up until a few years ago the government refused to acknowledge child prostitution existed. Without official recognition, there were no laws or means to protect child prostitutes .. No doubt exploitation is more pronounced in economically troubled countries such as India, where there is extreme poverty, remnants of the caste system and a lack of political and social will to effect change .. "

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

10-year-old Raped in South Delhi

" .. A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Neb Sarai area of south Delhi on Tuesday, police said. The girl was found loitering in the Sangam Vihar on Tuesday morning by a police team who took her to AIIMS where sexual assault was confirmed .. One person has been arrested for the crime. The accused has been identified as Lakshman Kumar (32) .."

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Friday, July 24, 2009

US Police Arrests Indian Internet Predator

“.. Nityanand Gopalika, 30, here on a work visa, allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach what he believed was a 13-year old girl ..”
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

WHO Exec Slapped with Child Abuse, Trafficking Charges

" .. Trafficking and child abuse charges have been filed against an Australian .. 47-year-old Marcus Hodge, WHO program development and operations officer in Manila. .. employed by the World Health Organization, who was caught by police molesting a 12-year-old boy inside his parked car .. Also indicted for the same criminal offenses was Hodge’s alleged Filipino pimp Wilson Culling, who allegedly brought young boys he had recruited in Pasay City .. "
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Blind Father Gets Justice for 7-year-old Daughter's Rape

" .. 7-year old daughter at his sister Sheetal’s (Aatya) house at Bori-Arab village in Yavatmal (Maharsatra). As the mother and the father of the children were away for earning their livelihood, the elder brother of Sheetal’s husband, Uttam Dani, raped this 7-year-old girl, in April 2005.

The poor girl reported this incident to her guardian Sheetal but her aunt burnt the little girl with a hot frying pan. When the mother came to meet their children back, the girl told her about the rape by her aunt’s relative. Since then the poor man, who lives in Hyderabad was struggling with the legal process. When the medical report of the girl went missing, he had to approach the Human Rights Commission, Hyderabad. The blind father, against all odds, fought the case in the court. Finally, on April 16, 2009, the court has found the accused, Uttam Dani, guilty and sentenced him to five years of rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1000/-
.. "
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Crimes Against Children: A Horror Untold

" .. According to National Crime Records Bureau and NHIRC: Crime against children increased by 3.8 per cent nationally (14,975 cases in 2005 from 14,423 in 2004); Child rape increased by 13.7 per cent (4,026 cases from 3,542 in 2004); Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number (870) followed by Maharashtra (634). Together they accounted for 37.3 per cent of rape cases. Delhi tops the list of 35 Indian cities on crime against children (852 cases of violence against children in 2005, 27 per cent of all cases) followed by Indore (448), Pune (314) and Mumbai (303). 1,327 children were reported murdered in 2005 up from 1,304 in 2004 (an increase of 1.8 per cent). Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number (390) accounting for 29.4 per cent of cases. Nearly 45,000 children go missing every year; more than 11,000 are never traced .. Assam has toted up the highest percentage of child abuse in the country, followed by neighbour Mizoram .. "

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bank Manager Held for Raping Maid

" .. 16-year-old ..  had joined work as a domestic help at the residence of Sulabh Srivastava, a manager with HDFC Bank, on June 16, reportedly through a Delhi-based placement agency Metro Jobs. The maid was found dead after allegedly falling from the ninth floor of Mahagun Mosaic Society on Tuesday morning, the police said. "She was raped which has been confirmed through her medical reports," SSP Akhil Kumar said. An FIR has been lodged under Sections 306/376 of IPC against Srivastava, he added .. "

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Spurned Youths Set Girl On Fire

" .. Sixteen-year-old Rukhsana may have to pay with her life for rejecting the overtures of two youths in Chhatarpur district, 345 km from Bhopal on Friday. The taxi-driver's daughter is battling to survive 80 per cent burns at a local hospital after the youths sprinkled her with kerosene in her house and set her on fire .. "

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

12-yr-old Mumbai girl files case against father

" .. In a first-of-its-kind use of the stringent Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, a 12-year-old girl has moved a complaint against her father alleging 'mental and emotional violence.' .. "

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Australia Must Act On Sex Offenders In India

(Interview with Vidya Reddy, the executive director of Tulir - Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Abuse in India)

“ .. Child protection advocates in India want the Australian Government to extradite suspected Australian child sex offenders, such as the West Australian man Paul Henry Dean, who has been charged with multiple sex offences in India .. “
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

15-year-old Raped By Relative

".. Three days after her mother died, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her uncle in Loni area of Ghaziabad, police said. The victim informed her father but he scolded her instead, police said .. "

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Rapists Known To 96% Victims

" .. in most cases, the accused was known to the victim," said Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal. According to police records, in 46.46 per cent cases neighbours were involved in the incident. Also, most vulnerable to rape are minors .. "

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