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Tribal woman raped in Odisha

Six accused have been arrested following barbaric gang-rape of 25-year-old woman

  • By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent
  • Published: 12:05 January 23, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: REUTERS
  • A student takes a self defence class in New Delhi. Increasing crimes against women are compelling women and girls to protect themselves with basic defence skills like judo and karate.
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New Delhi: India continues to live up to its notorious image of being unsafe for women with yet another barbaric gang-rape incident taking place in the eastern state Odisha, formerly known as Orissa.

According to reports, a 25-year-old tribal woman was gang-raped by six people on Sunday night in front of her husband who was tied by the attackers to a tree in Mayurbhanj district of the state.

The couple had gone to the district hospital to see her brother who had met with an accident.

On their way back, the woman was reportedly teased by two employees of the hospital. They were joined by four others as they reached a river bank. They beat her husband and tied him to a tree when he protested. After that they took turns to rape the hapless woman.

Police arrested all six accused after the couple lodged the first information report (FIR).

The six accused have been identified by the local police as Kundan Mukhi (33), Raghu Biswal (19), Gopi Mukhi (19), Balaram Mukhi (27), Sibaram Ghadei (20), and Chandan Mukhi (20).

Incidentally the Odisha gang-rape was reported to coincide with the decision to refer the December 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi to a fast-track court.

According to statistics, every 48 minutes a woman is raped somewhere in India. Low prosecution rates and lenient sentences have thus far failed to deter the criminals.

Government has already set up a committee under Justice (retired) J.S. Verma to review the relevant laws and suggest changes. Social groups are demanding death penalty for rapists.

Indian panel likely to recommend tougher rape law
 
A government commission tasked with looking at India's sex crime laws is expected to recommend tougher sentences as it reports its findings on Wednesday.

A three-member commission led by former chief justice Verma will hand over its recommendations to the government.

"The report will be submitted to the home ministry today and the committee members will give details of their recommendations to the media," said ministry spokesman Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia.

Judge Verma received thousands of suggestions after he set January 5 as a deadline for comments from jurists, women's groups and other forums to revamp existing legislation to deal with sex offenders. The panel was formed in late December.

India's 153-year-old penal code stipulates rapists should serve a minimum of seven years in prison and a maximum of life, while gang-rape convicts face a minimum term of 10 years and life imprisonment.

Media reports say India's ruling Congress party has suggested the death penalty for rapists in exceptional cases, while "chemical castration" - using drugs to eliminate sex drive - has also been raised.

The government, which has announced new "fast-track" courts to speed up India's notoriously slow justice system and efforts to boost the number of women police officers, has declined to comment on the panel's work.

With inputs from AFP

Comments (15)

  1. Added 15:07 January 23, 2013

    All I would like to tell is, capital punishment should be made as a pentalty for rapists. The figures will drop automatically, the case shouldn't be dragged on for years, but should be solved within days. Less to live more to fear!

    Hating Rapists, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:06 January 23, 2013

    It's only foolish to target 'Bollywood' in the wake of one’s own criminal intents? You are only buying excuses to make crime legal. Besides nudity doesn’t only persist in Bollywood, but that doesn’t mean you behave like animals. There needs to be stringent laws imposed for those who commit such heinous crimes. Indian government should have no mercy for such criminals. But will they ever be able to set a precedent?

    Anon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:09 January 23, 2013

    I second the comment about Bollywood's contribution to these brutal incidences. If women are not portrayed as sex figures just maybe there is a ray that could reduce these awful acts around the country and usher in respect by using these medias efficiently and effectively.

    Melita, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:57 January 23, 2013

    Stop the movies & the commercials like the Deodrants Adds... These are making men's mind dirty. The place where i come from if someone approaches a girl or just follows her (forget about whistling or teasing); that guy gets in deep trouble. So no one dares.

    Amjad Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:56 January 23, 2013

    they should kill those rapists.

    rita, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:52 January 23, 2013

    Firstly, Gulf News should withdraw its comment that India has a notorious image. Well, India does not have a notorious image as it is being made out. Secondly, it must be appreciated that such incidents are reported and publicized only because India has a vibrant and free media which does not even exist in many countries. Thirdly, we are talking about a country which has a total area of 3.2 million square kilometres. Few incidents such as these can not depict this vast country of 1.2 billion people in a negative manner. Safety of women in India may not be up to the mark but is much better than many countries where such incidents will not be even reported.

    Sanjay, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:36 January 23, 2013

    I do not understand the point of training women to fight or resist. A professional judo fighter would not be able to stand 6 men. The point is find the cure to this disease. There is no point of placing a guard outside your home for protection. reinforce your house so that no one can get it. Indian goverment should come out with capital punishment for such an Act. Rape is a scar for life for the victoms

    faisal, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:31 January 23, 2013

    Is there a govt. in India, If so please wake up, do some thing. First control indian movies, and give strict punishment to the culprits and save victims from public.

    shireen, abu dahbi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:47 January 23, 2013

    Also please change the dress code of the female students. We don't leave our home unlocked saying that it is the responsibility of the government.

    Mohamed Rashid, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:57 January 23, 2013

    Why do women have to learn judo? Do you think one woman can handle 5 or 6 people? What police and law doing? Yeah control your nudity in your film and dramas. Women wear what they see in movies. There must be a harsh punishment to the culprits. This is very very sad. I thought india is emerging as new world power.

    Asif, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan

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