The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Union government, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on a PIL, seeking installation of effective measures for promotion of awareness and education relating to the importance of women in society.
The petitioners — advocates Vasundhara Pathak Masoodi, Geetika Kapur and Sushant Singh — have sought that students be educated on sexual crimes against women at the elementary level to ensure that sexual offences are eradicated, and they attain their rightful position in the social order. This would change the mindset of the society towards women, they added.
Filed in the wake of the recent brutal gang rape-cum-murder case of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi, the PIL also seeks to frame guidelines for setting up social security schemes — not just limiting it to compensation. Schemes related to insurance cover and employment security should be envisaged to rehabilitate rape victims in India, the PIL added.
It stated that though laws and regulations against such crimes were increasing fast, there was a need to “promote awareness and education relating to sexual violence in India, and other directions in the forms of interim measures to safeguard the fundamental rights of women, including security...”
The PIL also wanted the government to come up with a framework for the implementation of a special scheme to compensate rape victims within three months.
Man held for raping sis-in-law
Srinagar: A 35-year-old man has been arrested in Kashmir for raping his minor sister-in-law after the girl gave birth to a baby boy in a Srinagar hospital on January 8. Muhammad Amin Sheikh, a resident of Behnipora Rajwar in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was arrested last week after the district hospital authorities alerted the police about the 15-year-old girl admitted by her family with “indications of labour pain”. This comes on the back of the recent case of a 13-year-old being raped by a faith healer. “The girl’s family did not report the incident till we were informed by the hospital,” said Superintendent of Police Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam.
Six arrested for gang rape
Bhubaneswar: Six persons, including two hospital sweepers, were arrested on Monday for gang raping a 20-year-old tribal woman in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. Police said the woman had accompanied her younger brother who had been admitted in the government hospital in Mayurbhanj’s district headquarters Baripada, about 300 km north of Bhubaneswar. On Sunday night when she and her husband went to a river near the hospital to attend the call of nature, two men assaulted the husband and raped the woman. They then called the other four, who also raped her.
Court demotes ‘guilty’ Lance Naik
Guwahati:: An army court has ordered the demotion of a lance naik of the 287 Field Regiment after he was found guilty of molesting an 18-year-old girl in a village in Sibsagar district of Assam. Anil Kumar Upadhaya was also sentenced to three months rigorous imprisonment. The teenager was allegedly molested by Army jawans on patrolling duty near a forest in Dolopa area of the district on July 13 last year.