I cannot believe

the defense lawyer for the four men involved in the New Delhi gang-rape case is trying to appeal. For goodness sakes they raped her, stuck iron rods in her and threw her off the bus. WHY THE FUCK SHOULD THEY BE ABLE TO APPEAL. AND WHY THE FUCK IS THE DEFENSE LAWYER WANTING TO. THESE MEN SHOULD BE SENTENCED TO DEATH AS THEY BRUTALLY RAPED, PENETRATED WITH FOREIGN OBJECTS, MURDERED HER WHILE THROWING HER OFF A MOVING BUS. I do not, and will not understand this world.

Nationwide Ban for radio Taxi service UBER. Drivers on strike

Nationwide Ban for radio Taxi service UBER. Drivers on strike

New Delhi – Another worst news hit Uber taxi services when after Delhi, other major cities like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Chandigarh decided to ban them. All the transport minister of these cites agreed on Home Minister Rajnath Singh decision. They agreed to follow it.

The heat of this issue also hitting other radio taxi service like Ola and Taxiforsure. States are…

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India’s women--Rape and murder in Delhi

by Susan Kumar and Biodun Iginla, The Economist and BBC News

A horrible attack could prove a turning point for India’s women

Jan 5th 2013 | 

WHAT stirred so many Indians to rise up and demonstrate at the murderous gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi on a mid-December evening? Not just the fact of the crime: in India rape has long been depressingly common. Nor just outrage at her fatal internal injuries, inflicted by an iron bar allegedly wielded by the six men charged with the attack: Indian women are far too vulnerable to violent assaults. The reason people took to the streets is that a growing middle class is uniting to make its voice heard. The hope is that their protests will at last mark an advance for India’s beleaguered women.

The UN’s human-rights chief calls rape in India a “national problem”. Rapes and the ensuing deaths (often from suicide), are routinely described in India’s press—though many more attacks go unreported to the public or police. Delhi has a miserable but deserved reputation for being unsafe, especially for poor and low-caste women. Sexual violence in villages, though little reported, keeps girls and women indoors after dark. As young men migrate from the country into huge, crowded slums, their predation goes unchecked. Prosecution rates for rape are dismally low and convictions lower still—as in many countries.

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Indian women also have much else to be gloomy about, especially if they live in the north. Studies and statistics abound, but India is generally at or near the bottom of the heap of women’s misery. A UN index in 2011 amalgamated details on female education and employment, women in politics, sexual and maternal health and more. It ranked India 134th out of 187 countries, worse than Saudi Arabia, Iraq or China. India’s 2011 census confirmed an increasingly distorted sex ratio among newborn babies in many states, as parents use ultrasound scanners to identify the sex of fetuses and then abort female ones. India is missing millions of unborn girls. Discrimination continues throughout life. Boys in villages are typically fed better than girls and are more likely to get an education. Women are routinely groped and harassed by men on buses and trains. Many Indian brides still pay dowries. The misery of daughters-in-law abused after moving in with their husbands’ extended families is a staple of crime reports and soap operas.

Amid this sea of misery, the anonymous medical student’s fate stood out chiefly because she was representative of India’s emerging middle class. A student of physiotherapy, she was attacked going home from an early-evening cinema screening of “Life of Pi”. She was with a male friend, a young engineer. As someone doing what people like her do across the world every night of the week, she was the friend, sister or daughter of an entire social group. As in the campaign against corruption during the past few years, the protesters’ fury was fanned by non-stop television and press coverage. The street protests were so intense that worried officials resorted to tear gas and curfew-like restrictions in parts of Delhi.

The strength of their reaction means that something good may yet come from this crime. There is no reason to think that India is destined to abuse women. Its biggest religion, Hinduism, is relatively tolerant towards them. India already has a liberal constitution and a host of progressive laws, for example against sex-selective abortion and against dowries. The country has role models: a decent crop of high-ranking women politicians, civil servants, judges and journalists.

Time is on their side

As India shifts from being a poor, mostly rural place to an urban, wealthier and modern one, more women will study, take paid jobs and decide for themselves whom to marry or divorce and where to live. Already, many of the growing band of educated, connected and active Indians are infuriated by the failure of politicians to look after them. They deplore venal party politics. They will increasingly demand that politicians deal with the things that matter to them. The scandal could thus prove a first step on the road to getting the police to take rape seriously and to enforcing the laws protecting women.

But the journey will be a long one. Violence against women tends to reflect how they are treated across society. Attitudes, therefore, matter. India’s film and music industries, for example, should stop depicting men who assault women as macho heroes. The press should drop the use of coy phrases such as “Eve-teasing” when it really means sexual harassment. Those who witness men groping women could confront them. The families of victims of sexual crime should dwell less on the shame they feel they have incurred and more on how to prosecute offenders. The pity is that to change attitudes to rape so many young women have had to suffer and die.

New Delhi lawyers to boycott rape case defence
LATEST UPDATE: 02/01/2013 



Lawyers at a New Delhi court circuit say they will boycott the case of six men accused of raping and torturing a 23-year-old woman who died of her injuries over the weekend. They said defending the accused would be “immoral”.

By Biodun Iginla, Susan Kumar, and Natalier de Vallieres, France24 and BBC News  

Lawyers for an Indian court that will hear the case of a fatal gang-rape on Wednesday said they would refuse to defend the accused men.

Hearings are expected to begin on Thursday at the Saket district court in south New Delhi, where police are due to present a 1,000-page charge sheet against the six-person gang.

“We have decided that no lawyer will stand up to defend the rape accused as it would be immoral to defend the case,” Sanjay Kumar, a lawyer and a member of the Saket District Bar Council, told AFP.

Kumar said the 2,500 advocates registered at the court have decided to “stay away” to ensure “speedy justice”, meaning the government would have to appoint outside lawyers for the defendants.

Madan Lal, Founder-President of the Saket Bar Association, explained that it was a “largely symbolic gesture” that reflected national horror at the apalling naure of the crime.

“But even if the police have a fool-proof case that will lead to the severest of penalties, the accused have the right to free legal counsel, and they will get it,” he told FRANCE 24.

Five men are expected to face charges including rape, murder and kidnapping in the New Delhi court, with the prosecutor likely to seek the death sentence.

A sixth suspect is believed to be under 18 and would have to be tried at a juveniles’ court. Police said Wednesday they were carrying out bone tests to determine his age.

'Turning point' for Indian rape victims

The brutal and horrific nature of the attack on the 23-year-old victim led to protests across India over the widespread abuse of women and sex crime in India.

The unnamed victim died at a hospital in Singapore last weekend after 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that part of her intestines had to be removed.

She was repeatedly raped and violated with an iron bar on a bus on December 16 before being thrown from the moving vehicle at the end of a 40-minute ordeal.

Lal told FRANCE 24 on Thursday that he and other lawyers were confident that the huge attention that the case had brought would improve legal prospects for rape victims in a city where the vast majority go unreported – and those that do hardly ever lead to a conviction.

“I believe 100% that this case will prove to be a turning point in the way the legal system handles allegations of rape and sexual assault,” he said. “Until now, by the time cases come to court, witnesses often change their statements for social reasons, or if they have been paid off by their alleged attackers.”

“But this case was so heinous in its cruelty and has attracted so much attention that I believe this will change. Victims will be more inclined to actually report attacks, and they will be more determined to stick to their stories when the cases go to court.

“The police will be more careful in following up the allegations, and judges will be more thorough and severe in the way these cases are handled once in court.”

In 2008, Indian lawyers also refused to defend a gunman who took part in attacks on Mumbai which killed 166 people, leaving him with a government-appointed lawyer. He was executed in November last year.

Protesters clash with police in New Delhi
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Published: Dec. 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM by Susan Kumar and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

NEW DELHI, Dec. 30 — A protest in New Delhi over the gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old woman turned violent Sunday as a student group clashed with police officers.

Protesters at Jantar Mantar were demanding a speedy punishment for the rapists of the 23-year-old victim, the CNN reported.

The victim was raped by six men on Dec. 16 while she and her boyfriend were riding a bus. The attackers also beat her boyfriend and then threw both victims off the bus. All six of the men have been arrested.

The victim was sent to a hospital in Singapore for treatment, but died Saturday. The incident has prompted protests throughout India over sexual violence against women.

"This incident should open our eyes to the fact that we need to raise our children right, we need to raise the people right," said protester and social worker Murphy John.

Sunday’s protest turned violent around 1 p.m. when a student group tried to change the route of the march, the Press Trust of India reported. Police prevented them from doing so and clashes ensued.

Five protesters were arrested following the incident but were released later and the situation quickly brought under control.

Meanwhile, a private funeral was held Sunday for the woman, the BBC said. The victim was cremated Saturday after her body was returned to India from Singapore.

Delhi gang rape: Girl's condition deteriorates with severe organ failure, put on maximum life support

by Susan Kumar and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

NEW DELHI: The 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim who is undergoing treatment in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore remains to be critical. The latest medical bulletin issued by the hospital on her health said that the condition of the girl has deteriorated with signs of severe organ failure. 

The girl has been put on maximum artificial ventilation support now. 

Dr Kelvin Loh, CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, in his latest statement said, “Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure. This is despite doctors fighting for her life including putting her on maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants which maximise her body’s capability to fight infections.” 

According to reports, officials from the Indian high commission in Singapore are with the girl’s parents for encouragement. 

Earlier, the hospital said that has significant brain injury, infection in lungs and abdomen and she is currently struggling against all odds at Mount Elizabeth Hospital where her condition continues to be “extremely critical”. 

"Our medical team’s investigations upon her arrival at the hospital yesterday showed that in addition to her prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury," said Dr Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer, Mount Elizabeth Hospital. 

In a statement, Dr Loh said, “The patient is currently struggling against the odds, and fighting for her life.” 

Briefing reporters here on girl’s condition, Loh said, “As at 28 December, 11am (8:30 IST) the patient continues to remain in an extremely critical condition.” 

The girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus on December 16, was brought here in an air ambulance yesterday and admitted to the intensive care unit. 

She had undergone three surgeries at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she remained on ventilator support during most part of the treatment. Doctors removed major part of her intestines which had become gangrenous. 

"A multi-disciplinary team of specialists has been working tirelessly to treat her since her arrival, and is doing everything possible to stabilise her condition over the next few days," Dr Loh said. 

"The High Commission of India has been fully supportive in helping the hospital and her family, and ensuring that the best care is made available," he added. 

The security was tightened at the hospital, favoured by well-heeled patients, with each visitor screened before being allowed into the ICU. 

In Delhi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi stressed that no time should be lost in bringing the perpetrators of such barbarous act to justice. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured that those found guilty of lapses in the aftermath of the incident will not be spared. 

"We are committed to bringing the guilty to justice as soon as possible," Singh said, adding that best possible medical care was being provided to the victim.