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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Police, in the center of allegations of sexual violence in India

When millions of people took to the streets in December in India to demand security for women after the rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi, many pointed to the police as one of the causes of the problem. Since then, the complaint has been ratified by activists, judges , and even critics within the Police, who think to curb abuses must uproot the evils afflicting the body : violence, corruption and incompetence. After three months case outraged the country, the authorities formed a working group led by former Chief Justice of the Asian giant, JS Verma, to propose measures to end violence against women. The group recently presented its recommendations, whichhighlights the need to review the laws , the interpretation of which actually grants impunity to police accused of committing acts of torture and sexual violence against women in their custody. That benevolence with the police force is seen as Indian activist Ruchira Gupta, official data showing that the 61,765 reported in 2011 by agents commit all sorts of "excesses" , only 913 were prosecuted and 47 convicted. Gupta, who heads the NGO against white slavery "Apne Aap", said the police, instead of protecting helpless women, who suffer particular situation prostitutes, what it does is "arrest them, beat them and steal their money"That is the view that since the brutal rape and torture suffered by a student on a bus in New Delhi, the Indian press promptly collected, published in the first pages new cases related to domestic violenceAmong them is that of a girl of 17 who committed suicide in a village in northwest India after being raped by several individuals, and suffer the misunderstanding of law enforcement. "The police began to pressure her to reach a financial settlement with the assailants, or married to one of them, "said a sister of the victim to local TV channel NDTVIn connection with these practices, a senior police recognized local reporters anonymously that "it is quite possible that the police, in some places, discourage victims not to file charges "(against violators). trying to know the opinion of the police spokesman in New Delhi, Rajan Bhagat, on such accusations, but he refused to answer questions related to the issue , on which there is a taboo some want to break. "It's very difficult for a child or family denounce sexual abuse and instead of treating such cases with sensitivity, authorities often degrade and re-traumatize the victim , "said the director for South Asia at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly . The activist, who was speaking at the launch this month in the capital of the report Breaking the Silence: Child Sexual Abuse in India - he said that " the police are places that inspire fear." The study recall the events of a youth center in the northern Indian state of Haryana, where 94 children, mostly girls, were raped by members of the group by local police. The Director of the Special Unit for Women and Children of the New Delhi Police, Suman Nalwa, told HRW that great efforts are made ​​to sensitize and educate the police. However, Nalwa said it has serious doubts as to when, if ever, the situation will change, because " they have lost 60 years "(since the Independence of India), and do not know how many more years will be needed" to change the mentality of society. " A mentality that discriminate by gender if you do even more with who changes sex. A transsexual 21 years working as a prostitute in New Delhi revealed to Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity, thesystematic abuses committed by the police who have she and her companions. "If you ask me how many times I've been raped, I would not know what to say.'ve Lost count andrapists are often cruelest men in uniform ", revealed the tranny, that said if their attackers judicial complaint" could be killed ".

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