Trafficked Minor Raped by Cops: Court Rues Sloppy Probe

A court here has directed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to look into the probe in the alleged gangrape case of a minor girl by six cops in a police station here last year while lambasting police for not taking steps to identify the accused.

“I find the Investigating Officer has not taken steps in regard to identification of police officers at concerned police post/police station on the date of the incident,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi said.

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New law to protect women in Kerala

The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a law to protect women, the first of its kind in the country. It will be piloted in the Assembly session beginning February 1. But it dropped the original proposal to impose capital punishment for a woman’s death owing to harassment in tune with the Verma Committee recommendation and stuck to life imprisonment in cases of death along with fine. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in his post-Cabinet press briefing, said the Bill was intended to bring in legislation with punitive provisions to safeguard the privacy and dignity of women.

 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/new-law-to-protect-women-in-kerala/article4363437.ece

Women welcome Verma Committee report

National women’s organisations have welcomed the Justice Verma Committee report stating that it has made “the definition of rape gender specific and other forms of rape between same sex persons have been provided for separately”.

 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/women-welcome-verma-committee-report/article4363296.ece

Delhi gang-rape protests continue

More than a month after the ghastly gang-rape took place in the Capital, protests continue at Jantar Mantar here demanding a radical overhaul of the justice delivery system in cases of violence against women. Pointing towards “absence of any substantial change on the ground”, protesters have expressed their frustration at the “slow pace” through interesting posters and music.

 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/delhi-gangrape-protests-continue/article4363572.ece

Better sex life linked to division of housework – U.S. study

Couples wanting to improve their sex lives may want to look at how they divide household chores, because men and women who follow traditional roles have sex more often than other couples, researchers said on Wednesday.

In a study that analyzed the roles of 4,500 heterosexual married couples in the United States, researchers found that when women handled the cooking, cleaning and shopping, and men did yard work and car maintenance, they had more active sex lives.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/sex-housework-idINDEE90T0IE20130130

Public education can end India’s “rape epidemic” – campaigners

The government must launch a mass public education campaign to help end the “rape epidemic” in the largely patriarchal country, said campaign group Avaaz, highlighting the recent gang rape and murder of a young woman which sparked a national outcry last month.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/31/delhi-rape-activists-education-campaign-idINDEE90U02720130131

“Women from all strata of society suffer from survival anxiety”

“I know this woman who drives to work in Noida from her home in Lajpat Nagar. Her shift gets over at about 7 a.m. and when she drives back, she disguises herself as a man because she feels that it is the only way that she can be safe,” said ASSOCHAM ladies’ league global chairperson Harbeen Arora while releasing a report titled “Women’s safety: reality check and recommendations” here on Tuesday.

 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/women-from-all-strata-of-society-suffer-from-survival-anxiety/article4359318.ece