Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mysterious silence of NHRC in my case: Testimony of Lenin Raghuvanshi.

This matter concerns not only the life and the reputation of a human rights defender, but also the very legitimacy of human rights work in general.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fight against rape by PVCHR and facing consequences

Shruti Nagvanshi and Shirin Shabana Khan filed follows complain about rape of Danish Woman in Paharganj,New Delhi to National Human Rights Commission as first complain. NHRC took immediate action because media were very active that time.  

But after one year with out our receiving any comment from first complainants,NHRC closed the case(902/30/1/2014-WC). Recently, Shruti wrote to NHRC about to open the case,because same Pahadganj Police station falsely implicated senior leader of PVCHR in fake case. After writing many complain in case of falsely implication,NHRC is playing eyewash tactics.

Direction issued by the Commission: 
The complainant Shri R.H. Bansal, a human rights activist, vide his complaint dated 20.01.2014 alleged that on 14.01.2014, a 51 year old Danish lady tourist was subjected to rape by a gang of 8 (eight) youths near Divisional Officer's Club, New Delhi Railway Station. They robbed of her belongings also. The complainant sought the Commission's intervention for enquiry, legal action against all the accused persons, compensation of Rs.10 lacs to the victim and also prayed for show cause report from the Divisional Officers Club, Railway Station, New Delhi with regard to the security administration surrounding the Railway Station Area. The Commission took cognizance on 24.01.2014 and called for a report from the concerned authorities. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, the DCP, Central District, Delhi sent a report dated 17.04.2014 stating t that that in connection with the occurrence, a case vide FIR NO. 17/14 dated 15.01.2014 was registered under Sections 376(D)/392/411 IPC on the complaint of the victim at Paharganj Police Station, Delhi. She refused her medical examination and insisted on going back to her country by her already booked scheduled flight next morning. All the nine accused persons including three juveniles have been arrested by the police. The recoveries of her belongings were made from the accused persons. It was further revealed that on request made through CBI Interpol (NCB), the victim was medically examined at Centre for Sexual Assault at the hospital "Rigshospitalet" in her country Denmark, on her reaching there on 15.01.2014. The preliminary medical report had already been received. A letter-Rogatory had been sent to Ministry of Justice, Denmark for a full report and other relevant material through Diplomatic channels. Charge sheet had been filed in the Court on 12.02.2014. The Commission vide proceedings dated 10.12.2014 observed and directed as under: "From the occurrence, it is seen that the place where the shameful incident took place is close to Railway Station, New Delhi, which is also at walking distance from Connaught Place. As per the report, the incident took place at 3.30 p.m. it means that at day time only. The Commission takes very serious view that the Railway Station Security of National Capital is not vigilant in preventing such crimes. The Commission further directs to the Officer, Divisional Officers Club, Railway Station, New Delhi to submit a report regarding the occurrence and why such crimes could not be prevented by its security personnel. The requisite report should be reached within four weeks. " No reply has been received from the complainant in response to Commission's communication dated 30.06.2014. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission dated 10.12.2014, the office of the Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, New Delhi vide his letter dated 20.01.2015 submitted that the incident occurred on 14.01.2014 in the premises of Divisional Railway Officer's Club, State Entry Road near the New Delhi Railway Station. The prevention of IPC crime is the primary responsibility of the State police i.e. Delhi Police. The place of incident is a secluded place not frequented by railway passengers or public. The Divisional Railway Officers' Club was shut at the time of the incident. It is opened usually in the evenings, only on the days when a function is to be held. At the time of incident, no security guard was deployed in the Club. However, the Railway administration viewed this incident seriously and took immediate corrective and remedial measures to ensure that such incidents do not occur in future. Private security guards have been deployed round the clock to provide security and avoid such incidents at Divisional Railway Officer's Club. The RPF post at DRM Office, Delhi Division has also been instructed to keep the area free of undesirable and anti-social elements. Further, the place of incident is being developed as Annexe to the Club. It is reiterated that all necessary action/measures have been taken for security of the club premises to maintain close vigil and maintain law and order. The Commission has considered the material placed on record. Police registered the case and arrested all accused. Stolen articles were also recovered. Charge-sheet was also filed in the Court. Now the Court is seized of the matter. The Railways have taken all corrective & remedial measures to curb such incidents in their premises in future. The police report was sent to the complainant for his comments, if any. But there was no response from him. It is assumed that he has nothing to urge further in the matter. Hence, there is no need of any further intervention of the Commission in the matter. The case is closed. MAIN FILE-276/30/1/2014-WC Action Taken Concluded and No Further Action Required (Dated 7/8/2015 )

Danish woman gang-raped in Indian capital Delhi

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From: PVCHR Communication
Date: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Subject: Danish woman gang-raped in Indian capital Delhi
To: covdnhrc , jrlawnhrc

The Chairperson
National Human Rights Commission
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
I want to bring in your kind attention towards the news published in BBC on 15 January, 2014 regarding Danish woman gang-raped in Indian capital Delhi

15 January 2014 Last updated at 16:12 GMT

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Danish woman gang-raped in Indian capital Delhi

The woman was staying in Delhi's backpacker district when she lost her way, as Andrew North reports
Police in the Indian capital Delhi are investigating the alleged gang rape of a Danish woman who lost her way near her city centre hotel.
The 51-year-old tourist was attacked by a group of men in the Paharganj area on Tuesday evening. Police say she was robbed and raped at knife point.
A German woman has also been raped in south India, Der Spiegel reports.
Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.
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image of Andrew NorthAnalysisAndrew NorthBBC News, Delhi
It's hard to imagine a worse headline for India's image abroad, after the battering it has taken over the issue of rape.
After the fatal assault on a Delhi student just over a year ago, the city has earned the unwelcome title "India's rape capital". The picture is not as bad as the media paints, Indian officials say. Other countries also have a rape problem, they protest.
But ever since the Delhi gang-rape case, the safety of women and the discrimination they suffer in Indian society has been in the spotlight. The Indian media just as much as the foreign media are giving the issue much more space.
And while the case involving the Danish woman is getting priority attention from the Delhi police, many say what's still needed is the justice system and Indian society in general to take the issue more seriously.
The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following the attack.
But violence and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched in India's staunchly patriarchal society.
The Danish woman told police that she approached the group of men after losing her way back to her hotel near New Delhi Railway Station.
The men robbed her of her belongings and raped her, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told the BBC.
"She reached her hotel and reported the incident to the manager who called in the police and the investigation is now under way," Mr Bhagat said.
The woman flew out of India on Wednesday morning, police say.
No arrests have been made yet, but police are questioning a number of men in connection with the attack.
The Danish woman is believed to have been travelling alone and had been in Delhi since Monday after visiting the Taj Mahal, the BBC's Andrew North in Delhi reports.
Police say she gave a detailed statement in the presence of the Danish ambassador before leaving the country, AFP news agency reports. There was no immediate comment from the Danish embassy in Delhi.
Paharganj, a busy backpacker district frequented by foreign tourists, is located in the heart of the Indian capital, not far from Connaught Place.
An 18-year-old German woman was reportedly raped by a man sharing her compartment on a train travelling from Mangalore to Chennai in southern India on Friday.
A man, described as a migrant worker from Bihar state, was arrested on Tuesday, Der Spiegel newspaper reported.
Last March a Swiss tourist was gang raped and her partner attacked by a group of men in Madhya Pradesh state. Six men were jailed for life for the attack in July.
Since the December 2012 Delhi gang rape, the nation has been shocked by a string of brutal rapes of Indian women.
They include a photojournalist raped in broad daylight in central Mumbai, a 21-year-old woman raped by two apparently unrelated groups of men on Christmas Eve in Pondicherry and a 16-year-old girl who died after being gang-raped twice and then set on fire in the eastern city of Calcutta.
Although cases involving foreigners continue to get far more attention in the media and from the police, Indian women who are raped are still far less likely to receive justice, our correspondent says.
Therefore it is kind request please take appropriate action at earliest.
Thanking You
Sincerely Yours
Shruti Nagvanshi
Savitri Bai Phule Women Forum
Shirin Shabana Khan
Program Director
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)

Fight against rape by PVCHR and facing consequences