India's uncomfortable relationship with periods is back in the headlines. College students living in a hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove that they were not menstruating. The 68 young women were pulled out of classrooms and taken to the toilet, where they were asked to individually remove their knickers for inspection. The incident took place in the city of Bhuj on Tuesday. They said a hostel official had complained to the college principal on Monday that some of the students were breaking rules menstruating women are supposed to follow. According to these rules, women are barred from entering the temple and the kitchen and are not allowed to touch other students during their periods.
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Her husband told police that his wife was the woman in a nude video, and Sobha spoke in detail to TNM on how she spent two years to fight off the allegation. The video, which Litto alleged was of Sobha, showed a young woman deliberately turning on the camera and changing her clothes before it, at times completely nude. After conferring with her own family members, Sobha approached the Ernakulam South police station, who told her that since it was a cyber crime, it must go to the Cyber Cell.
Another accused was held not guilty in an earlier judgment on September The two girls, aged 13 and nine, were found hanging inside their one-room home 52 days apart and post-mortem examinations had confirmed that the minors were subjected to sexual assault before their deaths. The judgment in the case last week, acquitting the accused, has kicked up a storm of protests in the state with civil society organisations and Opposition parties decrying the police investigation and political interference in the case. On January 13, , the older sister, aged 13, was found hanging on a rafter inside her one-room home by her younger sister, aged nine. The minor had later told the police that she had seen two men leaving the house that day, with their faces covered. A case of unnatural death was registered by the police even though the parents, both construction labourers, had alleged that their daughter was murdered. Two months later, the younger sibling was also found hanging on the same rafter on March 4, shocking the family and the residents of the tiny village. Protests soon followed and the public pressure led the police to act swiftly and arrest five persons including a juvenile.
Download the summary and recommendations in Hindi. The rape and murder of a student in New Delhi on December 16, , followed by large public protests, has led to a great deal of soul searching about the problem of sexual violence in India. The government has promised action. If nothing else happens, the case has awakened many Indians to the scale and prevalence of sexual violence in their country. While great awareness has been raised about sexual violence against women in India, much less is known about the problem of sexual abuse of children. Studies suggest that more than 7, children, including infants, are raped every year; experts believe that many more cases go unreported. Consider the case of Apna Ghar, a residential care facility for orphans and other vulnerable children in the northern Indian town of Rohtak in Haryana state. It was all they needed to make their escape to New Delhi. The girls promised the friends they left behind that they were going to return with help.