Indian Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley,
addressing a tourism meet August 21, said, ‘One small
incident of rape in Delhi was enough to cost million dol-
lars in terms of lower number of tourists.’
That one ‘small incident’ he mentioned was the horrif-
ic December 16, 2012 gang-rape in a moving bus that
shocked the world and led to months of unrest on the
streets of the city.
Jaitley later said it was not his intention to be insensi-
tive: ‘I regret that some word that I used was construed
as insensitive, that was not my intention.’
A soldier was arrested for allegedly attempting to
molest a teenaged girl on board the Dibrugarh-Delhi
Rajdhani Express in Assam.
The 17-year-old girl raised an alarm and the Railway
Protection Force immediately caught the accused.
Ishwar Singh, 72, and his 45-year-old relative Rohtash
Mann were sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Delhi court
for gangraping a young woman.
According to the police, the woman had came to Delhi
in 2012 in search of a job and fell into Maan’s clutches.
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by six
men, including Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dalsingh
Solanki’s son, near Pipaljhopa in Khargone district in
They threatened to kill her if she revealed the matter
to anyone, the complaint said.
Six persons, including a Bharatiya Janata Party
leader, were arrested in Madhya Pradesh in connection
with the alleged trafficking and rape of a minor girl
The accused were caught during a routine check near
Ujjain when the police stopped a car and found a 15-
year-old girl held captive by four men.
The minor later told the police that she was lured from
Assam on the pretext of a job and trafficked. She also
said that the woman who bought her had handed her
over for Rs 4,000 ($70) to four persons, including the
Dewas municipal corporation’s revenue inspector Sabir
alias Lal, a corporation employee Rohit Jalodia, BJP
leader Hamid Sadar and Yaqub Sheikh.
The BJP has expelled Hamid from the party.
The Bombay high court has suspended sessions
court judge M T Gaikwad on charges of sexually
harassing a female staff worker after a preliminary
inquiry found substance in her complaint about his
The complainant alleged that the judge used to stare
at her often in an offensive manner. During the prelim-
inary inquiry, this allegation was corroborated by other
employees, high court sources said.
A 33-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by
three men, one a school teacher, who left her tied to a
tree naked, police in Umarda, Uttar Pradesh, said,
Where a federal minister puts a cost to Nirbhaya gang rape From drought fears to this… Uttar Pradesh: The toll in the Uttar Pradesh floods rose to 90 at press time, with several rivers flowing above the danger mark and posing a threat to more than 1,500 villages. Ironically, the areas fighting to stay afloat were facing a drought-like situation five days before they were inundated with the water from the dams in Nepal. Bihar: The death toll in the Bihar floods rose to 10 at press time with more than 1.1 million people in nearly
600 villages affected. The situation remained grim due to the rising water level of all major rivers in the state.
Uttarakhand: The death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 24 in two days in Uttarakhand.
Himachal Pradesh: Showers also wreaked havoc in the hill state, killing at least six people. The rains triggered
landslides at various places and over 200 roads were blocked due to it along with road breaches.
Odisha: According to the official confirmation, 47 people have lost their lives following heavy rain and floods
since July. Though the situation has improved, thousands continue to be marooned in some areas.
Violence in Golaghat district of Assam August 20. Thousands of protesters here defied a curfew and attacked the police in continuing unrest over a territorial dispute with neighboring Nagaland.
Assam: The flood situation in Assam turned critical with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries rising alarmingly in the Upper and Central Assam districts. The Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were also heavily flooded, forcing hapless animals to the move to highlands to protect themselves.
A22 THE WEEK THAT WAS India Abroad August 29, 2014