Gang-rape videos on sale in India

Gang-rape videos on sale in India
Published: 2016 August 04 22:40:35 (6943 Views)
Graphic mobile phone clips of women being gang-raped are being sold in shops in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The clips, which last 30 seconds to five minutes, are being sold in the "hundreds, perhaps thousands, every day", the Times of India reported. They cost 50-150 rupees (£0.56-£1.70) each.

"We are aware. We are taking necessary action. But it is difficult, as the sales are happening below the counter," Ajay Sharma, a deputy inspector general of police in the city of Agra, said.

In recent weeks, several gang rape incidents have been reported in Uttar Pradesh. Last week, a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were dragged from their vehicle at gunpoint on a major highway and gang-raped for hours in nearby fields. Local media reported that initially the police did not respond to a call for help.



The daily Indian Express reported that this week another woman was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh, and said the incident had been recorded on a mobile phone.

Increasingly, perpetrators are recording their crimes on mobile phones to use as a blackmailing tool and to dissuade victims from going to the police, the Times of India said.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has come under fire over the rise in violent crimes against women, with #LawlessUP trending on Twitter this week.

Rape victims in India suffer enormous stigma and endure an archaic and insensitive criminal justice system, women's rights activists say.

During lengthy trials, victims and their witnesses are sometimes intimidated by the accused who, in some cases, are granted bail by the court.



Source - Independent

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