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Urgent Appeal: India: Indian patriachy with nexus with corrupt police system is failing to save a woman from violence of her husband

Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign, Take Action, Women Rights Initiative

PVCHR office received a 23-year-old woman Neelam (name changed) who was in trouble due to the atrocities by her husband. He used to abuse her every now and then, attacked her dignity in public by humiliating her in front of people, sexually assaulted her and made MMS. She suffered all this at the hand of her husband. She was not allowed to talk to any of the relatives, friends or neighbours and was threatened of dire consequences if she would speak to someone.

It is possible that his previous wife too was tortured like this and out of frustration she committed suicide in the house. However he could convince the in-laws and there was no case filed against him therefore he has a high spirit to commit such offences against the woman he marry. He would take names of musclemen while talking and flaunt their names as in close proximity. One the victim tried lodging a complaint with the Khojwa police-out-post but instead of listening to her woes the cops there tried to convince and threaten her to go back.

Once when she was upset with the torture of her husband she escaped to her mother’s house. But then he sent her a packet in which there were her clothes that were cut in to tiny pieces. He told her that I have sent your clothes now but if you do not return back soon I will do the same with your children so if she wanted has children to live she should come back. Even then she refused to go back. Then her brother Shyamsunder was lifted by cops and held captive in the police station. He was set free only when she went back.

India: Reference to a gruesome episode of torture with a young woman married to an elderly man, where the woman was given a horrible haircut, made to drink medicine meant for mentally challenged despite she was normal but was paraded naked and sexually assaulted.
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Issue: Police torture, torture by rich husband inhuman attitude. In regard to inaction by local police under pressure from the local administration and police inaction despite a complaint filed.

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December 05, 2012

 

Dear friend,

PVCHR office received a 23-year-old woman Neelam (name changed) who was in trouble due to the atrocities by her husband. He used to abuse her every now and then, attacked her dignity in public by humiliating her in front of people, sexually assaulted her and made MMS. She suffered all this at the hand of her husband. She was not allowed to talk to any of the relatives, friends or neighbours and was threatened of dire consequences if she would speak to someone.

It is possible that his previous wife too was tortured like this and out of frustration she committed suicide in the house. However he could convince the in-laws and there was no case filed against him therefore he has a high spirit to commit such offences against the woman he marry. He would take names of musclemen while talking and flaunt their names as in close proximity. One the victim tried lodging a complaint with the Khojwa police-out-post but instead of listening to her woes the cops there tried to convince and threaten her to go back.

Once when she was upset with the torture of her husband she escaped to her mother’s house. But then he sent her a packet in which there were her clothes that were cut in to tiny pieces. He told her that I have sent your clothes now but if you do not return back soon I will do the same with your children so if she wanted has children to live she should come back. Even then she refused to go back. Then her brother Shyamsunder was lifted by cops and held captive in the police station. He was set free only when she went back.

Testimony of Neelam

I am Neelam (changed name) age 23 years. My mother is Munni Devi and father late Ramnarayan Chaurasia, a resident of Samne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. We are a family with two brothers and four sisters, of which I am the youngest sister.

I was sent by my mother along with a neighbourhood woman Kiran, who used to frequent our place often in Shivaji Nagar to get a picture clicked for my marriage. After getting the picture clicked the woman took me to Sandesh restaurant telling she wanted to offer me some sweets. But after some time there came a man called Sunil son of Kanhaiya Gupta, resident of B24/151, Kashmiri Ganj, Ram Mandir, Khojwa, police station Bhelupur along with few other friends. He came with friends Vinod, Dhobi, Banti and Lamboo and a lawyer and asked me to sign a paper. I started crying when they forced me to do so and I said how could I do this how could I marry like this? I told them my mother was not here and I cannot sign but Kiran forced me to sign. This was June 26, 2005.

Four days later I was forced to marry with him at a Shiv temple and he then took me home. As soon as I reached his home he started misbehaving with me in front of his other family members and when I resisted he slapped me in front of them. I was not aware about his family till then. It was after reaching his house that I got to know he had a son and a daughter (who were 17 and 15 years of age by then). I was not aware of all this till then. By the evening I told him that I will not stay any more with him then he convinced me to stay on making an excuse of illness. I thought it to be fait accompli and became ready to stay.

But my husband was a horrible man who abused me every now and then. There was nothing in between us as there is a sweet relationship between husband and wife in common. He never treated me like wife. Whenever I asked to leave for my mother’s house he would refuse permission. He made sure I do not talk to anyone in his family, among his relatives or friends. He had asked everyone and threatened them to stay away from me.

He never treated me like a wife is treated by her husband and neither did his family members considered me their daughter-in-law. In fact I never got treated as human in that house. My parents were not allowed to some and see me either.

My husband made MMS of our physical relationships and whenever I refused to make a relationship he threatened me that he would make those MMS public and defame me. He regularly threatened me that he would kill my brother.

His previous wife too had committed suicide probably out of this behavior in the house. However in absence of a legal case he is thinking himself safe.

My husband has been involved in many criminal activities. He takes names of musclemen while talking and flaunt their names as in close proximity. Once I had gone to lodge a complaint with the Khojwa police-out-post but instead of listening to her woes the cops there tried to convince and threaten me to go back.

Once when I was upset with the torture and escaped to her mother’s house he had sent me a packet in which there were clothes that were cut in to tiny pieces. He told me that I have sent your clothes now but if you do not return back soon I will do the same with your children so if I wanted children to live I should come back. Even then I refused to go back. Then my brother Shyamsunder was lifted by cops and held captive in the police station. He was set free only when I went back.

Sunil used to inject me medicines meant for mentally challenged person to make me mentally weak. My face went dry and I could not even take care of my little son who is 5 years old. When I became very ill due to the adverse impact of the medicines I was admitted to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) under a famous psychiatrist. There at the hospital the counselor asked me why I was not willing to live with my husband but out of fear I could not tell them the exact situation. Sunil has already fed the doctors and staff that his wife was not willing to live with him neither did she wanted to go anywhere with him.

Sunil used to change his behavior in front of others and acted as if he loved me a lot. His acting could have confused anyone.

Sunil continuously tried to make me mentally weak and often said if I die he would get enormous money. He had got my life insurance done.

Once when I was under serious impact of the medicine he gave me a horrible hair cut and then called up everyone to show me and said see she has gone mad and done such a haircut. I was unable to understand anything then and thought what was going on with me. Even today thinking of those days gives me chill.

If I go back my husband will kill me. I love my son a lot and want to live for him. To all I plead that if they want me to live I shall not be sent back to my husband’s house as I cannot live with him in any condition. I shall be given divorce and my son should be saved.


Testimony of Neelam

Urgent appeal in Hindi: http://www.pvchr.net/2012/12/heard-to-unheard.html
Testimony in Hindi: http://myselfsuffering.blogspot.in/2012/12/blog-post.html

On 5th December, 2012 PVCHR sent letter to Director General of Police, National Women Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Home Secretary, Central Home Secretary, Senior Superintendent of Police and Shri Rahul Gandhi.

DGP complaint cell took cognizance and NHRC issued notice to Senior Superintendent of Police in case no. 42218/24/72/2012/UC dated 15 December, 2012http://www.pvchr.net/2012/12/heard-to-unheard.html. In spite of taking action police is giving threat to Neelam’s brother Shyam Sunder and due to fear he ranged to Neelam and said that she had to produce in Bhelupur police station for making statement.

Sunil Gupta along with one person came to PVCHR office on 16th December, 2012 at 8:30 pm when Lenin Raghuvanshi was in Mumbai. He talk with Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi, Managing Trustee of PVCHR for more than 45 minutes and continuously making pressure and willingness to meet his wife. It is a threat to  the security of Neelam and the activists of PVCHR

 Sample letter

To,

 The…………………………..

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Subject: Reference to a gruesome episode of torture with a young woman married to an elderly man, where the woman was given a horrible haircut, made to drink medicine meant for mentally challenged despite she was normal and was paraded naked and sexually assaulted.

The victims

1-     Neelam (changed name) age 23, daughter of Late Ram Narayan Chaurasia address- Samnne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi district – (Uttar Pradesh)- India

2-     Munni Devi wife of Late Ram Narayan Chaurasia address - Samnne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi district – (Uttar Pradesh)- India

3-     Ansh 5 years son of Neelam (changed name) age 23 daughter of Late Ram Narayan Chaurasia - Samnne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi district – (Uttar Pradesh)- India present address B24/151, Kashmiri Ganj, Ram Temple, Khojwa, police station Khojwa police station Bhelupura, Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh India

4-     Shyam Sunder age about 26 son of Late Ram Narayan Chaurasia  address - Samnne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi district – (Uttar Pradesh)- India

 Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to draw your attention towards the case of one Neelam (name changed) 23 years, daughter of Late Ram Narayan Chaurasia and mother Munni Devi a resident of Samnne Ghat (Shivaji Nagar Colony) police station Lanka, Varanasi district – (Uttar Pradesh), who was forcibly married on June 26, 2005 in Varanasi district on the basis of forced signature on the documents in present of a lawyer and few others at Sandesh restaurant. The elderly husband Sunil Gupta, son of Kanhaiya Gupta, resident of B 24/151 kashmiri ganj, Ram temple, Khojwa, police station Bhelupura, Varanasi forcibly married the victim and in the marriage one another woman Kiran acted as pimp.

It may be noted here that just after marriage process was over the husband Sunil Gupta took of her clothes and attempted to forcibly make physical relationship. The episode was repeated just as the woman reached her in-laws house. As she refused to such a relation she was subjected to brutal beating, burnt and not only this but her brother was lifted by cops and held captive and threatened to be killed. All this went on for years and a son Ansh was born who is now 5 years old but there was no change in the behaviour of the husband. The husband used to attempt to make physical relationship with the victim in front of her brother and as she refused he took her clothes off and beat her up.

Fed up the woman once mustered courage to go to Khohjwa police out post but the cops sent her back.

Once she managed to escape to her mother’s house but she had to come back as her brother was held captive by the cops and she was told unless she comes back her brother will not be left free. After this episode the behavior of the husband worsened. Once she was given horrible hair cut by her husband when she was under deep impact of the medicine given to her forcibly. Her state was shown to all to declare her insane. Now children in the locality too considered her mentally challenged and treated her as mad. All this has made deep impact upon her mental status.

Public sexual harassment, naked parade, mental torture was all that she had to suffer and despite all this she managed to escape. Her husband and local police are still following her. Her parents are being threatened.

The victim managed to reach district court premises where few lawyers and human rights workers listened to her woes and brought her to PVCHR. Here she was provided support on the basis of the self explained case (testimony) but her mental status is still the same and she fears a lot.

Sir/madam, even today in the civilized society there exist people who consider woman a object of consumption and someone who can be put to extreme torturous situations and this is a blot for the society. If action against such a husband and guilty police officers is not taken something adverse will happen to pollute the society.

It may be noted that prior to this woman his previous wife too was subjected to torture and was killed but he entered in to a agreement with his in-laws then and hushed up the matter. He is in proximity with few local musclemen and goons and uses the impact to keep those angry with him at bay and they fail to make complaint against him. With his clout he managed to impress circle officer rank and senior officials in the police department and those officials fully support him.

With the help of his connections and impact only he managed to get the victim treated for mental illness at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) so that she can be declared mentally ill. He has made MMS of his physical relationship with her and threatens to make it public. According to the victim he has got insurance done for her and she fears she might be eliminated for that insurance money.

On 5thDecember, 2012 PVCHR sent letter to Director General of Police, National Women Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Home Secretary, Central Home Secretary, Senior Superintendent of Police and Shri Rahul Gandhi.

DGP complaint cell took cognizance and NHRC issued notice to Senior Superintendent of Police in case no. 42218/24/72/2012/UC dated 15 December, 2012http://www.pvchr.net/2012/12/heard-to-unheard.html. In spite of taking action police is giving threat to Neelam’s brother Shyam Sunder and due to fear he ranged to Neelam and said that she had to produce in Bhelupur police station for making statement.

Sunil Gupta along with one person came to PVCHR office on 16th December, 2012 at 8:30 pm when Lenin Raghuvanshi was in Mumbai. He talk with Ms. Shruti Nagvanshi, Managing Trustee of PVCHR for more than 45 minutes and continuously making pressure and willingness to meet his wife. It is a threat to the security of Neelam and the activists of PVCHR

Therefore it is requested to you to ensure security for the victim and her family and legal action against those offenders and guilty police officials. This would set an example for future for others who plan such activities. We will be obliged.

 Thanking you

 

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Please write letters sent to

 

1. Hon'ble President,

President of India,

Rashtrapati Bhawan,

New Delhi – 110001,

India.

 

2.  The Registrar,

Supreme court of India,

Tilak marg, New Delhi – 110001 – India.

Tel - +91-1123388922 – 24, 23388942 – 44,

Fax no. - +91-112338150823381584,23384336 / 23384533 / 23384447.

Email – supremecourt@nic.in

 

3. The prime minister,

Prime minister of India,

South block, Raisina hill,

New Delhi – 110011, India.

Tel - +91-1123012312,

Fax - +91-1123019545 / 23016857.

 

4. The chairperson,

National Human Rights Commission,

Faridkot house, Copernicus Marg,

New Delhi – 110001, India.

Fax no. - +91-1123384863.

Email – covdnhrc@nic.inionhrc@nic.in

 

5. The Chairperson,

National commission for backward classes,

Trikoot – 1, Bhikaji Kama Place,

New Delhi – 110066, India.

 

6. Hon'ble Chief justice,

High court, Uttar Pradesh,

1, Lal Bahadur Shastri marg, Allahabad,

Uttar Pradesh – India.

 

7. The Chief Minister,

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,

Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan,

Lucknow – 226001, Uttar Pradesh – India.

 

8. Director General of Police

1-Tilak Marg, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh

INDIA
Fax: + 91 522 220 6120 / 220 6174
E-mail: police@up.nic.in

9. Senior Superintendent of Police
Varanasi, SSP Office
Kachahari, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA 

Email: sspvns@up.nic.in 


10. District Magistrate
Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh
INDIA
Fax: +91 54 2234 8313 

E-mail: dmvsn@satyam.net.in

 

11. Ms. Margrate Sekagya,

UN Special Reporteur on Human Rights Defenders,

Email – urgent-action@ohchr.orgdinfane@ohchr.org 

 12. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

OHCHRUNOG

8- 14 Avenue de la Paix

1211 Geneva 10,

Switzerland

Fax No: +41229179006

Email: vaw@ohchr.org

 Thank You 

(pvchr.india@gmail.com)

 

 

 


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