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Watch: Tourists defy death at Manali-Chandigarh highway

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Watch: Tourists defy death at Manali-Chandigarh highway

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New Delhi: Several tourists on had a narrow escape when a part of a mountain near Chandigarh-Manali highway collapsed.  The 31-second video, recorded by a mobile phone camera, shows tourists running for their lives.

Initially, it was said that the landslide was caused due to an earthquake today in the region, but later it was clarified that the incident has no connection with the earthquake.


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Provincial official puts death toll from magnitude 7.7 quake in Awaran district in Baluchistan at 210, with 375 people injured

  • theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 September 2013 03.06 EDT

The rubble of a house in Awaran district after the magnitude 7.7 earthquake in Pakistan

The rubble of a house after the magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in Awaran district, Baluchistan province, Pakistan. Photograph: Stringer/Pakistan/Reuters

Rescuers are struggling to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in south-western Pakistan as the death toll rose to 210, officials said.

The magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province on Tuesday afternoon. Such a quake is considered major, capable of widespread and heavy damage.

The tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, the Indian capital, some 740 miles (1,200km) away.

A provincial official, Zahid bin Maqsood, put the death toll at 210 and said 375 people had been injured, while a spokesman for the provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi, put the death toll at 216 – the conflicting figures likely to be due to the difficulty in contacting local officials and people in the remote region.

In the densely populated city of Karachi on the Arabian Sea and Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, people ran into the streets in panic when the quake it, praying for their lives.-

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Pakistanis struggle for food, shelter after quake

Quetta, Pakistan, September 26, 2013
First Published: 10:26 IST(26/9/2013)
Last Updated: 15:44 IST(26/9/2013)

Hungry survivors dug through rubble to find food and thousands slept under the open sky or in makeshift shelters for a second night as the death toll from Pakistan’s massive earthquake rose to 348 on Thursday.

Rescuers battled to reach remote areas of the impoverished region in

the wake of Tuesday’s magnitude 7.7 quake in southwestern Baluchistan province.

The quake had flattened wide swathes of Awaran district where it was centered, leaving much of the population homeless.

The spokesman for the provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi, said 348 people have been confirmed dead so far and 552 people had been injured.

“We need more tents, more medicine and more food,” Bulaidi said earlier.

In the village of Dalbadi, almost all of the 300 mud-brick homes were destroyed. Noor Ahmad said he was working when the quake struck and rushed home to find his house leveled and his wife and son dead.

“I’m broken,” he said. “I have lost my family.”

Doctors in the village treated some of the injured, but due to a scarcity of medicine and staff, they were mostly seen comforting the survivors.

Awaran district is one of the poorest in the country’s most impoverished province. Many people use four-wheel-drive vehicles and camels to traverse the rough terrain.

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Pakistan earthquake toll reaches 328

Thursday, September 26, 2013 » 06:32am

The death toll from a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday has risen to 328.

Desperate villagers in southwest Pakistan are clawing through the wreckage of their ruined homes, a day after a huge earthquake struck, killing more than 300 people.

The 7.7-magnitude quake hit on Tuesday afternoon in Baluchistan province’s remote and Awaran district.

At least 328 people have been confirmed dead and more than 450 injured, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and the Baluchistan government.

In the village of Dalbedi, the earthquake – Pakistan’s deadliest since the devastating Kashmir quake of 2005, which killed 73,000 – flattened some 250 houses.

Bewildered villagers dug with their hands through the rubble of their mud houses in Dalbedi to retrieve what was left of their meagre possessions.

Their simple houses destroyed, they used rags, old clothes, sheets and tree branches to shelter their families from the sun.

Farmer Noor Ahmed, 45, said the tremors lasted for two minutes and turned buildings in the village into piles of mud.

‘We have lost everything, even our food is now buried under mud, and water from underground channels is now undrinkable because of excessive mud in it due to the earthquake,’ he told AFP.

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Earthquake kills 45 in Pakistan, creates new island in sea
7.8 earthquake creates NEW ISLAND off the coast of Pakistan
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters (yards) off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon.

Officials said scores of mud houses were destroyed by aftershocks in the thinly populated mountainous area near the quake epicenter in Baluchistan, a huge barren province of deserts and rugged mountains.


Earthquake kills at least 46 in remote Pakistan, creates new island in sea


A major earthquake has hit a remote part of western Pakistan, killing at least 46 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast.

Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of kilometres to the east, where buildings shook, as well as Dubai in the Gulf and Pakistan’s sprawling port city of Karachi.

The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 235km south-east of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran.

It issued a red alert, warning that heavy casualties were likely based on past data.

The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 metres off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon.

Officials said scores of mud houses were destroyed by aftershocks in the thinly populated mountainous area near the quake epicenter in Baluchistan, a huge barren province of deserts and rugged mountains.

Baluchistan assembly deputy speaker Abdul Qadoos said at least 30 per cent of houses in the impoverished Awaran district had caved in.

He said damage to the mobile phone network was hampering communications in the area.

Asad Gilani, one of the most senior officials in the Baluchistan administration, said at least 46 people had been confirmed killed and 100 injured in the quake.

Awaran police chief Rafiq Lassi added that officials feared the death toll would rise.

200 soldiers, medical teams mobilised to help with relief effort

The provincial government declared an emergency in Awaran and the military mobilised medical teams as well as 200 soldiers and paramilitary troops to help with the immediate relief effort.

“We have received reports that many homes in Awaran district have collapsed. We fear many deaths,” Baluchistan government spokesman Jan Muhammad Baledi told the ARY news channel.

“There are not many doctors in the area but we are trying to provide maximum facilities in the affected areas.”

Television footage showed collapsed houses, caved-in roofs and people sitting in the open air outside their homes, the rubble of mud and bricks scattered around them.

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Quake in Pakistan, tremors in New Delhi

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Published on Sep 24, 2013

A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast. Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of miles to the east, where buildings shook, as well as the sprawling port city of Karachi in Pakistan. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran. Tremors were felt in the New Delhi on Tuesday evening (September 24) after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Pakistan’s Balochistan area. Met department said latitude of the quake was 27 degrees north and longitude was 65.7 degrees east. It was at a depth of 10 kilo metres at the epicenter in Pakistan.
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 yards off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon. Officials said scores of mud houses were destroyed by aftershocks in the thinly populated mountainous area near the quake epicenter in Baluchistan, a huge barren province of deserts and rugged mountains. Abdul Qadoos, deputy speaker of the Baluchistan assembly, told Reuters that at least 30 percent of houses in the impoverished Awaran district had caved in. The local deputy commissioner in Awaran, Abdul Rasheed Gogazai, and the spokesman of Pakistan’s Frontier Corps involved in the rescue effort said at least 45 people had been killed. In the regional capital of Quetta, officials said some areas appeared to be badly damaged but it was hard to assess the impact quickly because the locations were so remote. Chief secretary Babar Yaqoob said earlier that 25 people had been injured and that the death toll was expected to increase as many people appeared to be trapped inside their collapsed homes. Local television reported that helicopters carrying relief supplies had been dispatched to the affected area. The army said it had deployed 200 troops to help deal with the disaster.


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Published on Aug 16, 2013

According to a recent study, an astounding 30 percent of India’s lawmakers are facing criminal charges raining from petty theft to rape and murder. Not surprisingly, the lawmakers themselves are resisting efforts to clean up parliament. LinkAsia’s Ajoy Bose reports from New Delhi on the political maneuvering going on inside the world’s largest democracy.

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20.05.2013 Heat Wave India Capital City, New Delhi Damage level


Heat Wave in India on Monday, 20 May, 2013 at 16:19 (04:19 PM) UTC.

The heat wave will continue in Delhi and others parts of the country for the next two to three days. Dusty winds will hit north and northwest India during the period. In the first heat wave (about 45 degrees Celsius or above) of the summer in the capital, continuous sunshine for long daylight hours, stretching as much as 13 hours and 36 minutes, is driving up the temperature. The temperature in Delhi this week rose to 44.6 degrees Celsius and 46.2 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjang and Palam observatories respectively. It will not be surprising if the maximum temperature rises further to 45 degrees Celsius, a level observed on 31 May last year, the second time in a decade. The May record for Delhi, however, is 47.2 degrees Celsius, seen on 29 May 1944. Delhi wasn’t the hottest place in north India. Hisar in Haryana recorded 46 degrees Celsius on Sunday, five degrees above the average record of 40.7 degrees.

In Hisar, the maximum temperature may break last year’s record of 46.4 degrees registered on 31 May in the next two days. The highest maximum temperatures ever recorded in Hissar is 48.8 degrees on 21 May 1998. Winds from the Thar desert will continue to make life uncomfortable in most parts of northwest, central and east India in the coming two days. Some respite is possible at isolated pockets over northwest India if winds become southwesterly as they contain some moisture and are a bit cooler than the westerly winds. But most of the places in the region especially over Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana will remain intense heat conditions. Hot and dry westerly winds will continue to hit central and east India in the coming two days so temperatures will remain in the mid-forties or above over interior Maharashtra. Nagpur, which registered 47.3 degrees as maximum could see a further rise in day temperature. The highest ever May temperature in Nagpur is 47.8 degrees registered on 26 May 1954. East Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas of Bihar have temperatures in lower forties.





Delhi reels under 44.5 degrees Celsius heat, no respite in sight



NEW DELHI: The mercury’s dreaded surge into the high forties has left vast swathes of north India sweltering under a severe heat wave spread across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Churu in Rajasthan continued to sizzle for the third day, recording a blistering 48.2 degrees Celsius.

Delhi sweated under 44.5 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, while Palam was the hottest in NCR at 46.2 degrees.

Met officials said there would be no respite till May 24. Even that would lower temperatures by just 1-2 degrees, after which high temperatures would return for the rest of the month, the Met office said. This would mark only the second instance of Delhi seeing such a prolonged heat wave in May in the last 10 years.

Mercury to stay high till Saturday

“The heat wave is the result of the absence of any western disturbance in Delhi and neighbouring areas, strengthening of hot northwesterly winds from the desert and subsidence of air in association with an anticyclone over Rajasthan and adjoining areas,” said O P Singh, deputy director of meteorology, Delhi Regional Meteorological Centre

“Such conditions are favourable for dust raising winds in northwest India and are likely to continue during the fourth week of May as well. There will be a small decrease in temperature during the coming weekend with the advent of a western disturbance,” Singh added.
















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CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 17, 2013 13:41 EDT
CNN Candy Crowley reports on guilty verdict in Steubenville rape trial

CNN broke the news on Sunday of a guilty verdict in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio by lamenting that the “promising” lives of the rapists had been ruined, but spent very little time focusing on how the 16-year-old victim would have to live with what was done to her.

Judge Thomas Lipps announced on Sunday that Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, would be given a maximum sentence after being found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl while she was unconscious. Richmond could be released from a juvenile rehabilitation facility by the age of 21 and Mays could be incarcerated until the age of 24.

CNN’s Candy Crowley began her breaking news report by showing Lipps handing down the sentence and telling CNN reporter Poppy Harlow that she “cannot imagine” how emotional the sentencing must have been.

Harlow explained that it had been “incredibly difficult” to watch “as these two young men — who had such promising futures, star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”

“One of the young men, Ma’lik Richmond, as that sentence came down, he collapsed,” the CNN reporter recalled, adding that the convicted rapist told his attorney that “my life is over, no one is going to want me now.”

At that point, CNN played video of Richmond crying and hugging his lawyer in the courtroom.

“I was sitting about three feet from Ma’lik when he gave that statement,” Harlow said. “It was very difficult to watch.”

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Hacker Group Anonymous Leaks Chilling Video in Case of Alleged Steubenville Rape, Cover-Up

Published on Jan 7, 2013

DemocracyNow.org – We turn to Steubenville, Ohio, where members of a high school football team allegedly raped an underage girl and possibly urinated on her unconscious body over the course of an evening of partying in late August. The young men chronicled their actions on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But after many in the town of Steubenville, including the high school football coach, rallied to the players’ defense, the hacker group “Anonymous” vowed to release the accused players’ personal information unless an apology was made. Anonymous has since released a video showing a male Steubenville high schooler joking about the alleged victim. We’re joined by three guests: Monika Johnson Hostler, president of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence; Kristen Gwynne, an associate editor at Alternet; and “X”, a member of the hacktivist group Anonymous using a pseudonym.


Steubenville rape and India gang rape show India isn’t so ‘backward’

By The Christian Science Monitor
Friday, March 15, 2013 21:05 EDT
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The December 2012 gang rape in New Delhi, India, deserves the public condemnation and outrage that it has brought. But much of the commentary on the case has gone beyond this, holding up the case as evidence of India’s larger flaws. The subtext writes India off as a backward and incorrigible third world country, whose primitive norms and lack of rule of law put it outside of modern democracies with more reliable norms and laws.

The unfortunate truth is that India’s reported rape rate, and even the slightly higher rate in New Delhi where the gang rape occurred, is less than that of typical European and American rates. In the days following the attack, scores of protests were held all over India but mostly in the New Delhi region where the attack occurred. Democracy went on the move, as thousands upon thousands of people joined in the calls for justice.

The Indian reaction to the incident is in many ways more gratifying and promising than reactions to American rape cases. Take the Steubenville, Ohio, case, which began trial on Wednesday. It has not generated nearly as much public outrage as the case in India. If there is a larger lesson that the gang rape and the public outcry that followed teach us about India, it is one of promise and hope, not alienation and despair.

But commentators have painted a different picture. Lakshmi Chaudhry wrote in The Nation: “[T]here is only one India, a social Darwinian nation where there is no rule of law; where might always makes right, whether your power derives from your gender, money, caste or sheer numbers, as in the case of a gang rape….The young girl who paid an astronomically steep price for an evening out at the movies proved that the so-called ‘new India’ exists in a bubble built on the delusion of safety.”

Is India indeed “a social Darwinian nation,” to be marked off from other, civilized democracies?

According to UN figures, India’s reported rape rate is 1.8 per 100,000 population (Delhi City’s is 2.8), as compared, for example, to Ireland’s 10.7, Norway’s 19.2, or America’s 27.3. Of course, given the intimate nature of the offense and its social stigma, the actual rape rates are generally higher than these official rates based on reports to police. By last official US estimate, only a half to a third of rapes are reported; and it could be that the reporting rates are even worse in other countries, including India. But the larger picture suggests that the India rape problem may not be that different from the West’s.

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  • Demonstrators take part in a One Billion Rising rally in New Delhi, on February 14, 2013. Indians were at the forefront of global protests in the campaign for women's rights, galvanised by the recent fatal gangrape that shocked the country

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Three sisters aged between six and 11 were raped and murdered before their bodies were dumped down a village well in rural western India, police said on Wednesday.

The bodies of the three schoolgirls were found last week, two days after they went missing on February 14 from their home in the Bhandara district of Maharashtra state, police superintendent Aarti Singh told AFP.

“The bodies of the three young girls were found in a well, with their schoolbags and footwear,” Singh told AFP by phone from Nagpur, adding they were aged six, nine and 11.

“The post-mortem has confirmed that the girls were raped and then murdered.”


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Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, The Longest War

Posted by Rebecca Solnit at 9:20am, January 24, 2013.
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[Note for TomDispatch readers: Today, Erika Eichelberger, TomDispatch’s social media director, has written her first TD intro — to Rebecca Solnit’s monumental piece.  You’ll be hearing more from Erika this year and don’t forget to check out the very active TomDispatch Facebook fan page where she and I post every day. Tom] 

The Republican “war on women” helped define 2012.  Its main offensives are well known, including the assertion that you can’t get pregnant from rape; the obstruction of the Violence Against Women Act because it would have given Native American courts more jurisdiction over domestic violence; the demonizing of a woman who dared to assert that all women, rich and poor, deserve access to contraception; and the 43 new state laws passed last year restricting access to abortion.

And in case you thought it ended with election 2012, in just the past few weeks yet more absurdly egregious, albeit less publicized, assaults on women have been piling up.

Toward the end of December, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a dentist who fired his assistant for being too attractive had acted legally. The dentist’s attorney hailed the decision, the first of its kind, as a victory for family values because the woman was axed in order to save his marriage, not because she was a woman. This is short-skirt-rape apologist territory. God forbid that the dentist bear responsibility for his inability to control himself.

As the new year broke, the House GOP took another stealthy swipe at women. The House and the Senate had come to an agreement on a bipartisan, Republican-sponsored bill that would have helped reduce the massive national backlog of “rape kits,” which contain forensic evidence collected after sexual assaults that can help identify perpetrators. On the very last day of the last Congress, however, House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith, who had been trotting out various excuses to stall the bill for weeks, forced in amendments to kill it.

And early in January (yes, 2013!), a California court ruled that a woman who was raped was not in fact raped — because she was unmarried. A young woman went to sleep with her boyfriend and woke up being raped by someone else who, she initially thought, was her partner. The judges strictly interpreted California’s nineteenth century rape laws (based on 13th-century Saxon law), which say that it’s only a crime to trick someone into having sex if she believes it’s with her husband, not her boyfriend.

It’s this seemingly antiquated but all-too-twenty-first-century world into which TomDispatch regular Rebecca Solnit plunges today, that extreme, remarkably fundamentalist land of Manistan whose violence, once put in one place, boggles the mind. Erika Eichelberger

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year 
Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere) 
By Rebecca Solnit

Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The story of the alleged rape of an unconscious teenager by members of the Steubenville High School football team was still unfolding, and gang rapes aren’t that unusual here either. Take your pick: some of the 20 men who gang-raped an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced in November, while the instigator of the gang rape of a 16-year-old in Richmond, California, was sentenced in October, and four men who gang-raped a 15-year-old near New Orleans were sentenced in April, though the six men who gang-raped a 14-year-old in Chicago last fall are still at large.  Not that I actually went out looking for incidents: they’re everywhere in the news, though no one adds them up and indicates that there might actually be a pattern.

There is, however, a pattern of violence against women that’s broad and deep and horrific and incessantly overlooked. Occasionally, a case involving a celebrity or lurid details in a particular case get a lot of attention in the media, but such cases are treated as anomalies, while the abundance of incidental news items about violence against women in this country, in other countries, on every continent including Antarctica, constitute a kind of background wallpaper for the news.

If you’d rather talk about bus rapes than gang rapes, there’s the rape of a developmentally disabled woman on a Los Angeles bus in November and the kidnapping of an autistic 16-year-old on the regional transit train system in Oakland, California — she was raped repeatedly by her abductor over two days this winter — and there was a gang rape of multiple women on a bus in Mexico City recently, too.  While I was writing this, I read that another female bus-rider was kidnapped in India and gang-raped all night by the bus driver and five of his friends who must have thought what happened in New Delhi was awesome.

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.

Here I want to say one thing: though virtually all the perpetrators of such crimes are men, that doesn’t mean all men are violent. Most are not. In addition, men obviously also suffer violence, largely at the hands of other men, and every violent death, every assault is terrible.  But the subject here is the pandemic of violence by men against women, both intimate violence and stranger violence.


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One of the two hospitals which reportedly refused to conduct an exam on a possible rape victim last month.Zoom


One of the two hospitals which reportedly refused to conduct an exam on a possible rape victim last month.

A 25-year-old possible rape victim was reportedly refused a basic exam at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne last month. The Church says the impression that rape victims can’t be treated at Catholic hospitals is “false.”

The case of a possible rape victim who was reportedly refused treatment by two Catholic hospitals in Cologne last month has prompted a strong reaction by the Catholic Church and local victim advocacy organizations.



The local daily newspaper, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, published an article Wednesday detailing the experience of an emergency center doctor, Irmgard Maiworm, one night last month. Maiworm told the paper that on Dec. 15, a 25-year-old woman came in to see her, accompanied by her mother.

The woman told the doctor that she had been out with friends on Friday night, and that at one point she went blank, not remembering anything until coming to on a bench in a different part of the city Saturday afternoon.

“I immediately suspected that this young woman might have been drugged with a date-rape drug, so that rape was not to be ruled out,” Maiworm told the paper. The woman reportedly complained of pains and difficulty going to the bathroom and wore soiled clothes.

With her permission, Maiworm contacted the police and informed the woman of the risks of pregnancy and gave her a prescription for the “morning-after pill.” She told the paper that she then called the gynecology department at the neighboring St. Vincent’s Hospital to arrange for the woman to have a gynecological exam, only to be told by the doctor there that such an exam would not be possible.


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Indian attendants carry Rajesh Gangwal, a protester on hunger strike, to the ambulance after his health was critical from not eating the last thirteen days during a protest against a gang rape at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on January 6, 2013

Five girls aged between 2 and 10 have been raped in two separate incidents in India, four of whom were assaulted by the same attacker. The attacks are only the latest in a string of brutal sexual assault cases that have recently outraged the country.

Both of the incidents took place in the populous eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an 18-year-old male in Minapara village near the city of Raigani on Saturday, India’s DNA news cites police as saying.

The baby’s father told police the incident occurred when his wife went to wash clothes in a pond on Saturday, leaving the sleeping infant unattended.

The teenage assailant was arrested and is being held on 14-day judicial custody.

Four more girls, aged between five and ten, were reportedly raped by a 40-year old man in the town of Belatore on Thursday.

The girls had reportedly gone to a grocery shop owned by the alleged assailant Rabi Lochan Dey to buy a cake.


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