Delhi gang rape

Judge orders first death sentences over multiple rapes in Mumbai

The three Shakti mill rape defendants are escorted by police to a court hearing in Mumbai. Photo: EPA

An Indian judge yesterday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year.

Saturday, 5 April, 2014, 1:40am 1 comment

Mumbai's bid to ban lingerie mannequins ridiculed

Lingerie-clad mannequins are a common sight in shop windows at retail parks and malls in India's commercial capital. Photo: AFP

The city council in Mumbai came under fire for a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequins in shops and markets for fear they could encourage sex crimes. Commentators and women's rights group have ridiculed the draft directive by the Indian city's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at a time when the country is trying to curb crimes against women. The proposal, by BMC member Ritu Tawade, awaits final clearance from the civic body's chief.

31 May 2013 - 2:22am

Rape crisis in India leads to calls for porn star Sunny Leone to be jailed

Sunny Leone has a dual career as a porn star and actress. Photo: AFP

Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone has happily reinvented herself as a Bollywood actress. But while her past pursuits have been no barrier, being linked to India's rape crisis represents a new challenge.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 2 comments

Activists welcome India’s anti-rape law, with caution

Female Communist Party lawmaker Brinda Karat said that parliament had shamed India with its highly sexist, regressive commentary during the discussion on a bill increasing punishment for sex offenders. Photo: AFP

Campaigners welcomed a toughening of laws in India on Wednesday for sex crimes but said they were not enough to tackle a crisis underpinned by cultural attitudes, including from “sexist” lawmakers.

20 Mar 2013 - 8:48pm

Fear of sex attacks threatens tourism in India

Fears are growing over the safety of female tourists in India. Photo: AFP

Rising fears over the safety of female tourists in India are threatening to derail a marketing campaign that has boosted visitor numbers. The tourism ministry's "Incredible India" adverts have helped increase the number of foreign visitors over the past decade to around 6.6 million a year.

20 Mar 2013 - 8:10am

Jail death of Delhi rape suspect sparks criticism

Protesters in New Delhi call for a stricter sexual violence law in India last month. Photo: AP

Whether he was killed or committed suicide, the jailhouse death on Monday of a man on trial for the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a New Delhi bus has triggered shock at the enormous security failure at one of India’s best-known prisons.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am