News from the Global South

As Many as 1,673 Rape Cases Recorded in the Past Six Months across Nepal

My Republica - Kathmandu, Nepal, 10/22/2020

Nepal has recorded as many as 1,673 rape cases from May, 2020 to October, 2020. 44 cases of gang rape, 825 cases of domestic violence and 51 cases of attempt to rape were recorded. More than 90 percent of rape or attempt to rape cases were found to have been committed by family members or close relatives of the victims, according to latest data from Women’s Rehabilitation Center, Nepal (WORAC). The data also shows that most of those accused of rape crime are youths between 26 to 35 years old. A total of 474 youths were accused of their involvement in the cases of violence against women.

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Women with Disabilities at Greater Risk of Violence during COVID-19 Crisis: Survey

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 10/21/2020

In a survey, conducted in August, 2020 by the Indonesian Women’s Coalition (KPI) and the Association of Indonesian Women with Disabilities found that 80 percent of the respondents (who were people with disabilities) had experienced abuse during the health emergency. Of that figure, 70 percent said they had experienced sexual abuse, while 15 percent said that they had been raped and 10 percent said that they had been sexually exploited. Involving 50 respondents in 14 provinces across the country, the survey participants comprised 48 women and two men with disabilities, of whom 54 percent have physical disabilities, 20 percent have sensory disabilities, 6 percent have intellectual disabilities, while the remainder have various other forms of disabilities.

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Railway Minister Allows Women to Travel in Mumbai Local Trains

Outlook - Mumbai, Maharashtra, 10/20/2020

In a much-needed relief to women commuters from across the Mumbai city and suburban areas, the Railways has finally given a go-ahead to them to travel in the suburban local trains. The decision comes two days after the exchange of letters between the Railways and the state government after the latter asked to permit the travel. The Maharashtra government on October 16, 2020 requested the Railways to allow women to commute by local trains during non-peak hours – from 11 am to 3 pm, and from 7 pm till the end of the day's services. With this, women commuters who do not fall in the essential staff categories and had been spending long hours and huge money to commute would soon be able to access local trains during non-peak hours.

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NIA Chargesheets 12 for Trafficking Women from Bangladesh

Mumbai Mirror, Maharashtra, 10/19/2020

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has chargesheeted 12 people, including nine Bangladeshi nationals, for allegedly trafficking young women from neighbouring countries into India to force them into sex work in Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities. The accused, belonging to a criminal network, allegedly promised lucrative jobs and a better life in India. The women were trafficked into India by crossing the Sonai River in West Bengal. The agency seized several digital devices, fake Indian identity documents and other incriminating material during searches at premises belonging to the accused. The case was initially registered in September, 2019 in Hyderabad’s Pahadi Shareef police station, following the arrest of 10 human traffickers from two brothels.

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Government Develops Procedure for Collecting Data on Women, Children

The Himalayan Times - Kathmandu, Nepal, 10/18/2020

The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC), Nepal has developed a “Procedure for Data Collection and Updating of Women, Children and Differently-abled Persons - 2020” for the purpose of incorporating data in reports, which the Government of Nepal is obliged to submit to international forums. As per the procedure, local and provincial levels shall collect data and information about women, children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and sexual and gender minorities, and send them to the MoWCSC. The objectives of the procedure are to establish an integrated reporting system by collecting and updating data and records from local to central level, formulate policies and programmes based on available data, and gradually enhance the quality of statistical and record systems.

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