The case of a 23-year old woman, thrashed and then gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, in December 2012, has stirred India. While this is the most recent incident that outraged the country, there are several other cases that show us how insecure Indian women are.
The following cases come to public eyes due to their high profile association. Such incidents take place every day in India, but due to lack of strict laws, these cases remain only in files. Today, Indian women are forced to live in an unsafe and unsecured atmosphere. We have collated here all time heinous crimes against women that had stirred India for long time.
1. Delhi Gang Rape (December 2012)
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year old Dehradun based paramedical student and her male companion boarded an unauthorized bus, assuming it was a public bus, after watching a movie in South Delhi. On board, they both were battered with iron rods by six men and the girl was so gruesomely gang raped that she suffered serious injuries to her genitals, abdominal and intestines. Then they threw both of them from the moving bus. Later on, the doctors confirmed that a blunt object (that was a rusted iron rod) was used for penetration. After battling for her life for 13 days, the girl died in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, on December 29. After this case, the country witnessed massive furore and public protests.
2. Geetika Sharma Suicide (August 2012)
On August 5, 2012, Geetika Sharma, a 23-year-old former air hostess of MDLR Airlines (now, it is a part of Emirates Airlines), committed suicide by hanging herself in her flat, located in North-West Delhi. In her suicide note, she accused Haryana’s former minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and senior colleague Aruna Chaddha of harassing her and provoking for this extreme step.
Geetika joined MDLR as a flight attendant/air hostess in 2006. After the shutdown of airline, she was appointed as the director of a subsidiary company, hold by Gopal Kanda. She was also made a trustee of the MDK International School, owned by Kanda. Later on, she gave up her job. Both the accused used to pressurize her to rejoin. Kanda not only registered a false case against her, but also threatened her through fake email IDs.
3. Bhanwari Devi murder (September 2011)
Bhanwari Devi, an auxiliary nurse and midwife, suddenly got disappeared on September 1, 2011 and her body remains were found 4 months later. Rajasthan leader Mahipal Madrena and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi were accused in this case. CBI investigations revealed that she was blackmailing Madrena and Bishnoi for millions on the basis of a CD, in which the politicians were seen in a compromising position with her. To get rid of her, both Madrena and Bishnoi plotted a conspiracy to kidnap and kill her.
4. Sonali Mukherjee Acid Case (April 2003)
Sonali’s beautiful life melted away in an acid attack. She was just 18-year old and was pursuing Honours in Sociology from Dhanbad Women’s College, when the incident took place. She was also a part of the NCC (National Cadet Corps). The three men- Bhrahmadev Hajra, Tapas Mitra and Sanjay Paswan used to pass lewd comments and harass her every day. Sonali told everything to her father, who in turn, complained to the families of the three men. In order to take the revenge, they poured acid on her when she was sleeping alongside her father and sister on the terrace, on the night of April 22, 2003. The acid melted the flesh on her face, neck, lower torso and the right part of her chest. This attack shattered her dreams of a beautiful future.
5. Madhumita Shukla Murder Case (May 2003)
Madhumita Shukla (24) was a budding poetess. Two visitors gunned down her in her Lucknow’s Paper Mill Colony apartment. At that time, she was 7 months pregnant. Later on, investigations revealed her illicit relationship with Amarmani Tripathi, who was then a politician from Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Amarmani was convicted for the murder of Madhumita, after she rebuffed to abort her pregnancy, caused by the politician.
6. Jessica Lal Murder Case (April 1999)
By profession, Jessica was a model. On April 30, 1999, she was working as a barmaid at a party. At 2 am, she refused to serve drink to Siddharth Vashisht alias Manu Sharma, son of Vinod Sharma (Congress nominated MP from Haryana), as the bar had run out of liquor. On this, Manu got furious and fired on her twice and killed her. Later on, the case was reopened and he was found culprit and was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
7. Naina Sahni Tandoor Case (July 1995)
Naina Sahni (29) was brutally slaughtered by her husband and then Delhi Youth Congress President, Sushil Sharma. He doubted her fidelity and suspected her of having an illicit relationship with the fellow Congress worker and her classmate, Matloob Karim. On the night of July 2, 1995, Sushil came home and saw Naina consuming liquor and talking on the phone. Naina, on seeing Sushil, put down the receiver. Sushil redialled the number and got furious when Matloob responded at the other end. He barbarically shot his wife. Then, he took her body to Bagiya Restaurant (now called Indraprastha Hotel) and chopped it into pieces with the help of the restaurant manager, Keshav Kumar. They, then, put the body pieces in a Tandoor to burn. However, the smoke emitting from the tandoor grabbed the attention of patrolling constables.
8. Ruchika Girhotra Suicide Case (1990)
14-year old Ruchika Girhotra never knew that her complaint against a high profile personality would create loads of problems for her family and friends, and she herself would have to undertake an extreme step of suicide. On August 12, 1990, Ruchika, along with her friend, went to play tennis at the lawn tennis court and met Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore, then head of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association. Rathore molested her in his office. She revealed the whole matter to her father, who in turn discussed the matter with Home Secretary J.K. Duggal. But, no action was taken as Rathore enjoyed support from influential politicians. He continued to harass her family in one or the other way. On December 28, 1993, Ruchika ended her life by consuming poison. On December 22, 2009, Rathore was pronounced guilty by court under Section 354 IPC (molestation). He was granted bail by the Supreme Court on November 11, 2010, on the condition that he should not go out of Chandigarh.