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Rape

National Crime Records Bureau adds more than 5 lakh names to database of sex offenders

The database keeps a record of offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing.
A government school in Delhi

4 school students killed themselves in India every day, shows data

A National Crime Records Bureau report shows a total of 8,934 students committed suicide in 2015, up from 8,068 the year before.
Supreme Court

Appoint grievance officer for WhatsApp, think tank urges Supreme Court

The CASC plea says shutting down internet services — as governments have been doing so far — is not a viable option.
Muzaffarpur

Every 6 hours a girl is getting raped, what are you doing about it: SC pulls up Bihar govt

The top court's observations came during a hearing on the alleged sexual abuse of 34 minors and women at a Muzaffarpur shelter.
Red tape and lethargy ensure Delhi remains a gas chamber

Indian cities are choking but there have been just 6 air pollution convictions in 2014-16

Uttar Pradesh, the state with four of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, registered just two cases in 2016, NCRB data shows.
Latest news on Punjab drug crisis | ThePrint.in

Punjab’s losing war on drugs as tough narcotics law is punishing, not reforming, addicts

A report by Vidhi Center for Legal Policy has said that the NDPS Act has failed to meet its twin objectives of deterrence and rehabilitation in Punjab. That Punjab has a drug-abuse problem is well-known. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, Punjab’s share of crimes in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act climbed from 9.2% in 2001 to a peak of 42.3% in 2013. Although the numbers have come down gradually since then, the figure was still 10 times more than Punjab’s all-India share in Indian Penal Code crimes in 2016. NCRB statistics also suggest that the law and order machinery in Punjab is trying its best to deal with the problem. Punjab’s share in total convictions under the NDPS Act also climbed with its increasing share in cases registered under the act. Punjab accounted for more than 30% of total convictions under the NDPS...
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One in two Indians feel women lack strength, aggression to be in police: Study

A survey by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti 21% of the respondents said they considered a policewoman more honest than a policeman, with 14% thinking the other way around. New Delhi: A greater number of Indians believe women police personnel are more honest than their male peers, but fewer choose to approach the ‘weaker gender’ for help, a study on citizen opinion of police has found. The survey was carried out by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti, a research initiative of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), among 15,563 respondents across 22 states in June and July 2017. According to the survey, 21 per cent of the respondents said they considered a policewoman more honest than a policeman, with 14 per cent thinking the other way around. Forty-three per cent of the respondents said both were equally honest, while 12 per cent said neither. However, only 15 per cent...
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Two of five Indians are scared of police, Sikhs in Punjab fear them the most

A survey by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti finds that, among India’s institutions, police are the least trusted, with faith particularly low among women, Dalits, Muslims and the poor.
Latest news on section 66A | ThePrint.in

Section 66A out, police bring in anti-porn law to rein in critics on social media

In the three years since the Supreme Court scrapped the draconian Section 66A of the IT Act, Section 67, pertaining to the ‘publication or transmission of obscene material’, has emerged as an alternative.
Rape

Registry of sex offenders carries immense risks. It also puts the survivor in mortal danger

Privacy is a basic human right, and even criminals have those. To undermine this capacity because vicious, punitive justice sells on primetime TV debates is to tear through the foundation that this country.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.