Man burnt alive for protesting daughter’s harassment

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Sexual harassment is on the rise in India
Sexual harassment is rampant in India

Sexual harassment is on the rise in India
Sexual harassment is rampant in India

The police said that an Indian man who tried to protect his daughter from sexual harassment and complained to authorities has been burnt alive.

Police officer RA Pandey said that Narmada Sahu, 45, died at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh state late on Sunday.

Pandev said that the victim’s relatives alleged that his 16-year-old daughter was routinely harassed by a neighbour and that Sahu complained to police in August.

He said the neighbour demanded that Sahu withdraw the complaint.

Police said on Sunday the neighbour barged into the victim’s house with two friends, poured kerosene on him and sett him on fire.

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“We have arrested the three attackers, lodged a criminal case and launched investigations,” Pandey said.

Sexual violence has been a focus of public attention in India since the gang-rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in 2012.

According to Wikipedia, rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012.

Out of these, 24,470 were committed by someone known to the victim (98% of the cases).

India has been characterised as one of the “countries with the lowest per capita rates of rape”. A 2014 piece in The Lancet states that the “8.5% prevalence of sexual violence in the country is among the lowest in the world.”

According to 2012 statistics, New Delhi has the highest raw number of rape reports among Indian cities, while Jabalpur has the highest per capita rate of rape reports.

Several rape cases in the country received widespread media attention and triggered protests since 2012.

This led the Indian Government to reform its penal code for crimes of rape and sexual assault.

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