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Thursday, March 10, 2016

10 rights every Indian woman should know

1 FREE LEGAL AID

Under the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987, all female rape victims have the right to free legal aid.“Whenever a rape victim is unable to hire a lawyer, it's mandatory for the station house officer to inform the city's legal services authority to arrange a lawyer for her,“ says city-based criminal lawyer Arnab Dutta.

2 RIGHT TO PROTECT ONE'S IDENTITY

According to Section 228A IPC, all victims of sexual assault have the right to anonymity. Neither the media nor the police can force them to reveal their identity in public. Unpermitted publication of the identity can even lead to imprisonment for the publisher. Moreover, the victim can record her statement with a magistrate either alone or in presence of a lady police officer.

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