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SC/ST meeting highlights rifts among Dalit groups

SC/ST meeting highlights rifts among Dalit groups

Mangalore, Jul 27: Rifts between separate factions of Dalit organisations and leaders in the district came to the fore at the SC/ST monthly grievance meeting held at the office of Commissioner of Police, Mangalore City here on Sunday.

Ramya, a Dalit representative from Ullal, alleged that she was being harassed by police officers including the sub-inspector at Ullal police station from the past four months, citing that a complaint was lodged on her.

She alleged that the sub-inspector had threatened her when she warned of lodging a complaint against him.

On the other hand, two other Dalit representatives alleged that she was helping an elderly Muslim woman in illegally building a house on SC/ST reserve land in Permanur in Ullal, although the latter did not have title deeds to the land.

They alleged that the house was being built without the permission of the local town municipality, on land that was reserved for people belonging to the SC/ST community. The Dalit woman is supporting the illegal construction of the house, even without a title deed for the land. The concerned taluk panchayat has also given eviction notice to the illegal construction, they claimed.

Addressing the grievance meet, Mangalore City police commissioner R Hithendra said that the forum was not meant for civil disputes and land issues, which concerned the Tahsildar or the deputy commissioner.  

He urged the gathering to come forward if there were complaints that were criminal in nature.

Several complaints were raised against the misuse of the SC/ST atrocity act, urging the police department to look into the complaint in detail and conduct a probe in such cases.  

Another Dalit representative Achyuth pointed that in cases coming under the ambit of SC/ST atrocity act, the initial FIR could be registered by the local police station, but the investigation and preparing the charge-sheet should be undertaken by a police officer of the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

DCP (Law & Order) K V Jagadish and DCP (Crime & Traffic) Vishnuvarshan were present in the meeting.

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http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66828-scst-meeting-highlights-rifts-among-dalit-groups

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Israel resumes offensive on Gaza, death toll crosses 1050

Israel resumes offensive on Gaza, death toll crosses 1050

Jerusalem, July 27: The Israeli military said it has resumed its offensive on the Gaza Strip, cutting short a temporary ceasefire continuing massacre of civilians including children and women.

“The Israel Defence Forces will now resume their aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip,” an official of the Zionist regime said. Israel’s security cabinet had approved a 24-hour extension Saturday night to a UN-brokered 12-hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza.

Meanwhile Hamas movement Sunday said any truce that does not guarantee a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip will not be accepted.

“Any humanitarian ceasefire that doesn’t secure the withdrawal of occupation soldiers from inside Gaza’s borders, allow citizens back into homes, and secure the evacuation of the injured is unacceptable,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Meanwhile the death toll of civilians in Gaza has crossed 1050. The bodies of more than 132 Palestinians were recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip in the first half of a 12-hour humanitarian truce on Saturday, medics said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said the bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as Gaza City, but that the toll was expected to rise further.

The rocket fire from Gaza was resumed Saturday night in southern and central Israel, and has continued Sunday. According to the Israeli military, overall, 25 rockets were fired at Israel since Saturday night.One Israeli soldier was killed during the temporary ceasefire Saturday near the Gaza-Israel border after he was hit by a mortar shell fired from Gaza.

Around 50 Israeli terrorists also have been killed thanks to the resistance of Hamas fighters in last three weeks.

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http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66825-israel-resumes-offensive-on-gaza-death-toll-crosses-1050

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65-year-old woman passenger strip-searched, 2 TCs suspended

65-year-old woman passenger strip-searched, 2 TCs suspended

Mumbai LocalMumbai, Jul 27: A 65-year-old woman passenger was allegedly strip searched by two women ticket checkers after she erroneously entered the first class compartment of a suburban local while carrying a second class ticket, following which the TCs have been suspended.

After a preliminary investigation, the two women TCs have been suspended, according to Western Railway Divisional Railway Manager Shailendra Kumar.

The woman had boarded a suburban local from Andheri station on July 25 and had mistakenly entered the first class compartment, with a second class ticket, according to her family members.

“When my mother-in-law was asked to show her ticket to the inspector present in the compartment, she was found to be travelling with a second class ticket. She was then made to get off the train at Mira Road station and was taken to the ticket checking staff’s room,” the woman’s son-in-law said.

“When she was asked to pay the fine, my mother-in-law told them she was not carrying more than Rs 25 with her. It was then that she was verbally abused and asked to remove her clothes to prove that she was not lying,” he alleged.

Merely suspending the officials temporarily won’t solve the problem, he said and demanded strict action against the two women. “We had conducted a preliminary inquiry against the two women ticket checkers and we found out that they were prima facie guilty of strip searching the elderly women passenger. We will now conduct a detailed inquiry, only after which they will be punished if held guilty,” Kumar said.

But the woman’s family is not convinced. “The government rules are such that they will be suspended only for a few months and will return back to work and continue with their behaviour. We want them to be punished in a way that would make sure no other railway official misbehaves with passengers again,” said the son-in-law.

Meanwhile, Kumar said the TCs have not been proved guilty of committing the offence as yet and that they will be given a chance to defend themselves. “Whatever happened should not have happened. We want to send a strong message that such kind of behaviour will not be accepted,” Kumar said.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/crime-a-crash/66833-65-year-old-woman-passenger-strip-searched-2-tcs-suspended

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No money to pay Rs 200 school fee, girl sets self afire

No money to pay Rs 200 school fee, girl sets self afire

Bhubaneswar, Jul 26: A 15-year-old girl in Odisha set herself on fire after her parents said they couldn’t pay her school fee, a family member said. An official Saturday termed it as an accident.girl

The incident took place in Khutuguda village in Nabarangapur district, about 700 kms from here, Thursday.

Kanak Dei Bhatra, a class 10 student, requested her parents to give around Rs.200 for school fee. Her parents are daily wage earners and said they didn’t have the money, her sister Lalita said.

The teenager then went inside a room, poured kerosene on her body and set herself on fire, she said. The family members and villagers rescued her but she had already sustained over 85 percent burn injuries.

She was shifted to a hospital where her condition is said to be serious. District official Parikhita Sethi said he had visited the house of the victim and investigated into the matter. “It was a case of accident,” Sethi told IANS Saturday.

The victim recently skipped classes and worked as a labourer to buy books and other study materials with the money she earned, local news paper Sambad said Saturday.

In a separate incident, a 14-year-old had committed suicide at her home in Aska town, about 170 km from here, last month after her parents said they didn’t have enough money to buy her pencils, notebook, and other study materials.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66800-no-money-to-pay-rs-200-school-fee-girl-sets-self-afire

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Fresh communal violence erupts in UP, 3 killed, dozens injured

Fresh communal violence erupts in UP, 3 killed, dozens injured

Lucknow, July 27: Three people were killed and over two dozen others, including some policemen,  injured as communal violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur town, about 500 km from here.

upclashAn indefinite curfew was clamped in the area after the incident.

Sources put the death toll at five. The number could go up as at least six of the injured, including a cop, were in critical condition, police said.

Rampaging mobs torched dozens of shops, buses and houses and a petrol pump and pelted stones at fire tenders and security personnel, prompting the latter to use force to disperse them, said sources. The rioters also opened fire, injuring several people.

Eyewitnesses said the mobs torched the fire-brigade office too. “The town resembled a war zone, with burning shops, houses and vehicles, littered with stones,” said a police official in Saharanpur.

The Army has reportedly been put on standby and the Rapid Action Force and the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed in the town to maintain law and order. Fire tenders were rushed from the Sarsawa Air Force station to extinguish the blaze after the civil administration sought their help, said the sources.

Central paramilitary forces have also been deployed in the town to quell violence. Shoot-at-sight order has been issued and security personnel are patrolling the streets. “The situation was very tense. Reports of violence were still coming in from different places,” the official said.  

Officials were trying to ensure that the violence did not spread to rural areas. Police said the clashes erupted in the early hours of Saturday after some members of a community tried to prevent members of another community from erecting a wall on a “disputed” land in the Qutubsher locality in the town.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66810-fresh-communal-violence-erupts-in-up-3-killed-dozens-injured

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Rape attempt on 7-year-old girl: 15-year-old neighbour held

Rape attempt on 7-year-old girl: 15-year-old neighbour held

attemptMoodbidri, Jul 27: In another shocker, a rape attempt was reportedly made on a seven-year-old girl by her relative in Nalligudde in Puttige near Moodbidri on Sunday.

The accused is a 15-year-old neighbour who is said to be related to the girl.

The incident is said to have occurred when the girl was walking home after finishing her tuitions in the evening. The accused allegedly pulled the girl to an isolated spot and attempted to rape her.

According to locals, the minor accused was prone to several bad habits and even posed a threat to the women in the neighbourhood.

The girl who was taken ill following the rape attempt on her was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

The accused is said to have been arrested by Moodbidri police, and a case has been registered in this regard. Further investigation is on.

More details awaited.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66823-rape-attempt-on-7-year-old-girl-15-year-old-neighbour-held

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Rs 10 lakh compensation handed over to Kabeer family

Rs 10 lakh compensation handed over to Kabeer family

Kabeer case

Bangalore, Apr 23: Mangalore North MLA B A Mohiuddin Bava handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh from the State government to the family of Kabeer, who was shot dead by Anti-Naxal Force personnel near Sringeri three months ago.

Kabeer a 23-year-old Muslim youth from Krishnapur in Mangalore was gunned down on April 19 this year, near Sringeri check-post while he and four others were transporting cattle from Theerthahalli to Mangalore on a pick-up truck.

The incident has triggered communal tension in Sringeri as Sangh Parivar activists tried to attack the victim’s family members, who visited Sringeri to bring back the dead body.

Series of protests were held demanding justice to Kabeer and action against ANF personnel. Even though ANF has claimed that they mistook the group for Naxals, local residents felt that it was a deliberate murder.

ANF constable Naveen G Naik, who had shot down Kabir had been granted bail by Karnataka High Court.

Initially state government announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation. But later it enhanced to Rs 10 lakh.

ZP member Melwyn D’Souza, MCC Member Ayaz Krishnapur, Purushothama Chithrapura, Prathibha Kulai, Suhail Kandak, Keshava Sanil, Krishna Ameen, Sunil, Jabbar, Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Ali, Revenue Inspector Naveen, MCC Engineer Khader and others present on the occasion.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/66848-rs-10-lakh-compensation-handed-over-to-kabeer-family-

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Mangalore: Harassment by children – How law can help parents get justice

Mangalore: Harassment by children – How law can help parents get justice

Mangalore, Jul 26: Despite a stringent law against harassment of parents, such cases across the state are reportedly increasing. This is mainly because many parents are unaware of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents’ and Senior Citizens’ Act 2007 – a stern law enacted especially to ensure security during old age.

Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag
 
Udupi-based Human Rights Protection Foundation (HRPF), after publicizing the law on a private television channel about 20 days ago, received more than 75 complaints from across the state. “After the promotion of the law on TV, our office has been flooded with calls and letters about several instances of harassment of parents,” said Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, president of HRPF.
 
The Act was enacted in 2007 with the aim of protecting the interests of the elderly folk living in the country. However, the law, according to Ravindranath, has not been comprehensively explained among the senior citizens.
 
According to the law, issues pertaining to violation of this Act will be tried by the sub-divisional magistrate, who is also the assistant commissioner (AC), functioning in the jurisdiction of the occurrence of the incident. In the state of Karnataka, 106 ACs have the power to provide justice to senior citizens. The ACs, as per the law, have to dispose off the case within the stipulated period of 90 days.
 
A few punishable offences under the law are fraudulent transfer of land, non-payment of monthly expenses, refusal to hospitalize sick parents, and failure to provide food and shelter to the parents. If these are reported to the AC concerned by the parents, he/she has the power to resolve the case and punish the perpetrators as per the law. The law states that cases cannot be tried in court and there should not be any interference of advocates.
 
“After we flashed awareness programmes on the law, we have been witnessing a whopping increase in number of incidents being reported to us,” said Shanbhag. He added that the foundation is making efforts to resolve the cases by convening a meet between parents and their children to compromise. “Those who fail to agree to the terms with their parents will be referred to the sub-divisional magistrate,” he said.
 
Vishalakshamma (61) of Bangalore, who was thrown out of her house by her son Prashanth Kumar S, lamented, “In an attempt to help my son develop his travel agency, I handed over my house to him through a gift deed. However, he put me out of the house and instead accommodated his wife’s brother’s family. When I requested him to provide me a small room in the house, he refused, saying he had spent enough on me and it was high time I vacated the house.”
 
Though Vishalakshamma succeeded in getting the order from the AC, Bangalore South, to quash the sale deed, the sub-registrar office has not acted on it. Learning about HRPF, she approached Shanbhag to resolve the case and ensure her safety in future.
Also, recently there was the case of 86-year-old Savithri Amma, whose house was usurped by her own son after the death of her husband. Savithri, with the help of Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, fought her case and finally got justice under this law.
 
Assistant commissioner of Mangalore Dr Prashanth R expressed concern over the unreported cases. Apart from corroborating the assistant commissioner’s power to deal with the cases, he requested human rights activists to bring such cases to the notice of the AC’s office for realization of rights of senior citizens in the city.
 
In case of violations, contact-8971033582
 
Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, chairperson, HRPF, can also be contacted in instances of any violations of human rights and rights of elderly people.
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Mangalore: Harassment by children – How law can help parents get justice

Mangalore: Harassment by children – How law can help parents get justice

Mangalore, Jul 26: Despite a stringent law against harassment of parents, such cases across the state are reportedly increasing. This is mainly because many parents are unaware of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents’ and Senior Citizens’ Act 2007 – a stern law enacted especially to ensure security during old age.

Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag
 
Udupi-based Human Rights Protection Foundation (HRPF), after publicizing the law on a private television channel about 20 days ago, received more than 75 complaints from across the state. “After the promotion of the law on TV, our office has been flooded with calls and letters about several instances of harassment of parents,” said Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, president of HRPF.
 
The Act was enacted in 2007 with the aim of protecting the interests of the elderly folk living in the country. However, the law, according to Ravindranath, has not been comprehensively explained among the senior citizens.
 
According to the law, issues pertaining to violation of this Act will be tried by the sub-divisional magistrate, who is also the assistant commissioner (AC), functioning in the jurisdiction of the occurrence of the incident. In the state of Karnataka, 106 ACs have the power to provide justice to senior citizens. The ACs, as per the law, have to dispose off the case within the stipulated period of 90 days.
 
A few punishable offences under the law are fraudulent transfer of land, non-payment of monthly expenses, refusal to hospitalize sick parents, and failure to provide food and shelter to the parents. If these are reported to the AC concerned by the parents, he/she has the power to resolve the case and punish the perpetrators as per the law. The law states that cases cannot be tried in court and there should not be any interference of advocates.
 
“After we flashed awareness programmes on the law, we have been witnessing a whopping increase in number of incidents being reported to us,” said Shanbhag. He added that the foundation is making efforts to resolve the cases by convening a meet between parents and their children to compromise. “Those who fail to agree to the terms with their parents will be referred to the sub-divisional magistrate,” he said.
 
Vishalakshamma (61) of Bangalore, who was thrown out of her house by her son Prashanth Kumar S, lamented, “In an attempt to help my son develop his travel agency, I handed over my house to him through a gift deed. However, he put me out of the house and instead accommodated his wife’s brother’s family. When I requested him to provide me a small room in the house, he refused, saying he had spent enough on me and it was high time I vacated the house.”
 
Though Vishalakshamma succeeded in getting the order from the AC, Bangalore South, to quash the sale deed, the sub-registrar office has not acted on it. Learning about HRPF, she approached Shanbhag to resolve the case and ensure her safety in future.
Also, recently there was the case of 86-year-old Savithri Amma, whose house was usurped by her own son after the death of her husband. Savithri, with the help of Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, fought her case and finally got justice under this law.
 
Assistant commissioner of Mangalore Dr Prashanth R expressed concern over the unreported cases. Apart from corroborating the assistant commissioner’s power to deal with the cases, he requested human rights activists to bring such cases to the notice of the AC’s office for realization of rights of senior citizens in the city.
 
In case of violations, contact-8971033582
 
Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, chairperson, HRPF, can also be contacted in instances of any violations of human rights and rights of elderly people.
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Sullia: Minor Girl Kidnapped and Kept under House Arrest Rescued by Police

Sullia: Minor Girl Kidnapped and Kept under House Arrest Rescued by Police

Sullia: A minor girl, belonging to the SC, who was kidnapped and kept under house arrest, was rescued and the kidnapper was arrested by the police here on July 25.

The arrested person, Munjesh (27), is a native of Bihar. According to police sources, Munjesh is a daily wage labourer working at Ajjavar. The parents of the girl also work in the same company as Munjesh. 

A few days ago, Munjesh lured the girl, saying that he would take her to a shop to buy her sweets. Instead of taking her to the shop, he kidnapped her and took her to Bihar.

When Munjesh had disappeared and the girl also missing, the girl’s parents on suspicion lodged a missing person’s complaint in the Sullia police station. 

The Sullia police went to Bihar in search of Munjesh and rescued the girl. The girl was brought back from Bihar and handed over to her parents.

The Sullia police have registered a case of kidnapping and arrested Munjesh.

http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=499039

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Bangalore: Child rape case: Police issue tough guidelines to schools

Bangalore: Child rape case: Police issue tough guidelines to schools

Bangalore (PTI): In the fallout of alleged rape of a six-year old girl at a public school that triggered public outrage, police today issued tough guidelines to schools here for safety of children and warned of prosecution in the event of its non-compliance.

Under the guidelines, school buses should fix GPS and CCTV cameras and drivers should be isolated and not allowed to mingle with the children after they had parked the vehicles.

“Unnecessay interaction with the children… that should be avoided because we have found that these people also have been accused in some cases,” Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters releasing the guidelines.

Schools are required to depute one Floor Vigilance Officer, who would sit in a transparent cabin, where he could keep a watch on “someone coming – whether children are going to bathroom, whether someone is entering classrooms. If they see any problem they will report it to the school authorities,” he said.

Areas like gym and swimming pools and other sports facilities should be confined to persons who are authorised and connected with the subject they are teaching, Reddi said.

“Teachers cannot come in the skating ring and loiter around. Only the skating instructor should be there,” he said, as the measures came after nearly week-long protests with public anger mounting over the shocking incident.

The incident happened on July 2 at high-profile Vibgyor High School but the complaint was lodged by parents with police on July 14.

The skating instructor Mustafa was arrested a week later as the main accused and the school founder-chairman Rustom Kerawalla was arrested three days ago on charge of suppressing evidence among others.

The incident had led to change in senior top echelon of police with Reddi coming in as city police chief.
 
“I am issuing an order to all schools including Vibgyor under Karnataka Police Act to implement the guidelines and we are also telling that if they do not implement guidelines they will be prosecuted under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (negligence leading to injury and danger to the life of a person),” Reddi said.

If Vibgyor did not implement the guidelines by August 14, the management will be booked under Section 188 of IPC, Reddi said, adding, the deadline for other schools is August 31.

According to the guidelines, parents who come to drop and pick children should be issued identity cards, and if they are unable to come they should furnish mobile numbers to school authorities so that they could SMS the identity of the third person who comes to pick or drop children, Reddi said.

A rash of rape cases in the city in recent days had triggered public outrage and revulsion over rising number of sexual offences against women and children, with government coming under fire for not doing enough to curb them.

Apart from the school incident, a 22-year woman was allegedly raped on July 10 midnight when she was seated in a car with her friend as four persons forcibly entered their car and drove them away with one of them committing the crime.

In another incident, a 15-year old nun was allegedly raped in a seminary. No arrest has been made in the incident. The incidents had rocked both houses of the Karnataka Legislature as the opposition hauled the government over the coals, demanding resignation of Home Minister K J George.

http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=499200

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Mumbai: Letter to Mumbai Police Threatens ‘Revenge’ for Gaza Attacks

Mumbai: Letter to Mumbai Police Threatens ‘Revenge’ for Gaza Attacks

Mumbai (PTI): Mumbai has been put on high alert after the police received a letter purportedly threatening a terror attack in the city to “take revenge for Gaza” attacks.

The one-page letter, addressed to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, was received by the Control Room on July 25 (Friday) through post.

“We will take revenge for Gaza. In 1993, you (Maria) got a chance. This time you won’t. Stop us if you can,” Mr Maria said, quoting the letter which he says is signed as “Mujahideen”.

The other contents of the letter, written in Hindi and English, hinted a terror attack in the city, Mr Maria said.

“We are verifying the authenticity of the letter. However, we are not taking the threat lightly. The Crime Branch and all the police stations have been alerted,” he added.

Mr Maria had recently issued an internal circular to the police department which has reference to terror attacks at various places in Mumbai as well as the whole state during the “festival season” and asked the personnel to be alert.

Mr Maria, presently accorded Z-category security, had investigated the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), rounding up many members of the Dawood Ibrahim gang and other members of his family.

Since last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police have arrested some key Indian Mujahideen operatives, including Yasin Bhatkal.

The Israeli military offensive on Gaza has claimed the lives of scores of Palestinians and left thousands of others wounded.

http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=499359

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Kundapur: Shobha Karandlaje Demands COD Probe into Mysterious Death of Ratna Kottari

Kundapur: Shobha Karandlaje Demands COD Probe into Mysterious Death of Ratna Kottari

 

Kundapur: Shobha Karandlaje, MP Udupi-Chikmagalur LS Constituency along with other BJP leaders visited Ratna Kottari’s residence at Shiroor and consoled her parents here on July 27.

Speaking to the media persons on the finding of Ratna Kottari’s body in mysterious circumstances, Shobha Karandlaje said that Ratna Kottari seems to have been raped and then killed. The police enquiry seems to be in vain and the district administration has not initiated any action. Influential persons being involved in her death case cannot be ruled out.

Shobha also said that the State Government is neglecting Ratna’s death case. A letter has been written to K J George, the Home Minister to initiate action to probe into the death case and also release rupees 10 lakhs to the Ratna’s family. A COD probe is necessary to find out the culprits in this case, she added.
 
The State Government has been reluctant over the atrocities on women as they have failed to initiate firm action. The government needs to wake up and formulate stringent laws against the atrocities on women.
 
Tingale Vikramarjuna Hegde, Udupi District BJP President; Gururaj Uppunda, Geethanjali Suvarna, Shyamala Kunder, GopalKanchan, Sukumar Shetty and others were present.

http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=499422

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Seven prisoners booked for killing fellow inmates

Seven prisoners booked for killing fellow inmates

BIKANER | JAIPUR: The Rajasthan police on Friday booked seven Bikaner Central Jail prisoners for murder a day after they allegedly killed three inmates inside the prison.

They questioned prison staff, inmates and the seven accused to investigate how the gun used for killing one of the three was smuggled into the jail premises. The rest were beaten to death.

Protests erupted in Bikaner and Sikar from where two of the deceased belonged. Balbir Banuda’s family and neighbors refused to accept his body. They torched a police vehicle and stoned cops, who brought his body to his village, Banuda in Sikar. The family alleged conspiracy and demanded a CBI probe. Banuda was finally cremated after his family was placated after four-hour violence.

In Bikaner, Jai Prakash Saharan’s family and supporters too refused to receive his body and staged a demonstration demanding a CBI investigation. They alleged Saharan was murdered as part of a criminal conspiracy.

Police said the triple murder was a fallout of rivalry between dreaded criminals Anand Pal Singh and Raju Thehat from Sikar. Subhash Baral, an aide to Anand Pal Singh, had attempted to kill Thehat inside Sikar Jail on January 26. Thursday’s attack was a retaliatory one.

Jail sources said Prakash and Anand Pal had clashed a month back when they were presented before a court local court.

Bikaner SP Santosh Chalke identified the seven as Manjeet Singh, Datar Singh, Sanjay Pandey, Shree Vallabh, Manoj Kumar, Vikram Singh and Bhawani Singh.

A prisoner, who was later declared mentally sick, had fatally attacked three fellow inmates with a brick last year.

Bikaner Central Jail is in news for regular seizures of mobile phones, SIM cards, weapons, opium and clashes.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Seven-prisoners-booked-for-killing-fellow-inmates/articleshow/39009656.cms

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Apex court raps state over failure to pay retired teachers’ dues

Apex court raps state over failure to pay retired teachers’ dues

AURANGABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) recently directed the Maharashtra government to deposit Rs 32 crore with the registry of the Bombay High Court bench at Aurangabad on account of payment of enhanced gratuity to retired college and university teachers across the state.

The SC issued these directions following a contempt petition filed by the Association of College and University Superannuated Teachers, Maharashtra, saying that %despite the court’s January 2013 verdict, the state’s higher and technical education department had made no move to pay the difference to the teachers.

On May 16, 2014, the SC directed Sanjay Kumar, secretary, higher and technical education, to appear in-person before the court on July 4at New Delhi on July 4 at 10.30 in the forenoon to either “report compliance” or to “show cause why action should not be taken” against him for contempt of court.

On July 4, an SC bench comprising justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Khalifulla and justice A K Sikri noted, “Counsel has put in appearance for the alleged contemnors and makes a specific statement that the contemnors have worked out the aggregate payable to the members of the petitioner association which works out to Rs 32 crore and tenders unconditional apology as the contemnors have not complied with the direction in making payment within due date.”

In its subsequent order issued on July 16, the SC made a minor correction in its July 4 order and directed that the amount ascertained be deposited with the Registry of the Bombay High Court, Aurangabad bench, within four weeks.

The association, representing 129 retired university and college teachers across the state, had approached the court after their petition challenging a state government resolution was dismissed by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court in September 2011.

The association’s president M A Wahul and other members had filed a writ petition in the Aurangabad bench of the high court challenging the state government resolution regarding enhancement of the ceiling of gratuity. Their contention was that the state government had issued a resolution on May 5, 2009, thereby deciding to raise the ceiling limit of retirement gratuity and death gratuity from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. However, in view of the sixth pay commission’s recommendation, after three-and-a-half months, the state government issued another resolution on August 21, 2009, again raising the gratuity ceiling limit from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. But this was made effective from September 1, 2009.

The association had approached the high court, saying that the state government discriminated against teachers who retired between January 1, 2006 and September 1, 2009. The high court had, however, dismissed their petition on September 26, 2011. Following that, the retired teachers filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, which had set aside the high court judgment.

The SC had also declared the cut-off date specified in the government resolution (GR) of August 21, 2009 as unconstitutional and held that the “employees governed by the GR dated May 5, 2009 are entitled to benefit of enhanced gratuity, ie Rs 7 lakh”. Subsequently, the SC had ordered, “We direct that within three months from the date of receipt/production of copy of this order, the state government shall pay to the members of the appellant and other similarly situated employees the difference of the gratuity already paid and enhanced gratuity payable in terms of the GR dated August 21, 2009.”

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Woman beaten, stripped by musclemen in Badaun

Woman beaten, stripped by musclemen in Badaun

BAREILLY: A woman was brutally beaten, stripped and paraded naked by two local goons in Sakri Jungle village within the Ujhani police station of Badaun. Police said the goons were trying to extract revenge, and there was a long-standing enmity between the woman’s husband and the men involved in the brutality. Hearing the cries of the victim, who police said was about 30 years old, local people rushed to the spot and saved her from the clutches of the men. The incident occurred on Sunday. Reports said the victim was alone at her house when two people, Surajpal and Sachin, arrived. They had come seeking her husband, but when they found him gone, they used the woman as the object on which to vent their ire against her husband. They forced themselves into the house, gagged her and started beating the woman, stripping her of her clothes in the process. What was surprising and worthy of note, however, was that local police attempted to play down the nature of the brutality inflicted on the woman, registering it as a case of assault against some persons at Ujhani Kotwali. The woman managed to rush out of her house and scream with all her might. Her neighbours and other local people gathered and intervened with the men. Upon receiving information, Ujhani police rushed to the spot. By the time the policemen arrived, though, the accused had fled the spot. Instead of registering a case of assault and molestation against the two men, the police lodged an FIR under lenient sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a resident of the area said. Sources said that the two accused on Wednesday once again accosted the victim and threatened her with dire consequences if she dared to pursue the case further. The family of the victim, however, has remained undeterred by the threats. The matter was reported to the district police chief, who asked the circle officer of Ujhani to conduct a probe and initiate action against the accused. On being contacted, circle officer of Ujhani M K Saxena told TOI, “We have already arrested one of the two accused who was named in the FIR. Efforts are on to nab the remaining one.”

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Father, brothers kill girl for ‘honour’

Father, brothers kill girl for ‘honour’

AGRA : In a suspected case of honour killing in Mainpuri, a girl was beaten to death allegedly by her father and three brothers. According to the sources, the girl’s family burnt the body in the field behind their house at Aaunch village.

Police, who reached to the spot on Thursday evening, termed the death a case of suicide. Her partially burnt body was sent for autopsy.However, villagers claimed that the girl and her lover were severely beaten by the girl’s family and they killed the girl later.

Mainpuri SP SK Singh, when contacted, said a FIR had been lodged against four persons in the case. The police have launched a search for them.

The victim, who was in love with a boy of another community boy, was beaten to death by her three brothers and father on Thursday morning. The girl’s brothers also beat up the boy and his family members. The incident came to light after the family of the girl tried to burn her dead body.

According to the reports, boy’s family has fled from the village after hearing about the girl’s death.

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Parents pressure police to act against principal

Parents pressure police to act against principal

BANGALORE: Where is Alistair Laporte, principal of the school where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped? With Bangalore City police arresting the school’s founder-chairman, Rustom Kerawalla, parents of students are wondering why Laporte is getting kid-gloves treatment.

Police sources say Laporte was present in the school on July 2 when the incident occurred. He met the girl’s parents when they tried to bring the issue to his notice. But he is learnt to have stonewalled their concern, prompting the parents to approach police.

Laporte has been missing since July 17, the day after protests broke out over the incident. “The school management said Laporte was not in the school when police came to question him. But we’re certain he was on the campus that day too. Thereafter, he hasn’t been part of any talks between the school authorities, police and parents,” a parent in the forefront of the protests said.

After Kerawalla’s arrest, the role of the principal as custodian of the campus has come into question. “Since the school is not operated by a franchisee, the principal is accountable…,” another parent argued.

Investigating officers say Laporte has been summoned, and will be summoned again if needed. “Initially, he refused to cooperate by claiming illness. We questioned him recently, and have taken his statement. The chances of Laporte being summoned again are high, and he will be detained if we find any material evidence against him,” they added.

Another police officer privy to the investigation says Laporte is under surveillance. “He is under observation and is being continuously interrogated. We learnt the chairman silenced him after the issue became public, and said he would personally handle the matter.”

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Man kills girl with sword after she spurns his proposal in Punjab village

Man kills girl with sword after she spurns his proposal in Punjab village

BATALA, Punjab: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly murdered with a sword by a man whose marriage proposal the victim had repeatedly turned down at Kandila village near here.

Deputy superintendent of police Parminder Singh said that Baljinder Kaur (22), a resident of Kandila village was returning to her house with her sister after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Nanak Sar when Kuldip Singh alias Heera (24), a resident of Natt village attacked and killed her last night with a sword.

Kuldeep was keen to marry the victim, but she was refuting his proposal, the DSP added.

After being repeatedly spurned by the victim, infuriated Kuldeep last night killed her, the DSP said.

Police have arrested the accused and further investigation is on.

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Teacher held for thrashing student in class

Teacher held for thrashing student in class

HOWRAH: Two days after footages of a tutor beating up a toddler in Kolkata were telecast by news channels, a teacher of a well-known school in Howrah beat a 14-year-old student black and blue for talking in class on Thursday. The teacher was arrested on Friday.

The incident occurred at St Aloysius Day School near Howrah station. Around 11am, Jayprakash Singh was teaching Hindi to Class VIII students. He was dictating notes when he spotted the boy talking to his classmate. Singh allegedly rushed towards the boy, accusing him of disturbing the class. The boy stammered in fear, trying to tell Singh that he was taking down the dictation when he ran out of ink. He was merely borrowing a pen from the classmate. Singh only got further enraged on hearing him speak. Considering it an act of defiance, he allegedly started raining blows on him.

“He kept on slapping and punching me for some time. I nearly doubled up after a punch hit my abdomen. JP (short for Jayprakash) Sir then got a steel ruler and started hitting me on the hands and back. My classmates tried to tell him that I was speaking the truth, but JP Sir wouldn’t listen,” the boy alleged.

After returning home, the boy fell ill and complained of ache all over the body. His mother was shocked on finding bruises all over his hands, shoulders and back. “My son was in shock and kept mumbling that he wouldn’t go back to school. He wanted his father to tell the teachers not to beat him up again. We took him to hospital where he was administered first-aid,” she said.

The boy’s father said he was shocked at the brutality displayed by the teacher. “Late Thursday evening, I lodged a police complaint. Such people should not be allowed to teach. It is possible that my son made a mistake, but there was no reason to treat him in this manner,” he said.

On Friday morning, when parents gathered outside the school, they came to know of the incident. Many claimed that their children had also received such treatment from teachers and complaints to school authorities hadn’t worked.

Police went to the school and spoke to authorities and parents. A police officer said Singh was arrested on Friday. Shivani Tiwari, additional deputy commissioner (north), Howrah police, said an inquiry had been started on the basis of a complaint lodged by the boy’s father.

Sister Hilda, on behalf of the school, said the matter was being looked into. “This was an unfortunate incident. The principal is not available now and will be back on Monday,” she said.

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