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Bangalore child rape: Parents, activists protest against school

Bangalore child rape: Parents, activists protest against school

Bangalore, Oct 31: Hundreds of socio-political activists and parents Friday staged a massive demonstration against a private school in the city’s eastern suburb where a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped twice this week by a teacher.

Seeking severe punishment to the suspect and stringent action against the school for the horrifying crime in its premises, many parents said the management was not forthcoming on what safety measures it had taken to protect their wards.

“Ever since similar incidents happened in a couple of schools in the city recently, we asked the school chairman what measures had been taken to ensure safety of our wards. Though he claimed to have implemented the safety guidelines, the same incident occurred in this school,” S. Geetha, a parent of two wards, told media outside the school.

Of the four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the school premises, only one was working while the others were defective, a parent alleged.

“The cameras also do not cover the entire school complex, especially first and second floors of the rectangular building, rest rooms and the whole playground in the middle. Only two guards are seen at the main gate while no maids are posted inside to ensure safety of girl students,” another parent said on the condition of anonymity.

In a swift action, suspect Jaishankar, 38, a Hindi teacher in Cambridge School, was arrested late Thursday hours after the victim’s mother lodged a complaint in the local police station about her daughter, reading in first standard, being sexually abused Oct 28-29 in the school premises.

“We will present the suspect in a local court to seek his custody for interrogation. We are waiting for the victim’s medical report from the state-run hospital in the city where she was examined for the sexual assault to investigate the case,” additional commissioner of police (law and order) Alok Kumar told reporters near the school.

A criminal case was registered against the suspect under sections 4 and 6 of Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint, based on the girl’s version.

According to the complaint, on returning home from school Wednesday evening, the girl told her mother that she was feeling pain in the genital region after her male teacher, a physical training instructor, physically abused her Tuesday and Wednesday, once in the restroom and then in the classroom when she was alone.

“We will record the girl’s version of the incident before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) after she recovers from the trauma she went through. Female staff of the probe team will also counsel her to recall what happened, when and where in the school premises,” Kumar said.

Though the school management declared holiday for Friday, hundreds of students turned up early morning to attend classes and had to return home early while many of their parents and relatives of other wards stayed back to meet the management.

About 200 police personnel were deployed around the school, located in a dense residential colony, to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident.

About 300 members of a Dalit organisation, pro-Kannada activists and opposition BJP cadres joined the agitated parents at the sit-in demo, and sought justice to the victim and dismissal of the suspect from the school.

“In view of this latest incident, male teachers should not be appointed for teaching or training in girls or co-ed schools for the sake of our wards’ safety and security. If unavoidable, their background profile should be checked by police to find out their past conduct and behaviour,” Geetha asserted.

Meanwhile, the management expressed regrets for the incident and assured all the parents that the services of the accused teacher would be terminated if he was found guilty.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/69646-bangalore-child-rape-parents-activists-protest-against-school

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Couple attack beautician, decamp after snatching her chain; finally caught

Couple attack beautician, decamp after snatching her chain; finally caught

Mangalore, Oct 31: A young female beautician was attacked by a female customer and her husband at a beauty parlour on the outskirts of the city on Friday.

Akshata, the 19-year-old proprietor of Surabhi Beauty Parlor located at Surathkal was hospitalized after the incident.

According to police sources, a young married couple-Suman and Sandeep Kumar-came to the parlour before noon. Suman underwent facial while Sandeep Kumar was sitting outside.

After completion of facial, Suman called her husband to pay the bill. Sandeep Kumar all of a sudden attacked Akshata and snatched a golden chain from her neck with the help of Suman. Within a few seconds the duo fled the scene.

However, the police managed to nab the culprits within a couple of hours. It is learnt that the couple were working for a hotel in Goa and they were staying at a lodge in Mangalore for past few days.

A case has been registered at jurisdictional Surathkal Police Station. Police are inquiring the couple.

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Class 8 girl kidnapped, allegedly gang-raped in car; dies in Manipal

Class 8 girl kidnapped, allegedly gang-raped in car; dies in Manipal

Manipal, Nov 1: A Class 8 student died at a private hospital in Manipal on Friday, two days after she was kidnapped and allegedly raped by unidentified miscreants near Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district.

childrapeIt is learnt that the rapists had poisoned Nandita, a resident of Balebailu near Thirthahalli, after allegedly gang-raping her at Anandagiri hills. The victim was brought to Manipal for emergency treatment on October 30.

On October 29, Nandita was waiting for bus near her house to go to school when she was forcibly pulled into a car by unknown miscreants.

After allegedly gang-raping the girl for hours, the kidnappers dumped her at Anandagiri hills, around three kilo metres away from the bus stop.

A few local residents noticed the girl helplessly lying by the roadside managed to find out the mobile number of her parents called them to the spot.

The girl, who was under shock, started vomiting after reaching home and her condition began to deteriorate. She was rushed to a hospital in Thirthahalli. However, next day the doctors suggested to take her to Manipal for better treatment. However, However, she failed to respond to any treatment and breathed her last, medical sources said.

The girl’s father has lodged a complaint with jurisdictional Thirthahalli police, who have launched an investigation into the matter. The postmortem report is awaited.

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Mangalore: Ijas (28) murder at Kannur – two taken into custody

Mangalore: Ijas (28) murder at Kannur – two taken into custody

Mangalore, Nov 1: In relation to the ghastly murder of Ijaz alias Ijja (28) from Kannur Ganadabettu near Adyar here on Friday October 31, policemen reportedly have taken two into custody for questioning. Ijaz, who had visited a salon at Kannur at around 11 am on Friday was slain by a gang wielding lethal weapons, before fleeing in a car.

Ijaz had 32 wound marks on his body and pieces of his body parts got severed due to the intensity of the attack. It is said that Ijaz, who was unmarried, was involved with ganja trafficking, and an environment of intense animosity had been created between two gangs engaged in the same business of late. The opposite gang, which was waiting for an opportune time, killed their enemy on Friday, as per one theory.

The gang members seemed to know that Ijaz visited this salon every Friday morning before attending prayers at the local mosque in the afternoon. It is said that the gang which had planned to eliminate Ijaz had deputed a person in advance to check whether their target was inside the salon or not. As soon as they got green signal, the gang rushed to the spot and hacked Ijaz to death, it is said.

Ijaz was named in the murder of Sannaputta alias Puttu Monu at Kannur in March 2012, hearing relating to which is in progress in the third JMFC court here. The brother of Ijaz reportedly had attacked Puttu Monu, after which Monu underwent prolonged treatment in a hospital. Last year, the Puttu Monu gang attacked Ijaz, sometime after which a gang led by Ijaz’s brother reportedly eliminated Puttu Monu. There is speculation that the murder of Ijaz would have been an act of revenge relating to Puttu Monu’s killing.

Mangalore: Man in salon faces ire of gang – dies on spot

Pics by Sphoorti Ullal/Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (DV/SP)

Mangalore, Oct 31: A person named Ijja alias Ijaz (28), son of Ismail from Kannur near Adyar  was hacked to death by a gang of six who indiscriminately attacked him with machetes. The killers fled from the scene in a car before the people in the area recovered from the shock.

Ijaz had visited Modelling Hair Dressers in Kannur for shaving. The gang which came on the scene all of a sudden rushed into the salon and started attacking Ijaz. The people on the spot, who were overtaken by surprise and shock at this barbarous development, ran helter-skelter. Ijaz bled profusely and lost his life instantly in this gruesome act.

A little time after the incident, people started gathering at the spot.

It is gathered that Ijaz’s name was linked to the murder of a person about a year back. It is said that this murder was executed as a revenge for that killing.

City rural police rushed to the spot and arranged for shifting the body of the deceased to Wenlock Hospital. A case stands registered relating to the incident, and investigation has been taken up. Efforts are on to identify the killers.

City police commissioner, R Hitendra, visited the spot in the company of other police officers and guided investigations.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273804

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Bangalore child rape: Activists, parents protest against school

Bangalore child rape: Activists, parents protest against school

Bangalore, Oct 31 (IANS): Hundreds of socio-political activists and parents Friday staged a massive demonstration against a private school in the city’s eastern suburb where a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped twice this week by a teacher.

Seeking severe punishment to the suspect and stringent action against the school for the horrifying crime in its premises, many parents said the management was not forthcoming on what safety measures it had taken to protect their wards.

“Ever since similar incidents happened in a couple of schools in the city recently, we asked the school chairman what measures had been taken to ensure safety of our wards. Though he claimed to have implemented the safety guidelines, the same incident occurred in this school,” S. Geetha, a parent of two wards, told IANS outside the school.

Of the four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the school premises, only one was working while the others were defective, a parent alleged.

“The cameras also do not cover the entire school complex, especially first and second floors of the rectangular building, rest rooms and the whole playground in the middle. Only two guards are seen at the main gate while no maids are posted inside to ensure safety of girl students,” another parent said on the condition of anonymity.

In a swift action, suspect Jaishankar, 38, a Hindi teacher in Cambridge School, was arrested late Thursday hours after the victim’s mother lodged a complaint in the local police station about her daughter, reading in first standard, being sexually abused Oct 28-29 in the school premises.

“We will present the suspect in a local court to seek his custody for interrogation. We are waiting for the victim’s medical report from the state-run hospital in the city where she was examined for the sexual assault to investigate the case,” additional commissioner of police (law and order) Alok Kumar told reporters near the school.

A criminal case was registered against the suspect under sections 4 and 6 of Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint, based on the girl’s version.

According to the complaint, on returning home from school Wednesday evening, the girl told her mother that she was feeling pain in the genital region after her male teacher, a physical training instructor, physically abused her Tuesday and Wednesday, once in the restroom and then in the classroom when she was alone.

“We will record the girl’s version of the incident before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) after she recovers from the trauma she went through. Female staff of the probe team will also counsel her to recall what happened, when and where in the school premises,” Kumar said.

Though the school management declared holiday for Friday, hundreds of students turned up early morning to attend classes and had to return home early while many of their parents and relatives of other wards stayed back to meet the management.

About 200 police personnel were deployed around the school, located in a dense residential colony, to maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident.

About 300 members of a Dalit organisation, pro-Kannada activists and opposition BJP cadres joined the agitated parents at the sit-in demo, and sought justice to the victim and dismissal of the suspect from the school.

“In view of this latest incident, male teachers should not be appointed for teaching or training in girls or co-ed schools for the sake of our wards’ safety and security. If unavoidable, their background profile should be checked by police to find out their past conduct and behaviour,” Geetha asserted.

Meanwhile, the management expressed regrets for the incident and assured all the parents that the services of the accused teacher would be terminated if he was found guilty.

 

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273980

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Chennai school teacher directed to pay Rs 50,000 for pinching student’s cheeks

Chennai school teacher directed to pay Rs 50,000 for pinching student’s cheeks

CHENNAI: Pinch a student’s cheeks, and pay a fine of Rs 50,000! A woman teacher learnt this lesson the hard way in Chennai on Thursday.

Mehrunnisa, a teacher at Kesari Higher Secondary School here, was accused in 2012 of pinching her student’s cheeks to punish him.

The boy’s mother took the matter to the state human rights commission. In May 2013, the commission imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 fine on the school for violation of human rights of the boy.

The boy’s mother sought a transfer certificate (TC) from the school. However, the school delayed issuing the TC.

Not satisfied with the quantum of compensation and assailing the delay in issuing the TC, the boy’s mother preferred appeals in the high court.

She had also initiated private complaint proceedings against the teacher before a magistrate court at Saidapet here.

Mehrunnisa, then moved the high court saying she was harassed by multiple proceedings before various forums simultaneously.

On Thursday, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan directed the teacher to approach the judicial magistrate court, where the case was pending against her, and compound her offences by paying a compensation/fine of Rs 50,000.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Chennai-school-teacher-directed-to-pay-Rs-50000-for-pinching-students-cheeks/articleshow/44979423.cms

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Storm water drain row : Residents clash before TMC Chief Officer

Storm water drain row : Residents clash before TMC Chief Officer

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BANTWAL : Two groups of residents from Parlia-Nandarabettu in the TMC limits, involved in a fracas right in the presence of the TMC Chief Officer over the issue of a storm water drain in the area.
If a drain was constructed at Nandarabettu ward four years ago, a local resident had constructed a house above it resulting in blockage of drain. Following this the TMC personnel had initiated construction of a drain on a nearby land. However, locals who objected to this appealed to the TMC officials to have the storm water drain in the earlier location itself.
In this backdrop, TMC Chief Officer Leena Britto, Health Officer Rajashekhar and engineer Dominic D’Mello arrived at the spot when two groups of youth engaged in a heated altercation and resorted to fist fighting.
The police who rushed to the spot brought the situation under control. Police haveinformed that no case has been registered.
Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, TMC Chief Officer Leena Britto told The Canara Times that suitable remedial measures would be initiated after taking both the sides into confidence.
However, locals have something else to say. According to them, a local Councillor Mohammad Nandarabettu had helped a person who had raised a house in the area during the road concretisation works by covering one portion of the drain with soil. He had then assured to take up the drain works immediately. However, the works taken up at present would adversely affect people of the entire ward, they complained.

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Mangalore pub attack: Court resumes hearing after five years

Mangalore pub attack: Court resumes hearing after five years

Mangalore, Oct 29: After a long gap of five-and-a-half years, the Judical Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Court has begun the hearing in the infamous pub attack case where a group of Hindutva vigilantes barged into a pub and lynched young girls and other revelers in broad daylight in January 2009.

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One of the accused named in the case, advocate Dinakar Shetty had filed an appeal in the high court five years ago to remove his name from the chargesheet as he was not a part of the group which had attacked young boys and girls in the pub attack case.

Following this, the state high court had instructed the lower court five years ago to stay the hearing of the case, and not to conduct the trial of Dinakar Shetty, who had been mentioned as the 29th accused in the case.

Now, following the approval of the high court, the lower court will look into the case to determine whether or not Dinakar Shetty was involved in the assault on revelers on the fateful day.

attack copyIronically, few of the main accused in the case associated with Sri Rama Sene at the time of attack thereafter have split into five different Hindutva groups. One of the accused Subash Padil, who is also the main accused in the homestay attack case, is now a part of Hindu Jagarana Vedike after exiting the Sene.

Another accused in the case Puneeth Kottary is now one of the chief spokesperson of Bajrang Dal. Yet another accused Prasad Attavar, who was the joint convenor of Sri Rama Sene, exited the organisation and began one of his own named ‘Rama Sene’. Dinakar Shetty is also no longer associated with Hindu Yuva Sene. Only Pramod Muthalik remains a part of the organisation responsible for the attack.

Out of the 30 accused in the name, 17 have already received summons for the court hearing. All of the 17 were present in the court on Tuesday.

Of the 30 accused, 28 arrested were released after receiving bail from judicial custody. The 29th and 30th accused had secured anticipatory bail from the court.

Prior to the Lok Sabha elections in the case, founder of Sri Rama Sene Pramod Muthalik was inducted in the state unit of BJP before being removed from the party. Similarly, Dinakar Shetty had joined the Congress bandwagon in front of AICC member Oscar Fernandes before he was excused by the party members.

Following the attack that took place in Amnesia pub in the heart of Mangalore city, the place shut down and did not re-open. After a period of three years, another pub took over the place and opened in the same spot.

To this date, none of the girls who were assaulted and lynched have come forward to lodge a written complaint against the mob or the assaulters.

The National Commission for Women had then constituted a three-member team to investigate the attack on women in the pub. However, the report prepared by them, which put the blame on the girls, was rejected by the Centre. A few weeks later, the chairperson of the commission Nirmala Venkatesh was inducted into the BJP.

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Woman calls off protest against MU prof. after marriage promise

Woman calls off protest against MU prof. after marriage promise

Mangalore, Oct 30: The women, who had accused an associate professor of commerce department in Mangalore University of “raping her” after the false promise of marriage, staged a silent protest on Wednesday demanding “justice”.

On a day of high drama on the Mangalore University campus, a woman staged a protest against an associate professor in the department of commerce, saying he had raped her on the false promise of marriage.

However, late in the evening, she called off the protest after the registrar and the police assured to look into the matter in 10 days. The associate professor Dr Vedava was also present at the reconciliation meeting.

During the protest, she held a placard that read: “Dr Vedava, You have cheated me. You have done injustice to me and I want justice from you.”

Later in the day, Vedava reportedly agreed to marry the woman. “Associate Professor P Vedava has agreed to marry her if she withdraws the complaint. In the presence of Konaje police, negotiations will be held on Wednesday night,” a university official said.

Earlier, Registrar Prof P S Yadapadithaya said that the police would look into the issue as a case had already been filed.

“The allegation of sexual assault is baseless. It was true that we had exchanged SMSes. The allegation has hurt me,” Vedava had stated in his reply.

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Kasargod: Police nab suspect Mithun wanted in murder of CPM activist

Kasargod: Police nab suspect Mithun wanted in murder of CPM activist

Kasargod, Oct 29: Police have arrested an accused in the murder of CPM activist Kumble Shantipalla resident P Murali (37). Three of the main accused are still absconding. Anantapura resident Sharath, Kudreppadi resident Dinesh alias Dinu, Bharath alias Bharath Raj and Mithun are suspected of being involved in the crime.

Mithun is the suspect nabbed by police and is being questioned. The police are interrogating him to find out if anybody else was involved in the crime. Police have information that the group had fled via the inside road to Kudreppadi after the crime. They have questioned seven people with regard to the incident.


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Though the police conducted search operations in several places, they had not been able to arrest the suspects. They had conducted raids in Kudreppadi after they got information that the suspects may be there. However, the suspects were not found there. It is suspected that they might have fled to Karnataka.

Police are confident that the suspects will be arrested soon. They have not been able to find the two bikes and deadly weapons used in the crime. Police have said that they will be able to identify the reason for the murder only after the arrest of main suspect Sharath. They are investigating to find out if there was a conspiracy and if more people were involved in the crime. The victim was killed near Seethangoli by a team of four people with deadly weapons on the evening of Monday October 27.

The team had ambushed the victim, who was traveling on a bike with his friend Manjunath to the wooden depot at Shantipalla, and killed him. Manjunath managed to escape.

‘CPM activist murdered to settle scores’ – police

Preliminary investigation by the district police into the killing of CPM activist from Shantipalla near Kumble, P Muralidhar alias Murali on Monday October 27 evening at Kumble, has come to the conclusion that he was slain by a gang of four. The police have found that a person whose father was slain a decade back, in which Murali had been accused, was one of the members of this gang.

Murali had been named as an accused in the murder case of Dayanand, an auto rickshaw driver at Kumble Kanchikatte. About ten years ago, Dayanand’s auto rickshaw had been hired to a desolate spot where he was killed. In another case, a person working as a fishing worker named Vinod from Kozhikppady Kadappura had been eliminated 15 years back. In both cases, Murali had been accused, but he had been exonerated by the courts in both the cases.

Allegedly, Sharat, son of Dayanand, had made attempts earlier too along with his close confidantes, to eliminate Murali but had not succeeded. Murali was facing threat from this gang, and had escaped a murder attempt last year by a whisker. Murali was active in Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Democratic Youth Federation of India and CPM. After working as headload worker and in a saw mill, he had turned a middleman for timber trade. On Monday evening, he had been invited over cell phone to visit a place in the guise of discussing a timber trade proposal. When he was moving in his motor bike with a friend named Manjunath to the suggested spot, a gang which approached him from the opposite direction in two motor bikes hit him in the chest and forehead with sharp weapons before fleeing. While Murali bled to death instantly, Manjunath escaped to safety.

All the four accused are at large. They are hiding from the investigation agencies, and policemen led by district superintendent of police, deputy superintendent of police, Kumble police circle inspector and sub-inspector, have been working tirelessly to nab the culprits.

Till some years ago, tussle used to occur between workers of BJP activists and CPM often, culminating in murders. Of late, these incidents had become rare. The above politically sensitive murder has given rise to fresh concerns in the minds of the citizens of the district about the possibility of the practice murder for political vengeance rising its ugly head again in the district.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273371

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Bangalore: Doctors’ strike takes toll on patients – Two dead

Bangalore: Doctors’ strike takes toll on patients – Two dead

Bangalore, Oct 29: The state-wide strike by government doctors urging fulfilment of various demands has claimed the lives of two persons, including a child. The two died due to non-availability of medical services.

Ramya (10), daughter of coolie workers Ranganath and Mangalamma of Magadi, died because of high fever. Ramya, who was taken to two government hospitals in Gudemaranahalli and Solur, was not treated there because of the ongoing strike. When she was ultimately taken to a private hospital, she breathed her last.

Another person who died was from Sakleshpur. The person had a heart attack and could not be treated due to the strike.

Minister for health and family welfare U T Khadar said that if the deaths were indeed caused due to the ongoing strike, the doctors responsible would be taken to task and strict action initiated against them. “We do not need such doctors,” he lashed out.

The strike began on Monday October 27, with over a thousand doctors submitting their resignations. Meanwhile, several organizations protested in front of government hospitals in Hassan, Mysore, Chitradurga and others places against the mass resignations. Patients were put to much incovenience due to the strike.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah is likely to hold talks with the agitating doctors on Wednesday October 29 afternoon to find a solution to their demands.

 

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Kundapur: Dalits demand disbursal of benefits, end to corruption in welfare schemes

Kundapur: Dalits demand disbursal of benefits, end to corruption in welfare schemes

Kunapur, Oct 29: Members of backward classes and backward tribes held a protest in front of Gangolli Gram Panchayat on Wednesday October 29 against non-reservation and non-disposal of funds for their welfare schemes. They also condemned the style of functioning of the gram panchayat officials and staff.

Vijayakumar, acting official, Kundapur Taluk Social Welfare Department, visited the protestors and received appeals from the Dalit community leaders and promised that proper disciplinary action will be taken against the guilty officials and staff after investigation.

It was alleged that a certain percentage of funds are not reserved for the development of backward and backward tribes. The protestors also claimed that the meager funds set aside are not being used for development projects. They alleged that oral requests to the gram panchayat presidents and concerned officials have fallen on deaf ears as the officials have not responded to the request for provision of details of reservation and disposal of funds.

The protestors claimed that denial of basic rights to Dalits amounts to their harassment. “The gram panchayat president and concerned officials have failed to respond to the petition of the Dalits. The practice of demanding bribes to avail the benefits under projects meant for Dalits has increased,” they alleged.

They demanded that a special investigation team should be formed within the next 10 days to investigate and disburse funds to backward classes and tribes. Demanding immediate disciplinary action against the guilty, the Dalit leaders submitted a petition to the zilla panchayat chief executive through the taluk social welfare department officials.

Grama panchayat members Nagini, Jayanthi, Geetha, Santhosh, Kamala, Edward Kardin, B Ganesh Shenoy, Jayanti Kharvi, Mujahid Ali Nakuda, Nagaraja Kharvi, Dalit community leaders Ashok N D, Shashidhara Melgangolli, Shashideepa K, Arun Kumar, Shashidhara, Babu G, Gururaj, Bhojaraj, and Padmavathi participated in the protest.

Gram panchayat president Reshma R Kharvi, vice-president Mahesh Raj Poojary, and PDO Praveen D’Souza were present. Police security was provided by Gangolli police station acting inspector Jayanth M.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273360

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Beltangady: Police raid illegal slaughterhouse, rescue three cows

Beltangady: Police raid illegal slaughterhouse, rescue three cows

Beltangady, Oct 29: Police seized cow meat from an illegal slaughter house in Tannirpantha village Beltangady Taluk on Wednesday, October 29.

Four persons managed to run away from the slaughterhouse when the police raided the place on a tip off.

Police have seized approximately 80 kgs meat which was dumped at the spot and rescued three cows from the place.

ASP Rahul Kumar of Bantwal police, Latish Kumar, SI Punjalkatte police station, Jagadish Reddy SI Uppingaddy and other police personnel conducted the raid.

Punjalkatte police have taken over the case and investigations are underway.

 

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273387

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Mangalore: Worker gets locked inside bank safe locker at Shirthady

Mangalore: Worker gets locked inside bank safe locker at Shirthady

Mangalore, Oct 29: In a bizarre incident, a worker got locked inside a safe locker in a cooperative bank, creating anxiety in the premises for about two hours on Wednesday, October 29. The bank is scheduled to be inaugurated shortly at Shirthady.

Work has been going on for the inauguration of a branch of the cooperative bank in a commercial complex of Shirthady market. Most of the work has been completed.

The safe was kept in the strong room. The door was open and a brick was kept near its door to prevent it from closing. A worker named Ashfaq from Belvai, who is hearing and speech impaired, had gone inside the safe in the morning to clean it, while some others were working outside. Some person, who did not notice that Ashfaq was inside, removed the brick and closed the safe.

The workers then went out to drink tea. Nobody knew that Ashfaq was trapped inside. Being hearing and speech impaired, he could neither hear the door getting closed nor scream for help. When the workers came back, they heard banging from inside the safe and realized that Ashfaq was trapped. As the door was locked, it was not possible to open it.

Local doctor Anil Kumar provided oxygen through a small hole in order for Ashfaq to breathe. After getting the key from Mangalore office, they opened the door and brought the worker out from the safe.

Ashfaq had spent nearly two hours inside the locker with fear and anxiety.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273462

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Mangalore: No 108 Ambulance, no locals help – injured youth lies on road

Mangalore: No 108 Ambulance, no locals help – injured youth lies on road

Mangalore, Oct 30: A leg of Mithun (16), a resident of Padubidri and working for a canteen in Bykampady, was crushed when he was trying to cross the highway near Bykampady here on Wednesday October 29. He suffered for over an hour on the highway as the 108 ambulance service failed to reach the spot, and locals did not come to his rescue, apprehensive of getting entangled in legal procedures.

Mithun was crossing the road when he fell to the road after a Honda Activa two-wheeler what was being driven negligently knocked him down. As soon as he fell down, tyres of a tipper truck moved on his leg, crushing it instantly.

The auto rickshaw drivers on the spot called government’s 108 ambulance service. The ambulance vehicle failed to arrive on the spot even after an hour. Although the youth was bleeding and pleading for help, no one came forward to help him for fear of getting caught in web of legal procedures. After about an hour, a person moving towards the citystopped his vehicle and took the youth to a hospital in his car.

The locals got angry at the fact that the ambulance failed to appear on the scene even after one hour. A local named Harish called MLA, Mohiuddin Bava, and complained to him about the apathy of the ambulance service. The MLA immediately asked the traffic police to look into the matter. He also asked them to make suitable arrangement for an ambulance to get parked in Bykampady as it happens to be an industrial area and incidence of accidents is high there.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273493

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Bangalore: Police solve woman’s murder case in hours, arrest husband

Bangalore: Police solve woman’s murder case in hours, arrest husband

Bangalore, Oct 30 DHNS: The grisly death of a woman on the street in Nandini Layout in the early hours of Tuesday, which was initially blamed on armed robbers, has taken a shocking turn after some slick police investigation.

The police solved the murder case of Muddu Lakshmi (55) and arrested her husband Thimmanna, a retired KEB employee, for the killing.

Thimmanna had cooked up a murder for gain story but the North division police took barely an hour to see through the crime. But, in deference to custom, they waited till Thimmanna completed the last rites of his wife before they put him behind bars.

Harishekaran, ACP (Crime) said, Thimmanna pushed his wife from the third floor of their house in Shankarnagar. The couple had been having a strained relationship for the past seven years, after Lakshmi learnt that Thimmanna was having an extramarital affair. She had denied Thimmanna conjugal rights, which irked him. Thimmanna then plotted her murder.

The police said, Thimmanna took his wife to the terrace around 11.30 pm on Monday on the pretext that it was raining heavily and would lead to water logging.

He asked Lakshmi to help him ease the water flow. While she was clearing the water outlet, he came from behind and pushed her over the railings. She fell to the ground and died instantly of serious head injuries.

Thereafter, Thimmanna went inside his house and locked himself up for more than an hour. Around 2 am on Tuesday, he moved Lakshmi’s body to the main road. He removed his dead wife’s gold chain, a pair of bangles and covered her face with her saree, in a bid to mislead the police.

He later told the police that armed robbers had murdered his wife for the jewels on her person while she had gone to the milk booth early in the morning, police said.The police believed Thimmanna’s version but also noticed that there were no signs of struggle or bruise marks on the neck of the deceased.

They waited for the medical report, which stated that the woman had died of internal bleeding and her hands and legs were fractured. Growing suspicious, they interrogated the husband and he confessed to the murder, police said.

“The couple were leading a comfortable life as they earned around Rs 40,000 from the houses they had rented out. Several clues obtained from the spot confirmed that the crime was the handiwork of a known person,” police added.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=273498

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HC upholds Rs 1.3L monthly maintenance to woman

HC upholds Rs 1.3L monthly maintenance to woman

MUMBAI: In an order that brought relief to a woman and her minor children, Justice M L Tahaliyani of the Bombay high court dismissed a challenge by a director of a steel conglomerate against a Rs 1.3 lakh monthly maintenance order after observing that he had schemed to avoid disclosure of his true income.

The HC refused to interfere with the order of a lower court and did not reduce the maintenance saying that it could be fixed by court based on the husband’s possible and discernible income.

The husband’s plea was against a Navi Mumbai magistrate’s order requiring him to pay Rs 1 lakh as monthly maintenance to his estranged wife and daughters under the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (DV) Act and to pay Rs 30,000 as monthly rent for their house.

After seeing income tax papers produced by the husband to show a reduced income, the HC said it’s “clear that he was scheming and avoiding disclosure of his true sources of income and his true income to frustrate a genuine claim of his wife and children”. The couple had married in 1997 and the husband filed for divorce on grounds of cruelty in 2003 in Delhi. The Supreme Court transferred the petition to Bandra family court. In 2010, the wife, staying separate since 2004 filed a DV case in Navi Mumbai where she resides.

The husband, one of the two directors of the steel company, had produced orders of an appellate commissioner of income tax who had reduced his income from Rs 27 crore to Rs 4 crore for assessment year 2001-2002. The HC said even then the income was much more than what the husband had declared in court. In 2013, the company resolution showed his annual salary as Rs 6 lakh, a drop from Rs 24 lakh. He thus pleaded he was unable to pay his wife Rs 1.3 lakh monthly his salary was only Rs 50,000. The HC said “it was obvious that the income shown in the I-T returns and salary, based on the resolution did not appear to be the husband’s real income.”

“It need not be mentioned here that income disclosed in the I-T returns is not always the correct income of a person,” said Justice Tahaliyani. “The court has powers to determine the income of the husband on the basis of records placed before it and to determine a just and proper amount as maintenance to be paid to the aggrieved person.” “An order of maintenance under Section 125 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) or under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, can be passed on the basis of palpable income of the husband,” said Justice Tahaliyani. Section 125 of CrPc provides for maintenance to a wife, children, parents.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/HC-upholds-Rs-1-3L-monthly-maintenance-to-woman/articleshow/44942755.cms

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Even if former wife earns, man must provide for child : Bombay HC

Even if former wife earns, man must provide for child : Bombay HC

MUMBAI : A man cannot be relieved of his responsibility of contributing to the financial needs of his child merely because his estranged wife is economically sound, the Bombay high court has ruled.

Justice M S Sonak upheld a family court’s interim order, directing Pune resident Prakash Mehta to pay Rs 8,000 a month for the rent of a flat where his estranged wife Seema and their child live. Mehta had claimed Seema, an IT engineer, earned over Rs 60,000 a month, while his monthly salary was Rs 35,000.

“The conclusion in all cases cannot be that if a wife can provide for their child, her spouse is altogether relieved of his obligation to contribute to the financial needs of the child,” said the judge. The HC also rejected Mehta’s contention that the family court could not have passed the order for providing a residence as the main application for maintenance under the Hindu Marriage Act was still not decided. The court said an application, seeking relief of residence under Domestic Violence Act, was maintainable.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Even-if-former-wife-earns-man-must-provide-for-child-Bombay-HC/articleshow/44943390.cms

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Bombay High Court rejects Parsi man’s plea to nullify wedlock to Hindu

Bombay High Court rejects Parsi man’s plea to nullify wedlock to Hindu

The Bombay High Court has rejected the plea of a Parsi man to declare his 15-year-old marriage to a Hindu as null and void as their wedlock was arranged in accordance with Hindu rituals though they professed different religions.

A division bench recently dismissed an appeal filed by Viraf Phiroz Bharucha, a city resident, against a family court order rejecting his plea to grant divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act, saying that there was no merit in the case and that the plea was barred by law.

Upholding the impugned family court order of February 24 this year, justices A R Joshi and Vijaya Tahilramani held that the appellant had taken too long to realise that his marriage to the respondent be declared null and void as they belonged to different religions.

“The appellant has admitted that he got married to the respondent in 1999. The petition was filed before the Family Court in 2011. There was a delay of 12 years (now 15 years) and a baby boy was born to the couple in 2001. No reason is pointed out to show what compelled the appellant to suddenly realise that he belonged to a different religion and hence the marriage should be declared a nullity,” the judges said.

“This shows that the appellant is taking advantage of his own wrong,” the bench remarked.

The bench said the appellant had come up with a very strange case. According to him, he is a ‘Parsi’ by birth and continues to profess his faith in the same religion. However, petition was filed by him before the Family Court under the Hindu Marriage Act.

The Bench held that the provisions of Hindu Marriage Act can be availed and are applicable when both spouses are Hindus and it does not apply to any person who is a Parsi, Jew, Christian or Muslim. “The appellant is a Parsi, so he cannot avail of the provisions of this Act,” the Judges ruled.

“It is also necessary under the Act that at the time of filing of petition, both the spouses are Hindu by religion. If one of the party to such marriage is not a Hindu, the provisions of Hindu Marriage Act cannot be invoked to seek remedy,” the bench held.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-bombay-high-court-rejects-parsi-man-s-plea-to-nullify-wedlock-to-hindu-2028982

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HC judge slaps contempt charge against legal magazine

HC judge slaps contempt charge against legal magazine

NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to a legal news magazine’s “mischievous and outrageous allegations” against his son, a Delhi high court judge has initiated contempt proceedings against the entire editorial staff of the periodical and gagged both print and electronic media from circulating the ‘false’ story.

In his October 10 order, the judge said: “On enquiry from my son, I have been informed that the club has been given licence by the company (sic) in favour of M/s Enriched Reality Developers Pvt Ltd vide licence deed dated March 6, 2014 and my son is in no way connected with the said club in any capacity or in any manner whatsoever.”

The magazine had alleged that because the judge’s son had a stake in the said club, it operated beyond the scheduled closure time in the night without inviting any penal action from police.

In the order, the judge said: “In the light of the above, I am of the considered view that the publishing house namely E N Communication Pvt Ltd, Rajashri Rai (managing director) for E N Communications Pvt Ltd, Vinay Rai (director), Inderjit Badhwar (editor-in-chief), Ramesh Menon (managing editor), Shonha John (deputy managing editor), Vishwas Kumar ( senior editor), Girish Nikam (contributing editor), Meha Mathur (associate editor), Prabir Biswas (deputy editor), Somi Das (assistant editor), R Parvathy (sub-editor), Anil Shakya (photographer), Cirrus Graphics Pvt ltd and Raju Sarin (publisher) have committed gross criminal contempt of court.

“Accordingly, I issue notices to all the aforesaid persons… Since I have issued notices of criminal contempt against the noticee (respondents), the matter shall be placed before the roster bench dealing with criminal contempt after obtaining orders from the Chief Justice.”

“With a view to prevent any further onslaught on my image and the image of judiciary, I direct the respondents to stop publishing and circulating the said edition forthwith”, he said.

“I also direct the commissioner of police to immediately seize and confiscate the entire stock of this edition from all offices of the aforesaid publishing house whether located in Delhi or elsewhere as per the information given in the magazine itself and from the printing press of Cirrus Graphics Pvt Ltd, publishers on behalf of E N Communications Pvt Ltd,” he ordered.

“I also direct that no news containing this matter shall be published, appear, transmitted, communicated or aired in any manner or whatsoever in the print media or the electronic media or worldwide web/internet, emails, blogs and etc,” he said.

On the content of the report in the magazine, the judge said: “It is beyond my comprehension to gauge as to what objectives and at whose motivation and agenda such a scandalous, defamatory article has been published, but that there is no doubt in my mind that one of the objective appears to be to damage, discredit me and my family and above all to bring into disrepute the judiciary as a whole for some ulterior motives. Such an irresponsible, reckless and contemptuous article is bound to shatter the faith of the common man in the administration of justice,” he said in his eight-page order.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/HC-judge-slaps-contempt-charge-against-legal-magazine/articleshow/44942895.cms