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Female techie fights back driver who dragged her out of the rickshaw in midnight

Female techie fights back driver who dragged her out of the rickshaw in midnight

Bangalore, Sep 22: In a shocking incident an autorickshaw manhandled a young female techie, who had hired his vehicle in the night in Bangalore.

However, Rini Biswas, the 25-year-old software engineer, who was roughed up by the driver, managed to fight back.

Rini Biswas hired the auto on September 18 to return home at Maruthi Nagar in Madiwala. “It was around 11 p.m. when the driver agreed to drop me home. On reaching the main road, he stopped the auto and refused to go further. He asked me to walk instead,” she said.

Since it was dark and not many people were on the road, Ms. Rini insisted that he drop her home.

Trouble started when the driver, following a heated argument, dragged her out of the vehicle and spat on her face. Ms. Rini, trained in self-defence, retaliated and punched him on his face.

As she noted the registration number and called the police control room, the driver managed to speed away. In the melee she sustained injuries to her hand.

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On Friday morning, Ms. Rini approached the Madiwala police and filed a complaint. A case has been registered. Ms. Rini posted her horrifying experience on the city police Facebook page, following which Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi directed the police to take action.

Police sources said the driver’s details had been sought from the Regional Transport Authority.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/68573-female-techie-fights-back-driver-who-dragged-her-out-of-the-rickshaw-in-midnight

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Worms found in breakfast served on AIE Mangalore-Bahrain flight

Worms found in breakfast served on AIE Mangalore-Bahrain flight

Mangalore, Sep 21: In a shocking incident, worms were found in the breakfast served to a woman in an Air India Express flight which left for Bahrain from Mangalore International Airport on Friday.

The woman was served breakfast on a flight which departed form Mangalore at around 8 a.m. on Friday, in which she discovered worms.

She immediately brought the matter to the attention of the cabin crew. Some other passengers also gave up their breakfast in disgust, it is learnt.

When contacted, an Air India Express official said that suitable action will be taken against those who is responsible for this. “We have taken the issue seriously and also discussed it in a meeting held in Mangalore on Saturday”, he said.

He said that AIE get its food prepared by the best caterers under very hygienic conditions and termed the incident as one of the rarest cases. The food was supplied by one of the reputed hotel in Mangalore, sources said.

Breakfast warm

 

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/68563-worms-found-in-breakfast-served-on-aie-mangalore-bahrain-flight

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Illegal mining: Serving, retired cops get notices

Illegal mining: Serving, retired cops get notices

Hospet (Bellary district), Sep 21: The Lokayukta registrar has issued notices to several police officials named in the report on illegal mining submitted by former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde.

Illegal miningThe notices have been issued through the additional director general of police of the Civil Rights Enforcement Directorate, Bangalore, and DGP Sunil Agarwal. Retired officers also figure in the list of those who have been served the notices. The district Superintendents of Police have served the notices to the officials serving in their respective jurisdictions.

Two DCPs, 12 DySPs, 12 Inspectors, three police sub-inspectors (PSIs), five retired DySPs and a retired PSI have been served the notices.

Justice Hegde had, in his report, named police officials who had received bribes in cases of illegal mining in the districts of Bellary, Raichur and Tumkur. He had also provided relevant evidence against those named in the report. Among those who have been given the notices are three officials serving in Bellary district.

http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/68542-illegal-mining-serving-retired-cops-get-notices

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Mangalore: Mescom engineer murdered in house at Bejai

Mangalore: Mescom engineer murdered in house at Bejai

Mangalore, Sep 21: A person employed with Mescom was allegedly murdered at his residence in Bejai here in the wee hours of Sunday September 21.

The deceased has been identified as Jagadish Rao (55), executive engineer of Mescom.

Sources said that at two persons entered the house through the backdoor in the middle of the night and reportedly killed Jagadish by slitting his throat. When his wife woke on hearing her husband scream, the murderers had already gotten away through the same way they had come, sources said.

When Jagadish’s wife Bharati called for help, and immediately a neighbour rushed to her house and reportedly tried to stop the culprits by opening fire, but in vain. By the time Jagadish was rushed to hospital, he had already breathed his last.

The motive behind the murder is not yet known. The police are yet to establish whether the culprits had come to steal from the house or kill Jagadish. Except for a chain belonging to Jagadish, which was kept on a table, nothing else was taken, police sources said.

DCP (law and order) Dr K V Jagadish and other police personnel arrived at the spot and conducted preliminary investigation. A canine squad and fingerprint experts were also called.

The body was shifted to Wenlock hospital for post-mortem.

Kadri police have registered a case and further investigations are on.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=265126

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Kundapur: Anganwady teacher assaulted over ‘discrimination’ in providing sweets

Kundapur: Anganwady teacher assaulted over ‘discrimination’ in providing sweets

Kundapur, Sep 21: A teacher was allegedly beaten up, threatened and abused by guardians of a student over a petty issue at an anganwady centre in Yaderi of Kaltodu village here on Friday September 19.


Suchitra Shetty (File Photo)

Suchitra Shetty, the anganwady teacher, was allegedly beaten up by the guardians for showing ‘discrimination’ towards their child while distributing ‘chikki’ (a type of sweet) during mid-day recess.

It is said that Jalajakshi Shedthi and Deepika Shetty, residents of Kaltodu, barged into the anganwady centre even as classes were going on allegedly assaulted Suchitra with brooms. An assistant at the anganwady centre intervened and prevented the situation from worsening further.

The injured teacher was admitted to Kundapur hospital and a case was registered in Byndoor police station.

The anganwady has 14 children, and as per norms, every child has to be given a 10 gram chikki at mid-day. “However, the chikki comes in 15 gram pack, and so we divide it such that each student gets 10 gram, and rest we give randomly to other students. Sometimes, when cutting the chikki, a part of it gets reduced to powder. We definitely did not resort to any discrimination while distributing this sweet. We treat all the children equally as our own,” said the anganwady teacher.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=265125

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Mangalore: Man caught peeping into girls’ hostel, breaks leg in escape bid

Mangalore: Man caught peeping into girls’ hostel, breaks leg in escape bid

Mangalore, Sep 20: A man was arrested for allegedly peeping into the bathroom of a girls’ hostel at Kadri here on Saturday September 20.

The accused, identified as Bhushan (35), a resident of Kuthar near Thokkottu, was arrested by the Kadri police.

It is alleged that Bhushan had climbed on to the hostel roof and was peeping down into the bathroom even as an inmate of the hostel was taking bath. Another girl who noticed him from below raised an alarm, and frightened by her screams, he jumped down in a bid to escape. In the process, he fractured his leg.

The Kadri police arrived at the spot and took him to Wenlock for treatment, after which he was taken to the police station. He would be produced before the judge later in the night, sources said.

Bhushan is said to be coolie worker. He is unmarried.

A case has been registered by Kadri police.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=265113

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Mangalore: Misuse of dowry law – Court issues non-bailable warrant against woman

Mangalore: Misuse of dowry law – Court issues non-bailable warrant against woman

Mangalore, Sep 21: In an interesting development, the JMFC court in Mangalore has issued non-bailable arrest warrant against Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy, a lady doctor of Davangere and her father for allegedly submitting false police complaint of dowry charges against her husband and in-laws.

Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy of Davanagere was married to Dr Gurukanth Rao, an assistant professor of medicine at a hospital in Manipal. After marriage Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy resided with her husband only for 15 days and started insisting that he should come and reside in her parental house in Davanagere.

When he refused, she allegedly abandoned him demanding divorce and one crore rupees and threatened to lodge a false dowry case if money was not paid. Without informing the husband, she reportedly started working as assistant professor in a hospital in the city. On coming to know that she was in Mangalore, her husband Dr Gurukanth Rao met her at the hospital where she was working and requested her to join him back, but she demanded divorce and Rs one crore compensation.

When he did not agree for the high-handed demands, she went to Pandeshwar police station, and lodged a false criminal case alleging that her husband and her father-in-law Dr N R Rao had demanded dowry, physically and mentally tortured her and threw her out of the house. During the enquiry Ranjeetha’s parents Rathnakar Shenoy and Jamuna Rani Shenoy also allegedly gave false statements to the police that there was dowry demand and harassment.The police summoned Dr Gurukanth and his parents and held a detailed enquiry by questioning the relatives and neighbours. It was revealed that there was no dowry at all in the marriage and all the marriage expenses were borne by the husband. Allegations of cruelty, beating etc were found to be false. Police concluded that it was a false complaint and hence closed the case.

The accused lady’s father-in-law Dr N R Rao is a well-known senior physician of Manipal and his family was deeply hurt and defamed on account of this false complaint that was lodged with the sole intention of extorting money from him and his son. Dr Rao approached the JMFC Court, Mangalore, through noted lawyer P P Hegde, praying the court to punish his daughter-in-law Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents for filing false complaint of dowry and harassment. After enquiry, JMFC court found that there are prima facie materials showing that Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents had lodged a false complaint of dowry, harassment etc to the police and abused the anti-dowry laws and thereby committed perjury and defamation.

The JMFC court upheld the arguments of complainant’s advocate P PHegde and passed a landmark judgment ordering to register criminal case (as per CC No 1214/14) against Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents Rathnakar Shenoy and Jamuna Rani Shenoy for the criminal offence of perjury and defamation. The charges carry maximum of two years prison sentence.

In the meanwhile, Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy has left her work and presently she is absconding. She failed to appear in the court inspite of summons. Hence JMFC court has issued non-bailable warrant for the arrest of Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her father Rathnakar Shenoy (a businessman of Davanagere) and directed Mangalore Barke police to arrest and produce them in the court. The Mangalore police raided the house of Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy in Davangere on Saturday September 20 but Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her father were absconding. The Mangalore police team is in Davanagereto arrest them.

This order of issuance of non-bailable arrest warrant to the wife who lodged false dowry complaint to the police against innocent husband and in-laws will go a long way in stopping the misuse of law by disgruntled wives to extort money by lodging false charges of dowry.

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=265173

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Former Delhi Police Officer Booked on Charges of Molesting a Gang-Rape Survivor

Former Delhi Police Officer Booked on Charges of Molesting a Gang-Rape Survivor

NEW DELHI:  A former Delhi Police SHO, now posted in security wing at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, has been booked on the charges of molesting a gang-rape survivor in Karawal Nagar area of Northeast Delhi, police said today.

Raman Jha, who was earlier a station house officer (SHO) of Karawal Nagar police station, has been booked at the same station.

According to police, an FIR for molestation was registered only after the woman recently approached the Delhi Police Commissioner and gave her complaint in writing to him.

Police said that in her complaint, the woman has that said she had registered a case of gang-rape on June 6 at Karawal Nagar police station.

“In her complaint, she had named three persons in connection with the case. She also alleged that during the investigation of this case, she approached the then SHO Jha and sought his help. The victim also alleged that the accused SHO gave her a soft drink laced with sedative and thereafter, he allegedly molested her and later, he also sent obscene messages on her phone,” said a senior police official.

The official also said, “Jha, who is now posted in security at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, has been registered under appropriate sections of the IPC and ACP is investigating the case.”

He added that they are investigating the allegations of the gang-rape survivor and will be interrogating Jha soon.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/former-delhi-police-officer-booked-on-charges-of-molesting-a-gang-rape-survivor-594925

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SC stalls contempt against UP home secretary

SC stalls contempt against UP home secretary

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday stalled the Allahabad high court’s decision to punish UP principal home secretary Neeraj Gupta for contempt of court by refusing to implement the HC order conferring ‘Z’ category security on leader of opposition in the legislative council Naseemuddin Siddiqui.

It was a close shave for Gupta as additional advocate general Ravi P Mehrotra had a difficult task convincing a bench of Chief Justice R M Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman to stay the HC order. The bench was initially reluctant to do so, saying that let the principal home secretary appear before the HC.

But Mehrotra stuck to his argument that the HC’s contempt proceedings went against the letter and spirit of the Supreme Court order in Abhay Singh’s case, where the apex court had advised judicial restraint in grant of security cover higher than the category determined by the competent authorities after examination of the threat perception to the person concerned.

The bench listed the petition for hearing on Monday and stayed the contempt proceedings against Gupta till further orders.

BSP leader Siddiqui was granted ‘Z’ category security by the HC on October 4 last year on the ground that he was the leader of opposition in the legislative council and had been conferred the status of a Cabinet minister.

Mehrotra said the HC did not appreciate that the government had already provided Siddiqui with appropriate security, which comprised of one shadow, one gunner, four police escorts, four provincial armed constabulary guards at his residence in district Banda, four PAC guards at his residence in Lucknow and a sub-inspector and a shadow from security headquarters.

The state government said the earlier ‘Z’ category security cover to Siddiqui was withdrawn after a comprehensive review, based on the recommendations of the district level security committee in Banda, as well as the district level security committee in Lucknow.

The state said the substantial question of law of general public importance, which arose in the present case, related to jurisdiction and propriety of the HC in issuing direction to the Akhilesh Yadav government to provide ‘Z’ category security to Siddiqui, which was not based on the actual threat perception but on the basis of the post he was holding.

It said the competent security committees had neither found any life threat nor need for ‘Z’ category security, which was provided only when there was grave and imminent threat from terrorist and extremist organizations.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/SC-stalls-contempt-against-UP-home-secretary/articleshow/42944701.cms

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Robbers gang-rape woman, stab husband in posh Jaipur locality

Robbers gang-rape woman, stab husband in posh Jaipur locality

JAIPUR: The law and order situation touched a new low in the city when robbers took turns to gang-rape a 30-year-old woman after repeatedly stabbing her husband in Vaishali Nagar early on Friday. The robbers barged into the house after breaking open the kitchen’s window grill, tied up an elderly person, took one of the two children at knife point and then raped the elderly man’s daughter-in-law, while the husband lay unconscious on the floor.

He was admitted to a hospital and has been operated twice. The robbers tied the elderly person so tightly that he fractured his leg. It is a first of its kind dacoity in the city where robbers dared to rape a woman while committing the crime. They escaped with nearly Rs 10,000 cash, about 150 gram gold jewellery and other valuables.

The police are still clueless. There were at least four robbers inside the house, though police said that more people may have been involved who kept a vigil outside while the crime was being committed. The robbers entered the two-storied house around 3.15 am. “The elderly man, a diabetic and a retired engineer, was sleeping in a room on the ground floor. After hearing some noise, he woke up and the intruders immediately pounced on him and even tried to gag him,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (west) Karan Sharma. He was severely beaten and then tied up and was told not to raise an alarm.

“The senior citizen’s five-year-old grandson who was sleeping with him also woke up. They took him hostage at knife-point and reached his parents’ bedroom on the first floor where his two-year-old brother was sleeping with the couple,” said the officer.

Before the boy’s father, a jeweller, could do anything, the robbers attacked him. They stabbed him 8 to 9 times with a knife on his stomach, back and other parts. They also hit him on his head with a blunt object and he fell unconscious.

They then tied up the woman. Two of them switched off the lights and raped her. The other gang members, meanwhile, went on a looting spree. They didn’t even spare the rape survivor and snatched her ornaments too. They ransacked the almirah and fled with the booty through the same outlet.

The reign of terror continued for about one-and-a-half hours.

The five-year-old boy later freed his mother and raised an alarm. The rape survivor released her father-in-law. Their wails woke up the neighbours, who called in the police.

The woman’s husband was rushed to a hospital where he is still undergoing treatment. The police recovered gloves and T-shirts from the spot. Senior police officers, including ADG, crime, Ajeet Singh, visited the house.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Robbers-gang-rape-woman-stab-husband-in-posh-Jaipur-locality/articleshow/42934849.cms

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Bribe case: It officer sent to jail for 14 days

Bribe case: It officer sent to jail for 14 days

DEHRADUN: A special CBI court on Tuesday sent an income tax department official to 14-day judicial custody. The officer was on Monday held for demanding bribe from a transport company owner.

Drawing and Disbursing officer S K Srivastava was arrested by a 11-member CBI team on Monday evening for reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Rahul Gupta. As per the complaint, Srivastava had asked for Rs 10,000 from him to clear his bill of Rs 72,000.

Gupta approached the CBI following which a trap was laid. As per the plan, Gupta handed over the amount to the I-T official near a school at Raipur road. The CBI team present nearby caught Srivastava red handed and brought him to the income tax office at Subhash Road for questioning.

According to sources, the team also visited Srivastava’s residence in the night and checked the documents kept there. The arrested official was produced before the CBI court on Tuesday. Special CBI Judge Amit Kumar Sirohi sent him to jail on 14 days judicial remand.

A departmental action is yet to be taken against Srivastava. A I-T official said that CBI is yet to officially confirm its action.

“As per the law, any government employee who is under judicial or police custody for more than 48 hours is suspended,” he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Bribe-case-It-officer-sent-to-jail-for-14-days/articleshow/42924993.cms

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Police can’t stop illegal constructions’

Police can’t stop illegal constructions’

NEW DELHI: The city police on Friday clarified that they were not authorized to stop any illegal constructions.

In a circular issued to his personnel, police commissioner B S Bassi said the role of the SHOs was limited to just informing the municipal corporation about illegal structures, if any, and act only if the latter asked them to do so in writing.

The move is aimed at weeding out corruption within the police force as there have been allegations about some men in khaki accepting ‘bribe’ from house owners to allow unauthorized constructions.

Of late, Bassi and special commissioner (law and order) Deepak Mishra have initiated action against erring personnel. In some cases, FIRs have also been registered. The top brass of the Delhi Police also met on this issue on Friday evening.

Bassi said in the circular that the standard operating procedure laid down with respect to handling illegal constructions was not being followed properly that has created a negative public opinion about the police.

“The district police officers should help create public awareness about actual role of police in this context when they interact with RWAs, market associations and individuals. They should convey to public that they may record any bribe demand by any police official in lieu of allowing unauthorized construction or stopping the same and send the clip (audio or visual) to mobile number 9910641064. They can also call up anti-corruption helpline-1064 and inform the vigilance department,” Bassi said.

According to the circular, SHOs shall only inform the corporation as per the section 475 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957. The SHOs shall act only on the receipt of orders under Section 344 (2) of the DMC Act from a competent officer of the corporation to stop any such construction, the circular titled cleanliness drive, reads.

Special commissioner Deepak Mishra said the SHOs are responsible to ensure that no personnel from his/her police station misuses or misrepresents his/her authority for ulterior purposes.

“The additional CPs and the DCPs should also brief their staff about the vigilance action being taken in this connection,” he said.

“The local policemen or the PCR van personnel have no business to land up at a house where any construction is happening and ask anything from the owner. While patrolling, if they find some construction, they may make a note of it and merely inform, not act,” Mishra added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Police-cant-stop-illegal-constructions/articleshow/42949964.cms

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BTech student kidnapped, Rs 5 crore ransom demanded

BTech student kidnapped, Rs 5 crore ransom demanded

BTech student kidnapped, Rs 5 crore ransom demanded
 
 
AGRA: A BTech student has been kidnapped from Mathura-Farah highway and a ransom of Rs 5 crore has been demanded from his parents. The abductors have also threatened to kill him if the parents contact the police.

An FIR has been lodged in the matter and police are investigating the case.

Giving details, police said Shivam Kumar (21), a BTech final year student of Hindustan college of science and technology, was kidnapped on September 13.

His father Rajiv Kumar, who runs a printing press in Jhansi, came to know about the kidnapping on September 15 after he received a ransom call from the kidnappers. The kidnappers used his mobile phone to make the ransom call. Rajiv said the kidnappers initially demanded Rs one crore, but later increased the amount to Rs five crore. They also threatened to kill Shivam if his parents contacted police.

The victim’s parents reached Agra and contacted police, who, after initial investigation, lodged an FIR.

According to the police sources, the abducted youth may be in Dholpur area. A team of police has been sent to Dholpur for further investigation. Sources said that the youth’s last location was traced somewhere near Chambal forests.

Talking to TOI, SSP Shalabh Mathur said police teams have also been sent to Jhansi to check if anyone had enmity with the youth’s family.

“We are also questioning his friends and classmates who might give us some important clues. On Thursday, police visited the hostel where Shivam used to live before he shifted to the rented house near Mathura-Farah highway,” added the SSP.

During investigation, Shivam’s friends said he earlier used to live in the college hostel but had recently shifted to a rented house in Kakraitha. He left home in the evening of September 13 and told his friends that he had some work in Farah, where he would be spending the night. He had added that he would directly come to college on Monday. After that, his mobile was found switched off.

The police are stumped about why such a huge ransom has been demanded from a middle-class family.

In similar incidents, a professor was kidnapped from the city in 2012 and the kidnappers had demanded a huge sum of ransom from his wife. A salesman from a renowned ready-made garments store was also kidnapped last year and the ransom amount demanded from his family was way above their earnings.

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Delhi HC slams civic bodies for submitting ‘photoshopped’ images of Dwarka

Delhi HC slams civic bodies for submitting ‘photoshopped’ images of Dwarka

NEW DELHI: The SDMC and the DDA on Wednesday came under the scanner of the Delhi high court after both submitted some “photoshopped” images of streets in Dwarka area that were practically wiped clean of all potholes.

A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul caught red-handed the counsel representing the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

They defended themselves by saying that there was no reason for them to smudge the details as they were working to clean up the areas on their own initiative.

“This is photoshopped. When it comes to technology, I am a novice, but even I can say it is photoshopped. Somebody has tried to brush this up,” the bench remarked.

Ebbani Aggarwal, a law student and resident of Dwarka, who had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking direction to civic agencies to clean up the area, told the bench that some work has been done on behalf of the SDMC and the DDA for cleaning up the areas but it was not yet complete.

She had earlier alleged that the markets, roads, footpaths and open vacant land and other places in Dwarka sub-city were full of litter, filth, rubbish, solid waste and remains of construction material.

Taking into note the submissions of Aggarwal, the high court said: “The concrete waste is being dumped indiscriminately by people. Domestic and commercial garbage is also being thrown all over.”

Earlier, the court had asked DDA and SDMC officials to work together to remove all the debris and rubbish which was indicated in photographs submitted by Aggarwal as part of her petition.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-HC-slams-civic-bodies-for-submitting-photoshopped-images-of-Dwarka/articleshow/42916583.cms

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Delhi court: Marital rape should be a criminal offence

Delhi court: Marital rape should be a criminal offence

NEW DELHI: Lamenting over absence of a legal provision that criminalizes marital rape, a trial court has said that women need legal protection from all kinds of “sexual perversity” by their husbands. The court made these observations while rejecting the bail plea of a man accused of raping and forcing his wife to indulge in unnatural sex with him.

In her FIR, the woman, a Delhi resident, also alleged that her husband used to show her adult videos and bite her. Under the present law, sexual acts by a man with his wife, who is not under 15 years of age, is not rape.

“Women have to be protected from all kinds of sexual perversity… merely because the complainant happens to be the wife of the accused, it does not in any manner mitigate the offence keeping in view the nature of the allegations involved,” additional sessions judge Kamini Lau said while dismissing the man’s application.

The judge added, “The acts complained of (by the woman) not only constitute an unnatural offence against the order of nature but also bring the alleged acts of the man within amended definition of rape under Section 376 of IPC, which unfortunately cannot be invoked due to sole reason of the relationship i.e. the complainant being the wife of the accused and the Indian law not giving due recognition to marital rape despite there being a desirability and a long-standing demand for the same.”

In his bail plea, the man had contended that his wife had lodged the FIR against him on false grounds. However, the judge disagreed with his contention.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Delhi-court-Marital-rape-should-be-a-criminal-offence/articleshow/42949617.cms

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Pilibhit tense after copy of Quran burnt

Pilibhit tense after copy of Quran burnt

PILIBHIT: A copy of the Quran was reportedly set afire at the mazar (grave) of Hazrat Baddal Shah Mian in Gauhania, Pilibhit. The matter was reported at the Sunngarhi police station around 5am on Friday and as news spread of the sacrilege, hundreds of people gathered at the site.

Pilibhit district magistrate Om Narayan Singh and superintendent of police Sonia Singh rushed to the spot with a heavy posse of policemen and personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and took in their custody the ashes of the holy book so that it could be sent for forensic examination.

Atul Pradhan, station officer of Sunngarhi, said an FIR has been lodged against unnamed miscreants under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 153B (imputations and assertions prejudicial to national integrity) of the Indian Penal Code.

After offering the Namaz-e-Fazar at dawn, local residents had reached the mazar early Friday morning to revere the soul of the teacher whose grave is at the site. That is when some villagers noticed the burnt copy of the Quran. The culprit had also strewn garbage in the area.

Jabir Ali, the caretaker of the grave, said the mazar was at least 100 years old. “The Quran is usually kept inside the central room, which is never locked. We only latch it from outside. It was not hard to set the book on fire,” Ali told TOI, adding that Gauhania is renowned for communal harmony and the incident appeared to be aimed at inciting hatred and disturbing the peace.

Forensic experts examined the site of the incident and recorded prints of fingers and feet of the miscreants. Police pickets have now come up at the mazar and other sensitive spots in Pilibhit even as the district administration requisitioned additional forces from Bareilly to keep vigil.

Meanwhile, the mufti of the city, Maulana Jartab Raza Khan, has issued an ultimatum to the police to apprehend the culprits in the next 24 hours. He has also appealed to all chief preachers at mosques in the area to desist from delivering provocative speeches.

ASP Udai Shankar Singh said additional forces have arrived from Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts to assist in keeping the peace. He said the situation was under control, but the miscreant had left few clues, and nabbing the culprit in a day’s time might prove hard.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Pilibhit-tense-after-copy-of-Quran-burnt/articleshow/42943971.cms

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Delhi court: Marital rape should be a criminal offence

Delhi court: Marital rape should be a criminal offence

Delhi court: Marital rape should be a criminal offence
The trial court has said that women need legal protection from all kinds of “sexual perversity” by their husbands.
 
NEW DELHI: Lamenting over absence of a legal provision that criminalizes marital rape, a trial court has said that women need legal protection from all kinds of “sexual perversity” by their husbands. The court made these observations while rejecting the bail plea of a man accused of raping and forcing his wife to indulge in unnatural sex with him.

In her FIR, the woman, a Delhi resident, also alleged that her husband used to show her adult videos and bite her. Under the present law, sexual acts by a man with his wife, who is not under 15 years of age, is not rape.

“Women have to be protected from all kinds of sexual perversity… merely because the complainant happens to be the wife of the accused, it does not in any manner mitigate the offence keeping in view the nature of the allegations involved,” additional sessions judge Kamini Lau said while dismissing the man’s application.

The judge added, “The acts complained of (by the woman) not only constitute an unnatural offence against the order of nature but also bring the alleged acts of the man within amended definition of rape under Section 376 of IPC, which unfortunately cannot be invoked due to sole reason of the relationship i.e. the complainant being the wife of the accused and the Indian law not giving due recognition to marital rape despite there being a desirability and a long-standing demand for the same.”

In his bail plea, the man had contended that his wife had lodged the FIR against him on false grounds. However, the judge disagreed with his contention.

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Two policemen shot at in high-speed chase

Two policemen shot at in high-speed chase

Two policemen shot at in high-speed chase
Three miscreants fired at two policemen during a chase on Friday.
 
LUCKNOW: In another audacious attack on the khaki, three miscreants fired at two policemen during a chase on Friday. Both the cops, who were on a scooter, suffered injuries after their vehicle slipped in an attempt to dodge the bullets.

In charge of Sarvodaya Nagar police outpost sub-inspector Chandrakant Singh and head constable Sadashiv Mishra were present near Shalimar crossing in sector A Indiranagar. The duo posted at Ghazipur police station had been asked to keep an eye on suspicious elements who could target women morning walkers.

Around 5.30am, three miscreants were spotted heading towards the crossing from Faizabad road. On noticing the policemen, the three slowed down and took a U-turn. Singh and Mishra found this behaviour suspicious and started chasing the three on their scooter. “The three were riding a black motorcycle and started driving manically as soon as we asked them to stop,” said an injured Singh.

“The three then took Faizabad Road to escape towards Polytechnic Crossing and then headed towards Munshipulia. On the way, the two pillion riders waved firearms in the air to intimidate us. We realized that the range of the countrymade firearms could not be much and maintained a 50-metre distance,” added Singh.

Though an alert to lay a trap or put up barricades had been sounded, the trio had a free run. When the two cops got close to the three near Kaleva Crossing, the pillion riders fired shots one after the other aiming at the policemen from 315 bore firearms. “Both the pillion riders were carrying firearms and fired shots. They fired two shots but we were at a safe distance. However, I lost balance at a turn and the two-wheeler slipped,” said Singh.

The panic-struck residents realized the policemen were under attack and immediately rushed to help them. The duo was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for treatment. The two suffered injuries in arms and legs as they skidded on the road for at least 5 meters.

Ultimately, the fearless trio managed to give the cops a slip and remained untraceable. Singh did not blame anyone. “But a little support could have led to arrest of the trio,” he maintained. A case under attempt to murder charges was lodged at Ghazipur police station against the unidentified trio. The cops could not note down registration number of the motorcycle.

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Ragging of girls in Vittal PU College sparks tension

Ragging of girls in Vittal PU College sparks tension

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VITTAL: In a shocking case reported from Vittal Pre-University College, two male students of the college had reportedly been ragging four female students of the college since the past one month.
On September 18, Thursday, a major untoward incident was however averted due to timely action of the police who gathered information of the plans of the activists of a Hindu outfit to raid the college over the issue.
It is said, Tausif and Jameel, first PUTC students of the college having a history of several decades, had allegedly ragged four female students of the same class. Sources said the two accused who were irregular to the classes, were forcing the female students to get their notes and homework done.
Those who opposed them were mentally harassed in the classroom, it has been alleged.
It is learnt, the four female students feared the duo and acted as per their dictat. However, when things went to the extreme, they had complained to the teachersand also their parents.
Sources said as the two accused were good Kabaddi players, the teachers of theinstitution too had remained silent over the issue.
On September 18, Thursday, activists of a Hindu outfit were all ready to trap the two accused and thrash them.
The two accused students who came to know about the same, had tried to counter the Hindu activists with the help of some of their friends.
However, the Vittal police who were alert, brought things under their control.
The parents of the victims have lodged a written complaint to the Principal, while even the parents of the accused students too have spoken to the college authorities.

http://thecanaratimes.com/epaper/index.php/archives/29789

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Weekly editor, advertiser booked for offending Dalits

Weekly editor, advertiser booked for offending Dalits

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BELTHANGADY: Cases have been registered against the editor of a weekly published from the taluk as well as an advertiser on September 18, Thursday on the basis of a complaint by the Dalita Sangharsha Samithi (Ambedkar Vaada) thatthe weekly had offended the Dalits by using the banned word while referring to Scheduled castes in an advertisement. The shopkeeper Vasantha Poojary who had issued the ad was later arrested by the Venur police.
An ad in the classified section in Page Six of the weekly mentioned as so- Wanted : Girl wanted for work in general store. As accommodation is available those who would like to stay will be given first preference. (Excluding Scheduled Castemembers) To mention so the advertiser had used a banned word resulting in the ire of Dalit organisations.
The Dalit community has been greatly offended by the shop owner Vasanth Poojary for using the banned word in the ad, the complaint said.
It is learnt both the accused have been booked under the Prevention of Atrocities on Dalits Act.

http://thecanaratimes.com/epaper/index.php/archives/29792