Pa. Priest Slapped With Embezzlement Charge

Pa. Priest Slapped With Embezzlement Charge

A priest accused of embezzling nearly $385,000 from his former church in rural Pennsylvania was arrested Thursday, Adams Co. District Attorney Shawn Wagner said.

The Pennsylvania State Police arrested the Rev. Caesar A. Belchez, of New Freedom, Pa., on three counts of felony theft after a prolonged investigation that began in 2011, after Belchez left Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Bonneauville, Pa., after about five years presiding over the rural parish.


On Sunday, a 23-year-old student was gang-raped for hours and nearly beaten to death with iron rods on a bus in Delhi.

For the 23-year-old student, intense public pressure may ensure that the perpetrators are caught and tried. But a crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. Just this week two girls were gang raped in Bihar state. One is in critical condition and the youngest, a girl of just ten, and was brutalised to death and then dumped in the canal.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the Delhi High Court to take urgent action to set up five special fast-track courts to try sexual assault cases. Now, the best way to ensure justice for all is to force an agreement to put fast-track courts like this across India. We have to all act now — under public pressure, the will and possibility for action rises, but all too often politicians make bold promises to protect women only to forget about them when the spotlight fades.

It’s shocking, but not surprising, that 8 out of 10 women in Delhi fear for their safety. Equally there is nothing new in the fact that most women say they wouldn’t even think of telling the police about an attack for fear the cops would ignore them or worse blame them and abuse them. What is new is the level of outrage building across the country out of this terrible case. Together we can turn this firestorm of anger into a lightening bolt for change. Sign the petition now and forward it to everyone to safeguard the mothers and daughters of India:

Avaaz members in India have come together to protect children from brutal labour practices and freed Indian workers trapped in foreign countries. Together we have ensured that poorer people know their rights to free medical care. Now we can help the women and girls who face violent sexual attack.

With hope,

Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team


Delhi gang rape victim battles on, undergoes fifth surgery (Times of India) 

Outrage grows in India over gang-rape on bus (AP) 

Attempt-to-murder charge may be slapped on rapists (Deccan Herald) 

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India) 

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)

Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)

Bangaloreans protest against increasing violence on women

Bangaloreans protest against increasing violence on women

Bangalore – More than 200 students, activists, men and women from different sections of the society Friday evening came out to protest against the violence and oppression which women are facing in public places, after the recent gang-rape of a girl in Delhi sparked staunch criticism and agitations across the country.

“We are not safe anymore. I am scared to go out alone now, especially in the nights. Even to go from here to City Market, I am scared”, a teen participating in the protest lifted her finger pointing towards the City Market area which was less than 1 km from the protest site.

CJs, Judges call for world judicial system

CJs, Judges call for world judicial system

NEW DELHI, Dec 6, 2012, DHNS:

Chief Justices of various countries on Thursday made a strong pitch for a World Parliament and a World Judicial System with representatives from all nations, describing them as “the only way” to solve global problems and ensure equality of all

“The chief justices of the world must unite and form a World Judicial System. In Africa, we have already formed a Union of Judges and similar steps need to be taken to constitute World Judicial System and a World Parliament, “Chief Justice of Uganda B J Odoki said here at a press conference on Thursday.

He was here to attend the thirteenth International Conference of Chief Justices of the World, beginning in Lucknow from Saturday. The seven-day international conference has been organised by the City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, the world’s largest school
with over 44,000 students.

Apex court warns govt on encounter killings

Apex court warns govt on encounter killings

NEW DELHI, Dec 6, 2012, DHNS:

Expressing what it termed “failure of Constitutional scheme” to protect human rights, the Supreme Court on Thursday cautioned Centre and state governments against indiscriminate encounters taking place across the country.

Stressing that such incidents would alienate people from governments, a bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai resented that encounters taking place in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar and Manipur and other parts of the country would have deleterious effects on the psyche of the people. The court was hearing a PIL that alleged that over 1,500 extra-judicial killings took place in last 30 years in Manipur. It questioned the killing of a 12-year-old in an encounter in Imphal in 2009 on charges that the boy was member of a banned militant outfit.