Mangaluru: Charges of Sexual Assault against Raghaveshwara Bharati – Probe Extended to City

Mangaluru: Charges of Sexual Assault against Raghaveshwara Bharati – Probe Extended to City

Mangaluru: After holding investigations in Puttur and Mani on July 1, the state CID police visited the Bharati College at Nantur on Tuesday in connection with the charges of sexual assault levelled against Shri Raghaveshwara Bharati Swamiji of Hosanagara math by its former female vocalist Premalata Shastri.

The college functions under the management of the math. She was brought by the police team to the college, where the Swamiji had stayed and given discourses during his camps in the city.

The CID team led by DySP M L Purushottam probed the spots where, according to the singer, the alleged acts took place. The team also recorded the dates of the Swamiji’s stay.

Supreme Court Orders Compensation of Rs. 1.8 Crore to Chennai Girl in Medical Negligence Case

Supreme Court Orders Compensation of Rs. 1.8 Crore to Chennai Girl in Medical Negligence Case

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court today ordered one of the largest compensations so far in the country in a case of medical negligence – Rs.1.8 crore. The Tamil Nadu government has to pay the sum to a 18-year-old girl who lost her vision at birth due to medical negligence at a government-run hospital.

The girl, who is now 18 years old, was born prematurely at the government hospital in Chennai’s Egmore. But she was discharged from the hospital without a retinopathy test, a must for preemies.

By the time the family discovered the lapse, the girl had lost her vision.

Her father then approached the National Consumer Forum, which awarded Rs. 5 lakh. Unhappy with the compensation, the family then approached the top court.

The Tamil Nadu government, too, had challenged the order of the consumer forum.
Today, the court dismissed the state government’s appeal and directed it to pay the higher compensation.

“At last, justice has prevailed,” the girl’s father, Mr Krishna Kumar, told NDTV. “After 18 years of legal fight, it is a big relief. But the compensation can’t match the sufferings still there.”

Rape victim consumes poison over police inaction

Rape victim consumes poison over police inaction

MEERUT: Aggrieved over the police’s failure to arrest those responsible for her gangrape even after two weeks, a rape victim allegedly consumed poison at Budhana police station on Wednesday. The 26-year-old victim is currently out of danger.

The victim’s kin later staged a dharna outside the SSP’s office and demanded that the accused be arrested immediately.

As per information, the victim was raped in Budhana town of Muzaffarnagar on June 17. Though an FIR was lodged in the case, the police have failed to arrest the accused.

The victim’s family alleged, “On June 17, four accused dragged her to the jungle when she arrived at Aterna village with her husband. The accused gangraped her and dumped her at the spot the next morning. The village head found her in a critical condition and rushed her to a hospital at Budhana. We lodged an FIR and the victim also recorded her statement before the magistrate under Section 164, IPC.”

On Wednesday, the victim again arrived at Budhana police station. However, cops allegedly misbehaved with her and asked her to return. The aggrieved girl later consumed poison at the police station and was rushed to Muzaffarnagar district hospital.

RPI workers claim patient died due to medical negligence

RPI workers claim patient died due to medical negligence

MUMBAI: RPI party workers on Thursday submitted an application to the Kandivali police alleging that a 25-year-old youth had died at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, a day earlier, owing to medical negligence. The Kandivali police have not registered an FIR so far and are probing further.

The youth, Ramakant Mohite, was admitted to the Kandivali-based hospital two days ago after he complained of stomach ache. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. Mohite was a Malwani resident.

RPI party workers also submitted an application to the hospital management, demanding an inquiry into the alleged medical negligence.

SC to hear if Navy right in sacking staffer for incest

SC to hear if Navy right in sacking staffer for incest

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to examine a critically sensitive issue – can a Navy officer be dismissed from service for having consensual sexual relations with his daughter?

A girl in a Navy school at Goa confided with a counselor in August 2010 that she was being sexually abused by her father from the age of five and that in 2009 she had become pregnant, which had to be terminated by a doctor. She also told the counselor that she was concerned about her younger sister.

The counselor reported the matter to higher authorities. A Board of Inquiry investigated the matter and collected evidence. The Navy in May 2012 set up a General Court Martial and the man was charged with section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) read with Section 72(2) of Navy Act.

During the trial, the girl resiled from the narration she had made before the counselor and told GCM that she shared a consensual sexual relationship with her father. This demolished the entire prosecution story and the IPC charges against the navy man, a Petty Officer (Steward), who was then posted to INS Kadamba and attached to INS Gomantak in Goa.

But, the GCM in June 2012 found him guilty under Section 53(b) of the Navy Act which provided that “any indecent act shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years”. The GCM termed the man’s actions “indecent” and awarded one-year imprisonment.

However, the GCM also decided to invoke Section 82(4) of the Navy Act against the man for intimidating the daughter to change her statement during trial. It imposed a sentence of “dismissal with disgrace”, which denied him pensionary benefits. The man appealed against the one-year sentence along with “dismissal with disgrace” before the Armed Forces Tribunal’s regional bench in Mumbai.

The AFT in December last year partly allowed the appeal of the navy man. It upheld the conviction and sentence under Section 53(b) and one-year sentence. However, it set aside the order for his dismissal with disgrace as a result entitling the man with all retirement benefits. The defence ministry challenged the AFT’s verdict before SC.

Arguing for the Navy, additional solicitor general Maninder Singh told a bench of Justices J S Khehar and Adarsh Goel that Navy is a disciplined force and such indecent and indiscipline act of the petty officer would cause grave disturbance to the morale and overall upkeep of the discipline.

He said: “In a disciplined force like the Navy, an indecent act if committed by a sailor, needs to be taken to its logical conclusion by the award of punishment corresponding with the gravity of the offence and any mercy or sympathy on the quantum of punishment would be counter productive.”

The bench agreed to consider afresh the case against the navy man and issued notice to him. On Singh’s plea, the apex court also stayed the AFT direction to pay pensionary benefits to the man, who has now retired from service.

The ASG said: “The AFT accepts that the act of the respondent is beastly and highly condemnable and on the other hand takes a lenient view of the offence by setting aside the punishment of dismissal with disgrace on the sole ground that the said incident happened only once, within the confines of four walls and that too with the consent of the daughter.”

Singh said: “The mere fact that the act took place only once behind closed doors, cannot absolve the respondent of the culpability.”