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Puttur: Rape of student visiting studio – photographer held

Puttur: Rape of student visiting studio – photographer held

Puttur, Mar 18: Based on a complaint filed by a college student alleging rape, Yashodhar (34), a photographer operating a studio at Udane and residing at Shibaje here was arrested by Uppinangady police on Tuesday March 17. A case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was registered against him.

The complainant, a student of a PU college near Udane, had visited the studio run by Yashodhar for getting herself photographed sometime back. The accused had got himself acquainted with the girl student during this visit. On Sunday he reportedly invited the girl to visit his studio, and raped her after she came there. The student said that the accused also threatened her to kill her if she revealed about the incident to her family members.

However, the girl informed her family about the incident on Tuesday. Her parents, supported by some locals, then filed a complaint in Uppinangady police station.

The accused is a bachelor. It is learnt that similar case had also been registered against him in the past.

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Bengaluru: Suo motu case against cop who thrashed daughter publicly

Bengaluru: Suo motu case against cop who thrashed daughter publicly

Bengaluru, Mar 14: The police have since registered a case Suo motu against Madurai-based police sub-inspector, who thrashed and kicked his daughter after pulling by her hair in the presence of people and his wife at Domlur here. Officials at Halasur police station, who had not registered a case after taking the family to the station after being alerted by two ladies, as the girl had refused to register complaint against her father, confirmed that the case stands registered now .

Social websites have profusely hailed a lady named Nivedita Chakravarty and her friend, Archana, employees of a private firm, who recorded the assault on mobile phone and spread information about the brutal violence let loose on a young daughter by a man, and the onlookers who did not come forward to help the girl in distress. Rajaram, the police sub-inspector in question, was reportedly angry as he was informed by someone that his daughter employed in the city was in love with someone.

The police said they have registered case pertaining to different sections governing committing atrocity on women, public insult, and physical assault. They added that they would soon arrest the person concerned and investigate the case further.

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Mangaluru: Bajrang Dal activists stop college tour; stones pelted at mosque

Mangaluru: Bajrang Dal activists stop college tour; stones pelted at mosque

Mangaluru, Mar 15: Tension prevailed at Mudipu after Bajrang Dal activists indulged in moral policing and stopped a college bus in which students of first year BA and BCom were going for an education tour on the night of Saturday March 14.

The group of around 300 Bajrang Dal activists went on a rampage, pelting stones at the bus, allegedly because the boys and girls in the bus belonged to different communities.

Also, the activists are said to have also pelted stones at Noorania Juma mosque and ripped off banners at Mudipu junction. It is alleged that they also assaulted three people who were going home in a auto rickshaw. The seriously injured Imran, Sawad and others were going home after playing a cricket match when the assault took place.

As reported earlier, the bus in which about 38 students of Mudipu government college were about to go on an educational tour of Bengaluru and Mysuru, when the activists waylaid the bus saying that boy and girl students participating in the tour belonged to different communities. Four lecturers, 24 boys and 14 girls were part of the tour.

The police who came to the the spot had to request the college management to cancel the tour to avoid further trouble.

The girl students were thereafter sent home with their parents, while the boy students were accommodated at the college premises for the night.

A group which was about to destroy the bus was sent back after the police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd. Yet the group managed somehow to cause damages to the bus by breaking its windshield.

Police who had gathered there and members of the public present at the spot also came under the rain of stone pelting. A personnel of Karnataka State Reserve Police force, Hareesh, suffered injury to his hand in the incident. Stones and soda bottles were also pelted at shops.

Police security in the area has been beefed up.

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Mangaluru: Is school’s image more important than my daughter, asks distraught mother

Mangaluru: Is school’s image more important than my daughter, asks distraught mother

Mangaluru, Mar 15: The parents of the child who was sexually assualted allegedly by the driver of a school van on Sunday March 15 demanded justice for their daughter and said that they were highly disappointed by the lack of response and support from the school management.

The three-year-old child, and LKG student of Mangalore One school, was sexually assualted on Friday March 13, allegedly by Madhukar Shetty (35), the driver of the Omni van belonging to the school. 

Addressing a press meet organized by Samyukta Muslim Jamath, DK district at the hall of Central Muslim Committee in Bunder here on Sunday, former mayor Ashraf who is also the president of the Jamath body, said that the parents of the child came to him seeking support in the matter, and he immediately held a meeting with leaders of the community and some associations to discuss the issue.

He alleged that the school had refused to cooperate with the parents and warned them not to bring police into the issue. “Even after 48 hours of the incident, no proper action has been initiated against the accused. When the parents when to the school, the management asked them not to bring police into the matter as it would spoil the reputation of the school. When the parents insisted that case has to be filed against the driver, the management warned them that they would file complaint against the parents for creating chaos in the school,” he said.

“The management told the parents to file a complaint on their own outside and said they do not want police to visit the school. We strongly condemn this as the school did not support the parents when they were in need,” he added.

He also claimed that the school van in which the sexual assault allegedly took place was tinted, and that the school driver was drunk at the time of the incident.

“When rape cases are increasing, schools have to provide adequate security to students. The van was fully tinted and screened. The driver was drunk while dropping students to their homes on the day of the incident,” he said.

He also lamented the lack of response from the state government to the issue. “The state government has not spoken anything on this issue. The chief minister was in the district yesterday (Saturday March 14, at Puttur) but neither he nor the district incharge minister has spoken on it, which is hurting our sentiments. We demand the district administration to speak out on this issue and take suitable action against the accused.”

He further said, “The medical report by Lady Goschen hospital has confirmed the sexual assault, but the police are not disclosing it to the public. In order to communicate the status of the case to the public, the police should disclose the contents of the report. When we approached the hospital, they refused to let us see the report and said it has already been given to the police.”

He also appealed to the public not to give communal colour to the incident. “Please do not bring religion into this issue. This is matter of a child’s life and justice needs to be done.”

Referring to the tension that prevailed in Ullal and Thokkottu after the incident came to light, he said, “A crowd gathered in front of the hospital in Thokkottu and there was lot of chaos, because they felt that as the victim is from a Muslim family, police will not take action. However, in Lady Goschen hospital premises the same night, the police took adequate measures and nothing untoward happened.

“We demand that the administration takes suitable action against the school management and that justice is done to the child. If not, we will organize a massive protest in the coming days,” he warned.

Mother of the child Zareena was in tears as she addressed the press meet.

Describing the events of the fateful day, she said, “Normally my child comes home by 1 pm as she has only half day school, but that day she came late. She was dull, not eating and sleeping on my shoulder. I felt something was wrong, so I immediately called the school to enquire, but they did not give any information. At around 3.30 pm my daughter wanted to go to the toilet and I saw that she had wound on her thigh and she was bleeding. I knew something was wrong and when I asked her, she told me what the driver had done to her, but she could not explain properly as she herself did not understand it. She said the driver stopped the van at the roadside somewhere and did something bad to her.

“When I went to the school along with my husband to ask about the matter, the management refused to talk to us and told us not to bring police to the school as it would spoil their image. They refused to file complaint against the driver. Is the image of the school more important than my daughter?” Zareena asked.

When asked what the school had to say about the injury to her daughter, she said, “Somebody at the school said she got minor bruises from a plastic chair but she was perfectly fine and was playing after that.”

Zareena too alleged that the driver of the school van was drunk at the time of incident, and so also later in the evening when he was asked to come to the school.

She further said that the school has made no efforts to contact her. “The school officials said that when they went to Lady Goschen hospital they were not allowed inside, but this is not true as everyone was allowed. I did not receive any calls from the school management, and whatever information I have been getting is through some teachers and staff.

“I want justice for my daughter. Today it is my daughter, I do not want this to happen to other children,” she said.

Father of the child Mohammed Rafiq, vice-president of Akhila Bharat Beary Parishad Hameed Kudroli, president of Madoor Jumma Masjid Aziz Madoor and others were present.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Mangalore One school’s website was hacked but later restored. 

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Pompei college student continues battle for life – Errant vehicle untraced

Pompei college student continues battle for life – Errant vehicle untraced

Mangaluru, Mar 16: Investigation into the incident in which a Maruti Omni vehicle had deviated from its course and ploughed into a group of three girl students of Pompei College near Kinnigoli, who were walking towards the nearby Moorukaveri bus stop after college hours, has hit a roadblock as the errant vehicle remains at large so far, it is gathered. Two girl students had been injured in this accident. The accident had occurred on Wednesday March 11.

Postgraduate students of the college, Akshata (23), and Mamata (22), both from Niddodi Muchchoor, had sustained serious injuries in the said accident. Both had been admitted into the hospital immediately.

Out of the two, Akshata has since been treated and discharged, while Mamata, who suffered serious head injuries, continues to fight for her life at the intensive care unit of Fr Muller Medical College Hospital, Mangaluru, as her brain has been impacted in the accident, her classmates revealed.

It was a hit and run case, and the Omni had sped away after causing the accident. The Suratkal traffic police are investigating the case on the basis of CCTV footage got through the camera fitted in front of Pompei College.

Even after five days of the accident, the vehicle which caused the accident remains untraced, as the CCTV footage does not properly show the registration number of the vehicle, and the students of the college who were near the scene of the accident at the time had failed to take proper note of the vehicle.

Traffic police inspector of Suratkal, Gopalakrishna Bhat, said that the police have also accessed CCTV footage of another camera fitted on Kinnigoli main road and matched with the CCTV footage of the college. He concurred that the policemen are encountering problems as these CCTVs do not reveal registration number of the vehicle in question. ‘We have since checked CCTV footage of cameras installed at different places in Pakshikere, Haleangady, Karnad and Mulky, apart from the check-post at Hejamady. We have also checked a number of vehicles on suspicion, based on the colour of the car. We are continuing to put in sincere effort to bring the culprits to book,’ he explained.

The college students are agitated at the fact that the vehicle owner has been trying to skip responsibility after causing the accident. The classmates of Mamata have decided to submit a joint petition to the college managing committee and the principal on Monday March 16 to put more pressure on the concerned to find out the culprits and take action against them. It is likely that if this effort fails to achieve the desired result, students of the entire college might come together to protest. One of the classmates of Mamata said that the students also propose to request the managing committee to foot the medical bill of the injured student, which is mounting.

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