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DMRC launches ‘Museum for Children’ programme

With an objective to groom children into”responsible” Metro commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched the ‘Museum For Children’ initiative under which a number of activities oriented towards this goal will be organised.The rail corporation will organise visits to the Metro and workshops as part of the programme that also marks its ninth anniversary. On the occasion, a ‘Museum For Children’ booklet featuring all the activities by the Delhi Metro was also unveiled and an exhibition on the same theme was inaugurated on Friday.To commemorate the occasion, children and youth from’Action For Autism’ participated in the programme, that entailed a Metro ride followed by a tour of the Metro Museum for them. They also participated in a short cultural programme in which the famous puppet show on Metro travelling etiquette was performed.A special book titled’Challenging the Limits’which encapsulates the engineering challenges of the recently inaugurated Magenta corridor was also unveiled on the occasion. A replica of the front side of the new age trains of the Delhi Metro, which have recently been launched on the Magenta Line, was unveiled as well. The new exhibit sized 9 ft by 6.5 ft is made of MS sheet and is expected to be a major attraction for the visitors.CHILDREN’S DAY OUTChildren and youth from ‘Action For Autism’ participated in the programme that included a Metro ride followed by a tour of the Metro Museum.

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No. of juveniles nabbed rose by 6.7% in ’16

The increase in the number of juveniles apprehended in 2016 compared to the year before has come as a cause for concern for the authorities. The Minister of State for Women and Child Development is pushing for various measures be taken to bring into the mainstream these children in conflict with law. In 2016, there was a 6.73 per cent rise in the apprehension rate of juveniles compared to 2015, the year which saw a dip in arrests of juveniles from 2014.The Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said a total of 1,33,784 cases of juveniles apprehended were reported during 2014-2016. The minister further stated that as per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), the new cases of juveniles apprehended during 2014, 2015 and 2016 are 48,228, 41,385, 44,171 respectively.It shows a mixed trend with a decline of 14 per cent in 2015 from 2014 and an increase of 6.73 per cent in 2016 over 2015.The minister also stated that the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 includes special provisions to address heinous offences committed by teenagers above the age of 16.

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Delhi nursery admission: Nursery nightmares begin

With most of the private unaided recognised schools in the national capital giving heavy weightage to the ‘neighbourhood’ criteria — children residing within the 0-3 km radius — arbitrary regulations issued by several schools are giving nightmares to parents seeking nursery admission for their children.In blatant violation of the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) guidelines, while some schools are granting extra points to “vegetarian”, “non-smoker” and “teetotaller” parents, some are preferring children/grandchildren of former school promoters or office bearers.According to the criteria released by Mahavir Senior Model School on GT-Karnal Road, extra five points will be given to non-smoker, teetotaller and vegetarian parents, in a bid to shun “social evils”.”We have included the point just to make people realise how healthy and happy their lives would be if they won’t smoke and drink. We, however, are not asking them to give a certificate as a proof,” said SL Jain, principal of the school.Similarly, in another violation, Apeejay school in Sheikh Sarai is giving 15 points to the “Children/Grandchildren of promoters/office bearers/members of board of governors of the school” in its criteria, the move experts term a “disregard” of the government’s directions. “This is a blatant violation and disregard of the DoE’s regulations. The school is also giving a backdoor entry to the candidates coming from its own play school by giving extra 10 points to the child coming from a lower class at any other Apeejay School,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of www.admissionsnursery.com.”Some schools have issued absurd admission criteria which are nowhere mentioned in the DoE’s circular issued on December 19. Parents like us are really confused. The DoE Should immediately issue notices to such schools,” said Ritika Singh, a parent seeking admission for her 3-year-old daughter.Several schools, including Abhinav Public School in Pitampura and Sachdeva Public School in Rohini have asked parents’ to give details of their monthly income, educational and professional qualification in their forms. “How can our educational and professional qualifications can be the parameters of screening the forms of our children? This is absolutely unfair,” said Sikha Sharma, another parent.Officials at the DoE, however, said that they are receiving the complaints and strict action will be taken against all these schools. “We have received numerous complaints through our grievance portal on the first day. Strict action will be taken against all such schools,” a senior official said.The admission process in the entry level classes in 1,700 private unaided recognised schools in the national capital kicked off on Wednesday. The last date to submit application forms in schools is January 17 and the first list will be released on February 1. The admission process will wrap up by March 31, 2018.

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Excommunicated Parsis inaugurate fire temple in Pune; allows entry to non-Parsis

Over 100 “reformist” Parsis have inaugurated a fire temple in Pune’s Kondhwa area which recognises the children of Parsis marrying outside the community as well as allows entry to non-Parsis.The shrine made on a budget of Rs 2.2 crore is an attempt to end the discrimination meted out to non-Parsi spouses in the community.Top lawyer Fali Nariman, former advocate general Darius Khambata and industrialist Anu Aga are some of the donors of the temple under the banner of ‘Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism’.The inauguration ceremony saw the participation of over 100 Parsis and their non-Parsi spouses and children. Some couples also flew in from abroad.”We have a gender discrimination issue due to which if any Parsi woman gets married to a non-Parsi, she is not allowed to enter the sacred fire temple. Even their children are not allowed inside the temple,” said Vispy Wadia, a reformist.”When a Parsi man marries outside the community, his children are allowed inside the fire temple, but the spouse is not allowed. When they visit a fire temple, the non-Parsi spouse is made to wait outside the temple,” he said.Terming this tradition as “pure discrimination”, Wadia said it has a big psychological impact on children when they see that their mother cannot enter the temple.”To end this gender discrimination, we thought we should have our own place of worship, where there is no gender discrimination or any other constraints,” he said.Wadia, married within the community, said several like-minded people thought the orthodoxy was wrong and regressive.”We thought we need to have a separate place of worship, where anybody can come in with their heads held high, without any fear, prejudice and discrimination,” he asserted.The Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism has received support from several people, from within and outside the community, for the initiative, he said.Orthodox rules are dividing the Parsi families, Wadia argued.”We (reformists) are uniting families. Among Parsis, around 35 per cent marriages take place outside the community and the number increases every year,” he said.

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Child rape cases shot up sharply in Ahmedabad, says NCRB

The city which is known to be one of the safest for children is turning out to be a place of nightmare. According to the data issued by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 196 cases were recorded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(POCSO) Act were lodged in Ahmedabad in 2016.Of these, 139 cases were of minors being raped, 21 21 of them were reported to be sexually assaulted. Also, 7 cases of unnatural activities were reported against children were registered.For instance, one eight-year-old girl was molested by a 60-year-old doctor in his clinic in Isanpur area last Thursday. The incident took place when the girl went to his clinic alone. The doctor took her to an adjacent room, where he held her hand and zipped his pants down to flash his private parts.In 80 per cent of such cases, the accused turned out to someone known to the victims, which includes mostly relatives, neighbours, friends etc. Binal Patel, the city coordinator of Childline of an NGO that works to protect the rights of children, said that she has known a lot of cases where children are abused daily.The one who abuses the kids are mostly in acquaintance, she said.”It is often the relatives, friends of the family, neighbours or people in school whom the child is in touch with who abuse them,” said Patel, adding that in many cases the child is being abused over a period before s/he opens up to her/his parents.The trigger is often when parents discover the physical signs of sexual abuse or molestation,” said Patel. In many cases, the relatives even ignore the case because the incident involves members of the same of extended families, she said. “We know of a case in which an orphan girl was sexually abused by her uncle. But, her relatives asked her to stay mum,” she said.According to NCRB data, 481 cases of crime against children were reported in Ahmedabad in 2016. Of them, 196 cases were reported under POCSO Act, which is 40.74 per cent. While in 2015, 609 cases of crime against children were reported where 191 cases were of POCSO, 173 out of 437 cases were registered under POCSO Act in 2014.Cases in 2017 October 31: A 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old, who spotted the victim playing near his house. The crime took place in Odhav area of the city. Finally, the accused was caught redhanded by the victim’s uncle and was handed over to police.On September 14: Principal of a municipal English medium school, near Shankar Bhuvan, in Shahpur, was nabbed by Shahpur police for raping an eight-year-old student of his school. March 17: Two teenage sisters, both around 15 years old, were gang-raped by six in a running car in Dahod. The accused wanted to punish the family after the girl’s brother accused one of them of bootlegging.POCSO cases filed in Gujarat 2016 1408 cases1414 victims2015 1416 cases1424 victimsPOCSO cases lodged in Ahmedabad 2016 196 cases196 victims2015 191 cases191 victims2014 173 cases 173 victimsCrime chart of cases filed under POCSO Act in Ahmedabad Child Raped 139 cases139 victimsSexual Assualt 21 cases21 victimsOther POCSO cases35 cases 35 victims

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UNICEF calls for action to end digital divide across the world

Only 15% people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed.In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report covering 24 countries, including India, in 2017 said.Digital divide do not merely separate the connected from the unconnected, they go deeper concerning how people, including youth and children, use Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a UNICEF spokesperson said after launching the report here last week.The report quoted data from world’s wealthiest countries to show that ICT experience has a huge impact on the wages of labourers in countries like Australia and US. Adults without ICT experience were likely to earn less.”Other studies of adult population in countries such as India and Tunisia reflect similar findings,” the report said.Also readHere’s how researchers are looking to provide high-speed internet at low costThe report said while about 29% of youth, in the age group of 15-24 years, (346 million individuals), don’t have access to the Internet, the situation is almost opposite in the case of children.Just about 30 per cent of children, below 15 years, have access to the digital media across the globe, the report said.Also readGoogle for India: Tech giant unveils ‘Oreo Go’ to drive Internet adoption”Children who are unconnected are missing out on rich educational resources, access to global information and online opportunities of learning. They are also forgoing ways to explore new friendships and self-expression,” it said.Calling it a digital divide, the report explained that the gap will amplify the advantage of children from wealthier backgrounds even as the poor and disadvantages ones remain deprived of opportunities.Referring to a digital gender gap, the report said, globally 12 per cent more men used the internet than women did in 2017.The report calls for faster action, focused investment and greater cooperation to protect children from the harms of a more connected world, the UNICEF spokesman said.West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja, who had attended the launch event last week, assured to take note of the findings and its implications on the kids here.”We will go through the contents of the report and take necessary actions based on the findings in our state,” West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja told PTI.

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The flaming smile of floating water lilies

Familiarity often veils our perception of things, events and beings that are mysterious and wonderful.How wonderful are stars that twinkle in the sky and delight children who are not yet familiar with the world? And what about the play of colours! We may paint hundreds of paintings with colours but can we ever reproduce a real and natural colour! And what about the glow of the colour? The rainbow of colours still looks marvellous to us because it is not everyday that we see the rainbow. And look at flowers – flowers that are fresh and wet with dew drops. How delightfully are our hearts captured by them as we pick them, touch them with tender fingers that are tuned to the freshness and tenderness of the flowers. Such was my experience one morning when, in a garden, I beheld a bunch of beautiful fully blossomed water lilies floating steadily in the water without being touched by the wetness of the water. There, I realized the true purity that is beautiful but unattached. What a message those water lilies were conveying to the depths of my soul! Is it not said that an ideal personality should bloom like a lotus which is above all likes and dislikes and remains untarnished even when floods of water are poured over it! Sthitapragnya, one whose intelligence is settled, has rightly been compared to the water lilies. Water lilies, in our Indian tradition, symbolises divine consciousness. To be near a water lily is to be in the vicinity of God, and we feel transported in adoration of the highest and the best. And that’s when this question popped in my mind – can we provide this experience to the children? And what shall we do for that purpose? It is not a question only of flowers and water lily. It is a question of everything in the world. It is our familiarity with the world that veils for us the wonder of everything. That is why there is a deep prayer to make our eyes so sublime and fresh that whenever we look at anything in the world we feel like Wordsworth – the daffodils continue to refresh our minds long after we have seen them. He was, perhaps, one great poet in the world whose love for nature was so intense that even to read his poems makes us partake into his experience as nature vibrating the spirit.This brings us to the subject of poetry. What is poetry? If not an intense expression of the freshness of emotions, colours, sights, perceptions and events that can transport us into the world of unfamiliarity and the world of wonder. Such is the value of education on poetry. As Shri Aurobindo has said, “Poetry, Music and Art are a complete education of the soul.” Unfortunately, in our present age, we do not allow our children to have leisure to find company in nature, and we overcoat their minds and hearts with grossness that may look glittering but has no gold in it. We need to change our entire attitude towards education.What a delight it was that day when I had this contact with water lilies who had in their heart an inexpressible Smile. The flame of this smile lit up my entire being. This led me straight to the children seated in the near ‘prison homes’ of schools, deeply in need of that Smile.Let us set the class ablaze with this Smile. Let us bring freshness in education, leisure in education and time to look and enjoy so that the objects of our perception bring to us their freshness and enliven the deepest recesses of our hearts.

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Pune | 6, including 5 minors, arrested for sexually abusing 8-year-old girl

An eight year old girl was allegedly raped by six boys including five minor and a 19 year old in Kondhwa area. After mother of the victim approached Kondhwa police, the 19-year-old was arrested and the five minor boys were sent to observation home.According to Kondhwa police, all the six boys booked for raping the minor are known to the victim’s family. The girl would go to play with them when they sexually assaulted her.Inspector (crime) S Shinde of Kondhwa police told DNA, “Out of the six boys detained on Thursday, one is major and he is 19 year old. The other boys are 10 and 11 year old. According to the mother of the victim, these boys would take the girl to play with them where they would sexually assault her.”According to the statement given by the mother of the victim to police, the girl started complaining about pain in abdomen after which she was taken to a doctor. During the medical examination, doctor found out that the girl was being sexually abused.”Since the girl is small, she could not explain about the incident. When asked her about the activities the boys would do with her, she explained all the details,” Shinde said.Along the section of rape under section 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police have also slapped relevant sections of the protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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Minor actress molestation: Accused gets bail

Clean chits from the airline, the co-passenger, the air hostess and office support have helped the defence to put forth its case before the court, which granted bail to Vikas Sachdev, a senior corporate executive of a media firm. The court granted him bail in the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) case, which was levelled against him by a minor actress. The actress had accused Sachdev of allegedly molesting her while he had boarded the same Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on December 11.The court presided over by judge AD Deo granted bail to Sachdev on temporary cash bail of Rs 25,000 and two solvency sureties. The court has laid conditions of Sachdev attending Sahar police station on every first Sunday of the month between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm till the conclusion of the trial. The court has also asked him to not to tamper with evidence and witness in any manner.Family members of Sachdev, while speaking to DNA, said, “Our advocate had filed for his bail clearly on the merits of the case. Sachdev was arrested with no prior notice, which is a fundamental right of every accused. When the prosecution was confronted with the same, they were speechless on the fact that the accused was not given time to opt for a legal option. Furthermore, as per the sections imposed against Sachdev under POCSOA, it was not practical enough to touch the four body parts which were described in the Act, of which he was accused of. Also, clean chits were given to Sachdev by all the authorities concerned.”Vikas Sachdev was arrested after the actress filed a complaint and was presented before the court which sent him to police custody. Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.The actor had alleged she was on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.

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Majority of parents in Mumbai feel their children are safe in school, but concerns remain: Study

While the number of criminal cases against children has increased as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the city parents perceive that there are definite risks facing children in general, but that their own children are protected in most spaces shows CRY study released on Monday.A study was conducted by leading child rights organization CRY-Child Rights and You. With an objective to explore the perceptions around the safety of children, CRY volunteers conducted the survey by interviewing parents on their perception of risks faced by children in Mumbai, in both public and private spaces. Parents of children ranging from ages 3 to 14 years old from both privileged and underprivileged economic backgrounds were interviewed in a door-to-door survey and over the telephone. Parents from slums as well as high-rises were from the areas of Cuffe Parade, Kurla, Kalina, Colaba, Sion, Wadala, Powai, Goregaon and Kandivali.According to NCRB the crime cases against children have increased by more than 500 percent in the last decade. The rate of crimes has increased exponentially from 1.4 in 2005 to 24 in 2016. However, parents perceive that there are definite risks facing children in general, but that their own children are protected in most spaces.Also readNCRB data reveals surge in human trafficking casesParents from both the underprivileged and privileged sections believe that for children in general, sexual abuse and kidnappings are the biggest threat, followed by accidents and bad company. School was clearly considered to be a protected environment, with more than 80% of parents from both sections saying that they felt that their children are safe in school.A mere 13% of privileged and 2% of underprivileged parents acknowledged that there was a risk to their child in school coming from other people. Transportation of a child was a key worrying issue for parents and so 60% of underprivileged parents said that they feared for their children’s safety while using transport, yet the choice of transport was driven more by convenience and financial considerations. Whereas 39% of privileged parents said that there was a risk to their child during travel, and safety was considered as much as a convenience in the choice of transport. Also readIn 94.6% cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRBIn terms of safety at home parents from both sections pointed out that they are confident of their immediate family, relatives, friends and neighbours taking care of their children in their absence. The 41% of underprivileged sections acknowledged the risk at home, while 75% of privileged parents felt there was risk at home. However, once again most parents acknowledged these risks to be more accidental than non-accidental ones (intentional harm/abuse/exploitation/abduction).Kreeanne Rabadi, Regional Director-CRY West says, “The study findings indicate that there needs to be more awareness on child protection, that it goes beyond physical safety. Moreover, Mumbai being a busy metropolis parents are forced to juggle their professional and personal lives to take care of their children, and they create a safety net by involving families, friends and neighbours. We need the government to address the concerns of parents and play an active role in ensuring our children remain safe.”

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SC dismisses plea seeking one nation, one syllabus for children aged 6-14

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking ‘one nation and one syllabus’ for children aged 6-14 years throughout the country.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that a common syllabus is not possible and dismissed the petition. Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, appearing for primary school teacher Neeta Upadhaya, wife of BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhaya, said that introduction of common education system will advance the objective behind the Right to Education (RTE) Act.To this the bench said that court can’t do this and common syllabus can’t be introduced. The petitioner had sought a direction to the Centre in spirit of the Article 21A of the Constitution and to establish “One Nation-One Education Board” system. The plea had saidthat introduction of the new system would substitute the existing multi-board system like Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).Also readGovt to track children with Aadhaar to bring down number of out of school childrenIt also sought a direction for introduction of a common textbook having chapters on the Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles and the Great Golden Goals as set out in Preamble of the Constitution and make its study compulsory for all the children aged 6-14 years throughout the country. Upadhaya had said that Article 21A of the Constitution makes education a fundamental right of children but the executive has not introduced common education system in spirit of the provisions.The plea said that injury is caused to the children because prevailing education system does not provide equal opportunity to all the children in spirit of the Article 16 and Preamble of the Constitution, as syllabus and curriculum are very different.

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‘Hero’ India driver risks life to save children in runaway van

Shiv Yadav threw himself in front of a moving van after the children accidentally put it in gear.

In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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I made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old

The Jharkhand school principal who was booked for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old child, has admitted to the crime. However, he has brushed it off saying that there was ‘no intercourse involved’.According to an NDTV report, S Xavier, who heads the school in Jharkhand’s Koderma district had allegedly taken the child to the school toilet where he stripped her and inappropriately touched her. He then gave her some money and told her to not repeat what had happened.He was produced before the media by the police. “Yes I did, but it wasn’t such a big mistake. There was no sexual intercourse. Let me be frank, I could not even have done it, I’m old now. It was an accident.” The man, who has been sent to jail for 15 days, also said, “I am under a lot of stress. My work is not going well. I have heart trouble. I can’t sleep at night sometimes. I have insomnia,” he said.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal Xavier has been booked under various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act​ (POCSO).The incident came to light days after a four-year-old child from a posh school in Kolkata was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers. Both the teachers were booked under POCSO after the child identified them. Parents staged protests outside the school and the Jadavpur police station where the accused have been locked up, demanding stricter action. They had also lamented the high school fee (Rs 5,000 per month) but no adequate security for the children.
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Hyderabad: Couple held for scalding four-year-old girl with a frying pan

Police have arrested a man and woman for torturing a 4-year-old girl, the woman’s daughter from a previous marriage, by scalding her with a hot frying pan.Police said preliminary investigations revealed that the woman, and her second husband, identified as Lalitha M and Y Prakash respectively, wanted to get rid of the child.The couple, both 25 years of age, have been working as cook and watchman at a hostel in SR Nagar, police added.”The girl is from Lalitha’s first marriage. She seems to have left or divorced her first husband and married Prakash. The girl was found with burn injuries on her body after her mother allegedly made her sit on a frying pan. The burn injuries seem to be from around 4-5 days ago,” SR Nagar police station inspector Md Waheeduddin said.The matter came to light when the couple took the child to ‘Bharosa’, an integrated support centre for women and children, claiming that they had found the child abandoned by the roadside.”During verification it was revealed that the child was being “tortured” by the couple who wanted to get rid of her,” city-based child rights NGO Balala Hakkula Sangham honorary president Achyuta Rao said.Based on a complaint lodged by an official of the Child Welfare Department, a case was registered under IPC section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and relevant provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)Act against the couple leading to their arrest, inspector Waheeduddin said.He added that the child has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
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After Kolkata sexual assault of 4-year-old, Jharkhand principal booked for molesting seven-year-old

A day after a four-year-old child was sexual assaulted in a posh school in Kolkata, another report – this time from Jharkhand – says that a 67-year-old principal of a public school allegedly molested a seven-year-old.According to news agency ANI, an FIR has already been registered against the principal of Telaiya Public School in Koderma and a probe is on.Earlier in Kolkata, parents protested outside the GD Birla Centre for Education to protest against the authorities after a four-year old child was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers.Meanwhile, the two accused physical education teachers Abhishek Roy and Md Mofizzuddin were arrested and placed in police custody at Jadavpur police station. They have been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.Earlier, it was reported that the girl was lured to the toilet with promise of getting chocolates. There she was shown pornography and was molested. The victim has identified the two individuals from pictures shown by the detectives.The child was constantly crying and complained of severe pain after returning from school on Wednesday when her mother spotted blood stains on her clothes, he said. On enquiring, the girl told her mother that the PT teacher had taken her to the washroom but could not narrate what happened thereafter. Her parents took her to a pediatrician who advised her to be taken to the police, the officer said.Also readKolkata minor sexual assault: Parents protest outside school; lament lack of security despite hefty feesThe child was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital late last night. Tests were performed to confirm the alleged sexual assault on her. The report is awaited, hospital sources told. Following the incident, parents of other students held protests in front of the school gate today demanding immediate suspension of the accused teacher.Since the Ryan International School student’s murder, a number of reports of the lack of security in schools – both public and private – have been highlighted by the media.Also read4-year-old girl sexually molested in washroom of reputed Kolkata school However, data provided by NCRB shows that molestation of children under the POCSO act has increased almost four-fold in the past three years. However, there is no information revealing where the incidents took place.
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Kolkata minor sexual assault: Parents protest outside school; lament lack of security despite hefty fees

The father of the four-year-old child who was sexually assaulted, allegedly by two teachers, reached the gates of GD Birla Centre for Education at 6 am on Saturday, to protest against the authorities.The father told reporters that he and his wife were unable to sleep at night because of the pain their child was going through. He also urged other parents who had arrived to extend their cooperation and support.“We pay about Rs 5,000 per month as fees and there is no security available,” said a concerned parent.Earlier, parents had protested outside the school premises demanding the principal’s arrest. Amidst police protection, teachers and principal of the school left the campus and after midnight, the school had hurriedly installed a CCTV outside the gate.Also readRyan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyerMeanwhile, the two accused physical education teachers Abhishek Roy and Md Mofizzuddin were arrested and placed in police custody at Jadavpur police station. They have been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.Earlier, it was reported that the girl was lured to the toilet with promise of getting chocolates. There she was shown pornography and was molested. The victim has identified the two individuals from pictures shown by the detectives.The child was constantly crying and complained of severe pain after returning from school on Wednesday when her mother spotted blood stains on her clothes, he said. On enquiring, the girl told her mother that the PT teacher had taken her to the washroom but could not narrate what happened thereafter. Her parents took her to a pediatrician who advised her to be taken to the police, the officer said.The child was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital late last night. Tests were performed to confirm the alleged sexual assault on her. The report is awaited, hospital sources told. Following the incident, parents of other students held protests in front of the school gate today demanding immediate suspension of the accused teacher.
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India sexual abuse: ‘Four child victims every hour’

The National Crime Records Bureau reports a steady rise in offences against children.

Maharashtra has max assault on women

As data released by the National Crime Records Bureau reveals, Maharashtra has a daunting task ahead of it to curb crimes against women and children.The state topped the country in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, as 11,396 cases were registered in 2016; ranking second in kidnapping and abduction of women, with 6,170 cases; and third in cases of rape, with 4,189 cases.Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases.Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra held the second position in the country after Uttar Pradesh (UP) in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 7,956 cases registered, followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 6,016 cases registered.The state also held the second position in the country in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), with 4,815 cases registered followed by MP with 4,717 cases in 2016. UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. Among the 19 cities, Mumbai had the second highest number of POCSO cases, at 979 cases, after Delhi, which had 1,374 cases. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai.When it came to juveniles in conflict with law, Maharashtra ranked second with 6,606 cases registered, after MP, where 7,369 cases were registered in 2016.Mumbai had the highest number of cyber crime cases among the 19 cities, with 980 cases, accounting for 23.5 per cent of the total cases in the metropolitan cities.Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013. While UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC cases in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Mumbai also held third position in terms of total IPC crimes in 19 metropolitan cities. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC cases, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
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Delhi HC orders re-investigation of all acquittal cases by POSCO judge

The Delhi High court has ordered the re-investigation of all the cases of acquittal by a POCSO judge deputed at the Saket court complex in the national capital after it found some “fundamental and serious error in the approach of the learned Judge in deciding the cases.A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice P S Teji called for all the case files of the decision rendered by Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Chaudhary while hearing an appeal in one of the acquittals.“We have come across several decisions rendered by the same learned Judge in cases under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and they all, prima-facie, appear to be laconic.“There is a fundamental and serious error in the approach of the learned Judge in deciding the cases which have come to our notice,” the court.The bench held that the situation demanded them “to examine all the decisions rendered by the Additional & Sessions Judge Sunil Chaudhary while discharging functions as the ASJ-01, South-East District, New Delhi, in cases under POCSO Act”.The court directed the District and Sessions Judge, South East District, New Delhi to place before the court all the decisions delivered by ASJ Chaudhary on the next date of hearing for examination by invoking its powers under section 397 and 401 CrPC.Section 397 CrPC empowers a high court or a sessions judge to call for and examine the record of any proceeding before any inferior criminal court within its jurisdiction.The court’s direction comes while hearing an appeal by Delhi police challenging the acquittal of a youth who had allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old in the year 2010.​Additional Standing Counsel for the state, Rajat Kaytal said that “the judgement borders on perversity” following which the court found substance in the claim and held, “Prima-facie a reading of the impugned judgment gives us the same impression.”The court also took note of the three different appeals which had come from the judgments pronounced by the same judge and henceforth recalled all the records from the District and Sessions Judge.
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Missing minor found sodomised, 1 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on Saturday was found to have been sodomised by a 20-year-old man who lured him on the pretext of getting him a chocolate, Ranip Police said on Monday. The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC.Police said the boy’s father had lodged a missing complaint on Saturday. Acting on it, cops started the search for the minor. He was found near Sabarmati railway station yard. The victim has been sent to Civil Hospital and the accused was to be produced before the court.Police said Thakor lured the six-year-old on the pretext of getting him a chocolate. He then took him to the Sabarmati railway station, where he beat the minor up and forced himself upon him. A case has been registered and further probe is onf cities.

Take action in 8 weeks: NHRC to HRD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written to the ministry of Human Resource and Development at the Central Government to look into the matter of children falling ill after the midday meal initiated by them.The letter was sent after an applicant seeking information under the RTI filed a complaint with the NHRC when he became aware of 74 cases of students falling ill in the state in the last five years.Maharashtra has ranked third in the list of the number of cases regarding children falling ill after consuming midday meal in schools. In the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state.While the complaint filed by the activist on September 16 was tabled before the NHRC on November 1, the Commission has asked the secretary to take appropriate action within eight weeks.Chetan Kothari who registered the complaint, said, “A committee must be formed to make a report on the food safety matters in midday meal, preventive measures to be undertaken for any future calamity, and implementation of the same must be ensured in a time-bound manner. Surprise tests, visits from the Centre to the midday meal centres must be made compulsory.”As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death due to midday meal in India, Bihar tops the list with 17 cases reported. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 12 cases reported, Maharashtra and Odisha with eight cases each.Kothari, said, “While total 4, 278 children fell sick due to contaminated food across India, if we see the trend in Maharashtra, in 2014 only 30 children were reported falling ill, in 2015 the number raised to 236 which is like an eight-time rise in the number of children falling ill. Unfortunately, no data is available on what action has been taken, or how many FIR’s filed.”AS PER DATAIn the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state. As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death Bihar tops the list with 17 cases.

Tutor tries to rape 7-yr-old, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a seven-year-old girl in the Khoda area of Ghaziabad on Thursday evening. The accused has been arrested and sent to jail on Friday.According to police, the accused has been identified as Ram Bahadur Sharma (40), a teacher by profession, who allegedly tried to rape the girl while he had gone to give her tuition classes on Thursday evening.Narrating the ordeal, the victim’s mother said that the teacher came to their house like every day on Thursday evening at around 7:30 pm.”I was sitting in my room and Sharma was teaching my daughter. All of a sudden, I heard a loud cry from her. I immediately rushed to the drawing room to see what was wrong and found that Sharma had put his hands inside my daughter’s clothes,” the mother said.The mother raised an alarm and gathered locals who then thrashed the tutor and rushed him to the police station.”The accused was brought to the police station in unconscious state. The mother lodged an First Information Report against the accused and on the basis of that we arrested him. He was rushed to the district hospital for treatment and later sent to jail on Friday morning,” said Akash Tomar, Superintendent Of Police (city), Ghaziabad.Police have arrested the accused under sections 376 (rape), 511 (attempting to commit offence), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 7/8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act..According to a senior police officer, the accused was a separated man and had been giving tuitions to the girl for the past four months.”He was a characterless man as his wife had also left him five years ago because of his wrong doings,” said a senior police officer.POCSO APPLIEDPolice have arrested the accused under sections 376 (rape), 511 (attempting to commit offence), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 7/8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
His wife had left him five years ago

4-year-old too young to molest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shocking incident wherein a four-year-old child was sexually assaulted by her classmate inside a private school premises on Friday has once again raised serious concerns about our society. On the other hand, some experts have said the normal curiosity of a child should not be misconstrued as assault.Medical experts suggested that the accused seemed to be in the ‘oedipal stage of development’, in which kids are eager to identify with a gender. “The age between 3 and 5 years is when the gender identification takes place. Sexual conflict arises during this age, which sometimes leads to such incidents. The question is why did the child get involved in such a crime,” said Dr Sameer Malhotra, senior consultant psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and de-addiction specialist at Max Hospital.Over-exposure of kids through social media or any kind of abuse at home are among the leading reasons behind this kind of hampering. “One needs to understand the reason behind this curiosity. A child needs to go through project testing, in which he can explain whatever is running in his mind through art,” Dr Malhotra added.Explaining the role of parents in such cases, educationist Ameeta Mulla Wattal said they should be “counselled” as well to understand what sexual assault means. “Children in this age are too young to understand the meaning of sexual assault and molestation. They are often curious about each other. Such cases should be handled very sensitively,” she said.She added that such things are very normal at this age and parents should understand that. “A four-year-old molesting another four-year-old is something that is really difficult to believe. Parents should understand the psyche of kindergarten-going children. They should be given proper counselling,” she said.Several principals also backed Wattal’s comment and said that 7-8-year-old children are too young to “molest”. “It’s unbelievable that a four-year-old can molest anyone. Even if such an incident happened, it should not be considered as perversity,” said principal of a private school in east Delhi.According to Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), more watchfulness is required to avoid such incidents. “Crime among children is a multifactorial phenomenon and we can’t hold one or two things responsible for it. Parents, guardians, and teachers have to be more watchful to avoid all this.”

Kopardi rape and murder case: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on Nov 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sessions court in Ahmednagar will pronounce the quantum of sentence for the three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case on November 29.The three accused are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, allegedly by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling herBhawal’s lawyer Balasaheb Khopade pleaded that Bhawal may not be given the capital punishment.However, special public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam argued that this was a ‘rarest of the rare case’ and hence the tree convicts should be awarded the death sentence.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.

Most schools to charge by the month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schools across the city are in a fix over new admissions. While the admission season for nursery begins after Diwali, this year the same has been delayed.Due to an unclear picture, most schools have changed their admissions as per the Fee Regulatory Act. Most schools have decided to charge admission, term, and monthly fees on a per-month basis. MP Chandran, spokesperson of Association of Progressive Schools (AoPS) said, “We have communicated to our member schools that we have decided to charge admission fee for only one month as per the Act, subject to the decision by the HC. We are considering only sibling cases in JG International school.”Parents and school community have been in confusion since March 30 when the state government through its Gujarat Self-Financed School (Regulation of Fees Bill), 2017, put a cap on annual fees of self-financed schools across Gujarat at Rs 15,000 for primary section, Rs 25,000 for secondary and Rs 27,000 for higher secondary classes.Manan Chokshi, Managing Trustee, Udgam School for Children said, “Since there is no clarity from the state government as well as the HC yet, we have decided to start our admissions from December 1…. We have decided to charge admission fee only for one month along with regular fees. At the moment, we are only accepting inquiries and shortlisting them.”

Residents’ associations across India meet in Ghatkopar to discuss waste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Resident welfare associations from across the country met on Saturday to discuss the successes and challenges they experienced, at the fifth national Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (CoRWA) at Ghatkopar. The associations shared their ideas of waste management with an aim to inspire each other for the segregation of waste at the local level, rather than depending upon the civic body in their cities.”Children are the best sources to make parents and societies aware of how waste can be managed at the local level,” said Bandra-based Shyama Kulkarni, member of Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI).According to the resident association member, segregating waste in schools help children learn and achieve practical experience.Nitesh Jadhav, member of Goregaon (E)-based Advanced Locality Management (ALM), said, “We were inspired to come together as a society and segregate waste after we witnessed the fire incident at Deonar dumping ground. It should be an individual social responsibility rather than just being the responsibility of a civic authority. More than BMC, we are responsible for managing the waste we produce.”Resident associations from different cities shared their ideas on various ways to keep the area ‘swachh’ and manage waste. Rekha Chari, a resident association member of Malleshwaram in Bengaluru, said, “We created a school outreach programme where students were told to bring waste from their home in order to learn waste segregation in their school premises. We raise these issues with our local representatives on a daily basis in order to make sure waste is collected and managed properly.”Udya Shriname, resident association member from Visakhapatnam, added, “Having a proactive administration is important for successful waste management. Segreagation and composting is the only solution to get rid of the waste problems across cities.”

WCD rope in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to help rehabilitate children, those between 15-18 to learn self defence skills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry is roping in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to help rehabilitate children lodged in child care centres in areas near SSB outposts. The SSB is a border police force that mans the frontiers that India shares with Nepal and Bhutan. As part of the programme, the SSB centres will impart vocational skills to the children as an effort to rehabilitate them.The effort will take off in Assam this December, following which SSBs in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will also launch similar programmes. Officials from the National Commision for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had approached the SSB to help impart vocational skills to children in CCIs.The SSB, which routinely carries out vocational training among the youth in border areas will help the children learn skills like driving, computer literacy, spoken English, bee-keeping, growing mushroom, masala-making, bakery, wax-making, etc. The SSB, as part of a MoU under the Skill India campaign in August 2016, is now establishing a vocational training school in Gorakhpur. In Sikkim, where the SSB carries out these camps and drug awareness campaigns, the force has helped open three bakeries.“Only children in the age group of 15 to18 years of age will be roped in for the vocational training where they will be taught self-defense skills. The idea is to make them self-reliant so that they can live a life of dignity once they are out of the facility,” said WCD secretary Rakesh Srivastav. He added that for children below 15 years, the SSB will provide medical check-ups, psychological counselling and other important skills. Srivastav also said that children who display remarkable skills might also find employment in the SSB. Kavindra Kumar Karna of the SSB said that the children who have the requisite skills will be absorbed as part of the SSB’s “follower” facility. “We have decided to take in the children through the sports quota, or as cooks, carpenters, electricians, etc.,” said Karna, adding that the stigma of being in a CCI in case the child was a juvenile offender will be erased with a stint with the SSB.

Rape survivor discharged, hospital denies DCW allegations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Chief of Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal wrote a letter to Union Minister J P Nadda, highlighting the ill-treatment at the Safdarjung Hospital faced by the family of the 18-month-old rape victim, the hospital denied the allegations and confirmed that the toddler was given the best treatment leading to fast her recovery, and discharge on Thursday.”The child was brought with some wounds and bleeding on her parts, but did not require any major surgeries. She was kept in the Gynecology Intensive Care Unit, where we have two POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) beds for such cases and was discharged today after her fast recovery,” said Dr Ravinder Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital.In response to DCW Chief’s letter, the superintendent further added, “Nobody can enter the restricted area without prior consent. When the chief and her team, which included men as well, tried to enter the Gynaec ICU area, the guards obviously unaware of who they were stopped them. As for the father, men are generally not allowed inside.”In her letter to Nadda, asking him to intervene in the matter, Maliwal had highlighted the restriction on victim’s father to meet his daughter. She had mentioned that the child and her mother were on their own for the entire night while the father waited outside, crying. Also, that she had to make her way inside after jostling with various authorities for two hours.On Monday, a day before Children’s Day, the minor girl was sexually assaulted by a 26-year-old male known to the family at their residence in an urban village in Hauz Khas area of Delhi. She was then admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital. When Maliwal met the father next morning, he was crying profusely for not being able to meet or talk to his wife and child.

Boy ‘rescued’ from borewell, dies in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-year-old boy, Aman, from Paniyala village of Sawai Madhopur district, could not be saved even after he was resuced for the dark pit of the borewell.After a marathon effort that last for around 12 hours, the child was finally recovered from the borewell and was rushed to nearby hospital. However, doctors at the hospital declared him dead. The news of the child’s death spread like wildfire and a huge hue and cry erupted at Aman’s house.The child had slipped into the borewell on Tuesday evening and as the news spread, the villagers tied a mobile phone to a rope and hung it inside the borewell to find out about the child.Shockingly only fifteen days back, Aman’s sister suddenly fell ill and died. The family had not even recovered from the loss when on Tuesday evening another tragedy struck them. Notably, an open borewell again resulted in a disaster, this time in Sawai Madhopur district, when a five-year old child fell in the borewell while playing with children. The children were playing in a field away from the village when the incident occurred. News of the incident reached the cops who alerted the administration for rescue efforts. Till late in the night, there was no trace of the child.Five year old Aman, a native of Paniyala village under Malarna Doongar police station was playing with his cousins and friends from the village when the incident happened.“The children were playing around 4pm and were close to the borewell. Although the borewell is located far from the village the children reached the site without realising of its presence and fell inside,” said Bijendra Singh, station incharge, Malarna Doongar police station.

Govt will grade 9,000 childcare centres for better facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Wednesday announced that it will grade over 9,000 Child Care Institutions (CCI) across the country on the basis of several parameters. The move follows a Supreme Court directive and is likely to be announced by the end of the year.The grading of the CCIs will be carried out in three categories — platinum, gold and silver and it will be done on the basis of the presence of facilities like clean and functional toilets, kitchens and counselling for the children.”The idea is to infuse a sense of competition among the CCIs and also identify the ones where children are kept in abysmal conditions,” said WCD secretary Rakesh Srivastav. He added that the ministry has already carried out a survey of all the CCIs.Srivastav said that CCIs that do not register under the government will be shut down, and in case a CCI shuts down, the state government will be responsible for the children in the CCI. He added that WCD minister Maneka Gandhi has also written to the CMs of several states to ensure that CCIs in their respective states comply.The Kerala state government had earlier appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay on an order issued by the WCD ministry, as part of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016, which said that every CCI in the country will need to register under the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The matter is currently being argued, and an official from the NCPCR said that with the SC’s directive, the Centre will ask the apex court to quash the kerala government’s plea.Grading criteriaThe grading of the CCIs will be carried out in three categories — platinum, gold and silver It will be done on the basis of the presence of facilities like clean and functional toilets

CM promises Rs 435 cr to Rajgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the occasion of Children’s Day, chief minister Vasundhara Raje has launched a unique scheme on water conservation in rural areas for the future generation. Under the initiative, sewerage treatment plants (STPs) will be set up to treat sewage water for agriculture purpose in the panchayats which are badly hit with water scarcity.“The treatment plants will be set up in clusters at panchayat level. The sewage water will be processed and used after treatment for agriculture purpose and waste remains to be prepared for compost. The scheme will be helpful to save water in rural Rajasthan,” said Raje while meeting rural folks in Ramgarh on Tuesday, under the ‘CM Jan Sanawad Programe’. As per Raje’s directions in each cluster five panchayats will be clubbed and they will fund the plants.An environmentalist was more visible in Raje on Tuesday when she came up with another directive on water conservation in the same meeting. She asked the officials to lift water stored in big holes at Tahla Mines area here for agriculture and drinking purposes after treatment. Also the CM suggested people to plant saplings on days of celebrations, like birthday and also in the name of daughters and daughter-in- laws.Centuries old buildings and Haveli which are on verge of extinction also drew attention of the CM, who immediately directed for their restoration on the line of Dausa and Shekhawati area. “This will not only boost tourism here but also would preserve the history for our future generation,” said Raje. Post to having dialogues with representatives of several castes for nearly eight hours, the CM has announced a budget of Rs435 crore for development works in Rajgarh area. Meanwhile, Raje also celebrated Children’s Day with the kids of Anganwari centre at Kesroli village here. On this occasion she gave them chocolates and comics books published on sanitation management.FOCUS ON ALWARAfter touring Ajmer extensively, the CM has started focusing on Alwar, another poll bound parliamentary constituency.
It is her second tour to the area in last seven days and has been announcing sops in areas she has been visiting. Raje also celebrated Children’s Day

BEST’s gift to kids: Pay more for season passes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an ironic blow to students on Children’s Day, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) buses’ daily commute just got more expensive, as the undertaking approved a proposal on Tuesday to increase fares of daily and season passes of students. The hikes range between 16 to 66 percent. On Tuesday, the BEST Committee approved the proposal that hikes monthly bus passes for students up to Class 5 from Rs 150 to Rs 200, quarterly from Rs 450 to Rs 600 and six-monthly from Rs 750 to Rs 1000. These fares were earlier for students in Class 6 to 10, which too, has been increased to Rs 250, Rs 750 and Rs 1,250 respectively.Sources in the BEST said that as per their rough estimates, they give subsidies of Rs 41.7 crore to school and college students. This amount stood at Rs 20.13 crore in 2015-16, and over the last two years, the number of students using this provision has gone up. The BEST officials said that this is part of rationalising and cost cutting measures taken up by them to reduce losses. The BEST Undertaking’s 3,700 bus fleet is used to transport 30 lakh people daily. “These are cost reduction measures that are needed to bring down losses,” said Surendra Bagde, General Manager, BEST Undertaking.On Tuesday, the BEST Committee also passed a proposal for fare hike in long-distance fares and bus passes. It scrapped the proposal of getting buses on wet-lease basis, wherein the Undertaking would have reduced cost by Rs 260 crore annually. However, this would have meant that they would get 100 buses from private operators while the BEST would use their drivers and conductors. They would not be involved in maintenance of these buses, and hiring them would have cost Rs 37 per km. This is taking into account buses which ply for a maximum of 180 km a day.The BEST is also mulling rationalising their bus routes. It operates 504 bus routes daily, of which 150 routes fall under Grade C – they generate only 40 paise for every rupee spent per kilometre.Subsidies speakThey give subsidies of Rs 41.7 crore to school and college students. It also gives subsidies to freedom fighters, physically challenged, senior citizens, press to the tune of Rs 45.34 crore It also passed hike for long-distance fares and bus passes

On Children’s Day, President Kovind honours Dangal star Zaira Wasim, 14 other young achievers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a perfect Children’s Day celebration for many young achievers including Dangal star Zaira Wasim.At a glittering ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Child Awards 2017.From Zaira Wasim to a 16-year-old who invented a heart attack detector, to a 15-year-old who had helped over 7,000 underprivileged children, the young achievers had story of courage, commitment and brilliance.Dangal actor Zaira Wasim, who was last seen in the Aamir Khan-starrer Secret Superstar was bestowed the award for being featured in films portraying burning issues such as child marriage, sexual abuse and gender parity at such a young age.“Through her art, Zaira has propagated the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao very strongly. She has been successful in conveying a powerful message of transcending social barriers and achieving one’s dreams and thereby has served as a source of inspiration for many young girls, who are aspiring to make their mark in the world,” said a release by the women and child development ministry. Wasim had also bagged the National Film Award this year.Akash Manoj, who invented a device that can detect a heart attack over six hours prior to an attack, was given the gold award that carries a citation, a gold medal, a book voucher worth Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 in cash. He had also been awarded by former president Pranab Mukherjee for the product. Also among the awardees is Nikhiya Samsher who helped nearly 8,000 underprivileged children by providing stationeries and has now launched an e-commerce site to raise funds for the project.The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement awarded yearly on the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, recognises children with achievements in various fields. Fifteen children, who were given silver medals were given a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a citation, a book voucher of Rs 3,000 and a silver medal.

15% Udgam, Zebar children overweight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to understand the pattern of lifestyle diseases affecting school children, a school in the city undertook a survey among its students and parents. It found shocking facts and has now chalked out preventive measures and recommendations to deal with diseases like diabetes and hypertension.The online survey was sent out to 6,500 children of Udgam and Zebar school, of which more than 1,000 responded. While 15 per cent of the children were found to be overweight, 23 per cent were had cravings for sugar after a full meal. Around 75 per cent, either of four grandparents have diabetes. The survey also indicated that half the family of 25 per cent is diabetic and parents of 60 per cent suffer from hypertension.Speaking about the study, Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School for Children & Zebar School for Children, said, “Diabetes Mellitus or Type II diabetes is taking a toll on the new generation, which is the future of our country. This was the main reason to undertake this initiative with an aim to sensitise, inform and educate the parents in the current scenario.”He further said, “Despite awareness among parents on lifestyle diseases, preventative measures are not implemented. 28% of children do not eat fruit every day which is strongly recommended as fruits provide vitamins, fibres, hydration and fructose which also helps decrease in sugar cravings.”PREVENTIVE MEASURES SENT TO PARENTS:Engage in a physical activity during the day
Have protein rich diet
Include fiber in every meal
Reduce intake of simple carbohydrates like chocolates, white bread, rice
Avoid packed foods
Avoid high sugar, high salt and high fat food in routine food
Reduce screen time that leads to immobility

State edu dept to soon issue guidelines for safety of students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a recent spate of incidents across the country has left parents worried about the safety of their children at school, the Maharashtra state education department is yet to come out with a set of guidelines on the safety of children in school. The matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was quick to issue a guideline after this incident.Nandkumar, the principal secretary of the state school education department, said, “Many organisations and NGO’s are sending their suggestions, advice, and concepts to the state school education department on the safety of children. We soon plan to hold a meeting with experts to come out with guidelines for state board schools across the state. The date has not yet been decided but it will happen for sure.”Recently, in Mumbai, a trustee of an Andheri international school was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside the school premises.Arundhati Chavan, President of the United Forum Parent Teachers Association, said, “Like CBSE, the state education department should also introduce guidelines for our schools and also monitor schools closely as many parents are concerned about their child’s safety.”Jayant Jain, President of Forum for Fairness in Education, said, “The schools should make arrangements for the safety of students without any notice. Many instances have occurred in the past with children. Despite sending kids to international or reputed schools parents are worried.”HORRIFIC INCIDENTSThe matter of children’s safety at school escalated after a Class 2 student was found murdered at Ryan International School in Gurugram. Recently, a trustee of an Andheri international school was held for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl inside school premises.

Scholarship for children of police staff is best gift: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dream of a former police director general, Dharam Pal Gupta for contributing to his department has materialized in a scholarship program for the children of policemen at state duty. The scholarship shall now help children of police officers and staff to realise their dream of education from institutes at the United States.The family of the former police officer has provisioned for Rs 51 crore for the scholarship scheme through the Dharam Pal Gupta foundation. Unveiling the scholarship scheme at a ceremony held at Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA), chief minister hailed education as the ‘best’ gift.“A person gifted with knowledge is able to overcome all hurdles, it is the best gift for any child. The scholarship is a step in the direction,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje thanking the philanthropist family on behalf of state police.Late Dharam Pal Gupta was born in Alwar district of the state and retired as DGP in June 1984. However, his affection for the department did not retire and his sentiment has been materialised by his son Pradeep Yohanne Gupta and daughter in law Linda Haynes Gupta in form of a scholarship to be funded from the linked investment of the Rs 51 crore fund.Also present at the ceremony, director general of Rajasthan police, Ajit Singh Shekhawat held it as a milestone in extending quality education for wards of police staff. “Children from police families will be selected by the foundation through a procedure after they had cleared their 10th standard examination,” said DGP Ajit Singh.The scholarship will be extended on basis of merit and not on need base and will cover all expenses, academic and boarding. A board of the foundation that also includes a couple of police officers from the state will decide on the applications. As per the founder director of the foundation, Pradeep Yohanne Gupta has spent all family savings to fund his education at the USA. These financial hardships faced by his father inspired him for the scholarship program.

Jamdoli continues to ill-treat kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nothing has changed in Jamdoli mental asylum. The horrifying episode of 12 kids who had died in a short span of 13 days after consuming contaminated water is fresh in memory, but the same apathy and callousness still prevail. The care home set up for treatment and improvement of mentally challenged kids is itself crippled because of official negligence. It is in dire straits. DNA has accessed some proof to show sick mentality of the care home staff.Children are sleeping on floor while their beds have been taken by the staff members. There are hundreds of beds, but they are not given to the children. The kids have no clothes to wear. It is not that the government doesn’t take care of the needs of children here but the greedy and insensitive staff is holding on to these facilities meant for the children. Since media entry is banned, it is being used by the care home staff to cover up its shenanigans.When district collector saw pictures of this horrifying truth, he asked SDM to visit mental asylum and submit a report. Subsequently, the SDM Ashish Kumar and Deepali visited the care home in Jamdoli.The matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The HC had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal said that these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.UNDER SCANNERThe matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The High Court had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.
According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.

Why aren’t there special schools for students from autism, blindness and deafness, asks SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and distinctly trained teachers for students who suffer from autism, blindness and deafness.The apex court observed that it is “impossible to think” that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009.”We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.The bench asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the state is going to meet the obligation.It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.”When we say ‘disability’, we do not mean ‘disability’ as has been defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 includes certain physical disabilities which may not be a warrant for getting admission in special schools,” the bench said.Emphasising the need for a separate system, the court said “the students who suffer from blindness, deafness and autism or such types of disorder may be required to have separate schools with distinctly trained teachers”.The bench was hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey through advocate Prashant Shukla, claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other states to teach the Children With Special Needs (CWSN).Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for Uttar Pradesh said the State is committed to impart education to the children with special needs.She said the State had already commenced the procedure for engaging 12,000 teachers, of whom some would be teachers for children with special needs.Counsel for Centre said that under the new integrated education scheme, CWSN were being taught along with children who do not suffer from any disability.The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UP government claimed that CWSN were being taught under the integrated scheme to ensure they do not get demoralised or feel alienated.It was contended that teaching such children along with the normal kids without disability would boost the confidence of those disabled and stop their isolation from the normal environment in schools.The petition, by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach CWSN, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the bench in another similar matter in the apex court.

The story of a ‘careless’ care home in Jamdoli village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamdoli based mental asylum is in news once again and this time too for a wrong reason. Last year, the government-run shelter for mentally challenged children made headlines following deaths of 11 children in a short span. Now, the children have been running away but the administration doesn’t have a clue.In last one and half months, three children have vanished from the care home and could not be traced. It is surprising that mentally challenged children have been jumping over high walls of the care home but the authorities did nothing to improve the system. The latest incident took place on Friday morning when 15-year old Kalu ran away in the wee hours but the authorities came to know about it in the morning through CCTV footage.Kalu went to kitchen from the male wing and jumped the seven feet high wall while the caretakers were sleeping. It is learned that there is only one caretaker for a wing of 25 children. Another question is about not having a railing on top of the wall.After the death of children last year, things improved a bit because of media coverage and subsequent visits by social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and top officials from the department but once the matter got over, staff was back to its usual self –indifferent and careless. However, the department is yet to take action against them.“We have been continuously trying to improve things at the mental asylum. This time the boy jumped the wall. We would take action against careless caretakers,” said Amitabh Kaushik, Add Dir, dept for specially abled.No trace of 3 children10 September: 19-year old Bablu jumped the wall in the night.17 September: Seven days later, another boy with the same name went missing from SMS Hospital. The caretakers went to drink water leaving the children unattended27 October: Kalu jumped the wall.

Coaching centre owner sodomises minor, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rabale police in Navi Mumbai arrested a coaching classes owner for allegedly sodomising a 17-year-old boy since May 2017 till Wednesday when the boy was touched inappropriately on the picnic trip to Dapholi.According to the police, Deepak Shendge, owner of Deepak Classes in Airoli was arrested by the police for repeatedly sodomising the minor boy inside the classroom and on a class outing on Monday. The minor boy informed the parents about the regular abuse and approached the police to file their complaint. The minor boy was a student of the same classes and was studying since last academic year.“The accused used to touch the boy every time but the students thought that was just out of a student and teacher relationship. The victim in the statement has claimed that the harassment started on the trip when the boy was sexually assaulted”, said a Rabale police officer.“The parents noticed unusual behaviour of the minor boy and when confronted the teenager revealed the entire incident after which they approached us and we filed the complaint,” said the officer.“We have arrested the accused under sections 377 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA).

Man stabbed over car parking row in Powai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 42-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by a youth after he parked his car in a football ground at Saki Vihar in Powai. The Powai police have arrested one of the accused. According to police, the victim, Isaaq Sheikh, was allegedly stabbed by Nizam Sheikh after he parked his car at Chandasawali Babadarga ground. The children approached Sheikh and requested him to not park the car on the ground so that it does not get damaged. Following this the accused pulled out a knife and bamboo sticks and stabbed Sheikh. The victim is out of danger and is recuperating at the hospital. Sheikh is out of danger.

Man booked for molesting minor girl after video goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nehru Nagar police on Saturday slapped molestation charges against a person who slapped a minor, a video of which went viral on Friday, showing the girl fainting after receiving the blow. The incident took place on Tuesday. Police had earlier only filed assault charges against the accused, after which he was released on bail.On Saturday, the family of the victim demanded that molestation charges also be slapped on the accused.According to police, the incident took place on Tuesday evening at Nehru Nagar in Kurla when the girl was going for tuition class at around 7 pm. The accused, Imran Shaikh, along with his friends, were sitting in an auto rickshaw. “Shaikh and his friends were talking loudly and passing comments. When the girl crossed them, Shaikh passed a comment that made her turn back and tell him to behave properly,” said a police officer from Nehru Nagar police station.In response, Shaikh, now furious, and started to thrash her. The girl resisted and tried to free herself from his clutches. Meanwhile, Shaikh pulled out a sharp object and hit the girl on her nose. The girl’s nose started bleeding and she fainted on the road. After the incident, when there was chaos, relatives of the girl, who live nearby ,came to the spot. Seeing the girl lying fainted, they rushed her to Rajawadi hospital.”After the treatment, they approached Nehru Nagar police station to lodge a complaint. We had arrested the accused the same day and had charged him under relevant sections for assault as per the statement given by her. As the sections were bailable, he was released on bail on Friday,” said a police officer.However, the family of the victim alleged that the police initially did not register the FIR and did not slap molestation charges they demanded. “The Shaikh’s family members threatened my family and asked us to withdraw the complaint. They demanded that my daughter change the statement. Today they have taken the statement again and have added the section,” said victim’s father.”My daughter has sustained a serious injury on her nose, and the nasal bone has been fractured. Doctors has advised us to go in for surgery,” he added. “We have added sections for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons under the IPC according to the supplementary statement of the victim. We have arrested the accused and our probe is on,” Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police(zone 6).Another incidentIn another incident, a married woman was attacked by a jilted lover in Vikhroli on Saturday, with sharp object. The accused has been arrested by Parksite police and the woman is recuperating in Rajawadi hospital.

PM Narendra Modi visits newly-opened Bihar Museum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The exhibition encourages faith and curiosity. It is the best place to experience the confluence of history and culture,” This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in the visitor’s book of the newly inaugurated Rs 500-crore Bihar Museum for which he even deviated from his official schedule to visit on October 14 .Known to be Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s baby, the Bihar Museum is a treasure trove of the rich cultural and historical heritage of the state that makes us time travel from the pre-historic ages to the early 18th century AD. Besides this it gives us glimpses of contemporary art forms as well as an experiential learning zone for children, who comprise a major chunk of its visitors.With a total of seven galleries – History, Historical Art, Contemporary and Regional Art, Bihari diaspora, Visual Storage, Children’s and Orientation, the museum promises to be a visual treat for art lovers. The Children’s and Orientation galleries were opened for the public in August 2015.While the Orientation gallery is a sneak-peak into Bihar’s history, the Children’s gallery with its life-size replicas of birds, animals and natural settings, static and working models, scenes from different reigns, interactive audio-visuals and discovery room is a “play and learn” platform for kids.Everything here can be touched by them, unlike other “boring” galleries where they have to see everything at an arm’s distance.Thematic zones relating to dynasties that ruled Bihar – Mauryan, Gupta and Pala, growth of Buddhism and Jainism and Nalanda and Vikramshila Mahaviharas, stories of Bihari migrants of the last few centuries, teracotta sculptures, coins and works of state-renowned contemporary artists have also found a place at the museum, spread over a sprawling 13.5 acre campus in the heart of Patna.Among the museum’s most treasured display is the Didarganj Yakshi, a 3rd Century BC Mauryan statue, that was discovered almost a 100 ago. It is a life-size female figurine, holding a Chauri (fly whisk) in her right hand, carved out in a single Chunar sandstone and finished to an incredible mirror-like polish, finding place among the finest and most precious artefacts of ancient Indian sculptural art. A 6,000 kg Buddha begging bowl is also among its USP.What sets the Bihar Museum apart from the 100-year-old Patna Museum or other museums in India, claim historians, is that “it doesn’t just display the artefacts, it gives an experience through expanse, journey, symbol and learning landscape and memories that will be cherished till long after they step back into the chaotic life outside.”Some other unique features include alternating of open and indoor spaces to break viewing constancy and create a pleasurable and inviting experience, the use of corten steel plates that prevent rusting and minimise maintenance costs and use of fly-ash brick, solar panels and smart lighting to make it environmentally friendly. To ensure international standards, Canada and Japan-based consultants were hired for the conceptualisation and designing.Beloved piecesAmong the museum’s treasured display is the Didarganj Yakshi, a Mauryan statue 6,000 kg Buddha begging bowl is also among its USP

Noise pollution: Mumbai sees noisier Diwali this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai saw noisier Diwali this year as compared to last year. This year the maximum decibel (dB) level that it touched when people celebrated the festival by bursting crackers was 117.8 dB as compared to 113.5 decibels last year. What was worse is that most crackers were burst between 10 pm to 1 am. In 2015, the highest recording was 123 dB but like all years, air pollution was still a worry said, activist. Like last year, this year too the maximum noise level was recorded at Marine Drive where a number of people come to burst crackers. There is no relaxation on bursting crackers post 10 pm like the use of loud speakers even during the festival period. The highest noise level was recorded just minutes before midnight.In residential areas, the noise level permissible is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. “When the chief minister said that citizens should not burst crackers, he should have told them to burst them before 10 pm. Across the city, people seemed to have burst crackers after 10 pm and it was consistently over 100 dB in areas like Marine Drive where a number of people come to burst them,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which has been spearheading a fight against noise pollution. The noise levels were high around the same time last year. Ambdulali said that there were lesser people bursting crackers, some were of the opinion that the continuity of noise pollution was more. At no place in the city was the noise level within the permissible levels. Though the trend of no crackers being burst in the run-up to the festival and on the day of the festival remained low, noise and timing was a concern. Abdulali said that most officers seemed to be clueless when asked about the deadline their seniors had asked to implement. “They did not seem to know about it,” said Abdulali. The activist said that the noise levels were also less because a number of crackers that had high decibel levels were detected during the test. “A number of them were detected during the test. Though we tested around 26, and atom bombs–a form of firecracker that makes a lot of noise– were not used, there were others like traditional Anar (cracker having a floral burst when lit) that made noise. It is the pollution control and explosives department’s job to check before they are sold in the market. One cannot expect an NGO to create awareness that explosives are bad for health. That should be done by the government. The government should be appealing to children to not burst crackers. Children are not mature to understand for the rest of life that there will be air pollution. The chief minister should announce such things,” said Abdulali.

Delhi High Court stays proceedings against DCW chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief for Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, the Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the proceedings against her in a case of allegedly disclosing the identity of a 14-year-old Dalit rape victim who had succumbed to injuries.Justice Ashutosh Kumar granted interim relief to Maliwal who was summoned by the trial court to appear before it on October 23 in the case.The court asked the Delhi Police, represented through standing counsel Richa Kapoor, to file a status report in the matter and listed it for hearing on December 19.Senior advocate R S Cheema, appearing for the DCW, said that the commission had earlier issued a notice to the police asking the reasons for not arresting the accused and the “botched probe” in the matter after which the accused was arrested.”However, exhibiting an instance of flagrant abuse of power, the police lodged an FIR under the IPC against the DCW chairperson on frivolous allegations that under authority of the chairperson, its functionaries had sent the copy of the notice of July 22, 2016, on a WhatsApp group of DCW and media persons, thereby revealing the name of the victim,” he argued.The police had earlier told the high court that they have invoked provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act against Maliwal.It had said that it has dropped the charge of disclosure of the identity of the victim against Maliwal under the IPC but the case under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act still stands.A charge-sheet was earlier filed in the trial court after which Maliwal was summoned.The court was hearing a plea by the DCW for quashing the FIR lodged against its chief for allegedly revealing the identity of the minor rape victim.

SC criminalises sex with under-18 wife, says let parliament decide on marital rape: 10 facts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday criminalised sexual intercourse between a man and his minor wife.Here are 10 facts that will explain what does the verdict means:1: The top court today said that if a man has sex with his wife aged between 15 and 18 years, he can be prosecuted for rape, in case the wife complains about the incident within a year.2: The ruling cuts through the Article 375 of the Indian Penal Code that defines rape. According to it, “sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape”.3: But the top court held the view that the exception in the rape law was arbitrary and was violative of the Constitution.4: The apex court said the exception in the rape law was contrary to the philosophy of other statutes and violates the bodily integrity of a girl child.5: The ruling paves way for much simpler concept about consent and rules out any ambiguity between Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.6: It is because the IPC Article was contradictory to the child marriage act that puts 18 as the age of marriage for girls and 21 for men.7: The IPC exception was also against POCSO as the child protection law says sex with a child below 18 years is an “aggravated penetrative sexual assault”.8: Curiously though, the Supreme Court didn’t say anything on the issue of marital rape. The bench clarified that it has not dealt with the issue of marital rape as it was not raised before it by respective parties. “We do not want to go into the aspect of marital rape. That is for Parliament to see if they want to increase or decrease the age of consent,” the bench said.9: The judgment came after an NGO Independent Thought filed a petition against the exception in Article 375.10: The petitioners had sought a direction to declare exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC as “violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution to the extent that it permits intrusive sexual intercourse with a girl child aged between 15 and 18 years, only on the ground that she has been married.”

Watch: Send kids to school or go to jail without food and water: UP Minister warns parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar has given a stern warning to those parents who fail to send their kids to schools.Addressing a party gathering at Rasda, the ‘Divyangjan’ Empowerment Minister, said that parents will be locked up in police stations for five days without food and water if they fail to send their children to school.”If you (parents) do not send them (children) to school, you will be picked up by police. Till now your leader, your son, your brother was trying to make you understand. If you do not pay heed, I will continue to make you understand for six months more,” he said.The minister also said that he is going to enact a law of his choice, and he is even ready for capital punishment for this.However, as the video went viral on social media and stoked a controversy, the minister stood firm on his statement.”I stick to my statement. What wrong am I saying if I am threatening to send them to jail? Why are they not sending children to schools when the government is providing all facilities for education,” he said.

DCW seeks school’s reply to notice by Oct 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a housekeeping staffer raped a six-year-old girl in a private school in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a show cause notice to the school on Friday.”Considering the gravity of the matter, your reply should reach the Commission not later than October 10, 3 pm, in a sealed cover,” the DCW stated.The Commission has also instituted an inquiry into the matter and directed the school to provide required information to it. “It has come to the Commission’s notice that the minor girl had gone to the washroom and sought help. But, instead of a woman staffer, the accused came in and allegedly sexually assaulted her,” the DCW said in a statement.The accused was later arrested and booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The panel has now directed the school to provide recruitment details of the accused, in case he was on the payroll.”If the accused person was an employee of the school, please inform the role assigned to him and his date of appointment,” it stated.The Commission also inquired whether police verification of employees, including the accused, had been conducted? And if it had been, then the school has to provide details of the verification of the accused.”The DCW has also sought details on why women staffers had not been deployed to attend to minor students and how a male staffer accessed toilets meant for girls,” the Commission said.It has also asked for a detailed report of the incident, including the sequence of events and a copy of the entire CCTV footage of the day of the incident.The caseThe girl was raped in her South Delhi school’s toilet by a housekeeping staff on Wednesday. The accused was arrested soon after. The class 1 student, despite being told by accused Rakesh to keep quiet, narrated her ordeal to her mother. Doctors confirmed rape.

Now, 6-year-old raped in south Delhi’s private school, housekeeping staff arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after Ryan International student was found dead, a 6-year-old student was raped in a toilet of south Delhi school.The incident came to light when the child returned home from school and told her mother, reported Hindustan Times. The latest incident has once again brought the issue of students’ safety to the fore.After using the washroom, my daughter called the woman for help but the male employee entered and assaulted her sexually, said the victim’s father.He also claimed that the woman employee who was supposed to assist children was not in the washroom at the time.”We are in shock, We send our kids to get educated and not to be victims of such perverts loitering in schools,” he told the daily.A case of rape and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) has been registered.Meanwhile, the employee has been reportedly arrested and the matter is being investigated.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

Youth held in Dharavi for minors’ sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, Dharavi police have arrested a 20-year-old for allegedly sodomised a two-year-old boy. The accused allegedly took the toddler to a secluded place, sodomised him and gave him a bath to destroy the evidence.The accused has been identified as Niyam Ahmad Khan, a plumber by profession.According to police, the incident took place on Monday afternoon when the accused had come to the building of the victim and had lured him with sweets.”After the act, he gave the boy a bath so that evidence would be destroyed. The boy returned home crying and narrated the incident to his family who immediately approached us and lodged a complaint. We have registered a case and arrested the accused,” said an officer from Dharavi police station requesting anonymity.The accused has been booked under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and IPC.In another incident at Shahu Nagar, police have arrested a 38 year old man for allegedly sodomising an eight-year-old boy on the terrace of a building in the area.

Hand-foot-mouth disease forces closure of school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city school has declared holidays for its pre-school children after a few were diagnosed with the hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Since this disease is airborne and affects only children below 8 years, as a precautionary step, Eklavya school has declared a 4-day holiday stop its spread.The school authorities had initially declared two days holiday but then extended it to four days.A parent requesting anonymity said, “The holiday has been declared till Friday but since Saturday is a Dushera holiday and Monday is Gandhi Jayanti, children will resume school on Tuesday.”In this disease, viral infection causes sores and rashes in the mouth, hands, and feet with fever. As this news spread, Udgam School for Children sent out circulars to their parents regarding communicable diseases. Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School for Children said, “We are looking at the rapid spread of various diseases in the city. As a result, we are asking parents to inform in case their child is suffering from any such disease.”The notice issued by the school said, “We need to ensure communicable diseases do not spread amongst children. There has been a little respite from swine flu. However, dengue menace is still on. Today the little-known disease ‘Hand Foot and Mouth Disease’ is spreading rapidly in Ahmedabad. In case you notice symptoms related to any such communicable diseases please do not send the child to school; inform the vice principal and if the possible mention in the leave note, so that we can take steps to curb its spread.”A parent of a class 6 student in Eklavya said, “This is a good step by the school.”Commenting on this, JG International School Principal Kavita Sharma said, “We have done a lot of sessions related to monsoon-related diseases including swine flu and various kinds of infections. Fortunately, there has been no such case as yet in our school. From past two weeks, we have been holding sessions on safety, good touch, bad touch, hygiene, etc.”Despite several calls to the Eklavya school authorities, no one responded.

Students to help restore books at Asiatic library

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai First and the Asiatic Society of Mumbai have come together for a project that intends to preserve the historic books at the Asiatic Society State Central Library in Fort. They have started an ‘adopt a book’ campaign for children and a round of crowdfunding to restore over 100 books from the Asiatic library.Besides preserving the historic books, the idea is also to draw children closer to the physical space of libraries. “Most children do not even know of the idea of a physical library with everything being digital these days. The idea is to make them aware of the historic significance of the Asiatic society and also help restore the books,” said Shishir Joshi of Mumbai First.The Asiatic library houses of over one lakh books and manuscripts from the 15th to 18th centuries, with the oldest book dating back to the 1400s. The books being taken up for restoration in this campaign date back to over a 100 years. One among them is a 22-volume book on Maratha history by Dr VK Raajwade.A week-long festival, from October 2 to 8, will coincide with ‘Daan Utsav’ giving people an opportunity to crowdfund the event. It will also feature talks, walks and a display of flora fauna. “Around 30,000 books have been digitised and still a number of them remain. We have taken up 100 books for restoration which will be digitised and microfilmed, and are expecting to raise around Rs 10 lakh,” said Himani Baid, research and project officer at Mumbai First. Children and donors who contribute to restoring the invaluable books will be featured on the Mumbai First website.”We get grants from the government of India and philanthropic institutions but we thought why not have several hands for the same,” said SG Kale, president of Asiatic Society of Mumbai.

Just because a woman has boyfriends doesn’t mean she can be sexually assaulted: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an order passed last week, Justice A M Badar denied bail to a man convicted under the Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for repeatedly raping his minor niece.It rejected his argument that the victim has had “two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations”.”A woman might be of easy virtue but that does not mean that all and sundry can take advantage of this fact. She has a right to say no,” Justice Badar said.”Even if we were to assume that the victim in this case had two boyfriends, the same does not empower or authorise the applicant to commit penetrative sexual assault on her,” he said.The judge pointed out the victim had not attained the age of consent at the time of the incident.”She has categorically stated in her cross examination that the applicant had repeatedly sexually assaulted her,” he said.The man, a resident of Nashik, was convicted and sentenced by a POCSO court in 2016 to imprisonment for 10 years.He, however, approached the HC for bail arguing he had not committed the said offence and that he deserved to be let out on bail since he was the sole breadwinner for his family.”The girl (victim) did not lodge a complaint or register the First Information Report (FIR) immediately after the said incident. And even after she was taken to a shelter home, she never disclosed the crime in question to anyone there,” he said.This proves the incident did not take place, he said.She also had two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations, the man argued.Justice Badar, however, rejected his arguments and held that unavailability of another earning member in the family was not relevant grounds for the suspension of the sentence.”The offence in question is a serious one and the applicant has been held guilty of the offence after a due trial. Hence, no case for grant of bail is made out,” he said.

Ryan school murder: CBI takes custody of three arrested by Harayana Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI on Saturday took custody of three people arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with the killing of Pradhuman, a seven-year old student of Ryan International School, on September 8.The CBI had sought custody of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar, regional head of the group Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas from the court.”On the request of the CBI in an ongoing investigation of a case related to the alleged murder of a student in a school at Gurugram, the competent court today remanded three accused in one day police custody,” a CBI spokesperson said.The CBI on Friday took over the probe into the killing of the seven-year-old at the Gurugram school after receiving a notification from the Centre.The case had been registered at the Bhondsi police station in Gurugram under the IPC section related to murder, and relevant sections of the Arms Act, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.

Victims of sexual abuse should be treated with respect: Kailash Satyarthi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Urging the government, media, film industry and others to raise awareness on the attacks against children, Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi today said that girls who become victims should get respect, as they are not responsible for the abuse against them.”The government, popular media, cinema and of course, social media… especially nowadays, should take the lead in it and mainstream media. So, media has to play an important role,” he said.Satyarthi, who was in Hyderabad as part of his ‘Bharat Yatra’ against child sexual abuse and trafficking, told PTI, “Schools, I am working with educational institutions everywhere during the march. Industry is a very important partner.So, all have to come together.”Calling for a change in the “age old mindset” of victims and their families living in fear, he suggested that those who become “predators” against child victims should be socially boycotted.”Finally, I would say that people who are responsible, may it be the family members, may it be an outsider, who turn predators, have to be socially boycotted. They should be named and shamed,” he said.The girls, who become victims should get respect, as they are not responsible for the abuse against them, he said.”Whereas the girls who are the victims, they should get respect because they are not responsible for that.Unfortunately in our society, the girls are stigmatised and that should not happen. Because, no girl who is a victim, loses her dignity or her honour,” he said.The Nobel laureate said he is involving faith leaders to promote awareness as they have huge following.”The laws which are there have to be properly implemented. There is a strong law POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences). That is not properly being enforced. Last year, 15,000 cases were registered. Only four per cent conviction, six per cent acquittal and 90 per cent pendency.”It will take 10 years to 40 years in different states to dispose of those cases. So, that has to be changed,” Satyarthi said.

Delhi minor’s rape: Six major lapses, including lack of police verification of accused, found in Tagore Public School

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sub-divisional magistrate in a report highlighting the rape of a five-year-old girl from Tagore Public School in New Delhi, has highlighted six major lapses in the school.As per ANI, the report said that entire building was not under CCTV surveillance. Furthermore, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against school for undertaking classes in unrecognized areas of the school building.Regarding the accused, the report stated that he was working for almost 2.5 years without any police verification.A five-year-old girl was raped by a peon inside a classroom of the school in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area on September 10.The accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested, said Nupur Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara.Vikas had previously he worked as a security guard in the school.The girl, a student of class one reached home in the afternoon. While her mother was changing her clothes she noticed that she was bleeding. She was rushed to a local hospital and now has been shifted to RML hospital. Her condition at the time was critical.The police have registered a case against under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and are investigating the matter.

Ryan murder aftermath: CBSE issues new guidelines, puts onus on schools to ensure safety of students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Placing the onus on schools for safety of students on their premises, the CBSE on Thursday issued new security-related guidelines to be implemented by the institutions, failing which they would face derecognition.The guidelines come amid increased concerns about safety of students in school premises following the killing of a seven-year-old student in a Gurgaon school and the rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi.Safety audits, installation of CCTV cameras, police verification, psychometric evaluation, constitution of parent-teacher-students committees to address safety needs of the students and taking regular feedback from parents are among the measures prescribed by the board.”The onus for safety and security of children in school campus shall solely lie upon the school authorities. It is a fundamental right of a child to engage and study in an environment where he/she feels safe and is free from any form of physical or emotional abuse or harassment,” the CBSE directive states. It also says that access to the school building by outsiders should be controlled and visitors monitored. “Training should be provided to the school staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from any form of abuse,” the directive says.”Any violation/lapses with regard to safety and well being of children in school campus would invite appropriate action including the disaffiliation of the school as per the provisions under affiliation by-laws of the board,” it adds. The schools have also been asked to constitute separate committees for redressal of grievances of the public, staff, parents and students, an Internal Complaints committee on sexual harassment, and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012.”Details of the these committees along with contact details shall be displayed prominently on school notice board and conspicuously on the school website for information of all stakeholders,” the communication sent to schools says. Ensuring employment of support staff only from authorised agencies and maintenance of proper records, is another one of the guidelines. The CBSE last Saturday formed a panel to probe whether the student’s death in Gurgaon occurred due to negligence on the part of the school authorities and if the school had adopted all safety measures as per CBSE affiliation by-laws.The panel’s report, which is to be submitted within 30 days, will also dwell on whether the authorities reported the incident to police and the district education officer, besides the circumstances leading to the death of the student.

The Indian politician needs to visit school like ‘an ordinary parent’ to assess child safety: Kailash Satyarthi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the aftermath of the recent violence and rape incidents being reported in various schools across the country, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has urged politicians to go back to school, as an ordinary parent, to assess and understand how schools can be made safe for children.Satyarthi lamented the growing lack of safety and security mechanisms in schools, which leads to growing instances of rape, child abuse and molestation in school premises.The Nobel Laureate said, “I urge all of the political community in the country to go to school as an ordinary parent. See things on your own, feel the environment, question them. Schools are supposed to be an institution of learning and a haven for our children. It should not be a place of torture.””Unless we do not wake up to the dire need to take strong action, our children will continue to suffer. We will fail to make India safe for our children,” he added.He was speaking at the Bharat Yatra march which reached Chennai on Wednesday.The Bharat Yatra, launched by the Nobel Laureate on September 11 in Kanniyakumari, focuses on the need to ensure the safety, security and well-being of children across India.It is the launch of a three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases, strengthening intuitional response including medical health and compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time bound manner

Principals speak about challenges students face

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counselling can protect them from cyber-bullying: Dr DK Sinha, Principal of Jagran Public SchoolWhat do you do to connect with your students?My way of establishing a rapport with children is through the activities they participate in. In regular academics, I do not find much space to reach out to all individuals, but during assemblies, co-curricular activities and some major events, I do take out enough time to know them. I have a conviction that each educator should encourage children to learn from their mistakes and thus they should even celebrate their mistakes.How do you deal with students facing peer and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled via recreational activities?Peer pressure and study pressure have their roots in the assessment system. Here, I am a bit critical about the present education system wherein a lot emphasis is still on marking or grading. I would propose the concept of profiling each student – it would enable us to understand each child along with his/her strengths and weaknesses. Peer pressure can be dealt with through well-defined sensitisation programmes which an institution can incorporate in its calendar. It may be a few activities that are monthly based, on any theme, which should relate to the problems of children; case study presentations in the assembly taken up by students themselves and also though the participation of children in more and more co-curricular activities.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?I would propose that in matters like cyber crimes and cyber bullying, children should be made aware through regular counselling and talk shows. The all-pervasive nature of this threat has made it dangerous and fatal. A close watch and monitoring of each student in and outside the classroom is the need of the hour. Taking some proactive measures will cut down the risk it involves. My duty is to protect them from tech pressures: AK Gautam, Principal of Kendriya VidyalayaHow do you connect with your students?I never want kids to see my office as the place they come to where they get in trouble but as a place where they can talk and grow. My goal as a principal is to ensure that I talk to kids and get to know them so that if they ever do end up in my office, I always try to establish a relationship with them. How do you deal with the students going through peer pressure and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled through recreational activities?Coping with peer pressure is one of the toughest parts of growing up. Those pressures are most intense during a child’s middle and high school years. Being accepted by their peers is of paramount concern for students during these years as they strive to look, talk, and act like their classmates. In their desire to gain peer approval, teenagers typically feel pressure to engage in the same activities as their peers. Sometimes, they will succumb to that pressure against their better judgement. Children with low self-esteem are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure, and might lose their perspective about right and wrong. On the other hand, children with nurturing parents are more likely to resist peer-group values that differ from their family’s values.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?Cyber-bullying is increasing day by day as children are exposed to networking and social sites. Being a principal, my duty to protect my students from various negative technological pressures. So from time to time, we organise workshops such as a Cyber Ethics School and Community Programmes to make students aware. Regarding the Blue Whale challenge, I came to know that Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software.

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