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Malegaon blasts: Partial relief for Prasad Purohit, Sadhavi Pragya Singh

The special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday dropped the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999) charges against 2008 Malegaon Blasts accused Sadhavi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col. Prasad Purohit, as well as four other. Instead, it charged them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to the prosecution, Purohit and other accused had carried out the blast in Malegaon during Ramadan on September 29, 2008, which killed seven people. The court refused to accept NIA’s contention that there wasn’t sufficient material to hold up the chargesagainst Thakur. NIA had earlier given her clean chit while replying to her bail application in the Bombay High court. The court presided by Judge S D Tekale was hearing discharge applications filed by the accused in the case. In its final orders, Pragya Thakur, Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni, Ajay Rahirkar, Lt.col.Prasad Purohit, Sudhakar Dhar Diwedi and Sudhakar Chaturvedi were discharged of the MCOCA charges, and will now be tried only under UAPA and the IPC.The court also granted a clean chit to three accused – Shivnarayan Kalsangra, Shyam Sahu and Praveen Takalki. Two others — Rakesh Dhawade and Jagdish Mhatre – were also let off from all stringent acts andinstead were charged under the Arms Act.The court said there is no proof to substantiate the claim that one of the accused Dhawade was involved in the Jalna and Parbhani Mosque blast case which took place in 2003-2004, . “The Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) had earlier claimed that the accused were members of the Abhinav Bharat, a right-wing Hindu organisation, and had conspired to execute blasts in mosques in Jalna and Parbhani. However, there is nothing to substantiate that Abhinav Bharat was in existence then. There is also no material to show that during that period, Dhawade had any connection with the rest of the Malegaon 2008 blast case accused. In such circumstances, it cannot be said that accused committed the act in Parbhani and Jalna as a member of Abhinav Bharat. Hence MCOCA cannot be applied to them,” held the court.Speaking about Pragya’s role in the blast, the court held, “Considering all evidence at this stage, it can be said that Thakur had knowledge about the involvement of her motorcycle in the blast and (she expressed)dissatisfaction about causing fewer casualties. Hence it is difficult to accept submission on behalf of Thakur that she had no concern with the present crime as she had been exonerated by NIA.”The verdict came as a relief to Purohit’s wife, Aparna. “Due to the MCOCA, he (Purohit) had to spend nine years in jail. We are happy that finally those charges have been dropped,” she said. “We will fight out the rest of the charges the way we have been fighting since day one. Dropping MCOCA is a small step towards justice, but there’s still a long way to go.”The timeline Sept 29, 2008 Six killed & over 70 injured in bomb blasts in MalegaonOct 24, 2008 Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and 2 others arrestedNov 5, 2008 ATS arrests Lt Col Prasad Purohit for supplying money & explosivesJuly 31, 2009 Special MCOCA court drops charges against all 11 accused. Bom HC reinstates them in 2010

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Case against Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh for inflammatory speeches

The Hyderabad police have registered a case against T Raja Singh Lodh, a Telangana BJP MLA, for allegedly making inflammatory speeches.A complaint was lodged at the Golconda police station against Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency here, yesterday. He made “derogatory and hate” speeches against Muslims and promoted enmity between Hindus and Muslims, said the complaint, citing Lodh’s speeches between July 2015 to December 15, 2017 which are available on social media.Police registered a case against Lodh under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity among people on the grounds of religion, race, residence and language) and 295-A (maliciously insulting the religion and religious beliefs), said an official. The MLA has kicked up controversies due his statements on many occasions in the past.

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Journalist files sexual harassment case against former colleague

A female scribe has filed a complaint in MRA Marg police station on Monday against her former senior colleague for alleged sexually harassment at her workplace.According to the police, the woman was working with a daily Marathi newspaper as a scribe, where her colleague allegedly sexually harassed her. The police added that this is the second FIR against the accused, and the said incident was committed four years ago. The woman had immediately left the job but did not have the courage to file the case.”We have registered a case and our probe is on to ascertain the exact facts.We are now gathering facts to verify the claims made by the victim,” said a senior police officer from MRA Marg Police Station.Vishal Saxena, lawyer of the victim said,”The woman had recently read the news about the sexual harassment case by the accused following which she shared her ordeal with her family. The family then helped her to gather courage and file a complaint against the accused,”A case has been registered under sections 354(outraging modesty of woman), 354(a)(sexual harassment), 354(d)(stalking) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

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3 men rape 16-year-old girl in Shalimar Bagh

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on Saturday. Police said that efforts to identify the accused and arrest them are being made.According to senior police officials, the matter was reported by the victim to her family who approached the police. According to the complaint, the minor victim used to work as a house-maid and was sitting with her male friend in the park near Haidarpur Slums in Shalimar Bagh area, when the three accused arrived and forcefully took her to a secluded corner and raped her in turns. Her mobile phone was also snatched while her male friend was threatened and assaulted.”Yesterday evening, an incident of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl by the three accused persons was reported. Following the medical examination, a case of gangrape has been registered under IPC sections 323, 363, 376D and 6 POCSO Act at Shalimar Bagh Police Station,” a senior officer said.He said the statement of the victim has been recorded and an investigation is being conducted. “Teams have been formed to apprehend the accused persons and raids are being conducted. A counsellor has been arranged for the girl,” he added.Police are also checking CCTV footages from the area in order to ascertain the sequence of incidents. It is also suspected that one of the accused was known to the victim, police said.

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Madhya Pradesh: 3 arrested for molesting woman police sub-inspector

The accused were arrested following the woman filed case against them under section 354 (sexual harassment), section 353 (assault and using criminal force to deter a public servant from doing his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the relevant section of Arms Act.”
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‘India’s Most Wanted’ producer Suhaib Ilyasi convicted for wife’s murder

A Delhi court on Saturday convicted former TV producer Suhaib Ilyasi for murdering his wife Anju 17 years ago. Ilyasi, who shot to fame with the TV show ‘India’s Most Wanted’, was present in the court room and immediately taken into custody.Suhaib was found guilty on the charge of murder under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. He faces a minimum punishment of life imprisonment and the maximum of death penalty in the case.The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge S K Malhotra.Advocate Manu Sharma, who represented Suhaib during the protracted trial, said that the court would hear the arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to the convict on December 20.Lawyer Satender Sharma, who appeared on behalf of key witness and mother of Anju, Rukma Singh, said the Delhi High Court had in August 2014 ruled that Suhaib would face the charge of murder for the death of his wife.He was earlier charged with comparatively milder sections including 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC.Ilyasi was arrested on March 28, 2000 and later, charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry. Police had chargesheeted Ilyasi on March 29, 2003, and the court later framed charges against him under sections 498A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) and 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Later in 2014, the Delhi High Court said Ilyasi would have to face murder charge for the death of his wife. Rukma Singh had filed a plea before th High Court seeking inclusion of the additional charge of murder against Ilyasi for the death of her daughter.Anju was rushed to a hospital on January 11, 2000 with stab wounds she received at her East Delhi residence.Suhaib was arrested on March 28, 2000 and later charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry. (With PTI inputs)

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Student falls ill after being punished and made to do 500 sit-ups, principal arrested in Kolhapur

Police in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra have arrested a 45-year-old school principal for allegedly asking a student to do 500 sit-ups for not completing project work.The student, a girl studying in std 8, took ill while undergoing the inhuman punishment and had to be admitted to a hospital.”We arrested Ashwini Devan, the principal, yesterday under IPC sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 337 (act endangering life or personal safety of another person) and 506 (criminal intimidation),” said a senior official of Chandgad tehsil police.Devan was later released on bail, he said.On November 24, Dewan allegedly asked eight students of std 8th at the privately-run Shri Bhavashwari Sandesh Vidyalay in Kanoor Budrook village of Chandgad tehsil to do 500 sit-ups for not doing project work.Also read’Their romance could adversely affect the students’: Teacher couple sacked by private school in PulwamaOne of the girls, who is 13 years old, took ill while doing sit-ups and was hospitalised.On December 10, a police complaint was lodged against the principal.Also read2 IIT-B students told to help out at animal NGOFollowing the incident, the principal was sent on compulsory leave by the school management, the police official said.

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HC reserves order on Tarun Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of rape

The High Court of Bombay at Goa today reserved its order on a petition by former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, seeking quashing of rape and other charges against him.Justice Nutan Sardesai reserved the order without specifying the date. Tejpal, who is accused of raping a former colleague during an event in Goa in 2013, today presented before the high court the CCTV footage outside the lift of a five-star hotel, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted her.Senior advocate Aman Lekhi and advocate Pramodkumar Dubey, who represented Tejpal, displayed the CCTV footage to the judge on a laptop to support his contention that he has been falsely accused of a rape, outraging modesty and sexual harassment by Goa police. “The CCTV footage shows that the petitioner and the prosecutrix (victim) were out of the lift walking leisurely not indicating any sign of distress or outrage,” Lekhi said while providing the footage which was sourced from the Goa Crime Branch, which has filed a charge sheeted against the Delhi-based journalist.Tejpal has been charged by the district court in Mapusa town under under 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape), 376(2)(k) IPC (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman) by crime branch. The crime branch later added IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (2) (f) (person in position of trust or authority over women, committing rape of such women), 376 C (sexual intercourse by person in authority) and section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).Lekhi argued that the charges were framed by the lower court without considering the material evidence on record, “which shows that the prosecutrix was not restrained, confined or her modesty was outraged by the applicant (Tejpal)”. He pointed out that after the alleged incident, the prosecutrix had accompanied Tejpal in the same lift for the second time next day without showing any sign of distress. The lawyer also claimed that the investigating officer in the case had failed to examine several crucial witnesses, which were named by the prosecutrix in her statement. The investigating officer had also withheld the CCTV footage from the applicant, who had to obtain it through the order by the Supreme Court, Lekhi said.Public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar said the trial court (district court) has come to the conclusion that “primary case” has been made out as the charges are already framed. He said the charges against the accused should not be dismissed without a trial in the case. Lotlikar said that the statement of the accused that she was raped and the CCTV footage showing her conduct otherwise, would get the clarity only when she is examined in the witness box.

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Jilted ex-fiance kills 18-year-old girl

An 18-year-old girl on Friday evening was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-fiance in Nehrunagar area under Bheemganj police station.The indicent took place when the victim Shahinoor, a resident of Nehrunagar area, was going take Urdu tuition. The accussed Sabir was waiting outside the coaching centre and as soon as Shahinoor emerged he attacked her with knife. According to police, th girl sustained about 8 – 9 knife injuries on her body and was rushed to Maharao Bheem Singh (MBS) hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.The victim was engaged to the accused a few months ago but the engagement was soon broken off. The accused, booked under section 302 of IPC, has been arrested. The girl’s body has been placed in the mortuary of MBS hospital for the postmortem to be carried out tomorrow morning. It happened…The indicent took place when the victim Shahinoor, a resident of Nehrunagar area, was going take Urdu tuition. The victim was engaged to the accused a few months ago but the engagement was soon broken off.

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Madhya Pradesh: In fit of rage, man flings son to death over quarrel with wife

A man allegedly flung his one-and-a-half year old son to death after a tiff with his wife in the district, a police official said on Tuesday.The man, identified as Raju Banjara (35), has been arrested, he said.Banjara was cooking food in his house at Bhagwanpura village when he and his wife picked up an argument as he raised objection over her standing outside last night, Bhanpura police station in-charge Gopal Chouhan said.The accused also cast aspersions on her character, he said.Later in a fit of anger, the man flung his son, causing the toddler’s death on the spot, Chouhan said.The accused was subsequently arrested and booked under IPC section 302 (murder), he added.
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Madhya Pradesh: Man kills woman, says her ‘witchcraft’ responsible for daugther’s illness

A 40-year old woman was killed for allegedly practising witchraft in a village of this remote tribal district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.The incident took place yestrday evening at Aambadberi village under Chandpur police station, around 38 km from the district headquarters.”A woman identified as Jhamkudi Bai was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon when she was returning home with her 12 -year old son after washing clothes in a nearby river. She died on the spot,” Chandpur police station in-charge Janak Singh Rawat said.Rawat said that the attacker, identified as Mathuria (43)told the victim’s son during the attack that the victim’s witchcraft was responsible for the accused’s daughter falling mentally ill.Mathuria also beat up the victim’s son when the latter tried to save his mother, the officer said.”The incident was reported to the police around midnight and a case has been registered under the relevant sections of IPC. The accused is absconding,” said Rawat.
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Uttar Pradesh: Woman, three associates arrested for filing false gang rape charges

A woman and her three associates have been arrested for allegedly filing a false complaint of gang rape in Miranpur town of the district in western Uttar Pradesh, police said today.According to circle officer of police SKS Pratap, the woman filed a complaint alleging that three men raped her after offering her lift on a motorbike at Miranpur bus stand on November 29.Primary investigation revealed that the complaint was false, the police officer said.Subsequently, the woman and her three associates were booked under sections 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police officer said, adding that the four were arrested yesterday.During interrogation, the woman told police that she was given Rs 20,000 by the three other accused for filing the rape complaint against the trio with whom they had old enmity.Residents of the area staged a protest.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maha to hold session on crime control today

The Maharashtra government has organised a two-day brain storming session on December 1 and 2 on the state’s report card on crime control, investigation, detection, conviction, and the steps to be taken for further improvement.The Home Department officers, under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’, will make a series of presentations on achievements, shortfalls and the roadmap for future with regard to crime control.The session will take place a day after the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released crime data for the year 2016. According to NCRB, Maharashtra ranked third when it comes to reporting of Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases in the country. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5% of the total IPC cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7).Furthermore, Maharashtra tops in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty with 11,396 registered cases, ranks second in kidnapping and abduction cases with 6,170 cases and comes third in cases of rape with 4,189 cases registered in 2016.A senior officer, who will be present at the two-day session, told DNA: “There has been marked improvement in the crime conviction rate which has surged to over 47% from 9% in 2014, largely due to the increase in forensic facilities. Still, there is scope for improvement. Also, crime against women are being tried in 27 fast-track courts, and the pending ones are going on in 22 such courts.”
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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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700 arrested, 552 cases filed every hour in 2016

Incidents of crime across the country remain one of the biggest challenge for the Central and the state governments. To add to their woes, the rate of crimes increased by 2.6 per cent this year, according to the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) annual report, released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.The report further said that every hour in 2016, 700 people were arrested and 552 cases were registered for various crimes across the country.As per the NCRB, last year, 6,130,507 people were arrested, of whom 3,737,870 people were held under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 2,392,637 under various Special and Local Laws (SLL). A total of 4,831,515 cognizable crimes, comprising 2,975,711 IPC crimes and 1,855,804 SLL crimes, were reported in 2016 — an increase of 2.6 per cent over 2015 (4,710,676 cases) — Singh said.Also, the maximum number of people (983,915) were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Kerala (770,763 arrests). The maximum number of cases (707,8700), however, were registered in Kerala, followed by UP(494,025).In 2016, IPC crimes increased by 0.9 per cent and SLL crimes increased by 5.4 per cent over 2015. Also, UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC crimes reported in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent), and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Further, a total of 897,171 cases of offences affecting the human body were reported, which accounted for 30.1 per cent of total IPC crimes in 2016. As many as 348,914 cases causing simple and grievous injuries due to rash driving were reported, accounting for a maximum 38.9 per cent cases, followed by cases of causing death by negligence (140,215) and grievous hurt (89,039).In terms of percentage, kidnapping and abduction accounted for 52.3 per cent of the cases of crimes against children in 2016, while cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, accounted for 34.4 per cent of the crimes. Maximum number of such cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh (15.3, 13.6, and 13.1 per cent, respectively).Also, maximum number of cyber crime cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh (2,639 cases, 21.4 per cent) followed by Maharashtra (2,380 cases, 19.3 per cent), and Karnataka (1,101 cases, 8.9 per cent) during 2016. Singh said for the first time, the NCRB recorded the seizure of arms and ammunition, explosives, drugs, and currency by the Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations. Not only that, details of cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Direct Taxes Enactments, Customs Act, seizures under the NDPS Act, and others were also furnished by the respective central agencies, such as the CBI, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenues Intelligence, and Narcotics Control Bureau.In 2016, the CBI had 571 pending cases from the previous year and they also registered 673 new cases. In total, they probed 1,244 cases in 2016, and charge sheets were filed in 339 cases. “As many as 184 cases went for trial and were reported for departmental action during the year,” the NCRB stated. In addition, while the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized 756 valuables worth Rs 7179.78 crore under The Custom Acts in 2017, the Narcotics Control Bureau registered 25,147 cases and arrested 31,683 people.In 2016, there were only 31 cases registered under Imputation and Assertions Prejudicial to National Integration Act, 30 cases under the Official Secrets Act, and 35 sedition cases.
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With 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRB

Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of heinous crimes such as murder and those against women in 2016, according to the data of the National Crime Records Bureau released today.UP, the country’s largest state, reported the highest number of cases of murder – 4,889 – accounting for 16.1% followed by Bihar where 2,581 (8.4%) murders took place last year.UP registered 14.5% (49,262 cases) of total cases of crime against women followed by West Bengal 9.6% (32,513 cases) during 2016.Rape cases recorded an increase of 12.4% from 34,651 cases in the country in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016.Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5%) and 4,816 (12.4%) followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7%) last year, the NCRB data said.UP recorded 9.5% of the total IPC crime reporter in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7%).A total of 37,37,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016 for various crimes while a total of 32,71,262 people were chargesheeted, 7,94,616 were convicted and 11,48,824 people were acquitted or discharged.
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Delhi HC awards 3-year jail term to father ‘responsible’ for death of unborn baby

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There is no quick answer to the pain a woman feels after losing an unborn child, regardless of circumstances”, the Delhi High court has said while enhancing the sentence of a man for banging his car to a tree in fits of rage resulting in the death of his unborn eight-month baby in his wife’s womb.A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice PS Teji enhanced the sentence to three years from a period already undergone. He also directed the accused to deposit Rs 3, 50,000 at the NPS School for Deaf and Dumb, Near Delhi Police Apartments, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Delhi, an orphanage by way of seven installments in the sum of Rs.50,000 each. “It is also apparent that due to the act done by the respondent, not only his wife/complainant suffered injuries on her person, but an unborn child has also lost his life. There is no quick answer to the pain a woman feels after losing an unborn child, regardless of circumstances.”“The victim has been the unborn child. He is not in this world and, in view of the settlement arrived at between the respondent and his wife, his cause is not being pursued by his mother,” the bench said.The court’s direction comes while hearing an appeal by the State wherein they requested the enhancement of sentence of the Arshdeep Singh who was found guilty under sections 307 (Attempt to murder) and section 316 (Causing death of quick unborn child by act amounting to culpable homicide ) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to a complaint lodged by his wife, Singh had marital discords with his wife. It also revealed that on April 17, 2013 her husband had come to her parental home to take her back and picked up a quarrel with her at parental home also.She also divulged that while returning in Santro Car, Singh threatened that he would kill her as well as the unborn child and would also kill himself. The convict then gave fist punches on the abdominal region of his wife and deliberately struck the car against a truck and then against a tree.The court held that even though both the parties might have come to a settlement but considering the background, the sentence should be enhanced.“In view of the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and considering the submission made by the counsel for the respondent/ convict as well as learned APP for the State, we are of the opinion that the sentence awarded to the respondent/convict under Section 307/316 IPC is on the lower side and he deserves to undergo minimum sentence of three years of imprisonment, in addition to the period already undergone (19 days),” the court held.

Minor girl raped by neighbour in Jhalawar, accused detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year-old girl belonging to Meena community was allegedly abducted and raped by her neighbour on the pretext of taking her to a relative’s birthday party in Jhalawar district in Rajasthan, police said on Monday. The accused fled away from the town after the crime but he was later today morning detained by the police. Meanwhile, the police van of the Khanpur police station, taking the victim and her parents overturned on Monday on the way to a community health centre (CHC), he said. However, none of the six in the van sustained injuries besides the father of the victim, who sustained minor hand injuries, the official said.The girl, a class 6 student of Meena community, a resident of Tailiyo ka Mohalla in Khanpur town and a class 6th students in local government school was on Sunday evening abducted and raped by neighboring youth identified as Vijay Singh (22), told Sub-inspector (SI) at Khanpur police station Surendra Singh. While the victim was playing outside her home, the accused youth, in the pretext of attending a birthday party, took her to a relative’s home at nearby Harigarh village at around 4.30 last evening and raped her there, he said. The minor was along at her home as her parents and elder sister are daily wage labors and was at work when the accused took her on a motorbike, the S.I. said.When the victim returned around 8 o’clock last night, she narrated the plight to her parents following which they approached the police station and lodged a case against the accused, Sub Inspector Singh said. The accused youth Vijay Singh, on the, complain, was booked under sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC, section ¾ of POSCO Act and under section 3 of SC/ST Act, he further said.The victim’s statements under section 164 before the magistrate would be recorded today after the medical examination, the SI said. The police van while taking the victim and parents along with the three police personnel for medical examination.Accused booked under POSCO ACTThe accused in the matter was rounded up today and would be shown as arrested after the preliminary investigation and the statements of the victim under 164 are over later in the day today.When the victim returned around 8 o’clock last night, she narrated the plight to her parents following which they approached the police station and lodged a case against the accused. The accused was booked under sections 363, 376 of IPC, section ¾ of POSCO Act and under section of SC/ST Act.

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, booked for alleged "cheating"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been lodged against e-commerce giant Flipkart’s founders and a few other company officials for allegedly “cheating” a businessman to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.The case pertains to non-payment of dues by Flipkart to C-Store Company for laptops it supplied, officials at the Indiranagar police station here said.They said an FIR has been registered against Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal and a couple of company officials, based on the complaint by C-Store Company’s Naveen Kumar.According to the complaint, C-Store had entered into a contract with Flipkart for supply of laptops along with other electronic goods for its sale, and had supplied about 14,000 laptops, police said.Flipkart, which returned about 1,480 units, did not pay for the remaining, the complainant said, adding that the other charges, including shipping had also not been paid.
ALSO READ Businessman files FIR against Flipkart founders, employees over not clearing dues worth Rs 9.96 croreThe complaint alleges that there has been cheating to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.A case has been booked under different sections of IPC, including cheating and criminal breach of trust, an official involved in the investigation said.
ALSO READ Flipkart to launch its own smartphone under its Billion brandWhen contacted for it’s reaction, Flipkart said it did not wish to respond for now.

Fired up kin want action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday afternoon, Chetan’s relatives and neighbours went on a hyper drive and blocked the thoroughfare at Mount Road.They wanted the police to register the “unnamed” FIR filed in context of the incident which states that Chetan was murdered. They requested the officials to do a detailed enquiry of the incident before taking a final call and declaring it as a “suicide.”In addition to this, the crowd also demanded judicial custody of the ‘murderer’. However, there was no scuffle during the blockade.Earlier, in the evening, Neetu Saini, Chetan’s wife, demanded a CBI investigation. While breaking her silence, Neetu said that she was absolutely sure that Chetan did not commit suicide.“Police are simply telling us that investigation is going on but have not registed an FIR till now. I want it to be registered as a murder under Section 302 of the IPC. I demand an investigation from CBI and justice for my family,” Neetu said.She further informed that Chetan was not under any financial obligation.“The police are making unnecessary assumptions. My husband was in no way related to Padmavati controversy. He never even watched films. Whenever there is an incident on someone hanging anywhere in the city, it finally turns out to be a murder. Same has happened here,” Neetu added.She urged the police not to close the case just by ‘assuming’ that it is a case of suicide.

Gorakhpur BRD Hospital Child Death Tragedy: Charges against Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan dropped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unable to find any evidence, the Gorakhpur police have dropped corruption and private practice charges against Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, one of the nine accused in the deaths of 33 children at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on August 10 and 11.After state government’s permission, the Gorakhpur Police filed charge-sheets against remaining two former BRD Medical College Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra and Paediatric Ward Head Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan in the Gorakhpur Court. Dr Mishra is charged under Sections 120-B, 308, 409 of the IPC and 7/13 Anti-Corruption Act while Dr Khan is charged under Sections 120-B, 308 and 409 of the IPC.Significantly, the Director General Medical Education K.K. Gupta had filed an FIR against Dr Khan under sections 120-B, 308, 409 of the IPC, Section 7/13 of Anti-Corruption Act, Section 66 of IT Act and Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act in the last week of August on the recommendation of the high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: Hero doctor Kafeel Khan sacked 48 hours after saving infantsThe Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had admonished Dr Khan in a closed-door meeting for indulging in private practice at his wife’s clinic and corruption. The Chief Minister was particularly annoyed with Dr Khan being made the Hero by the media for saving several lives of children by arranging oxygen cylinders at his expense. It was due to this reason that additional charges were slapped against Dr Khan.The Investigative officer Abhishek Singh said that they could not find any material and substantive evidences during the course of investigation against Dr Khan to prove that he was involved in corruption, indulged in private practices or violated any provisions of the IT Act.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: Owner of oxygen supply company finally nabbed“Since no evidences were found against Dr Khan on these counts, we had dropped these charges against him” said Singh. The investigative officers have submitted statements from 93 witnesses and documentary proofs against Dr Mishra but could not find any evidence to prove corruption and private practice charges against Dr Khan.“Dr Khan was made the scapegoat in the case. FIR was filed on flimsy grounds to accuse him of private practice, but the police could not find any evidence to prove the charge. This clearly suggest that he is innocent and framed in the case as Chief Minister got annoyed with him on media making him a saviour,” rued a close relative of Dr Khan.Earlier, the Gorakhpur Police had filed chargesheets against Dr Purnima Shukla, former Anaesthesia Department Head Dr Satish Kumar, ex Chief Pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal, Accounts departments clerks Sudhir Pandey, Udai Sharma, Sanjay Tripathi and owner of Pushpa Sales Pvt Lt Manish Bhandari. The police were awaiting government nod to file chargesheets against Dr Mishra and Dr Khan.Meanwhile, FIRs are also likely to be filed against another former Principal of the BRD Medical College DR K.P. Kushwaha and four others in connection with executing contract with oxygen supplier Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd. During the course of investigation it was found that Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd was not manufacturing oxygen but despite that it was engaged to supply oxygen on higher price resulting in losses to state exchequer and violation of tendering process.“Instead of executing contract with Innox, the company which was producing oxygen, Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd was given the oxygen supply contract. This raises doubts on role of five members of the committee which executed the contract,” the investigative officer told the court.The Gorakhpur Police is now further probing the role played by tender committee members including ex Principal Dr K.P. Kushwaha, CMO Dr A.R. Singh, Medical Superintendent A.K. Srivastava, Chief Finance Officer Vinod and Financial Controller Neeraj Kumar. Dr Kushwaha, however, rubbished the police claims. “Tenders were floated three times, but no company submitted quotation. Pushpas Sales was given the contract when no other company came forward to supply oxygen. The tender process has already been audited twice by experts and no irregularity was found,” clarified Dr Kushwaha.

Delhi court acquits man of cheating, raping woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man of the charge of raping and deceitfully marrying a woman he met through a matrimonial website after she failed to support the prosecution case.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain absolved the man of the charges of rape, unnatural sex and concealing his first marriage, observing that the complainant did not want to pursue the matter or want any action against him as they had reached a settlement.”In the instant case, the star witnesses were the prosecutrix and her father. They did not support prosecution case in any manner. They did not say anything incriminating against the accused,” the judge said.According to the prosecution, the woman and her father had lodged a complaint on June 7 alleging that the accused, whom she had met through a matrimonial website, deceitfully married her by claiming he was divorced and forcefully established physical relations with her.It alleged that the man forced the woman, who had left her job in Dubai and returned to India to marry the accused, for unnatural sex at a hotel here.She married him at a temple here but later found out that he was not divorced and lodged the complaint against him, it said.The court, however, noted that her testimony revealed that they neither had any sexual relation before or after the marriage nor did she live with the accused.”She has stated that she has settled the matter and she does not want any action against the accused,” it said.An FIR was lodged against the accused for the offences under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and 493 (cohabitation by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) of the IPC.The man’s statement was dispensed with as there was no incriminating evidence against him.

Kolkata police nab man who deleted FB profile after cyber stalking woman; urge people to share their harassment stories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large universe in itself, one can assume that they can get away with anything on the internet. However, the Kolkata police decided to make an example of an online stalker by showing the individual that a trace – even if you take all steps possible – always remains while you are surfing the net.The police issued a statement on Twitter on how a woman was being harassed on Facebook by someone she knew. The police asked her to send them screenshots of the messages and file a complaint.However, the accused – identified as Swarnangshu Mukhopadhyay – deleted his account immediately as he realised the woman had filed a complaint. The police pursued the case, and with a help of technology managed to nab the accused a few days later. He was booked under 67A of the IT act and various sections of the IPC.”Sexual harassment of any sorts is a violation of human privacy and we urge people to file a complaint #ShareWithoutFear,” the police concluded.Their act has promoted a lot of praise on social media.

Minor labourer falls from roof, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old minor boy, working as a child labor to a private contractor today noon died during the treatment in a private hospital in the city after he had sustained severe head injuries after falling from the rooftop while he was fixing an iron angle of an advertisement hoarding in a multi-storied building in Talwandi area under Jawahar Nagar police station. The police have lodged a case against the contractor under sections of IPC and J.J. Act for causing death by negligence and employing a minor child to work. The dead body was handed over to the family members after postmortem later in the day on Sunday.Raju Erwal (17), a resident of Nagpal colony under Udhyog Nagar police station area sustained severe head injuries after he had fallen from the rooftop of multi-storied building in Talwandi area early on Sunday morning while he was getting down through stairway with iron angle, told Neeraj Gupta, Circle In charge (CI), Jawahar Nagar police station.The minor boy, while he was getting down through the staircase from the top floor of the building, lost balance and rolled down to floor with severe head injuries while the iron angle was left stuck to the wall, he said adding he was immediately rushed to nearby private hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment at noon today. Raju along with his co-worker Ajay Khateek was on contractual work to fix an advertising hoarding on the building at around 7 o’clock today morning when the mishap occurred, the CI said.The body was handed over to the family members after postmortem, he added. Police have lodged a case against the private contractor of causing death by negligence under section 304(A) of IPC and under sections of JJ. Act for employing a minor boy to work, CI Neeraj Gupta said adding the further investigation into the matter is underway, however, the accused contractor has not been arrested.HEAD INJURIESRaju Erwal (17), a resident of Nagpal colony under Udhyog Nagar police station area sustained severe head injuries after he had fallen from the rooftop of building in Talwandi area.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam booked for holding rally without prior police permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has been booked for addressing a rally of hawkers in suburban Malad yesterday without securing prior permission of the police, an official said today.After Nirupam addressed the rally of around 150 hawkers, workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who were trying to evict hawkers from outside the Malad railway station were assaulted in afternoon.Police have arrested seven hawkers under various sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder).”A case has been registered against Sanjay Nirupam at Malad police station for holding the rally without a prior permission,” Mumbai Police spokesperson and DCP Deepak Devraj said.According to another official, Nirupam has been booked under sections 143 (whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 37 (co-operation by doing one of several acts constituting an offence) of the IPC.In his address, the Congress leader had said that hawkers will not tolerate hooliganism of MNS activists.”I would not tolerate such high-handedness of MNS leaders against hawkers. The hawkers are capable enough to retaliate to any aggression from MNS,” he had said.After the rally, hawkers allegedly attacked MNS workers, in which one activist received head injuries.Heavy police bandobast was deployed in the area fearing backlash from the MNS.Police have also booked around 40 MNS workers for rioting and arrested 18 of them, an official said.Further investigation into the matter is underway and more arrests are likely, he added.After MNS chief Raj Thackeray addressed a rally in south Mumbai earlier this month over the death of 23 people in a stampede on the staircase of the foot overbridge (FOB) at suburban Elphinstone Road railway station last month, MNS workers took upon themselves the task of removing hawkers from station premises.

Cross-country woman biker Sana Iqbal dies in car crash in Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross-country woman motorcycle rider Sana Iqbal, who undertook a solo expedition to raise awareness about suicide and depression, died in a car crash near Hyderabad early on Wednesday morning, police said.Her husband was injured in the accident that took place on the city outskirts around 3.30 am, a police official said.Sana (29) and her husband Abdul Nadeem were travelling in a car and heading home in Tolichowki here when it rammed the median on the Outer Ring Road, said Narsingi Police Station Inspector G V Ramana Goud.”Sana’s husband Abdul Nadeem was driving the car. Sana, who suffered severe injuries in the mishap, was shifted to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead. Her husband, who received injuries, is undergoing treatment,” Goud said.The Hyderabad-based rider hit the headlines a few years ago when she undertook a solo motorcycle expedition across the country to raise awareness about suicide.The focus of her campaign was to educate people, particularly students, against committing suicide.A case under IPC section 304A (causing death by negligence) and other relevant sections was registered, police added.

Delhi Court seeks info on plea against Digvijaya Singh for ‘abusive’ tweet about PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court on Monday sought clarifications on whether an offence of defamation was made out against senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for allegedly tweeting defamatory contents against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his followers.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan, who heard part arguments on the complaint seeking registration of an FIR against Singh, sought clarification from the complainant on the offence of defamation under the IPC.The court posted the matter for further hearing on November 29.During the hearing, complainant advocate Gaurav Gulati argued that Singh had allegedy posted a derogatory picture on Twitter on September 8 and captioned it with abusive words against the Prime Minister.He alleged that the picture was orginally posted by a journalist and was re-tweeted by the Congress General Secretary who had committed an “outrageous and shameful act”.He sought lodging of an FIR against Singh for offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153 (promoting enmity against different groups on grounds of religion, place of birth, language), 469 (forgery to harm reputation), 500 (defamation) and 504 (insulting with intent to provoke breach of peace) under the IPC

Woman found dead in Dwarka, husband missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old woman was found dead in her home in the Amberahi village of Dwarka on Sunday morning. The police said that the vcitim’s husband was the prime suspect, who has been missing since the body was discovered.The couple — Shivbalak Shah and Amrika — had been living in the house along with their children for the last two years, when the family shifted from Bihar to the national Capital. According to DCP Surender Kumar, southwest Delhi, initial probe has revealed that the couple used to fight frequently over financial matters.The murder came to light when one of the children approached a neighbour for help. According to Ashok, the neighbour: “When we went to their house, Amrika was lying unconscious on her bed. Shah was not present in the house. We tried his number but it was switched off. So, we informed the police.””The murder looks like the consequence of these fights. But we will still investigate the matter. Hunt is on to locate Shah, who worked as a rickshaw puller. His phone is switched off but we have put it on surveillance,” an officer said.According to the police, the woman was smothered to death by someone known to her. The cops said they were trying to ascertain whether Shah was an alcoholic, which could have led to domestic violence in the household.The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further probe is on.

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, can attract jail term from 10 years to life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apex court’s landmark decision to amend Exception 2 of Section 375 (definition of rape) of the IPC, which had earlier exempted husbands from being tried for rape for having sexual relations with wives of 15 to 18 years of age, would now make such males liable for prosecution and stringent punishment.The amended provision now reads: “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under eighteen years of age, is not rape.” The court highlighted the inconsistencies in two penal laws saying as per the Exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC, a man’s sexual intercourse with his wife between the age group of 15-18 was not rape but at the same time it is an offence of aggravated penetrative sexual assault and punishable under Section 6 of the POCSO Act.The bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said that as per Section 42 A of POCSO Act, if there was any inconsistency between IPC and POCSO, the latter would prevail.”Exception 2 to Section 375 of IPC, which makes sexual intercourse or acts of consensual sex of a man with his own wife not being under 15 years of age, not an offence, is not found in any provision of POCSO.”Therefore, this is a major inconsistency between POCSO and IPC. As provided in Section 42A, in case of such an inconsistency, POCSO will prevail. Moreover, POCSO is a special Act, dealing with the children whereas IPC is the general criminal law. Therefore, POCSO will prevail over IPC and Exception 2 in so far as it relates to children, is inconsistent with POCSO,” the bench also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta said.The bench also observed that the exception 2 of the section 375 of IPC creates a distinction between a married girl child and an unmarried girl child with no real rationale.”Such an unnecessary and artificial distinction if accepted can again be introduced for other occasions for divorced children or separated children or widowed children,” the bench said.It opened the doors of criminal courts for minor wives to lodge complaints against their spouses if they resort to sexual intercourse.”It is also clarified that Section 198(6) of the Code (of Criminal Procedure) will apply to cases of rape of ‘wives’ below 18 years, and cognizance can be taken only in accordance with the provisions of Section 198(6) of the Code,” Justice Deepak Gupta who wrote concurring judgement, said.

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.”

Sex with minor wife to be considered as rape, rules Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man indulging in sex with his wife aged between 15 to 18 years could be prosecuted for rape on complaint by her.The top court said that the age of consent is 18 and it can’t be lowered.The apex court was pronouncing its verdict on a plea challenging the validity of an exception clause in the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years.Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape. However, the age of consent is 18 years.A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur had on September 6 reserved its order on the plea while questioning the Centre how Parliament could create an exception in law declaring that intercourse or a sexual act by a man with his wife, aged between 15 and less than 18 years, is not rape when the age of consent is 18.The apex court had said it did not want to go into the aspect of marital rape, but when the age of consent was 18 years for “all purposes”, why was such an exception made in the IPC. Responding to the query, the Centre’s counsel had said if this exception under the IPC goes, then it would open up the arena of marital rape which does not exist in India.

Kerala priest arrested for sexually abusing minor girl inside church

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala priest was arrested on Monday for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old school girl inside a church, police said.The crime took place on Sunday when the victim had gone to the church for taking Bible lessons, they said.The accused, Fr Devaraj (65), of Kandanthitta CSI church will be produced before a magistrate later in the evening.A case under POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and section 376 of IPC (rape) has been registered against the priest, police said.The girl’s father alleged that he saw his daughter being abused by the accused when he came to pick her up, and immediately informed the police.The accused has been functioning as the priest in the church since the past one year, police added.​

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.

Gujarat: Two dalit men assaulted for ‘sporting moustache’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Dalit men of a village near Gandhinagar in Gujarat were allegedly thrashed by members of Rajput community for “sporting a moustache” in two separate incidents, the police said on Sunday.The incidents occurred on September 25 and September 29 at Limbodara village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district.In the September 29 incident, Krunal Maheria (30), a law student, was allegedly beaten up by one Bharatsinh Vaghela.In his complaint to the Kalol taluka police, Maheria claimed that Vaghela assaulted him for sporting a moustache.”When I was visiting my friend on Friday night, Vaghela and some others intercepted me and verbally abused me.Vaghela told me that I cannot become a Rajput by just sporting a moustache. When I ignored him, Vaghela beat me up with a stick,” Maheria said today.He returned his home today after undergoing treatment at the Gandhinagar civil hospital.Based on his complaint, police had lodged an FIR against Vaghela under section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC and under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, a Kalol taluka police official said.He said Vaghela was arrested today.”A cross complaint was also registered against Maheria under the IPC section 323. Today, we have arrested Vaghela,” the official said.A similar case was reported in Limbodara village on September 25, when some members of Rajput community allegedly thrashed Piyush Parmar (24).”Parmar had alleged that some Rajput men from the village beat him up when he was returning home after a garba programme. He had alleged that upper caste men thrashed him over his moustache. No arrests have been made yet in that case,” said the official.​

Boyfriend gropes, attempts to rape Andhra teen, films the assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a gut-wrenching incident, a young man groped and tried to rape his girlfriend as his friend shot the disturbing assault video from his mobile phone in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district. The police has arrested all three accused.The incident reportedly took place in August and came to light after the video went viral. The police filed a suo motu case and asked the parents of the 19-year-old victim to file a separate case.The accused were arrested on Tuesday.According to the police, the girl had gone to meet her boyfriend B Sai, who is a B Sc agriculture student.The other accused Karthik and Pawan were also present there.It was 22-year-old Karthik who shot the video.Media reports suggest that Karthik was also in a relationship with the girl. He was miffed with the victim after she moved on with Sai.It was at his behest that Sai decided to assault the girl.In the video, Sai gropes, tries to disrobe the victim even as she keeps on crying for help.Her friend is also seen feebly trying to help the victim while the boys abuse and laugh at the camera.According to the Times of India report, the main motive of the video was to blackmail the girl.It was only recently that the video went viral. The police have charged the accused under Section 67 of IT Act as also IPC sections 354A, 354B, 376 read with 511 of the Indian Penal Code.

Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui acquitted of rape: Timeline of the case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following is the chronology of events in the case in which Delhi High Court on Monday acquitted co-director of Bollywood movie ‘Peepli Live’ Mahmood Farooqui, in a rape case of a 30-year-old American researcher in March 2015:*Jun 20, 2015: Bollywood movie ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui arrested for allegedly raping an American researcher.*Jul 29: Police files charge sheet against Farooqui for alleged offence punishable under sections 376 (rape) of IPC.*Aug 9: Rape case against Farooqui sent to sessions court.*Aug 20: Farooqui moves court seeking bail.*Aug 25: Researcher tells court that a drunk Farooqui forced himself upon her after inviting her for dinner at his residence.*Aug 27: Cops oppose Farooqui’s bail plea, say it is a heinous crime.*Sep 2: Court frames rape charges against Farooqui.*Sep 9: Court starts day-to-day trial in rape case against Farooqui.*Sep 16: US researcher appears in court; reiterates allegations against Farooqui during in-camera proceedings.*Oct 15: Court grants interim bail of 15 days to Farooqui, directs him not to leave capital without its permission.*Jan 14, 2016: Court commences hearing final arguments.Police tells court that US woman’s testimony nails Farooqui in rape case.*Jan 21: Prosecution concludes final arguments.*May 30: Court reserves the judgement in the case.*July 30: Court convicts Farooqui for the offence of rape.*Aug 4: Court awards seven-year jail term to Farooqui.*Oct 3: Farooqui moves HC challenging trial court order on conviction and sentence.*Sep 1: HC reserves judgement.*Sep 25: HC acquits Farooqui, sets aside the trial court order awarding him seven years jail term.

Telling people to stop smoking kills: Delhi man mows down two motorcycle-borne people after they object to his puffing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent case of road rage, a man allegedly hit two motorcycle-borne persons with his car as they objected to him smoking in front of them in south Delhi, following which one of the duo succumbed to injuries on Wednesday.Police, however, said they are probing whether it was case of accident or the accused deliberately hit the duo. Gurpreet and Maninder Singh, both in their 20s, had gone near AIIMS for filming a documentary on pavement dwellers in the national capital on Saturday, their families claimed. While they were having dinner near Safdarjung Hospital, a man came and started smoking on their faces, witnesses told police.The duo objected to the man blowing smoke on their faces and asked him to not do so, the family members claimed, adding the man, who was inebriated, threatened them with dire consequences.Gurpreet and Maninder decided to leave from there since they did not want to escalate the issue, they said. However, the man, followed them and hit them with his car near AIIMS. The driver also went on to hit two other vehicles — an autorickshaw and a cab.The duo was rushed to hospital. Gurpreet succumbed to injuries today while the other victim is undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said.The accused, identified as Rohit Krishna Mahanta, was arrested from the spot, but was later granted bail. He is studying law.He is currently in a hospital and police are awaiting to question him. After Gurpreet’s death, police have added IPC section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder with a maximum term of life imprisonment) to the FIR.Gurpreet’s family claimed that it was an act of murder and alleged police inaction.

Hyderabad: Woman allegedly burnt alive by husband after failing to crack MBBS entrance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old housewife was allegedly set ablaze by her husband in Telangana’s Hyderabad for not clearing MBBS entrance exam.The woman was found dead with burn injuries, however, her husband has claimed that she committed suicide.The deceased girl Harika was married to Rushi Kumar, a software engineer, two years ago.Harika who took the medical entrance test by giving EAMCET exam failed to qualify for MBBS and got selected for Bachelors of Dental Surgery in a private college, reported Times of India.Harika’s parents have filed a FIR at the LB Nagar police station stating that their son-in-law Rishi Kumar had allegedly burnt their daughter alive for not securing a seat in the medical entrance.They also alleged that he was also continuously harassing her for the additional dowry, the inspector at LB Nagar police station said.A case has been registered under section 304(B) and 302 IPC and further investigation is on.

19 school kids hurt in van, truck collision, truck driver arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nineteen children from Divyapath School in Memnagar were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck near Navapura village road in Changodar, Ahmedabad, around 7.15am on Friday. The driver of the vehicle, a Traveller, and three children are reported to be in critical condition and are under treatment at Zydus hospital.Of the 19 children, 13 were taken to Zydus while the remaining were moved to Sola Civil Hospital. While all the children in Sola have been discharged, 12 are still undergoing treatment in Zydus.According to Changodar police, the Traveller was ferrying kids from Bavla to their school when the truck made a sudden U-turn and collided with it. Though the driver of the truck fled soon after the accident, he later surrendered at the police station. Eyewitnesses said villagers in the area rushed to help the students who were stuck inside the vehicle.Soon 108 emergency services personnel and local police reached the spot and rushed the injured to the hospitals. The students were of classes 5 to 10.The police have identified the truck driver as Kalubhai, aka Jamalbhai Pathan, 35, a resident of Chhatral village in Kalol.JV Rathod, sub-inspector with Changodar police, said Pathan has been booked under IPC 179 (refusing to answer public servant authorised to question), IPC 337(causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), IPC 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others) and Motor Vehicle Act 177 and 184.

Madhya Pradesh: Man arrested for stabbing male friend who refused sex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25-year old man attacked his friend with a knife for refusing to get into a same-sex relationship with him in this tribal-dominated town, police said today.After stabbing his friend, the accused also injured himself, they said.Superintendent of Police (SP) Mahesh Chandra Jain said the incident took place last night when the accused, identified as Baigla, called the victim to his place and forced him to keep sexual relations with him.”Baigla invited his 27-year-old male friend to his residence at Old Housing Board Colony. As per the victim’s complaint, Baigla stabbed him after he refused to establish same-sex relationship with him,” he added.Later, Rakesh also injured himself with the same knife, he added.After the incident was reported, both the men were taken to the district hospital, where they are currently undergoing treatment, he added.A case was registered against the accused under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder).

Parliament consciously kept voidable marriage age for girls: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Parliament, in its wisdom, had taken a conscious decision to keep the age limit of voidable marriage between 15 and 18 years in case of girls, the government told the Supreme Court today.It said the legislature kept in mind the socio-economic conditions of the country and was aware of the international conventions, while deciding to keep the voidable clause in case of child marriages.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta questioned the Centre about the logic behind keeping different age limits of voidable marriage for girls under different laws.”In Indian Penal Code its different, in Prohibition of Child Marriage Act its different, in Hindu Marriage Act its different. What is the logic keeping different age limits for the marriage of girls,” the bench said.It also questioned the government for giving a varying window of age in different laws to women married at an age below 18 years, to walk out of the marriage.During the hearing, the apex court also expressed concern over the prevalence of child marriages in the country despite a specific law prohibiting it, saying “these are not marriage but mirages.””These cases will not be reported even if we hold the exception to IPC as void. Hardly any women will come to court.If both man and woman are of the age of 19 years, then the marriage is voidable at the instance of the man. The question still is where can we go? We have to look every aspect,” the bench observed.Senior advocate Rana Mukherjee, appearing for Centre, said child marriage was abhorrent to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), but it still happened.”These marriages do happen in the society. Legitimacy of the child born from such marriage has to be given. Parliament was aware of voidable marriages happening in the society and therefore it had taken a conscious decision and kept the age limit of 15 to 18 years for marriage of girl,” he said.The court was hearing pleas questioning the validity of a provision permitting a man to have physical relationship with his wife, even if she was aged between 15 and 18 years.Section 375 of the IPC, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape.Centre’s arguments remained inconclusive and will continue tomorrow.Advocate Jayna Kothari, appearing for NGO Child Rights Trust, said the exception to section 375 of IPC is defeating the very purpose of PCMA and was also in violation of international conventions of which India is a signatory.She said the right to privacy, as recognised by the Supreme Court in its recent decision, secured for every individual a private space free of intrusion and autonomy over most intimate, personal decisions.”This is a concomitant ingredient of dignity which is so essential to development of human personality. Exempting sexual violence against minor girls from criminal prosecution within marriage, not only violates such right by depriving of their autonomy but also violates their fundamental right to life and bodily integrity,” she said.Kothari, assisted by advocate Disha Chaudhari, said the PCMA cannot be effectively implemented as the exception with regard to minor women legitimises violence against minor girls within marriage and hinders the provisions of the PCMA.”Where on one hand it gives minor girls the option to nullify an early marriage, on the other it denies them any legal recourse for sexual abuse suffered within such voidable marriage,” she said, adding that several high courts have repeatedly recognised that the PCMA overrides personal law.Earlier, the bench had expressed dismay over the prevalence of the practice of child marriage despite the existence of the PCMA and termed as unfortunate that this was being done mostly at the behest of girl child’s parents.The Centre, in its affidavits, had admitted that child marriage were still happening in the country due to uneven economic and educational development. “It has been therefore decided to retain the age of 15 years under exception 2 of section 375 of IPC, so as to give protection to husband and wife against criminalising the sexual activity between them,” it had said.It had said that lawmakers had taken a pragmatic view regarding the issue of ‘marital rape’ as marriage being a social institution was the bedrock of any society and hence, needs to be protected.The NGO sought direction to declare exception 2 to Section 375 of the 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.” It also referred to the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012, and said these were contrary to the IPC provision. P

Patna HC upholds life term for former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patna HC on Wednesday upheld life imprisonment for former MP and RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin by a Bihar district court for murdering two brothers three years ago. The Patna HC also rejected his plea challenging the sentence awarded by the Siwan District Court on December 11, 2015.Along with Shahabuddin, three others were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Additional District Judge of Siwan Special Court Ajay Kumar Srivastava in 2015, which he called the ‘rarest of rare case’. Bihar Police had charge sheeted six persons in the case before the probe was taken over by the agency. A total of eight accused have been charge-sheeted so far in the case.The CBI has charged Shahabuddin, currently lodged in the high-security Tihar Jail in Delhi, under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and murder and provisions of Arms Act, a statement from the agency said here.”The charge sheet has been filed under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) read with 302 (murder) of the IPC as well as section 27 of the Arms Act,” Sinha told PTI over phone.The charge sheet has not been submitted against two other accused Mohammad Javed and Mohammad Kaif who are out on bail in the case as the investigation is currently underway, Sinha said.It may be noted that the special CBI court on May 26 had made Shahabuddin an accused in the murder case.The four-time RJD MP from Siwan is alleged to have been involved in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan, a journalist of a prominent Hindi daily in Siwan.Shahabuddin is facing trial in more than 45 criminal cases. He was moved to the Tihar Jail in February this year on a Supreme Court order on a plea by Siwan native Chandrakeshwar Prasad whose three sons were killed in two separate incidents.Rajdeo Ranjan, district bureau chief of the Hindi daily, was gunned down on May 13 last year and his wife had accused Shahabuddin of having a role in the killing. With inputs from PTI

Self-styled godman Rampal acquitted in two criminal cases; lawyer says ‘victory of truth’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hisar court in Haryana on Tuesday acquitted self-styled godman Rampal in an 11-year-old conspiracy case.Rampal was arrested in November 2014 following a lengthy stand-off with security forces which surrounded his Satlok Ashram in Hisar.”He (Rampal) has been acquitted in the two cases (426 and 427). It’s a victory of truth,” said lawyer AP Singh.However, Rampal will still remain in jail as there are other cases still pending against him.Rampal is facing a number of cases relating to various charges including sedition, arson, rioting, attempt to murder, preventing government servants from performing duty and others.On November 17, 2014, a case was registered against Rampal and his followers under IPC sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of his public function), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (Assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty).Another case was registered against Rampal and his followers — Purshotam Dass, Raj Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Rajender Singh, Rahul and 30-40 other persons — on November 18, 2014 on a complaint of Sukhdev Singh of Ratia (Fatehabad) under IPC sections 147 (Rioting), 149 (Unlawful assembly, every other member of such assembly shall be guilty of the offence), 188 (disobedient to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant) and 342 (Wrongfully confining any person).Rampal, 67, was dodging the arrest in connection with a case involving his followers, who opened fire at villagers in Rohtak, killing one person and injuring several others.He was arrested in November 2014 following a lengthy stand-off with security forces which surrounded his Satlok Ashram in Hisar.

Haryana Court defers verdict in self-styled Godman Rampal case till August 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In view of the much-hype over Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s verdict in Haryana, a Hisar court on Thursday deferred its verdict on two criminal cases registered against self-styled Godman Rampal till August 29.The verdict, which was to be announced on August 24, will now be pronounced by Judicial Magistrate Hisar Mukesh Kumar on August 29.The verdict in Rampal’s case is due at a time when Punjab and Haryana grapple with the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh verdict. On November 17, 2014, a case was registered against Rampal and his followers under IPC sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of his public function), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (Assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty).Another case was registered against Rampal and his followers — Purshotam Dass, Raj Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Rajender Singh, Rahul and 30-40 other persons — on November 18, 2014 on a complaint of Sukhdev Singh of Ratia (Fatehabad) under IPC sections 147 (Rioting), 149 (Unlawful assembly, every other member of such assembly shall be guilty of the offence), 188 (disobedient to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant) and 342 (Wrongfully confining any person).Rampal was arrested after tense standoff between some of his supporters and the police when close to 15,000 of his followers were evacuated from the sprawling premises in 2014.

Bikers shoot dead man in Ashok Vihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 42-year-old man was allegedly robbed and shot dead by unidentified bike-borne assailants in northwest Delhi’s Ashok Vihar on Tuesday night. The incident took place metres away from the victim’s residence while he was returning home on a two-wheeler.According to the police, the incident occurred around 8 pm. The victim, Sanjeev Kumar, was returning from his shop in Shastri Nagar, and was carrying a bag of cash. Locals and witnesses told the police four armed men on two bikes approached Kumar had almost reached his house in Ashok Vihar, four armed men on two bikes approached him after which they had a short argument.”The four men tried to rob his bag, but Kumar resisted. After this one of the robbers pulled out a pistol and fired at him multiple times. After hearing gunshots, locals arrived at the spot and called up the police. Kumar was rushed to a hospital, but was declared brought dead,” said a senior police officer.Police said that the incident has been captured in CCTV and efforts to identify the assailants or the vehicle used by them are being made. A case has been registered under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons at Ashok Vihar police station.

Accountant of a firm kills self, names its director in note

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief accountant of a forging company allegedly killed himself by consuming poison in a hotel at Chakan in the district, the police said today. The deceased, identified as Nilesh Gaikwad (32), has named the director of his company in the suicide note purportedly written by him, a District Police official said. Gaikwad wrote that the director had asked him to borrow Rs 15 crore from various persons. “As per the 10-page suicide note, Gaikwad claimed that out of the Rs 15 crore, the director returned Rs 11.50 crore. However, the director started avoiding Gaikwad when the latter insisted him to pay the remaining payment as well as his commission, which collectively stood at Rs 4.10 crore,” a Chakan police station officer said quoting the suicide note. Gaikwad stated that he was under great pressure from the lenders. “The director had asked him to give him time till December to pay back the balance amount, but Gaikwad had requested him to pay at least Rs 1.45 crore so that he can get the lenders off his back for some time,” said the officer. However, as the director started avoiding Gaikwad, the latter took the extreme step. The matter came to light yesterday when the staff of the hotel, where Gaikwad had booked a room, grew suspicious after a foul smell started emanating from his room. “We are investigating from whom and when he had borrowed the money and gave it to the company director,” he said. The director was booked under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC. The company officials cannot be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman held with paramour for killing husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her paramour were arrested today for allegedly plotting the killing of her husband, the police said. Mohd Saleem was found dead on August 16 and his wife, in her 30s, had misled the police claiming that her husband died naturally after he came home drunk, Pahadishareef police station P Laxmikanth Reddy said. He said Saleem was allegedly hit on his face while he was asleep and was “throttled” to death by Mohd Yousuf with the help from the woman, the inspector said. The woman and Saleem, a driver, were married for 12 years with three children. According to the officer, the woman was allegedly having an affair with Yousuf since the last three years. “Initially a case under section 174CrPC was registered. But, in view of the injury on Saleem’s face, his relatives raised doubts and informed the police,” Reddy said, adding that the woman was picked up for questionning after postmortem. During the grilling of the woman and Yousuf, they “confessed” to killing Saleem, he said. The duo were booked under section 302 (murder) and 182 (giving false information to a public servant) of the IPC. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dalit girl forced to lift her excreta by upper caste man in MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old Dalit girl was today allegedly forced to lift her excreta with hands by an upper caste man outside her school at Gudhora under Lavkushgagar tehsil here, a police official said. The incident took place this evening when the girl, after taking permission from her teacher, went to answer nature’s call in the open area near the government primary school at Gudhora, about 60 km away from the district headquarters, Lavkushnagar police station in-charge Z Y Khan said. When the accused, Pappu Singh, saw her defecating in the open, he lost his temper and forced her to lift her excreta with her hands, he said. “The girl later narrated the incident to her parents, following which they, along with other members of the Dalit community, reached the police station to register a complaint against Singh,” the official said. A case was registered against Singh under sections 374 (unlawful compulsory labour–unlawfully compelling any person to labour against the will of that person) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC and relevant section of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, Khan said. Singh went absconding after the incident and a manhunt has been launched to nab him, the police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ballia rape: Dalits, women being tortured in BJP government, says BSP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a 16-year-old minor girl was allegedly gang-raped by eight men including a police constable in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia on Sunday night, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the Dalits, women and poor people are being tortured in their regime.”The Dalits, women and poor people are being more tortured in this BJP government in the state. It has become the prime concern for BSP chief Mayawati. This Ballia case is very shameful and condemnable. We demand a severe punishment for the culprits,” BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria told ANI.Meanwhile, women activist Swashati Ghosh said that the culprits must get adequate punishment under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 along with the IPC Section 376 (Punishment for rape).”As the culprits have been identified, they must get adequate punishment for such a great offence under the POSCO along with the IPC Section 376, Punishment for rape. Since the father died she needs to be compensated for all the hassle she faced. I hope there will be people to look after her and the case,” Ghosh said.The minor girl was allegedly gang-raped by eight men including a police constable and the head-man of her village when she left the house to relieve herself.Unfortunately, according to the police, the girl’s father died of shock after hearing about the issue.The constable, Dharam Raj, accused of molestation was suspended and was arrested by the police.

5 get 20 years in jail for kidnapping, raping sisters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court today sentenced five persons to 20 years in jail for kidnapping and raping two sisters here in 2014. Additional Sessions Judge Ram Kumar Singla handed down the sentence and also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh each on the accused. They would undergo an additional two-year sentence if they do not pay the fine. The two girls from Dala village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district went for a morning walk on March 10, 2014, when five youths in a car kidnapped them and took them to an unknown place where they were gang-raped. The accused were arrested and a case under IPC sections 376, 363, 366, and 120, was registered against Parveen Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Lakhwinder Singh, Rinku, and Rakesh Kumar, all residents of Gurdaspur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman held for killing husband’s second wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old woman from Kalyan here was arrested for allegedly strangulating husband’s second wife to death, police said today. According to Thane rural police, accused Yasmin Ansari had estranged relations with her husband Vahid, who lived with both his wives and two children in the same house in Bandeli village of Kalyan. Yasmin had recently left the house after having a quarrel with Vahid, and was given oral divorce (talaq) by him over phone. She, however, returned home after couple of days and continued to live with him. On Friday, an altercation broke out between her and the second wife, Reshma (25), assistant police inspector Rajendra Khopkar said. During the scuffle, Yasmin, in a fit of rage, chocked Reshma to death with a piece of cloth, he said. A case has been lodged against Yasmin under IPC section 302 (murder) and was arrested yesterday, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tutor arrested for raping minor girl in Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A tutor has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old minor girl here. Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar police on Friday arrested 24-year old BTech graduate Bhavani Shankar for allegedly kidnapping and raping his 16-year-old student. According to Waheed Uddin, Inspector SR Nagar police station, ?We have received a complaint from the victim?s father stating his 16-year-old daughter has been kidnapped and raped by a 24-Year- old Bhavani Shankar who was the tuition teacher to his daughter earlier.? He further added that ?we have registered a case U/s 376 & 366 IPC and taken the accused person into the custody, further probe is on.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi tourist raped by man at Hyd hotel on Aug 15 night;4 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman tourist from Delhi was allegedly raped by a drunk man on the intervening night of August 15 and 16 at a hotel in posh Banjara Hills area of the city. Police today arrested four persons including the man who had allegedly committed the crime. All the four are natives of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, an official said. The main accused, identified as Vamshi Krishna Reddy (32) is into real estate business along with three others. “Reddy had boarded a room in the hotel. At around 3 am on the intervening night of August 15 and 16, he allegedly raped the woman by threatening her with a lighter resembling a gun. Three of his associates had also threatened the victim and her friend and helped Reddy to commit the offence,” the official said quoting the complaint. In her complaint lodged with the police yesterday, the woman said the four men, all in an inebriated condition, had entered her room in the hotel in the wee hours and threatened her, Banjara Hills police station inspector K Srinivas said. “She stated that one of the men, in in his mid-30s, forcibly took her to his adjacent room and sexually assaulted her,” he said. Srinivas said the woman had come to Hyderabad along with another woman and a man to visit various tourist spots in the city, and all of them were staying in two rooms at the hotel. “The four men were also put up in the same hotel. After noticing the two women, they barged into the victim’s room and threatened her with a cigarette lighter resembling a gun and one of them allegedly raped her,” the inspector said. Police have registered a case on the charges of rape and under other sections of the IPC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prostitution racket busted in Thane; 6 held, 4 women rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police busted a flesh trade racket being allegedly run at a lodge in the district and arrested six men and rescued four women from there. Based on a tip-off, the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane police’s crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township on Tuesday evening, a police official said in a release issued late last night. The six nabbed persons included the contractor who used run the lodge, its two managers, cashier, waiter and an agent who was part of the prostitution racket, senior police inspector Ravindra Daundkar said. The police team also rescued four women, including a Bangladeshi national, from the place, he said. The arrested men were booked under IPC sections 370(2)(3) (trafficking of persons) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Daundkar said. They were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till August 19, he said. The rescued women were sent to a rehabilitation centre in Thane, the police official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man gets 6-mth jail for kidnapping minor wife from lawful

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here has sentenced a man to six months in prison for kidnapping his 17-year-old wife from her lawful guardianship. Additional Sessions Judge Shivani Jaiswal awarded the jail term to Abdul Navi last week for kidnapping the minor from her lawful guardians, District Government Counsel Chaman Prakash Sharma said today. The court, however, acquitted Navi of the charge of kidnapping the girl to compel her to marry him, he added. According to the prosecution, the accused had married the girl in 2015 with her consent. On February 3, 2015, a complaint was lodged at the Bisrakh police station by Ram Ratan, the father of the girl, alleging that his daughter had gone missing under mysterious circumstances. On April 7, 2015, the police altered the charges in the FIR to IPC sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage). On May 27 this year, the police recovered the girl and subsequently, the charge sheet in the case was submitted. The counsel of the accused told the court that the girl had gone with him of her own will but admitted that she was below 18 years of age at that time. The girl told the court that her date of birth, as per her high school records, was June 23, 1997 and hence, she was 17 years of age on February 1, 2015, when she had gone with the accused, who was known to her. She added that she had gone from her house to the Sarai Kale Khan inter-state bus terminus in Delhi of her own will and called the accused, asking him to come there. The accused took her to Harola village at Noida from the bus terminus, the girl told the court and added that subsequently, the two got married and were living as husband and wife since then. Observing that the consent of a minor was immaterial, the court held the accused guilty under section 361, IPC (kidnapping a minor from lawful guardianship) and sentenced him to six months in prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana BJP chief’s son, friend sent to judicial custody till

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar were today sent to the judicial custody till August 25 by a court here in the alleged stalking and attempt to abduction case of a 29-year- old woman. Amid tight police security, both were presented before the court of duty magistrate Gaurav Dutta. Defence counsel Surya Prakash said: “both the youths have been sent to 14 days of judicial custody”. They had been earlier sent to the police remand for two days till August 12. The two accused were re-arrested on August 9 after they joined the police investigation and charged with attempted abduction under section 365 of the IPC and section 511, which relates to an attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonment. Police reconstructed the “crime” scene on August 10 — six days after the incident took place — in connection with the stalking and attempt to abduction incident. The defence lawyer had earlier claimed that Vikas (23) and Ashish (27) had not committed any offence and said that a “media trial” was going on in the case. They were arrested last week following the complaint of the IAS officer’s daughter but released on bail as they had been booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. The stalking incident – and their release – triggered a nationwide outrage and a spate of protests. Last night, several people in Chandigarh held a march ‘Bekhauf Azaadi’ in support of the victim, and to raise awareness on the women safety issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Former corporator, son booked for manhandling cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former BJP corporator was booked along with his son for allegedly manhandling on duty policemen in Dombivli area here, police said today. A police team was on routine nakabandi duty deployed at a junction in Dombivli yesterday when they stopped the ex-corporator, identified as Shreekar Chowdhary’s son Puneet, and asked him to furnish his driving licence, they said. Police fined the driver as he did not have a driving licence, after which he called his father. Upon arriving at the spot, Chowdhary began to yell at the policemen, saying that he is the local corporator and also threatened them, sub-inspector of Dombivili police station, RM Kadam said. He also began to manhandle the personnel and the traffic warden, who was video recording the incident. The duo was booked under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), rw 34 (common intention), the officer said. When probed, it was found that Chowdhary was a former corporator in Dombivli and is now a BJP member, while his wife is currently a corporator from BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Actor Dileep moves HC seeking bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested in connection with a case of plotting the abduction and sexual assault of a noted South Indian actress in February, today moved the Kerala High Court seeking bail. The court had dismissed his bail application on July 24 after finding that the investigation in the case was progressing and the mobile phone, stated by the prosecution as a key evidence in the case, had not been recovered. The actor in his fresh plea today submitted that the scenario has completely changed and he is not the kingpin of any criminal conspiracy or even a participant therein. The petitioner said he is not the perpetrator of any criminal offence. “He is only the unfortunate victim of an orchestrated media campaign and proceedings of a group of police officers acting on the pre-conceived notion of guilt of the petitioner and wanting to implicate him as an accused,” the petition said. “Continued detention will not serve any useful purpose for further investigation, if any, and that being so his further detention is unjust,” the petitioner submitted. The petitioner said in his entire life, he has never seen, met or talked with prime accused in the case Pulsar Suni. He never knew him by name or face and there is not even a remote possibility of any such person meeting him at any point of time. He alleged that there was a ‘large-scale conspiracy’ hatched by a small but powerful section of film industry and certain others who could manage police, media and political leaders to spread utter falsehood and malicious stories about him for months together. It ultimately resulted in his being implicated and arraigned as accused in the case about three months after the submission of the final report against the accused in the actress abduction and molestation case. The actor also submitted that his continued detention was delaying the shooting and release of movies affecting the livelihood of people associated with them. He was arrested on July 10 and since then for the last more than a month he is in custody. “The accused is influential and is likely to tamper with the evidence if bail is granted at this stage,” the court had said while rejecting his bail application earlier. Dileep, charged under various sections of the IPC, including for hatching criminal conspiracy for abduction and assault of the actress in a moving car on February 17, is currently lodged in a jail in his home town Aluva. The police have claimed that the conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress and film the act was hatched by Dileep and Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case. In their remand application, they had also claimed that Dileep had a grudge against the actress for letting his former wife know about his alleged affairs and had hatched a conspiracy to take revenge way back in 2013. Six persons, including Pulsar Suni, have been arrested in connection with the actress abduction and molestation case. The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle and later escaped in a busy area here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pune prof. seeks sexual favours from Iranian woman for help in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police have arrested a professor of a prominent college here for allegedly seeking sexual favours from a 31-year-old Iranian woman in return for help in getting her admission in to a PhD course. According to a complaint filed by the woman, who wanted to pursue a PhD in accounts, she had earlier met the 50-year- old professor and expressed desire to enrol for the course in the college, a senior official at Kothrud police station here said. “The professor told her there was only one seat available in the course and two applications. He promised to help her get admission in the PhD course,” he said. The professor called the woman to his cabin in the college on August 8 and allegedly sought sexual favours in return for help and later harassed her, he said. “The woman, who recorded all the conversation with the professor, however, resisted his advances and left the cabin and narrated the incident to some of her local friends,” the official said. Since the complainant is weak in English, she often used to record the conversation and later, with the help of local friends, she would understand it better, he added. The woman yesterday approached the police station and filed a case against the professor under IPC section 354 (A) (punishment for sexual harassment), he said. “We arrested the man late last night under relevant IPC sections. He will be produced in a court today,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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