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Delhi Cops grill cabbies over allegations of gang-rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police are checking several private cabs and taxi drivers in the area where a woman allegedly had been gang-raped after boarding the cab.Earlier the woman had alleged that she was abducted from near Ansal Plaza while waiting for a cab, late night on Tuesday and dropped in Greater Noida after she was gang-raped by a cab driver and his accomplice. An FIR was registered in this regard on Thursday evening.Police said every CCTV camera installed in the area from where she had boarded the cab is being checked to find out the accused car. Several cabs have been checked and the drivers questioned in order to nab the accused and his aide. The complainant’s help is also being taken to get a sketch of the accused made so that they can be identified.”Through technical surveillance and local intelligence we are trying to identify the accused. A case has been registered at Hauz Khas police station and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” a senior police officer probing the incident said.However, sources in police told DNA that some contradictions have appeared in woman’s statement which is being verified to ascertain the sequence of events.According to the police, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.According to the complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise an alarm, she was threatened and they took her to the Greater Noida area and allegedly raped her.The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangalsutra, cellphone and cash worth Rs 12,000, the woman alleged in her complaint to the police.It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away, the woman claimed

Woman abducted, gang-raped and robbed in South Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly abducted from south Delhi by a cab driver and his accomplice and gangraped before being dropped at a deserted location in Greater Noida, during the early hours on Wednesday. The woman, police said, was also robbed if her jewellery and cash before being freed.According to senior police officers, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.”According to her complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise alarm, she was threatened, and they took her to Greater Noida area and allegedly committed rape. The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangal sutra, cell phone and cash Rs 12,000,” said a senior police officer.It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away.”Since the area from where she was allegedly taken in the taxi falls in south Delhi’s Hauz Khas area, a case has been registered and investigation has been started with no delay. CCTV footages are being checked to ascertain sequence of incidents and identify the vehicle used by two,” the officer said.The woman was also taken to a hospital for her medical examination and she is being counselled. Police teams are meanwhile raiding taxi booths in order to zero down on the area used and his accomplice.

Not only Karnan, list of judges courting controversy too long

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice C S Karnan may have faced the ire of the Supreme Court with his defamatory remarks against the judiciary but there have been other judges in recent years who too courted controversy with their comments. Karnan, who recently retired, described the collegium system as “autocratic” having preference for “high caste candidates”, hurling a volley of invectives at the chief justices of the Madras High Court and shooting off letters with “scandalous” comments against judges to top authorities. He became the first sitting high court judge to be awarded jail term though he is yet to be arrested. Recently a Rajasthan High Court judge, Mahesh Chandra Sharma, on the day of his superannuation, stoked a controversy in a judgement with his remarks — “make cow a national animal” and “peacock remains celibate”. “Peacock is a life-long celibate. He does not indulge in sex with peahen. The peahen gives birth after it gets impregnated with the tears of the peacock. A peacock or a peahen is then born… Lord Krishna used peacock’s feather for celibacy of the bird,” he had said. A storm, similar to the one triggered by Karnan’s comment, was also created in 2010 when a sitting judge of the Karnataka High Court, Justice D V Shylendra Kumar, had called the then Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan as a “serpent without fangs” when the judges of the higher judiciary were showing resistance to make public their assets. Finally, when judges declared their assets, a bombshell of sorts was dropped as the apex court website showed that the then sitting woman judge, Gyan Sudha Mishra, declared her unmarried daughters as “liability”. In another shocking remark, Karnataka High Court judge Bhaktavatsala in 2012 had told a woman petitioner seeking divorce from her physically abusive husband, that all women suffer in marriages. “Women suffer in all marriages. You are married with two children, and know what it means to suffer as a woman. Your husband is doing good business, he will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings?” he had said. Interestingly, there are several other judges who were in spotlight with their controversial remarks. Justice Markandey Katju, who retired from the Supreme Court, had said “hang the corrupt to the lamp posts” and “Muslim students sporting beard would lead to Talibanisation of the country”. The rhetoric continued with the statement of Justice S N Srivastava of the Allahabad High Court, who said “make Bhagwad Gita a national scripture” as it is a “rashtriya dharma shastra”. However, a judgement which drew the attention of the foreign press for judges obnoxious remarks was by Justice P Devadass, who in July 2015, granted bail to a rape convict so that he could “mediate” with his victim and heal their rift but the public outcry made the judge to withdraw the order. There were judges like former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha whose comment in 2013 in the hearing of a coal scam case that CBI is like a “caged parrot speaking in its master’s voice” had drawn a lot of debate on the functioning of the agency. In one of his infamous utterances, Katju said, “The only way to rid the country of corruption is to hang a few of you (corrupt) on the lamp post. The law does not permit us to do it but otherwise we would prefer to hang people like you at the lamp post.” “Everywhere, we have corruption. Nothing is free from corruption. Everybody wants to loot this country. The only solution for this menace is to hang some people in the public so that it acts as a deterrent on others,” Katju had said. In another case while dealing with a plea of a Muslim student against the directive of a convent school, he said “Muslim students cannot insist on sporting beards as it would lead to ‘Talibanisation’ of the country,” which he withdrew later as Muslim groups criticised him. However, after his retirement, his criticism of judges of the Supreme Court did not go down well and he was directed to appear in person to explain his conduct of making such comments in his blog. While he became the first former apex court judge to be summoned to the top court, he apologised and escaped any ordeal like Justice Karnan who has been awarded six months imprisonment for contempt. Though Katju had been courting controversies, he never left the opportunity to criticise others for their controversial remarks and one such occasion came when in August 2014 he took on the then sitting judge, A R Dave, for his remarks on Gita and the Mahabharata. At a private function, Justice Dave went to the extent of saying that “Somebody who is very secular…so-called secular will not agree…Had I been the dictator of India, I would have introduced the Gita and the Mahabharata in class 1. That is the way you learn how to live life.” Justice J B Pardiwala of the Gujarat High Court had courted controversy for his remark in the judgement that “if I am asked by anyone to name two things which have destroyed the country, they are reservation and corruption.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We should make a movie where cows conquer and enslave Indians: Markandey Katju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju, who has become a social media star because of his outspoken posts on Facebook, recently took a dig at groups behind the attack and murder of individuals transporting livestock – particularly cows.In his Facebook post that has since gone viral, Katju wrote, “There is a Hollywood film called ‘ The Planet of the Apes ‘ in which apes conquer and enslave humans. I recommend to Bollywood film producers to make a film called ‘ The Planet of the Cows ‘ in which cows conquer and enslave Indians. I am sure it will gross ten times more profits than ‘ Bahubali ‘ Hari Om (sic),”
ALSO READ I am like John the Baptist, want to end caste divide, says former SC judge KatjuKatju’s post comes a day after Bollywood actor Kajol was criticised for sharing a video of a beef dish. Although she later clarified that it was buffalo meat, social media wasn’t forgiving.

I am like John the Baptist, want to end caste divide, says former SC judge Katju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju, on Friday morning posted to his fans on Facebook that while he is too old to be enter politics, he is donning the role of John the Baptist.In the post, Justice Katju said, “My job is to break the false idols which you have been taught to worship by false propaganda. My job is to promote scientific thinking, which alone is the path to your prosperity. And this job I will keep doing for the rest of my life.”The former press council chairman also said that he had no political aspirations. “I am too old to be your leader. You must select a young individual. My job is to remove all the crap, e.g. casteism and communalism, which has been drilled into your heads by vested interests,” he said.The former Supreme Court judge was recently in the news for sharing a Facebook post of a message by a dalit girl, who wrote to him about her marriage with an Agarwal boy. Recalling the incident, Katju said the girl had contacted him in 2014. “The girl, an MTech student in Delhi, was friendly with an upper caste boy for seven years. She told me that the boy’s parents refused to give their consent to marriage, as she was a Dalit,” he wrote.The girl then asked Katju for advice, to which he told her to tell the boy to choose between her and his family, as it wasn’t fair to keep hanging on forever.In the beginning of February, Katju received a Facebook message from the girl, who shared that she had finally married the boy. “My in-laws have fully accepted me and treat me as their own daughter,” she said.

When Markandey Katju played cupid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As much as we would like to believe that India is a place that is tolerant and progressive, the attitude towards backward castes has been termed as shameful. There are several cases of kangaroo courts calling the shots on the fate of individuals from lower castes, even if they share the same space with the so-called upper caste. So when former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju shared a post on Facebook on inter-caste marriages, it garnered a lot of support.Katju is not one to be politically correct about anything. The former SC judge and press council chairman has been known for his ‘honest’ Facebook posts, where he has addressed topic ranging from the political situation in the country to hyper-local issues. Recently, Katju also showed his softer side by revealing how he advised a girl who had contacted him for relationship advice.That’s right: Katju became cupid.Recalling the incident, Katju said that a Dalit girl had contacted him in 2014. “The girl, an MTech student in Delhi, was friendly with an upper caste boy for seven years. She told me that the boy’s parents refused to give their consent to marriage, as she was a Dalit,” he wrote.The girl then asked Katju for advice, to which he told her to tell the boy to choose between her and his family, as it wasn’t fair to keep hanging on forever.On Thursday, Katju received a Facebook message from the girl, who shared that she had finally married the boy. “My in-laws have fully accepted me and treat me as their own daughter,” she said.Katju congratulated the girl and lauded the boy for standing up for her. “I wish all Indians become like you two, free of casteism. May I publish your story on my Facebook page? It will be an inspiration to others,” he wrote.“I am very happy for this young couple, and recommend all upper caste boys and girls to marry persons of another caste or religion if they love them. Don’t listen to your parents or other relatives and caste/community members if they object. Their heads are full of feudal, casteist and communal c***. Rebel against them, even if you face difficulties. Our country must destroy the curse of casteism and communalism if it is to progress,” he wrote.Katju’s post has been shared over 500 times on Facebook since he shared it on Thursday.

Katju wants proceedings of judges selection televised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju today rooted for televised proceedings of selection of judges for High Court and the apex court, saying it would ensure more transparency in the selection for higher judiciary. “Whether it is collegium or any other body, the hearings of the same should be televised. People of the country has the right to know who are going to become judges,” he said while delivering a lecture ‘Transparency in Judiciary in India’ here. “To ensure transparency, meetings and discussions in the collegium should be televised. After all, people are supreme in a democracy, and they have the right to know what transpires in the collegium meetings,” he said. “The proceedings of the collegium should be televised. Prominent lawyers should put questions to the prospective candidates for Supreme Court and High Court judges,” he said. The programme was organised by Asianet News Network Private Ltd in connection with the presentation of first T N Gopakumar award to noted physician M R Rajagopal. The award was given to Rajagopal in recognition of his contribution to the field of medical care, palliative care and pain management, especially in the field of cancer. The award was instituted in memory of veteran journalist T N Gopakumar, who was the editor-in-chief of the Asianet News Network. He passed away last year. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs and a citation. Buttressing his point further, Katju said in the United States, persons being considered for elevation to the US Supreme Court have to appear before the Senate, where they are questioned by the members not only about their judicial views and performance but also about their personal life, and these proceedings are televised. The former SC judge, who is known for his controversial remarks, said the interest of politicians was diametrically opposite to the nation’s interest. “They are only interested in winning next elections. They promote vote banks politics of caste and religion,” he said. On the role of media, Katju said it should focus on social issues and promote scientific and rational thinking. However, the former Press Council chairman said the media was diverting attention of people from the main issues of poverty, farmers’ suicide and unemployment to “trivial matters” such as Bollywood and cricket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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