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Congress leaders take cold comfort in the ‘Fall of Modi’

As initial trends started showing, the Congress being ahead of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the party headquarters at Akbar road was filled with excited supporters from across the country.However, as the day proceeded and the BJP inched closer to the victory, the celebratory mood turned somber with more media persons thronging the office premises. The party’s robust presence in the initial trends was applauded by the senior party leaders with the former president Sonia Gandhi visiting her son and the new party president Rahul Gandhi at his residence.Back at the Congress office, party workers kept on waiting for Rahul throughout the day. He, however, did not turn up and rather made his way to Parliament.Party leaders termed Gujarat election results as the “fall” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reign. “We have got more support this time if we compare it with 2014 Lok Sabha results when the BJP had won all the 26 seats,” said former All India Mahila Congress, President Shobha Ojha.

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Jogeshwari school scouts new midday meal contractor

Following an episode of food poisoning in Balvikas Vidya Mandir, Jogeshwari, on Wednesday, the school’s management met on Sunday to decide on the required arrangements for the students’ midday meal programme. The BMC’s Education Department has directed the school to discontinue its midday meal service from Chaphai Mahila Mandal that was appointed to serve the meals to the students. Whereas a couple of parents whose children fell victim to the food poisoning have demanded that the school stop the midday meal service for their children.Twenty seven students of class 5 and 7 felt nauseous, vomited and suffered from food poisoning after consuming khichdi served to them in the midday meal by Chaphai Mahila Mandal in the school on Wednesday. The students were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. None of the students faced any serious complications and were discharged from the hospital on the same day.Sahadev Sawant, Trustee, Balvikas Vidya Mandir, said, “The school’s management held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the arrangements that need to be made for the midday meals of secondary and primary students. On Monday we will reply to the notice served by BMC’s Education Department that has asked the management to make quick arrangements of midday meal for the students which is a government scheme. We are short listing some services and considering suggestions made by some parents. We will also asks the BMC’s education department to make some suggestions. The school has also arranged for a meeting on Tuesday with all the parents of students from class 1 to 8 to know their views on the midday meal.”Mahesh Palkar, education officer, BMC, said, “The BMC has served a notice to the school to stop the Mahila Bachat Gat.”

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Activists hope bill on triple talaq will further reduce its instance

Activists working for the rights of Muslim women hope that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 set to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament will further help stem instances of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat).In fact they say, since the Supreme Court’s August verdict declaring instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional, the instances of such talaq have gone down.Noorjahan Deewan, a social worker who works with Muslim women in the city said since the verdict, they have received three such complaints. “In two of them we managed to convince the husband that instant talaq was not valid and they agreed. Unfortunately, in the third case the religious leaders and others too got involved and said the divorce was valid,” said Deewan. She said overall the number of complaints about triple talaq have gone down considerably after SC verdict. There has been considerable awareness among Muslims about what is acceptable and not acceptable form of divorce.”It is not that it has stopped completely, but earlier we would receive so many cases but now they have gone down. Earlier, not many knew of the divorce but now many realise that instant triple talaq is no more valid,” she said.She believes that the introduction of the bill that makes instant talaq a non cognisable offence with provision of imprisonment will help further reduce such cases.Sharifaben Chippa, another activist of Aman Biradari too agrees about the drop in cases of instant talaq after the SC verdict. “Earlier, we used to get so many cases and it was difficult to convince people but with the verdict the cases have gone down,” said Chippa.Zakia Soman, founder of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) and a co-petitioner in the triple talaq case in SC, said the bill once passed will definitely act as a deterrent. But she fears it may not be enough. “The SC verdict was welcome but it did not lay out a procedure for divorce. The bill is yet to be made public but we want it to be just and fair. The wife should also have a say in divorce, maintenance and efforts to reconcile,” said Soman.BETTER TIMES?Since the Supreme Court’s August verdict declaring instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional, the instances of such talaq have gone down.

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Will leave Modi govt with no choice but to pass Women’s Reservation Bill: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi said today that the party would leave the Centre with no choice but to ensure the passage of a Bill which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, and hinted at major changes within the party organisation in favour of them.Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised “I am Courage” event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament.Gandhi, who will formally take over as the Congress president later this week, said as the party “don’t have a woman president anymore, we have to compensate for that”.He said that the party had exerted pressure on the government for bringing pro-people changes in the Goods and Services Tax, which he had earlier described as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.”The same way we will give a clear message to the government that it will have to bring women reservation. The Congress party will not give any choice to it. We will fulfil the role of the opposition party in doing so,” he said.This was Gandhi’s first address at a public function after being elected the Congress president.He said he has done so since he accorded importance to women, who will have to play an important role in spreading the Congress ideology across the country.Gandhi said on one hand is the ideology of the BJP and the RSS, where women have no role and cannot enter their functions, while on the other side is the Congress ideology.Hinting at a larger role for women in the Congress party, he said, “I have come here to give one clear message that the biggest change in the party will be for women.” Gandhi’s comments for a bigger role for women in the party came amid speculation that his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may also play some active political role in the party under his leadership.”We have to work on transforming the Congress party and a fundamental part of that transformation, in my mind, is going to be the role of women in the Congress party at every single level. There is a central difference between the people we fight, between the BJP and us,” he said while narrating how women were around Mahatma Gandhi and never seen at RSS events.The Congress president-elect said there should be a road map for the coming times and will have to systematically and actively prepare women at every level in the party to contest elections and ensure they have their representation.”We have to mention Congress President Sonia Gandhi Ji who has pushed your agenda, sometimes silently but mostly openly and she has helped push a number of women forward.Unfortunately we don’t have a woman president anymore. So we have to compensate for that and see woman chief ministers in states. We will work on that together,” he said.Gandhi also lauded the Congress general secretary and secretaries in Gujarat, who launched a vigorous campaign in the state and connected very well with the workers and the people of the state, and said their act needs to be replicated in other states too.”I have seen the way the merger of the Congress state unit and people of Gujarat, I want such work to be replicated in every state – respect public and hear them out and together systematically contest elections,” he said.He also also lauded the role of Sheila Dikshit as the Delhi chief minister for many years for which the party respects her, but who had to suffer a “nasty and untruthful” campaign against her.Among others who were present at the function include Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former union ministers Anand Sharma and and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev.Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and former union minister Mohsina Kidwai inaugurated the “I am Courage” workshop today.

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Tamil Nadu | Man gets 43-year jail term for raping, impregnating his teenage daughter

In a stark reminder of dismal record of women safety in India, a man in Tamil Nadu was sentenced for 43 years for raping and impregnating his teenage daughter.On Wednesday, the Mahila Court in Tami Nadu’s Tiruchy dictrict awarded three consecutive terms of life imprisonment and a year’s rigorous imprisonment to a 51-year-old daily wager for raping his 14-year-old daughter and impregnating her.District sessions judge Jacintha Martin ordered S Kamaraj, the 51-year-old convict, of Arasangudi village in Tiruverumbur to undergo 43-years imprisonments for repeatedly raping his minor daughter since July 2013 by threatening her to keep mum.In 2014, the girl developed some physical problems and informed her mother Pazhaniammal regarding the past incidents.Subsequently, the girl underwent a medical examination that confirmed she was pregnant and the doctors said termination of the foetus would be dangerous.The girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Tiruverumbur All Women police station on December 31, 2014.Following the complaint, the police who registered a case under various sections including under the POCSO Act arrested Kamaraj.The police investigation revealed that Kamaraj had undergone seven years imprisonment for murdering a neighbour and had been looking for a job ever since his release from jail. Kamaraj had forced himself on his daughter and repeatedly raped her when his wife was out for work.Meanwhile, the 13-year-old was delivered of a girl baby at Kasturi Bhat hospital in Dindigul in March 2015 and the baby was handed over to an adoption centre run by the hospital. However, the baby died due to various complications in June 2015.In order to prove Kamaraj’s crime, the police exhumed the baby’s body and a DNA test was carried out in October 2015. “The DNA test confirmed that the girl was impregnated by her father Kamaraj,” said special public prosecutor G Krishnaveni Thamaraiselvan.
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BMMA welcomes draft law to criminalise triple talaq

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case in the Supreme Court has welcomed the draft law of the government that looks to criminalise instant triple talaq. The move comes days after another group stated that the issue should not be criminalised and that it would affect the issue.”While we welcome the criminal provisions that the new draft Bill on instant triple talaq mentions of which we have been getting glimpses in the press, the bill leaves a lot to be desired. While the Bill pronounces triple talaaq as an offense, it has not given any other alternative method for divorce. All civil laws are in a way connected with the IPC and if there is no penal provision, then it will not be any different than an court order. Laws are effective only because they have penal provision,” said Noorjehan Safia Niaz, convenor of the BMMA.BMMA suggested that Ahsan method where arbitration should last for minimum 90 days and is also mandatory be introduced even before the beginning of divorce process. “This method of divorce is applicable to both men and women. Unless arbitration before divorce proceedings is not made mandatory, this proposed law will only criminalise a certain method without providing an alternative. Justice to Muslim women also includes a divorce process where she has an equal participation in the proceedings and has an equal say in the settlement of other rights, if at all the divorce happens,” added Noorjehan.The group also demanded that other “discriminatory practices like halala, muta marriage, under age marriage and polygamy” must also be addressed in the Bill. “All these issues are linked to triple talaaq. Polygamy should be banned otherwise without divorcing, people will remarry. If marry underage people, that too should be punished. There is no reason if a Hindu man is being punished for multiple wives or under POCSOA, a Muslim should go unpunished,” said Niaz.
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Gujarat elections 2017 | PM Modi to speak to 5,500 block-level Mahila workers

To deepen the outreach of BJP among women, who are believed to be a caste neutral constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will directly speak to 5500 block-level workers of Gujarat BJP Mahila Morcha on Friday.The move comes at a time when caste is ringing louder in Assembly election campaign of Gujarat and BJP’s rival Congress has sewn up an umbrella alliance with various caste and tribe leaders from among the OBC, Dalit, tribal and assertive Patel community.In 2014 Lok Sabha polls as well, women are said to have played an important role in BJP’s stupendous victory and the party has never been shy of flaunting its work towards empowering the women.Ironically, both Congress and BJP have together fielded only 21 candidates in the Assembly polls of Guajrat this time, which, constitute of around percent of total votes.Of the 977 candidates contesting for the first phase of polls only 57 are women. BJP general secretary in-charge for Gujarat Bupendra Yadav said that Modi will interact with 5500 block level workers of BJP Mahila Morcha in the state between 4.30 to 5 PM after they complete download of NaMo App by 4.30 on December 1. “The Prime Minister will hold a direct dialogue with them,” Yadav said. A party source said that Modi could also some of the questions during what is supposed to be a live video call.The BJP has been highlighting its contributions like PM Modi naming Anandiben Patel, a woman as Chief Minister of Gujrat when he demitted office after 2014 Lok Sabha polls to become Prime Minister.Sumitra Mahajan becoming Lok Sabha Speaker and Modi government giving two top portolios in the South Bloc—External Affiars Ministry to Sushma Swaraj and Defence Ministry to Nirmala Sitharaman, both of whom are also now members of the coveted Cabinet Committee on Security, are also highlighted by the BJP leaders.The BJP has also sought to reach out to Muslim women with its repeated assertion of support to the abolition of the practice of triple talaq. The government has also announced to discuss the issue in upcoming Winter session.During the interaction with BJP Mahila workers, the Prime Minister is expected to do a pep talk and encourage them to reach out to women in larger numbers.This is the first time in last two decades that BJP is seeing a keen contest in Gujarat.BJP leaders during interactions in Gujarat have repeatedly highlighted the schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Common Service Centre involving 33,000 women, 50 percent reservation in panchayat and other such decisions as Modi government’s push towards ensuring gender justice and women empowerment.On October 14, Swaraj interacted with one lakh women from across Gujarat in a Mahila Town Hall programme in Ahmedabad, which was hosted by BJP Gujarat Mahila Morcha via video conferencing as well as in person. Gujarat Mahila Morcha has also held a large number conferences in the run up to Gujarat polls.When Rahul Gandhi in October kicked up a controversy with his “women in shorts” not seen in RSS remarks, BJP’s female ministers including Swaraj were in the fore front, dubbing Gandhi’s remarks as “insult” to women.At a rally in Ahmedabad on October 14, Swaraj had reminded Gandhi that BJP had given four women chief ministers and four women governors to the country and that there are six women who were cabinet ministers in the BJP-led government.Swaraj, Union Minister Uma Bharti, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, former Guajrat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and cine star turned Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini figure in the list of BJP star campaigners.Anandiben Patel, is, however, yet to campaign anywhere. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev, former Union Ministers Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and film star turned politician Nagma figure in the list of star campaigners.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: In unique outreach, PM Narendra Modi to ‘video chat’ with 5,500 women BJP workers

To deepen the outreach of BJP among women, who are believed to be a caste neutral constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will directly speak to 5,500 block level workers of Gujarat BJP Mahila Morcha on Friday.The move comes at a time when caste is ringing louder in Assembly election campaign of Gujarat and BJP’s rival Congress has sewn up an umbrella alliance with various caste and tribe leaders from among the OBC, Dalit, tribal and assertive Patel community.In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as well, women were said to have played an important role in the BJP’s stupendous victory and the party has never been shy of flaunting its work towards empowering the women.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | Narendra Modi: Rahul GST brainwave is a Grand Stupid ThoughtIronically, both the Congress and the BJP have together fielded only 21 candidates in the Assembly polls this time. Of the 977 candidates contesting for the first phase of polls, only 57 are women.BJP general secretary in-charge for Gujarat Bupendra Yadav said that PM Modi will interact with 5,500 block level workers of BJP Mahila Morcha in the state between 4.30 to 5 PM after they complete download of NaMo App by 4.30 on December 1.Also readI sold tea, but not India: PM Narendra Modi to Congress“The Prime Minister will hold a direct dialogue with them,” Yadav said. A party source said that PM Modi could also some of the questions during what is supposed to be a live video call.The BJP has been highlighting its contributions like PM Modi naming Anandiben Patel, a woman as Chief Minister of Gujrat when he demitted office after 2014 Lok Sabha polls to become Prime Minister.Also readWatch: Child dressed as PM Modi leaves him awestruck at event in NavasariSumitra Mahajan becoming the Lok Sabha Speaker and Modi government giving two top portfolios in the South Bloc—External Affairs Ministry to Sushma Swaraj and Defence Ministry to Nirmala Sitharaman, both of whom are also now members of the coveted Cabinet Committee on Security, are also highlighted by the BJP leaders.The BJP has also sought to reach out to Muslim women with its repeated assertion of support to the abolition of the practice of triple talaq.The government has also announced to discuss the issue in upcoming Winter session. During the interaction with BJP Mahila workers, the Prime Minister is expected to do a pep talk and encourage them to reach out to women in larger numbers.This is the first time in last two decades that BJP is seeing a keen contest in Gujarat.BJP leaders during interactions in Gujarat have repeatedly highlighted the schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Common Service Centre involving 33,000 women, 50 per cent reservation in panchayat and other such decisions as Modi government’s push towards ensuring gender justice and women empowerment.On October 14, Swaraj interacted with one lakh women from across Gujarat in a Mahila Town Hall programme in Ahmedabad, which was hosted by BJP Gujarat Mahila Morcha via video conferencing as well as in person.Gujarat Mahila Morcha has also held a large number conferences in the run up to Gujarat polls.When Rahul Gandhi in October kicked up a controversy with his “women in shorts” not seen in RSS remarks, BJP’s female ministers including Swaraj were in the fore front, dubbing Gandhi’s remarks as “insult” to women.At a rally in Ahmedabad on October 14, Swaraj had reminded Gandhi that BJP had given four women chief ministers and four women governors to the country and that there are six women who were cabinet ministers in the BJP-led government.Swaraj, Union Minister Uma Bharti, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, former Guajrat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and cine star turned Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini figure in the list of BJP star campaigners. Anandiben Patel, is, however, yet to campaign anywhere.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev, former Union Ministers Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and film star turned politician Nagma figure in the list of star campaigners.
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Women’s wing BJP’s spearhead in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a crucial state poll where the Opposition is trying to cobbled up a caste combination, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat is making strides to reach out to the caste-neutral constituency of women through innovative ways such as ‘Kamal Mehndi’ and ‘Hitaishi Sammelans’.The party’s women’s wing or Mahila Morcha is the vanguard of the campaigns. “We are identifying women who are the beneficiaries of the numerous schemes for women’s welfare such as e-Mamata and Ujjwala launched by both the Centre as well as the state BJP government and are reaching out to them across all state Assembly constituencies at local gatherings, called ‘Hitaishi Sammelans’ (well-wishers’ meet). Every such sammelan is attracting over 3,000 women even in seats where we had lost the last time,” BJP Mahila Morcha chief Vijaya Rahatkar told DNA.The objective of such gatherings is to enlist the support, and therefore votes, of the women who have received assistance under Central and state schemes as also to advertise the pro-women pro-poor face of the party. “It is always easy and more effective to associate people with a political party when the party is in power or when the people are legatees of the welfare programmes of the government,” said a senior BJP leader from Gujarat requesting anonymity.Another such move, rather more innovative, is the ‘Kamal Mehndi’ initiative under which morcha activists are literally stamping women with ‘mehndi’ or ‘henna’. Interestingly, party’s fabled election symbol, the lotus flower, is tattooed with mehndi on their hands or palms. This has been envisioned as a way to directly relate to women given that mehndi is India’s traditional body art associated with women and has a sensitive place in their religious life.”We started making the lotus on the palms of women with mehndi from Saurashtra and in one day we were able to give 50,000 women lotuses on their hands. This is like handing lotus flowers to women. Then we launched it in West Gujarat and there we counted one lakh women who we handed over lotuses on hands in henna,” Rahatkar said.Added to this, five women volunteers of the party have been deputed per booth in the state and a separate unit each has been stationed on ‘Shakti Kendras’ which are a conglomeration of five booths in BJP parlance.

Court to hear defamation case against Lalu, Tejaswi on Oct 7

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Patna court today fixed October 7 for hearing a defamation complaint filed by a trader against RJD president Lalu Prasad and his son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav over remarks on the alleged Srijan scam.The complaint was filed by Ravi Jalan, a gems and jewellery trader, through his advocate Radhe Shyam Singh yesterday alleging that offences have been committed under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult) and 505 (public mischief).As the lawyer of the complainant failed to turn up in the court today, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Om Prakash fixed October 7 for hearing the complaint.The complainant claimed that Lalu Prasad and Tejaswi Prasad, the leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly, lowered his prestige by making “wild allegations” about his involvement in the alleged Srijan NGO scam.The scandal involves alleged wrongful transfer of government funds to the bank accounts of Bhagalpur-based NGO Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti which were swindled.The complainant had annexed newspapers clippings to back his claim.Jalan claimed that Lalu Prasad and his son spoke about his alleged involvement in the fraud at a party rally in Bhagalpur on September 10 and also at a press conference they had held.

Lost kidneys to hormone pills, says woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman filed a complaint with the Bapunagar police station and Mahila Police station on Friday, claiming that both her kidneys had failed after she took the hormone tablets doctors prescribed for her.Seema Parmar, a resident of Bapunagar, works as a home guard with the police department. She alleged that six months back, she came in contact with some women who told her that she could donate her eggs in lieu of Rs15,000. They told her that she would have to come to Ojas hospital in Rakhiyal area, from where she can understand the entire process. A couple of days later, the four women took her to Ojas hospital, where they made her contact Dr Piyush Patel and Dr Nishar. After she agreed to donate her eggs. The doctors got her through a medical test and after everything was clear, they took her to Bhopal where the process took place. During the process, her health got bad and she was taken to Ahmedabad, where the doctors gave her medicine. After 3 months, the doctors took her to Kanpur where her eggs were donated again and she fell sick. She was rushed to the Zydus hospital in Ahmedabad, where she came to know that both her kidneys had failed. Seema alleged that two doctors and the four women who took her to the doctors were the reason she was suffering now. VJ Jadeja, inspector of Bapunagar police station said, “We have got an application. We have started an investigation on the basis of application.”

BJP counters as Mahila Congress lodges complaint over alleged attack by saffron party MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Countering the All India Mahila Congress’ complaint alleging that the party workers were attacked by former Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar, saffron party leader Sheetal Dattaprasad Naik filed a complaint in the same police station here. In her complaint, she wrote, “When I was standing outside the Kamat Estate colony, where I reside, workers belonging to Indian National Congress namely Mrs. Farida Bandekar, Mrs. Pratima Couthino, Mr. Vishal Bandekar, Mrs. Sunita Verekar, Mrs. Rita Desouza and Mrs. Diana Bregenza approached me threateningly and intimidating me to not vote. When I resisted, two of the male workers Mr. Vishal Bandekar and Urfan Mulla tried to physically snatch the papers from my hand and in the process caught my hand.? Naik further said that seeing this commutation, Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who was passing by, intervened to help her and told them that he would lodge a complaint against the incident to which Prathima Couthino threatened to file false complaint. ?I request you to kindly lodge the complaint and take necessary action by booking the above named person under Indian Penal Code,? it added. Earlier, Mahila Congress president Prathima Couthino filed a formal complaint, stating, ?Siddharth Kuncolienkar along with Sheetal Dattaprasad Naik approached the booth table and violently in a very inappropriate manner caught hold of Mrs. Diana Briganza hand and immediately thereafter snatched the electoral role from the table.? ?At this time when Siddharth Kuncolienkar noticed the incident was being recorded on the cell phone. At this juncture Siddharth Kuncolienkar threatened both the Congress workers?? the complaint added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women activists hail SC verdict, say it endorses gender justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women’s rights activists welcomed the historic Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq, but said the onus was now on legislators to follow through with effective legislation on the issue.Reacting to the apex court order, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, convenor of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and one of the petitioners in the Triple Talaq case, said, “What we have understood from the initial reports that have come is that three out of five judges have declared triple talaq as unconstitutional. This is what we were expecting. Now the ball is in the Parliament’s court. We have always wanted codification of law. It is a wonderful judgement.”Zakia Soman, co-founder of Bharat Muslim Mahila Andolan and a petitioner said, “It is a welcome judgement. We wanted justice from the court, and they have given us that in banning triple talaq and calling for legislation. The legislation has to be based on the Quranic injunction and comply with the constitutional principles. This is perfectly possible. We are confident it will uphold gender justice. No one believed triple talaq would be banned. But today it has become history.”Director of women’s rights organisation, Majlis, Flavia Agnes said the issue was always one that would have to be ultimately dealt with by the legislature. “Everybody said pass a law, but media created a hype. Everybody seemed to be taking everybody to court, when it is the legislature’s domain. The issue cannot be one of community women against the community. It needs to be discussed with people from the Board and all people affected. This should be a community-based reform. Right now there is legislative vacuum because triple talaq is not legally valid, but women have been divorced,” Agnes said.Mumtaz Shaikh, convenor of ‘Right to Pee’ and member of Committee of Resource Organisation, which works for women empowerment and grass root leadership, said, “The Supreme Court judgement should be welcomed by all. Women have got justice. Now it has to be seen how they react to this. Law should be there in such a case but all people should be consulted before making a law and not just those who feel triple talaq is right and as per Quran. But the law should not remain limited to this subject. There are other issues too that concern women, such as education, access to basic amenities, and polygamy. They too should be looked into.”(With inputs from agencies)

Woman gets life term for murdering mother in Eorde

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 42-year-old woman was today sentenced to life in prison for murdering her mother in the district in 2016 over a property dispute. District Mahila Court Judge N Thirunavukkarasu awarded life term to Suseela of Nathagoundenpalayam village for murdering her mother, Kannamma. The court sentenced her to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) for committing theft and three months of RI for trespassing on the land of the deceased. The judge in his order said all the three sentences would run concurrently. The prosecution said Suseela and her mother were embroiled in a dispute over sharing of the family’s property. Kannamma was working in her agricultural land on August 29, 2016 when Suseela went there and picked up a quarrel with her, seeking immediate grant of her share in the property. When Kannamma refused to pay heed, Suseela beat her mother and strangulated her to death. She then decamped with gold ornaments worn by the deceased.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Memorandum to LS Speaker for passing Women’s Reservation Bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several women’s rights groups today sent a memorandum to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, reiterating their demand for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament. Over a thousand women from these groups marched towards Parliament Street here to register their protest and to demand the passage of the Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament, according to a statement issued by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). “Under-representation of women remains a longstanding injustice, with only 64 women MPs in the current Lok Sabha. In this context, we appeal that no move should be made to dilute the Bill in the name of a consensus. We request that the original Bill be passed immediately,” the memorandum said. It also said that the BJP has not honoured its promise on the issue, in its election manifesto. The Women’s Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, has sought to reserve one-third of all seats in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies for women. Notable among those present at the march were CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat who lamented that India was behind countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh in terms of women’s representation, as per the press statement. AIDWA, ANHAD, Feminist India, Leprosy Mission, Nari Shakti Manch, Shehri Mahila Mazdoor Union, Swastika Mahila Samiti, YWCA, were among those that participated in the protest march.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman accuses husband of giving triple talaq on phone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man divorced his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice on the phone in Jaisalmer following which she approached the Rajasthan Women Commission. The woman was married to Sabir Mohammad three years ago in Jodhpur, but had returned to her parents’ home after two years alleging that she was harassed by her in-laws, Sudha Purohit, a member of Rajasthan Women Commission, said. The couple has a one-year-old daughter. The woman approached the panel yesterday claiming that her husband had divorced her over the phone, Purohit said. She said the woman had earlier lodged a complaint about the harassment with Pratap Nagar police station in Jodhpur but later reached a compromise with her in-laws. Since the harassment continued, she moved to Jaisalmer to be with her parents. She also lodged a complaint with the Mahila Thana of Jaisalmer police. “Investigations into the alleged triple talaq matter are almost complete. We will present the case before the court for its decision in the matter,” SP Jaisalmer Gaurav Yadav said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Students denied admission despite names in list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Confusion, chaos and confrontation was witnessed at Kanoria PG Mahila Mahavidyalaya on Monday when many students whose names had appeared in the admission list were denied admission.The college, while clarifying its stand said that it had notified the aspirants on the website as well as outside the admission window that the admissions were on the first come first served basis and the number of seats were limited in comparison to the number of students accepted in the list.The list was released during the first week of July and the last date for depositing the fee was July 15, 2017.“This not a telephone or electricity bill, that you can pay at 4 o clock on the last day. When it is an admission you must rush. Who waits for the last date? We had mentioned on the website that the admissions are open depending upon the availability of seats. We expect the students to see that though we have given the 15th of July as the last date, we are also mentioning that the seats are limited,” said Ranju Mehta, vice principal, Kanoria PG Mahila Mahavidyalaya.It is to be noted that the online server of the college was down for about two days from July 11 to 13, so it was difficult for the students and the faculty to analyse the number of students who took admissions.“I have secured 83 per cent in RBSE and have come all the way from Jhotwara to get admission in the college, but have been denied. What is the point of getting good marks,” said Simran Gauri, B.Sc aspirant at Kanoria.However, some candidates were given admissions by the end of Monday and admissions are expected to take place on Tuesday as well.

DCW chief pushes for action against ‘illegal’ liquor vend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of women today attended a public meeting organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in Karawal Nagar here and demanded removal of a liquor vend which was allegedly functioning in violation of the law. The women also raised other issues including domestic violence, non-functional street lights, unavailability of drinking water in the area. DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who attended the meeting, assured them of taking up their issues with the authorities concerned. Over a hundred women gave in writing to the Commission their grievances against the local liquor shop which they alleged was causing severe inconvenience and harassment to the them. According to law, no liquor vend should be situated within 100 metres of hospitals, school and temple. The liquor vend, when checked by Maliwal, was found to be existing in violation of rules. She also issued a notice to the Excise Department drawing their attention to the violation. The Mahila Panchayat was organised in collaboration with the NGO Nobel Cause Foundation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man gets 10 years jail for sexually harassing minor girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 46-year-old man was today sentenced to two terms of ten years rigorous imprisonment by a court here for abducting and sexually harassing a minor girl, his neighbour, in July last year. Chinnan, a labourer of Rangasamudram near Sathyamangalam in the district, was given the prison term of ten year for kidnapping and another ten years for sexual harassment by District Mahila Court Judge N Thirunavukkarasu. Both the sentences would run concurrently, the judge said. According to the prosecution, Chinnan had taken the ten-year-old girl to a nearby shed and sexually harassed her on July 11, 2016. The girl started crying and ran away from the place to her house, it had said. She then informed her parents about the incident following which they lodged a complaint with the police. Pronouncing the order, the court recommended to the Tamil Nadu government to grant Rs two lakh to the girl as compensation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong., CPM criticise hotel that denied room to interfaith couple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The reported incident where a Bengaluru hotel denied an interfaith couple entry has invited the wrath of political parties, particularly the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and the Congress. CPM leader Brinda Karat said that an immediate notice should be sent to the hotel. “Communal thinking has invaded many spaces in India and this is a direct inflation of this so-called ‘love jihadi’ ideology and mentality which says that Hindu and Muslim interfaith couples cannot and should not be recognised,” she added. Shobha Oza, the president of All India Mahila Congress, said that instead of moving forward in this 21st century, Indians are walking back towards the 19th century. She further said, ?It’s really sad that the whole nation, it seems, is moving towards communalism.? ?The incident is very sad and in my opinion, their license should be immediately cancelled, because spreading this feeling of communalism is somewhere breaking the nation,? she added. ?Our society, our constitution ensures equal right to citizens of all faith. No hotel, no school and no place can deny it to any citizen just because of faith and such incidents should not be repeated in any part of the country,” she concluded. Earlier in the day, it was reported that a married couple was denied a room at a Bengaluru hotel, after which the hotel came up with a justification, claiming that religion had nothing to with denying of the room. The couple had come to Bengaluru on the context of the woman’s interview. The husband, a Muslim while the wife, a Hindu were denied a room at the Olive residency, on alleged religious grounds. According to the couple, they were told it is not acceptable that a Hindu and a Muslim stay together. Upon this allegation, the owner of the hotel Shivu, said, “One couple came here and they wanted a room. Initially, they only asked the room for half an hour. The cashier refused. They then said they will take it for one day. But they didn’t have luggage or proper id cards so they were refused.” He also said that this has nothing to do with religious beliefs, as most of his customers are Muslims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The reported incident where a Bengaluru hotel denied an interfaith couple entry has invited the wrath of political parties, particularly the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and the Congress. CPM leader Brinda Karat said that an immediate notice should be sent to the hotel. “Communal thinking has invaded many spaces in India and this is a direct inflation of this so-called ‘love jihadi’ ideology and mentality which says that Hindu and Muslim interfaith couples cannot and should not be recognised,” she added. Shobha Oza, the president of All India Mahila Congress, said that instead of moving forward in this 21st century, Indians are walking back towards the 19th century. She further said, ?It’s really sad that the whole nation, it seems, is moving towards communalism.? ?The incident is very sad and in my opinion, their license should be immediately cancelled, because spreading this feeling of communalism is somewhere breaking the nation,? she added. ?Our society, our constitution ensures equal right to citizens of all faith. No hotel, no school and no place can deny it to any citizen just because of faith and such incidents should not be repeated in any part of the country,” she concluded. Earlier in the day, it was reported that a married couple was denied a room at a Bengaluru hotel, after which the hotel came up with a justification, claiming that religion had nothing to with denying of the room. The couple had come to Bengaluru on the context of the woman’s interview. The husband, a Muslim while the wife, a Hindu were denied a room at the Olive residency, on alleged religious grounds. According to the couple, they were told it is not acceptable that a Hindu and a Muslim stay together. Upon this allegation, the owner of the hotel Shivu, said, “One couple came here and they wanted a room. Initially, they only asked the room for half an hour. The cashier refused. They then said they will take it for one day. But they didn’t have luggage or proper id cards so they were refused.” He also said that this has nothing to do with religious beliefs, as most of his customers are Muslims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Agents of change: 17-year-old’s sanitation efforts bring about a change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanya Runwal, a 17-year-old student of Cathedral and John Connon School, has been passionately working for over a year now to help bring about a change in the society. In 2016, she found her calling in the Myna Mahila Foundation.The foundation aims at providing low-cost and high quality menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary pads and maternity pads to the deprived sections of the society. The foundation also acts as a source of employment and empowerment for women from underprivileged communities who are constantly motivated to engage with this initiative. Since its inception, a total of 60,000 pads have been sold to women who otherwise would have preferred clothes or rags.”Sanitary napkins are essential to a woman’s hygiene and health and hence are a necessity, not a luxury. The tax imposed on sanitary products only adds to the many woes that women in India face,” said Runwal.She now works 6 hours every week at the foundation and have collectively affected the lives of people living in five communities.– &TV’s latest offering ‘Paramavatar Shri Krishna’ will trace the journey of a 4-year-old Kanha, an agent of change, who came to be worshiped as Lord Krishna. The show premieres on June 19, and will air every Monday to Friday at 8:30 pm only on &TV.

Man sentenced to life for sexually assaulting minor girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today sentenced a hosiery mill worker to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor girl at the residence of his friend at Tirupur in the district last year. The prosecution case was that Saravanan, estranged from his wife, befriended the 17-year-old co-worker last year and later promised to marry her. On June 24, 2016, he called her over phone and asked her to meet him at the bus stand at Gobichettipalayam town. From there he forcibly took her to his friend’s house in Tirupur on his motorcycle after threatening her, tied a thali around her neck and ‘married’ her. He then sexually assaulted her for three days. Meanwhile the girl’s parents filed a complaint with police who after investigation located Saravanan and the girl and arrested him. The girl was sent for a medical test, which confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted. District Mahila court judge N Thirunavukkarasu, before whom the case came up today, sentenced Saravanan to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting the minor girl. The judge also sentenced him to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping the girl and two years RI for marrying a minor girl. The judge said all the sentences would run concurrently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops foil women’s group bid to protest against arrest of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today thwarted an attempt by a women’s group to stage a demonstration against alleged wrongful arrest of some innocent Dalits in connection with caste clashes here. Mahila Adhikar Manch had threatened to stage a demonstration against the arrest of some “innocent” Dalits in connection with violence and clashes in various parts of Saharanpur since May 5. The Manch claimed that some Dalits arrested were innocent and it had planned to submit a memorandum to the district administration in this regard. But the police and the paramilitary personnel deployed at the entrances of the district headquarters allowed people to enter only after vetting them. Additional SP Prabal Pratap Singh said the forces were deployed as a preventive measure and no organisation had sort permission for a demonstration. Violence first broke out in Saharanpur about a month ago following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs. About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen were injured on May 9. On May 23, another person was shot dead and two others were wounded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSF apprehends Bangladeshi national, seizes foreign currency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force apprehended a Bangladeshi national from near Petrapole border in North 24 Parganas district and seized foreign currency from her possession, BSF sources said today. The BSF had received inputs about smuggling of foreign currency in Petrapole Border outpost area, a BSF official said. “Yesterday in the evening, the operation party observed suspicious movement of a lady near international border outpost. Immediately, the operation party detained the lady named Hasina Alam, a resident of Bangladesh with the help of BSF Mahila Constable,” the official said. The BSF seized 30,000 US Dollar, 1,75,000 Bangladeshi Taka and medicine worth 4 lakh, from her possession which were concealed inside a bag and undergarments. The apprehended Bangladeshi national and seized foreign currency along with other items were later on handed over to local police for further legal action. During the year 2017, south bengal frontier of BSF has seized foreign currencies of different countries valued at approx Rs 3,91,24,312 and had apprehended two smugglers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP govt has failed to deliver on promises: Mahila Cong Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All India Mahila Congress President Shoba Oza today accused the NDA government at the Centre of failure to deliver its poll promises and urged the party cadres to work towards “uprooting” it. Participating in a function here organised by the Puducherry unit of Mahila Congress to mark former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary, she said the BJP-led NDA government had come to power by making “false promises and by maligning the Congress.” Time has come to expose the “communal BJP-led government at the Centre and also its failure to deliver on poll promises such as jobs for the youth, ensuring safety to women, to bring back black money from abroad and also to control prices,” she said and appealed to party workers to uproot the dictatorial Modi-led government at the Centre. She said that it was “unfortunate that the present government at the Centre was trying to divide the country on communal lines.” The country`s unity was nurtured by great Congress leaders and now the BJP was trying to divide the people on communal lines, Oza charged. The Mahila Congress leader also scoffed at the NDA government’s directives to the people as to what they should eat and what dress they should wear by infringing on individual rights. She heaped praise on the Congress government in Puducherry for implementing various welfare schemes for the good of women, students and the youth. “The government under the leadership of V Narayanasamy has ended lawlessness in Puducherry and education has been made available and accessible to the marginalised sections of society,” she claimed. All-India Mahila Congress general secretary Nagma, who spoke on the occasion said the cadres of the Congress should strive hard to establish a “humane, transparent, secular and tolerant” government at the Centre. She also lauded the ruling Congress here for launching a signature campaign in line with the drive launched at the national level by the party to ensure that 33 per cent quota for women in legislatures. Chief Minister Narayanasamy, who was present, listed out the achievements of the Congress government in the Union Territory since it came to power last year. PCC president and PWD Minister A Namassivayam, Puducherry State Mahila Congress president Premalatha were among those who spoke.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Mahila Cong begins signature campaign for women’s bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A signature campaign was today launched by the Delhi unit of the Congress women’s wing to generate support for a bill seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislative assemblies. The campaign will continue till August 10. The signatures collected during the campaign, in favour of passage of the women’s reservation bill, will be handed over to the President on the occasion of birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 17, said Delhi Mahila Congress president Sai Anamika. “The nationwide signature campaign launched by the All India Mahila Congress would build up pressure on the NDA government for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill as early as possible,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on 26th death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi and son-in-law Robert Vadra, paid tributes to the late leader at his memorial, Veer Bhumi, here. A host of other Congress leaders also visited the memorial, as the nation remembered the country’s sixth prime minister who was assassinated on this day in 1991 in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur. “Remembering my father today. A leader driven by love, compassion & a deep generosity of heart. We miss him,” Rahul tweeted. Sonia also launched a signature campaign of the Mahila Congress today favouring the passage of Women Reservation Bill. It aims to ensure 33 per cent seats for women in state Assemblies and Parliament. The signature campaign has been launched simultaneously by all Mahila Congress units across the country and will continue till August 10 this year. On August 20, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the signatures collected from all district Mahila Congress units, in support of the passage of the bill, will be handed over to the President of India, Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza said. She said the All-India Mahila Congress would build up pressure on the NDA government for the passage of the bill at the earliest so that the unfulfilled dream of Rajiv Gandhi becomes a reality. To remember the former prime minister, the women wing of the Congress also organised a blood donation camp meant exclusively for women at the AICC headquarters here. The Indian Youth Congress had organised another programme in the evening to mark the occasion, but had to cancel it due to heavy rains.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Road to school in Haryana littered with eve-teasers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After schoolgirls in Rewari in Haryana’s hinterland raised their voice against the sexual harassment they had to face while travelling to school in other villages, an online survey conducted by the Haryana Police reemphasised that a majority of girls and women in the state faced sexual harassment while commuting to schools and colleges.With a recent hike in incidents of crime against women in the state, the Haryana police undertook an online survey from May 2-17 through the Mahila Police website “to assess the problem in the state and devise an action plan closer to the ground realities”.According to the data quoted by the police, as many as 28,539 persons participated in the survey, which included 40 per cent women. The survey entailed 16 questions covering various issues related to eve-teasing/sexual harassment and was open to participation from all age groups and genders. Over 48 per cent of the people who recorded their responses were between 20 and 30 years old.Of the total number of respondents, 64.5 per cent said that they faced sexual harassment while commuting from schools and colleges, especially in buses and three-wheelers.Responding to another question, 32.8 per cent respondents said a majority of the offenders were two-wheeler riders, while 22.8 per cent said they were among pedestrians and a majority of them operated in groups of two.Seeking solutions, a majority of the respondents said that counseling of eve teasers, in the presence of parents, by the police would not make any difference and would incite them to be even more aggressive. At least 34.2 per cent of the respondents wanted more policewomen in plainclothes to be deputed outside schools and colleges to keep a check on such crimes, followed by regular patrolling.Acceding that the problem gets aggravated during the time when girls and women return from schools, colleges and their workplace, OP Singh, Additional Director General of Police, Haryana Police, said: “We wanted to crowd-source the tactics to make our three-point action plan for women’s safety more effective. It has given us a wealth of information about the prevalence and extent of eve-teasing in the state. For example, we found that people think that deputing policewomen in plainclothes will be more effective in keeping a check on such cases than just uniform patrolling and installing of CCTV cameras.”

Nothing less than capital punishment for Rohtak gangrape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded that all accused in the Rohtak gangrape and murder case be punished “with nothing less than capital punishment”, while holding the BJP government in Haryana responsible for rise in crimes against women in the state. Taking on the Manohar Lal Khattar government, Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza said the law and order situation in the state was deteriorating with each passing day. She said the situation in Haryana on atrocities and crime against women was a matter of concern for all and with each passing day the incidents of torture, rape, gangrape and violence against women were increasing in the state. “As per crime records bureau, Haryana has emerged as the number one state in rapes. We demand that all accused in the Rohtak gangrape case be arrested immediately and such a case be lodged against them that do not get anything less than capital punishment,” she told reporters. Oza, who is also the Mahila Congress chief, alleged that if a women gets assaulted and makes complaint with the police, the authorities first blame the victim and engage in her character assassination. She said Haryana’s BJP government is clearly responsible for the “deteriorating” situation of violence against women and has “failed” to protect women despite tall claims of ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’ campaign, which has remained only on paper. “The law and order situation in the state is bad and the BJP government needs to wake up from its slumber,” she said, adding it was time the safety and security of women was accorded top priority by the Khattar government. The Congress leader said the response of chief minister Khattar has been “very insensitive” whenever questions pertaining to rapes were posed to him. “If the chief minister himself considers rape as a small incident, how will the state police protect the women and nab the accused,” she asked. Oza alleged that the state police has failed to provide security to the Rohtak gangrape victim who hails from Sonipat, as the victim had told the police about the threat she faced from the accused. She claimed that after the victim’s death, her family was getting threats and the government did not provided any security to them. “Had the police been alert, such a heinous crime would not have taken place,” she said. The Mahila Congress chief also mentioned another incident in which a woman from Sikkim was gangraped in Gurugram, highlighting the law order situation in the state. She listed out a number of other such incidents of crime against women across the state in the past few weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress corners Haryana Govt. over Rohtak Gang rape case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress party on Sunday castigated the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Haryana for its insensitivity and inability to provide safe environment after a woman was gang raped and brutally killed in the Rohtak district. ?It is condemnable. Gang rape cases have become frequent in Haryana. The government is silent; hooligans are ruling and there is no such thing as ‘law and order’. The government is completely insensitive to rape cases, that is why women are getting raped,? Congress leader and All India Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza told ANI. Expressing similar views Congress leader Sushmita Deo said, ?I hope that the government of the state will do much more than amend laws and I hope that the same people who criticised the government during Nirbhaya, will today practice what they preached.? A 23-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped and murdered earlier last week. Later, her mutilated body was found in an empty plot in Haryana’s Rohtak district. The incident occurred on May 9 and came to light when the victim’s body was found in the city’s IMT area. The forensic reports suggest that the victim was mutilated with sharp-edged weapons. The victim had allegedly refused a marriage proposal, following which the accused reached her home a week later with his friends. So far two people have been arrested in the case and a Special Investigation Team has been formed for faster probe. ?Two people have been arrested so far in this case. We have formed a SIT for a fast probe,? said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Law and Order, Muhammad Akil.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajiv Gandhi Trust gets notice from Amethi administration for using land without proper authorisation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust chaired by Sonia Gandhi has been slapped with a notice by the Amethi district administration for using land that belongs to the state for running a vocational training centre for women allegedly without proper authorisation.”The land (about 10,000 square feet) in Jais had been earmarked for various activities of the state government like community health centres, schools and other community facilities. But, the Trust was using it for giving training to local women,” Sub Divisional Magistrate, Tiloi tehsil, Ashok Shukla said today.He said that the land should be under control of a government department or institution as per rules.Through the notice served on April 22, the administration has asked the Trust under which order it was using the land, he said. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of the Trust and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who represents Amethi in Lok Sabha, is one of the trustees. “There are no papers available to show under whose authority it was being used by Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna,” Shukla said. “So far no reply has come from the Trust,” he said.Earlier, two notices were served to the Trust by the district development officer and the chief development officer of the district, but went unreplied. When contacted, a senior official of Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna told PTI that the Trust has replied to the notice on April 27 saying that the land was allotted to Manuj Kalyan Kendra. “We are running the programme jointly for the last 13 years,” he said, requesting anonymity.The land was earmarked in 1982 for vocational training for women by the then district magistrate but while the Trust started work on the land under the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna, there has been no transfer of land.Raebareli is the parliamentary constituency of Sonia Gandhi and the district Congress leaders say the land was given to Thakur Das Trust in 1984.

HC refuses custody of child to Iranian man as surrogate mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court has refused to hand over the custody of a minor girl to her biological father, an Iranian national, after the surrogate mother alleged that he is “not of good character”. A division bench of Justices R V More and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a habeas corpus plea seeking direction to authorities to produce a person who could be in illegal detention. The petition was filed by the girl’s father, who urged the court to direct the Thane police to trace his three-year- old daughter. The man, in his petition, claimed that his daughter’s surrogate mother, whom he had married after she gave birth to the girl through surrogacy and later divorced, had illegally taken the child away from him despite a family court ordering the child’s custody to be granted to him. Following the directions, the Thane police last month produced the surrogate mother and the child before the high court. “We have interacted with the petitioner as well as the surrogate mother and the investigating officer. The interaction reveals there are allegations and counter allegations by both the parties against each other,” Justice More said. The court noted that while the petitioner relies upon the custody order passed by a family court in Mumbai, the surrogate mother has submitted that the child should reside with her as the petitioner is “not of good character”. The high court last week perused the report submitted by the police and the superintendent of NGO Shanti Sadan Mahila Vastigruha, where the mother and her child were directed to be housed, pending hearing of the petition. “We are of the considered view that it would be in the interest of the child to keep her in a good in-house school or institution where all her needs including health, education, etc, will be taken care of and where both parents can have the right to visit the child,” the court said. The HC has posted the petition for further hearing on June 16, by when the surrogate mother would have to tell the court if she is willing to put the child in such an institution. “The additional public prosecutor shall furnish the names of some good institutions/ boarding schools where the child can be housed/educated,” the high court directed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Beheading of soldiers: Cong says Modi’s 56-inch chest has

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesting against the recent beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress in Goa today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “56-inch chest” is now shrunk to “56 millimetre”. “The prime minister always boasted about his 56-inch chest. What has happened to it now?..It has now shrunk to 56 mm,” Goa Mahila Congress president Sunita Verenkar told reporters after holding a protest against the mutilation of the bodies of the two soldiers. Taking a swipe at chief minister Manohar Parrikar, she said, “We are sad that we don’t have a full-time defence minister. The defence minister we had has fled to Goa. We need a full time defence minister”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nagma charges Kiran Bedi with ‘functioning like BJP representative’

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> All India Mahila Congress General Secretary Nagma today charged the Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi with functioning “like a representative of the Bharatiya Janata party.””Kiran Bedi is functioning like a representative of BJP.. She has been given a position as Lt Governor and she must discharge her work without getting into political side.. Nagma told reporters here while registering strong protest against Bedi’s stand on matters relating to relief for fishermen and tourism development. She further said she was struggling to understand as to why Bedi did not clear files relating to sanction of scholarship to poor students wanting to pursue higher education, distribution of free rice to ration card holders and several other welfare measures sought to be implemented by the Congress government in Union Territory.The Lt Governor is not responding to the proposal of the territorial government for waiver of cooperative loans borrowed by farmers and several welfare measures sought to be implemented by it, Nagma alleged. Bedi should play her role for the development of Puducherry and for implementation of welfare schemes evolved by the Puducherry government, she said.The Congress leader also alleged that the NDA government at the Centre “is not extending cooperation to the states ruled by non-BJP parties.”

Woman Cong worker joins AAP, accuses Maken of harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman Congress worker today quit the party to join the AAP and accused Ajay Maken and other senior leaders of mental harassment and criminal intimidation. Rachna Sachdeva, who was the Babarpur president of the Mahila Congress, in her complaint at Tughlak Road Police Station, accused Delhi Congress chief Maken, Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza and party leader Netta D’Souza of mental harassment and criminal intimidation, police said. She also claimed that Maken has threatened her and she has been receiving threat calls from unknown numbers. “We have received the complaint and are looking into it. All the allegations made by her are non-cognisable in nature. As of now, no FIR has been lodged,” a senior police officer said. Maken was not available for comment. Welcoming Sachdeva into the party fold, AAP’s Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey said, this (allegation of mental harassment and criminal intimidation) reflects the Congress’ “anti-women and anti-Dalit stand.” Apart from Sachdeva, some 13 local-level leaders from both the Congress and the BJP also joined the AAP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP corners Congress over harassment case filed against their leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Mahila Congress district president Rachna Sachdeva filed a complaint against party?s senior leader for harassing her, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said such incidents reveals the character and thinking of the grand-old party towards women. ?This kind of incidents reveals the character of the Congress Party. It revels their thinking towards women and shows how much they are concerned about women security. We prohibit such incidents,? BJP leader Shyam Jaju told ANI. Jaju said to provide ticket in exchange of money is the Congress Party?s age old policy, adding that such incidents take place because the party lacks democracy which is their in the BJP. Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader Harish Khurana said that such incidents shows how much the grand old party is concerned about women safety, adding that immediate action should be taken in this regard. ?It simply shows that there is a huge gap between what they (Congress) say and what they do. They make tall claims about women protection, have ruled the country for 15 years, and haven?t done anything in this regard. This is a very serious issue and I feel that Police and DCW should take immediate step in this regard,? he said. Earlier in the day, Sachdeva accused Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken, Mahila Congress President Shobha Oza and Congress leader Netta D?Souza of mental harassment and criminal intimidation. Sachdeva has claimed that she was harassed by the party leaders when he went to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to raise the issue of ticket distribution for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls. She even filed complaint against the three in this matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi BJP forms 19-member committee for MCD poll affairs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari tonight announced a 19-member election committee to run the party affairs related to MCD polls to be held on April 23. The committee includes all the 15 members of the Core Committee of the Delhi BJP. The Election Committee is empowered to select candidates for elections. The three general secretaries of Delhi BJP– Rajesh Bhatia, Ravinder Gupta and Kuljeet Chahal– and Mahila Morcha president Punam Parashar will be other members of the election committee, said party’s media in-charge Praveen Kapoor.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Industrialist’s son arrested on charges of wife-swapping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today arrested the son of a promient industrialist on the charges of wife swapping in the state capital here. The accused has been identified as Sabyasachi Mishra, son of industrialist and owner of Nayagarh Sugar Mill Trailokya Nath Mishra, said commissioner of police Y B Khurania. Sabyasachi was arrested by Mahila Police from his Kharavel Nagar house. Sabyasachi’s wife Lopamudra, six months ago had accused her husband and his family of torturing her as she refused to take part in wife-swapping. She had also alleged that she was tortured for dowry, both by her husband and his family. According to Lopamudra’s allegation, after their marriage, Sabyasachi had taken her abroad where he had forced her to get involved in wife-swapping. When she refused, he harassed her with support from his family, the police said quoting the contents of the FIR. Lopamudra had also alleged that there were attempts by her in-laws to kill her and her son after which she had reported the matter to Mahila Police six months ago. While police had summoned the industrialist s family, the Mishras had fled fearing arrest. The family had also got an interim protection from court. After the interim protection was removed, police had issued a lookout circular against them. When police came to know that they were at their Kharavel Nagar house, a special squad raided the house and arrested Sabyasachi. Both Sabyasachi and his father Trailokya Nath Mishra rubbished the allegations. “I have always treated Lopamudra as my daughter and not as daughther-in-law. She has been mislead,” said Trilokya Nath Mishra while his son totally rejected the allegation of wife-swapping.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Equip women police stations with modern weapons: Hary Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition Congress today asked the BJP-led Haryana government to equip the all-women police stations of the state with modern gadgets and weaponry in order to fight crime against women in an effective manner. “While women police stations have been set up, they lack gadgets and other necessary equipment like modern weapons, including assault rifles. In such a scenario, how can we expect these police stations to fight crime against women in an effective manner?” senior Congress leader and former state minister, Geeta Bhukkal, said during the Question Hour in the state Assembly here. Bhukkal had sought to know the number of ‘Mahila’ police stations set up in the state till date, sanctioned strength of women staff in these stations, cases registered per police station and those solved, challans produced in courts etc. Replying to the question, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said 22 Mahila police stations have been set up in the state so far. These all-women police stations were inaugurated in August 2015 by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Sharma also informed the House that the sanctioned strength of women staff for these stations in all 22 districts of the state is 1,640 with the number of other staff members being 701. The Mahila police station’s territorial jurisdiction is of the entire district to investigate crime against women, he said, adding these stations are almost exclusively manned by women police officers, except for a few male colleagues for auxiliary duties. “The Mahila police stations have been created to have a more women-friendly environment, thus encouraging the victims to come forth with their complaints and ensure that they are dealt with priority and sensitivity,” Sharma said. The minister said a four-digit toll-free women helpline is operational while a counselling centre has been established within each Mahila police station to deal with complaints of domestic harassment, family disputes, dowry demands etc. Free legal aid is also provided to women victims, he informed the House. Sharma said out of the 45,000-strong state police force, 3,204 are women officers. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ministry of Minority Affairs implements schemes for women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Apart from other schemes which are available to all, including women, the Ministry of Minority Affairs on Tuesday implemented three specific schemes for women on Tuesday. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced these schemes in the Rajya Sabha. These schemes are Nai-Roshni for Leadership Development of Minority Women, Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship For meritorious Girls and Mahila Samridhi Yojana. Nai – Roshni for Leadership Development of Minority Women focuses on the development of women belonging to minority communities with an aim to empower and instill confidence in women by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for interacting with government system and others at all levels. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship For Meritorious Girls is belonging to minorities which is implemented through Maulana Azad Education Foundation. Mahila Samridhi Yojana is implemented through National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) wherein skill development training is imparted to a group of women in various areas of trades. The training period is of maximum six months where they are provided with a stipend of Rs.1000/- per trainee. These schemes are initiated to empower women belonging to the minority community and to encourage them further.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Singer files complaint against music dir of exploitation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman singer today lodged a complaint at the Mahila Police Station here accusing a music director of physical exploitation on false promise of marriage. “We have received a complaint from the female singer. The police has been examining the allegations and will register a case if prima facie any ground is found,” DCP Satyabrat Bhoi told reporters here. The woman lodged the complaint against Dipu Dashmohapatra, a music director and alleged she was physically exploited with assurance of marriage. Dashmohapatra, however, rejected all allegations made by the female singer. “I am married and never had any such relation with the female singer as alleged,” Dashmohapatra said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IT finds Rs 162 crores in raids on Karnataka Minister, Mahila Congress chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department has detected undisclosed assets worth over Rs 162 crore and seized Rs 41 lakh cash, besides over a dozen kg in gold and jewellery during searches on the premises of a Karnataka minister and state Mahila Congress chief.Officials said the department has also got inputs about a number of “benami” assets and “unexplained investments” during the searches at the premises of Small Scale Industries Minister Ramesh L Jarkiholi and Mahila Congress president Laxmi R Hebbalkar in Gokak, Belgaum and in Bengaluru last week. The searches followed allegations of tax evasion.Both Jarkiholi and Hebbalkar were not available for comments. “The searches led to the admission of undisclosed income of Rs 162.06 crore and unexplained cash amounting to Rs 41 lakh, besides 12.8 kg gold and jewellery. Many people who had large incomes and investments were found not to be filing I-T returns and the probe in the case is going on,” they said.The searches, they said, were launched on January 19 to probe allegations of tax evasion in the sugar business apparently run by groups associated with the duo.The investigators, sources said, found “huge unexplained cash deposits” had been made in the bank accounts of their family members and associates, and in benami names in primary cooperative societies which were transferred to business entities engaged in sugar manufacturing.”It was also detected that non-existent persons have been made share holders and investors in one of the sugar companies. Evidences of creation of bogus assets and siphoning off money from the company through various concerns engaged in turn-key projects for setting up sugar factories have also been gathered,” they said.The IT department sources said, entry operators, people who facilitate in hawala-like transactions, were involved in making huge deposits in banks which were routed through various intermidiaries to escape the tax net.The department has also issued summonses to a number of people allegedly involved in the case to take the probe forward, they said.

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