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49 girls saved from Delhi baba ashrams

In fresh raids at self-proclaimed godman Virendra Dev Dixit’s ashrams in Northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), three more minors and as many adults or ‘matas’ were rescued. This took the number of minors rescued so far to 49. Ten adults were found at an ashram West Delhi’s Nangloi.Soon after PILs were filed by Foundation for Social Empowerment, DCW, with the help of Delhi Police and locals, started raids at eight ashrams in Delhi. Five of these, including those in Vijay Nagar, Dwarka, and Palam, Karawal Nagar and Nangloi have been raided since Friday.At Karawal Nagar, a DCW team and Ajay Verma, advocate appointed as amicus curiae by the High Court, discovered that all gates and doors were locked.”It appears that Baba is running a human trafficking racket. CBI should urgently and simultaneously conduct raids at all ashrams of Baba across India and close them down,” said Swati Maliwal, DCW Chief.”Baba is getting time for a cover up. All women and girls should be immediately rescued. The teachings of Baba are irrational and evil.”Locals in Karawal Nagar and Nangloi said that many girls were moved out just before the raids. Neighbours said that they saw cars filled with girls being taken to other locations, but matas at both locations called DCW allegations wrong and said that they have been living comfortably and do not wish to be removed.The minors refused to give any information about themselves. DCW said the girls have been brain-washed and need counselling.

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Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

A leading women’s rights advocate says the government should take tougher action on rapists.

Rapists of minors should be hanged within 6 months: Swati Maliwal

Lamenting the “delay” in carrying out sentence of December 16 gang-rape and murder incident, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal claimed the long winding legal process allowed the criminals to feel they can get away with such henious crimes.She urged the prime minister to bring in a legislation wherein at least those convicted of raping minors are given death penalty within six months.Nirbhaya, a para-medical student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.Of the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August. Last year, he was released from the correction home after serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013. The Supreme Court also upheld the high court’s decision.”It’s the fifth death anniversary of Nirbhaya incident and the fact is that nothing has changed in this country.Everyday girls and women are being brutally raped in this country,” she said.Maliwal also highlighted the need for having fast-track courts in the city so that rapists are punished forthwith.Also, there is a need to upgrade the delivery mechanism of the forensic department as well as the accountability of the police, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The system has made the criminals confident enough to believe that they can get away with any crime perpetrated against a woman or a child.”It is very unfortunate that even Nirbhaya herself has not got justice in this country. Nirbhaya’s mother is still running from pillar to post in order to ensure that her beloved daughter can get justice,” Maliwal said.The DCW chief said that at least in case of rape of minor girls, there should be a law in this country in which such rapists should be punished and given death penalty within six months.She also made an appeal to the prime minister to constitute a high-level committee on women’s safety in Delhi, having the Union home minister, the lieutenant governor, the chief minister, the police commissioner and the DCW representatives as its members, to take effective decisions on issues of women’s safety.Drawing the prime minister’s attention to the Nirbhaya fund, which has remained unutilised till date, Maliwal urged him to devolve the fund immediately to the states failing which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme will lose its relevance.

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Five years of Nirbhaya case: Mamata Banerjee calls for keeping society safe

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged people to resolve to keep the society safe, recalling the brutal gang-rape and murder of a paramedic student in Delhi five years back.”Remembering #Nirbhaya on the 5th anniversary of brutal Delhi incident. We cannot compensate her loss but let us resolve to keep our society safe,” Banerjee wrote on Twitter.The 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi, and later died in hospital.Earlier in the day, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal lamented the long-winding legal process allowed the criminals to feel they can get away with such henious crimes.She urged the prime minister to bring in a legislation wherein at least those convicted of raping minors are given death penalty within six months.Nirbhaya, a para-medical student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.Of the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August. Last year, he was released from the correction home after serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013. The Supreme Court also upheld the high court’s decision.”It’s the fifth death anniversary of Nirbhaya incident and the fact is that nothing has changed in this country.Everyday girls and women are being brutally raped in this country,” she said.Maliwal also highlighted the need for having fast-track courts in the city so that rapists are punished forthwith.Also, there is a need to upgrade the delivery mechanism of the forensic department as well as the accountability of the police, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The system has made the criminals confident enough to believe that they can get away with any crime perpetrated against a woman or a child.”It is very unfortunate that even Nirbhaya herself has not got justice in this country. Nirbhaya’s mother is still running from pillar to post in order to ensure that her beloved daughter can get justice,” Maliwal said.The DCW chief said that at least in case of rape of minor girls, there should be a law in this country in which such rapists should be punished and given death penalty within six months.She also made an appeal to the prime minister to constitute a high-level committee on women’s safety in Delhi, having the Union home minister, the lieutenant governor, the chief minister, the police commissioner and the DCW representatives as its members, to take effective decisions on issues of women’s safety.Drawing the prime minister’s attention to the Nirbhaya fund, which has remained unutilised till date, Maliwal urged him to devolve the fund immediately to the states failing which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme will lose its relevance.

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DCW busts trafficking racket, 3 minors rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major breakthrough, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday, busted a trafficking racket, after receiving a call on their helpline number 181, in East Delhi. Three minors were rescued by the DCW with the help of the police.The search started after the commission received a call from the parents of the minors from Jharkhand, who alleged that their two children were missing since last three years. The two girls, aged 12 and 13, and another minor boy were rescued from a placement agency in East Delhi.The DCW mobile helpline team after getting a call laid a trap and called the trafficker to meet at the Akshardham metro station, where the alleged trafficker was caught with the help of the police. She then revealed the location of the minors to the police.An FIR has been registered under Sections 370 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 75 Juvenile Justice Act in Mandawali Police Station. The placement agency owner was also arrested.The commission learned that the arrested placement agency owner and the trafficker have been running this business for a long time and earlier too, several minors have been rescued from the place. It was also revealed that the minors had not been paid for their work and even on the papers, their monthly salaries were fixed between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500.The minors were not allowed to go out of the employer houses and were not even allowed to contact their parents.”It is shocking that minor children are not only trafficked but also employed by educated affluent people. They are severely abused and not paid any dues. Unregulated placement agencies are running unabated in Delhi and many of them are organised rackets for human trafficking. A strict law needs to be put in place to regulate the activities of these placement agencies.Delhi Police also needs to establish inter-state coordination and create intelligence networks to save thousands of minors trafficked every year. Moreover, strict action against such employers is also urgently required,” said Swati Maliwal, DCW chief.

Rape survivor discharged, hospital denies DCW allegations

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

Man rapes friend’s infant daughter, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Children’s Day, the Capital woke up to the horrific news of a man raping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl, whom he was supposed to take care of. The incident was reported from south Delhi’s Shahpur Jat village on Monday afternoon. The girl is stable and currently recuperating in hospital.”The accused, Santosh, was arrested from the area. He works in the housekeeping department of a hotel,” a police officer said.According to the police, Santosh lived in the victim’s neighbourhood and was her father’s friend. Her parents left the accused at home so that he could look after the child. The parents told the police that they often asked the accused, identified as Santosh, to take care of their daughter in their absence. Her father said that one of his other friends stood on guard. When the child’s mother reached home on Monday afternoon, she found the girl bleeding and crying. She then rushed her to hospital, where doctors told her that the child was sexually assaulted.”My wife called me and told me to rush home. There was excessive bleeding. There was blood on my daughter’s undergarments, walls, and floor. The police told me that I should not report the matter to the media. My wife told me that my daughter had been behaving in a weird manner for the last 10 days or so. I don’t know whether the accused did it on earlier occasions,” said a weeping father.Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal went to the hospital to meet the victim and demanded that of Home Minister Rajnath Singh meet the child as well. She also staged a protest outside Singh’s residence and demaned that the rape accused be hanged within six months. Maliwal and some other DCW members were detained and taken to the Mandir Marg police station, before being released.Maliwal also took to the social media in order to express her anger and tweeted (sic): “1.5-year-old girl raped on Children’s Day, which was supposed to be the last day of my Satyagraha. I am speechless, devastated. The system failed to move, despite my efforts.”

DCW chief conducts surprise raid at New Delhi station; asks govt to deploy more female constables

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal paid a surprise visit to New Delhi Railway Station on Sunday. Maliwal saw that only two female constables were deployed at the railway station, even as thousands of women commuters were moving around at 1.30 am New Delhi Railway Station situated between Ajmeri Gate and Kashmeri gate is the main railway station in Delhi. Thousands of passengers from across the nation travel each day from here. It is one of the busiest stations in India in terms of passenger movement. Despite all this, only two female constable were seen on duty ear. No female officer or police personnel was found on the Ajmeri Gate Police Chowki that guards one exit and entry point of the Railway Station. The central Railway Station is also very close to GB Road. The city’s crime branch has busted many human trafficking cases and the girls have been lifted from the Railway Station only. This makes the area more vulnerable to crime and women being unsafe in the area. Many dark spots and lanes serve as a hub for crime in the area making it more sensitive. Also, keeping in mind the increased number of unwanted incidents in the area compelled the Railway officials to install more CCTV cameras. As per reports, only nine out of the 213 stations under the Railway authority has CCTV cameras. According to Railway officials Rs.12 crore from the Nirbhaya fund was allotted to the stations to ensure safety of women. Incidents like theft and chain snatching has seen a fair increase in number this year. In 2017, 1,225 cases of theft of passengers’ belongings were reported till June. Last year, 12 instances of robberies and 3 of dacoity were reported in the Delhi area.A total of 2,874 cases of theft were reported in trains coming to Delhi or while departing from a station in the capital, along with 74 cases of robbery. While Railway Protection Force believes that the encroachments around the Railway tracks is a huge concern and the number of slum housing clusters are a bigger problem for them as many ‘anti-social’ elements stay around or in these areas. Despite all of these issues and the sensitivity of area on being prone to crime has not made the officials take proper measures to avoid such situations.

Delhi High Court stays proceedings against DCW chief

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

Post DCW’s intervention, DTU rolls back "discriminatory" hostel timings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Technological University (DTU) has rolled back the “discriminatory” timings of its girls’ hostel and made it the same as that of boys. The rollback occurs after the college received a notice from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).In a reply to the DCW notice, the varsity said, “Your point is well taken and accordingly the meeting of the wardens’ council was called to discuss the matter. Based on the recommendations of the warden council, the DTU has decided to extend the girls’ hostel timings upto 11 pm within the DTU campus from the coming academic session.”Earlier, the curfew time for the girls’ hostel was 9 pm whereas the boys hostel would close by 11 pm. The reason cited by the varsity was that it was for the safety of the girls. After this, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal had issued a notice to the DTU in this regard.The DCW had said it was not fair to put the onus of security on the girls and discriminate against them. “If there are security concerns, the university management, women’s commission and police should work together instead of imposing the rule against girls,” Maliwal had said.The development has come in the backdrop of a spate of protests by students of Delhi University’s Hindu College against the “discriminatory” hostel rules and fees.Around 20 students have been observing an indefinite sit-in since the last three days to meet the college principal over the issue. DCW had also issued a notice to the college followed by a summons to its principal over the issue.Taking actionAround 20 students have been observing an indefinite sit-in for the last three days in order to meet the college principal over the issue. DCW had also issued a notice to the college followed by a summons to its principal over the issue.

Stalking: DCW chief urges Centre to add ‘relevant’ sections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal today urged the Centre to direct the Chandigarh Police to add “relevant sections” of the IPC in a case filed against the Haryana BJP chief’s son for allegedly stalking a woman, and ensure a fair probe. In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Maliwal also urged him to take strict action against those who, as a part of “conspiracy”, are allegedly spreading false rumours about the complainant and her family members on social media. Maliwal said the Centre is in-charge of the administration of the Union Territory of Chandigarh and its police department falls under the jurisdiction of the Union home ministry. Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas (23) and Ashish Kumar (27) were earlier arrested for allegedly stalking the 29-year-old woman. However, both were released later on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. Opposition parties have been alleging that attempts were being made to “protect” the son of “an influential person” by the Chandigarh Police by “watering down” the case. The Chandigarh Police has dropped serious criminal charges of harassment, attempt to kidnap and outraging the modesty of a woman without any judicial proceedings and due criminal investigation, they have alleged. Maliwal also expressed disappointment over Haryana BJP chief “supporting” his son instead of siding with the woman and said he should have resigned the post. Maliwal said stern punishment should be given to the guilty in the case so that people do not dare to commit such crimes in the future. Yesterday, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had also sought a free and fair probe in the case. Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Police has retrieved footage from five CCTV cameras on the route on which the 29-year-old woman was allegedly chased by the two men last week. The woman, daughter of a bureaucrat, had called up the police Friday night complaining that two youth were chasing her along a stretch of over five km.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl marries lover who rescued her from brothel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A girl, who was rescued from brothel number 68 at GB Road (Shradhanand Marg), got married to her lover on Wednesday in an Aarya Samaj temple in the presence of Boy’s family. With continuous efforts of the boy and the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), that the girl was rescued from the brothel.For about two years, the boy used to visit the girl in the brothel. It was when the boy contacted the DCW, an operation was started by Delhi Police and an NGO, after which the girl was successfully rescued from the area. “The couple is very thrilled on getting married. The girl is happy of getting out of the prostitution business and starting a new life with the one she loves,” said an official from DCW.”GB Road is a hell and a huge stigma to Delhi. I am very appreciative of the couple for taking such a bold step,” said DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal. She also praised the boy saying that ‘you will find a lot of people who’d talk about women empowerment, but very few wouldactually take steps towards it.

ACB seeks time to complete probe in DCW recruitment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Branch today sought time from a special court to conclude its probe in a case involving Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal regarding alleged irregularities in the recruitment process in the panel. The investigating officer (IO) of the case said further investigation, as directed by the court earlier, was underway and it was awaiting sanction to prosecute the other co-accused. Special Judge Hemani Malhotra granted time to the probe agency and fixed the matter for further hearing on August 1. Maliwal, who was earlier granted bail by the court in the matter, was also present at the hearing. Maliwal was summoned as accused by the court on January 18 after taking cognisance of the ACB’s charge sheet for the alleged offence of criminal misconduct by public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act that entails a maximum punishment of seven years jail. The court, however, had said the probe has not identified Maliwal’s associates with whose connivance the alleged “illegal practices were adopted” and directed the police to probe their role and file a supplementary charge sheet. The first charge sheet was filed by ACB on December 21, 2016 against Maliwal in connection with the alleged irregularities in the appointment of AAP workers in DCW. The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who had alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel. Singh, a former MLA, had filed the complaint against Maliwal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on August 11, 2016, alleging that many illegal practices were adopted by them to financially benefit aides and associates of the Aam Aadmi Party at the cost of public exchequer. A case was lodged against Maliwal on September 19 last year for alleged offences of cheating and criminal breach of trust by public servant under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. ACB had said it was found during the probe that Maliwal, in connivance with others, had allegedly abused her official position and deliberately ignored the procedures and rules to employ associates or AAP workers beyond the authorised sanctioned strength of 26 posts, causing unauthorised benefits to them at the cost of public exchequer. It was also found that the appointments were made without inviting any application by way of publication or constituting a selection board. According to the prosecution, the probe revealed that the remuneration amount was hiked in a “whimsical manner”, thereby granting undue pecuniary benefits to the close associates of Maliwal and those connected with AAP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DCW tells Hindu College to reduce hostel fees for girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to the principal of Hindu College recommending that the fees for the girls’ hostel be reduced and brought at par with that of boys with immediate effect. DCW had issued a notice to the principal after receiving a representation from students of the college regarding high fee structure and “discriminatory rules” for girls in the newly-constructed 200-room hostel. In a reply to the women’s panel, the college explained that the fees for girls’ hostel are on the higher side as it has been constructed without any assistance from the University Grants Commission (UGC) while the boys’ hostel was built with UGC funding and receives an annual grant of Rs 60 lakh for maintenance. “While we appreciate the need of funds of the college, we also believe that the stand of the college in the present matter of fixing higher fee for girls is highly improper and discriminatory,” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said while recommending that fee for the girls hostel be reduced. Further, DCW suggested the UGC to consider the requests of the college regarding sanctioning of grants for the girls’ hostel. “As you may appreciate, all stakeholders should make constant endeavours to facilitate equal opportunities for both boys and girls and moreover, promote the cause of greater outreach of higher education for women and girls,” Maliwal’s letter to UGC read.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DCW chief writes to Arun Jaitley, asks him to make sanitary napkins tax-free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal has written a letter to Union Minister Arun Jaitley, in which she requested his intervention on making sanitary napkins exempt from the GST bill.”The better half of our population has been bestowed with the gift of motherhood and in this process all females from the tender age of 10-12 years till 45-50 years face monthly menstruation. Since menstruation is a natural phenomenon, hygiene, and proper health during this period is a natural fundamental right of each female citizen of this country. However, sanitary napkins which are critical for the health and hygiene of millions of women are presently taxed,” she wrote in her letter.Currently, sanitary napkins are taxed at 12 per cent in the recently released GST bill schedule for goods. These napkins are a daily necessity and taxing them makes it inaccessible to many women. Maliwal noted that many women in India are already forced to opt for unhygienic materials from used cloth, ashes, and even straws. Making them expensive just makes these, even further from use for these women in rural areas.Maliwal also pointed out to the Union Minister that Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, Member of Parliament Sushmita Dev and several other political leaders have already advocated making sanitary napkins tax-free.

15-year-old girl rescued from brothel after DCW chief receives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man’s Facebook message to Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal led to the rescue of a 15-year-old girl from a brothel on G B road in the national capital. In the message, the 25-year-old man had provided information about the girl who he had met during his visit to the red light area. He was then called to the DCW office where he provided more details about the girl’s whereabouts. The commission then contacted the police. A team of Delhi police and DCW officials rescued the victim from brothel number 58 late last night. “The victim said she was a native of Bihar and that both her parents had expired while she was very young,” the DCW said in a statement. Though she claimed to be aged 20 initially, she later said the brothel owner had instructed her to misstate her age during police raids. “The girl said she was kidnapped from her aunt’s house by an unknown woman who sold her to the brothel owner at G B road at the age of nine. She was asked to entertain her first customer at the age of 11. “When she tried to resist, she was tied to a pole and brutally beaten up. She claimed to have been raped by five different men and since then she was forced to sleep with men every night,” the statement said. The girl had made attempts in the past to escape from the brothel but was caught every time because of the CCTV cameras installed there. The victim had expressed her desire to escape with this man who had visited the brothel. But the brothel owner overheard their conversation and the man was beaten up. “He is the same man who informed us about the girl,” said a DCW official. In her statement to police, the victim said her life was in danger and that she wants to take legal action against the owner of the brothel. The Delhi Police is yet to register an FIR in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nirbhaya verdict a ‘tight slap’ to rapists on the prowl DCW Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Moments after the Supreme Court upheld the earlier death sentence order to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal has asserted that the verdict has emboldened all the women in the country. ?This is not just the fight of one ?Nirbhaya? but many others in the country. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) welcomes this particular verdict which was very important. The Supreme Court today, by giving death sentence to all the rapists of Nirbhaya, has in a way emboldened all the women in the country. This verdict is compared to a tight slap to the rapists who thinks that they can let go even after a heinous crime,? Maliwal told ANI. Maliwal further stated that the apex court should fast track all such rape cases in the country. ?This verdict was something which was needed, not just for her family and relatives, but us all. Though I think that the five years time which was taken by the Court on this decision was delayed but today it has made all women proud. After this the Supreme Court should fast track all such rape cases and provide justice to other Nirbhaya?s in the country who still await justice,? said Maliwal. Resonating similar views, Lawyer and Social activist Abha Singh stated that Justice Dipak Misra has brought justice to the country and a smile on every woman?s face. ?Nirbhaya?s gangrape and murder is the most heinous offence which has happened in the history of India. Today, the way Supreme Court has upheld death penalty meted out to the rapist clearly shows that the judiciary is with the women of this country and the government is sending a strong message, that criminal law is for deterrence. Justice Dipak Misra has brought justice to the country and a smile on every woman?s face. In future any criminal who thinks that he will get away after the crime will fear of the consequence. This death penalty will go a long way in protecting the women not just in the state but country.? Singh told ANI. Earlier in the day, the Apex Court upheld the earlier order of death sentence to four convicts in the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case. Justice Dipak Misra observed in its order that it’s a story of ‘some different world’. “Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence,” the order said. The next option for the convicts is to appeal against their death sentence to President Pranab Mukherjee. On December 16, 2012, six men, including the 17-year-old juvenile, gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus on December 16, 2012. The girl and her friend were returning home after watching a movie when they were coaxed into the bus by the accused, who then beat up her friend before taking turns in raping her. The girl succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DCW Chief meets UP rape victim, write to Yogi seeking action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Expressing anger over the rape of a 7-year-old girl, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal on Monday expressed her concern after meeting the victim, and called on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to look into the matter and take serious action. ?I have written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to look into the matter and take serious action on it. This is one of the worst cases seen in recent times and after meeting the victim I am sad and depressed. The girl is on ventilator and battling for life. After looking at her, I feel the accused literally tried to eat her alive,? Maliwal told ANI. Earlier in the week, shocking incident came to light when a man raped a distant relative, during a wedding in the family. The victim, is a Class II student, had come from Punjab with her family and was staying in the Loni area of Ghaziabad. She went missing around 6 pm on Thursday night and was located in a pit 300 m from the wedding venue after an 11-hour search. The victim?s father in a statement said, the child was naked, semi-conscious, and bleeding profusely from her private parts. She also had deep cuts and wounds on her face. She was immediately taken to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. On investigation, the suspect?s father and brother confirmed that the accused had fled to Maharashtra. The accused is a labourer, who hails from Baghpat in UP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DCW chief writes to UP CM over rape of minor girl,seeks action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal has written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking strict action in the alleged rape of a minor girl in Loni area of Ghaziabad district. The DCW chairperson has also urged Adityanath to provide financial help to the girl’s family. She said she had visited the seven-year-old victim undergoing treatment at GTB Hospital here. As per the letter, the girl hailing from Punjab had gone to attend a wedding reception, along with her family, on April 27 when the accused allegedly took her to an isolated location and raped her. The family found the girl next day lying in a pool of blood, the letter reads. Maliwal said that the 22-year-old accused in the case has been identified but not yet arrested. The girl has undergone surgeries and is on ventilator. Maliwal also demanded that the family of the girl be paid monetary compensation and her father be provided with a government job.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Probe going on in DCW recruitment case: ACB to court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Branch today told a special court that further probe in a case involving Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal for alleged irregularities in the recruitment process is going on. The investigating officer (IO) said further investigation, as directed by the court earlier, was underway and sought time to complete the probe. Special Judge Hemani Malhotra granted time to the probe agency and fixed the matter for May 5 for further hearing. Maliwal, who was earlier granted bail by the court in the matter, was also present at the hearing and sought copies of deficient documents supplied with the charge sheet. The court also directed the IO to provide copies of documents to the AAP leader. Maliwal was summoned as accused by the court on January 18 after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by ACB. The court, however, had said the probe has not identified Maliwal’s associates with whose connivance “illegal practices were adopted” and directed the police to probe their role and file supplementary charge sheet against them. The charge sheet was filed by ACB on December 21, 2016 against Maliwal in connection with alleged irregularities in appointment of AAP workers in DCW. The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who had alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel. Singh, an ex–MLA, had filed the complaint against Maliwal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on August 11, 2016, alleging that many illegal practices were adopted by them to financially benefit aides and associates of Aam Aadmi Party at the cost of public exchequer. A case was lodged against Maliwal on September 19 last year for alleged offences of cheating and criminal breach of trust by public servant under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. ACB had said during probe, it was found that Maliwal, in connivance with others has allegedly abused her official position and deliberately ignored the procedure laid down rules to employ associates or AAP workers beyond the authorised sanctioned strength of 26 posts, causing unauthorised benefits to them at the cost of public exchequer. It was also found during the investigation that the appointments were made without inviting any applications by way of publication or constituting a selection board. According to the prosecution, the probe revealed that the remuneration amount was hiked in a whimsical manner thereby granting undue pecuniary benefits to the close associates of Maliwal and those connected to AAP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No CCTVs in police stations outside Rashtrapati Bhavan: DCW

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police stations outside the high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan are among the 82 police stations in the city that do not have CCTVs installed in them, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has pointed out. Police stations at Anand Vihar Railway station and 13 prominent Delhi Metro stations are also in the list compiled by the DCW, which has prompted the women’s body to issue a notice to the Delhi Police seeking explanation in this regard. The defaulters list mentions Barakhamba Road, North Avenue, South Avenue, Lodhi Road, Janakpuri, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Mundka and Nangloi, among others. The commission had issued a notice to Delhi Police last December over non-installation of CCTVs in police stations despite the directive from the Supreme Court. “I have been informed that of the 108 police stations that have CCTVs, 64 are such where they are non-functional and no CCTVs have been installed in 82 police stations,” DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said. Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (Operations) and Delhi Police chief spokesperson said, “CCTV installation and modernisation is one of the top agendas of Delhi Police. It is in the various stages of proposal and implementation.” Senior officers said that the North and South Avenue police stations were inaugurated in 2015 and various proposals about the force sanctioning, camera installation are still in the works. In a notice issued to the police, Maliwal has asked for reasons for non-operational CCTVs, steps being taken to rectify the problem and an expected time-frame within which the installation process will be completed. Gandhi Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sangam Vihar, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj (North), Delhi Cantt, Sadar Baazar, Civil Lines, Maurice Nagar, Sabzi Mandi and Sarai Rohilla are among the few areas where no CCTVs are functional in the police stations. Among the metro stations where there are no CCTVs in police stations are Raja Garden, Janak Puri, Kashmere Gate, Rithala, Qutub Minar, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and INA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LG transfers Women & Child Development Secy Dilraj Kaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has transfered Women and Child Development Secretary Dilraj Kaur, whose appointment as Member Secretary of Delhi Commission for Women by his predecessor Najeeb Jung was disputed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kaur, a 2000 batch IAS officer, has been posted as Additional Commissioner in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). She has been replaced by IAS officer Garima Gupta as DCW Member Secretary. At present Gupta is the Director-cum-Special Secretary (higher education). Senior IAS officer Anil Kumar Singh, Secretary-cum-Commissioner (labour), will hold additional charge as secretary (social welfare and women and child development) till further notice. Earlier, Kaur had been at loggerheads with the DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal over payment of salaries to the DCW staff. Maliwal had alleged that the IAS officer was trying to “derail” the commission’s work even as a struggle continued between Kaur and P P Dhal, the AAP government’s appointee to the post of DCW member secretary.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas row: DCW asks Facebook to deactivate accounts threatening Gurmehar Kaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women has asked Facebook to deactivate the accounts which were used to allegedly issue “rape threats” to DU student Gurmehar Kaur.20-year-old Kaur had on Monday approached the women’s body complaining that she has been receiving rape threats allegedly by members of ABVP after she initiated a social media campaign against the RSS’ student’ wing.The campaign went viral and attracted support of students from various universities.The DCW wrote to Delhi Police demanding security for her and her family and lodging of an FIR.The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons in connection with the case.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal in the letter said that Kaur has been subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile.”We are in the receipt of a complaint from her which is self-explanatory and contains relevant screenshots of rape threats and abuse as evidence. The same is being forwarded to you for your perusal and necessary action,” she wrote.”Urgent action needs to be taken against the abusers by Facebook and their social media accounts need to be deactivated immediately,” she said.The DCW chief also asked the Facebook to provide complete contact details, IP addresses and other information of the abusers available with it which can help identify the abusers.Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between AISA and the ABVP members over cancellation of an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar.Kaur, a literature student of Lady Sri Ram college and daughter of a martyr, had started a campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ after the violence.However, as the controversy grew, she withdrew and left for Jalandhar to be with her family, requesting that she should be “left alone”.

Ramjas ruckus: Gurmeher Kaur withdraws from campaign after rape threats, Delhi Police registers FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) wrote to the Police Commissioner demanding security for a Kargil martyr’s daughter, Delhi Police on Tuesday filed an FIR over alleged rape threats that the girl received.Delhi police will be examining the matter on a priority basis and will also be providing proper security to her.On Monday, Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student, met DCW chief Swati Maliwal and said that she has been receiving rape threats on social media allegedly by ABVP members.Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college, which went viral and received massive support from students across universities.However, on Tuesday morning, Kaur withdrew from the campaign saying she had been through a lot.
ALSO READ Gurmehar Kaur row: Javed Akhtar hits out Kiren Rijiju, says ‘Mr Minister, I know who is polluting your mind’Maliwal, who termed the act “shameful”, had written to Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik demanding that an FIR be registered against the “abusers” and security be provided to the girl and her family.”It is highly unfortunate and shameful that a strong and independent young girl is being threatened and abused for taking a stand against hooligans. It is deeply perturbing that the threats appear to have silent support of some celebrities and leaders as well,” she added.
ALSO READ Ramjas ruckus: Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from campaign; says ‘I have shown enough courage’Meanwhile, renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar on Tuesday hit out at Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, without taking his name, for asking who was polluting Kargil martyr daughter’s mind.Dismissing claims of being ‘anti-national’, Kaur has defended her demand for a violence-free university campus, adding she was not being influenced by anybody.”I am not anti-national. My mind is not polluted. I have a mind of my own. I am an adult and can think and take individual decisions,” Kaur told ANI in response to the statement by Rijiju.The whole controversy over Ramjas College clash and a campaign launched by Kaur took a political turn on Monday after Rijiju’s comment. However, after receiving rape threats and stating that she had been through a lot, Kaur has now withdrawn from her campaign.Ramjas College had on Wednesday witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP workers. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the RSS student wing.

DCW Home Guards safeguarding Kargil martyr’s daughter: Maliwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal today said ‘DCW Home Guards’ were providing security to the Kargil martyr’s daughter, who complained of receiving “rape threats” allegedly from ABVP members. Earlier in the day, Gurmehar Kaur (20), a Delhi University student, met Maliwal and alleged that she had been receiving rape threats on social media allegedly by ABVP members. Maliwal, who termed the act “shameful”, wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik demanding that an FIR be registered against the “abusers” and security be provided to the girl and her family. “Presently, DCW Home Guards providing protection to Gurmehar Kaur. We will be with her 24*7. Hope Delhi Police urgently gives her protection,” the women’s panel chief tweeted. Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, had started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college. The campaign had gone viral and received massive support from students across universities. In a letter written to the Delhi Police Commissioner, Maliwal stated, “She (Kaur) has been subjected to extreme abuse and rape threats online. Her complaint is self-explanatory and contains relevant screen shots of rape threats and abuse as evidence. “Considering the gravity of the situation and the threats received, it is recommended that the girl and her family be provided police protection and an FIR be immediately registered against the abusers,” she said. “It is highly unfortunate and shameful that a strong and independent young girl is being threatened and abused for taking a stand against hooligans. It is deeply perturbing that the threats appear to have silent support of some celebrities and leaders as well,” she added. Kaur had last week changed her Facebook profile picture into one holding a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.” Her classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various varsities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards. However, former cricketer Virendra Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda today criticised the literature student’s remarks, calling her a “political pawn”. Responding to the critics, Kaur told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pay January salary to your workers, HC directs DCW

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to disburse last month’s salaries to its employees engaged in its helplines and rehabilitation cells. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said various DCW cells were functioning and the workers cannot be expected to work ‘pro- bono’ (without charge) as they are dependent on the salary for subsistence. “Since petitioners (DCW workers) are working in various cells of DCW and discharging their duties, some as per orders of this court, non-payment of salary would cause grave prejudice to the petitioners and the functioning of the cells of DCW,” the court said and directed that the salaries for January be released. The court was hearing an application by 97 DCW workers, claiming that they had not been paid the January salaries. The application was moved in the main petition filed by them alleging they were not paid salaries from September last year. The matter is listed for hearing on February 28. During the hearing today, the court said it had in December last year asked DCW to pay 50 per cent of the arrears of salary from September to December 2016, but with “the understanding that future payments would continue”. The office of Lieutenant Governor, represented by central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, opposed payment of salary, saying the LG has on February 13 set up a committee to examine the alleged irregular appointments in the Commission and it would give a report within 30 days. He said that the salaries should not be disbursed till the panel’s report was received. The court, however, disagreed with the stand, saying the committee can scrutinise the appointments and terminate those which are illegal, but till the time the cells are functioning and the workers are working, they have to be paid. Ahluwalia said that DCW has not yet submitted its report pertaining to an expenditure of Rs 6.8 crore given to it and till a utilisation certificate is not received from it, further amounts cannot be released. He said that DCW has sent them a letter requesting for an additional Rs two crore. DCW, on the other hand, said it had the funds to disburse salaries to its workers for January and the additional amount was sought in respect of some other projects. DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal, who was present in court, said the expenditure report has already been provided and any further records that is sought for, would be given. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Plea in HC seeks reasons behind death of 11 Asha Kiran inmates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plea seeking a direction to the AAP government to disclose the reasons for the death of 11 patients at a home for mentally retarded in a span of two months, was filed in the Delhi High Court. The plea, which came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini, also urged the court to order registration of FIRs against the erring officials on the basis of the post-mortem reports of the bodies. The matter came to light after a surprise inspection earlier this month by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which found the inhabitants living in extremely inhumane and unhygienic conditions. The DCW also said it had found that 11 patients had died in the facility in the last two months. The public interest litigation (PIL) sought a direction to Delhi government’s Social Welfare Department, which runs the home for persons with mental disabilities. It also wanted an investigation into the reasons for alleged disappearance of around 250 inmates between 2001-2016, The matter was listed for consideration on February 17. Petitioner Salek Chand Jain, who claims to be a social worker, said in his plea that the DCW in its surprise visit at the Asha Kiran had even found women inmates walking about naked in the corridors. The inspection was conducted by DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal on February 4 night. DCW has issued a notice to the social welfare department secretary and set up a separate inquiry committee to look into complaints against the home. Highlighting severely unsanitary conditions and overcrowding at the home, the petitioner in his plea said the court should take steps to stop such incidents, including its inmates going missing and not been traced till date.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maliwal has also said that the government was only

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>required to pay grant-in-aid to DCW which in turn would decide how to spend it “as it thinks fit” for the purposes under the Act and approval from Administrative, Planning or Finance Department if the Commission’s activities result in additional financial liability for the government. She has contended that in the instant case, there would be no additional financial liability on the government as Rs three crore, out of the Rs seven crore grant-in-aid, was lying unutilised and could be used to pay the salaries of its workers till the end of this financial year. With regard to the complaint filed against her in the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government, Maliwal has contended that it was filed by the previous DCW Chairperson for “political and collateral reasons” and “out of malice”. The LG’s office had earlier told the high court that ACB was probing alleged irregularities in the recruitment process of the DCW on orders of a trial court. Maliwal, in her affidavit, has also alleged that the government was displaying a “lackadaisical attitude” towards staffing of the Commission as its detailed proposal for more manpower sent in September 2016 was returned in January 2017 on the ground that it was not in the proper format. The court on January 24 had asked the LG’s office to clearly state whether the rape crisis and other cells, run on court orders by DCW, should be shut down over alleged illegal appointment of staff by the women’s panel. It had also asked the LG’s office to make its stand clear on whether all appointments made by the DCW were illegal or only some of them. The court had also sought clarification on whether the LG’s office intended to make fresh appointments to run these cells. The matter was listed for hearing on February 8, but as the judge was not available on that date, the matter was listed on February 28 when the LG’s office is likely to communicate its stand to the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Singh, an ex MLA, had filed the complaint against Maliwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on August 11, 2016, alleging that many illegal practices were adopted by them to financially benefit aides and associates of Aam Aadmi Party at the cost of public exchequer. A case was lodged against Maliwal on September 19 last year for alleged offences of cheating and criminal breach of trust by public servant under IPC and provisions of PC Act. During investigation, ACB collected documents from the Office of DCW, Women and Child Development Department and Finance Department of Delhi government and recorded statements of witnesses. ACB had said during probe, it was found that Maliwal, in connivance with others has allegedly abused her official position and deliberately ignored the procedure laid down rules to employ associates or AAP workers beyond the authorised sanctioned strength of 26 posts, causing unauthorised benefits to them at the cost of public exchequer. It was also found during the investigation that the appointments were made without inviting any applications by way of publication or constituting a selection board. According to the prosecution, the probe revealed that the remuneration amount was hiked in a whimsical manner thereby granting undue pecuniary benefits to the close associates of Maliwal and those connected to AAP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women seeks DCW help to claim father’s property in Japan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An elderly woman has approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) seeking its help to claim the ownership of her father’s property in Japan. The women panel has subsequently written to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Delhi government’s Principal Secretary SN Sahai in this regard. “Tej Kaur (83) has told us her father who moved to Japan in 1935 left behind properties and assets in the country after his sudden death in 1949. Her mother and brother then made multiple efforts and had several communications with the Ministry of External Affairs regarding access to their father’s assets. However, their efforts seem to have yielded no results,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal said in a letter. “After the death of her brother and mother in 2002, the files containing these documents came under her possession and she has persistently sought help of different authorities. In 2009, she was able to establish contact with the Indian Embassy in Tokyo which wrote back to her stating they were making efforts to trace the properties of her father,” she said. Maliwal has sought a factual report from the Foreign Secretary on the case within 15 days and requested the Principal Secretary to meet the complainant.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Should rape crisis cell be shut down: Delhi HC asks LG office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the office of Lieutenant Governor to clearly state whether the rape crisis and other cells, run on court orders by Delhi Commission for Women, should be shut down over alleged illegal appointment of staff by the women’s panel.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also asked the LG’s office to make its stand clear on whether all appointments made by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) were illegal or only some of them.The court sought clarification on whether the LG’s office intended to make fresh appointments to run these cells and asked the Centre’s standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, appearing for the LG, to take instructions on these issues. The matter was listed for further hearing on February nine.The clarifications were sought after LG’s office in an affidavit claimed that DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal had “no power or authority to arbitrarily, unilaterally,unauthorisedly engage or appoint employees” in DCW and should have approached the competent authority if more manpower was needed. Maliwal is an accused in a case of alleged irregularities in the recruitment process of the DCW and a trial court has directed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government to further probe and identify her associates in the crime.Meanwhile, advocate Rajshekhar Rao, appearing for DCW, said since the cells have budget sanction till March 31, 2017, the workers should be allowed to be paid till then. He also asked Delhi government to consider DCW’s staffing requests. The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Amita Singh Kalkal, on behalf of 97 employees of DCW, for a direction to the commission to disburse the salaries of these individuals who have not been paid since September last year.It had in December last year directed DCW to disburse 50 per cent arrears of salary to its 62 workers and then on January 18, 2017, the relief was extended to 35 others who had moved the court, subsequently. It had also directed the commission to provide records of the staff appointed without approval of the LG. The petitioners have claimed that with their help, DCW has dealt with 11,696 complaints since July 2015 and in view of the work being done by the commission with their help, Delhi government transferred 181 helpline programmes to them.

Cops mull action against YouTuber who kissed women as ‘prank’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to get ‘maximum hits’ on social media, a city boy, who runs a YouTube channel —The Crazy Sumit – uploaded a video of him sexually harassing and kissing women in Connaught Place area in the Capital in the name of a prank.The video of his ‘prank’ has invited criticism and prompted Delhi Police to start an investigation into the matter. The Delhi police came to know about it when the video went viral on social media. Following which, the police has decided to register a case against the prankster. The video shows him walking up to women, kissing them and then running away. In one incident, he was chased down by a boy who was accompanying the woman he had kissed but the YouTuber was able to flee the spot.The video triggered massive outrage, with many social media users questioning his obscene act, forcing the YouTuber to take down the video.He later uploaded an ‘apology’ video where he claimed that he didn’t mean to “hurt” the sentiments of people and that he “respects women” and is thankful to the viewers who have identified his mistake. Later, he also deleted the apology video.Delhi police has now taken cognisance of the video and are probing the possible legal actions they can take against the accused.”The video has come to Delhi Police’s notice through media. We have started the initial technical inquiry. This obscene video is available on Facebook and YouTube links and we are probing this. We have also written the social networking sites to remove the video,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police Spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest).The video has now been taken down after widespread criticism on social media and its technical aspects such as details of service providers and criminal liability are being examined.Police said they were looking forward to the women who were seen in the prank video to file a complaint, he said. “I think this kind of sexual perversion on social media is in the name of getting likes, online publicity and maybe even some money is involved in it,” a senior officer said.The youth who made the videos has been active on YouTube since 2015 and keeps posting prank videos. The Crazy Sumit has around 1.5 lakh subscribers.”We are analysing the content of the apology. Every aspect is being looked into,” the officer added.Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal, Chief of Delhi Commission for Women, has slammed the “prank” video through her Twitter handle. “It’s perversion not humour. An FIR should be filed immediately and strict action taken by police. His apology is of no consequence as it is an act of violence,” Maliwal said.

German woman molested by landlord in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the nation still reeling from the recent slew of sexual assault cases, another case of molestation has surfaced in Delhi’s posh Hauz Khas area, where a German woman research scholar was allegedly molested by her landlord last year on November 30. The Delhi Police on Saturday said they have received a complaint from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) regarding the case and that an investigation is underway.”A complaint was forwarded from the DCW to us and a molestation case has been registered. Also an investigation is underway. We have contacted the concerned victim,” Delhi South Western Range Joint Commissioner, Deependra Pathak said.The victim had lodged a complaint with Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of DCW on December 5 and the police registered the FIR on December 27 under section 354(Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of woman) of the IPC at the Hauz Khas Police Station. Meanwhile, the nation is seething in the wake of horrific reports of mass molestation on the New Year’s Eve in Bengaluru and its rerun in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar.On December 31, in a similar incident, a young woman walking home was approached by two men on a scooter. Alarmed, she tried to side-step them, but one man disembarked and attacked her. As she fought back, he pushed her towards the other man. He molested her, and then threw her hard to the ground. The video – recorded by security cameras at a house nearby in East Bengaluru – shows a group of people watching the assault without intervening.The city police has been facing a storm of criticism after a group of men groped, stalked and harassed women on New Year’s Eve, as thousands of people were partying in the city’s biggest commercial stretch. Video footage and pictures circulated on social media had showed women crying and seeking help.

More the nudity, more it’s considered fashionable: Activists slam Abu Azmi’s misogynist comments on Bengaluru incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Ants will swarm the place where sugar is,” Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi said reacting to the molestation of women on new year eve in Bengaluru, drawing condemnation from women activists for his “misogynistic” comments and calls for his arrest. “Boys and girls should not be allowed to roam about together freely. Western culture has made its way into India.This should stop.”The more the nudity, the more a girl is considered fashionable. Ants will swarm the place where sugar is,” Azmi said, virtually stirring a hornet’s nest as women activists poured scorn on the the MLA from Shivaji Nagar in suburban Mumbai.”I don’t say all men are like that in the country, but a good 25 per cent of this country seems to be full of patriachal men who have no respect for women.. how will any country progess?”The problem with politicising any issue is that the issue gets covered up totally and politics becomes important.It does not matter whether Abu Azmi belongs to one particular party or another.. to be brutally frank, there are men across all parties who make these disgusting statements and they are all to be condemned equally,” Lalitha Kumar Mangalam, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said.She said the NCW has issued summonses to both Azmi and Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara, who had stoked a controversy after he blamed the “western ways” of the youngsters for the Bengaluru molestation incident.Azmi, known for his penchant for ‘Shayari’ went on to say, “Achchi soorat bhi kya buri shay hai, jisne bhi dali…buri nazar dali (pretty face can be a cause for trouble. Whoever will cast an eye, will cast an evil eye).” “Partying late night in half clad, blindly following western culture, has never been our culture. Ladies hailing from well-to-do families, be it from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan or UP, they come out in decent attire and mostly with their family members,” he said.”I am saying what happened is very unfortunate. Undoubtedly, making security arrangement to thwart any eventuality is police’s job. But, as far as Bengaluru molestation is concerned, women and their guardians must also take precautions and think that security starts at home. Our women must think about their security themselves,” Azmi said.Defending Parameshwara’s comments, Azmi said, “He said the harsh reality. Such things do happen when women try to copy the westerners, not only in their mindset but even in their dressing,” he said. More PTI APM GK “The women are pride of our family and country.Therefore, it is our duty to safeguard them. If we allow them to follow western culture blindly, then I am sorry to say that people will misbehave with them in such ways,” the SP leader said.Stung by Azmi’s remarks, activist Ranjana Kumari of Centre for Social Research, which works for gender justice, said those showed the “true colour” of Indian politicians.”He epitomises misogyny. Such prehistoric people should be dumped in the garbage of history. Maharashtra government should register an FIR against him and arrest him. His leader Mulayam Singh Yadav had once said boys will be boys. They encourage men to try and control women. Women of Maharashtra should gherao him,” she said.Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal too reacted sharply to the SP leader’s comments.”Abu Azmi says to avoid rape, women shudn’t go out alone like in Saudi. Instead of making India Saudi, better Abu goes off 2 Saudi. No loss,” she tweeted. “No law to bar men esp politicians from making misogynistic statements. Abu Azmi n G Parmeshwara may become more popular after this. Pathetic,” Maliwal said.Another woman activist Brinda Adige demanded that the Samajwadi Party suspend him. “Such people encourage men to molest women. He needs to be suspended by his party,” she said. Activist Kavita Srivastava lamented,”Whenever a woman is sexually assaulted, the victims themselves are blamed for their plight. This is unfortunate.”

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