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Muslim organisation oppose single-step criminalisation of triple talaq

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) has written to the Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad stating that they support the legislation to declare instant triple talaq as an illegal act. According to the organisation, they are opposing the Union government to criminalize the practice and make it punishable with three years in jail and fine.As per the orgnaisation, they are supporting the legislation to declare instant triple talaq as illegal while the Supreme Court’s verdict has only declared it invalid.Detailing the reason for taking this step, Javed Ananad, convener, said, “It is too drastic measure which leaves no opportunity for the errant husband to retrace his steps, leaves no opportunity for attempts at reconciliation. It will amounts to an indirect punishment of the already aggrieved wife and children. A husband in jail cannot raise money to pay for the wife’s legitimate claim for maintenance of her children and herself.”Also readBMMA welcomes draft law to criminalise triple talaqThe letter was also submitted to the Law Commission of India, National Commission for Women, National Commission for Minorities, National Human Rights Commission.Speaking about why they want triple talaq to be under Domestic Violence Act offence, Feroze Mithiborwala, co-convener, said, “It is a secular law applicable to women irrespective of caste and creed, enacted especially with a view to deliver speedy reliefs to an aggrieved woman. It also gives the husband an opportunity to retrace his steps, save the marriage and fulfill his marital obligations. Only if he fails to comply with the court order he face punishment.”
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Court summons DCP after arms dealers accuse cops of framing

Raising suspicion over the arrest of two alleged arms distributors, whom a team of Delhi Police arrested from east Delhi last year, a Delhi court has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, to be present in the court on the date of the next hearing with a status report.The directions were given by the Metropolitan Magistrate Mahima Rai on November 30, after the court termed the report submitted by the Investigating Officer (IO) as “highly unsatisfactory”.”The said report (status report) is highly unsatisfactory in nature and is silent on the main complaint filed by the complainant,” the court said, adding that it is necessary that DCP concerned be present in person with a reply to the complaint.The arrested duo — Mursalin Malik and Asif — who claim to have been running a scrap shop in Old Seelampur, were arrested in November 2016. Police had registered two FIRs against them, one under various sections of the Arms Act and the other under Section 379 (Punishment for theft) and 411 (Dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The court’s direction came following Malik’s complaint under 156 (3) of the CrPC after police refused to lodge a complaint against the police officers.According to the complaint filed by the duo in the court, they had been falsely implicated by the police officers. They claimed that on November 7, 2016, five to six people in civil dress, who claimed that they were officials of the Special Staff of the police station in Anand Vihar, arrested them without any “just and sufficient reason.”Following this, the duo were granted bail on production of CCTV footage which showed the officers coming to the shop and making the arrest. Malik’s brother, Mehraj made a complaint to the Commissioner of police and National Human Rights Commission but no action was taken.The police, however, in their complaint had stated that Mursalin and Asif were apprehended at Purana Seelampur Ganda Nala with a motorcycle, a country made pistol and one live cartridge following a tip-off.After the complaint by the accused, the court had called for a status report from the IO. However, when the report was submitted the court said that “it was silent on the main complaint and there was no mention about the CCTV footage provided by the complainant”.The court has fixed the next date of hearing for December 19.
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Bilkis Bano case: Gujarat gets 6 more weeks to tell SC on action taken against convicted cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday granted six weeks time to the Gujarat Government to apprise it of any disciplinary action that must have been initiated against the cops who were convicted in connection of the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, passed the order.In October, the Supreme Court gave four weeks time to the state government to inform of the developments. But the government asked for more time to reply, following which the court extended the date today.Earlier, during the hearing, the victim also submitted to the court that she wanted enhancement of compensation. To this the apex court directed her to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP).In March 2002, Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and left for dead, alongside 14 members of her family, including her 3-year-old daughter, during the Gujarat riots. She was then five months pregnant when rioters attacked her in Vadodara.She had approached the local police station to register a case against the assailants. However, the police dismissed her case and threatened her with dire consequences if she proceeded with the matter.She then approached the National Human Rights Commission and filed a petition in the apex court.The matter was later shifted to the Bombay High Court following which charges were filed against 19 men, including six police officers and a government doctor.In January 2008, 11 of them were sentenced to life imprisonment for gang-rape and murder.

NHRC reprimands Kejriwal govt over 78 deaths in its care home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reprimand the Delhi government for failing to explain how and why 78 people died in a state-run leprosy home in northeast Delhi’s Tahirpur in five years. The NHRC has asked Chief Secretary MM Kutty to do proper explaining. The deaths happened between 2008 and 2012 but the city government has failed to explain to the NHRC the reasons behind them.The NHRC said that the government’s report “is silent about the cause of deaths and also about the allegations of financial irregularities”. The human rights watchdog had earlier said: “Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, be asked to direct an officer of Home Department to cause an inquiry regarding the allegations of financial irregularities and also the cause of deaths.”Pursuant to the NHRC directions, the Deputy Secretary (Home) had submitted a report which gives the cause of only 22 deaths. “However, it has not given the details of all individual cases and their cause of deaths,” the notice said.NHRC said that an inquiry into the matter must be carried by a sub-divisional magistrate. The commission also wants to know whether between 2008 and 2012 any doctor was assigned to look after the health of the inmates and whether any clinic is available for them.

25-year-old youth’s death in police custody sparks row as Maharashtra tops the list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra government’s move to install CCTV cameras in police stations to prevent custodial deaths has come under scanner after a 25 year old youth, a suspect in case of robbery, was allegedly beaten to death by police on Wednesday in Sangli.The police allegedly burned Kothale’s body in an attempt to destroy evidence. With this the state has come at a centre stage for its ranking on top in custodial deaths at the all India level.Further, Kothale’s death came close on the heels of Maharashtra government’s media blitzkrieg celebrating three years in power titled ”Hoi He Majhe Sarkar” (Yes, This is My Government). One of the advertisements boldly claims how the installation of CCTV in police stations and linking it with the office of Director General of Police was a step to further improve law and order.Tension prevailed in Sangli where BJP has made substantial gains in recent local body elections. Policemen initially said the accused had fled from their custody but a probe confirmed that they not only beat Kothale till he died inside the city police station, but also burnt this body to destroy evidence.The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had told Lok Sabha in March this year that instances of custodial deaths in Maharashtra was ‘little more’ in comparison to other states.According to his statement, there were 35 such deaths in Maharashtra in 2013, 21 in 2014, and 19 in 2015, which were highest among all states. Rijiju had also said there were enough guidelines and directives issued by the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court under which immediate action is taken against policemen responsible for custodial deaths.This apart, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in its nationwide data published in the second week of October had ranked Maharashtra second in the number of deaths in judicial custody (prison) with 129 deaths. A state government officer, who did not want to be named, told DNA,’’ Six persons, including five policemen, had been arrested in connection with the Sangli case. The state Crime Investigation Department (CID) has initiated an inquiry which will also reveal whether or not the Sangli city police had informed a judicial magistrate about Kothale’s death in the custody.’’He reminded that the Bombay High Court had asked the Maharashtra government to strictly implement a law which requires police or jail authorities to immediately inform a judicial magistrate about custodial death in their jurisdiction in order to facilitate a probe.

2002 Godhra train carnage: Timeline of Sabarmati Express burning case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today pronounced its judgment on the 2002 Godhra train carnage.Here’s the timeline of the 15-year-old case.February 27, 2002: Coach S6 of Ahmedabad-bound Sabarmati Express is burnt by a mob, 50 people are killed.May 24, 2002: Chargesheet filed against 54, which later went up to 134 people.Almost one year after this, Jabir Binyamin Behra, in a confession to the Gujarat Police, reveals that conspiracy was hatched at Aman Guest House in Godhra on February 26, 2002. Behra names Maulana Hussain Umarji as a key conspirator.February 14, 2003: POTA is applied on the 134 accused in the case.The National Human Rights Commission and human rights activists appeal to the Supreme Court against imposition of the POTA. The top court refers the matter to the Gujarat High Court.November 2003: The Supreme Court puts a stay on the trial till POTA issue is resolved.October 2008: POTA charges are lifted.May 2009: The Supreme Court sets up a special court to conduct trial in the matter. The trial begins in June 2009 and ends in September 2010, but the judge reserves the judgment, waits for getting clearance from the Supreme Court. The apex court lifts the ban on pronouncement of the verdict on January 18 2011.February 2011: The first part of judgment of conviction is announced on February 22 and quantum of punishment on February 25. The special court in its verdict concludes that it is rarest of rare case convicts 31 accused and acquits 63 others including main accused Maulana Umarji. Out of 31 convicts, 11 are awarded death penalty and rest 20 are given sentenced to life imprisonment.April 2011: The special court’s verdict is challenged by the state government and the convicts before the Gujarat High Court on April 6. The state had appealed for the confirmation of the special court order, whereas convicts had pleaded for quashing of the convictions.March 2014: Submission on the appeal begin on March 5 2014 and is argued for over a yearMay 2015: On May 5, 2015, after submission of the all parties concerned concluded, the division bench reserved the order.October 2017: The division bench of the Gujarat High Court pronounces its verdict in the train carnage case.

NHRC issues notice to Madhya Pradesh govt after farmers allegedly stripped, thrashed by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh government over the allegations of police atrocity against a group of farmers returning from a protest in Tikamgarh.The Congress party has alleged that the farmers were detained, stripped and beaten up by the police. They were returning from a protest for declaring Tikamgarh as a drought-hit districtThe ruling BJP government, however, has rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, the state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh has asked Director General of Police to conduct an inquiry and file a report within three days.He also said that no farmer was beaten up in the police station. “It is a matter of investigation if the farmers took off their clothes themselves or police did so,” he said.Tikamgarh District Collector Abhijeet Agrawal also denied reports of farmers being beaten up at the police station.Dehat police station in-charge R P Chowdhary said he did not know who asked the farmers to be detained as he was on the field duty.

Junaid lynching: NHRC notices to Railways, Haryana govt, DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NHRC has issued notices to the Railways, and the Haryana government and its police chief over the killing of a Muslim youth on a train in Faridabad last month. According to the order issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the notices have been sent to the chairman of the Railway Board, chief secretary of the Haryana government, and the Director General of Police of the state. “The notices were sent a couple of days back,” a senior official of the rights panel said, on condition of anonymity. The NHRC has sought a report from them in four weeks. Seventeen-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death when he, along with his brothers, was returning home to Khandwali village after shopping for Eid in Delhi on June 22. His body was dumped close to Asaoti village in Faridabad district. Junaid’s brothers, Hashim and Sakir, were injured by a mob which allegedly also hurled communal slurs against them in Ballabgarh area of Faridabad, while they were travelling on a train from Delhi. His brothers had claimed the attackers had taunted and repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”. A reward of Rs two lakh had also been announced for information on the identities of those involved in the killing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fight between wives of two Army officers reach PMO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is a war of a different kind that the Army finds itself in — and it has embarrassed the military no end. An alleged scuffle between the wives of two officers at a military station in Punjab has landed in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), official sources here said. The two got into an altercation at an event organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the military station over a week ago, the sources said. The PMO has sought a report on the incident from the Army headquarters, they added. A senior Army official said the case has embarrassed the Army top brass. Such cases are usually investigated internally, he added. The sources said the fight broke out between the two women when the wife of the Commanding Officer (CO) of the station allegedly abused the spouse of a Lieutenant Colonel. The CO’s wife also hit the other woman, they alleged. Several senior officers and their wives were present at the event, the sources said. The Lt Colonel has sent a complaint to the PMO, the Punjab police and the National Human Rights Commission. The sources said the case was also being examined by the Minorities Commission. Wives of Army personnel do not come under the Army Act but the sources said there were many ways of handling such cases. They said counselling sessions are usually held to deal with such incidents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC notice to UP govt over cop seeking sexual favours from

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NHRC has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the DGP of the state over reports of a police officer in Rampur allegedly seeking sexual favours from a rape victim when she approached him seeking action against the perpetrators. Taking suo motu cognisance of the media report, the National Human Rights Commission has described the case as a “glaring instance of a protector turning into a predator”. According to the report, the officer, posted at Ganj Police Station, who was also an investigating officer in the case, “asked the victim to first have sex with him” before initiating any action. The NHRC today observed that the content of the report, carried on June 22, was shocking and if true, spoke volumes about the ills plaguing the law enforcement machinery and scant regard for people’s right to justice. “This is a glaring instance of protector turning into a predator,” it said. The Commission said it has issued notices to the chief secretary and director general of police, the government of Uttar Pradesh and sought reports within four weeks. “The victim had approached him (officer) for help as her tormentors were roaming around freely and she feared for her life. The officer, allegedly, closed her case, when she turned down his advances,” the NHRC said, quoting from the report. According to the reports, the 37-year-old woman had been raped by two men early this year. The police had registered a case in the matter only after the intervention of the court on her petition, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC issues notice to Rajasthan Govt. over Dausa humiliating graffiti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking suo motu cognisance of the humiliating graffiti on the houses of BPL families in Rajasthan?s Dausa district, the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and asked it to reply with four weeks. This comes at the backdrop of a report as per which the graffiti was painted in yellow by administration with their names and a message on it saying, “I am poor, receive ration from National Food Security Act (NFSA).” The commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of the state and has asked to submit a detailed report in the matter, along with action taken against the guilty officials, within four weeks. The commission, in its letter, stated that if the reports are true then it amounts to violation of the Right to Dignity of the beneficiaries of the scheme. ?No civilized society would ever appreciate such an imprudent and irrational act of the state authorities,? the NHRC wrote in its letter. Around 70 percent of the total population of this region takes benefit of this government scheme and have this humiliating message painted outside their houses. As per local administration, this initiative was taken so that only the needy can avail the benefits of the governments’ scheme. “At the time of the Congress, many got themselves registered to avail the benefits of the government’s scheme. But the one who deserve to get the right are still deprived of it. The ruling government has taken this initiative for the backward class,” said an NFSA official. Meanwhile, the villagers also claimed that they were told that they will be paid Rs. 750 if they allowed their homes to be marked. “Even when we opposed, they painted our walls with this message. We feel very humiliated but what can we do. The government is just making fun of us by painting this,” said a villager. The NFSA was undertaken during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, as per which the people belonging to backward classes were given five kilograms of food grains per person per month at subsidised rates.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC notice to MP govt over death of 11 patients in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government over reports of the death of 11 patients, including two children, in a state-run hospital in Indore due to alleged negligence of the hospital authorities. According to the reports, the patients died at the Maharaja Yashwantrao (MY) Hospital as the oxygen supply “mysteriously” snapped for around 15 minutes between 3 AM and 4 AM on June 21. The NHRC, which took suo motu cognisance of the case, today observed that the content of the news reports, if true, indicated “gross negligence” on the part of the hospital, amounting to violation of right to life of the patients, who were in the medical care of a government-run facility. The commission has issued notice to the the chief secretary of the Madhya Pradesh government and sought a detailed report within four weeks. The chief secretary has also been directed to submit a specific report as to whether “10-20 deaths a day”, as mentioned in the news reports, were occurring at the hospital due to lack of infrastructure or any kind of negligence, and whether the government had taken any step to address the issue, the NHRC said in a statement. As per the media reports published on June 23, the chairman of the autonomous body of the MGM Medical Hospital, to which the MY Hospital is attached, had said that there was “no disruption in the oxygen supply” as he had been to “every ward” of the hospital after the local newspapers reported the deaths. “The 1,400-bed hospital records 10-20 deaths a day. However, reportedly, a highly-placed source in the hospital had confirmed that there was disruption in the oxygen supply around 3 AM on June 21,” the NHRC said, quoting from the reports. It is further mentioned in the report that the oxygen delivery system of the hospital had been “under scanner” since the death of two children, who were given nitrogen gas, instead of oxygen, in the paediatric operation theatre on May 28, 2016. Officials of the hospital have claimed that 60-70 patients are put on oxygen in different wards everyday. Hence, as per the NHRC report, if the oxygen supply was cut off, it would have affected the rest of the patients as well. “Reportedly, when the mediapersons sought to find answers (related to the case), all the records of the dead patients and the log book in which the record of oxygen supply is maintained, vanished. “The hospital authorities had allegedly seized the records pertaining to the death of the patients from the wards, ICU and neonatal ICU. The figure of deaths also continued to vary from 11 to 16,” the NHRC said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Students protest presence of former Bastar IG Kalluri at IIMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some students were debarred from entering a seminar at Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) on Nationalistic Journalism in Current Scenario: Media and Myth which was to be chaired by former Bastar IG SRP Kalluri, reported Hindustan Times. Kalluri was accused of human rights violation against tribals in Chhattisgarh during his tenure as IG of Bastar region and the matter is still being probed by National Human Rights Committee. Despite heavy police protection, a moderate number of students continued to protest at the gates within the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Placards of ‘Kalluri Go back’ was flashed and the protestors even demanded that the IPS Officer, better be on ‘long leave’ until the inquiry is complete. But, organizers as usual said that most of the protestors were not students of IIMC and they were outsiders. They further added that to prevent any chaos and confusion in the venue the protestors were kept outside campus gates.

NHRC orders Rs 2 lakh compensation over inmate’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission has ordered the district jail authorities to provide a compensation of Rs two lakh to the family of an inmate who allegedly committed suicide in 2008. The undertrial prisoner Ankit, had allegedly committed suicide in the district jail on May 8, 2008. A magisterial inquiry into the inmate’s suicide case held the jail officials guilty of negligence of duty. According to a senior state government official, the human rights body has ordered that the compensation amount be deducted from the salary of the jail officials. The district authorities have been asked to comply with the order, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC condemns killing of CRPF personnel in Naxal attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned the killing of 25 CRPF personnel by Naxalites in Chattisgarh, saying the government should take note of such incidents and suitably compensate the aggrieved families. “The National Human Rights Commission is disturbed over the killing of 25 CRPF personnel by the Naxalites, while on duty for securing road construction work in the Burkapal area of Sukma in Chhattisgarh and condemns it,” the rights body said in a statement on the incident yesterday. It asserted that acts of violence are an “anti-thesis” to the struggle for protection of human rights. A loss of life of any innocent person, whether in force or a civilian, is a matter of violation of human rights. As part of a civilised nation, every citizen should stand up in condemning all such incidents that lead to death and destruction in place of development, peace, progress and prosperity, NHRC said. “It is expected that the state will take note of the sacrifices made by the personnel of CRPF in maintaining the rule of law and creating an environment of peace and security in the country and the aggrieved families would be suitably compensated,” it said. In a similar incident in April, 2010, over 70 CRPF personnel were killed by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh. The NHRC said “Sadly not much has changed in terms of the attitude of certain elements towards security personnel given a spate of violent attacks on them, particularly in Chhattisgarh and some other parts of the country”. Terming the attacks on security personnel as “a cause of worry,” the Commission emphasised on the need for “introspection” by all stakeholders in the interest of the country. “As part of a civil society, if we can question and make the security forces accountable for failing in their duties, we are also accountable for our duties towards nation building,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC notice to Noida admin, cops over death of sewage workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Noida Development Authority and the civil and police administrations of Gautam Budh Nagar district over the reported death of two labourers while working in a sewage treatment plant. As per media reports, the incident took place on April 14 and the workers were “not wearing” basic safety gears, the NHRC said today. Taking suo motu cognisance of the reports, the Commission has sent notice to the chairman of the Noida Development Authority, the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, and sought a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. “The victims, aged 21 and 23, died while they were working at the oxidation tank of a sewage treatment plant in Sector 54 of Noida,” the NHRC said. “According to the reports, one of the labourers was stepping down in the sewer water through a ladder when he fell down. Another worker also fell down when he tried to help him out,” it said. “One of them was pulled out and rushed to the district hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The body of the other deceased worker was located later, with great difficulty,” the NHRC said. The authorities are expected to submit their response specifically mentioning the steps taken for relief and rehabilitation to the next of kin of the deceased and the action taken against the officials found guilty of negligence causing death of two poor labourers, it added. The Commission has been laying emphasis on strict compliance with relevant guidelines and proper arrangements of the safety and security of the workers by their employers, the NHRC said. The Commission said it had finalised guidelines for maintenance and cleaning of sewage systems, while disposing of the case of death of two municipal safai karamcharis in Delhi. “Reportedly, the deputy CEO of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) has ordered an inquiry into the matter, along with announcement of Rs 10 lakh as relief to the next of kin of the decease, to be paid by the contractor. But there is no mention of a case having been registered by police in the matter,” the NHRC said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Surge in violence in Ker since LDF came to power: RSS leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A top RSS functionary today alleged a surge in political violence in Kerala under the LDF government and extended invitation to the communists for an “ideological dialogue” over the issue. Since the CPI(M)-led LDF government has come to power in Kerala, 19 persons, including 11 RSS workers, have been killed in the state, Krishna Gopal, joint general secretary of the RSS, alleged. “I call upon the communists to give up violence and come forward for an ideological dialogue and discussion over the issue,” he said at a press conference here. Describing the situation in Kerala as “very serious”, he said the government needs to come up with a solution to restore normalcy in the state. Gopal denied RSS’ involvement in violence in Kerala saying that the organisation believed in “Constitutional” ways and was focusing instead on raising awareness in the country on the “bloodshed” perpetrated by the communists in the state. “We do not believe in violence or counter-violence. We have been trying to tell the people about what is going on in Kerala and how the communists are eliminating anyone who has a different ideology,” he said. Gopal claimed that of the 19 persons killed in Kerala in the last 8-10 months, four were Congress workers and four others had left the CPI(M) to join other outfits. “In the last six decades, over 400 RSS workers have been killed in political violence in Kerala by the communists,” said Gopal, who is the number three man in the RSS hierarchy. Family members of some of the RSS workers killed in Kerala and others who bore the brunt of violence, allegedly perpetrated by CPI(M) workers, were also present at the press meet. Gopal reiterated the RSS’ demand of a visit by an all- party delegation to Kerala to look into the issue of the decades-old violence between the Left and saffron cadres. The RSS has also complained to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding eight cases of violence in Kerala, while the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights have also been approached with other such cases, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Assault’ of woman by police official; enquiry begins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Police today began an enquiry into the April 11 incident of ‘assault’ of a woman by a police official during a crackdown on a protest against a liquor shop. The incident had led to outrage, following which government had ordered closure of the shop. Coimbatore Rural Superintendent of Police Ramya Bharathi, who began the enquiry, visited the area, accompanied by some other senior officials. Police sources said a detailed enquiry would be held from April 17. DGP West Zone IG I Pari ordered the enquiry by Rural SP and asked her to submit a report in a week, which would be sent to the DGP for follow up action, they said. The police official’s act, caught on camera, went viral drawing strong protests, leading to the administration ordering closure of the outlet at Samalapuram,about 20 km from Tirupur, the next day and an enquiry being ordered. The National Human Rights Commission had issued notice to the Chief Secretary and GDP, seeking their reports. The incident had occurred on April 11 evening when some people, including women, blocked a road demanding closure of state-run TASMAC liquor outlet, relocated to their locality consequent to the Supreme Court ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways. As they refused to disperse, the Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police Pandiarajan ‘slapped’ a woman and pushed two others, asking them to move away from the road. As the video went viral, various political parties, including DMK and BJP, had condemned the ‘police brutality’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

TN police assault: NHRC issues notice to Chief Secy, DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission today described the alleged police assault on anti-liquor protesters in Tirupur as a “serious violation of rights”, and issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Tamil Nadu DGP in this regard. “The Commission has observed that it appears the police had taken the law into their hands by exceeding their power in resorting to indiscriminate beating of the protesters,” NHRC said in a release. “A senior officer himself had gone to the extent of beating those women who were standing helpless and defenceless,” it said referring to Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police Pandiarajan allegedly slapping a woman and pushing two others. “The act of the police is nothing but a serious violation of human rights as well as the rights guaranteed to women for their self-respect,” the Commission said. NHRC said it issued notices to Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, DGP T K Rajendrian and Tirupur Superintendent of Police E S Uma, calling for reports within two weeks on the “widely reported incident of police excess while dispersing about 300 people.” Quoting reports, NHRC said the residents had yesterday staged a protest against the opening of a retail liquor outlet “and in that process they blocked the highway.” “The reports also state that the police tried to persuade the protesters, but in vain,” it added. The liquor outlet in Tirupur district was closed today following outrage over the ‘assault’ on a woman by a police official during the crackdown on the protest against the shop. The police officer’s act, caught on camera, drew strong condemnation and protests, following which the district administration ordered closure of the outlet in Samalapuram, about 20 km from Tirupur. An enquiry was also ordered into the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assault on Africans: NHRC seeks report from Guatam Budh Nagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission today issued notice to the Gautam Budh Nagar administration over allegations that few locals have been “falsely implicated” in the case on assault on African nationals. The Commission took cognizance of a complaint by the residents of the NSG society that police “falsely implicated” some of the locals in the March 27 incident that sparked widespread outrage. The notices have been issued to the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Gautam Budh Nagar and they have been given four weeks to submit reports in the matter. NHRC’s Director General (Investigation) has also been tasked with collecting facts pertaining to the issue. “According to the complaint by some residents of the society, the students and their parents, living in the NSG society, are being harassed in the name of the investigations,” an official statement said. The residents complained that while some “anti-social elements” assaulted a number of Nigerian nationals at a nearby mall, police have named 53 people who were “not even present” at the place of the incident. “Allegedly, the seven persons, arrested by the police in the matter were also not present at the site of the assault. They were part of the candle march and sitting at the Pari Chowk at the time of the incident a video recording of which is available with the police,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Relief for Tamil Nadu farmers as Madras High Court orders government to waive loans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu government to waive loans for all farmers.The court’s order come in the wake of farmers from Tamil Nadu staging a protest in the national capital, demanding a drought relief package and loan waiver.The decision was taken by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court owing to a petition filed by the farmers’ association.Earlier, Tamil Nadu government had waived loans of farmers owning upto 5 acre land.The protesting farmers from Tanjavur and Tiruchirapalli in the state’s Cauvery belt have warned that they will continue with their stir until the government gives them a hearing.Early this year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought a detailed report from Tamil Nadu after it took suo motu cognisance of media reports regarding the deaths of 106 farmers during a period of one month in Tamil Nadu.On February 22, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami sanctioned a sum of Rs 2,247 crore as drought relief to more than 3.2 million farmers.

NHRC does U-turn, says state need not compensate Palghar girls arrested after Bal Thackeray funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that Maharashtra state government need not compensate the two girls, who were arrested for questioning the state-wide bandh on Facebook, following Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s death, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.On November 19, 2012, the day after Thackeray’s funeral, Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan from Palghar were arrested for questioning the state-wide bandh in a Facebook post. “With all respect, everyday, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on. Just due to one politician died a natural death, everyone just goes bonkers… Respect is earned, given, and definitely not forced. Today Mumbai shuts down due to fear, not due to respect (sic),“ Dhada had written. Renu had just liked the post.Their arrest resulted in a nationwide outrage, with the NHRC demanding that the state compensate the two girls. The state, in its defence, said, “The girls had to be arrested keeping in view the tense situation ‘and claimed that ‘all the norms and directions of the Supreme Court were observed at the time of arrest’. The state also contended that the action of the police was ‘justifiable for the situation’ and also for “the protection of both the girls“.On November 4, 2013, a year after the incident, the NHRC directed the Government of Maharashtra to pay Rs 50,000 each to Dhada and Srinivasan for violation of their human rights. When the state refused to do so, NHRC released a scathing press release on July 15, 2014 titled “Pay Rs 50,000 each to two girls or face coercive process in Facebook comments case.“The state finally responded to the order only last year. “The action of police was justifiable for the situation and also for the protection of both the girls. Therefore, the case is not fit for any compensation.”The NHRC accepted the state’s contention and closed the case. “The Commission has considered the report of the State Government and is of the view that it is not necessary to keep this matter pending on the Board. Therefore, we leave it to both the victims to take such measures which are permissible under the law to implement the recommendations made by this Commission vide its proceedings dated 4.11.2013.”

AAP leader Gopal Rai to meet agitating farmers of Sanand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s Gujarat in-charge Gopal Rai will be meeting farmers of Sanand tehsil in the district, the party said today. “For three days starting tomorrow, Rai will meet farmers of nine villages in Sanand who had, on February 14, organised a march to demand water supply for their fields,” an AAP statement said here. Several farmers were injured in police lathi-charge when the protest turned violent, it noted. Rai will press the BJP government in Gujarat to meet five demands of these farmers, and will formulate a plan for further agitation if the government did not fulfil them, AAP said. AAP leader Ashish Khetan had visited the farmers after the February 14 incident. The party also wrote to the National Human Rights Commission seeking an inquiry, it said. The farmers are now demanding apology for police action, withdrawal of “false cases” against them, financial aid to those who were injured in lathi charge, resolution of the water problem and completion of Narmada canal network. Rai’s visit is a part of AAP’s `Azadi Andolan’ which is being organised across Gujarat and which will conclude in Gandhinagar on March 26 with a rally of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panel set up to look into Ramjas College violence:police to HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today told the Delhi High Court that it has set up a panel to look into the recent violence at Ramjas College where students and scribes were allegedly assaulted by cops. The police submitted that the panel of senior cops was set up after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought the agency’s response regarding the alleged assault on a complaint filed before it. In view of the submissions made by Delhi Police, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal disposed of a plea by a law student for action against the cops who had allegedly assaulted students and journalists during the violence at the college. The bench noted that NHRC was seized of the matter and has given the police four weeks to indicate what steps it has taken in the matter. The court also noted the police’s submissions that it has suspended four of its officials in connection with the incident, an FIR has already been lodged and the matter has been transferred to the Crime Branch. The bench gave petitioner Tarun Narang the liberty to approach the court again if no report is placed before NHRC by the Delhi Police. The plea in the high court had sought setting up of an independent panel of senior cops of Delhi Police to probe the incident. Ramjas College here had witnessed large-scale violence between members of the All India Students Association (AISA) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). 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 ABVP. The plea had also sought lodging of an FIR under various sections of the IPC, including assaulting a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty, against the cops and others who allegedly harassed and assaulted women students and journalists during the protest. It had urged the high court to issue guidelines to law enforcement agencies while dealing with students and media on university campuses.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC should focus on terror victims as well: ICJ member

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NHRC needs to focus on victims of terrorism as well while considering human rights violations and a lot needs to be done in this area, International Court of Justice (ICJ) member Dalveer Bhandari today said. Addressing a meeting of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and state rights commissions (SHRCs) here, he also pitched for holding a meeting of the chief ministers and the heads of SHRCs for ensuring better functioning. “A lot has been done by the NHRC and a lot more needs to be done. There are problems of human trafficking and homeless people sleeping in the streets. Then there is the acute water and air pollution. “NHRC also needs to focus on victims of terrorism, another area where a lot, lot needs to be done,” justice Bhandari said. At the NHRC foundation day event last year, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also urged the body to look at cross-border terrorism victims through the prism of human rights, and examine these cases by going beyond the conventional perspective of violations. “This is one area where we will certainly step in. I will speak to the panel members on this subject definitely, as it (terrorism) is growing day in and day out,” NHRC Chairperson Justice (retd) H L Dattu, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong says MP govt hushing up alleged rapes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the Madhya Pradesh government of hushing up the alleged rape of four tribal women in Dhar district of the state, the Congress today demanded a judicial probe into the incident to unmask the truth. Accompanied by state Congress leaders and a group of local tribal women, AICC spokesperson Shobha Oza said that the party will also approach the National Commission for Women (NCW) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene in the matter. Four tribal women in Gandhwani area of Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district had last month reportedly accused the police of raping them while carrying out a raid on the night of January 25 in search of some thieves. The victims also alleged inaction by the police in the case. “There is a goonda raj prevailing in the state…rapes of tribal and Dalit women have become a norm and the police do not register FIRs in such cases,” Oza alleged. She alleged that even in the Dhar rape case despite one of the victims identifying one of the accused cops, no FIR has been registered in connection with the episode. “The state government is trying to shield the culprits. We demand a judicial probe in the matter to ensure that the victims get justice and the true face of Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) is exposed,” she added. The Congress spokesperson also said that the party would knock at the doors of NCW and NHRC for its intervention. The Congress also said that it would raise the issue in the ongoing session of Parliament, if need be.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IPS officer Reddy appointed new NHRC DG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IPS officer PVK Reddy was today appointed as the new Director General (DG) in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Reddy, a 1982-batch officer of Tripura cadre, is presently working as a Special Director General in the CRPF and will have a tenure till April in the Commission. A Home Ministry order said Reddy has been appointed as the DG (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) “from the date of joining the post and up to the date of his superannuation till April 30, 2017 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” Hearing a plea, the Supreme Court, last month had directed the Centre to fill this post within a week. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had also asked the central government to appoint the members of the human rights body within four weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Asked if the situation in western UP was actually akin to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>the one in Jammu and Kashmir in 90s, when militancy forced Kashmiri Pundits to migrate to other places, Adityanath replied, “Go to the region to check ground realities first hand.” The MP said the BJP is for both development and security of locals and dismissed allegations that his comments were communal. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) probe into Hukum Singh’s claims had found that many families “migrated” from Kairana due to threats pertaining to “increase in crime” and “deterioration” of law and order there. On the other hand, countering the NHRC, the National Commission for Minorities had said that people of both Hindu and Muslim communities had left Kairana to pursue better business opportunities in other places. They said the people had not migrated due to fear from a particular community. Leaders of BJP, which has been out of power in Uttar Pradesh for last 15 years, have made it clear that the “exodus” issue will be raised in a big way.. Maurya said, “The situation in western UP is very bad. SP government is responsible for that. Thousands of people had to leave their homes and family, especially because of the goons who are under the state government’s patronage. “Government has not taken any action against the goons and those who have left, the government should bring them back. BJP in its manifesto has clearly said that if its comes to power, provisions will be made to bring back those who have left. “Also efforts will be made so that such a situation does not happen in the future. A task force will be created. Those goons who are responsible for such a situation, action will be taken against them.” “We will see. We will study what legal action has been taken. No action from the party,” he said on possible action against party leaders for their controversial remarks . At the election meeting last evening, Adityanath attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan, saying only one family had prospered under the SP rule. He claimed that the Centre had given Rs 2.5 lakh crore for development works to the state but there is nothing to show for it. “The uncle and his nephew, the father and his son are fighting with each other for the division of money,” he said. “Only BJP can bring good governance in the state. People should not remain a mute spectator and should come out to vote for the party, which is taking the country in the right direction. to ensure that Uttar Pradesh gets its righful place,” he said. Addressing the gathering, Union Minister and local MP V K Singh also appealed to the voters to support BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Appoint National Human Rights Commission DG within a week: SC to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Sunday directed the Centre to appoint Director General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week.A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the central government to appoint the members of the human rights body within four weeks.”You (Centre) will be in trouble if we start hearing this matter and pass some order. We are granting you four weeks to appoint the members. We hope and expect that the process of appointment of members can be concluded in four weeks,” the bench said.At the outset of the hearing, the bench said, “Why don’t you (Centre) appoint somebody? You have to do it. We are not going to grant you so much time.””We will give you three weeks for appointing the members and you appoint the DG in a week,” the bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said.Later, the apex court granted four weeks time for appointing the members of the human rights body after the Centre requested for some more time.

Chhatisgarh: ‘Rape’ of 16 women by police personnel, NHRC sends notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to Chhattisgarh government over alleged rape, sexual and physical assault of 16 women by the state police personnel, and observed the government is “vicariously liable” for it. The Commission, in a statement on Saturday also said that it awaits the recorded statement of about “20 other victims”.”The NHRC has found 16 women, prima facie, victims of rape, sexual and physical assault by the state police personnel in Chhattisgarh,” it said.The Commission has issued the notice to the “government through its Chief Secretary, to show cause why it should not recommend interim monetary relief of Rs 37 lakh to them. “This includes, Rs 3 lakh each to eight victims of rape, Rs 2 lakh each to six victims of sexual assault and Rs 50,000 each to two victims of physical assault.” The NHRC has observed it is of the view that prima-facie, human rights of the victims have been “grossly violated” by the security personnel for which Chattisgarh government is “vicariously liable”.It also found that the grave allegations of “physical as well as rape/sexual assault committed by security personnel of government of Chhattisgarh, made in the FIRs, were reiterated before the NHRC Team, which conducted spot investigation before the magistrate.” The Commission said that after careful consideration of the material on record, it found that there are in “total 34 victims mentioned in police complaints.””The material includes copies of statement of victims recorded by the NHRC Team as well as those recorded u/s 164 CrPC in case FIR No. 22/15, FIR No. 2/16 and FIR No. 3/16 in respect of 15 victims, sent by the IGP, Police Headquarters, Raipur vide letter dated November 12, 2016,” the NHRC said in the statement.The Commission has also noted that the NHRC Team “could record the statements of only 14 victims out of the 34 victims mentioned in the FIRs. Thus, statements of 20 victims are yet to be recorded by it.” “The statements u/s 164 CrPC have been recorded by the magistrate only in respect of 15 victims. Thus, statements of 19 more victims are yet to be recorded.”Almost all the victims in these incidents, covered under the three FIRs, are tribals. However, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has not been invoked in any of the cases. As a result of this, the due monetary relief under the SC/ST (PoA) Act has not been paid to the victims,” it added.

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