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No. of juveniles nabbed rose by 6.7% in ’16

The increase in the number of juveniles apprehended in 2016 compared to the year before has come as a cause for concern for the authorities. The Minister of State for Women and Child Development is pushing for various measures be taken to bring into the mainstream these children in conflict with law. In 2016, there was a 6.73 per cent rise in the apprehension rate of juveniles compared to 2015, the year which saw a dip in arrests of juveniles from 2014.The Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said a total of 1,33,784 cases of juveniles apprehended were reported during 2014-2016. The minister further stated that as per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), the new cases of juveniles apprehended during 2014, 2015 and 2016 are 48,228, 41,385, 44,171 respectively.It shows a mixed trend with a decline of 14 per cent in 2015 from 2014 and an increase of 6.73 per cent in 2016 over 2015.The minister also stated that the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 includes special provisions to address heinous offences committed by teenagers above the age of 16.

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Live Updates | Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tables Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, has been tabled in the Parliament by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.The draft Bill says, “any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal”.Here are the live updates from the Lok Sabha:12:51 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the Bill is not against any religion:12:50 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: BJD says the Triple Talaq Bill is flawed:12:49 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Protests against the Bill:12:44 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Law Minister moves Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha.

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Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Parliament today

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, is expected to be tabled in the Parliament by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.The draft Bill says, “any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal”.There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years and fine for violators. The draft Bill also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance.Also readDidn’t consult Muslim bodies before drafting triple talaq bill: PP ChaudharyIt also has a provision for the divorcee Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children. The offences under the purview of this bill will be cognizable and non-bailable.The Bill shall extend to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.Also readUttar Pradesh: Man gives Triple Talaq to wife for waking up late Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is against the tabling of the Bill, requested the Central Government to withdraw and withhold the triple talaq bill.”The AIMPLB urges the Central Government to not table the Bill in the Parliament,” said AIMPLB’s Sajjad Nomani after attending an emergency meeting organised by the Board in Lucknow.Also readGrowing cases of triple talaq questions Muslim Board opposition to BillThe AIMPLB spokesperson further accused the Centre of not following the laid procedure in drafting the Bill.”No procedure was followed in drafting this bill; neither was any stakeholder consulted,” said Nomani.AIMPLB even claimed that the Bill was against women and children, and if implemented, it would destroy many families.Earlier in August, in a historic judgment the Supreme Court had ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

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Didn’t consult Muslim bodies before drafting triple talaq bill: PP Chaudhary

A day before the bill banning triple talaq is going to be tabled in Parliament, Minister of State for Law and Justice PP Chaudhary, admitted that Muslim groups were not consulted before drafting the bill.Chaudhary’s admission comes days after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) opposed the bill. “The terms set out in the proposed bill not only encroach upon the constitutional guarantees granted to religious minorities, but are also against the very essence of the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court on August 22, 2017 in instant triple divorce matter,” AIMPLB spokesman Maulana Sajjad Nomani said after an emergency meeting on the issue in Lucknow earlier this week.Responding to a question in Parliament, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad admitted that so far 66 cases against instant triple talaq have been reported since the practice was struck down.According to the list of businesses, Prasad is set to introduce The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in the Lok Sabha.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, that was drafted in record time since the Supreme Court struck it down by a 3:2 majority in August, has come under fire from the Opposition and various women’s rights groups.The law proposes to empower the victim to approach a magistrate seeking ‘subsistence allowance’ for herself and her minor children. An aggrieved woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.This law is a non-bailable, cognisable offence and applicable to the entire country except Jammu and Kashmir.The bill seeks to criminalise instant triple talaq by imposing a prison term of up to three years and fine on husbands who violate the law. The proposed law is only applicable to talaq-e-biddat’ or the instant triple talaq through any means — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp.In August, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had struck down the practice of instant triple talaq in a 3:2 judgment. While three of the judges declared the practice unconstitutional, two judges wanted the practice banned for six months till the government came up with a new legislation. The draft bill — penned by an interministerial committee was released in record time on December 1.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh headed the interministerial committee that prepared the draft. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and ministry of state P P Chaudhary were on the panel that helped draft the law. However, the women and child development ministry, which drafted the Centre’s affidavit in the matter along with interministerial consultations with the PMO, finance minister Arun Jaitley, home minister Rajnath Singh and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that they were not approached to be part of the committee.

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‘Against Sharia and anti-constitutional’: AIMPLB urges PM Modi to withdraw triple-talaq bill

Rejecting the Centre’s Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 in its present form, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has urged the Modi government not to table it in the Parliament and withdraw it.After a detailed discussion on the Bill during an emergency session of its 51-member working committee on Sunday at Nadwa College in Lucknow, the Board has unanimously decided to reject and oppose the bill in its present form. The Board has also decided that its President Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi will apprise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in detail about Board’s reservations.The Modi Cabinet has already approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 and the same is likely to be tabled the coming week in the Parliament.Also readBill on triple talaq to be tabled in Parliament next weekTerming the bill as ‘interference in their religious rights’ and against provisions Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution, the Board Secretary Jafrayab Jilani alleged that it is against Sharia, self-contradictory, discriminatory and anti-constitutional. “Even the parliamentary procedures of law making were not followed while drafting the present bill. Neither the Board nor stake holders, affected parties and Muslim organisations were consulted before drafting the Bill,” said Jilani.“The definition of triple talaq given in the Bill is not confined to the Supreme Court verdict of August 22 which had held talaq-e-biddat invalid. It goes beyond that and will apply on all forms of talaq,” pointed Jilani. Secondly, said the Board Secretary, the present bill has made it punishable with fine and reserved the right of children custody to wife which is self-contradictory since there are existing laws and several Supreme Court judgments to address the subsistence issue and custody of the Child. “How will the husband maintain the wife if he is in jail and then custody of child is given to spouse only after court verifying the welfare of children. Even Saira Bano has not taken custody of her children till date,” said Jilani while objecting to provision in the proposed bill that anyone can complain about the husband even if divorced wife does not want to file a case against the estranged husband.The Board Secretary said that the proposed bill was against the welfare of the Muslim women in the country and encroaches upon the rights of the children. The Board has also objected to Central government not following parliamentary procedure of law making while drafting the Bill.“The Centre should withdraw the proposed bill and if it considers necessary to enact such law, it must consult Board and Muslim women organisations to redraft the bill for protecting rights of Muslim women in the country,” suggested Jilani.The AIMPLB will launch a countrywide awareness campaign about possible consequences of the proposed bill and call upon community members to oppose it. If invited, a high-level delegation of the Board, led by its President Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, may meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.Significantly, the office-bearers and members from the Shiite Muslims stayed away from the committee meeting. The Board Vice-President Maulana Kalbe Saqdiq and prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad were conspicuous by absence.

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Cases of child beating rise in government schools

Complaints of corporal punishment — like a teacher slapping or beating a child — in government schools across India have increased by more than 271 per cent in the last three years, official data shows.A total of 144 cases have been reported from various parts of the country in the last three years, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has informed Parliament.There were 28 complaints in 2014-15. The number was 12 in 2015-16. It has gone up to 104 in 2016-17.Most cases have been reported from the state of Uttar Pradesh: 25 in 2016-17 and 13 in 2014-15.While the spike raises concerns about the safety of children in schools, officials attribute it to better reporting of cases. “Children have been made aware… to report when they are beaten up or slapped by teachers. Such cases were not reported before,” said a senior government official.The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued guidelines to schools to ensure safety of children in schools. This has been communicated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to schools affiliated to it.”The Board has regularly issued circulars/guidelines to its affiliated schools to curb corporal punishment and mental harassment. For corporal punishment, the Board has incorporated a provision in the affiliation by-laws to prevent cruelty towards children. Under Rule 44.1 (d) of affiliation by-laws of the Board, the school managing committee has been empowered to place an employee under suspension if he/she is charged with cruelty with any student or any employee of the school,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said in a written reply in Parliament.

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HAL receives RFP for 15 limited series LCH from IAF and Army

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) today said it has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army.LCH is a 5.5-ton class, combat helicopter designed and developed by HAL.The RFP for LCH comes days after IAF issued the request for proposal to HAL for the procurement of 83 Tejas light combat aircraft at a cost of over Rs 50,000 crore.Powered by two Shakti engines, the LCH inherits many technical features of the Advanced Light Helicopter, HAL said in a release.Stating that presently, four technology demonstrators are under flight testing, it said the LCH has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to land in forward bases at Siachen, 5,400 metres above sea level.In August, the then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had launched the production of LCH at Bengaluru and IOC documents of the basic version were handed over to HAL by Center for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC).HAL said the features that are unique to LCH are sleek and narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection and low visibility features which makes the helicopter lethal, agile and survivable.The helicopter would have day/night targeting systems for the crew including the helmet pointed sight and electro-optical pod consisting of CCD camera/FLIR/Laser Range Finder(LRF)/Laser Designator(LD), it said.The LCH is fitted with Self Protection Suite consisting of Radar/Laser Missile warning systems and Countermeasures dispensing system.

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Ryan School murder case: CBI opposes bail plea of 16-year-old accused

The CBI today opposed the bail plea of the 16-year-old student accused in the Ryan murder case, saying the recent Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) order to try him as an adult “speaks about his mental status and the heinous crime he committed”.The agency sought dismissal of the bail plea on the ground that the JJB had passed a very reasonable order denying statutory bail to the student, accused of killing seven-year- old Pradhuman Thakur.”The order of the court to try the accused as an adult assumes great significance in that it speaks about the mental status of the accused and the heinous crime committed by him.””The appeal filed by accused for grant of bail may please be dismissed in the interest of justice,” the agency said.Additional Sessions Judge Jasbir Singh Kundu said that he would hear the detailed arguments on January 6 on the appeal filed by the accused against an order of the JJB denying him bail.The probe agency made the submissions in a written reply to the appeal after which the court posted the matter to the next date since an adjournment was sought by the counsel for the accused.Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8 and the Gurgaon Police had said the crime was committed by a school bus conductor, which was later refuted by the CBI.The CBI claimed the 16-year-old teenager killed Class 2 student Pradhuman in a bid to get the school closed so that a scheduled parent-teacher meeting and an examination could be deferred.Advocate Sushil Tekriwal Sushil Tekriwal, appearing for Pradhuman’s father, Barun Thakur, said that the appeal for bail was at a “premature stage” as the investigation was yet to be concluded.Tekriwal said the CBI has placed on record strong circumstantial evidence against the accused which was duly considered by the JJB while denying the relief.The JJB had on December 20 held that the 16-year-old boy would be tried as an adult and directed that he be produced before the Gurgaon sessions court.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 lowers the age of juveniles from 18 years to 16 years for heinous crimes like rape, murder and dacoity-cum- murder, which warrant at least seven years of imprisonment.However, the JJB first decides whether the crime committed has been “child-like” or was it committed in an “adult frame of mind”, following which the JJB orders the accused to be tried as juvenile or adult.The JJB had passed the order on a plea that the accused teenager should not be treated as a juvenile.If convicted, he will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.The board had earlier rejected the bail plea of the Class 11 Ryan International School student, charged with killing Pradhuman on September 8.It had set up a committee which included a psychologist from the PGI, Rohtak for an expert opinion on the accused, who had been taken into custody by the CBI last month.The panel submitted its report in two sealed envelopes.The JJB had noted that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions.

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Odisha: 31 fishermen held for unlawful fishing activity in Olive Ridley turtle nesting zone

Forest personnel have arrested 31 fishermen for carrying out unlawful fishing activity in the prohibited corridors of the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in Kendrapara district.Four sea-worthy vessels used for fishing along the marine sanctuary were also seized by the patrolling unit of the forest department near unmanned Babuballi island yesterday, forest officials said.Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is famous for the mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles.Sea patrolling has been stepped up in the sanctuary to keep the Olive Ridley turtle concentration zones free from human interference.With this, 200 fishermen have been arrested and 62 fishing vessels seized since the last two months for sneaking into the prohibited sea territory, the official said.Prohibition on sea fishing is enforced throughout the year within the marine sanctuary limits.Sea patrolling is stepped up within the marine sanctuary water territory during November-May every year in view of the annual mass nesting season of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.The arrested fishermen were natives of some fishing villages in Kendrapara and Bhadrak and Balasore districts, a senior official said.The fishing vessels had trespassed into the prohibited sanctuary corridors contravening the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act and the mandatory rules of marine sanctuary.They were forwarded to jail under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1982, he said.Fishermen have been sensitised on the restrictions imposed on human activities in the marine sanctuary, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya, said.Nearly 6.04 lakh Olive Ridley turtles had arrived at Nasi-2 nesting ground from March 16 to 23 this year to lay eggs on the sandy beach.

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Bill on triple talaq likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

A bill which seeks to criminalise instant triple talaq is likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The bill has been listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha amid protest by Congress against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks. Congress protested in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, over PM Modi’s insinuations against Manmohan Singh of colluding with Pakistan, and staged a walkout after they were not given permission to speak.Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had, on December 15, said that the Cabinet approved a proposal to introduce the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make instant triple talaq void and illegal.’Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’, prepared by an inter-ministerial group makes giving instant triple talaq “illegal and void”. It also provides for a jail term of three years for the husband in such cases, according to reports. It also makes a provision for alimony for the woman on whom instant triple talaq has been pronounced and grants her the custody of her children, say reports.Also readMuslim bodies not consulted on triple talaq bill: Govt tells Parliament The Supreme Court, in August, by a majority of 3:2, had ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.Once the law is made to make triple talaq an offence, the victims will have the option of approaching the police and the legal system for the redressal of their grievances and for action to be taken against the husband.Also readNCW chief welcomes cabinet’s approval of triple talaq bill(With inputs from ANI)

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Poor visibility forces Railways to cancel trains

As many as four trains had to be cancelled while at least eight had their routes cut short due to fog and operational reasons in Delhi Division of Northern Railways on Wednesday. No cancellation or diversion of flights was, however, reported due to adverse weather conditions.Over the last week, a dense fog covered several parts of North India, with the temperature dropping in Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. According to senior railway officers, trains that underwent cancellation included Dirugarh-Lalgarh Awadh Assam Express, Lalgarh- Dirugarh Awadh Assam Express and New Delhi-Rohtak-New Delhi Intercity Express. They further added that some of the trains undergoing short termination are Allahabad-Saharanpur Nauchandi Express, Allahabad-Saharanpur-Allahabad Nauchandi Express, Delhi-Fazilka express and Delhi-Fazilka-Delhi Express train.”As the situation is expected to get worse with deteriorating weather conditions, special arrangements are being made to manage it. The Railway Protection Force has also been told to be vigilant for crowd management and crime prevention. Mechanical measures to ensure smooth and safe train operations are also being taken, the officer added.

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Minor actress molestation: Accused gets bail

Clean chits from the airline, the co-passenger, the air hostess and office support have helped the defence to put forth its case before the court, which granted bail to Vikas Sachdev, a senior corporate executive of a media firm. The court granted him bail in the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) case, which was levelled against him by a minor actress. The actress had accused Sachdev of allegedly molesting her while he had boarded the same Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on December 11.The court presided over by judge AD Deo granted bail to Sachdev on temporary cash bail of Rs 25,000 and two solvency sureties. The court has laid conditions of Sachdev attending Sahar police station on every first Sunday of the month between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm till the conclusion of the trial. The court has also asked him to not to tamper with evidence and witness in any manner.Family members of Sachdev, while speaking to DNA, said, “Our advocate had filed for his bail clearly on the merits of the case. Sachdev was arrested with no prior notice, which is a fundamental right of every accused. When the prosecution was confronted with the same, they were speechless on the fact that the accused was not given time to opt for a legal option. Furthermore, as per the sections imposed against Sachdev under POCSOA, it was not practical enough to touch the four body parts which were described in the Act, of which he was accused of. Also, clean chits were given to Sachdev by all the authorities concerned.”Vikas Sachdev was arrested after the actress filed a complaint and was presented before the court which sent him to police custody. Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.The actor had alleged she was on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.

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Four followers of Dera chief arrested for setting coaches on fire

Four men, suspected to be followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh, have been arrested for allegedly setting empty train coaches in Anand Vihar on fire following the self-styled godman’s conviction in August, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) said on Wednesday.On the basis of a tip-off, four men, identified as Vijay Malik, Bir Sungh, Kanhaiya Lal Mittal and Harjeet Singh, were arrested, the RPF said.On August 25, two empty coaches of the Rewa Express stationed at the Anand Vihar Railway Station were set ablaze by miscreants.Some bottles with an inflammable liquid were also found at the spot which indicated it to be the handiwork of some miscreants, the RPF said.The RPF sought help from the Delhi Police’s Special Cell and a joint team of both the units arrested the four accused.The RPF said that the accused admitted that they are followers of the godman and had set ablaze the coaches of the train at Anand Vihar, the RPF said.In August, cases of torching of DTC buses and train coaches were reported from different parts of the city, following the conviction of the godman in two rape cases, by a Special CBI court in Haryana’s Panchkula.The Dera Sacha Sauda chief was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the two rape cases.

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Muslim bodies not consulted on triple talaq bill: Govt tells Parliament

Muslim organisations were not consulted before the government framed a draft bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq, the Lok Sabha was informed today.Law Minister Ravi Shankar said the government believed that the proposed bill would help ensure gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women.The government has maintained that since the practice of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ continues despite the Supreme Court striking it down, there is a need to bring a law. To a written question on whether the government consulted Muslim organisatons before framing the draft law, Minster of State for Law P P Chaudhary replied in the negative.In a separate written reply, Prasad said, “The government is of the view that the issue arises from the humanitarian concept of gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women and not arising from faith and religion.” He said that since the Supreme Court struck down the practice of instant triple talaq, nearly 66 cases of husbands divorcing their spouses through this method were reported. On December 15, the union cabinet cleared the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, which seeks to make the practice of instant triple talaq “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term for the husband.Also readCabinet approves bill making instant triple talaq criminal actThe husband could also be fined and the quantum of fine would be decided by the magistrate hearing the case. The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children. The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue. Under the draft law, instant triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.

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Over 180 girls abducted daily in 2016: NCRB

More than 180 girls and women were kidnapped in India every day last year. The scarring data was revealed recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which also stated that nearly 100 of these women were kidnapped daily for marriages, while five a day were abducted for illicit intercourse.Also, the data revealed that the number of these victims has risen alarmingly by the year. In 2014, the number of victims of kidnapping or abduction, both male and female, was 77,250, which rose to 83,005 in 2015. The total number of victims in 2016 stood at 88,008.In all, 66,525 girls and women were kidnapped in 2016. The data further classified that 33,796 or 37.7 per cent girls or women were kidnapped only for marriages.Of them, 14,539 were aged between 18 and 30 years and 2,320 victims were aged between 30 and 60 years.Also, of the total kidnapped and abducted victims, 16,937 were children, and 1,853 victims were abducted for illicit intercourse. The data also read that 111 of the total victims were forced into prostitution.Commenting on the report, Priyank Kanoongo, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said that the drastic rise in number of kidnapping or trafficking victims was largely because more cases were being registered now and more victims were coming forward to seek help.”In order to bring down these numbers, we require to enhance skill development among women in bordering areas, specially in West Bengal, Assam, and nearby states that share international borders,” he said, adding that the Commission is taking measures in this direction.Kanoongo further said the NCPCR in West Bengal, which recorded the highest number of trafficking cases last year and surpassed Assam, is organising a workshop to spread awareness, especially among adolescent girls, in order to develop their development skills to make them independent.”The commission is working constantly to curb such crimes against children and to make them aware of their rights. We have also talked to our resident commissioners in various states regarding the issue and post-trafficking guidelines for rehabilitation are also being set up,” he said.NUMBING NUMBERSOver 180 girls/women kidnapped every day in 2016 Nearly 100 of them kidnapped for marriages Five girls a day kidnapped for illicit intercourse In all, 66,525 girls and women kidnapped in 2016 33,796 (37.7%) abducted for marriages 1,853 kidnapped for illicit intercourse 111 kidnapped for prostitution Total abductions (male and female)2014: 77,250 2015: 83,005 2016: 88,008

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Use coach for disabled, face heavy penalty

In a bid to crackdown on abled persons travelling in train compartments reserved for the handicapped, the Government Railway Police (GRP) will aggressively book offenders under the Right of Persons With Disabilities Act (RPWD) which attracts a maximum punishment of Rs One lakh as fine and two years imprisonment or both.The Kurla police on Monday registered a case against an unidentified man after Nitin Gaikwad, 46, a Ghatkopar resident and physically-handicapped businessman, reported the matter to Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).The Kurla GRP registered a case under sections 91 (Punishment for fraudulently availing any benefit meant for persons with benchmark disabilities) and 95 (Alternative punishments) of the RPWD Act.A senior inspector on condition of anonymity said, “Normally, RPF fines the offenders around Rs 500 but we have been instructed that if offenders are found inside the compartment reserved for handicap commuters, a case under RPWD is to be registered.”TN Dubey, Chairperson, Naisargic Viklang Seva Sangh and former Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, said, “The move will curb the number of abled persons entering the reserved compartment. The Railways should also make announcements requesting commuters to not enter these compartments.”

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NCW chief welcomes cabinet’s approval of triple talaq bill

National Commission of Women’s (NCW) acting president Rekha Sharma on Saturday welcomed the Cabinet’s approval of a Bill to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence.“We fought because we were getting complaints regarding this. We welcome this move by the Cabinet. I also would like to add that any welfare scheme or policy should not be based on religion. The law should be common for everyone. This move is for the betterment of our society. I want triple talaq to be abolished all together,” she told ANI.The bill termed as the ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017’ seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce in Islam.Cleared earlier yesterday, it will now be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.The Supreme Court, in August, had passed the order terming the practice of instant triple talaq (divorce) as “unconstitutional.”Despite the order, there have been sporadic incidents of husbands calling off their marriages through phones or messages or by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice.Now since the law has been framed to make triple talaq an offence, the victims will have the option of approaching the police and legal system for the redressal of their grievances and for the action to be taken against the husband.

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Centre should have consulted Muslims on triple talaq law, says AIMPLB

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on Friday that the Centre should have consulted Muslims before it approved a draft law under which the practice of instant triple talaq would be made illegal and would attract a three year jail term for the offending husband.Before approving the draft law the Centre should have consulted the Muslim community, and also the experts, AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani said.”If we live in a democracy, then we should have been given an opportunity. We also want to stop the practice of triple talaq. If the government’s intention is to really stop it, then the Islamic way of stopping would have been more acceptable…If the law is forced upon, then it is not correct,” he said.Reacting to the developments, president of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) Shaista Amber said that the Centre did not talk to Muslim organisations, while preparing the draft.”The Supreme Court had banned triple talaq in the light of Quran. Hence, any new law should be prepared in the light of Quran. If it is not so, then no Muslim woman will accept it,” she said.President of Muslim Women League, Naisha Hasan, said, “Before approving the draft of the bill, the Centre should have held discussions with the people…There should be a provision that the person giving triple talaq should not be sent to jail immediately, and the path of mediation should be opted,” she said.The Centre on Friday approved a draft law under which the practice of giving instant triple talaq would be made illegal and void and would attract a jail term of three years for the husband, a government functionary said.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was considered by the Union cabinet which gave its nod, the functionary said.The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The other members included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his junior in the ministry P P Chaudhary.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.

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Minor actor molestation case: Accused Vikas Sachdev sent to judicial custody till December 22

A sessions court here today remanded the 39-year-old man, arrested for allegedly molesting a minor Bollywood actress on-board a Delhi-Mumbai flight, in judicial custody till December 22. Vikas Sachdev was arrested on December 10 and was presented before the court next day which sent him to police custody. Sachdev also filed a bail application before the Dindoshi sessions court which will hear the plea on December 15. Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.The actor had alleged she was on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday night when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.Also readMinor actor molestation: NCW issues notice to Air Vistara; DCW seeks full report of incident”He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” the actor said in an Instagram post soon after she got off the plane at the Mumbai airport.(With agency inputs)

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Odisha: Teacher arrested for sexually harassing two minor students in school

A teacher in a government-run school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly outraging the modesty of two Class VII girl students.The assistant teacher in Gahangu upper primary school, was arrested on the basis of complaints lodged by the girls, both aged around 12 years, said inspector in charge of Buguda police station, Rama Chandra Biswal.In separate complaints, the girls alleged that the teacher touched them inappropriately on their private parts inside a room in the school on Friday, he said.The students had informed about the incident to their parents after which complaints were lodged with the police.A large number of people, including parents of the students, staged a demonstration outside the school demanding immediate action against the teacher.The teacher, however, denied the allegation and claimed that there was an attempt to tarnish his image.The arrested teacher has been booked under various sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POSCO) Act, the IIC said.District Education Officer (DEO), Sanatan Panda has sought a report from the block education officer (BEO) in this regard.We have asked BEO to inquire into the matter. We will take appropriate action against the teacher after getting report, he said.

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Outrage in Hisar as 5-yr-old Dalit raped, brutalised with stick, killed

A five-year-old Dalit girl was abducted, raped, brutalised with a wooden stick and killed in Haryana’s Hisar district, sparking outrage in the area, in a chilling reminder of Nirbhaya’s gang-rape and murder in Delhi five years ago.The mother said she, along with her daughter, went to sleep in her house at Uklana village, about 160 km from Delhi, on Friday night. When she woke up on the next morning, the child was not there, she said. She searched for her in the neighbourhood. Later the body was found in the village.Forensics and sniffer dog squads visited the crime scene. Rape will be confirmed only after the post-mortem report is in, the police said. “It prima facie looks like a case of sexual assault,” Hisar DSP Jitender Kumar, however, said.Autopsy said that the stick had perforated her uterus and intestines. The parents, who work as labourers, agreed to cremate the body on Sunday after the police promised to arrest the accused within 48 hours.”She had been brutalised with a wooden stick. There was blood everywhere… blood was coming out of her mouth, too,” the victim’s uncle said. An FIR has been filed and a Special Investigation Team formed for a thorough investigation. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused.The police are rounding up local criminals, drug addicts and history-sheeters.The horrifying crime comes a week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Nirbhaya case, a watershed moment for India’s approach to sexual crimes, which had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.As Opposition parties and locals protested in the area, the administration announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, a BPL card, a house and jobs for two family members of the victim.The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) condemned the crime and said that it was coordinating with the state police to arrest the culprits.For the third year in a row, Haryana has recorded the highest rate of gang-rape per one lakh population in the country, according to the recent report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of 2016.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | New finance regulation bill on the cards: Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley threw light on a likely finance regulation bill at BJP’s media centre in Ahmedabad on Saturday. He said that the bill aimed at giving more strength to people’s deposits in financial institutions.Jaitley said, “For the past few days, a controversy has been raised by some people through social media that the standing committee of Parliament was mulling to form an act on economic health of a financial institution. I would like to make it clear that there was not any act or law in the nation which deals with it. Naturally, the government will consider, if any act or law is to be formed and what parliamentary committee suggests on that.””Financial institution’s economic health is the core of the act, that is being considered by the parliamentary standing committee. The depositors in banks and financial institutions have very limited protection in the conventional system that has been running for 70 years in this nation. There is an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh only against the deposits of people, in whatever amount it is deposited. The government’s idea is to give strength to this protection and the existing situation in this context does not suffice the demand,” Jaitley added.When elections are going on in Gujarat, the issue had become a serious concern for the people as most people deposit their money and savings with the banking and financial sectors. The campaign on social media which has been running with the messages of adverse impact of the act, could have a great effect over the psyche of Gujarati voters, and the finance minister made this statement on this juncture.”The campaign is totally wrong. The government wishes to make protection covers to the deposit stronger and improvise them. The government will think about that and is committed to enhance the protection of the deposits of common people in financial institutions across the nation,” the finance minister added.

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Man dies after being pushed off local train in Mumbai

A 32-year-old man died yesterday after he was allegedly pushed from a running train following an altercation with a fellow commuter, police said.They added that the incident happened between Sandhurst Road and Masjid stations around 6.05pm on Friday.A S Bartakke, Senior Police Inspector of Wadala Railway Police Station told PTI that Mankhurd-resident Rudal Basu Nishad, a crane operator with a private construction company, died before he could be admitted to a hospital.He added that a person named Kishore Ramrao Jawale (32)was nabbed by co-passengers and was handed over to the police.A police official said that eye-witnesses have claimed that Nishad had a heated argument with Jawale in the train as it approached Sandhurst Road Station.Commuters intervened to stop the scuffle but in the melee Jawale pushed Nishad out of the running train, the official said.Commuters then caught Jawale and handed him over to the Railway Protection Force which turned him over to the CSMT railway police.However some eye-witnesses, the police official said, have also claimed that Jawale tried to snatch the victim’s phone and the latter lost his balance and fell off the train. The phone fell inside the compartment, the official said.Meanwhile inspector Bartakke said that the exact reason for the scuffle is yet to be ascertained.”But we suspect that Jawale is mentally unstable,” he said.

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Legal experts for taking locker theft case to consumer court

Legal experts in the Consumer Protection Act say that the bank locker theft case — where many consumers lost their valuables — is approachable through the consumer court as the bank is at fault. They, however, added that it would be a challenge for the consumers to claim for the losses in absence of any evidence to prove their claim. It is going to be a case where the consumer, in absence of the evidence, must generate confidence in their claim for the court to believe them.Advocate Shirish Deshpande, chairman of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, is confident enough that the case is fit for the consumers to fight in the consumer’s forum as there was a severe breach of trust from the bank’s end.Consumers used to pay for the lockers which they were using, but the services were not provided.The main concern is the quantum of compensation, as people will not be able to establish their claim. As most of the bills of jewelry kept in lockers are not traceable.Advocate Deshpande claims that to avoid such instances in future, the banks should mandatorily ask its consumers to insure their valuables.Consumers who have lost their valuables in a bank locker theft case which took place in a Navi Mumbai branch of Bank of Baroda in November, have already slapped the bank with a notice, informing that they would be pulling the bank to the consumer forum for its deficiency in services.Praveen Thakur, a victim, while speaking to DNA said, “I had valuables worth Rs 20 lakh in my locker — which included many gold and silver ornaments. I have lost everything.
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Noisy or not: Judicial panel to hear Metro-3 case

The Bombay High Court on Monday observed that “there has to be sustainable development but in accordance with the law,” and referred the plea filed by a Cuffe Parade resident, highlighting the violation of noise pollution rules during the construction of the Metro-3 line, to a two-judge committee appointed by the court.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak asked the petitioner, Robin Jaisinghani, and the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to appear before the committee of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice Bhushan Gavai to put forth their arguments on the matter.Last week, as a temporary measure, the court had allowed the corporation to remove debris from the construction sites until midnight for three days. However Jaisinghani pointed out to the court that if work is allowed during nighttime then it would be in violation of noise pollution rules which prohibit any construction activity in the city between 10 pm and 6 am. The bench agreed with the contention and said it cannot pass a judicial order which will be in violation of the law.It’s following this that the bench suggested that the parties approach the two-judge committee for grievance redressal. Until then, the court ordered that work during nighttime will not be allowed as per the previous order.MMRC in the past has filed an affidavit stating that noise pollution rules do not apply to them as rules framed under the Environment Protection Act are general in nature while the Metro Act is a special statute and will prevail over a general enactment. However the bench then had said, “Do not compel us to stop the work, if work is carried out beyond the prescribed period, it will be viewed seriously and appropriate action would be taken.”NOT FOR MMRCMMRC in the past filed an affidavit stating that noise pollution rules do not apply to them as rules framed under the Environment Protection Act are general in nature
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In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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Kolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stake

Days after the sexual assault of the 4-year-old at Kolkata’s prestigious GD Birla school sparked massive outrage, the West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights today said that the institution will face legal action over the abrupt shutdown.The development comes after the GD Birla Centre of Education on Sunday put up a notice outside its main entry that the school is going to be closed down for indefinite period.On Monday, Members of West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights visited the school even as the parents continued to protest for fourth consecutive day.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal “Management can’t just shut the school like this. Child Rights’ commission is the nodal body for the implementation of Right to Education (RTE). There was a test which was supposed to start today. We will initiate legal action against them. We will talk to state education minister Partha Chatterjee as well,” said Ananya Chakraborty, chairperson of the commission.She also said that it was the question of 7,000 students of the school and it is the question of their future. She also said that the principal of the school should be arrested.Also read2 teachers held for assaulting 4-year-old in posh Kolkata school“We have written to the commissioner and joint commissioner of Kolkata Police saying that not only should the principal be arrested but she should be booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” she added.Chakraborty said that the commission which was like a civil court would sent summons to the school management and some of the guardians and would hear the case at the commission.Also readAfter Kolkata sexual assault of 4-year-old, Jharkhand principal booked for molesting seven-year-oldSoumitra Roy, another member of the commission who was also present there, said, “It is not about parents. Students should apprehending trouble, heavy police posting has been deployed in front of the school.Guardians too, said that they wanted school to reopen. “We never said that the school should be shut. There were examinations to begin today. Form filling for the board examinations was also on. Student should not suffer or be inconvenienced,” said mother of a Class IX student of the school.Victim’s father was also present at the school on Monday morning said that he was lucky to have his child back alive.“We have seen that in most of the cases, the victim is killed to eliminate evidence. We shudder to think what could have possibly happened. We are fortunate that at least my child is alive,” he said.
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I made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old

The Jharkhand school principal who was booked for allegedly molesting a seven-year-old child, has admitted to the crime. However, he has brushed it off saying that there was ‘no intercourse involved’.According to an NDTV report, S Xavier, who heads the school in Jharkhand’s Koderma district had allegedly taken the child to the school toilet where he stripped her and inappropriately touched her. He then gave her some money and told her to not repeat what had happened.He was produced before the media by the police. “Yes I did, but it wasn’t such a big mistake. There was no sexual intercourse. Let me be frank, I could not even have done it, I’m old now. It was an accident.” The man, who has been sent to jail for 15 days, also said, “I am under a lot of stress. My work is not going well. I have heart trouble. I can’t sleep at night sometimes. I have insomnia,” he said.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School closed indefinitely, action demanded against Principal Xavier has been booked under various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act​ (POCSO).The incident came to light days after a four-year-old child from a posh school in Kolkata was sexually assaulted by her physical education teachers. Both the teachers were booked under POCSO after the child identified them. Parents staged protests outside the school and the Jadavpur police station where the accused have been locked up, demanding stricter action. They had also lamented the high school fee (Rs 5,000 per month) but no adequate security for the children.
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Delay no reason for relief in child sex abuse cases: Court

The special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) court while justifying a delay caused in registering of FIR in a POCSOA case held that the parents and the family members of the girl child would think twice before registering a sexual harassment offence, which their child had gone through. The court while refusing to accept the defence placed on record by the 35 year old Sion resident, Jasbeersingh Baas, held the man guilty of molestation charges and sentenced him to three years of rigorous improvement along with a fine of Rs 22,000.The court in its orders held, “The victim’s mother had explained the delay by saying that her parents-in-law and husband were not at home so she had not lodged the report immediately, hence the delay is properly explained.Parents and the family members would always think twice before lodging the report as regards to a girl child. In context with Indian society, the female member cannot take such decision to file a case pertaining to child without support of family. So, delay caused is properly explained that victim’s mother lodged report when her husband, parent-in-law came.”According to the prosecution’s case, the victim, a nine year old girl, was abducted by Baas and was sexually molested. The child ran to her mother and informed that a ‘Sardaarji Uncle’ did wrong act with her and pointed out towards his house. The child in her statement said that the accused had lured her with chocolates and took her at his house and molested her. However the FIR in the case was not registered immediately as she claimed that there was no one present at her house when the incident took place and so she had to wait for her family to decide on the aspect of registering the complaint.The defence was of the view that he had slapped the child, as she had blown soil in his eyes, and just to take a revenge, a complaint under the stringent POCSOA charges against him and he was wrongly implicated in the case.The court however, after going through the evidence put up by the prosecution as well as after going through the statement of the child found confidence in the her statement. Also witnesses produced by the prosecution had supported the case.
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Infra expansion under med makeover

On chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s directives, SMS Hospital will soon have a super speciality centre and organ transplant centre. It will not only give patients better medical treatment but also benefit medical students because of increased seats in super specialty wing.At present, there are 71 seats of DM and MCH in the super specialty wing that will go up to 108. Doctors at SMS Medical College consider it a boon for medical sector in the state.Super specialty wing and organ transplant centre will come up on bungalow no. 09 and 10 near the trauma centre. The college administration approved building plans two days ago. The centre will be built under Prime Minister Health Protection Scheme for an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. The central government is giving Rs 120 crore while the state government’s share would be Rs 80 crore.Maximum seats in cardiology: 50 per cent increase in super specialty seats. Maximum 11 in cardiology, three each in urology and nephrology, seven in gastrology, nine in neuro surgery and four in gastroenterology. Direct connectivity to SMS Hospital: The underpass under construction between SMS hospital and trauma centre will also connect this centre. In one side of underground parking the hospital administration will install CT scan and MRI machines for a cost of Rs 20 crore so that patients do not have to go to trauma centre.“All preparations for super specialty centre and organ transplant centre have been completed. Possibly this or the next month foundation stone will be laid. The centre will increase super specialty seats in the medical college, which means that the state will get more specialist doctors,” US Agrawal, principal, SMS Medical CollegeExpenditure112 crore will be spent by the government on building construction68 crore has been allocated for procurement of equipmentSpecialities of the centre Speciality block organ transplant To be developed in 7000 square metre area6 modular OT n 80 bed ICU wing n 25 bed dialysis wingDevelopment plan Ground Floor – OPD and EmergencyFirst Floor – Administration wingSecond and third floors – UrologyFourth and Fifth floors – GastroSixth and Seventh Floors – Nephro
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MMRC gets HC nod for temp night shift

On a temporary basis, the Bombay High Court has allowed the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to remove debris and muck lying near the Metro-3’s construction sites in south Mumbai between 10 pm and midnight for three days.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak allowed the corporation to remove the debris, causing minimum noise and nuisance around the sites from November 30 to December 3.The corporation had asked for permission to ply 150 trucks which cannot enter the city during the day to be allowed to come in at night to remove the debris. The bench was of the view that the residents should sacrifice a bit as the work is not going to be permanent.The court relaxed the ban imposed on carrying out work during nighttime while hearing a petition filed by one Cuffe Parade resident, Robin Jaisinghani, who claimed that MMRC, which is constructing the Metro-3 line, is carrying out work during nighttime thereby violating noise pollution rules which prohibit work between 10 pm and 6 am.Earlier the court had expressed displeasure after it was pointed out that the work continued in violation of the court’s orders. The bench had then said, “Don’t compel us to stop the work. If work is carried out beyond the prescribed period, it will be viewed seriously and appropriate action would be taken.”MMRCL had filed an affidavit saying that noise pollution rules do not apply to them as the rules were framed under the Environment Protection Act and are general in nature.
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Maharashtra has max assault on women

As data released by the National Crime Records Bureau reveals, Maharashtra has a daunting task ahead of it to curb crimes against women and children.The state topped the country in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, as 11,396 cases were registered in 2016; ranking second in kidnapping and abduction of women, with 6,170 cases; and third in cases of rape, with 4,189 cases.Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases.Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra held the second position in the country after Uttar Pradesh (UP) in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 7,956 cases registered, followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 6,016 cases registered.The state also held the second position in the country in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), with 4,815 cases registered followed by MP with 4,717 cases in 2016. UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. Among the 19 cities, Mumbai had the second highest number of POCSO cases, at 979 cases, after Delhi, which had 1,374 cases. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai.When it came to juveniles in conflict with law, Maharashtra ranked second with 6,606 cases registered, after MP, where 7,369 cases were registered in 2016.Mumbai had the highest number of cyber crime cases among the 19 cities, with 980 cases, accounting for 23.5 per cent of the total cases in the metropolitan cities.Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013. While UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC cases in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Mumbai also held third position in terms of total IPC crimes in 19 metropolitan cities. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC cases, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
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DNA Edit: An end to triple Talaq?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Supreme Court coming down hard on the odious practice of triple talaq in the country, it seems that there hasn’t been much of a dent to the trend of men divorcing their wives by uttering ‘talaq’ three times. This social custom has some currency in certain pockets of the Muslim population in India, and is strongly present in sections that are strict adherents to the Hanafi Islamic school. It is no use blaming those who are following this oppressive norm. The real culprit, in this case, is a handful of fanatical maulvis who have been obstinately holding on to their myopic views and preaching it fervently to their flock. Sadly, the message they have been enunciating is of the Supreme Court (SC) interfering in their personal laws and robbing them of their way of life. Nothing can be farther from the truth. By banning triple talaq, the apex court has taken a momentous step forward in ensuring basic human dignity for Muslim women. Interestingly, this is not the first time the SC has stood up to secure the dignity of Muslim women in India. Way back in 1985, the court, via the Shah Bano judgement, set a new precedent not just on the duties of a Muslim husband to his wife, but also on the primacy of the uniform civil code over personal laws. In the Shah Bano case, an elderly Muslim man had appealed against an order of a lower court directing him to pay a paltry monthly maintenance of Rs 179.20 per month to his wife, Shah Bano. Taking the aegis of Muslim personal laws, the husband argued before the SC that he had fulfilled his duty as mandated under Islamic tenets by paying the wife maintenance for a period of three months.Naturally, the apex court saw red and held that Shah Bano was entitled to maintenance as long as she remained unmarried and was unable to maintain herself. What followed after the judgement can be counted as a major milestone in the long-winded journey of Congress’s hypocritical secularism. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi did a flip-flop and passed a law with the rock-bottom ambition of pacifying the toxic strain of Islamic conservatism at the cost of basic human rights of divorced women. The Muslim Women (Protection on Divorce Act), 1986 overturned the Shah Bano judgment and Congress scored a political brownie point. Meanwhile, the condition of life of the Muslim women continued to worsen further. Unlike the earlier government, the present regime values all-round development on the twin promises of progress and prosperity over appeasing vote banks for electoral gains. After the triple talaq judgement, the Central government has stepped up to the task and a bill outlawing the custom is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament. Once the bill is adopted, the next challenge for the government will be to ensure effective implementation of the law. At this stage, sociological trends must be scanned thoroughly to zero in on areas where this practice is most prevalent. Slowly and steadily, the law will work as a deterrent, effectively liberating Muslim women from the yoke of societal harassment.

Kopardi rape and murder case: All three accused found guilty by Ahmednagar Dist Sessions Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ahmednagar district sessions court in Maharashtra on Saturday held all three accused guilty in Kopardi rape and murder case which generated much heat across the state.The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on November 21.The three accused are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, allegedly by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling her.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.

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.

Govt will grade 9,000 childcare centres for better facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Wednesday announced that it will grade over 9,000 Child Care Institutions (CCI) across the country on the basis of several parameters. The move follows a Supreme Court directive and is likely to be announced by the end of the year.The grading of the CCIs will be carried out in three categories — platinum, gold and silver and it will be done on the basis of the presence of facilities like clean and functional toilets, kitchens and counselling for the children.”The idea is to infuse a sense of competition among the CCIs and also identify the ones where children are kept in abysmal conditions,” said WCD secretary Rakesh Srivastav. He added that the ministry has already carried out a survey of all the CCIs.Srivastav said that CCIs that do not register under the government will be shut down, and in case a CCI shuts down, the state government will be responsible for the children in the CCI. He added that WCD minister Maneka Gandhi has also written to the CMs of several states to ensure that CCIs in their respective states comply.The Kerala state government had earlier appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay on an order issued by the WCD ministry, as part of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016, which said that every CCI in the country will need to register under the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The matter is currently being argued, and an official from the NCPCR said that with the SC’s directive, the Centre will ask the apex court to quash the kerala government’s plea.Grading criteriaThe grading of the CCIs will be carried out in three categories — platinum, gold and silver It will be done on the basis of the presence of facilities like clean and functional toilets

Cops nab train robbers in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Greater Noida police have arrested two people of a notorious gang which stopped trains by planting Rs 2 coins on railway tracks and then robbed commuters at gunpoint from Tilapta on Monday..According to police, the gang operated late at night and had been active in the Dadri area. This gang stopped the trains and looted commuters between Dadri and Boraki railway stations, police said.”Many such incidents have been reported at Railway Protection Force police station in Dadri. Based on the complaints, Surajpur police, along with railway police team, scanned the CCTV footages and then nabbed two persons from railway tracks near the inland container depot in Tilapta on Monday,” said Girish Kumar Kotiya, station house officer of Surajpur police station.Police said the gang placed the coins placed between the track helps the joints in breaking down the ‘track circuit.’ What this does is that when the train passes over the coins it turns the next green signal into red for a couple of minutes, during which the miscreants looted commuters at gunpoint.”We have managed to nab two persons of the gang while two other members managed to escape from the spot,” Kotiya added .The arrested persons are identified as Rajan and Dinesh, both natives of Bulandshahr. Police has recovered a country-made pistol and live cartridges rounds from their possession.”They revealed that they mostly looted people sitting in the last bogies. If the loot is executed successfully, they called it a lucky coin, with which they managed to stop the train. Once the track circuit is broken, the next signal on the track turns red. While one member of the gang is engaged in breaking the circuit on the tracks, others wait near the next signal to loot the passengers,” said a senior police officer.

Odisha: Wildlife crimes and coordination cell to track poachers in the state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A wildlife cell is all set to become operational here with an aim to tighten the noose around poachers in the southern parts of Odisha.Built at an investment of Rs 25 lakh, the wildlife crimes and coordination cell (WCCC) is expected to begin operations soon, official sources said.The WCCC will maintain data of common wildlife crimes and habitual poachers in the area, while a round-the-clock control room will gather more details of such crimes, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Berhampur, A K Behera.The centre will also keep a record of the availability of wild animals in the region comprising Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Boudh districts, he said.It would help in proper coordination between the state wildlife crime cell, the office of the chief wildlife warden, regional office of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Kolkata, and some other agencies, the DFO said.In addition, the WCCC will be of interest to researchers and wildlife enthusiasts as all kinds of information, including the census data of different wild animals, will be made available.The cell would create awareness among people about the need for conservation and protection of wildlife in the area, Behera added.The setting up of such a centre assumes significance amid frequent reports of poaching in the southern parts of the state.”Poaching is rampant in the area,” said Samira Pradhan, president, Ganjam District Peacock Protection Committee.The region is home to several endangered animals like blackbucks, olive ridley turtles and pangolins.Altogether 105 wildlife crime cases were registered with the Berhampur forest circles in the last five years.Around 210 persons were involved in these crimes, the sources said.Similarly, 11 cases of wildlife organ trade were also registered during the period, with 28 persons having been arrested in this connection, they said.

I-T returns don’t suggest actual income: Sessions Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hearing a revision application filed by a south Mumbai resident locked in a legal dispute with her estranged husband and his parents over maintenance and alimony due to her, the Sessions Court has upheld her argument that income tax returns alone may not reflect her estranged husband’s actual income. It has, therefore, allowed the woman to examine witnesses to establish her estranged husband’s true income.The Sessions Court held that the woman must receive an opportunity on merit to prove her claim to have a just decision. Katy Nowzer Mehta, 57, who was married to Nowzer Keki Mehta, 62, in 1993, was allegedly forced to leave her matrimonial house in April 2010. Katy had filed a criminal case against Nowzer under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.At the trial state, when Katy pleaded before the lower court for reasonable maintenance and alimony, Nowzer, who according to Katy, had 39 per cent shares in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, had allegedly transferred some of his shares, retaining just 10 per cent of the shares for himself.Katy alleged that this was a deliberate ploy to deprive her of the right maintenance and alimony amount. She had thus filed an application before the lower court to allow her to examine witnesses to establish Nowzer’s real income.The lower court, however, rejected the application and directed Nowzer to submit his documents, either income tax return or any other document, reflecting his income to the extent of his shares in BPCL over the past five years.In an appeal filed before the Sessions Court, Katy had argued, “It is her indefensible right to pray for the summoning of witnesses if the evidence appears to be essential to just decision of the case. Also, just a self-attested photocopy of the income tax return cannot be considered, and the return does not disclose the real income of the person. The examination of witnesses is not going to cause any prejudice to Nowzer, but on the contrary, she will be precluded from proving the real income of her husband.”The appeal was, however, opposed by Nowzer, claiming that there was no merit in the application.The court at the time of passing orders held, “It appeared that the wife is claiming that there is specific income of her husband, whereas husband was claiming that he is not earning to that extent. In such situation, when wife desires to examine the in-charge of the Gas Supplier/Agency in which her husband had some share, she must receive an opportunity on merit to prove her claim to have a just decision.”It added, “Though income tax documents were filed on record showing the income, the Bombay High Court in Criminal Writ Petition filed by one Pinky Mahendra Kumar Jain which was decided on October 6, 2017, ruled that income tax documents do not reflect the true picture of the income of the parties. The High Court in its orders had then directed the trial court to take into consideration the lifestyle of the parties and all other aspects. In such situation, the application of wife is entitled to be allowed to prove her claim on merit. No prejudice is going to be caused to her husband as he has every opportunity of cross-examining the witness.”THE CASEKaty Mehta, who was married to Nowzer Keki Mehta in 1993, was allegedly forced to leave her matrimonial house in 2010. She had filed a criminal case against Nowzer.
Her husband had 39 per cent shares in BPCL. However, he allegedly transferred some of his shares, retaining just 10 per cent of the shares for himself.

Tamil Nadu government stifling voices of dissent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The arrest of cartoonist G Bala by the Tamil Nadu police has made headlines but what it pointed at is the growing intolerance for dissent in the state.Activists leading peaceful people’s movements against various issues and projects point out that they have been arrested and remanded, and at times illegally detained across the state. From charges of sedition to slapping of the Goondas Act, they have been targets of the police.Cartoonist Bala was arrested on November 5 on a complaint by the Tirunelveli Collector against his cartoon. It showed the Collector with the CM in a “distasteful manner”. Bala’s cartoon was depicting his dissent over the self-immolation of a four-member daily-wager family, whose complaints of harassment by usurers went unheard. A day before the cartoonist’s arrest, Advocate Rajarathinam, also known as Semmani, was assaulted by the police after they detained him illegally. He was protesting with people against the Kudankulam nuclear plant. Ever since the unprecedented Jallikattu protest in January this year, the ruling AIADMK government has been every attempt by political and social groups to express their right to dissent. A sedition case was slapped against Prof T Jayaraman for writing a book against interlinking of rivers.Chennai-based Nakkeeran Pugazhendhi of Arappor Iyakkam was arrested on charges of thwarting attempt to build a temple encroaching a road in Ramapuram, while Valarmathi of Environmental Protection Collective in Salem was detained under the Goondas Act for distributing handbills against hydrocarbon projects. Not just balaIt is not just cartoonist Bala who faced action by the present TN govt.Adv Rajarathinam was assaulted by police for protesting against Kudankulam N-plant.Sedition case against Prof Jayaraman for writing against interlinking of rivers.

Dare and Brave challenge: Gujarat boy held for blackmailing minor girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andheri police probing the case of a minor girl being allegedly blackmailed and sexually exploited while playing a dare and brave game on the darknet had led to the arrest of a 23-year-old boy from Gujarat. During the probe police have learnt that the accused was involved in similar such instances with other minor girls too.A dark net is a closed group in which the administrator assigns different challenges and if the participant fails to accomplish the task, the administrator pronounces the punishment which also includes sending nude pictures and videos. A 15-year-old girl while playing the game fell into the trap and soon the accused from Gujarat allegedly threatened to leak the pictures and videos on the internet leading to the girl approaching her father and filing a police complaint with the Andheri police.”The accused was traced via the mobile number which was used to contact the minor girl. We have also found the pictures of other minor girls in the cellphone which has been sent for forensic analysis”, said a senior police officer from Zone 10 of the Mumbai police department.”The accused has been booked under the Information Technology Act and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The minor accused has exploited minor girls in the state of Gujarat and in Mumbai and if other victims come forward we will file furthermore cases against him.”, said the officer.Akbar Pathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime, said, “The students should be aware of the risk involved in playing such games and should approach the parents to discuss such issues. The parents should also keep a watch on the activities of their children on the internet and must report the matter to the police if they find any activity suspicious.”

Trustee held for sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MIDC police on Tuesday arrested a French national, who is also a trustee of an international school in Andheri, on charges of alleged sexual assault of a three-year-old girl around five months ago. The arrest was made following the intervention of Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR). The accused has been identified as Brillant Patrick Morris.According to the police, on May 18, MIDC police had booked Morris and a female teacher under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012. The arrest was made after parents of a three-year-old student had filed a complaint alleging that their daughter was sexually assaulted by the accused in the school premises repeatedly and that a female class teacher had abetted the crime.The parent had also alleged that there was another student who went through similar abuse but his parents were not willing to approach the police. After the police did not arrest the accused persons on the grounds of lack of evidence, the victim’s parents approached MSCPCR and had also filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court (HC).On November 3, MSCPCR had slammed MIDC police for not arresting the accused persons. The commission had also asked the police to submit the data on POCSO Act cases registered with them within 15 days.On November 1, the Bombay High Court had also ordered Assistant Commissioner of Police, Meghwadi Division, Milind Khetle to investigate the case.“We have arrested Morris on Tuesday and he has been remanded to police custody till November 14. We have not yet arrested the female accused in the case and the Investigating Officer will take a decision on it,” said Navinchandra Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X).Victim’s lawyer, S Balakrishnan said, “For almost five months the child’s family fought a grim battle to get the trustee arrested. I appeared for the mother before the MSCPCR which recommended the arrest of the two accused. I have demanded the arrest of the other accused too.”Despite repeated attempts, the school principal remained unavailable for comment.THE ACCUSEDThe trustee has been identified as Brillant Patrick Morris.
Parents allege that a female teacher also abetted the crime. They also alleged that another student went through similar abuse

BMC to issue ID cards to 99,000 surveyed hawkers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon start issuing identity cards to around 99,435 city-based hawkers who were surveyed in 2014. According to BMC officials, they wanted to include members from the hawkers associations in town vending committee (TVC). However, the person has to be elected by the hawkers themselves, sources said.Nidhi Chawdhari, deputy municipal commissioner (Removal and Encroachment), said, “The purpose behind issuing identity cards to the surveyed hawkers is to make them eligible to participate in electing their representatives.”In 2014, the Central government enacted the Street Vendors (Protection Of Livelihood And Regulation Of Street Vending) Act. As per the Act, the local body should form a TVC which will conduct surveys to identify street vendors, issue certificates to the eligible ones, recommend areas to be declared non-hawking zones, identify sites and spaces for hawking, and regulate timings, among other tasks.However, till the election process is not completed, one member from every association will be included in TVC. Currently, there are 12 hawkers’ association. The BMC can accommodate maximum eight members from hawkers association in the TVC as per the law. “We will select 8 members through a lottery system,” said Chawdhari. However, before issueing the identity cards the BMC will initiate a legality-check procedure.”We will verify their legality once again and check their documents,” said Chawdhari. However, she cleared that issuing the identity cards will not give them certificate to set up their shops within 150 metres of railway station and no hawking zones. “We will not tolerate anyone to set up their shop near railway station and footpath having one merte width,” she added.

Civic body tested several measures but they led to little change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the last two decades, the BMC has not issued fresh licenses to hawkers which has led to an increase in the number of illegal hawkers. However, the civic body has taken a number of measures including developing a hawkers’ plaza.One such hawkers’ plaza was developed in 2001 in Dadar, where the menace is often reported. The plaza, then built at a cost of Rs 29 crore, can accommodate 1,448 vendors. However, hawkers refused to shift to the plaza claiming that the BMC was charging an exorbitant rate. Today, half of the building remains unoccupied while one of the floors is being used as an office by the BMC.In January this year, the BMC planned a shopping plaza in Linking Road to make it hawker-free. According to a civic official, there are 97 licensed stalls along the road and the proposed shopping plaza has a provision for 200 stalls.The BMC had also identified around 90 roads for hawkers following the Supreme Court’s order in 2009. “These roads are designated for hawkers who have licenses and are spread across all 24 wards evenly,” said an official from the BMC’s Removal and Encroachment (RE) department.In addition, the civic body had planned to declare some roads free of traffic movement to pave the way for hawkers to do business however this was opposed by residents’ associations.The civic body then carried out a survey of hawkers in the city in 2014, which was initiated after the Supreme Court passed an order in 2013 asking for the implementation of the National Hawkers’ Policy, 2009, and the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. The BMC had also distributed 1.20 lakh forms for registration of hawkers. “We had only distributed application forms but that was not the final registration. The civic body would also eliminate bogus applications,” added the official from RE.HAWKERS’ PLAZAA plaza developed for hawkers in Dadar in 2001 remains unoccupied. In January this year, BMC planned a plaza for Linking Road with a capacity of 200 stalls.

Man absolved of son’s sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of getting his nine-month-old child sodomised by transgenders. The court observed that the man was falsely implicated by his wife.Also, deciding to not initiate a criminal case of perjury against the woman, Additional Sessions Judge Ashwini Kumar Sarpal cautioned her.According to the prosecution, the woman registered a complaint on February 17 this year, claiming that she saw blood coming out of the anus of infant. Following this, she took the child to the hospital, where doctors reportedly told her that he might have been sodomised.According to the complaint, the woman said the accused had taken the child to the transgenders in Khichripur two-three months ago, where he was kept for a week. Following this, an FIR was registered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).Since the child was an infant, his mother’s statement was recorded before the Magistrate. Later, however, she turned hostile and deposed that she had falsely implicated her husband as they had been quarrelling.”She admitted that she saw blood coming out of the child’s anus and took him to the hospital, where doctor suspected sodomy but she also said that she falsely implicated her husband as he was fighting with her and not living with her,” the court stated.It also held that the complainant did not witness the incident herself. “The complainant has totally exonerated the accused and accepted that whatever she told to anyone about the incident was told at the instance of the police as well as due to her own anger,” the judge said.The judge further said: “During cross examination, she denied seeing or meeting the accused for 6-7 months before the day she saw the victim bleeding. Thus, another allegation made in the FIR, that she saw the accused taking the victim with him to the transgenders, was found to be false.”The court held that the complaint amounted to perjury but considering that the accused was now taking care of his wife and children and did not want any action against her, she was let off with warning.”The accused does not want any action against his wife. Also, the complainant also less than 18 years of age when she was examined in the court. She has to look after her minor child. So, in the interest of justice, I do not propose to take any criminal action against her,” the court stated.

Union cries out for formation of Town Vending Committee soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a day when Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers kept the police busy in Dadar, around 3,000 hawkers from across the city under the banner of Mumbai Hawkers Union (MHU) staged a protest at Azad Maidan against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action against them. The hawkers demanded that they should be allowed to carry on with their business around railway stations and on foot-overbridges. The hawkers’ union also demanded formation of the Town Vending Committee (TVC) immediately.Shashank Rao, President of MHU, said that the civic body should first implement the National Hawkers Policy of 2014, which has been pending for the last three-and-a-half years.He added that the civic body has not issued fresh licence for the past 35 years and claimed that the city has only 15,000 licensed hawkers.”Instead of taking action against hawkers, the BMC should implement the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014,” said Rao.Rao added that there are 3 lakh street vendors in the city and around 80 per cent of them are women. “As per Supreme Court order dated September 9, 2013, and Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, they have right to do their business,” said Rao.According to the union, hawkers were not responsible for the Elphinstone Road stampede on September 29, and they said that even an inquiry has not been able to establish that they were at fault.A delegation of the MHU also met AL Jarhad, Additional Municipal Commissioner, and demanded that the TVC be formed and action against hawkers be stopped.A meeting of the hawkers union and civic administration has been slated for November 6 to discuss the issue.

Bombay HC restricts hawking to special zones… that are not marked yet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday held illegal any form of hawking in non-hawking zones in the city, restricting the make-shift businesses to 221 roads approved by the Supreme Court in 2009.A division bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice M S Karnik, while rejecting a bunch of petitions challenging the action of fines and prosecution against hawkers by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said, “If the contention of the petitioner, that there be no non-vending zones is accepted, it will create chaos in all cities. If the arguments are accepted, then there will be no regulations till rules under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending), act is framed.”The petitions argued that after the Act came into force in 2014, non-vending zones have ceased to exist and all hawkers, if they were carrying on such activities as on May 1, 2014, are entitled to carry out their activities anywhere in the city.Appearing for the corporation, senior advocate Anil Sakhare and advocate Joel Carlos opposed the plea saying that till vending zones are notified, hawking is permitted on roads approved in the Supreme Court’s 2009 Ekta Hawkers Union judgment.The court referred to the Elphinstone Road stampede, in which 23 people lost their lives, to highlight the problem posed by vending in non-hawking zones. It said, “The presence of large number of hawkers on Foot Over Bridge is said to be one of the major contributing factor in the said mishap,” the Bench said.The court reiterated the view taken by the Supreme Court that hawking is banned within 100 meters from a place of worship, educational institutions and hospitals; and within 150 meters from any municipal or other markets or from railway stations. However, in case of holy shrines, vending is limited to articles which are to be offered at the site, such like flowers, sandalwood, candles, agarbattis, coconuts, etc.The court also set aside a state government resolution dated January 9, by which the Town Vending Committee (TVC) can be constituted without the representation of street vendors. It has asked the corporation and municipal councils to constitute TVCs within six months.In case of Mumbai, where the corporation has conducted a survey of street vendors as per the Hawkers’ Policy, it is to be held as the first survey, and other corporations and councils have been told to adopt BMC’s procedure for survey of street vendors.On the issue of representation of street vendors in the TVC in areas where the panel is not formed, corporations and municipal councils have been asked to hold elections among registered vendors to select a representative and accordingly carry out the survey. They will also have to declare the voters list three months before the elections.

Hawkers can only operate from designated hawking zones: Bombay HC on illegal hawking in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ruled that hawkers would not be allowed anywhere in the city except for designated hawking zones.”Hawkers are restricted from operating outside railway stations, on foot over bridges, road over bridges, outside education institutes, and hospitals,” the HC said.The court also ruled that hawkers outside religious places can sell wares that are only used for worship.The hawker association, alonh with Mumbai Congress chief sanjay Nirupam had three days earlier addressed a rally of around 150 hawkers, following which several members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who were trying to evict them, were assaulted.Several people were arrested and a case was registered against Nirupam for holding a rally without prior police permission. However, the Mumbai Congress chief accused the state government of shielding MNS chief Raj Thackeray, asking why a similar case was not registered against Raj when he led a rally on the hawker issue without permission, MNS threatened to “knock out” illegal hawkers from rail and road premises.Earlier, Nirupam and the hawkers’ association had approached the High Court against ‘illegal eviction drivers’. According to a Times of India report, the team said the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act and HC orders protect hawkers carrying out business as on the date the law was enacted on May 1, 2014. “They argued that three years after the law was enforced, the state was yet to take steps to frame rules and form town vending committees comprising hawkers’ representatives. The committee, besides regulating hawking, has to conduct surveys of hawkers every five years. BMC said as per its survey there are around 99,000 registered hawkers but the petitioners insisted that as of May 2014 there were over 2.5 lakh,” the report added.

Chandigarh: Two brothers convicted for repeatedly raping sister’s 10-year-old daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chandigarh court on Tuesday convicted two brothers for repeatedly raping their sister’s 10-year-old daughter. The child delivered a girl on August 17. The quantum of sentence will pronounced on November 2.The case, which led to a huge public outcry, was put on fast track after the victim’s maternal uncle, Kul Bahadur, was arrested on July 18 for raping her. The investigation took an uglier turn when the DNA sample of the baby born to the victim did not match with the accused.The police then formed an SIT. Further disclosures by the victim led the police to Bahadur’s younger brother, Shankar, who was also arrested for raping the child.In her statements, the victim told the police that her elder maternal uncle, Kul, started raping her in December last year and it continued for several months, until Shankar, also her maternal uncle, started raping her. The DNA sample of the newborn matched with that of Shankar.On Tuesday, the Court of Additional District and Session Judge Poonam R Joshi held both the maternal uncles guilty under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The maximum punishment in the case is life imprisonment.The city was left shamefaced when the victim child gave birth to a girl in a government hospital in Chandigarh on August 17. The abortion plea was dismissed by a local court and then by the Supreme Court, as by then, the victim was over 30 weeks pregnant. Her mother had found out about the pregnancy only when 26 weeks had passed.The family hails from Nepal. The victim’s parents refused to see the newborn, who was then shifted to a child care home. The legal procedure for her adoption was started and the victim was sent home.TIMELINEJuly 15: Rape case registered.July 18: Accused maternal uncle Kul Bahadur arrested.July 18: District court in Chandigarh rejects abortion plea.July 29: SC turns down abortion plea.August 17: Victim delivers a baby girl.September 11: DNA sample does not match with accused uncle.September 19: Second maternal uncle, Shankar, arrested for rape. DNA sample matches.October 31: Both maternal uncles held guilty of rape.November 2: Quantum of sentence to be announced.

Chandigarh: Two held guilty of raping minor niece, verdict on November 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chandigarh court on Tuesday held two brothers guilty of raping their 10-year-old niece, who had delivered a baby in August this year after the Supreme Court dismissed her abortion plea, the lawyers for the men said.The verdict was delivered by Additional District and Sessions Judge Poonam R Judge, said Manjit Singh, who is representing the elder of the two brothers.The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on November 2.The maternal uncles of the child have been charged under Section 376 (2) (f) (i) (rape on a woman when she is under twelve years of age) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), the counsel said.The crime came to light in July when the child was taken to a hospital after she complained of a stomach ache and was found to be over 30 weeks pregnant.On July 28, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking its nod to terminate the 32-week pregnancy after taking note of a medical report that abortion was neither good for the girl nor for the foetus.The child was told by her family and the doctors that she had a stone in her stomach that had to be removed.It was earlier suspected that her elder uncle had fathered the baby, who was delivered through C-section at a government hospital here in August.The twist in the case came this month when a fresh DNA test showed the younger maternal uncle to be the father of the child.The elder uncle’s DNA sample had not matched the newborn following which suspicion fell on the younger uncle who, too, had been accused of rape by the child.Police had maintained that both her uncles had sexually exploited her.Earlier, police had said the girl was repeatedly raped allegedly by her elder maternal uncle for several months.The younger uncle’s counsel, Inderjit Bassi, said she had earlier argued in court that the statement of the rape victim was self-contradictory and victim’s father and mother were not made witnesses.

‘T’ for transgender in railway tickets soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With growing awareness and sensitisation, The Indian Railways, too, plans to introduce reforms to recognise ‘transgenders’ in their forms. This will reflect in ticket booking and cancellation forms, which will be modified to include a ‘T’ beside ‘M’ and ‘F’.So far, only male and female categories were mentioned in the forms.According to a recent Railway Board letter to all zonal railways, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is at present dealing with various issues of transgenders and a proposed legislation — The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, is being reviewed by a parliamentary standing committee.”The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that till such time the detailed modalities on this account are finalised by the Ministry of Social Justice, a provision may be made in the system to capture the gender of transgenders as ‘T’ instead of ‘T(M/F)’ as advised earlier,” says the letter.In a landmark judgement in 2014, the Supreme Court created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders.Following the order, many government documents such as passports, ration cards, bank forms, and voter identity cards have started providing ‘TG’ (third gender), ‘Other’ or ‘T’ (transgender) as options. However, despite introducing the option ‘T(M/F)’ through an order in 2016, the railway forms kept giving binary option of M/F only.The Railway Board said in its review it had also taken into consideration the directions of the Kolkata High Court which had asked State Bank of India to include the third gender category in its application forms for recruitments.The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Railways, will make necessary changes in the software to include the transgender category in the passenger railway system under intimation to all zonal railways, the letter said.

Ten-year-old brutally beaten up by teacher for failing to provide his Aadhaar details

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ten-year-old student was allegedly beaten up brutally by his school teacher after he failed to provide his Aadhaar card details in the school. The boy had to undergo a surgery after the teacher hit him on his knee. The incident took place in Morya Shikshan Sanstha situated in Chinchwad area. The incident took place few weeks back, but it came to light on Sunday when the case was registered against the teacher by the parents of the boy in Chinchwad police station. Police have slapped charges of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under section 324, and relevant sections of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 against the teacher identified as Kharat (full name is not known).According to the parents of the student, they still do not know why the teacher had asked for the Aadhaar details from their son. Sangeeta Belle, the mother of the boy said, “As per my knowledge, the school was planning to come up with a mobile application to send circulars and other notifications to parents. I think that they required the Aadhar details of students for that application. However, there was no need to hit our son so badly.”The parents said that he boy was admitted in a private hospital from October 6 to October 15 where he had to undergo a surgery after he was hit by the teacher. “He was very scared to even tell us about the incident. He was facing difficulty in walking and we had to take him to a doctor for treatment. After he was admitted in the hospital for the surgery, that time he narrated the whole incident to us and we were in deep shock,” Belle said. After the boy was discharged from the hospital, the parents decided to approach the police and lodge the complaint against the teacher. Police are now trying to get more information about the teacher. “Being Sunday, the school was closed and the parents also did not have much information about the teacher. Once the school is opened on Monday, we will contact the school authority and we will get further details in this case,” a police official from Chinchwad police station said.

Train drivers wary as stone pelting cases rise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The locomotive pilots of Ahmedabad Division Railways are wary of driving their trains, given a steep increase in incidents of stone pelting. 2017 saw more than 80 cases of stone pelting at engine personnel, with at least two pilots suffering eye injuries from shattered glass.According to a member of the Western Railway Employees’ Union (WREU), most incidents take place when trains pass residential areas of the city. Both children and adults are suspected of being behind the stone-throwing.Most number of incidents take place between Nadiad and Anand, Vatva-Maninagar, and Sabarmati-Chandlodia. Sanjay Suryabali, a member of WREU, said, “The incidents happen near the crossing gate areas. As per the Railway rule, the locomotive pilot has to start blowing the horn 250 metres before each crossing/gates,” he explained.”Since the horn is a high-pitched one, people living nearby get irritated and start pelting stones. At other times, however, children do it for fun.” The Railways authorities, he claimed, have not done anything yet to address the problem. In September, Nilesh Kumar, a pilot, suffered glass injuries to his eye after a stone shattered the window and hit his body. Kumar was treated at LG hospital and a case was lodged with the GRP and local police.Pradeep Sharma, Public Relation Officer(PRO) of Ahmedabad Division of Western Railway said, “Regarding the matter, we have increased the deployment of Railway Protection force staff at the particular location to put a watch during night and day.”BE AWARE!Most incidents take place between Nadiad and Anand, Vatva-Maninagar, and Sabarmati-Chandlodia.
Both children and adults are suspected of being behind the stone-throwing.

After stampede, railway station to have no-hawking zones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Getting out of a railway station in Mumbai is already a tedious task, and to make matters worse, encroachment by illegal hawkers at or near railway stations hinders smooth movement. Thus, the Maharashtra government has fixed a ‘no hawking zone’ at all railway stations, specifying a buffer of 150-metres from rail premises. This comes as a significant step to decongest stations following the stampede at Elphinstone Road station in which 23 people died.Sources said that this decision has been taken following the September 30 meeting chaired by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. “On October 8, we received a letter from the chief secretary asking us to create a ‘no hawking zone’ at stations,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway. The letter has been sent to the civic bodies too.Sources said that they have started the process of demarcating the rail premises for which they will put up boards or poles. Once this is done, the BMC will begin the process of identifying 150-metres from the rail premises. “We will calculate this distance from the entry or exit points of railway stations,” said another rail official.Railway officials are also identifying stations where hawkers are seen in huge numbers. Railways and BMC will then profile these hawkers. Apart from the Railway Protection Force, ticket collectors and commercial inspectors too have been allowed to click pictures of illegal hawkers. Profiles of hawkers will be created and maintained by the RPF. These will be shared with BMC, and the two agencies are expected to ensure that steps are taken to provide designated space for hawkers.Shashank Rao, president of Mumbai Hawkers Union, said: “We will first see the demarcation made for hawking. The 150-meters as ‘no hawking zone’ is absurd, as even during elections, people aren’t allowed till 100 meters. We are planning to go on a day-long strike in November against the policies framed against hawkers by the government.”BMC is already working on a Hawkers Policy, which was first proposed in 2014. It has sent a proposal to the state government to form a Town Vending Committees (TVC), which will outline the framework of the Hawkers Policy after conducting surveys.The TVC is likely to conduct surveys to identify street vendors, issue certificates to eligible ones, recommend areas to be declared non-hawking zones, demarcate spaces for hawking and regulate timings. The hawkers will be divided into three categories — mobile, stationary and permanent ones. There are close to three lakh hawkers in Mumbai.

Mumbai: Activists a Chipko Movement to save Aarey’s forestland from Metro car shed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environmental activists in Mumbai have launched Chipko movement to protect over 3,000 trees from being hacked in Aarey Colony to make way for the construction of Mumbai Metro car shed.The activists of Aarey Conservation Group on Saturday along with scores of people and school children, held a peaceful protest by embracing the trees and appealed to the government to reconsider its decision to build a car shed in the only large green lung of the city.”There are seven other plots in the city where car shed can come up without destroying the ecological balance of the city. But Mumbai Metro Corporation officials are hell-bent to cut 3,500 trees and now they have started excavation work and soon they are going to hack the trees.”So we decided to show our affection with the innocent trees by launching the Chipko (embracing) movement in the Aarey Colony,” said Stalin Dayanand, the convener of NGO Vanashakti.Dayanand added, “It is not Metro’s construction, but it is Metro’s (Mumbai’s) destruction which MMRC is doing without getting permission from the agencies.”National Green Tribunal has clearly said that Metro Act cannot be above the Environment Protection Act, but MMRC is brazenly violating the rules.”He alleged that MMRC has falsely made different affidavits in different agencies to cut the trees.Dayanand said, “MMRC stated in High Court that it will cut only 250 trees whereas in NGT, it said that only 500 trees will be hacked. But, shockingly here on ground zero in Mumbai, it has come up with the tender to hack 3,500 trees.” Meanwhile, noted lyricist Piyush Mishra, who too is batting for the green cover in the Aarey Colony, has compiled a video song to sensitise people and the government to protect the trees.Mishra said that it is the high time to do something to save the green tract of the city.”We can breathe in Mumbai, because of green tract like Aarey in our city, and therefore, it is our responsibility to protect them (trees) from being hacked in the name of development.”In western countries, people treat trees like God or saviour and see what we are doing. Why don’t they build carshed at other convenient places?” Mishra told PTI over phone.The state government has demarcated a portion of Aarey land for setting up the carshed for the Metro-3 corridor which has been the rootcause of controversy between green activists and the nodal agency MMRC.Reacting to the developments, MMRC, said there was no restraining order from NGT on undertaking any construction work at Aarey and it has not initiated any tree cutting activity in Aarey as of now.A MMRC spokesperson said, “Being a responsible government organisation, we always ensure that permission of MCGM’s Tree Authority, which is the competent authority to grant permission for tree cutting, is taken.” “We also reiterate that hacking will not be initiated till we receive approval from the Tree Authority,” he said.

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.

In a first, WR seeks help from outside

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Worried about meeting the stringent deadline for constructing 10 new foot over bridges (FOBs) and rebuilding 14 FOBs, the Western Railway, for the first time, has sought external help. The department scheduled a brainstorming session for October 17.Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has given the railways 12-18 months for completing work on FOBs. Apart from calling in tenders and inviting consultants and builders for the work, the WR officials have said they will have to engage latest technologies to finish the project in such short notice.”As per plans, these consultants will give ideas on how to go about constructing new FOBs at available space and methods to demolish and rebuild existing FOBs,” said a WR official.They shall be discussing proper traffic planning, creating a foundation for pillars between two tracks within limited space, modification to OHE equipment, relocating signalling poles and shifting other utilities.The railway board has also given permission to extend the mega block timings at night from 2hours to at least 4 hours to help to carry out safety works.ON THE AGENDAMeanwhile, Director General RPF, Dharmendra Kumar has sent a letter to Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur for proper codification of duties between the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) and avoid any overlapping of duties and roles during crises and exigencies. A committee has been formed to decide standard operating procedures to avoid any overlap.

Do not consider newspaper vendors as hawkers: Nitesh Rane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, a delegation led by Nitesh Rane, a Member of Legislative Assembly and President of Swabhiman Sanghatana, met the Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railway and asked him not to take action against the newspaper vendors outside railway stations.The delegation asked for a designated spot to be assigned to newspaper vendors.The meeting was held at 10.30 am with the Divisional Railway Manager for Central Railways at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Nitesh Rane, in his letter to the DRM of Central Railway, asked the authorities not to consider newspaper vendors as hawkers. The letter further requests that Railways should provide a place for the vendor as they play an important role in society by providing newspapers and keeping people informed.The Elphinstone Road stampede, which claimed 23 lives last month, led to the Railways conducting crackdowns on hawkers outside railway platforms and on Foot Over Bridges. Action was also taken on them.”We have been requesting the Railway Protection Force (RPF) not to take action against newspaper vendors, but they did not hear our plea and kept on with the crackdown. This has led to huge financial losses.”, said Ravi Shinde, a vendor from Thane.ACTION TAKENThe Elphinstone Road stampede, which claimed 23 lives last month, led to the Railways conducting crackdowns on hawkers outside railway platforms and on Foot Over Bridges. Action was also taken on them.
The letter further requests that Railways should provide a place for the vendor as they play an important role in society, in keeping people informed.

Bengal child rights commission chairperson urges aide from public for Rohingya children in jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Facebook post by Ananya Chakraborti, chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights asking people to donate food and clothes for Rohingya children in various jails of West Bengal, has raised eyebrows. Chakraborti’s post on Saturday read, ‘Rohingya children in jails with their mothers (0-6 years) need clothes, warm clothes, savlon, mosquito nets for infants. Also biscuits, chocolates, cakes are welcome. Anyone wanting to donate pl contact West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights at our Ultadanga office. There are 17 children in one jail presently’.The post had raised several eyebrows as it is unprecedented for any chairperson of the commission to invite such contributions. Interestingly it comes at a time when the Centre, via an affidavit at the Supreme Court had said that Rohingya muslims from Myanmar should be deported and that they were a security threat to India. The affidavit also said that Rohingya muslims has links with banned terror outfits.Senior officials of Nabanna, the state secretariat said that they were not sure if Chakraborti could have done it on a personal level. “Being the chairperson of the commission she could have talked to the respective jail authorities or the government,” said a senior Nabanna official.A former senior member of the commission came in support of Chakraborti saying that the post was aimed at collecting food items and clothes for children in need. “It is a good initiative on her part and is totally in sync with her duties and responsibilities. She has taken to social media to garner help for children who need support. What is the harm in it?” he said.Talking to DNA, Chakraborti too said that there was nothing wrong in it and that even if some people were trying question it, she would not take it off. “I never asked people for depositing money in my bank account. I had appealed to people who could donate warm clothes, mosquito nets, chocolates, biscuits and cakes for 17 children who are in jail. There is nothing wrong in it perhaps the mediapersons are trying to create a controversy out of nothing,” Chakraborti said.She also said she had not come across any controversy over her post and on the contrary there had been some very positive response. “There have been 29 shares of the article till this morning and many have commented on the post expressing their interest to help out the children who are in need,” she added.

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