In Uttar Pradesh, 3 Children Raped, 4 Sexually Assaulted In Separate Cases In A Day

3 Children Raped, 4 Sexually Assaulted In Separate Cases In A Day In Uttar Pradesh

3 young girls were raped, 4 were sexually assaulted in 7 separate incidents in UP (Representational)

Lucknow:  Three young girls were raped and four other minors were sexually assaulted in seven separate incidents in Uttar Pradesh, news reports said on Sunday, in a string of cases that come amid heightened national sensitivity over rapes and murders of young girls that have sparked widespread protests and criticism of the government. The three rapes were reported in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Amroha and Kannauj districts and a fourth one was reported on Tuesday in Muzaffarnagar. In Rampur and Amroha districts, the suspects in the crimes were juveniles themselves between ages 11 and 12.

In Kannauj, a man raped his 11-year-old niece when her family was not at home.

In Moradabad and Muzaffarnagar, three separate incidents of sexual assault on girls and one boy were reported.

All the incidents, barring one, occurred just hours after the centre cleared an ordinance amending the existing law, which protects minors from sexual offences, by allowing the death penalty for offenders who rape girls under 12.

In Rampur and Amroha districts, which are around 60 km away from each other, the juvenile accused have been caught.

In Rampur, the father of the 7-year-old who was raped alleged that a man seduced the girl and raped her in a forest area, according to news agency ANI. The man then fled the scene of the crime after the girl became unconscious, according to a top police official. The police official said that the suspect was later arrested.

“The accused has been arrested and a case has been registered against him. We are investigating the matter. The girl is now in the hospital for medical treatment,” Vipin Tada, Rampur district’s Superintendent of Police told ANI.

In Amroha district, a 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped. It is unclear as of now, as to where and by whom the minor was raped.

News agency PTI said that a medical examination of the girls was conducted in both cases.

In Muzaffarnagar district, one incident of rape and two separate incidents of sexual assaults have been reported.

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a doctor in a Muzaffarnagar clinic. The rape occurred after the girl visited the doctor’s clinic on Tuesday. The 13-year-old had visited the doctor’s clinic because she had a headache. The girl’s family said that she came back from the clinic after two days, in an inebriated state. The family then proceeded to file a police complaint.

According to the police, the doctor had drugged the girl and then raped her. The police also said they had found “objectionable items” in the doctor’s clinic, though the nature of these items was not made clear.

“The minor has been sent for medical examination. She was drugged by the accused and then he sexually assaulted her. The accused has been arrested. During the investigation, we found some objectionable items in the clinic and we are questioning him further,” Ajay Sehdev, a top police official, told ANI.

In a different incident in Muzaffarnagar, a 9-year-old boy was sexually assaulted on Saturday night by a man. The man took the 9-year-old to a secluded area in a forest and then assaulted him.

The accused managed to escape from the spot and the police have launched a search operation to arrest him, according to news agency PTI.

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on Saturday night at a village near Muzaffarnagar when she was alone at her house.

According to the police, the suspect was arrested by them and has been charged.

A man raped his niece in the Vishnugarh area of Kannauj district when the girl’s family was not at home. The police are searching for the man, said news agency PTI.

In Moradabad district, three persons barged into a minor’s home, sexually assaulted her and filmed the incident. News agency PTI reported saying the minor used to be harassed by the men earlier as well.

An unidentified man attempted to sexually harass a 11-year-old Dalit minor in Moradabad district’s Sambhal town, and when she resisted, tried to strangle her. The girl managed to flee the spot and was subsequently admitted to a hospital.

The police is trying to ascertain the identity of the man, according to PTI.

The incidents in Uttar Pradesh come at a time when there is a nationwide outrage, sparked by the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua in January this year. Last week, allegations of rape against a BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh led to his arrest – almost an year after the 16-year-old said she had been raped.



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Chief Justice Dipak Misra Should Consider Recusal From Judicial Work: Congress Spokesman Randeep Surjewala

Chief Justice Should Consider Recusal From Judicial Work: Congress

64 members of the Rajya Sabha submitted an impeachment motion for removing Chief Justice Dipak Misra

New Delhi:  The Congress on Sunday hit out at the BJP for “defending” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said the latter should consider recusing himself from judicial and administrative work till he was cleared of the charge of “misbehaviour”.

“If his (CJI) own conduct is under a cloud, should he not consider recusing himself from performing judicial and administrative duties and submit himself to an inquiry so that the high office and his individual integrity are cleared or the process of law is followed in an appropriate manner,” Congress Spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala told a press conference in New Delhi.

“… the highest (law) officer of the country, an officer who is head of India’s judiciary, an officer who heads the final temple of justice, an officer to whom people go to seek justice… Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. And that’s why we have left it to his (CJI) conscience,” he added.

“This will ensure that the process of law is followed in an appropriate manner.”

In an unprecedented move, 64 members of the Rajya Sabha belonging to seven parties led by the Congress on Friday submitted an impeachment motion for the removal of the Chief Justice on five grounds of “misbehaviour”.

Mr Surjewala’s remarks came in the wake of media reports that the Chief Justice had decided not to recuse himself from administrative and judicial work in the Supreme Court.

Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr Surjewala said the ruling party was compromising the position and office of the Chief Justice as a neutral arbitrator and head of the judiciary and the ruling party was doing a great disservice to the independence of the Indian judicial system.

“Does the CJI belong to a political party, ruling or otherwise? Does the CJI have to be defended by political parties or Ministers in the government? Is it not a disservice to the CJI office? They are compromising the position and office of the CJI,” Mr Surjewala said.

He said that Chief Justice Misra must tell the BJP not to politicise his high office and not to politicise the impeachment motion.

Vivek Tankha, Chairman of the Congress’ Legal Department, said: “He is the Chief Justice of India. He should voluntarily submit to any probe. He should regain public faith. Till then, he should think whether he should work as a Judge or not.”

He maintained that the impeachment motion was not meant to insult or lower his dignity but to take the allegation against him to its logical conclusion.

Another Congress leader and Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi said that the nature of charges against the Chief Justice was so serious that an inquiry should be ordered at the earliest.

“The enquiry will be able to protect the dignity of the office of the Chief Justice of India. If no enquiry is held, it will cause much greater damage to the Supreme Court prestige,” Mr Tulsi said.



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14-Year-Old Girl Alleges Rape, Threats By “Powerful” Businessman In Tripura

14-Year-Old Girl Alleges Rape, Threats By 'Powerful' Businessman In Tripura

The accused has seven businesses in Teliamura and is quite an influential person, police said.

agartala:  A 54-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in Tripura. The girl was allegedly raped at least on four occasions since February by Manoj Deb, an influential businessman from Teliamura in Khowai district, whom the locals claim to be a BJP supporter, police said.

The girl was allegedly raped at the man’s farmhouse in Champlai, about 60 km from state capital Agartala. She was also threatened not to tell anyone about the incident. But the girl somehow mustered courage and reported the matter at Bishalgarh police station, far away from her village. 

According to her complaint, she was first assaulted on February 11 and four times since then.

Last week, she added, the accused again called her to his farmhouse. The girl then confided in her close friend, who advised her go to Bishalgarh to file a First Information Report or FIR. The accused has been charged with rape, criminal intimidation and booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.”The accused has seven businesses in Teliamura and is quite an influential person. As soon as the FIR was lodged, we arrested him. Further investigations are on,” said Krishnendu Chakraborty, Khowai Superintendent of Police, told NDTV. 

The girl has been under extreme stress, police said.



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CPI(M) Will Not Have Alliance With Congress, But Understanding: Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) Will Not Have Alliance With Congress, But Understanding: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury was unanimously elected CPI(M) general secretary Sunday after weeks of uncertainty

Hyderabad:  CPI(M) will not have a political alliance with Congress but an “understanding” inside and outside Parliament to stop the forces of communalism, newly-elected general secretary of the Left party, Sitaram Yechury, said Sunday.

Mr Yechury was unanimously elected CPI(M) general secretary Sunday after weeks of uncertainty. Towards the end of party’s 22nd congress in Hyderabad, the newly-elected 95-member central committee chose the 65-year-old leader as the party’s head.

Speaking to reporters after the closing session, Mr Yechury said CPI(M) will chalk out its “electoral-tactical line” on the basis of state-based ground realities.

He said CPI(M) has emerged united from this congress and it is determined to carry out “our revolutionary task” to put forth an alternative policy framework. It will mobilise people to strengthen the struggle to defeat the ruling BJP, he said.

“This party congress was for unity. We will strengthen the struggle of people and move forward. This battle will be fought on the basis of alternative policies of the Left. We have to defeat the BJP – that is our first task.

“We will have no political alliance with the Congress. But we will have an understanding with it inside and outside (Parliament) to stop communalism,” Mr Yechury said.

His political line regarding whether or not CPI(M) should involve Congress to take on BJP, had faced a major challenge.

The party leadership Saturday chose a middle path by deciding to amend the official draft on the issue by omitting the crucial phrase “no understanding” with the Congress, which was a victory of sorts for the “minority view” held by Mr Yechury.

The official draft, backed by Prakash Karat, had said the party should unite secular democratic forces “without having an understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress party”.

But in the amended document, it is written that the party can unite secular democratic forces “without having a political alliance with the Congress party”, thus keeping the doors open for an electoral understanding.

“The mass organisations would work on the basis of issues related to people. When elections will come, we would chalk out our electoral tactical line on the basis of state-based political ground realities according to the political line adopted in our party congress,” Mr Yechury said.

“We are declaring to the whole country and to the world that we will not allow the secular democratic foundation of India to be torn by the communal forces and India will remain united,” he added.

Mr Yechury had taken over as general secretary of CPI(M) from Mr Karat at the 21st party congress in Visakhapatnam in 2015.



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Facial Recognition System Helps Trace 3,000 Missing Children In 4 Days

Facial Recognition System Helps Trace 3,000 Missing Children In 4 Days

Delhi Police took help of the software after the High Court asked it to test run the FRS

New Delhi:  Nearly 3,000 missing children have been traced in four days, thanks to the facial recognition system (FRS) software that the Delhi Police is using on a trial basis to track down such children.

The identities of the missing children have been established and efforts are on to help them reunite with their families.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), in an affidavit to the high court, said that the Delhi Police, on a trial basis, used the FRS on 45,000 children living in different children’s homes. Of them, 2,930 children could be recognised between April 6 and April 10.

The Delhi Police took help of the software after the Delhi High Court asked it to test run the FRS which can help trace and rescue missing children.

Much recently, on April 5, the Delhi High Court expressed displeasure when it was informed by the Delhi Police’s special commissioner (crime) that it has obtained its own FRS but it was unable to do trial run of the application as the WCD ministry has not provided the data.

The court had also pulled up the Centre for not sharing the details of missing children with the police despite its orders and warned of initiating contempt action if due seriousness was not shown in the 20-year-old matter.

Hours later, a meeting between the ministry and Delhi Police officials took place. The ministry provided data on some seven lakh missing children along with their photographs on the child tracking portal, after which the Delhi Police began the test run of the software.

Rakesh Srivastava, secretary to the Women and Child Development Ministry, said in the affidavit: “The Delhi Police shared the outcome of the FRS on April 10 with the WCD ministry. The police said that identities of 2,930 children were established. The ministry has sent the data to the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for further details. The court will be informed after completing further procedures.”

Bhuwan Ribhu of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which had given a proposal to give the software to the Delhi Police free of cost, said the NGO will request the court in the next hearing to constitute a national children’s tribunal on the lines of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The FRS software stores the facial features of any child and matches them with photographs and database available with the Track Child portal as a result of which the identity of the child is instantly established.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has also advocated the use of such softwares which can help trace the missing children and reunite them with their families.

“If such a type of software helps trace missing children and reunite them with their families, nothing can be better than this,” NCPCR member Yashwant Jain said.



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“Christian Missionaries Threat To Unity Of The Country”, Claims BJP MP From Uttar Pradesh

'Christian Missionaries Threat To Unity Of The Country', Claims BJP MP From Uttar Pradesh

Bharat Singh also said the North-East is under the influence of Christian missionaries.

Ballia, Uttar Pradesh:  Claiming that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country, BJP MP Bharat Singh has accused the Congress party of working on their directives.

“Christian missionaries control the Congress. Sonia Gandhi, the mother of Congress president Rahul Gandhi works on the directions of these missionaries. These missionaries are a threat for the unity of the country,” Mr Singh said while talking to reporters yesterday.

Mr Singh also alleged that the democracy in the north eastern states of the country has “weakened” due to “conversion of people there into Christianity.”

“The North-East is under the influence of Christian missionaries. Democracy has weakened due to conversion of people into Christianity there. The conspiracies hatched by these missionaries are threat for the country,” he added.

The Ballia MP, incidentally, had also alleged recently that the Christian missionaries were behind the vandalisation of the statues of the Dalit icon and key architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Singh further said after the Supreme Court’s decision on Justice BH Loya case, Rahul Gandhi should regret his stand.

“Congress does not believe in democracy. After Loya case ruling by the SC, the Congress, which tried to put BJP president Amit Shah in the dock stands exposed,” he added.
 



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Yeddyurappa Ahead Of Karnataka Polls

'Ready To Face Siddaramaiah In Badami': Yeddyurappa Ahead Of Karnataka Polls

Siddaramaiah’s defeat is certain in Badami, Yeddyurappa said.

Bengaluru:  With Karnataka Assembly elections just a few weeks away, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa today said he was ready to contest against Siddaramaiah from Badami, the Chief Minister’s second constituency, if the party’s national president Amit Shah asked him to do so.

“Our party’s national president will decide whether I should contest or someone else. If I’m asked to contest, I’m ready,” Mr Yeddyurappa told reporters in Chikkamagaluru.

Whether he faces the Karnataka Chief Minister or somebody else is fielded in Badami, Siddaramaiah’s defeat is certain, Mr Yeddyurappa said. 

Badami in Bagalkote will be the second constituency from where Siddaramaiah will contest the May 12 Karnataka elections, the other being Chamundeshwari in Mysuru. The results will be declared three days later.

Amid speculation that he would be fielded against Siddaramaiah from Badami, state BJP vice-president B Sriramulu, who has already filed his nomination from Molakalmuru in Chitradurga, said, “We are disciplined soldiers of BJP… wherever the party asks me to contest from, I will do so.”

Siddaramaiah has been representing Varuna constituency in Mysuru since 2008, which he has given up for his son Dr Yatindra. But there has been speculation that Chamundeshwari would be a tougher fight than Varuna. When asked if his nomination for Badami was done keeping the conjectures in mind, he said, “It is not that I am interested in contesting in Badami. The leaders from North Karnataka wanted me to contest from Badami. They say if I contest from Badami, it will help neighbouring constituencies.”

Regarding the names of heavyweights that the BJP plans to field in Badami, he said, “Let them (BJP) field anyone. I’m not worried. Elections are fought on ideologies not between persons,” he added.

The Congress in its list of candidates for 218 seats announced last week, had named Dr Devraj Patil as its nominee from Badami, but in its final list today, Dr Patil’s candidature was replaced by Siddaramaiah. The Chief Minister will file his nominations from Badami on Tuesday.

Siddaramaiah has won five times and was defeated twice in Chamundeshwari. Badami with strong Kuruba presence, the community to which Siddaramaiah belongs, is being seen as a safer option for the Chief Minister.

(With inputs from PTI)



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Congress May Move Court If Impeachment Notice Against Chief Justice Dipak Misra Rejected, Say Party Leaders

Congress May Move Court If Impeachment Notice Rejected, Say Party Leaders

No Chief Justice has ever been impeached in the country. (File)

New Delhi:  As the Congress awaits the decision of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on an impeachment notice moved by it and other parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, it is considering moving the Supreme Court if the petition is rejected, party leaders said.

They said if the Upper House chairman did not find merit in the notice for the impeachment, the decision could call for a judicial review.

“The chairman’s decision is open to being challenged. It is bound to go for a judicial review,” said a Congress leader.

The Congress was also trying to build up “moral pressure” on the Chief Justice of India in the hope that he would step aside from judicial duty if an impeachment motion was moved against him.

Judges who faced impeachment had earlier stepped aside from judicial work and the Chief Justice should do the same, a party leader said.

“It is only a convention, though there is no legal or constitutional bar (on this),” the leader said.

The Congress also hoped that the decision on the motion would be taken soon.

“He (the RS Chairman) cannot sit on it indefinitely, though there is no deadline laid out in the Constitution,” a legal expert said, citing the case of an anti-defection law where the court had said it should be decided within a “reasonable” time-frame.

Meanwhile, an official in Parliament stressed that making public the contents of a notice before it was admitted violated Parliamentary rules.

This assumes significance in the wake of the seven opposition parties, led by the Congress, initiating an unprecedented step last week for the impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra by moving a notice levelling several charges against him.

According to the provisions in the handbook for Rajya Sabha members, no advance publicity should be given to any notice to be taken up in the House till it is admitted by the chairman.

“A notice for raising a matter in the House should not be given publicity by any member or other person until it has been admitted by the Chairman and circulated by members. A member should not raise the issue of a notice given by him and pending consideration of the Chairman,” according to Rule 2.2 of Parliamentary Customs and Conventions in the handbook.

A retired Lok Sabha official said the same rule also applied to the Lower House as it was listed under rule 334A of the procedure and conduct of its business.

The notice has been referred by Naidu to Rajya Sabha Secretariat officials, who are preparing the file and identified this violation, the official said.

According to the senior official in Parliament, a bulletin issued by the Rajya Sabha on December 8, 2017, reiterates the rule under parliamentary customs and conventions.

Leaders of the opposition parties had met Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and handed over the notice of impeachment bearing the signatures of 64 MPs and seven former members, who had recently retired.



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Son Accused Of Assault, Congress Lawmaker NA Haris Bags Ticket For Karnataka Polls

Son Accused Of Assault, Congress Lawmaker NA Haris Bags Ticket For Karnataka Polls

Congress’ NA Haris has retained his Shanthinagar seat in Central Bengaluru.

Bengaluru:  When the first list of candidates the Congress plans to field in the upcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka was released last week, there were 218 names on it. Of the remaining seats in the 224-member Vidhan Sabha, there was much suspense around the Shanthinagar constituency in Central Bengaluru. However, lawmaker NA Haris, who represents the seat, has finally found himself on the second and final list. 

Mr Haris’ candidature was under doubt for the May 12 elections as the high-profile Congressman’s name was mentioned in headlines about two months ago after his son Mohammed Nalapad was accused of thrashing an injured man at an upmarket restaurant in Bengaluru. 

Two days after the brutal assault that left the victim with swollen eyes and blood-soaked clothes, Nalapad, 24, surrendered. He was charged with attempt to murder and sent to jail. His bail plea in March was also rejected.

The incident had deeply embarrassed the ruling Congress, which was targeted by the opposition in Karnataka of going soft on the accused. They accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of failing to maintain law and order in the state; and NA Haris of shielding his son.

The two-time lawmaker later apologised for his son’s conduct and said, “Children make mistakes… we cannot disown or abandon them.”

As the Congress took no time to sack Nalapad as the state unit’s Youth Congress general secretary, there were apprehensions whether Mr Haris will be fielded again or not in the high-voltage elections.

After being kept on tenterhooks for days, when his ticket was confirmed today, Mr Haris thanked the “Almighty Creator”, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah. He will file his nomination papers tomorrow.

Today’s list also replaced candidates in six previously assigned  constituencies. Badami in north Karnataka, which had earlier been announced by the Congress for Dr Devraj Patil, now has a new nominee — Siddaramaiah.

This will be the Chief Minister’s second constituency. He has already filed his nominations from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru.



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RBI Ban On Crypto-Currencies Banking Services Challenged In Delhi Court

RBI Ban On Crypto-Currencies Banking Services Challenged In Delhi Court

The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre, the RBI and the GST Council. (File)

New Delhi:  The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre, the RBI and the GST Council on a plea challenging a circular which prohibits banks and financial institutions from providing any service in relation to virtual currencies such as ‘crypto-currencies’.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla issued notice to the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which issued the circular, and the GST Council and sought their reply by May 24.

The order came on the plea by Gujarat-based company, Kali Digital Ecosystems Pvt Ltd, which was proposing to undertake the business of operating a crypto-currency exchange system for customers within India.

The company has claimed that it has already undertaken substantial investment in this regard and planned to roll-out the exchange system, called ‘Coin Recoil’, in August this year.

However, due to the April 6 circular issued by the RBI, the company claimed it would not be able to avail banking services, imperative for its business, to operate it, the petition has said.

Under the circular, entities regulated by the RBI have been prohibited from “providing any service in relation to virtual currencies, including those of transfer or receipt of money in accounts relating to purchase or sale of virtual currencies”, it has said.

For entities which are already providing such services, three months time has been given to them to cease such activity, the plea has said.

Apart from seeking quashing of the circular on the ground that it is “arbitrary, unconstitutional and violative of the Constitution”, the petition has also sought a direction to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to “frame appropriate regulation on crypto-currencies”.

Crypto-currencies are digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.

The company has claimed that lack of regulations on crypto-currencies has “increased the uncertainty over treatment of such transactions and is adversely affecting the proposed business of the petitioner”.



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