Kerala: 6- year -old girl sexually abused by her father and his friends after forcing her to drink alcohol #Vaw #WTFnews


 rape

 

Dec 09, 2012   Perumpavoor, Maps4aid.com

Action Taken: Following a complaint by the girl’s mother, police registered a case against 40-year-old Kora, who is absconding, under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act and IPC Section 328 (giving liquor to a minor).
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A six-year-old girl was sexually abused by her father and his friends after she was forced to drink alcohol at Perumpavoor near Kochi in Kerala.

The incident came to light after the girl showed some behavioural problems. She was first taken to a paediatrician and then to psychiatrist Ajesh Ramesh. The girl told Ramesh that her father Kora had sexually abused her several times after making her drink alcohol. He then offered her to his friends too, Ramesh added.

Following a complaint by the girl’s mother, police registered a case against 40-year-old Kora, who is absconding, under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act and IPC Section 328 (giving liquor to a minor). The victim’s mother said she had divorced her husband six months ago and one of her two daughters was with him as per the court order. She suspected that the girl has been abused since then. More shocking was the mother’s accusation that though she had lodged a complaint, the inspector concerned has failed to take action after which she approached the Superintendent of Police (Rural).

Source: Dec 8, 2012, DHNS & Agencies

 

PUDR statement on possible arrest/detention of Aparna Marandi and other anti mining activists in Jharkhand


Please call Aparna Marandi’s number 09771949885 , wife of Jiten manardi who might be detained or arrested ,Lets make life hell for the cop and police station where she is, I called  her at 11pm from Mumbai just rang no one picked up, pl share

December 9, 2012

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses grave concern over disappearance and a possible arrest/detention of Aparna Marandi, Baby Turi and Sushil Ekka along with two minors Alok Chand Marandi (4 years) and Satish from Hatia Railway Station in Ranchi, Jharkhand on evening of 8.12.2012 . All of them had come to this station to board Tapaswani Express in their route to Hydrabad for participating in a public convention.

It is to be noted that Aparna Marandi , Alok Chand Marandi and Satish are related to a leading cultural activist of Jharkhand Jiten Marandi as spouse, son and nephew. Both Jiten and Aparna have been relentlessly campaigning against mining interests, ‘devlopment’ led displacement as well as larger climate of repression in Jharkahand villages accompanying the operation Green Hunt. Jiten Marandi was earlier framed along with three others, by the Jharkhand police in false cases of Maoist related violence in which 19 people were killed and the lower court had awarded him and others with death sentence. The Jharkand High Court however found the charges against them unsubstantiated and had acquitted them in December 2011.

Baby Turi on the other hand is an elected representative and is Mukhiya of Jitpur panchyat in Dhanbad District of the state. Sushila Ekka is a social activist and hails from Badka village in Hazaribagh District.

PUDR strongly condemns this deplorable step of the Jharkhand Police and demands that the whereabouts of these five people be immediately made public. Securing the life and liberty of its citizen is utmost function of the government. We therefore hold Jharkhand government complicit in this mysterious disappearance and grave transgression of fundamental rights of citizens.

PUDR sees this incidence of disappearance as a chain of events that links to continuous process of repression in the state of Jharkhand, in light operation Green Hunt that has forsaken the constitutional governance in the state.

Paramjeet Singh, Preeti Chauhan
Secretaries

 

Open Letter to World Congress on Information Technology( WCIT) on barriers of Participation #mustshare


9 December 2012

 

 

Open letter to the WCIT

 

 

 

Dear Secretary General Touré and WCIT-12 Chairman Al-Ghanim:

 

We, the undersigned members of civil society, are attending the ongoing World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12), both physically and remotely. We appreciate your efforts to engage with global civil society and trust that you will take this letter in the same spirit of constructive engagement.

 

We believe that openness and transparency should be the hallmark of any effort to formulate public policy. In the months approaching the conference, and in our experience at the WCIT so far, we have discovered that certain institutional structures continue to hamper our ability to contribute to the WCIT process in a meaningful and constructive manner.

 

Now that the conference is in session, we wish to call your attention to three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments solicited prior to WCIT at the ITU’s invitation; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5; and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation. We address these in detail below.

 

Public Comment Solicited By ITU Effectively Excluded. Prior to the WCIT, the ITU assured civil society that it would provide an opportunity for meaningful input through public comment. As many organizations explained at the time, the inability to see specific country proposals compromised the ability to offer a detailed response. Nevertheless, primarily based on documents leaked to the public, 22 organizations from four regions expended considerable resources and effort to make the most of this single, albeit highly limited, opportunity to engage on the substance of the proposals as they existed at that time.

 

Unfortunately, the ITU has provided no mechanism for inclusion of the public comments in the WCIT working papers. They are not made accessible through the document management system (TIES) in the same manner as proposals submitted by members, nor are any of the comments reflected in the numerous working drafts reviewed by WCIT delegates. As a consequence, delegates appear entirely unaware of these comments, and the diligent work of civil society organizations that accepted the ITU’s invitation to participate through the public comment process is in danger of being lost. From a practical standpoint, the possible help these public comments could provide in resolving some of the contentious issues before the WCIT is wasted.

 

We have no doubt that the invitation to submit public comment was extended in good faith, and believe that the lack of any mechanism for including these comments in the deliberations of the WCIT is a result of this being the first time the ITU has attempted this form of public engagement.

 

We ask that you work with us to find an effective manner to bring these public comments into the deliberations while they remain relevant, for example by including them as Information Documents (INF) in the document management system.

 

Lack of Transparency of the Working Groups. We applaud the decision to webcast Plenary deliberations and the deliberations of Committee 5. Nevertheless, the decision not to webcast or allow independent civil society access to the working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5, undermines this move toward transparency and openness. The decisions made by the WCIT will impact the global community. The global community deserves, at a minimum, to see how these decisions are made. By contrast, the failure to provide access to the working groups lends legitimacy to the criticism that the WCIT makes vital decisions about the future of the public Internet behind closed doors. While transparency cannot substitute for substantive engagement, it is a valuable end in itself that lends legitimacy to all public policy exercises.

 

We ask that you further enhance the transparency of the WCIT by allowing access to and webcasting of  the Committee 5 working groups.

 

Absence of independent civil society participation. Finally, those of us attending who are not associated with a member state or sector member delegation are restricted in our ability to participate on behalf of civil society. We recognize this is not a deliberate effort to exclude civil society representatives, but a function of the ITU’s structural rules. Nevertheless, these restrictions hamper our ability to provide the WCIT with the benefits of an independent civil society perspective, and report back to the global community.

 

We are aware that several member state delegations have actively reached out to their civil society communities and included representatives of civil society in their member delegations. We commend the efforts made by these governments and encourage other governments to take similar action. Nevertheless, these civil society representatives are first and foremost members of their delegations and have limited opportunities to express an independent civil society view. While the participation of civil society representatives benefits both the member delegations and the WCIT’s deliberations as a whole, it cannot substitute for engagement with independent members of civil society.

 

We recognize that the current institutional structures do not facilitate independent civil society participation in the work of the ITU. Given that it is unlikely that institutional changes can be implemented during the WCIT, we ask that the two above issues be addressed immediately and that the ITU commit to reviewing and putting in place mechanisms that will encourage greater participation by civil society.

 

We wish to acknowledge your efforts to reach out to civil society and enhance openness and transparency at the WCIT.  We hope you will take our concerns in equal good faith, and work with us to resolve these issues as expeditiously as possible.

 

We look forward to further discussions and to building upon these first steps of multi-stakeholder engagement.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Access, International

African Information and Communications Technology Alliance (AfICTA), Regional

Article 19, International

Center for Democracy and Technology, USA

Center for Technology and Society/Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV), Brazil

Delhi Science Forum, India

Free Software Movement of India

Global Partners and Associates, UK

Index on Censorship, UK

Internet Democracy Project, India

Internet Society Bulgaria

Internet Society Serbia, Belgrade

Karisma Foundation, Colombia

NNENNA.ORG, Côte d’Ivoire

Public Knowledge, USA

Society for Knowledge Commons, India

Software Freedom Law Centre, India

Wolfgang Kleinwachter, University of Aarhus, Denmark

 

 

We encourage other civil society organizations and their members to endorse this statement. Please email WCIT12civilsociety@gmail.com to add your support.

 

Barred from temple, TN dalit priest kills self


M T Saju TNN , dec 9,2012

 

 

THENI: A dalit priest, who was prevented from entering a temple in Theni district, allegedly committed suicide on Friday. Police said S Nagamuthu, 23, left behind a note saying he was threatened by some non-dalit members of the temple administration committee and police officers to withdraw a case he had filed against them.

On September 17, TOI had reported that Nagamuthu, a priest with the Kailasanathar temple at T Kallupatti village, was asked by the committee members not to enter the temple and perform puja. When Nagamuthu questioned the decision, he was allegedly beaten up. With the help of some activists, Nagamuthu filed a petition in the Madurai bench of the Madras high court, which directed the police to do a proper investigation. The Thenkarai police registered an FIR on August 2 based on his complaint.

Nagamuthu’s father K Subburaj said he was under pressure to withdraw the case. “He was threatened by influential people to withdraw it. My son was scared. He mentioned the names of seven people, who threatened him, in his suicide note.”

 

Protect reporters in conflict zones, say experts


 

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS)

Mediapersons reporting from conflict zones, including Jammu and Kashmir, Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh and the northeastern states, should get government protection, media experts said at a seminar here Saturday.

“The state institutions are expected to provide adequate protection and other systems to the journalists – irrespective of the views of the newspaper and channel concerned,” said a statement passed at the seminar on ‘Reporting Conflict Zones’ organised by South Asia Media Commission under the mandate of Indian chapter of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).

“There is no organised machinery to either protect or to project objective truth about the situation in those areas,” said a release issued by the commission, which facilitates free flow of information among Saarc countries.

The experts put the onus on the owners of the media organisations to “give monetary and legal back up, including special insurance, to the journalists”.

The statement issued on the conclusion of the day-long seminar regretted that there was a general apathy threatening the free flow of information which was a “prerequisite for maintaining national unity, integrity and sovereignty”.

The families of newspersons reporting from conflict zones too were subjected to blackmail, the experts said.

The statement said this while noting the “permanent threat” to the lives of the scribes reporting from “conflict zones like J&K, naxal affected areas like Chattisgarh or the northeast to various districts under Maoist influence…”.

The media commission urged the “state institutions, media owners and independent media organisations to join hands to face the grave threat to free media”.

“We should express solidarity with those who do a difficult job of reporting from the battle lines as it were,” the statement said.

Calling upon the governments to repeal the laws that restricts freedom of press in any manner, the seminar urged the governments particularly the Jammu and Kashmir government not to resort to the “stoppage of advertisements to newspapers and desist from resorting to persecution”.

–IANS

 

Usha Uthup , Legendary Rockstar took the Mumbai #TimesLitCarn by Storm !!


usha
 
Dec9, 2012, Mumbai
 
 It was a longgg wait , Waiting for 45 minutes outside the door of the hall, of people screaming, the time headlines will be ‘ Usha Uthup Live, and the audience dead”, everyone laughing,  peopel tired of waiting. Then doing some time pass withs ecurity guards, to open teh door , and atleats allow some ac hawa outside ;-). As teh door opened a little bit, I shouted –”someone fainted , here opene the door ,  this hulchal going on as  Usha Uthup  did her technical sound check  in side the hall. The serpentine queue just  grew by every second, jostling each other and asking volunteers how much more time ? how much more time ?.
Bachi Karkaria came and security guard said, Madam, sorry you cant go “. arey she is the event organiser, and she very sweetly said, they dont know me , and she went in, as we put a tsamp of authority, that she should eb allowed as she is event organizer, hahahahaha
 Bachi Karkaria came out, we all screamed how much more time ,   ten minutes  she said and we all started chanting the  ten minutes , our patience running out…. bhaag hi gayi…… and ….
Finally, door opened I ran to take the best place right in front, as I had to take a few videos and see and hear her clear as crystal.
The legendary  Rock star can just touch heart of eight year old and an eighty year old as well. The teenagers swinging to her tunes, whistling, at her sense of humor.No oen just no One can perform om stage as HER , a live wire ,
Usha Uthup remembering, R D Burman she said, she was potted by by him in 1969 at gazebo and at that time she did not know , who R D Burman, later they became great friends. R D Burman wrote a song her exclusively,buts sadly she could nto sing the song, for various reasons, but was penned for her.
The song was.. ‘ Duniya main logon ko…………….. monica oh my darling…. in the begining of song there is yoddleling.. two types. Usha she  called out to me from stage to yoodle with her, that was a golden moment freezed the audience were  divdied into right and left and she gave us two types of yoddling for her songs..
As  I  I am  a big mouth, with a karari avaaz, needless to say I  was and still am  loudest in my group and Usha Uthup said from stage. Hey you in red, come up… and yoddle , and  I was like what ? who me ?/ yes you ??? and there iI went jumping up da stage ;-). Another girl from other side was called too .
One was low paparaapapa/…..one was high…parrappara…. cam  ein my lap, and I think i did do justice for my group, and got the shabashi FROM  her, when she said in her signature style ‘ super amma “, and then started all masti magic of usha Uthup.
 The Gregarious performer Usha Uthup  rcoked the mehboob studios  with her powerful singing .She also shared many anecdotes, saying, “I’m probably the only one here today who has recorded songs at Mehboob Studios.”
 Did you know that Usha Uthup wears Sports shoes with kanjeevaram embroidery ?
She  REVEALED THAT  she wears sports shoes with embroidered kanjeevaram motifs on them! She said she has cut borders from some of her saris and stuck them on her shoes so that they all add to her appearance!, ‘ ISNT THAT KOOL” ahaan .. sure it is ;-)
Regarding her jewellery she shouted’ . ‘ How do you like my gold jewellery” we all shouted love it, and she said , I have given it to Bappi Lahiri and just have gold inside, my heart ;-)
 Rearading her trademark  S aree,  she shared that many people earlier thought that it was my  publicity stunt a marketing strategy, and Sshe said  , ‘ I  was born in a middle class family where all women wore sarees, clap clap went the sudience, and hey do you see how i I show my pallu ??? , she said getting pallu ahead in style , which covered her each inch of body  and she said , ‘ Obviously , I dont want cameraman to catch my belly  tyres…. hahahahahah went on the crowd .
The night went on with jokes, music and dance , unforgettable and golden moment etched with a tinge of .. kaash it never ended
We all danced to darling………………….. and bom bombay bombay meri hai !!!
Just wished night would never end,
and  Usha Uthup would not stop singing
and
I would not stop dancing…………
Below are some videos

 

Punjab Girl killed, parents held for #Honourkilling #Vaw



Hoshiarpur, December 8. The Tribune 


The district police today claimed to have solved the murder case of 25-year-old Manpreet Kaur of Subhanpur village whose body was found near Bhagora crossing on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road near Mahilpur on Thursday.

The police alleged it was a case of honour killing where the parents got their daughter killed to save their family from “disrepute”.

Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Hoshiarpur, said the police had arrested Manpreet’s father Kapur Singh, mother Balwinder Kaur, Satnam Singh Sona of Parsota and Jaswinderpal of Meetpur and seized Rs 1.50 lakh, a wedge used in the crime, a Maruti Zen car and the deceased’s mobile phone. Another accused Gurinder Singh of Mona Kalan is absconding.

Kapur Singh had earlier told the police that his daughter left the house at 6 pm on December 5 to attend the engagement party of her friend’s sister. Manpreet had Rs 4000, one gold chain and a gold ring at that time. He said he suspected that some robbers might have killed his daughter.

The SSP said investigations revealed that Manpreet wanted to marry Sandeep Kumar, son of Rattan Lal of Motian, PS Chabbewal, who belonged to the Scheduled Caste community, but her parents were against it.

Gill said: “On December 5, her parents called Satnam Singh and his driver Gurinder Singh to their house. They told Manpreet to snap ties with the boy, but she kept insisting on marrying Sandeep. Enraged over this, Satnam allegedly hit a wedge on her head and killed her on the spot. Later, they called Jaswinderpal to help them in disposing of the body.

“Jaswinderpal took Rs 1.50 lakh and agreed to report the matter to the police as an accident case. Later, Satnam took the body in his car to a tubewell where he changed the blood stained clothes. He then took her to Bhagora village and his driver Gurinder Singh followed him on Manpreet’s Activa scooter which they dumped along with the body”.

All the accused have confessed to their involvement in the crime, the SSP added.

Shameful act

Manpreet Kaur (25) of Subhanpur village was found dead near Mahilpur on Thursday

Her father had told the police that he suspected robbery as motive behind her murder

Police investigation revealed Manpreet wanted to marry Sandeep Kumar, who belonged to the SC community

 

Mumbai senior citizen raped, rapist arrested #Vaw


Edited b13 policemen will face trial for charges of gang rape in the case of Vakapalli tribal women  #Rape #Vaw

 By PTI – MUMBAI

09th December 2012 09:27 PM

A courier staff was today arrested for allegedly raping a 61-year-old woman at her flat at Powai in suburban Mumbai, police said.

Ashok Kumar (42) had gone to the victim’s apartment at around 12:30 pm yesterday and allegedly raped her before fleeing, they said.

The accused was known to the woman and used to frequent her residence at Military Road, police said.

“Though earlier we suspected that Kumar visited the victim’s place with an intention to commit robbery, but now it is clear that robbery was not the motive,” said a senior police officer.

According to police, the victim called her neighbours for help after the crime and was later taken to Bombay Hospital, where she is currently undergoing treatment.

The watchmen of the building in their statements too said that they had seen the accused visiting the victim on at least two occasions.

Based on the description given by the woman, Kumar was arrested from Tata Power Line area in suburban Borivili in the morning.

MumbaiIn yet another shameful incident, a senior citizen was allegedly raped and then robbed at her residence in Powai in central suburban Mumbai.The 61-year-old woman has alleged that on Friday evening the accused, posing as a courier boy, entered her house. Finding her alone there he first raped her, and then stole her belongings.

The police has registered a case of rape and robbery.
The police are now trying to make a sketch of the accused based on the description given by the victim.

 

I am Sumita from Chennai. My husband and in laws harass me for dowry. He refuses to live with me… #Vaw


I am Sumita from Chennai. My husband and in laws harass me for dowry. He refuses to live with me…

Dec 04, 2012   Chennai, maps4aid.com

Action Taken: Sumita has been advised to immediately get in touch with legal aid center in Chennai. The details have been email to her.
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My name is Sumita (Name Changed). i got married nearly three years back to an IRS officer who is currently posted in chennai.

From the day one i am facing mental harassment from my husband and in laws since i refused to transfer my property to his name. He bad mouth about me and my family to his colleagues and relatives. he sends messages which are in very derogatory manner. He’s been refusing to live with me. I waited with patience and tried all means for a reunion. but nothing turned out to be positive. i’ve been facing all these problems only since i refused to transfer my property. Till date he has not paid even a single penny for me. We both are now staying in the same station,that is in chennai, but he’s refusing to take house for me. i am suffering mentally.

Source: Direct Report from Victim

People of no fixed address #AAdhaar #UID #Nandanilekani


Are these people expected to return to their villages and hometowns to hang around waiting for the Unique Identification Authority of India to set up shop?
Sunil Sethi /  December 08, 2012, Buisness Standard
Workers returning to their jobs in metros from remote villages in Bihar and Jharkhand have lately been complaining that they are barred from boarding trains unless they show sufficient identification, including proof of residence in cities. Whether this is a run-up to the Aadhaar scheme for direct cash transfers launched by the government with fanfare, or an effort to check uncontrolled urban migration, is not clear. But the demand, alongside a sense of insecurity, among the vast unorganised labour force for some sort of pehchan patra (identity proof) is growing.
These are mostly people of no fixed address — workers on construction sites, in domestic employment or in small trade, people you encounter daily. Earlier this year, when the local residents’ welfare association ran a month-long and relatively well-organised Aadhaar enrolment camp, there were many such people in the queues for biometric tests. They were firmly weeded out for inadequate proof of tenure — no electricity bill, voting card or bank account. At the regional passport office applicants are similarly eliminated. Are these people expected to return to their villages and hometowns to hang around waiting for the Unique Identification Authority to set up shop? If Delhi alone records an in-migration of about 2.5 million every decade and an estimated 30 per cent of its inhabitants live in slums, it will be a long shot before they can lay their hands on pensions, education and healthcare benefits delivered in cash via Aadhaar cards.
In the old days, before Delhi achieved new levels of prosperity, the only recourse people of no fixed address had for finding an identity was the ration card, an entitlement of grain and sugar through the public distribution system. Ration cards were easy to fix for a small pay-off — but they enabled urban migrants to get on to electoral rolls, equally easy to penetrate through the good offices of political parties in search of vote banks. As a vote-catching ploy for 2014 the Aadhaar pilot scheme sounds good; as a reality it may be harder to get off the ground. Reports from some of the 51 districts earmarked for initial coverage confirm that many village clusters had never heard of a bank, so direct bank transfers of subsidies may be easier said than done.
I recently tried to help a person of no fixed address (though he held a bona fide voter’s card and driving licence) open a bank account. Despite my sifarish and assurance of a guaranteed minimum deposit, the manager asked for his PAN card. When I protested at the absurdity of such a demand, he scrutinised the pehchan patras in hand. Bewilderingly, the driving licence had been issued in Nagaland. How an applicant from district Darbhanga, unable to point out Nagaland on a map let alone having ever been there, acquired such a document was anybody’s guess. He failed to open an account and soon afterwards lost his job. Any migrant to a city will tell you that he doesn’t depend on banks to remit money home, but well-oiled alternate hawala networks.
Aadhaar could help change all that. Except the unique identity (UID) project hasn’t got round to addressing how it will track down India’s floating millions or, trickier still, several million non-Indians afloat in the country. Nearly a dozen states, from Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh, share fairly porous borders with Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh with a largely unaccounted – and possibly unaccountable – population. How will they be discounted?
The prime minister hailed the Aadhaar project of direct cash handouts to the poor as a “pioneering initiative” and he’s right. Rooting hard for the scheme, Jairam Ramesh calls it a “game changer” and he’s wrong. As an electoral game it may be too late. And it will be later still before people of no fixed address can carry home the cash.