Bankura rapist doctor arrested

 Friday, 02 March 2012, Pioneer

Dr RK Sarkar of Bankura Sanmelani Medical College, charged with raping a differently-abled patient, was arrested and produced before a district court on Thursday. He has been charged with section 376(2D) even as the preliminary medical report of the victim confirmed that she was raped police said.

She had been undergoing treatment at a Government hospital in Kolkata.

A three-pronged inquiry by the CID, the police and a 3-memnber medical panel was being conducted, district SP Pranab Kumar said, adding the medical superintendent of the hospital had been asked to proceed on leave.

Meanwhile, amid recurrent reports of rape bringing Bengal to the forefront for the wrong reasons, a district court in Burdwan handed out an exemplary punishment to a rape-and-murder accused within a year of the incident taking place.

Accused Netai Bagdi was handed out death sentence for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl by a Sessions Court in Burdwan. The crime had taken place at Gariapukur village in Aushgram block of Burdwan district on April 29, 2011. He was charged under Sections 376, 302 and 201 IPC.

The “honourable court found that the incident belonged to the ‘rarest of rare category’ keeping in view the ferocity and brutality of the act and the age of the victim barely a teenager,” Aditya Banerjee, a lawyer said, adding “This would go a long way in containing the incidents of rapes and molestations that have gone up in the State in recent times.”

The Burdwan verdict came in tandem with Bengal Governor MK Narayanan condemning the rising incidents of rape as “disturbing.” The Governor rued how Bengal which once used to be “one of the safest places to live in” was getting bad name for some people who were indulging in such “dastardly acts.”

He said, “It is the duty of one and all to protect the women as Bengal has been one of the safest places to live in,” adding quickly however that the interested quarters “should not sensationalise the incidents of rape.” He assured, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and I have been talking to the police for handle the situation better.”

The police hurried to take action after a National Commission for Women sought an action-taken-report from the Bengal Government. The victim from Saltora village of Bankura was raped in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday her mother Mongola Gorai had alleged.

The 19-year-old girl had come to the Hospital with complains of chest pain. Her father said alleging the junior doctor guided her to a room for treating her.

104 Journalists and 30 Distributors in Prison in Turkey- BIA Media Monitoring Report 2011

March1, 2012

One hundred and four journalists and 30 distributors/members of the media were imprisoned as we entered the year 2012. In 2010, there were a total of 30 journalists in prison.- Bia Media Monitoring Report

The year 2011 was a year of mass journalist arrests. The Turkish Penal Code (TCK) and the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) were applied jointly in these arrests. All the arrested journalists were accused with having “connections with a terrorist organization,” be it “armed or not.” This led to a mentality that applied “politics” rather than “law,” and did away with the right to a fair trial and the principle of legality in crime.

One hundred and four journalists and 30 distributors/members of the media were initially “arrested” for “membership in an armed group” through journalism. Some of them are on trial for “committing an offense on behalf of the group without being a member of that group,” and/or “knowingly and willingly assisting a group although not being in the hierarchical structure of the group.” Some are on trial for setting up an armed or unarmed group, motivating and directing it, and/or being a member of it. The court has delivered a judgment in some of these trials.

Journalists were presented as “terrorists” through supplemental claims such as following-up news, covering news, writing books, opposing the government through journalism, and working for the Kurdish media.

In the trials, only six journalists are directly being accused for and charged with their news reports, articles or books: Vedat Kurşun, Ruken Ergün and Ozan Kılınç, editors-in-chief of the Azadiya Welat newspaper, Erdoğan Altan, Batman representative of Dicle News Agency (DİHA), Diyarbakır representative Kadri Kaya, and Bedri Adanır, owner of the Aram Publishing and an executive of the Hawar newspaper.

Despite the fact that arrest is a precautionary measure and can be replaced with judiciary control provisions, criteria such as “danger of absconding,” “destruction, concealment, alteration of evidence,” “influencing the witnesses,” and “intense and strong suspicion of crime” were applied as ordinary and routine practices. These served as grounds for the arrest of journalist and to keep them under arrest for months or even years.

All journalists except one, and all distributors are currently in prison for “connections with a terrorist organization” under the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) and Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Sixty-four of the 104 journalists and all 30 distributors are from the Kurdish media.

BIA Media Monitoring Report 2011/Full Text


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