Invitation for a Film Treat at TISS- May 8, Block it !!



The School of Media and Cultural Studies invites you to a screening of  a series of five final films by the Class of 2012. The film screenings will be followed by an interaction and discussion with the filmmakers.

Date: May 8, 2012
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: Library Conference Hall, TISS Main Campus, Opp Deonar bus depot

ENTRY IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

The details of the films follow.

BREAKIN’ MUMBAI
2012, 33 Mins, Hindi with English Subtitles
A film by Aakriti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Gin Khan Siam and Sumit Singh

Gani, a 21-year old, has done many things for a living: bag-making, embroidery work and working at a call
centre.18-year old Aman studies in school. He loves eating mangoes and chenna-murgi. He sketches and
plays cricket. The two have very little in common, but there is one thing that binds them- Breaking, a dance form that started back in the 70s in the Bronx, New York. Since then, it has grown popular across countries and has moulded itself to fit into specific cultures.

This film looks at what it means to be a breaker in Mumbai, how breaking becomes a site of expression of
subaltern youth cultures and what it means to win and lose battles. Through the personal lives of Gani, Aman and their friends, the film tries to understand the dynamics of  breaking, and explores questions of space and the avenues for leisure in Mumbai.

NISWAN-E-MUMBRA
The Women of Mumbra
2012, 21 mins., Hindustani with English Subtitles
A film by Shazia Nigar, Sharib Ali and Ufaque Paikar

The riots of 1992-93 changed the spatial character of the city of Mumbai.While some Muslims left the city out of choice others were forced to leave in search of security. It was in this context that Mumbra, a Muslim ghetto, was established. Niswa-E-Mumbra is a film that explores the lives of Muslim women in Mumbra, through two central characters. Shireen Kamal Dehlvi is a journalist working with an Urdu daily. With her stories of struggle she brings to life what it means not just be Muslim but also a woman in contemporary times.

Kausar is an activist working with a women’s organisation called Awaaz-E-Niswan. Through her working on women she throws light on the present infrastructural problems in Mumbra and the struggles they pose for women. The film dwells on questions which attempts to answer weather the life of a Muslim woman is any different from that of other women.

BHARATMATA KI JAI
The story of a single-screen theatre in Mumbai’s mill country
2012, 28 minutes, Hindi, Marathi and English with English subtitles
A Film by Avadhoot Khanolkar, Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar, Arpita Chakraborthy and Shweta Radhakrishnan

At the heart of Mumbai’s mill country, Lalbaug-Parel, stands Bharatmata Cinema, one of the remaining single screen theatres that plays only Marathi films. The theatre is an iconic reminder of a colourful working class culture which is now on the decline in Mumbai. Through the narratives of Kapil Bhopatkar, the owner, and Baban, one of the oldest employees of the theatre, the film explores the history and development of Bharatmata as a space for articulating the cultural identity of Mumbai’s working class and ponders on its existence and survival. The characters, though from widely disparate socio-economic classes, come together in their passionate love for cinema and their celebration of the main character in the film, Bharatmata Cinema itself.

A HOME HERE
2012, 23 mins, English with subtitles
A Film by Vikram Buragohain, Kaikho Paphro, Joyashree Sarma, Daisy Leivon, Abhishek Yadav

From the echoing hills of the North east to a bustling city of Mumbai by the sea, the film is about the people who have made this journey in search of better life. But does the journey end here?

Amidst the changes and negotiations, the search for familiar faces and flavours of food lead them all to Kalina. In the film, a musician, an entrepreneur, a researcher, a homemaker and a martial art trainer, reflect on their lived experiences and the efforts to recreate their homes and maintain their identity in the city.
The film explores Kalina as a space and the elements of food and music which link them to their homeland and its memories.

TAMASHA– A RUSTIC DRAMA
30 min, Marathi with English subtitles
A Film By Devendra Ghorpade, Manoj Bhandare, Prakash Sao and Raju Hittalamani

This is a film on the performing artists of Tamasha and the changing facets of art form itself. Women have been an integral part of Tamasha contributing on and off stage. Their lives and struggles are a result of the interplay between social constructions, the changing location and form of Tamasha. Kanthabai Satarkar is a veteran Tamashgir. With her first performance at the age of nine, she grew as an artist to manage one of the biggest Tamasha troupes in Maharashtra. With over six decades of experience, her life bears witness to the journey of Tamasha and lives of those associated with it.

Reliance Communications Blocks The Pirate Bay & Vimeo #SatyamevJayate #Aamirkhan


By Vikas SN on May 4th, 2012 | , Media Nama

It appears that Reliance Communications has blocked video sharing website Vimeo and torrent website The Pirate Bay. While the reason of the block is not yet known, these websites are apparently blocked as per the instructions of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) (screenshot below). We tried accessing Vimeo and several other torrent websites and were instead redirected to a landing page which mentions that “The site has been blocked as per instructions from the Department of Telecom”. We are not sure on the range of the torrent websites blocked, since we were able to access a few popular torrent websites at the time of writing this article.

Why Vimeo? While the block on torrent sites are understandable, we are intrigued by the block on Vimeo, since its is just a video sharing website, quite similar to YouTube. Was Vimeo blocked because it houses user generated videos? If thats the reason, will YouTube and other video sharing websites be the next target in this site blocking spree?

Another thing to ponder is that the reason for the block has been suggested as an order from the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), but we wonder if Reliance has obtained yet another John Doe order to block the above mentioned websites, considering that it is releasing a Bollywood movie next week.

Last Years Blocks

In July 2011, where several ISPs including Airtel had blocked access to several file sharing sites like Mediafire.com, Megaupload.com, Rapidshare.com, Sendspace.com, Megavideo.com, VideoBB.com, Novamov.com, Movshare.com, Putlocker.com, Hotfile.com, Fileserve.com, Filesonic.com, Filesonic.in, Depositfiles.com, Wupload.com, Uploaded.to, and Uploadstation.com, suggesting the reason of block, as an order from the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) but it was later revealed that the block was instituted because of a John Doe order from the Delhi High Court, allowing Reliance Big Pictures to prevent piracy of its movie Singham. A month later, Reliance Entertainment had got yet another John Doe order from the Delhi High Court to prevent piracy of its movie Bodyguard.

That being said, it should be noted that these blocks are limited to Reliance Broadband at present and the above mentioned websites worked fine on a BSNL broadband connection.

Report The Blocks To Us

If you know of any other ISP which has blocked these websites, do let us know in the comments below. Please mention your location and ISP, and add a screenshot of the blocks for The Pirate Bay and Vimeo. So far:

– Reliance Communications Data Card: Yes, both blocked
– Reliance Wireline, Mumbai/Gujarat: Yes, both blocked
– MTNL Delhi/Mumbai: No
– Airtel Delhi/Bangalore/Mumbai/Pune/Chennai: No
– BSNL Bangalore/Pune/Andhra Pradesh/Gurgaon: No
– Tata Pune: No
– Sify Pune: No
– Hathway Mumbai: No
– Syscon Infoway: Yes, both blocked
– Zylog Wi5: Yes, both blocked
– Aircel Ahmedabad: Yes
– Vodafone 3G, Ahmedabad/Maharashtra: Yes, both blocked.
– Tikona, Mumbai: Yes, both blocked.
– You Broadband: No

Original Article here

Indian Hospital: Episode 1


This unique observational documentary series shines a light on Indian society as it is rarely seen. In six one-hour programmes it illuminates the complexities and dilemmas of modern India through the extraordinarily varied lives of patients and medical staff working at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital Complex in Bangalore.

A series by Paul Roy, Aljazeers English, May 4,2012

India has the world’s second-largest population but more than 40 per cent of the people live below the poverty line and there is no government-funded welfare system or safety net.

So with only $4 per person spent on public healthcare each year, falling sick in India can be a death sentence.

Narayana Hrudayalaya, meaning ‘Temple of the Heart’, is a hospital with a difference that is determined to make a difference. Here, making a profit and offering free medical care go hand-in-hand.

This hospital is the brainchild of Dr Devi Shetty, one of the world’s top cardiac surgeons.

And 10 years on from its founding, it has become a hugely successful and profitable business. But this is not what drives Shetty. His goal is to provide high-end affordable healthcare to rich and poor alike.

For many patients, 58-year-old Shetty is as near to a God as a mortal can be.

“The essence of life is helping people,” he says. “We are in a profession where people come, [and] they are not coming to buy a car or a house or a new suit. They are coming here to save their life. And when they come and tell us that they have no money we know if we refuse they are going to die. So if a hospital is not able to help people who come to its doorstep, we believe they should not be doing that job.”

The rapid growth and success of the Narayana health city is unparalleled in India. And the pioneering steps taken by Shetty and his team are offering lessons to the global healthcare industry.

Shetty is beginning to overcome one of medicine’s greatest challenges: offering high-end hospital services to the masses while still turning in an annual profit of nine per cent.

“We decided to adopt all the business principles of Walmart or Henry Ford – the one thing in common is the economy of scale,” Shetty explains.

At the Narayana, approximately 40 per cent of patients pay a reasonable price for their treatment, a small percentage – those who “want the frills of executive rooms” – pay a premium, a majority pays less than the market rate and 10 to 20 per cent pay virtually nothing. For the latter category, the hospital’s charitable wing raises money to help compensate for the material costs of their treatment.

In any other hospital, those who could not afford to pay their medical bills would simply be sent away until they came up with the cash, but at the Narayana the hospital’s charity wing helps them to find the money.

While the charismatic Shetty and his ideals are a draw card, it is the fact that he can offer the surgery cheaper than anyone else that is the main attraction.

In the first episode of Indian Hospital, we follow the story of Akbar and Qurr – a couple who have gone from one state hospital to another trying to save the life of their nine-month-old first-born child, Hatersham.

It is only during their first visit to Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital that they are told Hatersham needs a liver transplant – a very risky procedure.

“My relatives ask us not to take the risk – and I have a chance to have another,” says Hatersham’s mother Qurr. “But how can we leave him in pain? He is my child.”

For Akbar, Qurr and baby Hatersham this is just the first stage of what will turn out to be a very long journey.

POSCO–Pack up and go away -says (PPSS)


PPSS Update. Dhirendra Gourishyam Panda

During the recent visit of South Korean ambassador to India Kim Joong Keun to Odisha, he said that POSO may reduce the capacity of production of the proposed steel plant in case they do not get all the land needed. POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) strongly opposes this shrewd new formula of the POSCO. We make it clear that our people are not going to be befooled by it. The land that government has acquired for the project till now has been done at the gun point. People have been given false promises and cheated. One can come to Gada Kujang and Nuagaon areas and see the helpless condition of people whose land government has taken by force and by fraudulent means. We demand all the land which have been taken by the gove…rnment should be returned to people.

After the environmental clearance to the project was suspended by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the company has closed down its field office from Noliasahi. But we want the company to completely pack up and go from our area.

Our leader Narayan Reddy and seven other friends are still languishing in jail in false charges. PPSS reiterates its demand to release them unconditionally.

We have come to know that despite the suspension of the green clearance, the state government may still resume land acquisition in June. We will oppose any such move tooth and nail.

In the mean time the members of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) visited our area and took stock of the situation. It has found the breach of promise by the government made to the people whose lands have been taken and said improper rehabilitation and not providing regular allowance until employment is given to people amount to human rights violation. While we appreciate the note taken by NHRC, we demand that forceful usurpation of sources of livelihood of people is still more serious form of human rights violation and NHRC should take note of this.

 

The NHRC has ordered 5 lakh rupees compensation to the wife of late Tapan Mandal who was killed by the pro-POSCO goons during the clash. The government and Red Cross had given a compensation of 60 thousand rupees to her, which NHRC found to be grossly inadequate.

We are continuing our Dharana near Govindpur village and will continue our peaceful demonstration till the project is scrapped.

Kindly circulate this mail widely.

In Solidarity,

Prashant Paikary
Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Mobile no-09437571547
E-Mail – prashantpaikary@gmail.com

When High Court Judges usurp land meant for the homeless, where do the homeless seek justice?


Faiza Khan, Khar East Andolan

Posted on May 6, 2012

When you ask about the court cases in Golibar now, the residents will wrly reply with the famous Hindi film dailogue. “Tareek pe tareek! Tareek pe tareek! “. The hearing on this Monday, the 7th of May, will be 20 months since the Golibar criminal case has been in the Mumbai High Court. In 2009, builder Shivalik Ventures had faked signatures of residents of Ganesh Krupa Society (GKS) in Golibar to claim the 70% consent it needed to redevelop the Golibar slum. On that list of signatories was Sulochana Pawar who had died four years before she allegedly gave her consent. Going by the rules of the SRA, this should have, at the very least, led to the ouster of Shivalik Ventures from this redevelopment project.

Instead, the then Slum Rehabilitation Authority(SRA) chief, Mr. S. Zende (remember this name, it’ll come up again later!) asks the residents of GKS to settle for a compromise. The police had been even more nonchalant and refused to investigate the case until the Court directed them to do so. Once on it, they were so baffled by this seemingly obvious case of fraud that for 20 months, they’ve been seeking extension after extension to complete their investigation. The Court has been very obliging. Meanwhile MHADA’s demolition squads, with police protection continue to break people’s homes.

So the government is clearly not on their side, specially after it backtracked on the GRs last year. The police never was. Their only hope of any justice was in the Courts. Until the Nyay Sagar scam came to light.

Akankhsha tai and other women from Ganesh Krupa are huddled around a copy of Janta ka Aaina, a community newspaper. They burst into cackling laughter. “Yeh toh apna Chandrachud hai!“(This is our Chandrachud!). Apna Chandrachud is Justice Chandrachud of the Mumbai High Court who has been hearing the matter of the Golibar GR case in the High Court. Now he’s on the frontpage, accused in a major land scam, along with Justice Khanvilkar who is hearing the Golibar criminal case (of the forged signatures). There are 13 other Judges and ex-Judges accused.
Nyay Sagar and Siddhant are two multi-storeyed buildings built on a plot of government land that was reserved for the homeless. The judges of the High Court led by then Justice Rebello (now Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court) formed Nyay Sagar Co-operative Housing Society in 2001 and in collusion with Vilasrao Deshmukh  de-reserved all but 10% of this land and appropriated it for themselves. This change in the Development Plan of this plot, Survey No 341 (Part) CTS No 629 from being reserved for the homless to Residential was facilitated by some very senior bureaucrats, including Mr. Zende (the SRA chief who asked residents of GKS to settle for a compromise). What is shocking though is that the land was handed over to Nyay Sagar CHS much before it was de-reserved.

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Even the de-reserving was a sham. Once it is decided that the reservation of a piece of land is to be changed, there is a notification which is open to the public for 30 days in case they have objections. This notification was made public on 16.6.2004 but just six days later, on 22.6.2004 ,the status of the land was modified. The Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan has filed a complaint with the Anti Corruption Bureau asking them to file an FIR.

Akanksha tai laughs when she reads the buildings are called Nyay Sagar (meaning Ocean of Justice) and Siddhanth (Principles). But then she asks soberly, “Now where are we to seek justice?”

THE WALL OF SHAME

THE ACCUSED IN THE CASE
1. Shri Vilas Rao Deshmukh, the then Chief Minister,
2. Shri Sangeetrao, the then Collector Mumbai Suburb,
3. Shri SS Zende, the then later Collector Mumbai Suburb,
4. Shri RC Joshi, Principal Secretary, Department of Revenue,
5. Shri Ramanand Tiwari, the then P. Secretary UDD,
6. Other Unknown Govt. Official/s.
7. Justice V C Daga,
8. Justice A M Khanwilkar,
9. Justice B R Gavai,
10. Justice S M Ghodeshwar,
11. Justice S Radhakrishnan,
12. Justice S A Bobde,
13. Justice P V Kakade,
14. Justice R Lodha,
15. Justice G D Patil,
16. Justice F I Rebello,
17. Justice D K Deshmukh,
18. Justice D B Bhosale,
19. Justice D G Karnik,
20. Justice J P Devdhar,
21. Justice DY Chandrachud


A letter from Justice Rebello to ex-CM Vilasrao Deshmukh misusing his official letterhead for a non-official matter
More documents will be made public soon.

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Rights of tribals at the core of Maoist conflict – B D Sharma


“Rights of tribals at the core of Maoist conflict”

Mohammad Ali

Social activist B.D. Sharma addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
 Social activist B.D. Sharma addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
The Hindu

States have allowed exploitation of mineral-rich regions without locals’ consent

The conflict between the government and the Maoists in the tribal areas didn’t start with the abduction of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon and it would not end with his release, observed B.D. Sharma, the mediator who secured Mr. Menon’s freedom after two weeks in captivity.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Sharma said: “At the core of the clash between the governments and the Maoists lies the question of ownership ofjal, jangal and zameen of the tribals, who used to be the owners of the mineral-rich region, and the model of development which the governments, State as well as the Union, are thrusting upon them.”

Referring to the “understanding” reached between the Chhattisgarh government and Maoists, he hoped the temporary ceasefire in Operation Green Hunt will lead to an era of peace. However, he added: “Only astrologers can predict the longevity of the current ‘ceasefire.”

The former District Magistrate of Bastar talked about the situation prevailing in the tribal region while highlighting the government’s failure in protecting the rights of tribals.

“When I asked a local tribal in Bastar about the difference the Maoists’ presence has made to his life, he replied that the tribals don’t get troubled by the patwari and thedaroga,” Mr. Sharma said.

Talking about the “inherent contradiction” in the government’s policy on tribals, Mr. Sharma said instead of resolving core issues like rights over forests, forest produce, people’s rights over land and resources, and the trader-contractor-politician nexus, governments have signed hundreds of memoranda of understanding with foreign and domestic companies for exploitation of minerals without the consent of the local people.

“Our Prime Minister calls the tribal people poor! How can you call the community poor which historically and naturally used to own and cultivate the mineral-rich region and its resources?” he said.

Mr. Sharma regretted that the Bhuria Committee’s 1996 recommendation regarding community ownership of industry had not been adopted still. He said tribals had not been given any stake in the present model of development despite the Centre having envisaged carving out a zone to ensure the partnership of tribals in development.

He highlighted the “open violation” of the provisions of the Panchayat (Extension to Schedule Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) — the PESA had envisaged that “every Gram Sabha shall be competent to safeguard and preserve the tradition and customs of the people, their cultural identity, community resources and the customary mode of the dispute resolution.”

Kolkata Cop rapes a poor woman threatening dire consequences against her husband


COMPLAINT OF-  rape of a poor woman by Sub Inspector Mithun Banerjee, officer-in charge, bhadreswar ps

in his official quarter  –an  Association for Protedtion of Democratic Rights (APDR)  fact finding report.

            On 23 April, 2012, at about 8-30 PM, APDR came to learn that a young woman was raped by SI Mithun Banerjee, Officer-in Charge, Bhadreswar PS. We were informed that the young couple is seeking justice, but are too afraid to move alone and lodge a complaint. We asked them, whether they can go to the nearest Government Hospital and get medically examined first. They were even reluctant fearing that the Hospital authorities will refuse. Finally they agreed to come the nearest Government Hospital, the Chandernagore Sub-Divisional Hospital. We assured them that we will intervene if the Hospital authorities refuse.

            They reached the Hospital by 8-45 PM, and requested for medical check up against their complaint of rape. As they feared, the Emergency Medical Officer on duty refused to entertain them and get the woman medically examined.. In about 15 minutes an APDR team also reached the Hospital and tried to reason with the MO for arranging medical check up. Finally after an official request on behalf of APDR, an outdoor ticket was prepared and after getting instruction from the Superintendent of the Hospital, necessary papers were being readied for her admission.

            While all these were taking place, an well-built person was frequently coming in and going out of the emergency room and making calls with his cell phone. The Hospital staff revealed that he was a police personnel in plain dress.

            In the meantime APDR also contacted the Chairperson, West Bengal Women’s Commission (WBWC) and also met the Superintendent of the Hospital in his quarters. The Chairperson, WBWC also called the Superintendent of Police, Hooghly. While the APDR team was discussing the matter with the  Superintendent of the Hospital, he received a phone call and informed us that a police team is coming to the Hospital and if they make a formal requisition, necessary medical examination to ascertain the truth of allegation of rape will be conducted.

            Within a few minutes, a large contingent of police appeared, first led by the SDPO, Chandernagore, followed by IPS Amitabha Verma, ASP. They interrogated the victim woman and    her husband for about an hour and in another hour the woman’s handwritten complaint was received by the Officer-in Charge, Chandernagore PS, in which the victim categorically stated that she was raped by the Officer-in Charge, Bhadreswar PS in a room of the OC’s quarter..

The Incident: according to the victim and her husband

1. The husband was arrested in a dacoity case and after 45 days in custody was released on 21/04/12. On the very night, two policemen from Bhadreswar P.S. chanced on him and asked him to come to the P.S. Accordingly the husband visited Bhadreswar P.S. on 22/4/12. As asked by O.C., Bhadreswar P.S. the husband summoned his wife to the P.S. over phone. At that time the O.C. took the mobile no. of the victim and her husband.

2. On 23/04/12, at about 3-30 PM, the O.C. asked the victim to visit the P.S. immediately in connection with her husband’s case.

3. She proceeded to the P.S. in an Auto (According to media reports a police vehicle was sent to the victim’s house to fetch her to the P.S.)

4. When the victim reached the P.S. the O.C. took her to his quarter. There was nobody in the quarter at that time. The O.C. took the victim to a room of the quarter and closed the windows. He threatened that if she did not obey her husband would be in grave danger. After that he pounced on her. According to the victim she tried to resist but did not shout out of fear that she might be killed. She was raped forcibly.

5. She reported the whole episode to her husband and the husband tried to contact some media from the numbers scrolled below the channel programmes.

6. After that he also contacted APDR.

Medical Examination and aftermath:

1. After receiving the formal complaint from the victim, the O.C., Chandernagore P.S. made a formal requisition for medical examination on her for alleged rape. The examination was done at Chandernagore Sub Divisional Hospital. at around 12 P.M. Interestingly, the Emergency Medical Officer noted the allegation of rape “as per statements of the victim’s husband’, but the victim herself narrated her plight and categorically stated in presence of the APDR team that she had been raped by the O.C. Bhadreswar P.S The discrepancy was pointed to the Emergency Medical Officer immediately thereafter. He admitted his mistake. The matter was also communicated to the superintendents of the Hospital at 11.30 P. M.

2. On 24/04/12 morning the victim was discharged from the Chandernagore Hospital. The husband along with her 5-6 years old son was waiting for whole night at the hospital, hungry and unfed. When the family was emerging from the hospital, they were forcibly placed in a police vehicle.

3. They were taken to Imambara Sadar Hospital. Sri Tanmoy Roy Chowdhury. IPS, SP Hooghly, Basab  Talukdar, Special IG and other officials were present at the Imambara Sadar Hospital. There was another round of grilling of the victim and her husband at the hospital. The victim was also subjected to a fresh medical examination.

4. Though the victim made a formal complaint of rape against the O.C., Bhadreswar, P.S. , no action was taken against the O.C. was taken till then. Only towards the afternoon the media reported the O.C. is ‘closed’.

5. After medical examination, the whole family was again put on a police vehicle at about 2 P.M. and was taken to the District Women P.S. situated  at the Chinsurah PS premises. At 3 P.M. they were again taken to the Imambarah Sadar Hospital and after about half an hour taken back to the District Women P. S.

6. At 5 P.M. we learnt that the whole family was then at Bhadreswar P.S.

7. At about 9 P.M., after the whole day’s ordeal without sleep or rest accompanied by continuous grilling by a top brass of the police hierarchy, they probably left the PS. But they could not be found in their home and remained incommunicado for the next 36 hours.

8. According to media reports, on 25.04.2012 they were taken to the CID Headquarters at Bhawani Bhawan, the accused O.C. was also asked to report there. Another round of grilling followed.

9. Towards the afternoon of 25.04.2012, the media quoting police sources reported that the accuse O.C. has been suspended. About three hours later, the media, again quoting police sources, further reported that the victim ‘retracted’ her allegation against the O.C.

OUR OBSERVATIONS :

1. The initial reluctance of both the hospital and police administration to entertain and act on the complaint of rape and subsequent warlike activities­–both were aimed at suppressing the allegation and fact of the rape and deprive the woman of justice.

2. The couple is in their twenties and the husband returned home after 45 days in custody barely 40 hours prior to the incident of rape. In this situation vaginal rupture during rape is quite unlikely. The only substantive medical evidence will be cross matching of the vaginal swab of the victim with the accused’s semen. It is not known, whether such medical examination was conducted. So far as we know the victim’s clothing at the time of rape were not seized and not examined forensically for evidences of rape which is a must in such cases.

3. Like other such incidents of gross human rights violation, the police fed the media with misinformation at regular intervals like ‘no evidence of rape in medical examination’, ‘the woman has two marriages and is of bad character’, ‘ the woman admits she is mentally disbalanced’ so on and so forth.

4. It is not known whether the following bits of vital investigation were conducted by the police :

(a) Why the accused Bhadreswar PS O.C. was using an unregistered SIM for communicating with the woman, if such contacts were necessary as part of his official duty.

(b) The examination of Bhadreswar PS personnel to verify the victim’s presence in the PS at the time of alleged crime.

(c) Cross checking the description of the room of alleged crime at OC’s quarter as given by the victim and as it actually is.

(d) Cross matching of vaginal swab of the victim with the accused’s semen and forensic examination of victim’s clothes at the time of alleged rape as mentioned before are absolutely necessary to rule out the allegation of rape.

4. The police tried to break the moral of the victim and subjected her to tremendous mental and physical stress from 4 pm, 23 April to 25 April afternoon– almost for 48 hours at a stretch. The resulting trauma made her ill–she felt acute pain in the head  and felt mentally agonized to such an extent that she could not remember what she said earlier to the police. The victim is a patient of Thyroid disorder. Two days without necessary essential medication invariably disturbs the physical and mental equilibrium of the patient. This was the opportunity the police was looking for and without wasting a moment she was taken to a magistrate to record an statement extracted in the face of severe trauma.

5. Media reports suggest that the  victim made a statement u/s  164 of CrPC retracting the allegation of rape, which was also repeated by the Hon’ble CM, during her press meet on 27/0/4/12  The sub section 6 of section 164 states that  The Magistrate recording a confession or statement under this section shall forward it to the Magistrate by whom the case is to be inquired into or tried.

The following questions need to be answered.

(a)   How the police/media knew the contents of her sec 164 statement, when the law specifically meant it for the judicial magistrate.

(b)   Whether the victim was provided with legal advice/opinion on  the concequences before she was forced to make a statement u/s 164 CrPC.

(c)    Even if the victim retracts her complaint can the accused absolved  before getting the forensic test reports and till then shall the accused not to be dealt with as per law.

(d)   Why the victim was taken to a magistrate to record a statement before the completion of the investigation based on her already registered complaint. Can this be explained without questioning the motive- was police anxious to give justice to the victim or they were hell-bent in rescuing their collegue from the long hand of law?

6. The whole chain of events does not suggest that the victim’s allegation was untrue. It rather points out how far and further the police can traumatise a victim of rape to get her retract her allegation. The treatment meted out to the victim is in blatant disregard of all human right standards. The traumatisation was aimed towards the whole family including the victim’s 5/6 year child, to subjugate the victim.

OUR DEMANDS TO THE POLICE and THE STATE AUTHRITIES :

1. The allegation should be investigated by an agency which is not under the influence of the state police. The state Women’s Commission may initiate such a process. The statement u/s 164 Cr.P.C. obtained under duress from a traumatised victim must be kept in abeyance.

3. The allegation is of a non bailable offence and the accused must be dealt with as per provisions of the law.

 

WE APPEAL TO  statutory HumanRights Bodies including Women’s Commission and Human Rights Commissions and the Judiciary to step in to help the victim get justice.

 

WE ALSO APPEAL TO  different rights organisations, women’s organisations and all democratic individuas and organisations to voice their dissent to this sinister design to deprive a rape victim of justice

Fact finding Team :

Bapi Dasgupta, Amit Gosh, Gautam Munshi, Saibal Das

Amitadyuti Kumar, Sumanta Ghosh, Kamal Datta,                                                      (Amitadyuti Kumar)

Debashish Gupta                                                                                                President, APDR, Hooghly Dist Committee

On behalf of the fact finding Team

28 April 2012

Association for Protedtion of Democratic Rights (APDR)

HOOGHLY DISTRICT COMMITTEE

Senpara P.O.Burashibtala, Chinsurah, Dist. Hooghly, W.B., PIN 712105

Phone 033/26801439 (M)       9433346109

apdrhoog@gmail.com

Amitadyuti Kumar,

Vice President, APDR

18 Madan Boral Lane, Kolkata 700012

Phone 033 22376459

President, Hooghly District APDR

Senpara, PO BUrashibtal, Chinsurah

Dist Hooghly, West Bengal  PIN 712105

Ph 03326891439   (M)  9433346109

Health of more then 300 anti nuke women protesters deteriorates #Koondakulam


A warning to the TN Govt on Koodankulam

A warning to the TN Govt on Koodankulam (Photo credit: Joe Athialy)

Idinthakarai Update
May 6, 2012

The condition of the 302 women hunger strikers has been deteriorating steadily. Two of the 35 men strikers have been afflicted with viral fever and have been isolated from the rest of the group for fear of any contagion among others. The following women have collapsed and removed to the nearby hospital:
Soosai Lourde (55), Manjula (33), Sahayam (45), Jacqueline (42), Pasili (36) and Bama (40). The first five women are from Idinthakarai and the last woman is from Koodankulam.

Last evening, a government medical team of 2 doctors and 3 nurses came to see the hunger strikers. The small medial team could not check everyone and dealt with only those who had serious health issues. They said they were late because their vehicle had starting trouble. One of the two BP apparatus (Sphygmomanometer) the medical team had brought was not working. This made the people question our government’s preparedness to face a nuclear disaster.

Because of augmentation in wind energy generation, Tamil Nadu is getting enough electricity now and the power cut has become down drastically. They are producing 2,500 MW every day. While the wind energy companies are ready to produce additional 1050 MW power, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board officials are asking the wind energy producers to reduce the wind energy generation (Dinamani online, May 6, 2012) as the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu are still hell-bent on propping up the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

The Chief Minister of Kerala, in the meantime, has demanded 500 MW power from the Koodankulam plant (instead of the allotted 266 MW). The PMANE challenges if the Chief Minister of Kerala is ready to ask for a nuclear power plant in his own state of Kerala instead of demanding more power from the Koodankulm plant. As the Kerala CM belongs to the same Congress Party of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, it should be very easy to set up a few nuclear power plants in Kerala.

Nanjil Sampath, the propaganda secretary of the MDMK participated in the hunger strike and expressed his party’s support to the struggle.

The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)

Immediate Release- Freedom Fast- 4th day- Theatre artistes join the protest for internet freedom


May5, 2012- New Delhi

Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit from Save Your Voice are continuing with the fourth day of their hunger strike to support annulment motion against IT Rules-2011in the Rajya Sabha. Ongoing from the 2nd of May, they will carry on with their hunger strike until any satisfactory response from the government is received regarding the opposition of the annulment of IT Rules-2011. Today they were visited by Arvind Gaur, Director of Asmita Theatre (New Delhi) and a few of his associates. Arvind, who is known for his work in innovative socially and politically relevant theatre, has given his word that he will extend his support for the fight for Freedom of Speech & Expression in a full fledged manner. He is also against the implementation of the IT Act and says that internet should be provided ‘free’ and not brought under any rules. The activists were grateful for his encouraging visit.

Government has enacted laws that give it a free pass to censor our Facebook posts, listen to every Skype conversation we have, monitor our tweets or blogs or access private photographs and documents we store online, or track our location using our mobile phones or surveil all of our online activity. The campaigners want to convey to the government that they cannot use vaguely defined laws and loopholes to take away our freedom of speech and expression.

IT Acts are unconstitutional: On 11th April 2011, the Government notified the new Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 prescribing various guiding principles to be observed by all internet related companies. These rules will:

1. Lead to a clamp down on the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the Constitution of India by providing for a system of censorship/self-censorship by private parties;

2. Adversely affect the right to privacy of citizens by allowing Government agencies to access their information;

3. Will severely hamper the growth of internet penetration in India, and consequently lead to a slowdown of economic growth;

4. Limit the growth of various IT related industries and services (in particular cyber cafes, search engines and bloggers).

In addition, mandatory data retention would force the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to create vast and expensive new databases of sensitive information about an individual. That information would then be available to the government, in secret and without any court oversight.

Annulment Motion in Rajya Sabha: Sh. P. Rajeev, Hon’ble Member of the Rajya sabha has moved an ANNULMENT MOTION to get these rules abolished and the motion has been admitted and is expected to come up in this budget session. Bangalore MP- Rajeev Chandrashekar has spoken in the Parliament in support of this motion. It’s also interesting to note that a professor of chemistry of the Jadavpur University was arrested recently along with his neighbour for allegedly posting a cartoon on a popular social networking site and forwarding emails, cases were booked under the IT ACT as well.
During the last three days, people from various streams and in favour of this cause have visited the campaigning activists at Jantar Mantar, and helped to keep their motive intact.

Thanks,
Save Your Voice Team,
http://www.saveyourvoice.in,
http://www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice
Contact no: 09717900302, 09810659060, 09336505530, 07499219770

Press Release
फ्रीडम फास्ट (चौथा दिन): इंटरनेट फ्रीडम के समर्थन में टीम अन्ना के सदस्य अरविन्द गौर और उनकी थिएटर टीम भी पहुची जंतर मंतर

इंटरनेट सेंसरशिप के खिलाफ सेव योर वॉयस की भूख हड़ताल ‘फ्रीडम फास्ट’ का आज चौथा दिन था. फ्रीडम फास्ट का उद्देश्य है तमाम राजनीतिक दलों से आई टी रूल्स के खिलाफ राज्यसभा में आ रहे एनलमेंट मोशन के पक्ष में वोट करने की अपील करना. आज अनशन के चौथे दिन टीम अन्ना के सदस्य और वरिष्ठ रंगकर्मी अरविन्द गौर अपनी थिएटर टीम के साथ जंतर मंतर पहुचे और इंटरनेट की आज़ादी की वकालत की. अरविन्द गौर ने कहा कि इंटरनेट एक आम आदमी की अभिव्यक्ति का माध्यम है इसलिए इंटरनेट की आज़ादी लोकतंत्र के लिए बहुत ज़रूरी है. अरविन्द जी ने माना कि आज के समय अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी पर सबसे बड़ा ख़तरा इंटरनेट सेंसरशिप की ओर से ही आ रहा है.

सेव योर वॉयस की ओर से असीम त्रिवेदी और आलोक दीक्षित भूख हड़ताल पर हैं. इंटरनेट की आज़ादी के लिए ये अपनी तरह की पहली भूख हड़ताल है. ये पहला मौक़ा है जब देश के इंटरनेट यूज़र्स और ब्लोगर्स अपनी अधिकारों के लिए वर्चुअल वर्ल्ड से निकलकर ज़मीन पर उतरे हैं इंटरनेट को सेंसर करने की तानाशाही कोशिशों की खिलाफत कर रहे हैं.

अनशनकारी सरकार से मांग कर रहे हैं कि आईटी एक्ट २०११ को हटाया जाए और इनकी जगह कुछ मजबूत कानूनों को लाकर इंटरनेट को मजबूती प्रदान की जाए. केरल के एक एमपी पी राजीव इस कानून को हटाने के लिये राज्य सभा में एक एनलमेंट मोशन लाए हैं जिस पर पार्टी सांसदों को वोट करना है. अब तक किसी भी पार्टी ने इस मोशन पर वोट करने के लिये हामी नहीं भरी है. अगर यह कानून इस सत्र में खत्म नहीं होता है तो हमें इस हटवाने में कई साल लग जाएंगे.

सेव योर वॉयस टीम
09717900302, 09810659060
http://www.saveyourvoice.in
http://www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice

Aamir Khan specially screens Satyamev Jayate in villages


Aamir Khan‘s much awaited TV debut Satyamev Jayate premieres today. The show will be telecast in over 100 countries around the world, but sadly, not in Karnataka.
After months of hype and curiosity, D-day has finally arrived for Aamir Khan’s first TV show, Satyamev Jayate. The first episode of the non-fiction talk show will air today at 11 am across eight channels on the Star TV network, including four regional language channels which will feature dubbed versions. It will also be aired on national broadcaster Doordarshan.To make sure the show reaches people in remote areas who don’t own TV sets, the actor will hold special public screenings of the first episode for them on community TV sets in their villages. Bhingara and Kahupatta in Maharashtra, Jhunkar in Madhya Pradesh and Khannapurwa, Lalpur Sarauta and Maaniram in Uttar Pradesh are some of the chosen villages.

“It is a relevant show for the whole country and we are making sure that it reaches out to all Indians, even in places with limited or no TV connectivity,” says Gayatri Yadav, marketing and communications, Star India. Based on the response to the first episode, Star will consider screening subsequent episodes of the show in this manner as well.

Telecom brand Airtel, Satyamev Jayate’s sponsor, has reduced the cost of SMS responses to the show from Rs. 3 to Rs. 1. Also, reports say that the revenue collected via SMS and from caller tunes of the show’s title track will be donated to charity.

Aamir’s dream to reach out to every Indian might hit a roadblock however. Recent news reports have said that Karnataka has banned the show from being aired because of a state policy that disallows dubbed versions of non-Kannada serials on regional channels. At the time of goin to print, Star TV officials were trying to work out a solution.

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