#India -One minor arrested by BSF , tortured, detained then deposited to CUSTOMS office, auctioned & released


15 January 2013

To

The Chairman

National Human Rights Commission

Faridkot House

Copernicus Marg

New Delhi

Respected Sir

I want to bring your kind notice on an incident of physical torture, intimidation, bullying and extortion of money by collusion of Border Security Force personnel and local Custom official where the victims were young Muslims belong to BPL category; one of them even a minor. The perpetrator BSF personnel are known for their atrocious acts at the said area.

The victim duo were detained at a BSF camp for more than 14 hours, videographed, finger impressions taken, physically tortured, verbally abused at the said BSF Camp, later brought to police station along with Bangladeshi nationals then to a local Custom office where their families paid bribe for release of the persons and bicycles, in the name of ‘Auction’.

Again after nearly three months BSF personnel visited the victims houses and threaten the families and intimidate to implicate in false criminal cases.

I am appending a detail of the incident herewith for your reference and demand for:-

  • The incident must be investigated urgently by an independent and adequate authority
  • The act of so called ‘Auction’ by collusion of BSF and Custom must be investigated and proper measures should be taken for immediate stop of this illegal act
  • Specific charges must be framed against the errant BSF and Custom officials
  • The victims and their families along with witnesses must be protected from further intimidation and their safety must be guaranteed
  • The victims must be duly compensated for their losses

Sincerely Yours

(Kirity Roy)

Secretary- MASUM

National Convener – PACTI

 

Particulars of the victim:-  1Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar , son of Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, aged about – 17 years and 2. Mr. Hasanur Molla, son of Moslem Molla, aged about – 21 years; both of them are by faith – Muslim and residing at village – Doharkanda, Post Office – Hakimpur, Police Station – Swarupnagar, District – North 24 Parganas.

Particulars of the perpetrators: – .

Border Security Force personnel known as 1) Mr. KD Sahib in locality, 2) Mr. Bharat Singh, Subhash Singh and 3) Mr. Akbar Khan all attached to the ‘G’ Branch of Bithari Border Out Post of 152 Battalion, all were in BSF uniform at the time of incident & 4) an unidentified Custom official of Hathatgunj Bazar Custom office under Swarupnagar Police Station, North 24 Parganas

Date of the incident:- On 06.10.2012  at about 5 am and 31.12.12 at about 10 am

Place of incident:- In front of the resident of Mr. Sahidul Molla of village – Hakimpur, Police Station – Swarupnagar, District – North 24 Parganas.

Case Detail

It is revealed during our fact finding that Master Muzaffar Dafadar, son of Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, a class – VI student; is a 17 years old minor boy from a below poverty level Muslim family.  His father’s name is Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, and is a resident of village – Doharkanda, post office – Hakimpur, police station – Swarupnagar, district – North 24 Parganas.

On 06.10.2012 at around 5am Muzaffar was going to Bithari Bajar with betel-nut. He was accompanied by Mr. Hasanur Molla, son of Mr. Moslem Molla, aged about 21 years, village – Doharkanda, post office – Hakimpur, police station – Swarupnagar, district – North 24 Parganas. Mr. Hasanur Molla is a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) 2nd year student from a below poverty level Muslim family. They were traveling by two bicycles along a path through an open field in Hakimpur, when they reached near Mr. Sahidul Molla’s residence at the said village they were apprehended by K.D. Sahib and other unidentified BSF personal and another BSF jawan. K.D. Sahib pulled Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar by his shirt’s collar and threw him down to the uneven path from the running bicycle. The other BSF jawan apprehended Mr. Hasanur Molla.

K.D. Sahib and the other perpetrator BSF jawan bound the victims together with their towel and took them to Hakimpur BSF Mini Camp. The victims were detained to a room at the said Mini Camp. At around 8.00am the victims were taken in front of Mr. Akbar Khan’s room.  Mr. Bharat Singh, a BSF personal, slapped Muzaffar Dafadar on his left face under his earlobe and used abusive and humiliating language. Mr. Muzaffar Rahaman and Mr. Hasanur Molla’s family members went to Hakimpur Mini Camp after receiving news of their sons’ apprehension by BSF personnel, they pleaded for release of the victims, but BSF did not release the victims. At around 10 am Mr. Akbar Khan came and recorded video and audio clips of their images and voices and after that Bharat Singh and Subhash Singh took impressions of their fingers by making threats and intimidation. The said KD Sahib noted down their physical descriptions at about 2 pm. After that the victims were again detained them into a room in that camp.

At around 7 pm Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Mollah along with two other unknown apprehended Bangladeshi nationals were taken to Sharaphul Hospital by a BSF van. A nurse registered the names and addresses of the apprehended persons. Then they were taken to Swaroopnagar Police Station and the two Bangladeshis were handed over to the police. But Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Molla were taken to the customs office. Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Molla’s family members met the customs officer. Name and rank of that officer is unknown. But he was in a short pant and T- Shirt at the time of the incident. Victims’ family members had to pay Rs.9, 000/- for their release; on 06.10.2012 they paid Rs.7, 000/- and got released their sons and on 07.10.2012 paid Rs.2, 000/- for getting back the two seized bicycles. All these illegal bribing exercise was performed in the name of ‘AUCTION’.

Nearly after three months; on 31.12.2012 at around 10 am Mr. Akbar Khan and Mr. Bharat Singh, both in BSF uniform, came to Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar’s house by a red colored, Pulsar make motor cycle and warned the present women at the time by saying that if their son wouldn’t meet Mr. V.P. Singh, Camp Commander of Amudia BSF Camp, at their Camp, they would come back at night and forcibly taken away their son and would also implicated him in a false case. Next they went to Mr. Hasanur Molla’s house. At that time there was no one at the house. They told Mr. Ali Hussain Sardar, a neighbor of Mr. Hasanur Molla, that Hasanur must meet Mr. V.P. Singh at Amudia BSF camp by 4 pm. Otherwise they would come and take him forcefully. Presently the perpetrator BSF personnel are threatening the victims’ families and other locales.

On 2.01.2013, the victims made a written complaint to the Sub Divisional Police Officer; Basirhat Sub-Division under district North 24 Parganas but without any respite.

 

Open letter to DG, WHO regarding Pentavalent vaccine


English: Margaret Chan, director-general of th...

English: Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

ALL INDIA DRUG ACTION NETWORK,

 

  • 57, Tejaswinagar, Dharwad 580002,
    Tel & fax 0836-2461722
  • A-60, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016,
    Tel: 91-11-26512385,

http://aidanindia.wordpress.com/

———————————————————————

Date 16th January 2013

OPEN LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, WHO

To

Dr. Margaret Chan,

The Director General,

World Health Organisation,

Geneva.

chanm@who.int
wrindia@searo.who.int

Dear Dr Margaret Chan,

All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) is a network of not-for-profit civil society organisations that has been campaigning and working for rational use of medicines, largely in the Indian context. In March last year some of us sent you as DG, WHO an open letter about deaths from Pentavalent vaccine (DPT + Hib + Hepatitis B) which is supported by WHO.

Last week we had another death in Kerala, India after the vaccine. The 47 day old child Akilesh the son of Mr Anil and Liggy Vadekethil received his first dose of the vaccine. He was found dead in bed at 3 AM that night.

The Vietnam Government has stopped the programme with the vaccine after 3 deaths and they have asked the WHO to investigate[1]. Perhaps this will not come up to you but we thought you should know.

This follows a pattern. The vaccine is harmless for the vast majority but in a few, it causes reactions and death. It is wrongly said to be, Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). This was in fact the explanation given by the WHO experts investigating the deaths in Pakistan showing the experts neither understand the cause of the deaths nor the definition of SIDS.[2] Other deaths have been attributed to be anaphylaxis. In the cases of deaths in Sri Lanka the committee of the WHO said that the deaths were ‘unrelated to the vaccine but they could find no other explanation for the deaths’ – thereby contradicting themselves.

There is no way of testing children before they are given this vaccine to know if they will react adversely. Therefore any healthy baby coming for preventive vaccination may be the next victim. This will likely shake the confidence of the public in the entire immunization regime and the steady progress we have been making with routine immunization may be reversed.

blog in the British Medical Journal has calculated from data gathered from Kerala in the first 6 months of introducing the vaccine in that state, and projected that the vaccine will likely cause 3000 deaths in India each year where a WHO sponsored study showed that the deaths from Hib meningitis is about 175 per year[3].

This pattern of sudden unexpected death has been seen in many Asian countries besides India and Vietnam in Bhutan , Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, so that it no longer possible to suggest that the deaths were just coincidence.

We did not receive any response to our last letter but as an organisation we feel we must place this information to you so it can be viewed in its entirety rather than piecemeal. It is being placed in a publicly accessible website so it may be used by all for rational decision making. We are concerned that these continuing deaths from a vaccine supported by the WHO will erode not only the credibility of this international organization but also of all vaccines.

Looking forward to your early action in the regard.

Yours truly,

1.      Dr Mira Shiva, +91 9810582028, mirashiva(at)gmail(dot)com,

2.      Dr Anant Phadke, +91 9448442142, anant.phadke(at)gmail(dot)com,

3.      Mr Srinivasan S, +91 9448442142, chinusrinivasan.x(at)gmail(dot)com,

4.      Dr Gopal Dabade, +91 9448862270, drdabade(at)gmail(dot)com,

5.      Mr Naveen Thomas, +919342858056, navthom(at)gmail(dot)com,


http://novartisboycott.org/petition

 

 

 

#India -35-year-old awaits murder trial in a juvenile home #WTFnews


Manish Sahu : Lucknow, Thu Jan 17 2013, IE
FP

For over three months now, an observation home in Bareilly meant for juveniles undergoing trial or convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board has had a 35-year-old resident. Rakesh (name changed) was shifted to the home on September 29 as a local court declared that he was a minor at the time of his alleged involvement in a case of dacoity and murder in Shahjahanpur district in 1988.

A daily wage labourer, Rakesh is married and has four children. His eldest son is 12 years old.

Rakesh is estimated to have been around 11 when the crime was committed. Bareilly Observation Home superintendent Chabinath Rai said he was lodged there on the order of the Juvenile Justice Board. “Considering his age, we keep him away from other inmates. Till now, no inmates have objected,” said Rai.

Tasneem Kausar, a member of the Juvenile Justice Board at Shajahanpur, said they were only following the norms of the Juvenile Justice Act.

The incident dates back to December 1988, when unidentified men beat up residents of a house in Shahjahanpur, fired at them and decamped with valuables. Two of the injured later died. Police arrested seven persons in the case — Jai Ram, Rakesh, Lalla Ram, Nandu, Sadhu, Nanne and Lalla.

In April 1989, Sadhu and Lalla Ram were discharged for want of proof. Rakesh’s lawyer Virendra Pal Singh Chauhan said “trial of only three persons was conducted”. On December 12, 2011, a court held Nanne, Jagdish and Rakesh guilty.

“Before the court could pronounce the sentence, I told it that Rakesh was a minor at the time of the incident. In his statement before the court earlier that year, Rakesh had mentioned his age as 34. This means he was a minor in 1988. The court did not pronounce Rakesh’s punishment, but sentenced Nanne and Jagdish to life imprisonment,” said Chauhan.

On September 28 last year, the sessions court declared that Rakesh was a minor during the incident and referred the matter to the Juvenile Justice Board.

Maulana Hussain Umarji- He died a broken man


JYOTI PUNWANI, The Hindu, Jan 17/1/2013

Maulana Hussain Umarji. File Photo
PTIMaulana Hussain Umarji. File Photo

Though Maulana Umarji was the first to apologise on behalf of his community for the Godhra incident, he died tarnished, accused of being the mastermind even after his acquittal

Maulana Hussain Umarji died of brain haemorrhage on Sunday night, a free man but a tarnished one. As his son Saeed said, “His mind could never free itself of the stain on his reputation. Even after he was acquitted, the media kept asking: how did the ‘mastermind’ go free?”

Few outside Godhra knew of Maulana Umarji till Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express was burnt there on February 27, 2002, leading to the gruesome death of 59 passengers, most of them Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) followers. The subsequent violence against Muslims in Gujarat saw thousands of injured, raped, orphaned and widowed Muslims pour into Godhra from neighbouring villages, necessitating the setting up of relief camps for them. Maulana Umarji, the head of the town’s Ghanchi community, ran the three camps, and thereby entered the limelight, finally leading to his arrest as the mastermind of the train burning, a year after the incident.

As Saeed Umarji said, “If this is the reward you get for doing social work, God save this country.”

Acquittals

It wasn’t just social work that Saeed’s father did in those violent months of 2002. Running the camps without much help was difficult enough. But that could have been done by others equally efficiently. Maulana Umarji did what no one else could. He kept his flock in check. Notorious for their impulsive violent reactions to any slight to their faith (it was outside their settlement near Godhra station that the Sabarmati coach was set on fire), Godhra’s Ghanchi Muslims couldn’t contain themselves as they heard tales of atrocities from the villagers who poured into their relief camps, punished for something with which they had had no connection. (Incidentally, Narendra Modi is a Ghanchi.) Additionally, in those days, night curfew was on, and the police were conducting nightly raids on Ghanchi localities, hunting for those who burnt the train, picking up anyone they could. (As many as 63 of the 94 accused were acquitted.)

In this explosive atmosphere, Maulana Umarji succeeded in preventing a major flare-up between the police and his flock. But that was not his only achievement. The Maulana was the first to apologise on behalf of his community for the burning of the Sabarmati coach.

He did this at the first peace meeting called by Godhra’s Collector, and then at subsequent meetings. He apologised too in front of then Prime Minister Vajpayee and Sonia Gandhi, when they came to see the burnt coach. These apologies went unreported, as did his condemnation of the incident and his appeal for peace sent to newspapers.

This was the man arrested as the “mastermind” of the train burning, on the basis of a statement made by a criminal in custody who retracted it the moment he was produced before a magistrate. Everyone in Polan Bazar, Godhra’s main Muslim area, saw the police take away their 63-year-old spiritual leader just before dawn from his house, hobbling without spectacles or walking stick. The next day, the media went berserk with lurid tales of contacts with Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Mullah Umar, fiery sermons, hidden wealth … all these accompanied by close-ups of the Maulana’s face contorted in anger, fitting exactly the stereotype of the “jehadi antinational Mullah.” Such was the impact of this coverage that when he was acquitted eight years later, Hindus across Gujarat cursed the police and the judge for letting the “mastermind” off.

No support

For the Maulana, there couldn’t have been a worse charge. As he told this reporter in April 2002, “Muslims have been taught to be patient, so all this (violence) we are facing today, we shall suffer it. But what makes me angry is when they question our patriotism. Don’t they know that 14,000 ulema had been hung from the trees of Delhi for fighting for freedom? My own guru was in jail in Malta for six years. The British promised him freedom if he only gave up Gandhiji. He refused. I fear the country is not safe in their hands. It will be ruined.”

The tragedy was that when he was arrested by the BJP government, not even the Congress for whom he had campaigned in the December 2002 Assembly elections, spoke up in his defence. This campaign was one of the reasons for his arrest. The other was that with his outspoken denunciation of the treatment of Muslims to the Prime Minister, and his open help to the families of those arrested from Godhra, he had become the defiant face of Gujarat’s Muslims at a time when the entire community was cowed down.

Maulana Umarji never got bail, even after the charges of terrorism were removed in 2009. While he languished in jail, six of his children were married off. In February 2011, as his community thronged his house after he finally came home having been acquitted, his first question to this reporter was to inquire about her health, and narrate how jail had actually done him good thanks to Ramdev’s yoga classes there.

Apparently, not enough good to counter the stigma Modi’s government and the media had put him through. Even though a fiercely protective son prevented him from donning his community’s leadership again, he lasted barely two years after his release.

(Jyoti Punwani is a Mumbai-based journalist and writer.)

 

#India -Bonded brides – Molki women on Sale #Vaw #Trafficking


ASHOK KUMAR, The Hindu

Marriage or shackles? Molki women lead a life of subjugation.
APMarriage or shackles? Molki women lead a life of subjugation.

Trafficked brides in Haryana are reduced to sex objects and cheap labour.

Import of women to Haryana as brides from far-off regions outside the State is by now a known trend, but a recent study on the social status and rights of these women, usually referred as paro or molki (meaning purchased), reveals how they cut from their people, native place and culture forever, end up as “sex toys” in bed and cheap labourers in the fields. They end up with no right to property or to interfere in family and social matters, even as the police, the media and society as large turns its back to the issue.

“Though the trend of bride trafficking is mostly associated with skewed sex ratio, there are several other factors such as need for cheap labour that contribute to it. An overwhelming majority of themolki women work in fields and just a fraction of them are managing households. Because of fast decreasing landholdings and increase in labour cost, the families in Haryana bring these women from other States in the garb of marriage and keep them as bonded farm labourers. The well-off zamindars usually don’t keep these women with themselves due to social constraints and marry them off to their local labourers. The women are then sexually abused both by their husband and his employer and also double up as cheap farm labourers,” said Shafiq R. Khan, founder of Empower People that carried out the study ‘Molki: Women on Sale…’

The trend of bride trafficking is also linked to age-old custom of karewa (sexual relations of more than one male with a single woman) that has been in existence in the region for ages, but was gradually on decline due to sanskritisation. The custom is now being revived through this practice and the molkiwomen are sexually exploited by all the males of the family. Social acceptance of karewa and its prevalence can be seen in folklore and local proverbs.

The study conducted in Haryana’s Jind and Kurukshetra districts, which are most notorious for female foeticide, reveals that 66 per cent of the families practising bride trafficking are Jats, followed by 15 per cent Sainis, though the custom is prevalent among almost all other castes. “Jats being the dominating caste, both economically and politically, play a significant role in setting social trends. On the other hand, Sainis are the only caste in Haryana to challenge Jats politically and economically and are leading the non-Jat politics in the State for several years now. So, when the molki woman was set as a standard of social dominance, the Sainis started challenging the Jats in this sphere, too,” explains Mr. Khan.

With local women having no right over land and little say in family and social matters in many areas of Haryana, the circumstances of the molki women are even worse. More than 80 per cent of the molkiwomen interviewed as part of the study revealed that they are not registered in local ration cards or voter lists, thus denying them the status and rights of a permanent family member. These women hardly participate in local customs and do not stand a chance of visiting their parents or native place ever after the “marriage”. Though most of these trafficked women, especially those belonging to West Bengal and Assam, have non-vegetarian food habits and take rice, they are forced to adjust to vegetarian food habits prevalent in Haryana, says Mr. Khan, adding that those in nuclear families enjoy relatively more independence within the family, but not in society at large.

The lives of the molki women, who have no right to property, become more pitiable after their ‘owner’s’ death and they are either sold or handed over to others as there is no social pressure on the family to take care of their basic needs. Some of these women adopt prostitution as a means of livelihood. They, however, stand a chance to stay with the family if they have children.

 

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