#India -Dalit’s #gangrape: Police add stringent sections #Vaw


 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread

ByI P Singh, TNN | Feb 11, 2013, 0

JALANDHAR: Even as a medical board set up to probe the alleged gang rape of a minor dalit girl is yet to finalize its report, police on Sunday added stringent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, pertaining to ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault‘, to the FIR.

Sections 5 and 6 of this Act have been invoked even as police officials till Saturday had been looking into “some grey areas” in the statement of the victim’s father. The Act also provides speedy trial by a special designated court.

Meanwhile, three accused arrested in the case after they surrendered before the police on Saturday were remanded in police custody till February 13 by a Nakodar court on Sunday. The three are distantly related to the girl and had pleaded innocence. However, the victim’s family has been holding on to the allegations it levelled on January 6, the day when the girl was first rushed to Lohian Hospital and then to Jalandhar Civil Hospital with life-threatening septicemia.

It was only after being shifted to the hospital that the family had alleged that the girl was raped on the night of January 28 in Mandhala Chhanna village. The girl was finally operated upon in Amritsar where her badly infected and ruptured uterus was removed by doctors to save her life and her intestine was repaired.

The victim’s family also alleged that on Saturday some “anganwari worker” visited their home and rebuked the girl’s mother, who fainted after that. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Lohian with the help of police personnel posted in the village on Saturda

 

#Jalandhar 14 year old #gangrape victim critical; family wants justice #Vaw


Even as the 14-year-old Jalandhar gangrape victim continues to battle for life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the local Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, her family members have alleged that they are being pressed to strike a compromise.

The girl’s father, a labourer, told reporters that  one Puran, a resident of his village Mandhala Channa in Jalandhar district’s Shahkot sub-division, was resorting to pressure tactics. “My daughter is on her death bed. I want justice, not a compromise,” he said. 

Meanwhile, National Commission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka, who met the girl’s family in the hospital, said, “I am going to Jalandhar and will seek an action-taken report from the police. I will also ask the police to ensure that the family is not put under pressure.”

Verka said all persons booked in the case must be arrested at the earliest and the Punjab government should ensure best treatment.

The girl had undergone a surgery here on Thursday. Doctors had removed her uterus and repaired her intestines. Doctors confirmed that she would never be able to bear children.

Dr Tejbir Singh, medical superintendent, said, “The girl’s condition is still very critical. A team of doctors is keeping a close watch.”

“There was a lot of blood loss. We are giving her blood and have made arrangements for more, if required,” he added.

When asked whether the girl’s condition had deteriorated due to rape, Dr Tejbir Singh said, “I can comment only after getting a report from the medical team.”

Brutalised on January 28 by three male relatives after she was allegedly abducted from her house at Mandhala Channa village, the girl had been admitted to the civil hospital in Jalandhar on Wednesday after her health deteriorated. A case was registered by the Jalandhar (rural) police the same day against Charanjit Singh, Balwinder Singh and Sher Singh, none of whom has been arrested so far.

The police have conducted raids at various places in search of the accused who have been on the run for the last almost ten days.

 

SAD aka GOONDA DAL leaders thrash Punjab Singer for not performing at a wedding #WTFnews


Punjabi singer allegedly thrashed by supporters of Akali Dal

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The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) has been hogging the limelight for all the wrong reasons these days.

After the murder of a police officerand assault on another policeman allegedly by its members recently, the party’s leaders and their supporters thrashed a local singer at a marriage party in the state.

Punjabi singer Subhash Sharma was thrashed at the wedding of a relative of senior SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. Sharma alleged that he was beaten up by the party leaders for not performing at the function.

“There was a function of my friend who is a sitting MLA. He had organised a programme. Some people forced me to sing and when I refused I was thrashed badly. They also told me that they will see me,” Sharma alleged.

“I read in newspaper about misrule in Punjab and I confirm this today. I have not joined any political party. Earlier I was an Akali supporter, but now I don’t support it.”

“As a man and a voter I am saying that there is rowdy rule in Punjab,” he added blaming SAD for the growing incidents of violence in the state.

Earlier, a SAD activist had assaulted a constable in Gurdaspur district on December 8. The same day, nephews of an Akali leader opened fire in Muktsar district over a property dispute.

They fired several rounds at two people against whom they had a grudge.

Just a couple of days before these incidents an Akali leader had allegedly killed an assistant sub-inspector in Amritsar as the latter attempted to prevent his daughter from being harassed by the leader and his friends.

Read more at:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sad-leaders-thrash-punjabi-singer-no-performance-marriage-india-today/1/237212.html

 

Amritsar molestation: Expelled SAD leader arrested #Vaw #Punjab


RANJIT SINGH RANA – SHAME 

Amritsra, agencies , dec 6, 2012 -The Punjab police have arrested former Shiromani Akali Dal leader Ranjit Singh Rana and another accused in the Amritsar case where a policeman was shot dead for saving his daughter from molesters. Two other accused are absconding. An Assistant Sub Inspector, Ravinder Singh, of the Punjab Police was shot dead allegedly by molesters who were harassing his daughter. The incident took place on Wednesday, when Ravinder Singh had gone to confront the youth.

Police say one of the accused, Ranjit Singh Rana, who is Shiromani Akali Dal’s General Secretary from Amritsar Urban first shot at Ravinder’s legs, went back home to get more bullets and shot Ravinder again from point blank range.

The SAD has also expelled Rana. Eye witnesses claim the police reached the spot late, in spite of the fact that the place was right in the middle of the city.

Rana is being interrogated in connection with the murder.

IE, Dec 5

An Assistant Sub Inspector of police was shot dead in public on Wednesday by a leader of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) when he asked him to stop harassing his daughter, police said.

The police and eyewitnesses said Ranjit Singh Rana, who is the SAD general secretary from Amritsar Urban, first shot at ASI Ravinderpal Singh’s legs from his revolver after a confrontation in Chheharta area of the city and when he ran out of bullets he drove back home, about five minutes away, challenging the police officer that he would be back. He returned soon after with a rifle and shot Singh from point blank range.

The Chheharta police station is located close to the place where the firing took place but eyewitnesses said police did not arrive at the spot till Singh was shot dead. The incident took place around 3.30 pm and lasted for more than 20 minutes.

Commissioner of Police Ram Singh said the Chheharta SHO was placed on suspension. He said a murder case had been registered against Rana and an unknown person, who drove the black SUV in which he came.

The police said the ASI’s daughter, who worked in a bank, had complained to her father that Rana had been stalking her for past several days and made unwanted advances. “Today she called her father, saying that she was again being chased by the accused. When her father arrived on Chheharta road, firing took place after a scuffle,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Kaustubh Sharma. He said further investigation was on.

ASI Singh, who was attached to Gharinda police station, came in his uniform along with his two gunmen. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen fled when the firing started.

An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said, “The man who fired the shots was stopped by the ASI as he and two others came in a black vehicle. The ASI told the man to stop following his daughter. This led to a scuffle and both the ASI and that person started firing shots from their revolvers.”

“The ASI fired in the air but the other man fired at his legs. After the bullets ran out, they started fighting physically while people tried to separate them. The accused left the place warning that he would be back. As the ASI’s relatives, who had a shop nearby, were about to take him to a hospital in a car, the accused returned and started firing. When the ASI stepped out of the car, he was shot dead from point blank range,” he said.

Another eyewitness, Avtar Singh, said, “The accused also tried to fire towards the ASI’s daughter but his gun got jammed. He fled when people started pelting stones at him.” SAD Amritsar (Urban) president Upkar Singh Sandhu said Rana had been made SAD general secretary in September this year.
The Supreme Court recently took a zero-tolerance stance on eve-teasing and instructed all states to take measures to protect women, such as deploying women police officers in plainclothes, putting up closed-circuit cameras and setting up helplines.

Mumbai Man found in Lahore Jail after eight years


Letter from Pakistan – I want to return home

Vile Parle man who went missing in ’05 found in Lahore jail

After his father passed away, Bhavesh left home for Amritsar, hopped on to Samjhauta Express and crossed into Pakistan without any papers

Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror
Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 09:39:40 PM

The man in the photograph is 32-year-old Bhavesh Kumar. He went missing from Mumbai eight years ago. The letter you see is one he wrote to his mother – 57-year-old Hansa Kantilal Parmar – in February this year. She got the letter from a man called from Ram Rajji, who described Bhavesh as being “very quiet”, as being a man who cried when he thought of home but at most times recalled nothing.

Rajji had spent time with Bhavesh in jail; a jail in Lahore, where Bhavesh has spent the last eight years remembering and forgetting the past. For Hansa, the letter has brought fresh hope that she may yet see her long-lost son.

Bhavesh’s and his mother’s story reads like a melodramatic film script, even if no one’s sure how it will end. According to the version the police managed to piece together, Bhavesh had drifted into depression after his father’s death. He stole money from home before boarding a train to Amritsar.

There, though it’s unclear how, he managed to board the high-security Samjhauta Express, and once he got to Pakistan, he was detained because he had neither a visa nor any documents to prove who he was.

It’s hard to believe how smoothly things were going for him back in 2004. A bright student, Bhavesh had graduated from NIIT and landed himself a decent job. He lived with his family in Vile Parle, and like many parents of 24-year-old boys, his were on the look-out for a suitable bride.

Then his father lost a prolonged battle against cancer. “He was very close to his father, and after his death he went into depression,” Hansa told Mumbai Mirror. “He had not only lost his father but a friend as well. After that he also lost his job. The family fell into financial trouble and he blamed himself for not being able to look after us.”

Hansa had gone to her maternal home to perform some rituals when the next tragedy struck.

She got a call from her neighbours saying that Bhavesh had not returned home for a few weeks. Hansa returned immediately and when she couldn’t find him anywhere, registered a missing complaint with the police. “Some people told me he must’ve died or committed suicide, others said he had run away. I didn’t know what to do so I decided to wait,” she said.

She waited four years before she heard about her son: the good news was Bhavesh was alive; the bad news that he was in jail in Pakistan, and that getting him back would not be easy.

“In October 2008, officers from the Mumbai Police special branch came looking for me. They told me my son was being held in Kot Lakpath jail in Lahore,” Hansa said. “The cops also told me that he was mentally unstable, and that all he did was mutter the name of his college and call out for his mother. The police got my address from his college records,” Hansa said.

With this information in hand, she started the long battle to get her son released. She wrote to the Home Ministry and to the Ministry of External Affairs pleading with them to get her son back.

A few months later, there came another glimmer of hope. In July 2009, she got a letter from the Indian High Commission in Pakistan confirming that her son was indeed lodged in one of their jails.

The letter also stated that a team from the High Commission had met him, and that they had confirmed his nationality status to the government of Pakistan. The letter said that they were in touch with the Pakistani government and were seeking Bhavesh’s release and repatriation to India at the earliest.

Once again, Hansa was left with nothing else to do but wait; this time, for another two-and-a-half years (more painful, considering she knew where her son was but could do nothing to help him).

Out of the blue, on February 24 this year, she got a call – not from a police station or an embassy, as she had been expecting. It was from a man called Ram Rajji, Bhavesh’s fellow prisoner who had returned to India bearing a letter from her son.

Unlike Bhavesh, Rajji was the victim of a con. In 2004, an agent in Amritsar had told him he had arranged a job for him in Lahore, and that he would meet his point-of-contact when he reached that city. There was no one waiting for him and Rajji found himself in jail. He was released in February this year as part of a group of 19 Indian prisoners who were sent back home.

When Mumbai Mirror contacted Rajji, he said that Bhavesh seldom spoke about his home or his family. “For many years, he was very quiet. He used to break into tears when he remembered things from his past but at most times he recalled nothing. On the day I was getting released, he pushed a piece of paper in my hand and told me to give it to his mother. He also asked me to click a photograph of his and show it to his mother as proof that he was alive.”

Rajji was taken aback, mainly because of how quiet Bhavesh had been until then. “But I was moved by his sudden emotional outburst. I promised him that I would personally meet his mother and tell her that her son was alive.”

After receiving the letter, Hansa once again approached the authorities. Vile Parle (East) MLA Krishna Hegde, who is helping Hansa out, said, “I have written to the Ministry of External affairs explaining the situation. We are now waiting for their reply.”

For Hansa, the letter has brought with it fresh strength to fight. “For the first time in eight years my son remembered me. He scribbled his address on a piece of paper, he gave Rajji a message for me.”

And what was the message? “He said he wants to come back home.”

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