#India-Physically disabled girl raped by father in Noida #WTfnews #Vaw


Posted on: 02 Jan 2013,

 

Noida: With emotions after gang rape and murder of a paramedical student still running high in the national capital, a 15-year-old physically challenged girl on Tuesday alleged that she was raped by her father two days ago.

A case was on Tuesday registered in Dadri police station here and the accused was absconding, Superintendent of Police (rural) Ashok Kumar said.

“The girl in her complaint has alleged that on December 29, when her mother had gone to Aligarh and she was alone at home, her father gave her some sedatives and she fell unconscious,” the officer said.

Later she was allegedly raped by her father, he said. When her mother reached home, the minor girl narrated the incident to her, the SP said, adding that the woman took her daughter to the police station and got the complaint registered.

Medical report has not yet confirmed the rape, he said adding that probe into the matter was on.

(Agencies)

Journalists announce hunger strike seeking Naveen Soorinje’s release


Staff Reporter, The Hindu, Jan 5 2013

BANGALORE: Backed by the International Federation of Working Journalists, the
Karnataka Union of Working Journalists and the Bangalore Press Club, journalists
from across the State have decided to launch a three-day hunger strike at the
freedom park starting Saturday demanding the immediate release of journalist
Naveen Soorinje.

The Mangalore district reporter for Kasturi Newz24, Mr. Soorinje was
instrumental in exposing the July 28 attack by activists of the Hindu Jagarana
Vedike on a group of innocent boys and girls who were celebrating a birthday
party at a homestay in Mangalore. He was arrested on November 7 by the Mangalore
police on charges ranging from “rioting with deadly weapons,” criminal
conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and using criminal force on a woman with the
intention of outraging her modesty. The police also invoked Sections 3 and 4 of
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.

Announcing the plan to go on hunger strike, President of the KUWJ Gangadhar
Mudaliar said that numerous memorandums had been submitted to the Chief
Minister, Home Minister as well as the Governor seeking the dropping of charges
against Mr. Soorinje.

Stating that all these “civil” efforts had come to nought, he said, “There is
growing insecurity among the journalists of the State, particularly those
working in rural and district centres. They are under constant pressure from the
police and the administration.”

He said, “The arrest [of Mr. Soorinje] should not be treated as an isolated
incident. It is the government’s way of scaring the entire journalist fraternity
into silence.” Rubbishing the charges against Mr. Soorinje, he said, “Is the
camera a lethal weapon? Is reporting a crime now an offence in this State?”

Vice President of the Press Club Y.G. Ashok Kumar, said, “If we go to a spot to
report a crime, we journalists inform our editors not the police. Our job is to
report the truth and we are not police informers.” He also alleged that the case
against Mr. Soorinje is politically motivated. “The stand taken by his [Mr.
Soorinje’s] channel against the government is well known. It is an attempt to
target an anti-establishment news outlet,” he said.

Ravikrishna Reddy, the editor of the Kannada news portal vartamana.com, said,
“The courts, which have denied Mr. Soorinje bail, have been forced to act on the
basis of false and fabricated evidence presented before them. It is now up to
those who have fabricated this evidence to come clean and withdraw the cases
filed against Mr. Soorinje.”

Bageshree S., Senior Assistant Editor at The Hindu, said, “As part of our job,
we often go to cover riots, crimes and conflicts. If the police start charging
us under the same sections as the rioters or criminals, on the grounds that we
did not inform them, how can we perform our duty?”

 

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.

 

The curious case of A.K. Hangal- (1917-2012 )- Communist, tailor, actor, purveyor of senescent charm


 

ZIYA US SALAM

 
In this March 20, 2006 picture, the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presents Padma Bhushan Award to veteran theatre artist A.K. Hangal, in New Delhi. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The HinduIn this March 20, 2006 picture, the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presents Padma Bhushan Award to veteran theatre artist A.K. Hangal, in New Delhi. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

A.K. Hangal — 1917-2012 – Communist, tailor, actor, purveyor of senescent charm

Like Benjamin Button, Avtar Krishan Hangal seemed for generations of cinemagoers to have been born old.

It didn’t matter whether it was in landmark films such as SholayNamak Haraam and Lagaan or somewhat offbeat ventures such as Shagird andShararat. Never mind whether he was called Rahim chacha, Masterji or Imam sahab. A.K. Hangal, whose roles often demanded a careworn fragility and a gentle but unwavering righteousness, was the very embodiment of senescent charm. He was cast in roles that demanded piety, playing characters that carried the burden of their virtuous poverty with a quiet and kindly dignity. That these roles mirrored the ups and downs of his own life made their portrayal all the more easier.

Perhaps it had something to do with his face that filmmakers were loath to offer him a villain’s part. Yes, of course he did break the mould sometimes, as inShaukeen, where he played, along with Ashok Kumar and Utpal Dutt, a lecherous old man. That he acted with conviction is reflected in the following anecdote. Hangal, well into his 90s then, had finished a leisurely dinner at a five-star hotel in Delhi and needed to be dropped off at a friend’s place. A girl in her 20s was assigned the task of driving him. She whispered in trepidation to her boss: “Sir, I have seen Shaukeen!” Finally, a man had to be commandeered to drive Hangal where he wanted to go.

If the girl was guilty of mixing reel with real, the film industry did no better. While everyone wanted to cast him in the role of a kindly old man, nobody spared a thought for the old man himself. Not even when he did Gurudev Bhalla’s Shararat, a film about old age home inmates, did it strike anyone that Hangal could be facing a crisis himself. It was only a couple of years ago, when his son Vijay announced there was no money for the treatment of Hangal, who suffered from multiple medical problems at the time, that the film world awakened from slumber. The industry rose like one, with Jaya Bachchan, who had acted with Hangal in BawarchiGuddi and Sholay, offering to pay for his treatment. So did others such as Mithun Chakraborty and Riyaz Gangjee, who incidentally, got Hangal to ‘walk’ the ramp on a wheel chair a little more than a year ago. Earlier this year, Hangal made a comeback of sorts, shooting for the serial Madhubala on Colors.

That was one of the rare times Hangal occupied the centre-stage. For the most part, he was on the sidelines. He did a number of films with Rajesh Khanna, a few significant ones with the Bachchans and many others. When this correspondent reminded him of his roles in a variety of films such as Tapasya,Avtaar and Sharaabi, he seemed dismissive. “Bahut role kiye hain. I have seen only 50 films of mine.” (He did 225 in all.) But he did remember Sholay. “I researched for the role, learnt Islamic hymns and tried to perfect the body language for the role of an imam,” he said.

It wasn’t an easy life for Hangal. He spent three years in jail in Karachi before coming to Bombay in 1949 with all of Rs. 20 in his pocket. Left-leaning, a member of the Communist Party, he spent many years working for the Indian People’s Theatre Association. Such were the vicissitudes of life that Hangal at one time had to take up a tailoring job to make ends meet. Like everything else, he excelled at it. Born in Sialkot in 1917, he was a late comer to the film industry. He signed Shagird when he was almost 50. But he had done plenty of theatre by then.

Films brought him stability and a degree of respect. It did not, however, translate into a comfortable house or a bank balance. His origins would haunt him now and then. Once he was dubbed anti-national by right-wing forces in Mumbai for attending Independence Day celebrations at the Pakistan Consul-General’s office. He was boycotted by filmmakers and remained out of work for two years.

Although things returned to normal, the incident left him deeply hurt. He complained: “I had come to India leaving behind everything in Karachi yet was dubbed a Pakistani!”

A lifelong Marxist, he renewed his membership of the Communist Party of India earlier this year. “I clearly remember the day Bhagat Singh was arrested, and the day he was hanged. Pathans cried and everyone walked the streets chanting ‘Bhagat Singh, Bhagat Singh’,” he told Open magazine, speaking proudly of his earliest associations with the Left.

In his autobiography, Life and Times of A.K. Hangal, he lamented Bollywood’s tendency to ignore the “complex social fabric of society” and make stereotyped films. “[Honestly] speaking, even after working in about 200 films, and getting name and fame, I often feel I am a stranger in this world because of my ideological and political background, sensitiveness and social commitments.”

On Sunday, the realities of his age finally caught up with the old man of Hindi cinema.

A.K. Hangal, actor, died on August 26 aged 95. He was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan, on February 1, 1917.

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