Karnataka student gang-raped, killed, ‘Maratha’etched on body #Vaw


TNN | Apr 28, 2013, 05.02 AM IST

 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread
Deputy commissioner Munish Moudgil called it a most heinous incident, and said the accused deserve to be hanged.
BELGAUM: A 20-year-old college student was gang-raped and murdered at Sulebhavi village, 20 km from here, on Friday. The girl’s half-naked body was found in a farm on the outskirts of the village the next morning.

Police sources said the rapists had smashed her face with a stone and written “Maratha” on her body in Devanagari script before fleeing the place.

Sources said the victim was kidnapped on Friday evening when she was returning home after writing an examination in Belgaum. She was a student of the Government Degree College here.

The girl’s father identified the body on the basis of her clothes and footwear. Her family members waited for her till Friday evening and looked for her all night. They filed a police complaint on Saturday.

Police superintendent Sandeep Patil and deputy commissioner Munish Moudgil visited the spot. Police have formed three teams to nab the culprits, the SP said. Moudgil called it a most heinous incident, and said the accused deserve to be hanged.

Hundreds of residents and college students blocked the road near the village bus stand. They withdrew the roadblock after an assurance from the SP and DC.

This is the second gang rape and murder of a college student in Belgaum district in the past three months. A pre-university student was gang-raped and killed in Athani in January. The rapists had burnt the body after killing her. Police are yet to arrest them

 

President Pranab Mukherjee rejects mercy pleas of four Veerappan associates #deathpenalty #WTFnews


By, TNN | Feb 13, 2013, 0

President Pranab Mukherjee rejects mercy pleas of four Veerappan associates
The mercy petitions of four Veerappan associates, sentenced to death in a landmine blast case, were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, an advocate S Balamurugan, appearing for the accused, said.
CHENNAI: The mercy petitions of fourVeerappan associates, sentenced to death in alandmine blast case, were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee, an advocate S Balamurugan, appearing for the accused, said.”We have received information from reliable sources that the message has been sent to Belgaum jail authorities and apparently it has also been conveyed to the prisoners,” Balalmurugan, who is also the Tamil NaduPUCL state secretary, said.The dreaded sandalwood bandit Veerappan was killed in an encounter with the Tamil Nadu police of the special task force in October 2004.

The four accused, Gnanprakasham, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran, were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in January 2004 in connection with the killing of 21 policemen in a landmine blast at Palar in Karnataka near the inter-state border in 1993. They were sentenced to undergo life imprisonment by the Mysore court. But the government moved the Supreme Court, which awarded them the death sentence. Their mercy pleas have been pending since 2004.

A division bench of Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice BN Agrawal had converted the life imprisonment of convicts to death sentence and dismissed the convicts’ appeals against the order of conviction passed by a Special TADA court in Karnataka.

 

Rs 37 lakh spent on room President Pranab Mukherjee used just for an hour #WTFnews


By , TNN | Dec 26, 2012, 02.01 AM IST

Rs 37 lakh spent on room President Pranab Mukherjee used just for an hour
The government renovated the Circuit House ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee‘s visit.
BELGAUM: Rs 198 lakh of the taxpayers’ money was spent when President Pranab Mukherjeewas in Belgaum to inaugurate the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in October.

The government renovated the circuit house(CH) ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit. It spent over Rs 161 lakh on renovation and around Rs 37 lakh on furnishing the room, where Mukherjee spent just an hour on October 11.

RTI activist Bhimappa Gadad from Mudalagi inGokak taluk sought information from the public works department on the expenditure incurred during the President’s visit.

There are two Circuit House buildings in the same compound near the central bus stand. One was inaugurated two years ago. The old building and the compound was renovated during the World Kannada Meet (WKM) held in the city last year.

This before the government spent Rs 32 lakh in 2010-11 and Rs 18 lakh in 2011-12 for renovating the circuit house.

 

Film on how a dalit women’s collective rose up against the failing public health system #Mustwatch


 

Directed by-Vijaya Kumar

Produced by : Jagruti (http://www.jagruti.org )

Duration :23 mins

Language:Kannada with English subtitles.

Synopsis of Guna Mukhi 

GUNA MUKHI, reconstructs the narrative of how a dalit women’s collective in a small village in Belgaum district.Karnataka, defied class, caste and gender barriers and rose up against the failing public health system.

The film draws from the rich and first hand experiences of the village women who, with the support of various village level peoples’ organizations and activists, stake claim to their health entitlements.

The film concludes by asserting the importance of people’s struggles in creating a functional, responsive, people-centric health care systems and in the larger context of holding the State accountable for its duties and responsibilities towards its citizens.

This film was one of the outcomes of the efforts to address the issue of health as a human right and taking forward the issue of revitalizing the public health system by various state and national level networks and activists.

Karnataka state unit of the People’s Health Movement(JAA-K) screened this film extensively to intensify their Health as a Human Right campaign. It was used in various training programs for health activists who found the film inspiring and drew ideas from it to carry out similar actions to get their local government health centers functioning.

 

Homeless in Silicon City, India


As the city prepares to welcome the monsoon, its poor are left to battle it out in the streets. In 2010, the Supreme Court ordered state governments to set up shelters for the homeless people. The October 2011 deadline has long expired and the work is yet to show good progress in many states. Karnataka, as usual, is a laggard state and Bangalore, lags many other cities such as Belgaum, in helping the lot of its poor. The city may need 80+ shelters, but only seven have been built so far. The majority of the homeless poor do not seem to be aware of them.

The man in this video earns Rs. 70 per day, almost twice Montek’s gratis to BPL people.
These are the aam aadmi for whom the Congress is shedding crocodile tears and setting up the UID database at a cost of Rs. 20,000/ Crores (as per the Union budget) to prevent “leakages” of LPG and BPL rations.
 

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