‘You are a Mahadalit. Where did you get Rs. 1 lakh cheque from?’ #WTFnews #caste


Prasun K Mishra, Hindustan TimesRamgarh, Kaimur, Bihar, January 08, 2013

 

The reward of Rs. 1 lakh by Hindustan Times in recognition of his outstanding community service has brought more misery than joy to Banwasi alias Banarasi Musahar. A change of fortune still awaits the 58-year-old brick kiln labourer, who overcame all odds in his Akrohi Mahadalit Basti,

 

about 40 km from Kaimur district headquarters town of Bhabua, opened a school near his thatched roof house and changed the destiny of scores of members of his Musahar community.

Banwasi was on cloud nine when he was handed over the cheque for Rs. 1 lakh by Buxar MP Jagadanand Singh at Ramgarh in the presence of HT deputy executive editor Rajesh Kumar Mahapatra, HT (Patna) senior resident editor Mammen Matthew, Kaimur district magistrate Jai Singh and superintendent of police Uma Shankar Sudhanshu, on October 17 last year.

 

His happiness was, however, shortlived.

 

Banwasi’s trouble started the moment he went to the Ramgarh branch of Bank of India to deposit the cheque. The bank manager allegedly not only refused to accept the cheque, but also passed casteist remarks against Banwasi.

 

“Tum apane ko Mahadalit kahte ho, garibi rekha se niche batakar zero balance par khata khulwate ho. Ek lakh ka cheque kahan se aa gaya (You call yourself Mahadalit. You have opened a zero balance account claiming to be the member of a below poverty line family. From where did you manage a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh)?” the manager is reported to have asked Banwasi.

 

After visiting the bank almost everyday since October 18, Banwasi managed to get the cheque deposited on December 12, but only after a local photo journalist, Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal, intervened.

 

The branch manager, however, said the amount would be credited to Banwasi’s account only after he submitted details of his Permanent Account Number (PAN).

 

Finding no other way, Banwasi applied for a PAN card, which he received on January 7, 2013. But when he reached the bank with the newly acquired identity proof, he was in for another shock.

 

Despite showing the pay-in slip for the cheque, the bank branch manager asked him to produce a photocopy of the cheque he had deposited on December 12.
The photo journalist again came to Banwasi’s rescue. When Jaiswal enquired about the status of the cheque from the manager, he was told that it had been sent to the service branch of the bank in Mumbai and a clearance from there was awaited.

 

The manager, however, refused to consult the Mumbai service centre branch.

 

When asked for a complaint book and telephone numbers of senior bank officers, the branch manager said he had none.

 

Lead bank manager (LDM) M S Tuly told HT that a complaint book and a board displaying the names, addresses and phone numbers of senior officers were a must at every branch of banks governed by RBI rules.

 

#delhigangrape -Father ‘did not want India rape victim named’, #DAILYMIRROR where are your ethics ?


Father of Indian girl tells Hindustan Times he did not want his daughter identified, as suspects set to appear in court.
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2013 02:41, ALJAZEERA
The case brought thousands to the street in protest against gender abuse in India [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

The father of Indian woman who died after being gang raped and tortured has said he had not allowed his daughter to be identified after the British Daily Mirror Sunday paper edition revealed her name, Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times reported on Monday.

“I have only said we won’t have any objection if the government uses my daughter’s name for a new law for crime against women that is more stringent and better framed that the existing one,” the paper quoted him saying.

“I want my daughter to be known as the one who could bring a change in the society and laws, and not as a victim of a barbaric crime,” he told the daily-based newspaper.

“I want my daughter to be known as the one who could bring a change in the society and laws, and not as a victim of a barbaric crime.

– Father of victim

India has seen widespread protests in the wake of sexual assault on a bus in New Delhi on December 16, when the 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and tortured with iron rod by six men, including a juvenile.

Five men charged with the brutal gang-rape and murder of the paramedic student will appear in court for the first time after police said they had forensic evidence to link them to the killing.

Legal experts say the court in the Saket district of the capital would likely transfer the case to a more senior court during Monday’s hearing.

“The court will ask them if they have lawyers and then it will appoint an Amicus Curiae (lawyer) to represent them and supply copies of the chargesheet to the accused,” said Vishwender Verma, a senior advocate at Delhi High Court.

“The case will then be committed to a sessions court as a magistrates’ court cannot try rape and murder cases.”

The student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had spent the evening at a cinema with her boyfriend on the night of the attack.

Face death penalty

The five suspects, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are also charged with kidnap, robbery and conspiracy over the attack that sparked protests in India and soul-searching about the levels of violence against women.

The defendants have been named as Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vijay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta.

A sixth accused, who is 17, is to be tried in a separate court for juveniles.

It normally takes months for the prosecution to assemble such a case, but the legal proceedings are getting under way barely a week after the 23-year-old medical student died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.

The government, sensitive to criticism that a sluggish justice system often compounds the agony of victims, has pledged to fast-track the case against the defendants who are aged between 17 and 35. They all live in Delhi.

Police have pledged “maximum security” during the hearing at the magistrates’ court amid fears for the defendants’ safety.

A man was arrested last week as he allegedly tried to plant a crude bomb near the home of one of the men.

Rape cases are usually held behind closed doors in India and it will be up to the court to decide whether the media will be allowed to report.

The police have issued an advisory saying “it shall not be lawful for any person to print or publish any matter in relation to such proceedings” unless they receive permission from the court.

#India- More shame: 3-year-old girl raped in playschool #Delhirape #Vaw


Within hours after the gruesome gangrape of a 23-year-old came to light, a three-and-a-half-year-old girl was drugged and raped inside the bathroom of a playschool. The horrific crime was committed by the playschool owner’s husband. The shocking incident took place on Monday morning in southwest Delhi’s Vashisht Park area. The traumatized girl has told a city court that two-three more girls were abused along with her. 

The police have arrested the accused, Pramod Malik, who holds a senior rank in an autonomous research institute.https://i1.wp.com/www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/12/21_12_12-metro11.jpg

The minor girl has gone into a state of shock after the incident.

“My daughter told the police and the magistrate that Malik drugged and raped her friends as well in a bathroom on Monday morning,” said the mother of the girl outside Nirmal Chhaya observation home, where the victim is being given counseling to help her overcome the trauma.

The girl had been attending Pathshala play school — located around hundred meters away from their house — for the last one-and-a-half years.

The girl’s grandmother said the girl looked “sad and drowsy” when she returned from the playschool on Monday.

“She did not talk much with us and slept for the entire day. In the evening, she started vomiting. We rushed her to a nearby clinic but the doctor asked us to take her to a police station, saying it was a police case. I got worried and asked her if anything wrong had happened with her. She complained about pain in her private parts and told us that Malik had forced her to consume a tablet,” the girl’s grandmother said in a choking voice.

“We took her to the Sagarpur police station. Her medical examination confirmed sexual abuse,” she said.

The minor was later taken to the station to identify the accused and started “crying and screaming” the moment she saw Malik, her grandmother said.

The incident is among the eight cases of rape reported in the city between Sunday and Thursday. The other cases were reported from Sonia Vihar, New Friends Colony, Kalkaji, Turkman Gate, New Ashok Nagar, among other areas.

 

 

#Vedanta vs the government: Just a lovers’ tiff? #tribalrights


by  Dec 19, 2012

 

Earlier this month Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL) announced it was closing its Lanjigarh refinery in Odisha.

VAL’s chief executive officer told the Hindustan Times, “Despite out concerted efforts over the past three months to ensure sustainable supplies of bauxite for our refinery in Lanjigarh, we have not been able to find any solution.”

The company said in a press release that the closure would affect 7,000 people directly or indirectly. Vedanta says the state government is not keeping its promise to provide bauxite linkage to the refinery.

“The bogey of job losses is meant to blackmail the central and state government and influence the court,” social activist Prafulla Samantara told HT. According to Business Standard,  the state government has started the process of identifying prospective alternative bauxite deposits for Vedanta now that  Niyamgiri is out of bounds.

Does that mean Vedanta, whose mining practices have long been the target of activists, is in big trouble? Or that the activists have won?

Not so fast. An Open Magazine article (worth reading in its entirety here) says the government versus Vedanta case is a lot murkier than it would seem from the tit-for-tat press releases and official statements.

In nine cases out of 10, Big Business gets its way. And the perception is that when it does not, it’s not because the government was on its toes, but because it was embarrassed into doing its job.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest did withdraw its clearance for bauxite mining in Niyamgiri after an international campaign against it. The ministry also came down on Vedanta for violating ecological norms and expanding the refinery without an environmental clearance.

But, says Open, “no explanation was offered for the ease with which the MoEF let the project go ahead in the first place.”

That story is the real story that gets people up in arms about how much a Walmart spends lobbying India to get into the market. It’s not that the lobbying is illegal but the sense is that the company-politician nexus is a juggernaut that will ride roughshod over everything else. A Vedanta setback is just a temporary blip. In nine cases out of 10, Big Business gets its way. And the perception is that when it does not, it’s not because the government was on its toes, but because it was embarrassed into doing its job.

So it’s a little hard to take at face value the current scuffle between Vedanta and the Odisha state government as anything but a lovers’ tiff. Odisha is demanding that Sterlite Energy Ltd (SEL), a Vedanta company, deposit its contribution to the Odisha Environment Management Fund immediately, writes Business Standard. Meanwhile Vedanta is applying the screws on the Odisha government for not paying Rs 744 crore dues for power supply from SEL.

Despite all the bad press, Vedanta is happy to play the good Samaritan. On World AIDS day on 1 December, it kicked off an AIDS awareness campaign at Jharsuguda. At Lanjigarh itself it held a free camp for cleft lip and palate surgery. “This is a noble initiative,” Dr Mukesh Kumar, the president and COO of VAL, said. “Vedanta hospital will continue to serve the people of the region.” The Vedanta Foundation and the Odisha state government just signed an MoU for an e-Shiksha project that will help students in tribal areas get LED Pico projectors with memory and backup.

But Open Magazine says that’s not enough. Its reporter found  that the company has tried to build consensus through blank pieces of paper. It claims 3,000 villagers have supported their project. Open found a video that showed residents of the village being asked to put their thumb impressions on blank sheets of paper at a meeting organised by the local Block Development Officer, the village Sarpanch, Tehsildar and Vedanta’s law officer.

In a situation where the state politicians and police are in bed with the company (and the centre is acting partly because an opposition party is in power in Odisha) anyone who speaks out does so very much at his own peril. The local journalist who took that video says he fears every day he will be branded a Maoist and thrown into jail. People fighting for compensation or refusing to give up their land have had dacoity charges slapped on them already.

That’s easy to imagine happening because as Arundhati Roy explained in Outlook, the collusion between a company like Vedanta and powers that be is deep and entrenched.  P Chidambaram was a non-executive director of Vedanta till he became the finance minister in 2004.

What are we to make of the fact that, when activists from Orissa filed a case against Vedanta in the Supreme Court, citing its violations of government guidelines and pointing out that the Norwegian Pension Fund had withdrawn its investment from the company alleging gross environmental damage and human rights violations committed by the company, Justice Kapadia suggested that Vedanta be substituted with Sterlite, a sister company of the same group? He then blithely announced in an open court that he too had shares in Sterlite.

This is not just a jholawallah critique from the Arundhati Roys of the world. Even Ratan Tatais speaking out about crony capitalism. As Gurcharan Das points out in his new book India Grows At Night:

Indubitably the 1991 reforms have unleased business enterprise and this has done a lot of good in lifting the millions out of poverty and into the middle class. But it has also given greater freedom to ‘robber barons’, as it did in the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century… Because many sectors of the economy have not yet been reformed India has increasingly moved to a disturbing situation where large business groups enjoy excessive power.”

Vedanta complains the media is biased against it and never presents its side of the story.  The story of Vedanta deserves attention not because it’s about tribal lands or that the Dongria Kondh people regard the hills as their living gods.  It’s because when the state is weak and corruptible, every company just assumes that it pays to be a robber baron.

In a video obtained by Open when asked by an engineer if they had taken permission to raise the heights of certain embankments, a company rep airily says the company rarely does that. Work is done first and permission taken later.

That about sums it all up.

 

#India- 21-year-old Wrestler shot by trigger-happy cops


New Delhi on saturday, a day after he was shot at by the Haryana Police in an encounter
Saurabh Duggal, Hindustan Times, and  Ananya Bhradwaj in Indian Express
Chandigarh, December 01, 2012

The confusion over the registration number of a car has resulted in the Haryana Police putting a question mark on a wrestler’s future. The information with the police was that a gang was travelling in the Verna bearing a Punjab number.

Acting on the tip-off, the police team fired
at the vehicle, which instead had the national campers, near the northern Sports Authority of India Centre in Sonepat on Wednesday night. 

Junior international wrestler Gurpal Singh was shot in the back while two other national campers, Manav and Surajbir, had a narrow escape.

The cops fired five rounds, three of which hit the dashboard, while one smashed the car’s taillight and another hit Gurpal. “Gurpal and the other campers had gone to Sonepat after attending the evening training session at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh. On the way back, they were intercepted by an armed Haryana Police team in plain clothes.

“Without disclosing their identity, they asked the trio to step out of the car. Thinking that they were going to be robbed, the wrestlers tried to speed away. This made the cops suspicious and they opened fire, and one bullet hit Gurpal,” Raj Singh, secretary general, Wrestling Federation of India, told HT. “The wrestlers went back to the SAI Centre where coaches and doctors rushed Gurpal to the Jaipur Golden Hospital. Fortunately, the impact of the bullet was reduced as it had hit a windowpane, and the wound is not deep,” he added. Gurpal (96kg freestyle) is the nephew of legendary wrestler Kartar Singh.

“It is unprofessional on the part of the Haryana Police, and the incident could have been worse. The team should have disclosed their identity when they stopped the wrestlers,” said Kartar, who is also an IPS officer.

“A case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Gurpal Singh. We are looking into the matter and one of my senior officers is investigating the case,” said Arun Nehra, superintendent of police, Sonepat

Prodigy

Gurpal Singh’s skill caught the attention of Wrestling Federation of India and he was called up for the camp near Sonepat.

His first senior national tournament had ended in disappointment as Gurpal, a BA-I student, finished ninth at the National Wrestling Championship in Ranchi two years ago. The following year, at the 34th National Games in Ranchi, he claimed a bronze medal. Before the national games, Gurpal had won gold in the junior national championship held in Jammu.

Born in Sur Singh village in Tarn Taran district, Punjab, Gurpal was seen as a flag-bearer of the family tradition of wrestling. Gurpal was coached by his father at the village akhara when he was 16.

Father Sarwan, an IPS officer, took leave without pay for three years to train Gurpal. The hard work paid off as Gurpal made heads turn with a gold medal at his first ever sub-junior national championship at Jalandhar in 2008.

He started in 120-kg category and finally settled for the 96-kg category on the suggestion of uncle Kartar. Gurpal had also competed in few invitational tournaments in Uzbekistan and Australia.

He won the under-17 National Wrestling Championship; the Junior under-19 National Championship; and the Australia Cup in 2008. He won a bronze in the senior National Games.

 

#India-The quiet grip of caste


Jean Drèze, Hindustan Times
November 28, 2012
Some time ago I visited a Dalit hamlet in Rewa district. It was hemmed in on all sides by the fields of upper-caste farmers, who refused to allow any approach road to reach the hamlet. There were short roads inside the hamlet, but they stopped abruptly at the edge of it. The hamlet felt like an island, surrounded by hostile territory. I wondered whether any other country still cultivated such absurd and monstrous practices as the caste system. 

The next day I read an interesting article on this subject, written by my esteemed colleague André Béteille (The Hindu, February 21, 2012). The article began by pointing out that the hold of caste in social life is subsiding in many ways. For instance, the association between caste and occupation is becoming less rigid (as Chandra Bhan Prasad puts it more succinctly, “pizza delivery is caste neutral”). Similarly, the rules of purity and pollution are a little more relaxed today than they used to be. Following on this, Béteille argues that “organised politics” is the reason why “in spite of all this, caste is maintaining its hold over the public consciousness”. I submit, however, that there are simpler reasons for the survival of caste consciousness.

The real issue, actually, is not so much caste consciousness as the role of caste as an instrument of power. But the two are linked. To convey the point, some of us collected information on the share of the upper castes in positions of power and influence (POPIs) in Allahabad — the press club, the university faculty, the bar association, and the commanding posts in trade unions, NGOs, media houses, among other public institutions. The sample covers more than a thousand POPIs, spread over 25 public institutions. The share of the upper castes in this sample turns out to be over 75%, compared with around 20% in the population of Uttar Pradesh as a whole. Brahmins and Kayasthas alone have cornered about half of the POPIs — more than four times their share in the population. These are approximate figures, partly based on guessing castes from surnames, but the pattern is clear: upper castes continue to have overwhelming control over public institutions.
An attempt was also made to identify Dalits in the sample. This required further enquiries, since Dalits often do not have distinct surnames. In fact, many of them have no surname, or, at any rate, are listed in official documents (such as employee registers) under names — or nicknames — such as ‘Chote’ or ‘Sunita’. That itself is quite telling. More importantly, there was no evidence of any significant presence of Dalits in the sample institutions, except a few — such as the university faculty — where mandatory quotas apply.

The dominance of the upper castes seems to be, if anything, even stronger in institutions of “civil society” than in state institutions. For instance, in Allahabad the share of the upper castes is around 80% among NGO and trade union leaders, close to 90% in the executive committee of the bar association, and a full 100% among office-bearers of the press club.

Even trade unions of manual workers are often under the control of upper-caste leaders. There is some food for thought here about the grip of the caste hierarchy on social institutions, including some that are otherwise anti-establishment.

Perhaps Allahabad is particularly conservative in caste matters. It is, of course, just one city, and there is no intention here of singling it out for special attention. The point is to illustrate a general pattern that also applies to varying extents in many other parts of India. Indeed, many recent studies have brought out the continued dominance of the upper castes in media houses, corporate boards, judicial institutions, and even cricket teams.

Coming back to the issues raised earlier, it is not clear why “caste consciousness” would die in such circumstances. The dying of caste consciousness, in this situation, would sound like a good deal for the upper castes, since the system of domination would continue without much notice being taken of it. Dalits, for their part, have absolutely no reason to be unconscious of the dominance of the upper castes. A Brahmin who enters the press club and joins the company of other Brahmins and upper castes may be unconscious of the situation, and even feel proud of his lack of caste consciousness. But a Dalit who enters the same room and finds himself surrounded by upper-caste colleagues, some of them possibly active custodians of the caste hierarchy, is unlikely to feel at home. Similarly, the Dalits who are marooned in isolated hamlets of Rewa can be forgiven for feeling a little caste conscious.

No one can be blamed for being born in an upper caste, since it is not a matter of choice.
But perhaps this privilege entails a special responsibility to fight the caste system, instead of leaving that to the Dalits — or worse, obstructing their struggle for equality (like the landlords of Rewa).

Surely, for instance, there is a role for greater attention to “diversity” in public institutions, of the sort that has significantly reduced ethnic or gender imbalances in other countries. What prevents the bar association, NGOs or trade unions in Allahabad from ensuring that they do not become upper-caste clubs? Perhaps there is a constructive role here for caste consciousness of a different kind.

Jean Drèze is visiting professor, Department of Economics, Allahabad University
The views expressed by the author are personal

Man killed after exposing khaps on TV, wife fears she will be killed #SatyamevJayate #AamirKhan #Honorkilling


S Raju, Hindustan Times and Dainik Bhaskar, CNNIBN
Meerut, November 26, 2012

Casual labourer Abdul Hakim, 29, who exposed the ugly face of khap panchayats against lovers in Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate earlier this year was eliminated in full public glare in his remote native village Adoli in western UP’s Bulandshahar districton Thursday. HT learnt on  Sunday that five armed men shot Hakim dead in full public view when he was on his way to the village doctor’s clinic to get medicines for his pregnant wife, Mehawish, 25.

 Speaking to CNN-IBN, she also said that she feared for her life. “They have killed my husband, they will kill me now. I am 9 months pregnant. My husband would have been alive if police protection was provided,” the woman, Mehwish, said.

Aamir Khan, the host of popular television series Satyamev Jayate that was aired every Sunday at 11am on Star Plus, was shocked to hear the news about the killing of Abdul Hakim, a participant in the talk show.

On June 3, 2012 Aamir tried to question the means of the Khap panchayat and the ways in which they try to discourage love marriages in the same gotra. Honour killing was one of the salient features of this discussion. And it was the example of Abdul Hakim and his wife Mehawish who had eloped from Merut to get married in November 2010 that was brought forward.

On November 22, almost five months after that episode was aired, the 28-year-old Hakim was shot dead in Bulandshahr. On hearing this, Aamir said, “Will speak to the government authorities in UP (Uttar Pradesh) to help and ensure the family is safe. The culprits must be brought to the book. The case is registered on the basis of right facts.”

Abdul’s wife said, “They have killed my husband, they will kill me now. I am nine months pregnant. My husband would have been alive if police protection was provided.”

According to Abdul’s brother, the assailants shot Hakim in full view of the public. But the police officials are of the opinion that he was killed as a result of some personal feud.

We hope the family gets speedy justice.

“They ambushed him outside the clinic and pumped several bullets into him,” said the victim’s elder brother Yusuf Hakim.

Abdul and Mehawish eloped in November 2010 and got married in Meerut before moving to Delhi. A panchayat decreed death for the couple and terrorised Abdul’s family as a result of which young family members left the village, sources said.

Actor Aamir Khan expressed grief over the killing of Abdul Hakim, the casual labourer who exposed the Khap panchayat on the TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
On June 3, 2012 Aamir tried to question the means of the Khap panchayat and the ways in which they try to discourage love marriages in the same gotra. Honour killing was one of the salient features of this discussion. And it was the example of Abdul Hakim and his wife Mehawish who had eloped from Meerut to get married in November 2010 that was brought forward.

On November 22, almost five months after that episode was aired, the 28-year-old Hakim was shot dead in Bulandshahr. On hearing this, Aamir said, “Will speak to the government authorities in UP (Uttar Pradesh) to help and ensure the family is safe. The culprits must be brought to the book. The case is registered on the basis of right facts.”

Abdul’s wife said, “They have killed my husband, they will kill me now. I am nine months pregnant. My husband would have been alive if police protection was provided.”

According to Abdul’s brother, the assailants shot Hakim in full view of the public. But the police officials are of the opinion that he was killed as a result of some personal feud.

We hope the family gets speedy justice.

Terming the incident as unfortunate, Aamir Khan said, “Will speak to the government authorities in UP to help and ensure the family is safe. The culprits must be brought to the book. The case is registered on the basis of right facts.”
Hakim was killed in cold blood in full public view on Thursday.
According to media reports, five armed men shot Hakim when he was going to the village doctor’s clinic to get medicines for his pregnant wife, Mehawish.
Talking to the media, Hakim’s brother said the assailants pumped several bullets into him.
However, the police claimed that it was not a case of honour killing as none of the accused named in the FIR by the deceased’s brother was from Mahvish side.
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Govandi infants died of malnutrition, did not gain any weight after birth: HC panel


ic courtesy- Reuters

A Bombay High Court appointed committee on Saturday said that two infants from Govandi died of malnutrition last week. The two children, aged one month and seven months, weighed no more than their weight at birth.

Both children – Ila Asgar Mirza, aged one month 15 days, and Mahreen Rafaqatulah, seven months, had died after contracting pneumonia and fever. However, according to the state’s child welfare department, malnutrition was not the cause of death. 

In 2010, following a series of HT reports on malnutrition deaths in Govandi, non-governmental organisation, Movement of Peace and Justice (MPJ), had moved the Bombay High Court which appointed a committee to look into the matter.

On November 2, the committee, comprising of Leni Chaudhari, from Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, Sumit Wajale from Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao, and Anees Mohammed from MPJ, visited Govandi to probe the two deaths. “Owing to sustained deprivation these children did not have enough immunity to ward off diseases. These children were never even referred to any Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in any hospital. They were deprived of breast milk because their mothers were malnourished,” said Mohammed.

The report, which is yet to be submitted to the HC, states that while Ila weighed 2.5 kgs at birth, by the time she died on November 1, her weight had fallen to 2.4 kgs. Suffering from loose motions, she’d been vomitting for ten days before her death.

She was taken to Rajawadi Hospital, where she was prescribed nutritional supplements and oral rehydration therapy (ORS) for electrolyte deficiency. Her postmortem report states that she died of pneumonia.

The other child- Mahreen did not gain any weight after birth. She had fever for two weeks before her death and was hospitalised in Rajawadi Hospital for three days before she died on October 31. “The children did not die of malnutrition. They lived on a dumping ground and caught the infection,” said an ICDS officer requesting anonymity.

 

Haryana: 14-yr-old girl shot dead in Kaithal #Vaw


A 14-year-old girl, Shikha Kaur, was killed on the spot while her 17-year-old friend Amandeep Kaur suffered injuries after an unidentified motorcycle-borne man opened fire at them in Peedal village, 25km from district headquarters Kaithal, around 8am on Wednesday. No motive could be established, as neither did the families suspect anyone nor did any eyewitness testify, said the police.

Minutes after the incident, a group of angry residents led by Shikha’s relatives placed her body on the Kaithal-Patiala road and damaged two state-run buses, though no casualty was reported. The police now blame the agitating mob for the killer’s escape as, for four hours, cops remained caught up in pacifying the protesters and could not launch an immediate manhunt.

Amandeep, a Class-12 student, was rushed to Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, around 40km away, with injuries to her wrist. She was scheduled to be operated upon late in the night. Shikha’s post-mortem examination, meanwhile, said she died of a gunshot near the stomach that pierced through her body.

According to what Amandeep purportedly told her father Jagdev Singh, she and Class-8 student Shikha were walking to their school — Shantiniketan Senior Secondary Public School — when a young man, who had his face covered with a piece of cloth, appeared in front of them on a bike and opened fire. Amandeep lost consciousness after that.

“We had no enmity with anyone. I don’t know why my daughter was killed,” said Shikha’s father Nanak Singh, a bus driver, who told the police that he was on duty in Cheeka town nearby when he got a call about the incident. Amandeep’s father Jagdev, a farmer, told HT from Patiala that his family, too, did not have enmity with anyone.

While superintendent of police (SP) Kuldeep Singh rued that no villager had come forward as witness, station house officer (SHO) Kashmir Singh added that their team had rushed to the murder spot immediately but had to first control the agitating family: “In the initial crucial hours, we were not allowed to take effective measures to nab the assailant, who could have dissolved into the mob and managed to slip away.”

Even as none came forward as eyewitness, some villagers told HT on the condition on anonymity that the killer had an accomplice, a man riding besides him on another bike: “One motorbike was left behind. But in the melee later, someone took it away.”

 

#India #Ambala 13 year old raped delivers child #VAW #Torture #WTFnews


A 13-year-old girl, who was reported to be pregnant on Saturday after being allegedly raped by a married man here, delivered a girl child at a Panchkula hospital on Sunday.
Assistant sub-inspector Karan Singh Rana said: “Suspect Deepak, who is a Balmiki Majri resident, was produced before the duty magistrate on Sunday and has been remanded in police custodyfor two days.” He said the police were also on the lookout for his accomplice Mohit, who was allegedly providing him accommodation for the sordid act.Local residents said Deepak was married with a daughter, adding that the victim, a Class-6 student, had lost her father a few years ago. They said as her mother was mentally challenged, she was being looked after by her grandmotherwho was eking out a living by doing odd jobs in houses.The incident had surfaced when the victim had developed pain in the abdomen and her grandmother had taken her to the civil hospital for check up on Friday. After doctors diagnosed her to be pregnant, the victim had reportedly told her grandmother that the accused was exploiting her sexually for the past several months.She had said that she was scared of the suspect, as he had threatened her against divulging details to anyone.

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