#India – Irked by dalit’s buffalo, man kills girl #Vaw #WTFnews


HISAR, TNN : Infuriated over a dalit’s buffalo rubbing its back against the wall of his house and dirtying it, a man allegedly drowned a 12-year-old girl in a pond at Banbhori village in Hisar district on Wednesday. The police registered a case of murder against the accused and arrested him.

According to the police complaint lodged by the girl’s grandfather, Ram Kumar, she was pushed into the pond by Rakesh Kumar alias Raka, a 24-year-old Jat.

“My granddaughter had gone to the pond where the buffalo was drinking water on Monday,” Ram Kumar said in the FIR. “Rakesh told her not to bring cattle near the pond or he would push her into the water.” Rakesh’s house is located on the way to the pond

According to DSP Barwala Jai Prakash, the complainant said his buffalo, which his granddaughter Munni took to the pond every evening, habitually rubbed its back against the wall of Rakesh’s house. On Wednesday, the animal instinctively repeated the act. When Rakesh saw the wall had been dirtied, he allegedly pushed Munni into the pond.

“When Munni did not return home till late evening, I told my neighbours about it and started searching for her,” Ram Kumar said. “When we reached the pond, we saw her body floating.”

“A case under Section 320 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act has been registered against the accused,” said Rahul Sharma, superintendent of police, Hisar. “Police teams have arrested the accused. They will produce him in court and demand his remand.”

Prakash said the police were recording the statements of the girl’s family and probing the matter.

Village sarpanch Chandi Ram claimed the two parties held a three-hour meeting on Thursday and struck a compromise. “The girl’s father will submit an affidavit to the police and the court regarding the compromise,” he said. “It seemed unlikely the youth had drowned the girl.”

 

 

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


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

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