Address error in #Aadhaar cards, villagers seek action


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Sweta Dutta , IE  Wed Mar 06 2013, 01:10 hrs

 

 

JaipurFor the last 40 years Bhagiratha Godara has mentioned his residential address in all official documents as village Birodi Badi under post office of the same name. But when residents in his village started enrolling for their Aadhaar cards, their address was shown as post office Beedasar, a bordering village in Sikar district.When Godara pointed out the discrepancy, the agency insisted such information is pre-fed in their equipment and that it cannot rectify. The agency by then had issued cards to at least 450 people out of 4,500-odd residents of the gram panchayat. The agency said that it is only responsible for enrolments, for which it has to meet targets as soon as possible.

Harrowed by the agency’s attitude, Godara’s wife, Nirmala, sarpanch of the gram panchayat, has written to UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the district collector, Sikar, seeking rectification.

“When residents of our gram panchayat visited the vendor entrusted with the Aadhaar enrolment they were told the post office for all the villages under our gram panchayat is reflected as Beedasar in place of Birodi Badi and Birodi Chhoti. Both post offices have been functional for over 40 years but are not reflected in the UIDAI’s database. The India Post portal also shows Birodi Badi and Birodi Chhoti as Branch Post Office,” said Godara.

The village Bhuda Ka Bas, created as revenue village in 2008 by the state government, does not even find a mention in the database, alleged Godara. “We have been constantly asking the vendor to get it rectified but to no avail. This lands us in trouble as the Aadhaar card will reflect incorrect addresses for all these villages. This identification card is of great importance to us as it links several government schemes and also wages to our bank accounts,” said Nirmala.

The enrolment agency approached schools in the village where over 300 students were registered under the incorrect address. Another 150 villagers who had visited enrolment camps in nearby towns such as Laxmangarh, Sikar city and Nawalgarh in Jhunjhunu too were issued cards with erroneous postal address.

Despite repeated attempts over the phone, Sikar District Collector Dharmendra Bhatnagar remained unavailable for comment. Additional Collector G L Kataria admitted the discrepancy. “There were complaints of incorrect postal address that cannot be rectified at the level of the enrolment agency. Authorities in Delhi have to be approached,” he said.

 

 

 

#Rajasthangangrape 11year old fights for life, rapists’ friend threatens to rape her sisters #WTFnews #Vaw


Sangeeta Pranavendra [ Updated 03 Jan 2013, 17:47:16 ]
Rajasthan gangrape victim fighting for life in hospital, rapists' friend threatens to rape her sisters

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Jaipur, Jan 3: Even as the 11-year-old rape victim is fighting for her life in J K Lone Hospital here, the rapists‘ friend has threatened to rape the victim’s two sisters, if the case is not withdrawn.

The minor girl was gangraped near Sikar in August last year.

“We have raped your younger sister. You two sisters are left. We will do the same to you”, was the threat given to the sisters on phone.

The sisters alleged that the accused‘s friend told them on phone: ” What will the law do? It will send us to jail for seven years. After we will be released, we will again commit the same crime. None of you can do anything to us.”

The gangrape took place on August 20, 2012. The 11-year-old girl had gone to see a movie with her two sisters at a cinemahall on Rani Sati Road in Sikar.

When they were returning home, a vehicle came, and one of the two persons inside it tried to drag the elder sister. But she managed to escape. This time, the assailant dragged the youngest sister into the vehicle.

The incident took place between Sikar bus depot and Shantinagar industrial area, leaving the two sisters dumbfounded.

Both the men  inside the vehicle were drunk, say the sisters. One of them owns a factory  in the locality, the girls say.

Even as the girls ran to their home, the rapists took the youngest sister to a village, 27 km away from Sikar, where four others joined them in the gang-rape.

Eighteen hours later, the girl  was thrown on Lothal Rod, 10 km away from Sikar on August 21 at 11 am, and the rapists absconded.

Police admitted the gangrape victim to Sikar hospital, but considering her critical condition, she was sent to Jaipur hospital.

Dr S D Sharma, superintendent of J K Lone Hospital, Jaipur says, “she was in a critical state. She had severe injuries in her private parts. Our doctors had to repair her organs.”

Three days later, on Aug 25, police arrested two of the accused, and later four others were nabbed and sent to jail.

Two of the six accused are now out on bail. They were accused of sheltering the rapists.

The victim’s family is now living in fear, even as threatening calls are being made to them from the rapists’ friends.

 

Dalit girl attempts suicide after rape


TNN Apr 5, 2012

JAIPUR: Relatives of a rape victim had a harrowing time before the police finally lodged an FIR and recorded the girl’s statement on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped at Jasti ka Bagh village in Sikar district on Tuesday evening. Following the incident, the girl attempted suicide by setting herself on fire.

The victim, a Class IX student, was returning from school when she was abducted by one Rajaram who allegedly raped her and left her at an isolated place. Later, the girl after reaching home set herself on fire.

“She was rushed to Sawai Man Singh hospital and is undergoing treatment at the burn ward. The police in our village did not bother to register an FIR,” said a relative of the girl.

On Wednesday morning, the victim’s kin informed the police chowki near the hospital, who informed the Moti Doongri police, who in turn asked the Neem ka Thana police station to register a complaint. In the entire process, the complaint was registered only by evening.

Later, police commissioner and senior officers intimated the Sikar police about the incident. A magistrate has also recorded the statement of the victim.

Meanwhile, chairperson of state women’s commission Lad Kumari Jain also visited the girl at the hospital and assured justice for her family. According to the hospital, the girl has sustained 70 % burn injuries and chances of her survival are very slim.

 

Rajasthan Mining – The Moving Earthquake


After Haryana ban, illegal mining shifts to Sikar’s hills – By Panini Anand in Outlook

 

 

Who’s The Quarry?
More than 400 active leases in the Sikar belt
1,200 trucks move out of Rajasthan Aravallis daily
In Dabla alone, 50 ha of land mined
Area has five small rivers, three clogged with sludge.

The ceiling of her house has some long cracks, the roof has become unstable, the floor in some parts has caved in. When Reshmi built her house in the Dabla village of Sikar district in Rajasthan last year, the 65-year-old Dalit woman had thought it would be her refuge in her old age. Instead, she lives a nightmare every day. There are blasts, the earth keeps shaking. It’s like living in a war zone that is simultaneously having an earthquake.

Reshmi is one of the unfortunate residents of a cluster of villages in the Neem Ka Thana belt in Sikar, where the mining mafia is operating in complete violation of court orders. Having been pushed out of Haryana after the Supreme Court stopped mining there, the mining firms have moved into the Aravallis of Rajasthan. Advocate Pallavi Mehta explains what’s going on. Although the 2002 SC order restricted mining in the entire Aravalli range, existing companies were given permission in 2005 to mine in some areas. But, Mehta says, “we found many new companies whose addresses can’t be verified.” The Rajasthan government, meanwhile, passed an order that hills below an elevation of 100 metres are not part of the Aravallis!

Given this inch of concessions, the miners have extracted a mile. They’re blasting holes into the range to wrench stones and gravel for building material and to make cement. Nary a thought is spared for the villagers whose homes and lives are being systematically destroyed. They are terrified of the deep-hole blasts of ammonium nitrate. In violation of every safety norm, mines and crushers are operating very close to homes, schools and public spaces. Dullaram, an old man from Biharipur village, has tears in his eyes: “Hundreds of trucks pass every day through our villages, loaded with stones and crushed gravel. They’re damaging our houses and roads. We’re scared, the air is polluted. Our life has become hell. Please do something for us.”

Read the Outlook artilce here

 

 

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