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FIR filed against BJP Mahila Morcha leader Sangeeta Varshney for slapping girl #Vaw

The BJP leader was shown slapping a Hindu woman for having an affair with a Muslim man in a video on Tuesday.

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Video screengrab of Aligarh BJP Mahila Morcha leader Sangeeta Varshney with the 18-year-old girl, whom she slapped for dating a Muslim man.
Video screengrab of Aligarh BJP Mahila Morcha leader Sangeeta Varshney with the 18-year-old girl, whom she slapped for dating a Muslim man.(Twitter)

An FIR was lodged on Friday evening against Aligarh president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha Sangeeta Varshney, who was seen repeatedly slapping a teenage girl, for dating a Muslim man, in a video that was widely shared on social media websites.

Sevendra Kumar, father of the 18-year-old victim Pooja, filed the complaint against Varshney.

Circle officer, Gandhi Park police station, Pankaj Srivastava, said, “The victim’s father complained against Sangeeta Varshney for beating up and threatening his daughter. We have lodged an FIR under sections 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code and have started the investigation.”

The victim’s father said the incident adversely affected his daughter’s reputation.

“The law has not given any right to Sangeeta Varshney to beat up and threaten my daughter. This was a shameful act that caused damage to my daughter’s image and respect. I was hurt to see her getting slapped in that video. Action should be taken against all those who indulge in moral policing and threaten common people in the name of love jihad,” said Sevendra Kumar.

In the video, Varshney was seen telling the girl, “Have you no shame? You are a big girl and yet you do not know who is a Hindu and who is a Muslim?”

The BJP leader later admitted to having slapped the girl. She said, “I saw a couple surrounded by a crowd. People told me that the Hindu girl and a Muslim man were trying to run away. I found it to be a case of love jihad. I took the girl to an ice-cream parlour to speak to her.”

However, women activists took a grim view of Varshney’s arguments and actions. Activist Kalpana Gupta wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to stop moral policing by organisations such as BJP Mahila Morcha, Hindu Yuva Vahini and Hindu Jagran Manch.

Earlier, police had registered a case against the Muslim man who was seen with Pooja. He was charged under IPC section 294 (indulging in obscene act in a public place), but was granted bail.http://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/fir-filed-against-bjp-mahila-morcha-leader-sangeeta-varshney-for-slapping-girl/

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यौन हिंसा और राजकीय हिंसा के खिलाफ महिलायंे

डब्ल्यूएसएस
उत्तर प्रदेश
24 सितम्बर। इलाहाबाद। हम डब्ल्यूएसएस के लोगछेड़खानी के खिलाफ अनशन पर बैठी छात्राआंे पर पुलिसप्रशासन द्वारा किये गये बर्बर लाठीचार्ज की कड़े शब्दों मेंनिंदा करते हैं, तथा ऐसा करने का आदेश देने वालों पर कड़ीकार्यवाही करने की मांग करते हैं।
जैसा कि अब सामने आ चुका है कि 21 सितम्बर कोबीएचयू कैम्पस के अन्दर  स्थित त्रिवेणी छात्रावास के सामने बीएफए की एक छात्रा के साथ वहां के एक लड़के नेबदतमीजी की और विरोध करने पर रेप करने की धमकी भीदी। इसकी शिकायत लेकर जब वह लड़की छात्रावास कीवार्डेन के पास गयी तो  वार्डेन ने उल्टे उसे ही कहा कि इतनीदेर तक हास्टल के बारह क्यों थीं। वैसे तो लड़कियां या कोईभी नागरिक जिस भी समय घर से बाहर हो उसकी सुरक्षा कीजिम्मेदारी सम्बन्धित शासन प्रशासन की होनी चाहिए,लेकिन जिस वक्त यह घटना हुई शाम के छ ही बजे थे। छात्राको चुप रहने की सलाह दी गयी। इस बात से छात्राओं में रोषबढ़ गया। अगले दन सुबह से ही छात्रावास की लड़कियांबीएचयू के मुख्य गेट पर इकट्ठी हो गयीं और घटना के विरोधके साथ बीएचयू प्रशासन से कैम्पस में सुरक्षित माहौल देनेकी मांग करने लगी। इसे लेकर इनकी मांगें बेहद सामान्य थी,जिसे प्रशासन आराम से स्वीकार कर सकता था और उसेकरना भी चाहिए। लेकिन मानने की बजाय प्रशासन ने औरवीसी ने लड़कियों से मिलना और उन्हें आश्वस्त करना भीजरूरी नहीं समझा। इसलिए गेट पर लड़कियों का कांरवाबढ़ता गया। 22 की सुबह से 23 सितम्बर की रात तक वे गेटपर ही बैठकर धरना देती रहीं।
यह बेहद शर्मनाक है कि इन्हें सुरक्षा का आश्वासन देने कीबजाय 23 सितम्बर की रात बिना किसी चेतावनी के इन परबर्बर लाठीचार्ज किया गया। यह भी आपत्तिजनक है किलाठीचार्ज के वक्त महिला पुलिस नहीं बल्कि पुलिस सिपाहीमौजूद थे, जिन्होंने लड़कियों से धक्कामुक्की भी की औरउन्हें बुरी तरह पीटा। इस दौरान महिला पुलिस को पीछे करदिया गया। यह गैरकानूनी भी है हम इसकी कड़े शब्दों मेंनिंदा करते हैं।
इस लाठीचार्ज में लड़कियों को काफी चोट आयी है, लेकिनइसी घायलावस्था में उनसे छात्रावास खाली करनेे को कहदिया गया है। विश्ववि़द्यालय प्रशाासन ने इस अवस्था मेंलड़कियों को सड़क पर असुरक्षित छोड़ दिया है। यह उनकीएक और बड़ी गलती है। हम विश्वविद्यालय प्रशासन की इसशर्मनाक कार्यवाही की निंदा करते हैं।
बीएचयू की लड़कियों के साथ प्रशासनिक भेदभाव कईसालों से चलता आ रहा है, लेकिन पिछले दो सालों से यहअपने चरम पर है। यहां की लड़कियों को छात्रावासों मेंनानवेज खाने पर रोक लगा दी गयी है रात में नेट सर्फिंग पररोक, फोन करने पर रोक, देर तक हॉस्टल से बाहर रहने पररोक और कई तरह की रोक लगाई जा रही है। गौरतलब हैकि यहां पर देर का मतलब शाम छ बजे के बाद से शुरू होजाता है। जबकि यहां पढ़ने वाले लड़कों पर ऐसी कोई पाबंदीनहीं है। लड़कियों ने जब इसका विरोध किया तो नये सत्र मेंइन्हें छात्रावास देते समय ऐसे कागज पर हस्ताक्षर करा लियागया, जिसमें लिखा था कि वे किसी धरना, प्रदर्शन याराजनैतिक गतिविधि में हिस्सेदारी नहीं करेंगी। बीएचयू केवीसी और प्राक्टर का इन सभी बातों के लिए यह तर्क है किवे लड़कियों को ‘संस्कारी’ बनाना चाहते हैं। इससे उलटकैम्पस के अन्दर लड़कों की अराजकता दिन पर दिन बढ़तीही जा रही है, ये लड़के लड़कियों के छात्रावासों के आगेघूमते हैं, उनके साथ अभद्र व्यवहार करते हैं, कैम्पस केअन्दर और गेट पर जा रही लड़कियों पर अश्लील फब्तियांकसते हैं, उन्हें रोकने का प्रयास करते है, अश्लील हरकतेकरते हैं, लड़कियों के छात्रावास की खिड़कियों पर पत्थरफेंकते हैं, लड़कियों को पकड़ने और छूने की हर संभवकोशिश करते हैं। कैम्पस के अन्दर के इस महिला विरोधीमाहौल पर वीसी मौन रहते हैं। बल्कि लड़कियों को ही‘संस्कारी बनने की, चुप रहने की और सूर्यास्त के पहलेछात्रावासों के अन्दर आ जाने की सलाह देते हैं, न सिर्फसलाह देते हैं, बल्कि उसे लागू करने के  लिए ऐसे हीअनुशासन भी बनवाते हैं।
डब्ल्यूएसएस की प्रदेश इकाई बीएचयू में छात्राओं पर हुएबर्ब लाठीचार्ज की, साथ ही लड़कियों के लिए बनाये गये इसअसुरक्षित और गैरजनवादी माहौल की निंदा करते हैं। हमइसके खिलाफ  वहां चल रहे आन्दोलन का समर्थन करते हुएदोषी पुलिस कर्मियों तथा विवि प्रशासन पर कार्यवाही करनेकी मांग करते हैं।
द्वारा जारी
डल्यूएसएस उत्तर प्रदेश
डा.संध्या पाण्डेय
पद्मा सिंह
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BHU Attack on Students Resonates in Lucknow

LUCKNOW: Undaunted by the police assault on fellow students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus, scores of students and social activists protested in Lucknow at the feet of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the heart of the city.

The protestors expressed solidarity with the students at BHU who were subjected to police assault that left several –including girls–injured. They waved banners and shouted slogans against the BHU administration and the Uttar Pradesh state government.

“Raise your voice loud against this deaf government”, “Sisters of BHU and fellow students we are with you in your struggle” rent the air as protestors defied rainfall to express collective anger against the police that lathi charged students in Varanasi while the Prime Minister was visiting his home constituency, Saturday night.

“Female students were beaten, bruised and abused for demanding security on the campus by the police and the BHU administration stood by and watched,” a speaker said.

“No corner of the state is safe for its female population, from murderers and rapists. And when we complain we are beaten up!” Another speaker, in a stirring speech said that the warm blood of the youth is being forced to melt the cold attitude of those in power.

Members of Stree Mukti League and Naujawan Bharat Sabha called all women to speak out against injustices suffered by the women of the state for centuries and to express their anger without fear.

Journalists also protested against the police action before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence. Several scribes also faced the police lathi charge in BHU while they were covering the students agitation.

The crowd took a public pledge to no longer remain silent over increasing atrocities upon the large majority of Indians who remain powerless, poverty stricken and bullied by the so called custodians of the country’s future.

Anger in BHU boiled over when a first year student was physically abused and teased by three men on a motorbike last Thursday evening. Calls for help by the student failed to alert the guards. When she complained to the Warden and Chief Proctor she was shamed for roaming around on her own at sunset, and not following hostel timings!http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/NewsDetail/index/1/11818/BHU-Attack-on-Students-Resonates-in-Lucknow

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Meet Mangal Kunjam, the real life journalist who asks tough questions in Newton

 

In 2005, when Salwa Judum – a government-sponsored vigilante movement to fight Maoists – started, more than 6,000 tribal youths and surrendered Maoists worked as special police officers (SPOs).

Mangal Kunjam with Rajkummar Rao on the sets of Newton.
Mangal Kunjam with Rajkummar Rao on the sets of Newton.

Mangal Kunjam , a 26-year-old tribal journalist in the Maoist-hit Bastar, is a happy man after Newton, the film in which is played the brief yet important role of a journalist. Newton has been declared as official entry for Oscars from India.

In the film, Kunjam asks a very important question from the inspector general (IG) who came to visit the polling booth, “ Aap jin Maovadiyon ka samarpan karvaate hain –fir unhee maovadiyon ko badookh dekar unhee se ladvaate hain..aisa kyun ?”

In 2005, when Salwa Judum – a government-sponsored vigilante movement to fight Maoists – started, more than 6,000 tribal youths and surrendered Maoists worked as special police officers (SPOs). In 2011, the Supreme Court banned Salwa Judum and ordered the state government to stop using SPOs. It was later observed that SPOs are used as assistant constables in a special force – district reserve guard (DRG).

Kunjam is working in the core Maoist area for last five years and is known for his nuanced reports. He has faced continuous threats from security forces for reporting fake encounters in the Dantewada region.

“In the movie Rajkumar Rao played a role of ‘imaandaar’ presiding officer of a booth. The same thing is happening with everyone who is honest in Bastar. I have been threatened several times and most of police officers still brand me as Maoist just because I am an honest journalists working in the region,” said Kunjam.

Kunjam is the only person from Bastar who got a role in the film.

 

Talking about how he got this role, Kunjam said, “I have a journalist friend in Mumbai, Javed Iqbal, who was close to the director and the writer. They called me when they came for research in Bastar and asked about the ‘real situation’ of Bastar.”

 

The film has been shot in Dalli Rajahara in Balod district, which is not Maoist affected, because of security reasons.

  I honestly narrated the whole situation and later they decided to give me the role in the film. I got the role of a TV journalist and the director had also given me the freedom to ask any question to IG in the film which I have asked,” told Kunjam.

Kunjam further said that most of the questions which were asked from the tribals in the film by me are not scripted.

“In the film I ask about the benefits of elections and they reply that never think of any benefit the election in this area. This is fact that most of the tribals who are living in Maoists affected area feel that election has never helped them,” said Kunjam.

At many places the election is a farce just like it was depicted in the film. “ When a foreign journalist came to cover the booth in the Maoist affected village , the villagers were forced to come to the election booth for voting which is a reality at many places,” said Kunjam.

“This is reality that tribal are trapped between security forces and Maoists in Bastar,” he added.

“ After the success of the film , which depicts the reality of Bastar, I want that a film should be made of the journalists working in Bastar. Most of the scribes working in this area are threatened and implicated in false cases,” Kunjam said.

 

 

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BHU : Police lathicharge students protesting against victim shaming #Vaw

Students at Banaras Hindu University have been protesting against the university administration’s alleged inaction and victim shaming after a first-year woman student reported an incident of molestation on Thursday

In Late-Night BHU Clashes, Cops Filmed Thrashing Woman Student

BHU protest: No women constables were present when a woman was thrashed by cops.

VARANASI:  As violence broke out at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) around 11 last night over alleged molestation of a student inside the campus, in a video that has emerged today, the cops can been seen repeatedly hitting a woman student outside the Mahila Mahavidyala hostel. No women constables were present at the university. After clashes erupted between the police and a group of students who tried to enter the Vice Chancellor’s residence, the cops resorted to lathicharge to contain violence. Several students got injured in the scuffle. At least three motorcycles were set on fire in the violence allegedly by some of the protesters.

The students claim that the police lathicharged without provocation and didn’t even spare women students. They also alleged that the cops also tried to enter the women’s hostel. In the video, cops are seen charging towards women near the hostel gate and brutally beating the one who stands up to them before the gate closes.

The main gate of the university has been cleared of protesting students. The situation is under control, cops stationed at the university campus said today.

While reacting to the violence against protesting students, former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “Lathicharge on BHU students is condemnable. The government must find solutions through talks and not force. There should be action against those involved.”

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The students claim the police lathicharged without provocation and didn’t even spare women students.

Students have been protesting against the university administration’s alleged inaction and victim shaming after a first-year woman student reported an incident of molestation on Thursday.

The woman alleged that three bike-borne men harassed her inside the campus when she returned to her hostel on Thursday evening. The men abused her and fled when she resisted their attempts, she said. She alleged that security guards, who were right there, did nothing to stop them and her hostel warden, instead of taking up the issue with the administration, asked her why was she returning late to the hostel.

The warden’s response angered the students who sat on ‘dharna’ at the main gate later that evening. One of the students reportedly got her head tonsured.

The protesting students had hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a two-day visit to Varanasi, would meet them and listen to their complaints. However, on Thursday, when the Prime Minister and his entourage were supposed to pass by the main gate of the university, their route was reportedly changed by his security officers.

“She is in trauma and such an incident can happen to anyone. This campus is not safe at all,” said Ankita Singh, a protesting student.

The students say they just want to meet the Vice Chancellor to urge him to ensure safety on the campus. “If you go inside the campus in the evening, you will realise that harassment is a common problem here,” said Shweta Mishra, a student.

Sources in the university administration say the BHU campus is huge and open to public and policing every area is not possible. Nonetheless, security inside the campus would be reviewed, they promised.

Rajesh Kumar Singh, the public relations officer of BHU, however, said, “80 per cent of the protesters are outsiders. This is a politically-motivated protest.”https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/students-injured-as-police-lathicharge-during-late-night-clashes-on-bhu-campus-1754375

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India Why the cow has gone from ‘Mata’ to ‘Menace ‘

Farmers can’t keep them, traders don’t want to bu them, and gaushalas are full. The result: Havoc on farms and roads. Sunday Times travels across the country to find out how the population of stray bovines is becoming a ticking time bomb

The problem of stray cattle is not new in India, but in the last few months, it has reached alarming propor tions. According to 2012 data from the 19th livestock cen sus, stray cattle amounted to 58.87 lakh. This was just a fraction (2.76%) of the country’s total cattle population of 190.90 million at the time, but it exceeded the entire cattle populations of countries like Afghanistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. By all indications, this number may go up dramatically in the 20th livestock census which will be out later this year.In the last few years, cow vigilante groups have dramatically changed the livestock business. The practice of unproductive cattle winding up in slaughterhouses and being used for meat and leather, was already in trouble. But since May , after the Centre notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, it has become even more difficult to buy , sell and transport cattle.

Until recently, farmers followed a pattern: they would sell their old and unproductive cattle to traders, who would then transport them to states where slaughter is allowed. The farmers, on their part, would buy young and productive bovines from cattle fairs. But this cycle is a thing of the past now. Farmers simply abandon their unproductive cattle, because maintaining them is unaffordable. This explains the exponential increase in stray cattle numbers.

Once a valued resource, cows are now becoming a farmer’s worst enemy in many places. Anirudh Kumar, a farmer from Saketu whose sugarcane and paddy crops worth lakhs were destroyed by drifting cattle, says: “The population of stray cattle has increased drastically since slaughterhouses shut down. It was a good move to save the cows, but no steps have been taken to provide shelter to stray cattle. They enter our fields and destroy our crops.“

As a deterrent, some farmers have installed electrified barbed wire fencing, even though it is illegal. “But it’s not easy to go for that option. Gau rakshaks threaten us with FIRs if we do that,“ says Kumar.

The gaushalas, meanwhile, are full beyond capacity . Hingonia gaushala, on the outskirts of Jaipur, is struggling to look after more than 14,000 cows, which is almost twice as much as it can accommodate.And yet, municipal authorities keep bringing in more animals. Radha Priya Das, who is in charge of the gaushala, says their running costs are Rs 3 crore a month. Last year, over 8,000 cows in the gaushala died of malnutrition and disease.

Even though Rajasthan has 2,319 gaushalas where over 6.71 lakh cows are housed, drifting cattle on the streets are a common sight. Pushkar Narayan Bhati, president of BJP’s Pushkar unit, admits that the stray cattle menace has grown with the rise in cow vigilantism. “Cows wandering on streets are double the number F sheltered in gaushalas,“ he says. c With barely any demand at cattle fairs, villagers just leave their unproductive animals on the streets of Pushkar, he says.

Avinash Telkar, in charge of the stray animals department in the Pune Municipal Corporation, says the civic body is finding it difficult to manage. Road safety has been affected not just in cities, but even on highways. Abdul Wasim, a driver working for a tour operator in L Ranchi, says: “I have narrowly est caped accidents at least a dozen times p in the last year because of herds appeara ing suddenly .“

The attacks by cow vigilantes on transporters ferrying cattle, coupled with tough rules on cow transportation, have forced most farmers to abandon the idea of buying cattle. “We fear taking our cows even to a hospital. The best option is to buy buffaloes,“ says Vilas Patil from Palus village in Sangli district.

While there are no new buys, some farmers in west ern Maharashtra villages bordering Karnataka have been selling their existing livestock at throwaway pric es. Traders from Karnataka, where cow slaughter is legal, come around midnight and take the cattle away , paying just Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per cow.

Amra Ram, president of All India Kisan Sabha, a CPM affiliate, says that the Centre’s protective regulations are responsible for the stray cattle men ace. It’s ironic, he says, because “there was a time farmers celebrated the birth of a calf in their homes.

Not any more.“

Reporting by Amarjeet Singh, Kanwardeep Singh, Paul John, Palak Nandi, Radheshyam Jadhav and Sonali Das

Livelihoods get a hiding

Vinod Kumar Jatav (40) never went to school. He has been skinning dead animals for the last 30 years, and knows no other job. But as trade in animal parts is now fraught with risk, he has been virtually unemployed for the last year.“We are under constant threat when we go out to skin an animal.Cow vigilantes have made us feel like criminals. Now even the police are working with them,“ says the Bareilly resident.

Jatav’s misery underscores what the government’s chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian had warned about in June.Soon after the government came out with its cattle sale restrictions, he cautioned: “If social policies impede the workings of the livestock market, the impact on the economics of livestock farming could be considerable.“

It has been over 14 months since four Dalits were thrashed in Gujarat’s Una district by vigilantes for allegedly killing a cow, despite the victims’ pleas that they were merely skinning a dead animal. Cow vigilante outfits evoke palpable fear in rural areas now. Sampat Singh, a BTech from a Haryana university who heads one such outfit called Gau Putra Sena, proudly tells TOI: “Over time, we have developed such expertise that one look at a passing vehicle, and we can make out whether it is carrying cows or other animals.“ He adds that members of his outfit carry weapons as “many of them have been attacked by cow smugglers“.

The fear of cow vigilantes, coupled with the shutting down of illegal abattoirs in UP and the Centre’s notification on cattle trade, has also affected the movement of buffaloes. A senior official of a tannery association in Kanpur said the number of buffaloes being brought to the city’s slaughterhouses daily has dropped from 1,200 about three years ago to just 200-300 now. UP Small Tanners Association secretary Feroz Alam says supply of hides has shrunk to just 30%. “The tannery industry has lost almost Rs 1,600 crore of business this year,“ he says.

Consequently , the entire chain of trade in hides and its ancillary industries, right from raw material to finished products, has been hit. Babu Miyan, the 74-yearold owner of a leather processing unit in Bareilly has shut down his business. “We now trade only in goat and sheep hides. There is no future in this business. People who own big units are already shifting to synthetic alternatives,“ says Babu Miyan.

Traders at Buta Mandi in Jalandhar, the biggest hide market of north India after Kanpur, say prices have dropped to less than half. “This started happening as cow vigilantism hit international headlines,“ says Seth Satpal Mal, president of Punjab Hide and Skin Merchants Association. He adds that the uncertainty about the supply of raw material shook the confidence of international buyers, which led to a fall in orders.

“A major part of our raw hide was going to export-oriented units,“ he says, adding, “I have never faced such bad conditions in 49 years of business.“ Amar Nath, another trader, rues the fact that Pakistan and Bangladesh have gained at the cost of Indian manufacturers.

Reporting by Pankul Sharma, IP Singh, Sat Singh & Faiz Rahman Siddiqui

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