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Determined Karnataka Teacher Turns Driver to Ensure Students Keep Coming to School #Goodnews

Karnataka’s Barali Government Higher Primary School, was losing students who did not want to go to a school without a bus.

The Barali Government Higher Primary School, located near the Bramhavar town in Udupi district, Karnataka, would’ve faced certain closure, for the lack of students.

However, according to the Bengaluru Mirror, a few determined teachers worked to ensure that this did not happen. Among the teachers, the physical education teacher, Rajaram, deserves a special mention, as he took it upon himself to drive the school bus so that the students would not seek admission elsewhere.

Rajaram kept noticing that the school’s strength was on the decline. One main reason was that parents preferred sending their children to schools with a bus facility. It was then that he, with help from the old student’s association, bought a mini-bus, last year.

The selfless Karnataka teacher decided to drive the bus to ensure children did not miss out on school. Photo Source
The selfless Karnataka teacher decided to drive the bus to ensure children did not miss out on school. Photo Source

Rajaram credits Savyasachi Vijay Hegde, who works in Bengaluru, and Ganesh Shetty, an engineer with Nirmithi Kendra, for providing help with the purchase of the bus.

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Everything was going smoothly, when they realised appointing a driver take a massive bite out of the school’s limited funds. It was then, that Rajaram decided to drive the bus himself. He told the publication that he lives close to the school, and the students would feel safe and comfortable if a familiar face drove them around.

The plan seemingly worked! According to Rajaram, the dropout rate has drastically reduced, and the school’s strength has increased from 60 to 90 students.

Rajaram’s day is very hectic. He leaves his house at 8:10 a.m., and ensures that all students are in their classrooms by 9:20 a.m. He makes 4 trips of around 30 kms, one way. Most students, live in rural areas, and their parents are connected with the school, so they don’t have to worry about a driver coming late.

Rajaram wants the school bus facility to continue, irrespective of where he is. The cautious teacher ensures bus trips are not affected even if he takes leave, and is putting into place a system so that the old students can be actively involved in supporting their Alma mater.



According to Headmistress Kusuma, the school has just 4 teachers, with Rajaram being the most dedicated member of the staff. He teaches physical education, science, and math, and now, drives the school bus.

Determined Karnataka Teacher Turns Driver to Ensure Students Keep Coming to School!

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Bihar – Principal alongwith 17 arrested for gang rape of student in school #Vaw #WTFnews

Three students raped the victim in the toilet of the school last year that was filmed

Patna: Police in Bihar Friday arrested a school principal and three others after a Grade 9 girl student was allegedly gang-raped in a school.

The victim has named 18 persons, including the school principal and two teachers, in the case of her sexual exploitation and blackmail which had been going on for the past seven months. The teenaged victim is enrolled in a private school located under Ekma police station in Saran district, some 100km north of Patna.

 

 

According to her complaint, three students gang-raped her in the toilet at the school last year, filming the entire incident.

Using the video, the accused persons began blackmailing her and also forced her to to have sex with other students of the school.

When the victim brought the matter to the notice of the school administration, the school principal as well as some teachers too began sexually exploiting her, instead of coming to her rescue.

This trauma had continued for the past seven months until the victim finally mustered courage and reported the matter to her parents who filed a case gainst 18 persons on Friday at the local police station. The accused include the school principal Uday Singh, two teachers and 15 students, most of them teenagers.

Acting swiftly in the matter, the police have arrested four accused persons including the school principal while the victim has been sent to hospital for medical examination.

“The victim told us that the school principal had been raping her for the past seven months. We have arrested the principal along with three other persons and the matter is being thoroughly investigated,” the local district superintendent of police Hari Kishore Rai told the media on Friday.

The increasing cases of rape have become a matter of serious concern in Bihar. According to an official report, a total of 289 incidents of rape were reported till March this year, indicating that at least three girls were being raped every day in the state. Last year, altogether 1,198 incidents of rapes were reported, preceded by 1,008 incidents in 2016, 1,041 in 2015, 1,127 in 2014 and 1,128 in 2013.

Similarly, 927 cases reported in 2012, 934 in 2011, 795 in 2010, 929 in 2009, 1,041 in 2008, 1,122 in 2007, 1,083 in 2006 and 973 in 2005 — the year when chief minister Nitish Kumar came to power putting an end to 15 years of the Rashtriya Janata Dal regime promising to establish “rule of law” in Bihar.

https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/principal-arrested-for-gang-rape-of-student-in-school-1.2247438

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Statement condemning the attack on Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj

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We the undersigned wish to place on record our utter disgust, contempt and outrage at the latest in the series of machinations by Republic TV, working to its brief as a propagandist for the ongoing crusade against all those who take public stands in defence of democracy, secularism, human rights, Constitutional propriety and rule of law.

Republic TV’s latest target is Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, National Secretary of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Vice President of the Indian Association of Progressive Lawyers and Visiting Professor at the National Law University Delhi. She is widely-known for her three decades of work as a trade unionist, human rights defender, environmental lawyer and a respected advisor to several state institutions including the state legal aid bodies and the National Human Rights Commission.

According to Republic TV, this committed and dedicated lawyer and activist is an “urban Maoist” who is “plotting to break India” with separatist groups and armed guerrillas across the country. The basis for the long list of scurrilous allegations and malicious insinuations against Advocate Bharadwaj is a letter purported to be written by her that Republic TV claims it has accessed.

The provenance of this letter is not revealed and we are not told how it came into the possession of Republic TV. The language of the letter is crude and clumsy, with the supposed author self-identifying as “Comrade Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj” and mentioning the names of various known and unknown individuals who are meticulously addressed as “Comrades”. The contents – or rather, what Republic TV claims are the contents – are supposed to establish a “sensational” connection between the Kashmiri separatists, “urban Naxals”, students from JNU and TISS, and others who take public stands against the anti-people policies of the state. According to Republic TV, these are “incontrovertible and unquestionable facts” that cannot be questioned.

Based on the telecast, the alleged letter belongs to the shoddy archive of similar “documentary proofs” that are regularly leaked to the press by investigation agencies eager to pin various “crimes” onto activists, leaders of people’s movements, political opponents, human rights defenders, critics of government policies and other citizens who are exercising their legitimate rights to free speech, dissent and political action.

The frenzied propagation by Republic TV of these concocted allegations and invented charges against known critics of the ruling party is clearly aimed at blurring the lines between evidence and allegation, accusation and proof, coincidence and causality in the mind of viewers who do not have access to multiple sources of information.

Equally dangerous is the creation and demonisation of virulent labels like “urban naxals” and “tukde-tukde gang”, which gain currency solely by virtue of insistent repetition and circulation despite being legally, factually and politically untenable.

The lethal consenquences of this shameless manipulation of public opinion 

are today visible in the form of the targeted lynchings of Muslims, Dalits and others identified as criminals based on malevolent WhatsApp messages and videos.

Ludicrous though this attack on Advocate Bharadwaj may seem, it is also a signal of the widening dragnet being used to establish absolute control over all institutions and spaces of governance. We call on all responsible people to condemn and expose this attack as the latest attempt by the Modi sarkar and its embedded propagandists in the media to bypass democratic institutions, undermine the rule of law, stifle all voices of dissent and crush all those who seek to question or challenge their autocratic rule.

We also call on media bodies, professional associations and senior journalists to come out and condemn practitioners of this form of toxic, unethical and malicious “journalism”.

(Signed)

  1. Nancy Adajania, curator and writer
  2. Prof Amita Baviskar, Institute of Economic Growth

  3. Dr Shilpi Bhattacharya, OP Jindal Global University

  4. Prashant Bhushan, Advocate, Supreme Court of india

  5. Dr Neera Burra, writer and historian

  6. Prof Uma Chakravarthy, feminist historian

  7. Anil Chamadiya, journalist

  8. Prof CP Chandrasekhar, JNU

  9. Anil Chaudhary, PEACE

  10. Dr Yug Mohit Chaudhary, Advocate, Bombay High Court

  11. Dr Vanessa Chisti, OP Jindal Global University

  12. Maja Daruwala, Senior Advisor, Commonwealth Human Rights Network

  13. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Feminist and Human Rights Activist
  14. Senior Advocate Mihir Desai, Bombay High Court

  15. Saba Dewan, filmmaker

  16. Deepa Dhanraj, Filmmaker

  17. Professor Sabeena Gadihoke, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, filmmaker

  18. Prof Jayati Ghosh, JNU

  19. Professor Shohini Ghosh, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, filmmaker

  20. Viji Ghosh, journalist

  21. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

  22. Dr Smita Gupta, JNU

  23. Prof Zoya Hasan, JNU

  24. Ranjit Hoskote, curator and poet

  25. Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and former Additional Solicitor General of India

  26. Amar Kanwar, Filmmaker

  27. Prof Ayesha Kidwai, JNU

  28. Ritu Menon, publisher and writer

  29. Dr Kalyani Menon-Sen, researcher and writer

  30. Ravi Nair, SAHRDC

  31. Farah Naqvi, writer and activist

  32. Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

  33. Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker

  34. Pamela Philipose, journalist

  35. Dr Imrana Qadeer, health activist

  36. Annie Raja, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Women

  37. Vimala Ramachandran, Education Resource Unit

  38. Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan

  39. Dunu Roy, Hazards Centre

  40. Rahul Roy, filmmaker

  41. Prof Abhijit Sen, JNU

  42. Ardhendu Sen, IAS (retired)

  43. Dr Jhuma Sen, OP Jindal Global University

  44. Dr Rohini Sen, OP Jindal Global University

  45. Dr Mira Shiva, health activist

  46. Abhishek Srivastava, journalist

  47. Dr Pankaj Srivastava, journalist

  48. Prof Nandini Sundar, Delhi School of Economics

  49. Prashant Tandon, journalist

  50. Henri Tiphagne, People’s Watch Tamilnadu

  51. Dr Achin Vanaik, writer and researcher

  52. Dr Anish Vanaik, OP Jindal Global University

  53. Anand Swaroop Varma, Editor Samkaleen Teesri Duniya

  54. Prof Asghar Wajahat, writer, playwright and filmmaker

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Who is Spreading the Rumours? WhatsApp is Not the Criminal, Some Users Are

SEEMA MUSTAFA | 6 JULY, 2018

Sangeeta Bhosale weeps after mob kills her family members as child abductors in Maharashtra(HT Photo


 NEW DELHI: Assam 1983. We were standing, as if adrift, in the middle of a road with swarms of villagers armed with spears and poles and knives rushing past us to attack another village just a little distance away. These were scenes straight from a movie on medieval times. They were not interested in us, three or four reporters trying to report the civil war that had overtaken the state, but in stopping the next village from attacking them. And in the process becoming the aggressors on the basis of little else but rumours as the village they attacked and killed all those they found, had no intention of attacking them. And had no idea that this rumour had been spread. Two weeks of utter horror, any number of massacres, thousands killed with the peak being the Nellie massacre that bore the ferocity of men gone mad.

New Delhi 1984. Three days and nights of sheer horror as Delhi turned into a burning graveyard for Sikhs. Government and police disappeared from view as the mobs took hold of India’s capital, burning property, vehicles and human beings in their anger provoked by rumours, and lies and falsehoods. A rumour that Hindus were being killed on trains coming from Punjab—that spread like wildfire—had mobs collecting on the outskirts of Delhi to stop the trains, pull out the Sikhs and kill them. Hearing the rumour first, I rushed to the New Delhi railway station to check out the horrific news. And found that not a single Hindu had been killed. But counted 200 bodies of Sikhs who had been murdered on the basis of this single rumour as their bodies were taken off the trains at the station.

This was before television, and before the internet. And most certainly before WhatsApp. The rumours were no less vicious, and the results as gruesome in intensity and scale, if not more. Every single communal violence I have covered through the 1980’ onwards after joining the profession has been based on vicious, hate filled lies with the rumours spreading by word of mouth and making the targeted communities defensive or aggressive, but certainly very suspicious and uneasy and literally on tenterhooks.

Take one of the many riots in Aligarh, again in the 1980’s. For the record a dispute between a stall owner selling food, and a customer over the portion triggered the bloody riots between Hindus and Muslims. But investigation revealed that rumours had been spread deliberately and systematically in the mohallas where the communities lived.. A girl of one community has been raped, a boy of the other found murdered….to a point where neither side knew what was the lie and what the truth. And finally believed the lie with passions running high on both sides. So much so that a small argument turned ignited the riot waiting to happen and left homes on both sides and the city itself destroyed.

WhatsApp is not the criminal. The criminals are those who have used the application and more to spread the rumours. And those —state governments, political parties, administration—that ignore the rumours and allow the violence knowing fully well that they will not be able to deal with the consequences in any effective manner. Rumours have been used to instigate violence each and every time. Word of mouth still remains a major conduit in India’s village and remote areas that have born the brunt of communal violence, but of course the internet is also being used to flash the rumours and spread these with perhaps higher speed than was possible before. But even so in recent violence too—such as the ongoing child abduction— an excellent investigation by the Indian Express today clearly confirms what many had known all along. That in each area where mobs collected to lynch the helpless and the innocent, there had been a systematic rumour campaign over the preceding days, if not weeks. And jumpy, panicky, villagers probably instigated by key persons on the ground reacted against the first outsiders who ventured into their terrain as it were to kill with impunity. And with sheer brutality.

The letter by the government to WhatsApp is thus, little more than diversionary tactics. It is not for the application to control the people who are using the facility for such hate speech and viciousness but for the government of India to trace these people, and to unearth what is clearly a conspiracy for reasons that too need to be identified. That the rumours are being spread deliberately—-as were the braid chopping earlier—is clear. That some persons, or groups, or organisations are at work is very possible and it is not difficult for the government to trace the accounts, and to go to the roots of those responsible. Be it one agency or multiple agencies, one ‘miscreant’ as sections of the media describe the killers, or a multitude of these can be easily found by a government armed with all tools of surveillance and more.

Who is spreading the rumours? Who are these people? Why is this being done? Who is responsible? What is being achieved? Are the questions that the government needs to answer. WhatsApp cannot answer these questions and even if it brings in checks —as seems to eb the intention—it will not be able to take India any closer to the answers that are fundamental to stopping this spread of rumours that turns people into mobs that then become killers of the worst kind. To the point where after the innocent are dead, they are not satisfied as the IE investigation shows in some cases. And are also empowered enough to ignore and even attack the police.

Word by mouth remains effective even today for rumours to spread. The internet and various applications are being used to float videos of lynchings and rape, intended to vitiate the environment and make the populace more susceptible to lies and rumours. This knee jerk response to write a letter to WhatsApp is childish and diversionary tactics by the government that needs to use its resources and those of the agencies at its command to crack the case by finding out the persons using the internet to create and spread rumours that have taken a very heavy toll of innocent lives.

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/2/14304/Who-is-Spreading-the-Rumours-WhatsApp-is-Not-the-Criminal-Some-Users-Are-

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Mumbai -BJP MP Gopal Shetty says Christians were like the Brits during freedom struggle

Watch: Mumbai MP Gopal Shetty says Christians were like the Brits during freedom struggle
A video has surfaced in which Shetty is heard describing Indian Christians before Independence as “angrez”; he blames ‘miscommunication’ even as two men complain to the police against him.

At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJPpresident Amit Shah are gearing up to fight the 2019 general elections on the sabka saath, sabka vikas plank, one of the seniormost BJP leaders in Mumbai, Gopal Shetty, has embarrassed his party by claiming that Indian Christians had no role to play in the freedom movement.

While history doesn’t seem to be 64-year-old Shetty’s strongpoint (see box: Indian Christians in freedom movement), his party bosses would have cringed at his reference to sabka saath, sabka vikas in a video in which Shetty is describing Indian Christians before Independence as “angrez”.

The video was recorded on Sunday, when Shetty was addressing a gathering during the Eid-E-Milad organised by the Shia Kabrastan Committee at Malvani in Malad. “Christians were British, hence they didn’t participate in the freedom movement. India was not freed by a Hindu or a Muslim, we fought as one for our independence,” Shetty can be heard as saying.

BJP MP Gopal Shetty’s gaffe: Christians were Brits, not in freedom struggle
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BJP MP Gopal Shetty's gaffe: Christians were Brits, not in freedom struggle

Even as the Congress latched on to the video and tweeted about it, the BJP’s Mumbai top brass went into damage-control mode last night. Ashish Shelar, the Mumbai BJP president and MLA from Bandra (W), said Shetty had been asked to withdraw the statement. “He obviously didn’t mean what he said. However, the BJP doesn’t support such statements, nor is it the BJP’s official position. We fully support the Christian community,” Shelar said.

By late Thursday, Shetty appeared to have realised the enormity of his gaffe. He issued a statement to this newspaper, saying: “This is a result of sheer miscommunication and wrong interpretation of what I had said. For me, India and every Indian comes first. The BJP is moving ahead with sabka saath, sabka vikas and I personally believe that main sabka, sab mere.”

Further clarifying his remarks, he said, “During my speech there may have been a situation wherein something could have been said unintentionally, but the fact remains that it was the contribution of people from every religion that led to India attaining independence.”

Meanwhile, two residents of Orlem in Malad, Jerad Lobo and Mavis Fernandes, have submitted a complaint against Shetty at Malvani Police Station. The two said the complaint should be registered under the Indian Penal Code sections 153(a) for promoting enmity between communities and 504 for breach of peace.

Officers from Malvani Police Station said a complaint will be registered only after a thorough probe, even as the Congress wasted no time on latching onto Shetty’s comments. “The Christian community may be small in number but its contribution in nation-building has been immense. It is unfortunate that a Member of Parliament is making such a discriminatory and provocative comment,” said Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh.

This is not the first time Shetty is under fire for his comments. In March this year, he introduced the private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha, seeking to raise the age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 if she is marrying without her parent’s consent.

“Boys and girls fall in love at 15 and 16, get married at the age of 18 as soon as they become majors, against the wishes of their parents. At this age, they still don’t understand the difference between infatuation and love. Many of these early age marriages later turn sour and result in divorce and other complications. To avoid this social menace, I introduced the Bill,” Shetty had told Mirror.

A video grab of Shetty’s speech in Malvani on Sunday

A video grab of Shetty’s speech in Malvani on Sunday

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/cover-story/mumbai-mp-drops-a-clanger-says-christians-were-like-the-brits-during-freedom-struggle/articleshow/64876451.cms

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