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Gujarat – Woman Who Accused Ex-BJP Lawmaker Of Rape Untraceable #Vaw

The 21-year-old woman, a resident of Surat, had written to the police on July 10 seeking registration of a rape case against BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali who represented the Abdasa constituency between 2007 and 2012.

Woman Who Accused Ex-BJP Lawmaker Of Rape Untraceable: Surat Police

The woman who lodged a rape case against former BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali is untraceable

SURAT: Surat police on Sunday said the woman who had lodged a rape case against former BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali, which led to his ouster from the party, was untraceable.

The 21-year-old woman, a resident of Surat, had written to the police on July 10 seeking registration of a rape case against the BJP lawmaker who represented the Abdasa constituency between 2007 and 2012.

Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said the woman had failed to appear before the police despite being issued summons.

“We had tried to contact the complainant and sent her summons on the address given in the letter received in order to record her statement,” Mr Sharma said.

“A notice was pasted on the door of the house of the complainant as nobody was present there when police arrived,” he added.

“She is untraceable. We are trying to contact her but have failed so far,” he said further.

Noting that the survivor had not approached the police in person or through a relative but through a third person to file the complaint, Mr Sharma said a complaint was yet to be filed in the case.

The commissioner said that the survivor’s identity was still unclear as they had received another letter in April from a woman sharing the same name as the complainant urging the police to ignore any complaint against the BJP leader.

“We had received another notarised letter in her name, sent to us in April, saying that somebody is trying to make a false application in her name against Bhanushali. She had asked the police to ignore such a complaint,” he said.

In the wake of the allegations, the 53-year-old leader from Kutch district had to step down as the party’s state vice-president. In his resignation letter, accepted by state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, Jayanti Bhanushali denied all allegations against him.

In her complaint, the suruvivor alleged that the former lawmaker raped her on several occasions since last November after promising to get her admitted to a reputed fashion design institute. The act was videographed by one of his assistants, she alleged.

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Senior advocate arrested for raping woman lawyer inside Delhi’s Saket court complex #Vaw

The accused, in his 50’s, was arrested from south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area.

The Delhi Police have arrested a senior advocate who allegedly raped a woman lawyer inside his chamber in south Delhi’s Saket court complex.

The accused is in his 50’s. He was arrested from south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area and later produced before the Saket court.

In her statement to the police, the woman said the senior advocate was in an inebriated condition and sexually assaulted her inside his chamber. The woman lawyer works in the same complex.


Speaking about the case, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (south) Romil Baaniya said, “The victim, in her statement to the police, said the accused, who was in an inebriated condition, sexually assaulted her in his chamber which is in the same complex where she works.”

The matter came to light when the woman called up the police on the intervening night of July 14 and 15 and told them she was sexually assaulted by the senior lawyer.


Police have recorded her statement and the woman’s medical examination has also been conducted.

“The chamber where the alleged assault took place has been sealed and the Forensic Science Laboratory and crime team has inspected it,” Baaniya said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Bombay HC – If ill-treated, elderly parents can take back property gifted to son #Goodnews


Elderly parents can take back a share in their property given to a son as a gift if he fails to look after them or harasses them, the Bombay high court has ruled.

Citing the special law for maintenance of senior citizens, Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudesai upheld a tribunal’s order that had cancelled a gift deed given by an elderly Andheri resident by which he had granted 50% share in his flat to his son.

“The gift deed was made at the request of the son and his wife. It is implied that the elderly father and his second wife would be looked after by them after transfer of 50% share in the flat,” said the judges. “Obviously, the son and his wife though ready and willing to look after the father were unwilling to do so in respect of the second wife. In the above circumstances, we do not find any error in the order (cancelling the gift deed), therefore, we are not inclined to entertain this petition,” said the HC and dismissed the son’s petition.

The 2007 law (see box) has provisions that protect parents and elderly persons who have signed away their property or assets to a person so that they would be taken care of, but are then left destitute. If a senior citizen has signed an agreement after 2007 to transfer his share in the property, for example through a gift deed, on the condition that his basic needs would be taken care of, but the person refuses to honour the agreement, then a maintenance tribunal is empowered to quash the agreement.

Dad gave half share to son to buy peace

The senior citizen’s first wife died in 2014. Last year, when he wanted to remarry, his son and daughter-inlaw requested that a share of the Andheri flat should be transferred to them. To buy peace in the family, he transferred 50% share in the flat to his son in May 2014. Subsequently, they started insulting the elderly man’s second wife. The father and his second wife were forced to leave the Andheri flat. The father then approached the maintenance tribunal, which cancelled the gift deed.

The son challenged the tribunal’s order, but the HC dismissed the petition.

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How I stood up to my sexual predator- a senior cricket journalist #Vaw

How I stood up to my sexual predator

By Sarah Waris

He was a renowned senior journalist. I was flattered by his praise for my work. Then it got weird.

Last week, Sarah Waris, a twenty-four-yearold freelance cricket writer spoke about being stalked and sexually harassed by a senior cricket journalist. In her Facebook post that quickly went viral she refrained from naming the well-known male journalist. The immediate fallout of Sarah’s post was that the journalist accused of harassment has since had his accreditation cancelled by the BCCI and other boards around the world.

Here, Waris writes why she chose to go public, and the dilemmas she faced as a young professional woman taking on an established senior colleague.

It began with a simple Facebook message last June when I shared an article I had written on the complete lack of any excitement about an India-Pakistan match at the Women’s Cricket World Cup. Within an hour of my posting this piece, a well-known senior cricket journalist responded with words of encouragement, congratulating me on my work and asking me to carry on writing with similar passion. He then proceeded to ask for my WhatsApp number, which did not raise any hackles as that’s also a platform where we, in the fraternity, often exchange ideas and opinions.

In fact, I was rather chuffed. While a few senior journalists had showered me with praise before, this man, so well regarded internationally too, was in a different league. He was lavish in his praise for my writing, saying I could get into any of the international media organisations with ease, and that he would personally fast-track my entry into any media website of my choice. The excessive flattery should have been a red flag but at that moment, I was simply delighted to be recognised for my writing.

There was silence for a few months after that initial flurry of praise, and then in February this year, he got in touch with me again promising me the moon if I moved from Kolkata to Bangalore where he lives. A full-time job with the International Cricket Council, or a job at any of the top cricket websites headquartered in Bangalore could be mine, he suggested.

I declined, letting him know that I freelanced out of choice and not compulsion. By now, I was also taken aback with his persistent efforts to get me to move to Bangalore.

The February conversation was the start of a series of conversations, offers and revelations from him. He started with volunteering to edit an article that I had written. From there he went on to talk about more intimate things, his past peccadilloes, describing himself as a “man slut.” He talked about his encounters with women in great detail even as I kept thinking: “That’s too much information.”

I was weirded out but still unsuspecting. Possibly because I thought I had a sense of the man from reading all his writings. I would always try and steer the discussion back to cricket. For instance, I would ask him questions like which of the hundred Test matches he had covered stood out in his mind but he would respond briefly trying to steer the conversation away from cricket. So there we were, the two of us, desperately trying to row the boat in different directions.

He gave me nicknames such as “Harami Muslim Girl”. My Whatsapp display pictures were “wicked” to him.

One day he asked me: Did I indulge in anything “wicked?”

“Why not?”

“Did I have any intentions to?”

“Did I feel guilty indulging in them?”

“How could I lead a chaste nun’s life?”

Rather belatedly, his intentions became clear to me and as soon as that happened, I stopped responding to his calls and messages. But after a few days, he wrote to introduce me to a certain Mahreen Hasan — a writer working on a book and keen to interview me because most Muslim women were reluctant to answer her questions openly. The male journalist and this Mahreen both hoped that I would help her out.

This is when things started getting creepier still. After sending me the initial outline of her proposed work, Mahreen sent me the questionnaire, but instead of giving me time to fill it up, she struck up a conversation on Hangouts. Her questions were pathetic, and her description of sexual acts/fantasies cringe-worthy. She attempted to make me open up about my sexuality, and by describing her experiences with a hand shower, she hoped I would share my experiences too.

I am a naturally observant person and I began to observe uncanny similarities between Mahreen and the male journalist. For instance, whenever he would make an off-colour remark, the male journalist would follow it up with a particular smiley. I realized that Mahreen would do exactly that when she would make an observation about sex from her purported questionnaire. I began to notice greater similarities between the language used and the tenor.

Another clue was Mahreen’s email ID. The address was an “incognito” one, which meant that it was anonymous. Now, someone who is writing a book tends to mail from their official ID. It had been a few weeks since we had been introduced but she was hardly ever interested in the book. One day I casually asked her why her email address was not an official one, to which she said that women feel more comfortable sharing details if they know they will be confidential. Then Mahreen gave the game away by saying, “I created this ID ten years ago.”

She had earlier told me that she was 28 years old which would then mean that she had been a writer from the age of 18. It dawned upon me that the male journalist and Mahreen were indeed one and the same person.

What a game! What a creep!

Luckily, I have a number of really close friends in some of the biggest sports media organisations and I told them about how this journalist used a fake account, posing as a female to lure women. Sharing this bit led to shocking revelations. I wasn’t the only one to encounter ‘Mahreen’. She had been introduced to another female sports journalist as a physiotherapist. Chameleon-like, ‘Mahreen’ would change her profession and identity depending on who she was talking to. I even got in touch with one woman journalist whom ‘Mahreen’ had messaged back in 2011. That proved to me that this male journalist had a pattern of sly, predatory behaviour and that he has been at it for some time. Maybe the silence around his behaviour had been due to fear of what he, in his position of power, could do to a fledgling journalist’s career.

But when he messaged a good friend of mine a few months ago, asking her to meet him in Kolkata during the IPL matches is when I felt something needed to be done. I had warned my friend about him and she took all precaution but what, I wondered, about poor innocent women who had no one to warn them about this man’s behavior? After all it’s so easy to fool women, given his reputation as a senior sports journalist.

I thought if I wrote a post on social media without naming him, he would realise that his game was up and that we were on to him. I have chosen to reveal my identity because hiding behind a pseudonym gets you nowhere. People won’t take you seriously as there’s no skin in the game. I had not done anything wrong, I had nothing to hide. Also, I have a great support system so I had faith that I would be alright.

My post has since gone viral. Journalists from New Zealand, Australia, England, West Indies and of course India reached out to ensure my safety and to offer their support. The biggest names in the field, idols whom I look up to, praised my efforts in making this public and instead of the matter dying there, the issue just gained momentum. After my letter to the BCCI pointing out his behaviour, they cancelled his accreditation and he has been suspended from the other Boards as well. Respected websites have cancelled their contracts with him and last I heard, children in Russia were requesting sites to stop him from publishing any football pieces as well.

It was then that I realised how fair and ready the fraternity is to ensure a safe and professional working environment for all concerned.

We have all refrained from unnecessary drama of naming and shaming. There have been no blame games and everyone in the fraternity now knows that women can raise their voices and that they are heard. If this can deter other predatory professionals, this will have been worth it.

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