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Activist Teesta Setalvad detained in Varanasi

In bid to prevent protests from snowballing over police brutality against girl students in BHU, UP Police detained HR activist Teesta Setalvad & wanted an undertaking that she would not visit BHU




Teesta Setalvad has been arrested by Banaras Police after being detained since 9.30am. today


She has Had come for a progam of youth training of Samajwad Jan Parishad fixed two months ago, but all she has been hearing since morning is are you going to BHU?


Human Rights activist Teesta Setalvad (right) as detained by UP Police when she reached Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday detained well known Human Rights activist Teesta Setalvad when she reached Varanasi in a morning flight. She was to participate in a training programme at Rajghat in Varanasi, a programme which was finalised two months ago, she told National Herald over phone.

But UP police whisked her to the Police Lines and informed her that they had received orders to detain her. She could be let off, they confided, if she would sign a bond giving an undertaking that she would not venture into the BHU.

Setalvad refused to sign any such bond on a point of principle. She maintained that as a citizen she was free to move around and visit any place she liked. She wanted to know under which law she was being detained but the policemen maintained a studied silence.

Four hours after her detention, she was told that she was being arrested. At the time of reporting it was not clear under which provision of the CrPC the police had restricted her movement.

The detention is said to be a precautionary measure to prevent protests spilling over at the policemen entering girls’ hostels at night and caning girl students in BHU late on Saturday evening. While BHU and all the colleges in Varanasi have been shut down and the BHU in a press statement declared the disturbances to have been engineered by political and anti-national forces, protests are snowballing.

Demonstrations, it was learnt, are taking place at both Varanasi as well as other cities even as an FIR has been filed against 1000 students for arson and vandalism. Teachers of a local college are said to be planning to take out processions against BHU students and in support of the BHU administration and the Vice Chancellor

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Haryana: Girl writes anonymous letter to police alleging gang-rape in school by 2 officials #Vaw

Copies of letter sent to PM, school director and local media; clerk Karambir and accountant Sukhbir of private school in Gohana booked for allegedly raping victim; no arrests yet


Hardik Anand
HindustanTimes, Rohtak

The Sonepat police on Saturday received an anonymous letter of a school student alleging gangrape by two staff members of a private school in Gohana town of the district.

In her letter, a copy of which was sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the school director and local media, the student of Om Public School alleged that clerk Karambir and accountant Sukhbir forced sex on her on several occasions in the school. They even forced her to call her friend for the same, but she did not let her friend be a victim of the two men.

“They sexually assaulted me their office in the school. In the evening, they took me to a hotel at Gohana. I did not tell anyone in my family because I live in a rural area and my brother would kill me if he finds out. I wanted to commit suicide, but my friend gave me strength to fight against them,” the victim stated in her letter.

She said that she raised the matter before her class teacher, who promised to take it up the school principal. But the principal showed a callous attitude towards her complaint.

Based on her letter, the Sonepat police have booked the two officials under charges of rape. However, no arrest has been made so far.

“The identity of the girl is unknown. We don’t know in which class she studies. The school principal and teachers have denied receiving any such complaint. They have an internal committee to prevent sexual harassment, which has not received any complaint. We are conducting our investigation by going through records of hotels in the area as the victim has alleged in the complaint that they took her to a hotel also,” DSP Mukesh Jakhar said.

Gohana police station in-charge sub-inspector (SI) Kuldeep said around 1,800 students study in Om Public School, which is considered among top private schools in the area.

The alleged incident comes close on the heels of a series of sexual assault crimes being reported from private schools in Haryana.

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Kerala Kaumudi journalist hospitalized after police assault in Thiruvananthapuram #WTFnews

Sajeev Gopalan in hospital (Facebook/Sunil Villikadav)

A senior journalist was hospitalized after being allegedly assaulted by the police at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday night. Sajeev Gopalan, working with Kerala Kaumudi journalist was attacked in front of his wife and daughter by a team of policemen, a Malayalam media reported.

Earlier, the scribe had reported an attack on two girls in  Idava Panchayat of Thiruvananthapuram. He had mentioned about police interference in the case, and the assault is said to be an act of revenge against him by the force.

According to the media report, two policemen arrived at Sajeev’s house in Varkala on Sunday around 10 PM. The duo started beating Sajeev up, who was seeing off a few guests after dinner. The officers later contacted the local Sub Inspector via wireless, who came with more men and joined the attack.

Sajeev was followed inside his apartment and further beaten in front of his family. His wife and daughter were allegedly abused by the police.



The officers then called up SI Biju over the wireless, and the SI arrived with a team of police and started beating up Sajeev.

Before even Sajeev could ask why he was being attacked, the SI gave him a tight slap. Sajeev then ran into his house followed by the SI and team and then they started brutally beating up Sajeev.

When Sajeev’s wife requested to stop the beating, she was threatened and was showered with many cuss words. Even though the neighbours came rushing after listening to the commotion, the police didn’t stop.

Kerala Kaumudi had reported the attack of two girls in Idava a few days earlier. The SI was uttering something about this incident in between shouting at the wife.

The police left only after creating an atmosphere of terror for almost half hour.

Sajeev is undergoing treatment at Varkala Taluk hospital. A complaint has been registered with the Director-General of Police against the accused SI by the journalist fraternity of Kerala.

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 Seeking justice for Gurpreet, Jamshedpur residents take out candle march


Seeking justice for Gurpreet, Jamshedpur residents take out candle march

Jamshedpur, : Residents of Jamshedpur led by All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) East India president Satnam Singh Gambhir took out a candle march in the city on Friday evening demanding fair probe behind the killing of Sikh youth Gurpreet Singh.

21-year-old Gurpreet was allegedly killed by car borne Rohit Mahanto on the wee hours of Sunday in New Delhi. Gurpreet had succumbed to serious injuries on Wednesday.

Protestors in large number from different parts of the city assembled at Sakchi Gurudwara and took out a march which traversed through different parts of the city.

The protestors also urged the Delhi Chief Minister for prompt action in this matter.

Expressing sorrow and disappointment at the ruthless killing of Gurpreet Singh, Satnam Singh Gambhir said, ‘the incident is termed as an incident of road rage which is utter nonsense when it is clear from the statement of Gurpreet Singh’s friend and other victim that it was a crime committed out of hatred’.

According to Gurpreet’s friend Maninder, Mahanto attacked them after they objected from hurling cigarette puff on them, said Gambhir.

He further said that the question rises why it took 3 days and Sikh Organisation’s pressure for the police to register FIR against the shameless being who calls himself Rohit Krishna Mahanto.

AISSF president went on to say that very often we hear that “smoking kills” but now its “smoker kills”, it’s a sad day for India a shame for the country that a young person is killed because he protested against a smoker not to smoke on his face.

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MP- Mining mafia rules the roost as people cattle perish in mining black holes

Death traps: In Madhya Pradesh, people, cattle perish in mining black holes

Quarrying pits that are left unfenced or unfilled prove deadly for people and animals.

A water-filled mining pit near Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district where two children had drowned earlier this year.
A water-filled mining pit near Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district where two children had drowned earlier this year. (HT Photo)


When two youths recently drowned in a stone quarry, it was the proverbial last straw for the villagers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district where such open pits claimed many lives. The angry villagers agreed to cremate the bodies only after a case of “causing death by negligence” was filed against the mine owner, supervisor and two others.

Last month, in one of the biggest crack down against alleged illegal mining, authorities slapped show cause notices with penalty worth ~415 crore against 23 mining lease owners in Gwalior district after they were found to be allegedly carrying out blasting in vast swathes of land to mine grey stones, leaving behind a vast area dotted with pits.

Chequered history

These pits have virtually become mining black holes, claiming many young lives over last few years. In September last year, seven children drowned while bathing in a rain water-filled pit near a stone-crushing site in Guna district. Following the incident, magisterial probe was instituted and a case was lodged for causing “death by negligence” against the lease holder of the stone quarry.

In another incident, three kids drowned last year in a rainwater-filled pit in Sagar district. There have been many such incidents in the past few years as government miserably failed in ensuring closure or fencing of the pits. Most of such mining pits are created wherever there is a large scale mining or excavation for murram (laterite) or gitti (crushed stones) generally for development projects and construction activities.

Due to shortage of staff in the districts, there is poor monitoring and enforcement of mining laws in the state. As a result of which many mining and quarrying pits are left unfenced or unfilled. In rainy season such pits become death traps for the local people and animals.

Sources in the mining department said they have sent a proposal for recruitment of 900 people in the department so that loopholes in monitoring due to paucity of manpower could be plugged.

Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed serious concern over deaths in such mining and quarrying pits. A day after the Guna incident last year, the NGT directed chief secretary to issue clear directions to the principal secretary (mines) and district collectors to carry out inspection of all mines in the state, stressing that conditions laid down in environmental clearances clearly say that the entire area should be fenced before starting the mining activity.

The NGT in March last year also directed Union ministry of environment and forests to examine whether the commercial activity of removal of mineral (sand) and other materials after obtaining temporary quarry permit, amounted to mining or not.

Advocate Om Srivastava, a legal expert on environmental issues, who has been dealing with cases related to mining in the NGT central bench, said as per Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2006 and its subsequent amendments, environmental clearance (EC) is now compulsory for all mining activities and so all lease holders have to ensure closure of the mines.

“Also, there are provisions in MP Minor Mineral Rules which require mine lease holders to go for progressive closure of mines. But children continue to die in mining pits, indicating lot needs to be done to ensure safety. A compensation case has also been filed in the NGT over the drowning of the seven kids in Guna,” he said. Illegal mining and mining mafia violence leave big holes on the mining landscape. The Narmada yatra, which ended in May, also put spotlight back on the mining violations. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had to face criticism from the opposition and environmental groups who alleged that illegal mining was rampant in the state. They stressed that the world’s biggest river protection drive cannot go parallel with the illegal mining.

Sources in mineral resources department revealed that 11,031 cases of illegal transportation of minerals have been registered in the state since January 2016, apart from 660 cases of illegal mining. Also, the violence by mining mafia continues unabated. The mining officials are often attacked by mining mafia, especially in Chambal and Bundelkhand, where they have created terror. On several occasions even the police accompanying the officials are attacked. Under such an atmosphere, it becomes more difficult to ensure regular monitoring and effective closure or fencing of mines and quarries.

What does the government say?

VK Austin, director of geology and mining, admitted that there is a problem of pits being left open after quarrying and mining. “Though we regularly issue instructions, especially during rainy season, that all mines should be demarcated and fenced, there are some practical problems in filling the pits. In case of gitti and murram quarrying, if you have to fill their pits, you have to dig up earth from some other spot. So, if you fill one mining pit, another pit will be created. So, the best thing is to ensure all such quarrying pits are fenced and people are cautioned about them by the local officials and mining lease holders,” he said.

Austin said he will again pass strict directions to the officials to ensure such quarrying and mining pits be fenced or filled so that they don’t endanger the lives of people.

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After SC verdict, Jodhpur woman receives triple talaq over phone

The victim said that on September 18, her husband divorced her over the phone and after two days he married someone else.

The woman, Afsana was married to Munna since eight years in Jodhpur, but soon after her marriage she was harassed for dowry by her in-laws. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

 The woman, Afsana was married to Munna since eight years in Jodhpur, but soon after her marriage she was harassed for dowry by her in-laws. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

Jodhpur: Even after the Supreme Court’s ban on triple divorce, a case of divorce has been reported from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur where a man divorced his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice on the phone.

The victim said that on September 18, her husband divorced her over the phone and after two days he married someone else.

The woman, Afsana was married to Munna since eight years in Jodhpur, but soon after her marriage she was harassed for dowry by her in-laws.

In 2015, her husband even tried to burn her by throwing kerosene at her for failing to get dowry after which she returned to her parents’ home.

The couple has two children.

Afsana said that she had lodged a complaint against her husband and her-in-laws.


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Most attractive boy was picked after every session of forced group sex: Survivors speak up against Kashmir maulvi

The survivors allege that they had no choice but to quietly follow the Peer’s directions as their families had blind faith in him. Some of the rape survivors have reportedly developed medical complications after being sodomised.

Accused Kashmir maulvi, identified as Aijaz Sheikh

Peer Aijaz Sheikh has indeed left indelible scars on his alleged victims. Speaking to Mail Today, the rape survivors recall chilling tales of abuse, fear and pain inflicted upon by Sheikh, who has been accused of raping minor boys in Kashmir on the pretext of warding off evil by summoning jinns .

The alleged victims of Sheikh, known as Maulvi Sahab among locals, were so naive that some of them even thought that they would get pregnant and for years lived in the fear of having contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some of the rape survivors have reportedly developed medical complications after being sodomised.

The victims alleged that they had no choice but to quietly follow the Peer’s directions as their families had blind faith in him. Sheikh is currently out on bail and the next hearing of the case in scheduled for September 27.


“I was 11-year-old when my uncle took me to Aijaz Sheikh. I was sexually abused several times. One night, there were around 10-11 children in the age group of 11 to 14 at his house. He forced us to perform sexual acts from evening until next morning. He used to watch us and would then decide to rape the most attractive boys present there,” alleged a victim. Similarly, another victim said Sheikh was a sadist and he was so obsessed with sexual exploitation that he would actually rape kids in front of each other in different positions.

“Once, he sexually abused me to the extent that I fell down on the ground and was badly hurt. I was so innocent that I asked myself what if I get pregnant? What am I going to tell my parents if that happens? For years to come, I feared that I might have also contracted some STDs. Having come out against the accused makes me feel scared for my life.” The alleged victims, some of whom are in their teenage now, still can’t forget the nightmares. One of the teen rape survivors, who claim to have been abused for four years, told Mail Today, “I was forced to drop out from school as I had to oblige the Peer’s demands. I miss school. Wish I had never gone there. I want to go back to school and finish my studies.”

Interestingly, the Peer’s alleged abuse dates back to the time when he used to teach Quran and Arabic in a school. “I was in Class 4 when I met the Peer. One day he took me to his leisure house in Dangerpora. He would tell his followers to bring a child aged 12 or below, and let the child to spend the night with him. When I was there he told me that I had to sleep in his room, for which I would get money. Soon I found his dark side. He would rape me while pretending to be possessed by jinn. But one day, he mistakenly exposed himself to me and then I realised that I was being abused. I got angry on hearing this and gathered courage to threaten him,” said an alleged victim, who was also his student.


Mail Today also spoke to the psychologist who is counseling some of the rape survivors in this case. She said these victims have shown symptoms of depression, anxiety, guilt and fear.

“It is not just their physical health, but even their emotional and mental wellbeing have been deeply impacted. The incident has affected their desire to live.” While the matter is in the court, the absence of a child protection Act like POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) has devoid the victims of the sensitive approach to deal with such cases. According to child rights’ activist and advocate Anant Asthana, a special law like POCSO is the need of the hour in Jammu and Kashmir to help child victims of sexual offences in availing support from authorities, immediate compensation and a stringent criminal justice system for speedy trial.

“Good thing in POCSO Act is that it not only takes in account the vulnerabilities of victims but also takes cognisance if criminals are the persons who hold authority, influence or dominance over the child in any manner. May be not the entire POCSO Act but a substantial part of it, which strengthens a child victim of sexual offence, must be legislated in J&K. It brings in focus that victims of sexual offences can also be a male child and it is as horrendous as rape of a female child.” Asthana said not only a special law but also an independent and strong state commission for protection of child rights in J&K is very essential. “In fact, we need to think of bringing a law better than POCSO because circumstances of children in J&K are much more difficult and complicated. We need to pay more attention on aspects of maintaining absolute privacy of children, more effective measures for protection of victims and witnesses and increased financial allocations for rehabilitation of victims of sexual offences.”

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Slain journalist KJ Singh had 14-16 stab wounds: Report


  • The body bore around 14-16 stab wounds, according to the post-mortem report
  • Singh’s house was ransacked and gold ornaments were found to be missing.
  • Cops believe that professional killers are behind the crime.

KJ Singh with his sister (File photo)

Slain journalist KJ Singh had 14-16 stab wounds: Report

MOHALI: The body of senior journalist KJ Singh, who was found murdered in his house in Mohali on Saturday, bore 14-16 stab wounds, according to the report of a panel of doctors who conducted post-mortem in Mohali civil hospital.

“Apart from Singh’s throat being slit, the body had 14-16 stab wounds, one right next to the heart. The fingers of the right hand were also slit and the crime might have occurred between midnight and 2am on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. His mother was strangled with a cloth soon after he was killed,” one of the doctors said.

The house of murdered journalist K J Singh was ransacked and gold ornaments that his 92-year-old mother used to wear are missing, police said on Sunday.

Cops believe that professional killers are behind the crime.

Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said, “The way the crime has been executed shows it can only be the handiwork of professional killers. We have many vital clues in the case. Soon the criminals will be apprehended. We are not ruling out a contract killing.”

The family members said 64-year-old Singh, who used to live alone in the house with his ailing and aged mother, was wary of employing a fulltime maid or servant.

Police are collecting CCTV footage from the area to get clues about the arrival or departure of the accused. They will get the footahe from showrooms behind the house, in the street, and routes leading out of the sector to trace the movement of the stolen vehicle.

A police officer said, “We are collecting CCTV grabs of two weeks. As per the statement of the family, someone was carrying out a recce of the house and KJ Singh had told his brother about it. We are looking for the repeaters in the streets except residents.” Police have taken possession of the scribe’s router, external hard disk, laptop and other gadgets in the house.

Police have found footprints in the wall of the garden next to the house. But the trail ends near the wall. Cops believe that the accused may have gained access from the garden, scaled the wall and kept the footwear in a bag, due to which there are no signs of mud on the wall.

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India – How toilet vigilantes are working over time in Madhya Pradesh

This week, an assistant teacher in MP was suspended when he was found answering the call of nature in the open.


Madhya Pradesh has been fortunate enough to not witness cow vigilantism to a great degree, but the state has been at the receiving end of what can be called “toilet vigilantism”. In the latest instance this week, an assistant teacher in Ashok Nagar district was suspended when he was found answering the call of nature in the open.

In another case, in Seoni, a BJP woman leader thrashed a man who she accused of sabotaging her “Swachh Bharat” programme. In Betul district, a 10-member family with barely enough to eat has been fined Rs 75,000 by the village sarpanch on charges of defecating in the open.

The CEO of the Gwalior district panchayat has announced a reward scheme. He said anyone who takes a photograph of a person defecating in the open, identifies the culprit and sends it to a WhatsApp number will be rewarded with Rs 100. The reward will be raised from a Rs 250 fine to be imposed on the culprit under the MP Gram Panchayat (Cleanliness and Nuisance) Eradication Rules, 1999 (yes, MP has had a law on sanitation before it became popular under the present government), with the balance being deposited in the account of the panchayat.

A few months back, an elderly man underwent humiliation at the hands of municipal staff after he was forced to pick up his own faeces at a place where he was defecating in the open. Another youth was ordered to be stripped by the chairman of the Jawar civic body in Sehore district and made to do sit-ups as punishment for the same crime.


In Sagar, the collector ordered the water-bearing lota of those relieving themselves in the open to be confiscated. They must have gone back home unwashed and unclean.

Why is the government programme on checking open defecation attracting this vigilante behaviour by both, those in authority and regular people in general? For one, open defecation is a pet hate for the urban rich and middle classes. It’s something that shouldn’t be there and more importantly, shouldn’t be seen.

The government of the day making it a priority also gave the class an opportunity to implement their favourite programme with the backing of law. Enthusiasm gets the better of most people trying to implement a law they feel attached to.

Have you heard of someone demanding a bribe being thrashed by authorities or from those who the bribe is demanded from? Very rarely.

What is the government’s reaction to this vigilantism? In the case of the Ujjain thrashing, the civic employees were suspended but in other instances, there has been no action, with the result that the instances are on the rise. On the contrary, Dipali Rastogi, an IAS officer in MP who wrote an article that questioned the toilet-building programme, was sent a notice by the state government. Open defecation needs to be checked, but is humiliating people the way to achieve it?

(Courtesy of Mail Today.)

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Kerala doctor booked for taking nude pictures of woman #Vaw

The incident happened in November 2016 at a private hospital in Manjeri of Malappuram district.

A male doctor of a private hospital in Manjeri of Malappuram district was booked by police based on a complaint filed by a woman, who alleged that the doctor tried to capture her nude pictures inside the labour room.

The incident happened in November 2016 and the 25-year-old woman had earlier complained to district police chief and district collector.

Though an enquiry by District Medical Officer was ordered by the collector, a police case was not registered.

Later she approached a lower court in Manjeri, following which on Monday, the court ordered to register a case against the doctor.

The Times of India reports that the case was against Dr MC Joy, owner of Prashanthi Hospital, his wife, and two nursing staff.

Manjeri police have registered a case in connection with the complaint of the woman.

The case has been registered under IPC sections 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 182 (false information), 34 (a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all), says the report.

The woman alleged that she faced this during her delivery in the hospital, where Joy’s wife, who is a gynaecologist was her doctor.

“She says in the complaint that after her delivery, when the lady doctor was not inside the room, the accused visited the labour room and examined her by removing clothes. She also says that there was no need of his visit as he was not her doctor. The complaint mentions that the doctor photographed her on his mobile. However, while the doctor has denied it, we are enquiring about it, said a police officer from Manjeri station.


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