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Denied Ambulance, Father Forced to 'Secretly' Carry Baby's Dead Body in Bus for 8 Hours in J&K
(India) --- The heaviest load that labourer Mohammad Sultan has carried in the last 30 years was a tiny body weighing 12 kg. The body of Manan, his two-year-old son.
Hidden from many eyes and snuggled slyly in a blanket, the stiff body of little Manan was carried through Thursday night and Friday morning till it reached Kishtwar, where it stoked massive street protests.
The baby could have been on the path to recovery had the poor family been able to move Kishtwar deputy commissioner Angrez Singh Rana into action for making available a critical care ambulance that was lying not far away. Neither Rana nor his subordinates and officials at the Kishtwar district bothered to act.
Rana, however, claims protests are political. “The district hospital people told me the critical care ambulance was not in town. It was returning from Jammu and was caught in a traffic jam,” Rana said in his defence. “People who are leading the protest against me are trying to politicise the issue,” he said.
But Sultan and Muzaffar Hussain, his nephew, are in a state deep shock and grief.
“It was a long night which we will never forget. We spent 12 hours with a dead baby in a bid to take him home for burial,” Hussain told media from Kucchal village in Kishtwar.
“No one was willing to take us back home through the night. We turned to everyone for help, spent six hours at the Jammu bus stand. Finally, we decided to board a passenger bus without telling anyone that a baby lay dead in a folded blanket,” he added.
Sultan and Hussain carried a lifeless Manan for 230 km from Jammu to Kishtwar for eight hours, exactly the same time they had spent travelling from Kishtwar when they were referred to Jammu's SMHS speciality hospital.
Recalling the tragic events, Hussian said that on Thursday morning they took Manan to Kishtwar hospital after he started feeling drowsy at his home in Kucchal village.
“Manan was administered some medicines at the hospital, but when he did not show any improvement, we were told his condition had deteriorated. The doctors told us that the baby was suffering from acute pneumonia. They referred him to Jammu children’s hospital,” he said.
He said the family sought help from Ababeel, a a local voluntary organisation, which requested Rana to provide a critical care ambulance to ferry the child to Jammu.
“When we entered DC sahib's room, he asked us to leave forthwith saying ‘no one dies of pneumonia’,” Hussian added.
“Even his deputy told us to leave. We collected money for the poor family and later rushed them to Jammu in an ordinary ambulance,” said a senior functionary of Ababeel. “The hospital management provides ambulance to the patients only after fuel charges are paid,” he said, adding that even poor patients have to pay.
The family and NGO members alleged that they tried to reason with Rana and his deputy that since they could not afford the payment, they be given an ambulance free of charges. “But since they did not agree, we collected and paid Rs 3,800 as charges,” the Ababeel official said.
Rana admitted that this was the norm, but added that exceptions are made in some cases. “Had they requested, I would have considered,” he said.
Sajjad Ahmed Najjar, a local councillor, flayed the district administration and demanded that Rana and the hospital administrators be suspended or shifted out of Kishtwar “for negligence leading to death of a baby”.
He even led a protest outside District Hospital, Kishtwar, where many residents staged a sit-in with the body when it arrived from Jammu just before noon.
Najjar alleged that the district administration did not even ask the driver of the ambulance, in which Manan was taken to Jammu, to bring back the child’s body even though he was in the same city.
“They are so irresponsible that they did not think of allowing the family to give a decent burial to a small baby,” he said.
The protestors have demanded that the police register an FIR against Rana, his deputy and hospital officials for carelessness.
However, the protests ended when a local tehsildar assured of an inquiry and compensation for the family. Late on Friday, little Manan's body was buried in Kucchal village.
Signature Bridge: Video of Transgenders Stripping Nude & Dancing Goes Viral, Delhi Police Registers Case of Obscenity
After a video of a transgender stripping nude on the newly constructed Signature Bridge in Delhi went viral, police have registered a case of obscenity. The video that has gone viral shows the transgenders taking their clothes off on the Signature Bridge and dancing, while people watch them. Police are trying to establish the exact date of the alleged incident.
Security on the bridge has been beefed up after there were reports that police were not present on the overpass. According to reports, it took eight years to build the new bridge and within few days of the bridged being opened for public, it has become a dangerous spot for selfies, and piles of garbage have been collected. As per the report, in just two days, police recorded 53 cases of improper parking and 24 one-way violations, and they had to tow away 27 vehicles.
Selfie With Cobra Turns Fatal: Man Tries to Put Snake Around his Neck, Dies After Snake-bite in Andhra Pradesh
A 24-year old man lost his life when he tried to pull off a stunt with a cobra. Jagadish visited a snake charmer and tried to play with a cobra to get a selfie clicked with the poisonous snake. The man tried to put the cobra on his shoulder for a picture and even though it was held strongly around the neck, the snake did manage to bite his hand. The man was immediately taken to the hospital but due to the lack of anti-venom, he lost his life. The entire of the man's stunt was captured on camera.
The incident took place at Mangalampadu Street in a small town of the Nellore district. According to the locals, the snake charmer used to entertain such people and claim he has herbal medicines to cure snake bites. The video of the incident shows how the man was completely clueless about handling snakes.
The man had no experience of dealing with snakes but is seen acting all confident trying to scare all other around who are watching his stunt. Jagadish then tried to put it around his neck and asked his friends to click a picture. The cobra then bit his hand and he collapsed. By the time he was brought to the hospital for a treatment, he was declared dead. Now a case has been registered against the snake charmer who is missing since the incident. He had removed the cobra's fangs and his venom, thus he used to let the public take and entertain it. But the cobra likely developed venom again and the person was unaware, resulting in his death.
Gurugram: 3-Year-Old Girl Raped Before Murder, Stick Inserted in Private Parts
(India) --- In an appalling case reported from Gurugram, a naked dead body of a three-year-old girl was found on Monday morning. The girl was lying in a pool of blood, mutilated and her head was crushed by the accused. The girl was found in a room built for storing fodder, around 300 metres from her residence.
According to a report by the media, the accused who is suspected to be a 20-year-old man works as a construction labourer. The child was brutally raped, after which the accused inserted a wooden stick in her private parts before smashing her skull with a stone. The accused's barbaric act left deep injury marks all over the girl's body. The half-broken stick was removed by the doctors from her private parts during the post-mortem.
Reportedly, the child was the fourth born to her parents, who hailed from Bengal. They came to Gurugram in search of a livelihood. The girl was missing since Sunday 11 am and was found on Monday morning in Sector 66. The police officials told the national daily that the girl was playing outside her house when the accused lured her away. Although no one heard the girl's cry, so it is still dubious if the minor was drugged or not. The girl's parents came to know that she is missing when they returned from work. However, the parents decided to inform the police the next day.
Once again, on Monday morning neighbours and parents began the search for her and found the girl in an isolated room, lying in a pool of blood. Shakuntala Yadav, Assistant Police Commissioner (crime against women-south) told the national daily that the forensic team has collected samples from the spot. Four teams have been deployed to track down the 20-year-old accused, Sunil, a worker from Uttar Pradesh.
The accused came to Gurugram a few days ago and was living with his sisters in the same locality. The police have recorded the statements of both his sisters, who work as domestic help in housing societies nearby.
Reportedly, Dr Deepak Mathur, the forensic expert mentioned that the girl died due to excessive bleeding and deep injury on her head.
However, the investigation in the case is still underway and the police have registered a case under Section 376 (Punishment for rape), 302 (Punishment for murder) and Section 4 (Punishment for penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from sexual Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the unidentified perpetrators.
Air Hostess Breastfeeds Passenger's Crying Baby After Mum Runs Out of Formula Milk
A Filipino flight attendant donned her mom-cape aboard a flight and is winning hearts all over for her act.
It was a routine take-off for 24-year-old Patrisha Organo, one of the cabin crew members onboard a Philippine Airlines flight until she heard an infant crying and decided to go beyond her call of duty.
On approaching the anxious baby, Organo realised that the mum had run out of formula milk. Organo, who is a mother of a nine-month-old baby, knew the troubles of motherhood and offered to help.
"Everything went smoothly until after takeoff, I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help. I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child. Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant," Organo wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
This is when her maternal instinct kicked in. "I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered."
The mum-baby duo was then assisted by the Line Administrator to the galley where Organo breastfed the baby until it fell asleep.
"The baby started rooting, she was so hungry. I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep. I escorted her back to her seat," she added.
Speaking to the Mirror, Organo explained why she decided to step in.
"I could only imagine the chaos of those feelings, but as a mother myself I knew the stress she would've been going through. The helplessness you feel when you cannot feed your hungry child is horrible, so I had to step in. As soon as I could help the baby and the mother I felt so happy - I cannot put into words how fulfilled I felt," she told.
As for the mum, she thanked the flight attendant for coming to her rescue.
Her Facebook post titled 'I breastfed a stranger’s baby inflight' has gone viral on the platform since and it has been 'liked' over 150K times.
Organo's post :
I BREASTFED A STRANGER’S BABY INFLIGHT
Yesteday, I was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator. I thought that this flight’s gonna be so special as this is a big step on my flying career.
Everything went smoothly until after take off, I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help. I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child. Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant.
I felt a pinch in my heart. There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered.
Ms. Sheryl Villaflor, Line Administator on my flight, immediately assisted the mother to the galley where I breastfed the baby. The baby started rooting, she was so hungry.
I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep . I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.
I was right, the flight’s gonna be special, so special not only because I got qualified as an Evaluator but I got to help.
I breastfed a stranger’s baby inflight.
Thank you, Lord for the gift of mother’s milk.
Flight Attendant/Breastfeeding Advocate
( Edited baby’s picture for her family’s privacy )
Woman gang-raped by ex-husband and his friends, dies
[India] --- Another rape victim succumbed to her injuries after she was gang-raped by her ex-husband and two associates on Thursday in Jamtara district of Jharkhand. The accused inserted a stick in her private parts after raping her.
According to the media sources, the woman had gone to watch a play at a theatre on Kali Puja on Wednesday night. Her ex-husband and his two associates took her to a nearby field against her will. They gang-raped her and inserted a stick in her private parts.
After hearing the woman’s cries, the villagers came to help her. They rushed her to the nearby hospital in Narayanpur town. After examining her injuries, she was referred to Jamtara Sadar Hospital, where she was declared brought dead.
The locals told the police that when they found the woman in the field, the woman accused her ex-husband and other two men of brutally raping her.
A case has been registered and police has started an investigation in the case. Sub-Divisional Police Officer, B N Singh, told that woman’s ex-husband has been arrested. The police is actively searching the two accused.
Monstrous Man Bursts 'Sutli Bomb' In 3-Year-Old Girls Mouth In UP, Victim Critical With 50 Stitches
In a shocking incident, a three-year-old girl in UP's Meerut was left in a critical condition after a man burst a Diwali cracker inside her mouth. According to Shashi Kumar, the father of the girl, the incident happened on Wednesday evening, when his daughter was playing outside the house.
He alleged that a local youth Harpal, stuffed a 'sutli bomb' in her mouth and lit the fuse.
The bomb exploded in the girl's mouth, causing serious injuries. The girl was rushed to a nearby medical facility where she received 50 stitches. According to the doctors, the girl's throat has also been infected, further compounding her health condition.
Police said that based on the girl's father's complaint, they have filed an FIR against Harpal, who is on the run.
When Humans Become Devils: Pups Set Ablaze And Left To Burn In Hyderabad, Three Die On The Spot
It looks as if India is waging a war against helpless animals. Tigresses are being gunned down, elephants are being run over by trucks, human beings are being lynched and now small puppies are being put on fire.
In an inhumane incident, four pups were set ablaze in the city of Hyderabad while they were sleeping in garbage dumps, PTI reported. The gruesome incident which took place in the city’s Moula Ali suburb was carried out by unidentified culprits.
While three puppies were charred to death, one of them is battling for its life. The quint reported that after the brutal killings were brought to light, a resident alerted the members of an animal welfare organisation, the People for Animals (PFA).
Reportedly, a whatsapp video of the incident had also gone viral where the mother dog could be seen crying at the sight of burnt puppies. A member of PFA, TV Siva lodged an FIR with the police at the Kushaiguda police station. The Times Now reported that a man named Laxminarayana, a resident of Ganesh Nagar in Kapra informed the animal welfare organisation.
The complaint read that anti-social elements of the society had put the four puppies on fire and threw them to burn in an open plot in Ganesh Nagar. The police have been requested to find out the perpetrators behind this deadly act through CCTV cameras.
The PFA volunteer has called for stringent punishment against this act and has called it illegal and unconstitutional under section 11(1) A of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals act, 1960 and IPC 429.
Stray dogs live in miserable conditions in India. They are often beaten, thrown from rooftops or mutilated by miscreants who often carry out such activities “just for fun” or for their own pleasure. Lack of sympathy towards them, illiteracy and common sense, mostly in rural parts of India result in these barbaric acts.
Now #MeToo enters Yoga world: Women create comic strip to expose teacher's sexual abuse
[Bengaluru] --- For many, Yoga alone is a life-enhancing practice since it completely transforms life but others have encountered instructors who exploit the physical closeness and touch that are often part of yoga instruction.
#MeToo now hits yoga fraternity
You must have heard about #MeToo stories of sexual misconduct in the film industry, media, comedy circuit by victims who have been speaking out their experiences, now the tremors have been felt recently among the members of the yoga fraternity.
Women create comic to perfectly depict the sexual abuse
Instead of taking the usual route to voice their #MeToo stories, a group of women decided to use art as a cry against the atrocities allegedly committed in the name of a spiritual practice by a Yoga teacher, Mohan Palamar (He is a yoga teacher at The Practise Room, a yoga centre in Cooke Town in Bengaluru), through a comic entitled "The Illustrated Woman's Guide to Yogabuse"
Comic strip describes the ordeal and harassment
Around 10 women have come together and created a comic describing the ordeal and harassment they allegedly faced at the studio. The comic strip describes how in the beginning, the studio was a peaceful and safe place, but then, their yoga teacher began to touch them inappropriately under the garb of 'adjusting their asanas.'
Matter is now under investigation by an internal committee
The teacher, Mohan, says he cannot comment on the issue and that the matter is under investigation by an internal committee. "The complainants are being spoken to, and a report will be put up on the website in a week's time."
Villagers Who Killed Tigress Inside Dudhwa Reserve Tried To Pull Out Its Nails And Canine Teeth
[INDIA] --- This can only be described as barbaric... A tigress was beaten to death by a group of villagers inside its home, in the core of the in Kishanpur sanctuary of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh, because it attacked a man who had intruded into its territory, which is banned for human entry.
What is even more shocking is the way the big cat was killed on Sunday.
It was crushed to death under tractor after a man identified as 50-year-old Devanand was attacked by the tigress on Sunday morning and he succumbed to the injuries later during the day.
Following the death, a group of villagers allegedly entered inside the forest reserve, chased the big cat with the truck and run the vehicle over it. They even attacked the guards who were on duty the national park.
Their anger did not even end there, the villager continues to trash it with sticks even after the animal was dead. They even tried to pull out its nails and canine teeth.
Mahavir Kojilangi, the director of the Dudhwa National Park blamed anti-social elements for the death of the 10-year-old tigress.
He also added that those behind the killing have been identified and strict action will be taken against those responsible.
The village where the incident happened is inside the core zone of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Lakhimpur Kheri. This has resulted in human-animal conflict in the past too.
But despite the villager claiming that the tigress which was killed was a man-eater, the authorities say there is no evidence to substantiate it. They said that the tigress had not once attacked any person in the past decade.
The incident in Dudhwa happened even while there was nationwide outrage over the killing of Avni, aka T1 an alleged man-eater from Maharashtra.
She was shot dead by Asgar Ali Khan, the son of Shafath Ali Khan, a sharpshooter and a highly controversial hunter who was roped in by the Maharashtra government to kill her.
A first information report (FIR) was lodged against six people by name and several unidentified people in connection with the killing of a tigress, which was beaten and crushed under a tractor in Kishanpur sanctuary of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on Sunday evening, DTR field director Ramesh Pandey said on Monday.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve officials inspect the spot where a tigress was killed in Kishanpur sanctuary. (HT PHOTO)
Pandey also said an autopsy revealed that villagers inflicted injuries on the big cat before and after its death. They also tried to pull out its nails and canine teeth, he said and ruled out the tigress having been a man-eater.
He said stern action will be taken against those who killed the tigress in the core zone of the tiger reserve. The core zone is the area of a reserve conserved solely for tigers with no human intervention. Inspector Atar Singh confirmed the FIR was lodged at Sehramu in Pilibhit against Bablu, Mukesh, Lal Bahadur, Chauthi, Subhash and Omprakash and several unidentified people. All those booked by name are residents of Chaltua village in Pilibhit near which the incident occurred. Chaltua village is part of the Kishanpur sanctuary.
The inspector also said the FIR was lodged under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (armed with deadly weapon), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to public servant), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 427 (mischief), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and Sections 9/27/31/51(1) of the Wild Life Protection Act.
Minor Girl in ICU allegedly raped by hospital staffer, 3 others in UP's Bareilly
[INDIA] --- A teenage girl in the intensive care unit (ICU) was allegedly gang-raped by a hospital staffer and three other persons in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly city, police said.
According to the police complaint lodged by her father, the incident occurred on Wednesday night, a day after the 17-year-old was admitted in the ICU after being bitten by a poisonous insect.
“The girl was not in a condition to speak or call for help at the time of the incident. But she informed her relative about it when she was transferred to the general ward on Friday. As per the complaint, the accused raped the girl on her bed inside the ICU. The bed has long curtains around it that apparently blocked the view of other staff,” said superintendent of police, city, Abhinandan Singh
Police have registered a case and initiated investigations. A search is on for the four accused who are all absconding.
“The compounder at the hospital, Sunil Sharma and three others have been charged with gang rape in the FIR. Two police teams have been deployed to arrest them,” Singh said. The accused have also been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as the girl is a minor.
The girl was taken for a medical examination Saturday, while investigators have also sent her the dress she was wearing at the time of the incident for forensic tests.
“Our teams are speaking to other patients and staff regarding the incident for our investigation,” the officer said
The hospital management however refuted the allegations of rape inside the ICU.
“There were other patients and at least three staff members inside the ICU on Wednesday. None of them have corroborated the claims of the minor girl,” read an official response from the hospital, but said the hospital authorities will cooperate with police in the investigation.
'Man eating' tigress Avni slain by sharp-shooter in Indian forest - sparking huge backlash from animal activists
For weeks wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers were campaigning to save Avni, a tigress in Maharashtra, for which the government had issued a shoot at sight order because she was allegedly a man-eater.
But even as the campaigners continued to make their desperate attempts, the news which they feared has come.
A man eating tigress thought to have devoured 13 people has been shot dead in India.
A 'sharp shooter' named Asgar Ali shot the tiger dead last night in India's Maharashtra state near the town of Yavatmal, police said.
The death of the endangered animal sparked mass anger. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of India.
The tiger, named Avni, had two cubs aged 10 months at the time of her death.
The tigress officially called T1 has been shot dead by the team of hunters which was dispatched to eliminate her.
The five-year-old tigress was shot dead on Friday night from near a road in Borati village by Asgar Ali Khan, son of sharp-shooter Shafath Ali Khan who was heading the hunt for her.
She was killed in a single shot, from point blank, without even making an attempt to tranquilize her and capture the tiger alive, which the activists were demanding.
The death of Avni leaves her two young cubs who are around 10-months-old, vulnerable, as the hunt team is yet to capture them or devise any solid plan to rehabilitate them.
The death of Avni is once again likely to ignite the debate over how animals are always on the receiving end when it comes to human-animal conflicts.
The order to shoot her dead was issued on September 4 was and was cleared by the Supreme Court on September 11 citing that she was a maneater.
According to the government records since June 2016, 13 people have been killed in tiger attacks in Pandharkawada divisional forest, 11 of whom were shepherds inside the forest and two in farms. Of the last five deaths, one was in December 2017, one in January 2018 and three in August.
However, those behind the campaign had pointed out that alleged deaths had happened inside the forest, where it was illegal to enter. They also alleged that out of the 13 bodies which were recovered, DNA tests were conducted only on 3 of them and tiger DNA was found only on one of the bodies.
Following the killing of Avani, activists are also likely to raise the fact that the tigress was shot dead by Asgar Ali Khan, while the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) A K Mishra had given the shooting permission to his father Shafath Ali Khan who was away in Patna to attend the meeting of Bihar State Wildlife Board.
Last month, the Bombay High Court's Nagpur Bench admitted a petition that sought a stay on plans to kill the tigress and instead capture her alive. Wildlife activist Jerryl A. Banait contended that instead of killing her, which will orphan her cubs, the Forest Department should capture her alive, as per the Supreme Court orders on September 11.
Bengaluru-based activist Prerana Chakraborty said the tiger is being wrongly labelled as a ‘man-eater’.
“There is no proof that the tiger has eaten 13 people. Also, the animal had not left the forest, so it is the man’s fault for entering their territory,” she said.
Jennifer Lopez Is Nearly Naked on the December 2018 Cover of 'InStyle'
JLo is glorifying gorgeous curves and we are loving it! For the Instyle magazine's December issue, the diva shed her inhibitions and donned nothing but a hot green sequined Valentino cape. It's no surprise that Jennifer Lopez has made curves a big deal and has embraced it with no regrets. She was kind of the forerunner4 in the embracing curvier body types' trend. And with her photoshoot for Instyle magazine, it is evident that she loves her curves and wants all the ladies out there to embrace their curves!
During her interview with the mag, the hottie quoted, “I didn’t realize what I was doing — I was just being myself,” she says. “In my family, curves were glorified and part of the culture. It was just like, ‘Jennifer has a big butt, and it’s good.’ ” Lopez was never fascinated by size 0, even though they were quite in vogue. “We were in the Bronx, like, break dancing.” Speaking her staying true to her roots, JLo further added, “It’s what I still often wear to this day, the big hoops and, you know, gold jewellery,” she says. “I always like to mix the glam with a bit of the hood.”
Not only does Lopez continue to look much younger than her age but continues to inspire several ladies of being happy and proud in their physique. Check out her looks from Instyle Magazine.
Speaking of fitness and the downsides of turning 50, Lopez has none of those concerns however, she did introduce weight training as part of her fitness routine since dancing makes her lose muscle. However, the entire credit goes to the habits she has maintained throughout adulthood. Her habits include no caffeine, no alcohol and lots of sleep! Her motto is simple, “I’ve taken care of myself, and now it shows,” she says.
Rotherham child sexual abuse: Gang of seven guilty
A teenage victim of a Rotherham sex gang convicted today told their trial she had sex with ‘at least 100 Asian men’.
Seven men were found guilty on Monday of sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls, following a huge National Crime Agency investigation.
During their trial at Sheffield Crown Court, one complainant said she had sex with dozens of Asian men before she was 16.
(Top row left-right) Iqlak Yousaf, Nabeel Kurshid and Asif Ali and (bottom row left-right) Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam and Tanweer Hussain Ali were convicted. (PA)
Another victim gave evidence saying she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there.
The harrowing testimony emerged during the first prosecution arising out of Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) inquiry into historical child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town which has identified more than 1,500 victims.
The jury in the trial which finished on Monday heard how girls, who are now in their 30s, were ‘lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths’ but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.
Prosecutors said the five complainants in the trial were easy to target because they needed to be loved.
Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said: ‘When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock.’
She said: ‘None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited.’
The prosecutor said they ‘believed sex of some kind or other was a necessary price for friendship’.
The jury of nine men and three women was told how girls were given alcohol and drugs before they were passed between men in the town.
‘They each suffer the emotional effects of that abuse to this day,’ Ms Colborne said.
The prosecutor said: ‘The girls were enthralled by older, Asian men, men who had cars and seemed exciting to them.
‘They thought they were living the high life.’
Ms Colborne said they were ‘frequently in cars stopped by the police but this did not deter the abusers’.
This investigation was set up in the wake of the 2014 Jay Report which laid bare the shocking scale of exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 and failure of police and social services to intervene.
The seven men who were convicted on Monday were told by Judge Sarah Wright they will be sentenced on November 16.
They were all remanded in custody.
The convicted men:
Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, of Godstone Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape, one charge of aiding and abetting rape, three indecent assaults, one charge of procuring a girl under 21 to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another and one sexual assault.
Nabeel Kurshid, 35, of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two rapes and one indecent assault.
Iqlak Yousaf, 34, of Tooker Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two rapes and two indecent assaults.
Tanweer Ali, 37, of Godstone Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two rapes, two indecent assaults and one charge of false imprisonment.
Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, of Tudor Close, Sheffield, was found guilty of one rape.
Asif Ali, 33, of Clough Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of two indecent assaults.
Ajmal Rafiq, 39, of Warwick Street, Rotherham, was acquitted of all charges.
An eighth defendant, who cannot be named, was found guilty of two rapes.
Chilli Powder Rubbed in Private Parts of Woman by Husband and In-Laws For Not 'Giving Birth', Case Registered
(INDIA) --- In a deplorable and horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, a woman was allegedly beaten up by her husband and in-laws and tortured for "not giving them a child", said reports. The woman has also said that her husband rubbed chilli powder in her private parts, unclothed her before beating her with a belt and forced her out of the house in such condition.
Media reports said that the woman had to use newspapers to cover her body. The woman somehow reached the police who helped her make it to her parents home. The woman later went to the police station and lodged a complaint.
The Unnao police have registered a case and are on a lookout for the accused. The accused have reportedly fled after they got a whiff that the police are investigating the matter. This report comes a few days after an incident was reported from UP's Agra district where a husband killed his wife with a spade for "not giving him a child", as reported by local media.
Safety An Uphill Struggle In Hills: Russian Woman Raped On Her Way To Temple In Manali
(INDIA) --- A 33-year-old Russian woman was allegedly raped by two men on Thursday night while she was on her way to the Hadimba temple in Manali. A case against the perpetrators has been registered by Manali Police.
The survivor arrived in Manali a week ago with a study group carrying out local research.
Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the victim was going towards Hadimba temple from Old Manali after having dinner when the alleged accused intercepted her.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.
This isn’t the first crime with a tourist in Manali. Earlier this year, a Japanese girl was raped on May 30. The police was able to solve the case in two days and the accused was arrested.
Over the years, cases of rapes and molestation have increased in the country, especially against foreign tourists. While police helpline numbers are available on all taxis and tourist centres for any kind of emergency, there’s not enough effort for the prevention of such cases.
Woman Forced To Jump Naked From Third Floor After Being Gang-Raped And Tortured In Jaipur
Two men have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 23-year-old Nepali woman near Rajasthan's Jaipur, police said Sunday.
Based on the survivor's complaint, the accused Lokesh Saini, 19 and Kamal Saini, 24, were arrested late Saturday night, said ACP Jaipur South KK Awasthi.
The accused had allegedly gang-raped the woman on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, SHO Muhana Police Station area Devendra Kumar said.
According to the complaint, the accused had tortured her following which she jumped naked from the third floor of an apartment in Muhana area, around 18 km away from Jaipur, to escape.
The survivor is currently undergoing treatment at Jaipuria Hospital. Medical examination has been done and the matter is being investigated, the SHO added.
Delhi Man Arrested For Killing A Sleeping Puppy Just For Fun, CCTV Records Heinous Act
A stray puppy sleeping on a road in northwest Delhi’s Pitampura was mowed down by a car driver. The incident was captured by a CCTV camera. The accused driver was arrested and later released on bail.
Senior police officers said that the incident happened on Wednesday night when the accused, Rakesh Sadija (36), was going through the area. He got bail on Saturday.
The complainant, Sukhmani Sethi, who lives where the incident happened, said that the incident was recorded in the CCTV camera of her house, following which she approached the police for action.
The footage, accessed by TOI, shows a stray puppy sleeping on the road. Around 11.15pm, a red hatchback car, reportedly driven by Sadija, arrived. The car was seen slowing down before the puppy but didn’t wait for it to get up or move.
The camera recorded the car slowly driving over the sleeping puppy and then halt. The injured puppy was seen moving in pain but failed to run away due to the injuries. The car was seen reversing before halting just ahead of the injured puppy.
A man, who appeared to be the security guard, was seen inspecting the puppy and then talking to the car driver before he drove away.
Later, the complainant and her friends took the injured puppy to a nearby veterinary hospital where it was declared brought dead. Autopsy is being conducted to ascertain the exact cause of death.
Police officers said that Sadija lives in Shalimar Bagh and had come to Pitampura to drop a relative who lives there when the incident happened. His statement has been recorded as part of the investigation and teams are also speaking to the security guard, who was present at the time of the incident, to obtain more information.
Mumbai Motorman 'Hero' Slows Down Busy Train, Saves The Life Of A Stray Dog On Railway Track
A local train at Mulund station almost came to a halt as an adamant dog refused to leave the railway tracks. According to media, the dog accidentally jumped off the platform during peak hour on platform number 2 of the station.
As per a Twitter video that has gone viral, heroic Motorman G.S Bisht saw the dog roaming near the tracks and stopped the train at the eleventh hour just before it entered the station. The dog refused to budge but after repeated honking and moving the train slowly forward, the dog could be seen running away from the train's path. People were quick to laud motorman's humanitarian gesture.
According to local media reports, all the railway officials at respective platforms have been instructed to neither allow any stray animal to jump onto the tracks nor cross the line near the platform.
Many railway trains pass through the forest corridor which kills animals on a daily basis which are venturing nearby. While activists have been complaining against the construction and development of railway tracks near forest areas, as it disturbs their natural habitats, train drivers have been instructed to drive slowly to avoid any mishap.
Every year hundreds of dogs, tuskers and cows get killed on railway tracks in India. In September this year, the media reported that around 245 cows were mowed down by speeding trains. In April this year, a herd of healthy elephants were killed to death as a train ran over them in Odisha. Death on railway tracks was the third biggest cause behind the death of majority of animals in Odisha.
It's therefore great to see this rare act of kindness and mercy shown towards animals who veer off onto railway tracks.
Bengal Woman Trafficked On The Promise Of Job, Kept As Sex Slave, Gangraped For 10 Days In Odisha
In a shocking crime, a 25-year-old woman from West Bengal was allegedly gangraped for 10 days in confinement at a market complex in Puri district of Odisha.
According to police, the woman was brought to Odisha by a woman named Kajal on the pretext of securing a job for her a year ago. However, the woman was forced into prostitution by Kajal and a man.
The woman was rescued on Wednesday by Police and Fire Services personnel who broke open the lock after she raised an alarm from the rooftop of the building where she was being held.
According to the statement given to the police by the victim, she was repeatedly gang-raped by around 15 persons for 10 days after being kept in confinement in the house.
Police said the woman also informed that several others were held captive along with her and raped for days.
Based on her complaint, the police have arrested two people, Kajal and her male friend in connection with the crime and interrogation is on, Puri district additional superintendent of police Gagarin Mohanty said.
Twitter Will Now Publicly Shame Users Who Post Offensive Tweets
Twitter’s new policy changes will help users understand when the social network has taken any action against a particular tweet or account.
Twitter is making a few changes to the policy that dictates how a tweet that has violated Twitter’s terms of service is handled. This is the latest move, in a long line of measures, that are designed to clean up the content that is being shared by users on the platform, after a history of criticism for not having been able to clean up its act.
The biggest update to the policy is about how Twitter will now handle tweets that are reported. If a user, or many users, report a particular tweet as something they find offensive or troublesome, Twitter will as always run it through various parameters to see if its violates the Twitter Rules policy guidelines. If it does, the contents of the tweet will be blocked with the message "This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter rules." Thus far, whenever Twitter took action against any particular post, it wasn’t always clear to other users. “We're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet,” says the company’s official statement.
In fact, the next big measure is that unless the person takes action on a reported tweet and deletes it, they will be barred from publishing any new tweets till they do so. Additionally, the message will be displayed for 14 days post the action of deleting the tweet, so that any of the offending account’s followers know that an offensive tweet was posted and successfully reported. This will be visible on twitter.com, the user’s profile and any third party apps you may be using to access Twitter.
The other change deals with what happens to a post that you may have reported to Twitter. Considering you have just reported it for being offensive, for being spam or even for being abusive or bullying for instance, you may not necessarily want to see that tweet on your timeline. Twitter will now hide tweets that you report, with the message "You reported this tweet." If you still want to take a look at that tweet in question at some point of time, there is the “view” option that you need to tap on to do so.
These updates are a part of the changes being rolled out by Twitter, to better deal with offensive posts, fake news, hate speech and online bullying. Just last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has mentioned during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that the social media company was working on better transparency measures, including a report for suspended Twitter accounts.
Twitter says these policy changes are rolling out now, and will be available to all users over the next few days.
Brave Mom Becomes Human Shield For Her Baby As Glass And Hail Smash Through Her Car Window
Moms are a force to reckon with, especially when it comes to their kids. So, when giant hailstones smashed the window of her car, exposing her baby to glass and ice, this mother decided to use her own body as a shield to protect her.
Fiona Simpson was driving in Kingaroy with her baby and grandma when the tornado hit. The hail was so intense that it smashed her car’s glass.
“(The window) just blew out all in one go, just glass went everywhere in the car, so I just took off my seatbelt, climbed through the back and just laid on top of her, hoping to wait the storm out,” Ten Daily quotes her as saying.
Fiona seriously bruised her arms and her back as the hail pounded on her. Some reports even claim that the hailstones lashing southern Queensland were as big as tennis balls.
"I couldn’t focus on the pain, all I could focus on was just laying over the top of her and protecting her from the hail, there wasn’t really time to worry about anything else," she said on.
The tornado proved to be very destructive as it uprooted trees, razed houses to the ground and cut off the power.
Fiona’s baby suffered a head injury, despite her best efforts to shield her from the hail. In her latest Facebook post, Fiona wrote ‘Thought I’d let everyone know that Clara and I are safe at home. Grandma is recovering in hospital and will be home soon.’
Pregnant Woman Gang Raped By Three Persons While Waiting For Her Husband At Home
(INDIA) --- In a shocking case, a pregnant woman was allegedly tortured and gang-raped by three men in Asansol district of West Bengal. The incident happened on Thursday, when the woman, who was four months pregnant was alone at home.
The three accused, who are said to be locals knocked on the door. The woman who is in her early 20s opened the door thinking it was her husband. They forcefully entered the house when she opened the door, tortured and took turns to rape her.
The incident came to light when her husband, a motor mechanic came back home and found his wife in an unconscious state.
Based on the family's complaint Asansol police have registered a case against three men, who are now on the run.
Living In A Refugee Camp, Three Palestinian Sisters Have Saved 35 Cats In Gaza
Three sisters in perennially disturbed Gaza city, which is facing military blockade from Israel, have become saviours of 35 stray cats and the roof-top in the al-Shati refugee camp in north-western Gaza city. Mariam, Raesa, and Elham al-Barr turned their three respective houses into cat shelters, taking care of stray cats and kitten providing them with food and medical care.
Mariam, who is the youngest of the three lives with her parents in the al-Zaitoun neighbourhood of eastern Gaza city and she is taking care of eight cats.
"I cannot remember when we started [fostering strays] because cats have always been part of our family," Mariam tells MEE. "We were brought up in a house where our parents always helped and adopted stray cats, and we grew up to do the same thing."
“My parents and sisters cannot afford to feed 35 cats every day, they can barely feed us,” said Mariam al-Barr. Mariam who studied from the Islamic University of Gaza wants to become a teacher but is yet to find the job.
"Whenever I am going to the course and see a hungry or injured cat, I forget about the class and take it immediately to my house," she says.
It all started when Mariam once found an injured cat on the pavement near her home. The cat seemed to have been hit by a car, Mariam took care of the cat and after one week, she found one family who was interested in adopting the cat.
They also take care of the medical expenses of the cats
"We have a wide network of family members, friends and neighbours who sometimes call us and ask if we have cats for adoption. But we do not give any cat up for adoption until we make sure they will take good care of it,” she explains.
Raesa, 42, and Elham, 45-the two sisters live in two separate small apartments in the same building and they help Mariam by keeping the rescued cats on the rooftop. The rest live in apartment where their children and spouse take care of the cats.
Raesa al-Barr has raised her children to show compassion for weak animals
Raesa teaches her five children to protect cats from other residents who at times mistreat them.
"I raise my children the way my parents raised me and my siblings: to be compassionate and help weak creatures," the 41-year-old housewife tells Middle East Eye. "When they go to sleep, all my children cuddle the cats they rescue instead of teddy bears."
Raesa's husband, Suhail Zoho, shares her passion and usually helps her feed, bathe and care for the cats.
"My husband has always supported and nurtured my passion for helping cats. He often brings me cats as gifts and treats our cats as if they were our children," she says. "A few months ago, he [adopted from a friend] a Persian kitten as a surprise gift for me because he knows I love them."
It’s indeed a great job done by the sisters in the city which frequently remains under shelling and firing.
The world's oldest barber is 107 and still cutting hair full time
Anthony Mancinelli shook out a barber towel and welcomed the next customer to his chair in Fantastic Cuts, a cheery hair salon in a nondescript strip mall, about an hour’s drive north of New York City.
“Hey, paisan — same as usual,” said John O’Rourke to Mancinelli, who began layering O’Rourke’s hair with his steady, snipping scissors.
“I don’t let anyone else touch my hair,” said O’Rourke, 56, of Cornwall, New York. “The guy’s been cutting hair for a century.”
Anthony Mancinelli at his chair in Fantastic Cuts, a hair salon in New Windsor, in upstate New York, Sept. 27, 2018.
Actually, O’Rourke was off by three years. Mancinelli is 107 and still working full time, cutting hair five days a week from noon to 8 p.m. He has been working in barbershops since he was 11. Warren Harding was in the White House.
In 2007, at a mere 96 years old, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest working barber. Since then, the commendations have rolled in — from local civic groups, elected officials and barbering companies — all congratulating him: 100 years, 101, 102 and so on.
Mancinelli just keeps outdating the awards.
The salon’s speakers were playing hip-hop on a recent afternoon. “He’s used to the windup record players,” O’Rourke teased.
Mancinelli has a trim build, a steady hand and a full head of hair, albeit snow white. He spends much of his day on his feet, in a pair of worn, cracked black leather shoes.
“People come in and they flip out when they find out how old he is,” said the shop’s owner, Jane Dinezza.
“He never calls in sick,” she said. “I have young people with knee and back problems, but he just keeps going. He can do more haircuts than a 20-year-old kid. They’re sitting there looking at their phones, texting or whatever, and he’s working.”
Asked — for the umpteenth time — about his longevity, Mancinelli offered only that he has always put in a satisfying day’s work and he has never smoked or drank heavily.
But no, longevity does not run in his family, and he was never big on exercise. Dietwise, he said, “I eat thin spaghetti, so I don’t get fat.”
He has all his teeth and is on no daily medication. He has never needed glasses, and his hairstyling hands are still steady.
“I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” he said. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”
One reason he continues to work, he said, is that it helps him stay busy and upbeat after the death of his wife of 70 years, Carmella, 14 years ago. He visits her grave daily before work.
Mancinelli lives alone, not far from the salon in New Windsor. He drives to work, cooks his own meals, watches television — he is a big pro-wrestling fan — and is adamantly self-sufficient. He still trims the bushes in his front yard with no help.
“He won’t even let anyone sweep up his hair clippings,” said his son, Bob Mancinelli, 81, who noted that his father even gives haircuts to himself.
As Dinezza observed, “he shops for himself, does his own laundry, pays his own bills — it’s crazy. He’s just in the right state of mind.”
“You hear about all these people asking, ‘What medicine can I take, what food can I eat, what anti-aging cream should I use?’” she said, “and he’s doing it with none of those things.”
As hairstyles have changed over the decades, Anthony Mancinelli has adapted. “I cut them all,” he said, “long hair, short hair, whatever was in style — the shag, the Buster Brown, straight bangs, permanents.”
Anthony Mancinelli trims the hair of a customer at Fantastic Cuts, a hair salon in New Windsor, in upstate New York, Sept. 27, 2018.
Some customers have been coming to him for well over 50 years, having gotten hundreds of haircuts.
“I have some customers, I cut their father, grandfather and great-grandfather — four generations,” said Mancinelli, who has six great-great-grandchildren.
His son said: “Some of his older customers, he helps them in the chair. He’ll say to an 80-year-old guy, ‘Listen, when you get to be my age. …’ They love hearing that.”
Jen Sullivan, a stylist who works the chair next to Anthony Mancinelli, is all of 20.
“It’s just amazing that he still works full time,” she said. “Weekends here can get crazy — even I get tired of being on my feet — but he just keeps going.”
Mancinelli said he was born in 1911 near Naples, Italy, and emigrated with his family when he was 8, joining a relative in Newburgh, New York. He was one of eight children — “I’m the only one left” — and went to work at age 11 in a local barbershop. By age 12, he was cutting hair and dropped out of high school to cut hair full time.
Back then, a haircut cost 25 cents, he said. Now, a haircut from Mancinelli costs $19.
He no longer practices the medical techniques he learned early on from older barbers, such as burning off warts, placing heated glass cups on the torso and using leeches for swelling or high blood pressure.
He does keep in his salon drawer — “for when the electricity goes out” — a pair of manual hair clippers he used before electric hair clippers came into use.
He is the perennial choice for grand marshal of the New Windsor Memorial Day Parade. A World War II Army veteran, Mancinelli has been a proud member, for 75 years, of local American Legion Post 1796, where his drink of choice is a whiskey sour.
For Mancinelli’s birthdays, the salon closes and gives a party, with food donated by the local supermarket. But most days are routine, interrupted by the occasional media inquiry seeking out this centenarian barber.
The write-ups have attracted curious people from all over the world for haircuts. Actor Ben Gazzara came up 10 years ago from Manhattan for a haircut, on the advice of a friend, Mancinelli said.
Dinezza hired Mancinelli several years ago after another local shop cut back his hours. Her receptionist initially disregarded his application because of his age, but Mancinelli applied again, and impressed Dinezza with his cutting ability.
“Now, I feel like I’m working for him,” she said. “I get a million and one phone calls from people all over the world who have heard about him and want to visit.”
Next up in his chair was another regular, Joe Murphy, 46. He recalled getting a haircut on Mancinelli’s 100th birthday at his previous shop. (This reporter decided to take a bit off the sides as well.)
“The guys in the shop wanted to take him to a girlie joint for his birthday,” Murphy recalled, as the 107-year-old barber toweled his neck clean. “But Anthony said, ‘No way — what are you trying to do, kill me?’”
Bihar Girl Tied To Tree, Thrashed For Eloping With Man Of Different Caste
(INDIA) --- A teenage girl was tied to tree and beaten up by villagers, including her own family members as a punishment for eloping with a boy belonging to a different caste. The incident was reported from Bihar’s Nawada area.
Reports say that the punishment was carried out on panchayat orders. The girl’s father, who was against her affair, supported the panchayat’s diktat.
"She was tied because she is a criminal. She wants to go with a man from another caste," he said.
The woman eloped with her boyfriend on September 30 and the couple was living in a nearby village.
The video of the incident is making rounds on the internet.
The video shows a young woman in a semi-conscious state tied to a tree with a rope. She is surrounded by local men, women and children. A man in green shirt holding a wooden stick is seen pulling her up.
"She slipped out of the home with some excuse when there was no power at night. We searched the entire street. When we got tired of searching, we woke up our brothers. I didn't know when she ran away. All I know is that she told the Panchayat that she loved this man," the father said.
Kyrgyz singer faces death threat over visible undergarments in her music video
Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer in Kyrgyzstan, has alleged facing death threats over a music video she released last week targeting gender discrimination. Asylbek, whose music video ‘Kyz’ became a sensation in the Muslim dominated country, has filed a police complaint in this regard.
Zere Asylbek in a still from the music video ‘Kyz’.
The video, which has garnered over 162,000 views on YouTube, features Asylbek dressed in a suit jacket and skirt with a purple bra underneath, a woman wearing a hijab, a woman wearing a Kyrgzy-style headscarf and a woman with a semi-shaven head. The conservatives in the country are objecting to the singer’s visible undergarments in the video.
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According to reports, Asylbek expressed her surprise that nobody had a problem with her featuring women with diverse backgrounds in her video but they rather took offence over her purple bra.
She also got support from her father, Asylbek Zhoodonbekov, who in a Facebook post called his daughter “a free-thinking daughter of a free Kyrgyzstan”. He said she had grown more politically conscious after a recent incident in which a man killed a young woman inside a police station after attempting to abduct her for a forced marriage.
I was molested at 7 and raped at 16, says Padma Lakshmi
(Padma Lakshmi, model and TV personality, has revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she was raped at the age of 16 and kept silent.)
American TV personality, author, actor, and model Padma Lakshmi recently said that she had been raped as a teenager.
In reference to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly went unreported for decades, Lakshmi wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times.
In the piece, the Top Chef host mentioned that she was 7 years old when she was assaulted for the first time and 16 years old when she was raped.
Narrating the incident, Lakshmi said that she dated a 23-year-old "charming and handsome" college student when she was 16, who would "flirt" with her at her part-time retail job at a mall in Los Angeles. But just a few months into the relationship, Lakshmi said that he sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.
"When we went out, he would park the car and come in and sit on our couch and talk to my mother," she recalled in the piece. "He never brought me home late on a school night. We were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex."
On New year's eve three decades ago, Lakshmi said that after a night out with her boyfriend, she fell asleep at his apartment. "The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me," the star wrote. "I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'It will only hurt for a while.' "
Unaware of what date rape meant at that point in time, Lakshmi said she was unsure of whether the incident classified as rape or sex, but continued to tell her future boyfriends that she was a virgin. "Emotionally, I still was," she noted.
Lakshmi further explained how, when she was 7 years old, she was sent to India to live with her grandparents for a year after she told her mother and stepfather that a relative had touched her inappropriately and put her hand on his penis. "The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out," the star said.
"I have nothing to gain by talking about this. But we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that, for generations, have allowed men to hurt women with impunity," she concluded.
Pervert Man Held For Masturbating, Throwing Poop Around Ladies Coaches In Mumbai's Local Trains
(INDIA) --- The Railway Police Force (RPF) on Friday arrested a 26-year-old man who routinely masturbated in the empty ladies compartment and spread faeces on the seats of local trains starting from CSMT in the morning. Officials said the man had targeted at least 10 local trains in the past one month which delayed services along the Central line.
The accused, identified as Karjat resident Dinesh Laxman Duvre, allegedly told the RPF that he derived “pleasure from the acts”.
The investigation, which seemed headed nowhere for a long time, received a boost after the Duvre made the mistake of walking into one of the CR’s newest rakes on September 9.
“The local train, which was headed to Badlapur, had CCTV cameras installed in the ladies coach. In the footage, the accused is seen walking inside an empty ladies coach with a plastic bag at 6:56 am. After ensuring there’s nobody around, he unzips his pant and starts masturbating.
Afterward, he walks to the seating area, spreads faeces on them and later walks out,” said DV Singh, RPF in charge at CSMT Local. Officials said the train was delayed by nearly 15 minutes at Badlapur after commuters asked railway authorities to clean the train before it started.
“Such incidences were noticed in last few days. The matter came to the notice of Sachin Bhalode (senior divisional security commissioner of Mumbai central division) who ordered a probe,” said Singh.
RPF officials, who were notified about Duvre, were on the lookout for the accused since then, he said.
On Friday, sub inspector SB Patil, constable A D Mane, SG Borde and Dharmender, who were watching the Kalyan end at CSMT station, noticed Duvre loitering around suspiciously near a local train. He was rounded up and taken for questioning.
Duvre, who apparently works as a labourer at the vegetable market in Byculla East, admitted to the crime. “He used to come to CSMT late in the night and sleep on the premises. The next day, he would collect his own faeces in a plastic bag and search for trains with unoccupied ladies compartments. If he found one, he would do his deeds,” said an officer.
A case under section 145 (b), 147 and 162 of Railway Act was registered at RPF post CSMT local. Durvre was sentenced to a five-day jail term by the railway court, CSMT.
CBSE Topper Abducted And Gang Raped By 12 Men In Moving Car In Haryana
In incident that has left India in a state of shock, a 19-year-old girl was abducted, drugged and driven around the three districts and gangraped in broad daylight by a dozen men.
The shocking incident happened on Thursday when the girl who hails from Kosli in Rewari was on her way to attend coaching class. She was abducted from Kanina in Mahendragarh by a group of men on a car, who offered her a lift.
She was then given a sedative-laced drink and driven around to fields near Jhajjar border where she was repeatedly raped by the men. According to the victim, she was raped by around a dozen men in a place which had a well.
The rapists then dumped the girl at the same bus stand in Kanina from where she was abducted and then called her home to inform her parents that their daughter is lying unconscious.
The family then took her to a nearby hospital where the doctors confirmed rape.
What is even more shocking is that after a zero FIR was registered at Women police station in Rewari which was then sent to Kanina police station the latter returned it stating that the incident took place outside jurisdiction.
Despite the victim identifying three of the abductors, who are said to be college students no arrests have been made in the case so far. The girl had made headlines a few years ago when she was felicitated by the President of India for her achievement in the CBSE Board Exam.
Sick Auto Driver Chains Helpless Dog To Vehicle, Drags It For 2 KM In Hyderabad
(INDIA) --- In yet another case of animal cruelty, an auto driver allegedly chained a stray dog to his vehicle and dragged it for over two kilometres on the roads in Jubilee Hills on Friday night. An animal rights activist noticed the brutality and rescued it. The canine, which suffered injuries, is reportedly in a critical condition. The incident, which took place around 7pm on Friday night, came to light after NGO People for Animals (PFA) volunteer Sravya Varma stopped the brutality and informed police about it.
On receiving information about the incident, animal welfare organisation PFA activists lodged a complaint with Jubilee Hills police.
"The PFA volunteer rescued the dog and shifted it to Animal Care Clinic at Banjara Hills for initial treatment and then brought to PFA rescue home at Begum Bazaar, where it is currently battling for life," Dattatreya Joshi of PFA told TOI.
"The dog, which suffered internal bleeding, is in a critical condition. Also, the canine has suffered injuries all over the body, including a fracture on one of its legs," he added.
Based on a complaint by PFA activists, Jubilee Hills police registered an FIR. "We seized the vehicle (AP 28 V 9681) which was used in the brutal act," Jubilee Hills sub-inspector P Saida said. A case was registered under Sections 336 of the IPC and the Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960.
"What the auto driver did is unacceptable, unconstitutional and a clear violation of law. We request the authorities to take stringent action against the culprit," Joshi added.
'I felt really, really scared': Nepalese women address horror of being banished to outside huts during periods
Women living in Nepal are routinely banished to an outside hut or animal sheds, stopped from taking part in family activities, having contact with men and given less food to eat when they are on their periods due to an ancient practice that remains prevalent despite a ban.
The Hindu custom of isolating women who are menstruating from the rest of the household because they are deemed “impure” – known as “chhaupadi” – was outlawed in 2005 but has remained prevalent in the parts of western Nepal.
Dozens of women and girls having died in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in Asia, in recent years as a result of the tradition, in spite of concerted campaigns by activists coupled with government measures to rid the area of the practice.
A 19-year-old girl died last year from a snakebite while sleeping in a shed during her period. In a similar case, a 15-year-old girl suffocated to death after lighting a fire to try and stay warm in her poorly ventilated hut.
Parbati, 17, told The Independent she was terrified when she got her first period at the age of 12 and felt like she should not tell anyone.
She finally told her sister-in-law and was separated from her family and forced to live in a “chhaugoth” – a hut separate from the house where women and girls are forced to live during their periods.
“At first, I felt really, really scared and I could not tell anybody, but later on I told my sister-in-law,” she said. “Why are my family are treating me separately? I began to think like that but I also felt scared to say anything.”
She later joined an adolescent girls group supported by international charity ActionAid where she was educated about sexual and reproductive rights. After telling her parents about the damaging aspects of chhaupadi, she was allowed to remain in the house.
“My parents were happy when I started sleeping inside the house because they also feel I am unsafe in the chhaugoth because a snake might bite me or another bad thing might happen,” she said.
Durga, 30, also experienced anxiety about the custom, but from the perspective of a mother. She worries her 14-year-old daughter Ishu will be raped when she is moved to a mud hut outside their home for around five days every month.
Durga, who has been subjected to chhaupadi herself since the age of 14, said: “I am very scared when my daughter is out in the chhaugoth. I am scared that if some bad boy comes and rape her [sic].
She added: “I have to practice it because of the social pressure. If I didn’t practice it, I would be alone in the community.”
Rajkumari, a 23-year-old police constable in the Doti district of western Nepal who works with ActionAid to end the practice, said the scale of the problem was huge.
She has only managed to register one chhaupadi case in Doti district in the past four years.
“Some people think that it [chhaupadi] is good because they are obeying God but it is not a good culture. Even though we have tried to convince the local people, they have said: ‘It is our culture, then who are you to come here and talk about our culture?’
“Previously girls were not allowed to go to school during their menstruation. But now girls are going to the school.”
The practice of making women sleep outside despite temperatures in Nepal, sometimes falling below zero in winter, stems from concerns women will anger the gods or contaminate their home if they stay inside.
In rural areas, it is widely perceived that not following the practice will engender misfortune in the form of natural disasters or sickness or death among family members or livestock. Other myths include thinking that if a woman drinks milk while she is menstruating she will bring harm to her family.
While married women generally stay outside for only a few days, others can be banished for up to a week.
In November 2016, Dambara Upadhyay died alone after spending four nights outside. The 21-year-old was found by her sister-in-law with blood coming out of her nose. Despite local police suggesting she might have experienced a heart attack the initial post-mortem report was not able to establish a cause of death.
While other deaths have been attributed to wild animal attacks, the most common cause is smoke inhalation from fires lit in an attempt to stay warm.
A law passed last August that is set to go into effect next month will punish people who force women to follow the tradition.
The new legislation included a grace period to give citizens time to get used to it – with officials claiming overhauling archaic, culturally entrenched attitudes cannot happen overnight.
The law will result in violators facing up to three months in prison or a fine of 3,000 Nepalese rupees (£20).
But women in the country have said they need more legal support with many not yet aware of the new law.
“Cultural taboos around periods can mean many women and girls are forced to manage their periods in uncomfortable, unsanitary and ineffective ways. The extreme end of these stigmas, such as chauppadi, can literally end in death,” Girish Menon, chief executive at ActionAid UK, told The Independent.
“The lack of access, knowledge and support can also lead to girls missing or dropping out of school. This puts girls at greater risk of child marriage and early pregnancy, meaning the cycles of poverty, gender inequality and violence against women become harder to break.
“Women have the right to control their own bodies. This is why we work to provide safe, and clean sanitary products, and work closely with local women activists to challenge harmful practices and social norms to ensure girls can claim their rights to their bodies and lives.”
ActionAid, which strives to tackle poverty and injustice worldwide, has been working in western Nepal for more than 10 years. It has established women’s groups which enable local women to come together to discuss chhaupadi and has run community sessions which champion the message periods are both natural and healthy.
The NGO said more than 1,400 women of reproductive age have stopped practising chhaupadi in the past decade and it has helped to establish at least 11 ‘chhaupadi free’ communities in the west of the country in the past five years.
INDIA: Serial Sexual Abuser Held In Haryana, Tantrik Raped 120 Women And Filmed Them
People using faith to abuse vulnerable women is not a new thing n India. Every now and then we come across news of such incidents. WHat worse is that the government has done absolutely nothing to stop it. Now, a 60-year-old tantric has been arrested from Fatehabad’s Tohana town in Haryana, for not only raping at least 120 women but also making video clips of the rapes. Police said the tantric, Baba Amarpuri alias Billu, used the clips to blackmail the women and rape them again.
The cops have received at least such 120 clips, each with a different victim. The tantric made the clips himself with his cellphone.
TNN cited sources, saying that a relative of the accused gave the clips to the cops in a CD. Fatehabad women police station in-charge, inspector Bimla Devi said Amarpuri has been sent to police remand for five days.
“We are in the process of getting details about his victims so that their statements can be recorded,” she said, adding that two women have come forward and are ready to record their statements against him.
Amarpuri has been booked under various IPC sections, including rape, word, gesture or act obscenity and criminal intimidation. Sections of Information Technology Act have also been invoked.
“Amarpuri would threaten the women that he would make the clips public and force them to visit him multiple times,” Devi said.
The police said that another rape case was registered against him nine months back. Fatehabad SP Deepak Saharan told TOI that a woman, whose husband knew Amarpuri, had accused him of raping her inside his temple.
The tantric, however, got bail in the case. His real name is Amarveer.
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