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Muslim families allege custodial torture of Bhopal jail inmates, approach NHRC
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, May 25: Traumatized by the alleged torture of 21 Muslim prisoners inside the Bhopal central jail, family members of some of them on Wednesday visited the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking its intervention and a fair probe.     The relatives of 21 men, mostly in 30s, imprisoned in the Bhopal jail for last three and half years, have alleged that the prisoners have been tortured and harassed after the Bhopal encounter of last October. They have also accused the jail authorities of doing religious discrimination with the prisoners.   "My husband is in the central jail for last three and half years. After the Bhopal encounter, he has been tortured and harassed. He is not allowed to offer prayer and read Quran nor to sleep properly," Najma, wife of Mohd. Zubair (one of the prisoners), told IndiaTomorrow.net outside the NHRC headquarters here.   "Clothes are also not given to him. Only on...




NHRC notice to Jharkhand over 'abduction, recruitment of children' by Maoists
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 24: The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to the Government of Jharkhand calling for a report after taking suo motu cognizance of a news article about abduction and recruitment of children by Maoists in the state.   "The Commission has observed that the article brings forth the stark reality of the vulnerability of the children in the remote areas of Jharkhand, who are dragged into Maoist cadre and their lives are ruined. The children are denied fundamental rights, including their right to education. The issues raised in the article are gross violation of the human rights of the children," NHRC said in a statement.   The Commission has given two weeks to the State Government to respond with specific reference to the following questions: (i) What is the police estimate of actual number of children who have been recruited in the Maoists cadre in the State of Jharkhand;   (ii) What action has b...




Jharkhand Lynching: NHRC issues notice, seeks report in four weeks
A civilized society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur where human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of them being anti-social elements: NHRC   IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 22: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo motu cognizance of lynching of seven persons, on Monday issued notice to the Director General of Police of Jharkhand and sought report within four weeks.   On suspicion of being child kidnappers, four were killed in the Seraikela Kharsawan district and three in Nagadih area of East Singhbhum district on 18th May.   The Commission has also sought comments on the preventive measure taken/proposed to be taken to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.   "The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, carried on the 21st May, 2017, are unpleasant. A civilized society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur where human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of the...




During massive Dalit protest in Delhi, many threaten to convert over Saharanpur violence
Protesters were furious that CM Yogi has not visited the affected families in the village even two weeks after the incident   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 21: Attending the biggest Dalit demonstration in years near the Parliament House here on Sunday, several members of the community threatened to convert if victims of the Saharanpur caste violence did not get justice. They were angry at little action in the 5th May incident of Uttar Pradesh where dozens of Dalit homes were torched after death of an upper caste man.   While protesting at Jantar Mantar, thousands of Dalits denounced Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over steep rise in lawlessness in the state.   "The state government is not helping the victims of Saharanpur case. If the attitude of the government remains same then entire Dalit community shall convert to other religion," a Dalit protester said while speaking to IndiaTomorow.net   "We appeal to...




Protest held at Jharkhand Bhawan against mob lynching
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 20: To protest against the killing of innocents in mob lynching in Jharkhand, scores of people demonstrated outside the Jharkhand Bhawan here on Saturday. The protesters were demanding resignation of Chief Minister Raghubar Das. In a single day on Thursday, at least seven people were lynched in different parts of Jharkhand - the state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.   "BJP governments and Sangh are regularly trying to replace constitutional system and democracy with mobocracy. We have seen it in the case of Akhlaq and recently in Pahlu Khan," said JNU Students Union President Mohit K Panday.   "People need to protest to ensure democracy and constitution remain intact in the country," said Pandey while protesting outside the Jharkhand Bhawan.   Social activist Nadeem Khan said: "The least the government should do is to rein in mobocracy and check criminal ele...




Lynching of 7 in one day in Jharkhand rattles Twitter
IndiaTomorrow.net,Ranchi, May 20: The cold-blooded murder of seven people in the span of 24 hours in separate incidents of mob lynching in Jharkhand has shocked Twitter with people expressing their anger through harsh comments on deteriorating law and order in the BJP-ruled state.  Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai asked if what is happening there is not jungle raj, then what. "What kind of beasts live in this world around us? If this is not jungle raj, then what is?"  What kind of beasts live in this world around us? If this is not jungle raj, then what is? https://t.co/98H5Xs8yhp— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 19, 2017   Another journalist Narendra Nath Mishra said: "Most shocking News of day is from Jharkhand where crowd killed 6 innocent persons on suspicion of kidnapping kids. Children found safe later."  Most shocking News of day is from Jharkhand where crowd killed 6 innocent persone on suspicion of kidnapping kid...




Dalit victims of Saharanpur violence meet President for justice
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 18: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday met some of the members of Dalit families who suffered violence in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh earlier this month. CPI-M leaders Brinda Karat and Subhashini Ali had taken the victims to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.   Seeking justice, the delegation handed over a memorandum to the President.   On 5th May, a clash erupted between Dalits and Thakur community in a village of Saharanpur where a young man was killed and at least two dozen Dalit houses were torched in retaliation.   According to Hindustan Times, violence erupted when a musical procession of the upper caste Thakur community celebrating the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap was passing through a Dalit-dominated village and some Dalits objected to the procession. This triggered first verbal clash which soon turned violent with people from both sides throwing stones and bricks at each other.   Several p...




Court notice to central govt. over defunct minority commission
The court has issued notice day after the ruling party BJP celebrated its three years in power and claimed doing lots of work for all including the minorities IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 17: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the BJP-led Central government over a petition seeking re-constitution of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). All positions at the panel, from Chairperson to Vice Chairperson to Members, are vacant for couple of months, and thus it has virtually become defunct.   According to LiveLaw.in, a website dedicated on court-related matters, the Delhi High Court has sought status report from the Central government on PIL to re-constitute NCM by filling up vacancies. ALSO READ: Minorities commission has virtually no members, no new appointments in sight 




Delhi High Court asks CBI to probe missing JNU student case
New Delhi, May 16: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the CBI to probe the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad, who has been untraced since he disappeared seven months ago after an alleged altercation with ABVP members.A division bench of Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice Rekha Palli handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with immediate effect, after the Delhi Police said it has no objection if the court transfers the case to another probe agency.The court directed that further investigation be carried out by the CBI under the supervision of an officer not lower than the rank of DIG.Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi police, told the court that it has carried out the investigation in fair manner and made a pan India search for Ahmad, but he could not be traced."Delhi Police has no objection if matter is probed by any other investigating agency... We refer the matter to CBI with immediate effect for further ...




NCW seeks fair, speedy trial in Haryana gang-rape case
The woman, aged around 23, went missing on May 9. Her body was found on the outskirts of Rohtak town, 70 km from the national capital, early on Friday New Delhi, May 15: Taking suo motu cognisance of a brutal gang-rape in Haryana -- reminiscent of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case in Delhi, the National Commission for Women has sought a fair and speedy trial in the case, its Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said on Sunday."We have written to officials concerned to ensure a speedy and fair inquiry. We have also sent a team to inquire into the matter," Kumaramangalam told IANS.In a savage crime reminiscent of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case in Delhi, a young woman from Haryana's Sonepat district was abducted, gang-raped and brutally murdered.The woman, aged around 23, went missing on May 9. Her body was found on the outskirts of Rohtak town, 70 km from the national capital, early on Friday.Reminiscent of the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape, the rapists had inserted a...




Attacks on Dalits in UP: People protest against Yogi govt.
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 13: In probably first protest against Yogi Adityanath since he became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in mid-March this year, people demonstrated at the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan here on Saturday shouting slogans against the Yogi government over the recent attacks on Dalit community in India's largest state.   They were shouting slogans against the BJP government of the state over attacks on Dalits in Saharanpur district earlier this week.   "Many houses and shops have been burnt down by the dominant caste in the area. The BJP government, UP police and administration still have not taken any action," alleged the protesters.   They demanded justice and proper compensation for the affected people. Many students and student leaders from JNU had joined the protest. People protesting at UP Bhawan in Delhi against attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh  The protesters warned that if their demands were not met by 21st...




In India's cleanest city, ants eat body at a hospital
IndiaTomorrow.net,Bhopal, May 13: From 25th position in 2016, Indore climbed to top position in 2017 and became India's cleanest city , but what has not changed in between in the city in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is the medical negligence resulting in health hazard.   In June 2016, a dog reportedly took away the body of a stillborn from the state-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital. According to Hindustan Times, 19-year-old pregnant mother was admitted to the hospital after suffering 83% burns in an accident. Sonography tests diagnosed that the baby had died and the fetus was removed to prevent further danger to the mother. "Hospital authorities allegedly did not send the body to the mortuary immediately, but left the fetus in a tray in the surgery unit, when the dog stole away the corpse."   Jump to May 2017. Body of a man was found lying unattended and being eaten by ants at the main gate of a hospital in the same city.   "Body of a...




Mob thrashes five for allegedly slaughtering buffalo in Aligarh
Surprisingly, while the cow vigilantes were let off, those who had purchased the buffalo and the dairy owner have been arrested Lucknow, May 12: Five persons were beaten up by a mob of cow vigilantes for allegedly slaughtering a buffalo in a dairy unit in Aligarh, police said on Friday. Following the incident, which took place at a dairy owned by one Kalu Baghel in the Gandhi Park area in Pannaganj of Aligarh, police booked those involved in the slaughter of the animal. According to the dairy owner, he had sold a buffalo to some people as it had stopped giving milk. One Imran had purchased the buffalo on the condition that they would slaughter it in the dairy compound and then take away its meat for sale. But when four butchers and the seller were overseeing the slaughter and its blood flowed out of the dairy compound, a mob barged in and beat up those slaughtering the animal. Surprisingly, while the cow vigilantes were let off, those who had purchased the buffalo a...




Like Nirbhaya case, cuprits of Bilkis gang-rape also deserve death sentence: Jamaat
IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhii, May 11: Welcoming the death sentence to four culprits in Nirbhaya gang-rape case by the Supreme Court, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, India's one of the largest socio-religious organizations, on Thursday, has said that same capital punishment should also be given to the culprits in Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.   "Jamaat appreciate upholding death sentence to four convicts by the Supreme Court in Nirbhaya case. Moreover, we have also been saying if such sentence be given in public places, it would help to check such crimes," said Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General, Jamaat while addressing a press conference.   "Jamaat considers both these cases that of Nirbhaya as well as Bilkis Bano to be in the category of "Rarest of the rare". In fact the Bilkis Bano gang rape case needs to be considering to be more heinous and dreadful considering the circumstances in which she was raped and members of her family were attacked and kill...




Ensure no parole for convicts: Bilkis
New Delhi, May 8: Gujarat gang-rape survivor Bilkis Bano on Monday said that after 15 years of indescribable struggle she is preparing for a new beginning after last week's court ruling, and urged that the 11 men convicted by the court should not be granted parole.She hailed the Bombay High Court verdict of upholding life terms to the 11 convicts, and also welcomed the court's May 4 verdict rejecting the CBI plea for death penalty for three of the convicts, saying she wanted justice not revenge."I am very happy with the verdict. It has ensured that people can have faith in the country's judicial system and expect justice," Bano said, addressing media persons at the Press Club of India here.Brutalised by a gang of men and her nearly entire family wiped out in front of her eyes during the 2002 Gujarat riots, Bano says after the court ruling, she is preparing for a new beginning.Bano and her husband Yakub said that in order to live without any fear, it was necessary that the con...




Asaduddin Owaisi questions 'double standards' on punishment for rape
The MP said the convicts not only raped Bilkis Bano, who was pregnant, but also murdered her young daughter, sister, mother and 11 other family members Hyderabad, May 5: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday questioned the "double standards" in awarding death penalty to rapists, especially when it came to communal riots.Reacting to a Bombay High Court judgment upholding life sentence to 11 convicts in Bilkis Bano case, he said the Modi government should appeal in the Supreme Court seeking death sentence.The MP said the convicts not only raped Bilkis Bano, who was pregnant, but also murdered her young daughter, sister, mother and 11 other family members."I think it's a fit case for awarding death penalty to the rapists," the President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) told reporters.Owaisi said while he respected the High Court judgment, he wanted to know why there were "double standards" in giving capital punishment.Owaisi said he a...




Academicians, activists denounce Gau Rakshaks, demand justice for Pahlu Khan
Demonstrating outside the Bikaner House in New Delhi, they demanded the Rajasthan BJP government to take strict action against the culprits and compensate Pahlu Khan's family and other victims Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, May 3: Denouncing the killing of dairy farmer Pahlu Khan who was lynched by some self-styled cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) in Alwar district of Rajasthan early last month, eminent activists, academicians and students on Wednesday demanded speedy justice in the case.  Demonstrating outside the Bikaner House in New Delhi, they demanded the Rajasthan BJP government to take strict action against the culprits and compensate Pahlu Khan's family and other victims. On 1st April, a gang of self-styled Gau Rakshaks attacked Haryana's dairy farmer Pahlu Khan and four other Muslim dairy farmers in Alwar district of the state when they were returning after purchasing some cows and calves from a government-run cattle fair in Jaipur. They were brutal...




Like Kajol, if Pahlu Khan had a Twitter account...
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 03: Haryana native Pahlu Khan had repeatedly told the brutal gang of Gau Rakshaks that he was a dairy farmer and he showed government-issued purchase documents for the cows he had in the truck, but the attackers didn't heed him and he was assaulted so brutally that he died.   Last week, a controversy erupted around Bollywood actress Kajol when a video of her having lunch at a friend's home went out claiming that there was a beef dish at the table. On Monday, the actress took to Twitter to make clarification.   "A video of me at a friend's lunch said that there was a beef dish at the table. That's a miscommunication. What was shown was buffalo meat, that is a legally available meat. I'm issuing this clarification because this is a sensitive matter that may hurt religious sentiments, which is not my intention," said Kajol.  pic.twitter.com/U4oGqvhJBi— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) May 1, 2017  Eminent student leader Shehla...




Women being kept with criminals in detention camps in Assam: Ajmal
Abu Zafar for IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 03: Lok Sabha MP and president of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Maulana Badruddin Ajmal on Tuesday accused the Assam BJP government of harassing a large number of local people raising doubts over their citizenship.   Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Ajmal, who represents the Muslim-dominated Dhubri constituency of Assam in the Lok Sabha, alleged that government officials come to houses in plain clothes in the night without any female officer and ask women to produce Identity Card. If they fail to do so, then they drag them to vehicles and put in detention camps set up in unknown locations, said Ajmal. He also alleged that in detention camps, women are kept with men who are facing serious criminal charges.   "And no one from outside are allowed to meet these women in the detention camps," alleged perfume baron AIUDF chief adding that "Thousands of such cases are happening in the st...




Thousands across US join May Day protests for workers, immigrants' rights
At least four demonstrators were arrested on May Day in Oakland in California after they chained themselves together to block a county building in protest against Trump's tough immigration policies Washington, May 2: Thousands of Americans took to streets in major US cities such as Washington, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to join May Day demonstrations for the rights of workers, women and immigrants."It is not my first time to join the event. I joined because the workers of America have been giving a very rough deal for really long time. Workers need more rights, shorter work days, better safety, laws for better pay," Treg Waahl told Xinhua news agency, referring to May Day as the International Workers Day."You have to keep asking, keep trying," said Waahl, who was among hundreds of people marching in the downtown of Washington DC on Monday."I am a cabin maker, I never had an employee because I cannot afford to pay the health insurance. I cannot tea...




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