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First assaulted by Gau Rakshaks, now arrested by Police
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 23: The three Muslim cattle traders assaulted last midnight by a gang of gau rakshaks in Delhi have now been arrested by the police for allegedly badly treating the buffaloes.   At least three Muslims were brutally assaulted by a gang of gau rakshaks around midnight near the Kalkaji Metro Station in South Delhi. They were carrying buffaloes. Senior journalist and Political Editor of The Caravan magazine Hartosh Singh Bal was the first eyewitness to the assault and he tweeted about it around 2 AM from the local police station.   The victims identified as Kamil, Ashu and Rizwan were from Haryana. As they were bleeding, they were admitted at AIIMS trauma centre and discharged after first treatment.  They were taking the buffaloes from Gurgaon in Haryana to Ghazipur legal slaughterhouse in Uttar Pradesh.  The Police claimed the attackers were members of an NGO called PFA (People for Animals). However, PFA chairperson and union...




Focused on Triple Talaq, govt. gets harsh rebuke from SC for not caring for widows of India
A survey in 8 Muslim-dominated districts found there were 1,307 divorced Muslim women against 16,505 Hindu divorced women and 4,827 Christian divorced women IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court of India on Friday handed a harsh rebuke to the BJP-led central government for not caring for the widows in the country. As per Census 2011, some 4.6% of the country's total population or 5.6 crore are widowed - a huge majority of them are women.   "You do not care about the widows of India. You file an affidavit and say you are not concerned with the widows of India. You have done nothing... This is complete helplessness. Government does not want to do anything," the court was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.   The court was angry because despite making an assurance to it to hold a meeting and come up with relief and rehabilitation measures, the government did not do anything.   The apex court imposed a fine of Rs one lakh ...




Record witness statements on threat to Najeeb Ahmed by ABVP students: HC to police
New Delhi, April 21: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked Delhi Police to record the statement of witnesses present at the time of an altercation between JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and nine students of ABVP six months ago, about the "nature of threat" given to him. A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Deepa Sharma asked why the statements of witnesses were not recorded by Delhi Police after Ahmed went missing in October last year after the altercation."What is the nature of threat? What words were used for threatening?," asked the bench, directing the police to record statements of persons present during the altercation.Ahmed had slapped one of the nine students during an altercation in the hostel and in return they allegedly threatened him.Police also submitted two sealed cover analysis reports of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad, regarding the contents of Ahmed's laptop and mobile phone and of the nine students' mobile phones.T...




SIO gifts Pahlu Khan's family a milch cow to earn livelihood
After Khan's death and loot of the cattle and money, the family was almost broken. Now with the gift from SIO, they can try to collect their life and move on  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 20: Slain dairy farmer Pahlu Khan's family on Thursday got a gift in the form of the precious animal that has long been their source of livelihood but unfortunately the same animal became the cause of death of their lone bread-earner earlier this month.  In a noble bid to restore their traditional source of livelihood, the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has provided the dairy farmer family with a milch cow and a calf.  Pahlu Khan, 50, was lynched by a gang of self-styled gau rakshaks (cow protectors) when he along with his two sons and another Muslim dairy farmer was returning from Jaipur after purchasing some cows and calves at the government-run cattle fair in the Rajasthan capital. They were stopped in Alwar district on 1st April, dragged out of their ...




Justice for Pahlu Khan: Civil groups plan demonstration at Rajasthan Assembly
Through the protest demonstration, the Rajasthan civil groups will demand closure of all FIRs lodged against Pahlu Khan, his family members and his fellow travelers and compensation to Pahlu Khan' family and other victims  Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, April 20: In order to pressurize the Rajasthan BJP government for speedy justice in the Pahlu Khan lynching case, various civil rights groups and political parties have planned to stage demonstration for three consecutive days outside the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly here next week.   At their joint meeting on Thursday, they made a national call for the protest demonstration here from 24-26 April.   On 1st April, a gang of self-styled cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) attacked Haryana's dairy farmer Pehlu 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 fair in Jaipur. They were brutally beaten u...




CPM's farmer body donates Rs 3 lakh to Pahlu Khan's family
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 20: The All India Kisan Sabha, the peasants' union of Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Wednesday gave a cheque of Rs three lakh to the family of Haryana dairy farmer Pahlu Khan who was lynched by a gang of alleged gau rakshaks, cow protectors on the first of this month in Alwar district of Rajasthan.   At their massive protest demonstration for land rights, held at Jantar Mantar in the National Capital, the leaders of Kisan Sabha, presented the cheque to family members of Pahlu Khan.   Khan, his two sons and a relative and neighbour Azmat Khan were brutally assaulted by the gang of cow vigilantes when they were returning from Jaipur after purchasing some cows and calves at a government-run cattle fair.   The showed the valid documents of purchase to the attackers but they didn't heed and mercilessly assaulted them. Pahlu Khan, 50, succumbed to injured at a local hospital.   Some of the attackers have been arrested a...




Dadri Beef Lynching: Another accused comes out of jail
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, April 20: In a major development in the brutal lynching of a Muslim man over cow slaughter and beef rumors in Sep 2015, two of the 18 accused have been granted bail - and one of them came out of jail on Tuesday. Punit and Arun had got bail from the Allahabad High Court earlier this month.  Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was lynched by a mob in Dadri village of Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh on 28 Sep 2015 following rumors that he consumed and stored beef. His young son Danish was also brutally assaulted but he survived.  In all, 18 people, including son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, were made accused in the case and all were arrested. Being minor, two of them were granted bail and released from jail. One Ravi Sisodia died in judicial custody. And two - Punit and Arun - have now been granted bail by the court reportedly on the ground that they were initially not named in the FIR. Rest 13 are still in jail.  According to media report...




Assam CM orders probe on youth carrying kin's body on cycle from hospital
Guwahati, April 19: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Directorate of Health Services to rush to Majuli and probe the circumstances in which a youth had to carry the dead body of his relative on a bicycle from hospital to his village.The instruction came immediately after television channels aired images of the youth carrying the dead body of his relative on a bicycle from a hospital at Garamur area in Majuli to Balijan village on the river island.The youth told media that he took his ailing relative on his bicycle for admission in the hospital. However, the ailing person breathed his last after reaching the hospital.He said that he was carrying the body to his home as there is no proper road and there are many bamboo bridges on way to his home, making it difficult to take the body in a van.Majuli, the largest river island in Assam, is represented in the state assembly by Chief Minister Sonowal. The constituency is part of the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency, onc...




Death of Buddhist Lama in Arunachal police firing: SC issues notice to state govt.
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 19: The Supreme Court of India has issued notice to the government of Arunachal Pradesh on a writ petition seeking an independent inquiry into the last year's police firing which claimed two lives, including that of a 19-year-old Buddhist Lama in Tawang district.   Appearing on behalf of sister and father of deceased Lama Nima Wangdi, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves with advocate Choudhary Ali Zia Kabir sought an independent probe into the May 2016 incident, says a report in LiveLaw.in. Another person who died in the police firing was Tsering Tempa. While Lama was shot in his stomach and shoulder, Tempa was shot in the middle of his forehead. Both died.   The police had opened fire allegedly to disperse a crowd protesting against the arrest of another Buddhist Lama and social and human rights activist Lobsang Gyatso.   However, an inquiry commission found the police firing was "unjustified as the police force had faile...




Killers of Pahlu Khan should be prosecuted under anti-terror laws: Swami Agnivesh
Killing of Pahlu Khan is an act of terrorism, and so the killers should be arrested under terror laws and whoever supports them whether he is minister should also be treated with the same law: Swami Agnivesh  Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, April 18: Renowned Arya Samaj scholar and social activist Swami Agnivesh on Monday termed the killing of dairy farmer Pahlu Khan by a gang of alleged cow protectors as an act of terrorism and demanded the government to arrest and prosecute the accused under the country's terror laws.   On the sidelines of a protest demonstration here seeking justice for Khan, 50-year-old Haryana dairy farmer lynched by the mob of cow vigilantes in Alwar district of the state on 1st April, Swami Agnivesh was talking to some journalists on the issue. He said those who are supporting the violent lynching mob should also be treated under the same terror law.   "Killing of Pahlu Khan is an act of terrorism, and so the killers should be...




Social hostilities involving religion rise in India: Report
Among 25 most populous countries, Russia, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria have highest overall levels of government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion: Pew Research Center  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 16: India is the fourth country from the top to have witnessed rise in social hostilities involving religion by private individuals, organizations or social groups in the year 2015 after two years of decline.   Among the world's 25 most populous countries, Russia, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Nigeria have highest overall levels of government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion, says the latest report from the Pew Research Center.   As for social hostilities involving religion recorded till Dec 2015, India is at fourth position in the list of 198 countries covered by Pew. India is followed by Israel while top three are: Syria, Nigeria and Iraq.   While on government restrictions, the country is on 39th position. ...




Daughter ends life to save farmer father from debts in Maharashtra
I am ending my life to ease my father's financial burden and eliminate the practice of dowry in my Maratha-Kunbi community Latur (Maharashtra), April 15: On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a Rs 1 crore prize to a 20-year-old Latur woman for a digital transaction, another young woman from the district ended her life by jumping into a well as her father could not afford her marriage expenses, officials said.The 21-year-old victim was Shital Vyankat Vayal, a resident of Bhise-Wagholi village, who had completed her Secondary School Certificate three years ago. Her death has added a whole new dimension to the ongoing socio-agrarian crisis gripping Maharashtra.On Friday morning, Shital jumped into a well in her own farmland. But the real story emerged after a suicide note was recovered by her family.In the note, she has recounted how her parents are very poor and did not have money to organise her marriage."I am ending my life to ease my father's financial burden ...




Manual scavenging is inhuman, should be abolished completely
Government data indicates that manual scavenging still prevails in the country, and as per estimation there are more than 11000 manual scavengers in the country. And 86% of them are in Uttar Pradesh alone.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 14: Three persons in their thirties died inhaling poisonous gas inside a manhole in Bengaluru last month leaving behind their poor families. They were Yerraiah, Anjaneya Reddy and Dhavathi Naidu but most of the newspapers did not even mention their names in the news reports next day reflecting the mindset of the society towards those who are forced to do manual scavenging.   Despite being declared illegal, manual scavenging is prevailing in the country. The unending plight of manual scavengers has forced a group young boys and girls to run a campaign aiming to abolish this inhuman act. Through a series of street plays, a student's theater group in Delhi has initiated an awareness campaign so manual scavenging c...




I pray Allah to save my son; he is nearing death: Elderly father of Alwar lynching survivor
"Those who brutally assaulted my son should get punishment. And it is the duty of the government to punish the culprits," said the elderly father sitting beside the ailing son.  IndiaTomorrow.net, Mewat (Haryana), April 12: In his seventies, Mohammad Suleman is pinning hope in the government to ensure justice for his elder son who was brutally assaulted by a gang of self-proclaimed Gau Rakshaks (cow protectors) in Alwar district of Rajasthan earlier this month.   Sitting beside the bed of his son Azmat, Suleman prays Allah to save his son whose condition is serious. Azmat, in his twenties, was hit in head, eye, chest, waist and backbone.   "I pray Allah to save my son. He is nearing death, you can see," Suleman tells visitors who ranging from common people to community leaders have been coming to his home in Haryana for the past one week.   "We have spent around Rs 70,000 on his treatment," says pointing towards Azmat who ...




Killing of Pahlu Khan outrages people against violent cow vigilantism
On 1st April, a group of self-styled cow vigilantes attacked dairy farmer Pehlu Khan and four other Muslim dairy farmers in Behror area of Alwar district in Rajasthan. While Khan succumbed to injuries in hospital, another's condition is serious. IndiaTomorrow.net Team, New Delhi / Jaipur, April 11: People from Jaipur to Delhi are outraged against the brutal killing of dairy farmer Pahlu Khan by a gang of cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) in Alwar district of Rajasthan last week. From Jaipur to Delhi, people have come out denouncing violent cow vigilantism and have asked the government to take strict action against the culprits immediately.  In Jaipur, people held a protest demonstration and candle light vigil Monday evening.   Sawai Singh, President of Nasha Mukt Bharat Samiti, termed as shameful the attempt of Rajasthan Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria to defend the cow vigilantes.   "Statement of Rajasthan Home Minister is very shameful. How can he...




Probe begins into communal violence in Odisha town, curfew reimposed
Bhubaneswar, April 9: The Crime Branch of the Odisha Police has begun an investigation into an incidence of communal violence last week in Bhadrak town where the curfew was reimposed till Monday morning.The prohibitory orders in the town were initially relaxed from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday. The hours were extended until 12 noon to facilitate people to purchase essential commodities.The curfew was reimposed later and will remain in force till 7 a.m. on Monday, said a police officer.Around 35 platoons of police forces have been deployed across the town to avoid any untoward incident. Chief Minister Patnaik said two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) would be sent to Bhadrak.Patnaik, who attended the Inter-State Council Standing Committee meeting in New Delhi, said that he discussed the Bhadrak issue with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and he has assured the state two companies of the RAF would be sent.Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has begun the probe into the alleged offensive remarks on Hin...




Alwar Killing: PUCL writes to Rajasthan CM, seeks compensation for victims
IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, April 9: The People's Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL) has written to Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje seeking immediate arrest of all the accused of Alwar mob lynching and proper compensation to family of slain Pahlu Khan and other injured victims.   On 1st April, some Muslims were brutally beaten up on their way to Haryana from Jaipur. They had purchased some cows and calves from the Rajasthan government cattle fare in Jaipur and had valid papers from the Municipal authorities. Pahlu Khan, one of the victims, later succumbed to injuries in hospital.   "Has the law and order machinery been now handed over by the police to these cow vigilante groups," asked PUCL adding that if "Pehlu Khan and others had violated the law, then the police should have followed due procedure to handle the crime."   The civil rights group has demanded "Immediate arrest of all the attackers that led to the death of Pehlu Khan a...




Gau Rakshaks wanted to set us ablaze in Alwar: Victim
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 9: The brutal gang of cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) in Alwar had more sinister design than just assaulting the cattle traders who had purchased cows and calves from the government-run cattle fare in Jaipur and were on way to their home in Mewat of Haryana.   One of the victims has said that after brutally assaulting them, the cow vigilantes wanted to set them ablaze but could not succeed as the police arrived on the scene at the right time.   "We had gone there to purchase buffaloes. Buffaloes were costlier than cows there. So we purchased cows to get milk during the coming Ramadan. While we were returning, they stopped our vehicle. They were on bikes. They started beating us. We showed them official purchase documents but they tore and threw them away," recalled Mohammad Rafiq who was with Pahlu Khan who succumbed to the brutal assault.   Five persons including Rafiq and Khan had gone to Jaipur. They are cattle tr...




Hindu group stops UP church prayers suspecting conversion
Prayers at the Maharajganj church were stopped by the police after the office bearers of the Hindu Vahini created a ruckus and alleged that some people were leading a conversion event there. Lucknow, April 8: Prayers at a church in Uttar Pradesh were disrupted by a group of Hindu activists as they suspected a religious conversion in progress, police said on Saturday.Prayers at the Maharajganj church were stopped by the police after the office bearers of the Hindu Vahini created a ruckus and alleged that some people were leading a conversion event there.The Hindu Vahini leaders said that a group of foreign tourists from Ukraine and the US had come to the church with an aim to allure poor locals into converting to Christianity.The prayers were initiated on Friday at the church in Bijapaar village under the Kothibhaar area, the group said.The foreign tourists who were in the country on a month-long tourist visa were accompanied by Devraj Gowda, a Delhi resident who identified himse...




Modi govt. has failed in checking hate crimes against Muslims, Dalits: Jamaat
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 8: While expressing its deep anguish at the lynching of a Muslim man by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, India's one of the largest socio-religious organizations, on Saturday criticized the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its failure in curbing "those polarizing society on communal lines and spreading hatred against the Muslim community."   Addressing their monthly press conference at Jamaat's headquarters here today, Jamaat chief Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari while commenting on the Alwar lynching said: "The incident is highly condemnable and Jamaat demands the immediate arrest of the culprits and punishment to the guilty. Jamaat feels that ever since the BJP led government has come at the center, hate crimes and attacks against Muslims and Dalits have increased a lot in the name of cow protection. The number of fake gau-rakshak groups is also increasing. They are...




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