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NHRC Notice to Indian Railways over Junaid's Lynching in Train
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 27: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Indian Railways and Haryana Government in the lynching of teenager Junaid Khan in a train one month ago. The NHRC has sought report within four weeks.   The Commission has taken the action on a plea filed by political activist Shehzad Poonawalla on June 27. Shehzad had appealed to NHRC seeking report from all concerned authorities.   "The petitioner has alleged killing of a minority community youth travelling in a train and inaction by state authorities. Let a notice be issued to the Chairman, Railway Board, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi, Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana and DGP, Haryana, calling for report within four weeks," the commission said.    Junaid Khan, 16, was beaten and then stabbed to death by a group of men in the Delhi-Mathura EMU local train near Faridabad railway station in Haryana on 22nd June.  He...




Why No CBI Probe into Bhopal Encounter: SC asks Centre, Madhya Pradesh
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 25: The Supreme Court of India on Monday asked the Central government and Madhya Pradesh government besides three other respondents as to why a CBI enquiry was not ordered in the Bhopal encounter of last year in which eight alleged under-trial members of banned SIMI were gunned down.   Hearing the Special Leave Petition filed by Mehmooda Mohammed Salim Mucchhale, mother of one of the under-trials killed in the police encounter, through Advocate Sidharth Dave, an apex court bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued the order.   In the morning of 31st Oct 2016, eight under-trials, all lodged in the Bhopal central jail, were shot dead by police on the outskirts of the state capital hours after they allegedly broke their cell and escaped the prison.   "The killings of under-trial prisoners in police encounters affect the credibility of the rule of law and the administration of the criminal justice system," argued the pet...




B-Town extends support to Nawazuddin over racism remark
Subhash K Jha, Mumbai, July 23: Popular Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Taapsee Pannu and Tannishtha Chatterjee have lent their support to National Award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who earlier slammed the entertainment industry for promoting racism."Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I am dark and not good looking, but I never focus on that," Nawazuddin tweeted on July 17 while talking about the discrimination he has faced in the Hindi film industry over appearance.After that a few Bollywood celebrities have extended their support to Nawazuddin and said that not only the film industry, but racism happens all over India.Here's what these celebs have to say:Tapsee Pannu: We are a colour-obsessed nation selling fairness creams in high volumes. Our matrimonial columns till date have a mention of skin colour. So let's not target only the film industry.Nandita Das: I am sure it is no surprise to anyone th...




Maharashtra Panel Raps Fadnavis Govt. for Delay in Financial Aid to Farmers
Nagpur (Maharashtra), July 22: In a major embarrassment to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, a state-government panel on Saturday questioned the massive delays in disbursing Rs 10,000 'immediate relief' as part of a farm loans waiver scheme announced to protesting farmers over a month ago.The Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalambi Mission (VNSSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari has said that contrary to claims made by the government to provide 'immediate assistance' to all the eligible nine million farmers, barely a fraction - or 3,200 peasants - have been handed over the amount so far."This has made a mockery of the farmers, who are running from pillar to post since nearly 40 days for the promised emergency assistance of Rs 10,000. Now, the sowing season is ending and even the monsoon will depart soon," Tiwari told IANS.The remaining farmers who did not get aid continue to suffer or commit suicide, he pointed out."Despite the state government offering a guarantee to the Reserve Bank o...




TN Farmers Beat Themselves With Chappals to Protest MLAs' Salary Hike
New Delhi, July 20: In another novel protest, Tamil Nadu farmers rallying here to demand loan waiver and drought relief package on Thursday beat themselves with flip-flops to protest the almost two-fold salary hikes state legislators have given themselves.About 80 farmers shouted slogans against the state lawmakers, calling the salary move "shameless" and describing their own condition as "worse than beggars"."Farmers do not have food to eat or money to survive due to prolonged drought in our state. Instead of taking steps to provide them relief, our MLAs chose to increase their own salaries. We have been left speechless by their shameless action. We condemn it in very strong words," farmer leader P. Ayyakannu told IANS.The President of the National-South Indian Rivers Linking Farmers Association said the farmers were agitated by the "shameless" decision of the Tamil Nadu legislators to hike their own salaries.The legislators on Wednesday approve...




Promote Remarriage of Widows: SC asks Centre
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 19: Concerned at the miseries of the widows who are abandoned by their families, the Supreme Court has asked the central government to make a scheme to promote their remarriages. Resenting over the widows' issues, the apex court also said that centre's policy has not addressed the issue of empowerment of such women too.     A bench of Justices Madan B Lakur and Deepak Gupta on Tuesday said that the government has failed in uplifting the living conditions of the widows despite launching many schemes for them; hence they are compelled to live in places like Vrindavan as not being owned by their families.   The court emphasized that the government must work to remove the stigma of widowhood prevailed in the society that restricts them to resume their life independently and respectfully again. The bench also directed the govt. to update the national women welfare policy so the issues of the empowerment, malnutrition of widows can be a...




Goa Cemetery Vandalism: Actual Perpetrators Being Protected, says Fact-Finding Team
IndiaTomorrow.net, Panaji, July 18: A civil fact-finding team has claimed that the arrest in connection with the recent vandalism of a cemetery in Goa seems "to pacify the civil society and the affected communities" and to "divert attention from the actual perpetrators."   "It has been reported that one Mr. Francis Pereira has admitted to have single handedly desecrated and vandalized one hundred and forty odd religious symbols since the last five years. The team strongly feels that the arrest appears as a familiar script to similar crimes across the country to pacify the civil society and the affected communities and divert attention from the actual perpetrators," the team said in a statement.   A special investigation team (SIT) of Goa Police has arrested Francis Pereira, a resident of Curchorem village in South Goa, in connection with the Goa cemetery vandalism where more than 40 crosses, plaques and gravestones were desecrated by ...




Nawazuddin Reveals about Discrimination over Dark Skin in Bollywood
Mumbai, July 18: Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has shared a cryptic message about the discrimination he has faced in the Hindi film industry over appearance.Taking to Twitter on Monday night, Nawazuddin, whose performance has been lauded by critics and audience alike, wrote: "Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I am dark and not good looking."The "Manjhi: The Mountain Man" actor added: "But I never focus on that."However, the 43-year-old actor's message is unclear as to who he was referring to.On the acting front, Nawazuddin is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film "Munna Michael". The film directed by Sabbir Khan is set to release on July 21."Munna Michael" also stars Tiger Shroff and debutante Nidhhi Agerwal. It is based on the story of Munna, a street boy from Teen Batti slum locality here. He loves dancing and grows up idolising King of Pop Michael Jackson....




Shabnam Hashmi Seeks Probe into Death Threats to Her by a Delhi Cop
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 15: Eminent social activist Shabnam Hashmi has sought a thorough probe into death threats to her allegedly by a Delhi policeman over phone. She has written a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner and sent its copy to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.   "I was directly threatened that I will be killed in an encounter," Hashmi told reporters at a press conference at the Constitution Club here on Saturday. She informed that a man who claimed to be Sub Inspector Sandip Malik from Lajpat Nagar police Station threatened her over phone Friday night.   The cop told her that there is the new law according to which whoever doesn't have an Aadhaar card and address proof should be surrounded and killed.    Shabnam Hashmi is one of the founding trustees of Pehchan - an NGO that runs a coaching centre in Jaitpur area of Delhi. Haseen, husband of Mubina, one of the passouts of this centre, received a call fr...




Muslim Family Assaulted in UP Train, Three Suspects Held
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, July 15: In another horrific incident of mob violence in running train, a Muslim family was assaulted, abused and robbed in the Shikohabad-Kasganj passenger train in Mainpuri of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on 12th July, about two weeks after teenager Junaid Khan was attacked by a group of men and stabbed to death in a running train in Haryana.   According to a news report in The Times of India, the family was attacked while returning from a marriage ceremony by a group of around 30 youths armed with iron rods and sticks. Attackers jumped inside the coach from the emergency window and opened the locked door from inside. They also pelted stones on the coach.   The family that included young women, children, elderly people and a handicapped teen was attacked in the train between Mota and Nibkarori railway stations near Farrukhabad junction on Wednesday evening.    All the 10 family members were injured in the attack -- fou...




Man Assaulted by Mob for 'Carrying Beef' in Nagpur
IndiaTomorrow.net, Nagpur, July 13: A man identified as Salim Ismail Shah was assaulted by a mob in Nagpur on Wednesday. Salim, 36, was allegedly carrying beef - the allegation his wife has denied. She said it was mutton, not beef. The police have reportedly detained four people for interrogation in this connection.   According to ANI news agency, the incident took place in the Bharsingi area of Nagpur district in Maharashtra. The police have registered a case and four persons have been detained. The agency flashed a short video wherein the victim is seen being punched and kicked by some people.   A report in India Today says the attackers are said to be members of a group named Prahar Sanghatan.   Salim's wife has refuted the charge that he was carrying beef.   According to India.com report , she said it was mutton and not beef. She also said that her husband Salim suffered internal injuries as he was punched and beaten with sticks.   In the last th...




Bajrang Dal men thrash Imam at mosque, force him to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 12: The day entire nation including religious minority Muslim stood united in protest against the terror attack at Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, a group of men, said to be members of Hindu-right Bajrang Dal, thrashed Imam of a mosque in Hisar district of BJP-ruled Haryana during a protest demonstration against the terror attack and video shows they forced him to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai' at the gate of the mosque.   The video, telecast by several TV channels including Times Now and India TV, shows around a dozen men standing at the gate of a mosque and chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. As they are repeatedly asking the cleric to chant this line, one of them slaps him and another one tries to pull him by collar out of the mosque gate.   The Bajrang Dal had given a call for nationwide protest on Tuesday to condemn the Monday night terror attack at Amarnath Yatra. Some of its members took out a protest demonstration in Hisar also and ...




Rights Panel directs Rs 10 lakh Compensation to Kashmiri Man used as Human Shield
Srinagar, July 10: The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday asked the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to a man who was tied to the front of an army jeep as human shield against stone pelters.In a judgment announced on Monday, Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki, chairman of SHRC directed the state government to provide the compensation money to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a human shield by an Army Major, in Beerwah area of central Kashmir during the Lok Sabha by-poll for Srinagar-Badgam seat on April 9. Nazki directed the state govern ment to compensate Dar, for endangering the victim's dignity as well as his life.The SHRC has, however, not made any directions to the army in this specific case because sources inside the rights commission said the J&K SHRC has no jurisdiction over the army.There was a huge outcry, cutting across political loyalties in Kashmir and elsewhere, when a video of the incident went viral.The army has defended the off...




Another Madhya Pradesh Farmer Kills Himself --- Toll 43
Sagar, July 9: The spate of farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh continues unabated. A debt-ridden farmer on Sunday killed himself by jumping in front of a train in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district, taking the number of farmer deaths to 43 in 28 days.Tekram Kurmi, 48, was the owner of six acres of land in Pipariya village under the limits of Garhakota police station. Tekram owed money to the bank and moneylenders besides his crop was also ruined, his family said.Tekram went for a walk on Sunday morning, after which his family was informed that he killed himself by jumping in front of a train near Girwar railway station.R.N. Tiwari, the officer in-charge of Garhakota police station, confirmed that the farmer committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. He, however, said the reason behind the suicide was not yet known.He said the Government Railway Police (GRP) is investigating the case.Earlier, on July 5, three farmers committed suicide.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Ma...




Mob Lynching: Main accused in Junaid Khan's Killing Arrested
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 8: The main accused in the running train lynching of 16-year-old Junaid Khan of Haryana has been arrested. According to NDTV, the accused has confessed his crime before the police.  In the first horrific incident of lynching in a crowded running train, Khan was beaten and then stabbed to death by a group of men in the Delhi-Mathura EMU local train near Palwal railway station in Haryana on 22nd June.   He was returning home in Ballabhgarh along with his two brothers after Eid shopping in Delhi. His brothers Hashim Khan (19) and Shakir Khan (22) were also assaulted by the mob - one of them is in critical condition and admitted at AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi. All of them are residents of Khandawli village in Ballabhgarh district of Haryana. ALSO READ: Teen lynched in train to Haryana, victim was returning home after Eid shopping 




Faith Leaders Pledge to Fight against Child Abuse
"Every single religion originated with compassion and I believe that the only thread that can unite the world is the compassion of children. Religious leaders have vital role in this cause to protect the innocence of children. I refuse to accept that your collective voice is unable to check this crime" -- Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, July 6: In a first, leaders of all major religions jointly pledged to run an all-India movement against child abuse. At a program organized by Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation on Thursday, they extended their support to "Safe Childhood Safe India" movement going to be started in the mid of August this year.   At the call of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, 27 religious and community leaders had gathered at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi.   "Child sexual abuse till yet is a hidden cancer in the society. This is not a small thing ...




Lawyers' Body Formed to Protect Rights of Religious Minorities, Dalits and Tribals
As a first step, SAMLA would run a nationwide movement with name of "Dalit, Minority, Tribal Lives Matter"  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 4: In the wake of the growing culture of mob lynching and atrocities against religious minorities, Dalits and Tribals in the country, a group of lawyers on Tuesday launched a body to provide these communities with legal aid in order to get speedy justice. The body named as "South Asian Minorities Lawyers' Association" (SAMLA) will be working as a guard to protect the weaker and oppressed sections from discrimination and atrocities.   As the first step, SAMLA will launch a nationwide movement "Dalit, Minority, Tribal Lives Matter".  Supreme Court lawyer Mehmood Pracha, who is president of SAMLA, said that the hallmark of launching the movement "Dalit, Minority, Tribal Lives Matter" was inspired from the African Americans' movement "Black Lives Matter" to as...




Police announce reward in Junaid's killing
Faridabad, July 3: The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Monday announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for information leading to those who killed a young Muslim man, Junaid, on a moving train on June 22.The GRP said it was looking for those who stabbed the 19-year-old to death on a Mathura-bound train after a scuffle."The name and identity of the person who will provide any information and help the GRP in arresting the main culprit will be kept secret," a GRP announcement said.A case of murder and other sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against unknown persons at the GRP Faridabad station.Police have arrested five people allegedly involved in Junaid's killing and for instigating passengers to attack the deceased and four others.Junaid, a resident of Khandwali village near Ballabgarh, and four others were attacked by a group of people who called them "beef eaters" and "anti-national".Junaid was stabbed to death on June 22 on a Mathura-bound t...




One more lynched in Jharkhand -- now for killing wife
Ranchi, July 3: A man was lynched by villagers in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district as he was trying to run away after murdering his wife, police said on Monday.Asadul, along with his elder brother, murdered his wife Shaili Bibi on Sunday. They were trying to run away when the villagers caught him and beat him to death, the police said.The brother managed to flee.The incident took place in Jamnagar which is around 500 km from here.The brothers had on July 28, 2015, murdered Shaili Bibi's brother Saddam. They wanted her to mediate in that case, which she refused.Saddam was against Asadul and his sister's marriage.On Sunday, the police reached the village and sent the couple's bodies for post-mortem. (IANS)




President lends his voice against lynchings
New Delhi, July 2: Lending his voice against the recent incidents of lynching, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday took a broadside against the administration asking "are we vigilant enough proactively to save the basic tenets of our country".He also said that vigilance on the part of citizens, intellectuals and media can act as the biggest deterrent to the forces of darkness and backwardness.Launching the commemorative publication of the Congress party's organ National Herald, Mukherjee also reminded the journalists that their job will never come to an end and their motto should be "freedom first, freedom now, freedom forever"."We shall have to ponder over, pause and reflect. When we read in the newspapers or see in the television that an individual is being lynched because of some alleged violation of law or not, when mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable, we are to pause and reflect," he said."Are we vigilant enough? I am not...




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