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Pehlu Khan's family welcomes SC order, demands compensation from Rajasthan govt.
Tehseen Poonawalla, petitioner against mob lynching, lambasted state governments for not providing monetary relief to victims of cow vigilantism   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 23: The family of slain dairy farmer Pehlu Khan has welcomed the Supreme Court order directing the state governments to provide monetary compensation to victims of cow vigilantism. The family has demanded the Rajasthan government to act upon the SC order. Its sole bread-earner Khan, 55, was lynched by a brutal mob of Gau Rakshaks in the Alwar district of the state in April this year.   "Till today, we have not got any compensation -- neither from Rajasthan government nor from the government of Haryana (family is resident of Mewat, Haryana)," said Irshad Khan, eldest son of Pehlu Khan while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net over phone on Saturday.   More than five months have passed since the incident but the government of Rajasthan where the crime took place has...




States must compensate victims of cow vigilantism: SC
New Delhi, Sep 22: The Supreme Court on Friday said that states were obliged to compensate the victims of cow vigilante groups and asked all of them to file a report on the compliance of its order by appointing a nodal officer to prevent violence by the such vigilante groups."Victims are to be compensated. It is obligatory on the part of the state to compensate the victim of crime," said the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.Under the Code of Criminal Procedure, the state is under obligation to have a scheme for victim compensation and if they don't have then they should have one, it added.Senior counsel Indira Jaising, appearing for Tushar Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, had urged the apex court to order compensation to the victims of violence by the vigilante groups.The court's observation that it was incumbent upon the state to pay compensation to the victim of crime came in the course of the hearing on a batch...




Political parties, media groups condemn Tripura scribe's killing
New Delhi, Sep 22: The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday condemned the killing of Tripura-based journalist Santanu Bhowmick, seeking harsh punishment for the culprits.The CPI-M blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the killing, while the Congress stated that journalists, who continuously fight in the quest for truth, are under brutal attack by the dispensation of the state and the Centre."The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the murder of progressive journalist Santanu Bhowmick by BJP-backed IPTF miscreants in Tripura," said a party statement."On the heels of the murder of Gauri Lankesh has come yet another killing of a progressive journalist. There is a clear pattern in this employed by the RSS-BJP, particularly in the states were elections are due, of silencing progressive journalists and (blocking) dissemination of truth... The party demands the culprits be brought to book immediately," said the statement.Spea...




Buddhist Mob Tries to Block Rohingya Aid Boat in Myanmar
Naypyidaw, Sep 21: A Buddhist mob in Myanmar threw petrol bombs in a bid to block a boat carrying aid for Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state before police fired warning shots to disperse them, a media report said.The incident happened on Wednesday when the boat was being loaded with relief supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rakhine's capital Sittwe, BBC reported.The aid shipment was bound for Rakhine, where a military campaign sparked by militant attacks had forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the country.The mob, some carrying sticks and metal bars, threw petrol bombs. Policemen were forced to disperse them by shooting into the air. Several arrests were made, officials said.ICRC spokeswoman Graziella Leite Piccoli confirmed the incident.She said aid workers "managed to engage the people in dialogue, communicating that we work transparently and were there for everyone in need", and were eventually left alone w...




Bengal Child Protection Body Moves SC Over Rohingyas' Deportation
Kolkata, Sep 20: The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) which has strongly opposed the Central government's stand on the deportation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, on Wednesday said it has moved the Supreme Court over the issue.The Commission has refused to send back refugee children to the neighbouring country, branding the policy as "inhuman" and "anti-human"."We have moved the Supreme Court. There is no question of sending the children back," WBCPCR Chairperson Ananya Chakraborti told IANS.The body has filed a writ petition in the apex court against the Centre's notification to "identify and deport" all Rohingyas from the country.In a release the Commission stated: "In this situation deporting the Rohingya children and their mothers staying in different shelter homes and correctional homes of Bengal means to throw them into the jaws of death."Earlier, the chairperson said that the commission had intimate...




Journalist Killed by Tribal Party Cadres in Tripura: Police
Agartala, Sep 20: A journalist working for a local television channel was allegedly killed in an attack by tribal party cadres in Tripura on Wednesday, police said.Police said that agitated members of Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) and CPI-M's tribal wing Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) gathered at Mandai in western Tripura after Tuesday's series of violent attacks across the state.Since Tuesday, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were promulgated in more than 10 places of West Tripura and Khowai districts, including Mandai."Police resorted to lathicharge and dispersed the mob in Mandai as they assembled there violating the prohibitory orders. The IPFT members killed journalist Shantanu Bhowmik, 28, during the melee. Police later recovered his body and brought it to government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital," a police official said.Bhowmik along with his colleagues had gone to Mand...




Killed For Transporting Cattle, 2 Cows Keep Pehlu's Family Afloat
The family has sought a court-monitored probe into Khan's killing and demanded shifting the case out of Rajasthan, after the local police gave a clean chit to six of the accused. Nikhil M. Babu, New Delhi, Sep 20: With their less-than-an-acre rice field parched due to poor rains and elder son caught up in a court case, what led to Pehlu Khan's lynching has ironically turned into the only source of income for his family: Two cows.In April, Khan, a dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur village in Haryana, was lynched by cow vigilantes in Behror of Alwar district in Rajasthan. He was returning home after purchasing two cows and two calves from Jaipur.The murder caught national attention and Khan became the face of protests against the spate of lynchings across the country in the name of gauraksha or cow protection.After Khan's death, two cows -- one black and the other a light coloured one -- were given to the family by two organisations and now milk from them is the only source of in...




Uttar Pradesh: Rights Body Concerned Over Shootout Deaths
New Delhi, Sep 20: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) on Tuesday expressed concerns at the "seeming regularity of encounter deaths" of alleged criminals in Uttar Pradesh.It said the state police is mandated to guarantee that the Constitutional rights and legal safeguards of all arrested persons are upheld.In a press release, CHRI said the office of Director General of Police in Uttar Pradesh has released data between March and September this year relating to 420 gunfights across the state's eight zones in a "war" against criminals.It said about 15 people have been killed, 481 arrests made, and 88 police personnel injured and noted that this "is exceptionally unusual.""While we recognise the criminal elements the police are up against, the police and political leadership must insist that all policing functions within the law. Without this, we lose the difference between the law and the outlaw," said Devika Prasad, Coordinator, Police ...




'Pillars of Democracy Crumbling, Time People Stood up to Safeguard Constitution'
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 19: When the Constitution itself is in danger, pillars of democracy are bound to crumble and these pillars - from Judiciary, to Executive to Media - have in fact begun to crumble and therefore it is high time for the people of the country to stand up to safeguard the Constitution and Idea of India. This could be summed up as the gist of views of eminent citizens who spoke at an event at the Constitution Club of India here on Tuesday.   Om Thanvi Veteran journalist Om Thanvi said: "We now see how Supreme Court judges are becoming governors soon after retirement...Now media, the fourth pillar, has crumbled. People hoped that at least media would do objective work. Today there is environment of terror as we once saw in Punjab. Now you have to even think twice before making a cartoon. If media fear, it would die."   Gurbir Singh said: "Besides judiciary and executive, media is also crumbling. Journalism is on ...




Two Lynched in Jharkhand
Ranchi, Sep 19: Two people were beaten to death in separate incidents in Jharkhand, police said on Tuesday.Pintu Surin, 26, was killed in Deoghar district. Police have sent the body for postmortem.A suspected thief was beaten to death in Ganeshpur village in Pakur district after he allegedly entered a house, police said. (IANS)




Myanmar Urged to Grant Global Aid Agencies Access to Rakhine
Madrid, Sep 18: Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders on Monday urged Myanmar to grant international humanitarian organisations unrestricted and independent access to the conflict-torn Rakhine state to enable provision of humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.The MSF appeal comes amid an ongoing military offensive in Rakhine that was launched on August 25 after the Arakan Rohingya Resistance Army (ARSA) mounted fresh attacks on multiple government posts in the region that led to over 400,000 Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh."The remaining population in northern Rakhine, thought to be hundreds of thousands of people, is without any meaningful form of humanitarian assistance," the MSF was quoted as saying in a statement by Efe news.According to the statement, in central Rakhine, around 120,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) remain in camps where they are entirely dependent on humanit...




Medha Patkar's 'Jal Satyagraha' for Narmada Families Enters Third Day
Barwani (Madhya Pradesh), Sep 17: The "Jal Satyagraha" protest led by Narmada Bachao Aandolan founder Medha Patkar, demanding rehabilitation of the 40,000 families affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam, entered the third day on Sunday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the inter-state Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Narmada district on Sunday.With the water level of the dam steadily rising, it is speculated that one town and 192 villages in the region will be submerged under water. Around 40,000 families in the affected villages would have to leave their homes as the danger escalates.Patkar has alleged that the affected families have not been rehabilitated or paid compensation despite the Supreme Court order.Describing the development as "unfortunate", she has demanded that water supply in the dam be stopped till the rehabilitation was completed.Taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Patkar said the lives of thousands of families in Madhya Pradesh have been ...




Sardar Sarovar Dam Inauguration Is Celebration of Our Deaths: Villagers
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi/ Mumbai, Sep 17: Villagers, mostly Adivasis, who are set be devastated by the increased height of Sardar Sarovar Dam are deeply anguished that the government is going to inaugurate it even before rehabilitating all affected people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is inaugurating the dam today, on the occasion of his 67th birthday, but the angry villagers said the PM will be celebrating the death and devastation of their lives, not the inauguration of the dam.   Slamming the ruling BJP, villagers said that this program is being organized keeping an eye on the Gujarat assembly elections scheduled for November-December this year.   In a statement, Narmada Bachao Andolan, the group which has been fighting for the rights of the affected people in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, said: "When the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Sardar Sarovar Project, to celebrate his birthday on the 17th of Septembe...




Pehlu Khan's Family Gets Death Threats, Demands Transfer of Case outside Rajasthan
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 16: Slain Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan's family on Friday said they fear for their life while attending the court case in Rajasthan and demanded transfer of the case outside the state. They alleged that they are getting death threats from those who were involved in Khan's lynching and the local political leaders associated with the state's ruling party BJP.    While addressing a press conference, Irshad Khan, son of 55-year-old Pehlu Khan who was lynched by a mob of Gau Rakshaks in Alwar district of Rajasthan in April this year, said he and his family have lost faith in the Rajasthan police after it recently gave a clean chit to six main accused of the lynching. He said that his family has decided to appeal to the Supreme Court for a thorough probe into the 1st April incident under its watch. The six men were named by Khan senior in his dying statement before a police office at hospital bed.   Irshad Khan furth...




Will Fight For Justice, says Pehlu Khan's Son After Police Close Case
Nuh (Haryana)/Jaipur, Sep 15: With Rajasthan Police giving a clean chit to all the six accused named by Pehlu Khan in his dying declaration, the family of the dairy farmer from Haryana's Muslim-dominated Nuh district who was brutally beaten by cow vigilantes in April this year said they will fight to get justice for him.Khan's son, Irshad, told the media in his village Jaisinghpur, 15 km from Nuh town, that they will ensure that those behind his murder get punished. He said they will move the Supreme Court to seek justice for Khan.His comments follow reports that the Crime Investigation Department-Crime Branch (CID-CB) of Rajasthan Police has given a clean chit to the six accused, who were named in the case by Khan and others in neighbouring Rajasthan's Alwar district in April."These six accused were the main people who stopped our vehicle and started beating us up. They were joined by 15-20 others. We tried to show them papers that we were dairy farmers who were bringing the cows...




Twitter Set Afire by News about Rajasthan Police Closing Probe in Pehlu Khan's Murder
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 14: As soon as the news flashed that the Rajasthan Police have closed probe against the cow vigilantes who are accused for the killing of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, the Twitter was virtually on fire with a number of people strongly criticizing the move of the police of the state run by BJP.   According to Hindustan Times, the police have cleared six accused based on the statements by the staff of a cow shelter as well as mobile phone records. The six men were accused for the daylight mob lynching of 50-year-old Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in Alwar district of the state on 1st of April this year.    Horrifying that Pehlu Khan's killers might get away with his murder. Where the rule of law fails there comes the law of the jungle.— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) September 14, 2017   "Horrifying that Pehlu Khan's killers might get away with his murder. Where the rule of law fails there comes the law of the ju...




Rohingyas: Hundreds Protest at Myanmar Embassy in Delhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 13: Hundreds of people - men and women, young and old - came out here on Wednesday to protest over the violence against Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. It was the biggest protest demonstration for Rohingyas at the Myanmar Embassy in India's capital in recent times. The protesters also denounced the Indian government's move to deport around 40,000 Rohingyas living in different parts of the country.   Protest for Rohingyas at Myanmar Embassy in Delh on 13 Sep 2017.  Held under the banner of Solidarity With Rohingyas, it was a multi-faith protest with leaders from different religious communities besides intellectuals, politicians, human rights activists, students in attendance.  The protesters were carrying placards with different messages, slogans and demands printed on them.   Protest for Rohingyas at Myanmar Embassy in Delh on 13 Sep 2017.   Eminent figures included Father M D Thoma...




Thousands Protest Gauri Lankesh Murder in Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Sep 12: Thousands of social activists, journalists, people's forums and various political party workers from across the country on Tuesday held a protest meet at Central College Grounds here to condemn the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.A 'resistance meeting' was held here where renowned journalists, activists and thinkers from demanded that the Karnataka government "hastens" the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) probe into the murder.AThe 55-year-old editor of Kannada weekly tabloid by her name "Gauri Lankesh Patrike" was gunned down by unidentified men outside her home in the city suburbs on September 5.Those present at the protest venue included CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, noted social activist Medha Patkar, journalists P. Sainath and Sagarika Ghose and civil rights activist Kavita Krishnan among others.Lankesh's family members, mother Indira Lankesh and brother Indrajit Lankesh were also present.A commemorativeAedition of th...




Jaipur Firing: Govt. Accepts Demands, Family Allows Post-mortem, Burial of Youth
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, Sep 11: The family of the youth killed in police firing Friday night allowed his post-mortem and burial Monday morning only after the state government of Vasundhara Raje accepted their demands.   The government has promised inquiry against the police official who resorted to firing. It has also promised government job to one member of the family. Besides, as the family and community had demanded, the government has assured not case will be filed against the protesters. As for monetary compensation, the government has agreed to give Rs 10 lakh. The family had demanded Rs one crore.   State minister Yunus Khan conveyed the government's assurances to the family and the local community.   Mohammad Raees alias Adil was killed when police opened fire at a crowd who was protesting against alleged thrashing of a couple outside the Ramganj police station Friday night. The crowd torched various vehicles and pelted stone on the police ...




Attack on Journalists: Gurgaon Police Officer Suspended
Gurugram, Sep 11: A police officer was suspended on Monday for using force against journalists covering a protest outside the Ryan International School here over the murder of a seven-year-old student, authorities said."Inspector Arun Kumar, chief of Sohna police station has been suspended with immediate effect for his lapse in duties," a senior official said.At least 50 people, including nine scribes and photo journalists, were injured on Sunday when police baton-charged the group of protesters outside the school building located in Bhondsi on Sohna road.A liquor vend near the school was also set on fire.Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had visited the injured journalists at a hospital here later on Sunday.Angry protesters have staged demonstrations outside the school located in Bhondsi on Sohna road since the victim, Pradhuman, was found with his throat slit inside a school washroom in the morning of September 8. (IANS)




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