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Park street rape: Three accused get ten years imprisonment

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Kolkata: The three men convicted in the gang-rape of an Anglo-Indian woman Suzette Jordan on Park Street here were sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment on Friday by a court here.

Pronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs 1 lakh each on the three accused – Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.

“The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gang-rape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment,” said a lawyer associated with the case.

If the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.

On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gang-rape.

While all three were found guilty of gang-rape, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.

The woman — then 37 years old, a divorcee and mother of two — was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street.

Prime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.

Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs10,000, Rs10,000 and Rs5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.

“The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim’s legal heirs,” a lawyer said.

All the sentences would run concurrently.

Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.

Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment givne to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).

The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.

(IANS)

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Inside ‘Pitaji’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s ‘Gufa’, ‘Pardon’ meant Rape

Sadhvis of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect were forced to seek 'mafi' (pardon) from its chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The 'mafi' turned out to be rape.

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DSS chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. IANS

Chandigarh, September 8, 2017 : Female disciples or ‘sadhvis’ of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect were forced to seek ‘mafi’ (pardon) from its chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, at his whims and fancies. For those who did not know what ‘mafi’ meant, it turned to be rape by the man whom they considered their god.

These gory details have emerged in the judgment which recently convicted Ram Rahim for the rape of two female disciples in 1999.

The DSS chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who turned 50 last month, was sentenced by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court judge Jagdeep Singh to 20 years’ rigorous imprisonment — 10 years for each count of rape.

Investigations by the CBI, as quoted in the judgment, describe a ‘gufa’ (cave) of the accused inside the sprawling 600-acre campus of the DSS sect near Sirsa town in Haryana.

One of the rape victims told the court and the CBI that she heard of the word ‘mafi’ from other sadhvis.

“The other sadhvis used to ask her (Victim A) as to whether ‘pitaji’ (father, as Ram Rahim is referred to by his followers) had granted ‘mafi’ to her or not, but at that time she did not understand the meaning of the word. When she used to ask from them as to what was the meaning of ‘mafi, they used to laugh at her,” the judgment, quoting the statement of one of the rape victims, said.

It was on the night of August 28, 1999, that the victim was taken by DSS ashram in-charge Sudesh to the ‘gufa’ of the self-styled godman. The victim gave details of what happened inside the gufa and how she was raped by the person whom she considered her god.

The victim said that Ram Rahim told her that she had become ‘apavitar’ (unholy) because of her past deeds and that he was going to purify her. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was watching a porn film when the victim entered his room, even had a pistol on the bed to intimidate her. After committing the rape, he warned her against relating the incident to anyone, failing which she and her family would be eliminated.

The same victim was again raped by the sect chief after a year.

Almost a similar modus operandi was adopted while committing rape on Victim-B in September 1999.

The CBI investigation revealed that out of the 133 sadhvis residing in two hostels of the DSS campuses, 24 had left during 1997-2002. The CBI, which was entrusted the inquiry into happenings at the DSS campus after an anonymous letter of rape and sexual exploitation of sadhvis by the sect chief emerged in 2002, could trace only 18 sadhvis who had faced exploitation during their stay.

“Both the prosecutrix, i.e. prosecutrix-A and prosecutrix-B, have stood like rocks and credibility of these witnesses/victims could not be impeached despite very lengthy cross-examination and they have consistently deposed that they were ravished by the accused while residing in the Dera campus,” the 167-page conviction judgment noted. (IANS)

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Britain’s most hated man Anjem Choudary goes to Jail for supporting ISIS

The moniker, the "most hated man." was given by Britain's tabloid newspapers.Choudary, a former lawyer, has avoided prosecution for decades, as there was no proof he actually incited violence

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Anjem Choudary, a British Muslim social and political activist and spokesman for Islamist group, Islam4UK, speaks following prayers at the Central London Mosque in Regent's Park, London, April 3, 2015 (VOA)

Sept 07, 2016: The most hated man as called by Britain has been jailed for 5 1/2 years since he urged support for ISIS.

Anjem Choudhary has been  the most hated man and he has always been a controversial person. Choudary was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London after his conviction in July of urging Muslims to support Isis in a series of talks posted on YouTube. He was convicted alongside his acolyte Mohammed Rahman, 33, who was also sentenced to five years and six months in prison. Choudary’s supporters in the public gallery shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as the judge finished sentencing.His supporters in the public gallery shouted “Allahu Akhbar” as he was led out of the courtroom after the sentencing. Counting time served in custody, he could be out by early 2019.

Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33, were found guilty on July 28 of inviting support for the Islamic State between June 29, 2014, and March 6, 2015. Rahman received the same sentence after the four-week trial.

Justice Timothy Holroyde said”You are both mature men and intelligent men who knew throughout exactly what you were doing. You are both fluent and persuasive speakers,” And also called Rahman a “hothead” and Choudary more “calculating” and more experienced.

Sue Hemming, head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service”Those who invite others to support such organizations will be prosecuted and jailed for their crimes.”

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The moniker, the “most hated man.” was given by  Britain’s tabloid newspapers.Choudary, a former lawyer, has avoided prosecution for decades, as there was no proof he actually incited violence.

Cmdr. Dean Haydon of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, told CNN. after the conviction “These men have stayed just within the law for many years,” But there is no one within the counter-terrorism world that has any doubts of the influence that they have had, the hate they have spread and the people that they have encouraged to join terrorist organizations.”

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Choudary told CNN in 2014: “I don’t pose a threat to anyone in this country. I pose an ideological or political threat, definitely.”

Police had enough evidence to arrest Choudary on Aug. 5, 2015 when they discovered material online in which he praised the Islamic State regime and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014. (VOA)

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Mother’s Protest to speak to her children over phone: Iranian Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on hunger strike

Narges was first imprisoned in April 2012 and was released three months later on medical grounds

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Narges Mohamadi. Image source: themediaexpress.com
  • Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist won 2009 Alexander Langer Award for her human rights activities and City of Paris medal for her peaceful activism
  • An unfair trial in April 2016 convicted Narges Mohammadi with the charges of “founding an illegal group”, “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, and “spreading propaganda against the system”
  • She has been on hunger strike since June 27, in protest at the prison authorities’ refusal to let her speak with her nine-year-old children

Narges Mohammadi, the Iranian human rights defender has been on hunger strike since June 27 in protest at the prison authorities’ refusal to let her speak with her nine-year-old children. Despite suffering from several medical conditions, she continues on with her protest endangering her health and life.

An unfair trial in April 2016 convicted Narges Mohammadi with the charges of “founding an illegal group”, “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, and “spreading propaganda against the system”. She received a 16-year prison sentence after she was convicted when she was already serving a six-year prison sentence from a previous case. Even the UN high commissioner for human rights joined the  chorus of international disapproval as Tehran revolutionary court sentenced her, reported the Guardian.

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Mohammadi and her two kids.Image Source: Twitter
Mohammadi and her two kids.Image Source: Twitter

Narges was first imprisoned in April 2012 and was released three months later on medical grounds to receive treatment for a health condition that caused partial paralysis. Again, she was arrested, in May 2015 to serve the remainder of the six-year term when and was taken to Tehran’s Evin Prison. In October 2015, she suffered several seizures and was hospitalized.

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“I have always said that, in a land where [each of] being a woman, being a mother and being a human rights defender is difficult on their own, being all three is an unforgivable crime… and here I am, in my own homeland, convicted and imprisoned for the crime of being a human rights defender, a feminist and an opponent of the death penalty,”she says in her letter dated 27 June 2016.

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As there was nobody to look after her children after her arrest in May 2015, they moved abroad with their father. And now, she is not able to speak to them as the authorities have denied her the telephone. Since her arrest in May, she has been allowed only one phone call with them.

“I am left wondering how to tell Ali and Kiana, who have only heard Narges’s voice once over the past year, that their mother has got another 10 years in prison,” says Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani to Amnesty.

In a letter she wrote from inside Evin Prison on 27 June announcing her hunger strike, she says,” Despite my reluctance and poor physical condition, there is no way left for me other than to stage a hunger strike to make my cry that ‘I am a mother’ and ‘I miss my children’ be heard… I have no request other than to be able to have contact with my children on the telephone. If my request is too great, unreasonable, immoral, unlawful and against national security, then tell me. If a mother who is considered a criminal in the eyes of the authorities must be denied the right to speak to her children, then announce it, otherwise let this mother hear the voices of her children.

According to theguardian.com reports, she suffers from a pulmonary embolism and a neurological disorder that has resulted in her experiencing seizures and temporary partial paralysis. When specialized care which she doesn’t receive in prison is required, she puts her life at risk through this hunger strike in a desperate attempt to listen to the voice of her kids.

Narges Mohammadi is a human rights activist who had won the Alexander Langer Award in 2009 for her human rights activities, especially her efforts to end the death penalty for juvenile offenders in Iran and recently, she received the City of Paris medal for her peaceful activism.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of Newsgram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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