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Senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur suspended by UP government after tussle with Mulayam

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Lucknow: In a late night move, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on charges of indiscipline and taking part in anti-government activities, a home department official said.

220px-Amitabh_ThakurThakur, who was serving as Inspector General (IG) Civil Defence, has been attached with the Director General of Police (DGP) office with immediate effect.

He has been charged with indiscipline, taking part in anti-government moves, overlooking the directives of the high court and being callous and indifferent in discharge of his official duties.

“He has been found prima facie guilty of these charges and suspended with immediate effect,” the home department official told IANS.

Thakur had recently opened a front against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and alleged that he threatened him over phone.

Thakur had lodged a complaint at the Hazratganj police station last week and on Monday met union home ministry officials with regards to his security and the alleged threat call by Mulayam Singh.

In the past too, he has been filing RTIs, PILs and staging sit-ins, which officials pointed out was in complete contravention of service rules. The suspension order said Thakur also did not adhere to directives of the Allahabad High Court which had clearly spelt out that government officials should not file PILs while in service.

Thakur has also been asked not to leave the headquarters without prior sanction from the DGP, during his suspension period. (IANS)

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Aarushi Talwar Murder Mystery : Vishal Bhardwaj Calls the Verdict a ‘Victory of Cinema’

Vishal Bhardwaj had written and co-produced the Konkona Sharma starer "Talvar" on the murder of the teenage girl from Noida

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Film Director Vishal Bhardwaj. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 13, 2017 : Vishal Bhardwaj says because of “Talvar”, which he wrote and co-produced, the Aarushi Talwar murder case and its various investigation theories came to limelight once again. On the acquittal of the teenage girl’s parents in the case, the filmmaker says it’s a victory of cinema.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.

 “I think there is no better victory of cinema than this as it has made impact like this and that exactly what we wanted. It is amazing news and we are so happy for the family, and especially the parents, but the saddest part is that we can’t bring back their nine years in which they struggled to get justice. It’s also a big victory of the Indian judicial system,” Vishal Bhardwaj said.
Asked if the film generated any kind of awareness among the audience, Bhardwaj said: “I think because of our film, their case came to limelight at least for some period of time because earlier things which were under surface came into public eye with our film. In the investigation, there were many aspects which were doubtful and in our film, we took neutral stance and we didn’t take anyone’s side.

“We showed what happened in investigation and what proceedings were carried out by both investigating agencies that was Delhi Police and CBI in the film. So in the outcome, it made things pretty clear”

Vishal Bhardwaj was present for the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival here along with actress Konkona Sen Sharma, who acted in the 2015 movie directed by Meghna Gulzar.

Konkona said: “Its fantastic news. It’s really a shame that it took us nine years for their innocence that has been proven. Its tragedy is also that we still don’t know who the killers of Hemraj (house help) and Aarushi are but I am very happy for Talwars.”

Actor Sohum Shah, who also featured in the movie, said in a statement: “Before commencing the shoot, I was very confused and curious about this case. I wanted to know the truth but I didn’t want to create an opinion sitting at home. We tend to make an opinion by seeing the TV or believe loose talk. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to know the truth.

“I am very happy because somewhere or the other they are saved from injustice. I hope that the crimals are caught as soon as possible and the law gives them a harsh punishment.” (IANS)

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Thirteen Crazy Politicians of India Who Have Justified Rape on Women

If only our leaders will perceive the crime as an act of blame, how can we expect the nation to outgrow a divisive thinking?

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December 22, students protest the rising violence against women. Wikimedia Commons

Aug 10, 2017: 

What is the status of women in India? The most prevalent question everyone wants to know owing to the belittlement of Indian women every now and then. Every time an illicit crime is committed, it is the women who are to be blamed brazenly. This blame gaming is not only expressed by our society but by the country’s eminent leaders as well. If only our leaders will perceive the crime as an act of blame, how can we expect the nation to outgrow a divisive thinking?

In the past, the politicians of the country have delivered one deplorable remark after another about women being raped and supported the rape culture brazenly.

Let us look at crazy statements by some of these crazy leaders.

Here are 14 times our country leaders made insulting remarks on Rape 
Mulayam Singh Yadav, ex Chief Minister of UP, “Ladke, ladke hain… galti ho jati hai” (Boys will be boys, they commit mistakes)

 

Yes. Boys will be boys because they have been taught to do so and celebrate their masculinity in every way possible. Till the time we will not hold the males of the society accountable for their licentious acts, we cannot expect the society to grow.

Tapas Pal, Member of Parliament, “If anyone from the opposition or their wives and sisters are here, then listen up, if any one of your people touches anyone from TMC I will destroy you, I will not spare them. I will send my boys and they will rape people.”

Rape for rape? An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, which is a gross advice. Retaliating with the same degree of violence worsens the circumstance.

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, “the rape cases are on the rise in the country because men and women interact with each other more freely”

If we acknowledge the rationale stated by her, then there should be no rape attempts on those girls who do not talk or mingle with boys. However, the frightful statistics released by the National Crime Research Bureau (NCRB), cases of incest rapes have increased by 30.7%, from 309 cases in 2008 to 404 cases in 2009.

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Dinesh Reddy, former police chief of Andhra Pradesh , “When you are taking food which gives good josh (energy), you tend to be more naughty as time passes.
I am giving you down-to-earth facts. Rapes are not in the control of the police. Even the villagers from coastal Andhra are wearing salwar-kameez (as against traditional dress). All these things provoke.”

Every person is entitled to wear what he or she may prefer. Rapes happen even in the fully covered attire, such reinforcement of rape culture where the victims are to be blamed for the trepidation perpetrated on them is shameful and should be condemned.

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Former Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana, “Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark. They should ensure that they do not board buses with few passengers.”

First mingling with boys, then fashionable clothes and now denouncing women for venturing in the night, our politicians did not spare a chance to restrict women and holding them guilty for their existence. It’s never about the situation under which rape was committed, it’s about who commits it.

Dharamvir Goyat Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) member,“If we go into the details of rape cases and abductions, it is found that victims and accused in 90% of cases are runaway couples. So the cases are consensual.”

Another slow-witted assessment of such heinous crime. Rape never involves consent, the politician got it all wrong.

Haryana’s former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, “People used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. I think that’s the reason khap has taken such a decision and I support it.”

Child marriage as a remedy to curtail rape is as futile as the leader who professed it. The statement was disowned across the country and received resentment.

Abu Azmi, Samajwadi Party President on giving solution of rape, “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent, 

The comment outrightly highlights misogyny in politics. The barbs flew in thick and sharp against the outrageous statement, the first to refute the statement was the politician’s own son.

Haryana Khap Panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar, “Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance, evoking an urge to indulge in acts such as rape and sex. You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders too advised eating light and nutritious food.”

This statement too like other was censured amongst the public for blaming chowmein for increasing rapes. A Twitterati commented: It’s funny how no one sees the Liquor stores near every traffic signal and goes on to blame Chowmein in Haryana.

Karnataka’s then Home Minister K J George said, How can you say gangrape? Gangrape means four-five people.

This is another example of the nation’s leader who expressed his views on rape without giving it a thought, which stoked a controversy across the nation. Rape is a rape, what point is the leader trying to prove by offering a definition of gang rape?

Former Chief Minister of MP Babulal Gaur, “This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.”

What is a ‘Social Crime’?  It is a popular form of lower class social resistance involving behavior characterized by law as illegal but is supported by wider society as being moral and acceptable. In other words, Rape is a rightful activity according to the politician. The statement is an encouragement to the rapists, which is immoral and unjustified.

Abhijit Mukherjee, son of Pranab Mukherjee said, “These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. I have seen them speak on television, usually, women of this age are not students.”

To criticize the common people who are taking out candle march to solicit justice is untenable and insensitive. The mindset shows the inclination towards the rather than focus on the crisis.

Former Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil, “If I wanted to contest from this seat and become an MLA, I should have committed rape after the elections.”

The comment raised hackles and was viewed as an insult to the women. No wonder it was made in a sarcastic tone with regard to the other politician, crimes like rape is still a matter of high concern and should be dealt with sensitivity.


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Triple talaq violates Indian Constitution and Rights of Women: Allahabad High Court

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A Muslim Woman with her child (representational Image), VOA

Lucknow, May 9, 2017: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday ruled that triple talaq was a violation of the Indian Constitution and that the rights of women cannot be violated in the name of personal law.

The court’s ruling came as it heard a case filed by a Muslim woman from Varanasi, with regard to harassment for dowry followed by a triple talaq by her husband Aqeel Jameel.

A single judge bench of Justice S.P. Kesarwani also refused to quash the dowry case as demanded by Jameel, who contended that he has divorced his wife and also procured a ‘fatwa’ in this regard by the Darul Ifta Jama Masjid in Agra.

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The court also ruled that the summon to the husband by the Varanasi Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate was valid on the grounds that prima facie the case was a criminal one as any fatwa did not enjoy the backing of law or have a legal sanctity.

No personal law is above the Constitution and triple talaq was a violation of the fundamental rights given to citizens under the Constitution’s Articles 14, 15 and 21, the court said. The court also said that any fatwa that is against law cannot be accepted. (IANS)