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Lucknow: A young man was severely beaten up, tied behind a motorcycle and dragged, leaving him seriously injured in Pilibhit, police said on Monday.haidar

While reports suggested that the victim Haider was a journalist, district officials denied it. Even the district magistrate O.N. Singh maintained that the injured person was not a journalist.

Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal too denied an attack on any scribe and said that reports of a spurt in crimes against journalists were “unfounded”.

The condition of the victim – since admitted in a local hospital – is said to be “serious but out of danger”.

Police have arrested two persons – Sudhir and Pyare – for the attack and are trying to find the remaining accused.

Haider said he received an invite on phone on Sunday night to cover an event. After he reached the place, four people beat him up badly, put a chain around his neck, tied him to a motorbike and dragged him for over 100 metres.

After the attackers fled the spot, passers-by informed police and took a seriously injured Haider to hospital.

Officials said an initial probe indicated that the attack was an outcome of a “land dispute” between two brothers, Keshav and Anand.

Haider is said to have intervened in the dispute on behalf of Keshav, angering the other side.

The attack comes days after a social media journalist was allegedly set on fire in Shahjahanpur by henchmen of a minister of state in the Akhilesh Yadav government and another incident in which a journalist was shot at in Kanpur.

Shahjahanpur’s social media journalist Jagendra Singh, who died after sustaining 60 percent burn injuries during a police raid at his house on June 1, had before his death blamed minister Ram Murti Verma and his henchmen for his plight. The family is since demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed concern over the “spurt in attacks on journalists” and questioned the alleged “silence” of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the issue.

“It is strange that top leadership of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is out to defend and protect the accused minister while lumpen elements are targeting the media fraternity,” said Vijay Pathak, a spokesman of the state BJP.

The chief minister should not only express his views on the serious issue but also act promptly against all people involved in crimes against the fourth estate, he added. (IANS)

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali

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