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Day 11: Officially imposed curfew and shutdown called by the separatists paralyses normal life in Kashmir

Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar

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Officially imposed the curfew and a shutdown called by the separatists paralysed normal life for the 11th consecutive day in the Valley on Monday, June 18.

Officials told IANS that Sunday was the first day without any civilian casualty since the violence engulfed the Valley on July 9, following the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8.

“A violent mob attacked a camp of the Rashtriya Rifles in Saderkot area of Bandipora district on Sunday forcing the soldiers to open fire in self-defence.”

“Four protesters were injured in the incident.”

“Except for stray incidents of stone pelting at some places, the overall law and order situation remained calm on Sunday across the Valley,” a senior police officer told IANS.

Over a week long cycle of violence has left 40 protesters and two policemen dead in Kashmir.

Authorities have officially confirmed that newspaper owners were asked not to publish newspapers till July 19.

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Cable television services have, however, been resumed after service providers took off all Pakistan TV channels and two private Indian channels.

All mobile phone services including Internet and call facilities have been snapped across the Valley.

Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP
Curfew continues in Kashmir for the ninth day. Image Source: AFP

Limited call facility continued on post-paid cell phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

All schools, colleges, and universities have been closed until July 24.

All job interviews by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) have also been postponed.

Closure of the strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for over a week has caused a shortage of essential items in the Valley.

All supplies of essentials of life are routed into the landlocked Valley through this highway.

Train services between Baramulla town in the Valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region also remained suspended for the 11th day on Monday, July 18.

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Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar.

The centre has rushed another 20 companies of paramilitary forces to assist the state government in maintaining law and order in the trouble-torn Valley.

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  • AJ Krish

    How long is this going to last ? The lives of many are at standstill.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    People cannot move out of their houses, is this what you want all you Separatists? What are you trying to prove with all this? People would hate you even more after this. Good job!

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  • AJ Krish

    How long is this going to last ? The lives of many are at standstill.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    People cannot move out of their houses, is this what you want all you Separatists? What are you trying to prove with all this? People would hate you even more after this. Good job!

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Star ICC Asks Anonymous Accuser Of Sexual Assault Charges To Step Forward

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were "clear instructions" given to make the sales team fulfil the targets.

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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward

The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser — who had alleged “sexual exploitation” of women employees — asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

The accuser, who tweeted through handle @ApurvaS17 — saying she would remain anonymous — had made sexual harassment allegations against the company’s officials in an open letter.

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Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt.

Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

It also said that the anonymous tweet shared on October 13 raised an allegation that “runs completely counter to everything we believe in and the norms and values that we deeply embrace.”

The statement further said: “Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt to malign and defame the reputation of the company and the CEO.” It said that Star reserves its right to initiate appropriate legal proceedings in this regard.

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The Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy.

The accuser in her tweets had said that the #MeToo movement had encouraged her to come forward and that she had quit her job at Star India in the Airtime Sales section after 26 months and nine days and was now a homemaker, “taking care of my baby and hubby in a beautiful country, far away from Mumbai.”

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

She said there were many instances when she and three of her female colleagues (interns) had clear instructions to reach a hotel after office hours for a private party hosted for influential friends.

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She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

Veteran writer-director Vinta Nanda, who earlier this month accused actor Alok Nath of sexually violating her 19 years ago, wrote on Twitter: “I’m neither shocked nor surprised. I salute your courage to have come out and spoken out. The rot runs deep.” (IANS)