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15 point guide to know about the latest developments in Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s case

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Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years
Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years. Twitter

New Delhi, August 28, 2017: A special CBI court gave jail sentence of 20 years (for a 15-year-old case) to rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim today.

Here’s a 15 point guide about the Gurmeet Ram Rahim  case:

  • Jagdeep Singh, CBI Judge declared 2 sentences of 10 years imprisonment for the 2 rape cases that happened in 2002.
  • Dera chief was also fined by the court for the 2 cases amounting to a total of Rs 30 lakh (Rs 14 lakh each would go to the 2 rape victims).
  • The Dera chief allegedly cried in the courtroom and also begged for sympathy and forgiveness.
  • The defense requested the Judge to be lenient as the Dera chief has worked for the welfare of people in the past.
  • Apart from the rape cases, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is also facing trial in 2 separate murder cases- Dera follower Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
  • Protests by Dera followers (after his conviction) in Haryana and Punjab have led to the death of 38 people and crores of damage to public property.
  • A special court was set up in the Sunaria Jail premises in order to avoid any further damage caused by the violent mob. For this Jagdeep Singh, CBI special court judge flew to Rohtak today.
  • Talking about safety measures, Atul Kumar, District Collector of Rohtak said that shoot at sight orders will be issued if any anti-social elements occur which tries to harm the police force or innocent public.
  • Security was increased outside Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana chief minister’s official residence in Chandigarh before Ram Rahim’s sentencing.
  • There was high security around the Rohtak district jail with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police covering the area. The Army was on standby.
  • No movement of people (other than the authorized ones) was allowed within 10 km distance from the jail premises.
  • Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh, neighboring areas were on high alert and to ensure the safety of citizens Paramilitary forces were placed in various areas. There is a curfew in Sirsa and Section 144 is enforced in Rohtak. Sensitive areas of Punjab are being patrolled by security forces.
  • Locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.
  • Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Haryana, Punjab and also Internet lease lines in Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa till tomorrow 11:30 a.m.

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‘Delhi Crime’ Will Take Us Back to Nirbhaya Again

This series promises to shake us up, remind us of what the motion picture is supposed to do. It moves

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In less than two minutes, Shefali made me feel horribly guilty for all the Nirbhayas of our country who are still wondering what they did to deserve this? Pixabay

Did the gruesome, ghastly, inhuman events of December 16, 2012 change our perception of rape and rapists forever?

Years later, we are still grappling with the sheer savagery of the crime that those “men” (for the want of a better definition) perpetrated on a girl who just wanted to get home after a movie (“Life Of Pi” it was).

Many films have been attempted on the subject. But the one that I remember most vividly is Deepa Mehta’s “Anatomy Of Violence” in 2018, which attempted to humanize the rapists, showed us most effectively why migrants and poor wage earners in large cities are so sex-starved. I don’t think audiences in India were ready to see the “other” side of the Nirbhaya case. The film was labeled “pro-rapists” by some.

It is interesting that the new stunning digital film “Delhi Crime”, on Nirbhaya — the name given to her by the media which means fearless — is also by an Indo-Canadian filmmaker named Richie Mehta.

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I don’t think audiences in India were ready to see the “other” side of the Nirbhaya case. The film was labeled “pro-rapists” by some. Pixabay

It is impossible to take your eyes away from the trailer of “Delhi Crime” as the ever-compelling Shefali Shah takes centrestage as the police officer Vartika Chaturvedi, investigating the worst crime we have seen against humanity in Delhi. In less than two minutes, Shefali made me feel horribly guilty for all the Nirbhayas of our country who are still wondering what they did to deserve this?

“Delhi Crime” tries to answer a very pertinent question about the law and order situation in the cities. Why are the perpetrators not afraid of punishment? Weren’t Nirbhaya’s rapists sure they would get away with it.

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The storyline sucks you in by the sheer force of strength displayed in the narrative through performances, especially by Shefali, as also other stalwarts of the performing arts such as Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang.

This series promises to shake us up, remind us of what the motion picture is supposed to do. It moves. (IANS)