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Dozen journalists injured in Bengal poll violence, Mamata orders probe

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Kolkata: At least a dozen journalists, photojournalists and TV channel camerapersons sustained various degrees of injuries after being assaulted while covering polls to the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation in the city’s posh satellite township on Saturday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered an inquiry into the assault on the journalists, a senior state minister said.

Calling the attacks as “preplanned” news channels, Zee 24 Ghanta and ABP Ananda, claimed that “miscreants harboured by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress” carried out the assaults.

Two journalists of ABP Ananda – Aritrik Bhattacharya and Prakash Sinha – and the channel’s cameraperson Partha Sarathi Chakraborty were attacked by a mob while they were reporting about booth capturing in ward number 31 in Bidhannagar area.

A 24 Ghanta journalist Bikram Das and cameraperson Mintu Basak were also injured in the attack at the same spot.

“After we had recorded how a booth was being jammed, a gang of goons attacked me and the cameraperson, beating us mercilessly. They even snatched away the camera,” said a profusely bleeding Bhattacharya. Chakraborty was beaten with sticks and rods, and was rendered unconscious, the channel claimed.

Basak, who was hit on the head with a helmet, has been admitted to a private hospital.

A woman reporter with 24 Ghanta claimed that a gang of people who had illegally swarmed inside a polling booth threatened to “rape her” and constantly hurled abuses.

Other journalists who were subjected to similar assault include Tanmay Dutta Biswas and Sharmin Begum of Kolkata TV, Arka Dey and Dipankar Jana of Newstime, and photo journalist Sanjay Chatterjee of The Telegraph.

TV grabs aired by ABP Ananda and 24 Ghanta showed Bidhannagar legislator Sujit Bose of the Trinamool was present at the time of the attacks.

Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Jawed Shamim said police were looking into the matter.

“We are looking into the matter… if anybody lodges formal complaint, we will take action,” he said.

“We condemn the incidents of violence against media. The chief minister has ordered an inquiry,” Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said at a media meet.

Chatterjee said the chief minister was gathering information on the incidents and those responsible for the attacks would be identified and dealt with administratively.

“The administration will look into the reasons, the circumstances that led to these incidents. We will also find out the agent provocateurs, and look into whether any political party, or any other interest group incited the violence.

“We want to categorically state that in West Bengal, rule of the law has been established under Mamata Banerjee’s leadership. As ruling party we will never want any breach of peace,” he said, accusing opposition parties Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempts to foment disturbance over the past few days.

“The opposition parties – CPI-M, BJP and the Congress – have no manpower. They don’t have people behind them. So, over the past few days, they were trying to create a situation which was akin to destroying democracy,” he alleged.

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Namaz Offering Mamata Banerjee Remains Silent on Triple Talaq Verdict

This Trinamool poster is not the first time that the Bengal CM has done so to gain minority votes

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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee offering Namaz. Facebook
  • In a recent tweet photo, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s photo offering Namaz can be seen on a Trinamool poster
  • This is not the first time Banerjee has stooped to such a level to get minority votes
  • Usually agile to respond on every issue, she has also chosen to remain silent on triple talaq verdict

August 26, 2017: Mamata Banerjee, the CM of West Bengal, was recently seen in a Trinamool Congress poster offering Namaz, an incident which has stirred a lot of heated reactions.

Very clearly the CM can be seen offering Namaz, a move that Babul Supriyo, BJP candidate, believes is “fooling the minority.”

Also Read: Supreme Court’s Decision to Ban “Triple Talaq” is a big Relief for India Muslim Women

Just imagine the level to which politicians are now stooping down to appease the minority for their valuable votes. This is next level of appeasement politics.

But this Trinamool poster is not the first time that the Bengal CM has done so to gain minority votes.

When Mamata Banerjee was the Railway Minister, a railway advertisement was issued in 2010 with a photo of her offering Namaz. This came months before Bengal Polls for the Assembly.

The picture has also come under fire considering the Bangladeshi illegal immigrant problem that the state is bearing.

Furthermore, known for her quick responses to decisions considering nation at large, the Bengal CM has remained silent on the Supreme Court judgment that said Triple Talaq is unconstitutional. This too has not gone down well with her many critiques.

Banerjee, known for her offhand remarks on matters, chose the political strategy of silence. When asked about her view on the Supreme Court’s verdict, she refused to answer the question.

It is quite obvious that the Namaz offering Mamata Banerjee has avoided discussions and controversies on any topic related to minority communities.

One of the five triple talaq petitioners to Supreme Court, Ishrat Jahan, has sought protection for herself and family after intimidation from the neighborhood. She has written to the CM regarding the same. As of yet, there has been no response.

This tight lipped attitude coming from Bengal CM has not gone down well with the public including the Muslim community who stands divided over her stance.

Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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World Police Games: West Bengal Police Constable Sushen Ray Wins Gold Medal in Long Jump in Los Angeles

Sushen Roy, a constable in the Bengal Police, has won gold medal in World Police Games held at Los Angeles

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Sushen Roy, gold medalist in Long Jump. Twitter
  • The city of Los Angeles hosted this year’s World Police Games
  • The West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced that a police constable from the state had won gold medal in long jump category
  • The constable named Sushen Roy was congratulated by the CM in a Facebook post

Kolkata, August 11, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that Bengal police constable Sushen Ray has won the gold medal in long jump in the World Police Games in Los Angeles.

ALSO READ: This Dancing Traffic Man from Kolkata Makes People Smile!

“I am very proud to share with all of you that one of the members of Bengal Police, Constable Sushen Ray has got Gold Medal in World Police Games in Los Angeles, the US in the long jump,” she said on Facebook.

This is a great achievement for Bengal and also Indian police. My heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him,” she added. (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.

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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