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Kamduni says ‘no’ to Park Street rape verdict

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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: The verdict on the Park Street Rape case which gave 10 years of imprisonment to the criminals on the proposal of public prosecutor Sarbani Roy, faced avid criticism from all sides, with some people raising questions as to how a government employee can act against the government.

The residents of Kamduni also reacted strongly against the court’s verdict and demanded a harsher punishment for the criminals.

Kamduni came into the limelight after the brutal gang rape and murder of a college girl named Shipra Ghosh. Similar to the Park Street case, this rape was also denied by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who had termed the protestors “Maoists”.

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Mousumi Koyal, a Kamduni resident said, “The court verdict on the Park Street case is very disappointing. The government has repeatedly tried to hamper this case as well (Shipra Ghosh rape and murder). We have even received threats from party workers.”

“Recently, the judge was removed from this case and it was shifted from the Barasat Court to the Bankshal Court. We still have full faith on the system. We want to see the criminals getting the maximum punishment,” she added.

Another resident, Malina Koyal said, “We demanded ‘hanged till death’. They have no right to live in this society”.

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At a rally organized by AIDWA (CPIM women’s unit) and DYFI from Kakdwip to Kamduni to protest against the rising atrocities on women in West Bengal, AISWA Vice President Ramala Chakraborty slammed the CM saying, “The Park Street case court verdict proved who was right and who was wrong. However, the verdict is rather disappointing. We are demanding the maximum punishment for the criminals.”

According to recent data published by the National Women Commission, West Bengal comes second in terms of rape, women molestation and violence. It is high time the government takes necessary steps for women protection, instead of standing tall for criminals.

Mousumi Koyal and Malina Koyal speak on the Park Street Rape verdict:

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Quick View on Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: 20 Years of Imprisonment enough for a Rapist in India?

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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Shashi Tharoor fails to introduce bill to decriminalize gay sex

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New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s bill to decriminalize gay sex could not be passed as members from ruling BJP and even his own party walked out on Friday’s Lok Sabha session.

The bill met with strong opposition and was also rejected by Law Minister Sadananda Gowda.

Only 24 lawmakers spoke in favour of the bill with a large number of lawmakers voting out the bill.

“Surprising to see such intolerance,” Mr Tharoor tweeted.

Former union minister Tharoor sought to introduce a bill to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits sex “against the order of nature”.

This phrase was sought to be dropped by the proposed bill, along with legalizing consensual sex between adults, irrespective of sexuality and gender.

Lawmakers from Kerala gave the proceedings a miss due to the impending Kerala elections in a few months.

The Delhi High Court, in 2009, exempted consensual gay sex from Section 377, stating that the law went against the right to equality, privacy, and personal liberty.

However, in 2013, the Supreme Court, finding the law constitutionally valid, restored the ban and left it in the hands of the Parliament to remove or change the law.

At that time, the ruling Congress Party stood against the decision to restore the ban while the BJP supported Section 377. However, since the BJP came to power last year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has supported calls for changing the law and ending the ban.

“When you have millions of people involved in this (gay sex) you can’t nudge them off,” said the minister at an event last month.

“When millions of people world over are having alternative sexual preferences, it is too late in the day to propound a view that they should be jailed. The Delhi High Court’s view appears more acceptable,” Jaitley commented.

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Park Street Rape: Victim dead, accused found guilty

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Kolkata:  Three of the five accused in the Park Street rape case were pronounced guilty today by a Kolkata court.

When the Park Street Rape Victim of Kolkata came out in public as Suzette Jordan, and sought justice, the city and the media went up in uproar.

Under Indian law, a rape victim’s name cannot be revealed without the individual’s permission. The very fact that such a person can openly say that she had been raped and demand that she not be blamed for the crime obviously ruffled some very important feathers.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called the matter a “shajano ghotona” or a fabricated event, and accused Suzette of trying to show the government in a bad light.

The ensuing media hype was followed by protests, candle marches, and Suzette’s brilliant use of media, including appearing in Aamir Khan hosted TV show- ‘Satyameva Jayate’.

Suzette had been gang raped by five men who had offered her a lift home from a Park Street night club on the night of February 5, 2012.

It was only in 2013 that trial finally began, as the accused had claimed the case was false, and the CCTV footage evidence had been sent for forensic tests to Hyderabad. Suzette underwent rigorous examination for almost six months.

Despite numerous obstructions, senior IPS officer Damayanti Sen succeeded in identifying the five accused, of whom, three were arrested. Kader Khan, the main accused, and Ali are still absconding. Sen was ‘transferred’ from her post after this.

However, the 37-year-old mother of two died from meningitis in March.

Today, after four years of the crime, the three arrested– Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj, were pronounced guilty of gang rape by Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya.

On the day when Salman Khan is allowed to walk free, this move gives hope for the many awaiting justice.