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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi welcomes the passage of the bill.

Satisfied that the bill has been passed: Nirbhaya’s mother

The juvenile justice bill passed in Rajya Sabha through a voice vote. The bill will now be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee who will sign it into the law.

Left walks out of Rajya Sabha as the House votes on the juvenile justice bill.

Rajya Sabha votes on the juvenile justice bill.

Send the bill to juvenile justice bill to select committee: CPM’s Sitaram Yechury

If poverty was the reason behind rapes, how can Sweden which does not have a single poor person has the highest number of rapes? Can we explain it? That’s nature versus nurture: Meneka Gandhi

There is going to be a thorough inspection of juvenile homes: Meneka Gandhi

Meneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development, makes her statement in Rajya Sabha.

When there is no sex education and pornography is freely available to children on the internet, how are we going to address this issue? Asks Renuka Chaudhary, Congress

I have heard everyone talking about rape… Boys get raped as well, but this issue is not even discussed: Renuka Chaudhary, Congress

Let’s pass the bill because the country does not wish to wait any longer: Anand Sharma, Congress

In the bill, definition of heinous crimes needs more clarity: Anand Sharma, Congress

I’m glad today we have decided to pass this bill: Naresh Gujral, SAD

I urge the House that there are many lacunas in the bill which should be addressed: Anand Sharma, Congress

There should be more clarity in the bill with regard to ‘henous crimes’. What constitues ‘heinous’ crimes? Asks Anand Sharma, Congress

The House must ask if tough laws can deter crimes in India… There is a need for a social awakening: Anand Sharma, Congress

After the horryfing Nirbhaya case, a need was felt to lower the age of juvenile convicts to be treated as adults: Anand Sharma, Congress

Dawood Ibrahim when he first committed a crime in Mumbai was a juvenile and now he is India’s most wanted: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

The House must respect the sentiments of Nirbhaya’s mother and pass this bill: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

I want the minister to tell me in this bill there is a provision stating that if a juvenile commits a crime, special juvenile police will take over the case instead of state police. Sir, please tell me which state has the juvenile police?: K Keshava Rao, TRS

There is no hurry to pass the bill. Let the government send it to a select committee and consider suggestions made by parliamentarians: DMK MP Kanimozhi

DMK MP Kanimozhi starts speaking over juvenile justice bill.

Deputy Speaker in Rajya Sabha furious after Anil Madhav Dave argues with him. 

The fact that a boy capable of committing rape is considered a juvenile speaks volumes about our pathetic judicial system: Anil Madhav Dave, BJP

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Gowda ends his speech quoting Nelson Mandela.

We must create a system which focuses on the reformation of the children: Rajeev Gowda, Congress

There is a lot of work that needs to be done. Institutions need to be built. It must not stop at the passing of this bill as the future of our children is at stake: Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Independent MP

BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objects to Satish Candra Mishra’s remark asking Union Minister V K Singh to be sent to a reform home. The Speaker assures to look into the records and take appropriate action.

Need to impart moral values among children in schools: Satish Candra Mishra, BSP

I urge the House to reconsider the provision in the proposed bill that ensures that if a child commits a heinous crime, he will forever be deprived of livelihood as he will not be employed by either the government or the private sector: A Navneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP

Which is a bigger crime? If I sell the child or I offer drugs to a child? Both, I guess. But if we look at the current bill we have different penalties for them. Five years imprisonment if I sell a child and seven years for offering drugs to him. This needs to change: Derek o’brien

If our children are becoming criminals, you and I are responsible… Consider changing reform period from 3 to 7 years: Derek o’brien

Juvenile justice should be on the foundation of rehabilitation and reform: Derek o’brien

Unfortunately, due to the apathy of our so-called national parties, it is left to the regional parties to raise the issues of national importance: Derek o’brien  

I wonder whether or not the two major parties have lost grip on the public opinion… I stand here to support the bill: TMC MP Derek o’brien  

If a 13 or 14-year-old boy commits rape, will we further lower the age? Asks Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga

I am against lowering the age of juvenile convicts to be treated as adults to 16 in rape cases: Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga

India can’t progress if its women and children are not looked after by the government and the society: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

If these children are continued to be ignored, it will have disastrous consequences. The children need guidance and help from the government. I wish to reiterate piecemeal remedies will not solve this issue: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

I want to ask how the children who should have been in schools are being allowed to be used by criminals for their nefarious activities. Even in Delhi, there is nobody to take care of thousands of children: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

Piecemeal measures like making laws will not suffice when it comes to crimes against women: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

It is a pity that the national media highlights only a few issues while ignoring other important problems: Samajwadi Party’s Ravi Prakash Verma

Samajwadi Party MP Ravi Prakash Verma speaks on the juvenile justice bill.

Good lights, better patrolling in areas prone to crimes against women will work as a deterrence: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The juvenile convicts must be kept at special observation homes, away from hardened criminals so that they do not get radicalised: Ghulam Nabi Azad

I congratulate Nirbhaya’s mother for saying that she’s fighting this battle for all daughters of India, not just for her daughter: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The debate would not have taken place on this issue if the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya case was not released: Ghulam Nabi Azad

I was the Union Health Minister when the shocking incident took place and I was fortunate enough to meet the victim and her family. I do not have the gumption to describe her condition: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Nirbhaya’s case was heart-rending and shocking. The incident shook the collective conscience of the nation: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks on the juvenile justice bill. Nirbhaya’s family had met him on Monday in this regard.

BJP MP agrees with Derek o’brien, says ready for the debate and pass the bill on Tuesday.

TMC MP Derek o’brien urges the Speaker to debate the bill at length and then pass it on Tuesday itself.

Earlier, Nirbhaya’s parents met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who assured the former that the bill would be passed in the House on Tuesday.

Let’s pass the juvenile justice bill, especially when Nirbhaya’s parents are present in the House: Meneka Gandhi

BJP MP Meneka Gandhi speaks in Rajya Sabha on the need to pass the juvenile justice bill.

Pass juvenile justice bill: Nirbhaya’s parents

New Delhi: The parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim on Tuesday met central minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to demand early passage of the juvenile justice bill in parliament.

“We have been assured that the bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha today (Tuesday),” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi told the media after the meeting at Naqvi’s residence here.

“He (juvenile convict) would not have been released if this bill had been passed six months ago. Though it has been delayed, we want this bill to be passed in parliament at the earliest,” she added.

Naqvi said: “We have held discussions with all concerned. All parties are of the view that the bill should be passed.”

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedical student, was gang-raped and brutalised in a moving bus in Delhi in 2012.

The juvenile convicted for the 2012 gang rape was released from a correctional home in the national capital on December 20.

The juvenile justice bill was listed for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha on Monday after demands from members, amid protests over the release of the December 16 gang-rape juvenile convict.

The parents of ‘Nirbhaya’ on Monday led a massive demonstration in the national capital to demand an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2000 so as to treat a juvenile committing a heinous crime as an adult offender.

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Lalu Yadav is Shamelessly Corrupt and a Fake Secular

The author Gaurav Tyagi asserts that Lalu’s party RJD, should be disbanded and a life ban should be imposed on Lalu plus his kin from pursuing political careers. Read on to know why!

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Does Lalu Yadav portray himself as the ‘messiah’ of Muslims by aligning with fundamentalist Muslim preachers? Wikimedia


– by Gaurav Tyagi


New Delhi, September 5, 2017 : 
26th July witnessed a big political drama in India, when Nitish Kumar, the C.M. of Bihar submitted his resignation.

The government in Bihar was a coalition of three political parties; Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress.

Nitish was back in the C.M’s chair, the very next day due to the support extended to his party, JD (U) by BJP to form the government in Bihar.

The coalition of the aforesaid three parties thereby collapsed, which annoyed Lalu Yadav, the head of RJD a lot.

Lalu Yadav hijacked the plank of secularism to indulge in blatant corruption and promote his family in politics.

Secularism implies the principle of separating government institutions as well as politicians from religion and religious figures. In India the meaning of secularism has entirely been altered by politicians like Lalu, who openly woo Muslim fundamentalists from Mosques and waste government funds in order to appease them.

Lalu keeps on harping upon keeping Muslims safe in Bihar. Maintenance of law and order is the foremost task of any elected government, what’s the big deal in it?

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Lalu’s politics involves developing vote banks from his caste comprising of Yadavs and Muslims.

He portrays himself as the ‘messiah’ of Muslims by aligning with fundamentalist Muslim preachers and gangsters like Shahbuddin.

Lalu never addresses the root cause of poverty and backwardness among Indian Muslims.
It is largely due to the community shunning of mainstream educational institutes and going to worthless madrasas, (Muslim religious schools) which primarily focus on students, rote learning of the Muslim holy book; Koran.

In the absence of modern knowledge, madrasa graduates are unable to improve their material prosperity and face the challenges of contemporary society.

The Ulemas or the Islamic scholars’ regressive attitude is reflected in the following statement of Maulana Samiul Haq, of the Haqqania madrasa, a prominent Deobandi madrasa; “Young minds are not for thinking. We catch them for the madrasas when they are young, and by the time they are old enough to think, they know what to think.”

Fake seculars like Lalu would never tell Muslims to study in proper schools because an educated Muslim can easily decipher the tricks played by such politicians.
A large number of illiterate or madrasa brand Muslims suit Lalu because then by showing the fear of BJP and Hindus, these Muslims can be easily turned into vote banks for his political party.

CBI, ED and other government agencies recently conducted large number of raids on Lalu and his family. They discovered Billions amassed by this so called ‘champion of oppressed’.

Lalu accumulated large number of farm-houses, land holdings, companies etc. in the name of his family comprising of his illiterate wife and 9 children; 7 daughters and 2 sons.

Both his sons, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, are school drop-outs. The former was the deputy CM of Bihar with various ministerial portfolios, while the latter was the Health Minister of the province in the coalition government.

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Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at a public event. Twitter

Lalu was declared guilty by the courts for his lead role in the Bihar fodder scam worth thousands of Crores. Lalu Yadav was jailed for 135 days in 1997 but he was lodged in a Bihar Military Police guest house with all comforts.

Before his incarceration, Lalu installed his uneducated wife Rabri Devi as the C.M. of Bihar. Lalu was jailed on various other occasions for his involvement in the aforementioned swindle.

Every time, Lalu was put in prison, he received 5 star hotel facilities and got bail easily. Lalu continued being the de facto C.M of Bihar by inducting his wife as the rubber- stamp C.M. of Bihar.

He was finally sentenced to a 5 year jail term in October 2013 by a special CBI court.
Instead of being in a jail, he is again out on bail, busy in enriching and establishing his progeny in politics.

A poster for Lalu Yadav’s political rally in Patna on Sunday, 27th August depicted one of Lalu’s foolish son as Lord Krishna while the other buffoon is shown as Arjun. Lalu’s daughter and Rajya Sabha M.P, Misa Bharti is depicted as the famous freedom fighter, Rani of Jhansi; Lakshmibai. Lalu and his wife Rabri are blessing their children in this poster.

What a mockery of historical and religious characters.

Lalu is saying that he and his family are being victimized. These utterances constitute ‘heights of shamelessness’.

Lalu indulged in blatant corruption and misuse of office for personal gains. On getting exposed he started parroting; this is a conspiracy of BJP and law would take its own course.

These terms in India mean that court cases would drag for 20-30 years. The politician will die but the court proceedings would still remain pending.
Classic example is Jayalalitha, the court cases against her were continuing since, 1996 but the final judgment was passed in 2017 after her death.

Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Prasad, the Ex-Deputy C.M of Bihar was a member of IPL cricket team, Delhi Daredevils for 4 years from 2008-2012.

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During these 4 years, Tejashwi didn’t play a single game for Delhi Daredevils.

Which sporting team in the world would keep such a useless player in its squad?

Delhi Daredevils is owned by GMR group. This business house must be investigated, as to what were the compelling reasons behind continuous retention of this trash cricketer, who wasn’t competent to play even a single game during 4 seasons.

What were the financial benefits given to Tejashwi? Did the GMR group receive concessions from Lalu Yadav in exchange for keeping his son in Delhi Daredevils team? These are serious issues and need further investigations.

Misa Bharti, eldest daughter of Lalu Yadav is a Rajya Sabha M.P. She topped the MBBS examination of Patna Medical College Hospital during the late 90’s.

Misa never excelled in her classes, either at school or college. At her convocation, the presenter of the degree requested her not to treat any patients ever.

Lalu through his clout in Bihar first got her admission into MBBS and then deceptively made her a topper.

Misa Bharti after topping her MBBS studies and obtaining her medical degree did not work as a Doctor even for a single day, neither did she start her own medical practice.

This is humbug Lalu Yadav, the ‘self- styled’ protector of Muslims and ‘self- declared’ skipper of the Indian opposition political parties, comprising of so called secular forces but in reality just corrupt family controlled political dynasties.

Lalu and his political clan should be imprisoned for at least a minimum period of 10 years with provisions of no bail plus hard labor in the jail.

All undeclared properties; including land parcels, bank accounts, commercial businesses, residences etc. unearthed by the authorities during raids on Lalu and his family must be confiscated by the central government.

Lalu’s party RJD, which is nothing more than a corrupt family enterprise should be disbanded and a life ban imposed on Lalu plus his kin from pursuing political careers.

An exemplary example needs to be made of this corrupt, Lalu so, as to deter other existing as well as budding ‘Lalu Prasad Yadavs’, abounding in the Indian political system from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

 

– The author is a Master Degree holder in International Tourism & Leisure Studies from Netherlands and is based in China.

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Has Legal Framework Turned a Blind Eye towards Under-representation of Women in Indian Politics?

The underrepresentation of women in politics wins its spot both in our Constitution together with international law obligations

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Smriti Irani, Indian Politician. Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, August 17, 2017: Where women empowerment in India is given due importance with subjects ranging from ‘Triple Talaq’ to ‘Beti Bachao’, the scenario of women in Indian politics is grim. One recurring question always occurs to the minds of the general public, “Do men only talk about the issues or are they willing to share the power with their female counterparts?”.

The figures are as appalling as the whole scenario. The average proportion of women’s representation in the world stands approximately 22%, while in the case of India it is only 11.8%. Nations like Saudi Arabia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda,  Somalia, Iraq, Ghana, and Fiji rank above India. To bring light in the Southern Asia, Afghanistan (54), Nepal (48), Bangladesh (92) and Pakistan (90) rank much higher than India.

A study conducted by the Inter Parliamentary Union indicated the 149th rank of India in the record of 193 countries keeping in view the women’s representation in the lower or single house of parliament. Moreover, Rajya Sabha has the representation of women scantily at 11.1%, mentioned The Wire.

In 1993, the parliament also passed the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments which led to a one-third reservation for women so as to ensure fair representation of women in local bodies. Additionally, more than one-third of the total seats for women were reserved in the legislative bodies like Delhi and Bihar.

In spite of the objective and purpose of the amendments made by the government, there has scarcely been any development concerning the issue. This was also given a thought in the recently-held civic polls in Mumbai and Delhi.

In the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, only 15 by all of 113 unreserved constituencies were acquired by women. Likewise, 138 out of 272 constituencies were reserved for women in the Delhi’s municipal corporation election. Tickets proposed by political parties to women in unreserved constituencies: BJP (2), Congress (6), and AAP (7).

The tickets given to women candidates in reserved constituencies were given not to the grassroots volunteer who toiled day and night for the parties growth, but for their spouses or male relatives.

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The underrepresentation of women in politics wins its spot both in our Constitution together with international law obligations.

Among the purposes explained in the preamble of Indian Constitution,

Article 39A:  State must guarantee that opportunities for obtaining justice are not withheld to any national citizen for reasons of financial or other impediments.
Article 46: inflicts a responsibility on the state to guard weaker sections against social inequality and all forms of prejudices.
Article 25:  all persons are fairly and equitably granted the freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion subjected to morality, health, and public order.
Article 14: secures the right to equality as a fundamental right, which mandates the equal opportunity for everyone that is also reflected in Article 15(3).
Article 7: binds states to take steps to eliminate discrimination against women in political and public life and to secure women’s eligibility as that of men to contest elections to all public bodies and that they must have the ‘right to participate’ in participating and implementation in government policies.

 

Considering all this, it is horrifying to see the narrow-minded and biased approach in the Indian politics on problems of representation of women. On one side, they buttress the inclusive representation and hypocritically on another side, they exhibit an evident indifference to women’s representation. This can be attached to the understanding that women don’t exist or simply put: It’s a no woman’s land.

There can be umpteen reasons for women’s low representation in Indian politics, varying from implicit masculinity of conventional politics to hurdles like family and marriage and the prevailing socio-economic and political policies.

ALSO READ: Gender Pay Gap: Why are Women Less Paid than Male? 

Exerting a lead from global backgrounds, there are many formulations that can be fostered to ensure fair representation of women. For example, European countries like Sweden have the ‘zipper’ system that mandates the party candidate lists to double between one male and one female candidate. This is done to ensure that every three candidates must include one woman. In democracies like US, New Zealand and Australia, there exists a soft quota system based on the grounds that gender equality will prevail gradually with the pace of time without the need for provisions. In Latin America, legal candidate quotas are the most preferred system.

The equal partnership of men and women in every sphere of life is not only a necessity for justice and democracy but also an ordained situation for peaceful human existence. An active portrayal of women in decision-making framework is the need of an hour.

 


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Opposition in Rajya Sabha Denied Other Backward Classes (OBC) Rights: PM Narendra Modi

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Narendra Modi. Wikimedia

New Delhi, April 13, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had accused on Wednesday of opposition parties of denying backward castes their rights by blocking the passage of a bill, which accords constitutional status to the OBC commission, in the Rajya Sabha.

According to the bill, the new body NCSEBC will replace the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). Once the Bill becomes law, states will not be able to add or delete castes from the backward classes’ list without Parliament’s approval, mentioned PTI reports.

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Modi had expressed surprise at the stand of the opposition as members of all parties had been urging him for bringing the legislation, the BJP said in a statement after its OBC MPs thanked him in Parliament for passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha.

Modi had told them, “The bill was passed unanimously in the Lok Sabha but blocked in the Rajya Sabha (by opposition parties). Denying the backward sections their rights with such negative politics is regrettable”.

“As an MP it is your moral responsibility to make the people from backward classes aware about this legislation and organize programmes for the same”, Modi had urged other BJP OBC MPs and had asked them to reach out to their counterparts in all other parties and convince them to support this bill.

Noting that the satisfaction one gets by working for poor is uncomparable to anything else, Modi told party MPs that people from the backward castes have self-respect and would never forget generosity.

Emphasising on the need to ensure easy credit for the poor, the Prime Minister said to keep these people away from the clutches of moneylenders the MPs should promote Bhim application among people.

The OBC MPs of the BJP had gathered to thank the Prime Minister for passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha which seeks to create National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NCSEBC), with judicial powers and constitutional status.

Modi also asked the MPs to make backward classes aware about the bill and how it would be a game changer in their lives.

The Rajya Sabha had yesterday referred the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill, 2017, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, to the Select Committee under pressure from the opposition. The ruling NDA does not have a majority in the House.

The committee that will examine the bill will be headed by BJP member Bhupender Yadav. It has been asked to submit its report by the last day of the first week of the next session.

The 25-member Rajya Sabha Select Committee includes Sharad Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Satish Mishra and Praful Patel.

– Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself