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50-year-old policeman held in Delhi for raping friend’s domestic help

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New Delhi: A 50-year-old Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector has been arrested for allegedly raping the domestic help of his friend, police said on Saturday. A court here sent the accused to 14 days’ judicial custody.

The incident took place on Thursday night in west Delhi’s Rani Bagh when Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Jagveer Singh, who is deputed to the Punjabi Bagh police station, went to his friend’s place and assaulted the 23-year-old victim under the influence of alcohol.

Jagveer was held after the victim approached police on Friday and filed a written complaint against him, police said.

“After victim’s medical examination which confirmed rape, the ASI was arrested,” said a police officer.

Investigations have revealed that the accused met the woman’s employer a few months ago during the investigation of a case and befriended him.

“On the day of the incident, the accused visited his friend’s house and stayed there after a party.

“The woman was asked by her employer to take ASI Singh to the guest room where the accused raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she informed anyone about the incident,” said the officer.

The woman later called the police control room and informed about the incident. A case was registered on Friday.

When asked about it on Saturday, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said: “We will not wait for a departmental inquiry. The ASI will be dismissed. Any violence against a woman will not be tolerated.” (IANS)

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Vaccination Not Forced on Children: Delhi Health Authorities

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school

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The measles and rubella (MR) vaccination programme, which was deferred following an intervention by the Delhi High Court, does not override the consent of students, said state’s health authorities for the campaign.

“It is totally wrong to say that vaccination was administered without consent. Though there has never been the process of seeking permission for any vaccination from guardians, people are free to refuse vaccination as we don’t force anyone,” Dr Suresh Seth, Delhi programme chief for immunisation told IANS on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday deferred implementation of the “Measles and Rubella (MR) Vaccine Immunisation Campaign”, saying that vaccination cannot be administered “forcibly” and without the consent of parents.

The court’s order came while hearing pleas by parents of some minor students at city’s schools alleging that the MR campaign is a “violation of the fundamental rights” of the students as their consent had not been taken.

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A child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in Rongan in China’s southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. VOA

“We will comply with court’s orders. Our preparations are same and will start the very next day the high court gives clearance for the campaign,” Dr Seth said.

The Delhi Health Department will also share inputs with the Health and Welfare Family Ministry, which has been asked by the high court to respond by January 21.

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The measles and rubella vaccination campaign was scheduled to begin in the national capital from January 15, aiming at immunising nearly 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months up to 15 years across 11 districts of Delhi.

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school. (IANS)