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By Tarun Pratap

Delhi: A rape in Delhi has become as common as an upcoming mall, the latest smartphone or any new thing that can be associated with the fast paced 21st century. Yesterday alone, 6 rapes and 14 molestations cases were reported in Delhi. An average day for the capital, one would say.

A two and a half year old child was gangraped in Nangloi area. She was in the neighborhood watching Ramlila when she was picked up by three men. She was later found in a park, at two in the night, bleeding profusely from her genitals, and in a state of trauma.

In another case, a five year old girl was kidnapped and then gangraped in the JJ colony area of Anand Vihar.

Arvind Kejriwal, CM of Delhi, visited both the victims and weat ahead with the usual politics of blaming others. While he is not entirely wrong about the Delhi police, his comments were ill timed. Delhi CM said, “Delhi police has completely failed to provide the security to women, what are the PM and LG doing?”

He later tweeted and said, “PM sir, give control of delhi police to del govt for one year. If situation does not improve, take it back.”

Arvind Kejriwal, being the CM of the state, played it wrong. He put the blame on PM, police and centre. It needs to be asked, whether the lack of police force is the reason behind these ghastly incidents, or is it the insensitive patriarchal male mindset that doesn’t back off?

Delhi police data shows that in 95% of rape cases, victims knew the perpetrators. This includes closed relatives, neighbours, friends etc. In one of the two rape cases that took place on Friday night, accused person was the relative of 5 year old victim.

Police cannot possibly stop every such crime. It is not the justification in favor of the police, but it is about realizing the core problem of the issue. No matter by how much the police strength is increased to, we can’t have police in every house. As the data shows, half of the victims were raped by relatives. Arvind Kejriwal has to realize that public, especially males, need to be sensitized.

The male mindset is one of the main reasons behind the rapes. It is more of a mental issue than a legal failure. What else can possibly be the reason behind the rape of a two year old? Any crime has a lot to do with the mentality, if people could be sensitized repeatedly from their childhood, the number of such incidents would go down.

In 2012 when infamous Nirbhaya rape incident took place, Kejriwal had said that Sheila Dikshit was a weak CM; and if he was given the power of for just one day, he could change the situation. Since Kejriwal came into power in February, he has talked more about the PM and centre, rather talking about how to make things better in Delhi.

His first comments after visiting the rape victims on Saturday were, “PM and Lt General are busy arresting Delhi government’s MLAs.”

Delhi CM, maybe, does not hear himself. His comments were as insensitive as any other made by several politicians in past. It seems that Kejriwal has a habit of making everything personal and political.

Kejriwal somehow managed to show himself as a victim while talking about rape victims and that might be his biggest achievement. Next day he gave a sort of open challenge saying that he was not Sheila Dikshit and he would make PM’s life miserable over this issue.

In all this series of comments, Kejriwal and Modi were the ones who got mentioned. Everywhere, media covered what CM said and what he got in reply. But in all this, the actual victim got sidelined. Everyone should have been discussing that how this issue should be tackled but more discussion was about who is the right authority to tackle this.

Apparently, the job of politicians in India, whenever something like this happens, is to make their opposition look criminals rather trying to find real criminals, punish them and find ways to stop the crime. It seems that somewhere political parties wait for such cases so that they can go after the Opposition.

People don’t need sympathy which politicians are seen eager to offer. People want what they deserve, what is their own, their security, and their freedom. Why do people have to come marching on roads every time to demand their fundamental rights?

The question today is, how many more cases or how many more victims would it take before things take a turn?

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)

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5 Found Dead Inside a House in Mansarovar Park Delhi

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Police team conducts the investigation soon after the incident was reported. ians

New Delhi, October 7: Police found five people stabbed to death Inside a House in Mansarovar Park Delhi. The dead bodies of a an 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and a male guard were found lying inside a house here on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad told IANS that the four women belonging to the Jindal family were found dead at their house in Shahdara’s Mansarovar Park area.

The deceased have been identified as Urmila Jindal, and her daughters Sangeeta, 56, Nupur, 48, and Anjali, 38. The guard has been identified as Rakesh, 42.

The police control room received a call about the incident around 7 a.m.

A preliminary investigation showed there was “no forced entry” into the house and no valuables were stolen, a police officer said. (IANS)

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Actor “Prabhas” extends support to Modi’s Clean India campaign

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Prabhas extends support to Modi's Clean India campaign
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Chennai, Sep 29 : “Baahubali” fame Prabhas on Friday said he extends his full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachhata Hi Seva” movement, adding that he sees the Clean India campaign not as a duty but as a habit.

“As we approach this significant day, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, who always strived for cleanliness, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the great work happening on making India clean and green with the Swachh Bharat Initiative,” Prabhas posted on his Facebook page.

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He added that Clean India is something he personally believes in.

“Keeping my country clean and healthy is not just my duty as a citizen but also a habit. To all those who feel the same, let’s continue doing our best for a cleaner India,” he said.

Earlier this month, Modi had written personal letters to celebrities, industrialists and noted personalities to enlist their support for the initiative.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said Swachhata is for each of us to practice.

He also said the days leading up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 should be about “encouraging widespread participation in cleanliness initiatives across the country.”

Superstar Rajinikanth and filmmaker S.S Rajamouli have already expressed their support.(ians)