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#RapistRamRahim : Kamlesh Kumar from Rajasthan Lost his Wife at Dera 2 Years Back

He lost his wife on March 24, 2015 during a family visit to the Sirsa-based Dera

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  • Kamlesh Kumar lost his wife during a family visit to the Sirsa-based Dera on March 24, 2015
  • Dera Chief wanted to meet his wife Guddi personally
  • FIR was registered at the city’s Jawahar Circle police station on charges of abduction and criminal conspiracy

Jaipur, Rajasthan, August 28, 2017: Kamlesh Kumar from Rajasthan lost his wife 2 years back at Dera. Now he wants justice as the rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Dera Sacha Sauda chief has been jailed.

The Rohtak court has today awarded 10 years rigorous life sentence to Ram Rahim. While the godman cries and pleads guilty before the court, activists and victims argue that the verdict was not fair enough after 15 years of wait.

His lawyer Babulal Bairwa said, “Kamlesh Kumar, a 27-year-old laborer from Jaipur, lost his wife during a family visit to the Sirsa-based Dera on March 24, 2015.”

Kumar’s wife’s name is Guddi (she was in her 20’s), she was allegedly taken aside by a volunteer as the “Dera Chief wanted to meet her personally”, lawyer Bairwa said. According to PTI report, Bairwa said, “That was the last time that Kumar saw his wife.” Kamlesh Kumar and his children searched for her, when he asked some Dera volunteers, they told him to wait for few days.

The lawyer also said that Kumar approached the Sirsa police when Guddi did not return but the police didn’t help him in any way. He had no option but to seek court’s help.

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Bairwa said that as per the directions of the court in Jaipur FIR was registered at the city’s Jawahar Circle police station on charges of abduction and criminal conspiracy on May 5, 2015.

But, the investigating officer who filed a final report in the case failed to record the statement of the 50- year-old Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. This made Kumar file a “protest petition” in the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) court on February 18, 2017. Bairwa said that the hearing date which has been fixed by the court is 7 September.

Rajesh Soni, SHO of Jawahar Circle police station said that “Then SHO and investigating officer had filed a final report in the matter related to Kumar’s complaint but added that he was not aware of its content,” mentions PTI report.

Bairwa has a hope that the rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who got jailed by a CBI court would help  Kamlesh Kumar to get justice.

Singh’s conviction in a 15- year-old rape case on 25 August 2017 saw his followers protest in various places, creating heavy chaos and damage in Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan. It lead to the death of 38 people till now. The protests also reached Ghaziabad, Noida, and Delhi. Jagdeep Singh, CBI court judge will fly to the Sunaria jail in Rohtak today where he would declare the duration of the jail sentence that Singh would get at 2.30 p.m.


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Unique Cross-Cultural Experience In The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival

The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience

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Colors of Rajasthan at the Jodhpur RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The desert of Rajasthan is home to a plethora of folk arts, and public festivals celebrating these folk forms are growing by the day. One such event, the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), in its 12th edition between October 10 and 14, will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience.

The Jodhpur RIFF, as it is called, takes place annually at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, and is curated by Divya Bhatia, who feels music events or festivals are “among the few forums left that allow for a joyful, shared experience for all, irrespective of background or social standing. One needs no prior knowledge or understanding to lose oneself in the art form, he added.

Bhatia also gave IANS a sneak peek into the lineup of the upcoming festival. “We have a new thrust on original and contemporary writing in the regional traditions and will be exploring some new lyrics and poetry from Rajasthan and Punjab,” he said.

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Colors of Rajasthan at the RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The festival will also feature a collaboration between Rajasthani and Irish musicians and new work with Ballake Sissoko from Senegal, with the Authentic Light Orchestra from Switzerland and with the master of the Armenian duduk, Emmanuel Hovhannisyan.

Yissy Garcia from Cuba will be at the gala as first woman ‘Rustler’ — an artiste who collaborates with musicians of diverse forms. Ghatam maestro and Grammy-winning Vikku Vinayakram is also scheduled to perform, along with a performance by wonderful Punjabi singer Bir Singh, Afrobrat DJ Jose Marquez and some legendary Rajasthani music.

“Jodhpur RIFF recognises and celebrates our Rajasthani intangible heritage. Moreover, it creates opportunities and facilitates the judicious use of resources for the revitalisation of this heritage – providing inspiration, engagement and livelihood for traditional artists.

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“Today, because of the festival, our international collaborations and presentations across the world, Jodhpur RIFF has become the consistent single largest employer of Rajasthani folk musicians,” said Bhatia.

Does he find folk musicians stable and secure in their practice and livelihood?

“Folk musicians across India can do with much more stability and security. As listeners, I would encourage us to learn about them, discover them, buy their music, invite them to perform for us and attend all their live concerts,” he said. (IANS)