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Some rape cases are blown out of proportion: Mulayam Singh

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By NewsGram staff writer

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Speaking at an event recently, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said that “some rape cases are blown out of proportion.”

Citing the example of Badaun rape case, where the victim has named four of her brothers and has accused them for raping her, Yadav said “it’s impractical” and the victim named the four brothers for “settling scores.”

“Innocents must not be implicated and harassed. There are cases, where a victim has accused four brothers of raping her. It is not practical,” he was quoted as saying.

“The CBI probed the case and found out that rape was not committed at all. They were cold-blooded murders by the victim’s cousins for property,” Mulayam said.

Yadav further pointed towards an ongoing campaign to malign SP’s image. “.. even senior leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul rushed to Badaun and attacked the state government at the law and order front,” he said. In the same breath, he also criticized his own party’s MLAs for not being able to tackle the alleged defamatory attempts, “Our own MLAs said they were helpless as the media was running a campaign. I will see to it how such MLAs get a ticket this time.”

At the same event, Mulayam Singh Yadav also insisted that UP had the lowest percentage of rapes. “Here the rate of rape cases is only 2% while in Madhya Pradesh it is 9 and in Rajasthan it is 7. In Delhi the situation is worse,” he said.

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)