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Punish policemen who jailed innocent Muslims: CPI-M
New Delhi, Feb 23: The CPI-M has sought action against Delhi Police officers responsible for jailing two young Muslims for 12 long years after a terror attack here in 2005 killed 67 people."The guilty police officials in this case must be charged and prosecuted," an editorial in the party journal "People's Democracy" said."The State must provide adequate compensation and take steps for the rehabilitation of the two men who have been so unjustly treated," said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.It said "the sordid and shocking record of the targeting and prosecution of Muslim youth in terror related cases has once again been highlighted by the Delhi High Court's acquittal of all three accused in the 2005 serial blasts in Delhi".Mohammad Hussain Fazli and Mohd Rafiq Shah were acquitted of all charges while Tariq Ahmed Dar was also found to have no role in the blasts but he was convicted for being a member of a terrorist organisation."It has ...




Delhi Union of Journalists condemns attacks on media, students at Ramjas College
New Delhi, Feb 23: The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) on Thursday expressed anger and anguish over the attacks on journalists, teachers and students in Delhi University."There were several assaults (on Wednesday) on journalists covering the disturbances, by protesters as well as police who did not wear nametags," a DUJ statement said."Phones were snatched, cameras grabbed and photographic evidence of the violence was destroyed," it said.The DUJ said Times of India correspondent Somreet Bhattacharya and photographer Anindya Chattopadhyay were beaten up during the clashes between student groups at Ramjas College."Quint reporter Taruni Kumar has given a video statement of how ABVP women hit her, grabbed her phone, pulled her hair and broke her phone and mike," it said."Quint cameraperson Shiv Kumar Maurya suffered injuries on his head and reporter Anant Prakash was also attacked."Hindustan Times reporter Ananya Bhardwaj was hit. TimesNow reporter ...




At least 17 Bengal children fall prey to child trafficking
Kolkata, Feb 22: At least 17 untraceable children are believed to have fallen victims to child trafficking with an international footprint, in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.The state police have arrested two women including a primary school headmistress, and are on the lookout for a BJP leader in connection with the case.The matter came to light after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) acted on a complaint from the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), a statutory body of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, about some irregularities related to some adoption centres in Jalpaiguri.The CID registered a case and detained headmistress of a primary school Chandana Chakraborty, who ran three children's homes in north Bengal, as also one of her aides Sonali Mondal late last week. After sustained interrogation, they reportedly revealed their complicity in shady adoption deals, a CID officer said.Police claim that at least 17 children, inmates of the homes, wer...




Anti-Sikh riots: SC wants high-level panel to monitor SIT as 80% cases closed
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 21: Making observations on the status report by Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has closed 239 out of 293 anti-Sikh riot cases, the Supreme Court on Monday indicated that a “high-level committee” should be constituted to monitor the probe and trials by SIT, saying that “these cases concern the entire country.”   “Why can’t you have a high-level committee? Whatever has happened has happened, but you should now have a high-level committee in place to monitor the investigations and progress of trials in this case,” a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. Other two members of the bench are Justices A M Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar.“It is an extremely serious matter… these cases concern the entire country. We would take a very serious view of how investigations and trials proceed,” said the bench insisting on a high-level monitoring co...




SC directs Google, Yahoo, Microsoft to set up internal expert body to remove sex-determination ads
More than 10 million women terminate their pregnancies every year in India.  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 16: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday asked internet search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up expert body within company to monitor and remove sex-determination ads which are against PNDT Act.   The apex court has also approved a nodal agency by the Centre that will guide the search engines to delete offensive ads and materials, says LiveLaw.in.   "A woman in India dies every two hours because an abortion goes wrong," said Time in a report in July 2013.   According to IndiaSpend report, more than 10 million women terminate their pregnancies in the privacy of their homes every year in the country.   Foetal sex determination by unethical medical professionals has grown into a ₹1,000 crore industry in India, says UNICEF.   Following the 2011 census, it was estimated that up to 8 million female foetuses ha...




Eliminate corporal punishment: Union Minister to schools
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 15: Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has urged schools to strictly observe Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment, issued by the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).   The WCD Ministry has asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development for wide spread circulation and implementation of the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment in schools.   In her letter to HRD Ministry, the minister has expressed concern at the disturbing incident of corporal punishment in UP. "Corporal punishment has been banned under Section-17 of the RTE Act", Maneka Gandhi said. She has urged the HRD Minister that the government as well as private schools may be suitably directed to ensure that these guidelines are strictly observed.   She has written the letter in the wake of the recent disturbing incident of girl students who were meted out tormenting corporal punishment...




In BJP stronghold Gorakhpur, farmers say note ban a decisive issue in polls
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Gorakhpur, Feb 12: The district of Gorakhpur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh has nine assembly seats, out of which four had gone to BSP and three seats including Gorakhpur urban and Gorakhpur rural seats were clinched by BJP while SP could secure only one seat in the Assembly Elections 2012. It is also the turf of BJP leader and Member of Parliament Yogi Adityanath's Hindutva brand of politics. However, today, the equation seems to have changed. Farmers and migrant labourers, severely hit by the demonetization policy of the Modi government, believe that note ban will be one of the most important issues for them in the ongoing Assembly Elections 2017.   IndiaTomorrow.net met farmers at Uruwa village, 45 kms from Gorakhpur city, and asked them about the probability of demonetization affecting the otherwise BJP influenced voting preference in this part of the state.   They say that money has not yet reached their banks here. Every time they a...




Minorities will get share in welfare schemes as per their population: Common Minimum Program of SP-Congress alliance
1 Cr poor families will get Rs 1000 each as monthly pension; 10 lakh poor families of Dalits, backwards will get free homes IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Feb 11: The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance on Saturday released its Common Minimum Program which it will implement if it won the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The alliance has promised Rs 1000 as monthly pension to one crore poor families and free homes to 10 lakh poor families of Dalits and backwards. The alliance has also promised that minorities and backwards will get share in welfare schemes of the state government as per their population.   Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi released the Common Minimum Programme in a joint press conference here today.   Promises in Common Minimum Program -- Free smart phones to youths -- Job guarantee to 20 lakh youths through skill development   -- Loan waiver for farmers -- Cheap power to farmers -- Proper...




Gang-rape victims of Muzaffarnagar riots yet to get justice
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 9: Amidst the charge being made by top leaders of BJP at election rallies in Uttar Pradesh - that crimes against women going up under the Samajwadi Party government in the state, the Amnesty International on Thursday said that seven Muslim women, gang-raped during the Muzaffarnagar riots in Sep 2013, have not yet got justice as the "Uttar Pradesh government has failed to expeditiously investigate and prosecute" their cases. "Over three years after the riots, there has not been a single conviction in any of the cases. Despite changes to India's laws in 2013 requiring trials in rape cases to be completed without unnecessary delay, trials have proceeded extremely slowly. The state government and successive central governments have also failed to adequately protect the survivors from threats and harassment - which in some cases led to them retracting their statements - and to provide adequate reparation," said the righ...




Seeking justice for Najeeb, hundreds of Muslims protest in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
This march is not just for Najeeb; this is for all. Najeeb is the son of India: Mother Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Badaun, Feb 8: Hundreds of people on Wednesday took out a protest march from missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed's home to the office of District Magistrate. Led by Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees, the marchers, who included students from JNU and Aligarh Muslim University and members of SIO, were demanding justice for Najeeb who mysteriously disappeared from his JNU hostel room in Delhi in Oct last year, a day after his scuffle with some members of ABVP.   Addressing the gathering outside the DM office, Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees said: "I got this courage to fight for Najeeb from the students of JNU. This march is not just for Najeeb; this is for all. Najeeb is the son of India."   "We will not be discouraged. I am still confident that Najeeb will come back," she said.   Several present and former student leaders from JNU ha...




Share of minorities in central govt jobs doubled in Modi regime, claims Minister
Congress asked government to show proof and authenticity of the data IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 6: The Central government on Monday claimed that the share of minorities in central government jobs has increased to 9.9% in the last two and half years from 5.3% in 2014.   Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that when his party came to power in the centre in May 2014, minorities were just 5.3% in central government jobs but now the share stands at 9.9%. The minister quoted the figure from a piece of paper.   Soon after his speech, Congress leader and former union minister Jairam Ramesh stood up and requested the minister to table the paper or at least tell the House about the source of this data.   "Kya Chamatkar hai. Sirf dhai saal mein 5% se 9% ka increase (What a miracle it is that they increased the share from 5% to 9% in just two and half years)," said Ramesh. BJP came to power at the centre...




Muslim body urges Modi govt. to set up Equal Opportunities Commission
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has reiterated the demand following the Delhi Minorities Commission’s latest report on negligible representation of minorities in Delhi govt. departments. Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s slogan Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas cannot be implemented on the ground in letter and spirit without a robust statutory mechanism to prevent deep-rooted discrimination and ensure equal opportunities to all. In the wake of the latest report of Delhi Minorities Commission on actual representation of minorities in government departments, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has demanded the BJP-led NDA government of PM Modi to set up Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) whose draft was approved by the Cabinet of Congress-led UPA government in Feb 2014.   In its annual report 2015-16, the Delhi Minorities Commission has revealed that the representation of minorities is very small in almost all departments of Delhi. For example, in ...




Lives of Delhi's homeless hangs by a thread
Ruwa Shah, New Delhi, Feb 3: Theyre here, there and everywhere and could well be dubbed a tribe even the gods have forgotten.They are the legions of Delhi's homeless, living in abject filth on roads and pavements, cooking in the open and sleeping under flyovers and overbridges.They live in constant fear of their lives from the ever-zooming traffic -- sometimes with tragic results, as happened late last month, when Lakshmi, a three-year-old, was killed when a school bus mowed her down as she ran on to the road chasing a ball.About a dozen such homeless children aged between two and eight years live under the busy Nehru Place flyover here, and can be seen spending their days playing with sand, garbage and plastic - just feet away from where Lakshmi was killed.Rani is piling up sand and stones at the corner of the pavement -- which is her home."I am making a house for myself and my family," Rani said laughingly. She is the third child of her parents and has two brothers. Origina...




Missing Najeeb: Protest held at Delhi Police headquarters; SIO seeks President's intervention
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 31: The family members of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed including his mother and dozens of students held a demonstration outside the Delhi Police headquarters here on Monday as a mark of protest against an alleged raid by police at the houses of Najeeb's grandfather and other relatives in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district earlier this week.   As more than 100 days passed since Najeeb's mysterious disappearance from his hostel room at JNU, day after scuffle with some members of a Hindu-right student group, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention for safe recovery of Najeeb and justice with his family.   The protesters were angry at the alleged police raid at Najeeb's house while, they alleged, those who assaulted him in the night of 14 Oct 2016 at JNU hostel, have not even been interrogated and they are scot-free.   Najeeb's family alleged that around 40 poli...




Indian Muslims react on Trump's immigration ban order
It is against the international law as well as the Idea of America, say top leaders of Muslims in India Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 29: Joining the global chorus condemning US President Donald Trump's executive order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries, Muslim leaders in India say the order is not just against the international law but also the Idea of America. It is a disturbing indication from a head of state like America, they say.   Immigration ban order against Idea of America "This hate policy is basically against the Idea of America. We should not forget that what America is today is because of immigration. The identity of America is the identity of immigration," said Navaid Hamid, national president of Indian Muslims' umbrella organization All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat.   On Saturday, President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Li...




US court blocks Trump order on Muslim immigration
New York, Jan 29: A federal court here blocked part of US President Donald Trump's immigration order banning citizens from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US.The Brooklyn District Court came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the US on Saturday after an "extreme vetting" by Trump which bans citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the country.Judge Ann M. Donnelly on Saturday prevented the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the executive order.The order stopped short of letting the already arrived people into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Trump's actions, the New York Times reported.The judge nominated by former President Barack Obama ruled that sending back the travellers to their homelands would cause them "irreparable harm".The case played out amid global turmoil as the order signed on Fri...




Amnesty paints 'Wall of Hope' for 1984 riots' survivors
Chandigarh, Jan 25: Activists of Amnesty International on Wednesday painted a 'Wall of Hope' here to express solidarity with survivors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and elsewhere in the country to immortalise their struggle and 32-year wait for justice.Some survivors of the riots joined Amnesty members and Bengaluru-based artist Ullas Hydoor to paint the 'Wall of Hope' in Sector 28 here in the presence of chief guest and TV and theatre personality Savita Bhatti."The event was held as part of an Amnesty International India campaign to demand justice for the brutal killings of hundreds of Sikh men, women and children in 1984," Sanam Sutirath Wazir, campaigner at the Amnesty International India said."Less than three weeks from now, the deadline for the Special Investigation Team set up to reinvestigate closed cases related to the massacre will end. While the SIT has said it will reopen 58 cases, it has not filed charges in a single case so far; its functioning has no...




NHRC asks Maharashtra to explain deaths of 500 tribal schoolgirls
Mumbai, Jan 24: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Maharashtra government to explain reports of sexual abuse and mystery deaths of over 500 tribal girls in state-run ashram schools, an official said here on Tuesday.Taking cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sent a notice to the state Chief Secretary seeking his detailed report in the serious matter within six weeks.The NHRC said that the media reports "are indicative of violation of right to life and dignity of the girl students of the schools and also highlights the negligence and apathy of the authorities."The media has reported last week that the authorities maintained menstruation records of the minor girls and conducted pregnancy tests on them whenever they missed their period or returned from vacations, and this unethical practice was carried out without parental consent.The matter was exposed when a tribal girl, who came home for Diwali vacation, complained of stomach pains and later she wa...




No amount can bring back my 14 years, my father and mother: Amir on Rs 5 lakh compensation order from NHRC
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 23: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered the Delhi government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to Mohammad Amir Khan who remained in jail for 14 years before being acquitted in 18 terror cases. While welcoming the NHRC order, Amir said the government and state machinery need to take lots of more actions, compensation is just one step.   Delhi resident Amir was just 18 when he was picked in 1998 for various terror bomb blasts. He languished in jail for 14 years and ultimately released in 2012 after he was acquitted by court in 18 of 20 terror blast cases that took place in Delhi and its adjoining states in 1996-1997.   The rights body took up his case suo motu in Feb 2014. It issued many show cause notices to the government and the last one was issued in Jan 2016. It passed order for compensation in Nov 2016. However, more than two months have passed, the government has not implemented the order.  ...




Hundreds of women protest over increasing insecurity in Delhi
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Jan 22: Protesting against increasing insecurity for women at public spaces especially at night and to draw the attention of authorities and society towards the rise in sexual assaults, thousands of women took out protest marches as part of #IWillGoOut campaign in more than 25 cities across the country on 21st January.  In the National Capital, around 200 women participated in the march which started from Barakhamba Road Metro station and culminated into a public gathering at Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House. Besides this, another program was organized jointly by many women organizations in Dwarka area.  IndiaTomorro.net talked to some women protesters about their views pertaining to women’s safety.  “First we can’t surely say that sexual assault or harassment has increased or there is just an increase in reported cases because sexual abuse has always been in our society. Society must change its mind...




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