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9 Rohingya Muslims killed in Myanmar police firing last night
Naypyidaw, Jan 17: At least nine people were killed and 12 others injured during overnight clashes with police trying to clear a protest in restive southwest Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands of members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority have fled an Army campaign. The police fired on the crowd on Tuesday night when the protesters surrounded a police station in Mrauk-U after authorities had banned the public gathering, Efe news reported. The demonstrators were commemorating the loss of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mrauk-U, in Rakhine, which in 1785 was occupied by troops from Mandalay, the seat of Myanmar monarchy at the time. The injured were taken to a hospital in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state. Rakhine, one of the poorest states in Myanmar, is also home to the Rohingya community, the victims of an ethnic cleansing campaign led by the Myanmar Army, according to the UN.The alleged persecution has forced more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee in th...




Rape Victim Bengal girl seeks permission to end life
Kolkata, Jan 13: A 17-year-old girl in West Bengal's East Midnapore has appealed to the district authorities to allow her to kill herself as she has become pregnant after allegedly being raped by a man on the promise of marriage, police said on Saturday. "We got intimation from District Magistrate's public grievance cell that a girl has sought permission to kill herself after being raped by a man of same village on the promise of marriage," Sutahata Police Station's Officer-in-charge Jaleswar Tewary told IANS. She felt that it would be difficult for her to stay alive as an unwed mother, Tewary added. Victim's mother alleged that while the accused was absconding, the accused's parents, who had earlier agreed to their marriage, were opposing the proposal now. "A case was registered and accused's father has been arrested," the police officer said.Earlier in the day, a West Bengal Human Rights Commission team also visited the victim's home at Sutahat...




Freedom of expression should not be absolute: Ruskin Bond
Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: Amid the growing controversy over the release of Bollywood film "Padmaavat", celebrated author Ruskin Bond on Friday said freedom of expression should not be absolute. "I don't think freedom of speech should be absolute. We should consider ourselves lucky to live in the country. There is no better place to live than India," said Bond at the third edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) here. "Shall I like to live in China, shall I live in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon or some other country... definitely not," said the author. Bond was reacting to a question on the controversy over the film "Padmaavat" and literary freedom. The cherubic Mussoorie-based author, who draws inspiration from nature, spoke on climate change and said people should look after their natural surroundings which have made life possible to live in. He said paper books can never be replaced even with the ad...




Rights body objects Haj Guidelines for differently-abled, writes to Minority Affairs Ministry to facilitate Haj for them
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Dec 28: Objecting over the new Haj Guidelines (2018-22), a rights body has urged to Minority Affairs ministry to drop the provisions that bar differently-abled people from undertaking Haj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.  In a letter to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the National Platform for Rights of Disabled (NPRD) said that some provisions "blatantly discriminate" against persons with disabilities but are also “in violation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWDA), 2016”.  Strongly criticising the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Minority Affairs making  differently-abled ineligible for Haj,  NPRD said that it is discriminatary as well as objectionable as it refers to them as “crippled” and “lunatic.”   The 'eligibility for Haj' under the guidelines mentions that any Indian citizen who is a Muslim can apply for the pilgrimage except t...




Labourer's Murder in Rajasthan: Rights bodies demand resignation of CM Raje and HM Kataria
In a horrific incident, on Wednesday, Mohammed Afrazul, 48, a laborer from Malda in West Bengal was stabbed to death by a man aged around 35 in Rajasthan's Rajasamand district. Afrazul was also burnt after killing.Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,Jaipur, Dec 8: Several human rights groups on Thursday, strongly condemned brutal murder of a Muslim labourer in Rajasamand district of Rajasthan. Holding the state’s BJP government unable to control regular incidents of hate crime against Muslims, they demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and state’s Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria. Rights groups also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Raje both must issue a “clear” and “unambiguous condemnation” on such hate crime against Muslims.  They also urged for immediate arrest of all the killers and attackers in hate crimes in Rajasthan. In a joint statement rights groups said, “All organisations o...




SC notice to Centre on plea against repeated prohibitory orders to ban protests in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 5: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Central government on a plea questioning the repeated imposing of prohibitory orders in central and New Delhi -- the heart of the national capital -- to ban protests and demonstrations.The bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan observed that it is important to frame guidelines on the right to protest, so as to ensure that the fundamental right of citizens to protest is balanced with avoiding any inconvenience that may be caused to the public.The court also issued notice to Delhi Police.Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area.In 2017, police has issued prohibitory orders six times - in January, March, May, July, September and the latest in October.Moving the top court through its founder member Aruna Roy, the PIL petitioner organisation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) has sought quashing of th...




Swami Agnivesh urges SC to probe alleged torture of Hadiya by RSS affiliate, demands to withdraw NIA in the case
This entire Love Jihad phenomenon was unnecessarily created by the BJP and RSS combine that Muslim young men are carrying out this to convert Hindu girls to embrace Islam. All this is bogie and they (RSS-BJP) just want to polarise Hindu votes. Polarisation for the political purpose has been their game plan: Swami Agnivesh Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Now 30: Renowned social activist and Arya Samaj Leader Swami Agnivesh has urged the Supreme Court (SC) to take notice of Hadiya’s statement given to media on Wednesday that she was tortured by a Yoga center of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) during her parents’ custody, in Kerala. Demanding the withdrawal of NIA in the case Agnivesh also rubbished the “Love Jihad phenomenon” as “bogus” saying it was concocted by RSS to polarize Hindus for political gain.Condemning RSS, Swami Agnivesh said, “This is very unfortunate that as Hadiya told about this Yoga Center that she had ...




I want to meet my husband, says Hadiya
Salem (Tamil Nadu), Nov 29: Hadiya, the Muslim girl sent to a homeopathy college here by the Supreme Court for completing her studies, on Wednesday said she wants freedom to meet her husband Shafin Jahan."I had said in the court that I want to meet the people I love. I want freedom. I want the freedom to meet and talk to the people I love," said the 24-year-old girl, whose marriage to her Muslim lover was annulled by the Kerala High Court."I don't know whether I'm going to a prison again," she said about her stay in the college where she has been allowed to complete her house surgency course in 11 months. She was talking to the media a day after reaching the college on Supreme Court orders on Monday.Born Akhila, the girl converted to Islam and married Jahan while still studying. Her parents came to know about it after she refused to participate in a religious ceremony at home near Vaikom in Kerala.Suspecting his daughter to be a victim of 'love jihad', her father As...




Kejriwal asks Delhi Minorities panel to be more proactive
New Delhi, Nov 25: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked the Delhi Minorities Commission to be more proactive to raise and solve problems of minorities in the city.Kejriwal made the comment during the release of an annual report of the Commission led by Chairman Zafarul-Islam Khan."Releasing the annual report, the Chief Minister asked the Delhi Minorities Commission to be more vocal and proactive to raise and solve problems of the minorities in Delhi," an official statement said.(IANS)




Arrest of two survivors is travesty of justice in dairy farmer Umar Khan's killing case: PUCL
PUCL also alleged that after the killing of Umar Khan allegedly by gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes) in Rajasthan's Alwar, state BJP government is protecting his killers.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Nov 22: Terming the arrest of two aide of slain dairy farmer Umar Khan by Rajasthan Police allegedly for cow smuggling as "Travesty of Justice" PUCL (People's Union for Civil Liberties) has said that it is an attempt to "dilute the case of Umar's killing". PUCL also alleged that after the killing of Umar Khan allegedly by gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes) in Rajasthan's Alwar, state BJP government is protecting his killers.   Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Kavita Srivastava, state president of PUCL (Rajasthan) condemned the arrest of Javed and Tahir.   "Tahir and Javed both are victims in this brutal attack in which Umar Khan was killed and his body mutilated that shows a complete desire to destroy the evidence. Tahir Himself suffered...




Family of slain dairy farmer Umar khan seeks justice
"Government is not listening to us. Till all the accused are not arrested and punished how we can get justice?" Ilyas, uncle of Umar asked. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Nov 21: Seeking justice in the case of killing of dairy farmer Umar Khan allegedly by gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes) in Rajasthan’s Alwar, his family demanded the arrest of all culprits in the case. They also urged state’s BJP government led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to remove the cases filed against the victims. “Government is not listening to us. Till all the accused are not arrested and punished how we can get justice? Lodging cases of cow smuggling against our people is injustice and these cases should be closed,” Ilyas, uncle of Umar said while narrating the incident of Umar's killing to media at press club, New Delhi.  “Our demand is to give Rs 50 lakh compensation to Umar’s family, job to his one son and 25 lakh for Ta...




'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months'
United Nations, Nov 18: More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official. Stephane Dujarric, the chief UN spokesman, on Friday said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has received reports of some 30 improvised rafts, carrying more than 1,000 people arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, reports Xinhua news. Unable to pay to cross over to Bangladesh, the spokesman said refugees "are building rafts from whatever materials they can get their hands on" to make the four-hour trip across the Naf River. Recent arrivals told UNHCR that they had been "waiting for more than a month in desperate conditions" on the shores of Myanmar, according to Dujarric.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported approximately 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25. "The refugees are mostly living in makeshift ...




NHRC notice to UP over deaths in Unchahar thermal plant blast
New Delhi, Nov 3: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the deaths in a boiler blast at a thermal power plant in the state.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of 30 persons and injuries to 64 others at the National Thermal Power Corporation's Unchahar plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, the NHRC sought a high-level probe into the matter and directed the Chief Secretary for a detailed report within six weeks.In a letter to the Chief Secretary, the NHRC said the high-level probe was immediately required to ascertain negligence and errors, if any, behind the incident, which involves the Right to Life.It said there was a need to ensure that such tragedies did not recur.It directed the state government to ensure that the bereaved families were suitably compensated by way of monetary relief without delay.On Wednesday, a boiler at the thermal power plant burst, resulting in a m...




Civil Society, religious communities protest together seeking justice for anti-Sikh riot victims
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Nov 1: To keep alive the voices for justice on yet another anniversary of anti-Sikh rights, people belonging to different communities held a joint protest on Wednesday. Besides punishment to the culprits of Sikh massacre, they also demanded justice for the 1992 (Babri Masjid demolition and riot), 2008 (anti-Christian riot in Kandhmal and 2002 (Gujarat riots).Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Srinivasan Raghwan, President, Lok Raj Sangathan said, "We have been marking this protest every year so people don't forget (the massacre) and it remains in their consciousness.""We are not asking government to take any action as government itself involved in communal violence. How it will punish itself?" he asked.  The protesters were upset as this year they are not allowed to take out a march like previous years due to an order of National Green Tribunal (NGT) barring protest gathering at Jantar Mantar citing pollution and asking ...




Congress seeks judicial probe into infants' death at Ahmedabad hospital
New Delhi, Oct 29: The Congress on Sunday demanded judicial probe into death of infants at an Ahmedabad hospital and questioned the issue not finding mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme.Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill claimed that 18 infants had died at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital over the past three days "due to the non-availability of doctors" and demanded resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani "due to gross criminal negligence of the state administration" and an independent inquiry under the supervision of either the Supreme Court or the high court.Shergill alleged that the Chief Superintendent of the Civil Hospital was a BJP ticket aspirant from the Aswara constituency and "is busy serving the ruling BJP government", while a cover-up has begun to protect the accused involved.He said instead of "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister should have apologised to the people, particularly families of the inf...




Nine newborns die in Gujarat government hospital in a day
Ahmedabad, Oct 29: As many as nine infants, including five referred from other public hospitals in critical condition, have died at the Government Civil Hospital here in a single day, official sources said.The newborns breathed their last on Saturday at Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.Five of them had been shifted from Civil Hospitals in Lunawada in Gujarat's Mahisagar district, Surendranagar district town, Mansa in Gandhinagar district, Viramgam in Ahmedabad district and Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district hospitals in the state, while four were born here.The rest four, who succumbed at the Ahmedabad hospital were all underweight, just like the five from other towns, according to M.M. Prabhakar, Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.He said the newborns were referred to Ahmedabad in a critical condition and this should not have happened."The infant who was brought from Lunawada Civil Hospital weighed only 1.1 kg with extreme preterm. The place is 130 km from her...




JNU missing student case: Court reserves order on CBI plea
New Delhi, Oct 27: A court here on Friday reserved its order on CBI's plea seeking early hearing on the application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test in connection with the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said that he will deliver his order on October 30 on plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).The CBI plea came after the Delhi High Court asked the probe agency to seek early hearing in the trial court, which had earlier adjourned the matter for January 2018.Eight of these students appeared before the court while one sought exemption from personal appearance on health grounds and was represented by his counsel.Ahmed, 27, an MSc First Year student, went missing on October 15 last year after a fight with alleged members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. However the student body had denied any involvement. (IANS)




Police diluted Pehlu Khan lynching case, finds independent probe
New Delhi, Oct 26: An independent fact-finding investigation into the lynching of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, earlier this year by cow vigilantes has exposed how police tried to "weaken" the investigation by delaying filing of the FIR and invoking IPC sections of crimes with lesser punishment.The investigation termed the police action as "monumental inefficiency" or a "deliberate attempt to weaken the cases against the accused gaurakshaks".In April, Khan, a dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur village in Haryana, was lynched by cow vigilantes in Behror of Alwar district in Rajasthan. He was returning home after purchasing two cows and two calves from a Jaipur cattle fair.The murder caught national attention and Khan became the face of protests against the spate of lynchings across the country in the name of gauraksha or cow protection.The independent investigation also revealed that the accused named in Khan's "dying declaration" were not arrested and p...




Days before Yogi's visit, Swiss couple brutally assaulted in Agra; Sushma seeks report from UP govt.
New Delhi/Agra, Oct 26: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government after a Swiss couple were allegedly attacked in Agra on Sunday."I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the state government," she said in a tweet attaching a news report of the attack on the Swiss couple.The minister also said that officials of the External Affairs Ministry will visit the couple in the hospital."My officers will reach them in the hospital," she said in another tweet.The External Affairs Minister's remarks came amid reports of the Swiss couple -- Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droxz -- stalked, harassed and assaulted with stones and sticks in Agra by a group of young men for over an hour on Sunday. They were admitted to a hospital in Agra after the attack.The couple had reportedly come to India on September 30 and were in Agra for a two-day visit. On Sunday, they planned to go to Fatehpur Sikri when they were at...




Madhya Pradesh: Man burnt to death for protesting daughter's molestation
Damoh (Madhya Pradesh), Oct 23: A 45-year-old man was burnt to death by three youths for filing a police complaint against one of them for molesting his daughter in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh District. The three have been arrested, police said.Narmada Sahu resident of Hata police station, had filed a police complaint against his neighbour Sachin, 18, for allegedly harassing and molesting his 15-year-old daughter.Angered by this, Sachin and two of his friends, Rajkumar and Ramkumar, started threatening Sahu to take back the police complaint and warned of dire consequences.On Sunday, they poured kerosene on Sahu and set him on fire, police said.Police Superintendent Vivek Aggarwal told IANS "Sahu was taken to hospital in serious condition and died during treatment at night."Aggarwal also added that Sahu's daughter had denied any molestation by Sachin.The official claimed that the main reason for the crime was not molestation. Police are probing the matter.According to source, Sahu ...




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