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Mum and 6 year old son both go to school to learn
Report dated 15/08/2011 @ 11:36 PM
Parvati Devi 23, of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan joined school with her 6 year old son, in order to study and learn, since the state government launched a drive towards educating all children.
Parvati did not believe education was important for her son thinking he would be a farmer like his ancestors, but when teachers encouraged her to visit the village school, she realised how education can change a person's life.
She then decided to send son Ramesh to school and to join up herself.
She admits her family was initially reluctant, worried about what the villagers would say, but they relented and allowed her to attend school
Parvati has been attending school and studying to catch up with her Grade 8 co-students. Her father is very proud of his daughter.
Parvati has inspired other families from the small village near Jaipur.
The Rajasthan government's drive began in July to lure over a million school dropouts between ages 6 and 14 to return to school.
Court gives students access to evaluated answer papers
Report dated 13/08/2011 @ 1:44 AM
The Supreme Court has permitted examinees to access their evaluated answer papers under the RTI Act. The judgment applies to all examinations including those conducted by public service commissions, universities, the CBSE and other boards and professional agencies.
Students are very pleased but some school and college authorities say the move is a misfit for the education system. They feel the system will be overburdened and revisiting the logistics and managerial resources will be tough. One principal admitted that most times re-tabulation shows errors in feeding marks into the computer which is a mechanical errror and not the fault of the teacher.
Misgivings by educational institutions include worries about the misuse of the ruling that will lead to confusion.
Students remain unimpressed with the caveats expressed by the teachers, and believe the ruling is a reason to celebrate for students whose marks were goofed up in the past.
Custody battle : Muslim parents v/s Hindu guardian
Report dated 13/08/2011 @ 1:40 AM
An unusual custody case was presented to the Supreme Court.
The case involved Akbar 6, who went with his father to a roadside pub in Allahabad in 2004 and wandered off unnoticed by his drunk father. Strangely, the parents did not file a missing person complaint with police.
The missing child surfaced in Lucknow at a tea stall whose owner Aiku Lal felt sorry for the lost boy and advertised about him hoping his parents woud respond. When he received no response, he took Akbar under his wing and cared for him as a son. He even admitted Akbar to a school, retaining his name and religion.
Three years later the parents Mohammad Abbas and Shahnaz Begum heard about their son who was living with Aiku and they moved the Allahabad High Court for custody. They accused Aiku of using the boy as bonded labour. Aiku produced evidence he had cared for the child and had even decided not to marry in case his prospective wife objected to his adopted son. Akbar too refused to go back to his parents, he wanted to stay with Akbar whom he considered his father.
After the High Court ruled in favour of Aiku and Akbar the parents then moved the Supreme Court who ruled that the child was happy and did not want to abandon Aiku who raised him and took into consideration the seven years he had spent in the care of his guardian. They ruled that the child remain in Aiku's care till he attains maturity and is able to decide for himself.
The mother's counsel has asked that all parties meet with a childwelfare society and allow psychiatrists to determine the fate of Akbar.
Independence Day - an excuse to elope...
Report dated 11/08/2011 @ 6:05 PM
Tribal youth who fancied girls at first sight during the August 15 celebrations, ran away with them and married them in an old tradition in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
The entire district gathered to celebrate the post-independence three day long festival that was known as the Tribal Fair . They used the celebration as the best opportunity for young people to meet and sometimes fall in love at first sight and elope. If, after the fact, the girl resisted, she was returned to her home, but in most cases the families approved the marriage.
Poverty is stated to be the main reason behind these elopements, but times have changed and a ban has been placed on eloping during the celebrations, even though several successful marriages have grown from the now defunct tradition.
NRI custodial killing exposes arbitrary shifting of police dentention location
Report dated 10/08/2011 @ 6:29 PM
An inquiry into the custodial killing of NRI Cypriano Fernandes has uncovered that a lock-up at the police headquarters had been moved without required notification and police were forced to keep the prisoner in the Panaji police lock-up.
Goa police initiated an inquiry into the custodial killing of Fernandes to ascertain whether there were irregularities and found that Fernandes was kept in Panaji police station as there was no other jails available on that day. He was allegedly killed while in police custody.
Fernandes who returned from overseas was arrested on charges of threatening a woman friend. He was later referred to a Hospital when he complained of being ill. He died the next day.
A magisterial inquiry concluded he was hit with a hard object that caused his death.
Three senior police officials were suspended after Cypriano died while in custody and were charged with procedural lapses and neglect.
Cypriano's body still lies in the government mortuary as his family members demand the arrest of policemen responsible for his death.