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Gang rape victim gets measly $1700 compensation
Report dated 11/07/2011 @ 0:50 AM
A Bihar village panchayat (village council) ordered four youths to pay a total of Rs.85,000 to a married Muslim woman as compensation for gang raping her. The elders also decreed that the now 'defiled' woman must divorce her husband.
The decision of the village court came to light after the 22 year old rape victim filed a court case against her rapists, one of whom surrendered and produced a copy of the compensation Agreement reached with the woman at the panchayat meeting. Grounds upon which the rapist sought bail.
The court called the compensation Agreement injustice of the worst kind, and heard the whole ghastly case of the woman who was spirited away from her home and held captive for three days when she was gang raped. After she was freed she told her daily wage earner husband of the crime and they filed a case. Sadly the police cooled their heels over reacting to the poor woman's complaint during which, though she was made to sign the compensation Agreement she did not accept the compensation and continued to live with her husband.
While the Court rejected the bail petition of the jailed rapist, the three others remain at large.
Forest officers fail to halt illegal 'Marriage of the Monkeys'
Report dated 10/07/2011 @ 1:48 AM
In the forests of northwestern India where Hindu belief includes the worship of animals as avatars, monkeys have a special place as they are worshipped as avatars of Hanuman the monkey God
One Mr. Rajesh a 38 year old childless rickshaw driver happily arranged the marriage of his beloved pet monkey Raju, with Chinki, a female monkey owned by a village priest.
The excited owners planned a huge simian wedding, sent out hundreds of invitations and set out their plans according to traditional Hindu customs. 2000 guests were expected to turn up for the wedding feast.
As news of the monkey marriage spread, state forest department officials intervened. In India monkeys are protected as government property, and no one is allowed to adopt them as pets. The forest officer also stated that it is illegal to marry monkeys and perpetrators will be arrested.
Disappointed villagers protested and the monkeys and their owners went into hiding.
On the day of the planned wedding 200 guards covered the village and its angry occupants. Meanwhile the owners secretly arranged for Raju and Chinki to be married and celebrations erupted.
Forestry officials eventually found Chinki bedecked in the Hindu vermillion worn by Hindu wives. But though sympathetic, the officials did their duty and the monkey couple were taken away to be released in nearby forests.
An emotional Ramesh is convinced his adopted son the monkey Raju will return home to him along with his wife Chinki.
Man assaulted by Railway Police for wearing dirty clothes
Report dated 06/07/2011 @ 1:33 AM
Ajay Gupta was waiting on the railway platform of Muzaffapur to meet his wife who was arriving on a train, when he was assaulted by a railway protection force constable because he looked like a labourer in his unwashed clothes.
The investigators into the event said that the constable took Gupta for an antisocial element who was loitering on the platform.
When the policeman ordered Gupta to leave, he refused and showed them his platform ticket and explained that he was receiving his wife who was arriving on the train.
Authorities say the constable was out of line and did not have the right to assault anyone because of their attire.
Twelve year old ends life to donate eyes to dad
Report dated 05/07/2011 @ 0:28 AM
Young Mumpy Sarkar's father needed eye surgery to save his vision and her brother needed a kidney transplant to save his life. The treatments however were beyond the family's meagre means.
In her childlike selflessness, Mumpy from Dhantala, decided she would commit suicide so her organs could be used to save her kin. Also her parents would be spared the expense of a dowry to get her married.
On a day Mumpy was alone at home she drank a poisonous pesticide and was rushed to hospital by her father who had returned. Sadly Mumpy was declared dead on arrival.
Even more tragically, Mumpy's letter to her mother explaining that she wanted her organs to be donated to her father and brother was found by her father the day after she was cremated.
Man acquitted after 15 year trial under Wildlife Protection Act
Report dated 01/07/2011 @ 1:39 AM
Prem Kumar of Shakurpur, who was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act in 1996 after authorities recovered a package of some 1400 cobra skins, has been acquitted on the grounds of doubtful evidence against him.
The magistrate in the case stated it was clear the snake skins were neither recovered from the possession of the accused nor at his instance and that just the address of the accused on the package was not sufficient proof.