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'Smart' cards not so smart - maestro Jagjit Singh listed as labourer !
Report dated 18/05/2013 @ 12:45 PM
Some photographs on the so called 'Smart Cards' used to make payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rewa district, lists Chhatttisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and other eminent people as labourers, though with different names.
It is common that such cards carry pictures of celebrities but carry the names of locals.
The cards were issued by the Union Bank of India under a financial-inclusion scheme in 2009-10. Preparing the cards was outsourced to a company called FINO, and were later linked to payments made under the rural employment scheme.
UBI's general manager says prima facie no payments were made to the card users with famous people's pictures and he believes it is the work of some mischievous people associated with FINO.
They have now sought details of all the bogus cards including payment details and if anything wrong is found, legal action will be taken.
One employee who was terminated from FINO after he complained about the anomalies said the issue relates to corruption.
Delhi student sodomised for friendship with girl
Report dated 17/05/2013 @ 1:05 PM
Delhi University student Robin was sodomised, had dogs set upon him, and was tortured by henchmen of the father of a girl with whom he was friends.
A police official in Ghaziabad detailed what had happened, saying the girl also a student of the University was friends with the student and when the father Rajesh Mavi, an influential, affluent man learned of their friendship, he sent four men to abduct Robin who was taken to Rajesh's farmhouse where the men sodomised him, unleashed dogs on him and even rubbed salt and chillies into his wounds.
The torturers then uploaded obscene images on Facebook by creating a fake ID.
The news reached Robin's family who went to the farmhouse and rescued their son, but were also threatened with dire consequence.
A man and woman left alone will opt for sex says Judge
Report dated 16/05/2013 @ 2:39 PM
While pronouncing sentence in 2012 on factory watchman Kattu Raja, for the murder of a co-worker, the Kancheepuram judge made the appalling statement that 'A man and woman left alone, will always go for sexual intercourse'.
He went on to analyse the situation believing that Raja made advances towards the deceased and even if she refused there still may have been sexual intercourse, that she did not welcome, which would have resulted in ill-feeling, leading to the murder of the woman Mageshwari, a factory worker.
The Kancheepuram sessions court found Raja guilty on the basis of circumstantial evidence and his proximity to the victim.
The Madras High Court stepped in and set aside the life sentence given to Raja and ordered his release. The Court also decried the judge for arriving at conclusions based purely on surmises and conjectures, and his judicial conclusion that a man and woman if left alone will opt for sexual intercourse. The Court stated sternly that mere suspicion does not take the place of proof.
Senior couple unable to bear son's abuse beg for death
Report dated 13/05/2013 @ 6:37 PM
Bhau Das Gridhari Balda, 64, and his wife Leeela Balda, 63, from Ahmedabad live in their house with their alcoholic son Manish who beats them up every day. Their daughter-in-law threatens to sue them under the anti-dowry law and throw them out of the house.
The couple approached the police station with a written complaint but no action was taken. Later they again wrote a complaint, this time to the SDM, but again their complaint fell on deaf ears. They then filed an RTI application to learn the status of their complaint but that too was never answered. All the while their son and daughter-in-law continued to harass and abuse them.
They made a final application to the collector asking for permission to end their lives as they are completely helpless and want to die.
The Collector's office has forwarded the complaint to the police commissioner asking him to take action against the son and daughter-in-law under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act.
80-year-old widow raped in Tamil Nadu !
Report dated 12/05/2013 @ 2:04 PM
An 80-year-old widow who lived alone in Malliakari was raped by 41-year-old Palanivel, a vegetable vendor who has two wives and four children, when he went to the victim's house and asked for water. The lady refused and he forced his way into the house and allegedly raped her and bit her private parts.
Local residents called an ambulance and rushed the woman to a hospital. They also detained the rapist and handed him over to police, who registered a case of rape against him.
The widow is battling for her life and her condition is said to be critical.