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Separatist leader Masarat Alam was sent to seven-day police custody

Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00 Written by

by NCNB

SRINAGAR|NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir's separatist leader Masarat Alam was sent to seven-day police custody late on Friday evening. 

This comes after Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, strongly condemned Alam's arrest. Geelani maintained that arrest won't deter them from carrying their movement forward.

"I strongly condemn the registration of FIRs against the pro-freedom leaders for raising pro-freedom slogans in the rally yesterday. These kinds of actions cannot deter us. If demanding of freedom right is crime then we will continue to do it again and again and no power of the world can stop us from doing this," Geelani was quoted as saying by Kashmir Times. The separatist leader is under house arrest at the moment.

Homemaker in Bengaluru has alleged that she was verbally sexually harassed by an immigration officer

Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00 Written by

Bengaluru: A homemaker in Bengaluru has alleged that she was verbally sexually harassed by an immigration officer at the Delhi airport on March 18 when she was flying to Hong Kong via Delhi.

The woman claimed that the immigration officer harassed her by asking her several uncomfortable personal questions. The incident took place when the woman was at the immigration counter before she boarded the flight for Hong Kong where she had to meet her husband.

According to the complaint, the officer not only harassed her during the immigration process at the desk, but also by following her along at the escalator, between the domestic and international transfer.

The woman's family has filed a complaint with the immigration authorities via e-mail but are yet to receive a response from the authorities.

According to the complaint, she was asked questions like, how many children do you have, do you drink, do you smoke, do you eat chicken, do you sleep with other men when your husband is at work. Not once or twice, but he asked her four times if she had undergone a surgery for birth control. He even asked her whether she would like to have her third child with him.

Here is the full text of the complaint sent to Commissioner, Bureau Of Immigration, Delhi PK Bhardwaj.

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Dear Mr PK Bhardwaj ji

On the night of March the 18th at 21:30, at the Indra Gandhi International Airport my daughter in law landed from Bangalore and was transferred to international onto a Hong Kong flight scheduled at 02:00 the next morning.

I would like to complain, about an immigration officer who verbally sexually harassed my daughter in law not only during the immigration process at the desk, but also by following her along the travelator, between domestic and international transfer.

I would like to explicitly mention some of the questions/comments made by him

- How many children do you have?

- Where have you left them? You young girls have children and then don't care and leave them with parents and do 'majja ' with men.

- Do u drink, do u smoke, do u eat chicken,do u have fun with men when your husband is not there

- Have you done surgery for birth control.? ( this was asked 4 times)

- Do you sleep with other men when your husband is at work?

- Would you like to have the third child with me because my wife doesn't want to have the 3rd child?

- Why are you going alone to Hongkong, to have fun with your husband, or anyone else? Will you have fun with me?

- Are u staying with anyone else in Hong Kong?

- Give me your personal number, which I could call you when your husband isn't at home

She was in fear and so, removed her phone and spoke to a friend loudly about this immigration officer and only when he walked out of the glass door and was constantly looking up as she was taking the escalator up.

As she was travelling alone and was in a state of shock, to react to this situation or even register a complaint, so on her return on the March 23rd at 00:30, from Hong Kong, she along with her husband / my son visited the cabin of AFRRO Mr. Alok Kumar Verma, to file a complaint.

Mr. Verma, handed out the leaflet of the Department of immigration complaint handling contact information and requested to file it online and he could not officially take a complaint.

Whilst at the cabin, the officer alleged, walks into the cabin, for some of his other duties and my daughter in law identified him in front of the presiding AFRRO.

On a quick interrogation, he agreed that he had confronted my daughter-in-law that night. He denied completely that he spoke to her by leaving his desk and following her on the travelator, at the transfer area. The name of this officer is Mr. Vinod Kumar, Designation Immigration assistant.

I request you to kindly take action on this officer and also provide the evidence of CCTV camera footage of that transfer area, that night.

This crime should be taken up very seriously, considering that a Government officer had the audacity to misbehave in such a secure area, such as the airport with a single lady.

In light of such bad media coverage of Delhi, as a city synonymous with poor protection of women, the last resort will be highlighting this event to the press and media.

I kindly request you to send me an acknowledgement and your further plan of action.

Best Regards.

Sources : IBN Live

 

Nithari killings: Surinder Koli's death sentence commuted to life imprisonment

Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00 Written by

ALLAHABAD: The death sentence of Surender Koli, convicted in 2006 Nithari serial killings case, was on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment by the Allahabad high court on the ground of "inordinate delay" in deciding his mercy petition.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PKS Baghel held that execution of Koli's death sentence would be "unconstitutional in view of the inordinate delay" in deciding his mercy petition.

The order came on a Public Interest Litigation filed by NGO People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) which contended that the period elapsed in disposal of Koli's mercy petition was "3 years and 3 months" and, as such, execution of death sentence would be in violation of the Right to Life granted in Article 21 of the Constitution.

A petition filed later by Koli himself, challenging the death sentence on the same ground as the one stated in the PIL, has also been clubbed with it.

The death sentence was awarded to him by a special CBI court at Ghaziabad on February 13, 2009.

The PIL was filed on October 31 last year, three days after the Supreme Court rejected Koli's recall application.

CBI to ask jail authorities about Kunal suicide attempt

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00 Written by

Kolkata, Nov 14 (INBN) Voicing concern over the alleged suicide attempt made by Saradha ponzi scam accused and suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, the special crime branch of CBI today said it will ask jail authorities how he got access to the medicines.

It is a matter of "great concern" and "very difficult" to understand how Ghosh got access to medicines and subsequently allegedly tried to commit suicide after consuming medicines, CBI sources told PTI here.

Away from Photo Ops

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00 Written by

At the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan last month, thousands of children and youth solemnly took the pledge: “Ab hamara kartavya hain ki gandagi ko door karke Bharat Mata ki sewa karein. (Now it is our duty to serve Mother India by getting rid of dirt.)” Every citizen must do their rightful civic duty and work to clean India for two hours every week for a total of 100 hours a year. Fired up by this, dozens of schools have organised events at which children have been encouraged to pick up a broom and start cleaning.

Here’s the irony: Long before the prime minister exhorted children to pick up a broom and do their civic duty to keep India clean, thousands of children have in fact already been keeping India clean. They don’t do it for any lofty ideal of citizenship, or for some photo opportunity. “Pet ka sawal hai. Nahin to koi aisa ganda kaam kyun karunga? (You have to fill your stomach. Why else would anyone do this dirty work?),” 13-year-old Saif says. For children like him, it is how he earns a living. “It’s not just dirty, it’s also dangerous,” Saif’s friend, Deepu, adds. “People get killed in this line of work.” Deepu works in the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai. He is 15, and has been working here for the last four years. He sees himself as a bit of an expert. “It gets very hot when gas from the garbage fills the area.

Then there are explosions and fires, you can’t breathe or see anything. You have to run for your life with your eyes streaming.”

In the landfills of Deonar (Mumbai), Ghazipur (Delhi), Bhanpur (Bhopal), at neighbourhood garbage dumps and on the streets across urban India, scores of children of all ages are waging turf wars, handling excreta and toxic waste, being pricked by needles, cut by shards of glass, falling prey to illness and disease as they struggle to eke out a precarious existence, all the while keeping India clean for you and me. They are the ragpicker children. A ragpicker child is typically a Dalit or a minority. She may be a migrant or a street child. If she has family, they most likely are ragpickers too.

A career in the trash business can start as early as six — when the child is old enough to hold a sack and walk through mounds of garbage, nimble fingers picking out what’s recyclable and setting it aside to be sold. The day starts early for the ragpicker child — sometimes 4 or 5 in the morning, when it’s still dark, or cold. A workday is long, 9-10 hours, sometimes more, depending on one’s luck. It involves the backbreaking work of collection — when the ragpicker child comes to your doorstep, or to the street where you live, or your community garbage dhalao or further away from your view, at the landfill. The ragpicker child has no gloves, no shoes and no mask, nothing to protect her. Not surprising then that leisure for the ragpicker child frequently involves the use of substances — anything that can get you high, help you forget the filth and exhaustion and stop smelling the stench that emanates from your own body.

More devastating than the obvious hazards to health and wellbeing that characterise the ragpicker child’s life is the discrimination and abuse she faces. “The smell of garbage marks us. Everyone knows who we are and what we do by the way we smell. And so they hate us. They won’t talk to us, or even look at us. Even in school,” says Sunita, age 11. “Everyone says the dumping children are thieves. [“Dumping” is how children in dumping grounds refer to their work.] The police catch us for everything. If anything gets stolen and there is a dumping child there, he will get blamed for sure. Then he will get beaten and abused,” says Shambhu, age 12.

Since 2001, ragpicking and the handling of garbage has been on the list of hazardous work under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. This means that for children under the age of 14, this work is forbidden by law. That said, you will hear that there are an estimated 1,20,000-2,50,000 children who are doing this dangerous, hazardous and banned work. It is difficult to know the real numbers, since the work is easily hidden — it happens informally. In these informal settings, it’s easy to not recognise work as work and to pretend it’s the more benign and legally allowable category of children “helping out with household activities”.

Long before the prime minister exhorted children to pick up a broom and do their civic duty to keep India clean, thousands of children have in fact already been keeping India clean. (Source: AP)© Provided by Indian Express Long before the prime minister exhorted children to pick up a broom and do their civic duty to keep India clean, thousands of children have in fact already been keeping India clean. (Source: AP)
When we volunteer ourselves and our children with a missionary zeal to clean the country, we should pause and think of the thousands of children for whom cleaning India is no exercise in volunteerism.

The writer is director of policy and advocacy at Aangan

Cheap hampers war on militants by Indian intelligence agency

Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00 Written by

When a bomb went off last month in West Bengal, police at India's leading counterterrorism organisation had to hail taxis to get to the scene because they did not have enough cars.

The admission by two officers from the National Investigation Agency underlines how poorly equipped it is to fulfil its role of investigating the most serious terrorism cases, cutting off funding to militants and putting suspects on trial.

The NIA's woes are symptomatic of an overstretched intelligence network at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi must counter the growing threat of Islamist militants from al Qaeda, and possibly also Islamic State, gaining a foothold in the world's largest democracy.

The NIA has no officers specialising in cyber surveillance, explosives or tracing chemicals and has been forced to ask companies to decrypt computers recovered at crime scenes, officers said.

"The government has its budget constraints; we have done quite well in cracking cases with the resources at our disposal," NIA head Sharad Kumar told Reuters in an interview.

When NIA officers eventually arrived at the scene of the blast in West Bengal, bordering Bangladesh to India's east, what they discovered was important.

Two members of a banned Bangladeshi militant group had blown themselves up building bombs, and the NIA believes they were part of a series of plots to destabilise Bangladesh.

The NIA, which had only opened its West Bengal branch five days earlier, was caught by surprise by the blast, as were other Indian intelligence agencies.It is now investigating the case and says it is struggling to find a dozen senior militant leaders who it said had fled the area after the explosion.

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The NIA was created in response to the siege of Mumbai, India's financial capital, when Pakistani gunmen killed 166 people in a commando-style assault on two luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre in 2008.

The agency is seen as India's answer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's counterterrorism wing, although, despite a population four times that of the United States, it has about 0.5 percent of the funding of its American counterpart.

Before the Mumbai attack, India's security agencies were so riven by conflict and miscommunication that they failed to process warnings about the threat of a sea-borne assault, the government said later, vowing to revamp the state machinery.

Six years later and Modi has yet to lay out plans to overhaul the structure of the security services or improve the information flow between agencies, according to police and intelligence officers.

Since winning power in May, his domestic security focus has been to boost surveillance of suspects in the Muslim community following the rise of Islamic State and to improve intelligence ties with the U.S. and Israel, government officials said.

So far his government has not responded to the NIA's request made months ago to double the staff, recruit more specialists and create a national centre of excellence to train officers.

A home ministry spokesman declined to comment on those requests, part of a blueprint to overhaul the NIA.

Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, said there had been "aggression from the new government in its statements and its posturing on terrorism.

"There is no sign of a dramatic transformation in its approach, and until we get that, then the best you can hope for is for the same people to do a little better."

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Brig. (Retd.) Gurinder Singh joins AICHLS

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00 Written by

New Delhi , 29.10.14 (NCNB) All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties & Social Justice (AICHLS) , has nominated Brig. (Retd.) Gurinder Singh as Patron & National Adviser in National Governing Body.

Five Bangladeshis arrested for illegally staying in India

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00 Written by

Muzaffarnagar (UP), Oct 29 (NCNB) Five Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested for allegedly illegally staying in the country, police said today. They were illegally living in the country for last 10 years, police said, adding the family head, Manzur Alem, is in jail in West Bengal in a smuggling case.

A case was registered under the Foreigners Act against Maviya (40), Jasmine (21), Shakila (23) and two minors who were apprehended yesterday in Mehmoodnagar locality.

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