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They are also women. They are believed to be “Abla Naari”, aka victims always. They go all the from marrying 50 times and eloping with cash and jewelry to filing false rape cases 11 times to chop their husbands off in pieces to forcing their minor daughter to sex trade to killing their children for extra marital affair to filing sexual harassment case against their bosses when undue promotion was denied …….

Their story also gets published in various media across country, but never made way to our gray cells. This section intends to collect such news articles, with heading of each article having the link to the original article as published by the respective news providers.

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NEW DELHI: Filing a false sexual harassment case 15 years ago against a now retired senior officer of Northern Railways has landed a woman in trouble with a court directing her to pay Rs 5 lakh to him “to console the hurt victim”.

Holding that the woman had defamed the 74-year-old man, who has now retired, additional district judge Rajender Kumar Shastri directed the woman to pay compensation, saying “every man has his own status, however humble, and he has a right to guard his reputation”.

The woman had alleged that she was sexually harassed in 1996, while working as secretary to the then chief personnel officer in Northern Railways. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had ruled in her favour, but the Delhi High court in 2008 set aside the order, terming it “invalid”.

The man had filed a defamation suit against the woman seeking damages of Rs 10 lakh for the “emotional trauma” he underwent.

He claimed that she had filed the complaint of sexual harassment after he had reprimanded her for not doing her work properly. He also said the prolonged litigation caused him humiliation among his peers.

ADJ Shastri said, “The plaintiff (man) was a senior officer, who served the Indian Railways. There is no evidence against plaintiff about any misconduct except the complaint lodged by present defendant, which was proved as false.”

The court, however, showed leniency towards the woman while deciding the compensation amount after she pleaded that she was a widow and could not afford such a penalty. “I agree that status of claimant in society is a factor to be considered by the court in awarding compensation but status and financial position of other party ie defendant (woman) also cannot be ignored. The objective of providing compensation is to console the victim and not to punish the defendant by imposing such a penalty which she cannot afford from her means,” it said.

Times View

There can be no dispute that stringent laws are needed to deal with sexual harassment. However, it’s also true that strong laws are more prone to being misused. To prevent this, it could be stipulated that where a complaint is proved to be false, the accuser must not only suffer amonetary penalty but face a jail term too. That would be a real deterrence against abuse of the law.

Of course, the mere fact that the accused in a sexual harassment case is acquitted should not suffice to trigger this provision. It should be up to the accused to provethat the complaint is false and has been filed with mala fide intent.

A new survey has found that women now-a-days have become more sexually liberated as compared to men, and are engaging in sexual activities with several partners at a younger age.

According to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, women are also leading men in the case of same-sex relationships, with four times as many women now report gay experiences compared to 20 years ago. However, the survey also found that women who have had one or two sexual partners are up to three times more likely than men, to be at the receiving end of sexually transmitted diseases.

One of the survey’s lead authors, Professor Kaye Wellings of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that the poll clearly shows that the gap previously seen between men and for women has been closing in the last decades.

MUMBAI: Accusing a man of having illicit relations with his sister and sister-in-law is mental cruelty and grounds for divorce, ruled the Bombay high court.

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Revati Dere held that the woman had made it impossible for her estranged husband to live with her and conformed the divorce granted to the couple, who are now grandparents. Mulund residents Rajesh and Shanti Shah (names changed) have been at loggerheads for around four decades.

“The allegations are extremely serious, vulgar, and wild, and are of such a nature that any person against whom such wild, serious and unsubstantiated allegations are made is bound to undergo mental pain, agony and suffering,” said the bench. “We are firmly of the opinion that the said allegations and language used therein would constitute mental cruelty which is of such a nature that the husband cannot reasonably be expected to live with the appellant wife thereafter. The position of law is well settled that levelling disgusting accusations of extra-marital relationship amounts to grave assault on the character, honour, reputation, status as well as the health of a person. Such aspersions which are unsubstantiated constitute worst form of cruelty, sufficient by itself to constitute cruelty in law.”

Shanti admitted that she had made those allegations through letters, but claimed it was her outburst against the cruel treatment meted to her by her husband. The HC also upheld the family court order granting divorce on the ground of desertion. “Once we have come to the conclusion that the wife made it impossible for him to live in the house by her conduct, it can be safely inferred that he was compelled to abandon the house on account of the said conduct,” the court said.

Rajesh and Shanti had got married in 1971, and have two sons, who are now in their forties. According to Rajesh, they used to often have fights as she did not want to live with his parents. Later, they got their own place, but the fights continued with Rajesh now accusing her of turning their sons against him. In 1993, Rajesh moved out of the house, and after three years filed a petition for divorce.

In 2005, a family court granted him divorce, but Shanti approached the HC to challenge the order.

KOLKATA: If you are a pedestrian or use thepublic transport system, beware of a gang ofwomen that traps innocent people as molesters and extorts them.

At a time when sexual harassment cases are shaking the nation, this bunch of women has seized upon the fear psychosis to make some quick money, regardless of what effect it might have on women who are actually victims of molestation and rape.

Such incidents have been reported over the past few weeks but no one had dared go to police until the all-lady gang targeted a lawyer on Wednesday, without realizing his wife was with him or that there were legal clerks around as witnesses.

Lawyer Asim Kumar Maity was returning home when the incident occurred in the busy Dalhousie area.

“It was around 5.30 pm, after the day’s work. I, my wife and some law-clerks were looking for a taxi in front of Mughal Garden Restaurant. My wife was a little away chatting with the law clerks. I had just had an altercation with a cabby over refusal. All of sudden, a woman, who looked to be in her late 40s, swung towards me and held me by my collar. I was stunned. I had never even dreamt of being in such a situation,” recounted Maity.

The woman charged Maity aggressively and accused him of molesting her. “Why did you touch me,” she demanded to know and threatened to “drag him to Hare Street police station”.

The commotion quickly attracted a crowd. And as it happens in such cases, people instinctively trust the woman.

“She was hurling filthy abuses to unnerve my husband. In no time, three other women emerged from a nearby alley and joined the first one. By the time I had overcome my initial bafflement and rushed to rescue my husband,” said Kaberi Sengupta Maity.

Maity, too, had shaken off his initial shock and shouted back. That his wife was with him gave him added support.

“They were not only abusive but were threatening to put me behind bars. When my wife came to my rescue, they grew more desperate and tried to draw public sympathy by ‘showing’ how I molested her. From their words, my legal brain could pick up that they knew of Section 354-IPC (molestation) and that it had been made a non-bailable offence,” Maity said.

The gang backed off only when they realized Maity was a lawyer and he not only had the support of his wife but a bunch of legal clerks as witnesses.

“Other lawyers also came to our rescue, so did law-clerks. I told them that I was ready to go to any police station and demanded to see their identity. They were still hurling abusive words. By then, a law-clerk brought a cab and we boarded it. The women banged on the taxi as we were about to leave,” Maity said.

Since they were all women, Maity and his group decided not to confront them any further. “But later, I felt I must record a complaint as they can harass an unsuspecting citizen and extort him in the name of an out-of-police-station settlement. Police must be proactive to nab the gang before they trap others,” he said. Hare Street police are investigating the complaint.

The women are aged between 38 and 50. There have been rumours of women suddenly accusing men of molestation and dragging them to police but stopping short of it and agreeing to “settle” it for cash. Maity is the only one to file a complaint so far.

Kanpur: A day after a woman manager of a nationalised bank here accused her Assistant General Manager of sexually harassing her, police today said that CCTV footage of the cabin where the alleged incident took place did not have anything to support the charge.

“The CCTV footage of AGM Lakshmikanth Chandana’s cabin for November 8, the day on which the alleged incident took place, has been analysed, but nothing has been found which can prove that he had sexually harassed the woman,” said Collectorganj police station Circle Officer DSP Raghvender Yadav.

“However, since a complaint has been received from the woman, we will today get the CCTV footage of the entire AGM office to see if any objectionable incident took place,” he said.

The official also said that the woman concerned is not cooperating with the police and did not appear before the police even after being summoned repeatedly.

In her complaint filed at Collectorganj police station on November 28, the victim, manager at the bank’s Chakeri branch, alleged that on November 8, the AGM called her to his chamber at the bank’s office at Birhana Road and scolded her in front of a customer.

After the customer left, the AGM tried to molest her and when she resisted, he threatened her, she alleged. The AGM has been booked under section 354 (outraging modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) Section 509 (making gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.

The bank has constituted a five-member committee to probe the case and a report will be submitted within seven days.

When contacted, the AGM rubbished the allegations made by the woman manager and said that the matter has been handed over to senior officials of the bank for investigation.

Senior police officials should also investigate the case and if he is found guilty, strict action should be taken against him, the AGM said, adding that if the complaint is found false, action should be taken against the woman.

Jayesh Raut and wife Trupti in happier times.

Jayesh Raut and wife Trupti in happier times.
Fed up with his wife’s extra-marital affair, a 29-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his Pratiksha Nagar residence in Sion. However, before ending his life, he recorded a statement on his mobile phone.

The deceased, Jayesh Raut, was upset over his 23-year-old wife Trupti’s illicit relationship with 38-year-old Rajesh Verma.  Jayesh, who was helping his mother run a flower stall outside Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi, went into depression after he learnt that Trupti was two months pregnant with Rajesh’s baby.

“I love you Trupti. I can’t live without you. Trupti and her paramour Rajesh are responsible for my death,” Jayesh said before hanging himself.

On November 18, the  police said, Trupti had called Rajesh to her Pratiksha Nagar home after she had a fight with her husband and asked him to take her to his Virar home. On her way to Virar, Trupti received an SMS from Jayesh, asking her to see his video. After reading it, Trupti called Jayesh’s brother and asked him to rush to her husband’s house to save him.

According to the police, Jayesh and Trupti tied the knot eight months ago after a nine-year courtship.

However, for the past two months the two were having regular fights over the affair.

The Wadala Truck Terminus police on Friday arrested Trupti and Rajesh for allegedly abetting the suicide of Jayesh.

“We have booked Trupti and Rajesh, a divorcee, under Sections 306 (abetment to commit suicide), 497 (adultery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). We have also seized Jayesh’s mobile phone. However, we have not found any suicide note,” said police inspector Sawalaram Agawane, adding that the mobile phone will be sent for forensic test.

The two have been remanded in police custody till November 27. Jayesh’s brother Hemant demanded that the police should register a case of murder against Trupti and Rajesh.

“Society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment and ego problems,” an angry judge told the advocate of a woman who accepts alimony from her former husband, but refused him the right to visit their daughter.

Division bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice K Govindarajulu were hearing an appeal by Binu Vineet seeking visitation rights to see his minor daughter whom he has not seen for seven years and who lives with his former wife, Shiny.

Shiny’s advocate argued against it, saying Vineet was not interested in the child and had not paid child maintenance for years. Justice Manjunath asked Shiny’s advocate if Vineet was paying the monthly maintenance, and when told that he was, the judge said, “You tried to create an impression that he was not paying for the last three years.

I am sorry to say this, but society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment, ego problems and blowing small issues out of proportion. I do not know where society is headed with such attitude. Both parents pamper a child to make it avoid the other parent. The child takes money from both the parents and will end up as a vagabond on the streets. Even the judges are responsible for this because they pass orders on just the fact, without considering human issues.”

Justice Manjunath said that advocates had the responsibility of trying to get the parties to reconcile. He further said that the woman in this case was behind money. “You want his money, but don’t want him to see the child,” the judge said.

Vineet and Shiny divorced in March 2005. Their only daughter is now 16 and Vineet has been trying to get custody and visitation rights for years. In 2008, the trial court rejected his plea. He has appealed in the HC now.

MUMBAI: In the second such instance in Mumbai in less than two months, the police have arrested a woman and her “paramour” for allegedly abetting the suicide of her husband after he left a video “blaming them for the act”.

Businessman Jayesh Raut (29) hanged himself in his fourth-floor apartment in Sion’s Pratiksha Nagar on November 18 and recorded the death on his phone. The 44-minute video also included a suicide note, where Raut held responsible his 23-year-old wife Trupti and her 38-year-old paramour Rajesh Verma. Raut said in the recording that he was depressed because his wife did not end her extramarital affair despite his many entreaties.

Before ending his life, Raut texted his wife, asking her to watch the suicide clip and to take a look at his body in Sion Hospital. Trupti and Verma were arrested on November 23 and remanded in police custody till Wednesday.

Police officers said Raut, who owned a flower shop outside Siddhivinayak Temple, and Trupti got married in February after a nine-year courtship. The couple moved to a rented flat in Sion, but differences erupted soon after.

They fought often and, in March, Trupti confessed to having an affair with Verma, according to officers. “Jayesh tried to counsel her, but in vain. She told him that Verma had helped her get a job at a Byculla car showroom where he worked. She left Jayesh’s house and did not come back for four months. During this time, she lived with Verma in Virar,” Raut’s mother Lata told the police.

On November 16, Trupti returned and told Raut that she was two-month pregnant. Two days later, Verma dropped by and took Trupti away after a heated argument with Raut. “Jayesh tried to stop her by slitting his wrists, but she left anyway. Jayesh recorded the fight by leaving his phone camera on. He can be heard saying in it that he loves her and cannot live without her,” said assistant commissioner of police (Sion division) Rajdoot Rupwate.

At 6.45pm, Raut texted Trupti and asked that she watch the recording of his suicide. He then laid the phone down on a table and hanged himself. Raut’s younger brother Hemant said: “Trupti called me at 7.45pm and asked that we rush to my brother’s house to save him. My mother and I found him dead.”

Rupwate said that, apart from the video, cops have found a copy of a note Raut sent to the police in September. In that, he accused Trupti and Verma of mentally harassing him and held them responsible in case he ended his life. “We have seized the cellphones of Raut and Trupti and sent them to the Forensic Science Laboratory,” said Rupwate.

In a similar incident, a 38-year-old driver, Sunil Ugde, had hanged himself in his Agripada hutment on October 8 after recording a video on his mobile phone, where he accused his wife and her paramour for driving him to suicide.

80-yr-old decides to pay daughter-in-law to avoid court visit More than 200 cases were on board for settlement and 120 were heard in family court. A 30-year-old woman Pinky (name changed to protect identity) from Sahakarnagar was accused in abetment to suicide case of her husband who had allegedly committed suicide in 2010. Pinky, who runs a boutique shop, had filed four cases against her in-laws under the provisions of Domestic Violence Act, Hindu Succession Act and also demanded alimony from her in-laws. Pinky’s father-in-law Ramesh (80) had approached the family court through lawyer Vikas Shinde and claimed that he wanted to settle the matter by paying Rs5 lakh to her.

Speaking to dna, Ramesh said, “I decided to settle the matter by paying her the amount as I would not have to go to court at this age. I have lost my son but my granddaughter should not suffer. I have availed of a personal loan of Rs5 lakh that I will be paying to Pinky to settle the case.” In another case, 30-year-old woman Anne (name changed to protect identity) working in a call centre at Magarpatta City had approached the panel members before judicial magistrate (first class) Jyoti Kotnis and lawyer TD Isaac claiming that her husband who is manager at a Hinjewadi-based call centre is not paying her alimony. The couple realised that the cause of dispute was misunderstanding. After the panel spoke to the couple, they happily left the premises with a promise to not take the legal measure again.

She had prayed for monthly maintenance from techie husband

Rejecting the claim of a woman engineer seeking monthly maintenance from her husband, the civil judge cited another judgement observing that Section 21 of the Hindu Marriage Act is not meant for creating an army of idle persons who want to sit idle waiting for the ‘dole’ from husbands. The court observed that it is not proper to sit idle when someone is well qualified and capable and added that the petitioner was spoiling her bright future by doing so.

The woman had contended that owing to various cases filed by her software techie husband, she had resigned from her job and is now dependent on her parents.

Civil judge (senior division) R K Shaikh rejected the woman’s plaint after her husband produced her salary statements and her investments, indicating that she was working and at the same time seeking alimony.

Anita Mishra (all names changed to protect identities) had moved her plaint under relevant sections of the Hindu Marriage Act praying for Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 monthly maintenance for her and their son respectively. Her husband Anil had moved his submission through his lawyer Devanand Dhokane.

Anita had claimed that she was compelled to quit her job as there were cases filed by her and Anil in Kolhapur, Haryana and the Supreme Court and she has to attend the court proceedings. She had stated that her expenses were increasing and often she borrowed money from her parents and relatives. She also claimed that Anil is drawing Rs 1.50 lakh salary and both were joint owners of their flat in Hinjewadi and thus she is entitled to share the rent.

In his say, Anil replied, “After divorce, Anita worked with a Magarpatta-based IT company and now she is working with another international IT company based in Hinjewadi. This has been proved by the provident fund (PF) transferred by her former employer to the present company. She earns well and her income tax returns show she has invested in insurance policies. Besides, their son is going to a school where the monthly fee is only Rs 300.”

Judge Shaikh observed, “Anita’s investments and savings reflect that she is not dependent but her son. Considering the interest and welfare of the child, both parents have equal obligation and responsibility to maintain their child properly.”

HC okays separation after woman refuses hubby’s demand for DNA test on child.

The Bombay High Court has upheld a family court order granting divorce to a man after his wife failed to prove that her second child was the husband’s biological son and she refused to undergo a DNA test.

“A single act of adultery is enough to grant decree of divorce and that there cannot be greater form of cruelty than this which can be meted out by a wife to her husband,” a division bench of judges VK Tahilramani and VL Achliya said on Monday. “This cruelty is such that it causes mental and emotional suffering.”

According to the divorce petition, the couple was married in 2002 and the woman moved to her parents’ home when she contracted tuberculosis in June 2005. When she returned to her husband’s house in January 2006, she was three months pregnant although there had been no sexual contact between the two during the period. The husband said this amounted to mental cruelty and filed an application in family court for a DNA test to prove that he was not the biological father. The woman refused to undergo the test.

The woman challenged the family court decision granting divorce and rejecting her plea for restitution of conjugal rights in the high court. She also sought permanent alimony and a monthly maintenance for the second child.

The high court stated that the woman was required to prove that the husband was the biological father by producing cogent, supportive and corroborative evidence, but this was not done. “There is no evidence to corroborate the case of the wife. We also find that her evidence is not trustworthy and reliable,” the judges stated.

Noting that the woman had deserted her husband in 2007 and did not return to her matrimonial home despite repeated attempts, the judges said: “…the wife is voluntarily residing in the parents’ home by deserting the respondent (husband), she is not entitled to get maintenance. Further, the second child is not the biological child of the husband, so he is not legally liable to maintain him.” The court has stayed its order for eight weeks to allow the woman to appeal in Supreme Court.

A 34-year-old software engineer allegedly killed his wife and mother-in-law with an iron rod at his grandmother’s house at Second Bazaar in Monda Market on Wednesday midnight, the police said.

The accused, Subramanyam Sharavan, who worked as a software engineer in Bangalore, surrendered at the Market police station after committing the crime. Sharavan’s uncle, Angamuthu helped him in killing Padmapriya (32) and her mother Parameswari (52), said Additional DCP (North) T. Narotham Reddy.

Sharavan got married to Padmapriya of Bangalore in 2011. But he later came to know that she was already married and since then the two were at loggerheads and used to frequently quarrel. Padmapriya had also lodged a kidnap complaint against Sharavan who later got himself acquitted in the case in Bangalore.

Earlier, the police had arrested Padmapriya after Sharavan lodged a complaint stating that she had cheated him by failing to furnish information about her first marriage. She, in turn, had lodged a complaint under the Domestic Violence Act after which a court asked them to stay together for sometime.

Based on the directions of the court, Sharavan and Padmapriya came to the city from Bangalore and were staying in a single-room rented house in Second Bazaar for the past five months. Sharavan’s grandmother’s too lived in the same area.

Padmapriya and her mother Parameswari who had come to meet her went to Sharavan’s grandmother’s house and picked up an argument with him.

Killed on the spot

In a fit of rage, Sharavan picked up an iron rod and hit Parameswari and Padmapriya on the head killing them on the spot, said Market Sub-Inspector M. Balaswamy.

Cases under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of IPC were booked against Sharavan and Angamuthu and they were arrested.

NEW DELHI: A rape accused committed suicide by jumping before a Metro train, said police, adding that he was depressed due to his marriage.

Manoj Kumar, 28, jumped in front of the train at the Chhatarpur Metro station Thursday night. He came under the wheels and lost both his legs. He later died in hospital.

Police said a suicide note was recovered in which Manoj wrote that he was depressed because of his wife.

According to a police officer, Manoj in April this year married a woman whom he and his friend had allegedly raped.

“Both the accused were arrested and sent to police custody. After getting bail, Manoj tied the knot with the woman but was not happy,” his family members told police.

Manoj, who was employed in a transport company, lived in the Mehrauli area of south Delhi.

NEW DELHI: A young lawyer has alleged that she was sexually harassed last December by a Supreme Court judge she was interning with and who “retired recently”.

The girl, who graduated from Kolkata-based National University of Juridical Sciences this year, said the judge, who was “old enough to be her grandfather”, harassed her in a hotel room at a time when Delhi had erupted against the brutal gang rape of Nirbhaya. She made the sensational charge first in blog she wrote on November 6 for ‘Journal of Indian Law and Society’, and repeated it on Monday in an interview to the website ‘Legally India’.

The NUJS graduate said she had “cowardly” decided not to wage legal battle against her alleged tormentor but decided to speak out “as I felt I had a responsibility to ensure that other young girls were not put in a similar situation”.

Currently a fellow with ‘Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment’, the young woman said she kept mum because of the high position the judge enjoyed and that she was too stunned and surprised at the time to even react with anger.

In her interview to ‘Legally India’, she said, “I have heard of three other cases (of sexual harassment) by the same judge and I know of at least four other girls who’ve faced harassment from other judges — not perhaps as (bad as mine): most of them were in the chambers of the judge and other people around, so it never gets too bad. A girl I know faced continuous sexual harassment throughout and sexual advances, and actually faced troubles through her work because of it.”

When contacted by TOI through e-mail, she said, “I have said all that I wish to say on the matter in the blog post and in the interview with Legally India. At this point, I do not think that I wish to discuss the issue any more.”

In her blog, she had written, “Last December was momentous for the feminist movement in the country – almost an entire population seemed to rise up spontaneously against the violence on women, and the injustices of a seemingly apathetic government. In the strange irony of situations that our world is replete with, the protests were the backdrop of my own experience.

“In Delhi at that time, interning during the winter vacations of my final year in university, I dodged police barricades and fatigue to go to the assistance of a highly reputed, recently retired Supreme Court judge whom I was working under during my penultimate semester. For my supposed diligence, I was rewarded with sexual assault (not physically injurious, but nevertheless violating) from a man old enough to be my grandfather. I won’t go into the gory details, but suffice it to say that long after I’d left the room, the memory remained, in fact, still remains, with me.”

Why did she wait so long to come out with the charges? She wrote in her blog post, “All the talk during that time was of stricter punishment, of baying for the blood of ‘creepy’ men. Five years of law school had taught me to look to the law for all solutions – even where I knew that the law was hopelessly inadequate – and my reluctance to wage a legal battle against the judge left me feeling cowardly.

A former employee at a radio station run by the group, supported by two former colleagues, has made the accusations against the station’s CEO Harish Bhatia

A case of sexual harassment and intimidation filed by a former female employee of MY FM, run by the Dainik Bhaskar group (DB corps), against CEO Harish Bhatia came up for hearing at the Mahila court in Saket on Tuesday, but was adjourned till February due to the absence of the judge.

The woman journalist has filed similar complaints before the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the Delhi High Court, alleging extreme sexual harassment by the accused.

She is being supported by two other colleagues who, after allegedly encountering similar sexual victimisation and intimidation at the hands of Mr. Bhatia, resigned in 2010. Synergy Media Entertainment Ltd. (SMEL) of the DB Corps operates My FM radio stations in 17 cities across the country.

On a complaint by the journalist, the Chittaranjan Park police station booked Mr. Bhatia under Sections 354 and 509 of the IPC and chargesheeted him last year. He was arrested but got bail. Her FIR gives details of several alleged instances of sexual harassment that took place not only in Delhi, but Chandigarh, Raipur and Mumbai, where she went for work with Mr. Bhatia.

Before going to the police, the journalist went to the National Commission for Women (NCW) in May 2010, saying that Mr. Bhatia had been sexually harassing her for more than a year and gave details of one particular incident on May 7 when he “outraged her modesty.”

Her complaint to the NCW states that when she threatened to complain “a resignation was sent by deceitful means from her office e-mail address.” Another former female employee of My FM, who left the organisation as she “could not tolerate the constant sexual intimidation,” also appeared before the NCW in support of her colleague.

“NCW ineffective”

Speaking to The Hindu, the complainant said: “We found the NCW quite ineffective and sometimes biased, which is why we have filed a writ petition before the Delhi High Court against the inaction of the NCW.” Her colleague has also given a detailed affidavit about alleged sexual victimisation by Mr. Bhatia.

When The Hindu got in touch with Mr. Bhatia over phone, he refused to comment and did not respond to subsequent calls and text messages. Pawan Aggarwal, a director at DB Corps who looks after SMEL, also did not respond to written and oral queries.

The journalist’s petition before the HC notes: “Harish. M. Bhatia, CEO of SMEL because of his vast and tremendous power in the company had been ill treating and victimising the female employees of the same company to satisfy his carnal desires and many a female employee, including the petitioner, who would not yield to his desires would be humiliated, insulted and put in such mental state by his acts, so as to force the female employees to put in their resignation as per his terms and condition.”

Echoing these allegations, a former Regional Head of My FM at Chandigarh said she was summarily shifted to a post with no work when she complained. “I left the organisation and now earn half of what I used to.”

All the three women said it had taken them three years of concerted effort, frustrating delays and a dent in their savings to bring the matter to this stage.

“All of us earn a fraction of what we used to, because wherever we applied, Mr. Bhatia would badmouth us and prevent us from getting jobs. Taking up such cases is very difficult because not only is there no support from the organisation that we worked for, but the redress machinery is painfully slow.”

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पत्नी की मौत के बाद दूसरी शादी करने के इरादे से अपनी बेटी की हत्या करने के आरोपी को हाई कोर्ट ने बरी कर दिया। हाई कोर्ट ने अपने फैसले में कहा कि केस परिस्थितजन्य साक्ष्यों पर आधारित है और ऐसे में तमाम साक्ष्यों की कड़ियों का जुड़ना जरूरी है लेकिन मैजूदा मामले में आरोपी के खिलाफ पुख्ता सबूत नहीं है लिहाजा उसे बरी किया जाता है। 1996 में हुई घटना के मामले में निचली अदालत ने आरोपी को उम्रकैद की सजा सुनाई थी।
पुलिस के मुताबिक त्रिलोचन नामक शख्स 18 जुलाई, 1996 को अपनी बेटी को घुमाने ले गया लेकिन वापसी में बेटी उसके साथ नहीं थी। त्रिलोचन के खिलाफ आरोप लगाया गया कि उसने अपनी बेटी को मार डाला। अगले दिन 19 जुलाई को उसकी ढाई साल की बेटी का शव बुराड़ी स्थित नाले में मिला। पुलिस के मुताबिक त्रिलोचन की पत्नी की मौत हो चुकी थी लेकिन वह दूसरी शादी करना चाहता था। इस शादी में उसकी बेटी रुकावट बन रही थी इसी कारण उसने अपनी बेटी को रास्ते से हटा दिया। तमाम साक्ष्यों व गवाहों के बयान के आधार पर निचली अदालत ने आरोपी को हत्या मामले में उम्रकैद की सजा सुनाई। इस फैसले को आरोपी ने हाई कोर्ट में चुनौती दी और कहा कि वह निर्दोष है। आरोपी का कहना था कि बेटी उसके साथ रात को गई ही नहीं थी। हाई कोर्ट ने अपने फैसले में कहा कि आरोपी को आखिरी बार लड़की के साथ देखे जाने की बात कही जा रही है लेकिन इसके इसके अलावा अभियोजन पक्ष ने और कोई अन्य साक्ष्य पेश नहीं किए हैं। यह केस परिस्थितजन्य साक्ष्यों पर आधारित है और ऐसे में लास्ट सीन एविडेंस के अलावा अन्य पूरक साक्ष्यों की जरूरत है तभी मामला साबित हो सकता है लेकिन यह मामला साबित नहीं होता और ऐसे में निचली अदालत का फैसला खारिज किया जाता है और आरोपी को बरी किया जाता है।

नईदिल्ली।। बेटी से रेप के मामले में आरोपी पिता को हाई कोर्ट ने बरी कर दिया। हाई कोर्ट ने अपने फैसले में कहा कि यह एक दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना है जिसमें एक महिला ने पति से बदला लेने के लिए अपनी बेटी का इस्तेमाल हथियार के तौर पर किया। हाई कोर्ट ने कहा कि रेप जैसी घटनाएं बर्बर हैं और इस बात से कोई इनकार नहीं कर सकता। लेकिन इस मामले के दूसरे पहलू को भी देखना होगा, जिसमें कई बार झूठे मामले भी होते हैं। अदालत ने कहा कि रेप मामले में गलत तरीके से फंसाए जाने के कारण उस शख्स का ट्रॉमा सोचनीय है और वह भी तब, जब आरोप लगाने वाली अपनी बेटी हो। अदालत ने कहा कि इस तरह के केसों के कारण असल और सच्चे मामले भी हल्के पड़ने लगते हैं।

हाई कोर्ट के जस्टिस कैलाश गंभीर ने अपने फैसले में कहा कि समाज में यह धारणा है कि महिलाएं रेप का झूठा इल्जाम नहीं लगातीं और खासकर अपने परिजनों के खिलाफ झूठा रेप केस दर्ज नहीं कराया जाता। लेकिन यह मामला अपवाद है, जिसमें महिला ने अपने पति से बदला लेने के लिए बेटी को हथियार की तरह इस्तेमाल किया। मामले में मेडिकल और अन्य तमाम तथ्यों से यह साबित होता है कि लड़की के साथ रेप नहीं हुआ और लड़की ने अपनी मां के कहने पर पिता के खिलाफ बयान दिया। महिला अपने पूर्व पति से बदला लेना चाहती थी और इसी कारण उसने अपनी बेटी का इस्तेमाल किया।

यह दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है कि इस पूरे घटनाक्रम ने एक व्यक्ति को रेप जैसे केस में आरोपी बना दिया। हाई कोर्ट ने निचली अदालत के फैसले को खारिज कर दिया और निर्देश दिया कि जब भी निचली अदालत ऐसे मामले को देखे, तो वह बारीकी से देखे। साथ ही, निर्देश दिया कि आरोपी को जेल से रिहा किया जाए।

पेश मामले के मुताबिक, पश्चिम विहार इलाके में पुलिस को सूचना मिली कि 11 साल की लड़की के साथ उसके पिता ने रेप किया है। लड़की की शिकायत पर पुलिस ने रेप का केस दर्ज कर लिया। आरोप लगाया गया कि नवंबर व दिसंबर, 2006 में रेप किया गया है। इस बारे में 30 मई, 2007 को पुलिस को सूचना दी गई। इस मामले में पुलिस ने 17 गवाह पेश किए। जबकि आरोपी ने दलील दी कि वह निर्दोष है और उसे फंसाया गया है। उसने कहा कि उसके अपनी पत्नी से संबंध ठीक नहीं थे, इसी कारण उसे फंसाया गया है। निचली अदालत ने आरोपी को उम्रकैद की सजा सुनाई, लेकिन हाई कोर्ट ने निचली अदालत के फैसले को खारिज करते हुए आरोपी को बरी कर दिया।

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अपने प्रेमी के खिलाफ रेप की शिकायत दर्ज कराने वाली शिकायतकर्ता अदालत में अपने बयान से पलट गई। इस कारण अदालत ने आरोपी को बरी कर दिया। अदालत ने अपने फैसले में कहा कि अभियोजन पक्ष आरोपी के खिलाफ अपना केस साबित कर पाने में नाकाम रहा।

अडिशनल सेशन जज निवेदिता अनिल शर्मा ने विपिन कुमार नाम के आरोपी को शादी के झूठे वादे पर रेप करने के आरोप से बरी कर दिया। अदालत ने कहा कि आरोपी के खिलाफ रेप करने की बात साबित नहीं हुई।

अभियोजनपक्ष के मुताबिक , निहाल विहार थाने में पीड़िता ने शिकायत दर्ज कराते हुए कहा था कि आरोपी ने शादी के झूठे वादे पर 1 जनवरी , 2012 को आईपी यूनिवर्सिटी के पास एक निर्माणाधीन बिल्डिंग के एक कमरे में 3 जनवरी 2012 को , रोहिणी के जापानी पार्क में 25 मई 2012 को , इंद्रप्रस्थ मार्ग और इसके बाद भी कई बार उससे रेप किया।

जांच  पूरी होने के बाद पुलिस ने 5 अक्टूबर 2013 को इस मामले में आईपीसी की धारा 376( बलात्कार ) और 420( धोखाधड़ी ) के तहत चार्जशीट दायर की। इसके बाद केस फास्ट ट्रैक कोर्ट को सौंप दिया गया। दोनों पक्षों की दलीलें सुनने के बाद अदालत ने आरोपी के खिलाफ आरोप तय किए। आरोपी ने अपना जुर्म कबूलने की बजाए मुकदमा चलाने की मांग की। इसके बाद ट्रायल शुरू हुआ और यहीं कहानी में ट्विस्ट आया।

अदालत में पीड़िता ने कहा कि वह विपिन को जानती है। विपिन से उसकी जान – पहचान मई 2011 में फेसबुक पर हुई थी। इसके बाद दोनों की दोस्ती हो गई। वे एक – दूसरे से चैटिंग करने लगे। विपिन मथुरा का रहने वाला था। वह कई बार दिल्ली आया और यहां उससे एक अच्छे दोस्त के तौर पर मिला। विपिन ने कभी उससे शादी का कोई वादा नहीं किया और न ही इस भरोसे पर उसके साथ शारीरिक संबंध बनाए। उन दोनों के बीच कुछ गलतफहमियां हो गई थीं जिससे दोनों ने एक – दूसरे से बात करनी बंद कर दी थी।

पुलिस को दी गई अपनी शिकायत के बारे में पीड़िता ने कहा कि अपने किसी शुभचिंतक के कहने पर वह पुलिस थाने गई थी और वहां पहले से ही तैयार दस्तावेज को बिना पढ़े उस पर साइन कर दिए थे। उसने गलतफहमियों और अपने शुभचिंतक के कहने पर आरोपी के खिलाफ बयान दिया था।

NEW DELHI: A spurt in false cases has earned Delhi notoriety as the country’s ‘rape capital’, a court here observed while acquitting a 75-year-old man of the charge of sexually assaulting his maid. The court said things have come to such a pass after the Nirbhaya gang rape in December that the mere statement of a woman about rape is taken as gospel truth, the accused arrested and chargesheeted.

“This led to an unprecedented surge in filing of false rape cases… It is these false cases which play havoc with the crime statistics, leading to the labeling of Delhi as a rape capital,” additional sessions judge Virender Bhat said while acquitting Bhopal Sharma.

The court observed that as acquittals in such cases are hardly ever reported, the falsely implicated persons lose their honour, dignity and status in society, and while these cannot be restored, “these victims” can be compensated so that they can start life afresh.

It also noted that “it is a matter of intense regret that even the frail, sick and aged persons are not spared the false allegation of rape”.

The prosecution claimed Sharma and his neighbour Anita became friends when they met in a hospital where his ailing wife was admitted. After Sharma’s wife died, Anita arranged a maid for him. The woman, who is in her 30s, alleged that a few days after she started working for Sharma in July 2012, he raped her and then bought her silence with the promise of marriage. They remained in a sexual relationship, she claimed, till the time Sharma reneged on his promise. She lodged a police complaint on October 11, 2012.

However, during the trial, the woman turned hostile and said she had leveled false allegations at the behest of Anita and another person, Kuldeep, to usurp Sharma’s property. Expressing the need for courts to be empowered to award compensation to false rape case victims, the judge also lamented that the media turn a blind eye to acquittals in such cases.

“Nobody bothers to see in how many cases the accused are convicted. The acquittal of an accused is not noticed at all and he continues to be labeled a ‘rapist’ even after his honorable acquittal.”

The judge also said that right from the day the accused was first produced before him, he had wondered, “How such a frail old man, who cannot even stand straight, would rape a young lady in her mid-30s, having lot more strength than the accused”.

In a significant order, the Bombay High Court has held that a wife can file an application for specific reliefs under the Domestic Violence Act only while remaining in a domestic relationship.

However, if living separately from husband for quite some time, she cannot be said to be in domestic relationship and, therefore, cannot file such application under the Act, Justice Roshan Dalvi ruled while rejecting a petition filed by a woman who left her husband and two children in the US and returned to India.

The High Court also upheld the order of a lower court which had ruled that the petitioner’s application under Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act was not maintainable.

“The application under Domestic Violence Act could be filed when the marriage union subsisted. That having come to an end and long after the physical relationship came to an end, she having returned to India, she cannot be taken to be living in any domestic relationship in India,” the judge observed in a recent order.

The petitioner married on May 4, 1999 and lived with her husband in the US. They had two issues. She returned to India on February 11, 2009 and, a year later, filed an application under Domestic Violence Act in a sessions Court.

The High Court upheld the ruling of the sessions court that no domestic relationship existed between the husband and wife when she filed the petition seeking redress under the Act.

A wife who lived in a domestic relationship earlier, but which ceases only because of any domestic violence, can file an application for domestic violence that took place whilst she lived in that relationship, the High Court said.

However, such application is required to be filed within a reasonable time to show that relationship would give her the cause of action to sue under the DV Act for the reliefs under the Act, it said.

“In this case, the wife returned to India and stayed in the country for one year leaving behind her husband and two children in USA. Thus she cannot be said to be in domestic relationship with her husband and family in India,” the court ruled and rejected the petition.

MYSORE: The fourth additional (senior division) and CJM court has sentenced a lieutenant colonel and his parents to five years and three years’ jail term, respectively, in a dowry case and fine of Rs 3.2 lakh.

Assistant public prosecutor (APP) S Shivakumar said that judge Dinesh Hegde convicted army officer Shashidar and his parents Lingappa and Parvathamma, residents of Bangalore, for subjecting a women to cruelty and criminal intimidation under IPC and under provisions of Dowry Prohibition Act and awarded the jail term.

Renuka, a resident of Mysore, had filed a case of dowry harassment against husband Shashidar and her in-laws in 2009 at Mysore women’s police station.

The court awarded two-year jail term and fined Rs 25,000 for cruelty and six-month jail term and fined Rs 5,000 for criminal intimidation. Shashidar, the main accused, was given five years in jail and fined Rs 1.5 lakh for taking dowry at the time of the wedding. His parents were given three-year jail term and fined Rs 25,000 each.

The trio was also awarded a term of six months in jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for demanding more dowry and additional six months’ jail and fined Rs 5,000 each for not returning the dowry.

The court has ruled that the fine amount, which adds up to Rs 3.2 lakh, should be given to Renuka. The prison sentences will run concurrently.

Case history

APP S Shivakumar said Renuka, daughter of Marilingaiah, a resident of TK Layout, was married to Shashidar at a choultry in Bangalore in December 2001. Three days ahead of the wedding, the trio demanded a car from Marilingaiah, but later settled for Rs 50,000 through a mediator.

Ever since the wedding, the trio had been harassing Renuka for money and property. The family also invaded her privacy. She was served salty and spicy food. She was also treated cruelly during her pregnancy and postpartum period. Their child was not looked after properly by the family.

Shashidar was an officer at Maratha Light Infantry, the APP said.

दहेज कानून के दुरुपयोग पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट की चिंता ने आरोपियों को राहत मिलने की किरण दिखाई दे रही है। दहेज एक्ट के हथियार की मार बाबा तक को घायल किए हुए है। दूर-दूर तक का कोई वास्ता न रखने वाले भी इस कानून के शिकंजे में जकड़े हुये हैं।

सुप्रीम कोर्ट की दहेज एक्ट के दुरुपयोग को लेकर व्यक्त की अपनी चिंता ने इस कानून के जाल में फंसे बुजुर्ग और दूर-दूर तक उस परिवार से संबंध न रखने वालों को अब राहत भरी उम्मीद की किरण नजर आ रही है। दहेज एक्ट में एक महिला ने अपने पति, सास, ददिया ससुर और उसके भाई तक के खिलाफ दहेज न देने पर उत्पीड़न करने की रिपोर्ट दर्ज करायी थी। आरोपी हाजिर हो गए। पति को अदालत ने जेल भेज दिया और शेष आरोपियों को जमानत पर रिहा कर दिया। अभी उसका पति जेल मे ही निरुद्ध है। 73 वर्षीय बुजुर्ग अपने नाती की रिहाई को पैरवी करते-करते थक गया। उसकी पुत्र वधु भी विधवा है। उस पर दहेज उत्पीड़न का आरोप लगा है। बुजुर्ग का भाई सालों से अपने परिवार के साथ अलग रहता था। उसे भी महिला ने आरोपी बना दिया। इतना ही नहीं इस महिला ने अपने जेठ को पाक साफ बताया और जिठानी पर मारने के लिए मिट्टी का तेल लेकर आने का आरोप जड़ दिया। एक पुलिस अधिकारी ने अपना नाम प्रकाशित न करने की शर्त पर बताया कि अब हालात और ही बिगड़ गए हैं। सास-ससुर, ननद, देवर, समेत अन्य लोगों को दबाव बनाने के लिए महिला अपने पति को तो अच्छा बता रही है और अपने ही पति के परिजनों के खिलाफ दहेज उत्पीड़न की रिपोर्ट दर्ज कराने के लिए प्रार्थना पत्र दे रही हैं। शादी-शुदा ननद और उसके पति तक को भी आरोपी बनाया गया था। पिछले साल एक महिला ने दहेज एक्ट में मुकदमा दर्ज कराया था। वह अपने पति के साथ नागपुर में रहती थी। जबकि उसकी ननद और उसका पति मथुरा में रहते थे। उनको भी आरोपी बना दिया गया। हालांकि बाद में इस मामले में पति-पत्‍‌नी के बीच समझौता हो गया। महिला के इस हथियार ने रिश्तों में भी दरार डाल दी थी। महिला थाना पुलिस के अनुसार, मीडिएशन सेंटर में 69 मामले दहेज को लेकर चल रहे हैं, जबकि करीब एक सैकड़ा मुकदमा लंबित है। कुछ में राजीनामा भी हो गया, लेकिन कानूनी कार्रवाई पूरी नहीं हो सकी है।

डेढ़ साल पहले हुई एक हत्या की गुत्थी बेंगलूर पुलिस ने सुलझा ली है। पुलिस का कहना है कि इस मामले में पत्नी ने पति की बेरहमी से हत्या की और फिर काटकर टुकड़ों में बदला और नाली में बहा दिया।

महिला सशक्तीकरण के लिए पिछले कुछ दशकों में कई कानून बनाए गए हैं। पहला क्रांतिकरी कदम 1955-56 में उठाया गया, जब हिंदू विवाह अधिनियम में महिला को पुरुष के समकक्ष रखा गया और पैतृक संपत्ति में भी उसे थोड़ा हक दिया गया। फिर 1980 के दशक से और कई कानून बनाए गए।

अब केंद्र सरकार ने तलाक को सरल बनाने एवं स्त्रियों को पतियों की जायदाद में हक दिलाने के लिए हिंदू विवाह अधिनियम, 1955 तथा विशेष विवाह अधिनियम, 1955 में संशोधन करने का निर्णय किया है। चार अगस्त, 2010 को तत्कालीन विधि मंत्री वीरप्पा मोइली ने विवाह अधिनियम (संशोधन) विधेयक, 2010 लोकसभा में पेश किया था। विधेयक को कार्मिक, जन शिकायत, विधि एवं न्याय मंत्रालय की स्थायी संसदीय समिति को सौंप दिया गया, जिसने अपनी अनुशंसा दे दी है। सरकार के मंत्री समूह ने उसे स्वीकार भी कर लिया है। संभावना है कि संसद के मानसून सत्र में इसे पेश किया जाएगा।

प्रस्तावित संशोधनों में एक प्रमुख प्रावधान यह है कि पति या पत्नी कोई भी इस आधार पर तलाक की अर्जी दे सकता है कि उसकी शादी अंतिम रूप से टूट गई है। इसके लिए दोनों को याचिका दायर करने से पहले कम से कम तीन वर्षों तक अलग-अलग रहना पड़ेगा।

पत्नी को अधिकार दिया गया है कि वह इस आधार पर तलाक का विरोध कर सकती है कि शादी खत्म होने से उसे आर्थिक संकट हो सकता है। अदालत को देखना होगा कि बच्चों के लिए पर्याप्त वित्तीय प्रबंध किया गया है। विधेयक में एक नया प्रवाधान जोड़ा गया है कि पत्नी को पति की पैतृक संपत्ति में भी हिस्सा दिया जाएगा और यदि उसका विभाजन संभव न हो, तो उसमें पति के हिस्से का मूल्यांकन कर उसे भरपूर मुआवजा दिया जाएगा।

इस प्रावधान का विरोध भी शुरू हो गया है। केंद्रीय महिला एवं बाल विकास मंत्रालय ने भी पहले इसका विरोध किया था, हालांकि बाद में उसने अपना पक्ष बदल दिया। ऐसी आशंका व्यक्त की जा रही है कि ऐसा हक देने से तलाक के मामले बढ़ेंगे, जिससे भारतीय परिवार व्यवस्था के परंपरागत मूल्य प्रभावित होंगे।

कई प्रतिष्ठित महिलाओं ने भी इसे आत्म-सम्मान को ठेस पहुंचाने वाला बताया है। उनका मत है कि जोर आर्थिक आत्म-निर्भरता पर होना चाहिए। दूसरा पक्ष यह है कि पत्नी के सहयोग से ही पति धन कमा पाता है। वह घर संभालती है, इसलिए पति बाहर निकल कर स्वच्छंद भाव से काम कर पाता है। परंतु इस कमाई में पत्नी के योगदान को अक्सर नजरंदाज किया जाता है।

यह तर्क अकाट्य है। परंतु यह लागू होता है पति द्वारा अर्जित संपत्ति पर। उसकी पैतृक संपत्ति में पत्नी का योगदान भला कहां से हो गया?

महिलाओं को आर्थिक रूप से सशक्त बनाने के लिए पिता की संपत्ति में पहले ही उन्हें भाई के बराबर अधिकार दिया जा चुका है। हालांकि इससे भी काफी विवाद बढ़ा है। एक सच्चाई जरूर है कि तलाक की स्थिति में अकसर पति यही दलील देता है कि उसके पास कुछ भी संपत्ति नहीं है। यदि पति असंगठित क्षेत्र में काम करता है, तो उसकी आमदनी का सही-सही पता लगाना भी मुश्किल है।

प्रस्तावित कानून का एक और विवादास्पद पहलू यह है कि जहां पत्नी आर्थिक संकट के आधार पर तलाक का विरोध कर सकती है, वहीं ऐसा अधिकार पति को नहीं दिया गया है। इसके अलावा यदि पति तलाक की याचिका दायर करता है, तो उस पर दहेज प्रताड़ना, घरेलू हिंसा आदि के कई झूठे मामले ठोंक दिए जाते हैं, जिसमें पति के अलावा उसके सारे रिश्तेदार भी जेल की सीखचों के भीतर चले जाते हैं, जिनमें उसकी मां तथा बहन भी होती हैं। ऐसे भी मामले सामने आए हैं जब पति पर झूठे आरोप लगाकर मुकादमा ठोंका गया।

इसका तात्पर्य यह नहीं कि स्त्रियों का शोषण नहीं होता है। शताब्दियों से उनका शोषण होता आया है और आज भी शिक्षित और अशिक्षित, दोनों तरह की महिलाएं पति के जुल्म का शिकार हो रही हैं। परंतु समाधान समस्या से भी बदतर साबित हो रहा है।

स्त्री-पुरुष का रिश्ता बड़ा सम्मोहक होता है। दोनों को एक दूसरे की जरूरत है। किंतु इस सम्मोहक संबंध को केवल आर्थिक आयाम देकर कानून के जरिये सभी समस्याओं का हल ढूंढने की कोशिश की जा रही है।

NEW DELHI: A day after the inhuman torture inflicted by Jaunpur MP Dhananjay Singh’s wife, Jagriti Singh, on her domestic helps shook the conscience of Delhiites, the police unearthed more evidence of her brutal and diabolical nature. They tracked down a third help, Meena Sardar (35), who had to be immediately rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital with burns and other injuries. Another alleged victim of Jagriti, she had been sent off to her brother-in-law’s place by the couple just before the police arrived at the 175 South Avenue flat inChanakyapuri on Monday night to discover the battered body of Rakhi Bhadra (35).

Denied medical help, Meena could barely walk. She has burn injuries on her hips inflicted by a hot iron and injuries on her hands, legs and back, suffered when she was hit with rods. On Wednesday evening, a magistrate recorded her statement in the hospital under Section 164 of CrPC, DCP (New Delhi district) SBS Tyagi told TOI.

Charges under POCSO Act? 

In her initial statement to the cops, she mentioned how Jagriti had hammered the domestic helps, corroborating the statement given by the 17-year-old male servant, additional DCP Madhur Verma said, adding that the forensic team had re-examined the crime scene on Wednesday.

Meena also said in her statement that the helps often complained to Dhananjay, but he would say, “It’s okay”. She claimed that she had seen Jagriti watching the juvenile bathing on CCTV. The police is now planning to file a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). Bail is not granted to a person charged under POCSO.

The juvenile showed his injuries in a trial court on Wednesday when the couple was produced before the judge. He pointed towards Jagriti, identifying her as the tormentor of the servants. Dhananjay Singh’s attempt to distance himself from his wife by citing his divorce case didn’t convince the court one bit and both he and his wife were remanded to five days in police custody.

Meena, meanwhile, told the magistrate that she had been threatened by the MP not to open her mouth and had been sent off to her brother-in-law’s place. The police tracked her down on Tuesday night. Both Meena and Rakhi were supplied to the MP by the same source around 10 months ago. Meena belongs to 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

The cops have, however, found that the placement agency in Chirag Dilli mentioned by the couple, AJR, does not exist. They have a mobile number which they are using to trace the owners of the agency. The MP has told the cops that he paid around Rs 1.2 lakh each for hiring Rakhi and Meena.

The police now have three strong witnesses – the juvenile servant, Meena and an electrician, Azad. They may file a separate FIR on Meena’s statement and are now examining the possibility of adding sections related to criminal conspiracy (120B IPC) to the existing FIR lodged under sections of murder, attempt to murder, wrongful confinement and juvenile justice and bonded labour acts.

The monstrous nature of the dental surgeon emerged even more strongly when the police found that Jagriti broke two of Rakhi’s teeth on Saturday with a spoon while trying to feed her forcibly. Even as life was gradually ebbing out of Rakhi’s body, she did not have any food for two days, the police said on Wednesday after questioning the couple.

Rakhi’s son, Shehnaz, has told the cops that Rakhi’s husband had died a few years ago and he was her only son who lived in her hometown near Kolkata with other family members. The cops will have an autopsy conducted on Thursday by a medical board and hand over Rakhi’s body to him.

The police claim to have found that the MP himself beat up the male servant at times and also disposed of Rakhi’s mobile phones besides the DVR (recorder) from the 20 CCTV cameras installed on the premises, even in the bathrooms.

The cops have seized the antlers, DVR, rods, a bedpost and an iron from the South Avenue flat. The DVR is not working, a source said, though the cops tried to access it. The data needs to be retrieved as the police are sure that the CCTV footage will have incriminating evidence.

Forensic teams have also lifted samples from the servants’ room at the rear of the flat where Rakhi lay on a mat from November 1 to November 4 evening and bled to death. Her body was removed from there at least after 18 hours of death, police said. There were several bloodstains in that room which have been wiped out by the couple and their staff. The couple may also be taken to Jaunpur in UP.

इंदौर: इंदौर में एक दिल दहला देने वाली घटना में पत्नी ने पति को गोली मार दी। घटना शहर के खजराना इलाके के नादरशाह कॉलोनी की है। पति को गोली मारने के बाद महिला ने तड़पते हुए पति और खुद को एक कमरे में बंद कर लिया था। पुलिस और स्थानीय रहवासियों ने किसी तरह समझाईश देकर दरवाजा खुलाने के बाद महिला को हिरासत में लिया।

जानकारी के अनुसार इंदौर के खजराना इलाके में बुधवार सुबह पांच बजे गोली की एक आवाज ने पूरे इलाके में हड़कंप मचा दिया। गोली यहां रहने वाले आसिफ को लगी थी, लेकिन लोग कुछ समझ पाते इसके पहले ही आसिफ को गोली मारने वाली उसकी पत्नी नाजिया ने खुद को कमरे में बंद कर लिया।

एक तरफ आसिफ तड़प रहा था और दूसरी ओर उसी कमरे में मौजूद नाजिया दरवाजा खोलने के लिए राजी नहीं थी, करीब आधे घंटे तक समझाने के प्रयास के बाद और मोबाइल फोन पर बातचीत के बाद नाजिया किसी तरह दरवाजा खोलने के लिए राजी हुई। इसके बाद आसिफ को इलाज के लिए एमवाय अस्पताल ले जाया गया, लेकिन तब तक उसकी हालत बेहद नाजुक हो चुकी थी।

नाजिया ने ये कदम क्यों उठाया। इसके बारे में बताया जा रहा है कि ड्राइवरी करने वाले आसिफ की नाजिया दूसरी पत्नी है। पहली पत्नी उसे छोड़कर जा चुकी है, जबकि नाजिया का आसिफ ने हाल ही में गर्भपात कराया था। इसके बाद से दोनों के बीच विवाद चल रहा था।

जांच कर रहे अफसरों के मुताबिक मंगलवार को गैस खत्म होने की वजह से घर में खाना नहीं बना था। नाजिया दिनभर भूखी रही और रात को भी जब खाना नहीं मिला तो फिर उसने उसी अवैध कट्टे से अपने शौहर को गोली मार दी जो वह खुद अपनी पत्नी को धमकाने के लिए इस्तेमाल करता था।

Complainant held guilty in dowry case

In an unusual decision in a dowry case of over nine years ago, Judicial Magistrate Ist Class Taranjit Kaur has held complainant and her parents guilty of misusing Section 498A of the Dowry Act against the accused and his three sisters, who were absolved of the charges of harassment and torture for dowry and were “aquitted of the charges framed against them.” The court observed “the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and the accused are entitled to benefit of doubt”.

The court remarked that “ultimate objective of every legal system is to arrive at truth, punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The investigating agencies and the courts start with the presumption that the accused persons are guilty and that the complainant is speaking the truth. This is too widely available and generalised a statement. The role of investigating agencies and the courts is that of watchdog and not of bloodhound.” She further observed, “There has been a tendency nowadays to rope in all the relatives of the husband in dowry cases and women are abusing the beneficial provisions of Section 498A by implicating all the family members of the husband.”

The court had found only general, as well as vague allegations regarding cruelty, maltreatment and demand of dowry against the accused persons — Harish Kumar, husband of the complainant Sumit Rani and his family members. The court observed no dowry demand was made by the accused and even reconciliation efforts were failed when the matter was referred to Lok Adalat, where the accused had asked the complainant to go to her in-laws’ house but she refused.

Sumit Rani had alleged that she was being taunted for not bringing sufficient dowry and her husband harassed and mistreated her. She left her husband and four children and started living with her father.

Kapil, the eldest son of Sumit, said his mother used to quarrel with his father. He also said his father took care of him and his three sisters but his mother, under the influence of her brother and father, used to scold them and beat them. The accused were represented by advocate O P Malik while the state was represented by N S Bhatti, APP.

KANPUR: The Allahabad high court rejected a petition of one Kalindari Devi and instructed the district court to take appropriate legal action against her for misusing the judicial process. In compliance of the HC order, additional chief metropolitan magistrate Gagan Bharti, on Wednesday, filed a case before chief metropolitan magistrate against Devi.

The ACMM also wrote a letter to the district magistrate to appoint a prosecution officer, who could take care of case according to directions of high court. Kalindri Devi, a resident of Ratanpur in Panki, had filed a complaint case against Jeevan Lal, his sons Rajesh and Ramesh, in the court of ACMM VII and alleged that accused had forcibly entered her house on May 14, 2011. She urged that accused should be tried and punished under Section 452/379/427/506 IPC. The accused broke her TV and an emergency lantern and stole her utensils, she claimed.

The ACMM VII court gave her ample opportunities to give her evidence but she did not turn up in the court and sough adjournment on one ground or the other. On April 4, 2013, the court discharged the accused and observed that it appears that complainant had initiated criminal proceedings with some ulterior motives. Due to that she was purposely avoiding to give evidence. Kalindri Devi filed a criminal miscellaneous petition before Allahabad High Court and urged to quash the impugned order passed by ACMM VII, Kanpur. Justice Shashikant Gupta heard the petition and observed that the lower court was not supposed to chase the complainant for the purpose of recording her evidence. Sufficient opportunities had been given to the petitioner. Hence there was no illegality in the order.

The high court is of the opinion that appropriate action in accordance with law should be taken against the applicant for misusing the judicial proceedings in order to discourage others from doing so.

সঞ্জিত গোস্বামীবরাভূম : ঠিক যেন ‘স্পেশাল ছাব্বিশ ’ ছবির ক্লাইম্যাক্স ! বরাভূম রেলস্টেশনে খাকি উর্দি পরে দিব্যি ঘোরাফেরা করছিলেন তিন কন্যে ! জিআরপি অফিসারদের সন্দেহ হওয়ায় তাঁদের জিজ্ঞাসা করেন পরিচয়৷ তিন জনেই একবাক্যে জানান , তাঁরা জিআরপি জওয়ান ! সদ্য চাকরিতে ‘জয়েন ’ করে বরাভূম স্টেশনে ‘পোস্টিং ’ পেয়েছেন৷ আসল জিআরপি অফিসারদের তো আক্কেল গুড়ুম৷ এ যে বাঘের ঘরে ঘোঘের বাসা ! সঙ্গে সঙ্গে তিনজনকে নিয়ে আসা হয় জিআরপি থানায়৷ সেখানে বসে তিন তরুণী যা জানান , শুনে জিআরপি অধিকর্তাদের চোখ কপালে ওঠার জোগাড়৷ তাঁদের বক্তব্য , জনৈক মহিলাকে রীতিমতো নগদ সাত হাজার টাকা করে ঘুষ দিয়ে জিআরপি -র ‘চাকরি ’ পেয়েছেন তাঁরা৷ রয়েছে হাতে গরম ছাপানো নিয়োগপত্র৷ এমনকী , ছড়রা এলাকায় কোনও এক মাঠে নাকি ‘প্রশিক্ষণ ’ও দেওয়া হয়েছে তাঁদের৷ কী সর্বনাশ ! খবর গেল পুলিশে৷ পুরুলিয়া জিআরপি -র ওসি রুবিরউদ্দিন কথা বললেন জেলা পুলিশের ডিএসপি ডি অ্যান্ড টি পিনাকি দত্তের সঙ্গে৷ জোর তল্লাশি শুরু হল সেই মহিলার সন্ধানে৷ সন্ধান মিলেও গেল৷ অভিযুক্ত পুরুলিয়ার পাড়া থানার নতুনডি গ্রামের বাসিন্দা সারথি মাহাতো৷ গ্রামে গিয়ে তার সম্পর্কে খোঁজখবর করে পুলিশও চমকিত৷ গ্রামের সবাই জানেন সারথি মহিলা পুলিশ ! রবিবার রাতে তাকে যখন প্রতারণার অভিযোগে গ্রেন্তার করা হয় , তখন গ্রামের মানুষ হতবাক৷ তাঁরা এই প্রথম জানলেন রেল পুলিশ পরিচয় সম্পূর্ণ ভুয়ো৷ সারথি এই পরিচয় ভাঙিয়ে দীর্ঘদিন ধরেই জালিয়াতি করে বেড়াচ্ছে৷ আর জানলেন কিনা খোদ পুলিশের মুখ থেকে ! বলরামপুরের বাসিন্দা তিন তরুণী সাবু মাহাতো , ময়না মাহাতো ও পুষ্পা মাহাতোর কাছ থেকে টাকা নিয়ে তাদের হাতে জিআরপি -তে চাকরির ভুয়ো নিয়োগপত্র দেওয়ার অভিযোগে রবিবার যখন গ্রেন্তার করা হল সারথিকে , তখন তার বাড়ির উঠোন ভিড়ে ভিড়াক্কার৷ তবে পুলিশের সন্দেহ , সারথি একা নন৷ এই প্রতারণার নেপথ্যে রয়েছে একটি বড় চক্র৷ সারথি হিমশৈলের চুড়োটুকু মাত্র৷ তার মাধ্যমেই এ বার চাঁইদের কাছে পৌঁছতে চাইছে জেলা পুলিশ৷ জেলা পুলিশের ডিএসপি ডি অ্যান্ড টি পিনাকি দত্ত জানান , সাবু ও ময়না দুই বোন৷ তাঁদের বাড়ি বলরামপুর থানার ফানিটাঁড় গ্রামে৷ পুষ্পার বাড়ি ওই থানারই দড়বেড়িয়ায়৷ মাসখানেক আগে সারথির সঙ্গে তাঁদের যোগাযোগ হয়৷ সারথি জানায় , সাত হাজার টাকা করে দিলেই হাতে হাতে জিআরপি -তে চাকরি করে দেবে সে৷ সেই মতোই তিন জন মোট ২১ হাজার টাকা দেয় সারথিকে৷ কথামতোই তার কয়েকদিনের মধ্যেই হাতে পান ছাপানো নিয়োগপত্র৷ ফলে সন্দেহের কোনও অবকাশই ছিল না তিন কন্যের৷ সারথিই তাদের ডেকে পাঠান ছড়রা এলাকার একটি মাঠে৷ সেখানে ভুয়ো প্রশিক্ষণও হয় তাঁদের৷ তার পরে সারথির কাছ থেকেই তাঁরা জানতে পারেন , বরাভূম স্টেশনে তাঁদের ‘পোস্টিং ’ হয়েছে৷ ‘জয়েনিং ডেট ’ জানিয়ে দেওয়া হয়৷ পোশাকও দেওয়া হয়৷ রবিবারই ছিল সেই দিন৷ সারথির কথায় বিশ্বাস করে উর্দি পরে ‘ডিউটি ’তে আসেন সাবু-ময়না -পুষ্পা৷ তার পরের ঘটনা বলতে গিয়ে বারবার চোখ বুজে ফেলছিলেন তরুণীরা৷ মেয়েদের প্রতারিত হওয়ার খবর পেয়ে রবিবার রাতেই পুরুলিয়া থানায় ছুটে আসেন সাবু-ময়নার বাবা কোকিল মাহাতো৷ তিনি সারথির বিরুদ্ধে এফআইআর করেন৷ তার ভিত্তিতেই রবিবার রাতে নতুনডি গ্রামে সারথির বাড়িতে হানা দেয় পুলিশ৷ তাকে গ্রেন্তার করে৷ তবে বাড়িতে সারথির বাবা -মা বা অন্যান্য কোনও পরিজনের দেখা মেলেনি৷ গ্রামবাসীরা সকলেই বলেন , ‘দীর্ঘদিন ধরে উনি নিজেকে পুলিশ বলেই পরিচয় দিতেন৷ সেটা যে মিথ্যে কথা , আমরা বুঝতেই পারিনি৷ ’৷

A software engineer working in a reputed MNC allegedly committed suicide in his house at Mylapore on Sunday, upset over his newly-wed wife’s refusal to remove Facebook posts of their wedding photos.

Chandan Kumar Singh (29) from Jharkhand, and Sandhya from Chennai, got married in a church in the city in July against the wishes of Singh’s family. They both were working in the same branch of the IT company when they got introduced and were in love for the last few years.

Singh’s family, which opposed the marriage as Sandhya belonged to a different religion,  stayed away from the ceremony. The wedding was arranged with the blessings of Sandhya’s family.

Police said Sandhya had posted photos of their wedding on Facebook and tagged Singh in the photos. “His cousins in Jharkand had noticed the photos and informed his parents who lived there. His parents were apparently upset over this as they felt their son’s marriage in a church would not be welcomed by their relatives. They had asked Singh to remove the photos from Facebook. This created bitterness between the couple,” a police officer said.

From Singh’s suicide note, police said it was apparent that his wife had refused to remove the post as she felt there was no reason to conceal their legitimate marriage. “He had been asking her to remove the photos to respect the sentiments of his parents. On Saturday night, after a heated exchange of words, they slept in separate rooms,” said a police officer.

On Sunday morning, as Singh did not come out of his room, Sandhya checked on him and found him hanging. A note left by him said that he still loved his wife, but was upset over her refusal to remove the posts.

The body was sent for autopsy. Further investigations are on.

मुंबई। मुंबई में दो दिन पहले एक सनसनीखेज वारदात हुई। एक शादीशुदा महिला को दिन-दहाड़े किडनैप करके उसके साथ बलात्कार करने की कोशिश की गई। महिला की विनती पर किडनैपर्स ने उसके साथ बलात्कार नहीं किया और उसके जेवर-पैसे लेकर छोड़ दिया गया। दो दिन की पुलिस तफ्तीश के बाद दूसरी ही कहानी निकलकर आई है। ऐसी कहानी जिसमें किडनैपिंग की मास्टरमाइंड कोई और नहीं खुद वो महिला है।

मुंबई के पॉश गोरेगांव इलाके में 29 फरवरी को दोपहर 3 बजे 23 साल की एक शादीशुदा महिला अपनी बिल्डिंग से निकलकर घर के करीब ही मौजूद एक साइबर कैफे जा रही थी। अचानक उसी वक्त एक इनोवा कार उसके करीब रुकी। उस कार से कुछ हथियार बंद लड़के बाहर निकले और जबरन उन लड़कों ने उसे कार में खींच लिया।

महिला के मुताबिक चारों लड़के उसे अगवा करके मार्वे इलाके में मौजूद एक अंजान कमरे में ले गए। वहां उन लड़कों ने महिला के साथ बलात्कार करने की कोशिश की। महिला की मानें तो अपने गर्भवती होने की बात कहकर इसने लड़कों से बख्श देने की गुहार लगाई। उसने उनसे कहा कि वो गर्भवती है। इसके बाद लड़के महिला के करीब एक लाख 45 हजार के जेवर और मोबाइल फोन लूटकर उसे मार्वे इलाके में ही छोड़कर फरार हो गए।

ये वो कहानी थी जिसे पीड़ित महिला ने पुलिस को और अपनी सास को बताया लेकिन जब पुलिस ने तफ्तीश शुरू की तो जो हकीकत सामने निकलकर आई उसे जानकर पुलिस भी हैरान रह गई। असल में इस पूरी घटना के पीछे एक गहरी साजिश छुपी है। ऐसी साजिश जिसके तार महिला के पुराने प्रेमी से जुड़े थे।

पुलिस के मुताबिक अगवा और रेप की कोशिश असल में एक ड्रामा था। इस ड्रामे की पूरी साजिश किसी और ने नहीं खुद उस शादीशुदा महिला और उसके पुराने प्रेमी ने रची थी। पुलिस के मुताबिक महिला और उसके पुराने प्रेमी ने ही मिलकर किडनैपिंग-रेप की कोशिश और लूट की झूठी घटना को अंजाम दिया।

पुलिस ने इस मामले में मंगेश सुरेश ब्रिद नाम के एक लड़के को गिरफ्तार किया है। पुलिस के मुताबिक मंगेश महिला का पुराना प्रेमी है और शादी के बाद भी उसके संपर्क में रहता था। पुलिस की मानें तो महिला ने अपने फर्जी किडनैपिंग का ड्रामा मंगेश के साथ मिलकर ही रचा।

परिवारवालों के मुताबिक महिला की शादी सिर्फ चार महीने पहले ही हुई थी। उसका पति मर्चेंट नेवी में अफसर है। उसके ससुराल के इलाके में उसे ज्यादा लोग जानते भी नहीं थे। इसलिए पुलिस को शक हुआ कि परेशान करने के मकसद से महिला को जानने वाले किसी शख्स ने ही इस घटना को अंजाम दिया होगा।

हकीकत तलाशते पुलिस की टीम महिला के एक पुराने दोस्त मंगेश के घर जा पहुंची। पुलिस ने मंगेश के घर की तलाशी ली तो वहां से एक लाख 45 हजार के गहने, महिला का मोबाइल फोन और लूट का कैश बरामद हुआ। साफ था मंगेश ने ही महिला के अपहरण किया था लेकिन पुलिस को हैरानी तब हुई जब मंगेश के घर से महिला के स्कूल-कॉलेज के सर्टिफिकेट-मार्कशीट, पैन कार्ड और कुछ कपड़े भी बरामद हुए।

महिला के दोस्त के घर से लूट का सामान बरामद होना तो पुलिस को समझ में आया लेकिन पुलिस को खटका हुआ कि महिला के स्कूल-कॉलेज के मार्कशीट-सर्टिफिकेट और दूसरे कागजात किडनैपर के घर पर कैसे पहुंचा। बस इसी कांटे ने किडनैपिंग और रेप की कोशिश के ड्रामे को बेनकाब कर दिया।

पुलिस ने जब आरोपी मंगेश से सख्ती से पूछताछ की तो सारा राज फाश हो गया। पुलिस के मुताबिक मंगेश और महिला ने ही मिलकर किडनैपिंग और रेप की कोशिश का ड्रामा रचा था।

पुलिस सूत्रों के मुताबिक महिला अपने सास से परेशान थी इसीलिए वो अपने ससुराल से भाग जाना चाहती थी। इसके लिए उसने अपने पूर्व प्रेमी मंगेश की सहायता ली। सूत्रों के मुताबिक शायद वो ससुराल कभी वापस नहीं आना चाहती थी इसलिए वो अपने साथ स्कूल-कॉलेज के मार्कशीट और सर्टिफिकेट भी साथ ले गई थी और किडनैपिंग के इस ड्रामे को दोनों ने बखूबी अंजाम भी दिया।

दोपहर 2.30 बजे महिला अपने घर से निकली। करीब आधे घंटे बाद दोपहर 3 बजे महिला ने अपनी सास के मोबाइल फोन पर मिस्ड कॉल किया महिला की सास ने मोबाइल फोन पर अपनी बहू का मिस्ड कॉल देखा तो उसने कॉल बैक किया। फोन उसकी बहू ने ही उठाया।

उसने अपनी सास से कहा कि मुझे कोई उठाकर ले जा रहा है। इसके बाद गालीगलौच की आवाज आई और किसी ने उसका फोन खींचकर बंद कर दिया। अपनी बहू की किडनैपिंग की आशंका से घबराकर सास तुरंत पुलिस स्टेशन पहुंची और पूरी घटना बयां की। पुलिस भी तुरंत हरकत में आई।

पुलिस घंटों तक मुंबई की सड़कों पर खाक छानती रही लेकिन महिला का पता नहीं चला। तभी, अचानक महिला अपने घर लौट आई। इसके बाद उसने किडनैपिंग और रेप की कोशिश की झूठी घटना अपनी सास और पुलिस को सुनाई।

महिला ने अपनी सास को मिस्ड कॉल किया था। यही नहीं, कुछ देर बाद जब उसकी सास ने कॉल बैक किया तब भी उसका मोबाइल फोन ऑन था। किडनैपिंग के दौरान ऐसा बहुत कम होता कि पीड़ित का मोबाइल फोन किडनैपर ऑन रखें और पीड़ित के हाथ में ही छोड़ दें। यही नहीं, किडनैपरों ने मोबाइल घंटी बजने के बाद भी महिला को फोन रिसीव करने दिया। आमतौर पर किडनैपर पीड़ित का फोन सबसे पहले बंद करते हैं।

सवाल यहां एक और उठता है कि जब महिला और उसके कथित प्रेमी ने अपनी साजिश को कामयाबी से अंजाम दे दिया था तो फिर महिला वापस अपने ससुराल क्यों लौट आई। पुलिस सूत्रों के मुताबिक महिला डर गई थी। क्योंकि उसकी सास एक रसूखदार नेता है। उसे डर सताने लगा कि जल्द ही उसकी सास उसे तलाश लेगी और फिर उसके साथ कुछ भी हो सकता था। इस खौफ से ही वो ससुराल लौट आई और पुलिस को किडनैपिंग और रेप की कोशिश की मनगढंत कहानी सुनाई।

The Delhi High Court Tuesday acquitted a man, sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court for allegedly raping his 11-year-old daughter, observing that his first wife used the daughter “as a tool” to seek revenge.

Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Indermeet Kaur said: “The evidence produced by the prosecution and even the medical evidence does not lead us to believe that the appellant had committed a rape of his daughter.”

The bench set aside the trial court’s order that sentenced the man to life imprisonment on the charge of rape of his minor daughter in 2006.

“It is unfortunate, that to seek revenge from her own husband, she went to the extent of using her minor daughter as a tool to implicate him of an offence such as rape,” the court said.

“The facts and circumstance of the case make it amply clear that the grudge nursed by the mother of not being adequately compensated during the divorce coupled with the fact that she was made to agree to hand over the legal custody of children in favour of her husband and above all the remarriage of the husband capitulated her into plotting this devious act.”

The bench also rejected the claim of prosecution that man raped his daughter, saying: “The common belief that no women will fabricate an offence such as rape owing to its social and mental ramification is undoubtedly flawed as is exemplified by the present case…”

“The trauma of a man being falsely accused of raping his own flesh and blood is unspeakable and unfathomable.

“The court is appalled as how the mother for her personal vendetta compromise the well-being of her daughter to let her live for a lifetime with such a stigma and scar of being raped by her own father. The question is best left unanswered in the interest of humanity…,” the court said.

नई दिल्ली, [सुधीर कुमार]। नौकरी में थे तो आन-बान थी और ठसक भी। केंद्रीय जल संसाधन मंत्रालय में प्रथम श्रेणी अधिकारी थे सुशील कुमार। चाहते तो लाखों के वारे-न्यारे कर सकते थे, लेकिन ईमानदारी और इज्जत अधिक प्यारी थी। पूरी दुनिया उनकी जिस अच्छाई की मुरीद थी, परिवार वाले उसे अपने लिए मुसीबत मानते रहे। बीते 28 सितंबर को रिटायर होकर घर पहुंचे, तो पैसों को लेकर किच-किच इतनी बढ़ी कि घर छोड़ देना ही बेहतर समझा। नाते-रिश्तों से मन इस कदर टूटा कि बेनाम जिंदगी अपना ली और बस स्टॉप को ठिकाना बना लिया। कहते हैं कि यह उनका प्रायश्चित है। शायद उनकी परवरिश का ही खोट है कि उन्हें यह दिन देखना पड़ रहा है।

आठ माह से सर्दी, गर्मी व बरसात झेलते हुए सुशील कुमार सरोजनी नगर बस स्टॉप पर रह रहे हैं। लंबे समय तक लोग उन्हें भिखारी समझते रहे। कोई कुछ दे देता तो खा लेते नहीं तो भूख लगने पर रेहड़ी-खोमचे या होटल वालों से कुछ मांग लेते। अगर वह भी नहीं मिला तो भूखे सो जाते। दाढ़ी इतनी बढ़ गई कि कोई पहचान न सके। करीब एक सप्ताह पहले सरोजनी नगर मिनी मार्केट के प्रधान अशोक रंधावा को उनकी जानकारी मिली तो पहले तो विश्वास ही नहीं हुआ। सुशील कुमार से मिलने पहुंचे और बात की तो व्यथा का सागर उमड़ पड़ा। रंधावा ने आसपास के लोगों को इकट्ठा किया और उनके सरोजनी नगर स्थित निवास पर पहुंचे। लेकिन उनकी पत्नी व बच्चे इतने निर्दयी निकले कि उन्होंने बात करना तो दूर, घर का दरवाजा तक नहीं खोला।

सुशील कुमार का कहना है कि घर छोड़ने का फैसला उनका अपना है। कहते हैं कि उनके परिवार में 30 वर्षीय बेटा, 32 वर्षीय बेटी और पत्नी हैं। उन्होंने पूरी नौकरी ईमानदारी से की। नौकरी के अंतिम दिनों में पैसों को लेकर परिवार में रोजाना झगड़ा होने लगा। बीवी बच्चे कहते थे कि तुमने पूरी जिंदगी हमारे लिए क्या किया है। सेवानिवृत्त होकर जिस दिन घर पहुंचा उस दिन बहुत क्लेश हुआ और रात में मैंने घर छोड़ दिया। कुमार ने कहा कि महीनों इतनी दिक्कतें झेलने के बावजूद घर जाने की इच्छा नहीं हुई। न ही परिवार का कोई सदस्य देखने आया।

NEW DELHI: After being sacked by her employer with whom she had an affair, a 26-year-old stockbroker’s assistant stabbed his son to death at west Delhi’s Mianwali. Then she attacked his wife and finally attempted to commit suicide with the same knife. Following medical intervention that saved her life, Asha was arrested on Friday. A probe revealed she was fired from her job after the victim, Varun Gupta, began planning to take over his father Sushil’s business.

Asha, a resident of Nihal Vihar, had been a computer operator at Sushil Gupta’s share trading office for three years. On September 2, she arrived at the Guptas’ Ambica Vihar residence around 10.30pm, police said. Gupta was not at home but his wife Anita, son Varun and daughter Swati were present. Asha often came to Gupta’s house, so no one thought anything was amiss.

Anita told police she was in the kitchen and Swati in her room when she heard Varun’s screams from the drawing room. She rushed there to see him lying on the couch bleeding profusely. Asha was standing at the back of the couch with a blood-stained knife in her hand, she said.

Anita told police that in the minutes that followed Asha even tried to stab her but was overpowered by her with Swati’s help. Asha then stabbed herself. Anita escaped with minor injuries. She said she called up Asha’s father who took her to DDU Hospital. The Guptas took Varun to Global Bhatia Hospital with critical injuries to his stomach. Varun succumbed to his wounds and police registered a case of murder on basis of Anita’s complaint.

Investigations revealed Asha had an affair with Sushil Gupta and was sacked when Sushil gradually shifted his capital from shares trading to real estate business which his son took over. Both Anita and Varun were probably aware of Sushil’s affair. During interrogation, Asha reportedly told police that she held Varun responsible for losing her job and had planned to murder the Gupta family in revenge. “Asha was arrested for murder and remanded in judicial custody,” DCP (West) Ranvir Singh said.

Santokben Jadeja, underworld don in the Saurashtra region, particularly Porbandar, died in Porbandar on Thursday night after a massive heart attack.

The 62-year old Santokben, who took over the underworld after the murder of her husband, Sarman Munja, was also a member of the Assembly for one term in the early Nineties. She was elected on the Janata Dal ticket from the Kutiyana constituency in Porbandar district.

She was alleged to be behind the murder of 14 people who, she believed were responsible for her husband’s murder. Santokben, as well as two of her sons, have served stints in jail for various crimes, including the recent murder of one of her daughters-in-law.

Hindi film “Godmother” was reportedly taken based on her life.

New Delhi: In a sordid end to an extramarital affair, a lady killed her three-and-a-half-year-old son and the wife of her lover in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar, and later attacked her daughter and injured herself.

According to reports, Reena Taneja (44), at around 2:00 pm, arrived at the house of Sudesh Kumar (36), a married woman she suspected of having an affair with her husband Manoj, a builder, and engaged in a heated argument.

Sudesh’s husband, Anil Kumar, is the chief of corporate communications at a leading English newspaper. She was at home with her toddler son Aarav and daughter at the time.

Police officers probing the case said that a scuffle ensued after Reena came to Sudesh’s house.

“During the argument, Sudesh attacked Reena with a sharp-edged weapon that led to the latter’s death. Later, Sudesh stabbed her own son Aarav, 3, daughter Komal, 17, and herself,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ranveer Singh told a news agency.

“Sudesh attacked her own son and daughter because she was afraid as to who would take care of them after her death,” said the officer.

Singh said neighbours learnt about the stabbing incident around 2:40 pm when they heard Komal screaming for help in her balcony.

“The neighbours informed police as Komal was bleeding,” said Singh.

By the time police arrived at the spot, the toddler and Reena had died.

A note has also been found, allegedly scribbled by Sudesh, which stated that Aarav was Manoj’s son, not Anil’s. The letter had reportedly been written in blood by Sudesh after she stabbed Reena to death and slit her son’s throat with a surgical knife.

Sudesh, a nurse with Delhi government’s Acharya Shree Bhikshu Government Hospital, wanted Manoj to marry her but the latter believed that it would now be difficult for Aarav to accept him as his father.

“Sudesh and Komal were admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where they are battling for life,” Singh said.

The officer confirmed that police came to know about the sequence of events from Sudesh who gave a statement before being hospitalised.

Talking to a news agency, Sudesh’s husband, Anil, said he was in office at the time of the incident.

“I reached hospital after getting information. My daughter Komal told me that Reena had first attacked her mother. When she tried to intervene, the woman also stabbed her,” Anil told the agency.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published: Friday, October 18, 2013, 09:46

“Girls are morally and socially bound not to indulge in sexual intercourse before a proper marriage, and if they do so, it would be to their peril and they cannot be heard crying later that it was rape,” reads a 19-page order passed by Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt.

Bhatt is the presiding judge at a fast track court in Dwarka, which was established to expedite cases of sexual offences against women.

The judge made the observation while acquitting a man charged with raping the sister-in-law of his brother. He looked into the conduct of the woman and the inconsistencies in her statement to arrive at the conclusion that physical relations between her and the man were based on her “free and well-informed consent”.

The prosecutrix had alleged that the man had promised to marry her and had taken her to Jammu for a week where he had raped her. The judge, however, maintained that the parents of the girl had not filed any complaint when she went missing. After she came back, they even proposed to marry their daughter with him. Based on circumstantial evidence, the judge acquitted the man.

The judge also commented on the “disturbing trend” of rape cases.

“The girls in such cases are mostly in the age group of 19 – 24, thus mature enough to understand the consequences of their acts and not so numb to get carried away with any representations of the boy. They voluntarily elope with their lovers… and on return to their homes, they conveniently fabricate the story of kidnap and rape in order to escape harsh treatment from parents. It is these false cases which tend to trivialise the offence of rape and undermine its gravity,” he said.

Judge Bhatt said, “A girl of this age group, even if belonging to a rural area, cannot be believed to not know how marriage is performed or what the essential ceremonies of a marriage are. I am unable to countenance the argument that a mature girl would consider herself a wife of the person who has merely applied vermilion on her forehead and no other rite or ceremony has been performed.”

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on the charge of using her 15-year-old niece, a domestic help, to level false charges of rape against her 30-year-old employer, a chartered accountant, with the intention of extortion. The accountant was arrested on September 17 and released on bail on September 30, after the girl deposed before the Child Welfare Committee, that she had been framed by her aunt. On September 17, the girl and her aunt reached the Dwarka police station, claiming that the child had been raped by her employer. In her complaint, the girl claimed that on May 1, the accountant got drunk and raped her. The girl claimed that she was repeatedly raped over the next few months. On October 3, the aunt was arrested after the girl deposed before the CWC.

GURGAON: A Delhi-based woman has been arrested for allegedly thrashing a woman constable. She also allegedly tore the uniform of the policewoman. The woman has been sent in judicial custody.

Khushi Saini from Janakpuri in Delhi, who works in a call centre in Gurgaon, was waiting at Udyog Vihar for a friend around 1am. After some time, the woman PCR No. 15 arrived there and woman head constable Amandeep went to ask Saini why she was standing there alone.

This allegedly infuriated Saini and she attacked the head constable and tore her uniform. The constable alleged that she tried to reason with Saini, but she would not listen. So, the police had to take Saini to police station. An FIR was lodged against Saini.

New Delhi, Sept. 25: A woman has sought Rs 150 crore in alimony from her estranged husband, prompting the Supreme Court to observe the amount was way larger than its annual budget of Rs 82 crore.

“We will examine the matter at a later stage. The amount anyway is more than even our Supreme Court’s annual budget,” Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam said, as he referred the dispute between an Indore couple to the Supreme Court Mediation Centre.

The lawyers for the couple requested that their clients’ names be withheld because mediation was under way and there was a possibility of rapprochement.

The couple have fallen out after 10 years of marriage. The husband, a businessman, is seeking a divorce on grounds of an irretrievable breakdown of marriage but his wife does not want one.

This is possibly the first time a woman has sought in court such a huge amount for a full and final settlement of a maintenance suit. Generally, the amount varies between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore. In case of richer families, it ranges between Rs 5 crore and Rs 10 crore. The amount is far higher when the super-rich are involved but such cases are usually settled out of court.

The claims are decided on the basis of the husband’s income, the wife’s earning capabilities and the requirements of children.

In the case before the Supreme Court, the wife has claimed her husband has assets worth Rs 400 crore. But the husband has put it at a far lower Rs 67 lakh.

His counsel told the top court: “Your lordship, I cannot pay such a huge amount. I don’t have such money as I am neither a Tata nor a Birla.”

While the husband’s divorce suit was pending in an Indore court, the wife filed an FIR against him for allegedly assaulting her outside the court premises. Fearing arrest, he filed an anticipatory bail plea but a sessions court rejected it. After Madhya Pradesh High Court too rejected his appeal, he moved the apex court.

The husband has also filed a petition seeking transfer of the matrimonial dispute and criminal case against him to Delhi. But the apex court referred the matrimonial dispute to the Supreme Court Mediation Centre, after which the couple agreed to mediation.

In mediation, advocates try to convince couples to reconcile differences. If they succeed, the cases are quashed by court. In her maintenance suit, the wife claimed that her husband has stakes in several companies and put the value of his immovable assets at Rs 400 crore. But his neglect of her and their minor daughter in the past few years forced them to shift to her parental home in 2009, she said.

Replying to the transfer suit filed by her husband, the wife said: “The present cost of the immovable properties of the applicant (husband) is more than Rs 400 crore.

“Apart from these, the applicant has already purchased shares of other companies worth crores of rupees. The applicant and the members of his family are in the habit of enjoying high standard of life. The applicant had imported an Audi car… from Germany in the year 2005 and presently he has been utilising this Audi and other costly cars….

“The annual fees of the school of the minor daughter is Rs 150,000 and other annual expenses of the school at about Rs 50,000 are being incurred.

“The non-applicant is not doing any job/profession and she does not have source of income. Looking to the life standard of the applicant and looking to his movable and immovable properties, it is necessary to award in lumpsum a sum of Rs 100 crore by way of permanent alimony/maintenance of the non-applicant herself and in lumpsum a sum of Rs 50 crore by way of permanent maintenance of her minor daughter, which the applicant is fully competent to pay.

“Apart from these, it is also necessary to award to the nonapplicant the articles, jewellery etc., given to the nonapplicant by her mother, father, mother-in-law; father-in-law and the relatives at the time of her marriage.”

Getting friendly with “sweet talking girls” on a train journey may prove a tad risky. An advisory issued by the east central railways (ECR) clearly instructs passengers, especially men to be careful of being befriended by “well-dressed, suave-looking and English-speaking women and children on trains”, unless you don’t mind being robbed of your valuables.

“That sweet talking woman or child could very well be an active member of one of the many drugging gangs active on long-distance trains,” says the latest ECR alert.

The new ECR “dos and don’ts” also ask passengers not to travel with huge amounts of cash and ornaments or travel in groups, lest they want to be duped by drugging gangs operating through harmless looking women and children.

“Members of various gangs have been using names of villages falling along a train route to start a conversation with passengers, befriend them, offer drug-laced eatables and rob them of their belongings,” said an official.

Other ECR officials said many youths travelling by trains during the festival season are easily lured into trap by young and suave-looking women wearing western clothes.

The advisory also asks passengers to inform the railways authorities immediately if anyone, on the pretext of performing a religious ritual, tries to light sleep-inducing incense sticks on trains.

“Don’t exchange handkerchiefs and do not discuss the purpose of visiting home either for solemnising marriages of daughters or any big plans to be executed at home,” adds the ECR alert.

It says the gang members first offer normal biscuits and then drug-laced ones to their potential victims.

“The most-preferred targets are better-heeled families or individuals travelling in general and sleeper coaches of long-distance trains coming from Panjab, Haryana, Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat,” said an ECR official.

The ECR has also issued the telephone numbers of railway offices to report drugging incidents.

GURGAON: A woman doctor, director of a city-based hospital, has filed a complaint against a Pune-based engineer of raping her after promising to marry her. She has also accused the man and his wife of cheating her of around Rs 10 lakh. Gurgaon police have registered a case of rape and cheating against the engineer and his wife.

The 35-year-old doctor, in her complaint, told the police that Mobin, the engineer, had met her more than two years ago when she had divorced her husband. He charmed her and said that he was unmarried and would like to marry her someday. Believing him, the victim entered into a live-in relationship with the accused. She even had a child with him. However, everything came crashing down when, two months back, she came to know that the accused was married and has a wife.

When the victim questioned the accused about it, she avoided her and also backed out of the promise of marriage. The victim then filed a police complaint accusing the engineer of sexual harassment and rape, in addition to forcing her to unnatural sex.

The victim has also filed a charge of cheating. “The accused allegedly blackmailed the victim and his wife was involved in it. According to the victim, once he had taken money from her on the pretext of paying someone, and on another occasion, on the pretext of opening a restaurant in the city,” police said.

“We have lodged an FIR against Mobin and his wife Tasleem. Our teams are on the job,” said Alok Mittal, commissioner of police.

MUMBAI: A Kandivli businessman has been arrested for sexually exploiting his former employee over the last seven years and sending video clips of their sexual acts to her parents and fiance.

The survivor claimed that her ordeal began in 2006, when she was 17 years old. On Friday, the survivor, now 24 years old, filed a complaint with the Nalasopara police, who arrested Nitin Nanda (39) from his flat in Kandivli (west) and seized the clips. The complainant claimed that in 2006, Nanda had spiked her drinks and raped her in his factory in Vasai.

She alleged that he filmed the act and threatened to upload the clip if she did not have physical relations with him. She told the police that though she quit the job in 2011, he would still call her to his vacant flat in Evershine City, Nalasopara. Recently, when the survivor told Nanda that she was getting married, he sent the clips to her parents and fiance. According to the police, Nanda, who is married and has two children, had filmed several of their sexual acts without her knowledge. The police have booked Nanda under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and also under the Information Technology Act.

GURGAON: A 48-year-old property dealer has been arrested in Palam Vihar for allegedly raping a 29-year-old air hostess, who was a tenant in his house.

The victim, who is an employee of a Delhi-based airline, had been living in Celebrity Suite Apartments for the last five years and she claimed that she trusted her landlord, Rajiv Bagga, when he got intimate with her and promised to marry her. A source said that Bagga was already married twice and the victim had been involved with him since 2008. She had pleaded with him to marry her earlier but he had calmed her with the promise of gifting her a flat. Some days ago, when she got to know that the promised flat had already been sold by Bagga, she felt duped.

LONDON: A woman in the US state of Florida stabbed her boyfriend in the eye after he allegedly refused her request for sex, Daily Star reported on Thursday.

La Crystal King-Woolfork, 28, has been accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the eye and shoulder in a drunken state after her demand for sex was turned down, the daily reported.

The woman reportedly came to her boyfriend’s home with a female friend after having drinks and demanded he have sex with her. The man, however, was not comfortable having sex in front of another female.

According to the report, King-Woolfork attacked her boyfriend with a knife, stabbing him before he took the knife off her. The woman has been charged with attempt to murder.

The accused claimed that she attacked her boyfriend with a metal candle holder because he punched her in the nose.

BHOPAL: A 30-year-old woman assisted her husband and his friend gang rape another woman for two days in Morena district. The survivor was kept confined in the room on the premises until she managed to escape. The incident took place at a temple in Sabalgarh area, which is 75 km away from Morena town.

She was taken to the temple on October 3 by her acquaintance Pista Devi on the pretext of getting her a job of a cook. But, as soon as they reached the temple, she was overpowered by Pista Devi’s husband Kallu Jogi and Ravi. They kept her in confinement for two days. She managed to flee on and narrate the ordeal to her family.

A case of gang rape has been registered. Apart from the two, the woman Pista Devi has also been booked. The temple is located at a faraway place and not many visitors go there. Morena policeare investigating the case.

NAGPUR: Ajni police on Thursday had to rush into registering an offence of rape when the complainant started threatening to her end life. Following the weird threat, the cops slapped charges of rape against 24-year-old Amit Fuse for having entered into sexual relationship with the complainant promising marriage but not fulfilling it.

It is learnt Reena (name changed) and Fuse got ‘married’ at Koradi temple following a brief courtship which started in July last year. Fuse, who worked at a private company, started avoiding Reena after realizing that she was very demanding. She was learnt to be pressuring Fuse to spend extravagantly that the private company employee found difficult.

Police also said Reena landed up at Fuse’s place at Ajni demanding status of a wife but the boy’s family baulked at the idea. Fuse was distanced from his own family too for having tied the knot with Reena at temple. Family’s disagreement compelled Fuse to rent a room where he started living with Reena. However, the relationship soon turned bitter and they split in April.

Sources from Ajni police stated that dejected Reena started visiting offices of the senior officers to file complaint against Fuse. She claimed Fuse had been sexually exploiting her on the pretext of getting married soon and entering into a settled life. Reena also stated Fuse had been threatening to defame her if she took the matter too far. The cops were learned to be not keen to convert this love-turned-sour saga into a rape case.

A source at Ajni police stated that Reena suddenly threatened to commit suicide if the offence was not registered. This unnerved the cops who immediately took the case on record and sent her for a medical examination. No arrest has been yet made in the case.

Actor Anjum Nayar has been arrested for threatening and abusing policemen who came to her house in suburban Andheri for allegedly playing loud music late on Sunday night.

In a video recorded by the police, the actress is seen hurling abuses at the policemen who are standing outside her door.

The model-turned-actor was arrested and booked under IPC sections 294 (obscene acts and songs), 353 (deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), police said.

According to police, Anjum, who resides on the 20th floor of the ‘Samartha Angan’ building in Andheri, was playing music at a high volume on Sunday night following which irate neighbours complained to police. Two policemen came to her apartment at about 2 am on Monday and asked her to reduce the volume. She began abusing the policemen and threatened them, police added.

She was detained on Monday afternoon and placed under arrest. A fine was also slapped on her.  She will be produced before the court on Tuesday.

MUMBAI: In probably the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old driver hanged himself in the early hours of Tuesday after calmly recording a 19-minute video on his cell phone accusing his wife of 18 years and her paramour -and a policeman in part -of driving him to suicide.

Sunil Ugde was found hanging in his hutment in Agripada in central Mumbai around 2am by his mother. The family found a note in Marathi, asking them to check the video.

In the recording, Ugde claimed that his wife Anuradha would often run away with her paramour, Abdul Wahab alias Chhotu, and “both should be held responsible for my death”.

“I had asked sub-inspector (Ajit) Kadam of Agripada on Sunday night to help me get back my wife… (who) was with Chhotu. If he had believed me and summoned and questioned Chhotu, this situation would not have arisen. Kadam made fun of me and sent me home without doing anything. I was left with no option…,” Ugde has said.

Anuradha and Chhotu, a married 38-year-old taxi driver from the same slum, have been arrested.

The Agripada police have charged Anuradha, wife of Sunil Ugde who committed suicide on Tuesday and blamed her and her paramour for his death in a video, and Abdul Wahab alias Chhotu with abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation under IPC sections 306 and 506. “Both the accused were produced before court and remanded in police custody till Friday. Further probe is on,” said Kishore Bhaviskar, senior inspector of Agripada police.

He refused to comment on Ugde’s allegations against Agripada cop Ajit Kadam. “I had asked sub-inspector Kadam of Agripada on Sunday night to help me get back my wife, who had been missing for 15 days. I told him my wife was with Chhotu. If he had believed me and summoned and questioned Chhotu, this situation would not have arisen. Kadam made fun of me and sent me home without doing anything. I was left with no option… She (Anuradha) often ran away with Chhotu. I am a driver and often have to go out of station for days, and people used to taunt me about my wife. I am ending my life; both should be held responsible for my death. I request senior police officers to watch this clip and give me justice,” Ugde said in his recording. TOI has a copy of the clipping, which, a lawyer said, cannot be used as substantial evidence to prove abetment of suicide, but could be corroborative evidence.

Ugde’s family have washed their hands of Anuradha. “My son spent his life trying to convince his wife to leave Chhotu, but she ditched him. Now let her face the consequences. Neither I nor my grandchildren have any pity for her,” said Ugde’s mother Hira, sitting in their 10ftx10ft hovel.

Incidentally, the Ugdes’ home is bang opposite the hutment of the juvenile arrested for the photojournalist’s gangrape at Shakti Mills in August.

The family said Ugde, who worked with a tour operator, had often confronted Chhotu, who lived a few metres from his shack in the Jai Bhawani Nagar slum at Dhobi Ghat with his wife and children, and asked him to leave his wife alone. “Last month, when Sunil told Chhotu to lay off his wife, he threatened him with dire consequences,” said Hira, claiming that Anuradha had been in a relationship with Chhotu for seven years.

“She often ran away without any notice for two to three months. Somebody said it was the result of black magic. I took her to Pune and treated her, but nothing changed… The children are growing up, I cannot answer them why she goes missing. By doing this, she is not only spoiling my life but also the children’s future. I am sick of her, I am left with no option but to commit suicide. I request the police with folded hands to take strict action against both of them,” Ugde said in the recording.

AHMEDABAD: Shehzad Rangrez, who was arrested by city police in July 2011 on his wife, Reshma’s complaint that he had explosives in his home, was exonerated by a sessions court on Friday.

Reshma was lauded and rewarded handsomely by the Gujarat police for turning her husband in for his “intention” to spread terror. But during the trial, Reshma told the court in January this year that she had not seen anything in her husband’s hand and that she had complained merely on her apprehension that Rangrez was planning to blow up the neighbourhood. She even denied that her husband was holding a bag in his hand on the evening of July 17, 2011, when he had returned home drunk.

Rangrez’s counsel S M Vora said that the court did not find any evidence against the accused and acquitted him. The court has ordered that Rangrez be released on a bail bond of Rs 5,000. He has been behind bars since his arrest on his wife’s complaint. The lawyer also criticized the police for spreading false information in the media that Rangrez was caught with bombs. In fact, Danilimda police had recovered white powder weighing 10 gram from his house. According to the FSL, the powder contained sulphur, nitrate and carbon, which are contents of gun powder.The FSL had also said in response to the city crime branch’s query, that a small tin, nails and marbles recovered along with the powder could be used to make a crude bomb. This led the police to book Rangrez under the Explosives Act. During the trial, many witnesses did not support the police argument that Rangrez wanted to make a bomb. One of the panch witnesses was president of a Gau Raksha Samiti from Jamalpur area. Even Reshma admitted that she had purchased firecrackers, rope and nails from different shops. The shopkeepers’ deposition later confirmed her testimony.

Reshma had also admitted that she had got her husband bailed out from jail a couple of days before the incident. He was jailed on charges of possessing unlicensed firearms.

After her deposition, Reshma allegedly consumed poison and accused her in-laws of domestic violence. Rangrez’s brother, Yasin, said, “Reshma did this to earn money. She is my brother’s second wife and lives separately from us. Shehzad’s first wife and kids live with us in Sarkhej.”

TRICHY: Records reveal that the cases of domestic violence against women are on the rise inTrichy, though not all are genuine incidents. It has been found that some women misuse the provisions of the law by lodging false complaints against their family members to settle scores or for gains.

An exclusive unit for dealing with cases related to domestic violence against women dealt with 33 such cases in July this year, a spurt over the 23 cases reported in June. The number of cases reported in the first five months of 2013 was 19, 26, 20, 14 and 16 respectively. “The cases of domestic violence against women are increasing. Domestic violence is reported irrespective of social status as the educated, the uneducated, the poor and the rich approach us to get a solution,” said Flora Margaret, protection officer at the department of social welfare, in Trichy.

Even though many of the complaints are genuine, it can’t be denied that some women misuse the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) to take revenge on their family members. “There are instances when women have used the Act as a weapon to separate from a joint family citing domestic violence. Such cases can be nailed. Women should make use of the Act to protect them from domestic violence but not to harm others,” said P Dhanalakshmi, an advocate.

The domestic violence is categorised as physical, verbal and emotional, sexual and economical. The cases under all the five categories were brought to the notice of this office. “We have come across all types of domestic violence here. We are trying to provide solution by inquiring with the complainant as well as the opponent. Once the case is settled, it would be happy ending for everyone. Otherwise, we would refer the case to the court. But around 12 cases are referred to the courts every month,” added Flora.

The victims of domestic violence include daughters who are harassed by their parents and brothers for various reasons. In a case, the parents of an upper caste woman were hell-bent on separating her daughter from the family of a lower-caste man. “Though the Act is very helpful for speedy disposal of such cases, the execution of the order is delayed. So, the amendment to ensure speedy execution of the order should be made,” advocate T Jayanthirani said.

However, it is true that some women are misusing the Act, added Jayanthirani.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on the charge of using her 15-year-old niece, a domestic help, to level false charges of rape against her 30-year-old employer, a chartered accountant, with the intention of extortion. The accountant was arrested on September 17 and released on bail on September 30, after the girl deposed before the Child Welfare Committee, that she had been framed by her aunt. On September 17, the girl and her aunt reached the Dwarka police station, claiming that the child had been raped by her employer. In her complaint, the girl claimed that on May 1, the accountant got drunk and raped her. The girl claimed that she was repeatedly raped over the next few months. On October 3, the aunt was arrested after the girl deposed before the CWC.

Frustrated with her in-laws for not providing enough food for her 18-month-old son, a 20-year-old woman allegedly killed the infant recently and dumped the body near her residence.

The accused, Padma Vishnu Shinde, then lodged a complaint of kidnapping with the police to avoid becoming a suspect in the case. The police arrested her late on Thursday after she allegedly confessed to the crime.

A resident of Khodala village in Mokhada, Dahanu taluka, Shinde complained to the police on September 22 that when she was washing clothes, her son Chetan went missing. The police filed a case of kidnapping. The body was found three days later in a well 100m from Shinde’s residence. The post-mortem revealed that the boy was murdered. Shinde’s husband is an employee of a local manufacturing firm.

An officer of Mokhada police station said, “Multiple teams were formed to trace the baby…
We found his body in the well. After the post-mortem report revealed murder, we interrogated the mother and she confessed to the crime. She said that she killed him by crushing his neck with her foot.”

“She was frustrated that her in-laws did not give her son adequate food. We have arrested her under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the Indian Penal Code,” said another officer. She was sent to Thane jail.

A family court while hearing a divorce case noted that a woman not doing household work and insisting the husband hire a domestic help or asking the mother-in-law to do the work amounts to mental cruelty to the husband.

According to the plea filed by the husband, the couple were married for 20 years and had two children. Soon after the marriage they started living with the husband’s family.

According to petitioner, the woman is lazy and would refused to help in household chores and demand that the husband either hire a domestic help or ask his mother to do work.

The petitioner also alleged that his wife did not wake up early in the morning and did not prepare tiffin for him.”When he left for the job, the woman, without any reason, quarreled with her mother-in-law and later made false allegations against her. The respondent (wife) also started insulting her husband in front of her own parents.”

The woman also tried to commit suicide and the husband had to break away from his family to avoid further trouble and started living separately. The respondent did not like the husband visiting his family and did not like relatives visiting their house either. She also allegedly quarreled with the neighbours.

The court issued a notice to the respondent to be in court to present her side. She did not come forth and an ex-parte divorce was ordered.

If a woman repeatedly taunts her husband for not being up to the mark, it amounts to mental cruelty, the family court said while granting divorce to a man who was married for over 10 years.

The court said, “Whenever the petitioner (husband) returned from office tired and wanting to sleep, the respondent used to crave for physical relations and, on refusal, call petitioner chhakka (eunuch), unnecessarily making comments… The respondent (wife) had also taunted him, saying she wanted a better and smart husband from an affluent family. All this… amounts to mental cruelty to him.”

Petitioner’s advocate Paresh Desai said, “The court took into account that the husband had done his best to provide a good life to the wife but the woman’s nature caused a lot of harassment to the husband, who was left with no choice but to seek divorce.”

As per the husband’s petition, the couple married in 2003 and they have two children. It was alleged that the wife would pick fights with the husband and his mother and never took good care of the children. The court also took into account the instances where the wife threatened to commit suicide as mental cruelty to the husband.

Denying all the allegations, the wife moved an application seeking the restitution of conjugal rights. The family court attempted a reconciliation but it didn’t work out, forcing the court to hear and decide upon the petition.

The court also accepted video recordings of the couple’s arguments. The bench said, “Though she was aware the arguments were being recorded, she used the most abusive and insulting words against her husband. She also threatened him for creating a scene and destroying her life…”

In a significant development in the sensational dowry harassment case of Barsa Swony Choudhury (23) in which a former minister of Odisha and his family members were arrested earlier this year, a maintenance case has been filed in the Balasore family court against the woman’s husband Rajashree Mohanty.

Rajashree, his father, former minister and BJD MLA from Basta Raghunath Mohanty and mother Pritilata Mohanty are now on condition bail. They were arrested following the dowry torture allegation by Barsa, a resident of Bhoisahi here, in Balasore town police station on March 14.

Barsa’s counsel Amar Ballav Nanda confirmed that a maintenance case seeking Rs 60,000 per month towards her study and other expenditures had been filed. The petition was lodged on the basis of the claims made by the Mohanty family while obtaining the conditional bail from the court of District and Sessions judge of Balasore.

“They had submitted a pay slip of a private company where Rajashree claimed to have been working and it was mentioned that he was drawing Rs 1,65,000 per month. Besides, they denied to have demanded dowry citing that Rajashree was earning Rs 10 lakh more per annum from his hotel business and landed properties, apart from his salary. Basing on the claims, we have demanded Rs 60,000 per month towards maintenance,” Nanda said adding that the case has been registered.

Meanwhile, Barsa has been shifted to Bhubaneswar and studying MBA in HR and Finance in a private management college there. Her father Kishore Kumar Choudhury hoped the court would decide in their favour while granting the amount as per the legal provisions which would definitely help for her higher studies.

Barsa said after the case was registered she has been staying along with her parents and depending on her father’s income. “I require more money for my higher studies. That’s why I have filed the maintenance case and the money I expect to get will meet my study expenses,” she added.

While after the incident, Raghunath had to lose his ministerial berth and the vice-president post of BJD, the ruling party too lost miserably in the recently concluded Jaleswar NAC election. Incidentally, Raghunath was projecting his son as the party’s candidate from Jaleswar constituency in 2014 Assembly polls.

Earlier, Barsa had moved the High Court, seeking cancellation of bail granted to her husband Rajashree and father-in-law by the lower courts. In her petition, she had alleged that Raghunath and Rajashree had violated the conditions imposed on them by the lower courts while granting bail.

Rajashree however could not be contacted for comment. His counsel Niranjan Panda told media persons that Rajashree lost his job after his arrest and he had no such hotel business. “When he earns nothing, how can he pay such a huge amount? However, we are yet to receive the notice. We would fight the case accordingly,” he added.

New Delhi: A lawyer arrested for allegedly raping two women on different occasions has been granted bail by a Delhi court which asked him not to influence any of the complainants in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge V K Khanna enlarged the lawyer on bail on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of the like amount. The court also asked him to furnish the same bail bond in another rape case lodged against him by.

While releasing the advocate on bail, the court said that he should “not in any manner influence the complainants or try to meet them, otherwise it will go against him”. The accused assured the court that he will abide by its directions and also cooperate in the case.

The lawyer was arrested by the police on September 16 after a 19-year-old girl lodged a complaint at New Friends Colony Police Station here alleging that she had been raped by him on the false pretext of marrying her.

During the hearing, the court had asked the complainant if she wanted to marry the accused. The girl replied that she will not enter into wedlock with the lawyer as she had been “cheated” by him.

In another case, a 27-year-old woman had alleged that the lawyer had established physical relations with her since 2011 during the pendency of a divorce case in which he was representing her.

The 19-year-girl had told the police that in March when the accused called her to his flat in south Delhi, the other woman (the second complainant) was also present there.

She said that as they both felt cheated, they decided to file complaints with the police.

HYDERABAD: It looked like any ordinary murder for gain. But police investigation revealed a grisly murder plan gone awry. A techie couple returning home to Nacharam was waylaid by two masked men on the night of September 14. While the husband was stabbed to death, the wife sported knife injuries and claimed that her gold chain was snatched by the robbers. Nearly a week later, it turns out that the wife and her lover, who was one of the attackers, conspired to kill the husband. All the three were arrested and booked for murder on Friday.

Cyberabad police identified the victim as Venkateswar Rao, a diesel mechanic with APSRTC. Those arrested include his wife N Sowjanya, her lover Jaideep Deshi, both software engineers in Accenture, Bangalore, and their accomplice Swamy Raj Kumar.

According to the cops, Sowjanya and Jaideep knew each other since their graduation days and had worked together in various IT companies before joining Accenture in Bangalore. Venkateshwar Rao was scheduled to marry Sowjanya’s elder sister Swetha but when she eloped two days before the wedding, her family got the younger sister married to him, much against her wishes. Since then, she maintained her ties with Jaideep and the two soon plotted to murder her husband.

As per the plan, Sowjanya and Jaideep came to Hyderabad from Bangalore on September 13 and a day later, she took Rao to the Sanghi temple in Hayatnagar. On their way back, Sowjanya said she wanted to attend to call of nature and asked her husband to stop the two-wheeler near a deserted place. Thanks to SMS alerts from her, the lover and accomplice, who were waiting at the spot, attacked Rao. When the cops came, Sowjanya showed them bruises on her hand and claimed the ‘robbers’ had stoel her gold chain.

In a press release, deputy commissioner of police (LB Nagar) Ravi Verma said the trio were arrested for murder and trying to project it as murder for gain. The case was cracked based on call data records of the accused and voice recording samples found in her phone.

A woman has been sentenced to four years in jail for levelling false allegations of rape against a man, who later committed suicide as he could not bear the stigma of spending 72 days in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Last December when the country was witnessing unprecedented protests against Delhi gangrape incident, 35-year-old Chanchal Rathore had accused her 53-year-old landlord, Roopkishore Agrawal, of raping her. However, during the trial, Chanchal admitted that she was not raped.

According to her, she had a quarrel with Agrawal when he had come to collect rent and the money her husband had taken as loan from him. Additional Sessions Judge Savita Dubey, who was hearing the rape case, later ordered that Chanchal be tried for giving a false statement.

The judge even appeared as a witness in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Indira Singh, who sentenced Chanchal to four years in jail under Section 211b of the IPC (making false charge of offence with an intent to injure). She has also been slapped a fine of Rs 10,000, non-payment of which will fetch another six months jail term for her.

Chanchal, who claimed to work for an NGO, was also sentenced to six months in jail under Section 182 (giving false information with an intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person). Both sentences will run concurrently.

Chanchal is also being separately tried for abetment to suicide, punishable with a seven-year jail term.

Chanchal’s husband Sunil, who took the money from the landlord to buy a Tata Magic vehicle, is also an accused in this case, said Additional Public Prosecutor Hemant Mungi.

Agrawal was found dead in his home on March 17, nine days after he was released on bail. In his suicide note, he had blamed Chanchal for his ordeal and his decision to take kill himself.

A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) from Punjab, deployed with the security wing at the headquarters in Sector 9, committed suicide at his residence   in Kharar where he was staying alone, on Wednesday.

DSP Manminder Singh, 45, left a 20-page letter addressed to the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court stating that nobody be held responsible for his death. However, he wrote about strained relations with his wife, who is a lawyer and residing with their three minor children at the couple’s house in Jalandhar since the past three years, police said.

 Kharar police SHO Vijay Kumar said Manminder consumed poison around 1am on Wednesday and called up his friends as he panicked soon after. The friends took him to a private hospital in Morinda where he died on Wednesday late evening. The letter – a virtual suicide note – said his wife had filed an assault case against him for which he had remained in jail for around 10 days, it is learnt.

The SHO said the DSP further wrote that he had been going through mental agony ever since his marriage in 1995. He wanted his provident fund to go to his mother and his body to be handed over to his father or brother. He also wrote that his wife should not be allowed to even touch his body and not get any property, which should be transferred to his father Avtar Singh. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the civil hospital in Kharar and inquest proceedings were initiated. The body was handed over to his parents.

Languishing in jail for the past 16 days for killing his wife for dowry, 25-year-old Manjit Kumar finally got a respite after his wife was found very much alive at the Muzaffarpur railway station.

A civil court lawyer, Manjit married 21-year-old Neha Kumari on April 28 this year. On August 26, Neha’s mother lodged an FIR claiming that Manjit and his family members had killed her daughter for dowry and disposed of her body.

“The family members of my son-in-law not only murdered my daughter, they even got her body secretly disposed of,” wrote Poonam Devi in the FIR.

 She further alleged that Manjit had an illicit relationship with another girl and he wanted to get rid of her daughter. “He demanded Rs. 4 lakh as dowry and used to beat my daughter,” she said in the complaint.

Confirming Neha’s ‘arrest’ from the railway station, Muzaffarpur town deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Upendra Kumar said on Wednesday evening that she was being questioned.

“We are quizzing her. Soon, we will be able to get to the bottom of the matter and find out what she had been up to and whether her parents had a hand in her disappearance,” said the DSP.

Another police source claimed Neha had confessed that she was away “visiting a facebook friend in Darbhanga” during the duration of her disappearance. However, the police didn’t confirm this.

Techie’s petition in family court claims they shared an emotional and sexual relationship akin to a married couple, and that her parents broke up the relationship

A family court in the city is faced with a piquant situation after a young man approached it, asking that he and his estranged lover be declared husband and wife. According to legal experts, this is probably the first instance in the country of such a case being admitted in a family court, which by definition adjudicates between married couples. In fact, even the judge concerned said during the first hearing that “there is no law to govern lovers and their problems.”

According to the petition before the principal family court, Vikram claims that he met Soundarya (both 25 now) when they joined a BE course in a city college in 2005. Their friendship blossomed into love and they have been lovers for the last eight years, according to the petition, which notes that he is an OBC and she is a Brahmin.

The petition says that Vikram introduced Soundarya to his family as a close friend and she would visit him at home under the guise of ‘group study’. After their studies, he joined a teleservice company and she joined a software firm. The petition cites their emails and online chats, and claims that they “categorically promised each other to get married once they got settled.” A photograph of the two together is part of the petition.

The petition says he gave the respondent a ring and both would treat each other as husband and wife. “Physically, mentally and emotionally they are a single entity. After the exchange of the ring, the respondent started treating the plaintiff as her husband and would call him ‘hubby’ or ‘husbandji’,” it says. The petition claims the parents of the girl brainwashed her into breaking up the relationship. He claims that her parents said as his horoscope did not match hers, the two could not marry. The girl too stopped talking to him from March 14 this year. “The plaintiff cannot dream to live a life without the respondent,” the petition says.

The court ordered on August 31 that “no case is made for issuing an ex-parte temporary injunction. Issue emergent notice.” After the notice could not be served on the respondent, she was given a hand summons. The case has been posted for hearing on October 9.

GIRL’S COMPLAINT Meanwhile, Soundarya and her father have filed a private complaint in a magistrate’s court, alleging that the boy and his brother were threatening them, and the jurisdictional police have registered an FIR on the court’s directions.

According to the complaint, the two were known to each other since college. He proposed to her and she wanted to decide about it only after their studies were over. But he mistook it as a confirmation. After their studies, the condition was that they would be married only if their horoscopes matched. But three different priests said the horoscopes were not matching. Therefore, the relationship was called off. However, Vikram and his brother on separate occasions threatened her and her family with dire consequences. He also allegedly showed a photo of them together and threatened to publicise it and defame her. The photo was taken when he suddenly hugged her one day, the complaint alleges.

In connection with the complaint, Vikram obtained anticipatory bail on September 13.

‘ORAL PROMISE WON’T DO’

Commenting on the case, advocate GR Mohan said, “There is no law pertaining to lovers and I have never heard of such a case being filed in any court in India. But a court can intervene if there is a written contract between the two to marry and if one of them is seeking to enforce it. Oral promises will not suffice. But asking the court to declare them husband and wife for being lovers has never happened before.”

Men’s rights activist Kumar Jahgirdar said, “Our laws and system have to understand that men should have the same privileges in the law to sue girls who cheat them.”

(Names of parties in the petition changed to protect identities)

Life imitating art? Though there is almost certainly no legal precedent for the case in the family court, there is a striking similarity to scenes in movies like “Devathaye Kandein” (Tamil) and “Jaaji Mallige” (Kannada), where the leading man approaches the court after his lover forsakes him.

In both films, the case is about the girl promising that she would marry him and live with him for 50 years, even as she is in the process of marrying someone else. At the final hearing, the girl comes to court and says she wants to reunite with him. But the boy rejects her proposal and leaves, saying he only wanted to teach her a lesson.

While their parents are in the know, an increasing number of city girls are keeping their boyfriends in the dark about going clubbing with friends.

Remember the time when you’d lie at home to go partying and then sneak back into your room, while everyone at home was busy snoring? And while at the party, you’d request the present photographers not to take your pictures because, “Mummy ko nahi pata”. Well, if you are smiling while reading this and getting nostalgic, chances are, you haven’t been to the party scene of late. These days, apne Hyderabadi girls are bindaas when it comes to letting their hair down, and are also keeping their parents in the loop. But wait! There is still one person who is kept in the dark about our party ladies’ clubbing rendezvous — the boyfriend! With boyfriends and partners turning extra possessive and sometimes, even borderline creepy, the pretty ladies have begun to decline the Page 3 shutterbugs, for fear of being ‘caught’ by their paramours.

And the trademark statement doing the rounds in city nightclubs these days is, “Please don’t click my pictures. My boyfriend doesn’t know I’m clubbing. Pleaseeee!” From smartly doling out bahanas to their chipkoo boyfriends and giving cute chakmas, which they claim is completely unintentional, PYTs reveal why they aren’t camera friendly anymore.

Because BFs are super possessive

A lot of young women in the city claim that their boyfriends have become over-possessive. From not wanting them to wear sexy outfits, to restricting their access to the dance floor, the men lay down way too many rules when it comes to a night out. And in a bid to break free from such restrictions, the ladies resort to lying! “My boyfriend is extremely possessive. So one night, I lied to him about being at a gal pal’s house for a pyjama party, while in fact, I was out clubbing,” admitsTania, a corporate employee. But the ‘secret night out’ did not end up being fun, because, “I was so busy enjoying myself at the club that I posed for one of the shutterbug. A day later, my pictures were splashed across two dailies, and my boyfriend got to know the truth. I missed 58 of his calls, as I was busy thinking of an excuse. As expected, there was a huge fight and I eventually ended up having a hard time convincing him to forgive me. I learnt a big lesson that day and ever since, every time I go partying, I refuse to get clicked,” says Tania.

Coz’ BFs are way too filmi

Blame it on growing up on a steady dose of Bollywood films, but our PYTs say that their boyfriends have turned into sappy, cheesy ‘Rahuls and Rajs of Bollywood’. “I’m just 20-years-old and I think at this age, it’s fine to go out and have some fun. But my boyfriend rants on about saat janmo ka saath, pavitra rishta and stuff like that! He expects me to not go clubbing withfriends and instead, stay at home. This is way too filmi for a 20-year-old! That’s why I lie when I go out with my friends,” explains Lipi Suresh*, a pharmaceutical student.

Coz’ BFs dole out too much gyan

When you have Mummy and Daddy giving you gyan every morning or evening, you definitely don’t need the same from your boyfriends. So, it’s a complete turn off when boyfriends, over a period of time, turn into your parents! Rebaica Safiya, a student, says, “I know a few over-protective boyfriends. So, I won’t be surprised if their girls lie to them and go clubbing. We usually tell our parents everything because right now, with the whole scenario of us not being safe, they need to know where we are. But if we tell our boyfriends, they begin a proper interrogation and hit us with a barrage of questions like, ‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? Who are the guys going with you?’ and so on — it’s like they’ve turned into our parents! In fact, parents are a lot cooler than boyfriends these days.”

Coz’ BFs want ‘good girls’

Now, how many times have you heard the sentence, ‘achchi ladkiyan clubs nahi jaati’, from the nosy neighbourhood aunty? Most city guys, claim young girls, want their girlfriends to not go clubbing in case their ‘image’ takes a beating. “My ex-boyfriend had this mindset that girls who like partying are not worth taking home to mom! How sexist and patriarchal is that?” asks Neha Kumar*, a final year Psychology student. “If I party and you term me as a ‘bad girl’, you don’t deserve to be my boyfriend. But many girls stick to such men and then lie to them before going clubbing. But since everyone knows everyone in the Hyderabad party circuit, your secret will be out soon,” reveals Neha.

COZ’ girls just wanna have fun

The concept of guys spending a fun night out in town with their buddies is acceptable to most city boys. But when it comes to their girlfriends spending time with their friends, alarm bells begin to ring. “Guys don’t understand that just like them, we too need some well-deserved ‘me’ time. When it’s just our girls’ night out at the club, we can dance, have fun and casually flirt with cute guys. But with our boyfriends constantly keeping a hawk-eye watch on us, we can’t do all of that!” says Malliha Fatima, an undergraduate student. Marika Gabriel, student, echoes a similar sentiment, saying, “Guys have now become ‘possessive girlfriends’. With the possessiveness and the continuous calling and finding out where we are and what we are doing, they don’t understand that we need space too.”

*Names changed on request

(With inputs from Elina Priyadarshini Padhiary)

GURGAON: An air hostess has alleged she was sexually exploited by a Punjab businessman on the pretext of getting a job for her in a leading airline.

On her complaint, Gurgaon Police lodged an FIR with rape charges, but shifted the case to Delhi as the crime was committed there, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal said.

Mittal said the girl, in her complaint, alleged that the businessman had sexually exploited her in Delhi, promising to marry her.

The girl further alleged that the businessman had also clicked her obscene photographs and threatened to blackmail her.

  • Man elopes with mother of fiancee
  • Man elopes with mother of fiancee
    The construction worker, who often visited the house of his fiancée after the engagement, got attracted to the older woman and the two began a relationship that culminated in their running away, police said.

CHENNAI: The Pallikaranai police are looking for a 25-year-old man who allegedly eloped with the mother of the woman he was to marry later this month. The construction worker, who often visited the house of his fiancee after the engagement, got attracted to the older woman and the two began a relationship that culminated in their running away, police said.

Parthasarathy, a native of Tindivanam who lived in Kovilambakkam near Pallikaranai, got engaged to an 18-year-old woman in the same area about two months ago. The girl’s father Sekar, 38, and mother Vasantha, 35, were construction labourers working in the locality and got to know of Parthasarathy and the match was fixed.

Soon, Parthasarathy became a frequent visitor to his fiancee’s house and began mingling closely with all her family members. Vasantha was apparently taken in by his good behaviour and he began to present her with gifts, police said.

They gradually became close to one another. Vasantha often skipped work and stayed at home and Parthasarathy came to meet her. A few days ago, Vasantha’s daughter allegedly found the two of them together in an intimate position, investigators said.

That evening, soon after Sekar returned from work, the girl told him about it. A day after the incident, Vasantha went missing. A subsequent check revealed that Parthasarathy was also missing.

Sekar then lodged a complaint with the Pallikaaranai police who registered a case and launched a hunt for the two.

NAGPUR: A 30-year-old woman walked in to Pachpaoli police station on Monday night along with her husband to file a rape complaint against his friend.

The mother of two children claimed in her complaint that one Prabhas Vishwas, 32, a resident of Juni Shukrawari, came home on Monday evening when her husband had gone to the market. “Vishwas forcibly entered the house and gagged her. After locking the house and keeping his friend Raju Yadav (23) outside to guard, he forced himself upon her. She tried to resist but Vishwas managed to overpower her,” said PSI NJ Jadhav who is the investigating officer in the case.

When her husband returned, he was shocked to see Vishwas in a compromising position with his wife. Yadav had fled away when he saw him returning.

Police said the since the door was not locked properly from inside, the husband managed to open it easily after knocking on it just once. “The woman cried out to her husband and Vishwas too managed to flee. The husband then brought her to the police station to file the complaint,” said Jadhav.

Sources in the police station said that the woman was having an extramarital affair with the husband’s friend. They said that the woman got close to Vishwas at a construction site where her husband too used to work.

“Soon they began having an affair. Her neighbours said that since the past two weeks, they have been seeing Vishwas coming to the woman’s house in her husband’s absence and Yadav standing guard,” said the police sources.

On Monday too, Vishwas, who too is married, was seen entering the woman’s house minutes after her husband left home. The husband told police that he had gone to buy clothes for his son but came back again as the shops were closed. The couple’s children stay with their maternal grandparents.

Police have arrested Vishwas and Yadav from Juni Shukrawari area on Monday night itself.

KOLKATA: An 11-year-old school student died in Dum Dum on Wednesday, two weeks after she had come back home in a stupor following an alleged incident of ragging by some of her seniors.

Oindrila Das’s parents had taken her to a psychiatrist last Sunday, who had given her an injection. Her death raises several questions.

Two weeks ago, Oindrila returned home from school in a state of stupor. Last Sunday, her parents took her to a psychiatrist. The girl told the doctor that she had been locked in the school toilet by seniors. The doctor reportedly gave her an injection. Soon after, she lost consciousness. Admitted to a hospital last night, she died on Wednesday.

Oindrila’s mysterious death has raised several questions. The school principal, Helen Sarkar, claims she never knew about the alleged incident. “Had this been informed, the children who locked her in the toilet could have been traced,” she said.

Debasish Bej, DCP (DD), Barrackpore commissionerate, said they would wait for the postmortem to know the cause of death. State education minister Bratya Basu has asked the district inspector of schools to probe the matter.

Oindrila was in acute trauma. The immediate trigger was her confinement in a bathroom of her school for several hours allegedly by three senior students after she reportedly failed to pay Rs 100 that the trio demanded. Her family – still in a state of shock after losing their only child – lodged a complaint at Dum Dum police station against “some senior students” on Wednesday evening. “Another complaint was also lodged against the girl’s schoolteachers alleging negligence. We have already started an investigation. The complaint was lodged by the victim’s grandfather, Niranjan Das. We will also speak to the school authorities immediately,” said Bej.

According to family members, on September 4, Oindrila, a resident of Baguiati, had gone to her school, Christ Church, on Jessore Road near Clive house at Kajipara in Dum Dum as usual and fell ill after returning. Shantanu, her father who runs a printing business, said some senior students had confined his daughter in a school toilet and threatened her to pay Rs 100. She reportedly did not tell anything to her parents fearing another attack. “We found her deeply traumatized but she did not narrate the matter properly to us following which we initially ignored it. But we realized something was seriously wrong with her after she was still traumatized for about two days, after which she fell ill. I took her to our local doctor, after which we came to know about the torture on her,” Shantanu said.

According to the girl’s statement to the doctor and her parents, the three senior students used to threaten and torture her. “They also snatched my tiffin several times. The trio also demanded Rs 100 from me several times, which I could not pay. On Wednesday (September 4), they threatened me with harm and dragged me to the bathroom and confined me there by locking me up from the outside. It was a sweeper who later released me from the toilet. I will not go to the school further as they will beat me up again,” she told her parents and the doctor.

The girl’s mother, Rekha, said Oindrila had asked for Rs 100 from her and other family members but they could not imagine why she wanted money.

Local doctor Daipayan Ghatak, who first treated the girl, said: “I realized she was in deep trauma. She was psychologically broken. She also stopped eating, following which her condition started to deteriorate. I suggested admission to a hospital and to conduct a psychological evaluation.”

Ondrila was admitted to a nursing home off Jessore Roda on Saturday but doctors later released her after two days, suggesting her parents take her to a psychiatrist. On Tuesday, her father said, a psychiatrist administered her an injection in his Sealdah chamber, after which her condition deteriorated. She died on Wednesday afternoon after being taken to a nursing home.

Shantanu has said that he will lodge a complaint against the psychiatrist after receiving the postmortem report.

A Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) scientist was on Sunday booked for allegedly raping his wife. “A case has been lodged case against Tapas Kumar Majumdar, who is working with food research laboratory wing of DRDO, on the complaint lodged by his 30-year-old wife on Sunday evening,” Raipur Superintendent of Police O P Pal told PTI. According to the woman, who is a school teacher, the accused had married her in 2011, while keeping her in dark about the status of his earlier marriage. He had told her that he had taken divorce from the first wife and then got married with the complainant, who later came to know that Majumdar had not taken divorce, the SP said.

“A case has been registered against Majumdar under sections 376 (rape), 419 (cheating by personation), 496 (marrying fraudulently) and 498 (A) (subjecting wife to cruelty),” the SP said. Majumdar is currently posted at Mussorie in Uttarakhand. Further probe is on and suitable action will be taken in this connection, the SP added.

Robbing the sheen out of the ongoing ‘Margazhi Festival’ or the annual Carnatic concerts, famed vocalist and playback singer Nityashree’s husband, Dr Mahadevan committed suicide by jumping into the slushy river Cooum on Thursday.

Known for her mellifluous voice, Nithyashree is the granddaughter of legendary vocalist D K Pattammal, one among the famed feminine trinity trio of carnatic music. The other two were M S Subbulakshmi and M L Vasanthakumari.

On reaching the Kotturpuram bridge close to his home in a posh car driven by a driver, he alighted from the vehicle, claimed up the railings and jumped into the river around 1 pm. He was seen talking over the mobile while getting down but the attempts of the driver to prevent him proved unsuccessful, police and eyewitnesses said.

Family dispute is said to be the reason forcing him to take the extreme step and he had come to the bridge straight from home.

A doctor by profession, he had given up practice and was managing the classical vocalist’s career and the couple were said to be having problems often. The couple has two school-going daughters.

On being alerted, police and a rescue team rushed to the spot and fished out the body, which was sent for post-mortem at the Royapettah Government Hospital. Doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Soon rumours spread that the singer too had attempted to commit suicide and was hospitalised. But, neither family sources nor the police, who visited her house, confirmed it.

It has sent shockwaves among the music fraternity and cast a shadow on the music fest, which draws a huge NRI crowd, who make it a part of their calendar.

The vocalist had a hectic schedule and has been performing at various concerts and was to perform on Thursday evening as well.

NEW DELHI: Two sisters have moved a trial court seeking a maintenance of over Rs four crore per year from their father to pursue studies and meet daily expenses, saying they had left home in 2010 due to harassment meted out by their parents.

The girls, native of Ludhiana in Punjab, filed their plea before metropolitan magistrate Monika Saroha, alleging that they were subjected to torture, harassment, beating and all kinds of abuse, when they were residing with their parents.

The younger sister, preparing for her civil service exam, told the judge that “they are students and they have no source of income to maintain them”.

The court has issued notice to the father seeking his response by January next year. In their plea, the girls told the court that the trouble began when the elder sister, a final year B. Com student, told her father, a shopkeeper, that she wanted to pursue MBA. The younger one, a first-year B. Com student, also wanted to study MBA. But their father threatened to withdraw both of them from college, the petition said. The counsel also said the parents should be prohibited from committing any act of domestic violence.

“The girl’s father should be stopped from repeating any acts of physical and mental abuse, sexual abuse, threatening, lodging false cases or sending friends to threaten them and their friends,” their advocate ShaanMohan said.

“In these facts and circumstances, this court may direct the respondents to pay the aggrieved (the two sisters) a sum of Rs 2,00,00,000 each,” the counsel added.

Earlier, the Delhi high court had provided them with police protection after they alleged that their family friends “attacked” them.

A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) from Punjab, deployed with the security wing at the headquarters in Sector 9, committed suicide at his residence   in Kharar where he was staying alone, on Wednesday.

DSP Manminder Singh, 45, left a 20-page letter addressed to the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court stating that nobody be held responsible for his death. However, he wrote about strained relations with his wife, who is a lawyer and residing with their three minor children at the couple’s house in Jalandhar since the past three years, police said.

Kharar police SHO Vijay Kumar said Manminder consumed poison around 1am on Wednesday and called up his friends as he panicked soon after. The friends took him to a private hospital in Morinda where he died on Wednesday late evening. The letter – a virtual suicide note – said his wife had filed an assault case against him for which he had remained in jail for around 10 days, it is learnt.

The SHO said the DSP further wrote that he had been going through mental agony ever since his marriage in 1995. He wanted his provident fund to go to his mother and his body to be handed over to his father or brother. He also wrote that his wife should not be allowed to even touch his body and not get any property, which should be transferred to his father Avtar Singh. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the civil hospital in Kharar and inquest proceedings were initiated. The body was handed over to his parents.

Languishing in jail for the past 16 days for killing his wife for dowry, 25-year-old Manjit Kumar finally got a respite after his wife was found very much alive at the Muzaffarpur railway station.

A civil court lawyer, Manjit married 21-year-old Neha Kumari on April 28 this year. On August 26, Neha’s mother lodged an FIR claiming that Manjit and his family members had killed her daughter for dowry and disposed of her body.

“The family members of my son-in-law not only murdered my daughter, they even got her body secretly disposed of,” wrote Poonam Devi in the FIR.

 She further alleged that Manjit had an illicit relationship with another girl and he wanted to get rid of her daughter. “He demanded Rs. 4 lakh as dowry and used to beat my daughter,” she said in the complaint.

Confirming Neha’s ‘arrest’ from the railway station, Muzaffarpur town deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Upendra Kumar said on Wednesday evening that she was being questioned.

“We are quizzing her. Soon, we will be able to get to the bottom of the matter and find out what she had been up to and whether her parents had a hand in her disappearance,” said the DSP.

Another police source claimed Neha had confessed that she was away “visiting a facebook friend in Darbhanga” during the duration of her disappearance. However, the police didn’t confirm this.

Techie’s petition in family court claims they shared an emotional and sexual relationship akin to a married couple, and that her parents broke up the relationship

A family court in the city is faced with a piquant situation after a young man approached it, asking that he and his estranged lover be declared husband and wife. According to legal experts, this is probably the first instance in the country of such a case being admitted in a family court, which by definition adjudicates between married couples. In fact, even the judge concerned said during the first hearing that “there is no law to govern lovers and their problems.”

According to the petition before the principal family court, Vikram claims that he met Soundarya (both 25 now) when they joined a BE course in a city college in 2005. Their friendship blossomed into love and they have been lovers for the last eight years, according to the petition, which notes that he is an OBC and she is a Brahmin.

The petition says that Vikram introduced Soundarya to his family as a close friend and she would visit him at home under the guise of ‘group study’. After their studies, he joined a teleservice company and she joined a software firm. The petition cites their emails and online chats, and claims that they “categorically promised each other to get married once they got settled.” A photograph of the two together is part of the petition.

The petition says he gave the respondent a ring and both would treat each other as husband and wife. “Physically, mentally and emotionally they are a single entity. After the exchange of the ring, the respondent started treating the plaintiff as her husband and would call him ‘hubby’ or ‘husbandji’,” it says. The petition claims the parents of the girl brainwashed her into breaking up the relationship. He claims that her parents said as his horoscope did not match hers, the two could not marry. The girl too stopped talking to him from March 14 this year. “The plaintiff cannot dream to live a life without the respondent,” the petition says.

The court ordered on August 31 that “no case is made for issuing an ex-parte temporary injunction. Issue emergent notice.” After the notice could not be served on the respondent, she was given a hand summons. The case has been posted for hearing on October 9.

GIRL’S COMPLAINT Meanwhile, Soundarya and her father have filed a private complaint in a magistrate’s court, alleging that the boy and his brother were threatening them, and the jurisdictional police have registered an FIR on the court’s directions.

According to the complaint, the two were known to each other since college. He proposed to her and she wanted to decide about it only after their studies were over. But he mistook it as a confirmation. After their studies, the condition was that they would be married only if their horoscopes matched. But three different priests said the horoscopes were not matching. Therefore, the relationship was called off. However, Vikram and his brother on separate occasions threatened her and her family with dire consequences. He also allegedly showed a photo of them together and threatened to publicise it and defame her. The photo was taken when he suddenly hugged her one day, the complaint alleges.

In connection with the complaint, Vikram obtained anticipatory bail on September 13.

‘ORAL PROMISE WON’T DO’

Commenting on the case, advocate GR Mohan said, “There is no law pertaining to lovers and I have never heard of such a case being filed in any court in India. But a court can intervene if there is a written contract between the two to marry and if one of them is seeking to enforce it. Oral promises will not suffice. But asking the court to declare them husband and wife for being lovers has never happened before.”

Men’s rights activist Kumar Jahgirdar said, “Our laws and system have to understand that men should have the same privileges in the law to sue girls who cheat them.”

(Names of parties in the petition changed to protect identities)

Life imitating art? Though there is almost certainly no legal precedent for the case in the family court, there is a striking similarity to scenes in movies like “Devathaye Kandein” (Tamil) and “Jaaji Mallige” (Kannada), where the leading man approaches the court after his lover forsakes him.

In both films, the case is about the girl promising that she would marry him and live with him for 50 years, even as she is in the process of marrying someone else. At the final hearing, the girl comes to court and says she wants to reunite with him. But the boy rejects her proposal and leaves, saying he only wanted to teach her a lesson.

While their parents are in the know, an increasing number of city girls are keeping their boyfriends in the dark about going clubbing with friends.

Remember the time when you’d lie at home to go partying and then sneak back into your room, while everyone at home was busy snoring? And while at the party, you’d request the present photographers not to take your pictures because, “Mummy ko nahi pata”. Well, if you are smiling while reading this and getting nostalgic, chances are, you haven’t been to the party scene of late. These days, apne Hyderabadi girls are bindaas when it comes to letting their hair down, and are also keeping their parents in the loop. But wait! There is still one person who is kept in the dark about our party ladies’ clubbing rendezvous — the boyfriend! With boyfriends and partners turning extra possessive and sometimes, even borderline creepy, the pretty ladies have begun to decline the Page 3 shutterbugs, for fear of being ‘caught’ by their paramours.

And the trademark statement doing the rounds in city nightclubs these days is, “Please don’t click my pictures. My boyfriend doesn’t know I’m clubbing. Pleaseeee!” From smartly doling out bahanas to their chipkoo boyfriends and giving cute chakmas, which they claim is completely unintentional, PYTs reveal why they aren’t camera friendly anymore.

Because BFs are super possessive

A lot of young women in the city claim that their boyfriends have become over-possessive. From not wanting them to wear sexy outfits, to restricting their access to the dance floor, the men lay down way too many rules when it comes to a night out. And in a bid to break free from such restrictions, the ladies resort to lying! “My boyfriend is extremely possessive. So one night, I lied to him about being at a gal pal’s house for a pyjama party, while in fact, I was out clubbing,” admitsTania, a corporate employee. But the ‘secret night out’ did not end up being fun, because, “I was so busy enjoying myself at the club that I posed for one of the shutterbug. A day later, my pictures were splashed across two dailies, and my boyfriend got to know the truth. I missed 58 of his calls, as I was busy thinking of an excuse. As expected, there was a huge fight and I eventually ended up having a hard time convincing him to forgive me. I learnt a big lesson that day and ever since, every time I go partying, I refuse to get clicked,” says Tania.

Coz’ BFs are way too filmi

Blame it on growing up on a steady dose of Bollywood films, but our PYTs say that their boyfriends have turned into sappy, cheesy ‘Rahuls and Rajs of Bollywood’. “I’m just 20-years-old and I think at this age, it’s fine to go out and have some fun. But my boyfriend rants on about saat janmo ka saath, pavitra rishta and stuff like that! He expects me to not go clubbing withfriends and instead, stay at home. This is way too filmi for a 20-year-old! That’s why I lie when I go out with my friends,” explains Lipi Suresh*, a pharmaceutical student.

Coz’ BFs dole out too much gyan

When you have Mummy and Daddy giving you gyan every morning or evening, you definitely don’t need the same from your boyfriends. So, it’s a complete turn off when boyfriends, over a period of time, turn into your parents! Rebaica Safiya, a student, says, “I know a few over-protective boyfriends. So, I won’t be surprised if their girls lie to them and go clubbing. We usually tell our parents everything because right now, with the whole scenario of us not being safe, they need to know where we are. But if we tell our boyfriends, they begin a proper interrogation and hit us with a barrage of questions like, ‘Where are you going? Who are you going with? Who are the guys going with you?’ and so on — it’s like they’ve turned into our parents! In fact, parents are a lot cooler than boyfriends these days.”

Coz’ BFs want ‘good girls’

Now, how many times have you heard the sentence, ‘achchi ladkiyan clubs nahi jaati’, from the nosy neighbourhood aunty? Most city guys, claim young girls, want their girlfriends to not go clubbing in case their ‘image’ takes a beating. “My ex-boyfriend had this mindset that girls who like partying are not worth taking home to mom! How sexist and patriarchal is that?” asks Neha Kumar*, a final year Psychology student. “If I party and you term me as a ‘bad girl’, you don’t deserve to be my boyfriend. But many girls stick to such men and then lie to them before going clubbing. But since everyone knows everyone in the Hyderabad party circuit, your secret will be out soon,” reveals Neha.

COZ’ girls just wanna have fun

The concept of guys spending a fun night out in town with their buddies is acceptable to most city boys. But when it comes to their girlfriends spending time with their friends, alarm bells begin to ring. “Guys don’t understand that just like them, we too need some well-deserved ‘me’ time. When it’s just our girls’ night out at the club, we can dance, have fun and casually flirt with cute guys. But with our boyfriends constantly keeping a hawk-eye watch on us, we can’t do all of that!” says Malliha Fatima, an undergraduate student. Marika Gabriel, student, echoes a similar sentiment, saying, “Guys have now become ‘possessive girlfriends’. With the possessiveness and the continuous calling and finding out where we are and what we are doing, they don’t understand that we need space too.”

*Names changed on request

(With inputs from Elina Priyadarshini Padhiary)

CHENNAI: The Pallikaranai police are looking for a 25-year-old man who allegedly eloped with the mother of the woman he was to marry later this month. The construction worker, who often visited the house of his fiancee after the engagement, got attracted to the older woman and the two began a relationship that culminated in their running away, police said.

Parthasarathy, a native of Tindivanam who lived in Kovilambakkam near Pallikaranai, got engaged to an 18-year-old woman in the same area about two months ago. The girl’s father Sekar, 38, and mother Vasantha, 35, were construction labourers working in the locality and got to know of Parthasarathy and the match was fixed.

Soon, Parthasarathy became a frequent visitor to his fiancee’s house and began mingling closely with all her family members. Vasantha was apparently taken in by his good behaviour and he began to present her with gifts, police said.

They gradually became close to one another. Vasantha often skipped work and stayed at home and Parthasarathy came to meet her. A few days ago, Vasantha’s daughter allegedly found the two of them together in an intimate position, investigators said.

That evening, soon after Sekar returned from work, the girl told him about it. A day after the incident, Vasantha went missing. A subsequent check revealed that Parthasarathy was also missing.

Sekar then lodged a complaint with the Pallikaaranai police who registered a case and launched a hunt for the two.

NAGPUR: A 30-year-old woman walked in to Pachpaoli police station on Monday night along with her husband to file a rape complaint against his friend.

The mother of two children claimed in her complaint that one Prabhas Vishwas, 32, a resident of Juni Shukrawari, came home on Monday evening when her husband had gone to the market. “Vishwas forcibly entered the house and gagged her. After locking the house and keeping his friend Raju Yadav (23) outside to guard, he forced himself upon her. She tried to resist but Vishwas managed to overpower her,” said PSI NJ Jadhav who is the investigating officer in the case.

When her husband returned, he was shocked to see Vishwas in a compromising position with his wife. Yadav had fled away when he saw him returning.

Police said the since the door was not locked properly from inside, the husband managed to open it easily after knocking on it just once. “The woman cried out to her husband and Vishwas too managed to flee. The husband then brought her to the police station to file the complaint,” said Jadhav.

Sources in the police station said that the woman was having an extramarital affair with the husband’s friend. They said that the woman got close to Vishwas at a construction site where her husband too used to work.

“Soon they began having an affair. Her neighbours said that since the past two weeks, they have been seeing Vishwas coming to the woman’s house in her husband’s absence and Yadav standing guard,” said the police sources.

On Monday too, Vishwas, who too is married, was seen entering the woman’s house minutes after her husband left home. The husband told police that he had gone to buy clothes for his son but came back again as the shops were closed. The couple’s children stay with their maternal grandparents.

Police have arrested Vishwas and Yadav from Juni Shukrawari area on Monday night itself.

  • पत्नी के न आने पर लगाई फांसीएनबीटी न्यूज ॥ फरीदाबाद
    पत्नी के मायके से वापस न आने से परेशान होकर एक युवक ने फांसी के फंदे पर लटककर अपनी जीवन लीला समाप्त कर ली। मृतक की पत्नी का किसी और व्यक्ति से अफेयर होने के साथ ही पहले से ही दो शादी होने का आरोप लगाया गया है। पुलिस ने मृतक की पत्नी व सास-ससुर के खिलाफ आत्महत्या के लिए मजबूर करने की धाराओं में केस दर्ज कर जांच शुरू कर दी है।उत्तर प्रदेश के गांव सिजवारी पुरा के रहने वाले अशोक कुमार ने थाना मुजेसर पुलिस को बताया कि वह नोएडा सेक्टर- 81 में काम करता है। अशोक कुमार का बड़ा भाई करन सिंह (30 वर्ष) लाल कोठी रोड संजय कॉलोनी सेक्टर- 23 में सोवरन सिंह के मकान में किराए पर रहता था। करन सिंह के दो बच्चे हैं।आरोप है कि करन सिंह को उसकी पत्नी रानी अक्सर परेशान करती थी। रानी का किसी और के साथ अफेयर था। वह अकेले में अपने बॉयफ्रेंड से बात करती थी, जिसके कारण वह करन को छोड़कर अपने घर चली गई। अशोक ने बताया कि करन सिंह जब रानी को लेने गया तो उसके साथ उसके घर वालों ने मिलकर पिटाई की और उसे जान से मारने की धमकी दी। आरोप है कि रानी की पहले से ही दो शादी हो चुकी थी।करन सिंह अपनी पत्नी को दूसरी बार फिर जब लेने गया तो ससुराल वालों ने उसे पीटा और फिर से आने पर जान से मारने की धमकी दी। इसके बाद करन सिंह अपने घर लौट आया और फांसी के फंदे पर लटकर कर जान दे दी। अशोक का आरोप है कि करन सिंह की मौत उसकी पत्नी रानी और उसके ससुर राम खिलाड़ी व सास के दबाव डालने के कारण हुई है। जांच अधिकारी संदीप ने बताया कि मामले की जांच की जा रही है और फिलहाल किसी को अरेस्ट नहीं किया गया है।

One gruesome fact after the other is coming to the fore in the investigation of Dr Satish Verma murder case that rocked the city on Sunday.

In the latest development, it has come to light that the mystery woman, who is the prime suspect in the case, had tried to parcel the doctor’s genitals to his wife. The parcel also had a message for Verma’s wife saying it was a gift for her.

The woman showed up at the office of Sachdeva Courier Company at CTI crossing in Govind Nagar late on Monday evening with a well-packed parcel. Police said her physical and facial features matched with the woman seen last with the murdered doctor in Rania.

 “We have some crucial leads with us. Investigating teams are close to establishing the identity of this woman,” said Kripa Shankar Singh, senior superintendent of police, Kanpur Dehat.

The courier company owner told police the woman came around 8.30pm and requested the parcel to be delivered to the Barra residence of Dr Verma. The owner, RKS achdeva, asked for her cell number and address.

Though she provided details, which later turned out to be false, she told him her cell-phone battery had died and she would not be able to accept calls if made for the pre and post-delivery confirmation.

When the parcel was opened for sorting late in the night, employees were horror-struck with its contents. The genitals were placed on a cotton cushion with a letter addressed to the doctor’s wife.

Sachdeva rushed to the Govind Nagar police station with the parcel. The Kanpur Dehat police sent a team after being informed about the discovery.

A 36-year-old woman and her paramour were arrested on Friday for murdering the woman’s husband. Police have also arrested the woman’s two sons and brother for helping her get rid of the body.

Usha (36), mother of four sons and a daughter, developed an affair with her husband’s cousin Gurumoorthy (22). On September 2, her husband Chakravarthi (45), who ran a cycle shop, spotted Usha and Gurumoorthy in a compromising position near their house when he returned from work, said the police. Angered over this, Chakravarthi beat them and warned them. However, Usha and her paramour attacked him with a wooden log and murdered.

After sending away Gurumoorthy from her house, Usha telephoned her brother Prakasam (41) and cooked up a story that Chakravarthi was having  an extramarital affair. She told him that he tried to murder her when she dissuaded him from continuing the relationship. She further told her brother that her husband died when she retaliated in self-defence.

Usha told her two sons — Illayarasu (21) and Vadivel (19) — the same story and pleaded with them to help her, police said.

Believing their mother, the two boys along with Prakasam stuffed Chakravarthi’s body into a gunny bag and dumped it into a dry well at Mandalavadi.

Jolarpet police registered a case of suspicious death and launched an investigation. “We suspected Usha as she did not approach police about Chakravarthi’s  disappearance. Moreover, we found a gunny bag in Chakravarthi’s house similar to the bag in which his body was found,” said investigation officer (IO) and inspector of Jolarpet K Saravanan.

The murder came to light when the woman’s youngest son informed the police about his family members’ involvement in his father’s death. Sathish told police that he saw his uncle, brothers and mother carrying his father’s body on September 2. “Later, on inquiry Usha confessed to the crime. Her  family was not aware of her affair until she disclosed it,” added the IO.

Police arrested Gurumoorthy and Usha for murdering Chakravarthi. Usha’s brother and sons were held for helping her in the crime. The IO said they would remand them after producing them in the Tirupattur Court.

A 48-year-old woman allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death after she had a heated argument with him at their residence in the Rampuri area of Ghaziabad.

Police said Shanta Devi told them that her husband Sriram Sharma (54), a businessman, was an alcoholic and frequently fought with her and assaulted her. Shanta has been arrested for his murder.

Police said the couple lived with their daughter, who is an MBA student in Ghaziabad. On Tuesday, Sriram came home drunk and fought with his wife over a trivial matter, police said.

“The two had been having arguments for a while. Sriram had a transport business, which wasn’t doing very well. As a result, the family’s finances were suffering and it’s possible that Sriram had taken to drinking because of this,” Ranvijay Singh, Ghaziabad Deputy Superintendent Police, said.

Police said Sriram would often assault his wife while he was in an inebriated state. After her arrest, Shanta told police that the constant abuse — both physical and mental — had driven her to the murder.

Police said when the daughter saw her parents fighting, she tried to intervene and was told by her mother to go to the next room. “Following this, Shanta hit him on the head with a hammer. Death was almost instantaneous. After killing him, she covered him with a blanket and went off to sleep in the next room,” Singh said.

Police said the body was discovered by the daughter on Friday morning, after which she informed the police.

This is the second such incident in National Capital Region in the last two days. On Thursday, an elderly woman was bludgeoned to death by unknown assailants inside her Malviya Nagar residence.

New DelhiA 29-year-old woman was arrested along with her paramour and two others for killing her husband who tortured her and forced her into prostitution, police said on Saturday.

Ms Anju and three others were held in west Delhi for shooting at her husband Shiv Prasad at Mayur Vihar Phase-I Metro station Feb 4. He succumbed to injuries Feb 9.

He alleged in his dying declaration that he was shot at the instance of his estranged wife Ms Anju and her paramour Mr Deepak.During the investigation, police detained hired killer Mr Sanjeev who admitted to have killed Mr Prasad for Rs.2 lakh.
Mr Rahul, who introduced Mr Sanjeev to Ms Anju and Mr Deepak, was also arrested. All the accused were arrested from Dichaon Enclave area.

MumbaiUnhappy in her marriage, a 25-year-old housewife decided to end her husband’s life with the help of her lover and his friend. Sangita Chandrakant Varak, a resident of Chembur, watched her husband Chandrakant die as her lover strangled Chandrakant’s throat by stepping on it. Sangita and a friend of her lover held on to Chandrakant’s hands and feet, as he struggled and fought for his life.

The RCF cops arrested Sangita, her lover Ramchandra Shelke and his friend Ramesh Bawdhane on Saturday after almost a month of investigations. According to the authorities, Sangita was having an affair with Shelke for over a year and her husband was aware of her infidelities.

Realising the marriage was not working, Sangita came up with a plan to end Chandrakant’s life with the help of Shelke and Bawdhane on February 7. “Finally on February 10 at midnight, executing her plans, Sangita and Bawdhane held her husband’s hands and legs while he was in bed and Shelke pushed his leg on Chandrakant’s throat till he was unable to breathe any longer,” said an officer.

The authorities added that they found Chandrakant’s body at his home in Mapwali Chawl, Anik Gaon, Chembur.
Initially, they had registered a case of unnatural death. However, they were unable to find any evidence of murder and the post mortem did not provide any clues.

Cops received a breakthrough in the case, when Sangita kept offering different statements, which raised their suspicions. The doctor also said that Chandrakant was killed through strangulation. “Finally we were able to arrest the three on Saturday. The accused have confessed to their crimes,” said C S Yadav, senior inspector, RCF police station.

     MumbaiThe Powai police officials were left dumbfounded yesterday after a woman trudged into the police station in blood-stained clothes with her teenaged son and said that she had killed her husband. Thirty-six-year-old Parvati Taksalkar beat her husband Nandkishor, with a hammer and kadappa (granite stone) in front of their son Satish, at their house in Marol police camp last afternoon. She then locked the door to the house and left for the police station.
The deceased, assistant police inspector Nandkishor Taksalkar, 43, was an alcoholic. Parvati said Taksalkar beat her up many times as he was always suspicious of her character. If Parvati so much as spoke to another man, he would squabble with her and assault her, she said. After killing him, Parvati, her clothes stained red, went to the Powai police station with Satish, 14, and announced at the station house, “I have killed my husband and his body is lying at our house.”

The officers and the other staff on duty were shocked. But Parvati reportedly showed no regret over killing her husband. A team was instantly dispatched to their residence. According to Senior Inspector Bajirao Bhosle, the couple was staying at the police camp for the last six years. Parvati was the second wife of Taksalkar, who was also her second husband. She has two children from her first husband of which Satish is one.

The police said Taksalkar was an alcoholic. A neighbour, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The couple used to fight daily and the husband would drink day and night.” SI Bhosle said there are several non-cognisable complaints against Taksalkar in Powai police station.

Night before crime

On Saturday night, there had been a terrible fight between the husband and wife, after which, around 1 am, they went to the police station brawling and arguing. Cops said they bickered bitterly even in front of them. The police asked them to stay at the station for the night.At the police station, Taksalkar begged to be pardoned. He apologised to Parvati several times in front of the officers and promised such a thing would never happen again. SI Bhosle said, “We counselled the couple. They were finally asked to go at 10 in the morning on Sunday.”
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The police said that soon after they reached home, Taksalkar started drinking. In their one-bedroom house, a violent fight erupted once again. The police found most of the kitchen utensils outside their house. Around 3 in the afternoon, a heavily drunk Taksalkar went to sleep. But Parvati, delirious with rage, took the kadappa from the kitchen and hit Taksalkar on the head. She then brought a hammer and hit him in front of Satish.

Bhosle said, “Taksalkar always doubted the character of his wife. Even if she spoke to someone, he used to fight with her. On the other hand, Taksalkar was an alcoholic. Parvati has been charged with murder and will be produced in the court on Monday.” Taksalkar was a 1996 batch Mumbai police officer. He was attached to the Local Arms Unit 4. He had served in four police stations earlier. He had a son from his first wife, who stays at Bhandup.

MeerutA man was allegedly killed by his wife, who later buried the body under the bathroom floor in Ganganagar area, police said on Wednesday.

Varsha (28), a mother of two, killed her husband Rajendra Patel (40) on Sunday. Varsha and Rajendra  got married in 2002 against the wishes of her parents. Rajendra, a rider in army, took voluntary retirement and later settled with his wife in Meerut.

The incident came to light on Tuesday when Rajendra Kumar, a friend of the victim, came to their house and saw a fresh plaster done on a bathroom floor. When Mr Kumar asked for his friend, Varsha could not convince him with her replies following which he got suspicious and informed the police.

The body was then found buried in the bathroom. A case has been registered against the woman, who has been sent to jail on Wednesday morning.

KOTTAYAM: A 53-year-old woman killed her 11-year-old nephew so that her brother – the victim’s father – could remarry after getting a divorce from his estranged wife, police said on Tuesday.

After strangulating Rahul N Shaji to death around 1am, Vijayamma rang up the police to report the crime. She was soon arrested.

Investigators, who reached the scene at Kaippuzha near here on receiving the call, found Rahul’s body on a cot. His paternal grandparents were seen weeping next to the body, while Vijayamma sat in the bedroom, calm and composed, police said.

The accused reportedly told the police she had used the string of her churidar to strangulate the boy, who was sleeping with her. The boy’s grandmother, who was also sleeping in the same room, was unaware of the murder taking place.

Vijayamma was affectionate to the boy and others had no inkling that she would commit such a heinous crime.

Police said the woman killed Rahul so that her brother Shaji could lead a better life after divorcing his wife, Bindu. “Shaji had filed a divorce petition and Bindu has been opposed to it. The accused told us that the boy was an impediment to Shaji getting a divorce, and hence, killed him,” circle inspector Rejo P Joseph said.

Vijayamma had facilitated Shaji’s marriage with Bindu, and had been feeling guilty ever since their marriage hit the rocks, police said.

Police said Shaji, employed in Dubai, would be reaching home late on Tuesday. Bindu, a staff nurse at the Medical College Hospital here, has been staying in a working women’s hostel in Gandhi Nagar. She has been living separately for the past six years.

Vijayamma, previously a nurse at a Mumbai hospital, was staying in Virar with her husband K V Raju, a retired railway employee, and three sons. She reached Kaippuzha from Mumbai around 5.30pm on Monday, police said, adding it wasn’t known if the murder was a planned one.

Rahul was staying with Shaji’s parents Raghavan and Kamalakshi ever since he returned from Dubai, where he had been staying, in 2011.

The boy was a class IV student of Mar Makil Public School in Kaippuzha. The school dispersed for the day after receiving the news of Rahul’s death. “Rahul was the class topper. He was obedient and never created any trouble for us,” one of his teachers said, requesting anonymity.

The boy’s body has been kept in a morgue. He will be laid to rest after Shaji’s arrival.

CHENNAI: A 33-year-old painter killed his wife’s lover when he found them sleeping together in his house at Maduravoyal here in the wee hours of Sunday.

M Sakthivel, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Alapakkam, left home at 8pm on Saturday after an altercation with his wife, Bhuvaneshwari. He returned home at 12.30am on Sunday and knocked on the door. When the door was not opened, he got suspicious and barged into the house and found Bhuvaneshwari sleeping with his neighbour, Satish.

An angry Sakthivel attacked Satish with a knife and killed him in front of Bhuvaneshwari. Sakthivel’s three children were sleeping in the adjacent room when the murder happened.

After the murder, Sakthivel went to the Maduravoyal police station and informed the police about it. They arrested and produced him before a magistrate court in the city on Sunday. The court remanded him in judicial custody.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Bhuvaneshwari had eloped with Satish a year ago. Based on Sakthivel’s complaint, the police then registered a woman missing case and traced her. The police reportedly warned her and asked her to stay with her husband. However, she allegedly continued to meet Satish.

Sakthivel married Bhuvaneshwari 10 years ago.

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14 Jun 2012,20:19 ISTThe Bargarh police on Thursday arrested a woman for allegedly killing her estranged husband. Five others including the woman’s two daughters and father-in-law were also arrested in connection with the murder. After the incident irate villagers beat the accused persons and burnt their house. Two police men were injured while trying to rescue the accused persons from the mob.
05 Dec 2011,21:24 ISTSambalpur police arrested a woman on Monday on charges of killing her husband. The woman’s sister was also held for her alleged involvement in the same offence. Police quoted the accused women as confessing during interrogation that they took to the extreme step because the man was regularly torturing them under the influence of liquor.
22 Jan 2011,20:54 ISTKasinath Mandal, a 55 year old farmer was murdered by his wife Jharna at Howrah’s Jagantballabpur Dakhin cholrali village. Jharna was later arrested. Police said that Jharna had hit Kasinath with an iron rod and also strangulated him. There was a marital rift for quite some time between the couple, police said.
11 Oct 2010,21:45 ISTA 45-year-old woman, who allegedly smashed her husband’s head with a stone at Tirumangalam following a verbal duel early on Monday, has been arrested. According to the police, around 3.30 am, Boobalan and his wife Mallika were fighting when he tried to attack her with a stone. Mallika snatched it from his hand and kicked at his chest. When he fell down, she smashed his head with it.
06 Oct 2010,20:35 ISTA 20 year old young man was killed by his wife and her second husband by pushing him from the sixth floor of a building where their flat was located. According to police deceased Tarun Garg (20), a resident of Pehowa, had married Nidhi of Goraya a few months back after they developed an affair through internet chatting through chatting on internet. She had lied about her age and her two earlier marriages.
10 Sep 2010,19:59 ISTA 50-year-old man reportedly in inebriated condition was beaten to death by his second wife, who was also under the influence of alcohol, following a quarrel in the wee hours of Friday. The woman identified as S Malar attempted to enact a drama to divert the police stating that two unidentified persons barged into their hut and attempted to rape her. They killed her husband Subramanian, who came to her rescue. Police suspected her involvement in the crime and when grilled further she admitted to murdering her husband. She revealed that her husband suspected her fidelity and used to quarrel with her frequently. The couple consumed alcohol on Thursday night at their hut. Soon a quarrel erupted between them. Malar hit her husband with flashlight in a fit of rage. When he fell down unconscious, she assaulted him with a wooden log. Ascertaining that her husband was dead, she came to police station.

KOLKATA: A 25-year-old youth, who had an affair with a married woman, was allegedly killed by the goons hired by the latter for refusing to givemoney to her.

According to locals at Sahid Smriti Colony under East Jadavpur police station area, both Bapi and Meena are married but they continued with the affair for long. However, Bapi’s family alleged that Meena used to milk money from Bapi and she even blackmailed him when he wanted to come out of the relationship.

“On Monday, Bapi had a quarrel with Meena. He was then beaten by some people hired by Meena. The quarrel had started because Bapi denied giving money to Meena. On Tuesday, one Raju came to our house and said that Bapi is hit by a running train and he has been admitted to a nursing home. When we went to a nursing home at Karaya, we found him dead,” Bapi’s brother Shayamal Das said.

“When we reached the nursing home we found that Meena was already there. Had we reached there in time we could have saved Bapi’s life. This is a planned murder,” Shyamal said.

“We will be able to know whether it is an accident or a murder after the autopsy,” an investigating officer said.

A man accused of raping a married woman on the false promise of marriage has been acquitted by a Delhi court, which observed it was a case of an “extra-marital affair being converted into rape“.

The court said the married woman, who had four children, got involved in the affair during subsistence of her marriage and to save herself from “embarrassment”, filed a false case against her paramour when her husband came to know about their relation.

“This trend of extra-marital affairs being converted into rape cases is coming up as several such cases have been filed in court on similar allegations. When a woman herself is not in a capacity to marry another man during the subsistence of her marriage, then why should her paramour be prosecuted, incarcerated and be tried for rape when it is actually just an extra-marital affair.

“This kind of unscrupulous litigation is required to be nipped in the bud itself,” Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma said, adding with changing times, the understanding of “morality” is also changing.

The court acquitted Moti Nagar resident Samir of the charges of rape and cheating, saying there is no material on record that the 25-year-old woman was forced into physical relations by the accused on a false promise of marriage.

“In fact what emerges from the evidence of prosecutrix is that there appears to be an element of an extra-marital affair between her and the accused which came within the knowledge of her husband due to which she left or was made to leave her matrimonial home and consequently the rape case was lodged (against accused) probably to save embarrassment for herself and maintain relations with her husband,” the court said.

According to the prosecution, the woman filed a complaint with the police alleging that from January to April 20, this year, Samir repeatedly raped her on the false promise that he would marry her.

BHARUCH: Police have arrested the wife of leading transporter Sunil Tapiawala in the case pertaining to his murder on July 1.Hirva Tapiawala is accused of asking Sunil’ssister-in-law’s husband Sachin Pandya to hire professional killers to liquidate her husband.Mumbai-based Sachin was arrested from Jalandhar in Punjab last month.Kaushik Pandya, deputy superintendent of police at Bharuch said, “Hirva had agreed to pay Rs 25 lakh to Pandya, who hired two mechanics Saddam and Sameer for the job.”Sources said that a property and financial dispute was the motive behind the killing. Sameer and Sadaf came to Bharuch on July 1 and later stabbed Tapiawala in his neck, chest and abdomen killing him on the spot. After an hour of the murder, a car bearing Mumbai registration number was found near the house. The cops found that the car belonged to Pandya’s neighbour in Mumbai.Police said that Pandya had accompanied the two killers to Tapiawala’s bungalow at Anand Mangal Society. Tapiawala allegedly died in the presence of his wife.Hirva had told the police that her husband was killed by unidentified persons, who had come to their house with the motive of robbery. Sources said that Hirva has been sent to police remand till September 11. It was during his interrogation that Pandya had revealed that she was the mastermind behind the murder. The cops are now looking for Sadaf and Sameer.

एनबीटी न्यूज ॥ फरीदाबाद
पत्नी के मायके से वापस न आने से परेशान होकर एक युवक ने फांसी के फंदे पर लटककर अपनी जीवन लीला समाप्त कर ली। मृतक की पत्नी का किसी और व्यक्ति से अफेयर होने के साथ ही पहले से ही दो शादी होने का आरोप लगाया गया है। पुलिस ने मृतक की पत्नी व सास-ससुर के खिलाफ आत्महत्या के लिए मजबूर करने की धाराओं में केस दर्ज कर जांच शुरू कर दी है।

उत्तर प्रदेश के गांव सिजवारी पुरा के रहने वाले अशोक कुमार ने थाना मुजेसर पुलिस को बताया कि वह नोएडा सेक्टर- 81 में काम करता है। अशोक कुमार का बड़ा भाई करन सिंह (30 वर्ष) लाल कोठी रोड संजय कॉलोनी सेक्टर- 23 में सोवरन सिंह के मकान में किराए पर रहता था। करन सिंह के दो बच्चे हैं।

आरोप है कि करन सिंह को उसकी पत्नी रानी अक्सर परेशान करती थी। रानी का किसी और के साथ अफेयर था। वह अकेले में अपने बॉयफ्रेंड से बात करती थी, जिसके कारण वह करन को छोड़कर अपने घर चली गई। अशोक ने बताया कि करन सिंह जब रानी को लेने गया तो उसके साथ उसके घर वालों ने मिलकर पिटाई की और उसे जान से मारने की धमकी दी। आरोप है कि रानी की पहले से ही दो शादी हो चुकी थी।

करन सिंह अपनी पत्नी को दूसरी बार फिर जब लेने गया तो ससुराल वालों ने उसे पीटा और फिर से आने पर जान से मारने की धमकी दी। इसके बाद करन सिंह अपने घर लौट आया और फांसी के फंदे पर लटकर कर जान दे दी। अशोक का आरोप है कि करन सिंह की मौत उसकी पत्नी रानी और उसके ससुर राम खिलाड़ी व सास के दबाव डालने के कारण हुई है। जांच अधिकारी संदीप ने बताया कि मामले की जांच की जा रही है और फिलहाल किसी को अरेस्ट नहीं किया गया है।

A local court on Saturday granted bail to Suraj Chaudhary, husband of international shooter Varsha Tomar, a day after he was sent to 14 days’ judicial custody over dowry allegations.

The 30-year-old shooter had on Wednesday registered an FIR against Chaudhary, a Noida-based lawyer, accusing him of barring her from engaging in sports activities over dowry.

On Tomar’s allegations that she was roughed up by her husband on April 22, Chaudhary submitted in the court through his counsel that he was in a Jaipur court regarding a client’s case the same day. He also submitted his mobile phone details to substantiate his claims.

 His counsel, Mahaveer Singh, also claimed that the couple, who tied the knot on December 25, 2011, had stayed together for only 10 days following which Tomar shifted to a rented accommodation.

“Since then, Tomar has been living separately while she had alleged in the FIR that she was staying with her husband,” said the counsel. He also said Chaudhary would file a complaint against her for levelling false allegations against him.

A case of dowry harassment, criminal intimidation and criminal breach of trust was registered against Chaudhary and his mother at the DLF City Phase-I police station, following which he was arrested.

Tomar — who has participated in 34 national and international shooting events and won eight gold, five silver and 15 bronze medals — has alleged that she was confined to the house for several days and not allowed to attend practice sessions.

The FIR states that at the time of marriage, Tomar’s in-laws had promised her that she could pursue her shooting career. However, the FIR states that they later started abusing her and disallowed her from leaving the house.

A woman has been sentenced to four years in jail for levelling false allegations of rape against a man, who later committed suicide as he could not bear the stigma of spending 72 days in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Last December when the country was witnessing unprecedented protests against Delhi gangrape incident, 35-year-old Chanchal Rathore had accused her 53-year-old landlord, Roopkishore Agrawal, of raping her. However, during the trial, Chanchal admitted that she was not raped.

According to her, she had a quarrel with Agrawal when he had come to collect rent and the money her husband had taken as loan from him. Additional Sessions Judge Savita Dubey, who was hearing the rape case, later ordered that Chanchal be tried for giving a false statement.

The judge even appeared as a witness in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Indira Singh, who sentenced Chanchal to four years in jail under Section 211b of the IPC (making false charge of offence with an intent to injure). She has also been slapped a fine of Rs 10,000, non-payment of which will fetch another six months jail term for her.

Chanchal, who claimed to work for an NGO, was also sentenced to six months in jail under Section 182 (giving false information with an intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person). Both sentences will run concurrently.

Chanchal is also being separately tried for abetment to suicide, punishable with a seven-year jail term.

Chanchal’s husband Sunil, who took the money from the landlord to buy a Tata Magic vehicle, is also an accused in this case, said Additional Public Prosecutor Hemant Mungi.

Agrawal was found dead in his home on March 17, nine days after he was released on bail. In his suicide note, he had blamed Chanchal for his ordeal and his decision to take kill himself.

এই সময় , বহরমপুর : দীর্ঘদিন বাদে স্বামী ফিরে আসার পর মেয়ের বিয়ে দিয়েছেন বটে , কিন্ত্ত শান্তি ছিল না মুর্শিদাবাদে ডোমকল থানার বিলাসপুর গ্রামের গৃহবধূ মাজিরা বিবির মনে৷ প্রতিবেশী যুবকের সঙ্গে তাঁর পরকীয়া যে ধরে ফেলেছেন স্বামী৷ গত তিন দিন ধরে স্বামী -স্ত্রীর ঝামেলা চরমে উঠেছিল৷ কিন্ত্ত প্রেমিকের সঙ্গে সম্পর্ক ছিন্ন করার কথা ভাবতেও পারছিলেন না মাজিরা বিবি৷ অগত্যা পথের কাঁটা স্বামীকে সরাতে ভাড়াটে খুনি নিয়োগ করে ফেলেন তিনি৷

শনিবার রাতে ওই দুই দুষ্কৃতী তাঁদের বাড়ির দোতলায় গলা টিপে মেরে ফেলে মাজিরার স্বামী তাজেল মণ্ডলকে (৪২ )৷ অপকর্ম ধামাচাপা দিতে এর পর হূত্রোগে মৃত্যুর অজুহাত তৈরি করতে শুরু হয় ওই গৃহবধূর তত্পরতা৷ মৃত স্বামীর মুখে মদ ঢেলে চলে যান গ্রামের হাতুড়ে চিকিত্সক আবদুল খালেকের কাছে৷ তাঁকে গিয়ে বলেন , অত্যধিক মদ খেয়ে তাঁর স্বামী নেতিয়ে পড়েছেন৷ চিকিত্সক গিয়ে তাজেল মণ্ডলকে মৃত বলে ঘোষণা করার পর চিত্কার করে বিলাপ শুরু করেন মাজিরা৷

বেশি মদ খেয়ে হত্রোগে আক্রান্ত হয়ে তাঁর স্বামীর মৃত্যু হয়েছে বলে পাড়া -প্রতিবেশী সবাইকে ডেকে ডেকে বলতে থাকেন তিনি৷ পাশেই থাকেন মৃতের মা কাবাতুন বেওয়া৷ তাঁর কিন্ত্ত মনে সন্দেহ দেখা দেয়৷ সন্ধেতেও ছেলেকে যে সুস্থই দেখেছেন তিনি৷ তবু কিছু বলার ছিল না৷ কিন্ত্ত মাজিরার বিপদ ডেকে আনল তার ১১ বছরের ছেলে ইব্রাহিম৷ তাকে বাড়ির একতলায় ঘুম পাড়িয়ে ভাড়াটে খুনিদের নিয়ে দোতলায় উঠেছিলেন মাজিরা বিবি৷

কিন্ত্ত ইব্রাহিমও যে কখন দোতলায় উঠে গিয়েছে , টের পাননি তিনি৷ সেই অবসরে বাবাকে শ্বাসরোধ করে খুনের দৃশ্যটা দেখে ফেলেছে ইব্রাহিম৷ মায়ের ওই দুষ্কর্ম রবিবার সকলের কাছে ফাঁস করে দেয় সে৷ স্বভাবতই খবর যায় থানায়৷ পুলিশ দিয়ে মাজিরা বিবিকে গ্রেন্তার করে নিয়ে যায়৷ ইব্রাহিম বলে , ‘আমি দেখে ফেলেছি বুঝতে পেরে মা আমাকে বার বার বলেছিল , আমি যেন এই কথা কাউকে না -বলি৷ ’তবে ভাড়াটে খুনিদের চিনতে পারেনি সে৷ মুর্শিদাবাদের পুলিশ সুপার হুমায়ুন কবীর বলেন , ‘ছেলে বাবাকে খুন করতে দেখেছে৷ ওর অভিযোগের ভিত্তিতে মাজিরা বিবিকে গ্রেন্তার করা হয়েছে৷ ওঁকে জিজ্ঞাসাবাদ করে খুনিদের পরিচয় জানার চেষ্টা করা হচ্ছে৷ ’ খুনি দু’জনের মধ্যে মাজিরার প্রেমিক ছিলেন কি না , তাও জানার চেষ্টা করছে পুলিশ৷ তবে ঘটনার পর থেকে ওই প্রেমিককেও গ্রামে খুঁজে পাওয়া যাচ্ছে না৷

মৃত তাজেল মণ্ডল গত পাঁচ বছর ধরে কেরলে থাকেন৷ সেখানে রাজমিস্ত্রির কাজ করেন সংসারের খরচ জোগার করার জন্য৷ তাঁর অনূপস্থিতিতেই স্ত্রীর সঙ্গে প্রতিবেশী যুবকটির সম্পর্ক গড়ে উঠেছে বলে সন্দেহ করছেন গ্রামের বাসিন্দারা৷ মাজিরার শাশুড়ি কাবাতুন বেওয়া বলেন , ‘আমার ছেলে বাইরে থাকার সময় বৌমা বাইরে থেকে ঘরে লোক নিয়ে আসত৷ এ সব জেনে তাজেল আপত্তি করায় দু’দিন ধরে বৌয়ের সঙ্গে ওঁর ঝগরাঝাঁটি চলছিল৷ ঝগড়ার শব্দ অনেক রাত পর্যন্ত শুনতে পেতাম৷ ’৷

BHOPAL: Anita Sharma was a victim of harassment because of her good looks, said police on Sunday.

“Anita was a good looking girl and a number of students including boy students, would interact with her. It probably did not go well with accused senior girl students who started harassing her for no reason,” police officials said. Anita committed suicide on August 6.

From statements of college students, it emerged that accused senior girl students of RKDF College ragged her because of her good looks, said Station House Officer (SHO) of Kamla Nagar police station Manish Raj Singh.

They continued to target her despite the fact that she was her junior, police said on Sunday. Over 12 people have been questioned so far.

In her suicide note, she wrote harassment by seniors forced her to take the extreme step.

Four senior girl students and an associate professor were booked and sent to jail for abetment to suicide.

Investigating officials at the Kamla Nagar police station said they have enough evidence against to nail the accused. The charges could attract a maximum punishment of 10 years, the police added.

The police have denied accessing accounts of the deceased on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Orkut. Police officers hinted that if required they may access them in future.

The police are still clueless about boyfriends of the accused senior girl students the deceased had mentioned in suicide note.

MUMBAI: The Powai police on Thursday morning arrested a homemaker for allegedly slapping a BEST bus conductor when he did not return the change after she bought a ticket.

Soumeya Shaikh, who claims to be pregnant, told the police that conductor Prakash Vhanve (38) was rude when she asked him to return the change and passed some comments that provoked her to slap him. Vhanve claimed she got angry when he told her that he did not have any change. Shaikh was arrested after Vhanve called the police control room at 10.30am.

The incident took place in the bus no 421 plying from Filterpada in Powai to Ghatkopar. “Shaikh, who was to get off at Saki Naka, slapped Vhanve twice when the bus reached Chandivli junction on Saki Vihar Road,” said senior inspector YL Jadhav. The drama lasted for nearly 30 minutes until beat marshals took them to the police station. Police have made driver Manoj Pawar an eyewitness.

BEST spokesperson Virendra Bagul said Vhanve will be questioned to find out the exact reason why the woman was provoked to slap him. The BEST will also conduct a parallel probe. Shaikh has been booked under IPC section 353 for not allowing a public servant to perform his duty.

SURAT: A 30-year-old woman, mother of two children, eloped with a 16-year-old boy in Kalvada village of Valsad district around 10 days ago and returned as they had no money.

The woman took the teenager to Kalol and Ahmedabad along with her two kids. They stayed at these locations for 10 day and returned when they ran out of money.

According to reports, family of the minor boy contacted police since the boy was missing. However, the family came to know about a woman missing from neighbouring residence. Later, families of both the teenage boy and the woman started searching.

The woman had eloped with the boy with cash Rs 10,000. The boy returned home on Friday and described the entire incident to his parents. He informed his parents that he was in relationship with the woman since last few months.

The woman did not return home and went to her parent’s residence along with her two children. She got married to a man, who works with Gundlav GIDC, around 10 years ago.

A local court has ordered the police to file a complaint against a 22-year-old girl, who had falsely accused a man of raping her.

Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Kumar Choubey gave his order yesterday after the girl turned hostile during the hearing of the rape case.

The allegations of rape levelled by the woman against the man turned out to be false during the hearing, Additional Public Prosecutor Alankar Vashishth said.

“The girl had fabricated fake evidence and given false statements and hence the court held that she is liable to be punished under sections 193, 194 and 211 of the Indian Penal Code,” he added.

The court ordered the man to be freed and further directed the police to file of a complaint against the woman in a competent court, Vashishth said.

KOLKATA: A 24-year-old employee of an IT firm in Sector V was found hanging in his rented house in Habra in North 24-Parganas on Friday morning. Police said the youth – Mukesh Sukla – committed suicide over a failed love affair.

Sukla’s body was sent for autopsy and his family members who live in Bangalore were informed.

Later in the day, when the girl – with whom Sukla reportedly had an affair – and her mother went to his house on getting the news, locals beat them up and set their scooter on fire. The mother-daughter duo was rescued by police. Mukesh was in a relationship with the girl for the last three years. On Thursday, the couple reportedly had an argument which made Sukla depressed. He returned to his thereafter and hanged himself, alleged locals.

Bengal woman alleges harassment by cop

Kolkata: A divorced woman has approached West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, besides rights bodies, alleging that a police officer blackmailed her after she rejected his “advances” and implicated her male friend in a case.

 The woman, a resident of Jiaganj in Murshidabad district, in her identical complaints to Banerjee as well as the state rights and women’s panels, alleged that the police officer had been repeatedly “SMSing and calling her and threatening her with dire consequences” after she “rejected his advances”.

The officer, whose name is being withheld, rubbished the allegations.

The complainant accused the officer – an additional superintendent of police – of “intentionally arresting her male friend on false charges to avenge her refusal”.

“This officer had earlier helped me in getting divorce. Later, he started SMSing and calling me, inviting me to visit his bungalow. After I refused, he has been threatening and blackmailing me. His subordinates Saturday arrested my friend on false charges,” the woman told IANS.

She alleged that she and her friend were also assaulted by policemen who had come to arrest her friend.

Rubbishing the allegations, the police officer said the man was arrested in connection with an old vehicle theft case.

“I have not sent her any SMS or made calls to her. As regards the arrest, the man was arrested in connection with a pending case of motor vehicle theft in which the woman has also been named,” said the officer.

The woman has also claimed inaction by the state government.

“I wrote to the CM, women’s commission, human rights commission as well as top police officers of the district (Murshidabad) Aug 13, but no action has been taken yet. I fear for my life now,” added the woman.

BANGALORE: A ‘gang-rape’ complaint turned out to be false when medical tests proved that the 21-year-old ‘victim’ had not been raped and a police probe revealed that the woman and her boyfriend had been involved in previous cases of immoral trafficking.

The complainant Rani had alleged that she was raped by three friends of her boyfriend Ravi Kiran Biswas (25), a cab driver, at a house in Nanjappa Layout near Adugodi on Sunday night. Later, the complaint was withdrawn.

Rani, who lodged a complaint with Adugodi police, stated that Biswas and the three men partied at the house till the wee hours of Monday. When Biswas went into a drunken stupor, the other three allegedly gang-raped her, the complaint stated.

“However, when police sent her for medical examination there was no prima facie evidence that she was gang-raped. Later it was found that Rani was rescued from a house in Wilson Garden after a central crime branch team busted a prostitution ring on July 5. Investigation also showed that Biswas had been caught for human trafficking and was booked on August 8 while supplying a woman to clients at Elite hotel in Adugodi,” said a senior police officer.

Now both Rani and Biswas have changed tack and are requesting police to retrieve three mobile phones they had with them before their friends left the room around 2.30am on Monday. “There were empty bottles of alcohol and cigarette stubs in the room. When police questioned the duo, they backtracked on their statement and requested cops to retrieve their cellphones,” an officer told TOI.

BANGALORE: A 40-year-old pregnant divorcee has sought the help of a city hospital to conduct a DNA test to determine who is the father of her unborn child.

She recently divorced her husband for 10 years and began living with her partner but continued to have a physical relationship with her former husband. The marriage ended because of her failure to conceive.

The woman, who is in the 19th week of pregnancy, said she wants to confirm the biological father of her child so that she can live with him. Both are willing to marry her. The paternity test involves blood samples from the two men, the woman and her baby’s cells. The men are working in MNCs, while she is currently a homemaker.

“I was married for 10 years and then divorced my husband but continued my physical relationship with my ex-husband. In the meantime, I also got involved with another man,” the woman told TOI in an email, a week after she went to the Milann Fertility Centre for the DNA test.

“I was convinced I couldn’t conceive. But I was surprised to be proved wrong. The question now is: Who is the father? Not knowing this would have a deep impact on my life, my family and child,” said the woman who will undergo the procedure today. She’ll know the result after five days.

“I live with my fiance who I hope to marry if he’s the father. Otherwise, I’ll go back to my ex-husband and we’ll start again,” she says.

She said her parents are extremely supportive. “They’re nervous only because they want me to have peace of mind and be happy,” she added.

Dr Kamini Rao, fertility specialist and medical director, Milann Fertility Centre, said: “It’s the dilemma in the mother’s mind that’s making her get this test done. Both men want to marry her but would like to who the father is.”

What’s a paternity test?

“This procedure is called amniocentesis. We take out 5ml of amniotic fluid which contains the baby’s cells. We collect blood samples of the mother and the two men. The mother has taken the responsibility of getting their samples,” said Dr Kamini Rao, fertility specialist and medical director, Milann Fertility Centre. As the test involves a needle being inserted into the mother’s womb, there’s 0.5% chance of a miscarriage. “The mother is willing to take the risk,” said Dr Rao.

A 26-year-old married woman moved the court against her businessman husband for monthly maintenance claiming she is not working. However, her husband challenged her application and provided details of her monthly salary along with other documents to prove that she is employed as a software techie.

As a result, the court of judicial magistrate (first class) SS Patil rejected her interim relief for maintenance and passed strictures against her.

Manisha Dighe married Baner-based Anuj (33) (names change to protect their identities) on June 26, 2009. However there was a drift in their relationship and in 2012 Manisha moved an application before the court seeking monthly maintenance of Rs1 lakh and temporary accommodation under relevant sections of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 against Anuj, his mother and his two sisters.

Manisha in her plaint alleged, “Anuj used to get random calls from a woman and when I asked him, he replied it was his girlfriend’s call. When I confronted him about it, he started beating me. Later he started demanding Rs3 lakh cash for purchasing a flat. Anuj’s mother and sisters poured oil on me and tried to set me on fire but I somehow managed to rescue myself.”

She added, “Anuj’s sister’s engagement broke on February 2011 for which Anuj wanted to take revenge against her fiance. He started forcing me to register a case of rape against that fiance to defame him. I left the house and I had also registered a complaint with Chatuhshrungi police station in this regard. Now I am pursuing my postgraduation and have no income. On the other hand, Anuj earns Rs5 lakh per month ”

Anuj’s lawyer Pratibha Ghorpade argued,”Manisha is falsely implicating Anuj and cooking up a story before the court. Manisha is working in a Baner-based company and to prove the case, the head of the human resources department of the Baner-based IT company must be summoned in court.”

Accordingly, an official of the HR department submitted her income tax, her salary slips which mentioned that she is earning Rs52,000 per month which includes house rent allowance, conveyances and other expenses.”

The court observed, “It appears that Manisha has not come before the court with clean hands. During the pendency of main application of Manisha, she is seeking interim relief in the nature of interim maintenance before the court. It was her duty to come before the court with clean hands but as mentioned above I have come to the conclusion that she has not come before this court with clean hands. She has completed BE and is earning handsome income and therefore temporary relief is rejected.”

NAGPUR: The young woman went about it like any other fraud committed by her, when she duped a city man into marrying her and then made away with lakhs in valuables and cash. However, she and her accomplice must never have thought that their deeds would claim somebody’s life.

Bajeria resident Kailash Parihar, 31, consumed poison three days after his marriage on Saturday, when he realized that his newly-wed wife is a thief and had fled with all the valuables purchased during the marriage with her alleged brother.

The brother-sister duo had introduced themselves as Monty and Puja Jaiswal, hailing from Gujarat. Over the past one-and-a-half years, Monty and Puja used to have lunch at the eatery near the railway station, where Parihar’s mother worked, and had become friendly with her.

In the first week of July, the Jaiswal siblings told her that they had come to the city after their parents passed away three years earlier. “The duo told the elderly woman that they used to stay at an uncle’s house but were thrown out after the family’s daughter ran away with all the valuables with her lover. Monty said that he was looking for a suitable boy for Puja’s marriage before going back to Gujarat,” said social worker Sunil Balpande, who has been helping the Parihar family file a police complaint.

Parihar’s mother was also in search of a suitable girl for him, and proposed Kailash as a groom for Puja. After a few meetings, the marriage was scheduled on July 18 with full zeal at the Parihar residence.

Under an impression that Puja came from a poor family, Kailash’s relatives and mother gifted many gold ornaments and other valuables to her on the wedding. A day after the reception on July 19, Monty told Kailash that he wanted to buy some clothes for Puja before he left for Gujarat.

On Saturday, July 20, Kailash took Puja and Monty to a garment shop in Sitabuldi market. After selecting a range of expensive clothes, Kailash went to pay the bill at the cash counter on the ground floor. When Monty didn’t come down for a minutes, Puja too went to find her brother, promising to come back within minutes.

However, the due did not return even after an hour. Kailash tried calling Monty’s cellphone but it was not reachable. He realized that he had been duped when the shop keeper told him that the duo had been buying clothes from him for the past four years.

Unable to overcome the shock that he had been cheated, Kailash consumed poison the same night. He succumbed during treatment on July 23.

Balpande claimed that initially police had refused to take the police complaint and sent Kailash’s mother away, as they did not believe her version of events. Later, after Parihar’s death and pressure from Balpande, police are finally investigating the complaint to file a case.

A young woman from Kerala is on the run after her series of marriages and desertions left scores of young men broke and heartbroken leading to complaints against her with the Chennai Police.

Shahanaz, believed to be aged around 33, has allegedly married more than 10 men in the last few years, including persons from Kerala in the initial years and a few more from Chennai after fleeing from there.

Her serial marriages came to light when two of her ‘husband-victims’ approached the city police, who in turn dug up more details about her peculiar way of cheating. As of now, seven formal complaints have been lodged against her, while speculation has it that there were many more who fell for her charm but are embarrassed to come out in the open with a complaint.

First to approach the police was one Manigandan, who works at a car showroom. Shahanaz told him she was in search of a man, whose photo she showed him, claiming that the person had cheated her friend after promising to marry her. The two spoke many times over the phone and became close very soon. She told him that she lost her parents early in life and claimed to be an advocate at the Madras High Court, who was also preparing for civil service examinations. The two soon got married — in April — although Manigandan’s parents did not approve of it.

Two months later, Shahanaz convinced Manigandan that she needed to stay in a women’s hostel so that she could prepare for civil service. Manigandan claimed he sold the jewels he had bought for the wedding to arrange nearly Rs two lakh, which he handed over to her. Two weeks later, she went missing from the hostel and is yet to be traced.

As the city police started probing the case, another person, Prasanna, a district level football player, surfaced saying he too had married her some years ago, only to find her absconding with valuables.

The modus operandi was the same, with just minor difference in the detail: the two met at a supermarket where she was working, got married, lived together for a while, she cited civil service preparations to move out of the house to a hostel and then disappeared.

According to Prasanna, there was an incident when another person claimed that Shahanaz was his wife and approached the police. The inspector at the all women police station questioned both parties, but allowed Shahanaz to go with Prasanna after the woman told the officials that the other person, Suresh, was a just a friend while Prasanna was her husband. The couple also produced a photo album of their marriage to strengthen their claim.

Police have now found out that she had also married one Rajesh, Chandrababu and Saravanan, while more names are tumbling out.

Apparently, her series of marriages began in Kerala over a decade ago when she married one Siddique from Pathanamthitta district. She then married one Shanavas and Biju — and perhaps more — before crossing the border to Tamil Nadu in 2006.

Police are now pursuing her as they suspect she may have been involved in other criminal activities as well.

A 25-year-old estranged wife of a navy officer, who rocked the Indian Navy earlier this year by accusing her husband of forcing her to get “sexually involved” with his colleagues, has been arrested by the south Delhi police on charges of cheating and fraud.

Vasant Vihar police arrested Sujata Sahu on Saturday following investigation into a case that was filed by State Bank of India’s IIT branch a few weeks ago. Sahu, wife of Ravi Kiran, a Lieutenant Commander in Indian Navy, has been accused of procuring a credit card by submitting forged documents.

Sources in Delhi police said Sahu, who reportedly joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as BA first year student, was brought to the police station. In the evening, some JNU students gathered outside the police station and protested. They claimed she has been framed in a false case. A senior police officer, however, said they have enough evidence.

“She forged the signature of her husband, who was arrested following her allegations but was later released on bail, used a forged letterhead of the Indian Navy and signatures of the commanding officer of Indian Naval Ship and of her in-laws to procure a credit card,” the senior officer said.

Police said the documents were sent to the Indian Navy for verification. The navy sent a report stating that all the documents and signatures were forged and the use of their emblem was a serious crime, the senior officer claimed.

Meanwhile, Kamini Jaiswal, the counsel for Sahu in the wife -swapping case, said it was an attempt to malign her client.

Earlier this year, Sahu had filed a harassment complaint against her husband and in-laws at the Vasant Vihar police station. She had alleged that her husband forced her to get ‘sexually involved’ with other Navy officers and consume alcohol.

The Delhi Police had, however, transferred the case to Kochi where the incident allegedly took place. The navy recently gave a clean chit to the three officers who she claimed had molested her in her husband’s presence.

There has been a spurt in cases of runaway wives who have slapped criminal cases against their non-resident Indian (NRI) husbands.

And, often, the men can do little to gain custody of their children.

Though the police in countries such as the US, UK and Canada often press child abduction charges in such cases, they cannot follow them up in India, as the country has not yet ratified the 1980 Hague Convention.

“We hope it may be possible for India to ratify this in the near future,” said a spokesperson for the British High Commission in Delhi.

“Since India has not signed the Hague Convention, courts here have not really been enforcing judgments of foreign courts,” said senior advocate Pinky Anand, who represented complainant V. Ravi Chandran, on whose petition the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to trace his son and former wife in India.

The Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction is a multilateral treaty that provides a speedy method to return a child taken from one member nation to another.

The convention was drafted to “insure the prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence or wrongfully retained in a contracting state not their country of habitual residence”.

“India has been used as a haven or a refuge where you could defeat the law. Moreover, dowry laws are peculiar to the Indian legal system,” said Anand. “Hopefully, this judgement would pave the way for foreign judgements to be enforced in India.”

The Canadian High Commission told HT that its “consular officers at the department of foreign affairs and international trade and in India were currently managing 23 child custody, child abduction and child welfare cases”.

More than 60 such cases have been reported from the US — over a dozen of them in the last three months alone.

“Parental child abduction can cause immense distress to both the child that has been taken and the family they leave behind,” the British High Commission spokesperson said. “The British government is limited in the assistance it can provide as decisions concerning custody and country of abode need to be taken by the courts.”

The British High Commission said it was aware of 11 cases in the past 12 months involving British nationals where a parent had either abducted a minor son or daughter to India or retained him or her after a holiday visit.

“Cases are sometimes filed to blackmail and extort money,” said criminal lawyer Tarun Goomber, citing the example of a man who could not come to India to meet his parents as arrests warrants had been issued against him after his wife filed a case.

“Some cases of this sort have come to our notice,” said a senior official of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, on condition of anonymity. “But the government cannot do much as it doesn’t have the jurisdiction.” Anand said at times such cases were used “as a tool to pressurise the other side, prevent a person from coming back to the country and make the other party give in”.

कानपुर के एक होटल के कमरे में 42 साल के सरकारी डॉक्टर की लाश मिली. उनका गला और गुप्तांग कटा हुआ था. होठों को स्टेप्लर से बंद कर दिया गया था. गुदा द्वार में लकड़ी का तकरीबन 24 सेंटीमीटर का एक टुकड़ा घुसा था और कमरे की दीवार पर खून से लिखा था कि ‘जब मनुष्य प्रकृति से छेड़छाड़ करता है, तो प्रकृति अपने ढंग से उसे ठीक कर देती है.’

पुलिस उस लड़की की तलाश है, जिसके साथ डॉक्टर होटल आए थे. होटल स्टाफ का कहना है कि डॉक्टर अकसर उस लड़की से साथ होटल आते थे.

ये मामला है यूपी के कानपुर देहात जिले का. यहां के रनिया इलाके में एक टूरिज्म होटल में रविवार दोपहर को डॉ.सतीश चंद्रा ने चेक इन किया. उन्हें मिला रूम नंबर 101. होटल स्टाफ के मुताबिक डॉ. चंद्रा के साथ 22-23 साल की एक लड़की भी थी.

शाम को जब वेटर ने कमरे का पिछला दरवाजा खुला देखा तो वह अंदर गया. कमरे में खून से सनी डॉक्टर की लाश पड़ी थी और लड़की नहीं थी. दीवार पर खून से संदेश लिखा था.

होटल मैनेजर ने पुलिस को सूचित किया.पुलिस ने पूछताछ के लिए होटल के चार कर्मचारियों को हिरासत में ले लिया. हादसे की खबर पाकर होटल पहुंचे डॉक्टर के परिजनों ने होटल में तोड़फाड़ की. उनका आरोप था कि एक सरकारी डॉक्टर ने होटल कर्मचारियों के साथ मिलीभगत कर डॉक्टर चंद्रा की हत्या की है.

She is an activist with a difference.

Dr Indu Subhash of Lucknow took Bareilly by storm on Sunday as she rooted for the rights of men in the country and advocated formation of a National Men’s Commission.

Her fight against “gender-biased laws” drew massive response from the people here, including women, who volunteered to take up the cause at their level.

“All laws are gender-biased and spoiling the lives of men. There are a number of men who commit suicide as laws, which should ideally be building families, are becoming the reason for their breakdown,” said Subhash, a Ph D in women’s studies, addressing a gathering held at Novelty Crossing.

“All laws are meant for protection of women, who are misusing them to harass men. For example, in the case of separation due to ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’, women are entitled to get half the share in her husband’s parental property. Is this right?” she asked.

Similar is the story with anti-rape law that, according to Subhash, gives immense power to women to misuse it like the domestic violence and dowry act. “And police are acting as a major tool in the misuse of the law,” she added.

Subhash urged the youths here to fight against the introduction of this bill, which is in the process of becoming a law.

Subhash, currently serving as a principal in a college in Sultanpur, started her fight in 2007 when her brother became a victim of one such law.

“My sister-in-law lost her mental stability after the death of her son and committed suicide. But, my brotherin-laws blamed our family for the murder and lodged an FIR under the dowry act. My whole family was tortured and put behind bars for nothing,” recalled Subhash.

INDORE: Madhya Pradesh police have sought the court’s permission in Alirajpur district to prosecute a teenaged rape victim and her parents for hatching criminal conspiracy to frame up a youth and his brother in a false rape case.

Alirajpur district police superintendent has also requested the additional sessions court (Jobat) in Alirajpur district to drop rape and other criminal charges against Khel Singh and his brother Rajesh in the case, which was reported to Udaigarh police station of the district by the girl’s mother Jogdi Bai on January 12, 2013.

In the application, the police have also requested the court to prosecute the 17-year-old alleged rape victim, her mother Jogadi Bai and father Hamir (residents of Khandalarao village of Alirajpur district) for making false statements to frame up Khel Singh and Rajesh in the rape case, just to save the victim girl’s real brother Ramesh, who as per a recent DNA test report is the biological father of the child born to the victim.

The request has been made to prosecute the girl and her parents under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (disappearing evidence or giving false information to screen offender), 176 and 109 of IPC.

“We’ve recently filed the application in the court and are now awaiting court’s response in the matter. The court will hear the case on July 23,” SP (Alirajpur) Akhilesh Jha told TOI.

Alirajpur district police had made a similar request before the same court on April 15, 2013 to drop rape and other criminal charges against Khel Singh and Rajesh following the findings of March 30, 2013 DNA report (based on blood samples of Khel Singh, the alleged rape victim and her baby), which established that while the rape victim was the child’s biological mother, Khel Singh was not her biological father.

The court, however, had turned down the police plea, holding that merely on the basis of DNA report, the rape charges cannot be dropped against the accused.

But, the DNA report of State Forensic Science Lab, Sagar based on analysis of blood samples of the rape victim, her child and her real brother Ramesh, established on June 11, 2013, that the rape victim’s real brother Ramesh was the biological father of her child who died mysteriously a few days after being born. Ramesh has already been arrested in the case and booked for raping her real sister.

In January 2013, Khel Singh, 20, a computer applications student was arrested from his native village Khandalarao in Alirajpur district for allegedly raping and making pregnant his four years younger distant aunt Mamta.

During the course of police investigations, the alleged rape victim kept on changing her statements before the cops, by first saying that she was raped and made pregnant by her real brother Rajesh, but then retracting from her statements and stating that it was Khel Singh who raped her for nearly a year and also made her pregnant. The girl and her parents allegations resulted in Khel Singh spending around 140 days in jail, before being released on bail in May. His brother Ramesh too was booked and sent in judicial custody for allegedly threatening the girl and her family in the case.

What is the purpose of alimony? To ensure that a woman who has sacrificed a career or been denied a right to earn or has been restricted to being a housewife is compensated for it and kept in the same comfort/level she is now accustomed to. During the course of marriage, a man goes from strength to strength professionally over the years, but once divorced, a woman has to start from scratch. Perhaps two decades later he might be at the post of a managing director, but with no work experience notched up her belt, the wife may simply start off as a secretary. We need strong pro-women legislation on divorce but it shouldn’t be anti-men. It has to be reasonable, logical and fair to both. However, the new divorce law intending to give a wife not just a share of her husband’s property and income but also of his inherited or family property and wealth is bizarre. Why would I, as a parent, want to slave, compromise my life and save money for my son’s future only to have his marriage crumble after a year and have his wife take off with half of my blood, sweat and tears? I can understand if there are provisions for children of divorcees under inheritance laws, and if he has to shell out from his earning and assets accumulated over their time together, it’s fair. Alimony must be based on number of years, whether the woman earns too or not, and the reasons for the divorce. To have a law that gives a woman half of a man’s family fortune is just as awful as dowry. If dowry, where the girls’ family gives their wealth to their daughter when she enters a marriage is wrong, so is taking the boy’s family wealth on her way out.

Hyderabad: Going by the statistics, it seems the women are more dissatisfied with their marriages than men in Andhra Pradesh. More wives than husbands are filing for divorce in the state, according to the most recent data from the family courts.

In 17 out of 23 districts across AP, women outnumbered men in seeking a separation, according to the data compiled by advocate Gopal Krishna Kalanidhi, for the first quarter of this year, i.e, from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013.

Around 1,356 wives and 1,202 husbands filed divorce petitions in the state in contested cases, wherein the spouse is not ready to give a divorce.

Hyderabad witnessed the maximum number of wives (130) filing for contested divorce petitions as compared to husbands (116). The astounding revelation was that in earlier inconspicuous Mahbubnagar too, more women than men sought a separation — 100 wives against 90 husbands.

Visakhapatnam too has its share of incompatible couples with 95 wives and 80 husbands seeking separation. Close on its heels is Nellore with 84 wives seeking divorce, compared to just 50 husbands.

“In fact, talking of the percentage or relative figure, the Secunderabad family court witnessed 53 wives seeking separation as compared to 27 husbands. This is almost 51 per cent fewer men seeking separation. Similar is the case of Khammam, where 64 wives requested for a split as compared to a mere 31 husbands asking so,” said Kalanidhi.

Allows wife to lead decent life

T. Lajapathi roy, Advocate, Madurai bench of Madras HC 

The proposed Marriage Laws (Amendment Bill) providing for compensation to the wife from her husband’s property, both ancestral and acquired, in the event of a divorce, is a breakthrough in marriage laws, particularly the Hindu Marriage Act, and Special Marriage Act.

Presently, Section 25 of the Hindu Marriage Act allows only payment of permanent alimony to a spouse in a divorce and using of any immovable property there may be to collect the said alimony.

Therefore the proposed amendment is a step forward  as it enables a spouse to leave and lead a decent life even after the divorce. But it  will not help millions of Indian rural women whose  husbands do not have immovable property  and are customarily divorced without going to the courts.

The amendment also makes “irretrievable breakdown of a marriage”   a ground for divorce.  This comes a relief as although on many occasions courts have found that a marriage has irretrievably broken down and the spouses concerned would gladly slit each other’s throat if forced to live together, they have  not been able to grant a decree of divorce.

Currently, a Hindu spouse can ask for divorce only on grounds of  cruelty, desertion or conversion to another religion or if the partner suffers from   incurable or intolerable unsoundness of mind, an incurable form of leprosy, a communicable sexually transmitted disease, or if he has renounced the world and not been heard of for seven years.

In addition to these grounds,  a female spouse can also apply for divorce if her husband is guilty of rape, sodomy or bestiality.  The Special Marriage Act, 1954  offers identical grounds for divorce.

Might do more harm than good

Nirmala Kotravai, ‘MASES’- NGO against sexual exploitation

Granting the wife a share in her husband’s inherited or inheritable marital property might do more harm than good. Women have already been oppressed and abused for the sake of property (that is, to retain property within the family). Now if this kind of bill is passed it will create more problems for women. Men and patriarchal society will find more ways to control women.

A man or family who does not want to let inherited property leave their hands will never let a woman part from him. This could prove to be dangerous for her life. On the other hand, women also may take advantage by marrying a rich man and then seeking divorce and property share.

These things are happening already, but such kinds of ruling will make it worse, making it legal. The Cabinet has also cleared the proposal that in cases where divorce has been sought with mutual consent of both parties, the judiciary has been given the discretion to grant divorce to one party after a period of three years.

This is unfair and causes an unnecessary waiting period. If the divorce is by mutual consent, it should be granted as early as possible, so that the concerned parties can carry on with their lives at the earliest.

In cases of one party seeking divorce, the same should be granted within six months to one year, after ensuring that due settlements are made to the wife. In most cases, husbands withhold their wives’ jewellery and certificates and they do not even want to return the money that was spent for marriage after they were divorced.

In such cases the law should keep in mind, the wife’s right to live and work, and grant divorce without delay.

CHENNAI: This was no call from the afterworld. But 28-year-old Ganga Devi will have a lot of explaining to do when she returns home.

The homemaker, who went missing from the city on July 13 and was believed to be dead, after the Kaveripakkam police in Vellore district found a highly decomposed body of a woman dumped in a sack last Wednesday, called relatives on Saturday night to inform them that she was alive.

The missing woman’s husband Saravanan, a software engineer from Thiruvanmiyur, and his family misidentified the victim as his wife, Ganga Devi, who went missing on July 13.

Ganga Devi was with her lover in a hotel in Coimbatore when she read reports that she had been murdered. Her family was making arrangements to claim the body from the police.

Police said Saravanan was not convinced that the woman in the sack was his wife but concluded that it could be her after relatives said she appeared to look like Ganga Devi. The woman in the sack was naked and was wearing only a chain with a pendant and a wristband when police found the body.

“The body was too decomposed to make a conclusive identification and we decided to run DNA tests to determine if she really was Saravanan’s wife,” said an investigating officer.

Police said Ganga Devi telephoned her brother Sugumaran to inform him that she was alive. She said she was afraid to return home because her family knew that she had been with her lover Karthik, a neighbour of Ganga Devi’s parents in Tirunindravur. “Since the family members were demanding her body, she decided to inform them that she was alive,” the officer said.

‘Missing’ woman to arrive in city today

After reports that Ganga Devi was dead, her return has surprised many. “The woman and her lover ran out of money in Coimbatore,” he said. “Ganga Devi said she would return with money that Karthik earned doing odd jobs during their five-day stay in Coimbatore.”

She was to board a train from Coimbatore on Sunday and arrive in the city on Monday. The Kaveripakkam police will now have to go back to their case files and restart the probe to identify the woman who was killed and assumed to be Ganga Devi.

Talking about the probe after the woman’s body was found, an investigating officer said that Saravanan was not convinced that the woman in the sack was his wife. But he concluded that it could be Ganga Devi after relatives said she appeared to look like her.

The body was highly decomposed and police could not identify the victim, Kaveripakkam inspector M Somasundaram said. “She appeared to have been killed at least four days before her body was discovered,” he said. “Her body was swollen. We could find no trace of external injuries.

A Moga woman’s story of her kidnapping from Chandigarh and dumping here after gangrape in a moving car has turned out to false.
She posed as victim to frame her boyfriend’s wife who had got her into prison on the accusation of attempted murder by poking with HIV-infected needles. She was out on bail when she made up the story.

Along with suspect Gurveer Kaur (24), the police have also arrested Rohtash Kumar, who claimed to have brought the woman to hospital in her unconscious state. Suspects Gurveer Kaur, Rohtash, Ramesh, and Sunil Kumar are charged under Sections 420 (cheating), 195 (submitting false evidence to get someone imprisoned for life), 211 (false charge with intent to injure) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The plan also involved consensual sex between Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash Kumar to make it easy to prove rape.

A year ago, Gurveer and her boyfriend, Sunil Kumar, were charged with torturing Sunil’s wife to the extent of sometimes even poking her with unsterilised needles, which gave her HIV-AIDS. The target became blind because of the repeated assault and on Friday, doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh operated on her eyes.

In January last year, after the victim’s father took the matter to the Punjab director general of police, Gurveer and Sunil were charged with attempt to murder. In Abohar jail, they became friends with Rohtash and Ramesh and made them partners in the conspiracy.

“All four suspects, including Sunil Kumar who is in jail, now are suspects in the fake gangrape case,” inspector general of police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said here on Monday. “A hunt is on for Ramesh. Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash had consensual sex to prove rape and put her enemies behind bars.”

The plot

* On the pretext of going to Chandigarh for job interview, Gurveer went instead to Rohtash and Ramesh at Dabwali in Haryana
* The men dropped her at Panniwala village for stay n On Sunday evening, both dropped Gurveer on the Dabwali road here and created a scene that she had been thrown out of a moving car after gangrape
Rohtash took Gurveer to the Civil Hospital and tried to pass her off as victim of gangrape.

The hoax

Gurveer Kaur told the police in Bathinda on Sunday that four people had kidnapped her from Chandigarh, drugged her in their car, and taken her to a place where they had raped her and filmed her naked before throwing her out of a moving car on the Sangat Mandi road in Bathinda on Sunday evening. On Monday evening, Gurveer Kaur was shifted to Field Hostel in Bathinda from the city’s Civil Hospital.

The Moga woman has a nursing degree of a private college in Gidderbaha constituency of Muktsar district. “Working at some private hospital in Bathinda, she had come into contact with Sunil and developed relations with her,” said senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar. Gurveer Kaur told the police that on Friday, she had gone to Mohali for a job interview a friend had told her about and at the Sector 43 bus stand in Chandigarh, Sunil’s wife, his mother, and two other men had pulled her inside a car.

अहमदाबाद।। अहमदाबाद के बापूनगर में सीसीटीवी फुटेज और पति की ईमानदारी से पुलिस ने करीब 13 हजार रुपये के चश्मे के फ्रेम चुराने वाली महिला को अरेस्ट कर लिया।

अहमदाबाद के शिवरंजिनी में टाइटन आई प्लस शोरूम के कर्मचारियों ने करीब एक हफ्ते पहले शोरूम से चश्मे के फ्रेम चुराए जाने की शिकायत दर्ज कराई थी। कर्मचारियों ने पुलिस को बताया था कि रविवार को साढ़े तीन बजे एक महिला और दो लड़कियां शोरूम में आई थीं। वे आधे घंटे शोरूम में रुकने के बाद बिना कुछ खरीदे चली गई थीं। उनके जाने के बाद सेल्स गर्ल्स को स्टॉक में कुछ फ्रेम गायब मिले। जब सीसीटीवी फुटेज खंगाली गई, तो महिला फ्रेम चुराते नजर आई।

शनिवार को शोरूम के कर्मचारियों ने पुलिस को फोन कर बताया कि चोरी हुए फ्रेम लौटा दिए गए हैं और महिला ने अपनी इस हरकत के लिए माफी मांग ली है। पुलिस ने इसके बाद महिला का पता लगाकर उसे अरेस्ट कर लिया। पुलिस के मुताबिक यह महिला हंसा पेटल थी, जो अपनी बेटियों के साथ उस दिन बस विंडो शॉपिंग करने शोरूम में घुसी थी। उसके पति रीयल स्टेट फर्म में काम करते हैं।

महिला के पति ने न्यूज चैनलों में चल रही सीसीटीवी फुटेज में अपनी पत्नी को पहचान लिया था। पति ने जब घर आकर पत्नी से इस बारे में पूछा तो, उसने चोरी की बात कबूल कर ली। पति ने तुरंत फ्रेम लौटाने के लिए कहा। पति की इस ईमानदारी ने महिला को जेल पहुंचा दिया। पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर एएस पांड्या ने कहा कि इस मामले में केस दर्ज हो चुका था, इसलिए महिला को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया।

MYSORE: Basavaraja, a husband, who allegedly attempted suicide after his wife, Rajamma, eloped with her lover, died at K R hospital on Friday.

Mysore south police said Basavaraja consumed toxic liquid at his residence in Mosambaiahanahalli, in Mysore taluk, on Saturday. He attempted suicide after Rajamma again left with Mahesh recently. She had earlier gone with Mahesh, her lover, several times but Basavaraja accepted her because of his teenaged children.

Basavaraja was married for 20 years and leaves behind a son and a daughter.

THANJAVUR: A minor girl, who refused to marry a man of her mother’s choice, was allegedly raped by him in Thanjavur. What was even more shocking is that the mother herself had reportedly conspired with the accused to rape her daughter in order to force her to agree to the marriage.

The 13-year-old victim is a class eight student of a middle school in Thanjavur. She was raped at her house in Thanjavur on July 9 by Lakshmanan, 27, a resident of Valanadu in Tuticorin. Her mother Gomathi, 43, was hand-in-glove with Lakshmanan to force her daughter, as she had received money from him on the assurance of marrying her daughter to him.

Though the incident took place more than one week back, it came to light only on July 15 as the victim’s elder sister informed ChildLine. “The message was received by the Chennai helpline. On information, we started an investigation and brought the matter to light. But, both Gomathi and Lakshmanan absconded during our investigation,” P Pathimaraj, executive director SHED INDIA, told TOI.

Meanwhile, a complaint was lodged by the girl’s relatives to Thanjavur SP, who in turn ordered the all women police station (AWPS) to expedite the investigation soon. Hence, the AWPS police started a search operation and arrested Gomathi and Lakshmanan in the early hours of Thursday. “Gomathi was booked as prime accused in this case. A case has been registered under Sections 4, 17 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and 506 (ii) of IPC,” said V Chandra, the inspector of police, AWPS, Thanjavur.

During the investigation, police found that the girl and her widowed mother were living in the town for the last few years after they left their hometown, Tuticorin. Gomathi had received Rs 25,000 money from Lakshmanan to marry her minor daughter. On July 7, the girl was taken to Tiruchendur by her mother, where they were joined by Gomathi’s younger sister and her husband Maharaja. However, the marriage did not take place after the local police intervened in the matter based on information given by Maharaja himself. Maharaja had secretly informed the Tiruchendhur police following a dispute with Gomathi over sharing the money. So, the girl and her mother returned to Thanjavur on July 9.

Frustrated by this, Lakshmanan conspired with Gomathi to conduct the marriage. So, Gomathi supported him to rape her daughter so that she would agree to marry him. On her instruction, Lakshmanan raped the girl at their house. Fearing punishment, both of them left the town. But the girl managed to inform her elder sister who was staying at her aunt’s house in Tuticorin. Then, they brought the issue to light.

The arrested were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody. The girl was admitted to the Thanjavur medical college hospital for medical examination.

प्रमोद कुमार सिंह, कान्हाचट्टी (चतरा)। दूल्हे राजा मंडप में बैठकर दुल्हन का इंतजार करते रहे और दुल्हन प्रेमी संग फरार हो गई। सिनेमाई अंदाज में यह सब रविवार की रात हुआ। स्थान था कान्हाचट्टी प्रखंड के चिरीदीरी पंचायत अंतर्गत हेसाग गांव।

सूचनानुसार हेसाग गांव निवासी अमेरिका भुइयां की पुत्री संगीता कुमारी की शादी एक माह पूर्व इसी प्रखंड के बुढ़ीगडा गांव के बिलट भुइयां के पुत्र रूदन भुइयां के साथ तय हुई थी। निर्धारित तिथि 12 मई को तय कार्यक्रम के अनुसार वर एवं वधू पक्ष के लोगों ने सारी तैयारियां पूर्ण कर ली थी। लड़का पक्ष बैंड बाजा के साथ बरात लेकर हेसाग गांव पहुंचा।

वधू पक्ष के लोगों ने बरातियों को ससम्मान नास्ता एवं भोजन कराया। उसके बाद विवाह के लिए दूल्हे राजा दोस्तों के साथ मंडप में पहुंचा। वधू पक्ष की महिलाएं दुल्हन को लाने उसके कमरे में गईं, तो वे सन्न रह गईं। दुल्हन अपने कमरे से गायब थी।

जंगल की आग की तरह बात फैली। वधू पक्ष के सदस्य उसकी तलाश में जुट गए। करीब दो घंटे तक दुल्हन की खोजबीन होती रही लेकिन नहीं मिली। इससे अनजान दूल्हा मंडप में दुल्हन का इंतजार करता रहा। इसी बीच दुल्हन की सहेलियों ने उसकी मां को बताया कि वह अपने प्रेमी अशोक भुइयां के साथ फरार हो गई है। अशोक इसी प्रखंड के पंडाखाप गांव के घनू भुइयां का पुत्र है।

दोनों के बीच पिछले छह माह से प्रेम प्रसंग चल रहा था। बरात पक्ष के लोगों को हालात से अवगत कराया गया। लाचार होकर बराती संग दूल्हा बैरंग वापस लौट गया।

He is in jail because his mother killed her husband for another man.

For no fault of his, this three-month-old baby boy is on his way to prison. His mother killed her husband after falling in love with another man, who fathered him.

The crime committed by his mother and her lover (his father), has now destined him to the prison, where he is now fated to have the very first memories of his life. This so, only because the police found no other alternative but to send him along with his mother as he is completely dependent on her, just as other three-month-olds are on their mothers.

But the saga of this youngest ‘prisoner’ in Parappanna Agrahara Central Jail in Bangalore began a few months ago. New Yelahanka Town police’s investigations into the murder of an autorickshaw driver revealed that the baby’s 26-year-old mother, Shwetha, was once happily married to the now-deceased autorickshaw driver, Mahesh, whom she married five years ago and bore him two sons.

Some time last year, she came in contact with K Ravi, a carpenter, and fell in love with him. When Mahesh learnt about his wife’s extra-marital affair, he hoped she would come out of that relation. But late last year, when he realised that was not to be the case, he confronted Ravi and the two had a fight over the issue.

But Shwetha did not relent. Soon after the fight, Mahesh’s brother who lived in Kollegal met with an accident and Mahesh was summoned to look after his brother. Shwetha made good her husband’s absence and eloped with Ravi, leaving behind her two sons born from her marriage with Mahesh.

When Mahesh returned from Kollegal, he was shocked to see his two sons being looked after by his parents and Shwetha missing from home. He was told she had eloped. The police said it took Mahesh a few months until February to trace where Shwetha was living with Ravi—5th Stage, Yelahanka New Town.

When he went to bring his wife back, he was shocked to discover that Shwetha had given birth to a baby boy, fathered by Ravi.

At this juncture, Shwetha and Ravi decided to kill Mahesh to ensure a peaceful life together. On Friday night, when a relentless Mahesh went again to Ravi’s place to confront the latter, the lovers tied him up and Ravi slit his throat. Mahesh died on the spot.

Ravi and Shwetha then put Mahesh’s body in a gunny bag and, using Mahesh’s autorickshaw, planned to dump the body on the city’s outskirts.

The police zeroed in on Shwetha and Ravi as the suspects and they confessed to the murder when the police confronted them. They were produced before the court, which remanded them in judicial custody.

But the yet-to-be-named three-month-old had to be taken into account too, because his mother had been part of the crime. “We could not keep the baby from its mother. So we had to send the baby along with the accused woman so she can breast-feed him. He is too young to be kept away from her,” Ravindra CM, police inspector of Yelahanka New Town, told dna.

For the little baby, growing up in prison may well be his earliest memories in life.

Jamnagar residents shocked at cold-blooded murder of a 2-year-old by his own mother.

The killer mom after her arrest on Wednesday.

The killer mom after her arrest on Wednesday.

‘Any woman can be a Mother but it takes someone special to be called Mom’ — reads one of the million messages that children have put up for Mother’s day, which falls on May12. However, four days before we celebrate our umbilical ties with our mothers, a gory incident that took place in Jamnagar on Wednesday will make you believe in the above statement, even more. In a shocking incident a woman killed her two-year-old biological son by setting him ablaze, alive. Police have arrested the woman.

On Wednesday morning, Kishore Vadgama, a carpenter by profession left home for work, leaving behind his wife Vandana and 2-year-old son Ronak at home. When he returned home for lunch at around 2.45 pm he found his son’s charred remains. Vadgama couldn’t take in the shock and fell unconscious.

“Vadgama and one of his neighbours informed us about the incident and we rushed to the spot. The boy was already dead and the incident may have happened between 9.45 am and 2.45 pm during the day. Initial inquiry established that the mother had killed her son so we have detained her,” said police inspector of B division, Samir Joshi.

During investigation it was established that tired of harassment and their not so happy marital life, Vandana killed Ronak.

“After her husband left for work, Vandana bought kerosene from the market and sprayed it on her sleeping son. Then she set him ablaze and waited till he died,” Joshi added.

Meanwhile, the desperate husband seems to be trying to save his wife and gave a statement to the police saying that his wife’s mental condition is not stable. However, police are not buying his theory. “I have talked to the woman and she seems completely fit. I do not think that she has any mental problem,” Joshi claimed.

However, neighbours have come up with another theory that tired of the constant harassment and family feud, Vandana too may have wanted to end her life with her son. But police is not buying that argument either. “There are no injuries or any sign of kerosene on her body. I do not think she wanted to commit suicide. We strongly believe that she killed Ronak to take revenge and teach her husband a lesson,” the police official said.  After preliminary inquiry police have registered a case of murder under section 302 of IPC against Vandana and have arrested her.

PUNE: The Hinjewadi police booked a 28-year-old software engineer for allegedly raping his colleague after promising to marry her. The rape took place between 2010 and April 2013 in Hinjewadi.

A complaint lodged by a 25-year-old software engineer stated that the suspect also duped her of Rs 1.25 lakh. However, the police could not arrest the suspect as he had already obtained an anticipatory bail.

Assistant inspector of Hinjewadi police station P B Bhasme told TOI that the complainant and the suspect met in 2009, when they were working in a software company in Hinjewadi. “The suspect was a senior colleague of the victim,” Bhasme said.

After getting acquainted with each other, the suspect began visiting the victim’s rented room in Hinjewadi. “On the promise of marrying her, the suspect allegedly raped her for two years. He also took her in a hotel in Wakad and raped her there too,” Bhasme said.

During that period, the suspect lost his job and the victim bore his expenses. “She also paid the suspect’s rent,” Bhasme said.

“The victim had spent about Rs 1.25 lakh on him,” he said. However, in April 2013, the suspect married another girl. “The victim came to know of his marriage recently and lodged a complaint against him,” Bhasme said. “Currently, both of them are working in separate IT companies,” he added.

On Saturday, when the police went to arrest the suspect, they found that he had already obtained an anticipatory bail. “The next hearing on his bail application is on July 17,” Bhasme said. tnn

Youth booked for molesting college student

The Khadak police have booked a 19-year-old youth from Market Yard for allegedly molesting an 18-year-old college student. The incident took place in Shukrawar Peth on Saturday morning.

Police said the suspect and the complainant knew each other. On Saturday at around 10 am, when the complainant was returning home from college, the suspect blocked her way and allegedly molested her, police said.

A 40-year-old woman, who is reportedly a complainant in 11 cases of rape, stalking and other sexual offences, was arrested on charges of extortion by the East district police on Friday.

Incidentally, the man who filed the extortion complaint had been earlier charged with raping the woman.

Investigations began when the police received a complaint from one Sushil Kumar, who lives in Pandav Nagar area of East Delhi. On March 28, Sushil Kumar registered a case of extortion against the woman, claiming that she had falsely implicated him in a case of rape that was registered against him on February 19.

In his complaint, Sushil said he had befriended the woman three months ago. He told police that the woman told him that a case of rape against her husband was pending before the Karkardooma court and asked him to lend Rs 10,000 on the pretext of paying the court fee.

Sushil gave her the money, and she promised to return it soon, he said in the complaint.

A month later, Sushil asked her to return the money. When Sushil went to her house, the woman, he claimed in his official statement to the police, threatened to implicate him in a false rape case, assaulted him, snatched his mobile phone and Rs 5,000.

She then dragged him to the police station, where she registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC, following which Sushil was sent to jail.

However, after he was released on bail in March, Sushil filed an application in court requesting that his statement be recorded.

He registered a case of extortion against the woman, which was later ascertained to be true, police said.

Additional DCP (East) D K Gupta said: “The previous case under Sections of rape that the woman registered against Sushil was found to be false. On the directions of the court, a case of extortion based on Sushil’s complaint was registered and the woman, arrested. She has been sent to 14 days judicial custody.”

In his complaint, Sushil alleged that the woman had threatened his lawyer, R K Choudhary that she would implicate him as well if he sought bail for Sushil.

On March 19, the woman registered a case of rape, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement against Choudhary, and three others including her husband Avtar Singh, alleging that they had raped her inside the lawyer’s chamber in Patiala House courts complex.

R K Choudhary said: “In her complaint, the woman claimed that the incident took place between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm. However, when police investigated the matter, the woman’s location was found to be at the Karkardooma court complex at 7 pm. It was confirmed through CCTV footage.”

Sources said the Tilak Marg police station is in the process of filing a cancellation report in the case, since the allegations were found to be “dubious” in nature.

Four cases of extortion, theft and cheating have been registered against against the woman, East district police said.

The Bombay High Court has turned down the plea of a woman, who prayed for a direction to allow her to tie the knot with a married police officer.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Sadhana Jadhav refused to entertain the petition filed by Rajashree Marde on the ground that the officer, Prashant Marde, was already married with two children and hence such a request could not be granted.

When the court expressed its inability to grant such relief, the petitioner contended that she had filed several such petitions in the past seeking the said direction.

According to the petitioner, she considered herself to be Marde’s wife. She claimed that relation between Prashant Marde and herself was that of husband and wife. Hence she was seeking a direction that the court shall intervene and facilitate the marriage between Prashant and herself.

The court apprised her of the fact that Prashant was a married man having two children and had a happy family of his own. Therefore, she should not disturb the peace of his family.

However, the petitioner insisted that she had a right to get married to him and sought direction accordingly.

The bench further apprised the petitioner of the fact that there was no provision in law under which the court was empowered to issue the directions sought for by her.

At this stage, she requested the court to exercise the extraordinary jurisdiction in the interest of her family and bestow upon her status of a wife of Prashant Marde.

However, the judges expressed their inability to do so and dismissed her petition.

The petitioner had written a letter in this regard on January 31 this year to the High Court which was converted into a criminal writ petition.

Earlier, hearing another criminal writ petition filed by the petitioner, other bench of the High Court had called for a report from the Police Commissioner in respect of her grievances.

In that report, it was recorded that the petitioner desired to get married with the said police officer, who is already married and had two children.

It was further noted in the report that as a result of the conduct of the petitioner, the police officer was under enormous stress.

According to the petitioner, she had wasted 14 years of her life waiting to get married. As she wants to get married with the said police officer, the petitioner said she was seeking a direction from the court in that behalf.

However, the court said it could not grant such a relief as there was no provision in law to do so.

CHENNAI: In the fourth incident in a month, an engineering graduate employed with an IT firm committed suicide by jumping from the terrace of a building at Kanthanchavadi on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (Old Mahabalipuram Road) on Sunday.

A Naveen Kumar, 28, of Vellore district jumped to death at 12.02pm from the terrace of Prince Info City building on OMR, allegedly after a tiff with his girlfriend.

Police said Naveen had gone to the 11th floor of the building with a co-worker. He told his co-worker he needed to make a call and went up to the terrace. He left his mobile on the terrace and then jumped to death. A security guard, who heard a loud thud, rushed to the parking area and found Naveen lying in a pool of blood.

After checking call details, police found that he had called his girlfriend at least four times on Sunday. “He was not in good terms with his girlfriend for the past one week as they had a tiff over their wedding,” said an investigating officer.

Though the gate to the terrace was shut and the security guard at the main gate keeps the key, some employees had managed to break the lock to smoke on the terrace,” said a security guard.

A colleague of Naveen said the latter had been depressed since morning. Though his shift was over at 11.30am, he did not leave the office. Naveen was employed on a sub-contract basis with Maersk for the past four months. He stayed at Kannagi Nagar.

A 40-year-old woman, who is reportedly a complainant in 11 cases of rape, stalking and other sexual offences, was arrested on charges of extortion by the East district police on Friday.

Incidentally, the man who filed the extortion complaint had been earlier charged with raping the woman.

Investigations began when the police received a complaint from one Sushil Kumar, who lives in Pandav Nagar area of East Delhi. On March 28, Sushil Kumar registered a case of extortion against the woman, claiming that she had falsely implicated him in a case of rape that was registered against him on February 19.

In his complaint, Sushil said he had befriended the woman three months ago. He told police that the woman told him that a case of rape against her husband was pending before the Karkardooma court and asked him to lend Rs 10,000 on the pretext of paying the court fee.

Sushil gave her the money, and she promised to return it soon, he said in the complaint.

A month later, Sushil asked her to return the money. When Sushil went to her house, the woman, he claimed in his official statement to the police, threatened to implicate him in a false rape case, assaulted him, snatched his mobile phone and Rs 5,000.

She then dragged him to the police station, where she registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC, following which Sushil was sent to jail.

However, after he was released on bail in March, Sushil filed an application in court requesting that his statement be recorded.

He registered a case of extortion against the woman, which was later ascertained to be true, police said.

Additional DCP (East) D K Gupta said: “The previous case under Sections of rape that the woman registered against Sushil was found to be false. On the directions of the court, a case of extortion based on Sushil’s complaint was registered and the woman, arrested. She has been sent to 14 days judicial custody.”

In his complaint, Sushil alleged that the woman had threatened his lawyer, R K Choudhary that she would implicate him as well if he sought bail for Sushil.

On March 19, the woman registered a case of rape, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement against Choudhary, and three others including her husband Avtar Singh, alleging that they had raped her inside the lawyer’s chamber in Patiala House courts complex.

R K Choudhary said: “In her complaint, the woman claimed that the incident took place between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm. However, when police investigated the matter, the woman’s location was found to be at the Karkardooma court complex at 7 pm. It was confirmed through CCTV footage.”

Sources said the Tilak Marg police station is in the process of filing a cancellation report in the case, since the allegations were found to be “dubious” in nature.

Four cases of extortion, theft and cheating have been registered against against the woman, East district police said.

NEW DELHI: This could come as a shocker for those resisting introduction of sex education in Indian schools.

Premarital sex has been found to be common among young men but a higher percentage of women aged 15-24 years have had sex before reaching the age of 15.

A large scale youth survey conducted under the aegis of the Union health ministry in the six states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu has thrown up some interesting findings.

Around 15% of young men and 4% young women interviewed admitted to having pre-marital sex. Shockingly, 24% of the women had premarital sex for the first time before age 15 compared to 9% men.

Premarital sex was also found to be more common in rural India.

According to the report prepared by Population Council, Delhi, and International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, youth in rural areas were also more likely than those in urban areas to have initiated a pre-marital romantic relationship at age 15 (29% compared to 17% among young men, and 46% compared to 31% among young women).

Around 6% of rural youth compared to 1% of urban youth had their sexual debut before age 18.

Over 26% of young men and 40% of young women reported that they had spent time alone with their first romantic partner at age 15 or below.

Many of the pre-marital sexual experiences reported by the youth were risky. Around 25% of young men and 21% of young women reporting pre-marital sex had sex with more than one partner. Moreover, consistent condom use was limited only 13% of young men and 3% of young women reported condom use in all pre-marital encounters.

While sexual relations were generally unsafe across all the six states, some notable state-level differences were found. For example, among young men, multiple partner relations were reported by 32% in five of the six states, but by relatively few (14%) in Rajasthan.

Releasing the study, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said young people in India face multiple risks associated with sexual and reproductive health that include pregnancy related morbidity and mortality, delayed abortion seeking, unmet contraceptive need and lack of knowledge to make informed decisions.

“One-third of the total reported AIDS cases are below the age of 29 years. More than 8% of young people in the age group of 15-19 years have experimented with sex either before or outside marriage. And only 37% of young men and 45% of young women knew that a woman can get pregnant at first sex. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that India addresses the challenges of youth effectively,” Azad said.

The surveyors spoke to nearly 51,000 married and unmarried young males and females for this youth study.

The survey found that significant minorities of young men and women had made or received a proposal for a romantic relationship (23%) before marriage, with one in four such relationships progressing to becoming sexual.

The first reported romantic partner was typically a neighbour or friend (reported by 33% of young men and women), a fellow student or colleague (reported by 30% of young men and 16% of young women) or an acquaintance from outside the village/neighbourhood (reported by 25% of young men and 19% of young women).

Around 27% of young women compared to 9% of young men reported that their first pre-marital partner was a relative.

As far as consensuality of first sex is concerned, a larger percentage of young men than young women reported that their first experience of pre-marital sex was mutually consensual (76% versus 66%).

One in seven young women (14%) reported that their partner had forced them to have sex the first time.

JAIPUR: Depressed over a case of dowry harassment lodged against them, a woman and her 30-year-old daughter committed suicide by jumping before a train in Bikaner on Saturday. The case had been registered by the woman’s daughter-in-law last month.

According to the police, the victims, Kiran Puri, a widow (54) and her daughter Gitika (30) were residents of Pawanpuri area.

“Kiran’s son had a dispute with his wife. After which the wife accused him, Kiran and Gitika of dowry harassment. They claimed that they were innocent and were being harassed,” said a police officer.

After lodging the FIR last month, the police arrested the husband, his mother Kiran and his sister Gitika. “While the man was sent to judicial custody, Kiran and Gitika were released on bail,” said the officer.

On Saturday, Kiran and Gitika went to the railway tracks near Vyas Colony in Bikaner around 4am and jumped before a train. While Kiran died on the spot, Gitika was rushed to hospital in critical condition. She also succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

“We have launched an investigation whether the two women were harassed,” said the officer.

NEW DELHI: With so many legal interpretations coming on marriage and legal stamp being put on live-in relationships, Indian society has come a long way. With a recent judgment by the Madras high court saying if in a prolonged relationship as partners, a man or woman cannot relieve themselves of its consequences and liabilities on the ground that it had not been registered or solemnized, the judiciary is now de facto moving towards a uniform civil code in place of personal laws governing marriages for long.

In fact, there have been various orders by the Supreme Court and the high courts across the country that have in the past taken a fairly progressive view of live-in relationships. Legal experts say though it is a positive step on part of the judiciary, the meaning of a live-in relationship should be understood with due caution. “The courts have been careful whenever they have interpreted live-in relationships. They do not talk about short-term arrangements but a longstanding commitment where the man and woman stay and share the same framework as that of marriage. The courts have time and again given clarity on that, and that for me is a fair amount of progressive view,” said senior lawyer Pinky Anand.

A live-in relationship is an arrangement of living where the couples which are unmarried live together to conduct a long-going relationship similarly to marriage. In 2010, the SC in its landmark judgment had opined that a man and woman living together without marriage cannot be construed as an offence. “When two adult people want to live together what is the offence. Does it amount to an offence? Living together is not an offence. It cannot be an offence,” a three judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Deepak Verma and B S Chuhan said in S Khushboo’s case.

Even before that, various high courts have maintained that living together is not a crime but a right to life. Many lawyers believe that a live-in relationship should not be considered illegal and a woman should get protection from law against any abuse from her partner even when she is in a live-in relationship and not married. It, however, should only be subject to two unmarried people who are in a live-in relationship.

“The courts are moving in the right direction, rather, towards a centre by coming out with a progressive view on the subject. Women rights are also human rights and she should be entitled to the relief. However, a live-in relationship between a woman and a man, who is already married is still illegal and rightly so. Bigamy is against the law,” said noted lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi.

A 26-year-old air hostess, who belongs to Mumbai, has registered a case of rape against the CEO of an investment banking firm in Mumbai alleging that the accused lured her on the pretext of marrying her and giving her a job.

The accused is yet to be arrested though a case under the relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station.

According to police, the accused is also a resident of Mumbai. Reportedly, the victim said that she earlier worked with Emirates airline in Dubai.

“In her statement, she claimed that three years ago, she met the accused at a function in Mumbai where the two befriended each other,” a senior police officer said.

However, the woman alleged that the accused maintained physical relations with her on the pretext of giving her a good job and marrying her.

The victim alleged that the two came to Delhi in June for a holiday. Here, they stayed at a hotel in Vasant Kunj.

The victim said that he raped her several times following which the two returned to Mumbai. Once they reached Mumbai, the victim asked the accused to marry her and he refused, police said.

The victim approached the Vasant Kunj North police station last week and registered

her complaint. Police said that a case under relevant sections has been registered and investigations are underway.

Raising concern over the rise in cases of cruelty in West Bengal against women by their husbands or relatives but low rates of conviction, a non-government organisation has approached both the State government and the State Human Rights Commission.

According to the statistics revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) last month or the year 2012, the number of cases registered under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the State was 19,885 — about 18.6 per cent of those recorded in the country, which totalled about 1.06 lakh cases.

Referring to the NCRB data, members of the city-based NGO “Hridaya,” pointed out that while conviction in the rest of the country in cases registered under the Section was 15 per cent, it stood around 4.4 per cent in West Bengal.

“This begs the question whether or not most of these cases were registered by the women with the motive of falsely implicating their spouses and his relatives?” Amit Gupta, secretary, Hridaya.

The NCRB data over the past three years points out that conviction of cases registered under Section 498A varies between four and six per cent while the number of cases has increased by 11 per cent from 2010 to 2012.

West Bengal registered 30,984 cases of crime against women in 2012 — the highest in the country — of which 64 per cent were registered under Section 498A of the IPC, Mr. Gupta pointed out.

“Our objective is to spread awareness about the high number of cases registered for cruelty against women by their spouses and relatives. The law enforcement agencies should have specific guidelines to register cases under this section as majority of the cases are not ending in conviction,” he added.


  • Number of cases registered under Section 498A of the IPC in West Bengal is 19,885
  • Conviction rate in the Section stands around 4.4 per cent in the State

Tikamgarh: The Sessions Court has sentenced a woman to ten years’ imprisonment for lodging a false complaint of gang-rape. Senior Sessions Judge Upendra Singh awarded the punishment to Savitri yesterday. According to the prosecution, the complaint was lodged on March 28, 1998 against Babloo Ahirwar, Mushtaq Ali, Chhinga and Suresh Lohar who were arrested.

 On April 22 the following year, Judge SC Sinha sentenced Ahirwar on the basis of ‘circumstantial evidence’ while acquitting the other three for lack of proof. While hearing of an appeal, Savitri retracted her statements. On a special judge’s directive a case was registered against her in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in 1999.

 -UNI

CHENNAI: Government railway police arrested a woman who, along with her husband and an accomplice, killed an egg merchant from Central railway station on May 30.

Sujatha from Veppampattu was arrested from Rangappanoor in Villupuram district on Friday.

Ten sovereign gold jewellery and Rs 15,000 were recovered from her.

Murugesan, her husband, surrendered before a judicial magistrate court in Madurai on Thursday.

Police said that Sujatha invited V Kalimuthu to her house where her husband and another man hacked him to death, cut his body up and disposed it off near a lake in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh on May 30.

Kalimuthu’s wife had filed a man missing complaint with railway police at Central.

A Velu who helped the couple kill the merchant at Sujatha’s house was arrested a few days ago. They had stolen jewellery and cash from the victim.

KOLKATA: Singer Saikat Mitra has gone to court accusing a woman – a former student – of sexual harassment.

In his complaint before the additional chief judicial magistrate, Alipore, Mitra alleges that she has been sending him vulgar texts, threatening him and alleging that Mitra had an extramarital relationship with her. The singer says the ‘harassment’ is ruining his personal and public life to the extent that he is forced to move around with lady security guards to keep the woman at bay.

Mitra says he was forced to go to court because his complaints to police fell on deaf ears. “The ACJM Umesh Singh admitted the complaint and assigned the matter to the sixth judicial magistrate, Alipore for further hearing,” said advocate Tamal Mukherjee. The three-page petition moved by Mukherjee and advocate Tithankar Ray urges the court to initiate action against the woman on a host of criminal charges, including criminal trespass, intimidation and even threatening for extortion. There are other complaints of cyber crime, including transmitting sexually explicit materials and sending offensive messages.

Mitra, the son of famous singer Shyamal Mitra, says this woman came to him for music lessons 15 years ago. This is how she gained a toehold in his home and acquainted herself with his family members, says Mitra’s complaint, adding that she wasn’t a good singer but tried hard.

After 2006, Mitra alleges, the woman started making advances to him which he turned down. He was married by then. But it didn’t stop the woman from trying to speak to him often and even “touching” him, alleges. Mitra claims he and his wife – a teacher – were forced to throw her out of their home. After that, Mitra claims he was flooded with abuses and threats on his cellphone.

“With the passage of time the SMSes turned vulgar and sexually explicit. She is threatening to malign his (Mitra’s) public image by lodging a false complaint that Mitra is having a physical relationship with her,” says the complaint. Mitra’s secretary and friend Piku Laha, too, is reportedly at the receiving end. Mitra alleges the woman is bent to wreck his marriage and career and has started threatening his family members as well.

“This has been continuing unabated for the past 5-6 years, forcing me to seek legal measures. My family and friends are aware of this.

She actually flips through newspaper advertisements about my public programmes and tries to disrupt them. Once my vehicle was attacked and a police complaint was lodged that I had harassed her. This has become unbearable now,” the singer told TOI.

Mitra says he lodged complaints with the cyber crime police station, Lalbazar, DCP (south suburban division) and even the joint commissioner of police (crime) but they took no actionforcing him to move court. He said he will testify in court, along with his wife and two relatives, in addition to producing the police complaints and other “evidence” he has collected. Mitra claims he is scared and apprehends that the woman along with her “men, agent and associates” will “cause damage to him.”

In such cases, where someone files a criminal complaint directly in court (under Section 200 CrPC), the court examines all the evidence before deciding if it can go ahead with the hearings.

Magistrate booked for rape on cop's complaintCHENNAI: Morality and criminality are not co-extensive, said the Supreme Court in April 2010. But the Tamil Nadu police does not think so.On Saturday, it shocked the state’s legal fraternity by arresting a 31-year-old judicial magistrate, who chose to walk out of a two-year live-in relationship with a woman police sub-inspector. Among other things, the officer has slapped rape and dowry demand charges on magistrate S Thangaraj, who presided over a fast track court in Coonoor in the Nilgiris at the time of his arrest.According to the police officer, she and Thangaraj had a relationship since the days when he was an advocate and she was working at Palladam station. However, after his appointment as judicial magistrate, he started avoiding her, and also got married to another woman on June 20, she alleged in her complaint. Besides cheating her, the magistrate had raped and intimidated her, she said, adding that she had about 8,000 SMSs and teletalk lasting 14 lakh seconds to buttress the allegations.Furore over arrestThe arrest of the judicial magistrate triggered a furore. While advocates protested the arrest and remand of the magistrate, police told media that they had obtained due consent from the high court, as required by an apex court ruling.Even while jurists were discussing the correctness of his detention, which may eventually lead to his dismissal,another magistrate remanded him in judicial custody for a period of two weeks, triggering debate on mechanical remand orders by judges. Thangaraj has since been lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison.An office-bearer of the Tamil Nadu Judicial Officers Association terming the arrest ‘wholly unwarranted’ asked, “if they had known each other intimately for nearly two years, where does the question of rape arise? Allegations of rape, criminal intimidation and dowry demand have been included only to criminalize an informed intimacy between two consenting adults,” he said.Citing the April 2010 apex court ruling by a bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India, KG Balakrishnan, the Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president S Prabakaran said: “Notions of social morality are inherently subjective and the criminal law cannot be used as a means to unduly interfere with the domain of personal autonomy.”He recalled a similar case of IPS officer Varunkumar, who was allegedly had a relationship with a civil service-aspirant and then refused to marry her after he was selected for IPS. “We had to fight two rounds of litigation just to get a case registered against him. He has not been arrested as yet. In the case of the magistrate, police have shown so much alacrity. What purpose would his arrest serve?”P S Amalraj, vice-chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said the woman SI’s complaint is full of anomalies. “Allegations arising out of live-in relationships must be analysed on case-by-case basis. Failure of such a relationship to fructify into a valid wedding, should not necessarily lead to rape and harassment allegations,” he said.Legal fraternity slams arrest of magistrateThe arrest of a judicial magistrate, on a complaint by a woman sub-inspector of police that he had raped her and intimidated her, has evoked sharp criticism from activists and lawyers.”Prolonged sexual interaction, even according to the latest high court order, entitles her to certain rights such as maintenance. Criminalising such relationships is wholly unacceptable,” said P S Amalraj, vice-chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.Morality and criminality are not co-extensive, said the Supreme Court in April 2010. But the Tamil Nadu police do not think so.On Saturday, it shocked the state’s legal fraternity by arresting a 31-year-old judicial magistrate, who chose to walk out of a two-year live-in relationship with a woman police sub-inspector. Among other things, the officer has slapped rape and dowry demand charges on magistrate S Thangaraj, who presided over a fast track court in Coonoor in the Nilgiris at the time of his arrest.According to her, she and Thangaraj had a relationship since the days when he was an advocate and she was working at Palladam station. However, after his appointment as judicial magistrate, he started avoiding her, and also got married to another woman on June 20, she alleged in her complaint. Besides cheating her, the magistrate had raped and intimidated her, she said, adding that she had about 8,000 SMSs and teletalk lasting 14 lakh seconds to buttress the allegations.While advocates protested the arrest and remand of a judicial officer, police told media that they had obtained due consent from the high court, as required by an apex court ruling.Even while jurists were discussing the correctness of his detention, which may eventually lead to his dismissal,another magistrate remanded him in judicial custody for a period of two weeks, triggering debate on mechanical remand orders by judges. Thangaraj has since been lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison.An office-bearer of the Tamil Nadu Judicial Officers Association terming the arrest ‘wholly unwarranted’ asked, “if they had known each other intimately for nearly two years, where does the question of rape arise? Allegations of rape, criminal intimidation and dowry demand have been included only to criminalize an informed intimacy between two consenting adults,” he said.Citing the April 2010 apex court ruling by a bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, the Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president S Prabakaran said: “Notions of social morality are inherently subjective and the criminal law cannot be used as a means to unduly interfere with the domain of personal autonomy.” He recalled a similar case of IPS officer Varunkumar, who was allegedly had a relationship with a civil service-aspirant and then refused to marry her after he was selected for IPS. “We had to fight two rounds of litigation just to get a case registered against him. He has not been arrested as yet. In the case of the magistrate, police have shown so much alacrity. What purpose would his arrest serve?”P S Amalraj, vice-chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said the woman SI’s complaint is full of anomalies. “Allegations arising out of live-in relationships must be analysed on case-by-case basis. Failure of such a relationship to fructify into a valid wedding, should not necessarily lead to rape and harassment allegations,” he said.

KOLKATA, 30 JUNE: Police arrested one person in Nadial on charges of allegedly trying to burn a youth who married his daughter without her family’s consent in February.

Last night, when the victim, Rajibul Islam, who works in a tailoring shop in Metiaburuz, was returning home, his in-laws allegedly poured kerosene on him and tried to burn him alive. In a desperate bid to save himself, he jumped into a pond.

He was rescued by locals and was taken to a private nursing home; he was later shifted to MR Bangur Hospital with 80 per cent burn injuries.

A complaint was lodged against Nazrul Islam Mallick, his wife and son for attempt to murder. Police later arrested Nazrul. Locals said Rajibul married Nazrul’s 15-year-old daughter without his consent in February. The girl’s family had lodged a complaint of abduction against Rajibul and brought back their daughter. They had also threatened Rajibul with dire consequences, said locals.

A senior officer of the port division said they have started an investigation and would soon arrest other accused named in the FIR. sns

A man and his parents have been acquitted of the charges of murdering and harassing his wife for bringing insufficient dowry by a Delhi court which said it was a case of suicide and false allegations of torture were levelled against them.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) K S Pal also acquitted the man’s brother and his wife of the charges of subjecting the woman to cruelty.

While freeing the five family members of Ganesh Nagar here, the court observed that now-a-days, there is a growing tendency adopted by the parents of deceased married woman, who died in her matrimonial house within seven years of marriage due to any reason, to implicate the husband and his relatives by making false allegations of harassment on ground of dowry demands due to their anger and to take revenge.

The court acquitted deceased Vinita’s husband Lalit Kumar, his father Soran Singh, mother Ram Murti of the charges of murder, harassment for dowry and destruction of evidence. Lalit’s brother Devender and his wife Urmila were acquitted of the charge of harassment.

“Undoubtedly, deceased Vinita committed suicide and there may be so many reasons to commit suicide and every suicide committed by any married woman at her matrimonial home, within seven years of her marriage, does not raise the presumption of dowry death in the absence of any harassment and torture on such married woman for or in connection with dowry demands, soon before her death,” the judge said.

According to the police, Vinita was found hanging at her matrimonial house on April 11, 2011 and a case was lodged against her husband and in-laws for harassing and murdering her.

The victim’s parents had told the police that Vinita had got married to Lalit in July 2009 and after 15 days of their marriage, the accused had started harassing and torturing her for dowry and were demanding a car.

হিমাদ্রি সরকার পার্ক স্ট্রিট , কাটোয়া থেকে কামদুনি , রাজাবাজার৷ রাজ্যে ধর্ষণ , শ্লীলতাহানি -সহ নারী নিগ্রহের ক্রমবর্ধমান ঘটনায় রাজনৈতিক চাপানউতোর চলছেই৷ কিন্ত্ত নারী নিগ্রহ সংক্রান্ত পরিসংখ্যানের অন্য একটি দিক নিয়েও নতুন করে আলোচনা শুরু হয়েছে বিভিন্ন মহলে৷ সরকারি পরিসংখ্যান বলছে , কর্মস্থল , পথেঘাটে বা বাড়ির বাইরের চেয়েও এ রাজ্যের মহিলারা বেশি নির্যাতনের শিকার হন বাড়িতেই৷ গত বছর এ রাজ্যে মহিলাদের উপর নির্যাতনের যত অভিযোগ নথিভুক্ত হয়েছে , তার প্রায় অর্ধেকই বধূ নির্যাতন ও পণ সংক্রান্ত৷ পণ -যৌতুকের দাবিতে বধূ নির্যাতনের ঘটনায় বিহার , উত্তরপ্রদেশ , রাজস্থান , মধ্যপ্রদেশকেও ছাপিয়ে গিয়েছে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ৷ পরিচিত বা নিকট আত্মীয়ের হাতে ধর্ষণ , শ্লীলতাহানিও বিরল নয়৷ রাজ্য স্বরাষ্ট্র দন্তরের তথ্য বলছে , ২০১২ -য় পশ্চিমবঙ্গে নারী -নিগ্রহের বিভিন্ন ঘটনা মিলিয়ে রুজু হওয়া মামলার সংখ্যা প্রায় ৩১ হাজার৷ তার মধ্যে ভারতীয় দণ্ডবিধির ৪৯৮ (এ ) ধারায় বধূ নির্যাতনের মামলাই প্রায় ২০ হাজার , যা অন্য যে কোনও রাজ্যের চেয়ে বেশি৷ এ ক্ষেত্রে পশ্চিমবঙ্গের পরে রয়েছে অন্ধ্রপ্রদেশ ও রাজস্থান৷ এই দুই রাজ্যে বধূ নির্যাতনের নথিভুক্ত মামলার সংখ্যা ১৩ হাজারের আশপাশে৷ গত বছর এ রাজ্যে বধূহত্যার নথিভুক্ত মামলা ছিল ৫৯৩৷ এ ক্ষেত্রে রাজ্য তৃতীয়৷ আর পণ -সংক্রান্ত অন্য মামলার সংখ্যার দিক থেকে রাজ্যের স্থান অষ্টম৷ পাশাপাশি , পারিবারিক -হিংসা প্রতিরোধ আইনেও বহু মামলা ঝুলে রয়েছে রাজ্যে৷

এই পরিসংখ্যানই নতুন বিতর্কের জন্ম দিয়েছে৷ কারণ , প্রশাসনিক মহলের একাংশ এবং কয়েকটি স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংগঠনের পাল্টা যুক্তি , বধূ নির্যাতনের অভিযোগ অনেক ক্ষেত্রেই ব্যক্তিগত ও রাজনৈতিক স্বার্থে উদ্দেশ্যপ্রণোদিত ভাবে ব্যবহার হচ্ছে৷ তার জেরেই বাড়ছে মামলার সংখ্যা৷ পশ্চিমবঙ্গে যে কোনও বিবাদেই রাজনীতি জড়িয়ে যায়৷ থানায় অভিযোগ নেওয়া এবং না নেওয়ার ক্ষেত্রেও থাকে রাজনীতির বড় ভূমিকা৷ পুলিশের এক কর্তা জানাচ্ছেন , বধূ নির্যাতনের মামলায় সাজার হার এ রাজ্যে ক্রমশ কমছে৷ ২০১১ -য় যে হার ছিল ৬.৩ শতাংশ , তা-ই গত বছর কমে হয়েছে ৪ .৪ শতাংশ৷ এর বড় কারণ , উদ্দেশ্যপ্রণোদিত ভাবে মামলা রুজু হওয়ায় অভিযোগের পক্ষে পর্যান্ত তথ্যপ্রমাণ জোগাড় করা যাচ্ছে না৷ পুলিশ -প্রশাসনের আধিকারিকদের একাংশের আরও একটি ব্যাখ্যা হল , বিহার , উত্তরপ্রদেশ বা মধ্যপ্রদেশের তুলনায় এ রাজ্যে মানুষের মধ্যে সচেতনতা বেশি হওয়াতেও পুলিশে নথিভুক্ত অভিযোগের সংখ্যা বাড়ছে৷ রাজ্য পুলিশের এক শীর্ষ আধিকারিকের বক্তব্য , ৪৯৮ (এ ) ধারাটি জামিনঅযোগ্য হওয়ায় অনেক ক্ষেত্রেই শ্বশুরবাড়ির লোকজনকে ব্ল্যাকমেলিংয়ের জন্য এই ধারায় অভিযোগ দায়ের হচ্ছে৷ আবার গ্রামে বা মফস্সলে পারিবারিক বিবাদেও বিভিন্ন রাজনৈতিক দল প্রভাব খাটিয়ে মহিলাদের দিয়ে এই ধারায় মামলা করাচ্ছে৷ বিভিন্ন স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংগঠনের তরফেও এখন এই ধারার অপব্যবহার নিয়ে প্রশ্ন তোলা হচ্ছে৷ এই সংগঠনগুলির বক্তব্য , খাতায়কলমে বধূ নির্যাতনের নথিভুক্ত মামলার সংখ্যা এ রাজ্যে বেশি হলেও বধূহত্যার মতো মারাত্মক ঘটনা কিন্ত্ত অন্য রাজ্যের তুলনায় কম৷ ৷

Are some of our laws and their application skewed in favour of women? Shuma Raha finds out in the wake of last week’s controversial Madras High Court judgment that suggested that a sexual relationship was tantamount to marriage

Picture this. Man meets woman. They fall in love. In the first, rosy flush of romance, the man says he wants to marry her. A few months or years down the line — after they’ve become lovers — he cools towards her. The woman is distraught. But the relationship is over.

Happens all the time, right? But what if the woman turned around and told him, “Hullo, you can’t just dump me! Since we’ve been having sex, we’re already married. So you better treat me like your wife. And if you don’t, I’ll sue you for maintenance.”

That sounds like a woman suffering from a serious case of delusions. However, it’s more or less the scenario that seemed to suggest itself after the Madras High Court came out with a controversial judgment last week.

While awarding maintenance to a woman who had two children from a long term live-in relationship — a perfectly just and right order — Justice C.S. Karnan went on to make a series of observations that are frankly bewildering. He said, for example, that if a “bachelor” and a “spinster” indulge in “sexual gratification, that would be considered a valid marriage and they could be termed ‘husband and wife’…”

He further said: “Legal rights applicable to normal wedded couples will also be applicable to couples who have had sexual relationships which are established.”

While long-term live-in relationships are regarded as relationships in the nature of marriage (there is a 2010 Supreme Court judgment by Justices Markandey Katju and T.S. Thakur to that effect), this particular ruling has flummoxed layman and legal pundit alike by declaring that a sexual relationship was tantamount to “marriage”. What’s more, it seems to advance the astounding view that sex and marriage are synonymous, that one cannot exist without the other.

Amidst the hue and cry that followed the ruling — and the welter of gleeful, lurid jokes that set social media afire — some lawyers have been at pains to point out that it has to be seen in the context of the case at hand. Others say that the consternation over its ostensible sex-equals-marriage view is unwarranted. It is unlikely that the ruling will be treated as a precedent if a woman goes to court claiming the legal status of a wife simply because she has had a sexual liaison with a man.

As Anup Surendranath, Assistant Professor, National Law School, Delhi, explains, “I don’t think there is any quarrel with the verdict in this case. However, Justice Karnan’s reasoning is incorrect in law and ignores previously decided case law. So it’s unlikely that the judgment will have any wider implications.”

Perhaps not. However, judicial observations such as these lend credence to a growing body of opinion in India today that in our effort to protect the rights of women, some of our laws and their interpretation are perhaps beginning to tilt a bit too much in their favour. So much so that they are now open to serious abuse. And the tragedy is, as Mrunalini Deshmukh, a senior Mumbai-based lawyer who specialises in matrimonial cases, puts it, “These laws are being misused by the haves; they are not benefiting the have-nots” — the millions of disenfranchised women in India’s semi-urban and rural outbacks.

Take the increasing number of cases where a woman, after her sexual or live-in relationship with a man has ended, goes to court charging him with rape. “That’s a rising trend,” admits V. Kannadasan, president, Family Advocates Association, Chennai. He talks about a case where a woman, an information technology company executive in Chennai, lived with a man for five years. When he left her, she filed a case of rape and alleged that he had forced her to have sex with him. The case was finally settled out of court.

One is tempted to ask why this woman — educated, independent — let herself be “raped” for five long years. But like it or not, the law says that if a woman has been deceived into having sex (perhaps by promising her marriage) that amounts to rape.

Doesn’t this kind of legislation ignore the fact that a woman is not necessarily a helpless, dumb doll — that if she can make a choice about living with a man, that choice is probably an informed one? And that she should be aware that he may not make good his promise of marrying her? A woman may be hurt and traumatised, but does that entitle her to scream “rape” when a relationship ends?

Says sociologist Shiv Visvanathan, “Pro-women laws should legitimise the agency of women, not their victimhood. Moreover, freedom under law must also allow for the souring of a relationship; it must allow for responsibility for one’s actions.”

Of course, many legal experts and women’s activists feel that such arguments are misplaced in the context of India’s social conditions, where most women are exploited at home and outside. “Given the complex societal reality and the pressures that operate on women, we cannot take a formalistic view that if she is deceived, it’s her responsibility,” insists Surendranath.

Still, there’s no denying the sense, at least in urban India, that in trying to make sure that women get justice, the legal system is often ending up by giving men the short end of the stick. The Jiah Khan suicide is a case in point. The actress, who so tragically took her life, may have been severely aggrieved by the way her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi treated her. But some wonder if the circumstances of the case warranted Pancholi being slammed in jail on the non- bailable charge of abetment to suicide.

Khan, an empowered woman by all accounts, could have walked out of the relationship. And if she couldn’t, and committed suicide because of heartbreak, who is responsible for that? The law enforcement authorities seem to have been overzealous here, feels Deshmukh. “It’s bizarre that the man should be at the receiving end in this case,” she says.

The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill is another piece of legislation that is laying itself open to abuse. The move to give women a share in the husband’s property — not just that acquired during the duration of marriage but also his inherited and inheritable property — in case of divorce is hardly fair, say experts. “It will certainly help gold diggers,” says Deshmukh. Especially because the bill makes no mention of a minimum period of time that a couple should have been married for its provisions to come into play.

Some activists are also opposed to the idea of a woman’s share in the husband’s inherited property in case of divorce on the principle that it undermines the concept of gender equality. “We feminists demand equal rights and nothing more,” says Vrinda Grover, lawyer and women’s rights activist. Grover would rather have a clear law on what constitutes a matrimonial property and give both husband and wife equal rights to it.

The application of the Domestic Violence Act too is routinely criticised for being skewed in favour of women. The act lays down that if a magistrate comes to the conclusion that domestic violence is taking place, he or she can grant interim maintenance to the victim. “But let me tell you,” says Deshmukh, “At the interim stage, no magistrate finds out whether domestic violence is actually taking place. So these magistrates’ courts are actually being used as maintenance courts!”

So are our laws, especially those that deal with the relationship between the sexes, truly becoming over protective of and over indulgent towards women? And are we witnessing an environment where, instead of facilitating a woman’s independence, many of the laws are promoting her dependence on men?

There is no short answer to that. After all, while pro-women laws are certainly abused — and the oldest of them, Section 498A of the IPC, is also a prime example of that — there are thousands of genuine cases where women could benefit from them. As Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research, Delhi, points out, “For every case of an upper middle class male alleging extortion in the name of alimony by his partner, there are lakhs of cases of exploitation of women. The law has to keep them in mind.”

Most legal experts take a similar view, stressing that a few instances of miscarriage of justice should not make us dilute the provisions of pro-women legislation. For on the whole, India’s social, economic and legal systems continue to be loaded heavily against women. And we do need strong enabling laws that punish injustice and crimes against women.

“At the same time,” says Supreme Court lawyer Majid Memon, “to eliminate or minimise the abuse of law, the facts and circumstances of each case must be examined with utmost circumspection and sensitivity.

Unfortunately, often that doesn’t happen. And in the pressure to deliver justice to women, “righteousness often replaces the right”, says Visvanathan. The result is either a plain miscarriage of justice, or the kind of sensational observations that came out of the Madras High Court last week.

Pressure points

Some laws liable to be abused by women and their relatives

Domestic Violence Act: Domestic violence and maintenance

Sections 417, 375, 376 of IPC and Section 90 of the Indian Evidence Act: Sex by deception, which amounts to rape

Section 306 of IPC: Abetment to suicide

Section 498A of IPC: Dowry demand and cruelty by husband and his relatives

The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill when it comes into force: Division of property in case of divorce

Suicides in Mumbai rose by an alarming 12% in 2012 after witnessing a dip the previous year. A staggering 50% of those who took their lives in the city were younger than 30 and among these more than half were women, reveals the latest data of the National Crime Records Bureau.

A total of 1,296 people killed themselves in the financial capital last year, placing it fourth in the list of Indian cities with the highest suicide incidence. Chennai led the death chart with 2,183 suicides, followed by Bangalore (1,989) and Delhi (1,397).

The national suicide rate (total suicides per lakh population) stood at 11.4 in 2012, a few points higher than Mumbai’s 7 and a few points lower than Maharashtra’s 14.

Generally, men accounted for more suicide deaths than women. The trend was true in Mumbai, where 59% of the suicide victims were men, and in Maharashtra, where 70% of the victims were males. Nationally too, the ratio of male to female suicide victims was 66.2 to 33.8. An exception to the trend was the age group of up to 14 years; in Mumbai, thrice the number of girls in this age bracket killed themselves than boys.

Dr Lakshmi Vijaykumar, who was responsible for the inclusion of suicide prevention in the National Mental Health Policy of India, said there is wide variation in suicide rates within the country. “The southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have a suicide rate of more than 15, while in the northern states of Punjab, UP, Bihar and Kashmir, the suicide rate is less than 3. This pattern has been stable for the last twenty years.”

Vijaykumar added that smaller cities are worryingly catching up with metros in recording high suicide rates. “Also, the fact that 71% of suicides in India are by persons below the age of 44 imposes a huge social, emotional and economic burden on our society.”

Family problems were revealed in the NCRB data to be the single largest factor driving people to end their lives. The factor was given as the cause of 40% suicides-264 men and 262 women-in Mumbai and 26% suicides across the country. Major illnesses, such as cancer and AIDS, taken together constituted the second biggest suicide cause-causing 28% of the deaths-in Mumbai. They were followed by drug addiction (6.9%), failure in exam (4.5%) and love affairs (4.5%). Boys and girls alike took their lives over love affairs.

Emotional reasons like failed marriage, relationship and love affairs drove most of the 534 female suicides in Mumbai. By contrast, the causes of the 762 male suicides were economic, relating to poverty and employment.

Hanging emerged to be the most employed method to end one’s life, with 917 of the 1,296 victims in the city using it. In Maharashtra, 7,055 people killed themselves this way. Self-immolation was the second most common suicide method in Mumbai and consuming poison the third. Surprisingly, only one person committed suicide in the city by coming under the train, though the figure for the category was 128 in the state.

HYDERABAD: Punjagutta police have arrested a 29-year-old software engineer for his role in the murder of his wife at their flat in AnandNagar colony.

The victim, ShagufthaShereen, 28, was stabbed to death at her house when she was alone on Friday. After a thorough probe, Punjagutta police on Sunday arrested Shereen’s husband Amer Mohammed Jamal, a software engineer with IP Soft India Pvt Ltd at Raheja IT Park and his friend SudhamshNetha alias Sunny, a salesman at Ceramic World, Miyapur.

On interrogation, the accused confessed to having committed the crime. Police then recovered three tolas of gold, Rs 2.97 lakh cash stolen from Shereen’s flat by Sunny at Amer’s instance. A knife and blood-stained clothes were also found at Sunny’s house in East Marredpally.

Amer told the police that Shereen had been mentally harassing him since their marriage and due to her domineering behavior they were forced to leave his parents’ house. “According to Amer, his wife even threatened to implicate him in a dowry harassment case if he did anything against her wish,” Punjagutta inspector (detective) K Sattaiah Yadav said.

Unable to put up with the harassment, Amer hatched a plan to eliminate her and sought his childhood friend Sunny’s help. Accordingly, Amer provided Sunny with a duplicate key to his flat and before leaving to office on Friday morning, he gave Shereen tea mixed with sleeping pills.

After Amer went to office, Sunny entered the house using the duplicate key. He saw that Shereen was asleep in the bedroom and picked up a knife from the kitchen. “Sunny stabbed Shereen with the knife several times and killed her on the spot. After that, he ransacked the house and stole gold and cash from an almirah to make it look like a murder for gain,” the DI said.

However, after the preliminary examination of the crime scene, police discovered that the murder was committed by a known offender as there was no forced entry and the main door was locked by the assailant while leaving the place. They kept a watch on Amer and discovered that he was using a new cellphone and SIM card to communicate with his friend Sunny. He was picked up and scratch marks and knife injuries on his hands made it clear about his involvement in the murder. The duo was remanded in judicial custody.

PANAJI: One year after a 26-year-old girl from Vasco alleged she was raped by a neighbour and that she had subsequently given birth to his child, DNA tests have revealed the accused did not father the child. The police now want to initiate action against the complainant for lodging a false complaint.

A letter dated June 30, 2009 sent to the girl by Vasco police states, “I am to inform you that your complaint has transpired to be false. It is being considered whether action should be taken against you for lodging of false complaint.”

Sources reveal the police have also written to the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Vasco, to close the case and have sought permission to prosecute the girl for filing a false complaint. Sources said, “It was decided to close the case and prosecute the girl for filing a false complaint as the report of the DNA test to determine whether the accused was the biological father of the baby born to the girl came negative.”

The girl has also received a letter from the Vasco JMFC informing her that a final report has been filed by the police and to appear before the court for grant of desummary (to close the case due to lack of evidence) or to file objections.

The girl’s advocate, Amey Prabhudessai, confirmed receipt of the letters. Police records reveal that in her complaint the girl said that the accused, Andrew D’Cunha, had called her to his house in his mother’s absence and had allegedly repeatedly raped her on April 7, 2007. A police complaint was lodged 11 months later on March 19, 2008 and a case of rape registered.

The girl had said that she hadn’t filed a complaint till then as the boy had allegedly threatened her. It was only on learning that she was pregnant in December 2007 and after a child was born that she approached the police with the complaint.

Initially, the police weren’t able to trace the accused, but in August 2008 he surrendered. Later, the girl, the child and the boy were subjected to DNA tests at GMC which revealed that D’Cunha was not the child’s biological father.

GURGAON: The Punjab and Haryana high court has rejected the anticipatory bail of a couple involved in a dowry harassment case registered in Faridabad.

The local police registered an FIR in March and the suspects are untraceable.

Ramesh Narang and Alka Narang had moved an anticipatory bail plea in sessions court, which was rejected.

In the high court, the victim’s counsel submitted that the suspects had been torturing their daughter-in-law and demanding money since her marriage.

According to the victim, before the wedding, her mother-in law, along with her daughter, had visited her house and instructed them that shopping for the marriage should be done only in branded stores. The date of marriage was fixed for November 1, 2011 and the suspects had put a demand that honeymoon should be arranged abroad for which expenses should be paid by the victim’s father.

The victim has also alleged that her in-laws also raised a demand that all the family members should be gifted gold ornaments and branded clothes and that marriage should be performed in a 5-star hotel. and, however, her parents refused to give reception in a 5-Star hotel a place had already been booked for solemnizing the marriage in Faridabad.

The victim’s in-laws had also demanded a Toyota Fortuner and Rs 50 lakh. After the marriage, the victim was mentally and physically tortured that forced her to leave the place on September 13, 2012 and since then she is residing with her mother.

In February 2012, the victim’s husband told her that he was going to London for work and when she started packing her luggage to accompany him, her mother-in-law came to the room and abused and told her that she could not leave for London unless the demand of Rs 50 lakh and the Toyota Fortuner is met.

The victim’s husband left for London in March 2012 and she was tortured by the in-laws. Desperate to save her marriage, the victim gave away all her gold valuable to her in-laws after which she was allowed to go to London.

In London, however, she was not allowed to go outside the house. Despite this, she finally secured job in a firm in London. However, due to the mental and physical torture meted out by her husband, she could not continue.

Meanwhile, her mother-in-law continued to threaten her over the telephone telling her to return to India. She was told that if she did not return to India, she would be killed by her husband, and her mother in India would also face dire consequences.

In October 2012, the victim returned to India and narrated the whole sequence of events to her mother and since then she residing with her mother.

Hearing the arguments and facts of the case, the high court ordered that, it is not such a case in which extraordinary relief of anticipatory bail should be granted to the petitioners. Dismissing the petition, the court ordered that the present petition filed by petitioners – Ramesh Narang and Alka Narang for grant of anticipatory bail is devoid of any merit and is dismissed.

Hyderabad: Former Andhra Pradesh Minister and Secunderabad Cantonment MLA P Shankar Rao on Wednesday surrendered before the police in connection with a dowry harassment case lodged by his daughter-in-law, and was subsequently released on bail.

Rao, who had secured anticipatory bail from the Sessions Court, surrendered before the Women Police Station (WPS) attached to Central Crime Station, and submitted two sureties of Rs 10,000 each as per the court’s order. He was then granted bail, Inspector P Janakamma said.

He also filed an affidavit before the police stating that his passport was already deposited with CID in the Greenfields land encroachment case. The court had directed him to surrender his passport in the present case too.

Rao’s daughter-in-law Vamsi Priya, in her complaint to WPS had said she was being harassed by her husband Shashank and his parents since her marriage in 2005.

Shashank has already surrendered before police and got bail.

PTI

A man accused of repeatedly raping his neighbour, who later became pregnant, has been acquitted by a Delhi court on the ground that the girl has turned hostile and refuted allegations of rape.

Additional Sessions Judge Renu Bhatnagar let off Delhi resident Sugad Singh saying the alleged victim has deposed falsely against him on the instigation of one of her neighbour who had some property dispute with him.

“In the present case, prosecutrix is the main witness of the incident and in her cross examination she has completely resiled from her statement recorded in examination in chief. Even her mother has deposed that her daughter had falsely registered the FIR against the accused at the instance of one Tek Chand who is having disputes with the accused.

“Even the MLC of the victim does not support her. Hence, the statement of the girl is unbelievable, untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon to convict the accused,” the court said. The court also observed that the girl had turned hostile and had stated that the allegations of rape are false.

Singh was arrested by the police on a complaint of the victim, who had alleged that in May last year, while she was sleeping on the roof of her house, the accused had raped her and also threatened to kill her if she tells to anyone.

“The victim did not make complaint to anybody under fear. After around five days, Singh again called her in a room in his house and committed rape,” the police said, adding that she became pregnant.

“She was taken to hospital where the doctor opined that she was carrying pregnancy of two months,” the police added. During the trial, Singh claimed that there is a property dispute between him and Tek Chand and due to this, Chand had instigated the girl to level false allegations against him.

New DelhiA 21-year-old Delhi University student has alleged that she was raped several times by a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student, whom she first befriended on social networking site Facebook two years ago, police said on Thursday.

The incident was reported in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar area on May 4, after the victim, who also works in an NGO, found that the accused abruptly stopped answering her phone calls two months ago.

The accused, Vipin, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district, is enrolled for the BDS course at a private institute.

“The girl alleged she was betrayed by Vipin, who entered into sexual relations with her on the promise of marriage. The girl first met the man two years ago on Facebook,” a police officer said.

“A case has been registered in this connection. The accused is absconding,” the police officer said.

Penal provisions on rape have been misused by some women who develop consensual physical relationship with their lovers and after the breakup file false rape cases to force them to marry them, the Delhi High Court has said.

Justice Kailash Gambhir said rape law was often misused by women as weapon for “vengeance and vendetta” to harass and blackmail their male friends by filing false cases to extort money and to force them to marry them.

“Many of the cases are being reported by those women who have consensual physical relationship with a man but when the relationship breaks due to one reason or the other, the women use the law as a weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta to extort money and sometimes even to force the boy to get married to them,” the court said in a recent order.

“Out of anger and frustration, they tend to convert such consensual sex as an incident of rape, defeating the very purpose of the provision,” Justice Gambhir said, while hearing a case related to a woman’s complaint against her lover in Rani Bagh area July 13, 2012.

The rape complaint was filed against Rohit Chauhan, who was allegedly in a relationship with the woman for three years.

The court said that in many cases the woman first agrees to have consensual sex but she files a rape case against her boyfriend when the relationship breaks up in order to “force him to get married, making not only mockery of the marriage but also inflate the statistics of rape cases”.

A trial court must cautiously examine the intentions of a complainant girl to find out whether the rape allegation was genuine or had malafide motives.

“There is a clear demarcation between rape and consensual sex and in cases where such controversies are involved, the court must very cautiously examine the intentions of both the individuals involved and to check if even the girl, on the other hand, is genuine or had malafide motives.”

“Cases like these not only make a mockery of the sacred institution of marriage but also inflate the statistics of rape cases which further deprecates our own society,” the court said.

NAGPUR: A five-page suicide note left by traffic cop’s son Rahul Khandare, who committed suicide on May 24, says that he took the extreme step due to depression after being harassed by a woman for refusing to maintain physical relationship with her. The youth’s relatives along with an NGO Oriental Human Rights Protection Forum staged a two-hour protest at Sadar police on Tuesday for the lack of action in the suicide and attempts to hush-up the case.

Khandare’s parents claimed that the suicide note was found in his pant pockets after he ended his life. Khandare, in his twenties, had consumed poison in rural tehsil office at Civil Lines. His father Manohar is posted as a naik police constable in traffic police department and his uncle is a head constable at MIDC police station.

Parents and relatives claimed that despite the suicide note and the accused woman’s name mentioned in it, Sadar police have failed to take any action in the case. “He has mentioned the woman’s name in the note and also written in detail how she tortured him. He wrote that the woman had threatened to file a police complaint against him and hence Rahul was depressed,” said a relative protesting at Sadar police station on Tuesday afternoon.

Relatives said Khandare was working with a garment store where the woman was his senior. She started forcing him into a sexual relationship. Relatives said that Khandare entered into a relationship but then refused to ahead when the woman became persistent. He even left the job.

Manish Singh Chavhan, city president of OHRPF, said Khandare’s parents didn’t keep a photo copy of the suicide note with them before handing it to the police. “Police say that they are not allowed to give the suicide note. Hence, we have appealed in RTI to get a photo copy of the note from the cops,” said Chavhan.

Chavhan and Khandare also met senior police officials, who have assured quick action.

লফ করে বলতে পারি মানুষমাত্রেরই (আপনি না) অন্যের ঘাড় ভীষণ প্রিয়। কারণ দোষ চাপানোর এমন প্রকৃষ্ট জায়গা আকাশ-পাতাল এক করলেও মিলবে না। নিজের দায় থাকলেও আমরা চটপট তা অন্যের দিকে খুব দ্রুত পাস করে দিই আর নিজে ভিকটিম সেজে স্বস্তি পাই। শুনতে খারাপ লাগলেও এটারই একটা বড় আকার হল বিয়ের মিথ্যে প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়ে সহবাসকে ধর্ষণ বলে চিহ্নিত করা। সেই সহবাসে মেয়েটিও স্ব-কামনায় জড়িত ছিল, কারণ তা না হলে তো তখনই সেটা ধর্ষণ বলে চিহ্নিত হত, অর্থাৎ তখন তা ছিল একটি স্বাভাবিক সম্পর্কের অঙ্গ, একটা ভাল-লাগার আবেশও ছিল তাতে। কিন্তু যেই বিয়েটা হল না, চটজলদি ওই সহবাসটি ধর্ষণে রূপান্তরিত হল। পুরুষটি ধর্ষক, মেয়েটি ধর্ষিতা, অর্থাৎ ভিকটিম।
ভাল মেয়ে থেকে ধর্ষিতা হলাম, দোষটা চাপিয়ে দিলাম পুরুষের ঘাড়ে।
এই ধরনের এক ঘটনার প্রেক্ষিতে সুপ্রিম কোর্ট কিছু দিন আগে রায় দিয়েছেন যে, বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়ে সহবাস মানেই তাকে ধর্ষণ বলে অভিযোগ করা যাবে না। ‘মিথ্যে প্রতিশ্রুতি’ আর প্রতিশ্রুতি রাখতে না পারার মধ্যে ফারাক করতে হবে। অর্থাৎ, কেউ কেবল যৌনতা চরিতার্থ করার জন্যই বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়েছিল, আর কেউ সত্যি বিয়ে করতে চেয়েছিল কিন্তু কোনও কারণে সম্ভব হয়নি এই দুটো ঘটনা আলাদা, তাদের আলাদা করেই দেখতে হবে।
ঠিকই তো। কোনও ছেলে যদি কথা দেয় যে বিয়ে করব, তার মানে এই নয় যে সে কেবল যৌনতা করতে চায় বলেই কথা দিয়েছে। হতেই পারে, কোনও কারণে সে বিয়ে করতে পারল না। আবার এ-ও হতে পারে যে, মাস ছয়েক বাদে তার এই সম্পর্কটা আর ভাল লাগল না। ছ’মাস বাদে ভাল লাগল না মানে প্রথম থেকে ভাল লাগেনি, এমনটা তো জোর দিয়ে বলা যাবে না। আর এখন ভাল লাগছে না বলে ওই ছ’মাসের প্রতিটি যৌনতার দিন অসৎ, এ কথাই বা কে বলল? কে বিধান দিয়ে দিল যে, ওই সময়ের প্রতিটি যৌনতার ঘটনা আসলে ধর্ষণ।

নিশ্চয়ই, এই বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি না রাখার মধ্যে যেটা দগদগে ঘা হয়ে যন্ত্রণা দিচ্ছে, সেটা হল বিশ্বাসভঙ্গ। যদিও, কেউ যৌনতা চরিতার্থ করার জন্যই বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়ে থাকলে, সেই প্রতিশ্রুতি বিশ্বাস করার একটা দায় কিন্তু মেয়েটির ওপরও বর্তায়। মেয়েটিকেও বুঝতে হবে যে বিয়ে করবে বলছে মানেই বিয়ে করতে বাধ্য এমনটা নয়। বিয়ে না-ই হতে পারে, এ সম্ভাবনাও আছে। তবু, যদি ছেলেটি টনটনে জ্ঞানে বিশ্বাসে কোপ মেরে থাকে, সেটা আলবাত অপরাধ। কিন্তু সে ক্ষেত্রে তাকে প্রতারণার দায়ে ধরতে হবে, ধর্ষণের দায়ে নয়। প্রতারণা আর ধর্ষণ এক নয়। যে সহবাসের সময় মেয়েটির সম্মতি ছিল, বিয়ে না করার দরুন সেই সহবাস অসম্মতির অভিজ্ঞান দেখাবে কী করে? তার মানে, সারা জীবন একটা পুরুষের সঙ্গে কাটানোর যে ইচ্ছে, সেটা কেবল বিয়ের জন্যে? বিয়ে হবে বললে অনিচ্ছেটা ইচ্ছেতে বদলে যায়, আর হবে না বললেই সহবাসটা ধর্ষণ হয়ে যায়? এ যুক্তি জজে মানবে না, আর তাই মানেওনি।
সব কেসকে একধারসে প্রতারণা বলা যাবেই বা কী করে? প্রতারণা তো অসততার ও-পিঠ। কেউ যদি কোনও সম্পর্কে একশো ভাগ সৎ থাকতে চায়, তা হলে সে ভাল-লাগাকে যেমন মূল্য দেবে, ভাল-না-লাগাকেও তো তেমনই সম্মান করবে। কেউ যদি একটা সম্পর্কের প্রতি অন্তরে সৎ না থেকেও বিয়েটা করে নেয়, স্রেফ এক দিন কথা দিয়ে ফেলেছিল বলেই বিয়ে করে নেয়, তা হলেই সে ভাল এবং বিশ্বাসযোগ্য? কিন্তু কত বড় অসততা সে নিজের মনের সঙ্গে করছে! মেয়েটির মনের সঙ্গেও! সম্ভবত মেয়েটির সঙ্গে অত্যন্ত অনীহায় প্রতিটি দিন কাটাচ্ছে এবং প্রতি রাতে অপ্রেম নিয়ে যৌনতা করছে। সেটা বিশ্বাসভঙ্গ নয়? প্রতারণা নয়? সেটা তো বরং আরও বেশি ধর্ষণ!
এই অভিযোগের মধ্যে আরও একটা ইঙ্গিত আছে। যেন, যৌনতার ক্ষেত্রে, মেয়েটি দাতা ও পুরুষটি গ্রহীতা। যেন, মেয়েটি আনন্দ ‘দিল’, ছেলেটি তা ‘পেল’। তাই, বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়ে মেয়েটির কাছ থেকে সে সর্বস্ব ‘নিয়ে নিয়েছে’, মেয়েটি ‘দিয়ে, ঠকেছে’। কেন? মেয়েটিও তো নিয়েছে। সমানে সমানে যৌন আনন্দ নিয়েছে। বিয়ের প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়ে ছেলেটি যে-সহবাস করেছে, মেয়েটিও সেই সহবাসটা অসম্ভব পুলকে করেছে। সেই লাভটাকে শুধুই লোকসান বলে দেখানো হচ্ছে কেন? ছেলেটি মেয়েটির সব নিয়েছে, মেয়েটিও ছেলেটির সব নিয়েছে। ব্যাপারটা ফিফটি-ফিফটি হয়ে মিটে যাচ্ছে না কেন?
আসলে চিড়বিড়িনিটা অন্য জায়গায়। ভারতে তো বিয়ের আগে মেয়েদের যৌনতার লাইসেন্স নেই। তাই মেয়ে, তুমি এ কাজ করলে কী করে? নিজের ইচ্ছায়, নিজের যৌনতা চরিতার্থ করলে কী করে? তোমার যোনি তখনই আনন্দের অধিকারী, যখন সমাজ বিয়ের সিলমোহর দেবে। তোমার শরীর তো বিয়ের আগে ঘামে-তেলে লালায়িত হতে পারে না কোনও পুরুষের জন্য। হলেও, অন্তত বিয়ের আগাম চুক্তি চাই, তা হলে সহবাস একটা লাইসেন্স পেতে পারে, অ্যান্টিসিপেটরি লাইসেন্স। বিয়ে না হলে লাইসেন্স বাতিল। তাই, যদি তুমি যৌনতার আনন্দ পেয়েও থাকো এবং তার পর বিয়েটা না হয়, তবে খবরদার সে কথা গলা বাড়িয়ে বোলো না। কারণ সমাজে তোমার মূল্য থাকবে না। তোমার যৌন-কামনার কোনও দর নেই। আর তাই, হে পিতৃতন্ত্রের প্রোডাক্ট, বিয়েবিহীন যৌনতার আনন্দজনিত দোষ খণ্ডাতে তুমি বলো যে তুমি ধর্ষিতা। তাতে তোমার আনন্দে খলবলিয়ে ওঠার অধিকার খর্ব হল তো কী হয়েছে, তুমি সমাজের অঙ্গুলিহেলনে চললে তো কী হয়েছে, তুমি নিজের আত্মসম্মান গঙ্গায় টিপ করে ডুবিয়ে দিলে তো কী হয়েছে তুমি সমাজের কাছে সেফ থাকলে, সাফ থাকলে, নিজের যৌনতার দায় তোমায় নিতে হল না।
অঙ্কটা কি এতই সহজ? আর যে যা-ই বলুক, মেয়ে, তুমি এত সহজে ধর্ষণ বোলো না। তুমি তো জানো, অন্তত মেয়ে হওয়ার বোধ থেকে তো নিশ্চয়ই বুঝতে পারো যে, ধর্ষণ কথাটার মধ্যে কতখানি অনিচ্ছা, জোর, কষ্ট, ব্যথা, ঔদ্ধত্য, নিষ্ঠুরতা রয়েছে! তুমি তো জানো মেয়ে যে, ধর্ষণ এত তুচ্ছ নয়। যেই বিয়েটা উঠে গেল অমনি সহবাসটা ধর্ষণ হয়ে গেল এতে কে সবচেয়ে অপমানিত হল? মেয়েরা। আর কে অপমান করল? মেয়ে, তুমি। তুমি নিজেকে এতটা অপমান করতে পারলে? সমাজে তোমায় খারাপ মেয়ে বলে দেখা হবে বলে নিজের সত্তাকে অস্বীকার করলে? নিজের সম্মানকে, নিজের কামনাকে জলাঞ্জলি দিয়ে গলা মিলিয়ে বললে, ‘ও আমায় ধর্ষণ করেছে?’ ও যে তোমায় আগে কতখানি আনন্দের ভাগীদার করেছে সেটা ভুলে গিয়ে নিজেকে অপমান করলে আর অন্যকে অপমান করার অধিকার দিলে! এক বারও কলার তুলে বলতে পারলে না যে, হ্যাঁ আমি যৌনতা করেছি, বেশ করেছি, আমি সে জন্য লজ্জিত নই, অনুতপ্তও নেই। সাবালিকা হও মেয়ে, বলো, আমি যৌনতা ভালবাসি। বলো, আমি প্রতারণা মানতে পারছি না, আমি বিশ্বাসঘাতকতা মানতে পারছি না, ও আমায় তুচ্ছ করেছে, অপমান করেছে সেটা মানতে পারছি না, কিন্তু আমি ধর্ষিতা হইনি, নিজেকে ধর্ষিতা হতে দিইনি।
এ বলার সাহস যে দিন পাবে, সে দিন যৌনতাকে ধর্ষণের মোড়কে মুড়ে নিজের দোষ ঢাকতে হবে না।

NEW DELHI: Three days after a CCTV dealer was found dead in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, his wife and her lover have been arrested. Police said Jyoti (28) had killed her husband Vinod with the help of Ajit and then tried to pass off as death from tuberculosis. The couple’s five-year-old son was sleeping beside Vinod when the incident occurred.

“The wife and her lover Ajit (31) hail from Jharkhand. Ajit used to work for Vinod and was recently sacked after Vinod found certain malpractices and also suspected his wife of having an illicit affair. Ajit, however, returned a few days later and asked for forgiveness and Vinod hired him back. On Saturday after Vinod was asleep, Jyoti tightly held on to his legs as Ajit throttled him to death at the couple’s residence in Om Vihar, Uttam Nagar,” additional commissioner of police (west) V Renganathan said.

Jyoti told police the couple had an argument after which Vinod had retired to bed. “She said her husband was not keeping well and was suffering from tuberculosis. However, when we enquired, we found that Ajit was present at Jyoti’s residence that night. We also found they first took Vinod to a private hospital at Tilak Nagar but backed off realizing the doctors might call the cops. Finally they took him to DDU Hospital from where we received the call,” said an investigating officer.

The neighbors told police they suspected foul play. Police detained Ajit, who confessed to the crime later.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted bail to a 20-year-old youth arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl after both of them told the court that they were in a relationship and would like to get married. The accused was arrested on February 21, 2013 by the Nalasopara police after receiving a complaint from the girl’s mother that her daughter was missing.

The girl, a Class 10 student, had gone missing on February 18 and was found with the accused three days later. The girl, who is six months’ pregnant now, told the police that she and the accused were in a relation since childhood and had given her consent for sexual relationship. The accused was, however, booked for rape under IPC as the consent of a minor girl (below 18 years of age) is not considered as consent given in law. He then approached the High Court seeking bail and said that he wanted to be with the girl during delivery of their child.

Justice Sadhana Jadhav, while granting bail recently, observed that the applicant has not denied paternity of the child. “Even the mother of the victim had earlier filed an application seeking to quash the complaint against the applicant so as to get them (victim and accused) married. In these circumstances, the applicant has made out a prima facie case for bail,” the court said. The accused has been granted bail on a surety of Rs 15,000.

Women using rape laws for vengeance, Delhi high court says
Justice Kailash Gambhir said rape cases are being used as “a weapon for vengeance and vendetta” to harass and even force a boy to marry.

NEW DELHI: For the third time in less than a week, the Delhi high court has decried that rape laws are often misused by women.

Flagging the issue in a judgment on Saturday, Justice Kailash Gambhir said rape cases are being used as “a weapon for vengeance and vendetta” to harass and even force a boy to marry.

While granting anticipatory bail to a man facing rape charges from a woman claiming to be his wife, HC added that in many cases woman first has consensual sex but later files rape case against her boyfriend when the relationship breaks up in order to force him to get married, making not only “mockery” of the marriage but also inflating the statistics of rape cases.

“Many of the cases are being reported by those women who have consensual physical relationship with a man but when the relationship breaks due to one reason or the other, the women use the law as a weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta to extort money and sometimes even to force the boy to get married to her,” HC said advocating extreme caution to judges who should “cautiously examine the intentions of the girl to find out whether the rape complaint is genuine or has malafide motives”.

Earlier this week, Justice G P Mittal and Justice Suresh Kait in separate judgments quashed FIR’s relating to rape of a minor and gang-rape of a private executive respectively, after they found too many discrepancies or contradictions in victims’ statements. The common theme in all three judgments was the advice to courts not to get swayed by mere allegations of rape, howsoever heinous, but sift through evidence before convicting anyone.

Justice Gambhir, while dealing with the anticipatory bail plea pointed out that for a period of more than two years, the woman enjoyed physical intimacy with the boy. She lodged an FIR alleging rape only when he spurned her offer of marriage when she took help of the police to forcibly marry him even though the marriage was never consummated, as per the FIR.

In her complaint, she justified the delay on the grounds she was threatened and blackmailed by the boy and his kin to keep quiet otherwise she might have been killed. Being the victim of such a reprehensible crime, one should lodge a complaint immediately, or within a reasonable period of time unless there are sufficient reasons to explain the long delay, the court said.

“Delay in lodging an FIR, in such like cases can ultimately diminish the chances of conviction, as due to such delay, the medical evidence and the other circumstantial evidence may rarely be available to support the case of prosecution,” it said.

While acknowledging there is a manifold increase in the crime concerning rapes, HC said all the rape cases which are filed have their “own individual story and factual matrix”. It agreed most of the cases may be genuine, wherein the girl is a victim of the horrifying crime, or has been forced, blackmailed, threatened to enter into physical relationship with a male on the false pretext of marriage with the sole intent to physically exploit the girl “but there may be cases where both persons out of their own will and choice, develop a physical relationship”.

New Delhi: A 27-year-old man committed suicide in Delhi on Tuesday, depressed over being beaten by his in-laws and his wife’s refusal to return home from her parents’ house. Lokesh, a makeup artist got married in 2012 to Sheetal, who works in a tour and travel company. However, differences started arising within a few months and having a child did not help matters either.

According to Lokesh’s family, Sheetal would spend most of her days in her parents’ house in Mori Gate in north Delhi instead of her in-laws house in Shahdara in east Delhi. This led to arguments between the couple. On May 14, Sheetal’s family visited her in-laws house and assaulted Lokesh. They took away Sheetal, leaving her eight month old baby boy behind, alleged his family.

Lokesh decided to bring back his wife and visited her home Monday. However, he was again assaulted and Sheetal refused to return with him. Humiliated and depressed, Lokesh hung himself, leaving behind a seven page suicide note in which he has blamed his in-laws for driving him to take the extreme step.

Delhi: Harassed by in-laws, man commits suicideHumiliated and depressed, the man hung himself, leaving behind a seven page suicide note in which he has blamed his in-laws for driving him to take the extreme step.

নয়াদিল্লি : অনেক সময় মহিলারা সম্মতিক্রমে শারীরিক সম্পর্কে রাজি হলেও পরে কোনও কারণে সম্পর্ক ভেঙে গেলে বিয়ের জন্য প্রেমিককে জোর করতে বা প্রতিহিংসা থেকে ধর্ষণের মামলা দায়ের করেন৷ একটি ধর্ষণ মামলার রায় দিতে গিয়ে শনিবার এই মন্তব্য করল দিল্লি হাইকোর্ট৷ বিচারপতিরা জানান , ধর্ষণের ক্ষেত্রে আগে অভিযোগের সত্যতা যাচাই করে দেখতে হবে৷ ৷

New Delhi: Penal provisions on rape have been misused by some women who develop consensual physical relationship with their lovers and after the breakup file false rape cases to force them to marry them, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice Kailash Gambhir said rape law was often misused by women as weapon for “vengeance and vendetta” to harass and blackmail their male friends by filing false cases to extort money and to force them to marry them.

“Many of the cases are being reported by those women who have consensual physical relationship with a man but when the relationship breaks due to one reason or the other, the women use the law as a weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta to extort money and sometimes even to force the boy to get married to them,” the court said in a recent order.

“Out of anger and frustration, they tend to convert such consensual sex as an incident of rape, defeating the very purpose of the provision,” Justice Gambhir said, while hearing a case related to a woman’s complaint against her lover in Rani Bagh area on July 13, 2012.

The rape complaint was filed against Rohit Chauhan, who was allegedly in a relationship with the woman for three years. The court said that in many cases the woman first agrees to have consensual sex but she files a rape case against her boyfriend when the relationship breaks up in order to “force him to get married, making not only mockery of the marriage but also inflate the statistics of rape cases”.

A trial court must cautiously examine the intentions of a complainant girl to find out whether the rape allegation was genuine or had malafide motives. “There is a clear demarcation between rape and consensual sex and in cases where such controversies are involved, the court must very cautiously examine the intentions of both the individuals involved and to check if even the girl, on the other hand, is genuine or had malafide motives.”

“Cases like these not only make a mockery of the sacred institution of marriage but also inflate the statistics of rape cases which further deprecates our own society,” the court said.

NEW DELHI: Cautioning trial courts to not get carried away because a case entails rape allegations, the Delhi high court has lamented that convictions are based merely on “far-fetched conjectures and surmises”.

HC was deeply distressed that a man, who was falsely accused of rape, spent years behind bars because the trial court failed to identify glaring inconsistencies in the child victim’s statement.

In an order passed on Wednesday, Justice G P Mittal released the man on the period undergone by him in jail. The court, however, maintained accused Mumtaz’s conviction for assaulting the child even as it reversed the sessions court’s conviction for rape.

“The appellant suffered not only because he was unable to appoint an experienced lawyer, but also because the trial court was not diligent enough to ensure that the witnesses were effectively cross-examined, and that while deciding the case, the object is to discern the truth by relying only on sterling witnesses,” Justice Mittal observed.

HC was upset that the additional sessions judge who conducted the trial against Mumtaz “got carried away” by the heinous nature of the crime, and in the process, “lost sight of the basic principles underlying criminal jurisprudence that only legally admissible evidence can be made a basis of conviction”.

The judge added that in the absence of any credible evidence of rape, the additional sessions judge should not have allowed himself to be swayed by the nature of offence, which the victim disclosed only while deposing as a witness to prove the allegations of causing hurt and assault.

“If conviction is based and punishment is awarded on far-fetched conjectures and surmises, it would amount to doing violence to the basic principles of criminal jurisprudence,” HC added while directing the registry to send a copy of the judgment to all district courts for sensitization of judicial officers.

NEW DELHI: A false complaint of attempted rape and robbery in New Friends Colony area of southeast Delhi sent Delhi Police into a tizzy. A woman, in her early twenties, approached police on Thursday night alleging that a driver of a Honda City had tried to rape her after she took lift from him.

Investigations into the case however revealed that the complainant was lying to help her friend implicate his father in a false case. This ‘friend’ had been arrested for committing a theft in his own house and wanted to take revenge, police said.

“The woman told police that she had gone to Nizamuddin Dargah and thereafter took lift from from a Honda City driver at 10pm. A couple was also in the car but they got off at Ashram. When the car reached CRRI, the driver took her to a secluded spot and tried to rape her. When she defended, he slapped her, snatched her gold chain and drove away after pushing her out. Her cellphone, Aadhaar card and purse containing Rs 20,000 cash were lost in the car during the scuffle,” said Ajay Chaudhary, additional CP, southeast.

Madhu (name changed) described the accused as a 40-45 year-old person with shallow complexion and moustache. A case of robbery and molestation was registered.

Investigation, led by inspector Raj Kumar Atri, matched the car’s registration number and found that the owner of the Honda City was one Ashok, resident of Sector 55 in Faridabad. The man’s description also matched with Madhu’s sketch. Her missing belongings were also recovered from the same car.

Ashok however, pleaded innocence. He told police that he had recently lodged a case of burglary in which his son and his son’s friend Raza Hassan had been arrested. They both had threatened Ashok that they would implicate him in a false case. Following this, cops questioned 21-year-old Raza Hassan who later broke down. Police then came to know that Raza was actually Madhu’s husband and the three had concocted the incident.

The conspiracy was hatched by Harkesh, Ashok’s son, as he wanted to usurp his father’s manufacturing business, police said. Madhu had herself torn her clothes to make the act look authentic. Harkesh told police that he was fed up of his father’s behaviour with his mother and for not getting enough pocket money to have a lavish lifestyle. Statement of the complainant, Madhu, has been conducted before the court wherein she has admitted to the crime.

CHENNAI: An elderly couple killed themselves after their daughter-in-law lodged a complaint against them after a petty quarrel at Ponappakam near Thiruvallur.

Police said Nakshatiram, 65, and Jothi, 60, used to live with their son Raj alias Adhisayam, 43, daughter-in-law Chitra, 40, and granddaughter Mayanthi, 13.

On Saturday evening Mayanthi was having a bath and splashed water on her grandmother by mistake for which Jothi chided her. But Chitra, who got angry with Jothi for chastising Mayanthi, started a quarrel. Nakshatram intervened and managed to calm the two women.

Chitra, not wanting to let go of the matter, approached police saying her father-in-law had tried to misbehave with her. Police went to the house in the evening and carried out enquires.

On Sunday morning, Raj noticed his parents were sleeping till late and went to wake them up, but was shocked to find them frothing from the mouth. He alerted his neighbours who rushed them to the Thiruvallur Government Hospital, where they were declared brought dead. Investigation revealed that the couple had consumed poison mixed with curd.

As the news of the death spread, villagers gathered and asked Raj and Chitra to leave the village as they had brought disrepute. They alleged that the elderly couple had committed suicide upset over Chitra’s false complaint. Police reached the spot managed to pacify the angry mob.

CHENNAI: Instances of long-time companions turning against their boyfriends, and accusing them of rape, are on the rise. Affairs gone sour, break-ups and failed live-in relationships are being taken to police by women, who charge their ex-boyfriends with rape, police say, conceding that such complaints are being lodged more frequently than before.

“We do try to strike a compromise between the man and woman, who are mostly young, but we are left with no choice if a woman sticks to her stance,” a senior police officer said.

Recent examples include an IT company boss who was slapped with rape charges by his former employee, one year after she quit the job. There was also the case of a hearingimpaired man who was booked for rape after he broke up with his long-time companion. She complained to the police that he deserted her after they had lived together virtually as man and wife.

Once an FIR is registered, the prospect of arrest gets real for the man in such cases. “An arrest can ruin his self-esteem , his business and public profile,” said former special public prosecutor for human rights court V Kannadasan. “Of course police have no choice but to register a case, but arrest is entirely their discretion and it should be exercised most judiciously,” he said, pointing out that a couple’s intimacy for a prolonged period should be taken into account by police while probing such cases.

In the recent past, police have registered a case against controversial godman Nithyananda based on allegations made by an exdevotee . It is for the police to unearth the truth, given the fact she had claimed that the godman raped her 45 times. Another incident involves a private company boss, who was arrested on charges of rape. Interestingly, here too, the two complaints from as many ex-employees came more than a year after the alleged rape took place.

In a few of these cases, the alleged perpetrator of the crime and his victim may have shared an emotional or intimate relationship , thus blurring the line between sexual exploitation and a consensual affair.

The social context remains the fact that a large number of young professionals are increasingly living together or close to each other, say police. Sharing a roof or living-in as partners too is common in this age group, they say. But sometimes, such arrangements are brought to an end without mutual consent, leaving the couple bitter.

Treasurer of the Madras High Court Advocate Association T K S Sudha, admits that some women do lodge rape complaints with the motive of exacting revenge after a relationship sours. “The Supreme Court has approved live-in relationships to an extent, as it has held that the girl is entitled to claim maintenance from her live-in partner. But, to allege rape after being in such a relationship is taking the liberty too far. It is abuse,”

CASE HISTORY

Hearing impaired man gets arrested on rape charges after partner accuses him of going back on his promise to marry her A rape case was registered against controversial godman Nithyananda after a devotee claimed that she was raped 45 times Managing director of a private firm was arrested after two rape cases were filed by ex-employees , a year after the incident.

THE FINE PRINT

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code lays down six circumstances to qualify for a rape. Of this, three are about consent, two about ‘misconception’ , and one is about the statutory age limit Poilce invoke Section 417 of IPC along with Section 376 (punishment for rape) while a man is arrested for rape. Section 417 deals with punishment for cheating and it prescribes a maximum imprisonment of one year with or without fine IF THE ALLEGED RAPE CONTINUED FOR DAYS OR TOGETHER WEEKS OR , MONTHS AT MOST IT COULD BE A CASE OF CHEATING OR BREACH OF TRUST.

Some love the idea of being beautiful and consider it a boon, but for Laura Fernee, a 33-year-old, it’s causing a problem.

She thinks she’s so hot looking that she could not continue working. According to reports, the Brit university graduate thinks that her slim figure, attractive face and glossy hair made her a target for slimy advances from male colleagues as well as and says he she’s got bitchiness from jealous female colleagues.

Due to being harassed she has come to the conclusion that work ‘just isn’t for her’. A site reported that workplace bullying left her with no option but to quit her last job in medical research in 2011. She said the male colleagues just were interested in her looks and she wanted them to recognise her professionalism, but they only saw her ‘face and body’ and she was incessantly asked out, which she found ‘sleazy’.

Her parents reportedly pay for her flat Notting Hill, London, as well as her designer bags and shoes. After discussing her feelings with her wealthy retired parents, Fernee quit and, apart from occasional modelling, has not worked since. “I’m not lazy and I’m no bimbo,” she is reported to have said.

এই সময়, বারুইপুর: স্কুল ছুটির পর মারপিট করছিল দুই ছাত্র৷ দিদিমণি মারপিট থামাতে গিয়ে এক ছাত্রের মাথা সজোরে দেওয়ালে ঠুকে দেন বলে অভিযোগ৷ বাড়ি ফিরে সে অসুস্থ বোধ করে৷ দু’দিন পরে শুক্রবার সকালে তার মৃত্যু হয়৷

তৃতীয় শ্রেণির ওই ছাত্রের নাম বাপি জোয়ারদার (৮)৷ ঘটনাটি ঘটেছে দক্ষিণ ২৪ পরগনার নির্দেশখালি শিশু শিক্ষাকেন্দ্রে৷স্কুলে ছাত্রদের মারধর করা (কর্পোরাল পানিশমেন্ট) বহু দিন ধরে নিষিদ্ধ৷ তা সত্ত্বেও মারধর বন্ধ হয়নি৷ তবে মারধরের জেরে মৃত্যুর ঘটনা সম্প্রতি ঘটেনি৷ অভিযোগ, চম্পা মণ্ডল নামে ওই শিক্ষিকা স্কুলের দেওয়ালে বাপির মাথা ঠুকে দেন৷ বাড়ি ফেরার পর সে বাবা-মাকে সব জানায়৷ রাতে তাকে ক্যানিং মহকুমা হাসপাতালে ভর্তি করা হয়৷ পরে বাপিকে স্থানান্তরিত করা হয় কলকাতার ন্যাশনাল মেডিক্যাল কলেজ হাসপাতালে৷ সেখানে তার অবস্থার আরও অবনতি ঘটে৷

বৃহস্পতিবার তাকে আনা হয় এসএসকেএম হাসপাতালে৷ শুক্রবার সকালে সে মারা যায়৷ বাপির মৃত্যুর খবর গ্রামে পৌঁছতেই উত্তেজিত জনতা ওই শিক্ষিকার বাড়িতে হামলা চালায়, ঘর ভাঙচুর করে৷ একদল লোক তাঁকে এবং তাঁর স্বামীকে টেনেহিঁচড়ে ঘর থেকে বাইরে বার করার চেষ্টা করেন৷ পরে পুলিশ এসে দম্পতিকে জনতার রোষ থেকে উদ্ধার করে৷ বাপির মায়ের অভিযোগের ভিত্তিতে পুলিশ চম্পা মণ্ডলকে গ্রেপ্তার করেছে৷ গ্রামবাসীরা ওই স্কুলের সামনেও এ দিন বিক্ষোভ দেখান৷

কলকাতা হাইকোর্টের পাশাপাশি ইন্টারন্যাশনাল কনভেনশন অন দ্য রাইটস অফ দ্য চাইল্ড কর্পোরাল পানিশমেন্টকে সম্পূর্ণ ভাবে নিষিদ্ধ ঘোষণা করেছে৷ কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার এবং রাজ্য সরকারও এর উপর নিষেধাজ্ঞা জারি করেছে৷ তার পরও এ ধরনের ঘটনা ঘটায় রাজ্য জুড়ে তীব্র প্রতিক্রিয়ার সৃষ্টি হয়েছে৷ শিক্ষামন্ত্রী ব্রাত্য বসু বলেন, ‘এটা জঘন্য এবং ঘৃণ্যতম অপরাধ৷ ওই শিক্ষিকার বিরুদ্ধে কড়া আইনি পদক্ষেপ করা হবে৷’

স্থানীয় সূত্রের খবর, বুধবার স্কুল ছুটির পর বাপি তার সহপাঠী রাজা খানের সঙ্গে মারামারি করছিল৷ শুক্রবার চম্পাদেবী বলেন, ‘ওরা দু’জন মারামারি করছিল৷ থামাতে গিয়ে আমি বাপিকে চড়-থাপ্পড় মেরেছি৷ আমার ছেলের মতো তাকে শাসন করেছি৷ কিন্তু বিশ্বাস করুন, মেরে ফেলার জন্য মারিনি৷ এই ঘটনার জন্য আমি অনুতপ্ত এবং দুঃখিত৷’ ওই শিক্ষাকেন্দ্রের অপর দুই সহায়িকা রাধারানি রায় এবং পারমিতা মণ্ডল জানান, বাপি এমনিতে একটু দুষ্টু প্রকৃতির ছেলে ছিল৷ ওই সময় তাঁরা ফুলমালঞ্চ গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েতে মিটিং করতে গিয়েছিলেন৷ এসে তাঁরা ঘটনার কথা জানতে পারেন৷

এ দিন এসএসকেএম হাসপাতালে দাঁড়িয়ে কাঁদছিলেন বাপির মা সুনীতা জোয়ারদার৷ তিনি সরাসরিই বলেন, ‘চম্পা দিদিমণির মারেই আমার ছেলেটা মারা গেল৷’ জেলার অতিরিক্ত পুলিশ সুপার (পূর্ব) কঙ্করপ্রসাদ বারুই জানান, সুনীতাদেবীর অভিযোগের ভিত্তিতেই ওই শিক্ষিকাকে গ্রেপ্তার করা হয়েছে৷ আজ, শনিবার তাঁকে আলিপুর আদালতে তোলা হবে৷

২০০৮ সালের ২৭ নভেম্বর মোমিনপুরে বিদ্যাভারতী স্কুলের দ্বিতীয় শ্রেণির ছাত্রী ইফতেমাস চৌধুরির মাথা দেওয়ালে ঠুকে দিয়েছিলেন এক শিক্ষিকা৷ তাকে সিএমআরআই হাসপাতালে ভর্তি করা হয়৷ পরের দিন সে মারা যায়৷ ইফতেমাস প্রাক্তন সিপিএম সাংসদ সইফুদ্দিন চৌধুরির ভাইঝি ছিল৷ ২০০৯ সালের ১৫ মে বর্ধমানের অন্ডাল হাইস্কুলের পঞ্চম শ্রেণির ছাত্রী বাবলি ঘোষ বাংলা পড়া পারেনি বলে দিদিমণি তার মাথায় ডাস্টার ছুড়ে মেরেছিলেন৷ সে মাথায় গুরুতর আঘাত পায়৷ হাসপাতালে নিয়ে যাওয়ার পথে তার মৃত্যু ঘটে৷ এই মাসেরই প্রথম দিকে পুরুলিয়ার গঙ্গা মান্না হাইস্কুলের চতুর্থ শ্রেণির ছাত্র বংশীধর সিংকে দু’টি বেঞ্চের মাঝখানে রেখে শিরদাঁড়ায় আঘাত করা হয়৷ সে আঘাত সহ্য করতে না-পেরে মারা যায়৷

এই সময় , বারাসত : বিডিও -র প্রেমে পড়ে শেষ পর্যন্ত শ্রীঘরেই ঠাঁই হল এক মহিলার ! বসিরহাট ১ -এর বিডিও বিপ্লব মণ্ডলের প্রেমে পড়েছিলেন সেরিনা দফাদার৷ তিনি আশা স্বনির্ভর গোষ্ঠীর কর্মী৷ গত বছর অক্টোবর মাসে বিডিওকে ফোনে প্রথম প্রেম প্রস্তাব দেন তিনি৷ কিন্ত্ত তা প্রত্যাখ্যান করেন বিপ্লববাবু৷ কিন্ত্ত তাতে ফোন আসা অবশ্য বন্ধ হয়নি৷ বরং ‘উত্পাত ’ আরও বেড়ে যায়৷ শুরু হয় মাঝরাতে ফোন আসাও৷ শেষ পর্যন্ত বিপ্লববাবু ওই মহিলার ফোন ধরাই বন্ধ করে দেন৷ কিন্ত্ত তাতেও হাল ছাড়েননি সেরিনা তরফদার৷ শুরু হয় অশ্লীল মেসেজ পাঠানো৷ গত এপ্রিল মাসে বিষয়টি মৌখিকভাবে থানায় জানান বিডিও৷ পুলিশ ওই মহিলাকে সতর্ক করে দেয়৷ বিপ্লবাবুর অভিযোগ , এরপরই মহিলা আরও বেশি উত্ত্যক্ত করতে শুরু করেন৷ শুধু তাই নয় , শুরু হয় হুমকিও৷ তাঁর সঙ্গে সম্পর্ক না রাখলে পরিণাম খারাপ হবে বলে ফোনে হুমকি দিতে শুরু করেন ওই মহিলা৷ এরপরই বসিরহাট ১ -এর বিডিও লিখিত ভাবে থানায় অভিযোগ জানান সোরিনা দফাদারের বিরুদ্ধে৷ অবশেষে বুধবার ওই মহিলাকে গ্রেন্তার করে পুলিশ৷ তাঁকে আদালতে তোলা হলে বিচারক জামিনে মুক্তি দিয়েছেন৷ এই ঘটনায় উত্তর ২৪ পরগনা জেলা পুশিের কর্তারা রীতিমতো হতবাক৷ জেলা পুলিশের এক কর্তা বলেন , ‘কু-প্রস্তাব দেওয়া একচেটিয়া পুরষদের কাজ বলে আমরা সাধারণভাবে জেনে এসেছি৷ কিন্ত্ত এক মগিলা এই ধরনের প্রস্তাব দিচ্ছেন একজন পুরুষকে , এটা রীতিমতো তাজ্জব করা ঘটনা৷ তা-ও আবার যাকে তাকে নয় , এক আমলাকে৷ আবার সেই মহিলাও সরকারি প্রকল্পের সঙ্গেই যুক্ত৷’ ওই পুলিশকর্তা আরও জানান , ওই মহিলা মানসিক ভারসাম্যহীন কি না , খতিয়ে দেখা দরকার৷

इंदौर।। रसोई गैस के झगड़े में 19 साल की एक महिला ने अपने पति को गोली मार दी। गोलीबारी की इस घटना में पति बुरी तरह घायल हो गया है। पुलिस ने इस महिला को गिरफ्तार कर लिया है।

पुलिस सूत्रों ने बताया कि खजराना इलाके में नाजिया उर्फ सोनू (19) ने अपने पति आसिफ (29) को उसके अवैध देसी कट्टे से गोली मारकर बुरी तरह घायल कर दिया। सूत्रों ने बताया कि मियां-बीवी के बीच 19 फरवरी की रात रसोई गैस खत्म होने की बात पर जमकर झगड़ा हुआ। इस दौरान आगबबूला नाजिया ने अपने पति का देशी कट्टा उठाया और उस पर गोली दाग दी।

उन्होंने बताया कि गोलीबारी की सूचना के बाद मौके पर पहुंची पुलिस ने महिला को गिरफ्तार कर लिया। उसके बुरी तरह घायल पति को अस्पताल भी भर्ती कराया गया है। अस्पताल में उसकी हालत गंभीर बनी हुई है। सूत्रों ने आरोपी से शुरुआती पूछताछ के हवाले से बताया कि उसका पति उसके साथ आए दिन मारपीट व गाली-गलौज करता था और वह उसके बुरे बर्ताव से बेहद परेशान थी। पुलिस ने मामला दर्ज कर लिया है।

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दहेज उत्पीड़न से
संबंधित कानून का हाल के दिनों में जबर्दस्त दुरुपयोग हो रहा है। लोगों के अधिकारों का गंभीर उल्लंघन हो रहा है। कई बार धारा-498ए के जरिए उगाही तक की जाती है। कोर्ट को पता है कि यह लीगल टेररिजम की तरह है।

ये टिप्पणी अदालत ने दहेज उत्पीड़न के एक मामले में सास, ससुर, ननद, देवर और देवर की महिला फ्रेंड को आरोपमुक्त करते हुए की। अडिशनल सेशन जज कामिनी लॉ ने कहा कि सेक्शन 498ए (दहेज उत्पीड़न) उगाही, करप्शन और मानवाधिकार के उल्लंघन का जरिया बन गया है। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने इसे कानूनी आतंकवाद (लीगल टेररिजम) की संज्ञा देते हुए कहा था कि इसका दुरुपयोग हो रहा है। यह कानून बदला लेने और वसूली के लिए नहीं, गलत लोगों को सजा दिलाने के लिए है। कई बार पीड़िता गुमराह होकर तथ्यों को बढ़ा-चढ़ाकर पेश करती है। इससे जिन लोगों का कोई लेना-देना नहीं होता, उन्हें भी आरोपी बना दिया जाता है। जैसे इस मामले में किया गया। कोर्ट ने कहा कि शिकायतकर्ता महिला शादी के बाद 12 दिन ही ससुराल में रही और इस दौरान उसने सभी को फंसाने की कोशिश की। उसने देवर की महिला दोस्त को भी नहीं छोड़ा। भला देवर की दोस्त दहेज के लिए कैसे इंट्रेस्टेड हो सकती है।

जज कामिनी लॉ ने कहा कि निजी मकसद पूरा करने के लिए अदालतें प्लैटफॉर्म नहीं बन सकतीं। यह कोर्ट की ड्यूटी है कि वह सुनिश्चित करे कि पति की गलती के कारण उसके रिश्तेदारों को न फंसाया जा सके।

In a recent case, lending help to his cousin in a false dowry harassment case against her in-laws by preparing bogus bills proved fatal for a jeweler in Jaipur and turned the table on the victim who alleged harassment from her in laws.

Taking action on a complaint regarding false bills/cash memos and alleged tax evasion, Rajasthan Commercial Tax Department caught Jeweler’s tax evasion for last three years. This is a lesson to all the relatives who have been abetting the conspiracies of the self declared victims with malicious intentions to harass innocent families by misusing the women centric laws.

A dowry harassment case under IPC 498a and 406 was filed by an estranged daughter-in-law in March 2012 against her husband and in-laws. Complainant’s cousin Ajay Soni, who is a jeweler, prepared jewelry bills of Rs. 8 Lakhs from his firm Messrs Ram Kishore Sarraf, Jaipur – with backdated bills from January and March 2010. There was no mention of VAT on these bills, as it was not possible for him to pay VAT in past. The girl’s side submitted these bogus jewelry bills to police with malicious intention to get the custody of the husband and parents-in-laws extended and to blackmail them under the garb of streedhan recovery.After getting bail from the court, in-laws sought the copies of the jewelry bills, case diary and many other documents including police arrest guidelines/circulars which were flouted in the said case from Police through RTI (Right to Information Act, 2005).While police shared their incapability in investigating the authenticity of these bills, a complaint to Rajasthan Commercial Tax Department was heard and on the investigation of false jewelry bills and audit of jeweler’s documents, the anti tax evasion team found no entries in Jeweler’s books on the sale of jewelry worth Rs. 50 lakhs in last three years. On 19th March 2013, the anti tax evasion team charged the jeweler with the offences under section 25(1), 55 and 61 of VAT act 2005 and sent a notice to the Jeweler and ordered him to pay the required tax with interest and penalty.An application under CrPC section 457 has been filed in the court by in-laws to get the custody of the articles and jewelry seized by the police using those jewelry bills as the basis. Besides, a petition under Section 482 has been filed to the Rajasthan High court for fair investigation and disciplinary action against Investigating Officer. High court in its interim order has granted stay on filing of the charge sheet by police in this dowry harassment case.

A 25-YEAR-OLD soldier was allegedly kidnapped and detained for four days by suspected female rapists, who are said to have sexually abused him several times before releasing him early this week.

Report by Obey Manayiti

Police in Mutare have confirmed the incident, saying they were hunting for the suspected culprits.

Manicaland assistant police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Muzondiwa Clean told NewsDay yesterday that on April 19 around midnight at Birchenough Bridge business
centre, the unsuspecting soldier boarded the women’s vehicle on his way to Mutare.

The suspects, two women and a male counterpart, were allegedly travelling in a Mercedes Benz vehicle.

According to Clean, after an hour’s drive towards Mutare, the driver diverted from the route and when the complainant asked where they were going, he was threatened.

“After diverting from the route, the complainant asked where they were heading to and they told him they were going to get some food. The soldier requested to be dropped, but the driver produced a knife and threatened him with it. One of the female passengers blindfolded the complainant with a black cloth,” said Clean.

According to Clean, they then took the complainant to an unknown house where they undressed him and took away his phone and $35.

The suspects ordered the man to be intimate with one of the women on several occasions.

They kept him from the 19th up to the 23rd of this month.

During the early hours of Tuesday, they blindfolded him and took him to Mutare where they then dropped him in the Dangamvura Mountains.

According to Clean, the suspects stoned the complainant on his left foot where he sustained a serious injury before driving off at high speed.

The soldier made a report at Sakubva Police Station, prompting investigations.

নিজস্ব সংবাদদাতা এক ঝাঁক পুরুষ। পরনে তাঁদের প্রতিবাদের প্রতীক কালো পাজামা-পাঞ্জাবি। কপালে গোলাপি ফেট্টিতে লেখা ‘কালা আইন গো ব্যাক।’ তাঁদের যাবতীয় রাগ কেন্দ্রীয় সরকার প্রস্তাবিত বিবাহ আইন সংশোধন বিল নিয়ে। সরকার নাকি চিরকাল মেয়েদের প্রতি পক্ষপাতিত্ব চালিয়ে যাচ্ছে। তার উপর আবার এই নতুন বিল আইনে পরিণত হলে মেয়েরা ছেলেদের নাকে দড়ি দিয়ে ঘোরাবে। তাই মে মাসের দুর্দান্ত গরমের দুপুরে রোদে পুড়ে তাঁরা প্ল্যাকার্ড নিয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে ছিলেন প্রেস ক্লাবের মাঠে। স্লোগান দিচ্ছিলেন, “কালা আইন নিপাত যাক। পুরুষেরা পুরুষের পাশে এসে দাঁড়ান।” নিজেদের জোটের নাম তাঁরা দিয়েছেন ‘হৃদয়।’
বিক্ষুব্ধদের এই দলে ২৫ থেকে ৫৫ সব বয়সী পুরুষেরাই ছিলেন। মেয়েদের প্রতি তাঁরা খড়্গহস্ত, কারণ তাঁদের অভিযোগ, বউ-রা তাঁদের জীবন ছারখার করে দিয়েছেন। বেশির ভাগ ক্ষেত্রে বউয়ের হাতে নাস্তানাবুদ হয়েও পুরুষকে আখেরে সাজা ভোগ করতে হয়। তার উপর নতুন আইন হলে আর রক্ষে থাকবে না।
কিন্তু কী বলা হয়েছে প্রস্তাবিত এই বিলে? বিল অনুযায়ী, স্ত্রী বিবাহবিচ্ছেদ চেয়ে মামলা করলে স্বামী তার বিরোধিতা করতে পারবেন না, কিন্তু স্বামী বিবাহবিচ্ছেদের মামলা করলে আর্থিক সমস্যার কারণ দেখিয়ে স্ত্রী তার বিরোধিতা করতে পারেন। বিচ্ছেদ হলে স্বামীর অর্থ-সম্পত্তির অর্ধেক স্ত্রী পাবেন। কিন্তু স্ত্রী সম্পত্তির অধিকারিণী হলে তাঁকে বিচ্ছেদের পরে স্বামীকে টাকা দিতে হবে না।
এই সংগঠনের প্রধান অমিত গুপ্ত উত্তেজিত হয়ে বলেন, “আইনের কেমন দ্বিচারিতা দেখুন! পাজি মেয়ে তো কম নেই। এই আইনের সাহায্য নিয়ে অনেক মেয়েই সম্পত্তি হাতানোর জন্য একের পর এক বিয়ে আর ডিভোর্স করবে।” আর এক সদস্য ডি এস রাওয়ের কথায়, “ধরা যাক ছেলেটির প্রচুর টাকা ফ্ল্যাট কিনে ঋণ আছে। বাড়িতে বাবা-মা অসুস্থ, বোনের বিয়ে দেওয়া বাকি। বিবাহবিচ্ছেদের জন্য তাঁকে যদি বউকে অর্ধেক সম্পত্তি লিখে দিতে হয়, চলবে কী করে?”
এই সংগঠনের সদস্য নিউ আলিপুরের এক বাসিন্দার অভিযোগ, বউ তাঁর উপর অ্যাসিড ছুড়েছেন। বেলেঘাটা-র বাসিন্দা আর এক সদস্যের দাবি, বউ মেরে-মেরে সব দাঁত ফেলে দিয়েছেন। হাঁ করে ভাঙা দাঁত দেখিয়ে বললেন, “মারের ভয়ে গত তিন বছর বাড়িছাড়া।” সব শুনে রাজ্য মহিলা কমিশনের চেয়ারপার্সন সুনন্দা মুখোপাধ্যায়ের বক্তব্য, “এ থেকেই বোঝা যায়, আমাদের দেশে মেয়েদের জন্য কিছু করতে গেলে কত রকম বাধার মুখে পড়তে হয়।”

NEW DELHI: A man has been granted divorce by a Delhi court on the ground that he underwent “tremendous” cruelty because of his wife, who deserted him just a month after marriage.

Additional district judge Sujata Kohli dissolved the marriage under the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act saying the relationship between the couple — who stayed together only for a month — seems dead.

“Petitioner/husband has succeeded in establishing the grounds of cruelty as well as desertion as defined under the HMA. There is no other reason under the law on account of which the husband would be denied the relief and as such he is held entitled to decree of divorce on both grounds,” the court said.

COIMBATORE: A 22-year-old woman employee of a call taxi firm was arrested on Friday for illegally using an ATM debit card found in a bag, which was left behind in one of the cabs recently. The driver had returned the bag to the office and the accused reportedly stole card before returning to the bag to the owner.

The accused was identified as S Suganya from Madukkarai Market on the outskirts of the city. She was working as a receptionist at a call taxi firm at Kovaipudur in the city. On January 20, R Manivannan, 70, a retired government employee of Ganapathy Maa Nagar in the city, was travelling in a call taxi and left his hand bag inside the call taxi.

The taxi driver took the bag and handed over it to the firm. Later, the passenger Manivannan was asked to collect his bag at the call taxi firm at Kovaipudur. The firm’s receptionist Suganya handed over the bag to Manivannan on the same day. But she took an ATM card from the bag.

Manivannan had gone to Mangalore for personal work and returned Coimbatore in few days ago. He came to know that the ATM card was missing and checked the bank balance. The bank officials told him that Rs 1.34 lakh had withdrawn from his account.

On Friday, Manivannan had approached Big Bazaar Street police who registered a case and collected details from the bank. The money was taken from jewellery and a mobile shop. Based on the evidence, a team of police rushed to the jewellery shop, situated on Oppanakkara Street and mobile shop. Suganya had bought gold chain worth four sovereigns, two mobile phones. Her footages were recorded by CCTVs. Based on the footage police arrested Suganya and seized the gold chain and two mobile phones from her.

Police said Suganya, a graduate, was residing in a rented house at Madukkarai Market. Her husband Selvamanohar was working as driver in a private bus. She told her husband that her friend offered loan without interest rate. So she had bought the gold ornaments and mobile phones.

Big Bazaar Street police registered a case and the detailed investigation is on.

MOGA: A lady constable and her husband were today booked for allegedly attacking a bus conductor, police said.

A case was registered against the lady police constable, Sarbjit Kaur, her husband and one another under the charges of wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation, they added.

However, no arrests have been made yet. According to FIR registered, complainant Lakhwinder Singh alleged that Sarabjit thrashed the conductor after he requested her to vacate the seat in the bus for an elderly passenger.

She got the bus stopped at Baghapurana and called her husband who along with another person thrashed the conductor, police said.

Fifty-three-year-old Damyanti Sharma still shudders at the thought of the night she had to spend at a police station last year. A former school teacher, she never imagined that realizing her long-cherished dream of seeing her only son married would one day turn into her family’s worst nightmare. “We treated our daughter-in-law like a daughter. The first two years were smooth. However, soon the fights started and she eventually walked out in 2011. Even though we never abused her or even took dowry, we were implicated in a false dowry harassment case. Since then, our life has only been about legal hassles and visiting courts,” Damyanti claimed.

Every Sunday, a group of women in situations similar to Damyanti’s gather at Borivli and Mulund to discuss the atrocities committed on them under women-centric laws such as the Dowry Act (498-A) and the Domestic Violence Act. These women are not “victims” under the law but like Damyanti are those who face prosecution, after their daughters-in-law and sisters-in-law file complaints against them. This situation has led to the birth of a group called Mothers and Sisters of Husband Against Abuse of Law (MASHAAL), a part of a nationwide forum called the Indian Family Foundation (IFF).

The forum is fighting against what it calls “criminalization of marital disputes”. The forum alleges that of late, it has become a fashion for a wife’s family to threaten the husband’s family with false dowry and maintenance cases if their demands are not met.

“The disambiguation lies in the word ‘women’ in such laws, which actually implies just wife. The laws seem to be immune to mothers and sisters of the husband. Their problems in such situations also need amplification,” says Jinesh Zaveri, an activist and a co-founder of MASHAAL.

For a 61-year-old Dahisar-based architect, the act of helping such distressed families has helped him and his 31-year-old son deal with their own legal battle. “While helping these people, I never ever thought that we would end up in such a situation,” he says. His son, who was a computer engineer in the Middle East, lost his job as a consequence of the false complaint filed by his daughter-in-law’s family, he alleged. “Her family was against the idea of her marrying outside the community and hence they took her back and filed the complaint to harass us and extort money,” he says.

Both father and son were granted bail soon after being detained.

A reason for the misuse of such laws, say legal experts, is the manner in which such laws are framed and the state machinery involved in executing them.

“Though women-centric laws are welcome and the need of the hour, one must bear in mind that they cannot be framed under pressure and in the absence of a rationale. The laws must be such that while women can get the maximum benefit, there is very little room for ambiguity and misuse,” a lawyer said.

He adds that the police also needs to be sensitized on how to handle such cases and that these cases must be registered and arrests made only after conducting investigations.

A woman professor of IIM-Indore, who accused a senior colleague of sexual harassment, has been sacked after an inquiry panel found her charge to be false and baseless.
The lady professor, who is on a two-year contract and living on the official campus, has been told about the termination of her contract, a senior official said.

However, IIM’s Public Relation Officer Akhta Pervez chose not to mention about the action taken against the professor.

“A 9-member Gender Sensitivity Committee (GSC) headed by retired justice of Madhya Pradesh Indrani Dutta has submitted its report to the IIM-I Director on April 27.

“GSC within the ambit of Government of India norms investigated the matter submitted its report to the director in connection with the sexual harassment case filed by one woman professor of marketing department,” the PRO said.

The GSC is said to have rejected the complaint of the lady professor holding that it had no merit in it.

When contacted, IIM-I Director N Ravichandran also refused to give details.

“No comments. However, due process has been followed on the woman’s complaint. It is not an issue of public domain to be disclosed,” he told PTI on being asked whether the services of the lady professor had been terminated.

The lady professor could not be contacted. She had filed a complaint of sexual harassment against an associate professor of marketing department with the institute director on February 20 this year.

MUMBAI: An assistant inspector, Nandkishore Takasalkar, 43, was allegedly killed by his wife at his Marol police quarters after a fight on Sunday. Parvati Takasalkar (36), his second wife, walked into the Powai police station an hour and a half after the crime and gave herself up.

Nandkishore, who was attached to the local arms division, was hammered and his head crushed with a stone. Parvati claimed that he had repeatedly fought with her in the last three days, on the suspicion that she was having an illicit relationship. On Sunday, they had another fight at around 3pm. Parvati told the police that a phone call she received from a man whom Nandkishore did not know had triggered the fight.

“Parvati claimed that for the last three days the victim frequently fought with her suspecting her of having an illicit relationship. On Sunday, the matter worsened and in a fit of anger she attacked her husband with a hammer and later crushed his head with a grinding stone. She waited for almost an hour and a half in the room before walking to the police station and surrendering at 5pm,” additional commissioner of police (West region) Vishwas Nangre Patil said.

Slain cop, 2nd wife fought since wedding in 2012

Police are examining various reasons that might have led to the murder of the Marol assistant inspector by his second wife, some of them being the victim’s earlier marriage, property and financial matters. His suspicion of his second wife having an affair could be a reason.

Powai police senior inspector Bajirao Bhosale said after the murder, Parvati stayed in the house till 4.30pm. “After that, the accused locked the flat and walked into the police station and narrated the sequence of events. She has been booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. She will be produced in the Andheri court on Monday,” he said.

Nandkishore, a 1996-97 batch police officer, deserted his first wife in 2006 after she lodged a complaint, alleging dowry harassment. “The case is still pending in court,” said a Powai police officer. After the complaint, Nandkishore was transferred from the Shivaji Park police station to the Local Arms Division in Marol.

The officer added they were probing if the first wife and son were harassing him over financial matters. He was yet to get a divorce from her.

Nandkishore had been staying with Parvati in the quarters at the Marol police training camp since 2007. They got married on December 7, 2012, in a temple at Titwala and ever since, they had been fighting. Police suspect that Nandkishore lied to Parvati that he had divorced his first wife. Parvati too was divorced.

Powai police station witnessed dramatic scenes on Sunday, after the wife of a policeman walked in and said she had killed her husband. Parvati Taksalkar (40) reached the police station around 4 pm and calmly told the officer on duty, “Mi majhya navryacha khoon kela aahe (I have killed my husband)”.

She was detained for questioning and later arrested. Parvati told police she was married to assistant police inspector Nandkishore Taksalkar (43), posted with Local Arms 4 division and was staying with him in Marol Police Lines. A police team was immediately sent to the address, where they found Taksalkar lying in the bedroom with his head crushed. He was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital where he was declared dead before admission.

“Parvati has said she bashed Nandkishore’s head with a stone tile and then with a hammer when he was asleep. She has alleged he was an alcoholic, which led to frequent quarrels between them,” said senior inspector Bajirao Bhosale.

Another officer added the couple had frequent arguments for several months and that they had also reached Powai police station on Saturday night after a fight. Police will re-investigate the cause of the fight.

Bhosale said the couple’s 15-year-old son Satish was present in the house at the time of the crime and added his statement was being recorded.

Nandkishore’s colleagues at Local Arms-4 said he had faced problems at work due to his alcoholism. Additional Commissioner of Police (Local Arms) Vijay Chavan said, “Nandkishore would report to work as far as I know. I will have to check the finer details of his service record before commenting on it.”

How it happened

Parvati Taksalkar (40) reached Powai police station around 4 pm and calmly told the officer on duty, “Mi majhya navryacha khoon kela aahe (I have killed my husband)”

Parvati told police she was married to assistant police inspector Nandkishore Taksalkar (43) and was staying with him in Marol Police Lines

She said Taksalkar was alcoholic and the couple had frequent arguments

A police team went to the address, where they found Taksalkar lying in the bedroom with his head crushed

NAGPUR: Bombay high court’s Aurangabad bench chided a woman for getting her 12-year-old daughter to file false rape charges against her estranged husband. “It is a shocking event that a teenager was used as a lever against her father. The teenager had put her esteem at stake, but it was instrumentality of her mother which, indeed, proved fatal for smooth family life,” Justice KU Chandiwal observed.

“Memories of sexual assault are difficult to control and they disrupt daily life of victim,” the court observed before acquitting the father who was languishing in Aurangabad central jail since 2010. The Aurangabad-based teenager had a lodged a complaint on January 20, 2010, that her driver father, 32, had raped her two months earlier and made another attempt a day earlier. Offences under Sections 376 and 506 of IPC were registered against the man.

After medical examinations, the father was convicted by the sessions court on February 12 last year. He challenged this verdict in the high court pleading there was matrimonial discord and disharmony between him and his wife and the daughter was being used as a stooge. He further claimed that his wife had instigated the daughter to accompany her to police station and lodge a false FIR.

“If the girl, at a tender age of 12-14 years, not used to sex, is sexually abused by grown up person like her father (appellant), the unfortunate implications are, to suffer profuse bleeding to her private part or to witness injuries in nearby area including, swelling and rupture. Nothing of this sort has taken place,” Justice Chandiwal observed.

He stated the girl’s testimony did not inspire confidence to bank upon and even the medical evidence did not support that she had suffered sexual abuse. He added that the evidence did not demonstrate that the victim was sexually abused, least of all by her own father. “If evidence of prosecutrix inspires confidence, it must be relied upon without seeking corroboration of her statement in material particulars. If for some reasons the court finds it difficult to place implicit reliance on her testimony, it may look for evidence that may lend assurance to her testimony,” the judge ruled before setting aside father’s conviction.

CHANDIGARH: Unable to pay maintenance to his wife, a man has approached a court in Punjab to allow him to sell his one of his two kidneys so that he could pay up.

The Ropar resident, who found the sum stipulated by the court way beyond his means, filed an application under section 125 of CrPC (order for maintenance of wives, children) in the court of the judicial magistrate on August 22, seeking permission to sell his kidney to pay Rs 8,000 as interim maintenance to his wife.

Narrating his ordeal in the application, he said the court had ordered him to pay his wife a monthly interim allowance of Rs 3,500 under CrPC and another interim maintenance of Rs 4,500 per month under the Domestic Violence Act. Denying any permanent means of livelihood, he said he found it difficult to sustain himself as his small monthly earnings made up for only Rs 3,600 per month.

Despite his meagre income, the man tried to pay maintenance to his wife regularly. But, under the circumstances, he is left with no option but to sell his body organs.

A 25-year-old commando from the Mumbai Police Force One team shot himself with his own pistol at the Kalina police camp last morning. He shot himself on the left side of his chest. Police suspect that Nandlal Sonavne was depressed over his troubled relationship with his fiance and so decided to take his life. He was just weeks away from his wedding.

Sonavne
Sonavne, who had been a part of Mumbai Police’s Force One team for over two years, was depressed owing to problems with his fiance

According to officials from Vakola police station, Sonavne was a native of Dhule district in north-western Maharashtra. He was engaged to a girl from his village and was due to marry her on May 12. The police said Sonavne joined the Mumbai police force three years back and was in the Force One team for the last two years.

He typed out a text message in Marathi on his mobile phone before taking his life, stating, ‘I love my parents and friends from my village. I also love my colleagues at the training camp, but I am not good enough for others. I don’t want to survive any longer’.

A source also said that he further wrote, ‘How can I marry a person who cannot be trusted?’ Police officials said that a few weeks ago, Sonavne learnt of an alleged relationship between his fiance and another man. He was depressed and wasn’t communicating with his friends in the training camp since then.

Last morning, after taking a bathe, Sonavne took his Australian pistol and went to a terrace. He typed out the message but didn’t send it to anyone. After this, he shot himself in his chest and died at the spot. He was rushed to the local hospital and was declared dead upon arrival. The police have registered an Accidental Death Report and are waiting for his family members to arrive from Dhule.

Force One
It’s a counter terrorism unit guards the Mumbai metropolitan area. It was formed under the Maharashtra Police on the lines of the National Security Guards in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks.

A hardware engineer was jailed following a dowry harassment charge in Sept 2010. Using the complaint as evidence, he has now filed a police case against wife and in-laws, seeking that they be punished for the offence of paying dowry

Posted On Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 01:17:21 AM

Manjunathan Padmanabhan, a hardware engineer, spent three harrowing days in Parappana Agrahara, sharing cell space with thieves and murderers. His crime? Accepting dowry. Now, in perhaps a first-of-its-kind case, the 34-year- has turned the tables on his wife and her family by filing a counter complaint for giving him dowry.

The Dowry Prohibition (DP) Act states that both giving and accepting dowry is an offence punishable by law, and Section 3 of the Act speaks about the “penalty for giving or taking dowry”. But while cases of husbands and their family members spending time in jail for receiving dowry are dime a dozen, rarely — if ever — has a dowry giver been punished.
In his complaint against his wife and in-laws, Padmanabhan, a resident of Ulsoor, has used the same statements made by his wife’s relatives in their complaint against him three years ago. Ulsoor police registered an FIR on April 17.
In his complaint, Padmanabhan states that he was married to R Ashwini on September 2, 2009. His wife had filed a complaint against him on September 8, 2010 stating that she was harassed for dowry and that Padmanabhan was paid 119.75 grams of gold, 11 pieces of silverware and cash of Rs 25,000, Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 on January 2, 2010, July 5, 2010 and July 20, 2010 respectively. A case was filed against him under 498(A) of the IPC and under Sections 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
In her complaint, Ashwini claimed that she and her family had also given Padmanabhan a suit in dowry. Her brother’s statement claimed they had given cash on three occasions. The complaint was filed in the same police station (Ulsoor) and the complaint and the memo of evidence given by his in-laws are part of the station records. He claims he obtained all the necessary documents from the station through the Right to Information Act.
Padmanabhan is now seeking action against all family members who admitted to giving him dowry. “Since offenders and abettors themselves admitted/claimed to have given dowry, it is submitted further that all these records and details are already with you,” Padmanabhan has stated in his complaint.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Padmanabhan said, “My father-in-law is a Central government employee. He knows giving dowry is a crime. He, along with his family, has admitted to giving me dowry. That is the crux of their complaint and police statements against me. They have admitted to committing a crime before a police officer and the police have to take action against those persons. I am only stating what the law says.”
When contacted for his reaction, Ashwini’s father, A Ramesh Babu, the main accused in Padmanabhan’s complaint, said, “I have not paid any dowry to him. Only a complaint of harassment for dowry was filed. The police might have changed my statement and added that I paid dowry. I do not know about the complaint filed against me.”
AK Mohan Krishna, an advocate who specialises in matrimonial disputes and who is unconnected to this case, said, “This is the first time that the police have registered a FIR against the wife’s family for giving dowry. If it is only a demand for dowry, then only the provision of IPC Section 498(A) comes into play. If the wife and her family members have admitted to giving dowry, then they have committed a crime under the Dowry Prohibition (DP) Act. If they have stated that they have given dowry, they are clearly pleading guilty here. Though this provision of punishing those who give dowry is in the Act, in reality it has never been invoked. The same Act is used to punish husbands and their families who receive dowry. Police usually do not take such complaints. But this case seems to be very promising for men who are accused of taking dowry.”
Ulsoor police said, “He (Padmanabhan) was jailed on a case of dowry harassment and he has now filed a complaint against his wife and in-laws. We are investigating the case.”

साहिबाबाद : दिल्ली के शकरपुर थाने में तैनात हेड कॉन्स्टेबल अजित बालियान हत्याकांड में फरार चल रहे आरोपी पत्नी राज बालियान और पड़ोसी मुकेश को पुलिस ने गिरफ्तार कर लिया है। साहिबाबाद थाना प्रभारी रामनाथ सिंह यादव ने इन दोनों की गिरफ्तारी की पुष्टि की। थाना प्रभारी ने बताया कि मृतक सिपाही की मां की तरफ से शिकायत दी गई थी कि उनकी बहु के अपने पड़ोसी मुकेश से अवैध रिश्ते थे। इसी बात का पता चलने पर उनके बेटे ने एतराज जताया था, जिसके बाद साजिश रचते हुए हत्या को अंजाम दिया गया।

मां की कोशिशों से हुआ केस
शकरपुर थाने में तैनात हेड कॉन्स्टेबल अजीत बालियान राजेंद्र नगर के सेक्टर-3 में पत्नी व दो बच्चों के साथ रह रह रहे थे। 10 अप्रैल की रात को 10 बजे के करीब अजीत ड्यूटी से घर लौटे। उसके बाद कमरे में सोने चले गए। उसके बाद पत्नी ने पुलिस को यह सूचना दी कि अजीत ने स्यूसाइड कर लिया है। लेकिन सबूत और पड़ोसियों के बयान हत्या की तरफ इशारा कर रहे थे। साहिबाबाद पुलिस ने भी इसे स्यूसाइड मान लिया था पर बाद मंे मृतक की मां ने सीनियर अफसरों से गुहार लगाई, तब जाकर पुलिस ने हत्या का केस दर्ज किया था। मुकेश दिल्ली के एक सरकारी स्कूल में टीचर है।

हत्या को स्यूसाइड बनाने की कोशिश
एसएसपी नितिन तिवारी ने बताया कि छानबीन में यह बात सामने आई कि उस पर गोली सोते हुए चलाई गई थी। रात में घर आने के बाद उसने अपनी सर्विस पिस्टल पत्नी राज को रखने के लिए दी। उसके बाद वह कमरे में सोने के लिए चले गए। उसके बाद राज ने मुकेश को घर पर बुलाया और फिर दोनों ने मिलकर हत्याकांड को अंजाम दिया और इसे स्यूसाइड करार दिया। बच्चों ने भी मम्मी-पापा के बीच अक्सर झगड़े होने की बात का खुलासा किया गया है।

बच्चों ने सुनी थी गोलियों की आवाज
सीओ बॉर्डर अरविंद यादव ने बताया कि कॉल डिटेल से मालूम चला कि राज और मुकेश के बीच एक-एक दिन में मोबाइल पर 50 बार बातचीत होती थी। यहां तक कि मर्डर वाले दिन भी उनके बीच आपस में 41 कॉल हुईं। सर्विस पिस्टल पर उंगलियों के फिंगर प्रिंट की रिपोर्ट अभी नहीं आई हैं। घटना के बाद फौरन राज ने अपने मोबाइल तोड़ दिए थे, जिसके चलते एसएमएस की डिटेल नहीं मिल पाई मगर पूछताछ में यह बात आरोपियों ने कबूल ली है। घर पर जिस समय गोली चलाई गई बच्चे कमरे में सो रहे थे। गोलियों की आवाज सुनकर उनकी नींद खुल गई थी।

विशेष संवाददाता॥ लखनऊ
दिल्ली नगर निगम के कर्मचारी आशीष कुमार रस्तोगी के मर्डर केस का खुलासा कर पुलिस ने इस मामले में दोनों आरोपियों, आशीष की पत्नी और उसके जीजा को गिरफ्तार किया है। पुलिस का कहना है कि आरोपी महिला और उसके जीजा ने हत्या का जुर्म कबूल कर लिया है।

पुलिस ने बताया कि दिल्ली नगर निगम के कर्मचारी की बीवी ने अपने जीजा के साथ मिलकर पति की हत्या की साजिश रची। शादी से पहले ही आशीष की पत्नी हेमा (बदला नाम) के अपने जीजा से अवैध संबंध थे। पुलिस ने मामले में आरोपी धर्मेंद्र को गिरफ्तार कर जेल भेज दिया है।

इंस्पेक्टर आई. पी. सिंह ने बताया कि आशीष की पत्नी के अवैध संबंध उसके जीजा धर्मेंद्र कुमार रस्तोगी के साथ थे, लेकिन हेमा की शादी जब आशीष से हो गई तो धर्मेंद्र को यह बात काफी नागवार गुजरी। आरोपी ने हेमा के साथ मिलकर मार्च में आशीष की हत्या की साजिश रची। योजना के तहत आशीष को चाट में नशीला पदार्थ खिलाया गया। बेसुध हो जाने के बाद उसके सिर पर हथौड़े से वारकर उसकी हत्या कर दी गई और आरोपियों ने शव को इंदिरा नहर में फेंक दिया।

पुलिस ने बताया कि हत्याकांड की गुत्थी सुलझाने के लिए उन्होंने धर्मेंद्र की कॉल डिटेल खंगाली तो उसके साथ आशीष की पत्नी से बातचीत का सारा ब्यौरा सामने आ गया। इसके बाद पुलिस ने दोनों आरोपियों को हिरासत में लेकर पूछताछ की तो सारी सच्चाई परत दर परत खुलती चली गई। उन्होंने बताया कि दोनों आरोपियों ने हत्या करने की बात कबूल ली है। हत्याकांड के आरोपी धर्मेंद्र को अदालत में पेश किया गया, जहां से उसे पुलिस कस्टडी में जेल भेज दिया गया है।

Navi Mumbai: Police on Wednesday arrested a 30-year old woman for allegedly drowning her month-old twins in a drum of water.

Shoba Sonar, who is a teacher, had delivered the twin boys a month ago. According to reports, police said that Sonar was suffering from a psychological disorder, due to which she was unable to breastfeed and she was advised by doctors to bottle-feed them, but Sonar thought that her sons would not survive and killed them in frustration.

On Wednesday, her mother-in-law, who lives in the neighbourhood, paid her a visit and enquired the whereabouts of the children. After looking in the house for some time, she opened a drum in the bathroom and saw one child floating over. Later, she emptied the drum and found another body.

Sonar’s husband Deepak is a mechanic and was at work when the incident took place. The bodies were taken to Panvel Muncipal Hospital for postmortem.

HC holds that girl made false charge because mother forced her to do so.


The Bombay high court recently acquitted a man who was convicted of raping his 12-year-old daughter, holding that the victim was instigated to level the serious charge by her mother, who was at loggerheads with her husband.

Justice KU Chandiwal, while acquitting Shaikh Sheru Turab, 32, observed: “It is a shocking event that a teen has been used as a lever against her father.”

The court directed the authorities to forthwith release Turab, who has so far spent over three years in prison after he was arrested on January 20, 2010.

As per the case put forward by the prosecution, the accused used to stay with his wife Ruksanabi and three children, a daughter and two sons.

Two months prior to the offence being registered, the accused had allegedly raped his daughter and on January 19, 2010, had attempted to rape her again. The victim, however, resisted his advances and informed her mother about it, who then took the victim to the police station and lodged a first information report (FIR) against the accused.

The police arrested the accused and charged him under sections 376 (1), 506 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code. During the trial, the prosecution examined six witnesses, and the accused denied the charge. He claimed that since his wife and him were not on good terms, she was using their daughter as a stooge.

The trial court, partially accepting the prosecution’s case, held Turab guilty of the offence. Turab appealed against his conviction in the high court. The court, after going through the evidence, concluded that the daughter’s testimony could not be held to be correct.

The HC said: “Her keeping silent for two months after the so-called rape is suggestive of falsehood. Her evidence, coupled with the evidence of the mother and defence witness, appears to be a catalogue of events in chronological form to a hypothesis of false implication of appellant for no event of sexual abuse.”

The court thus set aside the conviction and directed that the accused be released.

The interference of parents in the married life of their daughters has become a major cause for playing havoc with the lives of young couples post marriage, the Delhi High Court has said.

Expressing concern over rift between couples due to parents’ persistent interference in their daughter’s married life, Justice Kailash Gambhir upheld a lower court’s decree of divorce to a man on the ground of his in-laws’ frequent interference in his marital life. Justice Gambhir said parents should draw a line to let their daughters lead happy married lives.

“All parents guide, teach and discipline their daughters and are concerned about their welfare after marriage but it is imperative for parents to draw a line as the prime concern should be that their daughter is happily settled in a new atmosphere at the husband’s place,” he said.

However, it should not mean day-to-day monitoring of the affairs taking place at the matrimonial home of the daughter, he said. Parents should not become uninvited judges of problems of their daughter, become an obstacle in the daughter’s married life, plant thoughts in her mind and gain control over her and promote disharmony in her family life, the judge said.

“They are expected to advise, support and believe in their upbringing maintaining a discreet silence about the affairs of the matrimonial relationship,” the court said.

“The present case is an unfortunate example where the parents of the appellant, instead of putting out the fire have fuelled and fanned it,” the court said, dismissing an appeal filed by the wife challenging the lower court’s order granting the man decree of divorce.

According to the husband, the difference with his wife started a few months after their marriage in 1990 due to frequent interference of his in-laws. He alleged that he was even hit publicly by his father-in law two years after his marriage.

Seeking decree of divorce, he had approached the court, which allowed his plea on the grounds of cruelty by his wife due to continuous interference by his in-laws.

►  It (parental love) should not mean day to day monitoring of affairs  at their daughter’s matrimonial home

– Justice Kailash Gambhir, Delhi HC

Thiruvananthapuram: Two decades ago, the state had a very modest divorce rate. But now, with the state capital being ranked the divorce capital of the country, and Kerala having the highest divorce rate in the country, family courts are flooded with divorce petitions.

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, which came into force in 2006, has given women a legitimate ground for divorce they did not have before. But, like any law, it can be misused. According to Rakhi Ravikumar, a counsel who specialises in divorce petitions, a court will offer interim relief now only when it is convinced that the domestic violence plea is genuine.

“During 2005-2010, family courts would provide interim relief immediately. But now, with a majority of divorces cases adding domestic violence, it has become so common that the court thinks twice before granting them interim relief. Now, both men and women don’t have tolerance which leads to immediate breakup of the family,” Ravikumar said.

Currently, there are more than 5000 divorce cases pending before the Thiruvananthapuram family court, says lawyer S.Jayachandran, who specialises in family cases for the last 15 years.

According to the data provided by the State Government, southern Kerala has a high percentage of divorce cases. In 2011 there were 38,231 divorce cases filed across 18 family courts. This year, the number of family courts has shot up to 26. Last year 10, 243 cases were filed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, which accounts for almost one-third of the total cases.

“Unlike in earlier times, couples belonging to the current generation are not keen to make any adjustments. Both men and women are equally responsible for filing divorce cases,” says Jayachandran.

He says these days the petitioners file divorce cases in both the magistrate’s court as well as in the family court because the charge of domestic violence is more frequently added.

He says most family courts have an inadequate number of counsellors to deal with the rising number of petitioners filing for divorce under the Domestic Violence Act. The family court often has to send the parties to private counsellors who are not as good.

Another leading family court lawyer opined that Dr. Yamini Thankachy, wife of former Forest Minister K. B. Ganesh Kumar who had to step down from office due to domestic violence, would have  never got assets worth crores of rupees if she and her husband had applied for compensation through the family court.

“Under normal circumstances, Dr Yamini would have been entitled to get only maintenance fee for her two children and if there is no home in her name, then the court can ask him to provide shelter. Also when the father is alive, the children would never get the property which is in his name,” said a leading lady family court lawyer.

Though more women are aware of the protection awarded them under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, many are still ignorant of it, says G. Rejitha, project coordinator at SAKHI.

“SAKHI had conducted several campaigns at panchayat level to create awareness among women about their rights. Though the government has been conducting camps at various levels, it is yet to reach the lower strata of society. All those who suffer from domestic violence should know that it is a crime, and that there is a law to support them,“ Rejitha said.

Extramarital relationships and alcoholism are cited as the major reasons for the rise in divorces.

An official at the family court told Deccan Chronicle that infidelity among men and women has become more common. “A former actor who used to act as a sidekick to super stars Mohanlal and Mam mootty during t h e 1980s and 1990s is engaged in a bitter divorce case. His wife’s grievance is that he used to bring other women into their home,“ the court official said.

Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation chairperson and former State Women’s Commission member P. Kulsu said most couples are not mature enough to handle the ups and downs of marriage. She says there were no counselling centres earlier, but now though there are many more counsellors and centres, it doesn’t seem to have helped. “It shows how society’s thinking has changed to a worse scenario,“ Kulsu said.

A man facing a rape trial committed suicide in Indore days after the complainant reportedly admitted that he had only tried to hold her hand after a fight over money.

Roopkishore, 53, was found dead in his home in Palasia locality on Sunday, four days after the woman, 33, admitted during trial that she had falsely charged him with rape to avoid repaying the money her husband owed him.

The woman, who is Roopkishore’s tenant, had accused him of raping her on December 26. The police booked him under Section 376 of the IPC and arrested him.

In his defence, Roopkishore, a moneylender, said he had lent some money to the woman’s husband for buying a vehicle, and she had framed him to avoid repaying it.

After spending over two months in jail, Roopkishore was released on bail on March 8. During the next hearing on March 13, the woman admitted that the rape charge was false.

On Sunday, Roopkishore left his home in Shubhlabh Residency, where he lived with his wife and daughter. He was found hanging in his other house in Ganeshdham Colony.

Roopkishore reportedly left a suicide note blaming his tenant and her husband.

ACP Ramji Shrivastava said the police were yet to verify the suicide note. He said the suicide note was not found on his body, it was handed over by Roopkishore’s family members. He said the police would submit the note to the court.

The police have not registered any case so far against the woman or her husband.

An unwed mother, who had thrown her newborn boy from the third floor of her flat onto the road below leading to the infant’s death, has been sentenced by a Delhi court to a jail term of four years already undergone during the trial period.

The court diluted the charge of murder and convicted the Delhi-based girl for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, saying the likely intention to cause the infant’s death was not ruled out.

“The accused (girl) is victim of circumstances and has no intention of committing the murder of infant before his birth and on the spur of the moment in disturbed mental state she had thrown the said infant resulting in his death.

“As the entire act was committed on the spur of the moment, thus the accused is not liable to offence of murder. However, the likely intention to cause death of the infant is not ruled out…Hence, the accused is liable for commission of offence u/s 304 (1) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said.

The court sentenced the girl, who had been in judicial custody since November 2008, to the imprisonment already undergone during the trial period and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on her.

According to the police, the girl had thrown the boy just after his birth from the third floor balcony of the flat to the road below.

The girl, however, had said that the infant accidently slipped out of her hands and fell down leading to his death.

The court observed that life of the girl, who had given birth to a male child in the bathroom of the house where she was living along with two other girls, was “nothing but a tale of tragedy”.

The girl was an orphan and was living in an orphanage in Bawana here and after she turned 18, she started living with two other girls in a rented accommodation. She had got into physical relations with a boy who was not traceable, the court said.
It said that the girl had delivered her child in November 2008 and had not got any assistance or help from anyone.

The police had arrested the girl in November 2008.

During the trial, the girl had said that when she was in pain, she had requested her room mates to take her to a hospital but none of them came to her help and she had deliver her child without any assistance in the bathroom.

According to the girl rpt girl, at the time of the delivery, she had felt extremely unwell. She tried to lift a piece of cloth to wrap the infant, but he accidentally slipped from her hands and fell down. She had become unconscious and regained consciousness when the police came to the spot.

The court, however, said the plea of the accused that the infant slipped from her hands does not appear to be “credible” and the only inference from the facts and circumstances was that she has thrown the infant from the balcony adjoining her rented room.

It said it would have been “a normal conduct” that if the infant got slipped, “the accused would have immediately told this fact to room mates or landlady but she opted to remain silent which is nothing but an unnatural behaviour (and it) indicates towards the fact that she had thrown the infant,” the judge said.

The court also said the accused had not opted to abort the infant clearly indicates that she wanted to give birth and it could be inferred that her mind got changed just after the birth.

Her love for acting made her cook up a story about a dramatic kidnap — just the way she had seen in television serials with rapt attention.

On Saturday, the 15-year-old girl’s father dropped her to the market near Rawalpada Bridge in Dahisar as she had to shop.
Half an hour later, she returned home shaken and frightened.
She narrated a story to her parents which shocked them.

The Std VIII student said she was kidnapped by a group of three men near the market.
They came in a black SUV and dragged her into the car. She saw two kidnapped girls lying unconscious in the car.“She said that after she was taken to Malad, they made her get out of the car. They pointed a knife at her and threatened to kill her. Then, she pushed the kidnapper with all her strength and ran as fast as she could. She managed to flee. This is what she told us,” said PSI Sachin Patil of Dahisar police station.

When her parents heard her story, they rushed to file a complaint with the Dahisar police on the same day. “We registered a case of kidnapping and started taking the girl’s statement. We even sent her for medical examination,” said Patil. The next day, her father, a businessman, told the police that his daughter had cooked up the story.

“The girl confessed that she had made up the kidnap story. Her parents said the girl did this to escape studies. She loves to act. She enjoys watching shows like ‘Crime Diary’ on TV and this gave her the idea to narrate a fake incident,” added Patil. The police are conducting a final inquiry before closing the case.
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Acquitting four persons accused of gang-rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation by a female relative, a Sessions court here has said this was a classic case of misuse of rape-related laws. The alleged victim turned hostile in court and said her husband, with whom she had a strained relationship, had forced her to implicate the four, including a woman.

While acquitting the four men, Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said: “I would like to put on record that this case is the classic illustration of misuse of rape-related laws. The husband of the prosecutrix, in order to settle scores with the accused, used the prosecutrix (his wife), as an arrow or pawn and slapped an utterly false criminal case upon the accused. It is becoming a very difficult job nowadays for courts to differentiate the genuine rape cases from the false ones. Cases like the present one create a well-founded belief among the public as well as the judiciary that rape-related laws are misused with impunity. The judges need to remain vigilant in differentiating between false and genuine rape cases so as to ensure that no innocent person is convicted and sentenced.”

The case was registered after she made a number of serious allegations before a magistrate against the four accused including gang-rape, kidnapping and attempts to sell her. However, while deposing in court she said she had fled her matrimonial home because of ill-treatment by her in-laws and taken refuge with her cousin. She told the court that according to the terms of the compromise her parents managed to strike with her in-laws to facilitate her return, she had to implicate the cousin who gave refuge to her. Her father also deposed on similar lines.

Kolkata, Sept 23 (IBNS): Tollywood actress Swastika Mukherjee has confessed in a media conference that the dowry harassment allegations she made against her estranged husband were false, apparently bringing a closure to an episode that has been playing out amidst full media glare for ten years.
“I was young, I did not have enough sense back then and I did what my family, friends and peers advised me to do,” is how Swastika on Wednesday chose to explain why she falsely accused her husband singer Promit Sen of “subjecting her to cruelty” and “criminal breach of trust”.

Swastika’s shocking but predictable confession comes a day after she apparently submitted an affidavit at a city court admitting that the charges she made against her husband and her in-laws under Indian Penal Code 498A and 406 were “unfounded, false, baseless and speculative”.

Swastika and Promit, the youngest son of renowned Rabindrasangeet exponent Sagar Sen, were married in June 1998, when the actress was just 18.

“Things started to go wrong around two years later when like a bolt from the blue my brother, our family and even me, who all lived in different places, were charged by her for dowry related crimes,” said Pritam Sen, Promit’s elder brother, who also attended the press conference.

“We went through hell for the past ten years. So many arrest warrants, all the expenses and the defamation aside, my brother is never going to get back the last ten years. He’s totally mentally devastated,” he added.
Though divorce was reportedly filed by Swastika in 2001, the cases are still under legal red tape.

Pritam said recently Swastika had issued a press release which after being published in the media made it seem as if the two parties had reached a compromise and were heading for divorce which was definitely not the case.

Hence Wednesday’s press conference was called by the actress “to come clean”.

“I am deeply sorry for all that Promit and his family has had to go through. I hope he can move on,” said Swastika.

“As far as the custody of our daughter Anwesha is concerned, lets see what plays out. She’s a ten-year-old girl and she too has a say in this,” she said.

When asked what drove her to suddenly make such an effort, she replied that it was not out of any pressure but just a “realisation”.

Sources, however, say this might be just a coup to get the divorce the 30-year-old actress, who is known for her ‘who cares’ attitude and has not exactly had the smoothest relationships over past few years, has been after for quite some time.

Pritam, however, said he and his family were pleased at Swastika’s confession.
He said, “I think we should give her the benefit of the doubt. Let’s see what this leads to. But we’ll not accept anything but a genuine apology.”

The Sen family is apparently not mulling pressing charges on the actress since they are “not vindictive people”, said Pritam.

The confession, apart from sending gossip mills in overdrive, also sheds light on the Indian Penal Code which leaves the door for such a heavy-handed charge wide open for misuse.

SoBo banker, who has filed for divorce, says he has proof to back his allegation

DNA Correspondent @DNA

A case of domestic violence — with roles reversed — has tumbled out of an affluent south Mumbai home.
Jyotsna Sanghi, the daughter of India’s biggest car dealer Sharad Sanghi, has been accused by her husband, Mayank Shroff, an investment banker from Malabar Hill, of harassment and physical and mental torture. Jyotsna’s family has rubbished all allegations.
Sharad runs the Sanghi Brothers Indore Private Limited based in Indore.
Jyotsna had lodged a complaint in Indore, accusing Shroff of cruelty. Shroff obtained anticipatory bail from the sessions court in Mumbai, and filed a complaint at the Malabar Hill police station.
In his complaint accessed by DNA, Shroff has detailed the beatings and humiliation he allegedly faced at the hands of Jyotsna and her family.
Listing instances of alleged torture, Shroff’s complaint states that Jyotsna harassed him repeatedly. “She regularly vented her anger and frustration on me without any fault of mine… Many times she insulted me in front of others, and mentally tortured me with caustic remarks…”
Shroff claims to have SMSes which reflect his wife’s anger, insecurity, frustration and unhappiness stemming from fights between her parents. He alleges that her messages to him are of an apologetic nature, thus proving her guilt and his claim.
The couple tied the knot on December 1, 2011. Jyotsna’s father gave Shroff Rs36 lakh as a “wedding gift”, which the banker has agreed to return if Jyotsna withdraws her complaint and agrees to a divorce. Shroff’s claims that despite his refusal to accept the money, Jyotsna’s parents had thrust it upon him calling it their custom.
Sharad refused to elaborate on the marital dispute. “It’s purely a dowry feud and demand for money,” he told DNA.
Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south), said a non-cognisable complaint has been lodged against the Sanghis for using abusive language against Shroff and for hitting him.
Prakash said he has directed the Malabar Hill police to initiate necessary legal action in the case.

Published Date:  Apr 02, 2013

Pallavi (name changed), 28, a newly-wed IT professional, has approached the family court seeking divorce from her 31-year-old businessman husband Gaurav (name changed), for not updating his Facebook profile status from “single” to “married”!

The Telugu couple had an arranged marriage just two months ago. The case was filed in the jurisdiction of an Aurangabad court where the girl resides. Gaurav told the court that he had forgotten to update his status. However, Pallavi said she couldn’t trust her husband and wanted to nullify the marriage. The judge has given the two parties six months to undergo counselling.

There are several cases like this one of couples wasting the time of the courts by asking for marriages to be invalidated for the flimsiest of reasons. Altercations over who makes the tea and refusal to take an in-law’s phone call have snow-balled into divorces. Family court lawyer Anita Salabh Jain says couples are not serious about a long-term relationship. “They just want to make insignificant issues culminate into something serious and drag the spouse to court. The sole issue of not changing one’s marital status in social networking sites can’t be accepted as a ground for divorce. The court will try to bring the parties together,” she said.

High Court advocate P. Subhash said, “I came to know of the above incident from the magistrate in the Aurangabad court. The Hyderabadi husband had told the judge that he was so busy post marriage with family and his furniture business that he really had no time to check his FB or change his status. He was willing to do so now or even de-activate his account. However, the woman was not keen to continue with the marriage though it was consummated. She says her husband might be doing things behind her back and she couldn’t trust him. There’s no proof of any extramarital affair.”

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court today observed that married women should take a cue from goddess Sita, who followed her husband Lord Rama even during his forced isolation to forest, while hearing a divorce petition filed by a man on ground that his wife is unwilling to relocate to his new place of work.

“A wife should be like goddess Sita who left everything and followed her husband Lord Rama to a forest and stayed there for 14 years,” a division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and Anoop Mohta observed while hearing an appeal filed by an employee of the Shipping Corporation of India seeking divorce from his wife on the ground that she was not willing to shift with him to Port Blair where he was transferred.

The couple had an arranged marriage in year 2000. While the applicant’s wife is a resident of Mumbai, he hails from Kolkata and continued to stay in Mumbai as he had been on ship duty for five years since they tied the knot.

In 2005 when he was given a land posting at Port Blair he called upon his wife to come and stay with him but she refused following which he filed for divorce. The couple has a nine-year-old daughter.

The court during the day tried to counsel the couple saying at least for the child’s sake, the duo should reunite. While the husband agreed to reconsider, the wife shot down any kind of settlement.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on June 21.

Valsad (Guj), Mar 18, 2013 (PTI):

A lady IPS officer has lodged a complaint of dowry harassment against her husband, an assistant collector in Behror tehsil of Alwar district, Rajasthan, police said here. The complaint was filed yesterday.

“Saroj Kumari, a probationary IPS officer serving as Additional Superintendent of Police in Valsad has registered a complaint against her husband Narsingh Hazarilal, posted as assistant collector in Behror,” a police officer said today.

Narsingh is a Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) officer. Kumari alleges that he wants her to quit her job, is threatening her over phone for that, besides demanding Rs 10 lakh and an Innova car in dowry.

She also says in the complaint that he assaulted her on some occasions.

A case has been registered under sections 498 (A) (dowry harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister for Forest, Film and Sports K B Ganesh Kumar, an actor-turned politician, has resigned Monday night after his wife accused him of domestic violence.

Ganesh Kumar arrived at Cliff House, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s official residence, Monday night and handed over his resignation as a Minister of UDF government.

After resigning Ganesh Kumar told reporters that he wants the government to probe the allegations raised by his wife to prove his innocence. He also said that he will not resign from the position as MLA and will abide with Oommen Chandy’s UDF government. Earlier, Ganesh Kumar, who belongs to the Kerala Congress (B), a UDF ally, has said that if he is made to resign, he will also quit his seat in the Kerala Assembly. Ganesh Kumar is the only MLA from his party in the Kerala Assembly and was the minister for Forest, Film and Sports.

In a press conference earlier Ganesh Kumar said that he will not resign as the allegations of domestic abuse raised by his wife, Yamini Thankachi, was untrue. He also said that he has been blackmailed for the last one month over the allegation. Minister held a press conference here Monday evening after his wife came out in public for the first time alleging Ganesh of domestic abuse. Monday, he has filed a divorce petition in a family court here.

Earlier, troubles mounted for beleaguered Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar when his wife alleged that she had been a victim of “domestic violence” hours after he filed a divorce petition, putting the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala in a spot. The UDF government is surviving on a wafer- thin majority of just three members.

On a day of high drama, Kumar, who claimed he was a victim of “blackmailing”, and his wife Yamini Thankachi traded charges after the former filed a divorce petition in a family court here. Kumar alleged in the petition he was even beaten up by his wife in front of his personal staff.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was also caught in the controversy with Yamini, who broke down while airing her grievances at a press conference, claiming she did not receive justice from him since he had promised to settle the domestic dispute.

Adding to his woes, Kumar’s father and Kerala Congress(KC-B) supremo R Balakrishna Pillai renewed the party’s demand to the Chief Minister that he should be removed from the Cabinet for not obeying the diktat of the party. The UDF leadership had recently brokered a truce among the Minister, his estranged father and Yamini.

Kumar expressed confidence of proving his innocence through a probe. The couple have two children. “I am a victim of blackmailing which was inspired by external influence. I want the whole matter to be probed by a high ranking official, man or woman,” Kumar told reporters as the long-running family dispute took another ugly turn. Kumar claimed Chandy was convinced of his innocence in the matter.

Hitting back after the divorce petition was filed, Yamini said it was she who had been the victim of domestic violence for the last 16 years for questioning “illicit affairs” of her husband.

Kumar was caught in a controversy a month ago after a newspaper published a report that a state Minister was beaten up by the husband of a woman with whom he allegedly had an affair. Seizing on the report, Government Chief Whip P C George alleged Kumar was the Minister mentioned in the report.

Claiming that she even approached Chandy with a petition narrating her sufferings and he promised that the matter could be settled through mediation, Yamini alleged she has been cheated by persons, whom she trusted including the Chief Minister.

The parleys by mediators, including Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, in recent weeks to settle the dispute between the couple have apparently failed, with Kumar stating in his petition that he could no longer move together with his wife.

Kumar filed his petition before the family court here. The court would hear the plea on April 30 and send a notice to Yamini after taking the statement of the Minister. The minister, in his petition, said his wife did not stand by him during his trials and tribulations. She had even manhandled him and was blackmailing him joining his political rivals.

Seizing on the issue, CPM-led Opposition LDF came out strongly against Chandy, alleging he had failed to act promptly in a serious matter involving complaint of domestic violence from the wife of a minister.

“This is a very serious mistake on the part of the Chief Minister. Yamini has said she had approached him with a complaint but he dissuaded her from pressing it on the promise that he would intervene and settle the issue,” leader of CPM women’s wing AIDWA K K Shylaja said.

Chandy had also committed a grave lapse of misleading the assembly by stating that he had not received any complaint from Yamini. Now Yamini’s statement has proved that Chandy sent her back without accepting the complaint, she said. CPI state Secretary Pannian Raveendran said Chandy had lost the moral right to continue in office as he had sought to shield a ministerial colleague facing serious charge.

A recent Supreme Court judgment has once again turned the spotlight on whether or not Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code should be amended. Hemchhaya De looks at a law that is now often abused to harass men

Fahad, a Bangladeshi national, and his wife, who hails from Calcutta, mutually agreed to divorce last year. They even obtained a talaqnama from an imam in Calcutta. And then the custody battle for their eight-year-old daughter began in a lower court in the city.

Fahad made frequent trips to Calcutta to meet his daughter who was staying with her mother after the talaq. On one such trip to the city recently, Fahad got a rude shock. Just a day before the hearing of the custody case, he was arrested at his hotel. His ex-wife had filed a complaint under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, charging him and his parents with mental and physical torture. Fahad spent more than a week in police custody.

“Fahad is a Bangladeshi national and uses a Calcutta address for correspondence in this country,” says S. Mustafa, a close friend of the family in Calcutta. “Showing this address, his ex-wife told the police that Fahad was faking his nationality. The police arrested him despite jurisdiction problems.”

Mustafa adds that the main objective of the woman and her family was to strike a lucrative deal with her wealthy in-laws in Dhaka. “They demanded Rs 30 lakh for a ‘settlement’. Basically, they abused Section 498A to extort money.”

Saurav Dasgupta has a similar tale. The 40-something chartered accountant had been on the run with his parents for the past one month to avoid arrest under Section 498A. Dasgupta spent 35 days with his wife as a married couple after which they decided to part ways because of irresolvable differences. Dasgupta even paid for his wife’s maintenance during the separation. “She used to ask for money from me and my parents while we were living together. We never refused,” recalls Dasgupta, who has got anticipatory bail. “So how could she allege in her complaint under Section 498A that we denied her money,” he asks.

Promulgated in 1983 to protect married women from being subjected to cruelty by their husbands or their relatives, Section 498A of the IPC prescribes a punishment extending to three years and a fine. Offences under the section are cognisable, non-compoundable (no compromise allowed) and non-bailable.

However, a law that was once hailed as a blessing for women is being frequently abused now, so much so that there has been a growing clamour to amend it.

The judiciary too has repeatedly taken note of the fact that Section 498A is often misused by unscrupulous women.

Take a recent judgment by a Supreme Court bench presided over by Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P. Desai in a case involving 498A. The wife alleged that her mother-in-law asked her to sleep with her father-in-law. The bench ruled that the family was “traumatised by the false and indecent statement made in the complaint” and that this was “not the way to win the husband back”.

In fact, last year, in its 243rd report, the Law Commission of India too stated that the “implication of the relatives of the husband was found to be unjustified in a large number of decided cases”.

In 2003 the Justice Malimath Committee Report on Reforms of Criminal Justice System had also noted, “There is a general complaint that Section 498A of the IPC regarding cruelty by the husband or his relatives is subjected to gross misuse.”

Legal experts are almost unanimous in their view that the law needs to be amended to keep in mind the new reality. “Women, particularly in urban pockets, misuse the law,” says Kaushik Gupta, advocate, Calcutta High Court, and one who deals with matrimonial cases.

The Law Commission report identifies some key areas of misuse of the IPC provision. These include the police rushing to arrest husbands and their relatives without prior investigation and the tendency to implicate, with little or no justification, in-laws and other relatives.

To be fair, some state police departments have issued circulars to stop arbitrary arrests under Section 498A. A 2011 circular from the then additional director-general, CID, Patna, says that in 498A cases, it has been noticed that family members of the accused get arrested “without proper investigation of the case, thereby vitiating the interest of justice”. It instructs the force that the “main accused… should be arrested only with the approval of the district superintendent of police if evidence is prima facie available”. Similar circulars have also been issued by Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and other states. But more often than not, these aren’t implemented.

The judgment by Ranjana P. Desai and Aftab Alam has also re-opened the debate on whether offences under 498A (which at the moment are cognisable, non-compoundable, non-bailable) could be made compoundable (compromise allowed) or bailable. The ruling says, “…though offence punishable under Section 498A… is not compoundable, in appropriate cases if the parties are willing and if it appears to the criminal court that there exist elements of settlement, it should direct the parties to explore the possibility of settlement through mediation.”

This recommendation is not new, say experts. “If the parties wish to settle their differences, the offence can be quashed by the high court in appropriate cases,” says Jay Sengupta, advocate, Calcutta High Court. “This view of a division bench of the Supreme Court in the B.S. Joshi & Ors vs State of Haryana & Anr (2003) has been upheld by another special bench in the case of Gian Singh vs State of Punjab (2013).”

Making the offence compoundable could also check abuse of the section, feels Sardar Amjad Ali, former member of Parliament and senior advocate, Calcutta High Court. “Women might file FIRs under 498A on an impulse or in a fit of rage or they might act on ill advice, but after years of acrimonious court proceedings, both parties might want to go back to a married life. So the option of settlement should be open.”

Others say a more effective approach to stop misuse of 498A would be to make the offence bailable. “The misuse of the law starts with arrests (offences under section 498A are cognisable). So they should be made bailable first. The question of compoundability comes later,” says Kaushik Gupta.

Even the Malimath Committee report notes how immediate arrests could close any channel of reconciliation. It says, “Heartless provisions that make the offence non-bailable and non-compoundable operate against reconciliations…”

Activists say that creating public awareness about the abuse is the first step towards stopping abuse. “We conduct workshops and offer counselling to men who are victims of 498A so that they can cope with trauma and social stigma,” says Mahesh M., general secretary of the Bangalore-based National Family Harmony Society. “We have seen several instances where men have been driven to suicide.”

Of course, amending 498A will be a prickly issue. Our legislators have to walk the tight rope here — amend the law suitably to stop frivolous complaints by women and at the same time, ensure that it has enough teeth to protect women from cruelty at their marital homes.

(Some names have been changed to protect the identities of the victims.)

MUMBAI: Greed for property drove a 36-year-old woman to plot the murder of her mother-in-law at Dahisar (E), with help from her brother. Seema Mohite was arrested on Friday. Cops are hunting for her brother, Santosh Ingle. The deceased, Krishnabai Kolhe, 65, was a widow and owned a room at a chawl in Ketkipada, Dahisar. She had bequeathed it to her adopted son who is married to Seema. But Seema wanted the property to herself. Police said she often fought with Kolhe.Kolhe had informally adopted Seema’s husband. “After Kolhe’s adopted son’s first wife deserted him, he married Seema, who too had been deserted by her first husband,” said a police officer. Seema was insecure that she would be deserted again. She asked Kolhe to bequeath the house to her but the latter refused. So Seema and Ingle plotted to kill Kolhe. On March 18, the duo throttled Kolhe when her son was at work. “Initially, we recorded an accidental death. But autopsy confirmed Kolhe was throttled,” said SI Ansar Pirzade.

BANGALORE: Soumya Saloni, 23, arrested for allegedly murdering her fiance on October 21 last year, and out on bail, allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan hook at her residence in Peenya I Stage on Sunday night.

Soumya is the daughter of an industrialist from Peenya.

Though Soumya did not leave behind a suicide note, Peenya police who spoke to her parents, claimed she might have ended her life, unable to bear the ignominy she and her family had to face, following her implication in the case.

A psychology undergraduate student, Soumya’s attempt to learn if her fiance was two-timing her or not ended in the murder of N Nitesh, 25, a resident of Rajajinagar IV Block.

Investigations had revealed that Soumya had spiked his vodka with a truth serum, that she had learnt about from the internet.

That October day, Soumya and Nitesh, a software engineer, had gone to Shilindra Doddi near Bannerghatta. “After reaching an isolated spot, she made him drink vodka laced with ammonium sulphate,” police had stated, quoting her confessional statement.

Nitesh soon developed bouts of vomiting. To stop it, Soumya stuffed paper napkins in his mouth but he fell unconscious. Soumya was joined by her boyfriend, Parshwanath Malagatti alias Rohan of Hindwadi, Belgaum. The duo allegedly smashed Nitesh’s head with a boulder. His body was found by passersby a day later. His head was crushed and mouth stuffed with paper napkins.

Nitesh’s mobile call list led Bangalore Rural police to Soumya, who got acquainted with Nitesh through a social networking site. They fell in love and got engaged in September 2011. Nitesh quit his job with an IT major and his behaviour made Soumya suspicious that he was involved with other girls.

While Parshwanath is still in jail, Soumya came out on bail some months ago. A chargesheet on Nitesh’s murder has already been submitted before court, Bangalore Rural district SP D Prakash said.

Kerala minister KB Ganesh Kumar files for divorce, says he was beaten by his wife
The family dispute surfaced in the open again with the film actor-turned politician alleging in his divorce petition that he was even beaten up by his wife in front of his personal staff.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Signalling further trouble for Kerala forests minister KB Ganesh Kumar, his wife Yamini on Monday alleged she had been a victim of “domestic violence” hours after her husband moved a divorce petition in the family court here accusing her of ‘blackmailing and manhandling’ him.Denting the image of the Congress-led UDF government, the Ganesh Kumar affair took a unsavoury turn within days after a truce brokered by the UDF leadership among the minister, his estranged father and Kerala Congress (B) supremo R Balakrishna Pillai and Yamini.The family dispute surfaced in the open again with the film actor-turned politician alleging in his divorce petition that he was even beaten up by his wife in front of his personal staff.Within hours, Yamini hit back saying that it was she who had been the victim of domestic violence for the last 16 years for questioning “illicit affairs” of her husband.Yamini, who broke down while airing her grievances, told reporters that she did not receive justice from chief minister Oommen Chandy who promised to settle the dispute.”What wrong I have done? Why should they defame me. Now things have reached such a stage that the victim has been turned into an accused,” Yamini, mother of two children, said.Claiming that she even approached Chandy with a petition narrating her sufferings and he promised that the matter could be settled through mediation, Yamini alleged “she has been cheated by persons, whom she trusted including the chief minister.”Ganesh Kumar was caught in a controversy a month ago after a newspaper published a report that a state minister was beaten up by the husband of a woman with whom he had an affair.Seizing on the report, government chief Whip P C George had said Kumar was the minister mentioned in the report.The parleys by mediators, including labour minister Shibu Baby John, in recent weeks to settle the dispute between the couple have apparently failed, with Kumar stating in his petition that he could no longer move together with his wife.Kumar filed his petition before the family court here.The court would hear the plea on April 30 and send a notice to Yamini after taking the statement of the minister.The minister, in his petition, said that his wife did not stand by him during his trials and tribulations.She had even manhandled him and was blackmailing him joining his political rivals.Adding to his woes, his father and Kerala Congress-B chairman R Balakrishna Pillai today renewed the party’s demand to the chief minister that Ganesh Kumar should be removed from the cabinet for not obeying the diktats of the party

New Delhi: A man accused of raping a 19-year-old girl for more than seven years on the false promise of marriage was acquitted by a Delhi court after it turned out that the girl had levelled false allegations to force him to marry her after he refused her proposal.

Additional sessions judge TR Naval acquitted the man after the girl deposed that she had made a false complaint against the accused after she did not entertain her proposal for marriage and tied the knot with someone else.

Photo for representation purpose only.

Photo for representation purpose only.

“She (the girl) made complaint to the DCP and the Commissioner only to pressurise the accused to marry her and she had mentioned the facts of rape by the accused in anger,” the court said.

It noted that the girl, now 22, had deposed that the accused was her sister’s neighbour. They had developed friendship when she used to visit her sister’s house.

In her cross-examination, the girl told the court that she wanted to marry the accused but he refused though he had never established any physical relations with her either forcibly or on false promise of marriage.

She also told the court that the accused got married to some other woman on 27 January, 2012 and it was then that she filed a complaint against him.

It also came to the knowledge of the court that though the girl was taken to the hospital for a medical examination on the filing of the complaint, she was never examined medically.

PTI

KolkataRaghunath Mohanty, the former law minister of Odisha accused of dowry harassment by his daughter-in-law, was arrested in Kolkata this morning. He had been on the run for the last two weeks. His wife has been arrested as well. They were produced at a Balasore court and have been remanded to judicial custody. Their bail plea will be heard on April 2.

Reacting to the arrest, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The law will take its course and the matter will be looked into closely.”

Mr Mohanty’s son, Raja Shree Mohanty, was arrested on March 16 on charges of torturing his wife for dowry. The Balasore court today extended his judicial custody by another 14 days. He has already spent two weeks in jail after the same court denied him bail.

Raja Shree Mohanty’s wife Barsa Swony Choudhury has accused him and his parents of torturing her for dowry since they got married in June last year.

Her police complaint forced Raghunath Mohanty, who held the law, urban development and information technology portfolios, to resign from the Naveen Patnaik government earlier this month.

उदयपुर। शहर के अंबामाता थाना पुलिस ने पति को आत्महत्या के लिए उकसाने के मामले में पुलिस ने पत्नी और ससुराल पक्ष को गिरफ्तार किया है। गत दिनों अंबामाता क्षेत्र के यादव कॉलोनी निवासी अशोक यादव ने अपने ही घर में फंदे पर लटक कर आत्महत्या कर ली थी। इस युवक के पास मिले सुसाइड नोट में अशोक ने अपनी पत्नी दुर्गा, ससुर नाथद्वारा निवासी नरोत्तम दास यादव और सास शांति यादव के खिलाफ पैसों की मांग को लेकर प्रताडि़त करने और झूठे मुकदमे में फंसाने की धमकी देने का आरोप लगाया था। इसी मामले में पुलिस ने पत्नी, सास और ससुर को गिरफ्तार किया है।
हादसे में जान गई : हिरणमगरी थाना क्षेत्र में टेम्पो की टक्कर से बाइक सवार युवक की मौत हो गई। पुलिस के मुताबिक महेश उर्फ राजू (41) पुत्र उदयलाल बैरवा निवासी बैरवा कॉलोनी एमबी कॉलेज के सामने किसी काम से हिरणमगरी की ओर “या था। जहां से वापस लौटते समय सेवाश्रम पुलिया के पहले नेहरू हॉस्टल के बाहर पीछे से आ रहे एक ऑटो ने उसे टक्कर मार दी। वह गंभीर रूप से घायल हो गया। उसे एम.बी. चिकित्सालय में भर्ती करवाया गया था। जहां पर उपचार के दौरान इस युवक ने दम तोड़ दिया।

Boys thinking twice before staring at girls
Lok Sabha passed the new Anti-Rape Bill on Tuesday. But, its tough provisions against ‘staring’ and ‘following’ have put the city guys on a guard After the Nirbhaya tragedy in Delhi, the society at large had been demanding a tough Anti-Rape Law. And the first step towards this has already been taken with Lok Sabha having passed the initial draft of the Bill on Tuesday. While the girls are definitely cheering the move, we discover that many of the city lads are facing dilemma of inherent fears in its aftermath…It will be misused
– Karan Pal, Raisoni Law School
Watch out for misuse of Anti Rape Act now! If a girl takes a punga with a guy, she will use this Act against him and fake complaints will rise like never before! And in party circuits, such cases will become an everyday story.I am really scared!
– Brajesh Manas, Wainganga College
Now the easygoing camaraderie between the young girls and guys will be lost forever! Honestly speaking, I am really scared! Even though I have always been very prim and proper, I will now have this fear that a girl can go to Court against an innocuous remark or look.Who’ll judge my honesty?
– Abhishek Jaiswal, Raisoni College of Management
I have always taken pride in being very honest about my intentions, and my attitude towards the girls will always be respectful and friendly. But, the big question is – how will I prove the honesty of my intentions! It will all depend on a girl’s perception.It’s unfair at times, but…
– Adeshraj Madhok, Centre Point College
Such an Act was needed because all the five fingers are not alike. Now if I innocently praise a girl’s dress or cast an admiring glance, it can land me in trouble. I know it’s unfair at times, but, I’m still OK with it, because I feel there are some nefarious elements out there, whose ugly antics will be checked through this Act.It’s the need of the hour
– Anshuman Chatterjee, Ambedkar College
For a long time now, the girls in our country have not been feeling very secure, and they have all the right to be safe! So, a tough Act is the need of the hour. If it is abused by certain segments, there can always be amendments in the Act later, to plug the loopholes.What Twitterati has to say…
‘Everyone has stalked women at some point.’ With that gem, LS passed the anti-rape bill
– Colleen Braganza ?@colleenbraganza Rahul Gandhi missing in action when Lok Sabha passed anti-rape bill. Shows how much our youth icon cares for youth like Nirbhaya
-Happens In India ?@happensinindia
Around 350 MPs were missing in action when Lok Sabha passed anti-rape bill. Shows how much our MPs care for Women.!!
-Dhananjay®© ?@Dhananjay1313

A 24-year-old management graduate filed a rape case against her live-in partner allegedly because the man’s family was against their relationship.

The woman, who worked for a pharmaceutical company, got her live-in partner arrested and took the matter to the court to pressure him and his family for marriage. According to the police, she told the man’s family that she would withdraw the case only after she is allowed to marry him legally.

Left with no other alternative, the family members of the accused apologised to the woman and consented to the marriage. On Wednesday, she eventually married her partner at an Arya Samaj temple and to keep her promise, she moved an application in the court on Thursday seeking withdrawal of her case.

Talking to HT, the woman claimed that the entire matter got settled after they tied the knot.

“Everything has been settled between us and today he is my legal husband. Hence, I don’t want to drag this issue further,” said the woman, who currently lives with her husband at a rented accommodation in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar.

According to the police, the woman had approached the Malviya Nagar police station on March 13 and lodged a rape case against her friend, with whom she was in a live-in relationship for several months.

“She alleged that her friend and classmate, who hails from Jharkhand, forced himself upon her because of which she became pregnant. Her friend physically assaulted her after she told him about her pregnancy. As a result of the physical assault, she suffered a miscarriage,” said an officer, adding that the two became friends while studying together at a private management college in Katwaria Sarai.

The man, the officer said, got scared and agreed to marry her. However, when his parents came to know about the match, they refused to accept her as their daughter-in-law. Succumbing to parental pressure, the man refused to marry her. It was then she decided to file a rape case against him.

NEW DELHI: Actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan on Thursday said the anti-rape bill is anti-male and that its provisions make men vulnerable to misuse of the law.

Participating in a debate in Rajya Sabha on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, Samajwadi Party MP Bachchan said she was not too happy with various aspects of the bill, including punishment for those found stalking women, which can lead to the misuse of the bill.

It’s not just men who stalk women. Bachchan said women too stalk men and one often hears women say, “Oh! That man is so hot.”

“Please do not do justice to one section at the cost of the other,” said Bachchan.

Speaking before her, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said he was groped in a bus in Kolkata when he was 13 years old.

Bachchan made it clear she was supporting the bill as her party, the SP, had asked her to, but “as an individual, I have many problems (with the bill)”.

She objected to the use of “patronizing” words such as “protection” for women. “You have even made the pepper spray cheaper. It is so patronizing,” said Bachchan. She was annoyed with the time allotted with her as it was too little to say all that she wanted to and said it was humiliating.

Cutting across partylines, MPs said effective mechanisms were needed to deal with people in positions of power or eminence. Often people in high positions including ministers indulge in crimes against women, said Bachchan.

Citing an instance, she said, “A senior member of Parliament made a very serious comment about a lady journalist after the bill was passed in Lok Sabha (on Tuesday).”

“How ineffective you are … this (the bill) is an eyewash … what kind of disciplinary action are you going to take against people in high positions, it’s a shame,” said Bachchan.

In another instance, she said, “A (Maharashtra) minister’s son raped a girl in Mumbai. She came to me and said if I tell my parents they will throw me out of the house. If I go to police they will not listen to me and I don’t want to go through the medical examination process.” She wondered what advice she should give the girl. If women do not get justice, they will take law in their hands. “They will become Phoolan Devi and Putli Bai. And, you have heard of the Gulabi Gang in UP,” said Bachchan.

Responding to the debate, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the bill provides for punishment of persons having “dominance” and this can be used to deal with influential people like politicians.

While calling the bill a “reasonably good law”, O’Brien took a dig at the prevailing mindset. “During the Shimla Accord between India and Pakistan, the government used the code “Beta hua, beta hua, beta hua (A boy is born),” to send the message that talks were a success. If the talks failed, the code was, “Beti hui, beti hui, beti hui (A girl is born).”

BJP’s Smriti Irani said after the bill is passed, “Beti hui, beti hui, beti hui (A girl is born),” will be the code for its successful passage.

By Vyas Sivanand – BANGALORE

20th March 2013 08:12 AM

She does not seem to like Ekta Kapoor. And she is fighting a tough and rare battle which many people frown upon. She is that part of the society which has been branded as the ‘accepted vamps’. She is Neena Dhulia, a mother, but unfortunately, she is also a mother-in-law. Today, she is in a convoluted battle for the deserved rights of the ‘forgotten women of India’ – the mother-in-laws (MiL).

Up against a society which has often termed MiLs as the demon and daughter-in-law (DiL) as the sati savitri, the laconic Neena has support from over 3000 other MiLs who have been harassed by their DiLs. Having founded the All India Mother-in-Law Protection Forum (AIMPF) in 2009 in Bangalore, she is on a dragooned mission, expressing her remorse, hoping that it will explode silently and effectually redound in the society.

“From seven members, today we have around 3000 members and all are mother-in-laws harassed by daughter-in-laws. We used to visit the The Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) which is a men’s rights organisation, every Sunday at Cubbon Park. It was here that mothers of harassed husbands started meeting and then one fine day, we decided to have a forum for ourselves so that our grievances are also heard,” said the 60-year-old Neena.

Fighting for justice, and more so, fighting to clear her name as the plotting and villainous MiL, she also has the strong support of her son, Virag who is an active member of the SIFF. Her trouble began when he married. Within two months, his wife left home because she did not want to stay with his parents. Thus, began the journey of the percipient mother and son to fight for justice, a fight for which they have been innocently pushed towards.

And the anger that has been building within her is evident when she speaks. “Today there are 15 laws for daughter-in-laws but none for mother-in-laws or sister-in-laws. These 15 laws are being grossly misused. We contacted the National Commission for Women and have written numerous letters, but they have vehemently refused to address our problems. We are not in their mandate,” said Neena.

According to her, the society, the print and electronic media have constantly been portraying mother-in-laws as monsters and vamps. “All the years, we care for our child and as soon as marriage happens, we become the demon. No mother would want to ruin her son’s life. It is false propaganda which is breaking up families. Today it is so easy for a daughter-in-law to go to a police station and file a complaint. It is like ordering a pizza. In many cases, it is just extortion,” she states.

Neena lambasts the government because she says that while today, the government has made laws like the 498 A and the Domestic Violence Act wherein a daughter-in-law can file a complaint but not a mother-in-law.

But her fight is long and she is hopeful. “I am sure the change will happen. Today, at least the mindset has changed. Earlier people were not even accepting that false cases were being registered,” she adds.

Those opposing Justice Katju’s suggestion of minimum qualifications for journalists are out of touch with reality

Some years ago, the journalism entrance test at a career development institute in Mumbai had this objective-type question: Kofi Annan is (a) a Nigerian footballer (b) lead singer of a Sierra Leone pop group (c) a Sri Lankan delicacy (d) Secretary-General of the United Nations. The 100-odd candidates who appeared for the test were graduates with a sprinkling of post graduates. For nearly 25 of them, Kofi Annan was a Sri Lankan delicacy.

At a TV Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) university examination, where students were asked to identify and comment on a recent war which had divided the United States of America, more than a dozen students, obviously from the same college, elaborated on the “Vitamin War.” Another TV BMM class was learning the basics of book reviews. The teacher was shocked when the 40 plus students admitted that none of them had ever read a book outside their prescribed course of studies.

The BMM course, where students could opt for journalism or advertising in their final year, had proved to be extremely popular. For 11 years I taught almost all subjects at many of Mumbai’s best colleges. Earlier, I taught journalism at some of the best institutions offering PG diploma courses in the subject. It was an exhilarating but often despairing experience. I was still an active journalist and often wrote on the need to improve standards at the BMM level. Now, the irrepressible Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Markandey Katju, has spoken clearly on the same issue. It is shocking that his comments are being attacked fiercely by (of all people) senior journalists. The PCI Chairman also appointed a committee to suggest qualifications for those who wanted to be journalists. He pointed out that though journalism schools operated in India, many of them were of poor quality.

Then and now

A senior journalist like Vinod Mehta admitted he had a poor academic record but that did not prevent him from becoming what he is today. Mr. Mehta dabbled in advertising before becoming a journalist. That was decades ago. Today, a non-graduate would not be accepted in any journalism school nor get a job except perhaps in shady, third-rate publications. More important, journalism has become a highly skilled profession needing not only education but also expertise. Yes, in the “good, old days,” young men, mostly from the South, landed in Bombay with copies of their SSC examination and shorthand and typewriting diplomas. They quickly got jobs as stenographers, clerks and, if nothing else was available, joined the Free Press Journal daily because of their “superior” knowledge of English. Many of them learnt on their jobs and became outstanding journalists but nothing much was expected from the profession. Life was simple, journalism was not asked to handle the myriad problems of life.

Mr. Katju argued that if other professions like medicine, law and management required adequate training, why not journalism. Dickens created two immortal medical students in The Pickwick Papers, Bob Sawyer and Benjamin Allen (Sam Weller called them “Junior Sawbones”), who relied on “bleeding” to cure all ailments and relished talking about it. Could they have functioned in the modern era? That was why it was shocking that professionals like Vinod Mehta and Barkha Dutt dismissed Mr. Katju’s comments with such contempt. Yes, learning on the job is fine, but how? A cub reporter assigned to cover a major event would not know how and where to begin or end. On the desk, can an untrained sub-editor cut a long story to its required length, provide subheads and give a suitable, catchy heading? Will the journalists who made snide comments on the Katju remarks appoint young people without previous experience in their publications or channels? How proud is Ms Dutt of the interview techniques of the modern TV reporters who thrust a microphone near the mouth of a woman who has just been assaulted and exclaim breathlessly, “Aap ko kaise lagta tha?” Or the ones assembled at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital when Amitabh Bachchan was admitted for some illness who came out with brilliant “Breaking News”: “Amitabh Bachchan ate khichdi” or “Amitabh Bachchan had orange juice”? Didn’t our TV editors find all this embarrassing?

Live on TV

There was a time in print journalism when editors prided themselves on their “intellectual superiority” and cared only for their weekly edit page pontification which they believed changed the world. For them, the rest of the paper did not exist. The same is happening in today’s TV journalism, where anchors seem to care only about their daily shouting matches, gift-wrapped as “discussions,” where they seldom allow panellists to speak or bother about how the rest of the news is presented. I would argue that formal training should be given not only to newcomers but also to senior editors and anchors on how to speak calmly, eliminate their bias, treat panellists with less contempt and perhaps go back to school to learn basic courtesy and good manners. Their present attitude does not reflect their public school education or Oxbridge/Columbia School of Journalism background. Once this is done, they could think of educating and training their juniors.

In the classroom

Meanwhile, journalism schools must improve. Mumbai University granted affiliation to dozens upon dozens of BMM and BMS departments without caring to examine whether they had any kind of infrastructure, like library facilities, classrooms and qualified teachers. After a couple of years, the university, in its wisdom, abolished entrance tests and decided that applicants to these courses should be admitted on the strength of their standard 12 marks, completely ignoring the fact that the cramming habits of and inflated marks awarded by junior colleges are not enough to judge the different needs of a journalism course. Teaching was another farce. With trained senior journalists unwilling to devote their time, teachers with no background or interest in journalism were roped in. Of course, some of them took pains to study topics like regional journalism and managed. But others were disasters. One such faculty member asked me how I taught reporting. “How many times did you put on disguises?” he asked in all earnestness!

The ultimate depressive moment came with the fact that most students were least bothered with current affairs; not even to the extent of reading at least one newspaper regularly. Nor did they watch TV news shows. “Projects” were cut and paste jobs from the net. Students who found financial journalism “difficult” and who could not even differentiate between surplus and deficit, turned in immaculate 3,000 word projects with quotes from leading economists. The net was the source. The college authorities often pressurised the teachers including the visiting faculty to give high marks to project work so that their students would figure in the university merit list.

Our stars in elite journalism who blamed Mr. Katju for speaking out of turn hardly know what is going on in most journalism schools. How can they? The average student who is keen to learn journalism is left in the lurch. If the media world refuses to listen to men like Mr. Katju, the deterioration in existing standards will continue.

(V. Gangadhar is a veteran journalist.)

The question on whether or not rape should be made gender neutral has had many activists up in arms, and is also reportedly a source of conflict between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Law Ministry, leading to a delay in the introduction of the anti-rape law in Parliament.

Leading women’s rights activist Kavita Krishnan has been one of those who has been against the definition being made gender neutral.

“They are making the law against rape gender-neutral, where the accused is concerned. This means women can now be accused of rape. Now when we were struggling on the streets, was this what we were asking for? Is it a problem is society that women are going around raping men?”, she told Firstpost in an interview.

With all due respect to Ms Krishnan, I strongly disagree.

While it is true that more women get raped and sexually assaulted, it does not mean it does not happen to men at all. Men do get raped – mostly by other men  but yes, sometimes by women too. So arguing that the law can be misused is no argument to not pass one at all.

Male rape is in fact, more widespread than many of us think. Delhi gangrape suspect Ram Singh, who allegedly committed suicide on Monday, claimed that he was raped by other male prisoners. And according to Firstpost editor G Pramod Kumar, the problem of male rape in Indian prisons is a real problem:

The People’s Union of Civil Liberties had this to say about Tihar way back in 1981: “When a young boy enters, the prisoners have been known to have bid a price for the boy. The price offered is in terms of ‘bidis’, soap or charas. Often prisoners have been divided into camps and the groups have fought each other on the issue of who shall have the new entrant.

The Guardian also did a harrowing story on how male rape is endemic in many of the world’s conflicts.

“Twenty-one per cent of Sri Lankan males who were seen at a London torture treatment centre reported sexual abuse while in detention. In El Salvador, 76% of male political prisoners surveyed in the 1980s described at least one incidence of sexual torture. A study of 6,000 concentration-camp inmates in Sarajevo found that 80% of men reported having been raped” the report said.

But male rape is not just restricted to extraordinary situations like war and prison.

A 2012 psychology study noted that “Victim surveys of British and American males have shown that 3 to 8 percent of males reported at least one adulthood incidence of sexual assault in their lifetimes with at least 5 to 10 per cent of all rape victims being male”

A provocative Stanford university study titled ‘psychology of men and masculinity‘ which states that there are several ‘myths’that often lead to the perception that male rape is not a ‘real’ phenomenon. These include beliefs like:

– Men cannot be raped
– “Real” men can defend themselves against rape
– Men are not affected by rape (or not as much as women)
– A woman cannot sexually assault a man
– Male rape only happens in prisons

One possible solution has been to at least recognise that men can be rape victims, even if the law does not see women as perpetrators. This would at least allow male victims to seek redress under law when they are raped by other men. This is vastly better than taking men out of the equation altogether.

However it is my belief that making a law gender neutral should not be seen as yet ‘another tool’ with which to attack women. Instead it should be viewed as a tool to protect male victims and encourage them to come forward and seek justice under India’s legal system. Taking away their right to seek redress under law is just another form of discrimination, and is in no way a victory either for women or the cause of feminism.

NEW DELHI: In a heart rending plea, a person acquitted of rape charges has moved the Supreme Court seeking restoration of his lost dignity and honour.

If the Nirbhaya case sensitized politicians, police, judiciary and media on security of women as well as not revealing the identity of a rape victim, the man who was acquitted in the similarly sensational Mayapuri rape presented to the court how a person framed in a sexual assault case faced ignominy and was treated with suspicion by society and police.

Niranjan Kumar Mandal, who spent four years in jail before being set free, told the court that he was treated as an outcast even after his acquittal.

The 2006 Mayapuri rape had shocked the capital as a hearing and speech impaired pregnant woman was sexually assaulted in a moving car. The petitioner, who was running a diagnostic centre, was in jail for more than four years before a trial court acquitted him.

Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Wills Mathews argued before a bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P Desai on Friday that his client was not against media publishing news about his arrest as they were discharging their professional duty on the basis of information provided by the police.

“However, the petitioner is impleading some of the most reputed newspapers and the Press Council of India to explore the possibilities of helping/assisting the petitioner to put his life back on track,” Mathews said. The bench issued notice to several newspapers and TV channels.

Mandal said no newspaper or TV channel reported his acquittal. This resulted in a situation where residents of his locality still believed he was guilty and no one spoke to him or his family members.

He said his children were bright students but since his arrest, they were treated differently by society and neighbours prevented their children from mixing with his kids. “My wife and children suffered a lot of humiliation and suffering, seriously affecting their life and education,” he added.

“Everyone is looking down upon the petitioner taking him to be the one who brought disgrace to the locality. The residents of the locality still believe that the petitioner had committed the heinous crime and that he was released after completing the jail term awarded to him as punishment,” the petition said.

Mandal said after acquittal, he felt as if he was pushed into a bigger jail. “After the acquittal, I had great hope of getting back to the mainstream. But I gradually found that there was nothing to be happy about. All the machinery and equipment of my diagnostic centre had rusted. Neighbours looked with suspicion and never allowed their children to mix with my children,” he said.

The petitioner requested the court to find a way out to restore his lost dignity and respect in society. “The action of the media in telecasting or publishing the news connected with the petitioner’s arrest in Mayapuri rape case was based on the police version and was neither willful nor deliberate. But the poor petitioner seeks to live with dignity and honour,” Mandal’s petition said.

In India, one married man commits suicide every nine minutes — versus one married woman taking her life almost every 17 minutes — thanks to work pressures, an inability to tackle sorrow and laws that favour women, says Sonia Sarkar

The words were ominous. “The growing differences with my wife have become unbearable. It is better to end my life,” Amit Bhaskar told a Mumbai-based suicide help- line, run by non-government organisation Aasra, before he was found dead in his bedroom. A glass with the dregs of sleeping pills was found by his side.

Bhaskar is one of 61,453 married men in India who committed suicide last year. In India, one married man commits suicide every nine minutes, as opposed to one married woman taking her life almost every 17 minutes.

Recent data revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on suicides in 2010 show that almost 76 per cent of the total number of men who committed suicide were married. The number of suicides among married men was almost double that of married women, 31,754 of whom took their lives in 2010.

“Out of 25 calls that we receive a day, at least seven are from distressed husbands, as opposed to three or four from troubled wives,” says Johnson Thomas, director of Aasra. “We come across at least five such cases every month,” adds Dr Jai Ranjan Ram, psychiatrist at Calcutta’s Apollo Gleneagles.

Doctors also testify to the rise in the numbers of husbands committing suicide in recent years. “In a month, we come across about 40 suicide cases, out of which 50 per cent are invariably married men. The number was lower by 10 per cent five years ago,” says the head of psychiatry at Mumbai’s KEM Hospital, Dr Shubhangi Parkar, who’s conducted a joint study on suicides.

Mumbai-based Shekhar Aggarwal, 31, was one such patient whom the counsellors could not save. Aggarwal was in love with an old sweetheart who was forced by her parents to marry another man. Aggarwal got married too, but was not happy. For a couple of weeks he talked about death with his counsellors, who tried to help him battle depression. But nothing helped — and Aggarwal one day hanged himself.

Though the NCRB has not revealed the socio-economic class of the married men, experts point out that the trend is common to all classes. The reasons, however, are different. “For lower middle-class men, addiction to alcohol and debt are the common reasons for suicide. For the middle and upper middle-class, family dispute and loss of money in gambling or horse racing are often the cause,” says a senior official at CID (Crime), Maharashtra, which has the dubious distinction of recording the second highest number of suicides by married men — 8,138 in 2010 — among all states. Andhra Pradesh topped the list with 8,659 cases.

Possibly, economic upheavals in recent years — with job losses in many sectors — have taken their toll on married men, who are still the traditional bread earners. The demands of the fast-paced information technology industry are exacting. With the economic slowdown and job losses, depression has been mounting.

Not surprisingly, most suicides were committed by men who worked in the private sector. Last year in Bangalore, 366 private sector job holders took their lives versus 232 self-employed and 12 public sector employees. Around 210 men working in private companies in Chennai committed suicide as opposed to 99 self-employed ones and five public sector employees.

But clearly there is no one reason why married men take their own lives. The factors differ from case to case, though there are some generalities. In Bangalore, for instance, work pressures often drive men towards suicide, the police say. “Most of these suicides are committed by IT professionals who have a stressful life. There is an imbalance between their personal and work lives, which leads to marital rifts and causes depression,” says Praveen Sood, additional director general (crime records bureau), Bangalore.

Men, according to clinical psychologist Manju Mehta of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), tend to harm themselves when they are not able to cope with stress. “Even emotionally strong men can harm themselves. This is one of their ways to escape pain and suffering,” she says.

But why do men outnumber women on the suicide front so starkly? Part of it, psychologists say, is because they find it difficult to tackle sorrow and tend to bottle up depression. “Owing to the social stigma attached to weeping, men don’t cry. Expressing sadness, fear, disappointment or regret is seen as being less acceptable for men than women, who share their problems with others,” says Dr Sujatha Sharma, who runs a marital therapy clinic, Parivartan, in Delhi. “This cultural stereotype is very difficult to shake off. Since women are open to approach, suicides can be averted in their case, unlike in the case of men.”

Though married women commit suicide as well, the figures are much lower than that of men. In the past five years, the number of married men taking their lives has gone up by 17 per cent versus 12.6 per cent for married women.

“Men often suffer from a prolonged sense of not belonging, of not being integrated in the family. These feelings give rise to a sense of meaninglessness, apathy, melancholy and depression. Conflict in personal relationships, which is quite common these days, adds to the stress,” explains Mehta.

Counsellors believe that extra-marital relationships also force men into a corner. “Often, cracks in marriages start showing up when either of the spouses has an extra-marital affair. Men suffer more since their coping strategies are weaker than those of women,” adds Mehta.

For K. Srinivas, a 40-year-old IT professional from Chennai, it was his wife’s infidelity that prompted him to take his life. He was married for 10 years, and when he suspected that his wife had a lover he confronted her. But when her affair continued, the father of two daughters took an overdose of sleeping pills. “He felt helpless and debilitated,” says a counsellor.

Male suicide is often called “egoistic” suicide by experts. “On many occasions, men contemplating suicide have confessed that their ego doesn’t let them compromise and take the first step needed to fix a problem in a relationship. In such a situation, they also feel a strong sense of failure,” says Dr Parkar.

For most Indians, the family is a pivotal force of strength and support. But when things go wrong, it may also be their greatest torment, the experts point out. Failure to meet the high expectations of their partners often goads men into taking extreme steps. “Men become very sensitive about relationships and they feel ashamed of not meeting their partner’s expectations, resulting in a lowering of self-esteem,” says Dr M. Gowri Devi of the Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad.

The changing man-woman equation has also made a dent on the male ego. Andhra Pradesh is a case in point. “With 33 per cent reservation for girls in all colleges, including professional courses, there are more educated women than men in the state. Education is empowering women more and making them independent and perhaps less adjusting. Dissatisfied and frustrated with family life, men see suicide as an option to get over their emotional loss,” says Dr Devi.

Associations that espouse the cause of husbands blame pro-women laws for the trend. “For example, there is misuse of section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, under which an uninvestigated complaint by a wife against her husband and his family can land him and the family in jail. Or take the Domestic Violence Act, under which a husband can lose his hard-earned property thanks to a simple complaint of domestic violence, even without a fair trial,” says Niladri Das of male rights group Save Family Foundation.

“We want the government to set up a men’s welfare ministry and also a commission for men to look after such cases. It is unfortunate that the pain and suffering of married men are never taken into account when the government designs its welfare policies,” he says.

Delhi-based lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi also believes the law can be unfair to men. “In the urban scenario, women can be equally abusive and cruel as men. One cannot ignore the fact that offensive wives often push their husbands into such a corner that they are forced to end their lives,” feels Lekhi.

Doctors say that suicides can be avoided if the warning signals are read at an appropriate time. “Nobody commits suicide at the very thought of it. There is a gradual escalation of the feeling that death is a better option. It is for friends and close group associates to keep a tab on the mood swings of the person and also help him vent his frustration and anxiety,”says Dr Ram.

Activists have also started awareness campaigns that could help men seek assistance rather than suffer in silence. “Men should speak out,” says Das.

Kannur: Known for making controversial comments, Congress MP K Sudhakaran was at it again on International Women’s Day on Friday, stating that under the prevailing situation it was difficult for men to move around without being scared of women.

“Really, really I am afraid. I respect women, but under the laws, men are at the receiving end,” he said while addressing a meeting organised by the Congress’ women’s wing.

“If a woman says she is looked at (by men) or a finger pointed at her, or (he) sits beside her, that is enough (for a man to land him in trouble). There is no need for proof, no need for witness,” he added.

Ironically, Sudhakaran’s speech left the audience, mostly comprising women, in peals of laughter. The Congress leader also said every law should have a purpose or meaning. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Mahila Congress leaders, including its state president Bindu Krishna were present at the meeting.

Recently, Sudhakaran’s adverse comments on the victim of Suryanelli gangrape case had evoked sharp reactions. A former state minister, he had said during a visit to Muscat that he supported the views of Justice Basant, who was one of the two judges who acquitted the 35 accused in the Suryanelli case.

BOKARO: The district and additional sessions judge of Bokaro Court, Satyaprakash Sinha, on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to a woman who along with her brothers, mother and a neighbour killed her husband by setting him on fire at Dundibagh in 2005.

The court held the wife Anjani Devi, her mother Sumitra Devi, brothers Ganesh Sao and Chottu Sao and a neighbour Laloo Sao guilty of the crime and awarded them life imprisonment under section 302/34 of IPC, besides 10 years rigorous imprisonment under section 326/34 of IPC, which will run concurrently, said R K Rai, additional public prosecutor ( APP).

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2000 on each of them under the two sections. In case of a default, the culprits have to suffer additional six months rigorous imprisonment. The incident occurred on June 28, 2005 when Anjani along with four others set her husband Uma Shanker Sao on fire while he was sleeping in her house at Dundibagh under City Police Station, said Rai.

Later, Uma Shanker was rushed to Bokaro General Hospital (BGH) where he succumbed to injuries after battling for life for few days. However, Uma Shanker had narrated the entire incident to police before death.

Uma Shanker was a resident of Balidih. He stated in dying declaration that his wife Anjani on the day created pressure on him to take her to meet her family members in Dundibagh. Following which he brought her to in-laws house.

The deceased was a shop keeper by profession. After the incident, his father Sitram Sao pleaded for the justice in Court alleging Anjani and her family members behind killing his son. Court going through all the witnesses held all the five of them including Anjani culprit in the case and awarded life imprisonment to them, said Rai.

  • Woman says she was abducted, gang-raped in a moving car

NEW DELHI: A 33-year-old woman has alleged that she was gang-raped by 4-5 men in a moving car after they abducted her near Akshardham Temple in east Delhi on Sunday. On the woman’s allegations, the police registered a case at Mandawali police station but soon found that all of the accused had been named by the women in a previous rape complaint she had filed in 2012.

The victim told police that she had been abducted in a white car driven by a woman. Another woman and five men were also in the car. “She claimed the accused pulled her in the car, gang-raped her in front of the two women and dumped her near Bhairon Mandir. However, she knew everybody’s name. Two of those named by her are the same ones she had accused of rape in 2012. The others are one of the lawyers in the 2012 rape case, a property dealer and a friend of the two people. This case was registered in Mandawali in 2012,” said an officer.

The case seemed to be a gross misuse of the recent order that states an FIR would be registered verbatim on the basis of a woman’s complaint.

The woman has filed three different rape cases in the last 12 years and three other cases of abduction and kidnapping at different police stations in Delhi.

Mumbai: Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday said one of the reasons for not making marital rape an offence under the latest ordinance was that marriage is not deemed to be a contract in India, unlike in ‘other democratic countries’.

Speaking at a function organised by the Indian Merchants Chambers here, the Minister said the law must reflect the ‘contemporary realities’.

“Law cannot be made or amended keeping just one case in mind. Laws have to be made in such a manner that it can endure in every case for decades. Laws must reflect contemporary realities of society and should help the country progress and not regress,” Kumar said.

Speaking about the the recently promulgated Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance which amends laws related to sexual offences, he said “we have for the moment not included marital rape in the Ordinance for various reasons. One of them being that in our country marriage is not treated as a contract unlike in other democratic countries. However, when a wife is separated from her husband and if he sexually assaults her, then he will be booked.”

The ordinance would be placed before the cabinet next week, he said. “After the December 2012 (Delhi) gang-rape case that shook the collective conscience of the society, the government in a record time prepared the bill,” he added.

“There is a need for introspection and reflection to ensure that laws are not capable of being abused. If there are gaps in the law, it can lead to gross violation,” Kumar said.

Giving the example of section 498 (A) of Indian Penal Code which penalises dowry harassment, Kumar said “this section is being abused a lot. But I cannot do anything about it as if I do, several women’s organisations will rise against it. But what needs to be seen is that the women only are being accused under 498 (A).

Delhi: False allegation of rape can cause the same humiliation and distress to an accused which a rape victim undergoes, the Delhi High Court has said and highlighted the need to guard against such implication.
“It is true that rape causes the greatest distress and humiliation to the victim but at the same time a false allegation of rape can cause equal distress, humiliation and damage to the accused as well. The accused must also be protected against the possibility of false implication,” Justice S P Garg said while letting off a man accused of rape.
Allowing the plea of Surender Kumar, sentenced to seven- year imprisonment by a trial court for allegedly raping his sister-in-law, the court said, “In the present case, the story projected by the prosecutrix is so improbable that it cannot be believed.”
The judge took note of the fact that the woman had taken 42 days in lodging the FIR against Kumar and also did not get herself medically examined.
“The prosecutrix did not give plausible explanation for not lodging the report with police promptly,” the court said.
The judge also set aside the trial court’s order convicting the woman’s husband Ganga Sharan on the charge of criminal intimidation.
“I am of the considered view that the prosecution was unable to prove the guilt of the appellants (Sharan and Kumar) beyond reasonable doubt. The appellants deserve benefit of doubt. Conviction and sentence of the appellants are set aside. The appeal is allowed and the appellants are acquitted,” the court said.
According to the prosecution, the woman got married to Sharan in 1993 but due to differences she had a strained relationship with him and her in-laws.
She had alleged that when she was alone in her house, her brother-in-law had raped her on January 5, 2000 after which both her husband and Kumar had threatened her.
On May 26, 2001, the trial court had acquitted her husband from the charges of rape but convicted him for the charge of criminal intimidation. The lower court, however, had given seven-year jail to Kumar for the charge of rape under Section 376 of IPC.

एनबीटी न्यूज ।। फरीदाबाद
यहां रिश्ता तय करने के बहाने लड़के वालों के घर पूजा-पाठ कराने और फिर प्रसाद में नशीला लड्डू खिलाकर लूटपाट का मामला सामने आया है। कथित रूप से लड़की पक्ष के दो लोगों ने लड़के के परिवार के 6 सदस्यों को लड्डू खिलाकर बेहोश कर दिया। फिर उनके घर से लाखों रुपये की जूलरी, कैश व अन्य सामान लेकर फरार हो गए। पीड़ित परिवार के तीन लोगों की हालत गंभीर है।

घटना सेंट्रल थाना एरिया के संत नगर की है। यहां सिक्युरिटी गार्ड राम सुबारे (55) अपनी पत्नी विमला देवी (50), तीन बेटों ओमप्रकाश (35), राजेश (22), दीपक (18) और बेटी मीना (20) के साथ रहते हैं। दीपक ने बताया कि इन दिनों राजेश की शादी की कोशिश चल रही है। इसी क्रम में फैजाबाद में रहने वाले उनके चाचा सालिग राम ने उनसे कुछ लोगों को रिश्ता लेकर भेजने की बात कही थी। बुधवार को दीपक के मोबाइल पर एक कॉल आई। फोन करने वाले व्यक्ति ने बताया कि वे राजेश के रिश्ते की बात करने फैजाबाद से आए हैं। दीपक उन्हें लेने स्टेशन चले गए। वहां मिले दो लोगों के पास उनका व उनके भाई का टेलिफोन नंबर और घर का पता एक पर्ची पर लिखा था। दीपक उन्हें लेकर घर आ गए। मेहमान किसी लड़की का फोटो भी साथ लाए थे।

गुरुवार सुबह वे दोनों दिल्ली जाने की बात कहकर चले गए। वे शाम को लौटे और राम सुबारे के घर पूजा करने की बात कही। पूजा-पाठ के बाद दोनों ने राम के सभी परिजनों को लड्डू खिलाया। कुछ देर बाद जो जहां था, वहीं गिर गया। शुक्रवार दिनभर राम के घर हलचल नहीं हुई, तो पड़ोसियों ने वहां जाकर देखा। अंदर सभी लोग बेहोशी जैसी हालत में थे और उल्टियां कर रहे थे। ओमप्रकाश को छोड़कर परिवार के बाकी पांच लोगों को हॉस्पिटल में भर्ती कराया गया। राम सुबारे, विमला और मीना की हालत अभी गंभीर बनी हुई है।

दीपक ने बताया कि दोनों व्यक्ति उनके घर में रखी और पहनी हुई लाखों रुपये की जूलरी व हजारों रुपये कैश ले गए। सेक्टर 16 पुलिस चौकी इंचार्ज जयवीर सिंह ने बताया कि मामले की शिकायत मिली है। जांच पूरी होने के बाद रिपोर्ट दर्ज की जाएगी। इस बीच, पुलिस ने लड्डू के चूरे को जांच के लिए रख लिया है।

A 36-year-old woman, who shot her quarrelsome and abusive husband with a country-made revolver in 2006, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday.

After killing her husband, she attempted suicide by shooting herself.

VI Additional Sessions Judge N. Kaliyamurthi awarded the sentence after analysing the testimony given by her children, other relatives and material evidence.

The judge concluded that the woman had a grudge against her husband, as he had not treated her properly, did not give her money for household expenses and took liquor frequently.

The judge took note of “the pre-planned attitude in bringing the revolver from Bharatpur for killing her husband for the ordinary reason of family quarrel. Hence, she has to be punished with sentence of imprisonment.”

According to the police, Pramila Kumari and her husband Manikchand were living on Perumal Mudali Street, Sowcarpet. Manikchand was in the habit of using abusive language and spent a major part of his income on liquor.

She was also angry that her husband showed more affection to his siblings, the prosecution said.

During a visit to her parents’ house in Rajasthan, she brought a country-made revolver and cartridges and hid them in an almirah.

On October 22, 2006, a day after Deepavali, Pramila Kumari shot him repeatedly with the revolver. She then attempted suicide.

After hearing the gunshots, the husband’s elder brother rushed to find his brother in a pool of blood.

Manikchand was taken to hospital where he succumbed to injuries the same day.

The Kothawalchavadi police arrested her and charged her with offences including murder of husband, attempt to commit suicide, intimidation of children and illegal possession of a weapon.

Arriving at the conclusion that the prosecution had established its case beyond doubt, the judge pointed out that the woman failed to explain the fatal injuries suffered by her husband.

The infamous Delhi gang-rape case had highlighted the increasing involvement of juveniles in heinous crimes. More perturbing, however, is the growing share of girls in juvenile crimes and apprehension.According to the “Children in India – 2012” report released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, the percentage share of girls to total juvenile crimes have increased from 0.6 per cent in 2005 to 5.84 per cent in 2011.Along with the percentage share in total juvenile crimes, the number of apprehension of girls under juvenile crimes too has increased in 2011. Societal factors in urban areas such as peer pressure, lavish lifestyles and more importantly, lack of parental guidance and monitoring in nuclear families seem to have contributed to the rising numbers.
Anant Asthana, advocate from the Juvenile Justice Board, Kingsway Camp (Delhi) says that “social maladjustment and family disintegration is on the rise which brings children (boys and girls) into a state of abandonment and disorientation and they make their way out by indulging in criminal activities.”While 1978 girls were apprehended under juvenile delinquency in 2011, just 1540 girls were apprehended under juvenile delinquency in 2010. The statistics ministry has culled the data from National Crime Records Bureau.Gender-related vulnerability and absence of social-welfare programmes particularly for the 16-18 age groups further pushes them into crimes.“Minor girls are forced into juvenile crimes due to their vulnerability. Many girls are left helpless on the streets to get harassed and unfortunately least measures are taken to protect them from all odds. In our country there are schemes that provide cash to a girl at the completion of 18 years but what about protecting her at the tender age? When you are forced to face the harsh realities of life with an empty stomach, divergence towards criminal activities becomes oblivious,” Suhas Chakma from the Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights says.The report further suggests that out of total apprehended girls under juvenile delinquency, highest apprehension was recorded within 16-18 years of age group at 1149 during 2011.Reasoning sexual vulnerability of young girls, Asthana adds, “Children are innocent, so it very easy to mould them as criminals. In my career I have seen many cases where young girls are involved in organized crimes. Criminal gangs involve young girls in their modus operandi to get sexual favours.”Surprisingly, the involvement of juvenile girls was recorded highest under cruelty by husband and relatives (Sec 498A IPC) and gambling act during 2011. Among states, Madhya Pradesh (406) and Maharashtra (353) have reported highest girl offenders in juvenile crime under the Indian Penal Code, while Chhattisgarh (178) and Gujarat (121) reported highest under Special Local Laws.

In a unique case, the Dehradun police have arrested a woman, Rinku, 35, for allegedly giving a written assurance on a non-judicial stamp paper to the killers of her husband that she will pay Rs 4.5 lakh to them.

However, the names of the criminals with whom she reportedly entered into a pact is absent in the document. She has been sent to jail this week after recovering the document. The police have also arrested three persons, Arun, Rohit and Jogendra, who are Rinku’s relatives. The police said that one of them disclosed about the paper in which she made the promise.

The police said the document was recovered on the basis of a disclosure by one of the accused persons.

According to the police, Rinku was upset over husband Surendra Singh’s drinking habit and his frequent selling of properties at cheap rates. The murder case came to light after a beheaded body was found in the Sungaon forest area by the police.

“The criminals had burnt most parts of the body. It was difficult for the police to identify the victim,” said Rajesh Shah, SHO of Ranipokhari.

He contacted the neighbouring police stations to collect details of missing persons. “We got information from Doiwala police station about one person, Surendra Singh, going missing. His wife Rinku had informed the police that he had gone missing since February 17,” he said. Singh was a resident of Reshammanjari under Doiwala police station.

“We have recovered the non-judicial paper containing written assurance made by the woman for payment of supari money for the murder of her husband. During interrogation, she admitted that she has put her signature on the paper,” said Dehradun SSP Kewal Khurana told The Indian Express. He said the stamp paper would be examined by handwriting experts to confirm the woman’s signature on it.

Although the police sees the stamp paper as a strong evidence, it could not explain the possible motives for making such a promise.

“Perhaps, it was meant for ensuring mutual trust between the two parties involved in the murder conspiracy,” said Khurana.

However, SHO Shah had a different view. “Perhaps, they feared that the woman might disclose their names in case the police reach her doors. So they wanted to ensure a strong proof in support of her involvement,” Shah reasoned.

The value of stamp paper is Rs 50 and it was bought from a vendor in Rishikesh Tehsil.

The high court on Thursday observed that some women were abusing IPC Section 498A to harass those the clause aims to protect them from ‘ husbands and in-laws.

Justice K.S. Ahluwalia made the observation while quashing criminal charges against Mita Bhaduri and her husband Tapan, who were fearing arrest in connection with a case under section 498A (cruelty by husband or relatives of husband) lodged by her sister-in-law Maumita Maitra.

“The proceedings against the petitioners (Mita and Tapan) will be an abuse of the process of law. The FIR, along with all proceedings against the petitioners, is quashed,” Justice Ahluwalia said in his three-page order.

Quoting a Supreme Court ruling, Justice Ahluwalia said: “The ultimate object of justice is to find out the truth and punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The tendency of implicating all immediate relations is also not uncommon. The courts have to be extremely careful and cautious while dealing with these complaints and must take pragmatic matrimonial cases.”

Legal experts in the city welcomed Justice Ahluwalia’s view, which they said had highlighted the tendency of a section of women and their family members to misuse article 498A and lodge false complaints against in-laws.

“If a woman lodges a complaint of torture against her husband or any of her in-laws within seven years of marriage, police will have to arrest the accused first. No investigation is needed to arrest the accused or family members. Many women misuse the law to falsely implicate their husbands and in-laws,” said lawyer and former mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya.

Maumita, a resident of Khardah, on the northern fringes of the city, had married Atanu in December 2002. The couple, who had been living at Atanu’s house in Sodepur, have two daughters ‘ Arunima, 7, and Archisha, 5.

In December 2012, Maumita had lodged a complaint of torture against her husband, sister-in-law Mita and her husband Tapan.

Mita and Tapan ‘ the couple got married in 1983 ‘ live at Sinthee, around 12km from Atanu’s house. They moved a petition in the high court, seeking quashing of the proceedings against them.

The couple’s lawyer Debabrata Chatterjee submitted: “Maumita had complained that she had been regularly subjected to mental and physical torture by my clients. Is it possible? Mita and her husband have their own family. Why will they go to Sodepur regularly and torture Maumita?”

The judge observed: “It’s a fact that Mita and Tapan lived far way from the complainant’s house. The sister, who got married 19 years before her brother’s wedding, had nothing to do with the brother’s matrimonial affairs.”

এই সময় , আসানসোল : বিয়ের সন্ধ্যায় শাশুড়ির হাতে বরণের মিষ্টি খাওয়াই কাল হল বরের৷ মিষ্টির টুকরো মুখে দেওয়ার পরেই অসুস্থ হয়ে পড়েন তিনি৷ চব্বিশ ঘণ্টা না কাটতেই নার্সিংহোমে তাঁর মৃত্যু হয়৷ দুই পরিবারের অভিযোগ -পাল্টা অভিযোগের মধ্যে আসে পোস্ট মর্টেম রিপোর্ট৷

চিকিত্সকেরা জানান , বিষক্রিয়াতে মৃত্যু হয়েছে ওই যুবকের৷ আর এই অঘটনের মাঝে চুপচাপ অন্যত্র মেয়ের বিয়ে দিয়ে দিলেন কনেপক্ষ৷ পুরুলিয়ার সাঁতুড়ি থানার বালিফাড়ায় এই ঘটনা ঘটেছে সোমবার রাতে৷ বালিফাড়ার বাদল মাঝির মেয়ে চন্দনা মাঝির সঙ্গে নৈশলগ্নে বিয়ের কথা হয়েছিল বর্ধমানের হিরাপুর থানার করঞ্জবেড়ার ভূতনাথ মণ্ডলের ছেলে পার্থ মণ্ডলের (২৪ )৷ বিয়ের সম্বন্ধ হয়েছিল বেশ কিছুদিন আগে৷ সোমবার সন্ধ্যায় বর এসে পৌঁছতেই বিয়েবাড়িতে যথারীতি সাড়া পড়ে যায়৷ সবাই মিলে বর বরণ দেখতে ভিড় জমায় গাড়ির মুখে৷ পাত্রীর মা বরের মুখে মিষ্টি ভেঙে দেন৷ তার খানিক পরেই ছন্দপতন ঘটে বিয়েবাড়িতে৷ চেয়ার থেকে মাটিতে লুটিয়ে পড়ে বরবেশী পার্থ৷ ছুটে আসেন বরযাত্রীরা৷ নানা মুনির তখন নানা মত৷ কেউ বলেন , দিনভর উপোসেই অসুস্থ হয়ে পড়েছেন৷ কেউ বললেন , মাথা ঘুরে গিয়েছে৷ কিন্ত্ত মুখেচোখে জল ছিটিয়েও যখন জ্ঞান ফিরল না , তখন সকলেই বুঝলেন গতিক সুবিধের নয়৷ পার্থর বন্ধুবান্ধবরা সঙ্গে সঙ্গে তাঁকে নিয়ে নার্সিংহোমে ভর্তি করেন৷ মঙ্গলবার ভোর রাতে সেখানেই পার্থর মৃত্যু হয়৷ পার্থর বাবা ভূতনাথ মণ্ডলের অভিযোগ , ‘পার্থ যখন প্রথম অসুস্থ হয়ে পড়ে , তখন কনেপক্ষ উল্টে অভিযোগ করে যে আমরা নাকি লুকিয়ে অসুস্থ ছেলের বিয়ে দেওয়ার চেষ্টা করছি৷ ওরা জোর করতে থাকে যে আমার মেজছেলে শ্যামলের সঙ্গে ওই লগ্নেই চন্দনার বিয়ে দিতে হবে৷ আমরা আপত্তি করায় আমার ভাই -শ্যালক -সহ সবাইকে আটকে রাখে৷ মঙ্গলবার ভোরে যখন ছেলের মৃত্যু সংবাদ এল , তখন আমাদের ছাড়ল৷ ওরা আগে থেকে পরিকল্পনা করে বিষ মেশানো মিষ্টি খাইয়েছিল ছেলেকে৷ পরে পোস্ট মর্টেম রিপেআমরা হিরাপুর থানায় অভিযোগ করেছি৷ ’ তাঁদের আরও অভিযোগ , ওই অঘটনের রাতে পার্থর মৃত্যুসংবাদ আসার আগেই কাউকে কিছু না জানিয়ে চুপচাপ চন্দনার দিদির দেওরের সঙ্গে বিয়ে দেওয়া হয়৷ হীরাপুর থানার ওসি সৈয়দ রেজাউল কবীর বলেন , ‘ঘটনার কথা শুনেছি৷ পুলিশ তদন্ত করে দেখবে৷ ’ আসানসোলের এসিপি সুরেশ কুমার জানান , ‘হাসপাতাল সূত্রে আমাদের জানানো হয়েছে যে মৃতের পাকস্থলীতে বিষ পাওয়া গিয়েছে৷ তাই আমরা মৃতদেহ ভিসেরা পরীক্ষার জন্য পাঠাচ্ছি৷ মৃত্যুর কারণ জানতে তদন্ত শুরু হয়েছে৷ ’৷

KOCHI: Three plus one girl students of Kayamkulam who were caught drunk in class can be allowed to attend annual examinations, state government informed the Kerala High Court on Tuesday.

The girls were found consuming alcohol on the top floor of the school building during lunch break. They approached the high court after they were suspended from the school by the administration.
In the petitions filed at the high court, the girl prayed for a court direction allowing them to attend the annual examinations now going on.
Appearing for the government, senior government pleader CS Manilal informed the court that the government has no objection in allowing the girls to attend the final examinations.
After allowing the girls to appear for the exams, they may be dismissed from the schools, with transfer certificates to be given in time for gaining admissions in other schools, the government’s counsel told the court.
The director of higher secondary education had earlier taken this stance and had informed the same to the school authorities and the court. The school authorities had subsequently filed a petition at the high court challenging the director’s decision.
The girls, who were students of a school at Kayamkulam educational district, were found engaged in drinking by other students of the school. Teachers of the school were alerted by the students who saw the drinking bout, which led to the suspensions.

থানে : ঋণ শোধ করতে না পেরে মেয়েকে পাওনাদারের সঙ্গে যৌন সঙ্গমে বাধ্য করল বাবা -মা৷ এই ঘটনায় তিন জনকে গ্রেন্তার করেছে পুলিশ৷

বছর ষোলোর ওই কিশোরীর বাবা নিসার খানের কাছে ৫০ হাজার টাকা ঋণ নিয়েছিল৷ ওই ঋণ শোধ করতে না পেরে তার পরিবর্তে নিসারকে মেয়ের সঙ্গে যৌন সঙ্গম করার প্রস্তাব দেয় ওই কিশোরীর বাবা৷ সেই প্রস্তাব মেনে নেয় নিসার৷ দু’বছর ধরে ওই কিশোরীকে ধর্ষণ করে সে৷ ওই কিশোরীর আচরণে পরিবর্তন লক্ষ্য করেন তার স্কুলের শিক্ষিকারা৷ তাঁরা মেয়েটির কাছে এর কারণ জানতে চান৷ যাবতীয় ঘটনার কথা শিক্ষিকাদের জানায় ওই কিশোরী৷ তার মা নিয়মিত তার উপর অত্যাচার করত বলেও শিক্ষিকাদের জানায় ওই কিশোরী৷ স্কুল কর্তৃপক্ষ একটি স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংস্থাকে বিষয়টি জানায়৷ ওই সংস্থা পুলিশে অভিযোগ দায়ের করে৷ তড়িঘড়ি পদক্ষেপ করে পুলিশ৷ পুলিশের ভয়ে ওই কিশোরীকে উত্তরপ্রদেশে পাঠিয়ে দেয় তার বাবা -মা৷ সেখান থেকেই তাকে উদ্ধার করে পুলিশ৷ গ্রেন্তার করা হয় তার বাবা -মা এবং নিসারকে৷ সোমবার মেয়েটির স্বাস্থ্য পরীক্ষা হবে বলে জানিয়েছে পুলিশ৷ অভিযুক্তদের বিরুদ্ধে দ্রুত ব্যবস্থা নেওয়া হবে জানানো হয়েছে পুলিশের তরফে৷ খুব তাড়াতাড়ি তাদের আদালতে তোলা হবে বলেও জানিয়েছে পুলিশ৷ —পিটিআই৷

দেরাদুন : স্বামীকে হত্যা করার জন্য ভাড়াটে খুনিদের সঙ্গে স্ট্যাম্প পেপারে চুক্তি করেছিলেন স্ত্রী৷ হত্যার পর সন্দেহ এড়াতে স্বামীর নিখোঁজ হওয়ার অভিযোগও দায়ের করেছিলেন তিনি৷ কিন্ত্ত এত আটঘাট বেঁধেও শেষরক্ষা হল না৷ ১৭ ফেব্রুয়ারি নিহত স্বামীকে হত্যার চক্রান্তের দায়ে রবিবার রিঙ্কু নামে ওই মহিলাকে গ্রেন্তার করেছে পুলিশ৷ গ্রেন্তার করা হয়েছে নিহত সুরিন্দর সিংয়ের ভাইপো অরুণ -সহ আরও পাঁচ জনকে৷

পুলিশের জেরার মুখে রিঙ্কু জানিয়েছেন , তাঁর সন্তানদের ভবিষ্যত্ নিশ্চিত করতেই স্বামীকে হত্যা করতে চেয়েছিলেন তিনি , এবং এ নিয়ে তাঁর কোনও অনুতাপও নেই৷ সুরিন্দরকে হত্যা করার জন্য কয়েকজন ভাড়াটে খুনির সঙ্গে স্ট্যাম্প পেপারে চুক্তি করেন তিনি৷ তাদের কত টাকা দেওয়া হবে তার উল্লেখ আছে তাতে৷ এও লেখা আছে যে টাকা না পেলে ওই স্ট্যাম্প পেপার তাঁর বিরুদ্ধে সাক্ষ্যপ্রমাণ হিসাবে ব্যবহার করবে খুনিরা ! পুলিশকে রিঙ্কু জানিয়েছেন , ১৭ ফেব্রুয়ারি সুরিন্দরকে মদ খাইয়ে বাড়ির কাছে একটি জঙ্গলে নিয়ে যায় অরুণ ও তার আত্মীয় রোহিত৷ সেখানে ওই ভাড়াটে খুনিদের সাহায্যে তাঁকে শ্বাসরোধ করে হত্যা করে মৃতদেহ জ্বালিয়ে দেওয়া হয়৷ ২০ ফেব্রুয়ারি সুরিন্দরের নিখোঁজ হওয়ার অভিযোগ দায়ের করেন রিঙ্কু৷ সে দিনই ওই জঙ্গল থেকে একটি আধপোড়া ও মুণ্ডহীন মৃতদেহ উদ্ধার করে পুলিশ৷ রিঙ্কুকে সন্দেহ হওয়ায় তাঁর মোবাইল ফোনে আড়ি পাতার পর তাঁর কল -লিস্ট থেকে গত কয়েকদিনে কয়েকটি নম্বরে বারবার ফোন করার প্রমাণ মেলে৷ সন্দেহের ভিত্তিতে সুরিন্দরের ভাইপো অরুণ ও তাঁর আত্মীয় রোহিতকে আটক করা হলে জেরার মুখে তারা সব স্বীকার করে৷ তার ভিত্তিতেই এ দিন রিঙ্কুকে গ্রেন্তার করা হয়েছে৷ – সংবাদসংস্থা৷

এই সময় , ডায়মন্ড হারবার : স্ত্রী তাঁরই কারখানার এক শ্রমিকের সঙ্গে অবৈধ সম্পর্কে লিন্ত হয়ে পালিয়েছে৷ এমনকী টাকাপয়সা , গয়না , ব্যাঙ্কের কাগজপত্রও নিয়ে গিয়েছে৷ এই ঘটনা জানাতে গেলে পুলিশ অভিযোগ তো নিতেই চায়নি , উল্টে তাঁকে হুমকি দিয়েছে৷ এই অপমান সহ্য করতে না পেরে ট্রেনে গলা দিয়ে আত্মঘাতী হলেন জব্বর (৬০ ) নামে এক প্রৌঢ়৷

রবিবার সন্ধ্যায় তিনি ভাইকে ফোনে বলেন , ‘পুলিশ আমাকে বাঁচতে দেবে না৷ আমি আর বাঁচতে পারব না৷ ’ পরে বেশি রাতে তাঁর মৃত্যুর খবর আসে বাড়িতে৷ জানা যায় , বজবজ শাখায় নুঙ্গি এবং আকড়া স্টেশনের মাঝে তাঁর মৃতদেহ পাওয়া গিয়েছে৷ পরিবারের অভিযোগ , স্ত্রীর থেকে চড়ান্ত অপমানকর ব্যবহার এবং পুলিশের হুমকির পর তিনি এ ভাবে আত্মহননের পথ বেছে নেন৷ মহেশচলা থানার মুখার্জিপাড়ায় ঘটনাটি ঘটে৷ পুলিশের আচরণে ক্ষুব্ধ বাসিন্দারাও৷ ২০০৩ সালে পাড়ারই আসিমাকে ভালোবেসে বিয়ে করেন জব্বর৷ তাঁদের এক ছেলে (২৪ ) এবং এক মেয়ে (১৮ )৷

কয়েক মাস আগে মেয়ের বিয়েও দেন জব্বর৷ মাস চারেক আগে তিনি জানতে পারেন , তাঁর টুপির কারখানার এক শ্রমিকের সঙ্গে আসিমার অবৈধ সম্পর্ক আছে৷ তা নিয়ে অশান্তি ছিল পরিবারে৷ পুলিশের চাপে জব্বর কিছু বলেননি৷ পুলিশ কোনও অভিযোগও নিতে চায়নি৷ ৩০ জানুয়ারি থেকে আসিমা নিখোঁজ হয়ে যায় পার্ক সার্কাসের বাসিন্দা ওই শ্রমিকের সঙ্গে৷ বাবা এবং ছেলে পাগলের মতো আসিমাকে খুঁজতে থাকেন৷ সব কিছু হারিয়ে জব্বর অসহায় হয়ে পড়েন৷ পরে তিনি মহেশতলা থানার দ্বারস্থ হন৷ জব্বরের ভাই শেখ আব্দুল আলি জানান , থানা দাদার থেকে অভিযোগ তো নেয়ইনি , উল্টে ঝুলিয়ে রেখে মোটা টাকা নিয়েছে৷ তবু দাদা হাল ছাড়েননি৷ রবিবার রাতেও তিনি থানায় যান৷ তখনও তাঁকে থানায় হুমকি দেওয়া হয়৷ তার পরই জব্বর ভাইকে টেলিফোনে জানান , পুলিশ তাঁকে আর বাঁচতে দেবে না৷ আব্দুল আলি বলেন , ‘সেটাই দাদার সঙ্গে আমার শেষ কথা৷ ’ তিনি মহেশতলা থানার বিরুদ্ধে যথাযথ ব্যবস্থা গ্রহণের দাবি জানান৷ জেলার পুলিশ সুপার প্রবীন কুমার ত্রিপাঠীর ফোন সমানে বেজে গিয়েছে৷ মহেশতলা থানার আইসি তারকনাথ মাসানতো ‘বিষয়টি দেখছি ’ বলে ফোন কেটে দেন৷ জব্বরের ছেলে শেখ রহমান মুখ্যমন্ত্রী তথা পুলিশমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের কাছে বাবার মৃত্যুর বিচার চান৷ তিনি বলেন , মা আর পুলিশের জন্যই বাবাকে মরতে হল৷ স্থানীয় বাসিন্দারা জানয়িেছেন , জব্বর ভালো মানুষ ছিলেন৷

NEW DELHI: A youth, who was allegedly in a live-in with his childhood friend for over five years on the promise of marriage, has been charged with raping her. In its chargesheet filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler, police has accused the man of raping his friend since 2007.

Meanwhile, the court took cognizance of the chargesheet and issued summons to the accused for February 21. The accused, working with an MNC, was granted anticipatory bail.

In its chargesheet, police said the man had forceful sexual relations with the girl on the false pretext of marrying her. The girl was shocked when he said that he could not marry her as his parents were against their relationship.

The girl also tried to meet the accused’s family but they did not allow her to enter the house, police said. As soon as the girl came to know that he was going to marry some other girl, she filed a complaint on September 28 last year, police said in the chargesheet.

NEW DELHI: A fast track court has asked the Delhi Police chief to initiate an inquiry against police personnel, including a woman officer, who “twisted and manipulated” evidence in a kidnapping and rape case in which the accused was acquitted.

The court asked the police commissioner to sensitize and train these cops who also were found to have lied in court. Finding that facts were concocted in the case, additional sessions judge Virender Bhat acquitted the youth charged of kidnapping and raping a girl in June 2010.

“Let a copy of the judgment be sent to the additional commissioner, south west Delhi and the commissioner of Delhi Police so that they get to know how their subordinates are conducting investigation and telling lies in court,” the judge said.

The court added that if necessary, police should “initiate an inquiry to find out why a twisted and manipulated version of the case was put up before the court”.

It also pulled up the investigating officer, sub inspector Sunita Sharma, for investigating the case under the influence and control of the father of the girl, the complainant in the case.

“She appears to have danced to the tunes of the complainant and mentioned twisted facts in the chargesheet. It is a clear case, not of shoddy investigation, but of investigation under the influence and control of the complainant,” the judge said.

Acquitting Mohammed Bashit Ali of charges of raping the girl, the court said, “Taking into account the overall facts and circumstances in which the prosecutrix had herself voluntarily accompanied the accused to Mumbai and was staying there with him willingly, it is difficult to believe that he had committed sexual intercourse with her against her will. Even this fact is also not established from the overall testimony of the girl”.

A case of kidnapping was lodged by the girl’s father in June 2010 when his 14-year-old daughter did not return home from the market. The man told police that his neighbours had last seen his daughter with Ali and that he may have taken her to Mumbai to his friend’s place.

According to the police, Ali and the girl were not found in Mumbai but were picked up from Delhi’s Mahavir Enclave, based on “secret information”.

However, during the trial, the court found this to be untrue. The accused was indeed apprehended in Mumbai by cops there and brought to the capital by two Delhi Police personnel.

“The IO spoke a blatant lie in this regard before this court while appearing as a prosecution witness. The other police officials appearing as prosecution witnesses also lied in court in this regard at the behest of the IO,” it said.

The court also said that the police officials of Ulhas Nagar police station in Mumbai have not been examined as witnesses by the prosecution. “It is not clear under what circumstances and on the basis of what information was the accused arrested by police in Mumbai,” it added.

ROURKELA: A girl has lodged a complaint at Lahunipara police station in Sundargarh district after being allegedly duped by her live-in partner.

Reports said the youth abandoned her after four months of staying together and since then she has been running from pillar to post trying to locate him. The couple started living together in July, 2011, after the boy’s parents objected to the match. Meanwhile, they coaxed him to leave the girl, a native of Dhamana Dhar village under Lahunipara police limits. All of a sudden, the youth, Madesh Tiru, left the house in December, the same year. He even switched off his cellphone.

A couple of months later, parents of Madesh asked her to vacate the house she was living in. They also refused to divulge Madesh’s whereabouts.

“We have registered a case and investigating the matter,” said IIC of Lahunipara police station R K Sahu. Though the youth had been missing since long, an FIR was lodged only on Wednesday, he added.

पवन कुमार, नई दिल्ली

दहेज कानून की आड़ में फर्जी बिल लगाकर पति से दहेज के सामान के रूप में मोटी रकम हासिल करने की चालाकी एक महिला को अब बेहद भारी पड़ने वाली है। महिला के फर्जीवाड़े का अदालत में खुलासा होने पर पुलिस ने महिला व उसकी मां के खिलाफ धोखाधड़ी का एक मुकदमा दर्ज कर लिया है। यह मामला सब्जी मंडी थाना क्षेत्र का है।

हुआ यूं कि सेक्टर- 6 रोहिणी निवासी ललिता ने अपने पति पंकज के खिलाफ दहेज का एक मुकदमा 1 जून 2011 को रोहिणी में दर्ज कराया था। उक्त मामले में दहेज का आरोप लगाते हुए ललिता व उसकी मां जीत कौर ने पुलिस के समक्ष दहेज के सामान की लिस्ट व सामान के बिल पेश किए और वह सामान वापस दिलाने के लिए अदालत से मांग की। दहेज का सामान वापस न लौटा पाने के कारण उक्त मामले में पुलिस ने पंकज व उसके भाई को 12 सितंबर 2011 में गिरफ्तार कर जेल भेज दिया। जेल में 11 दिन रहने के बाद दोनों आरोपियों को जमानत मिल गई। जमानत पर रिहा होने के बाद पंकज ने अपनी प}ी द्वारा पुलिस व अदालत के समक्ष पेश किए गए दहेज के सामान के तमाम बिलों की प्रति हासिल कर व्यापार भवन के वैट कार्यालय में सूचना के अधिकार के तहत बिलों के संबंध में जानकारी मांगी। सूचना के अधिकार के तहत मिली जानकारी में पंकज को सूचना मिली कि पेश किए गए ज्यादातर बिल झूठे व फर्जी हैं। जानकारी मिलने पर पंकज ने तीसहजारी कोर्ट में एक अर्जी दायर कर प}ी ललिता व सास जीत कौर के खिलाफ आपराधिक मामला दर्ज करने की मांग की। पंकज का आरोप है कि उसकी प}ी ने झूठे बिल पेश कर उसे दहेज के झूठे मामले में फंसाया है।

महानगर दंडाधिकारी नीरज गौड़ ने इस मामले को गंभीरता से लेते हुए पुलिस को आदेश दिया कि वह आरोपियों के खिलाफ धोखाधड़ी करने व झूठे साक्ष्य तैयार करने का मामला दर्ज करे। अदालत के निर्देश पर सब्जी मंडी थाना की पुलिस ने दोनों आरोपियों पर भारतीय दंड संहिता की धारा 196, 468, 471, 420, 511 और 120बी के तहत मामला दर्ज कर जांच शुरू कर दी है। पुलिस ने मामले के संबंध में दर्ज की गई एफआइआर की प्रति अदालत के समक्ष पेश करने हुए उन्हें कार्रवाई की जानकारी दी।

VADODARA: An angry mother killed her daughter’s boyfriend on Saturday in Godhrataluka of Panchmahal. LeelaBariya allegedly assaulted PradipBariya at Chhavad village in Godhra with an iron rod. Pradip suffered severe injuries on head and succumbed to injuries later. The police arrested Leela on Sunday. Leela, 38, was unhappy with her daughter’s relationship with Pradip.

“Pradip was married and lived in Dangariya village. He was having an affair with her daughter for last couple of years. Leela had learnt about it and tried hard to stop her daughter from meeting Pradip. But the deceased still kept in touch with her daughter,” said Godhra police sub-inspector Suresh Vasava.

The police said the girl fell in love with Pradip when she used to travel in his vehicle on her way to school. He used to call the girl on her mobile phone regularly. “On Saturday, he again called her up but Leela received the call. She got angry and asked him to leave her daughter alone, who was now a student of a college. But Pradip didn’t relent following which Leela asked him about his whereabouts,” Vasava told TOI.

Pradip told her that he was at a roadside stall near her house. An enraged Leela took an iron rod with her and allegedly hit Pradip before he could understand anything. Leela’s husband works as a farm labourer and they have two daughters and a son.

Kochi: A 40-year-old woman has been arrested at Parur in Ernakulam district for allegedly sexually abusing an eleven-year-old boy, police said on Saturday.

The incident occurred on December 11 and came to light when the boy narrated it to his school mates.

Police took a statement from the minor boy, who is the woman’s neighbour, and registered a case against her under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

They were buddies at the call centre they worked in. Rohit and Shalini would often party together or go out for a drink as a twosome. But gradually, Rohit started feeling uncomfortable. It seemed that Shalini had other thoughts about their platonic relationship.

One day, Shalini — who is married and has a nine-year-old son — moved to the desk right next to Rohit. Rohit, who is also married, would find her gazing at him between calls. She would brush against him when she passed by.

“Even now, she makes no bones about wanting to sleep with me; she says she’ll book a hotel for the occasion if I agree,” says Rohit, adding that the struggle to stay away from Shalini is taking its toll on him. It worries him that at the call centre in Malad, the two are the daily staple of office gossip.

So far, the story hasn’t ended with an ugly bottom line. But if the relationship sours and one of them decides to press charges of sexual assault or harassment, all hell could break loose. But Rohit feels he can’t make an official complaint about Shalini for he believes that will end up embarrassing them both.

“It is more difficult for a man to report or prove that he is being sexually exploited by a woman. If he does, his credibility is at stake. We are conditioned to believe that women cannot sexually abuse,” says Anjali Gopalan, executive director of the Delhi-based Naz Foundation. “But it is not outside the realm of possibility that women sexually exploit men,” adds Gopalan.

As of now, the law backs Shalini. But if the controversial Sexual Offences (Special Courts) Bill, 2010, introduced in Parliament last week, gets a nod, a woman in her position could land in a right legal mess.

The Bill, which is touted as being gender neutral, proposes the introduction of a new section — 376 (E) — to the Indian Penal Code, 1860, on unlawful sexual acts. “Whoever touches directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of another person (not being the spouse of such person), with sexual intent and without the consent of such other person, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both,” it says.

The Bill does not specify the sex of the victim. So in effect a man can accuse a woman — or another man — of sexual abuse. But ironically, the Bill has its seeds in the 172nd report of the Law Commission of India, and recommendations drafted by women’s groups around the country, spearheaded by the National Commission for Women (NCW).

When women’s groups lobbied for a stronger law they did not have gender neutrality in mind. They merely wanted to tighten laws on sexual assault. Men who touched women with sexual intent and without consent had to be punished, they said.

“As women’s groups we are opposed to blanket neutrality. We believe that sexual assault is a gender-related crime and hence the assault can only happen between two persons who have different gender power in society,” says Chayanika Shah, an activist of the Forum Against Oppression of Women.

Shah acknowledges that it’s not just women who are sexually assaulted. “But we would like to retain this understanding of sexual assault in the law. If a man is being assaulted by a woman he can file a complaint under a general assault law,” she says.

But if the government has its way, the word rape is soon going to be gender neutral. The change proposed follows a government move last year to decriminalise homosexuality. Soon, men can legally have sex with other men, if the Supreme Court gives its nod. And once it is legal, it implies that there can be illegal acts of homosexuality as well. And that is the reason, a government officer explains, why rape is no longer going to be an assault merely against women.

Some would argue that a woman is incapable of sexually raping a man.The National Crime Research Bureau has no statistics to prove otherwise. But voices of dissent do sometimes make themselves heard. Last year, the Save India Family Foundation, a Delhi-based non governmental organisation, was approached by 10 men who complained of being sexually harassed by women.

The amendments proposed by the government underline the point that sexual harassment has no gender either. Indeed, with more and more women joining the work force, there has been a rise in women harassing men. While the number of men who sexually harass women is still several times higher than women who abuse men, complaints from men are no longer as rare as they were even five years ago.

Mahesh, who works at a top information technology firm in Chennai, is one such victim. He says he almost took to his heels when a manager in his company, a woman in her early forties, asked him to spend the night with her after he had driven her home from office. “As I was parking her car, she went in and changed into a low-cut blouse,” says Mahesh.

The stage had been set a few weeks earlier, when she asked Mahesh on their way back home in the office cab on two occasions to massage her hurting back. Mahesh obliged, but says he felt used. Yet, even though he feels resentful, he doesn’t dare to complain to the management about her, fearing that he would be ridiculed or even lose his job.

“A man would be wary of reporting sexual abuse by a woman, for fear of being labelled a sissy,” says Jasmir Thakur, founder and secretary of the Samabhavana Society, a gay rights group in Mumbai.

Samir, 30, would agree. At a party, when a woman made a pass at him, started pawing him and invited him home for the night, Samir felt uncomfortable, but ignored her behaviour. “I pretended not to get the hint,” he says.

But that’s not all. Men these days complain of another kind of harassment — by other men. Avinash was almost assaulted by a man in a Mumbai local. Stories of men feeling up other men in busy trains are widespread in the city. “I threatened to beat him up,” he says.

Soon, people like Avinash won’t need to take the law in their own hands. Mahesh may be able to take the senior woman manager to court and Rohit his colleague. A law that women spearheaded to protect women may end up pushing some of them behind bars.

(Some names have been changed)

Only a man can be proceeded against and punished for adultery, but the wife cannot be, even as an abettor, the Supreme Court has ruled.

A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha said, “Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code [which deals with adultery] is currently under criticism from certain quarters for showing a strong gender bias, for it makes the position of a married woman almost as a property of her husband. But in terms of the law as it stands, it is evident from a plain reading of the Section that only a man can be proceeded against and punished for … adultery. Indeed, the Section provides expressly that the wife cannot be punished even as an abettor.”

Kalyani appealed against an Andhra Pradesh High Court judgment that dismissed her petition against registration of a case for adultery under Section 497 of the IPC and wrongful restraint under Section 341 of the IPC by another woman, Sailaja, who alleged that her husband was in an illicit relationship with her.

No case made out

Quashing the charges and allowing the appeal, the Bench said: “The mere fact that the appellant is a woman makes her completely immune to the charge of adultery, and she cannot be proceeded against is evident from a plain reading of Section 497…”

As for Section 341, the Bench said: “On the basis of the allegation made in the complaint, we fail to see how the charge of wrongful restraint can be made out against the appellant. All the allegations in the complaint taken on their face value do not make out any case against the accused.

“We are, therefore, satisfied that the proceedings against the appellant are equally fit to be quashed, and the High Court was in error in not allowing the quashing application filed by the appellant.”

In a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 497 (adultery) of the Indian Penal Code, Senior Counsel Niteen Pradhan submitted before the Bombay High Court that, “It is a woman’s fundamental right to have sex with a man of her choice and, therefore, the same cannot be curtailed by an archaic and outdated concept of decency”.

Pradhan was arguing on behalf of a Worli resident who has been booked under the section that can attract imprisonment of up to five years, if proved guilty. The section of the IPC entails punishment for a man, married or otherwise, having a sexual relationship with a married woman. Pradhan argued that the law was discriminatory as a husband aggrieved by his wife’s extra marital relationship can get her paramour booked under the section, however, a wife in a similar situation had no redressal.

Pradhan argued on Wednesday that human relationships depend on compatibility and people commit “adultery” only when their spouse is incompatible. “It is when something begins to sour. It is not for thrill that anyone has a relationship outside marriage,” Pradhan said. The right to have sex with a person of one’s choice is a fundamental right covered by Article 21 (Right to life) under the Constitution of India, Pradhan argued.

Additional Solicitor General DJ Khambata, however, said the right to break a marriage — by having an illicit affair with someone else’s wife — can, in no way, be seen as a Right to Life. “Lawmakers thought it appropriate in our social circumstances,” Khambata said justifying the inclusion of adultery as an offence. He also said the Supreme Court has rejected petitions challenging Section 497 thrice.

The definition of adultery in the penal code of 1872 is “hopelessly irrelevant” in today’s Indian society which has given a legal sanction to live-in relationships under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Pradhan said. Citing the example of England where adultery is not an offence, Pradhan said the institution of marriage was unharmed in that country and the objective of scrapping Section 497 was not to belittle marriage. “We are not moral police,” he said.

Justice Marlapalle, however, said, “Just because it is not an offence in England, it is not necessary it should be the same here.” The court had earlier remarked, “If two adults want to have consensual sex, they are free to do so, but they should remain outside the institution of marriage.”

PANCHKULA: A fake ‘rape victim’ is on the prowl in Panchkula. In what would be a wake up call for men, the woman – in her 50s – comes in various avatars, sometimes as maid servant or a fruit seller only to woo men and slap false rape charges if she fails to extort money.

The order of the Punjab and Haryana high court, pronounced on December 7, 2010, in one of the rape cases that the woman had filed against a Chandigarh cop, stated, “She admitted that 52 complaints were filed by her, including the application given to the SSP.”

“The woman withdrew her complaints after she got money,” added the order. Some witnesses, who appeared in the court during a hearing whose statements were also recorded and are a part of the order had revealed how the woman, in the garb of a maid, used to create nuisance in the house and use fake evidences like used condoms in the dustbin in order to falsely implicate the person.

In another case, she alleged that three youths had raped her in Mansa Devi area. The cancellation report of police in this case stated, “As no circumstantial material was found, case has been closed.”

In 2011, when she was on her way to Panchkula from Delhi in a Haryana Roadways bus after attending final hearing of the Supreme Court where the head constable was acquitted, she alleged that she was raped by the driver, conductor and two others. “Finding no evidence,” the court granted bail to the accused.

Manbir Singh Rathi, a lawyer, said, “We have discussed the issue with an NGO to inform people about the trap. We had a word with a few victims who will submit an application to NGO and after which the NGO will become a complainant in this case.”

It’s her way to extort money from people. How is it possible that these cases happen with the same woman every time? It is only on orders from the court under malicious prosecution or complaint by any victim that police can book her under false implications. Such cases have been cracked by Delhi police also.

Dheeraj Sethia | assistant commissioner of police cases

July 2008 | The woman alleged that she was raped by three youths late at night. Finding no circumstantial evidences against the accused, police closed the case

April 2010 | She accused a Chandigarh police head constable, Anil Kumar of raping her for 6-7 months under the pretext of finding her missing husband. High court acquitted him in December 2010

2010 | The woman filed a complaint against Gurjit Singh and Anurag of Chandigarh saying Gurjit Singh used to force her to have relations with his boss, Anurag. In the court, she withdrew her complaint saying she had reached a compromise as both of them were her nephews

2011 | She moved Supreme Court for head constable case but it was dismissed again

July 2011 | She accused Haryana Roadways bus driver, conductor and two others of raping her. Finding no evidence, the accused were granted bail

Their names have been cleared in the Park Street case but for them the horror has just begun.

Sheikh Azharuddin of Ripon Street and Sharafat Ali of Kidderpore are struggling — and failing — to come to terms with how their lives have changed since a 37-year-old woman accused them of having raped her in a moving car on the night of February 5.

From February 15, when the complaint went public and they were picked up by police, to February 18, when the probe team gave them a clean chit and let them go, the world saw them as “rapists”.

Now back in their world, the rape slur just refuses to go away. Old friends to sections of the family, business associates to passing acquaintances, everyone has had one question to ask in the past four days: “If you are not the one, why did she name you?”

Neither Azhar nor Sharafat has an answer.

Till the evening of February 17, the lady had claimed that she was “hundred per cent sure” about identifying Sharafat and Azhar. “I remember their faces clearly,” she told STAR Ananda.

Twenty-four hours later, joint commissioner (crime) Damayanti Sen said: “Their involvement is ruled out.”

The two friends were released from the police lock-up after 72 hours in detention.

Azhar and Sharafat (pictures by Amit Datta) narrated to Metro on Wednesday what life after a false charge of rape meant.

Sheikh Azharuddin, 24

I really owe it to my cellphone. This one device has saved my life. Thankfully the police could track our tower locations, which proved that we were not present at the scene of the crime at that point of time. I will never switch my phone off in my life, ever.

Over the past year, my friends (including Sharafat and Lavi Gidwani, who is now in Canada) and I have rarely gone partying as our work left us with very little time. My work at the shop (selling accessories for interior decoration) would leave me drained at the end of the day.

I had seen Ruman (Khan) only twice before my name appeared in the Park Street case. But we got to know his name (as one of those accused of impersonating them and then assaulting the lady) only after we were released from Lalbazar.

On January 18, we had joined a gymnasium on CIT Road where we saw him working out on the first day. Then we saw him on January 28, when we were partying at Roxy (The Park). He came up to Sharafat and told him that the gym would be closed between February 1 and 5 for renovation.

My family is in a state of shock. They have imposed a curfew on me. The only place I can go to is my shop inside Chandni Market. My parents are not leaving me alone for even a few minutes.

Last night, after I dropped my father at the gate of our residential complex, I told him I would be back in a few minutes after feeding a few poor people as a mark of gratitude to the Almighty that my name has been cleared. My father told me he would wait outside the complex for me. And he actually did not move from there till I returned after 15 minutes.

The entire episode has maligned my name. My parents have been in talks with various families for my marriage. Do you think after this episode anybody would want to marry off their daughter to me?

Sharafat Ali, 27

I feel the 72 hours inside Lalbazar were much easier than what I had been going through for the four days since our name was cleared in the Park Street rape case and we were released.

I feel I am being accosted by questioning eyes. People are asking why my name featured in the case and whether I knew the lady.

All this is making me feel miserable.

And the irony is that I don’t even party regularly nowadays, because of my work timings. It’s only once in a blue moon. My shift (at a call centre on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road where Sharafat works as the operations head) starts at 6pm and ends at 3am. All nightclubs are shut by 2am. So where is the time to party? But still my name featured in this case….

On the day of the incident, there was a Muslim festival and I was at Azhar’s place on Ripon Street. After the rituals were over, I was in Azhar’s room going over the pictures of the function. After that we headed to a dhaba on Russell Street to have tea. Then, Azhar dropped me home in his white Honda Civic.

At home, I was on Facebook using my Android phone till 3am. The moment the police got my cellphone records they knew I was innocent. So were my two other friends (Azhar and Lavi).

My family is keeping track of every move I make. I have been told to return home by 9pm every day. How will I manage to do that given the nature of my job?

My girlfriend was very upset after my name cropped up in the Park Street rape case. She trusts me completely, but she has been affected very badly by all that has happened over the past week.

A Moga woman’s story of her kidnapping from Chandigarh and dumping here after gangrape in a moving car has turned out to false.
She posed as victim to frame her boyfriend’s wife who had got her into prison on the accusation of attempted murder by poking with HIV-infected needles. She was out on bail when she made up the story.

Along with suspect Gurveer Kaur (24), the police have also arrested Rohtash Kumar, who claimed to have brought the woman to hospital in her unconscious state. Suspects Gurveer Kaur, Rohtash, Ramesh, and Sunil Kumar are charged under Sections 420 (cheating), 195 (submitting false evidence to get someone imprisoned for life), 211 (false charge with intent to injure) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The plan also involved consensual sex between Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash Kumar to make it easy to prove rape.

A year ago, Gurveer and her boyfriend, Sunil Kumar, were charged with torturing Sunil’s wife to the extent of sometimes even poking her with unsterilised needles, which gave her HIV-AIDS. The target became blind because of the repeated assault and on Friday, doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh operated on her eyes.

In January last year, after the victim’s father took the matter to the Punjab director general of police, Gurveer and Sunil were charged with attempt to murder. In Abohar jail, they became friends with Rohtash and Ramesh and made them partners in the conspiracy.

“All four suspects, including Sunil Kumar who is in jail, now are suspects in the fake gangrape case,” inspector general of police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said here on Monday. “A hunt is on for Ramesh. Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash had consensual sex to prove rape and put her enemies behind bars.”

The plot

* On the pretext of going to Chandigarh for job interview, Gurveer went instead to Rohtash and Ramesh at Dabwali in Haryana
* The men dropped her at Panniwala village for stay n On Sunday evening, both dropped Gurveer on the Dabwali road here and created a scene that she had been thrown out of a moving car after gangrape
*  Rohtash took Gurveer to the Civil Hospital and tried to pass her off as victim of gangrape.

The hoax

Gurveer Kaur told the police in Bathinda on Sunday that four people had kidnapped her from Chandigarh, drugged her in their car, and taken her to a place where they had raped her and filmed her naked before throwing her out of a moving car on the Sangat Mandi road in Bathinda on Sunday evening. On Monday evening, Gurveer Kaur was shifted to Field Hostel in Bathinda from the city’s Civil Hospital.

The Moga woman has a nursing degree of a private college in Gidderbaha constituency of Muktsar district. “Working at some private hospital in Bathinda, she had come into contact with Sunil and developed relations with her,” said senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar. Gurveer Kaur told the police that on Friday, she had gone to Mohali for a job interview a friend had told her about and at the Sector 43 bus stand in Chandigarh, Sunil’s wife, his mother, and two other men had pulled her inside a car.

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The recent trend of underpaid domestic workers making false allegations of rape and sexual abuse against their employers needs to be nipped in the bud, a Delhi court has said while acquitting a man of the charges of raping his maidservant.

GHAZIABAD: A 26-year-old woman allegedly killed her two-and-half-year-old daughter and then committed suicide in KaviNagar area of Ghaziabad on Sunday. The woman’s husband also attempted suicide, but locals stopped him. Police said, BijenderTomar, a manager at an export firm in Delhi reportedly found his wife and daughter hanging from ceiling fans when he returned home at 3.30pm. The couple got married in 2005 and were living in ChiranjivVihar.

Police said the woman may have killed her daughter and herself as a result of a heated argument with her husband over a missing mobile phone.

Men have traditionally been touted as the ‘hungry for sex’ species. With a comparatively higher sex drive than their female partner, men are often expected to assume charge while performing in bed and are held responsible for a gratifying act too.

But why are men having all the fun? Women too can act bold when it comes to showing off their sex drive. But how?

Dr. Deepak Arora, a sexologist elucidates, “Men love their wives to have sex and wives have sex to get love from their men, in this way they become a supplement for each other. So if the female partner starts taking an equal interest in the act of intimacy; it can bring them closer to each other and they can enjoy a healthy sexual relationship.”

Relationship and sex counselor Dr. Geetu Bhardwaj supports, “Gone are the days when a ‘high sex drive’ was considered a male prerogative. With various sexual techniques and arousal methods, even women can enhance their sex appeal and thus give their sex drive a much needed boost. Once women empower themselves to take charge in bed, they can overtake men not only in their sex drive, but also in sexual performance.”

Breaking away from the preset notion of ‘men are sexually more active’, we get experts to share ways as to how a woman can overtake her man in sex drive…

Take charge of foreplay: Men, in general, are not overtly interested in prolonged foreplay. So it comes as an added advantage for women to give a push to their sex drive and initiate the primary foreplay. Sex therapist Dr. Devesh Roy advices, “Women must keep in mind that the arousing acts should be intense so that the man feels that you are fully charged up for a steamy session in bed. Do not focus much on unnecessary things like cooking a meal etc that may mar the mood before it actually gets going.”

Plan for a sensuous night: You’d have often seen in Bollywood flicks that the hero is decorating the room for a night of passion and is going all out to woo his lady love with surprise gifts. But why do men make way for these sexual fantasies? It’s time for women to let their wild imagination spread its magic. Relationship and sex counselor Dr. Geetu Bhardwaj opines, “Keeping their sexual desires on a high, women can plan for opulent bedroom settings whereby they can have everything that hints towards their sexual desire. Right from dim lights and aroma oils to fragrant rose petals and orchids strands; create an atmosphere that is conducive for a lovemaking night.”

Dress attractively: Quite often, women feel low on sex drive because they feel less sexy and attractive from inside. Hence, they wait for men to pamper them and make them feel wanted. Dr. Amita Mishra, a relationship expert however states, “Looking attractive in sexy attires like a bikini or see-through lingerie ignites the female sexual desire to get intimate with their partner and vice-versa. Even if your man is not interested in sex on a particular night, there are chances that your dressing provocatively will arouse them for a sexual session.”

Exchange naughty gestures: While men always boast of their sex drive through gestures like tickling, caressing, kissing, whispering and at times publicly displaying their affection, women too should try shedding their inhibitions and acting a bit naughty. While having dinner, women can try holding their mate’s hands or giving them a surprise hug when he’s shirtless right after a shower. “These sexual gestures act as clear indications that a woman is much more aroused as compared to the man. This high sex drive gets translated into a wonderful chemistry in the bedroom while having sex,” feels Dr. Roy.

Make kissing a memorable experience: Passionate kissing works wonders in your sexual paradise, but again don’t let your man make the first move. Make him feel that you know much more than him when it comes to kissing. Try different kinds of kisses and drive him crazy. “Kissing is a quintessential part of foreplay, the actual act and after-sex moments. Women can use kissing as a weapon to stimulate their partners and at the same time also experiment with newer ways of kissing to leave their partner utterly surprised,” suggests Dr. Geetu.

Don’t insist too much on contraception: A short cut to let your man know that you’re equally, or more, ravenous for sex is to let the things happen without much of interruption. While performing in bed, women must not insist too much on using protection and just try to enjoy the act. “Continuous reminders about using contraception make a man feel that the woman is not keen on sex and is rather overtly worried about the aftermath. So it’s suggested that the pleasurable moments should be performed sans any hindrance to show a woman’s craving for sex,” says Dr. Amita.

KOLKATA: A woman, who claims to be a Trinamool Congress activist, allegedly slapped the duty officer of Bowbazar police station and ransacked his room late on Thursday. While the party disowned the woman, she denied the allegations, claiming instead that the policeman had molested her for protesting against unscrupulous practices.

According to sources, police raided a bar on Central Avenue on Thursday night and rounded up nine persons, including five woman crooners, for violating rules. When the policemen were busy with the arrest procedures after the raid, the woman allegedly barged into the police station and started abusing the duty officer, SI Samir Dutta, asking why the owner of the bar had not been arrested.

This led to an altercation, Dutta reportedly told his seniors. During the heated exchange, she suddenly slapped Dutta, it has been alleged, and then stormed into his room and ransacked it.

Police have lodged a case against the woman though she was not arrested. TOI found her at her Muchipara residence on Friday. She denied having slapped the officer.

“I went to the police station at 10.30 pm to inquire about a case. I found the duty officer having food from an expensive restaurant with three unknown persons. When I asked who these men were, the officer told me that they had been arrested in some case. When I protested against this privilege to the accused, the officer abused me and pushed me out of the police station,” she said.

She said she would lodge a complaint against the officer for “molesting” and “misbehaving with” her. Sources said a couple of years ago, the woman had been arrested by Bowbazar police for allegedly ransacking Medical College Hospital and had to spend six days in police custody. They hinted that she also has a personal enmity with the owner of the bar that was raided on Thursday.

Local Trinamool Congress leaders said the woman was not their activist.

BHOPAL: A helpline for women on phone number 1090 here is also getting calls from men who are threatened by their wives.

The helpline number has been working for 38 days and interestingly, it has till now received calls from about 12 men who complained about bad behaviour of their wives.

Most of them said their wives had a penchant for getting into fights, using offensive words and becoming angry at the slightest provocation.

However, the helpline staff has been telling the males that the number is set up only for women and directing them to contact their local police stations.

A woman allegedly killed her two-year-old daughter by throwing her in a well near her house in Annur, about 35 km from here, police said on Sunday.

According to police, the parents of the 29-year-old woman, a divorcee, decided to fix her a second marriage.

However, the relatives of the bridegroom reportedly expressed reservations on the marriage saying that the child could be problem for a smooth married life.

Taking the cue, the woman allegedly thrown her child in the nearby well last night, they said.

Enacting a drama that the child was missing, the woman lodged a complaint with police, who, with the help of Fire and Rescue personnel, during search, managed to find the body floating in the well and retrieved it, police said.

On questioning, the woman confessed to the crime, police said.

JAMSHEDPUR: A retired army man on Tuesday submitted a petition to the President of India seeking mercy killing, apparently annoyed at the slow progress of justice after being “falsely implicated” by his son’s in-laws in a dowry case.

A distressed Ramnath Das, who was employed with the mechanical wing of the Electronic Mechanical Engineering Corp of the Army, appealed to Pranab Mukherjee to ensure early justice to him or permit him to end the life willingly. “The agony of this dowry case has troubled my family to such an extent that in the last two years most of the members of the family have gone into depression and are ailing from various psychological problems,” the letter addressed to the President reads.

A resident of Gadra in Pursudih, Das said his 30-year-old son Praveen, who is employed with Navi Mumbai-based JSW Ispat Ltd, had married Vibha of Kasidih on November 23, 2010. “From the early days of the marriage, her (the daughter-in-laws’) family has been pressuring Parveen to stay with them, much to the opposition of my son,” the 57-year-old said which, according to him, prompted the woman’s family members to plot schemes to harass them.

Finding no respite from the day-in-day-out quarrel, Das, who retired from the Army in October 1989, approached the local police station and the SSP for action against the in-laws.

“When they (the in-laws) found that I have approached the police, they also filed a petition at the chief judicial magistrate’s court (in early 2012) under section 498 A of the Anti-dowry Act and falsely implicated us,” said Das. Soon, summons were issued against Das, his wife Sunita and son Praveen. Das and his wife approached the court for anticipatory bail and were granted.

“But given that my son, who stayed in Mumbai, didn’t appear in person for seeking bail, arrest warrant was issued against him. We approached the Jharkhand high court for anticipatory bail. But the court denied bail and he surrendered on Monday,” said Das who is currently engaged in a part-time marketing job of a finance company.

The ex-serviceman said the agony had demoralized his entire family, including two daughters and three sons, and now he finds no reason to live anymore.

“For the last 13 months, I have been waiting for the judiciary to delivery justice to my family that has been falsely implicated in the Anti-dowry Act by the family of the daughter-in-law,” a visibly distressed Das said after submitting the mercy petition at the deputy commissioner’s office on Tuesday.

He said the respect of his family in the society was diminished ever since the matter surfaced in public. “It is not a matter of one individual. Hundreds of innocent families in the country are suffering owing to inept handling of the dowry cases by the law enforcing agencies and judicial machinery of India,” Das said in the petition.

A Moga woman’s story of her kidnapping from Chandigarh and dumping here after gangrape in a moving car has turned out to false.

She posed as victim to frame her boyfriend’s wife who had got her into prison on the accusation of attempted murder by poking with HIV-infected needles.
She was out on bail when she made up the story.

Along with suspect Gurveer Kaur (24), the police have also arrested Rohtash Kumar, who claimed to have brought the woman to hospital in her unconscious state. Suspects Gurveer Kaur, Rohtash, Ramesh, and Sunil Kumar are charged under Sections 420 (cheating), 195 (submitting false evidence to get someone imprisoned for life), 211 (false charge with intent to injure) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The plan also involved consensual sex between Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash Kumar to make it easy to prove rape.

A year ago, Gurveer and her boyfriend, Sunil Kumar, were charged with torturing Sunil’s wife to the extent of sometimes even poking her with unsterilised needles, which gave her HIV-AIDS. The target became blind because of the repeated assault and on Friday, doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh operated on her eyes.

In January last year, after the victim’s father took the matter to the Punjab director general of police, Gurveer and Sunil were charged with attempt to murder. In Abohar jail, they became friends with Rohtash and Ramesh and made them partners in the conspiracy.

“All four suspects, including Sunil Kumar who is in jail, now are suspects in the fake gangrape case,” inspector general of police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said here on Monday. “A hunt is on for Ramesh. Gurveer Kaur and Rohtash had consensual sex to prove rape and put her enemies behind bars.”

The plot

* On the pretext of going to Chandigarh for job interview, Gurveer went instead to Rohtash and Ramesh at Dabwali in Haryana
* The men dropped her at Panniwala village for stay n On Sunday evening, both dropped Gurveer on the Dabwali road here and created a scene that she had been thrown out of a moving car after gangrape
*  Rohtash took Gurveer to the Civil Hospital and tried to pass her off as victim of gangrape.

The hoax

Gurveer Kaur told the police in Bathinda on Sunday that four people had kidnapped her from Chandigarh, drugged her in their car, and taken her to a place where they had raped her and filmed her naked before throwing her out of a moving car on the Sangat Mandi road in Bathinda on Sunday evening. On Monday evening, Gurveer Kaur was shifted to Field Hostel in Bathinda from the city’s Civil Hospital.

The Moga woman has a nursing degree of a private college in Gidderbaha constituency of Muktsar district. “Working at some private hospital in Bathinda, she had come into contact with Sunil and developed relations with her,” said senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar. Gurveer Kaur told the police that on Friday, she had gone to Mohali for a job interview a friend had told her about and at the Sector 43 bus stand in Chandigarh, Sunil’s wife, his mother, and two other men had pulled her inside a car.

Nashik: A woman allegedly killed her husband by hitting him with a cricket bat here over a domestic issue, police said on Monday. In a fit of rage on Sunday, Sandhya hit her cancer patient husband Shashikant Balkrishna Marchande with a cricket bat following which he collapsed and died on the spot, they said.

The woman was later arrested, police said, adding a murder case has been registered against her.

The couple used to quarrel frequently over domestic issues at their home in Chetna Nagar in Nashik, they said.

‘Absence of independent corroboration of charge’

A 70-year-old advocate, accused by a former client in 2011 of repeatedly raping her between 2004 and 2006, has been acquitted by a Sessions court which noted that the two had a bitter falling out in 2006 and were subsequently engaged in a series of litigations. The woman had also made a number of complaints in different forums against the lawyer but until 2010 had not reported him for rape.

The woman claimed that she had remained tight-lipped to prevent any blemish on her character, to protect her daughter, and because she was living with her parents.

She had engaged the lawyer to fight a case against her ex-husband. She alleged that when her parents arranged a second marriage for her in 2011, the lawyer contacted her and demanded that she renew her relationship with him, at which point she confided in her parents and they encouraged her to lodge an FIR in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said the woman’s testimony did not appear trustworthy and that there was no valid explanation for the delay in reporting of the matter by a woman who was well-educated and aware of her statutory rights.

The court said it was also handicapped by the absence of independent corroboration to her testimony coupled with the fact that the allegations made against the accused by the prosecutrix were highly vague in terms of date, time and place of crime.

Pune: Investigations into the suicide of four members of a family in Pune have revealed that the dowry law was cited to threaten the family. A case of accidental death has been registered by the police, but the woman who was allegedly threatening the family members and abetted their suicide has not been booked yet.

Decomposed bodies of A T Narayan (66), his wife Indira (59), their married son Vishnuvardhan (35) and unmarried son Madhusudan (28) were recovered from their residence at Aditya Shagun society in Bavdhan. Vishnuvardhan’s wife Sangeeta is alleged to have abetted their suicide, as she wanted to move out from the joint family set-up.

The police said that A T Narayan and his wife, hailing from Madurai, were retired from service and had come to the city recently. Madhusudan was doing an MBA. Vishnuvardhan was working as a program analyst in a reputed software company, while Sangeeta was an MBA graduate, but unemployed. They got married four years ago.

Since the marriage, Sangeeta had been threatening her husband with imprisonment citing dowry laws. She had also warned the Narayans that she would herself commit suicide and then left for Madurai.

“We have recovered a suicide note from the Narayan residence in which the deceased have mentioned that Sangeeta was harassing them, saying she would kill herself,” said Police
Inspector Ganpat Madgulkar from the Hinjewadi police station. “We have now contacted the Narayans’ relatives and only when they come can we get more information about their strained relationship with the daughter-in-law. We will also interrogate Sangeeta as allegations have been made against her in the suicide note.”

Madgulkar said the exact cause of death was not confirmed even after the post-mortem.
“Although it is a case of poisoning, doctors are reticent on the cause as they are yet to
determine what type of poison was consumed,” he said.

Reacting to the incident, Advocate Supriya Kothari of Baghini Helpline said: “In 30 per cent of domestic violence cases, it is used as a tool purely to harass the family members. I have come across many cases in which I have seen women using it as a tool to harass their in-laws to take revenge against their partners for various reasons.

However, educated people are aware that the Supreme Court has issued guidelines to law enforcement agencies to verify the truth before lodging a complaint under 498(A) to stop its misuse. There is enough awareness about this act. But this does not necessarily mean that all women misuse it.”

“In this case, I honestly feel that there must be another reason or other pressures to which the family was subjected to and that would have compelled them to take such a drastic step. It is really an unfortunate incident.”

MUMBAI: A 62-year-old retired schoolteacher from Powai, who claimed that she had been raped by a courier firm staffer, has admitted to having “consensual sex” with him.

The development assumes significance as immediately after the incident was reported, there was uproar over the security of the senior citizen in the city.

“I was surprised when I learnt that the woman had lodged a false complaint of rape after her daughter learnt about her relationship with the courier firm employee,” said Mumbai police chief Satya Pal Singh.

The 62-year-old woman who pleaded guilty said she filed the false complaint to avoid embarrassment.

The police will have to close the case, sources said classifying it either ‘B or C summary’ (false and malicious) , or neither true nor false. A senior police officer said they may even prosecute the woman for filing a false case and misleading the government machinery.

“We will be filing the appropriate summary before the Andheri court soon,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity. On December 9, the senior citizen lodged a rape case with the Powai police. She claimed that a 45-year-old acquaintance raped her in her flat in Shanti Tower on Marol Military Road, Powai. In her complaint, she alleged that the accused, who was employed at a managerial post at Vapi in Gujarat, entered her house on the pretext of dropping a letter and raped her.

According to the police, the senior citizen was initially reluctant to lodge a complaint fearing that her son, who stays with his family in Mangalore, and her daughter would face stigma.

The courier firm staffer had befriended her a few months ago.

Neighbours claimed that the senior citizen has been staying alone in her flat since her husband died two years ago. After the woman complained, the accused was arrested on the charges of rape and remanded in police custody. The matter came to light when the victim called her daughter, who stays with her family in Qatar, and said she was unwell and needed help.

“The victim’s daughter called her friend who stays nearby and asked her to rush to her mother. The friend then took the victim to a private clinic in the locality. After examining her, the doctor suggested shifting her to Bombay Hospital. The doctors called the police around 12.30am on December 10,” said a police officer.

Deputy police commissioner (zone X) Dr Cherring Dorje said, “Prima facie, the medical examination showed that she was raped. Based on the complaint, we booked the accused.” said Dorje.

The harassed husbands of Borivali, one of the last suburbs on Mumbai’s Western Railway line, used to meet in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park until it began to charge Rs 30 as an entry fee. So they switched to the Veer Savarkar Udyan, a smaller park some distance away, where there is a pond in the middle, abutting which are a series of steps. The husbands take seats on these every Sunday, starting at 11 am. On the day that I go, there are about six of them, plus a mother-in-law and father-in-law. The numbers go up and down. Jinesh Zaveri, who coordinates the Borivali group, shows a text message from someone named Manish. It says, ‘might not be able to come. Meeting my lawyer.’ Another regular Rahul, is in Delhi because his wife has filed a case against him there, and he has to go to the city whenever it comes up. Another member is in Ghazipur for his case, and, says Jinesh, every lawyer he hires ends up being ‘bought over’ by the other side. Manoj is in Mumbai at the moment, but could not come because he got a call from the Indore Police saying they had started for Mumbai to arrest him. “He’s running around about this,” says Jinesh, “And to help him, Shyam (another member) is running around too.”

That same evening, in a park in Mulund, a suburb at the other end of town, there is another meeting of harassed husbands being held. It is a better attended one. There are 15 to 20 of them seated in a circle on the grass, and all their sentences are peppered with terms like ‘DV’, ‘498a’, ‘bail’, ‘court’, ‘case’ and ‘arrest’. A sallow young man says that he has 10 days to surrender in Jaipur. He wants to know about anticipatory bail. He is told it might be better for him to spend 48 hours in jail and then get regular bail. An old man arrives after some time. He says murder attempts have been on him by his wife four or five times. He is also being tailed all the time. He calls all wives ‘prostitutes’. Most present are not so bellicose. They have plenty to say on the subject of wives. But they speak sensibly and often sound helpless.

Almost everyone either has a case or had a case filed against him by his wife. The new ones want to know what they should do. The old ones counsel them, and it inevitably ends in asking them to be patient.

One man says that his wife has filed a case of domestic violence against him in Delhi. When the postman turned up with the summons, he didn’t accept it, but he did pay him some money to open the letter so that he could read the details. He says a Section 498a charge may also be on its way and ask what he can do about it. The answer, again, is ‘patience’. “This is psychological warfare,” Amit Deshpande, the group coordinator, tells him, “There are different stages. The first stage is when they threaten and think that the man will agree and give the money demanded. You have to, first of all, become emotionally strong. Many people come here and say, ‘It’s alright if something happens to me, but my parents should not go to jail’.”

The man says he also felt that way.

Amit tells him if he thinks like that, he will keep making compromises to safeguard his parents also, if it was an arranged marriage, his parents are shareholders in the mistake.

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There are several such groups across the country, from Kanpur to Nagpur to Kerala. They have different names – The Indian Family Foundation, Protect Indian Family, Men’s Rights Association, and so on. Some are NGOs, other are forums. There are helplines and activists as well.

The group operate under the umbrella of Save Indian Family, which began as a Yahoo group setup in 2005. At the time, it’s members were husbands who had run-ins with Section 498a of the Indian Penal Code, which says: ‘Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.’ What brought on Section 498a, introduced in 1983 were widespread cases of dowry harassment and bribe burning. Offences under it are ‘non-bailable’ and the police have to arrest a husband accused of one – after only a court can grant him bail (not an investigating officer). All the wife needs do to put the husband behind bars is go to a police station.

Despite the provision’s good intent, it soon became apparent that husbands in many cases were getting thrown into jail over a petty domestic dispute that had nothing to do with dowry. Even the Supreme Court, in a case where 498a had been misused, observed, ‘it is a matter of common experience that most of these complaints under Section 498a [of the] IPC are filed in the heat of the moment over trivial issues without proper deliberation. We come across a large number of such complaints which are not even bona fide and are filed with oblique motives.’ In August this year, the Law Commission released a report that conceded widespread abuse of the provision, especially when it came to arresting family members other than the husband. It noted: ‘The implication of the relatives of husbands was found to be unjustified in a large number of decided cases.’ It went on to add that the conviction rate under Section 498a was low, at 20 percent, and not just because of ineffective investigation. The report said: ‘It is learnt that on a count of subsequent events such as out-of-court settlement, complainant women do not evince interest in taking the prosecution to its logical conclusion.’ According to harassed husbands, this is at the heart of the issue. Lawyers have found a creative use of Section 498a – as a powerful negotiation tool during divorce proceedings.

Tariq, an instrumentation engineer, who joined the Borivali group just the previous week, says that soon after his marriage, his wife wanted them to move out and live apart from his parents. He didn’t want to, and they separated. First, she initiated a case under the Domestic Violence Act against him. This 2006 legislation seeks to protect wives against physical and mental harassment. It is quasi civil in nature and the husband usually need not fear arrest. Six months ago, however, Tariq’s wife slapped 498a on him. He along with his mother and brother, were summoned by the police late at night and locked up. He says he is not being asked to settle the case through a mediator. “Yeh jo cheez hai, yeh bandar ko mashaal dee gayi hai ki jao apna ghar jalao,” he says (These laws are a torch given to a monkey, asking it to go burn his own house down).

Tariq came to the group with legal knowledge, thanks to what he had gone through. In the group, knowledge is a common bank that all new ‘victims’ can dip into. At their core, the groups are a support system for those who have been dragged into a tortuous legal process, something like an Alcoholics Anonymous for victimised husbands.

The 80s and 90s had seen the emergence of fledgling groups of such husbands, but it was the internet explosion of the early 2000s that gave it momentum. A few affected husbands formed a Yahoo group, and when their numbers started increasing, they started meeting offline.

Even now, it is a loose autonomous agglomeration of groups with no central authority or hierarchy. Once their cases get resolved, many of the husbands go back their lives in second marriages. They drop out of the weekly meetings, but do join rallies and so on against 498a.

Over time, these groups have arrived at a number of strategies to counter angry wives. One is to never file for divorce. “The self respect of the girl is hurt,” says Jinesh, “She goes into the mode of ‘sabak sikhaoongi’ (will teach you lesson).” If a 498a charge has been slapped, the parents of the husband are advised to disown him on paper so that they don’t get implicated in the case. The main strategy, however, is to just let time pass until the wife realizes that there is no end to the dispute and wants to move on. From their standpoint, the whole point of most cases is to pressure the husband for high maintenance payments. But if the husband holds out long enough, she eventually turns more reasonable in her demands.

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Seen through a ‘man as victim’ prism, the universe of domestic abuse is upside down. Just as feminists use statistics, so do they. The Save Indian Family website says (and every member I meet seems to know this by heart) almost twice as many Indian husbands kill themselves as wives–one husband every 8.55 minutes to a wife every 16.7 minutes. But society, according to them, only seems to debate the wife’s death. Wife-beating might be an issue of concern, but there is a flip side to it. “So many here have been beaten up by their wives,” says Amit, “But no one uses the term ‘husband-beating’.” Likewise, battering of wives by mother-in-law is not the whole truth. Amit says, “A survey has found that mothers beat their daughters eight times more than mothers-in-law do, but no one discusses that.”

Oddly, the sometimes the solutions converge with those of feminists. They want daughters to be treated as sons when it comes to property inheritance. But this is only so that husband’s maintenance liability comes down if the marriage breaks down. Maintenance, harassed husbands suggest, must be extended in a form that lets an ex-wife sustain herself: say, if the ex-husband funds her education so that she is eligible for a job. “Instead of giving them fish, give them a fishing rod,” says Amit.

The public discourse, they argue, is completely tilted against the husband, and this usually makes him a ‘criminal’ at the first accusation. The only way to correct that, they say, is to have equivalent agencies protecting them: a Ministry for Men, for example, and a National Commission for Men. And also, slightly surreally, “domestic violence shelters for men” as Amit puts it. “A man facing domestic violence can come and stay over there. And then when we are ageing, men will have their own community shelters.”

Harassed husbands are not without allies in their struggle. There are affiliated associations like ‘Mothers and Sisters of Husbands Against Abuse of Law’ and ‘All India Mother-in-law Protection Forum’. These are made up of relatives of husbands who have been dragged into legal cases. There is also Child Rights and Shared Parenting (CRISP), a Bangalore-based group of fathers that focuses on custody rights of children. It is led by Kumar Jahgirdhar, whose wife separated from him to marry the cricketer Anil Kumble, after which he had to go through a protracted legal battle over child visitation rights. CRISP wants ‘Child’ separated from the Ministry for Women and Child Development. So, besides a Ministry for Men, they want a Ministry for Children. “Women’s rights and child’s rights are different,” according to Jahgirdhar, “Forty per cent of the country is children, and can you believe there’s no separate ministry for them?”

The conventional attitude of mainstream society is to dismiss these groups as amusing if not nefarious sideshows. But men caught in serious marital disputes are inevitably drawn towards them. In Mulund, a boyish looking 30-year-old told me how he had contemplated suicide two months ago. He called a harassed men’s helpline and then started attending meetings. He said he had only been married for ten months and was being terrorised by his wife for his house and salary. He had also been assaulted by her. His presence was unusual, since he had no case against him. “I fear that my wife will file a case against me,” he said. They still live under the same roof. In anticipation of trouble, he has been attending meetings every week without his wife’s knowledge. He was trying to anticipate and pre-empt whatever she might do.

Pune police report that said 74 per cent of rapes since 2008 were consensual sex based on false promises of marriage has divided the city into two factions. One side condemns the police for shirking responsibilty and the other is glad cops are trying to understand why there has been spike in rape cases

A day after Pune Mirror carried news on Pune police’s internal report on rapes that said 74 per cent of rapes reported to them were intercourse with mutual consent, angry womens’ organisations launched a frontal attack on the police accusing them of ‘distorting facts’ and ‘concocting the report to shrug off their responsibility’.

However, Save India Family NGO, which works for men harassed by women, has supported the police and its report. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, too, appreciated the police for being transparent.

Founder of Stree Adhar Kendra and Shiv Sena MLC Dr Neelam Gorhe describes the police report as ‘a baseless document’. She says, “I think the police’s conclusions are baseless.

The report uses statistics in a wrong manner and distorts reality. It is a poor attempt to protect the police which has been under fire for the city’s soaring crime graph and increasing gang rapes.

The report should be scrutinized by a third party. There are many loopholes in the report. It is just an attempt to cover up the issue.

That 74 per cent of rapes are mutually consensual sex is an incorrect conclusion because the police has not considered the possibility of the victim giving consent due to suppression or other compulsions.

KALYAN: Investigations have revealed that the body of the 38-year-old man, Majaj, who was murdered by his wife, Fatima Dhuru (30), and brother, Parvez Dhuru (48), was kept in a room for an entire day as the killers could not decide where to dump the body.

On Tuesday, Fatima and Parvez were produced before a Kalyan court and remanded in police custody till December 21.

According to the police, Fatima and Parvez, who were having an illicit relationship, killed Majaj for a property, which was in the name of the deceased.

On the night of December 10, the two accused killed Majaj by hitting him with a hard object. On the night of December 11, when Fatima’s children went off to sleep, the accused chopped Majaj’s body into 11 pieces and stuffed them in a gunny bag. The two then dumped the gunny bag in a gutter in Titwala, 12 km away from their house in Kalyan’s Dhudhnaka area.

The police have seized one of the knives used to chop the body.

MUMBAI: The 17-year-old deaf and mute girl from Trombay who alleged to have been gangraped has reportedly told the police that she lied to her parents as she had not completed her studies and had spent three hours with her boyfriend instead. Her father had asked her to prepare for the school exams, which start on December 29, said the Trombay police.

On Friday, the police recorded the girl’s statement again. “We did so because we wanted to get a clear picture. She is under the supervision of doctors at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and nobody is putting any pressure on her. She maintains that she lied about the gangrape because she had not completed her exam preparations. We are trying to find out if there was another reason that prompted her to allege gangrape,” said additional commissioner of police (east) Quaiser Khalid. ”

Investigators have detained a youth to find out more about the case. A source said the girl’s boyfriend has told the police that he last got intimate with her in October.

The girl’s father appreciated the Trombay police, saying they have been “very helpful and understanding”. “We fear she was assaulted a few months ago, but couldn’t confide in us then. So, when we chided her for returning home late on Thursday, she told us about the assault,” the girl’s father, who works at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, told TOI. He said that girls, including his daughter, have been harassed in Sainath Nagar, where they reside. “We will pursue these complaints and ensure that the culprits are punished. After all, smaller crimes lead to bigger ones,” he said, adding that the girl may go home on Saturday.

CHENNAI: Perhaps in a first of its kind order, the Madras high court has awarded 50 lakh compensation to an actor who was convicted based on the rape charges levelled by a woman.

About 16 years ago, maverick actor Mansoor Ali Khan found himself in the middle of adverse publicity when a 23-year-old woman accused him of rape. According to the woman, she approached the actor after he put up an advertisement for a secretary. She claimed that in November 1996 Khan took her to a hotel in his car and offered her juice laced with sedatives. She said he raped her repeatedly and threatened her against revealing it to anyone. In May 1998, she gave birth to a girl.

On the woman’s complaint, Khan was arrested on December 11, 1998. He was found guilty of sexual harassment and convicted on March 27, 2001. The trial court awarded him seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of 3 lakh. The Madras high court, however, set aside his prison term, but asked him to pay 3.25 lakh to the woman and 7 lakh to the child. His appeal against the ruling was dismissed by the Supreme Court in February 2008.

In his petition in the HC, Khan said he came across a matrimonial case initiated by the woman, seeking to reunite with her husband. Claiming that the marriage took place in August 1994, she had sought restitution of conjugal rights, the petition said.

The actor pointed out that the woman had told the trial court during examination that he was responsible for she losing her virginity and that it was the first time she had had intercourse, albeit by force. Accusing her of furnishing false information to court and succeeding in her efforts, Khan said he had been maliciously prosecuted and subjected to humiliation.

He said the woman had first approached him for help, and he had extended financial assistance to her as he was mandated to do charity as per the Mohammedan Law. Claiming that his association with the woman was purely on humanitarian considerations, the actor said she slapped him with a charge of rape as she feared he would stop helping her. Calling it fraud, he wanted a compensation of 50 lakh towards loss of reputation and film career. The woman failed to appear before the court despite summons.

Justice T Mathivanan directed the woman to pay 50 lakh to the actor as damages towards malicious prosecution and defamation.

MUMBAI: A 40-year-old man, who had been kidnapped from Dahisar (E) on Sunday, is suspected to have been murdered.

Mahesh Shukla, the deceased, was a widower and worked as an agent. He had grown close to a widow, Shivani Singh (35), who resided in his locality. Police suspect two of Shivani’s brothers-in-law to have kidnapped Shukla and killed him.

Shivani’s brothers-in-law, Ajay Singh and Jayesh Singh, objected to Shivani’s friendship with Shukla. The matter escalated on Sunday when they saw Shukla at Shivani’s home. “Ajay and Jayesh hit Shivani and Shukla. Along with two other aides, they forced him into a car and sped away,” an officer said.

Shivani lodged a police complaint. But she did not tell cops about Shukla’s disappearance as she feared that she would be quizzed about their relationship. Ajay and Jayesh were arrested and released on bail. On Sunday, Shukla’s parents approached the police with a missing complaint as their son hadn’t returned home. When Shivani was quizzed, she revealed Ajay and Jayesh’s involvement. The two are at large.

CHENNAI: A woman, who staged a kidnap drama to help her lover financially without the knowledge of her husband, was let off with a warning on Monday.

Police said Nivedha, 28, a resident of West Mambalam, pledged 10 sovereigns of gold jewellery with a pawnbroker about a month ago and gave the money to her lover, Vetri of Dharmapuri. She then brought imitation jewellery of same designs to dupe her husband Nagaraj, 29.

But when the new set of jewellery started fading, she decided to cook up a kidnap story. She left home on Saturday and went to Vellore with her lover, but told her husband that three unidentified people kidnapped her and snatched her jewellery, police said. “Claiming health problems, Nivedha left for her parents’ house in Mylapore on Saturday. But when Nagaraj found that she had not reached Mylapore, he filed a complaint,” a police officer said.

She called her husband on Monday evening and told him that a group of women abducted her on her way home and that she lost her entire jewellery. When questioned on her return, she broke down and narrated the story. “She was in love with Vetri. As he was in need of money, she decided to pledge her jewels,” the officer said. Police officers let her go after a warning.

This time, it’s the other way around. A group of husbands, fuming over the present state of affairs concerning them, are set to protest against ‘husband killer extortion laws’ at Jantar Mantar on November 19.

Says Vitesh Aggarwal of the group, “We want to stop the abuse of men and amend the laws such as 498A (Dowry harassment), CRPC 125 (monthly maintainance that wife can claim from husband), domestic violence, child custody and others.” The group has also prepared a warning document for Indian bachelors. “It is a well-known fact that 498A women are like leeches, who will eventually suck the blood of the very man who has fed her, loved and taken care of her, beware of her.”

Adds Vitesh, “So far men have always been considered as the provider but no one talks of their welfare and because of the present biased laws the men have suffered immensely over time. There isn’t a single law that comes to help a man, all laws only help a wife. We also want the name National Commision for Women changed to National Commission for Wives as they are only helping wives, not women. It’s highly unfair.”

Husband from parts of the country will be participating in the dharna. “We also have hubbies from across the world who are part of the group. There is a growing apathy of the government and society towards the sufferings of men. Time things changed. There will be a protest march, exchange of victim stories and a candlelight march. We will then submit the Memorandum of Demand for Ministry for Men’s Welfare to the Prime Minister,” he ends.

BANGALORE: Pascal Mazurier, the French national arrested for allegedly raping his 4-year-old daughter and later released on bail, says he’s a tired man.

“I’ve lost my job and my children. I’ve virtually without any shelter — I’ve taken refuge with the Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting (CRISP) run by Kumar V Jahgirdar. Please don’t trouble me any more. I’m tired,” Mazurier told TOI on Thursday. Earlier, he was the deputy head of the chancery of the French consulate here.

Sitting with CRISP office-bearers, Pascal said, “I’m innocent. The rape charge against me is absurd. The case is sub judice and therefore don’t want to go into its merits. My wife has framed me. I spent time in jail since June and have been away from my children. They’re suffering for all this. The media have made me a monster and a rapist father. I’ve requested the police for an impartial investigation.”

“I’m eager to meet my children and hug them. All I want to tell them is I still love them and explain why I was away,” Pascal said.

“I’ve taken help from CRISP for legal advice and moral support. I’ll fight the case and have faith in the judiciary,” he added.

Repeatedly asserting that he’d never committed any crime in his life, he said: “The truth will come out ultimately.”

He said it’s too early to comment on the future course of action as he has become weak, mentally and financially. Referring to the DNA tests which reportedly said his DNA samples don’t match the DNA found on the girl’s clothes, Pascal said, “If the recovered semen is not mine, then whose is it? Suja (his wife) should answer this question. I’m confident that justice will be done and the erring persons will be punished.”

He continuned: “Why is Suja framing me? She blames me, police, embassy and others. She thinks she’s the only one who speaks the truth. Time will answer all these questions.”

Afraid of people discovering her affair, a 19-year-old woman allegedly threw her newborn from the terrace of a two-storey building in Pune on Saturday. The infant, a baby girl, died on the spot.

The Hinjewadi police have booked Luxmi Bharat Ingale who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Originally from Latur, Ingale came to Pune a year ago to do her
diploma in education. She was living in a rented flat on the first floor of Maulikrupa building in Thergaon, the police said.

GS Madgulkar, senior inspector, told DNA that Ingale had delivered the baby girl at 8:15pm in her flat and was all alone. “It was a premature delivery. Ingale was only seven months pregnant,” said Madgulkar. “Her cousin, who stays in Rupinagar, had come to meet her in the evening and was shocked to see her with a baby.”

He rushed out of the house to call the flat owner’s wife. “In the meantime, Ingale wrapped the baby in a cloth, ran to the terrace and threw her down.”

The infant fell with a loud thud on the roof of one Somnath Mandlik’s house. She then rolled down and fell to the ground.
Mandlik rushed out of his house and saw the dead child. When he looked up, he saw Ingale standing on the terrace and sobbing. He raised an alarm following which other residents gathered around the house.

Ingale was taken to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and later shifted her to a private hospital.

“The girl was having a relationship with a boy from her hometown. And the child was borne out of that relationship,” a police officer said.

The police are now investigating whether her family was aware of her pregnancy.

Ingale has been booked under the sections of 302 (attempt to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code.

Surat, Oct 26: An infant boy,born hardly 24 hours back,  met his death after  he was thrown from the third floor of a multi-storey building Ajmal Palace  on Thursday  in Puna town, 3 km from Surat.
The mother Pooja, who was unconscious, was rushed to SMIMER hospital, where she confessed to police that she had mistakenly thrown the baby.

The infant was rushed in a critical condition to the ICU of the same hospital, where, it died after being kept for 11 hours at a stretch on ventilator.

The father Jitu who was earlier taken into custody was later released by police.

There appears to be some mystery as the infant was born at home, though the parents come from a good financial background.

The child was born eight months after the marriage of the couple, police said.

Several questions arise about the infant’s murder: one, whether Pooja was confessing under duress, and somebody else threw the infant.  Two, when Pooja was unconscious, how could she have thrown the newborn infant. Three, why did the police close this case in a hurry.

Said M N Parmar, inspector of Puna police station: “We got information that a child was dropped from a flat.

It was alive. When we investigated, we came to know that a woman named Pooja threw the infant.  She is also in hospital.”

CHENNAI: A woman,wholevels an unsubstantiated “disgusting accusation” that her husband had an illicit relationship with his own mother, cannot seek cancellation of divorce, as her allegations amount to cruelty, the Madras high court has said.

A division bench of Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice M Venugopal, dismissing the appeal of P Nirmala recently, said : “The disgusting accusation made by the wife that the husband is having an illicit relationship with his mother, and further accused her father-in-law of leading an adulterous life, are nothing but a serious assault on the character, honour, reputation and status of not only her husband but also her father-inlaw.”

As for her appeal against thefamily courtorder granting divorce to her husband, the judges said : “Not proving such allegations against them, but yet resisting divorce proceedings would mean a resolve to live in mental turmoil only to make the life miserable to both parties.”

K Muruguselvam married Nirmala in October 1999 and they had a girl child in October 2000. In 2002, he moved the family court seeking divorce on the grounds of cruelty.In May 2008, the additional family court-I here granted him divorce after recording the fact that she had “seriously alleged that her husband was having illicit intimacy with his own mother and that her father-in-law led an adulterous life”. Noting that the unproved allegations amounted to cruelty to Muruguselvam, he granted divorce on the ground of cruelty. The present appeal was preferred by Nirmala.

Dismissing the appeal, the bench said Nirmala had not substantiated her allegations against her husband andfather-in-law andthat the family court had “rightly weighed and assessed the oral and documentary evidence available on record in a proper manner and has come to the right conclusion that the wife has committed an act of cruelty …Itwarrants nointerference in thehandsof thiscourt.”

As for the maintenance, the bench directed the husband to pay Rs 750 each as monthly maintenance to the wife and daughter, besides Rs 1 lakh each as permanent maintenance as full and final settlement “keeping in mind equity, fair play and goodconscience”.

CHANDIGARH: A woman and daughter have been booked for allegedly cheating an NRI youth, Ashish Sood, who is settled in Australia, for hiding the marital status of the daughter. The daughter was already married and divorced, before getting marriaged to NRI Sood on Sunday.

The booked woman and daughter identified as Kamlesh Puri and Tamanna are residents of Sector 45.

According to the FIR lodged at police station in Sector 17, Tamanna and NRI Sood tied the knot on February 21, 2011, and registered their marriage on February 28, 2011. Though, Tamanna already possessed a tourist visa for Australia, but for obtaining permanent residence in Australia she applied for spouse/dependent visa before Australian Embassy on March 15, 2011, the FIR states.

Police sources said complainant Sood and his parents came to know of the marital status of Tamanna when they received a rejection letter for her visa from the Australian Embassy in May, 2011. The complainant alleged that during verification he came to know that his wife had been married with a resident of Sector 29 in December, 2008, but was divorced on December 8, 2010.

Sub-inspector (SI) Om Parkash, investigating officer of the case, said, “Ashish Sood filed a complaint in the district courts under Section 156 (3) of the CrPC and a criminal case was registered following the instructions of the courts.” He added, the booked duo will be quizzed in this regard.

Police sources said complainant Sood and his parents came to know of the marital status of Tamanna when they received a rejection letter for her visa from the Australian Embassy in May, 2011. The complainant alleged that during verification he came to know that his wife was a divorcee.

NEW DELHI: A young Delhi municipal councillor allegedly murdered her one-and-half-year-old daughter before committing suicide in her west Delhi residence, police said today.

Satyam Yadav (26), Congress councillor from Nangloi East in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, was found hanging from the ceiling of her house while her daughter Vanishka was found murdered in her room, they said.

The reason for Yadav, a post graduate, taking the extreme step was not known, a senior police official said, adding they were investigating the matter.

Her husband Pawan Yadav is a teacher in a college.

The murder mystery of an employee of an IT company has been solved with the arrest of his fiancee, the police said.

The Bannerghatta police have arrested Soumya, 24, a post-graduate Psychology student, and detained her 26-year-old boyfriend.

Nitesh, 26, a resident of Rajajinagar, was working as an accountant with Accenture. On October 23, he was found murdered at Shailendra Doddi near Bannerghatta. He was engaged to Soumya a year ago and the wedding was planned next year, the police said.

According a senior police official, Soumya, a resident of Peenya and a student of Surana College, suspected his fidelity after her friends reportedly spotted him with other girls at various malls. She befriended a young man from Belgaum on a social networking site and fell in love with him. Meanwhile, Nitesh was sacked from his job earlier this month for irregular attendance, the police said.

Later, Soumya called her boyfriend to Bangalore and told about her predicament. He told her that he knew a medicine which would act as a ‘truth serum’ and procured it for her from a local store, the police said.

Last Tuesday, Soumya took Nitesh to Bannerghatta and gave him alcohol mixed with the ‘serum’. This, however, caused an allergic reaction and Nitesh started vomiting. Soumya gave him more alcohol, after which she blindfolded him on the pretext of hide and seek and messaged her boyfriend who was following them. She then strangled Nitesh with her dupatta in his presence.  When Nitesh tried to fight back, she killed him by stuffing tissue paper down his throat, After killing Nitesh, both escaped on a bike, the police added.

During the investigations, the police said, Nitesh’s parents told them about their relationship. The police had also found Sowmya’s hairclip at the scene of the crime.

MUMBAI: A small-time actor, Bobby Vats, was arrested by the Versova police on Monday after his live-in girlfriend filed an attempt to rape case against him.

The girl who has been living with the actor for the past one year has alleged that Vats had beaten her up after she resisted a rape attempt by him.

An officer said that initially she told the police that her live-in-partner had assaulted her, but later she made the rape allegation. “We registered the case and are enquiring. The accused has told us that he helped her and allowed her to stay with him.”

According to sources, the actor’s girlfriend filed a complaint against him when he refused to marry her. Vats has acted in films like Halla Bol and Aa Dekhen Zara.

CHANDIGARH: Backtracking on dowry allegations in court proved costly for a woman as she got entangled in her own web of lies, following which, a show-cause notice was served to her for giving false evidence.

According to information, the Sector-25 based woman had levelled dowry charges against her 27-year-old husband, a resident of Sector 51, in May 2007.

In her police complaint, the woman alleged that soon after she got married, her husband started misbehaving and using derogatory language with her for bringing insufficient dowry.

She also alleged that she was thrashed and locked up in rooms on several occasions.

Subsequently, a case under sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 498-A (husband or relative of a husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the IPC was registered against her husband on July 5, 2007.

However, the case took a new turn when during the court hearing on Monday, the complainant outright denied that she was harassed or maltreated by her husband or her in-laws.

The woman went on to state that a ‘misunderstanding’ had cropped up between the couple, due to which her relations turned sour with the in-laws, resulting in the two getting divorced.

Much to the surprise of the jury, the woman’s parents also supported her statement and denied that she was never maltreated or harassed by her husband and his family.

Shocked at the turn of events, the prosecution declared the complainant hostile, while the judicial magistrate questioned her why she shouldn’t be punished for giving false evidence in the court?

The magistrate in his judgment stated, “The complainant deliberately suppressed the truth and made a false statement knowing it could be used in the court proceedings. This clearly amounts to perjury.”

He further said, “The complainant should be tried for giving false evidence in legal proceedings. A show-cause notice must be served to her under Section 344 of the CrPC, wherein she must explain why she should not be punished. Separate proceedings must be also initiated against her.”

Meanwhile, the court acquitted the woman’s husband by giving him the benefit of doubt.

MUMBAI: Reports of children taking extreme steps or running away from home after being disciplined stare at us from newspapers every other day. Yet, in a shocking finding, a study tells us that almost seven out of 10 sets of parents hit their children in Mumbai. Across India, 65% parents admit they are not averse to spanking their kids.

The widespread prevalence of spanking belies attempts to provide children with a more caring environment for growing up. The Supreme Court had banned corporal punishment in schools in 2000 while the Right to Education Act reiterated the ban recently.

Surprisingly, mothers – 77% across India and in Mumbai – were found most liable to raise their hands against children. Housewives came across as the harshest though it is usually believed that they have more time to dedicate to their kids than mothers juggling family life with a job. The survey by a well-known education group in Mumbai was carried out across 10 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

“What was shocking was that spanking of children was more evident in the cities than in the rural areas. The survey also shows that in most cases, stay-at-home mothers end up resorting to physical punishment for their children,” said Swati Popat Vats, director of Podar Jumbo Kids.

It was also noticed that 84% of the 4,022 parents who were part of the survey were not in agreement on any kind of physical punishment but felt helpless most of the times. Parents said one of the main reasons why they hit their child was when the child irritated them and they lost their cool. “In most of the responding households, the fathers were working full time and their absence from home left the mothers to take the responsibility of disciplining the children. It often led to spanking to gain control,” added Vats.

In an endorsement of having sufficient gaps between children, the survey by the Podar Institute of Education found that larger the age difference between siblings, lesser was the beating and vive versa.

School principals across the city told TOI that they often end up counselling parents on how to discipline their children. “So many parents have ended up thrashing their children in front of my eyes and we had to intervene,” said Lalitha Hariharan, principal of Rizvi Springfield School, Bandra (W). “Parents are always frustrated but they need to find alternative ways of disciplining their children. Hitting children does not put across the point. Instead, children end up rebelling against their parents.”

Parents’ associations in the city too are worried about the rising trend. “Everybody loses their cool and often parents come to us and ask help in counselling their children when, in fact, they need counselling too,” said Lata Nair, vice-president of PTA United Forum.

Mumbai: There have been discussions of teachers unable to control children without resorting to various forms of physical punishment for discipline management, a recent survey conducted by a popular school in Mumbai reveals that parents themselves are not averse to hitting their kids. According to a survey conducted by Podar Institute of Education, out of the 4,022 parents who were questioned across the country, 65% parents agreed that they hit their children, why 68% parents in Mumbai agreed to doing so.

“What was shocking in this survey was that this trend of spanking children was more evident in the urban cities while parents in the rural areas more sensitive towards their children. The survey also shows that in most cases, stay-at-home mothers end up resorting to physical punishment for their children,” said Swati Popat Vats, director of Podar Jumbo Kids. This survey was conducted over 15 cities across the country including Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

Of the total parents surveyed, 68% mothers, who were housewives, agreed to spanking their children. “The fact that in most households, the fathers were working full time and their absence from home left mothers to take the responsibility of disciplining the children and thus, spanking them to gain control,” added Vats. It was also noticed that 84% of the parents were not in agreement of any kind of physical punishment but felt helpless most times. Parents mentioned that one of the main reasons why they hit their child was when the child irritated them and they lost their cool.

School principals across the city told TOI that more than students, they end up counselling parents on how to discipline their children. “So many parents have ended up thrashing their children in front of my eyes and we had to intervene. Parents also come and tell us that the only way to discipline kids is by spanking them and we end up counselling them to stop this habit,” said Lalitha Hariharan, principal of Rizvi Springfield School, Bandra (W). “Parents are always frustrated but they need to find alternative ways of disciplining their children. Hitting children does not put across the point, instead, children end up rebelling against their parents then,” she added. Principals also added that other than parents, children are regularly spanked by tuition teachers too. “Children have walked into our school with bruises and lied about the cause of the bruises. After counselling them we realised that while in most cases parents have raised their hands, even tuition teachers physically punish children. We end up calling the parents for counselling then,” said Rekha Shahani, principal of Kamla High School in Khar (W).

Parents’ associations in the city too have regularly experienced such problems and are worried about the rising trend. “Everybody loses their cool and many times parents come to us personally and ask help in counselling their children when in fact they need counselling too. This issue needs to be solved at the roots and parents as well teachers need to understand that there are various ways of disciplining children and spanking is not one of them,” said Lata Nair, vice-president of PTA United Forum.

There is tendency to involve entire household in matrimonial disputes, says Bench

Taking note of the increasing dowry-related complaints, the Supreme Court has held that a casual reference to the names of family members of the husband in the FIR filed by the wife without any allegation of their active involvement in the offence will not justify a case against them.

There is a tendency to involve the entire household in a matrimonial dispute, especially if it happens soon after the wedding. This has been borne out of experience, said a Bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Gyan Sudha Misra

Writing the judgment, Justice Misra said: “If the FIR as it stands does not disclose the specific allegation against the accused, more so against the co-accused, specially in a matter arising out of matrimonial bickering, it would be clear abuse of the legal and judicial process to mechanically send the accused named in the FIR to undergo trial.” Only if the FIR disclosed specific allegations would the court be persuaded “to take cognisance of the offence alleged against the relatives of the main accused who are prima facie not found to have indulged in physical and mental torture of the complainant-wife.”

The Bench said: “It is a well-settled principle laid down in cases too numerous to mention that if the FIR did not disclose the commission of an offence, the court would be justified in quashing the proceedings, [thus] preventing the abuse of the process of law. Simultaneously, the courts are expected to adopt a cautious approach in matters of quashing specially in cases of matrimonial dispute whether the FIR in fact discloses commission of an offence by the relatives of the principal accused or the FIR prima facie discloses a case of over-implication by involving the entire family at the instance of the complainant, who is out to settle scores arising out of the teething problem or skirmish of domestic bickering while settling down in her new matrimonial surrounding.”

However, the court clarified, “We deem it appropriate to add by way of caution that we may not be misunderstood so as to infer that even if there are allegations of an overt act indicating the complicity of the members of the family named in the FIR in a given case, cognisance would be unjustified.”

In the instant case, Shipra Mehrotra of Allahabad was married to Shyamji Mehrotra of Faridabad in Haryana in 2003. After few months, Shipra filed a complaint under the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Indian Penal Code against her husband, parents-in-law, sister-in-law Geeta Mehrotra and brother-in-law Ramji Mehrotra. Even as these proceedings were pending in an Allahabad trial court, Shipra got an ex parte decree for divorce.

Appellants Geeta and Ramji moved the Allahabad High Court for quashing the case against them contending that the trial court had no jurisdiction to entertain the complaint as the alleged dowry harassment happened in Faridabad. The High Court refused to quash the complaint in so far as the present appellants were concerned.

High Court order quashed

Allowing the appeal against this order, the Supreme Court said there was only a general allegation that Geeta and Ramji were also involved in physical and mental torture of the complainant without mention of even a single incident against them. Also, how they could be motivated to demand dowry when they were only related as brother and sister of the complainant’s husband? The Bench set aside the criminal proceedings against the two appellants and “consequently the order passed by the High Court shall stand overruled.”

NEW DELHI: Family members of a man should not be implicated in a dowry case just because their names have been mentioned in the complaint without any specific allegation levelled against them, the Supreme Court has said.

The apex court said that courts should be cautious in implicating family members as the wife sometime wants to settle scores arising out of teething problems or “skirmish of domestic bickering”.

“…if the FIR as it stands does not disclose specific allegation against accused more so against the co-accused specially in a matter arising out of matrimonial bickering, it would be clear abuse of legal and judicial process to mechanically send the named accused in the FIR to undergo trial,” a bench of justices T S Thakur and Gyan Sudha Misra said.

The bench said that family members should not be implicated unless FIR discloses specific allegations against the relatives who are prima facie not found to have indulged in physical and mental torture of the complainant-wife.

“The courts are expected to adopt a cautious approach in matters of quashing specially in cases of matrimonial dispute whether the FIR in fact discloses commission of an offence by the relatives or the FIR prima facie discloses a case of over-implication by involving the entire family at instance of the complainant, who is out to settle her scores arising out of teething problem or skirmish of domestic bickering while settling down in her new matrimonial surrounding,” it said.

The court passed the order on an appeal filed by family members of a man against whom FIR was lodged by his wife in a dowry torture case.

The court, after going through the allegation made in the FIR, came to the conclusion that no specific instance were mentioned in the complaint in which they had tortured the woman for dowry.

It dismissed the criminal proceedings against them and cautioned the police and court not to proceed against family members just because their names have been mentioned in the FIR.

“It is the well settled principle laid down in cases too numerous to mention, that if the FIR did not disclose the commission of an offence, the court would be justified in quashing the proceedings preventing the abuse of the process of law,” the apex court said.

RANCHI: A married woman along with her paramour murdered her father and brother for property on outskirts of Ranchi, police said on Friday.

The accused, Sacchi Shekhar was arrested on Thursday.

According to police, Sacchi was living separately from her husband for past five years and had an alleged illicit relation with Awdesh Singh alias Pintoo.

Sacchi’s father, Lal Randheer Nath Sahdeo, 70, had constructed a house for her near his place. Her brother Lal Murari Nath Murari Sahdeo, who had knowledge of her extra-martial relation, was against the property being given to Sacchi. He was also not in favour of Sacchi’s illicit affair.

On Oct 22, Sacchi’s father and brother were shot dead in their house situated at Tupudana, around 20 km from here.

Both Sacchi and Pintoo had planned the murder for property and escape to Mumbai, police said.

Sachhi tried to dilute the investigation by blaming neighbours for land dispute. Three people named in the FIR were detained.

Police during investigation found Pintoo hired three people and with help of Sacchi to kill both father and son.

The changing statements of the woman and mobile call details unveiled the mystery of the murder.

FARIDABAD: A woman has been convicted for murdering her mother-in-law and husband for the insurance claim. Nisha (30) was successful in passing off her mother-in-law’s murder as an accident, but her father-in-law got suspicious after his son’s death.

Nisha is a resident of Sector-23, Faridabad and worked as an insurance agent in a private company. Greed for a lavish lifestyle and an extra-marital affair prompted Nisha to murder her mother-in-law Angoori Devi on September 13, 2009 with the help of her lover Manish (19) and an accomplice, Shyam Sunder. Police suspected no foulplay in Devi’s death.

Nisha had made a policy of Rs 50 lakh on Devi and had nominated herself as the beneficiary. Her husband, Arvind, came to attend his mother’s last rites when she got a policy of Rs 30 lakh made in his name. Arvind was killed on October 10 by Nisha, Manish and their two accomplices, Shyam and Murli. The murder could have passed off as accident but Nisha’s father-in-law got suspicious. The case was transferred to crime department and all four, Nisha, Manish, Shyam and Murli, were held.

RANCHI: Police on Thursday arrested four persons in a double murder case which took place on Monday when the entire city was celebrating Mahaashtami. A former mukhiya, Lal Randhir Nath Sahdeo, and his 35-year-old son were shot dead while they were asleep at Tupudana by the bodyguard, who was having an affair with his daughter.

Sahdeo’s only daughter, Sachi Shekhar, a mother of three children, apparently fell in love with the guard shortly after he joined them. The two had planned to escape to Mumbai after killing the father and son and grabbing the family property.

Along with the bodyguard, Awdesh Singh alias Pintu, Sachi and two others, Chandan Kumar and Ashok Singh, hired for the murder, were arrested.

Ranchi SSP, Saket Kumar Singh, said, “The lady admitted that the murder plan was hatched by her and the bodyguard.” Sahdeo senior (70) was the head of Dungri village and owner of large swathes of land. Sachi, married in 2000 to a local businessman in Purulia, was living with her father for the past 10 years as things were not all right at her in-laws’ place. Sachi’s husband lives in Tupudana and runs a Chinese food stall.

The bodyguard was fired by Sahdeo when he came to know about his daughter’s illicit relationship. Pintu had joined them three years back. “Sachi and I were in a relationship and we moved around when the family members were not present,” said Pintu.

The bodyguard used the guns used to protect his master, to pump bullets into him and his son. A revolver, an automatic gun, four live bullets, an air gun, Rs 23,000 in cash and five mobile phones were recovered from them.

DSP Hatia, Anuranjan Kispotta, said, “Sachi had kept all the doors unlocked on Monday night to facilitate the murder.” The call records of Sachi confirmed that she guided Pintu and his four friends to execute the crime.

The youngest son of the Sahdeo family was killed in an accident in 2002. “The eldest son is mentally unstable and so Sachi wanted to grab the property,” said B N Singh, circle inspector Dhurwa police station.

Mumbai: In diapers, lying in her mother’s lap and yet to sprout teeth, but Zoya is an accused in a dowry harassment case. The two-month-old baby was named along with seven adults by her stepmother in a complaint letter to the police. What is worse is that the police has included the child’s name in the FIR.

Zoya – who should be playing in crib – had to spend several hours in a police station with her mother, foregoing food and sleep and came very close to being arrested.

Her mother, Reshma Shamsuddin Khan, pleaded with the police. “Sahab ye toh choti bacchi hai. Iska aapne kaise complaint le liye. Toh woh bole nai kuch problem nahin hai, hota hai saat-aath saal ke bachi ka bhi hamare paas case hai. Tab humney socha ke court jayenge. (I told them that she is a baby and how can you write her name in the FIR. The policemen said that it was no big deal and that they had other cases against young children too. That’s when we decided to go to court.”)

Not surprisingly, Zoya is the youngest bail applicant before the Mumbai Sessions Court. She was granted anticipatory bail on Sunday and is now safely in her mother’s care.

The defense lawyer, Ashok Bhole said, “My client called me and told me everything. I saw that the child’s name was also in the complaint, so I quickly filed a bail application in the sessions court.”

Meanwhile, legal experts are stunned to say the least.

Advocate Usha Makasare says, “It is crazy. Unheard of. We will have to see under what circumstances the court has given this order.”

In all this, one wonders what prompted the complainant to drag the child into the mess and worse still, was it right for the police to have even called the child to the police station? The officer who is to blame for this bizarre incident has now been suspended and the child’s name removed from the FIR.

(With inputs from Sholeen Damarwala in Mumbai)

Teenager tells police he was tied up with duct tape and rope and tortured with a knife

Gruesome injuries included slash and puncture wounds on victim’s neck, legs, arm and back

‘I think you are looking for me’ search warrant claims female suspect told police officers

Two female room-mates have been arrested after a teenager told police that he had been tortured at knife-point during a two-day satanic sex marathon.

The 18-year-old victim told police officers in Milwaukee that he was tied up with duct tape and rope by the pair and cut more than 300 times.

The teenager had met Rebecca Chandler, 22, and Raven Larabee, 20, online and had taken a bus from Phoenix, Arizona, to meet the pair at the apartment they shared.

But it appears that things may have gotten far more out of hand than he planned.

After leaving the flat on Sunday night he called the police from the street.

Officers were able to find the apartment where he had been simply by following the trail of blood.

He had a gruesome catalogue of injuries, including slash and puncture wounds on his neck, legs, arm and back.

It is not clear what had tempted the boy to the girls’ apartment but it is believed he may have been lured by the promise of sex.

According to a search warrant obtained by The Smoking Gun website, when police officers arrived at the apartment, Ms Chandler said: ‘I think you are looking for me.’

The warrant claims that Ms Chandler told officers that the cutting between the pair and the teen started out as consensual  but ‘got out of hand’.

It also says that she tried to put most of the blame on her 20-year-old room-mate.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, police also saw ‘a large amount of blood on the floor and on bedding’ .

They also found books including ‘The Werewolf’s Guide to Life’ ‘The Necromantic Ritual Rule Book’ and ‘Intro to Sigilborne Spirits’.

The women, who have not been charged, are being held in custody on suspicion of reckless injury.

Intense emotional pain caused by domestic strife has emerged as the biggest reason for suicides in the country. Maharashtra ranked fourth in the number of suicides in the country in 2009 at 14,300.

As per the latest data with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 1.27 lakh suicides occurred across India in 2009, of which 58,192 were by married men and 31,300 by married women.

Statistics revealed that 23.7% suicides were caused by dispute between married couples, 2.9% due to broken love affairs, 2.3% due to dowry disputes and another 2.3% due to drug abuse. NCRB data shows a rising trend in suicides due to domestic strife and drug abuse and a decline in suicides due to dowry harassment.

Recently, a South Indian family of four, including two sons and two aged parents, ended their lives by consuming poison at their residence in Bavdhan. The victims, in a signed five-page suicide note, blamed their daughter-in-law for having inflicted mental agony, following which they decided to end their lives.

Supriya Kothari, a founder member of Bhagini Helpline, said men commit suicide largely due to financial crisis, which indirectly impacts their domestic or personal life. “An economic crisis is the primary reason for men committing suicide,” she said.

Mahesh Kalge, spokesperson for All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) and Pune unit of Save India Family, claimed that more men commit suicide due to marital stress than their spouses.

Almost 100 per cent of women who cheat on their partners never get found out, but men are not as good at covering their tracks with 17 percent admitting to getting caught, a new survey has found. The research carried out by a dating website for married people found that 95 percent of
women and 83 percent of men claim to have successfully conducted illicit encounters without their spouses finding out.

UndercoverLovers.com asked 3,000 women and the same number of men if their partners knew about their cheating and found that the overall percentage of straying spouses that never get found out is 89 percent.

According to Dr David Holmes, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, women are having more affairs than ever but they behave very differently from men when they cheat.

Recent studies suggest the figure is around 20 percent for men and a little over 15 percent for women.

“Women are better liars because they”re more psychologically sophisticated,” the Daily Mail quoted Holmes as saying. “Emotionally they make plans and have strategies, while men are more impulsive. The biggest difference is that women are much better at keeping their affairs secret. If you look at the studies into paternity, even conservative figures show that between eight and 15 per cent of children haven’t been fathered by the man who thinks he’s the biological parent,” he said.

Emily Pope of Undercover Lovers, which has more than 650,000 members, also said that women are better liars as compared the opposite sex.

“Many of our members, both male and female, have been philandering for years without being caught,” she said. “Studies have shown that women are actually better liars than men, so it’s not surprising that female adulterers are better at getting away with it than their male counterparts,” Pope added.

TIMES VIEW

Will safeguard against misuse

The Law Commission of India’s recommendation that the anti-dowry law be suitably amended to dilute the provision of immediate arrest of the accused is sensible. The suggestion comes in light of the fact that an increasing number of dowry complaints have been found to be false. That Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code — dealing with physical and mental cruelty by husbands and their relatives over dowry — empowers the complainant to have the accused arrested even before a proper investigation into the case only incentivises misuse of the law. Not only does this amount to gross injustice but also significantly damages to the anti-dowry movement.

It`s arguable that tough anti-dowry legislations are a product of the 1980s, where they arose out of a specific context: a seemingly uncontrollable spate of dowry deaths in the country. However, the socio-economic conditions of women today have significantly changed. This empowerment is precisely why the anti-dowry law needs to be suitably updated. Besides, the provision of immediate arrest flies in the face of Indian jurisprudence that treats every accused as innocent until proven guilty. Subverting this principle has done more harm than good.

In this respect, the law panel`s proposal to introduce a 30-day reconciliation period before the police arrest an accused under the anti-dowry law makes eminent sense. To prevent misuse, the law should also be amended to allow for arrests only after a proper investigation, not before. The Supreme Court has already des-cribed false dowry cases as legal terrorism. Using the anti-dowry law as a tool for extortion is tantamount to human rights violation. Hence, in the interest of justice, diluting draconian provisions of the anti-dowry law without taking away the essence of the legislation is a step in the right direction.

COUNTERVIEW

A change for the worse

Anil Thakkar

The expert panel’s recommendation on amending and toning down the anti-dowry law is a classic example of missing the wood for the trees. As matters stand, is the anti-dowry law misused on occasion? Yes, it is — just like every other law. That is the nature of the beast; there will always be people who find and exploit loopholes in any system of rules. This is particularly true in India where the judicial system is hopelessly clogged and the police prone to corruption. These things will not change if the law is watered down. All that will happen is that the fight against dowry — a far more insidious and widespread evil than misuse of the anti-dowry law — will be compromised.

A simple look at the statistics will show how far we still have to go in stamping out the system of dowry and the subjugation of — and violence against — women it engenders. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 6,995 dowry deaths were reported in 2000 — which climbed to 8,093 in 2007 and 8,391 in 2010. And that is just the reported cases; it is a safe assumption that the actual number of dowry deaths is significantly higher. This more than half-a-century after dowry was made illegal. What possible sense does it make to defang the anti-dowry law at a time when dowry deaths are actually on the rise?

On the face of it, certainly, the amended changes seem sensible. But given how rigidly patriarchal much of Indian society is — particularly in rural areas where the dowry system is even harder to uproot — all they will do is leave the perpetrators at large and give them enough time to pressure or coerce the woman and her family into withdrawing their complaint. And that would be a far greater injustice than anything that is currently done under the aegis of the anti-dowry law.

CHENNAI: Distress and social humiliation heaped on a husband by his wife by filing a false complaint and getting him arrested would amount to cruelty, which is a valid ground for divorce, the Madras high court has said.

A division bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice M Venugopal, passing orders on an appeal filed by a man, said: “The mental cruelty will continue to hurt a person throughout and any amount of healing words or healing touch would not wipe out the tears/scars, which continue to cause hurt and prick one’s life.”

The man had filed a divorce plea in the family court on the ground that his wife quarrelled with him and his family members for trivial matters and frequently threatened to commit suicide unless he agreed to separate from the joint family. His petition said she later lodged a complaint of dowry harassment and ill-treatment against him and six of his family members. He was arrested and put behind the bars for 22 days. When he applied for bail, she opposed it. She also alleged that they attempted to kill her .

The case, however, ended in the acquittal of the man and his family members after she informed the court that she intended to live with her husband and would not press charges against him.

However, when his divorce plea was taken up for hearing, she filed a separate petition seeking restitution of conjugal rights. In April 2008, the family court dismissed his plea and refused to grant divorce. He then approached the high court.

The bench said filing of a criminal case, the man’s detention in judicial custody for 22 days and his acquittal by the criminal court “clearly constituted mental cruelty meted out to him, who admittedly would have undergone a traumatic experience and humiliation in the social circle. All these acts would clearly fall within the ambit and purview of ‘cruelty’,” the bench concluded, adding that the husband was entitled to the relief of divorce.

Centre’s directive to states say no arrests be made without proper investigation

Taking cognisance of the increasing number of false complaints being filed under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Central Government recently issued directives to the state governments not to make any immediate arrests but conduct thorough investigations before taking any action. However, family court lawyers and activists feel that unless women are punished for lodging false complaints, this directive would not help.

“Though the directive is welcome, unless the women are punished by law for filing false cases under Section 498A, its misuse cannot be stopped,” said Mahesh Kalge, a representative of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), who runs a helpline for men in distress caused by domestic disputes.

Mahesh (name changed), an IT professional from Chinchwad, had to spent a week in the lock-up after his wife filed a harassment complaint with the police.

“In most cases, the investigating officer immediately arrests the husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as per the statement given by the wife. However, when the allegations prove false, the investigating officer is never held at fault. It is time the judiciary take this into account,” said Mahesh.

“This directive, if implemented strictly, will surely put a tab on the misuse of this section. Of the total cases filed under this section in one year, 85 per cent turn out to be bogus,” said advocate Shailaja Kelkar, matrimonial counselor who practiced in the family court for 20 years. There should be a provision in the law where husbands can sue their wives for making false allegations. Women take to filing such false complaints with an eye on compensation or husband’s property, Kelkar observed.

In a letter to state chief secretaries, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the state governments to issue directives to the police not to arrest the husband and his relatives without checking the genuineness of the anti-dowry complaint.

The MHA wants the arrests to be the last resort and has asked the state police to ensure that the law doesn’t become a tool in the hands of disgruntled women to settle scores with their husbands and in-laws.

MUMBAI: A few days ago, headhunting honcho K Sudarshan got a frantic call from the human resources director of a multinational corporation. “Either you find us a woman director for our board or I will be forced to perform a sex-change operation on one of us,” was the desperate plea of the HR head to the managing partner for India of EMA Partners International, a global executive search firm. Evidently, the MNC chairman was keen to hire a woman to showcase board diversity at a global investor meet.

The HR chief may have made the ‘sex-change’ jibe in jest, but it brings to light India Inc’s dilemma when dealing with the diversity agenda. Should companies be bringing women onto their boards even if, in the bargain, merit gets a short shrift?

“Companies have the intent. But to a large extent, it is forced. Indian companies that are taking cues from multinationals find it fashionable to talk about equal opportunity and gender diversity. But the point is that in certain types of job roles it is difficult to get appropriate women talent,” says Sudarshan.

Several women leaders ET spoke to rubbished the attempt by boards to resort to ‘forced hiring’ to ensure gender diversity.

Says Vinita Bali, managing director of Britannia Industries: “A mandate sets the direction for action but cannot and should not be blindly followed. Gender diversity is not a statistic. The idea simply is that we have to provide opportunities for qualified women for senior corporate positions. It would be short-sighted and, frankly, quite silly on the part of any company to hire someone for their gender and not their competence.” Adds Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JPMorgan India: “There should be absolutely no reservation or tokenism in the name of diversity. Meritocracy has to be gender-neutral.”

Need to Create Inclusive Mindset

Top headhunters explain that as part of the ongoing campaign for gender diversity at the workplace, there have been instances where corporates have held back resumes from male candidates to meet their quota to hire women workers. That isn’t quite the best way to go about it, reckons Nirmala Menon, founder of Interweave Consulting, a Bangalore-based firm that focuses on diversity management and inclusiveness in the workplace. “No self-respecting woman would want hand-outs since that would be like reservations and quotas. We have had many women who were promoted but were concerned whether they were being seen as an undeserved beneficiary by people who tend to talk fast and loose,” points out Menon. Rather, she adds, there is a need to create an inclusive mindset on why women are required for business.

Headhunters point out that there are companies – mostly multinationals and those in financial services and IT services – that run specific campaigns to hire women at senior levels. One search firm head points out on the condition of anonymity that he was recently offered a 10% extra commission if he could successfully hunt down a female candidate for a top management posting.

“Such companies just won’t look at male candidates, howsoever capable they are, although they cannot openly say they are rejecting male candidates,” says Aditya Narayan Mishra, president of staffing & marketing director, Randstad India, a recruitment and HR services firm.

Such moves may be knee-jerk reactions to correct the acute gender imbalance in corporate India – a study in 2011 revealed that women constituted only 5.3% of the total number of board members at the top 100 most valuable companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Just any live-in relationship does not entitle a woman to palimony, the Supreme Court held on Thursday, defining the criteria which put her in the category of spouse. The court made it clear that if the man has a live-in arrangement with a woman only for sexual reasons, neither partner can claim benefits of a legal marriage.

In order to be eligible for ‘palimony’, a relationship must comply with certain conditions, the apex court said.

They are: the couple must hold themselves out to society as being akin to spouses; they must be of legal age to marry; they must be otherwise qualified to enter into a legal marriage, including being unmarried; and, they must have voluntarily cohabited for a significant period of time.

“Merely spending weekends together or a one-night stand would not make it a domestic relationship,” said a bench of justices Markandey Katju and TS Thakur, cautioning that in future, claims for financial relief arising out of live-in link-ups would increase in India.

Making an attempt to iron out certain ambiguous situations, the judges said if a man has a ‘keep’ whom he maintains financially and uses mainly for sexual purpose and/or as a servant it would not, in our opinion, be a relationship “in the nature of marriage”.

The bench was hearing a dispute over maintenance between one D Velusamy and D Patchaiammal. The family court in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, will now determine whether the woman was a live-in partner or his wife.

Earlier, both the family court and the Tamil Nadu high court had held Patchaiammal as Velusamy’s wife even though the latter, a school teacher, had submitted unimpeachable documents that he had married one Lakshmi in 1980. Patchaiammal had stayed with Velusamy for about three years after their alleged marriage in 1986.

If Lakshmi is Velusamy’s legally wedded wife, then Patchaiammal could at best be a live-in partner. The trial court would examine the nature of the relationship and ascertain whether it fits into the criteria specified for an eligible live-in relationship.

Conscious that the judgment would exclude many women in live-in relationships from the benefit of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, the apex court said it is not for this court to legislate or amend the law. The parliament has used the expression ‘relationship in the nature of marriage’ and not ‘live-in relationship’. The court cannot change the language of the statute, it said. Another bench of the court has already referred the issue of palimony for the consideration of a larger bench.

RANCHI: The Khunti police have arrested one, Renu Kumari, besides three others, for stoning to death her boyfriend Arun Kumar Mahto at Topra block of the district on October 1.

The twenty-two-year-old Arun was stoned to death by Renu current boyfriend – Nelson Aind and his two friends Alexandra Horo and Dipesh Horo — with her watching from distance. The police on Tuesday recovered Arun’s decomposed body from a jungle in Torpa block.

Khunti SP Amarnath Mishra said Arun’s head was crushed with boulders in the jungle by the trio.

Police said Renu had asked Arun to meet her at Kujri village in Torpa block on October 1. When Arun arrived at Kujri village at around noon he was confronted by Nelson, Alexandra and Dipesh. The trio forced him to go along with them to a deep jungle where he was stoned to death even as his girlfriend watched the gory incident from a distance.

The SP said Arun was Neha’s first boyfriend. “The two had met at an ITI centre in Koderma a few years ago. The girl is originally from Simdega district, 50km away from Khunti. Arun even used to visit her in Simdega,” the SP said.

Though Renu loved him a lot, Arun was not very attractive. In the meantime, Nelson, who was Arun’s friend , came into her life she started going around with him. “The girl has confessed that Nelson met her just a couple of months ago,” the SP said. After meeting Nelson, Renu started ignoring Arun and he went into depression.

“I had asked Nelson and his friends to finish Arun,” Renu said in her confessional statement to the police. Renu had earlier promised to marry Arun after he completed the technical course, said a police officer. Nelson, Alexandra, Dipesh were also students of ITI in Koderma and hail from Khunti district.

Here’s another reason why one should stay committed in a love relationship. In a move that is likely to trigger a fresh debate, National Commission for Women (NCW) has suggested that apart from wife and children, a man should be liable to pay maintenance to stepchildren and stepparents, if any, and grandparents under section 125 of the code of criminal procedure (CrPc). In fact, NCW wants even adulterous women to be paid maintenance.

Adultery is a ground on which a woman can be denied maintenance. However, NCW says this a “frequently-adopted excuse” by men to deny maintenance to wives. It wants the adultery clause 125 (v) removed.

The commission also wants the definition of wife to be expanded to include women who have lived with a man in a relationship in the nature of marriage or are wives under irregular or voidable marriages.

NCW has also proposed removing the word “illegimate” from section 125 (i) (b) and replacing it with “child”, besides enlarging the section’s purview to include adopted children and adult children who are unemployed and daughters who are unmarried.

The recommendations are based on a discussion with the legal fraternity at a workshop in Bangalore. The workshop at National Law School explored amendments in sections 125-127 CrPc. NCW says it is the duty of a man to maintain his family in any circumstance, irrespective of his means, and wants the clause 125 (i), which makes the law applicable to only those who have “sufficient means” but “neglects or refuses to maintain”.

Men’s organisations strongly objected to the recommendations. “Putting so much burden on a man is unacceptable. Cases should be decided on merit, not gender,” Virag Dhulia of Save Indian Family Foundation said. NCW wants all maintenance-related cases to be
disposed of within a certain timeframe and five hearings.

“It has been seen that 30% of women drop out because cases drag on for years. Hence, there should be quick disposal of cases. This cap of five hearings will go a long way in curbing delays,” chairperson Girija Vyas said, adding that there should be steep penalties for defaults on payment.

BHADRAK (ORISSA): The 92-year-old widow could barely stand when she faced the judge after being accused in a dowry harassment case. But one look at the frail woman was enough for the sub-divisional judicial magistrate of Bhadrak to take the police to task for high-handed behaviour.

Sources said the officer in-charge of Bainsada police station had arrested Badan Devi (92), a widow, and her 40-year-old daughter Minatee of Ichhapur village on Saturday. The police action followed an FIR lodged by the woman’s daughter-in-law, Santilata. Police did not even bother to make special arrangements for the old woman. They virtually dragged the tottering “accused” to court along with other criminals.

But the judge, Rekha Prasad, did not take kindly to this and promptly granted bail to the woman. Hailing the judge’s decision, the widow’s lawyer, Dillip Mohapatra, said: “Many thieves, dacoits and murderers are roaming freely and police fail to do anything. But the same police have no compassion for a nonagenarian and virtually invalid widow.”

According to police, Santilata (35) lodged the FIR against her husband Bisikesana, a businessman, mother-in-law Badan Devi and nine others in July 2007. She told police that her husband and in-laws regularly tortured her for dowry and Badan Devi even tried to set her on fire once.

Police said the Bhadrak police ordered a probe based on Santilata’s complaint. A circle inspector, who conducted the investigation, found the 92-year-old widow guilty. She was then arrested. But the events at the court has left the police red-faced. Bhadrak SP R N Patra said, “I will personally investigate the case.”

“Society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment and ego problems,” an angry judge told the advocate of a woman who accepts alimony from her former husband, but refused him the right to visit their daughter.

Division bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice K Govindarajulu were hearing an appeal by Binu Vineet seeking visitation rights to see his minor daughter whom he has not seen for seven years and who lives with his former wife, Shiny.

Shiny’s advocate argued against it, saying Vineet was not interested in the child and had not paid child maintenance for years. Justice Manjunath asked Shiny’s advocate if Vineet was paying the monthly maintenance, and when told that he was, the judge said, “You tried to create an impression that he was not paying for the last three years.

I am sorry to say this, but society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment, ego problems and blowing small issues out of proportion. I do not know where society is headed with such attitude. Both parents pamper a child to make it avoid the other parent. The child takes money from both the parents and will end up as a vagabond on the streets. Even the judges are responsible for this because they pass orders on just the fact, without considering human issues.”

Justice Manjunath said that advocates had the responsibility of trying to get the parties to reconcile. He further said that the woman in this case was behind money. “You want his money, but don’t want him to see the child,” the judge said.

Vineet and Shiny divorced in March 2005. Their only daughter is now 16 and Vineet has been trying to get custody and visitation rights for years. In 2008, the trial court rejected his plea. He has appealed in the HC now.

A man having sex with a girl after obtaining her consent on the promise of a marriage does not necessarily constitute rape even if he retracts on his pledge, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Such retraction by the accused would amount to rape only if the consent was obtained by coercion or threat, a bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain said while upholding an appeal filed by the accused Pradeep Kumar.

The apex court maintained that there was no straitjacket formula for determining whether consent given by the girl was voluntary or given under a misconception of fact as it has to be decided on the basis of the circumstances and surrounding factors which led to the alleged consensual sex.

“The court must consider the evidence before it and the surrounding circumstances before reaching a conclusion, because each case has its own peculiar facts which may have a bearing on the question whether the consent was voluntary or was given under a misconception of fact,” the apex court observed.

Pradeep Kumar had filed the appeal against the orders of a sessions court and the Patna High Court which rejected his plea for discharge from a case filed against him by a girl who got him booked under IPC Sections 376 IPC (rape) and 406 (breach of trust) for “retracting” on his promise to marry her.

In his appeal before the apex court, the accused claimed that the victim had consensual sex with him and hence the charge of rape or breach of trust cannot be entertained.

London, Sep 18 (IANS) A 20-year-old British woman has been jailed for two years for falsely claiming she was raped by three men after she had sex with them.

Rosie Dodd, from Nottingham, claimed the men aged 21, 23 and 25 assaulted her at a home in June, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The men were arrested after Dodd claimed they raped her after she met them on a night out.

The men maintained Dodd willingly had sex with them, and police became suspicious and challenged Dodd about her account.

Dodd then admitted she had made up the rape claims because she regretted having consensual sex with the trio, the Nottingham crown court was told.

NEW DELHI: A 27-year-old man has been arrested on the complaint of his live-in partner who has alleged that he had been raping her for the past seven years on the pretext of marrying her.

The woman, a call centre employee who belongs to the northeast, lived with Ashwin at a rented accommodation in the Shakarpur area of east Delhi. “Around seven years ago, Ashwin met the girl in Darjeeling. They fell in love and decided to live together in Delhi. They joined the same call centre. The couple even has a four-year-old child,” said a police source.

The woman’s statement says that the couple broke up for a while after which she went to Dubai along with the child. After spending a year in Dubai, she returned to Delhi and started living in the Safdarjung area. However, she patched up with Ashwin and he promised to marry her. Convinced by the promise, she moved in with him again.

However, the woman approached the police when Ashwin refused to marry her. Her medical report confirmed rape. An FIR under Section 376 of IPC was registered against Ashwin at Shakarpur police station.

In a two-week long investigation, Abhishek Bhalla and G Vishnu spoke to more than 30 senior cops in the Delhi-NCR region. More than half had shockingly ugly views on rape victims. This is the face of law exposed. How can the system effect justice through men like these?

She asked for it.
It’s all about money.
They have made it a business.
It is consensual most of the time.

THIS IS how policemen — keepers of the law and protectors of innocent — view rape in the Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR). Although generalising is fraught with hazards, this is one generalisation that can be made. There’s evidence to support this.

A month ago, the outrageous apathy of our police towards rape victims was in full display when the Noida Police revealed the identity of a minor girl who was brutally gang-raped in a moving car. If that was not enough, the Noida Superintendent of Police cast aspersions on the girl’s character at a press conference. Besides the fact that, by doing so, the police flagrantly violated the law of the land — Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code defines the disclosure of the identity of rape victims as an offence punishable by up to two years of imprisonment — it also gave a peek into the minds of the police and how they see the raped and the rapist.

A few weeks later, the Gurgaon Police outraged civil society by proposing a blanket curfew on working women in the city after 8 pm without prior permission from the Labour Department. This was the first reaction by the police after the report of a brutal gang-rape of a pub employee by six men. The police made no statement about the rapists. Later, however, the police put out a statement asserting they had been misquoted by the media.

Often been called the rape capital of India, the Delhi-NCR region has thrown up numerous such instances of police apathy in rape cases. When asked to explain the rising instances of rape, the cops have invariably blamed the women, an array of extraneous factors or resorted to specious arguments instead of looking inwards and focussing on police reforms. The most disturbing aspect of this is the rank misogyny that underlies it.

Here is a quick reckoner. In 2010, as many as 414 rape cases were reported in Delhi, the highest among 35 major cities in the country. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the conviction rate in rape cases in the capital was a dismal 34.6 percent. In case after case, courts have been acquitting the accused because of flawed first information reports (FIRs), erroneous procedures in collating medical evidence and shoddy investigation. Lawyers and women rights activists have continually been flagging the deep prejudice prevalent in the police against women in general and rape victims in particular, as the single biggest reason for the repeated failure of justice.

But instead of addressing core issues like poor conviction rates, under-reporting of rape cases by victims (studies indicate that for every reported case of rape, more than 50 go unreported), the lack of faith between the victim and the police and the insensitivity of the police personnel towards women, our police and ministers want to ban late-night work shifts or keep women away from unconventional jobs like bartenders.

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THE FARCE
Sunil Kumar
SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR
‘Go to a pub in Greater Kailash, South Delhi, where there’s free entry for girls. You’ll find those who want to do ‘it’ for a thousand rupees. They’ll drink and also have sex with you. But the day someone uses force, it’s rape’

THE FACE
‘There is sensitisation at the induction level as well as specialised courses on the job. The objective is to handle women in crisis. In these courses, officers are apprised with latest court orders’

Rajan Bhagat
Additional DCP PRO, Delhi Police

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HAVE WE created a system that instills fear in the heart of offenders, promotes deterrence and ensures that offenders get exemplary punishment? While we may have excellent statutes to deal with crimes against women, do we also have the police machinery to implement the law in its letter and spirit? Are police stations of the NCR being manned by professional and efficient police officers who can deliver justice to hapless women turning up at their doors?

TEHELKA decided to investigate the conduct and approach of Station House Officers (SHOs) and their deputies who are in charge of police stations in the NCR. These cops are the first point of contact for any victim of sexual assault when they have to lodge a complaint. The objective was to find out if there was any latent bias among the police personnel towards rape victims.

In a two-week long investigation, TEHELKA undercover reporters posing as research scholars, visited 23 stations across the NCR and spoke to more than 30 policemen with experience of 20-30 years. The reporters did not make misogynistic comments or incite the policemen to say or do something they wouldn’t have otherwise said or done. The line of inquiry was to be completely neutral and non-partisan. And what we came back with was shocking.

Our two week long investigation reveals that the NCR, which houses some of the leading industries from around the world and where lakhs of women work alongside men, is policed by the cops with a 19th century mindset.

Seventeen senior cops of over a dozen police stations across Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad were caught on spy camera blaming everything from fashionable or revealing clothes to having boyfriends to visiting pubs to consuming alcohol to working alongside men as the main reasons for instances of rape. ‘It’s always the woman who is at fault’ was in essence the argument offered by a majority of the cops. Many of them believe that genuine rape victims never approach the police and those who do are basically extortionists or have loose moral values. Others believe that the women from Northeast could never be victims of forced sex as they are invariably involved in the flesh trade. Even more shockingly, some of them are of the view that if a woman has consensual sex with one man, then she shouldn’t complain if his friends also join in. If a woman is doing late hours at the office then she had it coming… and the arguments keep coming.

IF THE police personnel are to be believed, everything from co-education to migration to cities to being independent and assertive and holding unconventional jobs are reasons for the rise in rape incidents across NCR. So mind-numbing are these admissions that one cannot help but wonder about the plight of the rape victims in mofussil towns and villages if the police in and around the capital is so deeply prejudiced. The TEHELKA expose warrants an urgent soul-searching at the highest levels of the police administration and demands immediate corrective steps in the police training and investigation.

Sample what Sunil Kumar, SHO, Ghazipur, East Delhi, had to say. “Go to a pub in South Delhi. Go to Greater Kailash where there is free entry for girls. Jinhone 1,000 rupaiye mein wo karna hai wo wahan jati hain. Daru bhi peeti hai aur aap ke saath sex bhi karti hai… Jis din koi thok dega rape ho jayega. (In these places you’ll find girls who want to do ‘it’ for Rs 1,000. They will drink and also have sex with you. The day somebody uses force, it becomes rape).”

Sub-Inspector Arjun Singh, SHO Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida, also pins the blame on the victim. “Ladkiya ek seemit daire main, seemit kapdon main nahi niklengi… to apne aap khichaon ho jata hai.Wo khichaon bhi aggressive kar deta hai ki kar do bas (If girls don’t stay within their boundaries, if they don’t wear appropriate clothes, then naturally there is attraction. This attraction makes men aggressive, prompting them to just do it).”

There’s also ethnic bias against those from the Northeast. Try RajpalYadav, Additional SHO of Sector 29, Gurgaon: “Yahan pe Darjeeling aur Nepal tak ki ladkiyan business purpose se aye hai… wo jaate bhade pe hain. Baad mein paisa nahi mila to rape case bata diya jata hai (Girls from Darjeeling and Nepal have come here for business purposes. They go with men for money. Later, when the money is not sufficient, it becomes a rape).”

In the two-week long investigation, TEHELKA undercover reporters visited five police stations in Gurgaon, six in Noida, four in Ghaziabad, two in Faridabad and six in Delhi. Out of the 30 policemen TEHELKA spoke to, 17 were extremely prejudiced, misogynist and shockingly insensitive towards rape victims. Five scored well on the enlightenment card.

DESPITE THE Noida Police facing flak for lewd comments about the victim and her family, Ram Kumar Malik, the investigating officer for the case of the girl raped by Class X students is unrepentant. TEHELKA captured Sub-Inspector Malik on camera brazenly pinning the blame yet again on the victim alone: “Is case mein jo real baat hai, ladki vodka peene ki habitual hai. Usne vodka party mangi, Rs 6,000 mein book ho gai. Physical relation ke liye 6,000 mange. Baad mein mukadma likha diya. Yeh real baat hai. Mere pass uske CDR call detail ka record hai; unka purana relation hai (The real issue here is that the girl is a habitual vodka drinker and had asked for a vodka party. She then demanded Rs 6,000 for sex. When the money wasn’t paid, she registered a rape complaint. I have her call records that establish she had a relationship with one of the accused).” Pointless to ask him how having a consensual relationship with one boy could warrant a girl being raped by 4 other boys.

Malik then turns his guns on the family and character of the girl: “Is ladki ki ma ka pehle hi divorce ho gaya. Aur wo ek Yadavji ke saath beth gayi. Uski umar 48 hai, admi 28 saal ka. Saath mein do ladkiyan. Behekna to tei ho gaya. Nahi ho gaya? (The girl’s mother is divorced. She’s living with another man from the Yadav community. She’s 48 whereas the man is 28. It’s inevitable the two daughters will be wayward, isn’t it?)

“Ab jab 48 saal ki ma, 28 saal ke purush ke saath so rahi hai, do jawan ladkiyan dekh rahi hain, unko bhi zaroorat hogi. Sex is like hunger,” he continues. (Now when two young girls watch their 48-year-old mother sleeping with a 28-year-old man, even they’ll be aroused. Sex is like hunger).”

Blaming the victim, however, is not limited to Malik. The attitude was generic and TEHELKA found many more subscribers in the system.

Digest what Jangsher Singh, SHO of the DLF Phase-2 Police Station, who is investigating the recent rape case of the 23-year-old pub worker, says:“Isme kuch nahi hai. Chote chote bacche the… Do baar ladki ne baat ki ladkon se. Compromise karna hai toh compromise karlo. Ladki ne khud bol diya… money toh hai hi yaar. Money ke saath sauda kiya jaata hai (This case is nothing. They were young kids. The girl spoke twice to the boys about striking a ‘compromise’. It’s all about money. It’s only with money deals are stuck).”

Jangsher makes it plain there was more than a hint of consensual sex in the Gurgaon gang-rape: “Cooperation hai. Bahut kam hai main manta hoon; one ya two percent jisme nahi hota…Consent main hi hua yeh (The girls cooperate. I believe it’s very rare that there will be no cooperation… This case too had the girl’s consent).”

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THE FARCE
Rajpal Yadav
Add’l SHO, Sector 29, Gurgaon

‘Girls from Darjeeling and Nepal have come here for business purposes. They go with men for money, but if the money isn’t enough, it becomes rape’
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THE FARCE
Ram Kumar Malik
Sub-Inspector and Investigating officer of a rape case in Noida Police

‘When two young girls see their 48-year-old divorced mother sleeping with a 28-year-old man, they’ll go wayward only. Even they’ll be aroused’

THE FACE
‘Gender sensitivity is part of training and in cases involving women, the issue is always handled by a female officer. In any case, women victims come to us with male family members’

KK Sindhu
Police Commissioner, Gurgaon

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DISTURBINGLY, IN an endlessly frightening reiteration, the Gurgaon gang-rape case appears in the conversation of the Gurgaon Police only as a leitmotif of the girl’s culpability. TEHELKA captured conversations with the SHO as well as the additional SHO of Sector-29 Police Station, who otherwise have nothing to do with the ongoing investigation. Commenting on the girl’s character, SHO Jagdish Prasad said: “In the recent DLF case, the girl is 27-years-old, the boys are 18 to 20-years-old. They are kids. She was dancing with these kids in the bar… I am telling you she induced them… The girl came and gave her phone number to them.”

The big question that comes out of this is: if the police in the Delhi metropolitan area — with its exposure to modern idioms and supposed sensitivity to individual rights — nurtures such a mindset, what about the average cop in the hinterland? The thought is terrifying: is rape India’s most under-reported crime? Does anybody seriously believe that less than 25,000 women get raped in India each year?

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The explanation for gang-rapes is bizarre. She must have been friendly with at least one of the rapists, goes the refrain
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The officers TEHELKA encountered do not fulfil the basic standards of policing, which requires officers to investigate a case without any cultural, class or gender bias. Rather, the contrary seems true. Empathy for a rape victim seems an impossible ask. But in its place, there isn’t even neutrality. Everywhere, the dominant belief was that the woman was in the wrong and had invited assault upon herself. TEHELKA’s investigation, then, is not about individual viewpoints. It reveals a damagingly contorted psyche.

CAN YOU dress for rape? A great number of policemen believe that what a woman wears is one of the reasons for rape. A conservatively dressed woman is safe, but if her clothes are “suggestive”, then she’s asking for it. This is the norm.

“Agar koi bhi bacche ko kisi ladki ka shareer kapdon ke andar se dikhega to usme uttejna paida hogi…Ladkiya jo hai unko yahan tak yahan tak (he gestures to mean that women should cover their entire body, then carries on speaking)… Skirt pehenti hai. Blouse dalti hai; poora nahi dalti hai. Dupatta nahi dalti. Apne aapko dikhawa karti hai. Baccha uske taraf akarshit hota hai (If a girl is wearing transparent clothes it will encourage lewd thoughts in any kid. Girls wear short skirts. They wear a blouse that leaves nothing to the imagination. They don’t wear dupattas. They flaunt their bodies. The kid naturally gets attracted to her),” says Satbir Singh, Additional SHO of Sector 31 Police Station, Faridabad.

Making a general sociological observation, Sub-Inspector Arjun Singh, SHO of Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida, also said: “Yeh (girl) itne kapde pehni hui hai; wo isiliye taaki log “mujhse akarshit ho aur mere saath kuch na kuch kare”. Isiliye ho jaati hai (She is dressed in a manner that people get attracted to her. In fact, she wants them to do something to her.)”

DO RAPES really happen? Many policemen are not even sure. Recognition of a crime as heinous as rape is something the police in the NCR do not appear to have come to terms with. Policeman after policeman insisted “real rape” cases were rare.

TEHELKA asked Yogender Singh Tomar, Additional SHO, Sector 39, Noida, if it was easy for a rape victim to approach the police. His answer left us shocked: “Aasaan nahi hota uske liye. Bezzati se sabhi darti hai. Akhbaar baazi se bhi darti hai. Asliyat main wahin aati hai jo dhande main lipt hoti hai (It’s never easy for the victim. Everyone is scared of humiliation. Everyone’s wary of media and society. In reality, the ones who complain are only those who have turned rape into a business).”

Sub-Inspector Roop Lal of Sector 40, Gurgaon, goes to the extent of making a distinction between a genuine and a fake rape. “Main rape cases, only 10 percent. Bilkul jo zabardasti rape hota hai, 10 percent. Baaki ke toh… (Only 10 percent of rape cases actually involve force; only 10 percent are genuine. The rest is…).” He leaves his sentence incomplete. It’s not difficult to understand what he wanted to say.

Roop Lal’s crudity is mirrored by other fellow officers. Two senior cops, Rajender Singh, Additional SHO of Old Faridabad Police Station, and Ramesh Kumar, senior sub inspector, are convinced rape cases generally involve consensual sex: “Hote hain par 70 percent aise hain, ki pehle sehmati ho gayi. Uske baad kisi ne dekh liya ya, usne paise dene se mana kar diya, toh woh balatkar ho gaya (There are cases but 70 percent involve consensual sex. Only if someone sees, or the money is denied, it gets turned into rape).”

From the point of view of cops, this begs the question: do rapes really happen? Again, bewildering as it may sound, 17 of the 30 policemen were convinced they rarely do.

Consider young Sub-Inspector Manoj Rawat of Noida’s Sector 24 Police Station.

“Kya NCR mein rape hote hain? Akhbar mein nahi, fact pe aa jao. NCR mein har cheez mutual understanding se hoti hai. Mera personal view, one ya two percent NCR mein rape hote hain… Apas ki understanding hai, nahi ban paya, jahan 2 tha, wahan 3 ho gaye (Are there any rapes in NCR? Go by facts and not by what newspapers say. Everything in NCR happens with mutual understanding. My personal view is that there are one or two percent rape cases in NCR. If the understanding falls through, the exaggeration begins. Two becomes three).”

When it comes to gang-rapes, the explanation is even more bizarre. While the policemen admit that force is used, again the blame is pinned on the victim. She must have been friendly with at least one of the perpetrators goes the refrain.

Dharamveer Singh, Additional SHO at Indirapuram Police Station in Ghaziabad, said: “Bahut kum, minimum hota hai. Rare hota hai ki ek ladki ko 10 ladke zabardasti pakad le… car mein bhi koi innocent ladki nahi gayi hai. Wahi gayi jo kisi ladke ke saath sambandhit zaroor hai (It’s very rare that a girl is forcefully picked up by 10 boys. A girl who gets into a car with boys is never innocent. If she does, she definitely has a relationship with at least one of them).”

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There is a sweeping consensus in listing ‘indecent’ clothing as a primary cause for rape, followed closely by ‘behaviour’
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Roop Lal of Sector 40, Gurgaon, sought to find a rationale to the occurrence of gang-rape: “Jaise hum log baithe hai, zyaada daaru pee li. Chalte peeli. Behnchodh, phekh saala, phir to aise hi hoga. Raat bhar rakh li. Uska jawab kya degi wo apne gharwalon ko, ki jo ek ghante ke liye keh kar gayi hai, aur poori night main kahan gayi thi. To maa-baap to poochenge, bhai bhi poochega. Jinka samaaj hai woh to poochte hai (Say we are sitting and had one drink too many while on the move… it’s obvious that it’ll happen. Keep her for the entire night. What will she tell her parents? She was supposed to be away for an hour and has ended up being out the entire night. Parents will question, so will her brother. Society will ask questions.”

RK Sisodia, Additional SHO of Sector 20 Noida Police Station, had an entirely different opinion on the authenticity of rape cases. He was the only one to say that very few rape cases in NCR are false or questionable in nature. It was almost a surprise to hear him.

SEVERAL POLICE officers believe it’s a woman’s behaviour that is a prime reason and if it were not for “provocation” from her end, rapes wouldn’t happen.

When asked about sensitisation in the police, Inspector Sunil Kumar of Delhi Police shrugged away the query, saying rape is anyway the girl’s fault, particularly if she is a ‘Delhi girl’: “If a girl living in Delhi doesn’t want this trauma she will not encourage it. Suppose you are two people and I am a girl dating you both. I am flirting with one person and ignoring you, then after I see you jealous, I come to you. Then one day when he (the other person) is drunk, he might come with two-three friends and ask me to join him. I will then go with him with my wish. In a fit of vindictiveness, he will try to have sex with me, with or without my wish. But first, it is my fault because I courted disaster. No rape can happen in Delhi without the girl’s provocation.”

Kumar had painted a scenario a script writer of a soap opera would find hard to concoct. Yet he believed — absolutely believed — this was everyday reality in large sections of Delhi society. Indeed, it appears as though there is almost a sweeping consensus in listing a woman’s “indecent” clothing as a primary cause for rape, followed closely by her “behaviour”, ranging from what they deemed promiscuous to just plain assertiveness. It’s almost as if a woman wearing a sari or a salwar kameez is never raped – though empirical evidence clearly suggests otherwise.

Sub-Inspector Roop Lal in Gurgaon even asked if women didn’t have a mind of their own. He explained his hypothesis: “Birthday ke sambandh main party do… aur woh akeli ladki hai, un teeno ke saath jaa rahi hai, aur dekh rahi hai ki saale daaru bhi pee rahe hai saath main. To yeh bilkul ladies ko pata hai is baat ka, ki kya hoga. Jab wo khud hi party karne lagi hai, to wo rape nahi keh sakte. Rape kaise kahoge? Daaru ke sang unke saath baith rahi hai… to dimag to tere main bhi hai, jab tu chatra hai kisliye party mang rahi hai, kisliye inke saath jaa rahi hai? (If a girl asks for a birthday party and is alone with 2-3 boys and sees they are drinking, she knows what is likely to happen. When she herself goes for such a party, she can’t complain of rape. How can you call it rape if she is sitting and drinking with them? You are a student and have brain of your own. Why are you going out with them?)”

“IT’S ALL about money.” If this is not enough to shock you, a majority of the policemen said rape is used as a blackmailing tool to extort money. More than 17 officers spoke about a supposedly dirty nexus of money, mal-intent, compromises and sex.

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THE FARCE
Arjun Singh
SHO, Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida

‘If girls don’t stay within their boundaries, if they don’t wear appropriate clothes, then naturally there is attraction. This attraction makes men aggressive, prompting them to just do it (rape)’

THE FACE
‘Although a module on gender issues for new recruits exists, there are no training programmes. Public-police ratio has to increase only then can we spare them for courses in gender sensitivity’

Praveen kumar SSP, Noida
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Satbir Singh, Additional SHO of Sector 31 Police Station, Faridabad has completed 27 years in service and investigated around 20 rape cases. He believes half of all rape charges were false. He was unapologetic about questioning the intent of rape victims when they came to file complaints: “One lakh. Two lakh. Fifty lakh. Logon ko ye pata chal gaya hai ki ye achcha paisa kamaane ka dhanda hai… business hai. Income source dhoond liya hai logon ne. Aam baat hai… kharcha nahi hota. Money nahi hote.Gharwale kharch ke liye paise nahi dete.Wo phir razabandi se kaam chalta hai (People have understood this is a lucrative trade for women; it’s business. They’ve found an income source. It’s common; you’re short of money, your parents don’t give you money to spend. You make compromises).”

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THE FARCE
Satbir Singh
Add’l SHO, Sector-31 Police Station, Faridabad

‘If a girl wears revealing clothes, it will encourage lewd thoughts in any kid. They wear short skirts, blouse, they don’t wear dupattas, they flaunt their bodies. The kid naturally will get attracted to her’
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Vijay Kumar, a young sub-inspector working under Satbir Singh, also shares similar views. Amazingly, so does Rajbala, a young lady investigating officer at the station. “90 percent to aise hi hote hai…” she said, as SHO Satbir talks about money being the biggest factor behind rape cases.

Sector 29 Police Station, as it’s SHO Jagdish Prasad points out, registered 10 rape cases from 2005-2010. Conviction happened in two of them. Here too, it’s troubling to see two young, 20-something English-speaking Sub-Inspectors, Naveen and Vipin, have deep prejudices against independent women. “It’s all for enjoyment,” said Vipin at one point, supporting his senior’s argument.

This kind of gender stereotyping is not limited to the outskirts of the NCR. In the heart of Delhi, Inspector Sunil Kumar, SHO of Ghazipur Police Station was similarly judgmental: “Someone will say I will give you Rs 1,000 or Rs 2,000 but afterwards they give Rs 500. Then it becomes rape. And no one in the world will listen to me. I might say she asked for Rs 1,000, I gave Rs 500. But our law says very clearly — if a girl says she was raped then she was raped. No excuses there. It is final.” His tone was sympathetic — to the person charged with rape.

Apart from a general suspicion towards any woman who complains of rape, the class bias was unmistakable in several stations — the argument being insensitive enough to be seen as condoning the act. Rape victims from poor backgrounds are looking for money, and the ones from affluent families are simply wayward and easy: it’s all so neat.

“Oonche gharon ki ladkiyan hain; jinke saath setting hoti hai uske saath chali jati hai, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 rupiyo ke liye (These girls are from affluent families; they go with anyone who they have a setting with for money),” said Additional Sub-Inspector Vikas Kumar of Sector 29 Police Station in Gurgaon. His colleague and Additional SHO of the station, Rajpal Yadav also had his reasoning for rape cases involving women from affluent classes; “Sharaab bhi peeti hain ladkiyan… log fayda toh uthainge hi. Hookah bar, smack, ganja, nasha, tambakoo (These girls tend to drink… people will naturally take advantage. They do everything from hookah bars to smack to ganja and tobacco).”

When it comes to victims from economically backward families, the comments get cruder. For instance, Yoginder Singh Tomar of Noida believed rapes happened only among lower castes and lower classes: “Upper caste toh nahi aati. Upper caste ki to mukkadma hi darj nahi hota. Aata hi nahi koi. Hota hi nahi hai. Ab hota hoga toh humaare paas nahi aa rahe hai (Upper caste people never file rape complaints. Rape never happens there. If it happens, it never comes to us).”

THE BAGGAGE of cultural prejudice a policeman carries to the police station is not only unprofessional but also dangerous as it ensures a bias from the very onset of an investigation. This invariably leads to loopholes in the probe and becomes a road-block in deliverance of justice. If investigators are to be believed, their experience of rape cases has given them an understanding that everything from co-education to alcohol, films and comfortable relationships are prime reasons for rape.

“Yahan log bahar se aaye hain… Filmon main dekh rahe hai. Bilkul nangapan saa aagaya hai yahan par. Filmon ko dekh kar yeh sab ho raha hai; nashe ki aadat pad gayi hai. Bahar se aye hue hain woh apne culture koh jo Indian culture hai usko chhod rahe hain (People have come from outside. They watch films and get influenced. There is complete nudity; people have taken to alcohol. Also, outsiders, from outside NCR, have forgotten Indian culture),” is Sub-Inspector Rajpal Yadav’s rationale for rapes.

How can such a police force discharge its constitutional duty of prosecuting sex offenders successfully?

HOWEVER, IN Delhi, TEHELKA found that of the six stations it visited, three had police officers who were professional and sensitised towards cases of violence against women. Additional SHO, Inspector Thakeshwar Singh of Sangam Vihar Police Station, pointed out there were compromises between the victim’s side and the perpetrator’s side but not necessarily due to money: “There’s social stigma attached to a rape victim, making it difficult for her to tirelessly pursue the case.”

The Delhi Police insists it has a gender sensitivity programme in place. There is a rape crisis intervention centre in every district and a women’s help desk in every police station. “There is sensitisation at the induction level as well as promotional and specialised courses on the job. The objective is to handle women in crisis. In these courses officers are apprised with latest court orders,” said Additional DCP Rajan Bhagat, PRO Delhi Police.

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THE FARCE
Yogender Singh Tomar
Add’l SHO, Sector 39 Police Station, Noida

‘It’s never easy for the victim. Everyone is scared of humiliation. Everyone’s wary of media and society. In reality, the ones who complain are those who have made rape a business’
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Yet inside these police stations and behind those nice-sounding phrases is a much harsher reality. The lack of training and sensitisation is evident. Praveen Kumar, SSP Noida, felt there was need for sensitisation at the working level. “Although there is a module on gender issues for new recruits, there are no training programmes for people in service. There is training at the induction level but not at short intervals since there is shortage of manpower. If those policemen are sent for training who would man the police posts? Public-police ratio has to increase only then can we spare them for courses in gender sensitivity,” he said.

However, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, KK Sindhu felt there was no real need for sensitisation as all cases related to women were handled by ladies. The Gurgaon Police chief was of the opinion that women were usually accompanied by men if they had to visit a police station. “Women are inseparable from family in an Indian set-up. There is always a male accompanying them to a police station. Gender sensitivity is part of training and, in cases involving women, the issue is always handled by a woman investigating officer.”

GIVEN THAT these extremely disturbing attitudes exist in agencies that are meant for the protection of harassed women, it comes as little surprise that rapes continue unabated. Six rape cases were reported from different parts of the NCR during the two weeks TEHELKA reporters were out in the field meeting policemen. While the men in uniform have a spectrum of reasons to rationalise rise in rape occurrence, there is little acknowledgment of the fact that perhaps better policing and instilling a fear of the law among the perpetrators could make women feel that much safer.

This prejudice breeds a vicious cycle. It makes investigation slothful and lackadaisical and as a result the conviction rate in rape cases is appallingly low. This, in turn, allows potential sex criminals to get away with anything, even an open-and-shut case of rape. And each time this happens, to the average policeman it only reinforces what he thinks he already knows: “She asked for it.”

Abhishek Bhalla is a Senior Special Correspondent with Tehelka.
abhishek.bhalla@tehelka.com

G Vishnu is a Correspondent with Tehelka.
vishnu@tehelka.com

Almost 100 per cent of women who cheat on their partners never get found out, but men are not as good at covering their tracks with 17 per cent admitting to getting caught, a new survey has found.

The research carried out by a dating website for married people found that 95 per cent of women and 83 per cent of men claim to have successfully conducted illicit encounters without their spouses finding out.

UndercoverLovers asked 3,000 women and the same number of men if their partners knew about their cheating and found that the overall percentage of straying spouses that never get found out is 89 per cent.

According to Dr David Holmes, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, women are having more affairs than ever but they behave very differently from men when they cheat.
Recent studies suggest the figure is around 20 per cent for men and a little over 15 per cent for women.

“Women are better liars because they”re more psychologically sophisticated,” the Daily Mail quoted Holmes as saying.

“Emotionally they make plans and have strategies, while men are more impulsive.
“The biggest difference is that women are much better at keeping their affairs secret.
“If you look at the studies into paternity, even conservative figures show that between eight and 15 per cent of children haven’t been fathered by the man who thinks he’s the biological parent,” he said.

Emily Pope of Undercover Lovers, which has more than 650,000 members, also said that women are better liars as compared the opposite sex.

“Many of our members, both male and female, have been philandering for years without being caught,” she said.

“Studies have shown that women are actually better liars than men, so it’s not surprising that female adulterers are better at getting away with it than their male counterparts,” Pope added.

CHENNAI: Instances of long-time companions turning against their boyfriends, and accusing them of rape, are on the rise. Affairs gone sour, break-ups and failed live-in relationships are being taken to police by women, who charge their ex-boyfriends with rape, police say, conceding that such complaints are being lodged more frequently than before.

“We do try to strike a compromise between the man and woman, who are mostly young, but we are left with no choice if a woman sticks to her stance,” a senior police officer said.

Recent examples include an IT company boss who was slapped with rape charges by his former employee, one year after she quit the job. There was also the case of a hearingimpaired man who was booked for rape after he broke up with his long-time companion. She complained to the police that he deserted her after they had lived together virtually as man and wife.

Once an FIR is registered, the prospect of arrest gets real for the man in such cases. “An arrest can ruin his self-esteem , his business and public profile,” said former special public prosecutor for human rights court V Kannadasan. “Of course police have no choice but to register a case, but arrest is entirely their discretion and it should be exercised most judiciously,” he said, pointing out that a couple’s intimacy for a prolonged period should be taken into account by police while probing such cases.

In the recent past, police have registered a case against controversial godman Nithyananda based on allegations made by an exdevotee . It is for the police to unearth the truth, given the fact she had claimed that the godman raped her 45 times. Another incident involves a private company boss, who was arrested on charges of rape. Interestingly, here too, the two complaints from as many ex-employees came more than a year after the alleged rape took place.

In a few of these cases, the alleged perpetrator of the crime and his victim may have shared an emotional or intimate relationship , thus blurring the line between sexual exploitation and a consensual affair.

The social context remains the fact that a large number of young professionals are increasingly living together or close to each other, say police. Sharing a roof or living-in as partners too is common in this age group, they say. But sometimes, such arrangements are brought to an end without mutual consent, leaving the couple bitter.

Treasurer of the Madras High Court Advocate Association T K S Sudha, admits that some women do lodge rape complaints with the motive of exacting revenge after a relationship sours. “The Supreme Court has approved live-in relationships to an extent, as it has held that the girl is entitled to claim maintenance from her live-in partner. But, to allege rape after being in such a relationship is taking the liberty too far. It is abuse,”

CASE HISTORY

Hearing impaired man gets arrested on rape charges after partner accuses him of going back on his promise to marry her A rape case was registered against controversial godman Nithyananda after a devotee claimed that she was raped 45 times Managing director of a private firm was arrested after two rape cases were filed by ex-employees , a year after the incident.

THE FINE PRINT

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code lays down six circumstances to qualify for a rape. Of this, three are about consent, two about ‘misconception’ , and one is about the statutory age limit Poilce invoke Section 417 of IPC along with Section 376 (punishment for rape) while a man is arrested for rape. Section 417 deals with punishment for cheating and it prescribes a maximum imprisonment of one year with or without fine IF THE ALLEGED RAPE CONTINUED FOR DAYS OR TOGETHER WEEKS OR , MONTHS AT MOST IT COULD BE A CASE OF CHEATING OR BREACH OF TRUST.

INDORE: Having non-consensual sex with wife also falls in the category of rape and some women have approached the police against their husbands after alleging rape.

A few days ago, a man was booked for having sex with his 35-year-old wife in Khajarana area.

City superintendent of police (CSP), Vijay Nagar Prashant Choubey said that Mushtaque Khan and his wife had decided to get a divorce, but, they had not completed formalities in the court so far.

On Monday, Mushtaque invited his wife at his residence to discuss the issue and allegedly raped her. He reportedly beaten her also, said Choubey. Mushtaque is a resident of Asharafi Nagar while his wife used to live with her parents in Dewas.

After the incident, the woman approached Khajarana police and reported the issue.

Acting on the complaint of the wife, police have booked Mushtaque under section 323, 506, 343, 376 A of IPC.

A similar incident came to fore in June when a man was sent behind bars for having sex with his ex-wife. One Reshma (name changed), a woman in her thirties was victimised by her husband. The victim used to live in Nanda Nagar with her daughter.

Quoting the complainant, police said that her husband Ramesh Yadav entered the house and forced himself. In the morning, the lady lodged her complaint with Pardeshipura police.

Police booked the accused under Section 377 (Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to10 ten years, and shall also be liable to fine) of Indian Penal Code.

New Delhi, Dec. 2 (PTI): A woman in an illicit relationship cannot be punished but the man would be convicted of adultery, the Supreme Court said today.

Justices Altamas Kabir and R.M. Lodha quashed the case of adultery against Kalyani who had an illicit affair with the husband of the complainant Sailaja.

Kalyani challenged the registration of a case against her under Sections 497 (adultery) and 341 (wrongful restraint) but Andhra Pradesh High Court dismissed her plea. She then appealed in the apex court.

Interpreting Section 497, the apex court bench said if a man has “sexual intercourse with a person… whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man”, he shall be “punished”. That would mean a term of up to five years or a fine or both.

On punishing the woman in the adulterous relationship, the court said: “In such a case, the wife (the woman in the relationship) shall not be punishable as an abettor.”

The court said: “It makes the position of a married woman almost that of the property of her husband. But in terms of the law, as it stands, it is evident… that only a man can be proceeded against.”

The court also clarified that Section 497 held for cases of “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”.

NEW DELHI: Taking up a matrimonial dispute, the Supreme Court on Thursday concurred with criticism of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code which punishes a man alone for adultery for having consensual sex with a married woman.

The criticism of the bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha was on two grounds – that the provision reduces a married woman to a property of the husband, and that punishment is meted out to the man though the woman with whom he had consensual sex was an equal partner in the alleged crime.

‘Women immune to adultery charges’

Section 497 of IPC says, “Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 5 years, or with fine, or with both. In such case, the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.”

The bench said, “The provision (Section 497) is currently under criticizm from certain quarters for showing a strong gender bias for it makes the position of a married woman almost as a property of her husband. But in terms of the law as it stands, it is evident from a plain reading of the section that only a man can be proceeded against and punished for the offence of adultery.”

“Indeed, the section provides expressly that the wife cannot be punished even as an abettor. Thus, the mere fact that the appellant is a woman makes her completely immune to the charges of adultery and she cannot be proceeded against for that offence,” the bench said.

(Reuters) – Zeba, a 23-year-old model and actress says she’s found the perfect job. The money is great, she rubs shoulders with the super rich and her working hours are convenient.

Zeba is one of thousands of high-price call girls servicing India’s nouveau riche and the throng of foreign businessmen drawn to a booming economy.

“If you have a modelling assignment, you have to work hard,” Zeba, who declined to give her full name in order to protect her identity, said in American-accented English.

“But over here, it’s just one hour. You talk to the person for half-an-hour and then the other half-an-hour in bed. You make a lot of money and it’s easy,” added Zeba, who charges 200,000 Indian rupees (2,500 pounds) for an hour’s encounter, of which the escort agency keeps half.

Prostitution is illegal in India. Yet voluntary groups estimate there to be two million sex workers, most of them forced into the trade by crushing poverty. Many suffer from HIV in a country with the world’s third highest HIV caseload.

Call girls such as Zeba live in a world far removed from New Delhi’s infamous G.B. Road, its main red-light district, and work as prostitutes as a matter of choice, plying their trade in five star hotels rather than on the streets or in brothels.

Many high-price escorts such as Zeba are educated women from middle-class families who see prostitution as a lucrative and even glamorous profession.

“Only two to three percent of India’s prostitutes enter the profession willingly. These are the high-class girls, and it is them exercising their democratic rights,” said Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research in New Delhi.

“These high-class escorts are definitely an outcome of globalised India,” added Kumari.

The growth of high-end prostitution in India underscores not only the affluence among the upper-classes who have the money to hire such prostitutes, but also the changing role of women in a deeply conservative society.

Even today, Indian women are expected to cover up in public and conform to strict societal norms. Premarital sex is taboo and Bollywood movies tease but generally stop short of kissing.

Yet the country’s newfound economic affluence and expanding middle-class has also brought an insatiable appetite for the good things in life from designer clothes, to fast cars, to champagne dinners.

“With the changes in the economy and increased consumerism, the Indian woman is under pressure to conform to a highly capitalistic image which requires a lot of money to upkeep,” said Anuja Agrawal, a sociologist at the University of Delhi.

“If Indian society were to really allow their women to be free, they won’t be forced to conform to such a rigid behaviour.”

FAST-GROWING INDUSTRY

Most high-end sex workers in India charge anywhere from 10,000 rupees to 50,000 rupees for an hour, but some charge many times more.

“I accommodate the rich, multi-millionaires and business entrepreneurs. Obviously it’s a very big industry and in India it is especially fast-growing,” said Sameer Chamadi, who runs an escort agency in India that has branches in Dubai and London.

“If the guys have money, they can have my escorts,” added Chamadi. His business is one of many online escort agencies sprouting on the Internet in India.

Police in India say they try to enforce anti-prostitution laws by checking classified advertisements and the Internet for those soliciting sex. But they admit it is difficult to clamp down on high-class prostitutes and clients whose liaisons are usually arranged and conducted in private.

Chamadi and other escort agency owners insist their call girls are worth every cent and can do anything for their clients, from stimulating conversation to bondage fetishes.

“It’s a major, major, class difference, and with us it’s not just ‘slam, bang, thank you Ma’am’. You can actually sit and have a proper conversation with us,” said Zeba.

Starting out in Mumbai as a model, Zeba, a college graduate, got her break in movies through a client who was influential in Bollywood. She has no regrets about her chosen profession.

“I really hate people who put on an act about not liking something when they actually do. I mean sex is not just what men want, we women want it also,” she said.

BATHINDA: There had been instances where husbands were accused of mishandling their wives but now, a few cases have come-up where the wives had allegedly inflicted cruelty on their spouse. If the complaints received by Punjab State Women Commission and the police stations in the area are believed, there would be many men who are being subjected to harassment.

Though the complaints are steadily increasing, women are still lagging behind in the spousal harassment cases. In 2010, the commission had received 1,390 harassment and matrimonial cruelty complaints out of which, 227 were from men. In 2009, 900 complaints were received and 78 were from the troubled husbands.

“We received about 10% complaints from men, accusing their wives of harassing them”, said Gurdev Kaur Sangha, the commission chairperson.

She added, “The commission is meant for women. We find it hard to deal with the problems of men. Since some complaints are highly tormented, we have asked the complainants to register through their sisters or mother, so that we can help.” When the State Women Commission did not accept the complaints made by three men, they approached the National Women Commission.

Kaur said that about 50% cases were settled with a compromise. “Due to a large number of complaints, Section 498 A was added to the Indian Penal Code and Section 198 A was added to the Criminal Procedure Code but there is no law to address the complaints made by men,” said Gurmail Singh, a bank employee in Faridkot who had lodged many complaints to the police against his wife in the last five years. “These laws are being misused. Wives or the parents-inlaw make false complaints just for harassment,” said Mangat Arora, an advocate.

JAJPUR (ODISHA): Investigation into the sale of a baby boy by his mother in Odisha’s Jajpur district has revealed curious details — the money was used to buy a mobile phone and a pair of jeans among other things. “Rakhi Patra of Mundamala village who sold her 17 month-old son for Rs 5,000 purchased a new mobile phone, a pair of jeans, few new tops (to go with the jeans) and memory cards for her mobile with the money,” Jajpur superintendent of police Deepak Kumar said on Wednesday.

The investigations were conducted when a division bench of Orissa high court took suo moto cognizance of media reports on the sale and directed the police to recover the baby and hand him over to his mother. Rejecting the mother’s claim that she sold the child to meet the legal expenses of her jailed husband, Kumar said her new acquisitions were evidence of the fact that she did not sell her baby boy due to poverty.

She has confessed before us that she had purchased all these items from the money out of the sale of her baby for Rs 5,000 he said adding the goods were seized from her.

The woman refused to take back her son after police handed her the boy after recovering him from Cuttack on Tuesday. We had handed over the baby but to our utter dismay, the mother refused to take him to her custody in the presence of the general public. Later, we handed him over to child welfare committee.

Rakhi, who is 20 years old and a daily wage earner had in association with a rickshawpuller sold her son to Babula Behera on September 17 in Cuttack.

Police rescued the baby boy from Nuapatana village yesterday following the order of high court division bench comprising Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice BK Mishra on Friday.

The government’s expert panel on legal issues has recommended a change in the criminal law to prevent the immediate arrest of husbands and their family members against whom police complaints are filed by their wives under the anti-dowry law.

The Law Commission of India, in its latest report, has asked the government to water the anti-dowry law down to allow a woman to withdraw her complaint if a compromise with her husband and his family is possible. The panel also wants to make it a compoundable offence but with a court’s permission.

The Supreme court had asked the law commission to give its findings on whether section 498A of the IPC and enabling laws, which deal with physical and mental cruelty by husbands and their relatives against wives over dowry, require amendments following reports of their misuse.

It has sought an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in a bid to introduce a 30-day “reconciliation” period before police can arrest an accused under the anti-dowry law.

“The need for caution in exercising the drastic power of arrest in the context of cases under section 498A the IPC has been emphasised by courts and parliamentary committees time and again,” states the report.

“We, therefore, suggest that a new clause may be added to the CrPC section 41 to make clear that whenever a complaint of physical and mental cruelty is filed by a married woman, a police officer shall set in motion a process of reconciliation between the two parties before he or she resorts to the power of arrest,” the commission recommended.

This 30-day period, however, will not apply if an investigating officer feels that “facts disclose an aggravated form of cruelty” and the arrest of an accused is necessary, it points out.

It has rejected the demands for either recommending a complete repeal of the anti-dowry law or making it a bailable offence. “Misuse by itself cannot be a ground to take away its teeth … We can’t close our eyes to a large number of cases which go unprosecuted,” the commission stated.

Family members of Munish Dalal, who were acquitted by a Noida court after being accused by Nisha Sharma in a dowry case, said they have just been handed their freedom after a ten-year-long ordeal.

Nisha, a resident of Sector-56 in Noida, had hit the headlines in May 2003 after she refused to marry her groom for allegedly demanding `12 lakh as dowry and a car on the day of the marriage.

Following her complaint, Munish, his mother Vidya and his paternal aunt Savitri Sharma were arrested. The Noida court acquitted the Dalals on Wednesday.

Munish’s 68-year-old widowed mother – the only earning member of the family – lost her job as a teacher in a government school after the incident.

‘My mother gave 36 years of her life to the government’s education department. She had also represented India in hockey. But she was put behind bars for no reason. Her career came to an abrupt end and even her retirement benefits were withheld,’ an anguished Munish said.

And if this wasn’t enough ignominy, the government incorporated the incident in NCERT textbooks that is still taught to children in Class VI.

‘The names of my mother and me were put in government textbooks, as if we are the worst criminals in the country. The chapter says how my family was turned back for demanding dowry,’ Munish said.

‘I was to get married on the evening of May 11, 2003. The next morning I was in jail. You can well imagine my state of mind,’ he added.

Recalling the pain, he said:

‘My elderly mother and 75-year-old aunt had to travel 75 km to Noida for the hearings. In the last nine years, we went to the court at least 320 times whereas Nisha’s family was in court on hardly ten days.’

Both parties have moved on since then. While Nisha got married a few months after the incident, Munish got married to a ‘simple girl’ in 2008 at a temple in Delhi. And he didn’t take any dowry, Munish added.

‘It was pre-planned. Nisha’s father D.D. Sharma placed a matrimonial ad in a newspaper February 14, 2003 – the day when she and Navneet Rai allegedly got married at a temple. Sharma knew of Nisha’s alleged affair but still put the ad,’Vidya said, recalling their ordeal.

According to her, the baraat was stopped at the entrance to the wedding venue on May 11, 2003, the fateful day. Nisha’s father apologising profusely said he hadn’t been able to arrange rooms for the groom’s wedding party. And Sharma didn’t take any steps to remedy the situation even when Vidya told him that they had been insulted.

A heated exchange followed and the groom’s wedding party turned back.

While they were on their way home, they got to know that the Sharmas had lodged an FIR for dowry against them, she said.

‘My son was arrested at six the next morning and I was arrested a few hours later. We spent two months behind bars,’ Vidya added.

‘Only their family deposed against us.’

Their counsel Naresh Chand Gupta said they would file for damages against Nisha’s family. R.K. Rai, the father of Navneet with whom Nisha was said to be in a relationship, too, said they would seek damages from the Sharma family.

Nisha is said to have admitted in court that she wished to marry Navneet.

Later, an affidavit surfaced before the media stating that Nisha had married Navneet at a temple on February 14, 2003. Nisha, however, denied in the court that the affidavit was signed by her. Nisha’s father said they would appeal against the court’s order.

‘They (the accused) have only got the benefit of doubt,’ he said.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Minutes before her wedding ceremony was about to be concluded, Nisha Sharma’s father was allegedly asked for more dowry money.

Reports suggested the marriage in 2003 had nearly been solemnised – with guests about to begin dinner – when the groom’s family allegedly demanded `12 lakh in car and cash. The 21-year-old decided to say no, which quickly lead to a scuffle between the families, forcing Sharma to call the cops.

The groom and his mother were later arrested, and Sharma shot to fame as a rare example of a young woman willing to say no to dowry-seekers.

Sharma’s act would also be repeated by a number of other women, who said they had been inspired by her story. Police later charged the groom and his mother with subjecting a woman to cruelty in connection with a dowry demand.

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Tells victim’s family that laws favour the fair sex and he would book even a dog if a woman filed a complaint against it

Here’s a cop with a difference. Mico Layout Police Inspector C N Janardhana Rao believes that the law will always support a woman, no matter what. He told the victim’s family who went to lodge a complaint that he would book even a dog if a woman files a complaint against it.

No wonder he refused to take up a suo motu case of abetment of suicide against Ruchi Goel, wife of Ashish Goel, a senior software engineer with Trainz Consulting who recently killed himself, despite his leaving behind a note that clearly implicated his wife in his death. “Our laws always favour a woman victim and not a male victim,” Rao said.

BRASS TACKS
Ashish hanged himself at his BTM Layout house on June 23. He left a suicide note stating that he took the step because his wife had threatened him with a dowry harassment case if he did not pay her Rs 1 crore. When Mico Layout police refused to register a case, Ashish’s family leveraged some powerful political contacts in Delhi. The police finally registered a case on June 30. Rao confirmed this. “I was compelled to register a case against the girl because of pressure from Goel’s family,” he said.

Rao’s boss, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) B N S Reddy, however, has a different take on the matter. “There is no difference between a man or woman in the eyes of the law. If my officer has taken a contrary stand, it is wrong and he needs to be corrected. I will direct him to speed up the investigation,’’ he said.

A SORRY AFFAIR
Ashish and Ruchi got married in April 2009. She hailed from Meerut while he came from neighbouring Aligarh. Apparently, Ashish had an affair with another girl before he married Ruchi. After Ruchi learnt about it, the issue became a source of constant friction between the couple. Three months after their marriage, she went back to her parents’ home. After a while, Ashish brought her back to Bangalore.

But the fights continued and in April this year Ashish, according to his family, was pressured to try and find a job in Meerut. On June 20, he got a call from Ruchi in which she reportedly demanded Rs 1 crore in a week’s time, failing which she threatened to file a dowry harassment case against him and his family. This apparently acted as the trigger for Ashish to kill himself.

Actress Penelope Cruz recently said being a housewife is the “best thing in the world”. Cruz who is married to Javier Bardem, has been staying at home since giving birth to 17-month-old son Leonardo.

She said, “I’m a housewife and it’s beautiful, the best thing in the world. I know how to cook and it’s important to me to make fresh food every day,” contactmusic.com quoted Cruz as saying.

Sounds familiar? Yes, it does to every woman who has become a mother. They say Motherhood changes you, your priorities change and your one big goal in life is to give the best to the child and make your child the best gift to the world.

What is it about giving birth that changes highly careeristic woman to give up a fancy job and do the thankless job of a housewife? The role she plays here is real and unlike professional life, there are no appraisals every year or for that matter for life.

Says Pallavi Sri who bid adieu to her monthly income of Rs 45,000, “It’s sheer joy. You never know till you experience it. It cannot be explained. End of the day, you may not get an award for being the best employee. But when you see your child’s milestones, you can silently thank yourself to have brought him to that stage with your little effort and at the same time be proud of the achievement.”

There are many actresses who chose to stop acting when they were at the peak of their careers. Says Anjana Jaiswal, a homemaker who gave up her managerial job when promotion was due, “It’s not easy to throw away your job that’s given you an identity, financial independence and respect in the society. However, you have to learn to accept changes and be willing to take the risk. And if it works, nothing like it. It’s so tempting to stick on to a high-paying job. But the joy of watching your kid grow and being there by his side, motivate him and push him to achieve more milestones is priceless!”

It’s easy for the outside world to write off a woman (especially a star) as ‘not bankable/no market woman’ once she’s married or has a child. The recent example being the beauty queen and reigning Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She’s enjoying her motherhood and wants to take time to get back in shape. However, her detractors are working overtime to suggest this is the end of her career.

Even Kajol who is busy playing mommy to her two kids in a recent interview said, she enjoys being a mother and to quote her said, “Looking after babies is a full-time job, trust me!” Says Renuka Prasad, “Women face challenges at every stage of their lives. If they are married and working, people blame them for neglecting their families. Now, if a woman wants to give up her career to take care of her child, they make her feel miserable with all such stories. What a strange world we are living in where people are not allowed to live life their way.”

Tamil actresses Jyothika, Shalini who are married to actors Suriya and Ajith are content with their lives. Both actresses stopped acting when they were on top. However, they have no regrets because nothing can match the roles they are playing in their real life — being a perfect star wife and a great mom.

New mommy Shilpa Shetty too recently tweeted, “Glad I have the luxury of time to take off but hats off 2 all those moms who multitask home chores/work after a baby single-handedly. Phew.” She was also all praises for women who multitask. She tweeted, “Being a mother is a full time job! One has 2 be ready 2 give 25hrs a day 2 the baby or don’t do it! Amazin how our mothers did it all without any help.”

There’s this post doing the rounds on Facebook which perhaps would be an apt conclusion to this article. Here you go…

‘Just a mom?! I can’t stand it when people say, “You’re JUST a mom?” with their annoying gestures. ” Yes! I am a mom!” (and a Damn good one!) That makes me an alarm clock, cook, maid, waitress, teacher, nurse, referee, handyman, security officer, photographer, counselor, chauffeur, event planner, hairdresser, personal assistant, ATM & I scare away the boogie man or any ghosts that haunt my kids at night. I don’t get any paid holidays, sick pay or days off. I work DAY & NIGHT. I am on call 24/7 for the rest of my life. That’s just BEING A MOM! I may not be anything to you, but I am everything to someone. Enough said.’

reshmi.ar@timesgroup.com

LUCKNOW: Ankit Srivastava, a 25-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide following a heated argument with his girlfriend in Varanasi. Ankit’s parents told police that he killed himself while chatting live on the webcam with his girlfriend, who allegedly watched the horrifying incident but did nothing to stop him.

According to the family members, the mother found her son’s body hanging from the ceiling of his bedroom. The webcam on his personal computer was switched on and broken mobile phone was lying on the floor. Family suspects that Ankit smashed his cell phone in anger before taking the extreme step.

Family also told police that Ankit, an event management professional, was short-tempered. He used to chat with the girl daily in the night. However, the police said that the probe is still on to verify whether Ankit committed suicide during video chat or following an heated argument with the girl on the phone.

The incident occurred on Saturday but came to light on Monday when police filed an FIR against the girl. Suprintendent of Police, Varanasi, City, Santosh Singh told reporters that Ankit had attempted suicide earlier also. His mother is a schoolteacher and father, a retired bank employee.

Filing of false criminal complaints amounts to cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act, the Bombay High Court observed while granting divorce to a man who was accused of dowry harassment by his wife.

Santosh (name changed) had approached the high court challenging a September 2006 order passed by a family court in Pune dismissing his petition seeking divorce from his wife on the grounds of cruelty.

Santosh had married Rekha (name changed) in November 2001. However, soon thereafter disputes and differences surfaced between the couple. The wife then lodged a complaint of harassment and causing hurt against Santosh and his family with the Pimpri police.

According to the husband, a lower court quashed the criminal complaint filed by his wife after observing that there was insufficient evidence. After this Santosh moved the family court seeking divorce on grounds of cruelty, which was dismissed.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode after perusing the evidence and judgement of the lower court observed that the complaint lodged by the wife was false in nature.

“In our view, filing of a false criminal complaint itself amounts to cruelty within the meaning of section 13 (i) (a) of the Hindu Marriage Act,” the bench said.

Quashing and setting aside the Pune family court’s order, the high court allowed Santosh’s appeal and granted him divorce.

GURGAON: A private company executive has been booked for alleged dowry harassment and alleged rape of his wife. According to the FIR lodged at the Sector 56 police station, the couple had had a love marriage and the husband, a native of Amritsar, had left the woman and has been on the run.

The victim Siksha (name changed), a senior executive in a private firm, has blamed her husband, Raman Singh Sahi in the FIR that he had been raped her before marriage a number of times and now has been demanding a huge sum of money as dowry.

On the material front, everything was fine between the two for a few months after marriage but their relationship soured later and they quarrelled many times in the recent past.

The victim told police that she was physically assaulted many times after marriage. She claimed that Raman had ignored her feelings and had forced himself on her several times in recent months. It is not clear in the FIR as to when they got married, said police.

Police lodged an FIR based on the complaint by the victim under Section 376 and the Dowry Act. The victim was residing in the upscale Sun City residential society on Golf Course Road. The accused is also in a senior position in the same private firm as the victim. They had fallen in love as colleagues.

“We have tried to contact the accused but he has been on the run,” said a senior police officer.

My husband and I have been together for 12 years. We talk throughout the day. We like each other a lot in addition to being in love. We plan to be together for the rest of our lives. I feel profoundly lucky.

Yet one night this summer when my husband was out of town, a male friend stopped by for a drink. After our second drink, I kissed him. He started to kiss me back, and then stopped.

“We shouldn’t do this,” he said. “I should leave.” After a few ambivalent minutes, he made his way to the door. He knows and likes my husband, and was afraid, he said, that if things went any further he wouldn’t be able to look him in the eye.

The strange thing, though, is that my husband would not have objected.

I’m embarrassed to say that, because it evokes the specter of those ’70s key parties where people espoused free love, groped strangers in hot tubs and lectured others about how monogamy isn’t “natural.” (As if that means anything. Living indoors isn’t natural, but we aspire to do that, too.)

My husband and I are monogamous. There has just always been a small asterisk where I am concerned: under certain circumstances, he is not disappointed if I don’t follow the letter of the law.

Maybe it would be different if I had taken advantage of this freedom by going further than kissing a couple of other people in the past decade, or if I had ever lied to anyone, or if I tended to develop overwhelming feelings for other men. (That did happen once before we were married; my crush on a co-worker ended up being miserable for all of us.) But as a rule, being honest about this has made us feel like more of a team, and even improved our sex life.

It may seem eccentric that my husband has translated the common fear of being cheated on into enthusiasm for the idea, but he’s not alone. Type “cuckold” into a pornography search engine and you’ll be greeted with countless scenes in which people play out that exact fantasy.

In an anthology edited by Susie Bright, who blogs about sex, one woman said: “It surprises me to no end that the sexual fetish of cuckoldry, once thought of as a disability, could be shared by so many people. The cuckolding fetish has an element of surprise, along with a bittersweet emotional masochism. Another key to the fetish, from the perspective of the cuckold, is that of eroticising as a defense mechanism.”

I’ve always associated adventure with sex. I’d had sex with more than twice as many people as my husband before we met and became immediately exclusive (when we were young by New York standards: 24 and 25). I slept my way around Europe as a teenager, and am sometimes wistful for the ability to leave situations the second they became complicated. To me, countries and boyfriends were similar. You visited, enjoyed the view until you didn’t anymore and then left. A friend once called me a “man-izer.”

Because of this, my husband has at times fretted that I might leave him. What should he do with that anxiety? Maybe eroticising it isn’t the worst strategy, especially if it gets us talking about what turns us on and keeps us in the loop about each other’s lives. Surely it’s better than the more mainstream reactions to jealousy: becoming paranoid or controlling.

Meanwhile, what should I do with my attraction to other men, especially to this one handsome friend? I knew the technically proper route: I should have pushed him out of my life as soon as I realized I was drawn to him. I shouldn’t have e-mailed him so much. I certainly shouldn’t have made plans to see him alone, at night.

And yet, being married to someone who likes that you want other people (and that they want you) muddles the question of whether to have that late-night drink. If the goal of avoiding extramarital temptation is to protect your marriage, but you have been led to believe that occasionally giving into temptation could be O.K. for your marriage – possibly even good for the home fires – what should you do?

Maybe every so often, when someone comes along who’s especially appealing, and who seems to understand your situation and respect it, and whom your husband for whatever reason does not feel threatened by, you kiss him. Then the next day, you feel alternately thrilled and ashamed; and then when your friend doesn’t immediately respond to an “Are we OK?” text, your shame tips into despair.

Years ago, my husband told me he had fallen in love with someone else. He was deeply confused and scared by it. I didn’t even know who he was talking about; that’s how much of a secret he had kept his growing feelings. When he told me who it was, a co-worker, I felt as if I had been shot. I broke things. I threw him out. He ended the affair. Since then, I’ve forgiven him, and we’ve worked hard to figure out why it happened and what it meant.

The main thing that helped me get over the affair was realizing that attraction to other people isn’t necessarily a sign your marriage is bankrupt. In the course of being together forever, especially if you’re out in the world meeting new people, it happens. One of the challenges in a marriage, in addition to deciding whose job it is to do the dishes and how to balance the budget, is to figure out how to deal with lust or love for other people.

ONCE when I worked at a tabloid newspaper, an editor stood up in the newsroom and shouted: “Stop the presses! Sometimes people have sex! And sometimes they even have sex with people they’re not married to!”

Snarkiness aside, he had a point: if cheating is so common (research puts it at 40 to 76 per cent of marriages), why are we so surprised and scandalized by it? Why don’t we talk more realistically about how to avoid it, or to even experiment with the idea that maybe there could be some way for it to be safe?

Some married friends of mine have a no-tell policy. They are ostensibly monogamous but have an “if you cheat, please don’t tell me” rule. Some of these friends have had affairs they plan on taking to their graves. Other couples I know have had flings and then confessed without imploding their marriages. Among those that did split, it was typically because they had lost touch with each other, and affairs were one result.

“Infidelity doesn’t kill a relationship,” a therapist told me. “Indifference does.”

Of course, infidelity can lead to indifference, because it distracts you from your partner.

That’s why, green light or no, extramarital flirting can be stupid, unpredictable and cruel. That was the argument made by two of my closest friends.

One said I should think more about the feelings of the other man. “He’s risking more than you, in a weird way, because he’s opening up more,” he said.

“When people are married,” the other argued, “and they zoom in and out of other people’s lives while staying married, they end up hurting others. I think it happens every day, these infidelities, but there is a cost. A lot of people, including me, would pass on the hot encounter to avoid getting hurt. People are not as rational as all that, and that’s why we end up having these encounters, and also why we get hurt, but I think that is part of it: part of the appeal and danger.”

But maybe salvation is possible after such lapses in judgment. The only other person I’ve kissed in the course of my marriage, in the messy wake of my husband’s affair, is still around. In fact, he’s the above-mentioned friend who said, “He’s risking more than you.” Our friendship was weird for a month or so afterward; then it recovered.

When I look at old diaries, I see a pattern going back to sixth grade: attraction comes on like a flu. Then, eventually, the fever breaks. I try to remember that inevitable dissolution when in the thrall of desire, but it’s hard – like, when you are sick, believing you will be well again, or in the depths of slushy February remembering the blazing sun of August.

That night of the illicit kiss with my friend, it got late fast. Before I knew it, he and I had had drinks and snacks and covered a million topics, including the most obvious one, our mutual attraction. Which led to the kiss.

“But I don’t want to go around kissing women who aren’t available,” he said before leaving. In that moment, I thought: But I am available. Not for marriage. Not to be your girlfriend. But for something else?

Whether my being available was right or good or fair, I don’t know. But on that night, I was.

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The Supreme Court has ruled that a person cannot be convicted for merely demanding dowry unless the demand is followed by mental or physical torture resulting in the death of the victim.

A Bench of justices RM Lodha and AK Patnaik said in a judgement that the prosecution has to establish convincing evidence that the accused had subjected the victim to torture soon before her death in connection with the demand.

“The evidence of Prosecution Witness-2, PW-4 and PW-5 shows that Jagdish and Gordhani played a role in the demand of dowry for a scooter or Rs.25,000/- for Amar Singh but demand of dowry by itself is not an offence under Section 498A or Section 304B IPC.

“What is punishable under Section 498A or Section 304B of IPC is the act of cruelty or harassment by the husband or the relative of the husband against the woman,” the Bench said.

The Bench passed the judgement while upholding the acquittal of Gordhani, mother-in-law, and Jagdish, brother-in-law, in a dowry death case of newly-married woman Santosh in Rajasthan’s Alwar district in March, 8, 1993. It however, upheld the conviction of the husband Amar Singh.

The sessions court had convicted all the three for dowry death(304B) and 498A(harassment of married woman by husband/relatives).

The Rajasthan high court had on an appeal from the accused quashed the conviction of Jagdish and Gordhari while sustaining the life sentence imposed on Amar Singh.

While the state government had appealed against the acquittals, Amar Singh challenged his conviction.

“Thus, there was evidence in the case of Amar Singh about his exact conduct which caused harassment to the deceased but there was no such evidence in the case of Jagdish and Gordhani.

The apex court altered the life sentence of Amar Singh from life imprisonment to 10 years.

“A prosecution witness, who merely uses the word ‘harassed’ or ‘tortured’, and does not describe the exact conduct of the accused which, according to him, amounted to harassment or torture may not be believed by the court in cases under Section 498A and 304B IPC,” Justice Patnaik writing the judgement observed._

Citing its earlier ruling in Kans Raj v. State of Punjab and Others (2000) case, the apex court said that in cases where accusations of dowry deaths are made, the overt acts attributed to persons other than the husband are required to be proved beyond reasonable doubt. Bby mere conjectures and implications, such relatives cannot be held guilty for the offence relating to dowry deaths.

At that time, the apex court had said a tendency has developed for roping in all relatives of in-laws of the deceased wife in a matter of dowry death, which, if not discouraged, is likely to affect the case of the prosecution even against real culprits.

London, Sep 18: A 20-year-old British woman has been jailed for two years for falsely claiming she was raped by three men after she had sex with them.

Rosie Dodd, from Nottingham, claimed the men aged 21, 23 and 25 assaulted her at a home in June, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The men were arrested after Dodd claimed they raped her after she met them on a night out.

The men maintained Dodd willingly had sex with them, and police became suspicious and challenged Dodd about her account.

Dodd then admitted she had made up the rape claims because she regretted having consensual sex with the trio, the Nottingham crown court was told.

In a significant judgment, the Bombay high court has said that if earning women do not spend their salaries on the upkeep of their houses, and their husbands are in financial difficulty, this cannot be construed as cruelty.

The division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Anoop Mohta, in their seven-page judgment, noted, “Simply because a wife is earning and does not part with her salary in favour of the husband, it can never be treated cruelty on part of the wife.”

The observations were made while dismissing an appeal made by 37-year-old Manoj Thorat (name changed), a resident of Kalwa, who challenged a Thane family court order that rejected his plea for divorce on grounds of cruelty meted out to him by his wife.

Thorat claimed that his wife quarrelled with him frequently in the presence of other family members, and refused to part with her salary even as he was struggling monetarily. He stated that this amounted to cruelty, and pressed for divorce on grounds of desertion.

The court said, “It is very distressing that on such trifling grounds, the husband has deserted his wife, although there is a child out of the said wedlock. It has come to light that immediately after the delivery of the child, the appellant demanded money from his wife when she was feeding the child, and on subsequent days as well. If any cruelty is to be attributed, in our view, it is to the appellant husband and not to the wife.”

The court continued, “After marriage, the wife does not execute a slavery bond where she will not be allowed to speak. The wife is entitled to have a voice in the family, and she is expected to express her views.” The court also upheld the order for the restitution of conjugal rights sought by the wife.

Permitting the wife to pursue her case with the Indian High Commission for the maintenance of herself and the child since the husband had moved to Norway and was now earning 37,000 Norwegian krones (NOK) a year (about Rs 329,370), the court said, “It will be open to the wife to try to get the social security number of the husband, on the basis of which she can point out to the Indian High Commission as well as the Norway government that the husband is not paying for the maintenance of the child and wife.”

The law to protect women from violence at home has fallen short of meeting its purpose by 100% in Delhi. Of the 14,887 cases filed under the Domestic Violence Act, a central law, since 2007, the courts have failed to settle even one. However, applicants have withdrawn 1,926 cases after
mediation.

Activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya obtained this piece of information through RTI.

“The act stipulates the magistrate shall try to dispose of every application within 60 days … But there has been zero conviction,” Bhattacharya said.

A woman who lives or has lived with a person under one roof on the strength of a relationship or adoption and has suffered at his or her hands can file a case.

A woman, 25, has alleged she was raped by her live-in partner of three years. The victim in her complaint has told the police that her boyfriend had raped her on the pretext of marriage. The police said that both were running an interior decoration firm and were living in pocket one of Mayur Vihar Phase I in east Delhi.

“On the basis of her complaint, we have registered the case. The boy has been identified and he will be arrested after investigation. We were told
that both were living together for the past three years but the boy had recently refused to marry her,” a senior police officer said.

The victim has alleged that Kamal had recently stopped coming to the house after she asked him to marry her. Medical examination of the girl has confirmed rape and a case has been registered at the Mayur Vihar Phase I police station.

Indian Legal News: Lodging false complaints can lead you to severe prosecution. The Delhi High Court set an example today by refusing to dismiss a false criminal complaint of rape filed by a woman against a man.
Requests by Karan, a Delhi based property dealer was made to dismiss the petition, for dismissing the FIR against him, because an out-of-court settlement was struck. However, the Delhi HC’s pronouncement was final. Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra quashing the petition said, “If a prosecutrix makes false statement of an offence punishable with minimum period of 7 years imprisonment, she must be made to face the consequence of registering a false FIR against an innocent person.” Adding the legal clauses into the issue, Justice Dhingra said, “I consider that an offence under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code being punishable with minimum sentence of seven years cannot be looked at so lightly.”

The Delhi High Court has handed the case over to the trial court to acquit the man and start formal prosecution process against the woman, a Delhi police employee on charges or perjury.

Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
In a rare case, a 24-year-old youth was set ablaze allegedly by his in-laws this morning. The victim, Shivram, a resident of Baddi, was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Shivram suffered 45 per cent burns and is stated to be in a critical condition.

After Shivram was set ablaze, he was allegedly “thrown” outside his sister’s house in Kharag Mangoli. He works in a factory in Baddi.

Sushma, sister of the victim, heard his cries outside her house and informed the police. By the time the police reached the spot, Shivram had fallen unconscious.

“Sushma informed us that when her brother was shouting for help he told her that he had a fight with his wife and his in-laws, who were also present at that time, allegedly poured kerosene on him and set him ablaze,” said ASI Gurdev Singh.

He said, “Shivram regained consciousness in the hospital for a while and described how his in-laws and his wife tried to burn him.”

In his statement to the police, Shivram has named four people — his wife, brother-in-law, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He told the police that his wife loved someone else and her family wanted to marry her there because the boy earned more than him. As he was allegedly resisting and threatening to inform the police, the in-laws set him ablaze.

“The victim’s face has not affected much. However, he has suffered severe burns on his body. He had to be referred to the PGI as he suffered around 45 per cent burns,” said a doctor at the General Hospital.

Shivram’s condition is said to be critical and he is under observation at the PGI.

“Once Shivram regains full consciousness, we will record his complete statement. As he has named his in-laws, our investigations are on,” said a police official.

Shivram had married the Baddi-based girl a few months ago. The duo had a love marriage.

Names 4 people
In his statement to the police, the victim, Shivram, has named four people — his wife, brother-in-law, father-in-law and mother-in-law. He said his wife loved someone else and her family wanted to marry her to him because the boy earned more than him. As he was allegedly resisting and threatening to inform the police, the in-laws set him ablaze

Men’s rights organisations have come out strongly against the passing of the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment Bill in the Lok Sabha without any discussion.

Men’s Rights Association, a non-governmental group involved in creating awareness about abuse of men, registered a strong protest against the proposed legislation.

On September 3, the Lok Sabha cleared the bill without any discussion.

In a statement, the rights group sought to know, “When over 35 countries have this law gender neutral, why is it anti-male only in India? Why is it being passed without any debate in Lok Sabha?”

“We feel that this proposed law will completely destroy the workplace harmony; will convert professional rivalries and jealousies into frivolous complaints and will become yet another source of extortion of a man’s money; will motivate companies to stop hiring of female candidates; will put corporate honchos, bureaucrats, politicians and all male employees at the mercy of women who can simply use (read misuse) this law to cover their incompetence; will create further anti-male gender bias in the workplace and will contribute to more men committing suicides,” it said.

The NGO claimed quoting data by the Union Home Ministry indicating that men committed suicides 4 times more than women in workplaces.

‘The govt never really intended to provide men a safe atmosphere to work’
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This bill has been proposed in 2007 based on the judgment by the Supreme Court in the Vishakha and others vs Rajasthan case.

The Men’s Rights Association had opposed it even at that point of time and the bill was finally sent to a parliamentary standing committee in 2010.

Men’s rights activists deposed before the committee in 2011 and based on their representation, the committee recommended the central government to make the bill gender neutral and provide protection to men as well.

In May 2012, the cabinet approved the law without taking into consideration the recommendations made by the parliamentary standing committee.

The MRA states that ‘this clearly exposes the double standards of the government and also brings forth the fact that sending it to the parliamentary committee was just eyewash and the government never really intended to provide men a safe atmosphere to work in office’.

‘Even Pakistan has gender neutral sexual harassment policies’
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According to the MRA, it is extremely surprising that when most of the countries are moving forward and coming up with gender neutral laws, India is moving back in time and is all set to pass an anti-male and a gender-biased law.

“This law is gender neutral in most of the countries where it is prevalent. According to a report on sexual harassment at the workplace by the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe, around 25 countries in and around Europe and Asia like Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden amd United Kingdom have policies for Sexual Harassment, are gender neutral.”

“The US and most countries in ASEAN region also have gender neutral laws. Even neighbouring Pakistan has gender neutral sexual harassment policies.”

‘The govt has no intention of studying sexual abuse of men’
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The Ministry of Women and Child Development ministry had on August 21, 2012 announced a study on sexual harassment faced by men. However, the ministry also said that the study was a matter of future and currently the law should be passed as it is.

According to the MRA, “The same ministry went on record to say that, ‘protection of men is not their mandate’ and now that they are facing opposition from some quarters of the government in getting this biased, anti-male and extortionary law passed; they have started to make hollow claims of promising to study harassment of men.”

“Whereas, in reality, when they have already gone on record to say that it is not their mandate to protect men, it is very clear that their intention of studying sexual abuse of men is not at all bonafide and is subject to strong suspicion.”

“This announcement is just a diversionary tactic from their side so that the law gets passed the way they want it and later the same can be used to extort and blackmail men at workplaces too,” it added.

Some common forms of harassment of men
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MRA activists say that contrary to popular belief, men do face sexual harassment at workplace and more often than not find unwanted feminine attention overwhelming and discomforting.

The activists listed some common forms of harassment that males face from their female colleagues in the workplace:

* Lewd remarks about the dressing sense of men

* Bold comments about physique and physical appearance of men

* Uncanny close approach by a female colleague towards a male colleague while trying to discuss some official matters

* Calling a male colleague inside a cabin and trying to talk personal matters with him in office hours

* Requesting a male colleague to stay back late at night and accompany or ask for a drop.

* Female colleagues wearing revealing clothes that make the professional atmosphere uncomfortable.

* Talking about sexual matters freely with a male colleague despite his discomfiture to the same and ignoring his warnings at times to not to discuss such matters with him.

* Asking out a male colleague.

‘The society refuses to believe that men can be victims’
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According to the MRA, sexual harassment of men — more often than not — go unnoticed and unreported primarily because it is considered unmanly for men to complain of sexual harassment.

“The society refuses to believe that men can be victims of feminine sexual aggression.

Men are socially conditioned to accept welcoming and approaching gestures from females sportingly and in this process their own choices, aspirations and emotions are mercilessly trampled,” MRA says.

“The society ridicules men who are uncomfortable in female company by giving them name tags such as boring, fag, sissy, geeky, nerdy, etc. Such social mindsets often force men to look happy in a female company and it also trivialises their concerns from a male sexuality perspective,” it added.

“The new bill must be re-drafted by a neutral ministry like the Ministry of Law and Justice or the Human Resources Development ministry. The draft prepared by the WCD ministry must be discarded as a ministry that openly justifies its anti-male stance cannot be allowed trample the constitutional right of men, which entitles them to a safe working environment.”

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: If a proposal mooted by the Women and Child Development Ministry is implemented, husbands could soon be legally mandated to pay a fixed monthly salary to their housewives for doing daily chores.

In fact, the ministry is currently preparing the draft of the Bill and it could be tabled before the Cabinet soon.

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath reportedly said the move is part of government’s efforts aimed at women empowerment.

Tirath said the government will set a standard for the salary amount to be paid to housewives every month.

The minister informed that once the draft Bill is ready, it could be presented before Parliament within six months.

A senior government official said husbands would be required to deposit 10-20% of their monthly salary in a bank account to be opened in the name of their wife.

The first time my ex-wife’s temper turned from vicious insults into violence was after I’d had a haircut she didn’t like. She dragged me down the hall by my hair, punching the back of my neck.

Soon after, she repeatedly hit me on the head with a telephone receiver after she didn’t approve of the way I’d spoken to my mum.

And, most absurdly, she set about my shins with a child’s plastic golf club after I’d hung my underwear out to dry without folding it the right way.
According to recent British Crime Survey statistics, a third of domestic violence victims are male (posed by model)

According to recent British Crime Survey statistics, a third of domestic violence victims are male (posed by model)

Did I say anything to anyone? Or leave her? No, I didn’t. For, like thousands of other male victims of domestic violence, I was mortally ashamed of what was happening to me, convinced if only I was a better husband, these attacks would stop.

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I made light of what was happening, even though it robbed me of my confidence and self-esteem. After all, I was a man. How could I be a victim of someone nearly half my size?

Except I was. And it’s not just me. According to recent British Crime Survey statistics, a third of domestic violence victims are male. That’s 400,000 men a year. At least.
Paul first witnessed Lisa’s temper while on a boat from Hong Kong to Shanghai

Paul first witnessed Lisa’s temper while on a boat from Hong Kong to Shanghai

‘All the evidence suggests it’s much more widespread than the figures suggest,’ says John Mays of the equal rights organisation Parity. ‘Between one third and 40 per cent of domestic abuse cases are female perpetrator and male victim, and it’s a sad fact that this isn’t generally known.’

I certainly never suspected it would happen to me when I married Lisa just six months after meeting her. I was only 21, straight out of college and had just had my heart broken by another girl I’d been dating for three years.

I was so devastated that when Lisa told me she loved me, I was so grateful I proposed, long before I’d taken enough time to get to know her. Not long after the wedding we went travelling around the world for a few months. It was while away, on a boat from Hong Kong to Shanghai, that I witnessed her temper for the first time.

She’d asked me to wait near the restaurant while she nipped back to the cabin. She was gone ages and when she came back her face was contorted with rage. She accused me of having moved, and that her looking for me had caused her to trip on a metal bar and bang her shin.
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She screamed at me and wouldn’t listen as I tried to explain she was mistaken. It was the first time we’d rowed and I was shaken by the intensity of her anger. However, I’m an optimistic person and put it down to the pressure of being newly married, although it changed the way I was with her.

I started to make decisions based entirely on what made her happy as I didn’t want to experience her wrath again. This was the first small step towards becoming a victim of abuse. When we returned home, my wife was pregnant, which seemed to make her temper tantrums more frequent. And towards the end, she turned violent.

At first she did sneaky things, like squeezing my earlobes or pulling the short hair at the side of my head — things that hurt but didn’t leave marks. It meant that when the slapping and punching started, it seemed less shocking.

Asking her to stop never worked. She wouldn’t talk about her anger, dismissing it as all my fault. I didn’t dare retaliate either. Hurting a woman was wrong so I let her get on with it until she calmed down. And I couldn’t leave because she was pregnant.

In between these rages she could be kind and loving, and this would give me hope that the marriage might work, especially after the birth of our daughter.

Apparently, this is typical. ‘Effectively, the victim is in a place of despair and occasionally the violent partner throws them a bit of love and care,’ explains psychologist Nicola Graham-Kevan, of the University of Central Lancashire. ‘The victim, thinking they might be to blame, becomes contrite and tries it make it better, but inadvertently they’re rewarding bad behaviour, making it more likely to happen again.’
Ian McNicholl was nearly killed after a sustained assault by his girlfriend, Michelle Williamson

Ian McNicholl was nearly killed after a sustained assault by his girlfriend, Michelle Williamson

After our daughter was born, the abuse became more regular — at least several times a month. Each day I’d wake up with a knot of tension in my stomach, wondering if I’d get through to the evening without a fight.
I lost friends as she hated me seeing them and they hated coming round because she was so cold to them. I’d go months without seeing my old mates.

I didn’t tell anyone what was happening, though I later found out some of my friends and family were worried. They’d tentatively remark that I didn’t look very well or seemed quiet but I’d brush it off. I felt weak, ashamed and assumed, wrongly, that they would judge me. I worked from home as a freelance graphic designer, which cut me off from the normal world even more.

I tried to appear happy but felt powerless. I started having panic attacks and felt depressed and was constantly tired. I concentrated on getting through each day. Three years after we married, we had another daughter and moved house. I hoped a fresh start would help her see sense.

But she began to involve the children. She’d throw tantrums in front of them, standing in the doorway so we couldn’t escape. They’d sit there, knees drawn up to their chests trying not to get involved. She’d refuse to listen to my pleas not to scream or attack me when they were around.

Finally, eight years after we wed, I summoned up the courage to leave. By then I was working in an office and, in desperation, I’d confided in a colleague. She was the first person I’d ever admitted it to and she made me understand it couldn’t continue. The spell had been broken and I realised there was an alternative.

So, one June morning I packed my bags and moved in with my mum. I took the girls with me but eventually shared custody with her. I was lucky. I got out in time. Ian McNicholl didn’t. The 47-year-old was nearly killed after a sustained assault by his girlfriend, Michelle Williamson. She’d become violent six months after they met but one night a year later, things got even worse.

He says: ‘She told me, “I’ve put an iron on you, I’ve kept you awake, I’ve poured boiling water on you. And you still won’t have sex with me. Tonight I’m going to kill you”.
It remains a taboo subject… While there are people coming forward, there are still millions who will keep it a secret

‘She started to beat me all over my chest and head with a metal bar. I was too scared to call the police but a neighbour saw me covered in blood and reported it.

‘The policeman said he knew the bruises on my arm were old so it hadn’t happened just once. He said if I told him that the person in the house had committed the violence, which he strongly suspected she had, he could help me. I summoned up every last bit of energy I had, nodded my head and whispered, “Yes, it was her”.’

Williamson is now serving seven years for GBH with intent and assault. Ian is still waiting for reconstructive surgery on his face — two years after the final attack. My psychological scars healed a lot quicker. Within weeks of leaving my wife, the fun side of me began to return. I contacted old friends who were happy to help me. But, embarrassed I’d put up with it for so long, I didn’t tell many about my experience.

‘It remains a taboo subject,’ confirms Mark Brooks, chairman of the charity Mankind Initiative, which helps male victims of domestic violence. ‘While there are people coming forward, there are still millions who will keep it a secret.

‘Five years ago there was hardly any recognition that men could be victims. But police forces and local councils are now starting to recognise there are male victims in their community. However, more practical support and advice  is needed.’

Perhaps then, more male victims will come forward.

Paul and Lisa’s names have been changed.

Tracking irregular activity from her mobile phone, a special team of Chennai police nabbed ‘serial- bride’ Shahanaz Ismail at the Majestic bus terminus in Bangalore.

The woman, believed to have duped at least eight men from the State into marrying her and then taking some money off them, was on the run from the cops and would have left the Garden City, if the cops hadn’t closed in on her.

“She was standing at a platform and was about to board a bus, when our SI spotted her,” said a police source.

In fact, the much-married woman looked very different from the youthful 25-yearold from the wedding photos, added the policeman.

“We watched her for a while and finally a team member approached her and made casual inquiries. Once she slipped up nervously, we nabbed her,” confirmed the source.

After they made the arrest at 8.15 pm on Saturday, she was brought back and interrogated at the Shastri Nagar Police Station on Sunday.

The search for Shahanaz began a while ago, after one of the duped men — Saravanan from Adyar — lodged a complaint that she had decamped with Rs 25,000 of his money and a two- sovereign gold chain.

The clinching point that made police suspect a pattern was that she had promised to marry him as soon as she returned from a wedding in Vellore.

After her picture began to do the rounds in the media, four other men came forward with similar complaints — two of whom had proof that she had married them and then decamped with their money.

During interrogation, Shahanaz claimed that she was 25 years old and had borne a child to a man from her village in Kalinjur, when she was in Class X.

After she saw an ad for a store attendant’s job at a supermarket in Vepery, she relocated and worked there till 2007.

After this, she married an art director named Rahul in Tiruchy, before separating from him within six months.

She eventually returned to the supermarket’s owner Shamsuddin with a sob story of domestic violence and torture and allegedly won him over.

Pretending to depend solely on his “love and support” she borrowed Rs 1.85 lakh from him to buy some land. He never heard from her again, but didn’t file a complaint as he didn’t want any problems, said police.

She explained to cops how she found a job in a BPO in Taramani, through which she came into contact with all the other men she “married or carried on with”, as a senior cop put it.

Though she was remanded in custody at the Saidapet court, police said independent cheating cases would be registered against her at Vepery, Porur, Mambalam, Pulianthope, Mangadu and Thiruvottriyur.

AHMEDABAD: A 48-year old man has filed a complaint against his wife for forgery with the Ellisbridge police. In his complaint he states that Vaishali, his wife, fudged their marriage certificate with false signatures and provided false information.

According to Ellisbridge police officials, Yagnesh Panchal, a resident of Janvishram Society, Ambawadi, married Vaishali 23 years ago. In December 2011 Vaishali had filed a complaint of mental and physical harassment for dowry against Panchal with Satellite police station. “As per Panchal’s complaint, his wife had filed the case under IPC Section 498A, where people had advised her that a marriage certificate would be beneficial. The couple did not have one and thus she decided to forge one. Panchal has mentioned that she showed both their fathers dead and also proved the priest who conducted the marriage ceremony false,” said UG Shah, sub-inspector of Ellisbridge police station. tnn

Investigators said that the issue is being probed to know if the complaint has been filed to counter Vaishali’s complaint.

MYSORE: A 12-year-old boy’s presence of mind and selfless act saved a physically disabled woman from drowning in Cauvery river near Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna taluk on Sunday.

S S Manoj, a resident of KHB Colony in Hottagahalli and a Class VI student of Navodaya school, had come to the temple along with his family. His father T Rajashekar and mother, after a dip in the river, went to the nearby Shiva temple leaving Manoj, who was still bathing in the river.

Manoj noticed Machamma, 42, who was washing clothes, leaning forward to catch one of her clothes which had started flowing downstream. Machamma lost her balance and started to drown. Manoj jumped right in and caught her plait and dragged her to the river bank.

Manoj told TOI that he learnt to swim in the river in his native place, Saligrama. “I jumped straight into the river without a second thought,” he added. Machamma was hospitalized for further treatment.

“The boy has given me a second lease of life,” said a shaken Machamma. As a token of her gratitude, she gave Manoj Rs 1,000 for saving her life. Machamma is a resident of K R Nagar and runs a textile shop.

JAISALMER: This ‘runaway bride’ didn’t have any anxiety attacks before the marriage. Instead, for pure monetary gains she duped the groom of Rs 3.60 lakh and didn’t turn up for the wedding.
The groom and his family have now lodged an FIR on Sunday against the bride and the two middlemen who had ‘fixed’ the wedding. The incident occurred nearly a week ago when one Arjunram from Heeradesar village in Bhopalgarh area of Jodhpur reached Barmer with the ‘baraat’ only to find that the bride had tricked him and run away with the money. The groom and his family tried contacting the people with whom they had struck the deal but they too had conveniently given them the slip. The groom’s side finally approached the police and lodged a complaint with the Sadar police station. The state which has seen a dip in the sex ratio over the past few years due to rampant practice of feticide has left grooms ‘in want of’ brides.

In districts such as Barmer and Jaisalmer, families are ready to shell out huge sums of money to get their sons married. Sensing great business opportunity, several gangs have become active in these regions who fix such weddings where the brides don’t turn up at the last minute. They dupe the groom’s family and run away with the money.

The groom’s family had paid half the amount after the deal was struck. The remaining amount was paid after the ‘baraat’ reached Barmer.

KOLKATA: The 22-year-old woman stood in the courtroom of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Joymalya Bagchi on Monday, her red and ivory chooras (bridal bangles) and dupatta bearing evidence of her matrimonial status. She has affirmed the affidavit submitted to the court through which she sought bail for her husband of two months, who has been accused of abducting her and demanding ransom for her release. The bail application will be heard on Tuesday.

Komal Sriwas (nee Kadel) is firm in her resolve but her eyes betray a deep-rooted fear. Every stranger who displays a more-than-casual interest in her could be somebody sent by her influential father to drag her home in Lake Town’s Dakshindari. For her family, it’s a matter of honour and she feels her relatives would go to any extent to get the marriage annulled.

“My father called me up and threatened me after I informed my family of my marriage. He spoke to me after throwing my husband in jail and asked me to return home if I wanted my husband’s freedom,” Komal said.

She has known Sagar Sriwas, her husband, for six years now. The two would meet whenever she visited her maternal grandmother’s home in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Even Sriwas visited Kolkata on two occasions and Komal’s parents got wind of the relationship. “My father is a diamond merchant and our family never accepted the match. Finally, on June 21, I left Kolkata for Raipur without informing anybody. A day later, we got married at an Arya Samaj mandir there. It is a legal marriage and the registration number is 147,” Komal said.

According to her advocate Md Aammar Zaki, Komal’s family refused to accept the match as Sriwas belongs to a ‘lower’ caste. “As soon as Komal informed her family of the marriage, her uncle Anil Kadel lodged a complaint at the Lake Town police station, alleging that she has been abducted. By then, the newly-weds had shifted to Sriwas’ matrimonial aunt’s home in Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh. A Kolkata Police team turned up at Balaghat and tried to arrest both Komal and Sriwas. When Komal produced the documents establishing her marriage, the investigating officer threw it on her face. The two were then produced before a court in Balaghat, which granted the police transit remand for Sriwas. Komal was asked whether she would like to opt for police custody or return to her parents Kamal and Sunita Kadel. Komal said that she was afraid to return home and the court granted her permission to remain with her in-laws Santosh and Kiran Sriwas,” the lawyer said.

When Sriwas was produced in a court in Bidhannagar, the police charged him with abduction but didn’t mention that Komal was in the custody of her in-laws. Police passed off Sriwas’ parents as the woman’s relatives. Sriwas has been behind the bars since August 4. Due to his arrest, the 23-year-old youth couldn’t take his final semester BCA examinations in Chhattisgarh.

The Lake Town police refused to comment on the matter. A visit to the Kadel residence at Lake Town also yielded similar results. Family members refused to comment on the matter.

MUMBAI: In perhaps the first such case in the country, Maharashtra government has sacked a senior bureaucrat on charges of sexual harassment. Labour welfare commissioner Mohan Dhotre, a Class I officer, had been facing a probe since 2003 which ended with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan giving his consent to the dismissal. The state administration served the sack order on Tuesday.

Following an inquiry initiated against Dhotre, in 2003, the labour welfare commissioner then approached the Bombay high court, challenging the department’s decision to conduct a probe. In 2004, the HC, while hearing the order, had allowed the inquiry to proceed but directed that no action be taken for four weeks if the probe report was adverse.

“The four week time began from January 31,” said a senior labour department official. If Dhotre fails to approach court within the stipulated time, then the order will immediately come into effect, the official added.

Reacting to the notice, Dhotre said, “The inquiry against me was initiated in 2003. The departmental probe was completed in 2006. Thereafter showcause notice was served in 2008. I had appealed against the order. While hearing my appeal, the labour minister directed to stop two increments of mine, but the order was never implemented. I feel that injustice is being done to me as the labour department did not put all the facts pertaining to the case before the chief minister, who has given his approval for dismissing me from the service.”

When asked would he challenge the state government’s notice, Dhotre said, “I have not decided.” In 2003, a female lower division clerk had accused Dhotre of sexual harassment. She alleged that the labour commissioner kept seeking sexual favours from her.

Sanjeevani Kutty, an IAS officer then was in-charge of the state labour department conducted a probe and found Dhotre guilty. As the inquiry report kept moving at a snail pace from one desk to another in Mantralaya, the aggrieved women wrote to National Human Right’s Commission which asked the state government to seek an explanation on the status of the case and inordinate delay in bringing the culprit to book.

KOLKATA: A Kolkata college student was arrested on Saturday and later released on bail for uploading her friend’s obscene photographs on a social networking site earlier this year.

Police said she had uploaded the pictures as her friend had apparently made some derogatory remarks about her physical appearance in May. The two are the students of a prominent south Kolkata college. “She (the accused) is a student of English honours,” said an investigator

During the probe, the police found that the IP address used to upload the photos belonged to a youth, who sold internet data cards. “He told us that a teenaged girl approached him to arrange a data card on his name as she did not have any documents. She convinced him that she stays in Jharkhand,” said an officer.

The youth arranged the data card. Police then traced the girl and found that she had deliberately used the card to upload the photos.

HYDERABAD: Fed up with his marital problems, a US-based techie flew all the way from San Diego to commit suicide in his homeland on Sunday. The 30-year-old , a native of Guntur, hired a cab and was found dead by the cab driver when he reached the destination, his brother-in-law’s house in Kukatpally.

The victim, Immadi Anil Kumar, was working as a software engineer in San Diego in the US. A year ago, Anil married Swapna from Kodad in Nalgonda district. After their marriage, the couple left for the US. Police said Anil’s wife Swapna had returned from America 10 days ago and left for her parent’s home. On Saturday, he landed in Hyderabad from San Diego and checked into Sitara hotel in KPHB. On Sunday evening , he booked a Meru cab to reach his brother-in-law Suresh’s house at Eenadu Colony in Kukatpally. Anil reached the house at about 4.30 pm, but did not get out of the cab.

“Cab driver Jitender thought that Anil was waiting for someone and did not disturb him. After a while, he noticed that Anil was unconscious and alerted the family members. They immediately rushed Anil to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” Kukatpally inspector K Srinivasa Rao said.

The issue was informed to police and a suicide note was found in Anil’s pocket. “In the suicide note, Anil said he decided to commit suicide due to marital problems. He said he could not fulfill his dreams and thanked all his friends for supporting him. He stated that he returned to die on Indian soil,” the inspector quoting the note said. Police suspect that Anil might have consumed poison either at the hotel or while travelling in the cab. The body has been shifted for post-mortem and a case was booked under section 174 (Suspicious death) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old tattoo artist met a brutal end near the railway tracks in Ganesh Nagar, east Delhi, where his headless body was found cut into at least 16 pieces on Saturday evening.

The body of the victim, Paras Bhasin, was identified through his wife’s name tattooed on his arm. The railway police suspect he was crushed by a train but his parents are alleging murder, claiming his wife’s family had not accepted the marriage and had allegedly threatened Paras recently.

Bhasin’s family, which lives in Meenakshi Garden, west Delhi, said his mutilated body parts were spread across half a kilometre. Police have not yet been able to recover the head.

The railway police they had not come to a firm conclusion regarding Bhasin’s death. “We suspect he may have been hit by a train. We are waiting for the autopsy report and investigations are underway. We are probing all angles,” said a senior railway police official.

Bhasin’s family, however, alleged that his wife’s kin had a role in the death. The Bhasin family the two had married at an Arya Samaj temple on May 9 this year. But his wife still lived with her parents, who were dead against the match.

The family said Bhasin’s wife had sent him a message around 1pm on Saturday, around three hours before his death, warning him about her parents. “She also sent him a message which said, ‘I apologize for my parents’ behaviour. They shouldn’t have insulted you like that! Please forget me’,” said Karan, Bhasin’s brother-in-law.

Bhasin had left home at 3.30pm on Saturday to meet his lawyer in an attempt to get his wife to stay with him. Police said he died around 4pm and the family was informed about it by an anonymous caller who called up Bhasin’s mother more than 15 times in less than half an hour and provided the whereabouts of the body.

The family members said the way Bhasin’s body was cut, it was unlikely that a train had hit him. “We found his arms at different places while the torso was found at a another place. His legs too were found chopped off and thrown away at quite some distance from each other. His phone was found crushed, with the SIM card removed. If at all he was crushed by a train, we suspect he was first murdered and then thrown on the tracks,” said Karan.

The family said Bhasin’s wife had been living with her parents in Surya Nagar area of Ghaziabad. “Even though she visited him secretly after work or on her way to a showroom owned by her family in Kamla Nagar, she never came to stay with us because she feared her parents. After the marriage, we too tried convincing them to let go for the sake of the children’s happiness,” said Sanjiv Bhasin, the victim’s father, waving the marriage certificate.

He and other family members, Bhasin’s sister Surbhi and his mother, alleged that the girl’s family members had called him to their house three days ago on the pretext of settling the matter and threatened him. “Three days ago when they threatened to cut my son into pieces, we thought they were just angry and would calm down,” exclaimed Sanjiv Bhasin, with tears in his eyes.

The family alleged that the railway police and the local SHO were not investigating the case properly as no senior officer had contacted them 36 hours after the incident.

Bhasin and his wife had met at a tuition centre six years ago, when the girl’s family lived in Tilak Nagar, west Delhi. They grew close and often met each other. Bhasin’s family said their relationship continued even after the girl’s family moved to Ghaziabad. In May this year, they decided to tie the knot quietly.

CHENNAI: A police team from the city arrested a conwoman, who was on the run after ‘marrying’ several men and cheating them of lakhs of rupees in cash and jewellery, in Bangalore on Saturday night.

Police officers arrested 25-year-old Shahanaz Ismail, who is five months pregnant, on a tip-off. Investigators said one of Shahanaz’s friends in Hosur, where she had taken refuge after absconding from Chennai, helped police make the arrest. Police brought her to Chennai by car on Sunday.

Police said Shahanaz, from Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, cheated at least seven men in Chennai. She unofficially married four of her victims before deserting them with their cash and valuables.

A district-level football player from Pulianthope and a car showroom employee from Mugalivakkam, whom Shahanaz had cheated of a total of Rs 3 lakh, lodged a police complaint against her on August 22. An investigating officer said Shahanaz gave the victims visiting cards on which she claimed to be a graduate of law, and took money from them on the pretext of preparing for the civil service examinations.

Shahanaz told police during interrogation that she had only completed Plus-2 in Kerala. She said her mother had deserted her after her father died 10 years ago.

“She married Siddique when she was in Class 10 in Kerala,” the officer said. “She left Siddique, with whom she had a child, and got a job in a textile showroom. But she wasn’t making enough money so she came to Chennai in 2005.”

He said Shahanaz worked at a store and stayed in a rented house in Medavakkam. She married an art director, Rahul, from Trichy in 2007 and deserted him after six months.

“Shahanaz got a job in a supermarket shortly after leaving Rahul and convinced the owner, Shamsuddin, to give her a loan of Rs 1.85 lakh,” the officer said. “She claimed that she needed the money to buy a house and vanished as soon as he gave her the money.”

By this time she had married Prasanna, a football player who lived in Pulianthope. “Shamusuddin informed Prasanna that his wife was having affairs with several men,” the officer said. “He showed him photographs of Shahanaz with other men.”

When Prasanna questioned her, she said Shamusuddin was a pervert. She got a job in a BPO firm in Taramani in 2009 and this helped her get the telephone numbers of several young men.

“Among the seven men Shahanaz cheated, she unofficially married Siddique, Rahul, Manikandan of Porur and Prasanna of Pulianthope. She also cheated Saravanan of Adyar, Raju of T Nagar and Saravanan of Thiruvottiyur. Manikandan and Prasanna filed a police case against her.

A police team from Chennai arrested Shahanaz after her friend Priya gave investigators her number. Police arrested her at Kempegowda (Majestic) Bus Terminal when she arrived by bus from Hosur.

Police have charged Shahanaz under IPC sections 417 (punishment for cheating), 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation) and 420 (cheating).

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has expressed its concern over the misuse of the Domestic Violence Act to settle civil dispute between sparring couples with the use of women as "pawn" by the male relatives.

"The misuse and abuse of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is a matter of serious concern for the courts which are required to be careful and ensure that a woman petitioner is not made a puppet or pawn in the hands of her male relatives so as to manipulate the Act and use it for ulterior motives," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

The court said the purpose of passing the welfare law was to protect the family value system and not to create a civil right.

"The provisions of special legislation in favour of women cannot be abused as the short cut for establishing a civil rights where none exists," the court said.

"The intent of the Act is to protect the value system and institution of family and save it from destruction. This being so, the provisions of the Act have to be so interpreted to ensure that the existing family system is preserved," it said.

The court made the observation while dismissing an appeal of a woman who challenged an order rejecting her plea to be given a wholesome right to reside in a shanty also being occupied by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

"It is evident that the attempt of the appellant (woman) is to ensure the division of the property and create her independent right in the same under the garb of the present petition," the court said. It also noted that the woman as well as her husband have "collusively" filed the petition by "camouflaging a dispute" and have sought the invocation of the Protection of Women from the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, with the sole object of seeking the removal of her brother-in-law and sister-in-law from the property in question.

"This court cannot be a party to any such attempt of the parties to abuse the special legislation enacted to grant immediate relief to women who are victims of Domestic Violence. The right of one woman (the appellant) cannot be implemented by infringing upon a similar right of another woman i.e. sister-in-law/jethani in the same property," ASJ Lau said.

The unofficial Ministry’s logo was minimalistic

By Lloyd Burr

A new ministry was launched at Parliament this afternoon but it wasn’t sanctioned by the Government and few people turned up for the occasion.

Five pro-men’s rights activists launched the makeshift ‘Ministry of Men’s Affairs’ in a bid to raise awareness of a number of men-specific issues.

The group’s spokesperson Hans Laven says high male suicide rates and high employment deaths are not being addressed by the Government.

Extended interview with the ‘Minister’ of ‘Men’s Affairs’

After hounding Members of Parliament about the issues and getting no response, Mr Laven says he decided to make his own unofficial Government department.

“It’s time men started getting a bit of attention and resource to deal with the issues that affect them.”

He says men die earlier than women, are sentenced more heavily, have poorer achievement in schools, and he has beef with the way men are treated at the Family Court.

“Men frequently lose meaningful involvement with their children through our feminist Family Court,” he says.

He set up a music stand and a big poster on the steps of Parliament and sang to four other devoted supporters who danced and clapped.

No other members of the public joined in, with most ignoring it and enjoying their lunch in the Wellington sun.

Despite the lack of supporters, Mr Laven vowed that his campaign would grow.

“We are going to mobilise men,” he says.

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They say men make houses, women make homes; men bring in the provisions, women produce a meal.

Marriage, purportedly an equal partnership, should ideally translate into equal stakes in the rights and the duties for both the partners – the husband and the wife. But in reality, women have been less equal.

Men have traditionally wielded power and dominance in a household while women have been dependent and marginalized in this equation. Wife-beating and dowry deaths are common instances of this subjugation prevalent in our society even today.

For the first time in India, a woman’s share in marital property has become part of the marriage-related legislation.

Sachin Sandhir, the managing director of RICS South Asia, welcomes the government’s amendment to the marriage legislation , where the female spouse is entitled to 50% of the residential property. “Such amendments in legislation will ensure that women continue to have a sense of physical security, even though the marriage has come to an end through mutual consent.” He says that while this “development is welcome, the Marriage (Amendment ) Bill should also address the fact that women should be entitled to a share in all other property acquired during the course of marriage and not just residential property.”

The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill 2010, which has been approved by the Union Cabinet, will give the wife, in case of divorce, half the share in her husband’s residential property. The amendment is yet to be passed by Parliament.

“The idea is that the woman be given the right to reside in her marital home, which would ensure a roof over her head, in case of matrimonial disputes, pending court judgments,” says Asha Nayar-Basu , the managing partner at S Jalan & Co Advocates & Solicitors. “Even the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, has given the wife the right to reside in a shared household, besides providing for the payment of compensation to meet the expenses of the victim.”

Under the current laws, property remains with the spouse, usually the husband , in whose name it has been registered . As a result, the divorced woman has very little financial support, besides the nominal “maintenance” granted by the courts. The new amendments will now change the two key legislations – Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Special Marriage Act, 1954.

While this amendment is set to remove a severe financial impediment that, at present, prevents many women from leaving abusive marriages, there are certain grey areas even in this progressive bill.

In many cases, even though property is in single ownership, the contribution is by both parties. Take the case of Reema Arora , a Delhi-based education consultant, whose house was registered in her husband’s name. On record, the EMI is being paid by her husband but Reema’s parents also gave the initial cash and financial support in buying the property, and there is no documentation for this. In such a case, law does not recognize cash transactions . Asha says, “Cash transactions are illegal and so is dowry, if there is no legal documentation, there is nothing you can do about that.”

One of the major bones of contention is that the wife gets half the property, regardless of whether the property was acquired before or during the marriage.

Many would argue that some women may take advantage of this loophole and now marry for property and, as with strict dowry laws, the amendment creates massive scope for misuse.

Ashtvinayak Singh, a Mumbai-based senior executive with a multinational company, says: “It gives married women a handle to blackmail their husbands by threatening to file false cases. It is the men who face a double whammy – they do not have the same rights over their wives’ property nor can they claim emotional damages during divorce.” He says that in progressive countries, the law regarding this is simple and is gender neutral. “Both spouses are legitimate owners of each other’s property acquired after the marriage and that is fair.”

Let’s take a look at how it happens in some of our neighbouring countries. In Singapore, when a married couple divorce in a court of law in that country, and the husband is earning more money than the wife, the court is likely to order him to pay the wife a monthly sum of money, to maintain her lifestyle (and that of children, if applicable) at the time of the divorce. In case the wife remarries, the alimony could stop.

The wife could try to claim part or half of the assets that were built up during the marriage. Nicholas Mak, a Singaporebased real estate expert, says: “If both of them own a residential property as their home, the court could order one of them to pay the other person up to half the value of the property. The payer can then keep the property after paying off the other person. Or else both could sell the property and divide up the money. Assets that either of the party already own before the marriage could be the subject of the court case. It could vary from case to case.”

In Dubai, as in UAE, they follow a system governed by the relevant Islamic tenets. That is, the settlement is entirely dependent upon the terms and conditions spelt out by the nikkah or the marriage contract.

Noor, a Dubai-based real estate consultant , says: “In case, the marriage contract, nikkah, mentions the value or share of property for the wife, then the husband has to pay her the stipulated monthly expense and her share in property if there is a divorce or separation… without writing this in the marriage contract, the wife has no right or share in the husband’s property unless the husband dies without any ‘will’ ; then the whole property gets transferred into the wife’s name.”

Needless to say, property is the mother of all disputes. It is capable of converting ordinary men to billionaires, overnight and is equally capable of leaving them very lonely and sans relationships – many a times, fighting legal battles, bitterly contesting their stake and washing dirty linen in public. Recently, we saw how after the death of a celebrity his live-in partner claimed her share in the property. She even sent a legal notice in order to safeguard against her possible eviction from the house.

A majority of the developers believe that this bill will not affect the real estate transactions and that it is just another step in the long process of women empowerment . “We are happy with the amendment of the law which works towards a more equal division of wealth amongst the genders,” says Kunal Banerji, the group advisor of Vigneshwara Developers . “As for the real estate market, we feel that the transaction stage of property in the resale stage will be affected, as this involves the mutual agreement of both the partners.

“At the level of perception, it looks like being equal to both genders. It will also ensure that the property is used for valuation for both parties in terms of bank loans or any other transactions in the future.”

BANGALORE: The high court on Monday asked the government to spell out its stand on amending the act relating to dowry harassment.

Observing that section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code relating to dowry harassment was being misused, the division bench headed by Justice K Bhakthavatsala said: It is being increasingly misused because as per the Act when a woman files a complaint, police register the case. And without verifying the correctness of the case, they arrest the husband and his family members.”

The bench suggested that instead of police directly registering the case, the victim can file a complaint with the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. After three or six months, if the case/complaint is genuine, police can take further action. “It will reduce the number of divorce cases and also avoid the misuse of 498A provision,” observed the bench while hearing a petition related to a domestic violence incident.

The Jaipur Police are looking for a 20-year-old girl who stole diamonds worth Rs. 25 lakh from a jewellery shop in Vaishali Nagar area and vanished. The accused, Jyoti, showed her remarkable sleight of hand and stole seven pieces of jewellery at a time when the shop was filled with customers and attendants.

NEW DELHI: When it first circulated a draft Bill in 2010 to amend the rape law, the home ministry stuck to the traditional notion that men alone could commit sexual assault. But when the Cabinet cleared the Bill last month for introduction in Parliament, the offence turned “gender neutral”, as revealed by a government press release.

Welcome to the brave new world of gender neutrality, in which laws increasingly no longer define men alone as aggressors and women as victims. Unfortunately, this spirit has not extended to another far-reaching Bill cleared by the Cabinet. The protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace Bill is based on the premise that only female employees needed to be safeguarded.

Bill disregards spirit of gender neutrality

Over the last few years, there has been a growing tendency in law towards gender neutrality. The latest example is the protection of children under the sexual offences Bill passed in the last session of Parliament. The law prepared by the ministry of women and child development envisages the possibility of the child victim being either a girl or a boy.

Had the Union home ministry not followed this precedent, it would have led to an anomalous situation in which the offence of sexual assault — the new expression for rape — would have been gender neutral in the case of children under 18 years of age and male-specific in the case of adults.

The criminal law (amendment) Bill, 2012, defying the gender stereotypes associated with rape, is in keeping with a report from the Law Commission in 2000. In a departure from the definition of rape in the Indian Penal Code enacted in 1860, the Law Commission replaced most references to “man” (the offender) or “woman” (the victim) with “person” (who is either the offender or the victim, depending on the context). In fact, it went to the extent of bringing oral sex committed by either gender under the ambit of sexual assault (“engaging in cunnilingus or fellatio”).

The spirit of gender neutrality has not, however, extended to another far-reaching Bill which has been cleared by the cabinet. As the name suggests, the protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace Bill is based on the premise that only female employees needed to be safeguarded. The women and child development ministry, which had broken the gender mold in the law to sexual offences against children, adopted a conservative approach when it came to the issue of sexual harassment. The Bill also overlooks the possibility of a male employee being sexually harassed by another male employee.

If the argument of the ministry of women and child development is that female employees were far more vulnerable to sexual harassment, then the home ministry by the same token could have retained rape as a male-specific offence. After all, hardly anybody would have ever heard of a man being raped by a woman. The justification for making laws gender neutral is not so much about empirical data as about the principle of removing distinctions based on sex.

In limiting the sexual harassment Bill to female employees, the government also disregarded a parliamentary standing committee’s recommendation made in December 2011 in favour of gender neutrality. The committee said the “viability” of protecting men as well from sexual harassment at workplace should be “explored”. It pointed out that the sexual harassment laws were gender neutral in advanced countries such as the UK, France and Germany.

The trend of gender neutrality in laws began with the progressive 2005 amendment to the Hindu succession law allowing daughters to have a share in ancestral property which was traditionally reserved for sons. The following year, the prohibition of the Child Marriage Act empowered the husband as much as the wife to repudiate the marriage on attaining majority.

A 26-year-old BE woman graduate who cheated around 15 graduates by promising them well-paid jobs in a software company in Chennai has been arrested here on Saturday.

The accused, M Hemlatha, posing herself as an HR consultant collected Rs 1.35 lakh from the aspirants and even signed agreements to gain their trust. She was arrested,  based on a complaint from  D Francis, one of the victims of Rathinapuri who booked a job for Rs 1.85 lakh and had been waiting  for the past one year.

According to the police, Hemlatha who had been running the office at Sundarapuram for the last one year was not able to secure a single person during this period.

“She published advertisements on  internet offering  well-paid jobs in a popular IT company in Chennai. She even forged documents on the letterheads of the companies to make it look authentic,” said Inspector S Mariamuthu.

Hemalatha closed down the office and became elusive after the complainants,  when she was being questioned.  “She operated the consultancy along with her college senior who stays in  Arakkonam.” added Inspector S Mariamuthu.

NAGPUR: The real life episode unfurled at Vir Chakra colony in Gittikhadan on Friday late night seems to be straight out of the pages of a raunchy illicit love-story novel with the ingredients of drugs, sex and debauchery.

Siddharth Naik (Gupta), alias Mohit, aged 22, who was appearing in law examinations in Madhya Pradesh, was found dead and without clothes on the bed of his married girlfriend who also had a five-year-old son. Sonia (name changed) too was found in her sleeping gown beside him when Siddharth’s family reached the place. Police feel that Sonia must be sitting beside her paramour’s body for around five hours while her son Romit (also name changed) playing around. Siddharth was frothing.

Sources in the Gittikhadan police station said that Sonia too seemed to be under influence of some strong narcotics. Police has seized some black powder, which both Siddharth and Sonia may have inhaled, before retiring to bed. It has been also learnt through Sonia’s son that Siddharth had a quarrel with his mother on Friday.

Only child of his parents, Siddharth had left home on Thursday morning. Siddharth told his mother Sangeeta that he was going out of station for work. Siddharth worked as a clerk with a beetlenut trader in Itwari and also drove hired cars. Siddharth’s mother Sangeeta started worrying for her son when he did not return in the night. He also did not answer calls.

The matter took an interesting turn on Friday morning when a child’s voice on the other side, likely to be Sonia’s son, was heard when Siddharth was contacted on his cellphone. “We were surprised as another man answered the call and said that it was wrong number. There were no more replies after that in the day,” said Ashok Gupta, a relative of Siddharth. “In the night, once again a child picked up the cellphone and said Siddharth was sleeping at their place,” said Gupta. “If the woman’s husband is away then who was the other man who had picked up the phone in the afternoon. The woman’s son was referring him as an uncle,” said Gupta.

Sonia in her statement before the Gittikhadan police claimed that Siddharth had come on Thursday night but had gone for work on the following day. He had returned in the evening with the black powder which they consumed together and had dinner. Later, Sonia claimed that she had spotted Siddharth vomiting blood and later fell silent with froths coming out of the mouth.

Gittikhadan police has registered the case as accidental death. Sub-inspector AA Kurade of Gittikhadan police station said that the case is being investigated from all angles. Prima facie investigation suggests that Siddharth’s death is likely to have been caused by drug overdose followed by a romp in the bed. Siddharth’s family members were told by a friend about existence of Sonia in his life. It is learnt that Siddharth and Sonia were neighbours at Imambada before the woman tied nuptial knot with a teacher following a brief courtship.

Sonia’s husband works in Nanded and came to his wife very rarely. Around four months Sonia and her husband had moved as tenants into residence of the Durugkars. Siddharth frequently visited Sonia’s place when her husband was away. “She used to claim that Siddharth was a brother but we did not like his visits. So we had asked Sonia to vacate the place,” said a woman from Durugkar family. She also said that Sonia’s husband was repeatedly calling his wife on Friday but she didn’t answer.

Bangalore is not just the Silicon Valley of India, it is also India’s shining star on the global business map, thanks to its infotech prowess. But did we know that behind the curtains, it is also a champion when it comes to sexual harassment cases at the workplace?

But so says an ET-Synovate survey conducted in seven cities to find out how India Inc was dealing with an issue, that has recently seen heads rolling at two top global firms in a span of a month. What’s surprising is that in the same city, half of who agreed that they have been sexually harassed at their workplace said they have been harassed by their female colleagues.

Only 32% said they were harassed by male colleagues at their workplaces. Again in the south, in Hyderabad, 29% of said they have been sexually harassed by their female bosses while 48% accused their male bosses.

The scene is different up north. In Delhi, the numbers are even, with 43% pointing a finger at their female colleagues and an equal number accusing their male colleagues of sexual harassment.

CHENNAI: She told them she was a lawyer and convinced them she was the perfect mate. At least seven men from the city and elsewhere in the state were smitten and ‘married’ her before realizing a few others had similarly fallen for her. By then, it was too late.

After a football player from Pulianthope and a car showroom employee from Mugalivakkam, who together lost Rs 3 lakh to her, lodged complaints, police are looking for the woman who gave her name as Shahnaz and claimed she was from Thiruvananthapuram. She gave all her victims visiting cards that showed her to be a law graduate.

In his complaint to police commissioner J K Tripathy on Wednesday, Manikandan said he met her at the automobile showroom where he worked. Shahnaz showed him a photograph of a man who she claimed had cheated her friend promising marriage. She took Manikandan’s number and later proposed to him.

The two got married on May 21, 2011 at a temple in Kunrathur and a grand reception was held at Porur. Later, she told Manikandan she was practising at the Madras high court and also wanted to enter the IAS. “She said she wanted to concentrate on her studies and asked me to put her in a hostel at Saidapet. I borrowed Rs 1.8 lakh to help her in July,” Manikandan said. He continued to visit the hostel.

On November 8, Manikandan received a phone call saying the woman was missing from the hostel for more than a week. Later, he received a call from a man named Venkatesan who said she had cheated his brother of a huge sum in similar fashion. Subsequent inquiries revealed that she had cheated others, too, but Manikandan didn’t approach police due as he was ashamed to admit he had been conned.

The other complainant, football player Prasanna said he had been in love with Shahanaz for some years but they got married five months ago after she threatened to commit suicide. In his complaint, Prasanna said he met her at a supermarket in Vepery. A while after the wedding at the Uthukadu Ellaiamman temple in Kancheepuram, Prasanna became suspicious when the supermarket owner showed him photographs of Shahnaz with other men.

“I confronted her, but she said the owner was a pervert who always harassed her,” Prasanna said.

“When a few others told me she had married another person from the same area, I decided to lodge a complaint,” he said.

Preliminary interrogations revealed that the woman had cheated seven men from various places in the state.

NEW DELHI: Our legal system has made life too easy for criminals and too difficult for the law abiding citizens, the Supreme Court said on Friday, referring to the “dilatory tactics” of the LN Mishra murder case accused in dragging its trial for the last 37 years.

A bench of justices HL Dattu and CK Prasad said the judiciary is not to be blamed for the delay in completion of the trial and it is the accused who have dragged it for so many years.

“We have given our consideration to the submissions made by the counsel for the accused who have repeatedly emphasized that this case is a unique case and this court has not seen such a case earlier and may not see in future.

“We do not intend to comment on this statement. We can only observe, that, our legal system has made life too easy for criminals and too difficult for law abiding citizens,” the bench said.

“We should certainly give credit to our judicial officers, who have painstakingly suffered with all the dilatory tactics adopted by the accused in dragging on with the proceedings for nearly thirty seven years. They are not to be blamed at all. In fact, they do deserve appreciation while conducting such trials …,” the court said.

KOLKATA: Police on Saturday took into custody a 25-year-old homemaker for plotting a robbery at her brother-in-law’s house in Baguiati. The cops had been probing the case since last month but failed to get any substantial lead all this while. It was only on Friday night when they nabbed a criminal from Ekbalpore with firearms and some jewellery that they came to know the booty was looted from the house of Jaiswal brothers in Baguati.

“We had received a tip-off on a petty case that involved local tough Nizamuddin. After he was rounded up from Santoshpur-Akra locality, we seized fire arms and some jewellery. It was during interrogation that he confessed that the ornaments were from a robbery in Baguiati,” Kolkata Police DC Port Mehbbob Akhtar said.

In a night-long raid, police then rounded up other gang members – Anwar, Sanjay Balmiki and the receiver of the booty. Realizing the game was up for them, the robbers spilled the bean. It was learnt that Raju and Sibshankar Shaw – brothers of the accused – had contacted them to rob the house. When police picked up the two brothers early on Saturday morning, they revealed that it was their sister who had hatched the plot. Sumani was then taken into custody.

On the evening of July 16, robbers had raided the two-storied building of the Jaiswal family at Jyangra, Baguiati. The robbers barged into the ground floor where middle-aged Pushpa – sister-in-law of Sumani – was alone. “They robbed cash and jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh at gun point,” Pushpa recounted. Her husband Kripashankar, who is a trader, and her two children were not home then. Conspirator Sumani was on the first floor with her two kids during the robbery. Later, she had claimed that robbers had raided her room too but left after they could not find anything valuable.

Sumani on Saturday confessed to her crime and justified her act, saying: “I was fed up with her (Pushpa’s) constant interference in my family life.” She claimed that Pushpa had been mentally torturing her since her marriage with Kripashankar’s younger bro-ther Subash. According to her statement, Subhash works as at a motor parts shop and their economic condition was not sound. Sumani also told police that the burning desire to teach Pushpa a lesson led her to plot the robbery.

“We did have altercations often. But I still can’t believe chhoti bahu plotted the crime,” Pushpa said. Police have seized a major portion of the booty and five cell phones, along with a gun that had been brandished during the robbery.

KOLKATA: A day after a Kolkata woman gave a police complaint that she was gangraped here, she retracted from her statement Tuesday after investigators pointed to discrepancies in her account, police said.

The woman, who works as a medical attendant, did the volte face hours after an accused was sentenced to police custody in the wake of her initial statement and complaint given Sunday.

“During investigation we found several discrepancies in her account and when we confronted her, she retracted from her statement and said she was not gangraped. We do not know if she was pressured to file the complaint but we are looking into the matter,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

The woman in her complaint alleged that she was abducted by 10 men from Chetla in south Kolkata Saturday. She alleged they took her to a house where she was raped by two persons before being dumped at the same place the next morning.

The woman also gave her statement before a judicial magistrate Monday.

Following her complaint, police arrested Ajay Bhattacharya alias Cheno, who was subsequently remanded to police custody till Aug 18 by a court here.

“The area from where she was allegedly abducted is a busy place but during our investigation we could not find any person who had witnessed the offence. Moreover, the woman was at her workplace the entire Saturday night, during which she said she was kept at an unknown house and raped,” added Ghosh.

Media reports alleged that the woman was pressured by politicians to file the complaint.

Local Trinamool councillor Juhi Biswas said: “Yes, she had called me up Sunday morning and I had accompanied her to the police station. But I did not write the complaint. I only went there to ask the police to take necessary action”.

KOLKATA: The 26-year-old woman who claimed to have been kidnapped from Chetla Road and gang-raped on Saturday night dramatically retracted her statement on Tuesday after police found inconsistencies in her story. If the final investigation report finds her claim to be fabricated, she may be tried for perjury, which can lead to a jail term of up to seven years.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said: “We zeroed in three points – the victim’s parents being unaware of her trauma, the timing of the incident, and her work schedule. She stayed with her parents but told neither of them about her traumatic experience. The time she claimed she was picked up (7.20pm) is quite busy in Chetla but in spite of our best efforts we could find no one to corroborate that she was abducted.”

The third – and the most important factor – was that the woman had worked the night shift, from 8pm to 8am, tending to an ailing elderly person at a Gopalnagar home on Saturday night. Her employers have told police that she completed her shift and left on Sunday morning. In her statement recorded before a magistrate, however, she said that she was kidnapped at 7.20pm on Saturday, raped for hours by 10 men, and dumped on Chetla bridge at 3.40am on Sunday. “When we interrogated her further, the victim confessed that she had made a wrong complaint,” Ghosh said. She didn’t say why.

The roots of the alleged fake rape complaint may lie in Trinamool infighting – the names of some party heavyweights have cropped up in the controversy. Rival factions may have used the woman as bait to settle scores, say sources.

THE LOOPHOLES

Victim stays with her parents but did not tell them about her trauma At 7.20 pm, Chetla Bridge is usually bustling with activity. Yet, none saw the woman being abducted Her employers confirmed she worked from 8 pm on Saturday night to 8 am on Sunday at their Gopalnagar home.

CHENNAI: A 25-year-old woman was rescued at Semmanchery on Tuesday from the custody of an autorickshaw driver to whom she had allegedly been sold by her mother, police said.

However, the woman’s mother was let off after being questioned. The auto driver, Ramesh of Neelankarai, was also released after being booked under Section 75 (nuisance) of the Madras City Police Act.

A policeman at the Neelankarai station said, “If the woman who was rescued lodges a complaint against her mother and the auto driver, we will take action.”

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Mohana (name changed), whose husband died a few years ago, and her mother, a labourer, lived at Neealankarai and were struggling to make ends meet.

On Tuesday, police said, Mohana’s mother invited Ramesh, a resident of the same locality, to her house and asked Mohana to go with him after allegedly collecting Rs 5,000.

Ramesh took her to a house in Semmanchery and left. He had apparently informed some of his friends as, shortly, several men began entering the room one after the other, police said. Seeing so many strangers, a panicked Mohana managed to get out of the room and run onto the street. She spotted a police patrol vehicle and complained to the personnel that an attempt was made to force her into prostitution by her own mother and the auto driver.

Police personnel immediately rushed into the house and nabbed Ramesh. After finding out, during the interrogation, that he had brought the woman from her house in Neelankarai, the patrol wing handed over the auto driver and the woman to the Neelankarai police. Mohana’s mother, too, was summoned to the station and questioned before being allowed to go. Ramesh was booked under a minor charge.

When contacted, Neelankarai assistant commissioner of police Uma Sankar said, “I am not aware of the incident. Had a case been registered, the police personnel would have alerted me.”