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Report Dated January 17, 2017 7:17 PM
A tailor in India has confessed to abducting, molesting and raping hundreds of schoolgirls over the last decade, said Delhi police, uncovering what may be one of the biggest serial paedophile cases in the country in recent times.
Sunil Rastogi, a 38-year-old married man with five children, was arrested by police investigating the sexual assault of three girls aged nine and 10 in the east of the Indian capital.
“This criminal, Sunil Rastogi, is from Rudrapur in Uttar Pradesh, and is a tailor by profession,” police said. “During interrogation he told us that at least once a week he would come from Rudrapur and, in order to satisfy his paedophile lust, he would target girls between the ages of seven and ten years old.”
Police said Rastogi could not remember the exact number of girls he had sexually assaulted since 2004, but said it could be “hundreds”.
Child sex abuse is widespread in India, but is largely considered taboo in its conservative society and ignored within families, say activists, who say victims are often afraid to come forward for fear of being blamed for the abuse.
Police said they began investigating Rastogi in December after receiving a complaint of a 10-year-old girl who had escaped attempted rape in Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area. Two similar complaints from other girls in the same area were received on 10 January and after scouring through hours of CCTV footage of the area, and using sketches and photographs to identify him, Rastogi was arrested.
Report Dated January 12, 2017 5:04 PM
Real estate has long been a place where Indians have parked cash, often using money on which taxes haven’t been paid. Now, with the crackdown on so-called black money and the underground economy, real estate is taking a hit. The rate of home sales has fallen by about half since the government acted in early November, according to an estimates. Home prices may decline 20 per cent and land prices could plummet as much as 25 per cent, according to analysts’ projections.
“Those who were looking to buy property as an investment vanished overnight from the market after the cash ban,” said a Mumbai broker who has never seen demand in Mumbai so low in his two decades of working in the industry. He’s been unsuccessfully seeking buyers for eight apartments with prices starting at Rs.1.5 crore. “They are thinking of moving to stock markets and other financial assets, as real estate prices are set to correct in the coming years with the government crackdown on unaccounted money.”
India’s largest developers, including DLF and Lodha Developers, say they’re taking a hit on sales. Even an association with the US president-elect hasn’t helped stoke sales at Lodha, which is building a Donald Trump-branded apartment tower in Mumbai’s Worli district. The 75-floor Trump Tower Mumbai includes a 24-hour resident manager and a fractional membership to a private jet service. The company has sold 226 of the 396 units in the project from its launch in 2014 through last June, said Lodha, which added that it limits the sale of its inventory at the Trump Tower. Lodha said in an e-mailed response to Bloomberg News that while it has notched sales of more Rs.300 crore for all its properties since November, sales would have been higher without the policy change.
Report Dated January 10, 2017 5:30 PM
For ladies living in what is often called the ‘rape capital’ of India, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has announced its decision to allow women to carry small knives for self-defence in the Delhi Metro.
The size of the knife should be up to 4 inches, and if the ID of the woman carrying the knife is considered suspicious, she may be disallowed from carrying it.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) restricts passengers from carrying sharp objects, guns, firearms and flammable items.
Report Dated January 3, 2017 2:55 PM
The SC Announced that political parties must abide by the tenets of the constitution and will not now appeal to voters on the grounds of Caste, Creed and Religion, in short, political Parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion.
After the latest ruling any attempt to canvas votes on the grounds of religion is to be banned.
The SC verdict could have a huge impact on the upcoming assembly election of Uttar Pradesh.
Report Dated December 30, 2016 6:47 PM
After Dec 30 it will be a crime to have more than 10 demonitised notes under a new rule approved by the government. An executive order was cleared by the cabinet and will be sent to the President for his sign off.
Old notes can be deposited in banks till Friday December 30. After that only people who could not deposit because of exceptional circumstances can do so, at the reserve Bank of India.
With this ordinance PM Modi and his cabinet have ended the liability of the government and the central bank on the banned notes, to prevent future litigation. Unless the liability ends the RBI cannot turn away any one carrying any old note.