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Ministers decide to lower age of consent for sex to 16 years
Report dated 14/03/2013 @ 6:30 PM
A group of ministers headed by P Chidambaram, assigned to finalise tough new anti-rape laws has decided that the age of consent will be lowered from 18 to 16 years of age, and sustained stalking of a woman will be made a non-bailable offence, while a first offence of voyeurism could be a bailable offence.
The cabinet is to review the bill which will then be discussed by leaders of all parties.
Woman thrashed by police tries to barge into Punjab assembly
Report dated 14/03/2013 @ 6:27 PM
The woman age 21, who was beaten and abused by Punjab police in full public view in Tarn Taran district, tried to barge into the Punjab assembly complex during the ongoing budget session. She was stopped at the entry gate by security personnel.
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar accompanying her, jostled with security personnel. She was also accompanied by her father and said they went to the assembly complex to demand justice.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered a magisterial probe into the beating incident.
Archaeologists find 2500-year-old city in Chhattisgarh
Report dated 14/03/2013 @ 6:25 PM
The archaeology department confirmed that they have found the remains of a 2500-year-old city buried 30 km away from the capital, in Durg district. It was a chance discovery when on a visit to Tarighat the deputy director, J R Bhagat found old coins, beads, pottery, bones and structural features on the banks of the Kharun River. Signs of burnt structures indicate that the ancient city may have been completely destroyed in a fire.
The ancient city is believed to have been rich in ceramic culture. Some terracotta figures of humans and animals were also traced.
The Archaeological Survey of India has approved excavation of the area based on the initial findings.
Mumbai has 2500 missing jail jumpers !
Report dated 13/03/2013 @ 7:23 PM
Much like the case of the former Odisha DGP's son Biti Mohanty who got out of jail on parole and changed his identity, Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of producing the highest number of jail-jumpers in the country, and Mumbai now says they have approximately 2500 Biti Mohantys, criminals who have either jumped bail, parole or escaped from prison.
The Bombay High Court was informed that police had nabbed 1500 absconders across the state, including 450 in Mumbai.
Several cases of jail jumpers have been cited such as Venkatesh Shettiyar who was arrested in the murder case of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Kumar Lahoria. He is said to be Kumar R Shetty an accused in a 1998 arms case who jumped bail. Vijay Palande who was arrested for three murders last year and another murder case in 1998 also jumped parole and assumed a new identity. More cases abound and a crime branch officer admitted it is not easy to trace an absconder who has changed his identity.
One of Delhi gang-rapists commits suicide in Tihar jail
Report dated 12/03/2013 @ 5:28 PM
Ram Singh, 33, one of the accused rapists in the fatal Delhi gang-rape case has committed suicide in his high-security cell in Tihar Jail. He hanged himself from the grill of his cell using his clothes. He was the driver of the bus in which the girl was raped.
A jail source said Singh was suffering with depression over the past days and had refused food. Singh's family refuse to believe he could have committed suicide and allege he was murdered in the jail.
Forensic experts have collected evidence from the premises and a post mortem and probe has been ordered. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.