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India pooh-poohs UN investigator's definition of sex crimes
Report dated 13/06/2014 @ 11:05 AM
Rashida Manjoo a United Nations sex crime investigator in India called violence against women in India systemic and a 'womb to tomb' phenomenon, an accusation that India called simplistic and full of 'sweeping generalisations'.
Ms Manjoo also said numerous interlocutors say the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women is also widely tolerated by the State and the community, referring to Uttar Pradesh that has seen a recent wave of violence, sex crimes, rape and murder.
For its part India responded on the website of the Human Rights Council in Geneva calling Manjoo's account baseless and rife with unsubstantiated generalisations.
PM Narendra Modi said respecting and protecting women should be a priority for people in India and the government will have to act. On honour killings, the government said it has given due consideration to an Indian Law Commission report that suggested a legal framework to tackle the practice.
India's response to Manjoo's report also listed 16 allegations that were not backed up by facts which included her claim that members of the security forces committed mass rapes, that trafficking of women and girls to and from India was widespread, and that police and officials discriminated against people of lower castes.
Kochi college principal charged for defaming Modi
Report dated 12/06/2014 @ 2:57 PM
Seven people from the Government College, Kunnamkulam have been charged for putting the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the college magazine's 'world's most negative faces' page.
The magazine called 'Litsokniga' carried Modi's picture along with Adolf Hitler, former US president George Bush, Osama bin Laden, Ajmal Kasab, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Veerappan and others on its 'negative faces' page. After a complaint was filed by a BJP sympathizer a case was registered against them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code all of which are bailable offences. No one has yet been arrested.
Police authorities say the magazine was printed in February but distributed in June and they will investigate the motive behind the offensive inclusion of PM Modi with some of the world's most heinous criminals. College authorities have withdrawn the magazine and plan on taking action against the students. The accused principal was transferred before the magazine row broke.
The accused are Principal and chief editor M N Krishnankutty; staff editor Gopi; student editor Praveen CS; sub-editor Nikhil PR; sub-editor Jisman James; sub-editor Shyam KM and the proprietor of Presto Designers where the magazine was typeset. The magazine was brought out by the college union and editorial board controlled by the Students Federation of India.
President introduces Modi government's economic agenda
Report dated 10/06/2014 @ 12:38 PM
Speaking to lawmakers, President Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the government's roadmap for rapid economic reforms that includes plans to create jobs, boost foreign investment, simplify taxation and reduce inflation. In effect the government will function on the mantra of 'minimum government, maximum governance'.
The Modi government will focus on improving the supply side of various agro and agro-based products. It will usher in a high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle and restore the confidence of the domestic and international community and reignite the investment cycle all of which will boost the economy.
To create jobs particularly with the young population in mind, the Modi government will promote labour-intensive manufacturing and promote and expand tourism. Industrial reforms will include attracting private investment to the coal and defence sectors.
India also hopes for improved relations with neighbours and pledges to tackle violence against women.
President Mukherjee said the government will introduce a general sales tax and encourage foreign investment including through FDIs as well as speed up approvals for major business projects that will be permitted in sectors that create jobs and assets. It will also tackle the bottlenecks that make India's food inflation the highest among major economies.
It is believed the message will be welcomed by central bank governor Raghuram Rajan, who has made lowering India's high interest rates contingent on containing consumers prices.
India's economic expansion has grown by just 4.7% in 2013-14 fiscal, marking the second year of sub-5% growth.
Conman's wife claims husband is dead - duped victim cries foul
Report dated 09/06/2014 @ 3:34 PM
A 53-year-old woman of Kharghar, who was allegedly duped of Rs.35 lakhs by Vayyuru Naga Rajesekhar Reddy, 48, of NRI-Seawoods in Nerul, filed a complaint with police after his wife Anupam claimed he is dead.
The victim believes the story was concocted to avoid refunding the money to investors, who like her were lured with a lucrative offer of 2.5% interest per month on money invested. The conman has not paid any of the applicable interest or returned the principal amount.
The unnamed woman said like her, his other victims suspect Reddy is alive and has faked his death. In the past he claimed to be a relative of an MP from Andhra Pradesh and assured investors he would refund the money.
Police inspector S R Patil of Navi Mumbai says police in Delhi reported that Reddy had died at a Delhi hotel in May, but a police team from the city will be going to Delhi to investigate the situation once they receive the approval of the police chief.
17 police officers convicted of killing man in custody
Report dated 08/06/2014 @ 3:05 PM
Ranbir Singh, 22, went to Dehradun to look for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery. He died while in police custody in 2009.
Seventeen police officers have been convicted for kidnapping and killing the man and could face the death penalty, and the judge also convicted them of criminal conspiracy to kill the young man.
The case was moved to Delhi after the victim's father Ravindra Singh filed a petition saying he did not expect justice from the state police as their officers were involved in the crime.
The officers have denied the charges and can appeal their conviction in a higher court.
Rights groups often accuse Indian security forces of torturing and killing people in custody in an attempt to force them to confess.