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Rape and abandonment: Common thread that ties destinies of three UP women together

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Lucknow, March 8 (IANS) Leading separate lives in different places, three women in Uttar Pradesh share the same destiny and pain as they have been raped, abandoned and forced to live in oblivion for no fault of their own.

For these three women, International Women’s Day holds no meaning as they have faced an unending, immensely personal and painful crisis in their lives, with no help coming forth from society.

These women were raped by their fathers-in-law, abandoned by their husbands and families and chastised by the clerics for no fault of theirs and the last two decades have been unending days of deprivation, toil and misery.

The first such reported incident took place in June 2005 in Charthawal town of Muzaffarnagar District, when a 28-year-old woman and a mother of five children, was allegedly raped by her 69-year-old father-in-law Mohammad Ali.

The case came to be known as the Imrana case and the woman’s marriage was declared null and void by the local panchayat’s Council of Elders soon after she was raped.

The Council of Elders asked her to leave her husband Nur Ilahi, who they said was now her ‘son’ as the Islamic law considered sexual relations with both the father and son as incestuous.

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The Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and prominent clerics ruled that a woman raped by her father-in-law, could not be allowed to live with her husband any longer as per Islamic law as the husband had now become her ‘son’.

After Imrana’s case was highlighted by the national media, the National Commission for Women directed authorities in Muzaffarnagar to take action.

The police registered a case under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against Mohammed Ali and arrested him.

Police also filed a case against him on June 30, 2005 with a medical report and recorded Imrana’s statement before a Magistrate.

Imrana went to her father’s home with her children but as social pressure mounted, she was forced to leave the house by her brothers.

In October 2006, Mohammed Ali was condemned to a prison term of ten years for raping Imrana. The judge also directed Mohammed Ali to pay compensation of Rs 8,000 to Imrana for raping her.

Today, 19 years on, no one in her village knows about her whereabouts. Sources close to her family claim that she has relocated to another town and her children, now grown up, do odd jobs for a living.

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In the second such instance, a young woman was repeatedly raped by her father-in-law at gun point. The incident took place in September 2014 but the matter came to light much later when the woman (name withheld) submitted a request to the then District Magistrate, seeking permission to abort her seven-month pregnancy.

The woman said, “My husband was working in Dubai since 2012, and did not believe me. In fact, he accused me of making false allegations against his father.” The woman was denied permission to abort the child on medical grounds and after she delivered a boy, she was thrown out of her husband’s home after being accused of treachery.

Today, she stays with a distant relative, does stitching and other odd jobs for a living and waits endlessly for the sun to shine again in her life.

More recently, in a chilling reminder of the Imrana case of 2005, a similar case was reported from Muzaffarnagar. On July 5, 2023, a 23-year-old woman, who was then seven months pregnant, was alone at home when her father-in-law, 50, allegedly barged into her room and raped her. He threatened to kill her if she reported the matter.

In her police complaint filed on September 7, 2023, the woman stated, “When I informed my husband about the assault he told me that since his father had established a relationship with me, we cannot stay together as I have now become his father’s wife.”

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She alleged her husband thrashed her and threw her out of the house. “I remained silent as I wanted to preserve my honour. Despite repeated pleas, my husband refused to take me back for no fault of mine. That is why I decided to take legal action,” she said.

The then Station House Officer (SHO) Raghvendra Yadav said, “A case under IPC Sections 376 (rape) and 606 (punishment for criminal intimidation) was registered against the father-in-law while the husband was booked under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt).”

The All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (Shia), President, Shaista Amber says that in all three cases, the common factor was that the victims did not get any help – not from their family, not from society and not from the religious leaders.

She adds, “A true celebration of International Women’s Day would be when such victims get support from society, religious leaders and help from the legal system.”

–IANS

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Telangana Assembly condoles death of former BRS MLA Nandita

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Telangana Assembly condoles death of former BRS MLA Nandita

Hyderabad, July 23 (IANS) Telangana Assembly on Tuesday condoled the death of former MLA of Secunderabad Cantonment constituency Lasya Nandita.

As soon as the Budget session began, Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy moved a condolence motion.

Members cutting across party lines paid tributes to Nandita, who died in a road accident on February 23.

The 37-year-old passed away within three months after getting elected to the Assembly as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) candidate.

She was the daughter of BRS leader and five-time MLA from Secunderabad Cantonment constituency, G. Sayanna, who had passed away on February 19 last year due to illness.

In the by-election held on May 13 to fill the vacancy caused by Nandita’s death, the ruling Congress wrested the seat from BRS. Nandita’s sister Nivedita, fielded by BRS, had finished third.

Moving the condolence resolution, the Chief Minister recalled that he had a close association with Sayanna, who was born into a very ordinary family and reached the height of his political career.

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Sayanna was soft-spoken and maintained friendly relations with everyone irrespective of their political affiliation. He said Sayanna fought for the merger of Secunderabad Cantonment with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The Chief Minister recalled that people elected Lasya Nandita as the Cantonment MLA as Sayanna’s successor. It is unfortunate that she died in a road accident, he said.

“Sayanna and Nandita were no longer with us but they will remain in our hearts forever. Our government will fulfil their aspirations,” he said while conveying her heartfelt condolences to Nandita’s family.

BRS MLA K. T. Rama Rao said it was very sad that father and daughter passed away within a span of one year. He said when Sayanna passed away then Chief Minister KCR had said in Assembly that the party would stand by the family and decided to field his daughter Nandita as BRS candidate.

Members of Congress, BRS, BJP, AIMIM and CPI condoled the death of Nandita. The House was adjourned after unanimously passing the condolence resolution and observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

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No one can save K’taka CM Siddaramaiah, says new BJP LoP in Council

Bengaluru, July 23 (IANS) The newly-appointed Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Legislative Council, Chalavadi Narayanaswamy, stated that no one can save Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“It’s time for CM Siddaramaiah to go home. He is trying to hold onto power,” he further remarked.

He made the statement while visiting the BJP state office Jagannath Bhavan, in Malleshwaram in Bengaluru on Tuesday following his appointment.

He further stated, “Even Congress leaders can’t do anything. His time to go home has come. It’s not about how much a thief stole after breaking in, nor is it about whether he came through the front or back door. What matters is that CM Siddaramaiah stated that theft has occurred, and looting has happened. For that, we must thank him.”

Narayanaswamy criticised the Congress, saying, “Only the Congress knows how to loot the treasury, transfer funds meant for the development of Scheduled Castes corporations into private accounts, and then use that money.

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“Now they are caught. We fight a hundred battles, and they must find at least one to fight, right? That’s why today they are fighting against the ED. There’s no substance in it.”

He questioned, “Wasn’t it the Congress government that constituted the ED and CBI? After this how can you say they shouldn’t work? What authority do they have to speak?”

Narayanaswamy claimed that to reach the position of LoP in the Council, in the Congress one needs influence.

He expressed his gratitude for being given this significant responsibility, acknowledging his party’s recognition of his loyalty and dedication.

He declared his commitment to organising grassroots communities and strengthening the party organisation.

He said he would expose the government’s misdeeds and shortcomings and fight against the injustices faced by Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

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Bengaluru, July 23 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials threatened the former Tribal Welfare Development Board Managing Director B. Kallesh to mention his name in the alleged case.

“They (ED) pressured him (officer Kallesh) with arrest, subjected him to mental pressure and coerced him with life threat only to implicate me legally in the case. Kallesh filed a police complaint. In the complaint, he had detailed his ordeal,” the Chief Minister said while staging a protest at the Vidhana Soudha, condemning the alleged high handedness of the ED.

The Chief Minister said that the investigation into the allegations made by the deceased Chandrasekaran’s wife, Kavitha, and the complaint by Padmanabha, is progressing positively.

He said that the bank’s General Manager, Deputy Manager, and Credit Officers are responsible for the misconduct, according to a complaint filed by the bank.

“We are not aware of what they have done. The ED started the investigation on its own and conducted raids on the houses of former minister B. Nagendra and Tribal Welfare Board Chairman and Congress MLA Basanagouda Daddal,” he said.

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The Chief Minister said that Nagendra is in judicial custody and despite Kallesh speaking out, the ED is forcing him to give the names of the Chief Minister and other ministers.

“Out of the total Rs 187.33 crore, Rs 43.33 crore has been taken from the treasury. Neither I nor the Finance Department is related to it. The budget process involves approvals being given to the secretaries of grants, then to the directors, who allocate the funds to the managing directors. This is the process,” the Chief Minister said.

“We have not stated that there is no wrongdoing in the Valmiki Tribal Welfare Development Corporation. The opposition has repeatedly accused us of misusing Rs 187.33 crore. Out of this, Rs 89.63 crore was transferred from Union Bank of India, MG Road Branch, to Telangana,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that after the formation of the SIT, the investigation progressed swiftly.

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“Twelve people have been arrested so far and Rs 34 crore in cash has been recovered. Out of Rs 89.63 crore, Rs 46 crore is held in Fist Finance Cooperative Bank and Ratnakar Bank Ltd,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that a total of Rs 85.25 crore has been seized and recovered. “The total amount involved in the misconduct is Rs 85.63 crore. The SIT has completed 95 per cent of the investigation,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that three investigation agencies are probing the irregularities in the Valmiki Tribal Welfare Development Corporation. The SIT was formed on May 31, 2024, and a complaint was filed with the CBI on June 3, 2024, by the bank, adding, that this complaint involves Suchi Smita Rawool, Deepa, and Krishnamurthy.

“The ED is conducting its investigation independently. It is unprecedented in my experience, for three investigation agencies to investigate the same case,” the Chief Minister said.

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He also accused the Central government of adopting unfair means to destabilise the state government, target the Chief Minister, and tarnish his and the government’s reputation.

He claimed that this was being done to convince the people of the state that the Congress government is against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

“We have always stood for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, weaker sections, the poor, farmers, and labourers. However, the Central government is using underhanded tactics to ensure that the Congress government in Karnataka falls. Neither the Finance Department nor I am involved in this case,” the Chief Minister said.

–IANS

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced that a New Pension Scheme (NPS) ‘Vatsalya’, a plan for contribution by parents and guardians for minors, will soon be launched by the government.

The plan can be seamlessly converted into a normal NPS account on minors becoming an adult, the Finance Minister stated during her budget speech.

“The launch of NPS-Vatsalya, allowing parents and guardians to contribute towards minors’ future, is a transformative step. This plan seamlessly converts into a regular NPS account once the minor becomes an adult. Thank you, PM Modi, for your visionary approach in securing the financial future of our young citizens, paving the way for a Viksit Bharat,” said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

The Finance Minister also announced that the committee to review the NPS has made considerable progress in its work.

She expressed satisfaction that the staff side of the National Council of the Joint Consultative Machinery for Central government employees have taken a constructive approach.

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“A solution will be evolved which addresses the relevant issues while maintaining fiscal prudence to protect the common citizens,” said FM Sitharaman.

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Six Russians, three others detained by TN Police near Kudankulam nuclear power plant

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Chennai, July 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Police have taken into custody six Russian citizens and three Indians from near the nuclear reactor plant at Kudankulam.

A senior police officer told IANS that they were taken into custody on Monday evening after local people tipped off on the presence of foreigners around the premises of the nuclear reactor.

Besides six Russians including a woman, two Tamil Nadu natives and a Keralite from Thiruvananthapuram were also taken into custody by the police.

Sources in Tamil Nadu Police told IANS that the Central agencies have commenced quizzing those in custody. The Thiruvananthapuram native, according to police, is the driver of the cab in which the Russians came.

It may be recalled that the Kudankulam nuclear power project at Tirunelveli in Southern Tamil Nadu was commissioned with the support of the Russians. There had been stiff public opposition to the plant when the construction was commissioned in March 2022.

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Kudankulam has two 1000 Mwe nuclear reactors at present and four more are expected to come up in the same region.

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