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Post Card Campaign 3-July-2010 by NFHS Bangalore Re IPC 498A Misuse – Photos

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Post Card Campaign 3-July-2010 Re IPC 498A Misuse

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Rapist clears IAS and gets Bail

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/rapist-clears-ias-and-gets-bail

New Delhi,July 07 :A RAPE convict, who was released on the orders of the Delhi High Court after he cleared the civil service examination from jail, has not been responding to a notice issued to him on an appeal by the National Commission for Women ( NCW).

A public notice was published in two newspapers on behalf of the Supreme Court on December 8, 2009 but there was no representation on behalf of Ashok Rai alias Amit during the hearing on Monday.

The public notice had to be issued because notice could not be served as Rai’s house was found locked on two occasions.

The Supreme Court had on April 2, 2009 issued notice to the Delhi Police and Rai on a petition by the NCW challenging the February 9, 2009 High Court order reducing his punishment from life imprisonment to five and half years — a period he had already undergone in jail.

In a Special Leave Petition ( SLP) before the apex court, the NCW argued that the High Court should not have ordered his release as the minimum sentence for rape prescribed in the Indian Penal Code ( IPC) was seven years.

It pointed out that the decision was based primarily on the ground that Rai had “ redeemed” himself by clearing the civil service examination from jail. The approach was against the dignity of women and inconsistent with the view that a rape convict had to be treated with a heavy hand.

The commission said Rai first established physical relations with the victim after serving her sweets laced with sedatives and, thereafter, threatened to defame her if she did not sleep with some third person from whom he had to seek some favour. The girl, who used to take tuitions from Amit, felt ruined and committed suicide. The trial court had sentenced him to an imprisonment of 10 years for abetting suicide and life for rape.

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Woman marries NRI father, son for Canadian immigration

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/79825/woman-marries-nri-father-son.html

This is one idea that may not have struck even story writers in Bollywood. In her desperate bid to get Canadian immigration, a woman from Punjab conned a millionaire father as well as his son into marrying her.
But her plans seem to have gone awry with not only the NRI father-son duo but also the Chandigarh Police now looking for her.

Cases against her include cheating two men in marriage, getting a fake passport made with forged documents and even involvement in a murder case in Uttar Pradesh. Chandigarh Police’s operations cell officials do not rule out her links with terrorists either.
The ‘mystery’ of the woman, Priya Inder Kaur, has baffled the father-son duo and Chandigarh Police as not much is known about her. The woman is on the run after dumping them and eloping with yet another man.

Kaur married NRI Rajinder Singh Mann, aged around 60 years, in 2001 after staying in his house in Chandigarh’s upscale Sector 11 as a tenant for a few months.
It all began after Mann, who had divorced his Canadian wife earlier, started living in Chandigarh in 2001. That’s when he met Kaur who came to stay in his house as a tenant. Mann tried to get her antecedents verified but when he failed to do so, he turned her out of the house.

The woman approached him again a few months later and sought help with a job. Taking ‘pity’ on her, Mann employed her as a helper in his house. The two became close and married in September 2001.

“She thought that being an NRI, I would take her to Canada. But when I told her that I had no plans of going back to Canada soon, she started behaving weirdly and finally divorced me in February 2002,” Mann said.

Mann did not hear from Kaur for over two years after that.
In 2004, she came to his house again. Since Mann was not at home, she met his son, Rajan Mann, born from the marriage to his Canadian wife. On learning that Rajan was a Canadian citizen, Kaur befriended him over the next few weeks.

“They went to Leh for a holiday and later got married. She did not let him (Rajan) know that she had earlier married and divorced me. She thought that Rajan would take her to Canada after the marriage. I was staying in my house in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) at that time,” Mann said.

When Mann came to know of his son’s marriage to Kaur and told his son about the earlier marriage, Rajan was shocked and divorced her.

Having lodged a complaint of cheating and forgery against Kaur, Mann and his son came to know that she had even approached the Canadian embassy in New Delhi to work out her immigration to Canada as Rajan’s wife.

Operations cell investigating officer Malkit Singh told IANS: “We are investigating the matter. It is a serious matter. All her given addresses have not led us anywhere. Neither she nor her family members live there.”

Police officials say that Kaur was also wanted for her involvement in a murder case in Uttar Pradesh.

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No qualification? Apply for SIC job

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/hyderabad/no-qualification-apply-sic-job-304

June 13: You need to be at least a commerce graduate to become a junior accountant in a private firm, but to become a state information commissioner you need not have any qualification though the post is equivalent in rank to the chief secretary. To protest against the lack of specific criteria for selecting SICs, RTI activists have decided to flood the state government with hundreds of applications for the crucial post, once the present CIC, Mr C.D. Arha, and his three SICs, retire in the months to come.

“This is meant to force the government to examine all the applications in depth and not take unilateral decisions,” said Mr Krishnaraj Rao from Mumbai in India Together. As of now, no minimum education qualification or duration of experience in public service is stipulated for the job. The only condition laid down in the RTI Act is that the appointees should have ‘eminence’ and should not be MPs, MLAs or someone holding an office of profit.

This is suitably vague and has helped the government appoint its favourites, especially ex-bureaucrats, to the post. “All SIC’s appointed so far are either retired officials or close aides of politicians,” said an RTI activist. For instance, the present SIC, Mr K. Sudhakar Rao’s bio-data says that he participated in ‘student activities’ in college and school and did social service to help weaker sections of the society. The rest is all about his ‘interests’ in management, science and technology.

The state government appointed Mr C.D. Arha, a retired bureaucrat, as CIC in 2005 and later on, brought in three SICs, Mr A. Subba Rao, Mr R. Dileep Reddy and Mr Sudhakar Rao. However, the RTI activists argue that none of them can be termed ‘eminent’ in the real sense. “One can have eminence in building big complexes another in running power plants but being an SIC has something to do with public life,” said Mr Jithender Reddy, an RTI activist from Karimnagar.

Mr C.J. Karira, a noted RTI activist, said that one commissioner defended an SP who did not give reply to an RTI petition for more than one year citing the visit of Mrs Sonia Gandhi as reason and another misinterpreted law and issued orders. “How can a bureaucrat who has served 30 to 35 years bound by the Official Secrets Act change overnight?” asked Mrs Uma Challa, another RTI activist.

It is a committee comprising of the Chief Minister, the opposition leader and a minister who selects the SICs. Many RTI activists are disappointed that even the opposition leader, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, did not insist on suitably qualified people being selected.

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AIFWA to protest against arbitrary arrests

http://www.hindu.com/2010/07/05/stories/2010070560631200.htm

AIFWA to protest against arbitrary arrests

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) along with the All India Men’s Welfare Association will stage a demonstration near the Women’s Police Station at Basheerbagh on July 6 to pledge their support to the ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ taken up by Maharashtra’s activist Ravindra Gangurde.

The movement, as well as the demonstration, will be in protest of ‘arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens’ under IPC sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and other related laws, said Uma Challa, president of All India Forgotten Women’s Association, in a press conference here on Sunday.

‘Wife-centric’

Describing the aforementioned acts as ‘wife-centric’, Ms. Challa said the arrests without evidence or investigation amounted to violation of rights to life and liberty.

Citing the National Human Rights Commission’s observations, a memo issued by the Police Commissioner towards checking arbitrary arrests, and the web page titled ‘Abuse of 498A’ on the Police Department’s website, she said innocent citizens were nevertheless illegally detained, humiliated and subjected to blackmailing and extortion.

Plea to men

She urged men to free themselves from fear of humiliation and social stigma, and be prepared to court arrests and go to jails, so as to exert pressure on the authorities. The demonstration will be held between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Regarding Functioning of Family Court, Bangalore on Holidays, Sundays and in Evening Shifts

                                                                                                        07/July/2010

To,                                                                                                        Bangalore

Hon’ble Chief Justice of Karnataka

High Court Buildings,

High Court of Karnataka,

Bangalore.

 

Subject: Regarding Functioning of Family Court, Bangalore on Holidays, Sundays and in Evening Shifts

 

About National Family Harmony Society®: “National Family Harmony Society® NFHS is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) promoting the cause of “family harmony” and “gender equality”. It is registered under “The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960” and is based in Bangalore. We have branches in more than 16 states and in abroad too. We have approximately 14500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.

Dear Sir,

This is with regard to the article published in “The Times of India” dated 07th July 2010. The said article is attached herewith for your kind consideration. The same is also available on the website of the said newspaper at the below link.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Holiday-court-to-suit-working-couples-/articleshow/6136587.cms

We have filed many applications to the Family Court, Bangalore under Right to Information Act (RTI) to know the status of the pending litigation but the said RTI applications had been rejected on some flimsy grounds.

Our NGO works very closely with family court litigants and we provide counseling and other possible advice and help to the litigants of the family court. These litigants have a failed marriage and had already undergone lot of trouble, harassment and mental torture due to a failed marriage. Such litigants approach Family Court to get some relief or Justice. But they are further tortured and harassed by a system which is extremely slow, inefficient and insensitive to the needs of such litigants.

As per media reports thousands of cases are pending in the family court, Bangalore from many years. To get divorce or child custody it takes many years. Even to dispose an interim application it takes many months. The litigants go to the family court just to get another date. Adjournments, delay and endless wait in the Family Court are the norm of the day. These litigants need to be treated with extra care and emotion as these cases are different from a cheque bounce or a property dispute case. These cases involve human emotions and sentiments.

Our NGO has received cases where litigants are having suicidal tendencies due to the in-ordinate delays in disposing the cases. In order to alleviate the sufferings of the litigants of family courts, we wish to present the following list of proposals and suggestions to your kind self:

  • Induct more judges and extend the court timings to late evenings.
  • Family courts should start an evening shift in addition to the regular day shift.
  • Due to the heavy pendency of the cases Family Courts should operate on Sundays also with additional judges.
  • Additional 6 more family courts in addition to the existing 4 family courts should be opened without any further delay to cope up with the huge pendency.
  • The Family Courts shall ensure that all matrimonial cases be disposed within a period of Six months.
  • The Family Courts to officially suspend the practice of summer vacation to the benches till the time limit of Six months is met.
  • The Family Courts to officially state that no new cases to be taken till the old ones are disposed.
  • All long-pending (one year and above) cases should be transferred to the Fast Track Courts to dispose of within a time limit.
  • Family Court records must be computerized so that old cases can be disposed on a priority basis and cases can be tracked scientifically.
  • As there are overload on the court on a particular date and less-load on some dates hence the practice of giving dates in the open court must be stopped. Instead dates must be given by the computer section like in Supreme Court or judges should be given computer training and computers must be installed so that dates are given in a scientific way.
  • The tendency of one party to drag the cases to delay the proceeding must be dealt severely with heavy cost and other means.
  • Judges must be sensitized to the fact that they are dealing with the cases involving “Human life” that are driven by “emotional issues” in case of matrimonial issues which are very different from a criminal case.

 

Please save the family and thereby save our great Nation to retain India a “Vasudeva Kutumbaham”.

Jai Hind!!

With profound respects,

P Suresh, President,                                           M Mahesh

9880141531                                                      9731569970

National Family Harmony Society                         National Family Harmony Society

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