Archive for August 11, 2010

City school teacher found dead with throat slit



Bangalore, Aug 10 , DHNS:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A home alone school teacher working in Delhi Public School (South) was brutally murdered by a yet-to-be-identified killer who slit her throat at her Venkateshwara Layout residence on Bannerghatta Road early Tuesday morning.
Family photo of Priyanka Gupta who was found murdered at her residence in Hulimavu Police limits in Bangalore on Tuesday, with husband Satishkumar Gupta. _KPN The Hulimavu police identified the woman as Priyanka Gupta, 29, who was married to Satish Gupta, an employee in the HR department of Infosys. The police suspect that the murder took place on Tuesday morning.

Priyanka’s body was found in a sitting posture on the sofa, her hands tied and throat slit with a kitchen knife. The police discovered knife wounds on Priyanka’s belly, but the gruesomeness of the murder could be gauged by the violence committed on the body. After slitting Priyanka’s throat, the killer or killers twisted the blade indiscriminately in the flesh.

A police source said the first attack might have been in the form of an attempted strangulation. “When she resisted, the killer gagged her with a piece of cloth and held the neck still by tightening a nylon rope noose around it before using the knife to make the deep cut which killed her,” the police said.

Among some interesting clues the police found at the spot are a pair of gloves, shoes and a red jerkin, with a pack of cigarettes in one of the pockets. According to Satish’s statement to the police, Rs 2 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.6 lakh are missing from the almirah. But the ornaments on Priyanka’s person besides Rs 30,000 in cash kept elsewhere in the house were untouched. The house did not appear to have been ransacked. The police are not ruling out the murder as one for gain, but are pursuing other angles like a contract killing, rivalry and enmity with a person or persons known to her.

Satish and Priyanka married two-and-a-half years ago and had been living with Satish’s parents, but eight months ago they moved out to live in a rented two-bedroom room apartment. The couple were childless but apparently led a happy life. According to Satish’s cousin Manoj, for the past few months, Priyanka was undergoing treatment for arthritis and her mother came over to stay with her.

On Tuesday, Satish left for a walk around 5:45 am and Priyanka was getting ready for routine exercise. When Satish had walked some distance and had begun playing a game of badminton, he received a call from Priyanka alerting him that two persons were at the door enquiring about some newspaper. She asked Satish if he had made any orders.

Before he could respond, the line went dead. Satish tried calling her back but the call went unanswered. He immediately turned homeward but found the door locked from inside. He is believed to have told the police that he then went to his father’s house in Jambu Savari Dinne, collected the car and drove to his office from where he picked up the duplicate key. When he entered the house, Satish found his wife on the sofa, her body lying in a pool of blood.

The couple lived on the second floor, but none of the neighbours, either on the ground or first floors, sensed what might have happened so early in the morning in Satish’s house.
The police, who will of course question Satish thoroughly, are wondering why despite suffering an ankle sprain, he set out for a walk wearing leather shoes.

The police have reasons to believe that the murder was committed by one, or at best, two persons.

Priyanka’s parents reached Bangalore on Tuesday night. The post mortem is scheduled to take place on Wednesday after the inquest.

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HC raps state for leaving convict in jail for 7 years


Posted On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 04:17:37 AM

The Bombay High Court expressed grave displeasure on the working of the state in a matter concerning the release of a convict, lodged in Nashik Central Prison and has sought a reply from the principal secretary of the state within two weeks.

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The HC has now converted a letter that has been written by a murder convict to the court, where he states that he has been languishing in jail for 21 years as the state  has not been able to take up his matter in appropriately.

The court expressed displeasure that for the last 7 years, Abdul Mohammed Kayyum Qasim, who was arrested on February 1989, by the Kotwali Police Station, Dehradun on charges of murder and rape has been languishing in jail.

The court said that if the matter was considered well in time then after 14 years of serving of the sentence the man could have been released.

The prosecution has now been directed to file a reply and also speak to the state government of the UP and Uttranchal. 

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Ladies special: CP tells his men how to behave

Rattled by allegations of apathy, Sanjeev Dayal circulates new rules to make police stations friendlier to women complainants

Posted On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 04:23:51 AM

Crimes against women in the city are on the rise. Ironically, complaints against insensitive police officers who deal with women complainants have been on the rise too.

The officers’ lack of empathy while dealing with sensitive cases of rape, molestation or domestic violence, has now come under scrutiny and criticism with the police chief deciding to shake things up a bit.

Police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal has issued a circular that spells out the do’s and don’t’s of police etiquette while dealing with female complainants in no uncertain terms.

Besides keeping a tab on the time taken to respond to the women who approach police stations, his new system will also monitor the behaviour of duty officers dealing with the complaints and work towards making the stations seem less hostile and more comfortable for women.

Dayal said, “There were complaints about women not being treated well when they visited police stations.

We intend to make the process convenient for them. This new system will also to help rape victims and others in sensitive cases.”

In fact, recently several women in Oshiwara accused assistant inspector Balasaheb Khaade of misbehaving with them when they visited the station to lodge complaints.

Khaade’s alleged offensive remarks about the women’s clothes have cost him a transfer and an inquiry. Former senior police officer Prakash Shishupal was also accused of misbehaving with a woman complainant. He was later transferred.

To deal with errant officers, Dayal has come up with certain systems and processes. To start with, all police stations will need to maintain a separate log book for women visiting the stations.

This will make note of the time they step in and the time they leave the station. Special attention will be given to rape victims.

A senior officer said, “We will monitor the time taken to respond to the victim by the duty officers. This will help us in reduce the waiting time for the complainant and make her feel comfortable and confident.” There will also be supporting details on the nature of complaint and the officer who had attended to it.

“This will impact the investigation officers who are handling a complaint by a woman as they are bound to work swifter and better. After all, their names will be up in the register. Slackers will not be tolerated,” said a police officer.

Recently, RR Patil had asked Mumbai police to take quick action when any female complainant approached them. The data on women complainants will be monitored by the senior police officers. Added Dayal, “We will use the information to help women better.”

In a circular, Sanjeev Dayal has spelt out rules on how to deal with women complainants

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Nirmala M Nagaraj | TNN

Bangalore: After spending almost six months in a hospital ICU battling for life, Seema, 22, recently died of multiple organ failure. She was pushed from the third floor of a building, allegedly by her husband and in-laws. This is one of the recent examples of the rising domestic violence cases in the state.
   According to the women and child department, the incidents of domestic violence cases have trebled in the state. In 2007-08, the total number of cases registered were 826 while in 2009-10, the number rose to 3,036.
   Though awareness of the Act has boosted the number of cases registered, justice to the victims continues to be delayed due to slow disposal of cases. In 2009, of the 3,036 cases registered, only 197 cases were disposed of by the magistrate, 125 received compensation orders and 130 got monetary relief.
   Sources in the women and child department say there are deputy directors and 214 Child Development Protection Officers (CDPOs) deputed across the state, for protection of women against domestic violence. They file the Domestic Violence Information report (DIR) and aid victims in getting justice.
   But since the CDPOs are also responsible for protection of children, with this dual task, efficient implementation of the Domestic Violence Act has suffered in the state.
   Mahila Sahayavani helpline (MSH) – 1091, provides counselling for women in distress. “With awareness, women from all strata of society are approaching the helpline for aid. We usually receive complaints of physical and mental abuse due to suspicion, disrespect and misunderstanding between the spouses. Dowry is also one of the main causes of domestic violence,” said Geetha H C, counsellor.
   However, there is a steady rise in the number of cases settled through counselling. A total of 455 cases registered under the Domestic Violence Act were resolved through counselling, and almost double the cases were settled in the past two years; in 2007, 203 cases were settled, and in 2008, 214 were resolved.
   Activist from Vimochana Donna Fernandes said: “The advantage of implementation of the Domestic Violence Act is that the victim gets interim relief immediately. But usually, justice is delayed for years.”
   In the case of Seema, a victim of dowry harassment, she had to battle for her life in the ICU for six months, fight for her child’s custody and justice for her condition. “It’s unfortunate that these acts for protection of women against violence are most often used after women are victimised, rather they should play a preventive role,” Donna said.


Bhanu (name changed), 28, an advocate married to an IT professional, was harassed for six years. She was regularly beaten by her husband, brother-in-law and mother-in-law. Though Bhanu was educated, she feared for the reputation of her parents and tolerated the torture silently.
   Along with physical and mental abuse, she was also forced to give her salary to her in-laws and depend on them for her basic needs. Suffering silently for years, she went into a depression. Her parents, suspecting marital discord, approached a counsellor. It was only than that Bhanu revealed the years of torture she had undergone.
   “We are scared of visiting police stations and courts and in the process of safeguarding our image in society, we forget to fight for our rights and raise our voice against injustice. There are legal provisions like the Domestic Violence Act, but until we educated people don’t utilise it we will continue to suffer,” Bhanu said.

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