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Delhi gang rape accused Ram Singh makes mockery of Tihar Jail

12 Mar

Ram Singh - Delhi accused in Delhi gang-rapeRam Singh, the prime accused in the Dec 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, who was the driver of the bus in which six men committed the horrific assault on 23-year-old student Nirbhaya (not her real name), committed suicide in the wee hours on March 11,  2013 in jail number 3 of India’s most reputed and highly secured Tihar Jail. The sudden suicide of Ram Singh will surely bring a new twist in the legal hearing of the rape case as Ram Singh might have died with several key statements which could have helped the blind judicial system of India in deciding the magnitude of crime penalty for the remaining five accused.

Mange Lal Singh and Ram Bai, father and mother of Ram Singh

Mange Lal Singh and Ram Bai, father and mother of Ram Singh

According to the Tihar Jail authorities Ram Singh used a portion of the sleeping mat and a bucket to reach the jail grill which was about 8 feet high to hang himself to death. The funny part of the suicide was that Ram Singh was not alone in his cell, he was accompanied by three other sleeping inmates and a police guard outside his cell, ironically nobody came to know about it. Unfortunately no CCTV was installed around Ram Singh’s cell so the investigation team will now have to go by the words of inmates and sleeping officials, most likely Ram Singh’s sudden death might remain a secret forever. Ram Singh’s father, Mange Lal Singh who visited his son four days ago said his son appeared fine and gave no hints of taking his own life. Mange Lal also accused the fellow inmates and security guards of raping and threatening his son repeatedly.

The big question Indians need an answer to is how in the world there was such a big lapse in the security system of India’s most reputed Tihar jail. Is it that easy for a prisoner to commit suicide in a jail? for a moment lets imagine Ram Singh as a prime accused in some India’s major scandals such as CWG or Coalgate whose one statement could have shattered the life of many high profile ministers and bureaucrats, wouldn’t his sudden suicide in our hypothetical scenario could have saved many accused who would have raised a toast to celebrate his death. Death of Ram Singh raises serious questions on the policing system of our country. This is just one  such incident which came to limelight as the Delhi rape case went on and become a global phenomenon, God only knows how many of such deliberate incidents might have happened(or happening) across different Jails in India to save the so called netas/ministers of our country.

Tihar Jail - New Delhi

Tihar Jail – New Delhi

Now that Ram Singh is dead and his file is closed for good, he would be no more discussed in the court proceedings, but he has surely become the most discussed topic on internet. Whether he was killed or committed suicide, most probably it will forever remain an unsolved mystery. We people of India along with Nirbhay’s family would have loved to see him hanged in public, unfortunately this will never happen, and the only good thing about his death was that it has exposed the enormous security failure at one of India’s best-known prisons. Let’s wait and watch what new excuse our India government comes up with to wash this shameful black spot on the security system of our country.

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Is Shinde fit to be the Home Minister of India?

3 Mar

Sushil Kumar Shinde - Home Minister of IndiaThe Indian democracy has given our country a lot number of elected representatives who have done nothing for the people and have simply added shame for themselves and for the country. There are many ministers who are holding important offices in the country but fail to recognize their responsibilities and duties for which they have been elected. To a larger extent we people are also responsible for electing ministers who in no way qualify for the roles, but then what can be done also, do we Indians have any choice? Do people in big cities actually go out and vote? Do people who go to polling booths have knowledge about the candidate’s background and misdeeds? Anyways that’s a different subject all together about which any of us can write forever.

We are here to discuss about Mr Sushilkumar Shinde who is currently our Home Minister, responsible for maintaining India’s internal security and our highly respected Indian police force comes under his ambit. Apart from many good qualities, a person leading India’s senior most office like Home ministry is expected to possess at least one basic quality which is “he should be aware of what he is speaking”. Looks like our current Home Minister highly lacks that quality. On March 1, 2013, Sushilkumar Shinde during his speech in Rajya Sabha unknowingly disclosed the names of three minor girls of Bhandara in Maharashtra, who were allegedly raped and murdered recently. As per law, the name and identity of victims of rape that too minors should be kept a secret as per Supreme Court guidelines. Shinde did realise his mistake but it was too late as he had already disclosed the names, this mistake can sound silly for him to be picked on, but in an environment of rapes happening all around in the country how can a home minister forget this basic thing. Clearly proves that his old age has taken the better of him or he is just like those senseless ministers who simply read out a piece of paper without actually bothering what’s in it. How can our home minister be so dumb?

There are many such incidents which raise question marks on his ability to hold an office in Indian Ministry. Here are some more of such incidents:

1. Shinde served as Power Minister of India from 2006-2012. During the 2012 northern India power grid failure(a major blackout), Shinde deflected criticism by observing that India was not alone in suffering major power outages, as the United States and Brazil had both experienced similar blackouts within the previous few years. Invariably he told the world that we are behind US and Brazil so what the heck if we have power failure.

2. In august 2012 he taunted actor-politician Jaya Bachchan by saying “This is a serious matter. This is not the subject of a film”. Clearly proves that he forms opinion about people based on their profession, he should not forget that he started his career as a constable in Maharashtra State Police, if we go by his theory of identifying people then we can very well ask him if he was made a home minister with a constable and Sub-Inspector background?

3. In September 2012 Shinde remarked, like the Bofors scam even the Coalgate Scam will be forgotten. A proof of how serious these major corruption issues matters to him.

4. In december 2012 Shinde referred Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed in Parliament using honorifics like ‘Mr’ and ‘Shri’. He said “Mr Rehman Malik, interior minister of Pakistan has been telling us repeatedly that he had arrested Mr Hafiz Saeed thrice and that on each occasion, he was let off by the courts for lack of evidence. We had been given to understand by the interior minister of Pakistan that Mr Hafiz Saeed had been arrested on the charges of being a part of the conspiracy for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. When we pursued this matter, they have given us papers pertaining to the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in 2002 and 2009″. For those who don’t know who Hafiz Saeed is, he is the mastermind behind 26/11 terrorist attack in India which took life of 168 innocent Indians. Clearly this incident shows total lack of common sense in Shinde.

5. In December 2012, Shinde gave one month deadline for Centre’ decision on Telengana but backed out as the deadline approached. A court in Andhra Pradesh even asked police to file a case against Shinde for deferring the decision of separate statehood of Telangana. Once again a proof that Shinde is definitely not a man of his words.

6. On January 20, 2013 during an All India Congress Committee(AICC) meeting in Jaipur, Shinde went a little too far while trying to impress the Congress leaders and said “Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism. Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon. We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert.” Clearly proves that Shinde can go to any level for flattering his bosses.

Suryanelli rape case: 111 people booked for sharing comments on Facebook

27 Feb

Bindu Krishna-PJ Kurien-K SudhakaranIn yet another sad incident of so called moral policing, the Kerala police have registered a case under IT Act on a complaint that ‘abusive’ comments have been posted on Facebook against the state Mahila Congress chief  Bindu Krishna for backing Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P.J .Kurien in the Suryanelli rape case. Bindu Krishna filed a complaint saying that abusive comments, along with her picture, had been posted on Facebook after which a case under Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act had been imposed on Facebook users.

Police has filed a case against a man who posted a defamatory comment and the others for sharing the post. Around 120 persons were interrogated by police in Thiruvananthapuram and surrounding areas for posting obscene posts against Bindu Krishna on Facebook. So far Kerala police have booked a case against 111 people for posting derogatory remarks on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, the accused in the Suryanelli rape case.

Just a few days ago on February 16, 2013, K Sudhakaran a Lok Sabha Congress MP from Kannur, Kerala made dirty comments about the girl victim of the Suryanelli rape case. During a press conference in Muscat K Sudhakaran said the Suryanelli rape case victim who was allegedly raped by 42 men over 40 days in 1996, when she was 16 had carried out “outright prostitution”. Bindu Krishna reacted to the statement by saying “He should withdraw his statement and tender an apology”. K Sudhakaran apologizes for his comments and easily got away with the bold statement of referring a rape victim as a prostitute, whereas the common people of India are facing the sword of politician made law just for sharing and commenting on this whole issue.

Why in the world K Sudhakaran was let away for passing bad comments about a rape victim and the common people of India are being punished? The Kerala Government said they do not agree with Sudhakaran’s view, but could not take legal steps as he made the statement in Muscat. What a reason for not booking a minister! If government thinks people have committed a crime so has K Sudhakaran. Isn’t the law equal for everyone? The way things are going in our country, very soon there will separate jails built for Facebook users who comment or share anything against the government. One thing these politicians need to understand is that they should know how to handle criticism by common people of India, if the police of our country go with the politicians complaints of defamatory remarks, the day will not be far when whole of the country will be booked for sharing some kind of comments against some politician.

If these politicians are really true then why shall they worry about the comments, in fact they create more shame for themselves by using the IT act against the people of India. Let’s hope that coming years will give enough common sense to our so called leaders on how to face criticism on Facebook, Twitter and other social media properties on internet. The internet users in India are growing every second and their freedom of speech just can’t be killed by the hands of these politicians who are elected only by the people of India.

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Indian Army Colonel smuggling drugs worth Rs 20 crore

25 Feb

Colonel Ajay Choudhury arrested for smuggling drugs in ManipurAfter the tainted Politicians, Indian bureaucrats involved in the recent chopper deal scandal, now it’s the Indian army personnel adding more shame to the defense ministry. So far many of us in India were/are living in a belief that Indian army is a group of true civilians who at any cost will never let the country down, please correct yourself if you are the one living under such an high belief for our Indian Army because it looks like the Indian army’s obsession to serve mother India is no more the case now and greed for money has been injected into our country’s prestigious army troops as well.

In one of the biggest drug hauls in the State of Manipur, Colonel Ajay Choudhury a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Press Information Bureau (Defense Wing), was caught along with five persons by Manipur police Commandos while trying to smuggle illicit drugs (pseudoephedrine tablets) worth Rs 20 crores into Myanmar through the border town Moreh. This is third time in less than two months that Manipur police have seized large consignment of drugs in the State.

The commando team arrested six persons who were in the three vehicles. The first vehicle was a Bolero from which they arrested Colonel Ajay Chowdhary,49 years, of Bihar infantry posted at M sector Imphal as a Public relation officer(Ministry of Defence) along with his companion who is also the Assistant manager of Indigo Airlines in Manipur and an Indigo security staff officer identified as Ngairangbam Brojendro, 40 years. They were driving with three carton boxes, one suit case, six gunny bags and one big carry bag containing illegal tablets. Second vehicle was again a Bolero from which they arrested Haupu Haokip, 28 years, along with another occupant identified as Minthang  Doungel, 29 years. Their vehicle had two big size airbags, five carton boxes and one gunny bag containing tablets. The third vehicle was a Tata Safari and was driven by Minlin Haokip, 25 years, and another occupant in the front seat said to be an army personal of 165 Infantry Battalion posted in Assam. They were caught with eight big size gunny bags, one carton box and five airbags.

When questioned about the seizure, Colonel Ajay Choudhury reportedly told police that he was not aware of the goods and thought they were the personnel goods of his travelling colleagues. Later it was also found that the vehicles used by the PRO defence was bearing double registration number plates: one, with a  fake number above the original number plate bearing MN04A / 6968, with the fake number MN04 / 8390 stuck above.

Ajay Chaudhary said he was “cheated” by “nephew of a very senior officer” into accompanying him. He said “Yesterday, the nephew of a very senior officer whom I know had come to me. I have met him two or three times at his place. He said he had come to trade in Moreh and a few people harassed him enroute to Moreh, I asked him what it was, he said nothing just a few things that I deal with. There will be a few packages I would be taking in my car. So you don’t have to worry. So I said OK…,” Chaudhary also asked his friend from IndiGo Airlines who agreed to join him so that they could do some shopping in Moreh.

Now if all the story which Mr. Ajay Chaudhary is narrating for his innocence, why in the world he had a fake number on his vehicle? According to some news agencies, PRO Ajay Chowdhary had confessed and revealed that it is not the first time that he had carried drug consignments to the border town of Moreh and that he had already made five to six trips for which he gets Rs 6 lakhs per trip.

When Indian cops turn rapist

25 Feb

Indian cops protecting women - Image by lankaviews.comHere is an incident which further taints the image of our Indian police and their commitment towards prevention of crime against women in India. In Aldur, a village in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, the Aldur police on February 16, 2013 arrested a woman in connection with a chain-snatching that took place in 2011. The women used to rob gold ornaments and sell them through an accomplice in Bangalore. Five policemen, including Sub Inspector (SI), a female assistant SI and three constables which included a female constable of the Aldur police station brought the women to Bangalore to recover items she was accused of having stolen and also to arrest a co-accused.

The male police staff was lodged in a room, while the accused and the two policewomen were lodged separately in another room. According to the complaint filed by the woman, the SI summoned her to his room and raped her. Later, two police constables also raped her. She said “We stayed at a lodge in Bangalore. The SI and two constables raped me and threatened me not to reveal the incident to others. The woman constable did not come to my rescue”.  She further added “They threatened to rape my 12-year-old daughter if I informed the judge about the incident. Though the judge asked me if I was harassed by the police, I could not say anything”.

The woman victim met the Chikmagalur Superintendent of Police N. Shashi Kumar and lodged a written complaint against the SI and the two constables. Pratap Reddy, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), has suspended five police personnel, attached to Aldur police station, in connection with the alleged rape of a woman detained in a theft case. Those suspended are police sub-inspector K.R. Shivakumar, assistant sub-inspector Nandini Shetti, and constables Gururaj, K.B. Mahesh and Kruthika. The woman victim and the SI Shivakumar have undergone a medical test while the two constables Mahesh and Gururaj are said to be absconding. The IG, Mr. Pratap reddy said “we will take action based on the medical report and the report from the Forensic Science Laboratory”. It’s a shame that our Indian police even after the horrifying incident of Delhi gang rape case hasn’t learnt to respect women of our country.

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Markandey Katju: A former Supreme Court judge with short temper

22 Feb

Markandey Katju loosing his temper in an inteviewMarkandey Katju is the Chairman of Press Council of India and a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. The Press Council of India is one of the most important statutory bodies in India that governs the conduct of the print media. Katju recently wrote an article in a national daily against the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Katju in his article said “The truth today is that Muslims in Gujarat are terrorized and afraid that if they speak out against the horrors of 2002 they may be attacked and victimized. In the whole of India, Muslims (who are over 200 million of the people of India) are solidly against Modi (though there are a handful of Muslims who for some reason disagree.” Katju further wrote: “It is said by his supporters that Modi has no hand in the killings of Muslims in 2002 and it is also said that he had not been found guilty by any court of law. I do not want to comment on our judiciary but I certainly do not buy the story that Modi had no hand in the events of 2002. He was the chief minister of Gujarat at that time, and the horrible events happened on a large scale in Gujarat. Can it be believed that he had no hand in the events of 2002? At least I find it impossible to believe it.”

Markandey Katju cartoonBefore we start bashing Katju for his remarks let us make it clear that klpdindia.com is not a supporter of BJP or Congress or any political parties in India. We found Katju’s remarks on Modi too provocative to an extent that could disturb the communal harmony of our country. What in the world motivated Katju to comment on an even that happened twelve years ago, why was he silent so far? Is it because media is giving enough footage to Modi as a prime minister candidate for 2014? It really makes no sense for a chairman of press council of India speaking against any individual or a political party. His statement clearly divides our nation; it provokes our Muslim brothers to form a wrong opinion about a chief minister who has so far done fairly well for his state as compared to the others. The 2002 incident of Gujarat was a shameful event which was carried by the religious-goons or the anti-social elements of our society who in the name of religion can go to any extent.

Katju was also the former judge of Supreme Court, being retired from such a prestigious post; one would expect him to be more sensible towards sensitive cases like Gujrat-2002 case. Another wild nature of Katju came into limelight during his interview with a news channel India news. The interview proves his impatient nature and his tolerance level, with this kind of volatile nature one wonder what kind of judgments he might have passed during his tenure as the Supreme Court judge.

Here is Katju’s interview:

In December 2012, Katju in one of his remarks said ’90 per cent of Indians are fools’ but later on clarified by saying that it was meant to awaken people to the realities of social evils like casteism, communalism in the country. May God help India from people like Markandey Katju.

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K Sudhakaran: Another shameful minister

19 Feb

K Sudhakaran a congress MP on Suryanelli rape caseIn India a minister can easily get away from anything, be it a rape or bribe or some act of corruption. Now a whole new trend has started by these ministers who on public forums speak unethical and irresponsible things. Somebody has to tell these ministers that they need to watch their words spoken in public, because it not only creates shame for them but also creates humiliation for the country. In yet another incident the Lok Sabha Congress MP from Kannur, K Sudhakaran made dirty comments about the girl victim of the Suryanelli rape case.

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K Sudhakaran, during a media interaction in Muscat made comments on the victim of Suryanelli and referred her as a prostitute.  He said “Those who knew the history of the girl would understand the fact. She had several occasions to escape from the torture, but she stayed at the place of rape. What the former high court judge R Basant stated about her was true. He is an upright and bold judge. What he stated was based on the evidence. The girl had little self-respect to tell her story before the media. It is a big question whether Kerala’s conscious can accommodate this practice of making people fool”.

Sudhakaran’s statement came in support for his fellow congress man PJ Kurien who is facing serious charges in the Suryanelli rape case. It’s really hard to understand the civic sense of the Indian ministers, their level of education and the sick mentality which they display every now and then while addressing the media. Let’s assume for a moment that the girl is a prostitute, does that gives any minister like Sudhakaran to speak ill and use indecent words for the girl in public. Clearly this reflects the kind of respect these ministers have for the women in our country, the sad part is, we the people of India or the Indian judicial system can do nothing about such kind of statements made in public, especially when it comes from the mouth of powerful Indian politicians. These ministers should display at least some kind of maturity and social responsibility towards the citizens of India. It’s really sad to see such kind of people with sick mind-set sitting in our parliament and framing new laws for our country. One only wonders what kind of contribution these types of sick ministers bring to the table of parliament?

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Tirupati Balaji Temple: The richest temple with no values

19 Feb

Tirupati Balaji temple in Tirumala

Located in the hills of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, the Balaji temple in Tirumala, most popularly known as Tirupati Balaji is the richest temple of India in terms of revenues. Just to give our readers an idea about the mindboggling collection of this temple, on April 1, 2012 the collection of Hundi (offering box) amounted to Rs 5.73 crores/1.05 million USD. Temple’s yearly revenue is somewhere around Rs 2000 crores per year. That’s a lot of money for a country where 80% of the population barely ears $1 a day. The Balaji temple is governed by TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple and oversees the operations and finances of the richest and the most visited religious centre in the world. TTD trust is also involved in various social, religious, literary and educational activities within Andhra Pradesh and India. It runs various degree colleges, junior colleges and high schools for boys and girls, in and around Tirupati. Going by amount of revenue earned by the temple, one would expect the temple to be maintained by people who really care for the thousands of devotees who pour in huge numbers each day just to get the glimpse of their respected lord Balaji, well that’s not the case at all. Here is an incident as reported by one of the devotees who visited Balaji temple for darshan on Feb 17, 2013, the day which is celebrated as ‘Ratha sapthami’ festival.

The devotee started his darshan journey around 8:00 AM in the morning from Tirupati bus stand, the bus ticket counter for the tickets to Tirumal (where the temple is situated) was crowded with people literally fighting their way to buy the tickets, no arrangements were made by the TTD to ease the process of buying bus tickets to the lords’ place. After buying the tickets, to get a place in the bus was another horrifying story, the devotee had to virtually fight it out with fellow devotees to get a place in the bus to Tirumala. Anyways the devotee finally reached the temple premises around 9:00 AM and immediately joined the long waiting darshan queue, after a long wait and snail pace through the co-called Vaikuntam Queue Complex which leads to the main temple, the devotee finally got the darshan around 4:30 PM in the evening. The temple was decorated with flowers and stuff but no arrangements had been made to ease down the waiting time for the devotees. The sad part of the story was the way the TTD security people were treating the devotees, the devotees were literally kicked by the security guys after they reached the God’s place, after waiting for six hours in the queue the devotees were not expected to even spend three seconds in front of the God, ones who dared to bow in front of the God for a second or so were pushed and thrashed by the TTD security people.

The famous Laddu Prasad line was nearly a 2 km long queue with no security officials to manage the chaos happening in the queue, people were smacking the fellow devotees who tried to barge in the line. The temple’s surrounding area was barricaded for processions of Ratha sapthami festival celebrations. Our devotee in question, after collecting the Laddus, while trying to make his way out of the temple area unknowingly entered in the area where he was humiliated and abused by the TTD security person. The devotee politely asked the security guy a way out or the way to exit the premises, but the security person in return simply humiliated and abused him for walking down in the wrong area, the security guy apart from the abusive words didn’t tell him the way out of the premises and the devotee had to actually find it out himself the way out.

It’s kind of shame that TTD even after having out of the world income from devotees donation is least bothered about the people who visit their temple, they know that whatever happens or however they treat the people, people will visit the temple for the sake of God. It’s a shame that our country’s governance takes the common people for a ride; TTD who runs so many education institutes can’t even educate their own security personals on how to treat its pilgrims. We sincerely request the people of India that do not visit Tirupati Balaji’s temple more than once a year for this temple is handled by rude authorities who in the process of taking care of God have themselves become God. It’s about time that the temple caretakers like TTD should understand the value of common people of the country who are the only reason behind their income and success of the temple. Do remember that Lord Balaji will always help the good souls, so just be good and don’t worry about the temple visits.

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PJ Kurien: Latest addition to India’s list of shameful ministers

15 Feb

Indian women cartoon by Manoj KureelLadies and gentlemen please put your hands together and welcome yet another character of Indian politics who is about to add more shame to our largest democracy of the world, and this time it’s none other than the speaker of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien who is accused of raping a minor Girl in Kerala. The Rajya Sabha is the upper house of the Indian parliament and has special powers to make laws in respect of any matter in the national interest. PJ Kurien is deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha and takes care of the day-to-day matters of the house. It’s really sad and shocking for the people of India that a person like Kurien who holds such an important position in the Indian parliament is involved in such a horrifying case. So what is this case and how is Kuiren involved in this?

It started way back on January 16, 1996 when a 9th standard girl at Little Flower Convent School in Munnarwa, Kerala was abducted by a bus conductor. After the abduction, the victim was transferred to two others, one of whom a woman and the other a lawyer, victim was presented to the high and mighty in the state’s socio-political spectrum and raped by several persons, the girl was kept in illegal custody in various cities of Kerala and was sexually harassed for one month before she was set free on February 26, 1996. She was given a small amount of money and threatened for dire consequences if she told anyone about what had happened.  The case is known as the Suryanelli rape case, Suryanelli is a village in the backward district of Idukki in Kerala.

On March 28, 1996 the girl’s father submitted a petition to then chief minister AK Antony with a submission by the victim that she had identified from a photo in the Mathrubhumi (Malayalam language newspaper) that one of the assailants was former Union Minister PJ Kurien, who was called Baaji in the testimony. No evidence was found against Kurien and it was opined that Kurien could not have visited the girl at Kumily rest house during the time mentioned by her. Worst part was that Kurien was never interrogated by police in spite of victims’ complaint. However, the victim’s father filed a private complaint in the court of the first class magistrate at Peerumedu, with Kurien as a prime accused. Two witnesses confirmed that they had seen Kurian at the Kumily house during the days as alleged by the victim. In May 1999, the Peerumade first class judicial magistrate court had issued a direction to file a charge sheet against Kurian on the basis of a private complaint filed by the victim, but using influence at the Centre, Kurian managed to get an injunction from the Supreme Court against this indictment. In 1999, under public pressure, the government set up the State’s first-ever Special Court to try a case of sexual assault. A serious inquiry conducted by a team led by Inspector-General of Police Sibi Mathew bringing the culprits to book. On September 6, 2000, the Special Court sentenced 35 persons to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms. Kerala High Court refused to include Kurien as a defendant on April 4, 2007 for the lack of evidence. The worst part was that High Court even declared that the victim was a willing partner. Supreme Court of India dismissed a petition filed by Kerala Government challenging the High Court’s refusal to charge P J Kurien.

PJ KurienOn Jan 31, 2013, the Supreme Court set aside a Kerala High Court verdict acquitting 35 men accused of rape. The Supreme Court also expressed shock over the findings of the high court that the victim was a willing partner. According to the apex court, the high court did not look at the evidence properly and directed that the case be re-judged again within six month.  An interesting turn came to the Suryanelli case on February 11, 2013 when Dharmarajan, the convict who is absconding after obtaining bail, told a television channel that Sibi Mathews, who headed the special investigation team, had pressured him not to mention about Kurien’s alleged involvement in the case. Dharmarjan, who was charged with taking the girl to several places for 40 days between January and February in 1996 and sentenced to five years by the High Court, said that Kurien was spared the identification parade conducted as part of investigations.  He told Mathrubhumi News from an undisclosed place in Karnataka “I took Kurien in my Ambassador car to the Kumily Guest house, Why should I lie on that, I am ready to swear by my deceased father”

Suryanelli case is yet another example of how our Indian politicians exploit the laws of the land to their personal benefits, the funny part is that after such shameful allegations these people still dare to be in politics and become part of the parliamentary system which defines new laws for the country. How can a person like Kurien with such an allegation are even allowed to enter our parliament?

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Justice Verma Committee Report: Recommending action or giving Gyan

24 Jan

Verma Committee report after Delhi Gang Rape

Justice J. S. Verma (centre) with Justice Leila Seth (left) and Gopal Subramaniam

Justice Verma committee, a three member committee headed by Justice JS Verma(former chief justice of India) was formed after the brutal gang rape of a 23 year old women in Delhi to suggest the amendments to laws relating to crime against women. The committee after its formation had issued a notice seeking suggestions from the public by email or fax, the deadline of submitting such suggestions was set to 5th January 2013.The committee was given a deadline of 30 days to submit their report, a 631-page report was finalized in 29 days and was submitted on January 23, 2013 to the home ministry of India.

According to Mr. Verma, the committee received 80,000 suggestions from Indians, women activists and students from all over the world. Now coming to the point of how effective the Verma committee report is, first of all does it sound real that it took only 29 days to review 80,000 suggestions and come up with a final 631-page report. Surely Mr Verma a 79 year old and the other two members in the committee, Leila Seth-82 years and Gopal Subramaniam-54 years must have worked like super computers to have come up with 631-page report in just 29 days to challenge the current weak laws pertaining to crime against women in India. The Verma Committee, which was constituted by the Indian government, a move to calm down the Indian police and rape victims in India cartoonprotesters on the streets, has again failed to address one basic problem which is amending the current laws on crime against women to an extent that no Tom, Dick or Harry on the streets of India even dare to think about committing any type of crime against women. The Verma committee suggestions are more like gyan or best practices or a roadmap which in some form are already part of the current judicial system. The Verma committee in their report have only suggested and preached the obvious things which we all agree to and no major steps have been taken to create a state of fear in the mind of criminals or future criminals.

Here are key highlights of the report:

No alteration of the legally defined age of juvenile from 18 to 16 years.
- A key demand by Indians after one of the accused involved in the Delhi gang-rape was found to be below 18 years.

Whoever commits the offence of rape shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than seven years but may extend to imprisonment for life.
- Why not death sentence?

Gang-rape will entail a punishment of not less than 20 years, which also may extend to life.
- Why not death sentence?

Gang-rape followed by death shall be punished with life imprisonment.
- Why not death sentence?

MPs facing criminal charges should vacate their seats to honor the Parliament.
- Why not they be barred from politics completely?

Acid attacks would be punished by up to seven years.
- Just seven years for spoiling someone’s life?

A separate Bill of Rights for women that entitles a woman a life of dignity and security.
- Verma Committee’s gyan.

Punishment for causing death or a persistent vegetative state shall be given rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years but may be for life also.
- Why not death sentence?

Establish a new constitutional authority similar to CAG for education and non-discrimination of women and children for proper audit of laws.
- Creating another category of police, will it help?

Increase the strength of judges without affecting the quality.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Implement police reforms for better autonomy and functioning of the police force.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Government must tackle trafficking of children and maintain data on the same.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

Make sure that law enforcement agencies do not become tools at the hands of political masters.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

Bring transparency and accountability to the functioning of all institutions of governance.
- Whole India knows this since long, nothing new.

The ambiguity on who is responsible for the law and order issues in Delhi should be removed with an immediate effect.
- Delhi state government vs. central government issue, a long known fact to fool Delhi people.

All marriages should be registered. Magistrate should ensure that no dowry is taken.
- Verma Committee’s gyan.

Any officer who fails to report a case of rape or delays the same should be punished.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

The committee has framed a protocol for medical examination of rape victim. The same should be followed.
- Addresses how to handle a rape case rather than preventing rape.

Sexual violence against women perpetrated by armed forces should be brought under the purview of ordinary law.
- Shame on Indian Government/Police if it’s currently not happening.

Will Verma Committee suggestions help prevent crime against women in India?

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