7 cops among 18 booked for Kalayat minor’s rape
The police have booked 18 persons, including seven cops, in connection with the alleged rape of a minor in Kaithal’s Kalayat block.
The victim, in her police complaint, alleged a police official raped her and her mother at their house in Kaithal’s Haripur village, while others, including a sarpanch and a former sarpanch of Haripur village, stood guard outside.
A case was registered under Sections 120 B, 323, 342, 376-D, 384 and 506 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act on Tuesday night.
Of the seven accused police officers, one is a woman ASI posted in a women’s police station. The rest are from a single police station.
Kaithal Superintendent of Police Aastha Modi said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by a DSP-rank officer had been constituted.
Sources said the victim, in her complaint, also alleged she was forced by the accused to record a statement against her father in a molestation case.
A couple of months ago, the girl had filed a case of molestation against her father and recorded a statement under Section 164 of the CrPC. Subsequently, the father was arrested. On the second hearing of the case, the girl retracted from her statement, following which the father was granted bail.
The girl alleged she was raped during the investigation of the molestation case and forced to give a complaint against her father.
A Special Investigation Team led by a DSP-rank officer constituted
Of the seven accused police officers, one is a woman ASI
The victim, in her complaint, alleged she was forced by the accused to record a statement against her father in a molestation case
A couple of months ago, the girl had filed a case of molestation against her father. Subsequently, the father was arrested.
On the second hearing of the case, the girl retracted from her statement, following which the father was granted bail.
Crime against women on rise in Panipat
- Crime against women has been on the rise in the district, so suggest the figures available with the Panipat police
- In nine months this year (till September 20), 103 cases were registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, while only 84 cases were registered under the Act last year.
- On an average, 2.5 cases of crime against woman were registered every day in the past nine months.
- The number of domestic violence cases is also on the rise in the district. In 2017, 13 dowry deaths were reported, while eight deaths have been reported up to September.
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Dengue cases rise to 52 in Karnal
With seven new confirmed cases of dengue, the Health Department has stated that the number of cases in the district has risen to 52. If sources in private hospitals are to be believed, the number could be higher as several patients are getting treatment there.
As many as 52 cases have been found to be positive, while the number was 234 last year, said Dr Saroj, Deputy Civil Surgeon (Malaria).
She said the authorities had cancelled leaves of all employees and conducted special anti-larvae campaigns in the district. As many as 23,877 households and 6,114 coolers were checked, out of which 498 households and 161 coolers were found to be carrying larvae. After this campaign, they have served notices to 195 households and made 2,030 slides, Dr Saroj stated.
Private hospitals have been warned not to confirm dengue till its confirmation through Elisa test, conducted by the state laboratory of the Health Department, she added.
Whether the government has made arrangements to stop dengue?
Khattar writes to Jaitley to reduce customs duty
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider reducing customs duty on mutilated rags, used as ‘industrial raw material’, in the interest of spinning manufacturers of the state.
Khattar, in a written communication to the Finance Minister, said the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customss had increased the customs duty on Textile Chapter 63.10 from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, which had adversely affected the shoddy spinning manufacturers. He said the consequent steep rise in the production cost had seriously threatened their economic viability.
The Chief Minister said there were more than 200 units of shoddy spinning and end spinning in Panipat, which consume mutilated rags as an ‘industrial raw material’. They manufacture home furnishing products not only for exports but also for cheap quality blankets, durries, shawls, lohies etc used mainly by the poor of our nation, Khattar wrote in his letter.
Will the government reduce the tax?
One more woman says Rewari key accused tried to rape her
A Dalit woman from Rewari’s Nayagaon, a mother of three, has told the police that Nishu Phogat, the key accused in the Rewari gangrape case, had tried to rape her in September last year and that she had approached the police and the panchayat, but was told to keep mum.
We had earlier reported that the rape accused had targeted another woman but the panchayat had closed the matter after facilitating a “compromise”. Subsequently, the local DSP deputed a team in Nayagaon and the victim mustered courage to speak out. “I was cutting grass when I felt somebody groping me. It was Nishu. He tried pinning me to the ground. As I screamed, some women rushed to my help. They were carrying scythes. This scared him off.”
The victim said she narrated the incident to her husband and they went to Nishu’s home, but he was not there. “I went to the Nahar police station. They told me to sort out the matter through the panchayat.
“We approached the panchayat. I was not allowed at the meeting. Later, I learnt they had paid my husband compensation.”
Rewari SP Rahul Sharma said they would seek Nishu'’ remand to question him in the matter. “We will also probe the panchayat role.”
Should the accused get severe punishment?
Karnal stands 7th in country
Achieved 70% with open defecation-free status
Adding another feather to its cap, Karnal district has achieved seventh position across the country and third in north zone in Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2018 by securing 96.8 marks out of 100 in all parameters set for the survey conducted between August 1 and 31 by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharati on Tuesday honoured Karnal Additional Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, Indri BDPO Angrej Singh and Haibatpur sarpanch Rajpal for their contribution towards this goal during a programme in New Delhi.
Karnal (urban) had already secured first place in Haryana and 41st rank in India out of more than 4,000 cities in Swachh Survekshan-2018. Karnal district was the leader in Swachhta Pakhwada in August 2017.
Yadav appreciated the efforts of all gram panchayats and officials associated with the project. He said Labour and Employment Minister Nayab Singh Saini on July 28 launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2018 for rural areas of Karnal and administered oath of cleanliness.
“With open defecation-free status in January 2017, we achieved 70 per cent marks. Achieving 30 per cent marks was a challenge. We identified focus areas and made people aware by putting up banners at public places in villages. A sanitation chariot was launched by Deputy Commissioner Aditya Dahiya,” said Yadav.
He said the focus was on cleaning of waste water. Villagers were sensitised on adopting techniques to make compost from kitchen waste and use kitchen waste as manure in kitchen gardens, he maintained.
He said a campaign was started to use green dustbins for wet waste and blue ones for dry waste. He said special cleanliness drives were organised at public places and school students organised cleanliness rallies.
He said nukkad nataks, mohalla sabhas and vigilance committees were supported to maintain continuity of open defecation free status. He said the people were educated to give feedback on a mobile app launched by the government.