Gurukul students allege sodomy by seniors, staffers
Several students of classes V and VI at a Gurukul located in Ladhaut village of the district have alleged that they had been sodomised by their senior students and some staffers.
The matter reportedly came to light when the parents of some students came to meet them on the occasion of Rakhi. The children said after being sodomised, they were beaten up and threatened with dire consequences if they disclosed the matter.
On hearing the horrific tales narrated by their children, their parents took them to the Sadar police station and lodged their complaint.
SHO Sadar Manjit Singh said a case under Sections 202, 323, 34, 377 and 506 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act had been registered regarding the matter on the basis of a complaint lodged by five students of the Gurukul.
"Investigation is on and a clear picture should emerge by tomorrow after verification of facts," he maintained.
District Child Welfare Committee chairman Raj Singh said counseling of the children would be conducted tomorrow. "The children will be provided free legal aid and we will get constant follow-up from the police officials concerned," he added.
The CWC chairman said a team of the committee would visit the gurukul to ascertain the facts and get the version of the management.
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Dera chief gets 3 quintals of mail on his birthday
Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was sentenced to 20-year rigorous imprisonment in two cases of rape on August 28 last year and lodged in Sunaria jail here, have been receiving a large number of letters and greeting cards from his followers from different parts of the country as well as abroad.
“We are getting rakhis addressed to the dera chief for several days. He is also being sent greeting cards for his birthday which fell on August 15,” said Jagdish Budhwar, a postal official at Sunaria post office.
Ram Rahim’s followers continue to throng the Sunaria jail complex and getting turned back by the police personnel deployed on the road leading to the jail. Some dera followers, who were found standing on the road facing the jail premises with folded hands, were detained by the police in June.
As per jail officials, the dera head does not have any special privileges or facilities and is being kept as a common prisoner as per the jail manual. He is lodged in a high-security cell along with one or two nambardars (old prisoners).
Ram Rahim works as a gardener and cultivates vegetables, for which he gets a remuneration of Rs 20 per day. He weighed more than 100 kg when he was brought to the jail a year ago, but has lost nearly 15 kg during his stay at the jail.
As per official sources, he has not left the jail premises for a single day during his first year at the jail and appears for court hearings from the prison through video-conferencing.
The dera head’s day begins early in the morning with some walk and yoga within his enclosure. Then he works in the kitchen garden. He gets food prepared for the prisoners and reads books and newspapers in his spare time.
The dera head, who used to cry aloud in his initial days at the jail, is said to have reconciled to the jail routine. His family members and lawyers have been visiting him on a regular basis.
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Qualification no issue in new job rules for sportspersons
Out-of-turn employment for medal winners to be matter of right
Had Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s women T-20 skipper who was recently demoted from the post of the DSP to constable by the Punjab Government after her graduation degree was found fake, been in Haryana, she would not have been stripped of the DSP’s post.
The soon-to-be-notified rules for out-of-turn jobs to sportspersons who win medals for the country provide them employment as of right because of the statutory force behind them and also give the sportsperson choice to acquire educational degree or remain at the post without any administrative powers.
Sources said if a person becomes eligible for the post of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) or Haryana Police Services (HPS) by virtue of medal won by him/her for the country as per the soon-to-be notified rules for out-of-turn jobs to the sportspersons, he or she upon application, will be given these posts irrespective of his/her qualification.
Sources, however, said that the appointee may be required to complete specific courses or training within the probation period, which may be considered essential to discharge the responsibilities meant for the job.
“But even if an HCS or an HPS officer appointed on basis of one’s sports achievements fails to fulfil the conditions of educational qualification, he or she will not lose job, but will be designated as HCS (sports) and HPS (sports) official. The person will also be eligible for promotion. The only thing is that he or she will not be assigned administrative work. The government may assign such person any responsibility for the promotion of sports,” said sources in the Sports Department.
Hence, had Harmanpreet Kaur been a sportsperson from Haryana and had she been eligible to be made a DSP by virtue of her sporting achievements, she would not have been demoted from the post of the DSP to constable as the Punjab government did.
Rather, she would have been designated as DSP (Sports) and instead of giving her policing function, the government would have utilised her services for the promotion of sports.
Another important aspect of the soon-to-be-notified rules for the out-of-turn jobs for sportspersons is that these have been made under Article 309 of the Constitution and have statutory force behind them.
“It will not be at the whims of the government to provide job to one and deny it to another sportsperson. Once, a sportsperson has acquired eligibility by virtue of one’s achievement and has applied for the post, he or she will have the legal right over the post and can approach the competent court in case of denial,” the sources added.
“The policy is merely statement of intent of the government to pursue a particular programme, while the rules framed under Article 309 of the Constitution have statutory force behind them,” said the sources.
Anil Vij, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister, Haryana, said that the government would notify the rules within the next one or two days and then release an advertisement asking the eligible sportspersons to apply for the posts.
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Delay in reaching hospital reason for death : Report
Director-General (Health Services) Satish Agarwal on Friday submitted the investigation report in the death case of the newborn in Sonepat to Health Minister Anil Vij.
It was mentioned in the report that the ambulance was stuck in traffic for about 20 to 30 minutes due to the jam caused by the cycle rally of state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar. Vij said on the basis of certain evidence, the main reason for the death of the newborn was delay in reaching the hospital.
It was mentioned in the report that a call was received at the Sonepat office of the National Ambulance Service for ambulance from Divya Private Hospital, Maniyari Pyau, at 11.21 a.m. to refer a newborn to Civil Hospital, Sonepat. Acting swiftly, the hospital sent an ambulance from the Community Health Centre, Badkhalsa, at 11.22 a.m. which reached Divya Hospital within 10 minutes.
As per the report, it usually took 15 minutes to reach Civil Hospital from Divya Hospital, but that day, the ambulance got stuck in the jam caused due to the cycle rally and reached the hospital after about 20 to 30 minutes. Thereafter, the newborn was taken to Special Newborn Care Unit where doctors found that the newborn was in a critical condition with low heartbeat. Doctors made their best efforts, but were unsuccessful and referred the newborn to the PGIMS, Rohtak, where he died during treatment. Vij said the police had been directed to register a case in the matter and an FIR had been registered in this regard.
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Faith restored in judiciary : Mirchpur Dalits
Dalits of Mirchpur village in Hisar stated that the Delhi High Court verdict awarding life term to the guilty in the Mirchpur arson case had reaffirmed their faith in justice. They said the convicts belonging to the Jat community were facing the consequences of what they did to fellow Dalit villagers.
The Delhi High Court upheld the conviction of 13 members of the Jat community for burning alive a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically challenged daughter in Mirchpur village in April 2010. It reversed the acquittal of 20 accused for “coordinated and premeditated” attack on the Balmiki Basti, that forced 254 Balmiki families to flee their homes.
“As you sow, so shall you reap. The High Court verdict is the result of the crime they committed over eight years ago. It shows that law and justice prevail in the country. We do not have much hope from the government and political system, but have full faith in the judiciary,” said 59-year-old Om Prakash.
He had been putting up at Tanwar farmhouse on the outskirts of Hisar. His nephew Sanjay Kumar, one of the arson victims, died some months after the incident.
Dilbagh Singh, a 46-year-old Dalit who had deposed in court in the case, stated that they were satisfied with the punishment awarded to the convicts.
“Before the violence, we were living in peace in the village. The atmosphere got vitiated after the incident. I was employed as safai karamchari on a temporary basis after the incident. I have not visited the village for two years and I do not have a job now. It is better to work as a daily wager in town than to go back to the village,” he said.
Satyawan, another witness in the case, said they were satisfied with the decision, but would file a petition against the acquittal of many others. “I have talked to many persons living in the village after the decision. They are content with the punishment. The situation is peaceful in the village,” he said.
Most members of families of the convicts refused to talk to mediapersons. Tension was palpable in their locality, with streets wearing a deserted look. Some upper caste persons said on the condition of anonymity that the decision had affected many families as their breadwinners would have to go to jail.
“These families have been ruined and are in a state of shock. In some families, no male member has been spared,” said a villager, blaming the media for creating hype in the aftermath of the incident.