Two minors raped in Hisar; Are the girls safe in Haryana?
Teacher assaults Class III girl, while father violates teenager
A student of primary government school was allegedly raped by her class teacher at a village of the Narnaund region of the district. The incident occurred on Friday. The accused teacher, Satyawan, was arrested soon after the family lodged a complaint on night.
Enraged over the incident, the villagers on Monday locked the school and demanded immediate suspension of the accused teacher and transfer of the entire school staff.
The DSP, Narender Kadian, rushed to the spot and placated the protesters.
The victim, a Class III student, told her parents that the class teacher took her to a toilet of the school on Friday during school hours and committed the crime.
The teacher allegedly threatened the girl that he would strike off her name from the school if she revealed the incident to anybody.
When the girl complained of pain on Sunday evening, her parents took her to a doctor, who informed the parents that the girl had been raped. Later, after counselling the girl revealed the incident.
District Education Officer Baljeet Sehrawat said the accused teacher had been suspended and they had also recommended termination of his services to the higher authorities. He also accepted the demand for transfer of other staff as well.
In another incident, a 13-year-old girl, a student of Class VIII, alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her father in a village in the Barwala block of the district.
The accused is father of three girls – the youngest is three years of age. His wife is suffering from paralysis, thus unable to move.
The accused’s wife heard screams of her daughter who returned home from her aunt’s house recently. She saw her husband (victim’s father) sexually assaulting the girl.
The woman informed her sister about the incident. During counselling, the girl revealed that her father sexually assaulted her first time in March 2017. Afterwards, she left home and started living with her mother’s sister in another village of the Agroha block of the district. But whenever she had to return home for some work, her father used to rape her.
The victim’s aunt informed the village sarpanch, who called the police. Police spokesperson Harish Bhardwaj said the police on Monday arrested the father and produced him in a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody.
Pollution board orders closure of 8 industrial units in Panipat; Whether it is necessary for industries to shut down industries?
Directs UHBVN to disconnect power supplies to industries
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered the closure of eight industrial units in the district for violating norms. The CPCB directed the UHBVN to disconnect power connections of these units.
Sources said that teams of the CPCB had raided various industrial units in May to assess the adequacy of the existing pollution control measures under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986.
On May 14, the team raided Shivalik Prints and Shree Krishna Industries in the industrial area, but found the units closed.
On May 17, the teams raided Naveen Processors in Phase-1 here and RKH Handicraft (P) Limited in Sector 25 (Part-2) and both the units were found closed. The team inspected NK Fastner in Samalkha and the unit was found violating the pollution control norms. The team also visited Mittal Steels in the industrial area, Samalkha, and found the unit functioning without the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and untreated waste was being discharged into the open.
On May 21, the team raided Prakash Woolen Mills in the industrial area, but the unit, too, was found closed.
On May 24, the CPCB team visited VSP Enterprises on the Chulkana road near Kiwana village and found the ETP non-operational and effluent was found overflowing outside the unit.
On the basis of the report submitted by the inspecting teams, CPCB Chairman SP Parihar directed to close down all eight industrial units. The chairman also ordered that the units should not resume operation until permission was obtained for the same from the CPCB.
The CPCB also directed the MD, UHBVN, to disconnect industrial electricity connections of these units and supply power only for the domestic and security purposes.
- May 14, CPCB team raids Shivalik Prints and Shree Krishna Industries and finds the units closed.
- May 17, teams raid Naveen Processors and RKH Handicraft (P) Limited, but find the units closed. The team inspects NK Fastner in Samalkha and finds the unit violating pollution control norms.
- May 17, the team visits Mittal Steels in the industrial area, Samalkha, and finds the unit functioning without the Effluent Treatment Plant.
- May 21, team raids Prakash Woolen Mills in the industrial area and finds the unit, too, closed.
- On May 24, team visits VSP Enterprises near Kiwana village and finds the ETP non-operational.
Rein in sexual harassment at workplace, govt reminds depts; Is safety of women necessary?
With several government departments not showing seriousness in effective implementation of laws related to sexual harassment of women at workplace, the state government has yet again drawn their attention towards the issue.
Raja Sekhar Vundru, Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Department, on Monday wrote to administrative secretaries of all departments on the issue.
“The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, came into force on December 9, 2013. The state government has notified deputy commissioners as district officers to exercise powers and discharge functions under the Act,” says Vundru’s letter.
Drawing attention of the administrative secretaries towards the writ petition —Initiative for Inclusion Foundation Vs Union of India — pending in the Supreme Court, the letter says the petitioner has prayed that all states and union territories should implement the Act and rules made under it without any further delay.
With the letter, a brief note highlighting relevant sections of the Act has also been sent to the departments.
Earlier in February, the Women and Child Development Department had written to all DCs asking them to constitute Local Complaints Committees (LCCs) in their respective districts.
Sources said most DCs have already constituted LCCs in their respective districts and appointed nodal officers under Section 6 of the Act. However, many departments, boards, corporations and other bodies are yet to take such measures.
Notably, even the office of the Chief Secretary did not have a LCC in place when a woman IAS officer used Facebook with a complaint of sexual harassment against her boss last month.
It was only after media reports on the issue and the Haryana State Commission for Women took cognisance of the matter that a committee was constituted under Additional Chief Secretary Navraj Sandhu.
Vundru said the Women and Child Development Department was in the process of making a calendar for organising workshops in departments, board and corporations so that awareness could be created on various provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.
He said under the Act, the government also has power to authorise any officer to make inspection of records and workplace in relation to sexual harassment, who would submit a report of such inspection to it within period specified in the order.
Flood control measures along Yamuna incomplete; What if the flood comes, it will be responsible for the administration?
A sense of fear prevails among residents of more than 30 villages located along the Yamuna in the district as work on flood prevention measures is still incomplete even 15 days after the deadline.
However, the authorities claim that the work is in the final stages. The Tribune team found that JCB machines and labourers were still working of new studs. Stones were also being dumped at various places and old studs were not repaired.
Residents of various villages said the flood prevention measures should have been started four months back.
Sources in the administration said the meeting of the flood control measures was held in March and tenders were floated in April and the work of making stone studs was started in Kundakalan and Jammukhala villages at the cost of Rs70 lakh and Rs250 lakh, respectively in May, while the deadline was June 30.
The sources said if the meeting would have been held in January or February, then there would have no delay in making arrangements.
The residents alleged that the department had learnt no lessons from the past.
Suresh Kumar, a resident of Mustafabad village, alleged that their village was prone to flood, but no flood prevention measures had been initiated in the village so far.
Raj Kumar and Bunty, residents of Mustfabad village, said even the old studs along the Yamuna in their village were not repaired.
Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Jammukhala village, alleged that the Irrigation Department had started the work late.
On May 31, Deputy Commissioner Aditya Dahiya toured the flood-prone areas and reprimanded the officials concerned for slow pace of work.
Dahiya said that the officials concerned had been directed to speed up the work.
Rajesh Tonk, SE, Irrigation, said that the work was in its final stages.
In Karnal, 5 held for giving info on RTA staff location; Did this gang give government billions of crores?
Five members of a gang were arrested for allegedly informing transporters through WhatsApp groups the location of Road Transport Authority (RTA) officials so that overload vehicles can have a safe passage.
The police seized three vehicles, seven mobile phones and Rs.1.11 lakh from them.
The accused have been identified as Irfan, Azam, Mubarik and Sufian, all residents of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, and Rehan of Balhera in Gharaunda block of Haryana. They were booked under Sections 420, 453, 186 and 120-B of the IPC, he added.
Virender Singh, in charge, CIA-I, said the police had received a complaint from RTA inspector Munish Kumar regarding a gang chasing vehicles of officials and informing transporters of overloaded vehicles of their locations.
Subsequently, Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Shamsher Singh and other police officials arrested five members of a gang from Meerut road near a Karnal sugar mill while conveying to transporters the location of RTA officials through a WhatsApp group on Saturday evening.
About the modus operandi, the CIA in charge said the accused had several WhatsApp groups with more than 200 transporters or truck drivers in each group. They charged Rs2,000 per month from each transporter. “Group members chase RTA officials from their office and keep on informing transporters their location,” he said.
He added, “Such groups were active in Yamunanagar and Kurukshetra districts as well. Group members convey the location of officials in code words.”
They used WhatsApp
- The accused has several WhatsApp groups with more than 200 transporters or truck drivers in each group
- They charge Rs 2,000 per month from each transporter
- They chase RTA officials from their office and keep on informing transporters their location
- Group members convey the location of officials in code words