20-yr-old attempts suicide after ‘sexual assault’ by teacher; Are the girls safe in private schools?
Depressed over the alleged sexual assault by a physical education teacher with a private school at Nissing in Karnal district, a 20-year-old former student of the school tried to commit suicide by jumping into a canal.
She was rescued by passersby and admitted to a hospital in Nissing, where she was stated to be out of danger. After regaining consciousness, she accused the school principal of supporting the accused. The police booked and arrested accused Manoj Kumar.
The victim, a resident of Nissing, had passed Class XII from SD Model School in the Shiv Mandir area of Nissing. She claimed that she had been sexually harassed by Manoj several times between January and March this year and threatened of dire consequences as well.
“I approached the principal, but she did not help me and asked me to keep quiet to save the reputation of the school. I told my friends about my ordeal, but they were not coming forward to give a statement to the police under pressure from the teacher and principal. I want action against the teacher,” she stated.
She alleged that the Nissing police did not cooperate with her and even misbehaved with her and members of her family. “I was forced to take the extreme step due to police inaction. An FIR was not registered against the principal,” she said.
DSP Gharaunda Virender Kumar refuted the allegations. He pointed out that the physical education teacher accused of sexual harassment had been arrested.
“Before recording her statement under 164 in court, we got her statement recorded before the Child Welfare Committee. She has been changing her statement. In her complaint, she had only blamed the teacher. She made varying statements later,” he said.
“We have registered a case under Sections 354, 354-D and 506 at the Nissing police station and arrested Manoj. An investigation is under way and fresh allegations are being inquired into,” he added.
Despite several attempts, principal Kavita Choudhary could not be contacted. Roshan Lal, president of the school, refused to comment.
Case filed for ‘hurting religious sentiments’; Is this government's move commendable?
The police have registered a case against Viresh Shandilya, president, Anti-Terrorist Front India, on Wednesday for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs.
As per the information, Shandilya had allegedly made remarks against Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and threatened to burn his effigy. Sikh on Wednesday took out a protest march and burnt a flex outside Shandilya’s office.
SHO Ambala City Police Station, said, “A case has been registered against Viresh for hurting religious sentiments under Sections 295a and 153a of the IPC and 67 of the IT Act.” Shandilya has sought police protection.
Medical education push hits roadblock; Is Haryana doing medical services good?
In a setback to Haryana Government’s endeavour to have a medical college in each district, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has disapproved establishment of four new colleges in the state. Four others have been denied renewal of permission to admit students for 2018-19 due to poor infrastructure.
Besides these, the name of one more medical college figures in the list of colleges in the country whose request for increase in number of seats has been disapproved by the ministry in its recent order.
The ministry has disapproved the requests for establishment of Haryana Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kaithal; Al-Falah School of Medical Sciences and Research, Faridabad; Gangaputra Medical College, Jind; and Baba Mungipa Medical College and Research Centre for session 2018-19.
The order said that the request has been disapproved after considering the recommendations of the MCI.
This means these colleges will not be able to admit any student this year and will have to apply again next year after removing deficiencies in the infrastructure pointed out by the MCI during its inspection.
The request for renewal of permission has been denied to four medical colleges of the state. As per the ministry’s order, the request for renewal of permission to the second batch of Adesh Medical College and Hospital, Shahbad; and third batch of World College of Medical Sciences and Research —- with an intake of 150 seats each — has been disapproved.
Besides this, the request for renewal of 50 additional seats to Sree Guru Gobind Singh Tercentenary Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Gurugram; for its second batch and to Maharaja Agarsen Medical College, Agroha (Hisar); has been disapproved by the ministry.
This means that the Gurugram medical college will be permitted to admit 100 students to MBBS instead of 150 last year and Agroha Medical College will have an intake of 50 students against 100 during the past two years.
Last year, two medical colleges of the state — World College of Medical Sciences, Jhajjar; and NC Medical College and Hospital, Israna (Panipat) — had been barred from admitting students for two years, according to sources.
BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur (Sonipat); had applied for increase of intake from 100 to 150 seats, but the request had been turned down for want of proper infrastructure.
Dr Shaleen, Director of Medical Education and Research, said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare takes the decision based on inspections of the colleges by the Medical Council of India.
He, however, said that the disapproval to the request of renewal of permission would not affect the students of the previous batches.
“Once these colleges improve their infrastructure by removing the discrepancies pointed out by the MCI, the permission to admit students can be renewed,” he said.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s order has put a question mark over the hurry in which the Haryana Government is trying to open a medical college in each of the 22 districts of the state by its own means and also by roping in private players as many of the new colleges have been found wanting in infrastructure.
Sources said that the situation is no better in government medical colleges of the state as requests are received by the state Health Department to depute some medical officers there every time the MCI is to conduct inspections.
Youth tied with chains, beaten up in Mewat over alleged affair; Whether Gurugram police is faulty in handling crime?
A shocking video has gone viral on social media showing brutal thrashing of a local youth by residents of Dhudiyakabas village for allegedly having an affair with a village woman.
The incident happened five days ago when the victim had gone to the village along with a friend. He was tied with iron chains to a tree and thrashed till he fell unconscious. The youth was then made to eat mud as penance and let off only when his family reached the spot.
The accused filmed the entire torture and "circulated" it as a "warning" for anybody trying to have an affair with village women.
The victim was rushed to hospital, where he is under treatment. His family filed a police complaint saying he had gone to get money he had lent to a villager, but was falsely framed for having an affair and thrashed mercilessly.
According to the complaint, Mushtaq, a resident of Pol village, had gone to Dudhiyakabas along with a friend on motorbike to allegedly get back Rs 15,000 he had lent to one Taufiq.
It alleged that when he reached Taufiq's home, the latter gathered his friends. They started thrashing Mushtaq, accusing him of misbehaving with a woman, the complaint said.
"They refused to listen to me and dragged me to tree where I was tied with chain. I was brutally beaten up. Only after my friend, who managed to flee, got my family there did they let me go that too after eating mud as penance. I want action against all of them," Mushtaq said.
The local police, meanwhile, are conducting raids to nab the accused and are also looking into the viral video.
Behind bars for 8 months, Honeypreet applies for bail; Will the court give bail?
Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan has moved an application for regular bail in the Panchkula court. She sought the bail on the grounds that no evidence was found against her by the Haryana Police.
The Haryana SIT formed to investigate the Panchkula violence had slapped sedition charges against Honeypreet.
Honeypreet, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, pleaded before the court that a woman, she was behind the bars for 245 days without any fault or committing crime.
Meanwhile, prosecution opposed Honeypreet's bail plea. The Panchkula court has reserved its order on Honeypreet's bail application.
Honeypreet's counsel Dhruv Gupta argued that 15 people booked under various sections an FIR related with Panchkula violence, have been granted bail by different courts, including district courts and high court.
Gupta added that there were some accused, who were facing serious charges in comparison of Honeypreet, have also been granted relief of bail.
The counsel also submitted that Honeypreet did not participate in violence and she was inside court complex with dera chief.
The court has now fixed July 9 for arguments on framing of charges against Honeypreet and others in connection with Panchkula violence and reserved its order on Honeypreet's bail application.
The special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana Police had slapped the sedition charge against 22 accused, including Honeypreet, in connection with the Panchkula violence on August 25 last year.
According to the police chargesheet, the conspiracy to spread violence in Panchkula was hatched at the dera headquarters by Honeypreet and the 45-member dera management committee.
Honeypreet, adopted daughter of rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, was charged with criminal conspiracy and sedition, and is prime accused in the Panchkula violence that broke out after the conviction of the dera chief.
She had travelled with the dera chief in a helicopter when he was airlifted from Panchkula to Rohtak's Sunaria jail after his conviction in rape case. Later, Honeypreet went into hiding for 38 days before her arrest on October 4 last year from the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. As many as 36 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the Panchkula violence.
Engages Talwars' advocates
Honeypreet has engaged advocates Tanvir Ahmed Mir and Dhruv Gupta, who had had successfully defended the parents of slain Noida teen Aarushi Talwar.
Mir and Gupta, who won the acquittal for Dr Rajesh and Nupur Talwar - accused of killing their daughter and domestic help Hemraj in 2008 - from the Allahabad High Court last October, today argued for Honeypreet in Panchkula court. Besides, another advocate Ishan Shiv Kumar also accompanied them.