The Asian Age – UP: Rape victim threatened with ‘Unnao-like’ fate by accused

The police have arrested the accused who lives in the same village as the victim

Baghpat – UP – India, 12 December 2019, A rape survivor in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat was allegedly threatened by the accused of the “same fate as the Unnao victim” who was set ablaze on her way to court and subsequently died.

A hand-written pamphlet bearing the threat message was pasted outside the house of the rape victim, police said on Thursday.

“According to a complaint received in the Baraut police station, a hand-written pamphlet was pasted on the house of a rape victim that she will meet the same fate as that of the Unnao rape victim if she dares to give her statement,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Baghpat Pratap Gopender Yadav told ANI.

Taking prompt action, the police have arrested the accused who lives in the same village as that of the victim and have also provided security to the girl. “We have arrested the accused and are also providing security to the girl after we received the complaint. There is no problem with her security now,” he added.

According to the police official, the complaint alleging rape was filed in July last year in Delhi by the victim’s side and the police had arrested the accused who was later given bail.

“The accused, Soran, who lives in the same village, was jailed by the police earlier but then got out on bail. The victim’s father works as a driver in Delhi. Yesterday, when they returned to their house in the village they found the note pasted on the wall of their house,” Yadav said.

In Unnao, the rape victim was set on fire by four men including the rape accused when she was on her way to the court outside her village in Bihar police station limits on December 5.

She sustained more than 90 per cent burns and was rushed to a government hospital in the district, later to be shifted to a hospital in Lucknow. She succumbed to her injuries at Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi on 06 December.

https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/121219/up-rape-victim-threatened-with-unnao-like-fate-by-accused-1.html

The Tribune – Unconstitutional, divisive CAB will not be implemented in Punjab: Amarinder

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 December 2019. Terming the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) as a direct assault on India’s secular character, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said his government would not allow the legislation to be implemented in his state.

Asserting his commitment to the protection of the Constitutional ethos of the country, Captain Amarinder said the Congress, which has a majority in the State Assembly, would block the unconstitutional Bill in the House.

His government, on its part, would not let the legislation rip apart the secular fabric of the country, whose strength lies in its diversity, said the Chief Minister a day after the controversial Bill was also passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The Parliament had no authority to pass a law that defiled the Constitution and violated its basic principles and fundamental rights of the people of India, said the Chief Minister, declaring CAB to be ‘null and void’ on account of the fact that it was against the tenets and values contained in the Constitution.

Pointing to the divisive nature of the law, Captain Amarinder said any legislation that seeks to divide the people of the country on religious lines was illegal and unethical, and could not be allowed to sustain.

It was the duty of an elected government to safeguard the cherished values ingrained in the Constitution and not destroy them, said the Chief Minister, making it clear that he would not let such a Constitutional violation take place under his regime.

“How can you leave out a large section of the Indian population from the protection they have been getting since we declared India a “sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizens justice, equality and liberty…”, asked Captain Amarinder, pointing out that by linking citizenship with religion, CAB would hit out at the very foundation of the nation.

“What if other countries, where Indians are settled in large numbers and have acquired their citizenship, decide to bring in similar legislations? What will happen to those Indians if the countries of their stay decide to withdraw their citizenship on account of their religious beliefs,” asked the Chief Minister.

The move, Amarinder said, was retrograde and regressive, and sought to take India back from the progressive charter mandated by its Constitution.

Instead of using brute majority in Parliament to push the Bill through, the central government should have discussed the matter with all parties and tried to evolve a consensus, if at all it felt the legislation was in the interest of India and its people, he added.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/unconstitutional-divisive-cab-will-not-be-implemented-in-punjab-amarinder-10111

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Auderghem: Chaussee de Wavre – MIVB Metro Demey

Gent-Sint-Pieters
29   November 2019


Track 11 – IC to Brussel and Brussel Airport

Auderghem – Chaussee de Wavre
30 November 2019


Every Sunday Gurdwara in this hall


A special divan from Friday till Sunday


Listening to a lecture


Closeup

MIVB Metro Demey
30 November 2019


On my way to Brussel Zuid/Midi
On Saturday I gave up due to lack of sleep,
lack of nourishing food and too much Vahiguru

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Birmingham Mail – Sikhs lose High Court battle to be included as ethnic group in UK census

Sikhs are said to be experiencing “significant disadvantage” in employment, housing, health and education, but the High Court refused a move to recognise them as an ethnic group on the census

David Bentley

Birmingham – West Midlands – UK, 12 December 2019. A bid for Sikhs to be included as an ethnic group in the UK census has been rejected by a High Court judge.

The Sikh Federation UK argued at a hearing in November that it would be “unlawful” for the 2021 Census not to include a “tick-box” option for people to record themselves as being of Sikh ethnicity.

It asked for a declaration that a draft census, which does not contain a Sikh ethnicity tick box, will be unlawful in the event it is approved by Parliament.

But, dismissing the case in a ruling on Thursday, Mrs Justice Lang said it was “premature”.

The judge said if she had made the declaration sought by the federation, Parliament would be prevented from scrutinising any regulations put forward.

Lawyers for the federation told the court in November that not everyone who identifies as an ethnic Sikh would also identify as being Sikh by religion.

They said the Government recognised, during the consultation process for the forthcoming census, that there is evidence to suggest that Sikhs are experiencing “significant disadvantage” in terms of employment, housing, health and education, and that having data on the ethnically Sikh population would help public bodies to “better meet the needs of the Sikh population”.

The federation, which has been campaigning on the issue for 15 years, said it brought the legal action against the Cabinet Office, with the support of more than 150 gurdwaras and Sikh organisations across the UK.

In a statement following the launch of the case earlier this year, the federation’s chairman, Bhai Amrik Singh, said: “Without public bodies monitoring Sikhs as a distinct ethnic group, they cannot be aware of the barriers Sikhs face as a religio-ethnic community.

“As a result, decisions are taken by local authorities and central government, on the basis of inaccurate data, that overlook the specific needs of this community.”

The 2011 UK Census recorded about 430,000 Sikhs based on a question about religion, which it was not compulsory to answer.

However, the Sikh Federation estimates there are approximately 700,000 to 800,000 ethnic Sikhs living in the UK.

In Birmingham, according to the 2011 census, just over 3 per cent of the population (about 32,000 people) identify as Sikh by religion, higher than the national and regional average.

But events such as Vaisakhi attract more than 100,000 people, with two processions taking place, one from Hockley and one from Smethwick.

The processions head to the site of a huge free festival in Handsworth Park every year.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/sikhs-lose-high-court-battle-17407955

Dawn – India under Modi is moving systematically with a supremacist agenda, says PM Imran Khan

Islamabad Capital Teritority – Pakistan, 12 December 2019. Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been moving systematically with a Hindu supremacist agenda.

The prime minister was referencing the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill passed by India’s upper house amid protests on Wednesday.

The bill will let the Indian government grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries before 2015, but not if they are Muslim.

Modi’s government, re-elected in May and under pressure over a slowing economy, says Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan are excluded from the legislation because they do not face discrimination in those countries.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Imran stated that the bill was the latest of Modi’s attempts to promulgate his supremacist agenda, “starting with illegal annexation and continuing siege of IOJK [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir].

Then stripping 2 million Indian Muslim in Assam of citizenship, setting up internment camps; now the passage of Citizenship Amendment Law; all this accompanied by mob lynchings of Muslims and other minorities in India”.

He warned that bowing down to a “genocidal supremacist agenda”, propagated by Nazi Germany, had once before lead to World War II.

“Modi’s Hindu supremacist agenda, accompanied by threats to Pakistan under a nuclear overhang, will lead to massive bloodshed and far-reaching consequences for the world,” he warned. “As in Nazi Germany, in Modi’s India dissent has been marginalised and the world must step in before it is too late to counter this Hindu supremacist agenda of Modi’s India [that is] threatening bloodshed and war.”

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh “because of religious persecution” before 2015. It does not, however, extend to Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar.

Home Minister Amit Shah said it was not anti-Muslim because it did not affect the existing path to citizenship available to all communities.

Amnesty India, however, said the legislation legitimised discrimination on the basis of religion and stood in clear violation of the India’s constitution and international human rights law.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1521876/india-under-modi-is-moving-systematically-with-a-supremacist-agenda-says-pm-imran