The Hindu – Mob kills man on suspicion of being child lifter in Bidar

Special Correspondent

Bidar – Karnataka – India, 14 July 2018. An angry mob killed a man and injured two others on the suspicion of being child-lifters in Murki village in Aurad taluk, in Bidar district on Friday.

The deceased Mohammed Azam and the two others injured Talha Ismail and Mohammed Salman, all hail from Hyderabad. They were travelling along with their friend Mohammed Bashir to Handikera village in Aurad taluk.

Mr. Bashir, who works in Hyderabad, had invited them to his native village.

While driving to Handikera they took a break near Balkut Tanda to have some snacks. They had reportedly offered chocolates brought by Mr. Ismail, who had returned recently from Qatar, to schoolchildren. The residents mistook them for child-lifters and started assaulting them, despite Mr. Bashir trying to explain the situation.

As Mr. Bashir and his friends managed to escape in the car, the locals reportedly called their friends in nearby Murki village to stop the car. They in turn blocked the road with a fallen tree.

As the car approached Murki, it hit the blockade and skidded, after which a mob dragged Azam and hit him with stones and sticks. Three policemen rushed to the spot to contain the mob. However, Azam, who was hit on his head, died on the spot.

Police rescued the three others and admitted them to a hospital in Bidar. On Saturday, they were shifted to Hyderabad for further treatment. The Aurad police has registered a case against unknown persons under various sections. No arrests have been made so far.

IGP Murugan and SP Devraj are expected to visit the village later in the day. The police are planning to conduct a community meet to dispel rumours spreading across social media on child-lifting. “We know that villagers made the phone calls. The role of social media is also being investigated,” Mr. Devraj said.

Advertisements – Relocation of Shillong Sikhs stayed by Meghalaya High Court

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Shillong – Meghalaya – India, 11 July 2018. Tendering a big relief for the Sikh residents of the Punjabi lane area of Shillong, the Meghalaya High Court on July 10 stayed the relocation of Sikh residents from the Punjab lane area of Shillong.

The High Court has also sought a reply from the state government of Meghalaya within four weeks in this petition moved by 280 victim Sikh families against their relocation.

Sharing the development over social media, the DSGMC General Secretary S. Manjinder Singh Sirsa informed that the Meghalaya High Court has made it clear that the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the Meghalaya’s state government doesn’t possess any right to relocate Sikhs and its jurisdiction is only limited unto tendering suggestion to the Meghalaya state government.

He further informed that the High Court has also directed each victim Sikh family of Punjabi lane area to register its objection before the High Level Committee. “Beside it, the High Court has also questioned the Meghalaya state government that why the lease contracts of the victim Sikh families couldn’t be renewed” he added.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Leuven NMBS

09 June 2018

IC to Brussel and Eupen via Leuven

Track 10: 12:23 IC to Brussel and Eupen via Leuven

NMBS EMU to Gent-Sint-Pieter

NMBS EMU to Gent-Sint-Pieter
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Leuven NMBS
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Track 1 15:09 IC to Brussel Airport and De Panne

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Man in Blue – India issues demarche notice to UK against a campaign for referendum on Khalistan

The British High Commission condemned the plans for the event

London UK, 13 July 2018. India issues demarche notice to UK against a campaign for referendum on Khalistan

India issued a demarche notice to the United Kingdom against a proposed meeting by the Sikhs for Justice group who are planning a referendum campaign for Khalistan, PTI reported on Friday. The group is campaigning for a referendum in 2020 to garner support for the “independence of Punjab”.

The Sikhs for Justice group has been campaigning for a referendum called the London Declaration scheduled on August 12 at London’s Trafalgar square. The campaign seeks to “end Indian occupation of Punjab”.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the event was being organised by fringe elements. “We have taken up the matter with the UK government,” Kumar said.

“We have also issued a demarche and we expect that the United Kingdom government does not allow any such group to use its country whose intention is to spread hate and which can affect our bilateral ties. We have told them the intention of the event is the same”.

The British Commission issued a statement condemning the event, ANI reported. “In the United Kingdom, people have the right to gather and demonstrate views within law,” the statement said. “We will not tolerate groups who spread hate or raise community fears by bringing disorder to towns and cities. Police have powers to deal with such activities”.

Kumar said relations between the Sikh community with the countries they live in abroad and with India are close.

Dawn – NAB warns against creating hurdles in way of former PM’s arrest

Kalbe Ali & Malik Asad

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 13 July 2018. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has warned those intending to welcome former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam upon their arrival in Lahore from London on Friday against creating “any obstacle in the arrest of the convicted persons”.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the bureau stated that “chairman NAB retired Justice Javed Iqbal has said that the accountability court’s verdict in the Avenfield properties reference and the arrest warrants issued against Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will be executed in accordance with law”.

NAB warned that action would be taken against those who would try to create any obstacle in the arrest of Mr Sharif and Ms Maryam.

Both father and daughter are coming to undergo the sentence handed down by the accountability court of Islamabad.

Law minister says efforts should be made to ensure the day passes without any untoward happening

Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir sentenced Mr Sharif to 10 years and Ms Maryam to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed fines on them for not justifying possession of Avenfield apartments. The court also ordered takeover of Avenfield apartments.

Sources said that NAB planned to arrest Mr Sharif and Ms Maryam at Lahore airport and shift them to Islamabad by helicopter. They would be sent to Adiala jail after being produced before the accountability court.

Meanwhile, caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Barrister Ali Zafar has said that Nawaz Sharif is coming to surrender and NAB is going to arrest him.

Talking to newsmen after attending the concluding session of National Counter Terrorism Authority Youth Conference here on Thursday, he said efforts should be made that matter was settled peacefully without creating any untoward situation.

“We can’t decide what’s right while sitting over here (Islamabad). Whatever they (Punjab provincial authorities) are doing are doing okay in accordance with the ground realities. They are wise people. We need to help them and provide them support,” the minister said.

In reply to a question, he said according to the law they (Nawaz and Maryam) were needed to be taken to the NAB court. “It would be decided in accordance with the security situation whether they should first be taken to the court or at a later stage.”

About the concerns expressed by the PML-N and PPP, Barrister Zafar said everybody had freedom of speech. “We are trying to do our work sincerely.”

In reply to another question about placing the names of Mr Sharif and Ms Maryam on the ECL, he said the decision could only be taken when they arrived in Pakistan. “Placement of someone’s name on the ECL means putting restrictions on his or her exit from the country.”

BBC News – Child sex crime: Does India have a growing problem?

India feels like it is going through an upsurge of sexual violence against children, with reports dominating the news week after week and prompting public anger.

Divya Arya, BBC Delhi

New Delhi – India, 11 July 2018. In June, hundreds came out on to the streets in central India protesting over the rape of a seven-year-old girl.

Has there been a rise in the sexual abuse of children, defined as anyone under the age of 18, or is it that more cases are coming to light?

It’s partly down to more reporting by India’s rapidly expanding media sector, dominated by television and mobile news providers.

There have also been changes to the legal definition of rape and a new requirement that makes it mandatory for the police to record complaints of sexual assault.

The current debate was sparked in part by the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-administered Kashmir earlier this year.

The trial of the men alleged to be involved started in April and led to a wider discussion about the prevalence of child sexual abuse.

India’s Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi, said she was “deeply disturbed” by the Kashmir rape case and other cases that had come to light.

In acknowledgement of growing public concern, the Indian government introduced the death penalty for anyone convicted of raping a child younger than 12.

Legal definition change

Latest data released by the Indian government shows that child rapes reported to the authorities doubled over the five years from 2012 to 2016.

Prior to 2012, there was no single law specifically dealing with children as victims of sexual offences (and rape was strictly defined as penetration).

Some forms of sexual assault – which may be more common with child victims – were not included, while the police faced no sanction for refusing to register complaints by victims.

The landmark Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act of November 2012 was India’s first comprehensive law to deal specifically with child sex abuse.

The number of reported cases of child rape rose by nearly 45% the next year.

The new act is gender neutral and includes various forms of sexual assault.

It also makes the failure to report or record a case of child sex abuse punishable with a jail term and fine.

“Doctors and police are not able to turn back complainants by dismissing their complaint as a ‘household matter’ any more as this can land them in jail,” says Audrey D’Mello of the Mumbai-based Majlis Legal Centre, that supports sex abuse victims.

She believes the requirement for the authorities to now register complaints has had a big role in increasing the number of reported cases.

The gang rape of 23-year-old female student Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 generated global interest in sexual violence in India, and brought the focus squarely on the role of the police in investigating such crimes.

Soon afterwards, the Indian government broadened the definition of sexual crimes against women by enacting the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance 2013.

The effect was very apparent with a rise of more than 35% in reported cases of rape in 2013 compared with 2012.

Tip of the iceberg

There are those who believe that child sexual abuse may be much more prevalent than had been assumed.

In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Child Development conducted a survey that recorded responses from more than 17,000 children across 13 Indian states.

Just over half of the children surveyed (53.2%) reported that they had faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.

For the purposes of this study, various forms of sexual abuse were included, not only rape.

Kumar Shailabh, a lawyer at the Haq Centre of Child Rights, says the study highlights that there has been gross under-reporting of sexual abuse in India.

He also points out that the age of consent was increased from 16 to 18 years in the 2012 act, leading to the criminalising of consensual sexual relationships among young people between those ages.

Difficult legal process

Despite the increase in the number of reported cases of child rape and a comprehensive law, the conviction rate is unchanged since 2012 at 28.2%.

The 2012 act states that a trial in any case of child sex abuse should be completed within one year. But this is rarely followed as the legal process remains slow.

Where the offender is either a family member or someone known to the victim, the pressure to withdraw complaints can be immense.

Families are hesitant to bring complaints against their own members out of concern for “family honour”.

Ms D’Mello says: “Even when complaints are made, there is an unspoken effort to not prosecute the offender, the system works against the complainant and she is often proved to have made a false accusation.”

The Tribune – Legal relief for Pakistan Sikh officer ‘kicked’ out of house

Lahore court issues notice to police, PETPB officials

Varinder Singh, Tribune News Service

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 11 July 2011. The Lahore District Sessions Court on Wednesday issued a contempt notice to three police and PETPB officials for forcibly evicting Gulab Singh Shaheen, Pakistan’s first Sikh Traffic Police Officer, from his house.

Gulab Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur and sons Gurpreet Singh, Harcharanpreet and Jagtar Singh had to spend the night under a tree in front of their house.

“The court has issued a contempt notice to SHO Iftikhar Ansari, PETPB Additional Secretary Tariq Wazir and Deputy Secretary Akram Zoya. The next date of hearing is July 13,” counsel Aseem Nawaz Gujjar told The Tribune over the phone.

Meanwhile, there has been an outpour of sympathy for Gulab Singh and his family. “The incident reflects Pakistan’s anti-minority stand,” said Jaiveer Shergill, who is on the AICC media panel. “First the attack on Sikhs in Afghanistan and now the humiliation of a Sikh officer in Pakistan. The incidents are disconcerting,” he said.

The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) requested the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh to protect land belonging to Sikh shrines in their countries.

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan too demanded justice for Gulaab Singh. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the Pakistan government must rehabilitate Gulaab Singh immediately.

Gent-Sint-Pieters – Gent Godshuizenlaan – Gentbrugge P&R

07 June 2018

The L train to Lokeren

IC train to Leuven via Mechelen

Gent Godshuizenlaan
08 June 2018

STAM museum


Gentbrugge Park & Ride
E17 – St-Pieters-Dampoort
08 June 2018

Gentbrugge Park & Ride
E17 viaduct – train to Gent-Dampoort

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Man in Blue – Jagdish Tytler withdraws plea from Delhi HC, says he will contest defamation charges in trial court

The trial court framed the charges in March 2015 on the basis of a complaint filed by senior advocate H S Phoolka.

New Delhi – India, 12 July 2018. Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Thursday withdrew from the Delhi High Court his plea challenging the framing of charges against him in a defamation case, PTI reported.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who represents the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, had filed the case against Tytler for allegedly making statements harming his reputation.

Phoolka, in a complaint filed in 2006, had alleged that Tytler had levelled “false and derogatory” allegations against him during a television debate aired in September 2004.

A trial court framed the charges against Tytler on March 2, 2015. The same month, Tytler filed a plea in the High Court against the trial court’s order. The High Court then restrained the trial court from taking any decision in the matter.

The Congress leader’s counsel Arunabh Chowdhury, however, told Justice R K Gauba on Thursday that his client wants to contest the charges in the trial court, which is scheduled to hear the matter for three days starting 17 July.

Tytler’s counsel told the High Court during previous proceedings that the trial court had framed charges in the case on the basis of a video cassette obtained from the channel. The video cassette was not certified as required by Indian Evidence Act and various Supreme Court rulings, his counsel had argued.

However, Phoolka said that witnesses would be able to corroborate his allegations and this was enough to frame the charges against the veteran Congress leader.

Tytler is accused of having a role in the riots that took place in North Delhi’s Gurdwara Pulbangash, where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.