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Alleged Dharmashala college gangrape : rumor or reality?

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DHARMSHALA- A lot of readers messaging us to inquire regarding a news of alleged brutal gang-rape in Degree College Dharmashala. These readers also told us that media isn’t covering it because the culprits belongs to a high profile family. The police is also being alleged of neglecting the case under the influence of family reputation.

The police and college authorities have denied any such incident in the college premises. However, according to a report in Punjab Kesari, the principal did accept that a girl had approached him on last Saturday with a complaint of sexual harassment and rape with her younger sister. The principal claims that when he asked her for a written complaint, the girl did not provide it and left the office.

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From past two days, the rumors have picked up pace and circulated to other parts of Himachal as well. There is hardly any mainstream media or a credible source that have confirmed this alleged case of gang-rape.

The allegations and reports also claimed that the victim and the complainer have disappeared after they tried to lodge the complaint.

Report on Hindustan Times said:

Meanwhile, the ABVP leaders alleged that the college authorities were trying to hush up the matter and trying to save the accused who belonged to influential families. Furious students raised slogans against the authorities and demanded to show the footage of close circuit television cameras (CCTV) installed at various points on the college campus.

Further HT reported that in between, two more girls came out claiming that the complainant had also met them and narrated about the incident that had happened with her sister. The girls said:

She met us and told that five youths had threatened her of dire consequences if she reported the matter to the college authorities or the police. She was also having the photograph of a youth whom she alleged was one of the accused and was student of the college,” the girls said, requesting anonymity. She also told us that the victim was in serious condition and was admitted to a local hospital,” said the girls, adding that the victim belonged to Chamba district and was living in a rented room near Dharamsala town.

Meanwhile, Tribune India reported,

Principal of Dharamsala Government College RP Chopra today lodged a complaint of molestation of a student with the district police.In his complaint to the police, the principal maintained that the sister of a student of the college came to her and reported that her sister had been molested and the police should inquire into the incident.Interestingly, the principal, who admitted that he had heard rumours of gang rape, had been maintaining for the past three days that no such incident had happened.The principal had to change his stand today after college students gheraoed him in his office. Girl students demanded an inquiry into the matter and alleged that efforts were being made to hush up the matter.

Dainik Bhasker in its report said that ABVP staged a protest on Monday following the incident and in a GHERAW of college principal RP Chopra the students expressed their distress for not taking any action despite complaint lodged by the elder sister of the victim. It further said that the protesting students were so angry that they could have manhandled the principal if security personals had not been there to prevent it.

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Another news update claimed it to be a case of brutal gang-rape similar to Nirbhaya case in Delhi. It also claimed that the victim is in critical condition and is admitted in a emergency ward of a private hospital.

According to NorthGazette,

The accused had brutally sexually assaulted the girl due to which she had suffered serious injuries and the doctors reportedly had to remove her uterus to save her life

, police sources said, adding that they were waiting for the victim to regain consciousness to record her statement.

Journalist Ajay Banyal’s FB status also supported these allegations. He scolded the police and authorities for their inefficiency in lodging a complaint against the offenders who belongs to a high profile family. Here is a screenshot of his status message:

Journalist Ajay Banyal

The police department and college authorities seem to have noticed the growing gossips regarding these serious allegation. According to Jagran, the part of the college premises where the alleged incident took place is under CCTV surveillance. The college authorities have ensured that they will search for evidences in CCTV recordings of the day.

Aam Admi Party and students have warned the authorities of aggressive protest if no action is taken against the complaint.

However, no one seems to be sure enough to comment anything regarding it. However, we can’t neglect the issue even if it’s a rumor. If the allegations are true, then it’ll be a shocker for a state like Himachal.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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