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Alleged Dharamshala Gangrape : Now, unverified picture appear on social media claiming it dead body of victim

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While rumors and unidentified information goes viral on social media, Special Investigation Team was formed, an the police lodge and FIR, and announces a reward of Rs. 25,000 for anyone who will provide relevant and useful information regarding the alleged culprits.

DHARAMSHALA – Amidst rumored allegations of gangrape at Degree College Dharmshala, not even a single piece of evidence has come into light. However, some people have shared a photograph on social media claiming it to be the dead body of the victim. The rumors also claimed that the girl died at the IGMC last night. Some social media messages claim that the girl was murdered.

However, we will request people not to believe on these messages blindly. Please, try to inquire about the source and validity of such pictures and messages. It’s a very sensitive issue and it has alarmed the police, the Govt. and media in Himachal.

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm the validity and authenticity of this picture being circulated on social media.

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Yesterday, an FIR was lodged against unknown people and the police department announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant and useful information regarding the culprits. A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the case.

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Also, the Urban Development minister and Dharamshal MLA Sudhir Sharma has come out against social media messages being circulated claiming his involvement in the case. Sudhir Sharma lodged a complaint at the Dharamshal police station and demanded strict action against those who are misleading people and defaming him.

As per a report by Hindustan Times, Sudhir Sharma said;

I want to clarify that neither is any of my relatives a student at the Dharamsala government college nor do I have a nephew, as is being claimed in the messages. I have only a niece who is studies in kindergarten. Even if my son is found involved in such a crime, I would not spare him. Police are putting in every possible effort to bring out the truth,” he said, adding that if the incident was true, the culprits would be taken to task. “On the other hand, if it turns out to be a rumour, tough action would be taken against the rumour-mongers, as they had tarnished the image of the town.

In another report, same source reported that the alleged gangrape case has taken political colors. The BJP has opened front against the HP Govt. alleging involvement of relatives of some politicians in the crime.
The report said:

Former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor, while addressing the media, accused the state government, police and college authorities of hushing up the sensitive issue. “It is very unfortunate if something like this has happened in Dharamsala,” the BJP leader said, adding that the incident was in total contrast to the statement of state director general of police (DGP) that crime against women in Himachal had come down.

Other than this, AAP and VHP has also joined the front open by BJP. Both demanded quick action against the unknown culprits along with locating the victim and her sister. BJP has warned to launch a protest if the government fails to clarify the situation until May 24.

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However, Transport minister GS Bali came in support of the Govt. and commented:

Such news appearing in the media are tarnishing the image of the state. Whosoever is involved in the crime should be taken to task.

The Chief Minster, Virbhadra Singh also claimed these allegations as rumors intended to tarnish the image of the Govt.

Meanwhile, DGP, Himachal Police, Sanay Kumar told media that the police department isn’t acting under any pressure at all. Also, ADGP himself has decided to visit Dharamshala on Thursday to observe the investigation being made in this case.

Unfortunately, police expressed their inability to identify the victim or her sister in the available CCTV footage. The police has requested people, witnesses, anyone with some solid evidence and information to come ahead or contact on two cellphone numbers; 94185-88014 and 94184-90987.

Some social media pages and WhatsApp messages are even inviting people to gather at the police ground in Dharmshala to stage a protest and to demand justice for the victim, who is nowhere to be found until now.

The social media messages first claimed that the girl was admitted at the Tanda Medical College in a very critical condition and that the culprits had tried to murder the victim in the hospital. The new rumors and unidentified messages are now claiming that the girl died at IGMC Shimla.

Hindi dailies are making most out of this situations. In their online editions, misleading tiles are fetching good traffic for these mainstream newspapers.

A video shared by Amar Ujala claims that a friend of the victim has come ahead to verify the case. In this video, a girl is repeating the same old story as being circulated on social media.

From responses of social media users, it’s clear that people actually believe these allegations to be true. People have begun to scold and criticize the police and the government for intentionally protecting the culprits.

But, Himachal Watcher will request people not to fall for unverified images and information sources making serious allegations on such a sensitive issue. If these are rumors, then we are witnessing misuse of social media to create chaos. If the allegations are true, even then Himachal will walk into chaos.

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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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