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Shimla Police Again in Controversy Over Alleged Rape of Teenager in Moving Car

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Shimla-Reports of alleged rape with a 19-year-old girl in a moving car in Shimla city on Sunday night has created a stir. The police department is not sharing any information regarding it except that the investigation is in progress. Various national English and Hindi Dailies have published different versions of reports as the police is reluctant in providing media with details or the statement of the victim.

The victim is said to be a resident of Haryana, who is a student of a private institute in Shimla.

The reports have raised a serious question over the law and order situation in the city. As the State is bound to go to polls on May 19 for the Lok Sabha Elections, the issue is likely to become an agenda.   

Some reports said the girl had taken a lift in a car while she was on her way from Dhalli to the Mall Road Shimla. Another report in a national English Daily said that as per police, she was dragged into a car and raped somewhere between Sanjauli and Dhalli.

However, Hindi Daily Amar Ujala has labelled serious allegations on the smart police of Shimla city. The report in the Daily said the girl had approached Lakkar Bazaar Police Post with a complaint of harassment but wasn’t attended on the pretext that the area where the incident took place doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction. She was told to report it on Gudiya Helpline. When she was returning home on foot, she was abducted and raped in a moving car, the Daily said.

The Daily said the police failed to take preemptive action despite the fact the girl had approached it with a complaint of harassment prior to her alleged abduction and rape.

Reports also said the Deputy Inspector General of Police himself visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, to record the statement of the victim on Monday morning. The medical examination has confirmed rape, the reports said.  

The police, the Daily said, denied the allegation that the victim had asked the police to lodge any complaint of harassments at the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post. Instead, the report said, the girl only inquired about where she can lodge a complaint of harassment and left the station.

The inconsistency of the reports doesn’t end here. While some reports said she was raped and dumped in half naked condition on roadside, others said she was found somewhere in jungle.  

So far, the police has not provided media with any clear details regarding the number of the accused involved or exact spot from where the victim was abducted and raped.

So far, the police has not confirmed any arrest or identification of accused involved.  The only information that the police has provided is that an FIR has been lodged under Sections 376 (rape) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation). 

Police said CCTV footages of area are being collected and soon more details would be provided after investigation.

It’s pertinent to mention that Himachal Pradesh Police, especially Shimla Police, was in controversy over the gruesome rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla in July 2016. Nine police officials including ex-Inspector General of Police Zahur H Zaidi, ex-SP Shimla DW Negi, Dy SP Theog Manoj Joshi and six others were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in relation to Guidya case in 2016. They were charged with allegedly framing innocent persons for gangrape and murder of Gudiya and killing one of the accused in custody.

However, it’s not possible to confirm any details for now unless the police come out with a clear statement.

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Scrub Typhus in Himachal: Death Toll Reaches 8, Over 800 Tested Positive

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Shimla- Scrub Typhus death toll in Himachal Pradesh has reached eight, while 801 have been tested positive so far. One of the deaths were reported on September 21, 2019, at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. A 16-year-old girl, who was taking treatment at the hospital for the past 10 days, reportedly died today.

So far, among the deceased, five belonged to Shimla, two to Mandi and one to Bilaspur district. All of these victims were receiving treatment at the IGMC Shimla.

As per the data released by the HP Health Department on September 18, a total of 801 cases of Scrub Typhus have been reported from the state. The rise in the number of cases is reported to be steep as by September 10, this number was 622. Maximum cases were reported from district Bilaspur (240), followed by Hamirpur (159), Shimla (107), Kangra (96), Mandi (77), Solan (54), Una (11), Chamba (9), and Kinnaur (1).

Amid the alarming rise in Scrub Typhus cases, the public has been advised that all patients, who complain of high fever, body ache and restlessness, should immediately reach the nearest health centre or start taking medicine for Scrub Typhus (doxycycline) as a precautionary measure. 

As per the health experts, if Typhus goes untreated for two to three days, it becomes fatal. The doctors at the IGMC Shimla cited the delay in treatment as the reason for deaths.

Scrub typhus is caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. It is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). These mites could be found in grass fields and bushes, which is why people who visit grassy fields to fetch fodder for cattle are more vulnerable to get infected. This is why Scrub Typhus is also known as bush typhus.

Most common symptoms of this disease include fever and chills, headache, body aches, and muscle pain, and appearance of a dark, scab-like region at the site of the chigger bite (also known as eschar).

People with severe illness may develop organ failure and bleeding, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Scrub typhus should be treated with the antibiotic doxycycline. Doxycycline can be used in persons of any age. Antibiotics are most effective if given soon after symptoms begin. People who are treated early with doxycycline usually recover quickly.

 

 

 

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HP By-Election 2019 Dates Announced, Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Effect

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Shimla-The dates for the by-elections to two Legislative Assemblies of Himachal Pradesh – Dharamshala and Pachhad- were today announced by the Election Commission of India.  The polling would be held on October 21, 2019, in both constituencies. The counting would be done on 24 October 2019.

After sitting MLAs Kishan Kapoor (Dharamsala) and Suresh Kashyap (Pachaad) were elected to the Lok Sabha, these two seats fell vacant.

With the announcements of the dates for the by-polls, Model Code of Conduct has also come into force in Kangra and Sirmaur districts of Himachal.

The EC said that after taking into consideration various factors like local festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc., the Commission has decided to hold bye-elections to fill two seats in Himachal that lie vacant as per the following schedule

  1. Date of Issue of Gazette Notification 23.09.2019 (MONDAY)
  2. Last Date of Nominations 30.09.2019 (MONDAY)
  3. The date for Scrutiny of Nominations 01.10.2019 (TUESDAY)
  4. Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures 03.10.2019 (THURSDAY)
  5. Date of Poll 21.10.2019 (MONDAY)
  6. Date of Counting 24.10.2019 (THURSDAY)
  7. Date before which election shall be completed 27.10.2019 (SUNDAY)

The Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the by-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines, the EC said.

With this announcement, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and HP Congress are expected to declare their candidates on both seats in next couple of days. While BJP is struggling in selecting candidates due to infighting, Congress has also not zeroed in on any candidates. BJP had sounded the bugle for by-elections prior to Congress and the Chief Minister has even visited both constituencies twice. While BJP would be fighting to maintain its popularity with which it was voted to power in the general assembly elections in 2017, Congress would try to revive the dying spirit of the party.

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HP PCB Urges Education Deptt to Educate Children About Air, Noise Pollution Caused by Firecrackers Ahead of Diwali

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HP PCB notice on Diwali 2019

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board, ahead of Diwali festival, has urged the department of education to educate children about the harmful effects of air and noise pollution caused due to bursting of firecrackers and also to encourage them to celebrate pollution-free Diwali.

The board has also urged the people of the State to celebrate this festival of light in an eco-friendly way and say no to firecrackers.

The HP PCB said that to access the impact of the bursting of firecrackers during the forthcoming Diwali festival, it will conduct a special monitoring drive in the state. During this drive, the board will assess the ambient air and noise quality in the State.

HP PCB said that necessary directions have been issued to all the regional officers and laboratory In-Charges of the State Board to conduct extensive ambient air quality monitoring derive with effect from October 20 to November 3, 2019.

Ambient noise monitoring will also be conducted during pre- Diwali October on 21 and on the day of Diwali (October 27).  

During this monitoring drive, apart from general parameters like particular Matters (PM10, PM 2.5), oxides of Sulphur and Nitrogen, Carbon Monoxide and Ammonia some additional parameters like Lead, Nickel, arsenic, Barium, Iron and Strontium will also be monitored, the PCB said.

PCB said that all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police have been directed to ensure that no firework of firecrackers should be allowed to burst in the 100 meters vicinity of the silence zone such as hospitals, educational institutions, courts etc. as per the provision of law.

 Sales and use of firecrackers generating noise level exceeding 125 dBA is also prohibited.

Ironically, the Board has no check on various other activities that cause air pollution throughout the year. For example, garbage burning is rampant in the state. While the practice is regular in rural areas and municipal councils, the Municipal Corporation of capital Shimla is also not far behind.

Moreover, there is no check on vehicular emissions as both HP PCB and the State Police refuse to take responsibility for it. The ‘No Honking’ campaign to reduce noise pollution in the state has also failed miserably as no steps were taken to create awareness or to deter people from honking unnecessarily. Considering these facts, it sounds odd that the PCB would actually be striving to check air and noise pollution ahead of Diwali.

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