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Kullu Rape Case: BJP Leader and a Worker Booked for Pressurizing 9-Year-Old Victim’s Widow Mother to Hush-Up Case

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Kullu-A local leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) and worker were booked in relation to the rape of a 9-year-old girl after the Kullu Police faced a protest from locals and Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) for inaction. They were identified as Chunni Lal, BJP Board Vice President and Ratna Bharti, a BJP worker.  

An FIR was registered under section 504, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, reported ANI.  The report was confirmed by SHO, Anni Police Station, Bhag Singh.

As per a report published by News 18, the local MLA Kishori Lal Sagar was also alleged of trying to hush-up the case. However, the MLA denied these allegations.

The mother of the victim, who belongs to a poverty-stricken Dalit family, on May 21 had filed a complaint at a local Police station alleging that former Gram Panchayat president Ropa and one Chuni Lal of Mandar village and another Rattan Bharati of Ropa were allegedly trying to hush-up this heinous crime.  She also alleged that she was offered money in the police station to not file a complaint against the culprit.

“When the victim’s family refused the money, they threatened the Dalit family that they would no longer be allowed to be in the village,”

the convener of DSMM Vivek Kashyap had alleged in a press statement issued after a protest.

The family of the victim is now living in fear after being pressurized by influential upper-caste people.

She had also expressed fear of assault on her family. She also alleged that despite filing a complaint, the police was lousy and reluctant to file an FIR. When the matter came to the knowledge of the locals, they expressed their anger by protesting against the police. The Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, had to convince the locals that appropriate action would be taken against anyone who is found guilty of pressurizing or threatening the victim’s family.

On May 19 – the polling day for Lok Sabha Elections-a person identified as Devender Kumar allegedly lured a 9-year-old girl, who was playing near a polling booth in Anni, and took her to a deserted building and raped her.  The accused was booked under Section 376, 511 and   Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The accused was later sent to police remand.

The alleged incident again highlighted casteism that still prevails in rural areas of the State. The DSMM has pointed out that recently atrocities against Dalits have witnessed an increase. The most gruesome was the murder of RTI activist Kedar Singh Jindan in Shillai area of Sirmaur district last year.  Earlier, in April this year, a controversy was reported when a Dalit lady’s cremation was not allowed at a village crematorium.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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