Sunday, December 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Water crisis: Farmers flee Narnaul 
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Narnaul (Mahendragarh), December 7
Residents of the villages falling under the Narnaul subdivision of Mahendragarh district continue to suffer due to acute shortage of water. This has adversely affected their farming activities, the main source of livelihood. With the passage of time, and with no succour from the state government, the condition of rural people appears to be getting worse.

On account of the shortage of both potable and irrigation water and the resultant crippling of the village economy, the farmers, hitherto enjoying a social status due to the landholding, have started fleeing to distant places for menial jobs.

The cattle are also facing the brunt of the successive spells of dry weather and drought on the one hand and the apathy of the government on the other. With virtually no farming at all, there is no fodder for the cattle. There is already very less water. As a result, the villagers are disposing of their buffaloes at throwaway prices.

Although the entire district of Mahendragarh is reeling under shortage of water, the problems faced by villagers in Nalwati (a cluster of about 25 villages) and Dohan Chabbisi (a group of 26 villages bordering Rajasthan) areas stand out. A visit to some of the villages of Nalwati like Meghot Binja, Makhuta, Nangal Chaudhary, Bamanwas and Meghothala and some places in Dohan Chabbisi like

Balawankalan, Raghunathpuri, Khatauti and Bhankari revealed that the residents have to go to far-off places, sometimes about five kilometers, to fetch water.

The residents of Dohan Chabbisi had boycotted the last assembly elections in protest against the apathy of the government in solving their water problem. They had formed a committee to spearhead the agitation on the issue.

Mr Mahasai Nandraj, a resident of Balawan Kalan and member of the committee, told ‘NCR Tribune’ that the government had not yet redressed the problem. He cautioned that the residents would respond effectively at the opportune time.

The resignation of Mr Ram Singh from the post of chairman of the Zila Parishad and from the post of working president (Mahendragarh district) of the ruling INLD in protest against the government’s indifference to the problems of Ahirwal belt, especially Mahendragarh district, a few days ago has thrown egg all over the face of the establishment.

Mr Singh also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanandji, through the office of the local Deputy Commissioner, after addressing a public meeting this week here. One of the main problems raised in the meeting as well as in the memorandum was about water. He demanded that considering the prevailing drought, the government should intervene for shelving the payment of interests on loans from the banks by the farmers for at least one year. 



Child marriage: Twenty, including 
15-yr-old groom, land in jail
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 7
It was a marriage that was not to be. The relatives and the groom, Gajesh, came in a grand baraat to take the bride, Mamta, home today. But in the end, 20 of them including the groom, his father, uncle and brother, landed in jail. The hitch was that Mamta is just 10 years. She is a student of class V. Gajesh too wasn’t of a marriageable age, as he is just 15.

According to the inspector in charge of the women police station, Miss Madhu Malti, the police got a tip-off from a municipal councillor, Bhopal Singh, that a child marriage was being solemnised. The police raided the marriage venue in Nai Basti under the T P Nagar police station and arrested members of the baraat. The bride’s parents manage to give a slip in the melee. It is learnt that all rituals were already completed and that the marriage was solemnised before the police swooped on the venue.

The police took the girl, daughter of Om Prakash, resident of Surajpur Dadri, into custody. It was to be an inter-caste marriage as the girl belongs to the Dalit Jatar community and the groom a Gurjar. During investigation, the police came to know that the terms of dowry were fixed with the girl’s parents. They were Rs 40,000 and a buffalo. However, there had also been a demand for another Rs 5,000. Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel told mediapersons that a person, Rajkumar, had arranged the marriage and the dowry terms.

The bride clad in lehenga-choli and the groom in his brown colour suit were produced before mediapersons. The girl said that she did not know much about the marriage. Her mother had told her in the morning to remain silent as she was going to get married.

The police informed that her father, Om Prakash, had married his elder daughter for a “consideration” of Rs 25,000 two years back. She was also a minor at that time.

The police have registered a case under Sections 3, 5 and 6 of the Child Marriage (Prevention) Act, 1929 and also under Sections 173, 114 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. Police later produced the 20 accused in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, who sent the 20 accused, including the groom, to jail. The court referred the girl for a medical examination after registering her statement. Miss Madhu Matti told ‘NCR Tribune’ that the girl would be in her custody as her parents were still absconding. The development remained the talk of the town the whole day. A large number of people gathered in the woman police station as well as outside the courtroom to get a glimpse of the child bride in full dress. 



Criminal shot dead by 3 youths
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 7
A dreaded criminal, Krishan Kumar, was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne unidentified youths at Bhainswal Kalan village, about 25 km from here, last night.

According to preliminary reports, the victim was standing near the house of Mr Amar Singh, a former Sarpanch of the village, when the alleged assailants reached there and started firing indiscriminately against him. Krishan Kumar tried to escape but he was chased by the trio who continued firing on him, resulting in his death.

The alleged assailants, however, managed to escape before the arrival of a large number of residents of the village there. It is stated that the victim was an eyewitness to the murder of a youth, Deepak, of Nizampur Majra village who was shot dead by four unidentified persons on September 21 last. Deepak had sustained at least 20 bullet injuries on his body whereas Krishan Kumar sustained at least 25 bullet injuries on his body.

The incident has caused panic among the residents of the village. A case has been registered and further investigations are in progress. A hunt is on to arrest the alleged assailants who are still at large. A long-standing enmity is stated to be the cause for the murder. Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for an unidentified youth who managed to escape immediately after getting currency notes worth Rs 10,000 from a woman buyer at an electronics shop on Railway Road here last evening.

According to a report, Ms Rajni a woman of Model Town, along with her brother Vikki came to an electronics shop on Railway Road to purchase a refrigerator. After purchasing the fridge, she gave Rs 10,000 to a youth who was standing inside the shop. On receiving the money, the youth immediately fled from the shop. The woman raised an alarm. Her brother and some other people chased him but failed to apprehend him.



Rly Minister comes a-visiting today 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 7
The visit of the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, to this city tomorrow, the second after he became the Railway Minister, has come as a boon to railway passengers, particularly the daily commuters. Sonepat railway station has been given a facelift, roads repaired, pavements cleaned of weeds and grass, storm water ducts cleared and opened and welcome arches bedecked with flowers erected in and around the railway station.

According to a report, a large number of railway officials have been visiting the railway station for the past few days to make the visit of the Railway Minister a success. The railway workers have also been working overtime for the past couple of days to spruce up the railway platforms and the roads which are to be used by the motorcade of the minister.

The passengers in general and the commuters in particular are happy that at least the minister’s visit has made the authorities get into the action mode to improve the existing facilities on the railway station. It is expected that the railway administration would repeat its performance in respect of other areas of the railway boundary also. The minister is arriving here tomorrow on the invitation of the management of the Hindu Educational and Charitable Society, Sonepat. During his stay, he will inspect a number of educational institutions affiliated to the society and honour brilliant students at a function in Hindu Girls College. The main aim of the visit is to solve the problems of girl students of the college who wanted to get a subway near the gate of the college.



Harassed husbands to fast on Human Rights Day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
The cuckolded and the henpecked, reduced to jocular referrals, might have saved themselves the fate had they thought of approaching a human rights organisation.

Men, or should we say harassed men, in the 21st century certainly have learnt the rules of the game even if it means following the steps of their female counterparts. Harassed husbands and their family members have decided to observe a fast on December 10, which is Human Rights Day, to protest against ‘domestic violence and terrorism’ unleashed by their tyrannical spouses.

Having found an anchor in the Patni Atyachar Virodhi Morcha, a group that supports the victims of female fury and judicial apathy, these victimised men are now seeking recognition for their woes from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The morcha President, Mr R P Chugh, who, incidentally, has been a victim of female fury and was inspired to form the morcha, has urged the NHRC to start a helpline for men. He is of the view that the NHRC has to be apprised of “ how many innocent people need protection of their human rights”.

Mr Chug, a Supreme Court lawyer, points out that harassed husbands have to suffer false cases of dowry and harassment registered against them. He claims these people and their families are falsely implicated and many have to spend time in prison cells for no fault of theirs while their spouses make way with the family fortunes on the pretext of taking back their ‘streedhan’ (dowry).

The NHRC is now being approached to extend a helping hand to these victims by starting a helpline where the complaints against ‘wicked spouses’ can be registered. Explaining the extent of torture these harassed husbands have to face, Mr Chugh points out that the mental torture inflicted by the wives on their husbands in some cases is far greater than the physical violence inflicted by some men on their wives. He backed his claim by citing that the provisions of the Dowry Prohibition act were being used by women to harass their husbands and their family members.

He added that once the harassment for dowry cases are registered, the hapless family finds itself relegated to ignominy. Mr Chugh, who floated the organisation in 1988 following the traumatic experience that he had with his first wife, also claims that in 99 per cent of cases of domestic violence it is the women who are at fault.

Enriched by his own experience, Mr Chug is now seeking a fair deal for the rest of his fraternity. He has called upon all “innocent victims rotting in jails, facing trials in courts and torture in their homes in the country as well as throughout the world” to protest against the injustice by observing a fast. He has also advised them to submit memoranda to their respective high courts, state and district chiefs and High Commission across the globe on December 10.



DSP in the dock for rape
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 7
A case of rape has been filed in the Sihani Gate police station against Circle Officer (DSP) O. P. Kapur posted in Ghaziabad district. He has been charged under half a dozen sections, 376, 311, 354, 323, 504 and 508, of the IPC.

A woman Congress worker of Nand Gram had lodged a complaint against O. P. Kapur for rape. After an inquiry by the SP City, a case has now been formally registered against the police officer. The victim had first complained to the city police. But when no FIR was registered even after the publication of the news in a daily, she lodged a written complaint with the Human Rights Commission, DGP, Lucknow and IG, Meerut police zone that the police officer had barged into her house in Nand Gram on September 29 and raped her.

On that day, O. P. Kapur, CO of local intelligence wing of the police, came to her house for inquiring about some Bangladeshi nationals. She had offered to provide information about them earlier. Finding her alone, he not only molested her but also raped her. Somehow, she managed to push him out of the room and raised an alarm.

After the incident, she and her husband informed the Sihani Gate police about the CO’s apprehensible conduct. Even her written complaint was ignored by the cops there saying that her allegations were fictitious.

Only when the matter was raised in the Human Rights Commission and at the state level, it was investigated afresh by SP City Rajesh Kumar Pandya. It is on the report of the SP City that a case has now been registered against the CO in the Sihani Gate police station.



MP’s Land Cruiser involved in 2 accidents
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
The Delhi Police were today trying to ascertain if the Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to Rajya Sabha MP D .P. Yadav, which was involved in at least two road accidents in different parts of the Capital late last night, was being driven by him or someone else.

At least four persons, including a British national, were injured in the accidents. The police said the incidents occurred in the upmarket Khan Market area and East of Kailash, respectively. The vehicle (DL 5 CB 3455), which was subsequently found abandoned on Aurangzeb Road, has been impounded. The police said the vehicle first knocked down a motorcyclist, Krishan Kumar Bhadoria, in East of Kailash and sped away after the accident. The motorcyclist was not seriously injured though he required hospitalisation.

An hour later, at around 9.50 pm the vehicle rammed into an autorickshaw from the rear in the Khan Market area . Such was the impact of the collision that the rickshaw was thrown against a tree. The occupants, Andrew James and his sister-in-law Rafeeqa, of Defence Colony along with driver Daya Nand were injured and taken to Lohia Hospital. The unidentified driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser sped away after the accident again.



Grand nagar kirtan marks martyrdom day

Seeing is believing
Seeing is believing: President of DSGMC Paramjeet Singh Sarna and former president of the committee Avtar Singh Hit leading the procession on the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur on Saturday. Mr Sarna and Mr Hit have been at the opposing ends of the Akali Dal political spectrum. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi: The martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur was observed at Gurdwara Sis Ganj in the Capital with a grand nagar kirtan conducted by Panj Piaras. Senior members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee took part in the kirtan.

The procession started at 11 am from Gurdwara Sis Ganj, which is dedicated to the memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who laid down his life for the freedom of worship. The roads through which the procession passed were decorated with banners and arches. Bands of schoolchildren accompanied it. On the way, devotees distributed sweets, fruits and langar to the rallyists. The procession passed through Chandni Chowk, Nai Sarak, Ajmeri Gate, Pahar Ganj, Panchkuian Road, Connaught Place, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and terminated at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib. TNS



Chautala’s claim on MNCs coming to 
Haryana disputed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 7
The president of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has disputed the claim of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala that many multinational companies and other NRIs have agreed to set-up their industries in Haryana. He said that no major industry by foreign company had been set-up in the state during the past three years since Mr Chautala came to power.

In a signed press statement issued here today, he said that many industrialists have shifted their units to other states after Mr Chautala came to power in the state on account of the growing lawlessness and rampant corruption in the administration.

Moreover, he pointed out that the ‘anti-industrialist’ tax laws had prompted the entrepreneurs not to set-up their industrial units in Haryana. He also said that the large-scale retrenchment and lockouts in the industrial units have posed a major problem for the workers. He alleged the state government had utterly failed to check the high-handedness of the entrepreneurs. The authorities of the Labour Department, he alleged, were playing a partisan role in disposing of the disputes between the workers and the employers.

Mr Vidrohi alleged that the incidence of unemployment had considerably increased and the state government had failed to provide new job avenues to the educated youths in the state.

He criticised the Chief Minister for going on frequent foreign tours and creating financial chaos for the state exchequer. The Janata Dal leader also criticised the state government for politicising the education and appointing politicians as vice-chancellors of the universities in the state.

He demanded the introduction of new courses in the regional centres at Rewari and Sirsa for the benefits of the students. He also demanded the setting up of a medical college at Gurgaon, IIT at Narnaul and technical institutes at Faridabad to cope with the rush of admissions in the engineering courses.



Nitish lays foundation stone of rail siding
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 7
The Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, laid the foundation stone of the rail siding at the Inland Container Depot here today. He was accompanied by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, his Cabinet colleagues, members of Parliament and senior officials of the Rail Department, Container Corporation of India and the Haryana Warehousing Corporation.

The total cost of the project, which is a joint collaboration venture of the Container Corporation of India (Concor) and the Haryana Warehousing Corporation (HWC), is estimated to be Rs. 24 crore, out of which Rs. 6 crore will be spent by Container Corporation of India for providing two full-fledged rake times. The rest of the investment will be made by Haryana Warehousing Corporation towards provision of an import-export warehouse, general warehouse, administrative building, boundary-wall and requisite paving.

The rail siding will enable Inland Container Depot at Rewari to provide swift and efficient rail connectivity to the gate-way ports to exporters and importers within the catchment area of the Inland Container Depot, which comprises the industrial areas of Rewari, Gurgaon, Bhiwadi, Shahjahanpur, Alwar, Kund, Bawal, Naranaul, Bhiwani and Bahadurgarh along with areas like Kundly, Sonepat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Hisar and Rohtak. Effectively then, it would be helpful to parts of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and western Uttar Pradesh.

The project will be implemented by March 2, 2003. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, asserted that the project would facilitate better trade, commerce and industry in the region and open up new avenues of unemployment to the needy people.

He also said that Container Corporation of India and Haryana Warehousing Corporation would also shortly develop a cold chain, with refrigerator-containers at Kundli for the benefit of fruit and vegetable growers of Haryana. He said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to be signed between these two giants in a specific meeting to be held on December 10, 2002.

Mr Nitish Kumar also announced the sanction for the construction of two four-lane flyovers at the Rewari-Narnaul rail crossing and the Rewari-Jhajjar rail crossing. He publicly acknowledged that the late Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal had been responsible for his rise in politics. He praised the late leader for his contribution to the cause of the farmers in the country.

He also acknowledged the contribution of Mr Om Prakash Chautala in trying to usher in a new era of happiness, prosperity and development in Haryana.

He assured Mr Chautala of his total support in the various developmental works in the state. Earlier, addressing a huge gathering on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that he was proud that Haryana now had a top grade infrastructure, which would be instrumental in attracting foreign investments on a large-scale.

He also said that he had received an assurance from Mr Nitish Kumar that the provision for the Rewari-Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh rail line would be made in the next railway budget.

The Haryana Health Minister, Dr M.L. Ranga, Mr Rao Man Singh, member of the Rajya Sabha, Mr A.K.Kohli, managing director, Container Corporation of India and Mrs Jayawanti Sheskand, managing director, Haryana Warehousing Corporation also spoke on this occasion.



New political party with employment 
agenda floated 
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 7
A new political party, ‘Haryana Rozgar Manch’ has been floated by Dr Satbir Singh, Mr Banwari Lal and their associates to provide an alternative to the people of Haryana who are now yearning for a change.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Dr Satbir Singh (working president) and Mr Banwari Lal (convenor), both retired government officials and residents of Rohtak, said that they were determined to make it a ‘party with a difference.

Commenting on the state of affairs prevailing in Haryana, they asserted that there was an urgency to end the baneful nexus between the politicians, bureaucrats and big sharks who have all along been a drain on the state exchequer.

Elaborating on the agenda of their new political outfit, they said that unemployment is the biggest problem, which needed to be tackled on a war footing to save the youths from taking to crimes. He added that as many as 11,50,000 jobless youths were registered with the various employment exchanges throughout the state.

They maintained that if their party was voted to power, it would provide a monthly unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 to each jobless graduate.

They also said that the monthly pension to the old, widows and disabled persons would be raised to Rs 500.

They also emphasised that the party would carry out administrative reforms which would mainly concentrate on the introduction of a three-tier system, comprising the chief minister, the district minister (DM) and the village minister (VM).

They said that a legislator of the district would be made the district minister. The village minister would be a senior elected representative of the village panchayat.

They also announced that specific assignments would be given to members of Parliament in addition to their constitutional responsibilities.

They further said that they had now covered five districts—Hisar, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Rewari—and the remaining 14 districts would be covered shortly.

They declared that Haryana Rozgar Manch would field its candidates in all the ninety Assembly constituencies during the next polls.



Ram Mandir to be built during Cong rule: VHP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 7
The vice-president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Acharya Giriraj Kishore, has predicted that the construction of the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya would be completed during the regime of the Congress as the BJP had shown indifference to the cause of Hindus.

Talking to mediapersons here last evening, he accused AICC president Sonia Gandhi of spreading hatred between the two communities in Gujarat to win the assembly elections. She had recently participated in a conference by a centre associated with the family of Osama bin Laden and Islamic organisations, he said.

The VHP leader also said that the greatest threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country was from the terrorists. The ISI was playing a vital role in spreading terrorism and militancy not only in our country but also in other countries. He alleged that the ISI was establishing its network in Bangladesh to implement its own selfish ends and that it was also engaged in forcible conversion of Hindus into Islam.

He criticised US President George Bush for being indifferent towards cross-border terrorism. He said that the US was interested in wiping out terrorism only from its lands.

He felt that the communal riots in Gujarat had left with bitterness among the people and peace could be restored only after the assembly elections in the state. He said that India would remain a Hindu Rashtra and it did not need any certificate in this respect from any quarter.

The VHP leader also asserted that certain ‘Aayaats’ of the holy Koran preached hatred against other religions and there was an urgent need to mend them. He claimed that none of the Hindu religious texts preached disharmony among various communities and that it was high time that the country followed the path shown by the Upanishads and other holy books. 



Royalty to peasantry: Girl child unwanted

The recent rape of a medical student in the national Capital in broad daylight received much public attention and widespread condemnation and expression of concern over the sense of insecurity experienced by women in cities like Delhi.

But illiteracy, poverty and violence remain constant threats to the welfare of women in our society, particularly among the weaker sections. Unless the girl in the countryside is educated there can be little remedy to the situation.

Not long ago, newspapers reported an alarming fall in the female-male ratio of population in states like Punjab and Tamil Nadu. Traditions in our land contain elements which are discriminatory against the girl child. Her travails begins even before birth.

Banning sex determination tests could be no solution to this discrimination: attitudes will have to change. Otherwise, the scenario of dowry deaths, female foeticide and ill-treatment of widows will not come to an end in our land.

Though discrimination against women may be considered a universal phenomenon, this is more marked in the Asian region. It is in this context that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) decided to observe December 9 as SAARC Girl Child Day.

The World Conference on Women Platform for Action (Beijing, 1995) recognised that in many countries in spite of progress reported, for example, in terms of access to primary school, girls are still discriminated against. This starts even before they are born.

In many developing countries, the bias in favour of boys persists. In certain traditional cultures, people use sexual and nutritional practices which are supposed to lead to the birth of a boy. New reproduction techniques, genetic planning and sexual selection offer the means to avoid the birth of a girl. Such techniques are increasingly common in both industrialised and developing countries.

A survey carried out in an Indian hospital in 1995 showed that in a sample of 700 pregnant women only 4 per cent of those expecting a girl child decided to bring their pregnancy to term. (Quoted by Neera Sahoni, Editor of the Pacific News Service).

Similarly, some surveys in the USA revealed a clear preference for male babies as the first child. According to a famous anecdote, when Mohammed Ali, former world boxing champion, was asked how many children he had, he answered, “One boy and seven errors”. For centuries, sayings and habits worldwide have spread this prejudice. Even now, in the United Kingdom, the birth of a prince is acclaimed by a 21-gun salute whereas a princess only receives 10. In China, girls are considered as “worms in the rice”. In Mexico’s rural areas boys’ umbilical cords are buried outside in a field whereas a girl’s umbilical cord is buried next to the fireplace of the home, anticipating the roles that society expects them to fulfil. From princess to peasant discrimination begins early.

Abortion of the female foetus is yet to become an issue of public debate in our land. An e-mail received from abroad depicts an imaginary conversation between a female foetus and its mother:

Dear Mommy,

I am in heaven now, sitting on Jesus’ lap. He loves me and cries with me; for my heart has been broken. I so wanted to be your little girl. I don’t quite understand what happened. I was so excited when I began realising my existence. I was in a dark, yet comfortable place. I saw I had fingers and toes. I was pretty far along in my developing, yet no near ready to leave my surroundings. I spent most of my time thinking or sleeping. Even from my earliest days, I felt a special bonding between you and me.

Sometimes I heard you crying and I cried with you. Sometimes you would yell or scream, then cry. I heard Daddy yelling back. I was sad, and hoped you would be better soon. I wondered why you cried so much. One day you cried almost all of the day. I hurt for you. I couldn’t imagine why you were so unhappy.

That same day, the most horrible thing happened. A very mean monster came into that warm, comfortable place I was in. I was so scared, I began screaming, but you never once tried to help me. May be you never heard me. The monster got closer and closer as I was screaming and screaming, “Mommy, Mommy, help me please; Mommy, help me. ” Complete terror is all I felt. I screamed and screamed until I thought I couldn’t anymore. Then the monster started ripping my arm off. It hurt so bad; the pain I can never explain. It didn’t stop. I screamed in horror as it ripped my leg off. Though I was in such complete pain. I was dying. I knew I would never see your face or hear you say how much you love me. I wanted to make all your tears go away. I had so many plans to make you happy. No I couldn’t; all my dreams were shattered.

Though I was in utter pain and horror, I felt the pain of my heart breaking, above all. I wanted more than anything to be your daughter. No use now, for I was dying a painful death. I could only imagine the terrible things that had been done to you. I wanted to tell you that I love you before I was gone, but I didn’t know the words you could understand….

I don’t know what Abortion is; I guess that’s the name of the monster. I’m writing to say that I love you and to tell you how much I wanted to be your little girl. I tried very hard to live. I wanted to live. I had the will, but I couldn’t; the monster was too powerful. It sucked my arm and legs off… finally got all of me. It was impossible to live. I just wanted you to know I tried to stay with you. I didn’t want to die. Mommy, please watch out for that Abortion monster. Mommy, I love you and I would hate for you to go through the kind of pain I did. Please be careful.

Love Your Baby Girl

M P K Kutty



Kalinjar: The erstwhile Chandela stronghold is quite a fort to see
Tribune News Service


Air: The nearest airport is at Khajuraho: 172 km.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Atarra (38 km) on the Banda-Satna route, 57 km from Banda Station. Sone of the important trains are 1107/1108 Bundelkhand Express, 1449/1550 Mahakaushal Express, 5009, 5010 Chitrakoot Express.

Road: Kalinjar is linked by road to all important centres in the region with regular bus services. It is about 256 km from Jhansi, 285 km from Lucknow and 57 km from Banda.

Located in the ancient land of Jejakbhukti, Bundelkhand, the Kalinjar fort is situated at a height of 700 ft in the Vindhya ranges and is accessible through seven gateways — the Alamgir Darwaza, Ganesh Dwar, Chauburji Darwaza, Buddh Bhandra Darwaza, Hanuman Dwar, Lal Darwaza and Bara Darwaza.

The fort was a Chandela stronghold from the 9th to the 15th centuries and remained invincible up to the time of the Mughals. Akbar finally conquered it in 1569 and gifted it to Birbal, one of the nine jewels of his court. From Birbal it went to the legendary Bundela warrior, Chhatrasal.

The township of Kalinjar was accessible from four gateways, of which only three are remaining today. These are the Kamta Dwar, Panna Dwar and Rewa Dwar.

Within the fort are two palaces, the Raja Mahal and the Rani Mahal, which attract visitors. The other places of interest include Sta sej, a small cave containing a stone bed and pillow used by hermits, a reservoir known as Patal Ganga. It also has a Pandu-Kund, where water trickles from the horizontal crevices of stratified rock, and Budha-Budhi taal, with waters that are believed to have healing qualities.

Bhairon-ki-jharia or Manduk Bhairon, the Mrigdhara or Antelope’s spring situated within an inner chamber of the rampart, and Koti Tirth, which is an important place of pilgrimage where lepers are believed to be cured, are other spots to visit.

Neelkanth Temple built by the Chandela ruler, Parmardideva, is another place to see. Standing next to the Swarge Rohan pool, it has a huge 18-armed image of Kal Bhairav, the fearsome aspect of Lord Shiva.

Vankhandeshwar Mahadev Temple located at the source of the Shivasari Ganga is also worth a visit.

Excursion from the place:


Bhairon figure on a wall of Kalinjar fort.

Rani Mahal

As far as 172 km from Kalinjar, this site of the now world-famous temples built between 950 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandelas is a must-see. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, these temples celebrate the human form and man’s spiritual and physical aspects.


At a distance of 86 km, it is situated on the banks of the Mandakini and is a religious centre made famous by its mention in the Ramayana.


Located at a distance of 109 km, Mahoba is a lesser known destination. It has several lakes created in medieval times. The famous Sun Temple at Rahilla and ruins of temples built in the same style are same as the ones at Khajuraho.


At a distance of 96 km, it is a forest hill fort. It was once approachable by five massive gateways. Among the important sites within the fort are Paramal Tal built by Parmardidev and Ajaypal’s temple.



CSE unveils Agarwal Clean Air Model for Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
The former Chief Justice of India, Justice B. N. Kirpal, unveiled the Clean Air Model, originally conceived by Mr Anil Agarwal, in a public meeting organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recently. In fact, Anil Agarwal is the founder director of the CSE.

The Anil Agarwal Clean Air Model developed by the CSE as a policy tool had laid bare how daunting the task had been to stabilise pollution levels in the Capital in view of the growing number of vehicles. If the people of Delhi hadn’t got support from the Supreme Court, the air here would have been many times worse. Delhi would have been choking with 38 per cent more particulates. In fact, the high particulate content is killing one person per hour in the Capital now.

Based on the results of the model, the CSE has developed a ‘People’s Manifesto’ to chart the future course of action to clean up the air of Delhi. This was presented to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, at the meeting.

Mr Bhure Lal, chairperson of the statutory panel, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, who has been advising the Supreme Court on vehicular pollution, addressed the key demands of the peoples’ charter.

The charter calls for improve fuel; improve emission technologies; introduce Euro-IV equivalent emission standards by 2005 so that we can claim the best technologies for pollution control; let the market decide once emission norms are locally competitive. Carmakers, you believe in the market, don’t you, the charter asks.

It says ban private diesel cars, restrict dieselisation of commercial fleet or introduce Euro IV urgently. “Diesel emissions are toxic. Killer fumes. Diesel vehicles will continue to grow because of distorted fuel prices. Ban it, or advance norms to bring in ultra low sulphur diesel that puts paid to particulate pollution.”

“Improve two-wheeler emission norms to Bharat Stage II norms from 2004 and Bharat Stage III norms from 2006. Set emission norms for particulates by 2004. Two-wheelers are an Asian phenomena. Only we can make the technology push,” the charter says.

Alternative fuels like CNG and LPG are very helpful. “Consider that alternative fuels allow us a quantum leap in controlling emissions. Take CNG as an example. Its introduction allows us to advance emission norms by eight years in terms of particulate emissions, it says. 



Need to develop positive social traits emphasised 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad December 7
The need to seek inspiration from some of the developed countries so that we dedicate our self to the cause of the country, was emphasised by Mr Rajender Beesla, the MLA from Ballabhgarh.

He said although India has enough resources and trained manpower, yet we need to seek inspiration’ from other countries to achieve the status of a developed state.

The MLA who had accompanied the Chief Minister on the recently concluded foreign tour, said that the tour had been a real eye opener for him.

Talking to NCR Tribune, Mr Beesla said the people of the US, Japan and Europe were self-disciplined. He said that the people were `responsible' and were accountable towards their work. According to Mr Beesla if various sections of the society, including teachers, parents, political leaders, bureaucrats and all those occupying responsible positions became responsible, India could achieve the status of a developed country.

He also felt the need to inculcate such `social' traits and moral values in the younger generation, who are the future leaders of our country.

He claimed that the foreign tour was helpful in attracting multinationals and leading entrepreneurs to invest in Indian industries. Industrialisation, he felt, would help in curbing unemployment in the country and augment development. 



Infants burnt alive 
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 7
Two infants, Bal Raj and Panjabi, were killed when a cottage was set on fire by some villagers in Mundhalia village, about 8 km from here last evening.

Ghanshyam, a resident of Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, along with his wife, one daughter and five sons, had been living in that cottage for the past several months.

It is alleged that some villagers, who had a quarrel with Ghanshyam over some matter, set the cottage on fire when he along with his wife and two elder sons were away. While a son and a daughter managed to escape, the two infants were killed in the fire. The Rewari Sadar police have registered a case of murder under Sections 302, 436 of the IPC against Raj Bir, the son of Chiranji Lal who is absconding.

Erratic power supply

Residents of Nahar and its surrounding villages in the Kosli subdivision of Rewari district are unhappy at the erratic and inadequate power supply in their villages.

Mr Satya Narain Ganwal, a spokesman of the villagers, said that the increasing menace of unscheduled power cuts had aggravated their hardships caused by extreme paucity of power supply. He also said that officials of the DHVPN were seemingly discriminating against consumers of the Nahar feeder by resorting to unscheduled power cuts while most other feeders of the Kosli subdivision were immune from such cuts.

The agitated villagers have urged the Chief Minister to immediately direct the concerned officials to ensure uninterrupted adequate power supply to the villages.

Schoolgirl killed, traffic blocked

Faridabad: A nine-year-old schoolgirl was crushed to death by a speeding truck on the Ballabgarh-Tigaon road this morning. Agitated villagers blocked the road for over an hour to demand the arrest of the culprit. The girl, identified as Pinki, was going to her school when the accident took place. The blockade was lifted after officials intervened. The truck driver fled after the incident.

In another case, students of Government College in Sector 16 A also blocked the national highway (Mathura Road) this morning in support of their demands, which included regular halts by Haryana Roadways buses near the Magpie tourist complex located near the college and allowing the students to appear in the supplementary examination. The blockade ended after an hour when district officials intervened and gave an assurance on considering their demands.

Girl, mother commit suicide

Bhiwani: Dissatisfied with the selection of the groom for her a young girl and her mother committed suicide here late yesterday. The girl’s father, Rohtash, told this correspondent that he had selected a match for his daughter Monika (23). Since his daughter had completed her MSc she considered the boy selected for her a ‘mismatch’ and denied the proposal. Rohtash said Monika and her mother Shanti (53) took some poisonous substance last night. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital when he noticed both of them vomiting. OC



Parks handed over to RWAs 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 7
The District Administration handed over four more parks to the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) for overall supervision and maintenance. The authorities, therefore, has handed over about a dozen parks so far.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) would provide men and funds for maintaining the parks.

He said the residents would develop a social responsibility for upkeep of their neighbourhood parks, which were lying unattended.

The administration handed over the parks of Sector-9, Sector-10, Sector-7B and Sector-7C to the respective RWAs.



One killed as worker goes on a stabbing spree 
Our Corespondent

Noida, December 7
Dinesh Rai, a worker in a factory in Sector 57, stabbed his employer, Rajiv Shukla, and four others over a monetary dispute.

One of the workers later succumbed to his injuries in a government hospital. According to the police of Sector 58, Dinesh and his brother, Shailesh, worked at T.I.Ltd in C-19, Sector 57.

A few days ago Shailesh was injured while working in the factory. Shukla had promised to bear the medical expenses of Shailesh. However, when Dinesh approached him for monetary support, Shukla declined.

This infuriated Dinesh, who whipped out a knife and stabbed Shukla. When security guards and others came to Shukla's rescue, Dinesh stabbed them too. He, then, fled from the scene.

The police at Sector 58 were immediately informed about the incident. They rushed the injured to the government hospital in Sector 30. One of the workers is reported to have succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

The police have arrested Dinesh's brother Shailesh from Bishan Pura. Dinesh is absconding.



Member of Russian cultural group found dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
A member of a Russian cultural group was found dead under mysterious circumstance at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place.

The deceased Pavel Shevtsov, who was staying in Room No.1123, was found dead this evening.

His passport (Number 0043943) had visa to visit India from September 12 to December 11. The death was reported to the police by the chief security officer of the hotel.

Watchman murdered: A 55-year-old watchman of a furniture shop was found murdered inside the shop at the Panchkuian Road on Friday night. The shop owner reported that Rs 29,000 cash had been missing from the cash box.

The victim, identified as Pan Singh, hails from Uttaranchal and was working as a chowkidaar in the shop for the last 30 years. He had injuries on his head. The dead body was discovered today morning by the shopkeeper when he opened the shop. The police registered a murder-cum-robbery case and launched a haunt to nab the culprit.

Dacoity bid foiled: The West district police today claimed to have arrested five dacoits and claimed to have averted a major dacoity in Paschim Vihar area.

The suspects Shiv Kumar, resident of Meerut, Sanjay Mahavir Prasad, resident of Subhash Mohalla, Raj Pal, resident of Nihal Vihar, Surinder, resident of Uttam Nagar and Joginder, resident of Nihal Vihal, were nabbed by the police after overpowering them.

Two loaded country-made weapons, two spring- actuated knives and two live cartridges were recovered from their possession. During interrogation, the suspects disclosed that they had planned a dacoity as they had prior information about a person carrying huge amount of money in his car.

Illicit liquor seized: The West district police arrested two Napalese and recovered 296 bottles of illicit liquor worth Rs 66,000 from them. The police also claimed to have seized two vehicles, which were used to transport the illicit liquor. The accused Suraj and Resham alias Anil, were nabbed by a special team on the Rohtak road near Super Bazar.

Woman found dead: A 65-year-old woman was found dead at her house in Sainik Farms today morning. The victim Geeta Narayan was staying alone at her house after the death of her husband two years ago. Her children are staying outside Delhi.

The police said that Geeta’s house was found ransacked and the domestic help who was employed by her ten days ago was missing ever since the incident took place. The police suspect the hand of the servant in this case and have launched an intensive search to nab him.



Three injured in road accidents

Sonepat: Three persons were injured last evening, one of them seriously, when they were hit by a vehicle on G.T.Road near Kundli village about 25 km from here. They were crossing the road when the accident occurred.

According to a report, all the injured persons, namely Ram Bahadur and his six-year-old son Ankit and Veer Bahadur, were hospitalised. They have also been referred to the Trauma Centre at Delhi for further treatment. The police have registered the case and investigations were on.

Cyclist injured: A cyclist was seriously injured on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near Fazilpur village about 4 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured cyclist is being treated in a civil hospital.

School building Inaugurated: Mrs Sangeeta Roy, the chairperson of the Hospital Welfare Society, inaugurated the new building of the Government Primary School at Kot Mohalla here today.

Mr R.P.Bhardwaj, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Mrs Kanta Sharma, the District Primary Education Officer, were among those who were present on the occasion.

At another function, the Additional Deputy Commissioner gave away prizes to the brilliant students at a function organised at the Government Girls Primary School in Jatwara Mohalla here yesterday. The function was presided over by Mrs Kanta Sharma, DPEO, Sonepat.

Stir threat: The Roadways Workers Union has threatened to launch an agitation on December 14 if the authorities failed to meet the legitimate demands of the employees. In a press release, the union also deplored the lackadaisical attitude of the general manager of Sonepat Roadways Depot towards the employees. OC



Corporate responsibility to protect 
air must be listed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 7
A detailed and comprehensive draft charter on the corporate responsibility for environment protection must be prepared to ensure that industry, especially the cement manufacturing units, is able to keep the ambient air pollution level well within the permissible limit.

This was stated by Mr V. K. Duggal, Special Secretary to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, while addressing an interactive high-level meeting at the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) complex here on Thursday. He said that there was a need for such a charter to ascertain all the environmental parameters and assess its overall impact on the society.

He said the cement industry had played and was playing a vital role in the development of infrastructure and housing requirements, but it should not contribute to the dangers posed by pollution. He claimed that although the Indian cement industry had achieved the second position in the world in cement manufacturing, the per capita consumption of cement was well below if compared to the developed countries.

Prof Dilip Biswas, chairman, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), invited all cement manufacturing units to participate whole-heartedly in the nation-wide anti-pollution drive. Offering full support from the CPCB, be said the units must ensure all measures to meet the standards of pollution control in and around. He said the industry needed to interact with the CPCB on all environmental issues and maintain optimum conditions, adopting state-of-the-art technologies. 



GGSI University exams from Dec 9
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 7
The end term examinations of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and its affiliated institutes for B.Tech, BBA, LLB and MCA programmes shall commence from December 9, 2002. The date sheets are available on the website of the university.

NIOS results: The results of the senior secondary and secondary examinations, conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), held during September-November 2002, will be declared on the night of December 9 and 10. The results will be available on the website and the marksheet and migration certificates will be available at the respective AI (study centres) from December 16.


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