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Victim’s silence regarding rape not proof of consent: HCJustice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal made the observation while rejecting a rape convict’s defence that the victim’s silence about the incident proved consensual sexual relations.

Victim’s silence regarding rape not proof of consent: HC

22 Oct 2017 | 1:33 PM

NEW DELHI: The silence of a rape victim cannot be taken as proof of consent for sexual relations, the Delhi High Court has observed while upholding a man’s 10-year jail term for raping a pregnant woman.

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New Delhi, October 22

The silence of a rape victim cannot be taken as proof of consent for sexual relations, the Delhi High Court has observed while upholding a man’s 10-year jail term for raping a pregnant woman.

Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal made the observation while rejecting a rape convict’s defence that the victim’s silence about the incident proved consensual sexual relations.

“The defence taken by the accused that the prosecutrix (victim) had consensual sexual relations with him which is pointed out from her silence about the incident, holds no ground, as mere silence cannot be taken as proof of consensual sexual relations as she has also stated that she was being threatened by the accused.

“Thus, any act of sexual intercourse in the absence of consent would amount to an act of rape,” the high court said while upholding a trial court’s 2015 decision to convict and sentence to 10-year imprisonment one Munna, who was then 28, for repeatedly raping a 19-year-old woman.

The high court also upheld the decision of the trial court to acquit Munna of the offences of kidnapping, saying there were inconsistencies in the woman’s statements regarding how she had reached Delhi.

It also agreed with the subordinate court’s decision to acquit him and co-accused Suman Kumar of the charge of trying to sell the woman into prostitution as alleged by her.

The high court was hearing Munna’s appeal against his conviction and sentence, as well as the plea of the police challenging the trial court’s decision to acquit the two men of the other offences.

According to the woman, she had come to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh in December 2010 and met Munna and Kumar who had allegedly lured her with the promise of work.

She had alleged that Munna took her to Panipat in Haryana where she was confined to a flat for around two months and was repeatedly raped by him. She had also alleged that he had threatened to kill her if she tried to escape.

Later, Munna took her to a flat in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, rented by Kumar, and from there they brought her to another flat in Shastri Park here, she had alleged.

She had also told the police that on April 1, 2011, when Kumar got to know that Munna had raped her in his absence, the two men had fought and the former had called the cops. PTI

Sushma Swaraj leaves for Bangladesh on two-day visit

Sushma Swaraj leaves for Bangladesh on two-day visit

22 Oct 2017 | 1:44 PM

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday left for Dhaka on a two-day visit where she will participate in the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee meeting.

Man held for killing colleague, keeping body in fridge: police

Man held for killing colleague, keeping body in fridge: police

22 Oct 2017 | 1:36 PM

NEW DELHI: A 31-year-old man was arrested here for allegedly killing his co-worker, chopping off his body parts and hiding them in a refrigerator after suspecting his colleague of having an affair with his wife, police said.

Family of man who died in road mishap gets Rs 23 lakh compensation

22 Oct 2017 | 9:36 AM

NEW DELHI: The family members of a 21-year-old man, who was killed after being hit by a rashly driven truck two years ago, have been awarded over Rs 23 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

IIT Kharagpur student dies after falling off hostel building

22 Oct 2017 | 12:39 PM

KHARAGPUR (WB): A student of the IIT Kharagpur died after falling off the terrace of a hostel, the police said on Sunday. Nikhil Bhatia, a final-year student of mining engineering, was found in a pool of blood on the ground of the Lal Bahadur Hall of the campus on Saturday morning.

Envoy met Swaraj, but not on Jadhav, Pak clarifies

Envoy met Swaraj, but not on Jadhav, Pak clarifies

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but dismissed as “speculative” the reports in media that the two discussed the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Missing Pak scribe found after 2 years

Missing Pak scribe found after 2 years

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

LAHORE: A Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago has been rescued, officials said.

Hardik, 2 more ‘all set to join’ Cong in Gujarat

Hardik, 2 more ‘all set to join’ Cong in Gujarat

22 Oct 2017 | 1:16 PM

AHMEDABAD:The BJP in Gujarat is in a quandary with the state’s three youth icons — OBC Manch convener Alpesh Thakore, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani — who together have a sway over 70 per cent of the voters, deciding to join the Congress.

A tribute to Nain Singh Rawat, first to survey Tibet

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22 Oct 2017 | 1:04 PM

NEW DELHI:Search engine giant Google today celebrated the 187th birth anniversary of intrepid Himalayan explorer Nain Singh Rawat, the first man to survey Tibet, with a doodle.

Drama after Tamil film mocks GST

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22 Oct 2017 | 12:18 PM

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When Netaji set up Azad Hind provisional govt 74 yrs ago

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22 Oct 2017 | 12:34 PM

NEW DELHI:On this day 74 years ago, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had announced the establishment of the provisional government of Azad Hind in occupied Singapore in 1943.

MNS men evict hawkers from railway stations

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

MUMBAI: Activists belonging to Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena today evicted hawkers from Thane and Kalyan railway stations in Mumbai as threatened by party leader Raj Thackeray earlier this month.

383 policemen martyred in past year

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22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

NEW DELHI: Listing the names of police personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty this year, Rajiv Jain, Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), today said that out of the 383 martyrs, 56 belonged to the BSF and 42 were from Jammu and Kashmir.

RSS worker shot dead in UP

RSS worker shot dead in UP

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

LUCKNOW: Tension gripped Ghazipur today after three motorcycle-borne men shot dead 38-year old RSS worker Rajesh Mishra, a journalist with a national Hindi daily, and critically injured his younger brother.

‘Corrupt’ BJP worker in jail after CM Yogi intervenes

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

LUCKNOW: A woman BJP worker from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s constituency of Gorakhpur has been sent to jail after his intervention for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 to get a theft accused released.

Rank Rankle in Forces Part-II

Panel report may lead to discontent: Armed forces

22 Oct 2017 | 10:05 AM

NEW DELHI: A storm is brewing in South Block, headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in the national capital. In view of the rank-parity committee’s draft, the armed forces have warned against violating “established equations”. They say it could cause “dissatisfaction” among forces and give rise to “avoidable litigation”.

Akshay joins drive to ‘sweeten’ Diwali for kin of slain cops

Akshay joins drive to ‘sweeten’ Diwali for kin of slain cops

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

MUMBAI: The Diwali festival has become merrier for families of 103 slain policemen and Army personnel in Maharashtra, courtesy an initiative by a senior IPS officer and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, with the latter contributing over Rs 25 lakh for the cause.

JD(U) Sharad faction to hold party poll in March

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22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

NEW DELHI: The Sharad Yadav faction of JD(U) today announced that the party would hold organisational elections on March 11.

10 labourers killed as truck overturns in M’rashtra

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

SANGLI: A truck ferrying labourers overturned in the district’s Manerajuri village today, killing 10 of them and injuring 22 others, the police said.

Chilean poet Neruda did not die of cancer, say experts

Chilean poet Neruda did not die of cancer, say experts

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

SANTIAGO: A team of international scientists said today that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to rest one of the great mysteries of post-coup Chile.

HAMMER & TONGS

And now time for ‘The Good Messenger’

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

These days I long for a daily which just gives good news.

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RBI clears air on Aadhaar-bank link

22 Oct 2017 | 2:07 AM

NEW DELHI: With customers rushing to link bank accounts with Aadhaar, the RBI has clarified that it never issued directions, but it was a government decision.

Uber driver arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of woman passenger

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21 Oct 2017 | 10:16 PM

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Police on Saturday arrested an Uber cab driver for allegedly masturbating while ferrying a 25-year-old woman.

Congress, PUCL condemn Rajasthan govt ordinance shielding judges, babus

Congress, PUCL condemn Rajasthan govt ordinance shielding judges, babus

21 Oct 2017 | 9:58 PM

JAIPUR: The opposition Congress and civil rights group People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on Saturday condemned the Rajasthan government’s ordinance protecting judges and bureaucrats from probe without its prior sanction

10 labourers killed, 22 injured as truck overturns in Maharashtra

21 Oct 2017 | 7:53 PM

SANGLI: A truck ferrying labourers overturned in the district’s Manerajuri village on Saturday, killing 10 of them and injuring 22 others, the police said.

AAP announces names of 11 candidates for Gujarat polls

21 Oct 2017 | 7:17 PM

AHMEDABAD: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday declared its first list of candidates for eleven Assembly constituencies in Gujarat, but said it would not contest from the seats where it was weak.

Kerala’s ‘Kudumbashree School’ opens

21 Oct 2017 | 7:11 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala’s all-women self-help group “Kudumbashree’ on Saturday opened a special academic platform to impart training for its 43 lakh members targeting their socio-cultural, educational and overall personality development.

Sitharaman to attend South Asian Defence Ministers’ meet in Philippines

Sitharaman to attend South Asian Defence Ministers’ meet in Philippines

21 Oct 2017 | 6:20 PM

NEW DELHI: In her first foreign visit as Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman will travel to the Philippines on Monday to attend a South Asian Defence Ministers’ meeting which is likely to review the regional security architecture, including China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Meeting Dalai Lama 'major offence', China warns world leaders

Meeting Dalai Lama 'major offence', China warns world leaders

21 Oct 2017 | 10:17 PM

BEIJING: China on Saturday warned that it would consider as a “major offence” if any country or foreign leader hosts or meets the Dalai Lama as it deems the Tibetan spiritual leader a “separatist” trying to split Tibet from it.

Jharkhand 'starvation' death: Victim’s mother thrown out of village

Jharkhand 'starvation' death: Victim’s mother thrown out of village

21 Oct 2017 | 10:09 PM

RANCHI: The mother of an 11-year-old girl, who allegedly died due to starvation on September 28, was on Saturday thrown out of her village in Jharkhand’s Simdega district.

Keep me out of Tipu Jayanti celebrations: Union Minister to Karnataka

21 Oct 2017 | 5:15 PM

BENGALURU: Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde has conveyed to the Karnataka government not to invite him to the “shameful” event of Tipu Sultan Jayanti on November 10.

Gujarat polls: Cong invites Hardik, Alpesh, Mevani to join hands

Gujarat polls: Cong invites Hardik, Alpesh, Mevani to join hands

21 Oct 2017 | 10:06 PM

AHMEDABAD: Hoping to garner support of various communities in Gujarat Assembly polls, the state Congress on Saturday invited Patidar quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel, Thakor community leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the party to defeat the ruling BJP.

Man repeatedly thrashes girl for asking not to make noise

Man repeatedly thrashes girl for asking not to make noise

21 Oct 2017 | 5:19 PM

MUMBAI: A 16-year-old girl was left with a fractured nose after a man allegedly repeatedly hit her for asking him and his friends not to indulge in loud arguments at Kurla-Nehrunagar here, police said on Saturday.

Clashes over burning crackers, several injured in Muzaffarnagar

21 Oct 2017 | 3:28 PM

MUZAFFARNAGAR: Several people from the Dalit community were injured in a clash over burning of firecrackers at Muzaffarnagar’s Charthawal town, the police said on Saturday. Trouble started when some Dalit youths opposed the bursting of crackers by another group, they said.

Pollutants dispersing in Delhi but air quality is still bad

Pollutants dispersing in Delhi but air quality is still bad

21 Oct 2017 | 4:18 PM

NEW DELHI: The volume of pollutants markedly came down in Delhi on Saturday with their rapid dispersion caused by a strong wind movement, a day after Diwali.

India should make its own decisions on ties with Iran: United States

India should make its own decisions on ties with Iran: United States

21 Oct 2017 | 10:05 PM

WASHINGTON: India should make its own decisions on the relationship with Iran based on its interests, a top US official has said, days after President Donald Trump condemned Tehran as a “fanatical regime” and threatened to terminate the landmark nuclear deal.

Party and people are with me, says Chandy reacting to solar scam fallout

21 Oct 2017 | 1:35 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Saturday said he has the support of the people and the Congress party, even after being named as an accused in the 2013 solar panel scam.

Modi is with us, nobody can shake AIADMK, says Tamil Nadu minister

Modi is with us, nobody can shake AIADMK, says Tamil Nadu minister

21 Oct 2017 | 3:42 PM

ANDIPATTI (TN): Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajendra Balaji has said "nobody can shake" the AIADMK so long as Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to support the party.

Rahul Gandhi slams PM Narendra Modi over ‘interference’ in ‘Mersal’

Rahul Gandhi slams PM Narendra Modi over ‘interference’ in ‘Mersal’

21 Oct 2017 | 4:13 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Narendra Modi over the BJP’s demand for removal of dialogues critical of the GST in Tamil movie ‘Mersal’.

Gorakhpur BJP worker arrested for accepting bribe after CM intervenes

Gorakhpur BJP worker arrested for accepting bribe after CM intervenes

21 Oct 2017 | 5:01 PM

LUCKNOW: A woman BJP leader from chief minister Adityanath’s constituency, Gorakhpur, was arrested recently following his intervention for reportedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000, sources said on Saturday.

RSS worker shot dead, brother injured in UP’s Ghazipur

RSS worker shot dead, brother injured in UP’s Ghazipur

21 Oct 2017 | 1:03 PM

LUCKNOW: Tension has gripped Ghazipur after two motorcycle-borne miscreants shot dead an RSS worker Rajesh Mishra and injured his brother Anitesh.

Maharashtra ST buses back on roads after high court rap

21 Oct 2017 | 1:02 PM

MUMBAI: Striking employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Saturday called off their five-day strike after the Bombay High Court ruled it illegal.

Venkaiah Naidu discharged from AIIMS after angioplasty

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21 Oct 2017 | 2:59 PM

NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who underwent angioplasty at the premier AIIMS hospital here, was discharged on Saturday.

10 labourers killed as truck overturns in Sangli district of Maharashtra

21 Oct 2017 | 11:02 AM

SANGLI: A truck ferrying labourers overturned near here on Saturday, killing 10 of them and injuring 20 others, police said. The truck flipped over at a sharp turn amid low visibility near Tasgaon town in this western Maharashtra district in the morning, it said.

Veteran journalist’s murder: CCTV footage of 5 suspects released

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21 Oct 2017 | 11:05 AM

MOHALI: A month after the murder of veteran journalist KJ Singh and his mother at their residence here, the Mohali police on Saturday released CCTV footage of five suspects.

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