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Minorís rape bid: DCW seeks action against callous cops
New Delhi, September 25
Callousness on the part of the Delhi police is not unheard of as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) points out while taking cognisance of a complaint of the parents of a 10-year-old mentally deranged girl, who was allegedly molested last week by her 55-year-old neighbour, Hari Ram in his Jhuggi No 113 at Nanakpura's Shri Ram JJ Camp of South Campus.
MLA and chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh poses with the memorandum that she gave to Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, demanding justice for the victim of sexual assault. MLA and chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh poses with the memorandum that she gave to Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, demanding justice for the victim of sexual assault. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

French woman found dead in
New Delhi, September 25
The body of a 54-year-old French woman was found under mysterious circumstance inside her room in Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Malviya Nagar in South Delhi yesterday.


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17 children saved from plastic unit 
New Delhi, September 25
Seventeen children, including two girls, engaged in plastic and blanket cover factory were rescued today from the Bavana industrial area in northwest Delhi, one of the hubs of child labour in the Capital.

The ABVP protests against the outcome of the recently concluded DUSU elections at the Arts Faculty on Tuesday. The party has alleged partiality as the NSUI won three of the four seats while there was a tie for the fourth one.
The ABVP protests against the outcome of the recently concluded DUSU elections at the Arts Faculty on Tuesday. The party has alleged partiality as the NSUI won three of the four seats while there was a tie for the fourth one. Tribune photo

3 held for robbing car by posing as cops
New Delhi, September 25
Three men have been arrested for allegedly robbing a driver of his SUV car by posing as policemen in the Sarita Vihar area. According to a senior police official, the accused have been identified as Jitender Yadav, Javed Ali and Sonu Bhardwaj.

Govt sells 4 lakh bags of Bhagidari Atta
New Delhi, September 25
The Delhi government has sold more than four lakh bags of Bhagidari Atta within two weeks from various outlets. Each bag contains 10 kg wheat.

Rise in water tax not justified: Malhotra
New Delhi, September 25
The Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today lashed out at the city government for raising the water tax and sewerage charges, putting burden on the people who are already reeling from the unprecedented price rise.

Job racket: 2 held
New Delhi, September 25
Two persons, one of whom is a woman, have been arrested for allegedly duping unemployed youths on the pretext of arranging jobs for them.





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Minorís rape bid: DCW seeks action against callous cops
The 10-year-old mentally deranged girl was allegedly molested last week by her 55-year-old neighbour
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
Callousness on the part of the Delhi police is not unheard of as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) points out while taking cognisance of a complaint of the parents of a 10-year-old mentally deranged girl, who was allegedly molested last week by her 55-year-old neighbour, Hari Ram in his Jhuggi No 113 at Nanakpura's Shri Ram JJ Camp of South Campus.

In this regard, DCW chairperson Barkha Singh accompanied by the minor and her parents-Asha and Satish Kumar--today met the Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and demanded appropriate action against the erring cops, including the SHO of South Campus police station, Vinod Pal.

Registering a protest against the local police's lenient view, Singh said, "It's arbitrary and uncalled-for attitude of the South Campus police station for not producing him before the court."

Even as the family's complaint, submitted to the DCW on September 23, warrants a case under section IPC 376 and 511 (attempt to rape), the police apparently chose to register an FIR with a charge of IPC 354 (assault with intent to outrage the modesty of a woman) which is bailable.

"Rather than booking the culprit with attempt to rape charges, he was booked under section 354 despite the fact that the child's undergarment was taken out and every obnoxious effort made by the culprit to rape her. This clearly gives an impression that the accused party has been allegedly helped at all costs," said Singh.

According to the minor's mother working as a domestic help, as she returned from her work on September 20, she heard cries in her neighbour's house at Shri Ram JJ camp at Nanakpura.

"My child was called by Hari Ram on some pretext. I recognised her and then found Hari Ram was trying to rape her. I thrashed him and the police reached afterwards and assured me that he will be punished. He was taken to the station, but let off after a while," said Asha.

Unhappy with the way the police was handling the case, the family backed by the members of its Balmilki community dismissed the police investigation and said that the medico-legal case report, a copy of which The Tribune has, was cooked.

"My child was taken to Safdarjung for the medical examination and the police phoned the doctors. All the reports came out normal. We feel the investigation has not been proper. The accused has been roaming free and his relatives are threatening us. We want justice," said Satish Kumar, earlier worked as a security guard.

While the SHO refused to comment on the matter, the police commissioner has assured of necessary action against the man, if found guilty. 

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French woman found dead in
Aurobindo Ashram
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
The body of a 54-year-old French woman was found under mysterious circumstance inside her room in Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Malviya Nagar in South Delhi yesterday.

The woman was identified as Robert Vanourek. The matter was reported to the police by the caretaker of the ashram who noticed the stench emanating from the woman's room and got suspicious.

Vanourek had arrived in India on September 17 and was residing at Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The initial probe of the police indicated that the woman died a natural death.

"A postmortem was conducted at AIIMS today and her body was handed over to French embassy after experts opined that she had died a natural death," a senior police official said. Her body was sent to France after completing the legalities.

"When we reached the spot, we broke open the door and found the decomposed body lying inside the bathroom," the official added. The police ruled out involvement of foul play as no external injuries were found on the body.

Vanourek was associated with Sri Aurobindo Ashram for the past 25 years and was a frequent traveller. People at the ashram said that she was last seen on September 19 and several medicines have been found in her room, which suggests that she was undergoing treatment for heart disease.

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17 children saved from plastic unit 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
Seventeen children, including two girls, engaged in plastic and blanket cover factory were rescued today from the Bavana industrial area in northwest Delhi, one of the hubs of child labour in the Capital.

The victims of forced labour, falling within the age group of 8-15 years, hail from poor families. Generally, they are lured by middlemen on the pretext of a better life. However, these children were brought by their own relatives from the villages of UP and Bihar.

"I was in the 4th class and wanted to continue my education, but I have 6 siblings and there was no source of earning. So I was brought here by a relative who took me to this employer. I worked from nine in the morning till 12 at night, but was not paid any money," said one of the rescued children.

The rescue operation, led by the SDM Narela and members of the labour department, was carried on a complaint filed by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). Four employers have been arrested in the case, said BBA activists.

The team said the children worked in deplorable conditions inside the factory where there were loads of raw plastic scrap.

They had been working for 5-6 months for as many as 15 hours a day without any wages. They are suspected to have developed several ailments. 

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3 held for robbing car by posing as cops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
Three men have been arrested for allegedly robbing a driver of his SUV car by posing as policemen in the Sarita Vihar area. According to a senior police official, the accused have been identified as Jitender Yadav, Javed Ali and Sonu Bhardwaj.

"They used to travel in a car, posing as policemen. The men used to intercept cars on the pretext of verifying papers. Once the vehicle stopped, they would rob it by holding the driver at gunpoint," said the police official.

On September 18, Netrapal Singh, who works with a private firm, lodged a case with the police that he had been robbed by three armed persons while returning to Delhi from Noida. He told the police that the robbers, who were posing as policemen, were traveling in a Tata Sumo and had stopped him on the pretext of checking his vehicle's papers.

"While he was showing the papers to one of the accused, the two others entered his car and held him at gunpoint. The robbers then made him sit on the rear seat and took him to Palwal. On the way, they tied his hands and legs and threw him out from the moving car and fled with the SUV," said the police official.

An FIR in this respect was registered with the Sarita Vihar police station.

"Following a tip-off, Jitender was arrested and the SUV was recovered from him. At his instance, Javed and Sonu were arrested. Jitender also disclosed about their two other accomplices-- Vivek and Chhote. They are on the run and a manhunt has been launched to nab them," said the police official.

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Govt sells 4 lakh bags of Bhagidari Atta
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
The Delhi government has sold more than four lakh bags of Bhagidari Atta within two weeks from various outlets. Each bag contains 10 kg wheat.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit made this statement after a review meeting of the Food and Supplies Department. The scheme of Bhagidari Atta was launched on September 11. As per the latest figures available, 4,25,168 bags have been sold from more than 400 outlets.

The wheat is being sold through 92 Kendriya Bhandar, 31 NCCF outlets, eight NAFED outlets and 270 points determined by MLAs under their constituencies. The sale of wheat is open as there is no restriction of purchase of wheat by any higher income group.

Dikshit has instructed the department as well as other agencies involved in the sale of Bhagidari Atta to immediately demand for more bags after exhausting stock. In fact, the demand of more bags should be placed before exhausting of the stock.

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Rise in water tax not justified: Malhotra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25
The Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today lashed out at the city government for raising the water tax and sewerage charges, putting burden on the people who are already reeling from the unprecedented price rise.

Malhotra said the Chief Minister, who also heads the Delhi Jal Board, seems to be more interested in pleasing the private companies and their owners giving them all the concessions while imposing taxes on the helpless common man. Increase in water tax and sewerage charges are not justified at all. The government's attitude towards people is becoming 'despotic and cruel', he said.

He said any new water connection will now cost Rs 2,310 as against the existing Rs 1,100. The Jal Board has also raised the meter testing charges. Even disconnection will cost the citizen Rs 500.

Even those who do not have a water connection will have to pay as they will receive the Delhi Jal Board sewerage charge bill ranging from Rs 150 to Rs 2,500. Likewise hotels, guesthouses, banquet halls, hospitals, nursing homes and malls will have to pay between Rs 2,000 and Rs 10,000 per month as sewerage charges.

The water development charge which was Rs 110 per square meter in 2001 has been hiked to Rs 440 and likewise the development charge on sewerage which was Rs 179 per square meter in 2006 has been raised to Rs 494.

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Job racket: 2 held

New Delhi, September 25
Two persons, one of whom is a woman, have been arrested for allegedly duping unemployed youths on the pretext of arranging jobs for them.

Both the accused-- Kumari Dharmindra Dwivedi and Sanjay Mishra-- are residents of Uttar Pradesh.

They were arrested from west Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area where they had gone to meet some students of DTU to arrange jobs for them.

"They charged Rs 35,000 from each candidate in advance," said DCP BS Jaiswal. ó TNS

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