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Five-yr-old rape victim recovering at AIIMS
Police looking into second personís role

New Delhi, April 21
The Delhi Police is today investigating whether a second person was involved in the rape of the five-year-old girl, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS. According to sources, the police will investigate whether any other person is involved in the incident either in raping the girl or helping the accused Manoj Kumar, who was arrested from Bihar as he had fled from the Capital after the incident.
Activists of student unions block the road at ITO near the police headquarters during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year-old girl, in New Delhi on Sunday Activists of student unions block the road at ITO near the police headquarters during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year-old girl, in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

BJP promises security to women in Delhi
New Delhi, April 21
Raising question on the incidents of rape almost every day in the capital city, president of the Delhi unit of the BJP Vijay Goel today said that the saffron party, if voted to power in the next assembly election, would give full security to women.


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Sign language training for DMRC staff
New Delhi, April 21
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today started special orientation training for customer relation assistants (CRAs) in sign language for hearing and speech impaired people to ensure that such commuters, while travelling in the Metro are properly looked after, guided and provided a smooth and comfortable ride.

National Museum to start free guided tours
New Delhi, April 21
National Museum, Delhi, will start free guided tours on April 23. The visitors will be taken to a free tour of the premises in a 90-minute nutshell package more than once every day. The pioneering voluntary guide programme (VGP) features 30 stops for every batch of visitors who will be led across the museum during the scheduled timing.

Walk to create awareness of hemophilia
New Delhi, April 21
To commemorate World Hemophilia Day, Hemophilia Federation (India) today organised a walk for the cause of hemophilia and to raise awareness of this life-threatening bleeding disorder.

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Missing kids: Cops adopt dilatory tactics, say rights activists
New Delhi, April 21
The gruesome episode of a five-year-old child, violated by a pervert and held captive for nearly 40 hours in the Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi this week, has once again cast doubt on the role and effectiveness of the policing agencies.

Couple found murdered at home
New Delhi, April 21
A middle-aged couple were found murdered at their home in south Delhi this morning, said a police official. Both the husband and the wife were in their late 40s. Dharam Singh and his wife Kamlesh were stabbed to death at their home in the Chhaela area of Najafgarh in south Delhi.





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Five-yr-old rape victim recovering at AIIMS
Police looking into second personís role
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
The Delhi Police is today investigating whether a second person was involved in the rape of the five-year-old girl, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS. According to sources, the police will investigate whether any other person is involved in the incident either in raping the girl or helping the accused Manoj Kumar, who was arrested from Bihar as he had fled from the Capital after the incident.

The girl was locked on the ground floor rented accommodation at Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi by her neighbour Manoj Kumar (22) on April 15. He brutally raped her before fleeing thinking that the girl is dead.

"We are questioning Kumar. As of now he has not told us about a second accused. Further investigations are on," a senior police official said without ruling out the possibility of the emergence of a second person.

However, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat issued a statement, denying the 'rumours' on the arrest of the second accused or search for him.

Kumar was brought to Delhi from Patna after the arrest from his in-laws' house in Muzaffarpur district. The rape has outraged the Capital with many hitting the streets, demanding justice for the victim and punishing policemen who were negligent in their duties.

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BJP promises security to women in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
Raising question on the incidents of rape almost every day in the capital city, president of the Delhi unit of the BJP Vijay Goel today said that the saffron party, if voted to power in the next assembly election, would give full security to women. Though the Congress is in power in the state as well as at Centre, still it has failed to control the law and order situation in the national Capital, he said.

The criminals are not afraid of the government or the police. In such a situation Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should resign, Goel demanded.

Addressing a "Jan Aakrosh" rally organized by the party in Dwarka, Goel said that during the past 14 years of Congress rule, Dikshit's government in Delhi has betrayed the poor. Under the 20-point programme of the Union government, the poor who were allotted agricultural land and some of them given residential plots have yet not been given ownership rights. These allottees should be given free hold rights immediately.

If the BJP was voted to power, it would regularize the unauthorized colonies and provide the facility of registry and loan, besides other amenities, he added.

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Sign language training for DMRC staff
The DMRC receives around 80-85 requests every month through its helpline No. 155370 for assistance to persons with disabilities
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today started special orientation training for customer relation assistants (CRAs) in sign language for hearing and speech impaired people to ensure that such commuters, while travelling in the Metro are properly looked after, guided and provided a smooth and comfortable ride.

The DMRC and Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre, an autonomous body sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice And Empowerment, recently signed an agreement in this regard.

This training programme will help frontline staff (CRAs) of the DMRC in understanding the language of people with impaired hearing, who travel in the Metro trains.

Initially, the training is being imparted to 800 CRAs posted at customer care centres in all Metro stations.

The duration of the training for each batch will be of two days comprising six training hours each day. the training centre will provide a trainer and interpreter for the training and the training will be given at the DMRC Training Institute at Shastri Park Depot.

"The DMRC is committed to provide barrier free service to the disabled. The DMRC receives around 80-85 requests every month through its helpline No. 155370 for assistance to persons with disabilities. These persons can seek assistance from the station staff by informing them in advance about the station they would reach so that they can be provided necessary assistance in time," said a spokesperson for DMRC.

The Metro staff is also given special training in first aid, customer care, spoken English and communication skills at the Metro Training Institute by the specialized agencies, the spokesperson added.

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National Museum to start free guided tours
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
National Museum, Delhi, will start free guided tours on April 23. The visitors will be taken to a free tour of the premises in a 90-minute nutshell package more than once every day. The pioneering voluntary guide programme (VGP) features 30 stops for every batch of visitors who will be led across the museum during the scheduled timing.

The aim is not to just highlight certain antiquities, but also kindle interest about one's heritage and the civilisations of the world, said Dr Venu V, director general of National Museum that functions under the Union Ministry of Culture.

"We have been doing a training module, which includes dry runs, with a 124 pool of 30 volunteers, since January. They have been gaining grip over the subject and improving their communication skills over the past three months," he said.

The "Path Pradarshak VGP", which will offer services in both English and Hindi, is slated for inauguration on April 22 by Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch. The tours will start at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm from Tuesdays to Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be four rounds: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm, said curator (Education) Dr VK Mathur, who heads a team that is tasked with running the VGP without break.

Jaya Chatterji, communications consultant of the VGP, said that the 30 volunteers were chosen from 450-odd applications the museum received in response to a notification published in December last year. "Ours is an outreach programme. It is not the public's fault if they are generally apathetic to visiting museums. They should have a sense of ownership. This effort is designed to inculcate that feeling of ownership," Dr Venu said.

"The present panel has a wide range of young art historians, trained archaeologists, retired professionals; even factory owners and homemakers. We never expected such an encouraging response for a volunteers' programme where monetary payment is minimal."

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Walk to create awareness of hemophilia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
To commemorate World Hemophilia Day, Hemophilia Federation (India) today organised a walk for the cause of hemophilia and to raise awareness of this life-threatening bleeding disorder.

The walk from Parliament Street to Tolstoy Marg, flagged off by the secretary in the Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, Keshav Desiraju, was an attempt to call upon the authorities concerned and healthcare professionals to join in the drive for the recently launched "Close the gap, treatment for all" campaign.

"The vast majority of people with hemophilia do not have access to proper care in our country. Together, we can reduce the gap in care," said SS Roychoudhury, CEO of Hemophilia Federation (India).

"It is unfortunate that despite our untiring campaign, including a number of PILs, haemophilia has not been included in the National Health Scheme. However, we are hopeful that the inclusion of comprehensive hemophilia care services in the draft 12th Five Year Plan by the government shows a silver lining in the hitherto-dark scenario," said Dr K. Ghosh, president of Hemophilia Federation (India).

The morning exercise, sponsored by GAIL and Baxter India, saw a participation of more than 2,000 people, including hemophiliacs and their families, school students, medical fraternity, corporate and civil societies.

Of the estimated 1.2 lakh (1 in 10,000), only about 14,000 hemophilia patients have been registered with the HFI through its network of 76 chapters spread across the country.

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Missing kids: Cops adopt dilatory tactics, say rights activists
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
The gruesome episode of a five-year-old child, violated by a pervert and held captive for nearly 40 hours in the Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi this week, has once again cast doubt on the role and effectiveness of the policing agencies.

"Both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court have underscored the need for a standard operating procedure (SOP) and here there has been a lapse of five hours in registration of the FIR and then on top of that the parents were asked to get a colour photograph. The investigation didn't start the same day. The new criminal law under 166 (A) suggests imprisonment up to one year for erring cops," said child rights activist Rakesh Senger.

In a case of Bachpan Bachao Andolan Vs Union of India, the SC in a judgment in January 2013 had mandated that all the cases of missing children should be registered immediately and accountability be fixed on the erring officials who fail to abide by the standard operating procedures in dealing with such cases.

The child's uncle Santosh Mohato, said, "If the police had come to the area earlier for investigation and enquired from the neighbours, the child could have been rescued earlier."

The dilatory tactics by the city police have once again drawn flak from multiple quarters, including activists and members of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

This, they say, clearly highlights the Delhi Police's insensitivity towards the needy people's issues while the NCPCR points out that the police have never considered the matter of 'missing children' as their priority and this is just another instance where the police have failed to act promptly.

"We have taken up the matter with the police several times. We have been repeatedly telling them that the cases of missing children should be taken on priority. But cases just bring out the police's inaction," said Dr Vandana Prasad, member of NCPCR, after meeting the child's parents at AIIMS.

If only the police get proactive, the nearly 621 children who went missing from the nine districts in the last 109 days can be lucky enough to have a reunion with their distraught families, mostly migrants.

The data accessed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan shows that the maximum number of children untraced are from the Southeast district (107) followed by Outer district (103), East district (77), which includes Gandhi Nagar.

Importantly, there was an unprecedented promptness by the Delhi Police in nabbing the prime accused (Manoj Saha) for the dastardly act, perhaps because of the public ire that has gripped the national Capital over the last three days.

While this may help the government in damage-control to an extent, the scars of trauma that remain etched in the memory of the survivor who is now recuperating at the All India Institute of the Medical Sciences will surely take longer time to heal.

"We met the mother and she is demanding that the rapist be hanged. We'll see that the traumatised child gets proper counselling after the medical treatment," added Dr Vandana.

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Couple found murdered at home
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 21
A middle-aged couple were found murdered at their home in south Delhi this morning, said a police official. Both the husband and the wife were in their late 40s. Dharam Singh and his wife Kamlesh were stabbed to death at their home in the Chhaela area of Najafgarh in south Delhi.

The police say there is no evidence of robbery, and suspect that members of the family might be involved in the crime.

"There was no loot or robbery in the house, so we suspect that the murders occurred over a personal dispute. We have interrogated some family members," the official added.

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