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Rape rage: Protestors clash with cops
New Delhi, April 22
The horrifying incident of Gandhi Nagar has angered people so much so that the national Capital witnessed protests for the fourth day today.

97% rapes by acquaintances, says police chief
New Delhi, April 22
About 97 per cent of rape cases in the national Capital are allegedly committed by acquaintances, especially neighbours, according to Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

Malhotra advocates capital punishment for rapists
New Delhi, April 22
Though fast track courts have been constituted to deal with rape cases, there are hundreds of cases lying pending with culprits not being awarded stringent punishment, said Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly.


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Activists of the Surbhi Pariwar Foundation during an awareness campaign for World Earth Day at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.
Activists of the Surbhi Pariwar Foundation during an awareness campaign for World Earth Day at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Three arrested in gangrape case
New Delhi, April 22
Three persons have been apprehended for allegedly gangraping a 17-year-old girl in north Delhi on Saturday.

'Need for women to make their presence felt'
New Delhi, April 22
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Member of Parliament (MP) from Bhatinda, Punjab, today exhorted the young generation, especially the men, to join hands with women in order to avert the repetition of 'sorry past' of crime against them in the country.

Petrol pump workers robbed of Rs 5 lakh
New Delhi, April 22
Three motorcycle-borne robbers snatched a bag containing Rs 5 lakh from six petrol pump employees and injured two of them when they opened indiscriminate fire outside a bank in Mayur Vihar Phase-I this morning.

Puran Bahadur recovering
New Delhi, April 22
Former Indian football captain Lt. Col. Puran Bahadur Thapa, who also represented 8th Gurkha Rifles, is now recovering after a heart operation in Guwahati.





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Rape rage: Protestors clash with cops
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
The horrifying incident of Gandhi Nagar has angered people so much so that the national Capital witnessed protests for the fourth day today.

The outburst triggered by the child's rape and compounded by the police's callousness became shriller as protestors stormed barricades at some locations.

Apart from the independent activists, there were students groups and a dozen women organisations, backed by the Left and BJP city units who took to streets around Parliament and demonstrated at the police headquarters at ITO, the Delhi University college campuses and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

"Such has become the state that people have no fear of law and innocent children are being brutalised. But the government is not in its senses otherwise by now all the rapists would have been hanged. In the case of five-year-old, the police have tried to bribe the child's parents. Strict action should be taken against the erring cops," said Shailender Sharma who had come all the way from Gwalior to join the protest at AIIMS.

Enraged protestors could be seen sloganeering. There were heated arguments between them and the cops stationed at the spots. Many of them clashed with the cops both at ITO and around Parliament Street lanes.

While the Left-backed and the Delhi BJP activists held demonstrations condemning the rising incidents of crimes against women and girls in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party today promised setting up of women security groups across the city and at college level.

Arvind Kejriwal also made allegations against Neeraj Kumar's tainted past by quoting two letters that insinuated Kumar's close links with arms dealer Abhishek Verma.

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97% rapes by acquaintances, says police chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
About 97 per cent of rape cases in the national Capital are allegedly committed by acquaintances, especially neighbours, according to Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

The matter came to light at the Commissioner's press conference held here today in regard to the second arrest in the case of the brutal rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in east Delhi. The girl was allegedly lured by her neighbour, who raped her with a friend in his apartment, according to the Commissioner.

The statistics announced by Kumar reveal that in 115 rape cases the accused is a neighbour. In a 178 rape cases the accused is either a friend or a lover. In 10 cases, the accused is father of the victim and two cases were committed by step-fathers this year. In nine cases, the accused is either an ex-husband or a husband. In eight rape cases reported this year, the accused is a landlord. In 15 such cases, the accused is an employer or a co-worker.

The Commissioner added that after the December 16 gangrape, there has been a dramatic increase in the registration of cases of crime against women in Delhi. "This indicates that the earlier tendency of dissuading women from lodging complaints has changed dramatically," said Kumar.

In response to a question about the betterment of women's safety measures in Delhi, Kumar said, "a lot has changed".

"The report of every woman complainant shall be recorded verbatim and regardless of the issue of jurisdiction. We have seen a phenomenal increase in the registration of cases of crime against women," said the Commissioner.

The police statistics revealed that in 2012, 179 rape cases were registered, however, this year until April 15, 463 such cases have been reported. Eighty-five per cent of the rape cases have been worked out.

Last year, 139 cases of molestation of women were registered. This year until April 15, 973 cases have been reported. About 86 per cent of these cases have been solved.

A total of 49 eve-teasing cases were reported last year. Until April 15 this year, 433 cases have been registered. More than 95 per cent of these cases have been worked out.

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Malhotra advocates capital punishment for rapists
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
Though fast track courts have been constituted to deal with rape cases, there are hundreds of cases lying pending with culprits not being awarded stringent punishment, said Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly.

He said that by amending the Act, provision should be made for capital punishment for rape and justice should be meted out by the fast track courts within two-three months.

"It is more than four months since the Damini gangrape case has happened and so far, the trial is still hanging on fire and it seems that there is no hope of getting the decision of the court in near future," said Malhotra.

Commenting on increasing number of rape cases in the city, he said that at an average four to six such cases are coming to light and the criminals have become fearless as there is no quick decision and award of stringent punishment to rapists.

"There is an urgent need to instill fear in the minds of rapists that they would be given capital punishment immediately. Hence, more number of fast track courts should be constituted to punish the culprits," he added.

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Three arrested in gangrape case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
Three persons have been apprehended for allegedly gangraping a 17-year-old girl in north Delhi on Saturday.

According to the police, the three accused gangraped the girl in an area falling under the jurisdiction of the Sabzi Mandi police station.

"The girl knows the accused," said a police official who is investigating the case.

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'Need for women to make their presence felt'
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Member of Parliament (MP) from Bhatinda, Punjab, today exhorted the young generation, especially the men, to join hands with women in order to avert the repetition of 'sorry past' of crime against them in the country.

Presiding over the annual day celebrations of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, New Delhi, Harsimrat Kaur pointed out that the time has come for women to register their strong presence for the balanced development of the nation and expressed confidence that the revolution by the 'Indian Women' is certain.

Striking an emotional chord with the students, the MP advised them not to settle for 'mediocracy' at any cost, if they want to make India better.

"Around 55 per cent of India's population is under the age of 25, with 65 per cent of it under 35. Each year over three million graduates and postgraduates are added to the Indian workforce," she said, adding that only 25 per cent of the technical graduates and 10-15 per cent of other graduates are considered employable by the rapidly growing IT and ITES segments and around 85 per cent of graduates and postgraduates are simply unemployable.

Harsimrat Kaur said that the government needs to change the policy, universities need to bring in skills development as part of the graduate curriculum while colleges need to give the students additional training in soft skills.

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Petrol pump workers robbed of Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 22
Three motorcycle-borne robbers snatched a bag containing Rs 5 lakh from six petrol pump employees and injured two of them when they opened indiscriminate fire outside a bank in Mayur Vihar Phase-I this morning.

The money was to be deposited at the bank. One of the victims named Ravi (32) sustained two bullet injuries in his abdomen. His condition is said to be critical. The other victim, Mamraj (54), suffered a gunshot injury on his hand and another bullet grazed his abdomen. They are undergoing treatment at the Jeevan Anmol Hospital in Mayur Vihar.

The owner of Image Filling station, Ajay Bansal, said his two employees, both the victims, went with four other staff of the petrol pump. They had gone to the bank to deposit the cash.

Bansal claimed Ravi and Mamraj were travelling in a Mahindra SUV with two other staff. The other two employees were on a motorcycle giving them security cover.

They parked their vehicles outside the bank. When Mamraj got out of the SUV with the cash bag, one of three robbers who were waiting near the bank tried to snatch it. Bansal claimed two of the robbers were carrying pistols. 

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Puran Bahadur recovering

New Delhi, April 22
Former Indian football captain Lt. Col. Puran Bahadur Thapa, who also represented 8th Gurkha Rifles, is now recovering after a heart operation in Guwahati.

Puran Bahadur represented the country in the 1954 Asian competition between India and Pakistan, in which India won by 3-0, with Puran Bahadur scoring all the three goals. ó TNS

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