Budaun, Jan 07: A 50-year-old anganwadi worker was gang-raped and murdered allegedly by a priest and his two accomplices in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh, triggering an opposition’s outcry and a comparison with Delhi’s 2012 Nirbhaya case.
While the priest is on the run, his two accomplices were arrested on Tuesday night after the post-mortem report confirmed rape, police said Wednesday, adding the woman’s leg and a rib bone too were found fractured and there were injuries in her private parts.
The incident, which triggered an uproar in political circles, took place on Sunday and the matter came to light that night when the priest and his accomplices took the body to the victim’s home, saying it was found in a dry well in the temple premises.
The FIR was registered two days later after the autopsy confirmed rape and the two accomplices of the priest were nabbed, the police added.
Taking cognisance of the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered ‘strongest possible action’ in the case even as opposition parties attacked his government, terming the incident ‘horrific’ and ‘shameful’, with the Congress comparing it to the Nirbhaya incident of 2012.
The National Commission for Women too took note of the incident and decided to send a team of its members to probe the incident.
About the incident, Badaun’s Senior Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma said, ‘The post-mortem report confirms rape and there are injuries in her private parts and a fracture in the leg.’
She suffered a rib fracture too, he added, citing the autopsy report.
The SSP said the station house officer (SHO) of Ughaiti police station has been suspended for ‘delay in informing higher authorities, laxity in taking action, dereliction of duty and failure in taking speedy action’.
‘The 50-year-old woman, who had gone to a temple on Sunday, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Family members of the woman have accused the temple mahant (priest) and his accomplices of raping and murdering her. Based on this, a case was registered against the accused. Two of the accused persons were arrested on Tuesday night while the mahant is still absconding,’ he said.
Four teams have been formed to nab the priest, the SSP said.
Following the incident, Bareilly ADG Avinash Chandra too visited the crime spot and announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the arrest of the absconding priest.
The case was registered on Tuesday after the post-mortem report came.
‘Based on complaints of the family members and the post-mortem report, a case has been registered under section 376D (gang-rape) and 302 (punishment for murder) of IPC,’ the SSP said.
He said a second opinion on the post-mortem report is being sought from medical experts and only after that, any conclusion can be reached.
Asked if the incident resembles the 2012 horrific Nirbhaya gang-rape case, the SSP said, ‘It will be wrong to link this incident to any previous incident. Let’s wait for the medical examination report.’
Budaun chief medical officer, Dr Yashpal Singh said the woman died of trauma and excessive bleeding.
Endorsing CMO’s opinion, Budaun District Magistrate Kumar Prashant said, ‘Whatever help can be given from the department, it will be given. She was an anganwadi sahayika (helper). We are also paying attention to the security of the family.’
The victim’s son said his mother had gone to offer prayers at the temple on Sunday but she did not return home within the expected time.
It was only around 11 pm that the temple priest and his two aides came to their house and handed over her body, he added.
Before the family members could ask how she died, the accused left the house saying she had fallen in a dry well and her body was pulled out and brought to her home.
The victim’s son said the police was informed on Monday.
Amid the opposition’s uproar, the Chief Minister’s Officer said in a tweet, The UP CM @myogiadityanath has taken cognizance of the Badaun incident and instructed to take strongest legal action against the accused.
The Chief Minister has also instructed the ADG Bareilly zone to submit a detailed report regarding the incident. The CM has directed the UPSTF to provide assistance in the investigation in the incident, it said.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is also in charge of the party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government, alleging that there was something wrong in the intention of the state administration on the issue of women’s security.
Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the incident ‘horrific’ and ‘shameful for humanity’.
‘How many more Nirbhayas? How much more of this monstrosity? When will the Adityanath government wake up? Where are our awakened journalists,’ he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Taking to Twitter, Samajwadi Party said, ‘Fifty-year-old anganwadi assistant, who had gone to offer prayers at a temple in Budaun, was gang-raped and subsequently murdered. Those in power, who only make false claims of women security, should drown themselves. The guilty should be punished at the earliest and justice should prevail.’
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati termed the incident ‘extremely saddening’ and ‘highly condemnable’.
In a tweet in Hindi, she said, ‘The state government should take the incident seriously and ensure stringent punishment to the guilty so that such cases are not repeated. This is the demand of the BSP.’
The Budaun incident comes months after a Dalit woman from Hathras was allegedly raped by four men on September 14 and died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. (Agency)
Hindi Diwas 2021: People from Kashmir to Coimbatore brainstormed in Prabhasakshi’s discussion
(Asian News Hub) – Scholars from Kashmir to Coimbatore participated in the discussion organized by Prabhasakshi News Network on Hindi Diwas.
In the discussion on ‘Future of Hindi language in the digital age’ everyone thought about how Hindi can progress by taking all regional languages together.
The challenges being faced by Hindi in the digital age were also discussed. In the inaugural session of the online discussion, Mr. Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General, IIMC, Delhi gave his views, after which young litterateur Dr. Indira Dangi suggested measures for the prosperity of Hindi language.
The people associated with the discussion also enjoyed the poems of Mr. Sarvesh Kumar Asthana, Dr. Mrs. Manjari Pandey, Ms. Aakriti Vigya Arpan, Mr. Tara Chand Tanha and Mr. Ashok Jhanjhati, who have mesmerized people with their compositions on national and international fora.
In the welcome address, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, editor of Prabhasakshi.com, while wishing everyone a happy Hindi Diwas said, “It is a matter of great pleasure that this time Hindi Diwas has come in the middle of the ten-day Ganeshotsav, so we pray that Lord Shri Ganesh is ours. Give more prosperity to Hindi and fame to all Indian languages. More collaboration can be done.
Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General, IIMC, Delhi said, “In the present times, Hindi’s danka is ringing in the country and the world. It is also a matter of feeling proud of Hindi because we speak a language which has the biggest word world. Which has a great tradition of creators.
India has the largest number of internet users after China and the US. He said that many new journalists have emerged through digital medium. Replying to a question during the Q&A session, Shri Dwivedi said that it is true that in this age of social media, language is being spoofed but we should go ahead by including everyone in this development journey. He said that when any language develops, there are problems in it. English people speak differently. Similarly, Hindi is also enriched by mixing dialects of different states. Shri Dwivedi said that language is like a flowing river. There is no need to bother with it.
Addressing the program, Dr. Indira Dangi, who was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s Young Literary Award, said that language is a medium. How you present yourself in life and career has to be seen. He said that the meaning of Hindi Diwas is only when we celebrate it every day instead of celebrating it for one day.
Smt. Dangi also said that children should not shy away from teaching English but should also be taught mother tongue.
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During the discussion, Dr. Smt. Manjari Pandey, a writer and poet associated with Varanasi, said that today we are talking about digital revolution, but today there is a need for knowledge revolution. He said that the website of all the departments should be in Hindi.
Apart from the comic poet Sarvesh Asthana who is also known as Smile Man in the discussion, besides the poems of Ms. Aakriti Vidhya Arpan from Gorakhpur, Mr. Tara Chand Tanha from Ayodhya and Mr. Ashok Jhanjti from Lucknow and Mr. Nirbhay Shukla from Gorakhpur, the present also enjoyed the poetry.
At the conclusion of the program, Neeraj Kumar Dubey said that many programs are being organized across the country on Hindi Diwas today and in these programs all kinds of resolutions are being taken for the upliftment of our official language.
The development journey of Hindi, which unites the country in one thread, continues and the resolutions taken can be converted into accomplishment, for this, the younger generation will have to make their full contribution.
He said that the way we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and all such ‘days’ with great pomp and share their related pictures on social media, if we celebrate Hindi Diwas with the same enthusiasm, then it will be pleasant. The result is sure to come.
Man loses 21kg weight after marriage due to cruelty, high court grants divorce
(Asian News Hub) – The Punjab and Hrayana High Court upheld the decision of a Hisar Family Court granting divorce to a physically challenged man with 50 per cent hearing loss & using a hearing aid, who had alleged that his weight had dropped from 74kg to 53kg due to mental cruelty by his wife.
Dismissing the plea filed by the man’s wife against the family court order, the High Court mainly relied on the fact that all criminal complaints and cases filed by the woman against her husband, his family were found false, which amounts to mental cruelty.
The division bench, comprising Justice Ritu Bahri, Justice Archana Puri, passed the orders while dismissing the petition filed by a woman from Hisar, seeking quashing of the order dated Aug 27, 2019, through which the Family Court had allowed her estranged husband’s plea & granted divorce.
The couple had got married in April 2012 and have a daughter. The man works in a bank & the woman is a teacher in a private school in Hisar.
Their daughter lives with her father. The wife alleged harassment at hands of her in laws. The man’s case was that his wife was hot-tempered and spendthrift who never tried to adjust herself in his family.
According to him, she used to pick up fights over small matters due to which he felt humiliated in front of his parents and relatives, but kept silent, believing that good sense would prevail upon her in the near future, but her behaviour never changed.
Accusing his wife of cruelty, the man alleged before the Court that he weighed 74 kg till the time of marriage, but his weight had fallen to 53 kg after that. Denying the allegations, the woman contended that she always performed her marital obligations with love and respect.
She also alleged that after 6 months of marriage, her husband and his family members started harassing and humiliating her for dowry.
During the hearing of the case, the HC found that the woman had left her husband in 2016 & had also left her daughter in the matrimonial house and never tried to meet her. It also came to the fore that the husband’s family had never demanded any dowry & had even paid for the woman’s higher studies after the marriage.
The HC also found that false complaints were also filed by the woman against her husband and his family members.
‘Keeping in view that the appellant was an educated woman, she was aware of the effects of criminal complaints, which she had made against her husband and his family members in 2013 and 2019. Moreover, he was looking after his three-year-old daughter alone after his wife had left the matrimonial home in the year 2016. All this amounted to mental cruelty,’ observed the High Court while dismissing the woman’s petition against divorce.
Akshay Kumar’s mother Aruna Bhatia passes away, actor pens emotional note
Akshay Kumar’s mother passes away, actor pens emotional note
(Asian News Hub) – Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s mother Aruna Bhatia passed away on Wednesday morning. The actor took to Instagram and shared the sad news with his fans and followers. She was admitted on Friday, September 3, evening in Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital. She was in critical condition. He wrote, “She was my core. And today I feel an unbearable pain at the very core of my existence. My maa Smt Aruna Bhatia peacefully left this world today morning and got reunited with my dad in the other world. I respect your prayers as I and my family go through this period. Om Shanti.”
Akshay Kumar, who was shooting for his film Cinderella in the UK for the past couple of weeks, flew back after her mother was admitted to ICU.
Updating about the same, the actor on Tuesday took to social media and wrote that it is a ‘very tough’ time for his family and him. He thanked his fans and well-wishers for their concern and said “Touched beyond words at your concern for my mom’s health. This is a very tough hour for me and my family. Every single prayer of yours would greatly help.”
On the professional front, Akshay Kumar was last seen in his recently released film “BellBottom.” The film became the first major Bollywood film to release in theatres after the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, it also stars Lara Dutta, Huma Qureshi and Vaani Kapoor. The spy thriller featured Akshay as a RAW agent who goes on a mission to save passengers of a hijacked flight. While, Lara essayed the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was in power at that time, Vaani played Akshay’s wife in the film.
The film did not release in Maharashtra, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as theatres are shut there.
Apart from ‘Cinderella.’ Akshya has ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘Prithviraj’, ‘Ram Setu’ and ‘Bachchan Pandey’ in the pipeline.
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