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Asaram, a self-styled godman, has been found guilty in a 2013 rape case. Authorities have put in place watertight security, anticipating trouble by his followers who believe he is innocent.

A Jodhpur court on Wednesday convicted self-styled godman Asaram of raping a teenage female devotee, dashing the hopes of thousands of followers who claim he is innocent. The special court also convicted two others in the 2013 case amid watertight security, letting off two of his alleged accomplices. 

 Asaram faces a minimum of 10 years in jail. The maximum punishment for charges against him is life imprisonment. The judge will announce the prison term for Asaram later after hearing arguments from the prosecution and the self-styled godman’s attorneys. Asaram has denied the rape and can appeal his conviction in a higher court.

The verdict was delivered in a courtroom in Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram has been lodged for 56 months since his arrest. He was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahajahanpur and arrested in September 2013.

Authorities asked three states to be on alert and imposed prohibitory orders in sensitive areas, anticipating trouble by legions of followers of the influential 79-year-old who runs about 400 ashrams across the country.

On Wednesday morning, judge Madhusudan Sharma reached the special court in Jodhpur around 8am. And an hour later, he and his staff shifted to the courtroom on the jail premises, before delivering the order around 10:40am.

The special court on April 7 reserved its judgment for April 25 after the final arguments that stretched for over five months. The state had appealed in the high court that the verdict be pronounced on the jail premises to prevent any breach of peace.

“This is a historic verdict for criminal jurisprudence. The truth has won. It shows that if the law works impartially, even persons from the weakest sections of the society can take on the most influential ones and get justice,” said Ajay Pal Lamba, the IPS officer who supervised the investigation into the case.

Security stepped up

On Tuesday, the Union home ministry told Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to take steps to prevent a repeat of the large-scale violence that singed Haryana and Punjab after the conviction of another self-styled godman, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in a rape case last August.

Asaram Bapu, as he is known to his followers, has a large support base in Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat, where he has been booked in a similar case.

Two Surat-based sisters, who stayed at Asaram’s ashram in Gujarat between 1997 and 2006, lodged separate cases against Asaram and his son, Narayan Sai, accusing them of repeated rape and illegal confinement, among other charges.

As trials in these cases progressed, three key witnesses died and other witnesses and families of victims were attacked or received death threats.

The Uttar Pradesh administration tightened security near the house of the woman who accused Asaram of sexual assault in Jodhpur.

Shahjahanpur superintendent of police KB Singh said, “We are aware of the law and order challenges which may come up after the judgement. We have made arrangements for the security to the girl and her family.” Source : ht

 

 

 

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Bounties and rewards are given to people who either help police catch criminals or trace missing and abducted people.

The Delhi Police has Rs 3.6 crore on offer for those who help catch the city’s most-wanted criminals or aid in tracing the thousands of missing and abducted people, officials have said, giving a rare insight into how civilians are rewarded for helping fight crime.

The figure is a cumulative of bounties and rewards offered till last year, with the lion’s share of Rs 2.58 crore earmarked for those who help find the 1,291 missing or kidnapped individuals.

Bounties for wanted criminals amount to a total of Rs 56 lakh and credible clues that can identify dead bodies carry rewards of Rs 45 lakh in all.

To be sure, these are cases where the police have done their part of the investigation and have no option but to seek help from the people.

“Solving a crime or catching a criminal is primarily the role of the police, but there are a lot of people who have had a bad experience with criminals or those who want to help the system. Offering big amounts as rewards serves as an incentive for them to cooperate with us,” said Ved Marwah, former commissioner of Delhi Police who described the practice as “very helpful”.

Secret rewards

Through last year, Delhi’s policemen arrested 110 criminals carrying a total of nearly Rs 50 lakh on their heads. Twenty-two of them had a bounty of Rs 1 lakh and above. Many of these involve police informers, at times former criminals who do it under strict conditions of anonymity, and are a large fraction of the recipients.

“Though most of these rewarded criminals are caught by the police, the role of the public – particularly secret informers – is crucial. Nearly three-fourths of the total reward money goes to them,” said Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police.

These informers are often paid secretly. “Secrecy is an important aspect in cracking crime. So, we make sure the informer is useful to us again and his or her life is not in danger,” Pathak said.

In addition to rewards, each police unit also has a “secret fund” from which they pay sources to keep information flowing, added Pathak. Another senior police officer, who asked not to be named, said such retainer also helps ensure that informers with a criminal background stay clean.

Public prizes

The police also often reward people for acts of bravery and courage during a crime. “The amount varies from Rs 1,000 to Rs 25,000. The money and the recognition serve as encouragement for their show of bravery,” said Vikramjit Singh, deputy commissioner of police, Delhi Police headquarters.

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NAVI MUMBAI 'AIHRA' UTSAV

Written by Friday, 02 February 2018 06:49

 AIHRA PRESIDENT DR. M.U. DUA ATTEND NAVI MUMBAI 'AIHRA' UTSAV AT NAVI MUMBAI, MS

 

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RALLY FOR AWARENESS AND PEACE

Written by Monday, 29 January 2018 07:06

AIHRA PRESIDENT DR. M.U. DUA IN RALLY FOR AWARENESS AND PEACE AT MUMBAI, MS.

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SC asks 12 states why they have not appointed Lokayukta

Written by Friday, 29 September 2017 11:15

New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) The Supreme Court today asked the chief secretaries of 12 states to specify why they have not appointed a Lokayukta.
A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi also asked the chief secretary of Odisha to apprise the court about the status of the Lokayukta in state and said the apex court has no information whether it has an anti-corruption ombudsman or not.
The 12 states which have been asked to give reasons for not appointing a Lokayukta are Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal.
The apex court also asked the 12 states to specify by when they would appoint a Lokayukta.
Section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, states that every state shall establish a body to be known as the Lokayukta.
The apex court was hearing a PIL, which also sought a direction to the states to provide adequate budgetary allocation and essential infrastructure for effective functioning of Lokayuktas.
According to the PIL, filed by advocate and Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, received presidential assent on January 1, 2014 and came into force from January 16, 2014 but the executive has not established a Lokpal yet.
According to the petitioner, many state governments are "deliberately weakening" the Lokayukta by not providing adequate infrastructure, sufficient budget and workforce. Source : pti

 

 

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Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Written by Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:30

The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 1 August 2017, there are 44thematic and 12 country mandates.

With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), special procedures undertake country visits; act on individual cases and concerns of a broader, structural nature by sending communications to States and others in which they bring alleged violations or abuses to their attention; conduct thematic studies and convene expert consultations, contribute to the development of international human rights standards, engage in advocacy, raise public awareness, and provide advice for technical cooperation. Special procedures report annually to the Human Rights Council; the majority of the mandates also reports to the General Assembly. Their tasks are defined in the resolutions creating or extending their mandates.

What special procedures have accomplished in 2016 at a glance

The latest annual report, Corrigendum of special procedures and its addendum which covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2016, provides updated information on the system of special procedures as a whole and its achievements, including facts and figures. This year these facts and figures form a separate addendum. It gives a comprehensive overview of the activities undertaken by special procedures in 2016, both individually and as a system, including country visits, communications, thematic reports, follow-up activities, joint actions, development of international standards and advocacy. The report also reflects the work of the Coordination Committee as well as covers the main issues discussed at the twenty-second annual meeting of special procedures of the Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from 6 to 10 June 2016.

Cooperation with the special procedures and acts of intimidation and reprisals

Engagement of individuals and groups with the special procedures without fear of reprisal is essential for the fulfilment of their mandates, as established by the Human Rights Council. Therefore addressing acts of intimidation and reprisal against those who seek to cooperate, cooperate or have cooperated with the special procedures or any other part of the United Nations system in the field of human rights is a priority for mandate holders. As a result of the growing attention given to this phenomenon and the increasing instances of intimidation and reprisals observed by mandate holders, they agreed during the 22nd Annual Meeting of Special Procedures, held in June 2015, to consolidate and enhance special procedures' response to this unacceptable practice by establishing a coherent framework for action. Source : un.org

 

 

 

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AIHRA PRESIDENT DR. M. U. DUA GIVEN CERTIFICATE IN NIZAMABAD AIHRA PROGRAMME.

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'AIHRA' APEAL

Written by Monday, 18 September 2017 09:43

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15 January 2018 – Empowering indigenous women – who have higher malnutrition rates than any other social group and typically earn far less than men – is key to successfully fighting hunger and extreme poverty, the United Nations agriculture chief has said.

“Indigenous women face a triple discrimination – poverty, gender and ethnicity, both within and outside their communities – making them highly vulnerable,” Jose Graziano da Silva Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told the Forum on Indigenous Women in Mexico City this past Friday.

They confront far higher rates of poverty, chronic malnutrition and illiteracy while having the least access to health care and political life, he said to the participants from a dozen countries.

About five per cent of the global population and 15 per cent of the world's poorest, or some 370 million people, self-identify as indigenous. In Latin America and the Caribbean region, 15 per cent of the approximately 45 million indigenous peoples face insecurity and extreme poverty.

Indigenous women in the region encounter higher poverty and malnutrition rates than any other social group, and typically earn four times less than men, according to FAO's new Regional Atlas of Rural Women.

The situation is even worse for women in the more than 5,000 indigenous groups, spread across over 90 countries around the world.

“Their social and economic empowerment is not only an excellent way to support them, but a necessary condition to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in their communities,” underscored Mr. da Silva.

He noted that the UN’s decision to begin a Family Farming Decade in 2019 offers a platform to focus on rural livelihoods – where most indigenous peoples work.

The FAO-organized three-day forum aims to develop public policy recommendations to empower indigenous women, strengthen their decision-making and recognize their rights.

Cultivating leadership

Although indigenous women are key actors in protecting biodiversity, adapting to climate change and varying nutritious diets, they are often forgotten in development plans.

“They have fundamental roles in the spiritual, social and family arenas and are seed guardians – critical carriers of specialized knowledge,” underscored Mr. da Silva.

“With political will, we can put an end to discrimination against indigenous women,” he affirmed. Source : un.org

 

 

 

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SIRSA: A tunnel and a passageway connecting Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's quarters to the hostel of his female disciples were on Saturday found by the security agencies during the second day of a massive sanitisation exercise inside the headquarters of his sect.

An illegal fire cracker factory and chemicals were also found during the search of the premises of the dera, whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was jailed for 20 years in two rape cases+ last month.

From the 'gufa' where the Dera head used to stay, a passageway was found which opens to 'Sadhvi Niwas', (where his female disciples were kept), according to state Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media.

"A fibre tunnel too has been located during the search of the dera," he said.

The fibre tunnel is filled with mud, he said.

"The derawas is connected to Sadhvi Niwas," he said.

"A fire cracker factory has been found inside the Dera premises+ and it is an illegal factory," he said, adding that the factory has been sealed.

He said some chemical material to be used in making fire crackers was also found.

During the on-going search, an empty box for cartridges of AK 47 was also recovered, Mehra said.

Hordes of police, paramilitary and civil administration personnel were involved in the mammoth search operation which started yesterday on the direction of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

An unregistered luxury car and some banned currency notes were yesterday seized from the dera of Singh during the sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so-called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women.

Besides, some rooms were also sealed and hard disk drives and unlabelled medicines recovered during the 12-hour day long exercise.

The entire sanitisation process is being videographed and overseen by retired District and Sessions Judge, A K S Pawar, who was appointed as Court Commissioner by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.

Curfew remains in force on the road leading inside the dera headquarters. No unauthorised person was being allowed to go inside the dera premises. However, life remained normal in Sirsa city.

A large number of vehicles including police buses and paramilitary vehicles, Quick Reaction Team vehicles, bomb disposal squad and anti-sabotage team vehicles, carrying cops and paramilitary personnel made their way inside the dera premises this morning, officials said.

Vehicles of the district administration carrying officials drawn from various government departments also made their way inside the dera premises.

Besides, some fire tenders, heavy earth moving machines and tractors have also been pressed into service for the sanitisation exercise.

A number of dera followers who had parted ways with the sect head, have reportedly told the media earlier that except for the dera chief and his close aides, nobody was allowed to enter the 'Gufa' or private residence.

A number of dera followers who had parted ways with the sect head, have reportedly told the media earlier that except for the dera chief and his close aides, nobody was allowed to enter the 'Gufa' or private residence.

The dera, spread over nearly 800 acres, has been divided into ten zones for the purpose of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under the control of a senior officer.

 

 

 

 

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