Jago Punjab – Bhagwant Mann & Akali Sarkar – 24 May 2013
Its a shame that so many young lives were lost because of oversight.
Our Govt is only interested in Corruption and this is the result of the attitude because of corruption.
Bihar mid-day meal tragedy toll 22; 50 more kids fall ill
FIR against principal
Govt hints at poisoning
Protesters resort to vandalism
Chapra/Madhubani, July 17
A day after the deaths due to a contaminated mid-day meal at a government primary school in Bihar’s Saran district rose to 22, about 50 children of another government school were taken ill on Wednesday after they were served food under the scheme in the state’s Madhubani district.
The food was served to children of Navtolia Middle School at Bisfi, about 22 km from Madhubani. The students said a dead lizard was found in the meal.
Around 50 students complained of a stomach ache and began vomitting after eating the mid-day meal and were then rushed to the Bisfi health centre, according to medical officer in-charge AK Prabhat. “All the students are out of danger,” he said. Except for seven children, the rest have been discharged from the health centre, he said, adding seven students, five of them girls, were being administered saline water.
Meanwhile, with the death of two more children, the toll due to consumption of contaminated midday meal in Chhapra rose to 22 on Wednesday, sparking a political blame game.
While 16 children, aged below 10 years and studying in Class I to V, died in Chhapra itself, four others were declared dead on arrival at Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) late last night. Two died at the hospital this morning, official and PMCH sources said. Twenty five others are under medical supervision in PMCH, hospital superintendent Amarkant Jha Azad said.
One of the victims, Kanti Kumari of Class IV admitted to the paediatric ward of PMCH, recalled that when the students did not take much food complaining of bad taste, the principal allegedly rebuked them and asked them to finish the meal.
“As we felt pain in the stomach, the head mistress asked us to go home. I fell unconscious on the way home,” she said. The woman cook Manju Devi, who is also being treated at PMCH, said the materials for cooking meal was provided to her by the principal’s husband. Manju Devi’s three children, including two sons and a daughter, are with her in the PMCH.
In Patna, Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi alleged a political conspiracy against his government. “The oil used to cook the vegetables was foul-smelling. Doctors found the presence of organic phosphorus in the food and vomit. It means the children were poisoned,” he told reporters. He did not rule out foul play and said investigations will determine whether the poisoning was accidental or deliberate.
“School principal Meena Kumari’s husband is close to a political leader,” Shahi said, as he suspected the poisoning to be caused by insecticides in vegetables or rice. Union Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju said an FIR has already been lodged against the school principal. — PTI
Forensic report awaited
* One of the victims, Kanti Kumari of Class IV, recalled that the food served on Tuesday tasted bad and students did not eat much, but the principal allegedly rebuked them and asked them to finish the meal
* She said they felt pain in the stomache and the head mistress told them to go home. “I fell unconscious on the way home,” said the girl, undergoing treatment in Patna
* The woman cook Manju Devi said the material for cooking the meal was provided to her by the principal’s husband
* A sample of the food served has been sent to the forensic science laboratory for testing and the report is expected in a day or two
While the Centre has sought a report from Bihar on the Saran tragedy, it turns out that the school authorities ignored the most fundamental guideline of the world’s largest feeding programme —food should be tasted by at least two adults, including a teacher, before it is served to children.
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This is what today’s abla nari is doing and indian politicians are still living in stone age assuming that women are being victimised and passing draconian laws like 498A, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT and PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION ACT recently. Crooked educated women will misuse the law passed recently where a lady can claim 50% of the property of her husband just after getting married formally even if she NEVER had any intention of staying in the marriage.
NOW this bill will encourage men to ask for HUGE sums of money and PROPERTY to secure their and their family’s property and assets.
This will increase in the demand of DOWRY by to be married boys and their families.
I am not against empowering women but while empowering women we have to be careful that nobody else is victimised ( because of these laws it will be innocent women who will be victimised and not empowered ) .
Smooth swindler in police net
Rajwinder, posing as an NRI, would dupe men after marriage Anirudh Gupta
Ferozepur, May 29 After having duped five grooms and fleeced several youths on the pretext of taking them abroad, Rajwinder Kaur, pretending to be a Canadian citizen, has been finally arrested along with her brother Hardial Singh and accomplice Jagsir Singh.
Jewellery, cash and three duplicate passports were seized from the trio. Rajwinder and her brother belonged to Gandiwind village under the Harike police station .
Paramraj Singh, DIG, Ferozepur Range, said despite several cases of fraud against Rajwinder in Batala, Mansa, Kotkapura and Samana, she had remained elusive till now.
Rajwinder would entice rich farmers, promising them that she would take them abroad after marriage. She would later dump the innocent victims after having swindled them of their money, the DIG said.
He said till date, five such cases had come to light. Rajwinder’s latest victim was Kulwinder Singh of Kotwal village, said HS Mann, SSP. He said after marriage, Rajwinder began to tempt her husband’s kin who were keen on settling abroad. “A smooth operator, she did not let anyone in the family get an inkling about her intentions,” the SSP said, adding that she swindled Rs 5 crore in this manner. She took some of them and deserted them there.
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Now the govt of INDIA has decided to legalise the extortion and terrorism by greedy and unscrupulous women and her greedy parents by passing this legislation of giving 50% of the assets even if the woman is the culprit for the failure of marriage.
she will be entitled to 50% of the property of her husband if she marries and even refuses to go with her husband immediately after marriage. Genuine girls who want to make their marriage successful will be the ones who will suffer in this.
Divorced woman to get 50% share in husband’s property
New Delhi, May 17 For the first time in the history of marriage laws in India, women and children have been given definite rights in the residential property of men in the event of a divorce.
Taking up amendments to the Marriage Laws Amendment Bill, 2010, pending for discussion in the Rajya Sabha, where it was introduced last week, the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today decided to make a clear provision in the law that an equal share (50 pc) in the residential property of a man will go to his wife and children in case of a divorce. The wife will have to move an application seeking the share.
Women and children will have an equal right in the residential property acquired by a man, whether acquired before or after the marriage, as the Cabinet today omitted from the Amendment Bill the expression “property acquired during the subsistence of marriage”.
The old Bill gave divorced women a right in man’s property, but did not state the quantum. Women activists felt stating the quantum would ensure justice to women who have to take care of their children and provide for them.
Not just that, the Cabinet further amended the Bill granting women and children rights in the movable assets of the man in case of a divorce. Instead of fixing the quantum of share of women and children in movable assets, the Cabinet decided to let the courts of law decide the share, depending on the “living standard of the wife”.
The relevant amendment in the Bill reads, “Pay such gross sum or share of movable property towards settlement of claim of wife as the courts deem fit considering the living standard of the wife”.
In another important development, the Cabinet today amended the Bill to ensure that the six-month cooling-off period (which couples need to spend together before moving the joint motion for a divorce) would be reduced only if both the man and the woman concerned move an application to lessen it.
The amendment has been made following demands from women rights activists who said a man could force a divorce on a wife if the application for reducing the cooling-off period is not mandated to be moved by both parties. In the earlier Bill, one of the two could move such an application.
The amendments follow an assurance from Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who deferred his reply to discussion on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha where several MPs had raised these concerns and sought that the Bill be made woman-friendly.
|WHAT THEY GET n Woman and children will have 50% share in the residential property of a man in case of a divorce n The wife will have to move an application seeking the share in such cases n It will not matter whether the property was acquired before or after the marriage n Women and children will also have right in the movable assets of the man n The quantum of share in such cases will be determined by the court|
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NEW DELHI: A man’s second marriage cannot be a ground for denying him custody of his child, a Delhi court has said while granting guardianship of a 10-year-old boy to his father who remarried after his wife’s death.
The boy had been living with his maternal grandparents since his mother’s death. Guardian judge Gautam Manan rejected the grandparents’ contention that it would not be in the child’s interest to live with his stepmother.
“The second marriage of the petitioner cannot be held to be a disability,” the court said, noting that the man’s elder daughter was living with him and being brought up well by her stepmother.
“There is no evidence that the stepmother of the child has maltreated the sister of the minor… (who) is getting a good education,” the judge said, allaying the grandparents’ fears.
‘Dad can impart moral values to child’
The court said the man, a resident of Begumpur in south Delhi, “being the natural father of the minor, is more likely to impart moral and ethical values in the child”. It added the company of the child’s elder sister will be “fruitful” in his growth.
The man, earning Rs 12,000 a month, had approached the court seeking permanent custody of his son, who had been living with his maternal grandparents since he was seven months old.
Agreeing with his arguments, the court said the grandparents themselves were old and had to support their five unmarried children, none of whom had come forward to take responsibility for bringing up the boy.
The court also said the aged couple had failed to demonstrate how they were ensuring the boy got a good education. It said there was a huge age difference between the aged couple and the child, due to which they could face difficulty in taking care of him.
The grandparents have been granted visitation rights to the child twice a month.
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A rethink has been initiated for
Section 498 A of IPC by the Law Commission of India’s ‘Consultation
paper-cum-Questionnaire.’ The law meant to protect married women from the abuse
of dowry and cruelty has been misused by some women.
Rethink on ‘Legal
What is 498 A— Section 498A was introduced into IPC by the Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act, 1983 to prevent cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives that was reportedly rampant. In order to make the impact of this section deterrent in nature, the crime was made punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three years and also liable to fine.
A rethink on 498 A— After witnessing an unprecedented hue and cry over the use and misuse of Section 498 A, The Law Commission of India has come out with a document, “Consultation Paper-cum-Questionnaire regarding Section 498A of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” at the initiative of the Supreme Court through the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India to elicit ‘informed public opinion.’
In scores of cases across India, the courts have witnessed misuse of section 498 A, while deciding disputes of domestic nature. The law, designed to help women regain social and economic empowerment in a highly patriarchal society, has been misused in several cases, as is observed even by the apex court. As was in the case of Preeti Gupta v. State of Jharkhand ( 2010) and Sushil Kumar Sharma v. UOI (2005), where not only the husband but all his immediate relations were implicated under false charges.
Such acts of ‘over-implication,’ are often resorted with the sole motive to wreck personal vendetta, unleashing a sort of ‘new legal terrorism.’
What should be done to rein this tendency of ‘abuse’, ‘over-reach’ or ‘over-implication’, which of course cannot be the justifiable purpose of criminal law? To find a solution, The Law Commission in its consultation-paper has crystallised at least two different views. One view, which finds support from the observations of the apex court and also the recommendations of Malimath Committee’s report on Reforms of Criminal Justice System, is in favour of ‘relieving the rigour’ of section 498A of IPC by making the offence under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as compoundable and bailable instead of non-compoundable and non-bailable.
The other opposite view echoed, inter alia, by the Ministry of Women and Child Development is in favour of maintaining the status quo. In their view, the provisions of section 498A of IPC have been specifically enacted to protect vulnerable married women, who are the victims of cruelty and harassment at the hands of their husbands and their close relatives.
The consultation paper also brings to the fore a third view with some variants, which seem to cut across the two extreme positions as mentioned above. One variation is that the offence under section 498A of IPC should be made ‘compoundable’ with the permission of the court, as has been done by the State of Andhra Pradesh. However, there is sharp difference of opinions on the second variant, namely, whether the offence under this section should also be made ‘bailable’, at least with regard to husband’s relations.
Moreover, while the Commission is appreciative of the need to discourage unjustified and frivolous complaints, ‘it is not inclined to take a view that dilutes the efficacy of s. 498A to the extent of defeating its purpose- to protect women against atrocities.
However, having adopted this clear stance, the Commission has hastened to add : ‘A balanced and holistic view has to be taken on weighing the pros and cons. There is no doubt a need to address the misuse situations and arrive at a
rational solution – legislative or otherwise.’
The Commission is in search of a ‘rational solution – legislative or otherwise’ through its questionnaire. It has suggested that there is a dire need to create awareness about the penal provisions of the section amongst the poor and hapless rural women ‘who face quite often the problems of drunken misbehaviour,’ by having ‘easy access’ to the Taluka and District level Legal Services Authorities and/or credible NGOs. The Commission has also reminded the lawyers and the police, what is expected of them ‘morally and legally.’
Perhaps the more pragmatic point that the Law Commission has made relates to the linkage of section 498A of IPC with the provisions of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. Such a linkage is evident at least in two respects. Firstly, in the exposition of ‘domestic violence’ under section 3 of the Act that encompasses the situation set out in the definition of cruelty under section 498A of the Code. This implies that there exists commonality of objective between the Code and the Act in terms of providing protection to married women from ‘domestic violence’ or ‘cruelty’.
Secondly, there is also a ‘functional-linkage’ as is found in the provisions of the Act itself that makes the Magistrate play pivotal role in protecting the married women.
The critical question still remains to be answered is, how to prevent the abuse of section 498A without diluting its deterrent effect? To answer this central issue, we need to remind ourselves that women seek defence outside home only under duress, and the protective umbrella of section 498A offers it.
The problem is essentially civil in nature and, therefore, is required to be handled by the civil court under the cognate provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, and not by the criminal court under penal provisions of section 498A. This would enable the civil court to sort out matters of over-reach and over-implications with the added advantage of exploring the possibility of matrimonial reconciliation.
In the event, the Magistrate decides that a particular case falls in the realm of criminal law without the possibility of resuscitating the matrimonial relationship, he may pass an appropriate order for its trial by the criminal court.
The writer is Director (Academics), Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Chandigarh.
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Chandigarh, July 20
For those still new to the entire concept of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), they just need to drop in one of the 23 Aadhaar enrolment centres operational in Chandigarh with identity, address and birth proof.
The Aadhaar numbers are randomly generated unique identification numbers issued after capturing biometric characteristics of an individual that is different from any other card, as it cannot be duplicated. Every person issued the card will be getting a 12-digit unique number that’s going to be amassed in the central database. The Tribune has jotted down a few steps that you might want to know about.
Just walk down to one of the Aadhaar enrolment centres to obtain an application form with proofs of identity, address and date of birth. Fill up the form that will have the details of your demographic information, including name, address, gender, date of birth and father’s address. The second stage of enrolment includes the applicant’s photograph, iris impression and fingerprints of both hands along with thumbprints are captured. Applicants will be then given a receipt of acknowledgement and can expect their Aadhaar cards to reach them within three months.
Proof of identity: Any one of these – passport, PAN card, ration card, voter ID card, driving license, government photo id cards, NREGA job card, photo id issued by a recognised educational institution, arms license, bank ATM and credit cards, pensioner photo card, freedom fighter photo card, kisan photo passbook, address card having name an photo issued by the department of posts, certificate of identity having photo issued by a Group A gazetted officer on letterhead, citizenship certificate with photo.
Proof of address: Passport, bank passbook, bank statement, ration card, voter ID, driving license, insurance policy, government photo ID cards, NREGA job card, arms license, pensioner card, vehicle registration certificate, registered sale and rent deed, card having photo issued by the Department of Posts, caste and domicile certificate having photo issued by the state government.
The Aadhaar cards will help the cardholders avail various services, including getting a bank account, LPG connection etc. Meanwhile, residents who don’t have sufficient identification documents will have a card that would help them in availing various services. The interesting fact about the card is that it cannot be duplicated, as it would have the person’s fingerprints and iris impressions.
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