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Church ke gaudam mein mila yuvti ka latka hua shav parijano ne lagaya father par hatya ka aarop lekin police ne darj kiya aksmat ka kes

Posted on 21 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 22 June 2010

1.   Dadar & Nagar Haveli ke Dapada isthit Isaie Mishanri dwara chalaye ja rahe church ke gaudaon mein teen din poorv hatya …….

2.   Dadar & Nagar Haveli Mein khuleaam Mahila ke saath Chedchad Gaon walo ne ki aaropi ki jamkar dhulai

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Rape accused arrested after absconding for 14 years

Posted on 21 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 22 June 2010

A man, who was on the run for 14 years after allegedly abducting and raping a girl, was arrested today from Moradabad district, police said.

“Bheem Sain, against whom a case was registered on November 30, 1988 for abduction and rape of a girl, was absconding since then and his family claimed that he was dead. He had not appeared before court despite repeated issuance of warrants against him.

“Recently, we got an information that he is alive and living in Moradabad district and arrested him from there,” SSP Praveen Kumar said.

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AIHRA’S MEETING SUCCESSFUL IN WEST BENGAL, PURULIA DISTRICT, ADRA 20-06-2010: Sunday

Posted on 21 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 22 June 2010

AIHRA’S 12Th meeting of this year went very successful under the leadership of State Chief, M.Durga Prasad. The meeting started at 3pm and concluded at 9.30pm without a break. Almost 60 active members of AIHRA Purulia positively turned up to the meeting. Besides, public also participated and has shown its curiosity.  The other Officers of AIHRA present were Prem Chand Sharma, District Secretary, Swaraj Chandra , Organising Secretary, Annirudda Datta, Legal Advisor, W.B. , Press Secretaries and Reporting Officers viz, Anand Kumar, Rehman , Laxman Rao , reporter of Purulia Darpan, Vivek Mahato alongwith members of kashipur and raghunathpur blocks .

The main attraction of the meeting was that of the agenda of educating the mass in the village in respect of knowledge of human rights, primary education to all to be given by AIHRA “Free of Cost” to all the poor village children in purulia district.

Also to unveil certain human rights violation issues and bring them to lime light.

Highlights of the meeting:   Total no of cases received  = 120 (20 Major + 100 Minor). Out of them all the 100 minor cases and 18 major cases were solved locally by the AIHRA chiefs.  One of the two major cases left pending is the case of some security personnels who beat black and blue with the back of their rifles  one of the three students , Sri Ravi Shankar Reddy traveling in a Railway train ( Dhanbad-Tata) at Purlia station just at the cost of occupying a one-foot area out of the full area on which the Security personnel was sleeping in day time at about 9.30am , Saturday.

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Eunuchs, LIVING OR DEAD –Deprived of Human Rights – M.Durga Prasad W.B. State Chief

Posted on 21 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 21 June 2010

EUNUCHS: Are they Human beings?  Do they have Human Rights?  Does   the Proclamation of the Universal Declaration 1948 have any real effection, affection and reaction on the lives of these Eunuchs?  Whether any Government violates the 30 Articles of UDHR and the few Fundamental Rights of our constitution. Did, do and would   the so called living beings have any role in the bare promise of our Preamble in our Constituent Assembly adopted and enacted that twenty-sixth day of Nov. 1949   that urged and pronounced

“ WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:  JUSTICE ( social, economic and political) ;  LIBERTY (of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship); EQUALITY( of status and of opportunity);  and to promote among them all  FRATERNITY assuring the DIGNITY( of the individual) and the  UNITY and INTEGRITY ( of the Nation) ; How far it is absolute true or obsolete ?

The word “Eunuch” means a Castrated man, especially, one merely employed by oriental rulers as a “Harem Guard” for palace official. It also means an abnormal condition  in males characterized by lack of  fully developed reproductive organs and the manifestations of certain  female sex characteristics ;  as high voice or lack of facial  and body hair , resulting  from the absence of a normal  production of male  sex hormones.  In the words of Tony Warren, there is a myth making the rounds in some circles that those people identified as Eunuchs in scriptures were homo-sexual but it is totally ridiculous idea and nothing could be further from truth. It is indeed astounding  that any learned person could come to such a contrived  conclusion ;  Of course , when you have people determined to base interpretations on the social climate of the day, or the imaginations of men’s hearts, it is quite understandable. Since it is then easy for one to formulate and then read any belief they want “into” the scriptures. This is obviously a teaching  that is not  in scripture , and any Theologian worth his salt  can come  to no other  conclusion , whereas, the word, “eunuch” in the old testament is “caric” pronounced as “saw-reece” meant castrated which in turn meant, “live unmarried or celibate”. Kings and rulers would often use castrated men or eunuchs as people charged with the management and care of women’s chambers. This was done for obvious reasons, since it’d be impossible for them to have sexual relations with the women under their care. Thus, they were the ideal guards of harems and servants quarters as already revealed by me in my opening lines and thus, for this reason the word, CARIC illustrates as the bedchambers of women.   I REGRET, We see the International Human Rights Day coming and going everywhere every year. Throughout the Globe the Human Rights activists talk much of torture of under trials in police custodies. They talk about human beings being influenced to medical experimentation without their true Wisdom. They bring on the tables the socially relevant topics like Domestic violence and other vice against women, child abuse, manhandling of innocent budding child, trafficking or exploitation of child labor in TW countries. But the lot of the community of eunuchs is largely ignored even by their own. It is also true that at every stage of their existence, their rights to live and work like normal human beings are violated with impunity.  Above, I told you that the term eunuch – hijra – that we commonly use to mean a ‘sexless’ person has been defined in the dictionary as a castrated man. A hermaphrodite (both male & female reproductive organs) is a creature possessing both the male and female organs. A transvestite (dressing in woman’s cloths) is a person who chooses a sex other than the one he/she is born as. Facts tell us that neutralized neutral-sex persons are a rarity. The hijra population in India has a well-defined group structure and regional affiliations with a group head. Though Balucharaji is their Goddess and they revere Ambe Mata, there are religious demarcations. Most of them identify with the female sex. Within the eunuch community, incest is absent. Most of them have worked as prostitutes at one time or another. Serena Nanda’s research shows that some persons labeled hijra in India are both prostitutes and celebrants of rites of passage.   Hindu epics, Puranas and Mythology are replete with the courageous feats of true hermaphrodites who, within these scriptures, have always been referred to as the ‘third sex.’or ‘third gender’. “But after the Arab attack in the eighth century, castration of males in order to put them on specific jobs began on a large scale” writes S. N. Ranade,   Centuries ago, guards to king’s harems were castrated to ensure that no co-habitation between royal wives and guards took place. This led to the creation of the ‘third sex’ – the castrated eunuchs. But it was not the end of the story. These sexless wonders realized that perversions did exist in society. Many males found them distractingly attractive. And the potential ‘femme fatale’ (dangerously seductive woman) was born.  As per the reliable information available in Wikipedia,    Hijras have a recorded history of more than 4,000 years. Ancient myths bestow them with special powers to bring luck and fertility. Despite this supposedly sanctioned place in Indian culture, hijras face severe harassment and discrimination from mainstream people in society, are not allowed to have any organized source of income, and from the police that arrests them for begging, one of the few sources they have of eking out a livelihood.   Are Hijras born or made?     The term hijra is often translated as “eunuch” and the archetypal (original model) hijra is raised as a man and undergoes ritual removal of the genitals to become a hijra. However, anthropologist Serena Nanda explains that many hijras come from other sexually ambiguous backgrounds: they may be born intersexed, be born male or female and fail to develop fully at puberty, or be males who choose to live as hijras without ever undergoing the castration procedure. The cultural category “hijra” appears to be a magnet for a variety of sexual and gender conditions: ambiguous sexual anatomy, impotence, infertility, homosexuality, and others, which may not have an analogue in Western cultures. Nanda writes that the crude surgery is done by dais (country nurses) whose ‘training’ is based solely on experience. The eunuchs call this ‘operation’ NIRBAAN meaning ‘MUKTI because the act suggests a ‘transition’ of the person from one ‘life’ to another. Indian legal statutes do not permit such forced castration of males and therefore, there is absolute secrecy around the act of ‘nirbaan.’ The operation is always conducted between three and four before the crack of dawn, while it is still dark, and no one else but the dai-maa and her assistant is present for this ‘ceremonial’ ritual. The whole act is given the colour of a religious ritual like the acceptance of deeksha for a better life in the next birth purely in order to veil the essential barbarity and brutality of the custom and make it seem both acceptable and ‘natural.’   It is learnt that from different writers that   in 1990, Dr. B.V. Subramaniam of the Surat Medical College wrote a paper based on his research on the making of a eunuch.  The study reported that most eunuchs in India were the result of forced castration. The method adopted for the surgery is crude, unscientific, threatening to the health of the patient and done in the most unhygienic conditions. The genitals of a normally born male baby are slashed off with a knife dipped in boiling oil.

After dressing the wound, a nail with a string attached is tied to the waist and drilled into the stump, which would, with medication and time, begin to look somewhat like a female crotch.     In cases of castration, Subramaniam’s paper says that breasts develop because the seat of the male hormones – testicles – has been removed. When the female hormones take over, the growth of secondary sexual characteristics, such as growth of facial hair, is restricted. So, also the regular change in voice. Castrated or not, eunuchs are sexually active. As they cannot form intimate relations within the parameters of either acceptable or aberrant behavior due to lack of takers, they take to prostitution. Because of their indiscriminate sexual lives, Subramanian warns that they are possible carriers of the HIV virus.  *Are there really Legal struggles and Police sufferings to these strange poor fellows?

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Article 6(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is a party, states: “Every human being has the inherent right to life. Law shall protect this right. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”. Article 4 of the ICCPR states that this right cannot be waived “even in times of public emergency threatening the life of the nation”. Unlawful and extra judicial killings clearly contravene the right to life. The Indian government ratified the ICCPR in 1979. By ratifying an international treaty which enshrines the right to life, India is obliged not only to respect that right in principle, but also to ensure it is not violated in practice. The ICCPR imposes a clear duty on states to investigate alleged violations of the right to life “promptly, thoroughly and effectively through independent and impartial bodies.” We know “ONE EARTH, ONE HUMANITY” but how far is it correct? How far is it true?  What kind of life are these Articles talking about? Isn’t the quality of life more important than its quantity even for people marginalized by the mainstream as the lowest of society where the word ‘human’ is under question? Is it a life of dignity where a person can stand tall with his/head in the skies? Or is it a life of humiliation, insult, oppression and neglect by the family, media and establishment given legitimacy by the legal system? The violence a hijra faces from the police is traced to the 1897 Amendment to the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, subtitled: “An Act for the Registration of Criminal Tribes and Eunuchs,” equating at one stroke, all criminal tribes with eunuchs who are not criminals either by birth or by vocation. Under this law, the local government was required to keep a register of the names and residences of all eunuchs who were “reasonably suspected of kidnappings or castrating children or committing offences under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.” This section is mostly used, or misused, to ‘deal’ with the hijra community as well as homosexuals in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes “carnal (bodily) intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal,” even if it is voluntary. The law, which is traced back to colonial ideas of morality, in effect, presumes that a hijra or a homosexual is engaging in “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” this making this entire class of one of the most marginalized communities vulnerable to police harassment, arrest and torture by the police at any given time and place under any excuse.   After a long struggle, the eunuch community has succeeded in a small measure by convincing the bureaucracy to allow them to enter “E” in forms, data-base sheets and other official documents like passport application forms on the NET in the place where they have to enter their ‘sex’ instead of the routine “M” or “F” which does not apply to them.

*What is the Identity of a Hijra? One Gentleman, Ranade interviewed hijras thrown out of their own eunuch groups in Delhi because the Delhi eunuchs refused to be interviewed by him. Since they were already ostracized by their own groups, these eunuchs were more forthcoming in their statements than group members generally are. Among 100 such ostracized eunuchs Ranade interviewed, 76 said they were castrated, 13 said they had genitals of either sex, that is, genetically born hermaphrodites and 11 were transvestites – woman’s mind trapped in a male body. Or, vice versa – a male trapped in a female body. Of the 100, 51 said they were males and 49 said they were female. Not one of them said they were neither male nor female. True hermaphrodites of either ‘sex’ that is, people born with one testicle and one ovary is a rarity in real life. The Report mentions the existence of what is known as pseudo-hermaphrodite.  *The pathetic story of Hijras: Living in a society intolerant of deviant behavior, hijras, mostly poor and illiterate, look upon themselves as cursed for the sins of their past life. There is no definite count of the hijra population in India. Estimates range between 100,000 to over one million. Though mostly gay or transvestite, hijras believe they are sexless persons, neither male nor female. Most of them lead a life of penitence and austerity, though not necessarily of abstinence, and practice bizarre rituals to win from God their one great wish: to be born as man or woman in their next life. The story goes that after a eunuch dies; the others of the group give the dead body 27 beatings with their slippers so that the person is never again born a eunuch. Once employed by sultans to guard their harems, the hijras, literally hermaphrodites, but mostly eunuchs or castrated males, live today on the fringes of society, ostracized yet accommodated, occasionally venerated for their supposedly magical powers.   The hijra community is very similar in function to the Hindu Caste System. It is a community unto itself, a sect within themselves, united like the family system. There are seven nation-wide communal houses of behavior. Each household is headed by a nayak who appoints a guru or a preacher trained to protect the community members, whose disciples are referred to as chelas or students and traditionally amount to about five per guru. Before entering the community, the hijra has to live in satla (female attire) and observe the community for at least a year.

*Eunuchs and the Modern Media : The media, instead of helping their cause, has hampered it almost irreversibly by projecting them either as a dark and sinister group of people with criminal instincts, to be avoided at all costs, or as the laughing stock in films, and rarely with empathy and humanity. The hijra community is a close-knit one, their ways and habitat kept secret from even the closest of neighbors who nurse more hatred than fear for them but prefer not to show it. Only the odd beggar who sleeps on the pavement across the road from a hijra colony seems to envy their deviant existence. They appear to care little for social acceptance but have enough sensitivity (though their manner does not reveal this) to hate being ridiculed by ’straight’ people. Many of them have turned to crime and prostitution. “But once they reach a certain financial status, I have observed that they leave such work” said Dr. Uday Sheth of Mumbai who treats five eunuch patients a month on an average. Yet, none of these elements have been used as plot, theme or subject in Hindi cinema. Only in Mani Ratnam’s Bombay did one get to see the secularity and the tenderness of a hijra and the empathy she reveals towards little children. In a touching scene in Bombay, a hijra offers shelter to the two little twins of Arvind and Monisha Koirala. In effect, she saves their lives. She is not bothered about the communal identity of the kids as she lets them.

Know. And then, we know that Mani Ratnam has made his point: a hijra can be a good human being only if we let her show this goodness. Kalpana Lajmi empathised with a hijra forced to live within the mainstream through her film Darmiyaan. In Jodhaa Akbar a hijra, instead of hamming up the usual comic role, was portrayed as a trusted lieutenant of the female lead.    But that is where the empathy begins and ends, with the film. Once the film has lived out its life in the theatres, the ‘dedicated’ filmmaker turns his/her creative back on this much ignored, abundantly humiliated group of humanity. When the original eunuch on whose life Pooja Bhatt’s Tamanna was based, died a tragic death in Mumbai, the filmmaker hardly turned a hair. Her work was done. He was the subject of an unusual mainstream film, which bagged for its producer, a National Award. What more did the filmmaker want?

*Organizational Endeavours at prioritizing their Basic Needs: Susan Hema, an associate of the All-India Eunuchs’ Welfare Association formed in 1993-94, said that the organization aims at raising the lot of the hijras in the country. Ruth Lor Malloy, a Chinese Canadian who was in Mumbai some years ago, helped publish a 32-page booklet on hijras authored by “Meena Balaji and Other Eunuchs of India.” The book is called Hijras: Who we are. Around the mid-Eighties, the then vice-president of the Hijra Kalyan Samiti, a then-28-year-old Shama, said “we are sick of our traditional means of livelihood – singing, dancing for baksheesh or being reduced to sheer beggary in trains and on streets. I am not pleading for sympathy. I want a change in social attitudes. I want it as a matter of right, rights which other members of society normally have access to.”   * Since 2006, the government has employed hijras in the state of Bihar as tax collectors, singing loudly about the debt outside the defaulter’s premises until they are shamed into paying up − one of the most effective tax recovery methods ever used in India. Yet for many hijras the method of making ends meet is prostitution.  B.R. Shetty of Mumbai, a former banker, when he was 45 in 2001, employed a group of eunuchs to help him recover the dues of his credit society. Shetty’s Unique Recovery Services housed in Matunga in Mumbai, played a significant role in recovering bank loans and other such lending from reputed financial institutions in an unabashedly different manner. Shetty’s eunuch employees go about their task diligently, at times creating an ambience of light humour and fun. This has been more effective than other threatening tactics. Afraid of being ridiculed by these thoroughly uninhibited groups, people who shy away from payment decide to pay back their loans within a reasonable time span. Shetty devised this unique plan with the help of suspended former Mumbai deputy municipal commissioner G.R. Khairnar. Shetty firmly believes that eunuchs are better equipped with the power of persuasion than traditional debt collectors. Thanks to Shetty’s enterprise, at least some of the three-lakh eunuchs of Mumbai now have a chance to earn a decent livelihood. The firm today has redefined the lives of Meena, Venkatesh, Francis, Priya, Karishma, Shabnam, Dilnaz, Neetu and many more. These ‘agents’ were also a part of Khairnar’s rescue team for minor girls, active in Kamathipura, the city’s prime red-light area.   A eunuch from Cheeta Camp near Mankhurd in Mumbai said that there should be a separate education provision for eunuchs so that they are not forced to beg for a living. “Trained eunuchs like us enjoy the fruits of labour rather than take to begging. But there are many among us who choose the easy way out. It is time to shake them out of their old habits. Education is the first step,” she said. The DAI Welfare Society of Mumbai caters exclusively to eunuchs across the city. DAI has provided a plot of land to eunuchs for a housing society of their own. It also has a planned programme to provide employment to some 60,000 and odd eunuchs in the city. It is also has a project on paper to set up an ashram for aged eunuchs who are too feeble to earn their livelihood.

Conclusion:  Yet, It is difficult to warm up to this strange creature we meet in the train or on the streets, with exaggerated gestures, a low-cut blouse sans breasts, a voice so raucous and manly and a manner so obscenely revolting that our immediate olds known as gharanas for the most part in cities throughout Northern India.  Each has its own history and rules.

Tears would come out your eyes: Should you please go through a small part of great Shoma’s essay EUNUCHS OF INDIA.  Here it goes: In 1989,a eunuch whose name was SARLA dressed as woman had narrated her real throbbing life from beginning. Story of this eunuch was then submitted to U.N.O (United Nations organization) on June 12th of 1989 for appropriate action, for its support and its action to protect these unwanted humans. (My thanks to UNO for its prompt action)    “25 years ago, at 8 O’ clock in the clouded thundering night my mother procreated me. Besides us was my aunt helping and nursing my mother and me. My aunt went out to announce, “Child is born to you” but was not happy. My father standing outside the room was very impatient to know the birth of a child as after 13 years of marriage a child was born. Father inquired in curiosity: who was born? He or she!   My aunt was a silent lamenting, tear rolled from her eyes. Was standing drooped. She heard what my father had inquired, but did not dare to say anything instead she looked down and ran inside.   My father looked at my aunt in bewilderment, could not control himself for a moment and yelled “why don’t you tell me? What happened to my child born after 13 years”?  Aunt in deploring voice “Come in and see yourself. I don’t have courage to tell” My father lost his patience and rushed inside to take me in his arms. Looked me from head to bottom. He was bewildered, when his eyes went to my bottom. He stood there perplexed taking me in his arms. He watched me as if I were cursed. Nevertheless, he forced a kiss on my cheek. Lay me beside my mother. He stood, his arms rose inculpating God “Oh! God you have deceived me and ruined my child” Day of my birth was restless, tormenting and ill-omened. Father came to my mother. She spoke nothing but tears dropped from her eyes. Her eyes were staring my father constantly placating my father. (What could have been your reactions if you were Sarla’s dad? Or its mum or any of the closest?)

“The love that we withhold is the pain that we keep with us.” Dears, “THE HARDEST MOMENT IN LIFE IS NOT WHEN YOU LOSE SOMETHING AND TEARS COME OUT OF YOUR EYES. IT IS WHEN YOU ARE LOSING SOMETHING AND YOU ARE FORCED TO SMILE” LOVE IS A MEDICINE FOR ANY KIND OF WOUND, BUT THERE IS NO MEDICINE FOUND IN THE WORLD FOR A WOUND GIVEN BY LOVE. If you cannot give anything to them at least give them little love.  The do try to breathe as we do breathe. They are also living beings.

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Police strip 100 men to find struggle marks of rape victim

Posted on 19 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 20 June 2010

In a controversial action, over 100 men were strip-searched by police at Mira-Bhayandar in neighbouring Thane district to locate any struggle mark on their bodies in connection with the rape and murder of a minor girl five days ago.

A six-year-old girl was raped and murdered and her body dumped in a drain at Bhayandar. The body was found on June 13.

Although the stripping of men did not yield results for the police, the intensive search of the area launched by them led to the recovery of the victim’s blood stained undergarments from the house of one Prakash Kevat.

Kevat was arrested and has been remanded in police custody till June 23, police said.

Thane Superintendent of Police Vishwas Nagre Patil said the men were strip-searched to investigate the case. However he denied any violation of human rights.

“We combed the entire area. We stripped over 100 men to find out if any of them had scratch marks on their bodies. However, there has been no human rights violation,” Patil told PTI.

However, activists and lawyers have alleged it constituted gross violation of human rights and the law.

Criminal lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman said that by asking the men to strip, police have exceeded their brief. “This is a clear case of human rights violation. If the police suspected any person of involvement, they should have taken him into custody and interrogated him,” he said.

Maintaining that stripping at random is not permissible under the law, he said the state human rights commission should take suo moto cognizance of this.

Human rights activist and lawyer P S Sebastian said there is no law that authorises the police to strip people.

“This is totally unlawful and violation of human rights. Action should be taken against the police officials responsible for this,” Sebastian said.

According to the police, when they were combing the area they found one house locked. On suspicion, they opened the house and found the victim’s undergarments there.

Police learnt that the house belonged to Kevat who was then arrested after he returned home from work.

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Nitish snubs Modi, returns donation for flood victims

Posted on 19 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 20 June 2010

Nitish snubs Modi, returns Guj donation for Kosi flood victims

In a snub to Narendra Modi after his government advertised Kosi flood relief donation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has returned Rs 5 crore given by the Gujarat Chief Minister for the flood victims.

Kumar has returned the Rs 5 crore lying unspent in the CM’s relief account that was received from Gujarat after floods devastated large parts of the Kosi river belt in 2008, officials said today.

The move comes after local papers last week carried advertisements about the help given by the Gujarat government for Kosi flood victims.

Kumar had criticised the Gujarat government’s claim that it had liberally donated aid to Bihar during the 2008 Kosi floods, calling it “uncivilised”.

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Rishwat lete giraftar hui mahila PSI Bhakpa ka pradesh mahasachiv bhi giraft mein

Posted on 19 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 20 June 2010

Mumbai CBI ki anti corruption division dwara jari bhrashtachar nirodhak abhiyan ke tahat aaj mumbai CBI ne sangh pradesh dadra nagar haveli mein ek thekedar ki shikayat par pipriya out post ki prabhari mahila PSI Jyoti Patel aur es mamle mein bichauliya ki bhumika nibha rahe danah pradesh Bhakpa mahasachiv S.T. Kumar ko bhi giraftar kiya gaya hai. Bataya gaya hai ki dono ko 20,000 rupaye Rishwat lete hue rangehatho dhardabocha hai. yaha bhi bata de ki dadra nagar haveli ke Itihas mein pahli baar kisi mahila police adhikari ko rishwat ke aarop mein rangehatho giraftar kiya gaya hai.

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News-17 Jun-2010 (pdf)

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Nitish snubs Modi, returns donation for flood victims

Posted on 19 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 19 June 2010

Nitish snubs Modi, returns Guj donation for Kosi flood victims

In a snub to Narendra Modi after his government advertised Kosi flood relief donation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has returned Rs 5 crore given by the Gujarat Chief Minister for the flood victims.

Kumar has returned the Rs 5 crore lying unspent in the CM’s relief account that was received from Gujarat after floods devastated large parts of the Kosi river belt in 2008, officials said today.

The move comes after local papers last week carried advertisements about the help given by the Gujarat government for Kosi flood victims.

Kumar had criticised the Gujarat government’s claim that it had liberally donated aid to Bihar during the 2008 Kosi floods, calling it “uncivilised”.

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UN human rights expert urges strengthening of Cambodian justice system

Posted on 18 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 19 June 2010

An independent United Nations expert today urged Cambodian authorities to strengthen the country’s judiciary and improve human rights, saying the nation still has too many shortcomings in its justice system.

“There is an alarmingly high number of people in detention due to various shortcomings in the criminal justice system, and the instances of miscarriage of justice are far too numerous,” Surya Prasad Subedi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, warned at the end of his 10-day fact-finding mission.

“I call on the Royal Government of Cambodia to introduce appropriate measures to enhance the independence and capacity of the judiciary to enable it to function as an institution capable of providing justice to all in Cambodia,” he stated in a news release.

The expert concluded that Cambodia’s judiciary is facing tremendous challenges in delivering justice for its people, especially the poor and the marginalized.

He raised specific concerns relating to the judiciary’s role in protecting freedom of expression, and the narrowing of political space for critical debate in society, “due to the disproportionate use of defamation, disinformation and incitement lawsuits against journalists, human rights activists and political opponents.”

Another major concern was cases involving land-related rights. “If you are poor, weak and dispossessed of your land, you seem to have limited chance to obtain redress either through existing administrative land management systems, or through the courts,” said Mr. Subedi.

The Special Rapporteur welcomed the adoption of a series of new laws designed to strengthen the system of justice.

However, he warned that “a combination of a lack of adequate resources, organizational and institutional shortcomings, a lack of full awareness of the relevant human rights standards, and external interference, financial or otherwise, in the work of the judiciary, has resulted in an institution that does not command the confidence of people from many walks of life.”

Mr. Subedi, who met with King Norodom Sihamoni and members of the Government and judiciary during his visit, encouraged the Government to forge ahead with measures to enhance and strengthen the judiciary and to improve the situation of human rights, and offered his assistance for such efforts.

He will submit a report, including recommendations for judicial reform in Cambodia, to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September.

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UN official accuses Cambodia of human rights breaches

Posted on 18 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 19 June 2010

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cambodia says he has serious concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record. Surya Prasad Subedi has just ended a ten day mission to Cambodia, focussing mainly on the judiciary, and says he’s uncovered serious shortcomings. He says it’s a judicial system that’s critically underfunded and fails to appropriately train people in the basics of human rights law.

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