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Will UP Govt take timely decision over release of eligible lifers

Suchhanda Roy takes a sneak peek at the order by the Supreme Court ordering the Yogi Adityanath government to release the convicts who have already served over 14-years in prison. Read more…

Apart from any kind of discrimination, on February 6, 2023, the Supreme Court ordered Uttar Pradesh government to take decisions over the release of lifers lodged in various jails in state within three-months. Inmates, who are lodged in jails for over 14-years, will have to be granted remission of remaining sentences, as they have already served incarceration. This has come in wake of the release of aged and ailing lifters under the policy adopted on August 1, 2018.

As per the reports given by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Prisons, Uttar Pradesh, out of 6,262 life convicts lodged across various jails in the state, 2,228 have served more than 14 years in prison and therefore eligible for remission. The UP government’s 2018 policy provided a scope that a lifer would be eligible for remission of remaining part of his or her life term once he or she serves 14 years of actual imprisonment. There are more than thousand of lifer inmates dwindling in prison, have no resources or awareness to file a remission application.

If we generalize, the maximum number of  life convicts of state are not aware about the legal part of remission procedure as well as the policy of the state govt regarding remission of lifer. The Apex Court also ruled states should  bound to consider remission of sentences of eligible lifers, who didn’t submit remission application. It is mentioned that, scores of petitions for remission being filed in Allahabad high Court and Supreme court. Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Advocate General Garima Prashad told in the Supreme Court that the cases regarding the premature release of some of the convicts awarded life were already under consideration and may require three months to take final decision. However, it will not be possible to grant their requests if there are any legal hitch within the said time frame. It is therefore suggested that the state government as well as the prison authorities should take positive step to arrange awareness programme of legal process for the inmates, that would enable them to gather knowledge regarding the legal procedures required to apply for remission.

Supreme courts bench headed by Chief Justice of India and justice P S Narshimha and Justice  J B Padriwala strictly said, the government should strictly abide by its policies, as because provisions of law and policy are very much equal for everyone, are to be applied to all eligible equally and transparently, so easily could avoid the discrimination as well as deferential treatments. UP government’s standing counsel Ardhendu Mauli Prasad cited in the court that, lifer who are eligible for remission, their cases are pending before the appropriate committee for consideration in various stages, which would send recommendation to the state, after that  to the Governor for final decisions.

Hundreds of Prisoners filed petition questioning  UP government’s July 28. 2021 policy, which clearly stated premature release applicable to only those prisoners who are in their 60 years of age. They have certain quarries about the change in premature release policy of the state, as they  were entitled  as eligible for remission under the August 1, 2018 state policy.

However, quoting the 2018 policy SC bench clearly stated, no convicts will have to apply for the premature release, said state government shall process the release permission, only after seeking recommendation of the  concerned prison officials. Beside this court directed the District Legal service Authority  to take necessary steps for ensuring that no eligible prisoners are left out.

SC also said, it would institutionalize the frame work for grant of remission across India as well as take up scrutiny of the situation of lifers in all stages and grant remission procedures in Maharashtra, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan very soon.

(The writer is a senior journalist with reputed publication.)

Girl gangraped by strangers in Uttar Pradesh, fighting for Life in hospital

It seems people have gone on an overdose of Viagra. Rapes and gangrapes are becoming a cult trend and rarely the victim is left to survive. Still, there are no sign of stringent most punishment that is required.

The fresh case has come from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh. A girl originally from Bihar having her family in Delhi was going to Betia in Bihar from Delhi. Due to some reasons she had got down at Bhatparni Station in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh in the night. Two strangers – Deepak and Rohita confronted her and assured safe stay. They took her and gang-raped. She was left in a semi conscious state in a pool of blood when the police recovered her.

The police immediately came into action and lodged an FIR and nabbed both the accused. The girl is critical and is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

There are a few missing links which needs to be connected. One, inspite of repeated requests and warnings by the police not to trust strangers especially on railway stations, the victim decided to move with totally strangers according to prima facie reports. Two, she was to board the train for Bihar, then why did she leave the station at the night. Why not wait at the platform for the next train. However, inspite of all the ‘missing-links’, I totally condemn the incident as no civilised society will support or can support raping a girl no matter she gets down at a allien place or railway station or trusts strangers.

It’s high time stringent most punishment should be given to these people. There is no fear factor and it is the need of the hour.

Finally, I assume that these rapists are residents of Uttar Pradesh, will the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath bull-dose their houses.

Brutal rape in Unnao, iron rod inserted; no reportage… Why?

I sometimes wonder if news of rapes, gang-rapes, molestation, eve-teasing and stalkings too are optional or circumstantial for the media or PRESS to cover. Sorry, I know I too am from the same fraternity but can’t help asking when I came across this shameful incident. I did carry in my official news bulletin but honestly I too had no knowledge of the incident till I read this in a local vernacular PRESS and I thank the newspaper for atleast showing the guts to cover the news. If you ask me why am I so much sarcastic. The answer is simple, I saw the media and PRESS going overboard when Jyoti Singh Pandey was gang-raped and was subjected to brutality. She died due to the brutality.

Well, if you still wonder who is Jyoti Singh Pandey, then she is that hapless girl who was the first in her family to have studied and was aspiring to become a nurse… Still wondering? Not your fault as the media, fraternity, had called her by many names to market the story the next day – ‘Amanat’, ‘Damini’, ‘Delhi Brave Heart’, and ‘Nirbhaya’, the name that became cult and all then on call the poor girl who waned to survive by ‘Nirbhaya’.

Why I am raising the issue? Actually, few days ago a similar incident had taken place in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. A scheduled caste minor girl was gang-raped on her way back home from tuition. Villagers found her body without proper cloths. She was dead. Not just this, iron rod was inserted in her private parts. The matter spruced up anger among the villagers and they demanded a probe. The doctors conducting postmortem prepared slides after videography after which the brutality was confirmed.

Her father who is a Shiksha Mitra member raised fingers at his neighbour Sujit Kumar. After initial probe, police nabbed Kumar under section 02 (murder), 376A (brutality), 34 (plan to kill). Mother of the victim who is a Asha worker was away on her duty.

Prime Minister Modi shares his association with Mulayam Singh on Twitter

Condolences started pouring in as soon as the news of Samajwadi party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s death was announced on the party official Twitter handle by party president Akhilesh Yadav. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recollected his relationship with the veteran leader on his twitter handle, “Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji was a remarkable personality. He received immense admiration as a humble and grounded leader who was sensitive to people’s problems. He served people diligently and devoted his life towards popularising the ideals of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia.”

Prime Minister Modi made a series of tweets:

SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav dead, read details

An era in Uttar Pradesh politics has come to an end with the death of Samajwadi Party (SP) founder and supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav after prolonged illness. He was admitted at Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Monday. He was 82.

Since past few days, the condition of Singh remained “quite critical” and and he was on life-saving drugs. All big political leaders had been visiting him at the hospital and took stock of his health condition. The news of his death was shared by his son and party president Akhilesh Yadav on party’s official Twitter handle, “Mere adarniya pitaji aur sabke netaji nahi rahe – Akhilesh Yadav,”.

Condolences are pouring in on social media platforms. Earlier, it was announced that his mortal remains would be kept at Lucknow on Monday today for the party members and public to pay their last respects. The last rights would take place on Tuesday (tomorrow) at Sefai around 11am. It was finally decided that his mortal would be taken directly to Sefai and consigned to flames there. However, final confirmation regarding time is yet to come.

SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital status for Varanasi

A big feather in the cap of India as Varanasi was declared the first-ever Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Tourism and Cultural Capital for 2022-2023. However, there can be questions why Varanasi? Is it because the city also happens to be the Parliamentarian constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Could be but there can be no two views to the fact that Varanasi also be one of the oldest cities that can boast of its legacy into art, culture, music, apart from rich vedic tradition.

The announcement was made at the 22nd Meeting of SCO summit at Uzbekistan’s Samarkand on Friday, a day before the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Immediately, after the announcement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) posted, “The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member Countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilizational links with Member States of SCO, especially the Central Asian Republics”.

The MEA said, under this cultural outreach programme several events are lined in Varanasi. Guests will be invited from the SCO member states to participate in these events. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers and other invited guests.

Notably, the regulations for the nomination of the SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with an aim to promote cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of culture and tourism.

Why Lakhimpur Kheri rapists should not face similar fate? Fear-factor required

Two Dalit teenage sisters were found hanging from a tree in a sugarcane field in Lalpur Majra Tamoli Purva village under the Nighasan police station on Wednesday evening. The incident sparked huge huge uproar across the region with locals coming on the streets and police had to cajole them to move back on the assurance that action would be taken.

On Thursday, the police arrested six men in this connection – Junaid, Sohail, Hafizur Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chottu. The postmortem was conducted and the bodies of the two sisters were handed over to the family members. The police said, postmortem has confirmed strangulation after brutally gangrape the two girls.

“We have arrested Junaid, Sohail, Hafizur Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chottu in an overnight operation,” said Superintendent of Police (SP), Lakhimpur Kheri, Sanjiv Suman. The SP informed that Junaid and Sohail were allegedly in a relationship with the two sisters, have confessed that they strangulated the girls after raping them”.

Speaking to the Press, the Additional Director General (ADG), Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh, Prashant Kumar said, “We have arrested six accused after conducting fast investigation as ordered. Such crimes should be dealt strictly and I request all to show sympathy towards the family. I feel the family members are satisfied with our probe as we have done everything as per their request. We have handed over the bodies to the family members after the postmortem”.

An FIR was registered under sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.

Dynasty rule in Congress ruins the party, needs a leader

Congress that once used to be the primary political party in the country has not only lost its reach but vote bank too. This has predominantly happened as Congress failed to read the nerves of its voters, loyal for decades. Rahul Gandhi has failed miserably as party president as RaGa has never been interested in the active politics. Inspite of his sister Priyanka always been interested in politics, the party never thought of fetching her for important positions like party president.

Another reason why the party is on the verge of ruining is its ‘dynasty politics’, the cult structure of Congress as members can’t see any name beyond the Gandhi’s. On Friday, veteran Congressman and Indira loyalist Ghulam Nabi Azad called party election as “farce and sham”. There is nothing wrong if veterans expect a prized position within the party. Infact, the party needs a leader and not a poster-boy.

On Saturday, veteran Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge said, they are trying to convince RaGa to accept party presidentship as there are no face pan-India who could promote and carry forward Congress legacy. He further said, Rahul Gandhi is himself not keen in becoming party president but the members have unanimously decided to request RaGa to become president.

This in itself once again explains the mindset of Congress members that cannot see any name beyond the Gandhi’s. Perhaps, people like Jyotiraditya Scindia or Sachin Pilot can give a better leadership to the party. However, Kharge did not mention the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra even once whom we all saw doing a great job as Uttar Pradesh incharge during the state Assembly Elections in 2022. Priyanka reached out to a large number of women with her “beti hoon, lad sakti hoon” campaign.

Congress today, needs a leader who can help the party to pass the litmus test, and not a poster-boy for pan-India publicity.

Supertech demolition infuses scare among residents in neighbouring societies

As the day of demolition of Supertech twin towers in Noida’s Sector 93A comes close, scare among the residents in the neighbouring Emerald Court and ATS village is also increasing. Around 5,000 residents of the two societies along with more than 150 pets, have been asked to vacate their flats by 7 am. They can move in after the demolition is over. The officials supervising the demolition have also asked the entire security staff of these societies to move out of their respective buildings latest by 12 pm on Sunday.

The twin towers will be raised to ground at around 2.30 pm on August 28, leaving behind a whopping 55,000 tonnes of debris. However, apart from safe and security issues to the adjoining buildings, the demolition has raised a big concern for the environmentalists who fear there will huge air pollution.

An official of Edifice Engineering, the firm hired to demolish the twin towers, a total of 40 people, including blasters and trained workers, had started charging the Ceyane (29 storeys) and Apex (32 storeys) towers, and would complete the entire process by August 26, 2022. The team comprises of two Indian blasters and Edifice project manager Mayur Mehta and seven members of its South African expert partner Jet Demolition. Security has been beefed up across the region.

The Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of the twin tower – Ceyane and Apex erected by violating the building norms and restrictions.