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UN hopes that Kathua rape culprits will be brought to justice

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UN chief took cognizance of the matter and further stressed the importance of bringing the Kathua culprits to accountability.

The horrific Kathua rape case in which an eight years old girl was brutally gang-raped and murdered has shaken the conscience of the entire country. The incident not only caught the attention of Indian media but also of International media. The ripples of the incident have also reached the UN which has hoped that authorities will identify and punish the perpetrators.

UN chief Antonio Guterres took cognizance of the matter and said, “I think we’ve seen the media reports of this horrific case, of the abuse and the murder of a young girl.” He further stressed the importance of bringing the culprits to accountability. “We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” the Guterres spokesperson said.

On January 10, the eight years old girl from a local nomadic Bakerwal community was kidnapped, drugged and raped by several men. Her dead body was found in the same area from where she had gone missing.

According to the charge sheet filed by Crime Branch, the girl was kept in a Prayer Hall where the accused including two minors and some police officers raped her repeatedly and then killed her by hitting a stone. The incident recently caught the attention of national media and caused outrage across the country.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi denounced the incident in Kathua and in Unnao(Another rape case involving a BJP MLA) and asked Prime Minister to speak up. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on the matter and said that such incidents are a blot for the country and assured that the guilty will not be spared.

“I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice,” he said.

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Media survey on women in India based on perception, flawed methodology: Hansraj Ahir

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New Delhi | The recent international survey, which described India as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the alleged high risk of sexual violence, was based on “perception” and “flawed methodology”, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the report was not based on any scientific survey but a poll of a statistically insignificant sample of persons and presents a distorted picture of the comparative state of women safety in different countries.

“The said polling survey has been rejected by the National Commission for Women as it is based on perception and flawed methodology. However, steps have been taken for increasing safety of women,” he said replying to a written question.

The survey by a British media organisation of about 550 experts on issues faced by women claimed last month that India was the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third, respectively, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal’s Kangra; no news on pilot

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A MiG 21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, the police said.

The accident took place after 1 pm. A video shows the wreckage of the jet which took off from Punjab’s Pathankot, a frontline Indian Air Force base. Visuals from the site of the accident showed a part of the aircraft engulfed in flames, lying in what appears to be a field.

Superintendent of police of Kangra, Santosh Patial said the pilot was missing. The rescue team is on the way, reported a news agency.

In another aviation accident this year, a small aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai neighbourhood on June 28, killing five people, including four crew members and a pedestrian.

The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties. This is the second Indian Air Force fighter jet crash in two months.

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Functioning of the state government is ‘completely paralysed’ despite SC verdict: Delhi government

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New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the functioning of the state government is “completely paralysed” and it can’t order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the administration of Delhi.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Navin Sinha said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram who was representing the Delhi government said, “Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post officers, we cannot transfer officers despite the recent constitution bench verdict which has explained every aspect. These issues needs to be adjudicated at the earliest.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who also appeared for the Delhi government, said officers are not willing to file an affidavit on this matter and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had therefore filed the affidavit. “I just wanted to clarify the situation.”

Earlier a five-judge Constitution bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra recently stated broad parameters for the governance of the Delhi which had a constant power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the election of Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.

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