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Bilkis Bano breaks silence on remission of her rapist, says her faith in justice is shaken

Bilkis Bano broke silence on the matter and said that the trauma of the past 20 years washed over her again.

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Just weeks after India got its first tribal woman president, Draupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about women’s empowerment on this Independence Day, the rape survivor Bilkis Bano has gathered the headline.

For the unversed, Bilkis Bano was the 20-years-old and seven months pregnant lady who was not only got gang-raped but also saw seven members of her family murdered during the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

To the worst she was subjected to this brutality by Hindu men Bilkis had known for years and referred to one of them as ‘Chacha’.

After six years of wait and facing several brutalities In January 2008, the special CBI court in Mumbai had convicted 11 of the 20 accused. They were sentenced life-imprisonment on the charges of conspiracy to rape a pregnant woman, unlawful assembly, murder and other charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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Just that you know, seven of the 20 accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence and one of them died during the course of this trial.

After serving life imprisonment for just 14 years, all the 11 convicts walked free on this 15th August, a proud day for India as it is the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. But was it a proud day for Bilkis Banu?

During a recent media interaction, Bilkis Bano broke silence on the matter and said that the trauma of the past 20 years washed over her again. Bilkis also added that, the release of these convicts has shaken her faith in justice. She also questioned the judiciary as said how can justice for any woman end like this as she trusted the highest courts in our land. 

Being an inspiration Bilkis showed rare courage in continuing her fight for justice against extreme odds, but while India witnessed a massive outrage for Nirbhaya’s rapists being hanged, why is the public mute on remission for Bilkis Bano’s rapists?

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Hyderabad police foil terror attack, three persons arrested

Hyderabad Police Commissioner said that Zahed received a consignment of four hand grenades and was going to carry out sensational terror attacks in Hyderabad.

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The Hyderabad police on Sunday arrested three persons for allegedly plotting terror attacks in the city. Four hand grenades, net cash of Rs 5,41,800, five cell phones and a motorcycle have also been seized from the accused.

The accused have been identified as Abdul Zahed (39) of Malakpet, Sameeruddin (39) of Akber Bagh and Maaz Hasan Farooq (29) of Humayun Nagar, Mehidipatanam. Police said that Abdul Zahed was involved in several terror cases in the past and revived his contacts with Pakistan’s ISI. He received a consignment of four hand grenades and terror attacks in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad Commissioner of Police, CV Anand, said that Zahed received a consignment of four hand grenades and was going to carry out sensational terror attacks in Hyderabad. On specific information, the raids were conducted and three persons were arrested at Malakpet.

The Police Commissioner said that three absconding persons Farhatullah Ghouri alias FG, Siddique Bin Osman alias Rafique alias Abu Hamzala and Abdul Majeed alias Chotu all natives of Hyderabad and wanted in several cases were now settled in Pakistan and working under the aegis of ISI. In past, they recruited local youth and radicalized them and got executed terror attacks such as a blast near Sai Baba Temple, Dilsukhnagar in 2002, a bus blast at Ghatkopar in Mumbai and Task Force office blast at Begumpet in 2005. They also attempted to cause blasts near Ganesh Temple Secunderabad in 2004.

According to the Hyderabad police, Zahed has revealed that Farhatullah Ghori, Abu Hamzala and Mazeed revived their contacts with him and they motivated and given financial support to carry out the attacks.

Police said that at the behest of Pakistan-based handlers Zahed recruited Samuddin and Maaz Hasan. During search operations, four grenades were recovered from the trio. He was planning to hurl a grenade targeting public gatherings through his group members.

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Viral: Karnataka man attempts to kiss Cobra, gets bitten on lips | WATCH

Doctors said the youth’s life was saved only because he received treatment timely.

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In an odd act of affection, a man got bitten by a Cobra on the lips when he tried to kiss the snake in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka.

After the incident, the health of the youth deteriorated and was immediately rushed to the hospital, from where he was discharged after treatment. The video of this incident has gone viral on social media and took the users by storm.

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Post-rescue, Alex tried to Kiss the Cobra

Two youths named Alex and Ronnie are reptile rescuers by profession. A few days ago, they received information about two cobra snakes getting spotted at a wedding house. Both of them reached the spot and rescued the snakes, reports said.

After rescuing the snake, Alex started playing with the Cobra and tried to plant a kiss on it but was left in shock when the snake bit him on his lips. Injured Alex was immediately rushed to the nearby McGann Hospital, from where he was discharged after treatment. Doctors said the youth’s life was saved only because he received treatment timely.

Youth dies after a snake bite in Korba

In a recent incident from Korba, Chhattisgarh, instead of receiving treatment after getting bitten by a snake, a man risked his life by believing in exorcism.

Reports said the incident took place in the Ringnia village of Podi block. A man named Dhansay had gone to his farm and was bitten by a poisonous snake.

Instead of taking the injured to the hospital, the family took him to a person from the Baiga community, who performed exorcism upon the injured. In absence of not receiving treatment timely, the poison spread in the body of the young man. He was admitted to a hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.

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Lucknow cop caught taking bribe on camera, video viral | WATCH

Section 8 of the PC Act which deals with the offence of bribing a public servant, provides for a punishment of up to seven years imprisonment or a fine or both.

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A video of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow cop taking a bribe from a youth caught the internet’s attention on Sunday.

The video was shared by a Twitter user who informed that the incident took place near the Charak Police Station in Lucknow’s chowk area. The cop, in the video, could be seen accepting the bribe by the roadside.

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In June, a Sub-Inspector was arrested by the Anti-corruption wing in Lucknow for accepting a bribe in the city. The Sub-Inspector was identified as Pradeep Yadav who was undertraining and was posted at Chinhar police station in Lucknow, reports said.

Yadav had sought a Rs 30,000 bribe from a person who was an accused in a case of assault and breach of peace that took place on May 2 in Kalamunda village in the Jarcha area, the reports said.

A trap was led by the Anti-Corruption team to catch the Sub-Inspector red-handed.

In another bribe incident in Lucknow, a junior engineer was suspended for accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 to cover up electricity theft.

In August, another incident came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Noida wherein a constable posted at the Sector 57 police chowki was arrested for accepting a bribe of a whopping Rs 20,000 for releasing a suspected drug smuggler.

The video of the incident took the internet by storm following which the accused cop was arrested and went through departmental inquiry. The Noida police commission said the department won’t tolerate such an attitude and act strictly against officials who try to malign the department’s image.

Corruption punishment in India

The PC Act was amended in 2018 to criminalise the giving and accepting of bribes. Section 8 of the PC Act which deals with the offence of bribing a public servant, provides for a punishment of up to seven years imprisonment or a fine or both.

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