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Sabarimala row: SC orders round-the-clock security to two women who entered temple

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Sabarimala row: SC orders round-the-clock security to two women who entered temple

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Kerala police to provide round-the-clock security to two women who had entered the Sabarimala temple.

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and justices LN Rao and Dinesh Maheshwari said it was only going into the aspect of security to the two women and would not like to entertain any other prayer. The bench also refused to tag the matter along with the pending petitions in the Sabarimala case.

The top court’s order to the State of Kerala came over the demand of the petitioners to “issue writ of mandamus directing authorities to provide full security, 24×7, to the two women who have entered the temple, and to deal with protesters indulging in acts of violence, physical and/or verbal on social media or otherwise against them in accordance with the law.”

Earlier this month, the two women – Kanakadurga and Bindu – had entered temple more than three months after the apex court’s historic judgment lifting the ban on the entry of girls and women between 10 and 50 years of age into the shrine of Lord Ayyappa, its “eternally celibate” deity.

The petitioners had, on Thursday, moved a plea in the apex court through senior advocate Indira Jaising claiming that there was a threat to their lives from the right-wing Hindu groups who have consistently been protesting, often violently, against the top court’s historic judgment.

The CJI-headed bench agreed to hear the petition filed by the two women on Friday on senior advocate Indira Jaising’s plea for urgent hearing as one of the women was assaulted by her mother in-law.

The bench, however, declined Jaising’s prayer for tagging the plea along with the review petition filed in the apex court against its Sabarimala verdict.

The plea has also sought directions to all authorities to allow women of all age groups to enter the temple without any hindrance, in compliance of the Supreme Court’s verdict, and to ensure security and safe passage, including police security, to them.

On September 28 last year, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, ruling that the ban amounted to gender discrimination.

During the proceedings, the counsel for the State of Kerala also submitted a list of a total of 51 women who have entered the Sabarimala Temple to offer their prayers to Lord Ayyappa since the court allowed women of menstruating age to visit the shrine.

Kanakadurga and Bindu had stepped into the hallowed precincts guarded by police three months after the apex court’s historic judgment. Following the entry of the women into the shrine, the chief priest had decided to close the sanctum sanctorum of the temple to perform the ‘purification’ ceremony.

The top court has said it may not start hearing pleas seeking a review of the Sabarimala verdict from January 22 as one of the judges was on medical leave. Earlier, the apex court had decided to hear in open court the review petitions against the verdict. Besides Justice Indu Malhotra and the CJI, Justices R F Nariman, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud are part of the five-judge constitution bench. It is to be noted that Justice Malhotra had given the dissenting opinion in the judgment that had lifted the ban on women from entering Sabarimala temple.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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5 bogies of Satyagraha Express detach from engine in Bihar, no injuries reported | WATCH

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Five bogies of the Satyagraha Express train detached from the engine near Majhaulia station in Bettiah in Bihar. Miraculously, however, all the passengers escaped unscathed and no injuries have been reported.

According to reports, the incident happened at the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj railway section, triggering panic among passengers.

A team of East Central Railway officials immediately rushed to the spot and reattached the separated bogies to the train running from Bihar’s Raxaul district to New Delhi. As per officials, the coupling is used to connect two bogies together malfunctioned resulting in bogies getting separated from the engine.

A video of the incident is doing the rounds on the internet.

The officials said that no passenger was injured in the incident and a probe has been launched to investigate the malfunction.

Local media reported that the incident took place at around 10 am on Thursday morning and the engine travelled several kilometers after the bogies were detached.

In a similar incident, three bogies of a goods train derailed at the Tankuppa station in Bihar due to which two trains were cancelled and several more had to be diverted in December last year. Railway officials said the accident happened because the brakes on the train got jammed.

No injuries were reported in the mishap.

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Children proud that Siddique Kappan is their father, says Kappan’s wife after his release

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Children proud that Siddique Kappan is their father, says Kappan's wife after his release

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, said – he struggled – minutes after leaving jail on Thursday in front of media teams, a small crowd of onlookers, and his wife and teenage son who had been waiting patiently for more than two years since he was arrested while travelling to Hathras.

Both the relief and the sorrow were clearly visible on their faces. In October 2020, Kappan and three other people were detained as they travelled to the Uttar Pradesh town where a Dalit woman allegedly died from rape. They were charged with attempting to incite violence in response to the woman from Hathras’s passing.

Kappan told PTI that he would be Delhi as his stay there must last for atl least six weeks.

He laughed when asked how life had been in prison and replied that he struggled more. His mother passed away during his two-and-a-half years in prison.

Kadijah was his mother’s name. She misses seeing Kappan return home, said Raihana, the wife of Kappan.

The Supremen Court granted Kappan bail and his innocence was established. A period of two-and-a-half years was not brief, said Raihana while talking to PTI. She also said that the family underwent through a great deal of misery but she was glad as justice was finally done, even if delayed.

I reiterate that Kappan is a media person, Raihana emphasised.

The couple has three children- Muzammil (19), Zidhan (14) and Mehnaz (9).

Our children were waiting him home. Their joy was snatched away. Can they ever forget their father? They are pleased to acknowledge the journalist Siddique Kappan as their father. Their oldest, son, Muzammil, who was also waiting outside with his mother, reaffirmed that his father was a journalist.

He asked that what has caused his father’s excruciating pain for the past 2.5 years? He also said that they were currently anticipating his release and were overjoyed. He appreciated those who were waiting for Kappan’s release with them.

According to Kappan’s attorney Mohamed Dhanish KS, the journalist had been detained in the district jails of Mathura and Lucknow but had been released twice, once when he contracted Covid and was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi, and again to visit his ailing mother.

Police prosecuted Kappan under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of allegations that he had ties to the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI).

The Supreme Court granted him bail in connection with the case in September of last year. After Kappan was released from an Uttar Pradesh prison, a bench under the leadership of the then-chief justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered him to stay in Delhi for six weeks.

He remained prisoned, though, as a result of a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate.

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Perfume bottle IED recovered, government school teacher with LeT links arrested for recent blasts in Jammu and Kashmir: J&K Police chief

Police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a government school teacher for alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and carrying out multiple bomb blasts in the Union Territory at the behest of proscribed terrorist outfit.,

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Police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a government school teacher for alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and carrying out multiple bomb blasts in the Union Territory at the behest of proscribed terrorist outfit.

In a statement, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said that the accused, identified as Arif, a resident of Reasi district, orchestrated multiple blasts, including one in a bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims that left four people dead and 24 injured in May last year.

DGP Singh said that Arif was arrested following leads uncovered in the investigation of the recent twin blasts in Narwal area of Jammu, adding that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted inside a perfume bottle was recovered from his possession.

The police chief said this was the first time such type of IED was recovered in the region. Giving details, Singh said the IED implanted inside the perfume bottle will explode if anyone tried to open or press it, adding that a special team of the J&K Police’s Bomb Disposal Squad has been tasked to diffuse such items.

Singh said that Arif was reportedly working at the behest of his Pakistani handler, Qasim, for three years and after interrogation, admitted to his involvement in the Vaishno Devi bus bomb blast.

Arif also accepted his role in carrying out an IED blast Jammu’s Shastri Nagar area in February 2022 and the twin explosions at Narwal on January 21 that left nine people injured.

He further revealed that the accused got hold of three IEDs from across the border, towards the end of December last year, adding that further investigation is ongoing.

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