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India hits out at UN diplomat for her remarks on Hathras; terms them as unwarranted

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Taking strong objection to United Nation’s Resident Coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien’s comments on Hathras and Balrampur cases, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) termed them as ‘unwarranted’ and ‘unnecessary’.  The ministry added that since the investigation is still underway, such remarks should be avoided.

MEA, in a statement said that the UN Resident Coordinator should be aware that these case have been taken extremely seriously by the government. It further said that the Indian constitution grants equal rights to all citizens and the country has a time-tested record of providing justice to all sections of the society.

Earlier on Sunday, UN resident coordinator in India, Renata Lok-Dessallien had expressed her sadness at the continuing cases of sexual violence against girls and  women  in India. Referring to the alleged rape and murder cases in Balrampur and Hathras, she had said that women and girls from disadvantaged social groups face additional vulnerabilities and are at greater risk of gender-based violence. She added that steps taken by Indian government to strengthen safety measures for women were welcome and urgent. The senior UN official said that the organisation was committed to support the Indian government to address the issue of violence against women in the country.

The Hathras incident  has spiralled into a full-blown controversy with Uttar Pradesh police and government facing severe criticism over their  handling of the case. The state police has asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the case. UP police have said that there is an ‘international conspiracy’ to defame the state government and stir up caste-based tensions and  have filed at least 19 complaints in connection to it.

The 19-year-old woman was allegedly brutally molested by  four upper-caste men in her village on September 14. The woman died at a hospital in Delhi on September 29 sparking nationwide outrage.

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Dalit man beaten by mob in Telangana, video goes viral | Watch

Police have also registered a case against the mob and are probing further, whereas the victim was rushed to the hospital and is undergoing treatment.

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A harrowing story of caste based violence has come to light from Telangana’s Vikarabad district where a 26-year-old Dalit man was mercilessly beaten up by a mob of Shiva devotees. According to reports, the vicious attack ensued right in front of the police.

The incident reportedly transpired in Devanoor village.

As per the reports, the Dalit man was beaten up by the mob of men for allegedly wearing Shiva Mala after which the devotees were left enraged and beat up the man. Reports suggest the devotees who turned to such violent measures allegedly belonged to Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

In the viral video, a huge mob of hindu devotees can be seen charging and attacking a Dalit man. The video also shows another man being brutally beaten up by a second group of mobs as the situation escalated.

The video also shows the relentless and brave police officers trying to stop the mob and also trying to take the dalit man away from the mob of men.

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It was reported that the 26-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital and is reportedly undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Police have also registered a case against the attacking mob and are probing further, suggests reports.

Twitter reactions

After the video went viral many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote and condemned the actions by the Shiva devotees. The user also termed the actions by the Shiva devotees to be thuggery. The user also highlighted that the mob neglected the police who were there and continued to attack the Dalit man.

The user also wrote and said that such mobocracy should be dealt with sternly.

One user also wrote and said that the mob assaulting the man claiming to be Shiva devotees are a disgrace to all those who have faith in Shiva, implying that the people who believe in lord Shiva would never do such things.

One user also lauded the brave and relentless police officials who can be seen trying to save and protect the two men in the video. The user also wrote and said that it is rare to see Indian police in Modi’s rule to protect the victims from such hooliganism.

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Delhi man murders father for refusing to give him money for drugs, arrested

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In a shocking incident, a son allegedly murdered his own father after the latter refused to give him money to buy drugs, police said on Wednesday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

The victim, identified as Suresh Kumar, 65, a resident of Sri Nagar of Shakurpur village in Delhi, got into a scuffle with his son who was asking him for money to buy drugs. Police reached the spot after receiving information about the fight in Subhash Place area of northwest Delhi and found the victim with grievous injuries.

Officials said that Suresh had sustained serious injuries and cuts and was bleeding from one of his ears. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A case was registered and investigation into the incident revealed that Suresh had engaged in a scuffle with his son Ajay Kumar, 30, over the latter demanding money from his father. Police said that Suresh refused to give Ajay money for drugs resulting in a brawl in which the victim was grievously injured.

The accused has been arrested and booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigation is ongoing.

In a similar incident an 18-year-old and a juvenile boy were arrested with the death of a Class 12 student who was stabbed to death in southeast Delhi’s Kalkaji on Wednesday.

Shiva Chaudhary, a resident of Pul Prahladpur resident was arrested while a 15-year-old school student was apprehended, police said.

The Class 12 student was allegedly stabbed on Monday after a quarrel between two groups of students near Hansraj Sethi Park. He was admitted to Purnima Sethi Hospital where he succumbed.

The police registered a murder case and found during investigations that there was a minor scuffle between the victim’s friends with students from another school near Govindpuri Metro station on January 28.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols’ construction

The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols' construction

Shaligram stones brought to Ayodhya from Janakpur, a famous religious place in Nepal is being worshipped at the Ram Mandir. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal worshiped the Mahant of Janaki Temple. After worshiping according to Vedic rituals, Shaligram Shila was handed over to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

As soon as the Shaligram Yatra entered the highway late night, slogans of Jai Shri Ram started echoing. People showered flowers and there was a lot of fireworks. On reaching Ayodhya, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai, Trustee Dr. Anil Mishra, outgoing Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and other BJP leaders welcomed the Shaligram by showering flowers.

For the unversed, along with the construction work of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the work of Ramlala’s statue is also going on with a high pace. The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone. As per Hindu believes, as Shivling is considered as the form of Lord Shankar similarly, Shaligram is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

What is Shaligram?

According to science, Shaligram is a black colored ammonoid fossil, found in black, brown, white, grey, blue color and sometimes with golden glow. Shaligram is generally collected by the people from the banks of the holy river Gandaki of Hinduism and is the sacred name of Lord Vishnu. However, it is also known as Salgram, as per Hindu believes.

It is related to a village named Salgram. This village is situated on the banks of the Gandaki river in Nepal. Shaligram and Shivling are considered as deities of God. According to Puranas, only this Deity form of God should be worshipped. Apart from the Shivling form of Lord Shiva, there is only one temple of Shaligram in the whole world. Mostly in Hinduism, idols are worshipped, but before the idols, Lord Brahma was worshiped in the form of conch shell, Lord Shiva in the form of Shivling and Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.

According to reports, there is a place Muktinath in Nepal. The only temple of Shaligram is present here. However, there are approximately 33 different types of Shaligrams. These 33 types are associated with the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is said that all these 24 Shaligrams are related to the same number of Ekadashi fasts. According to the incarnations of God, the circular Shaligram is believed to be the Gopal form of Lord Vishnu.

Fish shaped Shaligram is considered as the incarnation of Matsya. The shape of the tortoise is considered to be the symbol of Kachhapa or Kurma avatar. On the other hand, the chakra that emerges in Shaligram or the Shaligram which has lines, is considered as the form of Shri Krishna.

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