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Agnipath protests: Plea in Supreme Court wants SIT probe into violence

Despite assurances by the Home Ministry and an age relaxation announcement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Agnipath protests have been spreading to 8 states.

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A PIL demanding an SIT probe into the violence in the ongoing protests against Agnipath scheme, the Centre’s new contractual recruitment plan for armed forces, was filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The plea has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution and is in the public interest at large and to enforce the fundamental rights of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution, the petitioner, Vishal Tiwari, said. The consequence has been far-reaching for the citizens of this country resulting in intensified vandalism and protests leading to severe destruction of public property, he also said.

In the PIL, the petitioner demanded to constitute an expert committee under the chairmanship of a former judge of the Supreme Court to investigate the scheme.

The petitioner also appealed to the court to order the states to appoint a claims commissioner to recover the claim from the guilty for causing damage to public property.

The PIL urged the Supreme Court to ask the Central government to file its status report regarding the violence in the court. The impact of Agnipath scheme on national security and army should also be assessed by the expert committee, the petitioner said.

After Agnipath protests spread over dozen of states, the Centre government announced a 10% reservation for Agniveers in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles.

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Despite assurances by the Home Ministry and an age relaxation announcement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the Agnipath protests have been spreading to 8 states. The protesters have burnt down many trains, buses and other vehicles and also damaged public properties in parts of Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh.

The protesters are unhappy with the 4 years duration of the scheme and no pension provisions for the Agniveers, who will be released after serving the nation for 4 years.

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Sexual assault case doesn’t stand if victim wears provocative dress, says Kerala court

Judge S Krishnakumar said that there was no adequate proof that the woman’s honour and dignity had been damaged in order to file a complaint.

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Kerala’s Kozhikode Session Court has issued a controversial statement in a sexual harassment case of activist Civic Chandran. The court said that section 354 A of the Indian Panel Code could not be invoked when a woman was wearing a sexually provocative dress.

The court observed that the images submitted by the accused would demonstrate that the complainant herself exposed outfits which had some sexually suggestive ones, and in this case, section 354 A (sexual harassment) will not prima facie stand against the accused.

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Judge S Krishnakumar said that there was no adequate proof that the woman’s honour and dignity had been damaged in order to file a complaint.

He said that even if there was physical contact, it is inconceivable to think that a 74-year-old man with physical limitations could forcibly put the de facto complainant in his lap.

The incident happened in February 2020 at Nandi Beach near Koyilani where the accused allegedly grabbed the complainant’s hands, pressed her breast and urged her to sit on his lap.

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Nitin Gadkari, Shivraj Chouhan dropped from BJP’s parliamentary board

BS Yediyurappa, Sarbananda Sonowal, Sudha Yadav, Iqbal Singh Lalpura, K Laxman and Satyanarayan Jatia have been included in the new parliamentary board.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have been dropped from the BJP’s parliamentary board and central election committee (CEC).

In a major organisational revamp, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP’s national secretary Sudha Yadav, Senior BJP leader and former chairman of minorities commission Iqbal Singh Lalpura, national president of Bhartiya Janata Party’s OBC’s Morcha K Laxman and former union minister Satyanarayan Jatia have been included in the parliamentary board.

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Former Union Minister and senior Bihar-BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain was dropped from the CEC. He also lost his ministerial post after the new mahagathbandhan government in Bihar.

The parliamentary board is the highest decision-making body in the BJP and the exclusion of Nitin Gadkari from the board has surprised many political experts as he has served as president of the party.   

Senior BJP MP Jual Oram has also been dropped from the CEC, while former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, Om Mathur and party’s women wing chief Vanathi Srinivasan have been included in the new poll body.

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Central government to provide flats to all Rohingya refugees in Delhi

The BJP and the RSS have been opposing the asylum of Muslim Rohingyas in the country. They argued that it will create security problems in the country.

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The Central government on Wednesday said that it will provide EWS flats to all Rohingya refugees in Delhi’s Bakkarwala area.

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said that India respects and follows the UN Convention 1951 and provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed.

Hardeep Puri said on Twitter that India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge.  He also mentioned that the refugees will get basic amenities and police protection in their area.   

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Reports said that the decision was taken after a high-level meeting over the accommodation of Rohingya refugees that came from Myanmar.

According to reports the chief secretary of Delhi chaired the meeting and was attended by senior officials of Delhi government, Delhi Police and Ministry of Home Affairs.

A senior official said that the refugees will now be shifted to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) flats in Bakkarwala village of Outer Delhi.

He said that there was a total of 250 flats belonging to the EWS category where all 1,100 Rohingyas, currently residing in the Madanpur Khadar camp, will be accommodated.

Earlier, the BJP and the RSS have been opposing the asylum of Muslim Rohingyas in the country. They argued that it will create security problems in the country.

Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar said that Rohingyas were not inhabitants of India. They belong to Bangladesh, so how can they be allowed to stay in India? Moreover, they have been involved in terrorist activities here.

He urged Islamic nations to provide shelter to Rohingya refugees in their countries.

BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao also raised concern and said the Centre was meeting all humanitarian obligations, but it could not turn a blind eye to the fact that a large number of illegal immigrants residing here were posing a challenge to the security of the country.

However, Union Home Ministry has clarified that Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location.

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