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Judiciary takes up cudgels in Jharkhand



Pro-active action by Virender Singh, Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, has helped reach justice to those who never dreamt they would get it

By Ramesh Menon

When his nine-year-old daughter staggered home severely injured and bleeding, her father, a poor laborer, was overwhelmed with shock at what she told him. She had been raped by a driver who abducted her and assaulted her by the banks of a nearby river.

The distraught father registered a case with the police in August 2015. He also took his daughter to a local hospital near Hathipada village in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. But doctors were unable to stop her bleeding and she was rushed to Jamshedpur. There too doctors battled to save her and finding that her intestines were severely damaged rushed her to Ranchi. There she underwent a colostomy to remove the damaged intestine and attach a colostomy bag.

After she was discharged, her father had to take her for her daily dressing to a doctor four kilometers from home. As he lived in a Maoist-infested area, there was no public transport plying and he had to physically carry her as he did not even own a cycle.  His meager savings had depleted by then and he was finding it difficult to treat her. He was forced to sell his livestock.

Sometimes, a simple pro-active and positive action from the judiciary can work a miracle. When Virender Singh, Chief Justice of the High Court of Jharkhand, read about the plight of the father and girl in the Hindustan Times, Ranchi, he admitted the news item as a public interest litigation taking suo motu cognizance on August 29 though it was a non-working day. He ordered the state administration to pay an interim compensation of one lakh rupees on the same day before sundown to the father of the victim. He also directed that the Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority ensure that the best medical assistance, care and protection were provided to the victim.

As the court had ordered action, the district administration provided a job card to the father under MNREGA, a bicycle, a blanket, clothes and financial assistance for the construction of a house under the Indira Awas Yojna.

That’s not all. When well-known cardiologist Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman of Medanta-The Medicity at Gurgaon, heard of the medical plight of the girl, he said that he would adopt her and ensure her free treatment at Medanta in Ranchi. Justice Virender Singh referred to this act in his speech at the recent India Legal Conclave in Ranchi applauding her treatment that was the best available in India at the high-profile hospital and also that two psychologists worked on getting the girl tide with her trauma.

The Governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu, who was at the India Legal Conclave, pledged to provide funds for the girl’s schooling and healthcare after listening to the heart-rending story.

Earlier, as news travelled about the plight of the girl and her poor parents, donations poured in. The father now has Rs 40.64 lakh in his account which will go for the welfare of the girl in the years to come.

Justice Singh had this point to note: “This is access to justice. The pain that she suffered cannot be alleviated by pecuniary compensation. But we did whatever we could do within the parameters of the law to achieve that end. When you hit your bed in the evening, your conscience asks you, ‘Judge, what have you done today?’ And the answer comes forth, ‘yes, I have done something’, and you go to bed with a calm mind.”

Surendra Sardar, the 42-year-old rapist, was soon arrested and sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. The sentence would run till his death, the court said as he had tried to rape another minor. The wheels of justice had come full circle.

In another case that deserves mention, Justice Virender Singh directed a couple who wanted a divorce to stay in one room together for a few weeks. When they underwent that advice, they reconciled and realized it is better to be together than live apart. Both are now happily working together as para-legal volunteers counseling warring couples. Justice Singh pointed out that breaking up of a marriage was not only a tragedy for a couple but for their children too, and so it is important for family courts to dig deeper into each case and try to save the marriage rather than break it.

Lead Photo: Virender Singh, Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, addressing the gathering at the India Legal Conclave in Ranchi

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Tip Tip Barsa Paani: Raveena Tandon or Katrina Kaif? Mohra star likes tweets hailing original song

Apart from the movie’s plot, Sooryavanshi is ruling the hearts of the audience with its peppy songs. Recently, the makers have dropped the remake of the iconic 90s song Tip Tip Barsa Paani that has been recreated by Katrina and Akshay.



By Tarannum

The much-awaited film from Rohit Shetty’s cop universe, Sooryavanshi hit the silver screens on November 5. Apart from the movie’s plot, the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer is ruling the hearts of the audience with its peppy songs. Recently, the makers have dropped the remake of the iconic 90s song Tip Tip Barsa Paani that has been recreated by Katrina and Akshay.

The original Tip Tip Barsa Paani song from Mohra film was voiced by the singers, noted singers Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. It came out in the year 1994 wherein the audience had witnessed the sizzling chemistry between Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar.

Raveena Tandon likes tweets hailing original Tip Tip Barsa Paani

Soon after the song was released, fans started comparing it to the original song from the film Mohra, which featured Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar. The recreated version by Kat and Akki sent the mercury soaring and is receiving rave reviews, however, a section of fans had conflicting opinions about Katrina’s performance. While some of them admired her performance, others felt that it did not match the original version.

One of the fans tweeted that the original tip tip barsa pani is something else, that too in the early 90s. The Tip Tip Barsa Pani star has liked the tweets wherein the audience have praised the original version of the song.

Tip Tip song from Sooryavanshi

In the song, Katrina Kaif can be seen donning a silver metallic saree and her scintillating moves will surely make you fall head over heels in love with her. While Katrina is dancing in the rain, Akshay can be seen admiring her. The song has a carnival set up and has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi.

Watch the Tip Tip song here

In other news, Telugu actor Anushka Shetty gave a return gift to her fans on the occasion of her 40th birthday. The Baahubali star has announced her new project with Mahesh Babu P.

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World Mental Health Day 2020: Know why it is celebrated, its history and significance during Covid-19 pandemic

World Mental Health Day is celebrated worldwide as a way to aware people about mental health. See how this day is more significant during Covid-19 pandemic period.



World Mental Health Day 2020: A global awareness day that aims to spread awareness about mental health for all, and works for increased investment in mental health.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on October 10 worldwide in order to increase awareness among people about mental health issues. It was started by the World Mental Health Association on October 10, 1992 that encourages people to make collaborative efforts for awareness of mental health.

History of World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was first observed in 1992 at the initiative of Richard Hunter, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and the World Federation for Mental Health. Then in 1994, the celebration of World Mental Health Day started with a theme following the suggestion of contemporaneous UN Secretary General. The theme was, “improving the quality of mental health services worldwide“.  Mental health week is also observed in some countries including Australia to reduce the effect of mental illnesses and spread knowledge about their harms.

Why World Mental Health Day is celebrated?

Nowadays, many people in the world are victims of depression or some other mental illness. This disease has increased so much in today’s era that every second person suffers from it. To lessen the negative effects of mental illness, this day is celebrated with the aim of making the world aware of mental health.

World Mental Health Day 2020 Theme

Every year different themes are laid for World Mental Health Day, this year the theme is “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment, Greater Access.”

Alarming increase in Mental Health issues during Covid-19

Nowadays, there is a global state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The entire world has come to a standstill for the last 7 months. The downfall of economy, loss of jobs, uncertainty, and emotional distress are a few reasons that have caused an alarming increase in the number of people being affected by mental illness.

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Even before the pandemic, mental health statistics were not satisfactory with around 450 million people across the globe living with some kind of mental disorder. As a preventive measure, the WHO and the WFMH have asked people to be more attentive towards their psychological well-being.

Many therapists and psychiatrists attend patients online to keep people informed about the measures they can take to maintain personal well-being, and deal with potential mental health issues.

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Eight Facts of Mahatma Gandhi That Are Known Least To Us

2 October is the birth date of the world’s famous personality and an epitome of truth and non-violence. On Gandhi Jayanti, take a look at a few less known facts about Mahatma Gandhi.




Mahatma Gandhi, the world-famous personality born on October 2, will always live in the hearts of Indians. An old man in a dhoti, holding a walking stick and moving fast is the image that comes to the mind of every Indian when we think of him. 

Not many of us know some facts about him. We are here to discuss some unknown facts about Mahatma Gandhi:

1-He Got Nobel Prize Nomination five times but never won 

It is an irony that even after being nominated five times for the Nobel Prize, Mahatma Gandhi never won it. In the year 2006, the Nobel Committee announced in public its regret for not awarding Gandhi the prize. 

2- He was Responsible for the Civil Rights Movement in 12 countries

In South Africa, he advocated for the civil rights of Indians. People all across the world, including famous civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, got inspiration from him. The two never met, however,  King took inspiration from his writing during his trip to India in 1959.

3-He walked 79,000 kilometres during the freedom movement, enough to walk around the world twice

The health record revealed by the Government of India claimed that he was underweight, yet healthy and capable of walking 79000 km during India’s Freedom Movement.

In his Journal, NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said, “Mahatma Gandhi was a quintessential naturopath.”

4- He was thinking of dissolving the Congress a day before his death

A few days after his assassination, an article published as the last will and testament revealed that he wanted to disband the Congress, as it had outlived its use.

5- Steve Jobs wore round glasses in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

The round glasses of Steve Jobs were symbolic. Mahatma Gandhi was among the most dear persons in the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs. He always used to have a picture of Gandhi.

6- 53 major roads in India and 46 roads outside India are named after him

Most often you would have heard of M G Road. In almost all of India’s districts, there is an M G Road. It is the most used road names in India. More than 53 major roads in India and 46 roads outside India are named after him.

7-Mahatma title was given to him by the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore

There was confusion among people about the person who gave Mohandas Gandhi the title of the Mahatma. Now there is no confusion, it was Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore who gave the title of Mahatma to Mohandas. Most of us who knew didn’t need a court ruling though.

8- The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometres long

It was a historic moment in the world. The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi held in Delhi was joined by one million people was 8 kilometres long, and it went for hours.

 Our warm wishes on Gandhi Jayanti.

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