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India – Continued harassment of human rights defender Teesta Setalvad Front Line Defenders

Teesta Setalvad. Photo: Jaffar Theekkathir On 26 June 2015, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to refer human rights defenders Ms Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Mr Javed Anand, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation. This latest action increases the pressure on the human rights defender as she attempts to…

The state is doing its best to cripple us by freezing our accounts: Teesta Setalvad Catch News

Suhas [email protected] |30 June 2015 The allegations The Home Ministry has slapped notices on Gujarat riots activist Teesta Setalvad. It has asked the CBI to freeze her bank accounts and probe fund transfers. Govt says Teesta’s company Sabrang Communications has committed Foreign Contribution Regulation Act violations. A case of cheating has also been filed in…

Bajrang Dal workers in Shamli beat up Muslim man for ‘stealing calf’

A case has been registered against six Bajrang Dal men, including its district convener, Vivek Premi. Bajrang Dal activists publicly beating up a Muslim man for allegedly stealing a calf from a cowshed on June 25 has led to tension in Shamli district. While the Muslim man — Riaz (42), a resident of Banat locality…

SP calls minority community as `dogs’ in audio clip

Audio clip of telephonic talk between SP of Tapi and an animal rights activist goes viral on social media; SP denies it is his voice, calls for inquiry A top rural cop addressing a community as `dogs’ while talking to an unknown ani mal rights activist from Delhi has taken the social media by storm.…

UP cow `protectors’ thrash Muslim man

In a three-part video that has gone viral on the web, a group of men who claim to belong to the Bajrang Dal chase, beat up and parade a Muslim man in riot-scarred Shamli, announcing that this fate awaits all “cow slaughterers“. The third part of the video is no less disturbing -police arrive at…

One killed in communal clash in UP

Lucknow, June 28, 2015, DHNS: One person was killed and several others, including police personnel, injured as members of two communities clashed in Saharanpur district, about 500 km from here, on Saturday night. A police inspector was hit by a bullet while four cops sustained injuries in trying to control the situation, sources said. One youth…

Hindu board calls for rejig of medical curricula

Wants to blend best of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani Hindu Education Board, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed outfit, has proposed an overhaul of the medical education curricula, asking the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to take steps for incorporating an integrated module taking best elements from Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicine. The right-wing organisation…

Panchayat orders rape victim to marry accused

A panchayat of an Agra village forced a rape victim to marry her alleged rapist last Friday. The girl’s parents were allegedly forced to agree to the match because of the implicit threats by the panchyat for social boycott. The development followed a panchayat, which was allegedly organised by the accused to neutralise the issue…

Vigilante mob storms police post, gives ‘death’ to rape accused

Ishita Mishra, TNN | Jul 30, 2015, 10.26PM IST AGRA: Police in Mathura have lodged FIRs against 100 men under section 302 (murder) after self-styled vigilantes stormed a police post in Farah block and dragged away a Dalit youth accused of raping and killing a minor girl. The police report on Wednesday claimed that the…

Dalit woman gang-raped in Bhojpur, 3 held

ARA: A newly married Mahadalit woman was gang-raped by four men on the outskirts of Karisath village in Bhojpur district around Saturday midnight. Taking swift action, police on Sunday arrested three persons in this connection. The three have been identified as Indu Dom and Jaiky Dom of Town police station area, and Bhola Ram of…

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