Woman dragged out of an auto, kidnapped, gangraped by 6 men in Delhi

  • Published in National
New Delhi: A 26-year-old woman was gang-raped by six men at a house after being kidnapped from the Defence Colony area of south Delhi on Sunday night police said.

Police have arrested four of the six accused from Dakshinpuri in south Delhi while two are still absconding.

The arrested accused, have been identified as Akash (23), Deepak (20) and Aman (26). They have been booked for the offences of gangrape, kidnapping and under other relevant sections of the IPC.

The fourth accused identified as Rohit, who was also in the group when the woman was kidnapped from Defence Colony area, was arrested but was not booked for offence of rape.

According to police, the woman, a resident of Uttam Nagar, worked with an event management firm on contract basis.

The incident was reported to the police at 12.30 last night by an auto driver who was known to the victim. He had dropped her to Moolchand Hospital traffic signal at 10.30 pm yesterday and she had asked the driver to stay around so that she could return home in the same auto-rickshaw.

On returning to Moolchand Hospital traffic signal, the woman made a call to the driver who was barely a few meters away from her, police said, adding that suddenly a white Santro car came in which five persons were sitting.

"They pulled the woman inside the vehicle and sped away. The auto driver noted down the car's registration number and made a call to the police control room," a police officer said.

PCR van officials reached Moolchand flyover and took the driver with them and started hunting the car.

Police said after a few hours the woman was found lying on the roadside in Dakshinpuri area near Pushpa Bhawan.

She narrated the incident to the police and said she could locate the house where she was gangraped.

The woman along with a police team went to the house and found the same Santro car parked outside the building. Out of the six men, four were arrested from the house while a hunt is on for the remaining two.

Police said the woman's medical examination has confirmed that she was raped and further investigation is going on.


6 things women can learn from men

  • Published in Lifestyle
Undoubtedly, men and women make two sides of the same coin as they are perfect complements to each other. Yet both sexes are uniquely different. However, there must be a thing or two that one can learn from the other.

Here are some views from both men and women

1. Man teaches: Logic Lessons
"Don't hate me for pointing this out, but life will be far easier if women understand that everything in life has logic behind it. Men follow their innate logic as they take decisions, while women are absolutely unaware about the mere existence of logic. And this makes it really hard for men to deal with women," says TV actor Mihir Mishra.

Gal talk: "Women possess an innate sense of judgment, which they learn while living life. We do get influenced many a time, but at the same time we have a very 'pace-y logic' that we learn on the way. This usually makes us 'street-smart,' but unfortunately men don't relate to this and end up calling us 'logic-illiterate," says tele star Manini De.

2. Man teaches: Emotions can take a backseat at times
Usually blamed for lacking emotions, TV actor Varun Badola says, "Women must learn that every situation doesn't call for a huge emotional turmoil. Holding back one's sentiments when they are not required won't make the female sex hard-hearted and indifferent, but of course a little rational and practical."

Gal talk: Waving the emotional flag higher, TV actress Rajeshwari Sachdev maintains, "When women use emotions, they put their brains behind each one of their emotions to ensure that they don't hurt people while putting their thoughts forward. I think emotions add meaning to one's life."

3. Man teaches: Everything doesn't call for intensity
Women call it showing that they care, while men tag it as being overtly intense. "Missing breakfast is not such a big deal as women make it to be by reminding us a hundred times that we missed it. Women usually get intense about the smallest of things and situations. If they learn to chill out from men, they'll be able to enjoy life like never before," says tele star Rohit Roy.

Gal talk: Nach Baliye star Tina Kuwajerwala says, "One of the partners has to be over -the-top to make the other one feel wanted in the relationship. It's the intensity in a woman that helps her enrich every relationship in her life with depth and compassion. Else, a woman's home would have been as cold as the road, where no one cares for the other."

4. Man teaches: Gossip, only when needed
Despite being official that even men gossip, actor Rahul Dev wants women to learn the art of keeping a tab on gossip sessions from men. "I'm not asking women to stop gossiping. I don't mean that men don't gossip, but what I want women to learn from men is doing a controlled crime. Not every situation calls for a gossip and bitching session," says Dev.

Gal talk: In a mood for some male bashing, says Pratibha Gupta, a Delhi-based-marketing professional, "To gossip or not to gossip is an absolute individual choice. Still, since time immemorial women have been blamed for being gossip mongers. But off late the tables have turned and one can't miss those all-male, coffee counter hush-hush sessions. We are still better than men because we don't feel ashamed of an act that we love to indulge in!"

5. Man teaches: Sense of humour
We thought only women craved for men who possess a great sense of humour! But Mahesh Srikanta, a Mumbai-based-sports producer says, "Women are in desperate need to learn the art of laughing at life from men. Compared to men, women lack a good sense of humour and as a result they fail to enjoy life."

Gal talk: "Have you ever heard a man laughing his guts out at his own self, but women do that with ease. Gatecrash an all women pajama party and you'll know. However if they blame us for being 'bad at humour' because we can't take jokes aimed at our spouses and kids, then I guess, men need to learn a lesson or two from women," points out Madhurima Goswami, a Delhi-based-teacher.

6. Man teaches: To taste reality
Blaming women for living in their own dream world most of the times. Kunal Soni, a techie from Delhi, wants women to be more practical about life. "I feel that women tend to have a rather fantasised thinking about almost everything that happens in life, be it a relationship or a marriage. They should learn from men to think practically about life and accept that things can't be eternally hunky dory as per their dreams."

Joins in Krishanu Bhattacharjee, a Mumbai-based, corporate communication manager, "I seriously want women to accept situations realistically. We are tired of manipulating the truth only to make it sound sweeter for their ears. For instance, a question like 'Am I looking fat in this dress?' is a Herculean task for a man to answer as he wants to retain peace in a relationship. If women can learn to accept the truth the way men can, life will become more chilled out."

Gal talk: "I'll blame it on the genes that women possess. They love to get flattered, is it too hard for men to understand that? There's a way to put things across. The art of deception is a trait men ought to learn from women," argues Manini.

Auto driver drags woman techie on road for 100 metres in Bengaluru

  • Published in Karnataka
Bengaluru:  For this 24-year-old IT professional a ride back home from office on a two-wheeler on Tuesday evening turned into a nightmare. The trouble started when Ranjitha, a native of Tamil Nadu, along with her colleague reached Kormanagala 3rd block near water tank.

While waiting at the signal, she noticed that a rogue auto-rickshaw driver was leering at her. When Ranjitha confronted him, he allegedly hurled abuses at her. The situation turned ugly when Ranjitha tried to stop the auto-driver, by holding on to his vehicle. He sped away, dragging her for about 100 metres.

The alleged assault took place around 8.40 pm when Ranjitha, a resident of Kormangala I Block, was returning home along with her colleague Ashish from her office in Electronics City. When they reached a traffic junction, the auto driver, Madhusudan, began leering at the victim.

Narrating her ordeal, Ranjitha told this newspaper, “I was on my two-wheeler waiting at traffic junction along with my colleague, when I noticed the auto-rickshaw driver continuously staring at me. He was also murmuring something to himself. I felt uncomfortable and confronted him. To my shock, the auto-driver hurled abuses at me in Kannada and Hindi. I got down from my two-wheeler and went near his auto. The driver continued hurling abuses at me. While he was leaving the spot as the signal cleared, I held on to his auto and asked him to come out so that we can sort it out at a police station. But he drove the auto-rickshaw and I held on to it tightly. He dragged me for nearly 100 metres. I was hurt and had abrasions on my knee,” she added.

She further said, “The passenger who was sitting in the auto couldn’t believe at what the driver was up to and held my wrist in order to save me from falling from a running auto-rickshaw.”

The accused driver stopped the auto-rickshaw only after a couple of passersby flagged him down at the next traffic junction and informed the traffic policeman standing nearby. Alwin, a city-based techie and one of the eye-witnesses told this newspaper, “I was heading home and was crossing Koramangala III Block when I saw a woman being dragged by an auto. The girl was continuously shouting for help asking the driver to stop the vehicle, but, he continued driving until few of us stopped him at the next junction.”

An injured Ranjitha approached the Koramangala police station and lodged a complaint against the auto driver. A case has been registered in Koramangala police station under section 504 and 509 of IPC in this regard.

Charges withdrawn

However, Koramangala police informed that Madhusudan was able to walk free on Wednesday morning after Ranjitha agreed to drop all charges and settle the case.


Women removed from chat group ‘to avoid misconduct’

  • Published in Saudi Arabia
Manama: Several Saudi poets were removed from a WhatsApp chat group because they were women, the group administrator said.

“Their presence in the group was a form of mixing between the genders and could be used to start illicit relationships, and I do not want to have any role in that,” the administrator said in a message he sent to the group members, all poets from the Arabian Gulf with an interest in popular poetry and culture.

The administrator said that he based his decision on a fatwa, a religious edict, he read on a website, local daily Makkah reported on Tuesday.

He said that he wanted to apologise to the women for the decision to remove them from the group, but he insisted that it was meant to avoid possible problems and irreligious behaviour.

The group reportedly included more than 40 poets.

However, several members condemned the decision to remove the women, saying that the administrator acted without consulting with them, and decided to leave the group, the daily added.

Most commenters criticised the administrator for his “negative attitude” and insisted that the cultural and literary group should be encouraged to engage in creative activities.

“I pity the administrator because he seems to be truly mixed up,” a commenter writing under the moniker Eighteen, said. “The strict interpretation of religion bans having a woman and man who are unrelated alone without a blood relative, not the public mixing of genders.”

Those who supported the removal decision argued the chat group, even though it comprised poets, could be misused as a platform for non-literary purposes.

“There is a lot going on when you start a chat group,” iPhone, another blogger, said. “I am a woman and I know many women who meet men in a group and then start a private chat and keep on chatting all evening. Many of the users are married, but the women enjoy projecting a soft, romanticised image of themselves on social networks. This administrator simply did not want to be associated in any way with moral corruption,” she said.

Summit hears more opportunities needed for Arab women

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More opportunities need to be provided to women in the Muslim world to counter the suggestion from abroad that they are marginalised in society, the Arab Media Summit has heard.

Iyad Madani, secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said in some societies the “woman disappears under the umbrella of manhood”.

He said the Muslim world must ensure rights are guaranteed as are “societal opportunities”.

Madani was speaking at the 15th Arab Media Forum titled ‘Stereotypes: Islam and Muslims’, attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Madani said: “We as Muslims are always accused of putting the role of women secondary and some of us respond with ‘who is saying that’.

“The woman is my mother, sister, daughter or wife so we do not discriminate against the woman and we do not marginalise her.

“But if you were to have an in-depth look, you find that this view always links the woman’s role to her relationship with a male, whether he is the father, brother, son or husband.

“While with the man we don’t define him through his relationship with another man or another woman but as someone independent.

“[But] the woman disappears under the umbrella of manhood. There could be some aspects which necessitate different roles between the two but what we are talking about is societal opportunities [for women]… their share in the economic process.”

TV personalities said there have been improvements for women in the media in

particular but more could be done.

Najwa Al Kassem, a presenter with Al Arabiya TV, said: “The female media personality is a woman that is beautiful but also with brains.

“We are bringing this role model, or at least this is what we are seeking to do.

Gisele Habib, an anchor at Al Arabiya added: “The media woman today is very much a news presenter as well as a field reporter, although the numbers are still not that many.”

Habib said women still have to devote time to children, but the rise of social media and other advances are helping them work from home.

The Arab Media Summit continues today.


Delhi cop attacks woman with brick: Sacked

  • Published in National
New Delhi: A Delhi Police head constable was on Monday dismissed from service after a video of him attacking a woman with a brick in the posh Golf Link area of central Delhi went viral. 
Satish Chand was arrested and a criminal case was filed against him.The victim, who was riding a two-wheeler, alleged that Chand demanded a bribe accusing her of violating traffic rules. She alleged that her small child was also abused by the cop.She said that following an argument, the cop picked up a brick and attacked her.

"Seeing the gravity of the deplorable criminal misconduct of hitting a lady with a brick, Head Constable Satish Chand has been dismissed from service with immediate effect," said Dr Mukesh Chander, special commissioner in Delhi Police, traffic.

"On behalf of myself and Delhi Police, I want to express my regret. We will investigate the matter,"  said Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi.
 The victim alleged that Chand accused her of violating traffic norms and started abusing her after she refused to pay bribe, insisting that a receipt of the fine he was demanding be issued to her.
The woman was also seen in the video picking up a brick which she threw on the ground.
The woman also alleged that her two-wheeler was damaged in the incident. Kamal Kant, who recorded the video of the incident, said the woman "told me that traffic cop stopped her as she crossed red light and asked for Rs 200 as penalty."

Delhi home minister Satyendra Jain said, "We shall look into the case, whatever needs to be done will be carried out."


Amritsar woman gives birth to a plastic baby

  • Published in Off Beat
Amritsar: Ever heard about a "plastic baby" who looks like a rubber doll and sheds skin like that of reptile scales.

A plastic baby born in Amritsar has become the centre of attraction in the region as birth of such babies is rare and occurs once among six lakh newborns. The plastic newborns are scientifically known as collodion babies.

The mother of the baby hails from the Rajasansi area of Amritsar district in Punjab, which is located some 240 km from here. Doctors of Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital in Amritsar had examined the baby on Friday.

"The baby starts crying when someone touches her. She looks like a rubber doll and her face appears to be similar to that of a fish. Her eyes and lips are red hot. She is also not able to take feed from her mother," a doctor who attended to the plastic baby, said.

Confirming the birth of a plastic baby, Dr M.S. Pannu, Head, Department of Paediatrics, Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital said that a collodion baby was brought to the hospital for treatment on Friday.

"This is a kind of genetic disorder. It is due to mutation of certain genes and is usually an autosomal recessive, congenital ichthyosis (scaly skin condition).

However 10 per cent of collodion babies have normal underlying skin - a mild presentation known as 'self-healing' collodion baby. The skin of this baby, like others born with this deformity, is very thick," Pannu said.

He said that plastic babies develop cracks in their skin after birth and baby's membrane gets peeled off automatically within a period of 15 to 30 days. In some cases, the plastic coating-like skin makes the life of the child miserable. The baby remains under constant threat of infection when the body sheds skin. This threat remains all life.

Collodion babies, who are often premature, are also known as plastic babies. They are born encased in a skin that resembles a yellow, tight and shiny film or dried collodion (sausage skin). The collodion membrane undergoes desquamation or peeling, which is very painful.

"This is a very rare disease and is found in one among every six lakh babies. This is a kind of wax and shining skin which is also tight. At times the plastic babies report hypothermia and dehydration besides other problems. I treated one such baby a decade ago. The skin at times sheds itself within two to three weeks but the period is very painful for the baby which cannot close its eyelids," Chandigarh-based child specialist and Director, Bedi Hospitals, Dr R.S. Bedi told Mail Today.

This is the second such baby born in Amritsar. Earlier in 2014 too, a plastic baby was born in the civil hospital but it died within three days of birth.



Kerala woman minister marries farmer

  • Published in Kerala
Waynad: The lone woman minister in the Congress led UDF Ministry in Kerala, P K Jayalakshmi, today married a farmer in a traditional Hindu tribal ritual.

The much-talked about wedding of the minister, handling the portfolio of Welfare of Scheduled tribes and Youth Affairs, was held at her ancestral home at Mambayil near Valadu here as Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan and her cabinet colleagues looked on.

After the traditional 'Kurichiya' tribal rituals in the morning, Jayalakshmi, dressed in a silk saree, touched the feet of both Chandy and Achuthanandan and sought their blessings.
The groom C A Anilkumar, clad in a white shirt and 'mundu', tied a 'thali' (mangalasutra) around her neck and both of them exchanged jasmine garlands as their parents and relatives showered blessings.

The wedding turned out to be a major event in the northern Kerala district. Several ministers, including Ramesh Chennithala, K C Joseph and Speaker N Sakthan were among those present.

The event was telecast live by regional television channels as this is the first wedding of a minister held recently. Decades ago, K R Gowri, a firebrand communist leader, had got married to T V Thomas, also a minister. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had got married to Mariamma while he was a minister in 1977.

Jayalakshmi, in her early thirties, is a first time MLA of Congress and was elected to assembly from Mananthavady (SC) segment.Anil Kumar (36) is the grand nephew of the bride's father Kunhaman.A marriage feast was also arranged for the guests at the wedding venue.
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