r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2018-2020 Sunrise: 05: 59 Sunset: 07: 07 HUMIDITY Morning : 92 Evening : 70 RNI No. 38281/83 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE WEATHER 0 0 29.5 C.22.6 C. Brahma Kumaris CBI books army officer in Manipur fake encounter case VOL. XXXVI NO. 56 | INDORE INDORE | FRIDAY | AUGUST 3, 2018 | PAGES 14 | ` 3 NATION One needs to enlighten self to make a difference to the whole world. Hike to contain inflation EDIT SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SHELTER HOME SC restrains media from showing victims' images AGENCIES New Delhi News Brief Indian among three kidnapped, killed in Kabul KABUL: An Indian national and two others working for international food company Sodexo in Afghanistan were kidnapped and killed by gunmen here on Thursday. "An Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed. We have found their bodies," a spokesman for Kabul's police chief said. Investigators said that the trio were taken from their Toyota Corolla car on their way to the airport. 6 escape from lock-up, 3 cops suspended SEHORE: Six men accused of loot escaped from a police lock-up at Jawar town in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh early on Thursday, a senior official said. Following the incident, 3 policemen, including in-charge of Jawar police station from where the accused fled, were suspended for their alleged negligence, the official said. "The six accused, who were held on the charge of looting, escaped from the police lock-up by bending the iron rods of its door," Sehore district SP Rajesh Singh Chandel said. The Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the electronic media from showing, even in morphed form, images of the alleged victims of rape and sexual assault at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, observing they cannot be compelled to 'relive the trauma' again and again. The apex court ban in which the media was also asked not to interview the victims came on a day when a state-wide bandh was called by the Left parties in Bihar to protest against the alleged sex abuse at the shelter home run by a state-funded NGO. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta took cognisance of the Bihar incident and said it was a cause for serious concern that alleged victims of sexual violence were interviewed a number of times and were made to repeat the incident. "Is this the way we are treating our girls?," the bench said and asked the media not to interview the alleged victims of sexual abuse at the shelter home while restraining them from telecasting or publishing the images bout persons were up across Bihar Aprotest600day-long bandh today roundedLeftsex scandal and during a called by the organisations to against Muzaffarpur shelter home BIHAR BANDH EVOKES MIXED RESPONSE alleged atrocities against dalits. The bandh evoked a mixed response with arrests being reported from four districts. Supported by other opposition parties like the RJD and the Congress, the bandh resulted in disruption of rail and road traffic in several districts. he Women and has states all child care institutions in the TtheMinistrytoofinspect sexual Child Developmentgirls atdirected aftermath of the alleged abuse of 34 minor a INSPECT CHILD CARE BODIES, STATES TOLD shelter home in Bihar, a senior ministry official said on Thursday. The ministry has asked collectors of the areas to conduct a probe into the matter and submit a report, he said. of the victims even in morphed form. "Now the probe has been handed over to the CBI. Will these girls be questioned in front of a camera? It is not easy for anybody They have . to relive the trauma. It is horrible," the bench observed and issued notices to the Centre and Bihar government seeking their responses on the incident. "How you talk to a child is different from how you talk to an adult. I had yesterday seen a clip. You do not talk to an alleged victim of rape like this. There are different ways of talking," Justice Lokur said and questioned as to Supersonic interceptor missile test-fired successfully Mamata alleges Didi finds a new glue to hold Opposition together – scrapping of EVMs TMC leaders manhandled, calls it 'super emergency' 17 parties to push EC for ballot papers AGENCIES Kolkata Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that members of the TMC delegation, including women, who went to Silchar today amid the Assam-NRC issue, were manhandled at the airport there and accused the BJP of imposing "super emergency" in the country . The BJP was exposed by this incident, she said and sought to know under which law was the TMC delegation stopped at the Silchar airport. Arriving here from Delhi, where she met a number of opposition leaders, Banerjee told reporters that when she met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the NRC issue he had assured her that no one would be harassed. "But the TMC delegates have not been allowed to go out of the (Silchar) airport. They have been manhandled. Even women members have not been spared," she claimed. "There is super emergency in the country . The BJP is politically exposed. They (BJP) are showing muscle power. They are suppressing facts. If there is peace (in Assam), why did they impose prohibitory order? The people of Assam are in panic," the West Bengal Chief Minister said. FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi On an initiative of TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, leaders of 17 political parties will be pressing the EC told the next general election with ballot papers. The efficacy of the EVM is in question in view of the swirling allegations about its manipulation. A day after Mamata made a pitch for approaching the Election Commission with the demand, her Rajya Sabha leader Derek O'Brien told re- Anxious moment for district admin Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan's helicopter landed on the stand-by helipad instead of the designated helipad in Anuppur, exposing security breach, lapses on the part of administration as well as pilot. The district collector blamed the copter pilot for the mistake. The stand-by helipad was developed outside Government The business community in Kashmir raises slogans during a protest march against the petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of Article 35A, in Srinagar on Thursday Eklavlya School while the designated one was developed inside the school. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was to continue his "jan ashirwad yatra" in the region covering Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria and Katni districts. The entire arrangement was made for designated helipad and even pilot was given tips for landing on the same helipad. Despite all the arrangements for the designated helipad, the CM's helicopter landed outside the school. When the helicopter started landing outside the school, the district administra- tion swung into action and cordoned off the area of stand-by helipad. Anuppur Collector Anugrah P said, "CM's helicopter had landed at stand by-helipad instead of the designated helipad. But there was no security breach. It is mistake on the part of pilot who seems to be new. But he landed the copter safely Stand-by helipad is old one. . We got another helipad constructed inside the school campus. There was no as such security breach in entire affair. We managed it safely and the Chief Minister's cavalcade left for jan-ashirwad yatra." Six-year-old girl mowed down by school bus Angry crowd sets bus on fire OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL BALASORE India On Thursday successfully test fired an indigenously-developed supersonic interceptor missile from a test range off the Odisha coast to validate "some improved features", defence sources said. The state-ofthe-art missile was test fired from a canister at 11.24 am engaging a simulated target at low altitude, the sources said. The interceptor, an advanced air defence missile which is yet to get a formal name, was positioned at launchpad-4 of the ITR on Dr Abdul Kalam Island and roared on its trajectory to hit the target mid-air on sea surface, the sources said. Developed as part of efforts to have a multi-layer ballistic missile defence system, it is capable of destroying incoming hostile missiles, they said. Russia now targeting elections in India, Brazil, US lawmakers told WASHINGTON: Russia may target the media in countries like India and Brazil to interfere in their elections, an Oxford University social media expert has alleged before US lawmakers. The remarks by Philip N Howard, a statutory Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford came during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Foreign Influence on Social Media platforms. Howard, however, did not elaborate further about his allegations. The situation could be more dangerous in those countries where the media is not as professional as that of the US, he said. Howard's mention of likely Russian interference in the Indian and Brazilian elections through their media, without any further explanation, came in response to a question from Senator Susan Collins after he gave some examples of such interference in the Hungarian media. "The US actually has the most professionalised media in the world. It's learned certainly to evaluate their sources and no longer report tweets as is given," Howard said. porters that "we are planning to meet next week.’’ He said Mamata had impressed upon leaders of all parties she met during her 3day visit to Delhi that a joint delegation must go to the Election Commission to tell it frankly that EVMs are not acceptable and it better start preparing right now to hold the elections with ballot papers. He said people have lost confidence in EVMs after the manner in which they threw up the most unexpected results in 2014 and thereafter. Hoping that all opposition parties will unite on this "common agenda" to get rid of the EVMs, O'Brien said TMC has already held demonstrations outside Parliament questioning the neutrality of the Election Commission in insisting on the EVMs, despite many former Chief Election Commissioners recommending CONTD. ON P10 CM's copter lands on stand-by helipad Adultery law arbitrary, OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal 11 get life term for killing five women RANCHI: Eleven people were sentenced to life term by a Ranchi district court on Thursday for killing five women on the suspicion of practising black magic. According to the lawyer, Special Judge (SC/ST) S.S. Prasad convicted the 11 accused persons and awarded them life terms. There were 45 accused in the case. The special court acquitted 28 people, while six died during the trial. The five women had been killed in Kanijia village on the outskirts of Ranchi following the death of two children. The accused had believed the children were victims of witchcraft. why these alleged victims should ever be interviewed like this. Advocate Aparna Bhat, who was appointed as an amicus curiae in the matter, requested the court to give a direction that there should not be any media interview of the alleged victims. "What about freedom of speech and expression? Media will then say that the Supreme Court is banning them," the bench said. It referred to the recent incident in Thailand where 12 children of a football team, along with their coach were trapped inside a cave for several days during a group outing. I CRY WHEN MY FILMS DON’T WORK www.freepressjournal.in GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A six-year-old school girl, playing near her house was crushed to death by a school bus near Arif Nagar bridge on Thursday afternoon. Angry crowd set the bus, which belonged to Sagar Public School, on fire after the driver escaped from the spot. According to ASP (Zone 3) Rajesh Bhadauriya deceased child has been identified as Kulsum Khan, daughter of Anees Khan, a resident of Arif Nagar. The bus driver, Sadique Khan, who also resides in the same locality, has also been arrested, informed police. Bhadauriya said around 3:30 pm, after dropping the stu- Irate crowd sets bus on fire after the mishap. Inset Kulsum dents, Sadique was heading home when his bus hit Kulsum, who was playing outside her house. The driver panicked and fled the spot. Family rushed the child to nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. A heavy police force was to be deployed in the area to control the crowd who demanding immediate arrest of the driver had set the school bus on fire. violative of right to equality, says SC AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday termed as 'manifestly arbitrary' a penal provision which required a woman to have her husband's consent to indulge in adultery with another married man and said it amounted to treating women as "chattel". A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, drew the distinction between adultery as a criminal offence and as a civil wrong which has been used as a ground for seeking divorce in matrimonial disputes. The apex court, which was hearing a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 497 (adultery) of the IPC, said, "As far as criminalisation or decriminalisation of adultery as an offence is concerned, it is in one compartment. Adultery cannot cease to be a ground for seeking divorce by estranged couple in a court of law." The bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, was critical of different aspects of Section 497 and referred to a part which said that no offence of adultery is made out if a married woman enters into a sexual relationship with a married man with the consent of her husband. "If there is consent of husband, then there is no adultery which is absurd. This is another indicator of gender bias in which a woman is considered as chattel," the bench said. "Definitely the matrimonial sanctity aspect is there, but the way the provisions are enacted or made run counter to Article 14 (Right to Equality of the Constitution)," it said. Section 497 of the 158-year-old IPC says: "Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery." The bench referred to the submission of the Centre in its affidavit and said the provision was there to save "sanctity or marriage" or "matrimonial ties" and then pointed out inconsistencies in law. "If a married man has sexual intercourse with unmarried woman, this is alright. No adultery is made out. But, does it still not affect sanctity of marriage," the bench asked. CONTD. ON P10 Sahitya Akademi expresses solidarity with writers as threats continue "Forget the past, we are doing everything in our capacity and we have taken a stand already, that we condemn these attacks against S. Hareesh and Damodar Mauzo." n a major development Ithat has averted a possible return of the 2015 awardwapsi protest, the Sahitya Akademi has vociferously expressed solidarity with writers after at least 26 heavyweight authors urged India's National Academy of Letters to condemn repeated ongoing threats to Goa's award winning writer Damodar Mauzo and Malayalam novelist S. Hareesh. "I must make it clear that the Akademi condemns all attacks against writers and I am saddened by the news of Mauzo and Hareesh. I condemn these threats in strongest of words," Sahitya Akademi President Chan- drashekhar Kambar told IANS over telephone from Bangalore. The 81-year-old said that he will be writing to PM Modi and draw his attention to the "pressures and attacks" writers like Hareesh are facing. I am also trying to speak to the concerned minister (Minister Mahesh Sharma) but he is not available," he said. "The Akademi is meant to uphold free speech and I will not hesitate. I will talk," Kambar asserted. On being reminded that the same body took as many as 54 days to publicly condemn the killings of rational thinkers and writers M.M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar that had triggered massive protests by writers bringing the Akademi to a standstill in 2015, Kambar said that the past should be left behind as the Akademi was on the cusp of revival. "Forget the past, we are doing everything in our capac- ity and we have taken a stand already that we con, demn these attacks against S. Hareesh and Damodar Mauzo," he said. In an official statement released Thursday afternoon, the Akademi reiterated that it "condemns all attacks on writers, thinkers and poets, not only in India but all over the world". It said that the Akademi received "the news of threat" to writers with "great pain". A collegium of heavyweight and multiple award winning writers such as Nayantara Sahgal, Keki Daruwalla, K. Satchidanandan, Ritu Menon, Jerry Pinto and Meena Alexander, among several others, had written to the Akademi under the banner of Indian Writers' Forum, urging it to condemn such instances. The writers' forum pointed out that the Akademi had failed to take a "bold, public stand" in 2015. "We hope this would not happen in your dispensation and that this big literary institution will take a brave stand now," the letter read. In the meanwhile, the SC on Thursday said that the culture of banning books impacts the free flow of ideas and should not be taken recourse to unless they are hit by Section 292 of the IPC that prohibits obscenity.A bench of CJ Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud reserved its order on a plea seeking to omit certain excerpts from "Meesha" by Hareesh. "You are giving undue importance to this kind of stuff. In the age of Internet, you are making this an issue. It is best forgotten," said Justice Chandrachud.