Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station: DCP Ravikanthe Gowda
December 21, 2011
He has been held for the second time, says police officer
A 16-year-old boy was found by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) illegally detained, handcuffed and chained to a window at the Sampigehalli police station on Tuesday.
According to a press release, the commission received information that the minor had been detained at the police station since December 17. When a team reached the police station, they found the boy seated on a blanket and handcuffed with a leading chain attached to the bars of a window.
In the release, chairperson of the commission Nina Nayak said that the boy appeared to be in pain and showed several fresh bruises on his torso, arms and legs. He said that he was given little food and was chained since Saturday evening. He claimed that he was picked up by the police on December 17 at around 9.30 p.m. near his home at Sadiq Layout, Thaneersandra, when he was going to a pharmacy to purchase medicines. The boy alleged that he was beaten by several police men at the station.
The release stated that the boy’s parents received a call that he was at the police station. When they went there, they were not allowed to meet him. The boy’s father Dastagi, a welder, reportedly produced documents showing that his son was 16.
Mr. Dastagi claimed that his son was an eighth standard school drop-out. He told the commission that the police gave him no reason for picking up his son. The policemen all alleged that the boy had stolen money and three mobile phones.
The commission contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, who deputed Assistant Commissioner of Police M.N. Chandrappa to look into the matter. When questioned by Mr. Chandrappa and Ms. Nayak, Sampigehalli inspector K. Nanjunde Gowda refuted the claims made by the boy. He claimed that the boy was picked up on Tuesday. However, no complaint against the boy had been received at the station, the release said.
The commission was informed that no diary entry had been made or FIR filed. The inspector also stated that there was another case pending in the neighbouring police station and the boy was picked up for inquiry.
Both the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the inspector assured the commission that the boy would be presented before a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The commission has directed the inspector to submit records pertaining to the apprehension of the minor by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A complaint has been lodged at the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission by SICHREM.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu that the boy has been arrested for the second time. He said that the minor was a habitual offender and that he was involved in four theft cases. After the arrest, the stolen goods were recovered from him, he added.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Media, police should be more sensitive toward Dalits, Muslims: Siddiqui. Falsely accused Media Journalist by ACP Nyame Gowda
Media, police should be more sensitive toward Dalits, Muslims: Siddiqui
February 27, 2013
“If I was the mastermind, then why are the others still in jail?”
A day after his release from jail, 26-year-old journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui has accused the police of harbouring an “institutional bias” against the Muslim community. “If I wasn’t Muslim, they would never have held me [on charges of being part of a terror module],” he said at a packed press conference here on Tuesday.
|Falsely Accused by Police ACP Halasur Gate Nyame Gowda|
He said, “The media forgot the ‘A’ in the ABC of Journalism [Accuracy-Brevity-Clarity].”
Mr. Siddiqui was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Bangalore Police, along with 14 others, in August 2012 on charges of plotting to assassinate prominent Hindutva leaders as well as some journalists. The National Investigation Agency, which later took over the case, found no evidence against either Mr. Siddiqui or Yusuf Nalband in their charge sheet.
Pleading the case of the other 13 still in jail, Mr. Siddiqui said, “According to the [Bangalore] police and the media, I am the mastermind. If I am the mastermind, why are the others still in jail? I hope they too will get justice.” He said journalism was his passion and he wanted to continue. Asked if he would sue the police, he said, “I haven’t thought about that. I want to spend time with my family first.”
He also alleged that the police did not follow protocol during his arrest. “They did not inform our families. They did not tell us what we were being arrested for. They made us sign 30-40 blank sheets of paper. One of these papers was used to create fake, back-dated arrest intimation.”
Mr. Nalband (28), the technician who was released along with Mr. Siddiqui, was reticent during the press conference. He later told The Hindu, “I could not sleep the whole of last [Monday] night. I had all kinds of thoughts. I am not sure if life will be normal again. I am hoping I can get back to my life, God willing.”
He also alleged that the Hyderabad police, who assisted the Bangalore police during the arrests, forced the accused to wear Islamic skull caps before taking them out of the house where they were arrested. “I don’t know why they did that,” he said.
On August 29 2012, five youths were picked up from their homes in a Muslim locality in Bangalore by the Central Crime Branch of the Karnataka police in connection with a terror plot. Once the news went out that among those arrested were Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddique, a journalist from Deccan Herald and a DRDO scientist, Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, and they had alleged plans to kill prominent right leaning persons, it sent shock waves across the state. Now, six months down the line, NIA has filed a chargesheet in the case, not before dropping charges against two of the twelve accused, including journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddique. And as the things stand, the defense counsel of the accused claims that the charges levelled by NIA are mostly not prosecutable in nature.
A total of 25 people have been accused in the case, out of them close to 10 are absconding and have gone abroad, two have been dropped from the chargesheet, and for another two, including the DRDO scientist, the chargesheet is yet to be filed. The NIA, which took over the investigation from the Bangalore police on 25 November 2012, has filed a 65-page chargesheet in which they accuse them of being activists of Lashkar-e-Toiba and HuJI, who had plans to kill journalist Pratap Simha, Vishweshwar Bhat, editor of Kannada Prabha, Karnataka MP Prahlad Joshi and Ganu Jartarkar, an activist of the Hindu Jagran Vedike. Unlike the FIR, the chargesheet also accuses them of having made plans to even target police officers Dayanand (Joint Commissioner-East), Krishnam Raju and ACP Nyame Gowda. Incidentally, Dayanand was the head of investigations in the case before the NIA took over.
The chargesheet rests its case mainly on cyber forensic evidence (mostly email exchanges between the accused), 181 witnesses and confessional statements of the accused. Though, the chargesheet claims that the police had seized two Italian Beretta pistols from the accused from the crime scene, they however, have not been able to establish, from whom the accused purchased the weapon from. In the chargesheet it just mentions that, an ‘unknown person’ gave the weapon. Neither were the police able to explore and trace the entire network of how the alleged terrorists, who happen to be students in the age group of 20s, were able to get such sophisticated weapons. The chargesheet further claims, during the subsequent interrogation of the accused, that they were able to seize weapons from the accused’s house; however, the weapons listed are mostly ‘air pistols’, which the police claim was initially used for target practicing.
While the chargesheet claims that a huge cache of cyber forensic evidence has been procured by the police, including email exchanges and material procured from the hard disk, the evidence produced consists mostly of materials which is commonly available on the internet including, ‘videos of the American occupation in Afghanistan’, books on Islam and religion in general, articles – ‘who are Taliban’, and a general history of ‘French revolution and Great Wall of China’. The chargesheet however, shows a ‘Microsoft word document’, which it claims it intercepted from one of the email exchanges, which has a list of people to be targeted along with their pictures. In the evidence, the chargesheet claims that the actual planning was a coded message wherein the accused had laid out their nefarious plan. Defense Lawyer Sultan Beary says that the coded messages were how the police were reading into it. “They were attending a marriage and most of the conversations are of that,” he said.
The chargesheet also names close to ten people as absconding and residing in the Gulf States. However it is silent on why even after six months, they haven’t been able to extradite any of the accused, including the alleged ‘mastermind’ Zakir alias Ustad (Shaheed Faisal). Neither has the police mentioned whether they made any effort for extradition, and what were its results.
Since the NIA has taken over the case, the charge of ‘waging war against the state’ has also been dropped and they are currently been charged for criminal conspiracy, creating enmity between people and for dacoity.
Whether the police will finally be able to prove their case or if the alleged accused did in fact indulge in anti-national activities, it will take time for the courts to decide. However, it is feared that, by the time a decision will be reached in their case, a couple of years of their life will be lost in prison.
Siddaramaih charges DCP Ravikanthe and Police with Hooliganism
Nov 11, 2012
Parameshwar, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar show rare unity at a protest rally.
|DCP Central B R Ravikanthe Gowda|
KPCC president G Parameshwar, leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah and prominent leader DK Shivakumar, who always avoided each other or remained confined to their own groups, displayed solidarity while leading a protest.
Chief minister Jagadish Shettar was heading a dead government, said Siddaramaiah to thunderous applause. Parameshwar added that the BJP does not deserve to rule because the saffron party does not have the ability to govern.
Thousands of Congress protesters, who had gathered at the Freedom Park, jumped with joy when Shivakumar joined the two leaders and attacked the BJP government.
Enthused by the momentum, the three leaders led the Congress workers to lay siege on Shettar’s residence near Golf Course. The procession was stopped near Anand Rao Circle by the police, with great difficulty.
Siddaramaiah charged the police with hooliganism and a verbal duel broke out between him and DCP (North) Ravikanthe Gowda.
The DCP’s attempts to persuade Siddaramaiah were unsuccessful. Siddaramaiah charged that he was a government agent and even tried to climb the barricade, but was pulled down by the police.
An upset Siddaramaiah then staged a protest by sitting on the road. He raised slogans against police high handedness and was later packed off to a police vehicle.
Then Parameshwar goaded the Congress workers to carry on the protest. He resisted police attempts to take him to custody. He was literally dragged to the police vehicle. The Congress leaders were released later in the day.
Saturday, 9 March 2013
CRISP India, No.78, Osborne Road,
Bangalore – 560042.
Contact nos. 080-25593848, 9845264488
Mar 9, 2013
Subject: CRISP announces support to the “All India Forgotten Women’s Association boycott of International Women’s Day” on March 9, 2013 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
CRISP (Child Right Initiative for Shared Parenting) Regd NGO from Bangalore & having chapters throughout the country is dedicated to the noble cause of rights of children and shared parenting since 2008. Our organization is run by people who recognize the serious effects of Parental Alienation of children due to single parenting families on account of divorce or separation. CRISP also focuses on furthering the rights of children to remain connected with both biological parents, even when the custodial parent chooses to remarry. We are a pro-family and a pro-life organization, our aims and objectives are to promote family harmony in the society & preserve our traditional Indian family value systems.
Our goals are based on research findings & case studies. We are a large group of people from all walks of life, like software engineers, doctors, teachers, businessmen, social workers, etc. which includes women and senior citizens. Our members are working to address this burning issue of child alienation and resultant disruption to the unique & endangered Indian way of life viz the Family. Today we assemble here to support our sisters concern “AIFWA – All India Forgotten Women’s Association” boycotting the International Women’s Day falling on March 8th 2013 with a peaceful protest in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on March 9th 2013.
About - All India Forgotten Women’s Association:
All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA), a group of bereaved, beleaguered, harassed, distraught and tortured women of India, this group of women have decided to boycott observing the International Women’s Day. AIFWA gives a face and a voice to those Mothers and Sisters of husbands who have been harassed by radical feminists and Pro choice feminist centric laws and have nowhere to go. AIFWA gives a platform to women smitten by radical feminism to voice their woes and seek justice for the problems created by western culture & self styled radical feminists who indulge in supporting only the young urban educated class of women and are not bothered about the real aggrieved women in the society including the aged women.
The Problem faced by the mothers and sisters who have been booked in false cases are as follows:
A lot of false cases are making their way to the courts under IPC section 498A (dowry law), Domestic Violence Act, various Maintenance sections in order to harass husband and his family and encash a bad marriage. These cases are primarily targeted to harass the husband and his family in order to coax them for an out of court settlement which more often than not involves huge alimony to the tunes of millions of rupees. There are thousands of such cases pending in various courts of Bangalore city.
Do you know?
1. Often the entire family of the husband including small children, pregnant sisters, old parents are named in the FIR in order to put pressure on the husband. It is ironical that, at the pretext of empowering one woman (daughter in law), on average, 3 other innocent women suffer who are the husband’s relatives. These forgotten women have no platform to voice their concerns though they are real victims & in majority
2. Every year close to 40,000 women are arrested in false dowry cases without trial or investigation on the basis of one uninvestigated complaint as per arrest data provided by the National Crime Record Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India.
3. Prevention of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 has forced senior citizens to leave homes built by their own hard-earned money and live on footpaths, temples and gurudwaras due to faulty orders of right to residence being passed against husband and his family.
4. There is no provision of remedy for a woman harassed by her daughter-in-law or sister-in-law (brother’s wife). This falsely accused sister will remain unmarried due to social stigma.
5. All the women-centric laws are, in reality, wife-centric laws and they discriminate amongst women and do not provide relief to mothers and sisters of husband when the wife and her family inflict violence onto them.
6. As per study done by National Family Health Survey, women face 8 times more violence in their natal homes, at the hands of their mothers compared to that at the hands of their mothers-in-law post marriage. But always mother in law is prejudiced as a villain this is also due to TV serials bias against mothers in law.
7. Every year more than 62,000 husbands commit suicide as per data provided by the Home Ministry and not a single wife has been punished so far. None of the mothers or sisters of those men have received justice for the death of their sons or brothers. Innocent children are now in the mercy of woman whose cruelty abetted the suicide of their fathers.
8. Feminists do not consider mothers and sisters of husband as women? As it is not in the passion to support such victims.
9. When a distressed mother-in-law approaches the National Commission for Women for help, she is turned down as the alleged perpetrator is her daughter-in-law? The same happens with State Women’s Commission including Karnataka as per complaints received by us.
Boycott of International Women’s Day and Celebration of Forgotten Women’s Day
As the Govt. of India currently does not recognize the rights of these women, and passes laws as per the demands of the feminist lobby or the wife-centric lobby, these women have decided to call themselves as the “All India Forgotten Women’s Association” because amidst the feminist hoopla, the society/government/media has somewhere forgotten that conservative mothers and sisters of husband are women too and need protection from abusive pro-choice feminist masquerading as wives and their vicious and greedy families.
In order to mark the protest, register the boycott of International Women’s Day and observe the Forgotten Women’s Day, AIFWA announces a Dharna followed by a peaceful protest march on the 9th of March 2013 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Hundreds of mothers and sisters, supported by victimized husbands will be participating in the event to voice their grievances. CRISP members will be in New Delhi to support this historically significant protest for the cause of these forgotten women to demand justice.
CRISP & AIFWA places the following demand on Women’s Day before the society and Government:
· We want NCW/Government to define specifically what is meant by “Woman”. Is she a mother, Is she a sister, Is she a mother-in-law, Is she a sister-in-law or Is she only a Wife? This is due to the discrimination showed to traditional & conservative woman.
· Define clearly who is a “Woman” in government Bye Laws & Reform National & State Commissions for Women and WCD Ministry to also include mothers and sisters as women, in their definition of women
· We demand that the latest budget allocation of more than 1000 crores in the Union Budget 2013 made to WCD as NIRBHAYA FUND should reach all deserving woman including mothers and sisters of the family systems & advise the Government appropriately on all policy matters affecting the cross sections of all women in the society to avoid future scams.
· Stop the discrimination against mothers and sisters of husband & set up special courts for addressing the problems of senior citizens including mother in laws & paternal grand mothers who are not able to visit their grandchildren due to biased laws against men & fathers.
· Create a separate Child welfare Ministry and separate it from existing WCD to protect the interest of girl children who sometimes get struck with a bad mother.
· Make Shared parenting a law by issuing guidelines to family courts & punish woman who don’t obey court orders by not allowing the children to meet father & paternal grandparents.
· IPC 498A should be made bail able & should not be made compoundable. Failed marriage should not be criminalized & the husbands should not lose jobs on a dowry complaint FIR.
· Stop the misuse of dowry laws and domestic violence laws. Add an Abuse/Misuse punishment clause to all existing laws.
· Scrap all gender biased laws and bring in gender neutral laws only. Include our pro-family organizations in the law making process instead of accepting all demands of family breaking organizations.
We request our media friends to support this noble cause and provide coverage of our demands and this event. Your photos, articles and kind support will help our country to be a gender neutral country safe for all its citizens in the interest of our society.
Kumar V Jahgirdar
President – CRISP firstname.lastname@example.org 9845264488
Thursday, 7 March 2013
08th March 2013
Governor HR Bhardwaj on Thursday administered the oath to Justice DH Waghela in a function attended by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok, Law Minister Suresh Kumar, Acting Chief Justice K Shreedar Rao and other judges of the High Court.
|Governor HR Bhardwaj administering oath to Justice DH Waghela, who has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court at Raj Bhavan on Thursday|
Waghela, who was has been the judge of Gujarat High Court since September 17, 1999, was born on August 11, 1954 in Rajkot.
Waghela completed his schooling and secondary education at Sri Swami Narayan Gurukul, Rajkot.
After completing his bachelors degree in commerce, Waghela joined the AMP Law College, Rajkot, to pursue his legal education.
Waghela has the distinction of securing the first rank in Saurashtra University during his LL B in all consecutive years.
Waghela completed his Masters of Law and got enrolled as an advocate on November 28, 1975.
Waghela was elevated as a permanent judge of Gujarat High Court on June 18, 2001.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
|Bangalore Mirror Coverage|
|Deccan Chronicle coverage|
Monday, 12 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Reforms in family laws sought by CRISP
Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), a Bangalore-based NGO, fighting for the cause of children of separated parents has urged for early reforms in family laws.
Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, CRISP president, Kumar V. Jahgirdar, said his organisation was pressing for reforms in family laws such as granting of immediate and equal child access to separated parents and making co-parenting mandatory within 30 days from the date of filing a case for divorce; all cases related to custody of child/children should be disposed of within six months of application, and punishment for misuse of laws, particularly relating to dowry harassment and domestic violence.
Roshini Mathan Pereira, CRISP counsellor, said both parents are important for a child’s overall development. She said that there are instances when a parent who has the custody of the child misinforms the latter about the other parent and that affects the child’s development. She said that doing such a thing is nothing less than child abuse and it causes permanent psychological damage resulting disorders such as parental Alienation Syndrome and Reactive Associative Disorders.
Ms. Perera said a separate Ministry for Children was the need of the hour at the government level to maintain equity of law for both genders.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Pascal Mazurier wants cops to trace ‘real abuser’ of his little daughter
‘I haven’t seen my children in three weeks'
In a letter to city police commissioner, Frenchman alleges his wife framed him on a rape charge. He wants the cops to trace the ‘real culprit’, and is likely to go to court if the police do not register his complaint
|Kumar Jahgirdar with Pascal Mazurier at the police commissioner’s office|
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror on Monday, Mazurier, consular attaché, chief of Joint Chancellery until mid-June, said, “The investigation by the police in the case against me is complete. The High Court granted me bail because the DNA test conducted on my daughter showed that the semen samples taken from her did not match with my DNA. Even the statements of witnesses have given me a clean chit. This being the case, the police should find out whose semen it was. Nobody is trying to find the abuser. Even my wife, who levelled a rape charge against me, did not bother to ask the police to find out whose semen it was. As a father, it is my right to protect my children. I have requested the police commissioner to order a thorough investigation.’’
Nearly three weeks after he was freed on bail in October, after spending four months in jail, Mazurier is yet to see his children. “They are not at the house where we stayed earlier. My wife has hidden them somewhere,” he claimed.
“My parents are divorced and I know what it means for children to be denied parental love. We had a very good relationship till she started quarrelling with me and wanted a divorce. I didn’t want my children to suffer and so I adjusted with her. She started asking for money and I have transferred around Rs 30 lakh to her French account. She has an eye on my house in France; she also pressured me to buy property in her name in Kerala, which I declined to do as I am a French national and cannot purchase property here. On the day she filed her complaint, she was very fine with me and even sent an affectionate message. But in the evening she lodged the complaint. She has framed me,” Mazurier said.
In his complaint to the city police commissioner, Mazurier has urged the police to catch the “real culprit”. “I love my children a lot; I was the one looking after them when my wife would be out late at parties. As the DNA report suggests that my daughter was sexually abused, I suspect a man with access to my daughter in my absence was responsible.
“I wonder why my wife has not tried to find out who the person is,” his letter says.
“It is my duty as a father to try my best and protect my children. Who will be responsible if my daughter is abused again? My wife has falsely accused me and has made false statements to the police and the family court. As a father it is my highest duty to respectfully request you to investigate in order to identify the man who committed the sexual abuse on my minor daughter. It is also of the highest importance to ensure that my children are in a safe environment,” Mazurier says in his letter.
“From the day I came out of jail, I have been going around like a mad person looking for my childen. My old house has been vacated and my wife’s mobile is not reachable. In the future, my daughter will become a lady and I am sure she will ask about these incidents. I will have to explain to my children why their names are on the internet. I will have to explain why their mother framed me. It is my opinion that you as the head of the police, and I as the father of my children have to expose those who misused the law for their personal agendas,” he says in the letter.
The city police are moving cautiously over the development. “Mazurier has approached us with a written plea, but before registering a complaint, we have to take a legal opinion as his wife has lodged a complaint against him and he has also been charge-sheeted. We have sounded the legal department and after discussing the matter with the police commissioner, we will take a call,” additional commissioner (law and order) T Suneel Kumar told Bangalore Mirror.
Sources said that if the police do not register Mazurier’s complaint, he plans to approach the court to direct the police to do so.
Mazurier has received support from Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting (CRISP) headed by Kumar Jahgirdar, who accompanied him to a meeting with Kumar and police commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji.
Meanwhile, Pramila Nesargi, senior advocate and counsel for Mazurier’s wife Suja, said, “Let him approach the court to see his children, and we will then allow the children to meet him. He is still accused of sexual abuse and we don’t want the children to meet him. We are approaching the Supreme Court to cancel the bail granted to him by the High Court and to order a re-investigation of the case, as there are loopholes in the police investigation. The DNA report which says the DNA sample does not match Pascal's has been manipulated. The children are safe and Suja is looking after them well.”