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Kathua rape-murder case: All you want to know

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Pathankot, June 10: A local court here on Monday convicted six people accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.

Following is the time line of the case that shook the nation:

January 10, 2018: Eight-year-old girl belonging to Bakarwal tribe goes missing in Rasana village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district while grazing cattle.

 

January 12, 2018: FIR is registered on the complaint of victim’s father at Hiranagar police station.

January 17, 2018: Body of the girl is found. Post mortem confirms gang rape and murder.

January 22, 2018: Case is handed over to Jammu and Kashmir crime branch.

February 16, 2018: A right-wing group, Hindu Ekta Manch, holds protests in support of one of the accused.

March 1, 2018: Two ministers of the BJP, part of the state’s ruling coalition with the PDP, Chander Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh, attend a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch after the arrest of nephew of a caretaker of a ‘devisathan’ (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape.

April 9, 2018: The police file the chargesheet before the Kathua court against against seven of the eight accused.

April 10, 2018: Charge sheet filed against eighth accused who had claimed to be a juvenile. The police file an FIR against lawyers for protesting and attempting to prevent the crime branch officials from filing the charge sheet in the court on April 9.

April 14, 2018: BJP ministers who attended the Hindu Ekta Manch rally resign from the state Cabinet. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres terms the crime “horrific” and asks authorities to deliver justice.

April 16, 2018: Trial begins before the Principal Sessions Court judge, Kathua. All accused plead ‘not guilty’.

May 7, 2018: The Supreme Court shifts the case from Kathua to Pathankot in Punjab. The apex court directs the trial to be fast-tracked and held in-camera, away from media gaze.

June 3, 2019: Trial concludes


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ACB launches Call, Whatsapp helpline

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J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has launched call & WhatsApp helpline number 9419678060 on which the citizens can report demands for bribe/ corruption through social messenger and also through call.

The motive of the ACB behind the announcing a WhatsApp and call helpline is to encourage citizens to report cases of corruption and bribe demands.

While launching the WhatsApp and call the helpline of Anti Corruption Bureau in Srinagar, Anand Jain, IPS, Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau said that WhatsApp has become a very popular medium of communication and people are more comfortable using WhatsApp.

 

Moreover, WhatsApp will also enable the complainant to post picture and videos of any complaints through an electronic medium in real time basis.

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Leopard strays from forest in Kishtwar, captured by wildlife dept

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Jammu, Jun 25: A leopard strayed from a forest to a road in Jammu and Kashmir”s Kishtwar district following which it was captured by the Wildlife Department, officials said.

A video went viral on social media Monday, showing the big cat walking along a road in Chingam village of Chatroo surrounded by a lush, green forest. Some men can be seen walking close behind it while capturing the unusual sight on their mobile phones.

The leopard is seen moving peacefully, unmindful of the presence of humans, and even walks past some cars whose occupants observe the animal from close quarters.

 

A department officials said the leopard was captured two days ago and it is presently under observation.

“The animal is sick and is undergoing treatment at trauma centre in Kishtwar. It is under observation and is showing signs of recovery,” the official.

District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) A S Rana appealed people to exercise caution in such a situation in order to ensure their safety as well as the safety of the wild animals.

Some netizens blamed deforestation and encroachment of animal habitat as reasons for the incident.

“This is outcome of deforestation…obviously they will come in our homes since we (have) destroyed theirs,” a Facebook user said in response to the video.

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Two lakh Indian pilgrims to perform Haj this year, 48 per cent of them women: Naqvi

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New Delhi: A record 2 lakh Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year with more than 48 per cent of them being women, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Tuesday. More than 2,340 women will perform Haj without “Mehram” (male companion) this year, the Union minister said adding last year, this number stood at 1,180.

Arrangements have made to send these women without the lottery system, he said.

In a first, all applicants from several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, will perform Haj as “their waiting lists have been cleared due to increase in Haj quota”, the minister said.

 

“For the first time since Independence, a record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims will go to Haj this year without any subsidy, on more than 500 flights and from 21 embarkation points across the country,” Naqvi said adding 48 per cent of them are women.

“While 1.40 lakh pilgrims will go through the Haj Committee of India, 60,000 will go through Haj Group Organisers,” he said.

A total of 19 health centres — 16 in Mecca and 3 in Madina — have been established. Besides, three hospitals in Mecca and one in Madina have been established to ensure proper health facilities to Haj pilgrims, he said.

In the two-day training programme, Haj deputationists will be given all the information about Haj pilgrimage, accommodation in Makkah and Madina, transport, health facilities, safety measures among others.

Flights for Haj will depart from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Srinagar on July 4, from Bengaluru and Calicut on July 7, Goa on July 13, Cochin on July 14, Mangalore on July 17, Mumbai on July 14 and 21 and Srinagar on July 21.

In the second phase, flights will depart from Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Lucknow on July 20, Bhopal and Ranchi on July 21, Aurangabad on July 22, Kolkata and Nagpur on July 25, Hyderabad on July 26, Varanasi on July 29 and Chennai on July 31.

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