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Kathua rape, murder For ‘Beti Bachao….’ our daughters should be alive: Shabana Azmi

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Mumbai, Apr 17: Against the backdrop of a nationwide outrage caused by the alleged rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, veteran actor Shabana Azmi has said that “our betis (daughters) should be alive and safe” for the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign to be effective.
Recently, several Bollywood celebrities had joined a protest to demand justice for the victims of the Kathua and Unnao rape cases that have generated a groundswell of anger against the perpetrators.
“On one hand, we see our women who have reached great heights and have become great leaders. But on the other hand, on a daily basis, we read and watch such news that we are left speechless,” Azmi told reporters on the sidelines of the 20th Beti FLO GR8 Awards 2018 function held here last night.
“It is our responsibility to unite and ensure that these incidents do not happen, because we say ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ which should happen, but for that, it is important that our betis (daughters) should be alive too,” she said.
“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (save girl child, educate a girl child) is a social campaign of the Union government that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls.
Azmi further said the people should make it a point that such incidents do not recur in the country.
“Today, we must also remember girls, who have had a very unfortunate existance… It is very important for us to come together and say, ‘this must not happen.’ This cannot happen in our country. This country will change, it is a beautiful country, if we all come together,” she said.
In Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, an eight-year-old child from a minority nomadic community was allegedly held in captivity in a small village temple for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
Eight persons, including a juvenile, were arrested in the case. The trial in the case began yesterday.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, a teenage girl alleged that she was raped by a ruling BJP MLA who has been arrested by the CBI, which is probing the case.


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Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz

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Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.

“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.

He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.

 
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Two electrocuted to death in Poonch

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Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.

Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.

SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.

 
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World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup

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Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.

The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.

Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.

 

Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.

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