Srinagar, June 12: Days after the Pakistani born lady, Mehnaz Sidique alleged ‘harassment’ by her Kashmiri husband, Chairperson of the State Commission for Women Nayeema Mehjoor on Tuesday said that the commission called Mehnaz several times but she didn’t turn up.
“I am receiving many messages, calls and even was tagged in Facebook posts relating to a Pakistani born Mehnaz Sidiqui who has marital dispute with Abdullah Danish,” Mehjoor said.
“Last year, Mehnaz sent me WhatsApp message regarding her problem and same day I informed her husband to appear before the commission so that I can hear both and take action,” Mehjoor informed .
“However, Mehnaz didn’t turn up, when called by my office why she didn’t come, she said she was not feeling well. We set another date for hearing and both were called to come. Again, she didn’t come and when called she said, please keep the case pending until I come back to you again,” SWC chairperson added.
“She was called by my office once again but couldn’t get through. Commission cannot take any action until a complainant wants to pursue her case. After few months, some shopkeeper called me and said some lady in the shop is distressed. I told him to put me through to this lady and I will find way to help her. When I spoke to lady, it was Mehnaz and I asked her why didn’t u come to me? She seemed in distress and I asked her to meet me as soon as possible. But she didn’t come,” chairperson informed.
Asked whether commission will take any suo-moto notice, she said that “the Commission cannot impose itself on any person if she doesn’t want our intervention or interference. We intervene or take suo moto notice where victim has no other means to contact us or is minor or old or hush up matter by office or agencies etc.”
“I spoke to Mehnaz yesterday. I told her to come to commission and I will bring your husband as well but she refused by saying that ‘I don’t want to come face to face with him’. Commission has a rule of bringing compliant and respondent together to hear both sides and if needed witnesses as well in order to find solution to problem,” she said.
Mehjoor said that she has filed case in court for domestic violence and maintenance. She will certainly get relief from court on the merits of the case. “I spoke to Danish Sherwani about the maintenance of kids, he said the ‘decision about it is expected on 10th July and domestic violence hearing is also due in the court’,” the chairperson said.
Regarding her visa or stay in Kashmir, Mehjoor said “it is not my jurisdiction neither state government can do it. She has to apply to central government for this.”
“Having said that, if she still feels I can help personally or commission can help, she needs to inform us and we make sure to help her by all means. But, we have to listen to other side as well, she added. (KNS)
NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher
Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.
The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands
Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.
“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.
He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.
Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.
He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.
“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.
Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.
Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.
Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid
Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.
Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.
Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”
“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.
He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.
Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.
For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates
Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.
The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.
But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.
“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.
Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.
Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.
When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.
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