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Social media outrage continues : Celebrities, cricketers decry Kathua crime

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Srinagar, Apr 14: Almost three months after the 8-year-old child’s battered body was found in Kathua, people, including commoners and celebrities, have now broken their silence against the brutal crime on different social media platforms.
The Crime Branch on Tuesday filed a charge-sheet into the gruesome incident, which reveals the horrific details.
Now celebrities, authors and other well-known personalities across India and abroad are using social media to express their anger at the case.
Farhan Akhtar, director and actor wrote on Twitter, “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.”
Similarly, Bollywood actress, Sonam Kapoor took to Twitter to express her anger. She wrote, “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country.”
Actress Richa Chada also Tweeted, “LET THE WORLD KNOW WE DEFEND OUR RAPISTS, we commit atrocities in places of worship and desecrate the Flag. Thank God international press isn’t for sale. Hopefully bad PR may get the administration to act? Also, a woman as a CM is such a poor joke @mehbooba. Aisi bhi kya alliance ?
Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi wrote in a Tweet: “Whether 6 year old Zainab of Kasur or 8year old Asifa of Jammu, these barbaric inhuman acts shud be punished to the max, let these cases be a lesson for the culprits whr no daughter will ever be subjected to this heinous act.”
Reacting to the protest by lawyers in support of the accused, cricketer Gautam Gambhir posted on his Twitter handle, “Shame on those, especially the lawyers, who are challenging and obstructing Deepika Singh Rajawat, the counsel of our victimised daughter from Kathua.”
Predictably, the Tweets and Facebook posts from Kashmir and those from mainland India are completely different. While Bollyood and mainland India claims her as the nation’s daughter, Kashmir thinks it is an appropriation of narratives.
In a FB post, Chairperson of State’s Women Commission, Nayeema Mehjoor wrote, “Our demand is fast track justice for Kathua girl. No comments plz. Say yes if you support. Jk n Delhi COMMISSION’S joint demand.”
In another post, she wrote: “Plz don’t make Kathua rape an issue of this or that religion. Those chargesheeted r criminals in the eyes of law. Instead of making it religio-political issue, plz support our demand for fast track justice n severe punishment. We r fighting against crime not against any religion.”
Former chief minister, Omar Abdullah Tweeted: “Kathua is about the rape and murder of an eight year old child & the need to see justice done in the case. The rest of the noise is just an obfuscation.”
Habeel Iqbal, a Kashmiri lawyer wrote, “The lawyers from Shopian Kashmir are facing a trial in the CBI court, Srinagar for bringing out the truth in the case of Aasiya & Neelofar, while the lawyers are having a field day after obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.”
Valley based journalist, Gowhar Geelani tweeted: “People arguing that the brutal gang-rape, kidnapping, torture & murder of 8-year-old girl #Asifa is “not about religion” are liars of highest order. The rape was about the land. Aimed at dislodging Bakherwals 4m Hindu-dominated Kathua. It’s about the religion. Hindu Ekta Manch. BJP.”
Meanwhile, a Kerala journalist’s post has gone viral on social networking sites after he named his new born daughter after Asifa.
The journalist, Rajith Ram on Facebook, “As the father of a seven-year-old daughter, I felt angry and got frustrated at the events that took place even after that hideous act. That such barbaric, cruel acts still happen in our country, is a disturbing thought for a father of two girls like me. When the thought occurred to me to name my second daughter who was born on February 4, after ‘….’ I discussed it with my wife Sandhya. She readily agreed to the idea.”
While right wing groups and individuals have yet again spread fake news and spewed vitriol on social media after the event. In one such incident, a private bank official was terminated from his job after his social media post on the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl at Kathua invited massive outrage demanding his removal from the services.
Vishnu Nandakumar, an assistant manager with Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Palarivattom branch in Kochi, expressed happiness at the child’s death saying, “It’s good that she has been killed. Otherwise, tomorrow, she might turn against India as a human bomb.”

 
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Danish billionaire’s 3 kids among killed

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Copenhagen, Apr 22: Denmark’s richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said on Monday.
The spokesman declined to give any further details but Danish media said the family had been on holiday in Sri Lanka.
A string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded about 500 in Sunday’s attacks. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks.
Povlsen is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, and is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos while also holding a big stake in Zalando.
He owns more than 1 percent of all the land in Scotland, according to Forbes.

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We took bold steps to counter ‘terror’, Congress response timid: Modi

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Pimpalgaon (Maharashtra): Targeting the UPA regime on national security issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said his government took bold steps to counter ‘terror’, compared to the timid approach adopted by the Congress-led regime.

Modi’s remarks at a poll rally here in Nashik district of Maharashtra came a day after a terror attack in Sri Lanka killed 290 people in a series of eight blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in the island country.

The prime minister said that due to the bold approach adopted by his government, ‘terrorism’ has been curbed in India and is confined only to some parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Under attack from the Congress for not letting the Rafale contract go to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Modi accused the opposition party of destroying the state-run enterprise.

The HAL has a unit in Nashik.

The prime minister said his government has increased defence production under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

Campaigning for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates from Nashik, Dindori and Dhule Lok Sabha constituencies, Modi said the Lanka blasts took place on Easter when people were sharing the message of peace.

“What was the condition in India before 2014? Bomb explosions would take place in corners of the country every now and then in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kashi (Varanasi), Ayodhya, Jammu,” Modi said.

“What did the then Congress-NCP government do? Held condolence meeting, expressed grief. They went about crying in the world, saying Pakistan did this and that in our country,” he said.

“But what did your chowkidar do? Your chowkidar changed this timid approach of the Congress-NCP government,” Modi said.

In an apparent reference to the 2016 surgical strike and Balakot air strike carried out in February this year, Modi said the security forces barged into the “factory of terror and cleaned everything without any discrimination”.

Modi said every “terrorist” is aware that “Modi would trace him even if he is hiding in the netherworld.”

Without naming any leader from the opposition, Modi said “some” experience electric current the moment I talk about dynasty and national security.

He said the opposition was restless given the response the BJP got in the first two phases of the Lok Sabha polls across the country.

Addressing the rally in a region known for onion production, Modi said his government is trying to increase onion storage capacity and reduce tax on their transportation.

He claimed that the Congress tweaked crop prices to benefit middlemen.

“I have fought a battle against these middlemen,” he added.

“Our government working to end the rule of middlemen,” Modi said.

Speaking at a poll rally at Nandurbar later, Modi said accused the opposition parties of spreading rumours that reservations will modified if he returns to power.

Modi said he will ensure that the quota quantum is not disturbed.

“Till Modi is here, nobody can touch reservations, given to us by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” he said.

Modi also assured people in the tribal dominated constituencies in north Maharashtra that his government will ensure they would not face eviction from their land.

“As long as Modi is there, reservation for adivasis will not be removed. No one can lay hand on your agricultural land you are cultivating now,” he said.

The adivasis are currently struggling to keep their land with themselves as some provisions of the Forest Rights Act are being challenged.

“In Maharashtra alone, 1.25 crore farmers’ families are benefiting from Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Yojana. If voted to power again, we will remove the upper land holding limit of five acre,” Modi said.

“My government is also going to introduce a pension scheme for farmers in coming years,” he said.

North Maharashtra produces sugarcane which can be used for ethanol production, Modi said.

It will create jobs for locals but the Congress-NCP leaders never allowed it to happen, he said.

“These leaders used to get kickbacks for importing fuel.

If fuel imports are reduced due to ethanol blending, they fear of losing their income,” Modi said.

Recalling that it was in Nandurbar that the Aadhar scheme was launched in 2010, Modi said his government ensured its wider impact.

“But and now the Congress has approached the Supreme Court against Aadhar card,” he said.

Funds meant for pregnant women and children were “looted” by Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh and were seized from residences of some of their leaders, he said.

“They (Congress) are unrelenting in abusing me as I targeted their corruption,” Modi said.

The prime minister also attacked Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for his alleged remark that those who don’t get a square meal join the army and become jawans. Modi said that according to Kumaraswamy, people who guard our borders are not children of the rich and join the armed forces because they don’t have food to eat.

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JK Cong rings Delhi even for minor decisions: Omar

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Srinagar, Apr 21: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Sunday said Congress leaders from Jammu and Kashmir are not allowed to take decisions on their own.
“When we were in an alliance with Congress, I noticed it myself that even for minor decisions they have to seek permission from party leadership in New Delhi,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a party function in South Kashmir.
However, Omar said, NC candidates for Parliamentary Elections if elected will not have to take “dictation” from New Delhi.
“Not only New Delhi but even National Conference top leadership. Our Parliamentarians will just have to represent the voice of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Omar said people should come out to vote as boycotting elections will only help the BJP and RSS.
He said it was unfortunate that Election Commision of India was ignoring repeated violations of Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendara Modi and top BJP leadership.

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