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Brave soldier pays with life in bid to save girl from eve teasers

Meerut: A 35-year-old army jawan, who tried to rescue a girl from eve teasers, was beaten to death by aides of one of them.

On Thursday, Vedmitra Chaudhury, a Lance Naik in 416 Engineering Brigade, had gone to get milk from a booth on Rohta Road in Hardevnagar where he saw some youths teasing the daughter of the booth owner.

Protesting crime against women. PTIProtesting crime against women. PTI

Protesting crime against women. PTI

The jawan came to the girl’s rescue and even beat up one of the eve-teasers – Akash Saini, police said.

Enraged, Akash called his friends, who arrived at the spot armed with sticks. They then assaulted Chaudhury, leaving him seriously injured.

The jawan, who was staying at Gopal Vihar with his wife and children, was admitted to Army Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries last night, police said.

SSP Dinesh Chandra Dubey said, besides Akash, two others, Sanju and Ritesh, have been arrested and the search was on to nab other accused.

Talking about the incident, Sub-Area Colonel Rajiv Kumar said, Chaudhury fulfilled the duty of an Indian citizen and protected a girl’s honour. He will be remembered as martyr.


Teenage girl’s murder: Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation, slams Delhi Police

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of a girl who was stabbed to death in Anand Parbat locality and ordered a magisterial probe into the case while slamming Delhi Police for the “deteriorating” law and order situation.

The chief minister, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia, visited the girl’s family and assured them of all possible help. Nineteen-year-old Meenakshi was brutally stabbed to death on Thursday by a man and his brother.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AFPDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

“The law and order situation is deteriorating in Delhi every day. Delhi Police comes under the Prime Minister. Either he should do something or Delhi Police should be handed over to the Delhi government,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Making a strong pitch for handing over of Delhi Police to the city government, the chief minister said, “If the police is not answerable to Delhi government then how will they be held accountable? Right now, Delhi police is a law unto itself.”

Earlier Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain wrote a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, seeking his explanation on why no FIR was registered against the accused despite repeated complaints from the victim.

Kejriwal said considering the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital, “the Prime Minister should start giving 2-3 hours each week to review the situation.”

“We have ordered a magisterial enquiry into the case. Delhi home minister has asked a report from Delhi Police commissioner in 48 hours,” Kejriwal said.

The chief minister said that he will summon the Delhi Police commissioner on Monday to discuss this case and the prevailing law and order situation.

Delhi Home Minister Jain said Delhi Police’s inaction in providing security to Meenakshi led to her murder. She died after being stabbed 35 times by one Jai Prakash and his brother who were allegedly stalking her for a long time.

The AAP also blamed the police for the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.

“In the past few weeks, several incidents of crime against women have been reported. Most of them being heinous in nature and most of it against women.

“The news of a teenage girl stabbed to death by her molesters while police refused to lodge a complaint by the parents is a shocking incident which has brought to light the inefficiency and indifference of the Delhi Police towards protecting people,” AAP’s Delhi convener Dilip Pandey said.

In his letter, Jain also asked the police as to what changes have taken place in the capital in improving law and order situation since the December 16 gang rape case in 2012.

“The family of the deceased girl (Meenakshi) had filed numerous complaints against the accused Jai Prakash since 2013 with the local police alleging that he used to stalk the girl and traumatise her but no FIR was registered by the police,” Jain claimed.

Newly-appointed DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal also visited Meenakshi’s family.


It isn’t about rape anymore: Why 10,000 people lynched one man in Dimapur

On 5 March, the country was jolted by an horrific incident that questioned the security of India’s jails. Thousands of people stormed a jail in Dimapur, Nagaland, dragged a man accused of rape out on the streets, stripped him and then lynched him. The man had allegedly raped a 20-year-old Naga college student several times on 23 and 24 February. Infuriated by the news, residents of Dimapur decided to turn vigilantes and murder the man in full public view.

Security personnel at the site after the mob dragged out the rape accused out of Dimapur district jail and lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on Thursday. PTISecurity personnel at the site after the mob dragged out the rape accused out of Dimapur district jail and lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on Thursday. PTI

Security personnel at the site after the mob dragged out the rape accused out of Dimapur district jail and lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on Thursday. PTI

As pictures of the incident surfaced, one could see young men, gleefully snapping pictures of a naked, blood-drenched and probably lifeless 35-year-old Syed Farid Khan.

From the images it could be easily made out that none present in the vicinity was remotely  remorseful of killing the man in such brutal way. The overpowered cops were mute spectators to the violent incident.

Mob rule is not new if we look into history.

The gory incident reminds of a practice that exists in South Africa. Reports say that rapists are made “victims of necklacing, a brutal apartheid-era practise of putting a tyre around someone’s neck, dousing it in petrol and setting it alight”. According to Aljazeera, one “Simon Mynekeni was killed for allegedly raping and murdering an elderly woman, without proof, and, extraordinarily, while the police were present, he was attacked by a mob”.

Khan’s death comes very close. Although he is reported to have admitted to the crime he was yet to be convicted by the court of law.

Khan’s death caused by a barbaric and blood thirsty mob of over 10,000 was not a result of anger against a rapist. The trigger for such violence was obviously the rape but within it lies a issue of territorial pride.

Khan was earlier suspected to be an illegal migrant from Bangladesh who was a small trader dealing with automobiles. As per media reports, he ran his business with his brother who fled Dimapur soon after the mob lynched Khan. He left a terrified wife and child behind. More than the rape itself, the fact that it was committed by an ‘outsider’ – not a native Naga – added fuel to fire.

Soon after the incident came to the fore, the alleged rapist was arrested by the police and lodged in the high-security Dimapur Central Jail. But is was not enough to douse the anger among the people. They found it hard to accept that an ‘outsider’ dared to commit such a crime on a local Naga girl.

There was already great discontent over the increasing population of alleged illegal migrants from Bangladesh in Nagaland. The influx of people from outside the state has deprived many natives of Nagaland of employment. Opportunities to start businesses have also shrunk and there is stiff competition from the said migrants. The combination of factors accounted for deep resentment against the ‘outsiders’ among the residents of Dimapur.

When the Naga Students’ Federation, which is the apex body of all Naga student unions started protesting against the rape and demanded quick justice it only stoked people’s anger further.

However, nothing can justify a mob taking law into their own hands. It is surprising that the security apparatus of the state failed to anticipate such an attack when a 10,000 strong mob of angry people landed up in front of the jail. Hundreds of women were also part of the mob.

The aim of the mob was certainly to deliver instant justice (read kill the alleged) as they barged into the high security prison by flattening two gates and singling Khan out from among the other inmates. The police, with great difficulty, could only prevent the crowd from hanging Khan’s body from the clock tower which is the centre of Dimapur town.

The situation is under control in Dimapur as of now but it is very volatile with the army being roped in. What is worrying is that several issues are getting mixed up here – from crime against women to preserving the interest of the local community.

Nagaland has always remained a disturbed state right from its birth in July 1960 continuously locking its horns with the neighbouring states of Manipur and Assam for greater territorial control to form the Greater Nagalim or Greater Nagaland.

A further enquiry revealed the identity of the deceased as an Indian national from Badarpur town in Assam’s Karimganj district. This has now directed the ire of the vigilante against business establishments belonging to people from Assam and also their families.

Unfortunately, the mob that was allowed to go berserk have been emboldened by this one victory. Reports suggest that they have now directed their wrath at people from other regions making a living in Nagaland. Ironically enough, the issue of women’s safety, seems to have gotten lost in this thirst to reinstate the glory of the natives in the state.

Mob justice is also not unfamiliar in other parts of India as well. According to a story in The Guardian, one Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of around 200 women from Kasturba Nagar in Nagpur at 3 pm on 13 August 2004.

“It took them 15 minutes to hack to death the man they say raped them with impunity for more than a decade. Chilli powder was thrown in his face and stones hurled. As he flailed and fought, one of his alleged victims hacked off his penis with a vegetable knife. A further 70 stab wounds were left on his body. The incident was made all the more extraordinary by its setting. Yadav was murdered not in the dark alleys of the slum, but on the shiny white marble floor of Nagpur district court.”—The Guardian reported.

The tedious justice delivery system of the country is equally to blame. If cases like these are dealt with more interest and skill, the mob will have less excuses to looses themselves upon people guilty of crimes.

However, what is needed is a very strong security force in all states and a communication system between security agencies to prevent such incidents.