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HPV vaccine in universal immunisation could bring up old fears

In December itself, an article in the science journal Nature, upheld the need for an HPV vaccine, and for dispelling this mistrust surrounding it. It also said that the European Medical Agency had confirmed the vaccine’s safety, thus weakening the case of those opposing the vaccine.

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Miffed at delays in warship building, Parliamentary Panel asks for single point accountability

Currently, close to 50 warships of the Indian navy are under construction. And navy’s Maritime Capability Perspective Plan, formulated in 2005 projects a 160-ship strong force including 90 frontline combat platforms.

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Delhi Police nab kidnappers of minor girl days after her return

On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl.

Delhi Police arrested two men who kidnapped, gang raped and attempted to murder a 14-year-old girl who hailed from Uttam Nagar, West Delhi. Several cases of kidnapping, attempt to murder, rape among others have been filed against the accused Mohit alias Kishan and Vipin, both 22 years old. A third consort – Devendra, alias Daku Singh, believed to be Mohit’s brother is absconding.On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl. The minor, traced to Yatharth Hospital, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on December 6, was suffering from a gunshot wound and alleged history of sexual assault. She was later shifted to Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, whereupon she was questioned by the police and her statement recorded by a court’s magistrate.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a press conference held at the Delhi Police Headquarters, Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak south-west range said “Based on the victim’s testimony and verification, two of the three accused were arrested and interrogated by the police on December 9 where they admitted to all charges. A car used in the kidnapping was also recovered by police personnel.”According to the minor girl’s statement, Mohit obtained the minor’s telephone number and proceeded to have several conversations with her over a period of few days. He then convinced her to run away with him on December 22. Once the minor was in his possession, Mohit and his accomplice Vipin, bundled her in their car – Hyundai Santro, and made their way to Tugalpur village near Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh where she was gang raped by them and a third accused Devendra aka Daku Singh. On December 5, Vipin, drove the victim in a white Mahindra Bolero, to a field near the village where she was held captive on the pretext of freeing her. However, the other two culprits awaited them and proceeded to rape her. As the minor attempted to escape the clutches of her captives, Devendra shot her above the abdomen with a country revolver and her body was dumped in a dry well in Tugalpur village, Uttar Pradesh.The girl, who was grievously injured pretended to be dead and later cried out for help when she was sure her molesters had gone away. She was rescued by locals and transferred to the hospital for treatment.The minor is now recovering at the hospital while police personnel continue their hunt for the third accused. According to a statement from the police, Mohit and his brother Devendra are history sheeters, though there seems to be no prior record for Vipin.

No end to sexual abuse in Delhi: Four-year-old girl brutally raped, left abandoned near rail line

New Delhi: A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified accused in a slum dwelling in north west Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, police said on Sunday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The girl was missing from her house since Saturday evening. She was later found lying and crying in bushes near rail line by a passer-by, a senior police officer said.

The girl, a resident of JJ cluster in Keshav Puram area, was raped as she was bleeding profusely. She was rushed to Mahavir Hospital, from where she was referred to Safdarjung Hospital where she is undergoing treatment, the officer said.

“She is admitted in the High Dependency Unit. She is conscious and out of danger but still in pain,” medical superintendent of Safdarjung hospital, AK Rai, said.

“She was brought to our hospital at around 8 pm yesterday night after being referred by Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital. She had injury on her private parts and doctors operated on her last night,” he said.

The girl, whose father is a painter, was playing outside her house when she went missing. Her grandparents tried to search her, but she could not be found, police said.

A case under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Acts has been registered and a manhunt has been launched to arrest the accused, who are yet to be identified, he said.

There is an eatery in the slum where alcoholics and miscreants assembled late night. It is suspected that the accused could be frequent visitors of those shops, a local youth working with an NGO said.

“We have zeroed in on some suspects and we are keeping a watch. Once the girl recovers, we will be able to get more clues about the accused,” the officer added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal met the victim at the hospital.

“Visited the little girl, her condition can’t be described. Horrific. Her parents are extremely poor. When will this heinous crime stop in Delhi (sic),” Maliwal tweeted.

“Everyday we have a Nirbhaya in Delhi and Nirbhaya Fund is lying unused. Pathetic.

“In 2014, only 9 accused were convicted in Delhi in crime against women. Can you imagine! Tabhi to Delhi mei kisi ko darr nai hai (That’s why no one is scared in Delhi),” she tweeted.

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If rape victim’s statement is reliable, further corroboration not needed: Bombay HC

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has upheld the conviction of a 23-year-old man for raping a minor girl while observing that if the statement of a rape victim is trustworthy and reliable, further corroboration is not needed.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice VK Tahilramani and Justice AS Gadkari on September 16 held that the conviction and ten-year sentence awarded by a sessions court to Pandurang Lalasaheb Yadav, a resident of Sangli, for raping a nine-year-old girl was correct.

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According to prosecution, on December 23, 2006, the accused accosted the victim when she was on her way home from school. The accused told the girl that her parents were waiting outside his house and hence she should come with him. He then took the girl to a nearby field and raped her.

The girl later informed her mother about the incident following which she was taken to doctor and a case was registered.

“We find that the testimony of the victim is wholly trustworthy and reliable and it does not require any corroboration in support thereof,” the court said.

The High Court also held that the victim’s statement has been corroborated by evidence of her mother and doctor who conducted the medical check.

The HC, while upholding the conviction, took note of a Supreme Court judgement which said, “A victim of rape stands at a higher pedestal than an injured witness. In the latter case, there is injury on the physical form, while in the former it is physical as well as psychological and emotional.”

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Air India flight makes emergency landing after plane wheel catches fire, up to 5 passengers injured

New Delhi: Upto five passengers received “minor” injuries during evacuation when a wheel of an Air India plane with 159 people onboard caught fire while landing under emergency conditions at the Indira Gandhi International Airport following hydraulic failure, airport sources said.

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Representational image. PTI

“Air India flight AI 405 from Varanasi to Delhi had an emergency landing here as the pilot reported hydraulic failure at around 1916 hours. However, a small fire was seen in the undercarriage of the aircraft after landing which was quickly doused,” they said.

“All passengers were evacuated safely, however, some 4-5 of them sustained minor injuries during evacuation,” sources said.

Air India said in a statement that the incident, which happened at around 7.58 pm, was caused by a hydraulic leak, but claimed there was no fire and none of the 153 passengers and six crew were injured during evacuation.

“Air India flight 405 Varanasi-Delhi had an emergency landing due to hydraulic leak. This resulted in few sparks at the nose wheel. There was no fire. All 146 passengers were evacuated safely and taken to terminal building. No passenger was injured,” the airliner said.

Runway 27, where the aircraft had landed, has been cleared, it said, adding all passengers were being served dinner and taken care of.

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Two minors held for killing 15-year-old classmate, taken to juvenile reformation home

New Delhi: Two juveniles were on Monday taken into custody for killing their 15-year-old classmate over a petty issue and have been sent to a juvenile reformation home, police said on Monday.

The class 9 students, who reside in Hari Nagar area of west Delhi, were apprehended from Haryana’s Jhajjar on charges of killing their classmate Subham Jindal.

Police said that Jindal was beaten to death by wooden sticks around 6 p.m. on Sunday and his body was recovered around 3.30 a.m. on Monday from a vacant plot behind a petrol pump in Najafgarh area in west Delhi.

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Representational image. Reuters

Jindal, who studied in Krishna Model School situated in Najafgarh, was persuaded by the two to come outside for cycling on Sunday evening.

Police said that a complaint that Jindal was missing was lodged around 11 p.m. on Sunday when his family members failed to locate him and approached the Chhawla police station.

“As the juveniles were the last to be seen with the victim, we apprehended them from their ancestral home in Jhajjar on Monday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police R.A. Sanjeev told IANS.

The official said that the juveniles went to Jhajjar a few hours after the commission of crime.

In their interrogation, they revealed that the reason was an old grudge of being punished by a teacher on Jindal’s complaint against them over some issue a few days ago.

“The juveniles were punished by a teacher sometimes ago on the complaint on the victim. And, they had a grudge over the issue. It seems that the juveniles just wanted to teach a lesson to the victim, but their motive was not to kill him,” said Sanjeev.

Police said that the arrested juveniles also had a streak of jealousy against the victim, a resident of Roshan Vihar in West Delhi’s Najafgarh area, as he was the class monitor.

AIIMS’ psychiatric department head, S.K. Khandelwal declined to comment over the issue without proper study of the perpetrators.

“It will be very difficult to comment on the issue. Without talking to the apprehended children, the reason of their act cannot be ascertained,” Khandelwal told IANS.

“It is not necessary that they have criminal tendency. There are several reasons of committing crimes by any child. But it is not a trend,” he said.

IANS

65-yr-old man arrested for sexually assaulting minor girl in Tamil Nadu

A 65-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl at Veerappanchatram village in the district, police said.

A 65-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl at Veerappanchatram village in the district, police said.The minor’s parents had gone out when the man allegedly took the girl to his house yesterday and sexually assaulted her.The parents returned a short while later to find heir daughter missing. The father then went next door to the old man’s house, and raised an alarm after finding the man allegedly assaulting his daughter, police said.The old man fled the spot, but was arrested late last night.