Of Rapes & Hangings: STATES PUT INDIA TO SHAME …

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel June 7, 2014 10:07

Of Rapes & Hangings: STATES PUT INDIA TO SHAME …


Of Rapes & Hangings

STATES PUT INDIA TO SHAME

By Insaf

07rape_and_hangWhere is India heading with reports of rapes and hangings hitting headlines every other day? In this week alone news from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh should make the States cringe in shame. Topping the list should be UP and its Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav must remember that two wrongs don’t make a right. There are no takers for his bizarre accusation that the media was targeting his State deliberately “when similar incidents were being reported from other States.” By any stretch of imagination is this a justification for inaction on the horrific rape and murder of two Dalit girls in Badaun districts, which sadly have invited international condemnation? The obvious answer is no. Importantly, no other CM should even try using such a disgusting excuse.  Stern action is critical not only in UP, but in Rajasthan, where two minors were raped in Jhalawar district, in Chhattisgarh, where a three-year-old girl was raped in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district, in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district where a 35-year-old tribal Garo woman was killed when she resisted rape attempt by alleged militants, in Maharashtra where a 30-year-old woman conductor was stripped over an altercation with a passenger. The list can go on, because these are only some of the reported cases. The Centre needs to step in. There can be no ifs and buts about law and order being a State subject. Let’s not get the tag of being a banana republic!

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Telangana is Born

On the eve of its birth, Telangana didn’t sleep. Hyderabad along with other districts went into a jubilation mode for inauguration of the country’s 29th State on Monday last. The celebrations seemed to never end, with people singing, dancing, exchanging sweets and there was burning of fire crackers in the backdrop of lit up streets and buildings. The joint capital of Hyderabad was festooned in pink with TRS workers even supporting pink scarves. After having taking over the reins of governance, an elated Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has gone into a generous mode. Within the next 48 hours, he announced a waiver of loans worth 12,000 crore to farmers, benefiting some 23 lakh-odd. He assured the people that all their “dreams would be fulfilled.” And to do this, he has stated that he would spend Rs 1 lakh crore in the next five years for the welfare of STs, Dalits, BCs, Muslims and Christian minorities. Obviously, he knows that he needs to deliver and therefore has kept the welfare portfolios with himself. But would this suffice? The elections are long over, and the new State would do well if sops are not showered, to fulfil poll promises. Rao should keep in mind the new State’s finances before raising expectations. He shouldn’t start on the wrong note.

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TN’s Guessing Game

“Will she, won’t she?” is a question doing the rounds in both Tamil Nadu and New Delhi. It comes in the wake of Chief Minister J Jayalalitha finally calling on Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday last. The meeting which lasted for nearly an hour has made the BJP keep its fingers crossed that the much-sought after southern lady may well come to its rescue in the Rajya Sabha, where it is short of numbers, when the need arises. In simple parliamentary terms it means the AIADMK may not be averse to giving outside support to the NDA, at least for starters. But obviously nothing comes for free. The CM came armed with a 64-page memorandum! Her demands to Modi include: initiating expeditious steps to form Cauvery Management Board, move UN to hold referendum on forming separate Tamil Eelam, release of Rs 1,576.87-crore shortfall in grants-in-aid over the years and help fast-track Central clearances for power, urban infrastructure projects. Not just this, Jayalalitha surprised many by even calling on Finance Minister Jaitley. At his end, Modi too sent out positive signals. He sent two senior minsters to call on her to discuss issues relating to her State. While it is known that there are no free lunches, will there be a quid-pro-quo? Time will tell.

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Punjab Operation Clean-Up

Punjab has finally got cracking on its drug problem. Having been pushed to the wall this election, the SAD-BJP government can ill-afford to be lackadaisical. Its vote share apparently dropped by 12 lakhs as rampant drug smuggling in the State and politicians alleged links with it turned out to be a major poll issue. The combine has therefore directed the police to launch a special drive against the menace. So far 3,353 people have been arrested in the past fortnight and 3,000 cases registered. This apart, 25 SHOs have been dismissed for reportedly having links with the drug cartel. Dy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has warned that none of the “black sheep” in the force would be spared. At the same time, the administration is ensuring that it has enough de-addiction centres in place for the drug-addicts to seek help, provided of course if the drive is successful. Remember, the Election Commission teams along with the police recovered “more drugs” than from any other State during the polls (Rs 7.80 crore by the former and another 3.70 crore worth by the EC flying squads)! While the Opposition has denounced the drive saying small operators are being picked up, the authorities’ are confident that ‘clean-up’ operation will yield results. Let’s wait and watch.

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Heartless Kerala

Reports emanating from Kerala are heart-rending. Rampant trafficking of children to the Gulf is being indulged in ‘God’s own country’. In the past week alone, nearly 600 children were rescued from shelter homes in the State. Worse, from just two orphanages– one in Kozhikode and the other in Malappuram. The kids, in the age-group of eight to 13, largely belong to the North-East, Jharkhand and Bihar, either kidnapped or sold by their parents. The racket came to light with the arrest of eight persons from West Bengal at the Palakkad railway station. Apparently, the children were brought in batches—100, then 466, and another 123 kids from West Bengal by train. Investigations so far have revealed that orphanages have mushroomed particularly in north Kerala, with their teams in Gulf countries to collect donations under the garb of child welfare. Further, the kids are purchased by the orphanages at a price ranging between Rs 1,000 and Rs 3,000 depending on their age (the younger ones for less) and sold for anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 100,000. The girls are forced into prostitution and the boys employed as servants in houses of the rich, states the police. While it is not a new racket, its roots are getting deeper. How much louder should the wake-up call be? –INFA

(Copyright, India News and Feature Alliance)

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel June 7, 2014 10:07