LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SABARKANTHA RAPE Anger and hurt at child’s home, silence in factory where accused worked RITU SHARMA & SATISH JHA BUSINESS AS USUAL SABARKANTHA, OCTOBER 7 9 THE IDEAS PAGE What we talk about when we talk about crime Composite crime figures hide more than they reveal. 10 WORLD AFTER FIGHT THAT SPLIT US, KAVANAUGH WINS SC SEAT CRPF personnel stand guard outside a polling station in Kaloosa, Bandipora, on Sunday. Shuaib Masoodi ELECTIONS TO CIVIC BODIES IN FOUR PHASES Round 1 of J&K local polls today amid fear, some hope in Valley Social activist, former militant in fray: ‘Someone needs to take charge, fight’ NAVEED IQBAL BARAMULLA, SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 7 REPORT: MISSING SAUDI JOURNALIST KILLED IN ISTANBUL CONSULATE AFTER MORE than a decade, voters in J&K will elect their representatives to the state’s 79 municipal bodies in polls starting Monday. But with barely a day to go, a resounding silence envelops most of the constituencies in the Valley. Security personnel guard the roads and buildings, and there are no banners in the markets or posters on the walls. Not many voters know who their J&K LOCAL BODY POLLS STARTING OCTOBER 8 candidates are or where the nearest polling booth is. In the first of the four-phase elections, eight districts of the Kashmir division, including Leh and Kargil, will vote Monday to elect representatives to 15 municipal councils and committees, including three wards of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. After the National Conference and the PDP announced their decision not to participate in the municipal polls, the contest is largely between the Congress, the BJP and a large number of independent candidates. Of the 598 seats in the Valley, at least 236 will be uncontested. Another 184 have received no INSIDE PAGE 6 ● SECURITY CHECKS TIGHTENED, MORE FORCES ON DUTY ● SRINAGAR: VOTING IN ONE OF OLDEST LOCAL BODIES nominations. In all, 1,204 candidates are in the fray for the 321 wards going to polls in the first phase. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sabarimala priest, 79% of UP funds for former CMs’ royal family opt out houses went to Mulayam: Govt YOUR RIGHT of talks with govt TO KNOW E SHAJU PHILIP AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 7 THE 14-MONTH-OLD child picks up a small plastic drum with a whistle at the end and gives it to her grandmother, signalling with her hands to blow it. “She understands everything,” says the grandmother, sitting next to the child on a low wooden bunk bed, with a few plastic toys and a stuffed pink teddy bear on it. On September 28, the child was allegedly abducted from her grandfather’s tea stall opposite a ceramic tiles factory in Sabarkantha district and raped by a migrant worker, leading to mobs targeting “non-Gujaratis” and triggering a mass exodus to Bihar, UP and MP. The accused, a 19-year-old from Bihar, was arrested and lodged in Himmatnagar sub-jail. On Sunday, the Sabarkantha district bar association declared that no advocate will appear for him in the court. But all that is of little consolation for the child’s family, which is struggling to cope with the trauma of that day. “Today, it is our daughter, tomorrow it could be anyone else’s. The accused should be hanged with a message for the country that one who commits such a heinous crime will face death,” says the child’s father. Pointing to white marks under the child’s eyes, her uncle says, “These are from that day. India follows independent policy: Gen on S-400 deal with Russia SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 7 IN A setback to the Kerala government’s efforts to work out a consensus on implementing the Supreme Court’s order to allow women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple, the thantri (priest) and erstwhile royal family of Pandalam on Sunday pulled out of the proposed discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “We have moved a review petition in the Supreme Court against the earlier verdict. We will decide on the future course of action only after knowing the outcome of the review petition. Otherwise, the discussion with the government does not make any sense,’’ said Sabarimala 3 GUJARAT LALMANI VERMA At a protest against SC order in Kochi, Sunday. Reuters thantri Kandararu Mohanaru. He said the decision was taken after consulting the leadership of the Nair Service Society, a prominent outfit of the upper caste Nair community. He also took strong exception to the Travancore Devaswom Board’s decision to deploy CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 7 VACCINATION OF LIONS AND DOGS IN GIR OF THE total money spent on civil works related to renovation, decoration and maintenance of bungalows allotted to five former chief ministers of the state by the Uttar Pradesh government in the past 14 years, nearly 79 per cent has been spent on the house of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav alone. In these 14 years, Mulayam was the chief minister from August 2003 to May 2007, Mayawati from May 2007 to March 2012, and Akhilesh Yadav from March 2012 to March 2017. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rs 3.22 cr was allotted for Mulayam Singh Yadav’s house on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow. Express file The BJP government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over in March 2017. Overall, the state government has given Rs 4 crore for the Lucknow bungalows of Mulayam, Kalyan Singh, N D Tiwari, Rajnath Singh and Mayawati. Mulayam’s house was allotted Rs 3.22 crore. In fact, the largest chunk of the Rs 4 crore allotted to these bungalows, or Rs 3.77 crore, was spent under the previous SP government, led by Akhilesh Yadav. Apart from Mulayam’s bungalow, his government cleared money for the houses of Tiwari and BJP ex-CM Kalyan Singh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Phantom Films’ Motwane sorry, some from industry speak out against Queen director EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ● GOVT BEGINS lawyers. For legal and financial decisions, I was fully dependent on my partner and his team. They took care of those things so I could focus on what I did better, creatives. His word and his team’s word on any matter used to be the final word for us,” Kashyap said in his statement today, adding that the company decided to bar Bahl from the ARMY CHIEF General Bipin Rawat said on Sunday that India follows an independent policy, and has thus signed the deal for S-400 weapon system with Russia despite the threat of US sanctions under its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). He also said there was “no end in sight to the manner in which” India and Russia can cooperate. General Rawat made these remarks during his keynote address at the General K V Krishna Rao inaugural meArmy Chief morial lecture, Gen Bipin which was deRawat livered by retired diplomat G Parthasarathy on ‘India’s Security & Foreign Policy Challenges’. “When Russians asked about the American sanctions, my reply was, ‘yes, we do appreciate that there could be sanctions on us, but we follow an independent policy. You can rest assured. While we may be associating with America in getting some technology, but we follow an independent policy’,” he said. NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 7 A DAY after announcing the dissolution of Phantom Films, following sexual harassment allegations against one of the partners and Queen director Vikas Bahl, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Sunday said “in hindsight”, he could see that he was “ill-advised” by his legal aides. Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane, also a partner at Phantom Films, apologised for the incident and called Bahl a “sexual offender”. Kashyap and Motwane, who formed the production house along with Bahl and Madhu Mantena seven years ago, posted their separate statements on social media. In a HuffPost India report that came out Saturday, a former woman employee of Phantom Films accused Bahl of sexually assaulting her in May 2015 at a hotel in Goa. She said she had confided in Kashyap, and he hadn’t taken any action. She quit the company in 2017. “While at Phantom, I did everything I could, within what I was told by my partner and his BY UNNY 15 migrant workers attacked in Vadodara EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VADODARA, OCTOBER 7 She had black mud all over her face, in her mouth and nose. At first, when we saw her lying in the ditch in the fields near the stall, we thought she was dead. Her mouth, filled with mud, was wide open. But soon, my elder brother noticed her leg moving.” THE SPATE of violence in Gujarat against migrant workers over the alleged abduction and rape of a 14-month-old girl continued Sunday with a mob attacking at least 15 men from UP and Bihar in Vadodara’s Waghodia district. Police said they have arrested 16 people and detained a minor in connection with the violence. Ten of the workers were seriously injured and shifted to SSG hospital in Vadodara for treatment, police said. According to police, 17 persons, including nine from Kotambi village and eight from Kamrol village, attacked the migrants, working at Campus Fastener and Param Engineers in Waghodia, with sticks and stones. All those attacked were living in Vadodara without their families, police said. “We arrested all those involved. A provocative message had been doing rounds on a social media messaging app to instigate the mob against migrant CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 3 MORE REPORTS MIGRANTS RETURNING HOMES FOR FESTIVALS NOT FLEEING: DGP ● Alpesh demands withdrawal of cases, to sit on fast 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Neighbour’s duty BY AYESHA SIDDIQA From energy to infrastructure, IPCC lists four pathways to curb global warming AMITABH SINHA & SOWMIYA ASHOK PUNE, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 7 IT IS possible to keep the increase in global average temperatures to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial times. But for that, the world would need to bring down its greenhouse gas to about half of its 2010 levels by 2030, and to net zero by about 2050, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said. As of now, the world is striving to prevent the temperature rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the stated objective of the Paris Agreement of 2015. To meet that target, the aim is to reduce greenhouse gases by only 20 per cent, from 2010 levels, by the year 2030 and achieve a net-zero emission level by the year 2075. Net-zero is achieved when the total emissions is balanced by the amount of absorption of carbon dioxide through natural sinks like forests, or removal of carbon dioxide from the atmos- 7 EXPLAINED How to reach a 1.5-degree world phere through technological interventions. In its earlier reports, which have formed the basis of global action, the IPCC has said that climate change could have “irreversible” and “catastrophic” impacts if the global average temperatures were allowed to rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius. The latest report, released in Seoul Saturday at the end of a week-long meeting, was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR JAILED FOR MURDER , HE DONATES KIDNEY, GIVES LIFE TO FRIEND’S FAMILY Sukumaran’s appeal prompted Kerala to amend organ donation law, now he takes care of wife and son of former fellow convict who died SHAJU PHILIP PATTAMBI, OCTOBER 7 ELEVEN YEARS ago, he hacked his uncle to death in a fit of rage following a dispute over erecting a mobile tower near their adjoining homes. Today, his life is all about giving a life. Earlier this year, A Sukumaran, a resident of Pattambi in Kerala’s Palakkad district, donated one of his kidneys to a woman, after a failed TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com attempt at an earlier donation led to the state amending its organ donation law. Then, he mobilised money to help the ill wife of a former fellow prisoner who had died after being released from jail. Today, he is all set to marry her, and adopt her four-year-old son. “I wanted to do something to atone,” says the 47-year-old former welder who now sells lottery tickets in Pattambi. His life has come a full circle, Sukumaran says, since that day in 2007 when he attacked his uncle over what he describes as a “trivial matter”. “The moment my uncle Vasu’s blood fell on me, I felt guilty. I called the police and Sukumaran with Samitha, her son Amal in Palakkad. Express waited till they came,” he says. The Palakkad district sessions court sentenced Sukumaran to life imprisonment on October 28, 2010. Lodged in the Kannur central jail, he says he could not forget the family he had “orphaned” — his uncle had wife, two sons and a daughter. Then, in December 2014, he came across a newspaper report in jail about a couple, Arya Maharshi and Simi from Thrissur, who had donated their kidneys to non-related recipients. With help from the jail’s welfare officer, he wrote to Maharshi, expressing his desire to donate a kidney. A month later, the couple conducted am “enlightenment session” in prison. At the end of the session, a dozen convicts, including Sukumaran, expressed their desire for organ donation. Sukumaran then came to know about T V Sreekumar, a 26year-old suffering from a kidney ailment. He wrote to the authorities, expressing his desire to donate a kidney but the state’s Prisons Department replied that there was no rule that allows a prisoner to donate an organ. On July 24, 2015, Sreekumar died due to complications caused by his kidney ailment. But he could not let go, says Sukumaran. So he wrote to the authorities again, this time copying his letter to the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. His request was referred to the Law Department which, in July 2015, decided that there was no hurdle to prevent a convict from donating organs. A year later, a government order was issued to this effect. In the meantime, Sukumaran had moved the Kerala High Court against his sentence. In October 2015, the High Court commuted his life term to ten years of imprisonment and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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