TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA VIJAYADASHAMI ADDRESS IN NAGPUR Electionsintheair,RSSchiefurges GovttobringinlawforRamtemple Sabarimala verdict did not consider tradition, so unrest... votaries of urban Naxalism eroding fear of law: Bhagwat VIVEK DESHPANDE BUSINESS AS USUAL NAGPUR, OCTOBER 18 RETURNING THE spotlight on the Ayodhya issue ahead of the assembly polls in states and the Lok Sabha elections next year, RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat Thursday urged the government to bring in a law for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site, and urgedtheSupremeCourt,where hearing on the title suits are to resume later this month, to expedite its decision. In his customary Vijayadashami address at the RSS headquarters, where Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and K Alphons and Nobel laureate-activist Kailash Satyarthi were among those present, Bhagwat said:“Theplaceof Janmabhoomi is yet to be allocated for the constructionof thetemplealthough all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place. There is an obvious gameplan of a few elements to stallthejudgmentbypresenting various newer interventions in the judicial process. It is in no- INSIDE BY UNNY body’s interest to test the patienceof thesocietywithoutany reason.” “Theconstructionof thetempleisnecessaryfromtheself-esteem point of view; it will also pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness in the country. This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Despite such machinations, the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the Government should clear the path for construction of the grand temple through appropriate and requisite law,” he said. On the Sabarimala row over the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages to enter theshrine,theRSSchief said“the nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together were not taken into consideration”. “The version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees was not taken into account. The plea by a large section of women, who follows this tradition, was not heard to. The legal verdict has given rise to unrest, turmoil and divisiveness in the society in place of peace, stability and equality. The questions such as why only the Hindu society experiences such repeated and brazen onslaughts on its symbols of faith, obviously rise in the public mind and lead to unrest. This situation is not at all conducive for the peace and healthiness of the society,” he said. He said “real and complete justice is done by interweaving of the four elements in consonance, namely, the natural instincts of desire and wealth that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Thursday. Monica Chaturvedi ADAYafterMJAkbarwasforced to step down as Union Minister in the wake of the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Thursday urged all recognisedpoliticalpartiestoset up internal committees immediately to look into the complaints of sexual harassment. “I have requested the Presidents/In-chargeof allrecog- Ailing for long, N D Tiwari dies on birthday KSRTC buses lie parked in a bus depot at Ernakulam in Kerala where a strike was observed on Thursday. Harikrishnan K R CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 4 Akbar’s defamation case: Hearings begin Oct 31 SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 A DELHI court on Thursday took cognizance of the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister and former editor MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani. The court directed him to appear on October 31 when Akbar’s statement will be recorded in connection with the complaint. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal said: “I take cognizance of the offence She has written to six national, 59 regional parties NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 PLOT TO ATTACK EX-PUNJAB CM HELD IN BIKANER HOURS AFTER he had turned 93, veteranpoliticianNDTiwari,who had been ailing for a long time, passed away here on Thursday. Tiwari, who was undergoing treatment at Max Super Speciality Hospital since September last year after a brain stroke, breathed his last at 2.50 pm. Doctors said the end came CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Outside Patiala House Courts in New Delhi. Tashi Tobgyal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ● MASTERMIND OF NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 ASINDIA’Sown#MeToogathers momentum, the lone woman SupremeCourtjudge,partof the three-judge bench that laid down the landmark Vishakha guidelines in 1997 to address sexual harassment in the workplace, said that “it is time to rethink”thelawto address incidents in the past — from framing new norms to relooking penal Justice provisions. Sujata In 1997, Manohar Justice (retired) SujataManohar, with then Chief Justice of India (late) J S Verma and Justice (retired) B N Kirpal, delivered the verdict laying downlegallybindingobligations on institutions regarding prohibition, prevention and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace. ME TOO under Section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the IPC. Examination of the complaint andthewitnesseswillhappenat the next hearing.” The court will begin presummoningevidenceinthecase on October 31. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Set up panels to probe sexual harassment: Maneka to parties FOR ABDUCTING, RAPING MINOR GIRL IN KOTA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘Need to relook at Section 509 IPC (getsure to insult modesty), things have changed’ NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 ● YOUTH ARRESTED 1925-2018 Vishakha needs rethink to factor in past incidents too: its author Justice Manohar KAUNAIN SHERIFF M PAGE 3 NARAYAN DUTT TIWARI JOURNALISM OF COURAGE After Sabarimala violence, state shuts down, temple board says ready for compromise SHAJU PHILIP & LIZ MATHEW NILAKKAL, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 A DAY after the Sabarimala temple opened to violent protests againsttheSupremeCourtorder toallowwomenof allagestoenter the Lord Ayappa shrine, the Travancore Devaswom Board Thursday said it was ready for any compromise to bring peace to the hill shrine, including a review petition. While another women journalist tried in vain to enter the temple, sporadic violence was reported across the state, which largely remained shut Thursday in the wake of a strike called by Hindu outfits against SC verdict. The Sabarimala temple is managed by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), whose president is president is ruling CPM party leader A Padmakumar. So far, TDB has toedthelineof theCPM-ledgovernment in the state and had earlier said it would not to move a review petition against the Supreme Court order. But, following the violent protests over the last two days, Padmakumarsaid:“Weareready foraclimbdowniftheprotestwill end by that. The board on Friday woulddecideonmovingareview petition in the Supreme Court. WedonotwanttoseeSabarimala as a battlefield.” “All stakeholders should stand together to find a solution for the crisis. The board will consider any proposals to end the present crisis.” His remarks are at odds with the ruling LDF government in the state, which has staunchly opposed reviewing the SC verdict. Speaking to The Indian Express, Finance Minister Thomas Issac said the government will not file a review petition. “This government will not file a review petition, there is no scope for it. Instead, the ruling party will launch an intense counter campaign to expose the RSS and BJP. The party has already begun preparing its district units and from October 23, there will be a state-wide campaign,” he said. According to Issac, the state government and CPM are aware that the “present agitation cannot be handled only by police force but will have to use an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 nised national and state political parties to constitute the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as mandated under the #SexualHarassmentAtWork Act 2013,” Gandhi tweeted. “This is in view of the fact that political parties employ a large number of personnel, including women, in their offices. It is our prerogative to ensure that women enjoy a safe working environment.” The Indian Express Wednesday had reported that no political party, including the BJP and the Congress, has set up an internal complaints committee as mandated as mandated in 1997 by the Supreme Court in the Vishakha judgment and in 2013 by the Statute, at their main offices. According to Gandhi, she has writtentosixnationaland59regional parties to form internal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 6 Under I-T scanner: 7500 Indians who own prime homes in Dubai The battle after Dussehra KHUSHBOO NARAYAN THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA 8 WORLD DUTCH, FRENCH MINISTERS CANCEL SAUDI TRIP MUMBAI, OCTOBER 18 THE INCOME Tax (IT) departmenthaslaunchedaninvestigationagainstatleast7500Indians who have bought high-end properties in Dubai in the last fewyears,sourcestoldTheIndian Express. TheIntelligenceandCriminal Investigation (I&CI) wing of the tax department has obtained data of Indian nationals who have invested in real estate in Dubai and is probing the source of funds of such investments abroad. Sources said the tax authority is also investigating if these real estate assets acquired byIndianshavebeendeclaredto the tax agency. In the first three months of 2018, at least 1,387 Indian nationals have invested AED 3 billion through 1,550 real estate transactions in Dubai, according to the Dubai Land Development. In 2017 alone, Indian investors invested AED 15.6 billion in Dubai. As per the Dubai Land Development statistics, in five years between 2013 and 2017, Indian nationals have bought properties worth AED 83.65 billion in Dubai. Under Indian laws, it is not illegalforIndianstoownproperty in Dubai. According to the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999, resident and nonresident Indians are allowed to own immovable properties abroad. Under the Reserve Bank CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WAIT ENDS FOR INDIA’S FIRST UTERINE TRANSPLANT BABY: IT’S A GIRL! ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, OCTOBER 18 THE MOMENT Meenakshi and Hitesh Valand had been waiting foreightyears,anda20-member team at Pune’s Galaxy Hospital for 17-18 months, finally passed withinminutesintheearlyhours of Thursday. At 12.12 am, after a 12-minute Caesaran section operation, India had its first baby born following a uterine transplant—a1.4-kggirlwholetouta robust cry at birth. Tearsrolleddownhercheeks as she heard that sound, says Meenakshi, 27. “It was like music to my ears.” So it was for Dr Shailesh Puntambekar,thedirectorof the hospital and a laparoscopic surgeon, too. “We did it,” he exults. “Creating life out of a transplanted organ is the biggest medical feat we have achieved. Rest of the organs give life to a patient. We have created life out of a patient — yes, that is the biggest feeling I have.” Thefirstuterinetransplantin the world was done in 2002. Since then, there have been 27 such transplants, with only 11 women going on to have successful deliveries. Meenakshi, a beautician from Bharuch in Gujarat, is now the 12th, points out in-vitro fertilisation specialist Dr Pankaj Kulkarni, who was part of the team monitoring Meenakshi. Nine of the other 11 babieswereborninSweden,and two in the US. InMeenakshi’scasetoo,itwas a rollercoaster ride. On May 18 and 19 last year, she along with ShivammaChalgerifromSolapur in Maharashtra underwent the country’sfirstuterinetransplants. Inbothcases,thewomen’smothers donated their uterus. Shivammawasthefirsttoreceive embryo transfer, in January this year, but lost the child after two She was born 12.12 am on Thursday in Galaxy Hospital Pune. Mother Meenakshi got the transplant last May. Arul Horizon months of pregnancy. In April this year, an embryo was transferred into Meenakshi’swombandresulted inapregnancy.Shehasspentthe past five months now in Room No. 406 at Galaxy Hospital, understrictmonitoring.Inthemiddle, after she developed mild diabetes because of the immuno-suppressant drugs she was on, tests for liver and kidney functions were performed. The maximum doctors wait before they carry out C-secs in uterine transplant cases is 34 weeks. While Meenakshi was in the32ndweekof pregnancy,the C-sec had been already sched- uled for October 21 as she had pregnancy-induced hypertension plus the doctors did not want to take a chance with the transplanted uterus having last seen a pregnancy 25 years ago. On Wednesday, after Meenakshi’sbloodpressureshot up and her amniotic fluid declined sharply, they decided to do an operation immediately. Dr Nita Varty, who is a Mumbai-basedlaparoscopicgynaecologist and also part of the uterine transplant programme, was summoned immediately, while a neonatal team headed by Dr Sandeep Kadam came in from Pune’s Ratna Memorial Jaipur Hospital. Dr Varty says the baby was in the breach position, with the head up and feet down. “We were also worried as a transplanted uterus may not behave like a normal one. Fortunately the uterine transplant was done laparoscopically (with minimum incision) and hence there were no adhesions inside. It was like a normal delivery,” she says. Gynaecologist Dr Milind Telang says the rest of the process was also smooth. “The uterus was sutured in 26 minutes and the blood loss was barely 100 ml.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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