DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM HATHRAS CASE: COURT PULLS UP DM, ASKS GOVT WHY NO ACTION TAKEN HCquestionsofficial’srapedenial,says cremationviolatedrightsofvictim,family ‘Rights can’t be trampled... especially of downtrodden’ MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 13 GOVT & POLITICS 35% OF COVID DEATHS IN INDIA IN 45-60 AGE GROUP: MINISTRY PAGE 7 CBI officials at the victim’s village Tuesday. They visited the crime scene, questioned family. PTI REPORT,PAGE7 FROM QUESTIONING the police claim that the 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras was not raped to observing that her hurried cremation was “prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family”, the Lucknow Bench of theAllahabadHighCourthasde- livered a stinging indictment of the Uttar Pradesh police and administration. While the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy heardthecaseonMonday,theorder was made available today. The court was critical of top officials, including Prashant Kumar, ADG, Law and Order, and Awanish Kumar Awasthi, AdditionalChiefSecretary,Home. “The guiding principle of governance and administration, afterindependence,shouldbeto ‘serve’ and ‘protect’ people and not to 'rule' and 'control' as was the case prior to independence. Government should come out with appropriate procedures as guidance for district officials to deal with such situations,” the court said. On the police claim that the victim was not raped, the court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 COVID LOCKDOWN OF PLACES OF WORSHIP Governor mocks CM as ‘secular’, Uddhav reminds him of his oath of office VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, OCTOBER 13 IN an unusually worded official letter demanding the immediate re-opening of places of worship, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari mockingly asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray if he has turned "secular", provoking Thackeray to respond by reminding Koshyari that the word "secular" is in the Constitution hehadsworntoprotectwhenhe took oath of office in Raj Bhavan. Koshyari sent the letter Monday. Thackeray hit back Tuesday saying he did not need his Hindutva credentials certified by Koshyari. NCP leader Sharad Pawar closed ranks with Thackeray, with a strong letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ex- Governor Koshyari wrote to CM on Monday pressing "shock and surprise" at the "intemperate language" used by the Governor. “In the very preamble of our Constitution, the word “secular” isaddedthatequatesandshields all religion and hence the chair of the Chief Minister must uphold such tenets of the Constitution. Unfortunately the Governor’s letter to the Chief Minister invokes the connotation as if written to the leader of a political party,” wrote Pawar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AFTER TWO YEARS of hearing a criminal defamation case filed by former Minister of State for ExternalAffairsMJAkbaragainst journalist Priya Ramani, a Delhi court Tuesday said it can no The ad was released Oct 9 SURBHI GUPTA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 13 JEWELLERY BRAND Tanishq pulled its latest ad featuring a Hindu woman and her Muslim mother-in-lawoff allonlineplatforms on Monday after a backlash on social media, which saw #BoycottTanishq trending on Twitter. The ad for Tanishq's new CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 13 THE INDIAN cricket board is facing questions from a players' representative in the Apex Council, which was set up by the Supreme Court to oversee the game, over inadequate communication, apathy in addressing welfare demands and failure to Gaekwad wrote: no response to letters share minutes of meetings held over two months, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said that in an email THE OPENING ACT A movie hall in Kolkata being sanitised on Tuesday, ahead of its Oct 15 reopening. Shashi Ghosh DECISION 2020 YES, LJP BACKS US... OTHER PARTIES DO AS WELL, SAYS BHUPENDER YADAV PAGE 6 sued her and resigned from the Union Council of Ministers. The defamation case was in its last stages after the two sides had concluded final arguments. AtthelasthearingonSeptember 19, Akbar's counsel, Geeta Luthra, had sought the court's permission to rebut the final CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 sent days before the Council's next meeting Saturday, former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad also questioned the lack of IPL invitations for all its members. At the same time, he wrote, it was “eye-pleasing” to see the BCCI's office-bearers in the UAE watching the IPL. A BCCI office-bearer confirmed to The Indian Express that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Child rescue roadmap: keeping track of trafficking routes, school dropouts INVESTIGATION COVID ABUSE - 3 DIPANKAR GHOSE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 13 IN THE middle of the Covid lockdown, a team of rescuers intercepted a bus in Jaipur. Inside, it found a group of children being taken for work all the way from Samastipur in Bihar, 1200 km away. But the real surprise was something else. “The bus had no papers, the number plates were fake, and the driver had no license. And yet,thevehiclehadcrossedmultiple checkpoints and border posts,” says Dhananjay Tingal, executive director of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), founded by Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. That bus, and the story narratedbythatBBAteam,captured the untold story of the lockdown: the trafficking of children from vulnerable families in vil- E E X P L A I NE D AN EXPRESS ● Whatled tosurge THE SURGE in child trafficking is due to a combination of two factors. The lockdown created the ideal hunting ground for child traffickers preying on vulnerable families. And now, the unlockdown has sparked demand for cheap labour with industries desperate to reopen. FOURTEEN MONTHS after she was arrested, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti was released Tuesday after the J&K government revoked her detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA). The decision came two days before her daughter Iltija Mufti’s petition challenging her detention was scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court. In an audio message posted on Twitter after being released, she said the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot forget the “robbery and humiliation” of August 5 and demanded release of all prisoners lodged in differ- She was in detention under the Public Safety Act. File ent jails of the Union territory and outside. “Now, all of us have to reiterate, we will have to take back what New Delhi snatched from usillegally,undemocraticallyand unconstitutionally.Inadditionto thiswewillhavetocontinueour struggle for the resolution of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 13 Players’ representative in top council tells Board: kept in dark on key issues DEVENDRA PANDEY SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 13 SHUBHAJIT ROY Tanishq pulls Akbar vs Ramani: Two yrs later, court down ad says case not under its jurisdiction after social ANAND MOHAN J media uproar NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 13 longer hear the matter. It said this was not a case against an MP or MLA — it was a case filed by an MP — and must be transferred to a court of competent jurisdiction in line with a direction of the Supreme Court. Ramani had levelled allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against Akbar who BASHAARAT MASOOD LAC talks enhanced understanding of positions: Jt statement Pawar writes to PM on Koshyari’s ‘intemperate’ language; Fadnavis blames Thackeray for ignoring ‘decorum’ He added: “I firmly believe that in a democracy, free exchange of views between the Governor and the CM must take place. However, the tone and tenor used must always be in keeping with the stature of the constitutional post occupied by the individuals.” The BJP, which began a state wide agitation today for the reopening of temples, slammed Thackeray. Leader of Opposition DevendraFadnavissaidinJalgaon that the language used by the Chief Minister in his letter to the Governor was not "appropriate". SaidFadnavis,"Governorisaconstitutionalposition.Ithascertain decorum. Any communication has to maintain that dignity". Koshyari's missive was apparently prompted by Thackeray’saddressSundaythat thegovernmenthaddecidednot Mehbooba released, says ‘will take back what Delhi snatched’ lages, mainly for cheap labour and child marriages, amid deep economic distress. Whatisneeded now, experts say, is an immediate and coordinated response built on several recommendationsmadeatmultiple levels -- from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to organisations working on the ground. ■ Depute a special officer to monitor school dropout rates in identified areas. ■ Map source and destination states, identify vulnerable families, provide rehabilitation packages. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after the seventh round of Corps Commander-level talks to try and resolve the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, India and China, in a joint statement, said they “had enhanced understanding of each other’s positions” and the discussions were “positive and constructive”. But in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to the unveiling of 44 border Lt Gen PGK Menon takes over ‘Fire & Fury Corps’ from Lt Gen Harinder Singh. ANI bridges by Defence Minister RajnathSinghonthedaythetalks werebeingheld,andcalledIndia’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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