Govt. to seek death penalty for Kopardi rapists Mr. Nikam had argued that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the three accused, Jitendra alias ‘Pappu’ Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Nitin Bhailume for the rape and murder of the minor. He said Shinde (accused no. 1) attempted to molest the girl five days before the actual crime that took place on July 13.The Kopardi crime spurred a wave of ‘muk morchas’ (silent rallies) from the Maratha community across the State and buttressed the community’s claim for Maratha reservation and a curb on the misuse of the Atrocity Act.Also Read The Ahmednagar police first arrested Shinde (25) from Shrigonda, Bhaval (36) from Karjat.Bhailume (26 from Pune. All three were contractual workers in private companies or construction sites.The incident was likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was inflicted on the 15-year-old girl, who belonged to the Maratha community.Reports stated that the victim’s limbs were broken, her arms dislocated from her shoulders, and her skin shorn from her body. After the crime, the accused, who belong to a lower caste, allegedly threatened the parents of the victim that they would file an atrocity case against them if they dared to lodge a case of rape and murder. The Ahmednagar district and sessions court in Maharashtra on Monday rejected a petition of the defence counsel for one of the accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case seeking the summoning of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam as one of the witnesses.Last month, Balasaheb Khopade, lawyer for Santosh Baval, one of the accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Kopardi village last July, submitted the unusual petition in the court.The reason the defence counsel gave in the petition for naming Mr. Nikam as one of the witnesses was that he was ostensibly ‘biased’. Advocate Khopade, along with his daughter, advocate Vijaylaxmi Khopade, had accused Mr. Nikam of ‘coaching’ witnesses in his home and maintained that fabricated documents were submitted as evidence by the prosecution.Following the quashing of his petition, Mr. Khopade said he would move the Bombay High Court on the same. He said the Ahmednagar court had given time till July 24 to review the state of the appeal on his petition (summoning Mr. Nikam) in the High Court.In his petition, Mr. Khopade pointed to the big time lag between the appointment of Mr. Nikam as Special Public Prosecutor (barely 10 days after the rape incident) and the filing of the charge sheet naming 70 witnesses on October 7 last year (86 days after the crime).The 350-page charge sheet that was filed by the Ahmednagar police under sections 302 and 376 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) set forth testimonies of the 70 witnesses, including the girl’s kith and kin.Also Read Ahmednagar tense after brutal murder of minor girl
Test of Cricket “Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mailName of the Game It will be naive to think that cricket is,Test of Cricket”Whom should we thank for the star Indian XI making it to Colombo: the BCCI, the ICC, Ravi Shastri or the corporate bigwigs who make the players dance to their tunes?” SIDHARTH SINGH, on e-mail Name of the GameIt will be naive to think that cricket is still a gentleman’s game (“Cricket Wars”, September 30). Money has killed the nationalistic zeal for which the game was played earlier. The involvement of big money has eroded the spirit of the game. But then again, cricketers cannot be expected to remain in isolation. MOHAMMED TANWEER ALAM, on e-mailCricket is followed like a religion in India. But the fight among the players and cricket boards on the contracts issue has left a bad aftertaste. By playing in the ICC Champions’ Trophy, cricketers have shown that they play for their nations and not for money alone. Now it’s the turn of the boards like the BCCI to safeguard the interests of the players who have already started losing their sponsors. GAREEMA GARG, on e-mailThe article exposed the amount of money involved in cricket. Any business needs a revenue model and in this instance the money ultimately comes from the Indian public. G. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mail”The international recognition of yoga is another instance of India redeeming some of the beauty and greatness of its heritage via the West.” SONIA KAPOOR NoidaWhile it is good to know that at least one sport in India is truly an industry, the fact remains that the players and fans still do not get the best deal. In the mad scramble to accommodate foreign cricket boards and the ICC, the BCCI gets the Indian team to play meaningless matches all over the world, all through the year. The fans remain deprived of matches played on true pitches and against the toughest opposition. It is time the BCCI is looked upon with as much suspicion as politicians in general. PANKAJ GUPTA, on e-mailHistorical VictoryThe supreme court’s ruling that the National Curriculum Framework for Secondary Education is not in violation of the Constitution is a landmark verdict in the history of independent India and a shot in the arm for the NDA Government (“Changing Course”, September 30). Till now education in India had remained the exclusive monopoly in the hands of the timid leftist intellectuals. The nation should feel relieved that they have been shown the exit door by the apex court. Historians like Romila Thapar and Bipan Chandra have done utter injustice to the cause of education by their totally faulty perspective of history and Hinduism. The nation expects the new curriculum to be far more objective, rational and value-oriented. T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatorePeter Pays PaulThe argument that the poor are made to bail out the rich is not based on the fundamentals of economics (“Doleful Survival”, September 30). The dozen-odd business houses listed may be defaulters but it must be remembered that in reality firms consist of ordinary people. Without the bailout policy, thousands would be rendered jobless. Big business is a necessary evil – no one can deny its role in generating output, creating employment, income and assisting the process of capital formation. Bailing out in India merely means the transfer of funds from one “unproductive” kitty to another. Institutions like the IDBI, IFCI and UTI must assume a more active role in overseeing the activities of the firms financed by them. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mailPeace PrecedentIt is heartening to note that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE rebels met in Thailand to find the means to peace in the island nation (“New Beginning”, September 30). A ruined economy and the loss of thousands of lives have been the cost of trouble in Sri Lanka. This is the first positive step towards reconciliation. It is no doubt a good beginning. The talks hold a lesson for India too. We should lose no time in starting a dialogue with Pakistan at some level to defuse tension over Kashmir and take small confidence building measures. There is no other alternative to breaking the deadlock in Indo-Pak relations. D.B.N. MURTHY, on e-mailThe declaration of Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator of the LTTE, that the Tigers’ demand is for an autonomous homeland for Tamils with equal rights – and not a separate state – has paved the way for further negotiations. Even as talks continue, efforts should be made to rebuild the economy and ensure the return of the war-torn country’s displaced people. India too should give its full cooperation and support for the establishment of peace in Sri Lanka, in spite of the loss of lives of Indian soldiers in the IPKF operations of the 1980s and the LTTE’s role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. A.K. THARIEN, Dindigul Anna, Tamil NaduActor Activist Priya Tendulkar became a crusader of much needed public awareness through her natural acting in the TV serial Rajni (“Obituary”, September 30). She taught the general public about its rights as consumers in a very convincing manner. MADHU AGRAWAL, DelhiRight TrackThe story raised a few pertinent questions on railway safety (“How Safe are Fast Trains?”, September 23). There is no denying that safety is an alien word for the Indian Railways. Otherwise, what is the justification for the dependence on hundreds of old bridges? The crux of the problem is that trains are the means of transport for the middle class – and not the upper class which travels by air. Just compare the compensation payable to the next of kin of the deceased in the event of an accident: in case of a plane passenger it is Rs 5 lakh whereas the cost of life of a train traveller is just Rs 15,000. BICHU MUTTATHARA, PuneIt is ridiculous on the part of the Railways to go in for extravaganzas like the creation of new zones and divisions at a time when it has so many weak bridges, outdated signalling systems and old coaches. It requires cost effective financial management which can judiciously decide the areas of priority for investments to improve safety records. DAYANAND RAI, MangaloreThe dreadful accident needs to be condemned and all efforts made to make travelling by train safe but lapses are bound to occur in a vast rail network where superfast trains cover about 50,000 km daily. SATISH SATIJA, on e-mailIt is unfortunate that the world’s second-largest railways is beset with serious problems. The recent Rajdhani disaster has again raised serious doubts about the railway administration’s ability to ensure the safety of passengers. The Central Government too is guilty of inaction. It was two years ago that the Khanna Committee on Railway Safety submitted its report to the government. How far have its recommendations been implemented? It seems the Government will let more accidents occur before taking any action. SANJEEV KUMAR, PatnaSlow DownYour correspondents seem to have overlooked the fact that privatisation for its own sake need not be good (“Dirty War”, September, 23). BPCL and HPCL are reasonably efficient and profit-making PSUs. Selling them would be akin to selling the family silver to overcome financial strain. Giving up stake in profitable undertakings would leave the Government without revenue-generating options. Also, if the case of VSNL’s share price is any indication, the belief that private ownership and control would improve the company need not be true. For all his abilities and honesty Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie needs to understand that even something which is generally good (which privatisation is) needs to be applied on case-to-case basis. SANDIP KUMAR PITTY, KolkataNew DawnMumbai may be witnessing an increase in the activities of sundry wannabe dons but the city police deserves kudos for its role in checking the operations of the big gangs (“Square Foot Dons”, September 23). The tough attitude of the Mumbai Police has brought the underworld to its knees. What must also be remembered is that it was fear of the police that made the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan flee India and set up their operations abroad. ALOK JHA, on e-mailUnnecessary Entry”M. Karunanidhi is not a god-fearing man. As such he should not interfere in religious practices.” V. VENKITAKRISHNAN Chennai”In north India too, all Hindu ceremonies are carried out in Sanskrit and not Hindi.” SUBHASH C. AGRAWAL on e-mailCentral QuestionElections will help install a new government in Kashmir and serve to show India’s commitment to democracy and peace in the Valley (“The Vote for Peace”, September 23). Still India should not be ignorant of the fact that Kashmir isn’t just another state. With Pakistan continuing to maintain more than a passing interest in Kashmir, peace will become a possibility only after the two neighbours find a sustainable solution to the vexed questions involving the future of the state. That responsibility lies as much with India as with Pakistan. MANISH TIWARI, AllahabadMatter of FactThe eyecatcher has clearly not represented the facts as conveyed to the correspondent (“Ace of Hearts”, September 23). My son Mahesh Bhupathi told me he had clearly mentioned that there would be a church wedding in Bangalore also. My husband Krishna Bhupathi also mentioned to your Bangalore correspondent there would be two wedding ceremonies in Chennai and Bangalore and that all religions would be represented. We as a family respect and love all religions. MIRA BHUPATHI, Bangaloreadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement
DescriptionAlthough no child is injury proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Car SafetyYour child should wear a seatbelt at all times when they are in a car or other motor vehicle.Use a child safety seat or booster seat that is best for their age, weight, and height. A seat that fits poorly can be dangerous. Ask your doctor or nurse, or check with your local police station, about where you can have your childs car seat checked for free.Children often move from car seats to booster seats when they weigh 40 pounds. There are car seats that are made for children who weigh more than 40 pounds.Car and booster seat laws vary by state. It is a good idea to keep your child in a booster seat until they are at least 4?9.”Do not drive in a car with a child when you have been drinking alcohol.Wearing a HelmetHelmets help to prevent head injuries. Your child should wear a helmet that fits properly for the following sports or activities:Playing contact sports, such as lacrosse, ice hockey, footballRiding a skateboard or in-line skatesBatting or running on the bases during baseball or softball gamesRiding a horseRiding a bikeSledding, skiing, or snowboardingYour local sporting goods store, sports facility or bike shop will be able to help make certain the helmet fits properly. You can also contact the American League of Bicyclists.Almost all major medical organizations recommend against boxing of any sort, even with a helmet.advertisementOlder children should always wear a helmet when riding a snowmobile, motorcycle, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle (ATV). If possible, children should avoid riding on these vehicles.After having a concussion or mild head injury, your child may need a helmet. Always talk with your doctor or nurse about when to return to activities.Keeping Your Home Safe Install window guards on all windows that can be opened.Use a safety gate at the top and the bottom of stairs until your child can safely go up and down. Keep stairs free of any clutter. Do not let your children play on stairs or jump on or from furniture.Do not leave a young infant alone on a high place such as a bed or sofa.Store all firearms and bullets in a locked cabinet.Playground SafetyMake sure playground surfaces are safe. They should be made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.Keep your children away from trampolines, if possible.Bed SafetySome simple steps can keep your child safe in bed:Keep the side rails on a crib up.Do NOT buy bunk beds. If your children do have bunk beds, make sure there is a side rail and that the frame is strong.Do NOT let your kids jump on beds.ReferencesHeads up. Facts for physicians about mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). US Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CS 109152.CS109152Review Date:8/1/2012Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.