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2 days ago
Eight women's panels seek stringent law on sham marriages by NRIs

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Showing solidarity against sham marriages by NRI bridegrooms with Indian girls through fraud, the Women's Commissions of eight states on Thursday urged the Centre to frame a new stringent law to protect young women trapped in such cases. The Women's Commissions took the stand on the issue at a national seminar organised jointly by the Punjab State Commission f...

9 months ago
Punjab's teen singer takes caste voice to a new high

Jalandhar, July 26 (IANS) She took to singing when she was just seven and has, just a decade later, turned into a star of sorts within her community as she dared to wear her caste on her sleeve. Meet Ginni Mahi, a 17-year-old from Punjab's Jalandhar town who has no qualms about being from the lower stream of the caste divide in the country. Through her music video 'Danger Chamar'...

1 year ago
SIC notice to Gurgaon official for ignoring RTI request

Gurgaon, March 25 (IANS) The state information commissioner in Haryana has issued show cause notice to public information officer-cum-Gurgaon deputy district education officer (DEO) for not replying to a RTI request filed by an activist. SIC Yoginder Paul Gupta has issued a notice to Gurgaon deputy DEO Paramjeet Kaur for not replying to a Right to Information request filed by activist Su...

4 years ago
Death sentence for rapist, murderer of teenaged girl

Jaipur, Jan 10 - A court in Rajasthan's Sriganganagar town sentenced to death a man for raping and then brutally killing a 15-year-old girl, a lawyer said. The special court for atrocities on women and dowry harassment cases handed out capital punishment to 27-year-old Sohan Lal alias Sonu, a resident of Sadulshahar in Sriganganagar district, some 500 km from Jaipur. Presiding judge ...

5 years ago
Probe disappearances, mass graves: activists

New Delhi, Oct 25 - Human rights activists have called for investigations into enforced disappearances and unidentified graves in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking part in a meeting organised by the People's Union for Civil Liberties - and People's Union for Democratic Rights - here over the weekend, the speakers also sought punishment to the guilty. Other demands made on the occasion were t...

6 years ago
Drive to bring warmth to Delhi's homeless

New Delhi, Dec 22 - In an effort to spread warmth in the bitter cold of Delhi's winter, a social organisation has urged people to donate warm clothes to the homeless. According to the Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan -, which has launched 'Save the Lives' campaign along with Arc International, there are approximately 150,000 homeless people in Delhi and every year there are many deaths caused by ext...

6 years ago
Court moved over 'anti-India' speech by Kashmiri separatist

Chandigarh, Nov 27 - A human rights activist Saturday filed a petition in a local court demanding registration of a case against Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for his alleged anti-India speech at a seminar here earlier this week. Judicial Magistrate Paramjeet Kaur fixed Dec 1 for the hearing. 'Separatist leaders like Mirwaiz should not be allowed to move freely in pu...

6 years ago
Games around, beggars made to disappear from Delhi streets

New Delhi, Oct 1 - You may not be able to spot too many beggars on Delhi streets all of a sudden. As the city decks up for the Commonwealth Games, many people who seek alms, sell knickknacks or are simply destitute on the capital's streets are finding themselves unwanted. Close to a gleaming CWG kiosk in south Delhi that has Games mascot Shera saying 'Our City, Our People', little Dori is ...

8 years ago
Babubhai Katara gets bail

New Delhi, May 28 - The Delhi High Court Wednesday granted bail to Babubhai Katara, a suspended Bharatiya Janata Party - MP who was arrested in April 2007 while allegedly trying to smuggle out a woman and a teenaged boy to Toronto, Canada. Justice H.R. Malhotra granted bail to Katara on furnishing a personal bond of Rs.25,000. Katara was held at the Delhi international airport a...

9 years ago
Life without a roof: of Sufi Begum and her children

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) She came into the world under an open sky. Now, 37 years later, nothing has changed for Sufi Begum - one of Delhi's 10,000 homeless women - who gave birth to her seventh child here this month, again in the open. Brought up on charity and food offered at Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah monument, Begum was also born in the same area. She and her three children - the oth...

9 years ago
Special machines at airports to check passports

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The home ministry has installed state-of-the-art machines at all international airports to check the authenticity of passports so that human trafficking can be curbed. 'In order to check the veracity of passports, we use magnifying glasses and ultraviolet lamps have been installed at all international airports. The central government has also undertaken issuance ...

9 years ago
On Delhi's streets, 10,000 women shiver night away

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) As you pull up the blanket and tuck yourself into bed, there are nearly 10,000 women who are shivering the night away on Delhi's roads. Unlike their male counterparts who have 23 shelter homes to take refuge in, these women have nowhere to go. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) slum wing is setting up six temporary shelter homes around the city, besides th...

9 years ago
150,000 homeless in Delhi, no shelter for women

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) An estimated 150,000 people are homeless in the national capital, nearly 10,000 destitute women have not even one designated shelter, and with a harsh winter forecast, matters are only going to get worse, say the NGOs campaigning for the homeless. 'In a city that prides itself on its inspirational 'world-class' status, it is a glaring failure of the state that so ...

9 years ago
Three accused in human smuggling racket denied bailz

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) A Delhi court Wednesday dismissed bail pleas of three people held for their alleged roles in the human smuggling racket involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Kamini Lau dismissed their bail applications holding that police were yet to complete their probe into the case. 'Enlarging th...

9 years ago
Two MPs quizzed in human smuggling, main travel agent arrested

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Delhi Police Thursday questioned two MPs over their involvement in a human trafficking scam even as they claimed to have arrested the travel agent who arranged the forged travel documents on which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara was trying to smuggle abroad a woman and a teenager last month. Delhi police questioned MPs - Ramswaroop Koli (BJP) and Moh...

9 years ago
Human trafficking case: Pramajeet Kaur granted bail

New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) A Delhi Court Wednesday granted bail to Paramjeet Kaur who had been arrested along with the suspended Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babubhai Katara for her alleged connection in the human trafficking case. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau granted bail to Kaur on a personal bond of Rs 100,000 with a surety of the same amount and asked her to appear bef...

9 years ago
Katara's judicial custody extended till May 18

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) A city court Friday extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara and four others involved in the human trafficking racket. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau extended the Tihar Jail stay of the five - Katara, his aide Rajender Gampa, betel shop owner Sunderlal Yadav, Paramjeet Kaur, the wife of a US-base...

9 years ago
I got Rs.800,000 per person, Katara says

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara, arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle people abroad, has told police that he was paid Rs.800,000 for every person he helped to go abroad illegally, with his aide and travel agents pocketing most of the money made in the deals. 'I was given only Rs.800,000. I really don't know if they charged Rs.3 or 4 million for...

9 years ago
Becoming an NRI at any cost. Is it worth it?

Now even an Indian MP is involved in smuggling out Indians to make them NRIs. The basic details of the sensational news of an Indian MP trying to smuggle out a woman and a teenager on the diplomatic passports of his wife and son from India to Canada are well known in the NRI world by now. But there is a new twist to the immigration ring as illegal human trafficking usually involves shady travel ag...

10 years ago
Police likely to question four MPs Tuesday

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Delhi Police are likely to question Tuesday the four MPs who were served notices Monday for their alleged involvement in an international human trafficking racket, a senior official said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will interrogate three Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MPs from Uttar Pradesh - Mohammed Tahir Khan (Sultanpur), Mitrasen Yadav (Faizabad) and Ashok Ra...

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