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Three found guilty in Kolkata Park Street gang rape case
Nearly nine months after her death, the Anglo-Indian woman gang-raped on Kolkata's Park Street in 2012 finally got justice on Thursday with a court pronouncing guilty all three accused who were on trial in the sensational case.
 
The women -- then 40 years old, a divorcee and mother of two -- was beaten up and gang-raped at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on the fashionable Park Street.
 
Passing the judgment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya of the City Sessions Court pronounced Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj guilty of gang rape.
 
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Friday.
 
The accused were found guilty of gang rape, criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
 
However, main accused Kader Khan and a co-accused Ali are still absconding.
 
The courageous and gutsy Anglo-Indian woman, who came forward and revealed her identity and even urged the world to call her a "rape survivor" and not as the "Park Street rape victim", grittily fought her case for three years against heavy odds.
 
Days after she filed the complaint on February 9, 2012, ignoring disparaging comments and initial reluctance of Park Street police station personnel, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called it a "cooked up case" and alleged that the woman was trying to malign the state government.
 
Banerjee's remarks were widely flayed by the civil society and the public, but that was no end to the raped woman's ordeal.
 
Trinamool MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar called the entire episode "a sex deal gone wrong", while then minister Madan Mitra questioned what she was doing at a night club so late in the night and dubbed the rape allegation a "fabricated complaint meant to extort money".
 
However, the rape survivor soldiered on and not only fought her case, but also took part in protest rallies against various incidents of rape.
 
Over the months and years, she almost became a symbol of women's fight against atrocities, oppression and injustice.
 
But the woman did not live to see her moment of victory, that also coincided with the Human Rights Day. On March 13 this year, she died of multi-organ failure after being diagnosed with encephalitis.
 
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Vaibhav Dhoka

12 months ago

Judgement is slap on politicians.Most shameful on their part.Such incidences are TOLERABLE?

IT returns of FII, FPI to be processed on certain conditions
The central government on Thursday clarified the income tax returns filed by foreign institutional investors (FII) and foreign portfolio investors (FPI) will be processed on certain conditions even if the balance sheet and profit/loss account are not filled.
 
In a statement issued here, the union finance ministry said notices of defective returns were issued to FIIs and FPIs where balance sheet and profit and loss account were not filled, but such returns will not be treated as defective in cases where the FII and FPI is registered with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI); has no permanent establishment or place of business in India and has provided basis information needed under section 139 (9)(f) of the Income Tax Act if there is a business income.
 
In all cases where the SEBI registration number is provided, the returns for assessment year 2015-16 are being taken up for processing.
 
For previous assessment years where the above information is not available in the tax return, FII/FPI may provide such details in their online response on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax department (www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) to the previously issued notice under section 139(9).
 
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Jiah Khan committed suicide, CBI concludes
The CBI has concluded in its charge-sheet that US-born actress Jiah Khan committed suicide on June 3, 2013 following a disturbed relationship with actor Sooraj Pancholi.
 
"The Board of Forensic Medicine Experts has opined that the death was 'suicidal' in nature which corroborated the observation and opinion of the post-mortem doctor," the CBI said on Wednesday, after a thorough scientific examination of the documents and material evidence in the case.
 
Moreover, the Forensic Statement Analysis of the (suicide) note, written by Jiah Khan, had opined that the unsigned three-pager note "allegedly represents her mental status genuinely and the circumstance and reasons behind her suicide," the CBI said.
 
Sooraj Pancholi, the son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, has been booked under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for abetment to suicide while murder has been ruled out.
 
Emphasising the charge against Sooraj, the CBI said: "The willful conduct of the accused, narrated in the note of Nafisa Rizvi alias Jiah Khan, and her intimate relationship, physical abuse, mental and physical torture by Sooraj, which she experienced allegedly led the deceased to commit suicide."
 
Jiah, 25, who was reportedly four-weeks pregnant and had allegedly aborted the foetus before she took the extreme step, had met Sooraj through Facebook in 2012 and their friendship blossomed into an intimate relationship.
 
That day (June 3, 2013), Jiah had left Sooraj's home where she had stayed with him for two-three days.
 
She and Sooraj had a bitter exchange of words on their mobile phones with she accusing him of lying about his 'meeting with a common lady friend'.
 
Enraged by her continuous messages in this connection, Sooraj deleted Jiah's BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) account from his mobile, the CBI said.
 
Later, Jiah called him at midnight and another verbal duel occurred between them which lasted for around 400 pulses, and he had sent certain "abusive and accusatory" text messages from his mobile to her.
 
When her mother Rabiya returned home, she found Jiah hanging from the bedroom ceiling fan and informed the police.
 
In October 2013, Rabiya had petitioned the Bombay High Court, alleging that her daughter had been murdered and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
 
Earlier, in Jan. 2014, the Juhu police station had filed its 447-page charge-sheet before the Andheri magistrate court and six months later the case was transferred to CBI which lodged a separate case on Aug. 13, 2014.
 
In a disclaimer of sorts, the CBI said that the findings were based on investigations done and evidence collected by it. Under Indian laws, the accused is presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.
 
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