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Former DGP of UP police Vikram Singh said the horrific Nirbhaya tragedy had THE Hathras gang-rape and brought reforms in the rape law murder case got a new twist on and it was made clear that penThursday with the UP police etration is not necessary to estrashing the sexual assault tablish the offence. “So, to preclaim and spinning out a con- sume that rape did not happen spiracy theory instead. Citing just because semen was not a forensic lab report that said found is an erroneous concluno traces of sperm were found sion. It is more so given the fact in the samples taken from the that the medical examination victim’s body, ADG Law and was conducted eight days after Order Prashant Kumar claimed the incident,” said Singh. He deshe wasn’t raped. But the re- scribed the response of the UP port’s value was questionable p o l i c e a s “ s h o d d y a n d as the samples were unprofessional”. lifted eight days after Another former UP SIT probe the assault. police chief, who did Soon, ADG Kumar A three-member not wish to be named, SIT arrived in ran into a brick wall of said it was “obvious the village of criticism as experts dethat the UP police have scribed his inference the victim and jumped to conclusions. recorded the as “extremely irreAs per law, the sostatements of sponsible, unprofescalled absence of seher family sional and erroneous”. men is not enough to members and Legal experts recalled conclude that the womrelatives. The that the 2013 amendan was not raped, espeSIT would stay cially when we know ment in rape laws in Hathras for waived the clause that there were injuries to three days had made it necessary her private parts.” to establish ‘penetraA T Ansari, who was tion’ in such crimes. They also a special prosecutor in the questioned the inordinate de- Nirbhaya case, said: “The exlay in the conducting the medi- isting law has changed the defical examination of the victim. nition of rape. It has also done A senior scientific officer at away with the two-finger test a government forensic depart- used by doctors on victims to ment said: “As a general norm, establish rape.” He said even after 72 hours of such an of- applying mouth or touching fence, it is difficult to get traces private parts has also been of semen. So, it is crucial to classified as offences involving send the sample for examina- sexual assault. tion within 72 hours.” In the Meanwhile, the the Hathras case, the samples col- Allahabad High Court took lected on the eight day after the suo motu cognizance of the P7 assault reached the lab on the case. @ New Delhi/ Lucknow Sept 22: Victim regains consciousness, records statement before magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC alleging gang-rape by four persons, names all four. Police add Section 376 D (gangrape) to the original FIR, arrest all accused. Samples taken at JNCMH to confirm sexual assault Sept 25: Samples sent by JNMCH reach Agra forensic lab Sept 28: Victim turns critical, shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi Sept 29: Succumbs to injuries at 6.55 am. Body handed over to UP Police, which takes it to Hathras at night Sept 30: Police cremate in the wee hours allegedly in the absence of family members and without their consent Oct 1: Agra forensic lab report says no evidence of sperm or semen in samples lifted from the victim, police cite it to push their no-rape theory Oppn attacks Govt over power tariff hike, BJP stages walk out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE Opposition on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the State Government in the Assembly over the power tariff hike when the people are battling an extraordinary situation of Covid-19 pandemic and demanded its immediate roll back. Not satisfied with the reply of Minister of State for Energy Dibya Shankar Mishra on the issue, the BJP members staged a walk out of the House. The issue cropped up for discussion through adjournment motion notice brought by the BJP and Congress members. Describing the decision of the State Government as unconstitutional, Opposition chief whip and BJP member Mohan Majhi said that when the lives of the common people have been greatly affected by the pandemic, the power tariff hike will put them in further problem. “The manner in which the Minister has advocated on behalf of the Odisha Electricity Re g u l a t o r y C o m m i s s i o n (OERC) for the hike is unjust and unacceptable,” he said. Majhi questioned the Government’s inaction in collecting dues of over `6,000 crore from the distribution companies. “The State Government has done nothing to collect the dues from the distribution companies, but further burdened the common people with tariff hike,” he said. Criticising the move, deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Santosh Singh Saluja said that the Government should not have taken such a decision when people are as suffering from a serious public health disaster. “Why is the Government not collecting dues of around `3,000 crore from the industrial houses,” he asked and demanded the immediate roll back of the hike. Instead of taking steps to collect the dues from industrial houses, the Government is trying for one time settlement, he said. Congress whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati also criticised the tariff hike and demanded that the decision should be immediately withdrawn. Making a statement on the issue, the Minister justified the step and said OERC has increased the tariff by only four per cent after a gap of seven years by examining all the P5 aspects. @ Bhubaneswar IN a dramatic event that took place outside the Odisha Assembly’s security perimeter on Thursday, a youth held his mother hostage at knife-point and accused some ruling party leaders of indulging in corruption. The 22-year-old youth Jitendra Pal, a native of Dasapalla in Nayagarh district, threatened to kill his mother Jharana even as security personnel attempted to rescue her. He claimed that a huge amount of money was stolen from Jagannath temple at Puri and accused two ministers of indulging in corruption. “Governor, please help me, I am not mentally unstable. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not corrupt but many leaders of BJD are dishonest,” he said. The officers of Commissionerate Police very tactfully engaged him in a conversation for over 15 minutes while he was holding his moth- of public emergency The Guja. rat government cited the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason THE Supreme Court on Thurs- for invoking Section 5. day struck down the Gujarat The bench said the state govgovernment’s notification ex- ernment’s intent may have empting industries in the state been to ameliorate the finanfrom observing certain obliga- cial exigencies of industries tions towards workers such as but the burden cannot be providing humane working placed on the “weary shoulconditions and paying ders of the labouring overtime wages. worker”. The Gujarat governThe judgement noted ment had issued a notithat no factory could fication on April 17 alhave been exempt from lowing industries to provisions of the Facmake employees work tories Act, unless there ‘Pay for 12 hours a day with is ‘inter nal disturovertime a 30-minute break after bance’ causing a pubwages’ every six hours. It also lic emergency . did away with the pro- The SC directed “The economic slowthat overtime vision that mandates down created by the double wages for over- wages be paid Covid-19 pandemic to all eligible time work. does not qualify as an workers who A bench headed by internal disturbance have been Justice D Y Chandrathreatening the secuworking since chud termed the notifirity of the state,” the cation an affront to issuance of the order stated. notifications workers’ right against The apex court obforced labour and said served that workers’ employees’ right to life cannot right to life is not conditional be at the mercy of their and their overtime wages and employers. decent working conditions The notification was issued must not be denied because of under Section 5 of the Facto- the pandemic. ries Act, which gives state govGujarat Mazdoor Sabha and ernments the power to exempt the CITU had moved the SC to exempt industries from pro- against the Gujarat governvisions of the Act on grounds ment’s April 17 notification. @ New Delhi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slumps amid a confrontation with the Uttar Pradesh police who detained him on the way to Hathras on Thursday | PTI Rahul, Priyanka hit the streets, briefly detained N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ON a day of intense political tussle over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were on Thursday briefly detained by the UP police while on their way to meet her family A footage of the incident show. ing a scuffle between Congress workers ‘LATHIS and the UP police, during which Rahul got RAINED ON US’ knocked down, added to the drama. Congress leader Earlier, the convoy of the Congress Priyanka Gandhi leaders was stopped on the Yamuna Exsaid, “When we all pressway in Greater Noida. The police started our march told them not to proceed to Hathras as Secon foot with tion 144 was in force there. But Rahul and Rahul ji, we were Priyanka alighted from their vehicle and started proceeding on foot along the Ya- repeatedly stopped and lathis rained on muna expressway to Hathras. us in a barbaric The scuffle broke out when the police manner.” tried to stop them again. Rahul and Priyanka were briefly detained and then taken back to Delhi by the police. Later, an FIR was filed against them and over 130 Congress workers for flouting prohibitory orders under Section 144. For his part, Rahul criticised the Yogi government, calling it jungle raj. “It is Jungle Raj in UP that meeting a family in mourning scares the government. Don’t be so afraid chief minister,” he tweeted. Odisha Unlock 5 CLOSED TILL OCTOBER 31 Schools, colleges, coaching, training institutions, religious places, cinema halls, entertainment complexes, swimming pools, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls, social/political/sports/ entertainment/academic gatherings and congregations RELAXATIONS FOR BYPOLLS l Political functions/gatherings to be allowed in Tirtol and Balasore Assembly constituencies with with a cap of 100 persons after permission by ECI/CEO. l Strict adherence of Covid protocols, wearing of masks and physical distancing l Any meetings in these two constituencies in a closed premises can be held with 50 per cent of hall capacity subject to maximum of 100 persons Youth holds mother hostage outside Assembly EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SC axes Gujarat’s 12-hr workday notification EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HATHRAS HORROR Sept 14: Assailants drag young woman from behind using her duppatta into the nearby field where she was working around 9 am, try to strangulate her FIR lodged at Chandpa police station names one person based on complaint of vicitm’s brother Initially taken to Bagla Joint District Hospital at Hathras. Shifted to AMU’s JN Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH) around 4.10 pm on the same day Conscious during admission at JNMCH, had ligature mark in the neck, which indicate strangulation. Her C6 vertebra had fracture and spinal cord was damaged. Later she passes out LESS PAY FOR MORE WORK A man tries to stab his mother in front of Odisha Assembly on Thursday | EXPRESS er at knife-point and subsequently , overpowered him and rescued the woman. “He is my son and he asked me to accompany him to a hospital on Thursday But, he brought me here . and caught hold of me,” the woman said. As the incident on the busy PMG square left the commuters thunderstruck, senior Congress MLA Suresh Routray charged the State Government over lax security arrangements during the AssemP5 bly session. IPL TODAY HYDERABAD CHENNAI Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing a comeback when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Friday. Both teams have won one from three matches. 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