August 18, 2018

Two held for kidnapping, raping girl after drugging her

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A 21-year-old girl has claimed that she was kidnapped by two people on Wednesday while she was walking towards an ATM to withdraw cash in Gurgaon. They then drugged her, took her to a friend’s rented accommodation in south-west Delhi’s Hari Nagar area, and raped her, she has alleged. The girl injured herself critically when she jumped off the terrace while trying to escape and fell down the building’s shaft.

Accused Sunil and Himmat have been arrested. According to the complainant, the two abducted her in a private taxi and took her to the residence of one Nitin, who was not present in the house at the time. The victim said that she realised she had been sexually assaulted only after she regained her consciousness.

The complainant further said that Sunil had locked the house from outside and left for some work. While the girl was trying to escape, Himmat got hold of her and both of them fell down the shaft in the ensuing scuffle.

The locals heard the noise and rushed to the shaft to find the two lying there injured. They immediately made a PCR call and rushed the two to hospital. The girl sustained severe back injuries. Initially she was taken to the DDU Hospital, from where she was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital, where her condition has been reported to be stable. When Himmat returned to the house, the neighbours informed him about the incident.

Meanwhile, the girl told the police that she was abducted, drugged and raped, following which a medical examination was conducted and the accused were arrested.

The accused, however, denied all charges and told the interrogators that they were acquainted to the girl. They further claimed that Sunil had gone out to get some food while Himmat and the girl were having liquor. The duo was standing near the window when they lost balance and fell down the shaft, they stated.

It has also come to the fore that Sunil’s cars were formerly hired by Uber. Himmat belongs to Mahendragarh in Haryana and had come to Delhi 15-20 days ago to work with Sunil. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Dwarka (north) police station.

Mum of teen shot dead in Merc had never heard of ‘killer’ friend

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Simran, 17, who was allegedly shot dead by a friend, Shubham, in a parked Mercedes car in Najafgarh on Tuesday night, had left home after informing her mother that she was going to attend another friend Nitin’s birthday party. The mother said that when she called her around 7.30pm, Simran made her talk to Shubham, saying it was Nitin. Sensing something amiss, she called up Nitin, who informed her that the girl was not with him.

The girl’s mother further said that she knew Nitin but had never met or heard of Shubham.

The call data records (CDR) of Simran and Nitin revealed that 25 calls were exchanged between the two in a span of 15 minutes. He even reached outside her home in an attempt to locate her after getting her mother’s call. At the same time, Shubham and Simran, along with another friend Yogesh, also reached the spot.

Sources said that Shubham was furious to see Nitin there and assumed that Simran had called him. He then shot her in a fit of rage and disappeared from the scene. Shubham’s family also went absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, the police have also rounded up five of Shubham’s friends to find out if he contacted any of them. Another team raided his ancestral home in Bahadurgarh, residences of his relatives in Baba Haridas Nagar, and places in Najafgarh that he frequented. A police team will also be visiting Sonepat, where some of his relatives live.

Senior police officers further said they have gathered major clues in the case and the accused will be nabbed soon. Two police teams have been formed to find him.

Goodbye public peeing, toilet app is here!

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Now, men in the National Capital Region have no excuse for relieving themselves in public places. The Urban Development Ministry, in collaboration with Google, launched a mobile app on Thursday, which will enable people to locate the nearest public toilet. The news has also come as a relief to the women in the city.

Using ‘Google Maps Toilet Locator App’, people will be able to access as many as 5,162 public toilets located near malls, hospitals, bus and railway stations, fuel and Metro stations in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida.

Welcoming the move, Riya Sharan, a resident of east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar area, said: “Unlike men, women can’t use open spaces for urination. It will be a wonderful option for us. We can now locate the nearby toilet with one click.”

The app will also inform users about the kind of toilet seat available, if the facility is free or not, and its working hours. The toilets can be located using computers as well.

Speaking at its launch on Thursday, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said: “The facility will be available in five cities in NCR, and in Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh. It will address the problem of open urination and open defecation.”

The minister further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission has now picked up momentum, with 502 cities and towns, including areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), declaring themselves ‘Open Defecation Free (ODF)’ in 2016. He claimed that most of these claims could be verified independently.

He also said that Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim have declared all their cities and towns ODF. Besides, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, and Union Territories of Chandigarh and Puducherry, are lead performers in toilet construction, having met over 75 per cent of their physical targets, Naidu said.

Earlier in the day, the NDMC had also set up a ‘Reverse Vendor Machine’ at Gate No 2 of the Palika Market. “When a plastic bottle is dropped in to this machine, it gives a receipt of credit of up to Re 1. NDMC is setting up 20 such machines to prevent littering,” an NDMC official said.

Diabetic 9-year-old thrown out of school for irregular attendance

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The name of a nine-year-old diabetic student was struck off the rolls at a North Delhi Municipal Corporation primary school in west Delhi’s Jawalapuri area after she failed to turn up for classes. Damini, a Class IV student, was diagnosed with diabetes in March this year.

“She fell sick with high fever. We took her to a private hospital, where she was diagnosed with diabetes. When her condition deteriorated, she was referred to AIIMS. Since then, she has been on an insulin drip,” said her father Lekhraj, 42, a rag-picker and a daily wage labourer, who lives in Nihal Vihar.

Speaking to DNA, Lekhraj said Damini was always interested in studies but could not attend classes regularly due to her fluctuating health. In fact, for the last two months, she was unable to attend any class. “We had been apprising the school authorities about Damini’s health status from the very beginning. We were also submitting her medical forms from time to time,” he said.

Finally on December 20, when Damini went back to join her classes, the school principal and her class teacher informed her mother that her name had been struck off the rolls.

“My wife was told that our daughter cannot attend classes anymore. She even pleaded before the principal and the class teacher but they did not give her permission,” Lekhraj said.

Senior lawyer and child rights activist Ashok Agrawal said: “This is sheer violation of a student’s Right to Education (RTE). We have submitted a written complaint to the corporation and asked them to take strict action against the school authorities.”

The corporation representatives, however, said they have not received any complaint in this regard, so far. “We will surely take strict action against the school authorities, if something like this actually happened. This is a violation of a child’s right to education,” said Devender Solanki of the civic body.

Meanwhile, the school principal did not respond to the DNA query. A school teacher, however, said they tried to contact the family during Damini’s absence several times but received no response. “We wanted to tell them about the exam schedule but they never responded to our calls,” said the teacher, requesting anonymity. She added that she was not aware that Damini’s name had been struck off the rolls.

Swine flu rears its head as mercury dips in Delhi

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Just when the deadly dengue and chikungunya were taking their leave from the Capital, a dip in temperature has led to childen complaining about flu-like symptoms. Doctors are claiming that many kids have symptoms of H1N1 influenza, more commonly known as the swine flu.

The minimum temperature recorded on Thursday was 8 degrees Celsius while the maximum hovered around 24 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that minimum temperature on Friday and Saturday will be 8 degrees Celsius and 9 degrees Celsius, respectively, while the maximum temperature is expected to be nearly 25 degrees Celsius.

Dr SP Byotra, Senior Consultant with the Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said: “This is the time when cases of viral fever and swine flu go up. We are witnessing a rise in the number of patients with viral fever, bodyache, vomiting and cough. The cases of H1N1 surface during this time of the year and then continue for long.” Two cases of swine flu have already been reported from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“The cases have started to come up. Symptoms of viral fever and H1N1 are similar in the initial stages. We are taking preventive measures and suggesting medicines to children,” said Dr Sangeeta Subudhi, Senior Consultant with the Department of Pediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj.

Swine flu symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, bodyache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid the infection. The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription.

There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous and requires immediate ventilator support.

Meanwhile, not only H1N1 but cases of pneumonia, typhoid and malaria are being reported by city doctors. New born babies, prone to infections, are catching diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. “Most infant deaths in the first week are due to a weak immune system,” said Dr VK Paul, Department of Pediatrics, AIIMS.

The Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report for 2016, released recently by the International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, stated that the top five countries with the highest global burden of child pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths are India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

“Even in today’s time, most children are dying of these two infections. In 2016, more than 12 lakh children under the age of five died in India. Of these deaths, pneumonia caused more than 1.7 lakh deaths and diarrhoea was responsible for more than 1.2 lakh deaths,” Dr Paul added.

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