Petition to Conduct CBI Enquiry into Murder of Dr J A Mathan

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Mother who had her first baby at SEVENTY shows off her daughter and says: ‘Now I want a son’




In a surprising development, a 70-year old woman gave birth to a daughter after artificial insemination. It is nice to allow couples to achieve their goals in having a child. Have the doctors thought about the possible guardians in the event of death of this elderly couple? Are they going to be the guardians, in the unlikely event of the child becoming an orphan in the near future?

She is the oldest mother to deliver by IVF.

India has population which it cannot handle (and 11 million orphans), and the participation in such egoistic processes is ludicrous.

The shocking part of the statement is the doctor saying that they are going to consider options to help the couple for having a SON.


Will someone alert the authorities about the possible Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act violation two years from now in the couple's goal to fulfil their social stigmas? Will anyone advise the couple to adopt a BOY-child, if they wish (10% of all orphans in India)?

Mother who had her first baby at SEVENTY shows off her daughter and says: ‘Now I want a son’

She’s beaming with pride at her new baby daughter and 70-year-old first time mother Rajo Devi says she still hopes to add to her brood.

The farmer’s wife from Haryana, India gave birth to a baby girl Naveen Lohan by caesarean section on 28th November and now says she wants a son.

‘It’s amazing to finally be a mum,’ she said. ‘Ive waited for so long to have a baby of my own. Now I would love to have a boy as well.’

Rajo and her husband Bala Ram, 72, say they have been trying to conceive since they married in 1943. ‘We prayed to all the fertility gods. I thank the doctor for making it possible,’ she said.

First time father Bala is also keen for more children. ‘We finally have someone to take over the farm when we die. Maybe in the future the doctor can give us a son.’

The couple used a donor egg fertilized with Bala’s sperm implanted in his wife and Rajo became pregnant at the second attempt at IVF.

Bala mortgaged next year’s crop of rice and bamboo as well as taking out some high-interest loans to pay for the £2,000 treatment.

IVF doctor Anurag Bishnoi said: ‘There was no risk to her health. We do not treat patients who do not seem to be fit and able to carry a baby to term.

‘Rajo has no intention of dying and is going to try again for a boy in two years. I’ve agreed to have a look at her case then.’

Lover kills 4 year child in Chennai


Lover kills a 4 year Child in Chennai

We had reports from UK, where 2 girl children were accidentally killed when their fathers dropped the Television on them. In a homicidal case, a lover hit a child with a steel rod, before throwing him against the Television stand. So, in this case, “the Television stand killed the child star”.

Man held for beating 4-yr-old to death

CHENNAI: A 25-year-old man, who allegedly beat a four-year-old boy to death in Thiruvotriyur on Monday, was arrested on Tuesday. The man hit the boy with a steel ladle before throwing him against a television stand, police said. Narayanan, who recently began living with Vasanth Kumar’s mother Kalpana, allegedly felt that Kumar was a hindrance to him.

Kumar fell down after being hit and Narayanan rushed him to a private hospital in Thiruvotriyur. Kumar, whose head and spinal cord were severely damaged, later died. The body was sent to the Stanley Government Hospital for autopsy.

Kalpana married Murthy, a fisherman, a few years ago and lived near Royapuram. Some time later, she felt Murthy was not taking proper care of her. She then became close to Narayanan, a relative who lived close by, and the two began an affair. A few months ago, they moved into a house in Thiruvotriyur. Kalpana’s children also stayed with them.

Of late, police said, Narayanan had begun to feel that he was not able to spend much time with Kalpana as Kumar was in the way. On several occasions, he allegedly abused the child. On Monday afternoon, Narayanan was at home and saw Kumar playing outside. He called him in, thrashed him.

Thiruvotriyur police registered a case and arrested Narayanan on Tuesday. He was remanded in prison after being produced before a magistrate’s court.

Crowd goes nuts, lynches 11 year orphan for stealing betel nuts




Crowd goes nuts, lynches 11 year orphan for stealing betel nuts

December 31, 2008

In a heart-wrenching incident, a 11-year old orphan slum girl, was beaten to death for stealing betel nuts. The incident brings to light the number of unprotected, orphaned children in India. There is estimated 11 million orphan children in India (90 % being girls). What is the Government doing about them and their safety and security? Child abuse in all its forms is not yet taken seriously in India. Child abuse should be a more serious problem for the Government rather than the Domestic Violence (by spouses). This terrorism of children in domestic and community settings has to be checked.

Will the Government in Kolkatta inform the public about what is being done for the Orphans in the slums? What is being done for their protection, their security, their housing and their food?

Orphan lynched for stealing betel nuts

31 Dec 2008

KOLKATA: An 11-year-old girl was lynched and her two friends seriously injured by locals, after they were caught stealing betel nuts on Wednesday in a West Bengal village, the police said.

The incident took place at Mridhara village under Khandaghosh police station in Burdwan district, 95 km from here.

“Jhelum Das, a resident of Mridhara, had kept about 10 kg betel nuts to dry on her terrace. She caught Leena, 11, along with her two friends Ratan, nine, and Chotu, eight, Wednesday early morning while they were stealing betel nuts,” a senior police official of Khandaghosh police station told reporters.

“Das handed over the kids to her neighbours, who tied them to one of the six betel nut trees in her backyard and beat them with sticks for over three hours. It was only when the three kids started bleeding, that they called the police.”


The officer said by the time the police reached the spot, Leena had died. “Leena died on the spot. The other two kids have been hospitalised with serious head, face and abdominal injuries. No one has been arrested so far,” the officer said.

Leena and her two friends lived in the slums on the outskirts of the village. The three children were orphans.

Acid attack victim dies in Hyderabad



The defacing of women in acid attacks is dehumanizing. In a shocking fallout, a victim dies after a 21 day survival.


Acid attack victim dies in Hyderabad
31 Dec 2008

HYDERABAD: A young girl in Andhra Pradesh, who suffered serious burn injuries in an acid attack earlier this month, died in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Swapnika, who was put on ventilator support after her condition deteriorated further, breathed her last at around 5.30 am., doctors attending the girl said. 

Swapnika, a final year engineering student from Warangal, sustained over 50% burns in the acid attack on Dec 10, was suffering from multiple organ failures and other complications and could not recover, the doctors said. 

A friend of Swapnika, Pranita who also suffered burns in the attack was recovering, they said. 

The body of Swapnika will be taken to her native place and a post-mortem conducted. 

Swapnika and Pranita, both final year B.Tech students of Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science (KITS) sustained burn injuries when they were attacked with acid by unidentified persons at Ramaram locality in Warangal town, about 140 km from here. 

Three days later, the Andhra Pradesh police killed a trio, who were allegedly involved in acid attack on two engineering girl students. 

S Srinivas (25) and his associates Sanjay (22) and Harikrishna (24) were gunned down by the police on December 13 at a desolate location near Pamunur, about 15 km from Warangal. 

The police action evoked mixed reaction with major opposition parties, including TDP, had demanded a judicial probe.

Miracle baby lives: Advised to abort for heart condition and genetic disease




A baby who was advised to be aborted, has NO genetic disease and has NO life-threatening condition. The medical scans and tests are only indicative and are not 100%. The parents are happy that they did not follow the medical advise to abort twice.

Miracle baby whose mother was told twice by doctors to abort him enjoys his first New Year


Before he was born Kai Purdy was written off by doctors as having no chance of survival.

Scans showed he had a life-threatening heart condition and specialists were convinced he had a rare genetic disorder which meant he would probably be stillborn.

His parents twice refused to follow medical advice to consider aborting the pregnancy. But the hospital consultant was so pessimistic about the baby he refused to go ahead with a planned caesarean section six weeks early on ethical grounds.

Yet Kai's parents wouldn't give up on him and were determined to give their baby a chance of life.

Their stance defied medical opinion...and they were right.

They pleaded with a doctor at another hospital to operate and he did so after tests indicated the situation was not so bleak after all.

Today Kai is a delightful 10-month-old boy. He is tiny for his age and weighs just 14 lbs, but he is the picture of health and his parents Gaynor and Lee Purdy, a fork life truck driver, believe he will lead a normal life.

Mrs Purdy, 28, of Scunthorpe, North-East Lincs, said:'Little Kai is perfect. We refused to give up on him, and decided throughout the pregnancy that as long as he was fighting, we would continue fighting with him.

'It is a complete horror to think he may not be here with us. I am so glad we stuck by our guns and, although we did listen to what consultants told us along the way - we decided to do what we wanted to do for our baby.'

A scan carried out 48 hours after Kai's birth showed the heart problem which almost completely blocked the aortic artery was miraculously correcting itself.

And the earlier tests had already indicated Kai did not after all have Edwards Syndrome - the rare genetic disease which usually kills babies before birth and if not shortly after.

Tests are being carried out to discover if Kai has a chromosome 16 error that is affecting his growth, but his parents are just delighted to have a happy and relatively healthy baby.

Mrs Purdy, a quality inspector, said:'Family and friends often remark on what life would be like if we'd listened to the doctors' advice.

'But when we look at our happy and smiling little baby boy we can't be angry at anyone. We wanted the doctors full and honest opinions so we could be fully prepared for all outcomes.'

The saga began four months into the pregnancy when doctors revealed the unborn child had a heart condition called hypoplastic aortic arch - where part of the heart is narrow and underdeveloped - and would certainly mean open heart surgery once the baby was born.

They were told the condition could worsen and should consider an immediate termination.

The prognosis worsened on New Year's Eve when tests indicated he also had Edwards Syndrome. Scans had shown clear markers of the condition, a strawberry shaped skull, a low set jaw and low birth weight. Sufferers do not survive beyond four months old - if they manage to survive to birth - and consultants again urged them to consider a termination.

Mrs Purdy said:'We never once considered we could go through an abortion. It was never even an option for us.'

The couple visited a children's hospice to prepare themselves and even bought a tiny outfit that 'we may have to say goodbye to him in.' 'But we were always determined to meet Kai, if only for a couple of minutes.'


Mrs Purdy was scheduled for a caesarean birth at 34 weeks in a bid to help her baby's survival. On the day of the surgery at Leeds General Infirmary the consultant said he couldn't go ahead because of the strong indication of Edwards Syndrome.

As the baby would be terminally ill he concluded it would be safer for the mother's health and future chance of pregnancy to deliver naturally when she was full term.

The next day they set about persuading the consultant at their local hospital, Scunthorpe General, to operate and give Kai the best hope of some life.

'Lee took him aside and told him how determined we were to meet our son, if only for a few minutes,' she said. Mrs Purdy agreed to risk having an amniocentesis test - an invasive and potentially risky test for genetic disorders. It showed the baby did not have the condition doctors feared and they went ahead with the c-section.

'After everything the consultant gave me a big hug and told me how brave we'd been,' said Mrs Purdy.

Kai was born on 5 March weighing just 2 lb 6 oz and transferred to the specialist heart unit at LGI where the heart problem was also found to have eased naturally.

She said:'Doctors told us he was a little miracle baby. They said his heart must have been mending itself.'

Kai spent just six weeks in hospital before going home.

'Seeing him with food smeared all over his little face is a joy we thought we may never see and we will never take him for granted.'

A spokesman from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust said:'While we cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality in cases where abnormalities are spotted in the scans, our multi-disciplinary team will always offer prospective families the full facts and options as presented at the time.'

Child abuse: History of laws related to child abuse







Pictures (From top to bottom): Eta Wheeler (the pioneer of Child abuse advocacy in USA), The blue ribbon, 3 pictures of Mary Ellen Wilson 
Child abuse has become as issue only since the advent of radiology in the 1960s. The Battered Child Syndrome is the same all over the world. Animals had more rights, much before children.

Child abuse: History of laws related to child abuse
Child abuse has existed and flourished throughout history, in all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, in all its forms. Historically, two rights are at the core of violence against children:

    »  the right to own property, and
    »  the right to own children.


Throughout history children were considered property. Parents had the unrestricted authority to do to a child whatever was deemed necessary. Usually the father made all the disciplinary decisions.

In ancient Rome, fathers had the authority to sell, kill, maim, sacrifice or otherwise do with a child as he saw fit. Typically, the father exercised this power if the child was born deformed, weak, disabled, or in any way different than was considered the norm. In these cases, it was not unusual for a Roman father to declare the child unfit to live.

Sexual abuse within the family has always existed, in spite of a universal taboo. From Biblical literature, to the Inca, to the Egyptians, virtually all types of incest are described. Even today, child sexual abuse continues, despite societal taboos.

Historically, parents have used their children for profit. In England and the Americas, during industrialization, children were placed in apprenticeships, workhouses, orphanages, placement mills, factories, farms, and mines. In England, 5-year-olds worked 16-hour days in factories while shackled in chains. They were often whipped to get them to work harder.

From 1870 to 1930, over 8000 children were taken from the streets of Dublin and London, then shipped to Canada to work on farms and in factories. 

In 1886, John Kelso, a Globe reporter, wrote about the child abuse horrors that many of these children were experiencing. In 1887, the Toronto Humane Society was formed with the mandate to prevent cruelty to animals and children. The Children's Aid Society was formed in 1891 with Kelso as founding president. He was instrumental in getting the government in 1893 to pass the first bill in Canada to protect children.

And the United States must also be accountable for failing to protect children.

When I've spoken to high school students about the history of child abuse, the Mary-Ellen Wilson story is one that grips them. It's an American story known worldwide, a story I'll share with you . . .

Etta Wheeler was a Methodist social worker who brought about the first case against child abuse in the U.S. In 1874, through the reports of neighbors, she discovered Mary Ellen Wilson, a nine-year-old girl who was being cruelly tortured by her stepparents. But there were no laws against child abuse at the time and although she went to the police, the courts, and the church, Wheeler was powerless to stop the parents

She turned to Henry Bergh, the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who obtained custody of Mary Ellen. Bergh sent Mary Ellen's stepmother to prison only by bringing the little girl before a judge and invoking the laws against abusing animals. Thanks to Wheeler and Bergh, the first child protection laws came into existence.


It was 1873. Mary-Ellen was 9 years old when a church worker, Mrs. Etta Wheeler, who had been asked to visit the family, found Mary-Ellen shackled to her bed, grossly malnourished, scarred and badly beaten. Mrs. Wheeler was so appalled by what she saw that she went to the authorities to report this horrifying child abuse.

The authorities turned her away.

But Mrs. Wheeler refused to take no for an answer; she petitioned the American SPCA.

Animals were protected, but children were not.

Mrs. Wheeler appealed to the ASPCA that children were members of the animal kingdom, and must therefore be protected. It was on these grounds that the ASPCA did finally intervene.

Mary-Ellen was removed from her abusive home, placed in foster care, where she thrived. She went on to marry, have 2 daughters, and Mary-Ellen lived to the age of 92.

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Mary-Ellen is considered the very first child abuse case in North America. Her case led to the founding in 1874 of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children with child protection as its primary mandate. The society also promoted the fact that parents did not have complete authority over their children.

However, it took the advent of radiology and x-rays for child abuse and neglect to become recognizable.

In 1960, C. Henry Kempe was shocked and alarmed by the large numbers of children admitted to his pediatric service suffering from what were obviously non-accidental injuries. X-rays revealed old breaks and abnormal skeletal changes.

In 1962, Kempe and his colleagues published "The Battered Child Syndrome" in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Child abuse in the U.S. had finally been acknowledged.

Because of radiology, physical abuse and child neglect were officially recognized in the 1960s, but it took another decade for sexual abuse to be acknowledged. It wasn't until the 1980s and 1990s that emotional child abuse was recognized.

One child advocate making strides in providing answers is the United Nations through their Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    * An estimate by the International Labour Organization states that 250 million children in developing countries who are between five and fourteen years of age work--at least 120 million of these children work full-time. An estimated 15 million children in India are bonded labourers, meaning that in order to pay off family debts they work in servitude (Human Rights Watch, 20018).

    * Globally, approximately 40 million children are subjected to child abuse each year (WHO, 20019).

Clearly, child abuse is a universal problem. While eradicating child abuse is a monumental task—one that, pray as we might, will unlikely ever occur—we must all do our part. If there is any hope of even making a dent in this travesty, each of us must stand up to prevent ALL forms of child abuse.

In the United States, April is Child Abuse Prevention month. If you live in America, find out what your community has planned in April, then get involved. You owe it to the children, to yourself, and to your future.

References:

1 Mead, M. (1963). Totem and taboo reconsidered with respect. Menninger Clinic Bulletin, 27, 185-199.

2 & 3 & 4 Bagnell, K. (1985). The little immigrants. Toronto: MacMillan.

5 Finkelhor, D. (1986). A sourcebook on child sexual abuse. Beverly Hills: SAGE Publications, Inc.

6 Gelles, R. (1993). Family violence. In R. Hampton, T. Gullotta, G. Adams, E. Potter & R. Weissberg (Eds.), Family violence: Prevention and treatment (pp.1-24). Newbury Park: SAGE Publications, Inc.

7 Casa Alianza (2001, December 18). Report on trafficking of children in Central America and Mexico. Retrieved December 18, 2001 from http://www.casa-alianza.org

8 Human Rights Watch (2001). Easy targets: Violence against children worldwide.

9 World Health Organization (2001). Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: Making the links between human rights and public health. Geneva: WHO.

Gender law abuse: President Pratibha Patel warns against misuse and says that Inheritance laws are now gender balanced


The President Pratibha Patil has warned against abuse of gender law misuse and told women that INHERITANCE LAWS have been made gender balanced (since daughters have equal rights to sons). Patil noted that women themselves were the source of abuse within their families.

Dear Mrs President,

Please include Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adult abuse within the ambit of Domestic Violence Act, and make the DV laws gender-neutral, as recommended by organizations like Save Indian Family Foundation and others. Please refer to the Domestic Violence form (used in the USA) which has been posted as a link on the blogsite.
http://www.courts.state.md.us/courtforms/joint/ccdcdv001.pdf
The Domestic Violence Bill has to be gender-neutral, and all perpetrators have to be included in the net(irrespective of gender).
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President Pratibha Patil warns against gender law misuse
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1081228/jsp/nation/story_10309933.jsp

New Delhi, Dec. 27: President Pratibha Patil has cautioned against the misuse of pro-women laws such as IPC Section 498A that deals with dowry harassment and sought better implementation of others to create a gender-just society.

“Instances exist whereby protective legal provisions for the benefit of women have been subjected to distortion and misuse to wreak petty vengeance and to settle scores. Some surveys have concluded that 6 to 10 per cent of dowry complaints are false and were registered primarily to settle scores. It is unfortunate if laws meant to protect women get abused as instruments of oppression,” she said.

Patil was addressing the National Conference of Lady Lawyers and Lady Teachers on Justice for Women at Yavatmal in Maharashtra. Though much has been done to create a gender-just society in terms of enacting laws, their implementation left much to be desired, she said.

“The intent of some laws has suffered because of poor and faulty implementation. The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act is a living example. Enacted in 1996, it saw the first conviction in 2006 after 10 long years. Such disturbing revelations need prompt remedy,” Patil said.

She called upon women lawyers to take the lead in dealing with “female foeticide” which she termed “one of the most pernicious and inhuman forms of crime”.

“Another disquieting trend has been that women themselves have not been innocent of abusing women,” she said. “At times women have played an unsavoury, catalytic role in perpetrating violence whether against the daughter-in-law, the mother-in-law or female domestic helps.”

Laws made to prevent women from harassment should not become instruments of oppression, she said, calling upon the legal fraternity to ensure that provisions designed to prevent exploitation and suppression of women are “fairly invoked” and “honestly implemented”.

“The bottomline, therefore, is the fair invocation of legal provisions and their objective and honest implementation,” she said.

Though several laws have been enacted in the post-Independence era to usher in a gender just society, these would have to be better implemented, she said.

In this context, she referred to a host of laws such as the Special Marriage Act, Dowry Prohibition Act, Sati Prevention Act, Maternity Benefit Act, Factories Act, Equal Remuneration Act, Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act and provisions in the IPC to deal with obscenity etc.

She also referred to the recently enacted Domestic Violence Act, 2005, which “addresses the right of women to live in a domestic atmosphere not violative of woman’s dignity”.

“The Hindu Succession Amendment Act deleted the gender discriminatory clause to rectify the gender imbalance in inheritance rights. The 73rd and 74th Amendments, by providing ensured representation for women in urban and rural local bodies, have enabled public decision-making by the hitherto marginalised and suppressed humanity of women in India,” she said.

My New Year 2009 Message to all my readers


Dear Bloggers,

Thanks for the support, recognition and involvement in Voice of Women India. It has been a trail-blazing year, when I have finally reached out, Spoken and been heard. The readers of this blog now include Government leaders in power, opposition leaders, law-makers, NGOs and all of us. It is important for us to speak in one voice with various other similar organizations. Although, this is meant specifically for India, I'm happy to reach out to people, NGOs in other countries.

The Pope has spoken against Child abuse and Domestic Violence which is harming Families throughout the world. 

The slogan of 'victims of any discrimination, deprivation, deception, neglect and abuse ' in India should be "Garv se bolo mein victim hoon"!

I am going to continue writing articles about Peace education, and raising women's issues in a manner which is gender-neutral and fair.

Thank you one and all! If you have your own story to tell, you can send it to me.

SPEAK OUT AND REACH OUT!

May Peace, goodwill, love and affection be with all of you and your families, now and in the coming year!

Complements of the season and Happy New Year 2009.


Tuesday, 30 December 2008

"Young blood and Old men" Polyandry racket: Woman dupes 'dirty dozen' elderly men


It's a story of Lust biting the dust. It's a story of deception, elderly male anticipation and organized racketeering. I remember a little naughty variation of the rhyme. 'Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. If it wasn't for women, this old thing would rust'. Pardon me!

A woman in Dehradun was involved in a racket of marrying elderly men and then cheating them. This important deception of Polyandry should be noted. It was a case of at least a ‘dirty dozen’ of deceived elderly men who have so far been identified. There are many rackets where such organized gangs extract money from innocent and unsuscepting victims in a variety of scams and schemes of future marriage.


Woman, her aide held for marriage racket 

Dehradun, December 30
The police here claimed to have nabbed a woman on charges of involvement in a racket of marrying elderly men and then cheating them of their cash and jewellery. The accused has been identified as 31-year-old Afsari alias Seema, a resident of Raipur area.

Giving details, the investigating officer of the case Yogender Singh said Afsari was committing the crime in connivance with Bharat, his wife Usha, his brother Karan and Mohsin.

While Bharat and Karan are on the run, police has arrested Mohsin and Afsari.

“Usha was arrested earlier this month and was later released on bail. Afsari’s real husband Mohammad Shahid died four years ago leaving behind four children,” said Yogender Singh. He said while committing the crime, Afsari used to adopt the fake identity of Seema.

“Following a complaint filed by a person alleging that his wife had fled with Rs 85,000 in cash and some jewellery, police conducted investigations and arrested Afsari from Badrish Colony yesterday evening,” said Yogender Singh.

Suresh, a resident of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, had told them that he had married Afsari through Bharat.

During the course of investigation, the police discovered that Bharat and other accomplices used to take money from older men, belonging to Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, to get them married to Afsari.

“And then Afsari used to flee with the money and jewellery from her husband’s house,” said Yogender Singh.

He added that the accused have duped at least a dozen people in this manner.

Home alone on Christmas Day: Mother jailed for Neglect


Being left 'home alone' is not a crime in India, but amounts to neglect and Child abuse in other countries.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1103103/Woman-charged-young-sisters-home-Christmas-Eve-presents.html

30 December 2008.

Three young girls were found home alone and apparently abandoned on Christmas Eve, it emerged yesterday. The youngsters had been left with no presents to open and no tree to cheer them up.

While police officers tracked down and arrested their mother on suspicion of neglect, their colleagues organised a whip-round and dashed to the shops before they closed for Christmas to buy some last minute gifts for the girls.

The incident happened in Gorton – the tough district of South Manchester which originally formed the backdrop of the Channel 4 comedy series Shameless.

Yesterday, after the sisters – all aged under ten – were placed into care, the police support staff spoke of their heartbreak at learning the girls had faced missing out on Christmas.

After a call was made about the trio's welfare, police officers were sent round to the house and found them by themselves with no one apparently looking after them, no Christmas tree and no presents.

With just hours to go before the shops shut, call handling staff clubbed together to try and ensure they didn't face a totally miserable Christmas Day.

Pam Wild, 50, said: 'I just couldn't bear the thought of the children waking up on Christmas morning with no presents, so me and some of the girls had a whip-round and got them some gifts.'

Officers also donated money and a member of staff dashed to a nearby supermarket to buy clothes and toys for the girls.

Mrs Wild wrapped the presents when she got home from work and they were delivered to the sisters on Christmas Day, by which time they had been placed into care.

'It was just something that anybody would have done,' she said. 'I love children and it wasn't their fault that they didn't get any presents.

'It was amazing to see that everyone had been so generous.

'I know this happens to thousands of people each year but I just couldn't wake up on Christmas Day knowing that these girls weren't going to get anything.'

Her boss, Andrew Massey, said: 'Our staff have gone out of their way to try and make it feel like Christmas for some children and it is nice to see this kind of spirit still exists in this time.'

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'Police were called to an address in Gorton on Christmas Eve following concerns for three children. 'A 29-year-old woman who was arrested for neglect has been bailed until February 11.'

The case recalls the plot of the film Home Alone in which an eight-year-old boy, played by Macaulay Culkin, is accidentally left behind when his family fly out for a Christmas holiday.

He ends up fending for himself and fighting off burglars.

Gorton originally formed the backdrop for Shameless, the comedy drama about Britain's urban underclass, until the show was given a purpose-built set.

The long running series – which stars David Threlfall – was critically acclaimed and highlighted the benefits culture that is dominant in some towns and cities.

Girl dies after father forces her to walk 10 miles on Christmas day



Pictures: Robert Aragon, Sage Aragon with brother Bear

I've mentioned earlier of Children in India being abused and thrown out of their own houses by their parents, and locked out at the mercy of nature and unnatural elements. We have talked about children getting 'scalped' in India. What is the Government and society doing about preventing the continuation of such acts?

The Indian Government has to do more to bring Child Abuse (and vulnerable adult abuse) within the gambit of the Domestic Violence Act. The discriminatory nature of the DV Act has to be removed by making the DV Act gender-neutral.

A father faces felony charges after sending children to walk 10 miles for help.

Girl, 11, died after her father forced her to walk 10 miles in a snowstorm on Christmas Day

30th December 2008

A girl of 11 died after her father allowed her to walk ten miles through a snowstorm when their pick-up truck got stuck on Christmas Day.

Sage Aragon froze to death trying to reach her mother's house together with her 12-year-old brother, Bear.

The youngsters' father, Robert Aragon, allowed the pair to set off on foot while he tried to free his truck from a snowdrift.

Aragon, 55, then returned to his home in Jerome, Idaho, leaving it to his partner JoLeta Jenks to alert the police.

A search and rescue team found the boy at a rest area near the highway shortly before 10pm on Thursday night.

Adults in the search effort described the snow as knee-deep for them.

The younsgter was found wearing only long underwear, Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling said in a news release.

Apparently delusional from hypothermia, the child had discarded his jacket, pants and shoes, the sheriff's office said. He was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

The rest area was about 4.5 miles from where the children started walking.

At some point the pair separated and their mother said her son told her they disagreed about whether to keep going or turn back.

'(Bear) kept on telling her: "Let's go, Sage, let's go, Sage",' Jenks said, recalling what her son told her. 'Sage said, "No, I'm going back".'

The little girl was found about 2.7 miles from where the two set out.

She was barely visible under windblown, drifting snow when search dogs located her along a local road about 2am on Friday.

She was wearing a brown down coat, black shirt, pink pajama pants and tan snowboots, the sheriff's office statement said.

'I thought she was alive because they said they found her,' Jenks said. 'I was excited.'

The girl was pronounced dead at a Ketchum hospital; preliminary post mortem results indicate she died of hypothermia.

Officials say temperatures in the area at the time the girl was missing touched -20C.

Jenks and Aragon are not married.

While she said she doesn't understand the decision Aragon is accused of making in letting the children walk to her house, Jenks added: 'I don't need to sit and yell. I know he's going through hell right now.'

Aragon appeared in a court charged with second degree murder and felony injury to a child.

A judge denied Aragon's request to lower his $500,000 bond. He was being held in the Blaine County Jail.

Aragon was emotional during the short hearing. He banged his head on the defendant's table as Ingram read the charges against him.

After Ingram noted that second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, Aragon said 'Oh my God' as he banged his head on the table one final time.

Heart heals itself: Inspiring Miracle story





Pictures: Kirsty at 4 months,Kirsty and mom, Dr Stephen Westaby, Kirsty and Mom

The heart had the heart to heal. It is an inspiring story of mother's love and doctor's hands. Read on!

The heart that grew back: 'Miracle' of girl whose heart healed itself after a third was removed in emergency operation

31st December 2008

Aged four months, Kirsty Collier lay dying on the operating table with a serious heart defect.

Her surgeon had tried his best to correct the problem but thought the organ was so badly damaged that there was no hope.

As a last-ditch attempt to save Kirsty's life, he decided to cut away a third of her heart, enlarged because of her condition, in case that restarted it.

And against all the odds, it once again began to beat. For Professor Stephen Westaby, that, in itself, was a miracle. But ten years on, Kirsty's heart has proved even more of a surprise.

For it has healed itself in a way experts never thought possible, and is now the normal size and shape for a girl of her age – without a single telltale scar from the original surgery.

Kirsty was born with a rare heart condition, which is frequently fatal within the first three months of life. The defect meant that her left coronary artery, which carries blood to the heart muscle, was connected to the pulmonary artery instead of the aorta.

As a result, the organ was starved of oxygen and became enlarged. Kirsty had numerous heart attacks as a baby and her prospects seemed bleak.

As her condition became critical, Professor Westaby was called upon to carry out corrective surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

But Kirsty was linked up to a heart lung bypass machine for the surgery – and when the surgical team attempted to get the heart to take over once again, they found it was so badly damaged that it was unable to pump blood again.

'We felt there was no hope at all,' Professor Westaby told Sky News.

A message was even sent to Kirsty's parents to warn them 'it was not going well'.

'She was essentially dead and was only resurrected by what I regarded at the time as a completely bizarre operation,' added Professor Westaby.

However, the surgeon had a hunch that reducing the size of Kirsty's heart would ease the pressure on the muscle, allowing it to contract properly.

And using scissors, he removed a large section of the muscle wall, stitched it back together, and hoped for the best.

'I have to confess I never thought it would work. It was an awful lot smaller.' But the baby's heart began beating again.

Today, Kirsty, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, is a sporty tenyear- old who plays rugby at school. 'Her recovery is miraculous,' said Professor Westaby.

Her mother, Becky, 38, said: 'She's such a sporty girl. It's hard to imagine she was ill sometimes.' Recalling her first sight of Kirsty after the operation, she added: 'There she was, my tiny baby, with tubes everywhere. They said she'd take a step forward and a step back. But I could tell by looking at her that she would keep going.

It's amazing what she has overcome. 'She's such a brave little girl but and has never let her condition affect her life at all. I think that has been behind her recovery – she doesn't think about it.'

Kirsty's father Wayne, a computer- software salesman, said: 'It was a dark day when she went in the operating theatre. It's unbelievable. She has a normal life like any other girl.'

Professor Westaby said the results of a recent MRI scan of Kirsty's heart were 'fascinating' because of the extent the heart has healed itself. 'An adult heart wouldn't do that.'

As for Kirsty, she has refused to let her early problems shape her life. 'I don't want to be different to anyone else just because I've had a heart operation,' she said.

Amnesty International: New Year 2009 Message


I am sharing extracts of Amnesty International New Year 2009 message. As we move to the New Year 2009, it is important to reflect on victims of torture and abuse in homes, communities and countries.
Totalitarian regimes of abuse exist right in our homes, communities and society. We must identify and close down these totalitarian regimes and have a conversion of heart to 'shared communities' with peace and love.
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Dear Roshni,

As I reflect back on a historic year, one moment burns especially bright—because it captured the essence of what Amnesty International is all about.

In her commencement address at Harvard last June, J.K. Rowling described her experience working at Amnesty International in London before she invented Harry Potter. It changed her life, just as it changed mine. Here’s what she said about Amnesty:

I paid the rent in my early 20s by working in the research department at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London. There in my little office I read hastily scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian regimes by men and women who were risking imprisonment to inform the outside world of what was happening to them. I saw photographs of those who had disappeared... I read the testimony of torture victims and saw pictures of their injuries... I began to have nightmares, literal nightmares, about some of the things I saw, heard and read. 

And yet I also learned more about human goodness at Amnesty International than I had ever known before. Amnesty mobilizes thousands of people who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet. My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life.

Like J. K. Rowling, your dedication and passion are the lifeblood of Amnesty International’s work. Through your activism, we have freed prisoners unjustly detained for their beliefs, and given them hope when all hope seemed lost. 

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this month, there is still so much work to be done. From Guantánamo to Congo and Zimbabwe, people are still being illegally detained or tortured and ill-treated. Many more face unfair trials and fear of being locked up if they speak out for their rights.

I wish you a happy new year and look forward to your continued passion for justice.

Sincerely,

Larry Cox

Major deception: Army probing sham second marriage


An Afghan woman has filed a complaint of an alleged case of deception, sham conversion to Islam and a sham second marriage under Islam.

The Indian law clearly states that a person married under one personal law, cannot legally get married under another personal law (i.e.Islam), as long as the first marriage subsists.

If the allegations are found true, the Major is punishable under bigamy laws, deception, cruelty and breach of trust. Society should be allowed to complain about such sham marriages (besides the spouse).

Please refer to my earlier posts on Sham second marriages.
1. Polygamy in Britain
2. Army major cheats minor
3. Fatwa against sham conversion
4. Married Dy CM Haryana has sham marriage
5. Bigamy, the complete law in India

Complete posting from the URL:

Army probing Afghan woman's charge against doctor
30 Dec 2008
NEW DELHI: The Army has started probing charges made by an Afghan woman that a Major in the Army Medical Corps married her and then deserted her.
A day after Kabul resident Sabra Khan met Union home minister P Chidambaram in Delhi asking for permission to prosecute Major Chandrashekhar Pant, the Indian Army said that a probe has already been initiated into the charge.

"The matter is under investigation. Based on facts from the investigation, further action will be taken. If found guilty, law will take its own course against Major Pant," director-general of medical services (Army) Lt-Gen NK Parmar said on Tuesday.

"The local police in Afghanistan could not have arrested Major Pant because they have no jurisdiction. The complaint has come through the ministry of external affairs and it is already in the knowledge of the Central Command," Parmar said ahead of the 245th anniversary of the Army Medical Corps.

According to Sabra, she met Major Pant during his stint as a doctor at the Indira Gandhi Hospital run by the Indian diplomatic mission in Kabul where she worked as a translator.

"I was initially attached as a translator to another doctor, but Major Pant asked for my services. In time, he asked for my hand in marriage, but my parents refused on the ground that we were from different religions and he was much older than me," she claimed.

Going against her parents' wishes, Sabra said she married the Major.

"When he changed his religion to marry me, my parents thought he was truly committed," said Sabra who is being supported by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union.

According to Sabra, after 15 days of living together, Major Pant told her he had to go to India on work and would return in a year's time. When it became two years, Sabra decided to come to India to look for her husband. On landing in India, Sabra went to the Army Hospital in Pithoragarh where the Major is currently posted to find that he was already married and had two children, she said.

Elizabeth Fritzl leaves psychiatric hospital: Eight doors, eight lives



Picture: The underground cellar, Josef and Elizabeth Fritzl (then 18).

Eight months is the time for Elizabeth Fritzl and family to get psychiatric re-homing.
Eight Lives is what Josef destroyed.
Eight doors (locked and with access code) is what kept Elizabeth locked in the cellar.

Elisabeth Fritzl and family finally leave hospital eight months after being freed from incest cellar
30th December 2008

The daughter of cellar monster Josef Fritzl was today released from the psychiatric hospital where she has been recovering for eight months.

Elisabeth Fritzl was re-homed along with six of the six of the seven children she bore her father over the 24 years she was imprisoned and repeatedly raped by him.

Elisabeth’s lawyer, Christoph Herbst, said they had been moved to an undisclosed location.

In November Austrian prosecutors charged Fritzl, 73, with murder for refusing to arrange medical treatment for the seventh child, who died in infancy.

He also faces charges of rape, incest, false imprisonment and enslavement.

Over the weekend it emerged that Elisabeth, 42 kept a diary while she was imprisoned by her father.

Prosecutors now intend to use it as part of the case against Fritzl.

The diary is understood to document the timing of key incidents in her life, including the births of the children and the death of one of them.

‘I can confirm we found notes by Elisabeth Fritzl,’ the state prosecutor, Gerhard Sedlacek, told The Guardian.

Fritzl has been in prison since April, when the case came to attention of the police after Elisabeth sought help for her 19-year-old daughter, Kerstin, who had become gravely ill.


Elisabeth persuaded her father to take Kerstin to hospital, where doctors called police.

A psychiatrist has said Fritzl is mentally fit to stand trial in March and, if convicted of murder, he faces a prison term of between 20 years and life.

Fritzl maintains that he locked Elisabeth away for her own good to keep her away from a drink and drugs lifestyle when she was 18.

The grandfather told officials: “It was for her own good. But I am no monster. If I had been unable to care for her there was a timer mechanism that would have opened the door - she would have been free.”

To reach the secret dungeon under his home anyone entering had to go through eight locked doors - and many of them were fitted with alarms and sensors.

The eighth and final door was hidden behind a cupboard and could only be opened by punching in a six digit code into a remote control.

Elizabeth Fritz's story unfolds: The Sadist, the Silent and the survivor





Pictures: The house, Elizabeth at 18 and now, Elizabeth now (aged beyond years), Elizabeth at 18, Father and daughter at 18

When can a victim of Child abuse speak up?
The 'right time' for a victim of Child abuse will never come because of denial by perpetrator and instigators, family and friends; shock and disbelief

The child abuse cannot happen in a vacuum. There are sadists, instigators, silent colluders and the survivor. The victims of child abuse have persistent health problems including chest conditions, anxiety, chronic depression and lack of self-esteem.

The Sadist, The silent (colluder), and the survivor -----is the description given for Josef Fritzl, his wife Rosemarie, and the victim Elizabeth. A similar situation occurs in most families, with nobody taking a supportive role for the victim.

The Sadist is an all-POWERFUL person who does not allow their children to have their own personalities and their own will. The sado-masochist person is 'bad, not mad' and will overpower the weak with domination and oppression.

In a recent poll about the worst type of abuse, 78% voted for Child abuse, 18% for animal abuse and 8% for Spousal abuse.

Child abuse has got sidelined in the Domestic Violence debate in India.

Elizabeth Fritzl has recently told her own story (See links on the left for Video links).

According to reports released by the police, Josef had been sexually abusing Elizabeth since she was eleven. Sexual abuse does not happen in a vacuum, nor is it a solitary event — the signs are often myriad and obvious. So where was her mother

In all my years of working with abuse survivors, I have never heard of a case where the mother did not know the father was molesting the daughter(s) or son(s). However, admitting they knew about it and doing something about it are entirely different things.

Rosemarie, the mother in this case, has been the "silent one," the "colluder." Now, we could make the case that Josef is a tyrant and most certainly abused his wife as well as his daughter, but pretending that the mother is blameless is hypocrisy. Josef had sexually abused Elizabeth for eight years before she was locked in the dungeon of horrors. Her mother had to know, but it's so much easier to pretend that abuse isn't happening. If Rosemarie had addressed it in any way, she might have felt she had to stop it, and more than likely she was terrified of her husband. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" syndrome is characteristic of incestuous families

Time does not heal all wounds. Elizabeth and her three children have been traumatized beyond belief, in ways that most of us cannot comprehend and never will. It is beyond our ability to fathom what Elizabeth experienced: being repeatedly raped, giving birth to seven children with no medical help, trying to survive in cramped living quarters with minimal air circulation and five foot six inch ceilings, children who have never seen the light of day. This description does not do justice to what she and her children survived — nothing can. As time passes, hopefully Elizabeth and her children will adapt and accommodate to their new life, but it will be a long road to recovery and healing.

ELISABETH Fritzl has detailed for the first time the horrific conditions she and her children endured while imprisoned by their father in a cellar in Austria.

The 42-year-old was kept prisoner underground by Josef Fritzl for 24 years during which time he allegedly repeatedly raped her and forced her to bear him seven children. 

Elisabeth, who was finally freed in April, has told a judge investigating the case that she was raped up to three times a week by her father and if she tried to stop him, the children suffered. 

She also alleges Mr Fritzl scared the children by bullying them and threatened to leave them all to die in the cellar

"He was very brutal against me," Elisabeth told Austrian judge Andrea Humer during an interview, according to extracts printed in Britain's Sun newspaper. 

"And when I did not agree to have sex, then the kids would suffer. 

"We knew he would kick us or be bad to us." 

Elisabeth, her eldest daughter Kerstin, 19, and sons Stefan, 18, and Felix, 5, were imprisoned in a concrete bunker underneath Fritzl's family home in Amstetten. 

Elisabeth's three other children by her father - Lisa, 16, Monika, 14 and Alexander, 12 - were chosen by Mr Fritzl to live upstairs with him and his wife. 

Another baby boy she gave birth to in the cellar died soon after being born. 

The six survivors were only freed after Kerstin collapsed on April 19 and was rushed to hospital after Elisabeth pleaded with her father to let her daughter see a doctor. 

In her interview with the judge, Elisabeth reportedly said her father threatened to leave them to rot in the cellar, which had no windows and was sealed by an electronically-locked door

"He said he could close the door whenever he wanted and then we would soon see how we survived," she said. 

Elisabeth also told of how she tried to keep life as normal as possible for her children when their father was not around. 

"When he went away we led our own lives," she said. 

"When he was here it was all silence. He was just all-powerful

"It was his kind of communication to use rough words. He would be insulting against me and the children. 

"When he was at the table and we were eating and someone was holding their knife wrongly, or did not want to eat, there would be verbal abuse

"He wouldn't let the kids develop their own personalities. He would not allow the kids to have their own will." 

Mr Fritzl is expected to face up to 3000 rape charges plus others of child cruelty and false imprisonment when he goes on trial later this year.


Petition for Protection From Domestic Violence, Child abuse and Vulnerable adult abuse

The Domestic Violence Act in India is an Incomplete document, and assumes that the victim is the 'wife' and the perpetrator is the 'husband'. This is discriminatory in nature at the outset.

It is important for a non-discrimatory Domestic Violence Act which includes Child abuse, Domestic Violence and Vulnerable adult abuse under the purview of the Act.

I am linking an important document from the United States, which is the Form/Petition to be signed by a victim of Child Abuse/Domestic Violence and Vulnerable adult abuse. Nowhere is the gender or relationship of the victim or perpetrator mentioned.

For further details, Government law enforcers in India and NGOs can link to this document.