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

Saturday, 31 January 2009

I now love my first wife and 'respect' my second wife: claims Former Haryana deputy CM

Fiza said she will leave to the "people of the country to decide what is happening with her".

Well, it is a personal matter between the family. How can the country come in between this personal matter?

In a matter of moral opinion, persons have to start new relations, only after all the legal processes of divorce are completed. Otherwise, such situations amount to 'adultery'. And the sham conversion to Islam (in the presence of a subsisting 'first' marriage) and sham 'Islamic marriage' amount to ZERO and actually 'perverting the course of justice'.

In a matter of legal opinion, 'adultery' and 'bigamy' situations have to be sorted out in court of law.

All the laws you need are here for your reference, Fiza.

And,please do not involve the 'PEOPLE' at this stage, when so much water (and other bodily fluids) has flown under the bridge.
I love my first wife: Former Haryana deputy CM 31 Jan 2009
Publish Post

GURGAON: The Chand-Fiza saga saw yet another twist on Saturday with Haryana's former deputy chief minister saying that he "loves" his first wife Seema and their children and was "missing" them, three days after he abruptly left the house he shared with his second wife Fiza.

43-year-old Chand, who just two months ago created a stir by converting to Islam to marry former Additional Advocate General Anuradha Bali alias Fiza and publically proclaimed his "undying" love for her, gave indications of a change of heart.

"I love Seema (his first wife), my children a son and a daughter," Chander Mohan, who changed his name to Chand Mohammad after conversion, told reporters here after resurfacing from a three-day hibernation.

On being asked about Fiza, 37, who allegedly attempted suicide and was arrested by police on the charge before being released on bail yesterday, Chand said, "I respect her."

Chand, who is the son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, and Fiza married in November last year, drawing the wrath of his family which disowned him. Chand was also sacked as Deputy Chief Minister. The couple came out in open about their marriage on November 30 last year.

Parring questions on whether Chand would return back to his first wife, an agitated Fiza asked why he was "not coming out in open".

"Everyone can understand under what compulsion he (Chand) made the latest statement at the house of friend of his brother Kuldeep Bishnoi in Gurgaon," she said in Mohali.

Fiza said she will leave to the "people of the country to decide what is happening with her".

Malaysian teacher caned by school principal, mistaken for a loitering student

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian teacher who was caned by the principal of her school after being mistaken for a student idling outside the classroom has complained to authorities in a bid to stop the incident from happening again.

"I was ashamed because all the students in Form One saw the incident," national news agency Bernama quoted the 28-year-old teacher as saying, after she was hit on the buttocks along with several students on Wednesday morning.

The principal, a 53-year-old woman, apologised, saying she thought the teacher, dressed in loose-fitting clothes for a session of silat, the traditional Malay martial art, was a student.

Malaysian teacher caned by school principal, mistaken for a loitering student
But the apology failed to soothe matters, said the agency, which did not identify either woman.

"Although she did not know me because she was transferred to the school two weeks ago, there was no reason not to ask me," said the teacher, based at a school in the southern state of Johor.

A Malaysian teachers' union wants the education ministry to take action. "The union has always stressed that leadership in schools is very important," union official Loke Yim Pheng said.

"If true, the act of caning a teacher has gone too far."

The RIGHTS of daughters: Maintenance of Daughters out of Late Father's estates: The law

This is a collation of the Rights of the Girl-Child to inherit from the assets (Death without a will) of her late father.
In many situations, there will be evil family members who will try to grab the late father's estate as well, compete with the girl child's rights by trying to stay rent-free in father's estate, instigate against the girl-child and reap benefit from the profits of the late father's estate.

To summarise,
1. Children are eligible to inherit 2/3rd of their father's estate (in case of sudden demise, intestate i.e. without a will) in equal proportion, which has to be handed to them at the time of maturity i.e. 18 years. The widow inherits 1/3 rd of the property.

2. Girl-children in India have a right to be married with their father's money, and maintained on their father's estate (even after his death). If maintenance has not been given, then there has to be arrears of maintenance to be given as well.
There are some mothers who treat their daughters like UNTOUCHABLES and give their sons STEP-FATHERLY status .
This Child abuse & neglect has been condoned by family members in the name of SON PREFERENCE and GENDER BIAS.
Inheritance law has been mentioned before. The President Pratibha Patil has also mentioned about this earlier in December 2008 (see earlier posting). In December 2008, I've emailed details of my blog to the President of India, members of the ruling party, members of the opposition about Child abuse (to be included in a revised, gender-neutral Domestic Violence Act). Campaign about Gender-discriminatory Domestic Violence Bill has been made since 2000 by men's rights groups including Save Indian Family Foundation.

The President of India has re-iterated that Inheritance laws in India have been made free of discrimination to women since the 1980s.

Does that happen in India? Or are girl-children denied of their inheritance and told "Go fetch your own fortune?"or "Get out!" or-----
What do you say about the realities, Mrs. President? Any comments, Mr Prime Minister?
Know your inheritance laws


The author is partner, RANK Associates, Advocates, Chennai.

As you are already aware, the Law of Inheritance differs from religion to religion. The Christian Laws of Succession are codified under the Indian Succession Act, 1925. Each religion has its own prescription for distribution of properties on the death of an intestate. While codifying the rules of succession, care has been taken to retain the religious flavour.

The provisions relating to intestate succession apply as contained in the Indian Succession Act, 1925, apply to Indian Christians, Anglo-Indians, Jews, Armenians and certain Christians who are foreign nationals but are domiciled in India.

For understanding the manner in which the property is distributed on the death of an intestate as per the provisions of the Indian Succession Act, the meaning of certain terms will have to be understood.

The word "kindred" is used as interchangeable with the word "Consanguinity". The terms indicate the connection or relation of persons descended from the same stock or common ancestor.

"Lineal consanguinity" means the relationship arising out of direct line between persons like a man and his father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc, or a man, his son, grandson, great grandson, etc, in a direct ascending or a descending line. A generation constitutes a degree either ascending or descending. As such, a person's father is related to him in the first degree, being an instance of son and father, as is the case between father and son. The grandfather or grandson will be placed in the second degree. The great grandfather and the great grandson in the third degree and so on. If the consanguinity is not direct, but subsists between two persons who are descended from the same stock or ancestors, then this is called "Collateral Consanguinity".

Widow's share The position of a widow is fairly secured in intestate succession of those governed by the Act. In the case of other religions, a widow's share may increase or decrease depending on other heirs or sharers. In respect of Christians and others governed by the Act, the widow will get at least one- third of the property in any situation. It may increase depending on the other heirs.

If an intestate dies leaving wife and other lineal descendants, one-third share will go to the wife and two-thirds will be distributed between the lineal descendants as provided in the Act .

If the intestate dies leaving wife and kindred only (without leaving lineal descendants), one-half of the property will go to the wife and the balance half distributed to the kindred as provided in the Act.

If the intestate dies leaving wife only (without leaving lineal descendants or kindred), then the entire property shall belong to the wife as provided in the Act. The share of a husband surviving his wife is the same in respect of her property, if she dies intestate as that of a widow in her husband's property.

If the intestate dies leaving a surviving child or children only, then the property will be taken by the child entirely or between the children equally as the case may be.

Take an example of a person having three children. His first child has two children (two grandchildren); the second child has three (three grandchildren); and the third child has four (four grandchildren). All the three children of the person die before him. The person referred to also dies intestate leaving in all nine grandchildren. The position is that each of the grandchildren will get a one-ninth share in the property of the intestate.

If the intestate dies leaving only eight grandchildren along with two children of a deceased grandchild, then the property is divided into nine parts. Each grandchild gets a one-ninth share and the remaining one-ninth is equally divided between the two great grandchildren.

Take another example of a person having three children. His first child dies leaving four children (four grandchildren); the second child dies leaving one child (one grandchild); and the third child survives the intestate. In this case, the surviving child will get a one-third share. The four grandchildren of the first child will get a one-fourth share out of a one-third share (one-twelfth share) and one-third share will be taken by the grandchild through the second child.

Take one more example of a person having three children. His first child dies leaving four children (four grandchildren). One of the grandchildren dies leaving two children (great grandchildren); the second child dies leaving one child (one grandchild); and the third child survives the intestate. In this case, the surviving child will get a one-third share. The surviving grandchild through the second child gets a one-third share. A one-third share is divided into four parts and one part is to be allotted to the grandchild through the first child and one part is to be shared equally by the great grandchildren through the first child. A person has a son and a daughter. The son predeceases the father leaving a pregnant wife and, thereafter, the person dies intestate. In this case, the daughter will get a half share and the posthumous grandchild (child of the predeceased son) will get a half share.

If the intestate has no lineal descendants, then, after deducting the wife's share, the balance share will go to the father, if father is living and if the father is not living, but mother, brothers and sisters live, then each will get an equal share. The children of brother or sister will get their parent's share, if the brother or sister had predeceased the intestate leaving their children. In this case, if the intestate leaves only his mother, then the entire property will be taken by the mother.

The rules change depending on the degree and are complex depending on the degree of relationship of claimants. However, the examples given are sufficient for a general understanding arising in usual circumstances.

2----------------Maintenance out of late father's estate -------------
Fathers (and mothers) have to jointly maintain and pay for their daughters marriage. The obligation of getting married and starting a family is "with the purpose of raising children well". There are many parents who fail in their duty of providing for their children's food, education, emotional needs, self-esteem and other needs.

Father liable to pay for daughter’s marriage and maintenance:Even after death of father

HC Express news service

Mumbai: Stating that every father is under the obligation to maintain his daughters and even get them married, the Bombay High Court has directed a man here to reimburse the money his estranged wife spent on their daughters’ marriage.

The court was hearing an appeal filed by Kusum Rewatkar (58) of Wardha district, who sought reimbursement of the amount she spent on the marriage of her three daughters. A mother of five daughters, Kusum got divorced from her husband Nathuji, 25 years ago, after a 10-year wedlock .

Upholding her claim, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has held that “the father’s obligation to maintain the daughter and get her married arises from the very existence of the relationship”.

Under the Hindu Law, a daughter is entitled to be maintained out of the estate of the father even after his death, said Justice C L Pangarkar.

“The law envisages that a father is bound to make a provision for the marriage expenses of the daughters as part of maintenance. Therefore, if wife has spent for the performance of the marriage of the daughter, the husband would certainly be liable to reimburse the wife. He cannot escape his liability in any case,” the court said.

3--------------Maintenance law------------------------------

Source: My nation

22. Maintenance of dependants
(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) the heirs of a deceased Hindu are bound to maintain the dependants of the deceased out of the estate inherited by them from the deceased.
(2) Where a dependant has not obtained, by testamentary or intestate succession, any share in the estate of a Hindu dying after the commencement of this Act, the dependant shall be entitled, subject to the provisions of this Act, to maintenance from those who take the estate.
(3) The liability of each of the persons who takes the estate shall be in proportion to the value of the share or part of the estate taken by him or her.
(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2) or sub-section (3), no person who is himself or herself a dependant shall be liable to contribute to the maintenance of others, if he or she has obtained a share or part the value of which is, or would, if the liability to contribute were enforced, become less than what would be awarded to him or her by way of maintenance under this Act.
23. Amount of maintenance
(1) It shall be in the discretion of the court to determine whether any, and if so what, maintenance shall be awarded under the provisions of this Act, and in doing so the court shall have due regard to the considerations set out in sub-section (2), or sub-section (3), as the case may be, so far as they are applicable.
(2) In determining the amount of maintenance, if any, to be awarded to a wife, children or aged or infirm parents under this Act, regard shall be had to-
(a) the position and status of the parties;
(b) the reasonable wants of the claimant;
(c) if the claimant is living separately, whether the claimant is justified in doing so;
(d) the value of the claimant's property and any income derived from such property, or from the claimant's own earnings or from any other source;
(e) the number of persons entitled to maintenance under this Act.
(3) In determining the amount of maintenance, if any, to be awarded to a dependant under this Act, regard shall be had to-
(a) the net value of the estate of the deceased after providing for the payment of his debts;
(b) the provision, if any, made under a will of the deceased in respect of the dependant;
(c) the degree of relationship between the two;
(d) the reasonable wants of the dependant;
(e) the past relations between the dependant and the deceased;
(f) the value of the property of the dependant and any income derived from such property; or from his or her earnings or from any other source;
(g) the number of dependants entitled to maintenance under this Act.
24. Claimant to maintenance should be a Hindu
No person shall be entitled to claim maintenance under this Chapter if he or she has ceased to be a Hindu by conversion to another religion.
25. Amount of maintenance may be altered on change of circumstances
The amount of maintenance, whether fixed by a decree of court or by agreement, either before or after the commencement of this Act, may be altered subsequently if there is a material change in the circumstances justifying such alteration.
26. Debts to have priority
Subject to the provisions contained in section 27 debts of every description contracted or payable by the deceased shall have priority over the claims of his dependants for maintenance under this Act.
27. Maintenance when to be a charge
A dependant's claim for maintenance under this Act shall not be a charge on the estate of the deceased or any portion thereof, unless one has been created by the will of the deceased, by a decree of court, by agreement between the dependant and the owner of the estate or portion, or otherwise.
28. Effect of transfer of property on right to maintenance Where a dependant has a right to receive maintenance out of an estate, and such estate or any part thereof is transferred, the right to receive maintenance may be enforced against the transferee if the transferee has notice of the right or if the transfer is gratuitous; but not against the transferee for consideration and without notice of the right.

Civil versus Religious divorce: Family court to decide if couple's marriage or divorce is valid

Family court to decide if couple's marriage or divorce is valid
30 Jan 2009
MUMBAI: Almost 12 years after their divorce, a Muslim couple in Mumbai finds itself back in the family court to figure out if they are still married.

Reason: The wife insists they're still married, the husband says they're not. At the heart of the matter is the contention that while the Dawoodi Bohra couple were married under both civil and personal law, their mutual consent divorce took place only under civil law, viz the Special Marriage Act. The Bombay high court has therefore directed the family court to decide whether the marriage is still valid under Muslim Personal Law. The 40-something couple will now have to re-testify in the witness box.

After three high court judges pondered over the problem, the case was sent back to the family court last week.

Justice Bilal Nazki, the third judge who heard the matter after a two-judge bench of the Bombay High Court gave a rare split verdict last September, said, "It will have to be seen what relationship remained between the couple after their divorce under the Special Marriage Act because neither husband nor wife deny they follow the Muslim faith.''

The fact is that the Byculla couple-married 20 years ago, they have two children-continued to live together post the divorce with the woman maintaining that her husband continued to project her as his wife.

In 2006, however, the wife said she "realised'' that the mutual consent divorce decree was "obtained fraudulently''. She moved the family court to get a declaration that she was still "his legally wedded wife''. When her plea was dismissed as "untenable'', she appealed to the high court.

Last year Justice B H Marlapalle held that the marriage had indeed ended with the civil divorce.

"Both husband and wife had deposed jointly during their mutual consent petition in 1997 and the wife could not nine years later say it was a fraud played on her...Both are educated and run their own businesses,'' he observed.

Taking a broader view, the judge added that in a plural society like India, if a divorce under civil law was not accepted as final, it would lead to an "absurd situation'' of a never-ending process of getting an inter-religious marriage dissolved. "If, for instance, a Hindu marries a Muslim and they have three weddings-first under the civil law and then under the Muslim and Hindu laws-would they have to take three divorces to end the marriage?'' Justice Marlapalle.

But, holding that the emphasis should be on "preserving the institution of marriage'', the second judge, Justice Dilip Bhosale, had disagreed and referred the matter back to the family court after observing that the trial court had "clearly not examined the case closely enough''.

Justice Nazki, the third judge, settled the issue by saying that under the Family Courts Act it was for the family court to decide.

The Bohra couple's predicament of being caught between the two stools of civil and personal law is shared by a growing number of urban couples. When it comes to marriage, most couples are eager for both civil certificate and religious rites, but in the case of divorce, they usually head to court. The high court verdict will now require the family court to decide each such case on merits with greater application of mind.

Slap by physical trainer teacher in school sends girl into depression

Slap in school sends girl into depression
31 Jan 2009
JAIPUR: England’s Conservative Party leader, Azmat Husein’s 11-year-old daughter and a Class VI student of Delhi Public School (DPS) became a victim of corporal punishment on January 29. The incident happened when, the victim, Alima Husein went to school without her identity card. She was asked by her physical trainer to stand in the open for half an hour.

After a few minutes, when Alima could not bear the heat, she requested the teacher to pardon her. Instead, the teacher slapped her twice. “That day, she refused to have her meal. Despite repeated attempts she only revealed that she was punished by her teacher,” said Ishrat Husein, Alima’s mother.

On January 30, when Alima was taken to the hospital, the doctor found out that she was depressed because of the punishment. The doctor advised her to take a three-day rest. “This incident can affect her studies, especially when the exams are fast approaching,” added Ishrat. Alima’s parents brought her here last year from England.

Ethical storm over octuplets as it is revealed the single mother already has SIX children

Ethical storm over octuplets as it is revealed the single mother already has SIX children
31st January 2009
The birth of octuplets to a single mother in the U.S. is a 'medical disaster', doctors said yesterday.

It has emerged that the woman involved - who conceived through fertility treatment - already has six children under the age of seven.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said: 'A pregnancy resulting in this many babies clearly is not a medical triumph'.

Questions were also being asked over how the single mother, identified in U.S. reports yesterday as Nadya Suleman, was able to get fertility treatment when she already has six children, including twins aged two.

Miss Suleman is said to be a 33-year-old divorcee studying for a masters degree in psychology.
Her doctors at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in California said she refused the chance to reduce the number of embryos.
The news came as Miss Suleman - who now has a grand total of 14 children - spoke for the first time, saying her babies are 'miraculous'.

But as more details emerged about her massive family, she became caught up in an ethics row over how an apparently single mother - whose family had allegedly been in dire financial straits - was able to get fertility treatment.

A source told CBS News that the family declared bankruptcy and abandoned a house a little over a year and a half ago.

However the report gave no more details.
It came as neighbours raised questions over whether her children will have a father in their lives at all.

Miss Suleman’s mother also confirmed the octuplets were indeed the result of fertility treatment - and said her daughter had had the opportunity to abort one or more of the foetuses, as is common with multiple pregnancies, but turned it down.

Yesterday a 'stunned' fertility specialist slammed whichever clinic did the implantations.

The hospital where the octuplets were born - Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower, California - has said by the time the woman came to them she was already three months pregnant.

During an interview on CBS's The Early Show, Michael Tucker, scientific director of Georgia Reproductive Specialists, said: 'As the story's unfolded and it's gone from the potential use of just fertility drugs, or misuse thereof, to actual, apparently, IVF (in-vitro fertilization) with transfer of embryos, this is just remarkable to me that any practitioner in our field of reproductive medicine would undertake such a practice.'

The host asked Dr Tucker, who has a doctorate in reproductive physiology.

'Had she walked into a fertility clinic and said, "Listen, I've got other children, the oldest seven, the youngest two," is there any ethical responsibility on the clinic's part to say, "I'm not going to treat you," or, "You know what? This is not a good idea"?''

Dr Tucker's reply was unequivocal: 'I'm stunned, actually, that a clinic would proceed to treat a patient in this circumstance.'

He added a woman of her age should be receiving two embryos maximum, adding: 'To have had eight transferred is somewhat - is extremely irresponsible.'

Under U.S. guidelines, doctors would normally not implant more than two embryos at a time in a woman under the age of 35.
It was also revealed that Miss Suleman’s father - an Iraqi contractor - may be forced to return to work in his native country to help support his 14 grandchildren.

Residents in the quiet LA cul-de-sac where Miss Suleman – who they said looks to be Hispanic - lives, said they have never seen her with anyone who looked like a boyfriend or husband.

A neighbour who gave her name only as Verda said: 'I don’t think she is married or has a partner.
'The only male I’ve seen over there in the two years or so she has lived there is her father, who must be in his 60s.'
Concerns were also raised over the family's home - what appeared to be a well-kept but cramped two or three-bedroom bungalow, hardly adequate for such a large family.

But the babies' grandfather said the family have a far larger house elsewhere - and warned that media may have a tougher time finding the family after the babies are released from the hospital.

'We have a huge house, not here,' said the man, who only identified himself as Ed. 'You are never going to know where it is.'

With him were two of the woman's older six children, aged six and seven - who said they were excited to have new siblings.
As curiosity grew about the mother who has taken on such a mammoth undertaking as raising 14 children - apparently without a partner – Miss Suleman released a statement though Kaiser Permanente hospital, where she gave birth to the octuplets on Monday.

'Please know, in our own time, we will share additional details about this miraculous experience,' she said in the statement.

'The babies continue to grow strong every day and make good progress. My family and I are ecstatic about all of their arrivals. Needless to say the eighth was a surprise to us all, but a blessing as well.'

Angela Suleman, the grandmother of the babies, said her daughter 'refused to have them killed'.

'I looked at those babies,' she added. 'They are so tiny and so beautiful.'

She also told the Los Angeles Times that her husband - the babies' grandfather - is returning to work as a contractor in Iraq to help support his rapidly-expanded family.

Mrs Suleman said her daughter had embryos implanted last year, and 'they all happened to take'.

She said her daughter declined her doctors' suggestion to remove some embryos.

'What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed.

'That is a very painful thing.'

The six boys and two girls, born on Monday, are all believed to be doing well.

Multiple births can be dangerous for babies and their mother, and in some cases may result in lasting health problems. However, in cases where a woman insists on having multiple births, there's a limit to a doctor's role.

'You can't mandate a reduction of pregnancies,' Dr. Daniel Mishell, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, said. 'You can advise them, but you can't mandate them.'

The babies were expected to remain hospitalised for several weeks and could face serious developmental delays because of their small size.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Ex-wife, Ex-fiancee, New wife: Man faked his death and went on the run for 20 years mistakenly thinking the police were after him on drugs charges...

Man faked his death and went on the run for 20 years mistakenly thinking the police were after him on drugs charges...
30th January 2009
A man faked his own death because he thought police were after him on drugs charges- only to discover 20 years later that they weren't.

Bennie Wint lived a secret life for two decades after staging his own drowning on a Florida beach, believing that he was about to be arrested.

His heartbroken fianceé, ex-wife and daughter, who was aged four when he disappeared, all believed he was dead until this week.

Wint was pulled over by traffic officers in South Carolina for having a faulty number plate. He first gave a false name but confessed all after an officer ran a check.
He was amazed when the policeman told him he wasn't wanted for anything.

'He believed he was wanted when he really wasn't,' said police sergeant Stacy Wyatt.
'He told me he had been running for 20 years.... he had destroyed every bit of identity he had.'

Wint, 49, staged his own disappearance while on holiday in Daytona Beach, Florida, in September 1989, during which he was meant to be getting married.

His distraught bride-to-be Patricia Hollingsworth saw him go into the surf for a swim before vanishing, but a search by lifeguards, boats and helicopters never turned up a body and he was presumed drowned.

'His fiancee was running up and down the beach frantically looking for him,' recalled Volusia County Beach Patrol captain Scott Petersohn.

But Wint was already on his way to Alabama, 400 miles away, where he set up a new life under the false name of William Sweet, met a new wife Sonja Jones and had a son - also named William James Sweet, now 17.

His new family were unaware of his past.

'He told me he swam to the shore in knee-deep water, walked off and never looked back,' said Sgt Wyatt.

Wint's story finally unravelled this week after he was stopped by police in Asheville, North Carolina, for not having a $1.50 light bulb on his car licence plate.

He should have escaped with just a traffic ticket, but the name he gave to police failed to register on police computers.

Realising he was in trouble, he admitted his past, telling officers that he had been involved with a narcotic drugs ring in 1989 and believed that police had been closing in on him.

'He became very emotional because it was like he was tired of running and knew that his identity was found and it was time just to get this over with,' said Sgt Wyatt.

Wint has been charged with driving without a licence and giving a false name to police.

But his story took a further twist today amid reports that he had been hit by a car outside his home. It was unclear who was beind the wheel.

Police have confirmed that neither Wint's ex-wife, fiancee or new wife appeared to have been aware of his double life.

It also appeared Hollingsworth does not yet know he is alive.

Wint, who earns a living running a flea market stall in Weaverville, North Carolina, is said to be demanding money for media interviews.

In 2007, his daughter Christi McKnight - who was just four years old when he vanished - posted an entry on a website saying that her 83-year-old grandmother was very sick but still praying that her son may still be found alive somewhere.

'It would be fabulous if anybody knew anything about him, so my granny can see her son, her youngest child, who she is still holding on to dearly,' she wrote.

Now AMERICAN Fritzl emerges as girl, 18, 'gets fed up with her father raping her older sister'

Incest of father's raping their underage daughters is becoming very common in USA and Europe. The stories of Child abuse world-wide are the same, with Perpetrator, Silent accomplices and a victim (victimized further by other family members).

Silent Accomplices in Child abuse are guilty by acts of commission, of endangering the welfare of a child.

Now AMERICAN Fritzl emerges as girl, 18, 'gets fed up with her father raping her older sister' 30th January 2009
An American father is accused of impregnating his daughter in a case which has chilling echoes of Austrian rapist Josef Fritzl.

The girl was molested and impregnated four times over five years by her father, claims her sister.

She said she waited until she turned 18 to come forward because she was afraid of being placed in Missouri state custody.

Josef Fritzl, 74, faces 3,000 rape charges after admitting sleeping with his daughter up to three times a week during the 24 years he kept her locked in a cellar dungeon.

He secretly fathered seven children by daughter Elisabeth.

Two bodies have already been found in the newly-emerged case.

The 18-year-old told police in October that her sister was being molested by their father and had given birth to four of his children. The tip led to a search of a rural property in Harrisonville where the family used to live.

'My dad was doing all this crazy stuff,' the 18-year-old said. 'I got fed up with it until I finally ran my mouth... I couldn't see my sister suffer anymore. That's why I wanted her out.'

She said her sister, now 19, was 13 when their father started molesting her. The 18-year-old said her sibling confided in her about the abuse after becoming pregnant the first time.

'But I already knew,' she said.

The property's new owners found two sealed coolers with the remains of two infants on New Year's Day.

Authorities said one of those infants died after not receiving medical treatment for pneumonia. The 47-year-old father has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of that baby, who was born in November 2006.

He also is accused of fathering the other infant whose body was found in the coolers, and investigators said they were looking into the circumstances of that baby's death.

Authorities believe a third baby born in 2004 has been buried in Oklahoma where the family once lived. A fourth child, now a 3-year-old boy, is in state custody.

In addition to the murder charge, the father also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, statutory rape and two counts each of incest and abandoning a corpse. He was being held in the Cass County jail in lieu of a $500,000 (about £350,000) bond.

The suspect's wife, also 47, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child because authorities claimed she did little to stop her daughter's sexual abuse. She was free on bond and due in court next week for a case review.

The names of the suspects and other family members are being withheld to protect the identity of the daughter.

A cousin of the suspect's four daughters said the girls were afraid of their father and that's why none of them sought help sooner.

'He threatened to kill them if they ever said anything,' she said. 'They were petrified.'

Janeal Matheson, the public defender representing the man, declined to comment.

A preliminary hearing for the father was scheduled for March 5.

Miraculous escape for schoolchildren

Miraculous escape for schoolchildren
31 Jan 2009
GUNTUR: About 70 schoolchildren had a miraculous escape when the bus in which they were travelling overturned near Auto Nagar here on Friday. The bus belonging to St Mathews High School of Vijayawada was on its way to a picnic carrying 76 students and staff, when the accident occurred.

Fear-stricken children shouted and cried from the bus even as bystanders rushed to the accident spot to rescue. Luckily, the bus came to a screeching halt immediately after it skidded off the road. The locals took the children out from the bus.

The driver who was taken into custody told the police that an engine malfunction resulted in the accident. "The accident could have been fatal had any vehicle passed on the opposite lane at the time of the incident," rural DSP, Ravindranath Tagore said.

Newborn girl's dead body found

Newborn girl's dead body found
24 Jan 2009
KOLKATA: The body of a newborn girl was found inside a garbage vat at Thakurpukur early on Friday. Local resident Ramen Guha spotted the body on his way to the market. Crows that had gathered on the vat drew his attention. He immediately stopped to take a closer look. To his horror, he saw a baby girl's body on a pile of garbage.
Guha raised an alarm and also informed the nearby Keorapukur police outpost. A huge crowd soon gathered around the vat.
Amrita Basu, another local resident, said: "I think the body was dumped by someone just a few minutes ago."
South 24-Parganas additional SP (industrial), Sunil Choudhary, said: "We have started a probe. There was no injury mark on the body." The body was sent for post-mortem.

Pregnant teenager trapped by law

I will write more about teenage pregnancies and the law in the coming posts. The solution is to make Teenage pregnany laws more humane and practical. ???There has to be punishment like 'Community Service' for consensual intercourse in the age of 14-17 years.??Where does the solution lie?

Pregnant teenager trapped by law
30 Jan 2009
NEW DELHI: That an under-aged pregnant girl needs the care of her family is a no-brainer. But, caught as she is between contradictory child marriage laws and a sluggish Delhi high court, 17-year-old Anamika (name changed), now seven months pregnant, has been languishing in a Nari Niketan for five months.

The matter came up seven times before a three-judge bench and thrice before a two-judge bench. Yet, Anamika has got no relief. It's not that she is unwanted; both her parents and her husband want her back.

After thrice hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by her father Mahadev, the three-judge headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen could not take it up on the last four dates because one judge or the other was not available. Another petition related to Anamika's release was listed thrice before the two-judge bench headed by Justice B N Chaturvedi, which declined to hear the matter till the larger bench gave its verdict.

The stalemate is over anomalies arising from the two-year-old Prevention of Child Marriage Act (PCMA). The PCMA laid down that any child marriage involving kidnapping or other forms of force was ``void''. The earlier law held that the marriage could be repudiated by the girl before she turned 18.

The change in PCMA created ambiguities as the government failed to amend other related laws. One such anomaly was highlighted by Mahadev's petition. He challenged the legality of an exception provided in the definition of rape in Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code in keeping with the old notion that all child marriages were not necessarily void. The exception grants immunity against a rape charge to husbands of under-aged girls between 15 and 18. Mahadev asked the HC to strike down the general exception as under the new PCMA, a child marriage based on kidnapping was invalid from the very beginning.

Mahadev also sought quashing of a magistrate's order of August 2008, directing the then two-month pregnant Anamika to be sent to Nari Niketan on the grounds that her husband was also under-age (below 21) and that she feared her parents' hostility to her elopement. Anxious to remain with her husband, Anamika refuted her father's allegation that her husband, a neighbour in north Delhi's Samaipur Badli, had kidnapped her in October 2006 when she was 15.

Since the FIR lodged by him yielded no result for over a year, Mahadev filed the habeas corpus petition before the HC in May 2008. The police traced Anamika within three months in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. The husband was later arrested and granted bail.

In August 2008, Mahadev's petition was clubbed with a batch of cases placed before the three-judge bench to determine whether a marriage between under-aged persons could be considered valid at any stage; whether the custody of the girl could be given to the husband in such a marriage; and whether the FIR of kidnapping and rape could be quashed.

As the court takes its time to decide, those like Anamika continue to suffer the consequences of half-baked reform.

--------------------UNDERAGE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE---The law in USA
STEWART, J., Concurring Opinion


450 U.S. 464

Michael M. v. Superior Court


No. 79-1344 Argued: November 4, 1980 --- Decided: March 23, 1981
JUSTICE STEWART, concurring.

Section 261.5, on its face, classifies on the basis of sex. A male who engages in sexual intercourse with an underage female who is not his wife violates the statute; a female who engages in sexual intercourse with an underage male who is not her husband does not. [n1] The petitioner contends that this state law, which punishes only males for the conduct in question, violates his Fourteenth Amendment right to the equal protection of the law. The Court today correctly rejects that contention.


At the outset, it should be noted that the statutory discrimination, when viewed as part of the wider scheme of California law, is not as clearcut as might at first appear. Females are not freed from criminal liability in California for engaging in sexual activity that may be harmful. It is unlawful, for example, for any person, of either sex, to molest, annoy, or contribute to the delinquency of anyone under 18 years of [p477] age. [n2] All persons are prohibited from committing "any lewd or lascivious act," including consensual intercourse, with a child under 14. [n3] And members of both sexes may be convicted for engaging in deviant sexual acts with anyone under 18. [n4] Finally, females may be brought within the proscription of § 261.5 itself, since a female may be charged with aiding and abetting its violation. [n5]

Section 261.5 is thus but one part of a broad statutory scheme that protects all minors from the problems and risks attendant upon adolescent sexual activity. To be sure, § 261.5 creates an additional measure of punishment for males who engage in sexual intercourse with females between the ages of 14 and 17. [n6] The question then is whether the Constitution prohibits a state legislature from imposing this additional sanction on a gender-specific basis.


The Constitution is violated when government, state or federal, invidiously classifies similarly situated people on the basis of the immutable characteristics with which they were [p478] born. Thus, detrimental racial classifications by government always violate the Constitution, for the simple reason that, so far as the Constitution is concerned, people of different races are always similarly situated. See Fullilove v. Klutznick, 448 U.S. 448, 522 (dissenting opinion); McLaughlin v. Florida, 379 U.S. 184, 198 (concurring opinion); Brown v. Board of Ed., 347 U.S. 483; Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 552 (dissenting opinion). By contrast, while detrimental gender classifications by government often violate the Constitution, they do not always do so, for the reason that there are differences between males and females that the Constitution necessarily recognizes. In this case, we deal with the most basic of these differences: females can become pregnant as the result of sexual intercourse; males cannot.

As was recognized in Parham v. Hughes, 441 U.S. 347, 354,

a State is not free to make overbroad generalizations based on sex which are entirely unrelated to any differences between men and women or which demean the ability or social status of the affected class.

Gender-based classifications may not be based upon administrative convenience, or upon archaic assumptions about the proper roles of the sexes. Craig v. Boren, 429 U.S. 190; Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677; Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71. But we have recognized that, in certain narrow circumstances, men and women are not similarly situated; in these circumstances, a gender classification based on clear differences between the sexes is not invidious, and a legislative classification realistically based upon those differences is not unconstitutional. See Parham v. Hughes, supra; Califano v. Webster, 430 U.S. 313, 316-317; Schlesinger v. Ballard, 419 U.S. 498; cf. San Antonio Independent School Dist v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1, 59 (concurring opinion).

[G]ender-based classifications are not invariably invalid. When men and women are not, in fact, similarly situated in the area covered by the legislation in question, the Equal Protection Clause is not violated.

Caban v. Mohammed, 441 U.S. 380, 398 (dissenting opinion). [p479]

Applying these principles to the classification enacted by the California Legislature, it is readily apparent that § 261.5 does not violate the Equal Protection Clause. Young women and men are not similarly situated with respect to the problems and risks associated with intercourse and pregnancy, and the statute is realistically related to the legitimate state purpose of reducing those problems and risks.


As the California Supreme Court's catalog shows, the pregnant unmarried female confronts problems more numerous and more severe than any faced by her male partner. [n7] She alone endures the medical risks of pregnancy or abortion. [n8] She suffers disproportionately the social, educational, and emotional consequences of pregnancy. [n9] Recognizing this disproportion, [p480] California has attempted to protect teenage females by prohibiting males from participating in the act necessary for conception. [n10]

The fact that males and females are not similarly situated with respect to the risks of sexual intercourse applies with the same force to males under 18 as it does to older males. The risk of pregnancy is a significant deterrent for unwed young females that is not shared by unmarried males, regardless of their age. Experienced observation confirms the common sense notion that adolescent males disregard the possibility of pregnancy far more than do adolescent females. [n11] And to the extent that § 261.5 may punish males for intercourse with prepubescent females, that punishment is justifiable because of the substantial physical risks for prepubescent females that are not shared by their male counterparts. [n12] [p481]


The petitioner argues that the California Legislature could have drafted the statute differently, so that its purpose would be accomplished more precisely.

But the issue, of course, is not whether the statute could have been drafted more wisely, but whether the lines chosen by the . . . [l]egislature are within constitutional limitations.

Kahn v. Shevin, 416 U.S. 351, 356, n. 10. That other States may have decided to attack the same problems more broadly, with gender-neutral statutes, does not mean that every State is constitutionally compelled to do so. [n13]


In short, the Equal Protection Clause does not mean that the physiological differences between men and women must be disregarded. While those differences must never be permitted to become a pretext for invidious discrimination, no such discrimination is presented by this case. The Constitution surely does not require a State to pretend that demonstrable differences between men and women do not really exist.

1. But see n. 5 and accompanying text, infra.

2. See Cal.Penal Code Ann. §§ 272, 647a (West Supp. 1981).

3. Cal.Penal Code Ann. § 288 (West Supp. 1981). See People v. Dontanville, 10 Cal.App.3d 783, 796, 89 Cal.Rptr. 172, 180 (2d Dist.).

4. See Cal.Penal Code Ann. §§ 286(b)(1), 288a(b)(1) (West Supp. 1981) .

5. See Cal.Penal Code Ann. § 31 (West 1970); People v. Haywood, 131 Cal.App.2d 259, 280 P.2d 180 (2d Dist.); People v. Lewis, 113 Cal.App.2d 468, 248 P.2d 461 (1st Dist.). According to statistics maintained by the California Department of Justice Bureau of Criminal Statistics, approximately 14% of the juveniles arrested for participation in acts made unlawful by § 261.5 between 1975 and 1979 were females. Moreover, an underage female who is as culpable as her male partner, or more culpable, may be prosecuted as a juvenile delinquent. Cal.Welf. & Inst.Code Ann. § 602 (West Supp. 1981); In re Gladys R., 1 Cal.3d 855, 867-869, 464 P.2d 127, 136-138.

6. Males and females are equally prohibited by § 288 from sexual intercourse with minors under 14. Compare Cal.Penal Code Ann. § 288 (West Supp. 1981) with Cal.Penal Code Ann. §§ 18, 264 (West Supp. 1981).

7. The court noted that, from 1971 through 1976, 83.6% of the 4,860 children born to girls uder 15 in California were illegitimate, as were 51% of those born to girls 15 to 17. The court also observed that, while accounting for only 21% of California pregnancies in 1976, teenagers accounted for 34.7% of legal abortions. See ante at 470, n. 3.

8. There is also empirical evidence that sexual abuse of young females is a more serious problem than sexual abuse of young males. For example, a review of five studies found that 88% of sexually abused minors were female. Jaffe, Dynneson, & ten Bensel, Sexual Abuse of Children, 129 Am.J. of Diseases of Children 689, 690 (1975). Another study, involving admissions to a hospital emergency room over a 3-year period, reported that 86 of 100 children examined for sexual abuse were girls. Orr & Prietto, Emergency Management of Sexually Abused Children, 133 Am.J. of Diseased Children 630 (1979). See also State v. Craig, 169 Mont. 150, 156-157, 545 P.2d 649, 653; Sarafino, An Estimate of Nationwide Incidence of Sexual Offenses Against Children, 58 Child Welfare 127, 131 (1979).

9. Most teenage mothers do not finish high school, and are disadvantaged economically thereafter. See Moore, Teenage Childbirth and Welfare Dependency, 10 Family Planning Perspectives 233-235 (1978). The suicide rate for teenage mothers is seven times greater than that for teenage girls without children. F. Nye, School-Age Parenthood (Wash.State U.Ext.Bull. No. 667) 8 (1976). And 60% of adolescent mothers aged 15 to 17 are on welfare within two to five years of the birth of their children. Teenage Pregnancy, Everybody's Problem 3-4 (DHEW Publication (HSA) No. 77-5619).

10. Despite the increased availability of contraceptives and sex education, the pregnancy rates for young women are increasing. See Alan Guttmacher Institute, 11 Million Teenagers 12 (1976). See generally C. Chilman, Adolescent Sexuality in a Changing American Society (NIH Pub. No. 80-1426, 1980).

The petitioner contends that the statute is overinclusive because it does not allow a defense that contraceptives were used, or that procreation was for some other reason impossible. The petitioner does not allege, however, that he used a contraceptive, or that pregnancy could not have resulted from the conduct with which he was charged. But even assuming the petitioner's standing to raise the claim of overbreadth, it is clear that a statute recognizing the defenses he suggests would encounter difficult, if not impossible, problems of proof.

11. See, e.g., Phipps-Yonas, Tecnage Pregnancy and Motherhood, 50 Am.J.Orthopsychiatry 403, 412 (1980). See also State v. Rundlett, 391 A.2d 815, 819, n. 13, 822 (Me.); Rundlett v. Oliver, 607 F.2d 495, 502 (CA1).

12. See Barnes v. State, 244 Ga. 302, 260 S.E.2d 40; see generally Orr & Prietto, supra; Jaffee, Dynneson, & ten Bensel, supra; Chilman, supra.

13. The fact is that a gender-neutral statute would not necessarily lead to a closer fit with the aim of reducing the problems associated with teenage pregnancy. If both parties were equally liable to prosecution, a female would be far less likely to complain; the very complaint would be self-incriminating. Accordingly, it is possible that a gender-neutral statute would result in fewer prosecutions than the one before us.

In any event, a state legislature is free to address itself to what it believes to be the most serious aspect of a broader problem.

[T]he Equal Protection Clause does not require that a State must choose between attacking every aspect of a problem or not attacking the problem at all.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

2009 Message from Amnesty International: Human Rights Organization

Editorial article


This is a message I received from the Director of Amnesty International (Extracts). If you want to sponsor or participate in Amnesty and Human Rights issues, click on the link below.


Dear Roshni,

It is only a beginning -- but it could open up a world of possibilities.

So, I want to stop and reflect with you about what's next -- what our vision for progress should be and what our efforts to advance human rights in this new climate have to entail. But, before looking forward with you, I want to express my deep appreciation for all you have done to stand up for human rights -- even at moments when others were all too willing to cast them aside.

Now, we are in a different situation -- one where how quickly we act, how clearly we speak, and how vigorously we organize can result in substantial progress. Indeed, working together, we can make this a watershed year for the global human rights movement.

You and I have to approach the weeks ahead with the knowledge that our actions can change our country and our world.

Here’s what it will take to make this a year of dramatic progress on human rights:

  • We have to completely dismantle the ugly worldwide system of abuse constructed by our own government. The steps taken so far are only a beginning. Together, we need to make sure that as quickly as possible those who suffer at Guantánamo either receive a fair trial or are released. We need to make sure those individuals held in other parts of the world receive the same. And we need to create a mechanism to make sure the whole truth of what's been done in our name is known, that those responsible are held accountable.

  • We have to act to protect human rights all across the globe. People in every corner of the world are counting on Amnesty to act decisively in 2009. That means urging the passage of historic legislation to stop violence against women and end capital punishment around the world. It means pressing for more effective action to end the killing and displacement in Darfur, the Congo, Gaza and many other places. It means fighting against the unjust detention and other abuses directed against immigrants. And it calls on us to campaign for and win the release of prisoners of conscience and stop unfair trials and torture around the world.

  • We have to look to the future of the human rights movement. As a leader in the global effort to sustain and expand human rights, Amnesty must also work to broaden people’s understanding of human rights. That means exposing the global crisis in maternal mortality that finds its roots in global injustice. It means exposing and fighting the human rights violations that cause and deepen poverty. And it means building and strengthening a global human rights movement strong, robust and diverse enough to meet the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

I am convinced that we can take on and meet these challenges, because long before “yes, we can” Amnesty supporters knew we could. Our movement is based on a powerful idea that is, once again, inspiring and challenging the world: the belief that individuals taking action and reaching out to protect one another can change the world. Indeed it is all that ever has really changed the world.

Let’s commit ourselves right now to moving forward to achieve all that is within our reach in 2009.


Larry Cox
Executive Director

P.S. Amnesty’s work is based on conducting hard-hitting original research into human rights abuses, and pairing that research with powerful grassroots campaigns. That work is advanced and sustained by hundreds of thousands of people like you who give generously of your time, energy and financial resources.

I hope you will embrace the potential for dramatic human rights progress in the weeks and months ahead.

Human trafficking/slavery from Nepal is Dowry: Balangir scion gets a royal dowry -- humans!

All in India agree that Dowry is a Social Evil.
All in India that Human Trafficking and Slavery is a Social evil and crime.

In a twisted tale, a Nepali family of seven members has been gifted as DOWRY for the rest of their lives.
Human Rights organizations can please verify and take action against the parties under Dowry Act and Human Rights Act to see whether the rights of this family is being violated by perpetual slavery. And the Government of India can inform the Nepali government to see whether any laws in human traficking and Dowry are being violated in Nepal.

Has this family of seven Nepalis signed a document signing off their lives in bondage and suppression to this rich family?

Dear PM, President and law-makers, please take note of this act against the Spirit of Indian Constitution and spirit of freedom.

Balangir scion gets a royal dowry -- humans!!&artid=np3POoOd03I=&SectionID=mvKkT3vj5ZA=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=nUFeEOBkuKw=&SEO=
29 Jan 2009
BALANGIR: Can dowry be human? Unbelievable, but true in royal tradition and culture which has been percolating down the ages.

When Balangir royal scion Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, Saintala MLA and son of Works Minister A U Singhdeo, tied the knot with Meghana Rana, a member of Rana royal family of Nepal, he got a family of seven Nepalese in dowry! The family accompanied the bride and they will be here for ever to serve Kalikesh and his wife.

Interestingly, long after the abolition of princely states and kingship, this royal family in Balangir has been following the royal tradition in all their social functions.

The Nepalese family is now settled in Balangir royal palace. Sources said Meghna’s father, Maj Gen Gourav Samser Jung Bahadur Singh Rana, as per the royal family culture, gifted in dowry the Nepalese family to take care of his daughter and son-in-law.

‘This is our tradition and this family has been permanently shifted to Balangir. In our tradition, the bride’s father among other things sends a family to take care of the bride and the groom as well,’ said Kalikesh. He said it is nothing new as even in normal Hindu marriages, the bride is accompanied by a maid to the house of groom and stays there for the initial few days. ‘However, in our royal tradition, they stay permanently with the bride.’

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The ex-Haryana Dy CM Chand Mohammad (nee Chander Mohan) was allegedly abducted. Then, second wife attempts suicide

The ex-Haryana Dy CM Chand Mohammad (nee Chander Mohan) was allegedly abducted.

Ex-Haryana Dy CM Chand Mohammad abducted, claims wife
28 Jan 2009

CHANDIGARH: Former Haryana Deputy Chief minister Chand Mohammad was on Wednesday abducted from his residence, his wife alleged though no police complaint has been filed.

Fiza alias Anuradha Bali, who along with 43-year-old Mohammad alias Chander Mohan had grabbed headlines when he converted to Islam to marry the second time, alleged that her husband was abducted by associates of his brother Kuldeep Bishnoi.

About 4-5 persons came to their residence in Sector 48 C and took away Chand Mohammad, she claimed. "The associates of my husband's brother Kuldeep Bishnoi kidnapped him," she told reporters.

Fiza alleged that Bishnoi was harassing and threatening her husband since they came out in open about their marriage.

She said that she was speaking to the media because she had no time to lodge a formal report with the police.

Fiza claimed that her husband had apprehensions that his father former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal and Kuldeep Bishnoi could harm him since he had married her.

Chandigarh Police has not yet registered any formal complaint, police sources said adding that they were in touch with their counterparts in Mohali in Punjab as the area was on the border.
--------------UPDATE 29 Jan 2009----------------
Former Haryana Deputy CM's second wife attempts suicide
January 29, 2009

A day after creating a stir by claiming that her husband and former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan had been kidnapped, his second wife Fiza allegedly attempted suicide at her residence near Chandigarh on Thursday.

Fiza was suspected to have consumed some poisonous substance, probably "celphos" tablets at her house in Mohali, Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Jatinder Aulakh said.

She was immediately rushed to the General Hospital in Chandigarh where she was improving, he added.

Aulakh said that Fiza's statement would be recorded after the doctors attending on her gave permission.

The police also proposes to conduct a search of her house to look for any possible suicide note.

Fiza had on Wednesday alleged that her husband Chander alias Chand Mohammed, former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal's son who had converted to Islam to marry for the second time, had been kidnapped at the behest of his family which had opposed their marriage.

However, 43-year-old Chand denied it within hours and had told police and his wife on phone that he had not been abducted.

"I went by myself...I am not a child who will disappear suddenly," Chand had said on Wednesday.
-------------UPDATE 30 January 2009-----------
Fiza arrested, gets bail, denies suicide bid
30 Jan 2009
MOHALI: Police on Friday stepped to arrest the second wife of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan for allegedly attempting suicide. Fiza, however, denied the suicide bid, and said her husband of two months was not returning to her due to "some pressure."

37-year-old Fiza, who was known as Anuradha Bali before her marriage to Mohan (who converted to Islam and changed his name to Chand Mohammad), was immediately released on bail by the Punjab Police.

Amid speculation that the marriage is in trouble, Fiza, a former Haryana assistant advocate general, denied that she had attempted suicide through a pills’ overdose.

But the police case against her will continue and an FIR has been filed against her for the alleged suicide bid under section 309 of the IPC last evening, Mohali Senior SSP Jatinder Singh Aulakh said.

Since the offence was bailable, Fiza was immediately released on bail furnished before the Phase XI Police Station SHO Sub Inspector Deepinder Singh, who is the Investigating Officer of the case, SP (City) Varinder Singh said.

The SHO accepted the personal surety and a surety bond to facilitate Fiza's bail, the SP added.

The FIR was lodged based on the statement of a woman constable, who was deployed outside Fiza's house following a stir created by her on Wednesday that her 43-year-old husband had been abducted.

The police today recorded the statement of Fiza, wherein she denied attempting suicide and said that what she had done was an "unintentional" act.

Chand, son of former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal has denied that he was abducted.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009



Source: My Nation (2002)

Defamation may be by words, either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or visible representation. Any person who makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person, knowing or having reason to believe that such imputation will harm, the reputation of such person, is said, to defame that person.

1. It is not defamation to impute anything which is true concerning any person, if it is for public good that the imputation should be made or published.

2. It is not defamation to express in good faith any opinion whatever regarding the conduct or character of a public servant in discharge of his public function.

3. It is not defamation to express in good faith any opinion regarding the conduct or character of any person touching any public question.

4. It is not defamation to publish a substantially true report or result of a Court of Justice of any such proceedings.

5. It is not defamation to express in good faith any opinion regarding the merits of any case, which has been decided by a Court of Justice, or the conduct of any person as a party, or the witness or the agent, in such case.

6. It is not defamation to express in good faith any opinion regarding the merits of any performance which an author has submitted to the judgement of the public.

7. It is not defamation if a person having any authority over another person, either conferred by law or arising out of a lawful contract, to pass in good faith any censure on the conduct of that other in matters to which such lawful authority relates.

8. It is not defamation to prefer in good faith an accusation against any person to any of those who have lawful authority over that person with respect to the subject matter of accusation.

9. It is not defamation to make an imputation on the character of another person, provided it is made in good faith by person for protection of his or other's interests.

10. It is not defamation to convey a caution, intended for the good of a person to whom conveyed or for public good.


Whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or fine, or both.

Source: My Nation (2002)

Monday, 26 January 2009

Munchausen syndrome : Hospital addiction syndrome

Munchausen syndrome is a psychiatric disorder in which those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is in a class of disorders known as factitious disorders which involve "illnesses" whose symptoms are either self-induced or falsified by the patient. It is also sometimes known as Hospital addiction syndrome.

Munchausen syndrome

In Munchausen syndrome, the affected person exaggerates or creates symptoms of illnesses in themselves in order to gain investigation, treatment, attention, sympathy, and comfort from medical personnel. The role of "patient" is a familiar and comforting one, and it fills a psychological need in people with Munchausen's. It is distinct from hypochondria in that the patient is aware that he is exaggerating, while sufferers of hypochondria actually believe they have a disease.

There is some controversy on the exact causes of the syndrome, but an increased occurrence has been reported in healthcare professionals and close family members of people with a chronic illness such as manic depression.

Individuals with the Munchausen pattern of behaviour may be admitted to many hospitals under many medical teams.

Origin of the name

The name derives from one Baron Münchhausen (Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, 1720-1797), to whom were ascribed a series of fantastically impossible tales written by Rudolf Raspe.

In 1951, Sir Richard Asher (father of Jane Asher and Peter Asher) was the first to describe a pattern of self-harm, where individuals fabricated histories, signs, and symptoms of illness. Remembering Baron Munchausen, Asher named this condition Munchausen's Syndrome. Originally, this term was used for all factitious disorders. Now, however, there is considered to be a wide range of factitious disorders, and the diagnosis of "Munchausen syndrome" is reserved for the most severe form, where the simulation of disease is the central activity of the affected person's life.

Comparison to Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)

Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) is the formal name of a type of abuse in which a caregiver feigns or induces an illness in a person under their care, in order to attract attention, sympathy, or to fill other emotional needs. It is informally known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP), due to its similarity to Munchausen syndrome, in which a person feigns or induces illness in themselves for similar emotional reasons. While a person can be said to be "suffering" from Munchausen syndrome, it is incorrect to state that a caretaking person who perpetrates abuse is "suffering" from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

The two terms are frequently confused. One recognizable instance is in a song by rap artist Eminem, titled "Cleaning Out My Closet". The line from the song is: "... victim of Munchausen's syndrome/My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't"

The circumstance Eminem describes is not the illness Munchausen syndrome, but the type of abuse informally called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.