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

Saturday, 30 May 2009

'20 racial attacks on Indians in Sydney, Australia in a month'

Racial Discrimination and intolerance has to be spoken up against.
Let us speak up against Racial/Religious discrimination within our country and abroad!

Amitabh Bacchan has 'rightfully so' spoken up against Racial discrimination in Australia. But has this guy spoken up against Discrimination against North Indians/Biharis in his neighbouhood? Has he spoken up against Religious Discrimination by political parties? Has he spoken against the divisive policies of guys like Advani? Has he spoken against the intolerant speeches, justifying acts of violence against minorities by foster leaders like Vajpayee?

"Us and them" issue exists more in India and criminals like Advani are at large with blood on their hands.

Double speak is not a virtue, but consistency!

'20 racial attacks on Indians in Sydney, Australia in a month'
30 May 2009
SYDNEY: There have been at least 20 incidents of "curry bashing" in Sydney in the past month, but most attacks on Indian students went unreported out of fear, a community leader has revealed. 

Yadu Singh, a cardiologist, said violent attacks against Indian people are on the rise in Sydney. 

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Singh as saying that there had been more than 100 attacks on Indian students in the past 12 months. 

Singh said the attackers knew the victims were unlikely to report incidents. 

According to him, many Indian students feared that lodging a formal report to police would harm their chances of permanent residency. 

The Indian consulate in Sydney has formed a committee to address the concerns about the welfare of students in Australia, said Singh, who is the head of the committee. 

"Melbourne has a bigger problem but if we don't do something in Sydney it will be repeated here," Singh was quoted as saying by the newspaper. 

Singh also said he was aware of numerous robbings and random bashings of Indian students at night and in daylight, on trains and near their homes, often in western Sydney. 

He referred to a Sunday night incident when a hospitality graduate, Rajesh Kumar, received 30 percent burns after a petrol bomb was flung into the Harris Park home that he shared with other Indians. 

According to Singh, the attacks had been happening for about four years, and were a mixture of opportunistic robberies and outright racist attacks. 

"There's a name for this, 'curry bashing, let's go curry bashing'," he said. "They are not random at all; people are targeting them. They know these students are easy targets." 

Two 18-year-olds faced a Victorian court late last year after a man was killed in such an attack. The court was told that seven friends had met at a McDonald's on Jan 22 and decided to go out and bash an Indian. 

In New South Wales charges were laid this week against six youths, aged 12 to 16, involved in what police said were unprovoked attacks on foreign students at Newcastle University. 

Girl who plucked eyebrow not true Sikh, says Chandigarh High Court

In a different verdict, the High Court allowed a girl who had plucked her eyelashes to be barred from admission to a Sikh minority institution.

Girl who plucked eyebrow not true Sikh, says Chandigarh High Court
31 May 2009
CHANDIGARH: Endorsing a hardline stand by high priests of Sikhism who barred a young girl admission in a minority institution on grounds that she violated a fundamental tenet of the religion by plucking her eyebrows, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday ruled that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee was fully justified in doing so. 

Leaning on the side of a text-based, more conservative definition of who is a true Sikh and the importance of hair in Sikhism, the full bench of justices JS Khehar, Jasbir Singh and Ajay Kumar Mittal in a 152-page order said keeping unshorn hair was an essential and most fundamental component of the religion

The order came on a plea by Gurleen Kaur and others who had challenged denial of admission into an MBBS course at the Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, a Sikh minority institution, on grounds that they plucked their eyebrows and trimmed their hair

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (SGPC) had also ruled that she was not a ``true Sikh as she was plucking her eyebrows.'' The court said the requisite of maintaining Sikh `swarup' (appearance) was a permissible precondition for admitting students under the Sikh minority community quota

The SGPC runs two medical colleges, two engineering institutes, one polytechnic, 40 degree colleges and 150 schools, most of them in Punjab. 

Saturday's order, replete with references to Sikh history and Sikh model code of conduct, also noted that the Guru Granth Sahib is for guidance of Sikhs in their pursuit towards spiritual salvation. It does not deal with the code of conduct prescribed for Sikhs. It was the Sikh rehat-maryada (code of conduct) that dealt with issues like importance of unshorn hair. 

It added that the Guru Granth Sahib made no reference to the terms amritdhari (Sikhs who wear the five Ks - kesh, kacchha, kanga, kara, kirpan - and who have partaken amrit), sehajdhari (who are learning to be Amritdhari Sikhs) and patit (who were born Sikhs but violated one of the tenets). 

Reflecting on contours of Sikh identity, the bench held the cardinal principle of retaining unshorn hair was not only for adults but also for minors, as it was the adults who were required to maintain the hair of their children. 

Although the bench took the view that unshorn hair was an inalienable part of Sikh swarup, it observed that keeping the kirpan was not as important. 

The SGPC burst out in celebration moments after the verdict and its chief Avtar Singh Makkar said, ``We are happy with the judgment. Our stand that unshorn hair is of paramount importance for Sikhs has been vindicated."

Poll Results: What should a good human being do when he/she is a witness of severe Child abuse?

Poll Results: What should a good human being do when he/she is a witness of severe Child abuse?

Except for one cruel person who opined that the Child victim should be rebuked further, most of the Pollsters opined to inform the police, rebuke the perpetrator and speak up for the victim.
1. Inform the Police 100%
2. Rebuke the parent (perpetrator) 84%
3. Rebuke the victim (Child) 1 4%
4. Denial of events to save family pride  0 %
5. Make use of abusive family  0 %
6. Instigate the perpetrator against victim 0 %
7. Mock the victim 0 %
8. Speak up and empathise with victim 76%
9. Be SILENT 0 %
10. Victimize the victim further 0 %

Poll conducted from January 2009 till May 2009 

Chronicles of a Dead Young Widow: poisons self, two sons

Chronicles of a Dead Young Widow: poisons self, two sons
29 May 2009
SURAT: Depressed due to her husband's death, a woman mixed poison in a glass of water and gave her two children to drink it before consuming it herself, in Gopipura area on Thursday. The woman, Mehrunisa Abdul Rehman Vajirwala, 25 and one of her sons Abdul Tariq died while another son Rashid is battling for life in a private hospital. Tariq was four years old while Rashid is seven. 

Mehrunisa's husband had passed away seven months ago. She was unable to bear the agony of becoming a widow at such a young age. 

According to family members, Mehrunisa was in her bedroom at her residence when her sister-in-law Bilkis called her for lunch. Since there was no response after repeated calls, Bilkish went inside the room only to find Mehrunisa and the two children lying unconscious on the floor. 

She immediately informed other family members. The trio was rushed to a nearby hospital. Mehrunisa and Tariq were declared brought dead while Rashid was put under treatment. 

Police recovered a cup containing some poisonous substance and a bottle of water. According to police, Mehrunisa might have committed suicide along with her kids by consuming the poison mixed in water. 

The family members informed police that her husband Abdul Rehman died due to heart attack seven months ago after which Mehrunisa slipped into deep depression. 

However, the family is financially well-to-do and Mehrunisa had no financial problem. 

Chinese police bust kidnapping ring in south China city

Human trafficking is a major problem in India and China. Human traficking in India involves poor women from Nepal.

Chinese police bust kidnapping ring in south China city
15:31, May 29, 2009
Police in south China's Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, announced Friday that they have broken up a 10-member gang that abducted children and sold them in distant places.

A police officer surnamed Wu with the Kaiping Police Bureau, a subsidiary of Jiangmen police, said they have arrested all of the 10 gang members and rescued 11 children sold by the gang to several cities in Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

The children, all boys aged between 3 and 8, have been sent back to their homes. Six of them were abducted in Kaiping City, which is administrated by Jiangmen, between July and January, said Wu.

He said the principal of the gang is a 35-year-old woman named Zhang Weizhu, who had been under Class A Warrant by the Ministry of Public Security.

Under the Class A warrant, the ministry not only uses its nationwide resources to trace suspects, but also offers a reward higher than 50,000 yuan (7,322 U.S. dollars) in want of them. This nationwide support gives local bureaus more incentive to track kidnapping cases.

Zhang, a native in southwest China's Yunnan Province, was arrested by police in a cement mortar factory in Zhuhai City, Guangdong, where her temporary job was an operator of concrete stirring mill.

Early this month, the Ministry of Public Security launched its sixth nationwide campaign to deal with human trafficking.

Chen Shiqu, head of the women and children abduction crime office under the ministry, said that the ministry would see to the detection of serious abduction crimes and issued Class A Warrants for notorious human trafficking suspects.

About 3,000 kidnapping cases of children and women have been officially reported and investigated by Chinese authorities annually, but some experts estimate that 10,000 to 20,000 Chinese women or children have been kidnapped.

Analysts say the abductions are fueled by demands from some families that want to have boys or private employers who seek cheap laborers to work. Many of the victims were abducted from rural areas, where their families lack the knowledge of reporting kidnappings. 

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Chronicles of a Woman raped, impregnated at 14 years of age and the reunion with her child born out of rape

Pregnant after being raped at 14, June was forced to give away her baby - what happened when they were reunited 40 years later?
29th May 2009
When June Redman picked up her phone to dial the number of the son she had given up for adoption more than 40 years earlier, her natural excitement was overshadowed by one awful thought. 

What would she say when he asked who his father was? Would it be fair to tell the truth and confess that his father was a vicious rapist? Or would it be better to lie and say he was dead? 

The dilemma forced June to relive the devastating rape which left her pregnant at the age of 14 and which her family demanded she forget. 
So it was with trepidation that she dialled the number of the son she had not seen since he was a baby.

'When Paul answered the phone, I said "Hello" and introduced myself,' says June. 'I was overcome with emotion from hearing his voice and I said: "I can't believe it's really you." 

'My next thought was to say: "Is there anything you'd like to ask me?" I felt somehow his questions were more important than mine.' 

After a brief pause, Paul simply asked: 'Who's my father?' 

'I said I wasn't really sure and then blurted out that he was a stranger who had raped me. In that moment, I feared he would reject me. 
'Here was my long-lost son, who I'd thought about every single day since giving him up, and I was telling him his father was a rapist.

'I knew he would be horrified and was terrified he would put the phone down and never want to talk to me again.' 

After a stunned silence, Paul, with remarkable understanding, said to his mother that he had often wondered if such an event had led to his adoption

June, 58, continues: 'He didn't ask me anything else about the rape and I had no idea how he was really feeling. 

'I decided to quickly change the subject and ask him about his own life. I was so relieved when Paul asked to meet. I felt that would be a much better way to discuss why he had been adopted.' 
A few days after their conversation, Paul emailed her some photos. 

'Until then, the only picture I had of Paul was one taken of him at eight weeks old,' says June, a retired retail manager from Runcorn, Cheshire. 

'On the one hand I wanted to see how he looked as an adult. On the other, I was terrified he would look nothing like my family - but like his father. 

'But a childhood photo he had sent of himself with bright blond hair was indistinguishable from my middle son Stewart.' 

The pair arranged to meet at a pub close to his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. 

She says: 'From the moment he walked in, all I could do was stare at him. I even apologised for staring too much. I wanted to hug him but, fearing he wasn't ready for it, I forced myself just to smile and say hello. 

'I was overwhelmed by how much he looked like my side of the family, and pleased that he did not in any way remind me of the rapist, whose features I had somehow successfully managed to push from my mind.

'We talked solidly for two hours. I was desperate to find out everything about him. I was determined not to think about his father but, if I'm honest, there were moments when he crossed my mind. 

'For example, when Paul told me that he suffered from both glaucoma and scoliosis (curvature of the spine), I immediately assumed he must have inherited both conditions from his father, as there is no history of either in my family. 

'But I didn't worry that he would have inherited behavioural traits from his birth father. I am a firm believer in nurture over nature and I could instinctively tell he was a kind and gentle man.

'I also never doubted that I would love him, as I still loved the baby I'd held in my arms 40 years before. 

'Paul was too shy to say it outright, but I could tell he was thrilled to meet me and was full of questions about his half-brothers. 
'After an hour of sitting next to each other, I plucked up the courage to slip my arm through his and he smiled. It was one of the happiest moments of my life.' 

June was a 14-year-old schoolgirl when, in December 1965, she was attacked and raped by a stranger as she walked back home from a friend's house in Liverpool, one dark evening. 

Dishevelled and shaking with shock and fear, she told her mother, who took her to the police.

'I was distraught, but the police were dismissive and cold,' she recalls. 'The attitude back then was that a girl was to blame if she was raped. What was even worse was that my mum seemed to feel the same way.'
Over the following weeks, a police doctor gave June regular medical examinations, and two months later tests revealed she was pregnant. 

'When I was told, I remember feeling as if I was watching it happen to someone else,' says June. 

'All I knew about sex was what I'd heard in the playground and I hadn't really realised I might fall pregnant as a result of the rape. My family were very traditional and sex was a taboo subject in our house. 

'I couldn't stop crying, but my mother's reaction was to be extremely uptight and distant.' 

Terrified her daughter's plight would bring shame on their family, June's mother sent her to a home for expectant teenagers in Chester, run by nuns. 

'No one asked me how I felt about what had happened and I had absolutely no choice in the matter. My mother and a welfare worker said I had to go, and so that's what I did,' explains June. 

'I was obviously traumatised by what had happened, but times were very different then. I wasn't offered any rape counselling. All I could do was block out the horrific memories of that night.' 

Housed in a dormitory with six other pregnant girls, June spent her days washing and ironing all the clothes and bedding for the girls, babies and nuns. 

'I'd never been away from home except to visit an aunt in Yorkshire for a week,' says June. 

'The atmosphere was bleak. Nobody visited me. No one told me anything - nothing about the changes my body would go through or what to expect from labour. 
'I just watched the other girls in the home get bigger, disappear and come back with a baby instead of a bump and presumed the same thing would happen to me. 

'All the focus was on the shame I would bring on my family if anyone were to know about my secret.' 

To this day, June has no idea if the police made any effort to catch her rapist. Her parents refused point blank to discuss it with her and both are now dead. 

'My mother completely shut down over what happened to me,' says June. 'She was an austere woman and we had never been close. Of course, I wanted to know what had happened but didn't dare ask and she didn't volunteer the information.' 

In August 1966, June was induced at Chester City Hospital and Paul was born, weighing 7lb 6oz. 

As soon as she held him, she felt an overwhelming rush of love. 'I fell head over heels in love with him. It never crossed my mind that I wouldn't be able to keep him. I named him Paul Anthony after a cousin of mine. 

'I was a very naive 14-year-old. I'd been told not to think about the rape, so I tried not to. 

'Now I had this baby and, like any mum, I couldn't help but adore him. As far as I was concerned, despite what his father did, he was always innocent. But when my mother finally came to visit, she wouldn't even look at the baby.' 

June spent three months at the home caring for and bonding with her baby, blissfully unaware that her mother was arranging an adoption. 

'I took complete responsibility for Paul and had some of the best days of my life,' says June. 

'I learnt to change him and feed him, and spent hours just gazing at him. Then, suddenly, the Mother Superior announced I was leaving. I thought Paul and I were going home to Liverpool to live with my mum.' 

But June was taken straight to a hospital in Liverpool, where she was met by her parents. The moments that followed remain etched on her memory. 

'I went into a room and became aware that there was a man and woman in the next room with a boy who was around two years old. 

'Paul was due a feed, so I fed him and changed his nappy, then the welfare officer said it was time for me to hand him over to the adoptive parents. I remember looking at him, aghast that I was expected to hand my baby to strangers. 

'I looked pleadingly at my mum, but she just told me to hurry up. I was made to hand over Paul like he was a parcel. I was so stunned I couldn't even cry.' 

Afterwards, June was taken to a cafe for lunch. To her horror, her mother pressed her to eat. 

'But I felt so sick that I was almost choking,' she remembers. 'Tears were rolling down my cheeks, but I was told to pull myself together. My mother even said: "Stop being daft."' 

June was warned by her parents not to share her secret with anyone. She left school and began working in a shop. At 16, she met and fell in love with Doug, 23, an electrical store manager, and the couple got engaged in 1968. 

Despite her mother's warnings, June told her fiance about her past. 

'My mother had always said that no man would marry me if they knew, but Doug loved me and understood,' she says. 
The couple went on to have three sons - Chris, 39, Stewart, 37 and Douglas, 35 - but thoughts of Paul were never far from her mind. 

'I worried about the life he was having. I knew the adoptive parents had another little boy - the toddler I'd seen with them - and I comforted myself with the thought that at least he had another child to play with. 

'I was sure they loved Paul and were giving him a good upbringing.' 

The passage of time failed to ease June's grief and in 1994 she stopped talking to her mother, after struggling to come to terms with the part she had played in Paul's adoption. She died three years later. 

Soon after, June decided it was time to tell her sons about Paul. 

'I felt I had a duty to tell my sons the truth and I wanted them to understand the burden I'd carried with me. My youngest son, Douglas, seemed to take it all in his stride and hugged and kissed me, saying: "No matter what, you are still my mum." 

'Stewart also took the news well, but for Chris it was harder, as he always thought he was the eldest.' 

For the next ten years, June tried to locate Paul through adoption forums. Then in December 2005, the law, which until then had stated that birth parents couldn't apply for information about their adopted children, changed and gave birth parents the right to trace them. 

June contacted the charity After Adoption and two months later, in August 2007, June received a call saying they had found her long-lost son. 

'I couldn't speak and I was crying with joy,' says June. 'The next move was for the charity to contact him to see if he was happy to be in contact with me. 

'Fortunately he was, and for the next three months we exchanged letters and emails before that first meeting in December.' 

Paul has since met the rest of June's family. 'He hasn't asked any more about his father,' she adds. 'I think we both feel that we are so lucky to have found each other, there is no point dwelling on the negative. 

'The most important thing for me has been to tell Paul that I'd never wanted to let him go and that losing him had broken my heart. 

'From my point of view, over four decades have passed since the rape and time has helped heal the scars.' 

Thankfully, says June, Paul had a happy adoption. He always knew he was adopted and his father, who ran a watch shop, and mother, a nurse, had provided him with a comfortable upbringing. 

Now June, Paul and her sons meet regularly and they talk on the phone every Saturday morning. 

'Last August, the two of us spent his birthday together,' says June. 'It was the sort of simple pleasure that I had almost given up hoping would ever happen.' 

First picture of neglected 'Mowgli' girl, 5, who was raised by dogs in Russia

Now, you know what it means to be treated like a dog, by Parents. A child was neglected by her parents and brought up as one of the cats and dogs.
Like, Michael Jackson says, this doggone girl is mine!

First picture of neglected 'Mowgli' girl, 5, who was raised by dogs in Russia

28th May 2009
This is the first picture of Natasha Mikhailova, the five year old 'Mowgli' girl who was raised by dogs after her parents neglected her.
She speaks no words, laps up her food and drink with her tongue, and walks on all fours.

Though living in filthy conditions in the same home as her father Viktor Lozhkin, 27, and grandparents in the Siberian city of Chita, child experts say she was treated as one of the dogs and cats.

Lozhkin, and the girl's mother Yana Mikhailova, 25, who has had no contact with her for two years, were both arrested on suspicion of neglecting her.

'They never let her out, we didn't know she existed,' said one neighbour.

'They have three really vicious and angry ones which they took for walks - but we never saw this child.'

The girl, physically underdeveloped and more like a two-year-old, was not registered with local doctors or hospitals.

Natasha is now under close observation in a local social rehabilitation centre.

Specialists are shocked at the way she jumps on people and plays dog games yet they say she is not mentally retarded, but starved of love and attention from humans.

'When I went out of the room, she jumped at the door and started barking, not just mewing or something, but barking,' said Nina Yemelchugova, chief of the centre.

'She eats well, she's got a good appetite but she can't behave at the table, she throws away the spoon and laps up food from the plate.'

Natasha shuns the company of other children and gets nervous when she hears unexpected noises.

Local police chief Larisa Popova said officers entered the flat on Monday after a tip off from neighbours.

'We had to fight to get this girl away,' she said.

Her father not there but the dogs sought to protect her.

'The child was living in absolute filthy conditions, the flat smells awful. There were a lot of animals, dogs and cats, and the girl was living with them.

'When we went into the flat we were almost knocked over by the stink.'

Natasha was wearing torn and soiled clothes.

Yekaterina Novikova, who lives nearby, said: 'These neighbours are unsociable, they only come out at night or early in the morning to avoid meeting with other locals and they never open the door.'

The mother - who has three other children living at another address - was arrested after going to police following local TV coverage of the girl being taken into care.

She claimed that Natasha had been 'kidnapped' by her father several years ago, but seems to have made no effort to get her back.

Experts hope Natasha can recover with intensive education.

She showed delight when an art teacher drew a picture of a flower.

The parents could face around three years in jail, according to Russian media reports.

This is the latest of a number of cases of feral children in the former Soviet Union.

Neglected by their parents, these youngsters sought love and solace from animals, usually dogs.

Psychologists call the phenomenon Mowgli Syndrome after the character in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, who was raised by wolves.

They blame the social dislocation and economic woes which followed the break-up of the USSR.

Feral children are the stuff of folklore all over the world and usually exhibit the behaviour of the animals with whom they have had closest contact.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sex determination scandal: MO is simple, hire a middleman in Ahmedabad

YES! It's a boy!

NO! It's a girl!

This is a common response in prejudiced families, especially from Women who have received a Raw deal in their Homes, Families and Communities.

Sex determination scandal: MO is simple, hire a middleman in Ahmedabad
28 May 2009
AHMEDABAD: The sting operation carried out to 'Save the Girl Child' on Tuesday has revealed that certain unscrupulous radiologists have hired middle men to fan their illicit trade of sex determination tests. 

State health department officials caught one such radiologist, Dr Kaushik Shah on Tuesday. Two women, one posing as a domestic help and the other as her owner, were sent to the clinic for a sonography. Once it was done and the sex of the baby revealed that the clinic was raided. 

Dr Rakesh Vaidya, chief district health officer said that it was revealed during the raid on Tuesday that the radiologist had employed a middle man to bring clients and also ensure that the matter stays a secret after the sex determination is done, also so that money could change hands easily. 

Code words used in the trade were also revealed. If the sonography reveals that the baby is a boy, then the doctor or one of the nurses wish the couple with a Jai Shivaji or Jai Shri Krishna and if it is a girl they are greeted with a Jai Matadi. 

There are other code words as well. The staff present in the sonography room will be asked about the child's health. If it is a baby boy, the doctor asks the staff, "babo kem che?(How is the baby boy doing?)" and if it is a girl the staff will be asked, "babi no taav utri gayo? (Has your daughter's fever come down?" 

Vaidya said that the staff would get a clue from the question and then inform the middle man who in turn went and told the relatives the sex of the baby. 

When a legal sonography is conducted it costs only around Rs 400-500 but in such cases the doctor charges around Rs 5,000 of which 50 per cent goes to the staff and middle men. 

This is being done to avoid legal hassles as doctors feel that if they do not communicate then they cannot be booked, but section 5(2) of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques clearly states that, "No person conducting pre-natal diagnostic procedures shall communicate to the pregnant woman concerned or her relatives the sex of the foetus by words, signs or in any other manner." 

Vaidya said that if two doctors communicate to each other on the phone asking about the health of the boy or the girl and if they have a patient who is associated with both the doctors, then too both doctors are liable to be booked under the PNDT act.

Pensioner, 83, 'kept dead mother's body in freezer for 20 years' in UK

Paying the last Respects for the dead and completing the proper rituals and legal formalities of death have to be completed, irrespective of the situation.
Keeping skeletons in the cupboards is a sickening prospect.

Pensioner, 83, 'kept dead mother's body in freezer for 20 years' in UK
27th May 2009
An elderly woman stored her mother's body in a freezer for up to 20 years, it was revealed today.

Daulat Irani's mother was found wrapped in bin bags and stored in a freezer in the garage of her home in Sidcup, South-East London.

Police were today questioning Mrs Irani, 83, after the grim discovery.
Officers believe that Mrs Irani feared that authorities would discover that her mother had been living in Britain illegally if her death was made public.

It is understood the body was formally identified yesterday as that of Gulbai Freedoon Murzan, who was born in 1901.

Officers believe she could have been dead for up to 20 years.

Her death was currently being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious, the Metropolitan Police said.

Post-mortem examination results are expected later this week.
Officers were initially called to the property in Park Mead on May 10 after being alerted by a neighbour. Forensic officers then moved in to remove the well-preserved corpse.

Ray Dyson, 77, who lives nearby, said Ms Irani was a 'nice old lady' who went quietly about her business.

He told the Daily Mirror: 'This has all come as a bit of a shock. The first we knew was when two police cars and an officer in a full forensic bodysuit turned up.

'They taped off the garage and have now put a padlock on it.'

A police spokesman said: 'The death is being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious.

'There have been no arrests and an 83-year-old woman has been interviewed under caution.'

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

International Child Kidnap case by Disturbed parent: SC raps state police in Bangalore for lapses

International Child Kidnap case by Disturbed parent: SC raps state police in Bangalore for lapses

The Supreme Court has given Karnataka police three months to trace Aditya, the kidnapped child of an NRI scientist. Bangalore police let the child and his ‘kidnapper’ mother slip away in February
May 27, 2009
The Supreme Court has rapped Karnataka police for letting the kidnapped child of an NRI scientist slip away in Feb and has given it three months time to trace the child.

Aditya, the son of an NRI scientist Dr Ravi Chandran, has been kidnapped by his mother Vijayasree Voora. Ravi Chandran has been searching for his son from two years. The SC order states: “As a last chance, the State of Karnataka, particularly the Director General of Police, Karnataka, is directed to take appropriate steps to trace the child. A copy of this order be sent to the Chief Secretary, State of Karnataka.”

Vijayasree Voora was found in a lodge in Rajajinagar on Feb 17 with Aditya. Though Bangalore cops found the mother and child at the lodge, for some reason they did not take them into custody. Chandran requested the cops to keep the duo with them till he arrived in Bangalore from Hyderabad with all legal documents. Before he landed in Bangalore, the cops allowed Vijayasree to escape. An angry Chandran then knocked on the Supreme Court’s doors.

Ravi Chandran is a pharmaceutical scientist based in the USA for the past 30 years. He met Vijayasree, an IT professional and a green card holder, in 2000 at a function in Indiana. They fell in love and married in Tirupati. But their marriage turned sour after Aditya’s birth in 2002. They divorced in 2005. As per a US court’s directions Chandran paid Vijayasree Rs 1 crore as a one-time settlement and agreed to pay Rs 1 lakh per month as child support. The court allowed Aditya to stay 20 days with his mother and the remaining 10 days with Chandran.

However, Chandran says Vijayasree developed psychological problems and was not able to take care of Aditya. In August 2006, Chandran sought the court for Aditya’s complete custody. In June 2007 a US court granted his request. But Vijayasree requested the court permission to take Aditya for a month to India. The court granted her plea and directed her to return Aditya on August 3, 2007. That was the last Chandran saw Aditya. The family court in New York and the Chennai High Court have issued arrest warrants against Vijayasree. The FBI has issued a look-out notice for her. Chandran believes Vijayasree is hiding in India.

15-month-old blissfully unaware of Orphan status after losing parents in road accident in Bangalore

A 15-month Anusha has lost both her parents in an accident, not knowing what life has in sotre for her. NOT knowing which of the relatives will come to grab the 'blood money' of compensation in the accident. NOT knowing which of her relatives is going to grab the estate of her late parents and squander it.
Not knowing who is going to be her LEGITIMATE guardians.
Not knowing who is going to be involved in Acts of Commission and Omission of Child abuse, Domestic Violence and deprivation of her basic Human and Child RIGHTS.
Any comments?

15-month-old blissfully unaware of Orphan status after losing parents in road accident in Bangalore
27 May 2009

BANGALORE : It's noon. Little Anusha is asleep, unaware of the tragedy that has unfolded in her life. The 15-month-old girl lost her parents in a road accident on Monday. 

Anusha is at her grandmother Vasanthi's house in Bharathnagar 2nd Stage, BEML Layout. While she sleeps in front of her parents' garlanded photo and the ashes, the relatives are inconsolable. 

Anusha was with her grandmother when the incident occurred. Rudresh, owner of a tools and dye-making unit in KHB Colony, was riding his scooter with wife Rekha. She owned a beauty parlour in Basaveshwaranagar. A speeding lorry hit the scooter at a traffic signal, killing the couple on the spot. 

The family now has no idea about little Anusha's future. The relatives were too shocked to react initially. Once the last rites are over, they will decide on the girl's future. "Right now, everybody is in a state of shock because of the sudden turn of events. We will have to think about her future," a family member told TOI. 

Rudresh and Rekha were classmates in Vokkaligara Sangha High School. While Rudresh's family lives is Nagarabhavi, Rekha stayed at Basaveshwaranagar before marriage. After nearly 15 years of courtship, the couple married in 2006 and moved to Bharathnagar, near Rekha's mother's place. Anusha's grandmother looked after her when the couple was at work. 

Rudresh's brother Chandrashekhar told TOI: "The tragedy happened so suddenly. We are all heartbroken, especially our mother. Rudresh and Rekha were happy with each other for so long. Now, they have died together." Chandrashekhar is also not sure who the girl will stay with.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Press Release celebrating the defeat of Renuka Choudhary by SIFF

Press Release celebrating the defeat of Renuka Choudhary by SIFF
May 22, 2009


Sub: SIFF Celebrating defeat of Renuka Choudhary in general elections.

Activists of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) have decided to celebrate as Union Minister for Women and Children Renuka Choudhury lost her parliamentary seat with a huge margin of 124448 votes and left communist parties got decimated.

For last 4 years, SIFF conducted many Dharnas across cities India, where our slogan was, “Renuka Choudhury. Hai Hai. Hai Hai”.

As a woman and children’s minister Renuka Choudhury was responsible for arrest of 123,497 women under section 498a of IPC without investigation or evidence. All the cries of these innocent women had no impact on her. In an interview to Karan Thapar after passing of Protection of Women under Domestic Violence Act, Renuka Choudhury has asserted, “It’s the men’s turn to suffer now”, which is pure hate speech against a particular gender.

Renuka Choudhury did nothing being a minister for children and women except seeking media attention with her loud mouth. She went to the other extreme by calling for “Pub Bharo” in response to attacks on pub going youngsters by right wing extremists.

With her loss, the writings on wall are very clear. The extremists are wiped out, whether they are right wing extremists, left wing extremists or feminist extremists. It is also to be noted that Left party leaders like Brinda Karat and Left organization AIDWA opposed any attempts to make section 498a bailable and compoundable. The loss of Renuka Choudhury and decimation of left parties shows that extremists and nuisance makers have no place in Indian politics.

SIFF members celebrate the defeat of Renuka Choudhary as the beginning of the end of radical gender extremism in India and an onset towards a sane society where Domestic Harmony and not Domestic Violence is the call of the day and everyone is respected irrespective gender caste or creed. SIFF members in Bangalore had organized a get together meet on Sunday in Koramangala area to celebrate Choudhary’s defeat.

It is time Rahul Gandhi prevails upon the Government to continue the good governance, with immediate implementation of Judicial reforms and police reforms. There cannot be good governance, when courts are dysfunctional and police extorts and fails to do its duty. With judicial reforms, the harassment of people running around courts will reduce. With trust of judiciary increasing, fear of law by the criminals and corrupt will increase and this in turn will improve overall health of the society.

Vienna clash between Sikh sects may put caste in global spotlight

The caste system is a pernicious sytem of functional discrimination in India. Is it a crime to be aware of one's caste? Is it a crime to discriminate between individuals on the basis of caste, creed or religion?

Vienna clash between Sikh sects may put caste in global spotlight
26 May 2009
NEW DELHI: Caste fingerprints on the sensational Vienna shootout among Sikhs could result in renewed international pressure for recognition of caste-based discrimination as a global concern, with many hinting at a revived clamour for treating casteism as racism. 
The ghost of Durban conference in 2001, where India fought back a determined and coordinated bid by NGOs to recognise casteism as racism, may raise its head again. Only this month, Indian government is said to have rebuffed a fresh offensive from Scandinavian countries underlining their stand on caste-race parity. 

The move came in the run-up to two-day review of Durban racism conference last month, taking India by surprise. The Indian stand on the controversial issue has been that while caste system is a form of discrimination, it could not be equated with racism. It has cited its constitutional commitment against casteism as proof of its credentials. 

But dalit lobbies say that Vienna bloodshed has blown holes in the argument that caste was an Indian phenomenon, firmly showing that it had spilled out on global platform along with the diaspora. Says Vivek Kumar, who teaches sociology in JNU, "Caste has moved beyond India with Indian diaspora as the latter does not move as individuals but takes its cultural baggage along. There is growing evidence that caste is showing its face in other countries." 

Dalit groups concede that not much may change on the issue immediately as Indian voice is influential in global fora. But, they add, growing evidence of presence of caste on global platforms, like incidents in Vienna, would put pressure on India. "We will raise the issue through NGOs across the world," said Ashok Bharti, who runs National Conference of Dalit Organisations. 

The intra-Sikh violence is reported to be a perennial point of conflict as Ravidasi Sikhs have floated their own gurudwaras, attracting hostility from upper caste Sikhs. The hotbed is Europe, Canada and UK. The problem could be serious in future owing to sheer numbers. An estimate puts Sikh population in UK between four to five lakh, of which one-third are said to be dalits. 

Sources said caste was getting recognition as an issue outside India. There is a strong demand from sections of dalit diaspora in UK, Canada and US that governments enact laws to deal with caste-related crimes as with race-related crimes. These are countries with huge Indian-origin population, including Sikhs. In UK, Caste Watch has been formed to detail cases of caste-related crimes. 

For India, the pressure from Vienna could be serious in the wake of post-Durban Conference pressure that casteism falls in the category of work and descent and was akin to racism. Massive pressure from NGOs in Durban Conference on Racism in 2001 was resisted by India. However, the UN Council on Human Rights appointed special rapporteurs to report on caste discrimination in India.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Renuka's loss is our gain - Swarup Sarkar

Renuka Chaudary's loss is our gain - Swarup Sarkar of Save Family Foundation 
Mid-day 22 May 2009
Ex-Union minister Renuka Chaudhary's election defeat is being celebrated by a group of men who have been demanding the abolition of the controversial Domestic Violence Act. They are happy that with Chaudhury's ouster as the women and child development minister, the act may be done away with..

Former Union minister Renuka Chaudhary lost the Lok Sabha elections from Khammam constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
The winner, Nama Nageshwara Rao of the Telugu Desam Party, is celebrating. But Swarup Sarkar of Delhi is celebrating more.

The law will stay: Renuka Chaudhary
The reason: Sarkar is the Delhi coordinator of Save Family Foundation (SFF), a group that has been demanding the abolition of the controversial Domestic Violence Act (DV Act) that they allege is pro-women and is often abused in cases of marital discord. 

The group holds Chaudhary responsible for introducing and supporting the DV Act and Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

"Renuka is among the people who introduced the draconian Section 498-A of IPC and the Domestic Violence Act. These laws have become a tool to harass married men by giving unlimited benefits to wives," said Sarkar.

The SFF is celebrating the former woman and child development minister's defeat with crackers, sweets and congratulatory messages. "I received almost 50-60 messages on the day of counting. 

People from all over the country were celebrating Renuka Chaudhary's loss. Later on, we forwarded the congratulatory emails to the official mail address of the Women and Child Development Ministry," said Sarkar.

Sarkar and SFF have been running a campaign against the DV Act and Section 498-A, demanding the creation of a Men Welfare Ministry on the lines of the one for women. 

"Every year, lakhs of men throughout the country lose their reputation, job and almost everything because their wives lodge complaints against them under these laws.
Not just the men but their mothers, sisters and other family members are harassed under false complaints of dowry and ill treatment by in-laws," said Sarkar.
SFF and Sarkar had met Chaudhary before the elections regarding their demands but after being denied any help, the group started a campaign against the former minister through emails, SMSes and blogs. 

The campaign also targeted Congress leader Margaret Alva, who the SFF claims, was the brain behind Section 498-A when it was introduced in 1983. 

MiD DAY tried contacting both Chaudhary and Alva for their reactions. While Alva was not available on her landline phone numbers, Renuka in an irritated tone accepted that she knew about SFF. 

"I know about their celebrations. It's a democratic country and let him celebrate. But I don't think it is worth celebrating," Chaudhary said.

When asked about the SFF's demand to abolish the DV Act and amend Section 498-A, she came up with a big no. 

"The law cannot be changed. It is there to save women who are harassed by their in-laws. I don't think there is any strength in their demand," Chaudhary said.

What the laws say

Section 498-A, IPC, provides wives with the right to move court against any act of cruelty for dowry. 

The DV Act covers not only wives and live-in-partners, but also sisters, mothers, mothers-in-law or any other female relative living with a violent man, who can be jailed for a year for beating, threatening and even shouting at them. 

While the DV Act provides yet another provision for a woman with ulterior motives to initiate criminal proceedings against the husband, a major loophole in the Act is its Section 14(5). 

The section reads that the respondents shall not be allowed to plead any counter 

Muslim mother who forced her school-age daughters to marry their cousins in Pakistan is jailed for 3 years in UK

Muslim mother who forced her school-age daughters to marry their cousins is jailed for 3 years
22nd May 2009
'wicked and cruel' mother has been jailed for three years after forcing her two young daughters to marry their cousins in Pakistan.

The Muslim woman hoodwinked the pair, aged 14 and 15, into thinking they were going on a family holiday.

But when the schoolgirls arrived they discovered preparations were being made for them to marry their first cousins in a joint ceremony.

Yesterday, in what is being seen as a landmark case, a judge condemned the mother's actions and claimed she had been 'wholly misguided'.

She was convicted of child sex offences and attempting to pervert the course of justice as there is no current law which bans forced marriage.

Judge Clement Goldstone QC told the woman: 'Everyone is entitled to his or her beliefs and is to be encouraged to practise in accordance with those beliefs and to live a life which embraces the culture of those beliefs.

'But those who choose to live in this country and who, like you, are British subjects, must not abandon our laws in the practice of those beliefs and that culture.

'If they do, they will face the consequences.'

Manchester Crown Court heard the two sisters were forced to marry their cousins in July 2007.

After the ceremony the 39-year-old mother told her elder daughter that unless she consumated the marriage, she would 'tie her to the bed, blindfold her and strip her' and watch to make sure she had sex with her new husband.

She was arrested when her daughters confided in their teachers in February last year, after returning to the UK. Both sisters were taken into care. None of those involved in the case can be identified.

The court heard the defendant had acted to protect her family's reputation in the Muslim community after the elder girl became pregnant and had an abortion following a relationship with an older man.

Judge Goldstone told the woman: 'It seems to be the case that you did not realise that what you did was wicked.

'You probably thought then and you continue to think now that even forced marriage was in the best interests of your daughters - one of whom in any case was a handful and who was not toeing the traditional line. That is a wholly misguided view.

'Forced marriage is cruel. It deprives children, your children, of their basic human rights.

'It must be and will be distinguished by the courts from arranged marriage, which is conventional in many cultures, and in which these basic rights are preserved.'

Plans to make forced marriage a specific criminal offence were proposed in 2004 but were dropped by ministers after a backlash.

The Muslim Council of Britain opposed the plan, claiming it could lead to the Muslim community being further 'stigmatised'.

Ministers admitted they feared a new law would be 'resented as an intrusion into minority cultures and religions'.

Currently police take action against individuals for the crimes they commit when forcing someone into marriage, such as assault, kidnap, abduction or sexual offences.

A victim, friend or police can also apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order which forbids families from taking anyone abroad for marriage, seizing passports or intimidating victims.

Penalties for breaching an order include up to two years' imprisonment.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Mum has car sex in front of kids, charges with child endangerment and public indecency

It is shocking when parents have sex and intimate actions in front of their children.
Read my earlier blog about Sex addiction.

Mum has car sex in front of kids
May 20 2009
A drunk mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in the US after they were caught having sex in their car in front of her two young children.

Police in Ohio said Danica Wallace, 24, was extremely intoxicated when she pulled over for the roadside romp with her lover Jeremy Welch, The Sun newspaper reports.

Wallace, who was discovered by police naked from the waist down, allegedly told officers she had "got horny and just wanted to f***".
The mother's children, aged four and 22 months, were sitting in the back seat of the car at the time.
Wallace told police she had only had only one bottle of beer but then allegedly failed a series of drink-driving tests.
She was charged with drunk driving, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her children were placed in the care of a friend.

Welch was charged with public indecency.

Fritzl planned to free his cellar family - and assumed they would keep the details of their captivity secret

Forgery signatures and creating an unhealthy sibling rivalry (upstairs and downstairs children), was the keystone of the Child abuse, slavery of Elisabeth Fritzl.

Deception, keeping secrets and withholding/distorting information are warning signs of Child abuse.

Fritzl planned to free his cellar family - and assumed they would keep the details of their captivity secret
20th May 2009
Josef Fritzl planned to bring his imprisoned cellar family upstairs to live with his ‘other’ family – and assumed they would go along with his lies about where they had been. 

The details of his plan are revealed in The Crimes of Josef Fritzl: Uncovering the Truth, which describes how he would take the children living upstairs to visit the captives in the basement. 

This ritual ended after it became too distressing for the children hidden in the cellar, who yearned to join their siblings. 

Serialised today in The Times, the book also describes how Fritzl planned to explain Elisabeth’s sudden reappearance by simply claiming she had returned from the cult he said she had joined 24 years ago. 

Three of Elisabeth’s seven children, which were conceived and born in the dank cellar, were taken upstairs to live with Fritzl and his other children. 

A fourth child died shortly after his birth and was burned in a furnace by Fritzl, who had refused to get medical help for him. 

The first child to be taken out of the cellar was eight-month-old Lisa, who was seemingly born healthy, but later became ill. 

After persuasion by Elisabeth, Fritzl took the baby upstairs and made a show of ‘finding’ her on his doorstep.

He even forged a note from Elisabeth, apparently explaining that she could no longer care for the baby girl

Fritzl and his wife were paid income support of €400 a month to care for the child, who later underwent emergency heart surgery. 

The visits between Fritzl’s upstairs and downstairs families began after the 73-year-old started to bring baby Lisa into the cellar on special occasions to ‘cheer everybody up’. 

This continued until Lisa began speaking, after which one of Elisabeth's subsequent baby daughters, Monika, was brought downstairs instead. 

But the visits ended at Elisabeth’s request as the three imprisoned children became more and more distressed seeing their siblings return to ‘normal’ life as they were held in the dark underground rooms. 

The ‘underground’ childrens’ distress was compounded by their knowledge of the outside world – supplied by a television set. 

Despite having never seen the world above ground, thanks to the nature programmes, they knew what rain, sun and grass looked like. 

As Elisabeth’s resistance to her father’s attacks began to fade into a dazed indifference, Fritzl began to believe the pair were in a ‘proper relationship’, the book claims. 

But behind the blank mask she showed her father, Elisabeth ensured her children knew the true facts of their circumstances – explaining that there was another world and that the one they lived in was not normal. 

Meanwhile, Fritzl began to prepare for the joyous ‘reunion’ of his families. 

He posted himself a letter he had forced Elisabeth to write, which announced her imminent return, which he planned for the end of 2008. 

But his carefully laid plans were ruined when Kerstin, then 19, became life-threateningly ill and he was forced to bring her upstairs to get medical attention for her.

On April 19, Elisabeth helped carry her gravely ill daughter upstairs, helped by her father. It was the first time she had been above ground in 24 years. 

However, realising the effect of her disappearance on the remaining children in the cellar, Elisabeth quickly returned to them. 

As ambulance crews tended to Kerstin, Fritzl told them he had discovered her on his doorstep and had never seen her before. 

The following week, Elisabeth and the remaining children were brought out of the cellar and introduced to the ‘upstairs’ family, after which they were all taken to hospital to visit Kerstin. 
The reunion is described in the book as ‘strangely normal’, but when the family arrived in hospital, and doctors tipped off the police after noticing Elisabeth’s distress. 

At first it was Elisabeth herself who faced arrest, as detectives accused her of negligence and even threatened to charge her with manslaughter if her daughter died.

This had no effect, but when a suspicious officer decided to call Elisabeth’s bluff and pretended to dial social services to put her children in care, the terrified mother broke her silence

After hearing nearly an hour of Elisabeth’s story, detectives arrested Fritzl. 

In March, he admitted he was guilty of the murder of one of the twin baby boys Elisabeth bore him. He also pleaded guilty to incest, enslavement, rape and depriving his family of liberty. 

On 19 March 2009, Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 15 years.

After her ordeal, Elisabeth was transferred with her family to a clinic in Austria, along with her mother Rosemarie. 

A rift grew between the mother and daughter after Elisabeth’s son Alexander, who lived upstairs, continued to call his grandmother ‘Mama’. As a result, Rosemarie was asked to leave. 

Rosemarie now lives under an assumed name in Linz, where she struggles to live on a meager state pension. 

Regarding the mystery over whether she knew about Fritzl’s other family, her sister Christine has complained that she is ‘treated as the wife of a perpetrator rather than a victim … I’m 1,000 per cent sure she didn’t know.’

She is not divorcing her husband because, according to Christine, as long as they stay married ‘she’ll get 69 per cent of his income if he kills himself or if something happens.’

Below are profiles of Fritzl's 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' children:

Rosemarie's children:

Rosemarie, jnr, 47.

Now living 35 miles from the family home - and the secret chamber - in Linz. 

Doris Henikl.

Left home when she married. She and her family would join parents, Josef and Rosemarie, at family reunions and go on holiday together. 

Harald Fritzl.

He also left home to get married. Friends say he has tried to support his sister Elisabeth in her hour of need. He also joined the annual family holidays and celebrations.

Gabrielle Fritzl, 37.

She lives with her partner and child near Amstetten in a small chalet-style home. A sign outside reads: "Reporter nicht erwunscht" - reporters not welcome.

Josef Fritzl jnr, 37

Gabrielle's twin brother. 

Ulrike Pramesberger, 50.

The married teacher lives in Bad Goisern, in the foothills of Alps. Her impressive home is a detached chalet-style property set in extensive grounds in the countryside.

Elisabeth Fritzl.

Now 42 but looks 20 years older - Reunited with mother and the three children she was forced to give up at Amstetten-Mauer Landesklinikum psychiatric hospital.

Elisabeth's children:

Kirsten, 19.

She spent her entire life underground. She has been left undernourished and light deprived.Her teeth are nearly all gone and she has kidney failure. 

Stefan, 18.

The 5ft 7in teenager is destined to walk with a stoop for life due to living in 5ft 6in cellar. Has been given an aquarium similar to one he had underground to aid recovery.

Felix, 5.

Youngest of incest kids. Has spent his entire life underground and never saw the daylight until now. Shockingly, he can walk, but prefers to crawl. Clings to his mum and a teddy.

Lisa, 16.

The first of three to be taken in by her unsuspecting grandmother. She has led a near normal life, excelling at music and maths. Described by pals at catholic school as "bubbly and funny".

Monika, 14.

One of the upstairs children, she has suffered heart condition from early age which required surgery. Doctors are investigating if it is connected to her incestuous birth. She is reportedly a talented musician.

Alex, 12.

He served as an altar boy and is remembered as a kind boy who ran errands for the grandmother he called "Mami". He plays the trumpet.

Michael, Alex's twin.

He struggled with breathing and died shortly after Elisabeth gave birth alone. Fritzl pleaded guilty to his murder.

Cries for help from Fritzl dungeon were audible for neighbours & tenants, but nobody investigated

I am posting newer details, which show that NOBODY responded to the cries of Elisabeth Fritzl and children in the cellar prison.
Silence is the accomplice of PERPETRATORS of Child abuse and Domestic Violence.

Cries for help from Fritzl dungeon were audible for neighbours & tenants, but nobody investigated
May 19, 2009 
Cries for help from the children Josef Fritzl imprisoned in a dungeon under his Austrian home would have been heard by people living above, a new book claims.

Fritzl held his daughter Elisabeth and three of the seven children he fathered with her in the cramped underground cellar for several years until they were released in 2008.

While many have speculated that the cellar must have been soundproofed to prevent outsiders hearing the captives, a new book reveals they would have been heard.

The Crimes of Josef Fritzl: Uncovering the Truth quotes from a report by sound engineer Peter Kopecky who found that knocking and cries for help would have been "very audible" to those living above ground in Fritzl's home.

"The noises that the tenants thought they had heard coming from the cellar beneath them had been real: the thumping, the moaning, the strange clanking noises emanating from deep underground," according to extracts from the book published in The Times newspaper in Britain on Tuesday.

"But nobody had thought to investigate."

Fritzl was jailed for life in March after being convicted of murder and rape.

Elisabeth was repeatedly raped by her father while he kept her prisoner in the underground cellar for 24 years. She gave birth to seven children but one died shortly after it was born.

Fritzl took three of the babies to live with him and his wife, while the other three remained with Elisabeth in the cellar.

Elisabeth and her children were freed in April last year after her daughter Kirsten fell ill and she begged her father to take her to hospital.

The book also reveals details of the day Fritzl bundled Elisabeth into the cellar in August 1984 after an argument.

He told her he wanted to speak somewhere private and led her downstairs to the cellar before covering her mouth and nose with a chloroform-soaked cloth and tied her hands behind her back.

According to confidential documents outlining Fritzl's account of what happened in the cellar, he said he began an incestuous relationship with Elisabeth about four or five months later.

He claimed she had made it clear "she wanted to live her life differently in the future".

"I now realised for the first time that my daughter was a desirable woman. She didn't fight against it ... She never said that she didn't want it ..."

Fritzl's wife has said she knew nothing of Elisabeth's imprisonment and believed her daughter had run away.

When Fritzl brought some of the children he fathered upstairs, his wife said she believed Elisabeth had abandoned them because she could not take care of them.