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

Friday, 31 July 2009

Omer Bhatti is MJ's fourth child, confirms father Joe Jackson

Omer Bhatti is MJ's fourth child, confirms father Joe Jackson
Jul 31
London, July 31: Michael Jackson's dad has confirmed that Omer Bhatti is the singer's fourth child.

Rumours of Bhatti being MJ's son kicked off after the 25-year-old was seen seated in the front row at the star's memorial service on July 7.

Dancer Bhatti apparently sat with head bowed and sporting dark glasses alongside the King of Pop's brothers and sisters during the tribute at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.

"Yes, I knew Michael had another son - yes, I did. He looks like a Jackson, he acts like a Jackson, and he can dance like a Jackson," the Sun quoted Joe as saying.

"This boy's a fantastic dancer - as a matter of fact, he teaches dance," he added.

Asked whether Omer could be the future of the Jackson legacy, Joe grinned: "I don't know, I can't say that yet until I see it happen,"

The 'Thriller' hitmaker is said to have told pals in 2004 that Norwegian Omer was his son from a one-night stand.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Assam's Joan of Arc: Girl takes on raunchy army jawan in Assam

It is shocking when abusive Army officers and Jawans think that it is their BIRTH RIGHT to molest and misbehave with women in their homes, communities and country.

A brave girl rebuked a raunchy Army Jawan in Assam.

Good show. Hold your horses next time, Puttar!

Assam's Joan of Arc: Girl takes on raunchy army jawan in Assam

July 30, 2009

An incident of alleged molestation in Assam's Halflong town would have passed unnoticed, but for a girl who decided to take on an entire group of army personnel.

Diganta Das, a stringer with NDTV, was sitting at a tea shop nearby and filmed the dramatic scene on his cellphone. The footage shows the girl beating up an army jawan who reportedly visited her garment shop and made lewd comments and even touched her.

Rali Faihriem owns a branded garment shop in the middle of Halflong town. Lancenaik Gurvinder Singh of the 8th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment visited the shop, in combat dress with arms, on Wednesday afternoon to buy innerwear. When the girl was showing him the stock available at her shop, the jawan allegedly made some advances. Rali then pulled him out of the shop and stoned him in front of everyone.

The Army has ordered an enquiry into the incident after Rali filed an FIR.

N C Hills has a very heavy army presence. About 70 companies of security personnel deployed across the district are engaged in counter insurgency operations. Conflict zones have always reported allegations of violence against women by the armed forces but it is rare for women to hit back.

The Life and Death of Gayatri Devi: The Royal from Jaipur

The Government of India has recently reiterated the ABOLITION of the use of Royal titles. Despite the abolition of Royalty at the time of independence, most of the Royalty in India has been smart enough to escape the 'POSSESSION of estates' by the Government of India, by making TRUSTS which are controlled by the erstwhile Royals.

The entire state of Jaipur is technically paying rent to the Royals, since the Prime area is owned by the Royalty. The citizens are bound by an unwritten ?? law to follow the colour coding of the Pink City.

Gayatri Devi was in a polygamous relationship with 'Sawai Man Singh', being the THIRD WIFE. What about the inheritance RIGHTS of the FIRST TWO WIVES and their descendants?

And, in a shocking '??forgery will' Gayatri Devi had showed a will of her only son which surfaced after his death, whereby her son had disinherited his own 2 children, and left his estate to his mother.

Looks like Gayatri Devi has made amendments for this alleged 'forgery will', which was purported to be done with the help of her step-son Prithviraj.

More about the life of Royalty at a later date!

The Life and Death of Gayatri Devi
Gayatri Devi (23 May 1920 - 29 July 2009), often styled as Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur, was born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar. She was the third Maharani of Jaipur from 1939 to 1970 through her marriage to HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The royal titles and the accompanying privy purses were technically abolished through a constitutional amendment in 1971.

Following India's independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood.

She died on July 29, 2009 in Jaipur, at the age of 90. She was suffering from paralytic ileus and lung infection.

Early life

Her father, Prince Jitendra Narayan of Cooch Behar, was the younger brother of the Yuvraja (Crown Prince). Her mother was Princess Indira Raje of Baroda, the only daughter of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, an extremely beautiful princess and a legendary socialite. Early in her life, her uncle's death led to her father ascending the throne (gaddi). Gayatri Devi studied at Shantiniketan, and later in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she travelled with her mother and siblings, then studied secretarial skills in London School of Secretaries; Brilliantmont and Monkey Club London .

She married HH Saramad-i-Rajahai Hindustan Raj Rajendra Sri Maharajadhiraj Sir Sawai Man Singh II Bahadur on 9 May 1940.

Maharani Gayatri Devi (as she was styled after marriage) was a particularly avid equestrienne. Gayatri Devi had one child, Prince Jagat Singh of Jaipur, ex-Raja of Isarda, born on 15 October 1949, who was granted his grandfather's fief as a subsidiary title, and Gayatri Devi was called the Rajmata or Queen Mother. Jagat Singh was thus half-brother to Bhawani Singh of Jaipur.
Gayatri Devi was once included in Vogue magazine's Ten Most Beautiful Women list.

Gayatri Devi started schools for girls' education in Jaipur, most prominent of which is the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School. She also revived and promoted the dying art of blue pottery.

Political career

After Partition and Independence Day in India in 1947, and later the abolition of royal privileges and privy purses in 1971, Gayatri Devi ran for Parliament in 1962 and won the constituency in the Lok Sabha in the world's largest landslide, winning 192,909 votes out of 246,516 cast [6], confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. She continued to hold this seat on 1967 and 1971, Swatantra Party of C. Rajagopalachari, the second Governor-General of Independent India [2], running against the Congress Party.

When the privy purses were abolished in 1971, terminating all royal privileges and titles, Gayatri Devi was accused of violating tax laws, and served 5 months in Tihar Jail. She retired from politics and published her autobiography, A Princess Remembers, written with Santha Rama Rau, in 1976. She was also the focus of the film Memoirs of a Hindu Princess, directed by Francois Levie.

There were rumors that she might re-enter politics as late as 1999, when the Cooch Behar Trinamool Congress nominated her as their candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, but she did not respond to the offer.

Her father Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur was the second son of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur and Maharani Sunity Devi of Cooch Behar. After the untimely death of his elder brother Maharaja Raj Rajendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, a bachelor, he ascended the throne of Cooch Behar in November 1913, few month's after his marriage with Princess Indira raje Gaekwad of Baroda. Maharani Sunity Devi was the daughter of illustrious Brahmo social reformer Keshab Chandra Sen.

Family relationships

Gayatri Devi was related to several other erstwhile royal families in India, and not only the Rajput royals. Her maternal grandparents were Maharaja Sayajirao and Maharani Chimnabai of Baroda. Through marriage, she was related to Maharaja Hanuwant Singh of Jodhpur, the Maharaja of Dewas, the Maharaja of Tripura, and the Maharaja of Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh.
She had one son, Maharaj Jagat Singh of Jaipur (erstwhile Raja of Isarda), and two grandchildren, Lalitya Kumari and Devraj Singh. She is also indirectly related to the former royal families of Lunawada and Baria.


She developed gastric problems in London and was admitted to a hospital there. She was being treated for gastric disorder at the King Edward’s Hospital in London and had expressed her desire to return to Jaipur. Gayatri Devi was flown in an air ambulance to Jaipur. She was admitted at Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital (SDMH) on July 17. She passed away on July, 29th reportedly due to lung failure.
Her death came a day after the passing away of actress Leela Naidu, both of whom were named by Vogue as amongst the 10 most beautiful women in the world. Maharani Gayatri Devi died on 29 July 2009 at the age of 90.

2-----------Rajmata Gayatri Devi leaves it all to grandkids----------------
31 July 2009
JAIPUR: Rajmata Gayatri Devi's grandson Devraj Singh and his sister Lalitya Kumari will not only inherit her wealth but also that of their late father Jagat Singh, which had been a matter of raging dispute three years back.

It's learnt that Gayatri Devi has left a will. While the content of the will is unknown yet, The media has learnt that it has been handed over to a senior member of the royal family and her grandchildren are the biggest beneficiaries. The will will come up for execution soon.

A huge royal property dispute erupted in 2006 when the purported will of Jagat Singh barred his two children from inheriting his property. In this purported will Jagat Singh, who had married a Thai princess and later divorced her, apparently refused inheritance to his two children, Devraj and Lalitya. This, the two challenged in a Jaipur court. The purported will reportedly left all of Jagat Singh's property to his mother, Gayatri Devi. In court, Gayatri Devi had claimed that through the will, Jagat Singh had barred his own children and made her the sole inheritor.

But on Thursday, Devraj told TOI that the matter had been amicably sorted out. "Before her death, the Rajmata in April this year decided not to contest the succession dispute. My grandmother, my sister and I reached an amicable settlement and we, the three parties, agreed to a settlement whereby all three of us became the inheritors of the properties of my late father Jagat Singh. All three of us obtained the succession certificates from the court after this settlement."

Jagat Singh, the only son of Gayatri Devi, had married Thai princess Rajawongse Priyanandana Rangsit. She had two children — Devraj and Lalitya — with him, but later the two divorced, and she shifted to Bangkok. Jagat Singh died in 1997. Rangsit in 2006 moved an application in court, claiming that her children were the legal heir of Jagat Singh's estates and Gayatri Devi was trying to prevent them from becoming the legal heir on the strength of a 'forged will', allegedly written by Jagat Singh before his death, in which he made Gayatri Devi the sole inheritor, denying any benefits to his children.

The 'forged will' was allegedly discovered in 2006 after Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari filed a petition against Prithiviraj, the stepbrother of Jagat Singh, and his son, at the Company Law Board (CLB) in order to seek remedy against them on "account of their misdeeds".

Teacher disrobes girls, takes measurements with his fingers in Vidisha

Abuse of position of trust and authority is an old game. And, such elders should be punished strongly.

Teacher disrobes girls, takes measurements with his fingers in Vidisha
29 July 2009
VIDISHA, MADHYA PRADESH: In a shocking incident, a teacher allegedly half-disrobed eight Adivasi girl students of fifth standard of a government school in the district Tyonda on the pretext of taking measurements for their uniforms.

The shameful act of the teacher has now forced the eight girls of Ganjbasoda's Nurpur Education Guarantee Scheme School to discontinue their studies.

The incident that took place on July 24, about five km from Tyonda, came to light when the girl students complained to their parents about it, district education officer, Manish Verma said on Wednesday.

He said that the girls' parents in a complaint alleged that the guruji (teacher), Sanjeev Sharma had allegedly removed the upper clothes of the eight adivasi girl students on the pretext of taking measurements of their uniforms in a closed classroom after calling two students at a time.

Once he made them remove their upper clothes, he took the measurement with his fingers, instead of an inch-tape, Verma said. The students also alleged that the teacher had misbehaved with them when they were half-naked in the closed classroom, the DEO said.

The angry villagers went to the school but by then, Sharma had left after locking it, following which they complained about the matter to the district education officer (DEO), Manoj Verma.

Later, the DEO constituted a four-member committee, led by the Tehsildar, Kiran Badbade who, after conducting a probe, found Sharma prima facie guilty on the matter.

Taking action on the probe report, the DEO dismissed Sharma from service on Tuesday with immediate effect.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine wins custody of his three children... but Debbie Rowe will have visitation

The Motherless and Fatherless Children of Michael Jackson have been given Custodial rights to Michael Jackson's mother, with visitation rights allowed to the ? biological mother Debbie Rowe (of the elder 2 children).

It doesn't matter if you are 'Black or White', as long as the BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD is met.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine wins custody of his three children... but Debbie Rowe will have visitation
30th July 2009
Michael Jackson's elderly mother will be given custody of his three children, her lawyer announced today.

Katherine Jackson, 79, and Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of the two eldest children Prince Michael I, 12, and Paris, 11, have reached a mutual agreement ahead of the formal custody hearing on Monday.

Speaking on America's The Today Show this morning, the star's lawyer L. Londell McMillan said Jackson's ex-wife Rowe will get visitation rights to the kids, but no extra money in addition to her previous settlements.
McMillan said: 'It's an agreement for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal.

'There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson.'

McMillan also denied reports the Jackson children had been left penniless because of their father's debts.

He explained: 'That estate is worth, in my estimation, a couple of billion dollars. You hear $500 million. Don't buy it.'

As part of the agreement, Mrs Jackson and Rowe have mutually agreed to hire a child psychologist to advise them when and how the star's ex-wife's visits should take place.

Prince, Paris and their seven-year-old brother Prince Michael II, aka Blanket (whose biological mother is not known) have been living at their grandmother's Encino home since their father died of cardiac arrest on June 25.

The agreement follows Jackson's wishes for his mother to have custody as stipulated in his will.

Cannibal mother who decapitated her three-week-old baby boy 'refused medication for post-natal depression' in UK

Post-natal depression, schizophrenia and mental disoder is a serious association with CHILD ABUSE, neglect and CANNIBALISM.

A mother who cannibalised her three-week baby has shocked the UK.

Cannibal mother who decapitated her three-week-old baby boy 'refused medication for post-natal depression'
30th July 2009
The cannibal mother who killed and ate parts of her three-week-old baby boy refused to take medication for her post-natal depression, her son's father said.

Otty Sanchez had been going to regular counselling and had been briefly hospitalised since the boy was born in the Texas city of San Antonio.

But the 33-year-old's troubles only became apparent to authorities when they found her before dawn on Sunday, in a house where she had access to samurai swords, screaming that she had killed her baby.

Her three-and-a-half-week-old son was dismembered in a scene so gruesome police officers have been forced to seek psychological help.

'Maybe we missed' warning signs, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. 'I don't know.'
Sanchez was yesterday released from a hospital where she was treated for self-inflicted cuts to her torso and an attempt to slice her own throat.

The former home health care worker, charged with capital murder, is being held at Bexar County Jail on $1 million bail.

Authorities said Sanchez attempted suicide after butchering her newborn son, Scott Wesley Buchholz-Sanchez, with a steak knife and two swords while her sister and two nieces, ages 5 and 7, slept in another room.

Sanchez told police that the devil made her kill, mutilate and eat parts the child's brain and toes.
Scott W. Buchholz, the infant's father, said he met Sanchez six years ago while they were studying to be pharmacists assistants.

Although his girlfriend had post-natal depression, he revealed that Sanchez only recently told him she was schizophrenic but that she did not appear unstable.

He now wants prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. 'She killed my son. She should burn in hell,' said 33-year-old Buchholz.

Otty Sanchez's medical history is muddled. A family member said Sanchez had undergone psychiatric treatment and that a hospital called looking for her several months ago.
Gloria Sanchez, Otty's aunt, said her niece had been 'in and out of a psychiatric ward.'

'It's just tragic and unbelievable what happened,' said Greg Garcia, Sanchez's first cousin who considers her a sister. 'She was a good, hard-working person, but she had been diagnosed with schizophrenia last year.'
In May 2008, Otty Sanchez's mother, Manuela Sanchez, called police after her daughter didn't return from a trip to Austin, saying she was concerned about her daughter's safety.
Mrs Sanchez said she suspected Otty was into drugs and specifically told police she wasn't suffering from any mental issues.
Buchholz, who is himself schizophrenic and takes six anti-psychotic and anti-convulsive medications, said Otty had post-natal depression and had been going to counselling after the birth, but she refused to take prescription medication for her depression.
'She still seemed like a a very caring, loving mother,' he said.

'She held him, she breast fed him. She did everything for him that was nice,' he added.
Sanchez was taken to the hospital for depression July 20 and released less than a day later, Buchholz said.
The mother told him she was schizophrenic and was going to live with her parents and sister.

Sanchez was arrested at her mother's house, where police found her and the dead infant.
On Saturday, Sanchez brought 'Baby Scotty' for a visit but stormed out after Buchholz asked for a copy of the birth certificate and other documents, Buchholz said.
The father called the police to report that Sanchez drove away with the infant without properly restraining him in the car, and deputies investigated it as a disturbance.
'If this guy had given us an indication that she had post-natal depression, or mental defects she was suffering from, we may have addressed it differently,' said Bexar County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dale Bennett.
Buchholz said he may have told the deputy Sanchez was depressed, but that he wasn't sure.
While schizophrenia generally develops in men in their late teens and early 20s, women tend to develop the illness, marked by abnormal impressions of reality, later in life.
Most new mothers suffer from post-natal depression as hormones shift after a pregnancy and they're fatigued handling a new baby.
But as many as one-fifth suffer from the more serious postpartum depression, which includes symptoms like despair and failing to eat or sleep.
Post-natal psychosis is far rarer, affecting only about one woman in 1,000.
Women with post-natal psychosis have delusions, frequently involving religious symbols and a desire to harm their newborn, said Richard Pesikoff, a psychiatry professor at the Baylor College of Medicine.
He testified in the second trial of Andrea Yates, the high-profile case of a Houston-area mother found not guilty by reason of insanity after drowning her five children.
Similar to Sanchez's claim that the devil told her to kill her son, Yates told authorities Satan was inside of her and she was trying to save her children.

Pregnant again, the mother whose 13 other babies were taken into care

It is shocking when Negligent and abusive mothers who do not take care of their children, play a game of breeding more and more babies to Neglect and abuse in the world.

Pregnant again, the mother whose 13 other babies were taken into care

30th July 2009

Theresa Winters

'Baby factory': Theresa Winters pictured with partner Tony Housden is pregnant with her 13th child

A pregnant woman who has already had 13 children taken into care last night vowed to keep on giving birth until she is allowed to keep one.

Theresa Winters has spent almost half of her life having babies, but has not been allowed to keep any of them beyond the age of two.

Even her own sister believes that she should be sterilised.

But Miss Winters, 36, a heavy smoker who was herself taken into care as a teenager, insisted it was time for a 'second chance'.

She accused social workers of failing to help her achieve her deepest wish of having a family with her second partner, Tony Housden.

She admitted that social services had probably made the right decision in removing her first 13 children because of neglect, but said she had 'calmed down' now.

Miss Winters, who is 25 weeks into her 14th pregnancy, said: 'We feel like social services are treating us like murderers when we haven't done anything.

'All we want to do is to be a family and to look after our children. It's very upsetting. We want help from social services but they won't help us.'

Miss Winters had her first child with ex-husband Wayne Redding at 19. Their daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken away in 1994 aged two after the couple were accused of neglect.

Two years later their next child was also taken away. Miss Winters then began an affair with Mr Housden, who had been a lodger at their Luton home.

She divorced Mr Redding, a New Zealander who has since died, and went on to have another 11 children with Mr Housden, all of whom have been taken into care.

Four of them were found to have a rare and degenerative condition, which has a genetic link, after birth. One of those has since died.

The couple, who are on benefits, have been told that they cannot keep the children due to 'concerns about severe neglect, lack of parenting ability and the consequent risk to any child in their care'.

Reliving the moment of losing her children, she said: 'I will be sitting in the hospital and a nurse will come and take the baby away - it's devastating.'

Theresa Winters

Halfway there: Theresa and Tony with baby number six in 1999


August 1992 - Girl

January 1994 - Boy

January 1995 - Boy

September 1996 - Boy

September 1997 - Boy

May 1999 - Girl

June 2000 - Girl

June 2001 - Boy

September 2002 - Girl

November 2003 - Boy

January 2006 - Girl

March 2007 - Girl

March 2008 - Boy

They were able to see some of the children when they turned two in supervised visits at contact centres.

But Miss Winters said: 'Now we are not allowed to see them at all.

'Sometimes we are sent photographs of them, but nothing after they are aged about six.

'The birth certificates are the only proof I've got that they're my kids.'

Miss Winters, who left school with no qualifications and worked as a factory packer until giving birth to her first child, receives £271 a month disability allowance. An accident left it difficult for her to walk.

Mr Housden, 36, is her registered carer and they receive £511.33 a month in income support, plus £300 a month for housing benefit and council tax on their one-bedroom flat. Mr Housden used to work as a pizza delivery man but gave up 17 years ago.

Speaking openly of her past Miss Winters said she had not been a 'perfect person'. 'Back in 1992 I was a bit aggressive, but never towards the kids,' she said.

'I told them off as any normal person would. I shouted at them. But I never hit them.

'In one sense they were right to take them away. I was young. It could have turned violent with social services. They looked at it thinking that if I was aggressive towards social services, I'd be aggressive towards my kids.

She added that she had 'calmed down' now.

Miss Winters, whose mother has died and who is estranged from her father does not, however, have the support of her sister.

Mother of three Louise Walls, 37, said her younger sibling's actions made her feel 'physically ill' and begged for the authorities to put an end to her 'baby factory' ways.

Latest arrival, a boy born last year

Latest arrival, a boy born last year. Ms Winters has not been allowed to keep any of her children beyond the age of two

Boy born in 2003

This baby boy who was born in 2003 has since died

Speaking at her home in Northampton, Mrs Walls said: 'Whenever I have asked her why she keeps getting pregnant when she knows the baby will be taken off her she says, I don't give a s*** - I just want the Government to pay for them.

'It's pure spite. As long as she is not allowed to keep a child her attitude seems to be that she will get her own back by making the authorities pay to look after them and bring them up.

'She has told me she will only stop getting pregnant the day they stop taking a baby off her.

'What she's doing is totally sick and makes me feel like breaking down in tears. She should have been sterilised long ago.'

A spokesman for Luton Council said: 'It is a court process that results in babies being separated from their parents and throughout the process, parents can be legally represented and fully involved.'

Alive! Police find newborn baby girl ripped from her murdered mother's womb in UK

Picture: The murdered mother Darlene Haynes

I am presenting a shocking case report of BABY THEFT by murdering and ripping open the womb of a pregnant mother.

The extent to which people go to 'Have a child' is shocking.

Alive! Police find newborn baby girl ripped from her murdered mother's womb in UK
30th July 2009
A baby girl who was cut from her murdered mother's womb has been found alive two days after the woman's body was discovered.
The infant appeared to be in 'fairly good health' at a New Hampshire hospital, said Police Sergeant Kerry Hazelhurst last night.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the woman's killing whose body was discovered on Monday.
Julie Corey, 35, and a male companion were arrested in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where police found them with the child.
Friends had told police they were suspicious of Corey's claims she had given birth.

The baby's mother, Darlene Haynes, was eight months pregnant. Haynes' body was found hidden in a cupboard by her landlord, William Thompson.
Residents said a 'horrifying smell' led him to her apartment in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he found her body wrapped in bedding.
Her death was ruled a murder. Police said the 23-year-old had apparently been dead for several days, and that she hadn't contacted family or friends since Thursday.
It was not until a post mortem examination on Tuesday that authorities discovered the foetus was missing.
Corey’s actions after the killing put police on her trail. According to the Boston Globe newspaper, she told friends she had delivered a baby some time last Thursday night into Friday morning at a Massachusetts hospital, which she did not identify.
The claim sparked the suspicions of friends, who did not know she was pregnant. They alerted Worcester detectives after the Haynes the murder became public.
Corey arrived at a Plymouth homeless shelter on Tuesday night. She told workers there that the girl was six days old and identified herself as the mother, but had no information on the child.

A stuffed bear and flowers were placed in front of the Worcester house of Darlene Haynes, the murdered mother of the little girl
She was arrested on Wednesday afternoon as she tried to leave the shelter with the infant after workers alerted police and a nurse began photographing the baby with her mobile phone, the newspaper reported.
Emergency medical staff workers with Plymouth Fire and Rescue Department were called to to the centre and took the newborn to Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Stephen Vachon said.
'The infant was in pretty good health,' said Lt. Vachon.
She was in nappies, properly dressed and appeared to have been fed, he added.
'I think this is the best news we could have gotten tonight,' said Sandra Grandmaison, Haynes' aunt.
'You're taking about a poor little girl who will never get to know her mother,' Grandmaison said. 'Darlene can never celebrate her children's birthday, Christmas, graduation. It's not fair. Her life was taken.'
The exact cause of Haynes' death has not yet been determined pending toxicology tests, but Worcester Police Detective Captain Edward J. McGinn Jr. said the post mortem examination indicated Haynes suffered head injuries.

Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst answers questions about the arrest of Julie Corey
A neighbour who knew both women said last week that Corey was claiming to be pregnant and due within a month of Haynes. She said the women were friendly because of this.

'I saw a pregnant belly, saw the baby move, all of that,' Liz Hitson, 31, said of Corey. 'She seemed like a decent overall person. She was supposed to have a C-section Friday.'

Experts in baby-theft cases say women have gone to great lengths to fake pregnancies or have suffered miscarriages.
Hitson said she last saw Corey driving Haynes to drop off her youngest daughter on July 23. Haynes was last seen when she dropped off the child that day, police and family have said.
She added: 'That's the last time I saw either one of them. No one witnessed (Darlene) return to the building.'
The dead woman was already a mother of three. Police said yesterday that they had interviewed the father of one of her children, a daughter, Roberto Rodriguez.
She had a restraining order against Rodriguez, who allegedly pushed her into a glass table in June and cut her arm, then grabbed her by the throat and slapped her, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported, citing court records.
Court records also showed Rodriguez was charged with hitting Haynes in 2008 in a case that was continued without a finding.
In June, Haynes described the 24-year-old Rodriguez as her boyfriend of several years. Her landlord said Rodriguez moved out of the apartment last month.
In an interview with WCVB, Rodriguez said Haynes was 'a nice girl.'
'She had her problems, you know, but nobody deserves to go (through) what she went through,' he said.
A neighbour told local media that Haynes was 'desperately lonely' and would have let anyone in her door if they would just 'sit and talk to her' for a bit.
A woman, who identified herself as Haynes' aunt, said: ''We want our baby back.'
The aunt refused to give her name but added: 'We want our grandchild back, and we want to know why.'
Mrs Grandmaison, 58, revealed how she last spoke with her niece two weeks ago.
Two of Haynes three children - Jasmine, four, and three-year-old Lilliana - live with her grandmother.
Haynes looked after the third child, two-year-old Christina. Haynes had dropped that child off with an ex-boyfriend last Thursday.
Grandmaison told the Herald how Haynes put off two visits with her older children last week because she was having trouble walking.
Grandmaison said: 'I just hope she was at peace, before they removed the foetus - hope she didn’t feel anything.'
Joanne Haynes, the grandmother of the slain woman, said she has an ultrasound picture of the baby.
She said when Darlene Haynes was a child, she was awarded custody of her and has also cared for two of her children since they were little.
She choked back tears when she said that Darlene had picked out a name for the baby, but never told her family what the name was.
'She wanted to surprise us,' Grandmaison said.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

BMW hit-and-run case: Supreme Court upholds R K Anand's conviction for contempt of Court (corrupt practice in Hostile witness), clears I U Khan

BMW hit-and-run case: Supreme Court upholds R K Anand's conviction for contempt of Court (corrupt practice in Hostile witness), clears I U Khan
29 July 2009
NEW DELHI: In an important judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of high-profile criminal lawyer R K Anand for contempt of court in the BMW hit-and-run expose and issued notice for enhancement of punishment. The apex court found special public prosecutor I U Khan’s conduct inappropriate but set aside his conviction and cleared him of contempt charges.
A three-judge Bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal, G S Singhvi and Aftab Alam, pronounced the verdict on Wednesday after watching original footage of the sting operation provided by the TV channel.

The court said that sting operation by the TV channel was in public interest. It was not trial by media and served a public purpose.

R K Anand and I U Khan had been stripped of their senior advocate designation by the Delhi High Court. The HC had found both culpable of influencing controversial prosecution witness Sunil Kulkarni in the infamous BMW hit-and-run case involving Sanjeev Nanda.

Both had appealed in the SC and pleaded that the HC had exceeded its jurisdiction by stripping them of the senior advocate designation, a decision which the regulatory body, Bar Council of India, alone could take.

They had also questioned the authenticity of the tapes relating to the sting operation on their alleged dealing with Kulkarni, which was broadcast by a TV channel, saying the HC had repelled their repeated plea for a forensic examination of the tapes.

The HC, in an unprecedented order, had convicted the two prominent lawyers, debarred them from practising in Delhi for four months and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each for obstructing the course of justice by trying to influence the star witness.

'Daughters of Fire': India Court of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence against Women held in Christ College, Bangalore

'Daughters of Fire': India Court of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence against Women held in Christ College, Bangalore


I (Roshni Pereira) attended the 'Daughters of Fire' Women's Court in Bangalore today. The focus of the conference was on 'Dowry' and its manifestations.

The three-day programme organized by Vimochana was well-received by thousands of NGOs and activists.

I was asked to give my testimony before thousands of activists, who in turn gave their own testimonies and stories. I mentioned about the various permutations about Deprivation, Deception, Child abuse, Domestic Violence,and Community Based Violence. The perpetrator of Violence against Women has to be seen with a Gender-neutral viewpoint, and note that many of the perpetrators of Violence against Women are Women.

Corinne Kumar President of Vimochana led the intiative and said:
"The bark of the tree
is like the skin on our faces"

Alternative courts i.e. Family forums (etc) are needed for situations where victims are denied justice by natural jurisprudence system which are corrupt.

Vimochana is focusing on creating a alternate space for alternate courts.

It is important for women to tell their stories, write their stories, and create small tribunals in the community to COMBAT the Violence and evil in their homes, Communities and Country.

These women's court are to challenge and critique all kinds of crimes perpetrated on women and children. These courts want men to be part of the courts.

States and State laws are the biggest violators of Natural Justice, because of the lacunae in the laws.

Dowry and other such social evils is only of symptom, but Patriarchy and the system of Violence is the Root Cause.

The Women's court wants to create awareness and focus on Gender sensitization at the National level.

Daughters of Fire women's court was a 3 day seminar from 27 to 29 July 2009. It began with the hair-raising story from Ethiopia. Story of the Cike. Tribal community that puts a Bamboo stick in a Bride's Trousseau. This Bamboo stick usually lay in a corner untouched. Until the moment the woman of the house is inflicted with Violence from her man or anyone in her marital home. She then as trained and sent, picks up her Cike and walks out onto the streets.

Other women on seeing her pick up their Cikes too and follow her in a protest march to the Central Community Square.

When the men return home at the end of the day, and don't find their women around, they become perturbed and rush to the Central Square since their children, food and homes remains neglected. And, plead with the concerned man (perpetrator of the crime) to come and beg mercy with his wife in front of the forum and take her home. So that the other men could take their women home.

If tribal communities can have an alternative forum (space) for alternate courts for women, then what are women in developed nations waiting for? Do we all need a physical Cike or a Virtual Cike.

National Conference was organized by Asian Women Human Rights Council (AWHRC) and Vimochana.

Harassed husbands from across India will meet on August 15 to plan freedom from their wives

Harassed husbands from across India will meet on August 15 to plan freedom from their wives
Harassed husbands will not celebrate a conventional Independence Day this year.

Over a hundred of them, representing more than 30,000 from across the country, will meet in Shimla to decide on strategies to take on their wives.

They believe they are trapped in a women-centric society, and say they won't celebrate Independence Day unless their demands are met.

The demands include a separate men's welfare ministry on the lines of women and child welfare ministry, equal taxation for men and women, change in inheritance laws, amendment to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, and mandatory joint custody of children for divorced couples.

Like-minded organisations such as SIFF (Save Indian Family Foundation) and CRISP (Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting) are part of the summit.

"We are fighting for independence from harassing wives," said Pandurang Katti, president SIFF. "We want to make our movement more active."

The Maharashtra's Purush Suraksha Sanstha and Uttar Pradesh's Pathi Paramesh Kendra will also converge at Shimla.

"We will be intensifying our movement after the summit," said Virag Dhulia, member, SIFF.

Participants will come from 28 cities including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Chennai and Kolkata. They first met in Goa last year.

Husbands committing suicide because of harassment is double the number of wives committing suicide, according to SIFF.

"Over 1.2 lakh harassed husbands have committed suicide in the past four years. We will fight against such wives through this forum," Katti told media.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

A Voice in the Silence: Women from various parts of the country speak out about their struggle against dowry and violence at the India Court Of Women

It was nice interacting with members of Vimochana and international activists like Corinne Kumar, Vandana Iyer, Justice Krishna Iyer, Donna Fernandes, and Mallika Sarabhai.

Vandana Iyer said "Violence against Women from matrimonial homes are moving towards natal homes, such as a brother who kills his parents for property doesn't spare his sister".
Mallika Sarabhai's tableau presentation was received well.

In the discussion with the activists, THE 25 TESTIMONIES OF THE BRAVE spreads the message of first "Telling your story" to the world so that the perpetrators do not continue in their path of deprivation of their sisters/wives/mothers, and speaking up.

Jury responds
Two words, pati (master), and kanyadhan, which are unconstitutional must be removed from vocabulary. Bhasin (Women's rights activist).

Refer Print Edition:Times of India (29-07-2009)

A Voice in the Silence: Women from various parts of the country speak out about their struggle against dowry and violence at the India Court Of Women
July 29, 2009
A paediatrician from an upmarket locality in Delhi describes how her husband and parents-in-law pushed her down a flight of stairs and tried to throw her two-month-old baby from a building because she gave birth to twin baby girls.

A mother of five from a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, who is expecting her sixth child, describes how she was forced to sell her fifth baby, a girl, for Rs 1,000 because her husband did not want girl children.

An old mother from Bangalore narrates how she lost both her daughters because of greedy in-laws who burnt them to death for not fulfilling demands for money.

These are not fictitious stories or episodes from daily soaps but real-life experiences of women battered and exploited for dowry, that came out through testimonies at the India Court of Women on Dowry and Related Forms of Violence against Women titled ‘Daughters of Fire’ at Christ University on Tuesday.

It was organised by Vimochana and Asian Womens Human Rights Council jointly with El Taller International and other women’s organisations.

Before the testimonies were made, a performance by renowned danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, who was also one of the jury members, on the theme “Sva Kranti : Women seekers of truth,” set the tone for the day.

The first session had parents, who had lost their daughters to bride burning for dowry, talking about the cruel and violent means of dowry harassment used against their daughters.

Poonam Kahuria of Swati, an NGO from Gujarat, who acted as expert witness, spoke about the changing forms of violence related to the growing practice of dowry. “In the increasingly popular practice of sex selective abortions, in most cases due to the burden of dowry, it is estimated that almost two million female fetuses are being terminated every year,” she said.

Selling of young girls by desperate parents, trafficking of women in order to earn for their dowry, girls being married at an early age to avoid unmanageable dowries were some of these new faces of violence that were highlighted in the another session. Former Chief Justice of India VR Krishna Iyer, and activist Vandana Shiva were among the other jury members.

End battle over Kumble step-daughter and Compromise out of Court: Supreme Court

The Courts in India are setting ridiculous precidents (like not allowing Fathers custody, in the absence of female companion) which go against the Principles of Natural Justice.

End battle over Kumble step-daughter and Compromise out of Court: Supreme Court
New Delhi
The Supreme Court on Monday asked parents to resolve the issues pertaining to the custody battle over cricketer Anil Kumble’s stepdaughter in three weeks.

A bench headed by Justice Tarun Chatterjee directed the girl’s parents to sit together and end the issue. “We have sympathy with the girl, but the father has a right in the changing circumstances,’’ the bench observed when Chethna Kumble’s advocate said the matter had been decided by the SC.

Advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for Chethna, said the girl was going through a traumatic experience due to repeated custody issues before courts.

The Supreme Court had earlier transferred the girl’s custody to Chethna, who is now married to cricketer Anil Kumble. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Kumar Jahagirdar, the ex-husband of Chethna, submitted that in the changing circumstances the father was in favour of the dual custody of the 13-year-old girl. “Jahagirdar is married and has a family to look after the girl, if dual custody is granted,’’ he said.

The apex court, in a ruling on Jan 31, 2004, had given custody of the girl to Chethna. Jahagirdar was given visitation rights.

Parental Rights to raise their Children versus Child Rights (against Abuse and Neglect): UN CRC

Parental Rights to raise their Children versus Child Rights (against Abuse and Neglect): UN CRC
Grassroots Movement Behind Effort to Ensure Parents' Rights to Raise their Children

WASHINGTON, July 28 - A Constitutional Amendment to protect the parent-child relationship introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, has reached 110 co-sponsors in the House.

"More and more members of Congress are recognizing the threat from government and foreign interference into the parent-child relationship," Hoekstra said. "I encourage my colleagues to support the initiative by co-sponsoring the Parents' Rights Amendment."

The Parental Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.42) would state explicitly in the U.S. Constitution that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit, while protecting against abuse and neglect. Threats to the parent-child relationship include potential Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the erosion of fundamental parental rights in our federal courts.

"Just about every member of Congress agrees with the legal principle that parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for the upbringing of their children," said Michael Farris, J.D., president of "Because of international law and shifting judicial philosophies, the right is being steadily undermined. We now have 110 members of Congress with the foresight to say that we need to protect this long-standing right before the erosion goes too far. We appreciate the leadership of Pete Hoekstra and the 109 other members of Congress who believe that it is important to secure the rights of American families for generations to come."

Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Two Central Principles of the CRC

The two most important principles of the CRC are the “best interest of the child” principle and “the child’s right of participation” in all relevant matters. Let us look at the two key articles of the CRC.

Article 3(1) provides:

“In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

Article 12(1) provides:

“States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.”

Dead father's parental rights to be reconsidered in the 'best interests of the children' and NOBODY ELSE

Dead father's parental rights to be reconsidered in the 'best interests of the child'
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A Broward County court is set to consider restoring a father's parental rights to his now 13-year-old daughter, even after the man's death.

The state Department of Children and Families sought to have the man's parental rights removed, and a Broward judge agreed.

In an unusual move, DCF is now seeking to have those rights restored after the man died in a car accident.

Last week, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach sent the case back to the Broward judge for reconsideration.

The father's estate has filed a wrongful death claim in his case, and without his parental rights restored, his daughter would receive nothing if he wins. The man, named only as C.A. in court filings, also has a teenage son for whom he retained parental rights.

"We want to do what is in the best interests of children," said Mary Cagle, DCF's top child welfare attorney. "When the father died, we stepped back to see what was in the best interests of these children."

The man had been appealing the termination of his parental rights when he died. The appeals court now wants the Broward judge to reconsider whether it is in the girl's "best interests" to restore that relationship.

Experts say it may be the first time a Florida judge has been asked to restore a parent's rights after death.

"I have never seen either the Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services, or its successor, the Department of Children and Families, terminate parental rights and then reverse themselves," said Paolo Annino, director of the Public Interest Law Center at Florida State University.

More specifically, not after a parent's death, Annino added.

The appeals court noted in its opinion that cases involving the termination of parental rights are decided based on the best interests of the children, "not the parents."

"The state initiates (termination) proceedings, not to punish parents who fail to meet their obligations to the child, but to protect the child and her interests," the court wrote. "The state's interest in vindicating judgments presumed correct must give way to that paramount concern, the best interests of the child."

UMRAO JAN: The Courtesan from Lucknow

UMRAO JAN: The Courtesan from Lucknow
A courtesan was originally a woman courtier, which means a person who attends the court of a monarch or other powerful person.

In feudal society, the court was the centre of government as well as the residence of the monarch, and social and political life were often completely mixed together. In Renaissance Europe, courtiers played an extremely important role in upper-class society. As it was customary during this time for royal couples to lead separate lives — commonly marrying simply to preserve bloodlines and to secure political alliances — men and women would often seek gratification and companionship from people living at court. In fact, the verb "to court" originally meant "to be or reside at court", and later came to mean "to behave as a courtier" and then "to pay amorous attention to somebody". The most intimate companion of a ruler was called the favourite.

Essentially, there were two types of courtesan. In one category was a type of courtesan known (in Italy) as the cortigiana onesta, or the honest courtesan, who was cast as an intellectual. In the other was the cortigiana di lume, a lower class of courtesan. Although the latter was still considered better than an average prostitute, the former was the sort most often romanticized and treated more-or-less equal to women of the nobility. It is with this type of courtesan that the art of "courtisanerie" is best associated.

The cortigiane oneste were usually well-educated and worldly (sometimes even more so than the average upper-class woman), and often held simultaneous careers as performers or artists. They were typically chosen on the basis of their "breeding"—social and conversational skills, intelligence, common-sense, and companionship—as well as their physical attributes. It was usually their wit and personality that set them apart from regular women. They were prostitutes in the sense that sex was one of their obligations, but unlike the average prostitute, sex constituted only a facet of the courtesan's array of services. For example, they were expected to be well-dressed and ready to engage in a variety of topics ranging from art to music to politics.

In some cases, courtesans were from well-to-do backgrounds, and were even married –- but to husbands lower on the social ladder than their clients. In these cases, their relationships with those of high social status had the potential to improve their spouses' status -– and so, more often than not, the husband was aware of his wife's profession and dealings.

Differences in status
1. As primary employment
Courtesans from non-wealthy backgrounds were expected to provide charming companionship for extended periods, no matter what their own feelings or commitments might have been at the time, and had to be prepared to do so on short notice. They were also subject to lower social status, and often religious disapproval, because of the perceived immoral aspects of their profession and their reliance upon courtisanerie as a primary source of income. In cases like this, a courtesan was solely dependent on her benefactor or benefactors financially, making her vulnerable.

Often, courtesans serving in this capacity began their career as a prostitute, or were passed from one benefactor to another, thereby resulting in them being viewed in society circles as lower than both their benefactor and those of wealth and power with whom they would socialize. Often, in instances of this sort, if the courtesan had satisfactorily served a benefactor, that benefactor would, when ending the affair, pass them on to another benefactor of wealth as a favor to the courtesan, or set them up in an arranged marriage to a semi-wealthy benefactor. In the event that the courtesan had angered or dissatisfied a benefactor, they would often find themselves cast out of wealthy circles, returning more often than not to street prostitution.

2. For social or political benefits
Those from wealthy backgrounds, either by birth or marriage, and who were only acting as courtesans for the social or political advancement of themselves and/or their spouses, were generally treated as equals. They were more respected by their extramarital companions, both placing one another's family obligations ahead of the relationship and planning their own liaisons or social engagements around the lovers' marital obligations.

Affairs of this sort would often be short-lived, ending when either the courtesan or the courtesan's spouse received the status or political position desired, or when the benefactor chose the company of another courtesan, and compensated the former companion financially. In instances like this, it was often viewed simply as a business agreement by both parties involved. The benefactor was aware of the political or social favors expected by the courtesan, the courtesan was aware of the price expected from them for those favors being carried out, and the two met one another's demands.

This was generally a safe affair, as both the benefactor's spouse and the courtesan's spouse usually were fully aware of the arrangement, and the courtesan was not solely dependent on the benefactor. It, rather, was simply an affair of benefits gained for both those involved. Publicly and socially, affairs of this sort were common during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the early 20th century, and were generally accepted in wealthy circles.


Prior to the Victorian era, courtesans were sometimes limited in their apparel by various sumptuary laws and were restricted in where they could appear at social functions. Periods of overt religious piety in a city would often lead to persecution of the courtesans, up to and including accusations of witchcraft. In many cases prior to the 18th century, women leading the life of a courtesan in a royal court, with romantic relationships with kings, achieved wealth and status, but eventually it would lead to many of them being executed following very public trials that often left them appearing to have been evil, or power-hungry, when in fact they more often than not were nothing more than a lover and mistress to the king.

Very often, courtesans would betray one another in acts of political intrigue in attempts to climb into higher positions of power within royal courts. There are many cases throughout history where one courtesan would attempt (sometimes successfully) to supplant the mistress to a king or emperor. This was typically preceded by her discrediting the ruler's companion, often by divulging secrets that could lead to her rival being cast aside and replaced by her. However, this was a delicate process, and if a courtesan of lower status attempted to replace a courtesan who wielded a substantial amount of power within the court, it would often result in the lower courtesan being exiled from the royal court, or married off to a lesser noble in an arranged marriage, or even murdered. There are also many examples of courtesans who took advantage of their involvement with powerful individuals, which usually ended in their downfall.

Career length
In later centuries, from the mid-18th century on, courtesans would often find themselves cast aside by their benefactors, but the days of public execution or imprisonment based on their promiscuous lifestyle were over. There are many examples of courtesans who, by remaining discreet and respectful to their benefactors, were able to extend their careers into or past middle age and retire financially secure. By the late 19th century, and for a brief period in the early 20th century, courtesans had reached a level of social acceptance in many circles and settings, often even to the extent of becoming a friend and confidant to the wife of their benefactor.

More often than not, a woman serving as a courtesan would last in that field only as long as she could prove herself useful to her companion, or companions. This, of course, excludes those who served as courtesans but who were already married into high society. When referring to those who made their service as a courtesan as their main source of income, success was based solely on financial management and longevity. Many climbed through the ranks of royalty, serving as mistress to lesser nobles first, eventually reaching the role of mistress to a king or prince. Others were able to obtain such a high position early on, but few lasted long, and after serving a prince or king there was nowhere to go but down.

Pietro Aretino, an Italian Renaissance writer, wrote a series of dialogues (Capricciosi ragionamenti) in which a mother teaches her daughter what options are available to women and how to be an effective courtesan. The French novelist Balzac wrote about a courtesan in his Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes (1838–47). Emile Zola likewise wrote a novel, Nana (1880), about a courtesan in nineteenth-century France.

Famous courtesans in history

17th century and before
Lais of Corinth
Lais of Hyccara (killed 340 BC)
Aspasia (469 BC-409 BC), lover of the Athenian statesman Pericles
Phryne (4th century BC)
Diaochan (born 169 AD, the lover of warlord Dong Zhuo and warrior Lü Bu during the Chinese Three Kingdoms)
Su Xiaoxiao (late 5th century)
Theodora (6th century) (c. 500–June 28, 548), wife of Emperor Justinian I of the Byzantine Empire
Agnès Sorel (1421–1450) - mistress to King Charles VII of France, first official royal mistress in France
Jane Shore (1445–1527) - mistress of King Edward IV of England
Margaret Drummond (Mistress) (1475–1502) - mistress to King James IV of Scotland
Françoise de Foix (1495–1537) - first official mistress of King Francis I of France
Diane de Poitiers (1499–1566) - official mistress of King Henry II of France
Mary Boleyn (1499–1543) - mistress of King Henry VIII of England and (allegedly) lover of King Francis I of France
Hwang Jin-i (1550) - legendary gisaeng of the Joseon Dynasty
Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly (1508–1580) - last official mistress of King Francis I of France
Tullia d'Aragona (c. 1510–1556) - top courtesan in several Italian cities, and published poet
Veronica Franco (1546–1591) - a Venetian courtesan who was once lover to King Henry III of France
Marie Touchet (1549–1638) - the only mistress of King Charles IX of France
Marion Delorme (circa 1613–1650) - lover of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, the Prince of Condé, and Cardinal Richelieu
Ninon de l'Enclos (1615–1705) - lover of the Prince of Condé and Gaspard de Coligny
Lucy Walter (1630–1658) - mistress to King Charles II of England during his exile
Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland (1640–1709) - first official mistress at the court of King Charles II of England
Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan (1641–1707) - mistress to King Louis XIV of France
Louise de la Vallière (1644–1710) - mistress to King Louis XIV of France
Nell Gwyn (1650–1687) - actress, mistress to King Charles II of England

18th and 19th centuries
Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764) - the famous mistress and long time favorite of King Louis XV
Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux (1717–1744)
Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (1681–1749)
Louise Julie, Comtesse de Mailly (1710–1751)
Kitty Fisher (died 1767)
Sophia Baddeley (1745–1786)
Madame du Barry (1743–1793)
Marie-Louise O'Murphy (1737–1814)
Dorothy Jordan (1761–1816)
Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey (1753–1821)
Grace Elliott (1754? – 1823)
Harriette Wilson (1786–1846)
La Païva (1819–1884)
Clara Ward, Princesse de Caraman-Chimay (1873–1916)
Marie Duplessis (1824–1847)
Lola Montez (1821–1861)
Cora Pearl (1835–1886)
Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837–1899)
Catherine Walters (1839–1920)
Lillie Langtry (1853–1929)
Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick (1861–1938)
Alice Keppel (1869–1947)
Liane de Pougy (1869–1950)
La Belle Otero (1868–1965)
Umrao Jaan (1804–1875) Lucknow, India
"Klondike Kate" Rockwell (1873–1957)
Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923)
Blanche d'Antigny (1840–1874)
Katharina Schratt (1853–April 17,1940, Vienna), companion of Emperor Franz Josef

In addition to the list above, the term "courtesan" has often been used in a political context in an attempt to damage the reputation of a powerful woman, or disparage her importance. Because of this, there is still much historical debate over whether certain women in history can be referred to as courtesans. For example the title was applied to the Byzantine empress Theodora, who had started life as a burlesque actress but later became the wife of the Emperor Justinian and, after her death, an Orthodox saint. The term has also been applied to influential women like Anne Boleyn, Madaline Bishop, Diane de Poitiers, Mathilde Kschessinska, Pamela Harriman, Eva Perón and Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The attempt to define such women as courtesans is often intended to draw attention to certain perceived qualities, ambitions or conduct which is held to be courtesan-like.

2--------------UMRAO JAN
In the year 1840, a young girl named Amiran is kidnapped from her family by their neighbour, Dilawar Khan and sold to Madam Khanum Jaan who owns a brothel where she trains courtesans (tawaif). Amiran, renamed Umrao Jaan, learns to read, write, dance, sing, and charm wealthy men. She is no common prostitute, but a cultured woman trained to captivate men of wealth and taste.

A grown-up Umrao Jaan, atches the eye of Nawab Sultan, and the two fall in love. But the Nawab must marry to please his family, and Umrao's heart is broken.

She meets a dashing bandit chieftain, Faiz Ali, who wooes and wins her. She flees with her dacoit, hoping to marry him and leave the world of the courtesan far behind. But her lover is killed by local police and she is left alone, with no choice but to return to her old life.

Soon, the British attack the city of Lucknow and the residents, including Umrao Jaan, are forced to flee. Umrao's party of refugees stop in a small village near Lucknow. The residents ask the courtesan to sing and dance. Umrao, looking about her, realizes that this is her village, Faizabad, her family, the place from which she was kidnapped. She had been so young when kidnapped that she had forgotten it all, but now it all returns to her.

She sings the song, Yeh kya jagah hai doston? -- What kind of place is this, friends? -- a veiled reference to her feelings of dismay at being treated like a pariah entertainer by her very own people. Afterwards, she meets her mother and younger brother, who had thought that she was dead. Her mother would be happy to welcome her back into the family, but her brother forbids it -- she is tainted by her profession and must not return to embarrass them.

At the end of the film, Umrao returns to the now-deserted and looted brothel in Lucknow and finds she is left alone, with nothing but her profession and her poetry.

Much Married Constable arrested for 'raping' 27-yr-old

Much Married Constable arrested for 'raping' 27-yr-old
28 July 2009
Mumbai: The Colaba police on Saturday arrested a constable from the local arms branch for allegedly raping a 27-year-old woman. The accused has been identified as Deepak Chavan, 47. According to the police, Chavan and the victim, a Borivili resident, were having a physical relationship since 2003 and he had promised to marry her. The problem was that he was already married and also had a child. However, he and his wife were separated since three years. She is currently staying Ahmedabad, the police said.

"Chavan continued to have physical relations with the victim till 2008. He used to call her to his room at the police quarters in Colaba. Suddenly one day he refused to marry her," said inspector Prakash Bhoite.

After the refusal, the victim told him that she would approach police but he paid no heed to it. "He allegedly threatened her that if she went to the cops he would beat her up," said Bhoite.

Bhoite said that the victim first met Chavan in 2003 when she went to the Mantralaya for some work related to her Mhada flat. "He won her confidence by assuring her that her work would be done," said Bhoite.

The fact that Chavan was married was already known to the victim. She claimed she continued the relationship because he assured her he would divorce his wife. "She was heartbroken when he refused to marry and decided to approach the police," said Bhoite.

Chavan was produced in the holiday court on Sunday and was remanded in police custody till July 31.