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

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Black Widow Shobha got hubby by lover; and lover killed by yet another lover

Black Widow Shobha got hubby by lover; and lover killed by yet another lover
Sep 29, 2010
BANGALORE: In 2007, Shobha got her paramour Samuel to kill her husband Gopal. After being released on bail, she got her new boyfriend Praveen to murder Samuel. Indiranagar police have now arrested the 37-year-old woman for the brutal hacking to death of Samuel on Sept. 12.

In a love marriage, Shobha wed Gopal of Byappanahalli but later had an illicit relationship with Samuel, a painter. When Gopal learnt about the affair, Shobha decided to eliminate him. On Nov. 4, 2007, Samuel and his associates Rajashekharan and Saravana murdered Gopal near Malavalli in Mandya district and burnt his body. Shobha lodged a missing person complaint in Byappanahalli police station and the case remained unsolved till Jan. 2010.

Police had found an unidentified body in Malavalli and when they cross-checked the missing persons file, they realised it was that of Gopal. Investigation revealed Shobha had got her husband murdered. The four were arrested and sent to judicial custody.

After coming out of jail, Shobha had an affair with Praveen alias Jinda, 23, of Kolar Gold Fields. Samuel, also out of jail, tried to visit her, but Shobha rebuffed him. She promised Praveen Rs 5 lakh to kill Samuel. On Sept. 12, when Samuel was sleeping at home, Praveen and his friends barged in and hacked him to death.

Police arrested Shobha, Praveen and their associates, and remanded them to judicial custody.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Nephilim the race which left behind the Unclean and Evil spirits: A primer on Fallen angels and Evil spirits

Can a murderer get away with a statement like, "I didn't know what came over me! I was possessed!"??

How does the Bible explain about evil spirits? Are Demons different from Fallen angels?

How do 'Black magicians' and 'Tantrics' claim to be 'taken over' by a 'Powerful spirit'?

Does Christianity explain about Fallen Angels (Satan and his team) and Evil spirits?

Evil spirits are supposed to be the 'Ten percent' of the Nephilim who died in the Great Floods. 


According to Bible verses - the fallen angels who followed in Satan's rebellion - materialized human bodies and had sexual relations with human women - thus producing the hybrid "nephilim".

Yes, some of the Angels of God - forsook their proper dwelling and came down and materialized human bodies for themselves in order to have sexual intercourse with women.  The offspring of these "unnatural" unions were very large mutated humans - "Giants" that were called "Nephilim".

The Flood of Noah's Day came shortly after the appearance of these Giant Nephilim - due to the violence on the earth at that time.
And it was in the Euphrates Valley where Noah preached of a coming global destruction.

The Nephilim (Hebrew: נפלים, Nefilīm) were a race that came to dominate the antediluvian (pre-flood) world, and are referred to in the Bible as the heroes of old, men of renown. They were reportedly the children born to the "Sons of God" by the "daughters of men".

"And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority that God gave them but left the place where they belonged." (Jude 1:6)

"When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.

Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."

This identifies the area where bones of Giants have been uncovered. "The Tigris/Euphrates valley which is the 
Mesopotamian valley, the heart of the Middle East.  It was there that Noah lived. It was there that 
Noah preached." -A Biblical Perspective on Death, Terrorism, and the Middle East by John MacArthur, Jr.

"In the late 1950's, during road construction in south-east Turkey in the Euphrates Valley, many tombs containing the remains of Giants were uncovered.  At two sites, the leg bones were measured to be about 120 cms or "47.24 inches" long."

"Joe Taylor, the Director of the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, Texas was commissioned to sculpt this anatomically correct, and to scale, this human femur.  The result was a Giant that stood some 14-16 feet tall."

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them." - Genesis 6:1-7

The term "Nephilim" occurs just twice in the Hebrew Bible, both in the Torah. The first is Genesis 6:1-4, immediately before the Noah's ark story:
1. When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2. the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
3. Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
4. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

The second is Numbers 13:32-33, where the Hebrew spies report that they have seen fearsome giants in Canaan:
32. And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
33. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."

"And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority that God gave them but left the place where they belonged." (Jude 1:6)

"In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away." -Matthew 24:38, 39.

Spouse murder 5: The picture which led to a killer: Sex-crazy Cheating husband caught out by mobile snap of vice girl's leg

Spouse murder 5: The picture which led to a killer: Sex-crazy Cheating husband caught out by mobile snap of vice girl's leg
29th May 2008

This picture of a prostitute's naked thigh led police to special constable Nisha Patel-Nasri's killer - her handsome husband Fadi.

Police did not initially suspect Nasri, who played the role of grieving husband perfectly.
But as they investigated his life, they discovered his affair with Lithuanian prostitute Laura Mockiene and realised that he and his wife had been £100,000 in debt.
This intimate image of the vice girl's leg, captured on his mobile phone during one of their secret trysts, was found by detectives weeks after the killing. It showed them Nasri was cheating on his wife - and had a motive for her senseless murder.
Killer: Fadi Nasri was today found guilty of organising his wife, Nisha's murder

At first it appeared 29-year-old Nisha had been killed during a bungled burglary, stabbed as she confronted the offender with the bravery she had become famed for while on the beat with her police colleagues.
But the truth was far more sinister. The man behind her killing was her own husband.
His motive? The chance to claim her £350,00 life insurance and to start a new life with his prostitute lover.
Yesterday Nasri, 34, was convicted of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey.
The court heard he had hired two hitmen to kill Nisha while she was alone at their £425,000 home in an attempt to make it look like a burglary gone wrong.
She bled to death on the pavement outside her house in Wembley, North-West London.
Drug dealer Rodger Leslie (above) and Jason Jones (below) were also convicted of murder
Police found out that Nasri had hired Roger Leslie, 37, a convicted drug dealer, to organise the murder.
Leslie in turn found Jason Jones, a nightclub bouncer, to act as the knifeman.
All three were convicted of murder by a jury.
They will be sentenced next month. A fourth man, getaway driver Tony Emmanuel, 42, was cleared of murder and manslaughter.
Romantic holiday: Nasri on holiday with his mistress Laura Mockiene weeks after his wife was killed at his behest

As the jury's verdict makes clear, Nasri was far from being the devoted spouse. In fact, he was more in love with his successful wife's wealth than with her.
A self-confessed 'houseboy' to breadwinner Nisha, the former car valet had dragged them into debt after making a failure of running a limousine hire firm which Nisha had given him £15,000 to set up.
The arrogant chancer, who used to run an escort agency, drove a luxury Lexus and wore a stolen £10,000 Hublot Swiss watch while spending 'money like water' on his mistress.
Nisha, in contrast, earned £60,000 a year from her hair-dressing business as well as volunteering with the police and had always been wise with money.
Nasri was determined to leave his wife but first he needed money to fund his lover's expensive tastes. 
He had spent thousands on jewellery, clothes, lavish hotels and a week's holiday in Egypt with her, pretending he had gone there to see a sick uncle.
He knew that if Nisha died he stood to gain £350,000 from a life insurance policy which she had applied for three months before her murder while Nasri was spending the day at a hotel with 27-year-old Miss Mockiene.
The prostitute: Laura Mockiene

His hard-working wife was just a meal ticket to him.
He was no longer interested in her and resistant to her longing for a baby, claiming he was infertile.
Nisha, the daughter of Indian immigrants who have passed away, confided in friends that she was considering divorcing Nasri, complaining that he left her alone nearly every night.
Much of his time was spent with the prostitute he had first picked up in a brothel near Victoria train station.
With shocking ruthlessness, he paid hitmen £18,000 to assassinate his wife.
For those who knew only Nasri's charming side - the one which had bewitched Nisha into marrying him in May 2003, five months after they started dating  - it seemed impossible.
But Nasri, who came to Britain from Lebanon as a child, hid a dark past.
His father Farouk, 53, had hanged himself in Leicester jail in 2000 as he awaited trial over the murder of his 27-year-old lover and seven-year-old son.
Farouk was alleged to have poured petrol over them and set them alight.
In 1998 Nasri had been jailed for nine months for driving at a policeman who asked about an out-of-date tax disc.
It was on May 11, 2006, that his plot to murder his wife came to its climax.
He ensured Nisha was alone at their house and left the door unlocked.
While Nisha was getting ready for bed she heard someone come in and ran downstairs, coming face to face with her attacker.
He stabbed her with a 13in John Lewis knife from her own kitchen and she ran screaming from the house, leaving a trail of bloody footprints on the pavement before collapsing.
A neighbour phoned Nasri, who had arranged to play snooker with a friend to give himself with an alibi, to break the news and he raced to the scene.
Wracked with sobs, he was the epitome of a heartbroken husband. 
As he made emotional appeals in the following days, no one doubted his grief.
'Obviously someone has got a guilty conscience,' he wept.
Yet behind the crocodile tears he was plotting a new life with his mistress in the U.S.
When the police found a photo of Miss Mockiene's naked thigh on Nasri's mobile phone, he blithely claimed it was just a friend.
The pair continued to spend days and nights together at the £250-a-night Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell, Berkshire.
After one stay in August, they told a member of staff that Miss Mockiene was pregnant and was 'going to Lithuania' to have the baby.
She did indeed fly to her home country, where Nasri later joined her three months after Nisha's death for a holiday, but the baby never materialised.
Whether she had an abortion or was never pregnant in the first place is not clear.
Nasri has denied the baby could be his, citing his supposed infertility.
Cruelly, Miss Mockiene could have been carrying Nasri's child - something which Nisha had yearned for  - even before the killing.
Weapon: The kitchen knife used to kill Mrs Patel-Nasri was tossed into a drain

When Nasri returned from Lithuania, he confessed to police he was having an affair with Miss Mockiene which had begun in January 2006.
Nisha's family were stunned.
Her brother Katen, a programme scheduler for ITV, said: 'I thought, "How could you do that?" It was disgusting.'
Now the relationship was out in the open, Nasri wasted no time in laying his hands on Nisha's money.
He sold the house they had bought with a £52,000 deposit put down by Nisha, and set up a love-nest with Miss Mockiene, paying £825 a month for a flat in Friern Barnet, North London. As well as the life insurance money, he tried to get half the value of Katen's house, which had been left to him and Nisha by their parents.
All the while Nasri continued to lavish money on Miss Mockiene, taking her on holiday to Spain, Egypt and Lithuania again.
He was arrested in December 2006 after police traced the killer's getaway car and pieced together calls between Nasri and the hitmen on the night of the killing.
The Old Bailey jury found him guilty of murder after a three-month trial with a 10-2 majority.
Leslie, of Barnet, North London, who arranged the killing, was convicted of murder.
The drug dealer has 15 face piercings but denies claims that they mark the number of people he has murdered  -  he says they are in memory of loved ones who have died.
Leslie, who met Nasri when he used to take his car to be cleaned at Nasri's valeting outfit, has previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of knives and possession of a firearm.
Two weeks after the murder, Nasri took out £18,000 in cash and called a phone box which Leslie used regularly in what police believe was a call to arrange payment for the murder.
It was Leslie who arranged for Jason Jones, a 35-year-old bouncer of Manor Park, East London, to stab Nisha. He too was convicted of murder.
Nasri, Leslie and Jones will be sentenced on June 20 to allow police to investigate Nasri and Leslie's finances.
Nasri claimed in court he had misled the tax office about his earnings from his limousine business.
Last night Nisha's brother Katen said: 'The attack they carried out on Nisha was barbaric. They showed her no mercy and have shown absolutely no remorse since.
'It is not a man but a coward who attacks a vulnerable woman with a knife. Nisha never stood a chance.'
He said of his sister: 'She was always one of those people who wanted to look after someone or help somebody.
'Everybody can see her photographs, she's always smiling with warmth in her eyes, she was always bubbly with a cheeky smile on her face; that expression speaks a thousand words.'
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola, who led the investigation, said: 'These three convicted men lied during the investigation and the trial to cover up that they entered Nisha's home and killed her for their own ends.
'The very fact that Nisha's husband instigated this killing so that he could be with his younger mistress and gain financially from her death is the ultimate betrayal.'

Fatherless and Motherless Children of MJ 3: 'I'm Blanket's father' says Michael Jackson's former bodyguard with claims he donated sperm to the star

Fatherless Children of MJ 3: 'I'm Blanket's father' says Michael Jackson's former bodyguard with claims he donated sperm to the star
27th September 2010

Michael Jackson's former bodyguard is claiming he donated sperm to the late pop star - and believes he could be the father of Jacko's son Blanket.
Martial arts expert Matt Fiddes, 29, says he donated the sperm in 2001 after Jackson told him he wanted an 'athletic' child.
Matt, of Barnstaple, Devon, claims the star offered him £500,000 for the sperm but he turned the money down and donated it for free.
Sperm donor?: Matt Fiddes with Michael Jackson - the star's former bodyguard claims he could be the biological father of the star's son Blanket

The following year Blanket was born and Matt says he was told the baby was his by Mark Lester - another Jackson sperm donor thought to be the father of his daughter Paris.

Matt remained friends with Jacko and as Blanket grew up Matt began to notice a number of similarities between them.

He says Blanket turned into the 'spitting image' of him and his own daughter - and also took up martial arts.
Matt says he cannot be sure if the child is his but says if Katherine Jackson - Blanket's grandmother and current legal guardian - dies while he is a child he will demand a DNA test and fight for access or even custody.
Baby shock: Jackson with son Blanket during the infamous balcony-dangling incident in Germany

His revelations follow similar claims from former child star Mark Lester, of Cheltenham, a close friend of Jacko, who says he also donated sperm to the star and could be the father of his daughter Paris, 12.
He said: 'Michael never told me himself that Blanket is my son but he took my sperm and the child is the spitting image of me.
'He told me he wanted an athletic child and that is what he has got. I don't want Blanket thinking I am telling everyone he is definitely my son because I'm not sure.
'I don't want anything from the estate or their money. Katherine Jackson has already denied me the right to see Blanket but if she were to die I would be straight over there.
"If that happened me and Mark have a pact - we would get a legal team and ask for DNA tests and look into getting access, or even bring thing them back here in our custody.'
Matt, who runs a number martial art schools, became friends with Jackson after he ran his security operation during his British tours.
He says Jacko asked him to donate sperm in March 2001 during a trip to London ahead of a planned talk at the Oxford Union.
Matt said he and his Marcia wife were having trouble conceiving at the time and she had starting calling him 'jaffa' - a slang term for an infertile male.
He said: 'She was calling me jaffa all the time and Michael thought it was absolutely hilarious. He was very child like and he enjoyed teasing.
'We were staying in a hotel in London and he suddenly turned round to me and said 'I think you'd be a wonderful dad'.
'He told me he knew a lot of doctors and offered to pay for me to undergo some tests. He said 'I will pay for you to be a dad'.
'He said he would pay to test my sperm to see if it is healthy and if it was healthy he would use it to father a child.
'He said he wanted a fit, athletic son. He offered me half a million pounds but I said no. I was already a multi millionaire and I didn't need the money or want to take his.
'He was a friend and I said of course I would help. There was no contract, no confidentially agreement. He was very thankful and respectful and even rang my mum to ask her if it was okay with her.'
Matt says between March and April 2001 he visited a hotel three times where he was seen by one of Jackson's doctors.
Late star's children: Jackson's daughter Paris, left, with Prince on the right and Blanket at the front at the singer's memorial service in Los Angeles in July 2009

He says the sperm was taken with a syringe and the next year Prince Michael Jackson II - nicknamed Blanket - was born.
Matt then went on to have three children - Maddison, six, Lola, four, and Savannah, now three - who Matt says is the spitting image of Blanket.
He said: 'I never asked Michael if Blanket was mine and he never told me. But I was told by Mark Lester that he was mine.
'As Blanket grew up I could see the resemblance and then when Savannah grew I could use they were just like each other.
'In 2009 a mutual friend saw a picture of Blanket in a magazine and rang me straight away. He said "what have you done? You've donated sperm to Michael". He saw the likeness straight away.'
Matt added that the Jackson family have not allowed him to see Blanket since Michael's death - but he would fight for custody.
He said: 'Me and Mark have agreed that if Katherine dies in the next few years we will jump on a plane and go to the States.
'We will go through the courts and get DNA and if the children are ours we will apply for access or even custody to bring them to Britain.'
Blanket was born on on February 21, 2002 in La Mesa, California, and was famously dangled over a balcony in Germany by his father when he was eight months old.
His mother has never been identified and there is no entry on his birth certificate.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Should long-term live-in partner get maintenance if deserted? Especially, if the Live-in partner is the Widow's late husband's relative??

Should long-term live-in partner get maintenance if deserted?
The Supreme Court has reserved verdict on an important question of law viz., whether a woman in a long live-in relationship is entitled to maintenance after she has been deserted by her partner.

The question arose on an appeal filed by Chunmuniya, who claimed that she was married to her husband's younger brother after his death. During the course of arguments, Justice A.K. Ganguly said every woman, whether wife or long term live-in partner, should get maintenance if she was deserted. Whether she had the status of a wife or she lived with a man without any substantial proof of marriage was immaterial. “Women can't be left vagrant. Right to life guaranteed under the Constitution includes the right to live with dignity. It is not possible to live with dignity when a woman has no food and leads the life of a destitute.”

The other judge on the Bench, Justice G.S. Singhvi, said: “Someone has to take care of her if she is not able to prevent vagrancy. Every woman in a long-term relationship should get maintenance if she was deserted and if it was proved that she was completely dependent on him for sustenance.”

Expressing his anguish at the use of words “illegitimate” children and “other woman” in various laws, Justice Singhvi blamed the “patriarchal” mindset of lawmakers. He said “The use of the word ‘illegitimate' stigmatises these children the day they are born.”

Chunmuniya claimed that after her husband, Ram Sharan, died on March 7, 1992, she was married to his younger brother as was the practice in her caste. He, however, deserted her in 1996. She moved an application for maintenance on March 26, 1997, but even as it was pending he married another woman in 1998. Her marriage, Chunmuniya claimed, was performed by simply doing a katha. A family court upheld her claim to maintenance. But on an appeal by Kushwaha, Ram Sharan's younger brother, the Allahabad High Court ruled in his favour on November 11, 2007, saying she could not prove the marriage between the two, and set aside the family court's order. Her appeal is directed against that judgment.

The judges, while reserving verdict on Thursday, agreed with counsel that the status of wife need not be a prerequisite for maintenance. A prolonged domestic relationship resembling marriage was enough to entitle a deserted woman to maintenance, the judges said.

Black widow executed in USA for getting Stepson and Father killed after luring two men

Black widow executed: Her feet bobbed as jab went in then she lay still
25 Sep 2010

The first woman executed in the United States in five years has put to death in Virginia for arranging the killings of her husband and a stepson over a $US250,000 insurance payment.

Teresa Lewis, 41, died by injection at 9:13 pm on Thursday (Friday 12.13pm AEST), authorities said.

She became the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century.

Supporters and relatives of the victims watched her execution at Greensville Correctional Centre in Jarratt.

Lewis enticed two men through sex, cash and a promised cut in an insurance policy to shoot her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis Jr., and his son, Charles, as they slept in October 2002.

Both triggermen were sentenced to life in prison and one committed suicide in 2006.

Granny Teresa Lewis, 41, set up her husband and stepson to be shot dead so she could claim £160,000 life insurance. 
Moments before she died, her last words were to her stepdaughter Kathy Clifton. She told her: "I love you. I'm very sorry." 
Lewis had lured two hitmen with sex and offers of cash to blast her victims with shotguns as they slept in 2002. 

Her soldier stepson Charles, 25, had taken out life insurance, naming Lewis's husband Julian, 51 as beneficiary. 

Lewis appeared fearful, her jaw clenched, as she was escorted into the death chamber.

She glanced tensely around at 14 assembled corrections officials before being bound to a gurney with heavy leather straps.

Moments before her execution, Lewis asked if her husband's daughter was near.

Kathy Clifton, Lewis' stepdaughter, was in an adjacent witness room blocked from the inmate's view by a two-way mirror.

"I want Kathy to know that I love her and I'm very sorry," Lewis said.

Then, as the drugs flowed into her body, her feet bobbed but she otherwise remained motionless.

A guard lightly tapped her on the shoulder reassuringly as she slipped into death.

More than 7300 appeals to stop the execution — the first of a woman in Virginia since 1912 — had been made to the governor in a state second only to Texas in the number of people it executes.

Texas held the most recent US execution of a woman in 2005.

Out of more than 1,200 people put to death since the US Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, only 11 have been women.

The 41-year-old woman, who defence lawyers said was borderline mentally disabled, had inspired other inmates by singing Christian hymns in prison.

Her fate also had drawn appeals from the European Union, an indignant rebuke from Iran and the disgust of thousands of people.

The Lewis execution stirred an unusual amount of attention because of her gender, claims she lacked the intelligence to mastermind the killings and the post-conviction emergence of defense evidence that one of the triggermen manipulated her.

Lewis' supporters also said she was a changed woman.

They pointed to testimonials from former prison chaplains and inmates that Lewis comforted and inspired other inmates with her faith and the hymns and country gospel tunes she sang at the Fluvanna Correctional Centre for Women where she was long held.

Hours before her execution, Lewis met with family, her spiritual adviser and supporters at the Greensville Correctional Centre.

Her spiritual adviser, the Rev. Julie Perry, stood sobbing as she later witnessed the execution, clutching a religious book.

Throughout her life, a faith in God had been a seeming constant for Lewis — whether it was the prayer with her husband or her ministry behind bars.

But by her own admission, Lewis' life has been marked by outrageous bouts of sex and betrayal even as she hewed to the trappings of Christianity.

"I was doing drugs, stealing, lying and having several affairs during my marriages," Lewis wrote in a statement that was read at a prison religious service in August. "I went to church every Sunday, Friday and revivals but guess what? I didn't open my Bible at home, only when I was at church."

Her father said she ran off to get married, then later abandoned her children and ran off with her sister's husband. Then she had an affair with her sister's fiance while at the same time having an affair with another man.

Lewis' life took a deadly turn after she married Julian, whom she met at a Danville textile factory in 2000.

Two years later, his son Charles entered the US Army Reserve. When he was called for active duty he obtained a $US250,000 life insurance policy, naming his father the beneficiary and providing temptation for Teresa Lewis.

Both men would have to die for Lewis to receive the insurance payout.

She met at a Walmart with the two men who ultimately killed Julian Lewis and his son.

Lewis began an affair with Matthew Shallenberger and later had sex with the other triggerman, Rodney Fuller.

She also arranged sex with Fuller and her daughter, who was 16, in a parking lot.

On the night before Halloween in 2002, after she prayed with her husband, Lewis got out of bed, unlocked the door to their mobile home and put the couple's pit bull in a bedroom so the animal wouldn't interfere.

Shallenberger and Fuller came in and shot both men several times with the shotguns Lewis had bought for them.

On a grassy knoll beside the correctional centre, those opposed to the execution protested with signs and banners in the twilight. Critics said they were repulsed by Virginia's killing of a woman.

"Tonight the death machine exterminated the beautiful childlike and loving spirit of Teresa Lewis," said the condemned woman's lawyer, James Rocap.

The Crime
Teresa pled guilty to participating in a “murder-for-hire” in October 2002.  Teresa helped the two triggermen, Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller, who killed her husband and his adult son.

Shallenberger admitted later that he planned the killings so that he could obtain the money that Teresa would receive from her husband’s estate and her stepson’s life insurance.  Teresa thought Shallenberger loved her and agreed to share the money in order to please him.  Teresa realizes now that she took part in a terrible crime, and she feels deep remorse for the pain it caused to the relatives of the victims.

Early life and family
Teresa grew up in a poor but very strict household in Danville, Virginia.  As she progressed in school, it got harder and harder for her.   And while she loved her family, it was a difficult home life that she wanted to escape.   At the age of 16, Teresa dropped out of school to marry and leave home.  She has a daughter, Christie, and a son, Billy, from this first marriage, which lasted a few years.  Christie, her daughter, recently gave birth to Teresa’s grandson.  In 2000, Teresa married Julian Lewis, close to twenty years her senior, and eventually Julian bought a trailer for them to move into.  In 2002, Teresa’s mother died. Teresa had helped in taking care of her mother while she was dying, and her death hit Teresa hard.

Teresa’s Role in the Killings.
In the autumn of 2002, Teresa met Matthew Shallenberger.  According to Shallenberger, Teresa was “exactly what I was looking for” – someone to dupe so that he could get her money and start a drug distribution business.  

Shallenberger and his trailer mate, Rodney Fuller, tried to kill Julian on his way home from work, but their first attempt failed.  On the night of October 30, 2002, Shallenberger and Fuller entered the Lewis’s trailer through a backdoor that Teresa had left unlocked.  Teresa knew that they would come and kill Julian and C.J. who was also there.  Shallenberger shot and killed Julian in one room, while Fuller shot and killed C.J. in another.  Teresa was there throughout, but she was numbed by the medications she was taking.  Initially Teresa denied her role in the killings, but within a few days, she admitted to the police all that had happened.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Second chance, Second life: Violent history of the feckless father who has '15 children by 14 women'

Violent history of the feckless father who has '15 children by 14 women'
21st September 2010

The violent past of the feckless father who is costing the taxpayer £1.5million in benefits for his ten children by ten women was exposed last night.
Keith Macdonald, who has been in and out of prison, may even have fathered up to 15 children – with 14 different mothers.
The jobless 25-year-old, who met most of his conquests at bus stops, has convictions for violence against one of his ex-girlfriends.
In 2008, he was given a three-year suspended sentence and ordered to undertake an anger management course after assaulting Bec Wright, now 21, and her mother while living at their home. Miss Wright gave birth to his daughter, Clio, in the same year.
He has a series of previous convictions, including a prison sentence for hitting another man with a pint glass.
Macdonald, who spends his money on lager and fruit machines, has also had restraining orders taken out against him by two of his children’s mothers and spent time in jail for breaking one of the orders.
Yesterday a defiant Macdonald, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, insisted he would not have a vasectomy.

But the mounting bill to the taxpayer was described as ‘a disgusting abuse’ as it emerged that the cost to the benefits system of his ten children will be £150,000 each by the time they are 18 – a total of £1.5million.
The figure does not include education, NHS costs or any other public services.
Each of the ten children, including the two yet to be born, could over 18 years cost £50,000 in child tax credits and £20,000 in child benefit, while each mother could receive £30,000 in income support and £50,000 in housing benefit. Hardly any of them work.
The bill may increase further if there are more children. One ex-girlfriend yesterday claimed that two further, unnamed women were carrying his babies, and said that he had bragged about already having three more children with two further women.
Another new arrival: Keith Macdonald with his latest expectant girlfriend Danielle Little

This would mean binman’s son Macdonald has fathered 11 children in total, with four yet to be born.
Sarah Armstrong, 19, a beautician from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has claimed to be six weeks pregnant with Macdonald’s baby, and said she had been expecting twins but miscarried one.
But last night, Macdonald’s relationship with Miss Little appeared to be over after he was warned by the police to leave her alone following a series of allegedly abusive phone calls. ‘He even moved his Xbox in, but he took that away last week,’ she said.
A second expectant mother, Danielle Little, 24, said she learnt of her pregnancy earlier this month. In addition to Miss Armstrong and Miss Little, a further two women are said to be expecting Macdonald’s children.
And Stacey Barker, 22, who gave birth to Macdonald’s daughter Emily, now three, said he boasted about being the father of a seven- and eight-year-old now living in Bristol, and had also claimed to have a two-year-old child.
Miss Barker, who receives just £2.50-a-week in child support from Macdonald, said yesterday: ‘When I fell pregnant with Emily he asked me to get rid of her. I said no.
‘He gets the girls pregnant and then he leaves or just asks them to get rid of it.’
Macdonald, who wakes each day with a can of lager, vowed yesterday not to have any more children.
From his two-bedroom council flat, he said: ‘I don’t want any more kids. I haven’t got any plans to have any more. All these girls are playing games with me and I don’t want the aggravation.
‘I’m getting hassled all the time. I’ve definitely got eight kids, but I haven’t seen any tests from Danielle or Sarah to say they’re pregnant and I’ve never slept with them - I wouldn’t touch either of them.’
Macdonald, who first had sex at the age of ten, refuses to wear a condom and boasts that he has slept with more than 40 women.
He first became a father at the age of 15 when his then girlfriend, Michelle Purvis, now 32, gave birth to his daughter Jamie Leah, now 10.
When they split up he met Charlotte Anderson, now 25, who had his daughter, Kady, now eight.
Macdonald then met Jordan Banks, who was just 15 when he got her pregnant. They had a son, Angelis, who is now seven years old.
June Garrick, now 26, gave birth to his fourth child, Brandon, in October 2003 - just a month after Angelis was born. Then, in 2006, Stephanie Jubb, now 25, gave birth to their son Matt, who is now four.
Next was Stacey Barker, who gave birth to Emily, now three. His seventh child was Clio, now two, born after a brief romance with Bec Wright.
Claire Bryant, 21, who was last year engaged to Macdonald, gave birth to his eighth child, Paige, in April.
They split in January. Miss Bryant said: ‘Keith calmed down while we were together and he stopped drinking so much.
‘But from what I gather he has gone back to his old ways. He spends his time drinking lager and playing computer games.
‘And he doesn’t have a job - he gets bored and would rather do what he wants than work.’
Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘This is a disgusting abuse of a benefits system that is supposed to look after those who have genuinely fallen on hard times. It is shocking that someone can be so indifferent to their responsibilities.’

The mothers are as much to blame as the 'feckless father' of 15 children by 14 women
21st September 2010
Looking at the photograph of the weasel-faced Keith MacDonald, it's hard to imagine why so many women were prepared to jump into bed with him without so much as a 'Do you truly love me?' or (more practically) 'Don't you think we should be careful?'

Most girls would want to run a man like that under the tap before even sitting next to him on a bus. Or perhaps it was the unemployed 25-year-old's scintillating, lager-fuelled conversation which did the trick.
The man described as 'Britain's most feckless father' may be the prospective father of 15 children by 14 women according to new reports, four of them as yet unborn.

He's as busy as a burger bar outside a football ground. MacDonald's tally is more than one child a year.
Innocent children conceived thoughtlessly by people who assume that somebody else will always pick up the bill for their welfare. Poor babies fathered by a bloke who boasts of never wearing a condom.

This is the man (although it hurts me to have to use such a fine term) whose idea of commitment is to move his Xbox (with his mind-numbing games) into a woman's sitting room, and then quickly shift it out when he feels like consuming his breakfast beer elsewhere.

And, bizarrely, there will always be an ' elsewhere' for a bloke like this. The deluded young woman, Danielle Little, who is currently the object of his changeable affections - and, of course, carrying the obligatory baby - says: 'He's had a bad past, but people have to forget about that and give him a second chance.' 

A second chance, Danielle? Wouldn't that be a tenth - or 15th chance? Honestly, nothing much surprises me any more, and I do try to understand human frailty. But my response to reading this latest depressing example is not to ask how this man can be such a mean, useless, irresponsible, slimy sponger.

Because the truth is that there are a lot of them about - and, tragically, more than six decades of universal education have done nothing to teach this underclass anything at all about responsibility.
Nor do I even bother any more to inquire why the rest of us should have to pay our hard- earned cash (calculated as a total of £1.5 million, long term) to pay welfare benefits for him, his women and their hapless offspring.
For the sad truth is that it seems such male fecklessness is an ineluctable fact of modern Britain - one which drains the soul of a country as surely as it drains the coffers.

No, my most exasperated question is: how could so many young women be willing to create children with MacDonald' s entirely undesirable genes? How can my own sex be so damn stupid? 

Indeed, why aren't we blaming these women just as much, if not more, as this stupid man?

We all know there is an underclass of young men who believe it to be some twisted proof of masculinity to father children all over the place - never mind the consequences.
And it isn't hard to guess what kind of tragically pathetic male role models they had themselves. What really bothers me is why a particular type of young woman seems to regard having illegitimate (not a word encouraged nowadays, but I use it deliberately) babies as a right - not as an inconvenience, let alone a shame.
By doing so, they are undoubtedly saying goodbye to any semblance of a useful, independent life. Feckless men, yes. But it seems we have countless feckless women, too.
The mother of one of Keith MacDonald's children is quoted as saying: 'Men like him should be made to have a vasectomy or be fined or even jailed.'
Well yes, I'd be with her on the vasectomy, even if it's not very practicable. But she ignores the question of her own responsibility. After all, she would object if someone else said she should be sterilised.
I fail to see why women who have reached adulthood should not be forced to acknowledge that they have some responsibility about what they do with their bodies - and with whom. 

The early years of the last century witnessed a long struggle for women's equality. Pioneers such as rights campaigner Marie Stopes knew it could never be achieved without women gaining control of their reproductive systems - and family planning was only one aspect of the feminist belief in dignity as well as equality.

By the time I was a student in the late Sixties, young women knew about the Pill, though it was in its early days. I'd had a schoolfriend who became pregnant by her long-term boyfriend and had the baby adopted - a source of great pain both to her and to her family.

Going on the Pill is not something to be taken lightly - which is why, at the end of 1967, I went to the student health centre with the man who was about to become my husband and asked to be prescribed it.
Deeply in love, we took our relationship so seriously we would take no risks. If I'd been asked then to predict the future, I'm sure I'd have looked forward idealistically to a time when all women would think carefully about having sex and having children, and welcome the opportunities given to them as a result of new freedoms.
This would be the brave new world the feminists had fought for - and future generations would reap the benefits. So what went wrong? How could the ideals of independent womanhood be so betrayed?
It's one thing to read last week about a court case in which a conman fleeced 30 gullible, middleclass women out of £500,000 - because they were desperate in love and therefore foolishly believed his lies. But Keith MacDonald's conquests are a different matter.
These girls don't seem to have been looking for love - or else they might have been more picky. For them, it was perfectly acceptable to have unprotected sex on the slightest acquaintance and then consider their lives complete because they had the 'baybee' (to use my colleague Richard Littlejohn's useful term) - the ultimate accessory, as well as a useful meal ticket for benefits and council house preference.

Sadly, I suspect many of these young women lack fathers who might just have instilled in them proper attitudes towards boyfriends, sex and contraception.

And they are probably the offspring of mothers who had babies too young and failed to prevent their daughters from making the same mistake. We will never know the individual intricacies of what is, ultimately, a tragically sordid story. With 11 born and Lord knows how many more to go, neither the female sex nor society will ever be safe from feckless Keith.
Some might argue that the mothers of his poor children have some excuse because they were brought up with no sense of selfrespect.
The reasons for these failings are numerous. We can blame the Welfare State for undermining individual responsibility. We can blame the lack of proper jobs in many parts of the country.
We can blame liberal society that has almost condoned the breakdown of marriage and the family. But one thing is certain: the rest of us are paying the long-term price for this reckless and selfish irresponsibility.
But - please - let nobody paint those women as innocent victims. They are just as bad as the men. 

You might be waiting idly at a bus stop, as one girl was when she met Keith - but nobody forces you to board a bus going in the wrong direction.

Spouse murder 5: Newlywed who murdered wife after she discovered his affairs weeps as he is jailed for 17 years

Spouse murder 5: Newlywed who murdered wife after she discovered his affairs weeps as he is jailed for 17 years
21st September 2010

A cheating husband who strangled his new bride after she discovered his secret affairs with a string of women was today jailed for life.
Michael Roberts, 26, sobbed after being found guilty of murdering Vicky, 25, his wife of five months.
After the killing, the mobile phone salesman concocted an elaborate charade to make it appear that she was still alive.
Newlyweds: Michael Roberts strangled his wife Vicky in November 2009 after she found out about his extra-marital affairs. He was today jailed for 17 years

Roberts sent bogus text messages from her phone to her concerned family and friends, saying the accounts manager for a chemical company had left him for another man.
He slept with his mistress in a hotel and even had a dinner with his in-laws at which he cried over their 'split' - while her dead body lay in their two-bedroom apartment.
Mistress: The court heard how Roberts had affairs with at least three women. His friend Lavinia Tolley, pictured arriving at an earlier hearing, gave evidence on his behalf

Police were called in to investigate, only for him to escape from under their noses.
He slipped away when an officer began searching the garage in which he had dumped his wife’s body and evaded capture for four days - staying in hotels under a false name.
When he was eventually caught, Roberts admitted killing his wife but claimed he had accidentally strangled her when a sex game went wrong.
But he was actually leading a double life and had affairs with at least three women, and was romancing a fourth, before and after he married in June last year. Some were colleagues at Phones 4U where he worked and one told the police how they had enjoyed 'gymnastic sex'.
Last night Detective Inspector Jo Miller, who lead the investigation for Cheshire police, said: 'Roberts is a devious individual who has spun this web of lies to cover up the truth.
'It was very cruel of him to pretend Vicky was still alive by sending fake text messages from her phone to her mother. He even called her mother to claim he was choosing a Christmas present for her - this was especially despicable.
'There is no doubt Vicky Roberts married the man of her dreams in June 2009. She was described as “brimming over with happiness” on her wedding day.
'She wanted to make her marriage work at any cost and was willing to forgive him time and time again.
'But Michael Roberts couldn’t accept his own failings. He is a coward, a deceitful and arrogant individual who thought he could take different lovers, while at the same time remaining in a loving relationship with Vicky.
'She must have challenged him about his mistress and begged him to give her up. That ultimatum cost Vicky her life.'
Today a jury, sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, took just three hours to find Roberts, who was described as devious and clever, guilty of murder.
Mr Justice Royce jailed him for life and said he must serve a minimum of 17 years before he is eligible for parole.
Under surveillance: CCTV footage showed Roberts buying bin bags, insulation sheets and duct tape, which he used to wrap up his wife's corpse

The judge told Roberts: 'Vicky was a talented, vibrant, caring, lively and loving daughter.
'You cheated on her and deceived her during your relationship before and after your short marriage. She deserved better than that.
'After the killing you spun an elaborate web of deceit. The scale of your subterfuge was very considerable.
'You painted Vicky as the villain who abandoned you for another man and yourself as a wonderful and kind man. This was sickening hypocrisy.
'You went about it in a cold and heartless way to deceive her family and friends and induce sympathy for yourself.'

Vicky Roberts wrote touching letters to her then-fiancé Michael in a bid to persuade him to give up his philandering. An extract follows:
'I just want you to be honest with me. I have no intention of making things difficult between us, I don’t want to argue, I just want you, but I cannot continue to share you with her in this way.
'I want you to cut all ties with her...
'Mike, I love you, so much that I don’t think you truly know just how much. I know that all the sneaking round is hurting you as well...
'I love you, and I want to make our marriage work, I just hope that this last week has shown that to you...
'You seem to be hiding yourself even more from me. If I go near your phone you react as if I’ve done something wrong, you are constantly texting everyone else, yet admit deleting every message.
'Mike, I have never read your phone messages, and never would, but it hurts that you do not trust me when you have access to and have even read my texts without a second thought. I hide nothing from you, and feel like I don’t know you.
’Firstly, believe me when I say that you mean the world to me, and although we have had some obstacles, we have always worked through them together, and I can honestly say I love you more than ever because of this.
'I can’t wait for June 21st 2009 [wedding date] and our lives together.'
The court heard that Roberts had a 13-month affair with Kerrie Hall, 31, an administration boss at Phones4U, for whom he worked as an assistant store manager.
She told police Roberts liked rough sex and that they enjoyed gymnastic sex sessions. He had twice tried to throttle her during intercourse, claiming it would make it more enjoyable.
Roberts had a second lover in Karen Wilson, 26, who he met two months before his marriage and while still seeing Miss Hall.
A month before she died - on November 29 last year - Mrs Roberts confronted her husband after becoming suspicious about his text messages and entries on Facebook.
The court heard that she was ‘distraught and heartbroken’ after learning of his infidelity, but was desperate to save her marriage. She wrote touching letters to Roberts in a bid to persuade him to give up his philandering.
He promised to be faithful but instead continued the relationship with Miss Wilson, telling her he had ended his marriage and moved in with his parents.
Phone records obtained by police revealed that the pair contacted each other more than 5,000 times in November alone.
On the night of Mrs Roberts’s death the couple had dinner before returning to their £125,000 flat in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Roberts claimed they had sex, during which he accidentally strangled her when she asked him to tie the cord of a bath robe around her neck.
But medical evidence revealed a bath robe tie was not the ligature and considerable force was used to throttle her.
Within minutes of his wife’s death Roberts called Miss Wilson and spent more than two hours on the telephone to her, acting as if nothing had happened.
The couple spent the following day shopping with a friend, Lavinia Tolley, 26, who Roberts also admitted kissing several times behind his wife’s and Miss Wilson’s back, and had sex in a hotel in Bangor, north Wales.
The two were spotted kissing and cuddling and behaving by a pub landlord, who later recognised his picture from the television appeals and called police.
Roberts then started using his wife’s phone to send texts to himself, her friends and parents, claiming she had walked out.
Wedding day: Just one week after getting married, Roberts slept with a colleague. He murdered Vicky five months later

He called Mrs Roberts’ mother to ask for advice on what to buy his wife for Christmas and even had dinner with his in-laws, knowing all the time their daughter was dead.
Roberts also got rid of his wife’s clothes and bought silk sheets to prepare the former marital bedroom for his mistress.
He even joked with work colleagues that he couldn’t have killed his wife because his car boot was too small to hold a body.
CCTV recovered from a supermarket and a DIY store showed Roberts buying bin bags, insulation sheets and duct tape, which he used to wrap up his wife’s corpse.
When police were eventually called, Roberts fled and went on the run for four days.
He was eventually caught after Miss Tolley spotted him outside the mobile phone shop she managed and called police.

Biblical tale of Moses parting the Red Sea 'may really have happened': Scientific analysis

Biblical tale of Moses parting the Red Sea 'may really have happened'
22nd September 2010
The dramatic parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites is perhaps the most spectacular miracle described in the Old Testament.
Now scientists believe it may actually have happened - although it owed more to Mother Nature than to Moses.
A computer simulation suggests that a powerful east wind, blowing for 12 hours overnight, could have driven back shallow waters for four hours allowing a crossing in an area near that depicted in Exodus.
An artist's impression showing how a strong wind could have pushed back waters from two ancient basins, a lagoon (left) and a river (right), and led to the Biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea

In the biblical account, which was given the Hollywood treatment in Charlton Heston's epic The Ten Commandments, Moses and the Israelites were trapped between the Pharaoh's advancing chariots and the sea.
Thanks to divine intervention, a mighty east wind blows all night, splitting the waters to leave a passage of dry land with walls of water on both sides.
The fleeing Israelites make their escape, but when the Pharaoh's army tries to pursue them the waters come crashing back and drown the soldiers.
Scientists believe the likely location of the 'miracle' was not the Red Sea, but a nearby spot in the Nile Delta region where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon.
Analysis of archaeological records, satellite measurements and maps allowed the researchers to estimate the water flow and depth at the site 3,000 years ago. An ocean computer model was then used to simulate-the impact of a strong wind on the 6ft deep waters.
The scientists found an east wind of 63 mph blowing for 12 hours would have driven the waters back, both into the lake and the river channel. This would have created a land bridge about two miles long and three miles wide lasting four hours.
The waters really would have been parted, with barriers of water raised on both sides of the newly exposed mud flats.
As soon as the winds dropped, the waters would have rushed back, much like a tidal bore.
Anyone stranded on the mud would have been at risk of drowning, said the scientists, whose findings were reported in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.
Lead researcher Carl Drews, from the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, said: 'People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts. What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.
'The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that's in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in.'

The computer simulations showed dry land could also have been exposed at two other nearby sites during a wind storm.
Those events did not fit so well with the Biblical account, since both involved a single body of water getting pushed to one side rather than being parted.

Previous theories have been put forward to explain the parting of the Red Sea. One involved a tsunami, which can cause a body of water to retreat and then advance rapidly. But such an event would not have caused the gradual overnight divide as described in the Bible, or been so associated with winds.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Did Shashi Kumar get fake caste certificate?

Did Shashi Kumar get fake caste certificate?

Sep 21, 2010
BANGALORE: Former MP and cine star Shashi Kumar is embroiled in a fake caste certificate tangle. Though social welfare minister Govind M Karjol declined to confirm it, department officials said Shashi Kumar got a fake certificate, which states that he belongs to a scheduled tribe. According to the department, Kumar belongs to backward class -- Kshatriya -- and comes under 2A category.

Karjol told reporters on Monday that if this was confirmed, Kumar along with the certificate issuing authority, tahsildar of Bangalore North, will be punished under Section 3 of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The penalty includes imprisonment for not less than 6 months, but could be extended to one year.

Reacting to these allegations, Kumar told media he belongs to the ST Naik community and submitted all relevant documents to the government. "This is nothing but a politically-motivated act by the minister. The civil rights enforcement (CRE) cell gave a B-report on the issue. How can a tahsildar issue a caste certificate without valid documents?'' he asked.

Karjol said charges against H D Kote MLA Chikanna of possessing fake certificate are also being investigated.


Category -- Number

Under investigation -- 157

In the courts -- 169

B-report filed -- 76

Acquittals -- 53

Court stay order -- 76

Convictions -- 5

Total -- 632

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Who cares for Orphans? Mohalla plays mother to orphaned 6-yr-old

Who cares for Orphans? Mohalla plays mother to orphaned 6-yr-old
Sep 20, 2010
KOLKATA: Little Olivia is a bundle of energy all day - singing, dancing, playing with friends, watching cartoons on TV. Her elders and guardians can barely keep up with her. It's only at night that the six-year-old quietens down. Her eyes, as bright as diamonds all day, turn soft as she looks up at the stars, probably searching for her mom and dad. Are they up there, hidden somewhere among the pinpricks of light?

That's what someone told the six-year-old when her parents died in the space of six months. Did she believe this? No one knows, for Olivia has spoken to none about what she felt when mother Baishali Paul (32) and father Ashok (41) passed away.

While Baishali, a chronic anaemia patient, had a fatal cardiac attack in February, Ashok succumbed to liver complications on August 25.

Olivia's tiny world could have come crashing down, but for her neighbours on Harish Sikdar Path and Madhu Gupta Lane off BB Ganguly Street in central Kolkata. Seeing that ailing grandfather Subodh Paul was straddled with the child's responsibilities, the neighbours —-Shyamali Das, Ashim Ghosal, Shyamal Gunin, Dulal Deb — closed ranks and decided to share the load of looking after her.

A committee was for-med by the neighbours and the local Harish Memorial Club was roped in for the caregiver's job. As the news spread, more people joined in. Soon, many in the neighbourhood were involved — making it a typically old Kolkata para effort, where joys and sorrows are easily shared among neighbours.

So today, Olivia — better known as Oly in the neighbourhood — may not have her parents, but has a host of mamas, kakas, mashis and pishis to cater to all her childish whims.

Girl child abandonment: Mother claims baby swapped, says no to girl in Surat

Mother claims baby swapped, says no to girl
Sep 20, 2010
SURAT: It took a DNA test for a cute little girl born a week ago, to finally get her parents. In a bizarre case, a woman accused the hospital staff of swapping her son after delivery with the daughter of another woman who was born at the same time. It took a DNA test to prove the allegations were false. But for those seven days till the test results were announced, the girl was not even breastfed by either mother. 

On September 12, Premila Sahani alleged that her son was swapped with Saheda Ansari's daughter. Both were admitted to the same room in the hospital and both kids were born within minutes of each other. The Suvidha Hospital staff insisted that Premila first gave birth to a daughter at 3.25 am while Saheda delivered a baby boy at 3.27 am. Sahani was unconscious for a while after delivery. When she woke up, she made the swapping allegation after being told that she had given birth to a daughter. The Sahani family approached the police. Both the newborns were then admitted to New Civil Hospital ( NCH) till the investigations were completed. Initially, blood groups of the children were matched with their parents but the results were inconclusive.

Hence a DNA test was carried out. When the results were announced it proved that Premila had indeed given birth to the girl child, while the boy was born to Saheda. The custody of the children was given to the mothers only on Saturday, almost a week after their birth.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Splits in Silicon Valley: Kumar Jahgirdar (CRISP) talks about mediation

Splits in Silicon Valley
Sep 13, 2010
They were college sweethearts who seemed happily married. Three years after they tied the knot, Mayuri (name changed) says she felt all knotted up. Even her husband Rakesh (name changed), an architect, felt that the duo's relationship was radically altered. As Mayuri felt that Rakesh was more attached to his laptop, the young man himself attributed the broken marriage to deadline pressures at work. Both, in their early 30s, feel they are mature enough to take their own decisions.

In fact, soon after filing for a divorce petition at one of the four family courts in Bangalore, the couple headed to the coffee joint Koshys on St. Marks Road to celebrate their separation over a quick south Indian kaapi. "It was separation by mutual consent," says Rakesh, "we couldn't make it as husband and wife, but will remain friends."
Not all cases of marital problems dogging India's Silicon Valley end in such civility. On August 13, the police arrested top Infosys executive Satish Gupta, 32, for killing his wife Priyanka, 28, who was a schoolteacher. The police claim that Satish, in jail now, told them they developed serious differences after she forced him to separate from his parents. When he told her he wanted a divorce, she threatened to drag him and his parents to jail with a dowry harassment case. That is allegedly when he decided to act in cold blood: strangling her first, and then slitting her throat with a kitchen knife.

Though extreme, it does reflect the kind of marital stress ambitious professionals are facing in their high-pressure jobs. As if the suicide-capital tag was not enough, officials are now grappling with ways to stamp out the new virus eating away at healthy homes.
In the last two years alone, nearly 4,000 divorce petitions were filed-a huge jump over previous years: 1,200 in 2004 to a three-fold jump in 2008 and rising. The IT sector and it-enabled services like BPOs are the biggest employer of youth, aged between 20 and late 30.

Kumar Jahgirdar and other CRISP associates including Roshni Mathan involved in raising awareness & conducting education about Mediation 

Worse, there is the wait before a divorce is finalised. Stockbroker Kumar Jahgirdar, agitating for greater legal rights for divorced fathers, points out that on an average it takes four to five years for each case to be decided. He estimates there are nearly 10,000 cases still pending in the local courts of the city, some since 2008. "Our office got a call from a senior it executive working at an mnc saying his wife suddenly decided to leave him," he says, adding, "The ambitious wife in question earned more and did not feel the need for this man in her life".
The backlog continues to grow. Almost 25 to 30 petitions involving matrimonial disputes are filed in a day. Three more family courts are being planned in months to come to cope with the load. Karnataka Law Minister Suresh Kumar, shocked by the divorce statistics, is travelling to Chennai to study the evening courts that have lessened the number of pending cases. "Cases hanging fire only cause more damage to the already affected parties, elders and the children," says Kumar. He is also planning to introduce weekend courts to address the problem.

Seven years ago there were less than 300 cases in the family courts. Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari often plays marriage counsellor. He says: "While the concept of nuclear families, a direct import of the West, has steadily made inroads into our societies, we have also witnessed the lack of respect for elders or their intervention in the lives of youngsters. It is fine that most couples take their own decisions but when there are periods of social turbulence, inputs from elders or priestly figures are helpful. Sometimes both sides are adamant which leads to breaking up."

Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy's wife Sudha says: "Right in the beginning Murthy made it clear that one of us can work and the other had to run the family. Not that I was any less qualified but am glad I made the decision to stay at home. The choice was intentional." Sudha is a qualified computer science engineer and the first woman to join the all-male Tata auto plant in Pune before she and her husband settled in Bangalore. With both men and women earning well, women sometimes earning more, pressures on marriage start early and often end in an early divorce.

A young globetrotting software executive says her marriage is on the rocks because she is unable to spend time with her husband. Both travel a lot and one of them has to cut down on work. And both are not sure who will do that-and that inevitably drives them to lawyers like P.B. Appiah, whose hands are full. "We simply have no clue how to deal with the rising number of disputes. Today's generation faces a new kind of challenge both in terms of work schedules, relationships and life in general," says Appiah.

Psychologists like Hannah Samuel feel stress kicks in during the early years of the marriage when couples in IT jobs have to confront the challenges of juggling two or three careers and balancing family and work. "There is simply no time to communicate. They just get married to their jobs; drag on till the D-word hits them." Bangalore's Family Welfare Centre Director Father Martin Anthony makes marriage classes compulsory for couples waiting to get married, where they are counselled on how to manage money, in-laws or work-life balance. District Judge and director of Bangalore Mediation Centre, Justice K.N. Phaneendra, whose centre has handled nearly 5,000 divorce cases since 2007, throws his hands up as couples have no qualms about divorce now.

Jahgirdar, fighting for custody of his daughter (from his first wife Chethana who is married to cricketer Anil Kumble), also blames the rising number of divorces to laws that seem to favour the women. So he and other "affected fathers" founded a group, Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting, to tackle the effects of parental alienation on children due to single parent families on account of divorce or separation. He is fighting the patriarchal mindset that suggests fathers are not capable of nurturing the children.

India's Silicon Valley may be the country's showpiece sector but what's not shown enough is the troubles of young married techies trying to juggle high pressure careers, deadlines and a normal marriage. Clearly, no software has been written yet to protect them from the marital virus.

"To cope with the increasing rush at the family courts we have decided to launch weekend courts, perhaps for the first time in India."Suresh Kumar, Karnataka law minister

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Forget the suicide capital tag already dogging the Indian Silicon Valley of Bangalore. Its newest problem on hand is on the family front.

Four family courts are seeing close to 30 new cases every day. In just the last two years, nearly 4,000 divorce petitions have come up before the local family courts, showing a sudden increase.

- From a low of about 1,200 divorce petitions in 2004 to a high of about 3,300 in 2008, it is almost a three-time jump.

Court officials indicate there are approximately 10,000 cases pending before the four family courts as on date.

- Mediation Centre Judge K.N. Phaneendra, whose centre has handled nearly 5,000 divorce cases since 2007 till now with the settlement rate of a high 80 per cent, is also pushing for evening or weekend courts, perhaps for the first time in India. Most are it professionals who find it difficult to balance work and marriage.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Concealment of Pregnancy 2:Mother of baby dumped in a Gulf Air plane toilet bin claims she was raped by her employer

Concealment of Pregnancy 2:Mother of baby dumped in a plane toilet bin claims she was raped by her employer
17th September 2010
A Philippine woman who gave birth to a baby on a flight from the Middle East and then left him in the rubbish on the plane said she was raped by her employer, a politician who has spoken to the woman said today.
The baby was found by a security guard at Manila's airport last Sunday in a rubbish bag unloaded from a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain.
The trash apparently came from a toilet on the Gulf Air jet which flew to the Philippines from Saudi Arabia.

Filipino doctors hold-on to the newborn baby found in the bin of a toilet in an aircraft that landed at Manila's international airport
Lani Mercado, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, said she met the mother, who told her that she had been raped by her employer while working as a maid in Qatar.
She became pregnant and her employer's wife forced her to return home.

Ms Mercado said the woman managed to hide her pregnancy and board a flight.
'She had labour pains in the plane. Then she gave birth.'
She said the woman told her she abandoned the baby because she was afraid of what her family would say.
Ms Mercado, who serves on legislative committees on children and women, said she met the woman at Manila's National Bureau of Investigation headquarters to try to help her.
The woman gave birth while the plane was approaching Manila, according to the bureau's chief, Magtanggol Gatdula.
The woman has been shown a picture of the child, and is 'very eager to see her baby,' he said.

The baby has been named George Francis after the Gulf Air flight code
The woman left in June last year to work in Qatar for three years, and her family was surprised when she suddenly returned home, said police Inspector Jeffrey Vicente, quoting her husband in northern Apayao province with whom she has two children.
The 6lb 9oz baby - still attached to the placenta - was found wrapped in tissue paper.
Airport officials said the baby, already bluish in colour, may have died within a few minutes had he not been found.
The baby, temporarily named George Francis after Gulf Air's flight code GF, is now fine but underwent an X-ray because of two bumps on his head, welfare officer Thelsa Biolena said. The results have not yet been released.
The 30-year-old woman was located Wednesday in Apayao after investigators set out to find the person who sat in a bloodstained seat on the plane.
Authorities brought her to Manila for questioning and testing. They did not release her name.
Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, who has custody of the baby, cautioned that authorities are still working to confirm that the woman is the mother.
She earlier said authorities plan to conduct DNA tests on the woman and the baby and that it would take at least a month to establish whether she is the parent.
'We want to be very sure that we won't ascribe this act to the wrong person.'
Ms Soliman said the mother could face criminal charges for abandoning her child.
About 20 couples, including some from abroad, have offered to adopt the boy, she said.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Concealment of paternity 4: Amityville Horror director sues ex-wife after she duped him into believing daughter was his for 17 years

Amityville Horror director sues ex-wife after she duped him into believing daughter was his for 17 years

16th September 2010

A filmaker is suing his ex-wife for allegedly duping him into believing for 17 years that a child was his daughter.
Andrew Douglas, who directed the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, is demanding back hundreds of thousands of pounds in child support.
He says Ameena Meer asked him to marry her after claiming she was having his baby. But the real father, according to the lawsuit, was another Briton she had been cheating on him with.
Law suit: Andrew Douglas is suing  his ex-wife Ameena Meer for allegedly duping him into believing for 17 years that a child was his daughter

Mr Douglas, who began his career in Lord Snowdon’s photographic studio, says in the lawsuit that he met Miss Meer in London in 1989.
She had commissioned him to take photographs of Salman Rushdie for a magazine interview she had organised with the writer.
Over the next three years the couple ‘had infrequent sexual relations’ when they met up in London, according to papers filed at Manhattan Supreme Court.

Once pregnant, Miss Meer said she didn’t want a baby born out of wedlock because ‘it would cause great shame and disgrace to her parents, who were practising Muslims’. 

The writer moved to London and married Mr Douglas in August 1992. But the couple split months after Sasha Douglas was born and Miss Meer took their daughter back to her New York home.
In the court documents, Mr Douglas says he had little contact with Sasha until her tenth birthday and felt depressed about failing as a father.

Miss Meer, who has had two more daughters with her second husband, allegedly told the director that ‘a price tag was attached’ if he wanted to play any part in the girl’s life. 
Dispute: Novelist Ameena Meer said she had never knowingly lied to her former husband

He said he paid nearly £450,000 in child support and tuition fees, gave Miss Meer £17,000 when she fell behind with her rent and handed out a further £6,500 for a new bathroom. 

Mr Douglas began his career in 1975 as an assistant to photographer Lord Snowdon (pictured)

Mr Douglas’s relationship with Sasha is said to have improved after he moved to California but he said he became suspicious last summer when she asked him about his blood type. 

Tests showed it was incompatible with the 17-year-old’s. Miss Meer allegedly brushed off his concerns, telling him in a telephone call last September:

‘If you’re not Sasha’s father, it must be immaculate conception.’ A DNA test taken later that month revealed that it was virtually impossible for Mr Douglas to have been the father.

‘The probability of paternity is zero per cent,’ the genetic report concluded, said the suit.

The court file says the biological parent is ‘a British man who, unbeknownst to plaintiff at the time, was involved in a sexual relationship’ with Miss Meer.

The real father refused to marry her and so ‘knowingly and with malice’ she told Mr Douglas the baby was his. 

The legal papers say Mr Douglas still loves the girl he believed to be his daughter, but wants his former wife to pay back the child support and pay compensation for emotional damages.

A friend of the filmmaker told the New York Post that Mr Douglas was ‘a stand-up guy’ who ‘took Ameena at her word 17 years ago’.

A DNA test taken later apparently revealed the probability of paternity was '0 per cent'. Andrew Douglas (left) is now attempting to recover the money be paid in child support

He said Miss Meer has now banned Mr Douglas from seeing Sasha. Miss Meer told the newspaper that she had never knowingly lied to her ex-husband.

‘Of course I didn’t lie. I obviously didn’t think that he wasn’t her father,’ she said. ‘If he wants to be her father, he should provide for her. Isn’t that what’s fair?’

She said the lawsuit was ‘a terrible thing for him to do to his daughter’.

After working for Lord Snowdon, Mr Douglas became a magazine photographer for Esquire and The Face and then a director of music videos and commercials before going into movie-making.

Ameena Meer is recovering from uterine cancer, and is prominent Ground Zero mosque supporter.
So far, the only information in the press comes from the allegations of his lawsuit which of course are slanted in his favor. But among other things, it tells us that, when Douglas confronted Meer with the fact that the girl is not his, she sarcastically replied that she must be the product of an “immaculate conception.”

Since then, apparently, she’s backed off that patently false narrative of events. It seems that, back in 1992, she tried to get the actual dad to marry her and he refused, so she went to Plan B which was Douglas who made the mistake of believing her.

According to a friend of Douglas, Meer has cut off all contact between him and the girl, and, into the bargain has increased her demands for money including $27,000 for back rent and $9,000 to pay for her kitchen remodeling project.

Asked about whether she’d intentionally lied to Douglas about the girl’s parentage, she said, “Of course I didn’t lie . . . I obviously didn’t think that he wasn’t her father,” Meer said.

That brings up an interesting point - one that’s plainly lost on Meer, and one that we see pretty often when the subject is paternity fraud. What is true is that Meer didn’t know who the father of her child was. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, it may be acceptable that she thought Douglas was the dad. But that doesn’t mean that it was OK for her to tell Douglas that the child was his without mentioning the other man.

Morally, she was obligated to tell him the truth - that she’d had sex with him and another man near the time of conception, so he might be the dad or the other guy might be. This was 1992; DNA testing was available, so they could have sorted out paternity at the time. But Ameena Meer wasn’t interested in finding the correct dad; she was interested in finding a man who was willing to be involved and above all, to pay. Knowledge is power, so she used hers to decide for herself, by herself, who would play the role of father.

It was her moral obligation to tell the whole truth to both men, but it was not her legal obligation. To current knowledge, there is in fact no law anywhere that requires a woman to tell a man about his child, or to tell the correct man or to tell all possible men. Indeed, many states in USA put the onus on the man to figure out that he’s not the father rather than on the woman who, after all, is the one with the information required to ascertain the truth.

And that would seem to be a problem for Andrew Douglas and his quest to get repaid. In order to successfully pursue a civil action, he’ll have to prove that Meer committed a legal wrong and, as far as I know, lying to a man about paternity doesn’t qualify. Again, if someone has contrary information, please let me know.

The legal theory Douglas might be relying on is some version of intentional infliction of emotional distress, which may or may not fly. It’s true that she intentionally withheld the information about the other potential father, but if there was no obligation on her part to disclose it, he may be out of luck. Presumably his attorney has covered those bases.

Well, that’s one way of putting it. Another is that lying to Douglas was “a terrible thing to do to him, the actual father and her daughter.” So far Meer shows no indication that she grasps that simplest of concepts.