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Commonwealth signs pact to reduce violence against women

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The Commonwealth has announced a new partnership designed to reduce domestic violence in member countries, including India.

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the NO MORE Foundation, a global movement of 1,400 allied organisations and 40 international chapters working together to stop and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

The two parties have agreed to work together to implement initiatives that work on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual abuse as part of wider efforts to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.

According to the World Health Organisation, one in three women worldwide has been a victim of sexual and/or physical violence in her lifetime, making it a leading cause of death in women and girls.

Reports suggest the abuse remains largely unreported due to impunity, silence, stigma, fear and shame.

The Secretary-General said: “We must say NO MORE to violence against women and girls in both words and action. It affects everyone: women, men, children, persons with disabilities and people from sexual and gender minorities. It means we must involve and sensitise everyone to support vulnerable individuals, protect survivors of violence and bring perpetrators to justice. We must do everything we can to ensure every child in our home and our community grows up in a safe environment. This is the only way to fulfil our Sustainable Development Goal commitments.”

The partnership is designed to help member countries record accurate data on the prevalence of violence, deliver grassroots projects, train community leaders, educate bystanders’ responses and provide awareness resources.

NO MORE Global Executive Director Pamela Zaballa said: “NO MORE is proud to partner with the Commonwealth and grateful to have this tremendous opportunity to help end domestic violence in the 53 member countries.”

“We are looking forward to engaging a wide array of governmental, business, human rights and community leaders in this initiative. Together, we can dramatically increase awareness and action to prevent violence and meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Zaballa added.

The partnership was announced at an event hosted at Commonwealth headquarters in London, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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2 held, 6 cops suspended after clash with ‘job aspirants’ in Prayagraj

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Two persons have been arrested and a case has been lodged against around 1,000 unidentified persons in connection with the alleged rioting and blocking of the rail track at the local railway station by some job aspirants.

Scores of students preparing for competitive exams had made an abortive bid to stop a passenger train. However, alert GRP and RPF personnel foiled their attempt to stop the train.

Six policemen have also been suspended with immediate effect for using unnecessary force during the incident which took place on Tuesday.

A letter petition has been filed in the Allahabad High Court by five lawyers, seeking a judicial probe in the lathi charge on students.

Meanwhile, the search is on for another accused who allegedly made provocative remarks on social media.

A senior police official told reporters that it appears that the accused had taken ‘money from some political parties’ to create unrest. A police team has been constituted to probe the incident from this angle.

A video of the incident had surfaced on social media, following which Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had condemned the use of force against job aspirants, who had gathered there in protest against alleged irregularities in a railway recruitment exam.

The two people arrested in connection with the case have been identified as Pradeep Yadav and Mukesh Yadav while the search for another suspect, Rajesh Sachin, is on, the police said.

Rajesh Sachin had made “inflammatory remarks” on social media.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Kumar said a video of the incident had surfaced on social media, in which some policemen were seen using unnecessary force.

Those policemen have been identified as sub inspectors Rakesh Bharti, Shailendra Yadav, Kapil Kumar Chahal and constables Mohammad Arif, Achhe Lal and Durvesh Kumar.

They have been suspended with immediate effect and departmental action is being taken against them, he said.

The SSP said there is no quarrel between police and students and those who play with students’ future will not be spared.

He said that they have registered a case against 1,000 unidentified people under 13 serious sections.

Meanwhile, a Congress candidate from Prayagraj, Anugrah Narayan Singh, condemned police action against students.

Singh said the unemployed youth are demanding their rights and seeking one’s rights is not crime.

Around 1.24 lakh students had applied for railway jobs under Group D since March, 2019. The government suspended recruitment for three years and in such a situation, their anger is justified, the Congress leader said.

A large number of students had gathered on the railway track but were chased down by police. During this, some students allegedly pelted stones on policemen.

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Imam held for raping 8-yr-old girl in UP district

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An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by the Imam of a mosque in Mainpuri district.

After committing the crime, the accused made the victim swear by the Quran that she would not tell anyone about it.

When the girl reached home, profusely bleeding, her family members came to know of the incident and lodged a case with the police.

The police arrested the Imam on Wednesday night and sent the girl for treatment and medical examination.

The Incident took place in a village in Kisni police circle of Mainpuri.

Jamal Ahmed, 52, has been in charge of the mosque since the past ten years and also teaches children here. The girl used to go to the mosque to study.

She used to return home by 4 p.m but on Wednesday, she reached home late crying. Her clothes were stained with blood and when her mother asked her, she narrated her ordeal.

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Two injured after drone falls on them during R-Day celebration

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Two persons were injured after a drone camera fell on them during the Republic Day celebrations in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur on Wednesday.

A large number of people had gathered to witness the Republic Day function at Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla stadium. While the programme was underway, a drone camera fell on two spectators.

Those sustained injuries during the event have been identified as Indu Kunjam (38) and Gangotri Kunjam (18). They have been admitted at local district hospital for medical assistance, the police said.

The injured individuals had come to participate in a tribal dance in the Republic Day function when the incident occurred at the stadium.

“They have received minor injuries and are undergoing treatment at a hospital,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Rohit Kashwani.

Both belong to the tribal community from Dindori district, and had travelled to Jabalpur to participate in the Republic Day function.

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