Surat Woman Watching Wedding Procession Killed In Celebratory Firing


Police is investigating how many rounds were fired by the procession. (FILE PHOTO)

Surat: 

A 47-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a celebratory gunshot fired during a wedding procession that she was watching in Surat in the early hours today, police said.

Savitriben Vadgujar, was declared brought dead at a government hospital where she was rushed after the incident that happened in Varachha area of Surat, a police official said.

“The incident took place between 12.30 am and 1 am when the woman was standing at the balcony on the first floor of the building where she lived. She was watching the marriage procession passing by when some unidentified persons, who were part of the procession fired in celebration,” a police official said.

“A randomly-fired bullet hit Vadgujar on her face. She was seriously injured in the incident and rushed to the government hospital, where she was declared brought dead,” the official said.

According to him, how many rounds were fired by the procession was being investigated.

An FIR was registered against unidentified persons under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC and section 25 (1)(A) of the Arms Act and investigation has been initiated, the official said.





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Woman Dies After Falling Off Ferris Wheel While Taking Selfie In UP’s Ballia


The woman lost balance and fell off the ferris wheel in UP’s Ballia: Police (Representational)

Ballia, Uttar Pradesh: 

A 20-year-old woman died after she fell off a Ferris wheel at a fair in UP’s Ballia while taking a selfie, police said on Monday.

The incident happened on Sunday at a fair in Sadar area. The woman, Rani, was clicking selfie while taking a ride on the Ferris wheel. She lost balance and fell down, police said.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she died during treatment. The body has been sent for postmortem, police said. 

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Man Accused Of Raping Woman At Goa Beach Escapes Police Custody


The rape accused was taken to a Panaji-based hospital for treatment from where he escaped. (FILE PHOTO)

Panaji: 

A 24-year-old man arrested in a gang-rape case in Goa escaped from police custody in Panaji today when he was brought to a hospital for treatment, police said.

Ishwar Makwana from Indore in Madhya Pradesh was arrested by the Goa Police, along with two other men from the same state, in May this year for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman at a beach in South Goa district. 

The accused was lodged at the Central Jail at Colvale in North Goa district since then. He was taken to Panaji-based Chest Disease & TB Hospital for treatment today from where he escaped, a senior police official said.

“The Goa Police’s escort cell, which is in-charge of transportation of inmates from the Central Jail, had brought the accused to the hospital but he managed to run away from there,” the official said.

A search was on to arrest him, he added. 

Makwana and the two other men– Ram Bhariya and Sanjiv Pal– had raped and robbed the 20-year-old woman in South Goa on May 24.

Makwana had been charged in the past in Madhya Pradesh for various offences including the murder of a couple in Indore.

He also carried a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head, police said.

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Man private part cut in Kanpur after affair with married woman


दोनों तरफ से तहरीर दी गई है. पुलिस ने फिलहाल महिला के ससुर को गिरफ्तार किया है.

कानपुर : शादीशुदा महिला से किया प्रेम, ससुर ने गुप्तांग काटकर फेंक दिया

दोनों तरफ से तहरीर दी गई है.





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Secretly Filmed In Shower, US Woman Sues Hilton Worldwide For $100 Million


The woman was a guest at a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Albany, capital of New York state, in 2015.

New York: 

A Chicago woman is suing Hilton Worldwide for $100 million saying that she was filmed naked in the shower by a hidden camera while a hotel guest — in footage uploaded with her name onto multiple porn sites.

The unnamed plaintiff sued the hotel giant for negligence citing “severe and permanent psychological injuries,” “severe mental anguish, emotional distress and other damages” such as medical expenses and loss of earnings.

The woman was a guest at a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Albany, the capital of New York state, in July 2015 while taking a bar exam after graduating from law school.

She was recorded, fully nude, while taking a shower by a hidden video camera, the 19-page lawsuit claims.

But she was blissfully ignorant until September 2018, more than three years later, when she received an email saying “this is you right?” with a link to the video on a porn site published with her full name.

The same person, claiming “I’m a perv,” then sent multiple threatening emails, professing to know where she went to university and where she worked.

When the threats went unheeded, the video appeared on a string of other porn sites. Colleagues, friends and former classmates received a new version of the video, sent from a fake email address set up in her name.

The extortionist then demanded an immediate hush payment of $2,000 followed by $1,000 a month for a year, the lawsuit claims, also alleging that other people were recorded in the same room at the same Hampton Inn.

“We take the safety and wellbeing of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing,” said a spokesperson for Hilton, the parent company of Hampton Inn.

“We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond and cooperate with any law enforcement investigations,” the statement added.

A spokesperson for the Hampton Inn in question said they were “shocked and stunned to learn of the allegations” late Monday, saying that no recording devices “of any kind” had been discovered at the property.

“The safety and security of our guests is our highest priority, and we emphatically do not condone any form of this type of invasion of privacy,” the property said in a statement.

“Recently, the hotel underwent a complete renovation. During that process, no recording devices of any kind were uncovered,” it added, promising to work with authorities to find and hold accountable the perpetrator.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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UP Woman Who Was Set On Fire By 5 Men Dies Due To Burn Injuries


Before she died, she alleged the men poured kerosene on her and then set her on fire. (Representational)

Lucknow: 

A woman who was set on fire allegedly by five men in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur in November for resisting sexual assault died due to her injuries on Tuesday, police said.

According to a complaint filed by the woman’s mother, she was returning home on November 24 when the men attacked her in Shahjahanpur’s Tilhar area.

The woman was taken to a hospital in Bareilly where died due to injuries yesterday.

Police said it has filed a case against the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Before she died, she told a magistrate the names of the five men who had attacked her.

“The woman said that she was sexually assaulted by them when she was returning home. She also said in the statement to the magistrate that they had allegedly poured kerosene on her and then set her afire,” a police statement said.

Her body has been sent for postmortem, the police said.

The National Human Rights Commission of India has reportedly sent a notice to the UP government over the incident.





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Indian-Origin Woman Found Dead In UK Home Was Killed By Cheating Husband


Jessica Patel, 34, was found with “serious injuries” and was pronounced dead in her home.

London: 

The husband of an Indian-origin woman who was found dead in her home in United Kingdom earlier this year has been found guilty of her murder.

His murder trial had opened last month and yesterday, a jury found him guilty of strangling his wife to death with a supermarket plastic bag so he could start a new life with his boyfriend whom he met on the gay dating app Grindr.

Thirty-four-year-old Indian-origin pharmacist Jessica Patel was found with “serious injuries” and was pronounced dead in her home in Middlesborough, northern England, in May this year. Her husband Mitesh Patel, 37, had denied killing her.

Justice James Goss of the Teesside Crown Court told the jury a life sentence was mandatory and he would determine Patel’s minimum term behind bars during a sentencing hearing today.

The court was told how the accused had planned to claim her two million pounds life insurance payout and move to Australia with lover Dr Amit Patel, described as his “soulmate”.

The jury heard the cheating husband met other men on Grindr and had made internet searches dating back years, including “I need to kill my wife”, “insulin overdose”, “plot to kill my wife, do I need a co-conspirator?”, “hiring hitman UK” and “how much methadone will kill you?”.

In July 2015, he told his Sydney-based lover Dr Amit: “Her days are marked.”

Mitesh Patel had insisted he was innocent and claimed he had returned home to find the couple’s house burgled and his wife’s wrists bound with duct tape.

But prosecutors presented evidence to the jury to show it was Patel himself who had tied her up after injecting her with insulin and strangling and suffocating her with a Tesco supermarket bag.

Jessica Patel’s family made a statement at the end of the trial, saying they were “devastated” by her death.

“She had simple dreams, all she ever wanted was to fall in love, have a family of her own and live happily ever after. The man we welcomed into our family, who promised to look after and protect her, betrayed her in every sense of the word, cheating her of her dreams, robbing her of her life and robbing us of her,” the statement said.

The court heard that Mitesh Patel regularly chatted with men on Grindr under the pseudonym “Prince”, using the gay dating app daily in front of employees at the pharmacy he ran with his wife. 

The jury was told that his gay double life became the pharmacy’s “worst kept secret”.

At the start of the trial, Justice Goss had said that it was agreed that the accused had been unfaithful to his wife with men, having used the dating app Grindr. He had therefore ruled out any jury member who had used the same dating app or visited the Patels’ pharmacy in Linthorpe since 2011 to be included for the trial to ensure impartiality.

The jury of six men and six women yesterday took three hours of deliberation to give their guilty verdict.

Jessica Patel ran the local chemist’s shop on Roman Road in Middlesborough with her husband, whom she met while studying at university in Manchester.

The couple’s home is close to their pharmacy, which they ran for around three years. Both the home and work premises were the focus of intense police searches in the days after the murder on May 14.





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Indian-Origin Man Molests Woman In Singapore Bus, Jailed


The prosecutor had previous convictions for disorderly behaviour.

Singapore: 

An Indian-origin man in Singapore was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 weeks in prison for molesting a woman on a bus, a media report said.

Kajayendran Krishnan, a 50-year-old permanent resident from Malaysia, pleaded guilty to one charge of using criminal force intending to outrage the woman’s modesty and another of insulting her modesty.

A third charge was taken into consideration for sentencing, the Channel News Asia reported.

The court heard that Mr Krishnan boarded shuttle bus service CW6 from Singapore’s Boon Lay estate heading towards Tuas Checkpoint and onwards to the Southern Malaysian state of Johore on the evening of May 7.

The woman, a 44-year-old Malaysian, was sitting on the left-most seat in the last row with an empty seat beside her, the report said.

Mr Krishnan, who was drunk, sat beside her and used his hand to caress her right arm with the intention to molest her, it said.

The woman quickly moved away and shifted her body towards the window, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mark Yeo told the court.

She asked Mr Krishnan to stop touching her but he persisted, calling her “sarakku“, or “hot chick” in Tamil. He also uttered expletives in Tamil and Hokkien (a Chinese dialect).

The woman tried to leave, standing up in order to cross to the accused’s right. However, Mr Krishnan extended his legs, trapping the woman in the corner of the bus and grabbing her arm, caressing it, the report said.

The victim approached an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer to report the matter once the bus arrived at Tuas Checkpoint.

The prosecutor asked for a custodial sentence, leaving the exact term up to the judge.

He pointed out that the accused had previous convictions for disorderly behaviour and that the current incident occurred on public transport and with wrongful restraint.

Mr Krishnan, who was unrepresented, told the court at first that he was not sitting down on the bus, but standing up instead.

However, after the prosecutor said he had video footage, Mr Krishnan told District Judge Mathew Joseph that he intended to go ahead with his plea of guilt.

Telling the court about his problems of being unemployed, divorce and supporting elderly mother in Malaysia, Mr Krishnan said he was sorry and wished to apologise to the woman.

Asked by the judge if he had been drunk, he admitted that he had indeed drunk alcohol as he had “some personal problems”.

District Judge Mathew Joseph said, “Far from showing remorse, you are trying to wriggle your way out of responsibility of this by saying that you were standing up, then later when the prosecutor said there was video footage, you said it was accidental. To me it shows you are not remorseful.”

The Judge added that no woman passenger should have to look and see if she was about to be molested or harassed on public transport.

“Let me suggest to you that the next time you are drunk, you don’t take the bus. You walk home. Lest you get into any mischief,” the judge added.

The sentence was backdated to September 27 this year, when the accused was remanded.





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Woman Got Fired For Being HIV Positive, To Get Her Job Back After 3 Years


The woman was found positive with HIV through her husband who died from the disease.

Pune: 

A Pune-based woman employee, who was terminated by her company after being diagnosed with HIV, got justice from the Labour Court almost after three years.

The court on Monday ordered the company to reinstate her in the same post she was in, along with providing all the back wages.

The company had terminated her in 2015 after she submitted a medical document for claiming medical benefits which revealed that she was diagnosed with HIV, following which company asked her to resign on the same day.

Speaking to ANI she said, “I was asked to submit a document for the medical claim and when I did that, they asked me about it (HIV). I told them I got it from my husband and within 30 minutes, they forced me to resign. I was working there as a trainee operator for 5 years.”

However, the woman has claimed that she was verbally told by the company that the reason behind her removal is HIV but the documents she was provided clearly mentioned “absenteeism” as the reason.

The woman further claimed that she had joined the company after a leave of two months for her health issues and suddenly after working for about a week when she was found positive with HIV and was to resign by the company.

Advocate Vishal Jadhav, who appeared for woman told ANI, “An employee was terminated on the basis of being tested positive for HIV, however, the company claims that the employee resigned herself.”

The employee then challenged the company order in a court in Pune. The court found that no employee can be terminated on being tested positive for HIV as the termination can only take place under the frame of law, which was not done in this case.

“The company was asked to reinstate her in the same post she was in, along with providing all the back wages,” he added.

The woman was found positive with HIV through her husband who died from the disease. She was also boycotted by her in-laws for her disease.





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UP Government Gets Notice Over Sex Abuse Of Woman Set Afire


On November 29, the 26-year-old woman was allegedly molested by two brothers. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The NHRC on Monday sent notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief over a married woman being set ablaze allegedly by men who sexually assaulted her when she was going to file a police complaint against them.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also directed the Uttar Pradesh police chief to apprise it of action taken in the case.

On November 29, the 26-year-old woman was allegedly molested by two brothers and when she tried to approach the police to get an FIR filed, the duo allegedly caught hold of her, sprinkled kerosene on her body and set her ablaze.

The woman was admitted to the district hospital with 40-45 per cent burn injuries, Inspector General of Police (IG), Zone, Sujit Pandey said.

“She appears to have fallen prey to police personnel’s apathy and sheer negligence,” the National Human Rights Commission observed in a statement on Monday.

“The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that a woman, victim of molestation, was set ablaze by her tormentors, when she was going to lodge a written complaint with the police station about them as suggested by the Police Control Room van personnel in Sitapur district, Uttar Pradesh on December 1,” it said.

Reportedly, in her recorded statement before a magistrate at the hospital, the woman named the two accused and narrated the “inaction of the local police personnel,” the NHRC statement said.

The Commission has observed that the content of the media reports, if true, amount to gross violation of human rights of the victim as the public servant appear to have “failed” to execute their duty to safeguard the victim woman from the rowdy elements.

Accordingly, the NHRC has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary and the director general of police, seeking a detailed report, including action taken against the alleged delinquent police officials.

“The Commission would also like to know about present condition of the victim and status of medical treatment being provided to her.  The response is expected within four weeks,” the rights panel said.

Meanwhile, the NCW termed the incident and the alleged police apathy “deeply disturbing” and sent a notice to the DGP directing him that the matter be fairly investigated and appropriate action be taken to avoid occurrence of similar incidents in future.

“The UP DGP has also been directed to apprise the Commission about condition of the victim and the detailed action taken in the matter,” the NCW said in a tweet.

On November 29, the woman, who is married, was allegedly molested by two brothers — Ramu (32) and Rajesh (28), the police said.

Reportedly, they made lewd remarks and tried to molest the victim on November 29, but she somehow managed to escape and approached the police station, from where the police personnel sent her back without any action, the NHRC said.

The family members of the victim alleged that for two days, her complaint was not accepted by the police at the post concerned and also at the Tambore police station.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Prabhakar Chowdhury said three policemen, including Tambore Station House Officer (SHO) Om Prakash Saroj and outpost in-charge Manoj Kumar were suspended.

Both the brothers were arrested, IG Pandey said.

“Had timely action been taken by them (the police), the woman could have been saved from the brutal attack by the miscreants, who seemingly gathered more courage to attack her due to inaction by the police personnel,” the NHRC observed.





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