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MADRASA SHOCKER
Police rescues 51 girls who were being held hostage; sexually exploited by manager
30.12.17 - TEAM PT
Police rescues 51 girls who were being held hostage; sexually exploited by manager



In a shocking incident, about 51 girls were rescued from a madrasa in Lucknow’s Old City area on Friday night. The police raided Madrasa Jamia Khadeejtul Qubra Lilabnat in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station after receiving a tip-off that the girls were sexually harassed and arrested the manager of the institution.
 
A senior police official said madrasa manager Mohammad Taiyab Zia was arrested.

Acting on a tip-off by the locals, a police team carried out a raid at Madarsa Jamia Khadeejtul Qubra Lilabnat in Yasinganj area under Saadatganj police station last night, police said.

"The madarsa manager was arrested and 51 girls being held hostage in the institution in the old city area were rescued following the raid," they said.

Police said as they made arrangements for sending the inmates to their parents, the girls narrated their ordeal alleging inhumane treatment and molestation by the accused.
 
Speaking to the media, SSP Deepak Kumar said, "A 15-year-old girl student of Gomti Nagar in her written complaint has levelled charges of harassment. She has also alleged that seven other girl students were also molested by Tayyab.”
 
What comes as a surprise is that no one had an inkling of such activities going on in the madrasa despite it being located at a prime area in Lucknow. The matter only came to light after the girls threw chits out of the windows detailing their ordeal, following which the neighbours alerted the law enforcement agencies.
 
One of the letters that were recovered from outside the madrassa: 
 
A joint team of the police and local administration raided the madrassa located on the Campbell Road in Saadatganj around 9 pm on Friday and they rescued 51 girls from the madrassa. There were 126 girls from various states and other districts of Uttar Pradesh who were enrolled here.

One of the rescued girls reportedly told officials that when the girls resisted Tayyab’s sexual advances, they were tortured and beaten. Police said, "Out of the 51 rescued girls, seven have alleged sexual abuse and attempt to rape charges against convenor Tayyab Zia.”
 
When the issue was brought to the knowledge of the madrasa owner Syed Mohd Jilani Ashraf, he also lodged a complaint with the Saadatganj Police against the madrasa manager Taiyyab Zia Ashrafi. The owner said that he had given the building to Ashrafi for running the madrasa. Later on, he turned it into a hostel giving admissions to girls only.

A few days ago, the Uttar Pradesh police had raided two Ashrams of Baba Viredra Dev in Farrukhabad district and had recovered about 54 girls, including three from Nepal.




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'WILL TRY TO GET YOU A GOOD POST'
Hardik Patel asks sulking Gujarat Dy CM Nitin Patel to leave BJP and join Congress
30.12.17 - TEAM PT
Hardik Patel asks sulking Gujarat Dy CM Nitin Patel to leave BJP and join Congress



Amid political drama in Gujarat which has begun right after the new government took the charge, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel has invited deputy chief minister Nitin Patel to join him.

Hardik Patel has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not giving respect to "his veteran leader and everyone should stand with him".
 
"I and my supporters are prepared to talk to the Congress leadership to welcome Nitin Patel in the party if he and 10 other MLAs are willing to resign and come," Hardik Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad. 

"If the BJP can't take care of a senior leader like Nitin Patel who has spent many years in building the party, and must be respected, if they can't, Nitin Patel should leave the party," the firebrand leader, whose reservation movement caused a major dent in the ruling party's electoral prospects in the just concluded assembly elections, said. 

He claimed he was willing to recommend to the Congress leadership to "accommodate Nitinbhai in a senior position" in the party and that he should come with "at least 10 MLAs". 

The Patidar leader also exhorted BJP's Patel leaders to back the Deputy Chief Minister.

"If the BJP is not respecting Patels, then they should leave the party and should accompany Nitin Patel," Hardik Patel said.
 
Hardik’s statement comes after PTI quoted a BJP source as saying that even after being sworn into office, Nitin Patel is yet to take charge of the portfolios allotted to him and has conveyed his displeasure to the party leadership. In the previous government, the deputy chief minister was in charge of important portfolios such as finance and urban development.

However, this time he has been allotted departments like road and building, and health. Apart from these two, he has also been given the charge of medical education, Narmada, Kalpsar and capital project after the portfolios were allotted on December 28.
 
According to IANS, not only did Nitin keep away from the office for most of Friday, Secretariat reports also claimed that the veteran politician used his personal four-wheeler instead of the government vehicle and official escort.

The deputy chief minister looked glum and lost even during the first joint press conference of the new Cabinet late on Thursday night and maintained an uncanny silence.
 
Nitin Patel, who first became the state's health minister back in 1995, was upgraded as a Deputy Chief Minister in 2016 when the BJP decided to drop Anandiben Patel as Chief Minister. The upgrade was meant to signal that the Patel community would continue to get a good deal from the BJP.




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Amarinder Govt Galloping Towards More Trouble
DSGMC to lodge FIR on Napoleon painting issue
28.12.17 - PT Bureau
DSGMC to lodge FIR on Napoleon painting issue



CHANDIGARH, December 28: Punjab's Amarinder Singh government has more trouble coming its way as the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK has said he now plans to lodge an FIR against the state government and also take up with the Akal Takht the issue of morphing of the tenth Sikh Guru's depiction on a painting of Napoleon.

"No Sikh can tolerate the state government's action of publishing an advertisement that showed Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji attired in the cloak of Napoleon and astride Napoleon's horse. The sarkari advertisement was clearly made by fooling around with the photograph of Napoleon's painting and morphing the image of the Guru on it,” Manjit Singh GK told Punjab Today.

He said he will also be writing to the Akal Takht jathedar to take up the matter since the sensitivities and sentiments of not just the Sikhs but also of people worldwide, who look towards the Sarbansdani Guru for inspiration, are involved.

Earlier, while the Punjab Government ridiculed the reports that pointed out the low level thievery involved in creating the morphed sketch of Guru Gobind Singh, and also slammed the Akali Dal for demanding a withdrawal of the impugned advertisements and an apology, the Haryana Government has ordered an inquiry into such depiction of the founder of the Khalsa panth.
 

Leading scholars and men of letters have castigated the Amarinder Singh government for this faux pas though some said it was less an issue of sacrilege and more a case of utter stupidity and carelessness that often marks the official approach towards sensitive matters.
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Manjit Singh GK said he will also take up the issue with the Akal Takht jathedar since sentiments of not just the Sikhs but also of people worldwide who look towards the Sarbansdani Guru for inspiration are involved.
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An official spokesperson of the Punjab government had said that the government had used an already existing image "sourced from a Sikhism website, which was in public domain. It had neither been created nor modified by the Government in any manner.” 

Scholars have raised the issue as to why was the tenth Sikh Master shown wearing the same cloak as of Napoleon in the 1802 painting by a lackey artist. The Amarinder Singh government is yet to explain why every single hair, every lock of sable, every twist of the mane, every feature of the body of the horse,  from its eyes to its limbs to even the rock underneath the horse's feet was the same as painted by someone nearly a 100 years after the Guru left this world.
 

An expert with years of teaching in a leading college of fine arts said it should not be difficult for anyone to understand that it is difficult for the winds sweeping the vast plains of Austria 200 years ago to play with the mane and the cloak exactly as these did a hundred years before that somewhere in Punjab.

Many have questioned the silence of the SGPC on the issue, particularly since it was the SGPC itself that had shot off a communiqué to Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora in March this year to take action against those morphing pictures of Sikh gurus on social media.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

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AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

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MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

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GAU TASKARI KAROGE TE YUN HI MAARE JAOGE
You will be killed if you smuggle or slaughter cows: BJP MLA
25.12.17 - TEAM PT
You will be killed if you smuggle or slaughter cows: BJP MLA



Rajasthan’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Gyan Dev Ahuja, has warned that if anyone indulges in cow smuggling or slaughters a cow, he will be killed.

Ahuja’s threat to cow smugglers came as a response to an alleged cow smuggling incident in Alwar district on Saturday.

"Mera to sidha sidha kehna hai ki gau taskari karoge ya gau kashi karoge to yun hi maare jaoge (I say this clearly: if you smuggle or slaughter cows, you will be killed),” he told reporters.
 
Not stranger to making controversial and bizarre statements, Ahuja had previously claimed that the premier Jawaharlal Nehru University was a hub of sex and drugs, where 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles were found daily. 

On December 12, the Alwar police arrested a suspected cow smuggler and recovered 13 cows from a vehicle in which he was travelling along with three others who managed to get away. The cows were supposedly being taken to Haryana from Bhiwadi in Alwar.
 
The man caught was allegedly beaten by local residents. 
 
However, Ahuja claimed the accused was injured after the vehicle in which he was allegedly smuggling cows overturned. 

"Three men were smuggling cows. When police chased them, they tried to escape through narrow lanes of a village and the vehicle overturned leaving one of the smugglers injured. Two others managed to escape," the Ramgarh legislator claimed when contacted. 
 
He said people resent cow smuggling and slaughter. 

"There is anger among people against cow smugglers because they smuggle cows, because they open fire at police when police try to prevent them. They also take roads through villages in Alwar to escape to Haryana and pelt stones at the villagers," he said. 
 
"More than 100 incidents have occurred in the past a few days, which is alarming and unusually high. Police are also doing their job to check such incidents," he said. 




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BJP’s new line - We voted against Israel, so Muslims should vote for us?
24.12.17 - PT Bureau
BJP’s new line - We voted against Israel, so Muslims should vote for us?



INDIA's EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER Sushma Swaraj, a diehard tweeter, has landed in a controversy when she asked a Muslim Member of Parliament to vote for the BJP since the BJP has voted against Israel on the issue of Washington's unilateral stance on Jerusalem.

M Badruddin Ajmal, President of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and a Lok Sabha MP from Dhubri, Assam, had tweeted: Thanks Government of India for voting in the UN against US decision of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. @SushmaSwaraj

Responding to it, Swaraj wrote: "Thank you Ajmal Sahib. Now you vote for us.”

This was clearly a case of a BJP Union Minister seeking votes as a quid pro quo for an action appreciated by the larger Muslim community. The fact of Mr Ajmal's religion was not lost on anyone, though Sushma was to suffer a snub as the AIUDF MP chose to respond.

"No question of supporting BJP,” he responded on Twitter, and then went on to add: "Our vote is always for India, Madam. The day BJP does not differentiate between Majority and Minority community, our vote will be for you.”

Swaraj, a prolific tweeter, usually gets it right, but messed up this one. As BJP leaders often remind us, appeasement is not a good policy, not even on Twitter.

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

PLAYING WITH SIKH SENTIMENTS: Punjab Govt’s ad depicts Tenth Sikh Master astride Napoleon’s horse

HOW DHUMAL WAS ASSASSINATED POLITICALLY, BY THE BJP

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

SHIROMANI AKALI DAL – Abhi to party shuru huyee hai...

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN PUNJAB: How Congress, SAD, AAP have framed issues  

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT

VIDEO - CLASS 5 STUDENT THREATENS REVOLUTION

CHAI PAR SUICIDE? Meet Mankar. Sorry, he’s dead. Modi met him, though - for Chai Pe Charcha

1984 - A RIOT OR A GENOCIDE? Controversy explodes in Canada again as Hardeep Puri tweets

PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA: They are publishing a new book, so please go read an old one

JAANE KYA DIKH JAAYE! Rajasthan, where they write poems hailing Shambu Lal Regar 

'IF NOT VANDE MATARAM, then will you salute Afzal Guru?' 

LAHORE NU SALAAM – LAHORE CHODD AAYA - Prof. Randhir Singh

THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati! 

TRIBUNE’S HARISH KHARE SHATTERS EDITORIAL SILENCE OVER CARAVAN REPORTAGE  

THE DANGER OF RENAMING A COLLEGE 

ARNAB GOSWAMI WATCHES PADMAWATI, KARNI SENA IS HAPPIEST

DESH CHORR DO – VANDE MATARAM MAN TELLS SIKH LEADER TO LEAVE COUNTRY

DYAL SINGH COLLEGE TO VANDE MATARAM MAHAVIDYALAYA - A DESIGN NEFARIOUS?

HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE 

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

WALKING IN STEP, HAND ON THE SHOULDER Aye Bhayee, Bina Dekhe Chalo

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? 

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF RETIREMENT AGE ROW   What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50 – Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH – Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: When Indian jawans killed everyone at Pak post

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT




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