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Teen gangraped, pushed off terrace in Delhi

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  • The police did not press rape charges even after arresting five men
  • The police pressured relatives, well wishers to withdraw complaint
  • Delhi Commission for Women has now served notice to the police

In a case reminiscent of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder, the relatives of a minor girl approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) for help saying that their daughter was pushed off the terrace of the house after she was gangraped. The girl succumbed to her injuries on January 20.

The relatives say that though the police have arrested five men, they haven’t slapped charges of rape, murder, kidnapping, POCSO and destruction of evidence on them in the FIR. Moreover, the president of the resident’s welfare association in the area had been receiving calls to withdraw the complaint.

The girl went missing after her job training in Connaught Place on 16 January 2019. After her relatives lodged a missing person’s complaint at Connaught Place Police Station, they were told that she was found injured in Karol Bagh and was admitted to Lady Hardinge Hospital.

By the time they reached Lady Hardinge Hospital, the girl had been moved to Safdarjang Hospital.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal has issued a notice to the police and has asked for reasons why the relevant charges were not pressed. The Commission pulled up the police for not intimating it about the horrific incident. It has also sought details of police personnel who tried intimidation techniques so that the complaint could be withdrawn.

The girl’s statement could not be recorded as she succumbed before regaining enough strength to talk with the police. The police said they had received information about the injured girl on the morning of January 17 but there were no eyewitnesses.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said that the Commission will provide full support to the victim’s family.

“Crimes against women and girls are growing in the Capital. This girl went through unbearable suffering before succumbing to her injuries. She was from a very poor background and her father had already expired a few years back. The Commission shall leave no stone unturned to seek justice for her. We will also file an application in the court to seek victim compensation for the family,” she said.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover

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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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Raahgiri Day is Back: Take Back CP Streets and Reclaim Your Sunday Morning!

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The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to re-launch the ‘Raahgiri Days’ programme in Connaught Place from Sunday, with a focus on sustainable mobility, under the G20 theme. This theme is an invitation for action to make sustainable and secure cities, and the Raahgiri Day completely synchronizes with this goal, said a NDMC official.

Raahgiri Day is an idea that started in 2013 and is an auto-free citizens’ effort that promotes safe, open and comprehensive public streets where individuals can walk to close by markets and kids can walk to close by schools securely.

This will be the initial installment of a progression of Raahgiri Days to be facilitated at Connaught Place post the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be held as a part of Delhi Police Week (February 16-22) under the topic of street security, including center on walkability and ladies’ security. During these occasions, the Connaught Place market zone will be changed into a vehicle free zone, permitting inhabitants to partake in an assortment of exercises, including yoga classes, Zumba, games zones, music, move and even instructive programmes on different points like street security.

Officials from the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) asserted that the Raahgiri Day is an initiative to make people aware of the fact that roads and streets are not just meant for vehicles. It is a means to reclaim public spaces and use them for leisure activities as a community. On February 19, the Raahgiri Day will be relaunched at Connaught Place and all Delhi citizens are encouraged to be a part of it. A senior official expressed that this is a chance to make a positive impact on our society and relish the roads in a different way while also encouraging the formation of a safer, more sustainable and walkable city. This event is being organised in collaboration with Delhi Police and other organisations.

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Delhi Police rescue girl who jumped off Signature Bridge into Yamuna

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The Delhi Police, led by Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Parvinder, took immediate action as soon as they were informed that a 17-year-old girl had jumped into the Yamuna river from the Signature Bridge in the national capital on Tuesday night, reportedly due to a quarrel with her father.

The Station House Officer (SHO) Tribhuvan Singh Negi of Timarpur police station, along with a team of more than half a dozen police personnel, began the rescue operation with the help of divers and managed to save the schoolgirl, who is a resident of Wazirabad, within 45-50 minutes. The girl was later handed over to her family.

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