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Live: Gang-rape troubles us too, says Delhi High Court

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Last Updated: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 14:00 hrs

7. 30 pm

British policeman arrested for calling three Asian women 'Pakis'

A British policeman of Mauritian descent has been arrested for calling three Asian-origin women "Pakis" on a boozy night out.

Detective Constable Darren Sonnar allegedly lost his cool when the women wouldn't let him jump a cashpoint queue.

33-year-old Sonnar was celebratimg his birthday with his friends.

A complaint was made and officers in Brighton arrested him.

He has now been suspended from a specialist unit at Belgravia police station in central London, The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday.

Sonnar will face trial in April for "racially aggravated public order" and using "threatening words/behaviour", the report said.

Sonnar, however, denies the charges.

6. 40 pm

British TV actor held for rape

A former British soap opera actor who claimed he was sleepwalking when he had sex with a 15-year-old girl has been found guilty of rape.

Simon Morris, 42, claimed he had the sexsomnia sleep disorder and had no recollection of the attack. But a jury disbelieved him and convicted him of raping the drunk girl at a house party in Newport, South Wales, in 2011, The Sun reported.

Prosecutor Sue Ferrier told Cardiff Crown Court: "Morris took an interest in the girl -- winking at her, helping her pour drinks and even offering her to stay with him in London."

"The girl got drunk on cocktails and her father put her to bed in an upstairs room," Ferrier said. Morris later went to the room and raped her.

5. 30 pm

Gang-rape troubles us too, says Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court Tuesday expressed its concern over the gang-rape of a para-medical student, who is battling for life, with the judges saying that the incident "troubles us also".

The court's remark came after a group of women lawyers mentioned before the court that some action needed to be taken and a fast track court should be set up to deal with the incident that happened Sunday night.

A division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Vipin Sanghi said: "It was a brazen attempt by some persons who think they can play with the law and order. We are very disturbed. We are aware of the matter, give us a day and we will look into it."

"We have already discussed what has to be done. It troubles us all. Whatever is required to be done, we would do. Wait for a day or so," the bench said.

4.30 pm:

Delhi chief minister promises stern measures

Amidst national outrage over the gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday promised to "act tough" and take "stern measures" to ensure such incident are not repeated.

"We'll take stern measures to ensure such incidents are not repeated. The government will act tough and those behind the tragic incident will not be spared," she said.

Dikshit said the licence of the owner of the private bus, on which the gory incident took place, has been cancelled and a fast track court would hear the case.

"There will be a fast track trial in the gang-rape case," she told media persons here.

Police have so far arrested four people, including bus driver Ram Singh, for their alleged involvement in the crime.

The incident occurred Sunday night when the 23-year-old woman with her male friend boarded a private bus after watching a movie to go from Munirka to Dwarka.

The woman, who was gang-raped by at least seven men and thrown off the bus with her friend, is critical and on ventilator support at a hospital here.

3.20 pm:

No Mogambo in 'Mr. India' sequel

Filmmaker Boney Kapoor clarifies that he is planning a sequel to 1987 hit "Mr. India" and not a remake and added that he would introduce a new villain in the film.

In the original, Amrish Puri played the baddie Mogambo and his performance was one of the high points of the sci-fi comedy.

"Obviously, there won't be a Mogambo unless we are remaking the same film. As of now, we don't have plans of remaking the same film. We are working on a sequel. If there is a sequel, Mogambo won't be there, there would be a new villain," Kapoor said here Monday while unveiling the cover of People magazine featuring his wife and actress Sridevi.

There were reports that Salman Khan will be roped in to play the villain in the sequel.

When asked about the same, Kapoor said: "If I had my way, I would plan every film with Salman Khan. But this is not in my hands, it will be according to the script."

Sridevi had played lead actor Anil Kapoor's love interest "Mr. India" and will star in the sequel as well.

"Well, of course she (Sridevi) will be a part of 'Mr. India 2' for sure. We are yet to finalise a script. Along with Anil, she will be part of it," Kapoor said.

"My journey with her began with 'Mr. India', so obviously the journey has to continue and how can it continue without her, especially when it's 'Mr. India'?" he added.

However, Kapoor, 57, is currently focusing on "No Entry Mein Entry."

"But before I get down to 'Mr. India', we have just finished the script for 'No Entry Mein Entry'," he said and added that first it would be "No Entry Mein Entry" followed by "Mr. India" and various other films.

2:30 pm:

In the parliamentary debate on Tuesday, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj demanded capital punishment for the rapists.

Personally, this journalist believes that castration and life imprisonment would serve as a better deterrent. If the threat of public emasculation doesn't help, what else can?

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2.00 pm:

Meanwhile, twitter has been flooded with angry reactions to the Delhi gang rape.

Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39 -
To give women physical security in our country we need to introduce a deterrent punishment for rape in IPC. What that is I will tell later.

Actress Sophie Choudry @Sophie_Choudry tweeted - SHAME! Takes incidents like Delhi gang-rape 4 ppl/MPs to show outrage! What about girls who r raped by family members?!Who's protectin them?

NDTV's barkha dutt ‏@BDUTT had this to say - Am a bit disillusioned that mostly Women MPs lead the charge on Rape crimes every time. Where are the men? The Younger Netas?

Arvind Kejriwal ‏@ArvindKejriwal7 tweeted - 635 rapes regd in delhi during 2012. Anyone punished so far? No? Doesn't it encourage such crimes? Each rape case shud be decided in 1 month

Noted TV news anchor Vikram Chandra @vikramchandra tweeted - The main accused in the horrific Delhi bus gangrape used to ferry schoolchildren every day. *shudder*

1.30 pm:

Parliament has no time for women: Jaya Bachchan

Rajya Sabha MP and actor Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday turned emotional during the discussion on the gang-rape of a 23-year-old on a moving bus in Delhi, and said that Parliament has no time for women.

"Why are we discussing it now, it should have been discussed earlier," she told the House.

Jaya Bachchan, who quoted from government statistics to drive home her point, later threatened to protest outside the House.

Congress MP Renuka Chaudhary also expressed her concern on the unfortunate incident of a gang-rape with a medical student.

"We will not allow this incident to become another statistic," she told the Rajya Sabha.

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1.00 pm:

Jaya Bachchan is almost the speaker of the day after an angry and tearful session in Parliament. She made her feelings and the extent of how much she was affected by the issue abundantly clear.

Here are some highlights -

Jaya Bachchan: A woman journalist who went to cover the incident was also mishandled. It's a shame. We are bringing in bills to protect certain sections of society, but what about to protect those who bring you to this world?

Bachchan exceeded her time limit and was asked by the speaker to stop.

(A furious) Jaya Bachchan: I'll protest outside the house, I won't speak here anymore.

The queen of comebacks -

Rajya Sabha deputy chairman: Jaya-ji you are my sister.

Jaya Bachchan: As your sister, I do not feel safe in this country.

Jaya Bachchan (during an emotional round two) : We live in such a country where women are worshipped. But that faith is disrupted every day because in some city of India, especially in the capital there are atrocities against women. The way we are discussing this topic today it should have been done earlier.

12.30 pm:

Parliament rocked by Delhi rape debates

MPs gave several angry and impassioned speeches in both Houses of Parliament today over the Delhi gang rape. In a rare show of unity, Sushma Swaraj, Girija Vyas, Mayawati and Renuka Choudhary came together to condemn the incident in angry terms. Here are some of the their pleas, demands and heated rhetoric -

Girija Vyas: Thanks to media, that we get to know about all these incidents. We are humans, let's live like humans, not animals.

Mayawati: Not enough to just arrest them, but action should be so strict that no one should dare to act in such a manner. We need to improve our laws and make them stricter, so that it serves as a deterrent

Sushma Swaraj: The rapists should be hanged, we need tougher laws to stop rapes

Jaya Bachchan: A woman journalist who went to cover the incident was also mishandled. It's a shame.

(Bachchan exceeded her time limit and was asked by the speaker to stop. A furious Jaya retorted, "I'll protest outside the house, I won't speak here anymore."

The queen of comebacks -

Rajya Sabha deputy chairman: Jaya-ji you are my sister.

Jaya Bachchan: As your sister, I do not feel safe in this country.

Jaya Bachchan (during an emotional round two) : We live in such a country where women are worshipped. But that faith is disrupted every day because in some city of India, especially in the capital there are atrocities against women. The way we are discussing this topic today it should have been done earlier.

Derek O' Brien: I rise in fear, as the father of a 17-year-old daughter. Delhi has become the rape capital of India. Rape is not a women's issue, it is much beyond. It is about men who stop behaving like human beings and started behaving like animals. This is even worse than animals.

12.00 pm:

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Delhi rape

The Rajya Sabha was disrupted Tuesday with opposition members seeking a statement from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi.

The issue was taken up as soon as the house met for the day at 11 a.m. with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members Maya Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and others on their feet condemning the incident.

"The national capital is totally unsafe for women. The home minister should explain," Maya Singh said.

Amid the ruckus, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house for 15 minutes.

When the house met again, opposition members continued to protest.

Ansari urged members not to politicise the issue.

"Don't make it a party issue... it's a human issue," he said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla also assured the members that the home minister would issue a statement.

Opposition members, however, refused to be pacified.

"The question hour is adjourned on political issues, not when it comes to women's issues," Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said.

BJP's Ram Jethmalani went ahead and demanded the removal of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

"The crime situation in Delhi will not improve till you remove the biggest criminal... that criminal happens to be police commissioner of Delhi," he alleged.

Amid the din, the chairman then adjourned the house till noon.

The brutal rape and torture occurred Sunday night when the girl and her male friend boarded a private bus at Munirka to go to Dwarka after watching a movie. She is battling for life in a hospital.

The couple was thrown off the bus near Mahipalpur. The male friend was taken to Safdarjung but discharged after treatment for his injuries Monday.

10.00 am:

Two aircraft, a chopper gutted in fire at Hyderabad airport

Two aircraft and a helicopter were gutted in a major fire at old Hyderabad airport late Monday night.

There are no reports of any casualties in the fire that broke out around midnight at the maintenance shed of Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy at the airport located in the heart of the city at Begumpet.

Sources in fire services department said two Cessna aircraft of the academy and a helicopter used by the state chief minister were gutted.

However, there was no official statement about the number of aeroplane destroyed.

Ten fire engines battled the blaze for over four hours to bring it under control. The fire fighting personnel remained at the scene Tuesday morning to completely douse it.

The airport was being used for non-commercial purpose since 2008 when the new airport became operational at Shamshabad, about 30 km from the city.

Besides, the Aviation Academy, the airport is used for VIP flights, private chartered aircraft and the Indian Air Force.

Mediapersons were not allowed inside the airport area and the officials were also tight lipped about the damages.

However, the huge flames and explosions spread panic among people in Bowenpalli and surrounding areas in Secunderabad.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has ordered an inquiry by Crime Investigation Department (CID).

9.00 am:

Shiv Sena finally vacates Shivaji park

Exactly a month after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death, his public cremation site from the historic Shivaji Park was removed amidst tight security early Tuesday, a party leader said.

"Yes, early this morning, we have removed the urn containing Balasaheb's ashes and other things, and vacated the cremation site," senior party leader Rahul Shewale told IANS.

About shifting them to an alternative location, Shewale said a decision on this would be taken later in the day.

The late Thackeray, who died Nov 17, was accorded a state public funeral at Shivaji Park ground in south Mumbai.

However, after the cremation, the Shiv Sena was reluctant to vacate the premises and had demanded a memorial for the late leader at the spot.

With only a fortnight left for rollout of the ambitious Direct Cash Transfer programme , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting with ministers concerned today to review its preparations.

The meeting of the National Committee on Direct Cash Transfer, chaired by Singh, will be briefed about the state of preparations by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, sources said.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) directive to ministries concerned to take up on "war footing" the implementation of the scheme which is to be rolled out on January 1.

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