Live: Police guard Delhi gallery exhibiting nude artwork

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 14:18 hrs

7. 50 pm

Delhi gang-rape case: Girl's father wants death for all accused

Demanding death for all the six accused, the father of the 23-year-old paramedic student on Tuesday said he wanted the world to know the rape victim's name as she "awoke the consciousness of the nation" by showing exemplary courage.

Addressing a joint press conference with Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta and South Delhi Mayor Savita Gupta, the father also took objection to his daughter being referred to as gang-rape victim by the media.

"We are hurt when she is called a gang-rape victim. She is the daughter of the nation. We want her name to be known to the people. She is really a braveheart. She awoke the consciousness of the nation...we want death for all the accused," he said.

Gupta announced that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to name a science museum in R K Puram, from where the girl and her male friend boarded a bus on December 16, after the student.

"The father has given an undertaking under Sec 228(A) of the IPC saying that he has no objection in revealing the name of his daughter. So, the SDMC will name the museum after her. It will be called Brave Heart ....... Museum," he said.

Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code prohibits disclosure of a rape victim's name is punishable with a two-year jail and a fine. However, the name can be revealed if the family gives in writing that it can be made public.

The girl's father took a few questions and the rest were answered by his son, who was also present.

The father demanded that the accused be sentenced to death and requested the media to respect their privacy.

6. 40 pm

Police guard Delhi gallery exhibiting nude artwork

An art gallery in Delhi exhibiting paintings of nude human figures was provided police protection Tuesday after protests by right-wing groups. The gallery owner said no painting has been removed since there was nothing objectionable in them.

The gallery is being provided protection after an art academy in Bangalore was forced to remove "objectionable" paintings of Hindu deities.

"Not one painting has been removed," Delhi Art Gallery owner Ashis Anand told IANS, after a group of right-wing activists said the show -- "The Naked and the Nude" -- was "in bad taste" and put pressure on the gallery to remove paintings of naked human figures by masters of modern Indian art spanning over a century.

"We have sought police protection and policemen have been posted outside the gallery to prevent right-wing groups from vandalising the artwork, bulk of which is rare and old. There is nothing objectionable about the paintings," Anand told IANS. "It is an extremely important show."

The show explores the popular thematic concept of the human body in art and how artists have looked at it as part of their narrative.

Anand said attempts to disrupt the show were a cause for alarm with regard to India's liberal tradition and freedom of artistic expression guaranteed by the constitution.

5.40 pm:

'Pragaash' disbanded not because of threats, but out of respect for Mufti

One of the band members of J&K's first all-girl band has said in an interview to CNN-IBN that Pragaash decided to disband because they respected the Grand Mufti and not because of threats and abuses on Facebook.

She went on to say that she was too small to know whether music was un-Islamic or not, and said the Grand Mufti is more aware of religion, and so she respects his decision.

She, however, admitted that if she wanted to pursue her interest in music then she would have to move out of Kashmir.

5.20 pm:

No jail for Kejriwal

Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will not be arrested, rules a Delhi court. The next hearing is on February 23.

earlier today Kejriwal said he will not seek bail in Coalgate scam protests case and will respect the court order.

The court summoned Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia and Prashant Bhushan, for protesting against the coal allocation scam outside the residences of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in August 2012 in violation of Section 144 of the IPC.

4.40 pm:

North Korea Youtube video shows NY-like city under missile attack

North Korea has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York, engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.

The video was uploaded by the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media, reports the Herald Sun.

The video is shot as a dream sequence, with a young man seeing himself on board a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit by the same type of rocket Pyongyang successfully tested in December.

As the shuttle circles the globe - to the tune of We Are the World - the video zooms in on countries below, including a re-unified Korea. The focus then switches to a city, covered in the US flag, with its skyscrapers either on fire or in ruins.

A caption in the video reads: "Somewhere in the United States, black clouds of smoke are billowing. It seems that the nest of wickedness is ablaze. Despite all kinds of attempts by imperialists to isolate and crush us ... never will anyone be able to stop the people marching toward a final victory."

3.50 pm:

I want all accused to be hanged: Rape victim's father

All those behind the Dec 16 gang-rape here should be hanged, said the father of the 23-year-old victim stressing that he would pursue the case till the end.

As the case against the five accused in the gang-rape of the young woman, who succumbed to her grievous injuries on Dec 29, began in a Delhi court, her father addressed a press conference on Tuesday to assert that he would approach the courts to ensure justice was done.

"I want all six of them to be hanged. We will go to the court and pursue the case till the end," he said, with his son by his side. The sixth accused is a juvenile.

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3.15 pm:

Delhi gangrape trial begins; victim's friend testifies

The trial of the Delhi gangrape has begun. The principle witness in the case is said to be the male friend of the 23-year-old paramedical student.

He is currently at the Saket court, recounting the sequence of events as it happened on the night of December 16. The software engineer is said to have arrived to court in a wheelchair.

2.50 pm:

3 nude paintings removed from Bangalore exhibition

Art academy Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore has been forced to remove three paintings from their exhibit following protests by groups saying that they are offensive, a report on CNN-IBN said.

The art academy received several threat calls over three nude paintings, which depicted Hindu gods Kali, Shiva and Parvati.

The artist, Anirudh Sainath, said that the Khajuraho sculptures had been his inspiration for the three paintings.

1.35 pm:

Tewari takes dig at Rajnath over gag order

Taking a dig at BJP President Rajnath Singh over his appeal to colleagues not to air opinions regarding the party's prime ministerial nominee, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said such home remedies cannot treat "chronic delusionites".

Tewari made this comment in a early morning post on the social networking site Twitter.

"Even Rajnath Singhji's home remedies can't treat the chronic delusionites his esteemed colleagues suffer from. Fantansyland is addictive place," Tewari said.

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1.20 pm:

Man arrested for posts on PM, Sibal and Mulayam on Facebook

A man in Agra has been arrested for "communal and inflammatory" posts on Facebook targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, police said today.

Sanjay Chowdhary, a resident of the Dayalbagh suburb of Agra, was arrested late Monday and his laptop, sim card and data card impounded.

Soon after his arrest, the inflammatory posts were deleted from his Facebook profile and later his account was deactivated.

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1.00 pm:

8-yr-old missing girl found dead near Madhya Pradesh Home Minister's house

The body of an eight-year-old girl who had gone missing for days was found near the Madhya Pradesh Home Minister's house in Bhopal today, reports said.

The girl's face was disfigured, reports said, even as the spotting of the body led to tension in the area.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta was not at his residence when the body was discovered.

Details of the incident are awaited.

12.30 pm:

Former Chief Justice of Bombay HC V S Deshpande passes away

Former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court V S Deshpande died here, his family said today.

The end came last night. He was 93.

Justice Deshpande became a judge of the Bombay High Court in 1967 was elevated to the post of Chief Justice in the early 1980s.

Justice Deshpande had also worked as Lokayukta of the state after his retirement in 1982.

11.45 am:

Haryana teen raped, then pushed from roof

A family of a girl in Panipat said their daughter was raped in September by their neighbour before being pushed from his roof, media reports said.

They said that she was able to explain what had happened in September only two weeks ago. She was found unconscious and immediately rushed to the hospital.

As a result of the fall, she is paralyzed below the waist. She explained that her neighbour called her home, raped her and then threw her from the roof.

Police have registered a case and are currently investigating the allegations. However, since the alleged attack took place months ago, medical tests will not be able to corroborate her allegations.

11.30 am:

Soon, cervical cancer test at just Rs 100

Cervical cancer test may soon cost just Rs 100. The central Food and Drugs Association is working towards making the optimum cervical cancer screening option available at a low price, a report on Times of India says. This is being done to make it available for poor patients.

11.20 am:

3-year-old helps cops arrest dad for killing mom

Bandra police today arrested a former BPO employee who killed his wife at Bandra Reclamation on Sunday with the help of two friends.

The man was arrested after his three-year-old son's statement, who, along with his nine-month-old brother saw their mother being strangled. This helped police to crack the case within 12 hours of the incident.

11.10 am:

J&K cops file FIR against online abusers of
all-girl rock band Pragaash

J&K Police have filed an FIR against online abusers of all-girl rock band Pragaash. The police action came after an SMS threat was circulated against the all-girl band.

10.50 am:

Will not seek bail in Coalgate scam protests case: Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party convener and activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal said today he will not seek bail in Coalgate scam protests case and will respect the court order. He is set to appear in a Delhi court today.

However, he did say that the police had no reason to impose section 144 on him and others, as they were protesting peacefully, a report on CNN-IBN said.

The court summoned Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia and Prashant Bhushan, for protesting against the coal allocation scam outside the residences of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in August 2012.

The protesters have been slapped with charges of rioting, unlawful assembly and obstructing public servants in the discharge of their duty.

10.00 am

Man in drunken stupor makes hoax bomb calls, arrested

Police today arrested a 36-year-old man who in a "drunken" state made hoax calls claiming he had planted bombs inside Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Secretariat.

After verifying the call details, investigators traced the anonymous caller to Vaddiyaram village of neighbouring Medak district, who was identified as Navin, a police officer said.

The accused, in an inebriated state, had called up the police main control room here on Saturday claiming that bombs had been placed inside the Assembly, the Secretariat and the nearby Birla Temple and that they would explode anytime, he said.

9.15 am

Delhi gang rape trial begins today

The trial in the Delhi gang rape case will start in Saket court in the city today.

The five accused in the gang rape case will be tried together while the sixth accused - a juvenile - will be tried separately.

The prosecution has called four witnesses, including a software engineer who was with her and tried to protect her from the men. 

The six men had brutally gang-raped a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in Delhi on December 19. The grievously injured victim later succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Singapore.

9.00 am

No need to act against cleric who issued fatwa, says Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said there is no need to act against cleric who issued fatwa against the all-girl band from Kashmir, Pragaash. He added that the cleric has not threatened the girls and has only expressed his opinion.

He also assured the band members that the state government would provide adequate security to them to protect them from the many fundamentalist elements which had slammed their performance.

However, Abdullah added that it was up to the band's members to decide whether they wanted to continue performing.

8.30 am

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Suryanelli rape case 

"I have already offered myself for judicial scrutiny in 1990s. Why should I do so again? Then the High Court and Supreme Court had exonerated me. A fresh investigation will be contempt of court," Mr Kurien told television channel NDTV.  

8.00 am

The trial of the five men accused of gang-raping and murdering a medical student on a bus in Delhi will formally start today. 

The prosecution has called four witnesses, including a software engineer who was with the victim and tried to protect her from the accused.

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