02122017-TTC-01.qxd 12/2/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, december 2, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 227 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 3-yr jail for instant triple talaq Geared up Draft law proposes it to be non-bailable offence; to attract fine too Satya Prakash Tribune News Service President Ram Nath Kovind wears a traditional dress as he inaugurates the Hornbill festival and state formation day at Kisama heritage village in Nagaland on Friday. PTI Declared dead, newborn found alive; probe on New Delhi, December 1 In a shocking incident, premature twins were allegedly declared dead by an upscale private hospital here and handed in a polythene bag to their parents, who realised that one of them was alive only when they were on way to perform the last rites. Police have registered a case under Section 308 of the IPC, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence”, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising “strict action”. The Delhi Medical Council has also taken cognisance of the case and decided to examine it, said the registrar of the DMC, Girish Tyagi. The parents, who were devastated by the news broken to them by Max Hospital (Shalimar Bagh) yesterday, were shocked when they found one of the twins moving. “We tore the packet, there were clothes and polythene bags. The kid was still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home,” the father told reporters. Max said a detailed inquiry was on, pending which the doctor had been asked to proceed on leave. — PTI Air India global, domestic ops to be sold together New Delhi, December 1 Union Minister Jayant Sinha today said the domestic and international operations of Air India would be sold together. The government has initiated the process for strategic disinvestment of debt-laden Air India as part of efforts to revive the national carrier. “What we will be offering through the bidding process is the integrated airline (Air India), which means both domestic and international operations (together),” Sinha, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said here. On the disinvestment process, he said the government is still in the process of identifying which subsidiaries of Air India should be offered separately. “Even if they are offered separately, if you want to bid for each one of them and reintegrate them, we are providing flexibility,” the minister said. Air India has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. BJP wins 14 UP mayoral seats Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, December 1 The BJP swept the civic elections in Uttar Pradesh, the results of which were declared today, winning 14 of the 16 mayoral seats. Back in the race, two seats were bagged by the BSP . In the newly carved out Faizabad-Ayodhya municipal corporation, BJP’s Rishikesh defeated nearest Samajwadi Party rival Gulshan Bindu by 3,600 votes. The closest fight, however, was in Saharanpur where BJP’s Sanjeev Walia defeated BSP’s Fazlur Rahman by 2,000 votes. The BSP put up a remarkable show in Aligarh where its candidate Mohammad Furqaan defeated Rajeev Kumar of the BJP by 10,011 votes, winning the mayor’s Meerut, Aligarh with Maya; Owaisi’s AIMIM second in Firozabad seat for his party for the first time. Similarly, in Hindutva stronghold Meerut, BSP’s Sunita Verma defeated BJP’s Kanta Kadam by 29,582 votes. Sanyukta Bhatia became the first woman Mayor of Lucknow (reserved for women). She won by 1,31,356 votes. Surprisingly, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM made its presence felt with its candidate Mashrur Fatima placed second in Firozabad. The SP lost deposit for the mayor’s post in Firozabad, considered its bastion. But its candidates stood second in Allahabad, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, continued on page 9 New Delhi, December 1 Muslim men pronouncing instant triple talaq can get a three-year jail term, a draft law that declares it “illegal” and “void” has proposed. According to the draft law, which will be applicable to the whole of India, except Jammu and Kashmir, pronouncing instant triple talaq will also attract a fine. It will be a non-bailable and cognisable offence. Under the draft law, triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — will be illegal and void, a senior government official said today. The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ has been sent to state governments for their views, the official said, adding they have been asked to respond to it urgently as “the plan is to bring it in the winter session of Parliament”. Aimed at curbing the practice which continues despite the Supreme Court’s historic verdict declaring it illegal and unconstitutional, the draft Bill has been prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Other members included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary. The proposed law empowers the victim (Muslim woman) to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for her and minor children. She can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate. “The provision of subsistence allowance and custody has been made to ensure that in case the husband asks the wife to leave the house, she should have legal protection,” the official said. The official said despite the top court’s August 22 verdict declaring it illegal, the practice of triple talaq was still continuing. There had been 177 reported cases of instant talaq before the judgment and 66 after the order so far and Uttar Pradesh topped the list, forcing the government to think of a law to curb it. He said the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act were found to be of little help in such cases even as the government and the PMO were receiving complaints. As of now, the draft law is prospective in nature. But if Parliament feels, it can be implemented retrospectively once it is passed and gets the President’s nod, he said. Perhaps women who have been given triple talaq before the proposed law comes into force can also seek custody of minor children and allowance. Apex court stay on proceedings against Khaira Acts against Citizens for Judicial Accountability and Reforms No probe, SC fines NGO ~25 lakh New Delhi, December 1 In a relief to Punjab’s Leader of Opposition and AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, the Supreme Court today stayed a Fazilka court order summoning him in a drug smuggling case. Acting on Khaira’s petition, challenging a Punjab and Haryana High Court order rejecting his plea against the summons, a Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana issued a notice to the Punjab Government. “There shall be stay of further proceedings before the trial court,” it said. The Fazilka court had issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the AAP leader in the March 2015 drug smuggling case. The High Court, quashing the NBW, had asked the court to decide the case on merit. However, it rejected Khaira’s plea for quashing the summons. — TNS Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 1 The Supreme Court today imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Citizens for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), which had demanded a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the medical college bribery scandal in which former Orissa High Court judge IM Quddusi is under scanner. A Bench of Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar ordered that the amount will go to the Supreme Court Bar Association. The detailed order is yet to be uploaded. This is the second such petition dismissed by the Bench. On November 14, it had rejected advocate Kami- ni Jaiswal’s PIL seeking a SIT probe under the supervision of a retired Chief Justice of India into the allegations of bribery to procure judicial orders in a medical college admissions case. It had said the acts of advocates Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan and senior advocate Dushyant Dave were contemptuous. continued on page 9 Obama: India needstocherish its Muslims New Delhi, December 1 India needs to cherish and nurture its Muslim population that is integrated and considers itself Indian, former US President Barack Obama said here today. It is an idea that needs to be reinforced, the former President said at a media event. Obama said he had emphasised the need for religious tolerance and the right to practice one’s own faith during closed-door talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his last trip to India in 2015. “There’s a counter narrative taking place, at all times, but it’s particularly pronounced now... in Europe, US and sometimes in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back and under leaders who try to exploit them,” Obama said. He referred to India’s “enormous Muslim population”, which is successful, integrated and thinks of itself as Indian. That is unfortunately not always the case in some other countries, Obama added. — PTI more on back page
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