04HR01A.qxd 10/3/2013 7:37 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 34 24 FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY 3 Women assn takes a swipe at political parties CONSERVATION OF WILD BUFFALO NDRI counts on cloning 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, October 4, 2013 ‘Ghurchari’ woman opposes same-gotra marriages Winsome, losesome DEEPENDER DESWAL/TNS HISAR, OCTOBER 3 Players in action during the ongoing CBSE (North Zone-II) Taekwondo Championship at Prakash Public School in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar INLD’s state-level rally at Kurukshetra on November 1 To commemorate Ch. Devi Lal’s birth anniversary SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, OCTOBER 3 The INLD will organise a state-level rally at Kurukshetra on Haryana Day (November 1) to celebrate the birth anniversary of the late leader, Ch. Devi Lal. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the party’s state executive held under the chairmanship of INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala and party’s state president Ashok Arora in Delhi yesterday. INLD MP Ranbeer Prajapati, MLA Rampal Majra, former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Telu Ram Jogi, former ministers KL Sharma, Surinder Madaan, Jagdish Nayyar, Jagdish Yadav, Krishan Panwar, Mohammad Iliyas, Satbir Singh Kadiyan and Sheela Bhayan were present. The INLD leaders criticised the Haryana Government for the state’s "worsening" law and order situation, scams in recruitment process, increased inflation and anti-people policies. During the meeting, for- Abhay Singh Chautala mer MLA Nishan Singh, in a resolution, said the high court’s recent decision had exposed the scam in the recruitment of 1983 PTI teachers done by the Bhupinder Singh Hoodaled Congress government in Haryana. Former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, in a resolution, said the Hooda government had been making tall claims on prices of sugarcane, but the farmers don’t even get the actual cost price. The INLD demanded that the sugarcane prices be hiked to Rs 375 and wheat price to Rs 1,600 per quintal. In another resolution, former Haryana DGP MS Malik stated that the law and order situation in the state was worsening day by day, which was clear from the statement of PL Punia, MP and Chairman of the SC/ST Commission, that Haryana was becoming a state of rapists. MP Ranbeer Prajapati said the prices of diesel, LPG and other essential commodities had been increasing sharply, and the trend should be checked to provide some relief to the people. The also brought a resolution to criticise the Haryana Assembly Speaker for suspending Opposition MLAs on the very first day of the Assembly session for the whole session to oblige the Hooda government. All resolutions were passed unanimously. It was also decided to start a training camp for booth-level workers from October 9 in Kalanwali Assembly segment and issue identity cards to them. The meeting also decided that INLD’s student wing, INSO, would start a Jan Chetna Yatra from Kurukshetra on October 5 to reach out to the people and tell them about the policies of Ch. Devi Lal. Monika Rani, who rode a mare in a 'ghurchari' procession like a groom in Chhapar village of Bhiwani district two and a half years ago as a symbolic protest to male domination, in an about turn, opposes the same 'gotra' marriages while urging the younger generation to understand their responsibility towards their families and society. Talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of a women function where she was honoured for her unprecedented move to perform 'ghurchari' despite opposition by khap panchayats, she said there were some traditions and customs which were followed in every society. “Since our social tradition prohibits same-gotra marriages, it should be adhered to by the younger generation,” she said. Monika, 24, who got married to Satender Singh of DIRECTIVES OF HIGH COURT DEOs told to enrol students of private unrecognised schools elsewhere RAVINDER SAINI JHAJJAR, OCTOBER 3 The state government has directed the District Education Officers (DEOs) of all districts to ensure the enrolment of students of those unrecognised private schools elsewhere, which are facing closure due to the recent directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal stated this while interacting with mediapersons here recently. She said besides the DEOs, higher officers of the Education Department at headquarters level had also been asked to monitor the admission of such students. “Education of students of private unrecognised schools will not be affected as they will be enrolled in other recognised private schools or government schools. Responsibility of the DEOs has been fixed in this regard,” said Bhukkal, adding that since the directives had been issued by the high court hence the government cannot do anything except making sure that education of such students would not be affected. Notably, about 1,372 pri- vate unrecognised schools across the state are facing closure due to the directives of the high court as they had not applied for recognition from the state government. Though the Education Department has served notices to close down all unrecognised private schools in the state in the absence of prescribed recognition certificates but the managements of these schools have not applied for recognition from the government. In reply to a question regarding inordinate delay in the delivery of text books in the government schools, the minister said delivery of the books had started in the schools and all books would be delivered within a week. “We have also taken some vital steps to check unnecessary delay in the supply of books hence delivery of books to all schools will be carried out before the commencement of the new academic session next year,” said Bhukkal, adding that she herself was regularly monitoring delivery of text books in schools on a day-today basis. In reply to another question, she said efforts were Continued on page 2 ‘All depts to monitor court cases everyday’ TRIBUNE NEWS SERIVE CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 3 The Haryana Government has directed all departments to ensure monitoring of the court cases regularly with caution on a day-to-day basis. The summons or www.tribuneindia.com notices received from the courts should be forwarded to the appropriate authority every day and it should also be ensured that reply or affidavits are filed within the time limit of three working days prior to the date fixed of the cases. In a circular issued by the Chief Secretary, it has been mentioned that the nodal officers deputed for this purpose should also ensure that the cost on account of delay in filing the same, imposed by the court mandatorily be recovered from the delin- quent officer, so that the state does not suffer due to the result of the cost being imposed. In case of any lapse or negligence committed on the part of any officer concerned in this regard, the Nodal Officer would fix the Continued on page 2 c m y b Monika Rani Kinala village in Hisar on May 12, 2011, however maintained that violence against young couples in the name of honour was condemnable and even those who perpetrate this crime must be repenting their act later on. “It’s shocking that a false sense of honour drives the parents to indulge in such brutal killings. No doubt they, too, must be repenting after some time. A change in the mindset of society towards couples in love and towards girls whom they hold up as their honour and instilling good values in children at an early age are a few solutions to such incidents,” she stated. “Young girls and boys should understand their prime responsibility of getting education. If someone deviates from this goal, there must be something lacking in his/her upbringing. Families should handle such youngsters responsibly instead of resorting to brutal violence against them which often results in ruin of the entire family,” he said. Asked about her views on same gotra, she opposed such marriages but stated that families and society must leave such couples to their own fate. The families have no right to enforce kangaroo-court style diktats and even resorting to honour killing. Her mother, Kamlesh Devi, said their family got threatening calls from khap panchayats directing them not to perform the 'ghurchari' but they went ahead despite these threats. “The khap panchayat threatened us with social boycott and other punishments and summoned us to a panchayat which met a week after Monika’s marriage. But we did not get intimidated and with support from the groom’s family managed to ward off all such threats”. She said the symbolic 'ghurchari' had a positive social impact in their villages where several girls were going for higher education after the incident. “Earlier, hardly any girl used to go for higher studies after completing schooling but now around 25 girls are enrolled in colleges who persuaded their families to allow them to get admissions in Bhiwani, a town located about 25 km from their village”.
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