15102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/15/2018 1:33 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 15 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Procession for justice History unfurls New spin Members of Catholic Church hold march to express their solidarity with Bishop Franco Mulakkal. P2 Khushwant Singh Lit Fest concludes on notes from Mughal history and on quest for better health. P3 Iconic vamp Komolika is all set to make a comeback after 18 years. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 29.4°C MIN 16.1°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 18°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.56 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.31 AM Fourth baby found abandoned in fortnight Maan of Punjab Checking issue need of hour: Health sources Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan performs during the opening ceremony of the Global Kabaddi League in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH P2 Jalandhar, October 14 Less than a week after the Jalandhar Civil Surgeon was transferred following irregularities and negligence found under the PNDT Act, the finding of two male foetuses abandoned in a garbage dump outside a local school on Friday, has reaffirmed the apprehensions that the city is not treating its babies properly. The case of these fivemonth old foetuses was the third instance occurred this month where babies/foetuses were found dumped by city residents. The abandonment of babies is also simultaneous with an abnormal rise in the shady activity involving sex determination in the district. In the past fortnight, a man was arrested for dumping his baby girl at Jyoti Chowk and a seven-day-old baby girl was found abandoned at the Kalia Colony, which was later rescued. In July this year, a newborn Health sources said: “Clearly foeticide and sex determination tests are being carried out by the elite at exorbitant rates since they can afford the price of knowing their baby’s gender. But the poorer populace has been dumping their girl child or unwanted babies in dumps. Both trends are shocking and are on the rise. If action is not taken soon to prevent the same, it might turn into a massive issue.” Child abandonment cases are on the rise in city. FILE PHOTO girl was also found abandoned in the fields at Rurka Khurd village, near Goraya. Within a month three scanning centres of the district have also been raided. While teams from Ambala visited the Bhogpur scanning centre in a sex determination case, in a raid at the Kartarpur centre, teams found two touts working in connivance with a Kartarpur doctor to carry out sex determination tests at exorbitant rates. However, despite the raids and arrests, so far neither the police nor the health authorities have made any revelation about the scale at which such rackets were being run, nor have scanning records from any of these centres being shared so far, though babies continue to end up in dumps. District Family Welfare Officer Gurmeet Kaur said: “We had lodged an FIR in the Kartarpur case some days ago and have also named both touts and the doctor in it. A notice was also served on the scanning centre on Thursday, which the centre authorities are expected to reply to within five days. A far as further instigation in the case is concerned, that is to be done by the police. The course of investigation will reveal how big the nexus is. While the district authorities concerned has not so far conducted a meeting after the transfer of the Civil Surgeon, once, they do, the matter regarding the seeking of data will also be taken up with the civil authorities.” Health sources said: “Clearly foeticide and sex determination tests are being carried out by the elite at exorbitant rates since they can afford the price of knowing their baby’s gender. But the poorer populace has been dumping their girl child or unwanted babies in dumps. Both trends are shocking and are on the rise. If action is not taken soon to prevent the same, it might turn into a massive issue.” Perturbed over PTC relaying Teachers start ‘Larho Punjab, Bachao Punjab’ drive Burn effigies of To hold jagran CM, officials on event, MLAs leave venue outside minister’s Dasehra: Morcha GLOBAL KABADDI LEAGUE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 14 Perturbed over the fact that a private channel owned by the SAD was relaying the Global Kabaddi League event that started on Sunday, senior Congress leader and MLA from Kapurthala Rana Gurjit Singh, along with two other MLAs, Laddi Sherowalia from Shahkot and Sushil Rinku from Jalandhar (West) left the venue within minutes after their arrival at the venue, leaving onlookers shocked. The leaders said they got to know that the channel would relay the event, which they could not bear. One of them said it seemed like a drama and suffocating. Laddi said their conscious did not allow them to sit in the event. “The channel never shows any positive side of the government, even in my case they had propagated false information during the Shahkot by-elections, which was not true. Then why we should sit in the event,” the MLA said. There was hardly any MLA there, he said. Even Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh was not present there,” Laddi said. Notably, only MLA from the district, Jalandhar (Central) Rajinder Beri, was present. “There was no proper arrangements, but the fact that the channel was broadcasting the event was not acceptable at all,” Sherowalia said. The MLA said he did not say anything to anyone. “Organisers must understand themselves that the MLAs have gone, so there must be some issue,” Laddi said. Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh said it was not acceptable that the channel was telecasting the event. “I couldn’t take the fact that they keep on showing bad things about the present government. Hence, no point in sitting there,” Singh said. However, Ranbir Tut, who was the sponsor of the event, said he did not think that this was the case. “I don’t have any knowledge regarding the issue. The department concerned and the government have given the approval. If such was the case, they would have never given us approval,” he said. residence tomorrow Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, October 14 Using the same rhyme as of Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab, the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha has declared an open fight against the state Education Department, motivating teachers to come forward and join its campaign ‘Larho Punjab, Bachao Punjab’ to show rage against the recent government orders of cutting their salaries by 65-75 per cent. In a press note, the state convener of the Punjab chapter of the morcha, while using the same terminology as mentioned in the notifications of the Parho Punjab, Parhao Teachers hold a protest in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO project, has taken a jibe against the state government by saying “the manch has designed a state-level team and had conducted the baseline test of the state government on October 7 in Patiala.” He said in the baseline test, the manch had found some fascinating facts about the state government, which under the influence of some teachers and ministers had decided to regularise 8,886 teachers recruited under the SSA/RMSA on the condition of cutting down their salaries. Declaring to hold an allnight vigil prayer (jagran) outside Education Minister’s residence in Amritsar on October 16, manch activists said they would come up with one or the other plan and would hold Asking teachers to remain united and raise their voice against the injustice done to them, the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha had asked teachers to celebrate this Dasehra by burning the effigies of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other education officials at their respective villages and district on October 18. as many protests or rallies but would end the same when the state government wakes up from its deep slumber. Asking teachers to remain united and raise their voice against the injustice done to them, the morcha had also asked teachers to celebrate this Dasehra by burning the effigies of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other education officials at their respective villages and district on October 18. A teacher said: “We were already drawing low salaries, but now this massive pay cut was unbearable. He alleged that Education Secretary Krishan Kumar had falsely claimed that the teachers were ready for this pay cut in lieu of regularisation, while we never agreed for the decision”. He said: “We do not fear suspensions anymore as the government has already crossed all limits and we will not rest until this decision is reversed.” Meanwhile, the activists said they had received support of several regular teachers and all teachers were united against the decision. They said the government could suspend one, two or three teachers but not the entire teacher fraternity of the state. Restricted to big cities, #MeToo not a Her story is about courage, success small-town scenario, say residents NATIONAL WOMEN FARMER’S DAY Shifts to organic farming after daughter diagnosed with cancer due to chemical-laced crops Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 14 It was around a few years ago when Manjit Kaur (54), a farmer from a small village in Hoshiarpur got to know that her daughter was suffering from cancer. This shocking revelation moved her life upside down and when doctors told her that adulterated food and chemical-laced crops are the main reason behind the disease, she then shunned chemicals and adopted natural farming. She says that now, she sells vegetables, which she has been growing naturally, and most of her customers are those who are suffering from the deadly disease. On October 15, which is celebrated as Mahila Kisan Diwas, The Tribune highlights the story of Manjit Kaur, Manjit Kaur works in her fields in Hoshiarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO who has been doing farming for the past many years. Despite knowing the sad truth of her life, Kaur did not give up, but came up with a solution. Now, she has become alert and aware that she tells others about ill-effects of chemical farming. Not only this, Kaur said after knowing her story, those who are suffering from cancer come to her to buy naturally grown vegetables. “Everyone has a right to live. And by adopting organic farming, I have brought change in my life and now by selling these vegetables to others, I am feeling great to continue the cause,” she said. Kaur had started a self-help group where she used to make pickles and other eatables and sell them. Her husband Tarsem Singh, who is a retired Principal from a government school, also helps her in farming. While telling the story of how she changed the nature of the farming from chemical to organic, Kaur gets emotional. “I still remember the day I got to know about the disease of my daughter, who has recovered from the ailment, I was taken aback. I thought if the vegetable I was growing was affecting my children, then what is the use behind it. That was the time when I decided to stop using insecticides,” she said. Now she not only grow vegetables, but also makes organic jaggery, turmeric and is also running her self-help group. She grows crops, process them, and then market the products. Kaur says that the department must celebrate Mahila Kisan Diwas on a large scale to encourage women. “There is a need to motivate women so that they come forward in large numbers,” she added. c m y b Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 14 An ex-serviceman was arrested for raping a 16-month-old girl in Nurmahal on August 25, on September 8, a man was arrested for trying to rape a 10-month-old girl near the Gazi Gulla locality in the city and on October 10, a Kapurthala woman was gang-raped by a group of men and then gang-raped again when she called on an acquaintance to seek refuge. While the MeToo movement has taken the country by storm, even as pressure is now mounting on a Union Minister to resign, the storm is yet to permeate the hinterland. Incidents of sexual abuse with women on streets, workers or even female employees at the workplace in smaller cities is largely going unreported, with many women yet to speak up. Only a miniscule number of incidents of gang rape or abuse make it out. Jasbir Jassi, an activist of Sexual abuse cases in city, peripheral areas ■ A man raped woman working as domestic help on March 16. ■ Domestic help, who was raped as per police, was found in fields in Shahkot on May 29. ■ In Shahkot, 25-year-old was ‘gang-raped’ by five men on July 14. ■ Retired Army man held on Aug 26 on charges of raping a one-year- old girl at village in Nurmahal. Was booked under POCSO Act. ■ Woman raped in Adampur in September. Accused arrested. ■ Youth arrested for allegedly attempting to rape his friend’s 10- month-old daughter near Gazi Gulla locality on Sept 7 ■ DC’s report on Sept 14 claimed that a mentally challenged woman raped at Pingla Ghar. Police said they were waiting for woman’s delivery to carry DNA tests of baby and penalise culprit. No arrest yet. ■ A 24-year-old woman gang-raped by 10 men on two different instances on the same night of October 10 in Kapurthala. . the Istri Jagriti Manch, said: “What is the most positive part is that through the social media, many women are venting their ire and are being taken seriously. Many of these would not have otherwise spoken up but the movement is giving them the courage to do so. However, it would be fair to say that MeToo is so far an elitist movement. The lives of women in cities or towns have not changed much. There is no let-up in incidents of rape, nor has the police adopted a more proactive approach on the issue. In the Nurmahal case, while we demanded an FIR against the minor’s mother for bringing the child to her husband, the family of the victim itself backed off. Due to societal and police apathy, many people lack the courage to come out and aggressively take up the cases. Sexual abuse is largely going unreported. The steady reportage of rape cases goes to prove the administration is not doing enough and society, at large, has failed women and hasn’t ensured their safety.” Sukhdev Singh Randhawa, general secretary of the PCCTU, here, who had recently sought action against a teacher said: “With us so far a complaint has come from a Hoshiarpur-based teacher who has alleged sexual abuse. Her case was also recently taken up by the PCCTU with the Panjab University VC during a recent meeting in Chandigarh that her charges should be probed. Barring this, no other case has so far been reported. While many women, especially young appointees, are also scared of coming out, we are so far satisfied with the way the investigation on this case has been progressing.”
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