Sisters steal baby boy to stop father from remarrying

Police arrested two sisters from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district on Monday for allegedly stealing a newborn from a government hospital in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, but they left the baby on a roadside with a note and a feeding bottle three days later.

The suspects, identified as Shivani Devi and Priyanka Devi, aged 23 and 20, said before officers they wanted to gift a baby boy to their mother who was suffering from depression as their father was planning to remarry after their 12-year-old brother died two years ago.

The women stole the baby on January 10, but were overcome by fear after reading in newspapers about police trying to catch the culprits. They abandoned the boy on January 13 near Rarah village with a handwritten appeal that whoever found him should inform police that this is the baby stolen on January 10.

Bharatpur superintendent of police Anil Kumar Tank said investigators identified the siblings through CCTV camera footage from the hospital. The two women were seen in the video riding a scooter, while a man at the bicycle and motorbike parking lot of the hospital remembered the vehicle’s registration number.

We arrested the sisters from their native village, Swarupa Naugaon, in Mathura under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and charged them with stealing a baby,” the district police chief said.

The women allegedly did a recce in Bharatpur and targeted the son of 30-year-old Manish, whose wife had delivered the baby around 4am on January 10 at a community health centre in nearby Pahari town and was shifted to the government women’s hospital under Mathura Gate police station for better care. They took away the boy around 2. 30pm when the mother was sleeping. But the hospital surveillance video revealed the culprits and Manish’s father-in-law, Saddique Mev, registered a complaint.

Police superintendent Tank said the two women told police that they initially tried to adopt a boy to stop father Laxman Singh from taking another wife for a son, underscoring a largely patriarchal society’s obsession with a male heir.

Also, they approached nurses in hospitals to know if they could buy a baby from a poor family. But the sisters gave up because of the long legal process for adoption, and strict laws and punishment against any distress sale of babies.

Shivani is a teacher at a private school, married and lives with her husband at Pali Kheda in Mathura. Priyanka is married too, lives in Agra and studying for her graduation in arts.


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19 y/o dies during Jallikattu festival

MADURAI (TAMIL NADU): A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death at Madurai in Tamil Nadu during Jallikattu or bull-taming festivities, in which scores of young men wrestle with bulls in a tradition to celebrate the harvest. The incident took place at the Palamedu village, at a point where bulls are tethered by their owners after they complete their run across the arena. The incident, which took place despite a double barricade separating the arena from the gallery, has raised questions about public safety.

Around 1,200 bulls were used and an equal number of policemen were posted to guard against any accident. Yesterday, around 79 people, including spectators, were injured in the season's first Jallikattu held at Avaniyapuram, also in Madurai.

The Supreme Court banned Jallikattu in 2014 after activists said it constitutes extreme animal cruelty. Last year, after massive protests in which over 50,000 people campaigned for Jallikattu from the Marina Beach, Tamil Nadu enacted a law to bypass the top court's verdict.

This time, bull-tamers were administered an oath against cruelty by the administration. The district administration has also banned the pulling of the bulls by their tail, clinging to bulls and multiple tamers pouncing on the bulls.

Five bull-tamers were disqualified earlier today for animal cruelty; they were seen clinging to a bull's horns as multiple people set upon each animal at the same time. Jallikattu, a hugely controversial sport, is a staple in parts of Tamil Nadu during the celebration of a harvest festival for cows, Maattu Pongal. Bulls, cows and other cattle are decked up, their horns painted and served Pongal in an acknowledgement of their role in cultivation and harvest.

The bull-taming, say locals, is the most popular tradition of the harvest celebrations. Prizes for participants include gold coins, cash, two-wheelers and LED TVs. Madurai-based Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar donated several gold coins for winners.

Addressing a huge gathering, he said "Jallikattu is Amma's (Late Jayalalithaa's) Pongal gift".

Only bulls examined and certified by veterinarians are allowed to participate, says the government. They are thoroughly checked for cruelty and intoxication. Volunteers from the Animal Welfare Board also monitor and video record the event. A huge money-spinner, Jallikattu has also become hunting ground for brands and advertisers. Spectators are charged Rs. 200 to 1,000 for vantage points on the galleries put up by private companies.


Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

The flight operations at the airport were suspended for four and a half hours since 5:50am due to poor runway visibility caused by dense fog, UNB reports quoting Rezaul Karim, public relations officer at Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Several domestic flights, including that of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, could not take off and one flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong airport during the period, Karim said adding that the operation resumed with Chittagong-bound flight of Biman 'BG011' leaving the airport around 10:20am.

Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed after eight hours of disruption caused by dense, reports our Munshiganj correspondent quoting Shah Newaz Khaled, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station.

The authorities kept the ferry services suspended on the route from 2:00am to 10:00am, the official said.

Six ferries remained stranded mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers in the cold weather.

Besides, the ferry services were disrupted for seven hours from 3:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog on Paturia-Daulatdia route," UNB reports quoting Mohiuddin Russell, manager (Commercial) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.

Four ferries got stranded in the middle of the river, said the official, adding that around 500 vehicles, including buses and trucks, were waiting in queues on both sides of the river to cross it.

The ferry services resumed around 10:30am after the fog disappeared, he said.


DU students block roads demanding dissociation of 7 colleges

DU students block roads demanding dissociation of 7 colleges

Around 1,000 students of different departments gathered at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture around 10:00am and took part in the demonstration, creating huge jam on the adjacent roads.

Later, the students took position in front of the vice chancellor’s office and were continuing their agitation till 3:40pm when the report was filed.

Students of most of the department have boycotted the classes for today in support of the demonstration, Tahmed Munir Tayiff, a student of Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, told The Daily Star.

Some students (of the seven colleges) often involve in various immoral and illegal activities identifying themselves as Dhaka University students,” Tayiff alleged while talking with our DU correspondent.

Earlier, DU students claimed that they are suffering from identity crisis as the students of the seven colleges are introducing themselves as students of Dhaka University.

On February 17, 2017, the government affiliated Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul Government College, Begum Badrunnesa Government Mohila College, Mirpur Government Bangla College and Government Titumir College with Dhaka University.

Under the arrangement, their curriculum was brought under DU.

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