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Sexual harassment: Case filed against Seedfund co-founder Murthy

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Just a month after Mahesh Murthy was given bail in sexual harassment case, the Mumbai Police has filed another sexual harassment case against the co-founder of venture capital firm Seedfund, as per media reports.

Police on Monday registered an FIR against Murthy under IPC Sections 354 and 509 for outraging the modesty of a 41-year-old woman, and an act intended to insult her modesty, as per media reports.

"Although the incident dates back to 2004, the woman recently learned of his arrest in the other case. She gathered courage and decided to lodge a complaint," the report quoted the police as saying, adding that the complaint is over alleged advances Murthy made during a business meeting in a cafe in Bandra.

"She was a young intern then and met the accused for the first time. After a few days, they met at a restaurant, where Murthy kissed her on her lips without her consent,” Hindustan Times quoted an officer at Bandra Police Station as saying. "The woman didn’t know what to do… She was too young and didn't meet him thereafter."

"This is age-old news, re-hashed and still complete nonsense. This lady makes claims that change from time to time, about what happened at one meeting in broad daylight in a crowded coffee shop some 14 years ago.

I sued her for these defamatory claims a year ago, and the high court granted a stay in my favour. This is her counter attack. Once again, these are completely false allegations and I will fight these ridiculous claims," Murthy told media person.

In January, the Mumbai Police had registered a case against Murthy for alleged sexual harassment, following several complaints from women to the National Commission of Women (NCW). The women complained about Murthy’s alleged use of objectionable language against them online. A cognisable offence was registered at the Khar Police station under section 67 of IT Act, Sections 354 (D) and 509 of IPC.

(With agency inputs)

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DLF Foundation kickstarts WASH Model programme to enhance quality of education

 New Delhi- DLF Foundation, a philanthropic arm of DLF Ltd., formally unveiled the WASH Model Program at SDMC Government Primary School at Amber Hai, Dwarka, New Delhi. The objective of WASH Model programme is to enhance the quality of education in government schools through the provision of building, revamping of school infrastructure, exposure visits for students and participation in co-curricular activities. The WASH model project was inaugurated by Ms. Kamalijeet Sehrawat, Mayor, SDMC.

Chief guest, Ms. Kamalijeet Sehrawat, Mayor, SDMC said:  “Thanks to DLF Foundation for taking up upgradation work in Amber Hai and supporting for CCTV screen, infrastructure development and learning aids. Toilets have been provided by DLF, but it is responsibility of the children and teachers to maintain it. Taking learnings from this project, We will provide similar facilities in Govt. schools of SDMC.”

While briefing about the WASH Programme, Dr. Vinay Sahni, CEO, DLF Foundation said: “The School Infrastructure development programme is one among the various CSR Projects undertaken by DLF Foundation. The Nurturing Talent Programme which provides support in the form of scholarships to over 1200 bright underprivileged students along with mentoring, grooming and financial assistance to meritorious underprivileged students so that they can achieve their full potential and pursue a career in a field of their choice. The Skill-a-Million Programme which is engaged in providing skills training and job placement with an aim of training one million youth in next 8 to 10 years. The Model Village Programme, that aims to transform a cluster of villages into vibrant “Model Village” and make them self-reliant.

“This initiative in the school is a part of our efforts to enhance the quality of education and learning in the government schools. DLF Foundation will continue in its endeavour to build a sustainable and inclusive society.”

Dr. Sahni further added that DLF Foundation has undertaken plethora of infrastructure upgradation activities in the school such as the construction of a New Toilet Block for boys and girls, renovation of the staff toilet into a classroom.

Ms. Krishna Solanki Principal, Government Primary school Amber Hai, Najafgarh,
said: “We are indebted to DLF Foundation in aiding the school in various ways by providing iron channel for covering electricity metre, LED screen installation at Principal’s office, windows frame for smart class, procurement of portable loudspeaker and microphone for assembly purpose, water cooler as drinking water facility and shade for water coolers. We look forward to their continuous support in future as well.”

The activities proposed under the WASH initiative to enhance the quality of education include setting up of a Child Resource Centre, quarterly events like quiz, science, mela, sports meet, national day celebration, formation and strengthening of Bal Madal, exposure visits for school children, provision of building as a learning concept on doors and boundary walls, academic facilitatorsand monthly children meeting on WASH.


Railway Job Protest

Students protested for jobs on railway track

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Mumbai rail services were troubled amid the All India Act Apprentice Association students protest on Tuesday, demanding jobs on railway tracks between Dadar and Matunga stations on the central line.

Around 500 students staged a rail blockade demanding jobs in the railway sector.

Above sixty students who have worked as apprentices in technical jobs in the railways are protesting for permanent jobs placement, as per media source.

Train services between Kurla and Dadar were suspended after the protests began at 7 am. The Central Railway said rail traffic between Dadar and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus was affected. The BEST is running additional buses to help commuters get to their destinations.

“There has been no recruitment in the last four years,” one of the protestors told PTI. “We are running from pillar to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen.” Another student said they will continue their protests on the tracks until Railway Minister Piyush Goyal met them.

Personnel from the Government Railway Police and the Railway Protection Force are at the site, PTI reported.

(With agency inputs)


NGO initiates to spread human-trafficking awareness

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National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had covered many trafficking cases due to lack of education and awareness in the parents. However NGOs pledged to spread awareness about human-trafficking.

NCRB had reportedly covered 1,494 cases from Assam in 2015 whereas in 2016 was as low as 91. However, the activist groups engaged in anti-trafficking measures share an entirely different ground reality.

Children go missing when a trafficker pretends to offer their parents to give their child free education or lucrative jobs. Awareness among them about filing a missing complaint to police in Gaon Bura (Village head) or NGOs is next to zero.

According to Rajeev Sharma, Director of Guwahati-based NGO GOLD (Global Organisation for Life Development), approximately, 10,000 women and children are trafficked each year from Assam. Even if the cases are reported, the key departments lack awareness about child protection issues and services.

Furthermore, there is lack of infrastructural and educational facilities in this area. Therefore, it becomes vital that these issues are confronted and resolved.

We may be able to buy a new mobile phone but imagine the plight of parents who lose their children and don't even know who to approach or how to go about tracing their child with the correct sources.

Empower People is an organisation which is organasing a march, which tries to save these children through different initiatives on the fronts of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, especially bride trafficking.

The March will ensure a strengthening of the anti-trafficking network and a spread of critical awareness amongst communities vulnerable to bride trafficking.

Empower People considers it a humanistic obligation to ensure that the cycle of exploitation is uprooted from the society and it is time to that people stood united in the cause and showed their support for the march against bride trafficking.


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Wake up West Bengal, your girls are waiting!

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"Kolkata the land of Rabindranath Tagore! In his famous song, Rabindranath Tagore tells us to never give up on hope. He tells us to walk alone believing in ourselves despite no one responding to our call for help. This song makes me wonder about the power that is needed to walk alone. It also makes me wonder about the calls for help that are ignored by us everyday," said Amruta Khare, a dedicated volunteer at Empower People.

Kolkata has turned out to be the second safest city as far as the number of crimes per lakh population is concerned. However, West Bengal as a whole has performed poorly in 2016 as per the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). As per the report, of the total cases of human trafficking, 44% (3,579) were reported in West Bengal alone. Currently, the state ranks second with regard to crimes against women.

We at Empower People believe that whenever help is asked for, it should be given. Furthermore, we believe in developing our society into one where no one needs to ask for help, one where criminal activities are curtailed simply with the watchful eyes and ears od the communities.

In order to achieve this, Empower People is organising a March Against Bride Trafficking, an initiative being popularised on social media with the hashtag #MABT2018. It will cover 13 Districts of West Bengal among 45 Districts in total across 10 states. It will mobilise people into taking initiative to track micro level government mechanisms with a special emphasis on behavioral change among the citizens.

Let us all walk together towards direly needed change, a change in our mindsets, a change in our attitude as a community of People sharing space on this Planet we call Earth.