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Jammu and Kashmir, Posted on Dec 16, 2012 at 01:31pm IST

Baramullah: In a case of shocking apathy, power failure in a Baramulla hospital killed two infants on ventilator support on Friday evening. The family claims that the hospital officials refused to turn on the generator during a two-hour power supply cut.

Residents and family members of two infants who died at a government hospital are now demanding action against the medical staff. The families claim that the medical staff voluntarily refused to switch on the generator.

A probe has been ordered by the Director of Health Services.

Reported by Zaffar Iqbal, Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Updated: December 07, 2012 , NDTV

Arrested for video on Facebook, three men in Jammu and Kashmir spend over 40 days in jail

Kishtwar: In Jammu and Kashmir‘s Kishtwar district, three men have spent over 40 days in jail. Their crime – they were tagged in an allegedly blasphemous video on Facebook and one of them had commented on it.

Kishori Sharma, Bansi Lal and Moti Lal Sharma were arrested on October 29 this year. They have been charged with desecrating religious symbols, and inciting communal hatred using Information Technology, under the controversial section 66 (A) of the IT act – much like the two young girls arrested for a Facebook post against the Mumbai shutdown in the memory of Bal Thackeray.

“The police told the parents that they will give them a clean chit and release the three but that was all done just to maintain law and order and the three remained under arrest,” said Rajesh Sharma, lawyer of the accused.

So far, the police have no evidence that any of them uploaded the video.

But Kishori Sharma and Bansi Lal, both government teachers, have been sacked pending inquiry. Their sacking order accuses them of disturbing law and order and anti-Islamic activities.

Police sources say preliminary investigation indicates that the video originated from Pakistan.

The police have written to Facebook asking for the origin of the video, but has got no positive response from the India and Asia heads of the social networking site.

Finally, the Jammu and Kashmir Police approached Facebook’s headquarters in the US; they are expecting a reply in four weeks’ time.

The accused have moved the court for bail. The next date of hearing will be on December 12. The court has also asked the police to submit its response by then.


Jammu and Kashmir, Posted on Dec 07, 2012

Jammu: In a shocking case of corporal punishment, an 8-year-old girl was brutally thrashed by a teacher for not leaving her government school to join his private academy.

The fourth standard girl from Rajouri district in Jammu received multiple fractures on her right hand and now has to undergo surgery. An FIR has been filed against the teacher, Dheeraj Kumar.

Rajouri’s Chief Education Officer assured the victim’s family a departmental inquiry against the accused teacher. A preliminary report will be submitted in two days.


JAMMU AND KASHMIR, Updated Dec 02, 2012 at 09:08am IST

Srinagar: Syed Maqbool Shah spent 14 years in jail before he was acquitted and released two years back in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case. But a normal life still eludes the 36-year-old who now says he’s done fighting. After failing to get a job and get back to normal life, he says life outside prison has been more cruel than inside. “I am neither a stone nor a tree. I feel that I am still behind bars,” said Shah.

Shah was arrested in 1996 and was first of many accused to be set free in April 2010. Two Kashmiri men were recently acquitted in the same case. But Shah says he won’t be surprised if they too get nothing from the Centre or state governments for the years lost. “They still haven’t given me my passport. It has been nearly two years. I wanted to work outside but wasn’t allowed to do so,” added the 36-year-old.

While in detention, Shah lost his father and younger sister to serious ailments and the family business suffered badly too. For the last two years, Shah has been trying to get the President and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah‘s attention for help but to no avail.



Ghulam Nabi Azad: Punish those responsible for baby deaths at Srinagar's GB Pant Hospital

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Aug 3, 2012, 01.18AM IST

SRINAGAR: The J&K government appointed inquiry commission headed by Dr Showkat Hussain Zargar to probe the death of infants in Srinagar‘s GB Pant Hospital on Thursday held that their numbers were much higher than hitherto reported: more than 1,400 in the last one year. The Zargar commission also indicted the former medical superintendent of the pediatric hospital, Dr Javid Chowdhary, describing him as “irresponsible” and “negligent”.The state government had ordered a probe after media reports revealed that hundreds of infants had died in the hospital due to official apathy. The final report has recommended a complete ban on private practice by doctors in state’s collegiate hospitals.

Dr Zargar, who is also the director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, has suggested that no consultant may leave the OPD until four pm, which is when most doctors rush out for their private practice. He also said heads of department of concerned units must educate the faculty about this. Engagement of doctors in private practice was the main cause of infighting among faculty members, which hampered the functioning of GB Pant Hospital, the report said.

“Misunderstandings, allegations and counter-allegations by majority of faculty members againstDr Javid Chowdhary started in 2005 when he jointed the health institute,” the report said, pointing out that “in case any faculty member is found to indulge in corrupt practices with drug agencies, immediate criminal proceedings should be initiated against them.”

“Most of the times, the MS (Dr Chowdhary) remained out of hospital. Rest of the staff took advantage of his absence and came to the hospital as per their wish. Besides Dr Chowdhary, other doctors too were engaged in private practice,” the report adds. It indicted him for embezzlement of funds in purchase of machinery for the hospital. “The ventilators were purchased through dubious means and were not of standard. One among the two developed a snag and the hospital was running on one ventilator,” the report said.

The government has admitted that 480 infants have died at GB Pant Hospital since January, which takes their total death toll in the past 17 months to a 1400. “A drug mafia was running in the hospital to fleece patients. A team of doctors and staff was helping it flourish,” the report said.



HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Rajouri, July 25, 2012
16-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri districtcommitted suicide after she was allegedly gangraped by four persons. What’s more, three of the alleged rapists are her teachers. The police arrested all four on Wednesday, two days after the girl — daughter of an armyman — died

 after consuming poison.

Rajouri superintendent of police Mubassir Latief identified the accused as government schoolteacher Mohammad Zafar, his son Waseem and two others. “The medical examination has been conducted. We are awaiting the report to confirm the allegation of rape,” Latief said.

The police said Zafar also ran a private school in the girl’s village, Khagal, about 150km from Jammu city. His son was an administrator at the school. The two other accused are teacher Aurangzeb and part-time teacher Mohmmad Iftikhar.

The police have registered a case on basis of the complaint by the girl’s mother, who alleged that her daughter was gangraped on July 20.

According to her complaint, Waseem had asked the girl to come to the school, saying there was some important work to be done. When she reached the school, she was pushed into a car, taken to an isolated place and gangraped. The girl narrated her plight to her mother and later sunk into depression and consumed poison on Monday. She was rushed to a hospital and then shifted to the Government Medical College in Jammu but to no avail.

The teenager had studied in Zafar’s private school and appeared for her class 10 exams this year, but failed.

With inputs from agencies