Evening digest: 50% increase in cases involving juveniles in 10 years

GN Bureau | December 15, 2015



An increase of more than 50 per cent was reported in cognisable cases involving juveniles in last ten years, Lok Sabha was informed today.“As per data collected from States and Union Territories, an increase of 50.6 per cent — from 25,601 cases in 2005 to 38,586 cases in 2014 — in cases under total cognisable crimes registered against juvenile in conflict with law,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in reply to a written question.Chaudhary said the issue of crime by juveniles is mainly dealt through Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, which provides for reformative care in case of children or juvenile in conflict with law.“The Ministry of Women and Child Development is also implementing a centrally-sponsored scheme, namely Integrated Child Protection Scheme, for rehabilitation and reintegration of children in difficult circumstances,” he said.

No plans to write caste of children in birth certificate: Govt
There is no proposal to mention the caste of children in birth certificate, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, however, said entries in birth and death registers are public documents and are admissible as evidence under Section 35 of the Indian Evidence Act 1872.But, these entries are only conclusive evidence of the fact of birth or death as the case may be. Chaudhary said other articulars as to which the registering officer concerned can have no personal knowledge or no means of checking cannot be treated as a conclusive evidence, he said.

India, US to share terror intelligence, watch-list information
India and the United States have agreed to finalise a pact to expand intelligence sharing and terrorist watch-list information.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that at the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Ministerial Dialogue held in Washington on September 22, 2015, a joint declaration on combating terrorism was issued."The declaration identified specific steps to further strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation. The government of India and USA have agreed to finalise an agreement to expand intelligence sharing and terrorist watch-list information," he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.However, Chaudhary said, further details in this matter cannot be disclosed in the interest of national security and friendly relations with the foreign country.Replying to another question, the Minister said as per global terrorism index 2015, the deaths in 2014 from terrorism the world over recorded an increase of more than 80 per cent, whereas India recorded an increase of just 1 per cent.

BJP issues whip, asks MPs to be present in parliament for rest of session
While the Opposition disturbing the parliament session and blocking the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday issued a whip to its members to be present in both the houses for the next few days of the Winter Session."The party has issued whip in both the houses and has asked all the members to be present in the house for the coming days," said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi after a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board.

Gandhigiri of MPs: BJP gives roses to 'angry' Congress
In a sarcastic move, some BJP MPs on Tuesday offered roses to their Congress rivals in the Lok Sabha who were protesting inside the Well over alleged atrocities against Dalit youths in Punjab.When Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected notices for adjournment of the Question Hour including one on the Punjab Dalit issue, Congress members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Prime Minister and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab over the alleged chopping off of limbs of two dalit youth at a farmhouse in Abohar.As Congress members shouted slogans like 'PM sharam karo' (PM shame, shame) and 'dismiss Punjab government', six BJP members entered the Well and offered roses to the agitating Congress MPs.Soon some senior BJP members pulled their party colleagues out of the Well.A few roses were seen lying on the table of the Lok Sabha secretariat officials inside the Well.

Odisha Congress MLA suspended for ‘watching porn’ in house
A Congress legislator was suspended from the Odisha assembly for a week on Tuesday after a private news channel showed footage of him scrolling his smart phone and alleged that he was watching an obscene video inside the house on Monday.Speaker Niranjan Pujari suspended MLA Naba Kishore Das after ruling BJD legislators demanded his dismissal when the House met on Tuesday.Das denied the allegation and accused the Speaker of adopting an unfair decision as he didn’t allow him to clarify his position.Incidentally, Das was supposed to move a privilege motion during the day against chief minister Naveen Patnaik for allegedly giving wrong information to his questions on the home department.The Speaker referred the matter to the ethics committee of the assembly.

Upset with growing Indo-Pak bonhomie, Hurriyat leaders rush to Pak embassy
Apparently upset with the growing bonhomie between India and Pakistan, a delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) met Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in the national capital to pitch for the inclusion of the contentious Kashmir issues whenever talks between the countries take place.According to reports, the Hurriyat leaders - Peer Saifullah and Altaf Ahmad Shah - discussed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's recent visit to Pakistan and her subsequent meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.The two Hurriyat leaders also discussed the 'Kashmir policy' with the Pakistan envoy.During their discussion, the Hurriyat delegation also handed over a message of their chairman Syed Ali Geelani to Basit, wherein he has stated that Pakistan should continue to maintain consistency and firmness over its Kashmir policy.

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