Saradha school runs into rough waters

A school in Siliguri in north Bengal is giving sleepless nights to the team investigating the Saradha scam. The outgoing batch of Lincoln High School did their institution proud with a 97 per cent pass at the Indian School Certificate examinations. But the remaining 700 students and Enforcement Directorate officials are clueless about the fate…

BHRC raps cop for case against dead man

Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) on Friday rapped an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) for initiating proceedings under 107 CrPC against a dead man and directed the state home department to pay Rs20,000 compensation to the widow for human rights violations and agony she suffered. According to a petition filed by Ravindra Kumar, a resident of village…

J&K orders probe into 30 encounters in 2014

The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered magisterial probes into 30 gun battles that took place in the State last year following a directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs that several encounters for which policemen were recommended for gallantry awards had not been probed. “According to the National Human Rights Commission guidelines, if anyone…

Polish prosecutors: US is obstructing CIA prison probe

The US is hampering Poland’s investigation into the secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including the Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices, a Polish prosecutor said today. Published in December, the summary of the report by the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee was redacted and did not mention Poland by…

“Women’s rights are human rights”

Bill Clinton’s White House didn’t want Hillary Clinton to attend the Fourth World Conference on Women, held by the United Nations in Beijing in 1995. The Clinton administration was struggling to normalize relations with China, which had been all but severed since the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. They feared that the first lady would lecture China’s hyper-sensitive…

Rights body looks into torture of activists

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the Railway IG to enquire and submit a report within a month about the allegation against the Inspector in charge (IIC) of Cuttack GRP for illegally arresting six SUCI activists, including a woman and allegedly torturing them in custody. “While the party activists were engaged in public…