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Despite loss of Jobs Demonetization is a big hit Survey Says.


By DailyO

On November 8, 2016, at 8pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were in circulation at the time would not be valid as legal tender from midnight.

The aims of the demonetisation drive, as presented in the government’s official discourse, were to curb counterfeiting and terror financing, reclaim illegitimate wealth (or black money) stored in cash, and eventually facilitate a nationwide transition to a “cashless” economy.

While the government has achieved mixed success in accomplishing the goals, with average approval ratings of 83 per cent, it seems to have succeeded in convincing the nation’s public of its merit.

A report by All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO) released on January 9, 2017, claimed that demonetisation had resulted in up to 35 per cent loss of jobs and 50 per cent drop in revenue across industrial sectors, from micro-small scale industries to medium and large scale industries, with far greater losses predicted in the near future – but recent data suggests that demonetisation is still wildly popular across demographic segments.

FourthLion attempted to investigate what public perceptions were regarding demonetisation, through a variety of polling tools. The polling tools included three rounds of IVR polling, the first using numbers from an in-house database, next using random digit dialling for the remaining two rounds of IVR polling, and finally a nationwide field survey – in order to determine whether there is a difference in support for the ban between mobile phone users and rural Indians who do not have mobile phones, and are likely lower-income and more cash dependent.

The first IVR telephonic interviews were conducted nationwide in eight languages (Hindi, English, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil, Telugu) among Indian citizens from November 24 to 27, 2016, using FourthLion’s proprietary instaVaani IVR tool. This revealed that 87 per cent of respondents approved of demonetisation, 82 per cent thought that the currency ban would be effective to recover black money, and an equal proportion of respondents said the ban had either a positive effect, or no effect on them.

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More surprising were the results from populations that might have been expected to be negatively impacted, such as rural Indians (85 per cent approval), those who do not own a vehicle (84 per cent approval), women (80 per cent approval), those aged 60 plus (77 per cent approval), and those who prefer to pay in cash (81 per cent approval). The lowest approval ratings were in Kerala with an average 62 per cent, but this was still the majority, as it was with the other demographic groups that had lower than average approval rates.

Next, using random digit dialling (RDD), FourthLion ran two more waves of IVR telephonic interviews adding two more languages (Gujarati and Bengali), thus covering the ten languages (Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Odiya and English) that are cumulatively spoken by over 90 per cent of Indians. Utilising RDD and telecom operator circles (to ensure appropriate geographic distribution), FourthLion ensured that every Indian mobile phone in the country had an equal chance of being included in instaVaani’s survey.

The results of these matched those from the survey conducted using FourthLion’s database, with a vast majority of those polled supporting demonetisation in both waves (80 per cent and 82 per cent in the two respective waves).

A significant finding from the two separate waves of IVR polling (RDD) was that the per cent of respondents claiming to prefer cash payments over other modes of transaction dropped from 65 per cent in the first wave to 55 per cent in the second wave, with cheque or card transactions accounting for the difference.

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However, another significant insight from the two waves of polling was that there was a decline from wave 1 to wave 2 in the number of respondents who claimed to believe that demonetisation would be effective in reducing the black money that is currently in circulation – this is perhaps because of news stories or personal experience with people who have been able to convert black money, etc.

From 82 per cent believing it to be effective in wave 1 to 77 per cent in wave 2 being lower than approval rates, suggests that people’s support for the initiative is not being driven by its effect on corruption alone.

Finally, FourthLion in partnership with Hansa Research ran field surveys across the country to capture the sentiments of the parts of the population without access to a mobile phone of any kind. This survey was run in the rural areas of 17 of India’s 29 states (Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh), the other 12 were excluded due to the relatively smaller size of their respective rural populations.

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The total sample size for this survey was 1,020, with an equal number (12) from each individual village. The results of the field survey were very similar to those from the other polling mediums. There was an overall average of 80-82 per cent approval for demonetisation, with slightly fewer respondents believing that the initiative will be effective in retrieving black money in comparison with the IVR results.

The same proportion said that it has either had a positive effect or no effect on them or their families despite an overwhelming 96 per cent of rural respondents without phone access polling that cash was their preferred mode of transaction.

While there may have been slight aberrations in the samples used for the surveys when compared to demographic realities in the country, it was found that applying weighted averages did not significantly affect the results or their implications.

FourthLion even used A/B test question wording to analyse the possibility that strong support for the noteban might be driven by strong personal approval for Narendra Modi, and found that including the PM’s name had a minutely positive impact on support – a mere 2 per cent difference in respondent support between the two question variants.

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This could be interpreted in two ways. One, it could mean that demonetisation is popular for its own sake, not as a pet scheme of the prime minister. Two, including his name specifically made little difference since people in any case closely associate the scheme with him.

If it is the latter, one could adduce that Modi’s approval ratings remain high. His approval ratings have been between 74-82 per cent in previous instaVaani surveys.

In conclusion, a vast majority of Indians approve and support demonetisation, but a slightly smaller majority believe it will curb or recover black money. Furthermore, while demonetisation has had little effect in reducing the preference for cash transactions among rural citizens without mobile phone access, it has demonstrably increased the appeal of cashless transactions for the rest of the sampled population.

It would be reasonable to suspect that incoherence from the opposition parties in their argument against the initiative and the fact that the Modi administration has masterfully controlled the narrative surrounding the move have greatly contributed to the popularity of demonetisation and the ruling government.

Furthermore, one can assume that the lower income groups rest assured in the knowledge that their losses will not be as great as that of the “rich”, but what is certain is that “a little self-sacrifice for the greater good of the nation at large” is an idea that resonates strongly with Indians.


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Bangaluru beats Shanghai and Silicon Valley to become world’s most dynamic city.


The fellow residents of Koshy’s, Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani and Kiran Shaw might not know this, but their city has one more thing to be proud of.

Bangalore has been ranked the world’s most dynamic city on an index that captures a city’s economic changes and its ability to sustain it. Hyderabad also makes it to the Top 10, ahead of London, and Chennai and Pune to the Top 20, but environmental factors push Delhi and Mumbai to the 23rd and 25th spots.

The real estate services firm JLL’s annual City Momentum Index (CMI) ranks cities across the world by the speed of change of the city’s economic and real estate market and the city’s potential to sustain this dynamism. The index is intended to “identify change and highlight which cities or metropolitan areas may be best at positioning themselves to compete in today’s ever-changing economic landscape,” Jeremy Kell, research director at JLL, wrote in a blog post for the World Economic Forum.

The index has 42 ingredients across three key areas; socio-economic factors including GDP, population, air passengers, corporate headquarters and foreign direct investment account for 40% of the ranking. Commercial real estate momentum measured through changes related to construction, rents, investment and transparency in the office, retail and hotel sectors accounts for another 30%. Innovation capacity and technological prowess, access to education and environmental quality accounts for the remaining 30% of the index.

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Technology and innovation, and a city’s capacity to support it, drove Bangalore to the top spot this year, a JLL press release said, and pushed India – with six cities in the top 30 – ahead of China. More than half of the top 30 are in the Asia-Pacific region.

London fell from its top spot to sixth position (full details of the rankings and the causes of changes within them were not yet available). A “shift into high-value activities” also propelled Bangalore and Hyderabad ahead of other tech hubs. Dynamic labor markets helped drive “emerging megacities,’ like Delhi and Mumbai, but “this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance,” JLL said.

With full details of the rankings expected on February 1, it wasn’t immediately clear how “liveability”, “affordability” and environmental concerns–of serious concern to Bangalore’s residents–were factored into the rankings. A study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Sciences had estimated that Bangalore would be “unliveable” and “dead” in five years on account of environmental degradation and poor planning.


 


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Set Back for Kejriwal- CBI registered cases against Manish Sisodia & Satyender Jain.


In a major setback to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today registered cases against some of the top ministers over alleged wrongdoing. While the biggest blow came when a case was registered against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, another was was also logged against kin of Satyendra Jain. While allegations of corruption and nepotism have been flying thick and fast ever since the Kejriwal government took office, this step by the CBI has brought the cases right to the doorstep of the top echelons of the government.

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The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged irregularities in the so-called TalkToAK campaign. The complaint was filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government and it said that a consultant of a public relations company was hired to promote “Talk to AK” (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) campaign and Rs 1.5 crore was expected to be the used for this purpose. CBI alleged that the Principal Secretary had raised his objects but the government did not pay heed. This has put Sisodia under the scanner. Sisodia on his part reacted by tweeting, “Welcome Modiji. Take the challenge. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office tomorrow morning.” This was followed by another from Kejriwal: “Wow Modiji! You take bribe and register cases against us. Steal and also be audacious about it. This is why I call you a coward. When you are losing Goa and Punjab, you have started the CBI game”. He added another post: “It seems Modiji has lost it. Prime Minister of the country has only this to do. He is after us”

On the other hand, CBI has also registered a PE in the appointment of Saumya Jain, AAP minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter, who was appointed as advisor to Delhi government’s Mohalla Clinic project.

The move had led to the Lt Governor’s office recommending a CBI probe in the matter. Jain had earlier rejected the allegation of favouritism, saying she had worked voluntarily and not a single paisa was given to her. She had then quit in July after nepotism accusations arose. Jain had then retorted, “We have done nothing wrong. She was not given a single paisa. She had offered to work voluntarily and we had taken her service. Let them probe the matter”.


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Shame: Christian Girl threw acid on her Hindu boyfriend for not converting.


The game of Conversion is killing India. Hindus have been facing and surviving this game of conversion since past 1200 years. The main agenda of Mughals was to convert ‘Idol Worshipers in India’ while same was the agenda of Britishers as well. They looted us not just in monitory terms but also tried devastating us religiously. These conversions lead to the formation of Pakistan

Things should have changed after independence but it has lead to a more fierce situation. Christian Missionaries have increased and made their reach to every part of India. And most loathed of these missionaries are those who are taking up the job of nurses in hospitals and converting those who are in desperation.

Read what happened in Bangaluru:

A jilted lover threw acid on her boyfriend and then slashed his face with a knife in the city on Monday night, as he was reportedly taking too long to decide on marrying her and refusing to convert to Christianity.

The accused Lydia, 26, is a resident of Srirampura and a nurse at a private hospital on Ali Asgar Road.

The police have arrested the woman, who is a nurse, and are on the lookout for her cousin, who helped her in the crime.

The accused Lydia, 26, is a resident of Srirampura and a nurse at a private hospital on Ali Asgar Road. The victim, Jayakumar, 32, is a resident of Prakash Nagar, who runs an apparel shop near Ali Asgar Road. He has sustained acid burns on his neck and knife cut wounds on the face.

The police said that Lydia (in pic) met Jayakumar when she had gone to his shop over five years ago. They soon fell in love and started meeting each other regularly. Lydia reportedly kept asking him to marry her and also to get converted to Christianity. In November last year, Jayakumar agreed to marry her, but refused to convert to Christianity which had led to a fight between them. Later, Jayakumar had stopped taking her phone calls. “An upset Lydia decided to teach him a lesson, and sought her cousin Sunil’s help. A week ago, she had spirited away an acid bottle used for cleaning and a blade from the hospital. On Monday evening, Jayakumar and his friend Padmanabh had gone to Rajarajeshwari temple,” the police said.

Lydia got information about Jayakumar’s whereabouts from one of his family members. “Lydia and Sunil, who knew the route taken by Jayakumar, went on a scooter and lay in wait near Attiguppe bus-stop. As Jayakumar and his friend, who were returning home, passed Attiguppe around 8.30 pm, the cousins started tailing them. As they approached Pipelane Road, Lydia, who was riding pillion, threw acid on Jayakumar through his car window,” police added.

“Jayakumar, who was in intense pain, got out of the car. Lydia, who was waiting with the blade, slashed his face. As Jayakumar fell down, the accused sped away, while Jayakumar’s friend rushed him to hospital and alerted the police. Lydia was picked up from her house, but her cousin is absconding,” police said.

Lydia reportedly told cops Jayakumar had been in love with her for five years, but was taking too long to marry her and convert to Christianity. The police have booked the accused under 326A, 307 and other sections of the IPC.


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Sukhbitr Badal asks Sidhu a very legit question, Know it here.


Chandigarh, Jan 15 (PTI) Hours after Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Congress, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the “over-rated comedian” must explain to Punjabis as to why he was trying to befool them into voting for the party just days before the Assembly polls after “missing from the state for seven months”.

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Sidhu while leaving the BJP had claimed that the Akalis did not let him enter Punjab, he said.

“Now please tell the people what stopped you from entering Punjab and meeting Punjabis after resigning from the Rajya Sabha seven months back? Its obvious your commercial interests in Mumbai were more important to you than the people of the state. Even now you have waited till the last minute to stake a claim in Punjab politics. What can be termed as bigger opportunism than this?” Sukhbir alleged.

Terming Sidhu as a “first class opportunist and carpetbagger”, he said it was obvious his ambition had got the better of him.

“This is why he stabbed his former self-proclaimed guru Arun Jaitley (Union Finance Minister) in the back by opposing the latters candidature from Amritsar,” the SAD president said.

He claimed Sidhu left the BJP when it was made apparent to him that he would not be anointed as its undisputed leader in Punjab.

Lately like “fellow comedian” Bhagwant Mann of AAP, Sidhu had also started nurturing ambitions of becoming the chief minister of the state, Sukhbir alleged.

“This is why he held protracted negotiations with both AAP and the Congress before joining the latter today. AAP had promised the Deputy CMs chair to Sidhu. It is obvious he has been given a better deal by Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

Terming Sidhu joining Congress a “non-event”, the SAD president said the party would soon realise the comedians “real worth”.

“Except for eliciting a few laughs like Bhagwant Mann does, he has no other role to play in the elections. The Congress would have been better served if it had hired a popular comedian. I say this because Sidhus arrogant behaviour and ego will spell doom for the Congress in the Majha region. All the seats in Amritsar are as good as lost for Congress as Congressmen will never accept someone who had heaped scorn and abuse at them till a short while ago,” he said.

Sukhbir urged Punjabis to evaluate Sidhus behaviour and past record and decide whether he could be trusted with their vote or support ever again.

“This man has taken more turns than any cricket pitch in the world. From singing praises to the SAD-BJP combine, he has courted the AAP and has now landed on the lap of the most hated Congress party. His shelf life in the Congress is also likely to be very short”, the SAD president said. PTI VJ ANB.


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Check the Dowry amount Yogeshwar Dutt got for his marriage. You will be stunned.


Star Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who made India proud by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, has set an example for the society by accepting a dowry of just Re. 1 for his marriage.

Yogeshwar Dutt sets example for society, takes Re 1 as dowry ahead of January 16 wedding

Nicknamed as Yogi, the wrestler floored societal customs and won millions of hearts all across India with a move which can’t even be rewarded with a gold medal.

The star grappler is all set to tie the nuptial with the daughter of Haryana’s Congress politician Jaibhagwan Sharma — Sheetal — on January 16.

Speaking to TOI on the matter, Yogeshwar said, “I saw my family struggle to collect dowry for the girls of the family.”

“As a result, I decided on two things while growing up — I will excel in wrestling and I will not accept dowry. My first dream has been realised and now it is time to keep my second promise,” he added.

Yogeshwar Dutt got engaged to Sheetal Sharma on Saturday in Rohtak and as per his mother, the family accepted a Re 1 token from the bride’s family.


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Girl searched “How to commit suicide”. What Google did next was appreciable.


Traumatized and depressed, a 24 year-old girl decided to commit suicide when her boyfriend left her. After getting a government job, the boy came under family pressure and left the girl. After such a drastic incident, all that the girl could think of was suicide. She decided to end her life by jumping in the Yamuna canal which is 4km away from Saharanpur.

 

Just before jumping she suddenly decided to search for an easier method to end one’s own life.

She searched “How to commit suicide” on Google. Fortunately, instead of showing the methods, the search results showed “Suicide Helpline Numbers”.

 

Instead of thinking more, she dialed one of the numbers that appeared on the mobile screen. The call was received by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, who convinced her to get counseling.

According to DIG Jitendra Kumar Sahni,

On January 3, I got a call from the girl on my public number. She was quite nervous and was about to end her life. She told me she had even searched how to kill herself on Google. Among the search results, she told me, she found my number. I heard her out and told her to come to my office so we could talk about it in detail.

After some time, the girl reached the DIG’s office, where she told her story. She was depressed and out of her mind. All she wanted was to end herself.

 

The DIG asked  the station officer of the women’s police station to take the matter in her hands and give counselling to the girl. The female inspector got in touch with the boy and talked to the couple to search for better options for a better future.

Technology saved this girl’s life and Google should get all the appreciation for listing suicide helpline numbers for such searches instead of the methods.


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So, After Diwali its Lohri which creates pollution for AAP.


Aam Aadmi Party is contesting elections in Punjab. After ruining Delhi they are heading towards Punjab to ruin it further.

While Manish Sisodia saying Delhi Model will be replicated in Punjab if AAP wins. So, it is a statutary warning issued by Manish Sisodia that if AAP win in Punjab then there will be just blame game and Punjab Shaming done. No progress, no work, only promises will be made.

In a rally Arvind Kejriwal said we will open 25000 Dairy farms just in Patiala that will employ 1.5 Lakh people. Well, Kejriwal started giving Jumlas before the elections. Why don’t people ask what about those promises which he made before Delhi election?

While in another news AAP has apealed our Punjabi brotheren not to celebrate Lohri in a traditional way. They are saying don’t create pollution by killing thousands of trees for your 2 hours entertainment.

Today, they want to ban bonfire on Lohri tomorrow they will say Hindus and Sikhs should stop burning the dead bodies to protect the environment.


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6 Years After The Attack, Delhi HC Let Off The Accused Who Poured Acid On Her


Sheela, Acid Attack Victim

The cruellest way to maim an individual is to attack them with acid. The attacker targets the face of the victim to disfigure and blind them. In India, the maximum numbers of victims of acid attacks are women and children, and sadly, the number is on the rise. Acid has a distressing and upsetting effect as it is not only a physical attack; it creates social, emotional, and mental scars along with the physical. The victim isn’t only physically distressed, but also feels socially stigmatised.

Despite these horrific attacks, there are many people who are not shying away from coming out in the open to share their stories. They believe that their stories will make others aware. One such story is of Sheela, who was allegedly attacked on her way to home from work on 19th November 2009.


Her Story:

Sheela hails from Delhi and belongs to a simple middle-class family where women were not allowed to go out of the house often. But she was ambitious. Due to personal reasons and to get a better job and life she went to Panipat in 2007. Her friend suggested a student counsellor position to which she applied and got selected. She also enrolled for an MBA from the same institute.

Her boss, Yashwinder Mallik started getting friendly with her. But she wouldn’t reciprocate as she was an introvert by nature and wanted to concentrate on her work. But his fascination with her did not wane. He became obsessed with her to the point of wanting to find out who she spoke with on the phone. Sheela was upset with this behaviour and wanted to leave the job. But he blackmailed her by slitting his wrist. He left no stone unturned to blackmail her. He even allegedly physically assaulted her.

When she told him about quitting, he hit himself on the head with an iron road. Sheela was scared to see him bleed and his crazy behaviour. He also threatened her with power and spoke about the police and political leaders he knew and made her stay.

Sheela saw that Yashwinder’s wife also knew of the issue and was distressed about it. She requested his wife to convince him to let her go. But he denied letting Sheela go at any cost. He told openly about his feelings for Sheela.

Afraid, Sheela used to stay back at home. But, her boss would force her out of the house. He threatened her that she had to work with him if she wanted to stay in the city. She managed to find another job in another institution. But, Yashwinder brought two of his friends and created a ruckus at the new workplace in front of everyone. One day, he forced her to meet him and kidnapped her for an entire day. He hit her at times, and at times started crying himself. She realised then that he would not let her live in peace. She reluctantly agreed to go back to her former workplace.


The Fateful Day

In 2009, Yashwinder tried to allegedly molest Sheela. This was the last straw. She decided to quit. Yashwinder agreed and asked her to serve the notice period, which ended on 1 December 2009. On November 19, as she was leaving, she saw a boy standing at the bottom of the stairs with his face half covered. She wanted to see who it was and glanced towards him. Before she could realise what happened, she saw green liquid thrown at her face. Her first reaction was to think it was a prank by a student. But the moment the liquid made contact with her skin, she knew it was acid.

She was in so much shock that it did not occur to her to wipe the acid off. She ran towards the closest room which was Yashwinder’s brother Rupak’s. Nobody came forward to help. Rupak called Yashwinder, and the two of them took her to the hospital within an hour.

When they informed her family, her brother wanted her to be brought to AIIMS, New Delhi. But, Yashwinder forcibly took her to CGI Hospital, Rohtak. Her family finally reached and took her to Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

Her lips were burnt, her face swollen; she had deep burns on her chest and could not blink either. When the police arrived, they asked if she knew the culprit. Even though she was in tremendous pain, she managed to convey to them that she could recognise him.


The Aftermath

Yashwinder visited the ICU and threatened her with dire consequences if she mentioned his name, all while her brother was right there. When the police came, Sheela was scared to say Yashwinder’s name but did mention that it was someone from her office. But the police wrote down that she did not have any suspects in mind and did not file the FIR.

Sheela’s family was becoming suspicious of Yashwinder’s motives and his visits and changed the hospitals a few times. But somehow he managed to find them. They finally shifted her to AIIMS Dehradun. He found them there too, but they refused to let him meet her. Sheela felt safe with her family.

On 1 January 2010, she called and lodged another complaint with the police and mentioned Yashwinder’s wife as the suspect. She knew that his wife was jealous of Yashwinder’s obsession with Sheela. But the police didn’t respond to her, and she wondered if she would get justice in her life.

Sheela was looking for support from women’s organisations. She needed mental and financial help. Her surgeries and medical expenses bankrupted her family and even to this day, she spends about Rs 4,000 a month on an average. Through her distressed time, she found a ray of hope in the form of the helpline number 181. This was launched after the Nirbhaya gangrape case in 2012. Sheela approached the helpline in May 2013.


The case

She met Khadija Farooqui, head of the helpline. Since the case was not from Delhi, Khadija helped Sheela send a letter to the Chief Minister of Haryana for aid. But this application was rejected saying the attack took place before 2012. But Sheela did not give up. She lodged another application and attached her before-and-after photos along with it. Her request was approved and sent to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Haryana, Parminder Kaur.

The next day, Sheela received a call from the CJM. Then she asked Sheela whether she knew who attacked her. Sheela felt relieved as someone was finally asking her this question after four years. Sheela broke down and said that she suspected Yashwinder’s wife. She added that the police could have arrested her but didn’t do as her boss was politically influential.

In 2013, Sheela revisited Panipat and showed the places where she was accosted, stalked and attacked by Yashwinder. She was accompanied by the supervisor of 181 for recording the statements. Yashwinder was called to the DSP’s office where he said that Sheela was making allegations for money. After a thorough investigation, the police found that the attack was planned by Yashwinder’s wife. To harm Sheela, she required Rs 1.5 lakh which she could not arrange. So she employed the help of a student for Rs 40,000. He told his cousin to throw acid on Sheela. With pressure from the CJM, the police arrested everyone involved but added fewer charges to Yashwinder.

The very next day Yashwinder was released on bail. CJM informed Sheela that a political leader visited her and asked about the case. Even Sheela’s lawyer stepped back as he daughter was followed and threatened by unknown people. Yashwinder was released, whereas his wife was remanded to 40 days in jail. The boy who threw acid spent three months in the jail.

Sheela did not have hope for justice in Panipat and filed for a transfer of the case to Delhi on 18 February 2014. The Haryana court issued a stay order on 7 March 2014, but the case was transferred to Rohini, Delhi on 22 August 2014. Judge Deepak Mishra ordered for a daily trial. The Rohini Court pressed multiple charged on Yashwinder for harassment, kidnap, and abuse. His wife and the two students were booked under IPC 326, 308 and 120 D. Since one of them was a juvenile during the attack, his case was transferred to the Juvenile Justice Board.

The case came to High Court appeal in January 2015 for the trial of the additional acid attack charges. Justice S P Garg presided over the case. On 19th July 2016, he listened to the argument. In the meantime, Sheela was being offered crores of rupees as a settlement on the pretext that she will be sent to America for further treatment and if she didn’t comply, they would stretch the cases unnecessarily. But Sheela didn’t relent to their threat. Yashwinder and his wife hired heavyweight and influential lawyers in the High Court and the Sessions Court.


The Logical Indian spoke to Sheela about her ordeal so far. About not pursuing her case for four years, she says, “I did not have the mental tenacity for it. I was not able to see anything for the first two years, and this traumatised me mentally and physically.” She said that her family also pressured her not to pursue the case due to the stress. Apart from this, undergoing 18 operations made her weak. But she says, “I still gathered courage and went to the court every day. I am not going to give up so easily”. Nothing could dent her spirit. She hopes, “One day I am going to get justice, and I am sure about it”.

She points out, “We lack compassion in dealing with victims of heinous crimes like this. Everyone is blaming me for being lackadaisical, but I know that the police are equally responsible for it because they did not follow up strongly. They did not show an interest to pick my acid-soaked clothes or take my bag”.

Due to lack of substantial evidence, all of the accused were acquitted. She knows that even Vikram, the main accused, whose case is up for hearing on 30th January, will be released on bail. But she does not want to give up so easily; “I will challenge this judgment in the Supreme Court”.

Sheela currently works with the Human Rights Law Network where she assists the acid attack victims to file cases for compensation. “It gives me a sense of relief and a moral boost”. She is hopeful that one day she will get back her looks. “But now my fight is only to put my culprits behind bars and set an example for the others”, she says.

When she was asked what she thinks should be done to ban acid attacks, she says it’s not possible to ban them because this is the easiest crime. “Acid attacks take place on the pretext of everything, be it spurned love or property disputes or any other bigger political issues. If we try to change the mindset of the people, it is a tedious process, and by that time, 3-4% of women in India would already become disfigured and disabled”. She wishes the Supreme Court implements the fast track courts for the quick judgments for the acid attack victims. Stricter laws need to be applied for acid attacks.

Sheela confesses, “It pains me when I see myself standing in the queue of disabled persons or have to consider myself as someone belonging to the “handicap” category. I wish the law to be stricter so that no other woman has to undergo what I suffer”. She even says, “I was offered Rs 1 Crore as compensation. I was told to take the money to go to America for treatment. But, do you think, there can be a compensation for this heinous crime?”


We bet there isn’t. There are hundreds of women like Sheela in our country who are suffering in silence. Many don’t even approach the police and the legal system because they do not have faith that they will get justice. Even those who do take the legal recourse are subjected to months of proceedings draining them of the financial and emotional resources. In cases like Sheela’s, the accused have all been set free.

We need fast track courts and judgements.


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2 Hindu students expelled from Christian school for this bizarre reason. This will put you in shame.


In another shocking instance of the Christian intolerance & contempt for Hindu beliefs and customs, Tamil media has reported that St. Joseph school in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu suspended two boy students for applying vibhuti (sacred ash) on forehead.

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BELOW  is the photo of the cutting of Report in a Tamil paper about Hindu students being banned for applying Vibhuti

Let’s check it’s English Traslation. Given By Shilpy Tiwary in Twitter. https://twitter.com/ShilpiTiwari5/

Hindu devotees apply vibhuti traditionally as three horizontal lines across the forehead and other parts of the body to honor Bhagwan Shiva. This verse from the Bible explains the Christian fanaticism against vibhuti and other Hindu symbols –

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
-Leveticus 19:28

Instances of Hindu students being victimised & Hindu symbols being banned in Christian educational institutions are commonplace. Some recent examples  –

  • Last year, St. Vincent Pallotti School in Bengaluru expelled a 3 year old LKG student because the child had a shikha (long tuft or lock of hair on the top or back of the head) as part of his family’s Hindu religious traditions. The principal of the school, Paul D’Souza, dismissed the pleas of the boy’s father, and justified the expulsion saying that the school rules did not allow such ‘superstitious practices’.
  • Hindu girls in Kanpur were severely punished by St Marys Convent for wearing Rakhee & applying mehandi.  The students were made to stand in the sun and forced to wash off the mehandi by rubbing on a stone, which led to bleeding from their hands.
  • Rs 500 fine imposed on a student for coming to Doveton School, Chennai with a Mehandi– a temporary Hindu  tattoo. The school is run by Doveton Protestant Schools Association, one of the oldest schools in Chennai.

We have also reported on how the Principal of Mt. Carmel convent school in Delhi, Dr. Vijay Kumar Williams, regularly preaches Christianity and rubbishes Hindu Dharma in morning assembly of his group of schools.

To this, some Hindus will say, “Well, why do Hindu parents send their children to Christian schools if they feel strongly about such things?” To them, the answer is –

  • Many Hindu parents are forced to send their children to convents as Hindu-run schools are being shut down due to a sectarian, draconian law like RTE. If RTE is not reversed soon, Christian missionaries will someday in the not too distant future acquire a monopoly on school education sector.
  • Many Christian schools receive Government aid – still, they discriminate against Hindu students and impart sectarian Christian teachings. This is nothing but a mockery of secularism and the rule of law. At the same time, a completely unaided Hindu run school (i.e. one which receives no grants from the Government) is forced to comply with RTE regulations! Such an arrangement is unheard of in any other civilized country in the world. As this blog explains –“The current situation in India is split along minority/Hindu and aided/private axis as follows.
    • If you are a private unaided Hindu-run school – you need to follow RTE rules and need NOC (a No Objection Certificate – a uniquely Indian license) and other establishment rules
    • If you are an aided Hindu-run school – you need all of the above and you need to cede management control to school management committee. Essentially a shell.
    • If you are minority unaided school – you have full autonomy and the RTE does not apply to you. The NOC process is extraordinary because you can approach NCMEI that Hindus cannot.
    • If you are a minority aided school – you still have full autonomy except some very basic service conditions for teachers.

    You can see how the Idea of India completely destroys the carefully constructed common law principles of  ‘affectation with public interest’.  If you are a minority – even if you run on public money you are treated like a private enterprise. If you are Hindu running the school without any government help – you are considered a public establishment.

 India’s education law is spectacularly isolated in the world – there is no country  where the majority community faces special burdens by law in this sector.” 

  • If the argument is that private Hindu schools receive land at subsidized rates from Government and also pay less taxes, hence they have a public obligation to comply with laws like RTE, well then the Christian schools and Churches are sitting on huge land banks granted to them by the British – these lands should have been nationalized long back. Moreover, many Christian institutions receive huge foreign funding through the FCRA route.
  • It is true that many parents send their children to convents, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, as they want their children to learn ‘good English’ for better job prospects. We all need to reflect on why we have reached a situation today that all higher education in management, engineering, law, medicine today is provided only in English? Why did we allow this language apartheid to become so entrenched that we look down upon native languages as inferior? While other nations like Japan, China, Korea, Israel etc have become global powerhouses on the back of education provided in their mother tongue, what has this English-medium obsession really achieved for us? Learning English should be a good supplementary option for children – but to produce real innovation, we must promote native languages as bhashaneeti.org argues. Nevertheless, just because a Hindu parent decides to send his/her child to a convent does not give a license to the school to denigrate the child’s religion and way of life. What happened to religious tolerance and mutual respect that our intellectuals keep reminding Hindus about?

The fact that our education sector is in a mess and that Christian schools have a widespread network across the country, does not mean that they can do as they please & run roughshod over Hindus. We did not win a hard-fought independence from Britain just to sell out our cultural soul to the inheritors of the British colonial attitudes. Hindus are more than capable of running good quality schools, if the Government stops interfering and provides them a level playing field. And the hypocrisy of the whole intolerance and religious fundamentalism narrative peddled by left-liberals, which paints Hindus as indescribably evil out to persecute the poor Christians and Muslims, is just mind-boggling


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