QKolkata: GD Birla Removes Principal, Child To Retake Medical Test
Parents staged protests in front of the school, where a 4-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by two teachers.
Parents staged protests in front of the school, where a 4-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by two teachers.(Photo Courtesy: Gurvinder Singh)

QKolkata: GD Birla Removes Principal, Child To Retake Medical Test

1. Principal Exit To End Unrest

The principal of GD Birla Centre for Education was on Wednesday "relieved from her present duties and responsibilities with immediate effect", paving the way for the school to reopen on Thursday after a three-day closure and six days of unrest over a little girl being allegedly sexually assaulted by two teachers.

The senior section of the school – classes VI to XII ( morning, day and afternoon) – will resume functioning on Thursday, a representative of the school said. Junior classes – Lower Infant to Class V – are scheduled to resume on Friday.

The decision to "relieve" the principal was taken by the school management after a meeting with representatives of guardians, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the police.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. First Test on Sexual Harassment Victim Inconclusive

The first medical and forensic examination report from SSKM Hospital on the child allegedly sexually assaulted at GD Birla Centre for Education has remained inconclusive, sources have told The Telegraph. The medical examination was done on Friday afternoon and the alleged assault took place on Thursday afternoon. Since the findings of Friday’s tests were inconclusive, the child was again examined at SSKM on Wednesday. The outcome of the new examination is awaited.

Legal and police sources cautioned that the inconclusive nature of the first report alone need not affect the case as the child. Usually, the account of the victim takes precedence over medical reports because an examination need not find traces of all forms of sexual assault.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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3. Council Takes Control of Examiner Selection

 Students appearing for their board exams.
Students appearing for their board exams.
(Photo: PTI)

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will directly select ICSE and ISC examiners from 2019 onwards, instead of relying on schools to nominate them, as is currently the practice.

"The council will pick the names from a list. Schools would no longer be required to nominate teachers for evaluation of answer scripts of students writing the ICSE and ISC examinations. The council expects the new system to expedite the evaluation process," said Gerry Arathoon, secretary and chief executive of the CISCE.

The trigger for the change is a shortage of examiners almost every year because many schools do not nominate an adequate number of teachers, according to the principal of an ICSE institution in Calcutta.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Woman Crushed Along Jessore Road

A homemaker standing beside Jessore Road died when a truckload of bricks fell on her after the vehicle turned on its side following an accident in Sukantanagar, near the airport, on Wednesday morning. A critically injured Ujjawala Kanjilal, 38, was taken to a nearby nursing home, where doctors declared her dead. As news of Kanjilal’s death spread, residents blocked Jessore Road for over an hour, demanding proper vigil by police on the four- lane thoroughfare — National Highway 112.

Police said the brick-laden mini- truck heading for the city overturned after it collided with a bus moving in the opposite direction around 9.30am. "The victim was standing by the roadside, waiting to cross the thoroughfare," a police officer said.

"After the mini- truck overturned, the pile of bricks fell on her. She suffered critical head injuries.” The irate residents who blocked the road said goods vehicles, most of them overloaded, often plied down the highway dangerously.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Youth Accused Of Raping Deaf and Mute Woman

Family members of a deaf and mute woman in her late 20s have alleged that a neighbour they identified as Biswajit Ghosh raped her after gagging her and tying her hands and legs on Tuesday night. The accused is absconding, an officer of Basirhat police station said. "We have raided his relatives’ houses in adjoining areas in search of him but our efforts drew a blank. We are working on some leads and scanning the call records of Biswajit’s cellphone," the officer said.

The woman’s mother and sister-in-law told the police that they were in the kitchen when they were alerted by the sound of someone groaning. As they rushed to the room from where the sound came, they spotted Biswajit. "The two grabbed Biswajit’s hands but he pushed them aside and fled. They said the victim was lying gagged, her hands and legs tied," an officer of the police station who is probing the alleged rape said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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6. Help Elderly Man Return Home, HC Orders Cops

An ailing septuagenarian, thrown out of his house four months ago, will finally be able to head back, thanks to an order from Calcutta High Court. Retired state government employee Khagendra Nath Patra (72), a widower, had said his son and daughter-in-law had refused to let him stay in his own house, forcing him to beg his relatives for a place to stay, and even spend days on the road, as he kept asking police for help.

On Wednesday, the High Court directed the cops to help Patra go back home at 11am the following day. The court asked the cops to ensure his stay in any room of his choice. “I am not well,” the elderly man told TOI, hours after the court order. “I have a pacemaker, and I have had a bypass surgery. I was forced out of my own home. I was abused, misbehaved against and even assaulted.”

Several calls to Patra’s son went unanswered.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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7. Police ‘Thwarted’ By FB, HC Asks For Corp Address

Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed the cyber crime cell of state CID to submit the corporate address and other details of Facebook after the cops told the court that social media giant refused to share IP details, stalling the probe into a woman’s complaint against comments on her personal life posted on Facebook.

Justice Debangshu Basak was hearing a petition by the Siliguri-based woman against alleged inaction by the Siliguri cyber police station on her complaint that “unwanted comments” on her private life were being posted on Facebook. The woman had lodged the complaint with the cyber police station on 3 May last year.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the counsel for the cops, Bibhas Chatterjee, told the court that Facebook did not pay heed to a request by the Siliguri cyber police station to provide them with the IP address of the account holder who had allegedly posted the comments against the complainant. This had forced the cyber crime cell to close the investigation for lack of evidence, Chatterjee explained. The court then asked Chatterjee to submit all details of Facebook by 11 December.

(Source: The Times Of India)