QAhmedabad: Brahmin Body Wants Ban on Film ‘Article 15’ & More
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1. Brahmin Body Wants Ban on Film
Protesting against the release of an upcoming movie, ‘Article 15’, in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat, a right-wing organisation, Shree Samast Gujarat Brahmsamaj, has called for a ban on its release scheduled for Friday, 28 June.
A dozen volunteers of the Shree Samast Gujarat Brahmsamaj, an organisation claiming to represent the Brahmin community in the state, held a protest outside the Wide Angle Multiplex at Satellite crossing on the Sarkhej Gandhinagar highway on Wednesday morning.
(Source: Indian Express)
2. Manual Scavenging: Gujarat HC Declines State’s Reply, Seeks Details
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday, 26 June, expressed dissatisfaction with the state government’s response on a public interest litigation (PIL) that seeks the implementation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 in its entirety.
The division bench, headed by Justice SR Brahmbhatt, refused to place the state’s reply on record and asked for a detailed affidavit by 1 July.
Assistant government pleader Utkarsh Sharma, who was representing the state government, was asked to file a reply that highlights the prevalence of manual scavenging in the state.
(Source: Indian Express)
3. Gujarat HC Rejects Ahmed Patel’s Plea to Remove Smriti Irani and Amit Shah as Respondents
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday, 26 June, rejected an application by Ahmed Patel seeking the deletion of Smriti Irani and Amit Shah as respondents in an election petition filed by BJP leader Balwantsinh Rajput challenging Patel’s election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017.
Patel won a closely fought contest against Rajput, who was earlier a Congress leader, and switched sides after getting a BJP ticket to contest the Rajya Sabha election.
Patel’s advocates submitted that Irani and Shah were initially impleaded as respondent parties in the main petition in view of section 82 of Representation of People’s Act (RPA) 1951. However, they were elected as Lok Sabha members, leaving the Rajya Sabha seats held by them vacant.
The court of Justice Bela Trivedi adjudged that Irani and Shah have to be continued as the party respondents in the election petition “in view of the statutory compliance of the provisions in Section 82 of the RPA”.
(Source: The Indian Express)
4. Mentally Ill Woman Found to Be Pregnant, Rape Complaint Filed
A rape case was lodged with Navrangpura police station after a 24-year-old mentally ill woman from Jharkhand was found pregnant near stadium crossroads of Ahmedabad. The case was lodged on Tuesday after police got a medical report of the woman.
As per police on 1 June, they got a call saying that a woman was roaming near Stadium crossroads and it seems like she was physically tortured. The woman was taken to the civil hospital for treatment and tests.
As per police officials, it was revealed that the woman was mentally ill and was not able to communicate properly. She was not even able to recollect her name.
Later the woman was shifted to the mental hospital in Mahupura. When the medical report of the woman came, it was revealed that she was 15 weeks pregnant.
5. Hooligans Assault Physically Challenged Girl's Family in Train
Travelling in compartment for physically challenged of Mumbai-Rajkot Saurashtra Janta Express was a nightmare for a physically challenged 21-years-old girl and her father. A group of drunk hooligans assaulted the girl's father when he objected to their entry in the special compartment.
When the distressed daughter-father duo approached the railway police they too turned a deaf ear. The father has filed a complaint with the RPF head office at Mumbai Central station.
The victim identified as Milan Parmar (48) is a tailor residing at Girgaon.
Speaking with DNA, Milan Parmar said, “I was travelling with my wife Sangita (43) and daughter Mitali (21) on Sunday evening and we had gone for a darshan at the Chotila temple at Than in Rajkot district.”
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