QChennai: No Justice for Tirukoilur Rape Survivors & More

Here’s your roundup of all things Chennai. 

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1. Five Years On, Rape Survivors in Tirukoilur Still Fighting for Justice

More than five years after four women belonging to a Scheduled Tribe (ST) community were allegedly raped by policemen attached to the Tirukoilur Police Station, the survivors are still battling for justice despite the Madras High Court directing the State government to decide over granting permission to prosecute the accused personnel.

The alleged rape, involving five police personnel, was committed on 22 November, 2011. A week later, the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced compensation for the women and promised a probe and action against the accused. Although she placed them under suspension, it was revoked by the High Court on the ground that the charge-sheet was not filed at that time.

Source: The Hindu

2. Slum Dwellers to Get Homes Within the City

Locality near Seven Wells identified for building tenements; 40 more such locations are in the process of being acquired.
Locality near Seven Wells identified for building tenements; 40 more such locations are in the process of being acquired.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

In a major policy shift that could help safeguard the livelihood of the slum dwellers to some extent, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has decided to construct tenements in Moolakothalam near Seven Wells.

The Board has also identified around 40 localities in and around the city for resettlement and relocation of slum dwellers and homeless families.

Unlike the previous resettlement colonies, which were over 50 km away from the city centre, some of the new localities could be much closer and within one hour of travel time.

Source: The Hindu

3. CPI (M) Plea on SC/ST Scholarship

Medical education, in particular, will be severely affected.
Medical education, in particular, will be severely affected.
(Photo Courtesy: CPI(M))

The CPI(M) on Saturday urged the state government to restore the higher education scholarships for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste students which has been slashed by more than a third.

In a statement, CPI(M) State secretary G Ramakrishnan said that over 1.5 lakh students will be affected by the move. It will be a severe blow to students, who will either be unable to join college or forced to drop out. Medical education, in particular, will be severely affected.

Source: The Hindu

4. Getting Aadhar is Harrowing for Disabled

‘Process not equipped for all persons’
‘Process not equipped for all persons’
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

For persons with disabilities in the city, getting an Aadhaar card is a difficult and stressful experience.

At a 10-day enrolment camp last month, Vidya Sagar, an organisation that works with people with disabilities, attempted to get as many people as possible enrolled, but a number of difficulties arose: children with autism and neurological disabilities were not able to sit still for the photograph and were scared of the iris biometric scanner; some with cerebral palsy were not able to get their fingers scanned and many simply couldn’t cope with the process, while others struggled.

Source: The Hindu

5. Missing Flower Vendor’s Body Exhumed from Auto Driver’s House

Love triangle led to murder, say police.
Love triangle led to murder, say police.
(Photo Courtesy: Udayavani)

The Avadi police on Sunday exhumed the body of a flower vendor, suspected to have been murdered, from the house of an auto driver, the prime accused. Two special teams have been formed to nab Diwan Mohammed and his friend Gopi, the other accused.

Police said that Sundaram, a resident of Ramalingapuram 3rd Street, Avadi, went missing from his house on 2 September. Based on a man missing complaint, the Avadi Police registered a case and during investigation, they found that Sundaram was in an illicit relationship with a flower vendor Amudha, 33, of Gowripettai.

Source: The Hindu

6. Dhinakaran Announces Meet Against Entrance Test

Urges Centre to approve pending Bills on NEET waiver.
Urges Centre to approve pending Bills on NEET waiver.
(Photo: The Quint)

Urging the Central government to exempt students from Tamil Nadu from the purview of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who had earlier cancelled a protest following the Supreme Court order, on Sunday announced that his supporters would organise a public meeting against the exam at Tiruchi on 16 September.

“It is essential for the Central government to give its assent to the Bills passed to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET...,” Dhinakaran said in a statement.

Source: The Hindu

7. Steep Ticket Prices Do not Deter Cricket Fans

Tickets for ODI sold out in hours.
Tickets for ODI sold out in hours.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Scorching heat and the steep price were no deterrent for ardent cricket fans in the city as they thronged ticket counters from dawn for next Sunday’s India-Australia clash. Within a few hours of sale, tickets for every stand, except the Pavilion Terrace and hospitality boxes, were sold out. The minimum ticket price was a steep Rs 1,200 though the base price was only Rs 750. The additional amount was thanks to the GST, which amounted to Rs 210 (28 percent) and an entertainment tax of Rs 240 (25 percent).

But this did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of fans, with the queue from Victoria Hostel Road stretching up to the Pattabiraman Gate of the stadium on Wallajah Road. The counters opened at 11 am.

Source: The Hindu

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