QMumbai: State Cop Wants Sex Change Surgery; BMC Razes Slum

BMC razes slum in Vakola without giving flat keys to residents and other city stories.

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The BMC headquarters in Fort, Mumbai.

Woman Cop Wants Sex Change Surgery, Seeks Bosses’ Nod

Mumbai police officers on duty (Image used for representational purpose only).
Mumbai police officers on duty (Image used for representational purpose only).
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The Maharashtra Police top brass are in a quandary after a female constable from Beed wrote to them seeking permission to undergo sex change operation. Constable Lalita Salvi, 27, has approached her immediate bosses and the state Deputy General of Police Satish Mathur saying she feels "uncomfortable living as a female", and that she has an all-clear from JJ Hospital to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

While determining one's sexuality is the right of every individual, the police top brass are in a dilemma as Salvi has said she would want to continue serving the police department after her sex change.

"This is the first time we are facing such a request. It's a very complicated matter, and we'll have to analyse whether the person in question, who has been carrying out specific duties all these years, will be able to handle a completely different set of tasks," a senior officer from the state police said.

The officer said an opinion has been sought from the state's legal department on the matter, even as Constable Salvi has told her bosses that she intends to move court to expedite the gender reassignment procedure.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

BMC Razes Vakola Slum Without Giving Flat Keys

Rendered homeless within a span of few hours, 19-year-old Shivani doesn't know where to go with her one-month-old baby and is worried that he may take ill in the cold. Till Wednesday, Shivani used to live with her husband, Shedu, and in-laws in one of the 750-odd hutments sprawled across the Vakola pipeline adjoining the airport in Gaondevi area, Santacruz (East). Today, the hutments have been reduced to rubble after the BMC carried out demolitions to free the pipeline area of encroachments in keeping with a High Court order.

But people like Shivani and Shedu, who have been identified as "eligible" settlers in civic records, claim that they have not been given the keys to their alternative accommodations in Mahul, 17 km away, before the BMC bulldozers rolled in to raze their houses.

"On November 7, the BMC conducted a lottery for eligible slum dwellers for allotting flats in Mahul. We bagged a flat (No. 614) at building No. 37. We were asked to submit some fresh documents on November 15. But on the same day, the BMC demolished our house," claimed Chellumuthu Arjun (50), Shivani's mother-in-law.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

Man Held For Raping 16-Year-Old Sister-In-Law In Bandra

A representational image of a crime scene.
A representational image of a crime scene.
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A man was on Thursday arrested for allegedly raping his 16-year-old sister-in-law in suburban Bandra in Mumbai, police said. The accused, Irshad Siddiqui (28), had allegedly sexually assaulted his wife's younger sister on Sunday, they said.

According to a police official, the accused and his wife, who reside in Rajkot in Gujarat, had come to the latter's maternal home in Bandra to attend her mother's funeral. Her mother had died in a road accident a few days back.

"On Sunday afternoon, the accused raped his wife's sister when she went to sleep. Following the incident, the victim went to her neighbours and narrated her ordeal to them. They approached the police and lodged a complaint against Siddiqui," he said.

Three police teams were formed to probe the matter and sent to various places, including Rajkot, to nab the accused, the official said. "Acting on a tip-off that Siddiqui is again in Mumbai, police laid a trap and arrested him from suburban Khar today," the official said.

(Source: Mid-Day)

Taxi Driver Suffers Heart Attack, Rams Into Four At Mahim

Taxis lined up in Mumbai (Image used for representational purpose only).
Taxis lined up in Mumbai (Image used for representational purpose only).
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A taxi driver suffered a heart attack while driving near Mahim last evening and rammed into four pedestrians. According to police sources, the incident took place around 6.30 pm, while the driver, identified as Rajpati Dube, 57, was heading towards Bandra. While the pedestrians escaped with minor injuries, the cab driver did not survive the heart attack.

A police source said, "Dube had just refueled his taxi from a Mahim petrol pump and was heading towards Bandra, when he started feeling uneasy. Soon after, he lost control of the car and swerved towards the curb, but he hit four pedestrians on the sidewalk. The incident took place near the Paradise Cinema area."

Cops confirmed that all the four pedestrians suffered minor injuries. Speaking to mid-day, DCP Rajiv Jain said, "The injured were shifted to Bhabha Hospital and Hinduja Hospital for treatment. None of them suffered grievous injuries. Mahim police is looking into the case."

(Source: Mid-Day)

Man Slaps Traffic Cop For Asking Him To Stop Talking To His 'Female Friend'

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for slapping a traffic constable who objected to him causing a traffic nusance in Vashi’s Sector 28 on Tuesday night as per reports by Mumbai Mirror. The police say that the accused, who's father owns a popular Vada Pav centre in Koparkhairane area, was granted bail by a local court in Vashi.

As per a police official from the Khoparkhairane police station, "The man had parked his bike blocking the road near Hotel Blue Diamond in Vashi and it was creating a huge traffic problem. So a constable attached with the Vashi Traffic branch, asked the man, who was talking to a female friend, to move his bike. This angered him." The man started abusing the policeman and even slapped him. The whole episode was recorded by an onlooker on his mobile phone.

(Source: Mid-Day)

New Goregaon Terminus To Help Clear Andheri Station

The new Goregaon Harbour Terminus will open by December 2017 to help decongest Andheri station.
The new Goregaon Harbour Terminus will open by December 2017 to help decongest Andheri station.
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The opening of the new Goregaon Harbour Terminus by December 2017 will allow direct trains between CSMT and Goregaon, helping decongest Andheri station, as harbour line commuters can now travel seamlessly right up to Goregaon. "The line is in the final stages of completion. It will be up for safety trials by the commissioner of railway safety and once those are in place, it will be open to traffic. It will help decongest Andheri station as many harbour line commuters who want to go beyond Andheri can travel all the way to Goregaon on the same train," a senior Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said.

With WR's 5th and 6th lines still being laid, these new lines will help WR boost capacity. CST to Goregaon direct trains on the harbour line will be a big boon and help commuters from both Central and Western lines.

(Source: Mid-Day)

Maharshtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Launches Drive Against Obesity Among Children

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 
(Photo: IANS)  

“I’m the first example of child obesity because from the time I was a child I was plump. When I was young, no one told me what I should be eating, what I should avoid or what kind of lifestyle changes should be adopted,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while launching a campaign against child obesity here on Thursday.

The Rotary Club of Koregaon Park in association with the JT Foundation is organising the drive. Fadnavis launched the campaign at a function in the Annabhau Sathe Sabhagruha auditorium. “The state government has already launched a taskforce ‘Fight Obesity’ where Dr Jayshree Todkar is playing a leading role,” said Fadnavis.

Dr Todkar is Asia’s first woman bariatric surgeon and director of the JT Foundation. Speaking at the event, Dr Todkar said, “Obesity and nutrition should be included in the school syllabus. Obesity clinics should be set up at all healthcare levels. Pune tops the first five cities of India in obesity, and it is the most appropriate place to launch the campaign.” The CM also launched a Body Mass Index (BMI) dialer. A documentary highlighting the risks of obesity too was screened. The movie will be shown to over 6,000 children in Pune. Besides, experts spoke on how the disease can be tackled as well as the different stages of obesity.

(Source: Indian Express)

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