QWrap: Honeypreet Still Missing; BHU Dismisses Security Concerns
A quick look at all that made news today!
1. Delhi HC Reserves Order on Honeypreet’s Bail Plea
The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on Honeypreet’s bail plea. The court was expected to pass its verdict on the bail plea at 2 pm on Tuesday, however, some media reports suggest that the court asked Honeypreet Insan to surrender. Earlier reports said that the bail application was incomplete as the FIR papers were not attached.
On Tuesday morning, the Panchkula police raided a residence in Greater Kailash II, earlier reported to be Honeypreet’s house. Later, a burqa-clad woman was outside a building in New Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar is suspected to be Honeypreet herself.
Read more here.
2. BHU VC Says Security Concerns of Students A “Rumour”
"If force was used on girls, I have no idea."
This was the response of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi when questioned about students being lathi-charged at the varsity gates when they were protesting against inaction in a case where a fellow student was allegedly molested on 21 September.
Over one night of Lathicharge multiple hostels in BHU started emptying out after authorities said they wouldn't be responsible for the safety of the students on campus.
3. Is Feeble No, Not A No?
Co-director of ‘Peepli Live’ Mahmood Farooqui was acquitted by the Delhi High Court in a March 2015 rape case, on 25 September. The court acquitted him saying that he was entitled to benefit of doubt as the testimony of the victim was not reliable.
The Judge Ashutosh Kumar said that it would be difficult to decipher whether a feeble "no", was actually a denial of consent."
"Whether such an incident happened, if it has happened, it did happen with the consent of the prosecutrix. This remains in doubt," the court said.
“In a relationship when people are attracted to each other, things do happen. But it does not mean it’s rape,” the judge had said, adding that the “woman’s version is also contradictory to the documentary evidence.”
4. The Quint’s Ramayana Guidebook
We’ve read it before and we’ve heard the story on loop, especially during Dussehra and Diwali. Yeah! We’re talking about Ramayana – the Game of Thrones of that era– written by a gentleman named Valmiki.
With Dussehra just a week away, we at The Quint thought it’s time we had an A-Z refresher course on Ramayana for all our millennial readers. Poor kids, would be baffled when they hear names like Jatayu and Shurpanakha instead of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. But worry not, this will be an easy-breezy read for ya’ll.
Read the full story here.
5. Rahul Takes A Dig At Modi on Home Turf
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-day tour to Gujarat, took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling the Make in India initiative a “complete failure.” He added that the Sardar Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ will carry a label of ‘Made in China’ at the back. “It is shameful,” he added.
He also said that the Modi government hit the Patidars with bullets, but the Congress wants to carry every individual ahead with love and brotherhood.
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