Bombay HC Grants Bail To Stepfather Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor Step-Daughters [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Grants Bail To Stepfather Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor Step-Daughters [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap16 July 2020 12:00 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday allowed a bail application filed by one Makrand Bapardekar who has been accused of sexually assaulting his step daughters, one of whom is a minor, in a FIR registered with Andheri Police station following a complaint filed by his wife. Justice Sandeep K Shinde was hearing Bapardekar’s bail application in connection with FIR registered before the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday allowed a bail application filed by one Makrand Bapardekar who has been accused of sexually assaulting his step daughters, one of whom is a minor, in a FIR registered with Andheri Police station following a complaint filed by his wife. Justice Sandeep K Shinde was hearing Bapardekar’s bail application in connection with FIR registered before the Andheri police station for the offences punishable under Sections 354, 354A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Sections 8, 9(n) and 10 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). As per the complainant, after demise of her first husband, she got married to the applicant in June 2013 and started residing at the applicant’s house with her two daughters. The couple have a daughter together who was born on June 11, 2019. It is alleged in the complaint that due to recurring quarrels and harassment caused to her by the applicant, the complainant left the matrimonial house in January 2019 and started living at her mother’s house. In April 2019, complainant’s younger daughter from the first marriage narrated her ordeal of sexual abuse by her step-father (applicant), which, the complainant reported to Bhagwati Mahila Vikas Mandal in a complaint dated February 10, 2019. Besides, she had also lodged two complaints with Andheri Police Station under Sections 504 and 506 of the IPC against the applicant. Moreover, in May 2019, the complainant instituted proceedings against the applicant under the Domestic Violence Act. The said complaint under DV Act states- “Applicant states that the respondent used to insist her elder daughter from the first marriage to massage him on his person. He used to ask the younger step-daughter to sit on his lap and that he was doing so in front of the applicant though she protested illegalities committed by the respondent.” Appearing for the applicant accused, Advocate Aniket Nikam argued that the subject FIR has been filed nearly after six months of the alleged incident, to seek corroboration to averments/allegations in the domestic violence complaint. Nikam invited the Court’s attention to the letter addressed by complainant’s elder daughter from the first marriage to the Senior Inspector of the Police wherein she had alleged attempts by her mother to push her in the prostitution. Therefore, the complainant’s version is suspicious, particularly, in view of her elder daughter’s complaint to police, which has not been enquired into. Furthermore, the investigation is over and the trial may not commence in the near future and by imposing suitable conditions, this Court can secure the presence of the applicant, Nikam contended. Finally, Justice Shinde observed- “After perusing relevant documents as pointed out and referred to hereinabove, in my view, a case is made out for releasing the applicant on bail. That even otherwise, investigation in the case is over. Offences punishable under Sections 354, 354A and Section 12 of the POCSO Act, may extend to 5 and 3 years respectively. In the circumstances, application is allowed and hence, the following order: (i) The applicant is directed to be released on executing PR bond for the sum of Rs.30,000 with one or more sureties in like sum. (ii) He shall furnish his permanent residential address and contact details to the Investigating Officer within seven days after the date of his release. (iii) The applicant shall not tamper with the evidence or attempt to influence or contact the complainant, witnesses or any person concerned with the case”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Fauci warns reopening US too soon could ‘backfire’

first_img11:40 a.m.: 40 deaths among NYC homelessThe homeless are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and in New York City, at least 40 people experiencing homelessness have succumbed to the virus, according to the Department of Social Services.Those 40 people are among the 615 homeless individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus in New York City. 11 a.m.: US, Canada and Mexico agree to keep border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 daysThe U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their borders closed to nonessential travel for at least another 30 days, Homeland Security officials said Monday.In addition to the restrictions on legal travel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is still refusing entry to unauthorized travelers and immediately removing those who cross illegally under an expedited process that largely cuts out the typical administrative review process.In March, federal authorities deported or “expelled” more than 6,300 unauthorized immigrants from the border “in the interest of public health.”10:05 a.m.: NYC cancels June events including Pride MarchIn hard-hit New York City, all nonessential permitted events for June — parades and concerts — have been canceled, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. Among the annual June events in New York are the Puerto Rican Day parade and the Pride March. This would have been the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ Pride March, which the mayor called a “very very big deal.”A lot of these events will be postponed, de Blasio stressed. Data out of New York City appears to be improving, which the mayor called “damn close to what we’re looking for.”The number of people admitted to hospitals on Friday was 317, and that fell to 212 on Saturday.The number of people in intensive care units stayed nearly flat, from 849 Friday to 853 on Saturday.The percentage of people who tested positive for the coronavirus citywide fell from 38% on Friday to 34% on Saturday.8:05 a.m.: Fauci warns reopening US too soon could ‘backfire’Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, warned Monday that reopening the U.S. economy too soon could “backfire.” “Unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen,” Fauci told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back,” he explained. “That’s the problem.”Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States is currently conducting about 1.5 to 2 million COVID-19 tests per week and is “certainly going to need more.” “We need to get up to at least maybe two times that, three times that,” he said. “But we will as we go into the coming weeks.” Fauci noted that tapping into “unused capacity” is equally important, so that states can identify and isolate cases as well as trace contacts. “What we need to do is make a better connectivity with the tests that are available as well as the capacity that in some cases is not used, through no fault of the governor or the local people,” he said. “There’s got to be a meeting of the two.”7:21 a.m.: New York state begins coronavirus antibody testing surveyNew York state on Monday began conducting antibody tests to help determine how many residents were previously infected with the novel coronavirus.The testing survey will sample 3,000 people across the state to help determine the percentage of the state’s population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work, according to a press release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.Shoppers at grocery stores in different regions of the state will be recruited to participate in the survey, and those who agree will provide a fingerstick blood sample that will be tested at the state-run Wadsworth Center in Albany using its IgG immunologic test.6:54 a.m.: Over 1,800 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Ohio prisonMore than 1,800 inmates housed at a single Ohio prison have contracted the novel coronavirus, according to state officials.At least 1,828 inmates and 109 staff members at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed that a 55-year-old corrections officer at the facility had died from the disease.Overall, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has reported 2,400 positive cases of COVID-19 inside its prisons, according to Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX.5:38 a.m.: UN confirms death of Nigerian aid worker from COVID-19An aid worker on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria has died after contracting the virus, a United Nations official said Monday.Edward Kallon, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said a Nigerian man working as a nurse in the country’s war-torn Borno state had died over the weekend. It’s believed to be the first COVID-19 death in the northeastern state.“Despite the risks, this Nigerian health worker was devoting his life to treating vulnerable internally displaced persons who have lost everything during the conflict raging in the northeast,” Kallon said in a statement. “He had no travel history outside of Borno state and made the ultimate sacrifice.”Kallon noted that officials are working to trace anyone whom the nurse may have been in contact with in Borno state, where nearly 1.5 million of people have been displaced from their homes in recent years due to violence from the Boko Haram insurgency and other conflicts.“The humanitarian community reaffirms it is working closely with Nigerian authorities. Together, all actors are doing their utmost to reinforce protection and prevention measures against COVID-19,” he said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many areas in Nigeria, it is essential for the most vulnerable to continue receiving humanitarian aid, including water and soap or substitute solutions.”So far, 627 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nigeria and 21 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.3:45 a.m.: US death toll tops 40,000 as stay-at-home protests continueThe novel coronavirus has now killed more than 40,000 people in the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly half of all deaths — over 18,000 — occurred in New York state.Meanwhile, opposition to stay-at-home orders has continued to build from coast to coast amid growing resentment against the crippling economic cost of confinement. Protests took place over the weekend in at least five states — Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and Washington. Last week, other stay-at-home protests took place in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Virginia.Many of the demonstrations flout the social distancing guidelines put in place by the White House to stem the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump has spoken out in support of the protesters, describing them as “great people” who “love our country” and “have got cabin fever.”“Their life was taken away from them,” Trump said at a press briefing Sunday. “They want to get back to work.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 166,000 people worldwide. Over 2.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 759,000 diagnosed cases and at least 40,683 deaths. Many cities and states have begun counting probable deaths caused by COVID-19, including New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the disease. The number of cases in New York state alone is higher than in any single country outside the U.S.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:last_img read more

Almost 28,000 Guatemalans Remain in Shelters in the Wake of Tropical Storm Agatha

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2010 A total of 27,823 Guatemalans remain in 218 shelters in that country in the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha’s devastating landfall at the end of May, which left 174 dead, 113 missing, and half a million people affected, according to an official accounting. The consolidated report also reveals that the meteorological phenomenon left 133,102 people at risk and that 162,857 were evacuated in order to prevent greater tragedies, according to the government National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (Conred). “We mourn the deaths of 174 people, as well as 113 missing and 154 injured,” the report specifies. The document adds that a total of 39,160 residences were damaged, either slightly (18,753), moderately(10,605), or severely (9,802). Although the report does not give numbers of bridges destroyed or public schools affected, Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom indicated that more than 500 bridges collapsed and around 1,050 school buildings were affected. Conred clarified that it is now on an orange-alert status, which had been a red alert until Tuesday, but is continuing with support for victims and restoration of vital networks and lines of communication. Tropical Storm Agatha, the year’s first tropical storm to form off the Pacific coast, struck Guatemala at the end of May.last_img read more

Messi rages as failing Barca lose La Liga and risk getting even worse

first_imgTopics : A mess of a season could still be saved by the Champions League but even the most optimistic of fans expect the worst against Bayern Munich, Barcelona’s probable opponents in the quarter-finals.Many, including Lionel Messi, are worried even about getting past Napoli, with the pandemic-delayed last 16 matchup poised at 1-1. “I said long ago that if we continued in this way, it would be very difficult to win the Champions League and that has been shown to be the case in La Liga too,” said a frustrated Messi after the loss to Osasuna on Thursday. “If we want to fight for the Champions League we will have to change a lot because otherwise the match against Napoli, we will lose that as well.”Just over a year on from almost winning the treble, Barcelona look set to finish without a trophy of any kind for the first time in 12 years.  Political blundersOff the pitch, political blunders have angered the dressing room, with Messi issuing a public rebuke to sporting director Eric Abidal in February over the sacking of Ernesto Valverde. Removing Valverde might have been understandable last summer after two successful years appeared to have run their course. But a change mid-season, with Barca top of the table, and to a coach like Quique Setien, whose ideas need time to be absorbed, now looks reckless. Setien has admitted managing a squad like Barcelona’s has been a challenge for him. He has intimated that some players need to think more about the team. He has made mistakes too and it remains to be seen if he pays with his job. Bartomeu has said Setien will stay for the Champions League but the 2-1 home defeat by Osasuna intensified the doubts.”I hope so,” said Setien, when asked on Thursday if he would be in charge next month. But with presidential elections at the club to come next year, the position is not an attractive one for an elite coach.If Bartomeu’s successor loses, Victor Font, a rival candidate, wants to appoint Xavi Hernandez. It means either Setien or his replacement face the prospect of one full season in the job, all the while lacking either authority or certainty in the long term. Zinedine Zidane has shown what can be done with an ageing Real squad that appears dead on its feet. But it is hard to see who could perform an equivalent rescue act at Barca or who would be prepared to do it with this board still in place. Without money to spend in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the answer could be to turn again to youth, with Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati already breaking through this season. Yet in a dysfunctioning team, desperate to win before Messi retires, that approach offers no guarantees.Messi’s clock hangs over everything, with every failure enhanced by the sense that the club’s greatest ever player is being wasted. The biggest worry now is it could get even worse. And yet the concern is not so much the many failures of this season but the possibility they could be just the start. Messi is 33 and his anger is directed primarily at the board, whose leadership has left Barcelona with a team seemingly neither for the present nor the future. There has been no succession plan for Messi since Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 and that world record fee has been squandered on players that have failed to settle or been sold to balance the books. Antoine Griezmann, bought for 120 million euros, left Atletico Madrid for the Camp Nou and what he thought would be the pinnacle of his club career. Yet earlier this month, he was reduced to coming off the bench, against Atletico, in injury-time. And it is not just Messi nearing the end. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba are all 31 or older.  Barcelona made it all about the Champions League and after surrendering La Liga to Real Madrid, now it is all they have left. Winning the title last season for an eighth time in 11 years was never going to be enough. Winning the double had not been either the year before.La Liga and the Copa del Rey had become Barca’s default, their domestic dominance taken for granted and then diminished by disappointment in Europe. last_img read more