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IPS officer’s Ram Mandir pledge stokes controversy

first_imgA senior IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh on Friday stoked a controversy after a video clip of him taking pledge for the early construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya went viral on social media.In the 21-second clip, Surya Kumar Shukla, along with half a dozen other people, is seen taking a vow to build the temple. “We Ram bhakts, as part of this programme, take the pledge that a grand Ram Mandir be constructed at the earliest… Jai Sri Ram,” the video showed them saying with one arm raised.A 1982-batch IPS, Mr. Shukla is currently Director-General, Home Guards, and the second senior-most IPS in the State, according to the U.P. Police website.The controversial incident took place during a private function organised in a room of the Public Administration department of Lucknow University on January 28 by the Akhil Bharatiya Samagra Vichar Manch, which claims to be a social organisation.Though it was a closed-door affair, the title of the seminar indicated that it was held to chalk out a solution to the Ayodhya dispute: Ram Mandir Nirman Samasya Evam Samadhan.Apart from Mr. Shukla, some Hindutva activists and members of the Muslim wing of the RSS were also present on stage. So was Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who was in 2014 felicitated by Amit Shah, then U.P. in-charge of BJP, for taking on the Samajwadi Party government for its move to withdraw terror cases. Mr. Jain, a counsel for the Hindu Mahasabha in the Ayodhya dispute, also helps Hindus fight legal cases through his organisation, Hindu Front for Justice.While the government has sought an explanation from Mr. Shukla, he clarified that his presence at the event was being misinterpreted and the short clip was selectively made to go viral without considering what he said prior to it.“As a responsible officer, we cannot say or do anything like this. It is being shown as though we are going for a forcible construction of a mandir. This is misinterpretation,” Mr. Shukla told reporters.Talking about the pledge, Mr. Shukla said the vow was being taken to create an atmosphere of communal harmony and not for the construction of the Ram Mandir.He said he attended the seminar as it was being held for an intellectual discussion on how to resolve the “Ram Mandir issue peacefully”.“I had said [at the event] that this issue is sub judice in the Supreme Court, so it would not be proper for me to give a speech on it or present detailed views. So I did not give any speech,” Mr. Shukla said.Retired IPS officer S.R. Darapuri told The Hindu that Mr. Shukla’s act was a “direct violation of the IPS code of conduct” and also punishable as he had participated in a political event and made his communal biases known.Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said both officials and criminals were being influenced by the BJP under the rule of Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath. “An alliance has been formed between the three. And these BJP people, along with the criminals and officials, think themselves above the law,” Mr. Singh said.The IPS Association has condemned the incident saying that it is “against the ethos of neutrality, fairness and uprightness that Indian Police Service stands for”.last_img read more

Assam flood victims to get cash for utensils, clothes for first time

first_imgVictims of flood in Assam are set to get cash for a couple of items they were entitled to but never received for five years.The Assam Disaster Management Manual, 2015, prescribes utensils and clothes for the flood-affected people.Those staying in designated relief camps as well as those marooned and living in camp-like situation will now be given ₹5,000 each for purchasing these items. The payment would be made through direct benefit transfer.“The Deputy Commissioners of the districts have been asked to ensure the immediate transfer of ₹3,800 for purchase of utensils and ₹1,800 for purchase of clothes to the bank account of the head of the flood-affected families,” Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.“This has been in the manual, but will be implemented more or less for the first time,” he added.The Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to ensure distribution of cattle feed and free textbooks to school children in the flood-affected areas besides settling claims for rehabilitation grants for partially or fully damaged houses within one month.Relief and rehabilitation workers have been providing rice, pulses, salt, mustard oil, baby food, bleaching powder, phenyl, tarpaulin and generic medicines. Organisations such as All Assam Students’ Union said the State government has not been providing enough for the victims of the flood that has so far claimed the lives of 57 humans, 523 domestic animals and fowls and 199 wild animals including 17 one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park.last_img read more

More than 80 women file suit over hidden hospital cameras

first_img April 4, 2019 More than 80 women file suit over hidden hospital cameras Sasha Foo, Posted: April 4, 2019 Sasha Foo center_img Updated: 10:35 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Some of the women who were recorded on hidden cameras at Sharp Grossmont Hospital are speaking out. More than 80 women are listed as plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging that their privacy was violated by the use of secret cameras in the hospital’s Women’s Center.Dandi Simmons gave birth to her second child by Cesarean section at the hospital in December of 2012. She learned last year, from a notice sent by Sharp HealthCare that her C-section was one of 1,800 procedures that were recorded in the eleven month period from July of 2012 to July of 2013.When she was notified about the cameras, Simmons said she felt “sick, and violated, angry, just a bunch of different emotions.”Amanda Flores was in the hospital in February, 2013 to give birth by C-section to her daughter. She said she also felt violated when told about the secret camera in the operating room.” I don’t know who’s seen the video. I don’t know exactly why they have the video, and what they’ve done with it. so, it’s scary,” Flores said.The hospital decided to install a camera on the anesthesia computer monitor in each of the center’s operating rooms because of suspicions that someone was stealing the painkiller, Propofol from the anesthesia carts.Dr. Patrick Sullivan, a doctor who worked as a hospital anesthesiologist was the first to notice the cameras and warned hospital administrators that their use was a violation of patient privacy.Sullivan told KUSI this week that there was no thief to capture. Because of a nationwide shortage of Propofol at the time, Sullivan said doctors were transferring the drug from operating rooms in the Women’s Center to operating rooms in other parts of the hospital.“The whole Propofol ‘investigation’ was a big boondoggle. There was nobody taking Propofol,” Sullivan said.Attorney Allison Worden who is representing the patients said Sharp HealthCare and the hospital clearly breached privacy rights by failing to tell the women about the cameras.“Our understanding is that Sharp did provide notice to roughly 1,800 women, so what that means to us, is there were 1,800 women whose procedures were memorialzied by that videotape,” Worden said.Sharp HealthCare did not offer any direct comment on the lawsuit, but said the surveillance methods in 2012-2013 were used only for that particular case and have not been used again.In a statement released this week, the health care company said, “We sincerely regret that our efforts to ensure medication security may have caused any distress to those we serve.”Related Stories:Lawsuit alleges Sharp Grossmont Hospital secretly recorded women during childbirth and surgery Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more