Protest News Updates: 14 April 2018

14 April 2018

Protest News Updates is a daily collection of newspaper clippings that highlight various dissenting voices such as protests, hunger strikes (bhook-hartal), sit-in protests, dharna, hartal and various other forms of protests that took place recently. The main objective of publishing daily protest updates is to create awareness about the socio-political situation in India and abroad as well as disseminate information on the importance of dissenting voices in a healthy democracy. 

Hunger strike

Swati Maliwal on hunger strike, seeks death penalty for child rapists 14.4.2018 DNA: Popular News
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson, Swati Maliwal on Friday began her indefinite hunger strike demanding death penalty for rapists of minor girls within six months. The commission head was joined by scores of women from Delhi and other parts of the country. Maliwal has for long been pressing for the death penalty to rapists of minor girls but after the rape cases of Unnao and Kathua, she decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike at Rajghat. “We have been urging the government to form a strict law against those who rape minor girls, it is because of the weak provisions that they get the motivation to do the crime. But now it is enough, until the government comes up with a better plan, I will not break my fast,” said Maliwal. The protest at Rajghat was joined by men and women of all ages with one motive: to demand strict laws against rapists. “I have been seeing female suppression all over the society but we need to understand that if we won’t stand up for ourselves, no one will. My fight …
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Enumeration for aid to fisherfolk from next week 14.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Registration to be done by officials at boat landing points
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Three accused in Kairangala cattle theft case arrested 14.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
The city police on Friday arrested three persons allegedly involved in the theft of a cow from the Amurthadhara Go Shala in Kairangala on the outskirt
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Maliwal begins hunger strike 14.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Demands stricter laws against rape
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Manoj Tiwari meets Baijal 14.4.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Delhi BJP chief and North-East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari met Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Friday to thank him for taking cognizance of the “urgency
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Ultra-left singer Kovan arrested for song against Modi over Cauvery row 13.4.2018 Latest News
The song, which is also available in YouTube, slams the VHP-backed Ram Rajya Rath Yatra that traversed through Tamil Nadu districts last month
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The political power of a fast 13.4.2018 Business Standard: Today
As politicians continue to use the ancient practice to score brownie points in their present-day electoral battles, it may be wise to know that not every fast results in a desirable ending
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Tiwari meets LG to pitch for road projects in north east Delhi 13.4.2018 General News
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today met Lt Governor Anil Baijal to pitch for his demands to construct a signal free road corridor and completion of ongoing work on signature bridge in north east Delhi. Tiwari who had sat on an indefinite hunger strike alleging the AAP government of not releasing funds for these projects in north east Delhi that he represents in the Lok Sabaha, ended the fast yesterday night after assurance of an affirmative action by Baijal. He also thanked Baijal for taking cognisance of “urgency” of completing the Shastri Park signal free loop project and signature bridge in his constituency. The “delays and hindrances” in completion of Shashtri Park signal free project and signature bridge have been removed, Tiwari told Baijal. “Kejriwal government had sufficient funds for completing these projects but there was lack of honest efforts. The government misled the people on the pretext of lack of funds,” he alleged.
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Left propagandist singer Kovan arrested for song against PM 13.4.2018 General News
A propagandist singer of a an ultra Left outfit was arrested here today for his alleged “highly deprecative” song against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling AIADMK regime over the Cauvery issue. ‘Comrade’ Kovan, Tiruchirappalli district functionary of art and literary outfit “Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam,” was arrested and released after a local court granted him bail, a senior police official told PTI. Acting on a complaint from a BJP functionary, police arrested Kovan under IPC sections including those related to promoting enmity between different groups and provoking breach of public peace. High drama marked Kovan’s arrest with his relatives and friends objecting to him being taken away by police. They placed vehicles in front of a police van brought in to take the propagandist away. Police personnel had a tough time removing them and arresting him. “I sang a song against the Ram Rajya rath yatra. My song sought Cauvery Management Board. While we seek …
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BJP, Congress in war of words over Kathua, Unnao rapes 13.4.2018 Deccan Herald – National
A war of words broke out between the Congress and the BJP over the gang-rapes in Kathua and Unnao. Congress leader Sushmita Dev hit out at BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi for suggesting that the Opposition had adopted a “pick and choose” policy while highlighting cases of gang-rapes. “You see their plan – first shout minority minority, then Dalit Dalit, and now women women and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre. All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said at a press conference here. She wondered why the incident of rape in Assam had not received the same kind of coverage that the Kathua and Unnao rapes did. “A class V student… 12 years old (was) raped and burnt with petroleum. Zakir Hussain was the main culprit with two (other) culprits,” Lekhi said. Congress leader Sushmita Dev condemned Lekhis statement. “When a woman is stripped and raped and killed, does her religion matter? It does to Narendra Modi according …
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Kathua, Unnao rape case: DCW chief on indefinite hunger strike 13.4.2018 General News
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal today started an indefinite hunger strike demanding government to take concrete actions to curb sexual crimes against women. The hunger strike by Maliwal comes in wake of the recent incidents of rape in Kathua and Unnao. Yesterday, she had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same. “Prime minister did fast for one day yesterday. We were hoping that he will speak something on the issue and will give assurance to the countrymen to ensure safety of our daughters. But silence of the PM and entire govt is very heart breaking,” Maliwal said, who offered prayers at Rajghat before beginning the strike. Thousands of people reached the strike venue to participate in the hunger strike and support the movement. Cutting across party lines, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha also reached Rajghat. It is very sad that so many incidents of rape are happening in Delhi and the country. It is sending a wrong message across the …
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BJP MLA questioned in Unnao rape case, opposition holds vigil 13.4.2018 Reuters: Top News
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday began questioning a legislator from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party accused of raping a teenager nine months ago, after the country’s main opposition party held a midnight vigil demanding …
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Opinion: Dear BJP And Congress, Spare Us Your Fasts 13.4.2018 NDTV News – Latest
Listen, politicians: Nobody wants you to stop eating. Have breakfast. Have two. Fill yourselves up. But then get in a full day working on the country’s problems. That’s what everyone wants and needs,…
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Hundreds Of Mumbaikars Assemble To Protest Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases 14.4.2018 NDTV News – Cities
As the outrage grows across the nation over the alleged sex crimes against minors in Unnao and Kathua, Mumbaikars poured into the Azad Maidan on Friday to register protest and question the slow pace…
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The Pathalgadi rebellion 13.4.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
In recent months, many Adivasi villages in Jharkhand have put up giant plaques declaring their gram sabha as the only sovereign authority and banning ‘outsiders’ from their area. Amarnath Tewary reports on a political movement that is gathering steam across the State’s tribal belt
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SwachhtaPakhwadaObserved at Ram ManoharLohia Hospital 13.4.2018 Govt of india: PIB
“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) is not merely a programme, it’s a behavior change mission.” This was stated by Smt. Anupriya Patel, MoS (Health & Family Welfare)during the observance of ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’ at Dr. Ram ManoharLohia Hospital, here today.
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Call to preserve renaissance values 13.4.2018 Hindu: News
Minister for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan presents Centre for Heritage Studies awards
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