Saturday, May 08, 2010

Examples of Two Recent Honor Killings by Hindus in New Delhi

Here are two examples of Hindus involved in Honour Killings. Anyone who says Hindus do not engage in such violence is sadly mistaken. The only difference is that Hindus aren't typically identified by their religion, unlike other religious groups from India. Canadian and other journalists should take note, violence isn't religion specific and Indian culture is responsible for many of the ills they attribute to other groups, such as female foeticide, infanticide, honour killing, dowry, casteism, etc...

BBA student killed by girlfriend’s brother in UP

Muzaffarnagar (UP), May 8
A BBA student was killed allegedly by the brother of his girlfriend with whom he had eloped two months ago in another suspected honour killing case.

The body of Ajit Saini, who was in his early twenties, was found in New Mandi area here yesterday. His throat was found slit and legs cut off, the police said.

His girlfriend Anshu Tomar, also in her early twenties, is missing.

On the basis of a complaint filed by Ajit's family, the girl's father Narendra Tomar and brother Anuj were arrested, Superintendent of Police Rajiv Malhotra said.

During interrogation, Anuj confessed that he had killed Ajit for "tarnishing the family's image," the officer claimed.

According to Anuj, his sister had eloped several times with Ajit despite repeated warnings by the family. The couple had eloped two months back after the girl's family opposed their relationship. After assurances from the family that it would solemnise their marriage, the duo returned home on April 19. — PTI

Pathak’s boyfriend to move HC for quashing of rape FIR

Kumar Rakesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 8
Pribhanshu Ranjan, the boyfriend of alleged honour-killing victim Nirupama Pathak, is likely to move Ranchi High Court for the quashing of the FIR lodged against him by the Kodarma police on the directions of a local court.

Ranjan’s lawyer Ashish Rai told The Tribune that the court’s order was full of “loopholes” and he would challenge its legal tenability in the high court. “The police had registered a case of murder based on the autopsy report, which is a scientific evidence. In the same case, they have now registered an FIR charging Ranjan with abetment to suicide and rape. It is bizarre,” he said. Kodarma SP G Kranthi Kumar said they were probing the case and it would be premature to make any comment on the merits of both FIRs. Rai said he would not file an anticipatory bail plea and instead wants quashing of the FIR.

Ranjan, a journalist working with a news agency, has found support from woman groups as well apart from his friends and teachers. The friends and teachers of Pathak, also a journalist who worked with a business daily, from IIMC held a candle-light vigil at India Gate today evening, demanding swift justice.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Problem with Coco's Audience vs. Leno's Audience

Coco's audience doesn't watch the show in its time slot. If you read the comments section in the ongoing Conan vs. Leno saga, you'll notice that a lot of people watch his show on youtube, hulu, dvr, etc... whereas, Leno's audience actually watches the show in his timeslot. The issue for NBC is that its affiliates who broadcast local news need viewers to watch the local News in its timeslot to get advertising dollars. Why would any station want to be an NBC affiliate if NBC can't deliver viewers? Its not about whether Conan is better than Leno, it's who can deliver viewers to the local news broadcast. History shows that when Leno was on the Tonite Show, the affiliates got what they wanted, viewers. Leno was also helped by the fact he had good drama programming to lead into the News and then to his show. People just kept the channel in place and watched all the way through. With Conan, all he has is Leno to lead people into the news, but that's not really having the same effect, which has lead to this whole issue.