The Morning Wrap: Bulandshahr Gangrape Case 'Solved'; Google Maps Gets New Offline Features

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10/08/2016 8:06 AM IST | Updated 10/08/2016 9:11 AM IST
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke against anti-social gau rakshaks, the RSS suddenly sprang into action. The flurry of activity after the PM's statements both at police, state government and RSS levels proves that is indeed the problem. But the question raised was, "Why did this need to wait to happen until after the PM spoke?"

Since marital rape is not a crime in India, can a husband be punished for having "unnatural sex" with his wife under IPC's Section 377, is the question which is baffling a judge in Haryana. The absurd legal situation in India, where marital rape is not a crime, but "unnatural sex" between homosexuals is a crime, goes a long way in creating his dilemma.

Almost 16 years after she started a hunger strike, India's "Iron Lady", Irom Chanu Sharmila, ended her fast on Tuesday. News channels flashed visuals of an emotional Sharmila, who licked honey from her palm to end her fast. Sharmila now wants to start a new life — one that will include politics and marriage.

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In yet another shocking incident about violence based on caste, two Dalit men were tied to a tree, stripped and thrashed by a group of self-proclaimed cow-vigilantes for skinning a dead cow in Andhra Pradesh's Amalapuram. The incident took place in Janakipeta area on Monday where owner of the cow, hired the two men for skinning his pet after the animal died of electrocution, police said.

Over 12 days after a woman from Noida and her 14-year-old daughter were gang-raped by dacoits on a highway near Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, the police on Tuesday claimed that they had solved the case with the arrest of Saleem, the alleged leader of the Bawariya gang and his two associates.

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been indicted by Mumbai Police which found him to be allegedly involved in unlawful activities with possible terror links. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that a watertight case was being prepared against the Naik, whose organisation Islamic Research Foundation is also under the radar.

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Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was let off by the Gujarat forest department on Tuesday after he paid a fine of ₹20,000 for a taking selfie with lions at the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary — an act strictly prohibited by law. Since Jadeja is out of the country, his father-in-law gave the statement on behalf of Jadeja and paid the fine.

Android users in India will get new features for Google Maps such as being able to turn on the 'Wi-Fi only; mode, and, also save maps to their SD card for offline access. Users can also save a variety of information, such as holiday snaps or road trip playlists.

Musician-turned-politician Babul Supriyo tied the knot on Tuesday with Rachna Sharma in New Delhi. The wedding ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Digvijay Singh, LK Advani, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shashi Tharoor, among others.


Indian writer RK Narayan's house in Mysore, which has recently been turned into a museum and opened to the public, has involved copious whitewashing, repair of every wear and tear in the kitchen and grand old bathroom. The result is that walking around the place, under the admiring guidance of the security guard, may feel like inspecting a property one may be considering renting or buying, writes Somak Ghoshal for HuffPost India. "The simplicity and starkness of the overall set-up befit Narayan's writerly spirit. By the time I was done with the tour of the house, the natural light seeping into the rooms, the view of greenery from the large bay windows, and my effort of having to imagine the writer, sitting and trying to write his books in such a setting, had taken the edge off the memory of my youthful impatience with his work," he says.

India's new monetary policy framework caps Raghuram Rajan's impressive legacy, says an editorial in Mint. "Rajan also leaves behind another legacy as a consequence of the shift to the new framework for monetary policy—the government will not be able to pressure the governor on policy rates as decisions will now be a collective responsibility of the monetary policy committee. This will enhance the autonomy and independence of the central bank. Hopefully, this will also reduce friction between the government and the Reserve Bank of India," it says.

Democracies are not sustained by obedient productive units in so-called knowledge-based economies, but that is precisely what the new National Education Policy (NPE) envisages, writes Rohit Dhankar in The Hindu. "A quick analysis of the NPE 1968 and NPE 1986 reveals that the social purpose of education in both documents is closely connected with the national goals, or 'nation-building'. The national goals are those of an economically prosperous nation that is democratic in character, culturally rooted but aware of shortcomings of its own culture, well-integrated internally and secure from outside aggression. They envision a pluralistic society in which equality, justice, liberty and dignity of all citizens are guaranteed. Social cohesion and fraternity among citizens is seen as an important social goal. The policy and social ethos are based on secularism and scientific temper." he says.

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