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Amid lockdown, two women hide in forest for month after getting raped at factory they worked at

In a shocking incident, which has come to light, two Adivasi women from Jharkhands Dumka have revealed that they were forcibly confined at a factory (near Bengaluru) they were employed in, physically abused and raped. They were also reportedly deprived of their wages. When the women finally managed to escape, they hid in a forest for nearly a month amid lockdown with their two daughters – aged five and eight.

The women and their children were later rescued by volunteer groups. On June 3, they boarded a Shramik train and reached Jharkhand on June 5. As per their lawyer Rajlakshmi, police have ordered a probe in the matter. The labour department has given Rs 1 lakh to each of the victims as compensation for the wages they had been deprived of. The women are currently at a quarantine centre in Dumka. They have been tested for COVID-19 and their results are awaited.

Shockingly, one of the women claimed that she was gang-raped by two men at the factory in Kengeri. Following an FIR, the two accused were booked under sections 376D of the Indian Penal Code and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. DSP Om Prakash told The Indian Express, The two people have been arrested. The owner of the factory is in Chennai and due to the COVID-19 situation there, we have not been able to meet him. But a probe is underway into the bonded labour allegations.

As per the police complaint, the women started working at the factory in October. They were made to work for 15 hours at a stretch and were paid Rs 200 a week instead of Rs 9,000 a month, which they had been promised. They attempted to escape the factory in January but were hunted down and forced to return by a factory supervisor.

This time, they were locked up, beaten, threatened with rape and their Aadhar cards and phones were taken away. Two days later, the two men raped one of the women. In mid-March, the women escaped again. They took shelter in a forest in Kumbalagodu amid lockdown and only stepped out to beg for food from villagers. Seeing their plight, a contractor offered them shelter and food at a building he owned.

The contractor too started threatening them into entering a sexual relationship with them. That’s when one of the contacts of the women approached the police and they were rescued. It was after they were rescued that the entire ordeal came to light.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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