HC sees ‘sexual experimentation’ in rape case, suspends sentences of 3 convicts

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday suspended the sentences of three persons, who were convicted by a Sonepat trial court for repeated gang rape and blackmail of a fellow student of a private university in 2013.All the three were law students of the university in Sonepat. The FIR in the case was registered in 2015 on the basis of the victim’s statement.While Hardik Sikri and Karan Chhabra were sentenced to 20 years in jail, Vikas Garg was given a seven-year sentence by the trial court.In the order, delivered last week by justice Mahesh Grover and justice Raj Shekhar Attri, the High Court said, “The testimony of the victim does offer an alternate story of casual relationship with her friends, acquaintances, adventurism, and experimentation in sexual encounters and these factors would therefore, offer a compelling reasons to consider the prayer for suspension of sentence favourably, particularly when the accused themselves are young and the narrative does not throw up gut-wrenching violence that normally precede or accompany such incidents.”’Alternate conclusion of misadventure’The court, while accepting the applications of suspension of sentence, said, “We are conscious of the fact that allegations of the victim regarding her being threatened into submission and blackmail lends sufficient diabolism to the offence, but a careful examination of her statement again offers an alternate conclusion of misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and a voyeuristic mind.”The court, however, clearly said, “Nothing said above should be construed to be an expression on the merits of the case.”“A careful examination of her statement again offers an alternate conclusion of misadventure stemming from a promiscuous attitude and a voyeuristic mind.”The court said: “It would be a travesty if these young minds are confined to jail for an inordinate long period which would deprive them of their education, opportunity to redeem themselves and be a part of the society as normal beings. Long incarceration at this stage when the appeal is not likely to mature for some time is likely to result in an irreparable damage. We are also of the opinion the pendnecy of appeal, ironically may work as a guarantee to prevent a repeat resulting from fear of incarceration in the event of failure of appeal.“We have considered the argument of the learned counsel and have thought it prudent to refer to the statement of the prosecutrix and her cross-examination in extenso to gain and give an insight into the immature but nefarious world of youngsters unable to comprehend the worth of a relationship based on respect and understanding. The entire crass sequence actually is reflective of a degenerative mindset of the youth, breeding denigrating relationships mired in drugs, alcohol, casual sexual escapades and a promiscuous and voyeuristic world. No wonder, what is thrown up before us is a tragedy of sorts, driving four young lives into an abyss.“There’s no doubt that few allegations of the victim regarding blackmail, if correct, need strongest condemnation with equal forceful retribution that the law mandates. What is equally worrisome is how to retrieve the youth who have dragged themselves and their families into an abysmal situation, be it the victim or the perpetrators.“Indeed all the transgressions if established would demand retributory justice at the time of decision of the appeal, but while dealing with an issue of suspension of sentence, we are constrained to not only keep in mind the gravity of the situation and the offence, but also to strike a balance between the retributory reformatory and rehabilitative justice.” The court ordered that counselling be provided to the three men by a psychiatrist of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). It also ordered a compensation of ₹ 10 lakh to the victim.last_img read more

Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Intels profits slipped 29 yearonyear as the f

first_imgIntel’s profits slipped 29% year-on-year, as the firm said it would focus on its Core and Atom processors – the latter of which are designed for devices like tablets and smartphones.For its second quarter, profits came in at US$2 billion, compared to US$2.8 billion a year earlier. Revenue also dipped 5% year-on-year to US$12.8 billion, compared to US$13.5 billion in Q2 2012.Commenting on the results, recently appointed CEO Brian Krzanich said: “In my first two months as CEO, I have listened to a wide variety of views about Intel and our industry from customers, employees and my leadership team and I am more confident than ever about our opportunity as a company.”“Looking ahead, the market will continue buying a wide range of computing products. Atom and Core processors and increased SOC [system on a chip] integration will be Intel’s future. We will leave no computing opportunity untapped. To embrace these opportunities, I’ve made it Intel’s highest priority to create the best products for the fast growing ultra-mobile market segment.”No mention was made in its earnings of Intel’s much anticipated TV service, which is expected to launch later this year.last_img read more

Daydream View headsets Google has launched the fir

first_imgDaydream View headsetsGoogle has launched the first phones that are compatible with its Daydream VR platform and revealed its new Daydream View headset and controller.At a launch event in San Francisco, Google unveiled its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which are equipped with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software and are the first to come ‘Daydream ready’.The Pixel phones have high-resolution displays, high-fidelity sensors and are equipped with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 821 mobile processor – and Google said that a lot more Daydream-ready phones are now “on the way from leading Android smartphone makers”.The Pixel phones are due to launch later this month, while the Daydream View headset plus controller is due to follow next month in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia – priced at US$79 in the US, £69 in the UK and €69 in Germany.Designed and developed by Google, the headset works with any Daydream-ready phone, is made with soft and breathable fabric and will come in a choice of three colours.The controller meanwhile contains sensors that are designed to understand movements and gestures, with Google claiming “it’s so precise that you can draw with it”.Google’s new Pixel phones“We’ve brought some of the most popular Google apps into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience immersive videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2,” said Google in a blog post announcing the launch.A VR version of Google Street view will allow users to take virtual tours of “more than 100 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal” while the Google Play Movies app will makes movies and TV episodes available to watch “in your own virtual theatre”.Content from Hulu, HBO and Netflix will also be available to watch on a “virtual big screen” in VR, while other VR launch partners include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and a VR experience for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, produced by Warner Bros.Google first announced its Daydream platform at its I/O developer conference in May and said at the time that Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE will all launch Daydream ready smartphones.“The Daydream platform underlines Google’s commitment to virtual reality and 360-degree content as major focus areas,” said CCS Insight VR and wearables analyst, George Jijiashvili.“Daydream lowers the entry barriers for smartphone makers wanting to deliver high-quality virtual reality experiences, which so far only Samsung Gear VR has been able to offer thanks to its partnership with Oculus.”However, Jijiashvili cautioned that the fragmentation that exists with different versions of Android is “likely to limit the addressable market for the VR platform.”The Pixel phones are available for pre-order now and will launch in the UK on October 20, priced from £599 for the 32GB Pixel to £819 for the 128GB Pixel XL.last_img read more