NEW DELHI: Five policemen have been arrested for allegedly gangraping a teenage schoolgirl in northern India, police said yesterday. The alleged sexual assault is the latest in a string of attacks reported in India since the fatal gang-rape of a student in Delhi a year ago shocked the nation and resulted in lawmakers passing tougher penalties for crimes against women.
The policemen in the city of Chandigarh were taken into custody after the 16-year-old told her younger sister about the alleged assaults.
“All five accused policemen have been arrested and further investigations are being carried out,” police superintendent Sukhchain Singh Gill said. The victim was allegedly attacked by one of the policeman who was investigating a complaint she had lodged about domestic abuse by her alcoholic father, Gill said.
Later, the accused raped her at gunpoint along with four fellow policemen, police alleged. Under the recently strengthened rape laws, the accused could face life in prison if found guilty.
Tibetan monk burns himself to death
Dharamsala: A Tibetan monk immolated himself at Amchok town in Sangchu county in Tibet calling for unity among Tibetans and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
According to information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Tsultrim Gyatso, about 41, set himself on fire at around 2.30 p.m. Thursday and died soon after.
He was a monk at Amchok Monastery. He died instantly and soon local Tibetans and monks took his charred body to his monastery.
Sources told TCHRD that over 400 monks gathered to recite prayers and conduct rituals at the deceased’s residence at the monastery.
In his last note, Tsultrim Gyatso wrote that the reasons for his self-immolation protest are to call for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, release of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedun Choekyi Nyima, and for the welfare of the six million Tibetans.
Since March 2011, over 120 people have died in self-immolation protests in Tibet, according to Free Tibet, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation.
Pakistani troops violate ceasefire in Jammu
Jammu: After almost two months of peace along the LoC, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire Friday, targeting an Indian army posts in Jammu district and sparking off an exchange of fire for about 25 minutes, a defence official said.
This was the second ceasefire violation in the 24 hours since Thursday and four days before the meeting of the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two neighbours to discuss ways to prevent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire on the Gigriyal post of the army in Akhnoor sector of the LoC last afternoon,” a defence spokesman said. IANS