Incredible India – 11; Get Molested or Die

The latest instalment of Incredible India with those only in India stories begins with a tragic, depressing tale and ends with an inspiring account.

* Submit to Molestation or Die. After failing in his attempts to molest a 14-year-old girl, a thug in Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh state) set the girl on fire causing her death. Here’s an excerpt from the Times of India:

A local goon in Moradabad barged into the house of a 14-year-old girl and tried to molest her. When the girl raised an alarm, the miscreant allegedly doused her in kerosene and set her ablaze early on Friday morning. The critically wounded girl was admitted to the hospital where she succumbed on Saturday.

* Bachao! The DNA has put out a story that 23% women from Maharashtra reported forced sex by husbands on the first night whereas for men the corresponding figure was as low as 4%.

* Lawyers or Hooligans? This is the question many people would most surely be asking in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu after the black-garbed lawyers fought a violent battle with the police on Thursday. Here’s an excerpt from the Hindu:

In unprecedented violence on the Madras High Court premises, advocates protesting against the arrest of their colleagues in an assault case fought pitched battles with police personnel for several hours on Thursday. While a police station was set ablaze by the advocates, vehicles parked in the court complex were smashed by the policemen. Among those injured in the violence was a High Court judge, more than 50 lawyers and several policemen.

Police burst teargas shells to disperse the agitating lawyers. High Court judges who came to the premises to see the damage caused to advocates’ vehicles had to run when they were confronted by lathi-wielding policemen. Fire fighters who tried to put out the flames engulfing the police station were attacked by the advocates.

* Easy Monthly Instalments: In India, you can buy anything on instalment including a Rs 4 crore Rolls Royce.

* Some Folks are Extraordinary. Before his death, 87-year-old Chandra Tewari (a freedom fighter and social worker) had pledged his eyes and body. After his death recently, his dear ones saw to it that the pledge was kept.

Mera Bharat Mahaan.

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