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Ex-babus crying hoarse on Hathras; Write to UP CM with blinkers on

Lalit Shastri

A bunch of 92 retired officers from the all-India services have acted with the herd mentality and signed an open letter to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Mnister on the Hathras incident and condemned the State Government over the murder of a 19 year old woman, belonging to the socially deprived sections and lack of proper treatment to the victim when she was still alive.

The letter in question takes off by stating:
“Just when we thought that nothing could numb our consciences and brains further, the handling of the Hathras incident by the Uttar Pradesh administration has shown that, as a nation, we are plumbing the depths of depravity and callousness in governance. A young Dalit woman is brutally violated. Almost three weeks after the incident, the police are yet to confirm the crime of rape and are still spinning theories around it, although the video of what amounts to her dying declaration seems to confirm it. Her neck was lacerated, her spinal column was broken and there were cuts on her tongue. Instead of promptly admitting her to a hospital with advanced facilities for dealing with trauma, she was allowed to languish in the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh. She was moved to Delhi only two weeks after the incident, that too on the request of her family, a case of too little, too late. What followed was an even greater travesty of justice and basic human values. After her death, her body was despatched post haste to her village and cremated in the dead of night by policemen.”

The bunch of oldies, who have had the best of both worlds as serving government officers, are extremely polarised as they go on to observe with blinkers on: “With our experience as erstwhile administrators in different departments of the central and state governments, our group of former civil servants had, in the past, highlighted the brazen violations of the rule of law in the Unnao rape case and in the murder of the police inspector in Bulandshahr.”

One can say with full conviction, the ex-officers have a motive and they acted with blinkers on as they have chosen to turn a blind eye to the role of PFI – the extremist and fundamentalist Islamic organisation- and the rabidly divisive and sectarian Bhim Army, besides mainstream Opposition parties including the Congress led by the Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra, and the Samajwadi Party that has been at the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh but is now in the doldrums and the way they have done everything not only to politicise the issue but also creat a caste divide. There are also reports that the PFI had hatched a conspiracy and there was an attempt by few PFI operatives, some of whom have already been arested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the basis of solid evidence and further investigation is on in this matter.

Eye brows are being raised as these retired officers have chosen to remain silent and have said nothing about the heinous incident of crime in Rajasthan coicinding with the Hathras incident. A 22 year old, also from the deprived sections, was gang-raped, brutally assualted and murdered – not by the so-called upper caste people but by Muslims.

These officers also have maintained an eerie silence over the lynching of two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Palghar District of Maharashtra by a mob right in front of the police.

The unworthy lot never saw anything wrong in Kashmir, when the Police under Mufti was committing atrocities on students of National Institute of Technology in Srinagar, when Kashmiri Hindus were killed raped and driven out of Kashmir and forced to languish in refugee camps, when Indian tricolour was being burnt and ISIS flags were raised, when the Kashmir valley had become the hunting ground of terrorists and secessionist forces nor over political murders in Bengal and Kerala or when the anti-national students of JNU were raising slogans to split India into pieces and the anti-CAA protestors at Shaheen Bagh had taken the citizens of Delhi to ransom and resorted to violence and mayhem …..the list is endless

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Hathras gangrape & murder: Police cremates body amid protest by family members and villagers

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Hathras/New Delhi: A 19-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras succumbed to her grave injuries at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi about 3 am on Tuesday morning, days after she was raped by four men.

The woman was gang-raped on September 14. The rapists had tried to strangulate her to death and even part of her tounge had been bitten off.

According to sources at Aligarh hospital, from where she had beren referred to Delhi, the victim’s legs were completely paralysed and arms partially paralysed.

The four accused have been arrested and will be tried under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC, according to the Hathras SP.

The cremation of the rape victim, wwas conducted by the UP police at Hathras in the middle of the night today, amid protest and demonstrations by the villagers and family members. They were demanding the body to be taken inside her house.

Nirbhaya rapists will be hanged on 22 January

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New Delhi: Seven years after the brutal crime, a Delhi court on Tuesday, 7 January 2019 issued death warrants against all the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case.

Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi was present in the court room in the Patiala House courts complex when the order was announced on applications moved by Nirbhaya’s parents and the prosecution seeking issuance of death warrants.

The death warrant is against Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31), all on death row.

The Court has ordered the rapists be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail.

Tihar Jail authorities have received the court order and the execution will be as per the order. Three of the accused are in Jail No. 2 and the fourth one is in Jail No. 4 at Tihar. Now they will be put in solitary confinement and shall not be allowed to interact with anyone.

23-year-old paramedic student, who is referred to as Nirbhaya or the fearless one, was brutally gangraped by 6 persons on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons. She was then thrown out of the bus. She died on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital.

Retired bureaucrats write to PM on the “unspeakable horror” of Kathua and Unnao incidents

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New Delhi: When the entire country is shaken and rattled by the Unnao rape incident in Uttar Pradesh and the  gang rape and murder of an 8-year girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, many retired bureaucrats have come forward and written a hard-hitting letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “unspeakable horror” of the Kathua and Unnao incidents and the prevailing situation.

Full text of open letter to the Prime Minister that has been released to the media and public

Honourable Prime Minister,

We are a group of retired civil servants who came together last year to express our concern at the decline in the secular, democratic, and liberal values enshrined in our constitution. We did so to join other voices of protest against the frightening climate of hate, fear and viciousness that the ruling establishment had insidiously induced. We spoke then as we do now: as citizens who have no affiliations with any political party nor adherence to any political ideology other than the values enshrined in our Constitution.

We had hoped that as someone sworn to upholding the Constitution, the Government that you head and the party to which you belong would wake up to this alarming decline, take the lead in stemming the rot and reassure everyone, especially the minorities and vulnerable sections of society that they need not fear for their life and liberty. This hope has been destroyed. Instead, the unspeakable horror of the Kathua and the Unnao incidents shows that the Government has failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people. We, in turn, have failed as a nation which took pride in its ethical, spiritual and cultural heritage and as a society which treasured its civilisational values of tolerance, compassion and fellow feeling. By giving sustenance to the brutality of one human beingagainst another in the name of Hindus we have failed as human beings.

The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight year old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into. In post-Independence India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our Government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble. At this juncture, we see no light at the end of the tunnel and we hang our heads in shame. Our sense of shame is all the more acute because our younger colleagues who are still in service, especially those working in the districts and are required by law to care for and protect the weak and the vulnerable, also seem to have failed in their duty.

Prime Minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values – but to express our rage. Rage over the agenda of division and hate your party and its innumerable, often untraceable offshoots that spring up from time to time, have insidiously introduced into the grammar of our politics, our social and cultural life and even our daily discourse. It is that which provides the social sanction and legitimacy for the incidents in Kathua and Unnao.

In Kathua in Jammu, it is the culture of majoritarian belligerence and aggression promoted by the Sangh Parivar which emboldened rabid communal elements to pursue their perverse agenda. They knew that their behaviour would be endorsed by the politically powerful and those who have made their careers by polarising Hindus and Muslims across a sectarian divide. In Unnao in UP it is the reliance on the worst kinds of patriarchal feudal Mafia Dons to capture votes and political power that gives such persons the freedom to rape and murder and extort as a way of asserting their own personal power. But even more reprehensible than such abuse of power, it is the response of the State Government in hounding the victim of rape and her family instead of the alleged perpetrator that shows how perverted governance practices have become. That the Government of UP finally acted only when it was compelled to do so by the High Court, shows its hypocrisy and the half-heartedness of its intent.

In both cases, Prime Minister, it is your party which is in power. Given your supremacy within the party and the centralised control you and your Party President exercise, you more than anyone else have to be held responsible for this terrifying state of affairs. Instead of owning up and making reparations however, you had until yesterday chosen to remain silent, breaking your silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when you could no longer ignore it.

And even then, while you have condemned the act and expressed a sense of shame, you have not condemned the communal pathology behind the act nor shown the resolve to change the social, political and administrative conditions under which such communal hate is bred. We have had enough of these belated remonstrations and promises to bring justice when the communal cauldron is forever kept boiling by forces nested within the Sangh Parivar.

Prime Minister , these two incidents are not just ordinary crimes where, with the passage of time, the wounds inflicted on our social fabric, on our body politic and the moral fibre of our society will heal  and it will soon be business as usual. This is a moment of existential crisis, a turning point – the way the Government responds now will determine whether we as a nation and as a republic have the capacityt o overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order within which we function.

And to this end we call upon you to do the following:

  • Reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us.
  • Fast-track the prosecution of the perpetrators in the Kathua case and request for a Court directed SIT in the Unnao case, without further ado
  • In the memory of these innocent children and all other victims of hate crime, renew a pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of State authority.
  • Take steps to remove from Government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches.
  • Call for an All Party Meeting to deliberate on ways in which the phenomenon of hate crime can  be tackled socially, politically and administratively.

 

It is possible that even this may be too little too late but it will restore some sense of order and give hope that the free fall into anarchy can be arrested. We live in hope.

Signed:

SP Ambrose, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and Transport, GoI

  1. Vappala Balachandran, IPS (Retd). Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI

  2. Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan. IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI

  3. Pradip Bhattacharya, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Development & Planning and Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of West Bengal

  4. Meeran C Borwankar, IPS (Retd). Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI

  5. Sundar Burra, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra

  6. Javid Chowdhury, IAS (Retd). Former Health Secretary, GoI

  7. Anna Dani, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra

  8. Surjit K. Das. IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand

  9. Vibha Puri Das. IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI

  10. Nareshwar Dayal. IFS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

  11. Keshav Desiraju, IAS (Retd). Former Health Secretary, GoI

  12. M.G. Devasahayam, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana

  13. Sushil Dubey, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Sweden

  14. K.P. Fabian, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Italy

  15. Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI

  16. Ravi Vira Gupta, IAS (Retd). Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

  17. Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, GoI and Chief Information Commissioner

  18. Sajjad Hassan, IAS (Retd). Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur

  19. M.A. Ibrahimi, IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary (rank) Bihar

  20. Ajai Kumar, Indian Forest Service (Retd). Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI

  21. Arun Kumar, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI

  22. Harsh Mander, IAS (Retd). Govt. of Madhya Pradesh

  23. Aditi Mehta, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan

  24. Sunil Mitra, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI

  25. Sobha Nambisan, IAS (Retd). Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Karnataka

  26. Amitabha Pande, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI

  27. Niranjan Pant,IA&AS (Retd). Former Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General of India

  28. P. R. Parthasarathy, IPS (Retd). Former Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Govt. of Maharashtra

  29. Alok Perti, IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI

  30. N.K. Raghupathy, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI

  31. M.Y. Rao, IAS (Retd).

  32. Sujatha Rao, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Health, GoI

  33. Julio Ribeiro, IPS (Retd). Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & Ambassador to Romania

  34. Aruna Roy, IAS (Resigned)

  35. Manabendra N. Roy, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal

  36. Umrao Salodia, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation, Govt. of Rajasthan

  37. Deepak Sanan, IAS (Retd). Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh

  38. E. A.S. Sarma, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GoI

  39. N.C. Saxena, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI

  40. Ardhendu Sen, IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal

  41. Abhijit Sengupta, IAS (Retd). Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI

  42. Aftab Seth, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Japan

  43. Navrekha Sharma, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Indonesia

  44. Har Mander Singh, IAS (Retd). Former Director General, ESI Corporation, GoI

  45. Jawhar Sircar, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & CEO, Prasar Bharati

  46. K.S. Subramanian, IPS (Retd). Former Director General, State Institute of Public Administration & Rural Development, Govt. of Tripura

  47. Geetha Thoopal, IRAS (Retd). Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata

  48. Ramani Venkatesan, IAS (Retd).Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. Of Maharashtra