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Bhopal Hostel Rape case: Was forced to Watch Porn, says Victim

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Bhopal, Aug 12 :A fourth woman has accused Ashwini Sharma, the director of a government-aided tribal hostel for the disabled in Bhopal of keeping her in captive and raping her for six months.

“I was kept in custody, made to watch porn films and was raped for six months,” the fourth survivor told the police in Indore.

The Bhopal hostel rape case came to light last week when a 19-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl filed a complaint with the police.19-year-old tribal girl had lodged a case of rape against Sharma at Dhar Kotwali in her native Dhar district on August 8, which had led to Sharma’s arrest in Bhopal on August 9.

Another  23-year-old tribal girl lodged a case of rape, unnatural sex and molestation under Sections 376, 377 and 354 of IPC against Sharma at Hira Nagar police station in Indore late in the evening.

The girl who hails from Dhar district (the other alleged rape survivor girl also hails from Dhar) alleged in the complaint that Sharma raped and committed the unnatural sexual act with her during her stay at the private hostel run by him. She alleged that Sharma raped her while she was undergoing vocational course at an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Bhopal during 2017-18.

State Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza has stated  “Ashwini Sharma is an activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and he enjoys the blessings of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan”.

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Rains abate, flood waters recede as relief pours into Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) With the rains that battered Kerala for a week finally abating on Monday, water levels dropped in the swollen rivers even as the number of people who have taken shelter in relief camps crossed the one million mark.

A total of 10,28,000 people were now housed in 3,274 camps in the flood-hit districts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media while tonnes of emergency aid poured in from all over the country.

Officials have so far admitted to some 370 deaths, most of them occurring after the monsoon rains turned into a fury on August 9, forcing authorities to open the sluice gates of numerous dams across the state.

Monday did see some people return to their homes from camps in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram and parts of Pathanamthitta after volunteers working selflessly helped to clean up their muddy homes.

Fifty cases of snake bites were reported in these areas as snakes from overflowing ponds had entered homes, the officials and volunteers said.

Rains in the catchment areas of the major dams in Idukki district subsided. The outflow of water from both the Mullaperiyar and Idukki dams has been reduced.

As a result, the water intake into the Periyar and its tributaries that flow through Ernakulam and Thrissur has come down considerably.

By and large the sky was clear on Monday.

On Monday, helicopters were engaged in rescue operations in places where people were still marooned — in parts of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts. Small boats helped to ferry people from interior Chengannur and Pandalam areas.

Other helicopters transported food and relief materials from here to affected areas.

Finance Minister Thomas Issac, who is overseeing the rescue operations in Kuttanadu area in Alappuzha district, said 1.25 lakh people had been moved to relief camps in the district.

Neliyamapathy in Palakkad remained cut off from the main district headquarters as the roads have been badly damaged. Essential items are being airdropped.

An Army officer said the roads would be made motorable, at least for jeeps, on Tuesday.

Waters in the Cochin airport, which was shut on August 15 after flood waters entered the operational area, receded on Monday. Small aircraft started operating from the Cochin Naval airbase.

On Monday, following a request from the Kerala government, the State Level Bankers Committee decided to provide a moratorium on agricultural loans for a year.

While seeking help was the prerogative of the Indian government, “I am here in close consultation with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to explore what help could be possible”, he tweeted.

The central government flew 100 tonnes of pulses and 52 tonnes of emergency medicines to Kerala, which is receiving donations in cash and kind from all over the country. Volunteers have also poured in from many states.

State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran said that all those who suffered property losses would be compensated.

The railways started operations in the Kottayam and Shornur routes.

The Kerala State Road Transport Corp too began services from many depots and it was expected to be fully functional in a day or two.

Kerala has faced the heaviest rains and floods since 1924, leading to unprecedented destruction.

Indian Navy personnel carry out rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala’s Thrissur on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)

Indian Army personnel carry out rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala’s Chengannur, on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@adgpi)

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Mumbai: A team of Doctors leave for Kerala along with medical relief material as part of the Maharashtra Government’s initiative to help the victims of the flood-hit Kerala, in Mumbai on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

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Thiruvalla: Indian Air Force sets up a medical camp for flood-affected people of Thiruvalla in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

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Kochi: Passengers at the Kochi Naval Airport on Aug 20, 2018. Commercial flight operations commenced on Monday from the Naval airport of Kochi after the Cochin International Airport was shut down following heavy rains and floods in Kerala. (Photo: IANS)

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Kerala: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel distribute relief material amongst flood-affected people, in Kerala on Aug 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

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IMD warns for Cyclone in West Bengal & its adjoining areas

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New Delhi, 20 Aug: An alert has been sounded for Odisha, West Bengal and it’s adjoining areas of Bay of Bengal about the cyclone and heavy rains. Yesterday’s slow pressure area now lies over Odisha, West Bengal & its adjoining areas of northwest Bay of Bengal. Its associated upper air cyclonic circulation is extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting south westwards with height warns India Meteorological Department.

Rest of the places received heavy to very heavy rainfall in West Godavari & Krishna district & some parts of Visakhapatnam & Vizianagaram. Next 48 hrs, coastal Andhra is very likely to receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in many places, light to moderate rainfall at most places.

Under its influence, Andhra northern coastal received copious amounts of rainfall in last 24 hours. Some parts of Visakhapatnam, East & West Godavari have received heavy to very heavy rainfall says India Meteorological Department.

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One million in Kerala relief centres: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) Over one million people are now sheltered in 3,274 relief camps in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday, even as rains that have battered the state for a week finally abated.

A total of 602 marooned people were rescued on Monday, the Chief Minister told the media.

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