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Khasi woman accuses two Catholics priests of sexually abusing her

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Shillong, Oct 19 : A tribal Khasi woman in Meghalaya on Friday took to social media #MeToo campaign accusing two Catholic brothers of sexually abusing her since she was five years old.

Mary Therese Kurkalang, who said she attempted suicide thrice in the past, in her Facebook post named two Catholic brothers “Br Francis Gale of the Christian Brothers and Br Muscat of Don Bosco” for sexually abusing her since she was 5.

Kurkalang told IANS over phone that she had consulted her lawyers to understand the repercussion before she put her statement on Facebook against the two Catholic brothers.

“I don’t know yet my next steps… I have taken the first steps for now and these were not easy,” she said.

Detailing her ordeal in her Facebook post, Kurkalang said, “It’s a long journey and an ongoing one to stay whole, balanced, and sane as someone who was sexually abused through my childhood, age 5 till age 12. I have attempted suicide 3 times as a teenager and young adult, twice I landed in hospital in a serious condition.”

Alleging that Gale of the Christian Brothers congregation had “sexually abused her for eight years”, the 40-year-old woman said, “He (Gale) was a trusted friend of my family and was held in great esteem as a religious man. I was sent to him for tuitions — I was 5 when he first showed me his XXXX and asked me to touch it.”

Kurkalang said that she never got the support of her family members, one of whom instead “slapped” her when she informed them about the sexual abuse committed by Gale.

“I never spoke about it again, the abuse continued all the years till, when I turned 12 and started menstruating, I mustered the courage to refuse to meet this man (Gale) or talk to him,” she said.

In her Facebook post, Kurkalang said Muscat of Don Bosco abused his victims by giving them sweets and toffees kept in a huge desk.

“He would call children to his side of the table and ask us (children) to choose toffees from his drawers and while we did, he would slide his hands up,” she said.

Kurkalang said that she never told anyone about the sexual abuse committed by Muscat because of the larger abuse she faced from Gale.

“The #MeToo movement has triggered a lot of distress, but it also brings me hope and belief that justice will come, that we, each of us who have suffered silently will finally be heard, we might not be believed by everybody but we will be believed by many, and that matters,” she said.

“Some might ask why now? Why did I wait? I did not wait, I did act then, in the ways I knew how and the little agency I had as a child. But everywhere and every one I reached out to then, did not help. I lost hope in the very idea of justice. All I knew after my failed attempts of suicide was that I had to survive and win, to live a life that I choose as an adult, or I would have let my abusers destroy my present and my future too,” she said.

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Prank call made at Kerjiwal’s residence

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, saying that a man named ‘Bholo’ was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer.

An attendant received a call on a land line number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

“The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named ‘Bhola’ is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal,” Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said.

“We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call,” Mittal said.

“The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller,” the officer added.

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Swift police action saves woman from being burned alive

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Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) A quick action by police saved a woman from being burned alive on Monday in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

“As soon as we got to know that some people are trying to burn a woman alive at a cremation ground in Saripur village on the banks of river Sone, a police team rushed to the site and rescued her,” a police officer, Avadesh Kumar Singh, said.

Singh said a case was lodged against half-a-dozen people of her family and the police have began investigating into it.

“All accused fled the site as they saw the police team approaching them,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known why her family members were trying to set her on fire.

The woman has been admitted to a government hospital.

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Rains turn Delhi cool, maximum temperature to fall further

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Light rains accompanied by winds on Monday turned Delhi pleasantly cool with the maximum temperature dropping to 22 degrees Celsius, against Sunday’s 28.7 degrees – warmest January day since 2012.

“At Safdarjung, Delhi recorded 1.2 mm of rainfall on Monday. This kind of weather will continue to bring down the maximum and increase minimum temperatures in Delhi by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius for the next 2-3 days,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

On Tuesday, he said, the national capital will again witness light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds. “This will further bring down the maximum temperature to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum is likely to remain at 11 degrees,” the official said.

As per the IMD, this sudden change in the weather is owing to two western disturbances over the northern hills and its induced cyclonic circulation over the northwestern plains which is expected to remain till the end of the week.

In terms of pollution, the authorities have forecast an improvement in Delhi’s air quality from “very poor” to “poor” by Wednesday.

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

“A significant improvement is expected further as there is an appreciable increase in the wind speed to 4.6 kmph from Sunday’s 2.8 kmph. Due to the predicted rainfall, air quality is likely to improve to ‘poor’ levels by Wednesday,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said in its daily pollution analysis.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Faridabad at 319, Ghaziabad at 375, Greater Noida at 357 and Noida at 352 also improved to “very poor”. Gurugram, on the other hand, recorded “poor” quality of air.

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