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Kidnapping children to India is supported by current minister – govt of India. Beware, Be careful, protect your children

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NCPCR mediation cell for women fleeing with kids from abroad to escape domestic violence: Maneka Gandhi

Gandhi said her ministry was desperately looking for a solution for women who have fled from abroad with their child to escape domestic violence or for some other issue.

A mediation cell has been opened on the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ (NCPCR) website to register complaints of Indians who have fled with their children from abroad to escape domestic violence or some other issue, Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said.

Addressing a national conference of the state women commissions, Gandhi yesterday said the cell, consisting of members of the Ministry of External Affairs and the NCPCR, would contact the embassies of the respective countries and try to reach a solution after consultations with them.

About why India should not become a signatory of the Hague Convention, she said if India was a signatory, then the child would have to be sent back and the woman apprehended.

“We refused that we would not send our women back so their child is snatched away from them,” the Women and Child Development minister said.

She said her ministry was desperately looking for a solution for women who have fled from abroad with their child to escape domestic violence or for some other issue.

“We haven’t come to a solution, but till a solution is reached this cell has been formed,” Gandhi added.
The Hague Convention is a multi-national treaty that seeks to protect children wrongfully removed by one of the parents from the custody of the other parent.

She recommended members of the women commissions to follow three things — release a book on the performance every year, identify single cases and try to solve them and hire lawyers for women who cannot afford it.

First Published on Jul 28, 2018 11:11 am

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#varun gandhi’s #leaked #Sex Pictures … #karma kicks back … सबका नंबर आयेगी

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In 1978, Maneka Gandhi leaked India’s first political sex scandal, now son Varun faces same charge

In 1978, Surya magazine, with Maneka at the helm, published a two-page spread of then Deputy PM Jagjivan Ram’s son in a ‘compromising position’.
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For Varun Gandhi and his mother Maneka Gandhi, the recent allegations that Varun had been “honey-trapped”, photographed in compromising positions and blackmailed for defence secrets, must feel like a giant case of deja vu. After all, as editor of Surya magazine, Maneka had used just such a scandal to wreck the political career of Jagjivan Ram.

While Varun denied all of the allegations, arguing that as a young first-time MP, he had not had any defense secrets to be blackmailed for, the BJP’s decision not to intervene in the issue and leave Varun to his own fate, only added fuel to the fire.

Rewind almost 40 years, and the first ever political sex scandal broke around the then Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram’s son Suresh Ram. While pictures of 47-year-old Suresh in the amorous embrace of a 21-year-old Delhi University student were reportedly available with most newspaper and magazine offices, only the Surya magazine went ahead with publishing them.

“The photographs came to us also. But we refused to publish it. It was sleazy and in bad taste”, Inder Malhotra, associated with one of the English dailies, had said. “It was politically motivated and a bad game to be trapped in.”

The magazine, with Maneka at the helm, splashed the pictures across a two-page spread, under headlines that read: “Sushma Pawn in International Spy Ring”, and “Defence Secrets leaked to Chinese embassy?”.  What’s more, the magazine also ran special print runs of the issue, publishing an estimated 1.2 lakh copies, of which 20,000 were to be sold in Delhi alone.

While the scandal was a much-needed boost for the falling circulation of Surya magazine, the reasons for carrying the pictures were explicitly political. Jagjivan Ram, the Dalit face of the Congress Party for over 30 years, had ditched Indira Gandhi to join the Janata coalition and was even seen as a strong contender for the post of Prime Minister. Once Suresh’s pictures hit the stands, that hope blew up in Jagjivan’s face.

Eerily, it’s the same set of allegations that have come back to bite Varun, and in somewhat similar circumstances. At a time when Varun Gandhi was being touted as a potential Chief Ministerial candidate for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the accusation that he had been honey-trapped could easily have been politically fatal.

It seems that in Indian politics, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

“We know marital rape happens frequently. But women need 2 complain !! Ms. Maneka Gandhi, Hon. Minister

“We know it (marital rape) happens frequently. But women need to come and complain about this aspect of violence, and once there is enough data, the government could respond,” Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development, Government of India
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From Indian Express ..Web edition !!
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In her first statement following her ministry’s controversial reply to Rajya Sabha on marital rape, Woman and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi has said that her ministry could consider taking a step towards criminalising marital rape provided there is ample proof of enough number of complaints.
 
“We know it (marital rape) happens frequently,” Maneka told The Indian Express. “But women need to come and complain about this aspect of violence, and once there is enough data, the government could respond.”
 
At present, she said, the government does not have a case for introducing a separate law to criminalise marital rape since women do not use even existing laws on domestic violence to register complaints of rapes by husbands.
 
“Violence is violence. It has to be strictly dealt with,” she said. “We already have a section that covers domestic violence, and if that was used sufficiently for marital rape complaints, there would be grounds to move a new law… (However) police figures show it has not been used even once.”
 
Sources said the WCD ministry has retracted its earlier reply to Rajya Sabha. It has now sent an amended answer to the Secretariat citing the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs’ 2013 report, which states that if marital rape is criminalised “the entire family system will be under great stress…”
 
Section 375 of IPC, which deals with rape, makes an exception for such instances within marriages. It holds that “sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”. Protection of Woman from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, brought by UPA, provides for civil remedies for all kinds of domestic violence, including “sexual abuse” within marriage, but doesn’t make it a criminal offence.
 
The ministry came under fire last month over its reply in Parliament to a question on whether it plans to criminalise marital rape. The reply read, “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors e.g. level of education/ illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat marriage as a sacrament, etc.”
 
The ministry’s amended reply is expected to state that the Standing Committee’s report on Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill has been prepared after considering the Law Commission’s ‘Review of Rape Laws’ (2000) as well as the Justice J S Verma Committee recommendations. While the Law Commission report was not in favour of making marital rape a criminal offence, as it held that doing so would be “excessive interference with the marital relationship”, the Justice Verma report made a strong case for criminalising marital rape.