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Govt mulls change in sati Act

New Delhi (PTI): The government is considering a proposal for amending the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act 1987 to make it more stringent.

“(The) government had enacted the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act 1987. A proposal for amending the Act to make it more stringent is under consideration of the government,” minister of state for human resources development Rita Verma informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Friday.

n whether the government was aware of the sati that took place in August in Madhya Pradesh, Verma said: “As per information, only two cases of sati were reported since 1996, one from Uttar Pradesh during 1997 and the other from Madhya Pradesh in 2002.

“Only one person was arrested under the Act since 1996 and the person was acquitted by the court.”

In reply to another question on overhaul of rape laws, the minister said the law commission has recommended changes in laws to deal with sexual offences more effectively and state governments have been requested to furnish their views on the commission’s recommendations.

January 10 deadline for Salman

Mumbai (PTI): A city magistrate has directed Salman Khan to appear before him on January 10 in a hit-and-run case and adjourned to December 30 the actor’s plea for return of his vehicle involved in the mishap.

Salman had allegedly rammed his vehicle into a bakery in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four on September 28.

As the actor did not appear in the court on Thursday, magistrate S.Y. Shisode adjourned the plea for the return of the vehicle. The actor was exempted for the day but asked to appear without fail on January 10 when his case would be referred to a sessions court for trial.

Salman has filed an application under Section 457 of CrPc, seeking the return of his Toyota Landcruiser. Police have objected to its return, saying the car was not registered in his name but in the name of one Mohammed Abdul Rehman Hussainar.

Salman’s lawyer H.S. Anand, on the last occasion, had said the actor had purchased the vehicle from Rehman but it was not transferred in his name. He said Salman had an agreement to prove his claim.

Half-naked beggar killed

Madurai (PTI): In a shocking incident, a man killed a mentally challenged beggar in Devakottai for allegedly wandering around half-naked. The man was arrested after he confessed to the recent killing.

The man, police said, was angered when he found the beggar not covering himself properly, thus embarrassing the people, and was found shouting at passersby.

Contractor assault

Kanpur (PTI): A contractor at the Ganga barrage was seriously injured and a peon killed when an unknown assailant opened fire at them in the canal colony here, police said. Vijay Shukla was attacked at his office by a young man, seriously injuring him, and the peon. The condition of Shukla is stated to be serious. Professional rivalry was the cause behind the attack, the police said. No arrest has been made so far.

Poppy husk seized

Moga (PTI): Punjab police claimed to have confiscated 20 bags of poppy husk and arrested a woman in this connection. The police raided the residence of Kulwant Kaur and recovered 8 quintal of poppy husk worth Rs 2 lakh. Her son escaped, they said.

Sunjay reprieve

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has allowed Sunjay Dutt, an accused in the Bombay blasts case, to visit Durban for eight days from December 25 to perform in a stage show. The court allowed him to visit Durban but warned him to refrain from maintaining contact with absconding accused in this case or in any other case in India.

Collision deaths

Varanasi (PTI): Eight persons were killed in a head-on collision between a jeep and a truck. In another incident, one person was killed and 12 were injured when their mini bus was hit by a truck.

Liquor kills 1

Nashik (PTI): One person died and two were hospitalised after they consumed spurious liquor which they had themselves prepared. Police said Bhaskar Handore, Vithal Kasabe and Ramrao Khatal felt giddy soon after consuming the liquor and were hospitalised.

India’s paratroopers, the elite force of the army, are celebrating in Bangalore the 50th year of their service to the nation that includes a significant role in the liberation of Goa. In an airshow at the Jakkur airfield, Akash Ganga skydivers showed their skills.

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