Christian aid agency in tsunami readiness *Jalna Muslim boys in long police custody for marrying Hindu girls

April 14, 2012 by  
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Christian AidIndia, April 13, 2012: The agency says it has been developing early warning systems to help people protect themselves in case of a disaster.

As panic spread following a tsunami alert along the eastern coast of India, a Christian aid agency said it was ready for any kind of eventuality.

A tsunami alert was issued in India after twin earthquakes shook Indonesia. Mild tremors were also felt in Indian cities of Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and several other cities on the eastern coast.

Several coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands were put on alert.

“We were ready to respond to this earthquake as we have been practicing evacuation drills with vulnerable communities and developing early warning systems to help people protect themselves in case of a disaster,” said Nick Guttmann, head of emergencies at Christian Aid.

He said that the agency is constantly working with communities to make sure they have the knowledge as it makes a huge difference if early warning systems are in place.

Guttmann said the big tsunami early warning systems have been developed since 2004, when tsunami struck the Indian coast leaving more than 12,000 people dead.

“Prior to 2004 we tried to do as much as we could but it was hard to galvanise governments to show how important these systems are until the actual tsunami, which was a huge wake up call for everyone,” he added.

Christian Aid has a network of capable partners in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines who have managed large humanitarian responses for previous disasters.

– christiantoday

Jalna Muslim boys in long police custody for marrying Hindu girls


Maharashtra, April 12, 2012: After five-day police custody, two Muslim youths in twenties – brothers in relation – were again given in police custody for five more days by a Jalna court on Thursday, sending fear waves in the family that they might be implicated in some heinous cases like ‘Love Jihad’ or terrorism.

The youths had eloped with two Hindu girls – adults — of their locality and married them on 22nd February 2012 and the couples had since been in the hiding in Washim near Jalna. Parents of the girls filed complaint on 26th February. The couples learnt about the police complaint and the subsequent harassment of the boys’ family. So they sent court affidavits of their marriage through fax to the police. In the affidavits, the couples stated that they were adults and had married and converted out of their free will. But the Jalna police continued looking for them and on the basis of the stamp seal of the advocate on the affidavits they tracked down the couples on 5th April in Washim. Though Washim is about 6 hours from Jalna, the boys were produced before the magistrate in Jalna on 7th April and taken on police remand. Today again they were sent on police remand till 17th April.

When the couples were taken into custody the girls refused to support the rape charges made in the complaint against their husbands. They were sent to the Akola Bal Sudhar Griha. They have now been shifted back to their parents’ home.

A journalist from Jalna who is aware of the case informed TCN that the family of the boys – their father is a moazzin in the local mosque – had been harassed by the police since the boys eloped with the girls on 22nd Feb. The police conducted several raids and searches on their home and their relatives’ home.

Not only this, the elder brother and one cousin of the boys were not only detained but have been booked under section 361. They were twice remanded to police custody during this time before sending them for judicial remand.

He said the family fears that the police may implicate the boys in some other cases. He said such incidents are common in the country but the long police custody has created apprehension in the family.

While Sheikh Mohd. Ali (s/o Shaikh Mehboob) age 26 year works as a salesman at a sewing machine showroom his brother Sheikh Khalid Ahmed age 23 years is second year B.Sc. student.

– tcn

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