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NGO to teach healthy cooking to street vendors


The Maharashtra government is conducting a campaign for street vendors in Mumbai, in which, they are being trained in preparing food in a hygienic manner with the help of an NGO, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said today.

“As part of the campaign, our team is imparting training to the street vendors on healthy cooking of edible items,” said Shailesh Adhav, Joint Commissioner, FDA.

On March 27, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a mobile van, donated by a corporate, and new vehicles of the FDA at Vidhan Bhavan here.

The programme was initiated by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), an NGO working for the cause of hawkers in the country.

“We keep educating the street vendors on how to make their products more healthy and hygienic by inviting them at our workshops. But this time, we thought to reach them by going door to door and it has yield very positive response. Our officials are explaining them various procedures like using less oil while cooking, cleaner water, checking the purity of the raw materials,” Adhav said.

At the end of two-hour-long training session, we give the vendors a certificate as well a kit containing an apron, gloves and caps.

Senior manager, NASVI, Arvind Shukla said the training is all about preparing and selling quality food.

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Crimes against Women by our Honourable Law Makers!


Analysis of MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Crimes against Women



Dear friends,

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch have analyzed 4845 out of 4896 election affidavits of current MPs and MLAs. It includes 768 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4077 out of 4120 MLAs from all the states of India.

For complete report with details of IPC sections related to crimes against women declared by sitting Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha MPs and Members of Legislative Assemblies, please refer to:  https://adrindia.org/content/analysis-mpsmlas-declared-cases-related-crimes-against-women-1

Summary and Highlights

  • Out of 1580(33%) MPs/ MLAs analysed with declared criminal cases, 48 have declared cases related to crimes against women.


  • Among these 48 MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Crimes s against women, 45 are MLAs and 3 are MPs.


  • 327 candidates analysed who had declared cases related to crimes against women, were given tickets by recognized political parties.


  • 118 independent candidates analysed with declared cases related to crimes against women had contested for Lok/Rajya and state assembles’ elections in last 5 years.


  • Among these candidates, 40 candidates were given tickets by parties for Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha elections. Various recognized parties have given tickets to 287 candidates with cases related to crimes against women for state assemblies’ elections.


  • In the last 5 years, 18 independent candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women contested in the Lok Sabha/ Rajya Elections. Similarly, 100 independent candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women contested in the state assemblies’ elections.


  • Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 12, followed by West Bengal with 11 , Odisha and Andhra Pradesh each with 5 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.

·    Among the states in the last 5 years, Maharashtra has the highest number of candidates i.e. 65, followed by Bihar with 62 and West Bengal with 52 candidates who were given tickets by political parties even though they have declared cases related to crimes against women in their affidavits.

·  Among various recognized parties, BJP has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 12, followed by SHS (Shiv Sena) with 7 and AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) with 6 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.

  • Among the major parties in the last 5 years, 47 candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BJP. The second highest number of candidates, i.e. 35 who had declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BSP, followed by 24 candidates from INC who had declared cases related to crimes against women who had contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State Assemblies Elections in last 5 years.
  • Following are 3 MLAs who have declared have declared cases related to rape :
  • Gonuguntla Suryanarayana from TDP who has won from Dharmavaram constituency in Andhra Pradesh (2014)
  • Jethabhai G.Ahir from BJP who has won from Shehra constituency in Gujarat (2017)
  • Gulab Yadav from RJD who has won from Jhanjharpur constituency in Bihar(2015)
  • In the last 5 years, recognized parties have given tickets to 26 candidates who had declared cases related to rape.
  • In the last 5 years, 14 independent candidates with declared cases related to rape have contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State assemblies’ elections.

Recommendations of ADR


All major political parties give tickets to candidates with cases of crimes against women especially rape and therefore hindering the safety and dignity of women as citizens. These are serious cases where charges have been framed and cognizance have been taken by the courts. Hence, political parties have been in a way abetting to circumstances that lead to such events that they so easily but vehemently condemn in Parliament’. ADR and NEW strongly recommends that:

  • Candidates with a serious criminal background should be debarred from contesting elections.
  • Political parties should disclose the criteria on which candidates are given tickets.
  • Cases against MPs and MLAs should be fast tracked and decided upon in a time bound manner.

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Is Modi afraid of NGOs?

Why Narendra Modi shouldn't be afraid of NGOs


Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees enemies all around him, and non-governmental organisations or NGOs are high up on his list. Just a few days ago, at a farmers rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bargarh, Odisha, Modi said that NGOs were conspiring to defame him and bring down his government.

NGOs (like black marketers in the chemical fertiliser industry), he said, were robbing and destroying the nation and were “morning and evening conspiring to figure out how to finish Modi, how to remove Modi’s government, how to dishonour Modi”. The prime minister added that efforts aimed at forcing NGOs to account for the money they receive from abroad had turned them against his government.

Modi’s antipathy to non-governmental organisations is of long standing. A speech he made on the subject in 2006 sets out his view. Like many others he sees charitable work like feeding the poor, maintaining cow shelters, housing pilgrims, organising blood donation camps, as honourable social work. Registered NGOs are, however, “monkey traders” who jump from one issue to the next following the funding. He specifically singles out organisations receiving foreign funds as self-serving businesses in his 2006 speech:

“Funds are obtained from abroad, an NGO is set up: a few [media] articles are commissioned, a PR firm is recruited and slowly, with the help of the media, an image is created. And then awards are procured from foreign countries to enhance this image. Such a vicious cycle of finance – activity – award is set up and once they have secured an award, no one in Hindustan dares raise a finger no matter how many failings of the awardee”.

Tilting at NGOs

There are many who will agree with Modi that there must be better regulation of non-governmental organisations, that there are many that follow the money and even some that exercise disproportionate influence over government policy. But most will wonder why the prime minister of India is tilting at NGOs.

The foreign money NGOs receive is small change in an economy the size of India’s. Home ministry figures show that in the period 2011-’12, the total inflow of foreign funds to organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA was Rs 11,546.3 crore. More than half of this (approximately Rs 6,000 crore) was for religious organisations, two-thirds of which was spent on education, training and maintenance of priests, preachers and religious schools. Compare this to the Centre and states budgeted expenditure on just education for 2012-’13 which is Rs 4,03,236.5 crore.

Among the recipients of foreign funding are myriad non-governmental organisations affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological guide. With the BJP in power, these organisations exert considerable influence on government. While the prime minister talks of NGO conspiracies to do him in, the RSS systematically collects information about such organisations in areas in which it is active. At the moment, the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, the RSS body working with tribal communities, is conducting a survey of grassroots-level NGOs working in the tribal sub-plan areas of Rajasthan. The survey is designed to collect detailed information on whether these non-governmental organisations agree with the RSS view on key issues or not.

Like previous governments, this one too relies on NGOs to implement many of its social development programmes at the grassroots. A conservative estimate puts the government’s grants to the NGO sector at Rs 1,000 crore. In fact, NGOs are an acknowledged part of Modi’s pet projects like the Swachh Bharat programme. NGOs are also the go-to people for ideas and project implementation in most social-development related ministries.

But NGOs that irk the prime minister the most seem to be the ones acknowledged abroad as doing good work. This is curious given Modi’s own love for being feted in foreign countries. To help his case against these as-yet-unnamed NGOs, the prime minister has a handy Intelligence Bureau report that says exactly what he does. The report, a re-issued, slightly edited old bureau report on NGOs commissioned by the UPA government includes a verbatim extract from Modi’s 2006 speech on NGOs quoted earlier.

Seeking transparency?

Since the IB report was published, the government has cancelled the registration of nearly 10,000 NGOs under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act 2010. NGOs like Greenpeace and funding bodies like Ford Foundation and Caritas have had restrictions placed on their functioning in India too. The government has also targeted human rights defenders, among them former additional solicitor general Indira Jaising’s Lawyers Collective.

The home ministry, which is the ministry responsible, said that its endeavour was “to bring in transparency and accountability while ensuring national security”. National security’s obverse is anti-national activity. The government has signalled that its definition of anti-national activity includes people’s dietary preferences, student protests, the demand for justice for victims of communal riots or anything that is critical of the government or outside the belief system of the Sangh Parivar.

As the Jat quota agitation unleashed violence in Haryana, and the periphery of Delhi, Modi was telling people in Odisha, “morning through night there is turmoil around me, some people are constantly trying to get at me.” The NGOs, he said, had “all got together saying ‘Modi ko maro, Modi ko maro’” (pull Modi down, pull Modi down).

When the prime minister singles out NGOs as the cause of his troubles, is he setting up straw men to knock down, or does his government’s persecution of those who disagree with it suggest something rather more calculated? Only time will tell.



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Men’s NGO plea on marital rape!


An NGO’s plea in the seeking to make marital an offence was today opposed by another NGO, run by a group of men, which said that married women have been given adequate protection under the law against sexual by their husbands.

claimed that exception in Section 375 of the IPC, which says intercourse or a sexual act by a man with his is not rape, is “not unconstitutional” and setting it aside will create more injustice.

It was opposing the petitions filed by and the All Democratic Women’s Association, which have challenged the constitutionality of Section 375 (which defines rape) of the IPC on the ground that it discriminated against married women being sexually assaulted by their husbands.

A bench of Acting and Justice C posed various questions to the trust’s representatives, who were made intervenors in the matter, and asked whether their stand was that a husband has a right to perpetrate sexual offence on his and could he force sex on his spouse?

To this, NGO Men Welfare Trust’s representatives and replied in the negative and said there were existing provisions, including domestic law, harassment to married woman, unnatural sex, which provide adequate protection to a against sexual committed by the husband.

However, no such protection is given to husbands as laws in are gender specific, unlike in most parts of the world, they argued.

When said that by a husband and a third person cannot be put on a same pedestal, the bench shot back, saying “a is a Is it that if you are married, it is okay but if you are not, then it’s a If an uncle or grandfather sexually assaults a woman or a girl, it is covered under the offence of

The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue on April 16, the next date of hearing.

Earlier, Kolkata-based NGO Hridaya had also opposed the plea to make marital an offence, saying consent for physical relations is for all time when a person enters the institution of

The high court had earlier agreed to examine the issue raised in PILs by Karuna Nundy, who represented and the All Democratic Women’s Association, and a man and a woman, who have sought striking down the exception in the Indian that does not consider sexual intercourse with a wife, not less than 15 years of age, as

The petitions have also sought setting aside of the exception in the law that protects husbands, saying that it violates the right to equality, freedom and to live life with dignity provided under the Constitution.

The had said that quashing the protection husbands enjoy against prosecution for marital would lead to “creation of an offence”, which is a legislative job and courts cannot create or legislate an offence, which would be the inevitable outcome of striking down of the exception in the IPC.

The Centre has opposed the main petitions saying marital cannot be made a criminal offence as it could become a phenomenon which may destabilise the institution of and an easy tool for harassing the husbands.


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NGO Shakti Vahini’s success against Honour Killings!

SC rules against Khap Panchayats, 'Khaps can't interfere in marriages'
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday frowned on honour killings and ruled any attempt by informal institutions such as khap panchayats to end a marriage between consenting adults is illegal as it violates their fundamental right to choice and dignity. It ordered authorities to take steps to protect inter-caste and inter-religious couples from honour crimes.
“Assertion of choice is an insegregable facet of liberty and dignity. When the ability to choose is crushed in the name of class honour and the person’s physical frame is treated with absolute indignity, a chilling effect dominates over … the society at large,” a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
The court asked central and state governments to take preventive, remedial and punitive steps to deter khaps from taking the law into their own hands.They must provide protection to inter-caste and inter-religious couples.

The police chief in each district should oversee the safety of such couples and take the assistance of the court to make preventive arrests to save them from harassment, the court said. There should be dedicated courts to deal with honour crimes and 24-hour helplines for couples to seek assistance, the court said, while directing all states to file compliance reports within six weeks.

The ruling will hold till a law is passed on dealing with honour crimes. The top court was dealing with a public interest litigation filed by NGO Shakti Vahini, which drew its attention to honour crimes prevalent in several parts of the country. At least 288 such cases were reported from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Delhi, UP and Bihar and other states between 2014 and 2016, the NGO said.

Feudal perceptions such as clan, caste and honour have to melt into oblivion, the court said in its ruling. “…any kind of torture or torment or ill-treatment in the name of honour that tantamount to atrophy of choice of an individual relating to love and marriage by any assembly, whatsoever nomenclature it assumes, is illegal and cannot be allowed a moment of existence.”

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