Kerala

India: Wayalar rape accused thrashed by mob

Palakkad, Dec 7 (PTI) An accused in the Walayar rape and death case of two minor dalit sisters was on Saturday thrashed by a group of people following an altercation, police said.

M Madhu, the third accused in the case, who was acquitted recently by a lower court, allegedly got into an argument with the group near his house, the police said.

India now known as 'rape capital": Rahul Gandhi

Wayanad, Dec 7 (PTI) Citing the increasing number of rape cases in the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the international community was ridiculing the country and India was now known as the 'rape capital' of the world.

Winding up a three-day tour of his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, the Congress MP also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said his (Modi's) entire political career was based on hatred and division and violence.

India: HC asks Ker govt to take control of Church

Kochi, Dec 3 (PTI) The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered the state government to immediately take over control of a Church at nearby Kothamangalam where the authorities allegedly failed to implement a Supreme Court verdict granting its possession to the Orthodox faction due to protests by followers of rival Jacobite Christian faith.

India: School teacher held for molesting children

Kannur, Dec 1 (PTI) A teacher of an aided school has been arrested here for allegedly molesting his students during coaching classes, police said on Sunday.

Saji (45), an ex-serviceman and also a local Congress leader, was caught on Saturday following a complaint from Childline stating he would touch children inappropriately, the police said.

India: School teacher held for sexual harassment of students

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 22 (PTI) A physical education teacher of a government school here was arrested on Friday for alleged sexual harassment of his students, police said.

Bobby Joseph, accused of having unnatural sex, was arrested based on multiple complaints against him, they said.

The complaints alleged that Joseph forced the children to perform unnatural acts on one another, the police said.

The children revealed this during a counselling session, they said.

The complaints were handed over to the police by the child helpline.

India: Heavy rush of pilgrims in Sabarimala, 2 women sent back

Sabarimala (Ker), Nov 18 (PTI) Amid heavy rush of devotees to the Lord Ayyappa temple here, police on Monday sent back two women devotees from Andhra Pradesh at Pamba as they were in the 'barred' 10-50 age group.

On Saturday, 10 women were turned back at Pamba, 5 km from the shrine, when the temple opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja.

India: Sabarimala temple opens, 10 women sent back by police

Sabarimala, Nov 16 (PTI) Amid tight security, thousands of devotees offered prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple when it opened for the annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja on Saturday, though police said 10 women were sent back from Pamba base as they were in the "barred" age group.

The temple has reopened just days after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court referred to a larger bench the matter related to entry of women into the hill temple and other issues related to various faiths.

India: Over 10,000 police to be deployed in Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 12 (PTI): Over 10,000 police personnel will be posted in phases in and around Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple for security during the two-month long pilgrimage season starting November 17.

During the Mandala Makkarvillakku festival, 10,017 police personnel will be posted around the temple complex in five phases, a police press release said.

DGP Loknath Behara said there will be stringent security in and around Sabarimala during the pilgrimage season this year.

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