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Avenging a slap, through RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

Citizens often complain of humiliation by the police, which may be “abuse.” While most suffer silently, one such citizen has decided to ascertain accountability under the RTI Act.

Paresh Parekh, 34, a resident of Sabarmati area in Ahmedabad, used to drive an autorickshaw at nights, during 1994-95 to eke out a living.

A policeman once accosted him while on a “combing operation” and searched his vehicle. All he could find was a screwdriver, which the constable decided was a dangerous “weapon.” A shocked Parekh was rebuked and slapped. But, he bore this insult and injury silently, biding his time.

A strange thought struck him while watching the inauguration ceremony of the Vastrapur lake. He saw dignitaries like leader of the Opposition, LK Advani, Chief Minister Narendra Modi being gifted swords, which were brandished by these leaders.

It was then that the question popped up in his mind – if his screwdriver was a dangerous weapon, what about swords ? Why such double standards? And, since both the leaders enjoy special category protection, why were swords allowed near them? What if something went wrong?

Several unanswered letters later, Parekh, under the RTI, sought to know why, and who was responsible for making arrangements for presenting these leaders with swords. He also asked how many people have been booked for carrying dangerous weapons in public and if not, why ? His questions included why he was slapped for carrying a screwdriver.
The city police commissioner’s office transferred the letter to the office of DCP (Zone-I), a month ago. Parekh has appealed and is determined to get answers.

Meanwhile, Urmila Solanki, 18, of Asarwa, a volunteer at the RTI Camp, used her right to know the status of her ration card application. It also redeemed her standing in her family and she has now stood out as an example for her community.

The only daughter of a safai kamdar, she grew up hearing taunts of how a son would have helped the family more. With her mother’s support, she studied till standard 12 and ended up at the camp to help others.

Soon, she realised that she could ask questions on her family’s pending ration card. She filed her questions and on the fifth day, received the news that the ration card, which was pending for two years, has been issued. An emotional Urmila shared with all what her father said – “You are now as good as a son!”

The RTI campaign at Kochrab Ashram in Ahmedabad ends on July 15.

2 Responses to “Avenging a slap, through RTI”

  1. ramesh wasudeo said

    unforunately there are first class equal among ordinary equals these are VIPs and VVIPs which terms remainundefined.VIPs have red or yellow beacon lights and do not have to follow normal rules unlike ordinary citizens.

    vip protection is another farce. it has become status symbol.

    several ploitical leaders are shown brandishing swords in photos during the past. some of them can not kill even a cocroach. thankfully they are not photographed with latest Ak 56/57, the latest weapon.


  2. Gope Lalwani said

    I am 77 years old father of victim of 498A, who’s son
    committed SIN of sponsoring a Indian Girl to marry her in US.

    I have been named in the complaint and declared proclaimed
    offender listed on look-out-list at Indian Airports for arrest
    without Bail.

    As a matter of fact, I did not attend my son’s marriage ceremony
    nor lived with them during the period of their marriage. I was
    out of USA during the period.

    Here are the facts, and your opinnion shall be appreciated.

    In this case; a Criminal Complaint was registered in India
    against entire US Citizens family under section 498A with the
    collusion and connivance of the police.

    She is a Law Attorney of 10 years legal practise in Mumbai..
    Her father is also Senior Law Attorney at Mumbai High Court

    They got US citizens arrested at Mumbai Air-port, while returning
    from short visit to India visiting 92 years old ailing grand Mother,in June 2003 after about 2 months of receiving and acknowledging the US Decree of divorce of April 2003, in which, she has been named “blackmailer and extortionist” in proceedings.

    1. She did not disclose in the F.I.R ” registered in December 2002 that the Divorce proceedings were going on against her in US
    court and she had filed her response in September 2002 asking for
    Rs. one crore as alimony alternatively restoration of conjugal

    2. She did not disclose in the complaint that she had travelled to
    US on
    sponsored fiance visa (K-1) to marry in US with US citizen.

    3. She stated in the complaint that she married in India with a US
    Green Card Holder Indian Citizen and named all the members of
    of the US citizen family as” Indian Citizens residing in US”. No
    proof to support the statement has been furnished nor the
    has been recorded in the F.I.R.

    4. Her Passport was neither inspected nor verified nor passport
    number entered in F.I.R as required by law, with the connivance
    of Mumbai Police.
    Nor the US Immigration Visa was investigated which she said in
    the complaint that she had acquired the same by fraud from
    US Consulate in Mumbai
    (The production and Inspection of her passport would
    have rendered the said complaint fraud and fraudulent)

    5. She did not disclose to US divorce court during court proceedings
    in January 2003; that she had filed a criminal complaint in
    India earlier
    in December 2002 under section 498A of Indian Penal Code, and
    obtained Non-bailable Arrest Warrants and got posted at Air-
    in India for arrest as proclaimed offenders.

    7. She has however left India and settled in Dubai for good

    Complainant had also sought assistance of “abused women’s”
    organisation in US in the divorce matter, but the organisation’s
    lawyer withdrew as soon as it became clear that her case was
    based on “Blackmail and Extortion”.

    She has not made any allegations ( such as made in the police
    complaint in India ) to the US women’s organisation’ or US police.
    This is clear evidence of Manipulation, Misuse, Mockery and Naked
    Abuse of Indian Legal and Judicial System by the unscrupulous
    woman and her father both belonging to legal profession.

    Can any body help and investigate Nagpada Police Station in Mumbai to get me Justice?

    Gope Lalwani
    Pennsylvania USA

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