Girl raped by schoolmates in moving car
GHAZIABAD: Three teenagers abducted an 18-year-old girl of their college, raped her for two hours in a moving car and dropped her off, threatening to kill her if she told anyone. The incident took place in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Police arrested the trio hours after the girl summoned the courage to tell her family, three days after she had been assaulted, reported The Times of India (TOI). The boys drove around an area that houses the district police headquarters and courts, taking turns to rape her.
The victim's family said there were four boys in the car. But police maintained there were three and that the victim had not identified anybody else, the daily said.
One of the accused was a classmate of the victim's, the others were in Class 10 and 12. All three boys come from affluent homes, police told the paper.
Friend set on fire for money
NEW DELHI: A 25-year-old man was arrested for allegedly murdering his friend after robbing him, police officials told the media.
Ram Badan Yadav and his friend Irfan allegedly strangled Amit, a contractor, in a Delhi suburb on January 9 and later set the body afire.
"Yadav was arrested after he confessed to the murder while Irfan is absconding," Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), was quoted by the Press Trust of India.
Yadav was in need of money. Amit had invited yadav and Irfan for a drink. On spying a large amount of cash in Amit's possession, the duo planned to rob him.
They took the victim to a secluded place and after assaulting him, robbing him, they burnt his body.
Judges sacked for giving life sentence for toll evasion
BEIJING: Two Chinese judges were sacked for sentencing a farmer to life for using fake military number plates to evade toll fees, amid a heated public debate over the severity of the punishment.
The ruling was also "overturned" by the Higher People's Court in Henan Province when it determined there was not enough evidence to convict the farmer.
On Sunday, the Court also announced penalties against several officials from its intermediate Pingdingshan court for neglect of duty. Lou Yanwei, a judge in the case, and presiding judge Hou Xiaokong were dismissed from their posts, while vice president of the court Ren Jianjun was suspended, state-run Global Times reported.
Pingdingshan court sentenced Shi Jianfeng to life in prison last week after finding him guilty of evading 3.68 million yuan (USD 557,800) in highway tolls.
Fake military license plates were mounted on two trucks that carried gravel and avoided tolls more than 2,300 times because military vehicles are exempt.
The sentenced sparked public outcry over the severity of the punishment.
The higher court order comes a day after the farmer's younger brother Shi Junfeng turned himself to police, asserting that the license plates were purchased from local armed police division personnel. He showed a one-year contract that was signed by two officials.
Pak army vs Taliban now in new TV drama
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Taliban-fighting soldiers are set for celebrity status with the launch of a multi-million-dollar glossy television drama hailing army victories over militants.
Emotive tales of 11 "brave Pakistanis" battling an Islamist insurgency that is plaguing Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, will air on the small screen in an army-funded drama that casts the anti-terror fight in a positive light.
Teenager used social websites to kidnap people
MEXICO CITY: A teenaged youth who allegedly kidnapped students he met via social networking websites has been arrested in Mexico, officials said.
Pedro Lopez Biffano, 19, who was holding a student hostage, was arrested during the weekend in Puebla state in Central Mexico, the Puebla state attorney general's office said.
The suspect was demanding 100,000 pesos ($8,100) in cash and two vehicles in exchange for the student's release, the office said.
Biffano was arrested near a hospital as he prepared to collect the cash. Police found the hostage handcuffed to a bed at Biffano's house.
Biffano later confessed he planned and carried out 14 kidnappings.
Cat ordered to court for jury duty
LONDON: A pet cat has been ordered to report for jury duty, despite being "unable to speak and understand English".
If the matter was not resolved, Sal the cat would have to report to Suffolk Superior Crown Court in Boston, United States, on March 23.
Owner Anna Esposito said she had told authorities that Sal could not speak or understand English. The cat's vet had even written a letter explaining that Sal was a "domestic short-haired neutered feline".
"Sal is a member of the family so I listed him on the last census form under pets, but there has clearly been a mix-up," Mrs Esposito said.
"When they ask him guilty or not guilty? What's he supposed to say - meow?"
Mrs Esposito said Sal was not suitable for jury duty because he could not understand English, one of the 10 statutory disqualifications preventing people from serving.
Her husband, Guy, said the summons for juror service was a surprise.
"I said, 'Sal, what's this?' I was shocked," Mr Esposito said.
"He likes to sit on my knee and watch crime shows with me but even so he's still under-qualified for jury duty if you ask me."
It is understood that Sal was inadvertently included on the juror list when paperwork was misread at the last census.
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