AP Govt. to bring in ordinance to deal with acid attack offenders

AP Govt. to bring in ordinance to deal with acid attack offenders

P. Sabitha Reddy, Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh. File Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

P. Sabitha Reddy, Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh. File Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
The Andhra Pradesh government will soon promulgate an ordinance for treating acid attack as a serious offence and punishing the guilty with a minimum jail term of three years.

State Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy told reporters here on Friday that another ordinance too would be brought in amending Section 509 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), thereby making it a non-bailable offence.

The State Cabinet approved these ordinances at its meeting on Thursday, the Home Minister said.

The government’s decision to enact ordinances comes in the wake of rise in number of acid attacks on women in recent days. The new legislation would also deal with attacks on women in general apart from acid attacks, the Home Minister said.

In fact, the government proposed to enact a legislation in the Budget session of the State Legislature last month incorporating a new provision in the IPC for treating acid attack as a “special crime” with harsher punishments.

Besides, some provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act were proposed to be suitably amended to support the amendment in the IPC.

But the government failed to enact the legislation in the Budget session and is hence forced to bring in the ordinance.

As per the original proposal of the government a new Section 326-A was to be incorporated in the IPC for treating acid attacks as a special crime with punishment ranging up to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs. five lakh.

Hitherto, the accused in such cases were being booked under Section 326 of the IPC (causing grievous hurt) that has a maximum punishment of a five-year jail term.

AP State Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice B. Subhashan Reddy suggested to the State Government that a new provision Section 326-A be incorporated in the IPC to deal exclusively with acid attack cases.

An amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure making it binding on the prosecution (government) to obtain prior consent from an acid attack victim for withdrawing such a case was also mooted.

Another amendment would enable the court to award an interim compensation of Rs. two lakh to the acid attack victim if the case has been established prima facie.

Rosaiah writes to Sonia, regrets over Khammam incident

A file picture of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar.

A file picture of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah has written a letter to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi expressing sincere regrets over the unfortunate and uncalled for incidents wherein supporters of Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy tore down a banner containing her picture in Khammam and torched two APSRTC buses in Rajahmundry.

“I may be permitted to bring to your notice with deep pain and grief an incident wherein some Congress workers resorted to undisciplined and unruly behaviour of tearing down a flex banner containing pictures of various leaders, including yourself in Khammam district Congress office. In another incident in Rajahmundry, two RTC buses were burnt by Congress workers. This is an emotional act of some disgruntled elements as a mark of protest,” Mr. Rosaiah said in the letter sent on Monday.

The Chief Minister said the Pradesh Congress Committee president has already issued instructions for suspension of those responsible for the Khammam incident while a criminal case has also been registered. While four persons responsible for tearing down the banner were suspended from the party, three of them were already arrested by the police.

Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy has also condemned the incidents and sought severe action against the guilty. Strict instructions have been issued for continuation of the party membership enrolment drive in the state, Mr. Rosaiah said.

“I express my sincere regrets for those unfortunate and uncalled for incidents. All measures have been taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents. I assure you that I will leave no stone unturned in maintenance of peace and law and order in the state , the Chief Minister told Sonia Gandhi in the letter.

Hyderabad Events Today

Art Top
Journey Through Colors
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Gallery Space, Plot No.1177, Road No.12, Near Lotus Pond, Banjara Hills. Gallery Space presents a solo painting show by Maruthi Paila.

Recent Paintings
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.
Shrishti Art Gallery, Plot No.267, Road No.15, Jubilee Hills. An exhibition of recent paintings by Pradeep Puthoor.

The Great Indian Desert
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.
Chitramayee Gallery of Fine Arts, Kavuri Hills, Road No.1, Madhapur. An exhibition of art and paintings by Kiran Soni Gupta will be on display.

Special Events Top
Anniversary Celebrations
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 10 a.m. to  11 p.m.
Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. Marriott group is announces its 10th anniversary celebrations. During the celebratory time, Marriott properties in India offers stay and pamper packages especially for their loyal client base across the nation.

Eating Out Top
Steam and Roast Festival
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11:15 p.m.
Mainland China, City Center Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The restaurant is offering authentic Chinese cuisine. All the dishes are cooked on steam and are roasted, keeping in the mind the people who are health conscious.

Evening Snacks
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.
Promenade, Aditya Park, Ameerpet. An array of South and North Indian snacks and light meals at the Promenade.

Happy Hours
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  8 p.m.
The Bar, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. The Bar at Novotel is having happy hours, during when, they offer a complimentary drink on purchase of every drink.

Midnight Biryani
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11:30 p.m. to  3 a.m.
Tulips, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Tulips is serving an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis. Other delicacies like Haleem, Sheermal, Paneer Burjee and desserts are also available.

Movers and Shakers
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Arena, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Enjoy some scrumptious shakers like blue berry, apple, banana, kiwi milk shakes and others.

Southern Delicacies
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Deccan Pavilion, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Begumpet. The coffee shop is offering authentic Hyderabadi biryanis and delicious kebabs along with other Chinese and continental cuisines. Also on the menu are soups, salads, cold cuts, pastas and desserts.

Snacks and Desserts Buffet
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  7 p.m.
Sweet Nirvana, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. A variety of savory snacks such as chicken barbeque and desserts will be served along with lemonade.

Ramadan Special
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  10 p.m.
Bidri, Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. On the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, Bidri is offering a vast array of traditional Hyderabadi and Ramadan favorites. Savoring the many delights like Hyderabali haleem, Dum Biryani, Mirchi ka Salan and many more during the festive season.

Dim-Sum Festivals
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m.
Strings, Taj Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The menu consists of a wide-range of Dim Sums in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options like Baby Spinach and spring vegetables dim sum, Five spiced mushroom dim sum, Garlic and cabbage dim sum, Burnt garlic fish dim sum, Chicken dim sum, Crispy shrimps dim sum and delicious desserts from Executive Chef Hrudananda Behera.

BBQ on the Terrace
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
F9 Diner, Near Harsh Toyota Towers, Kondapur. F9 introduces a whole new world of food and entertainment to all the citizens of the city with delicious kebabs, yakitoris along with an international dinner buffet.

Vegetarian Buffet
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Venue, Quality Inn Residency, Nampally. The restaurant offers delicious south Indian vegetarian buffet, along with snacks and desserts for lunch and dinner.

Lunch Buffet
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m.
Tandoor, White House Building, Begumpet. An authentic North Indian buffet featuring Peas Pulao, Paneer Tikka, biryanis, desserts and more for lunch.

Curry Wagon
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:15 p.m.
Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. South Indian curries like Gongura Mamsam, Kare Malego, Nattu-Kodikura, Kozi Chettinad and many more.

Oktoberfest
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m.
Encounters, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Taj Krishna in collaboration with Goethe-Zentrum and Lufthansa Airlines presents Oktoberfest, which include German Food Presentation of Bavarian menu and tasting the delicacies from German chefs.

Sharad Sadhya
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Once Upon A Time, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Enjoy the delicious and authentic Bengali Cuisine accompanied with snacks and desserts.

Nightlife Top
Lounge Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Ahala, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills In-house DJ Ajay and Jay will spin Lounge music tonight.

Tuesday Funk
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Firangi Paani, IV Floor, City Centre Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills In-house DJs Christy and Amar are all set to play rock, retro, house and desi tonight.

Rock and Retro Night
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Xtreme Sports Bar, Plot No.76, III and IV Floor, Bear Image Gardens, Madhapur. DJ Kranthi will play rock, retro and house music tonight.

Lounge Music Nights
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 9 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Dublin, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, 6-3-1187, Greenlands, Begumpet. Rocking party tracks and lounge music from in-house DJ Daman.

From Goa With Love
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Seasons Bar, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Singer Wahida belts out hit songs from 70s, 80s to latest chart busters.

Russian Melodies
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Atrium Bar, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Russian singer Polina will perform at the bar. She is versatile and covers a wide variety of world styles, from contemporary popular repertoire to retro and hip-hop.

Trance Night
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Rock On, Katriya De Royal, Paryatak Bhavan, Begumpet. DJ Anand spins some rocking music tonight.

Rock Night
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
10 Downing Street, Lifestyle Building, Kundanbagh. Rock music will be the choice of the crowd tonight. Groove in to the famous classical rock music from late 70s to early 90s from DJ Rahul.

Shopping Top
Season Sale
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Planet Sports, Shop No.1-2, Afzia Towers, Opp. Lifestyle, Begumpet. The showroom is offering a 20% discount on apparel, footwear and other sports accessories for women and men.

Diwali Delight
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Westside, Khan Lateef Khan Estates, fateh Maidan Road Westside is displaying gift vouchers on purchase of Apparel and accessories. Get a Cygnus diamond pendant free on shopping of worth Rs.10,000/-.

I Anniversary Celebrations
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Sri Krishna Silks, 3-2-102, General Bazar Avail up to 100% cash back, gold and silver coins and assured gifts on every purchase, on the eve of the anniversary celebrations.

Kurta Festival – Eid Special
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
New Meena Bazar, Abids. The store is has an exclusive range of reviting kurtas, pyjamas and sherwanis, featuring Lucknowi, Chikandari, Kashmiri works, Brocades and thread embroidery in exotic range of colors and designs. The fabrics used to create these masterpieces include plain cotton, crushed cotton, cotton silk, linen tissue silk and ploy silk.

Shopping Carnival
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. With the advent of the festive season, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., will be organizing the ‘Airport Festive Shopping Carnival’ at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. A host of special offers from the retailers and food and beverage outlets in the airport will be made available. Guests flying Jet Airways will be entitled to additional discounts at all these outlets, except the Landmark, on showing their boarding passes during the shopping festival.

Feel Gifted!
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Lifestyle, Near White House, Kundanbagh. Lifestyle celebrates its tenth anniversary. Get offers on Apparel, Children’s wear, Cosmetics, Footwear and Home furnishings, during this festive season.

Annual Discount
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Milestone 476, Road No.10, Banjara Hills Up to 40% off on party and ethnic wear for women and men.

Diwali Utsav
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Home Centre, Begumpet. Get up to 25% on purchase of Furniture, Furnishings and Decoratives during the festive season.

Festive Deals
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
686, Lane adj. to Aamoda Kitchen, Banjara Hills Get up to 15% to 30% on Furniture, Furnishings and Home accessories.

Special Offers
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Shop No. 222B, Nehru Nagar, San Marina House, Near St Andrew’s Church, West Maredpally Get up to 20% to 50% off on Furniture and home accessories.

Annual Sale
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Krishna Nagar Cross Roads, Above Hero Honda Show Room, Jubilee Hills The Big Durian sale is back. Get up to 60% off on furniture.

Workshops Top
Music Notation Reading
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. 6:45 p.m. to  9 p.m.
Alliance Francaise, Desk Edufrance, West Marredpally. Hyderabad Western Music Forum presents the second Music Notation Reading training course. The workshop is conducted by Joe Koster and Laure Menegoz. It is the second in the series by the Hyderabad Western Music Forum. The participants will learn the art of reading Western music notation.