FRIDAY GOOGLE TO PAY PUBLISHERS OF NEWS $1 BN OVER 3 YEARS 02 OCTOBER, 2020 Select media houses will be paid to create content for a new product called News Showcase, Google said on Thursday morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard AGRI PROTEST AKALIS BRING OUT 3 RALLIES Sukhbir, Harsimrat detained for a few hours PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Police peddle no-rape theory, cite lab report on samples lifted over a week after assault Appalled experts describe spin doctoring by police as extremely irresponsible, erroneous; question delay in the victim’s medical exam EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE eleventh day . Former DGP of UP police Vikram Singh said the horrific THE Hathras gang-rape and Nirbhaya tragedy had brought murder case got a new twist on reforms in the rape law and it Thursday with the UP Police was made clear that penetratrashing the sexual assault tion is not necessary to estabclaim and spinning out a con- lish the offence. “So, to prespiracy theory instead. Citing sume that rape did not happen a forensic lab report that said just because semen was not no traces of sperm were found found is an erroneous concluin the samples taken from the sion. It is more so given the fact victim’s body, ADG Law and that the medical examination Order Prashant Kumar claimed was conducted eight days after she wasn’t raped. But the re- the incident,” said Singh. He port’s value was quesdescribed the response tionable as the samples of the UP police as HC notice were lifted eight days “shoddy and after the assault. Taking suo motu unprofessional”. Soon, ADG Kumar cognizance, the Another former UP ran into a brick wall of DGP said it was “obviAllahabad HC criticism as experts deous that the police issued notices scribed his inference to the UP govt, have jumped to concluas “extremely irre- the Hathras DM sions. As per law, the sponsible, unprofesso-called absence of seand SP asking sional and erroneous”. them to explain men is not enough to Legal experts recalled conclude that the womthe police that the 2013 amendan was not raped, especonduct with ment in rape laws cially when we know the victim’s waived the clause that there were injuries to family had made it necessary her private parts.” to establish ‘penetration’ in A T Ansari, who was a spesuch crimes. They also ques- cial prosecutor in the Nirbhaya tioned the inordinate delay in case, said: “The existing law the conducting the medical ex- has changed the definition of amination of the victim. rape. It has also done away with A senior scientific officer at the two-finger test used by doca government forensic depart- tors on victims to establish ment said: “As a general norm, rape.” He said even applying after 72 hours of such an of- mouth or touching private fence, it is difficult to get traces parts has also been classified as of semen. So, it is crucial to offences involving sexual assend the sample for examina- sault. Legal experts also pointtion within 72 hours.” In the ed out that since the victim had Hathras case, the samples col- alleged rape in her dying declalected on the eight day after the ration, the police claim would assault reached the lab on the be of no consequence. @ New Delhi/ Lucknow Sept 22: Victim regains consciousness, records statement before magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC alleging gang-rape by four persons, names all four. Police add Section 376 D (gangrape) to the original FIR, arrest all accused. Samples taken at JNCMH to confirm sexual assault Sept 25: Samples sent by JNMCH reach Agra forensic lab Sept 28: Victim turns critical, shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi Sept 29: Succumbs to injuries at 6.55 am. Body handed over to UP Police, which takes it to Hathras at night Sept 30: Police cremate in the wee hours allegedly in the absence of family members and without their consent Oct 1: Agra forensic lab report says no evidence of sperm or semen in samples lifted from the victim, police cite it to push their no-rape theory ICMR moots new treatment for Covid without safety trials S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Indian Council of Medical Research announced a new therapy for Covid-19 on Thursday which is set to be approved for treatment and prevention of the disease even though it has not undergone any safety or efficacy trials yet. In a series of tweets, the ICMR announced that it had, along with Biological E Limited, had developed highly purified antisera, raised in horses, for prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19. It added that such measures have previously been used to control many viral and bacterial infections. “Although, plasma recovered from patients experiencing Covid-19 could serve a similar purpose, the profile of antibodies, their efficacy and concentration keep varying from one patient to another and there- fore make it an unreliable clinical tool for patient management,” the research body said. ICMR chief scientist Samiran Panda said it was a “great product based on neutralising antibodies raised in horses which were given antigens and is set to be launched now.” “ We h ave ap proached the drug regulator for permission to allow the product as an investigational therapy in the country and it will come through soon.” To a question on safety and efficacy trials, he said that trial may or may not take place.“We now have the product which is based on an old medical science concept and we are sure people will benefit.” Experts said the ICMR’s ap- proach in pushing the therapy is questionable. “The philosophy behind the therapy is not new and is used in many conditions such as snake bite, diphtheria but such antibodies cannot be given to patients or people without trying it out in actual scientific trials,” stressed Dr S P Kalantri, researcher and medical superintendent of MGIMS in Wardha. Virologist Shahid Jameel, too, said proper preclinical and clinical assessment is recommended for antiserum. “Even if it’s not a randomised control trial, proper safety and efficacy has to be established before recommending it for patients.” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slumps amid a confrontation with the Uttar Pradesh police who detained him on the way to Hathras on Thursday | PTI Rahul, Priyanka hit the streets, briefly detained N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ON a day of intense political tussle over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were on Thursday briefly detained by the UP police while on their way to meet her family A footage of the incident show. ing a scuffle between Congress workers ‘LATHIS and the UP police, during which Rahul got RAINED ON US’ knocked down, added to the drama. Congress leader Earlier, the convoy of the Congress Priyanka Gandhi leaders was stopped on the Yamuna Exsaid, “When we all pressway in Greater Noida. The police started our march told them not to proceed to Hathras as Secon foot with tion 144 was in force there. But Rahul and Rahul ji, we were Priyanka alighted from their vehicle and started proceeding on foot along the Ya- repeatedly stopped and lathis rained on muna expressway to Hathras. us in a barbaric The scuffle broke out when the police manner.” tried to stop them again. Rahul and Priyanka were briefly detained and then taken back to Delhi by the police. Later, an FIR was filed against them and over 130 Congress workers for flouting prohibitory orders under Section 144. For his part, Rahul criticised the Yogi government, calling it jungle raj. “It is Jungle Raj in UP that meeting a family in mourning scares the government. Don’t be P5 & 7 so afraid chief minister,” he tweeted. D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Recovered Today 3,167 Death Active cases Positive cases 40 -3,037 Cumulative 2,50,613 5,401 26,738 2,82,752 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,843 8,137 527 6,146 1327 329 9,697 5,898* 198 *912 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights HOME ISOLATION : 15,899 TESTING STATUS 9,969 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 31,35,388 45,454 Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 1,65,020 Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Oct 01 Delhi govt order adds to confusion among biz owners S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi THE Centre recently issued a fresh set of guidelines for reopening almost everything outside containment zones, but Delhi’s wait could be longer. The Delhi government on Thursday issued an order to maintain “status quo” in terms of restrictions in place since last month, till this month-end. The order issued by Delhi chief secretary Vijay Dev followed the Union home ministry’s guidelines to unlock almost all activities by allowing a graded restart of schools, par- tial reopening of movie theatres, and large gatherings including political and religious events, from October 15. “The Covid-19 situation has been reviewed and it has been decided that status quo in respect of prohibited/permitted activities (including activities on trial basis) may be maintained in NCT of Delhi till Oct 31 or further orders, whichever i s e a r l i e r, ” r e a d t h e DDMA order. This has led to confusion among many business owners such as cinema hall and banquet hall owners, entertainment parks, swimming pools and coaching institutes as they have been allowed to open in a graded manner by MHA from October 15. Protests and rallies remain prohibited, but there is more relaxation on weekly markets. The DDMA has allowed the opening of Metro, followed by reopening of gyms and yoga institutes which are functioning since September 13. Hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars are also operating in the city . The order states that two weekly markets per day per zone are permitted, which was earlier restricted to one. CONTINUED ON P5 SC axes Gujarat’s 12-hr workday notification of public emergency The Guja. rat government cited the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason THE Supreme Court on Thurs- for invoking Section 5. day struck down the Gujarat The bench said the state govgovernment’s notification ex- ernment’s intent may have empting industries in the state been to ameliorate the finanfrom observing certain obliga- cial exigencies of industries tions towards workers such as but the burden cannot be p rov i d i n g h u m a n e placed on the “weary working conditions shoulders of the labourand paying overtime ing worker”. wages. The judgement noted The Gujarat governthat no factory could ment had issued a notihave been exempt from fication on April 17 alprovisions of the Faclowing industries to tories Act, unless there ‘Pay make employees work is ‘inter nal disturovertime for 12 hours a day with bance’ causing a public wages’ a 30-minute break after emergency . every six hours. It also The SC directed “The economic slowthat overtime did away with the prodown created by the vision that mandates wages be paid Covid-19 pandemic to all eligible double wages for overdoes not qualify as an workers who time work. internal disturbance have been A bench headed by threatening the secuworking since Justice D Y Chandrarity of the state,” the chud termed the notifi- issuance of the order stated. notifications cation an affront to The apex court obworkers’ right against served that workers’ forced labour and said employ- right to life is not conditional ees’ right to life cannot be at the and their overtime wages and mercy of their employers. decent working conditions The notification was issued must not be denied because of under Section 5 of the Facto- the pandemic. ries Act, which gives state govGujarat Mazdoor Sabha and ernments the power to exempt the CITU had moved the SC to exempt industries from pro- against the Gujarat governvisions of the Act on grounds ment’s April 17 notification. @ New Delhi Total tests done so far We have approached the drug regulator for permission to allow the product as an investigational therapy in the country and it will come through soon — Samiran Panda, ICMR chief scientist LESS PAY FOR MORE WORK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HATHRAS HORROR Sept 14: Assailants drag young woman from behind using her duppatta into the nearby field where she was working around 9 am, try to strangulate her FIR lodged at Chandpa police station names one person based on complaint of vicitm’s brother Initially taken to Bagla Joint District Hospital at Hathras. Shifted to AMU’s JN Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH) around 4.10 pm on the same day Conscious during admission at JNMCH, had ligature mark in the neck, which indicate strangulation. Her C6 vertebra had fracture and spinal cord was damaged. Later she passes out 24 billion visits per month to news websites through Google TAKING POWER BACK FROM ALGORITHMS It’s Google’s biggest financial commitment to the media industry yet and builds on its news licensing program in which it pays select publishers to feature stories in Google News and Search. Publishers will highlight stories that they think are more relevant, instead of algorithm doing it Cinema hall owners distraught Cinema hall owners, who were looking to restart business, are now hoping for some luck. There were smiles earlier as the Centre had said cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will have to operate with up to 50 per cent seating capacity. Not anymore after this order. 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