Actor Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia has conducted a sting operation on eight crucial witnesses whose statements the police used to claim her daughter had committed suicide and used the transcripts to file a fresh petition at the Bombay High Court demanding the case be transferred to a Special Investigation Team “keeping in view the possibility that Jiah was murdered.” 

The eight people whose conversations Rabia has recorded include actor Anju Mahendroo, who was the first to arrive on the scene, Dr Ramesh Aggarwal, who was the first doctor to reach Jiah’s home, Dr Rahul Datta, who told the police Jiah had suicidal tendencies, the building watchman, and two florists from whose shop a bouquet was sent to Jiah the night she was found dead. 

While these 8 had given statements corroborating police theory that Jiah had killed herself, the transcripts submitted to the court shows them going back on their statements. The petition, filed on Saturday, seeks a stay on proceedings against the only accused in the case - Jiah’s ex-boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi - as well as addition of charges of rape and forceful abortion. 

Advocate Dinesh Tiwari said the recorded conversations of the witnesses demolish cops’ claim and strengthen Rabia’s contention that Jiah may have been murdered. Jiah was found hanging in her Juhu flat late on June 3, 2013. An FIR was registered against Sooraj on charges of abetment. The HC later granted him bail. “I always knew my daughter was not depressed and she could not have committed suicide, but people kept saying things,” said Rabia. 

"I wanted to find out what is it that these people know but I don’t. I did not expect the police authorities to help me. Therefore, I did this (sting) so that people can know the truth." The key question that emerges from the petition revolves around a certain Deva, Sooraj Pancholi’s man Friday. Recorded conversations of the two florists - owner and employee of the shop from where a bouquet was sent to Jiah by Sooraj raise questions on Deva’s role. 

According to Deva’s statement to the police, he had visited the florist twice - once to buy the bouquet and then to get an “All The Best” card. According to him he went to deliver the bouquet to Jiah, but when he did not find her, came back to the florist to get the card. The florists, in their conversations with Rabia, say Deva had come to their shop only once. 

He is, however, seen entering the building twice in a span of 6 minutes in the CCTV footage, something which finds support in the watchman’s recorded conversation. “It is around these two visits that some serious foul play was done so as to do preparation for eliminating the deceased,” says the petition. Another of Rabia’s contentions back then was that the window of the room in which Jiah’s body was found was open despite the airconditioner being on. In the charge sheet, Mahendroo and family friend Moin Haider Baig, who were the first people to reach the spot, had claimed Baig opened the window to smoke. 

In the transcripts submitted with petition, Mahendroo has said the window was already open when they arrived. Mahendroo also refuted another claim made by Baig - that Rabia was constantly mumbling that her daughter was depressed. Mahendroo now seconds Rabia’s contention that she was saying a prayer. 

Baig had also said the dupatta Jiah was found hanging from had 3 knot, accounting for an injury mark under her chin. Mahendroo now says there was only one knot in the dupatta and that a cop had specifically asked her a question about the injury mark under the chin. In the conversation, she also says there was no froth coming from Jiah’s mouth and her eyes and mouth were shut, which refutes Baig’s and Dr Aggarwal’s statements. While Baig had said that he saw froth coming out of Jiah’s mouth, Dr Aggarwal’s statement said Jiah’s eyes were open - indicative of death due to hanging. In his conversation with Rabia, Dr Aggarwal says he never told the police anything like that. He says when he had examined Jiah’s eyes using a torch, they were “dilated and fixed.” 

Another conversation is of Dr Rahul Datta, who in his police statement had said Jiah had suicidal tendencies. Now, he says he only met Jiah once and did not get the impression that she was suicidal. 

Following are the other major points in Rabia’s petition: 

1.Rabia has complained to the Mumbai police commissioner about a threat received on February 25 asking her to withdraw proceedings, by a man who visited her house. 

2. No call data record of Aditya Panscholi or Sooraj attached to the charge sheet to authenticate the statements given by them or to show their whereabouts and the people they were talking to around the incident. No verification of Aditya and Sooraj’s stands from independent witnesses. 

3. Jiah’s photographs taken at her home and hospitals not part of charge sheet. 

4. While Jiah was found dead wearing a night suit, she is seen on CCTV entering the house in atrack suit. This track suit is still missing. 

5. No panchnama indicating seizure of Sooraj’s Blackberry in the charge sheet - indicating that they may not have seized it at all. Also no attempt to recover deleted BBM messages to Jiah from Sooraj’s phone on the day of incident. 

6. The police report admits there was a telephonic conversation between Aditya Panscholi and the investigating officer Kalpana Gadekar. This despite the fact that a reply received under RTI by Rabia says that Gadekar was not on duty on the day of incident.

Travis: When I walked in, I knew I was right. Did you feel that way?
Betsy: I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.


കുവൈറ്റിലെ” നന്മ

ഞാൻ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച ‘ഇതാ കര്ത്താവിന്റെ ദാസി ‘എന്ന ഓര്മ്മ പുസ്തകത്തിൽ ‘മരുഭൂമിയിൽ ഒരു പ്രണയ കാലത്ത് ”എന്ന ഒരു ഓര്മ്മ കുറിപ്പ് ഉണ്ട് 
ലീ എന്ന കൊറിയൻ പെണ് കുട്ടിയെ എഴുത്തുകാരൻ മരുഭൂമിയിൽ കണ്ടു മുട്ടുന്നതും ,അത് പ്രണയം ആയി വളരുന്നതും ഒടുവിൽ അത് രസകരം ആയ ഒരു ദുരന്തം ആയി അവസാനിക്കുനതും ആണ് ആ ഓര്മ്മയുടെ കാതൽ(ആരും പുസ്തകം ചോദിക്കരുത് .sold out and out of സ്റ്റോക്ക്‌)
ആ ഓർമ്മയിൽ ഒരിടത്ത് ഞാനും ലീയും മരുഭൂമിയിൽ വച്ച് രണ്ടു ഒട്ടകങ്ങളെ കണ്ടു മുട്ടുന്നുണ്ട് .അപ്പോൾ എനിക്ക് ഓര്മ്മ വരുന്നത് പഴയ ഒരു അറബി കഥ ആണ് .കൂടാരത്തിൽ തല വയ്ക്കാൻ ഒട്ടകത്തിനു ഇടം കൊടുത്ത അറബിയുടെ കഥ .ഒടുവിൽ ഒട്ടകം കൂടാരത്തിന് അകത്തും അറബി പുറത്തും ആകുന്നു 
അതിൽ മണ്ടൻ ആയ അറബിയെ അല്ല ഞാൻ നിരീഷിക്കുന്നത് .തല വയ്ക്കാൻ ഇടം ചോദിച്ചു വന്ന ഒട്ടകത്തിനു കൂടാരം മുഴുവൻ നല്കി സ്വയം ബഹിഷ്ക്രുതൻ ആകുന്ന അറബിയുടെ വിശാല മനസ്കത ആണ് ഞാൻ അവിടെ കാണാൻ ശ്രമിച്ചത് 
പ്രവാസികൾ അറബ് ലോകം വിഴുങ്ങുന്ന ഈ വര്ത്തമാന ലോകത്ത് പഴയ അറബി കഥ അറബ് ലോകത്തിന്റെ നേര് പരിചേദം ആണ് എന്ന് പറയാൻ ഞാൻ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നു 
കുവൈറ്റിന്റെ ചരിത്രത്തിനും ഭൂമി ശാസ്ത്രത്തിനും പൌരാണികം ആയ ഒരു അന്തസ് ഉണ്ട് .കുവൈറ്റിന്റെ ചരിത്രം ,അറബ് വംശത്തിന്റെ ചരിത്രം ആണ് .അതിലേക്കു ഞാൻ ദീര്ഘം ആയി കടക്കുന്നില .സമയം കിട്ടിയാൽ വേറെ ഒരു അവസരത്തിൽ പറയാം 
എന്നാൽ ഇപ്പോൾ ഒന്ന് മാത്രം പറയാം .കുവൈറ്റ്‌ മലയാളികളുടെ ചരിത്രത്തിനു ആ രാജ്യതോളം തന്നെ പഴക്കം ഉണ്ട്. ആധുനിക കുവൈറ്റിന്റെ ശിൽപികൾ മലയാളി സമൂഹം ആണ് എന്ന് പറയുന്നതിൽ ഒട്ടും അതിശയോക്തി ഇല്ല .ചുരുക്കത്തിൽ ജന്മ ദേശം പോലെ പൊക്കിൾ കൊടി ബന്ധം കുവൈറ്റിനോട് അവിടത്തെ മലയാളി സമൂഹത്തിനു ഉണ്ട് 
എന്നാൽ കുവൈറ്റ് മലയാളി സമൂഹം സംഘടനാ പരം ആയി എത്ര കണ്ടു ശക്തർ ആയിരുന്നു .അവ ലക്‌ഷ്യം പൂർത്തിയാക്കിയോ എന്നീ കാര്യങ്ങളിൽ എതൊരു മലയാളിയെയും പോലെ എനിക്കും ആശങ്ക ഉണ്ട് .കുവൈറ്റിലെ സാധാരണ മലയാളി സമൂഹത്തെയും അവരുടെ വിഷയങ്ങളെയും അഭി സംബോധന ചെയ്യാൻ മലയാളി സംഘടനകള്ക്ക് സാധിച്ചോ എന്ന് സ്വയം വിലയിരുത്തണം .
രാപ്പാര്ട്ടികളും ഗാന മേളകളും മാത്രം അല്ല ഒരു പ്രവാസി സമൂഹത്തിനു വേണ്ടത് എന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവിൽ നിന്നും ആണ് ”നന്മ” ഉദയം ചെയ്തത് എന്ന് ഞാൻ കരുതുന്നു .’നന്മ ;യുടെ ലക്ഷ്യവും ,അത് സംബോധന ചെയ്യുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങളും എന്നെ അത്യധികം സന്തോഷിപ്പിക്കുന്നു 
കുവൈറ്റിലെ മലയാളി സമൂഹം ‘നന്മ ‘ക്ക് പിന്നിൽ നന്മ മനസ്സോടെ അണി നിരക്കും എന്ന് ഞാൻ പ്രത്യാശിക്കുന്നു.


         പ്രിയപ്പെട്ട സാറാമ്മേ ,

          ജീവിതം യൗവനതീഷ്ണവും, ഹൃദയം പ്രേമസുരഭിലവുമായിരിക്കുന്ന, ഈ അസുലഭകാലഘട്ടത്തെ എൻറെ പ്രിയ സുഹൃത്ത്‌ എങ്ങനെ വിനിയോഗിക്കുന്നു ?

           ഞാനാണെങ്കിൽ ——— എൻറെ ജീവിതത്തിലെ നിമിഷങ്ങൾ ഓരോന്നും സാറാമ്മയോടുള്ള പ്രേമത്തിൽ കഴിയുകയാണ്‌.  സാറാമ്മയോ ?

           ഗാഡമായി ചിന്തിച്ചു മധുരോധാരമായ മറുപടിയാൽ അനുഗ്രഹിക്കണമെന്ന് അഭ്യർഥിച്ചു കൊണ്ട്,


                കേശവൻനായർ ………….



DEBT can strain or even destroy a family. For example, researcher Jeffrey Dew found that couples in debt spend less time together, have more fights, and are less happy. Compared with other topics, arguments about debt and finances last longer, generate more yelling and hitting, and are more likely to carry over into other issues. It is no surprise, then, that the leading cause of divorce in the United States is disagreements about money.

Excessive debt also brings health risks, such as insomnia, headaches, stomachaches, heart attacks, and depression. A wife named Marta relates: “My husband, Luís, was so depressed about our debt that he slept most of the day. The man I had always relied on had become helpless.” For some, the stress becomes unbearable. For example, BBC News reported that a wife in southeastern India committed suicide after falling behind on payments for loans totaling the equivalent of $840 (U.S.). She had borrowed the money to pay for her children’s medical treatment.

What if your family is under stress because of debt? Let us consider some common challenges  that couples face in dealing with debt and look at Bible principles that can help you to meet them.

CHALLENGE 1: We blame each other.

“I accused my wife of wasteful spending,” admits Lukasz, “while she complained that we would have enough money if I had a job that provided year-round work.” How can a couple keep debts from driving them apart?

A key to success: Work together against debt.

 It will not help matters if you vent anger on your mate—even if you had no part in incurring the debt. Now, perhaps more than ever, the Bible’s counsel at Ephesians 4:31 applies: “Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from you along with all badness.”

Fight the debt, not each other. A husband named Stephanos describes how he and his wife worked together: “We viewed our debt as a mutual enemy.” Such cooperation is in harmony with Proverbs 13:10, which says: “By presumptuousness one only causes a struggle, but with those consulting together there is wisdom.” Rather than presumptuously trying to solve things on your own, talk candidly about financial problems and then act unitedly.

Your children can join in the effort. A father named Edgardo, in Argentina, describes his family’s experience: “My young son wanted a new bicycle, but we explained to him why we couldn’t afford it. Instead, we gave him a bike that had belonged to his grandfather, and he enjoyed riding it very much. I learned the value of working together as a family.”

TRY THIS: Arrange a time to talk openly and calmly about your debt. Acknowledge any mistakes you may have made. Rather than dwelling on the past, though, try to agree on principles that will guide your future financial decisions.Psalm 37:21; Luke 12:15.

CHALLENGE 2: Getting out of debt seems impossible.

“I had run up a large debt in my business, which was made even worse by the financial crisis in Argentina,” recalls Enrique. “Then my wife needed surgery. I felt that I could never get out of debt, as though I were trapped in a spiderweb.” A man named Roberto, in Brazil, lost all his savings in a business venture and was in debt to 12 banks. He says: “I was almost too embarrassed to face my friends. I felt like a loser.”

What can you do if you feel overwhelmed by discouragement, guilt, or shame about your debt?

A key to success: Take control of your finances. *

1. Determine your current budget. Keep a record of all money moving in or out of your household for two weeks—or a month, if that is more practical. Add to this record expenses such as taxes, insurance, or clothing, which may occur much less frequently, and use monthly averages for them.

2. Increase your income. You could take on extra shifts at your current job, perform seasonal work, tutor a student, recycle, or make your hobby into a home business. Caution: Take care not to allow work to encroach on activities that are more important, such as your spiritual routine.

Find practical ways to deal with debt as a family

3. Reduce your expenses. Buy an item only if you need it, not just because it is on sale. (Proverbs 21:5) “Waiting to buy is good,” says Enrique, quoted above, “since it helps you to decide if you really need the item or just want it.” Here are some additional tips.

  •  Housing: If possible, move into a residence with a smaller monthly payment. Reduce your utility costs by conserving electricity, water, and heat.
  • Food: Pack a lunch or snack instead of eating out regularly. Use grocery coupons and other special offers. “I save on fruits and vegetables if I shop at street markets just before they close,” says Joelma, in Brazil.
  • Transportation: Sell nonessential vehicles, and maintain what you have instead of quickly trading in for newer models. Use public transportation, or walk whenever you can.

After you reduce your expenses, you are ready to make the best use of your remaining money.

4. Analyze your debt and act. First, determine for each debt the interest rate, the fees, the impact of a late or missed payment, and the possibility that a payment is already overdue. Examine the wording of the loan or bill carefully, since creditors may be deceptive. For example, one short-term loan service in the United States stated that its interest rate was 24 percent, when, in fact, it was over 400 percent.

Next, determine the order in which you will tackle your debts. One approach is to pay toward debt with the highest interest rate first. Another option is to pay off smaller balances first, since receiving fewer bills each month will likely boost your morale. If you have loans with a high interest rate, you might benefit by getting a new loan at a lower rate to pay off the existing ones.

Finally, if you cannot meet your obligations, try to negotiate new payment plans with your creditors. You could ask for an extension or a lower interest rate. Some creditors may even be willing to reduce what you owe if you can pay the lower amount in full right now. Be honest and courteous in explaining your financial situation. (Colossians 4:6;Hebrews 13:18) Put any agreements in writing. Even if your first request is not successful, be willing to persist in asking for an adjustment if necessary.Proverbs 6:1-5.

Of course, you will need to be realistic as you manage your finances. Even the best plan can fail as a result of factors beyond your control, since money often “makes wings for itself like those of an eagle and flies away toward the heavens.”Proverbs 23:4, 5.

TRY THIS: Once you have prepared an initial budget, discuss how everyone can reduce expenses or increase the family’s income. Seeing one another’s sacrifices can help to pull you together in the fight against debt.

  CHALLENGE 3: Debt consumes our thinking.

The struggle to deal with debt can crowd out more important aspects of life. As a man named Georgios put it, “the biggest problem was that our whole life revolved around our debts. Matters that should have had priority got pushed into the background.”

A key to success: Keep money in its proper place.

 In spite of your best efforts, you may be paying your creditors for many years. In the meantime, you can choose how you will view your circumstances. Rather than being obsessed with money or the lack of it, we are wise to heed the Bible’s advice: “Having sustenance and covering, we shall be content with these things.”1 Timothy 6:8.

Contentment brings joy that possessions cannot

Being content with your financial situation allows you to “make sure of the more important things.” (Philippians 1:10) These “more important things” include your friendship with God and with your family. Georgios, quoted above, says: “Even though we have not completely paid back our debts, they are no longer the focal point of our life. Our marriage is happier now that we spend more time with our children, with each other, and in spiritual activities together.”

TRY THIS: List things that are truly valuable to you and that money cannot buy. Next, determine how to increase the time and energy you devote to each item on your list.

Debt problems create stress, and dealing with them calls for sacrifices; yet the results are worth the effort. A husband named Andrzej, in Poland, admits: “When I learned that my wife had guaranteed a large loan for a workmate who then vanished without repaying, our home atmosphere was tense, to say the least.” Looking back on how he and his wife responded, though, he says: “We actually became more united—not by the problem itself, but by working together to solve it.”