Friday, March 21, 2008

Banana newspaper (Times of India) defies common sense

Rape slur: Army officers recalled from Congo (Times of India - Banana Newspaper Update)
NEW DELHI: In a major embarrassment to India's proud peacekeeping record, three army officers have been recalled from their posting with the Indian contingent deployed in Congo, as part of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there, for allegedly indulging in "misconduct and inappropriate behaviour".

Sources said defence minister A K Antony has asked army chief General Deepak Kapoor to take "strict action" against the three officers, a lieutenant colonel and two majors, who will be returning to India on March 24, if the ongoing inquiry into the incident proves the allegations.

The three officers, who were on a holiday in South Africa, were detained by the police there on March 12 after a 20-year-old woman initially accused of them of raping her at Plettenberg Bay in Pretoria.

While the rape charge proved to be false, with the woman later withdrawing her allegation, sources said the three officers had displayed "grossly inappropriate behaviour" during the episode.

"It caused India considerable embarrassment when news of the incident came to light during a meeting with a South African delegation on defence cooperation in New Delhi," said a source. {Can ToI publish names rather than relying on anonymous sources? Consider this, my sources tells me that christian/jihadi symphatizers rule the roost at the ToI editorial team.}

How can this be a rape slur if the woman has withdrawn her complaint? Same news but different newspaper and a different headline.
Probe ordered but SA woman withdraws rape charge against Armymen - Daily Pioneer
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi

Union Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered an enquiry into reported allegation by a South African woman that she was raped by three Indian Army officers when they were holidaying in Pretoria.

The three officers, including a Lieutenant Colonel and two Majors, have rejoined duty in Congo as part of the Indian contingent of the UN peacekeeping mission as the South African police reportedly did not find any substance in the allegation, sources said here on Tuesday.

The South African woman, who accused the three officers who were holidaying in Pretoria, of rape on March 9 withdrew her complaint and the local police also managed to arrest one person who tried to snatch the bag carried by one of the officers, sources said.

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