Sarah Hafeez

Articles By Sarah Hafeez

Uttar Pradesh encounters: Between the lines, marking the common words

From Saharanpur to Shamli, and Baghpat to Bulandshahr, FIR after FIR filed in Uttar Pradesh’s police encounters show identical words, reveal a telling story.

One day at school

A 13-yr-old has been charged with poisoning the mid-day meal at her school in Deoria to take revenge for her brother’s death there 3 months earlier. But with two castes involved, is the story that simple?

PM Modi attacks Congress on triple talaq, says party only for Muslim men

Modi’s attack comes ahead of the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament. The triple talaq Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Varanasi bridge collapse: Five warning letters were sent to flyover firm but no one read

According to police, staff of the Sigra police station registered an FIR against the Pariyojana Prabandhak of the UPSBC on February 19 under IPC sections relating to public nuisance and danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation.

BHU on boil after proctor says 2017 protests sponsored

BHU chief proctor Royana Singh’s comments irked a section of students who began protesting soon after the video was shared widely on social media since last month.

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Officers supervise the cooking, youth run around for utensils, a minister and a sarpanch make rotis. On the PM’s orders, Union ministers and BJP leaders are spending nights at Dalit villages, as part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. But how far do just a meal and a bed go? As BJP figures that out, amidst fits and starts, The Sunday Express trails MP Bhagirath Prasad in Bhind, UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Pratapgarh

Allahabad HC asks UP govt to reply in ‘fake encounter’ case

Justice J J Munir’s order delivered on Wednesday, but published Saturday, directed the UP government to issue notices to 15 policemen allegedly involved in the October 22 “encounter” in which Budhana resident Furqan was killed.

Kasganj Dalit-Thakur controversy: Age of bride-to-be in question, wedding postponed till July

The compromise was brokered by district authorities days after Allahabad High Court dismissed Jatav’s plea asking him to approach a district administration or police to get an FIR registered against anyone who was stopping him from using the village roads.

Dalit wedding postponed after Thakurs question bride’s age in UP

Sheetal and Sanjay Kumar Jatav were scheduled to marry on April 20. However, a row broke out after upper caste Thakur residents objected to the wedding procession that was to be taken out through Nizampur village.

Groom who won baraat battle: Water supply to Dalits’ fields stopped over route crisis, says Bride’s father

“Strongmen” reportedly stopped water supply to fields of poor Dalit farmers due to their family’s insistence on a route through the village, which is flanked by Thakur families.

Kasganj: Finally, UP Dalit groom allowed to take wedding procession through Thakur-dominated village

Sanjay Jatav, a 27-year-old block development council member, who has been trying to get “permission” to lead a grand baraat through the lanes adjoining upper caste Thakur houses, got his way on Sunday when district authorities got the two parties to sign a compromise.

Kasganj HC dismisses Dalit groom’s plea for baraat, tells him to approach police

The Thakurs — a majority in Nizampur village where the bride Sheetal lives — had objected to the plans of 27-year-old Sanjay Kumar Jatav, a resident of Basai Babas village in Hathras district, to take a horse-led baraat around the village.

Kasganj: Allahabad High Court dismisses Dalit groom’s plea on baarat

Allahabad High Court tells Dalit groom to approach local police

Bharat bandh: Two dead, violence in many parts of Uttar Pradesh

In Allahabad, while students of Allahabad University blocked a goods train at Prayag station, BSP supporters reportedly stopped a local train at Meja. Protesters in the district swelled by afternoon and many forced a mall and nearby shops to shut. Police and RAF teams were deployed to rein in protesters.

BHU V-C Rakesh Bhatnagar interview: ‘Should have feeling of gender equality on campus’

BHU is a great university... it has great potential. My priorities will be to promote academic excellence by bringing the best academicians to BHU: Rakesh Bhatnagar

At BHU, women find voice, freedom

Post protests: Officials say curfew hours relaxed informally, women students say administration sensitive.

‘Am I not a Hindu? Don’t I have same Constitution?’ asks UP Dalit groom

Over the past few months, the Dalit youth, from Basai Babas village in Hathras district of western Uttar Pradesh, has shot off letters to every government office-bearer seeking help to take out his baraat through his bride’s Thakur-dominated village.

Uttar Pradesh: Miscreants vandalise Ambedkar’s statue in Allahabad, third such incident in March

This is third such incident in the month of March alone, where statues of Ambedkar have been vandalised in UP. Earlier, Ambedkar's statue was damaged in Meerut district. 

At meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah, Sadhus’ body fuss over ‘slow’ Kumbh work

Sources said the delegation also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh later.

UP: To ‘save honour’, girl attempts suicide in Hamirpur after drunk youth demands she marry him

The drunk youth had barged into the girl's house and demanded she marry him in front of her parents.