Justice- Indian Style
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Defendant hurled slipper at judge
An Indian man allegedly hurled a slipper at a court judge who promptly threw a paperweight back in reply. Nazir Mohammad was in court in Baroda on charges of housebreaking and theft when he jumped out of the witness box and rushed towards the judge.
The robber, reportedly irritated with the slow pace of the case, took off his slipper and threw it at Chief judicial magistrate C D Vaghela. Judge Vaghela immediately picked up a paperweight from his desk and threw it back at the accused, reports Midday.
Mohammed, who attacked two other judges last year in similar fashion, has been sent back to prison with an extra offence registered against him.
Drivers made to hop like frogs
Truck drivers who are caught speeding in an Indian state are being made to hop like frogs. Police in Bihar dish out the humiliating punishments instead of taking offenders to court, reports Newindpress.com.
For the most popular punishment, leapfrog, speeding truck drivers have to sit on their haunches, hold their ears and hop for almost half a kilometre. And the drivers are made to chant the name of the political leader they like most while they are being punished.
One policeman was quoted as saying: "If they remember their leader when they are being punished, it's like they are insulting them. If they have any sense, they won't do the offence again."
Indian suspect in banana ordeal
From the BBC
An Indian suspect was forced by police to eat 50 bananas as a laxative, to retrieve a necklace he was accused of stealing and swallowing.
When the bananas failed to produce the desired effect, police fed Sheikh Mohsin rice, chicken and local bread. Finally the necklace, which appeared on an X-ray taken on the suspect, was excreted and retrieved.
Mr Mohsin will appear in court on Monday in the eastern city of Calcutta, and could face a prison sentence. Police say he snatched a gold necklace worth £550 ($1,100) from a woman as she shopped for toys on Saturday. When cornered by police, he swallowed the necklace.
The suspect was fed 50 bananas on doctor's advice, after the X-ray dealt a blow to his denials. But only after a further meal did he yield the necklace, Calcutta police deputy commissioner Gyanwant Singh told AFP news agency.
A sweeper was paid to retrieve the exhibit from the toilet. Mr Mohsin was asked to wash it.
Next stop Varanasi on January 24, possibly the oldest city in the world. It's located on the Ganges and is one of the holiest places in the world for Hindus. Hindus believe that if you die in Varanasi you are released from the birth-reincarnation cycle hence many terminally ill and elderly travel to Varanasi. Another belief is that bathing in the very filthy Ganges washes away ones sins, so people can continuously be found in the water.
Varanasi is known for its many ghats, which are essentially steps leading down to the river. These are the sites for the majority of occurrences in Varanasi, from laundry to funeral pyres. Bodies are burned at the burning ghats so that the ashes can be sprinkled into the Ganges.
An interesting little tidbit: "While the use of ghats for cremation is well known, they are also used to give last rites to those who do not need cleansing by fire to purify their soul, including young children and pregnant women.
In the Ganges there is also a type of dolphin that swims along the river. It's called susu or just the Ganges dolphin. The dolphins are blind and rely solely on echolocation to find food.
After Varanasi, I will be heading back to Delhi for the Republic Day parade. Then on January 30, I plan to visit Agra.
Agra has many sights including Agra Fort, but is best known for the Taj Mahal, one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
Agra Fort was finished in 1571 and is known for its great views of the Taj Mahal. It's a large red sandstone fort and palace on the Yamuna River.
The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan who built it for his second wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth. It was built from 11-15 by over 20,000 people.
One of the interesting things they have at the Taj museum are celadon plates that are supposed to break into pieces or change color if poisoned food is placed on them.
Due to problems with acid rain affecting the structure, they don't allow any motorized vehicles around the Taj Maha anymore.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varanasi Info about Varanasi
http://www.agraindia.org.uk/index.html Info on Agra