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Known to be Pune’s most notorious sex offender, Kalyani alias Jayshree alias Tina Umesh Deshpande (52) was on Monday convicted and sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a special court in Pune.

This is arguably the first case in Maharashtra where an accused has been found guilty under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act (PITA) as well as the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).

Police officials reportedly believe that Kalyani was part of Pune’s sex trade since the 90s. But his name came up in Pune city police records only in 2000. Born and brought up in a local family, Kalyani became famous as a pimp in Pune and was booked in 24 criminal cases.

In the morning, a team of workers moves from one housing society to another across Pune by motorbike to deal with the garbage generated in the apartments. Apartment cleaners would drop off the most sorted waste into bins, which would be sorted one last time by the team before being put into sustainably designed composters. Their work covers 100 building blocks and they help process around 10 tons of waste every day.

The team is from ProEarth Ecosystems, an urban startup that provides solid waste management solutions with the goal of creating zero waste cities. ProEarth has projects on composting, dry waste management, garden waste management and e-waste management, and conducts frequent sanitary waste prevention awareness workshops. In November, ProEarth Ecosystems was selected as one of 18 finalists—out of entries from 20 states—at the National Conference on Social Innovation at the International Center in Pune.

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has taken a “serious note” of the state government’s new Cabinet Resolution to set up a state-level commission to ‘monitor’ inter-faith marriages.

“After collecting and listening to the concerns of the activists and receiving their written appeals, we have taken this very seriously and will initiate necessary communication with the state government,” MSCW member Utkarsha Rupwate told The Indian Express. “On any policy, decision or Government Resolution of the state government on any issue related to women, the state government is expected to consult/inform/take the views of the state commission for women. But in this particular Government Resolution, the MSCW has not been approached at all,” said Rupwat.

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