E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES Although UST did not erase the deficit in one defining run, the Growling Tigers did outscore the Blue Eagles 33-12 from the middle of the third to midway through the fourth.This was a small victory for Sablan, who sees it as the building block heading into the team’s breakthrough win in the season.“I’m happy with my team because even when we were down big, we still fought hard and in the end we just lost steam,” said Sablan. “We have five losses but we kept fighting. This is the hardest game because we fought back from 22 down to just one.”“That first win will come, I don’t know when but it will come at the right time.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Norwood, Rain or Shine clamp down on TNT import Rice Read Next View comments UST may have lost to Ateneo, 94-84, in a frustrating fashion Wednesday to dig a deeper hole at 0-5, but coach Boy Sablan liked what he saw from his wards.The Growling Tigers were in a 22-point hole, 69-47, in the third quarter but managed to run back in the fourth and cut the deficit to 81-80 before the Blue Eagles closed the game on a 13-3 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What they did, coming back from a 22-point, anyone will surely get a huge confidence boost from what happened,” said Sablan in Filipino.“Our first win is upon us. The whole team is praying and hoping that the next games would be a different round for us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs far as sports are concerned, moral victories never appear on a stat sheet.But for University of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan, those intangible moments would yield something concrete soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
So who faulted?Pacquiao would cry he had been set up following the monumental upset by Horn.There were claims Roach failed to demand attention from the fight referee while Horn proceeded to foul and manhandle Pacquiao during the championship.There was nothing clear. But there’s a big possibility Pacquiao would not be seeing action in the April 14 card Top Rank has prepared for him.Pacquiao has not communicated with Arum after it was announced he has been billed to fight former world champion Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao had said he would rather clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, reigning WBA welterweight champion.Top Rank announced Arum might end up tapping IBF super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas to fight in the cofeature to the Horn title defense against the unbeaten sensation Terence Crawford.Latest word from the Pacquiao camp said the fighting senator will not fight in the Arum April 14 card. Pacquiao’s office said the eight-division world title winner finds it “insulting” to fight in a nonheadlining event. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Based on an eyewitness account, the two prominent world boxing figures failed to communicate.Roach was left to cool his heels, while Pacquiao busied himself in front of the mirror, attending to his hairdo.It was a very awkward situation for both.It took long, but the rift was more or less confirmed following Roach’s claim of Pacquiao’s continued disregard.Veteran promoter Bob Arum, and all those involved with the Pacquiao career, have remained puzzled.Did this start with Roach’s obvious mishandling of the crucial situation when he kept calling for a knockout in the championship rounds against Horn?ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Needless to say, the Hall-of-Fame boxing coach chiefly credited with charting Pacquiao’s path to boxing superstardom is at a loss.Roach told Pugmire he has called Pacquiao at least five times. He got no reply.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaybe he has changed his phone number? Roach wondered.Pacquiao was last seen with Roach in Brisbane last July. The scene was inside the dugout, after Pacquiao had lost his WBO welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIn a report by the eminent Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, it was asked if Freddie Roach has been fired as trainer of Filipino world boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.The same report wondered if Pacquiao’s boyhood ally and longtime Roach deputy Buboy Fernandez has been promoted to full-time trainer.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Diego shares Jr chess lead Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Playing an inspired game, Rebisco PSL Manila stood up to title favorite Supreme of Thailand before surrendering a 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 decision Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight defeat but one that won them the admiration of the big crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. The spectators cheered them as they displayed grit and spunk against the unbeaten Thais.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Were it not for a questionable call by the referee at first match point 24-22—he called a Thai hit a touched ball when it was clearly long—the game could have a different ending.“The referee’s call was bad,” said Vicente, looking back at the match clincher. “But we played well.”Santiago scored 22 points, while Gonzaga and Marano finished with 14 and 13, respectively.The Philippines had more blocks, 10-8, and service aces, 7-2, against the Thais.Kim Fajardo dished out 84 excellent sets compared to Parinya Pankeaw’s 70 of the Thai club, while Rebisco had more excellent receives, 10-8.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines still has a chance to nail fifth place—the best it got here with foreign reinforcements was seventh—if it wins its last two assignments.“We did a great job,” said national coach Francis Vicente, who had at least two pep talks with his players before the match.“The game went well and you know that the game flows well when we support each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Filipinos, led by top scorers Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño, put the Thais on their toes as they dominated the third set after dropping the first two.“I hope the team realizes how strong it is,” said Vicente.“They fought toe-to-toe with a world-class team. That means they are also world-class.”
FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Globalport averts disaster, holds off Phoenix MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant READ: One and done: Trawick plays first and last gamePumaren had high praise for Holloway, who also excels in a different sport.“He’s a former NFL player. That’s why despite his size, he’s agile and fleet-footed,” said Pumaren. “He showed a glimpse of what he can do.”Holloway was signed to play tight end for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League (NFL) in May 2013 but was cut four days later.“I guess we found the perfect fit for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA IMAGESMurphy Holloway was exactly what GlobalPort was looking for in an import.Holloway provided the muscle and inside presence on both ends, bullying his way to 29 points, 26 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in close to 42 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Despite Holloway’s gaudy numbers in his PBA debut, his head coach Franz Pumaren said the stocky forward’s best is yet to come after joining the team just five days ago.READ: Globalport averts disaster, holds off PhoenixFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Our import just arrived last Friday. He only practiced with us for only a couple of minutes. He practiced a little with us yesterday because he was throwing up. Despite that, he pushed himself to finish the game,” said Pumaren after the Batang Pier held off the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 100-91, on Wednesday night.The 27-year-old Holloway replaced Jabril Trawick, who played his first and last game on Friday after scoring just three points in a loss to Rain or Shine. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
Alfau Jan Abad and Alhohaidib Abad of the Philippines perform during the Pencak Silat double final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAlfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad failed to make the podium in seni ganda (artistry men’s doubles) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.The Filipino duo only wound up sixth in seven teams that participated after wounding up with 529 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Host Malaysia won the gold medal, Indonesia got the silver, and Singapore claimed the bronze in the event.Almohaidib Abad can still claim the Philippines a medal as he participates in seni tunggal (artistry men’s singles) on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
Welcome to the India Today Conclave – an international forum for ideas & debate presented by South Asia’s most influential weekly magazine India Today. The Conclave has, over the past eight years, established itself as a gathering of the finest minds from government, politics, business, science & technology, religion and academia to sport, the arts & entertainment and has become one of the most sought after international engagements.A unique concept, the India Today Conclave has been an enriching journey right from the start. The issues that have been debated and documented over the past eight Conclaves have been significant.In 2002, the theme “India Tomorrow: Opportunities and Threats” explored the implications of geopolitical and strategic implications of the turmoil for South Asia on governance, security and the economy of the region.Leaders of government and business, analysts and representatives of thinktanks led by The Honorable Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; L.K. Advani, Home Minister of India; Jaswant Singh, Minister for External Affairs, India; Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, India; Bimal Jalan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Stanley Fischer, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; and Laurence J. Brahm, CEO, Naga Group/Author, China Investment specialist, were present from India and around the world at the inaugural forum.In 2003, President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 42nd US President William Jefferson Clinton, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and futurist Alvin Toffler exchanged views on “India Tomorrow 2003: Giant Or Pygmy”, and in the process explored the immense potential of India in relation to its performance in geopolitics and diplomacy, global access for business, market performance and governance.advertisementClinton’s speech focused on the core topic and the former President set the tone for his discourse by stating upfront that “the world cannot afford for India to be a pygmy. You have to be a giant and you have to be the right kind of a giant”.The following year, Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, US Secretary of State Collin Powell, Historian Paul Kennedy and many others addressed the India Today Conclave 2004 and spoke on how best we could go about “Building An Indian Century”. Among the other speakers were Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Reliance MD Mukesh Ambani.The year 2005 saw a convergence of key decision-makers and opinion-makers. From US Senator Hillary Clinton and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul and Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravisankar, a diverse spectrum of minds argued in Conclave 2005 about the stereotype images India was clouded with and how the “Perception Versus Reality” could be altered.The 2006 Conclave titled “Bridging The Divide” generated a mix of ideas from former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan to Economist Hernando de Sotoand. Conclave 2006 became a host of issues that gave a new direction to help India play a role in the new world order.In 2007, India Today Conclave looked at the “Challenges For The Brave New World” and speakers such as Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Former President of Iran Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Wangari Maathai and Dr Andrew T. Weil made Conclave 2007 a powerhouse of ideas that offered solutions and identified the next big forces and global trends.In 2008, the theme “Leadership for the 21st Century” was a logical extension of the 2007 theme. This congregation of leaders from various fields – Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; 42nd President USA William Jefferson Clinton; Dr J. Craig Venter, the pioneer of Genomic Research; Union Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram; Chief Ministers from Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh; and Corporate & Business Leaders such as Mukesh Ambani, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Wim F. Elfrink focused on Leadership that would gaze beyond short-term objectives.The India Today Conclave 2009 addressed the subject of “Challenges of Change”.India, one of the most stoic victim states of terrorism with a religious tag, can no longer remain a passive power where national security is subordinated to political expediency. The war on terror is a war within as well, for we have to change ourselves to be better warriors. Change in our political culture and change in our perception of the enemy. And it is not an Indian story alone. In every terrorist attack, only the site is local; the grief, the fear and even the victimhood are global.India Today Conclave 2009 discussed & debated matters that called for sweeping changes in India and the world.advertisementThe theme for Conclave 2010 is “New Decade: Great Expectations”and its scope is intended to be predictive, projecting what lies ahead. For this purpose Leaders & Thinkers from across the world have already signed on to congregate in New Delhi on March 12 & 13, 2010, to debate and discuss the problems and excesses of the past years & the hopes and possibilities that the brand new decade brings.For details related to participation please click on registration page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (011) 23731481/23731402.
Ian BishopEveryone loves to see his or her home team win the World Cup and I’m no exception. Having said that, I can’t say for sure that current West Indies team has the potential to become the 2011 champion. If they fancy their chances, they will have to bowl really well. Their bowling lacks the firepower.Of course, the team can boast of some world class batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. But the problem is these players are not consistent enough. Chanderpaul is an experienced player but his form is a worry. That Dwayne Bravo is now out of the tournament because of his knee injury is a huge blow to the team.Among bowlers, Kemar Roach has the potential to penetrate into any batting line-up. Though his hat-trick came against the Netherlands, it shows his ability. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn can prove useful on sub-continent tracks.Darren BravoIt’s sad to see the slide of the West Indies team which was once the most formidable side in the world. The team was full of superstars in the 1980s. It’s not that the current players are not talented. But they have not been nurtured the way they should have been. It makes no sense to play blame game now; we all are responsible for this collapse. We must put a good structure in place immediately and do our best for uplift of the game in our country.If I have to pick four game changers in the current West Indies team, they are Gayle, Darren Bravo, Roach and Sarwan. The three teams that have a real chance to win the Cup are India, South Africa and Australia. South Africa have a strong bowling unit and their batting is very experienced. I did not pick Australia at the start of the tournament, but now I can see potential in their bowling. India have to win the Cup on their batting prowess. I love to watch Virender Sehwag play as much as I enjoy Darren Bravo’s batting.advertisementHaving played my last World Cup in India, I can say that any team with a decent batting line-up will put up a good score here, but only the teams with a penetrating bowling attack will be successful in this tournament.Ian Bishop is a former West Indian fast bowler. He spoke to Kaushik Deka. PITCH REPORTIrish LegendWhen Ireland beat Pakistan at Kingston in 2007, many smelt a rat. But on March 2, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore the crowd rose to applaud Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century-fastest in the World Cup history. Ireland were floundering at 106 for 4 when he came out to bat, but O’Brien, 27, clobbered 13 fours and six sixes to help his team successfully chase England’s mammoth total of 327.”Just had a lovely lunch with Siddharth Mallya and Deepika Padukone. Thanks for picking up the bill Deepika…”Kevin Pietersen, England batsmanCapital PunishmentICC CEO Haroon Logart got a taste of Delhi police’s hospitality when he came to watch the South Africa vs West Indies match on February 24. Logart was not allowed in to the Kotla ground for 40 minutes. He came without his accreditation card and the policemen did not recognise him. He was made to wait with the crowd. Logart threatened to take away the remaining games from Delhi. He has not kept his word though.
With growing public outcry over the sub-standard medical treatment given to national volleyball player Arunima Sinha, the government has finally decided to shift her to AIIMS in Delhi. Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken is in Lucknow along with a team of experts, who decided to shift Arunima to ensure she gets proper medical care. The government has decide to bear all expenses of Arunima. Besides Rs 2 lakh given to her by the sports ministry, the state government and railways have offered her jobs. Arunima, 23, lost a leg after she was pushed off a moving train by robbers when she resisted chain-snatching by them. She underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University on Sunday, due to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications. Besides swelling and infection, Arunima’s hemoglobin levels plummeted due to excessive bleeding. This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.
Assured of a berth in the play-offs, table-toppers Mumbai Indians will start outright favourites when they take on bottom-ranked Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League encounter at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.It is going to be a tall order for the Adam Gilchrist- led Kings to face Mumbai, a side coming into this game with eight wins from 10 matches.The win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday against Delhi Daredevils propelled Mumbai to the top of the points table with 16 points from 10 games and booked them a berth in the play-off stage of the Twenty20 tournament.Mumbai have been in terrific form with all-round performances putting them way ahead of the rest of the teams in the competition.They suffered a hiccup against the Rajasthan Royals earlier, but Tendulkar ensured that the side bounced back quickly defeating Kings XI in a home match.Apart from the 38-year-old Tendulkar, in-form Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have shown the ability to tear apart any bowling attack, which in Punjab’s case has been the weak link.Aiden Blizzard, who blasted 37 in 23 balls in last game, can also be dangerous. Kieron Pollard is an asset for Mumbai with his all- round abilities and his athleticism on the field has impressed all.Mumbai’s bowling has also been quite good, with Sri Lankan import Lasith Malinga being the highest wicket- taker with 24 scalps. Medium pacer Munaf Patel and off spinner Harbhajan Singh have also been taking wickets.Finding themselves on the opposite end of the points table after a five- wicket defeat against the Pune Warriors, Kings XI have been struggling in the tournament and have managed just three wins from nine games.advertisementKings XI, which had managed to reach the semi-finals in the opening edition of the IPL, have had an ordinary run in the successive editions.After impressing all with his heroics, opener Paul Valthaty has not been able to maintain consistency and the same has been true for skipper Gilchrist.Gilchrist’s compatriot Shaun Marsh is the key batsman Punjab and on his day he can single- handedly lead the attack but it will remains to be seen how he tackles the in- form Malinga’s pace.Punjab had made wholesale changes in the game against Pune and it will be interesting see what combination they play on Tuesday.Punjab’s bowling has looked ordinary forcing the side make changes. Key bowler Praveen Kumar came good against Pune and Punjab would be hoping he does well against Mumbai also.-With PTI inputs
She was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobike was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes for long drives riding pillion.Two years since she first saw him in 2010, their relationship blossomed. Priya was sure she and Prashant (all names changed) were made for each other. With marriage in mind, she paid no attention to the many rumours of Prashant’s affairs.Prashant had other ideas. In June 2012, when his parents decided to send him to Delhi for higher studies, he planned to dump her. But not before satisfying his friends’ requests, of ‘sharing’ his girlfriend with them. On June 14, he asked Priya to his friend Sushant’s home in Rambha Apartments in Rajvanshinagar, Patna.There, as the 17-year-old fought and pleaded, Prashant laughed away as he invited his friends Rahul Lamba and Rahul alias Ranvijay to strip her naked. They took turns to rape her and filmed the act on a cellphone. Priya says she knew the other rapists-both school seniors-whose sexual innuendos she had ignored in the past as they were Prashant’s buddies.The boys shot a 43-minute graphic video, which was uploaded from a cyber caf in late June. Arman, 15, Prashant’s junior, was the first to get the link. He promptly demanded sexual favours from Priya. A week later, Lamba summoned Priya to a cyber caf, showed her the clip, and promised to destroy it if she visited the apartment once again. He told her “Sushant bhaiya” would inform her parents and the police if she did not turn up. Inevitably, when she did visit the flat, Lamba and 26-year-old Sushant raped her again. Emboldened, they called her over once again a few days later. That is when she finally mustered the courage to refuse them.Two months on, Priya wakes up in dread in the middle of the night. Hers is a nightmare built on an even more horrifying reality; her family thinks she has brought them dishonour. A traumatised Priya has cut herself off from the world. She has deleted her Facebook account and switched off her cellphone. Her friends have been told not to meet the “disgraced girl”. “I can’t come out of it. I trusted him so much,” says Priya in a broken voice.The tables were turned when an FIR was finally registered on July 24 after the Bihar Women’s Commission (BWC) tracked Priya down and forwarded her statement to the DGP. “Her family was reticent about filing a case. She is still very vulnerable. We want the government and society to support her,” says Kahkashan Parveen, chairperson, BWC.The Patna police have arrested Arman, Prashant, Ranvijay, Lamba, Sushant and his 27-year-old domestic help Dinesh. Prashant and Arman are now lodged at a juvenile home, the rest in Beur Jail.The video is so horrific that it would probably shock even a nation with a sordid track record of 69 rapes a day. The National Crime Records Bureau says 25,125 rapes were recorded in 2011. Priya is the victim of a disturbing new trend of teen rapes. In 2011, teenagers committed 1,149 rapes and 1,231 teens were arrested in connection with them. Rape accounts for a majority of teen crimes. Worse still, of the hundreds of rapists who prey on teens, more than a third are themselves juveniles.With teens exposed to more conflicting information and explicit images of sex than ever before, from movies to the Internet, inappropriate sexual behaviour is probably only to be expected, what with no proper counselling, education or the like in place.”It’s never too soon. We can’t wait for teens to ask questions on sex to discuss the subject with them. The growing obsession among teens is surely a parenting issue,” says Dr Hetukar Jha, noted Patna-based sociologist. On a social network, Lamba cites “bed games” as his favourite sport, and describes himself as someone who likes drinking, partying and the company of girls. Prashant’s mother acknowledges her son’s criminal tendencies. In fact, she had wanted to send her son to Delhi in the hope that the relocation would mend his ways.”Sex offenders are very good at manipulating and deceiving others,” says a policeman. Already, all the rapists have offered to marry Priya, in the hope that this would secure them their freedom. Besides, Prashant, whose school leaving certificate mentions his date of birth as March 26, 1994, has managed to fool the police and secure a stay in a juvenile home instead of jail.”As a society, we tend to gloss over juvenile crimes. But we need to understand that most of these criminals return to their predatory ways. Often, this escalates in cruelty and regularity,” says Chandramukhi Devi, BWC member. With horrific cases like that of the teen arrested in Mumbai last year, who had names of his seven victims tattooed on his body, India might be awakening to a bitter, new reality.advertisementadvertisement