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Hey Delhi, International Trade Fair is on! Watch out for these 5 types of visitors at Pragati Maidan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are living in Delhi-NCR, chances are either you are planning to or have already visited the India International Trade Fair, currently going on in Pragati Maidan.The 37th Trade Fair, which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on November 14, has seen lesser footfall compared to the previous years.The single biggest reason is lack of open space. Until last year, the Trade Fair used to be organised in over 100,000 square meters of open space. But with ongoing construction work, the space has been reduced and there are fewer exhibitors this year.Most people are saying ‘pehle wali baat nahi hai (it’s not like earlier times).’Love it or hate it, Delhi has still not given up on this lavish fair.So while many would tell you what’s hot and what’s not this year, we decided to give a different side of the Trade Fair.Here’s our list of types of visitors that we saw in Trade Fair on Monday:The veterans: As the name suggest, they ALWAYS visit the Trade Fair. They are those who carry ghar ka khana, chatai or newspapers and water bottles. They know which stalls to go, the best discounts offered and just how to beat rush. They never fall for old gimmick, remember each pavilion by heart. Talk to them and you would hear, ‘arre, pahele kya baat thi…bahut variety thi (There used to be great time, lots of variety).’ Yes, to be honest, that is true indeed. There was a time when there was an entire hall dedicated to toys, yes loads of toys! The freeloaders: They are pain for all exhibitors, especially those dealing in food items. They never shy from ‘bhaisaab, try karana’. Be it gajjak, latest pasta, shampoo sachets or even pamphlet of a dishwasher, they just want everything. This year, we saw some queuing up for free balloons!The trend-setters: If you spot every second visitor buying one particular item, it is because of them. They set the trend. Be it fake flowers, buying crockery by kilo (yes, that happens) or new beauty product, just see around. The haters: Why there are so many people, why everyone is in same state pavilion as me, why the food is so bad, why toilets are not clean, why they are playing this music…you get the drift, right? These are the people who simply hate anything and everything. Till last year, this group kept on saying ki ‘yaar, kitna chalna padta hai’ and this year they are ruing over lack of open space! You just can’t keep them happy!The harassed lot: You will spot many outside the entry gates of Pragati Maidan. They didn’t realise that tickets are available online only. Though you can buy tickets at metro stations, but don’t dare getting down at Pragati Maidan and think, ‘ok, I’m here, let me buy tickets first,’ cause they don’t sell tickets there, duh! Classic example is the family who travelled all the way from Rohini only to realise they can’t buy tickets here. Oops, last heard, the husband sheepishly suggested…’chidiyaghar hi ghoom lete hain (let’s go to zoo)’.Also at Trade Fair:Aadhaar and Income Tax and GST stalls: Biggest crowd-puller this year are the government stalls.Crockery by kilo: You want a new dinner set? Or a pair of new storage jars? Just check out these stalls (I got some cool stuff in hall number 12).Super SARAS: The best stall, ever! Don’t want to buy that overpriced ethnic dupatta at neighbourhood mall? Just check out these amazing stalls at SARAS and have a blast. From weavers of Assam to Punjab’s Phulkari, you will get it all.The CRPF band: Alas, there’s no defence pavilion now. But you still have CRPF gallery and BSF stall. Plus, if you are there at right time, you can check the awesome performance of the CRPF band.No state pavilions: Remember the beautiful Kerala state pavilion or one from Gujarat….they all have been razed to ground. All state exhibitors are showcasing their products in state hangars instead.

DNA Evening Reads | Gauri Lankesh’ killers identified; PM Modi in Bihar; Pulwama encounter and Burhan Wani and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Gauri Lankesh murder case: Two suspects identified, SIT releases sketchesThe police said that there are two suspects and sketches were similar because they were made by two artists based on different eyewitness accounts. Read more here2. PM Modi says Nitish Kumar committed to Bihar, praises Patna University studentsPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared the stage with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the first time after the the JD(U) returned to the NDA fold. Read more here3. ‘A big success’: LeT commander Waseem Shah killed in Pulwama encounterTop Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning. Read more here4. Remember Burhan Wani’s viral group photo? 2 years on, security forces have neutralised all but oneFor Wani and Shah were part of the group photo that went viral in 2015. The photo of 11 young terrorists in army fatigue not only rattled the security forces but also became hugely popular among the youth of Kashmir. Read more here5. Who said BJP is anti-women? EAM Sushma Swaraj cites cabinet members to counter detractatorsExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday lashed out at BJP’s rivals’ claims that the party was anti-women. Read more here

Once hounded by a cyber stalker, this Mumbai woman now conducts workshops on online harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are stories we read on the internet or watch as part of a television show of a couple that falls in love and everything seems perfect. Then all of a sudden, there is a twist in the tale where it is revealed that one of the partners lied about everything in the relationship, including where they worked and what they did in their spare time. This partner usually has a say in everything you do, shatters your self-confidence, and isolates you from your friends and finally dumps you when you have nobody left in the world.While we wish these stories existed only in fiction, there are cases that have happened in real life. Take the case of Mumbai resident Akancha Srivastava. Last year, Akancha wrote a blog titled, “`Love, Trauma & Life With A Sociopath”, which was shared over a million times thanks to the power of social media. To cut a long story short, Akancha, who runs a brand consulting firm out of Mumbai, was introduced to a fellow entrepreneur in 2015. Over a period, he charmed his way into her life and even introduced her to his parents. He knew what made Akancha happy and everything was wonderful for a while. Then the problems arose. There was constant lying, emotional abuse, and finally Akancha discovered that everything Mr Perfect had told her was a lie – even the company he worked for. It didn’t exist! She then discovered that he had been stalking her on Facebook to know her likes and dislikes, her friends, and every move she made.
ALSO READ Dark web goes Live: Why more criminals are intend to broadcast their act on social mediaDown, but not out, Akancha then decided to fight back. She got in touch with police officers, lawyers and cyber experts to understand the ramifications of cyber stalking and cyber bullying. The result: Akancha today runs a non-profit initiative ‘Akancha Against Harassment’ where she teams up with police officials and lawyers to counsel those who have experienced a similar ordeal to her. “Fortunately, a number of people have got in touch to share their story, after i shared mine. We tell them the law and how it favours the victims,” she told DNA.Akancha originally started conducting workshops in Mumbai, but since February has also expanded to New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. “I will now visit Indore, Bhopal, Jodhpur and Jaipur and start my workshops for Tier 2 cities,” she added.“Online harassment is a menace that has impacted and unfortunately also taken many lives. Laws are slightly unclear in this regard. People don’t have clarity in the processes & how to create paper trails. There’s apprehension about approaching the police as they might ask uncomfortable questions. All these factors together result in abusers getting away scott free. It emboldens them,” she said on the reasons why she started these workshops.When asked how she was generating revenue, given that the workshops were free, Akancha said that she had received support from PayTM. “They have advertised it on their app and website and have been one of our biggest supporters.”Akancha also has a word of caution for corporate organisations. “Corporates need to conduct workshops on tackling online harassment and cyberbullying as part of their CSR. It’s 2017 and while I don’t discount the importance of education and eliminating hunger, companies will be lagging behind if they don’t start training their employees on the perils of cyber harassment,” she said.She shares some pointers on cyber bullying1 The shame of abuse ALWAYS lies with the perpetrator. NEVER with the victim.2 The day you speak up, you have passed that shame back to the perpetrator3 The law is on your side, the cops are on your side, you have all the support you need to fight back abusers. Never believe otherwise.4 Take some time to learn about prevention like: Never upload your young kids’ pictures, never check-in in real time, never reveal your holiday schedule, do not accept stranger’s requests on Facebook etc5 Do not use public wifi for checking sensitive emails or doing financial transactions.6 All major cities have women cops in the Cyber Crime unit. It’s your right to request for a lady cop to be present during questioning.7 If you feel that you are not being understood clearly by the Cyber Police team, find out about their senior officials & escalate the issue. All senior Cyber teams are now online & they take these issues seriously.8 Simply outraging about abuse on social media will not help. It’s critical to take necessary action.9 Learn about what is & isn’t a punishable offense. 10 Build a circle of trust. It could be your friends, family or whoever you trust. Immediately inform them of any incident for abuse & seek help. Remember, life is precious & let nobody in the world make you feel otherwise.

GJM supporters march in processions in strike-hit Darjeeling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) marched in processions in the Darjeeling hills as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’ entered the eleventh day today. GJM supremo Bimal Gurung last night in a video message asked everyone to hit the streets and cautioned that some leaders from other parties might try to “betray” the Gorkhaland agitation. “I urge everyone to hit the streets in protest. All leaders should hit the streets with workers and the common people. We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula,” Gurung said in a video message. “Some leaders of different parties may betray our cause. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhland,” he said. Except medicine shops, all other shops and markets, schools and colleges remained closed. Vehicles were also off the roads. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day. Security forces have been patrolling the streets. Elected members of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), belonging to the GJM which is leading the stir, have already resigned from the autonomous body. The party has decided to burn copies of the GTA Accord, reached in 2011 between the Union home ministry, the West Bengal government and the GJM, on June 26 and 27.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling tense but incident-free; 12-hr Eid relaxation for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Darjeeling remained tense but incident-free on Day Eleven of the indefinite shutdown, while, in a change of stand, agitation-spearhead the GJM decided to give a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for Muslims to celebrate Eid tomorrow. Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation in the hills where shops and markets, other than medicine outlets, remained shut and Internet services suspended. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership decided to give a 12-hour relaxation for the Muslim community to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in the hills tomorrow, although party chief Bimal Gurung had earlier announced that there would be no such relief during the shutdown. “The Muslim community in the hills will be given a 12- hour relaxation on June 26, from 6 am to 6 pm, to celebrate Eid,” a senior GJM leader said. Muslims can also use vehicles with stickers mentioning the purpose to go to the plains and meet their relatives, he said, adding except this, everything would remain the same. “Shops and markets will remain closed and no cars will come in or go out of Darjeeling. The shutdown will continue as it has been the last 10 days,” the leader said. The GJM had given a similar 12-hour relaxation to boarding schools of the hills on Friday to evacuate their students. Meanwhile, the GJM head office in Singhmari, which was closed after the police raid on June 15, was opened today. Senior GJM leaders and supporters organised a rally from Chowkbazar to Singhmari GJM head office and opened the office amidst slogans of “we want Gorkhaland”. In a video message last night, Gurung had urged people to hit the streets, but also cautioned them that leaders from other parties might “try to betray” the Gorkhaland agitation. “We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula…. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhaland,” he had said in the message. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day. Meanwhile, in Siliguri, an outfit ‘Amra Bangali’ (we are Bengalees) organised a rally in protest against the “separatist movement” of the GJM. “The Darjeeling hills are very much part of Bengal. Who are they (GJM) to demand a separate state?” an activist of the outfit said. Traders at the popular Hong Kong Market in Siliguri complained of huge losses as the tourist inflow had stopped. “This is the peak season. Tourists, either on their way to Darjeeling or during their return journey, visit our shops. But this time, due to the shutdown in the hills, we are facing huge losses,” said the owner of a garment shop.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GJM offers 12-hr ‘window’ to Muslims for Eid in Darjeeling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a change of stand, the GJM today decided to allow a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for the Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in the Darjeeling hills tomorrow.”The Muslim community in the hills will be given a 12- hour relaxation on June 26, from 6 am to 6 pm, to celebrate Eid,” a senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader said.Muslims can also use vehicles with stickers mentioning the purpose to go to the plains and meet their relatives, he added.”Except this, everything remains the same. The indefinite shutdown will continue,” he said.Earlier on Friday, GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had said that there would be no relaxation for Muslims to celebrate Eid, the biggest festival of the community.On the same day, the GJM had provided a 12-hour bandh relaxation to the boarding schools of the hills to evacuate the stranded students.Meanwhile, the GJM’s head office in Singhmari, which was closed after the June 15 police raid, was opened today.Senior GJM leaders and supporters took out a rally from Chowkbazar to the GJM head office and opened it while shouting “We Want Gorkhaland”.GJM supporters also took part in other processions as the indefinite strike demanding a separate state of ‘Gorkhaland’, carved out of West Bengal, entered its 11th day today.In a video message last night, Gurung had urged the people to hit the streets, but also cautioned them that the leaders from the other parties might “try to betray” the Gorkhaland agitation.”We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula…. Remember that one day, everyone has to die. Either my body will go home or I will return with Gorkhaland,” he had said in the message.Barring medicine outlets, all other shops remained closed in the hills. Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day and the security forces continued to patrol the streets.Meanwhile, in Siliguri, an outfit named ‘Amra Bangali’ (We are Bengalees) took out a rally to protest against the “separatist movement” of the GJM.”The Darjeeling hills are very much a part of Bengal. Who are they (GJM) to demand a separate state?” asked an activist of the outfit.Traders at the popular Hong Kong Market in Siliguri complained of huge losses as the tourist inflow had stopped.”This is the peak season. Tourists, either on their way to Darjeeling or during their return journey, visit our shops.But this time, due to the shutdown in the hills, we are facing huge losses,” said the owner of a garment shop.

Funk up your school life with these out-of-the-box accessories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The initial euphoria of schools’ reopening is fueled not only by reuniting with classmates but also indulging in funky school accessories. Remember the excitement of owning that compass box with multiple compartments, sharpeners and pen holders? Or pencils topped with funky erasers? DNA scoured the unusual that’s trending in the markets, most of which is ‘Made in China’ of course, and put together a list.Piano Compass Box (Rs 225)Along with buttons to eject slots for sharpener, erasers and pen/pencils, this compass box masquerades as a mobile piano. Your child can play their own tune or opt to hear pre-recorded nursery rhymes or carols. Spiderman Marvel Web-Slinger Mask-beneath-the-Mask bag (Rs 1,710)This Peter Parker is so vehement to stay anonymous that he wears two masks. You can lift up and stretch the top mask to its maximum. Backpack in classic red and blue Spiderman colours. The bag is boxy with two spacious zipper compartments for textbooks, external mesh pockets for water bottles and zipper pockets for miscellaneous storage.Velvet Iron Man (Rs 349)This is the softest Iron Man ever. So much so, your child can cuddle and snooze off on the bus ride back home from school. The compact backpack with a single spacious compartment and one front zipper pocket is apt for half-days at school.Car Compass Box (Rs 245)With phrases like ‘Need for Speed’, ‘Deviate Into’, ‘Don’t Kiss Me’, ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Good Luck’ all over this compass box, your child will be driven to focus on his/her studies. The inside opens to a two transparent storage trays and have holes to hold pens.Avengers Textbook Labels (Rs 20)Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Moon, Hulk, Falcon, Nick Fury… these superheroes from the Marvel Avengers Assemble spell out your child’s name, subject and school in style.Pencil box with LED lamp (Rs 299)What on earth would you need one for? Maybe, just maybe, for those dark nights when the electricity’s out and you need to hunt for a pencil or rubber inside — after you’ve managed to find said pencil box in the dark. Children, of course, adore such add-ons, however pointless. Bone Compass Box (Rs 400)Is it a bone? Is it a toy? No it’s a pencil box, shaped like a dog bone. Made of soft silicone, this attractive, bright-yellow zipper pouch is not just the right size to hold all your pens and stuff, but leave out the compass, please, it’s shape is also such that it can slide easily in a corner of the school bag.Fluorescent Highlight Markers Set of 5 (Rs 75)Unlike the usual chunky markers, this detachable-stack of five inks – strawberry (pink), grape (purple), banana (yellow), pineapple (green) and orange (orange) – is easy to use and carry. Your kid can highlight references and cross-references in diverse colours to foster faster learning.Amazing UmbrellaRed fairy lights grace the ribs and ferrule of this umbrella to complement the red and blue colours of the most beloved action hero from Marvel Comics. It’s the same switch that opens the umbrella, activates the battery-operated lights and a torchlight.

HSC Results 2017 GSEB: Gseb.org HSC (+2) Science Result 2017 Gujarat Board, GSEB class 12th XII exam results 2017 to be declared soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just merely a wait of couple of hours. Students who appeared for class 12 exams in science stream under Gujarat Board: GSEB 12th HSC (+2) will get their result today. The GSEB 12th Result 2017, GSEB HSC General Result 2017 will be published at 10AM in the morning. 138,252 students appeared for GSEB 12th Result 2017 . All eyes will be on the pass percentage. GSEB class 12th XII exam (fourth semester) result will be published today. Also results for the 2nd semester is likely to be published. STEPS TO CHECK YOUR GSEB HSC Result 20171) Log on to Gujarat Board website www.gseb.org2) Click on ‘Gujarat Board HSC / 12th Science Results 2017’3) Enter your GSEB roll number 4) Take a print out of GHSEB Class XII Science result for future reference. Students can collect their marksheet from their respective schools, shortly after the result is published. About Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB): The board was established on May 1, 1960. The main academic task of GSEB is the preparation of syllabus for secondary schools, conducting exams, giving accreditation to new schools etc. The GSEB conducts two main examinations – the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam for class 10 and the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC) exams which are held in four semesters. . GSEB is also responsible for determining the policy-related, administrative, cognitive, and intellectual direction the state’s higher educational system takes. Best of luck to all the students! Remember it is just a step in the life and not the final destination.

‘Molesters’ of Rohtak sisters acquitted by court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Remember the Rohtak sisters, the girls who became heroes for ‘thrashing’ their ‘molesters’. A Rohtak court on Friday discharged all three boys accused of molesting the sisters on board a bus in November 2014, reported The Tribune. The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Harish Goyal discharged Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak as no charges were filed against them. Their counsel said they were considering filing a defamation suit against the girls. Meanwhile, the girls’ lawyer said they would challenge the judgment in the High Court.The two sisters had thrashed three boys aboard a bus and accused them of molestation, following which they had lodged a police complaint and got the boys arrested.

Heartbreaking: Man loses pregnant wife in road accident; shares emotional post on the need for road safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chennai man has shared a heartbreaking post on Facebook after he lost his pregnant wife in an accident. Karthick KV, the man who wrote the post, also stressed on the importance of road safety.In his post, dated January 16, Karthick said that he and his wife had been married for five months, after dating for nine years. His wife, Uma was four months pregnant when the accident took place. The two were riding on the morning of January 7 when Uma, who was riding pillion, fell off the bike and met with a head injury. She wasn’t wearing a helmet.Uma was immediately taken to a local hospital and then to Apollo, where she was put on life support. But on January 12, the unborn child was announced dead and a day later, Uma succumbed to her injuries.The couple had decided to donate their organs in case of an unfortunate event. Little did Karthick know, the day would come so soon. However, the doctors couldn’t stabilise her body to be able to donate organs.Karthick also stressed on the importance of road safety. “Safety measures should be taken whenever you drive. I was wearing a helmet, but did not buy one for my wife. Get a helmet for the pillion rider, as it costs much less than a life. Remember, safety always comes first,” he wrote.Karthick also urged people to share the post with the people they love and care about because nobody should go through a situation like this. Since then, the post has been circulated over 10,000 times.Read the post here:

A wishlist for 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A brand new 2017 is here and though the world is still tilted towards the Right, and the wars are still raging and Donald Trump will still be President of the most powerful nation on Earth (while we wait in line to withdraw Rs 2,000-notes we cannot use), today is the first day of the new year and we are filled with irrational optimism.So here are some things that I, a feminist, queer, single, ‘upper’ caste, urban woman hopes 2017 brings for all of us.To party without prejudiceNew Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year and the day after is a blissful holiday that no one has any social obligations or peer pressure to celebrate – no pujas to perform early in the morning, no relatives to meet, no pressure to put on heels. Even your boss expects you to roll into office hungover. Sadly, not everyone is allowed to party where they want, even if they have the resources to do so. Clubs, restaurants, in fact all public spaces can be an alienating space for queer people and especially queer couples. It can get very difficult to find a place where one can romance one’s partner without other people staring and asking uncomfortable questions. According to a recent report by DNA (Issue dated: 18.12.2016), high end clubs in Mumbai, Delhi and NCR had refused reservation for same-sex couples, before being publicly shamed into accepting them. So I hope 2017 see many more clubs, restaurants and parks and many less judgmental pairs of eyes where we can have fun, dance and romance.A home of our ownNow many people just want to stay home and have their friends over, but have you tried that in a place you rent in Mumbai? It’s harder for a single person (of any gender) to find a good rental place in the city than it is to find alcohol in Gujarat.If one is single (‘Bachelor’ as housing societies like to call us), gender queer and has the odd practice of having joyous friends over, it a freeway to frequent homelessness. Often housing societies place so many unnecessary restrictions (‘No male family members allowed’, really?) on tenants that it is almost impossible to live without breaking a few rules. A recent documentary by Shikha Makan, called ‘Bachelor girls’, covers the issues faced by single independent women trying to place a roof over their heads. The situation gets much worse with each axis of marginalisation. So may the All-Merciful, Great Genderless Diety (AMGGD) of 2017 light joy in the hearts of the curmudgeons sitting on housing society boards and make them scrap their ‘No Bachelor’ policy.And since we have AMGGD’s attention, we would also like stupid rules like: ‘No girls/boys Allowed’, ‘No drinking/smoking allowed’, ‘No pets allowed’ etc to be dropped too. Because the only rules in a home should be made by the person living there. And anyway, in case of damage, the landlord always has the security deposit.Women flood the roadSpeaking of living spaces, one of the best initiatives of 2016 was the Pinjra Tod: Break the Hostel Locks campaign, which revolted against sexist rules imposed on female students across universities in Delhi. It highlighted the restrictions borne by female students just to avail affordable university accommodations and gain an education. The curfew time for some hostels in the capital are so ridiculously early that the students have to sacrifice supplementary lectures and time in the library. In 2017, I wish to see more women in India’s streets, parks, on public transport and wherever the heck they’d like to be. I wish the notion that “protection” equals “confinement” is dispelled. No tension. Just travelAs we are wishing for freedom in public, we’d like safe and accessible public transport to get there, please. Every women strategises her moves when getting on a train, metro or in a cab; All senses are on alert for sexual harassment; and the potential of every fashion accessory – the handbag, the file, shoes – as a weapon is assessed. So the cheapest, most convenient mode of transport erodes a woman’s sense of well being every day. Cis men have no such equivalent experience in their daily lives. They don’t steel themselves when a male teenager wanders into their compartment; they are not alert to the cab driver needlessly adjusting his mirror. No one should be afraid of being pulled back by the collar while getting into a train compartment because they don’t “look like a girl/boy”. Not to mention the sheer humiliation of co-passengers laughing at one’s expense and helplessness. 2017, bring us more dignity for gender benders in public transport. Let them not be afraid of what could happen when a mob of people decide they don’t want you in their compartment. The safety to marry my sweetieIn 2017, will we still believe in inter-breeding within our caste, sect and religion? Will we believe that men don’t play with dolls and women can’t have short hair and love another woman? Are we going to lynch people who marry people we don’t approve of? How 1817 of you, Bharat. People have to fight legal battles to exercise their rights as independent individuals. Remember, Section 377 is constitutional and it criminalises sex between two consenting adults. Our laws also require the husband’s permission for a woman to have a hysterectomy!Here’s wishing for good sense in 2017 for letting people conduct their lives as they see fit, as long as it doesn’t harm anybody.(The author is a PhD scholar in Tata Institute of Social Sciences)

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