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WOE-MAN! Official apathy stares at Jansunwai of the distressed

A platform for the distressed women, the public hearing (Jansunwai ) of Rajasthan Women Commission was set to witness tales of exploitation. However, absence of senior administrative and police officials also narrated of the administrative apathy towards these women. Even those present at the hearing displayed inadequate understanding of the issues. This inconsiderate attitude of the departments even discomforted the woman commission chairperson, Suman Sharma, who warned to complain against their behaviour. “The senior officials, who arrived late, said they were pre-occupied with other official duties. However, the public hearing is also important and their presence is vital for immediate action on the issues,” Suman Sharma said. District collector and deputy commissioner of police joined the hearing. However, as the hearing proceeded, more instances of administration’s apathy towards the exploitation victim came to light. An elderly woman, appeared at the hearing seeking ‘maintenance’ of her daily needs by her family members. Estranged from the family, the woman was unable to find any relief from the police and other officials. Considering her plea, the women commission issued necessary directions to the administrative officials. Another was a rape victim, that narrated of her hardships to get case registered against the accused. However, her troubles did not seem to end despite his arrest as he continues to threaten her from the prison. “He posted objectionable photos of me on social media, that the police has been unable to get withdrawn despite my several complaints. On the other hand, he calls me from the prison and threatens of dire consequences,” the rape victim pleaded ahead of the officials. The women commission which assured the victim of security, has also decided to write to director general jail in this regard. “This is a serious issue and even if it’s not for the first time that use of mobile phones in prison gets exposed,” said a woman commission official.

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No. of juveniles nabbed rose by 6.7% in ’16

The increase in the number of juveniles apprehended in 2016 compared to the year before has come as a cause for concern for the authorities. The Minister of State for Women and Child Development is pushing for various measures be taken to bring into the mainstream these children in conflict with law. In 2016, there was a 6.73 per cent rise in the apprehension rate of juveniles compared to 2015, the year which saw a dip in arrests of juveniles from 2014.The Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said a total of 1,33,784 cases of juveniles apprehended were reported during 2014-2016. The minister further stated that as per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), the new cases of juveniles apprehended during 2014, 2015 and 2016 are 48,228, 41,385, 44,171 respectively.It shows a mixed trend with a decline of 14 per cent in 2015 from 2014 and an increase of 6.73 per cent in 2016 over 2015.The minister also stated that the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 includes special provisions to address heinous offences committed by teenagers above the age of 16.

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Anti-eve-teasing squads to keep eye on eve-teasers among new year revelers

In order to avoid eve teasing instances during the new year celebrations, the Mumbai police would be setting up Anti-Eve-Teasing squads at Gateway of India and Marine Drive. The statistics provided by Mumbai Police revealed that there has been over 2000 molestation cases already registered in the city this year till November. However, police sources confirmed that the idea of using drones to keep a check on the activities of party goers at Gateway of India has been dropped.”The anti-eve-teasing squads would have women police persons too. Their primary responsibility would be to keep watch on movements of revelers and to take action against those who harass women. The utmost priority is towards women safety. Those in this squad will roam in public places like Gateway of India, Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty in plain clothes and would keep eyes on anti-social elements. Action will be taken on those who are found indulging in any crime. ,” said a senior police officer.According to the statistics from Mumbai Police, from January till November this year 2046 molestation cases were registered and 1667 persons were arrested in these cases in the city.”The squad is particularly important to ensure women are safe in the crowded places as in the past there had been instances of women being groped by a group of men on New Year night in the city,” said the officer.WOMEN’S SAFETYStatistics provided by Mumbai Police reveal that there have been over 2,000 molestation cases already registered in the city this year until November. As such, anti-eve-teasing squads will be deployed

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Growing cases of triple talaq questions Muslim Board opposition to Bill

A case of triple talaq has been reported out of Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh where a man reportedly divorced his wife over the phone before heading to Saudi Arabia.According to reports, the woman was married in 2013 to the brother of influential BSP leader Mohammad Yusuf Zariwala. She wanted to complete her graduation and study further, but her husband did not allow it following the birth of their son.This caused a rift between the two and Farzana was forced to stay with her parents leaving the son with the father. The husband soon divorced her over telephone before leaving for Saudi Arabia.The woman then lodged a complaint with Farhat Naqvi, sister of Union Cabinet minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who runs an organization to help and rehabilitate victims of triple talaq. She has also approached the District Magistrate and SSP Bareilly.Recently, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejected the Centre’s Muslim Women Bill 2017, saying it was anti-woman and alleging that it wasn’t consulted.Reacting to Board’s claim, the Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Centre had sought objections from all while framing the Bill. “Where was the Board then?”The All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board Chairperson Shahista Amber has also ridiculed the Centre for causing impediment in framing of legislation to protect rights of Muslim women in India. “Their opposition to the Bill is clearly disrespect to Muslim women in the country. They never want rights of Muslim women protected under the law,” she alleged.

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UNICEF calls for action to end digital divide across the world

Only 15% people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed.In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report covering 24 countries, including India, in 2017 said.Digital divide do not merely separate the connected from the unconnected, they go deeper concerning how people, including youth and children, use Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a UNICEF spokesperson said after launching the report here last week.The report quoted data from world’s wealthiest countries to show that ICT experience has a huge impact on the wages of labourers in countries like Australia and US. Adults without ICT experience were likely to earn less.”Other studies of adult population in countries such as India and Tunisia reflect similar findings,” the report said.Also readHere’s how researchers are looking to provide high-speed internet at low costThe report said while about 29% of youth, in the age group of 15-24 years, (346 million individuals), don’t have access to the Internet, the situation is almost opposite in the case of children.Just about 30 per cent of children, below 15 years, have access to the digital media across the globe, the report said.Also readGoogle for India: Tech giant unveils ‘Oreo Go’ to drive Internet adoption”Children who are unconnected are missing out on rich educational resources, access to global information and online opportunities of learning. They are also forgoing ways to explore new friendships and self-expression,” it said.Calling it a digital divide, the report explained that the gap will amplify the advantage of children from wealthier backgrounds even as the poor and disadvantages ones remain deprived of opportunities.Referring to a digital gender gap, the report said, globally 12 per cent more men used the internet than women did in 2017.The report calls for faster action, focused investment and greater cooperation to protect children from the harms of a more connected world, the UNICEF spokesman said.West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja, who had attended the launch event last week, assured to take note of the findings and its implications on the kids here.”We will go through the contents of the report and take necessary actions based on the findings in our state,” West Bengal Women and Child Development minister Sashi Panja told PTI.

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At Sattvik food festival, rediscover how to write a ‘patra’

At the three-day Sattvik Food Festival held in Ahmedabad, stalls sell traditional vegetarian fare that is often not commonly found in the city and not known to city folks.This year, the festival which began on December 23, drew curious visitors to one stall that is something of a rarity these days. What is interesting is that the stall was not selling any edible fare nor any products made of organic material. But what it offered was something that many now know no more – letters!The stall was set up by the Department of Posts. And what piqued people’s curiosity was its concept urging people to write a letter. Titled ‘Patr lakho” (write a letter) the stall offered people a chance to send a postcard to anyone they liked.”The department provided the pen, the postcard and even the stamps. We wanted visitors to write a letter or postcard to anyone they knew telling them of their experience at the Sattvik food festival. In fact, we encouraged people to write to the festival organisers too,” said GPO MR Trivedi.The department had also set up the red post box near its stall so that the people could post their letters at the venue itself.”We want to encourage people to write a letter. A phone call is forgotten. A mail does not have the same charm as a letter can be preserved for ages and every time you read it, it brings back fond memories. Can an email or SMS compete with that?” questioned Trivedi.He said many people took the opportunity to write letters. “Some even posted a letter to themselves as they wanted to receive a letter in their name. In fact, some of the kids who came to the stall had never written a letter or posted one in their life,” said an employee who manned the post box.The festival that also sees sales of organic produce and products made from organic supply also had women farmers coming together to take a look at the potential of organic farming.In the middle of the food festival, a group of about 30 women farmers sat together discussing how they could go organic and why festivals like these could be a networking place for them to find potential customers.Shilpa Vasavada, who is associated with the Working Group for Women and Land Ownership, said the idea behind bringing these women to the food festival was to show them that there is a demand for organic products as well as traditional grains.”We are encouraging many of these women farmers to go organic and it is a must that we show them the potential or organic products,” she said.

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AAP women’s wing meets L-G Anil Baijal

The action comes after the party had alleged on Friday that BJP leaders and the Delhi police were involved in the running and illegal confinement of women and girls in the ashram, in the name of religious preaching. The party said that despite receiving several complaints the police had not taken any action till date.”
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Bill on triple talaq likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

A bill which seeks to criminalise instant triple talaq is likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The bill has been listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha amid protest by Congress against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks. Congress protested in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, over PM Modi’s insinuations against Manmohan Singh of colluding with Pakistan, and staged a walkout after they were not given permission to speak.Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had, on December 15, said that the Cabinet approved a proposal to introduce the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make instant triple talaq void and illegal.’Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’, prepared by an inter-ministerial group makes giving instant triple talaq “illegal and void”. It also provides for a jail term of three years for the husband in such cases, according to reports. It also makes a provision for alimony for the woman on whom instant triple talaq has been pronounced and grants her the custody of her children, say reports.Also readMuslim bodies not consulted on triple talaq bill: Govt tells Parliament The Supreme Court, in August, by a majority of 3:2, had ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.Once the law is made to make triple talaq an offence, the victims will have the option of approaching the police and the legal system for the redressal of their grievances and for action to be taken against the husband.Also readNCW chief welcomes cabinet’s approval of triple talaq bill(With inputs from ANI)

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Govt launches helpline to tackle cyberbullying, will it really help?

After the avalanche of harassment cases in India and abroad have spawned a social campaign under the hashtag #MeToo, India is now all set to start relaunch a campaign against cyberbullying under the hashtag #HelpMeWCD.Earlier, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had launched #HelpMeWCD to urge women and children to tweet along with the hashtag if they face any harassment or violence.The Ministry of Women and Child Development on Thursday launched a separate helpline to file complaint against abusive behaviour, harassment and hateful content on social media. The recent decision was taken in light of the high number of cyber bullying cases in India.Everyday on the Internet, people are abused regardless of their caste, creed and opinion. Huge number of cases goes unnoticed and people sometimes fail to understand the seriousness of the issue. Trolling and cyberbullying can be called as the side effects of the Internet. Determined bullies does not leave any stones unturned to prey on any given opportunity. The intensity of online abuse can be as violent and scary as in the physical existence. The chatrooms and social media pages are filled with comments and posts aimed at character assassination and defamation.Cyberbullying can cause us grave mental distress and pollute our thoughts and everyday work schedule. It can trigger negative emotions and sometimes can even lead to depression and suicide.In a shocking incident in November, an MBBS student in Kerala committed suicide by jumping off from the top floor of her college building. Police suspect it is a case of online harassment after examining her Facebook post showing discontent over the comments made by a fellow MBBS student in her earlier posts.A day before committing suicide, Ooshmal Ullas, the 23-year old student in KMCT College, shared a screenshot of the angry comments posted in the college confession page named ‘KMCT Xposed – MBBS Confessions her FB post’ in her FB post.In February this year, Gurmehar Kaur, a 20-year-old student from Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram, may have never imagined that she would be threatened to be raped and killed for even daring to raise her voice or share an opinion.Unknown persons trolled Gurmehar on social media sites and send her ruthless death and rape threats for launching a campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP ). The college student had to deactivate her Facebook account in the midst of the brutal threats and the poor girl had to rush to police station to file complaints against the online harassment.In another incident, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was slammed in social media for sharing a ‘not-so traditional’ photo on Instagram. The hot MAXIM photoshoot of the xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ starwas not handled well by some disgruntled geniuses. She was trolled and abused for breaking ‘Indian traditions’.With everyone having easy access to internet and technology, cyber bullying and cyber stalking is a serious concern. Eight out of 10 are subjected to online harassment in India, a research conducted by global cyber security firm Norton by Symantec revealed on October this year.The survey said that around 63% of online harassment cases are of abuses and insults and 59% are of rumours and gossips aimed at degrading someone’s image. Another survey by Feminism in India found that around 50 per cent of women living in major Indian cities have been a victim of online abuse.In another survey conducted across 25 countries by Microsoft Corporation in 2012, India was ranked third.Cyberbullying is dealt by the enforcement agencies under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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The Indian woman using her body to fight for equality

A playwright and actor who bares all on stage says the body is a powerful tool.

J&K women’s body: Do soaps make women spies?

Are television serials teaching women spying, infidelity and rebellion in the restive Jammu and Kashmir? The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has sought opinion on this question from people on social media after men complained about women watching television serials and learning spying and rebellion.”During one of our awareness programmes, some men suggested women should stop watching TV serials which teach them nothing except spying, infidelity and rebellion… I want you to respond to this….what is your view on it…” SCW asked in a Facebook post.”Usually we include men as well (in awareness camps) because of gender sensitisation. Somebody said these serials teach women spying and we should stop them from watching those. I said, no, you can’t just tell them what to watch and what not to. Everybody has a right on what to wear, eat or watch and you can’t force your opinion on them”, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW, told DNA.Later women in the camp retorted back saying they never ask their men not to watch football, cricket or the sports channels.However, the SCW chairperson said people should discuss the issues even if these are trivial. “It is stupid. Even if it is a trivial or petty issue, we should discuss it so that we do not have to keep everything to chest. We should come out, we should open up to each other and we should talk about these things. We should evolve a discussion about every point which is making our life little bit uncomfortable”, said Mehjoor.Official figures reveal that SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at work places in the last three to four years.Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, SCW has started a one-stop crisis centre to help women in distress.SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of SCW can immediately reach out to women and help her to redress their grievances.Police figures reveal that 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Delhi High Court orders inquiry into Delhi Ashram after Dera-like charges

The Delhi High Court initiated an inquiry on Tuesday against a Rohini-based ashram, called Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya Ashram run by one Virendra Dev Dixit, after it received “serious allegations” of sexual assault on women and minor girls who have been allegedly held captive there under the garb of guiding them to enlightenment.Without making any direct references to Ram Rahim or the Dera Sacha Sauda sect led by him, the bench said similar activities were going on in Sirsa. “This issue is similar to the situation faced in Sirsa, where the girls and women were illegally confined,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.A plea was filed by an NGO for Social Empowerment on behalf of several parents whose daughters have been wrongly confined in the ashram.The matter came to light last month when a family from Jhunjhnu, Rajasthan, visited the ashram to meet their daughter who had been detained since 9 November. The plea said that the parents were not allowed to meet her.Another such parent, whose daughter is a Chemical Engineering scholar with a PhD and Post Doctorate from IOWA State University (USA) in nano technology, was also present in court. They stated that their daughter has also been confined.An alleged victim said in the court that the people at the Ashram brainwash girls and women and sexually assault them under the pretext of religion. “I was left by my parents (at the ashram) for a two-month course, during which I was sexually assaulted. They brainwash people stating that no wrong deed is being committed. Wo kehte hain ki bhagwan hai (they say they are god),” she said.Several such cases were brought to light in the court through the plea, which also claimed that the victims are kept under the influence of drugs and indoctrination, and are being used to run a prostitution racket.The court directed Delhi Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, to depute an official not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to conduct an inspection of the ashram. The bench constituted a three-member committee comprising DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta, a representative of the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal and Nandita Rao to immediately conduct an inspection and submit their report by the next date of hearing, i.e. Wednesday. The court also directed a videography of the inspection.The matter came up on urgent mentioning following which the bench expressed serious concerns about the issue. The plea, filed through advocate Shalabh Gupta, alleged that these so-called ashrams have become like jails where women (both minor and major) are being detained and exploited by the founders. The bench said that the plea is of an “extremely urgent nature” and “suggests dangers to the lives of the girls illegally confined”.The court also expressed its displeasure on the non-registration of FIRs in five complaints, one of which also includes suicide. The inmates of the ashram are mostly women and all of them come from various parts of the country. The matter has been listed for hearing today.

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Failed unions ruin working women too, says court

Working women are devastated when their marriage crumbles and they require considerable time to garner strength, a Delhi court has said, while enhancing the maintenance for a woman who had alleged that she was getting a meager amount whereas her husband was living luxuriously.Additional sessions judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said women should not be dependent on men for survival and courts should be slow in awarding maintenance just because a woman demanded it. Women need strength to overcome marriage woes, he said.”There is no doubt that when there are talks of gender equality, it is expected that a woman should not be dependent on a man for her survival, particularly when she has capacity to make her own living. Courts should be slow in awarding maintenance on the mere asking for it by the wife and must consider the capability and capacity of the claimant to earn her livelihood.At the same time, one has to consider the fact that many a times, even a working woman is so devastated when her marriage crumbles that it takes considerable time for her to gather the strength to beat the reality,” the court stated.Ekta Puri, who had studied filmmaking and was yet to start her career, had filed an appeal against an order passed by a Metropolitan Magistrate, whereby she was entitled to Rs 1 lakh for a year and another Rs 70,000 for accommodation after separation from her husband Vikramjit Singh Puri.Her counsel contended that her husband concealed his income and did not show records of movable and immovable assets in the court. It was also submitted that he was spending over Rs 70,000 on his entertainment and other expenses but was not ready to pay proper maintenance to his wife.The court, while deciding the case in favour of the woman, said the qualification that Ekta possesses can be utilised only in the film industry, which offers a very uncertain career and work on the principle of out of sight, out of mind. To regain her foothold in the film industry will not be an easy task for her, considering the mental state she must have been in after the broken marriage.The court further held that Vikramjit was maintaining high standards of living and had concealed his income documents. “Therefore, without going into the matter as it is only at the initial stage and a prima facie view of the facts is to be considered, I would say that the husband is maintaining a high standard of living, which a person cannot achieve and maintain with only Rs 1 lakh per month. Needless to adhere that the appellant being his wife is entitled to live the same lifestyle,” the court said in its order.The judge directed Vikramjit to pay Rs 2 lakh per month to Ekta and to pay Rs 70,000 for alternate accommodation.

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Madras HC urges state and central governments to explore gadgets to combat sexual violence

Deprecating rising sex crimes against women and girl child, the Madras High Court has asked the central and Tamil Nadu governments to explore the possibility of providing gadgets to women to prevent sexual violence against them.Noting that crimes against women and girl child were shockingly rising every year, especially sex crimes, Justice N Kirubakaran batted for urgent measures to stop such heinous offences and asked the governments to explore giving gadgets to women.Dismissing the bail plea of a duo accused in the rape- and-murder of a 60-year-old mentally-challenged woman, he said, “Sexual assault is a violation of privacy, dignity, and honour, causing a permanent scar and continuous agony in the mind of the hapless victim.”The judge also raised several queries vis-a-vis rising sex crimes against women, to be answered by the central and state governments and the National Commission for Women (NCW).He impleaded the central government and the NCW in the case and directed them to file response to his queries.Such queries include whether the spurt in sexual violence against women was due to fall in sex ratio or due to “sex starvation” among Indian men in view of various cultural and moral curbs and if the violence was owing to alcoholism.Also, the court asked the central and state governments to spell out if the rise in sex crimes was due to easy accessibility of pornographic content through the Internet and smart phones.The judge said culprits in sexual violence could neither be termed as “human beings” nor as “animals”, as even animals were noble in their own way.Noting that sexual assaults on women continued unabated despite stringent laws brought in after the December 16 Delhi gangrape incident, he said the offences have to be analysed and examined on psychological and sociological angles.The judge sought the response of the governments on his queries by January 10, 2018.

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Five years of Nirbhaya case: Mamata Banerjee calls for keeping society safe

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged people to resolve to keep the society safe, recalling the brutal gang-rape and murder of a paramedic student in Delhi five years back.”Remembering #Nirbhaya on the 5th anniversary of brutal Delhi incident. We cannot compensate her loss but let us resolve to keep our society safe,” Banerjee wrote on Twitter.The 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi, and later died in hospital.Earlier in the day, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal lamented the long-winding legal process allowed the criminals to feel they can get away with such henious crimes.She urged the prime minister to bring in a legislation wherein at least those convicted of raping minors are given death penalty within six months.Nirbhaya, a para-medical student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.Of the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August. Last year, he was released from the correction home after serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013. The Supreme Court also upheld the high court’s decision.”It’s the fifth death anniversary of Nirbhaya incident and the fact is that nothing has changed in this country.Everyday girls and women are being brutally raped in this country,” she said.Maliwal also highlighted the need for having fast-track courts in the city so that rapists are punished forthwith.Also, there is a need to upgrade the delivery mechanism of the forensic department as well as the accountability of the police, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The system has made the criminals confident enough to believe that they can get away with any crime perpetrated against a woman or a child.”It is very unfortunate that even Nirbhaya herself has not got justice in this country. Nirbhaya’s mother is still running from pillar to post in order to ensure that her beloved daughter can get justice,” Maliwal said.The DCW chief said that at least in case of rape of minor girls, there should be a law in this country in which such rapists should be punished and given death penalty within six months.She also made an appeal to the prime minister to constitute a high-level committee on women’s safety in Delhi, having the Union home minister, the lieutenant governor, the chief minister, the police commissioner and the DCW representatives as its members, to take effective decisions on issues of women’s safety.Drawing the prime minister’s attention to the Nirbhaya fund, which has remained unutilised till date, Maliwal urged him to devolve the fund immediately to the states failing which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme will lose its relevance.

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NCW chief welcomes cabinet’s approval of triple talaq bill

National Commission of Women’s (NCW) acting president Rekha Sharma on Saturday welcomed the Cabinet’s approval of a Bill to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence.“We fought because we were getting complaints regarding this. We welcome this move by the Cabinet. I also would like to add that any welfare scheme or policy should not be based on religion. The law should be common for everyone. This move is for the betterment of our society. I want triple talaq to be abolished all together,” she told ANI.The bill termed as the ‘Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017’ seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce in Islam.Cleared earlier yesterday, it will now be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.The Supreme Court, in August, had passed the order terming the practice of instant triple talaq (divorce) as “unconstitutional.”Despite the order, there have been sporadic incidents of husbands calling off their marriages through phones or messages or by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice.Now since the law has been framed to make triple talaq an offence, the victims will have the option of approaching the police and legal system for the redressal of their grievances and for the action to be taken against the husband.

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Maneka Gandhi tells Bollywood to enforce law against sexual harassment

Many filmmakers have received letters from the Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi this week about the law on sexual harassment at work. Gandhi’s office said that the letters were to ensure that production houses provide a secure environment for the women working there.Filmmakers and producers who received the letter include Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Sooraj Barjatya, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Anil Ambani, Aamir Khan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Pritish Nandy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Subhash Ghai.Gandhi said that the letter intends to inform them about the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition Redressal) Act 2013, so that they can implement it immediately.”The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace,” the letter said. “This is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organisations in the country and I expect you to personally lead these efforts with sincerity and commitment, in accordance with all the applicable laws.”Any institution that comes under the purview of the Act is ethically and legally accountable to provide a safe, secure and inclusive work environment for the safety of not only their direct employees, but all outsourced and temporary staff as well.”Gandhi’s letter comes days after the Finance Minister ceded to her long-standing demand to amend the Companies Act, 2013 to ensure that it is mandatory for all companies and institutions that come under the Act to constitute an internal complaints committee to report sexual harassment at the workplace.Last month, the ministry had launched a complaint portal — SHe-Box — for government employees to lodge sexual harassment complaints online.

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From helpline to WhatsApp number: Steps taken to help women in distress in Jammu and Kashmir

Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has started one-stop-crisis-centre to help the women in distress at their doorsteps.SCW has started a helpline where the women can lodge a complaint over the phone and without walking into the office of the SCW. SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of the SCW can immediately reach out to the women and help her to redress their grievances.“Please circulate this number among all for lodging complaint regarding any issue or problem any woman is facing at home or office..J&K state commission for women has kept this number exclusively for women to text, WhatsApp, message or give miss call. The commission will contact you soon”, tweeted Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW.Official figures reveal that the SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at the workplace in the last three to four years.Also readJammu and Kashmir women’s commission chief bats for introduction of Women’s Reservation Bill“People have no direct access. They have to come to our office and lodge complaint then we will see and call them. But the phone line gives them immediate and instant access to the commission. I am seeing since yesterday there are so many calls. I think people have problems particularly women. If this type of instant access is provided to them they will come and find a solution to their problems”, Mehjoor told DNA.The helpline will act as the one-stop crisis centre where SCW officials can seek help from police and other agencies to help the women in the distress. “We can help in many ways. If she needs the support of police we can call the concerned police station, If she needs health-related help we can call the health centre. If there is domestic violence, we can intervene and send our team. There are different channels working”, she said.Police figures reveal 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Teen cancer survivor gangraped in Lucknow

Even as the Uttar Pradesh Police was observing ‘Women Safety Week’, a 15-year-old girl who survived blood cancer was gangraped by three persons at Sarojini Nagar in the state capital here late on Saturday night.The victim told police that one of her acquaintance called her up for dinner at around 8.30 on Saturday night. She went along with him, only to find a friend of her acquaintance too joining them. The duo took her to a secluded place, raped her, and left her bleeding on the road.But the worst was yet to come. Hearing her cries, a passerby offered to help her, and on the pretext of taking her to the police station, he too raped her.Later, she was taken to the Sarojini Nagar Police Station, where a case was registered and she was sent for medical examination. Police swung into action on the basis of her statement and arrested the passerby. He has been identified as Virendra Yadav of Banthara.”We have already arrested one accused. Efforts are on to nab the two others, including her acquaintance,” said the police officer.The incident has put a big question mark on policing, particularly during the Women Safety Week, which was launched by DGP Sulkhan Singh to provide security and protection to girls and women in Uttar Pradesh.

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Minor actress molesation case: Accused arrested by Sahar Police in Mumbai

The Sahar police on Sunday evening held the passenger who allegedly molested a 17-year-old actor on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday night. The accused has been identified as Vikas Sachadev (39).”We have arrested the accused and our further probe is on. We are checking if there is any CCTV footage in the flight,” said Anil Kumbhare, Deputy Commissioner of police, Zone 8.A minor actor had alleged she was molested by a co-passenger on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight, prompting the Maharashtra State Commission for Women to seek an inquiry into the “shameful” incident. The airline also apologised to her for the incident and said it was carrying out a probe into it, while asserting that it has “zero tolerance” for such behaviour.The minor actor said she was on a Vistara flight last night from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put up his feet on her armrest.”So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it…,” she said.

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Mob assault woman for busting liquor racket

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Malliwal on Thursday alleged that a woman, who went along with the police to bust an illicit liquor racket in outer Delhi’s Narela, was allegedly assaulted, and her clothes torn by other women of the locality who apparently were involved in bootlegging.Maliwal alleged that the woman was attacked by a mob of over 25 people and was assaulted with iron rods. “Her clothes were torn and she was paraded naked in the area and the entire incident was filmed and the video was allegedly shared in the area by these criminals,” she said.”The entire incident proves complete lawlessness and zero fear of law in the area and it is shocking that police did not take any action to protect these women,” Malliwal added.”Utterly shocking and shameful that this is happening in the capital of India. I urge Hon’ble LG to immediately intervene,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
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In 94.6 per cent cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRB

Girls and women are more vulnerable to their own relatives and acquaintances than unknown persons on the issue of sex-related crimes, data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) “Crime in India 2016” report has indicated.Highlighting rape figures, the report has stated that “in 2016, the accused of rapes in 94.6% cases are none other than the victim’s relatives including brother, father, grand-father, sons or acquaintances.”The report showed that in the year 2016, a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as Section 376 and other related sections of the Indian Penal Code.Among these 38,947 cases, in 36,859 matters, accused are related to the victims, it said.Similarly, it said that in 630 cases, victims were allegedly raped by grand-father, father, brother and son while in 1,087 cases the accused were acquaintances.Besides in 2,174 cases, the accused are relatives and in 10,520 matters, it was neighbours who were facing charges of rape, it said.In 600 cases, employers and co- workers are accused of rape, the report said.The NCRB report also stated that in 2016, in 557 cases, the accused are live-in parthers, husband and ex-husbands.Similarly, in 10,068 cases, women were raped on the promise of marriage.It also states that in the remaining 11,223 cases, the victims in some manner or the other knew the accused.Expressing concern over these figures, National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson, Rekha Sharma told PTI, “In our society there is lot of restrictions imposed on girls. But now it is enough. Time has come when boys should be taught from childhood how to behave with women as per our social values.”She said that porn material is easily available on internet. In such a scenario, parents should keep a watch on the mobile phones and computers.
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Hardik Patel case: NCW team to meet aggrieved girl

The National Commission of Women (NCW) on Sunday said they were dispatching a team to Surat headed by acting chairperson Rekha Sharma to investigate the alleged sexual exploitation of a woman by PAAS leader Hardik Patel. A representative of the women’s body said they received a complaint from a person whose name was not disclosed by the NCW.”The girl herself is not the complainant in the complaint sent to NCW. However, the complaint contains personal information about a girl who wishes to talk to the Commission confidentially as she is scared to come forward,” said the representative, adding that Sharma will talk to the media once the team has spoken to the girl and investigated the matter.”There had been a viral sex CD featuring PAAS convenor Hardik Patel on social media. It seems that due to such behaviour by Hardik Patel, the sentiments of people of Gujarat have been hurt. I feel that both the women in the CD have been promised of post and money and have been sexually exploited,” read the complaint. The complaint also mentions audio clips of a woman that has allegedly gone viral on social media in which the woman says that she fears defamation and has hence refrained from coming out.The complaint further states that as Hardik Patel has termed the CD fake, FSL testing of the CD should be done to test its authenticity and to safeguard “voter’s interest” as with the upcoming elections, people need to know if Hardik is a rapist.This is the second complaint against the videos of Patel that went viral. A Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav Gulati had also registered a complaint to the NCW to carry out legal action.
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NCW team travels to Gujarat to speak to woman ‘sexually exploited’ by Hardik Patel

The National Commission for Women (NCW) today said its chairperson Rekha Sharma would meet the woman who was allegedly being sexually exploited by Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel.”A team from the NCW, with chairperson Rekha Sharma, will be heading to Surat tonight to meet a girl who, according to a complaint received by the NCW, is being sexually exploited by Hardik Patel,” a statement said.The rights body said the complainant in the case was not the victim, however, she was willing to speak to the officials of the NCW. “The complaint contains personal information about a girl who wishes to talk to the commission confidentially as she is scared to come forward. Rekha Sharma will talk to the media once the team has spoken to the girl and investigated the matter thoroughly,” the statement said.In a letter sent to the NCW, the complainant had referred to a sex video purportedly featuring Patel that went viral on social media. “I feel both the women seen in the CD were promised a post and money, and then physically exploited. Hence, all people seen in the CD should be called for their statements and a complaint should be filed against Hardik Patel for sexual exploitation,” the letter said. It also mentioned the name and phone number of one of the alleged victims whose two audio clips had gone viral. “…She was also sexually exploited by the PAAS convener,” the letter alleged. In the letter the complainant said “she fears defamation in society (and) hence refrains from coming out openly”. The NCW had earlier said it was also examining a complaint by Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav Gulati over sex videos, purportedly of Patel, that surfaced on social media.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Patidar youth rally behind Hardik Patel, seniors still with BJPThe Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader, who has joined hands with the Congress for the Gujarat elections, has said the videos were morphed and blamed the BJP’s “dirty politics” for them. Gulati had sent a complaint to the NCW on November 22, asking the commission to probe the matter and ask the police to file an FIR against the guilty person. The commission’s spokesperson today said the present complaint to them was different from the one sent to them by the lawyer.
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Triple talaq: India considers jail for ‘instant divorce’

The Indian government is proposing a three-year jail sentence for men who use “triple talaq”.

Gujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi, BJP women talk using NaMo app

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his dialogue with around 7,500 women workers of BJP through NaMo app on Friday motivated them to mobilise women to vote for BJP in polls.In his one-hour interaction, Modi said, “BJP government in Gujarat has given the assurance of safety, happiness, peace and prosperity to women. Women’s contribution to society is immense and that is why it is the responsibility of women workers of Gujarat BJP to see that women voters record a huge voting turnout in comparison with male voters.”A great chunk of BJP’s women workers had gathered at BJP’s media centre in Ahmedabad to attend the programme besides workers at different places also participated through the mobile application.The PM also appreciated the contribution of women workers of BJP and said, “The contribution that BJP’s women workers have made to strengthen the party organisation in Gujarat is significant. They have been giving their best along with looking after domestic course.”He added, “I remember their effort to mobilise the women voters by making Mehndi in Lotus pattern on palms of women of Gujarat. They had approached women voters in door-to-door campaign.”
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Triple talaq to be illegal

A draft law released on Friday makes the use of instant triple talaq illegal, besides provisioning for up to three years in jail and a fine.Earlier this year, a five-judge Constitution Bench had struck down the practice of instant triple talaq in a 3:2 judgment. The draft law was released today in a bid to deter the continued use of the practice in the Muslim community despite the top court’s judgment.The proposed law is only applicable to ‘Talaq-e-Biddat’ or the instant triple talaq through any means — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was sent to state governments on Friday for their views, with responses sought on an urgent basis.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh headed the interministerial committee that prepared the draft. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and ministry of state P P Chaudhary were also on the panel. However, the women and child development ministry, which drafted the Centre’s affidavit in the matter along with interministerial consultations said it was not approached to be part of the committee.The new law empowers the victim to approach a magistrate seeking a ‘subsistence allowance’ for herself and her minor children. An aggrieved woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate, who will take a final call on the issue.This law is a non-bailable, cognisable offence and applicable to the entire country, except Jammu and Kashmir.The Centre is likely to table the bill during the winter session of parliament that is slated to begin next week.PROVISIONSThe draft bill — Muslim Women Protection on Rights on Marriage Bill — was sent to states for their views with responses sought on urgent basis. The bill empowers the victim to approach a magistrate seeking a ‘subsistence allowance’ for herself and her minor children.
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Full Schedule: PM Modi, Ivanka Trump to address Global Entrepreneurship Summit today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad which is being attended by the US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump.Ivanka is leading a delegation of senior Trump administration officials and entrepreneurs at the three-day event.After the inauguration, Ivanka and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are slated to participate in a panel discussion on opening up of opportunities for women entrepreneurs.In her keynote address to the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit later in the day, she is likely to stress on ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws.► Theme of the event
ALSO READ Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017, a testament to ‘strong’ India-US friendship: Ivanka Trump’Women First, Prosperity for All’, this will be the first GES in which women are expected to be a majority (52.5%) of the participants► Four innovative industriesThe summit will primarily focus on four thematic sectors — energy and infrastructure; healthcare and life sciences; financial technology and digital economy; and media and entertainment sectors►Date: November 28-30, 2017► Venue: Hyderabad International Convention Centre►Today’s ScheduleBe the Change: Women’s Entrepreneurial LeadershipRemarks by Prime Minister of India Narendra ModiRemarks by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar RaoRemarks by Advisor to the President of the United States Ivanka TrumpRemarks will be followed by a panel session on opening up opportunities for women entrepreneurs in their countries and communities.Moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco ​ Panelists:Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United StatesNirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defense, Government of IndiaSibongile Sambo, Managing Director, SRS Aviation and SRS PetroleumMarcus Wallenberg, Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 am► We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills TrainingA discussion on increasing women’s participation in the workforce through access to skills training, education, and mentorship. Innovators in workforce development and training will discuss what works and what more can be done to open doors for women in the workplace. Moderated by KT Rama Rao; Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries and Commerce, Mines and Geology Public Enterprises, and NRI Affairs; Government of Telangana, IndiaThursday, November 30, 4:00 pm► When Women Win, We All Win: Promoting Inclusive Environments for Women EntrepreneursThe closing session of GES will bring together key influencers that support, promote, and fund women entrepreneurs. Panelists will share efforts to advance women in leadership positions and ensure that women have “seats at the table” while breaking down the barriers that disproportionately affect women’s ability to start and grow businesses.Moderated by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017, a testament to ‘strong’ India-US friendship: Ivanka Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 being hosted by India along with the US is a testament to the “strong friendship” between the two countries, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump said on Wednesday.Ivanka, 36, is headed to India after Thanksgiving ritual.She is leading a high-powered American delegation of officials, women entrepreneurs and businessmen for the GES in Hyderabad from November 28-30. Ivanka would deliver the keynote address at the three-day summit, which would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.For the first time, in its eight editions, the summit has been themed “Women First and Prosperity for All,” which “demonstrates” the administration’s “commitment to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive,” Ivanka said in a preview of her India trip.The summit, to be attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs from 170 countries, would have around 350 participants from the US, a large number of whom are Indian-Americans.Among prominent members of the administration joining her on the trip are US Treasurer Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Neomi Rao, USAID administrator Mark Green, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation president and CEO Ray Washburne.Women will represent 52.5% of the entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at the GES 2017. In fact, more than 10 countries including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel will be represented by an all-women delegation, the State Department said.The entrepreneurs attending the GES also reflect a very young team with nearly 31.5 % of them being either aged 30 or below. The youngest entrepreneur is aged 13 while the oldest one is 84.Ivanka said she ‘very much’ looks forward to her visit.India, she said, is “a great friend and partner” in the US. The goal of the collaboration is to grow the shared economic and security partnership, she said.According to the officials, during her India visit, Ivanka is likely to spend some time on sightseeing, including a possible stop at the Charminar.She will be participating in two panels: The plenary session: “Be the Change — Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership,” on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning a breakout session : “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training.”

Mumbai women professionals echo Miss World Manushi Chhillar, say Shashi Tharoor’s tweet wasn’t offensive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP and one of India’s most articulate orators courted trouble over a joke he made about Miss World Manushi Chhillar.Leaving aside his thesaurus-bending vocabulary, Mr Tharoor tried to make a WhatsApp joke about Manushi Chhillar, the Haryana girl who won Miss World for India 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the gong.In an attempt to mock demonetization, Tharoor tweeted, repeating a joke that had been made umpteen times since Chhillar won: “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!”This joke however, seemed to rub section of Twitterati the wrong way, who felt Mr Tharoor’s joke wasn’t just a bad pun but also offensive to women, the Chhillar community and Manushi Chhillar.While the NCW took great umbrage, and summoned Mr Tharoor to the commission for his ‘derogatory and degrading tweet’, senior Haryana ministers also attacked the politician.
ALSO READ NCW summons Shashi Tharoor over his demonetization-Chhillar joke about Miss World Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain said Tharoor “indulged in callous and reckless wordplay on new Miss World Manushi Chhillar”. She said: “Tharoor has only exposed his own debased thinking by questioning the self-respect of our daughters, the pride of the country, and the brave community ‘Chhillar’.”Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu also criticised Tharoor. “A shameless comment deserves to be withdrawn and Shashi must apologise for this…Can’t believe…He can go so low…(sic)” Abhimanyu tweeted.
ALSO READ Let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar: Miss World Manushi Chhillar reacts to Shashi Tharoor’s tweetLater, NCW Chairman Rekha Sharma seemed to rethink summoning Tharoor: “I was thinking of summoning him but he apologised in between. But his apology is not genuine as he is telling people to chill after making such remarks. He is a politician and he should talk in the interest of people instead of making fun of them.”She added: “I would request and suggest him to apologise properly to the nation because he has not hit below the belt only to the girl but the entire nation because she has brought fame and name to the nation. By summoning, I did not mean to book him or go to police but we just want him to realize what he has said was wrong.”
ALSO READ He has exposed his debased thinking: Haryana ministers attack Shashi Tharoor over demonetization-Chhillar jokeHowever, the woman at the Centre of the drama, Miss World Manushi Chhillar didn’t think there was anything wrong with the joke and was pretty ‘chill’ about it. She wrote on Twitter: “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar @ShashiTharoor.”Other women, including comedians also felt that Mr Tharoor’s tweet wasn’t demeaning to women or was misogynist. Comedian Kaneez Surka said it wasn’t offensive at all and was just a pun. She said: “No, it’s not offensive at all. I thought it was funny. It’s just a pun on her name. He would have made the same joke if a guy whose name was Chillar won Mr World.”Radhika Vaz echoed her fellow comedian and felt that while the joke was ‘stupid’, anyone making it about women ‘was slightly stupider’. When asked if the joke was misogynist, she said: “No I don’t, it’s clearly a joke made at the BJP. Anyone trying to make it about women is slightly stupider than the joke itself.”Women from different fields also felt that calling the joke sexist or misogynist was going too far.Surya Raghunathan, TVC jingle singer said: “I don’t think it is demeaning to women. I think it’s a plain joke on someone’s last name. People need to chill and stop taking offence to anything and everything.” Media professional Sakshita Khosla felt that Tharoor could’ve worked better on his pun game and said: “It’s not offensive at all. It’s funny. Not the most creative pun out there, but a good one.”Dr Reshma Nayak, a VP with a leading company joked that it wasn’t offensive to women but to all Chhillars. She said: “Jokes aside, it’s hard to believe that the NCW would bother themselves with cases like these.” Raashi Nahata, a freelancer working as an assistant director for various production houses in Bollywood also agreed that calling it sexist was going too far. She said: “I don’t think it was sexist at all, it was a wordplay. We really need to have an appetite for humour and not get offended at everything. It’s not like he called her “dented or painted”. The comment was meant for demonetisation and was not directed at Manushi.”So while the NCW might be angry with Mr Tharoor and consider his joke offensive, but many working professionals in Mumbai disagree with the quasi-judicial body’s outlook.

DCW busts trafficking racket, 3 minors rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major breakthrough, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday, busted a trafficking racket, after receiving a call on their helpline number 181, in East Delhi. Three minors were rescued by the DCW with the help of the police.The search started after the commission received a call from the parents of the minors from Jharkhand, who alleged that their two children were missing since last three years. The two girls, aged 12 and 13, and another minor boy were rescued from a placement agency in East Delhi.The DCW mobile helpline team after getting a call laid a trap and called the trafficker to meet at the Akshardham metro station, where the alleged trafficker was caught with the help of the police. She then revealed the location of the minors to the police.An FIR has been registered under Sections 370 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 75 Juvenile Justice Act in Mandawali Police Station. The placement agency owner was also arrested.The commission learned that the arrested placement agency owner and the trafficker have been running this business for a long time and earlier too, several minors have been rescued from the place. It was also revealed that the minors had not been paid for their work and even on the papers, their monthly salaries were fixed between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500.The minors were not allowed to go out of the employer houses and were not even allowed to contact their parents.”It is shocking that minor children are not only trafficked but also employed by educated affluent people. They are severely abused and not paid any dues. Unregulated placement agencies are running unabated in Delhi and many of them are organised rackets for human trafficking. A strict law needs to be put in place to regulate the activities of these placement agencies.Delhi Police also needs to establish inter-state coordination and create intelligence networks to save thousands of minors trafficked every year. Moreover, strict action against such employers is also urgently required,” said Swati Maliwal, DCW chief.

‘Delhi police needs to create intelligence networks,’ says Swati Maliwal after DCW busts trafficking racket, rescues three minors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday busted a trafficking racket in East Delhi and rescued three minors.A 12-year old and a 13-year old girl and a boy were rescued on the details provided by the alleged arrested trafficker.The 12-year old girl is reportedly pregnant.The DCW had laid the trap to nab the perpetrator after they received the call from the parents of the minor girls from Jharkhand. The girls had been missing for the past three years.The commission took the help of another girl, who managed to flee from the trap of the same trafficker, few months back.As per reports, the alleged trafficker, who ran a placement agency in East Delhi, was contacting the girl, luring her to return.The DCW chalked out the plan to nab the culprit and called her to come at the Akshardham metro station, from where she was caught with help of the local police.An FIR has been registered under section 370 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 75 Juvenile Justice Act at the Mandawali Police Station against the accused.The Commission learnt that the minors were hired on a fixed amount of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500, but they were never paid for their work.The minors were not even allowed to go out of the houses of their employers and were not allowed to contact their parents.DCW chief Swati Maliwal has urged the police to add sections of bonded labour in the FIR and asserted that a strict law needed to be brought in force to save children from such incidents in future.”It is shocking that minor children are not only trafficked but also employed by educated effluent families. They are severely abused and not paid any dues. The Delhi Police also needs to establish inter-state coordination and create intelligence networks to save thousands of minors trafficked every year. Moreover, strict action such employers is also urgently required,” Malliwal said.

WCD rope in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to help rehabilitate children, those between 15-18 to learn self defence skills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry is roping in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to help rehabilitate children lodged in child care centres in areas near SSB outposts. The SSB is a border police force that mans the frontiers that India shares with Nepal and Bhutan. As part of the programme, the SSB centres will impart vocational skills to the children as an effort to rehabilitate them.The effort will take off in Assam this December, following which SSBs in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will also launch similar programmes. Officials from the National Commision for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had approached the SSB to help impart vocational skills to children in CCIs.The SSB, which routinely carries out vocational training among the youth in border areas will help the children learn skills like driving, computer literacy, spoken English, bee-keeping, growing mushroom, masala-making, bakery, wax-making, etc. The SSB, as part of a MoU under the Skill India campaign in August 2016, is now establishing a vocational training school in Gorakhpur. In Sikkim, where the SSB carries out these camps and drug awareness campaigns, the force has helped open three bakeries.“Only children in the age group of 15 to18 years of age will be roped in for the vocational training where they will be taught self-defense skills. The idea is to make them self-reliant so that they can live a life of dignity once they are out of the facility,” said WCD secretary Rakesh Srivastav. He added that for children below 15 years, the SSB will provide medical check-ups, psychological counselling and other important skills. Srivastav also said that children who display remarkable skills might also find employment in the SSB. Kavindra Kumar Karna of the SSB said that the children who have the requisite skills will be absorbed as part of the SSB’s “follower” facility. “We have decided to take in the children through the sports quota, or as cooks, carpenters, electricians, etc.,” said Karna, adding that the stigma of being in a CCI in case the child was a juvenile offender will be erased with a stint with the SSB.

Army takes J&K women for a ‘cake’ walk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When 19-year-old Mehak Khursheed enrolled in a baking course, little did she realize that she would be judged for bending gender roles in a male-dominated society. Four months on, Mehak became the first woman to be part of the joint venture between the Indian Army and Pune-based NGO, Aseem Foundation — the All Women Bakery.The bakery manufactures distinctive apple-walnut cookies that are sold under the brand name ‘Kosher Krunch’ in Maharashtra. In Kashmiri, ‘kosher’ means ‘Kashmiri’.Mehak is among the four women who run the all-women bakery in Indian Army’s 12 Brigade headquarters in the Uri sector. The initiative is part of the Army’s Operation Sadbhavana, aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people in restive Jammu and Kashmir.”I wanted to do something different,” said Mehak. “In our area, baking by women is looked down upon; most girls prefer stitching and tailoring. But I wanted to change this thought and enrolled in the four-month bakery course conducted by Tata Strive through the Indian Army. Later, Aseem Foundation gave us a chance to work in the bakery,” says Mehak.To emancipate women and work towards skill-development of under-privileged youth, who may not be able to complete formal studies in the remote tehsil, the army camp in Uri started Chinar 9 Jawan Club in March 2016. It inaugurated the All Women Bakery in July 2017, and since then, the women have been 30 to 40 kilograms of apple walnut cookies per month. These are sent to Pune to be packaged and then sold in the market.”In 2017, the Army told Aseem Foundation about the activities of the Chinar 9Jawan club and that’s how the All Women Bakery emerged,” says Captain Neha Joshi, army education officer and in-charge of Chinar 9Jawan club. “In July 2017, three students from the bakery course were selected by Aseem Foundation and production of Kosher Krunch cookies started. Aseem Foundation shared the profits with the bakers.”Within a short span of the four months, Kosher Krunch carved a market niche and received Diwali orders. “These biscuits are not sold in the open market; they are sold only through the Aseem Foundation. Before Diwali, we were asked to bake an additional 35 kg for the festive season. It is becoming famous!” says Mehak.Their work has changed the perception about them. “Earlier, we were taunted as Kulcai-walis (kulche-walis) by the boys,” says Yasmin Younis, another baker, “Now their thinking has changed and more girls are coming for admission. They too have realized that women are not far behind.”

Mother’s presence compulsory at parent-teacher meetings: Rajasthan govt’s circular

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The education department of Rajasthan, plans to make mothers active stakeholders in the education of their children and issued a notice indicating the same. The department’s notice is pleasantly surprising considering recently they had advised women to grind the mill for ‘good health’.For the first time, on November 18, government schools across the state will organise parent-teacher meets that will have to be attended by the mother. A grandmother or an aunt could substitute, but a female relative’s presence is mandatory.In rural areas with low female literacy rates and a male-dominated society, ‘important jobs’ including children’s’ education are the prerogative of men. Thus, to ensure the presence of the women, the teachers have been issuing reminders inviting the mothers. They have strict instructions to keep record to which parents come for the PTA.While the idea sounds good on paper, the move is testament to the sorry state of affairs regarding women’s education in the state.The fact that the government had to issue orders, to ensure that mothers come for the parent teacher meet, is a telling statement on the stark difference between the private and government schools. The PTAs at the private schools are largely attended by mothers and a father’s presence is considered to be an indication of some ‘trouble by both parties’.There has never been regular interaction between teachers and parents in government schools. The PTA was introduced in the government schools this academic year and as yet there have been two PTAs which male guardians attended.The education department is sending regular reminders to ensure attendance of mothers. The move is being hailed as a move to engage the support of the first teacher of the child – the mother.The village school has a penetrating presence, ideally the exercise should be used to garner additional information about the state of women. Especially their educational status.

Delhi High Court quashes MSCW summons against Golf Club Secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The functions of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) are related to advising the state government in matters pertaining to women and its application is limited to Meghalaya, the Delhi High Court has said while quashing the summons issued by the MSCW in connection with the alleged discrimination against a tribal woman at the Delhi Golf Club.Justice Vibhu Bhakru also said that according to the MSCW Act, 2005, the women’s body “does not have extraterritorial operation outside the state of Meghalaya”.On November 7, the court had stated that “the impugned notice issued to summon the Secretary of the petitioner is quashed. The Commission has no jurisdiction to pursue any proceedings with regard to the events that transpired at the Delhi Golf Club.”Tailin Lyngdoh, a governess, had accused the club and its members of racial profiling of people, which was tantamount to racial discrimination of tribal people, a punishable offense.Following this, a summon was served to the club which was challenged in the Delhi High Court. The court noted that the only question to decide is whether the commission can initiate any inquiry against the club, along with its officials. appearing for the petitioners, senior counsel Dayan Krishnan said that there was no racial discrimination as was alleged. The rules of the club do not permit members from bringing maids/domestic help inside the premises to render assistance to them, their children or their guests.”In the present case, there is no dispute that the incident complained of occurred in Delhi and no part of the cause of the action had arisen within the state of Meghalaya. The petitioner (Delhi Golf Club) also does not have any presence in any state other than in NCT of Delhi,’ the court order said.”As stated hereinbefore, the Act is applicable only in the State of Meghalaya and therefore, the commission does not have the jurisdiction to entertain complaints regarding events/incidents that have occurred outside the state,” the court said in its 10-page order.The court said the commission is empowered to look into the complaints relating to women and take up such matters with appropriate authorities.Earlier on October 9, the Delhi High Court had sought the reply of the Centre and the Delhi Golf Club on a plea filed by Lyngdoh and three others seeking direction to places of public entertainment not to discriminate against anyone or violate the right to human dignity.Lyngdoh, who was not allowed in the club, allegedly for wearing’Jainsem’, a traditional Khasi attire had also sought compensation of Rs 1.1,200-acre green. 245

Women are more at risk of pulmonary diseases than men

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Females are more at the risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a serious respiratory disease caused by smoke and air pollution, compared to males. As they have smaller and more sensitive lung mucous, these affect women more quickly and severely than men, warn lung disease specialists, ahead of World COPD Day. COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive, inflammatory lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Women residing in rural areas are more at risk due to cooking food on‘Chulha’. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. “As per studies sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in 2009, an estimated 1.48 crore (3.49%) Indians suffer from chronic bronchitis. The figures may differ, but the ailment, poses a serious health risk regardless of rural-urban status and socio-economic background. That’s because the leading causes of COPD are tobacco consumption, exposure to biomass fuel, smoke and external pollutants such as smog. Second-hand smoke exposure is also a factor,” Dr Narendra khippal, professor at institute of respiratory diseases, SMS medical college said. According to lung disease experts, on average, people with COPD have five additional associated diseases or disorders, such as metabolic, muscular, cardiac, gastrointestinal and mental function. In women, the symptoms of anxiety, depression and shortness of breath are more marked than in men.Globally, and in India, COPD is under-diagnosed as a lung function test, spirometry, is often not conducted during preliminary investigations. Dr Khippal who specialises in treatment of COPD, says that of 156 patients who participated in a 6-month OPD based study from Jan to June 2017, 17 per cent of prolonged cough were diagnosed with COPD by a spirometry test.Experts believe that in the future, more Indians are likely to develop COPD due to exposure to external air pollution.Biomass fuel emission adds In India, exposure to biomass fuels like crop residues or woods or animal dung is widely prevalent. It takes place in conditions where much of the effluent is released into the indoor living area. Women, who do most of the cooking in villages, are the most affected. Mosquito coils used in homes are another source of exposure. Burning of one mosquito coil, capable of emitting particulate matter equivalent to those with around 100 cigarettes,” says Dr MK Gupta, Sr lungs disease specialist, Anchal Hospital.Treatment slows progressionTreatment can help slow the progression of the condition and control the symptoms. This includes stop smoking, inhalers, medications, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgery or a lung transplant. “If someone smokes, stopping is the most effective way to prevent COPD getting worse. Doctor will advise how to use inhaler correctly and how often to use it.If symptoms are not controlled with inhalers, doctor may recommend tablets or may prescribe a short course of antibiotics,”says Dr Shubhranshu Gupta,Sr, lungs specialist, Narayana Hospital.

Mumbai police registered 1,086 kidnappings of minor girls since January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Data provided by Mumbai police show 1,100 women were kidnapped from the island city in the past 10 months. Of these, 1,086 cases were minorsOn an average, at least 100 cases of kidnapping of minor girls are registered in Mumbai city, every month, statistics revealed.According to the statistics provided by the Mumbai Police, from January till October, this year, 1,086 cases of kidnapping of minor girls were registered with Mumbai Police, as compared to 955 cases registered last year during same period.On the other hand, cases of women being abducted have diminished.While 20 cases of kidnapping of adult women were registered in the city in last year from January till October, 14 cases has been registered so far this year, during same period, statistics revealed.The average detection rate in the cases of kidnapping of women is around 70%.856 cases of kidnapping of minor girls were detected this year with detection rate of 79%, as compared to 661 cases detected last year with 69% detection rate. In case of kidnapping of adult women, 12 cases have been detected this year with detection rate of 856%, as compared to 13 cases detected last year with 65% detection rate, the statistics revealed.A senior officer, who analysed the said statistics, on the condition of anonymity said, “Most cases involving minor girls are actually cases of elopement. We have seen in most such cases that boys and girls flee from home due to opposition to their relationship from families. In such cases the boys or men are known and hence it becomes easy to trace them either through human or technical intelligence.”

Diabetic women at higher risk of abortion, miscarriage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diabetes is a particularly dangerous condition for pregnant women, warn doctors in the city. They aren’t talking about gestational diabetes (a condition where you develop the disease during pregnancy) but about diabetic women who get pregnant.According to them the risk of abortion and foetal abnormalities goes up considerably if the mother has pre existing diabetes. “These days out of 100 pregnant women at least 5% to 7% have diabetes and we are not talking of gestational diabetes. Women with diabetes who get pregnant have a higher risk of foetal malformation and abortion compared to others including those with gestational diabetes,” said Dr Ramesh Goyal, consultant diabetologist at Apollo Hospital.Dr Hiren Patt, endocrinologist with Narayana Multispecialty hospital said such women also have high chances of miscarriage in the first and second trimester. “Earlier type 2 diabetes was found mostly among those above 40 years of age but now people in their 20s and 30s are also inflicted by the condition. This is also the child bearing age and that is why we are seeing more cases of pregnant women with a diabetic condition,” said Dr Patt.He said diabetes also increases the chances of a cesarean delivery apart from impacting the development of heart and brain of the foetus.Dr Goyal said it is a double whammy for such women as on the one hand diabetes forces them to control their calorie intake while being pregnant means they have to ensure adequate calorie intake to help nourish the growing foetus.”There is also the social practice in India were pregnant women are fed calorie rich food. This is particularly dangerous for diabetic pregnant women as she needs to ensure a balanced diet that will not spike her sugar levels nor lead to foetal malnourishment,” said Dr Goyal.

I-T returns don’t suggest actual income: Sessions Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hearing a revision application filed by a south Mumbai resident locked in a legal dispute with her estranged husband and his parents over maintenance and alimony due to her, the Sessions Court has upheld her argument that income tax returns alone may not reflect her estranged husband’s actual income. It has, therefore, allowed the woman to examine witnesses to establish her estranged husband’s true income.The Sessions Court held that the woman must receive an opportunity on merit to prove her claim to have a just decision. Katy Nowzer Mehta, 57, who was married to Nowzer Keki Mehta, 62, in 1993, was allegedly forced to leave her matrimonial house in April 2010. Katy had filed a criminal case against Nowzer under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.At the trial state, when Katy pleaded before the lower court for reasonable maintenance and alimony, Nowzer, who according to Katy, had 39 per cent shares in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, had allegedly transferred some of his shares, retaining just 10 per cent of the shares for himself.Katy alleged that this was a deliberate ploy to deprive her of the right maintenance and alimony amount. She had thus filed an application before the lower court to allow her to examine witnesses to establish Nowzer’s real income.The lower court, however, rejected the application and directed Nowzer to submit his documents, either income tax return or any other document, reflecting his income to the extent of his shares in BPCL over the past five years.In an appeal filed before the Sessions Court, Katy had argued, “It is her indefensible right to pray for the summoning of witnesses if the evidence appears to be essential to just decision of the case. Also, just a self-attested photocopy of the income tax return cannot be considered, and the return does not disclose the real income of the person. The examination of witnesses is not going to cause any prejudice to Nowzer, but on the contrary, she will be precluded from proving the real income of her husband.”The appeal was, however, opposed by Nowzer, claiming that there was no merit in the application.The court at the time of passing orders held, “It appeared that the wife is claiming that there is specific income of her husband, whereas husband was claiming that he is not earning to that extent. In such situation, when wife desires to examine the in-charge of the Gas Supplier/Agency in which her husband had some share, she must receive an opportunity on merit to prove her claim to have a just decision.”It added, “Though income tax documents were filed on record showing the income, the Bombay High Court in Criminal Writ Petition filed by one Pinky Mahendra Kumar Jain which was decided on October 6, 2017, ruled that income tax documents do not reflect the true picture of the income of the parties. The High Court in its orders had then directed the trial court to take into consideration the lifestyle of the parties and all other aspects. In such situation, the application of wife is entitled to be allowed to prove her claim on merit. No prejudice is going to be caused to her husband as he has every opportunity of cross-examining the witness.”THE CASEKaty Mehta, who was married to Nowzer Keki Mehta in 1993, was allegedly forced to leave her matrimonial house in 2010. She had filed a criminal case against Nowzer.
Her husband had 39 per cent shares in BPCL. However, he allegedly transferred some of his shares, retaining just 10 per cent of the shares for himself.

CM Vasundhara Raje assures Chambal water to Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The assurance for development of Alwar continued to gain strength as chief minister Vasundhara Raje continued with her public dialogue at the district. The CM’s public dialogue “Mukhymantri Jansamwad” has been extending opportunity to even representatives of communities less in population to have their plea heard at the highest level of governance in the state. At the public dialogue held at Alwar urban assembly constituency on Saturday the chief minister not only provided instantaneous solution to grievances raised by community representatives, she also assured of an ambitious plan to irrigate the districts development through water from Chambal river. “The state government is working in direction of bringing Chambal river water to Alwar, yet it is essential to further promote water conservation through roof water harvesting and similar steps,” said CM Raje, asking locals to participate in the governments flagship scheme to revive traditional water sources. At the Jansamwad, cleanliness works at Alwar city also gained impetus as the chief minister ordered for the cleanliness system to be revved up in 15 days. The chief minister instructed the officials to have the garbage lifted during the period and ensure that the garbage is not dumped in drains. CM also asked the housing board to develop a new sewerage plan in next 10 days in association with local urban improvement trust and public works department. Along with those to turn up at the jansamwad with issues seeking CM’s intervention, there were also those to express gratitude and support for her development works. Among these were group of trader communities that thanked chief minister for her efforts towards lowering GST band on several products. There were also group of women from the Rajput community that expressed support of their community for her. To speed up workCleanliness works at Alwar city also gained impetus as the chief minister ordered for the cleanliness system to be revved up in 15 days.CM asked the housing board to develop a new sewerage plan in next 10 days in association with local urban improvement trust and PWD. Women from Rajput community expressed support of their community for her. Seek relaxationThe non-reserved caste have been seeking relaxation in age limit in eligibility for selection at government service. The demand was put forth for CM’s consideration by members of from Brahmin community. Caste representatives also expressed gratitude towards her for extending cabinet minister status to Rohitashva Sharma.

Do jhadoo-pocha, stay fit, Rajasthan government magazine tells women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An article in the Rajasthan Education Department’s in-house magazine has sparked a controversy over its recommendations for women’s health, suggesting housework such as sweeping, mopping, manual grinding of grains, and filling water in pots as ways of staying fit.The article appears in the November issue of ‘Shivira’, which is published by the state government.The article, written by one Dinkar Sharma, comes with a list of simple solutions to stay healthy, placed inside a box on the page. Women are advised to do mill grinding, sweeping, mopping, filling water, and other household chores to stay healthy and fit.Nath Mal Didel, director of Higher Education Department, did not return calls from DNA for comment.The publication of the text has prompted protests against the state government, including by teachers and activists. Chairperson of the Rajasthan Women’s Commission, Suman Sharma, expressing her objection to the article, saying “Women are themselves aware of their fitness. There should not be any discrimination with women in this regard. Just as men do gym, yoga and walking to fit, women can also keep themselves fit.”

Despite being considered one of the safest cities, 1600 molestation cases registered in Mumbai till September 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month a 25-year-old Russian National was molested on a busy Borivli street. A closer analysis of the crime statistics procured from Mumbai Police revealed that on an average at least 150 women are molested every month in Mumbai, which is considered to be one of the safest cities for women. According to the statistics, from January till September this year, 1609 cases under section 354 of Indian Penal Code for outraging modesty of a woman were registered by the Mumbai Police as compared to 1639 cases registered during the same period.While number of molestation cases registered are high in numbers, the detection rate of these cases are on the lower side. As per the statistics, of the registered 1609 cases this year, only 1227 could be detected. Which means thd detection rate was only 76 %. On the other hand, number of cases registered under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code for Intended insult to Modesty of Women are showing increasing trend in city. From January till September, 333 cases were registered by Mumbai Police under section 509 of IPC, as Compared to 319 cases registered last year during same period. Of the 333 cases, only 191 cases could be detected by the police having detection rate of just 57%.”Women safety is one of priorities of the Mumbai Police. We ensure enough police presence is there in the city and that they are safe from hooligan elements,” said a senior Mumbai Police officer, requesting anonymity. Earlier Mumbai Police had taken several initiatives to ensure women are safe in the city. These initiatives include a help desk for women at all railway terminals, dedicated women help desk in police stations and women beat patrolling in the city.

NCW chairperson meets Kerala DGP over ‘forceful’ conversions and ISIS link

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Commission of Women Chairperson in-charge Rekha Sharma on Wednesday asked the Kerala Police chief to look into whether some institutions are involved in “forceful conversions” and their source of funds.”These institutions are playing a big role in forceful conversions,” she told reporters here after the meeting with DGP Loknath Behra.The DGP has promised to look into the matter, she said.It was a matter of concern, the chairperson said, adding she had also met many girls who had been “forcefully converted”.However, the Kerala State Women’s Commission had on Tuesday rejected the charge that “forced conversions” took place in the state.Sharma, who is in the state since the past three days, also met Bindu, mother of Nimisha Fatima, who is suspected to have joined ISIS along with her husband.Later, speaking to reporters, Bindu said, “I have faith in God. God will return my daughter, son-in-law and grandchild,” and added that she had not heard from her daughter since the past one and half years.Nimisha had married Christian youth Bexian Vincent and both of them converted to Islam before allegedly leaving for Afghanistan to join the Islamic State in May last year.Bexian’s brother and sister-in-law had also accompanied them.Sharma had earlier met Hadiya, a 24-year-old woman whose marriage with Shafin Jahan, an alleged member of the Popular Front of India, is at the centre of a nationwide controversy.The Kerala High Court had annulled their marriage following which Jahan had approached the Supreme Court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the National Investigating Agency to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman with him.The apex court had directed Hadiya’s father to produce her before it on November 27. ​

Sex pests at work? Just SHe-box your complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday launched a portal where women facing sexual harassment at workplace will be able to lodge complaints.The online medium – ‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box) – can be used by women working in public sectors as well as private organisations. It will be hosted on the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.Officials from the ministry said that the portal will ensure effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (the SH Act), 2013.According to official release, the launch of the portal is a proactive step taken by the ministry in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo, where women have related their experience of facing sexual harassment and abuse.The Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013 mandates every organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an internal complaints committee for addressing complaints of sexual harassment.A cell under the ministry will look into every complaint filed online and share it with the concerned organisation’s internal complaints committee (ICC), which is a mandatory requirement under the law.Complainants will also be able to monitor the status of an inquiry by the ICC. Women who have already filed a written complaint with the ICC or local complaint committee constituted under the SH Act will also be eligible to register their complaint through the portal.The portal also provides information on 112 institutions empaneled by the ministry to conduct training/workshops on the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.The ministry had earlier launched a web page for government employees, which has now been extended to women in the private sector, minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi told reporters, adding that the ministry has also produced a manual and has organised training programmes for ICCs.WOMEN POWERUnder the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013, it is compulsory for any organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an internal complaints committee for addressing complaints of sexual harassment.
SHe-box can be used by women working in public sectors as well as private organisations. It will be hosted on the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Women’s panel summons north civic chief for not sealing GB Road units

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) On Monday summoned North Municipal Commissioner to appear on November 13, for not taking action against illegal Tehkhanas in GB Road brothels.The Commission confirmed that the civic body and the Delhi Police were informed about these hidden cells during mutual meetings and through letters. These hideouts are used to hide trafficked minor girls. The DCW had laid stress on demolishing or sealing these cells in December, 2016.”Teams visited these brothels several times and found small hidden cells there. These cells are used to hide minor girls during raids. The North civic body has been asked to demolish or seal these hidden cells multiple times already, and yet no action has been taken. So, now the civic body commissioner has been summoned by the DCW,” said panel chief Swati Maliwal. She also stated that the Commission will not tolerate any crime against minor girls.The summons also asked for reasons behind the non-demolition or non-sealing of these illegal structures till date. It stated that in case the civic body failed to comply with the order, the Commission will be constrained to carry forward the proceedings against the office under provisions laid down in the Civil Procedure Code.The Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994, mandates the Commission to investigate and examine all matters related to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and give recommendations to the government on the issue of women safety. Section 10(iii)(d) of the said Act empowers the Commission to seek any information, requisition any public record or copy thereof from any office for the aforesaid purpose, and gives it powers of a Civil Court in this regard.WOMEN SAFETYThe Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994, mandates the Commission to investigate and examine all matters related to the safeguards provided for women.

Delhi High Court: Use Nirbhaya Fund to rescue missing girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Money from the Nirbhaya Fund should be allocated to make special units to rescue and rehabilitate missing girl children in the country, the Delhi High Court said on Monday.”Trafficking of girl children and instances of sexual abuse, particularly of girl child, call for allocation of money from the Nirbhaya Fund inter alia for the formation of specialised units, which would work in coordination with the state police forces to implement Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with the purpose of rescue and rehabilitation of girl children, who have gone missing or trafficked,” a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta said.The bench stated this while hearing a matter pertaining to the missing children, wherein it has been examining ways and means to address the issue of tracing them and restoring them to their families.The court said that such units should be constituted by the National Commission of Women and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on a priority basis, following which the final proposal will be placed before the Empowered Committee of the Ministry Women and Child Development (WCD).”The Secretary, WCD, would call a meeting of all the above said bodies and file a report within four weeks,” the court said, thereby fixing the next date of hearing on December 19.Appearing for the Centre, standing counsel Anil Soni informed the court that as many as 22 projects have been started from the “non-lapsable” Nirbhaya Fund, which was started in 2013.In the affidavit submitted in the court by the WCD Ministry, it was stated that Rs 3,100 crore has been allocated to the Nirbhaya Fund till August this year and 22 proposals on women’s safety and security, with an estimated allocation of Rs 2,209.19 crore, has been recommended by the Empowered Committee.During the course of hearing, counsel for the Delhi government, Rahul Mehra, said that the face recognition software will cost Rs 15 crore and that has to be given by the Centre, following which the court directed the latter to file a status report in this regard by the next date of hearing.Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel HS Phoolka said the data regarding the missing children be given to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).NIRBHAYA FUNDStarted by Govt of India in 2013, with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore. An amount of Rs 1,000 crore more was provided in 2014-2015.
Rs 550 crore was provided for financial year 2015-2016. Total funds since inception: Rs 3,100 crore. Money spent on 22 projects: Rs 2,209.19 crore.

66% of women’s work in India is unpaid: World Economic Forum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proportion of “unpaid work” per day is far higher for women than men globally, while in case of India on average 66 per cent of women’s work is unpaid, says a World Economic Forum report.Unpaid work measures the average minutes spent per day on routine housework, shopping, care for household members, care for non-household members volunteering, travel related to household activities and other unpaid activities for men and women aged 15-64 years.According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, on an average 66 per cent of women’s work in India is unpaid, compared to 12 per cent of men’s.In case of China, 44 per cent of women’s work is unpaid, while for men the figure stood at 19 per cent.Even for developed countries, like the United Kingdom, which was ranked 15th on the Global Gender Gap list, 56.7 per cent of women’s work is unpaid, as against 32 per cent men’s.In the USA also, 50 per cent of women’s work is unpaid while in case of men the figure stands at 31.5 per cent.An analysis of Global Gender Gap Index over the past years points to a continued under-use of the ever-increasing numbers of educated women than ever before, the report said.”While much of this imbalance is explained by the discrepancy in care-giving and unpaid work, institutional and policy inertia, outdated organisational structures and discrimination, one additional explanatory factor is the skills differentials in the types of degrees women and men seek out in their education,” it added.As per the report, the global average annual earnings for a female stood at USD 12,000, while for a male it was as high as USD 21,000.India has slipped 21 places on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to a lowly 108.Globally also for the first time since the WEF began measuring the gap across four pillars — health, education, the workplace and political representation — the global gap has actually widened.

Gujarat tribal women steal the march in voting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tribal districts of Gujarat can teach a lesson or two in gender equality to the rest of the state as far as voting is concerned. Analysis of the Assembly elections of 2012 reveal that the percentage wise voter turnout for women is equal to or in some cases more than that of men in these districts.Against this, more developed districts like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Rajkot have a 3 per cent to 6 per cent gap in percentage between men and women.For example, take the voting percentage share of men and women in Panchmahals. The percentage turnout was 71.73 per cent for men while for women it was 71.32 per cent. In the case of Dangs, the voter turnout for women was 69.83 per cent against 67.70 per cent for men.In comparison Ahmedabad district had a voter turnout of 70.27 per cent for men against 66.63 per cent for women.People who have lived and worked in tribal areas attribute several reasons for the trend and primary among them is the higher status of women in tribal societies.Ramesh Makwana, HOD of the department of sociology at the Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidyanagar said tribal women live in more egalitarian societies.”They may be poor but in tribal societies, women don’t bow down to men. They are important decision makers and this appears in the voting trend. So while in a patriarchal society a woman may be prevented or may seek her family’s permission to go out to vote, a tribal woman does not have to bother about such things,” said Makwana.He said another reason was that though they were poor tribals, they also happen to be extremely aware about their rights. “For them the vote is the only power they have to get what they want and they decide to exercise it. This combined with a society that does not force its women to be secondary decision makers mean you see more women coming out to vote,” said Makwana.Agrees Arjun Rathwa, an AAP candidate from Chhota Udepur, a tribal district. “In a tribal household, often the decision maker is the woman and not the man. They also have a more consultative approach to decision making. This means women discuss and consult with family members unlike other parts of Gujarat were woman’s opinon is not often sought,” said Rathwa.Kishor Chaudhary a tribal who works with them in Vyara said there is also another important factor at work – bribe. “Almost all tribal districts and villages have self help groups of women. The politicians often target these SHGs and promise them loans and other stuff. SHGs are mostly made of women and they thus encourage their women members to come out and vote,” said Chaudhary.

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: After Hadiya’s ‘I will be killed soon’ video, women panel seeks report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a new twist in the Kerala ‘love jihad’ case, a video has surfaced in media where Hadiya, the girl whose conversion to Islam sparked the controversy, is seen pleading for her freedom.In a 17-second video released by activist Rahul Easwar to media, Hadiya, known as Akhila before her conversion, is seen talking about alleged torture. She said that she would be killed soon and that her father is very angry and he keeps on hitting and pushing her.The brief video was taken on August 17 at the house of Hadiya’s parents at Vaikom in Kottayam district.Taking cognizance of the video, the Kerala Women’s Commission has sought report about the well-being of the 24-year-old.In her letter to district police chief, Women’s Panel chief MC Josephine said the officer heading the probe should at least be a Deputy Superintendent.The video of Hadiya’s alleged torture comes after some reports that the parents were sedating the woman.On October 3, during a hearing, the Supreme Court had questioned about role of a father in his adult daughter’s life. The top court, in fact, had questioned how the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 226.Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.The Kerala Government has said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. However, later ina u-turn, the state government said that the policer probe is sufficient and that there’s no requirement of an NIA probe.

Shirin Mathews death: Sushma Swaraj asks Maneka Gandhi for probe; tighter checks while issuing passports for adopted children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has requested Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to probe the adoption process of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, whose body was found in a culvert in suburban Dallas in the US.Sherin went missing on October 7 and her body was found on Sunday from a culvert in suburban Dallas, Texas.Her father Wesley Mathews, 37, was re-arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree felony injury to a child due to conflicting statements given to the police.He was earlier arrested for suspected child endangerment for the treatment of his daughter but was released on bond.She said that the investigation into the case should be taken to a logical conclusion and that henceforth all passports for adopted children will be issued only after an approval from the ministry of women and child development.The nodal body for adoption in India, Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), has also written to US Central Authority for Hague Adoption seeking details into Sherin’s death, according to sources.An official said that CARA received timely reports from the adoption agency in the US which was overseeing the Sherin Mathews case.Four reports were sent to CARA by Holt International since her adoption on July 8, 2016.These reports described how the girl was “adjusting well” in her new home and appeared to be “secure and comfortable” in the new surroundings.However, according to these assessments, Sherin seemed to have eating problems.One of the follow-ups records that “eating has become more and more challenging for the family”. “She likes to eat food outside but not at home”.The fourth, and the last report before Sherin’s death, notes, “We discussed several different strategies that may be helpful” and that “additional mealtime strategies are needed to break this cycle and avoid more serious longterm eating concerns”.According to CARA CEO Lt Col Deepak Kumar, the child was undernourished right from the time she was adopted and weighed less for a girl at her age.The girl was born on July 14, 2014 and was surrendered by parents in Gaya, Bihar. She was sent to an orphanage, Nalanda Mother Teresa Anaath Seva Ashram, which is now shut, the CARA CEO said.

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‘Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye,’ said accused before molesting two women in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another sexual harassment case, three men were arrested by Mumbai police for molesting two women in the Juhu-Versova Link Road on Saturday night.’Women on sale’One of the accused shouted, “Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye (I want this girl)” while trying to stop the autorickshaw and grope the two women, according to a Hindustan Times report.One of the women and her brother were out for diwali dinner on Saturday night in Juhu and were returning home at 2am when the three accused approached them and started making vulgar comments. The brother tried to shake them off and the women continued in the autorickshaw ride in the JVLR road. However, the accused continued to chase them in bike and yelled at the autorickshaw driver and stopped the ride.They groped one of the women and continued to slap her. As the brother tried to stop them, they attacked him and molested the other women. One passerby tried to stop the accused, however, he was thrashed by them.Soon, someone else alerted the police and they rushed to the spot.ChargesThe three accused – Adil Khan (21), Yogesh Shevale (24) and Rahul Revale (25) – were charged with sexual harassment. They are the residents of a slum area in Andheri (West) on the JVLR.The brother has registered an FIR against the three under sections 354 (sexual harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.The statement of the two molested victims will be taken in few days.The Versova police has taken the blood samples of the accused to check if they were under alcohol influence when the incident took place. And also the police are checking if they had any pervious criminal records.

Fatwa against women for worshipping Ram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After banning selfies, shaping eyebrows, and hair-cutting, Darul Uloom Deoband has now ousted about a dozen Muslim women who worshipped Lord Ram on Diwali and participated in an Aarti function in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Infuriated over the Varanasi event, Darul Iftaa, the fatwa factory of Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa ousting Muslim women who indulged in idol worship.”Worship of anyone except Allah is banned in Islam, which does not allow idol worship. The act of these Muslim women is anti-Islamic and they are ousted from Islam with immediate effect,” said Mufti Taikh Qashmi.Qashmi added that these Muslim women may embrace Islam again, if they sought an apology from Allah and read Kalma to complete the Islamic purification process.These women, members of Muslim Women Foundation, had organised a function on the eve of Diwali, worshiped Lord Ram and had also performed Aarti.The Muslim Women Foundation has been organising the programme since 2006 after the terrorist attack on Sankat Mochan temple. They believe that even though they practice Islam but Lord Ram remains their ancestor.”We may practice a different religion but we cannot forget about our ancestors. Such events will not only showcase humane face of Islam but also help bridge the gap between Hindus and Muslims,” said Nazneen, an office-bearer.

DCW saves a 21-year-old girl from selling kidney for marriage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday saved a girl who succumbing to her boyfriend’s demand for money, came to sell her kidney in Delhi.The 21-year old Pushpa (Name changed) hailing from Bihar’s Lakhisaray had fought with her parents and went to Muradabad to marry her boyfriend, when the latter demanded a sum of Rs 1,80,000.In order to fulfill the demand, Pushpa came to Delhi’s Lady Hardinge Hospital to sell her kidney. The doctor, suspecting a kidney racket, called Delhi Commission for Women’s helpline number, as well as informed the police.DCW reached the hospital and counselled Pushpa. She however refused the counseler’s suggestion of filing an FIR against her boyfriend.DCW also contacted Pushpa’s parents with the help of police, who came to Delhi and took her back to Bihar.The commission has forwarded the complaint details of the case to Bihar State Commission for Women, with a request to assist Pushpa in taking criminal action against the boy as well as for regular counseling of the girl.DCW chairperson, Swati Jai Hind has commended the action of the doctor who gave information about the girl to the commission and the Police.

No Vasectomy Raj in the State

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>I am still guilty that I killed my wife. She was a very brave and a wise lady. Considering our financial status we both mutually decided that she will go for sterilisation. To save money she forced me to opt for a government camp. During the procedure, she went through a complication and she died. I lost my wife and my kids lost their mother. I don’t blame the system for or anyone else except myself. I was not brave enough. I could have gone for sterilisation which is far more safer. I would suggest all the men that I lost my wife I request others please be brave enough and contribute for your family and society. This is a story of Harilal(name changed) which is just a very small reflection of the contribution men in family planning and population control.Rajasthan state is not just battling a paralysed sex ratio and women’s safety, but also lagging behind in ensuring equality as far as family planning is concerned. Data shows that the onus of family planning predominantly rests with women. As per the data shared by the health department of Rajasthan through RTI women accounts for 98.62% of sterilisations conducted at various family welfare centres in the state.In the year 2016-17 out of total 2.79 lakhs sterilisation only conducted only 3836 men participated in it. There are total 5 districts in the state in which less than 10 men participated in the sterilisation process. The data on men’s participation in 2017-18 up-to July is even more threatening, only 1.4 percent men participated in sterilisation.REALITY CHECK FINDINGS OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAW NETWORK TEAM VISIT IN FEB 2017Shri Khatushyamji Community Health CentreThe women received anaesthesia via injection from an anaesthetist. Following the anesthetic, the women were left to lie in a room with their bodies completely covered by a blanket. The women were left unattended, as the doctors took breaks to allow the anesthetic to take effect for about 45 minutes. An activist from the team was invited to observe several of the procedures by the surgeon. The activist was informed by the doctor that he changes gloves frequently. Gulabpura Community Health CentreThere was no discussion with the women about the inherent risks of the surgery or the necessary post-operation procedures. The women were not given hospital gowns for the operations and remained in their personal clothes. The hospital had open spaces that were exposed to the elements, and the team observed a stray dog walking through the hospital and near the entrance to the operating theatre and women’s wardsEXPERT SPEAKSVasectomy in no way affects or reduces the sexual potency or desires in men. It does not affect the physical strength. Unfortunately, some how men have been avoiding sterilisation.Dr RK Solanki, PsychiatristThe camp-based approach for population control has to be minimised. Sterilisation must be a part of the regular reproductive health service.Chhaya Pachauli, Social ActivistSources: RTI, data till July 2017-18, Ministry of health and family welfare, Human rights law network & Prayas Corp

Scholars divided on women attempting Haj without ‘mehram’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recommendation of the Central Haj Committee to the Ministry of Minority Affairs to allow women in groups of four above the age of 45 years of age to travel for Haj without a mehram (a close male relative), has led to several Muslim scholars to oppose it, saying Islam does not permit. The recommendations were submitted for the drafting of the new Haj Policy of 2018-22.Uzma Naheed, part of the Markazi Majlis-e-Amla (Central Working Committee) of the All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat (AIMMM), feels that the move might prove to be problematic for women.”Travel to Haj is not easy. It requires a lot of physical exertion, and is one of the main reasons why women prefer having a male companion,” said Naheed.Maulana Wali Rehman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that the controversy is unnecessary. “Some schools of thought allow women to travel without a mehram while others do not. The report of the Central Haj Committee does not compel anyone,” said Rehman.Kamal Farooqui of the AIMPLB, who was part of the Central Haj Committee, says that there is no compulsion. “Saudi Arabia allows women to travel alone, and there has been no compulsion on anyone in India,” said Farooqui.Zakia Soman of the progressive Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) said that the recommendation is in itself regressive in nature.FOUR WOMEN EQUIVALENT TO ONE MANQuestioning the diktat, Soman opined, “The larger question is why four women, and why only those above the age of 45 years? Is there an intent to say that 4 women equal 1 man?”

Who said BJP is anti-women? EAM Sushma Swaraj cites cabinet members to counter detractators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday lashed out at BJP’s rivals’ claims that the party was anti-women.Addressing a rally in Ahmedabad ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat, Swaraj said, “Rivals call BJP anti-women party, but it gave the country four women chief ministers and four women governors. In addition, there are six cabinet ministers,” she said. Hailing the Narendra Modi-led central government for its ‘pro-woman’ stance, Swaraj added that prior to this government, which was formed in 2014, no woman was ever a part of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that comprises the home ministry, external affairs ministry, defence ministry and finance ministry. While Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley respectively head the home and finance ministry, Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman head the external affairs and defence ministry respectively. “I was made EAM in May 2014 and now Nirmala Ji is the Defence Minister. Two out of 4 CCS members are women now,” she added.While speaking of women’s safety, the external affairs minister also added that the BJP would soon launch a panic button yojna to ensure their safety.Swaraj’s comments come days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi accused the RSS, the parent body of the BJP, of being anti-women. “”They are not interested in women’s rights. How many women are in the RSS? Have you ever seen women in shorts working with RSS? I have never seen. You see women in the Congress all the time. In the RSS you will never see women. God knows what mistakes women have committed that they cannot be a part of RSS,” Gandhi told a gathering of women.Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, Swaraj said that he had insulted women by making such a statement.

Sabarimala board chief says letting women in will turn temple into ‘sex tourism’ spot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) chief Prayar Gopalakrishnan has stoked the controversy saying, allowing women inside will turn the place into a ‘spot for sex tourism like Thailand’.Gopalakrishnan’s comment came after the Supreme Court referred to a constitution bench the contentious issue relating to the ban on entry of women between 10 to 50 years of age in Kerala’s historic Sabarimala Temple.Allowing women inside will lead to ‘immoral activities’ and turn the place into a ‘spot for sex tourism like Thailand’, reported Hindustan Times quoting Gopalakrishnan.The chief prayer also said that even if the court lifted a ban on entry of women in the Sabarimala Temple, ‘respectable women’ would not go to the hill shrine.The president of TDB, that manages the shrine, maintained that the board stuck to its stand that the restriction to the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 should continue.Meanwhile, Kerala Minister for Devaswom and Tourism Kadakampally Surendran said he had insulted the women community and Ayyappa devotees with such a comparison.He wanted the TDB president to tender an apology for his remark.Surendran also said that the CPI(M)-led LDF government in the state was of the view that there should not be gender- based discrimination for entry in temples.”We will abide by the court ruling,” he said.A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra framed five ‘significant’ questions to be dealt with by the constitution bench, including whether the practice of banning entry of women in the temple amounted to discrimination and violated their fundamental rights under the constitution.The management of the Sabarimala Temple, located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district, had earlier told the apex court that the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years is because they cannot maintain ‘purity’ on account of menstruation. (With agency inputs)

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