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Lucknow: A young man was severely beaten up, tied behind a motorcycle and dragged, leaving him seriously injured in Pilibhit, police said on Monday.haidar

While reports suggested that the victim Haider was a journalist, district officials denied it. Even the district magistrate O.N. Singh maintained that the injured person was not a journalist.

Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal too denied an attack on any scribe and said that reports of a spurt in crimes against journalists were “unfounded”.

The condition of the victim – since admitted in a local hospital – is said to be “serious but out of danger”.

Police have arrested two persons – Sudhir and Pyare – for the attack and are trying to find the remaining accused.

Haider said he received an invite on phone on Sunday night to cover an event. After he reached the place, four people beat him up badly, put a chain around his neck, tied him to a motorbike and dragged him for over 100 metres.

After the attackers fled the spot, passers-by informed police and took a seriously injured Haider to hospital.

Officials said an initial probe indicated that the attack was an outcome of a “land dispute” between two brothers, Keshav and Anand.

Haider is said to have intervened in the dispute on behalf of Keshav, angering the other side.

The attack comes days after a social media journalist was allegedly set on fire in Shahjahanpur by henchmen of a minister of state in the Akhilesh Yadav government and another incident in which a journalist was shot at in Kanpur.

Shahjahanpur’s social media journalist Jagendra Singh, who died after sustaining 60 percent burn injuries during a police raid at his house on June 1, had before his death blamed minister Ram Murti Verma and his henchmen for his plight. The family is since demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed concern over the “spurt in attacks on journalists” and questioned the alleged “silence” of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the issue.

“It is strange that top leadership of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is out to defend and protect the accused minister while lumpen elements are targeting the media fraternity,” said Vijay Pathak, a spokesman of the state BJP.

The chief minister should not only express his views on the serious issue but also act promptly against all people involved in crimes against the fourth estate, he added. (IANS)

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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

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Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)

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