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32-year-old woman in Rajasthan beaten with iron chain to ‘free’ her of Evil Spirit

The witch doctor beat her for over two hours on Wednesday night with the iron chain and even dragged her by her hair

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Black Magic (Representational Image). Wikimedia
Jaipur, Sept 23, 2016: A 32-year-old woman resident of a small village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan was beaten up severely with an iron chain by a quack on the pretext of freeing her of an evil spirit.
Kasni, a resident of a hamlet near Kumbhalgarh town, over 400 km from state capital Jaipur, was said to be ill for some time. Her family approached a witch doctor, who said she was possessed by an evil spirit and required exorcism.

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The witch doctor beat her for over two hours on Wednesday night with the iron chain and even dragged her by her hair. The woman fell unconscious, following which she was admitted in a local government hospital. The witch doctor ran away.

Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Wikimedia
Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Wikimedia

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“As soon as we got information on the crime, we launched an investigation. We will take strict action against the quack,” a police official told IANS.

As per the law prevailing in Rajasthan, such crime is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than three years which may extend to seven years, or fine not less than Rs 50,000, or both. (IANS)

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Why Worry? These Techniques will Teach How to be Happy!

Learn how to stop worrying with these simple strategies

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Cluster of anxious thoughts. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Worry is a story that we create inside and we use it to create fear. You tend to create fear of something which has to happen in the near future and by worrying, you deplete your strength and energy so much that by the time the situation arises, you would have made yourself already a weak person. What’s expected in such situations is to keep yourself strong so that you can face the situation and respond to the situation with an open mind.

Our every thought, every word and every action are our own creation. Circumstances come to us externally, but our responses are completely our choice. One must admit that there are some things in life which cannot be changed and problems will continue to persist, however, one must learn how to stop worrying.

How to Stop Worrying?

Worry is a delusion

You worry about things that ought to occur in the future. Worries are primarily the monsters you build in your head and are just in your head. It is a sheer misuse of your imagination. A single liberated thought devoid of tensions can make your day.

Incorporate mindfulness

The most efficient technique to stop worrying is to inculcate mindfulness, which involves nonjudgmental awareness of present thoughts and emotions. Make yourself consciously aware of the fact that worries are going to persist for an indefinite period of time but that should not take away your sanity. Also, have a deeper understanding of the fact that worries can never change the outcomes/end result, so deal with the situation rather wasting time and energy on ruminating.

Acceptance

Accepting worries help the person to move on and pass out the situation with ease. Those who are naturally more welcoming of their intrusive feelings are less obsessional, have lower levels of distress, and are less worried.

Gulping Sweets

Sweets are believed to enlighten the mood of the person. Devour your favorite sweets and forget about worries. Whenever a nerve racking thought occurs,  Go ahead and grab a chocolate bar.

Also Read: Planning to Set a Goal? Here’s What You Need to Know! 

Forest Therapy indulgence

Forest therapy promotes relaxation and reduces the activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.

Pen down your worries

Penning down your own thought might be counterintuitive, but it’s almost similar to emptying the fears out of your mind. You tend to reevaluate that situation so that you’re less likely to worry about those situations.

Cooking is therapeutic

Cooking helps in combating stress and ease the stress levels. When you prepare a recipe, you only focus on one thing and by doing that you spend less time on worrying about issues that concern you.

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Soul awakening through meditation

Anxiety disorders are due to the repetitive, anxious, often baseless thoughts and worries about the future. However, practicing meditation awakens the soul and brings the mind to zero thoughts, which is imperative for the mind wanderers.

Keep the hands busy

Keeping your hands busy can help keep your mind off of worries.  Keeping your hands and mind working conflicts with storing and encoding visual images, which explains why worry beads and knitting calm us down.

Rational thinking

People tend to worry about things they have no control over. It doesn’t change the situation anyways. It is better to stay practical in such situations and so that you are able to respond to the situation open mindedly.


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Eating Curd and Sugar before Heading out can bring Good luck? Here’s What Hinduism has to Say!

The tropical climate of India demands a combination like that of curd and sugar in order to cope up

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Curd provides calming effect to the body. Wikimedia
  • Eating curd and sugar before heading out brings good luck according to some, whereas, is a myth according to others
  • If there was a hidden purpose behind bringing this ritual into existence remains a matter of curiosity 
  • Curd provides calming effect to the body and sugar provides instant glucose 

New Delhi, July 27, 2017: Remember the time when you were heading out for one of your very important exams, and your mom calls you and literally spoon feed you a bowl of curd mixed with sugar? Many will find it pointless or even a deep rooted superstition, but Hinduism has an answer for it!

There is no denying the fact that, because people are not aware of the logic behind this custom, they have made it a dependency and as a result, it has become a source of weakness for many.

ALSO READ: Astro Architect Neeta Sinha Demystifying Myths around Vaastu Shastra to help People to Create Better Living

A lot of people, who completely deny the ‘good luck’ perspective of this Indian custom still believe that there has to be a logic behind this practice and also that it has been passed on from generation to generation. Many believe that a possibility of following this custom is –  sugar provides a rush of energy to the body and curd has a cooling effect, the combination of these two ingredients can help one maintain their energy levels and calm their bodies. Therefore, one must consume it to avoid dizziness, claustrophobia and other such problems.

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Another possibility is that curd contains calcium and proteins and is also easy on the stomach and the digestive system, whereas sugar provides instant glucose, making them good options for consumption before stepping out. The tropical climate of India demands that our bodies use combinations like that of curd and sugar.

Since there is no scientific evidence that it brings ‘good luck’, it has been dropped in the category of common superstitions, but that in no way means that it doesn’t hold anything more to it. If we eliminate the ‘good luck’ part, eating curd and sugar before heading out can serve various other benefits and this has been scientifically proven.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha


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Reasons Why Marital Rape Should Be Recognised as a Criminal Offence

Debate on marital rape continues as it fails to get regarded as a punishable offense

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Recognition of marital rape as a crime. Pixabay
  • The grievous danger caused by marital rape is unable to gain recognition
  • Women should be granted rights to handle situations of marital rape
  • Illiteracy, poverty and religious beliefs are not an excuse for committing marital rape

July 25, 2017: Most of the countries have regarded marital rape as a criminal offense but India has still not taken this action and due to this, the debate about marital rape continues.

The future for women and their rights in India seems bleak as the grievous danger caused by marital rape is unable to gain recognition.

But what exactly is marital rape? It occurs when a man imposes sexual right on his wife by use of force, without taking her consent, or threat of force. In a country where domestic violence is a punishable offense, why isn’t domestic sexual abuse a crime? Just as domestic violence destroys and hurts the body, marital rape destroys and harms the soul. Rape is rape no matter who commits it. It could be your boyfriend, your uncle, your husband or a stranger. Any force experienced to indulge in sexual activity should be made a punishable act regardless of the relationship with the rapist.

Also Read: Women should not Silently Face Atrocities and must Speak up about Issues like Marital Rape, says Actress Katrina Kaif

Maneka Gandhi, The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, says that “marital rape”  is inapplicable in a country like India since illiteracy, social customs, religious beliefs, poverty is widespread here.
This implies that it is acceptable for a man to force his wife into sexual activity because he is poor or illiterate.

Many of us often see our domestic help with a black eye, and when asked, she would say, husbands, are allowed to hit their wives as it’s the norm. The same norm permits husbands to rape their wives, without protection, whenever they come home drunk.

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An Indian Marriage is more like a sexual contract as it provides the husband a right over his wife’s body and gives him ownership rights over the wife. This implies that a married woman has no right over her own body. Refusing to recognize marital rape as a criminal offense is equivalent to spreading the belief that it is acceptable for women to be raped as long as the rapist is her husband. If we want to develop our country and spread literacy, we need to grant women the control of their lives where it is her right to say no to her husband for sexual intercourse or pregnancy without being penalized or punished for it and commence help for abused women. It is necessary for the myth of “wifely duty” to end because sexual activity must take place with mutual consent and pleasure.

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Marriage is no excuse for rape. Wikimedia

A few years back, newspapers carried a tale of a woman aged 26 who came back with severe injuries from her Bangkok honeymoon as her husband had violent sex with her. In order to achieve equality between men and women, it is essential to grant rights to women over their bodies, recognition of forced sexual activity in her marriage, and raising their voices against it. The government must provide help for abused women.

A Statistical report of the study conducted by The International Centre for Women (ICRW) in eight States: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh covered 3,158 number of women and 9,205 number of men aged between 18-49. The sample represented various castes, income groups and religions. The NFHS report revealed that the majority of rape that women reported was within the marriage and only 2.3 per cent of rape reported by women to the interviewers of NFHS was by other men.

Not criminalizing marital rape is either to degrade the real bonds and affections that keep marriages held together in spite of differences and disagreements or to believe that marital rape and sexual abuse in marriages is a common affair. A positive step in this direction will give women a sense of security and a redressal mechanism in situations of marital rape.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025