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A Head Lice for $3.80? People paying exuberant prices for Head Lice in Dubai, for a Reason unheard of!

According to reports, women these days are buying lice from UAE beauty salons thinking they are good for their overall hair growth

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Male human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. Technical settings : - focus stack of 57 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm) Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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Dubai, Sept 05, 2016: There are no secrets to growing one’s hair long. General well- being, and genetic factors affect one’s rate of hair growth. But, nowadays, people are going for bizarre methods to grow their hair long, like having a Head Lice – treatment!

Sounds Creepy? Yes, you heard it right! Head lice treatment for beautiful hair has become popular in Dubai in recent time and is selling like hot cake in the country. According to reports, women these days are buying lice from UAE beauty salons thinking they are good for their overall hair growth.

Therefore, due to the rise in demand, many women’s hair salons in Dubai have started growing head lice to meet the increasing demand and make a profit out of it. According to a report in Arabic daily Emarat Al Youm, the price of one Louse is Dh14 (253 Rupees) as stated by some women.

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Head Lice. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Head Lice. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Now, the Dubai Municipality has warned beauty and hair salons against selling lice which are being marketed openly and widely. Hence, a fine of $544 have been imposed on the salons for selling head lice illegally.

Hafez Ghalloum, head of the Health Control section at Dubai Municipality was quoted as saying the use of lice on one’s hair is very harmful both for the hair and the scalp, according to dailypakistan.com.pk report. “We aim through inspections to see that no negative or harmful practices are committed by hair salons and beauty centres,”he added.

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Recently, beauty salons have started with the practice of growing head lice with the left over hair of their customers. They store the head lice in the boxes and further, sell them at high prices. It is believed that single lice could make one earn $3.80.

– by Namra Zahid of NewsGram

 

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Women In India Turn To Technology To Stay Safe From Harassment

Police in many Indian cities are also encouraging women to use apps to register complaints

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Women stand at a crowded place in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, Oct. 9, 2006. Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport, according to a survey Thursday. VOA

New web and phone apps in India are helping women stay safe in public spaces by making it easier for them to report harassment and get help, developers say.

Women are increasingly turning to technology to stay safe in public spaces, which in turn helps the police to map “harassment prone” spots — from dimly lit roads to bus routes and street corners.

Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey released Thursday, as improving city access for women becomes a major focus globally.

“Women always strategize on how to access public spaces, from how to dress to what mode of transport to take, timings and whether they should travel alone or in a group,” said Sameera Khan, columnist and co-author of “Why Loiter? Women And Risk On Mumbai Streets.”

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician M.J. Akbar takes the oath during the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers, July 5, 2017, at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. The Indian minister and veteran newspaper editor announced his resignation, Oct. 17, 2018, while still insisting that the accusations of sexual harassment are false. VOA

Reported crimes up 80 percent

Indian government data shows reported cases of crime against women rose by more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

The fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 put the spotlight on the dangers women face in India’s public spaces.

The incident spurred Supreet Singh of charity Red Dot Foundation to create the SafeCity app that encourages women across 11 Indian cities to report harassment and flag hotspots.

“We want to bridge the gap between the ground reality of harassment in public spaces and what is actually being reported,” said Singh, a speaker at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference on Thursday.

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Students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University participate in a protest demanding suspension of a professor accused of sexual harassment, in New Delhi. VOA

The aim is to take the spotlight off the victim and focus on the areas where crimes are committed so action can be taken.

Dimly lit lanes, crowded public transport, paths leading to community toilets, basements, parking lots and parks are places where Indian women feel most vulnerable, campaigners say.

Stigma attached to sexual harassment and an insensitive police reporting mechanism result in many cases going unreported, rights campaigners say.

Apps are promising

But apps like SafeCity, My Safetipin and Himmat (courage) promise anonymity to women reporting crimes and share data collected through the app with government agencies such as the police, municipal corporations and the transport department.

Students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University participate in a protest demanding suspension of a professor accused of sexual harassment, in New Delhi
People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

“The data has helped in many small ways,” said Singh of the Red Dot Foundation. “From getting the police to increase patrolling in an area prone to ‘eve-teasing’ to getting authorities to increase street lighting in dark alleys, the app is bringing change.”

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Police in many Indian cities, including New Delhi, Gurgaon and Chandigarh, are also encouraging women to use apps to register complaints, promising prompt action.

“Safety apps are another such strategy that could be applied by women but I worry that by giving these apps, everyone else, most importantly the state, should not abdicate its responsibility towards public safety,” Khan said. (VOA)