Beti Bachao Can’t Just be Relegated to a Campaign, Says Actress Shilpa Shetty

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old rape victim in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district died on late Friday night in a Delhi hospital. The victim was attacked outside Sindupur village in Unnao when she was on way to a Rae Bareli court to attend a hearing in the rape case. She was abducted by the five men, Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam and Shubham Trivedi, who beat and stabbed her before burning her alive

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Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty. (Wikimedia commons)

Shilpa Shetty took to Instagram to express anger and anxiety over the series of violent sexual attacks and murders of women across the country. The actress added Beti Bachao cant just be relegated to a mere campaign. It needs to be put into action.

On Instagram, Shilpa shared a couple of news reports, one which talks about the Unnao victim who was set ablaze by her perpetrators and the other about the alleged rape and murder of a woman in West Bengal’s Malda.

Sharing the news reports, the actress spoke about the insecure position of women in our country, where rape victims are treated with apathy and culprits roam freely.

“The position and dignity of women in our country is in dire straits… it’s been so for a while now. Stepping out every day has become an ordeal for most, one that is unavoidable. As a woman, I can’t even express how disgusting it is to see the apathy towards rape victims, survivors, and their families. It is highly disappointing to regularly read the news stating that an offender/culprit has been granted bail and is out… What for? To be given another chance to commit a more heinous crime? Reading about girls of all ages being abused and the brutality involved in each case makes my skin crawl. I’m a mother to a son, but I don’t think I can bring myself close to imagining the fear that mothers of daughters feel every day,” she wrote.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra. Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few weeks, reports of brutal rape and murder of young women in different parts of the country like Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Unnao and West Bengal dominated the headlines. Talking about how the country immediately needs to do something to protect its daughters, Shilpa urged the authorities to enforce stricter laws to prevent such incidents in the future and punish the culprits.

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Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her post, the actress further wrote: #BetiBachao can’t just be relegated to a campaign. Intent isn’t enough if it can’t be put into action. I urge our authorities to enforce stricter laws that will not only deter future perpetrators, but also severely punish the offenders undergoing trials. Also, expediting these proceedings is the need of the hour. Justice delayed is justice denied! Jai Hind! @narendramodi #EndRape #EndSexualViolence #NoTolerance #punishment #NoMoreRape #EndRapeCulture #NoToAbuse #stop.”

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old rape victim in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district died on late Friday night in a Delhi hospital. The victim was attacked outside Sindupur village in Unnao when she was on way to a Rae Bareli court to attend a hearing in the rape case. She was abducted by the five men, Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam and Shubham Trivedi, who beat and stabbed her before burning her alive. (IANS)

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Lockdown 4.0: Here’s How Celebrities Spend Time

Celebs have posted a glimpse of their quarantine on their social media handles

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Cricketer Virat Kohli's mantra this lockdown- Earn it. Dont demand it. Wikimedia Commons

By Aditi Roy

While we reach the fag end of Lockdown 4.0, in the past few days, celebrities have once again started posting a slice of life in quarantine on social media, as suggested by latest bollywood news.

From brand-new summer hair to chilling with their kids, the glimpses of their life is not much different than ours. Check out how some of your most-loved celebrities kill time.

Anushka Sharma

For actor-producer Anushka Sharma, nothing is better than watching her latest production, ‘Paatal Lok’ a gripping series on Amazon Prime.

Alia Bhatt

The chirpy, young actor trusted her haircut to an important member from her inner-circle; she’s all about eating well and being fitter after 60-days of lockdown.

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Actor Alia Bhatt is keeping herself fit and eating well. Wikimedia Commons

Malaika Arora

The ever gorgeous Malaika recently posted a fresh-faced pic of herself in a breezy kaftan, the outfit of the moment.

Shilpa Shetty

The svelte actress who is also a chef and a wonder-mummy is happy chilling with her son in lockdown

Radhika Apte

The talented actor opted for fresh hairdo. In quarantine, Apte is happy about “detachment” with her beautifully grown tresses and sports a “mushroomhead”

Rohit Sharma

The super-talended cricketer dug into his archives and shared a picture of himself with teammates Suresh Raina and Pragyan Ojha with the scenic backdrop of New Zealand while on tour 2009, while reminiscing about happy times.

Virat Kohli

The dashing cricketer’s mantra this lockdown- Earn it. Dont demand it. Kohli is all about lifting weights and focussing on his strength while home sheltering.

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Actor Vicky Kaushal recalls his horse-riding days. Wikimedia Commons

Vicky Kaushal

The charming actor recently posted a picture recalling when horse-riding in the morning was a daily activity.

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Ranveer Singh

Actor Ranveer Singh posted a super cool picture of him sporting a “Rocky Balboa” printed upbeat t-shirt on Instagram.

Shikhar Dhawan

The hard-hitting batsman posted a collage of his young son and his own pic from past of similar age, with the loving caption, “The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” (IANS)

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DMRC Uses Pictorial Messages to Spread Awareness on COVID-19

The campaign of pictorial awareness has been planned under the supervision of DMRC's Safety department

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DMRC spreads awareness among citizens about COVID-19 through pictorial messages. Wikimedia Commons

Amid lockdown 4.0 and halted service of the metro rail in the city, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is engaged in spreading awareness about COVID-19 disease at its construction sites through pictorial messages, according to Covid-19 pandemic in India updates.

In a press statement, the DMRC said, “Along with all conventional methods to raise awareness about this pertinent issue, a number of pictorial awareness messages have been painted at DMRC’s sites so that the workers keep getting reminded about the precautions while at work.”

The campaign has been planned under the supervision of DMRC’s Safety department.

The DMRC asserted that all relevant government guidelines and advisories have been taken into consideration while planning the content. Easy language and pictorials have been used so that the messages are satisfactorily conveyed.

The DMRC said that getting the messages painted was a major challenge as most of the painters, who are generally engaged for such assignments, were unavailable during the ongoing lockdown. As an alternative mechanism, printed banners in flex were installed at a number of locations. “While the messages are largely bilingual, a lot of focus has been laid on the use of Hindi as a lot of workers are more proficient in reading Hindi,” said the DMRC.

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Painters were unavailable for making such messages because of the lockdown, said DMRC. (Representational Image). Pixabay

At present, the corporation is carrying out construction at about five to six different sites in the city including work sites of Dhansa, Airport Express Line expansion work in Dwarka as well as sites/casting yards for Phase 4 projects.

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It said that all guidelines set by the government agencies are being implemented while resuming works and contractors and workers are being sensitised about the precautionary guidelines at the beginning of work during the tool workshops.

“Displays with the necessary information regarding social distancing have been installed at the sites. Masks, sanitizers and thermal scanners have been made available at the sites as well. DMRC’s engineers are keeping a very close eye at the sites to ensure all norms are followed,” it said. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Launches Campaign to Reduce Spread of Fake News Amid COVID-19

The campaign aims to curb fake news amid COVID-19

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WhatsApp launched a new education campaign to curb the spread of fake news during the ongoing pandemic. Pixabay

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Friday launched a new “check it before you share it” education campaign, expanding its efforts to reduce spread of misinformation on its platform amid COVID-19 pandemic.

This campaign acts as a simple reminder that it is the responsibility of everyone to double check the facts before forwarding messages to flatten the misinformation curve, WhatsApp said.

It tries to inculcate behaviour that urges users to gain more information about the messages they receive through any of the many ways, like reaching out to the MyGov helpline to receive crucial updates or searching the web.

“This campaign helps convey our collective responsibility and the need to always verify before sharing information,” Shivnath Thukral, India Head of Public Policy for WhatsApp, said in a statement.

WhatsApp announced the MyGov helpline (+919013151515) last month.

To promote the MyGov helpline, the WhatsApp campaign conveys the precautionary measures that people should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like to cough in elbows, stay home, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and to keep social distancing.

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“This campaign helps convey our collective responsibility and the need to always verify before sharing information,” said Shivnath Thukral, India Head of Public Policy for WhatsApp in a statement. Pixabay

People will be able to see these ads on Facebook and Instagram, and message the helpline with just one tap, WhatsApp said.

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In a bid to curb misinformation related to COVID-19, WhatsApp, which has 400 million users in India, last month said it would limit frequently forwarding messages to 1 chat at a time.

WhatsApp has faced scrutiny as rumours spread on the platform have been linked to several mob killings in India.

The instant messaging platform, however, said that 90 per cent of messages sent are between two people and it has seen a significant increase in the amount of voice and video calling across India during the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)