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Five most controversial bans imposed by Government in 2015

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By Harshmeet Singh

The year 2015 will be remembered for many things. From PM Modi’s frequent foreign visits and the Dadri lynching incident to the astounding victory of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and quashing of the NJAC by the SC, 2015 saw a number of controversial stories.

But few things turned out to be more controversial than the series of bans imposed by the Government on various things, each of which drew contrasting reactions from the society. To refresh your memory, NewsGram brings to you the five most controversial bans imposed by the Government in 2015.

  1. No more Maggi Maggi Maagi! (at least for a while!)

No ban turned out to be as controversial as the ban on the country’s favorite instant noodles, Maggi. It all began when the FSDA (Food Safety and Drug Administration) Lucknow reported that some packets of the Maggi noodles have been found to contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead beyond the permissible limits.

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Nestle denied all these allegations while the states across the country started to ban the product one by one, beginning with Delhi on 3 June.

To the relief of Maggi lovers, the countrywide ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court in August.

  1. Maharashtra Government bans beef

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‘Beef’ has probably been one of the most controversial words in the country in 2015. It all started with Maharashtra government’s decision to ban eating, selling or processing of red meat. Though the bill was passed by the state government in 1995 itself, it was given the green signal by the central government and president’s assent only this year.

  1. Porn ban

The Internet users in the country were in for a shock in August when they came to know about the government’s decision to ban porn websites across the country. This decision by the government came after the SC criticized the government for not doing enough to keep a check on child pornography, which is illegal. But after a massive outcry, the government was forced to retract its decision within a few days.

  1. Ban on ‘India’s daughter’

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‘India’s daughter’, a BBC documentary based on the Nirbhaya gang rape case, was banned by the government. The documentary contained an interview of one of the accused, Mukesh Singh, who showed no remorse and instead blamed the girl, forcing the government to take this step. Though BBC didn’t air the documentary in India, it was released internationally.

  1. Ban on NGOs for alleged illegal foreign funding

The central government suspended 4,470 NGOs in the country on allegations of receiving foreign funds in an illegal manner. It started with the Government freezing the accounts of Greenpeace International and trying to stop Priya Pillai, an activist associated with the NGO, from travelling abroad.

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According to the government, the licenses were cancelled for a variety of reasons, including failure to file returns and violation of the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).

 

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Food adulteration in India, the reason you need to be careful with what you eat

There is a good probability that a lot of what you eat is adulterated. Therefore, it becomes essential to cross check the purity of the things you consume

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Food adulteration in India has been highly rampant. Pixabay
  • Food adulteration has been highly rampant in India 
  • “Some of the most common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments”
  • The case of food adulteration that took the country by storm was the case of Maggi Noodles, India’s most popular snack

New Delhi, August 1, 2017: The definition of food adulteration according to the Food and Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is, “The addition or subtraction of any substance to or from food so that the natural composition and quality of food substance is affected.”

Food adulteration has been highly rampant in India. India, on a usual basis, witnesses a number of cases of people getting affected by consuming adulterated food products.

According to FSSAI, “Some of the most common adulterated foods are milk and milk products, atta, edible oils, cereals, condiments, pulses, coffee, tea, confectionery, baking powder, vinegar, besan and curry powder.”

The case of food adulteration that took the country by storm was the case of the very loved, Maggi Noodles. Maggi Noodles was found to contain a higher than the permissible level of lead and MSG. The entire nation was shocked to know that India’s most popular snack is not safe for consumption. Nutritionists suggest that consumption of lead for a long period of time can have hazardous consequences on the body.

Also read: To eat or not to eat? Think before you eat food items from these brands.

“The Annual Public Laboratory Testing Report for 2014-15 brought out by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) says that of the 49,290 samples of food items it tested, 8,469, nearly one-fifth, were found adulterated or misbranded,” suggests a report in The Hindu.

The worst part is, despite the potential of disastrous consequences of adulteration, the government is very lenient in providing punishment for the crime. Even if the culprit is caught, the system isn’t strict enough and one can easily get away.

“The reason behind the increasing trend in food adulteration practices is the poor ethical framework and lack of values. Government laws have their limits, it is the values in people that automatically resist them to do unethical practices,” says Rahul Gupta who works for the Food Corporation of India.

“In regard to milk, the demand and supply gap, and the ease with which it can be handled is what makes it the softest target of adulteration,” he mentioned.

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Sections 272 and 273 of the Indian Penal Code deal with the offense of Adulteration of Food and Drink Intended for Sale entailing a punishment of six months imprisonment or payment of Rs. 1000 fine in case of a person adulterating some food or drink, as an attempt to make the food or drink noxious, intending to sell it, or knowing the likeliness of the same being sold as a food or drink.

There is a good probability that a lot of what you eat is adulterated. Therefore, it becomes essential to cross check the purity of the things you consume. The situation is, indeed grave and one needs to be watchful!

-by Samiksha Goel of Newsgram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Village in Rajasthan Bans ‘Fashion Clothes’ and Mobiles for Women

Reportedly, a village in Rajasthan has banned fashionable clothing and mobile phones for women in an "effort to prevent sexual assaults"

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Parents have been told by the village council to forcefully implement the ban on fashionable clothes and mobiles. Wikimedia
  • A village in Rajasthan has banned all types of “fashion clothes” and use of mobile phone for women
  • The heads of the village, who have also banned the consumption and distribution of alcohol, believe these things to be a “cultural threat”
  • It is also a decision that is taken to “prevent sexual assaults”

July 16, 2017: The administrators of Baldiyapura, a village in Rajasthan, took the decision to ban ‘fashion clothes’ to be worn by the women such as jeans and tops to prevent sexual assaults.

Parents were directed by the village council to supervise that their daughters do not use mobile phones and wear western clothes. The council said that these things are ruining the local culture.

The council also threatened that these decisions are to be compulsorily implemented.

The distribution and consumption of alcohol are also banned by the council, violation of which will result in a penalty of Rs. 1000. Further, there is a reward for the informers who report the violators.

Kanasil Hariom Singh, the leader of the village council, called these things “social evils” and praised the decision of the Panchayat. He also linked the rise of sexual molestation and rape cases to the fact that women wear such clothes.

Also Read: Women Turn into Well Diggers in Drought Hit Kerala Villages

The village elders are to supervise younger one’s clothing and behaviour. The council also plans to meet on the first day of every month to see the progress after implementation.

The surrounding villages in Dholpur have raised protests, particularly the women’s groups. Dholpur’s official Vinod Kumar Meena criticised the restrictions on women but praised the ban on alcohol.

Many Indians try and correlate women’s clothing to their molestation chances. At This time when women safety is the biggest social issue domestically, such policies are an insult to the efforts of awareness by activists and feminists.

Prepared  by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394

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Turkey’s President Erdogan ignites debate by stating Family Planning is against Islamic Beliefs

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contraceptive pill. Image source VOA

Religion dominates gender equality 

The land of tulips and Santa Claus has caught into controversy. Turkey being a developing secular nation, there is no separation between the religion and the State. It is a country with 98% of Muslims, just like Pakistan. The Islamic Council in Pakistan says Pakistani husbands can ‘lightly beat’ their wives as it goes against the Islamic tradition. This has raised the issue of gender equality and left a remark on people’s minds about religion.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey recently announced that no birth control methods or family planning should be done by Muslims as it violates the Muslim traditions.

On Monday(30th May) in a televised speech he said “We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can do have such an approach

Contraceptive pills. Image source Wikipedia
Contraceptive pills. Image source Wikipedia

People have been pushing things just in the name of religion. “A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods,” the Pakistani Islamic Council report states, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper. Along with this, Pakistan had banned the broadcast of birth control advertisements which is now partially removed.

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Speaking against gender equality, Mr President has angered many women’s group in the past by dictating the exact number of children a woman should have. Cesarean births have been limited in Turkey, saying women who give birth that way generally cannot have more than one more child. And attempts to ban abortion had been taken place.

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (2nd R), the new spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims visits the Imam Ali shrine, in Najaf, 160km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, March 1, 2014. Picture taken March 1, 2014. REUTERS/ Ahmad Mousa (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION)
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (2nd R), the new spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims visits the Imam Ali shrine, in Najaf, 160km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, March 1, 2014. Picture taken March 1, 2014. REUTERS/ Ahmad Mousa (IRAQ – Tags: RELIGION)

Many such cruel steps have been taken which circle around the disenfranchising of women and her power. The recent Female Genital Mutilation too has been the main topic of discussion in many councils.

-by Vrushali Mahajan. Vrushali is pursuing her graduation in Journalism and is an intern at NewsGram. You can reach the author at twitter- Vrushali Mahajan 

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One response to “Turkey’s President Erdogan ignites debate by stating Family Planning is against Islamic Beliefs”

  1. Every religion says its our duty to save mother Earth and to serve her. Then why family planning is against Islamic beliefs? It is totally unexpectable.

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