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Gurdip Singh not among 4 drug convicts executed in Indonesia, says Sushma Swaraj

Gurdip Singh was not executed on 28th July, Thursdsay in Indonesia.

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  • Gurdip was headed to New Zealand for employment but was cheated by his agent and landed in Indonesia
  • While Gurdip had luck on his side, this time, the review petitions of the other four were denied
  • India is trying to get leniency for him, whereas the officials in Jakarta are making an effort to ensure that all the sources of help are exhausted before the execution

Gurdip Singh a resident of Jalandhar, Punjab; with 13 others was arrested at Soekarno Hatta Airport on August 29, 2004, for the charges of drug trafficking. At the hearing of this case in the Tangerang Court, the prosecutor requested for a 20 years imprisonment but was awarded a death sentence in February 2005 instead.

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India is trying to get leniency for him, whereas the officials in Jakarta are making an effort to ensure that all the sources of help are exhausted before the execution. The execution took place on Thursday, July 28, reported indiatoday.in.

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj. Image source: huffingtonpost.in

But Indian Ambassador in Indonesia informed the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj that Gurdip who’s execution was fixed for Thursday night did not happen. Whereas, the other four convicts were executed.

According to the indiatoday.in report, the legal representative of Gurdip Singh, Afdhal Muhammad was planning to file for a Presidential clemency, under the Indonesian law, before it’s President. The embassy has also stepped in and sent a verbal note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia for the same.

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His family is really tensed but also thanked the government for its efforts. His wife said she spoke to him some time back and he seemed to be ok but wanted to return home. She and her family appeal to the government to further help him out and bring him back to the country. His wife also said that Gurdip was headed to New Zealand for employment but was cheated by his agent and landed in Indonesia. According to her, he was made to do the crime as they did not give him his passport, reported HT.

While Gurdip had luck on his side, this time, the review petitions of the other four were denied. Two Nigerians, one Senegalese and an Indonesian were executed on Thursday. Pakistan is also in constant talk with the Indonesian officials to review the case of Zulfiqar who is a Pakistani National convicted for the same crime.

According to the legal team of one of the Nigerians, Humphrey Jefferson Ejike; the decision was not fair. They also added further that their client had been tortured which had proof and this was a sign of racism.

– prepared by Rasika Iyer of NewsGram. Twitter: @Rasikaiyer93

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Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls

Two in five adolescent girls are thin due to undernutrition

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Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls
Poor Nutritional Knowledge Fuels Malnutrition Among Indonesian Girls, Pixabay

From fears that eating chicken wings makes it hard to find a husband to beliefs that pineapple jeopardizes fertility, a host of food taboos are fueling malnutrition among Indonesian girls, experts said as they launched an adolescent health drive.

Nutritionists said girls ate very little protein, vegetables or fruit, preferring to fill up with rice and processed snacks which were often sweet or fried.

“Indonesian girls are being left behind when it comes to nutrition,” said Kecia Bertermann of Girl Effect, a non-profit that uses mobile technology to empower girls.

“They don’t understand why their health is important, nor how nutrition is connected to doing well at school, at work or for their futures.”

The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF says Indonesia has some of the world’s most troubling nutrition statistics.

Two in five adolescent girls are thin due to undernutrition, which is a particular concern given many girls begin childbearing in their teens.

Two in every five girl is malnutritioned
Two in every five girl is malnutritioned, Pixabay

Experts said the food taboos were part of a wider system of cultural and social habits leading to poor adolescent nutrition, which could impact girls’ education and opportunities.

One myth is that cucumber stimulates excessive vaginal discharge, another that eating pineapple can prevent girls from conceiving later on or cause miscarriages in pregnant women.

Others believe spicy food can cause appendicitis and make breast milk spicy, oily foods can cause sore throats and peanuts can cause acne, while chicken feet – like chicken wings – can cause girls to struggle finding a husband.

Research by Girl Effect found urban girls ate little or no breakfast, snacked on “empty foods” throughout the day and thought feeling full was the same as being well nourished.

Snacks tended to be carbohydrate-heavy, leaving girls short of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Girl Effect is teaming up with global organization Nutrition International to improve girls’ eating habits via its Springster mobile app, a platform providing interactive content for girls on health and social issues.

If successful, the initiative could be expanded to the Philippines and Nigeria.

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nougat, Pixabay

Experts said Indonesia was a country with “a double burden of malnutrition” with some people stunted and others overweight but also lacking micronutrients.

Marion Roche, a specialist in adolescent health at Nutrition International, said the poor nutritional knowledge among girls was particularly striking given infant nutrition had improved in Indonesia.

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“Adolescent girls don’t know what healthy looks like, as health is understood as the absence of illness,” she said. “We need to give them the knowledge to make healthy choices.” (VOA)