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Mexico City Metro teach its commuters a lesson on Sexual Harassment

Above the seat, a sign reads: "It's uncomfortable to sit here but it doesn't compare with the sexual violence that women suffer in their everyday lives

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Mexico City, March 29, 2017: Sexual Harassment is an evil which has terrorized each and every woman at some stage of their lives; be it the workplace, educational institutions, in public places or even at home, this social evil seems to be omnipresent. But instead of combating this immorality, we’ve acclimatized to it as a new normal or Chalta Hai in Hindi. Our apathy towards this nefarious practice has contributed so well to its magnitude that its reach now covers 90 percent of the women worldwide. Yes, 90 percent of the women have somewhere and somehow witnessed the wrath of sexual harassment. The remaining 10 percent are I guess small girls who are being ready to be exposed in a society where male chauvinism, patriarchy, and misogyny hold their heads sky high.

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At the same time, when someone stands up to confront and combat this demented psychology, a ray of hope enters in the heart. And when this ray of hope reaches our heart with the effort of a government, that ray transforms into a rising sun which will fade away the darkness of denial that people have engulfed within.

Mexico City Metro has gone viral after installing a ‘penis seat’ on one of its trains. The stunt – which is part of a campaign against sexual harassment – has made more than a few commuters feel extremely uncomfortable.

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The campaign video shows people’s reactions as they sit on the chair, which has been moulded into the shape of a man’s chest and groin area. Some sit down without noticing, only to jump up as soon as they realise what is between their legs, others try to cover it up with their jackets in order to sit down and some just look away in disgust – but this is the whole point of the campaign.

Above the seat, a sign reads: “It’s uncomfortable to sit here but it doesn’t compare with the sexual violence that women suffer in their everyday lives. 9 out of 10 women in Mexico City have been victims of some form of sexual violence.”

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It’s definitely an attention-grabbing stunt that we approve of, especially if it gets more eyes on that shocking statistic.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas.

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA
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Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

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Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)