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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.

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Over 200 Killed As 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico City

The earthquake took place on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985

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People evacuated from office buildings gather in Reforma Avenue after an earthquake in Mexico City, Sept. 19, 2017. VOA

Mexico, September 20, 2017 :  A powerful earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck Mexico city, leaving more than 200 people dead and many trapped under the collapsed buildings. At about 2.15 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, the earthquake shook central Mexico, its epicenter was 4.5 km east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 55 km south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state.

“We are facing a new national emergency,” said Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, in his first televised address following the earthquake.

The earthquake was felt far and wide. In Mexico City, there were power outages and more than 40 buildings collapsed crushing cars and trapping people inside.

Dozens of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of nearby states also.

Thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians — including college students — in Mexico City clawed through the rubble with picks, shovels and their bare hands. Windows buckled and shattered, falling several stories to the ground while thousands of people streamed into the streets running away from buildings and potential gas leaks.

People struggled to get home when power poles that toppled in the quake blocked the streets and the public transportation system temporarily shut down operations. Nearly 5 million customers were still without power early Wednesday.

The earthquake came less than two weeks after a massive 8.1-magnitude quake hit the country on September 7 and killed nearly 100.

The earthquake took place on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. Just hours before the quake hit, many people took part in drills and commemorative events.

All public and private schools in Mexico City and some of the states affected by the earthquake will remain closed until further notice, Education Minister Aurelio Nuño tweeted.

Foreign leaders sent messages of support to Mexico. US President Donald Trump, who has courted controversy with his plans for a border wall with Mexico, tweeted: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his support following the “devastating news”.

 

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