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Chandigarh, March 09, 2017: The plight of Indian women is getting bigger with their husbands abandoning them and settling abroad. Some of these women remained unvoiced over the issue and have lost everything at the cost of marrying an NRI husband. It’s the dream of every father to marry her daughter in a reputable and wealthy family; however, such is not the case in India. The dreams of castles and greenbacks seemed to have been wrecked after the banishment of the wives by their NRI husbands. Not only are these women banished but also are being tortured, face domestic abuse and exploited financially. In the midst of such a pervasive problem, there are some social activists who are working from dawn to dusk to make these women’s lives better.
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A reporter from Newsgram, Naina Mishra contacted Ms. Amanjot Roomawalia, (daughter of minister jail Uttar Pradesh Balwant Singh Roomawalia) the head of the NGO Helping Hapless. She is helping the afflicted women retrieve from the melancholy.
The problem of these women is raging with no one to pay heed to their wretchedness. They have been shunned by the society and branded as ‘Outcast Wives’ in their localities. With the thousands of wives outcast by their NRI husbands, it speaks nothing more than injustice and indignity we torment our women with. The state of downhearted affairs is also a foretaste of how futile the law and order is in the country.
“I see a lot of young and beautiful girls coming to me for help. Their NRI husbands have abandoned them and the girl’s parents are living a life of misery.“, said Amanjot Kaur to Newsgram.
DOWRY – A Pervasive Treat
Dowry system is rampant in Punjab state of India where the bride’s parents give a huge value of money to the groom as a condition of marriage. Copious dowry is ruinous to the marriage system in India. Parents already splurge abundant money in marriages that in the due course they are barely left with any wealth. And when the wife meets with such a tragedy, the girl’s parents become incompetent to fight in her favor post the aftermath.
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Ms. Amanjot also accentuated the matter on dowry system in India. She cited that “It is advised to the parents of the girl to do the marriages in the utmost simplicity. It is redundant to spend huge bucks on marriages and ultimately grieving at the ill fortune of the girl. I always suggest the parents not to be lured by the materialistic pleasures and marry your daughter to a strange atmosphere.”
“In spite of transferring the property in the name of groom, parents should accredit the girl child with the property instead. This will cultivate a sense of independence in the daughter.” She further added.
Loss of Dharma
As the generations are progressing there is a loss of religious values in people. Every religion has its own values, and if at all we abide by these values – it is firm that we will respect humanity in all the forms. Our dharma edifies us to carry out good deeds and paves way towards enlightening others path. Conversely, it is ethically wrong to treat bride as merely a sacrificial goat in marriages.
When asked to the charity of head about the cause of the prevalent tribulation in our culture, she emphasized on the role of Dharma in shaping of an individual by quoting “I belong to the Sikh community, and I am attached to my religious principles the most. Religion doesn’t teach you bigotry. That’s the problem with the people nowadays; the quintessence of dharma has been lost”
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Brittle Legal System
It takes years to impart justice to people plagued by the accused in our country. There are many problems which our government overlooks and does nothing to alleviate such problems. “It becomes challenging for us to talk to these NRI husbands and bring them back to India, as there are certain constraints beyond which we can’t operate. What may be unlawful in our country may not be wrong in the law of the western country.” Ms. Amanjot Kaur Roomawalia stated when asked about the provisions led by the government in the matter.
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Helping Hapless – NGO
Helping Hapless is an NGO situated in Mohali, Punjab that works for the women welfare and rescuing youth enslavement in abroad. The NGO has helped few people in bringing back to India from countries like Saudi Arabia. Several camps have also been organized in Punjab to make the people aware of the problem and listen to the despondency of such girls.
Reporting by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94
By Nikhila Natarajan
In a continuing study on the effects of machine learning (ML) on public conversation, Twitter has confirmed that its algorithms amplify right-leaning political content. "In six out of seven countries - all but Germany - tweets posted by accounts from the political right receive more algorithmic amplification than the political left when studied as a group," Twitter blogged.
"Right-leaning news outlets, as defined by the independent organisations, see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets." Since 2016, Twitter users are able to choose between viewing algorithmically ordered tweets first in their home timeline or viewing the most recent tweets in reverse chronological order.
"An algorithmic home timeline displays a stream of tweets from accounts we have chosen to follow on Twitter, as well as recommendations of other content Twitter thinks we might be interested in based on accounts we interact with frequently, tweets we engage with, and more. "As a result, what we see on our timeline is a function of how we interact with Twitter's algorithmic system, as well as how the system is designed."
The new research is based on tweets of elected officials of House of Commons members in Canada, the French National Assembly, the German Bundestag, House of Representatives in Japan, Congress of Deputies of Spain, House of Commons in the UK, and official and personal accounts of House of Representatives and Senate members in the US, as well as news outlets, from April 1 to August 15, 2020.
Tweets about political content from elected officials, regardless of party or whether the party is in power, do see algorithmic amplification when compared to political content on the reverse chronological timeline. | Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash
The study was conducted by Ferenc Huszar (Twitter, University of Cambridge), Sofia Ira Ktena (now at DeepMind Technologies), Conor O'Brien (Twitter), Luca Belli (Twitter), Andrew Schlaikjer (Twitter), and Moritz Hardt (UC Berkeley).
The questions probed were:
How much algorithmic amplification does political content from elected officials receive in Twitter's algorithmically ranked Home timeline versus in the reverse chronological timeline? Does this amplification vary across political parties or within a political party?
Are some types of political groups algorithmically amplified more than others? Are these trends consistent across countries?
Are some news outlets amplified more by algorithms than others? Does news media algorithmic amplification favour one side of the political spectrum more than the other?
Tweets about political content from elected officials, regardless of party or whether the party is in power, do see algorithmic amplification when compared to political content on the reverse chronological timeline. (IANS/ MBI)
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Even as India celebrates reaching a milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccine doses, Snapdeal co-founder and COO Rohit Bansal on Friday lauded a man who facilitated 64 registrations for the vaccine on the CoWin portal. In a video shared on his Facebook and Twitter page, Bansal hailed Sonu Kumar as a "citizen celebrity".
Bansal said that Kumar not only helped "just co-workers and family but complete strangers too. With patience, empathy and uncanny jugaad". He added that Kumar joined him "many moons ago" and completed his open school from a parking lot.
"Education has helped this wonderful man enable others to get India back on track. Bravo! The CoWin portal on Thursday mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19.
"It's a cause of significant celebration and happiness," Bansal said in the video. He said that while people just help a few around them, Kumar "bridged the digital gap" for 64 people, who were finding it difficult to register themselves online on the vaccine portal. Kumar said he doesn't feel that he has contributed much towards the 100 crore vaccine dose count. "I have been able to help only 64 people, if I was able to help more I would have been happier." (IANS/ MBI)
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KAMPALA, UGANDA — Uganda has kickstarted a trial for the injectable HIV drugs cabotegravir and rilpivirine. Researchers and those living with HIV say the trial will likely end pill fatigue, fight stigma, improve adherence and ensure patients get the right dosage.
The two drugs have been in use as tablets. The World Health Organization last year licensed their use as injectables.
While the two injectables already went through trials in Europe and North America, this will be the first time they are tested in an African population for efficacy and safety in an African health care system.
Uganda is one of three African countries, along with Kenya and South Africa, which got approval from the WHO to carry out the trials. However, Kenya and South Africa have yet to acquire approvals to start their trials, expected by the end of the year.
Uganda and Kenya will both have three trial sites and there will be two in South Africa, with a total of 512 participants -- 202 from Uganda, 160 from Kenya and 150 from South Africa.
Dr. Ivan Mambule, the lead project researcher at the Joint Clinical Research Center, says participants will need one injection every two months.
"We are going to choose participants who are already on ART [anti-retroviral treatment] and are stable on ART. And we will randomize them to either continue on their normal treatment, which is the pill that they've been taking, or to switch them to this injectable. The injection is on the buttock," he expressed.
In this photo taken in Nov. 15, 2012 a patient, right, is attended to, at the US sponsored Themba Lethu, HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa Image credit: VOA
Uganda has 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Barbara Kemigisa who is living with HIV and founded the Pill Power Foundation working with rural women, says the injectable drugs will increase adherence to treatment and ensure people get the right dosage.
"One of the things that affects adherence is the fact that people have to hide medicine. In the village, people are hiding medicine in the kitchen roof, in trees, in bushes, in a baby's shoe…If someone is wrapping the medicine in like five plastic bags and digs a hole in the garden and keeps the medicine there, by the time someone is taking that medicine, it's no longer medicine, it's poison," Kemigisa points out.
Nicholas Niwagaba, who has worked with young people living with HIV welcomes the trial, saying it will reduce the pill burden and fight stigma.
"Young people feel like, this is a lot of pills to take. Those who are on the first line, they will have to take one tablet a day. There are those who are on second line and they have to take more than one pill and they have to take it in the morning and in the evening. And of course, this requires you to have actually a balanced diet which is really a challenge for most of young people especially those from vulnerable communities," he says.
According to the WHO, there are 25.7 million people living with HIV in Africa. With only the pill currently available to manage the scourge, this injectable may come as a relief for people living with HIV/AIDS. (VOA/RN)
(This article is originally by Halima Athumani)
Keywords: HIV, WHO, Africa, Research, Uganda