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Mumbai couple raid: A ban on love?

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mumbai1By Ridham Gambhir

Knock knock! Who is it?

Not Don, but Mumbai Police to arrest consenting adults for their “indecent behavior in public”. Since when has spending time within four walls of a room become an ‘indecent‘ and ‘public’ event?

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Recently, Malwani Police rounded up 40 couples from hotel rooms in Madh Island and Aksa. The police made some of them call up their parents. Finally, they had to pay a fine of Rs. 1200, bear the limitless humiliation and were allowed to leave after 5 hours.

Women are raped in public buses. People take bribe in government institutions. Terrorists escape and child trafficking goes undiscovered. Putting all this aside, the police decided to reprimand couples for making love consensually and that too within four walls.

Over fifty men urinate in public areas and sometimes even on walls that broadly announce a fine for urinating but, the police doesn’t insult or take anybody to police station for urinating. They find it better to admonish couples for having intercourse within a room than controlling the former that is worse than such a “public indecency”.

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A still from Fifty Shades of Grey

Welcome to India! This is a country that gave the world’s ancient sex compendium, Kama Sutra but banned the screening of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The entire nation held out candles and marched for Nirbhaya while our government chose to ban India’s Daughter, a documentary based on that horrific gang rape because it featured anti-women statements by one of the rapists. It is as if the government implies that rape is fine, but confabulating about anti-women issues is a big no-no!

While countries abroad are fighting for legalization of same-sex marriage, the Indian government is barring its people from even hearing the word “lesbian”. The Central Board of Film Certification asked the makers of Dum Laga Ke Haisha to mute the word “lesbian”. Good going!

A still from Dum Laga Ke Haisha
A still from Dum Laga Ke Haisha

The Mumbai raid was conducted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner (Zone XI) Vikram Deshpande around 3 pm on Thursday. The couples were made to call their parents and were made to stay in the police station till 10 pm. One of the couples lambasted the police for they were engaged and were horrified at such an intrusion.

Our government ought to take truck loads of bed sheets and drape the Khajuraho temples to protect the public morality. After all, from erotic sculptures to sex positions, everything is well embellished in that temple.

 

Khajuraho Temple
Khajuraho Temple

While Kamlesh Vaswani caused the porn ban, a Delhi-based lawyer dragged Snapdeal.com to court for selling sex toys and accessories. Have these lawyers ever wondered that by banning such items, will people cease to have sex?

Gandhi ji ke 3 Bandar remain a well-etched memory for us. However, our government ought to amend it and rather say, Bura na dekho, bura na suno aur bura na karo.

Dear couples, in case you are married and are planning to go to a dinner, do carry your marriage certificate along with you. And couples who aren’t married, let’s observe a 2-minute silence for you. Ultimately, you can neither go to a park nor to a hotel room.

So what can be the prospective ban? Banana for its obscene shape?

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Swiss Government Bans All Public Events in The Country Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The United Nations is unsure how the Swiss Federal Council's decision will affect large-scale events scheduled to take place on its premises

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As of Friday morning, the WHO reported more than 83,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, including 2,058 deaths. It reported 4,351 cases in 49 countries outside China, and 67 deaths. VOA

The Swiss government is taking the unprecedented step of banning all public events that have more than 1,000 people in response to a growing number of cases of coronavirus in the country.

The latest number of reported cases of coronavirus infections in Switzerland is 19. An estimated 100 people are in quarantine.

The ban, expected to extend until at least mid-March, has interrupted a number of events, but Swiss authorities say the government’s top priority is to protect the population.

The ban comes in the middle of carnival season, which draws thousands of merrymakers to Swiss towns and villages. One of the biggest casualties is the Geneva International Motor Show, which was scheduled to run March 5 to 15, and attracts about 500,000 visitors every year.

The United Nations is unsure how the Swiss Federal Council’s decision will affect large-scale events scheduled to take place on its premises. For now, the Human Rights Council is the only mass gathering at the U.N. in Geneva.

U.N. Spokesman Rolando Gomez says the news is fresh and he does not know how it will play out. The council session, which examines human rights violations around the world, is due to last until March 20.

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The Swiss government is taking the unprecedented step of banning all public events that have more than 1,000 people in response to a growing number of cases of coronavirus in the country. VOA

“Obviously, you well know there are well over 1,000 participants at the council,” he said.

Switzerland’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed Tuesday in the Ticino region, which has cross-border traffic with Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country. The World Health Organization says Italy now has 400 cases of coronavirus, and numbers are continuing to rise.

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As of Friday morning, the WHO reported more than 83,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, including 2,058 deaths. It reported 4,351 cases in 49 countries outside China, and 67 deaths.  Nigeria, the most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa, just reported its first case of coronavirus, as did Mexico. (VOA)

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Facebook To Ban Misleading Ads Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Facebook cancelled the event scheduled from March 9-12, to be attended by over 5,000 participants

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The death toll in China's novel coronavirus epidemic climbed to 2,715 with 52 new fatalities while the confirmed cases rose to 78,064. VOA

Facebook on Wednesday announced to ban ads related to coronavirus that promise to cure, prevent or spread panic among the users around COVID-19.

The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus epidemic climbed to 2,715 with 52 new fatalities while the confirmed cases rose to 78,064.

“We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention,” the social networking giant told Business Insider.

“We also have policies for surfaces like Marketplace that prohibit similar behaviour.”

Facebook earlier said it will remove misinformation about coronavirus from both its platform as well as photo-sharing service Instagram.

Coronavirus derailed Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco next month.

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Facebook on Wednesday announced to ban ads related to coronavirus that promise to cure, prevent or spread panic among the users around COVID-19. Pixabay

Facebook cancelled the event scheduled from March 9-12, to be attended by over 5,000 participants.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” a spokesperson said.

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“Facebook is committed to holding the event in San Francisco in the future,” the company added. (IANS)

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Mercy for the Nirbhaya Rapists?

Gender discrimination is the root of many evils. While keeping the aspiration of females down, certain males have committed many wrongs in the past.

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The Nirbhaya incident in Delhi was “instrumental” in bringing about a kind of gender awareness renaissance in India.

By Salil Gewali

Gender discrimination is the root of many evils. While keeping the aspiration of females down, certain males have committed many wrongs in the past. Apart from various kinds of physical tortures, the mental tortures undergone by defenseless females are endless. Within the confinement of four-walls innumerable sins are still being committed which mostly go unreported. However, it was Nirbhaya’s rape incident in Delhi that was “instrumental” in bringing about a kind of gender awareness renaissance in India. Post-Nirbhaya incident, a lot many changes in the laws have been made. The safety and security of women have been prioritized, the nation-wide the whole police departments have been sensitized, to a greater extent the road transportation has been made women-friendly.

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The public is right and more sensible now to point out the “hard cruelty” with which the gang had sexually tortured Nirbhaya that night.

Thanks to the countless number of protests across the country condemning the six rapists. The people from all walks of life came together and relentlessly pressurized the government that the Nirbhaya convicts must be awarded capital punishment. Media’s contribution in the campaign is immeasurable. Alas, India’s judiciary is so annoyingly slow it has taken over 7 years to pronounce the death sentence.

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Advocate Indira Jaising suggested that the convicts of Nirbhaya rape case could be “forgiven” by the parents.

However, now nothing could be so mind-blowing than the flood of condemnation against the comments by a veteran advocate and social activist Indira Jaising. Without a sense of guilt and potential backlash, she suggested that the convicts be “forgiven” by the parents. Jaising’s idea has clearly touched a raw nerve of the major population in the country. People’s anger is spilled well over social media. What is most noteworthy is the scathing condemnation directly from the horse mouth — the mother Asha Devi. A very bold lady, who determinedly fought for justice for so many years, thunders – “Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? The whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims,” Asha Devi aptly further adds — “Can’t believe how Jaising even dared to suggest such this; I met her many times over the years in Supreme Court, “not once” she asked for my well-being and today she is speaking for convicts. Such people earn a livelihood by supporting rapists; hence rape incidents don’t stop,”

The latter comments by the Nirbhaya’s mother clearly hint the doubt at the “integrity” of the advocate Ms. Jaising. How on earth that one who has not spoken a word of sympathy in spite of many encounters in the court can reserves the right to suggest that which offends the distressed victim party. Asha Devi deserves a salute for her boldness. Yes, India Jaising is one of the advocates who knocked the door of the Chief Justice of India in the middle of the night in July 2015 in order to seek the mercy for the dreaded terrorist Yakub Menon.

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In 2015, the Delhi Government proposed to award the Nirbhaya juvenile convicts with Rs 10000/- and a sewing machine.

Again, here is another bombshell to drop which many of us may have forgotten. Can we ever “forgive” for the shocking proposal in 2015 by Delhi Government to award the Nirbhaya juvenile convicts with Rs 10000/- and a sewing machine?  Who has approved such bizarre ideas and which leaders are responsible? What kind of lesson should the citizens take from this?

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I think the public is right and more sensible now to point out the “hard cruelty” with which the gang had sexually tortured Nirbhaya that night. They had used the iron-rod to inflict deep injuries upon the girl which is unspeakable, which is very unpardonable. So, given the increasing cases of rapes and subsequent inhumane cruelty and cold-blooded killings, Capital punishment can be the only answer and “one of the deterrents”. Before the divine retribution, the hard rod of punishment should not be spared at all. 

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali