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Mutilation of 2 Indian soldiers by Pakistan: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev calls for ‘100 heads’ for each Indian soldier’s death

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New Delhi, May 4, 2017: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday said India should “not shy away from beheading 100, if they cut off the head of even one of our soldiers” – on the killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.

Addressing an annual press conference of his Patanjali brand of consumer goods, Ramdev told the media that India should “follow Israel’s cue and behead 100, if they decapitate even one or two of our soldiers”.

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“I have seen the relatives of those soldiers crying and asking why my child’s body was mutilated,” he said. India has accused the Pakistani army of Monday’s killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.

Continuing in the same vein, he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “patriotism is in his blood and he won’t flinch from following his duty”.

On his brand Patanjali, Ramdev said by next year the homegrown label will have a production capacity of Rs 60,000 crore. Presently, he said, it is Rs 30,000 crore.

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He said that Chinese products “must be boycotted”, and cited the boycotting of foreign goods called for by Mahatma Gandhi and Chandrashekhar Azad during British rule.

“Even if one is supposed to shell out a few paise more for ‘swadeshi’ products, he must do so. We require a general will power for the boycotting of Chinese goods.. Foreign companies have always looted India,” Ramdev said, and gave the example of the East India Company run by the British during the colonial period as one of ‘plunderers’.

He also accused multinational brands like Colgate, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, of “hoarding capital worth over Rs 50 lakh crore in India”. (IANS)

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Women of Pakistan Protest Against Workplace Harassment, Child Marriage

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded "the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country"

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, women took to the streets across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, child marriage ‘honour killings, wage inequalities and limited political representation.

Organisers hope that the “aurat march” (women’s march) and “aurat azadi march” (women’s liberation march) will draw attention to the struggle for reproductive, economic, and social justice across in Pakistan, reports the Guardian.

The first “Aurat March” was held last year in Karachi; this time, the rally has been extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana and Hyderabad.

The aim is to reach ordinary women in factories, homes and offices, says Nighat Dad, an “aurat march” organiser in Lahore.

“We want an organic movement by women demanding equal access to justice and ending discrimination of all kinds.”

Speakers at the Lahore march ranged from a woman fighting to reform marriage laws to the women who worked on the landmark Punjab Domestic Workers’ Act — a legislation that outlaws child labour in homes and provides maternity benefits to workers.

Another activist, Leena Ghani, noted that Pakistani women have a history of taking to the streets, famously during military dictator Zia ul-Haq’s martial law in the 1980s.

Krishna Kumari works in her office in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 12, 2018. VOA

While Pakistan has made major strides towards gender equality, poorer, marginalised women and transgender citizens continue to struggle, Ghani added.

Designer Shehzil Malik created a series of striking posters for the “aurat march” that counter typical representations of Pakistani women as docile and subservient.

Women are also protesting against discriminatory policies in universities, where male and female students are afforded different levels of freedom, the Guardian said.

A Pakistani university recently caused a furore on social media by banning women from wearing skinny jeans and sleeveless shirts.

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In his message on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing women a safe environment so that they could contribute to the country’s development, Dawn news reported.

“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring women a secure and enabling environment to play their rightful role in our nation’s development.”

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded “the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country”. (IANS)