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Odisha Girl Gang-Raped in Presence of Fiance, 6 Arrested

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A college student was gang-raped a in presence of her fiance in Odisha's Ganjam district. Maxpixel

Bhubaneswar, October 17: Close on the heels of sensational Koraput gang-rape case, Another Odisha Girl Gang-Raped in presence of her fiance in Ganjam district, police said on Tuesday.

Six persons have been arrested for their suspected involvement in the incident.

According to police, a student of Plus-Three Second Year, hailing from Bhanjanagar of Ganjam, was allegedly gang-raped by six persons at a forest near Budhakendu Thakurani Temple in Gangapur area of the district on Monday.

The incident came to light after the victim and her fiance lodged a complaint with the police.

The accused intercepted the victim when she was returning home with her fiance after visiting the temple. They thrashed the fiance and dragged the victim to a nearby cashew forest and allegedly gang-raped her.

“I had gone to the temple with my fiance to offer prayers. When we were returning, six people dragged me to the nearby forest and thrashed my fiance. (Each) one of them raped me, whereas others filmed it,” said the victim.

“We were returning from the temple after having darshan at around 3.30 p.m on Monday. Six persons came on two bikes and intercepted us. They thrashed me and snatched away our mobile phones from us. They took her to a nearby forest and raped her,” the fiance of the victim said.

Ashish Singh, Ganjam Superintendent of Police, said: “All the six have been arrested and will be produced in the court. We are investigating the case.”

A case has been registered over the incident at Gangapur Police Station. The accused and the woman would undergo medical examination and then the accused would be produced in the court, said Utkal Keshari Dash, Bhanjanagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer.

Meanwhile, the police are yet to nab the culprits involved in Class IX girl gang-rape case in Koraput district on October 10. The victim has alleged that the four men were armed and dressed as security personnel.(IANS)

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In Somalia, Rape is a Common Sight: Labeled as Worst Country for Women

The country has brittle laws for women safety owing to which perpetrators roam free without chargeS

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Aug 11, 2017: Somalia is voted as the 5th most deadly place for women to inhabit. High maternal mortality rate, frequent rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), and limited access to healthcare facilities for women make Somalia, one of the worst countries for women.

According to the survey conducted by the ‘Human Right Watch’, rape is a common sight in Somalia. Many times, rapists are the men from the police department, which makes it even hard for the victim to raise their voice.

Many women in Somalia live in tents, which are easily accessible by outsiders. There isn’t proper electricity inside the tent which makes it difficult for the women to acknowledge the face of their rapist afterward.

As per the statistics from the United Nation, before 2013, there were 800 cases of sexual violence and rape against women in just six months, mentioned Daily Bhaskar. Although, due to under reportage of such crimes, the actual number is far fetched.

The country has brittle laws for women safety owing to which perpetrators roam free without charges. Men are never prosecuted or sentenced for committing such atrocious act.

 

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Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar feels ‘Pink’ is more of a ‘movement’ and needs to be Tax Free

This contemporary youth-centric film conveys a strong, socially-relevant message about the choices young women of today make and about respecting those

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Nairobi, 20 Sept 2016: Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar is extremely proud of “Pink” and wants the film to be exempt from entertainment tax.

“We want it to be tax-free. People have been asking us to make it tax-free. I think we are on the verge of making it tax-free,” Sircar said at a press conference.

This contemporary youth-centric film conveys a strong, socially-relevant message about the choices young women of today make and about respecting those.

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Narrated in a linear manner, the simply presented film, essentially a courtroom drama, is powerful because of its dialogues and performances.

Sircar, who is known for his content-driven films, says he would make stories only when there is some lesson to be learnt.

“People ask me ‘why don’t you do potboilers?’ But in school, I learnt only one thing — that there has to be some moral to the story. And if there is no moral, there is no point in making a film.

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Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary, “Pink” stars Amitabh Bachchan in the role of a lawyer. The film also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee in key roles.

Recently, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said that “Pink” is a “movement” that needs to be made tax-free at theatres. (IANS)

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Battling pollution or compromising on safety, Delhi women face tough choice

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New Delhi: The Delhi government’s decision to curb vehicles on the capital’s roads has given hope of battling pollution, but the measure, announced on an experimental basis, has become a cause of concern for women, who fear it would compromise their safety.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Saturday, was asked about the safety aspect when people leave their cars and take public transport.

“Would you guarantee my pocket is not picked or a woman is safe in public transport,” a male questioner asked.

Prefacing his reply with a “Delhi Police does not come under me” disclaimer, Kejriwal, who had announced on Friday that from January 1, 2016, odd and even numbers would be permitted on alternate days, said, “People are as safe in public transport as they are in private vehicles.”

Most women, while equally expressing concern about the environment, differed with the chief minister when it came to feeling safe on Delhi roads.

“I am not happy with this decision, public transport in Delhi is not very good and you have a tough time trying to take an auto-rickshaw.What are the women expected to do?” asked Diksha Saxena, an operations manager with a private firm.

“Even to walk on the roads of Delhi, you need armour.The idea sounds good but is not practical,” Saxena told a news agency.

Alka Kaushik, a freelance travel writer, said, “Its a senseless order, an imported concept which is being implemented without seeing the ground realities. Imagine, I cam use my even-number plate car one day, and the next day, I should use the insufficient public transport on the same route.If I can use public transport on a day, why not every day?

“But is that possible? Look at the route from Indirapuram (in suburban Ghaziabad) to Delhi University. The kind of people you come across while travelling, does the chief minister realise that? A car is not a convenience for me but a necessity. It is a solution to the inefficiency of authorities who could not give the people a good public transport system in all these years,” she added.

Kakoli, a Delhi government employee who did not want to give her surname, echoed this view.

“This should have been the second step.the first should have been ensuring there is a public transport system that can support half of Delhi’s population that drives on a single day,” Kakoli said.

“I am a single working woman, my car gives me the independence of movement, and to chose my working hours.If I cannot use my vehicle half of the month, what options do I have to fall back on,” she asked.

“There are couples who have two cars and have both odd and even number plates.Should I go looking for a partner with a different number plate.It is a compromise on my independence,” Kakoli maintained.

Shweta Arya, who works for a private firm, is not against using public transport but felt it was not an option if late working hours are involved.

“We cannot refuse work that spills over to late hours.If I am being asked not to use my car, what options are there? What if I need to go to hospital at a late hour? Or I have to go out of town.What are the options? ” she questioned.

Arya is however not all against the idea and suggests that the government should provide other options.

“The government must provide some options. For example if I am not using my car, there should be  a certain number of auto-rickshaws designated for our use, or there can be car pooling, the government needs to provide an alternative,” Arya told news agencies.

Ragini Jain, a home maker living in west Delhi, said while she is happy that it will mean reducing pollution, she also wondered how she will perform her day-to-day chores.

“There are numerous things to be done on a given day. Picking up children from school, getting groceries, managing a medical emergency since I have old parents at home, whom should I ask for help? Can anyone help you every day,” Jain asked.

“At the same time, I know some day we have to take a decision, for the sake of our children. Perhaps there is some more homework that needs to be done by the government,” she said.

A supportive voice, however, came from Divyani Garg, a doctor who found the idea good.

“its a good idea as per me. It’s a reasonable option to decrease the toxic levels of Delhi’s air pollution. I don’t mind the inconvenience as I am looking at the long-term benefits,” she said.

(IANS)

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