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Mumbai: Chalte Chalte singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya was booked on charges of rape and molestation on Thursday night at Durga Puja event, an officer said on Friday.

The incident happened during a live performance by singer Kailash Kher as part of the Lokhandwala Durga Puja Mandal, of which Bhattacharya is one of the prime movers.

Despite repeated attempts, the singer could not be contacted for his version of the incident.

The 34-year old woman claimed that owing to the huge crowds, she could not view the performance properly so she got up and was viewing it from the side.

She alleged that at the time, she felt Bhattacharya touching her inappropriately and she objected, demanding to meet police officers and lodge her complaint.

At this, Bhattacharya reportedly shouted at her and asked some women volunteers to take her to his office where he further threatened her with dire consequences and then ejected her from the show venue.

Later, the victim approached the Oshiwara Police Station which lodged a complaint against Bhattacharya for molestation and related charges.

A police officer said investigations were underway and the singer would be summoned for questioning.

 

(IANS)

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Twitter issues Apology for Censoring ‘Bisexual’ Hashtag

Twitter has been constantly brinigng out new rules for things like unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence

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San Francisco, November 6, 2017 : Twitter which updated its policies last week to fight abuse in an efficient way has come under fire for censoring LGBTQ terms like “bisexual” on its platform.

According to The Verge on Monday, while updating its policies, the micro-blogging website also censored the “bisexual” hashtag under its adult content rules.

The biggest updates on the platform included abusive behaviour, self-harm, spam and related behaviours, graphic violence and adult content.

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Angry Twitterati posted against the move.

“If you search #bisexual and click on photos or news there are no results. This is bi-erasure. @Twitter has done this. We exist,” tweeted one user.

The updates last week were part of revamp to Twitter’s policies surrounding online abuse.

Reacting to the latest controversy, Twitter posted: “We’ve identified an error with search results for certain terms. We apologize for this. We’re working quickly to resolve & will update soon”.

Earlier in October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had said that the social media platform would take a more aggressive stance in its rules and its enforcement of them.

Dorsey, in his announcement which was a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, said that the platform would develop new rules for things like unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence. (IANS)

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