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Sketch by a 10-Year-Old Girl Victim in Delhi Sends her Rapist Uncle to Jail

Delhi court judge Vinod Yadav gave a verdict in girls' favor

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Rapist was convicted based on this sketch
Rapist was convicted based on this sketch.

New Delhi, August 27, 2017: Based on a pencil sketch of a 10-year-old child victim, Delhi court judge Vinod Yadav has taken the decision to punish her 45-year-old uncle for rape and sentenced him to 5 years in jail on June 2016.

Her uncle Akhter Ahmed, who has been jailed for sexual assault, said that the girl had been tortured to speak against him in the court. He also said that she is not a competent witness but the sketch she drew to keep herself busy during trial proceedings, made the Judge to put the rapist behind bars.

The judge gave the verdict based on, “A close scrutiny of the drawing reveals that she has depicted an abandoned house in gloomy colors, a girl carrying some balloons with intermingled threads and her dress lying removed.” The Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said that the sketch highlighted the lasting torturous impression of the sexual assault that is left on her the mind and this ruled what the uncle earlier said of her not being competent to testify against him.

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The girl’s horrifying incidence which is like a nightmare had its origin in the year 2014, the time when she moved in with her aunt from Kolkata to Delhi. Her mother died and her father (who was a drug addict) abandoned her. This is also the year when her trauma started.

Her uncle used to sexually abuse her. The little girl tried to confide in her aunt, wanted to tell her what happened with her but she thought her aunt wouldn’t listen to her. So, one day, she just ran out of the home so as to escape the torture she was dealing with. A conductor saw her on a bus in November 2014, she was sitting all alone and crying. He tried to talk to her and find out what is wrong but she didn’t say a word. Thus, he handed her over to the police, who called in the counselors for help from a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Haq Foundation.

According to NDTV report, the girl’s counselor Uzma Pravin told, “For the first few sessions the girl was not revealing what was going on in her mind but as she became more familiar, she started opening up in bits and pieces.” Uzma joined the puzzle pieces of information together and started to shape up the young girl’s narrative until she was more coherent.

But when the counselors gave her a sheet of paper, pencil, and crayons during the proceedings of the court, they thought it was a way to help the child stay busy with something and would feel less nervous about what was going on. But, one day when the young girl showed the sketch she made to the counselor Uzma Pravin, she gave it to the judge.

She said, “Her drawings revealed a lot about her. There was always something in it. Most children can’t express themselves. However, if we try to look at their drawings, we can understand them,” mentions NDTV report.

Her colleague, Bharti Ali, said that drawing therapy was one of the child-friendly practices which the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Gita Mittal encouraged foundations like Haq to undertake  Bharti Ali said that the court verdict was a kind of positive development and a moment of victory but she hoped that more judges in future could use and allow innovative methods like this.


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This Charity Organisation Helps Homeless Children During Coronavirus Pandemic

In times when people are struggling, playtime project is spreading Hope and Smiles!

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A Non-Profit Charity Organisation "Playtime project"  is continuing to help children during this pandemic.

By Kashish Rai

The whole world is facing harsh challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic and with the COVID-19 lockdown, children don’t have access to museums and parks like they did before.

A Non-Profit Charity Organisation “Playtime project”  is continuing to help children during this pandemic!

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The main goal of the charity organization is to provide homeless children and those living in shelters with playrooms and fun activities and take care of them.

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In times when people are struggling, playtime project is spreading Hope and Smiles!

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Children Who Experience Trauma and Abuse Likely to Have Heart Disease: Study

Family abuse in childhood tied to heart attacks, strokes as adult

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People exposed to the highest levels of childhood family environment adversity were more than 50 per cent more likely to have a cardiovascular disease event such as a heart attack or stroke over a 30-year follow-up. Pixabay

Parents, read this carefully. Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s, warn researchers.

Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the study showed people exposed to the highest levels of childhood family environment adversity were more than 50 per cent more likely to have a cardiovascular disease event such as a heart attack or stroke over a 30-year follow-up.

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“This population of adults is much more likely to partake in risky behaviours – for example, using food as a coping mechanism, which can lead to problems with weight and obesity,” said first author Jacob Pierce from Northwestern University in the US.

“They also have higher rates of smoking, which has a direct link to cardiovascular disease,” Pierce added.

The longitudinal research of more than 3,600 participants described the trajectory of cardiovascular disease and death based on family environment ratings from young adulthood into older middle age.

Children who experience this type of adversity are predisposed to higher rates of lifelong stress, smoking, anxiety, depression and sedentary lifestyle that persist into adulthood.

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Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s. Pixabay

These can lead to increased body mass index (BMI), diabetes, increased blood pressure, vascular dysfunction and inflammation, the researchers said.

The findings showed that adults who were exposed to these risk factors as children may benefit from counselling on the link between coping with stress and controlling smoking and obesity, but more research is needed.

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“Early childhood experiences have a lasting effect on adult mental and physical well-being, and a large number of American kids continue to suffer abuse and dysfunction that will leave a toll of health and social functioning issues throughout their lives,” said senior author Joseph Feinglass.

“Social and economic support for young children in the US, which is low by the standards of other developed countries, has the biggest ‘bang for the buck’ of any social programme,” Feinglass noted. (IANS)

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Support 50 Million Deeply Deprived Indians in the Post COVID 19 Period Campaign For Societal Intervention

During the COVID 19 crisis many NGOs have come up to help the people in need

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As India is now passing through tremendous stress due to COVID 19 crisis and the consequent prolonged lockdown, the most affected are those living below poverty line. Pixabay

By N.S.Venkataraman

As  India is now passing through tremendous  stress due to COVID 19 crisis and the consequent prolonged lockdown , the most affected  are those living below poverty line, who constitute around 20% of national population ( around  250 million people).

Who are deeply deprived persons ?:

Amongst these affected people, the deeply deprived persons constituting around 50 million of national population consist of the physically disabled persons , visually impaired, hearing / speech impaired and mentally retarded persons, aged people in poor health , destitute women and section of self  employed people with no skill such as rag pickers.

Even in normal times, these deeply deprived people  live in desperate conditions without knowing as to where their next meal would come from.  These people have been surviving due to the freebies such as free rice etc. extended by the government as well as welfare  pension  such as old age pension etc. Without such freebies and pension support from the government , most of  these people would have lost their lives due to poverty and sickness.

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The governments can continue to extend support such as free rice , pension etc. as given in the normal times after COVID 19 period , which would not be adequate to sustain the deeply deprived person. Pixabay

Help extended during COVID 19 crisis :

During the COVID 19 crisis, central and state governments  as well as non government organisations , voluntary bodies  and kind hearted individuals have been doing their level best to support these deeply deprived 50 million people all over India, by extending support in various forms.

Obviously, the government and non  government bodies would not be able to extend support that were extended during the COVID 19 crisis,  after the COVID 19 period, as they would run out of funds.

Need for support in post COVID 19 period :

The governments can continue to extend support such as free rice , pension etc. as given in the normal times after COVID 19 period , which would not be adequate to sustain the deeply deprived  persons , in view of their  extensive sufferings during the COVID 19 crisis.

For example, large number of visually impaired persons and differently abled persons survive during the normal times by selling assorted items in running trains or platforms etc. Other deeply deprived persons normally would involve themselves in some activities or other to get some marginal income to sustain themselves , even as they get support from government by way of free rice and welfare pension. All these deeply deprived people have lost such marginal income during the lockdown period.

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In recent years, it is seen there is enormous interest amongst most of these deeply deprived  people to atleast educate their children , so that they can  take up jobs to uplift their families. They have to be supported, as adequately educating the children of poor families is the best way of uplifting the poor and downtrodden families.

In the post COVID 19 scenario, due to the income lost during the lockdown period, these deeply deprived people are now facing desperate conditions and they will not be able to come out of this distressed conditions without support from society.

What strategy to help in post COVID 19 period :

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During the COVID 19 crisis, central and state governments as well as non government organisations , voluntary bodies and kind hearted individuals have been doing their level best to support these deeply deprived 50 million people all over India, by extending support in various forms. Pixabay

A strategy has to be worked out by the people in the affordable income group,  to  help these 50 million people  to survive .

In such conditions, one remembers  the “Pidi Arisi Thittam” (plan for giving handful of rice) suggested by His Holiness Kanchi Paramacharya. (pontiff of Sankara Mutt in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu who passed away around  two decades back)

Knchi Paramacharya, suggested to people to set apart   handful of rice every day,  so that it can be used for preparing offerings to the deity (Naivedya)  and later distributed  to the poor and downtrodden people. This advice of Kanchi Paramacharya has to be extended a little more in the post COVID 19 scenario.

Let every family maintain a small hundi in the residence  and whenever the family members take  lunch or dinner every day , let every family  remember the plight of 50 million deeply deprived people and deposit a small amount , whatever they can afford , in the hundi.

Let each family identify  one poor family who are part of the 50 million deeply deprived people and handover the sum deposited in the hundi to them every month.

If every family in the affordable income group would adopt such helpful attitude and practice, it will help in a very big way the deeply deprived  people to find a way out for themselves and enable their  children to undergo education  to occupy the rightful place in the society as they grow up.

This is an ideal method of helping the deeply deprived people and  to derive huge satisfaction for every one of the donor.

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If individual family in the affordable income group,  would not have the time or contact to identify such deeply deprived  people, then, the deposited amount in the hundi every month, can be handed over to any NGO for  providing to the needy  people  and get a receipt to be submitted to the donor.

The ideal arrangement for the donor would be to contact the deprived  family, personally talk to them in an encouraging way and provide the sum to them every month , whatever  the amount  may be, so that the deeply deprived  families would not  get a feeling of isolation and gain confidence that they are part of the  society.