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BY NEHA HEGDE
People say rape is the only crime where a woman is both the victim and the accused. We always wonder how does a rape takes place? How can people be so cruel? Well, rape is a crime that takes place within our own small world which we consider to be safe. It can be within our family, within our friends, or within our locality. We call any sexual interaction of humans without the consent of both the individuals who are involved in the act as rape. Except for the cases where both are married under the law.
Marital Rape must also be considered as rape under the law.
Indian Law does not consider Marital Rape as a crime, this seems illogical. Consent is what matters the most in our lives, without that no matter who the person is, it is disgusting. Cruelty exists and it can’t be neglected just because of the agreement of marriage. Women need to be protected in every way possible because the situation and dignity of women are crucial at this point in time. Women are suffering even under the law because of such provisions.
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Rape is not just the suffering, what happens after that also hurts women.
A woman is the human here who goes through abuses mentally, socially, and emotionally after a rape. When compared to the man, in the majority cases it is women who suffer. Not only getting raped but also upon that, women should resist the judgements on her individuality done by society. This society judges every action of a living creature. In issues like rape, Feminism is totally acceptable and there is no fault in being a feminist when needed the most. When we look at the meaning of feminism in the dictionary, it is just and fair. It is oriented towards equal rights and not related to gender dominance.
The American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie once said –
“ That there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence. The shame is on the aggressor.”
In a courtroom, it’s a challenging task for someone to prove it as a rape. Because rape is about sex and sex is something which is personal and related to individuals, unlike a public domain. Even if an act of immorality takes place, the right evidence is needed for the court to punish the accused. In this matter, figuring the evidence is a difficult task to complete. So we have a lot of cases in the world which are still hiding behind the limitations of the law, for not having accurate evidence. Not just the evidence, in India we have a lot of issues that are not even filed because of dignity and to carry the mask of pride that people put in front of society.
In the book “Brave” by Rose McGowan, she says –“ The truth of it is, the shame was not mine, and for all victims in similar situations, it is not ours. The shame is reserved for every creep who has ever touched us inappropriately. The shame is on the abuser, not the victim, not the survivor. It is tragic that so many of us have to survive this kind of crap, and I’m so sorry if it has happened to you.”
We as citizens must be aware that we won’t be the people who will judge, the suffering of being abused is known only by the person who undergoes the abuse. Any act of immorality in our society deserves punishment. It is not the clothes, actions, or any other choices of women that lead to rape. It is the brutal mindset of people to rape which leads to rape. No human deserves abuse. “Rape is the problem and women are not the problems.”
Due to a few recent issues of rape and sexual assault which created widespread media attention and triggered public protest led the Government of India to reform its penal code for rape laws. This is all in theories and words, what we need to ensure is that our reality is improvised and not just the amendment of the law.
What can be done to stop this?
The major thing we can do is to follow the philosophy of grievous punishment to grievous crimes. Humanity does matter but not in situations where a violent punishment is needed. A person who commits a brutal rape deserves to be hanged. Also, we want the speed proceedings of court and justice. We don’t want to know the result of the crime after many years. It is high time that we consider these things and implement them for a better tomorrow.
By- Sunidhi Beeliya
Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, recently brought out a report highlighting the inclination of young graduates towards learning professional communication skills. The platform has registered a massive increase of 90% in the number of enrollments, in communication skills training, within the past 1 year.
Interestingly, 63% of the overall registrations in the training were made by women learners from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad. This is a strong indicator of how women are constantly striving to learn effective communication techniques, focussing on fluency and pronunciation, avoiding communication roadblocks, and mastering their speaking, writing, presentation, English communication, and interpersonal skills for the workplace.
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The report also suggests that 49% of all the enrollments were made by the learners to gain a new skill. This could be anything from understanding the importance of body language and mastering active listening skills, to learning resume writing, cover letter writing, drafting emails, or essential interview skills. 30% of the learners' objective was to get an internship or job in future after polishing their workplace communication skills.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21. More than 62,000 internship opportunities, posted for popular profiles including content writing, business development (sales), marketing, social media marketing, and digital marketing, demanded English proficiency (spoken and written) as a major skill. This was 41% more than what employers used to look for in 2017-18.
The demand for corporate communication skills also grew exceptionally among employers hiring for various in-office or work-from-home internships in 2020-21Unsplash
As per the report, while applying for internships in popular profiles, during 2020-21, more than 6.46 lac students mentioned knowledge of English (spoken and written) as a major skill in their resume.
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Academic counselling institutions, ed-tech platforms, service providers to startups, marketing and advertising companies, and online media organisations, were the top recruiters who were looking for English proficiency in candidates for most of their intern requirements.
Emphasising on the importance of corporate communication skills for new-age learners, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala Trainings said, "The ability to express and document ideas, give and seek constructive feedback, work collaboratively, effectively listen, and show empathy, is essential for getting employed and career development. Young graduates, seeking new career avenues, must know how to communicate professionally to adapt to different organisational cultures and work environments."
"Our short-termed and self-paced trainings are designed to empower the learners to enhance their interpersonal and written communication skills essential for the workplace. The guidance of leading industry experts and practical exposure through assignments and real-world projects helps learners attain their career goals." He added.
Maharashtra produces the most exquisite hand weave in the country. These sarees are considered the most treasured fabrics among all others, and to own one is a luxury. It was mainly propagated during the time of the Mughals and is something that still lives on.
The Paithani weave is known for its tight weave. Each saree uses nearly 500 grams of pure silk and 250 grams of silver thread. These two threads are woven together in such a way that the fabric has a lustre from the silver threads. It is usually decorated with peacocks, lotus, or vine motifs.
Aurangzeb, the last Mughal ruler of India, patronized the Paithani saree to the extent that he cut off the hands of the Jamdani weavers so that more people focused on weaving the Paithani saree. The name of the saree comes from the town of Paithan in Aurangabad.
An exhibition being held at Aurangabad, 2006, attended by eminent personalities, featured paithani sarees Image source: wikimedia commons
When the Industrial Revolution set in, the weavers were put out of business. The Peshwas took it upon themselves to carry on the art and settled in a town called Yeola, which is the centre of Paithani sarees today.
The traditional Maharashtrian bride always opts for a Paithani saree because of its richness and beauty. Paithani sarees are the only ones that are exactly identical on both sides. They do not lose their lustre at any time. Even the pallu of the saree is identical on both sides. Traditional sarees are available in basic colours obtained from vegetable dyes. These days, however, with the coming of the power loom, these sarees are not so much a work of art as they used to be. But those who can afford one, still invest in the hand-woven saree which is worn on festive occasions.
Keywords: Sarees, Paithani, Mughal, Weave, Handloom, Maharashtra
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit