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Lucknow: A day after a youth was killed in Kannauj,the constituency of Dimple Yadav, wife of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, violence flared up.The situation was averse on Friday as told by the police.

Amid heavy police deployment in the district, mobs vandalized many business establishments in some areas including Makrandnagar and looted some shops.

Many vehicles that were passing by were also targeted.

Violence broke out in Kannauj late Thursday when a youngster was accidentally sprayed with dry colour (gulaal). His friends bashed up the youth though he tried to explain that this had happened as colour was being thrown during the procession to immerse the idols of Goddess Durga.

Many in the crowd later told the police that soon after people from a community started harassing some girls and women when the procession was at Lakhan Tiraha.

To disperse the unruly mob, Police Inspector Bhullan Yadav told the police to move the procession at speed, prompting people to bash him up. Senior police officials then rushed to the spot to control the situation but by then some miscreants fired at the procession from roof tops in the Chudi Wali Gali.

Mahesh Kushwaha and Apoorva Gupta received gun shot wounds. Gupta is undergoing treatment, but Mahesh succumbed to his injuries. Following the incident, religious procession and prayers were stopped as a mark of protest.

Tension is high but the situation is under control,” a home department official told.

Some people have been arrested with regard to their role in the incident, the official added.

(IANS)

 

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Women from Less Affluent Neighbourhoods More Prone to Violence

The research adds to the evidence that economic inequality and deprivation, even at a neighbourhood level, increases a woman's risk of experiencing abuse

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Sexual violence in neighborhood can affect the mental health of women. Pexels
Sexual violence in neighborhood can affect the mental health of women. Pexels

Women who spend longer periods of their early lives in less affluent neighbourhoods are at a greater risk of experiencing violence during their early adulthoods at the hands of their intimate partners, according to a new study.

The research, led by the University of Oxford with the University of Bristol in the UK, looked at the participants of Bristol’s Children of the 90s study who were followed from birth and reported on their experiences of intimate partner violence between ages 18 and 21.

The researchers examined the level of deprivation in women’s neighbourhoods over the first 18 years of their lives.

“This is the first UK study, to our knowledge, to demonstrate that long-term exposure to deprived neighbourhoods appears to be an important factor contributing to increased risks of violent victimisation in young women by their partners,” said the study’s senior author David Humphreys from the University of Oxford.

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A scene from Afghanistan’s Palwasha TV series, a show that draws attention to the issue of violence against women. (Representational image). Flickr

The study, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that women who had lived in the most deprived neighbourhoods for longer durations over their childhoods were 36 per cent more likely to experience intimate partner violence between ages 18 and 21.

They also experienced this violence more frequently than women who had spent less or no time living in the deprived neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood deprivation is often thought to increase this risk, in part because neighbourhoods with fewer social and economic resources tend to have higher rates of public forms of violence, like burglary and vandalism.

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“Intimate partner violence is a major public health problem in the UK and beyond. To develop more effective prevention strategies, we need a better understanding of what causes this violence in the first instance,” said the study’s lead author Alexa Yakubovich.

The research adds to the evidence that economic inequality and deprivation, even at a neighbourhood level, increases a woman’s risk of experiencing abuse. (IANS)