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Man made religion, a set of moral principles and ethical guidelines so that he could evolve into a better human being with the passage of time. In fact, a religious man would be considered cultured and highbrow. But every society needs some kind of reform with time (duh), for what was considered alright hundreds of years ago might not be desirable today.
For instance, in 12th century orthodox Christians would burn people alive at the stake so as to combat ‘heresy’. In ancient India, a Hindu widow would be compelled to immolate herself on her husband’s pyre under an obsolete funeral system, namely Sati. This savagery shockingly continued for several hundred years. The practice was in fact initially legalized by the colonial British officials specifying conditions when Sati was allowed.
Needless to mention, the real place of these barbaric, inhuman practices was in the dustbins of history and this is where they rest now.
However, would it have been possible if the society had refused to reform itself and evolve?
No religion in this world is perfect. Remember it was made by ‘man’ keeping in mind the ‘needs of the man’. The woman’s real place was in the kitchen, as a sexual object and slave, serving those needs of men, with no right to inheritance and property. She was supposed to quietly acquiesce to her husband’s multiple marriages, burn herself to death when he died and accept divorce on trivial grounds when her spouse uttered the word ‘Talaq’ thrice. How easy is it for some to break the nuptial bond and abandon their consorts at the drop of a hat? Talaq, talaq, talaq – that’s it.
Article 44 of the Constitution, which is one of the Directive Principles of State Policy, says: “The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.”
Polygamy could be a good thing for men, but for women it could have disastrous consequences. Imagine the plight of women who live on the whims and fancies of men with no protection from courts of law and society.
Men have two potent weapons in their hands thanks to their religious laws. First, they can marry up to four women as their Holy book allows it. Second, getting rid of their wives is duck soup for them thanks to the ‘Triple Talaq’ practice. And when the hapless women knock on the door of the courts for justice, the latter express their inability to provide succor to them citing the absence of a Uniform Civil Code.
With regard to polygamy, the Holy Quran states there are conditions that must be met, including treating each wife with justice, fairness and equality. But, who is going to ensure that the men do not misuse the rights granted to them? There have even been cases in India when Hindu men converted to Islam because it allowed them to commit bigamy.
Besides causing financial woes to the women, polygamy also makes them suffer from negative emotions like neglect, jealousy, depression, angry tantrums or even illnesses. This completely goes against the principles of gender equality. But when it comes to women’s rights the situation is more or less the same in the world.
Even the Constitution of the United States says, “All men are born equal,” while maintaining a conspicuous silence about the social status of the women. Therefore, seeking gender equality by doing away with discriminatory, obsolete social customs should not be seen as an attempt to curtail one’s religious freedom. Verily, we all should aim for equality for all human beings irrespective of their caste, creed, sex, religion and colour.
But this is not what happens in India when the issue of Uniform Civil Code i.e. a common set of laws governing personal matters for all citizens of the country, irrespective of religion, is raised. Currently, different laws regulate these aspects for adherents of different religions. All of these Hindu, Muslim, Christian laws need urgent reforms in view of rampant discrimination against women.
In fact, Article 44 of the Constitution, which is one of the Directive Principles of State Policy, says:
“The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.”
So, when the Gujarat high court made a strong pitch for a uniform civil code on Thursday, calling for the abolition of polygamy in Muslim society in India as it’s a “heinously patriarchal” act, an apparently agitated Muslim friend of mine commented thus on Facebook.
“Muslims are polygamous. Keepers of four wives. Violators of human rights. Right? Despite being this, Muslims don’t have a widows’ Vindavan.”
First of all, this is not about your ‘religion versus my religion’. This is about women’s rights, gender equality, and humanity. When we say bring in the Uniform Civil Code, one must note the common law would be applicable on every Indian, irrespective of his or her religion. So where is the scope of religious discrimination?
Defending polygamy is akin to professing bigotry and misogyny. This is what Gujarat HC Justice JB Pardiwala said while adjudicating on a petition by a Muslim man who faced bigamy charges after marrying for a second time without his first wife’s consent.
“On the basis of modern progressive thinking, India must shun the practice (of polygamy) and establish a uniform civil code,” Justice Pardiwala said.
“If the state tolerates this law, it becomes an accomplice in the discrimination of the female, which is illegal under its own laws,” the judge said, adding that, “It’s for the maulvis and Muslim men to ensure that they do not abuse the Quran to justify the heinously patriarchal act of polygamy in self-interest… The Quran allowed conditional polygamy to protect orphans and their mothers from an exploitative society. But when men use that provision today, they do it for a selfish reason.”
One might be tempted to ask how a judge could question what’s written in a Holy book and call polygamy a punishable act. But what’s wrong in raising questions? What’s the harm in having a meaningful debate when what at stake are gender equality and women’s rights? Men cannot be allowed to continue inflicting injustice on women taking the shelter of their religion.
The idea is to protect the rights of the vulnerable sections of the society by having a common law for all citizens irrespective of their religions. Seeking gender equality does not tantamount to religious discrimination and appeasing Mullahs and Sadhus is not secularism.
Religion and state, both, need to work out ways to evolve from certain practices which were relevant at one point in time, however, rendered useless and socially insensitive to the citizenry at present. Religion has to be socially inclusive and it must address issues that divide, discriminate or inflict pain on a particular section, in this case, women. The state cannot be a mute spectator anymore to injustices meted out to women, children and minorities. It has to step up to the plate.
It’s time we understood this fact to a T.
Divorce is a hard fact in someone's life because it can affect all aspects of life like social, economic, and living status. Conditions become tougher if you have children. Recovering from divorce is also a painful process but good thing is that it is possible to get through it and place better in terms of both finances and emotions. The impact of divorce on finances can be life-lasting but taking precautions and thorough investigations of options can help a lot not only to save unnecessary costs but also some other hidden areas where you weren't aware. Following are some tips to save money during a divorce.
1.Avoid advice from everyone
People like your friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, etc. will start giving unsolicited advice during the divorce process when you discuss it with them. They will share their own experiences and horror stories and advice on how to handle financial issues during the divorce process. Get advice only from those you trust. In this regard, attorneys or financial experts are the best options to save money during the divorce process.
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2.Consider your spouse
It can be challenging for someone who has started the divorce process to think about the soon-to-be ex-spouse's best interests and financial wellbeing. While making decisions about assets and finances, considering not only your interests but also your spouse's interests can help you to reduce divorce process time. You can save your own and your spouse's money if you spend less time in such negotiations because times spend with the attorney will also be shortened.
3.Goodbye to the joint bank account
You should close all joint bank accounts which were in use of you and your spouse especially credit base account. Block major and supplementary credit and debit cards. Your spouse can use it and you can suffer heavy financial loss. Closing of all joint accounts should be the first step to cut down financial loss during divorce proceedings.
4.Open a new checking account
In continuation of the previous point, open your new checking account. This will help you in terms of not only building up of financial history but also your credit record. Credit history will be helpful if you apply for a loan or any other credit facility. This financial history will let you control your money during the divorce process. If your bank account is not a joint account but you own it, then make sure that your spouse was not using supplementary debit or credit cards. If the spouse was using then block it immediately.
Divorce can include many additional and sometimes hidden costs along with routine costs. This can bring more stress and worries to your life. Saving money can help you to fight such financial status. Force savings every month in this regard can help a lot. You can do this by opening a savings account and setting up a debit order from your checking account.
Recovering from divorce is also a painful process but good thing is that it is possible to get through it and place better in terms of both finances and emotions.Getty pictures
6.Keeping track record of the expense
You may not be interested in maintaining a record sheet of your expenses during your married life. If so, then you should start now. Analyze your bank statement critically because expenses can be out of control now. Review your daily cost of things and make critical decisions to cut down unnecessary costs.
7.Chalk out budget
Ideally, a proper budget should be chalked out to control expenses and save money during the divorce process. Select important segments/areas of your lifestyle and allocate a budget to each of them. After allocation of budget, stick to it strictly every month. This can be problematic in the beginning but become easy when you become used to it. By doing this, you will also be able to manage your savings account by allocating money.
8.Own health insurance
Medical emergencies and different health issues can be sudden or without any notice. So, it is necessary to have a health insurance plan in order to not only pay bills of medicines and lab tests but also an unexpected expensive hospital stay. If your health insurance has previously been covering your spouse then it is advisable to set up your own health insurance plan. This can help you to save money.
9.Amendments in your will and beneficiaries
If you have already decided about your will beneficiaries then it is the right time to update it. Now your divorce is under process, so, the content of your will and beneficiaries should also be significantly changed. This is much needed because it is possible that now you have children and who you like to allocate your property and saving especially if the children were not present when you drew up the will.
10.Change power of attorney
Many people assign power of attorney to their spouses during the marriage. Now it is essential to update and end the power of attorney and signing authority given to the spouse. This will help you in terms of legal and financial matters.
11.Apply for online divorce
Advancement in technology has made it easy for everyone to save time and money. Now in the United States, it is easy to apply for a divorce online. You can save time and attorney fees by downloading all the required divorce documents online. You should not worry about which document and how downloaded because many local court websites can give detailed information about how to file divorce online and which documents are needed.
12.Make use of the mediator
It is extremely helpful to use the mediator to decide terms and conditions between you and your spouse. Although an attorney is needed in certain matters of divorce use of a mediator will help you in saving attorney fee
Many spouses are very conscious about expensive assets and luxuries that are going to be distributed among spouses after the divorce. So, they make decisions to splurge on these luxuries. It is advisable not to splurge as the cost of divorce proves may be past your expectation.
14.Do it yourself (DIY) divorce
Many people are unable to afford the cost of attorney and mediator, so, they now try to handle things by themselves as much as possible. The rate of divorce and its cost is increasing day by day. This factor making "do it yourself (DIY) divorce" popular. DIY spouses are using information given by some attorneys who are offering free consultation on their first meeting.
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Gone are those days when people, sports enthusiasts, and governments lined up to host the Olympics. Hosting the Olympics, once seemed to be an immensely prideful event, but it has now transformed into an economic burden. Host cities grapple with a plethora of problems which mainly include construction delays, cost overruns, security issues, and environmental concerns.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has more or less aggravated the problems. The Winter Olympic Games are scheduled for 2022 in Bejing, China. Furthermore, Paris and Los Angeles have been recently nominated as the hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics Games respectively. Both cities have held the Games on two occasions previously, with Los Angeles hosting as recently as 1984. Simply submitting a bid to the International Olympics Committee (IOC) costs up to millions of dollars. Host cities typically have to spend $50 million to $100 million in fees to a slew of consultancy agencies, event management companies, etc.
Hosting the Olympics is more costly than the bidding process. For instance, London spent $14.6 billion for hosting the Games in 2012. On the other side, Beijing spent a lavish $42 billion for the Games in 2008. Meanwhile, the Russians spent $51 billion dollars on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Making, it the costliest Olympic Games in the history of the Olympics.
Governments of host cities and bid teams love to brag about the legacy of hosting the Games. But the hidden costs of such a massive project is too evident to hide. Such megaprojects require additional employment, as well as subsequent improvement of the pre-existing facilities and public infrastructure. Most of these projects are fraught with costs overruns, shoddy work and a lack of long term vision.
According to a study conducted at the prestigious Oxford University In England, by Danish geographer Bent Flyvbjerg and American journalist Allison Stewart, which looked into the individual economic parameters of hosting the Summer Olympic Games between 1960 and 2012. The findings were astonishing, they found out that the Olympic Games overrun the initial cost estimate with 100 per cent consistency. No other megaproject is this consistent regarding cost overruns.
Athens, in particular, seems to have been the tipping point. The city pridefully hosted the Games in 2004, which ended up costing them €9 billion (a whopping $11 billion at today's exchange rate). The offset of the Games was in disguise the onset of Greece's tumultuous years. The country now is in total disarray, with sky-high unemployment rates, failing economic apparatus, record levels of homelessness, all among the grandiose venues built for the Games.
The conclusion is simple, hosting the Olympics is an extravagant affair. If not planned properly, it tends to result in a severe economic crisis for the host city. If the host city lacks facilities and public infrastructure to support the excess crowds pouring in, not hosting the Olympics may be the best option.
Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) enjoyed fruitful outings at the Tokyo Olympic Games as they secured semifinal berths in their respective weight categories at the Makuhari Messe on Wednesday.
On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.
Ravi Kumar will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.
Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).
Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.
India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.
He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.
Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.
The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.
Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.