• Kerala Woman Slams Slut-Shaming Internet Trolls with an Epic Reply That Went Viral

    In a recent statement that garnered a lot of ridicule, Rishiraj Singh, a senior IPS officer and Excise Commissioner of Kerala, said that a man who stares at a woman continuously for 14 seconds can be jailed. Among the many people who shared their views, Vanaja Vasudev, a resident of Alappuzha district in Kerala, also wrote a Facebook post about how she finds the statement ludicrous. But she was bombarded with obscene and derogatory remarks on the social media platform. A strong-willed woman, Vanaja decided against remaining silent and letting the trolls win. She lashed out against those commentators in an elaborate Facebook post, which went viral. Source: Facebook "If a boy stares at a girl for 14 seconds, just 14 seconds, the girl can file a FIR and have the boy in the lock up," Rishiraj Singh had said on August 16. Vanaja took to Facebook to share her views on the issue. She wrote that she was bemused by the comment because it is quite natural for men and women to look at each other and that she too enjoys looking at handsome men in public places. She added that she sometimes felt good when men looked at her in the past and pointed out the sexism and double standards in the statement by addressing the fact that it applies only to men. One of the most pressing questions in her post was about how such offences will be measured? But not everyone was empathetic of the stand Vanaja chose to take. The comment section on her post that sought to equalise both the genders was flooded with several negative and problematic responses. Since Vanaja chose to mention that she enjoys selective male attention, people immediately tagged her as a “whore” and some even had the audacity to ask for “the rate” that she charges to perform sexual favours. Through her second post that later went viral, she addressed all the vulgar messages that were being sent to her through private messages as well. The post mentions how the trolls mustn’t assume a morally superior stand because she hasn’t replied to them individually and it isn’t because of her inability to come up with a scathing response. “Don't measure my life or confidence with your 4-inch scales,” she told the commenters, adding that none of them know about the hardships she had to live through as the daughter of a widow in Kerala. Her father passed away when she and her brother were very young and their mother raised them alone. She talks about how she had to deal with her mother’s insecurities and loneliness, because of which her mother soon became short-tempered and physically abusive. After hitting her repeatedly, she would come to Vanaja while she lay in bed and would touch the welts left from the beating, as she was filled with remorse. She addressed the fact that her mother chose not to be in a relationship with a man again because of the stigma surrounding widow remarriage. A self-made woman, Vanaja juggled various jobs until she finished her education. She slowly realized that she had a lot of bitterness inside her that she wanted to get rid of in a conscious manner. Soon this hatred turned into love and it is this approach to life that is apparent in her first Facebook post. Before concluding, she asks various chetans (elder brothers) not to try and teach her Bharat Sanskar (Indian culture) while speaking about her private parts. She ends the post by asking the trolls how they dare fix a rate for her dignity. The befitting reply concludes with Vanaja reminding them that she grew up with dignity, even in abject poverty. Let me introduce myself...... എവിടെ നിന്നാണ് ഞാന്‍ എന്നെ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കാണിച്ച് തരേണ്ടത്. നാല് മുറികള്‍ക്കുള്ളില്‍ ഒതു... Posted by Vanaja Vasudev on  Saturday, August 20, 2016 Prashanth Nair, District Collector of Kozhikode and Aashiq Abu, a Kerala-based filmmaker who wrestles with themes of women empowerment in some of his popular films, also shared her post. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • Shoojit is extremely good at 'psyching out an actor': Taapsee Pannu

    By A.Kameshwari New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): After rising to fame with Neeraj Pandey's action-thriller 'Baby', Tapsee Pannu is all set with her next thriller flick 'PINK,' where she portrays a molestation-victim. "Shoojit Sircar is extremely good at psyching out an actor. Further explaining the difficulties she faced while filming 'PINK', the actress said, "Being molested was the only thing which was very difficult to digest or absorb because no matter how hard I try, I can never feel the exact way a molestation victim really feels." "But I have tried to be as real as possible and I hope have done justice to those scenes.

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  • Embarrassment for AAP as Succha Singh calls Kejriwal 'anti-Punjabi'

    Chandigarh [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Crying foul over the corruption charges being levelled against him, AAP's Punjab chief Succha Singh Chhotepur on Friday took on party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and accused his co-workers of falsely implicating him in a bid to tarnish his image and stated that he was ready for a CBI probe against him. Amid sharp criticism following accusations of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year, an extremely disappointed Chhotepur said that Kejriwal does not trust Punjabis.

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  • Ducati launches Multistrada Enduro in India

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): Introducing the wild side of the Italian brand in India, Ducati has now launched the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the first Ducati designed to take its rider beyond where the asphalt stops. The perfect motorcycle for long adventures will be available across Ducati dealerships in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru at a price of Rs. 17,44,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is built to be at ease on any type of terrain and is able to stand up to the stresses and strains of both off-road and on road riding.

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  • Sri Lanka's Perera charged, Australian Starc reprimanded by ICC

    Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and Australian Mitchell Starc was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their behaviour during the second one-day international in Colombo. After dismissing David Warner during Australia's unsuccessful run chase, all-rounder Perera used language and displayed actions which could have provoked a reaction from the Australia opener, the ICC said in a statement on Thursday.

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  • Rajan, Subramanian 'foisted' on us by Americans, says Swamy

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Resuming his tirade against outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and the government's Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said they were "foisted" on India by the US. Management types are micro-minded while economy is general equilibrium," Swamy posted on his twitter handle. The BJP parliament member also criticised Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan for what he said was "wrongly speculating" that a US Fed hike was imminent and for using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as a yardstick for measuring inflation.

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  • Rahul must come clean on how Gandhiji's assassin was affiliated to RSS: Vaidya

    Nagpur, Aug. 25 (ANI): As the Congress vice president told the Supreme Court yesterday that he had never blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as an institution for killing Mahatma Gandhi, but persons associated with it were behind the assassination, RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Thursday said rather twisting it, Rahul Gandhi must come clean on in what sense they were associated with the Hindu nationalist organisation and what was their position and credential. "If he now says the RSS was not involved, but the people who were involved in Gandhiji's murder were RSS-affiliate, then he must come clean on his statement that in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what was their position and credential in the organisation," said the RSS patriarch, seeking explanation from the Congress vice president as to how the assassin was affiliated to the organisation.

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  • Time is ripe to pressurise Pak for Balochistan's freedom: BJP

    New Delhi/Jammu, Aug. 25 (ANI): A day after Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dera Bugti (Balochistan) holding his pictures and Indian flags, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it was the right time to put pressure on Pakistan to free Balochistan. BJP leader Ravinder Raina told ANI that since 1947, the Pakistani establishment and the army, including the ISI, are committing atrocities on the people of Balochistan.

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  • Saina drops to 9th spot, Sindhu remains 10th-ranked shuttler

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) India's Saina Nehwal on Thursday dropped four points to be ninth, while compatriot P.V. Sindhu remained in the 10th spot in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings despite getting a silver in the women's singles competition at the recently-concluded Olympics. In another bad news for Indian badminton, the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped four places to the 26th spot following their failure to reach the knock-out stage in the Rio Games.

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  • I would have been satisfied had he died: Nirbhaya's mother on Vinay's suicide bid

    New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): Reacting to one of the six accused in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case Vinay Sharma’s alleged attempt to commit suicide at Tihar Jail late last night, victim Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi on Thursday said she would have satisfied had he died, but the incident indicated negligence on the part of our law enforcement agencies, which failed to punish the guilty despite their brutal act. “The government and our law enforcing agencies should take a lesson from it that such a big incident took place, where a girl was killed brutally, but they failed to punish the guilty,” Nirbhaya’s mother told ANI.

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  • How can India improve dismal Rio performance at Tokyo 2020?

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) With India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, managing to win only two medals -- one silver and a bronze -- in the just concluded Rio de Janeiro Olympics, critics and experts say revamping sports bodies and removing corruption are the key to moving forward. In an effort to ensure that India does better in subsequent Olympics, Local Circles, a citizen engagement platform, conducted a countrywide survey on the problems being faced in improving as a sporting nation and what can be done to better performances in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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  • Congress hails Rajnath Singh's Kashmir visit, hopes for logical outcome

    New Delhi, Aug.25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday hailed Home Minister Rajnath Singh's two-day visit to the violence-hit Kashmir Valley, and hoped that it is the beginning to a logical, honest and genuine effort to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, who they will talk to, how they will talk, how much time it will take, it is the responsibility of somebody in the office, and I hope that the Home Minister has made this beginning, and I hope that he takes this beginning to a logical conclusion," Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI here.

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  • Sheena Bora murder: Taped conversations emerging on media submitted in court, says CBI

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday clarified that all the taped conversations among Indrani Mukerjea, Peter Mukerjea and his son Rahul Mukerjea being played in media, indicating that there was an attempt to cover up the Sheena Bora murder case, have been taken into account during the investigation and have also been submitted in the court. "All the tapes being played on certain channels on the Sheena Bora murder case have been taken into account during the CBI investigation. A set of 20 tapes, which have been exclusively accessed by leading English news channel, are part of the evidence that has been presented by the CBI as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Sheena Bora.

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  • USIBC concludes 'Agriculture Modernization Mission to India'

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has concluded a Food and Agriculture Executive Mission to India with a focus on ways to increase farmer income and productivity through mechanization and modernization techniques as well as ways that industry in both the US and India can work with the central Indian and state governments to achieve mutually beneficially solutions in the food and agriculture sector. In meetings with US and Indian Government officials, USIBC members discussed ways to partner with the Indian government to advance Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent call to double farmer income by 2022.

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  • Swati Maliwal says by attempting suicide, rapists doing what system should have done

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Reacting to Nirbhaya rapist Vinay Sharma's suicide attempt, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has said the former had done what the system should have done long ago, implying that he should have been hanged for his crime. "What the system was supposed to do, the Nirbhaya rapist himself is trying to do now. Nirbhaya's rapists need to be given the death penalty and this needs to be done immediately," she told ANI.

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  • Suicide attempt by Nirbhaya rape convict raises questions about jail security drills: Abha Singh

    Mumbai, Aug. 25 (ANI): Social activist and eminent lawyer, Abha Singh on Thursday blamed the judiciary for not providing adequate security drills to prevent Vinay Kumar, one of the accused in the Nirbhaya case, from attempting suicide in the Tihar jail. It is necessary that any person who is in jail is provided due security, but, nonetheless, this suicide attempt raises a question on the judiciary of this country that why are the cases geting delayed," said Singh. Singh stressed that a proper time frame should be allotted to the Nirbhaya case so that justice is delivered to the victims in a timely manner.

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  • India attends meet on migration of workers

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh on Thursday attended the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Colombo Process, a regional meeting on labour mobility, in Sri Lanka's capital. MoS @Gen_VKSingh w/SL FM at inaugural of 5th Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process,"External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The ministerial consultation is a process that was started by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) with the Sri Lankan government in 2003 in Colombo to look into the issues relating to workers from south and southeast Asia migrating mostly to Gulf countries and also to North America, Europe and other Asian countries.

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  • BJP rakes up 1984 riots, taunts Rahul Gandhi's logic on RSS

    New Delhi [India], Aug 26 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was bringing down his own credibility with his critical remarks against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and asked whether he would be able to accept the allegations that the grand old party was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Taking a jibe at the Congress vice-president, BJP spokesperson Sudesh Verma said the former says one thing in the court and something else outside.

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  • Singapore Deputy PM holds meeting with PM Modi

    Shanmugaratnam has been invited to New Delhi to address top policy-makers on "Fulfilling India's Potential in the Global Economy" during the inauguration of NITI Aayog's maiden annual lecture on Transforming India. Prime Minister Modi will today inaugurate the event which will be attended by nearly 1,400 delegates, including Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and senior officers. The annual lecture series on Transforming India was proposed by Prime Minister Modi to bring in international personalities to share their experiences and ideas on India.

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  • PM, HM don't understand meaning of Insaaniyat, Jumhooriyat, Kashmiriyat: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Calling the abrupt dismissal of a joint press conference attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar as a lack of understanding, Congress leader Manish Tiwari said that the BJP does not understand the concept of Insaaniyat (humanity), Jumhooriyat (democracy) and Kashmiriyat, and therefore, it comes as no surprise that there is so much of confusion and contradiction in their policies. "The biggest difficulty with the Prime Minister and the Home Minister is that they do not understand as to what the words Insaaniyat, Jumhooriyat and Kashmiriyat mean.

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  • UN General Assembly President-elect to visit India

    United Nations, Aug 25 (IANS) Sustainable development will be high on the agenda when General Assembly President-elect Peter Thomson visits India next week and meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "My main interest will be to discuss how the UN can assist and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," he said in a statement before his departure Wednesday. During the next Assembly sessionm Thomson will play a crucial role in reviving the Security Council reform process -- an issue of importance to India -- that has stalled in the current session after a promising start.

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  • Suicide the easy way out, must ensure Nirbhaya convict swings from gallows: BJP

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 25 (ANI): With Vinay Sharma, one of the four death row convicts in the sensational December 16 gangrape case, allegedly trying to commit suicide in Tihar Jail, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asserted that the responsible jail authorities must foil any such future attempts by him and ensure that capital punishment is awarded to him.

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  • Stand by every single word I said about RSS: Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 25 (ANI): A day after Rahul Gandhi's counsel told the Supreme Court that he had never blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress vice president on Thursday put an end to the doubts on his 'u-turn' regarding the matter and said that he will never stop fighting the hateful and divisive agenda of the RSS. Earlier, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya had said that Rahul must come clean on in what sense were those who killed Mahatma Gandhi associated with the Hindu nationalist organisation, and what was their position and credentials. "If he now says the RSS was not involved, but the people who were involved in Gandhi's murder were RSS-affiliate, then he must come clean on his statement that in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what was their position and credential in the organisation," the RSS patriarch said, seeking an explanation from the Congress vice president as to how the assassin was affiliated to the organisation.

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