• 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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  • Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana

    Two women cops from Bengal bravely faced a 600-strong mob in Haryana to rescue a trafficked girl. By the end of the mission on Wednesday, they were successful in rescuing not one, but three minor girls, and also arrested nine traffickers. According to the police, the three girls were kidnapped and brought to Haryana to be married off. The fearless cops -- Sub-Inspector Piyali Ghosh and Constable Madhumita Das from Sankrail Police Station in Howrah, left for Haryana four days ago with two male constables. Image for representation only. Source: John Hill - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33519980 The team was following a tip-off obtained from a Howrah-based suspect named Mehfizza who told them that she had sold a 15-year-old girl in Palwal district of Haryana, with the objective of getting her married to 10 men. But in the process of raids and investigation, the cops had to face a mob of about 600 people, which chased them through open fields saying that they were trying to kidnap their women. People in the mob were screaming for "public justice" and the women cops had to urge their counterparts in Haryana police to fire shots in the air to save their lives. "I am happy that the job was done. We thank the constant help we received from anti-trafficking NGO, Shakti Vahini. We received little support from Haryana Police though Uttar Pradesh police always backed our raids...This was our first raid in Haryana and now we know we need to do our homework to be successful here," Piyali Ghosh told The Times of India. 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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  • Rajan has no degree in economics, Patel has a PhD: Swamy

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Expressing his approval over the selection of Urjit Patel as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he has high hopes from Raghuram Rajan's successor. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said Patel was Rajan's deputy for many years, which is why his next post should not feel new to him.

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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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  • SC to hear plea of Muslim woman seeking ban on triple talaq today

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the petition of a Muslim woman challenging the Constitutional validity of 'triple talaq' to end a marriage. In her petition, Ishrat Jahan sought a declaration from the apex court that Section 2 of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 was unconstitutional, as it violated fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14 (equality), 15 (non-discrimination), 21 (life) and 25 (religion) of the Constitution. In her petition, Jahan has asked whether an arbitrary and unilateral divorce through triple talaq can deprive the wife of her rights in her matrimonial home as also her right to have custody of her children.

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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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  • Heard, Depp argue over divorce settlement donation

    Los Angeles, Aug 26 (IANS) Actress Amber Heard's team has said her former husband Johnny Depp is not being completely honest over the donation money of their divorce settlement. After Heard announced that she would be donating the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to charity, Depp agreed to send the cheques directly to the organisations.

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  • DCW Chief Swati Maliwal will be arrested soon, warns Kejriwal

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): Launching a fresh attack on Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung and the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asserted that there are numerous decisions of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to reverse through the Lt.Governor such as the removal of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal. Taking to Twitter, the AAP national convener said Jung and the Prime Minister were in cahoots to take down the Delhi Government.

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  • Haji Ali Dargah case: Bombay HC to pronounce verdict on ban on women today

    Mumbai [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): The Bombay High Court today will pronounce its verdict on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the ban on the entry of women into the inner sanctum of the city's famed Haji Ali Dargah. The ban was imposed in 2012 by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust citing some religious traditions as the reason. The PIL was filed by women activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman and the NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.

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  • Dipa Karmakar says sad she could not snare Olympic medal

    Agartala (Tripura) [India], Aug.26 (ANI): Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar has said that she is sad at not being able to snare a medal at the recently concluded summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the best performance by an Indian gymnast at the Olympics. The welcome that she and her coach Bisweshwar Nandi received was a proud moment for one and all.

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  • Mulayam Singh justifies shooting of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya

    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India), Aug.27 (ANI): Justifying his firing order to the Uttar Pradesh Police that claimed the lives of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya on October 30, 1990, former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said had even 30 people been killed for the country's unity and integrity, it would not have bothered him. The firing on the sevaks took place when the Ram temple movement, spearheaded by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was at its peak.

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  • FC Goa set sights on Rio de Janeiro for ISL pre-season training

    New Delhi [India], Aug.26 (ANI): As a part of FC Goa's pre-season training and conditioning, the team will assemble at head coach Zico's football academy, Zico 10 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, to prepare for the upcoming third season of the Indian Super League (ISL).

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  • Karnataka facing severe distress, water should be shared on 'distress pro rata basis': CM

    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): As the Tamil Nadu Government in their application filed before the Supreme Court made a prayer that the court should direct the Government of Karnataka to release 50tmcf (thousand million cubic feet) of water as per the normal year, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said there is no normal year in Karnataka, and they are facing a severe distressed year, and thus, both the state should share the water as per distress pro rata basis. "Today, there is no normal year in Karnataka, and we are facing a severe distressed year. Both the state should share the water as per distress pro rata (proportional) basis." Holding a press conference after a meeting all MPs representing Karnataka, central ministers from Karnataka, leaders of opposition parties and ministers coming from the Cauvery basin, the chief minister said, "All the members, who have attended this meeting, gave a suggestion that our government should explain and make a submission to the Supreme Court about what the ground reality is in Karnataka as far as the water storage in our reservoirs concerned." Divulging detail of the ground realities, Siddaramaiah said, "In Karnataka, today the gross capacity of all the four reservoirs in Cauvery basin is under 40tmcf of water, while the live storage is only under 4tmcf.

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  • India's unfulfilled potential largest in world: Singapore Deputy PM

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) Visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Friday said India needs to show urgency to realise its unfulfilled potential which he said was the largest in the world. Delivering the first 'Transforming India' lecture, Shanmugaratnam said low exports from India is a "glaring area of shortfall". India has 18 per cent of the world's population but only two per cent exports," Shanmugaratnam, who is of Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry, said.

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  • SC gives interim protection to AIADMK's Sasikala and family for six weeks

    New Delhi [India], Aug.26 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday gave interim protection to Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa and her family members for six weeks in a sexual harassment case lodged by her maid. The expelled AIADMK MP had on Wednesday moved the apex court challenging the summons issued by the Madras High Court's Madurai Bench to respond to an allegation of fraud while filing an anticipatory bail application in a case registered by the Thoothukudi Police against her and her family members for allegedly ill-treating and sexually abusing two domestic aides.

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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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  • Asking money for transportation of bodies from poor is 'shameful, inhuman': Mamta Sharma

    Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): After a tribal man walked 10 kilometers carrying his wife's body on his shoulder on failing to get an ambulance, former National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Mamta Sharma said on Friday that asking money from the poor for transportation of bodies from government hospitals to the residence of the deceased is a shameful and inhuman act, and asked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to intervene in such cases. Sharma told ANI that this was something inhuman, and even after so many years of independence, there has been no benefit for the poor. "According to me, asking for money for a body is something really inhuman and shameful.

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  • National herald case: Delhi Court issues notice to Sonia, Rahul on Swamy's application

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Saturday issued notices to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five others on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy's application seeking summoning of certain documents from Associated Journals Pvt.

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  • Windies coach Simmons warns T20 champs to be wary of vengeful India

    Florida [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons believes that the reigning World T20 champions need to be fully prepared to tackle India, whom he believes will seek to avenge the World T20 semifinal loss in the forthcoming two-match series in Lauderhill, Florida. Two-time champions West Indies, meanwhile, can leapfrog second-ranked India in the T20I team rankings with a 2-0 win on American shores. "It (ranking) is motivation but I think, as in Mumbai, just to beat India because that's always going to be the team to beat in T20 cricket because they've commanded the format for a long period.

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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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  • Mere incremental progress not enough for growth, metamorphosis needed too: PM

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Stressing that development now depends on the quality of institutions and ideas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said if India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough, a metamorphosis is needed. It is, therefore, fitting that we are inaugurating this series with Shri Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore." The Prime Minister, who inaugurated NITI Aayog's maiden annual lecture on 'Transforming India', described Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Shanmugaratnam as one of the world's leading intellectuals.

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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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