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Twitter Will Now Publicly Shame Users Who Post Offensive Tweets
Twitter’s new policy changes will help users understand when the social network has taken any action against a particular tweet or account.
Twitter is making a few changes to the policy that dictates how a tweet that has violated Twitter’s terms of service is handled. This is the latest move, in a long line of measures, that are designed to clean up the content that is being shared by users on the platform, after a history of criticism for not having been able to clean up its act.
The biggest update to the policy is about how Twitter will now handle tweets that are reported. If a user, or many users, report a particular tweet as something they find offensive or troublesome, Twitter will as always run it through various parameters to see if its violates the Twitter Rules policy guidelines. If it does, the contents of the tweet will be blocked with the message "This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter rules." Thus far, whenever Twitter took action against any particular post, it wasn’t always clear to other users. “We're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet,” says the company’s official statement.
In fact, the next big measure is that unless the person takes action on a reported tweet and deletes it, they will be barred from publishing any new tweets till they do so. Additionally, the message will be displayed for 14 days post the action of deleting the tweet, so that any of the offending account’s followers know that an offensive tweet was posted and successfully reported. This will be visible on twitter.com, the user’s profile and any third party apps you may be using to access Twitter.
The other change deals with what happens to a post that you may have reported to Twitter. Considering you have just reported it for being offensive, for being spam or even for being abusive or bullying for instance, you may not necessarily want to see that tweet on your timeline. Twitter will now hide tweets that you report, with the message "You reported this tweet." If you still want to take a look at that tweet in question at some point of time, there is the “view” option that you need to tap on to do so.
These updates are a part of the changes being rolled out by Twitter, to better deal with offensive posts, fake news, hate speech and online bullying. Just last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has mentioned during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that the social media company was working on better transparency measures, including a report for suspended Twitter accounts.
Twitter says these policy changes are rolling out now, and will be available to all users over the next few days.
Move Over Kiki Challenge, The Skibidi Challenge Is Kicking People's Asses!
It’s harder than it looks… And funnier!
Remember how Kiki challenge spread like wildfire on the internet? No number of warnings from the police and authorities regarding the dangers of trying this challenge could keep people from trying out signature moves of Kiki, Do You Love Me.
But there is a new challenge in town and this one is already kicking people’s asses!
If you look at it for the first time you might feel like it’s no big deal but it’s harder than it seems. Also, it’s damn funny to see people try their hand at this challenge.
Take a look at the video:
It took less than a week for this video to hit 20 million views and now people are trying to master the moves it shows.
Brave Mom Becomes Human Shield For Her Baby As Glass And Hail Smash Through Her Car Window
Moms are a force to reckon with, especially when it comes to their kids. So, when giant hailstones smashed the window of her car, exposing her baby to glass and ice, this mother decided to use her own body as a shield to protect her.
Fiona Simpson was driving in Kingaroy with her baby and grandma when the tornado hit. The hail was so intense that it smashed her car’s glass.
“(The window) just blew out all in one go, just glass went everywhere in the car, so I just took off my seatbelt, climbed through the back and just laid on top of her, hoping to wait the storm out,” Ten Daily quotes her as saying.
Fiona seriously bruised her arms and her back as the hail pounded on her. Some reports even claim that the hailstones lashing southern Queensland were as big as tennis balls.
"I couldn’t focus on the pain, all I could focus on was just laying over the top of her and protecting her from the hail, there wasn’t really time to worry about anything else," she said on.
The tornado proved to be very destructive as it uprooted trees, razed houses to the ground and cut off the power.
Fiona’s baby suffered a head injury, despite her best efforts to shield her from the hail. In her latest Facebook post, Fiona wrote ‘Thought I’d let everyone know that Clara and I are safe at home. Grandma is recovering in hospital and will be home soon.’
Pregnant Woman Gang Raped By Three Persons While Waiting For Her Husband At Home
(INDIA) --- In a shocking case, a pregnant woman was allegedly tortured and gang-raped by three men in Asansol district of West Bengal. The incident happened on Thursday, when the woman, who was four months pregnant was alone at home.
The three accused, who are said to be locals knocked on the door. The woman who is in her early 20s opened the door thinking it was her husband. They forcefully entered the house when she opened the door, tortured and took turns to rape her.
The incident came to light when her husband, a motor mechanic came back home and found his wife in an unconscious state.
Based on the family's complaint Asansol police have registered a case against three men, who are now on the run.
Living In A Refugee Camp, Three Palestinian Sisters Have Saved 35 Cats In Gaza
Three sisters in perennially disturbed Gaza city, which is facing military blockade from Israel, have become saviours of 35 stray cats and the roof-top in the al-Shati refugee camp in north-western Gaza city. Mariam, Raesa, and Elham al-Barr turned their three respective houses into cat shelters, taking care of stray cats and kitten providing them with food and medical care.
Mariam, who is the youngest of the three lives with her parents in the al-Zaitoun neighbourhood of eastern Gaza city and she is taking care of eight cats.
"I cannot remember when we started [fostering strays] because cats have always been part of our family," Mariam tells MEE. "We were brought up in a house where our parents always helped and adopted stray cats, and we grew up to do the same thing."
“My parents and sisters cannot afford to feed 35 cats every day, they can barely feed us,” said Mariam al-Barr. Mariam who studied from the Islamic University of Gaza wants to become a teacher but is yet to find the job.
"Whenever I am going to the course and see a hungry or injured cat, I forget about the class and take it immediately to my house," she says.
It all started when Mariam once found an injured cat on the pavement near her home. The cat seemed to have been hit by a car, Mariam took care of the cat and after one week, she found one family who was interested in adopting the cat.
They also take care of the medical expenses of the cats
"We have a wide network of family members, friends and neighbours who sometimes call us and ask if we have cats for adoption. But we do not give any cat up for adoption until we make sure they will take good care of it,” she explains.
Raesa, 42, and Elham, 45-the two sisters live in two separate small apartments in the same building and they help Mariam by keeping the rescued cats on the rooftop. The rest live in apartment where their children and spouse take care of the cats.
Raesa al-Barr has raised her children to show compassion for weak animals
Raesa teaches her five children to protect cats from other residents who at times mistreat them.
"I raise my children the way my parents raised me and my siblings: to be compassionate and help weak creatures," the 41-year-old housewife tells Middle East Eye. "When they go to sleep, all my children cuddle the cats they rescue instead of teddy bears."
Raesa's husband, Suhail Zoho, shares her passion and usually helps her feed, bathe and care for the cats.
"My husband has always supported and nurtured my passion for helping cats. He often brings me cats as gifts and treats our cats as if they were our children," she says. "A few months ago, he [adopted from a friend] a Persian kitten as a surprise gift for me because he knows I love them."
It’s indeed a great job done by the sisters in the city which frequently remains under shelling and firing.
The world's oldest barber is 107 and still cutting hair full time
Anthony Mancinelli shook out a barber towel and welcomed the next customer to his chair in Fantastic Cuts, a cheery hair salon in a nondescript strip mall, about an hour’s drive north of New York City.
“Hey, paisan — same as usual,” said John O’Rourke to Mancinelli, who began layering O’Rourke’s hair with his steady, snipping scissors.
“I don’t let anyone else touch my hair,” said O’Rourke, 56, of Cornwall, New York. “The guy’s been cutting hair for a century.”
Anthony Mancinelli at his chair in Fantastic Cuts, a hair salon in New Windsor, in upstate New York, Sept. 27, 2018.
Actually, O’Rourke was off by three years. Mancinelli is 107 and still working full time, cutting hair five days a week from noon to 8 p.m. He has been working in barbershops since he was 11. Warren Harding was in the White House.
In 2007, at a mere 96 years old, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest working barber. Since then, the commendations have rolled in — from local civic groups, elected officials and barbering companies — all congratulating him: 100 years, 101, 102 and so on.
Mancinelli just keeps outdating the awards.
The salon’s speakers were playing hip-hop on a recent afternoon. “He’s used to the windup record players,” O’Rourke teased.
Mancinelli has a trim build, a steady hand and a full head of hair, albeit snow white. He spends much of his day on his feet, in a pair of worn, cracked black leather shoes.
“People come in and they flip out when they find out how old he is,” said the shop’s owner, Jane Dinezza.
“He never calls in sick,” she said. “I have young people with knee and back problems, but he just keeps going. He can do more haircuts than a 20-year-old kid. They’re sitting there looking at their phones, texting or whatever, and he’s working.”
Asked — for the umpteenth time — about his longevity, Mancinelli offered only that he has always put in a satisfying day’s work and he has never smoked or drank heavily.
But no, longevity does not run in his family, and he was never big on exercise. Dietwise, he said, “I eat thin spaghetti, so I don’t get fat.”
He has all his teeth and is on no daily medication. He has never needed glasses, and his hairstyling hands are still steady.
“I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” he said. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”
One reason he continues to work, he said, is that it helps him stay busy and upbeat after the death of his wife of 70 years, Carmella, 14 years ago. He visits her grave daily before work.
Mancinelli lives alone, not far from the salon in New Windsor. He drives to work, cooks his own meals, watches television — he is a big pro-wrestling fan — and is adamantly self-sufficient. He still trims the bushes in his front yard with no help.
“He won’t even let anyone sweep up his hair clippings,” said his son, Bob Mancinelli, 81, who noted that his father even gives haircuts to himself.
As Dinezza observed, “he shops for himself, does his own laundry, pays his own bills — it’s crazy. He’s just in the right state of mind.”
“You hear about all these people asking, ‘What medicine can I take, what food can I eat, what anti-aging cream should I use?’” she said, “and he’s doing it with none of those things.”
As hairstyles have changed over the decades, Anthony Mancinelli has adapted. “I cut them all,” he said, “long hair, short hair, whatever was in style — the shag, the Buster Brown, straight bangs, permanents.”
Anthony Mancinelli trims the hair of a customer at Fantastic Cuts, a hair salon in New Windsor, in upstate New York, Sept. 27, 2018.
Some customers have been coming to him for well over 50 years, having gotten hundreds of haircuts.
“I have some customers, I cut their father, grandfather and great-grandfather — four generations,” said Mancinelli, who has six great-great-grandchildren.
His son said: “Some of his older customers, he helps them in the chair. He’ll say to an 80-year-old guy, ‘Listen, when you get to be my age. …’ They love hearing that.”
Jen Sullivan, a stylist who works the chair next to Anthony Mancinelli, is all of 20.
“It’s just amazing that he still works full time,” she said. “Weekends here can get crazy — even I get tired of being on my feet — but he just keeps going.”
Mancinelli said he was born in 1911 near Naples, Italy, and emigrated with his family when he was 8, joining a relative in Newburgh, New York. He was one of eight children — “I’m the only one left” — and went to work at age 11 in a local barbershop. By age 12, he was cutting hair and dropped out of high school to cut hair full time.
Back then, a haircut cost 25 cents, he said. Now, a haircut from Mancinelli costs $19.
He no longer practices the medical techniques he learned early on from older barbers, such as burning off warts, placing heated glass cups on the torso and using leeches for swelling or high blood pressure.
He does keep in his salon drawer — “for when the electricity goes out” — a pair of manual hair clippers he used before electric hair clippers came into use.
He is the perennial choice for grand marshal of the New Windsor Memorial Day Parade. A World War II Army veteran, Mancinelli has been a proud member, for 75 years, of local American Legion Post 1796, where his drink of choice is a whiskey sour.
For Mancinelli’s birthdays, the salon closes and gives a party, with food donated by the local supermarket. But most days are routine, interrupted by the occasional media inquiry seeking out this centenarian barber.
The write-ups have attracted curious people from all over the world for haircuts. Actor Ben Gazzara came up 10 years ago from Manhattan for a haircut, on the advice of a friend, Mancinelli said.
Dinezza hired Mancinelli several years ago after another local shop cut back his hours. Her receptionist initially disregarded his application because of his age, but Mancinelli applied again, and impressed Dinezza with his cutting ability.
“Now, I feel like I’m working for him,” she said. “I get a million and one phone calls from people all over the world who have heard about him and want to visit.”
Next up in his chair was another regular, Joe Murphy, 46. He recalled getting a haircut on Mancinelli’s 100th birthday at his previous shop. (This reporter decided to take a bit off the sides as well.)
“The guys in the shop wanted to take him to a girlie joint for his birthday,” Murphy recalled, as the 107-year-old barber toweled his neck clean. “But Anthony said, ‘No way — what are you trying to do, kill me?’”
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Bihar Girl Tied To Tree, Thrashed For Eloping With Man Of Different Caste
(INDIA) --- A teenage girl was tied to tree and beaten up by villagers, including her own family members as a punishment for eloping with a boy belonging to a different caste. The incident was reported from Bihar’s Nawada area.
Reports say that the punishment was carried out on panchayat orders. The girl’s father, who was against her affair, supported the panchayat’s diktat.
"She was tied because she is a criminal. She wants to go with a man from another caste," he said.
The woman eloped with her boyfriend on September 30 and the couple was living in a nearby village.
The video of the incident is making rounds on the internet.
The video shows a young woman in a semi-conscious state tied to a tree with a rope. She is surrounded by local men, women and children. A man in green shirt holding a wooden stick is seen pulling her up.
"She slipped out of the home with some excuse when there was no power at night. We searched the entire street. When we got tired of searching, we woke up our brothers. I didn't know when she ran away. All I know is that she told the Panchayat that she loved this man," the father said.
Kyrgyz singer faces death threat over visible undergarments in her music video
Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer in Kyrgyzstan, has alleged facing death threats over a music video she released last week targeting gender discrimination. Asylbek, whose music video ‘Kyz’ became a sensation in the Muslim dominated country, has filed a police complaint in this regard.
Zere Asylbek in a still from the music video ‘Kyz’.
The video, which has garnered over 162,000 views on YouTube, features Asylbek dressed in a suit jacket and skirt with a purple bra underneath, a woman wearing a hijab, a woman wearing a Kyrgzy-style headscarf and a woman with a semi-shaven head. The conservatives in the country are objecting to the singer’s visible undergarments in the video.
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According to reports, Asylbek expressed her surprise that nobody had a problem with her featuring women with diverse backgrounds in her video but they rather took offence over her purple bra.
She also got support from her father, Asylbek Zhoodonbekov, who in a Facebook post called his daughter “a free-thinking daughter of a free Kyrgyzstan”. He said she had grown more politically conscious after a recent incident in which a man killed a young woman inside a police station after attempting to abduct her for a forced marriage.
I was molested at 7 and raped at 16, says Padma Lakshmi
(Padma Lakshmi, model and TV personality, has revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she was raped at the age of 16 and kept silent.)
American TV personality, author, actor, and model Padma Lakshmi recently said that she had been raped as a teenager.
In reference to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly went unreported for decades, Lakshmi wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times.
In the piece, the Top Chef host mentioned that she was 7 years old when she was assaulted for the first time and 16 years old when she was raped.
Narrating the incident, Lakshmi said that she dated a 23-year-old "charming and handsome" college student when she was 16, who would "flirt" with her at her part-time retail job at a mall in Los Angeles. But just a few months into the relationship, Lakshmi said that he sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.
"When we went out, he would park the car and come in and sit on our couch and talk to my mother," she recalled in the piece. "He never brought me home late on a school night. We were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex."
On New year's eve three decades ago, Lakshmi said that after a night out with her boyfriend, she fell asleep at his apartment. "The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me," the star wrote. "I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'It will only hurt for a while.' "
Unaware of what date rape meant at that point in time, Lakshmi said she was unsure of whether the incident classified as rape or sex, but continued to tell her future boyfriends that she was a virgin. "Emotionally, I still was," she noted.
Lakshmi further explained how, when she was 7 years old, she was sent to India to live with her grandparents for a year after she told her mother and stepfather that a relative had touched her inappropriately and put her hand on his penis. "The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out," the star said.
"I have nothing to gain by talking about this. But we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that, for generations, have allowed men to hurt women with impunity," she concluded.
Pervert Man Held For Masturbating, Throwing Poop Around Ladies Coaches In Mumbai's Local Trains
(INDIA) --- The Railway Police Force (RPF) on Friday arrested a 26-year-old man who routinely masturbated in the empty ladies compartment and spread faeces on the seats of local trains starting from CSMT in the morning. Officials said the man had targeted at least 10 local trains in the past one month which delayed services along the Central line.
The accused, identified as Karjat resident Dinesh Laxman Duvre, allegedly told the RPF that he derived “pleasure from the acts”.
The investigation, which seemed headed nowhere for a long time, received a boost after the Duvre made the mistake of walking into one of the CR’s newest rakes on September 9.
“The local train, which was headed to Badlapur, had CCTV cameras installed in the ladies coach. In the footage, the accused is seen walking inside an empty ladies coach with a plastic bag at 6:56 am. After ensuring there’s nobody around, he unzips his pant and starts masturbating.
Afterward, he walks to the seating area, spreads faeces on them and later walks out,” said DV Singh, RPF in charge at CSMT Local. Officials said the train was delayed by nearly 15 minutes at Badlapur after commuters asked railway authorities to clean the train before it started.
“Such incidences were noticed in last few days. The matter came to the notice of Sachin Bhalode (senior divisional security commissioner of Mumbai central division) who ordered a probe,” said Singh.
RPF officials, who were notified about Duvre, were on the lookout for the accused since then, he said.
On Friday, sub inspector SB Patil, constable A D Mane, SG Borde and Dharmender, who were watching the Kalyan end at CSMT station, noticed Duvre loitering around suspiciously near a local train. He was rounded up and taken for questioning.
Duvre, who apparently works as a labourer at the vegetable market in Byculla East, admitted to the crime. “He used to come to CSMT late in the night and sleep on the premises. The next day, he would collect his own faeces in a plastic bag and search for trains with unoccupied ladies compartments. If he found one, he would do his deeds,” said an officer.
A case under section 145 (b), 147 and 162 of Railway Act was registered at RPF post CSMT local. Durvre was sentenced to a five-day jail term by the railway court, CSMT.
CBSE Topper Abducted And Gang Raped By 12 Men In Moving Car In Haryana
In incident that has left India in a state of shock, a 19-year-old girl was abducted, drugged and driven around the three districts and gangraped in broad daylight by a dozen men.
The shocking incident happened on Thursday when the girl who hails from Kosli in Rewari was on her way to attend coaching class. She was abducted from Kanina in Mahendragarh by a group of men on a car, who offered her a lift.
She was then given a sedative-laced drink and driven around to fields near Jhajjar border where she was repeatedly raped by the men. According to the victim, she was raped by around a dozen men in a place which had a well.
The rapists then dumped the girl at the same bus stand in Kanina from where she was abducted and then called her home to inform her parents that their daughter is lying unconscious.
The family then took her to a nearby hospital where the doctors confirmed rape.
What is even more shocking is that after a zero FIR was registered at Women police station in Rewari which was then sent to Kanina police station the latter returned it stating that the incident took place outside jurisdiction.
Despite the victim identifying three of the abductors, who are said to be college students no arrests have been made in the case so far. The girl had made headlines a few years ago when she was felicitated by the President of India for her achievement in the CBSE Board Exam.
Sick Auto Driver Chains Helpless Dog To Vehicle, Drags It For 2 KM In Hyderabad
(INDIA) --- In yet another case of animal cruelty, an auto driver allegedly chained a stray dog to his vehicle and dragged it for over two kilometres on the roads in Jubilee Hills on Friday night. An animal rights activist noticed the brutality and rescued it. The canine, which suffered injuries, is reportedly in a critical condition. The incident, which took place around 7pm on Friday night, came to light after NGO People for Animals (PFA) volunteer Sravya Varma stopped the brutality and informed police about it.
On receiving information about the incident, animal welfare organisation PFA activists lodged a complaint with Jubilee Hills police.
"The PFA volunteer rescued the dog and shifted it to Animal Care Clinic at Banjara Hills for initial treatment and then brought to PFA rescue home at Begum Bazaar, where it is currently battling for life," Dattatreya Joshi of PFA told TOI.
"The dog, which suffered internal bleeding, is in a critical condition. Also, the canine has suffered injuries all over the body, including a fracture on one of its legs," he added.
Based on a complaint by PFA activists, Jubilee Hills police registered an FIR. "We seized the vehicle (AP 28 V 9681) which was used in the brutal act," Jubilee Hills sub-inspector P Saida said. A case was registered under Sections 336 of the IPC and the Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960.
"What the auto driver did is unacceptable, unconstitutional and a clear violation of law. We request the authorities to take stringent action against the culprit," Joshi added.
'I felt really, really scared': Nepalese women address horror of being banished to outside huts during periods
Women living in Nepal are routinely banished to an outside hut or animal sheds, stopped from taking part in family activities, having contact with men and given less food to eat when they are on their periods due to an ancient practice that remains prevalent despite a ban.
The Hindu custom of isolating women who are menstruating from the rest of the household because they are deemed “impure” – known as “chhaupadi” – was outlawed in 2005 but has remained prevalent in the parts of western Nepal.
Dozens of women and girls having died in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in Asia, in recent years as a result of the tradition, in spite of concerted campaigns by activists coupled with government measures to rid the area of the practice.
A 19-year-old girl died last year from a snakebite while sleeping in a shed during her period. In a similar case, a 15-year-old girl suffocated to death after lighting a fire to try and stay warm in her poorly ventilated hut.
Parbati, 17, told The Independent she was terrified when she got her first period at the age of 12 and felt like she should not tell anyone.
She finally told her sister-in-law and was separated from her family and forced to live in a “chhaugoth” – a hut separate from the house where women and girls are forced to live during their periods.
“At first, I felt really, really scared and I could not tell anybody, but later on I told my sister-in-law,” she said. “Why are my family are treating me separately? I began to think like that but I also felt scared to say anything.”
She later joined an adolescent girls group supported by international charity ActionAid where she was educated about sexual and reproductive rights. After telling her parents about the damaging aspects of chhaupadi, she was allowed to remain in the house.
“My parents were happy when I started sleeping inside the house because they also feel I am unsafe in the chhaugoth because a snake might bite me or another bad thing might happen,” she said.
Durga, 30, also experienced anxiety about the custom, but from the perspective of a mother. She worries her 14-year-old daughter Ishu will be raped when she is moved to a mud hut outside their home for around five days every month.
Durga, who has been subjected to chhaupadi herself since the age of 14, said: “I am very scared when my daughter is out in the chhaugoth. I am scared that if some bad boy comes and rape her [sic].
She added: “I have to practice it because of the social pressure. If I didn’t practice it, I would be alone in the community.”
Rajkumari, a 23-year-old police constable in the Doti district of western Nepal who works with ActionAid to end the practice, said the scale of the problem was huge.
She has only managed to register one chhaupadi case in Doti district in the past four years.
“Some people think that it [chhaupadi] is good because they are obeying God but it is not a good culture. Even though we have tried to convince the local people, they have said: ‘It is our culture, then who are you to come here and talk about our culture?’
“Previously girls were not allowed to go to school during their menstruation. But now girls are going to the school.”
The practice of making women sleep outside despite temperatures in Nepal, sometimes falling below zero in winter, stems from concerns women will anger the gods or contaminate their home if they stay inside.
In rural areas, it is widely perceived that not following the practice will engender misfortune in the form of natural disasters or sickness or death among family members or livestock. Other myths include thinking that if a woman drinks milk while she is menstruating she will bring harm to her family.
While married women generally stay outside for only a few days, others can be banished for up to a week.
In November 2016, Dambara Upadhyay died alone after spending four nights outside. The 21-year-old was found by her sister-in-law with blood coming out of her nose. Despite local police suggesting she might have experienced a heart attack the initial post-mortem report was not able to establish a cause of death.
While other deaths have been attributed to wild animal attacks, the most common cause is smoke inhalation from fires lit in an attempt to stay warm.
A law passed last August that is set to go into effect next month will punish people who force women to follow the tradition.
The new legislation included a grace period to give citizens time to get used to it – with officials claiming overhauling archaic, culturally entrenched attitudes cannot happen overnight.
The law will result in violators facing up to three months in prison or a fine of 3,000 Nepalese rupees (£20).
But women in the country have said they need more legal support with many not yet aware of the new law.
“Cultural taboos around periods can mean many women and girls are forced to manage their periods in uncomfortable, unsanitary and ineffective ways. The extreme end of these stigmas, such as chauppadi, can literally end in death,” Girish Menon, chief executive at ActionAid UK, told The Independent.
“The lack of access, knowledge and support can also lead to girls missing or dropping out of school. This puts girls at greater risk of child marriage and early pregnancy, meaning the cycles of poverty, gender inequality and violence against women become harder to break.
“Women have the right to control their own bodies. This is why we work to provide safe, and clean sanitary products, and work closely with local women activists to challenge harmful practices and social norms to ensure girls can claim their rights to their bodies and lives.”
ActionAid, which strives to tackle poverty and injustice worldwide, has been working in western Nepal for more than 10 years. It has established women’s groups which enable local women to come together to discuss chhaupadi and has run community sessions which champion the message periods are both natural and healthy.
The NGO said more than 1,400 women of reproductive age have stopped practising chhaupadi in the past decade and it has helped to establish at least 11 ‘chhaupadi free’ communities in the west of the country in the past five years.
INDIA: Serial Sexual Abuser Held In Haryana, Tantrik Raped 120 Women And Filmed Them
People using faith to abuse vulnerable women is not a new thing n India. Every now and then we come across news of such incidents. WHat worse is that the government has done absolutely nothing to stop it. Now, a 60-year-old tantric has been arrested from Fatehabad’s Tohana town in Haryana, for not only raping at least 120 women but also making video clips of the rapes. Police said the tantric, Baba Amarpuri alias Billu, used the clips to blackmail the women and rape them again.
The cops have received at least such 120 clips, each with a different victim. The tantric made the clips himself with his cellphone.
TNN cited sources, saying that a relative of the accused gave the clips to the cops in a CD. Fatehabad women police station in-charge, inspector Bimla Devi said Amarpuri has been sent to police remand for five days.
“We are in the process of getting details about his victims so that their statements can be recorded,” she said, adding that two women have come forward and are ready to record their statements against him.
Amarpuri has been booked under various IPC sections, including rape, word, gesture or act obscenity and criminal intimidation. Sections of Information Technology Act have also been invoked.
“Amarpuri would threaten the women that he would make the clips public and force them to visit him multiple times,” Devi said.
The police said that another rape case was registered against him nine months back. Fatehabad SP Deepak Saharan told TOI that a woman, whose husband knew Amarpuri, had accused him of raping her inside his temple.
The tantric, however, got bail in the case. His real name is Amarveer.
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The attack on the NATO convoy came at the end of a particularly violent day across Afghanistan as tensions are rising ahead of the country's parliamentary elections on Saturday.