Lake Warriors-In Urban India

Lake Warriors-In Urban India

When the City of Thousand Lakes is destroyed in the name of development and just one hundred and eighty lakes remain, citizens such as Usha Rajagopalan and Arbind Gupta take it upon themselves to start a revolution.Usha and her neighbours are restoring lake Puttenahalli in Bangalore with help from the community and from the civic authorities. From diverting rain water and clearing up storm water drains, to stopping the inflow of sewage to creating an avian sanctuary: this is a long journey, but one that will see the locality transformed.

Supporting the work of individuals such as Usha is Arbind Gupta which connects lake warriors with crucial information, research, experts and agencies that can help them restore their local lakes.

Lakes are crucial to recharging fast-depleting ground water tables and avoiding flooding during monsoons in urban India.
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SOURCE : chaiwithlakshmi on YOUTUBE



Stronger Laws to Deter Acid Attacks on Women

Stronger Laws to Deter Acid Attacks on Women

By Ranjita Biswas IPSNEWS.NET

Perhaps the most appalling of these many forms of violence against women are acid attacks, which have become increasingly frequently in India Those who succumb to their injuries invariably die a painful death – acid eats into the skin, resulting in wounds that quickly become infected and cause septicaemia and other fatal conditions.Survivors, meanwhile, end up with scars that often last a lifetime, and many live out their days hiding what many described to IPS as their “deformed” faces and bodies from horrified gazes.

Though there is a dearth of official data on the issue, reports conducted by independent researchers and rights groups show that acid attacks are a gendered crime, with young women being the primary targets. The attackers, more often than not, are men whose romantic overtures were spurned.

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In India, a largely patriarchal society that is on the cusp between conservatism and modernism – and where the aspirations of young girls and women to secure an education and find employment are supported by national economic development plans – hundreds of men feel slighted by women’s newfound independence. Unable to bear what they perceive as an insult to their “masculinity”, many seek revenge by physically harming women, in an attempt to reclaim their authority.

Eighteen-year-old Chanchal Paswan, hailing from the central state of Bihar, has a face that resembles nothing but melted flesh, the result of an attack that was supposedly “provoked” by her protesting against sexual harassment by four men.

Up until now, acid attacks have simply fallen under the general rubric of crimes against women, which numbered 244,270 in 2012 and included such atrocities as rape, dowry death (women killed or driven to suicide by in-laws to extort an increased dowry) and trafficking of women and girls, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

The eastern state of West Bengal accounted for 12.67 percent of these crimes, while its capital, Kolkata, ranked the third most dangerous Indian metropolis for women, behind Delhi and Bangalore. As such, the number of acid attacks in Kolkata is estimated to be higher than in many other cities around this country of 1.2 billion people.

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Comments : In India acid attacks on women are way too high. Strict measure on sales of such chemicals should be brought into effect immediately. A scar for a lifetime , mental trauma  and the torture of pain ! how long can we compromise on this ?

Racial And Physical Abuse On African Descendent In Bangalore

Racial And Physical Abuse On African Descendent In Bangalore  

African descendent  Wandoh was abused physically on road by the locals in Bangalore. He was attacked by a group who completed it with a racial abuse. – Wandoh Timothi  was riding his bike when the locals where driving rash in zig-zag manner . On seeing this he advised them to drive carefully so no one is hurt . To his surprise they replied calling him a “negro” and continued to shout at him expecting him to be sorry for what he said. They attackers added he had no rights as he was a foreigner . People near by who knew Wando very well advised to stop and leave it so he did as his well wishers advised. To his surprise the attackers turned off the bike he was driving and started to assault him physically .

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Almost immediately, he was surrounded by 10 more people, who kicked and punched him lying on the ground. This went on for 8-10 minutes while the shop-keepers and pedestrians stood by and watched

The victim is married to an Indian citizen and they have two young daughters.

Comments : We need to make sure the community is safe for all , not just for the local citizens  but for the foreigners as well.

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