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Record crowd for Harlequins vs Wasps classic

first_imgSunday Jan 3, 2010 Record crowd for Harlequins vs Wasps classic A record Guinness Premiership crowd turned out at Twickenham on Boxing Day to watch Wasps achieve a narrow 21-20 victory over rivals Harlequins.An expectant crowd of 76,617 arrived for the match in the freezing cold, the day after Christmas. Who says rugby is in a bad state at the moment?Those who did make the trip to the ground were treated to an excellent match as they watched a determined Wasps hold out against a Quins side that were looking to end on a high after a disappointing year.Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson, regarded by many as the best number nine in England at the moment, dislocated his shoulder and looks set to miss the Six Nations.He had some joy earlier in the match though, scoring a try to add to John Harts effort and the points kicked by both Danny Cipriani and Dave Walder.Nick Evans kicked ten points for Harlequins, while another Test prospect at scrum-half, Danny Care, scored a second half try, as did wing David Strettle.The late try by Strettle, and the subsequent conversion, kept them within one point, but Wasps held on for a great win in front of the massive crowd of supporters. Time: 04:35 Note: ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Conversion hits the posts an incredible four times before going over

first_imgFriday Nov 27, 2015 Conversion hits the posts an incredible four times before going over St. Conleth’s College played the quarter final of the Schools Cup in Dublin a few days ago, winning against Tullow CS. The thing that got our attention though was this unbelievable conversion that hit the posts no less than four times before going over.The small school in Ballsbridge had just scored a try that came from some nice backs play and then a good carry over the line, before their flyhalf stepped up to take a regulation kick at goal.It hit the upright, then the other, then the first one again, then landed on the crossbar before popping over. It was so good that the opposition touchjudge can even be seen cheering it over! The boys doing the filming also clearly enjoyed it.A similar thing happened in Australia a few years back, except on that occasion the ball was snatched up and a try was scored.There’s that and a few other crazy occurences in our Related Posts below this.Big thanks to Gavin from St Conleth’s for sending this in to us, and congratulations on the win.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture

first_img Houses Area:  1890 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman ArchitectureSave this projectSaveBear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934432/bear-run-cabin-david-coleman-architecture Clipboard Projects “COPY” 2018 Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture ArchDaily Contractor: David Coleman ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934432/bear-run-cabin-david-coleman-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© Benjamin Benschneider+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Share Year:  CopyAbout this officeDavid Coleman ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookMarblemountUnited StatesPublished on February 25, 2020Cite: “Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture” 25 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: David Coleman Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•Marblemount, United States “COPY” Piazza Construction Photographs:  Benjamin Benschneider Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Design Team:David Coleman, Daniel Payson, Trevor DykstraBuilding Finishes:Mark MaloneCity:MarblemountCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. Located on a rain-drenched site in the rugged, north-western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this modest, sustainable building has a big presence in a big landscape. Surrounded by dramatic, mountain peaks, the site slopes to the east and overlooks a large woodlot. Our clients wanted a building that had presence in and subservience to the wild landscape. This duality became the thematic tag that informed the design.Save this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderSave this picture!Floor plansSave this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderIn order to preserve the rugged landscape, we limited the building’s footprint to a 30’ by 100’ rectangle. Two buildings are juxtaposed within this footprint in a ying/yang fashion, leaving a sinuous exterior space that is defensible and varied. The western terrace is carved into the site, stepping down into the earth, leading to a soaking tub set behind a glass wall. The south-eastern porch and monumental stair, both covered by a soaring roof, rise above the site, offering shelter from the rain and summer sun. Both spaces meet in an interstitial “rain garden” – a place where seasonal rains gather and flow toward the river below.Save this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderThe building is designed to be seasonally expansive – generous in summer when livability expands outside onto the porches and terraces, modest and efficient in winter. The 890 SF cabin houses a great room, bath and sleeping loft clad in frameless glass. All rooms open toward distant views of the mountains. The 1000 SF studio houses a music room, workshop and guest loft. The west wall is clad in a polycarbonate skin, bathing the interiors in sunlight during the day, and the exterior terrace in a dramatic display of light at night. Building forms are angular and elemental, not unlike the surrounding mountain peaks. The result is a dramatic building, deceptively simple, deeply rooted in the site and unexpectedly crisp and modern.Save this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderSave this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderSustainable features include geothermal heat, plantation-sourced wood, super insulation, and passive solar. The cabin’s shell was built by a local contractor and finished by the client on a tight budget over several years. The cabin’s name comes from a particularly memorable experience he had during construction.Save this picture!© Benjamin BenschneiderProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Schoolhouse / Rome OfficeSelected ProjectsConcepción Beistegui Apartments / Miguel de la Torre ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Lead Architect: Manufacturers: Ann Sacks, Aquabrass, Benjamin Moore, Duravit, Fry Reglet, James Hardie, McNichols, Milgard, Rais, Toto, Acor, Ameriluxlast_img read more

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National Fundraising Convention’s theme is ‘Best You Can Be’

first_img The theme of the 2015 National Fundraising Convention, the Institute of Fundraising’s annual conference, is ‘Best You Can Be’.Following on from last year’s theme of ‘proud to be a fundraiser’ or #proudfundraiser, this year’s theme has two objectives:• to inspire fundraisers to achieve personal success• enable charities to create an environment in which fundraisers can excelThe convention theme will focus on the personal fundraising journeys of Institute members, examining how they have grown and developed in their careers, and highlighting some of the experiences that have made them successful fundraisers today.Best You Can Be – the Institute of Fundraising National Convention theme 2015Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, is chair of the National Fundraising Convention Board this year. She said:“Our charities are only as strong and vibrant as our fundraisers, so to maximise our impact we need our fundraisers to be at the top of their game. If fundraisers aim to be the best they can be, and are enabled to excel, we will ultimately build a better world for the beneficiaries we are here to serve.”Peter Lewis, Chief Executive at the Institute of Fundraising explained that ‘Best You Can Be‘ reflects the organisation’s efforts to create a movement of excellence. Last month, for example, it sought advice from the Privy Council as part of its plans to become a Chartered Body.As National Convention approaches the Institute will be sharing details of member case studies, videos, small events and academy courses all inspired by being Best You Can Be. Advertisement  42 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 April 2015 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Keynote speakerThe keynote speaker at this year’s National Fundraising Convention will be Daryl Upsall, the international fundraising expert, whose fundraising career included raising funds for the ANC’s election campaign following Nelson Mandela’s release, and leading Greenpeace’s fundraising as International Fundraising Director.Sharing Best You Can BeAs with #proudfundraiser, the Institute is inviting fundraisers to share their own stories of what ‘being the best’ means to them via social media using the hashtag #BestYouCanBe. They have produced a range of images for fundraisers to share via Facebook, Twitter and Google+.• The early bird discount for National Convention ends on 24 April.center_img National Fundraising Convention’s theme is ‘Best You Can Be’ Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising National Fundraising Convention AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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National holiday reminder about severe repression of media

first_img More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News News Follow the news on Uzbekistan Receive email alerts On the eve of Uzbekistan’s national holiday tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders condemns the severity of governmental repression of independent news media and human rights activists, especially when they try to point out the lack of democracy and freedoms, combat discrimination or expose corruption or torture.“In office since independence in 1991 and reelected for five years in 2000, President Islam Karimov had his current term extended by referendum in 2005,” the press freedom organisation said. “The next election, originally scheduled for January of this year, is finally going to be held in December. This is a crucial year. We already know the media will not be able to cover this election freely and will not have access to essential information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The media and foreign NGOs have been constantly harassed this year. Several NGOs that have headquarters in other countries or get foreign funding were forced to stop working altogether after withdrawal of their accreditation. We were appalled by the six- and seven-year prison sentences imposed on Gulbahor Turayeva and Umida Niyazova in the spring and by the methods used to make them recant on their past activities.”The European Union decided on 14 May to partially ease the sanctions adopted against Uzbekistan after the March 2005 events in Andijan, but many journalists are fleeing the country and media continue to be closed down. Said Abdurakhimov of Uznews.net and Alexei Volosevitch of Ferghana.ru were detained and interrogated by the military on 23 July for unclear reasons. On 31 July, the government agency that regulates the press ordered the closure of Odamlar Orasida, an independent weekly that covered sensitive social issues such as prostitution and homosexuality.Furthermore, Deutsche Welle correspondent Natalia Bushuyeva would almost certainly have been imprisoned if she had not fled the country after being accused of working without a licence and tax fraud in March.President Karimov is on the Reporters Without Borders list of press freedom predators. Uzbekistan was ranked 158th out of 168 countries in the organisation’s 2006 World Press Freedom Index. There have been at least 31 serious press freedom violations since the Andijan massacre. UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 11, 2021 Find out more August 31, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 National holiday reminder about severe repression of media New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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China announces “release” of Swedish publisher Gui Minhai

first_img RSF_en News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionDisappearances Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by China’s announced “release” of Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who had been held incommunicado for two years and one week, but points out that dozens of journalists and bloggers continue to be detained in China. ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionDisappearances to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimescenter_img News News October 30, 2017 – Updated on November 9, 2017 China announces “release” of Swedish publisher Gui Minhai Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures PHOTO: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP News Gui Minhai has not appeared in public since the announcement of his “release” on 24 October and is said to be staying with relatives in the eastern city of Ningbo while waiting for his passport to be renewed and for the Chinese authorities to let him travel to Germany, where his wife lives.“We are relieved by this announcement but we will not be able to talk of Gui Minhai’s release until he actually leaves China,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “His abduction, detention and forced confession on TV are illegal practices that should not exist.”Last of the five Hong Kong booksellersA co-owner of Causeway Bay Books, a Hong Kong bookstore, and Mighty Current, a publishing house specializing in sensationalist revelations about the private lives of Chinese leaders, Gui went missing on 14 October 2015 and was probably abducted by Chinese intelligence agents from his home in the Thai city of Pattaya.Four other Causeway Bay Books shareholders and employees who were kidnapped around the same time were gradually released the following spring.But Gui appeared on China’s state-owned CCTV on 17 January 2016 giving a “spontaneous” confession that was filmed in a Chinese detention centre. In tears, he said he had returned voluntarily to China to assume his “legal responsibility” for the death of a school student in a traffic accident in China years before, when he was driving while under the influence of alcohol.The account was not very credible, especially as he had already served a sentence at the time of the accident.Warning to government opponents“By abducting a foreign citizen outside China, the Chinese state apparatus sent a very clear warning to its opponents that it is not afraid to go after anyone publishing unwanted information, regardless of their passport or place of residence,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau.“We urge the international community to do more to get China to respect international law and to release the dozens of journalists and bloggers who are still in prison.”The Chinese Communist Party’s 19th congress, which finished last week, approved another five-year term for President Xi Jinping, who has developed a sophisticated apparatus for censoring news and information, spying on the public and cracking down on human rights activities.The People’s Republic of China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Index, the same position as in 2016 and 2015. Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Editor of Arabic-language daily released provisionally

first_img Follow the news on Mauritania Receive email alerts News Organisation Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post Abdel Fettah Ould Ebeidna, the managing editor of the Arabic-language daily Al-Aqsa, was released provisionally late yesterday.—————————25.05.2007 – Newspaper editor jailed after accusing businessman of drug traffickingReporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Abdel Fettah Ould Ebeidna, managing editor of the daily newspaper Al-Aqsa, who was sent to prison in Nouakchott yesterday because of a libel complaint against him by a businessman.“His imprisonment is a very ominous sign for the media at a time when the country is in the grip of a major drugs scandal,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Before the transition to democratic rule, jailing journalists was routine, but the practice has been banned and libel suits are now handled in a different way. This latest imprisonment seems to be a case of political score-settling.”Ebeidna was ordered by a judge, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Talhata, to report to a police station yesterday in connection with a libel suit filed by businessman Mohamed Ould Bouammatou, who the paper had said on 16 May was involved in a large-scale cocaine racket discovered in the northern town of Nouadhibou on 2 May, along with the son of a former president, a politician and the sons of several prominent figures.The article, which did not present very firm evidence, said Bouammatou had been formally charged. Ebeidna was sent to prison immediately after his visit to the police station. Help by sharing this information July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica RSF_en to go furthercenter_img News News News May 20, 2021 Find out more May 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of Arabic-language daily released provisionally RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world MauritaniaAfrica March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Viable device found in Tulla searches

first_imgGARDAI in Killaloe are investigating the discovery of a suspicious “viable” device that was found at a house in follow-up searches after two men were stopped outside Tulla, county Clare with  drug paraphernalia and cartridges in the car they were travelling in. While on routine patrol on January 8 at Ballybody, Tulla, Gardai arrested two males, aged 17 and 22, when the items were found in the car. Both men were conveyed to Killaloe Garda station and detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During follow searches Gardai discovered a suspicious device in a house on Main St, Tulla at approx 7.30pm and the area was immediately sealed off and the EOD were requested. The area was declared safe at 11pm and the Main St was re-opened. The device was described as being viable.Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai in Killaloe on 061 620540 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.12 months ago, five pipe bombs were found dumped in rubbish on a roadway outside Tulla. Linkedin Twitter Email Print Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook NewsLocal NewsViable device found in Tulla searchesBy admin – January 9, 2013 463 Previous articleGarda crime updateNext articleRegeneration funding guaranteed for 2014 adminlast_img read more

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Final Call for Submissions for the ENGINE short film scheme

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print TAGSENGINE Short FilmKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsFinal Call for Submissions for the ENGINE short film schemeBy Meghann Scully – January 25, 2021 63 Twittercenter_img Previous articleWeekly Racing News | Billy Lee at the doubleNext article#Watch: Limerick acts among the future stars at Eurosonic Noorderslag festival Meghann Scully Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash ENGINE Short Film Scheme THE countdown is on to the deadline for Engine Short Film Scheme, an ambitious new short film scheme for emerging screen talent based in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.Run by Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick, Engine Shorts is a partnership between the Local Authorities in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The new scheme aims to inspire and support new writers, up-and-coming directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience.It will also offer the opportunity for emerging local crew to gain real-world experience on funded productions and to receive industry guidance.Shortlisted teams can avail of training to develop their project ideas and up to six teams will be awarded production funding of €12,500 each to produce a short film.To be in with a chance of being selected for this prestigious scheme, all you need to do is submit a ‘Story Outline’ for a 10 minute short film before Friday 29th January.Speaking about the new initiative, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film manager at Film in Limerick, said, “There has never been a better time for local aspiring filmmakers to step up and break into a career in film & TV.“You don’t need previous experience as a screenwriter to apply for ENGINE Shorts and writers can apply individually and receive support to find a producer and director if shortlisted.“As the biggest short film scheme of its kind in the country, the opportunity is there for the taking and we are excited to work with the next generation of writers, directors and producers in the coming months as they develop and produce six new films in the region.” he said.The six projects will all be filmed in the region, crewed by locally-based talent and offer skills training and career development for all those involved.Visit engineshorts.com to find out more and to apply before Friday 29th January at 12 noon. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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The Question Isn’t Who Is Going To Let Me; It’s Who Is Going To Stop Me

first_imgColumnsThe Question Isn’t Who Is Going To Let Me; It’s Who Is Going To Stop Me Mahalakshmi Pavani, Senior Advocate7 March 2021 8:34 PMShare This – xThe position of my women in the backdrop of the Indian social, political, economic and cultural framework has been fluctuating more or less towards progressive yet challenging developments. With the recent dazzling victory of Priya Ramani against being prosecuted for defamation by a man who exploited his position of power to dominate a naïve entrant, we may get the feeling that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe position of my women in the backdrop of the Indian social, political, economic and cultural framework has been fluctuating more or less towards progressive yet challenging developments. With the recent dazzling victory of Priya Ramani against being prosecuted for defamation by a man who exploited his position of power to dominate a naïve entrant, we may get the feeling that with each passing year women in India are standing up to what they would negatively countenance. It is only a matter of pitiable irony that a woman not belonging to the crest of the urban mainstream (an unthinkably large number) cannot assert herself as an individual when her partner forces himself like an starved savage animal; to put it in other words a woman has no freedom of her body & cannot desist against her own husband from using brute force to satisfy his lust and this manly force applies across the board, uniformly notwithstanding caste, class, education, background, religious belief and lastly in utter disregard for an woman’s wishes. Most recently, no less than the Chief Justice of India remarked while hearing a case between a couple – “However, brutal the husband is, can the act of sexual intercourse be called rape?” It is a grim reminder that our country still needs much introspection and that persons in any place of power-right from a Panchayat or District Collector upwards to the P.M.O need to be amenable, admitting and brave enough to own up to holding a redundant view which needs a relook to keep up with a transformative society. This instance also compels one to recall the glittering words of sociologist & thinker Dean Stone who succinctly with great clarity described the ideal future of sociological jurisprudence as something ‘which can be taught and expounded so as to make it a methodological guide either to the student of law or to the judge. It warns the judge or the student of law that logic and history cannot and ought not to have the full sway when the dynamic judgment is to be rendered. It points out that in the choice of the particular device determining the result -social utility- the mores of the times, objectively determined, may properly turn the scale in favour of one against the other.’ If someone sketches only a rosy picture of women in India, I’m often infuriated by the simple reason of the identity of my interlocutor who is either an accomplished woman or a smug man. The truth of the matter is that although it is a daily battleground for the working woman, there has been little concerning the real rural woman that would bring a smile to the face. The last year has posed a perilous problem globally which has further endangered the position of the already struggling majority of women of India. Bleak visuals splashed across newspapers and social media which proved the en masse existence of crippling poverty in our country, far from espousing the cause of feminism and equality, the common educated urban who is habituated to question the prevailing complacencies was stumped in a trance of speechlessness when she felt the helplessness that the average Indian struggling in the big cities to build a respectable livelihood had to straddle back afoot their journeys to their hometowns. In this exodus, which was rather avoidable there was one image on the internet that stuck in my head was that of a woman with her clothes & utensils in one hand and holding the hand of her wailing child who did not want to walk further due to the heat and that woman although exhausted she carried the child and mollified it till it became silent- this scene to my mind was the most descriptive of a woman’s compassion even in a terrible situation where life itself seems at the cusp of extinction. Another happening that fortified my positive belief in the determination of the angry youth was the news of a 15 year-old girl Jyoti who rode for 7 years over 1200 kilometers with her father on the backseat to reach her native. In the previous year we also witnessed an open slaughtering of the character of a woman named Rhea Chakroborty who was outstripped of her dignity by a ruthless media who made abhorrent accusations on her complicity in the unnatural death of her former boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput- from performing black magic on him to spiking his medicines and food the Court of public opinion was muddled with everything but sense and logic. Forgetting every shred of journalistic ethic as coded by the Press Council of India, a woman’s reputation and her very existence was mocked, sullied and her character marauded. This very act of exaggeration and illogical speculation destroyed any possible future career that girl had- her family and friends also made to share the spectacle and every woman who supported Rhea against violation of her rights also cornered on television by painting them with the same hue as Rhea. This irresponsible reportage unfortunately hacked at the responsible works done in the field of equality and human liberties over a grueling period of time by perpetuating the stereotype that an educated, outgoing, unconventional, working, ambitious, woman is somewhat a threat to a successful man and is someone hawking at the riches and sponging off of the man. Contrasting this, journalist, Siddique Kappan who travelled to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh after the gory rape of a 19 year-old Dalit girl whose body was burnt in the dead of night by the police against the wishes and consent of her family, and he was detained under the National Security Act for allegedly possessing material & content detrimental to the security of the country. And to put it in simple terms, here a man who tried to bring out the truth about a skin- crawling attack on a woman resulting in her death and the unforgivable conduct of the police was silenced by being tossed in the lock-up under the gravest of charge. The youth of this country do offer a promising light at the end of the tunnel, in the last one year we have seen an undeterred crop of students who simply do not care for the formidability of the State & the far reaching excesses which inhere in it, be is a Safoora Zargar, the 28 year old student activist who was jailed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for discharging the role of a “key conspirator” in the CAA protests, she endured the larger part of her pregnancy period serving as an undertrial until she was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on humanitarian grounds; or be it Disha Ravi or Nodeep Kaur, both under the age of 25, both protesting against the new farm laws & booked under similar charges of sedition & creating disaffection amongst religious groups are recent examples belonging from diverse places in the country are symbols of exemplary courage for their continued resistance in what they believe to be the truthful and morally correct stance. They are definitely not the only ones who have spoken their mind out in favour of egalitarian forms of dialogue and action but they are the prominent ones leading the way for the youth to quit their state of dormancy and awake to resist if not challenge the realities of societal inequalities, the normative political correctness, the culture of conformity, the conservative dated notions of factions, the radicalization of ideologies, the decried practices of indigenous & non- indigenous communities and the shortsighted yet deeply fractured understandings of a majority of nameless, faceless, voiceless individuals who hope not for any great miracle to wish all this away but only hope to sustain with dignity in their lives. I would like to conclude by saying that this women’s day take up an oath to make one needy person’s life more positive and bring a smile in their lives, in any way you can- be it financially, professionally, educationally or just by listening to them and do the bare minimum of respecting their point of view & understand where their point of view comes from . The needy person you aide need not be of any specific gender or better they need not have the label any gender. We need more humanity and less clutter filled rambling we have got used to calling discourseViews are personalSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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