70-year-old Nun Raped in India

A 70-year-old nun was raped at her convent in the eastern part of West Bengal. Some men broke into the convent, mugging and breaking the catholic house and added the rape to it to increase the atrocity of the situation. Four persons are arrested, but no charges have been made. The elderly nun is in the hospital and is doing better. She was raped because she resisted the robbers, and the punishment was to rape her. This happened in a village 50 miles away from Calcutta.

 

Exactly a year ago, a rapist was arrested for raping a nun in Orissa. The rape happened in 2008 and only after six years any justice could be done.

 

These horrendous, shameful acts need to stop. From 7-year-old little girl to 70-year-old woman, females are in danger in India. As a nation, are we taking enough steps to stop the rape culture?

Surendra Jain, the general secretary of the right-wing Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), also known as World Hindu Council said, “There are no Christians living in the village or around it.” “The church was for the purpose of conversion. Local people had warned against it. But when it went unheeded, they took whatever action they deemed fit.”

“Will the Christians allow us to make a Hanuman temple in the Vatican?” he asked.

The answer does not lie in raping a nun.

 

 

 

 

 

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Same Event, Different Stories

Why Everyone Remembers Differently?

 

 

“You said that, and not this.” This statement is often met with “I don’t remember this, I remember saying this.” While note keeping and journal entries can help establish the fact checking, the bigger question is will that solve the problem?

 

Research says, two people can attend the same thing, witness the same set of events, but what they remember will be different from each other. Only because, each one experiences a complete different set of emotions altering what they will remember later. In couples arguments over what they said, who did what in the past is very common. A wife remembers her husband promising to take her out for dinner while the husband remembers not as a definite plan but with the probably element in it.

 

The Rashomon effect – (the term is coined after the film Rashamon) as it is called means same people will remember different details and versions of the same event they witness. The difference in versions exists because of the mood they are in , their previous experiences and the current state of mind they are in. This also points out to the fact how a movie is appealing to a person, while being waste of time for the other person.

 

Perspective and how one wants to remember a situation plays a big part in forming the memory of an event. This can be used in an advantageous way by couples and by anyone who wants to mend a troubled relationship. For couples, they should focus on making memories together. Talking over and over again about how they first met, their first date, the first vacation, birth of children will iron out the irregularities in the memory. Focus on the happy elements of the past will bring out the joy element in the relationship , thus making the bond stronger. Nothing is permanent and change is inevitable and this applies to memories too.

 Written by Suchitra Sharma

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Mom Said Yes to Teen’s Demand of 17000 Pairs of Shoes

This past November, my husband and I adopted our Mackenzie from foster care. She was only 6 months away from her 18th birthday and had spent more than half her life in the care of the state.

“Mom, we need to do something to show people the magnitude of foster care in Arizona. Most people can’t even picture 17,000 kids, much less understand just how many of us there are.” Mackenzie said, one day out of the blue. “Let’s create a video. We can get 17,000 pieces of candy or something and give people a visual.”

Mackenzie knows too much about foster care. She lived in 26 “placements,” which she says is really “just a dressed up way of saying I left everything and everyone behind 26 times in my life.”

She has had so many “homes” that it took her several tries to remember them all.

“When I moved in with you,” Mackenzie confided to me, “I didn’t believe anything you told me. You told me you were buying me a phone so that I could call you in an emergency. I didn’t believe that. You told me that you would buy me decent clothes. I didn’t believe that. You said all these things, and I didn’t believe any of it because that’s just not what it’s like in foster care. I’d never lived anywhere with people like you.”

At this point, our conversation turned to shoes and hoodies. Busted, outgrown shoes and threadbare hoodies. The unofficial uniform of foster care.

When our daughter first came home to us, weeks before her “sweet 16” birthday, she had one pair of shoes. A pair of old, dirty, split-down-the-sides tennis shoes. Her lone pair of shoes were split in all the right places. The growth spots. They were split around the outer edges of the balls of her feet and around the bend of her heel and on the inner edging and on the tops of her big toes. They were a full two and a half sizes too small.

Mackenzie wore this pair of shoes on her first visit to meet her forever family (that’s us) for the first time with a very pretty size-too-small dress. She wore this pair of shoes to church. She wore this pair of shoes to school. She wore this pair of shoes everywhere because it was all she had.

Mackenzie appeared on our doorstep with her size 10 feet stuffed into size 7 sandals. It looked incredibly painful, but she swore she just borrowed these sandals because she liked them. Later, we learned that she no longer had any shoes, and the group home had done nothing about it.

She was going to school every day with bare feet. A few times, teachers asked why she was not wearing her shoes, and she told them, “I don’t have shoes.” When they asked why not, she replied, “I live in a group home.” That was always where the conversation ended.

“If I lived with my birth parents and came to school with no shoes every day, they would have called the Hotline to report neglect, but no one calls to report neglect or abuse on a CPS group home,” our daughter explained matter of factly, “They just expect it and ignore it.”

After nearly a decade of this treatment, when Mackenzie arrived in our home the first time, she did not believe our promise to buy her new shoes. Shoes that she did not ask for because she did not expect to receive them. She was appreciative to just be in a home, far from the violence and instability and drama of the modern day orphanages that we call “group homes.”

When she arrived the second time, Mackenzie knew she was finally coming home to safety, stability, love, and shoes.

Mackenzie did live in one good home, once upon a time. We want to acknowledge that, and she acknowledges it with gratitude often. L & G, you know who you are. You had a profound, positive effect on our daughter’s life.

Almost every foster child who has come into our home from another foster home has had only one pair of busted, ill-fitting shoes. Most of these children could put fingers through the holes in their shoes. One child, after our first shopping trip, showed us how two fingers would fit through the bottom of the single pair of shoes that this child had arrived with.

In this moment of recollection, it dawned on us. Shoes. Mackenzie could create her video with shoes. Then, the shoes could be donated to foster children.

Our daughter did not come to us straight from a home charged with neglect. She came to us after nearly a decade in the care of state-supported foster homes who were responsible for meeting her basic needs. Yet, she had only one pair of shoes that did not fit.

The second time Mackenzie was placed with us, she had no shoes.

After being moved from our home, she lived for several months in a group home where conditions were so bad that she risked life and limb to hitchhike back to us.

Foster children need shoes. Good shoes. Shoes that fit. Shoes that they are proud to wear with a pretty dress or a Sunday suit or with a favorite pair of jeans. Shoes that are good enough to join a sports team. Shoes that give a kid confidence to make friends at a new school when moving from home to home.

What better visual to show people just what 16,990 kids in foster care truly looks like than 16,990 pairs of empty shoes laid out in rows.

So, my daughter asked for 16,990 pairs of shoes. One to represent every child in Arizona foster care.

What better gift to a child who has no stable home, no family, and no shoes.

Click here to help Mackenzie give this gift to the ones she left behind.

 Learn more and help Mackenzie at her website.

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Jammu and Kashmir to boost girl child ratio

 

 

 

The state of J&K led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed PDP-BJP has announced the government will contribute 1000 rupees per month for every girl child that is born in the state till she reaches 14 years of age. The girl child will receive 6.5 lakh rupees from the government once she is 21 and in the state.

 

Jammu and Kashmir has seen a steady decline in the girl child ratio. From 962 girls per 1000 boys, in 2001 it was at 862 in 2011 as reported by the census. The national average of female child sex ratio is at 943.

 

“According to the census of 2011, J&K has exhibited a fall in the sex ratio to 889. What is alarming is that the child sex ratio (6 – 10 years) has shown a very rapid decline. Among a host of interventions,
financial security of the girl child holds paramount, as it creates a positive disposition towards the girl child,” said Haseeb A Drabu, J&K finance minister, while presenting his maiden budget on Sunday as reported on DNA INDIA

 

Any girl born after April 2015 would benefit from this law. Jammu and Kashmir is one of the many states where the sex ratio is on a decline.

 

In a nation where female goddesses like Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi are worshipped on a daily basis in every household of the country , the condition of women are far less from ideal. A step like this is of course is in the right direction. Besides these measures an overhaul in attitudes of the general population is needed. Respect, education, kindness towards the woman – fundamental to any society need to be taught in every home.

 

 

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Diageo will enlist nutritional information on the drinks

Good news for all those people out there who are health conscious and also enjoy their drink from time to time.

 

London based distiller Diageo will be soon coming out with the nutritional information on its Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and the iconic Irish stout.

 

The alcoholic content and other detailed information will either be available on their website or on the product itself. Diageo is the biggest liquor company in the world operating in close to 200 countries. More makers are expected to follow suit, once Diageo shows the way.

 

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo said:“Diageo puts the consumer at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to ensuring our consumers have the best possible information from which to make informed choices about our products: this includes alcohol content and nutrition information per typical serve. Currently, there is no obligation to provide such information in markets worldwide, but we know that consumers are increasingly discerning about what’s in their glass. We want to provide alcohol and nutrition information that consumers can quickly understand, instead of expecting them to do the maths.”

Providing information on the amount of alcohol per serve helps consumers understand how much they are drinking. This could help reduce the misuse of alcohol – a goal shared by regulators, consumer organisations, health professionals and alcohol companies alike.

Diageo will work with regulators around the world to agree the format of voluntary labels which provide information on alcohol content and nutrition per typical serve. In the United States, Diageo has gained regulatory approval for a voluntary “serving facts” panel for alcohol drinks that includes this nutrition and alcohol per serve information

 

 

 

 

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Bicylist in Naperville injured, struck by a car

A bicyclist was injured and is at Edwards hospital in Naperville. He was struck by 2009 Chevrolet van on Monday evening at the intersection of 75th street and Modaff road. Details of the crash are still fuzzy. The police department is looking for any information. Please contact the Naperville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 630-305-5379 or email [email protected].

 

As the weather is changing we will see more runners and bicyclists on the streets. Care should be taken while driving; the walkers and bicyclist always have the right of the way. Be respectful towards walkers, runners and bicyclists.

 

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Indian bride walks out of wedding when groom fails math test

An Indian bride walked out of her wedding ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple math problem, police said Friday.

The bride tested the groom on his math skills and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.

The question she asked: How much is 15 plus six?

His reply: 17.

The incident took place late Wednesday in Rasoolabad village near the industrial town of Kanpur in northern Uttar Pradesh state, local police officer Rakesh Kumar said Friday.

The groom’s family tried persuading the bride to return, but she refused. She said the groom had misled them about his education.

“The groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,” said Mohar Singh, the bride’s father. “Even a first grader can answer this.”

Local police mediated between the families and both sides returned all the gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding, Kumar said.

Last month, another bride in Uttar Pradesh married a wedding guest after the original groom had a seizure and collapsed at the wedding venue.

The groom’s family had not revealed that the groom was epileptic. While the groom was rushed to a hospital in Rampur town, the bride asked one of the wedding guests to step in and married him.

Most marriages in India are arranged by the families of the bride and groom. Except for brief meetings, the couple rarely gets to know each other before the nuptials.

Source @ Yahoo

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