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Man arrested for harassing Tendulkar’s daughter

MUMBAI: Indian police arrested a man for allegedly harassing and threatening to kidnap Sara Tendulkar, the daughter of former India cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar. The arrest was made by a team of Mumbai police. The name of the arrested person is Debkumar Maity, who is 32 and under investigation. Officials said the man had made…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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Girls harassed at Mianwali college

A lady principal of a nursing college Mianwali has been sent on forced leave after an inquiry was instituted against her for allegedly coercing the students to get involved in immoral activities. Students of the nursing college mounted a protest demonstration outside the college against the principal. According to the female students, the principal forces…

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70% women don’t post pictures online out of fear of misuse: report

A majority of the complaints the helpline received pertained to non-consensual use of information, which include pictures, videos and personal data. By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: If you’re a woman, you’re aware of the daily struggle. Harassment is part and parcel of the daily life of women, be it the public sphere of life or online…

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Dangal actor Zaira Wasim breaks down after being molested on Delhi-Mumbai flight

NEWS DESK: Dangal actor Zaira Wasim was allegedly molested on a Delhi-Mumbai flight by a man who was sitting behind her, reported NDTV. The 17-year-old, in an Instagram post, has said the man was rubbing his foot against her back and neck while she was half asleep. The actor posted a video on the social…

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Donald Trump’s sexual assaults: The full list of women who have accused the President

NEWS DESK: A year after women came forward to accuse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual assault or harassment, the issue is once again at the forefront of political discourse, reported The Independent. For a number of months, women have been coming forward to accuse powerful men in entertainment and media of sexual assault or…

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Networks sack TV host Charlie Rose over sexual misconduct claims

NEW YORK: Charlie Rose, one of America’s most well-respected television news hosts, was sacked Tuesday by several US networks, becoming the latest powerful man to fall from grace following allegations of sexual misconduct. It was a stunning blow for the 75-year-old award-winning broadcaster who has interviewed the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Barack…

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Hollywood’s #MeToo hits Washington

Washington: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after…

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Woman, daughter jump off train in India as more than 10 men try to rape girl

NEWS DESK: A 40-year-old woman along with her 15-year-old daughter jumped off a moving train after a group of men attempted to rape the girl on board Howrah-Jodhpur Express late Saturday night, reported Hindustan Times. The mother and daughter who were travelling from Kolkata to Delhi in an unreserved coach, were forced to jump off…

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Ellen Page: I was ‘outed’ by director Brett Ratner

NEWS DESK: Ellen Page wrote a detailed Facebook post, becoming the latest actress to speak out against director and producer Brett Ratner, reported BBC. She says he outed her in public before she herself had fully realised she was gay. According to her, it happened on the set of X Men: The Last Stand when…

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Harassment debate rages on Twitter after latest Hania Amir scandal

After Hania Amir made a video of a male without his consent and uploaded it on her Snapchat, a furore erupted on social media, prompting the actress to issue an apology for her act after taking it down. However, harassment once again took center-stage on micro-blogging site Twitter with many users slamming Hania Amir for…

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Furore forces Hania Amir to issue apology, take down controversial snap

Pakistani actress Hania Amir has taken down the controversial Snapchat video in which she recorded a man without his consent, after a furore erupted on social media following her antic. Harassment nowadays is a topic that is in discussion ever since the infamous Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy controversy came to the fore. Speaking exclusively to the Express…

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How has religious fundamentalism affected the cultural rights of women?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: What are the effects of religious fundamentalism – be it Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim – on the cultural rights of women? Classical dancer and activist Sheema Kermani addressed this question while speaking at a press briefing she organized at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, on Wednesday. The briefing was on…

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BBC investigating 25 harassment and bullying complaints

NEWS DESK: The BBC has seen a “spike” in complaints by staff of bullying and harassment, the deputy director general has disclosed, reported The Independent. Giving evidence to the Commons Digital, Media and Sport Committee, Anne Bulford said the corporation was currently dealing with 25 “live” cases covering a range of issues. In the wake…

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People thrash man for harassing female students in Rahim Yar Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN: A man was thrashed by people in Rahim Yar Khan allegedly for harassing female students on Saturday. The video of the person went viral over the internet in which he is being beaten by the public. After thrashing, people handed the suspect over to the police for further action.

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Watch: Harassment is part of the daily routine for women in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: It is not news that harassment is part and parcel of a woman’s daily life. In a deeply patriarchal society like that of Pakistan, the menace worsens as people feel that the onus of harassment lies on women. Why is she wearing this or that? Why is she going out alone? Why is…

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Disturbing event pages emerge on Facebook to shame Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for speaking out on harassment

NEWS DESK: Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy expressed outrage on Twitter at her sister’s doctor at AKUH for using her personal information and sending her a friend request on Facebook. As a result, AKUH suspended the doctor. The story, however, did not end here. A number of Pakistanis were upset – not over the breach of…

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PTI’s Mazari dubs Sharmeen’s Facebook stance as “disgusting”

ISLAMABAD: PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari on Saturday lashed out at Oscar Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for allegedly getting a doctor fired due to a Facebook friend request. In a series of tweets earlier this week, Ms Chinoy said that her sister had received a Facebook friend request from a doctor she had visited at…

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Pakistani Twitterati rage at Sharmeen over ‘harassment’ fiasco

KARACHI: After news broke that a Pakistani doctor had been fired by the Agha Khan University Hospital for allegedly sending a Facebook friend request to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s sister, Pakistani Twitterati took to micro-blogging site Twitter to bash her. While some were of the opinion that Sharmeen had conducted the ‘drama’ to gain attention, others made…

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Sexual harassment no more: Women pledge to stand up to eve-teasers

KARACHI: Women from different walks of life pledged to stand up to sexual harassment and deal strictly with culprits who commit the nefarious act. In SAMAA TV’s morning show, host Madiha Naqvy discussed the issue which is otherwise difficult to talk about in Pakistan. Women from various walks of life spoke about how they faced…

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George HW Bush accused by second woman of sexual assault from his wheelchair

NEWS DESK: Former US President George HW Bush has been accused by a second woman of sexual assault from his wheelchair, reported The Independent. The 93-year-old was forced to apologise on Wednesday after Heather Lind, who starred in US drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, alleged he had touched her “from behind” during a 2014 photo opportunity….

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