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Here’s how Bollywood songs promote sexual harassment

Bollywood songs with their lewd lyrics and controversial dance moves depict women as objects to be desired and hence promote sexual harassment. In this video, you can hear some of the lyrics of Indian item songs that are sexually suggestive and promote women as mere objects of lust. Munni Badnaam Hui, My Name is Sheela,…

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Sahar Ansari: My Arts Council membership is not suspended and I still preside over many events

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Sahar Ansari, an Urdu poet, says that his membership at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, has not been suspended and that he attends all the events at the council, presiding over many of the mushairas and other events. In a recent press conference on women rights on November 8, Arts…

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Harassment accusation of writer brings sleaze scandal to the heart of UK govt

NEWS DESK: Downing Street has been dragged into the Westminster sexual harassment scandal after a well-known writer claimed one of David Cameron’s officials groped her, reported The Independent. Daisy Goodwin, who wrote hit TV show Victoria, said that she had immediately called out the official, saying: “Are you actually touching my breast?” She alleged that…

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Anna Paquin on Ellen Page’s claims about Brett Ratner: “I was there.”

NEWS DESK: Anna Paquin has corroborated the allegations made by Ellen Page against film director and producer Brett Ratner, reported The Independent. Page accused Ratner of being “blatantly homophobic” toward her on the set of 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand by asking a woman ten years her senior to “f*** her” to “make her…

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Hundreds join Hollywood #MeToo march against sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a pervasive feature of American life, reported Reuters. The #MeToo march and rally followed a relentless series of accusations by men and…

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Gal Gadot to ‘quit’ Wonder Woman sequel if Brett Ratner stays on as producer

NEWS DESK: Gal Gadot, the star of hit DC film Wonder Woman, is reportedly refusing to return for the sequel unless Warner Bros fully severs ties with producer Brett Ratner who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, reported The Independent. While previously announced that Ratner is to part ways with the studio while the accusations…

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Ed Westwick BBC drama put on hold after rape allegations against actor

NEWS DESK: Two BBC shows starring Ed Westwick have been put on hold in light of the current rape allegations against him, reported The Independent. The actor strongly denies the accusations, made by two women, releasing a statement on social media on Thursday reading: “It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result…

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House of Cards is still alive at Netflix without Kevin Spacey

NEWS DESK: The fate of Netflix series House of Cards has been up in the air following the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey which saw the streaming service – as well as publicist and talent agency – cut ties with the actor, reported The Independent. Spacey’s firing from the hit Netflix series, in which he…

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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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Rebel Wilson speaks out on Hollywood sexual harassment

NEWS DESK: Actress and comedian Rebel Wilson has taken to Twitter to reveal her own story of sexual harassment in the film industry, amid a scandal that has spread throughout Hollywood, reported The Independent. Wilson describes an alleged incident with an unnamed male “star” who asked her to perform a sex act on him while “his…

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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner accused of sexual harassment by Emmy award-winning co-writer

NEWS DESK: Matthew Weiner – the creator of Mad Men – has been accused of sexually harassing co-writer Kater Gordon, reported The Independent. Gordon, who won an Emmy for her work on the series which ended in 2015, alleges that the showrunner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her…

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Men With No Respect For Women To Be Dealt With Sternly: Delhi Court

NEWS DESK: A Delhi court has refused to quash the jail term of a man held guilty in a sexual harassment case, saying persons who have no respect for women need to be taught that such behaviour will invite stringent punishment. Special Judge Sandeep Yadav upheld the one-year sentence of convict Virender Kumar while dismissing…

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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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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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This female comedian silenced an all-male panel with perfect explanation of why sexual harassment isn’t funny

NEWS DESK: Comedian Jo Brand has been lauded for delivering a sharp rebuke to an all-male panel on Have I Got News For You, after they appeared to downplay claims of sexual harassment in Westminster, reported The Independent. Responding to a headline about an MP taking his personal trainer to the cinema, journalist Ian Hislop…

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Netflix cuts ties with under-fire Spacey

LOS ANGELES: Netflix on Friday dumped Kevin Spacey, saying it would be involved in no further production of its hit series “House of Cards” that includes the actor, now facing a mounting slew of sexual assault allegations. The streaming service also said it was abandoning the release of an upcoming film “Gore” that had also…

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Harassment of women ‘can never be tolerated’: Ivanka Trump

TOKYO: Sexual harassment of women should “never be tolerated”, Ivanka Trump told an audience in Tokyo on Friday, calling for women to be treated with greater respect at work. The speech came as global headlines are dominated by sexual harassment claims against prominent men in entertainment and politics. The new round of claims has revived…

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UK defence secretary quits over sexual harassment allegation

LONDON: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday following a highly-publicised allegation of sexual harassment, the first politician to step down in a developing scandal at Westminster. “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct. Many of these have been false but I accept that…

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Bureau director removed by Sindh University over sexual harassment charges

HYDERABAD: Sindh University (SU) has removed a bureau director, Fida Chandio, from his post over charges of sexual harassment of female students, said the varsity’s spokesperson. According to the SU spokesperson, Fida Chandio is facing sexual harassment charges. He added that the bureau director has been removed from his post. Meanwhile, another man, Faraz Bughio,…

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Watch: Women of Karachi speak out on harassment on streets

KARACHI: A few days back, Karachi earned the accolade for being the second-most dangerous city for women across the globe in a poll. Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on the poll. Women of Karachi are speaking out on sexual harassment they face on the streets of the metropolis. Watch here:

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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: The doctor left comments on my sister’s photographs

NEWS DESK: Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shared a detailed statement on ‘tweeting, doctor-patient privilege, women and harassment’ in a tweet on Tuesday. In the statement, she clarified that she did not mean to ‘suggest a sense of privilege or power’. She added that as a public figure, she has received numerous friend requests from strangers…

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