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Prominent Pakistani women speak of their own sexual abuse suffering

KARACHI: Celebrities in Pakistan also have started to speak out loud about the harrowing harassment and abuse experiences they have faced following several well-known women in Europe and the United States took to social media under the hashtag #MeToo to open up on the sexual abuse they faced. Latest in this series is a famed…

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Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING: A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country, reported Reuters. Beihang University said in a statement on its official Weibo account late…

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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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US chief justice orders review of sexual harassment standards in judiciary

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo WASHINGTON: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said on Sunday he would launch a review in 2018 of how the federal judiciary handles…

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Sylvester Stallone ‘categorically disputes’ claim of 1990s sexual assault

LOS ANGELES: Actor Sylvester Stallone on Thursday denied an accusation that he raped a woman in the 1990s and said the allegation was “completely fabricated.” Celebrity news site TMZ reported on Wednesday, citing law enforcement sources, that a woman had recently reported the allegation dating back to the 1990s against Stallone to Santa Monica police….

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Female candidate for US Congress withdraws over sexual harassment claim

NEW YORK: As sexual-harassment accusations by women against powerful men “sometimes several per day” pour in, a female congressional candidate in the state of Kansas Friday became the first to be accused of wrongdoing, according to American media reports.          Andrea Ramsey, a Democrats, who was running to unseat Republican Kevin Yonder, dropped out the…

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Three more women accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct: Variety report

LOS ANGELES: Three more women have accused Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Thursday, bringing to six the number of people accusing him of impropriety decades ago. Variety reported that two of the women said Hoffman sexually assaulted them in 1987. A third woman said he exposed himself…

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‘He was my monster’: Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

CHICAGO: Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a “monster” in an article published by the New York Times on Tuesday. “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in the opinion piece in which she included descriptions of sexual harassment,…

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Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target: US ambassador to UN

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that any woman who has…

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Sexual harassment charges force US Senator, Representative to step down

U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, a day after a majority of his Democratic Senate colleagues called for him to step down following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). WASHINGTON: U.S. Democratic Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday after facing a series…

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Comedian John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment claim

FILE PHOTO: 69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 – John Oliver accepts the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni NEW YORK: Comedian John Oliver confronted Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman on stage about a sexual harassment accusation, offering an…

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Sundance works to make film festival safer amid Hollywood sex scandal

LOS ANGELES: Sundance Film Festival organizers say they are working with law enforcement to make the annual independent film showcase in January a safer place in the wake of sexual harassment accusations sweeping Hollywood. “Sundance is really the first grand community gathering after all this has hit. So we’re looking for ways to form a…

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Quratulain Balouch hits out at trolls after backlash on social media

Pakistani singer Quratulain Balouch has hit out at trolls slamming her for her viral tweet on PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the wake of Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations of sexual harassment.  Pakistani singer Quratulain Baloch hit out at Imran Khan a couple of days ago using an expletive, she has faced a barrage of criticism and…

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Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape

MILAN: Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports Thursday. The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian…

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Woman accuses IG Jails PA of harassment

“I am being harassed by Personal Assistant of IG Jails,” says female worker of Punjab Jails. What is the inside story told by the aggrieved woman? Know more from Riaz Ahmed.

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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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