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Girl not property who can be donated: Bombay High Court after father donates daughter to a godman ('Baba')

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The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court, earlier this month while hearing bail plea of two accused booked for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl, expressed displeasure over the acts of father of the victim of “donating” his daughter to a “baba” (godman), by executing ‘daanpatra’ (deed of donation). The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court took strong exception to the act of a father "donating" his daughter to a baba while hearing the bail plea of accused for sexually assaulting the 17-year-old. [Shankeshwar @ Shambhu s/o Bhausaheb Dhakne and Anr. v. State of Maharashtra & Anr.]  "When the girl as per her own statement is minor, then why the father who is in all respect guardian of the girl should give the girl as Daan ? A girl is not a property which can be given in donation," the Court remarked. The two applicants for bail was accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl, who lived with her father in the temple premises where a Baba lived with his

Indian couple that met on Instagram to host wedding reception in Metaverse presided over by the avatar of the bride’s late father

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A few months ago, Mark Zuckerberg brought metaverse into the forefront of buzzy tech by rebranding Facebook to Meta and expounding his vision for Horizon Home, an early vision for a home base in the metaverse. Even before dust settled on the Connect 2021 announcement , a middle aged American couple Dave and Traci Gagnon jumped the bandwagon by planning the  "world’s first"  wedding in the metaverse. Perhaps taking a leaf out of Gagnon’s playbook, an Indian couple from the state of Tamil Nadu is scheduled to hold their wedding reception in the metaverse, inviting guests to login in virtually from around the world. Dinesh Kshatriyan and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy plan to host their reception in the virtual dining room of Hogwarts castle.  In a tweet announcing this move , Dinesh said I feel so proud and blessed that I have seen and taken advantage of many great opportunities in this world before millions of people have seen them, Beginning of something big! India’s first #metave

High Court: There can never be more graver and heinous crime than the father committing rape on his own daughter

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In a landmark judgement, the Kerala High Court upheld the conviction of a man accused of repeatedly raping his daughter which also resulted in her becoming pregnant.  A woman or girl being of easy virtue or habituated to sexual intercourse cannot be reasons to absolve someone of rape, especially a father who is expected to be the “fortress and refuge” of his daughter, the Court observed.  Upholding the sentence passed by the sessions court in Kalpetta, Kerala, the High Court has observed that when a father raped his daughter, it was ‘worse than a gamekeeper becoming a poacher or a treasury guard becoming a robber.’ The observations by Justice R Narayana Pisharadi came after the victim’s father claimed that he was being falsely implicated in the case as his daughter has admitted that she had sexual relations with another person.  Rejecting his claims of innocence, the high court further said that DNA analysis of the baby, born in May 2013 as a result of the sexual assault, reveals that

Indian man forgets condom, seals his private parts with adhesive; dies of multi-organ failure

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While attempting to protect your sexual partner against unplanned pregnancy is laudable, applying adhesive to seal one's 'private parts' is stupid. This is exactly what a man in Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat is alleged to have done with fatal consequences.  A man in Ahmedabad died of multi-organ failure after using adhesive to seal his private parts during intercourse.  In a bizarre case, a 25-year-old man in Ahmedabad in Gujarat's is reported to have died after using an epoxy adhesive instead of a condom prior to intercourse. The deceased, identified as Salman, checked into a hotel with his former fiancée on June 22. He was later found unconscious in shrubs near the hotel and was taken to a hospital where he died. Local police investigators say 25-year-old Salman Mirza used the epoxy adhesive on his genitals due to not having a condom and wanting to avoid impregnating his former fiancée. The two had reportedly gone to the hotel with another woman. “We checke

Need an incentive to get Vaccinated against COVID-19? How about ₹ 5,000 from Government of India?

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A campaign launched by the Government of India is asking Indians to " Share Vaccination Photos of Anyone in your Family including yourself along with a Tagline to Get Rewarded "  According to the campaign posted on  mygov.in ,  With the vaccination of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 1st March 2021, millions of eligible citizens have been energized and have come forward to register for vaccination. If you/a family member have also got vaccinated, share a picture of the vaccination with us along with a good tagline on the importance of getting vaccinated & inspire the world! 10 best entries will be awarded with Rs. 5000 every month. Note: A. Share a picture of vaccination along with a good tagline B. While vaccination, COVID appropriate protocol of wearing a mask should be followed Details of the campaign were also tweeted recently from @mygovindia· Recently took the #COVIDVaccine ? Here's your chance to inspire millions to get #vaccinated too! Share y

U.S Customs tells Indians : Stop carrying Bullshit. Cow dung from India is prohibited in luggage

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Cows are no strangers to praise and controversy in India. Hindus consider the animal sacred and many consider cow urine (Gomutra) and poop (cow dung) sacred and containing medicinal properties.   This may sound funny to some, but Indians seem to be carrying cow dung (dried cake) in their baggage while traveling to the US, prompting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to issue a press release ( Dulles CBP Agriculture Specialists Find Cake Surprise in Leftover Baggage ). According to the release U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists discovered cow dung cakes while examining leftover baggage recently at Washington Dulles International Airport.  That is not a typo. CBP agriculture specialists found two cow dung cakes in a suitcase that was left behind after passengers from an Air India flight cleared CBP’s inspection station on April 4.  cbp.gov According to US CBP,  "Cow dung is reported to be a vital energy and cooking source in some parts of the world. Cow d

COVID-19 in India: fact-check, and looking beyond headlines

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Here is a look beyond a topics making headlines and a few facts.  Headline : "India is struggling to vaccinate its people against COVID-19"  India is indeed struggling to vaccinating a nation of 1.3 billion... but think of the scale and success thus far As of mid-May 2021, India has already vaccinated 16 crore (160 million) people till date. Let this number sink in for a moment.. That's entire population of Russia and half the population of USA,  2.5 times of UK.  7 times Australia and 34 times New Zealand. Headline :  Bodies are seen floating in Ganga, Yamuna Ganga and Yamuna have historically been among the most polluted rivers in the world. Manmade pollution includes bodies and human remains from scores of burning ghats along the river banks.   As per this article  "Old Photos of Dead Bodies Floating in Ganga Passed Off as Recent" The most polluted river Yamuna | My India 2014 A River about to Die - Yamuna River Project - 2014 Unnao dead bodies row 2015 - Wik