Hidden Figures: A feminist movie that exposes feminism

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Hidden Figures – when that confidence was not arrogance

– Hi, are the calculations done?

– Yes, my guys are checking them once again

-Get the girl to check the numbers, if she says the numbers are good, I am okay to go.

It was a conversation between US astronaut John Glenn and director of Space Task Group, Al Harrison minutes before the launch of Friendship mission, a mission to make a human orbit around the earth. They were talking about calculations of astronaut’s re-entry point into earth’s gravity and precise landing point on earth.

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Hidden Figures – when those were not nude marches

The calculations were mind-boggling. There was an army of male engineers deployed at NASA’s Space Research Center to solve those complicated mathematical puzzles to derive complex Fibonacci numbers.

There was a woman who checked the computational accuracy of those numbers. And all including the director of the space program and the astronaut himself trusted her calculations more than that of even IBM mainframe computers.

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Hidden Figures – when feminism was also being responsible

Hidden Figures is a story written by Margot Lee Shetterly based on what the movie makers demand to be true but we don’t guarantee such truth, about three African-American female mathematicians at NASA and directed by Theodore Melfi.

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Hidden Figures – when feminism was also about caring for family

This film on NASA’s mission shows the equality movement for ‘colored’ people in early ‘60s Americas and the racism that they had to overcome. But while showing the fight for equality and the initial struggle of feminists there the movie also exposes feminists a big way.

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Hidden Figures – when feminism was not about hating boys

Movie’s main female characters – display the natural human traits that gained respect and empathy of billions. Their struggle was valued and created trend setting changes to the world because they were still humans and took care of their responsibilities.

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Hidden Figures – when feminists showed different sorts of curves

Today’s feminists however have gone overboard with their demands (I call these “shemands”) that create hatred against males and society to a great extent. The movie clearly shows how feminism and equality movement shaped in those days and why that was a necessity. But with unprecedented success feminists have become ever jealous and narrow minded and became female chauvinists.

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Hidden Figures – when merry making was not about drunken bash and abusive gestures

Today feminism has become a symbol of nude protests, showing bodily curves, male hatred, drunken irresponsible behavior, self-centered narrow minded attitude. Those confident yet polite gestures had become rude and violent outbursts. The movie Hidden Figures bares it all for feminists. That is why today’s feminists need to watch this and know what feminism truly was.

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Hidden Figures – when feminists respected religious cultural values

The film shows the struggle that one goes through while accomplishing something for the first time. The legitimate demands get widespread support and acceptability in due course and one does not need to be vulgar. Often we do not recognize the value of these accomplishments if we inherit those by birth. That is when our demands start hurting humanity. That is what happened to feminism today. Hidden Figures a movie that upholds feminism, also exposes them.

All images – credit

*This article is based on whatever is shown in the movie. That does not mean these incidents really happened or are true as shown in the movie

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Awesome! woman exposes another claiming to be an MRA

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Diana of Feminism Lol

No matter what women does, they get instant popularity. When they talk about men’s rights the popularity soars very high, it is like instant fame. Many MRAs start thinking of her as messiah of men without realizing the fact that she may not be bothered about men or men’s rights at all.

Diana Davison who runs the You Tube channel ‘Feminism Lol’ exposes one such female MRA in this video –

Points to note for Indian MRAs–

  1. A woman talking about misuse of laws may not be an MRA at all. Any human being irrespective of gender needs to protest against law misuse otherwise they must have vested interest in the corrupt system.
  2. A popular female Indian MRA did not believe Rohtak Sisters were criminals even after watching the video of merciless beating of three men. She fought with other MRAs that the guys might be at fault until those MRAs challenged her to visit Rohtak and take the eye witness account. Rest is history.
  3. That popular Indian female MRA did not believe that Bangalore mass molestation was a false media propaganda after four days of the incident when MRAs started protesting the same. She believed it would have happened since all media was talking about it even if there was no evidence to mass molestation.
  4. A woman lawyer claiming to be an MRA started abusing tenured and seasoned male MRAs in a MRA group by saying – “without we women supporting your rights, do you think you guys will be able to achieve anything?”

Don’t believe that every woman who supports men’s rights is a Men’s Rights Activist. She may be a plain attention seeker without any botheration about men’s issues.

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Know why increase in women’s budget is devastating for you

Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has announced an 18% increase in spending over women to 1.84 Lakh Crore in 2017 Union Budget. While announcing these benefits in his budget speech Shri Jaitley said – ‘sabkaa saath, sabkaa vikas’ (prosperity for everyone with everyone) starts with girl child and women. With this announcement the union government has officially outcast every boys and men including those who live in rural areas.

Out of this 1.84 lakh crore budget investment on women there are programs announced for lactating mothers and pregnant women which is anyway need to be looked as expenditure on our future generation. But there is 500 crore budgetary expenditure on skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition by setting up Mahila Shakti Kendras in rural areas.

This kind of budgetary policies would not have raised any concern because this is supposed to be for improving condition of rural people but the problem comes when we see rural boys being heavily neglected. Our census data shows 30% rural women take part in workforce compared to 15% urban women. Now with this new provision, rural girls will get free skill development training while rural boys will be forced to take up difficult and less paying agricultural roles. Those farmers will continue to commit suicide while women will be upskilled for better job profiles.

But is gender budgeting really good for women? Will these women contribute to our economy? Statistics from International Monetary Fund (IMF). World Bank and other global organizations prove otherwise.

In a 2016 IMF report on ‘gender budgeting and its effects in Asian countries’ the effect of gender budgeting was studied. This report showed that not only on budget allocation but gender budgeting can be achieved on revenue side budgeting like tax exemption too.

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Note, India is taking up all different gender budgeting initiatives.

It is also observed from the IMF report that India has improved significantly in terms of Gross Enrollment in Secondary Education compared to that in 1990 and achieved almost equal enrolment in secondary education.

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However, in terms of labour force participation it was observed that the ratio of female to male workers has reduced in 2013 compared to that in 1990 –

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Another study of world’s top 20 countries where women attained more higher education compared to men are found NOT participating in economy, too –

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Source – International Gender Gap Report, 2016

So the question is, while India is providing more and more for our women in every gender budget and trying to bring them to mainstream economy, are these women becoming increasingly careless about participating in economy? This is surely an increasing waste for Indian economy as the figures above show, while Indian males continue to pay the price for all such dependents.

This kind of wastage in economy is never highlighted anywhere as there are enough agencies working for creating a NEED for such policies while there is none working for welfare for those boys permanently handicapped of all opportunities.

For instance, in next two months India will host at least 4 international conferences for women but none on men’s issues.

Let’s look at these conference details –

1.   International Conference on English Studies, Education & Women Empowerment – 2017, Goa

Organized by – IMRF, Goa, CSRE

Date – February 02-04, 2017

Women Empowerment

Topics to be covered – Education • Leadership • Safety • Health • Empowerment • Challenges • Communication studies  • Women and poverty • Education and training of women • Women and health • Violence against women  •  Women and the economy • Women in power and decision-making • Institutional mechanism for the advancement of women• Women and the media • Women and the environment • The girl-child • History • Law • Linguistics • Political science • Public administration • Psychology • Sociology  • Social Work

2.   International Conference On Language, Literature and Culture

Place – Pune, Maharastra

Organized by – Yadam Institute of Research

Date – February 03 – 05, 2017

Topics to include Feminist and Gender Studies

3.   2nd International Women’s Rights Assembly, Delhi

Organized by – Yadam Institute of Research

Date – 8th March, 2017

Topics –

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4.   International Conference on Women Studies & Social Sciences 2017

Place – Chandigarh

Date – 9th to 11th March

Organized by – IMRFC

Topics to include for Women Studies – Women’s Issues like Education, Leadership, Safety, Health, Empowerment, Challenges and/or any topic in relation to women’s and gender studies.

When our intellectual resources and social researchers are thinking only about women and their welfare and when so much money is earned and spent only for women in the name of gender equality, how can we expect any welfare for these boys and men? Today, the so called gender warriors are all concerned about women centric researches resulting depriving our boys and men while they continue to bear the burden of women.

So while India is continuously increasing its budget spent on women, Indian women are increasingly becoming a burden on Indian men in the name of development and equality.

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Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presenting Budget 2017

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Shocking! men this is how Delhi Metro hates you

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This message found in Delhi Metro is sending shock waves through India. Social media is shocked by the extreme form of misandry shown by Metro authorities that left men in India fuming in anger.

The message displayed in Delhi Metro read –

Do you know why we don’t have a men’s coach in metro?

That’s because there are hardly any men in Delhi.

#Stop_Molesting

be a man”

The message in a way term all men as molesters and that enraged women too. However, many women were found to support this message and bashed men for being butthurt by this.

If this was done against women, NCW, WCD or even courts would have taken suo moto action against Metro authorities for such sexist message. However, because this is said against men, no authority seems to be bothered.

Men’s rights groups are however taking on metro authorities directly and planning strict action against metro authorities.

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Exclusive: Yes, I have seen molestation in Bangalore

Hi,

Today, I read your article where you showed that one of the molestation complainants has changed her story. Initially she told that she was in MG Road, Bangalore  but later claimed she was molested in Indira Nagar. It wouldn’t have made any sense to me if I hadn’t attended a Cubbon Park meeting of a group organizing a campaign called #IWillGoOut. I chanced upon their meeting on 7th January when I went to the park to meet a friend of mine.

The meeting was protest of mass molestation in Bangalore, we read in newspapers. The news enraged me the most as I was really scared of women’s safety in the city. Everyone in the meeting was talking about mass molestation but none of them seemed to have seen anything other than utter chaos. They all believed in media reports.

I found a few guys who were there as martial arts trainers and they were training women how to crush the balls of guys next to them. In fact, I found the trainer himself was molesting the woman in guise of training and she was very happy about it. I have some photos for you taken from their video –

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Cubbon Park meeting of #IWillGoOut campaigners

His hands were going all over her body and she was happy, something I felt very weird about. I thought they were there against molestation. Other guys around seemed to be enjoying the scene. One girl was repeatedly talking about “crushing the balls’ and everyone including guys were applauding. I didn’t feel good about it.

In the meeting they spoke about women being molested in masses and how the photos depicting policewomen carrying those women showed molestation. Later when I read police version I came to know that police were only rescuing drunk women.

There was a lawyer from an NGO called Vimochana. She was telling everyone how to file molestation case. She told everyone that it is very easy to file such cases and a girl just needs to prove that she was present there when the incident happened. The lawyer also told the women present to convince passers-by that molestation happened and her job will be done. I was little confused that if getting legal recourse was so easy then why they were making a big fuss about it. Why training, talking about crushing men’s balls or a separate march on January 21st.

I was not very sure if I understood their agenda properly and as they were talking about a second meeting on 11th at Bangalore, Town Hall, I decided to go there.

Their Town Hall meeting was attended by several hundreds of people, both men and women. Many media houses and police personnel were also present. The same discussion was happening. I tried to speak with a few journalists and policemen there. Surprisingly, most of them were speaking about K’halli incident as mass molestation. I was little confused as I thought mass molestation happened in MG Road. They said women go through these every day, so the march was organized.

I was more confused after attending their meetings than ever before. Then I chanced upon your article and came to know that Chaitali Wasnik has changed her story and is claiming that she was molested in Indira Nagar Area. It reminded me of what the Vimochana lawyer told in Cubbon Park. “A woman just needs to prove she was present in the location of crime”.

Believe me, I was contemplating joining the #IWillGoOut march for women safety on 21st January, but now feel something is not quite right. When we men are going out for women’s safety, women are actually planning to kill us; when we are concerned about safety of our mothers, daughters and sisters; women lawyers are teaching them how to file cases just like that. This is really dangerous. I have seen real molesters gathering up with #IWillGoOut and openly molesting; somehow I am feeling that we are emotionally blackmailed into saving drunk and immoral women. My perspective about them has changed. This is really scary.

  • Name withheld on request

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Bengaluru mass molestation: primary victim changed her story

Earlier in this article I have shown how media could not provide any credible evidence of alleged mass molestation in Bangalore. The first person who claimed molestation in her FB post had natural tendency to blow things out-of-proportion as she would “punch a man’s face with a bat” on mere receiving a friend request.

In that article I used this picture from Bangalore Mirror –

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After publishing the article I received this comment on The Male Factor (TMF) from Chaitali Wasnik –

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Around the same time she has posted on her FB wall about TMF article.

The reason we did not publish this comment earlier was because we did not believe in her story told here for following reasons –

  • The face of the girl in the picture did not match that of Chaitali Wasnik
  • Chaitali mentioned in her FB post that she was returning from office when the ordeal happened with her. There was no mention of MG Road / Brigade road area which was very natural.
  • She claimed in this comment that the guys circled (by me) were trying to hold her back while she was hitting the molester. This argument seemed vague as the circled guys are not even close to the girl. And –

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We found Barkha Dutt being her idol.

So we knew what was cooking.

In another comment she tried to justify her abusive nature towards men –

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I have never seen any other woman being so abusive on FB or blowing things out of proportion –

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Obviously she didn’t seem normal to me and I left it to police to investigate the matter and waste their time because they didn’t have a choice anyways.

The reason I am forced to write this article today is because contrary to what she wrote on 3rd Januray, now she is claiming that the incident with her happened in Indira Nagar area which is approximately 5 Km away–

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So the question is, why does she have to change the place of the incident now? Possibly because she realized that she wouldn’t be able to prove her presence in MG Road / Brigade Road area where the Mirror journalist was present and her molestation claim will fall flat easily.

Women may be able to claim molestation easily and everyone will be forced to believe that unless it is found that she was not even present in the location of the perceived crime.

If her claim was right and Mirror journo took her photo then the Mirror Journo’s version that he took the images in MG Road / Brigade Road area falls flat.

There was also a possibility that what she told us was a lie. After all, she didn’t have to tell us the truth anyways. But if that was the case, then it would prove that she can tell lies about molestation.

There is also another possibility that the comment was made by someone else and NOT by Chaitali? Then it confirms feminists’ desperation to prove Bangalore molestation. But this can be ruled out as I found the email id to be hers but the email ID is used to maintain a different FB account with another name.

Even though this photo does not prove anything, the changing storyline of Chaitali’s claim raises many questions that we need answer. I will share the IP address and email ID used to write the comments to Bengaluru Police if needed.

Today, claiming molestation is very easy, no evidence needed and if police can’t nab the culprits that becomes police’ fault. If someone raises question about the authenticity of the claim, he is attacked as a patriarch doing victim shaming. But why should we cower when we see discrepancies? After all, how long do we need to undergo this emotional blackmail in the name of safety of our mothers, sisters and daughters?

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Bangalore mass molestation – how media created stories

On the morning of 3rd January, 2017 one of my readers from a different city asked me about Bangalore’s night of shame on 31st night and my observation of the same. I was clueless about any mass molestation that could have taken place in MG Road, Brigade Road area as I opted to stay at home this year. Also I stopped following mainstream media stories after realizing how they had created false stories around Nirbhaya rape.

So to understand and to investigate into the matter I tried to search on web and in social media. The source of all news seemed to be a Bangalore Mirror article that first claimed about mass molestation of women. So I tried to read the same to understand what really happened –

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Bangalore Mirror took one full day to report such a crime or it was afterthought?

Looks like Bangalore Mirror’s Swamyji didn’t realize until 2nd January that there was such a grave crime committed in Bangalore. He thought his images would be convincing enough for the world to believe in his words.

So I started investigating the images that the article shared. Since some of the images on the article is now covered by ads due to this article going viral, I have sourced those images from other news sites –

The most discussed image to prove molestation happened media showed this image –

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This image was shown as a woman being groped. Except her facial expression we don’t see anything and if her facial expression could prove anything of molestation then the two irritated men circled by me also shows to be raped. I am not sure how Bangalore Mirror could show that image as molestation, unless being surrounded by men (and we don’t know if they were known) is molestation for women.

Given below is the second image in the article but I have taken it from India Today News for clarity.

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This image also does not show any molestation unless men looking at women is considered as molestation. It is only on journalist’s imagination to find out molestation here.

The image below shows a woman being rescued by a police woman and another woman is with another man who looks like her boy-friend and media captioned this as “Bengaluru Molestation” –

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The reason the guy looks like her boy-friend or husband is because she is also hugging that man closely. I guess no woman will clutch on to their molesters like the one shown here.

So the question is, is the drunken girl who is visibly in no condition to walk was molested? Clearly men didn’t come forward to help her (could be a possible feminist reason to bash insensitive men if this story was not about molestation) and here the police woman just could be taking her to a place where she could rest. From no angle we can see molestation here, neither does this photo suggest any.

Given below is another photo where a woman is helped to walk and no molester in sight. Anyone who ever went to such crowded New Year Eve parties would have noticed how women get tipsy over small drink or behave that way.

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So helping someone walk or rescuing a woman become evidence of molestation here in the lens of Swamyji.

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The above picture shows a man rescuing a woman and not many people around. This could be they were trying to avoid crowd unless the man himself is shown as molester here. However, this picture does not show anything like that.

Bangalore molestation – a mother gives a fitting reply to Akshay Kumar

In the image below too we find a group of men and woman walking. None of the woman seems to be disturbed but still it is shown as an image of molestation and women safety issue.

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Now let’s come to these two epic images that even in your wildest imagination you can’t think of anything wrong happening to women.

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In the first image of three men, one Punjabi man is helped by his friends to stand. Visibly he may be drunk heavily but with no woman around it is unlikely these three men were molesting someone.

In the second image there is only one worried man whom the girls are not even noticing. But the creative Bangalore Mirror journalists found a molester somewhere. Surprisingly, the only man (who could be possible molester per the media) in this second image looks more worried than the women.

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In the image above, also shown by Bangalore Mirror and all the leading Indian and Global media we see the crowd is being dispelled by police. The people seem to walk calmly and we find girls talking to each other. The boys around the girls look like walking in a group and no way look like molesting the girls. The man who looks scared of the policeman is far from any molestation unless the photographer could read his mind beforehand that he was about to pounce on the girls.

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The above image is also shown as prove of molestation where we clearly see two guys taking their girl- friends along.  Visibly the girls are not hitting out to these boys and they can’t be molesting the girls while seeming like taking care of them.

The Guardian reported this to prove mass molestation based on a woman’s FB post –

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Surprisingly everyone is supposed to believe her statement especially when on merely getting FB friend request she can “punch the guy’s face with a bat

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Her other Facebook posts also portray her to naturally abusive and it is a surprise to see that media like The Guardian promoted her FB post to prove a story that happened elsewhere.

Ladies’ gang uses molestation trap for money

When I failed to see anything beyond mass gathering and unrest thereof, I tried to find out the videos posted by mainstream media or individuals on NYE parties in Bangalore. Surprisingly all videos contained the same images to prove molestation as given in Bangalore Mirror.

Then I saw tweet froom Bangalore’s Police Commissioner that if complaint is raised by anyone they will take action –

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So that clarified that until 2nd January evening 8:50 PM IST there was no complaint filed by anyone including those journalists who were showing us their story of supposed molestation. This also included women helpline numbers.

The Logical Indian came out with a story on this matter as well but only after two full days. In the article they claimed to have spoken with one of the victims and her story is not worth believing too. Per The Logical Indian article this girl was in a group of seven when she was molested by a stranger. Then other six surrounded her. Still she was groped by another stranger and she chased him. Surprisingly, when her friends were surrounding her they could realize all these happened. A Story very difficult to believe by commoners.

Also the question arises, how could The Logical Indian team meet a victim. The article does not say the victim contacted Logical Indian, it says The Logical Indian met the victim. It is not possible unless TLI was present at the molestation place. Again, when her own friends didn’t realize what happened, it is only idiotic to think someone else will realize that.

Finally the golden words from the editor in chief of The News Minute. She examined the CCTV evidences and still there was no evidence found –

There is no denying that on every NYE, MG Road, Brigade Road areas in Bangalore see mass gathering of unruly people. The celebration turns wild. So much that three years ago when I went there for first time, I decided not to go there again for my safety reasons. Anyone who visits such places need to remember that pushing, shoving, random comments etc would happen. One random drunk woman tried to hug me and wish Happy New Year. There were women throwing flying kisses to random guys or hugging strangers. Only when it is done by women it is not considered as groping or molestation, else media is there to create such stories. It is like Times of India creating their own campaign that the juvenile was most criminal and everyone believed that even though that was media imagination.

Addition on 4th Jan 7:38 PM IST

And after examining the CCTV footage the Bangalore police chief says this –

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One word of Caution

Recently there is a video of molestation came up from Kamanahalli. It shows a woman being manhandled in deserted streets in the wee hours at night. The video does not show mass molestation in MG Road as projected by the media but is being used by everyone to prove what media said. This is indeed shameful for us as men are being stereotyped by such campaigns without any evidence. Our urge as always is let the police take action if there is evidence but the initial evidences shown by Mirror does not show anything.

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Here are the safeguards implemented by GOI to keep fraudsters away from matrimonial websites

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Fraudsters can no longer trick alliance seekers on matrimonial websites as new advisory implemented by GOI from June 2016 proposes stricter measures for the matrimonial websites and matrimonial mobile apps.

Here is the advisory in brief that takes a step closure to ensure safety of marriage prospects –

  1. A user agreements in accordance with The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011. This will clearly seek agreement of the user like –
    • Confirmation that the user wants matrimonial relation and wants to take it further
    • Confirmation that user information provided on the site is correct to the best of his / her knowledge
  2. A Privacy Policy with clear statements of protection of personal information
  3. Matrimonial websites to verify each users profile information by registering his / her mobile number
  4. Matrimonial websites should strongly solicit submission of one’s identification documents with the site.
  5. Matrimonial websites should clearly state that the website is only for matrimonial purpose and not for dating services.
  6. Matrimonial websites should get national / international data security standard certifications (e.g. IS/ISO/IEC 27000).
  7. Matrimonial websites to prominently display and send regular communication about  –
    • Terms and Conditions agreed by the user
    • Specify that unless specifically stated on the website, no information of any user’s profile is verified and should be checked thoroughly by the alliance seeker
    • Caution users about possible fraudsters on the site who ask for money, favours or about such fraudsters as reported to the website
    • Encourage registered users to report any fraudster to the matrimonial website and to the law enforcing agencies
    • Other Safety Tips as appropriate
  8. Matrimonial websites shall publish the name of Grievance Officer and contact details along with complaint redressal mechanism
  9. All matrimonial websites to develop FAQ to help users
  10. Matrimonial websites should store the IP addresses of profile creation and access logs with date and time stamping. This information needs to be stored until one year of account deactivation.

We hope that now fraudsters will stay away from matrimonial websites.

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Nirbhaya – Imaginary media stories created terror

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On the morning of December 17, 2012, reports began to filter into Delhi’s newsrooms of a rape that had taken place in the city. Police officers, the main source of information for these types of stories, told journalists that a student in her 20s and her male companion had been attacked by a group of men inside a moving bus before being thrown from the vehicle. The girl was said to have been gang raped.” (emphasis added)

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Writes Joanna Jolly, South Asia editor of BBC and former Harvard Joan Shorenstein Fellow in her research paper titled “Rape Culture in India: The Role of the English-Language Press”.

Joanna has been doing a research on sensationalizing of Indian rape by English Language media and found premier Indian media like Times of India and India Today has written a lot of imaginary stories related to the December 2012 Delhi gangrape.

So the initial police information of gangrape in a moving bus gradually given a gory picture by media. Per her research, for the editor of Times of India, three facts stood out when the reports of this rape first came to Times house (comments in braces added)–

  1. The girl was a student (young in ‘20s, so we know why media is behind proving young women as saints)
  2. She had been to an upmarket mall (shows independence) and
  3. She went to watch an English Language Film – “Life of Pie” (shows she was educated)

Jo found that India’s English Language newspapers thrive because of ever growing English speaking population and details out how media chooses to select rape cases in the first place.

After talking to different editors and journalists Joanna found that the Delhi Physiotherapy student’s case had three important parameters to be selected as a trigger event –

  1. She was perceived to be from the right class (which was not true but media perceived like that because she went to see an English Language film to an upmarket Delhi mall)
  2. She was perceived to be blameless for the crime, and
  3. She was raped by the strangers

Joanna further detailed out how media selects rape cases with a concept known as PLU or ‘People Like Us”. India’s English language papers are predominant with upper class educated masses and they chose cases where the victims and attackers could be related to the press workers or the readers. The reason Dec, 2012 case fit in there was initially media thought she was a medical student so media thought she was from upper / middle class family (she was actually a physiotherapy student), she was from well to do family (actually she belonged to a lower middle class family) and she had a modern social life (because she went to see an English movie in an upmarket mall).

Media later did find out that she didn’t belong to the PLU category but by that time the story was unstoppable. In fact, in her interview with Manoj Mitta former TOI editor, Manoj referred to Nirbhaya as PLT (People Like Them). The category that does not get much coverage from English Language media in India.

Also to note, that it is same English language press in India that decides on what should be reported and what not. Hartosh Singh Bal, editor of Caravan told her the same. So it is imperative for the English Language media to be responsible. However, the important factor as evident from Jo’s research that worked in favour of the story was “Stranger Rape”. Joanna describes this as following –

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One of the key reasons this case caught the public imagination was because she was raped by strangers. Her attack confirms the universally popular, horror-story narrative that the biggest danger for a woman comes from leaving her home and social circle and entering a world of unknown men. This narrative persists in India, despite National Crime Record Bureau figures that consistently show that around 90 percent of rapes are committed by perpetrators known to the victim, such as partners, family members, neighbors and work colleagues.” (name of victim removed from the narrative)

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If we recall the facts after Dec 2012, Delhi gangrape it was English language media (both print and electronic media) showed Indian cities and particularly Delhi as unsafe for women. Any comment made to women were shown as there harassment and potential threat. One English media channel ran a campaign where the female reporter were going to places and showing on camera how women were being harassed that no one understood anything about but still the craze of India’s Damini made them believe the paid media lies. So it was English language media that had to continuously sustain the terror to fuel the news.

Coupled with this was coverage from international media that showed India as rape capital of the world based on stories created by global press. Joanna found that the sensational aspects of the case like gang rape, sodomizing by six men, attack by iron rod or pulling out intestine got more coverage to sensationalize the case. Joanna said – “In some cases journalists took information from leaked police reports, and used these as the basis for highly imaginative reporting.”

In this respect she mentioned this India Today report that was imaginative from the perspective of one of the accused –

The high point of his life was when he thrust his tightly clenched right fist into the womb of the bruised and battered 23-year-old on the night of December 16. Nothing beat the excitement he felt when he heard her muzzled screams, saw her writhe in extreme pain and watched the blood spurting from her young body.” –

Clearly this was purely imaginative and without any basis. Here the India Today journalist just written another porn story based on imagination that he was sure to have well taken by his readers without raising the following pertinent questions –

  1. How can one insert one fist in a young woman’s vagina? Is it physically possible?
  2. How did the journalist know about the feeling of the accused? Or
  3. When media also reported about inserting iron rod and then fist, how was the victim still surviving?
  4. Why so much emphasis on her being “23 year old” or being “young”?

As Manoj Mitta told Joanna – “The story was inherently sensational and the coverage was driven by the conviction that people were very curious to know about it and there was competition with other newspapers,

So in a competition to sell more papers Indian English newspapers created more porn stories. No wonder why TOI or India Today banked heavily on her being young and tinkering their readers with the thought of a young woman’s body, which in a way was another rape of the victim by so called feminist media who were out there to save her dignity.

Former Tehelka editor Revati Laul explained these porn stories by media like this – “All our reporting has become more tabloid across the board. So we’ve become voyeurs who are like T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men – with heads full of straw,”

So it is the media and especifically English language media and the so called elite class is creating these voyeurs through their reporting.

What is surprising is the fact the Dec 16, Delhi victim’s close relatives and family members were also against publishing these gory details by media. In an interview with The Indian Express via phone they expressed the feeling as mentioned in Joanna’s research – “they thought their daughter might live to witness it”

This feeling expressed by the physiotherapy student’s family members raise another question – Whether the attack was really so serious and gory (inserting iron rod / fist, pulling out intestines etc.) that she could survive the attack? Already questions arise because immediately after their rescues the girl gave statement to police. How could someone who was found in extremely battered condition and was in a vegetative state give her statement to police?

A research by Daniel Drache and Jennifer Velagic of York University on reporting of December 2012 Delhi gangrape by English language Indian newspapers found that reporting of the crime was as outcome of lust rather than force.

So Dec 2012 gangrape has generated certain keywords in crime reporting industry. These are catchphrsaes as mentioned in Jo’s paper. Words like “Juvenile”, “Nirbhaya”, “Damini”, “Gang rape” started to be used increasingly and it was also found that their searches have increased too.

Joanna also spoke about India’s patriarchy and demanded that even worthless and most ignorant men get more value because of India’s patriarchy. I am not sure how did she get this comment and would like to know more on this with examples. I am sure if she is holding such a prestigious BBC post and a fellow from a coveted institute, she would be able to give some examples.

The most vicious and worrisome discovery in Joanna’s study was the Times of India campaign to lower the age of criminal responsibility. She mentioned that TOI created and run a campaign that the “Juvenile” in Nirbhaya case was most criminal. Smriti Singh who was following the story as legal reporter for The Times observed –

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Suddenly out of the blue, one report came in one newspaper which said the police had claimed the juvenile was the most brutal of the accused…. So it was a gospel truth. No one questioned it, how it came about, whether the police had said it or not, whether it was the reporter’s figment of their imagination.”

Smriti Singh, legal reporter The Times

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From Joanna Jolly’s research paper on Dec 2012, Delhi gangrape

This was same the observation of Indian MRAs as well. Media has created many stories out of the blue but when Indian MRAs tried to tell the same as false they were viciously attacked by everyone in all forums. Only the MRAs with strongest conviction to save the future generation and juveniles could survive the constant threat of murder, battering and abuses by feminists. Many MRAs like me have lost their friends, supports but stood taller in the times of emergency that has later taken away right to peaceful existence from our juveniles with amendments to JJ Act.

Because TOI had an agenda to show that Indian juveniles (only boys) have become cruel they did not publicize the news that the Juvenile in Nirbhaya case was actually NOT most cruel. Avanti Singh, a TOI reporter told Joanna about the hardships she had faced for publishing the news that the juvenile was NOT most cruel because TOI management had their agenda and did not want to publish the same. Later they published it with a question mark diluting the news.

Ex Times of India editor Manoj Mitta, who wanted to correct some of those stories published by TOI without verifying the facts was also gagged. As mentioned in Joanna’s paper, Manoj was told by editors – “we have taken an editorial stand on the subject. We can’t afford to confuse our readers”.

This is the reason when JJ Act amendment was passed in 2015, Times of India celebrated that as their victory with the news – “Now, 16-18-yr-olds won’t get off lightly for serious crimes.”

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How TOI celebrated after their campaign of lies that Juvenile was most criminal

So, it is evident that salacious and baseless stories that can be categorized only as porn stories published by leading Indian media like Times of India and India Today have shaped India’s future. Leslee Udwin was another such criminal who created a scripted (read this) documentary. She paid Mukesh to say certain things and filmed that in the name of exposing the “rape culture” in India. The movie was named India’s Daughter to give it a perspective that daughters in India are looked down upon and has no security. Leslee paid Mukesh Rs. 20,000 and it was evident from the video that he was speaking from a script. Many words used by him, were not supposed to be known by an illiterate  person like him and are used by feminists to describe India’s patriarchy and mindset of Indian men. That is the way BBC created another salacious porn around Dec 2012, Delhi gang rape.

So what happens when people trust media blindly without knowing these insider information? They get rewarded like the amendment of JJ ACT that now makes a 16 year old boy a rapist even when a 30 year old woman forces herself upon him. That is the future of our boys who will now be easily termed as rapists thanks to the baseless porn stories created by English language elite Indian media.

Joanna Jolly’s complete research can be found by clicking the image below –

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Mumbai girl saved a Uber driver by telling truth and there is no reason to applaud

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On November 23rd, 2016, Himani Jain a Mumbai girl who took a Uber share ride with another woman Gayatri (Himani changed the name) she found Gayatri to be extremely abusive towards the driver. The driver was extremely polite and courteous and the woman was using all abuses. So Himani came forward to the rescue of the driver gave her number to cops and gave statements of the woman co passenger being abusive. Her Facebook post given below has the detailed account of the incident –

Naturally the whole nation came forward to express their gratitude to Himani saying how great a work she had done. Indiatimes took up the story and made Himani a hero and bestowed more power to her and I am surprised why.

When a woman comes forward tells the truth she is not only applauded but raised to a god like status for no reason. It is as if for showing correct human values she is being raised to an elevated status by the society.

Let’s consider another similar case that happened on August 23, 2015 in Delhi. Jasleen Kaur an AAP activist sought to instant fame by accusing Saravjith Singh Bedi of misbehavior while an eyewitness Mr. Biswajeet came forward with the truth and went to all media with truth. No one, absolutely no one noted the noble deed of Mr Biswajit and Indiatimes did not write any article on him at that time.

So why is Himani exposing Gayatri should be special in any manner? Some people may say that being a girl it was a brave act but I don’t consider this as any great act and consider this only humane act and nothing else. She should have done this without fail for her own sake and here is why she should not be lauded for this –

  1. If Himani chose to keep mum on this matter, (which she could hardly do with progressing police investigation as police would have traced her even without her giving her number voluntarily) she would have taken men one step closer to hating women. That act of hers would have ensured more men and cab drivers raising their voice.
  2. Himani needed to come forward voluntarily as without that act women like hers would have been considered same as those like Gayatri and for keeping them separate from those criminals, women like Himani need to come forward. They don’t have  choice and certainly there is no greatness in that.

In fact, I feel she didn’t do enough in this case for following reasons –

  1. Himani did not reveal the real name of the culprit and changed her name to Gayatri. Why did she have to hide the name of a real criminal? It was in a way protecting identity of a criminal and giving her another chance to do the same later. So Himani’s act is not noble.
  2. Himani only gave her number to the driver and offered help. She only tried to explain to Gayatri and did not do anything else. On the other hand if two guys were traveling and one was abusive, the other would have started altercation with that fellow. Giving phone number would have followed anyway. So I don’t think Himani did enough to put a criminal in her place.
  3. She did not press police to file strong criminal complaint against Gayatri. She would have done the same if the criminal was a guy. So in this case too she showed soft corner for a criminal and gender bias and her effort should not be lauded.

It is really surprising how a woman is elevated to greatness simply for showing human values. If this continues very soon we need to thank everyone for being human, for telling truth, for not creating public disturbance, for not committing crime, rape, murder etc. It is time that Himani and women like her should know that it is in their best interest they need to not only speak against women criminals but press for their harshest punishment as men have been doing the same for ages to show that ‘Not all men are the same’.

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