December 3, 2018

‘I don’t want to be a burden’

'I don't want to burden my children': Life in an Indian care home Image copyright Sayan Hazra For the elderly living in care homes, life is both calm and chaotic. Photographer Sayan Hazra spent more than a year chronicling the lives of residents at one such care home in southern India. There are more than 100 million Indians over the age of 60, according to the 2011 census. And their future is uncertain as the Indian family has changed significantly in the past few decades. Large, joint families have increasingly given way to smaller, nuclear ones; and a large number of Indians no longer live in the same cities or the same country as their parents. Image copyright Sayan Hazra "I can't hear or walk properly," says Sumati, 76, one of the residents in the care home. Ms Sumati, like the others, says she preferred to use her first name only to protect her identity. She suffers from partial speech problems, diabetes and hypertension. She spent most of her life taking ..
December 3, 2018

Afghan women’s football dream turns into nightmare

Afghan women's football dream turns into nightmare Image copyright AFP Image caption The women's team was celebrated internationally as a symbol of a new, more liberal Afghanistan In post-Taliban Afghanistan, the women's football team was hailed globally as a symbol of the new freedoms enjoyed by the country's women. But now one of Afghanistan's top sports officials has admitted that female footballers - who defied hard-liners and militants by daring to take to the field in the first place - have been sexually abused. And it's not only football - he admitted the problem extends to other sports too. Most women athletes are too frightened to speak publicly about alleged abuse by coaches and sporting officials. But several have now disclosed privately to the BBC what they have experienced. The scandal has exploded in the last few days. On Friday, football's governing body Fifa said it was investigating claims made by women in the national football squ..
December 3, 2018

The ‘right to bare arms’ in Australia’s parliament

The 'right to bare arms' in Australia's parliament Image copyright @PatsKarvelas Image caption Patricia Karvelas's bare arm has become a talking point on social media People on social media are showing their support for a female journalist after she revealed that she had been kicked out of Australia's parliament for showing too much flesh. Patricia Karvelas said she had been told to leave a question time session with politicians because "you can allegedly see too much skin." The incident has prompted comparisons between her outfit and the clothing choices of MP Julie Bishop, who often opts for short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses during parliamentary sessions. Now many people are taking to social media in support of the ABC News presenter, with some calling the decision to remove her outrageous and a joke. Skip Twitter post by @PatsKarvelas This is my controversial outfit #auspol — PatriciaKarvelas (@PatsKarvelas) December 3, 2018 ..
December 3, 2018

Indian policeman killed amid ‘cow slaughter’ protest

Indian policeman killed amid 'cow slaughter' protest Image copyright Courtesy: Sumit Sharma Image caption Police officer Subodh Kumar Singh died in clashes over alleged cow slaughter A police officer has been killed in mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Members of right-wing Hindu groups clashed with police when the protest turned violent on Monday. The police retaliated with a baton charge after the mob allegedly set fire to the police station and several vehicles parked outside. An 18-year-old protester was killed and another policeman was injured. Police in Bulandshahr district, where the clashes occurred, have deployed additional personnel. A night patrol with India's cow protection vigilantes How WhatsApp helped turn an Indian village into a lynch mob Cows are considered holy by India's majority Hindu population. Many states have actively started enforcing bans on cow slaughter after the Hindu nationalist ..
December 3, 2018

Australian defence lawyer named as police informant

Australian defence lawyer named as police informant Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lawyer represented high-profile organised crime figures, such as Tony Mokbel (pictured) The convictions of some of Australia's most high-profile criminals have been cast into doubt after a lawyer was revealed to be a police informant. The defence barrister, who represented notorious organised crime figures, gave information to Victoria Police between 2005-2009, court documents show. The state government have announced a public inquiry to determine how many convictions were directly affected. The case came to light when court injunctions were lifted on Monday. It was the culmination of a two-year court battle in which the police tried to prevent the disclosure of the lawyer's identity to her clients, but the High Court ruled against them. In a scathing judgement, the court said the Victoria Police department was guilty of "reprehensible conduct" by encouraging the lawyer to prov..
December 3, 2018

India woman en route to police set on fire by ‘molesters’

India woman en route to police set on fire by 'molesters' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has increased in recent years A woman in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh is in critical condition after she was set on fire by two men who had allegedly molested her days earlier. She was reportedly on her way to lodge a complaint with the police on Saturday when the attack occurred. The woman is alleged to have been previously turned away by police. Both the accused have been arrested and three policemen have been suspended, a police official told BBC Hindi. The woman has sustained serious burns. Activists say harassment of rape victims by police is not uncommon. And many cases of sexual molestation and assault in India go unreported because of police apathy as well as the stigma attached to rape. India rape: A victim's two-year wait for justice Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating The attack on the..
December 3, 2018

Sonali Bendre: Bollywood star’s cancer posts inspires India fans

Sonali Bendre: Bollywood star's cancer posts inspires India fans Image copyright Sonali Bendre's Instagram Image caption Bollywood star Sonali Bendre has been documenting her cancer battle for months on social media Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre has returned to India after undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of cancer in New York. Social media users are full of praise for the 43-year-old actress, who has been candidly documenting her cancer journey for months. The star's husband Goldie Behl told local media that she was "recovering" but would need regular check-ups. Some cancer patients have said the star's openness has been "encouraging". Renuka Prasad, a breast cancer survivor who works at the Indian Cancer Society, told the BBC that seeing celebrities open up about "taboo topics" like cancer is a "welcome change". "Many patients don't always get to hear stories about the individuals behind the disease, so when they see people like Sonali Bendre ce..
December 3, 2018

China cracks down on wedding extravaganza and extreme pranks

China cracks down on wedding extravaganza and extreme pranks Image copyright China Photos Image caption Chinese weddings can feature lavish feasts with hundreds of guests China is trying to put the brakes on a trend towards increasingly lavish weddings and pre-wedding pranks which can often become violent or sexualised. Authorities have said modern weddings are both too extravagant and against Chinese and socialist values. The traditional "hazing" rituals couples are put through have also often been getting out of control. Beijing's suggested answer is to try to standardise ceremonies to a more traditional and simple format. Stop pulling all stopsPeople in China, as in many countries, have increasingly found themselves competing with neighbours and friends over weddings, and caught up spiralling spending as bigger weddings become the fashion. That means expensive receptions, elaborate outfits and overseas wedding photo shoots, pulling out all the stops no matter the cost. Guest..
December 3, 2018

‘Kiwi’ nickname not discriminatory, Australian tribunal finds

'Kiwi' nickname not discriminatory, Australian tribunal finds Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The term "Kiwi" is derived from the name of a New Zealand bird A New Zealand woman has unsuccessfully argued that she was a victim of racial discrimination after being labelled a "Kiwi" by her colleagues in Australia. Julie Savage said she was disrespected when her boss and co-workers referred to her as "Kiwi" instead of her name. However an Australian tribunal ruled that she had not suffered unfair treatment or discrimination at work. A judge noted that the term was commonly used by New Zealanders themselves. "Calling a New Zealander a 'Kiwi' is not of itself offensive. 'Kiwi' is not an insult," said Judge Leonie Farrell. She added that the word was often viewed as a "term of endearment". It is derived from the name of a flightless bird native to the country. You might also be interested in: Sacked vegan claims discrimination 'Kwaussie' name..
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