Manusmriti speaks about woman empowerment too: BJP leader Khushbu Sundar

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October 28, 2020

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Chennai, Oct 28: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Khushbu Sundar on Wednesday said that Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan's alleged remarks about women and the Manusmriti would not be accepted as it was irrelevant and nobody read the book anymore.

Speaking to news agency, Sundar said, "Whatever argument Thirumavalam puts forward is irrelevant and will not be accepted because it is absolutely irrelevant to speak something about a book that was written 3,700 years ago."

"It was very inappropriate for him to pick this book. There are so many books about other issues. Even in the Manusmriti, there are several issues that speak about the development and empowerment of women. Why did he choose to speak about something like this which is not necessary at all in these times," she added.

She further questioned if he was accusing his allies of treating women in the manner that he described.

"Who is using the Manusmriti now? Is Thirumavalam trying to say that people of this country are still following the Manusmriti and are so backward? His allies also practice Hinduism. Is he trying to say that they treat women like this? If he does not follow the book, why is he putting it into the public forefront and asking for its ban? There is nothing to be banned because nobody reads that book anymore," she said.

Speaking about her detention, the BJP leader said that she did not blame the police as they were just doing their job.

"I don't blame the police for doing what they did, they were just doing their job to keep law and order in place. They treated me very well. However, I want to ask, if other parties were allowed to protest, why not us?" she said.

The BJP leader was detained by the police on Tuesday while on her way to Chidambaram to protest against Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan's alleged remark against women.

The VCK leader had earlier said, "Manusmriti has made a bad structure in our society in which women are the main focus. In the name of purity, women were made slaves and their character assassination was done," and demanded the ban of the book.

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November 26,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 26: On account of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the cadre of Girls Islamic Organisation, Mangaluru Unit, staged an awareness program near Clock Tower, Hampankatta, on the 25th of November, under the theme "ART RAGE - Where Art meets Revolution." 

The program was inaugurated by Police Inspector Revathi, Mrs. Shobhana, who served as a Lecturer in School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Sister Umaira Banu, the State President of GIO Karnataka and Mrs. Sameena Afshan, the President of JIH Women's Wing, Mangaluru. 

The program began with sloganeering and continued with a flash mob. In between there were poetry recitals in 3 different languages under the same theme. 

Mrs. Shobana addressed the issues of patriarchy in Indian Families and how women need to break free and rise above all atrocities and evil. The concluding address was given by our State President, Sister Umaira Banu, who spoke about the increase in domestic violence during the pandemic and also encouraged women to come forward and raise their voices against the heinous evil acts that have been taking place in the society. 

Mafazah Sharafuddein, a student of Journalism, beautifully portrayed a live art of a woman breaking free from shackles and reaching towards a ray of hope. The crowd dispersed after a group song titled "Bekhauff". Around 60 people witnessed this event and it was also telecasted live.

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November 19,2020

Chinese officials have claimed that traces of Covid-19 were found on more cold-chain imports from different countries, including India, amid increasing criticism from several nations that the testing and restrictions are not based on science and would disrupt trade.

Cold-chain imports from India, Russia and Argentina test positive for Covid-19 in one day in China, state-run Global Times reported on Wednesday.

Two Indian frozen butterfish packages, one Russian frozen salmon packaging sample and two Argentina frozen beef samples tested positive for Covid-19, the report said.

Chinese officials said coronavirus traces were found on packages from 20 countries.

This is the second-time Chinese officials claimed to have found coronavirus on Indian fish exports.

On November 13, China's General Administration of Customs suspended imports of seafood products from an Indian company for one week starting from Friday after Covid-19 was found on the outer packaging of some samples of frozen cuttlefish.

On November 16, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern questioned Chinese officials' assertions that meat products from her country had traces of coronavirus.

“This is incredibly important to New Zealand. We are confident that our products do not, and are not, exported with signs of Covid on them given our status as essentially being Covid-free," Ardern said.

Asked for his reaction to the criticism by New Zealand and other countries that China's most recent Covid-19 restriction on imported products is not based on science and threatens to disrupt trade, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the accusations are totally groundless and unreasonable.

“While the global Covid-19 pandemic remains severe, the competent authorities of the Chinese government have taken necessary, reasonable and justified testing measures on imported food in the spirit of putting people's life and health first," he told a media briefing here on Wednesday.

“We will adjust relevant measures in due course in light of the development of the epidemic situation and the need for prevention and control," Zhao said.

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November 20,2020

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Jaipur, Nov 20: Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday gave a strong statement on 'love-jihad' and said that it is a term manufactured by the BJP to divide the nation. "Marriage is a matter of personal liberty and bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional," he tweeted on Friday.

Gehlot took to Twitter and unleashed a series of tweets to express his thoughts on 'love-jihad' to say, "Love Jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the Nation & disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty, bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional & it will not stand in any court of law. Jihad has no place in Love."

In the second tweet, he said, "They are creating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. Marriage is a personal decision & they are putting curbs on it, which is like snatching away personal liberty."

In the third tweet on 'love-jihad', he said, "It seems a ploy to disrupt communal harmony, fuel social conflict & disregard constitutional provisions like the state not discriminating against citizens on any ground.

Love Jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the Nation & disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty, bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional & it will not stand in any court of law. Jihad has no place in Love.
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— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 20, 2020
They are creating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. Marriage is a personal decision & they are putting curbs on it, which is like snatching away personal liberty.
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— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 20, 2020
It seems a ploy to disrupt communal harmony, fuel social conflict & disregard constitutional provisions like the state not discriminating against citizens on any ground.
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— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 20, 2020
It needs to be mentioned here that UP has announced its intention to bring in a law against 'love-jihad' and the MP government is also planning to bring in a law on similar lines.

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