Thomas cook airline staff kicked a 21-year-old woman passenger out for wearing a crop top and not covering it as it was “offensive”. The passenger, Emily O’Connor was travelling with her family to Spain from Birmingham on the 2nd of May. The staff of Thomas cook told her that her cropped top was causing offence.
“The most sexist, misogynistic, embarrassing experience of my life,” said the 21-year-old, Emily o’ corner during an interview. A man sitting two rows behind her who was wearing shorts and a vest was not asked to leave.
Emily, Tweeted saying, “I informed the staff that there is no “appropriate wear” policy stipulated online. I stood up on the flight and asked if anyone was offended, no-one said a word. Would really appreciate if you could vote and share on the below!”. When the passenger refused to leave a staff member picked her bag in order to kick her out from the flight.
“We are sorry that we upset Ms O’Connor. It’s clear we could have handled the situation better,” said a Thomas cook spokesperson following an investigation.
Take a look at the tweets which followed:
A courthouse in Italy in a very undignified move, acquitted two men of rape charges saying that woman appear undesirable to get raped. The ruling received much flak from the citizens and crowd of protesters showed up to the courthouse.
In 2015, two men were accused of raping a 22-year-old Peruvian woman. They appeared in court first in 2016, the decision to acquit them all the charges were made by a group of all female judges in 2017. The judges at Ancons court said that the victim’s story is not reliable as she is ‘too masculine to get raped’. The arguments hence made, are based on a photograph of the woman as well as on the convicts’ statements who openly said they were not attracted to a woman. One of the convicts even had the woman’s number saved in his phone as ‘Viking’.
According to the victim’s lawyer, Molinaro, her client’s drink was spiked with drugs during a group encounter at a bar. Doctors believed that her injuries were ‘inconsistency with rape’ and found a high level of benzodiazepines in her blood. Specific benzodiazepines called Rohypnol are also translated as ‘date rape drug’ because of its extensive use in sexual assaults. The drug’s sedative properties are being abused when mixed with alcohol. Though what benzodiazepine was found in the victim’s bloodstream, is not clear.
Women are sharing pictures of their underwear on social media after a 27-year-old man in Ireland was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old girl. During the trial, a defence lawyer held up the teenager’s underwear, saying, “You’ve to look at [how] she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” The pictures are being shared along with #ThisIsNotConsent.
The case sparked public anger in Ireland, where many women objected to the idea of using underwear to imply consent.
Since then, women around the world have been posting pictures of underwear to protest the trial outcome.
A lot is being said and discussed about gender equality but one more incident has taken place which makes us believe that implementing gender quality is still a daunting task.
Alize Cornet, the French Tennis player, was lately handed a code of violation during a US Open match when she readjusted her top because she wore it from front to back. She did it on the side of the court but the umpire found her guilty of breaking a rule.
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However, men players never break a rule when they go topless on the tennis court as you can see player Novak Djokovic sitting topless during break but he was not handed a code of violation.
If you remember, the French Open Officials even banned the catsuit worn by Serena Williams and the reason that they gave was that one must respect the game and the place. Well, it was a fully covered dress that was worn due to health related reasons which makes it more difficult to understand how it was disrespecting the game and the place.
If we go by the report that was published in ABC, it tells that as per the 2018 WTA rule guide, women players should change their dresses off-court and that too in the “most private location”. They should have explained the meaning of “most private location” as it is very confusing to understand.
As the matter got a lot of attention, the US Open soon issued an apology stating that they are upset about the code of violation given to Cornet. They also clarified that she has been given a warning only and no fine or penalty has been imposed, just to make sure that this type of incident doesn’t take place in the future.
Cornet accepted the apology but she did slam the President of the French Tennis Federation for banning the dress of Serena Williams.
This incident has created a storm on the social media and people are not happy about it. However, some are saying that she was handed a code of violation because she changed between the points while men were seen removing their shirt in the break time or at the end of the game.
Miss India Manushi Chillar from Haryana has become the sixth Indian to be crowned Miss World. The 20-year-old will bring the crown back to India after 17 years. The last Indian to bag the title was Priyanka Chopra, who wore the crown in 2000.
While Manushi was crowned Miss World, Miss Mixico was the first Runner’s Up and Miss England was the Second Runner’s Up.
Manushi took over from Priyadarshini Chatterjee to become the 54th Miss India World, and floored the judges to bag the Miss World title. The medical student couldn’t believe herself when her name was announced and reacted with extreme joy. Her family, who were in the audience, couldn’t hold back their excitement as well.
Manushi, who won both the Head to Head challenge and the Beauty with a purpose segment of the Miss World competition, impressed the judges with her final answer as well. When asked, which profession in the world deserves the highest salary and why, she replied saying, “My mother has been my biggest inspiration, so I have to say, a mother’s job. It is not always about cash, but love and respect as well. A mother deserves that the most.”
The Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa which bans Muslim females from posting their photos on Whats App and social media, calling it un-Islamic. This is the second time that curtails the freedom of women. On October 7, it had banned Muslim women from grooming eyebrows and cutting hairs.
What prompted the issuance of the fatwa ??
Since Islam prohibits Muslim women from showing their faces in public. Therefore, the ban came as a response to a Muslim man’s query, who asked if his wife could share her pictures on social media.
Islam doesn’t allow Muslim women to be photographed
According to Mufti Tarikh Qashmi of Deoband, uploading selfies and other photos of any Muslim on social media is against the laws of Islam. Also, Muslim women are not allowed to show their faces to other males.
He has urged that hijabs and burqas must be worn by girls and women and adhere to the religious tenets.
Muslim women can’t even visit beauty parlors !
As per Darul Iftaa- Darul Uloom Deoband’s fatwa- issuing body – plucking eyebrows and cutting hair, are banned for Muslim women.
Since hair adds beauty to women, no Muslim woman is allowed to get them cut. Also, they are not permitted to apply make up, go to beauty parlors, or do anything else that might attract another man.
In 2011 Manal al-Sharif posted a video on Youtube driving in Saudi Arabia, during that time Saudi Arabia was the only country that banned women from driving after which this brave woman became the face of the women’s driving movement.
Two days later she was arrested and detained for about a week.
Women activists have campaigned and protested to be allowed to drive for over 25 years which also brought arrests and harassment further daring by taking to the road, appealing the king and posting videos of themselves on social media while driving.
When Saudi King Salman on Tuesday declared that, women must be allowed to drive, Al-Sharif who is now living in Australia was delighted. This concluded long-standing stain on the global image of Saudi Arabia, the order is to be enforced by June 2018.
But the campaigner said the battle is not over, with a major setback for women in Saudi Arabia that needs to “disappear”.
“Abolishing the male guardianship – period. You can not empower women to become anything in your country if she still needs a man’s permission,” said the 38 year old and working woman; al-Sharif, a single mother with her own car and a United Arab Emirates driving license.
“My government until today did not name an age where I am an adult. That is the first thing they should do,” al-Sharif told the Thomson Reuters Foundation via phone from Australia.
Although al-Sharif said more needs to be done to empower women in the kingdom and give the women their “basic human rights”
The activist said she is now looking forward to getting back into the same car she drove when she was arrested in Saudi Arabia and heading out in the kingdom’s streets – this time legally.
Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu was nominated for the prestigious – Padma Bhushan ; India’s third highest civilian award. Sindhu also became the youngest recipient of Padma Shri during March 2015. Since 2016 when Sindhu became the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games, this talented woman’s career graph has been on an upward curve.
She became only the second Indian to win a silver at the World Championships after Saina Nehwal.
“Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI.
Apart from her silver at World Championship, Glasgow; Sindhu became the first Indian to secure the Korea Open Superseries title to add to her 2016 China Open Superseries Premier and India Open Superseries titles.
“Very happy that my name has been recommended for Padma Bhushan. I would like to thank the govt and the sports ministry,” said Sindhu.
Sindhu has been making the country proud by winning total of three Super Series, three World Championship medals, an Olympic silver and a host of other podiums finishes.
After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the Padma Bhushan earlier this month, Sindhu is the second sportsperson to be recommended for the prestigious award.
They say women are not safe anywhere, guess they are right on that account to be it any country or any state. But here you will realize that even your own home is not safe for you. The family is the one entity which is supposed to be your safe place but what happens when that entity is the one from which you need to be saved. Recently a teenager in the Pakistani Punjab province has been sentenced to death for adultery. The 19-year-old was charged with having consensual sex with her cousin and upon denying the charges and instead of telling was she was the one who was forced to have sex with her cousin on gunpoint was abandoned by her family.
This girl said while giving her statement to the police at their home in Rajanpur, a rural district in southwest Punjab, said, “I could not raise an alarm as [he] was holding a gun, but the panchayat refused to accept my statement and declared that I willfully slept with him.”
Even though pleading and requesting the panchayat to listen to her side of the story the panchayat refused to do so and even her family has disowned her calling her a liar and asking the panchayat to give her the punishment as death.
The Pakistani Panchayats or the informal village justice systems that operate in remote areas in Pakistan have been criticised for handing out cruel punishments for adultery previously as well. Though the sentences they give out have no legal standing they are still followed. The girl informed the media that even the court took no action against her alleged rapist and held her responsible as well.