ColumnsDomestic Abuse: The Unseen Crisis Of The COVID Pandemic Iram Majid20 April 2020 9:29 PMShare This – xThe COVID 19 the global pandemic that has ensued an unprecedented wave of public health and economic uncertainty, has also brought about raging concerns regarding the mental and physical safety of women. In the wake of the government-issued lockdowns, there has been an undeniable spike in the cases of domestic violence against women. The “Shadow Pandemic”, as the UN Women term it,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe COVID 19 the global pandemic that has ensued an unprecedented wave of public health and economic uncertainty, has also brought about raging concerns regarding the mental and physical safety of women. In the wake of the government-issued lockdowns, there has been an undeniable spike in the cases of domestic violence against women. The “Shadow Pandemic”, as the UN Women term it, has been witnessed in countries such as China, Spain, UK and in India. Several leading psychologists and matrimonial dispute lawyers had raised concerns regarding the safety of women and children during the lockdown, as confinement at home with an abusive partner likely results in greater physical and emotional violence against women, with disastrous consequences for their health and well-being. The lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to the abuser to practice “intimate terrorism”—a situation where he can dictate and control all actions and movements of women, with violence if needed. In India, the situation is exceptionally worse. India has repeatedly emerged as one of the most dangerous countries for women. Problems of skewed wage gaps and differential literacy rates has led to India has emerging as a perfect breeding ground for gender-based violence. It has been reported that in one week (from March 23 to April 2), National Commission for Women (NCW) has received a total of 257 complaints including 69 domestic violence complaints by the women. In Delhi, 37 complaints have been made to the NCW. As per the NCW, the number of such domestic violence complaints has almost doubled after the government ensued a lockdown in March owing to COVID-19 taking centre stage. In fact, the author of this article, a lawyer and a professional mediator has received calls from women in desperate domestic situations, beseeching for help. Why is this the case? What has caused this drastic spike in violence against women? Several leading psychologists and criminologists believe that increased violence is not just a result of the frustration due to physical confinement. They believe that the ongoing pandemic has brought in its wake a global slowdown, massive economic dislocation, closed businesses, the threat of looming unemployment, often accompanied by the threat of hunger and poverty for what seems to be an indefinite time period. While both men and women are affected by the economic downturn, there is evidence from the past that violence against women increases during episodes of high unemployment. This is further exacerbated in India due to the susceptibility of women in the lower economic strata to alcohol-fuelled violence against them. What is the way forward? It is abundantly clear that the efficacy of policies and redressal mechanisms in place to deal with this the rising cases of domestic violence will have to be re-assessed, especially since the perpetrator and the victim are, for foreseeable future, continue to reside together during the COVID-19 lockdown. Domestic violence perpetrates all socio-economic strata. The rich, the poor and the middle-class. With the sudden lockdown, when women find themselves isolated, alone and vulnerable, what are their options? Reporting may not be an easy task, and the consequence of reporting in most cases results in more abuse by the perpetrator. This situation leaves the conduct of the abuser unchecked and therefore, encourages more perpetration due to the lack of sanctions With the ongoing social distancing, the need of the hour, therefore, is to build a safe space for women by ensuring a few checks and balances upon the perpetrator and preventing such abuses from happening. This can be achieved through a “Community based Network” relationship amongst families and neighbours residing.in the same locality, who through social fiduciary relationships with the male members, instil a social fear against the commission of such violence. The emphasis must be to train the people of such community networks to be able to sense the plight of women before reporting. Role of Mediators in the ongoing Mediators can contribute significantly to help establish such networks and train them. In order to particularly prevent the perpetration of offences such as domestic violence, mediators, through online mediation, can conduct teaching and awareness sessions to the people of such a community network and equip them with the skills to read and perceive body language, tactics to diffuse situations of violence and other necessary skills required for timely and friendly intervention. Through their expertise in navigating tricky and hostile situations, mediators can effectively facilitate the building of a strong community bond between members so that it serves as effective checks and balances against any unwanted and deviant behaviour by its members. Such training ca be achieved through online mediation apps that are offered by many mediation centres, or contacting mediators through telephonic and internet-based communications such as WhatsApp, video-conferencing or even through mass media. This, however, cannot be a substitute to necessary intervention of law and order in cases where domestic violence is severe and ongoing. Therefore, women must reach out to the police or the various local and national helplines that have been set up for the redressal of claims of domestic violence. The following helplines may be contacted: India: Women Helpline (All India) Women in Distress -1091 Women Helpline Domestic Abuse- 181 Police: 100 France: Violences Femmes Info- 3919 Viols Femmes Information- 0800 05 95 95 United Kingdom: National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/) Amidst this growing panic and uncertainty, women who are victims of domestic violence are trapped with their abusers with no route for escape. With violence ranging from assaults to rape, the plight of the vulnerable is truly gut-wrenching. This is an apt time for us as a society, to rethink, reconsider and reshape our beliefs and values about gender equality and begin to take action to make the society more humane and habitable for women. Iram Majid is the Director of Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation and has over 17 years of experience in the legal profession, having handled a wide range of commercial, criminal and civil and matrimonial disputes through her career. She is certified by prestigious arbitration and mediation forums such as IMI, MCI Arb. and currently is the Secretary General of International Federation of Mediators. She is also the recipient of the Top 10 Arbitrators and Mediators of Asia Pacific Awards by the BIAMC. Beyond the realms of arbitration and mediation, she is a distinguished author, a professional trainer, a panellist at various international conferences and counsel for many government bodies.The views are personal. The author can be contacted at [email protected] Next Story
Read also: Airport operators pivot to cargo services to survive pandemicFarida said the student had a document issued by a West Java Health Agency laboratory on June 21 showing a positive PCR result.The Soekarno-Hatta Airport Health Office did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for comment.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani confirmed that the passenger was a Sorong resident who was studying in West Java.“[The passenger] is not a resident of West Java but is studying here. But students here have been asked to study at home for a while now,” Berli told the Post on Monday.Berli declined to say whether the student should have been self-isolating but said that local health agencies had been monitoring COVID-19 patients to ensure that they were isolating either at hospitals or in their homes.“[The case] is still being studied by the provincial health agency. As soon as we have clear details, we will inform the public,” he said.Topics : He added that Garuda had disinfected the aircraft and had requested that the cabin crews on duty that day self-quarantine.“We will conduct intensive coordination and communication regarding the follow-up to this incident in order to ensure that health procedures for flights during the new normal transition period run optimally,” Irfan said.Sorong Airport Health Office coordinator Farida Tariq said that health officials had discovered that the passenger, a 20-year-old student, had tested positive for the virus during a routine health document check conducted upon arrival at Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong on Saturday.According to the latest government regulations on air travel, all prospective passengers must provide documents showing a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid test result before being allowed to fly. A passenger who was allowed to board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, West Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19 had been cleared for travel by health authorities, the national flag carrier has said.“All passengers on the flight received validation and clearance from relevant authorities regarding compliance with health requirements for flight passengers,” Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement on Sunday.Flight GA 682 had also followed physical distancing protocols, with passengers limited to 62 percent of total capacity, Irfan said.
The three First Capital Plus Premier League games which were scheduled to take place on Wednesday, have been postponed to Monday, February 24.Kumasi Asante Kotoko were due to take on Ebusua Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Stadium; Chelsea had a game with Ashantigold at the Golden City Park, while Inter Allies also had a tie with Medeama SC at the Tema Park in the match day 16 duels. But, according to Mr Ackah Anthony, a member of the Premier League Board (PLB) and the president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), the games had to be shifted following complaints of exhaustion by Ghana’s four representatives after the African club competitions last Sunday.“I can confirm to you that all the three games have been postponed to Monday, February 24”, Mr Ackah told Daily Graphic.Meanwhile, the league continues on Saturday with Aduana Stars taking on Accra Hearts of Oak at Dormaa, Amidaus Professionals versus Inter Allies at Tema, King Faisal host Hasaacas in Kumasi, Ashantigold versus Bechem United at Obuasi and Heart of Lions versus Wa All Stars at Kpando.
5 October 2005South Africa and Iraq have resolved to increase political and trade relations, especially in the oil sector, and South Africa is seriously considering opening a mission in Baghdad.This emerged following the first South Africa/Iraq meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Iraqi counterpart, Talib Al-Bayati, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.Pahad told reporters that the parties discussed broad economic relations, and that the Iraqi delegation had informed them that the Iraqi oil industry had “tremendous” potential for involvement and investment.Iraq has the second-largest oil reserves in the world.Pahad said the relevant departments from both sides would look further into the potential of economic relations between the two countries. The two deputy ministers also discussed the potential of visits between the two countries’ business sectors.“The deputy minister [Al-Bayati] has stressed that there is a lot of potential in Iraq in the post-conflict situation and reconstruction and development process for international partnerships generally and specifically for South Africa,” Pahad said.Economic trade between South Africa and Iraq increased from over R90-million in 2004 to over R200-million during the first five months of 2005.“There are a lot of Iraqi business people based in [neighbouring] Dubai, Jordan and Kuwait, and we think that can become the starting point between the business sector and parastatals,” Pahad said.He added that he had received a “thorough” briefing Al-Bayati on the constitutional process unfolding in Iraq, including the referendum on the draft constitution that is scheduled for later in October, to be followed by elections in December.“[The Iraqi] government is confident that there will be a very successful turnout and that a political process is on the roll,” Pahad said. “We also received a briefing on the security situation there.”He said the South African government had always believed that Iraq was “very strategically placed” and that when peace finally came it would be a major player in the Middle East region.The South African delegation to the meeting briefed the Iraqi delegation on developments in the country and the continent, as well as South Africa’s interest in increasing economic relations in the Middle East region.Al-Bayati said Iraq viewed South Africa – the only African country in which Iraq has an embassy – as important, and that it envisaged strengthening existing political and economic relations with SA.“There is a lot of potential resources in Iraq such as oil, gas and minerals,” Al-Bayati said. “Iraq needs oil for reconstruction, and we need all kind of help from friendly countries, and South Africa can do a lot to help the Iraqi people and government.”On security issues, Al-Bayati said Iraq was up against groups like the Al-Qaeda that did not believe in democracy and attacked women and children.“They consider everybody who takes part in elections, referendums or democratic processes as infidels who deserve to be killed. Car bombs are targeting innocent civilians and it is our responsibility to protect our people and maintaining security.“We had a vacuum of power because of the collapse of the [Saddam Hussein] regime and the dismissal of the army and police force, but now we are in the process of rebuilding our army, police force and security organisations,” he said.He added that when the elected Iraqi government took over the running of the country, its security forces would be capable of maintaining security, and would discuss taking over from the multinational force deployed there.“We will keep them for as long as they are needed and they will not be kept [in Iraq] longer than they are needed,” he explained.Source: BuaNews
A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ And the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
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Writing about dress colors isn’t usually in our wheelhouse, but given how the sports world was responding to the viral debate regarding this photo Thursday night, we figured we’d get involved. We also figured we’d update you on the answer to the debate, as well as the reason that people are seeing the same dress in such drastically different colors.First, for those who haven’t seen the photo before – see below. Some people see it as white and gold, while others see it as blue and black.In the morning when I was looking at that dress, it was black&blue now in the evening its white&gold! WTF? HOW? :DDD pic.twitter.com/lwS8oQlcvx— Laura Slivka (@zeGoattt) February 27, 2015In reality, the dress is blue and black. That will probably shock half of you out there, but it’s true.Hey everyone, you can buy the dress yourself and see that it’s blue and black #whiteandgold #blackandblue #yallidiots pic.twitter.com/7XkMgMPFvi— Max (@thabaerjew) February 27, 2015So why is the world split on this? Wired probably has the best explanation we’ve seen out there. In short, a given person’s visual system is either discounting the color blue or the color gold involuntarily.This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)Business Insider also has a decent writeup on the situation.The sports world has been having a field day relating this to team colors. Coach Cal made a joke last night. Duke basketball made another this morning. It probably won’t end for some time.
OSU gymnastics team celebrates senior Kaitlyn Hofland, who earned a career high of 9.925 on uneven parallel bars during 2018 season premiere after recovery from shoulder surgery. She competed against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (1-3) seized its first win of the season during its home-opener at St. John Arena against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday after losing its first three meets of the season on the road. The Buckeyes posted a season-high point total of 196.775, while garnering seven other podium appearances, nine new personal record scores, and three season-best event finishes. Minnesota finished in second with a 195.775 score and Illinois State finishing in third with a 190.875 mark. “This is the meet I’ve been waiting for,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It’s great to be in St John, it helps that we have already been in here, and [the team] just did their gymnastics tonight. So it was amazing. I’m super happy for them, because that’s what they’re capable of.”In their first event of the night, the Buckeyes posted a season-high 49.075 mark to take the gold on vault. Sophomore Olivia Aepli finished in the top slot with a career-best score of 9.900 while Mattern finished in second with a 9.875 tally. Freshman Morgan Lowe recorded a personal-best 9.850 mark to finish tied at No. 3 with Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler.Also during the first rotation, Illinois State posted a 46.850 score on balance beam while Minnesota scored 48.375 on uneven parallel bars.On its second rotation, Ohio State earned a 98.400 tally on uneven parallel bars to seal another first-place finish. After receiving clearance for competition before the meet, senior Kaitlyn Hofland made her 2018 season premiere on bars. Hofland delivered for her team, garnering a 9.925 score, to take second for the event. “It felt like it was a long wait, but it was worth it waiting to be home first,” Hofland said. “That was my career high, and it was so fun to have that at home.”Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber also set a career high with a 9.900 mark on bars, tying for third place with Ramler. The Buckeyes held first place with a running total of 98.400 midway through the meet, while Minnesota trailed at 97.125 after its second rotation on balance beam. Illinois State sat in third with a 95.575 running score after its performance on floor exercise. Ohio State continued on balance beam with a score of 48.800. Lowe scored a team-high 9.800 to take fifth in the event.Illinois State, dealing with an injury to Kylie Meyer, scored only 47.550 on its third rotation on vault. Minnesota received a 49.550 on floor exercise in its third performance.The Buckeyes closed the meet on the floor with their best collective performance of the night. Almost finishing with a complete 9.900 score-range slate, Ohio State had five athletes earn career-high scores. “I have seen a ton of improvement in their gymnastics,” Paulicivic said. “I said that at the beginning of the year, we hadn’t seen it out on the floor. I finally feel like all the lines and the things they’ve been working on are coming together.”Junior Jamie Stone earned a 9.950 tally to tie for first place with Ramler, while Mattern tied for third alongside Minnesota’s Ona Loper with a 9.925 finish. Mattern scored a season-high 39.375, earning her second place in the all-around competition, while Swartzentruber trailed with a career-best 39.225 score to take bronze. Ramler finished took home the gold at 39.600.“Tonight was one of the most incredible things I have been a part of here at Ohio State,” Mattern said. “There was so much energy, so much positivity, just good vibes all throughout.”Ohio State will be on the road again to compete against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. Feb 3.