An Egyptian woman has been jailed for three years in prison, in an unusual and shocking incident, for harassing a monkey. The woman whose name is Basma Ahmed has been charged with ‘inciting debauchery’ and ‘committing an obscene act in public’ by the city court.
In a 90-second video which went viral, the woman can be seen laughing, while also touching the genitals of a monkey, at a pet shop in the city. Also, she was making sexual innuendos, as the people around her also laughed.
The woman was detained for four days, previously in October, but the period was then extended to 15 days by the public prosecutors.
In her statement, the woman has said that she didn’t mean to abuse the animal, and was rather surprised by its actions. About the video of herself that went viral, she told that it was posted on the Internet even without her knowledge.
Well, as per the officials, it wasn’t the first time this woman was found to be an offender. She was also previously charged in two other ‘public moral’ cases.
Her video, which has now become infamous, had received very heavy backlash in the conservative Muslim country.
This new case has again raised the question of the safety of the innocent animals too and their protection from abusive actions by some humans.
It’s really an unbelievably weird and ghastly incident showing the increasing immorality of humans towards the animals. It also shows that the modern world has become mostly insensitive towards the other creatures.
These incidents have also upped the concern for the non-speaking living creatures and it seems they are not safe anywhere. Cases of violence have been reported against animals, but incidents, like these, related to ‘sexual harassment’ are really very haunting to even think of.
There’s a dire need for something relevant to be done for them or else situations like these will be seen as common happenings.
83 Ex-Bureaucrats Demand U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath’s Resignation
After the heinous crime of Bulandshahr, two weeks ago, in which the mob lynched the Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, around 83 retired bureaucrats have now written an open letter, demanding the resignation of current Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The letter signed includes the names of former secretaries like Shyam Saran, Sujatha Singh and Shiv Shankar Menon (former National Security Advisor), and other reputed names too.
They are straightly calling out for the resignation of the U.P. CM.
In the letter the bureaucrats said, “The mob violence in Bulandshahr, which led to the cold-blooded murder of a police officer marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times.”
“In UP, fundamental principles of governance, of constitutional ethics and of humane social conduct stand perverted. The Chief Minister acts as a high priest of the agenda of bigotry. Hooliganism and thuggery have been mainstreamed into governance. The murder of Subodh Kumar Singh was a deliberate attempt to display majoritarian muscle and send a message to the Muslim communities living in the region,” the letter by the bureaucrats told further.
It also said, “Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns, maintains stony silence…Never before in recent history has the politics of hate, division and exclusion been so dominant and the poisonous ideology which informs it penetrated so deep into the body politic… Never before has hate been directed with such calculated intent against minority communities, hate which is nursed, aided and abetted by those in power…We demand the resignation of the Chief Minister.”
The bureaucrats also mentioned the point of ‘Rule of Law’, reminding the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, the Home Secretary and all other members of the higher civil services concerned, to implement it fearlessly in the state.
Shyam Saran, the former foreign secretary, also questioned the PM on the Bulandshahr incident that why he has kept himself silent so far, “Yes, I do not expect the PM to speak on each and every incident but is this like every other incident? Isn’t this instance somewhat different from your run of the wheel incidents that have happened in the past – which by the way also should be taken notice of.”
Tech Giant Huawei’s CEO Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada
In a shocking incident, Chinese Tech Giant and smartphone manufacturing company Huawei’s CEO, Meng Wanzhou, has been arrested in Canada over potential violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran, provoking outrage from China. Wanzhou is also the deputy chairwoman and daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei. She was detained while transferring between the flights.
The arrest has made the already bitter trade relations between the US and China even worse now.
Arrested Wanzhou now faces extradition to the United States, said Ian McLeod, a Canada Justice Department spokesman.
When Huawei was contacted regarding this situation, the company said that it had no information about the charges, and it’s not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.
Telling about the situation, Canada’s ministry of justice confirmed the date and place of Meng’s arrest: “She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.”
A report in the New York Times said that the US commerce and treasury departments had summoned the firm (Huawei) over suspected violation of sanctions against Iran and North Korea, both.
Huawei has been accused consistently by the US lawmakers for being a threat to US national security, arguing that the company’s technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government.
After the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, US Senator Ben Sasse told Associated Press that China was aggressively engaged in undermining US national security interests.
“Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the chief financial officer,” he said.
Reacting to Meng’s arrest and the entire situation, Huawei issued its statement in which the company said that it had complied with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.
It also said in the statement: “The company believes the Canadian and US legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”
But the reaction from the Chinese embassy in Canada was far aggressive. In its statement, the Chinese embassy told that on the request of the US, Canada had arrested a Chinese citizen, who’s not violating any American or Canadian law.
“The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.”
AI helped in tracking Gauri Lankesh’s killers
BENGALURU: The Special Investigation Team, probing journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder case, has told the special court that Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) helped it to track Lankesh’s killers.
The A.I. techniques used by the team were useful for finding the suspects. This is the first time where A.I was used in the state, for solving a case.
Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by two bike-borne persons, last year, on September 5th, 2017, at her house in Rajarajeshwarinagar, in north Bengaluru.
The AI has really come up as a big aid to the police, not in only India but also in other parts of the world too. It helps the cops to identify the suspects based on CCTV footage near the crime scene and description given the eyewitnesses.
While recounting how it succeeded in capturing 18 suspects, including mastermind Amol Kale and killer Parashuram Ashok Waghmore, the SIT told the court that the footage showed one assailant firing shots at Gauri in the portico of her house. The footage from some CCTV systems within a 5 km radius of her house was also collected and examined for clues.
Continuing further the SIT told that the AI systems were used to extract the images of suspected persons and vehicles and to compare with footage obtained by Bengaluru police from 200 terabytes of video data from CCTV cameras installed at major roads and junctions. Two police teams were made to analyze the footage from different traffic junctions, while also doing technical surveillance.
Over 2,500 people were interviewed and examined, doing the probe. The field teams traced nearly 10,000 two-wheelers from all over the state, based on the clues obtained during the investigation. In the probe, it was revealed that the bike which was used for the crime, was stolen from Davanagere.
The SIT said in its charge sheet that the accused 18 suspects were active members of an organized crime syndicate, formed in 2010-11, under the leadership of Dr.Virendra Tawade alias Bade Bhaisaab, and also a former editor of Sanatan Prabhat magazine, who used to provide financial aid to the syndicate.
Short video Chinese social apps are new weapons for Paedophiles!
NEW DELHI: Social media apps, especially short video making apps like TikTok, Vigo Video, Kwai, and Clip are hugely popular in India among the youngsters and the rest of the age group also. But the downside or specifically speaking the dark side of these apps is being ignored by most of the users in the county.
Chinese video apps like Kwai and TikTok have become big hunting grounds for paedophiles. On these apps, the users and mostly small-age and young girls post 15-second clips of themselves. The videos may be of them doing lip-syncing to a vulgar song lyrics or dancing in an inappropriate manner. But the comments on their videos are mostly from men, praising the girls for showing their bodies. They even ask them in the comments to show more skin.
The comments are all vulgar, from nearly every man who comments on the video.
Nitish Chandan, Project manager at Cyber Peace Foundation (a non-profit organization in New Delhi that deals with child porn cases) said, “Short video apps are the new ground to groom underage girls”.
Last year, this organization found an increase in the cases of child sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, and blackmail and in all these cases the perpetrators found the victims via these social media apps only.
He also mentioned that porn is a deep-rooted problem in India and the content on an app like Kwai is just the tip of the iceberg. He said that according to the stats, the Asian kids are the most in demand for child pornography.
Chandan’s foundation had received 148 cases of child harassment originating from the social apps, and many cases have also gone unreported.
He also told that the paedophiles exploit a child’s addiction to gaming apps or challenges on social media. The trend of paedophiles sending videos to kids and asking them to imitate an adult, and send them back, is growing very quickly.
There have been cases of girls masturbating and sending their videos to a friend they just met on a social app! “Most of them don’t know what they are doing. They think they are completing a challenge and are going to win a contest”, Chandan said.
Millions of followers are there on these short video apps and their number is only increasing each month, very rapidly, after the access of data since the time it became cheaper. Where Kwai, (a Chinese app) claims to have around 10-15 million users in India, other apps like TikTok (built by Chinese giant ByteDance) has approximately 16 million Indian users. And then comes Clip (India-based app having China’s Shunwei Capital as an investor) also had around 3 million downloads in December 2017.
On these apps, the videos featuring girls as young as two or three, and teenagers also, show them being scantily dressed, with boys along with them dancing in an inappropriate way. They lip-sync, flirt with the audience, and pose in a vulgar manner. But one thing that has not been cleared is whether or not the accounts of these kinds of videos are owned by youngsters.
The social media video apps are designed to make the users hooked to them via a simple-to-navigate interface. And because they depend heavily on user-generated content, they run contests and campaigns to encourage local content. Viral content on the Kwai app is generated through campaigns like ‘Act like Amitabh Bachchan’, ‘Create a dance video using #BalleBalle’, or ‘Mime with your favorite Bollywood dialogue’. The prize money for these contests ranges from Rs.30,000 to Rs.1 lakh.
Ganta Murali, who’s the head of Kwai India, says that the app’s platform uses both the automatic and manual review systems for monitoring the content. The company holds training sessions to teach users to create videos. And those accounts which create popular videos receive monetary rewards. Some Indian users have earned up to $400 (nearly Rs.28,000) a month, Murali says.
He also said that most of the content featuring children comes from fake accounts, by which he means aggregators of such content or managed by parents or relatives of the children. On his behalf, he said, “There is a continuous audit to monitor content on our platform. If there is adult or inappropriate content featuring kids, it will be taken down”. But the content moderation team is based in Beijing, so it’s unlikely that this team (India-based) will be able to detect inappropriate content from an Indian child.
Facebook slammed for auctioning teen as child bride in a viral post
FavebookSAN FRANCISCO: Social Network giant Facebook has been slammed by human rights activists, for auctioning a teen as a child bride, in a post that went viral recently. Facebook failed to remove the post in which a South Sudanese man auctioned her 17-year-old daughter as a child bride, to the highest bidder.
In the auction, around five men, including the region’s deputy general, participated for bidding of the minor girl. The bid was won by a man who already had eight other wives. He paid the girl’s father two luxury cars, 500 cows, two bikes, a boat, mobile phones and $10,000 in cash.
The AfricanFeminism tweeted on late on Wednesday that a 16-year-old South Sudanese girl was sold off for marriage to the highest bidder on Facebook in November and a businessman from #SouthSudan outbid four others, which also included a senior Sudanese government official.
The post that went viral on Facebook read, “the biggest test of child abuse, trafficking and auctioning of a human being”, said Philips Anyang Ngong, a human rights lawyer. He also tried to stop the girl’s sale which couldn’t happen.
He said that those who were involved in this should be held responsible, including Facebook also. Plan International South Sudan, a Human rights organization, has condemned the use of the social media site for the girl’s auction. It compared it to modern-day slavery.
The organization’s director for South Sudan, George Otim, said, “This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets”.
He also said that it’s beyond belief that a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day.
A report of Human Rights Watch in 2015 noted that 40% of the girls in sub-Saharan Africa marry before they turn 18. Also, that 15 of the 20 nations with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa.
Around 77% of the girls in Nigeria also get married before they are 18, while in Central African Republic and Chad, it’s about 60%.
This is not the first incident of trouble for Facebook though. Earlier this month, Facebook was also accused of encouraging grooming by offering teenage girls to middle-aged men as ‘friend suggestions’.
On the social networking site, teenage girls, who are about 13-year-old, and who join Facebook, are provided up to 300 suggestions regarding who they can add as their friends. Some of those suggestions include middle-aged men, being topless in their profile pictures.
Facebook, in its defence, has said that it has safeguards built into recommendation system.
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