DD’s show on sex education with 400 million reach becomes India’s most watched programme

TNN | Updated: Mar 27, 2017, 10.56 AM IST

Indian Television is slowly and gradually overcoming the saas bahu sagas and exploring genres that have remained untouched till now. DD National’s show ‘Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon’ is one such show as it talks about sex education.

Showcasing women in strong roles, the show is about a woman Dr. Sneha, who fights the social evils of society and helps the women in village come out and fight for their rights. From speaking up for themselves, to going out and making a women’s football team, she does all to irk the village men and invite threats for her life. But, there is nothing stopping the lead actress.

Jawhar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharati (DD, AIR) said that their show has now recorded a whopping 400 million viewers, which is more than any other show on Indian TV.

The show which was launched in 2014 by Population Foundation of India aims to educate people on family planning, child marriage, domestic abuse, family planning and more. It also shows how women can set themselves free from the patriarchal society and dwell in the arenas which they thought had nothing to do with women.

After airing the first season of the show, which had 52 episodes, the show is now airing the second season comprising 79 episodes.

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China Pushes Law to Fight ’Net Addiction in Minors

China, JANUARY 16, 2017 – Beijing Today

The State Council of China published its draft of a new law on the protection of minors from Internet addiction.

The draft calls for banning minors from playing online games between midnight and 8 am, mandating blocking software in smartphones and prohibiting clinics from using electroshock and violence to treat addiction.

The draft is open for commentary, and Chinese nationals can give their opinion through a web form or email on the council’s website.

The draft requires a warning before content that could encourage minors to engage in bullying, violence, suicide, sex, begging or wandering; to smoke, drink or abuse other substances; that may cause depression, fear or stress; or any other material deemed to have a bad effect on young viewers.

Elementary and middle schools will also be required to open online security courses to educate students. Local residents’ committees and guardians will be expected to ensure minors are educated about online safety.

According to the draft law, mobile phones and tablets, including popular models by Huawei, Apple, Samsung and other brands, must come with software to warn and protect minors before they can log online.
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Nigeria: Sex for the Soil – Senegal’s Gold Rush Fuels Human Trafficking From Nigeria

Africa, MARCH 30, 2017 – All Africa

By Kieran Guilbert
Kedougou — Huddled together in the corner of a dimly-lit bar in southeast Senegal while men swig beer, smoke and shout over the blaring music, Grace and the women beside her are silent and sombre.

Despite their sequined tops, colourful make-up and striking hairstyles, these women are not here to party.

They are victims of sex trafficking, duped into leaving Nigeria with the promise of work in Europe but dumped in Kedougou, a gold mining region, and forced into prostitution.

“I was so angry when I arrived that I refused to have sex for the first month,” Grace told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Then I thought about getting home one day and helping my family … What choice did I have?” added the 24-year-old, an aspiring university student from Nigeria’s Edo state who believed she would be working in a hair salon in Italy.

Grace is one of more than 1,000 women and girls selling sex in Kedougou, according to United Nations estimates although no official data exists. Many have been trafficked from Nigeria.

Campaigners say the number of women trafficked is rising as a gold rush in Senegal fuels demand for sex workers from miners, many of whom believe dirtying themselves – by drinking and paying for sex – will boost their chances of striking gold.

Stripped of their documents and fearing for their lives, these women are forced to work off debts to their traffickers of up to 3 million CFA francs ($4,900) – in a region where miners pay no more than 2,000 CFA ($3) a time for sex.

Many women recalled being beaten, abused and extorted by clients and even police officers, who activists say are too few and poorly trained to tackle trafficking and identify victims as prostitution is legal here and some women choose to sell sex.

“NO MAN’S LAND”

The state, however, says it has bolstered police numbers, focused on prosecuting traffickers and is working with civil society groups to train officials and give support to victims.

Police representatives in the region could not be reached for comment.

While an informal mining boom across West and Central Africa in recent years has brought wealth to local communities, it has also allowed criminality to thrive, civil society groups say.

“These mines are a murky, grey area when it comes to human trafficking and other crimes,” said Jo-Lind Roberts, country head for the International Organization for Migration.

Gold mining is an age-old tradition in Kedougou, yet it has been transformed in recent years by the arrival of foreign firms and migrant workers, locals say.

This growth, coupled with the region’s porous borders, has seen the numbers of women trafficked into sex work soar, with most coming from Nigeria, according to anti-trafficking experts.

“These men stop you in the street or come to your home and say: ‘I can change your life and make you a big woman,'” said Destiny, 20. “But I arrived here and could barely afford to eat, let alone think about sending money home to my family.”

Most of the victims live in squalid huts with no water, electricity, or toilets, and far from health centres.

“It is an awful living and working environment for these women,” said Issa Saka of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. “It really is no man’s land for them in the bush.”

Many women struggle to go home even after repaying debts – which can take several years with victims having to sleep with an average of more than 1,000 men to buy back their freedom.

Most cannot afford to save for the journey back, some are ensnared by witchcraft which instils fear that they or their relatives may fall ill or die if they disobey their traffickers, while others are simply too ashamed to return home empty-handed.

“If I were to go home without any money, and tell my family what I had been doing here, they would not respect me, not even look at me,” said Rita, adding that the two or three clients she sees each day leave her with barely enough money to survive on.

STRETCHED THIN

In Kedougou – a vast, forested and isolated region – an absence of law enforcement, a lack of training and poor laws are hindering efforts to stop sex trafficking, activists say.

Boubacar Fofana of the charity World Vision said the police are stretched too thinly to effectively tackle crime and, with prostitution legal, it was hard to identify trafficking victims as opposed to women willingly choosing to sell sex.

“We need to raise awareness among these women of their rights, and improve confidence in the state and police so that more victims feel like they can come forward,” said Awa Ndour of Senegal’s anti-trafficking task force.

While the authorities and activists try to reach victims, changing the mindset of Kedougou’s miners may prove harder.

“There is a danger that people here may choose to ignore or even hide such crimes, as they don’t want it to affect an industry that brings them so much money,” said Fofana.

For Grace, like many other victims, relying on the state or the community for help is not an option. All she can do is work for several years in the hope of one day making it home.

“All I want to do is go to university back home,” she said. “But the road is far, I have no money and my family know nothing about my life here. I don’t know if I can ever make it back.”

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Consensual sex distinct from rape, rules Delhi court

India, March 28, 2017 – New Indian Express

CHENNAI: A Delhi court’s judgment on Monday in the case of an alleged rape, filed by a 30-year-old doctor distinctly points out how the lower courts in the country are engaging in a process to get men out of the stigma of being falsely implicated as sexual predators—by defining rape, assault, betrayal and consent—in a way the country has never seen before.

The court, on Monday, acquitted a man of the charges of raping and threatening the woman, saying that physical relations between the two were consensual and the woman was ‘mature’ enough to understand what was happening.

“Facts and circumstances show their physical relations were consensual and consent given by the woman was not under a misconception of fact,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain said.

In an attempt to address the ingrained practices that add to the victimisation of women in the country, the courts are evolving their strategies by identifying and defining false allegations of rape, categorically. The rationalised approach of courts at addressing the loopholes in the Indian rape laws is also an attempt to take an objective view in such cases.

For instance, the rape cases brought to trial in Delhi can be divided into five categories— consensus sex criminalised by parents, rape allegations after breach of promise to marry, acquaintance rape, rape under trafficking and prostitution, stranger rape.

However, as per the data released by the DCW)in 2014, 53.2% of rape cases filed between April 2013 and July 2014 were proven false.

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Man held for revenge porn attack

China, March 14, 2015 – Shanghai Daily

A MAN has been arrested for carrying out a “revenge porn” attack against his former lover, prosecutors in Putuo District said yesterday.

The 28-year-old suspect, surnamed Li, is a married man with two children who began an affair with his children’s tutor last September.

He met his lover, 22-year-old Fang, online and convinced her he was separated from his wife, prosecutors said.

When Fang later found out Li was married she told him she wanted to end the relationship. He became angry and said if she left him he would make public the sex tapes and pornographic images they’d made together.

Prosecutors said he then uploaded the incriminating items to social media sites and defamed Fang by referring to her as a prostitute and publishing her personal information.

Li is also alleged to have sent more than 400 images to Fang’s former school friends and even handed them out in the street to members of the public.

When Fang found out what was going on, she informed the police and Li was taken into custody last month.