Wednesday, 31 December 2008
In a surprising development, a 70-year old woman gave birth to a daughter after artificial insemination. It is nice to allow couples to achieve their goals in having a child. Have the doctors thought about the possible guardians in the event of death of this elderly couple? Are they going to be the guardians, in the unlikely event of the child becoming an orphan in the near future?
She is the oldest mother to deliver by IVF.
India has population which it cannot handle (and 11 million orphans), and the participation in such egoistic processes is ludicrous.
The shocking part of the statement is the doctor saying that they are going to consider options to help the couple for having a SON.
Will someone alert the authorities about the possible Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act violation two years from now in the couple's goal to fulfil their social stigmas? Will anyone advise the couple to adopt a BOY-child, if they wish (10% of all orphans in India)?
Mother who had her first baby at SEVENTY shows off her daughter and says: ‘Now I want a son’
She’s beaming with pride at her new baby daughter and 70-year-old first time mother Rajo Devi says she still hopes to add to her brood.
The farmer’s wife from Haryana, India gave birth to a baby girl Naveen Lohan by caesarean section on 28th November and now says she wants a son.
‘It’s amazing to finally be a mum,’ she said. ‘Ive waited for so long to have a baby of my own. Now I would love to have a boy as well.’
Rajo and her husband Bala Ram, 72, say they have been trying to conceive since they married in 1943. ‘We prayed to all the fertility gods. I thank the doctor for making it possible,’ she said.
First time father Bala is also keen for more children. ‘We finally have someone to take over the farm when we die. Maybe in the future the doctor can give us a son.’
The couple used a donor egg fertilized with Bala’s sperm implanted in his wife and Rajo became pregnant at the second attempt at IVF.
Bala mortgaged next year’s crop of rice and bamboo as well as taking out some high-interest loans to pay for the £2,000 treatment.
IVF doctor Anurag Bishnoi said: ‘There was no risk to her health. We do not treat patients who do not seem to be fit and able to carry a baby to term.
‘Rajo has no intention of dying and is going to try again for a boy in two years. I’ve agreed to have a look at her case then.’
Lover kills a 4 year Child in Chennai
We had reports from UK, where 2 girl children were accidentally killed when their fathers dropped the Television on them. In a homicidal case, a lover hit a child with a steel rod, before throwing him against the Television stand. So, in this case, “the Television stand killed the child star”.
Man held for beating 4-yr-old to death
CHENNAI: A 25-year-old man, who allegedly beat a four-year-old boy to death in Thiruvotriyur on Monday, was arrested on Tuesday. The man hit the boy with a steel ladle before throwing him against a television stand, police said. Narayanan, who recently began living with Vasanth Kumar’s mother Kalpana, allegedly felt that Kumar was a hindrance to him.
Kumar fell down after being hit and Narayanan rushed him to a private hospital in Thiruvotriyur. Kumar, whose head and spinal cord were severely damaged, later died. The body was sent to the Stanley Government Hospital for autopsy.
Kalpana married Murthy, a fisherman, a few years ago and lived near Royapuram. Some time later, she felt Murthy was not taking proper care of her. She then became close to Narayanan, a relative who lived close by, and the two began an affair. A few months ago, they moved into a house in Thiruvotriyur. Kalpana’s children also stayed with them.
Of late, police said, Narayanan had begun to feel that he was not able to spend much time with Kalpana as Kumar was in the way. On several occasions, he allegedly abused the child. On Monday afternoon, Narayanan was at home and saw Kumar playing outside. He called him in, thrashed him.
Thiruvotriyur police registered a case and arrested Narayanan on Tuesday. He was remanded in prison after being produced before a magistrate’s court.
Crowd goes nuts, lynches 11 year orphan for stealing betel nuts
December 31, 2008
In a heart-wrenching incident, a 11-year old orphan slum girl, was beaten to death for stealing betel nuts. The incident brings to light the number of unprotected, orphaned children in India. There is estimated 11 million orphan children in India (90 % being girls). What is the Government doing about them and their safety and security? Child abuse in all its forms is not yet taken seriously in India. Child abuse should be a more serious problem for the Government rather than the Domestic Violence (by spouses). This terrorism of children in domestic and community settings has to be checked.
Will the Government in Kolkatta inform the public about what is being done for the Orphans in the slums? What is being done for their protection, their security, their housing and their food?
Orphan lynched for stealing betel nuts
31 Dec 2008
KOLKATA: An 11-year-old girl was lynched and her two friends seriously injured by locals, after they were caught stealing betel nuts on Wednesday in a West Bengal village, the police said.
The incident took place at Mridhara village under Khandaghosh police station in Burdwan district, 95 km from here.
“Jhelum Das, a resident of Mridhara, had kept about 10 kg betel nuts to dry on her terrace. She caught Leena, 11, along with her two friends Ratan, nine, and Chotu, eight, Wednesday early morning while they were stealing betel nuts,” a senior police official of Khandaghosh police station told reporters.
“Das handed over the kids to her neighbours, who tied them to one of the six betel nut trees in her backyard and beat them with sticks for over three hours. It was only when the three kids started bleeding, that they called the police.”
The officer said by the time the police reached the spot, Leena had died. “Leena died on the spot. The other two kids have been hospitalised with serious head, face and abdominal injuries. No one has been arrested so far,” the officer said.
Leena and her two friends lived in the slums on the outskirts of the village. The three children were orphans.
Gender law abuse: President Pratibha Patel warns against misuse and says that Inheritance laws are now gender balanced
The President Pratibha Patil has warned against abuse of gender law misuse and told women that INHERITANCE LAWS have been made gender balanced (since daughters have equal rights to sons). Patil noted that women themselves were the source of abuse within their families.
Dear Mrs President,
Please include Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adult abuse within the ambit of Domestic Violence Act, and make the DV laws gender-neutral, as recommended by organizations like Save Indian Family Foundation and others. Please refer to the Domestic Violence form (used in the USA) which has been posted as a link on the blogsite.
The Domestic Violence Bill has to be gender-neutral, and all perpetrators have to be included in the net(irrespective of gender).
President Pratibha Patil warns against gender law misuse
New Delhi, Dec. 27: President Pratibha Patil has cautioned against the misuse of pro-women laws such as IPC Section 498A that deals with dowry harassment and sought better implementation of others to create a gender-just society.
“Instances exist whereby protective legal provisions for the benefit of women have been subjected to distortion and misuse to wreak petty vengeance and to settle scores. Some surveys have concluded that 6 to 10 per cent of dowry complaints are false and were registered primarily to settle scores. It is unfortunate if laws meant to protect women get abused as instruments of oppression,” she said.
Patil was addressing the National Conference of Lady Lawyers and Lady Teachers on Justice for Women at Yavatmal in Maharashtra. Though much has been done to create a gender-just society in terms of enacting laws, their implementation left much to be desired, she said.
“The intent of some laws has suffered because of poor and faulty implementation. The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act is a living example. Enacted in 1996, it saw the first conviction in 2006 after 10 long years. Such disturbing revelations need prompt remedy,” Patil said.
She called upon women lawyers to take the lead in dealing with “female foeticide” which she termed “one of the most pernicious and inhuman forms of crime”.
“Another disquieting trend has been that women themselves have not been innocent of abusing women,” she said. “At times women have played an unsavoury, catalytic role in perpetrating violence whether against the daughter-in-law, the mother-in-law or female domestic helps.”
Laws made to prevent women from harassment should not become instruments of oppression, she said, calling upon the legal fraternity to ensure that provisions designed to prevent exploitation and suppression of women are “fairly invoked” and “honestly implemented”.
“The bottomline, therefore, is the fair invocation of legal provisions and their objective and honest implementation,” she said.
Though several laws have been enacted in the post-Independence era to usher in a gender just society, these would have to be better implemented, she said.
In this context, she referred to a host of laws such as the Special Marriage Act, Dowry Prohibition Act, Sati Prevention Act, Maternity Benefit Act, Factories Act, Equal Remuneration Act, Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act and provisions in the IPC to deal with obscenity etc.
She also referred to the recently enacted Domestic Violence Act, 2005, which “addresses the right of women to live in a domestic atmosphere not violative of woman’s dignity”.
“The Hindu Succession Amendment Act deleted the gender discriminatory clause to rectify the gender imbalance in inheritance rights. The 73rd and 74th Amendments, by providing ensured representation for women in urban and rural local bodies, have enabled public decision-making by the hitherto marginalised and suppressed humanity of women in India,” she said.
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Being left 'home alone' is not a crime in India, but amounts to neglect and Child abuse in other countries.
30 December 2008.
Three young girls were found home alone and apparently abandoned on Christmas Eve, it emerged yesterday. The youngsters had been left with no presents to open and no tree to cheer them up.
While police officers tracked down and arrested their mother on suspicion of neglect, their colleagues organised a whip-round and dashed to the shops before they closed for Christmas to buy some last minute gifts for the girls.
The incident happened in Gorton – the tough district of South Manchester which originally formed the backdrop of the Channel 4 comedy series Shameless.
Yesterday, after the sisters – all aged under ten – were placed into care, the police support staff spoke of their heartbreak at learning the girls had faced missing out on Christmas.
After a call was made about the trio's welfare, police officers were sent round to the house and found them by themselves with no one apparently looking after them, no Christmas tree and no presents.
With just hours to go before the shops shut, call handling staff clubbed together to try and ensure they didn't face a totally miserable Christmas Day.
Pam Wild, 50, said: 'I just couldn't bear the thought of the children waking up on Christmas morning with no presents, so me and some of the girls had a whip-round and got them some gifts.'
Officers also donated money and a member of staff dashed to a nearby supermarket to buy clothes and toys for the girls.
Mrs Wild wrapped the presents when she got home from work and they were delivered to the sisters on Christmas Day, by which time they had been placed into care.
'It was just something that anybody would have done,' she said. 'I love children and it wasn't their fault that they didn't get any presents.
'It was amazing to see that everyone had been so generous.
'I know this happens to thousands of people each year but I just couldn't wake up on Christmas Day knowing that these girls weren't going to get anything.'
Her boss, Andrew Massey, said: 'Our staff have gone out of their way to try and make it feel like Christmas for some children and it is nice to see this kind of spirit still exists in this time.'
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'Police were called to an address in Gorton on Christmas Eve following concerns for three children. 'A 29-year-old woman who was arrested for neglect has been bailed until February 11.'
The case recalls the plot of the film Home Alone in which an eight-year-old boy, played by Macaulay Culkin, is accidentally left behind when his family fly out for a Christmas holiday.
He ends up fending for himself and fighting off burglars.
Gorton originally formed the backdrop for Shameless, the comedy drama about Britain's urban underclass, until the show was given a purpose-built set.
The long running series – which stars David Threlfall – was critically acclaimed and highlighted the benefits culture that is dominant in some towns and cities.
Pictures: The house, Elizabeth at 18 and now, Elizabeth now (aged beyond years), Elizabeth at 18, Father and daughter at 18