Monday, May 18, 2020

NCW writes to Maharashtra DGP to arrest TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui for posting video encouraging acid attacks on women

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma speaking to ANI on Monday. (Photo:ANI)
New Delhi: NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma on Monday said she has written to Maharashtra DGP Subodh Kumar Jaishwal seeking the arrest of TikTok star Faisal Siqqidui for posting a video allegedly instigating people to attack women.

Siddiqui, who has over 13 million followers on his TikTok page, shared a video which shows his throwing a liquid on the face of a girl and intimidating her for leaving him for another person, in the next scene, the of a girl and intimidating her for leaving his for another person. In the next scene, the face of the girl is shown in heavy red make up portrayed as a victim of acid burns.

The National Commission of Women (NCW) took cognisance of the controversial video after BJP MLA Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga flagged it on Twitter.

"I saw this tweet by Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga who wrote that this video is being circulated on TikTok. After seeing that video I was horrified because it is advocating a message that says you can throw acid on women if you are not getting your love. This is totally shocking and we have taken action against Siddiqui. We have written to Maharashtra DGP to take action against him and arrest him immediately," Sharma told ANI.

In this regard, the commission has contacted TikTok to remove the video and delete the account of Faizal Siddiqui.

"We have requested TikTok to delete the video as welll as the account of Faisal. They have deleted the video but not his account, which shows they are not serious "about the issue. We will be following this with TikTok," she said.

In a letter to TikTok, the NCW wrote, "The Commission is seriously concerned about the increase in crimes against women. The video not only seens to promote violence against women but shows the patriarchal mindset which would send a very wrong message to the society."
By: ANI.

Brazil Health Minister resigns less than a month in office, says President Bolsonaro denies COVID-19 reality

Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich.
Brasilia(ANI): Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich has resigned after being in office for less than a month, even as the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in the country. Teich became the second Brazilian health minister to resign after replacing Nelson Mandetta, who was at odds with Bolsonaro's decisions regarding the social distancing measures, The New York Times reported.

"Life is made up of choices, and today I chose to leave," Teich was quoted as saying by NYT. "I didn't accept the job for the position itself. I accepted it because I thought I could help the country and its people." Although Teich did not provide a reason for his resignation but he did not shy away from rebuking President Jair Bolsonaro. " I am disappointed by a president who denies reality," he said.

As he announced his decision to step down he warned the people of Brazil that the country is not ready to deal with the projected number of cases of the novel coronavirus. "We are expecting more cases now that fewer people are following isolation measures and the health care system isn't prepared for that," Teich added.

In a Facebook post, he further said: "that I didn't accept the invitation for the position, I accepted for Brazil and especially by all Brazilians." According to NYT, one of the points of contention between Bolsonaro and his two health ministers was the president's endorsement of an anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which did not agree with.

As things stand, Brazil is the sixth worst-hit country in terms of the number of coronavirus cases. As of Friday, it had 218,223 cases of the infection and 14,817 deaths.
By: ANI.

Cyclone Amphan warning cage no 2 hoisted at Pmban Bridge in Rameswaram

Visuals from the Pamban in Rameswaram. (Photo: ANI)
Rameswaram (ANI): Pamban port authorities have hoisted 'cyclone warning cage number 2' at Pamban bridge, in view of very severe cyclonic storm 'Amphan'. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the storm will intensify further into an 'Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm'.

Around 50 boats of fishermen have been damaged in Rameswaram following the thunderstorm and rainfall which hit parts of the state last night. Meanwhile, the Office of the Special Relief Commissioner Odisha on Sunday said that concerned government departments and 12 coastal and adjoining districts have been alerted and advised to undertake required measures in the backdrop impending danger from cyclone Amphan.
By: ANI.

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