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it has attracted wide attention from the foreign media although found no coverage within China.Some observers have noted that it comes alongside other outspoken criticisms of President Xi’s policies towards the control of the media IANS The classic Margaret Atwood novel is the story of a world in which—among other horrible things—women’s reproductive rights go completely AWOL and one class of women are enslaved only to give birth Hulu recently released the trailer for its television adaptation of A Handmaid’s Tale and many American commentators have greeted it with the feeling that their current reality is not far from the terror of Atwood’s fictional world Given that it’s becoming harder and harder for women to access abortion contraception or even advice about their choices This week in one American state lawmakers joked that women who want abortions should go to the zoo In February a politician in another American state argued that women should get written permission from her male sexual partner for an abortion because women are merely hosts Is it sounding like a sci-fi TV show yet But that’s America Let’s talk about dramatic events closer home Last year Maneka Gandhi Union Minister for Women and Child Development had a bright idea She suggested making sex determination during pregnancy—currently illegal under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act (PCPNDT) of 1994—legal The leap of logic was that it would help to curbif the gender of the child was registered and the birth was tracked by doctors who would check on the mother up until safe delivery Before Gandhi issued a statement clarifying that her remarks were ‘personal views’ not formal proposals for altering policies NGO workers health specialists and women’s rights activists were very vocal about why her ideas were immensely short-sighted to say the least Representative image Reuters Oddly enough this hare-brained scheme has returned and is in the process of finding a home On 7th April a panel of the Maharashtra Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommended making pre-natal sex determination mandatory in order to prevent female foeticide Its report tabled in the Assembly on 9 April laid out the plan of action: “When parents come for sonography compulsory sex determination must be allowed and follow-ups must be done at the local level to ensure the couples come for further check-ups It is necessary to visit these couples at home if they stop check-ups” The committee’s starting point that currently the PCPNDT Act only criminalises doctors for carrying out sex selection tests and not parents might sound like a salient one But it’s important to remember that there was a reason that the PCPNDT Act provided several safe-guarding mechanisms for women particularly with its 2003 amendments which left pregnant women out of the Act And this recognised that women frequently do not have autonomy in their choice to have a sex-selective abortion The plan to track parents during the pregnancy to make sure they come in for tests and check-ups after being told the sex of foetus leaves a lot of room for abuse by those intent on sex-selective abortions PAC’s Plan B in the event that the parents vanish is to get health officials to visit the couples at home Needless to say this plan could also go horribly wrong for a host of practical reasons—say if parents provide incorrect information about their address and contact details or district health officers and doctors are co-opted or bribed into a decision to carry out an abortion if the baby is a girl Doctors district health officers and NGOs the suggested participants in the tracking system might simply be inefficient or not possess the funds and bandwidth to follow up on the scores of couples who would presumably be coming in for consultations at clinics Extensive research on the active tracker device (a set-top box that was installed in sonography centres around the country in 2011 to monitor and record the tests conducted using the ultrasound machines) shows that they haven’t improved the sex ratio or been particularly useful in locating cases of PCPNDT violations (What has been helpful on the other hand are the sting operations conducted by the advocate Varsha Deshpande founder of the Lek Ladki Abhiyan movement which unearth instances of doctors carrying out illegal abortions) But most importantly the PAC’s suggested plan of action would be a gross violation of the efforts to protect women’s privacy and safety According to a statement issued and signed by 100 activists and feminists from the Forum Against Sex Selection and several other health rights organisations the PAC’s proposal would spell disaster for women in a number of ways “This new proposal will only result in a twenty-four hour surveillance of pregnant women both within the family and by the state authorities It will unnecessarily target every woman bearing a female foetus and will link any abortion that such a woman has (for any reason) to sex selection This will adversely impact women’s already poor access to safe abortion It will fuel a proliferation of illegal facilities for getting rid of unwanted female foetuses” the statement read Maneka Gandhi AFP The statement expressed the view that the proposal was aimed at absolving medical professionals who may be implicated in a sex-selective abortion while also shifting the burden on the pregnant women (Already the rates of conviction under the PCPNDT Act are low) Rizwan Parvez co-ordinator at Girls Count a coalition of civil society organisations that work on efforts to increase the country’s sex ratio said that a deeply patriarchal sentiment was at the heart of PAC’s recommendation: “The problem in a country like ours is that a large section of society continues to view abortion as a sin rather than seeing it as a maternal health issue A step like this to track pregnancy is purely motivated by such a mindset Furthermore legalising sex determination will target and jeopardise women who will become victims of domestic violence as the majority of people would not like women to carry female foetuses” We would then be facing a situation where families could well beat women into miscarriages if they can’t medically terminate a foetus that they now know is female Although health activists have agreed in the past that the current PCPNDT Act hasn’t been immensely successful as its implementation was only ‘on paper’ for many years Parvez quashes the view voiced by Gandhi that the PCPNDT Act has been a failure at improving sex ratios in the country He said that a stringent implementation of the Act together with efforts to change societal attitudes would be the optimal combination: “Haryana and Rajasthan have shown immense improvements in their sex ratio at birth (Haryana recorded 950 female births for every 1000 male births this March)—which is very important from a demographic point of view Instead of experimenting with making sex selection legal the government and all concerned stakeholders should focus on ways to implement the PCPNDT Act and alter the mindset towards pre-birth discrimination against girls while ensuring access to safe and legal abortions for women” At least Maneka Gandhi had the good sense to retract her suggestion soon after voicing it whereas the PAC has been congratulating itself about its self-described ‘revolutionary’ idea Sometimes public health committees make leaps of logic that just don’t seem to add up And in this case the revolution if it comes would undermine the hard work and years of dedication that Maharashtra and its activists put in to creating the Act against sex-selection in the first place The Ladies Finger (TLF) is a leading online women’s magazine delivering fresh and witty perspectives on politics culture health sex work and everything in between San Francisco: The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good saying it can no longer operate in the city’s political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business "It’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop" High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo announced in a Facebook post on Sept 11 "It has been a long and difficult ride but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop" Alcairo said the breaking point came this summer when a local politician proposed a law that would require High Bridge Arms to video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police If passed the law would join several local gun control ordinances on the books in a city still scarred by the 1993 murder of eight people in a downtown high-rise and the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and gay rights activist Harvey Milk Image courtesy: AP "I’m not doing that to our customers Enough is enough" Alcairo said "Buying a gun is a constitutionally protected right Our customers shouldn’t be treated like they’re doing something wrong" The announcement of the closing prompted an outpouring of sympathy and anger online from gun enthusiasts — and a steady stream of customers eager to take advantage of going-out-of-business prices High Bridge will close Oct 31 Alcairo said Supervisor Mark Farrell said he introduced the latest bill to help police combat violent crime in the city "Anything that makes San Francisco safer I support" he said The California Department Of Justice reported 931000 guns sold last year— three times the number sold in 2004 and the second highest annual number since the department began keeping sales records in 1991 "This is the city that defended gay marriage and fought for unpopular causes like medical marijuana" he said "Where’s my support" Champion pistol shooter Bob Chow opened the store in 1952 four years after competing for the United States in the summer Olympics in London Chow sold the store to Andy Takahashi in 1988 Takahashi who also owns the building that houses the store declined to comment The quirky High Bridge Arms attracted gun enthusiasts from around the world many posing in photos with Alcairo and his pistol-packing clerks Alcairo said professional athletes would visit the store when playing in San Francisco for the novelty of buying a weapon — and a T-shirt — from the city’s last gun store AP By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 20 2016 9:08 am Kaabil trailer 2: Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam film offers edge-of-the-seat action and thrill Related News You have heard of terms like blind vengeance Hrithik Roshan wrecks it Kaabil’s second trailer landed on Tuesday morning and it proves that the upcoming Sanjay Gupta film is an edge-of-seat thriller where theaction will be served alongside a love story that is star-crossed It is an organic progression of the first trailer where Hrithik Roshan’s Rohan and Yami Gautam’s Sue were seen as a couple so much in love Here they woo each other once again before getting married Their life despite the fact that they are both visually impaired is idyllic They have their love and number of dreams Everything comes crashing down when Yami is taken away cruelly away from Hrithik It is not God’s doing it is a man’s When the law fails him Hrithik decides to use his own devices Watch: Kaabil Official Trailer #2 | Hrithik Roshan | Yami Gautam And given how committed he is looking in the film vengeance will be his Bothers Rohit and Ronit Roy are playing the baddies and there is enough stylised action in the trailer to give us a taste of what to expect Hrithik is in desperate need of a hit and Kaabil is looking like the kind of film that will bring him success A story which will is fascinating offers interesting performances and action to spare Kaabil has the works The film will have to have that X-factor for Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees awaits it at the hustings Both the films are releasing on January 25 2016 where they will be vying for audience’s attention during the Republic Day weekend SRK’s gangster saga has also got the buzz going Well we will say let the best film win Watch: Everything about Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil Against all odds…the heart sees all #KaabilTrailer2Tomorrow 8am pictwittercom/egquNOeuB3 — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) December 19 2016 In the unseen love story … the Heart sees all #KaabilTrailer2in2Days pictwittercom/ZM2MZCgqGa — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) December 18 2016 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Published: April 4 2017 6:21 pm Though Sunil Grover’s live gig got a full house at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium the laughter dose was not strong enough to convince the audience that the funnyman can pull off a stand-alone show Related News Sunil Grover and Kapil Sharma are like yin and yang they complement each other If Sunil Grover is the heart Kapil Sharma is the soul of The Kapil Sharma Show By no means is it a one-man show And if The Kapil Sharma Show is witnessing a major dip in its TRPs Sunil Grover’s solo gigs also fail to hit that comic spot which their jugalbandi always manages to do So if Sunil Grover leaves the comedy show the brunt will be borne by not only the channel and the fans of the show but also by Kapil and Sunil equally This we can say with full confidence after attending Dr Mashoor Gulati Comedy Clinic in Delhi and watching the finale of the singing reality show Indian Idol 9 Though Sunil’s live gig got a full house at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium the laughter dose was not strong enough to convince the audience that the funnyman can pull off a stand-alone show He repeated punchlines and there were portions which were a drag You know what we missed as he came on the stage as Dr Mashoor Gulati Rinku Bhabhi and even Gutthi Kapil Sharma The host of the show used to set the base for Sunil’s acts just as Sunil would make those moments shine when he was on stage Also read|Sunil Grover brings Dr Mashoor Gulati to Delhi ignores Kapil Sharma completely See pics videos Meanwhile Sunil Grover who seems to have made up his mind on not returning to the shoot of Kapil Sharma show is content with his live gigs for the time being He is also happy with the love and support being showered upon him by his fans Post his Delhi show the actor-comedian told the reporters “I am overwhelmed with everyone’s love and support I want to thank them for taking out time for our show I feel that love is ultimate because everything comes and goes but love will remain forever” Also Sunil is planning to go ahead with his live shows as he believes “There is a lot to be explored in the live medium” Also read |The Kapil Sharma Show: Sunil Grover’s absence has affected the rating so badly it is not even in top 10 anymore But we wish that the reality soon dawns upon both Sunil and Kapil and the comedians realise each other’s worth And if nothing else the actor-comedians must revisit the past when Comedy Nights with Kapil which used to air on Colors faced a drop in ratings after Sunil walked out of it and Sunil’s solo show Mad in India failed to take off For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBeijing: A total of 17 people have been detained in China following the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resignthe Red Army commander who was eventually accused of plotting against Mao. 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