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SJ News: Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act, Kerala Youth's Self Defense Classes

BP World Bureau | Jan 05 2021 11:19:33 AM
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US Passes 'Malala Yousafzai Scholarship' Act 

The United States Congress passed the "Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act" which will expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women to receive higher education.

Pakistan national women will get funds under a merit and needs-based programme.

The bill was passed on January 1st and now heads to the White House for US President Donald Trump to sign into law.

"US Agency for International Development will award at least 50% of scholarships under a Pakistan-based higher education scholarship programme to Pakistani women, from 2020 to 2022, across a range of academic discipline," as per the law. 

Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai is known for voicing for the importance of girls’ education in a highly conservative and fundamentalist society.


Kerala Youth Commission Provides Self Defense Training To Women

Kerala Youth Commission is providing self-defence programme for women free of cost. 

They aim at strengthening the position of women and empowering them with the means to protect themselves amidst an increase in the number of violence against cases. 

Commission officials provide training to women between 18 and 40 years of age and further stated that the mission of such an initiative was to prepare every woman in the southern state.

Women can register with the Community Volunteer Force of the state government and can apply for free martial arts training.

Munawar Faruqui Didn’t Make Anti‑Hindu Statements: Police 

A police inspector from the Indore police station said that Comedian Munawar Faruqui made no defamatory statements against any Hindu religious figures in his stand-up performance as per the statements by audience members. 

He was arrested with four other (non-Muslim) comedians under Sections 295-A, 298, 269, 188 & 34 of the IPC as per reports which states that he insulted Hindu gods and figures. 

Eklavya Gaur, the son of Indore-4 BJP MLA Malini Gaur, filed an FIR against him. 

After Faruqui was arrested, as per reports, he was beaten up by the police. While there were others in the case, Gaur specifically targetted him. 

Section 295-A deals with blasphemy and is one of the most criticised laws in India. 

30% Of India’s Science Decision‑Makers Must Be Women: Centre 

30% of decision-making bodies in the field, including selection and evaluation committees, should have women, as per a new draft policy by the Indian government aimed at increasing diversity in science.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) released the 'National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy' draft which aims at a diverse, inclusive, and equitable research ecosystem in India. 

It calls for the promotion of women scientists to leadership positions in order to inspire young women to pursue careers and give more recognition to women for their work. 

Allahabad Court Rules In Favour Of Women In Divorce Case

The Allahabad High Court observed that even if the mother is in a new relationship without being divorced, she has the right to child custody.

In a landmark judgment, Bench of Justice J. J. Munir observed that “depriving the minor of his mother’s company, might have an adverse impact" on the child's development and being in a relationship before divorce doesn't make her unfit to be a mother. 

A man filed a habeas corpus writ petition stating that his son was in unlawful custody of his mother and asked for his full custody. 

#JusticeForJhanvi Trends Following Teen Murder On NYE

A 19-year-old girl named Jhanvi Kukreja was murdered mercilessly at an NYE party in Mumbai and since then #JusticeForJhanvi has been trending. 

The incident took place in a building named Bhagwati Heights in Khar, Mumbai. She saw her boyfriend having an affair with her friend and they allegedly fought her. 

Two accused, Shree and Diya, have been arrested for murder and physical assault after her body was found. 

BJP Leader Slammed For Cooking Remark On Mamata Banerjee 

BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya took a jibe at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee by saying that when she loses the upcoming election, she shall have to return to cooking in the kitchen.

Situations have become intense amidst the upcoming 2021 Bengal Assembly Election, which primarily pits the state’s current ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC) against the centre's BJP. 

Vijayvargiya's comments were about Banerjee’s photo which is from Ballavpur village where she is seen cooking.