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National Commission for Women (NCW) slams Rahul Gandhi on rape remarks

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New Delhi: National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma has slammed Rahul Gandhi for his “rape in India” remark.

Sharma rebuked Gandhi in her tweet saying: “What does @RahulGandhi intend to convey by saying ‘rape in India’? How come it’s so easy to use word ‘Rape’? Does he realize how tormenting it can be for women? Two of the states with maximum number of cases, which doesn’t have women Commission has Congress govt. What about it?”

Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, while addressing an election rally in Jharkhand took a jibe at the Prime Minister’s pet project ‘Make in India’ and said: “Earlier it was ‘make in India’, but now it is ‘rape in India’.”

There was an uproar in Parliament over his statement and MPs sought his apology considering the statement to be against the dignity of women. The most scathing attack was made by Union minister Smriti Irani who said “This is the first time in the history of India that a man from Gandhi family has the audacity to insult women and call for their rape. This is the first time in the history of India that a leader is giving loud call that Indian women should be raped. Does he mean that all men in India want to rape women? Is this Rahul Gandhi’s message to the people of the country?”

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday refused to apologise over his rape remark and hit out at the government saying this was “merely an excuse” for them (BJP government) to divert attention from the main issue.

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71% parents will not send kids to school even if schools reopen

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A majority of 71 parents will not be sending their kids to school in October even if schools reopen.
With rising Covid circumstances, share of parents prepared to send their kids to school drops from 23 per cent to 20 per cent in a single month, in accordance to a Local Circles survey.

Only 28 per cent parents are in favour of schools reopening in calendar 12 months 2020 whereas 34 per cent really feel they need to open solely within the subsequent tutorial 12 months i.e. April 2021

Many parents in North India count on COVID-19 mixed with October-November smog will solely make the state of affairs worse for youngsters.

The Covid-19 circumstances in India have risen to over 60 lakh and are exhibiting no indicators of plateauing, with greater than 80,000 circumstances being reported daily. The each day case load has barely diminished however the numbers are deceptive as the typical quantity of assessments within the final two weeks have fallen from 11 lakhs a day to 7 lakh a day, LocalCircles mentioned.

The dying toll in India is now roughly 1 lakh whereas individuals are confused about whether or not to exit or keep dwelling as markets, eating places, bars, metro and numerous different providers at the moment are open.

Schools within the nation have been closed since March after the lockdown was introduced with voluntary attendance for college students of senior lessons permitted from September 21 foundation authorisation from parents.

LocalCircles carried out a survey to get pulse of the parents on school reopening. The survey acquired over 14,500 responses from parents positioned in round 217 districts of the nation with 61% parents from Tier 1 districts, 21 per cent from Tier 2 districts and 18 per cent from Tier 3, Tier four and rural districts of India.

When requested if the Central Government and their State Government resolve that schools ought to open of their state in October, would they be sending your baby/grandchild to school in October, 71 per cent responded in a transparent ‘no’ whereas solely 20 per cent mentioned ‘sure’. 9 per cent had been not sure about it.

LocalCircles had carried out the same survey in August this 12 months and the proportion of parents who mentioned they might need to send their kids to school throughout the COVID-19 pandemic stood at 23%. The knowledge clearly exhibits that with rising COVID circumstances, share of parents prepared to send their kids to school drops from 23 per cent to 20 per cent in a single month.

In the second query, parents had been requested given the present each day Covid-19 case load and the upcoming festive season, what’s their place relating to opening of schools in India. In response, 32 per cent mentioned schools ought to not open until December 31, 2020, whereas 34 per cent mentioned Government ought to not open schools for this tutorial 12 months i.e. until March/April 2021. 7 per cent mentioned schools ought to open from October 1, 12 per cent mentioned schools ought to open from November 1, and 9 per cent mentioned schools ought to open from December 1.

This signifies that solely 28 per cent parents are in favour of schools reopening in calendar 12 months 2020 i.e. earlier than December 31, 2020, whereas 34 per cent really feel they need to open solely within the subsequent tutorial 12 months i.e. April 2021.
Months of October and November have festivals in most elements of India and schools keep closed for a lot of days due to it. Additionally, the upcoming smog season, particularly within the northern elements of the nation, can also be a growing concern for a lot of parents.

Last 12 months, after the PM 2.5 touched 900 in Delhi and NCR cities, 74 per cent parents had demanded that the Government pronounces a ‘smog break’ for schools from November 1 -20 annually, holding in thoughts the unfavorable well being results that the October/November smog prompted due to farm fires in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana might have on kids’s well being.

Keeping all this in thoughts, majority parents assume it will be greatest if the schools are not reopened within the months of October and November and if the Covid-19 state of affairs improves be thought-about for opening from January 1.

However, that could be a massive if given the way in which international locations all over the world are experiencing their second COVID wave, with India’s festive and smog season making issues worse, schools might have to probably keep closed for this tutorial 12 months 2020-21.

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