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Hijab: Protests in Kerala in support of Iranian women, but in Karnataka another story

On September 16, Mahsa Amini’s custodial killing by the Iran’s morality police in Tehran sparked massive protests across the country. Reports said Mahsa Amini was taken into custody for not following the government-ordered dress code which included wearing the hijab.

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By Utkarsh Tripathi

Muslim women in Kerala on Monday burnt their hijabs in solidarity with the ongoing Iranian anti-hijab protests. At the seminar, which was organized by the Kerala Yuktivadi Sangam, women added to the anti-hijab dissent rocking in Iran and getting massive mileage in the Western media.

The seminar held in Kozhikode was titled Fanos-science and free-thinking. As a part of the seminar, Muslim women added to the discourse as they burnt the hijab, which, in Iran, imposed laws on women in the country.

Along with burning the hijab, the activists raised slogans and used placards to express their solidarity with Iranian women. Reports said the seminar was not only attended by Muslims but also by other communities.

Iran’s anti-hijab movement

On September 16, Mahsa Amini’s custodial killing by the Iran’s morality police in Tehran sparked massive protests across the country. Reports said Mahsa Amini was taken into custody for not following the government-ordered dress code which included wearing the hijab.

After Amini’s death, the anti-hijab protest spread throughout the country as Iranian women began to question the established dress code as well as the prioritisation of women’s choices. The hijab has been the cornerstone of women’s disaffection since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which catapulted the Ayatollahs to power. This is the first outpouring of rage against what was taken to be a daily item of women’s clothing in Iran all this while since 1979.

Post-Amini’s death, women chopped off their hair, burnt the hijab, and even knocked off the turbans of Islam clerics in their battle against the repressive law.

India joining in on anti-hijab protest and the contradiction

In July 2021, Muslim girl students were refused entry to attend classes in a government junior college in Karnataka’s Udupi for wearing hijab. After reports of the incident came to light, it took over the headlines and triggered debates across the country on the topic which ranged from the validity of wearing a hijab in Islamic law to fundamental rights.

The Udupi college stood stern since it was a government order that had decreed so. The college students even approached the Karnataka High Court for some relief, as well as, many petitions were filed for the same in January this year. The High Court ruled against wearing the hijab in educational institutions. The appeal to the Supreme Court ended in a split verdict, with two judges giving contrary orders.

Two opposing protests but still a woman’s right

Returning to wearing the hijab in Karnataka’s educational institutions, a student petitioner told media that her reasons for wearing the hijab is her independent and individual choice. Whereas, another person who shared the same sentiments on a woman’s choice was actor Elnaz Norouzi, who is from Iran but is in India currently. Norouzi said it was a woman’s choice to wear the hijab or not to as well.

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Instagram could soon charge for blue verification mark, check deets here

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

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After Twitter, Instagram can soon charge for its blue verification badge that allows stars and public figures to get their accounts recognised by their followers.

Reports said reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered a code that revealed that Instagram and Facebook are working on a paid verification feature.

The code reads, IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV and FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV. It is speculated that it stands for identity verification. However, nothing as such has been confirmed by the Meta platforms.

Have a look at the tweet by Alessandro Paluzzi:

In November 2022, Twitter started to roll out its Blue service which included verification tags in India. This service is expensive in India as compared to the US and cost Rs 719 per month.

Elon Musk owned Twitter and also launched a modified version of its verification system that includes gold checkmarks for businesses and grey labels for official accounts.

Reports said the new system aims to correct problems that occurred during the initial rollout of the verified program on the platform that allowed anyone to purchase a blue tick mark for $8 a month.

Last year, Twitter also laid off more than 200 of its employees in India as part of mass layoffs across the globe directed by Elon Musk.

The micro-blogging platform also has ruled to get the blue tick. The user applying for one should have an active Twitter account and needs to be older than 90 days. The user also needs to verify their phone numbers. Further, Twitter will also check if your account has ever engaged in misleading or deceptive manipulation and spam.

The new terms and conditions also warn users to take away their blue ticks if they fail to follow the rules. Also, if the user changes its display name or username, the blue tick will be removed. These rules have been implemented to reduce confusion and promote integrity on the platform.

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IndiGo flies Patna-bound passenger to Udaipur, DGCA orders probe

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In yet another blooper by an airline operator, budget airliner IndiGo reportedly flew a passenger bound for Bihar’s Patna to around 1,400 kilometers from his intended destination- Udaipur in Rajasthan.

According to reports, the passenger was supposed to board an IndiGo flight to Patna, instead he boarded another flight of the same airline bound for Rajasthan’s Udaipur. The incident came to light on January 30 and the passenger was sent to his original destination the next day.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident. In a statement, the regulatory body said that the passenger, Afsar Hussain, had booked a ticket to Patna for Indigo flight 6E-214 and reached Delhi airport on January 30 to board the scheduled flight. But he mistakenly boarded Udaipur-bound flight 6E-319 of Indigo.

The passenger only realised the mistake after landing at Udaipur Airport and informed the airport officials who then alerted IndiGo about the incident.

The passenger was then flown back to Delhi by IndiGo on the same day and then to Patna on January 31.

A DGCA official said that the airline has been asked to submit a report explaining why the boarding pass of the passenger was not scanned thoroughly and how he boarded the wrong flight when as per the rule boarding passes are checked at two points before the boarding.

The official added that appropriate action will be taken against the airline.

IndiGo in a statement on Friday acknowledged the incident and issued an official apology to the aggrieved passenger, adding that the airline is engaged with the authorities on this matter

This is the second such incident reported in an Indigo flight in the last 20 days. On January 13, a passenger who had the airline’s ticket and boarding pass for an Indore-bound flight boarded a wrong flight and was taken to Nagpur airport.

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Rajasthan: NEET aspirant dies after accidentally falling from 6th floor balcony in Kota, video captured on CCTV | Watch

It was reported that 22-year-old along with his friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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A harrowing story has come to light from Rajasthan’s Kota where a student accidentally fell from the balcony while wearing his slippers. The student was accompanied by his friends and was sitting on the balcony.

The student has been identified as Ishanshu Bhattacharya who hailed from West Bengal’s Dhupguri region.

It was reported that the unfortunate accident unfolded late at night around 11:15 when the 4 students were getting up and retiring to their rooms. However, when the three friends got up and started to return to their rooms, things took an awry turn after that.

In the video, the 20-year-old student can be seen fetching his slippers in order to make way to his room, however, while fetching his slippers, Ishanshu slipped and fell out of the fully fenced window of the residency hotel.

The video also shows his friend realising what just happened and then rushing to see what happened, however, by that time it was too late for anything to be done as his friends can be seen in a state of panic and fear.

It was reported that the friends had been playing mobile games together while they were spending time together on the balcony.

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Police’s statement

The DSP, while talking about the incident, told the media that as soon as every student in the building learnt about the accident. Everyone rushed to the spot and called the hospital to take the boy to hospital.

Ishanshu was reportedly rushed to a private hospital in Talwandi, however, the doctors pronounced the 20-year-old dead upon his arrival. The police also told the media that they have informed the family about the unfortunate news and will send the body for post mortem after the family arrives.

Another incident

Another incident came to light recently from Kota where a student hung himself to death after being in a bad mental health state. The 22-year-old NEET aspirant had come to Kota to study at the coaching institute. The police found a 4-page long letter at his residence where the man’s body was recovered.

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