We complain about having a lot of homework. We want more video games and are never satisfied with what we have. However, in the realms of Third World Countries and many other places children are forced to kill, to become automated killers. They are treated as prime victims to exploit. Great damage is inflicted on them, and their childhood gets robbed of its innocence. These tender hearts see and commit horrific crimes under forced dominance.
Abducted at the age of nine, Abele Ballewa was captured by Joseph Kony’s army. Joseph Kony, the head of the LRA( Lord’s Resistance Army) wants to impose the Ten Commandments on Uganda. He wants to rule Uganda with an army of children. The following interview was taken with Abele Ballewa:
How were your living conditions before you were captured?
I used to live with my parents and younger sister. We always lived in fear of the rebels (LRA). We had heard about Joseph Kony’s supernatural powers. Nevertheless, I was happy. I used to go to a small Catholic school. We played many games and life was satisfying. Continue Reading..
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The recent revelations relating to the sexual harassment of law intern by the retired Supreme Court Judge, A K Ganguly have exposed the blundered underbelly of the Supreme Court. 16 years ago in 1997, the SC passed a landmark judgment in the aftermath of the Bhanwari Devi rape case. This judgment contained explicit and explanatory guidelines that were mandated to be mandatory for all, public sector and private sector organizations. The prime features of the Vishaka guidelines in a nutshell:
- The Rules/Regulations of Government and Public Sector bodies relating to conduct and discipline should include rules/regulations prohibiting sexual harassment and provide for appropriate penalties in such rules against the offender.
- As regards private employers, steps should be taken to include the aforesaid prohibitions in the standing orders under the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946.
- Appropriate work conditions should be provided in respect of work, leisure, health and hygiene to further ensure that there is no hostile environment towards women at work places and no employee woman should have reasonable grounds to believe that she is disadvantaged in connection with her employment. Continue Reading..
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“Are you a person of science or a person of faith?” This question has always made people from the past as well as the present to stop and think about the nature and existence of our lives.
Around the world, you will observe many religions and cultures; the most common being Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. Religion has different names but ultimately, each of them teaches the same moral principles and ethics. But I am not going to talk about the merits and differences between the different faces of religion but the principle of religion itself.
The most basic meaning of religion is “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power (especially a personal God or gods).” In the early days, man’s life was dominated by religion. Terms such as ‘atheism’ or ‘agnosticism’ never existed. People followed the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) principle. From simple to miraculous, everything was under the control of one powerful entity. It needn’t be explained because there was no science behind it. Of course, things started to change when man began to question God’s creation and slowly but surely, the concept of ‘science’ emerged.
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