Every 30 minutes a woman in India is raped and many never see justice because they are too fearful to report their attackers to a corrupt police force.
But a new innovation may soon change that.
The police in India are notoriously understaffed, underpaid and untrained to handle crimes against women, The New York Times reported last January.
Since their compensation is meager, many officers often rely on bribes and pay little attention to victims who don’t have political connections.
Realizing the need for women in India to be able to securely and confidently report crimes that have been waged against them, Odisha police officer Joydeep Nayak invented the Instant Complaint Logging Internet Kiosk (iClik). The device is modeled after an ATM’s design and allows users to log a complaint to the police in a similar fashion to the way they would take out money, according to India Today.
Users can file a complaint in one of three ways. They can manually type their issue onto the machine, speak into the machine or submit a written statement.
Critics say that this may add an undue step in the reporting process, but advocates say that women simply will likely not reveal the crime otherwise.
"Women dread going into an all-male police station," Lopamudra Baxipatra, head of the local Women’s Commission, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s not just that it is intimidating, but they have heard of women being assaulted in police custody. They come to me with complaints but when I tell them to go to the police, they refuse.”
Still in its pilot phase, the iClik is available at the Bank of Baroda in Bhubaneswar 24 hours a day and was unveiled in January.
It came on the heels of a horrific gang rape case that awoke the world to the dangers women face in India and incited activists there to take action.
While riding home with a male friend in December 2012, a 23-year-old woman was raped repeatedly by four men who also penetrated her with a metal rod, the Associated Press reported. The attack led to severe injuries from which she eventually died at a Singapore hospital.
The attackers were sentenced to death last September, but such gruesome attacks are still far too common there.
Nearly two weeks after two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree in northern India in June, a 45-year-old woman was gang-raped and also hanged in the same state, according to the Times of India.
The iClik might be the systemic change that begins to shift the way these crimes are handled.
After a 30-year-old mother of two reported a rape, she saw her attacker laughing with an officer outside of her South Delhi apartment, The New York Times reported in January.
"That officer … said I would be ridiculed unless I agreed to settle things without an investigation,” she said.
Seven months in, about eight to 10 women register complaints daily, according to the Sydney Morning Herald and users say it’s a welcome reprieve.
After Manju Mitra, 38, was beaten by her husband who demanded more dowry, she was determined to seek out justice. But on her way to the police station she was threatened with her life by her husband and his friends, the Toronto Star reported.
She was able to circumvent them by reporting the crime through the iClik.
"In 10 minutes, I was out. It was so easy," Mitra told the news outlet. "I wish more women knew about it."
The Ride for the Cause Stand Up Paddle charity event is now in it’s sixth year. Seeing outstanding growth in the first number of years, the success has opened doors to new sponsorships and opportunities to enrich the experience for those involved. One such enrichment is the addition of a photo exhibit highlighting the impact and contrast of fossil fuels in Peru and Switzerland. To that end, funding was sought to bring Peruvian audio/visual artists to the Ride for the Cause event in Switzerland.
Henry Espinoza Panta and mentor Nicolas Landa will go to Montreux, Switzerland late August 2014 into September. Activities to include a photo exhibit – Henry Espinoza (Peru) and Ludovic Jaccard (Switzerland) will each display 20 images. Additionally, a special release relating to photography as an artistic language in education will be made at the event. Stay tuned!
The event benefits WAVES Peru and the Summit Foundation.
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An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the headgear. He sits between two flags, between two philosophical mantras: the Latin motto, “Ordo ab chao” (meaning order from chaos) and the more subversive, “Jerk off in peace.”
This is just the introduction to artist Chen Tianzhuo’s performance piece called “PicNic,” one of the incredible works showcased at his latest solo show at Shanghai’s BANK Gallery. At the venue, the artist shocks viewers with a range of bold and sometimes confrontational sights—a recent performance saw a dancer crawling on the floor while wearing a butt plug shaped like a pink ponytail.
Born in Beijing in 1985 and trained at London’s Central Saint Martins, Chen is one the most promising young artists in China. His art is a unique blend that combines elements of pop culture, religious symbolism, sacred rituals and self-deprecation. Chen’s repertoire is an encyclopedia of global subculture—everything from pot, drag queens, Eric Cartman, hip-hop culture, voguing, butoh (a Japanese avant-guard form of dance from the ’60s) and a lot more is tapped in his striking artworks. “Art transcends borders, we can’t talk about Chinese art and foreign art. As a young artist, I choose my palette from a globalized world—elements from everyday life I share with artists of my age all around the world,” Chen tells CH.
I don’t like to take it too seriously. My goal is rather to stimulate the audience—bring them in a world of colors and emotions.
Aside from flashy images and bright lights, religion is an integral part of Chen’s creations. In all his works there’s an extensive use of symbols from the holy cross to Buddhist swastikas and elements from freemasonry. His performances are often choreographed as a religious ceremony, almost an initiation into a kind of ecstatic cult. “Since I can recall, I’ve always been interested in religion and art. Both have to deal with life and death, art connects to the very essence of life as well as religion does. At the same time, I don’t want to express any deep philosophical thought in my work, I don’t like to take it too seriously. My goal is rather to stimulate the audience—bring them in a world of colors and emotions—that’s also one of the reasons why I’m more and more interested in live performances instead of installations,” Chen says.
"PicNic," along with other works including "Paradise Bitch" (a piece which features two little people in golden chains rapping on the notes of Cantonese rapper KidGod) are destined to influence Chen’s next big accomplishment: an opera whose topic still remains a secret.
Chen’s work are currently on show at Shanghai’s BANK Gallery (Second Floor, 59, Xianggang Lu, near Huqiu Lu, Huangpu district) until 31 August 2014, with a few selected pieces also displayed atDestination—one of Beijing’s hotspots for queer culture. Among his side projects is a collaboration with fashion designer SANKUANZ, for whom Chen designed the graphic patterns of the last two collections.
Images courtesy of Chen Tianzhuo
Immortal Technique says he “can’t see Iggy Azalea overtaking Nicki Minaj,” would choose Nicki in a battle.
According to Harlem, New York rapper Immortal Technique, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj shouldn’t be pitted against one another because they aren’t “competing for the same exact spot.” He also added that both artists are in their own lane with different fanbases.
Technique did reveal that if Iggy and Nicki were to ever battle he would choose Nicki as the victor. After commenting on a hypothetical battle between the two, he then spoke on what he feels is the biggest problem people have with Iggy Azalea.
According to Tech, a great deal of the criticism aimed at Iggy comes from people who say she doesn’t rap like she talks.
“I think that in this scenario I can’t see Iggy Azalea overtaking Nicki Minaj,” Immortal Technique said during an interview with Vlad TV. “I mean, I could see her having success in her own lane. But I don’t even think they should be competing over that. Not that I listen to a lot of their music, but I’ve heard a couple of songs from each and they’re different artists. It’s not like they’re competing for the same exact spot. They have a different fanbase. I think it just—It’s silly to think that a person should be worried about someone else simply coming for their spot unless we’re talking about someone actually confronting them for stealing material…It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a female battle. Maybe that’s what Hip Hop needs…If they battled I would choose Nicki Minaj to be the winner. I’ve heard people criticize her [Iggy Azalea] because they say she don’t rap like she talks. But who raps like they talk? Very few people…I would say that the people who don’t like Iggy Azalea’s biggest criticisms over her are that she talks regular like an Australian person and then almost sounds like a caricature of a black person when she’s rapping.”
Prior to speaking on Nicki Minaj versus Iggy Azalea, Technique offered his thoughts on Nicki’s newly-released “Anaconda” music video. He stated that “sex sells” and shared his belief that there’s a lack of diversity when it concerns what women “do in the mainstream.”
“Obviously, we know sex sells…I can’t say something bad about somebody I really don’t know,” he said. “I would just say that in terms of women that are emcees I think that we suffer from a lack of diversity in what they do in the mainstream. The same way we suffer from a lack of diversity from what we hear from the fellas as well…That’s not something we can just blame the women for. That’s bullshit. Whenever I hear people ‘Oh, well these girls they just rap about fuckin.’ Well, I can say the same thing about people that rap about trapping. You know what I mean? What’s the point? ‘Okay, cool. I know you hustled that, but guess what, my nigga? I’m not really that proud of you because drugs sell themselves.’”
Immortal Technique’s interview with Vlad TV can be found below.
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Dengue Dengue Dengue! is a Tropical Bass duo from Lima-Peru. Behind the masks are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, two producers, dj’s and graphic designers. For their live performances they team up with Nadia Escalante (A.K.A. Vj Sixta) for a full Audiovisual Show.
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- An epic 6-day skydiving adventure with UPT Vector at Skydive Empuriabrava.
Mikey Carpenter, Ippo, Derek Cox, Micah Couch, Domi Kiger, Anna Moxnes, Sharon Har-noy, Kristian Moxnes, Pete Allum, BaByLoN, Team4Speed, Jhonathan Florez, Zun, Phillip Vallaud. Fabian Raidel, Ivan Quadrio, Rosi Sigmon, Pixie MacLeod-hogdson, Alistair Hogdson, Irma Romanazzi, Tonfly Antonio De Marchi, Timi De Marchi, Rafael Schwaiger, Paul Bateman… and more!
July 8th-13th, 2014
By Agnes Rivera
The renowned institute encouraged young Peruvian ´techies´ and their projects
Students and alumni of the respected Masachusetts Institute of Technoloy (MIT) may not have the reputation of ´party animal´, but they know a good application when they see one.
Arequipa was lucky enough to be chosen as the location for MIT´s 2014 Global Startup Labs program, an initiative to promote and help develop entrepreneurship in emerging regions. For six weeks, San Pablo Catholic University hosted the Movistar-sponsored event, marking the first time the program had landed in Peru.
Beating out the tough competition was an entertainment app, ´Where´s the Party´.
The application, according to El Comercio, “allows users to join a calendar of events and parties, with a membership benefit”. Application users receive updates and recommendations for upcoming social events depending on profile information. Subscription payers who frequently attend parties and events are then rewarded with offers and discounts and other forms of “preferential treatment”.
A standout for not only being interesting but marketable towards a specific niche, ´Where´s the Party´ stole the spotlight from eight competitors. As Giancarlo Falconi, Wayra Peru´s business manager and member of the program´s panel of judges explains, all nine of the chosen groups had to prove marketability profitability and potential for working in foreign countries.
Wayra Peru was able to provide the winning group with an 8-month acceleration program. This entails “advice and mentoring from experts in order to improve their proposal”.
Despite spending weeks in a competitive environment, blog writer Natasha Consul, of MIT´s startup program, notes that demonstrations of being “passionate, dedicated, and supportive of each other” were abound in 2014´s edition.
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Yes, BUT: Let’s please not pretend that he shouldn’t have lost his job immediately. He should also be sued and serve time for assault. JUST LIKE THE COP WHO KILLED MICHAEL BROWN SHOULD LOSE HIS JOB AND THEN SERVE TIME. Both are wrong.
COMME des GARCONS
’ hugely respected multi-brand store, Dover Street Market London
is fast approaching its 10th anniversary next month. For the past week, public signs have been posted outside the building excusing the construction work currently underway. From Friday, August 29, the store will close for three days as it undergoes their seasonal refresh of its interiors. As this is a major landmark in the company’s history, expect significant changes; not least the NikeLab that is scheduled for the basement. However, being this is COMME des GARCONS, you can be sure this celebration will not merely be a retrospective look back. Rather, they are projecting themselves in to the next decade starting with a raft of unique products. These all fall under the general campaign banner of “DSM – The Next 10 Years.”
First up is their “Checkerboard” series involving collaborations with key sports and leisure brands. Included among the offerings are a New Era cap, two shoe styles by Vans, an Eastpak backpack, a classic Harrington jacket by Fred Perry, and fleece hoodies by Sunspel. All feature a monochrome check pattern incorporating the familiar DSM logo that is implemented in different ways. Vans has printed it over the entire shoe, while British label Sunspel has opted for a subtle effect, placing the pattern on the interior of the hood. New Era has followed a similar approach, with the print on the underside of the cap’s peak. Fred Perry, meanwhile, has lined their jacket with the print and Eastpak highlights it on the outer pouch of their bag. All products are limited to just one drop and will be available at DSM London, Ginza and New York (after Labor Day), as well as the respective DSM e-stores.
Check back throughout this week as we feature a daily preview of more of these special product lines in the lead-up to the grand reopening on Monday, September 1.
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In the wee hours of the morning on March 2, 22-year-old Victor White III was shot while in the custody of Louisiana’s New Iberia Sheriff’s department and was pronounced dead later that day at a local hospital. The case has been of particular interest to me for the past few months because of who the law enforcement officials fingered as the triggerman. They alleged that White III shot himself—in the backseat of a police car, while his hands were cuffed behind his back, with a gun that mysteriously appeared after they had searched and arrested him.
According to initial information offered by Trooper Stephen Hammons to the press back in March, Victor III was stopped under the suspicion that he was involved in a fight at a convenience store near his home. Hammons claimed the unnamed deputy involved searched White III, found unidentified narcotics on his person, and arrested him. When they arrived at Iberia Parish Sherrif’s Office, they said Victor III refused to exit the cruiser and became “uncooperative.” That’s when he allegedly “produced” a handgun and fired off one round into his back, killing himself.
Other than those basic details, it’s been radio silence for months in terms of official information from the local authorities, who’ve cited an ongoing investigation into the shooting by the state police as their reason for not sharing any more details or answering any questions about Victor White III. I know—I’ve reached out to everyone from the local to state police, not to mention political officials like New Iberia’s Mayor Hilda Curry, only to fall on deaf ears or get the line about an on-going investigation.
However, late last week some new information eked out via the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office. Victor III’s autopsy was performed the day he died by local forensic pathologist Christopher Tape, who has yet to return my calls for comment. The report itself offers fresh insight into what happened that night, while fueling the only natural suspicion that we still don’t know the full story of this incredible backseat shooting.
First off, the cause of death according to the report was a suicide, which is drastically different from the seemingly accidental shooting initially described by police officials. According to Victor III’s family, he had no history of mental illness or depression. And even if he did, the back seat of a cop car at one in the morning is a strange place to decide to snuff it.
Despite initial statements made by authorities that said Victor III was shot in the back, the report describes no back wounds at all. Instead, his cause of death is described as a gunshot to his right chest that perforated his left lung and heart, exited through his left armpit, and lacerated his upper arm. It was reported in initial local accounts of the shooting that Victor III was handcuffed behind his back. So in order for him to have shot himself in the chest, he would have had to pull himself through his cuffed arms in the backseat of that cop car—and of course, have a gun in the first place.
The report also lists two abrasions on Victor III’s upper left face and around his eye, which seems to be in line with what White’s father, Victor White Sr., told me a couple weeks after his son’s death: “I know they beat him before he arrived at the station,” he said, “because those who were with him before he was arrested said he didn’t have a mark on him.”
I spoke again with Victor Sr. after he’d spent some time looking at the report. The man was in a state of bewilderment and exhaustion, because after more than six months, he still has no idea what happened to his son and the explanations just don’t add up.
Authorities have kept Victor Sr. in the dark since the very beginning. He was never alerted by officials that his son had been arrested and died in police custody in the first place. Instead, he found out from his son Leonard, who had been questioned in connection with Victor III’s death. When Victor Sr. went to New Iberia, at first the police refused to even let him see his son’s body. Then, when they allowed him see his son, it was only from the neck up. The police wouldn’t even reveal to him how they thought that his son died. He ended up finding out that the police were claiming his son shot himself in the back by way of a public Facebook post published by the department.
Now, he’s got the skeleton of an autopsy report that begs more questions than it provides answers. Did Victor III actually have gun residue on his hands? What kind of gun fired the shot and what kind of bullet was used? Based upon what new information did this shooting suddenly become a confirmed suicide? And how do the police reconcile this report with their initial account? All of these are ringing in his head with all the old, unanswered questions, like who were the officers involved? Is there a weapon or a bullet? And, maybe most important, was this incident caught on videotape?
So much has happened across this country since I first reported on Victor White III’s shooting in March: An unarmed, asthmatic father named Eric Garner was strangled to death by the NYPD in Staten Island. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown was shot six times—once in the head—and killed by his local police in Ferguson, Missouri. And an unarmed, mentally ill 25-year-old named Ezell Ford was shot three times in the back and killed by two LAPD officers.
Righteous anger and frustration at these all too familiar occurrences have lead to protests and demonstrations across the country. However, little national attention has been paid to the curious case of Victor White III. The lack of credible information as to what actually went down surely has something to do with it. And as time goes on, there is the very real possibility that his death will drop out of the news cycle. However, headlines and protest wouldn’t provide much solace to Victor White Sr., who’s had to live the last few months in purgatory wondering what in the world happened to his boy.
UPDATE: We posted this link in our first story about Victor White III, but we wanted to remind readers again that the White family has created a campaign to raise funds for an independent autopsy and crime-scene tests. If you want to help them get answers, please donate.
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