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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adding Some Colour To The Lives Of The UnderPrivileged

                               
Activity: Colorss Foundation is working with disadvantaged children, their main focus being on education and to integrate marginalized population into mainstream through various programs like martial-creative arts, vocational training and psychological and social guidance.
Support: Children, Disabled, Youth, Urban Poor, Rural Poor.
Note: http://samhita.org/ngos/colorss-foundation/small_ngo_projects/list
This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/  and support the NGO's.
    

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Death Penalty For 2007 Pune Rape And Murder: Judge Says Rape And Murder Was Pre-Planned


The shocking case that rocked the nation and brought the safety of call center/late night workers, especially females, under scrutiny and much debate, a Pune court has awarded a death sentence to the two accused in the brutal rape and murder of 22-year-old female call center executive Jyoti Chowdhari in November 2007.

The victim, Jyotikumari Chowdhary had left for work at night in her office cab when the driver, 31-year-old Purushottam Dashrath Borate and his friend, 25-year-old Pradeep Yashwant Kokade took her far from office and home, where they raped her in a deserted spot and then killed her in cold blood.

In his 116-page judgment, Principal District and Sessions Judge Badar said the accused had meticulously chalked out the plan to rape and murder the victim on her last working day in office. "The crime was not committed by the accused in a sudden impulse for sex, but in a predetermined manner to satisfy their hunger for sex," the judgement read."While satisfying their lust, Borate forgot the fact that he was married. The motive evinces total depravity and meanness of sex maniacs having a pervert mind."

Even as the victim's father remained quiet in court, without any visible reaction, and her sister sobbed throughout the verdict, Jyotikumari's brother-in-law said they hoped the 'landmark judgement' would act as a deterrent for criminals, and though the victim will not come back to them again, the family will pursue the matter till the end.

This is the second verdict in the country in a case of rape and murder of a BPO employee. In 2010, cab driver Shivakumar was sentenced to life imprisonment till death for the rape and murder in 2005 of Hewlett Packard India employee Pratibha Murthy in Bangalore. He also got 20 years for rape and 10 years for kidnapping.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told TOI that such a sentence was necessary to send out a strong message. The cab driver had not only betrayed the trust of the victim, but deprived the trust of society at large.  

As more and more sex-offenders continue to walk away scot-free, or manage to evade the noose, it remains to be seen what really happens with this 'landmark judgement', whether the accused will really face the sentence given, or whether they will prove to make a mockery of the Indian Justice System all over again by approaching the higher courts and being let off..

And even as I discussed this with friends, here are a few of the reactions that came:
ST: wait for seven days, you will see them approaching supreme court and the hanging will be held till the decision, which will not be less than 15-20 years.
AC: I guess a death sentence wld b an escape fr these rats. They should b made deprived of their 'that' & let out with a public notice tattooed on their face! / Something more severe which wld Rape the soul of these men whenever anyone see them or vice versa. They must feel worse than what a rape victim feels like! 
AP: Pehle Afzal aur Kasab ko toh latkao yar!! 

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, March 19, 2012

First Chapter: The Wedding by Danielle Steel

If you wish to read the first chapter of the book 'The Wedding' by Danielle Steel, click here 

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, March 16, 2012

ToyBank - A Way To Share Smiles

I had the opportunity of meeting and chatting up with ToyBank founder Shweta Chari and I had shared her passion for making a difference in an earlier post, you can read it here

ToyBank is actively looking for volunteers who can help them with their operations, especially in Pune and Bangalore. They are also always on the lookout for youngsters or anyone who would love to be a part of this beautiful experience of sharing a smile with lesser-fortunate children by sharing toys with them. There are many ways you can help them out, something even as basic as wrapping the gifts and toys for them. Do get in touch with ToyBank here 

                               
Activity: Toybank, a non-profit organization has been set up with the aim of providing toys to children who come from a weak socio-economic background.
Details: Goals:
To ensure that children from under privileged backgrounds receive toys through collection and distributions.
To bridge the gap between children from different backgrounds by creative play/group events/community events.
To make play space available for children through-- Toy libraries in available infrastructures; reclaim open public spaces for children.
To design and thus provide toys that will be context specific, by having toys made in local languages as well.
Support: Children, Right to Play, Right to Leisure, non-formal education, toys.
Note: ToyBank is looking for volunteer coordinators in Pune and Bangalore. They are looking for NGOs working on education of children in Delhi/NCR.
This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/  and support the NGO's.
    


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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Bhumi (Chennai) - A Call For Under-30 Volunteers

We crib and cry about so many problems in our country each day. We talk of how the government is innefective in taking care of its people, especially children, senior citizens, women and those who live in constant poverty.

But while there are many amongst us who move on each day with just the cribbing, there are many out there who have moved beyond simply cribbing and complaining and have decided to take up matters in their own hands. This is an effort to share such details about various NGOs within India who are carrying out some amazing work and would benefit a lot with volunteers like you. Doesn't take up much of your time, just a little time over the weekend or if you can spare during the week, and you too can be a part of bringing about a positive change in someone's life. Think about it.... 


Activity: Bhumi is one of India's largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisation. Bhumi's volunteers work amongst orphaned and underprivileged children in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Bengaluru and Chandigarh with the aim of providing them with quality education and enable them to become responsible and productive citizens of the future. The efforts of their volunteer force consisting of over 300 students and young professionals under the age of 30 benefits over 2,500 children every year.
Details: 1. Kanini Computer literacy programme involving teaching of basic and advanced concepts based on the children's aptitude levels.
Support: Education, Children, Environmental Conservation, Mentorship
Note: Bhumi is an under-30 youth volunteer organisation, and to be able to reach out to more children, they need volunteers who can spend at least 02 hours every weekend to teach at an orphanage near their residence.
This post is a part of BlogAdda's Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR) initiative. I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/  and support the NGO's.
    


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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Losing Your 'I' in Identity

So when was the last time you were in a tiff over something that you felt was right on your part but didn't go down well with your partner? Or, when was the last time you wanted to do something real bad, but had to keep your heart and mind in check, time after time, just coz you knew your partner wouldn't like it much?

There comes a time in all relationships when we feel we've had enough. We sit and think of all that we did together, of all the good and the bad that we shared, and we can't help get upset about all those points that failed to keep the magic alive. Sometimes, it's easy to spot the beginning of a crack.....It's good then, we can start the repair work immediately. Sometimes, we only notice the crack once its reached its zenith and the relationship is hanging by that one last piece of connection..whatever it may be...in some cases, its a child, sometimes its financial dependency, some times it could be the hope that some day those lovely moments would come back again and all would be well, some times its just the scare of a social stigma that might force you to stick that smile on your face and carry on.

So, once the crack is out there in the open and you know that no matter what you might have shared and are still willing to share, it's still not enough for your partner, what do you do? Do you decide to erase all those smiles of the past and move ahead to try and make a few smiles of your own, or do you put up that smile day in day out and tell the world that it's still a happy place and that no matter what, you still are happy....

Any easy answers to this one? 





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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta