And finally the year 2020 comes to an end. A year that can be best described as the year of COVID-19 virus, had many ups and downs throughout. As the final week of the year passes by, here is a look at the topics that women on social media discussed in the last few days of 2020.
Journalist Rohini Singh tried to bring forward the prioritising of West Bengal elections over the vaccination drive that the government was into. (A lot of leaders from BJP’s allies were seen joining Amit Shah's Bengal rally recently.)
The world is getting vaccinated. Except India. We are busy with West Bengal elections. https://t.co/HkqfG1QKt2
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) December 25, 2020
Rohini also spoke about the case of love jihad when, recently, a Muslim teenager from Uttar Pradesh got arrested under the state’s new ‘anti-conversion’ law after he walked home from a birthday party with his former classmate, a Dalit girl.
A Muslim teenager walking his classmate home was arrested by UP police. A Muslim teenager who went for a pizza with his friend was arrested by UP police. We now live in times where an electoral ‘masterstroke’ is how much misery and injustice you can heap onto children.
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) December 26, 2020
To understand the love jihad situation in depth, veteran journalist Faye D’Souza held a discussion with senior advocates, Former IPS and Central Information Commissioner and a senior journalist.
UP's Love Jihad Law Lands At Least 35 People In Jail@sharatpradhan21 says, "The idea is to build a complete falsehood of love jihad which doesn't exist."#LoveJihadLaw
Watch the full discussionhttps://t.co/pWmRZJQc4P pic.twitter.com/L5o72N4oS0
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) December 28, 2020
Last week, Punjab and Haryana High Court held that the boy not being of marriageable age cannot be used to deny the couple their right to live together in case both partners have attained the age of 18. Advocate Karuna Nundy expressed her view on this.
First, if it was the girl who had not reached "marriageable age", this would be statutory rape. Because the age of non-criminalisation of consensual sex was increased from 16 to 18.
Second, why is there a gender difference in the age at which you can marry? Why is it 21? https://t.co/yAy3XBVocR
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 30, 2020
Meanwhile, coming down south, the regional Censor Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) denied the permission for screening of the latest Malayalam movie Varthamanam- which is set in the backdrop of students protest held in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi early this year. Author Anna MM Vetticad tweeted her views on this matter.
So now the Censor Board considers the #Parvathy-starrer #Varthamanam "anti-national" as per a tweet (since deleted) of a #BJP member of the Board. Expect more of this, #Kerala, as the party tries desperately to make its presence felt in the state. https://t.co/2likZuevQ7
— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) December 29, 2020
In other news, actor Anushka Sharma got featured in Vogue India. The soon to be mother shared her pregnancy journey while she posed with her baby bump for a magazine.
“When you are expecting, you connect with people you never thought you would. All the women in my life, not only my close friends, have been so kind, so helpful in reaching out... I think it’s really underrated, that ‘sisterhood’,” says our #January2021 cover star @AnushkaSharma. pic.twitter.com/TgYtyHUvED
— VOGUE India (@VOGUEIndia) December 30, 2020
As we step into the new year, IGP and Home Secretary, Govt of Karnataka-D. Roopa shared her gratitude towards the health workers, doctors, police, government servants and the public who fought hard against the virus.
As we welcome new year, a big shout out to all corona warriors--health care workers,doctors,police,govt servants and more importantly volunteer-citizens.
Hope in the new year corona subsides and vanishes, normalcy returns, with a smile on each one's face.
Happy New Year !!!
— D Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) January 1, 2021
(Edited by Athira Nair)