New laws affecting men and other social moves
French men who seem likely to be violent towards their wives and female partners will be tagged and monitored under new feminist law.
The proposed measure means men who have received court orders to stay away from their partners will wear an electronic bracelet and if they break the order, police are alerted.
Parliament is also considering outlawing psychological violence. This new creation of crime has many outside parliament worried on how this will work. Supporters of the law say psychological violence turns into physical violence while lawyers and professionals in the field are nervous saying it will be impossible to say at what point verbal abuse – for instance in an argument – suddenly becomes a criminal offence.
Critics argue the psychological violence clause is unlikely to make any practical improvement to the lives of women who suffer domestic violence.
In Japan the railways have had women-only carriages since 2005. The idea has caught on in other countries and there are now gender specific carriages in Brazil, Egypt, India, Moscow and Taiwan. This was set up in Japan because it considers female commuter groping to be a serious problem especially for Japanese men who want men only carriages.
Recent disclosure of a spate of incidents where innocent men were accused of molesting female passengers has turned the national spotlight back toward commuter groping, a problem so bad most railroad companies have set up women’s only carriages during peak travel times in the mornings and late at night.
The recent arrest of an Osaka couple for trying to set up a middle-aged man by falsely accusing him of fondling a woman train traveller has large numbers of salarymen shaking in their boots at the thought of being blackmailed by crafty commuters looking for a quick buck. This has heightened calls on railroad companies to set up sanctuaries where men can travel in peace, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be accused of molestation.
Most railroad companies say they consider the issue a serious one but will not deal with the problem. In other news, Japanese women are to receive women only lavatories on planes. Up until now, toilets have been unisex.
Many women called for the airline to give them their own lavatories in a 2007 survey of customers, said ANA spokesman Justin C. Massey.
“They didn’t list any specific complaints. … It was just more a matter of general preference,” Massey added.
A father in the UK was almost arrested for taking a photo of his 4 year old son on a toy ride in a shopping centre with his mobile phone. A security guard and police officer threatened him with arrest because he couldn’t prove on the spot he was the father and not a paedophile.
There must be a lot of fathers living on eggshells in the UK.
GIRLS may be banned from wearing skirts in the UK as part of their school uniform to protect gender dilemma pupils under new laws masterminded by feminist Equality minister Harriet Harman – dubbed Harperson for her obsession with being PC. Skirts are considered to violate the rights of girls who want to be like boys.
Indian women are to pay less taxes under a new law by feminist women and child development minister Krishna Tirath.
She says, “It is a serious factor in empowering working women. After all, it is a woman’s income that directly impacts the living standard and health of her family and children’s nutritional levels.” She also says, “It, therefore, works as a productive asset for the family whether in investment or expenditure unlike men’s salary.”
What does she mean unlike men’s salary?
Women rights activists feel that while some success has been achieved through legislative action, special schemes, access to micro finance, education for the girl child and healthcare access, women continue to be discriminated against when matters of money are involved.
Currently India’s women don’t have to pay taxes on earnings up to Rs 1.95 lakh while for men, taxation starts at Rs 1.6 lakh. India’s women also pay less stamp duty on property.