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காதல் கடிதம் எழுதினேன்; கொலையானேன்

பெயர்: மனிஷ் குமார்

வயது: 15

வசிப்பிடம்: கோரார் கிராமம், கைமுர் மாவட்டம், பிகார்

சாதி: ரவிதாஸ் (தலித்)

விரும்பியது: தோட்டி மகள் (தலித்)

முதல் குற்றம்: மூன்று மாதம் முன்பு காதல் கடிதம் எழுதியது

இரண்டாம் குற்றம்: விரும்பியவளின் விருப்பத்துடன் நேசித்தது

தண்டனை: ரயிலுக்கு அடியில் தள்ளி மரணம்

பார்வையாளர்: மனீஷ்குமாரின் தாயார்

தண்டனை கொடுத்த இடம்: துர்காவதி கிராம காவல் நிலையம்

காவல்துறை: உடந்தையாக இருந்ததற்காக சப்-இன்ஸ்பெக்டர் இடைநீக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறார்.

மேலும் விவரங்களுக்கு:

1. Teenager murdered for writing love letter to girl of higher caste – Times Online: “Prakash Louis, a sociologist based in Bihar, said ∑ “Caste-based atrocities are common here: rapes, murders, beatings. The privileged prey on the weak,” said Uday Kumar, a director of the Bihar-based Dalit Association for Social and Human Rights Awareness. Similar abuses are reported regularly across India. Alamelu, the leader of a group of Dalit women in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, said:”

2. Boy thrown in front of train for falling in love – India – The Times of India: “Lalita Devi alleged that cops had told her to settle the dispute ‘outside the police station’ when she, along with her son, went to them for help after the boy was tonsured and paraded around the market. She said the accused assaulted her and her son outside the police station and dragged them to a railway track. Despite her repeated pleas for her son’s life, the killers threw the boy in front of a train on the Gaya-Mughalsarai section.”

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'ஒபாமா இதுவரை படுகொலை செய்யப்படாதது உண்மையிலேயே அதிசயம்'

இனவாதம் மிக்க அமெரிக்க சமூகத்தில் ஜனநாயக கட்சியின் ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளர் பராக் ஒபாமா இதுவரை படுகொலை செய்யப்படாமல் இருப்பது உண்மையிலேயே அதிசயமாகும் என கியூபாவின் முன்னாள் ஜனாதிபதி பிடெல் காஸ்ட்ரோ தெரிவித்தார். ‘கியூபாடிபேட்’ வெப்தளத்தில் தன்னால் வெளியிடப்பட்ட செய்தியிலேயே அவர் இவ்வாறு தெரிவித்திருந்தார்.

“அமெரிக்காவிலுள்ள மில்லியன்கணக்கான வெள்ளையர்கள், கறுப்பு இனத்தவர் ஒரு வரும் அவரது மனைவி பிள்ளைகளும் வெள்ளை மாளிகைக்கு செல்வதை ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளும் மனப்பக்குவத்தில் இல்லை.

ஏனெனில் அவர்கள் இனத் துவேஷம் காரணமாகவே ஜனாதிபதி மாளிகைக்கு ‘வெள்ளை’ என்ற அடைமொழியை சேர்த்துள்ளார்கள்” என குறிப்பிட்ட பிடெல் காஸ்ட்ரோ, ‘அமெரிக்க ஜனநாயக கட்சியின் ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளராக கறுப்பு இன அரசியல்வாதியான பராக் ஒபமா தெரிவு செய்யப்பட்டிருப்பதும் இன்னும் அவர் படுகொலை செய்யப்படாமல் இருப்பதும் உண்மையிலேயே அதிசயமானதாகும்’ எனக் கூறினார்.

அத்துடன் குடியரசு கட்சியின் ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளர் ஜோன் மக்கெயின் கடற்படையில் பணியாற்றிய போது பெற்றிருந்த குறைந்த தராதரம் குறித்து சாடிய பிடெல் காஸ்ட்ரோ, “அக்கட்சியின் உப ஜனாதிபதி வேட்பாளரான சாரா பாலினுக்கு எதைப் பற்றியும் ஒன்றும் தெரியாது” என குற்றஞ்சாட்டினார்.

மேலும் விவரங்களுக்கு:

1. The Associated Press: Castro: Racism in US keeps many away from Obama

2. Castro says it’s a ‘miracle’ Obama hasn’t been assassinated- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

தொடர்புள்ள செய்திகள்:

1. FactCheck.org: McCain Links Castro With Obama

2. McCain Campaign Running Obama-Castro Ad

3. Gateway Pundit: Fidel Castro Stumps For Obama… Slams McCain & "Rifle Lady"

4. McCain Criticizes Obama for Cuba Policy – FOXNews.com Elections: “John McCain lashed out at Barack Obama Tuesday for his pledge to meet ‘unconditionally’ with oppressive leaders, including Cuba’s Raul Castro, if elected president.”

Why Tobacco Kills & How Cigarette Manufacturers ensure New Addicts?

Boston Legal: “Smoke Signals”:

Closing arguments

Michael Rhodes smoked cigarettes for 50 years, got lung cancer and died; we all know what happened here. We also all know this death. Everybody in this room knows somebody who has fought this same battle and dies … agonizing, brutal, excruciating …

But … emotion has no play here. Michael Rhodes was eleven years old when he started smoking, it was 1948. At that time, there was no known risk, and even if there were, at eleven he certainly lacked the capacity to assume it. And after that, he was addicted. They manufacture them to be addictive.

In just the last few years, they’ve increased the amount of nicotine in the average cigarette by 11.6% to make them even more addictive [1]. Recently, we learned that tobacco companies have been adding an ammonia-based compound to cigarettes for years to increase absorption of nicotine [2]. It’s basically the same principle used in crack cocaine.

And let’s look at the obscene strategy they’ve employed here. Smoking may cause cancer, but it didn’t cause this particular cancer. It wasn’t our cigarettes, or it was genetic, or asbestos or a paper mill. Never do they take responsibility ever. And God forbid, if you sue them, they’ll bury you and your lawyer. They might even depose your doctor to death, for good measure. All their insidious methods and cunning corporate tactics aren’t just history, it’s what they continue to do now, today. Because the tobacco industry is like a nest of cockroaches, they will always find a way to survive.

They still go after kids with one strategy after another. They put up brightly colored ads at kid’s eye level in convenience stores. They hire gorgeous twenty-somethings to frequent popular venues and seduce young adults into attending lavish corporate-sponsored parties. Cockroaches will always find a way.

They can’t advertise on TV but they’ve hired PR agencies to hook them up with the film industry. And it’s worked. Researchers estimate that smoking in movies delivers nearly 400,000 adolescent smokers every year [3]. Every time you try to kill the cockroach, it finds another way. It has to, because when you make a product that kills off your consumers, you have to find a way to recruit new customers.

They’ve now got a new feminized version of the macho Camel brand using slogans like “lite” and “luscious” with hot pink packaging. Virginia Slims advertised their “thin cigarette”. Allure Magazine did a whole spread on the cigarette diet [4]. They use social and psychological profiling [5], targeting potential smokers by gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, socioeconomic groups … cockroaches don’t discriminate.

Their CEO comes into this courtroom gloating over their anti-smoking campaign, which is designed to get kids to smoke. In 2003, they spent more than 15 billion on advertising and promotion [6]. That’s a 225% increase from 1998, and they have the audacity to declare they’re trying to discourage smoking. This is not how corporations with a conscience behave.

How in God’s name are cigarettes even legal, can anybody tell me that? They are a deadly concoction of carcinogens that damage every single organ in your body. Why do we not ban them? Because it’s a free country, because freedom of choice is an American ideal worth somebody dying every six seconds? How can any company, especially one with such a conscience no less, knowingly manufacture a product that poisons its users? … and make that product look cool and hip and sexy and fun, so they can get children. How can any attorney defend a company that would do such a thing and how could any society tolerate it, but we do.

There is no conscience at big tobacco. There is no conscience in Washington, which has been bought and paid for by this industry. Conscience has to come from you, the jury. If real regulation is to happen, it has to come from you. People are smoking day after day after day and dying and dying and dying and the tobacco companies keep getting richer and richer. Last year alone, they made 12 billion dollars in profits [7]. How can that be?

How can that be?

References

  1. Connolly et al. Trends in nicotine yield in smoke and its relationship with design characteristics among popular US cigarette brands, 1997-2005. Tob Control. 2007 Oct;16(5):e5.
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  2. How an Unregulated Industry Experiments on America’s Kids and Consumers. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. 2008 Feb 20.
  3. Sargent, J. AAP Handout, October 2006. News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.
  4. Morris, L. “The Cigarette Diet.” Allure Magazine. 2000 Mar.
  5. Ling and Glantz. Using tobacco-industry marketing research to design more effective tobacco-control campaigns. JAMA. 2002 Jun 12;287(22):2983-9.
    View abstract
  6. Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report For 2004 and 2005. United States Federal Trade Commission. 2007
  7. Fortune Global 500 2007: Altria Group.