Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Suspended Amid Row Over Sexist Remarks

Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after Vinod Rai agreed with her and recommended the same.    

“It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” read Edulji’s response to the legal opinion. 

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by India captain Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate. 

Earlier on Friday, NDTV sources revealed that Pandya and Rahul have been dropped for the first one-day international against Australia to be played in Sydney on Saturday.

Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments sparked social media outrage and prompted the player to apologise.

Pandya appeared on a popular TV show with teammate K L Rahul, who was a lot more restrained in his responses to questions on women and relationships. Pandya said he “got a bit carried away” as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.

On Thursday, COA chairman Vinod Rai had recommended a two-match ban for the duo.

The recommendation came a day after the 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media.

“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way,” Pandya posted on Twitter.

“Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” he added.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.

“You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first,” he said.

Pandya also said he had bragged to his parents after losing his virginity.

He was quickly slammed for his views on women.

Later on Thursday, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry called for an inquiry to find out whether or not the two sought permission from the BCCI to appear on the show, and if yes, Chaudhry wants to know who gave them the permission.

“The provisions of the earlier contracts and the practice in place would have required these contracted players to seek permission to appear on the show. Was such a permission sought? Was such a permission granted? If so, by whom?” he asked.

Pandya and Rahul also caused a social media stir for comments on the same show when they said current India skipper Virat Kohli was a better batsman than the country’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

(With inputs from Rica Roy and PTI)

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After Hardik Pandya Row, The Internet Digs Up Ranveer Singh’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks On Koffee With Karan

New Delhi: 

After Hardik Pandya came under fire from the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI for his sexist remarks on talk show Koffee With Karan, the Internet pulled out an old video of actor Ranveer Singh, currently among the top crop of actors, passing sexist remarks on the same show several years ago. Ranveer Singh, who is basking in the success of Simmba, appeared on the show with his Band Baaja Baaraat co-star Anushka Sharma in 2011 and two snippets from the episode are being shared on social media with words of criticism for Ranveer Singh for his callous comments about Kareena Kapoor and Anushka. “It’s unfortunate that the bar has been set so low for stars and cricketers (cough “Pandya” cough),” wrote a Twitter user. “Still people will glorify them,” added another.

In one of the videos, Anushka Sharma appears to be taken aback by Ranveer Singh’s comment and she also added: “You don’t speak to me like that.” Here are the now viral snippets from the episode which was a part of the third season of Koffee With Karan.





Here’s a glimpse of Twitter reaction to the videos:











Recently, Hardik Pandya was schooled by the Internet for his sexist remarks on Karan Johar’s chat show, for which he issued an apology on Twitter. On Friday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli also distanced himself and the team from Hardik Pandya’s offensive comments. “We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions,” he said in a statement. Meanwhile, Hotstar has pulled the episode down from their website while Star World has removed all the promos from their social media platforms.

Ranveer Singh is currently at the top of his game with two film releases in 2018 – “Padmaavat” and Simmba – and both being box office hits. He’s awaiting the release of Gully Boy and he’ll also star in Kabir Khan’s ’83.

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‘Sexist, Racist, Disgusting’ Article On Priyanka Chopra Enrages Sonam Kapoor And Twitter

A picture of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas from their Delhi reception. (Image courtesy: Instagram)

New Delhi: 

An absurdly offensive piece titled ‘Is Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas’ Love For Real?’ in The Cut has raised hackles across the Internet, with Sonam Kapoor amongst the many outraged Twitter users who have responded angrily. The article labels Priyanka a ‘modern-day scam artist’ and suggests that Nick Jonas has ‘married into a fraudulent relationship against his will’ and has invited upon both the writer and The Cut an avalanche of criticism. A furious Sonam tweeted, “For a publication that ‘shows women what they are made of’ The Cut has a lot to answer for. The article on Priyanka Chopra was sexist, racist and disgusting. Also it’s written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness.”

Sonam is certainly not alone in her condemnation. The writer of the article and The Cut have been shredded for attacking Priyanka in the manner they have. And before you assume it’s fans of the actress outraging over criticism of their star, here is some of the judgement that the article passes on Priyanka, who married Nick Jonas in Jodhpur over the weekend. To start, it makes the extraordinary leap of faith by seeing Priyanka asking before they began dating Nick to text her directly instead of sending tweets her team had access to as proof that she intended to break his heart (which she clearly didn’t, given the recent nuptials). The writer makes this point in the most insulting of terms: “Nick Jonas DM’d Priyanka on Twitter, and their exchange launched the very beginning of Priyanka’s plan to make this Nick Jonas opportunity her forever bitch…Aside from the offensive Hollywoodness of Priyanka telling another celebrity that her “team” reads her direct messages, what she was really doing here was quite possibly dropping a hint to Nick that she was going to break his heart. Or, at the very least: She was indicating that he’d been added to the short list of Hollywood men that she and her team would test out for a possible romance.”

As empirical evidence of the above, the writer cites Tom Hiddleston, with whom Priyanka Chopra co-presented an Emmy award. He seems to be the only name on her ‘short list of Hollywood men to be tested for a possible romance.’

Next, Priyanka’s confession that she ‘works very hard to spoil herself’ is connected to ‘shopping around for the finer things in life while her team shops for finer men.’ In one fell swoop negating her many achievements and feeding into the misogynistic trope in which successful women are shamed for spending their hard-earned money on themselves.

There’s much more in this ridiculous vein, if you care to read through the article, including assuming that Priyanka Chopra would be offended that people thought ‘her mangalsutra could be so small and nondescript’ – this inferred from a relatively innocuous tweet the actress posted about letting the world know when she got married. Meantime, Nick Jonas is cast as a hapless groom ‘blinded by love’ and unable to see through his bride’s supposed machinations. Apparently, “All Nick wanted was a possible fling with Hollywood’s latest It Woman, but instead he wound up staring straight at a life sentence with a global scam artist.”

On Twitter, where Sonam has led the charge, the writer is being tagged to comments such as: “The sexism, racism and xenophobia really jumped out. You’re so mad that a deserving Indian woman found someone who values her worth. The one time a South Asian woman is thriving in Hollywood after working so hard, she gets called a scammer. I hope you do some soul-searching.” Another comment read: “Forget petty. This piece is problematic and embarrassing,” while another user added: “Wow. Didn’t really expect this type of narrative. Whether they’re real or not, this article is a new low. Hope you find better things to write about.”












A quick glance through Wikipedia would have told the writer what she clearly ignored while writing her mean-spirited piece: that Priyanka Chopra is one of the biggest stars in the world, won Miss World, starred in over 50 Bollywood films, headlined her own US network show Quantico, was cast opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Baywatch, has a musical career, is an UNICEF ambassador, has been on the Time 100 list, wrote for Meghan Markle when she was on the Time List, has made it to the Forbes global rich list, runs a successful production house, and has been decorated by the government. She really requires no defending on Twitter.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ three-day wedding celebration concluded over the weekend. On Tuesday, a reception for the newlyweds was hosted in New Delhi, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Deepak Pavithram, Kerala Expat In Saudi Arabia, Fired From Lulu Hypermarket, Riyadh For Alleged Sexist Remarks Against Women


An Indian man in Saudi Arabia has been fired from his job for allegedly posting “derogatory comments” on women, amid the Sabarimala temple row, a media report said Wednesday.

Deepak Pavithram, a Keralite working with Lulu Hypermarket in Riyadh, was fired on Tuesday for allegedly making misogynistic and insensitive remarks about women on social media.

“We have a strict and zero tolerance policy with regard to our staff misusing social media to spread malicious or derogatory comments which might hurt religious sentiments,” V Nandakumar, Chief Communications Officer at Lulu Group, told Khaleej Times.

“All GCC nations are home to a large cosmopolitan population from almost all countries in the world and we respect their sentiments, culture and religious beliefs,” Mr Nandakumar said.

Kerala expats in the Gulf took to social media to express their appreciation for Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, for taking a strong step against the derogatory remarks, the report said.

This is the second termination in recent times by the Indian-owned retail giant on similar grounds.

In August, they had terminated the services of a Keralite expat in Oman after he posted distasteful comments about flood victims in Kerala.

The company took action against him despite an apology he had issued the next day, for the remarks.

The Supreme Court on September 28 had ruled that women will be allowed entry into Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

The temple opened its door for all women visitors of all age groups for the first time on Wednesday after the historic apex court ruling last month.

Tension prevailed Wednesday morning in Kerala’s Nilakkal, the main gateway to Sabarimala, after the police used force to disperse protestors opposing the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into the hill shrine.

The temple would be closed on October 22 after the five-day monthly prayer during the Malayalam month of Thulam.

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Sexist Road Signs To Be Replaced In New Zealand After Minor Girl’s Plea

New Zealand said it will replace “sexist” road signs and would adopt gender-neutral signs instead

Kuala Lumpur: 

New Zealand’s transport authority said on Tuesday it would adopt gender-neutral signs after a 7-year-old girl said it was “wrong and unfair” to suggest only men could work on roadside power lines.

Zoe Carew spotted a “linemen” hazard sign – to warn drivers about workers repairing or installing electricity and telecommunications cables – when she was en route to her grandparents’ house last month.

She took issue with the sign because “women can be line workers” too, which she wrote in a letter to the head of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Fergus Gammie.

“Why does the sign say ‘linemen’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?” she wrote in the letter, which her mother, Caitlin Carew, shared on the social media site Twitter this week.

“I think that this sign is wrong and unfair. Do you agree?” she asked Gammie.

In a letter of reply posted to the agency’s official Twitter account on Tuesday, Gammie promised that authorities would replace old signs as they wore out with new ones reading, “line crew”.

Gammie cautioned that “this may take some time,” and praised Carew for speaking up.

“I commend you for your suggestion and for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed,” he said, offering to have a photo taken with both of them and the new sign.

The agency also said in a Twitter post that it was happy to take on Carew’s suggestion as “great ideas can come from anyone, including seven-year-olds”.

Carew’s mother declined to comment further, while the transport agency was not available.

New Zealand has long had a progressive reputation and was the first nation to give women the right to vote in 1893. Its current prime minister Jacinda Ardern is the country’s third female leader.


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Zoe Carew, New Zealand Minor, Gets Sexist Road Signs Of New Zealand Transport Agency NZTA Changed

New Zealand Transport Agency will update its signs to “Line Crew” after receiving a 7-year-old’s letter

Wellington, New Zealand: 

The New Zealand Transport Agency will update its signs from “Linemen” to “Line Crew” after receiving a letter from a seven-year-old who pointed out that “women can be line-workers too”.

The letter was written by Zoe Carew who became incensed when she saw the “Linemen” signs while on her way to visit her grandparents in the city of Eastbourne, the Guardian reported.

The sign “Linemen” indicates that people installing or fixing power lines are working in the area.

“Why does the sign say ‘Linemen’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women? I think this sign is wrong and unfair. Do you agree?” Carew wrote in a letter to Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

“I don’t really want to be a line-worker when I grow up because there are so many more exciting things I would like to do, but some girls might want to learn to be linewomen,” Carew said.

“Can you please change the sign to say ‘Line-workers’ instead, or something else correct and fair like that,” she asked.

Gammie wrote back to Carew, in a letter that her proud mother shared on Twitter alongside her daughter’s original note.

The chief executive commended her for her suggestion and “for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed. Well done”, the Guardian quoted from the social media post.

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After Lifting Ban, Saudis Tackle Sexist Backlash

Social media is awash with videos of women behind the wheel and men in the passenger seat (AFP)

Riyadh:  Long relegated to the back seat, Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time this week in a much-awaited rite of passage, but one crucial hurdle remains — the attitude of men.

Social media is awash with videos of women behind the wheel and men in the passenger seat, a role reversal that was unimaginable in the conservative petrostate until a royal decree last September ended a decades-long women driving ban.

A woman driver is such a novelty across the gender-segregated Muslim kingdom that when the decree took effect on Sunday, it prompted jubilation, disbelief — and reactions akin perhaps to those evoked by the first woman doctor in the 19th century.

“Look, a woman driver!” appeared to be a common refrain among male onlookers in Riyadh as women embraced a freedom long denied to them.

Now many are quietly bracing for a battle of the sexes on Saudi streets.

The driving reform has been widely hailed by young Saudis and no overt incidents of harassment were publicly reported in the first two days since the ban was lifted, but many are wary of pervasive sexism and aggression from male drivers despite warnings from authorities.

“I advise men to stay home to avoid being killed by women drivers!” said one Saudi Twitter user, echoing a torrent of similar comments predicting a surge of accidents because of female motorists.

Often accompanying such comments are images of fiery car crashes and traffic pileups.

And then there are the condescending mansplainers.

Some social media users have advised women to “avoid putting on makeup” while driving.

Others have predicted pink coloured cars and parking lots for women.

Fuelling the sexist ridicule, as women drivers hit the roads for the first time on Sunday, Saudi media splashed images of the inauguration of a gleaming new holding cell for women traffic violators.

Many women have responded with defiance.

“Social media is flooded with messages ridiculing women and underestimating their ability to drive,” columnist Wafa al-Rasheed wrote this month in Okaz, a Saudi daily.

“We will drive and we will drive better than you, men.”

‘Road Romeos’

For now, the women taking to the roads appear mainly to be those who have swapped foreign licences for Saudi ones.

Some 120,000 women have applied for licences, according to an interior ministry spokesman, who declined to specify how many had been issued.

But the fear of harassment is so widespread that many women are keeping away from the streets, testing reactions in a society torn between conservatism and social change engineered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Several men have shown concern that women relatives who drive will be harassed, followed, chased and videoed by male drivers,” Abdul al-Lily, author of the book “The Bro Code of Saudi Culture”, told AFP.

A Saudi woman interviewed by AFP said she had deferred plans to drive, voicing a fear of “road Romeos” who might deliberately crash into her car just to find an excuse to talk.

For many women, though, real opposition lies at home — after decades of preaching by arch-conservatives that allowing female motorists would promote gender mixing and promiscuity.

“You will not drive my mother. You will not drive my sister. You will not drive my future wife,” said a Twitter user using the hashtag “She will not drive”.

Rights groups say the driving reform is mere tokenism until the kingdom dismantles its much-criticised system of male “guardians” — fathers, husbands or other relatives, who can exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions for women.

– ‘New normal’ –

Authorities, however, have said that Saudi women will not need a guardian’s permission to apply for a driver’s licence.

The government has also addressed concerns of abuse by outlawing sexual harassment, and authorities have sternly warned against stalking women drivers.

Authorities this week said the first batch of women insurance inspectors are training to respond to accidents involving female drivers, but it remains unclear when they will start work.

The new provisions come after Saudi authorities last October arrested a man who threatened a violent backlash against any female driver whose car breaks down.

“Men ought to be scared that even joking about harassing women could land you in jail,” Hesham Alghannam, a Saudi researcher at Britain’s University of Exeter, told AFP.

“Eventually even the most conservative will have to adapt and over time women drivers will become the new normal.”

Among those pushing back against such attitudes are men themselves, many of whom have quietly expressed relief that their female relatives no longer have to rely on them or foreign chauffeurs, a major financial strain, to be driven around.

“Women, do not let anyone distract you from this moment, whether men ridiculing your ability to drive or anyone else,” said Ahmad al-Shathri, who is based in Riyadh.

“This moment is yours and no opinion matters except your own.”

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