INDIA: Two families fought fiercely after a 19-year-boy eloped with his 35-year-old aunt from the Indian city of Bhopal a few days ago. The two families involved engaged in a series of violent fights over the scandalous development as they held each other responsible.
Some relatives from the aunt's family, abducted a young woman from the teenager's family and kept her hostage as they demanded that the other family return the woman who eloped with their boy, reports The Times of India.
The teenager works in the diamond industry in a nearby city. However, he had been having an affair with the woman for many years and the neighbours knew about it. He had gone to his village when he eloped with his elderly neighbour who was also his aunt by relation. When the woman's husband realised that his wife of more than 20 years had run off with his nephew, he accumulated a group of 700 armed men comprising his relatives and fellow villagers and stormed into the teenager's home.
The village elders passed a ruling that the young man's family have to trace the woman and return her to her husband. However, they claimed that they had no clue where their son was.
The situation got worse and both sides filed a complaint at the nearby police station when indulged in violent clashes.
Meanwhile, the woman's husband abducted a married woman from the young man's family and said that he would release her only when he got his wife back. Senior police officers were trying to defuse the situation even as the boy's family filed a case of kidnapping against the husband.
Woman fired from lingerie shop for being 'too hot'
New Jersey: A woman said on Monday that she was dismissed from a temporary job at a New York lingerie warehouse because her male employers felt she was too busty and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.
Wearing a form-fitting sequined black dress and black leather, sequin-studded boots, Lauren Odes, 29, said her Orthodox Jewish employers at Native Intimates told her that outfit and others like it were "too hot" for the warehouse.
"We should not be judged by the size of our breasts or the shape of our body," Odes said.
Odes's attorney, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said she filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York.
Odes said she felt her wardrobe was appropriate for a business that sells "thongs with hearts placed in the female genital area and boy shorts for women that say 'hot' in the buttocks area."
Media photographers climbed on chairs and crashed into each other as Odes held a pose and Allred held up a series of purple, black and brown outfits she said also led to the woman's dismissal.
Odes said that on successive days during her week-long employment in late April she was warned that her attire was too alluring, that her breasts should be taped down to make them look smaller, and that she was asked to wear a red bathrobe to cover one outfit.
"This whole experience has been horrifying to me," she told reporters. "I love fashion and I always will, but I don't believe any woman should be treated as I was."
Odes, whose said her duties included data entry and coordinating the shipping of samples to customers, said she eventually agreed to purchase a sweater to wear over her dress, but was dismissed anyway.
"I do not feel that any employer has the right to impose their religious beliefs on me," she said.
An employee at the company had no immediate comment on Odes' claims. (REUTERS)
Dad molests daughter repeatedly
MUMBAI: A 40-year-old father of three daughters and one son has been molesting his eldest daughter, now 18, since 2009.
It all started three years ago in Mumbai when she was living with her father while her mother and other siblings were visiting relatives in another city, reports Mid-Day.
The father came home drunk one night and asked his daughter to strip. She did his bidding out of fear and he molested her. He then threatened to kill her mother and siblings if she gave him away.
The man assaulted her sexually repeatedly. When the girl complained to her mother, she did not believe her initially. However, after repeated complaints, when the mother confronted the father, he told her that the girl is his daughter and he can do whatever he wishes.
The wife moved out of the marital home with her children. The man was caught trying to enter their house to rape his daughter at her maternal uncle's place. The teenager screamed and her family members and neighbours rushed in to help her.
The neighbours paraded him in the neighbourhood and even blackened his face. The mother filed a complaint at the nearest police station and he was arrested.
Man uses webcam to see roommate kissing another man
NEW BRUNSWICK: One US couple lost their teenage son to suicide in the days after his college roommate used a webcam to see him kiss another man in September 2010; the other fears their son will be sent to prison this week for doing the spying.
The parents of Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi, on opposite sides of a tragedy that would horrify any parents, have been in the public eye throughout the criminal case, but they've remained circumspect when choosing their public words about their predicaments and their sons.
Both families sat through nearly every minute of Ravi's four-week-long trial, where he was convicted in March of 15 criminal charges including invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence.
And both appeared in public forums last week just before Ravi is to be sentenced for his deeds.
The two most serious counts — bias intimidation — could get him up to 10 years in prison, though prosecutors have said the maximum penalty is not necessary.
A sentence of more than a year would also increase the likelihood that federal immigration authorities will try to deport Ravi to India, where he was born and remains a citizen, though he has lived most of his life in New Jersey.
The case has turned both Clementi and Ravi, who for just three weeks shared a Rutgers University dorm room they were randomly assigned, into widely known symbols. Clementi is seen as an example of what can happen to young gays who are too often bullied even as acceptance of gays has increased.
Ravi has been portrayed as a young man victimized by overzealous prosecutors who reacted to a tragedy by piling on charges.
In their choices of where to appear, each couple has supported the symbolic perception of its own son.
A judge is to decide Ravi's sentence Monday during what's sure to be an emotional court hearing, including statements from people close to Clementi. Ravi's lawyer said Friday that it was not yet decided whether Ravi will speak.
Ravi's parents, who granted just a few interviews after their son was convicted, attended a rally last week at New Jersey's State House in Trenton. Several hundred supporters, nearly all of them Indian or Indian-American like them and their 20-year-old son, called for Ravi to be kept out of prison and for reforms to hate-crime laws that some of the same people rallied in favor of supporting two decades ago.
The protesters said Ravi, an Ultimate Frisbee player and computer whiz who was studying economics, should not have been convicted of hate crimes because he does not hate gay people and that prison is too harsh a punishment for someone who did not mean to hurt anyone.
Ravi's father did not speak at the rally. His mother, Sabitha Ravi, thanked supporters but mostly chose to aim her words at the journalists who were there, saying those who covered the trial should speak up against her son being sent to prison. "You were quiet there. Why don't you wake up now and bring some justice for Dharun?" she asked.
When asked how her family and her son were doing, she didn't have much to say: "You can all understand what he's going through," she said.
Clementi's parents have communicated with the public mostly through written statements or reading prepared statements after court proceedings. In one, they said they wanted Ravi to be held accountable but that he need not be subject to a "harsh" punishment.
They did grant a handful of interviews, including one with The Associated Press, in December as they announced the launch of a foundation to honor their son. Then, they talked about how he had come out as gay to them days before he started at Rutgers.
In a handful of other public appearances, they have spoken mostly about the work they intend to do through the foundation, which is focusing on promoting online civility, preventing bullying and encouraging the acceptance of gays and others perceived to be different.
On Thursday night, they attended a community theater preview production of "The Laramie Project," a play about the fallout from the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was tied to a fence, savagely beaten and left for dead in a horrific case that led to hate-crime laws around the country.
The Clementis joined a panel discussion after the performance by the Bergen County Players. But they declined to say what sentence they believe Ravi should receive.
Instead, they spoke about the power of the play they had just seen. Joe Clementi said people should take friends who are not accepting of those with differences to see productions of it.
"There are more of us people that think the way we think than there are people who are the haters," he said.
He also said that his son's plight had echoes of the Matthew Shepard case. "The circumstances were different," he said. "The effect was the same."