first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a church-backed fact-finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy hatched against him ahead of the bypolls. On August 21, the Council for Social Justice and Peace, an NGO affiliated to the Goa Catholic Church, had released the report on a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian and Hindu religious symbols in South Goa.Mr. Parrikar said, “All methods were tried — legal, media, social media and scurrilous publicity. Even to the extent that two days before elections, some organisation released an untrue fact-finding report. I am calling it untrue, you will realise why in the coming days after details of the police investigation.”The report, co-authored by the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, has demanded a court-monitored probe into the cases of desecration. It has accused the Goa police of colluding with the State administration in covering up the investigation into the cases and so far arresting only one person. Earlier, a Church-run magazine had severely criticised the BJP governments at the State and Centre. The article compared contemporary India to Nazi Germany and implored Catholics to vote against communalism.last_img

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first_imgDear Editor,I recently heard reports of staff of the Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Education Ministry, vaccinating underage children with the anti-HPV vaccine without first obtaining parental permission. In some areas, parents/guardians who do not want their child/children to get this vaccine are being tasked with writing and sending letters to the authorities – the ‘opt-out’ approach; otherwise their child will get vaccinated. Especially troubling, are reports from the hinterland regions about parents only receiving information about this vaccine after their children have already been vaccinated. This is a clear violation of both child and parental rights, as well as a potentially very dangerous approach – children’s medical histories, potential allergies, etc, are not being taken into proper consideration. It is important to have this information as it can determine whether or not the child should receive the vaccine and alert caregivers to potential negative side effects.The fact is that every drug/medicine/vaccine has side effects, some more serious than others, depending on each individual’s genetics, medical history, etc. Gardasil, the anti-HPV vaccine, is no exception. While most of the reported side effects have been relatively minor thus far, some more serious effects have been reported. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would inform people – including the adults and guardians of underage children – of these, allowing them to make an informed decision. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would also follow up and provide treatment for side effects that children may experience. It is not clear that this is being done in Guyana, especially in the hinterland areas. This vaccine is a relatively new one, and although some amount of safety testing has been done by its manufacturer, research is still being conducted. Some side effects may not show up immediately but after some time; when side effects aren’t tracked properly, the long-term safety of the vaccine becomes questionable.Vaccine side effects and safety concerns aside, the issue of consent remains. Consent is, theoretically, a very simple concept – giving permission, saying yes or no to things affecting you. In sexual matters, not getting consent from someone equals rape. Consent is something we train youth – and adults – to ask for and obtain, as responsible and ethical persons. This is especially necessary in a nation like ours that’s suffering from an epidemic of sexual abuse. Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is also a very important right of indigenous people in particular. It has been recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and highlights the importance of respectful inclusion of indigenous people in decision making on issues affecting them. Key to FPIC is not being coerced, threatened, or manipulated, and of being informed before any decision is made. Administering the anti-HPV vaccine to underage children – indigenous and non-indigenous – without parental permission is a clear violation of FPIC, as well as potentially dangerous, health-wise.This action of the Public Health and Education Ministries needs to be stopped immediately. Parents/guardians of children nationwide, but especially in the hinterland regions where indigenous languages – not Standard English – often predominate, must not be forced to write ‘opt-in’ letters to the authorities. All information about potential vaccine side effects must be provided to parents/guardians and no child should be vaccinated without their parents’ free, prior, and informed consent. To do otherwise is to disrespect child and parental rights, and potentially harm children. Surely this is not what the caring authorities intend.Sincerely,S Nageerlast_img

first_img0Shares0000Saudi referee Fahad al-Mirdasi has been banned for life for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 16 – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game.In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win.“The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said.The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport — the highest sports authority in the kingdom — triggering an administrative investigation.Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”.The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life.“Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport.Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img

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