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India: female vigilantes to stop sexual crimes

Today on the net: female vigilantes in India join forces to combat rape; an Italian astronaut recounts his terrifying experience in space; and American students expose the appalling state of their campus dormitories.

India: female vigilantes to stop sexual crimes

Eight months on from the fatal gang rape of a student that stunned India, last week saw another sexual attack which has sparked nationwide outrage. Last Thursday, a 23 year old photojournalist was attacked and raped by several men whilst she was working on a magazine feature in an exclusive neighbourhood of Mumbai. And with social media buzzing with outrage over these rapes, and discussion on how to stop them, there are now groups of female vigilantes taking their own action.

Like the Gulabi Gang, for example, who wear pink saris: as the organization, which was founded in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh, explains on its webpage, it’s members, all female, are armed with bamboo sticks and will attack violent men when they feel the police aren’t doing anything. The Gulabi gang now reportedly has tens of thousands of members and also campaigns against child marriages, and female illiteracy among the disadvantaged sections of Indian society.

It has inspired other female vigilante groups across India. The Red Brigade for example is comprised of younger girls, and provides self-defense classes in rural areas. Yes, until they feel safe, these women will be taking justice in their own hands. 

Italian astronaut recounts near-drowning during spacewalk

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, currently on a mission on board the International Space Station, had a particularly frightening experience back in July. The 36 year old was on a spacewalk, a routine operation, when his helmet started filling with water. Parmitano lived to tell the tale, a terrifying tale he’s decided to share with web users.

The astronaut recounted the near death experience on his blog this week. He describes how his mission as going well when suddenly he felt water on the back of his neck. An unexpected sensation that prompted him to alert his colleagues who ordered him back inside the space station. But as his helmet continued to fill up with water, blurring his vision, it made it extremely difficult for him to move around. He managed to stay calm however and Luca Parmitano did find his way back on board where he was welcomed by his team clearly relieved to have him back safe and sound.

And as we can see in this video posted online by the European Space Agency, despite the very near miss, the Italian astronaut has managed to make light of the incident saying he now understands how goldfish feel.

And although he’s not likely to forget the near-drowning in a hurry, Luca Parmitano continues his mission in orbit around Earth on board the International Space Station seemingly unperturbed, regularly posting stunning shots of the Blue Planet seen from space.

Facebook page exposes horrible conditions of college dorm rooms

Students at George Washington University in the US are not happy and are intent on making it known. They have set up a Facebook page to expose the horrible condition of the college dorm rooms: with mould growing on the walls and ceilings, and dilapidated facilities. The stated aim of the page is to convince the University authorities to take immediate action to improve the living conditions on campus.

PewDiePie is world’s most popular Youtube channel

With 12 million subscribers, the new king of YouTube is not a pop star, nor a head of state. It’s Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, a 23 year old Swedish man who tests out new video games for the cameras, recording his often amusing commentary and actions. The 1400 videos he’s posted online to date have racked up over 2 billion views collectively. And he’s planning to put his popularity to good use and asking his fans to make donations to help him raise 250 000 dollars for a charity that will use the money to fund drinking water projects in developing countries.

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