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Louisville, Kentucky: Forced sex, mental torture, substance abuse - BB10 contestant Akanksha Sharma makes shocking revelations about her married life

Hugh A. Thaxton 2958 Gregory Lane Louisville, KY 40203

The pilot episode of Bigg Boss season 10 made the heads turn after one of the contestants Akanksha Sharma revealed that she has a connection with Yuvraj Singh’s family. The lady turned out to be Singh’s ex-sister-in-law, who is currently fighting her divorce case.

Soon her broken marriage became a hot topic of discussion and Akanksha blamed her mother-in-law Shabnam Singh for her divorce.

Now that Sharma has been evicted from BB10, she has come out in open to talk about her marriage to Yuvraj’s brother Zorawar and has even made several appalling allegations against her in-laws.

While talking to a leading daily, Akanksha stated that though it was an arranged marriage it felt like she was married to two people – Zorawar and his mother as she would accompany her everywhere, even to honeymoon.

She further alleged that her mother-in-law wanted her get physical with Zorawar soon after their wedding.

“Just because you are married, you don’t have to have sex immediately. You have to build a comfort level first. But, I was forced into it. She kept saying that if I want financial freedom, I will have to have sex”, Akanksha was quoted saying.

Akanksha also said that despite having four servants her mother-in-law expected her to work in the kitchen throughout the day.

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The ex BB contestant also mentioned that her hubby Zorawar was a mother’s puppet. Akanksha asserted that she was not allowed to go out alone and if she went out with Zorawar, his mother will either drop them or send her PA with them.

“She’d even go through my cupboard and had the servants spy on me”, she added.

Akanksha also revealed that Shabnam even slapped her once and was mentally tortured everyday during her stay in the house.

She also spoke about the allegations of substance abuse made by her in-laws saying that she did smoke pot with Zorawar and his cousin. She also mentioned she used to drink but knew her limits well. Sharma also emphasised on the fact that it only with her husband.

“Zorawar would often say ‘let’s drink’ and I’d agree”, Akanksha said.

While Yuvraj’s family is yet to comment on these new allegations by Akanksha, his mother Shabnam Singh had earlier called her accusations a mere publicity gimmick.

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Madison, Wisconsin: Swedish Courts - Imaginary Children Aren't Real

Loren A. Crawford 4096 Primrose Lane Madison, WI 53703

Lundstram was convicted of possessing child pornography back in 2010, when authorities found suggestive pictures of bobble-headed, cartoon minors on his personal computer. He disputed the ruling, arguing that you need children for child pornography and that drawings aren't children, but his conviction was upheld by two lower courts, one of which reduced his punishment to a $780 fine and an order that he could no longer offer his services as a "manga expert."

In both trials, the prosecution argued that the images Lundström possessed could be used to entice children into performing sexual acts, and that real children could have been used as models for the drawings. I'm going to assume that last argument sounded marginally less insane in the original Swedish.

Though the Supreme court insisted that the 39 images Lundström was being charged for did constitute pornographic representations of children, it was forced to admit that there is a distinction between fictional children and their aggravating, real-life counterparts. It also claimed one of the images was realistic enough to constitute full blown child pornography, but admitted that prosecuting Lundström on those grounds would violate his freedom of expression.

"The criminalization of possession of the drawings would otherwise exceed what is necessary with regard to the purpose which has led to the restriction on freedom of expression and freedom of information," read a statement from the court.

Lundstram later released a statement to the press:

"I'm obviously very relieved, in part because it makes life easier for me personally, but most of all I'm generally relieved for Sweden as a whole," he said. It would have been very hard for me to relate to Sweden as a country if it turned out to be a place that prohibited certain expressions of the imagination."

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Austin, Texas: Diet makes historic revision to century-old sex-crime laws

Bernard C. Gonzalez 3870 Sundown Lane Austin, TX 78664

Japan revised its sex crime laws for the first time in more than a century on Friday — a historic move that broadens the definition of rape, lengthens prison terms and makes prosecution possible even if those who claim they are victims don’t press charges.

A package of amendments unanimously approved by the Upper House in the final hours of this session of the Diet represents the first shake-up of Japan’s sex crime laws, which have remained effectively untouched since their inception in 1907.

“Japan’s current legal system doesn’t protect people who went through the most unbearable experience human beings could possibly imagine,” Jun Yamamoto, a survivor of childhood molestation, told the Upper House Committee on Judicial Affairs prior to the revised laws’ passage.

For the most part of her adolescence, Yamamoto said she was sexually abused by her own father, who would periodically creep into her bed and fumble her breasts and buttocks.

The Diet also passed a supplementary provision stipulating that the revision will be revisited three years after taking effect.

With Friday’s update, the definition of rape — which has traditionally been limited to vaginal penetration by a penis — will be expanded to include forced anal and oral sex, thereby recognizing that males can be rape victims. The minimum sentences will be raised to five years from three, while rape resulting in death or injury will from now on entail a minimum six years in prison, up from the current five.

Offenses such as rape and indecent assault will become prosecutable even if those who claim they are victims do not file formal complaints.

Adults who have taken advantage of “guardianship” roles to sexually abuse children under 18 will face rape and indecent assault charges even if they don’t resort to “violence and intimidation” — currently a prerequisite for convicting sex offenders — in assaulting their victims.

The revision will also cover the robbery-rape law, which has applied only to offenders who commit robbery first and rape second. The law will no longer hinge on robbery preceding rape, and will put offenders behind bars for a minimum of seven years.

Although a major step forward, Friday’s revision still leaves many issues unresolved.

Critics such as Yamamoto want the “violence and intimidation” prerequisite deleted because they say it is out of touch with reality. Rapists, they say, can easily overpower their targets without using force because they are often too scared to put up a fight.

Moreover, some critical changes proposed by a panel of outside experts in 2015 went excluded from the amendments submitted by the Justice Ministry during this Diet session.

Among the unresolved issues is the question of whether the statute of limitations for rape, currently 10 years, should be scrapped or at least lengthened if victims are juveniles. Some people say that it is often the case that by the time minors come to grips with abuse and are prepared to seek justice, they have already run out of time.

Calls for creating a new law banning spousal rape were also unheeded.

The age of consent for sex in Japan will remain notoriously low at 13, too, meaning that sex with people that young won’t be considered a crime if it can be established that the sex was consensual.

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“If you’re sexually abused, you’re not treated as human. You just become a belonging of your offender,” Yamamoto, who herself was first molested when she was 13, told the Diet committee. The nightmare, she said, lasted seven years.

“That’s when our souls are killed.”

The revision of the sex crime laws caps months of tumultuous debate in the Diet dominated by conflict of interest scandals linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, as well as the contentious conspiracy bill that skipped usual Diet procedures to be rammed through the legislature by his ruling coalition. The session is set to wrap up on Sunday.

Furor over the allegation that Abe helped finance an ultra-nationalist kindergarten run by Osaka school operator Moritomo Gakuen dominated Diet deliberation before April, denting his Cabinet’s support rate.

A separate, ongoing allegation over Abe’s alleged involvement in the opening of a new veterinary department at a university run by his close confidant, Kotaro Kake, led to the prime minister being forced to explain his false denials at the Diet on Friday.

On Thursday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito coalition steamrolled through the Diet a bill to revise the anti-organized crime law, with a view to cracking down on the planning of as many as 277 crimes. Although ostensibly an attempt to better counter terrorism, the revised law, critics say, could be abused by the law enforcement to impinge on various civil liberties, such as the right to privacy.

The Diet also enacted one-off legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, making him the first monarch to do so in 200 years.

The legislation designed to outlaw smoking in pubic institutions such as hospitals, schools and municipal offices, however, ended up not being submitted to this Diet session after the health ministry failed to win approval of the LDP.

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Stockton, California: Here's Why Your Period Blood Smells

Roger S. Roberson 3942 Freedom Lane Stockton, CA 95204

From enigmatic PMS symptoms to an erratic poop schedule, your period throws some real curveballs at your body. Hell, it even changes colour depending on how it's doing.

One curveball that is less talked about but still perplexing is the odour of your period blood itself. You're pretty sure it's harmless, but you're still dying to know what's up with it. For real, why does period blood smell like that?

To get some answers, we spoke with Taraneh Shirazian, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the NYU Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health, to determine what makes your period blood smell, and if there's ever a time you need to worry about it. Here's what we learned:

It's totally natural.

"Blood itself has a certain odour," Dr. Shirazian says, adding that, as you probably already know, there's more to your menstrual fluid than just blood. You also expel bacteria, vaginal mucus, fluid, and tissue during your period, and that's why your period blood doesn't smell exactly like the blood that comes out of any other part of your body. That odour can be more or less intense, depending how long it sits in your uterus before leaving, but Dr. Shirazian says "it’s either bacteria mixed with old blood or it’s bacteria in the vagina that’s coming out with the blood" that plays the lead role in making your period blood odour special and specific to you. As far as what's normal and what isn't, Dr. Shirazian keeps it simple: "A healthy period smell just shouldn’t be fishy."

A change in odour can signal a problem.

Odour can also come from the bacteria that naturally accumulates during your period. "When you’re bleeding, you retain moisture in the vagina," Dr. Shirazian says, which can lead to "secondary vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, which has a strong, fishy odour." The thing to remember about bacterial vaginosis (sometimes shortened to BV) is that it occurs when the bacteria that's normally found in your vagina is out of balance, and can either go away on its own or be treated with antibiotics. While BV itself isn't an STI, it is known to increase your risk for catching an STI, so if you are experiencing odour, itching, or painful urination, you should definitely see your doctor for treatment. And, if you notice an out-of-the-ordinary odour when you aren't menstruating, you might want to talk to your doctor. You may have BV, vaginitis, or some other kind of infection that requires treatment.

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Keeping things dry down there can help.

While there is nothing wrong with the natural blood smell (and the likelihood that it is noticeable to anyone but you is very small), Dr. Shirazian says keeping the surrounding area as dry as possible can help reduce it if it's bothering you. Change your tampon, pad, or menstrual cup regularly and try to "wear cotton underwear and breathable clothing, not a lot of spandex or tight clothing" during your period to reduce sweating, she says. Although it's not the main cause of period blood odour, sweat can definitely contribute to it. "Many types of bacteria can grow during your period that are due to both blood and sweat," Dr. Shirazian explains.

"Sometimes the issue is very heavy periods or a lot of bleeding. There’s just so much blood that it will allow bacteria to overgrow," she adds. This means that if your flow is naturally heavier, you're probably going to experience more odour than someone with a lighter flow.

If you notice that you're bleeding more than usual, or you're worried that you're bleeding excessively, Dr. Shirazian recommends talking to your doctor. "Heavier bleeding could be a sign of fibroids, polyps, or hormonal changes," she says. Plus, even if it turns out that you just have a naturally heavier flow, there's actually no reason to put up with an annoying period; you can just skip it entirely with the help of a hormonal birth control method.

Don't douche, ever.

The bottom line is that vaginal odour, much like vaginal discharge, is totally normal. As long as you're maintaining healthy period habits — keeping track of any weird changes to your normal cycle (including changes to the smell), changing your period protection regularly while you're bleeding, and most importantly, never, ever douching — you don't need to worry about the normal odour. As self-conscious as any odour may make you feel, there's no reason to go to extremes like douching, which, in fact, has been linked to bringing on the very infections (like BV) that cause even more (and honestly, much grosser) smells.

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Warrensville Heights, Ohio: Could this Italian neuroscientist really transplant a cryogenically frozen brain into a living human?

David M. Shackelford 1571 Parker Drive Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Sergio Canavero, a professor at the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, is planning to perform the world’s first head transplant in China later this year. But that’s not all. After that, the ambitious neuroscientist plans to perform the world’s first brain transplant, using a cryogenically frozen brain and a donor body.

One would expect the timeline for the latter to happen somewhere in the realm of tens to hundreds of years in the future. Canavero says he plans to do it in three.

Canavero claims to have successfully performed head transplants on a variety of small animals, including mice, rats, and dogs. Other experts, however, are decidedly dubious of Canavero’s purported results.

While he does have some sort of experience transplanting heads, it does not appear that Canavero has any experience dealing with cryogenics—despite what a conversation with the German magazine Ooom might suggest.

“It has many advantages,” Canavero told Ooom about the proposed brain transplant procedure. “There are practically no immune reactions or rejections. We could attempt to reawaken cryogenically frozen brains.”

Replacing a human brain with a cryogenically frozen one? Dead simple!

The likelihood that he could take an incredibly complicated procedure and reverse engineer it in such that a way that the brain would revive unscathed is incredibly unlikely. However, if he was somehow successful, the world would have its first documented zombie.

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