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Delhi Bus Rapist Says Women Shouldn't Fight Back to Stay Alive
 
In a soon-to-be-released documentary by a British filmmaker, one of six men who raped and murdered a young woman on bus in India’s capital in 2012 blames the attack on his victim and her male companion. “You can’t clap with one hand—it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night,” Mukesh Singh says in the film, according to a statement by the British Broadcasting Corp., which will air on BBC Four on March 8. Singh says women are more responsible for rape than men, women should not travel late at night, nor should they go to discos and bars or wear the "wrong clothes."
 
Speaking about the appalling attack, which he refers to as “an accident,” Singh suggested the rape and beatings were to teach the victim and her friend a lesson that they should not have been out late at night. In the interview, he also criticizes the woman for having fought back against her attackers saying: “When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after ‘doing her,’ and only hit the boy.”
 
Singh claims that his execution will make life more dangerous for future rape victims.
 
 

 
Lebanese March for Civil Marriage
 
On Sunday, hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets in protest to demand that officials recognize civil marriage in the country, Al Jazeera reported. Activists say the government has stalled the legalization of marriage. Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in early February there will be no recognition until procedures are implemented to regulate marriage contracts and this comment sparked a new wave of protests, with activists calling for secularism and civil marriage.
 
 

 
Mikulski to Retire From Senate After 30 years 
 
Sen. Barbara Mikulski who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, has announced that she will retire from the Senate after five terms in office, reported Washington Post. Mikulski, 78, was the first woman to chair the powerful Appropriations Committe, a post she had to give up this year when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. A social worker turned politician, she has been a forceful presence on many pieces of legislation, passionately liberal on certain issues but also committed to working closely with Republicans.
 
 

 
Britain's Poorest Children Go Hungry After Parents' Benefits Are Cut
 
Nearly 100,000 of the poorest children in the UK went hungry last year because their parents’ benefits were stopped or cut, according to a report by a coalition of churches, reported Independent. A total of more than a million benefit sanctions were imposed last year - sometimes simply because people were late for an appointment at the Jobcentre .
 
 

 
Number of World's Richest Women in 2014 Increased
 
More women are making their appeareance in the new FORBES list of the World’s Billionaires, the business publication reported. Of a total 1,826 billionaires, 197 are women, up from 172 in 2014. Although it is a nice gain, women still account for just a small percentage of the list making up just 11 percent of the richest people. Christy Walton, who inherited a stake in retailer Wal-Mart, retains the title of world’s richest woman. The widow of John Walton has held that spot for five out of the past six years. FORBES pegs her net worth at $41.7 billion, up from $36.7 billion a year ago.
 
 

 
Menopause Driving Women Out of Workplace in UK
 
Women are being forced out of the workplace because employers are ignoring the impact of the menopause, a campaigner for older workers has warned in the United Kingdom. Ros Altmann, who advises the Government on how to keep over-50s in the workforce, said that while other life-changing events are recognised by businesses, the menopause is still taboo, the Daily Mail reported March 2. As a result, older women are being failed by employers.
 
 
 

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