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Current Affairs 19 November 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO)
  2. Vikram-S: India’s first private sector rocket  
  3. Hwasong-17: North Korea’s new ‘monster missile’
  4. Uda Devi

Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO)


Context:

Ten years after the enactment of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which deals specifically with child sexual abuse, an analysis of POCSO cases across India has found gaps in its implementation – including increasing pendency of cases and a high rate of acquittals.

Relevance:

GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related to Children, Government Interventions and Policies, Issues arising out of the design and implementation of Government Policies)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Key findings on crimes against children
  2. About Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012
  3. Salient features of the Act
  4. Contention/Criticisms around implementation of POCSO
  5. About POCSO Amendment Act 2019

Click Here To Read More: Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO)


Vikram-S: India’s First Private Sector Rocket  


Context:

Recently, India’s first privately developed launch vehicle, Vikram-S, blasted off on its maiden flight from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) Sriharikota .

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Vikram-S
  2. Prarambh mission

Click Here To Read More: Vikram-S: India’s First Private Sector Rocket  


Hwasong-17: North Korea’s New ‘Monster Missile’


Context:

North Korea said it test fired its massive new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in what analysts said may be the first successful launch of the system after doubts were raised about earlier claims.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. How big is North Korea’s Hwasong-17 ‘monster missile’?
  2. How far can it fly?
  3. Design

Click Here To Read More: Hwasong-17: North Korea’s New ‘Monster Missile’


About Uda Devi


Context:

Recently, events to commemorate the martyrdom of Uda Devi, a freedom fighter from the Pasi community, were held at various places in Uttar Pradesh, including Sikandar Bagh in Lucknow. Dalit men and women from UP as well as Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, and Bihar gathered to pay homage to Uda Devi.

Relevance:

GS I: Personalities in News

Who was Uda Devi?

  • Uda Devi is remembered not only for her stories of valour but also for her skill as a leader who managed to mobilise people — specially Dalit women — to take up arms against the British.
  • Born in Ujirao, Lucknow, she was part of the royal guard of Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh.
  • Her husband, Makka Pasi, worked as a foot soldier in the army of Awadh’s Nawab, Wajid Ali Shah.
  • Hazrat Mahal’s palace had several women belonging to marginalised communities, and their occupation was mostly to take care of the needs of the royalty.
  • Some of them, who showed promise, were also trained as warriors. Uda Devi was one of them.
  • Amid the revolt of 1857, at Chinhat near Ismailganj, a battle was fought between the army of Lucknow and the British troops led by Henry Lawrence, in which Makka Pasi lost his life.
  • The death of her husband spurred Uda Devi on to take up a more active role in the mutiny.
  • On November 16, 1857, Uda Devi was among the soldiers who clashed with the British regiment stationed near the Gomti River.
    • Although not much of the fight has been documented in history, it is said that Uda Devi killed at least three dozen British soldiers from atop a tree before she could be spotted.
  • A battalion shot this mysterious killer down and she landed on the ground, covered in blood. It was only when her helmet was removed that people realised that a woman was responsible for the killings.

-Source: Indian Express


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