Women first in credits: star
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he would ensure that the names of his female co-stars precede his in the credits of his forthcoming films to help change attitudes toward women. Khan told NDTV news channel on Thursday that the change would begin with his next film, Chennai Express, which is under production. Khan, 47, is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, and the names of male superstars, who are seen as the big draw for audiences, usually come first as a film’s credits roll. In a country where women are routinely pushed into subservience, Bollywood’s portrayal of women is no different. For the most part the female lead’s job is to pout and make the male protagonist look good.
Journalists condemn attack
Local journalists have condemned an attack on two cameramen outside the Beijing home of the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波). The pair were beaten up by a group of unidentified men when they were filming an activist’s attempt to visit Liu Xia (劉霞), who is under house arrest, at her apartment building on Friday. One of the cameramen was punched in the face and pushed to the ground. The attackers also tried to snatch the camera from the other journalist and hit him in the head, TV news footage and reports said. “The violence is a serious infringement of press freedom,” the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement late on Friday. While attacks on journalists are not new on the mainland, the association said the degree of violence in the latest assault showed “the situation is getting worse.” Activist Yang Kuang (楊匡), who was trying to visit Liu Xia, was taken away in a police car hours later and his whereabouts remain unknown, the South China Morning Post said yesterday.
Children taste blood
A kindergarten teacher was fired this week after she brought a vial of her own blood to class and allowed children to touch and taste it, the head teacher of the kindergarten said on Friday. The teacher in Sola, on the western coast, brought in a blood sample that was taken earlier in the day and poured it on a plate for the children, aged between three and six, to see. “The children asked if they could touch it and she allowed them,” Inger Lise Soemme Andersen said. “Then they asked: ‘How do we get it off?’ so she put her finger in her mouth and the children followed suit. The parents are mortified, shaken and shocked.” Soemme Andersen added that the teacher, a temporary employee, had been tested for HIV and hepatitis B after the incident. Results of the tests are not yet in, but authorities consider the risk of transmitting any infection very low.
Screwdriver in man’s head
Doctors say a 25-year-old man has undergone a three-hour operation to remove a screwdriver lodged about 5cm into his head. Jan Kochanowicz, one of the doctors who treated the man in the city of Bialystok, said the man apparently fell and lost consciousness, but does not remember that. When he regained consciousness he was at first aware only of pain in a hand before realizing something else was wrong. He walked to his car, looked in a mirror and noticed the screwdriver penetrating his forehead just above his right eye. Kochanowicz told the station TVN24 the man smoked a cigarette before calling a neighbor who got him to the hospital. The screwdriver did not damage the man’s eyes or brain.