MUMBAI, India (CMC): Chris Gayle says it was a remark from close teammate, Sulieman Benn, before the start of the West Indies innings, that inspired his scintillating hundred against England on Wednesday. “I was focused and I was a little bit pumped as well. Just before I went out to bat, Sulieman Benn said to me ‘Chris you’ve got to entertain me’,” Gayle said. “Sometimes when someone says such things like that, it kind of actually gives you a bit of buzz as well so Sulieman gave me that spark. I said ‘I’m going to entertain my teammate’. He’s my drinking partner as well so we’re going to have few beers … it’s good to get off on a winning note.” The left-handed Gayle was superb, smashing five fours and 11 massive sixes as he stormed to exactly 100 not out, in the Windies opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup. He needed just 47 balls to reach his landmark, to record the third fastest hundred in T20 Internationals. He put on 55 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who hit a cameo 37, added a further 46 for the third wicket with Denesh Ramdin (12), before combining in a match-winning unbroken fifth wicket stand of 70 off 35 balls with Andre Russell, who finished with a run-a-ball 16 not out. “The preparation has been really, really good. There (were) a lot of throw downs with (coach) Stuart Williams and it has helped a lot,” the 36-year-old said. “It’s all about practicing your skills and then you can exploit them out there in the middle. It worked for me today, it’s a good wicket to bat on and we were chasing a decent total on that sort of wicket, but the dew played a part as well so it was good to get set and take it from there.” On 15 from 12 balls when Samuels fell, Gayle then opened up, racing to his half-century off another 15 balls and then using another 20 deliveries to get to three figures. Gayle said Samuels’s cameo had paved the way for him to play freely. “After facing (my first) over, it actually took a while to get back on strike, but I didn’t lose my composure,” Gayle recalled. “He (Samuels) was getting the boundaries as well so that was actually pretty good because then that kind of eased the pressure a bit and actually gave me a chance to pace my innings and then work out which bowler I was going to take down … and keep ahead of the run rate or keep within the run rate. “It was a fantastic innings and I am really happy to finish the game and not leave it for anyone.” Preparation
Kerala Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh is synonymous to controversy. From making controversial statements to going against the official code of conduct, Singh has managed to stay in news. He has also earned many loyal supporters who refer to him as the ‘Lion of Kerala’. Yes, Singham! And now ‘Singham returns’ by making a new statement that has not gone down well with many. Singh, while speaking at an event held in Kochi on Sunday, said, “A case can be filed against men who ‘annoyingly’ stare at women for more than 14 seconds”. He also urged women to come forward and speak up against all physical/sexual harassment they face and asked them to carry small knives or pepper sprays to defend themselves in case of molestation bids. Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan said Singh’s statement is ‘annoying’ and that he will bring this to the notice of the Excise Minister K Babu.Mr Singh, you are being trolledRishiraj Singh’s statement is being trolled big time on social media. Memes are being made using popular scenes from Malayalam movies. Here are five of them, and for those who can’t read Malayalam, we have translated it-Girls tells her friend that a guy is staring at her. Friend responds by saying he stared at me for 13 seconds and then shifted to you to avoid trouble.Photo: FacebookTrollMalayalamText at the end says “You’re finished dude, you’re finished!””Bro, you have crossed 13 seconds, you could be booked.” “No man, not applicable if you are looking through a binocular!”advertisementPhoto: FacebookMalayalamTrollMastersSelf-explanatoryPhoto: FacebookTrollMalayalamPhoto: FacebookInternationalChaluUnion What does the Indian law say?Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code states, “Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.” Under Section 354D of the Indian Penal Code, stalking is described as follows – 1) Follows a woman and contacts, or attempts to contact such woman to foster personal interaction repeatedly despite a clear indication of disinterest by such woman;or2) Monitors the use by a woman of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication, commits the offence of stalking.Although stalking, using expletives, offering work benefits in exchange of sexual favours, sharing content on social media with an intent to harass, are all punishable offences under various sections of IPC, but staring has not been included as of yet. Is staring an offence anywhere else in the world?A thread on Roosh V Forum has a user Feldeinsamkeit stating that staring is “now to be categorized as a form of sexual harassment that is in and of itself worthy of being reported to the police.”A Quora thread asking “When does staring at a woman become sexual harassment?” got an answer that states “frequently staring at someone, particularly in a manner that this person has expressed a disliking for, could be one element of harassment. But by itself it really would have a hard time fitting the US Federal definition of Sexual Harassment.”Singapore Legal Advice website states, “The use of the term “outrage of modesty” originates from section 354 of the Penal Code which criminalises the offence of the “assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty”. The use of criminal force is a key element. Hence, simply staring at someone inappropriately would not fall afoul of this section, which has mainly been applied to molestation cases.”Staring at someone in a disturbing way could be considered wrong and not acceptable as a social etiquette, but it has not been listed as illegal anywhere. It could be, however, be a part of sexual harassment laws or under “outrage of modesty”. Uttar Pradesh came up with a similar rule in 2013A video report by Aaj Ki Khabar states that through an amendment in the Section 354D of IPC, harassment of women via social media and mobile phones were made punishable offences. It also says that staring has also been listed as a punishable offence under this section. We weren’t able to confirm this. In the video, people question the apparent ’30 second stare rule’ where men could be booked if they stare at a woman for over 30 seconds. Men are worried they could become soft targets and says such a law could be misused by women. How much is too much? What is the logic behind 14-second-stare-rule?Being stared at by random people could be quite disturbing, intimidating and awkward. But how much is too much?advertisementWe couldn’t come up with a possible explanation of rationale for the 14-second-rule. Social media users have been raising questions like -1) Who’d keep a check that a person’s stare is not crossing 14 seconds?2) What happens if you stop staring at the 13th second?3) Is staring for 13 seconds or lesser legal and acceptable?4) What if men wear sunglasses and women can’t make out they’re being stared at? 5) Will blinking have an effect?