Couple Drowns After Coracle Capsizes In River During Pre-Wedding Shoot, Bodies Recovered

A couple drowned after the coracle they were in capsized during their pre-wedding shoot.

The couple, along with a few family members, arrived on the banks of the Cauvery River in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on Monday for the photoshoot.

When they could not make arrangements for a boat, they decided to take photos in a coracle, which is a small saucer-shaped raft. The group crossed the river, and then the couple, 28-year-old Chandru and 20-year-old Shashikala, decided to go on a short ride in the coracle.

Unfortunately, the coracle capsized a few meters away from the bank and the couple drowned.

“After the group crossed the river and alighted from the coracle, the groom-to-be and bride-to-be went for a short ride in the coracle while their relatives were shooting photographs,” a police officer told media outlet the Hindu.

“They had barely gone about 10 to 15 meters away from the bank when the groom-to-be stood up, causing the coracle to capsize. They did not know how to swim and drowned while the 52-year-old paddler managed to swim to safety,” the officer added.

Police and professional swimmers arrived at the scene and their bodies were recovered following a four-hour search operation, the New Indian Express reported.

The couple was all set to get married Nov. 22.

A police case has been filed and an investigation into the drowning is ongoing.

The incident comes months after four people were swept away after a coracle capsized in the Krishna River in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Local reports stated 13 people were crossing the raging river when the boat capsized. While nine people were rescued by local fishermen, three women and a nine-year-old girl were swept away.

In another incident this year, a 30-year-old man drowned after the coracle he was rowing capsized in a lake in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The man, Kongepanda Machaiah, and his friend were going around the lake in a coracle when the boat overturned. While the friend managed to swim to the shore, Machaiah drowned.

drowning man In this photo, body of a man is seen floating in the water after rescue crews from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ‘Phoenix’ vessel collect bodies of those that drowned at sea after a wooden boat, off Lampedusa, Italy, May 24, 2017. Photo: Getty Images

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Research reveals how many women still do not know enough about their own bodies [Video]

A new poll of 2,000 women found that one in ten were unable to correctly identify a diagram of a woman’s reproductive system.

The survey examined their anatomical knowledge of the women’s reproductive system and found there are some major gaps when it comes to what women know about their own bodies.

Nearly one in four misidentified the vagina and 46% could not properly identify the cervix.

Over half (59%) identified the uterus as a different body part too.

The survey commissioned by INTIMINA and conducted by OnePoll asked respondents what the menstrual cycle was in their own words and the results varied wildly.

One respondent wrote the menstrual cycle “got rid of bacteria” while another called it a “periodical body reset button.”

Another woman said “I think the way we pee” and another thought it was the “detoxification of [the] female body.”

When respondents were presented with different potential definitions of the menstrual cycle, almost a quarter chose the incorrect response “the process a women’s body goes through to shed excess blood.”

Sixty-three percent were able to correctly identify the menstrual cycle as “the monthly changes a woman’s body goes through in preparation for a possible pregnancy.”

Beyond the menstrual cycle women seemed equally confused by menopause. One in ten thought menopause simply meant a woman had entered her 40s and 13% thought it was a woman skipping a menstrual cycle.

Nearly two in five (38%) want to get the facts on menopause and perimenopause and that’s the only thing women think they should know more about.

Fifty-seven percent of the women surveyed admitted they don’t know as much about women’s anatomy as they should.

Forty-two percent wished they had a better understanding of what the different organs in the reproductive system do.

Over a third (35%) would want to know when a woman is her most fertile and three in ten (29%) want a breakdown of the different stages of pregnancy.

Danela Žagar, INTIMINA Global Brand Manager said, “A woman’s reproductive system is one of the most complex systems in the body. It is crucial to take steps to protect it from infections and injury, and prevent any health problems, not only physical but also psychological. The fact that nearly one in four women in the survey misidentified the vagina and 46% could not correctly identify the cervix shows we need to keep educating the public about how the reproductive system, its monthly processes, and hormonal changes can impact a woman’s life. Only by understanding how our bodies work, can we understand possible health changes and issues we could be experiencing.”

When asked who they blame for their lack of knowledge, one in three (36%) said teachers while 28% blame their parents.

One in four (27%) said their lack of knowledge was due to government education standards or religious organizations (24%).

All this lack of knowledge has the potential for real-life consequences. Over half of respondents (52%) think their knowledge gaps are preventing them from advocating for themselves

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Why Women Feel Inadequate About Their Bodies

Rather than refer to explicit anatomy, most women prefer to use vague references to 'down there'. Given women's aversion to genitals, many of the terms for female genitals come from men's vocabulary and are considered obscene by women. The word 'pussy' is perhaps the equivalent of 'willie' for boys. A woman's clitoris is much less apparent than a man's penis. Men are, in any event, more intent on penetrating a woman's vagina.

A girl has a vulva, including clitoral glans, labia and vaginal opening. The mound at the front covered in pubic hair is the vulva. From front to back there is first the urethra (opening for urinating), next the clitoris, then the vaginal opening, the perineum (bridge of skin) and the anus at the back.

Women buy magazines that display women's bodies. Women compete with each other to attract male attention. Women are not interested in male nudity. What have they to gain? A man needs to be erect (which is totally up to how attractive he finds a partner) before anything can happen. When he is erect, it makes no difference whether a partner is aroused or not. He just needs a woman who is amenable to him demonstrating his masculinity.

Humans get competitive when comparing themselves with others. In general, we conclude that more is better than less and that big is better than small. A man is not sexier because he is more responsive than average. Nor does having a bigger penis than average make him a better lover. Similarly, a woman is not sexier because she is more attractive than average. Women compete with other women over looks. So a woman is just as likely to judge other women foremost by their looks rather than their achievements. If women did care what men thought, the effect would be much less.

A woman who is flat-chested may feel just as insecure as a man who has a small penis. We are attractive to someone not just because of how we look but also because of who we are. It's about appreciating what we value in another person and about valuing the love that another person feels for us. We cannot all be blessed with amazing looks but, hopefully, we have other qualities that compensate. There is someone out there for each of us.

Attractiveness is defined primarily in terms of the fashion of the age and is not absolute. Finding a partner has much more to do with matching personalities than being stunningly attractive. The emphasis on young women is not completely down to men. Indirectly women reinforce this prejudice because of the drive young women have to impress men with their looks and hopefully obtain a mate who will support their family goals.

With the advent of high budget movies, digital photography and the internet, images of attractive women are displayed everywhere. Many of these images are enhanced so as to maximise apparent attractiveness. Women feel under increasing pressure when they compare themselves with these …

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