Consumer Issues
Reliance Jio launches instant messaging application
Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom firm of the Mukesh Ambani-led group, has launched its instant messaging application on iOS and Android mobile phones, which went live on April 7, according to sources.
 
The application, Jio Chat, is similar to other chat applications like WhatsApp, Line, Hike and Wechat.
 
The Jio Chat description in the Google play store says it connects for free across any mobile data connection or WiFi, "no matter where in the world you are".
 
Along with "voice, video, conferencing, messaging, instant video, sticker, doodles, and emoticons" facilities, the application also offers location-sharing and status-sharing.

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Find Your Lost Mobile Phone
Take these steps now so that you can locate you mobile phone, if ever you lose it
 
Lost your mobile phone? Your first step is to take help of the police. To do that, you will need the purchase bill. So always keep it safely. You will need it while filing a first information report (FIR) at the police station. In addition, insist on filing an FIR instead of a missing information report (MIR). This is a long-drawn process and there is no guarantee of finding the lost object. Hence, you should act immediately on buying a phone and create options for locating it, if ever you lose it. If you are using a smartphone, you can take various precautions beforehand. You can then install an app, most of which are free, that would help you to locate your device, or even lock and erase all data, from a remote location. 
 

If you are using an Android...

1. Install Google Android Device Manager from the Play Store. This is a free app and requires you to just link your registered Gmail ID from the device. It can help you locate your device, re-set the lock screen PIN and also wipe all data, if required. The only issue with this app is that it requires a data connection device and GPS to be activated.
 
2. Avast! Mobile Security: This is basically a free anti-virus app with additional features like anti-theft and privacy advisor. Its features like anti-virus and anti-theft can be made invisible; thus providing an additional level of security. Avast! Anti-theft component is invisible (stealth mode) to thieves and allows you to use remote options (via web or text messages) to locate your handset.
 
3. Plan B: This app is a real blessing, in case your mobile is stolen. It can be installed on your phone even if it is stolen or lost. All you need to do is access the Android Play Store from a PC and install the app on your device. Once Plan B locates your mobile, it sends an email with location information of the device to your registered Gmail ID.
 

If you are using an iPhone... 

Life is much easier for an iPhone user. In case the device is missing or stolen, you just have to log in to your iCloud account. From here, you can trace your device, if you have enabled the ‘Find My iPhone’ service. If the mobile handset is not switched off, you can either play a sound, or send a message, lock it or wipe all data. Just remember that you will have to lock your device immediately; else the thief may disable the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature. 
 

If you are using a Windows Phone…

Microsoft has introduced the software, ‘Find My Phone’, that helps to locate, lock or wipe data from a Windows mobile device. This free service, on windowsphone.com can ring, lock or erase your Windows Phone, or show it on a map from any Internet-connected computer. All you need to do is to sign into your Microsoft account to use the software. However, remember, you will need to enable the feature to automatically save the location every few hours or use push notifications. There is a limit of 15 text messages over three days to use SMS with a Windows Phone. However, for push notification, there is no limit. 
 
Retrieving a lost mobile phone using the IMEI number may not work all the time. One, the process to track the device with IMEI is not simple; second, thieves may easily change the IMEI number. Most of them immediately take out the SIM and throw it away and then sell it to their regular buyer including, but not limited to, a pawn shop for as low a sum as Rs500. 

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The Right To Bear Arms
What if it had happened to your daughter?
 
In some countries, especially in the USA, every man has a constitutional right to carry a gun. A firearm, as it is called. The Second Amendment to their Constitution allows it. So, does one have the right to bare arms? Especially a child?
 
The right to carry weapons has a chequered history; in fact, religion had a lot to do with it. However, a bit of morality policing, parading as cultural and ethical imperatives, and the use of a pun, are fodder for this article. As does a recent newspaper report on chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis’ observations in the Maharashtra Assembly. 
 
Does one have the right to bare arms? In other words, can a person, or a girl-child, expose her upper limbs, above her elbows? Can she wear a sleeve-less dress to a party?
 
Mr Fadnavis’ very legitimate grouse was against the social boycott of a couple in a Maharashtra village. The woman, obviously well-educated, wore jeans. The old fogies in town would have none of it. The female must be kept under everyone’s thumb, they reckoned. Finding fault with her, or anyone else’s, clothes is easy. Attacking the weakest is the bully’s only weapon.
 
Mr Fadnavis is bringing in a new law to stop this harassment. Although it is akin to another excellent piece of Central legislation, The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and, therefore, on shaky ground due to similarity, the proposal adds new teeth by introducing harsher punishment and greater spectrum.
 
Back to the child with the exposed biceps. She was a pre-teen at a party. The school authorities baulked at this show of what they called ‘exposure of sexual objects’. The school, they said, had dress codes and this was a violation.
 
Now you be the judge. 
 
What if it had happened to your daughter? Do school dress codes apply when kids wear party dresses to dances? Even if the party is at school? 
 
The school had its way. The child put on a coat. The mother, however, is soldering on. She has a beef with the ‘sexual’ connotation being applied to a child.
 
Ankles were hidden in Victorian times. They were considered objects of arousal. Yes, ankles. And now, upper arms. Makes the fashion industry’s theory, of the shift of the erogenous zone, sound legitimate. Today, however, anklets are fashion statements!
 
What this boils down to is the perception of individuals. What is sauce for the goose is not necessarily sauce for the gander. Would bare mid-riffs call for censure of cholis? Or bare backs? Is back-polishing a cosmetic exercise or a lure? Surely, this attire exposes a lot more than a pair of jeans and a blouse. 
 
Or is it that the village panchayats want to decide who wears the pants in the family, literally? To call them ‘moral police’ is incorrect terminology. Morality policing may be apt. The guys are no more moral than the next man. In fact, they might see lewdness where none exists, except in fossilised mind-sets.
 
Courts have wrestled with these problems through the ages. What constitutes obscenity is yet to be defined. What might seem immoral to a hide-bound 60-year-old may not be worth a second glance to a teenager. That the bare-armed kid was hauled up in America, a land that is touted as a Mecca of freedom, is even more intriguing. 
 
Once again, we find ourselves in the ‘reasonableness’ territory. Who decides what is correct and what is ‘sexy’? Do all people find the same clothing equally offensive and repulsive? Most likely, the true reason is the opportunity of misusing authority beyond the terms of reference. 
 
Fortunately, on the 7th of July last year, the Supreme Court of India came down heavily on misguided zeal. It said that khaps and panchayats must mind their own business and not interfere with the basic fundamental and human rights of individuals. 
 
Power to Mr Fadnavis’ arm, open or clothed!  
 

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