New Delhi: After Delhi’s gruesome Nirbhaya gang rape that shook the country seven years ago, the Ordnance Factory in Kanpur came out with a light-weight revolver, especially designed for women. Named Nirbheek, to deter recurrence of such a case, the revolver has so far sold around 2,500 pieces mainly in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. “Nirbheek was launched as a robust and handy self-defence weapon, which could easily be carried by women in their purses,” said a representative of Ordnance Factory Board, while showcasing the revolver at the International Police Expo here. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic “And the revolver has seen good results. Within the first five years of its launch, it has witnessed sales of over 2,500 units. The current batch in the factory is under 2700 series,” said a representative. Weighing about 500 gm against a regular revolver that weighs over 700 gm, the officials credit the light weight and low maintenance of the revolver for its success. The sales number are incredible despite the weapon being a bit expensive. Against a normal revolver that costs Rs 1 lakh, Nirbheek was launched with Rs 1.20 lakh price tag that went up to Rs 1.40 lakh after inclusion of Goods and Services Tax. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Nirbheek can easily aim a target at 10 meters, but the Ordnance Factory claims the revolver comes with an effective range of 15 meters and a 0.32 (7.65mm) bore calibre. Apart from bringing down the weight of the revolver, the Ordnance factory made sure that the women did not have to spend a lot of time on its maintenance. Nirbheek is manufactured with titanium alloy metal, which is rust-proof and easy to maintain. “The sales numbers indicate that women in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana have also decided to put their money on it,” the representative added.
The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Where necessary, schools should seek advice from the parents’ religious body about whether it has set the day apart for religious observance. Headteacher Mark Elms told parents: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year.”The Harris Federation, which runs the academy, said parents who were unhappy should contact them. A large inner-city school gave parents just three days’ notice it was closing to allow staff to celebrate a religious festival.Chobham Academy in Newham, east London, is partially closed on Monday due to a “high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance” for the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. Eighteen-hundred pupils aged three to 18 attend the independent mixed academy, but families were given just days to find alternative childcare arrangements.Mark Elms, the primary principal at the school, offered parents his “sincere apologies”.Chobham has been closed to nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 pupils, leading one father to claim parents had been “penalised”.Pedro Martin, a Spanish teacher and tutor in London, said: School closed next Monday, @chobhamacademy inform us today. Unacceptable short notice. Working parents penalised again.— Pedro Martin (@pedrojmm) September 9, 2016 Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date can vary between countries and the date of this year’s festival was only announced by religious leaders ten days ago.The Eid al-Adha prayer marks the end of the annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the holy city of Mecca. According to guidelines issued by the Department of Education, schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.