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A bunch of grapes sold for $11K at auction in Japan

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TOKYO — A bunch of grapes in Japan has sold for $14,600 at auction, a record price for the variety in the fruit-obsessed nation where the produce can be a huge status symbol.

Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to “ooh and ahh” over the high-end edibles.

The buyer of Thursday’s bunch of about 30 Ruby Romans, who paid about $480 per grape, said he would display them at his store before giving customers a sample.

“These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” said bidder Takamaru Konishi from western Japan.

The super-sweet grapes which are about as large as a ping pong ball stand above their more affordable relatives available in supermarkets elsewhere in the world.

The sale started the auction season for Ruby Romans in Japan. Other fruits, from apples to watermelons, can also fetch jaw-dropping sums under the hammer.

Fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as $4.

The king of fruits in the country is the melon, which serves as a status symbol akin to a vintage wine, and is given as a high-ranking gift.

A single pair of melons fetched $16,590 at an auction last year.

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Indian woman who poses as a man to marry two women held in dowry case

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Sen never allowed his wives to look at her body and used sex toys to maintain the illusion of being a man

UTTARKHAND — A woman in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand was arrested for posing as a man to marry two women and allegedly tortured one of them for dowry.

Identified as 25-year-old Krishna Sen, who also goes by the name of ‘Sweety Sen’,from Dhampur in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district, allegedly dressed up as a man for four years, duped two women from Uttarakhand’s Nainital district into marrying her and tormented one of them for dowry, police in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani said on Thursday, The Indian Express reported.

Sen created a fake Facebook profile under the name Krishna Sen in 2013 and subsequently posted her photographs in a man’s attire. She used the account to get in touch with women, according to Nainital SSP Janmejay Khanduri.

She first married a woman telling her she was the ‘son’ of CFL bulb businessman from Aligarh.

In 2014, Sen and her family members travelled to Kathgodam in Uttarakhand to meet a 22-year-old woman he got to know on Facebook. “Sen had convinced her that she was a man,” Khanduri said.

Sen then in 2016, married a 20-year-old woman from Nainital district’s Kaladhungi area and moved to Hardwar with her, police said.

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Sen never allowed the two women to look at her body and used sex toys to maintain the illusion of being a male, police said.

In October 2017, Sen’s first wife lodged a complaint against Sen in Kathgodam police station under charges of dowry and domestic violence alleging that Sen had taken Rs 8.5 lakh from her family, saying that she needed the money for a factory she owned in Hardwar, police said.

Sen told the police during interrogation that she has been a tomboy since childhood. The woman also cut her hair to look like a man and used to drive a motorcycle and smoke cigarettes.

A medically examination has proved she is a woman.

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