Judiciary To The Rescue
The Madras High Court quashed a petition asking for Perumal Murugan’s book, Madhurobagan, to be banned. Apparently, it hurt religious sentiments. The court said, “if you don’t like the book, throw it away.”
Last week, the Supreme Court held that every death caused by the armed forces in a disturbed area, whether the victim is a dreaded criminal or a militant or a terrorist or an insurgent, should be thoroughly enquired into. The judgment came on a plea by hundreds of families in the north-eastern State of Manipur for a probe by a Special Investigation Team into 1,528 cases of alleged fake encounters involving the Army and the police.
The Bombay High Court refused to quash a case registered against a primary school teacher for raping and molesting four minor girls, who were his students, despite the fact that the said teacher arrived at “settlement” with the children’s parents.
More Representation & Less Harassment
Uttarakhand is likely to go into elections early next year, and the women wings of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded that at least 30% and 20% tickets respectively be given to women politicians, who are often “sidelined” while nominating party candidates.
Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi has urged women being harassed on Twitter to post complaints using the hashtag #IamTrolledHelp or mail grievances to email@example.com. The complaints, she said, would be forwarded to the National Commission for Women. All you feminist sisters, lets try this to see if it actually works. We are trolled everyday in any case!
Murder For Caste & Cows
As Haryana gets a 24-hour helpline to sort out cow issues, news of the murder of Mustain Abbas, killed by Gau Rakshak Dal (cow protection group) members comes up. Apparently, the police has been threatening the family instead of investigating the death.
A mob of 46 men from the upper caste Mer community lynched a Dalit man in Sodhana village, Gujarat. Police teams were sent to the village after the village’s Dalit residents gathered on the Pobandar-Jamnagar Road.
Eidgah Aishbagh, Lucknow’s famous mosque, created a special section dedicated to the women to offer prayers during this Eid. Women’s rights activist, Shamina Shafiq welcomed this decision and also added that the entry should not be restricted only for Eid.
Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) released a report titled Female Infanticide Worldwide, in which India is ranked No.4 in skewed child sex ratio at birth.
Eleven protesters were killed and over 120 persons, including 96 security personnel, were injured, as violent street protests erupted across the Kashmir valley after Burhan Wani was killed in a joint operation by security forces.
What We’re Reading
We will start with what you should watch instead – watch this rehash of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe song by the United Nations that pushes for women’s rights. It’s quite awesome!
Dear Teenagaers: Porn sex is not “real” sex!