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Indian Catholic nuns protest against bishop accused of rape
Demonstrations fuelled by politician questioning account of Franco Mullackal’s alleged victimIndian Catholic sisters have broken ranks with the church by openly protesting in the streets of the Keralan state capital against a bishop accused of raping a nun.The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops’s alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. Continue reading... [...]
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John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech
Trump’s national security adviser threatens sanctions against judges at international criminal courtJohn Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, will threaten the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions when he makes a coruscating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.According to drafts of his speech, Bolton will push for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He is also expected to announce on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel. Related: The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan | Katherine Gallagher Continue reading... [...]
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Rupee hits fresh low, tumbles below 72 against the dollar
Rupee hits fresh low, tumbles below 72 against the dollar [...]
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The Guardian view on gay rights: India backs freedom – others should follow | Editorial
The supreme court judgment decriminalising homosexuality overturned a colonial era law. But its welcome ruling is a reminder of the work to be done elsewhereUnless you are gay, and have lived in one of the 70 or so countries where homosexuality is illegal, it is hard to imagine what it would feel like if embarking on any sexual relationship entailed committing a crime. In many places heterosexual people too can get in trouble for having sex outside marriage. But the burden of legislation outlawing sex has long weighed most heavily on gay people for whom, where such prohibitions exist, there is often no legal means of living as themselves.The pressure can be unbearable even when relationships are undetected, or are never begun for fear of the cost. So last week’s judgment by the Indian supreme court is a reason to rejoice. It not only decriminalised gay sex, but ruled that gay citizens enjoy all the protections of the constitution. “History owes an apology to members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights,” said judge Indu Malhotra. The decision follows recent decisions in favour of gay rights in Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. But India’s size, influence and history means the significance of this move should not be underestimated. Continue reading... [...]
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Bhajans made me a musician: Ankit Tiwari
Bhajans made me a musician: Ankit Tiwari [...]
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Petrol price zooms towards Rs 90, Shiv Sena says BJP ke acche din
Petrol price zooms towards Rs 90, Shiv Sena says BJP ke acche din [...]
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She is a prostitute, Kerala MLA's shameful remark on nun seeking arrest of rape accused
She is a prostitute, Kerala MLA's shameful remark on nun seeking arrest of rape accused [...]
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Mistakes happen: Kerala women's panel chief on MLA accused of sex abuse
Mistakes happen: Kerala women's panel chief on MLA accused of sex abuse [...]
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Petrol price crosses Rs 80-mark in Delhi, diesel skyrockets to fresh high
Petrol price crosses Rs 80-mark in Delhi, diesel skyrockets to fresh high [...]
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Anti-gay law – what took India so long? | Brief letters
India legalises gay sex | Tony Blair | Amazon prices | Boiling dishclothes | Shared spaces | Lucy Mangan“A toxic colonial legacy dies with India’s anti-gay law,” says your headline (Journal, September 7) above the article about the Indian supreme court’s declaration that the law against gay sex is unconstitutional. India has been independent for 71 years. If the law had really been contrary to Indian culture groaning under colonial imposition, one might expect it would have been overthrown long ago.Paul BrownseyGlasgow• I see Mr Blair doubts whether Labour can be “taken back” (theguardian.com, 7 September). Presumably he means taken back from its members. Just goes to show.Shaun PyeLeeds Continue reading... [...]
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This is the start of a new era for India’s LGBT communities | Mayur Suresh
State-sanctioned homophobia has set the tone for wider society. With section 377 gone, there’s hope for change“History owes an apology to the members of this community and their families … for the ignominy and ostracism that they have suffered through the centuries. The members of this community were compelled to live a life full of fear of reprisal and persecution.” With these words, Justice Indu Malhotra, one of the judges of the Indian supreme court, held that section 377 of the penal code, which criminalises consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex, was unconstitutional.As one of the lawyers involved in a previous constitutional challenge to section 377 before the Delhi high court and the Indian supreme court, I know how important today’s judgment is. By ruling against the colonial-era law, the court delivered a powerful riposte to institutionalised disgust and contempt aimed at the LGBT community in India. Continue reading... [...]
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Red Sanders wood worth Rs 4.5 crores seized from Mumbai port
Red Sanders wood worth Rs 4.5 crores seized from Mumbai port [...]
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Scene outside Supreme Court after it pronounced verdict on Section 377
Scene outside Supreme Court after it pronounced verdict on Section 377 [...]
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Fact check: Does aircraft really drop poop from sky?
Fact check: Does aircraft really drop poop from sky? [...]
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UK must increase pressure on UN to get justice for the Rohingya | Letters
Mike Noyes of ActionAid UK and SP Chakravarty write on the human rights abuses suffered by the Muslim minority in MyanmarCharles Petrie is right that the appalling human rights violations committed against Rohingya people are “sufficiently grave … to justify international action” (Debating the definition of genocide will not save the Rohingya, 4 September). The UK has an important role to play here. The British government is a global leader on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict, and the UK holds the diplomatic “pen” on the Rohingya refugee issue at the UN. It is therefore welcome that, after last week’s UN report into the crisis, the UK called for perpetrators to be brought before an international tribunal (Myanmar’s military must be prosecuted for Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’, UN toldt, 29 August).It’s now essential that Britain increases pressure on the security council to act, to ensure justice for the thousands of Rohingya people who have suffered unbearable abuses – in particular, the Rohingya women and girls who have been subjected to rape and other forms of violence. ActionAid has been supporting the most vulnerable women and girls in camps in Bangladesh. Almost every one of them bears the physical and mental scars of the reported human rights abuses they have experienced; including shocking levels of sexual violence, pregnancy through rape, and the loss and murder of their children and other family members. We must seek justice for these survivors. The Rohingya people can no longer survive on empty promises.Mike NoyesDirector of policy, advocacy and programmes, ActionAid UK Continue reading... [...]
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ICC says it can prosecute Myanmar for alleged Rohingya crimes
Decision opens door for formal investigation into forced deportation and genocide The international criminal court has ruled it can prosecute Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people, an unprecedented decision that could expose the country’s politicians and military leaders to charges. Related: Myanmar's military accused of genocide in damning UN report Related: 'We cannot go back': grim future facing Rohingya one year after attacks Continue reading... [...]
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#ArrestMeToo and a black front page: Myanmar rejects jailing of Reuters reporters
Outrage over the sentence has built inside Myanmar, with newspapers reflecting widespread angerThe jailing of two Reuters reporters while investigating the Rohingya crisis has sparked mounting public protests in Myanmar, with an online campaign under the hashtag #ArrestMeToo gathering pace.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday after they were found guilty of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act. They had been investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims when they were arrested in December. Related: Jailed reporters' wives 'devastated' by Aung San Suu Kyi response Continue reading... [...]
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Celebrations in India as court legalises gay sex – in pictures
Members and supporters the LGBT community celebrated in India after the supreme court overruled a colonial-era law that criminalised homosexual sexIndian supreme court decriminalises homosexuality Continue reading... [...]
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Indian supreme court decriminalises homosexuality
Cheers from campaigners after colonial-era law is struck down after decades of uncertaintyIndia’s supreme court has decriminalised homosexual sex acts in a landmark judgment for gay rights. Related: ‘Our lives should be lived in the sun’: the couple fighting to legalise gay sex in India Continue reading... [...]
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Fadnavis must expel MLA Ram Kadam for his comments against women, says Sanjay Nirupam
Fadnavis must expel MLA Ram Kadam for his comments against women, says Sanjay Nirupam [...]
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Manto: the writer who felt the pain of India's partition
Saadat Hasan Manto chronicled Bombay life in all its ugly beauty – until sectarian horrors were unleashed on the streets he loved. A new biopic by director Nandita Das retells his storiesIt took just a moment to cleave India in two. At midnight between 14 and 15 August 1947, the country of Pakistan was born and India was liberated from British rule. In the months leading to the end of the British Raj, one of the world’s largest migrations occurred. Fourteen million people were displaced, leading to acts of mass violence, turning Hindu, Muslim and Sikh against one another. Continue reading... [...]
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At least 20 people killed in separate bombings at Kabul wrestling club
Car bomb explodes as security forces and journalists gather at scene of suicide bombingAt least 20 people have been killed and 70 wounded in separate blasts at a Kabul wrestling club.An hour after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a sports hall in a heavily Shia neighbourhood on Wednesday, a car packed with explosives detonated as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene, police said. Continue reading... [...]
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Devastated and destroyed: Delhi slums struggle to recover from frequent fires
Slum dwellers across the city have every reason to believe authorities want them to disappear, and some think fires are used against them“We lost everything … Our fans, TV, coolers. Whatever money we had saved, pots, pans, utensils,” says Ruxana, a 30-year-old mother of three who lives in a slum in Mansarovar Park, eastern New Delhi, that was ravaged by fire earlier this summer.All but a handful of the roughly 300 homes in the area – which lies in the shadows of an overground segment of Delhi’s metro – were destroyed. A few weeks later, a sense of total devastation prevails. Men and women carry buckets of water from nearby tankers, while others surround NGO workers trying to help residents claim compensation from the government. Children wander around unsupervised and unclothed, charred soil smudged across their faces. Continue reading... [...]
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Kolkata bridge collapse kills one man and leaves dozens injured
More people feared trapped under Majerhat bridge, which gave way suddenlyA bridge has collapsed in the Indian city of Kolkata, leaving one person dead, at least 24 injured and more people feared trapped underneath.The Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata gave way suddenly around 4.40pm, sending at least 10 vehicles, including a minibus, crashing into the rubble below. Continue reading... [...]
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Rescue workers search through rubble in Kolkata after bridge collapses – video
A bridge has collapsed in Kolkata, India, killing one person who sustained head injuries. At least 24 people were injured and more feared trapped in the wreckage. Majerhat bridge gave way suddenly at about 4.40pm, sending at least 10 vehicles, including a minibus, crashing into the rubble belowKolkata bridge collapse kills one man and leaves dozens injured Continue reading... [...]
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Here is your horoscope for September 5, 2018
Here is your horoscope for September 5, 2018 [...]
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Being quoted out of context: Maharashtra BJP MLA clarifies remark about kidnapping girls
Being quoted out of context: Maharashtra BJP MLA clarifies remark about kidnapping girls [...]
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Typhoon Jebi kills at least 9 in Japan, boats move tourists from flooded airport
Typhoon Jebi kills at least 9 in Japan, boats move tourists from flooded airport [...]
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