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एस आर बोम्मई बनाम यूनियन ऑफ इंडिया मामले के महत्व को स्पष्ट करने के लिए एक तथ्य पत्र

मार्च 1994, में आया एस आर बोम्मई बनाम भारतीय संघ का फैसला न सिर्फ भारतीय संघवाद का समर्थन करता है बल्कि राजनीति में धर्म की बढ़ती दखल पर भी तीखे सवाल उठाते हुए भारतीय धर्मनिरपेक्षता की रक्षा करता है. बोम्मई का निष्पक्ष संघ बनाये रखने का वादा, अदालत का धर्मनिरपेक्षता स्थापित रखने का निर्णय जो…

In 2017, countries took major steps to end child marriage

UN Women, a United Nations entity focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment, compiled a timeline of major events in gender equality in 2017. According to the timeline, in June and August, several nations, largely, in the Caribbean and Latin America “made historic strides to end child marriage”. In June, Trinidad and Tobago amended several…

Over 200,000 children in eastern Ukraine at risk from landmines

UNICEF said in an announcement that eastern Ukraine “is now one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, endangering 220,000 who live, play” and attend school “in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war”. “It is unacceptable that places where children could safely play less than four years ago…

Chinese human rights activist sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment

The Guardian reported that Wu Gan, a blogger who is known as Super Vulgar Butcher, his screen name, routinely promoted instances of abuse of power by the government, online as well as in street protests. Wu was sentenced to eight years in jail for “subverting state power” on December 26. Earlier in the day, lawyer…

Bull in a China Shop? Domestic Violence and Responses of the Indian State

The allegation of misuse of Section 498A of the Domestic Violence act points to the fact that when women assert their right to a dignified life in shared household and/or matrimony, it becomes a matter of suspicion that the woman may ‘misuse’ it. The onus not being on men for perpetuating domestic violence but on…

When Love is an Act of Defiance A Timeline of Love Jihad cases From Silja to Hadiya to Afrazul

It all began when a man fell in love with a woman and they decided to get married. Ordinarily that would make for a Badjatiya approved sanskaari romance, but because it was an interfaith marriage, specifically one between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, things got violent, ugly and bitter quickly. This is the…

Afrazul Murder

The Afrazul Killing Video as a Perfect Anti-Muslim Crime

The video with the killing of Mohammad Afrazul by Shambhunath Raigar in cold blood, without any immediate motivation or excuse, is a watershed moment in the new-age social-media-driven communal crime in India. Where all such hate crime shared on social media, especially lynchings, builds an ever-present sense of fear for the Muslim, this video does…

UN rights chief won’t seek second term

Foreign Policy last week reported that the United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told staff of the UN human rights agency in an email, which Foreign Policy acquired, that he has “decided not to seek a second four-year term.” Zeid added that “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve…

Quarter of young Rohingya children have acute malnutrition

Rappler.com reported last week that the United Nations said that one quarter of Rohingya children below the age of five who have escaped violence in Myanmar by fleeing to Bangladesh have malnutrition that could potentially be deadly. UNICEF said that three health and nutrition surveys carried out between October 22 and November 27 indicated that…

10,000 killed in Chinese suppression of Tiananmen Square protests

The BBC reported that the Chinese army’s violent suppressing of the Tiananmen Square protests of June 1989 resulted in at least 10,000 deaths, according to British documents that have just been made public. This number was supplied by then British ambassador to China Alan Donald, in a secret diplomatic cable. Donald said his source was…

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