March 27, 2015
TURKEY: Turkish Cartoonists Sentenced To 11 Months In Jail For ‘Insulting’ Muslim Brotherhood President Erdoğan. More Than 70 People Have Been Prosecuted For Insulting Erdogan Since Aug 2014.
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CZECH REPUBLIC: Czechs Import Wild Horses To Save Biodiversity. :) Meanwhile Our US Gov Is Rounding Up Wild Horses To Sell For Horsemeat. :/
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SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia Islamic Sharia Court Sentenced Woman to 70 Public Lashes for Insulting Husband on WhatsApp.
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RT @HuffingtonPost Elephant massacre uncovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo as 30 are slaughtered in 15 days http://t.co/KxgymsRBTY
— GlobalAwareness101 (@Mononoke__Hime) March 26, 2015
.@HuffingtonPost Islamist militants have been slaughtering elephants and rhinos all over Africa for ivory to sell to Asia in illegal trade!
— GlobalAwareness101 (@Mononoke__Hime) March 26, 2015
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($1 = 32.5700 baht)
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INDONESIA: 4,000 Fishermen Stranded On Some Indonesian Islands; Myanmar Slaves On Thai Boats Spark Controversy.
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AFGHANISTAN: What a Mob Says About the State of Islam in Afghanistan. A Brutal Lynching of a Women Highlights the Intolerance Preached in Afghanistan. Excellent Piece!
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March 26, 2015
INDIA: The Supreme Court Ruled Poor Christians Who Reconvert To Hinduism Will Be Allowed To Receive Govt Welfare Assistance. Otherwise, Christian Poor Are Outcast.
OUTLAWED castes more than 60 years ago.
"The Hindu caste system is in many ways almost an ideal example of the autarkic separation of various groups of each other. Each caste has its own proper moral and social code and there is no presumption that there is a correct, universal code for all - other than the universal principle of adherence to the norms of one's caste [...] Because status groups are grounded in exclusion that is enforced spontaneously by norms of exclusion, they are inherently communal. Their norms therefore cannot survive outside the relevant community" (Hardin 2001: 219).Nevertheless it has to be mentioned that the caste system has formally been abolished by the Indian Constitution: "Article 17 abolished untouchability and its practice in any form, while Article 15 outlawed discrimination based on religion, caste, race, sex, or place of birth" (Montgomery 2001: 187).
Safeguards in the Indian Constitution for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) [source: University of Washington, School of International Studies; Student Handout, page 50]The important Constitutional safeguards for SCs & STs are mentioned below:DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICYArticle 46A comprehensive article comprising both the developmental and regulatory aspects. It reads as follows:“The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections, ofthe people, and in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them fromsocial injustice and all forms of exploitation.”SOCIAL SAFEGUARDSArticle 17“Untouchability” is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disabilityarising out of “Untouchability” shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law.Article 23Prohibits traffic in human beings and beggars and other similar forms of forced labour and provides that anycontravention of this provision shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law. It does not specificallymention SCs & STs but since the majority of bonded labour belong to SCs/STs this Article has a specialsignificance for SCs and STs.Article 24Provides that no child below the age of 14 years shall be employed to work in any factory or mine orengaged in any other hazardous employment. There are Central and State laws to prevent child labour. Thisarticle too is significant for SCs and STs as a substantial portion, if not the majority, of child labour engaged inhazardous employment belong to SCs and STs.Article 25(2)(b)Provides that Hindu religious institutions of a public character shall be thrown open to all classes and sectionsof Hindus. This provision is relevant as some sects of Hindus used to claim that only members of theconcerned sects had a right to enter their temples. This was only a subterfuge to prevent entry of SC personsin such temples. For the purpose of this provision the term Hindu includes Sikh, Jain and Buddhist.
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INDIA: Hindus Strive to Mortify, Malign Christians In Jharkhand State. 4 Women Publicly Beaten, Forcing Them To Sign Paper Stating They Would Be Charged A Fine If They Continued To Pray To Jesus.
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INDIA: Mumbai Christian House Church Leader Beaten With Iron Bars By Mob Of 25 Hindus After He Refused Their DEMAND To Worship A Hindu god. NO FREE WILL In Hinduism And Islam.
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INDIA: Christian Institutions To Hire Armed Guards To Protect Themselves From Hindu And Muslim Persecution. Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under PM Modi, EFI Figures Show.
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INDIA: Police Arrested 2 Monsters In Connection With The Gang-Rape Of A 71-Year-Old Nun In A West Bengal Convent. Police Still Looking For The 4 Others. She Was Gang-Raped By 6 Monsters.
The Financial Express
Death threats at Christian school before nun was gangraped in West Bengal
written by Reuters staff
Wednesday March 18, 2015
In the days before the gangrape of an elderly nun in an armed assault that has shaken India, death threats and extortion attempts had already shattered the peace at her Convent of Jesus and Mary school, police and school officials say.
For 19 years, the Catholic school in the town of Ranaghat in West Bengal state had been teaching children of workers at a nearby jute factory without incident. But three weeks ago, the school received death threats and demands for money in anonymous phone calls just days after the nuns had an altercation with the father of a boy who was expelled.
The attack also comes amid a trend of worsening security for India’s Christian minority, less than one year since the government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.
Police are investigating if there was a link between the expulsion of the boy, the threats and Friday night’s attack, when a group of ten men broke into the school offices before heading to the nuns’ quarters.
“This is a well-planned attack and conspiracy cannot be ruled out,” said a police officer in Ranaghat contacted by telephone, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the case. He said it was not yet clear if the three incidents were linked and that police were also investigating the religious angle.
While the rape and robbery did not have clear religious overtones, it took place against the backdrop of Hindu nationalistic rhetoric from groups allied with the government that critics believe provides a sense of impunity for attacks against minorities.
The assault also marks a disturbing convergence of two social currents in contemporary Indian, violence against women and attacks against minority religions.
A rape is reported on average every 21 minutes in India, and acid attacks, domestic violence and molestation against women are common.
About a fifth of India’s 1.27 billion people identify themselves as belonging to faiths other than Hinduism. Muslims make up the largest minority, about 14 percent of the population, while Christians comprise about 2.5 percent.
Since December, half a dozen churches have been vandalised, at the same time as conservative groups have campaigned to convert members of “foreign religions” such as Islam and Christianity to Hinduism.
In the Ranaghat attack, the men roamed around the school and damaged a bust of Jesus Christ in a chapel before breaking into the nuns’ quarters. Two attackers grabbed the 75-year-old nun who was in charge of the school’s finances and demanded the keys to a cupboard, the officer said, citing a report given by another nun who was an eyewitness.
When she refused, she was raped by one man, the officer said. Other nuns were threatened with similar consequences unless they handed over gold chains and cash. In total the men made off with more than 1 million rupees ($15,950).
THREATS AFTER EXPULSION
Police have detained nine men, but no arrests have been made.
“We have never had to face a painful situation like this in India,” said Sister Janet, who supervises a network of 40 Convent of Jesus and Mary schools in India.
She said nuns in the school told police about the telephone threats in late February. They came days after the nuns argued with the father of a boy who was expelled for posting photos of a girl student online and making lewd remarks on her Facebook page.
Rather than opening an investigation into the threats, the police registered their concerns in a book reserved for minor complaints, Sister Janet said.
“Police should have provided protection to the nuns but they did not take the complaint seriously,” she said.
Modi said on Tuesday he was deeply concerned about the rape. Hardline Hindu nationalist groups that support him also condemned the rape, but said it would not affect their mission.
“We speak the truth and mobilise support to fight for the well-being of a Hindu society,” said Surendra Jain, spokesman for the radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad or World Hindu Council.
Hindus and Muslims DO NOT believe in, promote or defend FREE WILL. No one is FORCING ANYBODY to become a Christian. BOTH Hindus and Muslims have been murdering people who have left their religion, er I mean cult. (emphasis mine)“Why should we stop from promoting what we believe is the absolute truth? This is a Hindu nation and Christians and Muslims should acknowledge this fact.”
The leader of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a group that is the ideological parent of Modi’s ruling party, said in February the charitable work of Mother Teresa was aimed at conversion.
While there is no suggestion that the school attack was carried out because of this, some commentators have noted that Mother Teresa, a Nobel peace laureate who has been beatified, also was a Catholic nun doing charitable work in West Bengal.
Despite a commitment to the preservation of the Catholic faith, and religious classes for Catholic children, many of the Ranaghat school’s 800 pupils are Hindus.
“If they would be converting our children then none of the Hindus would have ever admitted their children to this school,” said Abiram Gupte, whose three sons study there.
“We cannot blame anyone,” said Sister Janet. “But the statements by leaders of hardline Hindu organisations do make an impact on the society, they want people to start viewing our charitable work as a strategy to expand Christianity.”
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