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Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comments on rape create uproar on Twitter

Mulayam Singh Yadav has done it again. Last April he invited wide-spread criticism when he said ‘boys will be boys’ and that boys ‘make mistakes’ while opposing capital punishment for rape. On Wednesday, the Samajwadi Party chief made some more controversial statements on rape while addressing a gathering where the state government was distributing free e-rickshaws. According to Mr Yadav, ...

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A Hanging in India

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On July 30, Yakub Memon, a chartered accountant and the brother of a notorious gangster now living in self-imposed exile, was hanged for complicity in the planning and execution of serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. The hanging, India’s first in three years, has prompted reactions ranging from dismay ...

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A Never-ending Trial By Fire For Women Burn Survivors

[By Pushpa Achanta] Bengaluru (WFS) – ‘The stove exploded in the kitchen; scalding hot water fell on me by accident while I was making tea; I didn’t realise when my clothes caught fire while I was cooking…’ These are just some of the common explanations that women admitted to the burns ward of Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka’s state capital, give as ...

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Denied the right to justice: Aruna Shanbaug

[Riti Sinha] Aruna Shanbaug has passed away 42 years after she was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki, while working as a junior nurse at the KEM Hospital. Today as this news spread, reputed journalists, media houses rushed in to write about how Aruna Shanbaug’s case is a “fine example” of a landmark judgement on passive ...

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