How women are fighting back in India’s most patriarchal state


Originally posted on Quartz:

Being sexually harassed on public transport is unfortunately all too common for women in India, but last week two sisters struck back: they slapped, punched, and beat up three men who were harassing them on a bus in Haryana, and the men were arrested two days later after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The video shows Aarti Kumar and Pooja Kumar, aged 22 and 19, aboard a government-run bus from Rohtak to their hometown of Sonepat. The driver, conductor, and other passengers were all mute spectators to the assault. The police have announced a cash reward for their bravery, but it’s unclear how that will help prevent future incidents.

It’s clear that Haryana—where two minor girls recently committed suicide to escape being stalked and harassed by a group of young men—is one of the country’s toughest places to be female:

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Deacons sue to evict Alabama pastor who won’t leave after confessing to affairs with women in the church


Originally posted on National Post | News:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Rev. Juan D. McFarland is described as a man of “passion, prayer and purpose” in a three-paragraph summary on the website of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The site concludes by saying such an overview “does not begin to tell his story.”

Parishioners realized just how true that was in recent weeks, when McFarland dropped the bombshells: He had had affairs with several women in the parish — inside the church — but neglected to tell them he had AIDS.

“It was surprise, shock, but I think the leadership team did not react wanting to get him out. We wanted to get him help,” said James Long, vice chairman of the board of trustees.

McFarland refused — and in a later sermon dropped another bombshell: He had been abusing drugs.

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

That was enough. A church document shows members voted 80-1 to…

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Afghanistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Afghanistan, where two Christian Finnish women have been killed.

For more visit:
https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/07/article_3231643.html/

Saudi Arabia: Life of Princesses


The link below is to an article reporting on a disturbing story from Saudi Arabia, which gives a glimpse of life for Saudi princesses and women.

For more visit:
http://nypost.com/2014/04/19/a-saudi-arabian-princess-reveals-her-life-of-hell/