Badaun shows how the police are part of Uttar Pradesh’s unending rape crisis


Originally posted on Quartz:

A 14-year-old girl has alleged that she was abducted and raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district on new year’s eve.

The suspected rapists, according to media reports, are two police constables who sexually assaulted the minor at a police station in Badaun.

This incident, once again, underscores the continuing problem of crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh, which has population of about 200 million, comparable to that of Brazil.

But crime data indicate otherwise.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, the rate of crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh is mostly lower (and in some cases, significantly so) than the national average. This is in spite of the endless wave of reports and events pointing in the opposite direction.

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One explanation for these low crime numbers has been that victims often do not report these crimes—and that the state’s police force is loathe to record them. As a result, the…

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The Taliban needs to explain how murdering children is a good thing for Islam


Originally posted on Quartz:

Seven armed militants attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday. They jumped a wall, and systematically shot at students – children – in classroom after classroom. The current death toll is at 148, but the numbers continue to rise.

A spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban called in gleefully once the attack had begun. He said it was in response to the military’s continuing operation against militants in North Waziristan. “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. “We want them to feel the pain.”

The children’s parents and the military are feeling the pain, so is the nation, and so are other nations, because the assault on people’s collective conscience by the mass murder of children is not confined to institutions or nations.

But no amount of pain caused can mitigate the damage…

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Syria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Syria.

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http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/practical-ways-syrian-children/