Bomb kills toddler in India holy city of Varanasi

India: Legal bid to expose Sonia Gandhi’s faith rejected

Thousands participate in India’s first “gay pride” parade

Body scanner CEO accompanied Obama to India

India: Minority welfare dept to look after concerns of “gays, transgenders”

Kerala, India: Islamic bank is set up on secular principles of Shariat

India: Muslim appeal over Ayodhya holy site ruling

Egyptian held for promoting religious conversion at Navi Mumbai port

Roadside religious places encroachment of public land: Rajsthan high court

Islamists kill 2 Indian soldiers in Kashmir

India: Anti-conversion bill sought in Jharkhand

Obama in India responds to question about jihad

Former diplomat says Obama is indifferent to religious freedom

No, Pentagon says, Obama will not be guarded by 34 ships

34 warships sent from US to India for Obama visit

Law Review: “Gay and Transgender Rights in India”

    Anjaneva Das, Gay and Transgender Rights in India: Naz Foundation V. Government of NCT of Delhi (August 19th, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1701077

    “Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a figment of colonial creation, has criminalised ‘unnatural sexual acts’ since its application as law in 1862. Homosexuality falls within such acts and may attract punitive measures. In the previous century, legislatures and judiciaries across the globe have upheld laws criminalising homosexuality and transgender behaviour, justifying them on grounds of public decency and morality. With the advent of the contemporary epoch, the movement against the repressive and oppressive nature of Section 377 grew exponentially and reached its culmination in Naz Foundation v. Government of NCT of Delhi, wherein the Delhi High Court recognized the anachronism associated with Section 377 and interpreted it to exclude sexual acts between consenting adults, thus decriminalising homosexuality. Although the ramifications are limited and may be quelled by an act of Parliament, the judgment is a landmark in civil liberties’ litigation and may be regarded as one of the stepping stones to the emancipation of the sexual minorities in India from tyranny and coercion at the hands of the law. This paper is an attempt to extricate the significance and far-reaching effects of this judgment in the face of systemic abuse of homosexuals and transgenders, by enforcers of the law under the facade of upholding Section 377, prior to this judgment. This paper shall examine the constitutional aspects of the judgment i.e. the constitutional validity of the impugned statute against Article 14, 15(1) and 21. The author has attempted to include case law from other common law systems of the world to substantiate the sound nature of the judgment. The debates between Lord Devlin and H.L.A. Hart have also been used for the same.”


  • Posted: 11/04/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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India: Nun raped in pogroms identifies chief assailant

US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit

Curbs on Friday prayers in India is anti-Muslim policy: Islamic body

At odds with the U.S., Pakistan deepens ties with China

India: Gov’t bars prayers in Jamia Masjid

India: Divorce pleas cite “gay” relations more frequently than ever

China, India, Japan grapple with the quality of legal education

USCIRF Urges Obama To Raise Religious Freedom Issues On His Trip To Indonesia, India

India: Evidence shows mosque was imposed on Hindu site

    Koenraad Elst writing in The Brussels Journal: “[T]he mere fact that the Rama Janmabhumi (Rama’s birthplace) site in Ayodhya is well-established as a sacred site for Hindu pilgrimage, is reason enough to protect its functioning as a Hindu sacred site, complete with proper Hindu temple architecture. Ayodhya doesn’t have this status in any other religion . . . So, the sensible and secular thing to do, even for those sceptical of every religious belief involved, is to leave the site to the Hindus . . . a group of ‘eminent historians’ started raising the stakes and turning this local communal deal into a clash of civilizations . . . In Western academe, dozens chose to toe this party-line of disregarding the evidence and denying the obvious, viz. that the Babri Masjid (along with the Kaaba in Mecca, the Mezquita in Cordoba, the Ummayad mosque in Damascus, the Aya Sophia in Istambul, the Quwwatu’l-Islam in Delhi, etc.) was one of the numerous ancient mosques built on, or with materials from, purposely desecrated or demolished non-Muslim places of worship.”

    CNN: Indian court splits holy site in three


  • Posted: 10/06/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.brusselsjournal.com

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Indian teacher moved to safety as parents threaten for spreading Christianity

Indian court splits holy site in three

Fearing holy site unrest, India bans bulk texting

Indian Court rejects deferral of case on holy site

India: Police arrest Pentecostal pastor beaten by Hindu extremists

BlackBerry CEO suggests route to eavesdropping

India: Political party against religious music at Commonwealth Games

Law Review: Role of Indian Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women

    Syed Tazkir Inam, Role of Supreme Court in Protection of Muslim Divorced Women (February 24, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1681527

    “With the passage of time, mankind has clamoured for special privilege and treatment, and societies across the world have looked towards the courts for benevolent interventions. For this purpose sociological jurisprudence has come a long way from being a theoretical stream towards being consulted for mass reforms by the courts. The Supreme Court of India has played a major role, as the final arbiter of the Constitution. In its performance of this role the Supreme court of India has bring about equality and social change, building way for an advanced and modern outlook. The perspective has been entirely societal oriented and therefore ‘social change,’ has been made the focal point. The approach is to analyze the decisions of the Court, as the reflection of its opinion and contribution towards the attainment of this egalitarian objective. Supreme Court has even played a major role in the upliftment of the conditions of women in India through its landmark judgements.”


  • Posted: 09/24/2010
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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India’s Supreme Court delays ruling on Hindu-Muslim religious site dispute

India: Upcoming verdict on religious site worrying

India has moved on from its mosque controversy

U.S. loses no. 1 to Brazil-China-India market in investor poll

Kashmir: Islamists bomb Catholic school in anti-Christian rampage

5 killed as India looks to end unrest in Kashmir

Number of abortions dropping in India

India: States given two weeks to act on illegal religious structures

    SIFY News: “The Supreme Court Tuesday said the chief secretaries of state governments that have not furnished details of unauthorized religious structures in public places will have to appear in person to answer their failure to comply with the court’s directions. Granting the defaulting state governments yet two more weeks, the apex court bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma said there would be no extension of time to file details of unauthorised structures in public places.”


  • Posted: 09/14/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: sify.com

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Forces told to shoot anyone defying Kashmir curfew; U.S. Koran desecration used as excuse by Islamic rioters

Christian school in Kashmir attacked over reported Koran desecrations

“Gay Cairns dads pay Indian women $80k for surrogate babies”

Church in India marks “girl-child day” to counter female infanticide

India: university orders reinstatement of professor fired for offending Muslims

India: Where are the baby girls?

India: Google, Skype to be issued notices

India: slain former leader of Hindu converted to Christianity

Anti-conversion law sparked violence in Orissa, archbishop charges

India: Karnataka high court wants info on mercy killing practices in various religions

Questions and answers about BlackBerry objections

India steps up demands for BlackBerry access

India: mother murdered for refusing to kill newborn baby girl

India’s Dalit Christians continue to protest discrimination

India: Religious structures on gov’t land will have to pay rent

India’s surrogate mothers face new rules

Two Christians play dead to survive attack in India

Popularity of morning-after pills fuels concerns in India

15 nations agree to start working together to reduce cyberwarfare threat

India: Muslims demand headscarves in Christian school

India: Government interference in temple affairs opposed

India: Muslims sever hand of Christian accused of “blasphemy”

India: Housing allotment on religious ground unconstitutional, says high court

India: Catholics graves vandalized at Goa Velha cemetery

“India gays celebrate 1 year since landmark verdict”

Street violence hits Indian Kashmir for 3rd summer

India may legalize commercial surrogacy

Lawyers on rampage in Calcutta HC

Forced abortion expert tells National Right to Life audience terrible China policy continues

India plans tough controls on fertility clinics

    Financial Times: “Over the last few years, India has emerged as a big hub for infertile Western couples seeking young women willing to serve as surrogate mothers for their babies. … Yet the largely unregulated business has generated many concerns, including worries about practices that could risk the surrogate mothers’ health. Indian is now planning a draft law to clean up an industry which has been limited only by the ethics of local doctors – many willing to go to great lengths and push the young surrogates hard – to satisfy their affluent customers’ demands.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: blogs.ft.com

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India: Pressure builds to send “child goddess” to school

Orissa, India: More Anti-Christian Persecution. Hindu Extremists Torture Christian

India: “Hindu extremist arrested: new hope in Orissa?”

Indians fight for burial rights