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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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:

    “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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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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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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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

Two Women Pastors Arrested in India

India: Divorce may now get easier for Hindus, Sikhs demand the same

India: “Irretrievable breakdown of marriage will be ground for divorce”

Center for Reproductive Rights: “India and Poland Urged to Improve Reproductive Rights”

Surrogate twins’ fate to be decided by French court

India: Surrogacy bill looks to protect child’s interest

Erik Stanley: Freedom of religion – don’t ever take it for granted

Hindu nationalists in India plan “religious cleansing”

Almost Half of Deaths in Kids Under 5 Occur in 5 Countries

Babies left in limbo as India struggles with demand for surrogacy

India Census: Christian council appeal inclusion of religious minorities

British Asians aborting girls under pressure from family

India: Christians attacked by Hindu extremists, arrested by police

    Spero News: “A gang of Hindu extremists affiliated with the Bajrang Dal attacked a group of Christian women and children who were coming from a peace festival. The incident occurred last night around 11.30 in a village in the State of Karnataka. During the attack, the Hindu extremists called in police who instead of stopping the attackers arrested the women and children. The latter were kept in jail overnight and released only this morning at 8.30. Christian activists slammed this latest example of anti-Christian discrimination and violence, which represents further evidence of the progressive ‘talibanisation’ of India.”

  • Posted: 04/29/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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India: “Rush hour for the gods”

Foetuses ‘found dumped’ in India

India: Christians relieved to get government protection

Indian Court Rejects Government Involvement In Islamic Bank

India: Court bars government funding for Islamic financial institution in Kerala

India: Govt may make special rules for transgender prisoners

    DNA: “The Bombay high court today said there was a need for special prison guidelines for transgenders. Court made the observation while dealing with the bail application of a transgender prisoner, who also complained about ‘unfriendly’ attitude of other inmates of the prison. Prashant (name changed), a transgender, in his bail application alleged that though he was being kept in the male ward of central prison, Nasik, other prisoners avoided him.”

  • Posted: 04/05/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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Christians Face 1,000 Attacks in 500 Days in Karnataka, India

India: Gov’t given time to bend adoption law for German couple