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

Christians Face 1,000 Attacks in 500 Days in Karnataka, India

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

“Bengal’s transgenders want socio-economic reservation at all levels”

“Gay couples find surrogate mothers in India”

Gender selection: In India, abortion of girls on the rise

The war on baby girls: Gendercide

India: Allow morning-after pill ads: Expert panel

State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling

Sweden: State takes custody of 7-year-old over homeschooling

Indian Court Strikes Down Longer Divorce Waiting Period for Christians

India: Churches attacked as trouble brews over Jesus picture row

Opposition grows to India “gay sex” ruling

Law Review: Judicial Review of Religious Legal Systems in India and Israel

    Josh Goodman, Divine Judgment: Judicial Review of Religious Legal Systems in India and Israel (Summer 2009). Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, p. 379. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1551608

    “his paper analyzes and compares how two democratic states, India and Israel, incorporate discrete areas of religious law into their secular legal systems. As religion has become an increasingly important political force in India and Israel, both countries have turned to constitutionalism and to civil courts to manage the role of religious law within the democratic system. This development represents the convergence of two global trends: an expansion in the power of courts and the growth of religious politics. This paper examines how the conflict of secular and religious legal norms has played out in the Israeli and Indian civil courts, and draws out lessons from these countries’ experiences with religious legal pluralism.”


  • Posted: 02/22/2010
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Embryo adoption is latest trend

India: Gujarat High Court says gov’t must repair religious buildings hit in riots

Bombay High Court: Islam can be criticized, but not maliciously

Indian Court Strikes Down Quotas for Backward Classes of Muslims

Indian Supreme Court Says Civil Service Rules Trump Muslim Personal Law

India: US consulate tightens visa processing norms for surrogacy

India: Christians forced out of camps ahead of EU visit

Surrogate twins won’t get German visas

India’s Supreme Court Refuses To Order Constitution Amended To Clarify Status of Sikhs

Countries Block Porn Distribution; U.S. Wavers

Indian Court Delays Start of Shariah-Compliant Investment Company

India: Hindus attack Christmas fair