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Indian student allegedly beaten to death by upper caste teacher over misspelled word

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  • A 15-year-old Dalit student was allegedly brutally beaten to death by an upper caste teacher after the boy made a spelling mistake on a test, police said.
  • The teen was a student at the Adarsh Inter College on Phanfood Road, where he was hit with a rod and repeatedly kicked for incorrectly spelling the word “social” on the test on Sept. 7.
  • The boy has since succumbed to his injuries.
  • The teacher agreed to pay for the boy’s medical expenses, but only offered 40,000 rupees (approximately $491) in two installments.
  • Protests have erupted following the incident.

A 15-year-old Dalit student was allegedly brutally beaten to death by a teacher, who is part of an upper caste, after the boy made spelling errors on a class test, police said.

The teen, identified by the Times of India as Nikhit Kumar of Vaisholi village of Auraiya, was a student at the Adarsh Inter College on Phanfood Road, where he was hit with a rod and repeatedly kicked for incorrectly spelling the word “social” on the test on Sept. 7. 

Asia’s richest man: China will be ‘increasingly isolated’ from world; India will be poverty-free by 2050

  • Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest person and the world’s second-richest billionaire, believes that China, which he said was the “foremost champion of globalization,” “will feel increasingly isolated” and find it difficult to bounce back.
  • Adani, the founder and chairperson of the Adani Group, made the comment during his keynote speech at the 20th Forbes Global CEO conference in Singapore on Tuesday.
  • Adani listed some factors he believed would impact China, including “Increasing nationalism, supply chain risk mitigation, and technology restrictions." The country’s Belt and Road initiative, a “demonstration of its global ambition,” might also face challenges as resistance continues.
  • “While I expect all these economies will readjust over time — and bounce back — the friction of the bounce-back looks far harder this time,” he said.

Indian billionaire and Asia’s richest person Gautam Adani expressed pessimism regarding China, saying the country “will feel increasingly isolated” as he remained optimistic about India’s future economy.

In his keynote speech at the 20th Forbes Global CEO conference in Singapore on Tuesday, Adani said he believes several factors would impact China’s economy, such as “Increasing nationalism, supply chain risk mitigation, and technology restrictions.”

New Delhi warns Indians in Canada to ‘remain vigilant’ amid increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence

  • New Delhi recently issued an advisory to Indian nationals in Canada, urging them to “remain vigilant” in the wake of the country’s sudden spike in “anti-India activities.”
  • The primary trigger for this advisory was Canada’s support for the “Khalistan referendum” — an unofficial campaign organized by thousands of Canadian Sikhs expressing support for the annexation of Punjab from India.
  • A spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs denounced the referendum as “politically motivated” and stemming from “extremist and radical elements in Canada.”
  • Recently, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, one of the largest Hindu temples in Canada, was vandalized last week by Khalistan supporters.
  • Overall, Canada has faced a 72 percent increase in hate crimes from 2019 to 2021, according to Statistics Canada.

New Delhi recently issued an advisory to Indian nationals in Canada in the wake of the country’s sudden spike in “anti-India activities.”

A statement issued by the Indian government on Friday urged Indians studying and working abroad to “exercise due caution and remain vigilant” due to “a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada.”

Viral video of 15-year-old girl walking home naked after alleged sexual assault in India sparks outrage

  • A 15-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by five men who took her to a forest in Moradabad, India, on Sept. 1.
  • The girl walked home naked for more than a mile on a busy road, where she was reportedly filmed by passers-by and pelted with stones. Surveillance footage of the girl has since been circulating online.
  • The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with the Moradabad police receiving backlash for their inactivity and “laid back” investigation of the case.
  • The teen’s parents claimed that their daughter has had mental disabilities since her childhood, and have since denied her allegations.
  • According to the police, rape was not confirmed in the medical examination of the girl.

A video circulating online of a 15-year-old girl in India walking home naked after being allegedly gang-raped has sparked online outrage towards the police’s “laid back” investigation.

The teen was reportedly returning home at around 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 after having gone to a fair with a friend when five men on bikes allegedly kidnapped her and took her to a forest in Saidpur Khadar, Moradabad. 

Viral video of pet dog biting a boy in India as its owner does nothing sparks outrage

  • A video of a pet dog biting a young boy as its owner appears to do nothing in a residential building’s elevator in India has gone viral and sparked outrage.
  • The incident reportedly occurred at around 6 p.m. local time on Monday.
  • The boy’s father filed a complaint at the Nandgram police station, and the woman was handed a fine of 5,000 INR (approximately $62.79) by the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.
  • An investigation is currently underway.

A video of a pet dog biting a young boy in India went viral and sparked outrage as the dog owner did nothing to help the child. 

In the viral CCTV footage, the dog can be seen jumping and biting the boy’s right leg inside of an elevator at the Rajnagar Extension Charms County Society in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. As the boy clutches his leg and hops on one foot in pain, the woman accompanying the dog stays still and does not bother to check on the child.

Indian man invents shoes that shoot blank rounds for women’s safety kit

  • An Indian man has created an innovative safety kit to help women feel safer while walking around the streets in India.
  • Shyam Chaurasia from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India has been showcasing his inventions found in several everyday accessories such as earrings and handbags to help keep women safe since 2020.
  • Chaurasia’s safety kit, which is not yet ready for public release, contains a handbag and a pair of heels that can fire blank rounds to scare off any attackers and help alert bystanders.
  • The Indian innovator has also invented a pair of earrings with a GPS tracker inside that can make emergency calls to the authorities, as well as a "lipstick gun" that can be connected to its user's smartphone via Bluetooth.
  • “In case the woman is in trouble or anyone tries anything and she is not able to use a mobile phone, she can press a button on the lipstick gun, which is linked to Bluetooth and it will immediately make a call to the 112 emergency number,” he told the South China Morning Post in January 2020.
  • As of July, the National Commission for Women reportedly received more than 17,000 complaints of crime against women in India.

An Indian man has created an innovative safety kit to help women feel safer while walking around the streets in India.

Shyam Chaurasia from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India has been showcasing his inventions found in several everyday accessories such as earrings and handbags to help keep women safe since 2020.

Campaign lets Indian men experience pain of menstrual cramps for the first time 

  • Congress party lawmaker Hibi Eden and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) recently launched the “Cup of Life” campaign, which lets Indian men briefly experience period cramps through a menstruation simulator.
  • As part of the campaign, organizers of the #Feelthepain movement are conducting simulations and distributing free menstrual cups to participants at colleges and shopping malls in the Indian state of Kerala.
  • Sharan Nair, a social media influencer who participated in the campaign, said of the experience: "That was really painful. I never want to experience that ever again."
  • Lawyer Sandra Sunny, one of the event organizers, said the simulator is the "easiest way" to promote positive attitudes toward menstruation, which remains a taboo topic in many parts of India.
  • "If you ask college boys directly what they know about period cramps, they'd be reluctant to talk,” she said. “But if you ask them… have they talked about periods with anyone, what makes them reluctant to talk about it – after using the simulator, they are more forthcoming."

An initiative to educate Indian men about the pain and discomfort of menstruation had participants screaming in agony in the Indian state of Kerala, one of the country’s most progressive states.

Organizers of a campaign called “Cup of Life” set up menstruation simulators at colleges and shopping malls in the district of Ernakulam to let men briefly experience period cramps. 

India’s Supreme Court widens definition of ‘family’ to include unmarried and queer couples

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  • India's Supreme Court has ruled that familial relationships may take the form of domestic, unmarried partnerships or queer relationships, effectively expanding the country’s definition of what constitutes a “family.”
  • The verdict was made during the hearing of a nurse named Deepika Singh, whose application for maternity leave was denied by her employer because she had already taken one to care for her husband’s children from an earlier marriage.
  • Ruling in her favor, the presiding judges Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud and A. S. Bopanna noted that the existing understanding of the concept of a "family" ignores the “many circumstances which may lead to a change in one’s familial structure and the fact that many families do not conform to this expectation to begin with.”
  • According to the judges, such "atypical manifestations" of the family unit are equally deserving of social welfare benefits.
  • Observers believe the ruling could have a significant impact on the rights of women and the LGBTQ-plus community.

India’s Supreme Court has expanded its definition of what constitutes a “family,” ruling that it may take the form of domestic, unmarried partnerships or queer relationships. 

The court decision, which prescribes that such “atypical manifestations” of familial relationships also deserve social welfare benefits, came in the verdict for the case of a nurse named Deepika Singh earlier this month.

Indian teen dies days after being set on fire by man she rejected

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  • Ankita Kumari, a 19-year-old high school student, was set ablaze on Aug. 23 in Jharkhand, India, by Shahrukh Hussain, who drenched her in gasoline after she turned down his marriage proposal, according to reports.
  • The incident occurred while Kumari was sleeping at around 4 a.m. local time. He and his friend, whom Kumari identified as Chhotu, allegedly threw petrol into her bedroom window and set her on fire.
  • Kumari was rushed to a hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds at around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 28.
  • Hussain was captured smiling in police custody as he was being detained.
  • The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with netizens calling for justice for Kumari.

A high school student in India succumbed to her severe burn injuries five days after she was allegedly set on fire by a man whose marriage proposal she rejected.

Ankita Kumari, 19, was set ablaze by Shahrukh Hussain, who drenched her in gasoline while she slept, according to reports.

Indian women protest release of Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman

  • Dozens of women protested in New Delhi, India, on Thursday after a court ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman and killed seven of her family members in 2002.
  • Activists at the protest held signs that read “Protecting rapists and penalizing victims” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as they directed their outrage toward the state government.
  • “How can justice for any woman end like this?” the rape victim reportedly wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace.”

Dozens of women have spoken up against the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in India in 2002.

Activists gathered in New Delhi to protest on Thursday after a court on Monday ordered the release of the Hindu men who sexually assaulted Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman, and killed seven of her family members.

Indian mother chops off boyfriend’s penis after catching him trying to sexually assault her daughter

  • A 36-year-old mother from Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district in India allegedly chopped off her boyfriend’s penis after she caught him attempting to rape her daughter in their home.
  • The woman, whose name was not revealed, had purportedly just come home from work when she caught her boyfriend red-handed on Wednesday.
  • “I was working on the farm when the incident took place. Fortunately, I returned home in the nick of time and caught him red-handed,” the woman told Times of India.
  • “He even attacked me while I was trying to save my daughter so I brought a knife from the kitchen and chopped off his private parts to teach him a lesson,” she added. “ I have no regrets for what I did."
  • The man was reportedly booked under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.
  • He was later transported to the city of Lucknow where he received “higher treatment.”

An Indian mother chopped off her boyfriend’s penis after she allegedly caught him attempting to rape her 14-year-old daughter.

The 36-year-old mother, whose name was not revealed, said she was coming home from work in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Wednesday when she caught her 32-year-old partner attempting to rape her daughter.

India frees 11 Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman, killed 7 of her family members in 2002

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  • The 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail.
  • The men were previously convicted in early 2008 and given life sentences for the rape of Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old woman who was five months pregnant at the time, amid the Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.
  • The decision sparked outrage from the victim’s family, lawyers and politicians.
  • On Monday, media footage showed the 11 men being welcomed with confectioneries outside the jail upon their release.
  • The release has also sparked criticism regarding the government’s stance on violence against women.

A court in India ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members.

Themen involved in the Bilkis Bano case were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail as India celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of British rule.