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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. 

Victim’s mother accuses judge of being swayed by ‘white woman tears’ in lenient sentencing of Kim Potter

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  • Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter to two years in prison for killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
  • The incident dates back to April 11, 2021, when Wright mistakenly pulled her gun instead of her Taser and shot Wright in the chest after pulling him over on the side of the road.
  • Potter, who is white, cried in court on Friday, telling Wright’s mother Katie that she “understands a mother’s love.”
  • After sentencing Potter to two years of imprisonment, Wright’s mother accused Chu of being swayed by Potter’s “white woman tears” and allowing them to “trump justice.”

A district judge, who sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter to two years in prison for fatally shooting Daunte Wright last April, has been accused by the victim’s mother of being swayed by “white woman tears.”

Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu, who is Asian American, delivered the sentence on Friday after what Wright’s mother, Katie, described as a “coached” performance by Potter.

Lucy Koh confirmed to 9th Circuit Court, becomes first Korean American woman to serve on federal appeals court

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The U.S. Senate voted 50-45 on Monday to confirm Lucy Koh to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, making her the first Korean American woman to serve on a federal appeals court.

A historical vote: The decision came about in spite of Republican objections to a decision she wrote earlier this year as a district court judge allowing California to restrict religious gatherings during the pandemic.