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A young Indian woman who chopped off the penis of her alleged rapist has been praised for her ‘courage’ by local officials.
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The 23-year-old law student from Kerala, southern India, removed the appendage as well as 90 percent of the man’s genitals in the attack, according to The Hindu. She reportedly contacted police immediately after the incident and was taken to a refuge for safety.

The man, identified as Swami Ganeshananda, a self-proclaimed religious guru, was treated for his injuries at a local government hospital.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan 

the young woman, declaring the action “a courageous and strong act.”

The woman claims she was first assaulted by the 54-year-old self-styled ‘godman’ when she was 16 years old, and was repeatedly raped by him as he visited her family home under the auspices of curing her paralyzed father.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Arul B. Krishna told the

The accused man, who is recovering from his injuries, was charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for repeatedly raping the woman over seven years.

He has denied the accusations, telling police that he cut off his own penis “as it was not useful to him,” reported India Today.

 A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.

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The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, said the men, aged 20 and 23, would each be subjected to 85 lashes for having sexual relations. One of the men wept as his sentence was read out and pleaded for leniency. The chief prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one name, said they will be caned next week, before Ramadan starts on about May 25.

The couple was arrested in late March after neighborhood vigilantes in the provincial capital Banda Aceh suspected them of being gay and broke into their rented room to catch them having sex. Mobile phone footage that circulated online and formed part of the evidence shows one of the men naked and visibly distressed as he apparently calls for help on his cellphone. The second man is repeatedly pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room.

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The lead judge, Khairil Jamal, said the men were "legally and convincingly proven to have committed gay sex."

He said the three-judge panel decided against imposing the maximum sentence of 100 lashes because the men were polite in court, cooperated with authorities and had no previous convictions.

"As Muslims, the defendants should uphold the Shariah law that prevails in Aceh," Jamal said.

International human rights groups have described the treatment of the men as abusive and humiliating and called for their immediate release. Human Rights Watch said in April that public caning would constitute torture under international law.

Prosecutors had asked that they receive 80 lashes.

Indonesia's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam has been battered in the past year due to attacks on religious minorities, a surge in persecution of gays and a polarizing election campaign for governor of the capital Jakarta that highlighted the growing strength of hard-line Islamic groups.

Earlier this month, the outgoing Jakarta governor, a minority Christian, was sentenced to two years in prison for campaign comments deemed as blaspheming the Quran. The judges also imposed a tougher sentence than sought by prosecutors who had ultimately downgraded the charge from blasphemy and asked for just two years of probation.    Full Story

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Islam, Quran, Saddam, Jihad, Medina... China bans dozens of Muslim baby names

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Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj and Medina are among dozens of baby names banned under ruling Chinese Communist Party's "Naming Rules For Ethnic Minorities".

In China's restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, parents now cannot keep common Muslim names like Saddam, Jihad and Imam for their babies as the government has banned dozens of Islamic names.

Xinjiang authorities have recently banned dozens of names with religious connotations common to Muslims around the world on the basis that they could "exaggerate religious fervour," the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.


  1. 1     Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj and Medina are among dozens of baby names banned under ruling Chinese Communist Party's "Naming Rules For Ethnic Minorities," an official was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia.
  2. 2     Children with banned names will not be able to obtain a "hukou," or household registration, essential for accessing public school and other social services, it said.
  3. 3     The new measures are part of China's fight against terrorism in this troubled region, home to 10 million Muslim Uyghur ethnic minorities.
  4. 4    This is the latest in a slew of new regulations restricting religious freedom in the name of countering "religious extremism," the HRW said.
  5. 5     Conflicts between the Uyghur and the Han, the majority ethnic group in China who also control the government, are common in Xinjiang. A full list of names has not yet been published and it is unclear exactly what qualifies as a religious name, it said.

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New statute identifies 15 prohibited behaviours but gives few details

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017

China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region passed a new regulation on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s ramped-up campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism.

The regulation, which will take effect on Saturday, banned a wide range of acts including wearing veils or beards the rule called “abnormal”, without specifying what makes them so, refusal to watch state television or listen to state radio, and preventing children from receiving national education, calling them “manifestations” of extremism, according to official news website

Security and surveillance measures have been beefed up in recent months following reports of heightened violence in the region’s rural south, including massive shows of force where thousands of heavily armed police paraded in a number of cities.

Beijing blames Islamist militants and separatists for violent attacks in Xinjiang that have killed hundreds of people in recent years. Rights groups claim the conflicts were caused by the government’s repression of religious freedom and unfair ethnic policies.

The regulation, passed by Xinjiang’s regional legislature’s standing committee, said special task forces to curb extremism would be set up at regional, prefectural and county governments and local leaders would be evaluated annually for their localities’ achievements on the matter.

It listed 15 items of comments or behaviour that the government views as “extremism”, covering a wide range of aspects of daily life.

According to the regulation, resorting to religious instead of legal procedures to marry or divorce or meddling in other people’s weddings, funerals and inheritance are all prohibited extremist acts.

Other actions include interfering with or sabotaging the enforcement of family planning policies, and deliberately damaging national identity cards, household registration books or the Chinese currency.

Applying the concept of Halal in non-food-related areas or using it to intervene in other people’s secular lives is also considered an extremist act, according to the regulation.

The document defines “extremism” as any comment or behaviour that promotes extreme religious ideas and rejects or interfere in normal production or people’s daily lives.

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Airline passengers travelling to the UK from Middle Eastern countries are to be banned from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices onboard, according to reports.

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The move follows a similar measure announced on Tuesday by the US authorities affecting flights originating in eight mainly Muslim countries. Passengers flying to the States from 10 airports will no longer be allowed to have any electronic devices apart from mobiles phones in the cabin.

The US government cited unspecified threats as the reason for the new rules. The Department for Transport, which leads on UK aviation security policy, refused to comment on whether it is implementing a similar ban.

The reports come weeks after it was revealed that UK security services have foiled 13 potential attacks in less than four years, while counter-terrorism units are running more than 500 investigations at any time.

The official threat level for international terrorism has stood at severe, meaning an attack is "highly likely", for more than two years.

US president Donald Trump has attempted to introduce a travel ban aimed at people from Muslim-majority countries, which has run into trouble in the US courts.

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