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Muslim gang extorting money from minority Hindus in Bangladesh
When a family failed to pay up, the criminals began abducting young Hindu women to get families to pay a ransom for them. Now a Muslim gang member is threatening to marry a young Hindu woman without her consent. Human rights activist calls on the government to intervene.
10/12/2009 INDIA – HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights violated by extremism as well as religious and social discrimination
For activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, “the human rights situation in India is shameful”. Religious fundamentalism but also “torture by police” and the “collapse of rule of law” are to blame. The country suffers from a “mindset” that hurts the weakest and non-Hindu minorities.
Gujarat violence brings back spectre of 2002 massacres
For three days now, in Vadodara, clashes between Muslims and police have raged after the demolition of a sacred place; six people have been killed. VHP Hindu extremists are fanning the flames. The bishop and human rights activists have condemned the local authorities, the forces of order and fundamentalists.
The daughter converts to Christianity, Muslims marginalize the family
The relatives of the young woman, who lives in the United States, speak of a "wrong" choice and demand an end to bullying. The woman risks a fatwa for apostasy, her husband seeks a divorce. Solidarity from Catholics activists who denounce the violation of religious freedom.
Let dialogue prevail over emotions in Gujarat
In the wake of the demolition of a Muslim tomb in Vadodara and violence that consequently exploded in the city, we are publishing some reflections of a renowned human rights activist in Gujarat: do not be guided by instincts in religious matters, dialogue should take priority.
New cases of violence and torture against Pakistani Christians
Instead of investigating, local authorities engage in cover-ups. In some cases, international organisations ignore the plight of Christians.
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