1. Bisexual Pastor-turned-stripper ‘blesses’ the world with OnlyFans
2. Charlie Hebdo: 2 people stabbed for republication of Mohammed cartoons
Location: Paris, France
3. Amnesty International Halts Work In India
4. UAE announces equal pay for men & women in private sector
Location: United Arab Emirates
5. Another brutal gang-rape in India, victim dies #JusticeForManisha https://www.facebook.com/130148817071986/posts/3627899583963541
Location: Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India
6. Cult leader who claims to be Jesus reincarnated arrested in Russia
7. Report finds: thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged
Location: Xinjiang, China
8. Muslim actor/politician receives death threats after posing as Hindu Goddess
9. Turkey sentences female politician to prison for calling Erdogan ‘enemy of women’
10. Dalit lawyer killed allegedly for posts criticizing Brahminism
Location: Gujarat, India
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2. Two people have been stabbed with a meat clever and seriously hurt in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The French government condemned the stabbing as an act of “Islamist terrorism”. Ali Hassan aka Zaheer Hassan Mehmood is accused of stabbing the two people who he suspected of working with the magazine. Back in Pakistan, the attacker’s father appealed to the government of Imran Khan and other Islamic countries to help him bring his son home. “I want to appeal to the Pakistani government to bring my son home. He has served the cause of Islam and we are a Muslim country, ” he told a Pakistani channel.
3. Amnesty International has been forced to let go of staff in India and pause all its ongoing campaign and research work. This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the Government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations. “The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental. The constant harassment by government agencies… is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government… For a movement that has done nothing but raise its voices against injustice, this latest attack is akin to freezing dissent,” said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India.
4. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, recently issued Federal Law No. 6 of 2020, where the first article states that women and men must have the same salaries if they hold the same position or if they are doing the same type of work. Aimed at empowering women, the policy is expected to encourage more female talents to join the private sector. Besides being at the forefront of promoting women empowerment in the region, the UAE has been ranked first in the world when it comes to women's representation in parliament.
5. A 19-year-old Dalit woman from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, died nearly two weeks after she was gang-raped and brutalized by four men. The teenager suffered grievous injuries including multiple fractures on the spine. Her tongue was slashed. While the woman belonged to the Dalit Caste, the four suspects are from an upper caste. All four have been arrested and booked for attempt to murder and gang-rape. Uttar Pradesh is ranked the worst state for women’s security while rape is most rampant in the state of Madhya Pradesh, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2018 that was released in January this year.
6. Russian authorities mounted a special operation to arrest a man who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus and has run a cult based in the depths of Siberia for the past three decades. Russia’s investigative committee said it would charge him with organizing an illegal religious organization, alleging that the cult extorted money from followers and subjected them to emotional abuse. Torop, who had lost his job as a traffic officer in 1989, claimed he experienced an “awakening” as the Soviet regime began to collapse. In 1991, he founded a movement now known as the Church of the Last Testament. Several thousand followers live in a series of remote hamlets in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia.
7. Thousands of mosques in Xinjiang, China have been damaged or destroyed in just three years, leaving fewer in the region than at any time since the Cultural Revolution, according to a report on Chinese oppression of Muslim minorities. The revelations are contained in an expansive data project by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which used satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting to map the extensive and continuing construction of detention camps and destruction of cultural and religious sites in the north-western region. It found around two-thirds of the area’s mosques were affected, and about 50% of protected cultural sites had been damaged or destroyed, including the total destruction of Ordam mazar (shrine), an ancient site of pilgrimage dating back to the 10th century.
8. Bengali actor-turned-MP Nusrat Jahan is once again facing backlash from Hindu and Muslim communities. A few users even sent her death threats over a recent Instagram post, where Nusrat posed as the Hindu Goddess Durga. The main backlash was because Nusrat comes from a Muslim background, and later married a Hindu man. Comments exhibited a great disdain for her celebration of Durga, for example: “Shame on you for doing this as a Muslim. You have no shame left in you. You are condemned to go to Jahannam (Hell). No shame. Allah is watching everything,” and “Your time of death has come. Fear Allah. Can’t you keep your body covered?”
9. A female politician in Turkey has been sentenced to 11 months in prison for calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an enemy of women, according to media reports. Sebahat Tuncel was sentenced for saying Erdogan was a “complete misogynist” – a remark she made four years ago. Tuncel’s attorney argued that the politician’s statement that “the president was an enemy of women and Kurds,” made during a 2016 speech, is “within the freedom of expression,” according to Turkish news outlet Duvar English. The court disagreed. Tuncel is just one of the thousands of Turkish citizens who have received prison time for insulting the Turkish president.
10. A Dalit lawyer and activist in Gujarat, India was killed by a man from Mumbai, allegedly over his social media posts criticizing Brahminism. The accused and five other suspects were arrested in connection with his death. The lawyer, Devji Maheshwari, was a senior member of the Indian Legal Professionals Association the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation, which fights caste discrimination. An unidentified Crime Branch official in Mumbai told reporters that the accused, identified only as Raval, had threatened Maheshwari over his activism in the past too. The victim’s family named nine suspects and refused to accept his body till all of them were arrested. Four remain at large.