Weekly News Roundup – October 16, 2019

 


Alwar: Two men beat up Muslim couple, sexually harass woman for not chanting Ram-Ram

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A Muslim couple from Alwar was allegedly assaulted by two men for not chanting ‘Ram-Ram’ late on Saturday night. The couple, who was travelling to Haryana, was accosted by two youth at the Alwar bus stand when they were having dinner. The men, identified as Vansh Bharadwaj and Surendra Bhatia, beat up the husband for not chanting ‘Ram-Ram’. They also allegedly stripped and made obscene gestures at the woman. Hearing the couple’s cry for help, nearby people gathered and beat up the accused and took them to the police station.…

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Rutgers professor faces new petition that wants to arrest her

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Prominent organizations and intellectuals have come out in support of Rutgers University—Newark professor Audrey Truschke, who has faced intense scrutiny and a barrage of online backlash for comments over Hindutva, a form of Hindu nationalism that seeks to make India exclusively Hindu. In a letter sent to University President Robert L. Barchi, the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), an umbrella organization of progressive South Asian groups, expressed “appreciation and gratitude” to the University for standing by the professor. The University previously stated they supported Truschke for her “public-facing scholarship.”…

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Babri Masjid was not built after demolition of any temple: AIMPLB’s stand on disputed land

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) decided that no land belonging to Babri Masjid be transferred to anyone from the opposite party. The decision was taken in an AIMPLB meeting chaired by president of AIMPLB Mohammad Rabey Hussaini Nadwi. The AIMPLB is of the view that legal proceedings are in a final phase and there is no possibility of out of court settlement. The AIMPLB said that the case is watched over in India but also by other nations around the world. The meeting observed that this a ‘matter of rich Indian culture and heritage’.

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