कौन हैं आसिया बीबी, जिनके चलते पाकिस्तान में मचा है बवाल

आसिया को बरी किए जाने के फैसले के बाद पाकिस्तान के कई बड़े शहरों में कट्टरपंथियों ने विरोध में उग्र प्रदर्शन शुरू कर दिए हैं. प्रदर्शनकारियों ने आसिया को बरी करने वाले जजों को मारने की धमकी भी दी है. पाकिस्तान के सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने ईसाई महिला आसिया बीबी को ईशनिंदा के एक मामले में …

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The Asia Bibi Case In Pakistan Should Serve As A Warning For Us In India

Recent developments in Pakistan on the Asia Bibi case should serve as a warning for us in India. Although in entirely different circumstances, the relevance for us in India of the Pakistani case is that it was triggered by blatant defiance and opposition to a landmark Supreme Court judgement by zealots operating in the guise …

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Constitutional Rights of Atheists and Non-believers

Though atheism has been socially prevalent in India, it has remained a grey area in the legal context. There are no specific laws catering to atheists and they are considered as belonging to the religion of their birth. The Constitution provides for “freedom of conscience” under Article 25 since 1950, but constitutional rights of “non-believers” …

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Bihar: Buddhist monk held for alleged sexual abuse of 15 boys in Bodh Gaya

The monk ran an institution called "Prasanna Jyoti Buddhist School and Meditation Centre" at Mastipur village in Bodh Gaya where the 15 children - all hailing from Karbi Anglong district in Assam - were studying. In yet another case of child abuse, a Buddhist monk was taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting 15 boys …

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Richard Dawkins writes a picturebook to ‘free’ children from religion

Richard Dawkins said that his book would help parents to protect their children against “indoctrination” by schools TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE It features gory illustrations of a Biblical sacrifice and of Jesus committing a murder, as well as a section on evolution. Richard Dawkins is working on a picturebook for children with a working title …

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Grand jury: Catholic Church protected more than 300 ‘predator priests’ who preyed on children in Pa.

The leaders of six Roman Catholic dioceses protected more than 300 “predator priests” who sexually abused children for decades across the state of Pennsylvania, according to a grand jury report issued Tuesday. “Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: They hid …

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Religion in decline in Australian schools

Australian school students are becoming more likely to identify with “no religion” even in religious schools, including a 68 per cent increase in Catholic schools. The trend, which mirrors changes in the wider population, has led the peak independent schools body to warn religious schools to rethink their marketing. Across all schools, 37 per cent …

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