Weekly roundup of altM news: Oct. 3

With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot. 1. Coming out as bisexual when you’re Muslim…

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Is the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign of the Indian PM a success?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media this past weekend to draw attention to his administration’s efforts to decrease female infanticide in India, posting the following on his Twitter feed:   I urge all of you, share a #SelfieWithDaughter. Also share a tagline that will encourage ‘Beti Bachao, Beti…

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Confronting violence against women in India

In retrospect, it wasn’t that unusual of an event but would be one that finally broke the silence surrounding violence against women in the world’s second largest country.
On December 16, a 23-year-old medical student travelling with a male companion on a bus in New Delhi was beaten and gang raped by a group of 6 men for over an hour as the bus traveled across the city. When they were done, they threw her from the bus onto the road leaving her in critical condition.

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New Delhi gang-rape: Why we are the problem

“It appears to be that a rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines along. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines,” he said.

I was at work when I read this. I had to leave my desk to go to the bathroom to cry. Through various points in the day, this detail drifted into my consciousness. I couldn’t un-read it. Or un-imagine it.

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Reporting from Kashmir: An abode of saints

After my INTACH meeting, we met up with the founder of the HELP foundation, the luminous, Nighat Shafi. She gave us an overview of all of her work, creating a home for mentally disabled children, widows, and schools. Her team also talked about their work in villages, providing grants for job training and scholarship.

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