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September 25, 2021

The long road to justice for a rape survivor in UP, and 4 more weekend reads

A long and turbulent path to justice in UP According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, Uttar Pradesh has seen a dramatic drop in most crimes, including cases of violence against women. The state government has of course attributed this to the mighty power of its chief minister, Adityanath. But even if this were true, to say the struggle for justice is long in UP, especially for women, is a huge understatement. In Article14, Mani Chander looks at two better known cases of rape in UP, both connected to…

Premier League: Brentford hold Liverpool in six-goal thriller, Everton go joint second

Jurgen Klopp said he was not able to enjoy a “wild ride” as Liverpool twice let the lead slip to draw 3-3 at Brentford on Saturday to edge just one point clear at the top of the Premier League. Defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United earlier in the day propelled Liverpool to the top of the table and gave the Reds a golden chance to open up a three-point lead. However, Brentford showed why they have made such a bright start to their first top-flight season for 74 years in a six-goal thriller that swung from end to end…

Coronavirus: Kerala allows bars to reopen, fully-vaccinated customers can dine at restaurants

The Kerala government on Saturday decided to reopen bars and allow hotels and restaurants to offer dine-in services to customers who are fully-vaccinated against Covid-19, PTI reported. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there has been a decline in active Covid-19 cases in the state and over 90% of the population have received the first vaccine dose. The state battled a surge in cases in August and early-September. “There is an 8% reduction in active cases when compared to last week,” Vijayan said. “A total of 3,50,12,467…

Four men allegedly rape constable in Madhya Pradesh, two arrested

Four men in Madhya Pradesh allegedly raped a constable in June, but the case came to light only in September after the woman filed a complaint against them, the Hindustan Times reported on Saturday. The crime took place in a town in Neemuch district, where the 28-year-old woman had gone to attend a birthday party that a friend had invited her to. The friend and three others allegedly raped the woman at the party, the district’s Superintendent of Police Suraj Kumar Verma told the newspaper. “They also shot a video of the…

Neev Book Awards 2020: Here are the four winning books and their authors (and sneak peeks)

The winners of the Neev Book Awards 2020, given to children’s literature in India, have been announced. A winner has been named in each of the four categories – Early Years, Emerging Readers, Junior Readers, and Young Adults. Part of the Neev Literature Festival, the awards have been running for four years now. Here are the winners for 2020, along with short excerpts. They were chosen by a jury comprising four educators – Colin Kelman, Anuradha Ruhil Barua, Dhooleka Raj, and Myra Garces-Bacsal – three writers – Rasil Ahuja,…
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