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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29 2013

The Right To Die

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Michèle Causse was a French author and lesbian theorist. She was one of my best friends. She always contacted me but I never got much time to contact her. When finally I decided to email her, I heard that she committed assisted suicide. She went to Switzerland to do it, she did it to protest …

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Sep 27 2013

Iran allows men to marry their adopted daughters

Iranian lawmakers passed a law that allows men to marry their adopted daughters. Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years. Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, …

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Sep 26 2013

It is so fucking funny!

Pakistan bans science text book on pretext of it provoking ‘sexual desire’. The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province has banned a science book for Grade VI students of a chain of elite schools for containing material that could provoke “sexual desire”. The text book used by the Lahore Grammar School was banned after authorities received …

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Sep 21 2013

We are not proud of Turkey. Not anymore.

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Once upon a time, we were proud of Turkey for its secular ideas. We used to read a poem that was in our syllabus. The great Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam wrote a poem congratulating Turkey’s great leader Mustafa Kemal for dismantling the Turkish caliphate and the powerful Khilafat movement. ‘Oi ksepechhey pagli ma-er damal …

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Sep 21 2013

Dublin declaration on secularism empowering women 2013

I was one of the speakers for the Dublin conference on ‘Empowering Women Through Secularism’ this year. It was a great conference, and a great declaration was made. All we want is to make our world a better place. 1. Secular Values in Society The secular values that will empower women are science-based reason, equality …

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Sep 21 2013

Burqa Is British School Uniform!

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Burqa is now some British school uniform. A number of the religious schools enforce uniform policies where such clothing is mandatory, even for girls as young as 11. Under the dress code stipulated by the Madani Girls’ School in Tower Hamlets, East London, all pupils must wear a black burka and long black coat when …

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Sep 20 2013

What good does marriage do?

Why do human beings marry? For sex or for children! But why is marriage necessary for secure and safe sex or for children? Out of all living species it is only humans who feel the need to marry. But don’t all other animals stay together, procreate and bring up offsprings? Marriage is not even essential …

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Sep 18 2013

‘Homeopathy can’t cure erectile dysfunction’ — says the Court of Germany

A Munich court has ruled that a homeopathic product promising to “increase virility” and “activate sexual feeling in women” by increasing blood flow to the genitals has been mislabelled. The product, which contained traces of the Turnera diffusa shrub native to central and South America, had been marketed as a cure for “sexual weaknesses,” the …

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Sep 18 2013

Rape in Pakistan

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Kunwar Khuldune wrote about rapes that occurred in Pakistan. A five-year-old girl was brutally raped in Lahore on Thursday and was found dumped outside Ganga Ram Hospital around 8 pm on Friday. The very next day a 12-year-old girl in Faisalabad and another first year student in Toba Tek Singh were gang raped. This was …

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Sep 17 2013

”The girl has a chronic ‘disease’ that draws her to men.”

‘The girl has a chronic disease that draws her to men’ says Ram Jethmalani, one of the India’s top legal minds. Ram Jethmalani has served his country as Law minister and also as minister of Urban Development. Very honorable person indeed. He is now defending Asaram, the rapist godman. To justify the rape, he is …

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