The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.… Read the rest
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Enragd by her rejection of his repeated proposal to elope with him for marriage, Babu Khan, 23, set Shiwa Hasmi on fire while she was asleep in her house. She died.… Read the rest
“A Jewish daughter has descended so low,” he said. “There hasn’t been such a disgusting saga in (the history of religious) Jewry.”… Read the rest
Leading Turkish women’s rights activist and lawyer Canan Arin was unlawfully detained on 23 June 2012 for speaking out against child marriages.… Read the rest
According to UNICEF, in France the child poverty rate is 8.8 percent; in Sweden it’s 7.3 percent. In the United States, by contrast, it’s a staggering 23.1 percent.… Read the rest
Any female professional in Pakistan who is active on Twitter will find herself vilified and harassed online simply because she is a woman who works.… Read the rest
Despite new laws, few women will ever report a rape because of the prevailing social norms that blame victims for their own assault.… Read the rest
Mehzar Zehra was being driven by her father, a government servant, to her school a few miles away, when gunmen fired at them, killing her father and wounding her.… Read the rest
Just as we call sex without consent ‘rape’, circumcision without consent or reasonable justification should be called ‘mutilation’.… Read the rest
He told police he had killed his sister for “running off with a lover and dishonouring the family”, say sources.… Read the rest
“She wants to work with [the doctors] but the medical profession want to do it all their way,” says her mother.… Read the rest
“UBU has an equality policy which explains that we prohibit discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership” and more.… Read the rest
Unless they are accompanied by their husbands.… Read the rest
The statement from the Irish Catholic Bishops is medically nonsensical, contradictory, and immoral.… Read the rest
So sad. So so so so sad. Nothing to do with us. So so so sad.… Read the rest
Had her tormentors been Norwegian neo-Nazis or the BNP, Deeyah would have become an anti-racist hero. They are Islamists, so the liberal media said nothing.… Read the rest
The court heard that up to three children a month are admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital because of bleeding after home-based circumcisions.… Read the rest
She was found dead in her bedroom. The police have arrested her mother on suspicion of murder, while the family contends that the death was a suicide.… Read the rest
A nun walked in on a rape and simply reminded the teacher not to lock the door.… Read the rest