IAMC Weekly News Roundup - November 20th, 2017

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Rajasthan: Police orders inquiry into 'love jihad' pamphlets at Jaipur fair (Nov 20, 2017, Scroll.in)

The Jaipur Police on Sunday ordered an inquiry into pamphlets about "love jihad" being distributed allegedly by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal at an event in the city, PTI reported. The action came soon after media reports said that the Rajasthan government had asked schools to send students and teachers to attend the fair.

Pamphlets at the event accused Muslim film actors of trapping Hindu women by marrying them, and also suggested that "love jihad" could be prevented by checking books and mobile phones of women. They said that "love jihad" takes place at beauty parlours, mobile recharge shops, ladies' tailors and Muslim hawkers' outlets.

The pamphlets have now been withdrawn, and the organisers of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair have distanced themselves from the controversy. "We are here to promote ideas of spirituality," Rajendra Singh Shekhawat, an official of the foundation that organised the fair, told The Times of India. "We don't endorse any ideology."



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Padmavati row: BJP leader offers Rs 10 cr for Deepika, Bhansali head (Nov 20, 2017, Business Standard)

Haryana's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu on Sunday passed derogatory remarks against 'Padmavati' filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actress Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh.

Amu threatened actor Ranveer Singh, who is playing Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji in the movie, for supporting Bhansali. "If you (Ranveer Singh) do not take back your words, we will break your legs [Agar tune apne shabd wapas nahin liye, toh teri taango ko todkar tere haathon mein de dengey)," he said, adding slurs against the actor.

He also praised the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika and Bhansali. "I want to congratulate the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, and Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them, with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family's needs," he added.



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Ram Naam ki loot: Nirmohi Akhara accuses BJP, VHP of swindling Rs 1400 crore (Nov 18, 2017, National Herald)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)-which spearheaded the Ram Janmabhoomi movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid - have been accused of swindling Rs 1,400 crore which was collected as donations in the name of the Ram temple construction at Ayodhya.

Nirmohi Akhara, which is one of the three claimants to the disputed site in Ayodhya and is the main litigant in the Ayodhya title suits, has alleged that VHP, in association with certain politicians (without naming the BJP), has not only swindled more than Rs 1,400 crore contributed by the devotees but also the bricks which were amassed for the construction of the proposed temple at the disputed site.…

"We're the sons and servants of Ram Ji. We are fighting to serve Ram Ji and not for the money. Politicians want to occupy (the site) and turn it into a senseless issue," he said, adding, "They collected the money as donation from the devotees. But they used that money to construct their own buildings and form their government. But they didn't use that money for construction of the temple."…



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330 gang rapes during 2002 Gujarat riots; while triple talaq is being discussed, none speaks about them: Top activist (Nov 20, 2017, Counterview)

More than 300 women from different parts of Gujarat assembled in Ahmedabad under the banner of Gujarat Mahila Manch to complain of "abusive, repression, sexual harassment, deprivation and control", pointing towards how the state government has failed to accord them basic human rights. At the end of the day-long meet, they unanimously resolved not to vote for a government which has deprived them of their basic rights.…

Retired sessions judge Jyotsana Yagnik, who gave brilliant judgements in the Bijal gang rape case and the infamous Naroda Patia case, said, following the Nirbhaya judgment, Rs 1000 crore corpus had been allocated to several states for safety programmes of women, but none of it has been spent.…

"There were 330 gang rapes in 2002 in Gujarat. Triple Talaq is being discussed, none cares about them. Muslim women's problems are sidelined. The Constitution accords equity, but the minority community women in this state have none."…



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Karnataka Assembly passes anti-superstition bill, bans controversial practice of 'made snana' (Nov 17, 2017, Scroll.in)

The Karnataka Assembly on Thursday passed what is popularly known as the anti-superstition bill, with a few modifications, The Hindu reported.

The bill bans advertisements about miracle cures for diseases, performing black magic, tantric acts, exorcism rituals and the practice of parading people naked or ostracising them in the name of a ritual, among other practices.

Opposition leaders in the state, except Bharatiya Janata Party MLA CT Ravi and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Revanna, welcomed the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017. They advised the government to concentrate on making lower-caste communities more aware about superstitions.…



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