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India rape deaths case of suicide, says investigative agency

The sight of two young girls hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun in May, horrified the country and drew reactions from across the world. Five months on, the Central Bureau of Investigation says they were not gang-raped and murdered as thought, but they committed suicide. Read more on NDTV.

If Bhopal happened today, would the world react any differently?

Thirty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1984, an enormous 40-ton plume of poisonous gas escaped from a Union Carbide (DOW) insecticide plant in Bhopal, India. Three thousand people died within days, tens of thousands over subsequent years. An estimated 500,000 suffered lung cancer, kidney failure, and other diseases.

Naseem Akhtar: The invisible hero

Naseem Akthar, mother of three, was a lady health worker who conducted polio drives in some of the most high-risk areas of Karachi. Despite receiving numerous death threats, she was determined to make Pakistan a polio-free country. Naseem was tragically killed in a domestic violence incident a few months after the filming of this documentary. Watch it here.

Opinion: A quota for women – it’s about time!

Nearly everything that could possibly be said about a quota for women in German boardrooms has been said, but the remark that it’s a “historic event” moved DW’s Dagmar Engel to find time to write down her opinion. Read more here.

Turkey’s Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that women are not equal to men, saying Islam has defined a position for women: motherhood. Read more here.

Women on the pill have more to worry about than fancying their partner

The hormonal impacts of taking contraceptive medication for years on end are neither properly understood nor reported. Read more in the Guardian.


27.11.2014 | 11:02