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Bhopal ‘Verdict’ Day 3 – Government’s Turn To Make A Joke Of Victims.

In Crime, Human Rights, India on June 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

The Government has reconstituted a GoM (Group Of Ministers) to look into rehabilitation and other issues surrounding the Bhopal gas tragedy. Well, that should resolve things now that not one, but a whole ‘group of ministers’ is involved.

Let’s take a step back in time to 2007 shall we? Read the full post (excerpt below) –  Same government and the same names of ministers involved. Two years later it sounds like the same BS with a different spin.

(Read full 2007 Frontline post) In June, activists working among the survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster obtained certain documents from the Prime Minister’s Office under the Right to Information Act. These documents suggest how keen the government is to relieve the Dow Chemical Company of any liability for the disaster and its toxic legacy.

Surrogacy Laws Strand French Gay Father Of Twins Born Through Indian Surrogate.

In Human Rights, India on June 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Pic at Time.com. Link to article is in story below.

A few weeks ago an Israeli gay father of twins was left stranded in Mumbai with his babies because Israel does not recognize surrogacy. That story ended well after Israel relented and let him back in.

Today it’s a French father of twins in the same dire situation.

Meanwhile Time.com reports: A draft bill to direct assisted reproductive technology (ART) is likely to be introduced this year in Parliament. The new legislation will beef up surrogacy guidelines authored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that have often gone unheeded by the few hundred Indian fertility clinics accustomed to writing their own rules. Among them is the Akanksha Infertility Clinic in the town of Anand, in the western state of Gujarat, where the Balazes found themselves. “We are lost when there are no laws,” says Akanksha medical director Dr. Nayna Patel, who has become the face of the industry abroad since being spotlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007. “But the people drafting the bill have to remember to take care of the clinics too.”

The Indian surrogacy business is predicted to generate $2.3 billion annually. We’ll be watching closely how the government plans to balance ethics and commerce since legalizing the practice in 2002 without any laws governing it.

Facebook And YouTube Ban Reversed – A Big Win For Freedom Of Speech In Pakistan.

In Human Rights, India, Technology on June 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Generally Pakistan is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Here is one story that needs wider exposure in mainstream media than it is getting.

We can’t have peace and a stable Pakistan if all we hear coming out of Pakistan is news of terrorism, the Taliban and hardline Muslims denouncing what the rest of us believe is freedom of choice. We must celebrate the positive news that comes out of there as well.

A Pakistan court on Monday lifted a ban on Facebook, two weeks after it was blocked when a member of the social networking site used it to host a competition to draw images of the prophet Mohammad. (Full post at Financial Times)


Happy Ending – Israeli Gay Father Of Twins Born From Indian Surrogate Goes Home.

In Human Rights, India on May 28, 2010 at 7:19 am

We love a good ending and happy to see this story ended well after all.

Dan Goldberg, the homosexual father who has been stranded in India with his twins born of a surrogate mother for two-and-a-half-months, landed in Israel Friday morning with his partner Arnon Angel and his children, Itai and Liron. The family was kept from returning to Israel due to a court ruling that delayed the execution of a paternity test.(Read full post YNet)

It doesn’t resolve the larger issue of what happens to future such cases. India is still working on laws to regulate the surrogacy industry estimated to be worth over $500 million.

Honor Killings – Couple Stoned To Death In India.

In Human Rights, India on May 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

Yes. In 2010. India. The largest democracy in the world.

A couple was tied to a pole and stoned to death because they were from different castes and dared to fall in love and get married.

In May 2010 a newly married woman in Punjab was killed with swords, and her mother-in-law was shot dead. The month before a 16-yr-old girl was strangled to death, the boy she loved committed suicide later.