Hindu Sadhus lynched: Palghar Police arrest 110 tribals

Palghar Police said it has arrested 110 people belonging to a local tribal community as part of the investigation into the lynching of two Hindu sanyasis (monks) on their way to Gujarat. Multiple videos of the incident have started circulating on social media. The police also warned rumor mongers to desist from attempting to give […]

FIR filed against Big Boss contestant after fans throng airport

Kerala Government has arrested two people for organizing a ‘welcome function’ at the Kochi airport for a controversial Big Boss contestant after a video of the function went viral. Kerala Government had last week asked all organizations and institutions to cancel all events in which people would gather in large numbers, as a part of […]

233 babies born under ‘Jiyo Parsi’ scheme

Government of India today said that 233 babies were born to Parsi (Zoroastrian) couples in India under the ‘Jiyo Parsi’ scheme. Under the scheme, the government provides financial assistance to Parsi couples for Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as In-vitro Fertilization and Intra Cytoplasmic Injection, including surrogate pregnancies. Jiyo Parsi scheme was started in 2013-14, and […]

Muslim League suspends leader after anti-CAA protest

The Kerala Unit of Indian Union Muslim League — an ally of the Congress Party — has suspended a district-level functionary for participating in a major, state-wide anti-CAA protest on Sunday. KM Basheer, a vice president for the party’s Beypore assembly unit, has been suspended from his position after he participated in Sunday’s ‘Human Chain’ […]

TV Journalists detained by Mangalore police

Journalists belonging to several Malayalam channels have been taken into custody in Mangalore by the police, according to reports by affected media outlets. According to these channels, their TV crews were reporting from Wenlock Hospital, where the bodies of the people killed in yesterday’s police shooting are kept, when a police team led by a […]

Kerala Mother awaits return of daughter who went to fight Jihad in Afghanistan

Bindu, the mother of Nimisha, who converted to Islam and went to fight the holy war in Afghanistan three years ago, is eagerly awaiting the return of her daughter. The case, which created an uproar in Kerala, involves the secret conversion of Nimisha — born in a prominent Nair family in Thiruvanthapuram — to Islam […]

Courts should not lay down religious principles – Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah today said that he was opposed to the idea of the judiciary donning the mantle of ecclesiastical courts and telling people how to worship their gods and interfering in their religious practices. He was answering a question about his “dual stand” on the issues of Sabarimala temple and Ram Janmabhoomi temple, […]

Sabarimala sent for consideration of a larger bench

The Sabarimala temple case has been referred to a larger, seven-judge bench, giving relief to pro-tradition activists. The case has been referred to a seven-judge bench on the basis of a 3:2 ruling by the judges. The case refers to a petition filed by some Delhi-based lawyers complaining that women devotees of Ayyappa are not […]

Kerala anti-conversion activist expresses regret over 2018 assault

Puliparambil Gopinath, a Hindutva activist who shot to fame last year after roughing up a team of Christian evangelists in Kodungallur in Kerala, has publicly expressed his regret at his past political choices and blamed Hindutva organizations for failing to support their workers in their hour of need. Gopinath, also known as Gopinath Kodungallur in […]

Beef withdrawn from Indian Consulate exhibition after protests

An Indian cultural organization was forced to take ‘beef curry and parota’ — a popular food item in the South Indian state of Kerala — from its menu at an exhibition organized by the Indian consulate in Frankfurt. The incident took place over the weekend at ‘Indien Fest’, an event aimed at giving local Germans […]

Triple Talaq Bill: Opposition feels cheated by BJP

Opposition party leaders today claimed that they were cheated by the BJP government, which, they said, broke a promise not to present Triple Talaq bill and UAPA bill in the Rajya Sabha before they were examined by select committee of MPs. Speaking to the media, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who heads the Congress Party’s Rajya Sabha […]

Kerala to ban ‘non-mainstream’ superstitions

The ‘Law Reforms Commission’ set up by the Kerala government two years ago has come up with a draft anti-superstition bill that will target those superstitions that cause ‘bodily harm’ and are not part of an established religion. The draft was prepared on the request of the Kerala government. The draft law will target ‘freelance’ […]