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Two Child Policy for Govt Jobs, Panchayat Elections Creates Controversy

Northeast Today - Assam, India, 6/5/2017

Assam government introduced a draft population policy for the state which denies government jobs and chance to participate in Panchayat and Municipal elections to those with more than two children. Released to the public, the goal of the policy, as written down, states that every family in Assam should have quality education, healthcare and employment opportunities. The draft population policy and its drastic measures have generated massive criticism from various sources. The opposition Congress said that they will not accept any policy, the decision on which had been taken unilaterally by the state government.

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Traffickers Lure Indian Girls into Sex Slavery with “Taj Mahal” Promise

The Himalayan Times - New Delhi, India, 6/5/2017

Human traffickers in India are luring village girls into sex slavery with promises of visiting the Taj Mahal, a charity said on June 5, as criminal gangs find new ways to enslave the poor. Rishi Kant, of anti-trafficking charity Shakti Vahini, said 15 girls and young women were last week rescued from a brothel in the northern city of Agra. Six of the girls, all aged between 17 and 19 and from villages in the impoverished district of South 24 Parganas on India’s eastern border with Bangladesh, were reported missing in March. The brothel owner, a 24-year-old woman, has been arrested. Police are still looking for the traffickers.

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Why Homosexuality Is on the Increase in Nigeria – FG

Daily Post, Nigeria, 6/4/2017

The Federal Government has said homosexuality is on the increase in the country, as Nigerian youths now have more tolerance towards it. During a programme titled, ‘Anti-Corruption: The Role of Media as Change Agents’ in Abuja on June 3 Garba Abari, the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), stated, ‘It is pertinent to note that the advent of satellite broadcasting has continued to pose a serious challenge to our traditional culture and religious values and our identity as a people. Our youths are now being deceived by the international media with values that are at variance with our culture and the teachings of our religion.’

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New, Robust Child Law Comes into Effect

Viet Nam News - Hanoi, Vietnam, 6/2/2017

A new law on protecting and caring for children became effective on Thursday (June 1), with a variety of regulations aiming to comprehensively intensify children’s rights enforcement. The law provides regulations ensuring various children’s entitlements, such as the right of privacy, the right to live with parents, the right to be adopted and the right to be protected from abuse including violence, sexual harassment, labour exploitation, abandonment and kidnapping. It has also created a firm legal foundation to improve the efficiency of preventing, controlling, detecting and handling child abuse.

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Health Ministry Holds Contest on How to ‘Prevent’ Homosexuality

Free Malaysia Today - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6/2/2017

Malaysian health authorities are holding a contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality and transgender people, drawing criticism from campaigners that it is fanning hatred and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The contest guidelines added that the videos must include elements showing the ‘consequences’ of being LGBT, as well as how to ‘prevent, control and seek help’ for them. Activists say intolerance of LGBT people has spiked in recent years in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic country. Homosexuality is taboo in Malaysia, where gay sex is criminalised, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, caning or a fine.

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