News from the Global South

Anti-CAA Stir: Queer Groups, Sex Workers Take Center Stage

The Hindu - New Delhi, India, 1/4/2020

Protesters from all genders, sexual and caste minorities along with other marginalised groups of migrants as well as sex workers gathered at Jantar Mantar on January 3, 2020 to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The event was organised on the birth anniversary of social reformist Savitribai Phule, who is known as the first woman educationalist in India. As many as 45 different groups from a cross-section of society were present, including the All India Network of Sex Workers, Telangana Hijra Intersex Samiti, The Queer Muslim Project, Pink List, Trans Now Collective, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), National Federation of Indian Women among others. The common refrain among these groups was that the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens will affect all minority groups.

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Egypt Arrests 17 Suspects Over Mob Sexual Harassment Incident

Egypt Independent, Egypt, 1/3/2020

Daqahliya authorities have arrested 17 people over their involvement in an incident of mass sexual harassment in Egypt, after a video showing a mob of men surrounding a young woman in Mansoura on New Year’s Eve was shared online. The video showed several dozen men pushing around the 20-year-old woman, and reignited a long-running controversy over rampant sexual harassment in Egypt. The woman had allegedly gone out with a female friend on New Year's Eve, when the group of young men crowded around her. Some male bystanders clashed with the harassers, trying to defend her until she eventually got physically trapped between the two camps. According to a 2013 UN study, 99 percent of women in Egypt have been subjected to some form of sexual harassment.

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Allahabad University VC Resigns after Allegations of Mishandling Cases of Sexual Misconduct, Corruption

News18 - Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, 1/2/2020

Allahabad University Vice Chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo, who had been facing allegations of mishandling cases of sexual misconduct and corruption, has resigned. Rekha Sharma, Chair of National Commission of Women, claimed that the Commission had sent a team to the campus recently that had found grave irregularities. She said, ‘The team also spoke to women in the university and mishandling of sexual harassment cases was established.’ Several complaints against Hangloo's style of functioning had been filed in the past as well. In one such case, the National Commission of Women (NCW) had made an 'adverse' against him. Hangloo however, said that he has ‘always performed his duties in an honest manner’ and ‘stood up to pressure and interference’.

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No Maintenance for Wife and Child if Adultery is Proved: HC

The Hindu, India, 1/2/2020

The Bombay High Court recently upheld a subsection in the Criminal Procedural code and said when allegations of adultery are proven against the wife, a man does not have to pay his former wife and her child maintenance. Justice Nitin Sambre was hearing a criminal petition filed by an ex-wife in 2016 challenging the cancellation of maintenance of Rs 500 to her and Rs 400 to her son by her ex-husband. After their divorce, a magistrate had approved the given amount the ex-husband had to pay as maintenance, but thereafter, the man filed a revision application for cancellation of maintenance, which was allowed on the grounds that the woman had been involved in ‘adultery’. It is this application that the ex-wife had challenged before the HC.

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UGM Officials Criticise Rectorate’s Huge Revisions to Sexual Violence Regulation

The Jakarta Post - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1/1/2020

Top officials at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia have protested against the huge revisions made by the rectorate to a draft sexual violence prevention regulation in the university, calling the revisions ‘pro-perpetrators’. Muhadjir Darwin, head of the drafting team, said the rectorate cut the regulation from 11 chapters and 36 articles to 18 articles without chapters. The team had drafted the regulation after consulting with several institutions including the National Commission on Violence Against Women and gender experts. Last month, the UGM rectorate had received harsh criticism from student unions after delaying the passing of the regulation for months. The students protested the delay on Twitter with viral hashtags like #UGMBohong (UGMLies) and #UGMBohongLagi (UGMLiesAgain).

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