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SC for Putting HIV-Affected Kids in Disadvantaged Group for Education

The New Indian Express - New Delhi, India, 3/31/2017

The Supreme Court today asked the State Governments to consider issuing a notification to include children living with HIV as belonging to disadvantaged group for imparting compulsory education. ‘We are of a prima facie view that the state governments need to consider issuance of notification to include children living with or affected by HIV as belonging to disadvantaged group under the provisions of the Right to Education Act,’ a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said.

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Judge Suspended Over Schoolgirl's Sexual Assault Case That Shocked Mexico

The Guardian, Mexico, 3/30/2017

A Mexican judge who freed a wealthy young man accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, on the grounds that the perpetrator did not enjoy himself, has been suspended, judicial authorities announced on March 29. Prosecutors in southern Mexico had earlier said they are appealing against the court ruling that dismissed sexual assault charges against the suspect because there was no proof he acted ‘with lascivious intent’. The ruling shocked many in Mexico, where the case had already become emblematic of the impunity often enjoyed by wealthy men.

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Mariela Castro Promotes Pro-LGBT ‘Legislative Package’ in Cuba

Washington Blade, Cuba, 3/30/2017

The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on March 29 said there is a ‘legislative package’ that would extend rights to LGBT Cubans. Diario de Cuba, an independent website that is blocked in Cuba, reported Mariela Castro, who is director of the country’s National Center for Sexual Education, did not provide specific details when she spoke to reporters at her organisation’s headquarters in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. Mariela Castro said the Cuban National Assembly could consider the package once they approve proposed constitutional reforms, which Diario de Cuba said could take place in 2018.

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Alarming Increase in Gang Rape Cases, Child Sexual Abuse in Indonesia

Jakarta Globe, Indonesia, 3/29/2017

The number of gang rape cases has increased since 2015, Witness and Victim Protection Agency, or LPSK, and child rights watchdog report. According to National Commission on Child Protection (Komnas PA) chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait, gang rapes are most often recorded in war-torn countries, their occurrence in Indonesia is therefore staggering. In 2015, 44 gang rape cases were reported; nine victims died. In 2016 the number was almost double, with 82 incidents recorded. The first months of 2017 have already seen 26 gang rapes, in which three victims succumbed to their injuries.

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Linking Benefits for AIDS Patients to Aadhaar Triggers Privacy Concerns

Hindustan Times - Bhopal, India, 3/28/2017

Linking people living with the HIV and AIDS with Aadhaar cards is allegedly driving away patients from hospitals and antiretroviral therapy (ATR) centres in Madhya Pradesh. The patients feared that the compulsory submission of Aadhaar card to get free medicines and medical check-ups under a government’s AIDS control scheme, could lead to disclosure of their identity, inviting social stigma. The Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data collected and maintained by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

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