Thursday, October 29 2020

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They were taken by security personnel into the cellar, not knowing what was going on… And then they were presented to a female doctor and they were basically strip-searched and had to take everything downwards off, all their clothes, even their underwear.

That’s a passenger’s description of what happened to 18 women on 10 separate flights departing from Doha, Qatar. When authorities found a newborn baby abandoned in a trash bin at the airport, they dragged these women off the plane and subjected them to “vaginal checks”—to ensure that none of them was the mother. The Qatar government says the aim “was to prevent the perpetrators of the horrible crime from escaping” and that it “regrets any distress or infringement on the personal freedoms.” The only silver lining: the baby girl is alive and well.

Big Story

A big question about Aarogya Setu

The TLDR: A Right To Information complaint revealed that the government claims it has no knowledge of who developed its own Covid contact tracing app. It has since offered a vague clarification—which raises more questions than it answers, and sharpens concerns about privacy.


In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Indian NGO scores UN award
  • Kim K’s birthday gift to the internet
  • K Pop singers are now totally unreal
  • Fake news trolls target Indian Americans

I Recommend

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