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Tuesday, August 16 2022


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The 11 convicts have served a 14-year sentence in total. According to law, a life term means a minimum period of 14 years after which the convict can apply for remission. It is then the decision of the government to consider the application. Based on eligibility, prisoners are granted remission after the recommendation of the prison advisory committee as well as district legal authorities…Among the parameters considered are age, nature of the crime, behaviour in prison and so on.

That’s how a Gujarat official explained a state government panel’s unanimous decision to set free 11 men convicted of a brutal crime during the 2002 Gujarat riots. They gang-raped a pregnant Bilkis Bano and killed her three-year old daughter—along with 13 others. The case went nowhere until the Supreme Court stepped in to transfer it from Gujarat to Maharashtra—where a CBI court sentenced them to life imprisonment.  Indian Express has more on this horrific case.

 

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Big Story

Salman Rushdie: The history of a fatwa

The TLDR: At a literary event on Friday, the author was stabbed 10 times by a man—fulfilling a fatwa issued 33 years ago. We look at what happened—and the  almost-forgotten roots of this tragedy.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Independence Day: a quick round up
  • Donald Trump may be in big trouble 
  • FIFA shocker for Indian football
  • The Xavier’s swimsuit saga: the latest update
  • Apple cracks down on casteism
  • A horrifying mass die-off of fish in Europe
  • Gorillas in an Atlanta zoo use a special call to summon their caregivers

 

Sanity Break

  • Kahani Project’s beautiful animated film based on Gulzar’s poignant short story ‘Ravi Paar’

 

Smart & Curious

  • A list of good reads
  • A short list of intriguing things

 

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