Two Indian teenage girls were gang-raped and hanged from a mango tree in an orchard near Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday, sparking hundreds to protest what they allege is police inaction.
TV footage showed hundreds of villagers sitting under the bodies later that day in silent protest of police inaction. The people are accusing the local police chief of ignoring a report by the girls' father on Tuesday night that they are missing.
Villagers apparently found the bodies of the girls, two cousins 14 and 15 years old, hanging from a tree on Wednesday. more >>
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised action and condemned as "totally unacceptable" the murder of a pregnant woman who was stoned to death by close to 20 members of her family for marrying her husband.
BBC News reported that Sharif has ordered the chief minister of Punjab province to take "immediate action" and submit a report by Thursday evening, detailing the incident that led to the death of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, who was three months pregnant at the time.
"The most shocking aspect of this killing, however, is that all the people witnessing the crime, even the law enforcers, were silent spectators as a woman was bludgeoned to her death," Dawn newspaper reported. more >>
A Christian school in Australia is facing backlash after its principal turned away two Muslim teachers earlier this month.
Mark Bensley, who heads Redlands College, a school affiliated with the Church of Christ and located in the Australian state of Queensland, explained his decision regarding the two headscarf-wearing Muslim women.
"I have a duty of care to ensure that those teaching at the College are actively supporting the Christian principles, practices and beliefs of the College," he wrote in a newsletter to parents on May 20. more >>
After months of telling families of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers that their loved ones are most likely dead, lead investigators have admitted that the plane is probably not in the main 528-mile search area in the Indian Ocean they had heavily focused on.
"The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered complete and in its professional judgment, the area can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370," the Australia-based Joint Agency Coordination Centre said, according to CNN.
In March, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the missing airplane, which disappeared on March 8 on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, carrying 239 people on board, had crashed in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean, and insisted that there is no reason to believe anyone could have survived the crash. more >>
A pregnant Pakistani woman was stoned to death by nearly 20 members of her family on Tuesday, allegedly for marrying a man out of love and going against her family's wishes.
"I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed in front of a court," Zia Awan, a prominent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist said, according to The Associated Press.
The 25-year-old woman, Farzana Parveen, is said to have been three months pregnant when her father, brothers, and other family members attacked her and her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, with batons and bricks in broad daylight before the high court of Lahore. more >>
A set of twin girls, who share a head but have separate faces and brains, are defying the odds and were Christened with the names Hope and Faith by their parents. According to their parents, Hope and Faith already exhibit distinct personalities, and they stand firmly by their decision to welcome the girls into the world instead of having an abortion.
"Faith tends to cry a little more, while Hope takes after her mum and likes to sleep a lot," Simon Howie said of his baby girls. "Faith blows little bubbles and loves sucking her thumb but Hope prefers the dummy [pacifier]," he told "Woman's Day" magazine.
The girls are not even two weeks old but have gained an international following after being born by Cesarean section. They are only one in 35 surviving cases of diprosopus, which means that they share a body, heart, limbs and skull but have their own brains and faces. more >>