Lawmakers clash over AP bifurcation bill
On Dec. 16, 2012, a young physiotherapist was brutally raped by seven men aboard a moving bus in Delhi and died from injuries that occurred during the attack. One year later, international media took a look at strides India has made to prevent similar attacks and safety measures that have not yet been implemented (NDTV, Post). While India's parliament has passed laws awarding heftier punishments for those convicted of crimes against women, Asian Age, the Hindustan Times, and the Pioneer, among others, noted that attitudes towards women have not changed (BBC). The Hindustan Times, for example, reported that several judgments on rape cases have been biased, based on a woman's "chastity and marriageability," while Agence France Presse noted that justice is not as readily forthcoming for women in rural India (Hindustan Times, AFP, NDTV). Some media reports focused on micro-level changes in Indian behavior, such as the demand for self-defense classes, and the Wall Street Journal highlighted dispatches from a gender-sensitivity training workshop for policemen in Delhi (Reuters India Insight, WSJ India Realtime). Overall, the verdict in the media was that while there is greater discussion and introspection surrounding violence against women, such crimes have not yet abated.
Agerola, a community in the Naples province of Italy and the ancestral home of Gen. Paolo Avitabile, an Italian soldier-turned-mercenary who was hired by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 1800s to govern Wazirabad (modern-day Peshawar), recently sent a letter to Pervez Khattak, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, expressing an interest in creating a twin city relationship with between the province's capital (ET). According to a letter from Agerola Mayor Luca Mascolo, the affiliation would encourage the study of cities' culture, art, literature, and language, as well as increase links between non-governmental organizations and trade associations operating in both places. Mascolo noted that "there is a growing awareness and appreciation between the two cities for each other's culture and people," and "We look forward to the limitless possibilities of this relationship."
-- Bailey Cahall