India: EFI Newletter, December 2007

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Promoting Human Rights and the Freedom of Conscience
December 11, 2007
Editorial Team
Rev. Richard Howell
Arpana Mukha
Tehmina Arora

Monthly Magazine of EFI
The Church is called to a mind transformational mission. We should all proclaim the gospel and also demonstrate the gospel by being a holy nation and the salt, light and leaven of the world.
News at a Glance

Caste divide widens the generation gapMost of the 1,500 families who live in the village of Velunganandhal belong to the backward communities. Dalits, belonging to the Arundhadhiyar community, here live in separate areas earmarked for them, far away from the main road and the village temple.

Our kids still dying young
The Unicef report Progress for Children says malnutrition accounts for 50 per cent of under-five deaths. It is also responsible for low weight among children.

First school for HIV+ kids
The civic body has scored a first by deciding to set up schools exclusively for the children challenged by HIV-positive and AIDS.

UP adopts bill to curb ragging
The Uttar Pradesh assembly, on Thursday, adopted a bill aimed at curbing ragging in educational institutions and which envisages two-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 for offenders.

'YSR govt spawning child labour'
A recent international report has revealed that the state government is making a mockery of the recently-enacted Anti-Child Labour Act by actively encouraging the continuance of bonded and inhuman child labour, especially in the cotton fields in the state

Separate and Unequal
Is it time to advocate for a completely separate apparatus of courts, law enforcement mechanisms and laws for women? What are the strengths and limits of such a proposal?

Career, not caste, clicks for web knots
The young India that is logging in to matrimonial websites to hunt partners is slowly logging out caste and community barriers.

India slips down the education ladder
India has slipped five ranks since last year to 105 on global education parameters leading to fears that the country would miss most of the millennium development goals for its children, according to a report by UN education watchdog UNESCO.

Working women can claim maintenance
A woman, who has been deserted by her husband, can claim maintenance from him inspite of her efforts to earn a monthly income, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Christian kids must go to Christian schools: Archbishop
Triggering outrage in the state's social and political circles, a senior church functionary in Kerala has asked Christians to send their children to schools run by Christians only.

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