I’m writing this column, as I always do, in my local coffee shop and I’m shamelessly eavesdropping on the conversation of two mums from my son’s Year Five group. There was a time when eavesdropping would reward me with stories of affairs, shoplifting and lanced boils, but these days, in this coffee shop by the school, the intense, hushed chatter is, of course, about schools. Parents who are past this stage – and those who don’t have children – find talk of combing through education options as interesting as learning about a charcoal soup recipe. But as my good friend Whitney once said, I believe the children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way. I used to live in a very fancy-pants part of London. Most of my fellow parents put their kids in the local, “outstanding” primary school (“Because why pay for colouring in?” honked one neighbourhood mum), then paid for private school or moved away … [Read more...] about I don’t want my kids to be segregated at school, whether for academic or religious reasons – why do other people?
Why hindu girl like muslim boy
She was an eight-year-old girl, who, while grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India in January, followed a man into the forest. Days later, Asifa Bano's small, lifeless body was recovered there. Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and for three days, raped several times by different men. Asifa was eventually strangled on 17 January, something police say would have happened sooner had one man not insisted on waiting, so that he could rape her a final time. To ensure she was dead, Asifa's killers hit her twice on the head with a stone, according to charging documents filed by police in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and published by the Indian news website Firstpost. Read more India has a press freedom problem, watchdog groups warn In the months since, Asifa's death has brought anguish to Kathua, the small town where she was killed. But it's also brought division. Asifa's case is the latest example of India's religious friction: as some denounce sexual violence and … [Read more...] about Asifa Bano: Rape and murder of eight-year-old girl highlights tensions between Indian Hindus and Muslims