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The Morning Wrap: The Fairness Epidemic; Bajrang Dal Interrupts Inter-Faith Wedding

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

29/09/2017 10:24 AM IST | Updated 29/09/2017 10:44 AM IST
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Essential HuffPost

From experimenting with unprescribed steroidal creams to injecting themselves with medicines meant to treat liver diseases, Indians are putting their lives at grave risk to get fairer skin. Piyasree Dasgupta tracks this disturbing trend.

HuffPost India's Ankur Pathak meets Ekta Kapoor for a candid tete-a-tete and learns about her views on regressive television shows, feminist and arthouse cinema and her disdain for the hypocrisy of liberals.

Filmmaker Mohammad Farooqui's acquittal in a rape case was based on a misogynistic and selective reading of the evidence, argues NR Mohanty in the HuffPost blog.

Main News

In the ongoing fight between BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and his party, Sinha scored a goal, as he defiantly claimed that the current finance minister, Arun Jaitley, would have been out of his job had Sinha applied for the role.

Royona Singh, the first woman to become the chief proctor of Banaras Hindu University in the institution's 101-year-old history, is standing up against the patriarchal prejudices that run the place, including a ban on alcohol for girls and curbing their freedom to wear clothes of their choice.

A woman from Delhi was allegedly raped by 23 men in Rajasthan after she was abducted by two men from the outskirts of Bikaner in the middle of the day. No arrests have been made so far.

Off The Front Page

The national aviation watchdog has ordered that if a flight does not initiate takeoff within five minutes of air traffic control clearance, it will be moved to the end of the queue and allowed to depart only when a slot is available.

With the life on the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan under threat, the prison he is held is not taking any chances, sending the food served to him for tasting and preserving samples for about 48 hours.

Members of the Bajrang Dal allegedly interrupted the marriage of an inter-faith couple in Meerut. The man and woman were produced before a court in Faridabad but were allowed to go after it became clear there was no abduction involved in the proceedings.

Opinion

In spite of the mounting criticism against the BJP due to its shoddy execution of economic policies, the party faces no real threat either in Gujarat or Himachal Pradesh, Rajdeep Sardesai says in the Hindustan Times.

The time is ripe to formulate dynamic policies to deal with sexual abuse of children, instead of remaining mired in theoretical discourses, writes Bhuwan Ribhu in the Hindustan Times.

The verdict in the case of Mohammad Farooqui, acquitting him of raping a foreign national, lays down a new paradigm to deal with sexual assault, argues Nandita Rao in The Indian Express.

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