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95% Jump in Child Porn Traffic: NCPCR Sends Notice to Google, WhatsApp

Hindustan Times - New Delhi, India, 4/25/2020

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sent notices to Google, WhatsApp and Twitter citing gaps on these platforms which make children vulnerable to online sexual abuse. The NCPCR said in a statement that while conducting an inquiry on the availability of online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), it noticed that the pornographic materials were easily accessible through Apps on Google Play Store and WhatsApp groups. In their notices to the social media platforms, the NCPCR cited the research study by the India Child Protection Fund which found that the online child porn traffic from India had increased by 95% between March 24 and March 26 as compared to the average traffic before the lockdown.

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Lesbian Couple’s Custody Case Takes China into Unchartered Legal Waters

Reuters - Beijing, China, 4/24/2020

A Chinese lesbian couple’s court battle over the custody of their two children has stirred debate over LGBTQIA+ rights. Shanghai resident Zhang Peiyi turned to the courts after her partner broke off communication with her and took their two children away to an unknown location in the aftermath of their separation in 2019. Zhang, who has a biological relationship to only one child, had the children with her former partner with the help of reproductive technology in the United States. More LGBTQIA+ couples are choosing to have families but many find themselves pushing up against the limits of the law if the relationship ends due to the absence of laws in China for same-sex marriage and LGBTQIA+ parental claims to children after separation.

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Rajasthan HC Ruling puts Question Mark over ID Proof for Access to Services

News Click - Rajasthan, India, 4/23/2020

The Rajasthan High Court on April 15, 2020 had ruled that the transgender community cannot be denied necessary treatment because of the lack of identity cards. A petitioner had earlier approached the court and listed the grievances of the transgender community including their inability to access treatment on account of not possessing documents that could establish their identity. They further added that IDs were needed even to get a pass to get out of the house during the lockdown. The Right to Food Campaign has demanded that the government does away with the requirement for ration cards or an identity proof at this time, and distribute rations universally, to all in need.

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Kenyan Chiefs Go Door-To-Door to Stop Female Genital Cutting Amid Coronavirus

The Fiji Times - Nairobi, Kenya, 4/22/2020

After receiving reports of female genital mutilation (FGM) being performed on girls during the school closures due to coronavirus, village chiefs in Kenya have decided to make house-to-house checks in order to stop the prevalence of the practice. Felister Gitonga, programme officer for Equality Now stated “We are receiving increased reports of gender based violence, from FGM and child marriage to defilement and domestic violence due to women and girls being stuck indoors.”

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MCO: 27 More Pregnant Women Brought Home from Singapore

Malay Mail, Singapore, 4/21/2020

A total of 38 Malaysians, including 27 pregnant women, have been brought home by bus from Singapore on April 21st, 2020 via the Johor causeway. Reportedly, this is the second such arrangement after the first was made by the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore to help 70 pregnant Malaysian women along with 10 children and people with disabilities return home on April 2. St John Ambulance of Malaysia secretary-general Hoo We Tak explained that two bus trips have been organized in order to maintain the social distancing on account of Covid-19.

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