Acrush: the Boyband of Girls Winning Hearts in China
The Guardian, China, 4/30/2017
China’s latest boyband have all the usual trappings: five attractive singers, upbeat music and a loyal fanbase of young women. But in one crucial detail they are different. This boyband is made up entirely of girls. Acrush have yet to release their first single, but their fan page has already attracted more than 750,000 followers after a series of live performances. Their admirers already call the women ‘husbands’, a term usually used by female Chinese fans to refer to male pop stars.
Now, Get Condoms Delivered to Your Doorstep Absolutely Free
HuffPost, India, 4/28/2017
The global charity AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has launched India's first free condom store, with the aim of reducing cases of HIV and AIDS in the country. According to the United Nations, there are 2.1 million people infected with HIV in India, the third highest number among the countries of the world. AHF says that its new initiative is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Anyone can place an order over phone or email to get condoms delivered to their doorstep. Not only are the condoms free, the foundation will bear the cost of shipping them too. However, it is expected to take 5 to 7 working days to ship the condoms.
Sexual Violence Between Married Couples Haram, Clerics Say
The Jakarta Post - Cirebon, Indonesia, 4/27/2017
Female Muslim clerics attending an Indonesian women's ulema congress in Cirebon, West Java, issued a fatwa that says sexual violence is haram (forbidden under Islamic law), even if it occurs between married couples. ‘All forms of sexual violence are haram for both married and unmarried couples. Islam and the Constitution have guaranteed that all people must be protected from sexual violence,’ said Priyati, a female cleric from Jakarta. According to the fatwa, sexual violence is against the people’s hifd an nafs (right to life), hifd al irdhu (rights of freedom and being respected) and hifd an nasl (rights to reproduce), all of which are the rights that are guaranteed under Islamic law, which is in line with the 1945 Constitution.
LGBT Groups Blast Moon for Anti-Homosexuality Remarks
The Korea Herald, South Korea, 4/26/2017
A group of South Korean gay rights activists were apprehended Wednesday, April 26 while staging a protest at the National Assembly against presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in over his remarks against homosexuality. 13 people were taken to police stations for investigation after they tried to approach Moon, demanded his apology and chanted slogans while the candidate of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea was addressing his supporters on a podium. During a televised debate a day earlier, Moon expressed his opposition to homosexuality and the legalisation of it when asked by candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the far-right Liberty Korea Party. ‘I oppose it. I don’t like it. But I oppose discrimination (against homosexuals),’ he said.
Indian Film 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' Cleared for Release
The Daily Mail, India, 4/26/2017
An award-winning Hindi film exploring women's sexuality that was blocked by India's censorship board for being ‘lady-oriented’ has been cleared for release by an appeals tribunal, officials said. India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) sparked uproar in February when it refused to certify ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, in a case that again raised fears over creative freedom in the country. Director Alankrita Shrivastava appealed the decision and in a statement published late Tuesday, April 25 the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) ordered the CBFC to release the movie, albeit with a few cuts. It ruled that ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ was suitable for anyone aged 18 or over and should be given an adult certificate.