1. What’s the story?
It reads like the script of bad Bollywood movie, but horrifyingly enough — it isn’t. On Thursday afternoon, the rape survivor from UP’s Unnao was set on fire by unidentified men. This, after (as 6 Things had earlier covered) she had already been grievously injured, and her relatives killed in a truck accident in July — allegedly orchestrated by her attacker. Preparations are now underway to airlift her to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital in a “very serious” condition with 90% burns.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
The Parliament, that’s where. The much-debated Citizenship Bill that was passed by the Cabinet earlier this week is all set to be tabled in the Parliament this Monday. [Quick recap: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to provide Indian nationality to six communities — Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, and Buddhists fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The bill amends the Citizenship Act 1955 to make illegal migrants in the select categories eligible for citizenship.]
3. What more?
India’s rural poverty seems to have shot up over the past few years — a first in several decades. “30 million people fell below India’s official poverty line and joined the ranks of the poor over the past six years.” And the situation shows no signs of improving.
4. Anything else?
After many an obstacle, the Government of India is finally ready with its Personal Data Protection Bill 2019. It is set to be introduced in the Parliament soon. The Bill, if it comes to pass, may drastically change an average Indian’s relationship with the Internet. Here are some important things you should know about this piece of legislature.
5. Is that all?
After many months of hesitation, the United States House Democrats have finally announced that they’re ready to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump on Thursday. (Quick recap: Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. )
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how the investigation into the murder of a journalist in the tiny island of Malta has exposed Europe’s failures and done more than plunge the country into deep and imminent crisis.