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As we celebrate the festival of lights, good tidings beckon women power in India, with the Rajasthan judiciary set to see an avalanche of female judges presiding over the courts. ThePrint, which reports the story, predicts that this bodes well for India’s young women to bolster their intervention in public affairs and induce structural changes in the matters of gender rights and safety.

And from neighbouring Gujarat, Mojo Story first revealed that the Centre had, in fact, approved the premature release of Bilkis Bano’s rapists, and killers, which was then officially confirmed in a Gujarat government affidavit. This was even as the CBI Special Court had strenuously opposed the discharge. Mojo Story discusses the impact, and what can be done to overcome the technicalities to reverse this distortion of justice.

TrueCopy Think reports from the ground in Palakkad, the rice bowl of Kerala, on how the procurement of paddy has been delayed by the private mills for months together even after the harvesting. With no facility to store the harvested crop, small and marginal farmers lament the inattention of the government and their plight.

The expansion of the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, recommended by successive governments, has been on hold for the last five years because a gold prospecting project adjacent to the earmarked forest has found priority. The Probe investigates.

For more such stories from our grantees this week, please read on.

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali!


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Eight out of 10 Rajasthan judicial exam toppers were women. Get ready for army of female judges

Rajasthan is seeing a deluge of subordinate judiciary women aspirants who see this route, not just as a personal aspiration but as a way to reform gender inequities and empower themselves and other marginalised women. ThePrint reports.

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Why did Modi government bypass CBI on Bilkis Bano case to release rapists?

Mojo Story finds that the Ministry of Home Affairs approved the remission to the rapists, and killers, of Bilkis Bano and her family, for “good behaviour” even though they were convicted of the most heinous crimes possible.

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സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ മില്ലുകള്‍ വേണം, അരിയാകാതെ പോകരുത് കര്‍ഷകരുടെ അധ്വാനം

TrueCopy Think reports from Palakkad, Kerala, where the non-procurement of crops, months after the harvest by private players is adversely impacting small and marginal farmers with the government turning a deaf ear.

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Greed for gold in the way of expansion of wildlife sanctuary in Chhattisgarh?

In an investigative story, The Probe dwells on how the expansion of the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh, to include the flora and fauna of 22 reserved parcels of forest land, has been in limbo for five years now. This is even as the gold prospecting in Baghmara, located at a distance of 1.6 km from the sanctuary, continues.

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