Afghan Man Murders Cousin, 15, After Her Family Rejects His Marriage Proposal

  • An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina’s throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in Afghanistan feel entitled to maim or murder women and girls who have angered them. [Guardian UK]
  • Some important marriage equality cases are headed to the Supreme Court tomorrow — read this and brush up on what’s going on. [Mother Jones]
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  • U.S. professional soccer is making its third attempt to form a women’s league. [Think Progress]
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  • The family of Savita Halappanavar, the Indian woman who died from blood poisoning in Ireland after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy while she was painfully miscarrying, is threatening to take the government to the European Court Of Human Rights. [Irish Central]
  • A Russian court has banned web sites from posting videos of Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” performance in which they spoke out against President Vladmir Putin inside a church. []
  • Berlin, Germany, has opened its first assisted-living facility for lesbian and gay folks. [Queerty]

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