Indian weddings have a reputation for being large, expensive affairs. So what's a girl to do if her family can't afford to give her that sort of wedding, especially if part of the reason her family can't afford it is because she doesn't have a father in the picture?
Well, in the case of 111 Indian women, a wealthy diamond trader has come to the rescue. In addition to holding a mass wedding for the women, Mahesh Savani also gave them gifts of gold and other treasures worth about 450,000 rupees, or a little more than $7,000, reports Dawn.
Savani, who has now organized weddings for 251 women, says he views himself as a foster father to all of them.
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The anonymous Middle East artist who became famous for his uncomfortable depictions of Disney princesses in shocking situations with their fathers is back in the news again — this time for his protest of the fur industry. Saint Hoax created a series of illustration of famous Disney animals, like Simba, Bambi and Timon, and depicted them without their fur, sitting in pools of blood.
The images are disturbing. According to The Independent, each image also contains the message "Animals are beaten, electrocuted or even skinned alive for their fur. Boycott fur.” Saint Hoax said he hoped the images would lead people to reconsider buying real fur this winter season.
Many college students around the world are trying to get their universities to divest their endowment holdings in companies that produce and profit from fossil fuels. Students at Harvard have been leading the charge — and they're trying a new strategy to try and force action where they've so far been unsuccessful: They're going to court.
PRI's Living on Earth talked to Evan Mandery, a law professor at City University of New York who says divestment is a slippery slope — admitting that there are a lot of things people dislike in this world. But, he adds, university leaders need to carefully hear their students and consider whether fossil fuels might be something that is sufficiently concerning to warrant divestment.
Australian journalist Alanah Pearce is a 21-year-old woman whose job regularly puts her into conflict with adolescent boys. In particular, adolescent boys who are seriously into video games. Pearce reviews video games — and she doesn't hold back. And that sometimes irritates the youngsters, who take to social media to lash out at her. Oftentimes, they'll threaten her with violence, even rape, and call her misogynistic names.
But Pearce has a new strategy for dealing with these misanthropes — she's telling mom. Pearce tells Al Jazeera America about four separate occasions has taken screenshots of the offending Facebook messages she's received and sent them to the mothers. They're usually horrified and Pearce says it's been a somewhat more effective strategy than her previous tactic of calling out the offenders publicly.
Champions of the Canadian Football League receive the Grey Cup — sort of the Canadian version of the NFL's Lombardi Trophy. This year's winner was the Calgary Stampeders, but when players hoisted their prize, something went wrong: The trophy split in two.
But PRI's The World reports this isn't even the first time the coveted cup has become two pieces, instead of one. In fact, the Grey Cup has broken in half at least six times, including just two years ago when the Toronto Argonauts hoisted their prize in front of a crowd of fans.
Five people are dead in southern France after the worst rain in years sent rivers raging and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes over the weekend. The flooding is worse than historic flooding back in 1999, leading the government to move 3,000 people from their homes in the Pyrénées-Orientales region, according to The Guardian.
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