Three women have been assaulted in a week at the University of Maryland in College Park. Police report that a freshman was beaten and raped, a graduate student was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly and a man attempted to assault another graduate student, ordering her to get in her car. The most recent victim escaped after spraying the assailant in the face with pepper spray. University students are urging the police to step up security.
Police described one attacker as a 25 to 30-year-old white man with a deep voice, medium build, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing around 200 pounds, wearing a dark jacket. The suspect in the most recent attack was described as a white man, 6 feet tall, weighing around 195 pounds, with blond hair in a ponytail, wearing a plaid shirt under a dark jacket.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .