Filipino Maid Sentenced to 100 Lashes and Year in Prison
A Filipino maid accused of killing her male employer received a sentence of 100 lashes, a year in prison, a monetary penalty and faces deportation. She had to agree to pay the victim's family 150,000 dirhams ($41,000) blood money in order for them to drop their insistence that the death penalty be carried out. In a United Arab Emirtes Jail, Filipino maid Sarah Balabagan pleaded for mercy from the lashes. Supporters plan to ask UAE President Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayan for her pardon. Balabaga n claims she acted in self-defense as her employer was raping her when she killed him.
Media Resources: Source: The Nando Times - October 31, 1995
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. . . .