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The Good Girls: True-crime book investigates Badaun rape-murder allegations

by LAUREN CODLING THE author behind a true-crime book focusing on the alleged murders of two teenagers in India has revealed her motivations for covering the story, claiming she was “compelled” to understand the level of violent crimes against women in the country. The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing explores the death of two young […]

Mum and daughter tell stories of inclusivity

by LAUREN CODLING DOES creativity run in families? Taking one look at mother-and-daughter writing duo Salma and Amber Zaman, it would be hard to argue otherwise. Nine-year-old Amber wrote her first book My Lockdown Poems during lockdown. The collection of poems explores a number of 2020 experiences, including shortages of hand sanitiser, schools closing down […]

Leading British Asians reveal their 2021 goals

AS 2020 drew to a close last Thursday (31), Eastern Eye asked some prominent people to reflect on the year and reveal their hopes for 2021. We asked them: a. What have you learned about yourself in the past year? b. How would you reflect on 2020 and what are you looking forward to in […]

MasterChef finalist puts Nepal on culinary map

by LAUREN CODLING SANTOSH SHAH, a finalist in one of the UK’s most popular TV cooking shows, has revealed plans to open his own Nepalese restaurant in London. Shah was named runner-up, alongside chef Bart van Der Lee, after Alex Webb won the final of the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals last month. Despite not winning […]

After catastrophic year, Bollywood hopes for a 2021 comeback

The dancers stopped strutting on Bollywood film sets this year as the Indian film industry struggled to find any spring in its step during a disastrous 2020. The annus horribilis for the world’s most prolific movie industry began with the heartbreaking deaths in April within 36 hours of luminaries Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Others […]

Price of marriage pushes land out of reach in Sri Lanka

It was another day of agony for Rizeena, as she waited with her family at their home in eastern Sri Lanka to meet yet another potential husband for her sister – the 46th time they have tried to find someone to marry her in the past decade. Most of these meetings last only a few […]

‘Let’s end the shame of menstruation. Period’

by LAUREN CODLING AN INDIAN activist fighting to end period poverty has revealed the inspiration behind her charity, revealing her own experiences with the taboo surrounding menstruation. Suhani Jalota, 26, is the founder and CEO of the Myna Mahila Foundation. The organisation aims to erase the stigma of menstruation in India and empowers women by […]

Balochistan: Pakistan’s land of the disappeared

Hani Baloch and her fiance Nasim never thought of themselves as dissidents, but one day in May — just weeks before their wedding — the students were snatched by armed and hooded men she says were from Pakistan’s security services. The men accused the couple of being part of a terrorist organisation from Balochistan, the […]

Games without frontiers: Indians, Pakistanis team up for eSports

When India banned the hit PUBG mobile game over its diplomatic row with China, Zeyan Shafiq’s eSports team was suddenly left without players. So Shafiq, who is based in war-torn Kashmir, did something very unusual: he reached across the border to Pakistan. Shafiq, 18, feared reprisals over his move, but none came. It resulted in […]

‘What choice do we have?’: Rohingya women face odyssey of misery

Stay in a squalid refugee camp — hopeless, starving, and made to feel a burden — or leave, risking death, rape, human trafficking and months at sea to reach a husband you’ve never met. This is the bleak choice many Rohingya women, already scarred from fleeing violent persecution in Myanmar, are now facing. As conditions […]

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