Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | December 30, 2012
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Calls mount for tough anti-rape laws

NEW DELHI (AP):Shocked Indians yesterday were mourning the death of a woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago, in an ordeal that galvanised people to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was aware of the emotions the attack has stirred, adding it was up to all Indians to ensure that the young woman's death will not have been in vain.

"Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds, but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," an hospital official said.


Gay marriage law takes effect in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP):Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate.

With tears in their eyes, they were among the first gay couples to exchange wedding vows early yesterday morning after Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight.

After waiting years and seeing marriage rights nearly awarded and then retracted, gay couples in Maine's largest city didn't have to wait a moment longer than necessary to wed, with licences issued at the stroke of midnight as the law went into effect.

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