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Ashok Sharma

Ashok Sharma is an author at Religion News Service.

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India’s top court split on school ban on Muslim headscarves

By Ashok Sharma — October 14, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — The dispute began early this year when a government-run school in Karnataka’s Udupi district barred students wearing hijabs from entering classrooms.

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

By Krutika Pathi and Ashok Sharma — January 15, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church.

Top Indian court intervenes in hate speeches against Muslims

By Ashok Sharma — January 12, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Wednesday said it will take up a petition seeking prosecution of several saffron-robed Hindu religious leaders for allegedly making highly provocative speeches against Muslims at a closed-door meeting last month. Three Supreme Court judges said they were issuing a notice to the Uttarakhand state government that they […]

Hindu religious leader held for insulting Gandhi in India

By Ashok Sharma — December 30, 2021
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu religious leader for allegedly making a derogatory speech against India’s independence leader.
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