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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. anger in india after the death of a second dalit woman in a few days from an alleged gang rape. a quarter of the uk will be under local lockdowns by this weekend as liverpool and four other areas in northern england face tighter restrictions. the rise in extremism is centre stage in the us oresidential race. the rise in extremism is centre stage in the us presidential race. we report from portland, hearing from members of both far—right and far—left groups. us model chrissy teigen opens up about the loss of her baby during pregnancy. we'll hear how her comments could help thousands of other women going through the same ordeal.
hello, welcome. we start in india, where the country is once again going through grief and outrage following the deaths and alleged gang rapes of two young women. in 2012, there was an outpouring of anger after the sexual assault and murder of a female student in delhi. tougher laws against rape in india have been brought in, but the country's still struggling to tackle sexual violence against women. the bbc‘s arunoday mukharji has this report from delhi. she sobs devastated and heartbroken. another indian mother torn apart by grief. under indian law, we can't show you herface, nor the face of the victim, her daughter. her death came two weeks after four men allegedly brutalised, tortured and gang raped her.
some details too horrific to relay. a heinous crime, but one that india is all too familiar with. she was a dalit, formally known as untouchable, the lowest in the hindu caste system. her case has brought into focus the powerlessness felt by those at the bottom of it. the dalit girl stripped of her dignity in life, and also, the family claim, in death. the police, they told us, hastily cremated her body in the dead of night, despite their protests. translation: i spent the whole night crying. i didn't know what had happened. they could have shown us her body and let us conduct the last rites. one doesn't get closure if this isn't done. they beat some people and the car reached the funeral ground. they started beating family members and kicking them there. is this any way to behave?
the treatment of this dalit family by the state police, supposed to protect and deliver justice to all, has sparked nationwide outrage. the incident, barely 200 kilometres from the capital city of delhi in the city of hathras, has exposed india's social fault lines. this case is about caste and this case is about caste supremacy, and they have committed this offence just to teach a lesson to this particular family because, as a dalit family and as a dalit girl, she is not supposed to assert her right, not even as an equal citizen, but even as a human being. dalit people in india have suffered discrimination and violence for generations due to a caste structure that pushes them to the bottom of the social hierarchy. those from the upper caste
often use their status to dominate and even humiliate those beneath them through physical and at many times sexual violence. india sees 87 rapes every single day, but the barbarity of this crime has once again brought protestors out onto the streets. in 2012, a young student was brutally tortured and gang raped on a moving bus in new delhi. the case attracted global headlines and sparked unprecedented protests, forcing the government to introduce the death penalty for rapists in india. but it's achieved little. the cult of masculinity is the biggest demerit of policing in india. whether it is a police station, whether it is the subculture in which the police operates, the cult of masculinity that percolates down to the dna of policing needs to be set right and that would be a major course correction. the dust has barely settled on this case, but news of another gang rape and murder are dominating headlines. a 22—year—old woman, allegedly
drugged, tortured and raped, died on her way to the hospital in the same state. another grim reminder of the realities on the ground. a shocked india reflects today. what more can be done to stop this horrific trend? the rape cases have added to long standing criticism by human rights groups of the indian government, who have accused delhi of failing to protect minorities. one group is amnesty international, who today closed their india office, claiming they were forced to cease their operations in india after reprisals by the government. they say that delhi froze the organisation's bank accounts, and that they were having to suspend all campaigning and research in the country. the indian home ministry says the human rights group was circumventing rules restricting foreign funding. let's get the thoughts from david griffiths, director of office of the secretary general for amnesty international. we will come to your work when it
comes to the closure of your office in india in a moment. ijust would like to get your thoughts on these two extremely grim cases in india. given the changes in law after the horrific case in 2012, why are we still seeing these cases come up? these terrible cases, and these are about two overlapping epidemics of environments in india. on the one hand, the epidemic of the violence against dalit people, considered to be at the bottom of india's cast hierarchy, and at the other hand, the epidemic of violence against women. and when these two intersect, we see the most horrific cases of violence carried out, to humiliate dalit women. as your report said, they are happening once every 15 minutes on average in india, and yet sometimes one comes along, or two
this week, that really shock the nation and shock the whole world. why is it still happening? that's the question that everybody is asking. it's not just the question that everybody is asking. it's notjust a new legislation is been introduced since 2012, there is also the prevention of atrocities act, designed to tackle violence against dalit, which has been run for 30 years, and yet the crime rate continues to go up, the crime rate continues to go up, the conviction rates continued to go down. this is something the government of india badly need to get a government of india badly need to geta grip government of india badly need to get a grip on. so the laws from the top, why, how is it that they are not filtering down to the ground level there? what we see in india is a culture of long—standing impunity, and unless there is a consistent implementation of the law, unless the culprits are brought to justice, and cases like this, that is not going to change. and this is rooted
in the hierarchy that is so entrenched within indian society, and of course many millions in india are crying out in horror at what they have seen, but it is the responsibility of the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. yet all too often, the authorities themselves are complicit in cover—ups oi’ themselves are complicit in cover—ups 01’ even in themselves are complicit in cover—ups or even in carrying out such violence. how easy, once something like this, something so horrific like this happens, to get your voice heard? or not, as the case may seem? we have seen a big outcry in india, and india has a vibrant civil society, so many brave activists and individuals and organisations who are speaking out against abuses of human rights and atrocities of this sort. and the sorts which happen every day and failed to make global headlines in
the way that this one has. and indeed, they are often doing so at great personal risk as well. the operating environment for organisations and people speaking out for human rights is becoming worse and more difficult, considerably, over the last few yea rs considerably, over the last few years under this government. organisations such as yours, such as amnesty international. you of course closed or in the office today. the indian home ministry said you were circumventing rules restricting foreign funding, which is what led to this post what is happening in your understanding? what has happened to amnesty india that has led us to take the very sad decision to cease our operations in the country, at least for the time being, is that this is the culmination of years of harassment
and intimidation and smear campaign from the government against amnesty‘s work. the allegations they have turned against us have never been substantiated, there are no challenges against us and yet we have had office raids, we have had staff and board members interrogated forup to staff and board members interrogated for up to eight hours at a time, and this is sort of culminated to the point where our accounts have been frozen. we did not even hear about that from the government directly. we heard about it from the bank. and u nfortu nately, we heard about it from the bank. and unfortunately, that has created the situation where we are no longer able to operate in the country, it will be sent to the government is oui’ will be sent to the government is ourfunding model will be sent to the government is our funding model is will be sent to the government is ourfunding model is perfectly legal, and it's known to the government. we are totally transparent about it. and i think the fact that we have seen this harassment continuing for two years, there's never been substantiated that has never led to any charges, shows how vacuous these allegations really are. david griffiths from
amnesty international, we will have to leave it there. thank you very much. here in the uk, another 2 million people in northern england will face tougher covid restrictions after a spike in coronavirus cases. the health secretary for england, matt hancock, said the disease was "spreading fast" and "highly localised". the new measures mean a quarter of the uk population is now under local lockdowns. our special correspondent ed thomas has this report from liverpool. the mood music has changed. new coronavirus laws are coming to merseyside. households will be banned from mixing inside pubs and restaurants. i lost my husband last year. i'm now faced with the possibility of losing my home and my business. is that close for you? it could get that close. anna runs an independent pub. she's invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in this business. say we get a group of four, five, six people in, we've now got to ask them to show proof of where they all live as well. do you understand cases are rising?
people are worried. absolutely, and we all have to take a great deal of responsibility, but i think that if you look at the hospitality sector in general, we are not responsible for the rises in cases. and this is an industry worth billions of pounds to the liverpool city region. the leisure, creative and cultural sectors support 50,000 jobs here. we are looking at the scale ofjob losses in liverpool not seen since the '80s. some worry that these new rules will have a devastating effect. so, we've taken 20 years to build our city and regenerate our city and we're just throwing that away. why? nobody has told me what the endgame is here. the fear is that coronavirus cases keep on rising. politicians here call these new rules a step in the right direction, desperate to bring down cases. did you call for all pubs and bars to be shut? that was something that was discussed on monday night, when we met with the chief medical officer.
it depends on what the science tells us. if the science says that we have to go further, we will go further and we will support further measures. but we want to see the evidence, and it's no good just us guessing on what might be the right restrictions. there is also a call for compensation here, to avoid this, to keep restaurants open, to savejobs. i used to work in the hospitality industry. that's been decimated by this. robert lost his job during lockdown. he's now 55 and out of work. are you worried for the future? where it's all going to end? at the moment, i think the future's bleak. as regards jobs, industries, and i think... i don't think we've seen the worst of it yet. jobs are at risk, but so too are lives, as coronavirus cases keep on rising across merseyside. we need to be able to create an environment that's warm, welcoming, makes people feel safe, makes people have fun. chelsea only opened this restaurant two weeks ago.
she supports these new rules. the restrictions are in place, but it's not being restricted by them as such, it's to move with them, to go hand in hand, to build it into the great work that people are doing anyway. but there is a warning here tonight. if coronavirus cases can't be controlled, tougher restrictions could still come in. ed thomas, bbc news, liverpool. a british member of parliament who breached covid—19 restrictions is facing calls to resign. margaret ferrier from the scottish national party travelled to london from scotland by train with coronavirus symptoms and made the returnjourney after testing positive. she has apologised and reported herself to the police and been suspended from her party. scotland's leader, nicola sturgeon, called her behaviour "utterly indefensible." amazon has announced that 19,816 employees tested positive for covid—19 in 2020. the figures, which equate to 1.44% of the tech giant's total us front line staff, were revealed in a blog on the company's website on thursday.
the disclosure has long been sought by labour rights advocates who have criticised amazon's decision not to close warehouses with outbreaks. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the us model chrissy teigen opens up about the loss of her baby during pregnancy. we'll hearfrom one campaigner about how her comments could help thousands of other women going through the same ordeal. in all russia's turmoil, it has never quite come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affections from catholics throughout the world, but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church.
this man, israel right—winger ariel sharon, visited the religious compound — and that started the trouble. he wants israel allowed to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable for the palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. hello, welcome back. you're watching bbc news. our top story: there's anger in india after the death of a second dalit woman in a few days from an alleged gang rape. one of the moments during this week's us presidential debate that
sparked the most headlines was when donald trump failed to condemn white supremacist groups — in particular, one called the proud boys. he instead called out left—wing demonstrators who've taken to the streets in cities like portland in oregon. our north america correspondent aleem maqbool sends this report from portland, where he met both left—wing activists and the proud boys. it's become the us capital of radicalism. most american cities have seen some demonstrations this year, but here, they haven't stopped. and it's become a huge election issue. well, this is what almost every night has looked like here in downtown portland, in the four months since the police killing of george floyd in minneapolis, and there have been many flashpoints of violence. some feel over—aggression by the security forces has exacerbated tensions, but the white house says this isn't demonstrating about racial justice, just rioting by
anarchists or antifa. a riot is the voice of the unheard. so if you don't want riots, maybe you should listen. it's not antifa in the streets. it's the people in the streets. it's the people that are being pushed around, the people that deserve life, they're in the streets. but it has led to loss of life. in late august, a large convoy of trump supporters drove past the protesters in portland, some firing paintballs at them. later that day, one trump supporter from a far—right group was shot dead. it's partly why the neo—fascist group the proud boys earlier this week decided to hold a rally in portland, flashing their white power signs. they'd predicted thousands would attend. in the end, it was a few hundred. some who travelled far to be here told me they were looking for confrontation. this is an american city.
i'm still an american and i see my brothers and sisters living here in portland dealing with this on a daily basis, and i want to help them, and that's why we're here. we're here to shut down this violence and bring awareness, national attention. hopefully, donald trump sees this. in the debate, when asked to condemn the actions of white supremacists, the president could only manage this. what do you want to call them? give me a name. white supremacists... proud boys... proud boys, stand back and stand by, but i'll tell you what, i'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left... the proud boys have revelled in his response. back in portland, at the same time as the proud boys gathering was a black lives matter rally. it's those here who've been taking to the streets night after night. many americans support their efforts to bring about change, but for others, these scenes are making them all the more determined to vote for donald trump. aleem maqbool,
bbc news, in portland. just over four months ago, the death of the unarmed black man george floyd by a white police officer lead to the world—wide protests against police brutality and systemic racism that is the black lives matter movement. now, his sister, latonya floyd, has broken her silence to call americans to vote, telling the uk's daily mirror newspaper that president trump "actively emboldens the far right". with me is our reporter mark lobel. you have been looking into this. just extended back rent to this interview, because this is not the first time that a member of the floyd fa m ily first time that a member of the floyd family has spoken out. that's right, the entire floyd family has been reeling since that killing inmate, in minneapolis come as you say, a 46—year—old man, george floyd, which is been a callous for the mass antiracist protest but also writing and looting and has become a big election issue for the us presidential elections. george's
brother spoke out in may and said the un should investigate police killings. the police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes has been charged. his sister, lato nya, has been charged. his sister, latonya, has spoken out. she said she did not want his life in vain. as in the report, of the far right, she says... she says in the four yea rs of she says... she says in the four years of his presidency, est the country back a0 years. she says the country back a0 years. she says the country is more divided now than the times of martin luther king and malcolm x. she lets us know that dom
fronted actually call the family after the death of george floyd, she calls it a token gesture. she asked why he never condemned my brother's death? there might be pressure on him to do that now. she said never once did hejoin him to do that now. she said never once did he join those who were hurting. and she gives a little insight on her brother's you of donald trump. apparently george floyd said that donald trump rolled from the time to make white —— ruled from the white supremacy house. has she addressed the rioting? that is dom from pleasant point she says the writing is not the way forward, we are better than that, and then she endorsesjoe biden for president. she says, if trump is loaded in for —— voted in forfour more
—— voted in for four more years, —— voted in forfour more years, we are all going to help. she might embolden more democrats, more people who support her because to come out, but people have very tribal views on this. externally powerful words. mark lobel, thank you for that. —— extremely powerful. us model chrissy teigen and her musician husband john legend have received widespread support for opening up about the loss of their baby during pregnancy. taking to social media, teigen posted this picture of her in the hospital in the immediate aftermath. she and legend have two children already, and the baby, who they were planning to calljack, was expected to be their third. in a very moving instagram statement, she wrote... she continued... this is an issue that affects one in four pregnancies, so what impact will teigen and legends frank outpouring of emotion have in terms of raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding miscarriage?
ruth bender—atik, national director of the miscarriage association, says teigen‘s frankness will provide some comfort for those who are going through similar experiences. i think it's already had a major impact on people who have seen the post, read those words and taken them to heart. for many people who have already been through miscarriage, whether that was in the early weeks of pregnancy or later — as they did — it is helpful to hear people talking about it, to hear people expressing the sense of pain and loss and shock that chrissy has expressed so powerfully, because it validates their own experience. there is something of a stigma about miscarriage. people are embarrassed, they don't quite know what to say, they don't know whether or not they want to share it with family and friends because they worry that those people will be shocked
or won't know how to respond to them, so hearing it talked about openly can be very helpful. and i think it's very generous of chrissy to share those thoughts and feelings. i think it reminds us that miscarriage is a leveler. it can affect people from all walks of life, whatever their status, whatever their income, whatever their occupation, from all over the world. it does affect people in many, many places and ways, and it's important to know that tough and bad things can happen to well—known people and to good people too. ruth bender—atik. of course, those images, incredibly emotional, incredibly sad. our condolences to the couple. lots more, as always, on oui’ the couple. lots more, as always, on our website. i'm on social media.
thanks forjoining us. hello. september was a drier than average month across much of the uk, but as you know, it's october now, and here comes the rain, initially from this area of low pressure, named storm alex by the weather service in france for impacts there, but nonetheless, parts of the uk are also going to see some very wet and windy weather from that during friday. particularly in england and wales, where it starts very wet in southern england and south wales. the rain moves northwards across the rest of wales, the midlands and east anglia during the day. it clears from parts of southern england, though, to further showers, and it's windy with those strong easterly winds gusting on the south coast, perhaps nearer 60 mph at times, especially the coast of southwest england, nearer 70 mph in the channel islands. now, for scotland and northern ireland, well, there are a few showery bursts
of rain in northwest scotland to the west of northern ireland to start the day. that will slowly fade, staying damp in shetland, but much of scotland and northern ireland, sunny spells and a dry afternoon after a chilly start. a chilly start in northern england, a few fog patches around. cloud increasing from the south. the further south you are in northern england, you could see some rain edging in during the afternoon. highs of around 12—16 degrees — that will make for a warmer day in northern scotland then we had on thursday. so, still some rain and brisk winds into england and wales overnight and into saturday morning. if anything, these northeasterly winds will start to strengthen a bit further as the night goes on. slightly chilly where we have some clear spells in scotland and northern ireland. so, as we go on through saturday, then, more rain to come, heavy at times in england and wales. it may clear from parts of southeast england and east anglia into the afternoon. rain heading from east to west across scotland, reaching in towards northern ireland saturday evening, saturday night. still very windy, particularly across parts of southwest england
and into the channel islands. similar temperatures to what we see on friday. further rain overnight and into sunday, with low—pressure sitting right across the uk on sunday. there will be outbreaks of rain or showers, some heavy, around. still quite windy around this area of low pressure, and rain totals certainly mounting towards northeast scotland and, over several days, mounting across southwest england. that does bring the prospect of seeing some flooding where we are going to see the heaviest rain and some travel disruption as well. so, a difficult few days to come, weather—wise. there are some met office weather warnings. check out all of those details online.
there've been protests in india after the death of a second dalit woman in a few days after an alleged gang rape. the 22—year—old was dragged into a vehicle after going to apply for admission at a local school. a quarter of the uk will be under local lockdowns by this weekend as liverpool and four other areas in northern england face tighter restrictions. the health secretary said the disease was "spreading fast" and "highly localised". russia, france and the united states have called for an end to the fighting in the disputed region of nagorno—karabakh. heavy shelling continued into thursday, with both azeri and armenian forces claiming to have inflicted damage. nato has welcomed the establishment of a military hotline between turkey and greece, in a development which it's hoped will ease tensions in the eastern mediterranean.
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