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Indian American Incumbent Judge Sinha, loses seat in reelection

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FORT WORTH (Diya TV) — Texas district court judge Mike Sinha fell short in his March 1 bid for reelection to the bench against opponent Patricia Baca Bennett. A highly contested election, the record turnout saw more than 200,000 ballots cast.

Bennett received 57 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, with the Indian-American Sinha receiving just 43 percent. There are no Democrats running in the election, meaning the seat has all but been secured for Bennett.

Never short the dramatics of political theater, the election was filled with tumultuous amounts of smear campaigns against the incumbent Sinha. An anonymous person began a social media campaign against the judge, titled, “Sinha Muslim.” The five paragraph message said the judge, who was appointed by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2010, “wants to bring Sharia … into our family courts” and used “Muslim poll workers.”

Bennett replied to the smear campaign via her Facebook page, writing, My opponent is a Christian with a pretty amazing Christian walk. … I would never condone disparaging another religion,” adding she is having the incident investigated.

Sinha was the sole incumbent judge on the March 1 ticket who did not win reelection.

“I think, unfortunately, my last name was an issue,” Sinha told the Star-Telegram without blaming Bennett. With Donald Trump voters thronging the polls, Sinha said his poll workers and family heard the same line repeatedly: “You’re a Muslim.”

“We were called all kinds of names,” added Sinha.

Sinha is a first-generation American, whose father immigrated stateside from Bengal, India in 1952.

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Rep. Jayapal introduces bipartisan Kashmir resolution

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Democratic Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced bipartisan legislation in the House asking India to preserve religious freedom for all, reopen all communications & release those detained without charge in Jammu & Kashmir. Jayapal also celebrated the release of Dr. Mubeen Shah, a Kashmiri business leader who was detained, she was instrumental in helping. Meanwhile, the Indian government announced there is no movement restriction in Jammu & Kashmir, transportation services are normal, as are schools, government offices and courts. In addition, India says all landlines have been restored throughout the region, but broadband continues to be limited on mobile devices in Kashmir.

A 23 year old woman who was set on fire in Uttar Pradesh while heading to testify against her alleged rapists died in a New Delhi hospital burn unit. Police have the five suspects allegedly involved in the attack in custody.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Suspects in Hyderabad gang rape murder killed by police

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Hyderabad, India (Diya TV)  — Four suspects in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed by police, who claim the four men were shot in self-defense. The action is drawing praise from the family of the victim but criticism from some lawmakers and civil rights groups.

Protests erupted in India this week seeking justice for this latest victim of sexual assault. Earlier in the week, a 23-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. She remains in critical condition.

In a terse letter denouncing impeachment proceedings, The White House signaled it does not intend to mount a defense of President Trump or otherwise participate in the House impeachment hearings. The decision by the administration likely accelerates the pace of impeachment. Hearings continue Monday.

Texas Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher introduced legislation to honor Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s memory by renaming a post office in Houston in his honor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian rape survivor set on fire before trial testimony

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UNNAO, India (Diya TV)  — A 23-year-old woman in India heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. Doctors at the Lucknow hospital she was brought to say she is in very serious condition, with burn injuries to 90% of her body. Local police say all five suspects are in custody. India’s National Commission for Women are seeking a detailed report regarding the number of reported heinous crimes committed against women and bail granted in such cases.

Nithyananda, a popular guru that faces charges of abduction and rape in India, announced he was establishing the Republic of Kailaasa on an island off the coast of Ecuador, which he claims will be the “world’s greatest and purest Hindu nation,” with promises of free education, free healthcare, free food and the revival of the temple based lifestyle, In addition to facing charges in Gujarat over multiple allegations, French authorities are investigating Nithyananda after one of his French devotees complained the guru had cheated him out of $400,000.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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