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Transgender allowed to use guru’s name on ID card

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday allowed a transgender to use the name of her guru in place of the father's name on the official national identity card. A transgender named Mian Asiyah had submitted an application before the court that Nadra has refused to renew her national identity card as it contained the name of her guru in place of her father. The applicant told the court that Nadra had objected saying it is illegal and violates their policy. Mian Asiyah said that her previous identity card was also issued…

Clashes kill 32 as India court convicts Guru Ram Rahim Singh of rape

NEW DELHI: At least 32 people were killed Friday when clashes broke out in northern India after a court convicted a controversial religious leader of raping two of his followers, sparking fury among tens of thousands of supporters who had gathered for the verdict. Authorities rushed hundreds of troops to the city of Panchkula after followers of guru Ram Rahim Singh torched cars went on a rampage throwing rocks and attacking television vans and setting fire to dozens of private vehicles. More than 100,000 were estimated…

Indian guru’s body to stay in freezer, says court

NEW DELHI: An Indian court Wednesday allowed disciples of a spiritual guru to preserve his body in a freezer, as they believe he is in a deep state of meditation and will return to life. Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the multi-million dollar sect, Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission), apparently died of a cardiac arrest in January 2014. But his followers insist he is in a deep spiritual state called samadhi and have controversially kept his body in a commercial freezer at his heavily guarded 100…