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Five Men Charged With Horrific Rape, Murder Of Indian Student



NEW DELHI – Eighteen days after the violent gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student set off a worldwide outcry, police filed charges in court against the five men arrested in the case, reported the Indian Express.

The young woman, who was brutally raped and beaten by six men in a New Delhi bus, died on Dec. 29 in the Singapore hospital where she had been flown in critical condition.

The five suspects, aged between 19 and 35 years old, were charged with murder, gang rape, kidnapping, unnatural offences and several other charges, according to the Indian Express.

If convicted, reported the AFP, the men face the death penalty. The next hearing has been set for Saturday, as the trial has been fast-tracked by the Chief Justice of India, Atlamas Kabir.

The sixth man – who is allegedly a minor – may be charged by the Juvenile Justice Board according to the Asian Age. Bone density tests are being analyzed to determine if he is indeed a juvenile or an adult, said the Times of India. Authorities say that DNA studies link all six men to the horrific rape.

The case set off both national and internationaly demonstrations condemning rape and violence against women. On Thursday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the New Delhi courthouse to demand greater protection for Indian women and better justice for rape victims. In 2011 only 26% of reported rape cases resulted in a conviction, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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