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In Egypt, A Jailed Blogger's Brief Farewell To His Father

Family and friends waited for incarcerated Egyptian blogger Shady Abu Zeid to be able to arrive at his father's funeral.

Egyptian blogger Shady Abu Zeid
Egyptian blogger Shady Abu Zeid
Hadeer El-Mahdawy

CAIRO — Confusion and fear — these were the dominant emotions at the Nour Mosque in Abbasseya Square, in the heart of Cairo. The family of 25-year-old satirist and video blogger Shady Abu Zeid, along with a number of his friends, were gathered for funeral prayers for Shady's father. Hassan Abu Zeid had died on the previous Saturday evening, after a severe deterioration in his health over the past few months.

The funeral prayers had been postponed for a few hours in the hope that Shady — who has been incarcerated since May 2018 — would be allowed to come and say goodbye to his father. On Sunday, the Supreme State Security Prosecution had agreed to grant him a temporary release so that he could attend his father's burial that day. The move came as a surprise — similar requests made by detainees to attend their relatives' funerals are often rejected, or see release procedures stall for so long that the funeral proceedings are over before the jailed relatives arrive. Shady's family had petitioned for him to be able to visit his father in intensive care, a request that had been summarily rejected.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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