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A Christian Woman’s Body buried Three Times amid Religious Tension in Kyrgyzstan

The event emphasises the extent to which the freedom of religion is narrowed down despite the fact that states welcome all faiths and promises their freedom


October 22, 2016: In Kyrgyzstan, a widower had to bury his wife three times. The reason, she was a Christian. The incident has released tension in the country over the freedom of religions.

Kanygul Satyabaldieva passed away at an age of 76, in Sary-Talaa, her home village in southern Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Buka district, on 13th October 2016. Her daughter, Jyldyz  Azaeva has been struggling to give her mother a proper funeral.

When Jyldyz buried her in the local Muslim and Russian Orthodox cemetery, the villagers protested against it. The poor woman’s body was exhumed due to her Baptist faith. The family found themselves in the middle of a rising dispute in which the entire village turned against them.

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On 14th October, the Imam, followed by a large crowd have visited the family and asked Jyldyz to leave Christianity and convert to Islam. Even though, she agreed to their terms for the sake of her mother, the Imam informed her that she could bury her mother in her family’s garden.

Losing all hope they turned to the local officials who arranged her mother’s burial in the nearby village of Oruktu. But after the body was interred, the Muslim leaders of Oruktu started objecting Kanygul’s burial in the cemetery and as a result, a second exhumation order was issued.

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The family then accepted an offer by the local officials to bury Kanygul in the municipal cemetery of the district capital, Ala-Buka. But after the burial, Azaeva said that both local Christian and Muslim leaders of the town agreed that she must be dug up and removed again. This time the problem was that Kanygul was a Baptist and thus many Kyrgyz citizens traditionally accepted the notions of the Christianity, which is the Russian Orthodox Church.

Finally, Kanygul was buried in a secret location known only to the family and the local officials.

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The widower, Akjol Akaev, broke to tears by the callous treatment of his wife after her death. “Oh, my dearest, may you be in paradise now after this ordeal you have been through,” he said “Whoever did these things to you will surely have to answer for their deeds.”

The event emphasises the extent to which the freedom of religion is narrowed down despite the fact that states welcome all faiths and promises their freedom. “The first-ever mufti of our independent country, Kimsanbai Hajji, issued a fatwa banning the burial of followers of other religions together with Muslims. The current mullahs are following this order,” said Dilmurat Orozov, a representative of the Muslim NGO Islam Taalimi in Bishkek.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53


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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?