Murder Charges Against Pakistani Baby Dropped: If you’re like me, you’ve been incredulously following the case of Baby Musa Khan for the past week. The 9-month-old made headlines after he and several of his family members were arrested and charged with attempted murder for an incident that allegedly occurred back in February. Police officials said the child and several of his relatives threw rocks at officers who were attempting to collect an unpaid bill. Left unexplained was how a baby Musa’s size and age would have the strength or motor skills to pick up a rock and throw it.
As his grandfather pointed out to reporters, “[Musa] does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?”
Once images of little Musa being fingerprinted went viral, the global press had a field day, which led the chief minister of Punjab to suspend the official who registered the case against the child. The charges against Musa were finally dropped on Saturday, and his family’s lawyer says he was told that the baby’s arrest was due to “human error.” Musa’s grandfather and three of his other relatives still face charges. [The Guardian]
An Ancient Form of South Asian Wrestling is Revived in the Dubai Desert: Vice’s Gaar Adams describes pehlwani as “a raucous form of wrestling from the Asian subcontinent.” Each Friday, many South Asian migrant workers in Dubai travel to an out of the way sandlot to play the famed South Asian sport. Somewhat ironically, pehlwani is being embraced in Dubai while it declines in South Asia. As one wrestler tells Adams, “The khala is like a mosque, church, or temple. The khala is our [place of] sanctity.” [VICE]
India’s Most Popular Sex Columnist is a 90-Year-Old Grandfather: Mahinder Watsa is a retired doctor who answers hundreds of questions each week about sex for the Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid newspaper.
Be sure to check out this delightful PRI profile of Dr. Watsa, who is a gynaecologist and trained as a sexual therapist right here in the U.S. [PRI]
Anthony Bourdain Travels to India for his Season Three Premiere: The Golden Temple, a traditional dhaba and the famed hill station of Shimla were all among the places the CNN host visited for the first episode of the new season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Check out some of the tweets from the show’s producers, Bourdain himself and @theaerogram on the Parts Unknown official liveblog. [CNN]
Missed the episode? This Vine will give you a small taste (pun fully intended):