TIME Bangladesh

Public Lynching of Teenager in Bangladesh Brings Hundreds of Protesters to the Streets

STR—AFP/Getty Images Bangladeshis protest against the beating death of a 13-year-old boy in Sylhet, Bangladesh, on July 13, 2015

The young boy was beaten to death by a gang of men who accused him of theft

The brutal murder of a 13-year-old boy last week, publicly beaten to death by a group of men, has sparked widespread protests in Bangladesh, with hundreds taking to the streets of the northeastern city of Sylhet on Sunday.

A video of the beating taken by a bystander has gone viral in the South Asian nation and prompted mass outrage and calls for justice, the BBC reported, citing local media. The men are shown laughing and taunting young Samiul Alam Rajon as they hit him repeatedly with a metal rod, while he begs them to stop and asks for a glass of water. They also tied him to a metal pole, and threatened to upload the video to Facebook.

An autopsy report found over 60 injury marks on Rajon’s body, and concluded that he died of a brain hemorrhage from injuries to the head.

Three of the men, including the prime suspect who had fled to Saudi Arabia, have been detained by the police, and a special squad has been formed to investigate the case.

The brutal killing appears to be a case of mob justice, with the men reportedly accusing Rajon — who worked with his family selling vegetables — of trying to steal a cycle rickshaw. The mob was spotted and chased by a few locals while trying to dump Rajon’s body in a nearby landfill, with one being caught and handed over to authorities. The other two were taken into custody in the subsequent days.

“It is a sad and unfortunate incident,” Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told a local news outlet. “The rest will be arrested soon. None will be spared.”


TIME health

The Woman Who Made Death a Conversation Starter

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Lyn Alweis—Post Archive/Getty Images Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in 1983

July 8, 1926: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the psychiatrist who pioneered treatment for people with terminal illness, is born

The idea that the dying might have something to teach the living seems self-evident. After all, as the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross put it, in a 1969 profile in LIFE Magazine, who better to offer instruction on “the ultimate human crisis” than those in the midst of it?

“When I wanted to know what it was like to be schizophrenic,” Dr. Kübler-Ross told TIME earlier the same year, “I spent a lot of time with schizophrenics. Why not do the same thing? We will sit together with dying patients and ask them to be our teachers.”

And yet the medical community reacted as though she’d suggested interviewing ghosts about the afterlife (which, to some degree, she later did). The institutional hush surrounding terminal illness was so deeply rooted by the 1960s that Kübler-Ross’s suggestion came as a shocking breach of protocol.

“The reaction of physicians ranged from annoyance to overt hostility,” TIME attested.

Kübler-Ross, born in Switzerland on this day, July 8, in 1926, was not deterred. Her seminar at the University of Chicago’s Billings Hospital, begun in 1965, featured terminally ill patients as lecturers—and helped lift the taboo on frank discussions of death in hospitals across the country. In her bestselling 1969 book, On Death and Dying, she compiled the insights she gleaned from these patients, most notably her conclusion that they typically struggled through five stages at the end of life: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

While other researchers have questioned whether the five-stage model accurately depicts the experience of dying (or grieving in general), few deny that Kübler-Ross’s work led to improvements in the way terminally ill patients were treated. As she revealed, they didn’t necessarily appreciate being ignored in hospitals or tiptoed around by relatives and friends.

TIME summarized Kübler-Ross’s conclusion that “…the patient who is not officially told that his illness is fatal always discovers the truth anyway, and may resent the deception, however well meant.” The story goes on:

The dying are living too, bitter at being prematurely consigned—by indifference, false cheerfulness and isolation—to the bourn of the dead. It is not death they fear, but dying, a process almost as painful to see as to endure, and one on which society—and even medicine—so readily turns its back.

Kübler-Ross’s seminars lifted terminally ill patients out of their isolation, at least for a time, and gave them a platform to share their fears and their hopes. (Even those who made it to the acceptance stage rarely gave up hope, according to TIME.)

Just as importantly, the seminars gave Kübler-Ross’s students a glimpse into the part of life that remains one of our culture’s best-kept secrets. As LIFE concluded in 1969, “It is very much as if, while watching the others come to an understanding with death, they begin to move toward understandings of their own.”

Read more from 1969, here in the TIME archives: Dying: Out of Darkness


This Obituary Is Only 2 Words But It’s Perfect

Well done, Douglas Legler

A short and sweet obituary for North Dakota resident Douglas Legler ran on Wednesday.

Per Legler’s request, the obit simply read: “Doug died.”

Legler’s daughter Janet Stoll told reporters that her father had always insisted on the two words. “I’m sure he’s laughing up there now,” she said.

h/t Fusion

TIME Music

Watch an Awesome Indian Classical Rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’

Get your raga on

June 25 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson — who died in 2009 at age 50 — and the tributes have been pouring in, many of them, of course, musical.

Among them is a tribute from a group of students from the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India.

This isn’t the first time the music academy, founded by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, has paid tribute to Jackson — they also covered another of his immortal songs “Slave to the Rhythm” on his birthday last year.

This year, their rendition of Jackson’s much loved song “Xscape” sees their Indian classical style blend seamlessly with the King of Pop’s trademark rendition (and dance moves). Enjoy.

TIME Crime

Freddie Gray Autopsy Shows He Suffered a ‘High-Energy Injury’

Baltimore seeks answers in Freddie Gray's death in police custody
Family of Freddie Gray

Report compares his injury to the kind sustained in a shallow-water diving incident

An autopsy report on Freddie Gray, the unarmed Baltimore man whose death in April reignited the national conversation on race and police brutality, reveals he sustained a “high-energy injury” in police custody that under different circumstances might have been ruled an accident.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by the Baltimore Sun, details how Gray, who was arrested on April 12 and put into a van on his stomach, might have been tossed around after the van changed its direction. The 25-year-old died a week later. Six police officers were later indicted in the case; all have pleaded not guilty, and a trial is set for later this year.

The state’s medical examiner’s office ruled Gray’s death a homicide due to the officers’ apparent failure to abide by safety protocols “through acts of omission,” the report states. It describes an injury similar to the kind one would endure from a shallow-water diving incident, and notes that Gray would likely have been unable to break his own fall because his ankles and wrists were tied. The injury to his spinal cord, the report finds, also would have inhibited his abilities to breathe or move his limbs.

The autopsy was finished on April 30, but has not yet been released publicly. The medical examiner’s office did not comment on the report.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

TIME India

Mother Teresa’s Successor, Sister Nirmala Joshi, Dies at 81

In The Footsteps Of Mother Teresa In Calcutta, India In September, 2003.
Jean-Michel Turpin—Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Sister Nirmala Joshi, Mother Teresa's successor as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, in Kolkata on Sept. 1, 2003

She was elected to lead Missionaries of Charity, the organization Mother Teresa founded, in 1997

Sister Nirmala Joshi, the nun who succeeded Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa as head of her organization Missionaries of Charity, passed away in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata late Monday night.

The 81-year-old nun had been suffering from a heart ailment and had recently returned to a Missionaries of Charity home in the city after spending some time in the hospital, the Archbishop of Kolkata told the Indian Express.

“She breathed her last peacefully,” Archbishop Father Thomas D’Souza said. “She was a great soul.”

Joshi joined Missionaries of Charity — the social-service organization set up by Mother Teresa — in 1976, and was elected as its superior general a few months before Mother Teresa’s death in 1997. She helmed the charity until 2009, when she was succeeded by current Superior General Sister Prema.

Several Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, were quick to express their condolences on social media.

TIME Innovation

Why It’s Time to Kill the Performance Review

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

These are today's best ideas

1. It’s time to kill the performance review.

By Melissa Dahl in the Science of Us

2. Give communities a valuable summertime resource: Open school grounds for play.

By the editorial board of the Fresno Bee

3. Could we outlaw street harassment?

By Daniel Serrano in Vice

4. We should be able to answer this simple question: How many people die in police custody?

By the editorial board of Bloomberg View

5. Here’s an Internet roadmap for a more equal society. (Hint: it’s got broadband and free wifi everywhere.)

By Ron Klain in Democracy

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Fans Really Aren’t Happy With the Ending to Season 5

Warning: This story contains a major spoiler about the Game of Thrones season 5 finale

Unsurprisingly, fans of Game of Thrones were upset with the way the season five finale ended Sunday night.

The death of the dreamy Jon Snow, the bastard of Winterfell and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, at the hands of his little protégée Olly broke more than a few hearts and was, evidently for many viewers, one cruel demise too many.

If the Red Wedding has taught us anything by now, it’s that it is ill advised to get too attached to any of the characters. Many people on Twitter seem to agree.

Read More: Game of Thrones Ended With One of the Saddest Deaths of All

TIME viral

Golden Girls Star Rue McClanahan’s Death Goes Viral Five Years After It Happened

Ron Galella Archive - File Photos 2010
Ron Galella, Ltd.—Getty Images Actress Rue McClanahan attends 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 1989, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif.

Going viral from beyond the grave. Twice

This Thursday saw an outpouring of tributes and condolences over social media for actress Rue McClanahan. Facebook and Twitter were flooded with “We will miss you” and “RIP” messages for the actress, best known for playing Blanche Devereaux in hit TV show The Golden Girls.

The only problem? McClanahan died five years ago. As CBS News pointed out, many people did not actually bother to check the date on the obituary from June 3, 2010, before sharing it widely and prompting an unexpected spike in traffic on the story.

What is even stranger is that this is not the first time McClanahan’s passing has gone viral years after it took place. The same thing happened, inexplicably, on June 10 last year.

As is customary across social media, there were more than a few users who didn’t fall for it gleefully making fun of those who did.

TIME risk

Now You Can Find Out When You Are Likely to Die With a Simple Online Test

The test is based on data from the U.K. and aimed at people between the ages of 40 and 70

Are you going to die within the next five years? A new online questionnaire may be able to tell you.

Ubble, the U.K. longevity explorer, uses data from the U.K. Biobank to determine a set of 655 measures and risk factors that can affect the odds of premature death, the Guardian reports. The website contains a series of 11 to 13 questions that will produce the odds of death within the next five years for men and women between the ages of 40 to 70.

Andrea Ganna, one of the scientists behind the project, explained the findings to the Guardian: “We hope that our score might eventually enable doctors to quickly and easily identify their highest risk patients, although more research will be needed to determine whether it can be used in this way in a clinical setting,” he said. “Of course, the score has a degree of uncertainty and shouldn’t be seen as a deterministic prediction. For most people, a high risk of dying in the next five years can be reduced by increased physical activity, smoking cessation, and a healthy diet.”

Read next: 15 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer

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