Category: India

INDIA – ‘Honour killing’

On September 14, Pranay Perumalla was murdered in front of his wife, Amrutha, in an alleged honour killing. BBC Telugu’s Deepthi Bathini spoke to Amrutha, whose father has been arrested for plotting the attack. Amrutha and Pranay were high school sweethearts in Miriyalaguda, a small town in the southern Indian state of Telangana. They first […]

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INDIA – Seven-year-old in critical condition after rape

NEW DELHI – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition at a New Delhi hospital after undergoing surgery for injuries she suffered while being raped with a metal water pipe, officials said Wednesday. Her mother was by her bedside after the girl underwent hours of surgery. The exact type of pipe used in the assault […]

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WORLD – India throws out ban on gay sex

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to ten years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future”. The 1861 law, a relic of Victorian England that hung on long […]

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WORLD – Flood kills hundreds

NEW DELHI — Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people, officials said. “Kerala state is facing its worst flood in 100 years,” the top state elected official, Pinarayi Vijayan’s office […]

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WORLD – Second teenager allegedly raped and set ablaze within days in India

JHARKHAND – A second teenage girl is reported to have been raped and set on fire in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, just days after a 16-year-old was similarly attacked in the same state. It is the latest in a series of brutal crimes against women across India in recent months that have sparked […]

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WORLD – More than 110 killed by high-intensity dust storms in India

NEW DELHI – Fierce winds and lightning strikes created by a powerful dust storm have killed around 110 people and injured hundreds more in northwestern India since late Wednesday, according to local authorities. In the state of Rajasthan, at least 35 people died and more than 200 were injured after winds downed more than 8,000 […]

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INDIA – Indian women’s commissioner push for stricter laws for rape

New Delhi – The head of Delhi’s Commission for Women (DCW) is staging an indefinite hunger strike to push for stricter laws for rape in India, including the death penalty, after a series of horrific attacks on young girls. Swati Maliwal, chairwoman of the DCW, has been refusing food since April 13, as protests flared […]

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INDIA – eight-month-old baby raped in india

DELHI – An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped, allegedly by her cousin, in the Indian capital Delhi. Police say she is in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital on Sunday. They have arrested the 28-year-old cousin. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, who visited the girl, described her injuries as “horrific”. […]

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INDIA – India urges private sector to report sex pests after #MeToo

MUMBAI – Amid global efforts to crack down on sex harassment in the work place, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report sex pests via an online portal previously restricted to government staff. Activists dismissed the change, saying a portal would not stamp out sexism at work, be […]

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INDIA – More than 3,000 pounds of heroin seized

NEW DELHI – More than 3,000 pounds (1,500kg) of heroin was seized by the Indian Coast Guard Sunday, in what authorities claim is among the largest drug busts in recent Indian history. Valued at $545 million, the consignment was found aboard a merchant ship off the coast of the western state of Gujarat, according to […]

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India’s new president is lowest caste member

NEW DELHI – A relatively unknown political operator and member of India’s lowest Dalit caste has been elected as the country’s 14th president. Ram Nath Kovind, who until recently was governor of the eastern state of Bihar, won an overwhelming majority to beat opposition Congress party candidate, Meira Kumar, a former parliament speaker and also […]

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Indian woman cuts off genitals of her alleged rapist

A 24-year-old woman in southern India cut off the genitals of a Hindu holy man who tried to rape her and who she alleged has been sexually assaulting her for the past eight years, police said Saturday. G. Sparjan Kumar, a police officer in Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala state capital, said the woman fled her home […]

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Gang rapists will be executed – India

NEW DELHI – Four men convicted of a gang rape that shocked India and attracted worldwide attention will be executed. India’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision to sentence the men to death. The judgment met with applause in the courtroom, according to CNN affiliate News18. “We are very happy that (the) […]

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INDIA – Round-the-world all-female crew flight makes history

NEW DELHI – Air India says it has become the first airline to fly around the world with an all-female crew, just ahead of International Women’s Day. “Air India scripted history by flying an all-women crew flight around the world,” the airline said in a statement on Facebook, after Flight AI 174 touched back down […]

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INDIA – Factory fire kills 13

NEW DELHI –– At least 13 garment workers were killed after a fire broke out in a factory on the outskirts of the Indian capital, police and witnesses said on Friday. The blaze, which started in the early hours of Friday as the workers slept inside the leather factory workshop in Uttar Pradesh state, also […]

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INDIA – Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

MUMBAI – There have been chaotic scenes outside banks in India, two days after 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures. Some banks ran out of cash. At others police were called in to manage queues of anxious customers hoping to change their savings for legal tender. The surprise government […]

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Judge in India clears men in UK teen’s rape and death

GOA –– A judge acquitted two men Friday in the rape and death of British teen Scarlett Keeling in the Indian state of Goa in 2008. Placido Carvalho and Samson D’Souza were charged with culpable homicide and grievous sexual assault. They denied any wrongdoing. The girl’s mother, Fiona McKeown, has been fighting to uncover what happened […]

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