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Chief of India’s troubled state vows action after gang-rapes, lynchings

Chief of India’s troubled state vows action after rapes (via AFP) The embattled chief minister of an Indian state under fire for a series of rapes and hangings said Sunday that he has called for a more sensitive police force to tackle growing crimes against women. The shocking gang-rape and…

Video of screaming ‘rape vicitm’ locked in van provokes outcry in India

Screaming ‘rape victim’ in van video prompts reflection in India (via AFP) A screaming woman locked in a van sparks scant reaction from passersby in a social experiment in New Delhi, as India once again faces up to a series of gruesome rapes and murders. Experts and activists said the…

Minister in India’s new Modi government says rapes happen ‘accidentally’

A minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has said rapes happen "accidentally" in the latest controversial remarks by a politician, amid renewed outrage over attacks against women. Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central……

India’s nuclear reactor reaches ‘full capacity’ for the first time

The first reactor of India's largest nuclear plant -- dogged by protests and multiple delays -- reached full capacity for the first time Saturday, an official said. The Russian-backed Kudankulam plant, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is designed……

Father of girl gang-raped, lynched girls in India demands justice

Father of gang-raped, murdered India girls demands justice (via AFP) The father of one of two girls gang-raped and lynched in northern India demanded Sunday that those arrested over the attacks be hanged amid mounting uproar over the crime. As outrage grew over violence against Indian women and girls, police…

Gang-rape and lynching of girls reveals plight of impoverished in India

Raped, murdered girls reveal horrific risks for India’s poor (via AFP) The nightly trek into the fields behind their homes under the cover of darkness leave the women of Katra Shahadatganj in northern India feeling scared and vulnerable at the best of times. But the abduction, gang-rape and lynching of…

India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi holds talks on new right-wing government

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi summoned senior figures from his Hindu nationalist party on Sunday for talks on building a new government that is set to steer India sharply to the right. Modi was holding meetings in New Delhi with his closest aides……

India’s new PM Narendra Modi vows to clean up Ganges River

India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed to clean up the holy river Ganges, sacred to millions of Hindus but seeped in filth due to years of apathy and neglect. The Hindu nationalist leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party -- who is……

Hero’s welcome for India PM-elect Modi as he arrives in Delhi

Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi headed to Delhi Saturday to bask in the glory of an election landslide for his Hindu nationalists, promising to improve the lives of all Indians in spite of his polarising image. As world leaders congratulated the……

India election campaign ends with conflicting visions

Ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi warned Saturday of an India divided by caste and creed if the Hindu nationalist opposition wins power, as campaigning ended in the nation's multi-stage election. Gandhi sought to muster a final show of Congress……

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