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Maid’s story of torture shines a light on India’s slave labor trade

Sitting on a hospital bed with a thick bandage around her head, an Indian teenager recounts what she says was four months of horrific torture at the hands of her employer. “She would pull my hair out, violently hit me over the head… most of the times she got angry…

Passenger finds worms in Air India mid-flight sandwich

Air India said Tuesday an investigation was underway after a passenger found worms in his sandwich mid-flight. The passenger made the discovery during a flight from New York to New Delhi on September 28 on India’s struggling flagship carrier. The passenger reported the incident to Air India, but said he…

The film “Kill the Rapist?” explores women’s revenge fantasies

As India debates how to halt a rising tide of violence against women, two filmmakers are tackling the subject head on with a Bollywood movie called “Kill the Rapist?” The film was inspired by the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi late last year, which triggered…

Rights groups slam death sentence for New Delhi gang rapists

Indian rights groups voiced dismay Saturday over death sentences handed to four men for a fatal gang rape, saying it was unlikely to reverse the country’s “rape crisis” despite a public clamour for their execution. After a seven-month fast-track trial, Judge Yogesh Khanna said Friday the four men should be…

‘Fearless’ student whose gang rape and murder shook India remembered as court finds assailants ‘guilty’

Feted in death as India’s ‘Braveheart’, the 23-year-old whose gang rape rocked a nation is remembered by family and friends as a fearless and inspirational student with a fierce determination. The story of a young woman whose father had moved from the countryside to the city and sold his ancestral…

India might ban the use of animals at circuses

India is considering a ban on the use of all animals used in circuses after activists said Wednesday they discovered elephants and horses shackled for long periods, dogs housed in tiny cages and drunk trainers. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body, said it has recommended…

Conjoined twins in India successfully separated with tireless help from 40 specialists

Doctors declared Wednesday that a pair of formerly conjoined twins were healthy and happy after they were successfully separated in a marathon “nerve-wracking” operation in India by a team of 40 specialists. The one-year-old girls from Nigeria, sporting matching bright pink dresses, sat patiently on their parents’ laps as doctors…

Outrage in India after New Delhi rapist gets meager 3 year sentence

India’s opposition said Sunday it would seek tougher punishments for juveniles after the first verdict in the New Delhi gang-rape case saw a teenager sentenced to three years’ detention, sparking widespread anger. The rape and murder of a 23-year-old student by six attackers on a moving bus last December sparked…

India’s Sonia Gandhi seeks support for law to banish hunger

India’s ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi urged lawmakers Monday to support a new 18-billion-dollar scheme to provide cheap food to the poor, saying it would help banish hunger from the country. After days of unruly scenes in parliament, MPs finally agreed Monday to debate the Food Security Bill — a…

India police arrest five men over gang-rape of photographer

Mumbai police Sunday arrested the fifth and final member of a gang suspected of raping a photographer, a crime that reignited anger about women’s safety in India following a similar attack last year. The latest arrest came as the victim’s family urged the nation, including the media, to continue to…

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