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India’s new president is lowest caste member

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 […]

Indian woman cuts off genitals of her alleged rapist

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 […]

Gang rapists will be executed – India

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) […]

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

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 […]

INDIA – Factory fire kills 13

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 […]

INDIA – Chaos at banks after ‘black money’ ban

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MUMBAI – There have been chaotic scenes outside banks in India, two days after 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were withdrawn as part of anti-corruption measures.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 […]

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

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 […]

Knives removed from man’s stomach

Knives removed from man’s stomach

A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra told CNN. “We were so nervous… a small […]

Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

Indian official steps down over ‘rape victim selfie’

NEW DEHLI –– An Indian official has resigned after she and another women’s rights advocate were pictured taking a smiling selfie with a rape victim. First emerging on the phone messaging service WhatsApp, the pictures were taken when members of the Rajasthan Commission for Women met the victim at a police station on Wednesday. The woman […]

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