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Filmmaker’s award-winning film on child trafficking opens in India

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An award-winning film spotlighting the problem of child trafficking in India opened in cinemas Friday based on the true story of a girl sold into the sex trade who fought to see her kidnappers convicted. Described as “stomach-churning” by one commentator, Hindi-language Lakshmi was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor who also stars in it as a [...]


An uphill struggle against misogyny in India

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My heart grieved after reading the story of the young American woman who was stabbed to death by her Indian husband of five months, who subsequently killed himself. It grieves for all the young girls who are forced to remain subdued because of the threat of rape or sexual violence – abuse explained by some [...]


UN declares India polio-free

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Without a single reported case of polio in three years, India has been declared a polio-free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO). “This landmark is a great credit to the strong commitment and leadership of the government of India,” said Nata Menabde, WHO representative to India. Prior to 2009, India had accounted for more [...]


Indian cardinal speaks out against ban on homosexuality

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Episcopal Conference of India, said that the Church has “never considered gay people criminals,” after the Supreme Court of India restored a law banning homosexual acts. According to reports, Cardinal Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis on Curial reform, said [...]


India’s Mars mission ignites debate on ethics

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India was celebrating the launch of its mission to Mars on Tuesday as a milestone achievement, but many critics say the US$56 million project is a waste of money in a country rife with poverty. The rocket carrying the 1,337 kg Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, blasted off from the Indian Space Research [...]


India: New movie will make “every rapist shiver with fear”

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While India does some soul searching following a string of high profile sex attacks, two men are putting the finishing touches to a movie which they say will make “every rapist shiver with fear” ahead of its December release. Director Sanjay Chhel’s movie Kill The Rapist? is inspired by the rape and murder of a [...]


Ad campaign speaks out against violence to Indian women

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Ad agency Taproot physically recreated scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses. Makeup was used to add bruises and wounds to the models before photographing them. This is a recreation of the goddess Saraswati. All the props were either real or painted on, keeping both authenticity and realism in mind. [The ad copy reads:]“Pray [...]


India: Anger over Virgin Mary dressed in tribal sari

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Some 20,000 tribal people in Jharkhand state in eastern India have marched on a village church, accusing local Christians of trying to convert them by dressing up a Virgin Mary statue in tribal clothing. Members of the animist Sarna faith have been complaining since the statue was inaugurated in the Singpur village church in May. [...]


India: Top court issues warning on internet law

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India’s Supreme Court has warned state governments to follow federal guidelines stipulating that people who post “objectionable comments” on social networking sites should not be arrested without prior authorization from senior police officials. The court is currently examining the constitutional validity of a law that allows police to arrest people sending “false and offensive messages [...]


Audit reveals massive corruption in India jobs scheme

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Irregularities have crippled the implementation of a job guarantee program introduced eight years ago, leaving “the poorest of the poor” still unable to exercise their rights, according to a government auditor. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India found improper diversion of funds, tampering with payrolls and impermissible works undertaken, to the tune of [...]


India: Outrage grows over Muslim’s execution

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Rights groups have led a chorus of disapproval over Saturday’s execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Muslim convicted of an attack on parliament in 2001. Criticism mounted over the weekend after Guru’s family said they were not notified that he would be executed in New Delhi. The execution took place just six days after President [...]


India: State accused of failing missing children

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The Supreme Court of India has criticized the federal and state governments for what it called a lack of concern over tens of thousands of missing children across the country. Following a petition from child welfare group Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA, Save Childhood Movement), Chief Justice Atamas Kabir said on Tuesday that the government has [...]


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