By Sajid Iqbal Published 28 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics India-Pakistan independence There are few personalities in India and Pakistan who left a lasting legacy on both sides of the border as iconic engineer and philanthropist, Sir Ganga Ram. Hospitals in Delhi and Lahore - built by his trust and family in his name - continue to uphold his legacy to this day. While Pakistan's Lahore city was his home, during the 1947 Partition of India , his family moved to Delhi in India. Ganga Ram died in 1927, but writer Sadat Hasan Manto's short story, The Garland, summed up just how much the man and his legacy is intertwined with the city of Lahore. In the story, said to be based on a true incident during the Partition, a mob attacks Ganga Ram's statue in front of his hospital to wipe out his Hindu name. But when a man is … [Read more...] about Who is Sir Ganga Ram and why his legacy lives on in India and Pakistan?
By Anant Zanane Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nearly three decades after an Indian woman was raped repeatedly allegedly by two brothers, she is hoping to finally get justice - and helping her in her quest is the son born out of the assault. The woman in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh was raped over six months by two men when she was just 12 years old. Her son, who was given up for adoption but was returned to her 13 years later, encouraged her to file a case against her alleged rapists. Ten days ago, police arrested one of the accused and on Wednesday, the second man was also taken into custody. "The incident is very old but the wounds it caused have not yet healed," the woman told the BBC. "It has brought my life to a standstill and I remember that moment again and again." Thousands of cases of child sexual abuse are reported in … [Read more...] about Uttar Pradesh: India son born out of rape helping mum get justice
Published 7 May 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing India's top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC's Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court's decision. "I just want justice for my child," her mother says. "I want her attackers to go through the same pain that she went through. The way they have made us cry, I want them to cry." In India, a rape victim cannot be identified according to the law but everyone knows which religion the girl belonged to. Police allege that her religion is at the centre of the brutal crime. She was from the Muslim Bakarwal nomadic tribe who roam the hills and valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. In the summer they graze their sheep, goats and horses high up in the mountains. As winter sets in, they descend to … [Read more...] about How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India
Published 7 May 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing India's top court has ruled that the trial of eight men accused of the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl must be moved out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The victim's family had petitioned the court, asking for the trial to be moved out of the state. It will now be heard in the northern state of Punjab. The case made headlines in India after right-wing groups and lawyers protested over the arrest of the eight Hindu men. All of them have pleaded not guilty. In its ruling, the Supreme Court directed that the trial would begin afresh on 9 July at a court in Pathankot, and would be heard on a daily basis. It added that the proceedings would be conducted in camera. The victim's parents had said that they felt "threatened" in Kathua, where the community is predominantly Hindu. A … [Read more...] about India child gang rape trial moved out of of Kashmir
By Divya Arya Published 11 July 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing India feels like it is going through an upsurge of sexual violence against children, with reports dominating the news week after week and prompting public anger. In June, hundreds came out on to the streets in central India protesting over the rape of a seven-year-old girl. Has there been a rise in the sexual abuse of children, defined as anyone under the age of 18, or is it that more cases are coming to light? It's partly down to more reporting by India's rapidly expanding media sector, dominated by television and mobile news providers. There have also been changes to the legal definition of rape and a new requirement that makes it mandatory for the police to record complaints of sexual assault. The current debate was sparked in part by the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl … [Read more...] about Child sex crime: Does India have a growing problem?
Published 28 June 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women, ahead of Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But is this really true? The poll surveyed 548 experts on six different indices - healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual and non-sexual violence, and human trafficking . They were first asked to name the five most dangerous countries from the list of 193 United Nations member states. And then they were asked to name the worst country in each of the above categories. India topped three - cultural traditions, sexual violence and human trafficking. A similar poll seven years ago had ranked India fourth, with Afghanistan top of the list. The new survey has been criticised in India, with many questioning how countries like Saudi Arabia and … [Read more...] about Is India really the most dangerous country for women?
Published 5 May 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh were given the death penalty by a court in 2013. Rejecting their appeal, Justice R Banumathi said the men committed "a barbaric crime" that had "shaken society's conscience". The brutal gang rape led to nationwide outrage and new anti-rape laws. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus that she had boarded with her male friend as they returned home from watching a film in December 2012. Her friend was also beaten up. Jyoti Singh - whose name was publicly revealed by her mother only in 2015 - died from injuries in a hospital 13 days later. Profiles: Delhi attackers How life changed for victim's family … [Read more...] about India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists’ death penalty
Published 16 April 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Eight men accused of the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir have pleaded not guilty in a specially convened fast-track court. The body of the victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua city of Indian-administered Kashmir. Outrage over the case has been growing. The trial began amid reports of another child being raped and murdered in the western state of Gujarat. The victim in this case is yet to be identified, but a police report detailing the extent of the injuries inflicted on her has been making headlines in the country. Why did India wake up so late to a child rape and murder? Do India's 'fast track' courts work? The Kathua rape case made headlines last week when Hindu right-wing … [Read more...] about India child gang rape trial begins in fast-track court
India Pakistan: Kashmir issue cannot keep boiling says PM Khan SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The incident on Thursday came just days after the third anniversary of the revocation of constitutional autonomy of Indian-administered Kashmir by New Delhi and shortly before India is set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. Related articles Airline restarts flights to Russia from Abu Dhabi in 'risky move' Kim Jong Un was 'seriously ill' during North Korean Covid crisis, The attack took place in the early hours in the Rajouri district. The area around the scene was cordoned off afterwards as security forces conducted searches. An army official said: "Three … [Read more...] about India-Pakistan border rocked by dawn attack – five killed in shootout as tensions erupt
Chak de India is celebrating 15 years of release, and while the film was a blockbuster at the box office, its star Shah Rukh Khan once called it the ‘worst film’ he’s ever made. Speaking at the University of Edinburg, the Baazigar actor opened up about his doubts related to the now-super hit film, calling it one of his “worst films ever made.” “We had some of the brightest minds making the film… But when I saw the film at its first screening, we all looked at it and felt it was the worst film we had ever made in our lives,” Shah Rukh had said. “We had reached that stage of failure where you start telling people, listen we did what we wanted to. This is what we set out to make and success and failure is transient and we will come back. It was really sad,” the mega-star added. Another surprising fact about Chak De India is that Shah Rukh Khan was not the first choice of producer Aditya Chopra to play coach Kabir Khan. The Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge filmmaker initially … [Read more...] about Shah Rukh Khan calls ‘Chak De India’ his ‘worst’ film