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After Alleged Rape, Uber Banned in Indian Capital

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav appeared in court today

(Newser) - In 2011, driver Shiv Kumar Yadav allegedly did the following: picked up a fare who was heading home from her job at a bar, altered the route, and raped her; he spent seven months in jail before he reached a settlement with his accuser and was acquitted. Today, Yadav appeared... More »

India Arrests Uber Driver in Rape of Passenger

Police threaten taxi company with legal action for failing to screen driver

(Newser) - India police today arrested a 32-year-old Uber driver in the rape of a New Delhi woman who used the taxi service on Friday, and they're threatening legal action against Uber itself, reports Reuters , saying that the company failed to adequately screen the driver or install a GPS location device... More »

Charity's Free Eye Surgery Leaves 24 Blind

Indian police open investigation after cataract operations

(Newser) - Authorities ordered an investigation today after at least 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp run by a charity in northern India. The operations were performed in early November on 130 patients who were all older than 50 and living in... More »

The Scary Implications of India's Wave of Baby Deaths

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is out of control

(Newser) - India sees 800,000 newborns die each year, but 58,000 of those deaths were particularly noteworthy—and alarming—last year. Those infants died of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to a recent study cited by the New York Times , which reports the evidence is mounting that a sizable amount of... More »

As Guys Harass Them, India Sisters Fight Back

Video of them using their belts goes viral

(Newser) - Two sisters getting harassed and touched by three men on a bus in India weren't getting any help from other passengers, so they took matters into their own hands: A video of them using their belts to beat the men has gone viral, reports the BBC . Police, meanwhile, have... More »

India Says Girls Hanged From Tree Died by Suicide

Teens weren't raped, murdered, federal investigators say

(Newser) - An investigation into the deaths of two teenage cousins believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, according to authorities in India. The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's version of the FBI, told reporters that the local... More »

Horses, Rhinos Have Roots in Ancient India

Fossil discovery offers clues to ancient past

(Newser) - Back when the Indian subcontinent was still an island—before it joined what is now the rest of Asia—it was home to ancestors of today's horses and rhinoceroses, a new study suggests. Both modern animals are members of a biological order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates,... More »

No. 1 Birth Control? Female Sterilization

Reproductive health expert says not to demonize it

(Newser) - The practice of sterilization as a family-planning method is facing scrutiny after 13 women died following such procedures in India. But female sterilization is actually the most common form of birth control, with some 223 million women undergoing the procedure in 2009, NPR reports. A reproductive health expert tells NPR... More »

8-Limbed 'God Baby' Draws Crowds in India

Birth defect causes pandemonium among believers

(Newser) - A baby boy born with four arms and four legs has been nicknamed "God Boy" and drawn thousands of excited people to the city of Baruipur in eastern India. The boy's family is overjoyed because the birth defect makes him resemble a Hindu god, according to the Daily ... More »

Cops Battle 20K to Arrest Indian Guru

Rampal Maharaj wanted for alleged role in 2006 murder

(Newser) - An Indian guru was arrested yesterday after a 10-day standoff during which at least six people died. Police say up to 20,000 followers of the guru Rampal Maharaj, who is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder, battled police at his ashram, a 2.5-acre religious complex in Hisar,... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Medicine Looks to Be Culprit in Deadly Sterilizations

Officials confiscating pills that were given to women

(Newser) - Authorities in India initially thought the women who died after surgeries at a recent "sterilization camp" may have succumbed to septic shock; stories poured out about unsanitary conditions and rushed operations . But now, after post-mortem examinations on several of the women, health officials say it looks like tainted medications... More »

Deadly Sterilizations: Doctor Paid $1.22 per Patient

Stories of rushed surgeries, unsanitary conditions come out

(Newser) - One of the women who died in the botched India sterilization drive was told she'd receive the equivalent of 10 days' wages and be ready to return to work in the fields in 48 hours, reports the Guardian . A man received the astronomical amount of $3,250 from the... More »

Botched Mass Sterilization in India Kills 10 Women

83 undergo procedure in 6 hours: reports

(Newser) - In a mass sterilization of 83 women in India on Saturday, a surgeon used infected instruments; now, 10 patients are dead and 69 others have been hospitalized, a local health official tells Bloomberg . "It's a case of negligence," says the chief minister of Chhattisgarh state, where surgeons... More »

Thousands of Bodies Pile Up in New Delhi Every Year

Mortuaries, police overwhelmed by number of unidentified, unclaimed dead

(Newser) - Mortuaries are, by nature, a somewhat gruesome venue, but perhaps nowhere more so than in New Delhi, India, where thousands of unclaimed, unknown bodies rack up every year. A New York Times article documents the horrors of the Sabzi Mandi mortuary, where bodies pile "on every available surface, including... More »

Man Invites Over Daughter's Rapist, Fatally Tortures Him

Indian dad confesses to murdering man with hot tongs

(Newser) - A man in India has confessed to inviting over his daughter's alleged rapist, serving the man dinner, and murdering him with a pair of hot tongs, Fox News reports. The unidentified 36-year-old says he only meant to torture the man with tongs and strangulation, and wept when he died... More »

Man Arrested Under 1861 Sex Law

Software engineer in arranged marriage caught on film cheating with man

(Newser) - Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—especially one in an arranged marriage in which her husband has rejected her. An Indian bride filed charges in Bangalore this month, claiming that not only was her husband cheating on her, but that he violated a colonial-era law that bans "... More »

Soccer Player Scores, Dies After Celebratory Flip

23-year-old Peter Biaksangzuala suffered severe spinal injury in Indian game

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Indian soccer player excited over a goal he had just scored died after he did a celebratory flip in the air, landed badly, and suffered a spinal injury, the AP reports. "A CT Scan was done right after he was taken to the hospital, and the result... More »

Twin Storms Pound Asia

Japan facing 2nd typhoon in a week; at least 6 dead in Indian cyclone

(Newser) - Japan is facing down its second major typhoon in the space of a week, with at least 35 people reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong hit its southern island of Okinawa with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 110mph. The storm was headed next to Kyushu island, where officials have... More »

Obama, Now Is the Time to Move on India

Key Asian ally has been neglected for years: Nicholas Burns

(Newser) - India's "charismatic and strong-willed" prime minister Narendra Modi is in town this week, and now is the time for the Obama administration to get serious about its long-neglected relationship with a key partner. Writing in the Washington Post , former undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns says that President Obama... More »

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