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3 Words Can't Get Men an Instant Divorce Anymore: Court

India outlaws 'triple talaq'

(Newser) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising five senior judges of different faiths, deliberated for three months before issuing its order in response to petitions from seven Muslim women who had been divorced... More »

An Industrial Neighborhood's Newest Residents: Blue Dogs

Local officials think their cyan-hued fur is from untreated waste in Kasadi River

(Newser) - A strange phenomenon in an Indian industrial district has put a factory on thin ice and a bunch of canines in the bathtub. A report in the Hindustan Times posted in mid-August noted that dogs with bright-blue fur had been spotted roaming in Navi Mumbai's Taloja area. After initial... More »

Wife Can Dump Hubby Who Won't Install Toilet: Judge

Forcing Indian woman to defecate outside after dark is a form of torture, court finds

(Newser) - An Indian woman can divorce her husband because he refused to install a toilet in their home, the BBC reports, with a judge in the northwestern state of Rajasthan finding on Friday that forced outdoor defecation is a form of torture and that the woman, who is in her 20s,... More »

At Least 23 Dead in Passenger Train Crash

Six train cars derailed in northern India

(Newser) - Six coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India on Saturday, killing 23 people and injuring at least 81, officials said. Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said Arvind Kumar, a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the... More »

Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth Without Knowing It

Girl's parents told her the bulge in her stomach was a stone

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape victim in India has given birth, though the BBC reports she is unaware of that fact. The girl's case grabbed headlines after it reached as high as the Indian Supreme Court, which in July denied her family's request for an abortion. While the court battles... More »

In the High Himalayas, Troops Throw Rocks at Each Other

Stones thrown after Kashmir patrol got lost

(Newser) - Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another in the high Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Indian officials said Wednesday after an altercation that escalated tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region... More »

Did 60 Children Die Because of an Unpaid Bill?

That's the allegation against a hospital in India's Uttar Pradesh state

(Newser) - In a five-day span at a single hospital in India, 60 children have died, 34 of them infants. The rash of deaths, which the Independent reports began last Monday, has led to the suspension of the head of the hospital in Uttar Pradesh state, and it's also spurred a... More »

Indian Women Post Night Pics After 'Regressive' Remarks

The #AintNoCinderella hashtag means they'll stay out as late as they like

(Newser) - If you want to help Indian women stay safe, one overture that won't be embraced is giving them a curfew. That's what one politician has discovered after his remarks following what one woman says was her near-kidnapping. Per the BBC , DJ Varnika Kundu was driving home Friday night... More »

'State Bank of Tomato' Political Stunt Takes Off in India

It was meant to protest rising costs ... then people began lining up

(Newser) - In a move to protest skyrocketing tomato prices in India, the Indian National Congress political party launched the “State Bank of Tomato,” a parody bank taking fruit deposits and distributing loans. But the political stunt by the youth wing of the opposition party has gained traction in Uttar... More »

Indian Boxer Offers Belt in Return for Peace With China

Indian and Chinese boxers squared off in the midst of a territorial dispute

(Newser) - A boxing ring may be a place of violence, but on Saturday night Indian champion Vijender Singh used one to make a plea for peace. Singh, a former Olympian and current WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion, defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China to become the new WBO Oriental super middleweight... More »

Study: Going Outdoors Could Become Deadly in India

Heat, humidity set to rise to new extremes there, and in Pakistan, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Venturing outdoors may become deadly across wide swaths of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh by the end of the century as climate change drives heat and humidity to new extremes, according to a new study. These conditions could affect up to a third of the people living throughout the region unless... More »

2 Nations With Nukes in Armed Standoff Over Mountain Road

China and India fought over the same area in 1962

(Newser) - China and India are in the midst of a potentially volatile border dispute centering on just 34 square miles and an unpaved road. Last month, Indian troops confronted Chinese workers trying to extend a road in a contested area known as the Doklam Plateau at the point where China, India,... More »

Indian Court: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Can't Get Abortion

The girl is 26 weeks pregnant

(Newser) - A 10-year-old rape survivor in India has been denied an abortion, despite the fact that giving birth is risky at such a young age, the Times of India reports. Medical termination of pregnancy is allowed up to 20 weeks gestation, though exceptions are allowed if the mother's health is... More »

India's New President Is an 'Untouchable'

Ram Nath Kovind is a member of lower-caste Dalit community

(Newser) - Members of the low-caste Dalit community in India were once known as "untouchables." How times have changed: Two just competed against each other for the largely ceremonial office of president, and 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind came out on top, reports CNN . In India, the real power is with... More »

Mother Teresa's Famous Sari Is Now Trademarked

Her mission in India has the rights to the blue-bordered design

(Newser) - The nuns who belong to Mother Teresa's order were willing to forgive and forget groups taking advantage of their late matriarch's image. Their lawyer? Not so much. And that's why the Missionaries of Charity in India now owns the trademark to the saint's famous blue-bordered sari,... More »

Court: Frozen Guru's Followers Can Wait for Him to Wake

They insist Ashutosh Maharaj is meditating, but son wants to bury him

(Newser) - Good news for followers of an Indian guru who fought to keep his body on ice: A court on Wednesday ruled that the remains of Ashutosh Maharaj can remain in a freezer, Agence-France Press reports. Punjabi followers of Maharaj dispute the idea that he died of a heart attack in... More »

'Complicated Tone' Behind Trump, Modi Meeting

'Elephant in the room' between US, India: immigration and H-1B visa program

(Newser) - President Trump meets Indian PM Narendra Modi for the first time on Monday, and the world is watching the two politicians with striking similarities. MSNBC notes the "elephant in the room" is immigration, specifically regarding the H-1B visa program that allows Indian IT experts to make their way to... More »

India's Advice to Pregnant Women 'Irrational'

Pamphlets suggests they avoid meat, eggs, and lust

(Newser) - A government pamphlet's advice for pregnant women in India isn't going over well. The booklet titled "Mother and Child Care" tells the women to "detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatred and lust," spurn "impure thoughts," look at "beautiful pictures" to benefit... More »

Kidnappers Find Out It's Unwise to Mess With Sharpshooter

The woman in India took up shooting after having kids

(Newser) - Two kidnappers in India grabbed a 21-year-old Delhi University student who was driving a taxi—and inadvertently messed with the wrong woman, reports India.com . "I just took my gun and shot them," says Ayisha Falaq, 32, the man's sister-in-law and a competitive sharpshooter. "I shot... More »

For a 10-Year-Old Pregnant by Rape, a 2nd Trauma

Victim had to fight for right to abort

(Newser) - India has dealt with a series of high-profile rape cases , and the latest is a particularly thorny one: It involves a 10-year-old who is now pregnant. The New York Times reports the child is more than 20 weeks along after being "repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period... More »

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