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Billionaire Guru Gets Life in Prison for Teen's Rape

Asaram Bapu expected to appeal amid fears of violence

(Newser) - An Indian city is bracing for violence after a spiritual guru with millions of followers was sentenced to life in prison for rape on Wednesday. Asaram Bapu, who claims to teach meditation and yoga at 400 ashrams in 19 countries, was sentenced in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, for the 2013 rape... More »

India Seeks to Stop Child Rape With Harsh Consequence

Raping a girl under the age of 12 may soon bring the death penalty if ordinance is given green light

(Newser) - India's government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women, per the AP . An ordinance was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet and was being sent to the president... More »

Indian Minister: We Had the Internet 5K Years Ago

He's getting support—and a lot of ridicule

(Newser) - Amazon has released an Android browser in India dubbed "Internet," per the Verge —but that's not what the chief minister of Tripura state was referring to Tuesday when he claimed the Internet was invented in India long ago. Speaking in Agartala, Biplab Deb cited the Hindu... More »

8 Men Plead Not Guilty in Volatile India Rape Case

8-year-old girl was assaulted repeatedly for days before being killed

(Newser) - Eight Hindu men accused in the gang rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl in India's Jammu and Kashmir state pleaded not guilty Monday in their first court appearance. The child's battered body was found in a forest in January, a week after she went missing while... More »

Another Shocking Rape Jolts India

This time, the victim was an 8-year-old girl, sedated and assaulted for days

(Newser) - The fatal gang rape of a female medical student in India in 2012 galvanized hundreds of thousands of Indians to take to the streets to demand tougher rape laws. A horrific new case has the potential to unleash similar unrest. The victim was an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir who belonged... More »

Train Carrying 1K People Rolls 7 Miles Without Engine

Rocks in tracks helped avert disaster

(Newser) - Seven railway workers in India have been suspended for causing a near-disaster—while others deserve praise for stopping it. The terrifying incident happened Saturday night, when a train carrying 22 carriages and around 1,000 passengers rolled away after becoming detached from the engine and sped backward for 7 miles... More »

World's 9th-Highest-Paid Actor Sentenced to Prison

Salman Khan gets 5 years in 1998 poaching case

(Newser) - Salman Khan's life might get significantly less glamorous. The world's ninth-highest-paid actor , who has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood films, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in India after being found guilty of poaching, though his lawyers intend to appeal and a bail hearing is... More »

'With Full Proof I Can Say These 39 Are Dead'

Indian construction workers kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 found in mass grave

(Newser) - In the days after Mosul fell to ISIS, 40 Indian construction workers who'd been on assignment on the Mosul University campus were kidnapped. Only one, Harjit Masih, managed to survive after what he says were four days in captivity in June 2014. He was shot in the thigh; the... More »

Bollywood Icon Sridevi Drowns in Bathtub

Police sources say Sridevi was under the influence of alcohol

(Newser) - Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time. The 54-year-old, who for years was one of Bollywood's top actresses, died late Saturday... More »

Woman Discovers Kidney Was Removed, Accuses Husband

Wife says she thought she was having appendicitis surgery

(Newser) - An Indian man is in police custody after allegedly stealing one of his wife's kidneys to serve as a dowry. When she complained of stomach pain two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, says her husband arranged a visit to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where the couple stayed... More »

'It's a Whodunit, and We Don't have the Answer'

Stone tools in India suggest earlier human exit from Africa, maybe

(Newser) - Just a week after scientists reported evidence that our species left Africa earlier than we thought, another discovery is suggesting the date might be pushed back further. Homo sapiens arose in Africa at least 300,000 years ago and left to colonize the globe. Scientists think there were several dispersals... More »

India's 'Good Morning' Texts Have Become a Real Problem

The files are filling up everyone's phones

(Newser) - Two little words are causing a big headache for smartphone users in India: "good morning." That's because so many folks in the country of over 1.3 billion people are sending happy little photos that bear the message to so many of the people they care about.... More »

Rock Art Dating Back Millennia May Be More Than Just Art

Painting found in India could be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) sky charts ever found

(Newser) - We can't exactly chat with ancient humans about their lives, but their art gives us glimpses, and a new find in India sheds literal light on a cosmic event they may have witnessed. Quartz cites a new study in the Indian Journal of History of Science in which scientists... More »

Cops: Wife's Wild Murder Cover-Up Foiled by Soup

India's Swati Reddy was allegedly inspired by a movie

(Newser) - It's a tale of murder fit for the movies—which is just where Swati Reddy allegedly got her inspiration. Police in southern India say the 27-year-old nurse killed her husband, then poured acid on the face of her lover in an effort to pass him off as her spouse.... More »

Infant Twin Wakes on Way to His Funeral

Family in India noticed 'dead' baby moving in bag in a case of 'shocking criminal negligence'

(Newser) - Police are on the case of an upscale New Delhi hospital for what the Times of India calls a "shocking case of negligence" after a premature newborn was declared dead, then later discovered by his parents to be alive on the way to his funeral. The BBC and the... More »

A Midflight Discovery by Wife, Then ... Chaos

Angry woman got flight diverted after finding out about husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to investigate your husband's phone on the suspicion he may be cheating on you, maybe don't do it while thousands of feet in the air. A woman—who, authorities say, had had a few drinks—on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha,... More »

Cop, Wife Arrested—for Allegedly Cheating on a Test

Safeer Karim was attempting to enter India's civil service

(Newser) - A police officer hoping for a new career in India's civil services was arrested Monday after allegedly cheating on an examination with the help of his wife and a whole host of gadgets, the Hindustan Times reports. Safeer Karim's alleged cheating was especially surprising as, per NDTV , he... More »

2 Guilty in High-Profile Case of Girl, 10, Who Gave Birth

Both uncles were convicted of raping their niece

(Newser) - It was an unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: DNA results showed in September that a 10-year-old girl in Chandigarh, India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort, and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by... More »

This Kills More People Than War, AIDS, or Smoking

Pollution, responsible for 9M premature deaths in 2015: study

(Newser) - Environmental pollution—from filthy air to contaminated water—is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger, or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, reports the AP . One out of every six premature deaths in the world in... More »

169 Restaurants Look, Taste Like McDonald's. They Aren't

McDonald's Indian partner refuses to close franchises

(Newser) - McDonald's has an unusual problem in India: It recently severed ties with a partner that helped bring the Golden Arches to the nation, but now that company refuses to stop selling McDonald's food under the McDonald's name. In all, about 170 restaurants have "gone rogue,"... More »

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