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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 »

Indian Top Court to Rule on Muslim Divorce With 3 Words

Men have to say 'talaq' 3 times and they're officially free; women say that's discriminatory

(Newser) - Although the Koran spells out how a Muslim couple's divorce should be handled—Islamic experts say it's to be spread out over three months so the couple can gauge if it's really the best decision—a more modern-day divorce tactic is now being examined by India's... More »

Wall Collapse Kills Dozens of Wedding Guests

Police in India arrest building owner

(Newser) - India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is "pained beyond words" by a disaster that killed dozens of people at a wedding in Rajasthan state Wednesday. Authorities say at least 25 people were killed and nearly 30 others injured after a dust storm hit as hundreds of people were... More »

Indian Wedding Gift: Paddles to Beat Drunk Husbands

State minister gives them out to hundreds of brides to curb domestic abuse

(Newser) - A wooden bat: not exactly the first thing to come to mind when you think "wedding gift," but that is indeed the wedding gift that hundreds of new brides in India recently received from the state minister of Madhya Pradesh. The actual purpose of the 15-inch-long, paddle-shaped bats... More »

'World's Heaviest Woman' Drops 713 Pounds— or Has She?

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty reportedly weighs 389lbs; sister refutes that story

(Newser) - Just a few months ago she was billed as the world's heaviest woman , but doctors in India now say Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty has dropped more than 700 pounds and will be transferred to a hospital in the United Arab Emirates to continue her medical treatment closer to... More »

India Kicks Entire Region Off Social Media

ISPs ordered to block 22 sites for a month

(Newser) - India has ordered internet service providers in Indian-controlled Kashmir to immediately block Facebook, Twitter, and 20 other social media sites and online applications for one month, after several videos and photos depicting alleged abuses of Kashmiris by Indian security forces sparked outrage and fueled protests. The government said the restrictions... More »

Suit: Snapchat CEO Said App Was 'Only for Rich People'

Evan Spiegel didn't want to expand in 'poor countries like India and Spain': complaint

(Newser) - Snapchat's "elusive" CEO may want to stay under the radar until the latest hubbub surrounding something he supposedly said clears up. Business Insider reports that Snap chief Evan Spiegel is being sued by Anthony Pompliano, who worked for the company for just a few weeks in 2015, with... More »

News Anchor Realizes on Air Her Husband Was Killed

Supreet Kauer kept her composure, is praised for professionalism

(Newser) - While news anchor Supreet Kauer listened to a reporter relay news of a car accident that killed three people in central India on Saturday morning, she realized that her husband was among the victims, reports the AP . No names were given on the air, but her husband was driving the... More »

Story of Indian Girl Raised by Monkeys Actually Much Sadder

Authorities say the girl, who is disabled, was abandoned by her family

(Newser) - A young girl raised by monkeys in the forests of India. Too strange to be true? Apparently yes. Earlier this week, stories of the "Mowgli Girl" spread across the world. Rangers claimed they found the girl—about 8 years old, naked, crawling on all fours, and screeching—living with... More »

Girl Found Living With Monkeys, Walking on All Fours

Police are reviewing missing children cases in an attempt to identify her

(Newser) - Unbelievable as it may sound, authorities in northern India say they've rescued a young girl who appears to have been living with monkeys. Villagers first spotted the naked child looking "very comfortable in the company of monkeys" in January in the Katarniya Ghat forest range, a police officer... More »

To Prepare for China, India Must First Beat the Himalayas

India rushes to bring infrastructure to remote border areas

(Newser) - An Indian man recently hiked for seven hours over treacherous terrain to hand deliver a can of diesel fuel—just enough for soldiers on the disputed India-China border to run a generator for 10 hours. This was not an unusual occurrence. The Wall Street Journal takes a fascinating look at... More »

Indian Mob Kills Muslim Man Who Was Transporting Cows

As one Indian state makes slaughtering cows punishable by life in prison

(Newser) - A Muslim man beaten by a mob that accused him of transporting cows for slaughter has died in western India, police said Wednesday, in the latest violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over treatment of the animal they consider sacred. Pehlu Khan died late Tuesday of injuries sustained when he... More »

Indian Court Takes Unusual Step to Protect Ganges

Judges grant it same rights as a human

(Newser) - A court in northern India has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians, per the AP . Uttarakhand state's High Court ruled Monday that the two rivers be accorded the status of living human entities, meaning... More »

Why Consumers in India Will Love This Washing Machine

Panasonic washer has a 'curry' button, 'daily sari' setting

(Newser) - Consumers in India may have to pay a little more for a just-debuted Panasonic washing machine, but those desperate to get a certain type of stain out may find the appliance worth the extra outlay. In what Gizmodo UK calls the "corporate holy grail" of customer-tailored service, the electronics... More »

World's 'Heaviest Woman' Drops 200 Pounds

Doctors expect her to lose another 200 after successful surgery

(Newser) - Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty could soon lose her title as the world's heaviest woman . The 36-year-old Egyptian, who weighed an estimated 1,100 pounds when she arrived at India's Saifee Hospital a month ago in order to undergo life-saving weight loss surgery, surprised doctors by losing 210... More »

India's Water Is Being Stolen One Grain of Sand at a Time

Inside India's 'sand mafia'

(Newser) - India's urban areas are growing at an astounding rate. That development requires an immense amount of concrete, which in turn requires an equally immense amount of sand to manufacture. Enter India's "sand mafia." The New York Times takes a deep look at the wide net of... More »

Mom of Slain Indian Man Hopes Other Son Leaves US

'I want him and his family to return to Hyderabad for good'

(Newser) - The mother of an Indian engineer shot to death in a Kansas bar is not just grieving for her son but worried about his younger brother. He, too, is working in the US, and his mother, Parvatha Vardhini, wants him to come home for his own safety. “I will... More »

Mom Leaves for 6 Minutes, Twins Drown in Washer

The 3-year-olds, who fell into the machine head-first, became stuck

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—leave your kids alone for a few minutes and suffer their loss for the rest of your life. Such is the tragic tale out of India, where a mother of twin 3-year-old boys says she stepped out of their Delhi home for six... More »

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