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Mob attacks African students in Indian metro

Videos have emerged of three African students nearly being lynched in the New Delhi metro. Accused of sexual harassment, they were beat with chairs and sticks as a mob screamed at them. Read more...

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New Delhi's homeless cast their votes for the first time

 
On Thursday, voters in New Delhi cast ballots in India’s general election. For the first time ever, homeless people in the Indian capital were also able to participate. Read more...

Lacking water, New Delhi residents dependent on "tanker mafia"

 
On paper, New Delhi doesn't have a water problem. It receives sufficient amounts of water per capita - even more than the city of Paris. Yet many of its residents get so little water that they are forced to buy it from what they call the "water tanker mafia". Read more...
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Congolese nationals arrested in Punjab, a 'real hell for black Africans'

 
The recent arrest of 21 Congolese students by police in Jalandhar, a city in northwestern India, has angered the black African community in the state of Punjab. Local Congolese say there is an intolerably racist atmosphere in the state. Read more...

Kashmir girl band provoke fatwa by singing in front of men

 
This is the story of three teenage girls who wanted to rock but were born in the wrong place. After participating in a music contest in Indian Kashmir, Aneeqa, Noma, and Farah received third place — as well as heaps of insults and a fatwa against them. Read more...
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Kumbh Mela festival: a sanitary challenge of mammoth proportions

 
It’s tipped to become the biggest gathering of human beings on earth. Millions of Hindus have already started pouring into the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the Kumbh Mela festival. Such a large-scale event poses unfathomable challenges for organisers, especially when it comes to sanitation. Read more...

As anti-corruption campaign lands a big fish, police bring out the batons

 
Over the past few months, India’s capital has seen an increasing number of protests against corruption, but until now, police avoided making use of their weapons in favour of simply arresting demonstrators. However, a scandal involving the government’s sale of coal fields has made tensions boil over. On Sunday, police quelled an impromptu protest with bamboo batons, water cannons, and tear gas. Read more...
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Ethnic riots leave thousands homeless in northeast India: “They’re in a state of panic”

 
The ethnic riots that killed 50 people in India’s northeast last week also left at least 400,000 people homeless. Many of them have taken refuge in schoolhouses, where they live in cramped quarters with little relief. We spoke to the headmaster of a school that has taken in 2,000 refugees. Read more…
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Horrific video of attack on young woman in India sparks outrage

 
Video footage of a 17-year old Indian girl being physically assaulted by a group of men in a busy street has sparked outrage in India. The incident has not only drawn attention to high levels of violence against women in India, but also raised the question whether it was the journalist’s duty who filmed the attack to intervene. Read more…
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