September 14, 2013 |
Is the only good rapist a dead rapist? That certainly appears to be the sentiment of many in India after a judge on Friday sentenced four men to be hanged for their parts in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. What's the view of the man on the street? Well, as my colleague Mark Magnier reported from New Delhi : Pawan Kumar, a 52-year-old textile shopkeeper, said he would be happy to do the honors. "They deserve capital punishment," the northern Uttar Pradesh state resident said.
September 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- An Indian court Friday sentenced four men to death in the December rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus, one of the nation's most closely watched legal decisions in recent history. The judge announced the sentence in a one-paragraph statement, adding that tough punishment was justified in a case that shocked the conscience of the nation. "In these times when crime against women is on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye toward such gruesome crime,” said Judge Yogesh Khanna.
September 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday in the December rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, one of most closely watched legal decisions in the country's recent history. Judge Yogesh Khanna announced the sentence in a one-paragraph order, in contrast to his 237-page verdict a few days ago. "In these times when crime against women is on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye," he said. The victim, who died of massive internal injuries two weeks after the assault on a moving bus, has not been named under Indian law. The four death row convicts, ages 19 to 35, were among six apprehended after an attack that struck a deep nerve in India.
September 11, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- An Indian court on Wednesday heard sentencing arguments in the case of four men convicted a day earlier of raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapist in December, with the prosecution arguing that leniency would be a travesty in such a heinous crime and defense attorneys citing extenuating circumstances. The sentence is to be handed down Friday in a case that has shocked, angered and transfixed India. As convicted murderers, the defendants face either life in prison -- which in practical terms can mean as little as 14 years in India -- or the death sentence.
September 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Investors punished Apple's stock Wednesday, driving it down more than 5% after the technology giant disappointed Wall Street by failing to announce a cheaper iPhone and a deal with China's largest wireless carrier. Both bits of news had been widely expected at an event Apple held at its headquarters Tuesday. Although a partnership with China Mobile is still imminent, shareholders and Wall Street analysts were not as confident that Apple will regain much momentum in emerging smartphone markets such as China without a more affordable phone.
September 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- An Indian court on Tuesday found guilty four men accused of raping and murdering a 23-year old physiotherapy student on a moving bus in December, in a case that has sparked tougher laws, fast-track courts, public outrage and extensive soul-searching. The four, who face the death penalty, are scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing Wednesday. India rarely executes death row prisoners, but the government has faced intense pressure to hang the men. The court found the four, age 19 to 35, guilty on all 13 charges they faced, including rape, murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.
September 9, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- The death toll from sectarian violence in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state increased to 31 Monday as police locked down the area and the prime minister called for calm. A curfew has been imposed, about 13,000 security officers have been deployed to the area and over 100 people were arrested on charges of inciting violence. Schools and shops were closed Monday after hundreds of villagers reportedly fled their homes Sunday or were evacuated by police. Tensions were sparked in late August when a teenage Hindu girl complained to her family that she'd been verbally harassed by a Muslim boy, also a teenager, in another village in Muzaffarnagar district, located in the northern part of India's most populous state, according to local media reports.
September 8, 2013 |
VENGOOR, India - Vilasini Ramachandra lilts through a field in delicate sandals in southern India's Kerala state, proudly pointing out the bounty she and her friends have teased from the rich earth: here the tapioca; there the elephant yams; farther afield, the turmeric. After years of backbreaking work carrying bricks on a construction site, Ramachandra heard about Kudumbashree, a state program that teaches farming and other skills to impoverished women. Years later, she's accumulated modest savings and has control over her own time, along with a confident glint in her eye. "I can buy a sari when I want without having to ask my husband, who's a bit into the coconut wine," said Ramachandra, 51, the red bindi on her forehead glinting in the afternoon light.
September 5, 2013 |
Crime statistics and a Gender Scorecard compiled by women's rights activists have put chilling new perspective on an age-old social ill in India: Bride-burning and other "dowry crimes" take the life of a woman every hour. Despite a rapidly expanding middle class, enviable economic growth and measurable strides in modernization since India's 1947 independence, dowry deaths continue to rise year on year, as does the related plague of "cruelty by husband and relatives" -- the crime defined as torture committed against women in pursuit of more marriage bounty from their parents.
September 2, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation's rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and electoral ploy the country can't afford that will encourage more waste and corruption. The National Food Security Bill gives two-thirds of India's population the right to buy 12 pounds of rice, wheat, millet or other cereals each month at no more than 3 cents per pound.