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'Witches' being abused by a mob in India in 2010

Four women have been brutally killed in a span of just over a month in Jharkhand after accusations of practising witchcraft.

An NGO says these and similar murders, mainly aimed at widows, are about stealing property.

Women from the Bohra community walking past a shop selling pictures of their religious leaders, outside a mosque in Mumbai. | AFP Photo

Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party.

The mutilation occurred not in Africa, where the practice is most prevalent, but in India where a small Muslim sub-sect known as the Dawoodi Bohra continues to believe that the removal of the clitoris is the will of God.

Sterilisation in India

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men.

Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony. A number of pregnant women selected for sterilisation suffered miscarriages and lost their babies.

Noorjehan Abdul Hamid Dewan

Women like Noorjehan and Latifabano Mohammad Yusuf Getali, are leading a veritable revolution in the beleaguered Muslim community in Gujarat, which comprises less than 10% of the state's population.

They have defied their husbands and parents at home and clerics outside to come out and work with riot victims and travel to dingy and often hostile courtrooms around the state to fight their cases.


Indian activists have reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities.

Film-Maker and Activist Leena Manimekalai

Leena Manimekalai speaks about her controversial and acclaimed film ‘Sengadal' and her life's many missions


About 150 of more than 200 girls called "Nakusa", which means "unwanted" in the local Marathi language of western Maharashtra state, will get rid of their first name for good.

Because of their first name, many girls had poor self-esteem, were embarrassed and discriminated against, with the risk that they will pass on their insecurities to their own daughters

An unmarried man eats his lunch in the remote village of Siyani | Photo: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Nearly two dozen men building a temple in this remote farming village lay down their tools at midday and walk through the dusty streets to a shed where they are joined by another group of men -- and start eating a meal cooked by a man.



India introduced a cheap tablet computer Wednesday, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty.


The traditional notion in India is that domestic violence happens in slums.

Domestic violence activists are working to break that myth.


With 4,636 girls rescued from slavery, Sunitha Krishnan's biggest achievement is putting a smile on her girls' faces.

The biggest challenge is the attitude of the people. After all the efforts we put in to rescue these girls, our hearts break when society refuses to accept them.

The day we can create a zero tolerance society and break our silence on all forms of sexual violence will be the day we can see social transformation

Diane Scimone and children

“Do you see those cages in the second-floor windows?” my contact asked me.... “They hold little girls as young as 4 years old who are smuggled in from Nepal...”