Indian devotees gather after a stampede at a religious festival in Godavari in the Rajahmundry district. The toll from a stampede on Tuesday has  risen to 27. Photograph: Getty

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. It happen(...)

Veerappan moustache wax has triggered an online protest petition which demands that the global cosmetics company rename its  product. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 11 years after being shot dead by police, India’s most notorious but fiercely bewhiskered bandit has been resurrected by an international cosme(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

Devotees pray  to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai, August 18th, 2014. Janmashtami marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna. File Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

A stampede at a Hindu temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh killed at least 10 people today and injured dozens, police and media sai(...)

A police officer checks people’s voting slips as they wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of voting for national elections in New Delhi today. Photograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections today, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states essential to the(...)

Indian Hindu pilgrims walk through a bridge across the Sindh river yesterday, where scores of people died in a  stampede. Photograph: Mahesh Jha/AP

The death toll in the stampede which occurred at a Hindu temple in India’s central Madhya Pradesh province climbed to 115 yesterday as several of tho(...)

A woman cries next to the body of a victim killed in a stampede near Ratangarh temple, in Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. A stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh yesterday killed at least 109 people. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

The death toll from a stampede near a temple in central India has risen to 109.Thousands of Hindu pilgrims were crossing a bridge leading to a temple (...)

An Indian court has sentenced six men convicted of the gang rape of a Swiss woman to life in prison, in one of several recent cases that have fueled a(...)

Demonstrators shout slogans as they try to cross a police barricade during a protest outside police headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. Hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Delhi police after a five year-old girl was allegedly raped and tortured. Photograph: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

A doctor says the condition of a five-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and tortured by a man and then left alone in a locked ro(...)

A Swiss woman with her face covered is taken to a hospital by police for her medical examination at Gwalior in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh March 16, 2013. Four men raped a 39-year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in an Indian forest, police said on Saturday, turning the spotlight anew on the security of women in the world's largest democracy. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Six men accused of raping a Swiss tourist who was cycling with her husband in central India have appeared in court charged with gang rape. (...)