A cow in the  roadway in Siliguri, India,  photographed in April  2014. Prime minister  Narendra Modi, a vegetarian Hindu nationalist,  warned before being elected that the country’s expanding meat industry would lead to its “ruin”. File photograph: Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

A Hindu mob killed a Muslim man in India over rumours that he butchered a cow. Police on Wednesday blamed the incident and subsequent sectarian viole(...)

Vehicles on the western express highway in Mumbai. Transport experts in India said that until road building agencies were held accountable for maintenance and prosecuted for negligence, the menace of potholes would continue. Photograph:  Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Nearly 16,000 people have died over the past year across India in accidents due to potholes, badly designed speed breakers and on roads under repair a(...)

Police and members of the rescue operation stand at the site of a train derailment near Harda, Madhya Pradesh. Photograph: Reuters 1:29

At least 27 people died when two trains derailed within minutes of each other in India’s central Madhya Pradesh province, after flash floods struck a(...)

Fishermen in rural Assam where witch-hunting is prevalent, not only among the state’s largely superstitious and underdeveloped tribal communities and its tea plantation workers, but also in several other regions. Photograph: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty

Police arrested 16 people in India’s northeastern Assam state last month for brutally murdering a 63-year old woman for practicising witchcraft, in wh(...)

Very important person: India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh Photograph: Raveeendran/AFP/Getty Images

Two leading Indian television news channels, supported by social and print media, have launched a campaign against the country’s oppressive “VIP cultu(...)

The river bank in Pariyar where 102 bodies were found floating in an offshoot of the Ganges. Indian authorities are investigating the incident  but do not suspect criminal activity. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Authorities are investigating how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges river in northern India.(...)

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(...)

India to Nepal by Bus   The Indian and Nepalese governments have just officially inaugurated the first-ever bus service between the two (...)

Suguna Devi, a married woman and the daughter of the village’s headman, lies on a rope cot in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, where a 13-year-old girl was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault against Ms Devi.  Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A rape has taken place every 25 minutes in India over the past 13 years, a new study has found.The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said 27(...)

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are stopped by police from moving towards the office of Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during a protest against recent rape and hanging of two girls,. Photograph:Pawan Kumar/Reuters

A politician from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has described rape as a social crime, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it(...)