Assam

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Security personnel keep vigil after a militant attack at Balajan Tinali, in the Kokrajhar district of Assam on August 5, 2016.  Gunmen opened fire on a busy market  killing 13 and wounding several others, police said. (Photograph:  AFP Photo)

Gunmen in military uniforms sprayed bullets and flung grenades into a crowded market in northeast India on Friday, killing at least 13 people in a ram(...)

Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

At least nine people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in heavy rains in a Mumbai suburb on Sunday, state media reported. Officials s(...)

Russell Crowe at the Global Slavery Index launch at the Shard in London. Millions were “trapped in a cycle of despair and degradation with neither choice nor hope”, the actor said. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

India has the world’s largest population of modern day slaves, numbering 18.4 million, which includes bonded labourers, sex workers and child soldiers(...)

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(...)

During the 1980s any man caught drinking by the tough female brigades would be stripped, tied on top of a donkey and paraded through the streets with a blackened face. Photograph: Getty Images

The successful Manipuri women’s temperance movement, which secured the imposition of prohibition in its home state in northeastern India nearly a quar(...)

Nuns hold vigils to condemn the gang-rape of an elderly nun in Ranaghat, India, on March 14th, allegedly by Hindu extremists. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Ten months after prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power, many members of India’s minority Christi(...)

Protesters in Tinsukia demonstrate on Sunday against the mob killing of a man accused of rape in neighbouring Nagaland state.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Indian police arrested 22 people on Sunday over last week’s storming of a high security prison in the northeast of the country and subsequent lynchin(...)

Women  hold placards during a protest in Calcutta this week  demanding the death penalty for a man convicted of gang-raping a 23-year-old female student on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Three Indian officials have been suspended and paramilitary soldiers deployed after a mob stormed a high-security jail, dragged away a man accused of (...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

Rescue workers said 17 people died after floods  in the mountainous Indian state of Meghalaya and five others were killed in Guwahati (red marker on map), the biggest city in the region. Image: Google Maps.

At least 22 people have died in flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains in remote northeastern India, officials said today, in the second flo(...)

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