Chhattisgarh

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 Congress Party workers celebrate the party’s lead in votes counting and potential victory in assembly elections, with a cutout of party president Rahul Gandhi at party headquarter in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faces a damaging defeat by the opposition Congress Party in elect(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Doctors tend to a woman who underwent a sterilisation surgery at a government-run camp at Chhattisgarh.  Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Authorities in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh suspect that women who died after attending government-run sterilisation camps over the last week were(...)

Indian men carry the body of one of the victims of botched surgeries in Chhattisgarh, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

Ten women died and 14 were left in a serious condition after botched operations at what has been described as a government mass sterilisation camp in (...)

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(...)

India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh (second right) and Sonia Gandhi (right), chief of India’s ruling Congress party, meet with victims injured in an ambush on Saturday, at a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Raipur

Thousands of paramilitaries were deployed in a massive manhunt yesterday for Maoist rebels across central India hours after they ambushed an official (...)