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December, 3, 2016

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Fourteen police officers have been suspended in India after a low-caste man was allegedly tortured and killed in custody, police said Friday.
 
An Indian court on Thursday sentenced a Bollywood director to seven years in jail for raping an American research scholar last year, the victim's lawyer said.
 
Moral crisis rages within Indian Muslim sect on circumcising girls
When Bilqis talks about having circumcised her daughter, she goes back and forth on how she feels -- sometimes within the same sentence.
 
India flooding kills 96, displaces 1 million
The death toll in flooding from heavy monsoon rains in India has climbed past 90, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run relief camps, officials said Tuesday.
 
Thousands of low-caste Dalits formerly known as "untouchables" protested in western India on Sunday against an attack on their members by cow protection vigilantes.
 
A mother and her teenage daughter were allegedly gang-raped in a field after being dragged from their car outside New Delhi, police said on Sunday, India's latest brutal sexual attack.
 
Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India
Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.
 
Int'l Trans Arts Festival
An Indian transgender Yelamma Jogathi artist carries a vessel with images of Hindu goddess Renuka or Yellamma, her patron goddess, as she poses for a portrait after performing at the International Trans Art Festival in Bangalore, India, Friday, July 29. The community of transgender artists known as Jogathis from the southern Indian state of Karnataka perform at festivals and various other occasions to earn their livelihood.
 
India's army said Saturday that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of Indian-held Kashmir.
 
Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.
 
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