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India woman held for 'posing' as groom for a dowry

Image caption Krishna Sen (left) married her first wife (centre) in 2014 Police in India have arrested a woman who allegedly posed as a man and duped two women into marriage for dowry. Krishna Sen was arrested on Wednesday in the northern state of Uttarakhand for demanding dowry, which is illegal in India. Police told the BBC that it was revealed during the interrogation that Krishna was a woman. They

India woman dies after hair caught in go-kart wheel

Image copyrightSant Arora/Hindustan Times Image caption The woman was visiting the theme park with her husband, young son, and other relatives An Indian woman has died in an amusement park in the northern state of Haryana, after her hair got tangled in the wheels of a go-kart. The 28-year-old woman, Puneet Kaur, was on holiday with her family at the time of the accident. She was taken to a nearby

Indian bank hit by $1.8bn fraud case

Image copyrightGetty Images India’s second largest state-run bank has uncovered a $1.8bn (£1.3bn) scam linked to a single Mumbai branch. The fraud amounts to nearly a third of Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) market value, and 50 times its profits for the last quarter of 2017. The bank said the fraudulent transactions appeared to benefit a handful of customers. But there are concerns the fraud could affect other banks, and hurt

India designer sorry over 'insulting' sari remark

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Mr Mukherjee is one of India’s most sought after fashion designers Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has apologised for saying that Indian women who do not know how to wear a sari, a traditional garment, should feel shame. He made the remark at an event at Harvard University last week. The comment prompted backlash on social media, with women calling it patriarchal and discriminatory. In an open

Why the Jaws shark is not a 'man-eating monster'

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The great white shark is the most misunderstood fish in the world “When you’re on top of the water, and you just see the fin, I think it’s more scary because it’s the unknown. But when you are underwater and you see the shark it is much less scary. When I saw him for the first time, he was bigger than expected and so much more

India man held over body-in-suitcase murder

Image copyrightCourtesy: Hindustan TimesImage caption Mr Sakya was a tenant of the boy’s parents Police in India’s capital, Delhi, have arrested a man for allegedly killing a seven-year-old boy whose body he hid in a suitcase for 37 days. Police found the body on Tuesday in Avidesh Sakya’s home after neighbours complained of foul smell. Officials said Mr Sakya kidnapped the boy for ransom but killed him to cover up

Pierce Brosnan asked to 'explain' India advert

Image caption The ad first appeared in October 2016 Authorities in Indian capital Delhi say they have asked actor Pierce Brosnan to explain why he was in an ad for a local mouth freshener associated with an addictive form of chewing tobacco. He could be fined 5,000 rupees ($78; £56) or go to jail for two years if he doesn’t respond within 10 days, officials said. It is not clear

The child abuse survivor fighting to save others

Image copyrightPurnima Govindarajulu Image caption Purnima Govindarajulu says the abuse has “torn” her life In India, child sexual assault must be reported within three years or a case cannot be brought against an abuser. But for adult survivors who struggle to come to terms with their ordeal this means their abuser, frequently someone close to the family, will never be brought to justice. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey met one survivor

The Indian women who found a life-changing sport

Image copyrightHari Adivarekar In a spacious courtyard in a college in India’s southern city of Chennai, women in wheelchairs dart around a basketball court, shouting instructions. They are in trials for the Asian Para Games qualifiers, which will be held in Thailand in March 2018. Photojournalist Hari Adivarekar spent a few days with the players as they competed for a spot in India’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team. Image copyrightHari

'My period meant I couldn't mourn my grandmother'

Image caption Megha Mohan’s grandmother Although still a sensitive subject in many Indian families, menstruation had never been taboo in mine – until an emotional reunion revealed a generational divide. “Does anyone have a tampon?” I asked as I left the bathroom. Several members of my family, who had been chatting animatedly over mugs of hot sweet tea, were abruptly silent. We were all packed in a modest hotel room