MUZAFFARABAD/SRINAGAR, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The death toll
from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to at
least 420 on Tuesday, with thousands still trapped on rooftops,
as criticism of Indian and Pakistani authorities mounted.
On the Indian side of the heavily militarised Line of
Control that divides the Himalayan region, the city of Srinagar
lay submerged along with more than 2,000 villages.
MUZAFFARABAD/SRINAGAR, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The heaviest rains
to fall on Kashmir in 50 years caught Indian and Pakistani
authorities off guard, with criticism of their disaster
preparedness growing on Tuesday as the number of dead hit 420
and thousands remained trapped on rooftops.
On the Indian side of the heavily militarised de facto
border that divides the Himalayan region, more than 2,000
villages and the city of Srinagar were submerged.
By Adnan Abidi
The sound of applause echoing in the dingy shelter forced a smile on the face of Tulshi Dasi. An expression she had almost forgotten since her world turned white. The reason: she could now write and had just finished writing the English alphabet on a blackboard. And all this at the age of 70! She had never felt this empowered and never knew that learning was so much fun. As Dasi wrote a new chapter in her life in the grimy shelter in Vrindavan, that she shares with many women like her, her companions, around 50 odd widows applauded her progress.
Widows, either abandoned by their family members or shunned by society, find their life’s last refuge in various government run shelters such as this one. They come here from all across the country, but mostly from Bengal, where they survive by begging and chanting hymns in temples.
NEW DELHI, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The body of a woman, whose
gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about
violence against women in India, arrived back in New Delhi on
Sunday and was cremated at a private ceremony.
Scuffles broke out in central Delhi between police and
protesters who say the government is doing too little to protect
women. But the 2,000-strong rally was confined to a single area,
unlike last week when protests raged up throughout the capital.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The body of a woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India arrived back in New Delhi in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The unidentified 23-year-old medical student died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.
NEW DELHI, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The body of a woman whose gang
rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence
against women in India arrived back in New Delhi in the early
hours of Sunday morning.
The unidentified 23-year-old medical student died from her
injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a
government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.
By Adnan Abidi
Near my house in Delhi at Deenu bhai’s tea stall, I noticed a very young visitor; 7-year-old Sohail. He was Deenu bhai’s relative visiting him from Aligarh for the summer breaks. Before leaving for work, I enjoyed a cup of tea at Deenu bhai’s, and as usual, I was sipping a steaming hot cup of tea with a snack when I saw Sohail with a drawing book.
Hot summer mornings keep away a lot of lazy lads who otherwise are found gossiping at Deenu bhai’s place. I was finding no such company, so I asked Sohail what he’s been up to. He showed me a few landscape drawings, which were mostly village scenes with huts and animals, with the sun rising at a location painted in yellow.
By Adnan Abidi
Hardeep Singh, a father of two, leaves his home in west Delhi every day at around 2 p.m. Dressed in a pair of light trousers and a shirt, he reaches a local charity, where he undresses to reveal his female clothes underneath and transforms into Seema.
The 33 year old is a male-to-female transgender, or “hijra”, as they are known in India. Living with two identities, by day, he is a married family man and by night, a hijra sex worker.
By Adnan Abidi
As a photo-journalist my work is to bring out stories and emotions through pictures. And I have been doing that for the last umpteen number of years. However, after so many years of capturing events that have shocked people across the world, I was about to stumble upon a reality that would be even more shocking than what my camera could capture. It was one such assignment where me and a colleague were to travel to Rajasthan, India. The story was on one of the most prevalent issues of my developing nation—Malnutrition. When I started out from Delhi towards Rajasthan, I did have an idea of what was about to come my way. However, I never anticipated the intensity with which it would move me.
The first stop we made was in a village called Shahbad, the place where we were to actually find some severely malnourished children. After travelling 12 hours by car our visit turned out to be bitter disappointment since we found nothing except empty and ill-maintained hospital wards. After a lot of discussion and research the local doctor at the hospital agreed to take us to the Kasba-Thana village, located at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border, so that our story could gain perspective and ground. It was this village that brought its first shock for me.
AYODHYA, India (Reuters) – Millions of voters went to the polls in India’s most populous and politically important state on Wednesday, the first stage of an election that tests support for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s troubled government ahead of a nationwide vote in two years.
The election in Uttar Pradesh, a state that would be the world’s fifth most populous nation if independent, could have a bearing on who next governs India. It is a closely fought four-way race pitting the scion of the elite Gandhi dynasty against a powerful low caste leader and two other parties.