India Insight

New book describes crimes against civilians during Mizo uprising

April 7, 2014

The two-decade-long Mizo rebellion from 1966 to 1986 remains the only conflict in which the Indian government used war planes against its citizens. Few written records exist on the conflict in which the Mizo National Front (MNF) revolted against the government, trying to establish an independent country.

Mumbai police look to Bollywood for image makeover

November 19, 2013

Mumbai’s police department has deployed an unusual strategy to revamp its sagging reputation and to counter criticism that it hasn’t done a good job at solving crimes against women in the city – it called the biggest game in town and asked for help.

Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai

August 23, 2013

A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.

Delhi rape case and the need to revamp policing

December 18, 2012

“My father has called me 15 times since yesterday,” a colleague told me today as New Delhi recovers from the shock of a woman being assaulted, gang-raped and thrown off a bus on Sunday night.

The Aruna Shanbaug case: SC rejects plea

March 4, 2011

SPAIN/UPDATE: The Supreme Court in its judgement on Monday rejected the euthanasia plea of Aruna Shanbaug, who has been lying in a vegetative state for 37 years following a sexual assault on her.

Rough justice as woman kills politician she accused of rape

January 5, 2011

An alleged rape and a violent stabbing left an Indian politician dead and a 40-year-old woman in police custody on Tuesday night, as Rupam Pathak reportedly took the law into her own hands to avenge 18-month-old sexual assault charges.
A file photo showing an incarcerated prisoner REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Bihar state legislator Raj Kishore Kesri was killed in his own home before an audience of dozens by a mother of two after charges first lodged in May 2010 against the four-time representative were reportedly dropped “under duress” from Kesri and his associates.

India must ask: where is the honour in killing?

June 25, 2010

Three men were arrested by Delhi police this week for “honour killings” days after the Supreme Court asked eight Indian states to stop these so-called “honour” killings, where family members, typically men, kill daughters and their husbands for apparently bringing dishonour to the family by marrying below their caste.

Of sex swamis, lies and videotape

April 26, 2010

The recent scandals over two spiritual gurus have shaken the collective faith of their followers in India.

Role of the media in Jessica Lall case

April 20, 2010

The Supreme Court has upheld the life term for Manu Sharma who was convicted for the 1999 murder of Jessica Lall.

Should K.P.S. Gill be stripped of his medals?

January 5, 2010

Media reports saying that the central government may take away the medals of police officers convicted of crimes have had an unexpected impact.