28June2017

Pinki Pramanik’s privacy violated

If of late you have been sickened by the way the West Bengal Police have treated Pinki Pramanik, then think again. The extreme voyeurism exhibited in the leak of her video (that is how she identifies herself) medical ‘screening’ [...]

Kickboxer forced into prostitution, kin booked

The Haryana police have booked a 17-year-old national kickboxing player’s parents, brother and sister for allegedly forcing her into prostitution and are looking for four youth for her village in Rohtak district’s Meham for raping [...]

Nizam-era Chest Hospital in ruins

Everybody is eagerly awaiting the ensuing monsoon but not the authorities and patients at the AP General and Chest Hospital at Erragadda. Over the last few days, doctors here have been living on tenterhooks fearing that the hospital housed in [...]

“Wife-sharing” haunts Indian villages as girls decline

When Munni arrived in this fertile, sugarcane-growing region of north India as a young bride years ago, little did she imagine she would be forced into having sex and bearing children with her husband’s two brothers who had failed to find [...]

In Haryana, another baby girl left abandoned in a mosque

Another baby was found abandoned, this time in a mosque in Haryana’s Ambala village. The baby girl whose age has still not been established had a note attached to her written by her mother, which stated that she wasn’t able to bring [...]

Who killed Baby Falak?

The two-year-old died a horrible death because the system did not care enough to want her to live. A child died and we collectively mourn. She was just two years old. And she fought bravely, but the tubes and wires connecting her to life support [...]

Baby Falak, age 2, dies of heart attack in hospital

The baby who India saw in photographs, a black band placed across her eyes to protect her identity, has died in hospital. On Sunday, she would have completed two months at Delhi’s AIIMS, where doctors treated her for unimaginable horrors [...]

Explaining why belief in pseudoscience is often evidence resistant

What links belief in tarot cards, UFOs and vaccine rejectionism? Yes, they are all forms of superstitious or magical thinking, but are there characteristics that predict who will believe in such nonsense? That’s one of the questions that psychologists [...]

No end to Endosulfan tragedy

The tragedy of people exposed to pesticide Endosulfan in Kasaragod district of Kerala is continuing. Despite government promises, official efforts to treat and rehabilitate the victims and protect them from further exposure to contaminated soil [...]

Jam Session

A soggy, sorry evening with dug-up asphalt swimming in monsoon slush choking with traffic. Rahul Gandhi is forced to take the Delhi Metro to get home. As ad guru Dan Bellack said, “Life is too short for traffic. Another place, another [...]