India

The forgotten women in an Indian mental health ward

Photographer Cheena Kapoor spent months documenting the women on the ward. Mental illness is "not the only war the women fight here - the stigma of social acceptance and gender discrimination is a major cause of their trauma", she says.

"The male ward is always filled with anxious faces waiting for the sons to return home, while the daughters are so easily forgotten."

These are some of their stories:

Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail

Among the smallest frogs in the world, they live on the forest floor and make insect-like calls at night.

Three larger species were also found, bringing to seven the number of night frogs discovered in the Western Ghats.

The mountain range, which runs parallel to the western coast of India, is home to hundreds of threatened plants and animals.

Scientists discovered the new species after several years of exploration in the forests of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

 

Secretive habits

No justice in sight for India's riot rape survivors

The violence, sparked by the alleged harassment of a young Hindu woman by a Muslim man, lasted two days.

A few days later, seven women, all Muslims, went to the police alleging that they were gang-raped during the violence that broke out in their villages. The police took a year to arrest all the 29 accused, who were later released on bail.

The trials were supposed to be completed in special fast track courts within two months. But nearly four years on, the women are still waiting for justice.

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back.

Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing.

Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading "Welcome home, soldier, it's been a rough journey".

Mother sold 12-year-old to 70-year-old man

Muneera Begum, now aged 19, lives in Hyderabad, India. She says she was just 12 years old when her parents sold her into a forced marriage with a man from Oman. He was aged 70.

She calls the so-called wedding night "torture."

"I wasn't educated and I couldn't understand anything that was going on," she said. I had a childishness in me."

She says that for two months, he kept her locked in a room, using her repeatedly for sex.

"If he had to go anywhere he would lock me from the inside, come back later and then again that torture would start," she said.

England collapse to series defeat

Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal finished with a staggering six wickets for 25 runs as England, chasing 203 to win, collapsed from 119-2 to 127 all out.

On a brilliant batting surface, Suresh Raina (63 off 45 balls) and MS Dhoni (56 off 36) earlier struck blistering fifties for India, the latter's first in his 76 T20Is.

England were well placed after 12 overs of their reply, but then Eoin Morgan (40 off 21) and Joe Root (42 off 37) fell to consecutive Chahal deliveries to trigger the dramatic collapse - eight wickets falling for eight runs in 19 deliveries.

India is planning to give free WiFi to more than 1,000 villages

Now, the Indian government is stepping up its own efforts.

It plans to provide free WiFi to 1,050 villages across the vast country under a new pilot project known as Digital Village.

Over the next six months, each village will get its own WiFi hotspot mounted on a special towerto which villagers can connect using their cell phones.

Global tech firms and Indian internet providers are racing to grab a piece of the country's unconnected population of more than 900 million people.

Apple wants to start making iPhones in India

Apple executives met with Indian government officials on Wednesday to discuss a plan to make iPhones in the southern city of Bangalore, a person familiar with the talks told CNNMoney.

Women display clothes they were groped in after sexual assaults in India

The campaign is being run by Blank Noise, a charity which was set up in 2003 to fight the issue of female molestation around the world.

Organiser Jasmeen Patheja says she wants 10,000 photos of dresses and other clothing to display for a project called "I Never Ask For It".

It follows reports of widespread sexual assaults in Bangalore at New Year.

Fury over India flag doormats for sale on Amazon

Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Amazon should issue an "unconditional apology" and withdraw the "insulting" products.

Failing this, she said India would rescind current visas for Amazon officials and not grant any more.

Amazon said it had removed the doormats from its site.

In a series of tweets, Ms Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to take up the issue with Amazon after it was brought to her attention by another Twitter user.