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A post-mortem examination carried out on the main accused in the Delhi gang-rape case has suggested he did die as a result of hanging, Indian media has reported.

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Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has been dropped from the next Test against India

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Indian police officers suspended after video captures them savagely beating a woman who 'complained of harassment by lorry driver'

Officers appear to have used large sticks and their fists to brutally assault the 23-year-old

Irom Sharmila launched her fast in November 2000 to protest over the killing of a group of civilians by paramilitary forces

World's longest running hunger striker Irom Sharmila charged with trying to commit suicide

Activist launched her fast in November 2000 to protest over the killing of a group of civilians by paramilitary forces

Indians holds candles to condemn the brutal gang-rape of a woman

Juvenile in Delhi gang-rape and murder case pleads not guilty to charges

The juvenile accused in the gang-rape and murder of an Indian student has appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to all the charges and said he would contest the allegations.

Indian police hunt for men suspected of raping and killing three sisters

Police in central India have launched a hunt for the men suspected of raping and killing three sisters, aged five to 11. Their deaths are the latest in a series of incidents of sexual violence in the country.

Cameron backs AgustaWestland despite Indian bribery scandal

David Cameron threw his weight behind UK helicopter maker AgustaWestland on a trip to India yesterday despite the company being engulfed in a corruption scandal in the country.

A protest in New Delhi earlier this month

Apathetic. A failure. The official verdict on India's rape police

Former chief justice calls for stricter enforcement of sexual assault laws and women judges

Rahul Gandhi’s inevitable and incredible appointment as Congress No 2

There was an inevitability and incredibility about the announcement last night that Rahul Gandhi has been appointed vice president of India’s Congress Party. This confirmed his assumed position as number two and heir apparent to Sonia Gandhi, the dynastic leader of the party and of the country’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governing coalition. It also made him an heir apparent to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister.
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Delhi gang-rape case sent to fast-track court

Attack on the woman and her male companion triggered outrage across India

India to retaliate over soldier's 'barbaric' beheading

India’s Prime Minister has declared that there can be no “business as usual” with Pakistan after clashes along the border in Kashmir last week left four soldiers dead. One Indian soldier was beheaded and the body of another was mutilated.

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