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India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for females, after only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan

Indians protests against all-too-common gang-rapes in their country

Indian man arrested over rape of 10-year-old in Delhi

Sexual violence has topped the country's political agenda since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a bus

Kama Sutra sexed up with app that lets readers study poses in 3D on their smartphone

The Kama Sutra, the 2,000-year-old sex manual, has been sexed-up for a 21st Century audience with a new app that enables couples to study its poses in 3D

Dying mother told abortion a 'Catholic thing'

A senior midwife told an Indian woman her baby could not be terminated as she miscarried in an Irish hospital because “it’s a Catholic thing”, an inquest has heard.

Hindu devotees walk across pontoon bridges at Sangam

37 killed in stampede at Hindu festival in India: but still 110 million risk their lives to bathe in the Ganges

Bathing in this polluted river makes you clean… that’s faith

Marie Arnet as Lulu in Welsh National Opera's production of Alban Berg's Lulu directed by David Pountney and conducted by Lothar Koenigs at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Lulu, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Alban Berg’s Lulu is a great opera, and greatly problematic.

People of the same religious faith will help each other more, but religious people are no more unselfish than non-believers

Love thy neighbour, but only if he’s one of us, appears to be the message.

Why are supernatural beliefs so important to religion?

The latest instalment of our "Big Questions" series was answered by the author Jared Diamond, who released the influential Guns, Germs and Steel in 1997, and whose new book, The World Until Yesterday, has just been published. A section from Diamond's latest offering addresses an old topic - why do so many supernatural beliefs persist in religion? - and has been excerpted in left wing online magazine Salon, with the provocative title "It's irrational to be religious". Intrigued?

An Indian holy man, or Sadhu, smokes at the banks of Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

In Pictures: India's Maha Kumbh Mela festival

The Independent picture desk selects the best images from India's Maha Kumbh Mela festival

'I've hated Muslims and Hindus since 9/11' says woman charged with hate crime after allegedly pushing man in front of New York Subway train

Erika Menendez, is alleged to have caused the death of Sunando Sen by pushing him in front of a train in Queens on Thursday night. It is the second such incident in New York this month

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat state, gestures on the podium

State win opens India up to Hindu hardliner

Narendra Modi won a convincing victory in the Gujarat state election

Left: Andrew Mitchell. Right: Nobody matching the description of the off-duty police officer, who claimed to have witnessed the outburst, appears to be present in this CCTV still

Plebgate Part 2: When institutions fail us, who can the public trust?

The institutions the public can rely on are rapidly dwindling, but still, this scandal in the police force is on a different scale

Don't tell me it's a 'fact' that all Muslims in South Asia are descended from rapists

Some Pakistanis and Indian Muslims claim Arab ancestry, which is often a huge source of contention.

Meet the 113-year-old woman who lives on £3 a month

Zeenat Bi lives a simple life in Jahangirabad, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Her landlord allows her to stay in a small room, rent-free otherwise she would not be able to survive on the tiny state pension of 275 rupees a month. Even so, her life is very difficult.

Last night's viewing - Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life, More4

Richard Chell, dying of motor neurone disease, thinks that not believing in life after death is like only having "half a meal", it leaves the human appetite dissatisfied. Richard Dawkins, dying of life in general (like all of us), thinks that appetite doesn't have anything to do with it: "The existence of hunger doesn't mean there's food," he countered last night in Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life.

UK renews ties with minister linked to deadly Indian riots

Rights groups condemn decision to begin trade talks with  controversial right-wing politician

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