India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

Indian security forces have been put on high alert ahead of the sentencing of a controversial guru convicted of rape. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers rioted after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula – 38 people were killed. The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. He faces a maximum sentence of life in jail. A curfew has been imposed in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital Delhi…

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12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India. The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh. Reports of widespread vandalism are coming in. At least two railway stations have been set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight. The latest death toll was reported by…

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India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

Violence has broken out in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh after a popular guru was convicted of rape. Angry supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have gone on a rampage in the city, with reports coming in of two railway stations being set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight, the BBC’s Robin Singh says. More than 200,000 of Singh’s followers had flocked to the city ahead of the verdict….

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Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach. The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was delivered by Caesarean section in Chandigarh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT). Both the mother and the newborn…

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Child rapist paid £10k to spy on underage ‘sex parties

Child rapist paid £10k to spy on underage ‘sex parties

Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they believed underage girls would be sexually abused, a court has heard. A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court. During the trials, it was heard that Northumbria Police recruited a sex offender years after he drugged an…

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India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

A 10-year-old girl who is pregnant and has been refused an abortion is at the centre of a media storm in India. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled to the northern city of Chandigarh to piece together her story. “We have seen lots of cases of teenage pregnancies involving 14 to 15-year-olds, but this is the first ever case that I have seen of a 10-year-old,” said Mahavir Singh, of the Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority….

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