south asia

Environmental Extremes

We Visited the Mumbai Neighbourhood so Polluted It's Been Declared Unfit for Human Habitation

Mahul poses a dystopian and disturbing picture of what happens when you’re forced to live amidst extreme pollution. It’s a story that can only end in death, unless residents somehow scrape together the resources to leave.
Pallavi Pundir
3 days ago
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17 People Have Drowned in a Major Indian Festival in Maharashthra

The festivities took place despite the state seeing immense damage and several deaths due to floods and heavy rainfall.
Meera Navlakha
9.13.19
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FDA Finds Salmonella Contamination in Top Indian Spice Company’s Sambhar Masala, Leading to Recalls in the US

MDH, a household name in Indian cooking, is recalling its products from retail stores in California for contamination that can cause diarrhoea, cramps, and fever within days of consuming it.
VICE India Staff
9.12.19
LGBTQ

Transgender People Tell Us Why India's Newly Proposed Rape Laws are Discriminatory

The fact that punishment for rape against cis-gendered women is more than seven years, but for the trans community, it ranges from six months to two years, has led to the #RapeIsRape campaign.
Pallavi Pundir
9.12.19
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Everything You Need To Know Before India’s First Moon Landing Tonight

The Indian Space Research Organisation calls the upcoming moments of descent “terrifying”.
Pallavi Pundir
9.6.19
News

Cops Arrest Indian Teenager for ‘Kidnapping’ Her Lesbian Partner After Charges Are Laid by Father

The minor "victim" said that the two had known each other for almost two years, and considers the accused as her “husband”.
Pallavi Pundir
9.4.19
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Bangladesh Bans Phone Access for 1 Million Rohingya Refugees Just in Case They Sell Drugs

The authorities say the refugees have been “abusing” phone services to traffic meth. But many say the move will simply just isolate the already persecuted Rohingya community.
Pallavi Pundir
9.3.19
Culture

What It’s Like Being a Political Graffiti Artist in India, and Getting Away With It

“How many times in your life have you seen your Prime Minister painted on a wall in a funny, satirical manner? Probably never. Maybe nobody has the courage to do it. Maybe nobody thinks it's important enough. But I think otherwise.”
Pallavi Pundir
8.27.19
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Bangladesh to Replace ‘Virgin’ With ‘Unmarried’ Before Bride’s Name in Muslim Marriage Certificate

Activists see the verdict as a ‘landmark’ win over a provision that violates the right to privacy and is discriminatory against women who want to get married.
Pallavi Pundir
8.27.19
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Priyanka Chopra’s Controversial Tweet During Indo-Pak Tensions Finds UN Support

The actor was criticised for snubbing a Pakistani activist who called her a hypocrite for her patriotic tweet during Indo-Pak tensions. This week, a Pakistani minister had called for the UN to revoke her Goodwill Ambassador status.
Pallavi Pundir
8.23.19
LGBTQ

What’s It Like for a Queer Photographer to Shoot Straight Weddings in a Country Where Same-Sex Marriages Are Illegal

“Even as I’m genuinely happy for the couples I photograph, one thought keeps running through my head: I probably won’t get to do the same."
As told to Dhvani Solani
8.23.19
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India’s Supreme Court Says Not All Sex With a Failed Promise to Marry Is Rape

In April 2019, the Supreme Court had passed a verdict saying that sex between consenting adults based on a false promise of marriage will be considered rape. Now it clarifies it’s not rape unless false promise is proven.
Pallavi Pundir
8.23.19
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