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Sanjay Pandey

Abductions

Pirates of the Bay of Bengal

Armed Bangladeshi gangs are kidnapping Indian fishermen for ransom, wreaking havoc, and threatening livelihoods.

Human Rights

Female foeticide, India's 'ticking bomb'

A deep-seated cultural preference for boys is skewing India's sex ratio and making slaves of women.

Human Rights

Forcing children to fight in India's restive east

Nearly 2,500 children, including girls, have been taken by communist rebels with a new recruitment drive under way.

Human Rights

Sporting social change in strife-torn Indian states

Baseball and football, together with dedicated individuals, are changing lives of many young girls in India.

Health

On the 'Cancer Train' of India's pesticides

Rural cancer patients cram train for city medical treatment of illnesses many link to the use of pesticides in farming.

Asia

India's cafe for 'sheroes'

Cafe run by acid attack survivors aims to remove stigma and also offers opportunity for financial independence.

Human Rights

India's starving tea-garden workers

More than 100 workers have died of starvation since West Bengal's tea estates have begun shutting down.

Health

India uranium mining fuels health crisis

Radioactive waste generated in three government owned mines spurs health fears in eastern Jharkhand state.

Environment

Living with fire in India's Jharia

About 700,000 people in eastern Jharkhand state live amid fires triggered by mining of coal from the surface.

India

Groom kidnappings: A blot on India's Bihar

Poor and unable to find grooms for their daughters, many still seize men at gunpoint in what is known as pakadwa shaadi.