Opinion

Rape as a political tool in India

The brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim minority group is not just about gender violence.

Mariya Salim

by Mariya Salim

Mariya Salim

Weather

15 killed as powerful storm hits India's West Bengal

Heavy rain and strong winds cause widespread damage across the eastern state.

Powerful storm pounds India's West Bengal state

Human Rights

Pakistan watchdog slams 'grim' state of human rights

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports rising forced disappearances, rape and attacks on religious minorities.

Pakistan watchdog slams 'grim' state of human rights

Kashmir

After girl's rape and killing, fear engulfs Muslim nomads

The nomadic relatives of an eight-year-old murdered rape victim say their community has been engulfed by uncertainty.

After girl's rape and killing, fear engulfs Muslim nomads

Human Rights

'Disappeared': The cost of Pakistan's Taliban war

Rights groups allege war against the armed group has included a shadowy campaign of enforced disappearances.

Pakistan's 'disappeared': The cost of the war against Taliban

Iran

Iran: Five killed in clashes with fighters near Pakistan border

Fighters attempted to seize an Iranian border post, resulting in a gunfight with Iranian soldiers, state media reports.

Iran: Five killed in clashes with fighters near Pakistan border

India

Accused plead 'not guilty' in Asifa gang-rape case

Seven men and a minor are accused in the gang-rape case that has caused outrage in India.

Accused plead 'not guilty' in Asifa gang-rape case

Inside Story

Are rape cases being politicised in India?

The rape of an eight-year-old Muslim girl has caused religious tension as Hindu nationalists rally behind the accused.

Opinion

The child rape cases that shook Indian politics

Outrage over two child rape cases have rocked India and exposed the duplicity of the ruling BJP party.

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

Kashmir

Asifa's killing: 'Her milk teeth were yet to fall out'

Police investigation details gruesome rape and killing of eight-year-old Asifa Bano, as outrage in India soars.

Asifa's rape and killing: The girl, her family and the accused

The Listening Post

Why did Pakistan's Geo TV go dark?

Pakistan's largest TV network has been taken off air in most parts of the country.

India

Protesters in India seek justice for rape victims

Angry protesters rally across cities calling for justice after an eight-year-old Kashmiri girl was fatally gang-raped.

Asia

India: protesters keep spotlight on sexual assault

Protests continue in India as more people call on the government to take decisive action against sexual assault of women and girls, especially after the rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa from Kashmir.

The Listening Post

India's Aadhaar database and the challenges of reporting it

Why covering the world's largest biometric database comes with huge risks for Indian journalists.

Asia

BJP politician held amid concern over India rape cases

Public outcry results in arrest of Uttar Pradesh legislator facing charges of rape and abduction of teenaged girl.

BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar arrested in rape case