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  1. Ban hasn't stopped India's child marriages

    Posted Mar 30th 2005, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... demands a girl's speedy marriage lest she disgrace her family by having pre-marital sex. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/494691/ban-hasnt-stopped-indias-child-marriages
  2. Few Kashmiri Pandits tempted by generous offers to return home

    Posted Sep 21st 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Khanna, whose family were among the 250,000 Kashmiri Hindus who fled the valley after a violent Muslim rebellion against Indian rule erupted in 1989. Finding themselves in exile in their own ... (HK$121,000) per family to renovate or rebuild homes, paid accommodation until those homes are ready, and financial help for two years until they have successfully resettled. Until now, Kashmiri ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/693107/few-kashmiri-pandits-tempted-generous-offers-return-home
  3. Battle royale over estate left to driver

    Posted Nov 25th 2004, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi The family of an Indian princess is planning court action after she changed her will two days before she died to leave most of her estate to her driver. Princess ... gems, art pieces, antiques and rare Persian carpets- to Babloo Gupta, who had been her driver for the last 11 years. The princess' family has accused Mr Gupta of poisoning Rajeshwari ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/479483/battle-royale-over-estate-left-driver
  4. Census offers fascinating shapshot of daily life

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... opinions on civic amenities and size of families. Confirming the well-known fact that most Indians lack privacy, the survey says that about 40 per cent of Indian families live in open-plan houses, ... of families still use firewood for cooking, and in most parts of India, more houses have television sets than toilets. 'Indians are meticulously clean on a personal level, but remarkably casual ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/422410/census-offers-fascinating-shapshot-daily-life
  5. Gandhi trips in rush to live up to his name

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... is their equal. While the most famous name in India has bestowed power and privilege on the country's 'first family'- Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, the children of Congress party leader Sonia ... scripture] that I will cut off that hand.' Until now, despite the family rift that occurred after their mothers Maneka (Varun's mother) and Sonia split acrimoniously in the early 1980s, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674937/gandhi-trips-rush-live-his-name
  6. Bound unto death

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Prakash, a retired schoolteacher, said he had handed over all he had- 100,000 rupees- and begged the family not to hit her any more. He told the police that he believed his daughter was killed ... is burned to death every 12 hours. These are the official dowry statistics. Most cases are reported by the in-laws as accidents or suicides. The woman's family finds it hard to prove ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/688237/bound-unto-death
  7. Too much, much too young

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... to free themselves from the responsibility of feeding them. Culture demands a girl's speedy marriage lest she disgrace the family name by having premarital sex. Susheela's story ... 'Early marriage means a woman is fertile for a longer period. This has an adverse effect on her health and leads to larger families, which in turn means even greater poverty.' Unicef figures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696435/too-much-much-too-young
  8. Bride grooming

    Posted May 06th 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Amrit Dhillon At her first meal in a restaurant with her fiancee and his family, Lakshmi Gupta shone like a star. As they fumbled with the unfamiliar Italian menu, she guided them. When ... family were impressed. The meal- the first formal dinner between the two families since the engagement- was a success. 'They had been a little snooty before that meal because they are richer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679249/bride-grooming
  9. Slum toilets make a buck while people spend a penny

    Posted Mar 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... the families in the neighbourhood who use it. In some slums- such as the vast Dharavi and Cheetah Camp slums- entrepreneurial instincts have come into play. Some committees have installed newspaper ... 'Most slum-dwellers in Mumbai are migrants from other states. They normally dread having visitors because there is no toilet for them. So many families have said they're delighted to have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491072/slum-toilets-make-buck-while-people-spend-penny
  10. Gone without a trace

    Posted Mar 27th 2009, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Delhi every day according to a report by two volunteer groups, the Youth India Society (NBS) and Bigul Workers' Group (BMD), which has surveyed poor families and checked police records. ... of the children might have run away because of family quarrels, he believed the vast majority had been kidnapped by organised gangs and sold to middlemen. And the real figure of missing children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674761/gone-without-trace

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