New Delhi bus gang rape

Play about Delhi gang rape means to take violence global

Yael Farber's play Nirbhaya will be presented next month in Edinburgh

Indians have been unable to forget the Delhi gang rape of Jyoti Pandey in December by six savage men inside a moving bus.

Sunday, 7 July, 2013, 1:50pm

Indians need a faster track to justice

Indian activists protest outside the Delhi Saket court complex where the five accused of the brutal Delhi gang-rape and murder are facing trials. Photo: EPA

The recent gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi jolted India into reflecting on how it treats women, but it has also stirred up outrage over the legal system. If the authorities, prompted by public fury over the woman's agony and later death, had not set up a fast-track court in the capital to try the alleged rapists, the victim's family would have undergone the same experience as the families of other rape victims - waiting 10, 15 or 20 years for a verdict.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Briefs, February 6, 2013

A royal barge carries the ashes on the Mekong. Photo: AP

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder. 

6 Feb 2013 - 5:31am

Companion of India gang-rape victim identifies bus

Activists stand behind a memorial for the murdered gang rape victim in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified on Tuesday the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder.

5 Feb 2013 - 8:21pm 1 comment

Indian cabinet backs tougher punishment for rapists

A candle light vigil held against the brutal Delhi gang-rape in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

A government-appointed panel recommended the changes after the death of a 23-year-old woman who was savagely raped and attacked in a bus on December 16 and died nearly two weeks later.

3 Feb 2013 - 7:05am

Talking points

Shanghai's future under the spotlight

Shanghai's future under the spotlight

More clues will emerge as to the future of the city of Shanghai today, as mayor Yang Xiong meets the media. The city's legislature approved the appointment of Yang to the top job yesterday. The new mayor has unveiled plans for the trial launch of the mainland's first free-trade zone in the hope of creating a northern version of Hong Kong.

2 Feb 2013 - 2:02am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

A display on assessment about the impact of supposed nuclear attack on Seoul at the Korea War Memorial Museum. Photo: AP

Bodies believed to be those of an international financier and his wife have been unearthed in Japan. Makoto Shimomi, 51, who reportedly runs a Liechtenstein-based investment fund, and Mie Shimomi, 48, disappeared after leaving their Tokyo home on December 7. 

30 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Briefs, January 29, 2013

Nguyen Khanh died aged 86 in San Jose, California. Photo: AP

A British grandmother convicted for smuggling cocaine into Bali yesterday filed an appeal against her death sentence. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, received the death penalty last week for smuggling almost 5kg of cocaine worth US$2.4 million into Indonesia last May.

29 Jan 2013 - 6:32am

Letters to the Editor, January 23, 2013

Illegal dumping is a serious problem. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Visionary in land-resource planning

Ian L. McHarg, who for over three decades was an influential advocate and practitioner of ecological planning, would have plenty to advise Hong Kong about, were he still alive.

23 Jan 2013 - 1:51am 3 comments

Talking points

Professor Jao Tsung-i

Ministers face Legco panels on policy address

Five panels of the Legislative Council - welfare services, public service, food safety and environmental hygiene, constitutional affairs, and health services - receive briefings by the relevant ministers on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address.


Official launch for Academy of Sinology

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Briefs, January 20, 2013

Two women sit on a makeshift raft as they wade through floodwater in Pluit area, north Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Xinhua

Japan's foreign minister said his country's new government would join a treaty on child abductions, addressing one of the few rifts in relations with its main ally, the United States. Japan has not signed or ratified the 1980 Hague Convention, which requires the return of wrongfully held children to the countries where they usually live, but a previous left-leaning government had said it planned to do so. 

20 Jan 2013 - 2:57am

Rape case shines a light on India's deep sickness

Indians perform special ritual for the soul of a gang rape victim in New Delhi. Photo: AP

The rape of a young Indian medical student who subsequently died from her injuries unleashed heartfelt angry street demonstrations, especially from women who have suffered sexual abuse, along with much hand-wringing and crocodile tears from the authorities wishing the fuss would go away.

12 Jan 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

Lawyer blames victim for gang-rape on bus in New Delhi, India

Indian police officers stand at the Delhi district court where five men accused in Delhi gang rape were brought for court hearing in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang-rape and murder of a medical student aboard a bus in New Delhi has blamed the woman and her male companion for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma said he had never heard of a "respected lady" being raped in India.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Third Delhi gang-rape suspect to plead not guilty

Activists from the Communist Party of India- Marxist hold placards during a protest against the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

A third suspect accused of fatally gang-raping a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in New Delhi last month will plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Advocate ML Sharma said he would file the plea on behalf of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus where the attack allegedly took place which has fuelled angry protests across India.

9 Jan 2013 - 7:59pm

Briefs, January 9, 2013

South Korean pop singer Rain entertaining Army conscripts during a cultural festival at a boot camp in the city of Euijeongbu, South Korea. Photo: EPA

A Muslim woman will replace the former speaker of Singapore's parliament, who was forced to step down in a sex scandal. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he would nominate Halimah Yacob, a minister of state, for the post when parliament sits next Monday. She will be the country's first female speaker. Halimah, 58, will replace Michael Palmer, 44, who abruptly resigned last month after confessing he had an extramarital affair with a community worker. 

9 Jan 2013 - 3:52am