Roli Srivastava

India heatwave deaths rise to 36, poorest workers worst hit

12 Jun 2019

MUMBAI/CHENNAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A heatwave gripping India has killed 36 people with the poorest workers bearing the brunt, national disaster management officials said on Wednesday, warning that the record temperatures were impacting more states than in previous years.

L is for lesbian, G is for gay: Indian parents learn ABC of LGBT

10 Jun 2019

PUNE, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After her son came out as gay, Sushma Samudra consulted astrologers, quizzed psychiatrists, performed prayers and implored gods and goddesses to cure his abnormality.

Record number of women set to enter India parliament

24 May 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of women are set to enter India's parliament after a marathon election that returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power, initial results showed on Friday.

Indian politicians don't walk the talk on women

09 May 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The men contesting India's general election are vying for women voters but the paltry number of female candidates shows the battle women face in Indian politics - as in so much else in Indian life.

INVESTIGATION-Missing wombs: the health scandal enslaving families in rural India

08 May 2019

KARAULI, India, May 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farm labourer Dharmendra Meena's first year of marriage with his wife Vaijanti in northwest India was "beautiful and carefree".

Indian slavery survivor wins top payout after two-year court battle

01 May 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian woman who spent three years working 16-hour days cleaning toilets without pay has won the country's highest possible compensation under a scheme introduced in 2016 to help modern slavery victims rebuild their lives.

Revered yet rejected, India's trans women seek their place in parliament

11 Apr 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Sneha Kale filed her nomination as a candidate for India's general election this week, she was with a lone supporter - a stark contrast to the cheering crowds and camera crews that usually accompany politicians in the world's biggest democracy.

Creches, courts and quotas - India's rival parties woo women as polls loom

08 Apr 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's ruling party promised cheap sanitary pads, workplace creches and quotas to get more women into parliament on Monday, seeking to woo female voters ahead of a general election.

India's slavery survivors forced back into bondage as compensation delayed

29 Mar 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after India said it would increase state compensation for slavery survivors, not one has received the full amount, new data show, as campaigners warn that thousands are being forced back into debt bondage.

End bondage, demand millions of Indian brick kiln workers as polls loom

29 Mar 2019

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of the 12 million workers in India's brick kilns are victims of debt bondage, labour rights campaigners said on Friday, as they appealed to all major political parties to help crack down on the middlemen who trap them.

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Iran shoots down U.S. military drone in Gulf region

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf, increasing fears of military conflict as Washington seeks to isolate Tehran over its nuclear and regional activities.