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Refusing to overturn a ban on outsiders entering the Taj Mahal complex in Agra for namaz or Friday prayers, the Supreme Court has said the monument "is among the seven wonders of the world" and needs to be protected.

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging the Agra authority’s order debarring non-residents of the city from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in the Taj Mahal complex. A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the monument was one of the Seven Wonders...

A 38-year-old cattle trader was lynched and a 65-year-old man severely injured by a mob allegedly on suspicion of cow slaughter in Hapur’s Bajhera Khurd village, 50km from Delhi-UP border, on June 18.

The incident took place when chief minister Yogi Adityanath was holding a meeting with BJP MPs and MLAs in Ghaziabad and the police were on high alert.

The village is barely 10km from Dadri’s Bisada where 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq was lynched in 2015 on suspicion of consuming...

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday. 

Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state, and died at the scene. 

Kahn's friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries.

The pair were reportedly surrounded by an angry mob early, beaten with sticks and left to die in the street.

As details of the violent...

Muslims of India have been feeling more vulnerable and insecure in the first four months of 2018 than ever before. Recent cases of failed justice for crimes committed against them have disheartened the Muslim community. 

Even to outside observers, it is increasingly clear that Muslims are being ostracised and singled out and that state institutions are failing them in India.

In January, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in the Kathua district...

A 17-year-old battled for her life May 7 after being raped, doused in kerosene and set on fire, the second such case to shake India as it battles an increase in sexual crimes.

The teenager was attacked on the same day and in the same eastern state of Jharkhand as a 16-year-old who was raped and burned to death.

“The girl has suffered 70 percent first-degree burns. There is a chance that she will survive,” Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, told AFP....

The family of a Hindu woman allegedly thrashed her Muslim friend in Bikaner late on May 1 evening, leading to his death at a hospital a few hours later in yet another incident of communal violence in Rajasthan, and one that is reminiscent of the killing in Delhi earlier this year of a Hindu boy by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

The police confirmed that the man was attacked because of his relationship with the woman.

Saif Ali (22), who used to weigh fruits at a market,...

She was an 8-year-old girl who, while grazing her horses in a meadow in northern India in January, followed a man into the forest. Days later, Asifa Bano’s small, lifeless body was recovered there.

Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and, for three days, raped several times by different men.

Asifa's strangled body was eventually found Jan. 17. Police say she would have been killed sooner had one man not insisted on waiting so that he could rape her a final time.

To...

A day after a girl tried to set herself on fire outside the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's residence, alleging police inaction in her gang rape by a BJP MLA, her father died in police custody.

Following this, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended four police officers, including the Station House Officer of Makhi, Ashok Shukla, and three constables, and arrested four persons who were aides to the MLA.

Surendra Singh, whose daughter accused BJP legislator from Unnao Kuldeep...

At least nine people were killed as protesters led by India's Dalits set fire to police posts and blocked railway tracks after the Supreme Court barred the immediate arrest of people accused of discriminating against them, local media said.

Four people were killed in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where police also imposed a curfew, Indian television channels reported. Three others were killed in other states, local media said.

Reuters could not independently confirm the...

Vinay Katiyar , member of Parliament belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), issued a controversial statement saying “Muslims should not even be living in this country, they should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh”.

The population of Muslims in India is roughly estimated at around 179 million.
 

Katiyar, who founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) youth wing, Bajrang Dal, further said a bill should be introduced in Parliament that frames a punishment for those “who do...

Police in the western Indian state of Rajasthan have arrested a man who allegedly hacked another man to death and set him alight before sharing video of the apparent religious attack. In a second video, the man is seen justifying the incident to "protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims". Police have identified the suspect as a Hindu. His victim was Muslim. Internet services have been suspended in parts of the state and people have been urged to stop sharing the video. Police have been...

Police in Hyderabad have banned begging and started rounding up homeless people before the start of a business summit featuring Ivanka Trump. Nearly 400 people in the southern Indian city were detained by police on Wednesday and lodged in a rehabilitation facility at Chanchalguda jail, according to the Indian Express. About 6,000 people are expected to be taken to such facilities before the arrival later this month of the eldest daughter and adviser of Donald Trump, the US president.

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A Muslim family was brutally assaulted by a mob in a passenger train in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the victims said. The incident took place on the Shikohabad-Kasgang passenger train on Wednesday, however, a video of the incident became viral on Friday, after which three men have been arrested by the police.

In the video, a group of around 30 men with rods and sticks could be seen beating the family. Four of the family members have suffered fractures; almost all...

Police in central India have arrested 15 Muslim men and charged them with sedition - punishable by life in prison - for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in the Champions Trophy cricket final. The men, aged 19 to 35, were arrested in central Madhya Pradesh state's Burhanpur district after locals complained that they shouted pro-Pakistan slogans and lit firecrackers after the match ended on Sunday night. "We received a complaint from a local Hindu man who accused them of celebrating...

India's defense minister on Wednesday backed the Indian Army’s use of human shields in disputed Kashmir, calling it a war strategy. “Military solutions are to be provided by military officers,” Arun Jaitley told reporters in New Delhi. “We should allow our army officers to take decisions.” The minister, who likened the situation in the disputed territory to a war, added that the army does not need to consult parliamentarians over what it needs to do.

Jaitley’s comments came amid a...