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Woman imprisoned by in-laws for 15 years
KOLKATA, India
Police in India have rescued a 40-year-old woman who was imprisoned by her in-laws in a dingy room for 15 years because she could not pay enough dowry.
Police said the woman, Madhavi Das, was naked and locked in the room when policemen broke in with help from neighbours on Saturday.
"She was admitted in a mental asylum as years of solitary confinement has taken a toll on her sanity," Siddhi Nath Gupta, a senior police officer, said yesterday.
Three members of the family, including her husband, were arrested.
The most common reported form of domestic violence in India is dowry-related, where women are abused and beaten and even killed by their in-laws for not bestowing enough gifts or money to their husbands or their families at the time of marriage.
Quakes hit Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia
Three moderate quakes jolted different parts of Indonesia early yesterday but caused no damage or casualties, a meteorological agency official said.
"The quakes do not have the potential to generate a tsunami," Suharjono, head of the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics agency, told Reuters.
A 5.1 magnitude undersea quake first struck the northern part of Sumatra island at a depth of 33 km. Two further quakes measuring 4.3 and 4.7 later hit near Padang in western Sumatra and Kupang on Timor island.
Indonesia lies in the so called "Pacific Ring of Fire" where seismic activity is frequent because of the shifting of tectonic plates.
Job, or mistress?
BEIJING, China
Don't help your mistress but look after your parents, Chinese government officials have been told under an anti-corruption regulation released yesterday
China's communist government has been fighting a wave of corruption it says is undermining its legitimacy, with a mistress one prominent sign that an official is on the take.
The regulation released by the central government said officials risked punishment "if they use their influence to benefit a lover or become involved in other forms of corrupt behavior," Xinhua News Agency said.
"The regulation stipulates that government officials who engage in corruption, organize superstitious gatherings, use drugs, engage in the sex trade or fail to fulfill their duties can be demoted or fired," Xinhua said.
Resorting to murder
PANAJI, India
A British woman who planned to settle in India was murdered allegedly by a house guest in the seaside resort of Goa, police said Saturday.
Police identified the victim as Denise Higgins of Oxfordshire and said the 52-year-old retired British civil servant had traveled to India in 2006 and was living alone in a rented bungalow in Goa's upscale Margao town.
She was stabbed repeatedly and her body was found late Friday by local residents, police inspector Santosh Desai said.
Police Saturday arrested a Goan, Anand Kamble, and charged him with fatally stabbing Higgins with a kitchen knife after being invited to her home on Thursday.


Updated : 2020-12-05 13:47 GMT+08:00