What ails India’s Juvenile justice system

New Delhi: Public opinion on crimes against women has pushed for stronger legislation when it comes to juveniles accused of heinous crimes. But the men I met only had gratitude for the current juvenile system that focuses on rehabilitation. They fear that ratcheting up punishment will not address crime. Read it at this link: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/blink/know/no-age-of-innocence/article8077747.ece

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Critics Fault BJP’s Candidate For Indian Prime Minister

Gujarat, India: This story was published at NPR on 15 October 2013. I travelled to Ahmedabad and Baroda in Gujarat for this. I contributed reporting to this story and did the entire interview of Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP Spokesperson, quoted in this story. Listen to it at this link: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/15/234586995/critics-fault-bjbs-candidate-for-prime-minister

Snapshots Of A Poisoned Future

Bihar, India: This story was published at India Together on 16 August 2013. I travelled in rural Bihar for this, wrote the story and took the photographs. Read the photo-story at this link: http://www.indiatogether.org/midday-children . All photos I took during this assignment can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93321716@N08/tags/onassignmentbiharmiddaymealtragedy/

Chandra Devi who lost two of her sons, Rahul and Prahlad to the poisoning. She lies on a plain wooden bed in an open shed, with a large crowd of people around her. Her private grief is on public display. She is distraught and says, “Meena Kumari’s own children should be shot with a gun, then she may understand our pain.”

Chandra Devi who lost two of her sons, Rahul and Prahlad to the poisoning. She lies on a plain wooden bed in an open shed, with a large crowd of people around her. Her private grief is on public display. She is distraught and says, “Meena Kumari’s own children should be shot with a gun, then she may understand our pain.”

Indian School Deaths From Free Meal Scheme

Bihar, India: These stories were published at NPR in July 2013. I travelled in rural Bihar for this, contributed reporting and my photos are published here as well. The audio and text stories are at these links:

Police Hunt For Principal After Indian School Lunch Deaths, 22 July 2013: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=204422677

Families Of Poisoned Children Try To Cope In India , 23 July 2013: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=204895927

Indian School Deaths: A Village’s Pain Compounded By Poverty, 26 Jul 2013: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/07/25/205494084/india-touts-drop-in-poverty-but-deaths-tell-different-story

All photos I took during this assignment can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93321716@N08/tags/onassignmentbiharmiddaymealtragedy/

Makeshwar Ram holds up a picture of his grandson Rahul who died due to the poisoning of his midday meal. Rahul was buried just outside the school by his grandfather, who wanted the grave to serve as a memorial to him and reminder of the tragedy.

Makeshwar Ram holds up a picture of his grandson Rahul who died due to the poisoning of his midday meal. Rahul was buried just outside the school by his grandfather, who wanted the grave to serve as a memorial to him and reminder of the tragedy. “He was very smart, he was speaking a lot of English, he was a very good looking boy. Everyday he would ask me for a little money to buy eggs or mishti for himself, and I would give him at least ten rupees,” said his grandfather.