Three arrested for torturing house maid in West Bengal

Three persons, including two women, were arrested at Howrah on Tuesday for allegedly torturing a girl working as a maid at their house, police said.

Three held in Bengal over alleged rape, torture

Three people, including two women, were arrested Tuesday in West Bengal's Howrah district after a woman who worked as a maid in their house alleged she was raped and tortured, police said.

Love Jihad case: Court grants three days' police custody of Kohli

A local court on Friday granted permission to the police to take Ranjeet Singh Kohli alias Rakilbul Hussain in remand for three days in connection with an FIR filed by his wife Tara Shahdeo, who accused him of deceit, exploitation and torture among others allegations.

Police take down Rio gang accused of torture, extortion

Police in Brazil dismantled a well-armed gang accused of extorting, torturing and killing poor residents of Rio de Janeiro, state security authorities said Thursday.

Thai Army urged to probe torture allegations

Rights groups on Tuesday urged Thailand`s military rulers to probe allegations a `Red Shirt` activist was tortured during her near one-month detention by soldiers after the coup.

After 9/11, `we tortured some folks`: Barack Obama

President Barack Obama acknowledged that US officials had "tortured some folks" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but urged they not be judged too harshly.

Young widow arrested for torturing 3-year-old son in Tamil Nadu

A 23-year old woman was arrested in the district on the charge of torturing her three-year old son, police said.

Syria defector shows war `torture` photos to US lawmakers

US lawmakers saw graphic images of the brutal conflict in Syria as an Army defector gave an eyewitness account of the horrors he was forced to photograph.

Rights group: Torture in Brazil still a problem

Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite government efforts to curb it, a leading human rights group has said.

Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug `clinic` prescribes torture

Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to a concrete slab covered by insects.

Newly-wed woman raped by brother-in-law; tortured by in-laws

A 19-year-old newly-wed woman was allegedly raped by her brother-in-law at Bhiwandi town in the district and was subjected to torture by her husband and other members of his family, police said.

Torture in Northern Ireland sanctioned by minister: Report

Torture methods used during internment of Irish nationalists at the height of the Northern Irish Troubles were sanctioned by the British government minister, an Irish television documentary has claimed.

US House urges China to stop Tiananmen censorship

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday urged China to stop censoring news about the Tiananmen Square crackdown as authorities enforced a tight blackout ahead of the 25th anniversary.

Ex-MP Dhananjay Singh`s interim bail extended

A court extended till August 18 the interim bail granted to former BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, accused in a rape case. However, he will remain in jail as another court sent him to judicial custody in the maid torture case.

Palestinians adopt UN human rights treaties

Palestine on Friday became a formal party to five global treaties banning torture and racial discrimination, and protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled, the UN said.

`Tortured` Indonesian maid makes it to Time`s Top 100

Time magazine has named an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer as one of the world`s 100 most influential people, shining a spotlight on the city`s treatment of its migrant workers.

Gwyneth Paltrow `embarrassingly` forces pals to watch her old flicks

Gwyneth Paltrow decided to torture her friends, when she held a `home film festival` and made them sit through a marathon of her old films at her NYC`s mansion.

Washington knew of Syria torture report since November

US government officials saw as early as November hundreds of images of alleged mass torture and killings of detainees held by the Syrian regime, the State Department said Thursday.

Syrian opposition urges probe into torture charges

The Syrian opposition today called for an international inquiry into allegations of mass torture and killings of people detained by the regime.

Hong Kong mother accused of beating maids with mops, clothes hangers gets bail

A Hong Kong mother of two who a court heard punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was released on bail on Wednesday after she was formally charged in a case that has triggered outrage.