Time for another edition of Incredible India, folks.
* A 12-year-old girl in the North Indian city of Jaipur who delivered a child the other day did not even realize she was pregnant until the delivery. No, we are not kidding.
Here’s an excerpt from the Times of India story:
She was too young to even to realize that she was pregnant until she had delivery on Wednesday morning. Due to ignorance and illiteracy, the only medical care she received during pregnancy was when an emergency ambulance picked her up from the roadside and admitted her to â€˜Mahilaâ€™ Hospital, but that was only after she had delivered the baby girl.
* Only men engage in gang-rape in India. Women can’t, says India’s Supreme Court.
* Indian parliamentarians say there should not be sex education in schools because it’s against the country’s social and cultural ethos. Now, you know why there are 1.2 billion mosquitoes in India.
* Who says only girls are kidnapped for marriage in India. In parts of Bihar, young boys are in demand too. A 15-year-old boy was kidnapped from Lodipur village near Gaya.
* Death comes in the strangest and cruelest ways in India. Ravi Panda, an unfortunate 13-year-old lad from Bakshaghat near Purnia town in Bihar, was beaten to death for the sin of plucking mangoes in an orchard.
* Encroachment on public or private land is so common in India that no even takes notice any more. But in one Tamil Nadu village, it reached new heights – a cremation ground was encroached upon.
* In the just announced results of the UPSC’s IAS exam, the top three rank holders are girls. Boy, are we thrilled. Ghaziabad girl Shubhra Saxena (B.Tech from IIT Roorkee) was the topper; Sharandeep Kaur Brar (M.A. from Punjab University) of Chandigarh came second. Kiran Kaushal of Raipur was third.
Mera Bharat Mahan.