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Sayanora Philip (foreground), a singer in Mollywood films, takes a selfie with fellow members of the newly formed Women in Cinema Collective. Sayanora Philip hide caption

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How A Shocking Attack Inspired India's Actresses To Fight Harassment

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In the last 13 years of Queen Victoria's life, she spent a great deal of time with Abdul Karim, who came from India initially to wait on the queen's table, but soon became part of her inner circle. And despite all opposition, Victoria and Karim curried on. Alexander Bassano/Spencer Arnold/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sardar Sweet Shop in Varanasi, India, was built around a neem tree considered too holy to cut down. Customers flow in and out, barely noticing the imposing tree. In rural parts, people use the neem tree's leaves to repel insects, the sap for stomach pain and the branches to brush their teeth. As for the candy shop sweets, Diane Cook says they were "fabulous." Diane Cook and Len Jenshel hide caption

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Hindu activists protest against a court-ordered ban on the sale of firecrackers to curtail air pollution in the Indian capital by setting off firecrackers in New Delhi on Friday. Rahul Singh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Henna tattoos decorate a bride's hands. A new ruling by the Supreme Court of India says that sex with any underage girl, even if she's a bride, is considered an act of rape. So child brides age 15 to 18 now have the same legal protection that younger girls do. Arijit Mondal/Getty Images hide caption

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This selfie is in the toilet: Actor Akshay Kumar poses with the object of his bride's affection in the new movie Toilet: A Love Story. T-Series via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Durga has just earned her undergraduate degree. Because of her accomplishment, the groom and his family have said they no longer consider her a good match. "They are scared of an educated bride," says Durga's father, Lumbaram. Swati Vashishtha for NPR hide caption

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Residents walk through floodwaters in Malda, West Bengal, India, on Thursday. The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, according to news services tracking official tallies. Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, shown here in 2007, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday. The India Today Group/India Today Group/Getty Images hide caption

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After 'Guru Of Bling' Sentencing, Indian State Stays On Alert For Violence

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Indian spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been found guilty of raping two female followers. He's seen here last year, arriving for a news conference for his film MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart, in New Delhi. Tsering Topgyal/AP hide caption

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Activists hold signs during a protest against "triple talaq," the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men, in New Delhi on May 10. The country's Supreme Court has outlawed this means of ending a marriage. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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