TIME India

Indian Woman Dies After Claiming Cops Set Her on Fire After Attempted Sexual Assault

Akhilesh Yadav speaks during a news conference at their party headquarters in Lucknow
Reuters Akhilesh Yadav speaks during a news conference in the northern Indian city of Lucknow on March 6, 2012

The woman accused two policemen of attempting to sexually assault her before setting her ablaze

A 40-year-old woman has succumbed to her injuries after she was allegedly set on fire by two police officers in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Press Trust of India reports.

The incident occurred when the woman went to a police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district on Monday to enquire about her husband, who had been detained by the police. In her testimony to a local administrative official before she died, the woman alleged that when she refused to pay a bribe to free her spouse, two police officers at the station attempted to sexually assault her before setting her ablaze.

“Station house officer Rai Sahab Yadav and constable Akhilesh Rai took me into a room in the police station. They snatched my jewelry and tried to outrage my modesty. When I raised an alarm, the cops poured petrol on me and set me afire,” she said in a statement to the administrative official, according to the Hindustan Times.

The woman was rushed to a hospital in the state capital of Lucknow, where she passed away on Tuesday morning. “The woman died at around 4 am,” Dr. Ashutosh Dubey, an official at the hospital where the woman was being treated, told the newspaper. “[She] had near total burns and her condition was serious when she was brought here.”

Although the two policemen have been suspended and booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police contests the victim’s account, claiming instead that that the woman tried to commit suicide inside the police station by setting herself on fire when she was abused and chased away by the two police officers.

Speaking to local media, Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of the state, said: “A magisterial inquiry has been ordered and stern action will be taken against those found guilty in the report.”


These Are the Best Places in the World to be a Woman in Politics, According to the OECD

Banking And General Views As Iceland's Bankruptcy-to-Recovery Mode Proves Viable
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images The city skyline is seen illuminated by lights at night in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Most countries are not hitting benchmarks for female representation in politics, however

Aspiring female politicians should consider moving to Finland or Sweden, where women have the most representation in government, according to new OECD data.

The findings, published July 6 as a part of the OECD’s Government at a Glance report, saw Nordic countries leading the way for women’s representation both in lower houses of parliament and in ministerial positions.

These countries are likely to benefit greatly from this representation, the OECD says. More equal gender representation can help governments institute better policies surrounding work-life balance, gender violence and equal pay.

But the overall trend is not as promising in the rest of the OECD, where things have only gotten marginally better for women’s representation in politics since 2002.

The report found that 16 out of the 34 OECD countries are failing to meet the desired 30% threshold of representation in both lower houses of parliament and ministerial positions.

Among the worst performers are Hungary, South Korea and Turkey. The U.S. and the U.K. also showed below average representation.

You can read the full report here.


BMX Pioneer Scot Breithaupt Found Dead

Russ Okawa Archives—USA BMX via AP Scot Breithaupt leads the pack in a BMX bicycle race in Las Vegas in 1976

Breithaupt's death was unexpected, and the circumstances are murky

(LOS ANGELES) — Scot Alexander Breithaupt, who helped turn BMX bike racing from a backyard backwater into an international action sport, has died, authorities said.

Breithaupt was among the first to organize bicycle races on dirt motorcycle courses in the early 1970s, becoming first a founder of BMX — or bicycle motocross — then a champion, then one of its first famous faces.

“Scot was one of the key figures in making BMX become what it is today. He would say he was the key figure, because that was the kind of guy he was,” said Craig Barrette, spokesman for USA BMX, which runs the sport’s Hall of Fame, where Breithaupt is enshrined. “He was involved in every aspect of BMX.”

The sport, which later took on some of the same high-flying freestyle features as skateboarding, now draws crowds of thousands, fueled by energy-drink company sponsors and featured on ESPN’s X Games.

Among its biggest current stars is Jamie Bestwick, a 13-time X Games BMX gold medalist, who was part of a social media outpouring in the action sports world for Breithaupt.

“Sad to read about the passing of one of the all-time greats,” Bestwick said on his Twitter and Facebook pages. “Scot Breithaupt thank you for your amazing contributions and dedication to BMX.”

Another BMX Hall-of-Famer, Mike King, tweeted that it’s a “very sad day in the BMX world.”

Breithaupt’s death was unexpected, and the circumstances are murky.

Police responding to reports of a body near a shopping center in the desert city of Indio found him dead in a tent at a vacant lot, Sgt. Dan Marshall said Monday. Breithaupt, who was 57 and lived in neighboring La Quinta, had been dead for an unknown time, and there were no obvious signs of foul play, Marshall said. A cause of death had not been determined Monday.

Breithaupt was a teenager and a competitive motocross rider when one day he saw a group of kids riding their bicycles in a dirt lot near his home in Long Beach, Calif. He was inspired to organize bicycle races on a dirt track similar to those used by motocross riders.

“Those were some of the first BMX races ever,” Barrette said.

Breithaupt became a BMX rider, winning several championships.

He also became an early voice for the sport, introducing it to the nation as a color commentator in the early 1980s when it was televised on ESPN at a time when the network itself was new and specialized in novelties.

Later, he started manufacturing bikes, founding the company SE Racing and creating several innovative frame designs, Barrette said.

After retiring from active racing, he sold SE and started LM Productions, producing BMX and extreme-sport shows for ESPN and Fox.

TIME Greece

This Greek Island Is Being Overwhelmed by Thousands of Migrants

Louisa Gouliamaki—AFP/Getty Images Migrants, who got their temporary documents, embark on a ferry at the port of Mytilene to go to the port of Piraeus on June 19, 2015. Lesbos is a first step for many migrants to reach the "security" in Europe

The massive influx is exhausting resources on the island of Lesbos

The Greek island of Lesbos is facing the worst migration crisis in all of Europe, a Medecins Sans Frontieres official told the BBC.

Around 15,000 migrants arrived on the island in June. Lesbos has a total population of just 86,000, and the BBC says the massive influx has exhausted most available resources and left officials scrambling.

The migrants often arrive on the northern tip of the island close to Turkey, and then walk over 25 miles to the other side of the island to apply for papers that let them stay in the country for up to six months.

The island’s chief of police told the BBC that 1,600 migrants arrived on Saturday alone. Police said they were working 24 hours a day to process the new migrants, but still only manage to get through between 300 to 500 a day.

An abandoned race track and the island’s only detention facility house the migrants, but have been stretched to more than full capacity, the BBC reports.

Over 63,000 migrants have arrived in Greece this year already, according to the BBC.

The total number of migrants arriving in Europe in 2015 has more than doubled since 2014.


TIME technology

Photographing the Presidential Campaign With an iPhone 6

Brooks Kraft shares his tips to capture candid shots this election season

Photographer Brooks Kraft usually carries two camera bodies and four lenses with him when he covers a presidential campaign. This year, however, as six presidential candidates from parties descended on New Hampshire to campaign on Independence Day, Kraft left his cameras in his hotel room.

Instead, he went out with just an iPhone 6 Plus. “There are instances when I have to run or move quickly, and it was so much easier without the added weight,” he tells TIME, “not to mention trying to protect the gear swinging off my shoulders as I move quickly through crowds.”

It’s not the first time that Kraft has chosen to rely on an iPhone in his work. Last year, he photographed the Christmas decorations at the White House, where the subtler equipment meant he was able to capture more candid shots within the presidential residence.

This past weekend, his reliance on the iPhone proved useful when candidate Jeb Bush start running to keep up with a parade. “I was easily able to keep up with Bush,” says Kraft. “I became more aware of the impact constantly carrying the gear has on my mobility.”

Not only that, but Kraft says he was also able to capture images he wouldn’t otherwise. “With a DSLR, you are instantly recognized as a professional photographer, and sometimes people react quickly to your presence and either smile at the camera or turn away,” he says. “With the iPhone I found it was easier to move inconspicuously through crowds and capture moments, even up close, without impacting what I saw with my presence.”

Even the Secret Service had trouble identifying Kraft as a photographer. “At one point during the Clinton event, a Secret Service agent asked me if I was ‘media’ and asked me to display my credentials,” he says. “Campaign staff and security like to monitor (and control) the movement of media. There is frequently a lot more restriction put on the media then members of the general public in early primary events.”

This means that members of the public, sporting the same camera-equipped phones, have more opportunities to get photos of their favorite candidates. Kraft shares his tips on what to do and what not to do with an iPhone at such events:

  • Sometimes the most interesting photos do not include a candidate. Early primary scenes are full of colorful characters and iconic visual symbols of democracy in action. Because iPhones are so common, it is sometimes easier to capture natural moments with them than with professional looking cameras.
  • Shoot outdoors or in well-lit interior environments where the iPhone works best. Do not use the flash if possible.
  • Set your camera to shoot in the square format. This provides a nice contrast to the 2×3 DSLR format, and works well in some of the formal political environments. It also displays well on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
  • Shoot wide views that show the setting, looking for angles that place a clean background behind the candidate. Signs and crowds right behind the candidate are distracting. For the same reason, avoid placing large objects or the backs of heads in the foreground.
  • Shoot close-ups. The iPhone is able to focus in very close to produce macro views.
  • Do not use the zoom. Because the iPhone does not have an optical zoom (yet), the image quality is poor when the lens is zoomed, and the aperture is also increased.
  • When there is action or a lot of movement, use the burst mode to get as many frames as possible. The iPhone does not always freeze movement unless it is extremely bright, and it’s best to have multiple frames to choose from.

Brooks Kraft is a freelance photographer based in Washington D.C. and a regular contributor to TIME. Follow him on Instagram @bkraft.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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TIME India

Uber to Invest $50 Million in India’s Technology-Friendly City of Hyderabad

The investment includes the firm's largest office outside the U.S.

Ride-sharing app Uber has enhanced links with India despite months of controversy and legal hassles in the country, declaring on Monday that it would invest over $50 million over the next five years to set up a new office in the southern Indian tech hub of Hyderabad.

The new office — reportedly its largest outside the U.S. — will house hundreds of employees, the San Francisco–based company said in a statement. A memorandum of understanding has also been signed with the government of the state of Telangana, where Hyderabad is located, to “create thousands of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities, foster technical innovation and research into smart city initiatives and a commitment to make significant investments,” according to the statement.

The mobile service will also partner with the Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge to train more than 2,000 new Uber drivers by 2016.

Uber has been under fire in India since the beginning of the year, when one of its drivers in the capital city, New Delhi, was accused of sexually assaulting a passenger. This was followed by a ban across the city, with the New Delhi government alleging that the company had flouted rules governing the operation of taxis.

The taxi aggregator faces similar troubles in Hyderabad and is currently not authorized to operate in the city. Its operations “didn’t fit the regulatory framework,” B. Venkateswarlu, a joint commissioner at Telangana’s transportation department, told the Wall Street Journal. Uber’s response on Monday was that it is working with the government to come up with a “new regulatory framework” within the next four weeks.

Uber continues to expand in the South Asian nation despite its various regulatory roadblocks and currently operates in 18 different cities, making India its second largest market outside the U.S.

TIME Soccer

Boy Who Lost Family in Tsunami Signs With Soccer Team That Helped Him

Cristiano Ronaldo
Firdia Lisnawati—AP Cristiano Ronaldo poses with Martunis during a press conference in Kuta, Indonesia, on June 26, 2013

An 8-year-old boy was playing soccer with friends when a massive earthquake struck Indonesia on December 26, 2004, triggering a tsunami that killed over 230,000 people – including his mother and two sisters.

After the quake, the boy, who goes by the single name Martunis, rushed home to check on his family and was swept away in the deluge. Unable to swim and clinging to floating debris, he was deposited in swampland where he remained for 18 days, surviving on instant noodles and soft drinks he found floating around him, The Japan Times reports.

“I was not afraid at all at that time because I still wanted to be alive to meet my family and to be a football player,” he told reporters after his rescue.

By the 19th day with no food or clean water in sight, he was found and rescued by a British journalist. His survival made global news – footage of the young boy in his Portugal national team jersey got the team’s attention, and his hero Cristiano Ronaldo also took notice.

Portugal’s soccer federation donated 40,000 euros to build Martunis and his father a new home, the The Washington Post reports. Ronaldo visited Martunis in 2005 and invited him and his father to visit Portugal – he also promised to pay for the boy’s education.

“I believe that many adults would not even be able to deal with what he has gone through,” rising star Ronaldo said at the time. “We must respect him. His was an act of strength and maturity. He’s a special kid.”

Now, at 17, Martunis will return to Portugal to follow in his hero’s footsteps. On July 2nd, Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo’s fist team, signed Martunis to play on its youth team.

“I am very happy to have joined Sporting. It is a dream come true,” Martunis said at the signing ceremony.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Australia

An Australian Politician Says Same-Sex Marriage Would Be Bad for Beef Exports

Question Time Underway In Canberra
Stefan Postles—Getty Images Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce during the house of representatives Question Time on June 17, 2014

Discourse on the topic has officially entered a new realm

In a twist to the gay-marriage debate, Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has argued that legalizing same-sex marriage could hurt his country’s cattle industry.

Joyce, who recently made headlines by threatening to put down Johnny Depp’s dogs when they were brought into the country without quarantine, was speaking on a TV news program produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

During the interview, Joyce said that Southeast Asian countries that import Australian beef see the country as “decadent” and that legalizing same-sex unions would not help with that impression. “When we go there, there are judgments, whether you like it or not, that are made about us,” he said.

Joyce said he was not making a “value judgment” about same-sex marriage but emphasized that he saw marriage as “a process that’s inherently there for the support of … or the prospect of … or the opportunity of children.”

Legislator Warren Entsch has said he plans to introduce a private bill in August to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.


TIME Greece

Greek Prime Minister Races to Restart Talks After Vote Win

In a sign of compromise, Tsipras appointed a new Finance Minister to lead talks with creditors

(ATHENS, Greece) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. Tsipras faces intense pressure from creditors abroad and banks at home who all demand what Greece lacks: money.

As the Greek leader readied proposals to restart bailout talks, the situation was complicated by the European Central Bank’s refusal late Monday to increase assistance for Greek banks desperately needing cash and facing imminent collapse unless a rescue deal is reached.

A hastily called meeting of eurozone finance ministers is slated for Tuesday afternoon, and a full summit of the leaders of the 19 euro countries was to be held that evening.

With Greece’s future in the European Union and its euro currency at stake, a Monday meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande in Paris set the tone for the Brussels talks.

“Time is of the essence,” Merkel said afterward. “(Greek) proposals have to be on the table this week.”

Tsipras scored a bigger than expected win in Sunday’s bailout referendum, with 61 percent of voters rejecting the economic measures creditors had proposed in exchange for loans Greece needs to remain afloat, including further cuts to pensions.

In a sign of compromise, Tsipras appointed a new finance minister to lead talks with creditors and replace Yanis Varoufakis, who clashed with his European counterparts.

Euclid Tsakalotos, a 55-year-old economist, has appeared more willing to engage with creditors. He will be tested as soon as Tuesday, in Brussels.

“I won’t hide from you that I am very nervous and very anxious. I am not taking over at the easiest moment in Greek history,” Tsakalotos said after being sworn in.

Greek banks are running out of cash even after the government placed limits on how much depositors can withdraw. The ECB has been providing emergency credit to the banks, but on Monday said it could not increase the amount offered because the banks’ collateral was weaker now, after the “no” vote.

Normal commerce is now impossible in Greece. Small businesses, lacking use of credit cards or money from bank accounts, were left to rely on cash coming from diminishing purchases from customers. But Greeks are holding tightly onto what cash they have. And suppliers are demanding that businesses pay cash up front.

In Paris, Merkel and Hollande both expressed respect for Greek voters, but urged swift action from Athens.

“I stress that there is not lots of time left. There is urgency for Greece. There is urgency for Europe,” Hollande said.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that if Greece is to remain part of the eurozone, it needs to enact reforms that will spur economic growth and pay off its debt.

“We’re inclined to help Greece but Greece must follow Europe’s rules,” he said in an interview on Spain’s Telecinco evening news program.

The ongoing Greek drama hurt stocks around the world, particularly in Europe. The losses were not as great as some had feared, however, suggesting investors think that a possible Greek exit from the euro would be manageable for the global economy, though devastating for Greece and destabilizing in Europe.

“The ‘no’ vote in Greece’s referendum on Sunday dramatically increases the risk of a slide toward a disorderly Greek exit from the eurozone,” ratings agency Fitch said. “An agreement between Greece and its official creditors remains possible, but time is short and the risk of policy missteps, or that the two sides simply cannot agree on a deal, is high.”

Tsipras has agreed to imposing more harsh austerity measures, but he wants eurozone lenders to grant the country better terms for bailout debt repayments.

“The prime minister is … committed to starting a fundamental debate on dealing with the problem of sustainability of the Greek national debt,” a statement signed by the government and three pro-European opposition parties said in a rare sign of solidarity.

Greece, after years of crippling recession and spiraling unemployment, has already been granted 240 billion euros in loans from other eurozone countries. But the spending restraint demanded as a condition for the loans hurt economic growth, and reforms to make Greece more business-friendly have been slower than hoped.

European officials remain split on Greece’s demand for easier debt repayment — with lead eurozone lender Germany still reluctant.

James Nixon, chief European economist at Oxford Economics, said there’s “a narrow trajectory from here that sees an emboldened Greek parliament accepting the need for reform in return for a debt write-down.”

“The next 48 hours will be crucial.”


Charlton reported from Paris. Demetris Nellas, Gregory Katz and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Athens, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Raf Casert in Brussels and David Rising, Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans in Berlin, and David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report.

TIME College football

This Video Appears to Show FSU Quarterback De’Andre Johnson Hitting a Woman in a Bar

It is believed that the promising player has compromised his chances of entering the NFL

The Florida State Attorney’s Office released security video Monday that appears to show Florida State University freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson hitting a woman at a Tallahassee bar. The altercation occurs at roughly two minutes into the video, which was posted at tallahassee.com.

Johnson, 19, turned himself into police last week and is being charged with battery, CNN reports. He has been suspended from the school indefinitely.

NBC Sports speculated that Johnson could have been another “NFL quarterback groomed for success by coach Jimbo Fisher” (whose previous success stories include Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, and Jameis Winston). But it said that Johnson’s chances of entering the NFL have now “decreased dramatically.”

According to court records, the woman in the video suffered bruising on her left eye, swelling on her left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut on the bridge of her nose.

A statement from Johnson’s attorney Jose Baez said his client was “extremely embarrassed” and was participating in community service and faith-based programs that focus on battered women.

“While it is clear from the video that De’Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience,” he told media.

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