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This Happened—December 16: New Delhi Bus Attack

Commonly known as the Nirbhaya case, in Munirka, a neighborhood in South West Delhi, Jyoti Singh, a 22-year-old physiotherapy intern, was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a private bus while traveling with a friend.

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What happened after the New Delhi attack?

There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped Singh and beat her friend. After being rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi for treatment, she was transferred to Singapore 11 days later, and died from her injuries two days after that.

What was the public response to the Nirbhaya attacks?

The brutality of the attack generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and internationally, as an example of the violence of male-dominated societies. Public protests began against the government for failing to provide adequate security for women in New Delhi. Eventually, all of the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder.

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Freedom Or Death? Wagner Group Struggles To Recruit New Prisoners For Russia's War

Many of the convicts that the Wagner Group mercenary outfit enlisted to fight in Ukraine are dead or missing, which has created a major recruitment problem for the paramilitary group headed by Putin confidante Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Photo of a Wagner Group fighter in front of a destroyed building in the snow

A Wagner Group fighter near the embattled town of Soledar

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Back in September, Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the private paramilitary Wagner Group, promised a full pardon to any Russian prisoners who agreed to fight in Ukraine. It was a critical recruitment tool to bolster Vladimir Putin's announcement at the time of a "partial" mobilization of new troops.

Then in January, the first group of convicts, who had supposedly “fulfilled their contracts” with Wagner, had all past criminal charges erased from their record.

Yet now, amid fears of a new wave of Russian mobilization, convicts in Russian penal colonies who are refusing to go to the front line are being threatened with new criminal cases and sentences, Russian independent news site Agenstvo reports.

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