India

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES USING INDIA’S POOR AS HUMAN GUINEA PIGS

Via BBC News Drug companies are facing mounting pressure to investigate reports that new medicines are being tested on some of the poorest people in India without their knowledge. “We were surprised,” Nitu Sodey recalls about taking her mother-in-law Chandrakala Bai to Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore in May 2009. “We are low-caste people and normally when we go to the hospital we are given a five-rupee voucher, but the doctor said he would give us a foreign drug costing 125,000 rupees (£1,400).” The pair []

PR MOVE / QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘PARIS HILTON HANDS OUT MONEY TO THE POOR IN INDIA’

Digital Spy reports that heiress/socialite Paris Hilton gave money to the poor in India during a three-day tour of the country which involved promoting her handbag collection and opening a new department store. Hilton apparently gave $100 (£64) to a woman who was standing on the side of the road with her two children, reports IBN, and ‘continued to donate money to other needy Indians throughout the day’. The former A-lister said via Twitter, #India is beautiful, but some parts are very poverty stricken. []

SLUMDOG CHILDREN TO BE REHOUSED

Azharuddin Rubina Via BBC News Two child actors from the film Slumdog Millionaire will be moved from slums to new houses by Indian authorities. Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who played young versions of two main characters, were discovered by casting agents in Mumbai’s Garib Nagar slum. There was an outcry when it was found they were still living there after the success of the Oscar-winning film. An official said the children had “brought laurels to the country” and deserved to be []

18-MONTH YEAR OLD CHILD MARRIES DOG

Can two people really be this superstitious? The parents need help! Via The Metro Newspaper A toddler has married a dog in a bid to protect him from being killed by a tiger. The 18-month-old child, Sangula Munda, wed the dog at a Hindu temple in India on the orders of his superstitious parents. They were worried that a tooth growing from his upper gum was an omen he would be killed by a tiger. The weird wedding ceremony was seen as []