Asia Briefs: 5 charity workers gang-raped in India

5 charity workers gang-raped in India

NEW DELHI • Five women working for a charity in remote eastern India were abducted and gang-raped at gunpoint, police said yesterday.

The women said they were performing a play to raise awareness about human trafficking in the largely tribal Khunti district of Jharkhand state on Tuesday when they were abducted. The assailants shot videos of the attack and warned the women not to report to the police.

Police said they have been questioning several people.

They have also rounded up some supporters of Pathalgadi, an anti-establishment movement popular in several tribal villages.


Hainan to ease firewall for foreign tourists

BEIJING • China's southern province of Hainan will offer foreigners unrestricted Internet access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as part of new incentives to boost tourism.

Hainan's provincial government detailed the plan on its website on Thursday.

It said it will create a special "gathering zone" for foreign tourists where they can access such websites.


Drug tests, searches for Philippine schools

MANILA • The Philippines is planning to take President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs campaign to schools with the inspection of bags and lockers, as well as random testing for students and teachers, officials said yesterday.

Mr Duterte launched the campaign after taking office in June 2016, and police have since killed more than 4,200 suspected drug dealers and users.

The Education Department said it opposed the drug enforcement agency's plan to have 14 million primary school students from fourth to sixth grade undergo drug testing, saying it was against the law.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe