Flashback 2012: India, Indians in news across the globe

Sunita Williams

A clutch of Indians and issues related to India occupied news space in the world this year with names like Savita Halappanavar, Jacintha Saldnha, Rajat Gupta and Sunita Williams hogging front page news headlines, even as crimes against Indians like the Gurudwara shootings triggered global outrage in 2012.

The fag end of the year saw a 31-year old woman arrested and charged with hate crime murder for shoving an Indian immigrant to death onto a subway train track in New York.

31-year-old Indian woman dentist Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland after doctors refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy, triggering a global outrage and leading to Ireland announcing a change in its abortion policy.

In the UK a hoax call made by two Australian DJs led to the suicide of Indian nurse Jacintha Saldnha.

There were also a number of cases of hate crimes against NRIs this year with one of worst being the killing of six worshippers at a Gurudwara in Wisconsin.

Later in the year, a 24-year Indian student in Bonn was brutally attacked by Islamic extremists.

Three Indians were charged with attempted murder of Praveen Reddy, a student who was critically stabbed in Newham.

An Indian couple facing criminal charges of child abuse in Norway were convicted with the father getting an 18-month jail term and mother being sentenced to 15 months.

Earlier, two NRI children, Abhigyan and Aishwarya, who were kept in foster care by authorities in Norway for nearly a year returned to India after a protracted legal battle and diplomatic pressure.

On the economic front, Wall Street tycoon Rajat Gupta was sentenced to prison for securities fraud and insider trading.

The US witnessed one of the deadliest shootings when a 20-year-old-gunman kills his mother and 27 people including 20 children, when he goes on a shooting rampage inside a US school.

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