India has a high rate of illiteracy, especially among older women in rural areas. The state of Maharashtra is aiming to change that. But these grannies get more out of their classes than the ability to read and write.
Several hundred thousands of farmers have committed suicide in the last two decades, driven by poverty and debt following failed harvests. For the families left behind, especially women, the consequences can be harsh.
The five-year-old female tiger was accused of being responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the Indian forests of Maharashtra. A military-style operation tracked her down and shot her.
Police in the state of Maharashtra have arrested a woman for allegedly poisoning food at a relative's feast that killed five people, including four children. The housewife was apparently angry at skin-color taunts.
A unique "grandmothers' school" in Maharashtra, western India, teaches older women to read and write for the first time. But the initiative also highlights the odds that women's education is up against in the country.
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