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Dhaka: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Sunday seized 874 turtles that were smuggled from India, a media report said.

Acting on information, BGB personnel raided an area along the border with India in Jessore district, 165 km southwest of capital Dhaka, and recovered the turtles in several bags, Xinhua quoted Lieutenant Colonel Jahangir Hossain, commanding officer of the BGB’s 26th battalion, as saying.

The turtles belonged to a rare species, Hossain said. They were handed over to the Khulna Animal Resources Department.

Turtles are often seized in the western border of Bangladesh, and they are believed to be smuggled to a third country through the air from Bangladesh.

Earlier, more than one consignment of turtles were seized from Dhaka airport. (IANS)

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India Gets Its Sex Offender Registry

The latest statistics from India's National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016.

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People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India
People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

India has launched a sex offender registry. The establishment of the database comes as the country is experiencing a daily wave of sexual crimes.

The information in the registry, however, will only be available to law enforcement officials. In contrast, in the United States, the public has access to information in sex offender registries.

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Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape in a moving bus had boarded the bus two years ago, in New Delhi, India. VOA

A home ministry statement said the 440,000 names in the Indian database includes people convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment. The registry also includes photos of the offenders, plus their addresses and fingerprints.

The latest statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016. The figures for 2016 show there were more than 100 reported rape cases in India every day. (VOA)

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