Aid Worker's 'painful Wait' For Justice In India

British-Iranian charity worker Narges Kalbasi Ashtari has been barred from leaving India since 2014 amid a court battle over the death of a young boy. Her case has prompted concern for aid workers, as BBC News explains.

Media in Iran describe Ms Ashtari as a "benevolent lady" who has dedicated her life to underprivileged children. Several social media pages have been set up in her support in Iran, and an open letter to the foreign minister for her "freedom" has been signed by prominent actors, celebrities and lawyers.

Her supporters believe that she was simply working for poor children in India, and ended up becoming "a victim" of local politics.

But in Rayagada district in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, some know her as the foreign charity worker who may have caused the death of a child.

Ms Ashtari, 28, was sentenced to a year in jail for causing the death of the boy by negligence during a picnic she had organised. She has appealed against the jail term and is currently out on bail. The next hearing is due to take place at the end of this month.

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