Six Indian sailors have returned home to a joyous welcome after being held captive for nearly a year by Somali pirates.
Huge crowds thronged the airport where tearful family members greeted the six men with marigold garlands and sweets after they landed in New Delhi on Friday.
The men were freed after a $2.1 million ransom was paid to secure the release of the merchant navy ship that was captured 11 months ago by pirates operating in the Indian Ocean.
One of the freed sailors, N.K. Sharma, described the homecoming as "a rebirth."
India's external affairs minister S.M. Krishna said he was relieved that the ordeal of the sailors was over. He called for a well-coordinated global response to wipe out the scourge of piracy.