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Defending the right to watch violent porn – how can that be justice for April Jones?

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Rape and sexual violence in India pop up everyday, routinely now, in our newspapers. People have become blasé about ordinary rape. Yes. I did just write ordinary rape. Even a gang-rape is fairly common news these days. Happens every single day, as does the rape of poor women – mostly domestic workers, Dalits and adivasis ...

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Gariahat fish market, Kolkata

No action as mercury still poisons fish in West Bengal

Going to buy fish today? If you are living in India’s West Bengal state, where fish is a daily staple for millions of people whether rich or poor, beware! More than one study has pointed to the alarming levels of mercury in fish, way above permissible limits and posing a grave danger to health. And no matter how much you ...

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Photo credits: Mary Ellen Mark, Falkland Road, Bombay, India.

A voice from the hearts of brothels..

Brothels are not only homes to sex workers, brothels are graves of several dreams and aspirations, they are the cremation grounds where several hope, desires, futures are cremated every day.  In these cremation grounds a girl dies every moment, every second but there is no one to mourn over the loss. There are several voices of various kinds which can ...

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cheating

“I had to contribute Rs 50 for a copying license”- Why cheating is becoming legitimate now?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime in February 1971. Raj Singh (name changed to protect identity), an uncle of mine, was to appear for his 10th board examination. This was his third consecutive year in the same class. Moreover, he had no hope of clearing it even in the third attempt. Singh was so apprehensive of failure that ...

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Vikalp Sangam

Let’s salute those who are doing something positive

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Something to cheer about. In the midst of doom and gloom, I attended a Vikalp Sangam or ‘Confluence of ideas’. It was a meeting not just of several minds, but of people who were doing something positive rather than merely cribbing about the state of the world.

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suicide

The need to decriminalise attempted suicide in India

[By Renjini Rajagopalan] India needs to go through with eliminating section 309 of its penal code, punishing attempted suicide, as announced by the government at the end of 2014. The criminalisation of suicide is often used to suppress peaceful hunger strikes. Section 309 of the IPC is a highly insensitive provision that requires a person to die successfully, or be prosecuted. Besides ...

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A mother’s account of continuing education post marriage

[By RamTulsi Yerra] I was in the  second year of my undergraduate studies when our engagement was solemnized by the elders of our respective families. I got married 6 months later around the same time as college reopened to the dawn of our final  year in college. My lecturers were a little disappointed  that  as an active participant in all ...

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What your wife, sister, daughter is not telling you..

[By Shweta Rawal] If you are my family and reading this, please don’t get anxious, that’s not the purpose of my sharing this today. I can share this today because I have grown way stronger than I ever was. I wrote this today because a lot of men feel like women make a lot of hue and cry about rape ...

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Niyati

My journey as a mother and CEO

[By Niyati Shah] Every entrepreneur has that moment- an experience, an epiphany – that inspires them to start their own adventure someday. For me it was the sound of my baby’s heartbeat on the machine. I felt exhilarated as well as content at the same time and that was the defining moment when I had decided to go for the big ...

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Pintz bike

Grabbing life by the horns

[By Pintueli Gajjar] Today, I am known as the biker woman who vrooms past the town of Rajkot in Gujarat. Some who don’t know me criticise me for letting go of my feminine side. But those who know me appreciate me for taking the challenge called life head on. But few know, that I took to biking only a few ...

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