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    How much more longer?

    [By Riti Sinha] Nearly seven years ago, on February 9 2012, a 19-year-old, young teenage girl was returning home with her colleagues after work. All was well, except that she never made it home. She was abducted by three men in a car just a few metre...

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    I interviewed convicted rapists in New Delhi – and then found one of their young victims

    [By Madhumita Pandey] A ten-year-old girl was recently denied an abortion by the Supreme Court of India. She was a victim of rape, which she alleges was perpetrated by her uncle several times over a period of seven months. Her pregnancy was discovere...

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    Overcoming India’s Official Homophobia

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Sixty-six years after adopting one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, India is being convulsed by a searing debate over a colonial-era provision in its penal code, Section 377, which criminalizes “whoever volun...

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    Drowning in liquid filth – in 21st century India

    We pretend that people are not condemned to the caste system, Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes. In 1996, I listened in disbelief as Martin Macwan, a dalit leader, told a Delhi gathering, ‘I am ashamed that as a dalit, working with my people for over 10 ...

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    In Karanataka’s El Dorado, Former Miners Bite Dust

    [By Pushpa Achanta] Kolar – “The main drinking water pipeline and tank has been built because of the relentless efforts of our women’s collective. That is the reason why this water is called ‘Magazheer Neer’, Tamil for water generated by women....

  • Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets
of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to drum up support
for equal rights for people of diverse gender and sexuality.

    Gay Pride Should Be National Pride

    [By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer & Devadatt Kamat] Delhi – Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to drum up support for equal rights for people of diverse gender and sexu...

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    Women journalists and the never-ending harassment

    [By Narendra Kaushik] Delhi: Kavita, the editor of Khabar Lehariya, the weekly in Bundeli, Bajjka, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Hindustani dialects, has become conscious of a number of things since January this year when Saddam alias Nishu (22), a boy from S...

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    British tribunal victory for Indian worker

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Adivasi (or indigenous Indian) Premila Tirkey has been awarded £184,000 ($280,000) by a British employment tribunal in compensation for four and a half years of exploitation while she was working as a maid for an Indian fa...

  • The women of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, spin a dream world of exotic weaves that is reminiscent of a bygone era of opulence and elegance. (Credit: Surekha Kadapa-Bose\WFS)

    Impoverished Women Spin Exotic Weaves

    [By Surekha Kadapa Bose] Aurungabad(WFS) – Bent on their looms for hours, days and months, the women of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, spin a dream world. Lush paddy fields, swaying palms, blooming lotus flowers, beautiful pea...

The presence of young people in grassroots governing bodies
has increased notably since 2010. One of them is, 21-year-old Amtulla Mehar, the Pradhan of Sankara Panchayat Samiti in Jaisalmer district,Rajasthan. (Credit: Rakesh Kumar\WFS)

What Makes A Capable Grassroots Leader?

[By Rakesh Kumar] Jaipur (WFS) – Way back in 1981, when Norati Devi had joined the Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC), a non government organisation that works out of Tilonia village in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, she wanted to do something for her people and, in the process, make something of her life. She got her opportunity when SWRC’s director ...

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In India, irrespective of region, class, community or age,
married women are vulnerable to many forms of violence within the
confines of their homes.

A Never-ending Trial By Fire For Women Burn Survivors

[By Pushpa Achanta] Bengaluru (WFS) – ‘The stove exploded in the kitchen; scalding hot water fell on me by accident while I was making tea; I didn’t realise when my clothes caught fire while I was cooking…’ These are just some of the common explanations that women admitted to the burns ward of Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka’s state capital, give as ...

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Media under attack

[Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Samajwadi Party Government’s assertion that Jagendra Singh, who was allegedly burnt alive at the behest of Ram Murti Singh Verma, its Minister for Backward Classes Welfare and known mafia, was no journalist flies in the face of social media and internet which are emerging as major challengers to electronic and print channels of communication. Singh’s Facebook ...

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The punishing pace of news television has not deterred women journalists, who remain committed to their chosen field. (This image is for representational purposes only)

Under The Spotlight: Women In Media

[By Rashme Sehgal] Delhi (WFS) – Arifa Noor, resident editor of ‘Dawn’, a daily newspaper published from Islamabad, Pakistan, describes her role as a woman journalist in the following words: “It’s my job to think differently – on war, on politics, on crime and everything else that is covered by the paper I edit. I am here to provide diversity, ...

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The Supreme Court order upholding the decision to consider homosexuality illegal as per Indian law was thought to be startling as it came from the most respected arm of the state – the judiciary.

Renewing The Call To Recall The Verdict On Homosexuality

[By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer|Devadatt Kamat]  Delhi (WFS) – Seeking: 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO. Caste no bar (Though Iyer Preferred)… One glance at this matrimonial that appeared recently in a prominent Mumbai daily and the first thoughts: ‘this must be a misprint; seeking a groom for a son, can that ...

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Breaking The Barriers With The Power Of Press

Dhaka – Born in Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh, Aasha Mehreen Amin learnt to read and write in English early in her life thanks to her supportive and progressive parents. She got an opportunity to study economics at Boston College, where she found her rhythm in the analysis of the world’s current events and their links back to the ...

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Gangathla villagers at the spot where Panchayat met last month

Distorted media reports leads to Khurja woman being abandoned by family

[By Narendra Kaushik] Khurja:  The case of Sarita (name changed), a housewife in Gangthla Village in Khurja sub division of Bulandshahr District, is an example of how media and vernacular television channels in particular sensationalize, fabricate and distort news to catch eyeballs and improve their television rating points (TRPs). Sarita (25), wife of one Bilkesh, was asked by a Panchayat ...

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Postmaster builds ‘Taj’ for wife

[By Narendra Kaushik] Dibai: Ask anybody in Kaser Kalan, a dusty, sleepy village of mix Hindu-Muslim population in Dibai sub-division of Bulandshahr District about 113 km from Delhi, about the man who is building Taj Mahal and there is certainty that he or she will refer you to Faizul Hasan Qadri, a retired Sub postmaster. “Turn left on a kutcha ...

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Movies like ‘Queen’ depict stories that realistically reflect social issues that are part of everyday reality of many in the audience.

India: Cinema That Is “Real” And Entertaining

[By Shwetha George] Kottayam (WFS) – In Basupura, a small hamlet somewhere in the countryside in south India, Madevappa and his wife, Devakka, live a quiet life with their school-going son, an infant daughter and an ageing mother. Where Madevappa works in a flour mill, his wife makes ‘rotis’ and sells them in nearby towns. Like everyone else in the ...

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Pads Against Patriarchy: Students Speak Up Against Sexism

[By Dipanjana Dey] Kolkata (Women’s Feature Service) – Sanchita Dey, 17, lives in a settlement in the vicinity of the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport in Kolkata and goes to the Dum Dum Baidyanath High Secondary School nearby where the Class 12 student is gaining a decent education.But for all her prospects of a bright future, what Dey’s schooling has ...

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