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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...

  • A dalit manual scavenging | Source: Punjabiportal.com

    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 ...

  • View of the Gold field

    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...

Google celebrates Nellie Bly's 151st Birthday with a musical doodle

What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly, was a trailblazing journalist who not only paved the way for women in media at a time when women still didn’t have the right to vote, but also also championed the power of journalism as a tool of social justice. Maria Popova ...

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Pushovers no more : Women seek change

[By Narendra Kaushik]  New Delhi:  April 10, 2015: An M.Com student puts her husband, a computer professional on notice in Dadri, a sub-division in Gautam Buddh Nagar District, over absence of toilet in his house. The husband promises in local Panchayat to construct it within a week. The young housewife is putting up at her parents’ place waiting for her ...

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Rape, marriage, and rights

A marriage contract shouldn’t be a license to rape ones wife, yet in many parts of the world today it remains effectively that. Far from being new, these developments form part of a long history of laws used to legitimize rape within marriage by exempting husbands from prosecution for raping their wives.

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Siddharth wins the award. Also seen are Dolly Thakore, artist and social activist, P.L.K.Murthy, President, RotaryClub, Vishakha Port City, C.H. Surya Rao, Past District Governor Rotary Dist.3020,Andhra university Vice Chancellor Prof G.S.N. Raju and Dr. A.L.Sharada, Director, Population First

Siddharth Haobijam bags prestigious Laadli award for photo feature published on Point Blank 7

Siddharth Haobijam’s photo feature ‘Bishesh Glam –  A world within a world’, published on Point Blank 7 in 2014, has won him the prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2013-14 under the Best Photo feature category in the Eastern region. He was presented the award at a function in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday 10 March, 2015. Instituted by Mumbai-based Population First and ...

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Child soldiers | Photo: Representative, Abhijit Sathe, Crime reporter's guide

Whose battle is it anyway?

The women and children of the Indian tribal population are trapped in deadly crossfire between the state and the Maoists. Forget gender equality: sexual abuse is rampant. |By Pratibha Singh| Large sections of the Indian tribal population have borne the brunt of a bloody conflict that has lasted for years between the Indian state and the Maoists. This insurgency rarely ...

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Kiss of love protests

To kiss or not to kiss? A very Indian question

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| ‘To kiss or not to kiss’ appears to be the almost existential question being discussed on the front pages of Indian newspapers recently. If this seems slightly ridiculous to many societies, let’s be clear: it is currently a very serious issue in India. Young people, united as never before by social media, have rallied together ...

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Sex workers at G B Road soliciting customers

Legalization no panacea for prostitution

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Lucky (50-plus) has no hope left. Ask her whether legalization of sex work will help her and other women of her ilk in the country, she nods in disagreement with her puckered face and sleepy eyes expressing no optimism. A sex worker in one of the two dozen cement-peeled, seedy, smelly and slippery brothels on ...

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Sunni Muslims in N Khorasan Province, Iran | Photo: Taghrib News Agency

The Sunni Arc of Instability

|By Brahma Chellaney| ABU DHABI – While international observers fixate on the Sunni-Shia rivalry’s role in shaping geopolitics in the Islamic world, deep fissures within the Sunni arc that stretches from the Maghreb-Sahel region of North Africa to the Afghanistan-Pakistan belt are increasingly apparent.Moreover, it is Sunni communities that produce the transnational jihadists who have become a potent threat to ...

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Justice at last for raped three-year-old

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| A child rapist, acquitted by a lower court, was finally convicted this October, after an 18-month legal battle by the child rights activist group, HAQ. The details of a child rape leave any normal person sickened and horrified. How anyone can rape an infant is, to the average human being, beyond comprehension. Yet more and ...

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Twin concerns in commercial surrogacy

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist| An abandoned Australian baby, born to a surrogate Indian mother, has apparently caused some concern in Australia. In India, where life is cheap, one more baby born, abandoned or dead, in a land of over one billion, rarely makes waves. The baby in question was left back with the Indian birth mother because the Australian ...

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