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Equality, justice and rights for women have remained Dr V. Rukmini Rao’s (centre) priority ever since she espoused the cause some forty years ago.

She’s Been A True ‘Saheli’ To Rural Women

[By Bhanu Priya Vyas] New Delhi (WFS) – “Back in my Saheli days, we started the process of getting an FIR registered. When a woman would go and complain against her husband, the constable would say: ‘Thappad maara to kya hua, roti nahi deta hai kya (so what if he slapped, does he not feed you well)?’ After all these ...

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New Delhi residents march to pay homage to a gang rape victim who passed away in 2012 | Photo Credit: Ramesh Lalwani on Flickr, under Creative Commons

Bollywood dreams, brutal reality

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Most Indian newspapers have recently covered an unbelievably grotesque rape story about a 17-year-old girl who went on a date with a man she had met online, via Facebook. She must have gone to her assignation with Bollywood-like dreams of romance and love, like a million young girls before her. Like others before her, cruelly, her dreams ...

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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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A woman walks in the rain in Sri Lanka. Sharmila Seyyid, a Sri Lankan poet who bravely speaks out on women's rights, hopes for a brighter future. planetlight under a Creative Commons Licence

Hounded and harassed – but Sharmila Seyyid isn’t giving up

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] My morning paper brought me news which was nauseating and alarming, yet which filled me with hope, all at the same time. A gutsy Sri Lankan writer has been hounded, harassed and threatened for daring to question the chauvinistic male hierarchy which forces her and other women to cover up, or else. Yes, Sharmila Seyyid, is ...

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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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Millions of village women are forced to defecate or pee in the open fields close to their houses. Rongzoni under a Creative Commons Licence

No candle-lit vigils for raped and murdered girls

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist| Another horrendous rape. Two young girls, 14 and 16-year old cousins, were abducted, raped, tortured and hanged from a tree last week in Badaun, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.  It’s a completely sickening scenario. No, far worse than sickening actually. But it’s hard to churn out words or emotion, day ...

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Photo: From  the documentary "Invisible Hands" by Pramod Dev

Time To Narrow The Gender Chasm in National Income Accounting

|By Simran Brar| I read about Adam Smith and his iconic metaphor of the “invisible hand” for the first time as a teenager in the late ’90s. The “invisible hand” refers to the self-regulating mechanism of the market, where individuals driven by their own private interests, unwittingly benefit society at large. The metaphor caught my fancy even in those early days, ...

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Pink pistols to see off rapists? Don’t make me laugh

Silent protests were part of India’s response to 2012’s gang rape. Is a gun a fitting tribute to the woman who died? Ramesh Lalwani under a Creative Commons Licence By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist It’s true. India presents its women with a gun to defend themselves. A pretty pink handgun, no less. It will be named ‘Nirbheek’ – which means ‘fearless’ ...

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