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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Muslim village plays elder brother to Hindu hamlet

|By Narendra Kaushik| Point Blank 7 Exclusive| Greater Noida: It is a tale of two villages. Supposed to be descendents of two Bhati Rajput or Rawal Rajput brothers, the two villages Ghodi Bachchera and Til Begumpur, located on the outskirts of Greater Noida, have maintained brotherhood for at least a few centuries. Every time there is a marriage, a death ...

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Powerless Women in Power?

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Are women political leaders finally coming into their own? Are they not only winning more elections, but also finally able to campaign and govern with no more – or less – scrutiny, scandal, and mockery than their males peers? In the United States, Hillary Clinton is preparing for her second run for the presidency, ...

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Consent-themed underwear here to fight objectification

|By Sanjay Pandey| Underwear with slogans may seem cute, fun and flirty but with the right slogans, they can be used as a tool to fight against the culture of rape and unfair objectification of the fairer sex. Meet Amulya Sanagavarapu, a 22-year-old Canadian-Indian who aims to change people’s perception of sex through her new line of consent-themed underwear.

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India’s First Female Surfer: Taming The Tides

|By Sanjay Pandey| India is a country of 1.2 billion people and one that boasts of a 7,000 km of coastline, but ironically enough its beaches largely wear a deserted-look. But thanks to a motley group of native surfers, the country’s beach culture is changing for the good. A surf board is no more an alien thing on the palm-fringed beaches of India. Seven years ago ...

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Gangster,Addict,Dancing Queen

See how a former gangster and drug addict changed her life, her children’s, as well as the lives of  young, “up-coming gangsters”. Her secret weapon to reach the troubled youth? – Dance.  That’s our kind of success story.  

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Unknown Faces

What happens to the destitute when they die? St. Joseph’s Hospice in India is an example of those who provide shelter, food, clothing, medical help and, when needed, last rites for the destitute, aged or mentally ill.    This video offers a glimpse.

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Hope for High-Tech Mothers

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Have two highly skilled women – with four babies and toddlers between them – finally found a way to achieve an ideal work-family balance? It looks as if PowerToFly, a new startup launched to place women around the world in tech jobs with flexible hours and the ability to work remotely, has done just that. The ...

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They Stopped to Listen to Street Kids

|Our Better World| Surrounded by poverty, a group of engineering students in Mumbai decide to meet a few of the thousands of street children in their city, to learn about their lives and hear their stories. They came across Salaam Baalak Trust, which helps street children with food, shelter, education and also offers friendship and a sense of belonging.

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Shubhada Varadkar : An Achiever In Her Own Right

|By Sanjib Guha| Shubhada Varadkar, an Odissi exponent from Mumbai, has survived quite a few tough battles in her 51 years to reach a juncture where she can proudly announce that she is more an achiever than a tragic icon. Besides being a professor of Economics at a Mumbai college, Shubhada also served as a news reader for Doordarshan before ...

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India’s Muslim women say ‘no second wife!’

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara, New Internationalist| ‘No Second Wife, please’ is an intriguing headline that caught my eye. Jyoti Punwani’s illuminating article, carried by The Hindu’s Sunday magazine last month, described some unexpected reactions from Indian Muslim women’s groups to banning polygamy. (India has Hindu, Muslim and Christian Personal law, in addition to national civil law, which complicates legal matters ...

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