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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 discovered after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to the hospital, but in late July the ...

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The Force Is Certainly Not For Women

By Taru Bahl Delhi (WFS) – Aruna Bahuguna is not a woman to be trifled with. Apart from being the first female chief of the prestigious National Police Academy in Hyderabad, where she oversees the training of future police leaders, she has held several important posts and been conferred with state honours, including the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service ...

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Saudi abuse scandal rocks India

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Last week there was an uproar from the Indian human rights lobby in general and women’s groups in particular when news broke about the abuse of 2 Nepali women used as sex slaves by a Saudi diplomat stationed in New Delhi. The women, who had originally been promised employment as maids, had been imprisoned in the ...

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The Kickback Kid

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] ‘Kickbacks’, in India, generally refer to bribes and corruption. Fairly commonplace. Not really news. So I almost skipped reading the Times of India story about a 16-year old girl, ‘the Kickback kid’ as some reporters have canonised her. The girl, let’s call her Konkona, was returning home alone, a few evenings ago, when she was attacked ...

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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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The Number Game: Using Data To Enable Women’s Empowerment

[By Amrita Nandy] New Delhi (WFS) – Severe arthritis has left Shanti, 68, nearly disabled. Bent with age, she limps through her days in acute pain, barely being able to cook or clean for herself. Single by choice, this retired nurse, who is based in Delhi, is without any physical support ever since her brother moved abroad to greener pastures. ...

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Women In Sport: Scoring For Equality

[By Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka] New York (WFS) – The recently-concluded 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup has shown people everywhere what women athletes are all about: skill, strength, unity and determination. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners – the team from the United States – and to all others who participated. You are inspiring millions of women and girls ...

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Teenage Girls Generate Wealth To Secure Health

[By Ajitha Menon] Ranchi (WFS) – ‘Kal Baisakhi’, or Nor’westers, originate in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, in and around areas like Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, in the months of April and May. These violent thunderstorms usually cause great destruction. Neetu Kumari, 15, of Jidu Pandra Toli village in Ormanjhi block of Ranchi district saw the thatched roof of her mud ...

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Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, people have been forced to sleep out in the open or adjust in crowded in displacement camps. But even as the crisis has garnered extensive international attention and an outpouring ...

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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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