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Progressive Khap Panchayat aligns itself with PM’s women empowerment campaign, modifies their honour killing policies

by- Piyush Jan In a first, a Khap Panchayat in a small village called ‘Irony’ reworked their policies concerning honour killings of local women. “We believe that women should be empowered and should not be killed for being women; we… Continue Reading →

How have Bengal’s women fared under Mamata Banerjee?

APRIL 15, 2021 By Rina Mukherji “Sobaar kintu maa bon aachhe. Vote-taa bhebe dibi.” (Everyone has a mother and sister. Think before you cast your vote.)  These remarks by Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Kaushani Mukherjee during her campaign trail kicked… Continue Reading →

Kausalya Baisantri, an early Dalit woman autobiographer, fought a ‘double curse’

Posted On April 15, 2021 BY SIDDHESH GAUTAM Kausalya Baisantri was an activist, writer, educator, and a gem of the Dalit community. Born as Kausalya Nandeshwar in Maharashtra’s Nagpur on 8 September 1926, Kausalya was the first woman from the… Continue Reading →

‘Roadside Romeos’ play follow the leader in Kolkata

APRIL 12, 2021 by- Shikha Mukherjee Following the examples set by their elders and betters, would-be Romeos on the streets of Kolkata have begun harassing women with catcalls that mimic  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent routine of calling out to… Continue Reading →

Gujarat love jihad Bill infringes on women’s rights, ‘criminalises’ marginalized Muslims

In a memorandum submitted to Gujarat governor Acharya Devrat, signatories on behalf of the India’s top civil society network, National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM) and the Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), Gujarat, has said that the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill… Continue Reading →

Bereavement Leave: Workplaces should be sensitive when a woman miscarries

The perceived notion that miscarriages are common and not a big deal, pressurises women and couples into silence, anxiety and depression. In India, under the Maternity Benefit Act, a woman is entitled to paid leave for six weeks immediately after… Continue Reading →

As Rape Survivor Struggles to Be Heard, Accused TV Anchor Gets Interim Protection

Ismat Ara New Delhi: Varun Hiremath, a 28-year-old journalist accused of rape, sexual assault and confinement by a 22-year-old woman, was granted interim protection from arrest on Friday by Delhi high court provided he joins the investigation when the police direct… Continue Reading →

Kasturba Gandhi Birth Anniversary: Lesser-known facts you ought to know

She was involved in the Indian Independence movement in British-ruled India along with her husband and son. Kasturba Gandhi was an Indian political activist born on 11 April 1869. She married Mohandas Gandhi a.k.a Mahatma Gandhi in 1883. She was… Continue Reading →

A quick look at some of Kerala’s women candidates

APRIL 6, 2021 By Varsha Pillai Kerala is one of the five states going to the polls today. This time too Kerala’s political partieshave displayed a very poor record of fielding women candidates, despite public revolts from women politicians (read more here) when the lists… Continue Reading →

A Case for the Release of All Women Undertrial Prisoners

BYPRATIKSHA BAXIANDNAVSHARAN SINGHAPRIL 4, 2021 All women and gender and sexual minorities are ‘custodial’ minorities and should be released from prison during the pandemic, write PRATIKSHA BAXI and NAVSHARAN SINGH. This is an extract from “Gendering the Pandemic in the Prison,” a chapter… Continue Reading →

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