Crime against women: [India] Courts act tough in 2013

Crime against women: [India] Courts act tough in 2013

DNA – Wednesday, 01 January 2014 (originally published 30 Dec) With voices for checking sexual offences against women getting louder following the December 16, 2012 gangrape, special fast-track courts here came out with some strong decisions in 2013. Widespread outrage sparked by the gangrape case prompted authorities to set up six fast-track courts at the […]

Spotlight on women [South India]

Spotlight on women [South India]

Udhav Naig – Hindu – Wednesday, 13 November 2013 (originally published 09 Nov) Despite a web of problems in our society, Tamil cinema has been obsessed with the issue of corruption. But yesteryear actor and director, Sri Priya says that the recent spate of violence against women, was instrumental in her choosing to remake a […]

India’s Period Problem

India’s Period Problem

 Isha Singh Sawhney – Wall Street Journal – Wednesday, 09 October 2013 (originally published 04 Oct) Don’t enter the kitchen. Don’t touch the pickles. Don’t bake cakes. Don’t come in contact with men. Don’t swim. Don’t wash your hair. Don’t go into a  wine cellar. These are some of the strictures still in place for […]

India seeks to regulate its booming “rent-a-womb” industry

India seeks to regulate its booming “rent-a-womb” industry

Nita Bhalla – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Thursday, 03 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept) ANAND, India, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Dressed in a green surgical gown and cap, British restaurateur Rekha Patel cradled her newborn daughter at the Akanksha clinic in northwestern India as her husband Daniel smiled warmly, peering in through […]

ILO Initiative Protects Women from Modern-Day Slavery

ILO Initiative Protects Women from Modern-Day Slavery

A Staff Reporter – India West – Wednesday, 11 September 2013 (originally published 08 September 2013) Over 100,000 girls and women in South Asia are set to benefit from a new initiative by the International Labor Organization and the UK Department for International Development, which aims to prevent trafficking within the region and to the […]

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

Sudeshna Sarkar – IPS – Friday, 30 August 2013 (originally published 27 Aug) VARANASI, India , Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters […]

[India] RS approves bill to make divorce friendly for women

[India] RS approves bill to make divorce friendly for women

Hindu – Tuesday, 27 August 2013 (originally published 26 Aug) The Bill allows both parties to file for divorce on the ground of “irretrievable breakdown” of marriage. Rajya Sabha on Monday approved a proposal to make divorce friendly for women as it provides for the wife getting share in the husband’s immovable property after “irretrievable […]

No more unskilled: [India] Tribal women pick up the trowel

No more unskilled: [India] Tribal women pick up the trowel

Bhavesh Shah – DNA – Thursday, 25 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) The next time you see a woman instructing labourers at a construction site or giving ideas about the basic layout of a home, don’t be surprised. Supported by the state government, corporate houses and NGOs are training women in tribal belts of […]

Calicut university grants maternity leave to women students

Calicut university grants maternity leave to women students

K R Rajeev – Times of India – Friday, 19 July 2013 (originally published 18 Jul) KOZHIKODE: Calicut University on Wednesday became the first Indian varsity to grant long-term maternity leave for women students, enabling them to continue a course without facing a ‘year-out’ due to pregnancy. The university will allow new and expectant mothers […]