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By P.V. Durga: “Consensual sex in India is when the government consents to sex between two consenting adults”. Be prepared to let the government into your bedroom because it seems ...
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By Ruchir Saraf:  The floods of 2014 ravaged Kashmir, several thousand villages across the state had been hit and 390 villages had been completely submerged. The central part of Srinagar, ...
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By Christopher Dee:  “Le Fou, Le Fou!” my cousin John calls out. Some days I’m the grovelling Le Fou from Beauty and the Beast. Some days, I’m the valiant Captain ...
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By Saket Sekhsaria: Three weeks ago, I created a petition to amend laws on rape and domestic violence to gender neutral standards, which promise equal justice regardless of gender. This ...
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By Anugraha Hadke: Indians are God loving, and God fearing people. We are constantly looking for ways to please the Almighty, good Karma et al. Sadly, in this quest for ...
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By Emma Thomas and Anne Pederson: The recent controversy around certain football fans incessantly booing Adam Goodes has sparked collective soul-searching as we struggle to distinguish the line between racism ...
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By Uzma Shamim: The recent report released by the National Commission for Women states that there were ; 57 cases were registered at the office premises while 469 cases were ...
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By Shubhankar Verma for Cake:  I was with my parents in the car, heading to the mall, tossing my phone between my palms, slowly and slowly growing ignorant to the commotion ...
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By Annesha Ghosh:  In any modern society, expansion of infrastructure is regarded as the most indisputable sign of progress. To a greater number of the populace of Kolkata, however, this ...
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By Shruti Sonal:  Nobody had heard of Zuber Ahmed Khan, an average Mumbaikar having a wife and two children, before the news of his arrest came out a few days ...
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Two years after her wedding in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Bhanu (left), then 17, swallowed sleeping pills and tried to kill herself. Kriti Bharti (right), a psychologist, helped Bhanu (her name has been changed for this story) annul her marriage to a 55-year-old barber, who allegedly paid her grandfather a marriage fee of two lakh rupees. Image source: indiaspend.com

By Devanik Saha: On a cold December day in Jodhpur, 2014, Bhanu, 17, suddenly collapsed. Her parents rushed her to the hospital where doctors said their daughter—a married woman—had attempted ...
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By Nandini Mazumder: In India, the debate around sex work is often convoluted between that of, legalization, abolition and an in-between demand for decriminalization. Opinions oscillate between- sex cannot be ...
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By Abhishek Jha:  The National Career Services portal launched by the Prime Minister ran into controversy a couple of days ago when it was found that it had listed jobs ...
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By Mandira Kar for Cake:  The last alphabet of LGBTQIA+ is the least discussed topic in the gender/sexuality circle and is as good as invisible. The “A” in the acronym stands ...
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By Uzma Shamim: Editorial Note: As the World Breastfeeding Week comes to an end, we examine why breastfeeding in public spaces is frowned upon. The Breastfeeding Week’s theme, this year, ...
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By Vaagisha Das:  Although India is a leading producer and exporter of vaccines, the country is home to one-third of the world’s unimmunised children. However, this is apparently no cause ...
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By Anjali Krishnan:  “Mom, there is something red-red in the toilet bowl! There’s something wrong with the water!” my 16 year-old cousin brother yelled, as he squished his nose to ...
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By Sinjini Sengupta: Don’t buy them blue or pink. The other day, my four year old asked, yet again: – Mum, are you sure? – Sure of what? – That ...
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By Ravitej M Prasad:  On August 5, 1914, the first traffic signal was installed at Cleveland, Ohio, as a basic red and green pair of lights, with policemen standing dangerously close ...
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By Asmita Sarkar: The Asian Centre for Human Rights reported a 336% increase in child rape cases from 2001 to 2011, in a report released by them in 2013. Even ...
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By Dave Sarabia:  Josephine Tan gives trafficked sex slaves in Kolkata hope, by offering them refuge, dignity and alternative work making soap. Her business empowers the women and gives them a ...
Fairness

By Nisha Umesh: Growing up in the United States, I would walk into my mother’s bathroom and sitting on the counter would be a tube of the cream “Fair and ...

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