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By Abheet Singh Sethi: With controversy continuing over the ban on India’s Daughter, a documentary on the Delhi rape case of December 2012, what has not been discussed as much is the record of our judicial system in prosecuting such ...
women in military

By Chaitanya Mallapur: Women have now served in India’s armed forces for 88 years, but despite their recent prominence, they hold only temporary ten-year jobs, are not allowed on fighting ships, fighter planes and other combat units, and make up ...
i dance

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By Komal Singh for Youth Ki Awaaz: Dance is an expression of our inner freedom. Our inner voice. A voice that cannot be stifled. Why I Dance from Why I Dance Film on Vimeo. This video isn’t just about pole ...
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By Akhila Nagar: What happens to the issues of women’s security when a Parliament with only 11% representation of women sits down to formulate the Union Budget? Nothing. While policy reforms catering to an international audience such as a threefold ...
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Submitted Anonymously: Menstruation was a very confusing experience for me when I was growing up. The reason I term it ‘confusing’ is because just after my menarche, my mother had an open discussion with me about it. She sat me ...
Contraceptives at the anganwadi on Mamta Diwas.

By Savvy Soumya Misra: “Agar biwi bolegi toh karwa loonga”, (If my wife tells me I will get it done) says Dashrathi Mullick on a little prodding. Dashrathi is talking about vasectomy. He was taken aback when I asked him ...
sexual abuse

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Submitted Anonymously: Last year in August, my paternal grandfather (dada) passed away. I was shocked at the pure occurrence of this eventuality translating into a reality; an end, that all members of my family had been waiting for. In November ...
Kiran Bedi BJP

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People change, their careers, views, political positions, religious affiliations might change. Kiran Bedi can also change. Her entry into the ambit of Bharatiya Janata Party has created an uproar on social media with all her old tweets being shared, discussed ...
eve teasing

By Nishtha Vyas: A curious paradox is that we Indians, who are born nosy, have high levels of apathy and hesitation towards molestation or eve-teasing of any sort. Sure, we are an opinionated lot, with a fair share of knowledge ...
marriage

By Archeeta Pujari: Congratulations! You’ve just turned 18! You’re an adult now! An exciting journey of exploration and responsibility lies ahead of you…You can now legally participate in the democratic process of your country, you can drive on the road ...

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By Pratichi Mahapatra: “I was 11 when my grandmother told me that I could not enter the kitchen during my periods. I wondered why, given it was already quite disgusting to be conscious about blood oozing out of your body ...
VAW

By Kainat Sarfaraz: “As I sat hunched over a stove in the kitchen, he came in from behind, splayed my back with kerosene oil, threw in a lighted match and ran away.” (Source) This isn’t a one-off story and happens ...
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By Akshaya Kumar Biswal: Recently, I was in Dhenkanal discussing about domestic violence with one of the vigilance groups supported by our partner organisation. We discussed about dowry and domestic violence and its legal implications. During the discussion, Indira Mohanty, ...
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By Zehra Kazmi: Mardaangi. Manliness. Masculinity. One in three men don’t allow their partner to wear certain clothes and one in five agree with the statement, “When my wife/partner wears things to make herself look beautiful, I think she may ...
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By Suraiya Tabassum: For as long as I can remember, applying for educational institutions, jobs, bank accounts, driving licenses or for official documents, requires filling up forms with a column specifying the father’s name for the purpose of identification. It’s ...
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By Krishangi Singh: In 2012, the high profile Nirbhaya rape case made our nation question women safety in public transportation. Back then, the state responded by cancelling over 2500 permits of contract carriages and chartered buses due to fake address ...
violence against women

By Shambhavi Saxena: December 16th, 2012 was a tipping point. The anger and outrage empowered many to take a stand in their personal lives, to call out against sexual violence, and hold the concerned authorities accountable. Two years hence, the ...
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By Anju Anna John: What do Ramayana, Mahabharata, the medieval age and the post-Independent India have in common? Glaring examples of patriarchy and violence against women! In an ideal world, we would not have to work on the status of ...
domestic-violence

By Oxfam India: Alcoholic and violent husbands like Himanshu are found in abundance in Azamgarh, a place with a very high rate of unemployment. Here, women who gather the courage to say no for the sake of themselves and their ...
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By Oxfam India: For six years of my married life, I tried to surrender to social customs which demanded that I bear every insult heaped on me by my husband and in-laws. However, once I realized that I had the right ...
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By Oxfam India: There was a time when I was too timid to even verbally protest against my abusive husband. But after struggling for a long time, I have now ensured a good life for my daughter and me. Today, ...
marriage

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By Oxfam India: Was it even a real marriage? I have asked myself this question a hundred times a day in the past two years. The one year period of engagement before my marriage was blissfully spent; my fiancé remained ...

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