2018 has truly been the year of speaking up. From the debate over breastfeeding in public at the beginning of the year, to the second, much bigger wave of #MeToo and the landmark judgements passed by the Supreme Court – the Youth Ki Awaaz community has been a loud voice of reason.
As we usher in the new year, here’s a look back at the most read stories on Youth Ki Awaaz that sparked debate, positive conversations and was read by tens of thousands of people.
I was also receiving messages from a whole lot of people, telling me that they can fix MD/MS seats even before the results could come.
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Is marriage just another business?
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From battling depression to coming out to her parents through a letter, she has had a difficult, but inspiring journey.
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Those movies had a message, and so do I. I say to all women – speak up, say no to abuse, say no to oppression, share your stories, and do not let men overpower you.
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The best-kept secret about the practice perhaps is what happens to these children after the festival.
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My body was largely made up of trials, errors and incorrect ideas that I only addressed once it was too late.
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We should stop treating children committing crimes in isolation from how we are raising them in the first place
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In light of what actually happens in villages, I would say that the SC/ST Act is not used at all. Maybe the educated elite of the cities misuse it, but what about the downtrodden people in the villages who do not even know of the existence of such laws?
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How can people who prey on an 8-year-old girl for the satisfaction of their psychopathic sexual desires, and the people who support them and then take refuge in nationalism, have love for the motherland?
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Long after I had given the negative feedback, the pick-up employee beat me up severely and told me he would make me disappear instantly.
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The Malayalam magazine ‘Grihalakshmi’ took a bold stand by featuring a model breastfeeding a baby on its cover. The cover sparked a nationwide debate. We asked the Youth Ki Awaaz community what they felt about the issue of breastfeeding in public, and the ‘Grihalakshmi’ cover. Here’s a look at some of the responses.
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“I don’t see any good in that unseen, dubious moksha achieved after the huge suffering and pain of a kanyadaan. I cannot even imagine abstaining from my daughters for a lifetime.”
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out in December 2012 in support of Jyoti Singh aka Nirbhaya and called her Bharat ki Beti. Is Asifa not Bharat ki Beti for him?
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I think if I met Mahima now, things might go a lot differently between us, because she’s still a really special person, and I’m a lot more sorted in my lifestyle and priorities. My whole life is less chaotic because I’ve grown up too.
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It was just another regular Sunday. I took an auto from my hostel to the Hauz Khas metro station where
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The doctor knew from our faces what we were going through and told us that we had not committed any crime.
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Before we ask men to stop pulling women back, let’s support and choose each other based on capabilities and not gender.
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This movie (read, music video) shows typically high-class women (read, people) doing everything they want because they are loaded with money. That’s all that it’s about.
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Here cometh a this man-all drunk and horny. He can’t stand straight and blabs something quietly to a girl in the first seat. And then…
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I consented to this relationship. I love my Kashmiri Muslim man with all that I’ve got. My love is my personal choice, none of anybody’s business.
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This is a sassy opinionated piece garnished with some statistical evidence to inspire intellects and perhaps even ignite some much-needed
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The experiences in these cities were beset with racism, discrimination and ignorance. Whether or not you feel gloomy, the weather always will be.
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For most women living in shelters, there is often no difference between having that roof over your head and sleeping on the roadside.
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I was young, alone in a big metro, no relatives or parents whose shoulder I could cry on and definitely no friend because to everyone else I had somehow and most undeservedly got hold of the best man on the planet.
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Whatever “Sacred Games” has succeeded in, it has also succeeded in opening a whole new valve that will now normalise sexual intercourse – and that’s always a good thing.
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Social morality cannot be used to violate the fundamental rights of even a single individual. Constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality.
After the landmark judgement, stories from young Indians poured in on the platform with messages of celebration and hope. Check them out here.
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We asked people to contribute a story about a sexual experience they couldn’t forget – awful or awesome or ho-hum – in this anonymous form.
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Priyanka Chopra was recently trolled and received heavy criticism on Twitter for playing an FBI agent foiling the plot of Hindu terrorists.
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Your words, your stories have undeniable power, and we hope you use this power to make the world better in 2019.