The move towards this legislation comes after the murder of Qandeel Baloch, who pushed the boundaries of acceptability for women in Pakistan.
In order for things to change, say women’s rights activists, a social and legal overhaul is needed – where the focus is the woman rather than the accused.
“If you ask me, I’d say watch out for women over 40, they really get haughty, not naughty. I think society and regulations write them off. Nobody wants to invest in old people.”
The women and child development minister has responded to a petition by a single mother seeking a passport for her daughter without the name of her husband, who deserted them years ago.
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A petition created by a woman whose husband abandoned her and her daughter has encouraged others to share similar experiences, all highlighting archaic and gender-biased rules.
Far from determining any legal violation, on each date of hearing, the court has instead directed the government to consider heavy-handed proactive censorship.
Even though women are rising up the political ladder, a culture of misogyny and objectification continues to plague their political careers.
Women customers are made to jump through hoops to get any work done at a bank – all in the name of ‘RBI rules’.
A recent case of sexual assault on a young girl with a disability made it clear that in order to get justice, you still need proactive, persistent help and friends in high places.
The German parliament toughened the sexual assault law to close loopholes which made it difficult to punish offenders when proof of violence was lacking.
The Supreme Court’s decision not to clarify NALSA’s definition of the third gender will have the unintended consequence of playing into the Hindu right’s interests.
Manik Katyal filed civil defamation suit against 36 people and intermediaries (including Facebook and Wordpress) who brought up allegations of sexual harassment against him in public forums.
The high court of Haryana and Punjab asserted that there was no doubt that gang rape had occurred during the Haryana jat agitations.
India failed to adhere to its own constitutional tenets by abstaining on the votes related to the establishment of the mandate, placing its cultural concerns above universal human rights.
With the Ministry of Home Affairs indicating that escort websites need to be blocked, India needs to aim for a more inclusive legal design for the Internet, one not driven merely by fear of recreational sex.
Married women are required to submit a marriage certificate or affidavit at the time of passport creation or renewal, and divorced women a ‘divorce deed’ even when husband’s name is not entered in passport
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The NCW’s frivolous political correctness is distorting public discourse and distracting attention from serious threats that women in India face.
Advocates of the LGBT community have appreciated the move but have said that the change has been a long time coming.
A Muslim woman will still have to go to court to secure her rights.
The court said it would examine to what extent it could interfere with Muslim personal laws, if they were found to violate the fundamental rights of citizens as enshrined in the constitution.
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“The minute you compromise, you’re neither here nor there. I’m never a supporter of creches at the workplace. Your work will be compromised.”
Kashmir has 20,000 widows and half-widows; women whose husbands were killed either by militants, state security forces or in the crossfire.
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After the events in Cologne, German lawmakers had been forced to act against issues of sexual assault.
A diverse community of people interested in kink was brought together by the advent of the Internet in India. Now, this community is thriving, but remains largely underground because of widespread stigma.
Widows have been historically discriminated against, but many are now coming together and engaging in practices they are socially excluded from to fight this discrimination.
Fifty-seven men were washed away by flash-floods on the night of June 17, 2013. All have since been declared dead by the state government.
Widows are often overlooked because they do not know their rights, or feel compelled to stay silent about the abuse they face, said Naana Otoo-Oyortey, head of women’s rights charity FORWARD.
Women for Human Rights says several discriminatory laws and policies have been amended in recent years, but campaigners say it will likely take many years for old prejudices to die out.
Hermitage, Punjab’s first de-addiction centre exclusively for women, was started because women drug users’ problems and special needs are often ignored.
The rector of the university has been arrested for abetting the crime.
Mamta Rani has already made seminal contributions to fractal modelling, and would see her work applied to the social sciences if only she could find some respite from administrative duties.
Many, including the victim’s father, believe that the recently captured suspect may not be the real criminal but has been nabbed by a police team under pressure over lapses in their response, which may have compromised the probe.
Could the rejection of Omar Mateen’s sexuality by his family and society have led him to kill 49 people at the gay night club Pulse?
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Aarathi Prasad’s new book tells how the ‘possession’ of a woman by the Goddess or a ghost is widely used in India to account for – and sadly eclipse – symptoms of psychiatric conditions.
They weren’t demanding India change its laws but when 27 foreign missions in Delhi issue a statement reaffirming their countries’ “commitment to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex citizens”, the message is clear.