Germaine Greer’s rosy views about the place of Indian women in society raised objections from many who attended her lectures in Mumbai
First, the good news. The number of married girls in Haryana—a state with one of India’s worst sex ratios–aged less than 18 years decreased 16 percentage points over 13 years (from 57% to 41%). One reason why this happened is a government scheme, Apni Beti Apni Dhan (Your […]
If China wishes to increase its future labor force, it needs to exploit its own diversity in reproductive preferences by letting women choose their own family size, including going beyond two children if they so desire.
There were 1.3 million deaths of children under five in India in 2013 – accounting for one fifth of global child mortality. While access to health care plays a large part in these individual tragedies, other factors such as domestic violence also have a significant impact. My new research […]
The universities at which the superstar astronomer worked defended his sleazy habits for over three decades just to reap the benefits of his scientific pursuits, in exchange for their integrity.
While administrative and governance matters were handled by gram panchayats, an army of frontline, primarily female workers did the actual influencing.
An otherwise backward Bihar has witnessed a remarkable surge in female MLAs over the last decade.
Yes, justice must be served. But let’s not forget that the victim’s empowerment is also a part of that justice.
For the first time in its 75 year history, Sursagar Society, run by the first family of the Dilli Gharana, has put together an all-female ensemble of singers.
Part of the story here is that high-status male breadwinners are more comfortable expressing feelings of overwork, because their higher incomes mean they can afford to earn less.
In her first foray into translation, Justice Prabha Sridevan has brought R. Chudamani’s ordinary heroines to an English-speaking audience.
British missionaries hated the sari; US feminists would ban the burqa. Why do empires care so much about women’s clothes?
The Board has given its approval to a practice considered abhorrent and illegal by the Quran
Who and what are marriage and sex for? Whose practices and which ways of talking to god can count as religion?
The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Centre on the larger issue of non-implementation of the National Food Security Act.
The criminal case against the driver will carry on in India.
The process of female sexualisation under male dominance demands women dress and act in particular ways, and then proceeds to punish them when they do.
The last thing we need is for reproductive decisions to be dictated by base motives that pit ‘us’ against ‘them’ and for women’s bodies to be used to wage a proxy war in which the only winner is ugly sectarianism.
UNICEF findings suggest that almost two-thirds of all maternal deaths occur in tribal communities; despite this, policymakers have been slow to recognise the need for targeted policies to address this problem
The suspension of two college girls in a prosperous, highly literate small town showcases India’s struggles with female independence and offers some clues to their low workplace presence.
A new report asks what needs to be done to bring about the greater presence of women in the police forces of India and South Asia
95.5 per cent poor women have not even heard of the Muslim Personal Law Board Contrary to the belief that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board—an NGO—is considered the highest decision making body on personal law by Muslims in the country, a survey has revealed that 95.5 per […]
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Born on August 15, 1915, the author, scriptwriter and non-conformist continues to confound us a century later
Even when limited to discrimination, sexism in Indian science causes the loss of half its intellectual capital; in its much more extreme avatar of sexual harassment, it invariably leads to the victim’s career getting compromised.
Under fire from some women’s organisations for equating prostitution with rape, Swati Maliwal says she only sought to highlight the brutal ordeals of trafficked women in the capital’s red light areas.
Trafficking has risen sharply after the earthquake in Nepal with girls and women being lured into the sex trade by gangs on the false promise of providing jobs or through the enticement of marriage
Now, more than ever before, our experience of cyberspace is subsumed by images and videos. ‘Twitpic or it didn’t happen’ isn’t just a catchy slogan; it’s become a way for us to mediate the world.
Amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act have been hanging fire for some time now, jeopardising the access to safe abortions for lakhs of Indian women
The Supreme Court leaves us with a situation where a woman demonstrates her freedom by choosing to appear for the medical exam without the veil, and should she refuse to do so she is solely responsible for her disbarment
A Kerala government poverty eradication mission facilitates microcredit and promotes entrepreneurship through women’s self-help groups
Construction of toilets in rural Rajasthan has changed the lives of women in the villages
Sharp divisions between women’s groups are obvious but more are now open for a wider debate in the wake of newer evidence
Women athletes have had to fight not just their opponents but also callous administrators and social prejudices
Networks and mentors go a long way in working around bureaucracy, and female scientists feels men have much stronger networks that they can tap into
The June 23 order of Justice P. Devadass directing the rapist to go for mediation had triggered a controversy
The paternalism inherent in Indian society prevails even over seemingly “progressive” campaigns to promote the girl child
New Delhi: With St Stephen’s College engulfed in a raging controversy over the sexual harassment of a research student who has also accused it of efforts to hush up the incident, women’s groups have stepped up their campaign for the resignation of the renowned educational institution’s head. Even […]
The first of its kind since 1932, results from the Socio Economic and Caste Census launched in 2011 were flagged off today
What is the point of taking selfies with your girls when you’re also responsible for creating the most toxic environment for them to grow up in?