posted on 28 January, 2016

Is the fate of the girl child in India changing?

In a country where, child sex ratio has declined from 945 in 1991 to 914 in 2011, the significance of the National Girl Child Day, observed and commemorated on 24th of January every year, cannot be overemphasised. Subsequently, the observance of this day, earmarked for raising awareness abo...

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posted on 30 December, 2015

Highlights of the year 2015 in India

The Republic Day Parade This year’s Republic Day parade saw the US President, Barack Obama gracing the function as our country’s first ever international chief guest. This event also saw an all-women contingent march down Rajpath, making it the first time ever that we saw wo...

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posted on 11 December, 2015

Why are we ashamed of Menstruation?

Menstruating women are impure and so they should not go to temples during their periods - As absurd as this seems, it is a common belief in our country. Many such myths lead to taboos, which in turn result in discrimination against women. Hence, menstruation is associated with shame and peo...

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posted on 10 December, 2015

What is the story behind menstrual myths?

Shock and shame – this is how most women in south Asia remember the onset of their menstrual cycle, and it changes their world entirely. The greatest irony is that menstruation is absolutely essential for survival and perpetuation of humankind, but most societies don’t want to d...

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posted on 06 November, 2015

Reacting V/S Responding - Why do we regress when it comes to Rape?

"Rape is nobody's fault but one has to dress desirably" Why is this statement wrong? Arguably, there are two very wrong claims in this comment - one that rape is "nobody's fault", and that one has to "dress desirably" so that nothing such as rape happens. Every time an incidence...

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posted on 05 November, 2015

Fight Dowry, not 498A

One woman dies every hour due to dowry harassment in India. * The anti-dowry harassment law (498A) has helped women gain confidence to come and report domestic abuse, but there has been an increasing anger towards it. As the debate continues on the use and misuse of it, we decided to as...

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posted on 02 November, 2015

8 reactions to ridiculous headlines

Many times in a newspaper, we've come across headlines that put victims of sexual crimes in a very poor, judgemental light by the media. Its precedence is set in such a way that it seems like the victim was at fault for provoking the perpetrator of the crime, even though they are not. W...

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posted on 30 October, 2015

An ode to people who blame the victim

If you were walking on the road and suddenly a dog or a pack of dogs attacked you; to Whom would you blame? The dog or yourself? Obviously you would blame the dog, as you were just peacefully minding your own business. Now, what if people around you who heard of your plight, blamed you?...

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posted on 28 October, 2015

Monthly experiences that are too embarrassing to share

“Stop PMSing!” “You and your mood swings!” How many times have you said or heard these statements? Too often would be true. Our society tends to mask menstruation behind banal and trivial comments. Women on their period are stigmatised and are made to believe t...

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posted on 23 October, 2015

How Bangalore is tackling gender bias, one school at a time

“Girls shouldn’t wear short skirts and boys shouldn’t be weak.” What do you think is wrong with this statement? Or do you think there is nothing wrong at all? We have come to a stage where two year old girls are being raped and more than 42% girls are abused ...

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