THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
31 July 2014
THE RAPE EPIDEMIC
In search of the missing link

Indifference, impatience, aggression and denial have been among the common responses to rape as a multi-layered problem. In the concluding part of her article, Ammu Joseph draws attention to all that fosters a culture of violence against women in our society and why it is unamenable to hasty remedies.

Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Women

TAPAS PAL CONTROVERSY
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.
Government Laws Women

PREVENTING RAPE
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
Every case of sexual violence that becomes a cause celebre gives rise to earnest calls for action which often yield some results. But limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of this deep-rooted problem have clearly not worked, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.
Ammu Joseph Justice Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Women

BREAKING STEREOTYPES
The women who choose petrol over perfume
Comprised of over 350 students, professionals, homemakers from across the country, Bikerni is the first all-female motorcycle association of India. Surekha Kadapa-Bose brings us the stories of this group that has been charting new horizons for women to follow.
Work+Life Women

MANUAL SCAVENGING
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Despite the enactment of a law prohibiting the casteist and deplorable practice of manual scavenging, many continue to labour in the profession in the face of neglect, deprivation and indignity. Pushpa Achanta draws attention to the injustice meted out to manual scavengers and other sanitary workers.
Sanitation Laws Caste Human Rights

LEGAL GAMBLING
How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Financial irregularities, a probable political conflict of interest and unsavoury social impact have thrown a cloud over the potential of Sikkim’s casino industry, once envisioned to attract revenues for the state from gaming tourism. Soumik Dutta reports.
Tourism Government States

SECTION 66A
Facebook arrests: Could you be next in line?
The increasing application of the loosely framed Section 66A of the IT Act and consequent police action raises a critical concern. Tanvi Bhatikar finds that its frequent clubbing with laws related to other cognizable offences poses a grave threat to the freedom of all citizens.
Justice Laws

NOTES FROM VARANASI
Voices Modi and Kejriwal must listen to, beyond the noise
Days before the much-hyped showdown between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi, Prabhu Mallikarjunan pays a visit to the holy city to know more about the loyalties and concerns of people on the ground.
Cities Elections Government U.P.

BOOKS
The economics of a strong democracy
Holding trust brought forth by equality of individuals as a critical foundation for a strong democracy, Shankar Jaganathan discusses the postulates of two recent academic publications that add to the important discourse on the issue of inequality.
Economy Reviews Books

OP-ED
A scheme for a better parliament
Though the quality and calibre of our representatives in Parliament, and consequently its functioning, has often come under a cloud, options for induction of apolitical talent in Parliament are limited. P V Rajeev envisions a scheme that could make it possible.
Government opinions OP-ED People

TIBETANS’ RIGHT TO VOTE
“What about our dreams of a free Tibet?”
The Election Commission of India has ordered states to include children of Tibetan refugees born in India between 1950 and 1987 in the electoral rolls. Ramesh Menon finds that even as they acknowledge India’s gesture, the right to vote creates a dilemma for them and leaves them with mixed emotions.
Elections People

TRIBUTE
Thank you, Khushwant-ji
As readers and admirers celebrate the many memories left behind by the grand old man of Indian journalism and writing, Shoma Chatterji pays a touching, personal tribute to the inimitable Khushwant Singh.
People Books
FLESH TRADE
Bodies for sale, by men too
Male prostitution, both forced and voluntary, is a reality that is often forgotten in the discourse on gender rights and issues. Tejaswini Pagadala throws light on the lives of male sex workers in the country.
Gender Violence
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