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Pro-life or pro-women’s rights?

Bijayalaxmi Nanda tracks some of the prominent debates surrounding two critical legislations, dealing with gender-biased sex selection and abortion respectively, and points to the commonalities in recommendations made by the apparently contradictory camps.

Women's Health Gender Laws and Policy

Must women play football in sarees?
Women in India have continually faced restrictions on how they dress, whether it is on wearing jeans to college or sports gear on the fields. Shoma Chatterji looks at this persistent trend of sartorial repression and urges women to reject such diktats.
Opinions Women opinions Society

Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows
Widows in India have lived on the margins of society for decades but the intervention of NGO Sulabh International, led by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has brought new hope and colour in their lives. Ramesh Menon reports on one of the first celebrations in their new-found lives.
Society Human Rights

What to expect when you watch the most talked-about film today
Though based on strong reporting, India’s Daughter remains restricted in its scope, and even strays from its purported objective, thanks to a very pronounced colonial supremacist gaze, writes Shoma Chatterji in a dispassionate review that cuts through the noise.
Reviews Films Gender Violence

Give us the strength!
Tara Krishnaswamy takes a brutally honest and incisive look at Indian society to argue why far from being banned, India’s Daughter – the BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 rape and murder in a Delhi bus – should actually be made compulsory viewing for the Indian audience.
OP-ED Gender Violence Society Human Rights

The strange tale of the 'son' who wasn't!
Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, a recently-released feature film, exposes the shocking depths of insanity to which a father may be driven by his obsession with a male heir. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film, underlining the brutal, patriarchal society that it lays bare.
Reviews Films Gender and Media

Ain't no mountain high enough!
Nungshi and Tashi Malik from Dehradun have created history as the only twin sisters in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks across the seven continents. Surekha Kadapa-Bose brings us the story of their feat in the face of myriad odds.
People Society

Empowering rural women: Moving beyond 50 percent
April 2015 elections to Karnataka’s gram panchayats will see a high representation of women, given 50 percent reservation at all tiers, but how can one ensure real authority for women in local governance? The recently proposed amendments to the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act may hold some answers.
Panchayats Government Authority

When tribal India too begins to favour its sons
Tribal societies and groups belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in India are traditionally known to have been relatively gender-unbiased, but recent reports and statistics point to a deteriorating child sex ratio in these communities, too. Shambhu Ghatak analyses the findings.
Population Caste

Where dignity is the first and most pressing need
While debates over legalisation of sex work and rehabilitation of women in the trade continue without much tangible impact, sex workers themselves carry on the fight to win legitimacy, safety and social security. Pushpa Achanta brings us some voices from the twilight zone.
Gender Law and Policy Society

How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
A recent UGC-sponsored seminar on the incidence of cyber crime, hosted in Kolkata, drew attention to the safeguards to be adopted as also the right procedure to be followed in order to obtain redress. Amrita Mukherjee reports.
Law and Order Laws Media Society

Sterilisation deaths: What’s new, after all?
The death of 14 women in Chhattisgarh following botched sterilisation procedures has rightfully led to furore across the country. But a detailed, historical analysis of family planning as it has evolved, by Shoma A Chatterji, exposes an inherent and sustained gender bias in policy as well as practice.
Health Laws and Governance Women's Health Society

The many battles that Kashmiri female cops fight
A female police inspector from J&K, deployed in a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, has recently won a prestigious international award. Yet, her story holds little meaning for fellow women officers back home who fight social stigma, poor pay and gender bias at work every day. Shazia Yousuf reports.
Law and Order J & K

Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws
What it means to be old and alone in the city
Surrogacy: The real picture
Why an abused employee feels let down by the judiciary
Women along the LoC: Battling climate change and landmines
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
A law to help women, but who is enforcing it?
What surrogate parenting entails in India
Mass marriages to prevent abuse: 550 and counting!
When a Dalit family approaches the police
The women left behind
Tales of the excluded
Left to languish in a foreign country
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
To deliver on health, understand it first
The trauma never ends!
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
The tale of an acid-attack survivor
Female and fearful In Mamata’s Bengal
An unequal disaster in the land of Chipko
Delhi, through women's eyes
Why women in this village can't cook dal
Ringing the bell against VAW
Industrial Tribunal verdict raises hope
Chronicling the tears of Kashmiri women
The way ahead for women
What happened to Tomar's daughter?
Renaming Nakusa
Banding together, for their rights
Work is life
Setting their own paths
'Laws are a springboard'
Righting the wrongs in divorce law
Hidden behind a modest restaurant, decades of worth
Recognising the 'work' in sex work
What is a homemaker worth?
Going through with their pregnancies
Prayers answered: women enter Vaishnavite monastery
From fields to a BPO in 6 months
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story
Blast bole and bloom together?
Boxing their way forward
Saved by the women
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
Lakshadweep's Muslim women conquer the Earth
Securing live-in relationships
"Just let a woman be"
When a woman conducts the Nikah
Dismal breastfeeding rates hampering infant health
Skip the loo, my darling
Looking back at Hum Log
Looking back at Hum Log
A change in an inhuman tradition
Films from the fields
Work matters
NREGA shines for Tripura women
Karma Sutra
Diary of the displaced
Women warriors of the sea
No country for women
Girls count
What policies can inspire men?
A day in the life of a dhandewali
Dress code wars continue
"Every house should be a woman's organisation"
From silence to voice, taking stock
Living off prostitution
Invisible women
Unrecognised heroines
A world without women
The POTA families of Godhra
The 'invisible' half
Rigorous road to rehabilitation
Community work making brothels safer
Fighting eve-teasing: rights and remedy
Adivasi women turn turmeric traders
Grounded till thirty
Guns and widows
Linkages between HIV-AIDS and gender violence
"I need my land, not money."
A rural B-school for women
Maid to suffer
Sex trade thrives in conflict-ridden Manipur
Super-moms of suicide country
Land titles don't come easy for farm widows
No place for single women
Women of U.P., unite!
Katta panchayats denying relief to women
Devadasis uniting to end 'dedications'
Rapist to victim: will you marry me?
'Gendered' health
Premature menopause risks rising: study
The tale of three widows
A storehouse of untapped potential
Training the millions left behind
Chhatisgarh's ray of hope
A mirage, in the guise of a law
An opportunity and a necessity
Making menopause easier
A suggestion for Munnabhai
Morning-after pills seized in Chennai
Less than half a voice
Our own Personal Law Board
Forced departures
Foeticide journeys
A marriage of her choice
Parenthood sans prejudices
Whose family, whose land?
Behind the lessening of true potential
'Poster' women
Through the eyes of women filmmakers
Girls without power
Educating Mr. Modi
Orissa's draft resettlement policy is promising
Older women in the city
Testimonies of harassment
The silence around sex work
Dialogue of equivocation
Women speak out
Who cries when mothers die?
Neidonuo Angami, mother of peace
Good girls don't drink
Learning to be leaders
Gender Revolution, after White Revolution
Women in the audience
Mothers of the Earth
Restructuring society, post-tsunami
A newborn's first right
Are girl students safe?
Suryanelli verdict : justice overturned?
Gendered tsunami
A self-help success story
Working in the world : Chingrajpara's women
Sania's sisters
Peacing Assam together
Women's force for peace
Invisible sportswomen
New woman on top
Moving beyond the Koran
Young flesh in the trade
Gudiya's choice
Her mind, her country
Deeper resolve brings them water
More than the letter of the law
Not just a matter of choice
Instant justice
"Never" on the agenda
Raw deal for women journalists
Disempowering forest management
New govt's population control thrust
Can science be women-friendly?
Sense and nonsense
Gender - a Left priority
Talk: Status of Indian women's rights
One village, one computer
Migration, agriculture and women
The silent revolution
Sex ratio: the hidden horrors
Time to reflect and celebrate
Artiste and activist
To make Kashmir smile
This irony beacons hope
Burqa-clad and empowered
A few good women
A failure of ethics and legislation
Latur : a long journey
Gaining ground on mental health
A tale of two trains
Gender norms worsen AIDS scenario
Men and rape prevention
Looking back, looking forward
Stemming campus violence
Something is changing
Rape and Delhi's urban environment
Hundred years of battle
By choice and circumstance
Women's Ways of Seeing
Bollywood's 'homely' heroines
Grounded at fifty
Flowers aren't enough
Girls get going
Making space for her in litigation
A cultural deficit
Must boys tease girls?
Budget, Women & The Yawning Gap
Winning the Obstacle Race
Stress in the sunshine sector
A man for all times
The Global Beck and Call Service
Another kind of war
Marriage – A retail outlet
The Railway Women
Technology Transforms Rural Women
Disparities in Inequality
Mental health, administrative disorder
Dignity though Papad making
Burning aspirations
The condom, the moon and the finger
Seven markers for gender balance
Why a dress code? Why only women?
Warrior Women of Coorg

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