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20 April 2014
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SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE
Digging deeper into the law

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 aims to create safer workplaces for women in particular. However, as Anagha Sarpotdar points out, without deeper discussion and interpretation of its provisions, prevention of abuse at workplaces may remain a pipe dream.

Gender Laws and Policy Work+Life

WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT
Casting couch vs workplace abuse: A thin line
The proverbial casting couch phenomenon has been a reality over the years since women made their foray into the world of films and entertainment. As the industry joins in celebrating Women’s Day, Shoma Chatterji explores if more of its women remain victims, rather than complicit 'sinners'.
Films Gender and Media

MUZAFFARNAGAR AFTERMATH
Mass marriages to prevent abuse: 550 and counting!
Much has been written on the inhuman atrocities inflicted on women during the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar and the deplorable conditions in the relief camps. Saumya Uma draws attention beyond these to how the violence has robbed women of their basic rights and voices in myriad ways.
U.P. Justice Gender Violence

CASTE REALITIES
When a Dalit family approaches the police
The oppression of the Dalit community, and especially its women, by upper caste society is still widely prevalent in Rasulpura village of Rajasthan’s Ajmer district. Shirish Khare visits the village to find that the agents of law are often equally discriminatory.
Law and Order Land Society

RURAL MIGRATION
The women left behind
Across rural India, the phenomenon of migration creates an entire class of women left behind to fend for themselves in the face of increased vulnerability to neglect, discrimination and psychological as well as physical abuse. Puja Awasthi highlights their plight.
Livelihood Gender Violence Poverty

GENDER MINORITIES
Tales of the excluded
The recent judicial pronouncement criminalising homosexuality has created quite a furore, but in reality those with limited or no interaction with people of alternative sexual orientation have only a vague idea of their continuous struggle and challenges. Pushpa Achanta brings us two poignant narratives.
Gender Violence Culture Human Rights

NON-NATIVE UNDERTRIALS
Left to languish in a foreign country
The deficiencies in the prison system, especially from a human rights perspective, are many and grave, but the plight of non-native inmates calls for special focus, writes Ruchika Nigam.
Justice Laws Human Rights

CLIMATE ACTION PLANS
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
Initiatives that do not factor in climate resilience and related gender concerns cannot address development challenges, but the manner in which state-level climate action plans are being implemented shows these are yet to become electoral planks. Aditi Kapoor reports.
Climate Environment

GENDER JUSTICE
Rape laws have changed, but what about the judiciary?
Laws addressing sexual violence may have changed in India, but with judicial response mired in scepticism and age-old attitudes towards rape survivors, there is little hope for justice. In conversation with Pamela Philipose, noted lawyer Vrinda Grover exposes the contradictions in the legal system.
Justice Gender Violence Gender Law and Policy

REMEMBRANCE
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
At a time when the position of women in India and their struggles in society are at the centre of public attention, it seems apt to invoke the legacy of one who was truly the pioneer of women's studies and activism in the country. Shoma A Chatterji pays tribute to Vina Mazumdar.
Society

HEALTH DEFINITIONS
To deliver on health, understand it first
Medical services are today driven by needs and definitions out of sync with the realities of the masses. In conversation with Pamela Philipose, health activist Imrana Qadeer argues why health should be seen through the prism of the various structural components of society - caste, class and gender.
Public Health Women's Health Society

SCIENCE CAREERS
Where did all the women go?
Vineeta Bal, a former member of the Prime Minister's task force for Women in Science under the Department of Science and Technology, explores the status of women scientists in India in a freewheeling conversation with Pamela Philipose.
Girls' Education Work+Life Society

RAPE SURVIVORS
The trauma never ends!
Incidents of sexual violence against women arouse transient societal awakening and state rhetoric, but beyond that there is little active effort. As schemes for rehabilitation rot in cold storage, Vinita A Shetty throws light on all that can be done to make life easier for survivors.
Justice Gender Violence
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