Kerala government doctor goes behind the veil to teach Muslim women

A government doctor in Kerala has come under criticism on social media for taking a Polio vaccination awareness class for women from behind a veil. According to local media reports, nearly 100 women participated in the thinly veiled awareness drive conducted by a medical superintendent of the government hospital at Nileswaram in Kasargode district in North Kerala. The area has a high proportion of Muslims, which may have prompted the organizers to hang a curtain between the stage and the audience. Given that curtains are lifted before most stage programs in Kerala, Sunday’s…

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Is Bangalore safe for women? Ask me, I’m a Bengaluru hudugi

It’s amusing to see men from Bangalore share posts on Facebook about how Bangalore is a safe city. And that, what happened on New years’ was just alcohol-induced. Firstly, dear men of Bangalore, hold that thought. Would you care to ask a woman how she feels, before you post another status on Facebook? I’m a Bangalorean, I was born here, and lived here all my life. I am as Bangalorean as  and I can tell you this: I do not feel safe in the city. Not a decade ago, not…

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Allahabad High Court says Triple Talaq ‘unconstitutional’

The Allahabad High Court has today said ‘triple talaq’ or the divorcing of women under Islamic laws — is unconstitutional in Indian law. The provision “violates women’s rights” and no personal law board is above the Indian constitution, the court said while hearing a petition filed by a Muslim woman from Bulandshahr. The constitution of India assures all citizens of equal rights and triple talaq, which more or less allows any man to divorce his wife by uttering ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ is a violation of this principle. The constitution of…

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Kerala’s Nirbhaya case forces rethink on reliance on Bangladeshi migrants

The latest horror story to come out of Kerala has forced residents in this largely peaceful state to rethink their reliance on migrants — mostly from Bangladesh — for carrying out labour-intensive projects. Over the last five days, gruesome details have emerged about how a law student was raped, tortured and killed in the afternoon right inside her home. UNPRECEDENTED VIOLENCE The body of the girl, Jisha, was found on April 28. Her injuries totalled 38, including some very deep bites that penetrated the flesh considerably. Both her shoulders were…

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TERI – Ashok Chawla is new chairman, RK Pachauri to go on leave

The Governing Council of TERI appointed former finance secretary Ashok Chawla as its new chairman and said RK Pachauri will be on leave. “Dr. R.K. Pachauri, who had been at the Head of the Institute since 1982 will be on leave from TERI, TERI Governing Council, and TERI University till this is reviewed by the Governing Council given the subjudice nature of the matter,” the energy and environment research institute said. Pachauri has been allegations of sexual misconduct. Ashok Chawla, former Finance Secretary to the Government of India and former…

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Supreme Court sends notice to Center on Muslim divorce laws in India

The Supreme Court today sent notice to the central government in a case based on a complaint by a Muslim woman that the divorce laws applied to her in India are not in conformity with the concept of gender equality promised by the Indian constitution. The court today sought the Union Government’s reply on questions including whether the Muslim Personal Law as applied in India violates the fundamental principle of equality for both genders and specifically, whether the divorce proceedings contained in it unfairly discriminate against women. In addition to…

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Centre to push for 50% reservation for women in Panchayat elections

The government today said that it will push amendments for increasing to 50 per cent the reservation for women in Panchayats from 33 percent in the coming Budget session of Parliament. The move comes even as a bill to ensure women’s representation in the Parliament continues to languish for lack of political support. Speaking at a National Workshop here on ‘Implementation of PESA Act: Issues and way forward’, Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Birender Singh said though some States had provided 50 per cent reservation to…

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Pramod Mutalik calls “urgent press conference” on Love Jihad

Love Jihad may not bring the rosiest memories for the Bharatiya Janata Party, but some of its supporters are definitely in no mood ‘abandon’ the cause. Pramod Mutalik, chief of Sri Ramasene — the organisation that became famous for attacking women in a beer parlour in Mangalore — will address an “urgent press conference” on the “national issue of Love Jihad” on Friday in Mumbai. An invite for the same was sent to the media by the “Hindu Janajagruti Samiti” or Hindu Awakening Council. Love Jihad, or love war, is…

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Half of Indian brides are underage – report

Close to half of India’s girls are married before the age of 18, and one in five is married even before she turns 15, a report by Dasra, a philanthropic foundation, said. According to the report, India accounts for 40% of the world’s 60 million child marriages, which is the highest share globally. Pakzan Dastoor, Advisory Research Manager at Dasra mentioned, “There are multiple issues when a girl is married early such as end of her education, health risks, domestic violence, early childbirth and even death while giving birth. Whereas…

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