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How We Name Our Girls In India – What Does It Say About Us Indians?
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The girl names we prefer in India are very telling of how we perceive women. An interesting discussion that is an eye-opener.

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Supreme Court Upholds The Death Penalty For Nirbhaya’s Rapists. Why Is This Case So Significant?
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The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for Nirbhaya's rapists, and has furthered the cause of feminism, in one baby step.

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Suja Jones & Legal Experts Tell Us Why This Child Sexual Abuse Case Needs A Closer Look
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In the recent child sexual abuse case where Pascal Mazurier was acquitted on charges of raping his own daughter, the prosecution believes they need to appeal.

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Yogi Adityanath, Your Comments On Women Are Regressive, And Not Very ‘Hindu’ Either!
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comments on women may be in the garb of 'Indian culture', but there is nothing particularly Indian or even Hindu about them.

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Dear Kriti Sanon, We’re Not ‘Done’ Talking. And Neither Should You Be
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Kriti Sanon's new video on International Women's Day went viral. But guess what? We're not done talking. We need to talk - and act!

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The Landmark Maternity Benefit Bill Passed: How We Get Here & What You Need To Do
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The proposed amendments to the Maternity Benefit Bill has been cleared by the Parliament. Now all it needs is strict ground-level implementation.

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From Trisha To Gurmehar Kaur: Why Rape Threats Are Our Favourite Way Of Shutting Women Down
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Rape threats against women, whether in the ‘real world’ or on social media, are society’s way of shutting women down when they ‘cross the line’.

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Patriarchy Lurks Behind Attacks On Women. Please Don’t Mansplain This To Me?
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Why do folks find it so hard to accept that patriarchy (and its emphasis on power) is often behind attacks on women? That it's not just 'some bad guys'?

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How Portrayal Of Mental Illness In Movies Ranges From The Offensive To The Absurd To The Realistic
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Popular cinema has been grossly irresponsible about the portrayal of mental illness in movies, but there is a growing trend towards more sensitivity.

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Why Every Female Politician Feels The Need For A ‘Sasikala’ By Her Side
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Female politicians, unlike men in power, don't usually have a spouse to handle everything for them. Instead, female friends are critical to their lives.

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One Doesn’t Need To Be A Jayalalithaa Fangirl To Applaud Her Pro-Women Policies
AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha greets the audience during her swearing-in-ceremony as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 23, 2015. An appeals court acquitted the powerful politician in southern India of corruption charges earlier this month, clearing the way for her to return to public office. She was forced last year to step down as the highest elected official in Tamil Nadu after a Bangalore court in September convicted her of possessing wealth disproportionate to her income and sentenced her to four years in prison. (R. Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)

While questions over her probity (and of those close to her) lingered over her political career, one cannot help but applaud the late CM, J.Jayalalithaa for her pro-women policies in a sea of misogyny.

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Going Gaga Over Farhan Akhtar’s Poem To A Survivor Of Rape? Here’s Why I Am Not
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Farhan Akhtar's poem addressed to  survivor of rape has caught the fancy of many, but here is one person who isn't really impressed. Find out why.

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When It Comes To Abortion Rights, A Woman Prisoner Cannot Be Treated Differently, Says Bombay High Court
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In it's recent judgement, Bombay high court stated that pregnant women inmates in India have equal abortion rights like any other woman. Here's more.

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Hillary Clinton Often Gets Flak For Not Smiling Enough. Why Don’t Female Politicians In India Face This?
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There was a huge buzz on social media about Hillary Clinton not smiling enough. However Indian women leaders are accepted more easily for their public image. Read on.

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This Unique Auto Celebrates Women And Is Wowing People On Delhi’s Streets
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Gagan Thakur has celebrated women leaders of India, through powerful images of women leaders in the interiors of his designer autorickshaws. Here are the details. 

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Supreme Court’s Decision To Shut Down Sterilization Camps Is A Win For Women’s Healthcare
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the government must ban Sterilization camps in India. This prioritizes women's healthcare and puts it on the national agenda.

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Buzzing All Over Social Media, ‘Pink’ Beautifully Unpacks The Meaning Of Consent
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The movie 'Pink' talks about the true meaning of consent along with myriad challenges that loom large for women in India. 

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British Couple’s Struggle To Take Their Baby To UK, Reiterates The Deep-rooted Complications Of Surrogacy
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British couple whose visa expires shortly, might have to leave their new born surrogate child in the orphanage. Would regulating, rather than banning commercial surrogacy, be a better step?

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Soha Ali Khan Tells Haters, That Going To A Temple, Doesn’t Make Her A Non-Muslim
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When Soha Ali Khan visited the Golden Temple, her personal religious beliefs were questioned. Every individual has the right to religion, to choose how and where they worship.

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Women Are More Likely To Attempt Suicide Than Men, Because Of Patriarchal Social Structures
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The increasing rate of suicide, among Indian women is alarming. Read to know about the factors that contribute to this dangerous trend.

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Freaky Ali: Some Laughter Yes, But With A Fricking Big Dose Of Toxic Hegemony #MovieReview
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Women are targets of sexist jokes even in sports-films like Freaky Ali. What's more baffling is that the audience seems to enjoy the sexism portrayed in these movies.

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Shocking Revelations In Rekha’s Biography Confirm Deep-rooted Sexism And Patriarchy In The Film Industry
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Rekha's biography has some shocking revelations. There is a sense of 'righteousness' in passing value judgment on the life of a woman be it Rekha or any other woman.

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When A 11 m.o Infant Is Raped, We Know This Grotesque Crime Is All About Power
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The rape of a eleven month infant, shows that women in our country are still perceived as tools to be abused and an infant(girl) is no different.

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No Means Yes: How The Portrayal Of Women In Tamil Movies Warps Young Minds
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Sexualized violence and objectification of women in Tamil movies, is sending out negative patriarchal ideas to the youth, especially young boys and girls. Here's why.

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Here’s How Female Foeticide, Female Infanticide And Human Trafficking Are Interconnected
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Did you know that there is a link between female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking? Learn more about it here.

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Here’s Why Tarun Sagar’s Speech Is Plain Misogynistic And Patriarchal
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The recent Tarun Sagar's speech created quite a stir. Leaders need to be responsible, while delivering speeches, as their ideas have a huge impact on the society

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Bombay HC Ruling on Entry Of Women Into Haji Ali Dargah: A Gigantic Step Towards Gender Equality
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The Bombay High Court's ruling on the entry of women into Haji Ali Dargah has reinforced the status of equality of women in religion.

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Another Female Infanticide Case Comes To Light. Who Says Discrimination Against The Girl Child Is Dead?
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Discrimination against the girl child is very much alive – and continues to subsist in the form of female infanticide and foeticide in India.

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Old Age Is Tough, But Even Tougher For Older Women In India
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A recent article in a leading newspaper  revealed that older women in India face more discrimination. They do not even raise their voice against it. Here's why.

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New Maternity Benefit Provisions Welcome, But Is It Truly Enough To Support Working Moms?
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The new Maternity Benefit Act amendments offer a ray of hope. Yet, has enough been done to help women get back to work?

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Athlete Shanthi Soundarajan’s Tragedy Tells Us We Don’t Have True Independence Yet
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Athlete Shanthi Soundarajan had been banned from running as she failed the gender test. Are we free, if we fail to conform to the norms of 'gender'?

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When A Couple Decides To Divorce, The Court Doesn’t Need To Be Nosey About It
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Here's how the Madras high court's ruling on cases where a couple decides to divorce can be in favour of women. Read to know more!

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The Judge’s Reasoning In Pallavi Purkayastha’s Murder Case Is Insulting To Women Everywhere
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In the Pallavi Purkayastha's case the judge blamed the victim for tempting the accused. A woman shouldn't be held responsible for a man's sexual behaviour.

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Actor Tisca Chopra’s Revelations About The Casting Couch Highlight The Misogyny In Industry
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Actor Tisca Chopra recently opened up regarding her casting couch experience. There is a constant notion that a woman's body is public property.

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Donald Trump Believes All Muslim Women Are Oppressed, But He Reflects Common Stereotypes
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Stereotypes about Muslim women still rule! The views Donald Trump holds on Muslim women were clear when he pointed fingers at a grieving Muslim American mother's silence.

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Minor Girl Molested By A Female Warden, Challenges The Stereotypical Perception That Perpetrators Are Always Male
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The recent news of a minor girl allegedly molested by a female warden in Mumbai came to light. Can women be sexual predators too? 

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Does The IPC Needs Some Work To Catch Up With Sextortion, A New Cyber Crime?
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Sextortion is a rapidly growing new cyber crime where the perpetrator uses nude photographs of victims to gain even more sexually explicit content from them. Read on. If you thought extortion had nothing to do with your privacy, then you’re in for a rude shock. Sextortion is a new form of cyber/online harassment that appears […]

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Indiana Court Releases Purvi Patel Who Was Convicted On Charges Of ‘Foeticide’
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Charges of 'foeticide' in the Purvi Patel case have been dropped by the Indiana court. Read on to know why this case is important.

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Why Should Marital Rape Have Anything To Do With Indian Culture?
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Maneka Gandhi once commented that marital rape laws cannot be applied in India. Why are we so clueless about Consent?

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“She Was Attacked By Him” Puts The Onus On Her. “He Attacked Her” Holds Him Responsible!
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How we use language says a lot about our mindset. Our choice of words can reveal a conditioned bias even while speaking of gender equality.

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Want A Sure Shot Route To Gender Equality? Learn What It Is.
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We need to get to the roots of patriarchy and weed it out if we are to get anywhere close to attaining gender equality. 

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Make Facilities For Women In Rural Areas Easily Available, And See A Decrease In Sexual Violence
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While changing patriarchal mindsets is important, better and easily accessible facilities for women in rural India can increase their safety. 

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If Cultural Relics Like Carvings Showcase Various Sexual Orientations, Then Why Are They Being Criminalized?
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When relics of our cultural heritage like temple carvings show the prevalence of the various sexual orientations, then why are we criminalizing them?

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Why Letting The Juvenile Walk Free Is An Assault On Peace
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Letting the juvenile accused in the 'Nirbhaya' case walk free does not serve the cause of peace or justice, believes the writer of this post.

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This Is What Happened When I Started Menstruating In The Rains
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A woman talks about the crisis she went through, when she started menstruating during these heavy rains. She makes a point,why it is so important to talk about it.

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That Viral Fanpage Video Where Boys Are Asked To Slap A Girl? Here’s My Problem With It
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That viral Fanpage video of boys being asked to slap a girl? It falls short in three ways.

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Never Mind Who Killed Aarushi Talwar, We Assassinated Her Character
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The author introspects on how the media covered the murder of Aaarushi Talwar and how the country assassinated her character.

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What Is Indian Culture Anyway?
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What is Indian culture anyway? Ours is a country whose people worship female goddesses but who still don't tolerate women going out late at night.

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Why Are We So Concerned About Protecting The Modesty Of A Woman And Not The Woman Herself?
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The Indian Penal Code talks about protecting the modesty of a woman, but conveniently forget the woman herself. A woman is still treated as a property.

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