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Shilpa Shetty Draupadi
Are Modern Women Reliving Draupadi’s Suffering? Shilpa Shetty’s New Radio Show Makes Us Think

Shilpa Shetty presents a new radio show on the Mahabharat, speaking in the voice of Draupadi. Here's a look at how the modern woman still has the same woes.

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Sexual Violence Against Dalit Women In India Needs To Be Addressed On A War Footing

While the possibility of sexual assault and harassment impacts most women in India, Dalit women in India are particularly vulnerable. Caste based crimes need significantly more attention than we give them now.

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Barkha Dutt’s Open Letter To Senior Women Journalists Asks About Lack Of Empathy For #MeToo

Senior women journalists like Tavleen Singh, Seema Mustafa, and Manjeet Kripalani are questioning the women who speak up in the #MeToo movement. Barkha Dutt asks them why, in an open letter.

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97 Lawyers To Allegedly Defend MJ Akbar, To What Extent Will Men In Power Go? 

Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar has filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. He has called her accusations of sexual harassment against him a political conspiracy.

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Can Misogynistic Court Rulings Like In Last Year’s Mahmood Farooqi Case Affect #MeToo?

Last year, Delhi High Court overturned rape conviction against director Mahmood Farooqui, due to survivor's 'feeble No'. With such regressive ruling, how assured of justice can women speaking up in #MeToo be? 

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Dear Chetan Bhagat, Do Understand That A No Means ‘NO!’ Even When It Is Said Politely

When does ‘harmless flirting’ become harassment? When powerful and reputed men like Chetan Bhagat ignore a woman's discomfort and disapproval. 

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Tanushree Dutta, Me Or You; We All Have No Choice But To Fight Workplace Harassment

After actress Tanushree Dutta opened up, this author pens down her own workplace harassment experiences in 11 years of being a woman in the corporate world. 

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‘Immoral Policing’: Cops Go Berserk Against A Young Woman For Being With A Muslim Man

Being saved from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad members, a young Meerut girl became the victim of police brutality. Does moral policing has no end?

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Accused Of Sexual Harassment Long Ago, Environmentalist RK Pachauri Faces Charges Only Now 

It took more than two years in filing sexual harassment charges against the environmentalist RK Pachauri. With this delay, when are women in Indian workplaces ever going to be safe? 

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12th Standard Topper Gang Raped In Haryana, Why Is The State So Anti-Women?

How hideous of Haryana men to gang rape innocent young girls and blame them for 'inviting' it? The root cause is the prevailing conditions in the state feels the author.    

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This Matrimonial Ad For A ‘Non-Feminist’ Girl Revealed A Hateful Man Who Issues Rape Threats To Women

With all the Bollywood celebrities marrying people of varied ages, this man from Mysore wants a much younger 'non-feminist' wife too. So he says in a matrimonial ad.   

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How About A Special Commission For Men? A BJP MP Wants One As Men Are Being Harassed By Women

They are being wrongly accused of rape and harassment, A National Commission For Men is needed says a BJP lawmaker. Really? Is it so?

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Raipur Rape Case: Men In Power Must Be Taught That They Can’t Get Away With Everything

Many rape cases in India involve men in positions of power, like a recent case that has emerged in Chattisgarh. Until we have strict implementation of existing laws, this will continue.

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Men In Varanasi Perform Last Rites Of Their Marriages. Why? Coz Feminism Is Evil!

A very strange event was reported recently about men in Varanasi 'fighting feminism'. Why do men feel they are the silent sufferers, being harassed and victimized in the name of feminism?

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Indian Government Offers More Financial Help To Women Deserted By NRI Husbands

Recently the External Affairs Minister has announced an increase in the legal and financial aid offered to Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands in 13 countries. Will this really help the wives? The author tries to answer.

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This Truly Horrible Anti-rape Poster Shows Us We Don’t Consider Women To Be People

An anti-rape poster that went up recently has received a lot of flak and rightly so. The poster states that it's wrong to rape a woman because then by extension you rape and hurt her entire family, because she is a daughter, sister, mother etc.

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Delivery Via YouTube Video! Why Is Safe Childbirth Still A Dream For Some Indian Women?

In a disturbing incident that came to light recently, a man convinced his pregnant wife to have a natural delivery at home, and tried to perform this complex procedure himself with the help of a Youtube video.

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Yet Another Female Tourist Attacked; This ‘Foreign Woman Is Easy’ Mindset Is Appalling

In a horrifying case that came to light recently, a 21 year old female tourist from Russia visiting the temple town of Tiruvannamalai was allegedly gang-raped by six men.

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Newsflash: Supreme Court To Hear A Plea For Banning Female Genital Mutilation

A PIL is being heard by the Supreme Court of India to ban the horrifying practice of Female Genital Mutilation, and the next date given is 16th July 2018.

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The Nirbhaya case – 6 Years Later, Is justice Delayed, Justice Denied?

Almost 6 years after Jyoti Singh's murder sparked off public outrage, her killers will face execution, affirmed the Supreme Court today. Yet, is this justice enough?

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As Shailza Dwivedi Found, Men’s Obsession Can Prove Dangerous For Women

The recent murder of Shailza Dwivedi which made newspaper headlines is a gruesome example of 'love' turning into obsession. This is not the first time an innocent life was lost because a woman spurred a man's unwanted advances.

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North Eastern Woman Attacked In Uber: Who Is ‘India’s Daughter’?

In a shocking incident, a North Eastern woman, a journalist, was attacked by a female co- passenger pooling with her in Uber.

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Recent Sexual Harassment Reports In Rashtrapati Bhavan Show No Place Is Safe For Women

Reports of harassment against women employees at Rashtrapati Bhavan have surfaced recently. Makes us wonder if harassment laws can actually protect women in India.

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Supreme Court Rules: Wife Can Now File A Domestic Violence Complaint Even After Divorce

In a ground-breaking ruling, Supreme Court recently held up a decision by the Rajasthan High Court, which enabled a woman to file a domestic violence complaint even if she is divorced.

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This Recent Court Ruling Says Wives Can Ask For Divorce If Called ‘Kaali-Kaluti’

In a recent event, the High Court has allowed a woman to divorce her husband for shaming her and calling her 'kali- kaluti'. It is time, the society stops shaming a women for her skin-colour.

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Kudos To Patna for Hiring 300 Women Constables – We Need More Female Cops!

300 women constables have been added in Patna's Law Enforcement Unit. This step will go a long way in initiating the participation of more women in police forces.

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Kudos! Delhi Government Provides Legal Aid To JNU Survivors Of Molestation By A Professor

Delhi government's decision to provide legal aid to JNU students who registered an FIR against a professor for sexual harassment should set a precedent. 

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SC Approves Compensation For Survivors Of Acid Attacks & Gang Rapes. Is This Enough?

Recently, the Supreme Court approved the suggested compensation for female survivors of acid attacks and sexual assaults.

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Veere Di Wedding {Trailer} – Why Should Boys Have All The Fun?

With the Veere Di Wedding trailer out, it appears as if finally, Bollywood has decided to fill in a glaring gap and make a fun movie on a girl gang.

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Let’s Stop The Media Circus And Give Sridevi’s Death The Dignity It Deserves!

The current media circus around Sridevi’s death is not just saddening but also insensitive and disrespectful towards the late actress who was an icon.

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Coffee [#ShortStory]

She continued putting coffee powder in two mugs. It was still strange to hear about her father from Chahana, who had once been her best friend, but now was her stepmom.

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Dear Ex, You Taught Me What I Didn’t Want In A Man

On the eve of her wedding, a woman writes a letter to her shallow ex-boyfriend. There is a surprising thing she has to thank him for!

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Movies Like Padman Give Us A Wake-Up Call On Period Taboos

Once in a while comes a movie comes which breaks through the clutter, dismisses regressive social practices and tells a story of guts and belief. One such, is Padman.

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New Year's Eve
Will This New Year’s Eve Again Be A Horror Filled One?

New Year's Eve is around the corner. However, instead of getting excited, we have started to dread this event, as most of them end with horrifying molestation stories.

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Dear Colleagues, I CHOSE To Quit My Job. Your (Nosy?) Questions Are Irrelevant!

I chose to quit my job for personal reasons, but my colleagues couldn't wrap their heads around my decision. Here are some hilarious questions I was asked.

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trauma of divorce
Do Not Let The Trauma Of Divorce Destroy You. 6 Things You Can Do To Start Living Again!

The trauma of divorce can shatter your world and your sense of self. How do you cope with this, and how do you start living again?

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Guys, Don’t Ask These 6 Moronic Questions To A Prospective Bride, Or You’ll Be Immediately Rejected!

I was asked these questions by prospective grooms - and of course, I rejected them. Crazy that such expectations are there from women even today!

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6 Solid Reasons Why I Recommend Going On Vacation With Girlfriends Every Year! Yes, Thank Me Later!

Want to reconnect with the person you are and not just the daughter-in-law/wife/mother/employee you are expected to be? Go on a vacation with girlfriends.

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Women Are Always Exploited In The Name Of Religion. The Ram Rahim Case Is Just The Latest Instance

Devdasis. Sati. Child marriages. Menstrual Taboos. All examples of religious exploitation of women. The Ram Rahim case is the latest symptom of this disease that must be eradicated.

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Why Being A Stepmother Can Be The Most Difficult Role In The World

The evil stepmother of fairy tales is just that - mostly a myth. Women trying to bond with children from an earlier marriage can be just ordinary moms!

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A Young Friend Is In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship And I Have No Idea How To Help

I have a young friend who is currently in an abusive relationship. This is not a physical abuse case but an equally damaging and hurtful one – emotional abuse.

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Let Children Have Their Wonder Years – Skip This Obsession With Looks!

The obsession with looks and fashion that today's teens and even younger children have as a result of media exposure is a sad trend, taking away their carefree childhood.

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I Lost My Mother To Cancer Recently. She Was A Strong Woman, And This Is Her Story

Every woman has a story, and often ordinary women have extraordinary stories of strength. A personal tribute to a mother by this author.

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What Is Harassment? Here’s How Sexual Harassment Happens In Corporate India

What is harassment? Sexual harassment in the workplace is not just about physical contact; suggestive words and bullying are harassment too.

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What The Gurmehar Kaur Episode Shows: Women Are favourite Targets For Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying has reared its ugly head again as young student Gurmehar Kaur was made a target for vitriolic attacks on social media channels. It reveals the ugliness to which young women with opinions are subjected.

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How Many More ‘Incidents’ Will It Take For Women’s Safety To Be Taken Seriously?

Regardless of which party is in power, women's safety and right to go out freely continues to be very low priority for all governments in India. When will this change?

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No Accommodation Available For A Single Woman In A ‘Cosmopolitan’ City. Why? Discrimination!

A single woman is discriminated against even in a liberal and cosmopolitan city like Mumbai, as she is seen to be deviating from societal norms.

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Moana – The New Age Heroine We Could Learn From

I am a hopeless animation movie addict. Hence, when Moana released I had to ensure I caught it, and I was not disappointed!

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A New Ad Series Shows Us Why An Everyday Stress Relieving Zone Is Essential

Stress relieving is not about an occasional vacation to get away from everything. Stress – and its antidotes – are in the here and now. I am a TV remote nazi and as soon as ads start running in between my favorite series, I begin channel surfing. However, a few days back a new and […]

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8 Beautiful Life Lessons From Dear Zindagi – So Simple, Yet They Matter!

These simple life lessons from Dear Zindagi have touched a chord with many, even though it has been criticised for not being realistic about therapy.

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Why Typecast A Woman Because Of What She Wears Or How She Chooses To Live Her Life?

When a woman says NO, she means NO, even if she might seem fair game to those who think she should subscribe to society's idea of propriety to be respected!

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Why My Female Boss Made Meryl Streep’s Character In The Devil Wears Prada Look Like An Angel

Does a female boss really mean trouble? Or is it a combination of society's perceptions of women at the top and the need to make things work that make them so?

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Why Avoid Therapy For Depression, When It Could Save A Life?

Why is it that we seek to avoid therapy for depression and want to hide it instead? Is avoiding the stigma worth your life?

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Loved The Da Da Ding Video? This New Takeoff Pays Tribute To Our Rural Sisters

Loved the Da Da Ding video? The new 'Da Da Ding: The other women' video is equally empowering and focuses on the really hardworking women of rural India.

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Serials Like ‘Dr. Bhanumati on Duty’ Are Sexist And Unfortunately, Not Funny Either

Many serials like 'Dr.Bhanumati On Duty' are in reality sexist in nature and need to be taken off air. Read to know what this serial is all about.

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Shahrukh Khan Captures Everyone’s Heart With His Inspirational Poem, ‘You Fight Like A Girl’

Shahrukh Khan's poem - 'You fight like a girl' is making waves. Read to know the message he sends across to every woman through his poetry.

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Five Bollywood Movies That Took A Stand Against Honour Killing In India

Honour killing in India and the the larger Indian subcontinent rears its ugly head every now and then. A look at movies that revolved around it.

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5 Bollywood Movies That Are All About Indian Women In Sports. Watch!

Bollywood has played a small role in promoting Indian women in sports through movies and can do so much more! Here's a good list to check out.

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Why Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Strikes A Chord With Women

The TV Series Sarabha Vs Sarabhai may return. What caused friction between the mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law duo?

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Ten Explosive Kangana Ranaut Quotes You Can’t Help But Admire

Bollywood Actor Kangana Ranaut is known for her bold and fiery statements. Here are ten Kangana Ranaut quotes that caught the public's eye. Read on.

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Soha Ali Khan Trolled Because, OMG, How Dare Female Actors Have An Opinion?

Female Actor Soha Ali Khan was trolled on twitter for tweeting on Raghuram Rajan's exit. Why are Female actors perceived as being less intellectual? 

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These Insensitive Comments On Rape By Multiple Celebs Tell Us, Salman Is In August Company

Celebrities who made insensitive comments on rape and rape victims faced the ire of media and fans alike. Below is a list of some of them. 

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Ten Life Lessons I Learnt From The Game Of Thrones

TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’, has a cult following. With diverse  characters, each having their own story running, the series is  intriguing and engaging.

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What Is It That Makes Marriage So Fragile Among Bollywood couples?

Last year saw a spate of divorces amongst the high powered bollywood couples. Listed below are some of the prime reasons. 

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Female Actors Whose Popularity Declined After Tying The Knot

Popularity of female actors takes a decline after marriage. Below are the names of some famous female actors who struggled to make a comeback.  The newspapers have recently been filled with the details of the weddings of two Bollywood beauties. The pretty Priety Zinta tied the knot with her foreign boyfriend, whereas the Bengali bombshell, […]

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When Will Men Understand That Women Relaxing At A Pub By Themselves Are Not Fair Game?

Women unaccompanied by men at certain places are considered fair game, without the right to be taken seriously when they say no. My experience of this.

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Censor Board Says No To Udta Punjab But Yes To Every Movie That Demeans Women

While the censor board slashes half of Udta Punjab, how do movies that demean women face no trouble at all?

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Marriage Is A Partnership, Not A Control Game

Control issues in marriage are because of mistrust and insecurity, and society's belief that it is OK for her husband to want to control her.

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How Many More Lives Will It Take Before There Is Justice? #JusticeForJisha

Once again there has been a horrific rape and murder incident that has rocked social media. When will there be justice and when will it all stop?

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Why Are We, The ‘Modern’ Society Still Plagued By Dowry, An Archaic Tradition?

Dowry in India is illegal. Yet, it seems to be everywhere. Can we, the supposedly 'modern' lot, ever hope to eradicate this evil? Since childhood we have le

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Failed Relationships – The New Killer

We are often defined by our relationships, but should a failed relationship become a cause for death? 

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Tinseltown – Where Dreams Are Soon Broken To Become Pipe Dreams

Behind every big movie star is a whole army of hopefuls, with only their broken dreams and the reality that forces them to make hard choices.

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The Modern Indian Woman Does Not Need To Live By Conventional Norms To Be Happy

Is following the traditional social rules the only way to a happy life? A modern Indian woman does not need to.

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The Wanderer. February 2016 Muse Of The Month Winning Entry By Shreya Das

A woman secret service agent? Yes! Read on this breathtaking tale of a woman spy, with a twist in the end.

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These Stories Of 3 Ordinary Women Who Faced Life With Courage Will Inspire You

No matter what life throws at you, facing it with courage can turn your life around. Here are the stories of 3 such inspirational ordinary women.

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Mumbai. How And When Did My City Become Unsafe?

Mumbai has long been a 'safe' city, especially for women. "How and when did my city become unsafe?" The writer muses.

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Happily Ever After? Who Decides?

Many women still persist living in broken relationships, following society's dictum of get married, stay married, instead of breaking out to find their happiness. Why, asks the writer.

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How I Almost Got Married At A Young Age [Short Story]

This is a story of how I almost got married at the tender age, but missed my chance due to Pepsi and Karan Johar.

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