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Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

From lewd comments to demands for sex, women working in India’s vast informal sector rarely report sexual harassment for fear of losing their jobs, labour rights campaigners said on Wednesday, three years after the #MeToo movement began. From street vendors and factory workers to maids, 95% of Indian women work in the informal sector and […]

India’s Federal Police To Probe Alleged Gang Rape Of Woman Who Died Of Injuries

India’s Federal Police To Probe Alleged Gang Rape Of Woman Who Died Of Injuries

India’s federal police will investigate the alleged gang rape of a young woman in northern Uttar Pradesh state whose death sparked nationwide protests, the local government said in a statement on Saturday. The 19-year-old Dalit woman died of her injuries earlier this week, triggering protests by both opposition political parties and the public in New […]

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls’ soccer initiative is tackling gender inequality, and […]

Indian Man Accused Of Slashing Pregnant Wife’s Stomach ‘To Check Gender’

Indian Man Accused Of Slashing Pregnant Wife’s Stomach ‘To Check Gender’

A man has been arrested in northern India after slashing his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle, leaving her critically ill and causing the death of their unborn baby boy, police and her relatives said. The woman was in intensive care in a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, said police in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh […]

Women Grieve Stillborn Babies As COVID-19 Hits Maternity Care In Rural India

Women Grieve Stillborn Babies As COVID-19 Hits Maternity Care In Rural India

Mantasha Bano was 28-weeks pregnant when her cries of sudden, unbearable pain prompted neighbours to call an ambulance in the rural Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It never came, and Bano’s baby was stillborn. Medical workers in the northern state have reported a marked increase in stillbirths as the coronavirus pandemic strains hard-pressed rural health […]

Pandemic Pushes World’s Biggest Jobs Programme To Brink In Rural India

Pandemic Pushes World’s Biggest Jobs Programme To Brink In Rural India

Omkar Rathod was thankful for the company of hundreds of fellow migrant workers as they trudged home to far-flung villages once lockdown had shut Indian industry. But he didn’t realise he would soon be competing with them for jobs. Back in his village in northern India since March, Rathod is vying for work under the […]

On India’s COVID-19 Frontline, Female Health Workers Push For Fair Pay

On India’s COVID-19 Frontline, Female Health Workers Push For Fair Pay

Rushing from one home to another in a village in western India, health worker Ashwini Mhaske cannot afford to take a breather. Working to keep COVID-19 at bay while caring for mothers and babies, Mhaske races between households to meet job targets and earn bonuses for an average monthly wage of 4,000 rupees ($54) that […]

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative’s son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better […]

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

In a blue plastic barrel, Meenakshi Mookupori packed her belongings for a five-day stay on an island in the Indian Ocean, off the Coromandal coast of south India. Besides her clothes, toothbrush and soap, she included her diving gear – a worn-out pair of black socks, a locally made pair of goggles, cheap plastic slippers, […]

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Samita Chavan used to wake up at 3am every day to the sound of her neighbour’s wet grinder in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Now, she is adjusting to a rare silence after three months of lockdown that saw tens of thousands of migrant workers leave the city. Dharavi, believed to be Asia’s largest slum, has been hailed […]

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