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Young Brides’ Deaths Trigger Dowry Crackdown In Southern India

Young Brides’ Deaths Trigger Dowry Crackdown In Southern India

India’s Kerala state has launched a crackdown on the payment of dowry after the deaths of four young married women highlighted domestic abuse linked to the custom, which remains common despite being banned 60 years ago. Traditionally gold jewellery that parents hand over when their daughters wed, nowadays dowries can include a range of costly […]

In India’s Storm-Battered Sundarbans, Villagers Have No Place To Call Home

In India’s Storm-Battered Sundarbans, Villagers Have No Place To Call Home

Perched atop a tree, Nur Islam watched the waters rise, breach the mud embankments and smash down the wall of his home in the Sundarbans when Cyclone Yaas hit India’s east coast last month. A month later, Islam still has not repaired the wall because of a high tidal-wave alert issued for later this week. […]

Witnessing COVID Chaos In India’s Hospitals, Graveyards And Crematoriums

Witnessing COVID Chaos In India’s Hospitals, Graveyards And Crematoriums

Covering the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic as it tore through Indian cities, towns and villages were overwhelming at times. Patients died at home, in their cars on the way to the hospital and outside emergency wards because there were no beds for them. India has recorded more than 28 million coronavirus cases, and […]

Teenage Girl’s Beheading Spurs Calls For ‘Honour Killings’ Law in India

Teenage Girl’s Beheading Spurs Calls For ‘Honour Killings’ Law in India

Police in northern India said on Thursday they had arrested a man who beheaded his daughter and carried her severed head to the vilage police station, a case that spurred calls for a new law against so-called honour killings. The man told police he had attacked his 17-year-old daughter with an axe on Wednesday in […]

In southern India, Age-Old Custom Banned As Slavery

In southern India, Age-Old Custom Banned As Slavery

Indumati Shivaraj’s routine has been the same for more than a decade – at dawn, she walks to her “master’s” house, mucks out the cattle shed, cleans the tools and sweeps the yard. Four hours later, she walks home. Besides a cup of tea each day, Shivaraj, 45, gets about 3,000 Indian rupees ($40) a […]

India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

Legions of women have trekked to India’s capital to join massive protests against agricultural reforms, hoping not only to protect their livelihoods but also win visibility as farmers. About 75% of rural women in India who work full-time are farmers, Oxfam says, with numbers rising as men migrate to work in factories and construction sites. […]

Women Who Escaped Slavery Turn Anti-Trafficking Crusaders In India

Women Who Escaped Slavery Turn Anti-Trafficking Crusaders In India

 Separated from her parents, Jayashree Ponrajan spent most of her teenage years trapped in a form of bonded labour – forced to live and work in the spinning mills of southern India. It took Ponrajan years to find a way out, but ever since then she has been denouncing the recruitment of teenagers in India’s […]

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 […]

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