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India: Street Kids Publish Newspaper To Raise Awareness

India: Street Kids Publish Newspaper To Raise Awareness

Delhi, India – Sexual abuse, torture, drug addiction, harassment at the hands of thugs and policemen sums up life of street children in India. Delhi’s Balaknama newspaper – the Voice of Children, which is run by the street children has been working to highlight the plight of fellow youngsters. The editor of Balaknama, 17-year-old Shambhu, washes cars […]

Female Tourists Should Not Wear Skirts In India, Says Tourism Minister

Female Tourists Should Not Wear Skirts In India, Says Tourism Minister

India’s tourism minister has said foreign women should not wear skirts or walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities “for their own safety”. Discussing tourist security in the north Indian city of Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, Mahesh Sharma said foreign arrivals to India were issued a welcome kit that […]

Women Walk Alone To Reclaim India’s Streets From Fear And Harassment

Women Walk Alone To Reclaim India’s Streets From Fear And Harassment

fter a long and tiring day, Neha Khandelwal, 26, fell asleep on the bus in Delhi on her way home. She woke up, startled, when she felt someone grab her breasts. Drowsy and not completely alert, it took her a minute to gauge what had happened. The man sitting next to her on the bus […]

Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

In the cavernous assembly hall at Victor public school in the Delhi suburb of Shahdara, hundreds of pupils sit cross-legged on the floor to watch a story about seven-year-old Komal. Komal’s parents become friendly with a new neighbour. He treats her affectionately and her parents tell her to call him Bakshi Uncle. He gives her […]

No Legal Status: How India Is Ignoring Its Thousands Of Displaced Citizens

No Legal Status: How India Is Ignoring Its Thousands Of Displaced Citizens

It has been three years since Madvi Deva, 30, saw his two young children and his elderly parents. “I miss them very much. But if I go back to my village in Chhattisgarh [state in central India], I will die,” he says. Deva and his wife, Sumi, are now living in Terapad village in Khammam […]

India’s All-Female Paper Goes Digital To Make Gender Taboos Old News

India’s All-Female Paper Goes Digital To Make Gender Taboos Old News

  n the first day of her new job, Meera* came home after dark, and the elders of her household scolded her. “What kind of job is this that means you have to stay out so late?” they shouted. “You can’t do this work – tell them you won’t be coming back tomorrow. What will […]

Indian Activist Ends 16-year Hunger Strike With A Lick Of Honey

Indian Activist Ends 16-year Hunger Strike With A Lick Of Honey

After 16 years, it was a lick of honey that did it. The world’s longest hunger strike ended on Tuesday when an Indian human rights campaigner gave up her protest against state violence but pledged to continue the fight in the political arena. Crinkling her face at the taste of food, Irom Sharmila, 44, from […]

‘Iron Lady Of Manipur’: World’s Longest Hunger Strike To End

‘Iron Lady Of Manipur’: World’s Longest Hunger Strike To End

After nearly 16 years, the world’s longest hunger strike is due to come to an end Tuesday. Human rights activist Irom Sharmila started her strike in 2000, after 10 civilians were allegedly killed by Indian soldiers in the country’s northeastern Manipur state. Since then, Sharmila, also known as the “Iron lady of Manipur,” has been […]

23 Year Old Nigerian Female Student Stabbed In India

23 Year Old Nigerian Female Student Stabbed In India

The young lady simply identified as Bella, a 23-year-old Nigerian college student has been horribly injured. Bella was allegedly stabbed by a gang of five while she was waiting for a cab at Hennur, India on July 31. According to Bangalore Mirror, Bella, who sustained a stab injury on her hand, said the incident happened when […]

Indian Couple Hacked To Death By Grocer They Owed 22 cents, police say

Indian Couple Hacked To Death By Grocer They Owed 22 cents, police say

A man was beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a disagreement with a grocer, according to authorities in India. The killings took place in the Mainpuri district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Thursday, following an argument earlier that day. The couple, who belonged to the lowest rung of India’s caste […]