The ancient Hindu practice of Chhaupadi is an apt example of a religious belief having an edge over the law. This deeply rooted belief states that menstrual blood is impure. The practice is one of the forms of seclusion of women from society and is localized mostly in the far-western part of Nepal. The Supreme … Continue reading Tradition Defies the Law
The place she called Home Kashaf did not have the means to watch FRIENDS, and the few friends she had in the make-shift school in the Rakhine Province of Myanmar were also dwindling. Little did she know that her ancestors were disowned by the Myanmar Government way back in 1982. Her Ammi (mother) told her … Continue reading Dard-ae-Kashaf: Story of a Rohingya Child
If there is a evil let's face it and make it a little less diabolic or if the will of "We the people of India" be to skill the sex-workers differently and provide them other opportunities and criminalize prostitution, then so be it! What is more important is that we act and not leave the issue in limbo and let the sex-workers feel the wrath of it.
Can a law criminalise an act after conceding that it does not result in a crime? It is the duty of the Parliamentarians to solve problems and not to create them.
In 2006, Tarana Burke, an activist from The Bronx, New York coined the phrase “Me Too” as a way to present women an outlet to come forward with their experiences of sexual violence and help heal their wounds with empathy and solidarity. After a decade, in October 2017, Alyssa Milano hash tagged the phrase of … Continue reading #MeTooIndia : October – India’s Most Vocal Month
Feminism is the belief in and support of the social, economic, political and educational equality of all genders. Feminists concern themselves not only with specific issues of violence against women but also, with the broader issues of education, reproductive rights, health, childcare, economic opportunities and pay equity and, the intersecting issues of gender, race, gender … Continue reading Constitutional inheritance of Feminism
A few weeks back in Argentina a very important Bill was presented before the Argentinian senate proposing to decriminalise abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and thereby guarantee access to safe abortion services. It was a result of National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion which started in 2005. … Continue reading Argentina’s tryst with Human Rights: “Illegal” Abortion
Trustlaw, a Thomson Reuters legal program, conducted a poll in 2012 which declared Afghanistan as one of the most dangerous countries to be living in, for women. Half decade later, the situation has only worsened. This was not always the case. In early 1960s and 1970s, Afghanistan was considered as one of the advanced countries … Continue reading Tears from Afghanistan