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Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Prominent Skeptic Lawrence Krauss Come to Light

Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Prominent Skeptic Lawrence Krauss Come to LightThe allegations including trying to force a woman into sex, grabbing a woman’s breast in public and telling a female employee he will buy her birth control pills so she doesn’t go on maternity leave. Lawrence Krauss. Credit: Arizona State University website How many… Read More »

‘Padmaavat’ and ‘Rajkahini’: the Patriarchal Frame of Reference for Jauhar

‘Padmaavat’ and ‘Rajkahini’: the Patriarchal Frame of Reference for JauharIt’s about time we Indians seriously thought about what constitutes “honour” and where it should be located. Padmaavat. Credit: Twitter History repeats itself 1303, Chittor, Rajasthan: Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, attacks the fort of Chittor, in a bid to snatch away by force what he… Read More »

Aadhaar Alone Will Do Little to Improve Women’s Financial Inclusion in India

Aadhaar Alone Will Do Little to Improve Women’s Financial Inclusion in IndiaGovernments and banks must first tackle issues such as corruption, low informal sector wages and female illiteracy. We first have to ask what prevents women from holding bank accounts. Credit: Reuters If we want women to have the same economic opportunities as men, we need to… Read More »

Despite Resistance, Fear of Social Boycott Is Keeping ‘Virginity Tests’ Alive

Despite Resistance, Fear of Social Boycott Is Keeping ‘Virginity Tests’ Alive“Such customs are needed to keep women within a certain boundary.” Kanjarbhat lore says the custom was established centuries ago during the nomadic days to protect girls from prying eyes. Representative image credit: Reuters For the past few months, the Kanjarbhat community in Maharashtra has… Read More »

Average Dalit Woman Dies 14.6 Years Younger Than Women From Higher Castes, Finds UN Report

Average Dalit Woman Dies 14.6 Years Younger Than Women From Higher Castes, Finds UN ReportThe study has also found that the intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination – caste, race/ethnicity, religion etc – is what further marginalises women and girls from poor and deprived sections of the society. Representative image. Credit: Thessaly La… Read More »

Budget 2018: Will Women Really Be Better Off at the End of This Fiscal?

Budget 2018: Will Women Really Be Better Off at the End of This Fiscal?In the gender Budget, the Modi government has not done much more than pay lip service to policies that impact women. A cursory look at the overall gender Budget shows that the government’s commitment to women has been underwhelming at best. Credit:… Read More »

A Professor’s Mission to Question, Examine and Improve Forest Management

A Professor’s Mission to Question, Examine and Improve Forest ManagementProf. Rekha Singhal, a senior faculty member at IIFM Bhopal, on her journey so far and how Indian families could be stifling scientific thinking in girls. Rekha Singhal. Credit: The Life of Science As the state attempts to govern Indian forests and the largely disconnected communities living… Read More »

Delhi Court Rejects Former TERI Head R.K. Pachauri’s Plea for a Gag Order on the Press

Delhi Court Rejects Former TERI Head R.K. Pachauri’s Plea for a Gag Order on the PressPachauri, who stands accused of sexually harassing at least nine women, claimed his reputation as a public person was being damaged by the media. R.K. Pachauri. Credit: Mat McDermott/Flickr CC 2.0 New Delhi: In a victory for the nine women… Read More »

Remember Roop Kanwar? ‘Padmaavat’ Isn’t the First Instance of Misdirected Rajput Pride

Remember Roop Kanwar? ‘Padmaavat’ Isn’t the First Instance of Misdirected Rajput PrideIn 1987, protests against the reportedly forced ‘sati’ of 18-year-old Roop Kanwar drew a similar backlash. Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of film ‘Padmaavat’ in Meerut o Wednesday. Credit: PTI If the rule of law prevails over censorship by mob,… Read More »