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Victim to braid-chop fear: The story of the Dalit woman lynched to death in Agra

A Dalit woman was beaten to death by two neighbours in an Agra village on Wednesday and police suspect the attack was connected to cases in Delhi and Gurgaon where women had said their braids had mysteriously been chopped off. Mandevi (65) was allegedly beaten to death at Mutnai village …

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Girl who lost her hands in a blast cooks for the first time; finds a fan in Vikas Khanna

It is not every day that Vikas Khanna, a Michelin-starred Indian chef responds to your tweets. And when he does, the Internet will make sure it is remembered. Just like how Malvika Iyer’s Twitter exchange with the chef is now the talk of Twitterverse. Malvika Iyer is a brave and beautiful …

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Super Doctor Mom: The woman who paused her delivery to help another pregnant lady

A Kentucky-based doctor didn’t forget her duties even when she was in labour pain. Dr Amanda Hess paused her own delivery to help another woman, who was suffering in agony. She was in her own room on July 23 when she heard a woman wail, and selflessly, went to help her. …

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Lipstick Under My Burqa: Wake Up men! Speak out Women!

So, it was unsurprising that when we were coming out from the theatre after watching Lipstick Under My Burkha last weekend, I overheard a man telling his wife/partner, “kya rikshawalon waali film thi”, which roughly translates to the film being meant for rickshaw-pullers, a comment as classist/sexist as it can get. That …

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Woman at Fault: Media failed to see a drunk woman forcefully kissing a cop as sexual harassment

Unwanted sexual advances are unwanted (and therefore harassment), irrespective of the gender of the victim and the assaulter. Unfortunately, we seem to forget that all too often. According to various reports, an inebriated woman from Kolkata allegedly kissed a policeman after she was pulled over for getting into an accident. Police said …

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 Women groups: Dowry Law raises concern

Hyderabad: Family welfare committees must not lack tooth, say lawyers and counsellors following the Supreme Court judgement of Thursday, which requires all cases reported under Section 498A of the dowry prohibition Act to be referred to welfare committees which would look into the merit of each case before arrests are made. …

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Jaipur and its All-Women Police Squad

All-women police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in Jaipur, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape. One such squad in Jaipur has been patrolling bus stops, colleges and parks where women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.  “The message we want …

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Karnataka: Dalit girl forced to become a Devadasi by parents

The police have arrested the parents of a ten-year-old girl and the priest of a local temple in Chittapur taluk for allegedly forcing her to become a Devadasi. The Dalit girl, who was forced to become a Devadasi five years ago, was rescued recently by the officials of District Child …

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Hyderabad: Army men allegedly asked Quamar Begum to remove her veil and assaulted her brother

Ms. Quamar Begum, a resident of Siddique Nagar, First Lancers was passing through Military area of Mehdipatnam along with her brother, Abdul Nabi and other relatives after getting her son examined in the hospital. She was stopped and asked to produce gate pass which she did not have. She was …

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