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Dowry deaths and dying declarations by Rakesh Shukla

Dying declarations are vital evidence in establishing dowry deaths. When a woman dies without making such a statement, but has earlier alleged harassment and threats to her life, can her statements be considered a ‘dying declaration’? Generally in a criminal … Continue reading

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Dowry deaths:a neglected public health issue in India by Gopalan Retheesh Babu, Bontha Veerraju Babu

This paper appraises the public health burden of mortality in India caused by the practice of dowry and examines the association of some demographic and socio-economic factors with dowry deaths and dowry-relatedsuicides. The paper is based on the data available … Continue reading

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Gender violence continues unabated in India

A report on Gender Violence in India breaks down the prevalence of violence and the types of violence that women are being subjected to. A moving report titled Gender Violence in India by Prajnya shows that violence against women is … Continue reading

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Dowry Death: Crime Against Humanity by Anudita Chaurasia

“The dowry system is so deeply rooted in Indian culture, that sometimes one feels that there’s going to be no way out – at least not for another century.” ‘Bride-burning,’ a term which is very common now a days is … Continue reading

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Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia by Sital Kalantry

Feminist research and women’s activism of the past three decades have shattered the common understanding that violence against women is a natural aspect of gender relations and of no concern to law and public scrutiny. The 1993 Vienna World Conference … Continue reading

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Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome by Sweta Vikram

Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome According to AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity based out of UK, nearly a third of the long-distance truckers in India are carriers of the AIDS virus [1]. White sheets of satin bury her desires … Continue reading

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This one for the Girl Child by Meeta Sengupta

On the International Day for the Girl Child we speak of violence against women. Women who have been known to birth their own attackers, more fool they.  Women who hold families together, who build homes and communities. Women, who are … Continue reading

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We Are A Nation of Daughter-Killers, Affirms India’s 2011 Census

“We detest daughters! We hate them so much that we kill them before birth.  And we kill them after birth!  We kill them as they take their first breath.  We kill them while they are suckling infants.  We kill them … Continue reading

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Men Against Gender Violence By Makepeace Sitlhou

This article was originally published at The Alternative – an online publication on social change and sustainable living. For centuries, gender violence has been passed off as a manifestation of the incomprehensible and uncontrollable natural instincts of men. If we take a look … Continue reading

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SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION (PART 1): WHAT IS IT? – Caroline Heldman.

What is sexual objectification?  If objectification is the process of representing or treating a person like an object (a non-thinking thing that can be used however one likes), then sexual objectification is the process of representing or treating a person … Continue reading

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