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Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progressive yet Problematic

Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progres...

October 23, 2021

Last week, the Indian government notified rules under the latest amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, that was passed the Parliament in March this year. The rules that allow termination of pregnancies even up to 24 weeks of the gestation period stand...

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India’s visually impaired face several hurdles in race for jobs

India’s visually impaired face several hurdles i...

October 15, 2021

Of the 39 million visually impaired persons around the world, India is home to about 12 million, says a report by National Programme for Control of Blindness in 2015-18. Despite historically being home to the largest population of the blind in the world, India is specially poorly...

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Bihar NGOs mount Khud se Pooche for healthcare with dignity

Bihar NGOs mount Khud se Pooche for healthcare wit...

October 13, 2021

A survey published earlier this year says that Indian women hesitate to bring up their health problems due to social stigma and taboos. The survey, Indian Women’s Health Report 2021, conducted market research firm Ipsos for Emcure Pharmaceuticals, says that about 50 pc of the s...

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Get off your high horse: Abuse of horses in Indian weddings

Get off your high horse: Abuse of horses in Indian...

October 12, 2021

As yet another wedding season begins in India, animal rights activist group, PETA, has created a mild storm on Twitter in India with its viral tweet against one particular practice that is widely prevalent in Indian weddings, but is cruel and is often lost behind the glamour and ...

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International Day of the Girl Child 2021: Pandemic widens gender gap in India

International Day of the Girl Child 2021: Pandemic...

October 11, 2021

Initiated in 1995 at Beijing’s World Conference on Women, the idea of International Day of the Girl Child was born due to the necessity of recognition and redressal of specific challenges faced by girls around the world, and uplift them in society through progress in their educ...

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Growing gender gap in STEM jobs in India

Growing gender gap in STEM jobs in India

October 10, 2021

With the digital revolution rapidly gaining ground in India, driven by enormous investments in technology and a huge market of digitally-connected users, currently at 560 million consumers, the country is well on its way to possibly becoming one of the world leaders in science an...

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Dangerous silence around male sex abuse in India

Dangerous silence around male sex abuse in India

October 4, 2021

In 2018, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a national public health agency of the United States, revealed that nearly a quarter (24.8 pc) of men in the US had experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, and about one in four ...

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Child marriage rose 50 pc during pandemic: NCRB

Child marriage rose 50 pc during pandemic: NCRB

October 1, 2021

Until 2019, life for Priya (name changed), a 14-year-old girl living with with her parents and an elder brother at Jal Vihar in South Delhi was no different to that of any 14-year-old belonging to low-income family. She was studying in the ninth grade in a near-by government-run ...

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Kolkata remains safest Indian city: NCRB data

Kolkata remains safest Indian city: NCRB data

September 29, 2021

For the third year running, West Bengal capital Kolkata retains its top spot in the ranking of safest large Indian cities as per the latest report released by the National Crime Records Bureau. The NCRB report, covered 19 cities across India, each with a population of over two mi...

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Student suicides on the rise in India

Student suicides on the rise in India

September 24, 2021

On September 15, a 17-year-old girl, the daughter of daily wage workers and who had dreams of attending medical school in Tamil Nadu aspirant, allegedly killed herself over fears of not being able to pass a crucial entrance exam to join a medical school. Alarmingly, it is the thi...

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