Society

National Doctors’ Day 2021: We are not Gods, say doctors

National Doctors’ Day 2021: We are not Gods,...

July 1, 2021

 Violence against doctors and other healthcare personnel has grown alarmingly since the Covid-19 pandemic hit India as patients’ families or friends often resorted to physically assaulting these professionals on suspicion that their relative was not given proper care. Accord...

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Women as temple priests: Mixed response by community

Women as temple priests: Mixed response by communi...

June 27, 2021

On June 12, Tamil Nadu minister for Hindus Religious and Charitable Endowments PK Sekar Babu said that women can become priests after getting proper training of Agama Shastra to worship and rituals at temples. Within hours of his statement, the statement ballooned into a major co...

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Drug addiction a disease, not an identity

Drug addiction a disease, not an identity

June 26, 2021

 The road to recovery for drug addicts is already a perilous one, aggravated by physical pains of withdrawal and mental agony. In India however, it is made worse due to familial and social stigma that leaves addicts fighting for their life while being completely is...

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International Widows Day: Disdained, disgraced and deserted

International Widows Day: Disdained, disgraced and...

June 23, 2021

“I don’t have anyone, I am uneducated and ignorant, everyone told me go live in Vrindavan after the death of my husband. That is how I ended up here,” A widow recounted her tale to Winnie Singh, executive director of Maitri, a non-profit organisation working for widows. The...

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Lockdowns lock women in abusive households

Lockdowns lock women in abusive households

June 22, 2021

“A lady came to us with a complaint of domestic violence, but everytime we talked to her she changed her story, she was really scared, and our first response was to get her out of her house to a safe place. We took her to a psychologist and after two-three sessions with the psy...

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SC order puts 10,000 families in Faridabad at risk

SC order puts 10,000 families in Faridabad at risk

June 21, 2021

Colin Gonsalves, head of HRLN, a law firm that fights for right to housing for the poor, expressed disappointment over the latest order of Supreme Court which refused to grant any relief to the over 10,000 families that have lived for decades in Khori village near Surajkund in Fa...

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Sex Education 101 with Dr Niveditha Manokaran

Sex Education 101 with Dr Niveditha Manokaran

June 16, 2021

 In the country where one of the most famous and oldest erotic textbooks of the world, Kama sutra was written, “sex” and everything around it still remains tabooed. While media coverage in India on any given day remains full of news of several gruesome rapes and hein...

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: India’s elderly suffer in silence

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: India’s elderly...

June 15, 2021

The Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI), a national survey conducted by an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), found that 1 in 20 people aged 60 or above had experienced ill-treatment in the last year, most often from their own care...

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World Day Against Child Labour: Pandemic paralyses battle to end child labour

World Day Against Child Labour: Pandemic paralyses...

June 12, 2021

 Thirteen-year-old Muskaan is a very shy and soft-spoken girl. So soft-spoken that one would be tempted incessantly to ask her to repeat herself. But Muskaan, who lives with her parents and 5 other siblings in a slum near Malviya Nagar in New Delhi, is emphatic that chil...

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Indian doctors fear assaults from patients’ families almost as much as coronavirus

Indian doctors fear assaults from patients’ fami...

June 10, 2021

In the first few days of June 2021, there have been several reports of healthcare workers including doctors being attacked in hospitals, such as the assault of a doctor and a nurse in a Covid-19 ward in the Hojai district of Assam and an on-duty doctor in West Bengal’s Hooghly ...

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