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Shalini Nair


The writer is a gender studies PhD scholar at the University of Sussex, UK

Call it what it is: Rape
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

The Supreme Court’s statements in two recent cases invisibilise sexual violence in the institutions of family and marriage.

Increasing age of marriage will be exercise of carceral power by state which will disproportionately affect Dalit, Adivasi women
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Efforts to address child marriage in India should be in consonance with the socio-economic realities that demand investment in education, welfare, and opportunities for women.

A mad scramble home for students after India bans all flights from UK
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The UK has reported 1,950 confirmed cases till now and 71 deaths. According to the UK government’s statement to the House of Commons’s Health Committee Tuesday, as many as 55,000 people are estimated to be infected.

Union government schemes to get a push in nearly 27K Dalit villages
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

These include all existing Central and state welfare schemes that are necessary to meet critical gaps in socio-economic and infrastructure needs, and reduce disparities.

UK council order to shut Ambedkar memorial an insult to India, says Ramdas Athawale
Fri, Aug 23, 2019

The 2050-sq ft property at 10 King Henry’s Road at London’s Primrose Hill is where Ambedkar lived between 1921-22 while studying at the London School of Economics.

Manual scavenging: Draft plan calls for machines, action against officials
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Officials said the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) will soon extend loans directly to municipalities at four per cent interest for a period of 15 years so that they can invest in machines.

Coming, digital push to Gram Panchayats
Mon, Aug 12, 2019

After consultations with the representatives of 16 key ministries, the Union government decided to start People’s Plan Campaign, also known as “Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas” that aims to draw up a development plan for each Gram Panchayat (GP) in the country.

1,500 sexual abuse survivors write to CJI, want child prostitution tried under POCSO
Sat, Aug 10, 2019

The letter, submitted to the apex court on Friday, points out that cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking are nothing but repeated rape of children.

The women behind instant triple talaq petitions: ‘Historic win… no other woman’s life will be ruined now’
Wed, Jul 31, 2019

On August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a landmark 3-2 verdict, “set aside” the practice of instant triple talaq, following a clutch of petitions filed by Muslim women. The women behind the petitions welcomed the passage of the Bill on Tuesday.

Government says NMC Bill to root out inspection raj, Opposition protests
Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Concluding his reply to questions raised by MPs, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the Bill as one that will “go down in history as one of the greatest reforms of this government”.

Rural ministry to focus on 3-5 lakh women SHGs to scale up enterprises
Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Under the Aajeevika-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), these SHGs groups will now be formalised so that they can avail higher loans and scale up their enterprise.

Azam Khan to get ultimatum: tender apology or face action
Sat, Jul 27, 2019

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said after the meeting: “The Speaker will ask Azam Khan to apologise over his comments made against Rama Devi without any condition. If he does not do so, the Speaker has been authorised to take action against him.”

NCPCR lacks data on POCSO cases, Supreme Court told
Fri, Jul 26, 2019

The revelation prompted CJI Ranjan Gogoi to remark, “What were they (NCPCR) doing for seven years?”

Lok Sabha passes anti-terror Bill, Amit Shah defends provisions
Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Shah said, “There’s need for a provision to declare an individual as a terrorist. The UN has a procedure for it, the US has it, Pakistan has it, China has it, Israel has it, the European Union has it. Everyone has done it.”

50 dead cleaning sewers in first 6 months of 2019, says panel report
Wed, Jul 24, 2019

This data, although startling, is, by NCSK’S own admission, a gross underestimate since it includes figures for only eight states — Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — out of 36 states and Union Territories.

Draft Model Tenancy Act: what govt proposes for house owners, tenants
Mon, Jul 15, 2019

The Model Act lays down the obligations of tenants and landlords, and provides for an adjudication mechanism for disputes.

Lifting 271 mn out of poverty in 10 yrs, India fastest, Jharkhand No. 1 area: UN
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

According to the global MPI 2019 report released Thursday, between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India, lifted 271 million out of poverty, significantly reducing deprivations in many of the ten indicators, particularly in “assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition”.

Hardeep Singh PuriL ‘Air India is more attractive after Jet shutdown’
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Stating that the government to ensure the benefit of Indians, the national carrier will remain in Indian hands, Puri added, “The Government is committed to the strategic disinvestment of Air India."

Rahul says govt treats farmers as inferior, Rajnath Singh points to Congress years
Fri, Jul 12, 2019

The Congress leader said the Union government is refusing to back the Kerala government’s moratorium on repayment of farm loans for all farmers in the state till December 31 by not directing the RBI to consider it.

Death included in child abuse law, sexual assault definition widened
Thu, Jul 11, 2019

The amendments cover 21 kinds of sexual crimes that come under the definition of aggravated penetrative sexual assault against children.

Debate on Budget: Opposition targets govt on NREGS allocation, unemployment
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

Opposition members said it has no roadmap and does not address the serious issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment.

Union Budget 2019: Support for women SHGs, little for other rural sectors
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

Union Budget 2019: In terms of budgetary provisions for the various schemes of the Ministry of Rural Development, the most notable boost has been to NRLM that impacts 52 lakh women SHGs — from Rs 5,750 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 9,024 crore in 2019-20.

Budget 2019: Despite focus, dip in Jal Shakti ministry outlay
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

The total budget estimate for the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation — the ministries that were brought under the umbrella of Jal Shakti Ministry this year — is Rs 28,261 crore.

BADLAV: ‘Showing gender violence prevalence runs risk of normalising it, emphasising how many are not perpetrators can be helpful’
Fri, Jul 05, 2019

To reinforce the message of BADLAV, it suggests the use of role models from Hindu mythology, including Goddess Lakshmi.

Jal Shakti borrows Nitish idea, considers proposal on a user fee for piped water
Tue, Jun 18, 2019

The “har ghar nal ka jal” scheme was rolled out in Bihar in September 2016. Its target is to provide piped water to 20 million households over a five-year period, up from the existing 0.8 million households.