Marriage does not shackle a woman’s sexual freedom & choice – Justice Chandrachud

The sexual choices that a person makes is part of that person’s expression, and the constitution does not allow anyone to “shackle the sexual freedom” of another just because he or she entered into a marriage, Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud said today in his 77-judgment in the ‘Section 497’ case. The order also linked a person’s […]

Documentary on misuse of India’s anti-cruelty section 298A goes live on Netflix

Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, a crusader against the misuse of anti-domestic violence laws in India, said that her documentary ‘Martyrs of Marriage’ is now available on Netflix. Bhardwaj has won tens of thousands of fans and followers in India for her work towards exposing the misuse of the section. The section, incorporated in 1983, promises three […]

NIFT students in Kerala fight for right to wear jeans, protest moral policing by locals

Students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology’s campus in Kannur held a public demonstration and rally to protest what they said were increasing cases of sexual harassment against girl students. Protesters took out a rally through Kannur town to question police inaction over rising cases of attacks on female NIFT students by gangs of […]

Kerala businessman offers life-time job to accused in actress cyber-bullying case

Joby George of Kerala-based Goodwill Entertainments has offered a ‘lifetime’ job in the UK, Australia, Dubai or India to the person who was arrested by the Kerala police yesterday for cyber-bullying an actress who criticized super star Mammootty. “If u can give u r no or u can come to my home or office till […]

TN, Karnataka lead in Child Marriage cases in India; South accounts for 65%

Data from the ministry of women and child development has revealed that the five southern states — Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra — account for close to 65% of all cases registered under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act in the last three years. The four states accounted for 578 cases registered under […]

3,328 complaints about NRI husbands received by external affairs ministry in 3 years

A total of 3,328 Indian women complained to various Indian embassies and missions about their treatment at the hands of their non-resident Indian husbands in the last three years, the external affairs minister said. The highest number of such complaints were received last year, at 1,510. The first 11 months of the current year have […]

Kerala Love Jihad: Ashokan says he’s not anti-Muslim

Ashokan Mani, who has accused the Popular Front of India of trying to kidnap his daughter into Syria, today said he had no problems with his daughter converting to Islam or marrying a Muslim. Ashokan, who has been asked by the Supreme Court to produce the girl Fadiya by Nov 27, said his problem was […]

No decision on Sabarimala Temple Entry for women, referred to constitution bench

Gender activists and others waiting for today’s Supreme Court judgment on the entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple were slightly disappointed today after the court refused to rule one way or the other, instead referring the matter to a constitutional bench. The bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi […]

Maneka Gandhi clarifies: Didn’t say men don’t commit suicide

Union ministry of women & child development has expressed its consternation at its minister Maneka Gandhi being painted as insensitive by the media following a rather lively interaction between the minister and citizens. Media headlines today screamed that Gandhi, who has a reputation as a champion of the oppressed, said she had never heard of […]

‘Nirbhaya scheme’ for women’s transport security at standstill

A well-publicized scheme for ensuring security for women in public road transport unveiled in the wake of the brutal ‘Nirbhaya’ rape and murder of in December 2012 seems to have ground to a halt in the absence of political will. According to the ministry of road transport and highways, only Rs 1.43 cr was spent on the ‘Security […]

Kerala government doctor goes behind the veil to teach Muslim women

A government doctor in Kerala has come under criticism on social media for taking a Polio vaccination awareness class for women from behind a veil. According to local media reports, nearly 100 women participated in the thinly veiled awareness drive conducted by a medical superintendent of the government hospital at Nileswaram in Kasargode district in North Kerala. The […]

Kerala’s Nirbhaya case forces rethink on reliance on Bangladeshi migrants

The latest horror story to come out of Kerala has forced residents in this largely peaceful state to rethink their reliance on migrants — mostly from Bangladesh — for carrying out labour-intensive projects. Over the last five days, gruesome details have emerged about how a law student was raped, tortured and killed in the afternoon […]

Supreme Court sends notice to Center on Muslim divorce laws in India

The Supreme Court today sent notice to the central government in a case based on a complaint by a Muslim woman that the divorce laws applied to her in India are not in conformity with the concept of gender equality promised by the Indian constitution. The court today sought the Union Government’s reply on questions […]