Articles by Gita Aravamudan
Jul 16, 2017
As confusion over surrogacy in India deepens, who cares about the surrogate mother?With surrogate mothers being mistreated during recent raids on fertility clinics in Hyderabad, the spotlight is once again on the urgent need to have a proper regulatory body which will address the issue of surrogacy
Jul 09, 2017
Sexism, patriarchy in the film industry make women's collectives the need of the hour across film industriesWill the Women’s Collective be able to stem this sort of deep rot which is rooted in unbridled patriarchy? Will it be able to ensure that the women in this field get the same benefits which their sisters in other professions have?
Jul 02, 2017
Larissa Waters and breastfeeding in public: Can ordinary working women do the same?MP Larissa Waters breastfeeding her baby in Australian parliament is commendable, but how relevant are such gestures to ordinary working women anywhere in the world?
Jun 10, 2017
IIT scholar Manjula Devak's suicide shows that in India, dowry is still a silent killer of womenThe death of Manjula Devak, a PhD scholar from IIT Delhi, has exposed a society which still views women only as bringers of dowry. Not as sentient humans beings with lives, dreams and abilities of their own.
May 27, 2017
From triple talaq to honour killing, 'tradition' is an excuse used to suppress womenFrom triple talaq to honour killings, sati, johar, infanticide — why are traditions that harm women seen as protective mechanisms?
May 07, 2017
Pascal Mazurier-Suja Jones case ruling shows the 'motherhood' trope has become farcicalSociety has a skewed view of motherhood, and years and years of patriarchal brainwashing has made women draw 'Lakshman rekhas' around themselves
Apr 30, 2017
Neha Rastogi-Abhishek Gattani case shows the many faces of domestic violenceThe Neha Rastogi and Abhishek Gattani case shows that domestic violence can flourish even in sunny California — the Mecca of middle-class India's dreams
Apr 22, 2017
Maharashtra's mandatory sex determination move will victimise women, not those exploiting their wombsMaking sex determination tests mandatory, as proposed in Maharashtra, is fraught with issues
Apr 02, 2017
The lost and found girls of UsilampattiUsilampatti, near Madurai, was infamous for its large incidence of female infanticide. Then, a number of its 'missing daughters' were found living in an illegal missionary-run home in nearby Tiruchi.
Mar 05, 2017
International Women's Day 2017: Kerala and the myth of matriarchyIn the matrilineal joint families of Kerala, patriarchs — not matriarchs — actually ruled the roost