articles by The Ladies Finger

India

High suicide rates among women in India: Toxic gender roles in marriage exacerbate the problem

Most of these Indian women who kill themselves are under 40, and most are married.

India

SC verdict on Sabarimala temple is a win for those who believe in Lord Ayyappa, but question the system

The Supreme Court has said that the bare feet of ladies log can now enter Sabarimala, now trudge up those 18 steps, see the light of the Makara Villak if they wish.

India

Section 377 scrapped: Queer activists recount their most significant memories in the run-up to the verdict

For queer activists, it's been a long and arduous journey that led to the historic 6 September ruling scrapping Section 377

Life

Sabyasachi's comment on models' physiques shows designers view women only as objects

By expressing disdain for 'stick-thin' models, designer Sabyasachi seems to forget that they stop eating to match designers' expectations, not to suit themselves

India

PC George Handbook for Politicians Commenting on Sexual Assault: 7 easy steps to avoid humiliation, public abuse

On 9 September, PC George organised a press-conference in Kottayam. At this press conference he tore into the nun's credibility. According to News18, he said, "She says she was abused 13 times. How is it possible that she didn't have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time?"

India

Action taken against Lois Sophia, Sterlite protests show democracy in Tamil Nadu is under threat

The country has been dormant in responding to a crisis of democracy that has intensified in Tamil Nadu over the past few months.

India

MARD's anti-sexual harassment cell is a welcome step, but the medical field needs more gender sensitisation

The cell has two women representatives from MARD so that sexual harassment victims feel comfortable confiding in them.

India

Dil Chahta Hai in Varanasi: A holiday package for men who refuse to understand feminism, domestic violence

150 men from all over India performed the “last rites” of marital relations and the corrupt form of feminism in Varanasi on 13 August.

India

Supreme Court deliberates over adultery laws: An individual's right to choose sexual partners must be respected

Chances are, if the current laws on adultery are made gender-neutral, allegations of adultery could be filed against a rape victim as well

India

Here's a wishlist for the police on ensuring women's safety — and it doesn't involve painting anything pink

This silver bullet in the form of pink cars and CCTV cameras and adoption of cool names isn’t the solution that we expect the police to come up with.

Life

Kiki Challenge, Musical.ly and Aadhar: India has much to offer when it comes to things no one asked for

We are constantly being told what is national, what is authentic, what is cool, what the whole country will surely enjoy. But we continue to secretly find our uncool pursuits.

Life

A universal struggle: Women are asking for pockets in their clothes, while calling out sexism

With changing times, women have learnt that they deserve pockets in their clothes too and have been actively asking for it on the internet, and off it.

India

Kerala sex-for-silence scandal: NCW's call to ban confession arbitrary, efforts to reform religion should come from within community

There is a world of difference between cases of women's religious subjugation like the practice genital mutilation, and NCW's demand to ban confession.

India

Justice Gangele sexual harassment case highlights how institutions are inherently biased against complainants

The story of the Assistant District Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has taken on a similar turn of events.

India

Govt's ban on import, production and sale of life-saving drug oxytocin will negatively impact healthcare

Three months ago, the government created a monopoly of the drug oxytocin that prevents women from bleeding to death during labour.

India

Bleeding without tax: Centre making sanitary napkins GST-free cause to rejoice, but some fear manufacturers may hike prices

The Centre has withdrawn the 12 percent GST levied on sanitary napkins, which it earlier taxed as a luxury product.

Entertainment

Comicstaan's women contestants take forward Nanette star Hannah Gadsby's conversation on sexual abuse

These women in Comicstaan have turned the tables and made everyone be at the receiving end of their unique and thought-provoking sexual harassment jokes.

India

Activists against female genital cutting pin hopes on Supreme Court, but path to ending practice will not be easy

On 16 July, the Supreme Court will begin hearings on whether the practice of female genital cutting, is constitutional or not.