Women Series News
In Rajasthan villages, a couple's initiative to introduce free bus service for girls drives change, boosts school enrolment
In Rajasthan's Kotpuli, many parents hesitate to send their daughters to schools and colleges. A free bus service for girls is changing that.
In Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj, women form 'Green Gang' to take on abusers in rough and ready manner
The Green Gang was formed by Anguri Dahadiya in 2010 after her house was seized by an influential person in Kannauj.
Women in Punjab’s Bhotna village say no to 'cancerous farming', adopt organic methods to save state's soil
Often called the cancer capital of India, Punjab's Malwa region has registered around 42,000 cases of this killer disease in the past decade.
Victims of pellet guns, Kashmir's women battle depression, anxiety with little help from government
Pellet guns have brought much more grief to the people of Jammu and Kashmir than the immediate searing pain in the lives of many. The state government has been of barely any help, and its rehab scheme is a sham.
Winds of change blow in Uttar Pradesh's Nat Purwa village where prostitution is tradition, source of income for families
With a population of around 5,000, located 72 km from Lucknow, Nat Purwa in Uttar Pradesh has a long history of prostitution. it is a hereditary occupation, passed down for generations.
Sluggish disposal of cases, inadequate legal aid system: How the Indian judiciary repeatedly fails women
Data with the NCRB shows that the disposal rate of crimes against women in courts is just 11.2 percent; out of 13,42,060 cases filed, 12,04,786 are still pending.
Online rape threats, abuse and vicious attacks: The price that Indian women in politics pay for being opinionated
As the country hopes for a more gender-balanced political participation, the vitriolic hate spewed against women politicians becomes a major deterrent.
Lack of familial and govt support in Jammu and Kashmir drives oppressed women to suicide
The women's commission in Jammu and Kashmir receives nearly 10 daily complaints from women who live in despair after being abandoned by their husbands and families.
In Meerut, 'Thali Gang' on prowl for sexual predators: Group clangs attention to perpetrators to ensure women's safety
Members of the Thali Gang in Meerut bang spoons against steel plates outside the homes of sex offenders to draw attention to their crime and ensure action.
Sexual harassment an everyday affair at work for Punjab's Dalit women, humiliation part of the job
Punjab is known for its rich cultural heritage and lifestyle, but the condition of Dalit women in several parts of the state is not common knowledge.
300% jump in violent against women under Mehbooba Mufti rule: 1st woman CM's 'crocodile tears' for elections only, say activists
Known as the "messiah of women", Mehbooba Mufti was the beacon of hope for the women of Jammu and Kashmir when she took oath as the first woman chief minister of the violence-ridden state. But after the end of her two-year-long spell, the women in the state are among the most disappointed lot.
Tribe in Chhattisgarh subjects pregnant women to solitary confinement: Prejudice disguised as custom
That’s a tradition a tribe living in the jungles of central India's Chhattisgarh state follows to “protect” the health of the mother to be.
Tiger prawns collected by women of the Sundarbans are a global delicacy, but collectors remain a neglected lot
The women who collect tiger prawn seedlings in the Sundarbans risk health hazards as well as their lives because of the threat of crocodiles and tigers.
Women and their struggles: Excessive focus on sexual crimes ignores everyday iniquities and indignities they face
The latest National Crime Records Bureau statistics show an 83% increase in crimes against women, with as many as 39 cases reported every hour across the country. There are several thousand more instances that go unreported. And yet, such felonious acts represent only a limited view of the manner in which women in this country must face brutality. In this series of reported pieces, Firstpost examines those societal forces that, while beyond the ambit of law, have the same deleterious effect on women as criminal acts.