Wig industry tears its hair over lack of supplies, recurring losses

No. of women visiting salons falls in big way Bengaluru: The wig industry is struggling to recover from effects of the pandemic. India, which supplies 80 per cent of the world’s wigs, has seen a reduction of 60 per cent in production. As salons have seen a steep decline in the number of clients they […]

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17 lakh girls affected as state government halts free pads scheme

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government’s decision to halt funds to the Shuchi sanitary napkin distribution scheme in the 2020-21 budget has adversely affected students of rural schools and colleges. P. Jagadani, a 15-year-old student at a government school in Gollahalli, Kumbalgodu, informed The Observer: “We have not received any pads for almost two years now. During the […]

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Women, beware: Cars with 5-star safety rating are unsafe for you

Bengaluru: When a woman buys a car with a five-star safety rating, she assumes she’s safe. She’s mistaken. For the car was produced with men in mind. In 2020, most automakers produced cars based on data from male crash test dummies. These cars can have deadly consequences for women. M. Shama, a car driver in […]

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Bengaluru’s Rohingyas have no access to basic facilities

Lockdown ended rag picking, their source of income By Upasana Banerjee Bengaluru: Rohingya refugees living in Dasarahalli near Hebbal are struggling to make a living because they are not entitled to any facilities. Tagged illegal immigrants on Indian soil, they cannot avail of rations or basic medical facilities. The only identity they hold is the […]

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Poor sanitation in B’luru slums takes toll on women’s health

Only 597 out of 2,000 slums get government help Bengaluru: Of the 93 million slum residents in India, 85% have poor or no access to sanitation, according to the National Sample Survey Organization report of 2019-2020. This impacts women’s health more adversely than that of men. Rapid population growth has given rise to 2,000 slums […]

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How Much is Too Much?

Sexual violence against women in film is a reflection of reality but is increasingly becoming a cause for concern. The finale episode of the much-awaited Amazon Prime series Mirzapur scheduled for release this month shows a wheelchair-bound man forcing his daughter-in-law at gunpoint to sexually gratify another man.  Outside the constraints of box-office collections and […]

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With domestic help not allowed, women hit by Pandemic Fatigue

Apartment associations’ decision puts extra burden With apartment associations not allowing house help to come to work during the pandemic, many women have complained of developing ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. They say it is tough for them to handle the entire workload. “The pandemic and lockdown have only increased my work. I do not get free time […]

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Centre to help women facing trauma yet to get off the ground

The Centre’s One Stop Centre (OSC), or Sakhi, which is supposed to assist women who face trauma after violence, is itself looking for support. Four years after the launch of the scheme, the construction of a permanent place for OSC in Bengaluru has not begun. An official from Karnataka’s women and child development department who […]

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