Marriage is no license for sex without consent, say Delhiites

‘Forced sex  damages a relationship’ Shilpa Singh from Delhi has been married for 20 years. She says she has never been abused by her husband, but knows people who have abusive husbands.  “Not every marriage is based on love and consent. There shouldn’t be an exception for husbands when it comes to forced sexual intercourse […]

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Freelance designers use pirated Adobe apps due to high cost

Open-source alternatives popular too Graphic designers in Bengaluru and Mumbai prefer to use pirated or open-source alternatives to Adobe applications  to paying for them. According to the India Design Report by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai have the largest number of designers in the country, with these three cities having approximately […]

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Number of undertrials rises during the pandemic

Undertrial prisoners in Karnataka outnumber convicts 2-1.The number of undertrials has gone up in recent years. Most of them are migrant workers from backward classes coming from poor and downtrodden families.  According to the latest Prison Statistics Report, 2019,  published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), nearly 70 percent of the prison population in […]

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Women’s bank a/cs rise, but not their financial independence

Most have no say in how to spend money Bengaluru: Karnataka is seeing a 29 percent rise in women’s bank accounts as per the State Fact Sheet of the National Family Health Survey (2019-20), but this does not necessarily mean that they are financially independent. As per the State Fact Sheet of the NFHS, the […]

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Delivery workers are scared to go to city outskirts after dark

Some have been cornered and robbed by gangs Delivery persons from Swiggy, Amazon and Dunzo are wary of going to the outskirts of Bengaluru in the dark fearing they will be robbed. Robberies are common in areas like Kengeri because they are dimly lit, thinly populated and have forest patches. “Usually, robbers come in gangs, […]

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Poor infra hits virtual court proceedings

By Abhishek Saini Bengaluru: Lack of proper infrastructure, application software, and trained personnel in the Court of Small Causes and the City Civil Court is hampering the implementation of virtual court proceedings in Bengaluru. “I just had to show one document. Now, I’m waiting for the lawyer to get the work done. All this would […]

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LGBTQ community has no law to protect its workplace rights

Their colleagues continue to be insensitive Bengaluru: Employees from the LGBTQ community receive no legal protection from their employers in case of discrimination meted out on them by their colleagues or superiors in the company. Soumitra Iyer, a recruiter at BXC Technology, informed The Observer: “We are not aware of any anti-discriminatory law for LGBTQ […]

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Number of kids breaking the law rose during the lockdown

Most belong to broken homes, poor families Bengaluru: The pandemic has added more cases of children in conflict with the law to the already rising trend of delinquent acts in Bengaluru. Data received from various helplines for women and children indicate that there has been an increase in domestic violence and sexual attacks on women […]

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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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Cow slaughter law robs income of Bengaluru’s beef traders

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s law against cow slaughter has drastically reduced the earnings of beef traders. Some have shut their businesses because they have not earned any money after the law was enacted. Owing to recurring losses, the number of beef shops in Shivajinagar has declined to 18 from 56.  Khasim Najeeb, a beef trader at Saqib […]

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