Katik community demands SC status, stages protest

Members say they get no government support Members of Karnataka’s Katikcommunity on Tuesday staged a protest demanding their inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes. R.K. Siddaramanna, former MLC and chief convener of Sanchalana Samaj, an organizationthat helps the Katiks,said: “Our demand is that they give us SC status and all the benefits that come […]

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Re-implemented menstrual pads scheme remains on paper

NGOs step in as  government school girls aren’t getting any sanitary pads Despite the re-implementation of the Shuchi scheme by the Karnataka government in the financial year 2021-22, government schools in Bengaluru are still not receiving sanitary napkins. The scheme aims at distributing sanitary pads among adolescent girls in government schools and PU colleges.  The Observer […]

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Rise in infertility is becoming a concern for Karnataka women

Stress, smoking,  drinking among the many reasons A man came in with swift steps with a box of sweets in his hands. The nurses smiled and congratulated him on having his first newborn. In contrast to him was a  woman, not more than 25 years of age, wiping her tear-stained face with the crumpled end of […]

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More pregnant women now visit maternity clinics than before

Some still don’t see docs due to taboos, shyness The percentage of women who made at least four antenatal visits to maternity clinics has risen by 0.8 per cent over four years as per the State Fact sheet of the National Family Health Survey, 2019). According to the NFHS, the percentage of women who made […]

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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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Tedious document verification for Karanth Layout is a pain for villagers

They are unable to find papers for their homes Bengaluru: A tedious document-verification procedure for houses built on notified land for the construction of Dr. Shivaram Karanth Layout before August 2018 is proving to be a hassle for citizens. “We built our house in 2019. Now we do not have all the documents and are […]

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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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