‘Commercialization of breast milk is unethical & wrong’

Breastfeeding is the most effective way to ensure a newborn child’s well-being. It depends on the principle of demand and supply. Dr Shagufta Parveen, a lactation support consultant, founder CEO of Herwellness and co-founder of The Birth Home, Midwifery care centre, spoke to The Observer about the ethics of donating and selling breast milk. Excerpts […]

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Despite a law, many cos do not have internal complaints panels

Women demand them to deal with the cases of harassment Despite a legal mandate, many workplaces do not have Internal Complaints Committees to deal with complaints of sexual harassment of women employees. Under Section 4 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, an employer who has 10 or […]

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Help centres for women give no legal aid, only send cases to cops

Help centres at police stations whose main function is to provide legal assistance to women complainant have been working only as counselling centres. It is mandatory to have a women’s help desk in every police station in accordance with the Nirbhaya scheme. While there are help desks functioning in major police stations, they do not […]

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Marital Rapes

With marital rape not recognized as a crime, cases are hushed up

Pallavi Das (name changed) cries in bed every night after her husband inflicts pain on her while sexually abusing her. She is not sure if it is right to call it “sexual abuse” as her husband says it is the foundation of a healthy marriage. According to The Better India website, 106 countries have recognized marital rape […]

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Most children living in slums drop out of school, do odd jobs

Girls found to study only up to class 3 Children in various slums of Bengaluru attend school but only a few make it to higher education. The Observer noted that most schools near slums impart education only till grade seven. Children, especially girls, find it difficult to continue their education after grade seven. Laxmibai, 24, […]

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Women unaware about menstrual health vulnerable to health issues

Use of cloth causes them skin problems According to the National Family Health Survey, 50 per cent of women aged 15-24 years still use cloth instead of pad for menstrual hygiene. These data point to a lack of awareness about menstrual hygiene, increasing the risk of health problems. Menstruation is still considered a taboo subject in […]

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Women affected by PCOS need to seek help from doctors

‘PCOS should be a valid reason for leave or WFH’ With one in five women diagnosed with PCOS, doctors say there is a need to educate them on the syndrome. Many women do not seek medical help because they find it uncomfortable to discuss it. Women see their close ones going through PCOS, but don’t speak […]

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Police reluctant to file FIRs when women in live-in complain of rape

Police reluctant to file FIRs when women in live-in complain of rape National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) rankings for 2021 show Bengaluru has the fifth highest number of rape cases registered. But local police station reports belie these data. According to the NCRB report, the number of rape cases registered in Bengaluru in 2021 was 117. […]

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As couples spend more time together, violence against women rages

‘Almost all have suffered stress during Covid’ As Covid seems to decline, domestic violence cases show no sign of receding, according to Bengaluru police data. Cases of dowry harassment from January to August 2022 in the Shivaji Nagar police limits alone number 132. “There were 800 Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) cases registered in the first eight […]

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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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