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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Anemia increases 5 per cent in Bengaluru girls in 15-19 age group

Vitamin B12, iron deficiency is leading cause Anemia cases have increased in girls aged between 15 and 19 in Bengaluru over the years.  According to the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS),  45.1 per cent of girls in this age group have anemia. among these girls, an increase of almost 5 per cent since NFHS-4. Hetesvi […]

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Sex workers struggle to repay loans taken at exorbitant rates

Are forced to pay interest at 20% a month Sex workers in Bengaluru are struggling to repay loans they took during the pandemic. High interest rates and few clients have made it difficult for them, they say. Every business was adversely affected when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020. Sex workers were the worst […]

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WFH during lockdowns raised mental stress among women

Had more work at home despite help from men. Women working from home had more workload than men during the pandemic-induced lockdowns, affecting their mental health, as per a study.  Deloitte’s study on the impact of pandemic on working women has revealed that 65 per cent of the surveyed women had shouldered greater responsibility than […]

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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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If women work together, they can double India’s GDP: Exec Dir, FLO

“FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) is working further towards women empowerment and entrepreneurship” said Ujjwala Singhania, President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) FLO, while speaking at the inauguration of the 10th year of its Bengaluru Chapter  The FLO aspires for a society where women are harbingers of change. Rasmi Sarita, the Executive […]

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Girls graduate in tech in large numbers, but not many get jobs

Employers think males are more capable than them Despite graduating from engineering and technology colleges in large numbers, few girls get employment in them, say women professionals. Isha Doshi, an associate consultant from Mumbai, informed The Observer: “I don’t know the reason, but there is a trend I see; with each level of seniority, the […]

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Women living alone find it hard to get accommodation in Bengaluru

Say restrictions by landlords are unreasonable Women living alone in big cities like Bengaluru struggle to find a home as people are unwilling to rent out apartments to them. Sugandha Agarwal, 25, a software engineer who came to Bengaluru in 2018 for her job, informed The Observer: “For bachelors like us, especially women, searching for […]

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Bengaluru among top cities in cases of women’s harassment

Most do not go to police as offenders escape Bengaluru has registered a high crime rate of harassment of women. It competes  with Ahmedabad, Delhi and Hyderabad in crimes against women, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to the NCRB 2020 report, Bengaluru has a crime rate of 0.5 in cases pertaining […]

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