Rape videos emanate from belief that men are greater than women

‘To create fear, strong punishment should be given’ Bengaluru: A horrifying video of a woman being brutally assaulted and raped by four men and a woman has been circulated on a porn site. This is not the first time a rape video has made its way to cyberspace. Neha Dalal, a psychologist and professor at L.S. […]

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Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect health of women

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect the health of women. According to studies, about 88 per cent of Indian women and girls use alternatives to sanitary pads like cloth, rags, hay, sand or ash. Dr Alok Deb, a gynecologist at Woodland Hospital, Shillong, informed The Observer: “Menstrual Hygiene is […]

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Homemakers use social media to resell clothes, lifestyle items

Homemakers in Gujarat are increasingly getting involved in the reselling business through social media platforms. Ashal Bhogesara, an apparel reseller who owns FabFashion, informed The Observer: “Amid the pandemic, when several people are losing their jobs, this business is offering employment to women. Also, due to the pandemic, I have experienced an upward trend in […]

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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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