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Killed, assaulted for resisting rape

A victim of attempted rape had her ear cut off while another died while jumping out of a moving train. Both were trying to escape their attackers

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Lack of sanitary protection causes 23% of girls to drop out of school

Seventy per cent of Indian women cannot afford sanitary napkins and 23% of Indian girls drop out of school because of menstruation-related problems, says a new study

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Study links female infanticide to domestic violence

An international study estimates that the deaths of 1.8 million female infants and children in India over the past 20 years are related to domestic violence against their mothers

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Bhopal college enacts 'saris-only' dress code for women teachers

The people’s participation committee of a Bhopal college has decreed that women teachers can’t wear clothes that make them look like students, and that female students will soon also be told what to wear

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Women in economy: India among lowest in world

India continues to falter in its initiatives to bring gender-based parity in the areas of health, education and economic participation while Europe’s Nordic countries remain global leaders in the campaign to close the gender equality gap, says a global report

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Rights group accuses India over maternal health situation

A leading rights group has accused India of hoodwinking the public over its claims of improving maternal health, as renewed efforts began at the United Nations to cut global poverty

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Maternal deaths on a slow decline: UN

Deaths from complications during pregnancy and childbirth have fallen by a third in the past two decades. But 1,000 women still die needlessly every day, says the World Health Organisation

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SC suggests re-look at dowry harassment in IPC

The Supreme Court calls for a serious re-look at Section 498 A, the dowry harassment clause in the Indian Penal Code

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Don't club homemakers with non-workers: SC

The Supreme Court has asked Parliament to re-think the value of homemakers, pointing out that even the Census of India officially categorises them as ‘economically non-productive workers’, alongside beggars, prostitutes and prisoners

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1,600 girls missing at birth every day, in India: UNPF

Nearly 1,600 girls a day and 6 lakh a year are missing at birth in the country owing to pre-natal sex-selection, according to the United Nations Population Fund

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80% of Delhi women fear for their safety

Two out of three women in Delhi have suffered sexual harassment at least two to five times in the last year. Female respondents to a survey expressed a dismal lack of confidence in the police to curb harassment, with only 0.8% reporting such incidents to the authorities

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HC stresses need to amend PCPNDT Act

Voicing concern over non-effective implementation of the law to prevent pre-natal sex determination, the Delhi High Court has suggested that the central government plug loopholes in the legislation

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New UN agency to strengthen women's voice

The United Nations General Assembly, in creating a new agency focused on women’s rights, has taken a major step towards mending its historical failure in investing in women’s equality, says Human Rights Watch

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8 wedding pheras, not 7, to end gender discrimination

Saat pheras (seven rounds of the holy fire) at Hindu weddings are passé. It is now time for eight pheras; the extra one is for not indulging in gender discrimination and female foeticide

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Giving dowry also a crime, says court

Observing that the anti-dowry law has been reduced to a “paper tiger”, a Delhi court says the bride and her family too must be prosecuted to eliminate the social evil

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NCW to hold consultations to fix age of consent for sex

There is no uniformity on the age of consent for sex, with different laws stipulating different ages. The National Commission for Women has been asked to clear the ambiguity

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India not a good place to be a mother: report

The 11th ‘State of the World’s Mothers Report’ emphasises the need for large numbers of trained local women to attend to the health needs of women and children in developing countries. It also highlights some success stories

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India's 'missing women' highest in Asia-Pacific: UNDP report

Discrimination against women that threatens their very existence is rife in the Asia-Pacific region, and India is at the top of the list says a recent UNDP report on gender equality

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Amendments to Dowry Act to plug loopholes

New amendments to the Dowry Prohibition Act, suggested by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, include maintaining a notorised list of wedding gifts, reduced penalties for dowry-givers and linking the Dowry Act to the Domestic Violence Act

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Rajya Sabha passes Women's Reservation Bill

The Bill reserving one-third of seats for women in the Indian Parliament, stalled for 14 years, was passed on March 9 among rowdy scenes by those opposed to it

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