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First case of infanticide against family registered in Rajasthan

There are just 13 girls in the village of Devra. A possible 14th could have been the victim of the widespread practice of female infanticide

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Planning Commission proposes financial aid for rape victims

A victim of rape could be given financial aid of up to Rs 3 lakh if a criminal injuries board is satisfied, prima facie, that a case exists

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Strong legislation but poor implementation continues to kill off girls

A law to curb the misuse of technology to determine the sex of the foetus, and thereby curb sex selective abortion, has now been in force for 14 years. So, why has India got the worst child sex ratio since Independence?

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Maharashtra to provide 50% reservation for women in state local bodies

Political parties in Maharashtra will have to nominate 130,734 women in local bodies during elections, now that the state cabinet has approved increasing the women’s quota from 33% to 50%

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Indian men most sexually violent, says survey of six developing nations

Twenty-four per cent of Indian men have committed sexual violence at some point in their lives, 20% forced their partners to have sex with them, and only 17% of Indian men could be considered ‘highly equitable’, reveals a survey of six developing countries

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SC lets off rapists after they agree to pay Rs 50,000 fine

Though rape is not a compoundable offence, the Supreme Court gave in to the plea that the offence occurred 15 years ago; the three convicts and the victim agreed to a fine of Rs 50,000 from each and termination of the 10-year sentence

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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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Two Mumbai doctors face imprisonment for sex determination tests

An advertisement offering treatment to those who “want a boy” has landed two practising doctors in jail with the local magistrate holding them guilty of violations under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 2003

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India ranks a poor 114th in gender equality

The country ranks in the bottom half, among 134 countries, in terms of gender equality in the latest ranking that assesses the distribution of resources and opportunities among males and females around the world

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Too many Indian women dying during childbirth

Unless India actually counts all the women who die during childbirth, it won’t be able to prevent these thousands of unnecessary deaths. Accountability might seem like an abstract concept, but for Indian women it’s a matter of life and death, says Aruna Kashyap, South Asia researcher in HRW’s women’s rights division

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Women's panel to probe 'wife mortgages' by indebted farmers in Bundelkhand

The National Commission for Women is sending a team to probe the “awful and unbelievable” reports that indebted farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s drought-hit Bundelkhand region are selling off their women to survive

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50% quota for women in all tiers of panchayati raj

A proposed amendment seeks to increase reservation for women in the number of seats to be filled by direct election for the office of chairperson, right from the panchayat to the panchayat samiti and the zilla parishad

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Delhi has more pink than blue

Leading the way in changing the skewed sex ratio across the country, Delhi has posted a remarkable improvement in the sex ratio, from 820 per 1,000 in 2005 and 848 in 2007 to 1,004 in 2008. This was revealed by the Annual Report on Births and Deaths in Delhi-2008 prepared by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics and Office of the Chief Registrar (Births and Deaths) of the Delhi government 
http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/26/stories/2009082663100300.htm, August 26, 2009  

Supreme Court expresses anguish over continuing dowry deaths

The Supreme Court highlights the persistent menace of dowry and suggests that no mercy be shown to the accused

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Bangaloreans' night out for safety of women

Bangaloreans marched on the streets of their city on the night of March 8 to protest against attacks on women and to demand the safety of women at all times

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Bangalore women seek immediate action against attackers

According to a fact-finding team, at least 50 attacks have been reported on women in the past 18 months

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Special financial assistance for girl-child, would-be mothers in Assam

Assam’s Majoni scheme will pay pregnant mothers Rs 1,000 for two health check-ups, and Rs 5,000 in a fixed deposit for girl-children to avail of when they reach the age of 16

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'Pink Chaddi' and 'Pub Bharo' campaigns against moral policing gather momentum

People are being urged to fill pubs and send pink underwear to the Sri Ram Sene chief on Valentine’s Day to show their anger and disapproval at the recent violence unleashed by the fundamentalist group against women in a pub in Mangalore

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Report on India's domestic violence law highlights major loopholes

A report that studied how the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act was being implemented two years after it came into force, finds that much of the infrastructure, budgetary allocation and interaction between various departments is still lacking

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NCW pushes for law against acid attacks on women

With the death of K Swapnika, victim of an acid attack, on December 30, the need for a special law to deal with this terrible crime becomes urgent

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