Gender

‘I Cannot Be Intimidated. I Cannot Be Bought.’ The Women Leading India’s Farmers’ Protests

The message to women was clear: Go back home. Since November, hundreds of thousands of farmers had gathered at different sites on the outskirts of the Indian capital to demand the repeal of three agricultural laws that they say would destroy their livelihoods. In January, as the New Delhi winter set in, the Chief Justice of India asked lawyers to persuade elderly people and women to leave the protests. In response, women farmers—mostly from the rural states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh—scrambled onto stages, took hold of microphones and roared back a unanimous “No!”

TIME

‘Our Lives Don’t Matter.’ India’s Female Community Health Workers Say the Government Is Failing to Protect Them From COVID-19

As a new wave of infections rips through India, many community health workers feel abandoned by a government that they say has consistently put their lives at risk with little protective equipment, little pay (sometimes just $30 a month) and little recognition. Lakshmi was an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), part of a 1 million-strong force of female health workers who serve as a connection between smaller, mostly rural communities and India’s overloaded public health system.

TIME

NO COUNTRY FOR HER

Women were the most affected when India imposed a strict lockdown last year for almost 70 days. And while women worldwide had a tough time during this period, especially those in abusive relationships, in India, a patriarchal country where the gender power imbalance (especially between husbands and wives) is stark, these few months shone a spotlight on something everyone would rather push under the carpet: intimate partner violence. The National Commission for Women reported receiving the same number of complaints from women about domestic violence in one week as it would normally receive in a month.

THE NEW INTERNATIONALIST MAGAZINE

Father Beheads Daughter in One of the Most Dangerous Places for Women

Sarvesh Kumar, from Hardoi’s Pandetara village in Uttar Pradesh, had thought it fit to behead his 17-year-old daughter over an alleged love affair she had with a man he disapproved of. In the video, he is matter of fact. There is no guilt or grief, just a practical narration of the events.

After catching his daughter in a compromising position with a man two days earlier, he had vowed not to touch food or water until he could kill the two. In the video, he explains that he couldn’t find the man, managing only to kill his daughter. “I locked the door and got it done,” he says in Hindi.

THE DAILY BEAST

India’s New Laws Hurt Women Most of All

New Delhi wants people to prove their citizenship. But Indian women are the demographic least likely to possess paperwork.

FOREIGN POLICY

I Was a Victim of Sexual Harassment in India, Today I Rejoice

Indian women like me are celebrating after a court threw out a former government minister’s effort to punish his alleged victim for daring to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

THE DAILY BEAST

MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Defense counsel team’s conduct at recent hearing proves women battle patriarchy in courtrooms too

Geeta Luthra and her team, who are representing MJ Akbar in his defamation case against Priya Ramani, reportedly mocked Ghazala Wahab when she testified against Akbar and detailed the harassment she faced at his hands. Ironically, during the early days of the trial, Luthra had protested against murmurs or laughs that erupted when Akbar made his statement.

FIRSTPOST

How women in India demanded—and are getting—safer streets

Since a horrifying assault shocked the nation, women there have pressed for more protection from harassment and abuse in public spaces.

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

#MeToo in India: Speaking up against non-sexual harassment should be the next logical step for the movement

Are women in India dropping off the workforce because of bullying and bias? Speaking up about non-sexual harassment at work should be the most logical next step for the MeToo movement in India, and all over the world.

FIRSTPOST

School Has Been a Right for Girls in India Since 2009. So Why Aren’t They Going?

It will be a decade in August since the Indian Parliament passed the Act. In 2010, when the act was implemented, TIME asked: “School is a Right, But Will Indian Girls Be Able to Go?” The skepticism was hidden in the question. The skepticism is now a fact, backed by statistics.

TIME

Lok Sabha polls: Patriarchy shrouds women’s vote in Bundelkhand as men go all out to ensure status quo

The unpaved road leads to a haphazard colony of mostly makeshift and a few pucca houses in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region.

FIRSTPOST