Orphaned children must be a policy priority

Synopsis – COVID pandemic has been a nightmare, especially for orphaned children due to the deadly second wave. Government intervention is needed to help alleviate problems related to orphan care in India. Introduction Even before the COVID pandemic, society generally ignored orphan children and their problems. People were discriminatory towards them. Their socio-economic condition, and multiple… Continue reading Orphaned children must be a policy priority

Legal and moral issues in Tarun Tejpal Case

Synopsis: The Tarun Tejpal acquittal in sexual harassment cases is based on preconceived notions of court and victim shaming. This decision involves legal and moral issues. It will deter women from fighting crimes against them. Background: Tarun Tejpal is a former editor of a news magazine, who was charged with sexually assaulting an employee in… Continue reading Legal and moral issues in Tarun Tejpal Case

“PENCIL Portal” to Report Instances of Child Labour

What is the News? Union Minister of Women and Child Development appealed to citizens to report the instances of Child Labour on the PENCIL Portal or by calling on Childline-1098. This appeal came on World Day Against Child Labour. About PENCIL Portal: PENCIL Portal stands for Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour. Purpose: It… Continue reading “PENCIL Portal” to Report Instances of Child Labour

“Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

What is the news? “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward” report has been released by International Labour Organization and UNICEF. What is Child labour? As per ILO, Child labour is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their physical… Continue reading “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

Why foster care in India needs to be expanded?

Synopsis: Foster care is a feasible, suitable substitute to adoption and institutional care in light of the trouble being faced by Covid-19 orphans. Introduction  Orphaned children in the second wave of Covid-19 are being sent to local shelter homes. But, is it the optimum solution? The negative impact of institutional care Every child has a… Continue reading Why foster care in India needs to be expanded?

Amending Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to provide labour rights for sex workers

Synopsis: The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act needs to be reformed to decriminalise sex work and to guarantee labour rights for sex workers. Background Sex work in India is governed by the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. It penalises acts such as keeping a brothel, soliciting in a public place, living off the earnings of sex work… Continue reading Amending Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to provide labour rights for sex workers

The Right to a fair trial and the Indian Evidence Act

Synopsis: Acquittals in rape cases are often based on stereotypes about rape survivors and their past sexual history. But that has to change if India wants to ensure the Right to a fair trial. Background During the recent judgement by the Goa session’s court in Tarun Tejpal case the court referred to the survivor’s sexual… Continue reading The Right to a fair trial and the Indian Evidence Act

Timely Implementation of Relief Schemes for Children is desired

Synopsis: The government has announced numerous relief measures for supporting the children who lost their parents in the pandemic. This would give them some cushion for survival if the timely implementation of relief measures takes place. Background: The pandemic has brutally impacted every section of society, but the situation of children losing their parents is… Continue reading Timely Implementation of Relief Schemes for Children is desired

Child labour in India- Need of Effective Policy making and programmatic interventions

Synopsis:  India needs to address the causative factors for Child labor through effective Policymaking and programmatic interventions. It should aim at the elimination of child labor in all its forms by 2025. Background The Pandemic has amplified the contributing factors for Child labor in India. For instance, School lockdown, increasing unemployment, etc., However, not all… Continue reading Child labour in India- Need of Effective Policy making and programmatic interventions

Nearly 10,000 children in country need immediate care: NCPCR tells SC

What is the News? The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) has informed the Supreme Court that nearly 10,000 children need immediate care and protection due to the impact of Covid-19.  What was the case? The Supreme Court of India has taken up a suo motu petition to examine ways to protect children. Especially… Continue reading Nearly 10,000 children in country need immediate care: NCPCR tells SC

The Case of Caste-Based Violence against Women

Synopsis: The Supreme Court convicted the accused of rape under Section 376 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) in the recent Patan Jamal Vali v. State of Andhra Pradesh case. However, the conviction under the Prevention of Atrocities Act (PoA) was set aside. It shows insensitivity towards the recognition of caste-based violence against women in India.… Continue reading The Case of Caste-Based Violence against Women

How govts can support Covid Orphans?

Synopsis: Short, medium- and long-term solutions are needed for the care and protection of covid orphans.  Vulnerability of Children due to the impact of Pandemic Children’s safety, health, holistic development, and even their very futures are at risk. For instance, Many children are in danger of being trafficked or forced into child labor. Teenage girls… Continue reading How govts can support Covid Orphans?

Orphaned Children in India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 577 children across the country have been orphaned since April by the second wave of the pandemic. Experts suggest this is due to the higher mortality rate of the young adults between 30 and 40 age groups. Some children have been totally left alone as… Continue reading Orphaned Children in India – Explained, Pointwise

Issues with Tarun Tejpal case judgment

Synopsis:  Tarun Tejpal case judgment needs to be overturned. It will, otherwise, remain as a bad precedent that will impede the workplace safety of women. Background Tarun Tejpal, the former Tehelka editor-in-chief was accused of sexually assaulting his female colleague. Followingly he was arrested and released on bail by the Supreme Court. Recently, an Additional… Continue reading Issues with Tarun Tejpal case judgment

PM-CARES for Children scheme

What is the News? The Prime Minister has announced a special PM-CARES for Children scheme. The scheme includes a comprehensive financial aid package for children orphaned during the pandemic. About PM-CARES for Children Scheme: The PM-CARES for Children Scheme will support children. It is for those who have lost both parents or surviving parent or… Continue reading PM-CARES for Children scheme

“Mid-Day-Meal Scheme” – Govt decides to provide monetary assistance through DBT

What is the News? The Ministry of Education has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to students enrolled in Mid-Day-Meal Scheme. The cooking cost component amount will be provided through Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) to all eligible children. About Mid Day Meal Scheme: Mid Day Meal Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 1995… Continue reading “Mid-Day-Meal Scheme” – Govt decides to provide monetary assistance through DBT

Supreme Court Guidelines on “Section 304-B” of IPC

What is the News? The Supreme Court in its recent judgement has widened the scope of Section 304-B of the Indian Penal Code(IPC). This section punishes persons accused of dowry deaths. Data on Dowry Deaths in India: Dowry deaths accounted for 40% to 50% of homicides in the country for almost a decade from 1999… Continue reading Supreme Court Guidelines on “Section 304-B” of IPC

Centre Plans “One-Stop Centres” in Foreign Countries to Help Women

What is the News? The Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to set up One Stop Centres (OSCs) in foreign countries. These centers will provide assistance to Indian women who are survivors of gender-based violence. About One Stop Centres(OSCs) in Foreign Countries: One-Stop Centres(OSCs) will be set up at the ten foreign missions… Continue reading Centre Plans “One-Stop Centres” in Foreign Countries to Help Women

Historical Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse under POCSO Act

Synopsis – There is an urgent need to reform POSCO Act to enable historical reporting of child sexual abuse.  Introduction- The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 enacted by the government to deal with child sexual abuse cases. The law made a significant contribution in dealing with the issues of child sexual… Continue reading Historical Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse under POCSO Act

WEF’s Gender Gap Index – Comparison between India and Bangladesh on Gender Equality

  Synopsis – Key findings from the Global Gender Gap Index 2021 show that there are many things that India can learn from Bangladesh. Introduction- According to the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2021, India is ranked at number 140 out of 156 nations. It is a drop of 28 places compared to last… Continue reading WEF’s Gender Gap Index – Comparison between India and Bangladesh on Gender Equality

“SAMVEDNA Helpline”- Tele Counselling of Children Impacted by Covid-19

What is the News? Children impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic are being provided telecounseling through SAMVEDNA. About SAMVEDNA: Firstly, SAMVEDNA stands for Sensitizing Action on Mental Health Vulnerability through Emotional Development and Necessary Acceptance. Secondly, it is a toll-free helpline number that aims to provide psychological first-aid and emotional support to the COVID-19 affected children… Continue reading “SAMVEDNA Helpline”- Tele Counselling of Children Impacted by Covid-19

Systemic Issues affecting Women’s Participation in labour Market

Synopsis: The burden on Women during the Pandemic increased disproportionately due to Societal norms, a male-dominated job market, and a lack of gender-sensitive policy making. This article provides a solution to address these issues. Background Gender inequality in terms of employment is high in India. For instance, only 18% of working-age women were employed as… Continue reading Systemic Issues affecting Women’s Participation in labour Market

Laws and Initiatives for Welfare of Orphaned Children

Synopsis: This article provides information on two things. First, on the available legal means to report about orphaned children. Second, protections available under the state. Introduction  2nd wave of the pandemic has taken the lives of many young mothers and fathers. It has left many children orphaned and vulnerable. It is usual to see requests… Continue reading Laws and Initiatives for Welfare of Orphaned Children

Why Safeguards for Child adoptions Needs to be Followed Strictly?

Synopsis: In India Pandemic has increased the number of orphans in the country. Negligence for legal procedures of Child adoption creates a ground for Child trafficking of these orphans.  Background According to UNICEF, India has over 30 million orphan and abandoned children. The Pandemic has left many more children orphaned due to the death of… Continue reading Why Safeguards for Child adoptions Needs to be Followed Strictly?

Accessibility and Need of Social Media for Indian Women – An Analysis

Introduction In India, there are around 50 Crore Internet users. It is growing at a rate of 10% per year in the urban areas and 13% per year in the rural areas. Similarly, one-third of internet users in India are women. Today, a person spends an average of 145 minutes every day on social media.… Continue reading Accessibility and Need of Social Media for Indian Women – An Analysis

Increasing Gender Gap in India

Synopsis: Various factual estimates on Women highlights India’s disregard for Women and the increasing Gender gap in India. Background India slips 28 spots on the 2021 Global Gender Gap index released by World Economic Forum. Currently, India ranks 140th rank among 156 countries. In 2020, India’s rank was 112th among 153 countries on the index.… Continue reading Increasing Gender Gap in India

Indian Ads Increase Gender Stereotypes, Shows Study

What is the News? UNICEF and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media(GDI) have released a study titled “Gender bias and inclusion in advertising in India”. About the study: Purpose: The study measures the level and type of gender stereotyping found in Indian advertisements on TV and YouTube. For this purpose, over 1,000 most… Continue reading Indian Ads Increase Gender Stereotypes, Shows Study

Need of Granting Interim Bail to Pregnant Women Undertrials

Synopsis: Even though Pregnant women and children cannot get the Covid-19 vaccination,  they continue to remain in prisons. The court has to provide interim bail to women, children and other vulnerable sections in prison. Introduction: Long pending prison reforms, overcrowded prisons made the situation of prisoners in India very cruel. The state of women’s prisons… Continue reading Need of Granting Interim Bail to Pregnant Women Undertrials

“Gender Samvaad” Event Organised by Ministry of Rural Development

What is the News? The Ministry of Rural Development has organized the Gender Samvaad Event. About Gender Samvaad Event: Gender Samvaad is a cooperation between Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NRLM) and Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE). Aim: It aims to generate greater awareness about gender-related interventions under… Continue reading “Gender Samvaad” Event Organised by Ministry of Rural Development

Issue of Gender Gap in Judiciary – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The issue of a gender gap in the judiciary is in the spotlight after a plea filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association in Supreme Court (SC). The plea advocated for increasing women participation in the judicial set up in order to augment gender justice. The participation of women in the judiciary so… Continue reading Issue of Gender Gap in Judiciary – Explained, Pointwise

Girls Faced More Pressure During Pandemic: Study

What is the News? EMpower, global philanthropy has released a study titled ‘COVID In Her Voice: A Girl-led and Centred Participatory Research Study’. About the study: The U.K government supported the study.  EMpower, (global philanthropy focused on at-risk youth in emerging markets) conducted it. Cities covered: Girls aged 13-24 from Ahmedabad, Alwar, Bareilly, Delhi, Lucknow,… Continue reading Girls Faced More Pressure During Pandemic: Study

UNFPA Releases “State of World Population Report 2021”

What is the News? The United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) has released its flagship report “State of World Population Report 2021” titled ‘My Body is My Own’. About State of World Population Report 2021: The State of World Population is an annual report. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) publishes it. The focus of the Report:… Continue reading UNFPA Releases “State of World Population Report 2021”

Issues in the MTP Amendment Bill

Synopsis: The Medical Termination of Pregnancy or MTP Amendment bill is a step forward in recognising the rights of women. But it is not a giant leap. Introduction: The 1971 Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act aims to reduce the maternal mortality ratio due to unsafe abortions in India. The amendments made a few significant… Continue reading Issues in the MTP Amendment Bill

NSO Releases “Women and Men in India Report, 2020”

What is the News? The National Statistical Office released the Women and Men in India report, 2020. About Women and Men in India Report, 2020: National Statistical Office produces the Women and Men in India Report, 2020 annually. This is the 22nd issue in its series. Purpose: The report consolidates the crucial socio-economic indicators that… Continue reading NSO Releases “Women and Men in India Report, 2020”

Education Minister Presents AICTE “Lilavati Awards” 2020

What is the News? Union Minister of Education has presented the AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020 on women empowerment to the winners. About Lilavati Awards: Lilavati Award is an initiative of the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE). It aims to recognise efforts by AICTE-approved institutions to treat women with equality and fairness. Named after: The… Continue reading Education Minister Presents AICTE “Lilavati Awards” 2020

The MTP Amendment Act 2021 is against Women’s Rights

Synopsis: Though the MTP or Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act 2021 act has progressive features. However, it fails miserably in acknowledging the bodily rights of Women. Overview on The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 It was considered a progressive law then because it replaced the 100 years IPC (Indian penal code) that considers… Continue reading The MTP Amendment Act 2021 is against Women’s Rights

“Maternal mortality” rose during pandemic: Lancet Report

What is the News? The Lancet Global Health journal releases a report titled “Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mothers and Babies”. It reports increasing maternal mortality as an impact of pandemic-induced restrictions. About the Lancet Report: The Lancet report is based on an analysis of 40 studies across 17 countries. It includes Brazil, Mexico,… Continue reading “Maternal mortality” rose during pandemic: Lancet Report

WEF released “Global Gender Gap Report 2021”

What is the News? WEF releases the Global Gender Gap Report 2021. About Global Gender Gap Report: The World Economic Forum(WEF) publishes the Global Gender Gap Report annually since 2006. Parameters: The report ranks 156 countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions. Namely, Economic Participation and Opportunity Educational Attainment Health and Survival Political Empowerment.… Continue reading WEF released “Global Gender Gap Report 2021”

Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 – Associated Issues

Synopsis – The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020  Continues to ignore Pregnant person’s rights. Introduction- Recently, The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020  passed in the upper house by voice vote. The bill seeks to amend the MTP Act, 1971. It provides for enhancing the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for… Continue reading Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill, 2020 – Associated Issues

White Revolution in India and Women Empowerment

Synopsis: Dairy cooperatives models adopted by India during  Operation Flood improved women development in India Introduction: Women dairy farmers’ contribution to India’s white revolution is immense. That itself is a great reason for India to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. What is the White revolution? Firstly, Operation Flood led to the White revolution. It aimed… Continue reading White Revolution in India and Women Empowerment

MTP Bill 2021 is not progressive enough

Synopsis: The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 MTP Bill  aims to improve women’s reproductive rights. But it will restrict women’s bodily autonomy if implemented. Introduction: The Lok Sabha passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Now the bill is in the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha has to maintain caution in passing… Continue reading MTP Bill 2021 is not progressive enough

Significance of Supreme Court Guidelines on Gender Stereotypes

Synopsis: The Supreme Court advocated some important steps to avoid gender stereotypes while setting aside the Madhya Pradesh High Court order. Now it is time for us to work towards its implementation. Introduction: The Supreme Court set aside the controversial rakhi-for-bail order of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Further, the top court issued a set of guidelines… Continue reading Significance of Supreme Court Guidelines on Gender Stereotypes

SC Guidelines for Bail in Sexual Assault Cases to Lower Courts

What is the News? The Supreme Court has set aside the “rakhi-for-bail” order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Further, the SC also issued guidelines to be followed by Courts while dealing with sexual assault cases. What was the Rakhi for Bail order of the MP High Court? In 2020, the Madhya Pradesh High Court… Continue reading SC Guidelines for Bail in Sexual Assault Cases to Lower Courts

Issue of Consent in POCSO Act

Synopsis: The Madras High Court quashed a case of aggravated sexual assault of a minor under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. The High Court also mentioned the need to amend the POCSO act. The case and ruling  Madras HC was hearing a case of aggravated penetrative sexual assault under the POCSO… Continue reading Issue of Consent in POCSO Act

Incentivising Women’s Domestic Care and Associated Issues

Synopsis: Addressing Women’s challenges in an economy is more important than incentivising women’s domestic care work. Background In the 1991 census, women’s groups undertook a campaign to ensure that women’s home-based labour is getting recognised. Recently, in the poll-bound Tamilnadu state, various political parties announced remuneration for women’s domestic and care. Over the years, Tamil… Continue reading Incentivising Women’s Domestic Care and Associated Issues

Increasing Cases of Gestational Diabetes in India

Synopsis: India registers a high number of gestational diabetes cases, which are bound to increase in the future. This coupled with low awareness and poor testing potential calls for immediate action. Background: Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be… Continue reading Increasing Cases of Gestational Diabetes in India

Lack of Gender sensitivity in the Court Judgments

Synopsis:   Lack of gender sensitivity by the judiciary is one of the fundamental reasons for the worsening security of Women in India. The judiciary in many cases enforced societal attitudes towards women. The worsening state of security of women in India: India rated as the most dangerous country for women, as per the Thomson… Continue reading Lack of Gender sensitivity in the Court Judgments

“Mission Shakti, Mission Poshan 2.0, and Mission Vatsalya” – 3 Umbrella schemes of Ministry of WCD

What is the news? The Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to classify all of its major programmes under three Umbrella Schemes- Mission Shakti, Mission POSHAN 2.0, and Mission Vatsalya. This step has been taken to ensure the effective implementation of various programmes and schemes of the Ministry. What are the three umbrella… Continue reading “Mission Shakti, Mission Poshan 2.0, and Mission Vatsalya” – 3 Umbrella schemes of Ministry of WCD

Issue of Women’s rights in India

Synopsis: March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. While celebrating it, we also need to look back at how women’s rights upheld by the state in the last years. Background: 8th march is being celebrated as International Women’s Day. It is celebrated to commemorate the struggles of women factory workers. It was first organised… Continue reading Issue of Women’s rights in India

LinkedIn released the “Opportunity Index 2021”

What is the News? LinkedIn has released the Opportunity Index,2021. The index focuses on the manner in which women perceive their employment opportunities. Further, the opportunity index also focuses on how the gender gap is slowing down the career progress for working women. About the Opportunity Index 2021: The LinkedIn Opportunity Index research was conducted… Continue reading LinkedIn released the “Opportunity Index 2021”