Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

By Anushka Pardikar Workplaces in India continue to be biased, misogynistic and unsafe for women. After the pandemic introduced work from home model, the issues of harassment and bullying have become furthermore complicated. The organizations and experts working on issues of safety at workplaces have reported an increase in the number of harassment incidents that women employees continue to face. All of this is despite … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

Code Red: Decoding the latest IPCC climate risk report

By Padmini Subhashree The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has captured almost the whole of global media attention over the past few days.  And while it is unfortunate to be living in such times as to witness a massive military and humanitarian crisis unfold, it is further disappointing to read the recent report on climate change that warns about the creation of an irreversible … Continue reading Code Red: Decoding the latest IPCC climate risk report

#PrideMonth | History, Identity, and Marginality: Revisiting LGBTQIA+ Sociology from Indian perspective

By Kanav N Sahgal Western scholars of collective memory have for a long time written about the significance of the Stonewall Riots of 28th June 1969 as the starting point for the gay liberation movement in the US, and eventually, the rest of the world. In the early hours of 28th June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn located in Greenwich Village, New York City. And even … Continue reading #PrideMonth | History, Identity, and Marginality: Revisiting LGBTQIA+ Sociology from Indian perspective

Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

By Bhawna Gandhi In the last three parts (Read Part I here, Part II here and Part III here) of our  Domestic Violence Laws Simplified Series, the author explained the functioning  of domestic violence laws in India and discussed the various types of reliefs that the victim (woman) is entitled to under the law. In this last and final part, the author shall discuss the … Continue reading Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

By Shashwat Singh The caste system is one of the most distinctive features of the Indian society which attempts to divide it into four distinctive hierarchical varnas, namely the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. A key feature of the caste system is that the varna status is inherited by birth.  Given the traditional distribution … Continue reading Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

By Rishabh and Anubhav Second wave of COVID-19 has been brutal for India. More than three lakh people have succumbed to the virus since the outbreak. As per Indian Medical Association, more than 500 doctors have died on the frontline too. Images of Ganga’s riverbed stuffed with dead bodies and news about India’s vaccine shortage are making global headlines. As active cases and positivity rate … Continue reading As families struggle to get basic healthcare, Charter of Patients’ Rights fails to get implemented

New abortion law disregards woman’s reproductive autonomy

By Anubhav Kumar On 16th March 2021, the Indian Parliament passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill 2020 to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTPA) 1971, which regulates abortion in India. The new law extends the gestation period of abortion from 20 to 24 weeks. It is also for the first time when an unmarried and single pregnant woman was placed on an equal … Continue reading New abortion law disregards woman’s reproductive autonomy

87% women never reported any instance of sexual harassment, reveals a survey by The Analysis

“Sexual harassment is everywhere”, shares a 24 year old woman respondent. “I would be surprised to know if any woman has not been subjected to any form of harassment at least once in her life” she says further.  As much as these remarks may appear shocking, it is an unfortunate truth in our society where women had to fight their way through to reach top … Continue reading 87% women never reported any instance of sexual harassment, reveals a survey by The Analysis

Explained: Regulating OTTs and digital media in India

By Rishabh Shrivasatava What is OTT? OTT (Over-the-top) is a type of streaming service provided with the direct help of the internet. It bypasses the cable, satellite and broadcast-based traditional television platforms. It is the modern-day form of entertainment service. Examples of OTT are Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, ALTBalaji, JioTV, MX player, Voot and more. What’s the issue with OTTs and digital media platforms? So … Continue reading Explained: Regulating OTTs and digital media in India

Explained: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

By Gautam Kumar As farmers’ protest continues, the government on 30th December 2020 agreed to withdraw the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 – one out of the four demands made by the farm unions. So far, the government and farm unions have met six times and very little progress has been made on the deadlock concerning the recently passed agri laws by the center. While the … Continue reading Explained: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

SLAPP: How political parties and powerful corporations are destroying free media?

Free speech and expression is one of the crucial fundamental rights enshrined under the Constitution of India. Media, the fourth pillar of democracy, operates extensively on this constitutional principle. Since time immemorial, media has played a vital and significant role in highlighting the appalling side of the democracy business in India. Top-level corruption in a central ministry or a faulty environmental clearance obtained by a … Continue reading SLAPP: How political parties and powerful corporations are destroying free media?

Interview: Death is not the solution to rape, says research scholar who has interviewed 100 rape convicts

As India engulfs in the intense debate and protests over the new citizenship law that has been implemented in the country, mainstream media forgets the unfateful Hyderabad rape case that took place on 27 November 2019. The case made to global headlines, after the four accused of the case were allegedly killed in the fake encounter by the Hyderabad police on 6 December 2019. The … Continue reading Interview: Death is not the solution to rape, says research scholar who has interviewed 100 rape convicts