50 percent women married as minors: Experts

Nearly 50 percent of marriages in India involve minors – children under the age of 18 years, thanks to the poor implementation of the law, experts said Monday. ‘The consequence of child marriage is in conflict with the development aspirations of the country,’ Ranjana Kumari, president of the WomenPowerConnect (WPC), said at a national workshop […]

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Uphold dignity of women, Delhi Police told

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has censured Delhi Police over a girl with a plastered leg being dragged in a court complex, saying the dignity of women must be upheld. ‘The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports alleging that a young girl having plaster in her leg was dragged by police […]

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Merit seat reserved for women can be given to men: Court

If requisite merit is not available for the seats reserved for women, the seat can be given to male candidates, the Gujarat High Court has ruled.  Justice Jayant Patel and Justice J.C. Upadhayaya has ruled that reservation for women is horizontal and not vertical.  ‘In respect of seats for women, the merit will be at […]

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UN campaign to protect Delhi women from violence

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) Monday launched a programme here with the aim of checking violence against women and adolescent girls in public space. Delhi is one of the five cities across the world selected for the ‘Safe Cities’ programme. The other four cities where the programme, ‘Global Safe Cities Free of […]

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‘Rural women help Himachal fight open defecation’

Rural women in Himachal Pradesh have emerged as the driving force behind wiping out the menace of open defecation, a global expert said here Sunday. ‘The women have proved themselves as instrumental towards bringing about behavioural changes in the orthodox Indian society about sanitation and hygiene,’ said Christopher Juan Costain, regional team leader of Water […]

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Spread awareness on schemes for needy women, court tells Delhi

Taking note of a destitute woman’s death after she gave birth to a baby on a pavement here in July, the Delhi High Court Wednesday suggested to the Delhi government to spread awareness about welfare schemes meant for needy women. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan asked the government to explore […]

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Rights of women in live-in relations under court lens

The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its verdict on the question whether a woman in a live-in relationship or under the mistaken belief of being the wife of an already married man was entitled to maintenance. The court will also interpret the provision of the Protection of Woman from Domestic Violence law which talks about live-in […]

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Court seeks answers on permanent service for women army officers

The Supreme Court Monday questioned the central government over the army’s branches, other than those dealing with education and legal matters, in which women officers could be give permanent commission. An apex court bench of Justice J.M. Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra questioned the government after it was told that there were several other […]

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Crime against women rising in India: NCW member

A case of violence against a woman is registered in India every three minutes and every 29 minutes a woman is raped, National Commission for Women (NCW) member Wansuk Syiem said here Friday. Citing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, Syiem said: “Over 7,600 women are killed each year because their in-laws consider the dowry […]

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