Sunday, February 26, 2017

Picked up from an Army ‘crackdown’, never to return: Dilshada Begum’s 23-year search for...

In the fourth of the five personal stories of half widows, Raqib Hameed Naik narrates the story of Dilshada Begum. Zakura (Srinagar): On...

Women cops on trains for security of female passengers

By IANS, New Delhi : In a bid to improve security of women passengers travelling by train, twelve companies of women security personnel called Mahila Vahini will be raised for the purpose, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday. Presenting the 2010 railway budget, Banerjee said 17,000 trains ferry 18 million passengers daily across 64,015 km of the Indian rail network and, according to rough estimates, nearly half of them are women.

Giving a voice to Orissa’s exploited tribal women

By Arun Anand, IANS, Kandhamal (Orissa), Feb 24 (IANS) Reena Rana, a tribal woman in her 20s, is waiting for her five-year-old son to be returned to her. Her husband married another woman a few years ago and Reena had to leave his house. She is voiceless, like many other tribal women in Orissa's Kandhamal district who are victims of domestic violence. "I had a son and a daughter, but my daughter passed away. Then my husband forcibly took my son away. I want my son back and some financial support to live a life of dignity," wailed Reena.

11 arrested for beating up police, woman

Kolkata : Eleven persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly beating up a policeman after a fight broke out between neighbours over playing...

Winds of change are blowing, but mindsets need a changing

(One month after Dec 16 gang-rape) By Anjali Ojha, IANS,

‘Women only’ cabs soon in Gurgaon

Gurgaon : 'Women only' cabs will soon be a reality in Gurgaon. The initiative is part of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed on the occasion...

New Shia Nikahnamah: Reforming Muslim Law through the backdoor

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​Row over women’s football match cancellation in West Bengal

Fatwa, HS exams and Urs of Pir reasons behind cancellation By Zaidul Haque,, Kolkata/Malda: A women’s football match organised by a local club in Malda district was stopped after objections by the villagers allegedly after a local Imam passed strictures, prompting the Kolkata media to go overboard writing about the controversy. But an investigation by has revealed, apart from the Imam’s comments, higher secondary examination and an Urs of the Pir at Chandipur village were also equally the reasons, unlike the hype about it.

Women’s commission to act against erring officials

By IANS, New Delhi : The National Commission for Women (NCW) will take action against two senior Haryana officials for not giving the correct sequence of events that led to the death of a woman in mysterious circumstances at a businessman's home. Suspecting the case to be of murder, instead of suicide as reported by the Haryana police, the commission said it was aghast that Rosila Kujur, who was a Christian, was cremated rather than buried.

On Women’s Day, housewife-led dance troupe wins IGT 5

Mumbai: It couldn't have been a better day for their victory - Raagini Makkar and her troupe Naadyog picked the "India's Got Talent 5"...

Railway to raise women security force from minorities, backward classes

By TCN News, New Delhi: The Railway Budget 2010 has just short of disappointment for the minorities as Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today in her second budget did not offer any new scheme to them except the announcement to raise special women railway security force preferably from minorities, SC/ST, OBC and economically backward classes. Presenting her second budget as Railway Minister in the UPA Government, Mamata Banerjee presented a populist railway budget with no hike in passenger fares and freight tariffs besides more than 100 new trains.

‘Parliament may take up bills on communal violence, women’s quota’

By IANS, New Delhi: The Communal Violence Bill, Women's Reservation Bill, Seeds Bill and Insurance Laws amendment bill were among the significant legislations likely to be taken up by parliament in the ongoing budget session, an independent parliamentary research organisation said Tuesday. An official of PRS Legislative Research, which works to strengthen the legislative process and tracks functioning of parliament, said that the four bills were among the legislations held up in the past due to lack of political consensus.

Do genes control intolerance and anti-social behaviour?

By Nishant Arora New Delhi: As Indian society grapples with the issue of intolerance and violence, genetic experts are opening up the hoary discussion on...

Women Congress leader hits out at Kerala unit chief

Thiruvananthapuram : Senior woman Congress leader Shanimol Usman has in a letter to the party's Kerala unit president V.M. Sudheeran has said he was...

Now, row over Maharashtra SP chief’s comments

Mumbai: A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's comments on rape created a furore, his party's Maharashtra unit chief Abu Asim Azmi's...

Court seeks answer to Muslim woman’s ‘no’ to voters list photo

By IANS, New Delhi: If one Muslim woman is allowed not to have her photograph on the voters' list, thousands of similar applications would be filed, the Supreme Court noted Monday and aked the petitioner to instead think of some workable solution to resolve the tangle. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S. Chauhan made the observation while hearing a lawsuit by Madurai resident Ajmal Khan, resenting the display of the photographs of Muslim women in the voters' list.

Professional career gives respect and security to women

By Zohra Javed, I recently read an article "stay-at-home-mom", which talked about how essential it is for a woman to be there for her children when they are growing up, and that women professionals often end up neglecting their home and family. Indeed there can be no two opinions on the importance of the mother's role in the life of her children. I am an ardent champion of what the writer calls a "stay-at-home mom". But I also realise that she and I are among those fortunate women who have a supportive family and the satisfaction of a comfortable life.

Diaspora students in US condemn assaults on women in India

By Jitendra Singh , New Delhi: In a show of solidarity with victims of sexual assaults in India, students of Indian origin graduating from Ivy...

Gujarat CM faces women’s protest in home district

Mehsana (Gujarat) : A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel asserted there was no question of providing quota in jobs and education to...

Delhi polls: Parties woo women like never before

By Gaurav Sharma, New Delhi : Women in Delhi are being wooed by political parties like never before, with their safety becoming an important issue...