BJP's women activists protest against Kumar Vishwas

New Delhi : About 100 women activists of the BJP on Tuesday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's house to raise the issue of an AAP volunteer asking party leader Kumar Vishwas to clarify their relation.

The protesters demanded Vishwas to appear before the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which has issued a summons against him after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) woman volunteer approached it over the issue.

US landscape architects designing change for women in India

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Their mantra is to strike a balance between the built and natural environments, but an American landscape architect is using that very thinking to provide to sex workers in India new careers in textile and design production.

Called 'Anchal' or "the edge of a sari used to provide comfort and protection for loved ones", it is the brainchild of Colleen Clines, who co-founded the unique project with three fellow classmates after a trip to India during her time in graduate school.

Women's commission summons AAP leader Kumar Vishwas

New Delhi : The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on the basis of a complaint filed by a party volunteer alleging molestation, an official of the DCW said here on Monday.

"Kumar Vishwas has been summoned to state his stand on the allegations made by his party volunteer. We have asked him to appear before us tomorrow," said an official of the DCW.

Here, blue stands for women's empowerment

By Rupesh Dutta,

Alwar (Rajasthan) : The colour blue stands for women's empowerment here in Rajasthan, a sign that they have been pulled out of a life once condemned to manual scavenging.

Life for 40-year-old Santosh Atwal, 33-year-old Banno Saini and several other Dalit women was just about following the legacy of their ancestors -- carrying night soil every morning, cleaning dry latrines, drains and gutters -- and in return facing the unjust behavior and abhorrence of society, that considered even the shadow of manual scavengers over it a "sin".

Protests continue in Punjab over girl's death, molestation

Chandigarh: The protests over the molestation and death of a teenaged Dalit girl continued on Saturday in Punjab's Moga town and other places, with the victim's family refusing her post-mortem until deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was booked in the case.

The girl was molested and pushed out of a speeding bus owned by Sukhbir Singh Badal and his family's company, resulting in her death on Wednesday evening.


HC for no leniency to minor's rapist, upholds sentence

New Delhi: Taking strong note of the rape committed by a youth on a minor kid, an act which instills a feeling of "fear, insecurity" and a brooding sense of "shame and guilt" for no fault on the victim, the Delhi High Court refused to show any leniency in punishment to the culprit.

Justice Sunita Gupta upheld the 12 years punishment to the convict for raping a 9-year-old girl, saying showing mercy in the case of such a heinous crime would be travesty of justice.


India's first halal cosmetics firm set to expand outlets

By Azera Parveen Rahman,

Ahmedabad : Mauli Teli has people coming up to her often and asking what 'halal' has to do with cosmetics. "Are such cosmetics only for Muslims?" they sometimes enquire.

Teli is not a Muslim, but the smart, suave, CEO of a company whose Iba product - India's first halal-certified cosmetic brand - is more than ready with her answers. Thanks to this, Iba's consumer base is growing steadily, and not just among the Muslim community.

Women banned from taking part in polls in Pakistan region

Islamabad : In a bizarre diktat out of sync with modern-day ethos, the Jirga (religious assembly) in Gilgit Baltistan -- an eight-hour drive from the Pakistan capital -- has banned women from taking part in the coming assembly elections slated for June 8.

The Jirga -- a traditional assembly of leaders that takes decisions by consensus and according to the teachings of Islam -- in Darel valley on late Thursday barred the women of the area from contesting and voting in the forthcoming elections, Dawn reported on Friday.

Assam girl rape: Protest held outside Gurgaon police station

Gurgaon : People belonging to the north-eastern states on Friday staged a protest outside a police station here over inaction in an Assam girl's rape incident on April 29 and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.

Over 150 people, including women, gathered outside the DLF-1 police station and protested for over three hours.

Both the accused and the victim worked at the Golden Eye Guest House in DFL-1 area.

The protest was held under the banner of the north-east support centre helpline.


Moga's shame: Young woman alleges gang-rape

Moga (Punjab) : A young woman in Punjab's Moga district has alleged that she was gang-raped by her friend's husband and his friends, police said on Friday. The woman's claim came just hours after the horror story of a girl being killed after being pushed out of a moving bus by her molesters.

The victim, aged 23, claimed that she was gang-raped by her friend's husband and others on the intervening night of April 29 and 30 (Wednesday and Thursday) at a secluded house in Marhi Mustafa village near Moga, 180 km from here.