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Rates of Sexual Abuse of India’s Children Shockingly High

With over 35 million homeless children in India, and shelters for only 36,000 of them, children’s lives can be precariously balanced and sexual abuse is widespread. But even those living at home are not always safe.

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Bigamy, Conversion and Women’s Rights In India

Bigamy is outlawed in India with the exception of the Muslim minority community which is governed by its own personal/ family law. In reality, even non-Muslim men have been able to use the method of quick-fix conversions to undermine the law.

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Mass Marriages and Virginity Testing in India

For most communities in traditional communities in India, a bride is expected to be a virgin and concepts of honor and dignity run deep. Now the government is accused of promoting virginity testing at mass weddings.

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Kidnapped for Marriage

Though still more young girls than boys are kidnapped for marriage, there are parts of India where kidnappings of boys for marriage occur more frequently than for ransom.

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Afghans May Vote, But Women’s Rights Remain Elusive

The Taliban succeeded in pushing back women’s rights by centuries. But eight years of international presence in Afghanistan have not improved women’s prospects by much if at all.

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“Instant Marriage” in India Another Result of Gender Discrimination

Movement or displacement of women after marriage in India is a phenomenon commonly linked to issues of exploitation and trafficking of women.

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Employment Discrimination Against Women Knows No Borders

Gender discrimination and conservative socio-political agendas can work against women’s right just about anywhere in the world.

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A New Helpline for Indian Lesbians Is a Breakthrough for a Marginalized Group

Despite the annual show of presence in different parts of India during gay pride parades, lesbians continue to remain one of the more closeted groups amongst the LGBT community.

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Unfinished Business: Gender Inequality in India’s Parliament

Despite some progress in electing women, too few women legislators are getting elected, and India’s Parliament remains dominated by men.

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New Afghan Law a Dramatic Abrogation of Women’s Rights

The international community played a role during the drafting of the Afghan constitution, ensuring seats for women in Parliament. Now this is the time to follow up on those principles that they enshrined for the Afghan people.

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