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Broken Promises, New Pledges, and Possibilities on Women’s Rights in India

India is a country of contrasts in not just the multiplicity of religions and faiths but also cultural contexts. So while in one part of the country a law is formulated to safeguard the rights of women in live-in relationships in another part of the country women are facing physical assaults for being dressed in “western attire.”

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India’s Women and Girls Fight Second-Class Status

While pregnant women’s lack of access to basic medical facilities in India is entrenched, social attitudes around the accepted role of women as childbearers worsen maternal health in the country.

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Live-In Relationships in India Accorded Legal Status

Removing the stigma accorded to live-in relationships takes into account the plight of women who have been tricked into marriage into socially ambiguous, sexually exploitative relationships.

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Deep Roots: Honor Killings Reflect Global Problem of Violence Against Women

While honor killings elicit attention as a primordial custom, the fact is that this form of violence is part of a much larger problem that transcends cultures and religions.

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New Laws in India Target Mothers’ Workplace Equality, Leave Out Fathers

While being sensitive towards the demands on women with regard to parenting, the new law does little to promote the notion of child-rearing as a shared responsibility.

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Women’s Safety and Health in Post-Mumbai India

In response to terrorist attacks in Mumbai, more power will be vested in state machinery to be better prepared for a similar crisis in the future. That very same power can be used to exploit women.

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Next President Must Change Course on PEPFAR

Rather than targeting the most at-risk populations, ideological provisions in PEPFAR marginalize sex workers and all women. The next administration can take the ideology out.

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AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India

Stories in a new anthology on HIV in India swing from touching to tortured, poignant to pragmatic, as the writers expose the lives of the real people behind the stereotypes of sex workers, the police, homosexuals, transgenders and most of all, positive persons.

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India Lags in Addressing Child Mortality

Sixty percent of the under-five deaths in India occur in just five states. An Indian child’s chance of celebrating the fifth birthday clearly depends on the state or community it is born into.

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Abortion Denial in India Highlights Limitations in Law

A woman carrying a fetus with high chance of deformation was denied an abortion in India. The country’s response highlights the complexity of writing abortion law in a country plagued by sex-selective abortions.

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