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The Choice of Sex Selection

Sex selective abortion is a complex issue in India, rooted in patriarchal culture and gender inequality. Deepali Gaur Singh takes a deeper look.

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“A Country of Housemaids”

The Indian government is addressing human trafficking by requiring training for women seeking employment as domestic workers abroad and banning women under 30 from this work in certain countries.

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Marrying the Rapist

Women who are raped in India face societal pressure to marry their violators; proposals of marriage are seen by some as atonement for the crime, even when they are offered just before a guilty verdict.

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Child Brides and Their Sexual Health

Akha Teej is an auspicious day for Indian weddings, but is also infamous for the mass child marriages that occur on the same day. Young married girls are particularly vulnerable to HIV and other reproductive health concerns.

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Yoga or Sex Ed: What Should Youth Be Taught in School?

Editor's note: Today we welcome Deepali Gaur Singh, writing from India. She has experience in childcare, health, and education; she will be covering reproductive health issues on the continent of Asia.

At a time when even children from rural marginal families in one part of India—the southern state of Karnataka—are engaging in information dissemination on HIV with a specific focus on stigma and discrimination, adult policy-makers in five states of the country have rejected the new syllabus introduced by the national government's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) featuring sex education as a dedicated subject for middle school students. Just as the central government gets credit for taking one of the most proactive steps with regard to both education and children in recent times (by directing all states to include the subject in their curriculum), and with the training of teachers also underway, it's ironic that the resistance to the move has come from just about every quarter possible.

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