In a landmark Indian Supreme Court ruling today, Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah struck down Penal Code 377, overturning a colonial-era law criminalizing “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.”
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.
Last month at a New Delhi youth festival aimed at raising awareness for sexual health (dubbed Project 19), volunteers led onlookers in a game of female-condom-first-impressions. Combating the idea that safe sex can be unsexy, especially in the case of the female condom, they instead promote it as fun and pleasurable, and in some cases, as an “erotic accessory.”
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.
Obama will reverse reckless, ideological health policy at home and abroad; An Indian Supreme Court decision allows husbands to divorce if wife obtains abortion without his consent; Illinois keeps abortion off license plates; Christian right faces crossroads; and more.
Science-based approach to HIV prevention returns to South Africa; Indian authors tell real stories of HIV epidemic in India; New cream could help women quietly protect themselves against HIV; Catholic university orders NPR station to stop accepting underwriting from Planned Parenthood; A mother’s final look at life.
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.
Violence gets insidiously soaked in to everyday life in India. But sensitivity towards victims of such crimes remains abysmally low.
Majority of voters don’t know McCain is anti-choice, India piloting sex info hotline, Improving sex ed for deaf students, Lieberman long shot for McCain VP.
Dowry practices in India drive women’s limited access to education and self-determination.