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Author: Priyanshi Vakharia

Why Child Care Leaves Are Just Another Brick in the Proverbial Patriarchal Wall

In the Monsoon Session of the Parliament last year, Mr. Rajeev Satav pushed for the unconventional. A Member of Parliament from Hingoli, Maharashtra, Mr. Satav sought to introduce the Paternity Benefit Bill, 2017, which aimed to ensure gender equality in terms of child care. The Bill was to complement the Maternity Benefit Act, 2016 by filling in the gaps in the latter, and promoting inclusive child care. Mr. Satav had initially observed that the lack of paternal child care leaves reflected the stereotype that child rearing was the woman’s chore to handle. The push for legislating paternity leaves came from a growing consciousness of gender equal parenting which provides a much more holistic upbringing for the child. With private companies opening up to the possibility of longer paternal leaves, the state took the initiative to ensure parental leaves across organized and unorganized sectors.

The Long Road Home from Sabarimala

The month-old Sabarimala judgment given by the Supreme Court of India has opened the floodgates to a massive nationwide conversation on how Indians view women, morality and the normalization of the inherently problematic ways in which we treat both. Whether it is addressing the stigma associated with menstruation, or the parallelism with the #MeToo movement, or taking on the broader aspect of institutionalized gender discrimination, Sabarimala has pulled its fair share of skeletons out of the closet.  However, has the seemingly straightforward verdict in Sabarimala paved the way for something even greater?

Navigating #MeToo in the Horrific Interiors of a Family Whatsapp Group

‘This guy is gonna be in trouble after 10-15 years…@ #METOO…’ the caption to the photo read. Three others on the family whatsapp group had expressed how hilarious the forward was with an assortment of laughing emojis. I was stunned. If someone played the associative word game with me, my instinctive response to the #MeToo movement, would be 'discomfort'. As it should be. The entire process of addressing sexual harassment is a discomfiting one....

Khatna and the Boundaries of the Female Body

India is divisively governed by its personal law. There are indeed very few boundaries the gospel truth of religious customs will not broach. And for as many ardent followers it fosters, it makes a proportionate number of sharp tongued critics. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is currently hearing the petition filed by Advocate Sunita Tiwari, praying for a blanket ban on the practice of female circumcision or khatna and further rendering it...

We Stand With HNLU

The student-driven protest at the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) comes in full swing after issues regarding questionable administration, moral policing, hostel timings, restrictive library hours and allegations of sexual harassment are rife on campus. The students at HNLU staged a protest on 27 August 2018 to demand that the judgment passed by the Chattisgarh High Court in Dr. Avinash Samal v. State of Chhatisgarh be respected and Prof. Dr. Sukhpal Singh be...

The Question of Public Space in a Democracy

Public spaces represent areas which are open and accessible to all people residing regardless of gender, age, race, and ethnicity. Public spaces represent familiarity, safety and accessibility. In India, though compromised in many respects, public spaces have lent themselves to the changing conversation on many occasions. For instance, Delhi University’s North Campus found its walls and footpaths painted with ‘Pinjra Tod’ for its namesake campaign which aimed at fighting against sexist college and hostel...

Bhima Koregaon: A History and a Report

The Battle at Bhima Koregaon (1818) The chain of events that led to the raids under scrutiny began with the outbreak of violence on members of the Dalit community at a public meeting held on December 31, 2017, in Pune to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle at Bhima Koregaon. The battle at Bhima Koregaon was fought on 1st January 1818, between the British East India Company forces and the Maratha army of Peshwa...

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