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Guwahati Girl, We Are With You.

July 19, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Urmila Chanam “Don’t tell your daughter she cannot go out alone at night. Don’t restrict the clothes she wears. Teach your sons better.” A minor girl studying in class 11 was molested by 20 men over 30 minutes while she was coming out of a posh club in a crowded street of Guwahati’ […]

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Friendship Across the Border

July 9, 2012

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WRITTEN BY: Atif Yaqub If you have seen the whole world and could not visit the two great nations of India and Pakistan you have certainly missed something very special. India and Pakistan share a common border of nearly 1800 miles between them. Despite the recent conflicts and three wars between the two nations over […]

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A Murderer at the Age Fifteen. Shouldn’t We Be Concerned?

May 18, 2012

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    We don’t need no education Lots of hazards in the classroom!! -Pink Floyd   Years ago this song was banned in the US where the youth were revolting against the stringent and authoritative dictates of teachers and the stifling atmosphere in classrooms. The rejection of teachers and this kind of teaching had the […]

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One Day Unannounced

April 10, 2012

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By: Urmila Chanam I have lived, studied and worked in several towns and cities in my country and trust me, I have been to almost every corner of India. It’s interesting to see the variation in the way people look, dress, eat, live, marry, differ, hold their perspective regarding life in general and towards other […]

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A Journey Through the Plight of India’s Eunuchs, Simply the ‘Third Gender’

March 30, 2012

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By: Urmila Chanam Somewhere someplace it’s still just a little before the crack of dawn. And no one else is present for this ‘ceremonial’ ritual other than the ‘dai-ma’ and her assistant. The oil is boiling hot when the knife is dipped in it. A normally born male baby is playing around on the soft […]

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Power2Women is Looking For Program Coordinators!

January 17, 2012

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Objective of Power2Women: Interact with women on women safety and to impart knowledge to women on strategies for safety and psychological empowerment against crime, violence & sexual abuse. Position available: Program coordinators at Power2Women Job description : 1. Organize funding for interns program expenses 2. Organize & co-conduct the corp workshop with the main speaker […]

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‘Daughters of the Brothel’ Chronicles the Stories of Former Sex Workers of the Chaturbhuj-sthan Brothel in India

July 6, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon INDIA. — Home to about 10,000 women and children, Chaturbhuj-sthan is a brothel in Bihar, near the border of Northern India. Historians believe it was first established during the Moghul era. Prostitution has become a family tradition in Chaturbhuj-sthan, passed down from generation to generation. After reading Jugnu, a 32-page monthly magazine written and […]

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More Than 500 Slaves Rescued By Government Officials in a Raid in India

July 1, 2011

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DRAFTED BY: Ashly Bloxon INDIA.— More than 500 bonded laborers, including women and children, were rescued from a private brick kiln by government officials in India. Most of the laborers were poor migrant workers who had been brought in from another state. The laborers were forced to work day after day in a tiny brick […]

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Police Break Up Mass Anti-Corruption Hunger Strike in India

June 6, 2011

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INDIA.– On 5 June, police in India disbanded a mass hunger strike and anti-corruption protest led by the country’s most famous yoga guru, Baba Ramdev. Baba Ramdev, who has a following of over 30 million, began a hunger stike to pressure the government to adopt stronger measures against the nation’s widespread corruption. One of Baba Ramdev’s central […]

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Teen Detained Without Charge or Trial in India Under the Tammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act

May 16, 2011

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WRITTEN BY: Ashly Bloxon TAMMU AND KASHMIR, India.– On January 28, 19-year-old Zaffar Shafi Hakeem was arrested by police in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. His family members were not informed of the arrest. The authorities accused Zaffar of organizing separatist demonstrations, stating  “You have got separatist allegations and are organizing campaigns on regular basis… aimed at motivating the people to hold […]

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