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Last week, a silver Mercedes parked outside my gate, blocking the entry to my house. When I asked the driver of the car to move the vehicle, he was not only unapologetic but belligerent. Instead of mo...
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The knotty issues around rural women's migration for employment that often stigmatize and disempower them in their communities have to be urgently addressed for gender-inclusive economic growth. By S...
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I saw her walk across the road, swaying her hips. She was dressed in a black sari that seemed to shimmer in the morning sun. As she approached my car, I pulled down my window and for a brief moment, my eyes met hers. And at that very moment, amidst the constant honking on the roads, her eyes spoke volumes...
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One of the major reasons for India's TB burden is stigma. This causes patients to often deny their condition. They also fail to seek treatment because they fear losing social standing. Failure to receive the appropriate treatment on time is one of the contributing causes for the spread of TB as well as the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB which take considerably more time and resources to treat.
So, what is it about divorce that leads to hushed whispers when we speak of it in the context of someone we know? Why is there an element of the "breaking news" variety of gossip attached to it? News of it is shared with a mix of sympathy, pity, salaciousness, condescension and, in some cases, envy. It is very rarely talked about in a matter-of fact manner.
Divorce (noun): The legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or some other competent body.
This is how the Oxford dictionary defines divorce. Other dictionaries offer minor variations of the same definition. They really gladdened my heart when I first read them as they made divorce sound so simple, like walking into a store and buying a box of candy. This image fades when I think back on my own divorce.
Women's safety has become an increasingly highlighted issue in India over the last few years. Several incidents have received considerable media attention and become the subject of intense debate among politicians, police and civil society. There are, however, numerous incidents that have never been noticed or reported, partly because women have become so accustomed to them.