SocietyNews Feminist News Wrap: First Female Bus Driver, Teesta Setalvad And FGM

Feminist News Wrap: First Female Bus Driver, Teesta Setalvad And FGM

Three law students of OP Jindal University, Sonipat gang-raped a 20-year-old student. In her complaint, the student told police that after the incident she was afraid to file a complaint because the accused had informed her that he was in possession of her nude photographs.

Five women who were detained for being feminist and LGBT activists before International Women’s Day last month have been freed under conditional release. Chinese police have released five feminist activists detained for more than a month in a case that prompted an international diplomatic outcry.

Afghanistan’s first female pilot to serve in the air force since the fall of the Taliban defies death threats to take to the skies and has been honoured with the U.S Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

In a move described as a major contribution to women’s empowerment, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has appointed a 30-year-old woman from Telangana as its first female bus driver. 30-year old Venkadarath Saritha from Telengana took up auto rickshaw driving 10 years ago to support her family.

Failing to arrest Teesta again, Gujarat’s government’s next move is citing ford foundation funds. Following investigations into the embezzlement of funds by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, the Gujarat government has accused US-based NGO Ford Foundation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation and “direct interference by a foreign NGO in the internal affairs of the country and abetting communal disharmony in India”.

Domestic workers: 47 million people worldwide denied basic labour rights. Millions of domestic workers are forced to work up to 22 hours a day, unprotected by laws governing minimum wage, maternity leave and other rights.

Female genital mutilation: India’s well kept secret. Women of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim sect during a mass marriage function in Mumbai. The Dawoodi Bohra sect still carries out female genital mutilation.

Terming the “thali” or “mangalsutra”, traditionally worn around the neck by married Hindu women as long as their spouses are alive, a symbol of slavery or oppression, 21 married women discarded it at a function organised by Tamil outfit Dravidar Kazhagam.

A 10th-standard student was killed and two others injured in Narbal in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, 18 km from here, when the police fired at protesters during a strike called by the hardline Hurriyat faction. The J&K Police subsequently arrested two of its own personnel who had fired on a protest rally.

Featured Image Credit: The Hindu

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