SocietyNews Feminist News Wrap – Child Marriage, Toilets At Home & Juvenile Justice Bill

Feminist News Wrap – Child Marriage, Toilets At Home & Juvenile Justice Bill

Here is what you missed in the past week in the myriad of news flowing into your news feed.

In an appalling incident, an Indian child bride, who was married off when she was 11 months old, is facing a fine of $25,000 to get the marriage annulled. The village panchayat gave this “judgement”.

Jyotsana Yagnik, the special judge who convicted and handed life terms to former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani and former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, for the Narodiya Patiya massacre, has received at least 22 threat letters since the time she handed the verdict.

In a horrific incident in Raipur, a man burned his two children to death, as a consequence of their aunt resisting his attempts to rape her.

The first woman who contested for the student body president in the Aligarh Muslim University, was found dead in her apartment. She is also an active women rights advocate.

Rapes are still being reported regularly. A 13-year old girl gets pregnant after gang rape.

And, for about a year now, a woman from Abohar, who was raped, has been shuttling between police stations to get her case registered.

In Kanpur, a court convicted a man of rape in 2013, and ordered 10 years rigorous imprisonment.

The CBI arrested one of the accused in the case of uploading rape videos on social networking sites.

The Bengaluru High Court declared that pubs and discotheques in the city do not have to seek police permissions to appoint women.

Very close to the case of the Moga assault case, three more women have complained of harassment in private buses in Punjab.

Delhi apparently is the best city in India for start-ups, but not so much for women!

The central government is keen on operationalizing the emergency helpline for women by 2017.

A coalition of NGOs which form the pro-child network have slammed amendments to the Juvenile Justice Bill which would try children between the ages of 16 and 18 who commit rape as adults.

In a positive step, the Goa government has instituted a forensic kit in the Victim Assistance Unit which would help in medical examination of rape survivors that would aid prosecution. Goa is the first state in the country to institute a VAU as well as a devise the forensic kit.

A woman in Bihar walked out of a four-year old marriage because there was no toilet in her house despite her repeated demands for it.

In Chandigarh, a day after the alleged sexual assault on a five-year-old kindergarten student by a conductor inside a school bus came to light, private schools and bus operators are still mulling over how to find a solution.

Nurse Aruna Shanbaug, who is in a vegetative state following her rape in 1973, is now in a critical state and has been put on a ventilator.

Hindu Janjagriti Samiti has filed a case against Sunny Leone owing to some pictures she shared on the internet.

Cabinet clears amendment to the Child Labour Prohibition Act, where children below the age os 14 will be allowed to work in non hazardous family businesses.

Image Courtesy: Women carrying mugs (lotas) to go defecate in the open |


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