This week has seen a variety of feminist news and news related to women. Check out what you missed in our weekly feminist news wrap.

The state rural development department has introduced a new scheme to train women who head households in the state to help them eke out a living. Tamil Nadu has the maximum number of households, after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, which are headed by women.

This is what Indian lesbians have to say about an advertisement depicting Indian lesbians. “Why are lesbians always shown… so mushy? It’s very irritating, because beyond being a couple also, there’s a life of a lesbian woman.” -Rituparna Borah

From being one of the few women at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi way back in the 1980s to becoming one of the most celebrated names in Silicon Valley, India-born Padmasree Warrior has made it big in an industry almost entirely dominated by men.

BSP leader and coordinator for Azamgarh division Mithailal Bharti has been booked for attempting to rape a party worker in Ballia district. Police lodged the FIR, with charges of molestation and attempt to rape, on Thursday after the woman submitted a complaint to DIG, Azamgarh Range. The incident took place on May 25.

Families in India are using “corrective rape” to convert their gay, lesbian and transgender sons and daughters, the director of the first Indian film on the issue said, urging society to confront the brutal, hidden practice.Director Deepthi Tadanki said research for her film “Satyavati” – named after the lesbian protagonist who is raped by a family member – helped her understand why families were committing corrective rape in India.

A 30-year-old old homemaker was gang-raped by two of her neighbours at Bagda in North 24-Parganas late on Tuesday night. The survivor and her husband said that police first refused to register a complaint when they went to the local police station on Wednesday morning.

A village in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha has been on the boil since the revenge rape of a woman and two minor girls four days ago amid peaking tension between two communities. According to the complaint filed by members of the Dhobi community -who form a minority in Kalahera village -eight Banjaras, who dominate the village’s population, raped a 35-yearold woman and two young girls aged 15 and 13 years.

In a unique initiative to save girl child in Haryana, where the sex ratio has been dismally low, a village panchayat in Jind has started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter“. Bibipur village panchayat has launched the contest in which parents from across the state have to take selfies with their daughters and send it to village Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan through social messaging app Whatsapp.

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