SocietyNews Feminist News Wrap – Nirbhaya Fund, Right To Sit & Right To Pee

Feminist News Wrap – Nirbhaya Fund, Right To Sit & Right To Pee

A quick update of last week's news

Rs. 500 crore from the unused Nirbhaya fund is now being claimed by the railways to install CCTV camera at railway stations. It is easier to install CCTV cameras, than to set up one stop crisis centers!

And, the Central Railways refused to install any more panic buttons in local trains, since cases of false alarm was becoming a nuisance.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Kerala government over the “pathetic” working conditions of women workers, who are not allowed to sit or go to toilet, during work at textile retail shops.

The Supreme Court decided to examine if Islamic laws governing marriage and inheritance violated the fundamental rights of women and take a call on how far it can intervene to modify codes that are among India’s most politically sensitive. The decision came after a batch of petitions filed by Muslim women said the practices were exploitative and violated fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination guaranteed by the Constitution.

In Gurgaon, a 62-year-old man has been booked for raping a 21-year-old woman who worked as his domestic help. However, the woman was later arrested for allegedly stealing cash and mobile from the house of her employer.

Flagging off the issue of fall in women’s representation in the labour force by as much as 10 per cent between 2005 and 2014, Assocham called for more steps to create an enabling environment to fix the anomaly.

In the case of the murder of a young professional at Chennai’s Nungambakkam railway station, police have nabbed the murderer, who had been stalking the girl for several months before murder.

What We’re Reading

Marital Rape – the statistics show how real it is.

The rapes we remember & the rapes we forget. 

Restricting women’s entry into religious spaces is not only against the principle of equality, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, but also acts as a barrier to their socio-cultural development.

Featured Image: A file photo of the Sitting Strike by Kalyan Silks Saleswomen.

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