SocietyNews Feminist News Wrap – Dalit Asmita Yatra, Deaths of Child Workers In India’s MICA Mines, Re-Order of Probe in Kandhamal Violence

Feminist News Wrap – Dalit Asmita Yatra, Deaths of Child Workers In India’s MICA Mines, Re-Order of Probe in Kandhamal Violence

A news wrap for feminists.

Graphic mobile phone clips of gang rapes are being sold in shops in Uttar Pradesh, as calls for the chief minister to step down is being heard.

In Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, a mother and daughter — 35, and 14 — travelling from Noida to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh were dragged out of their car and allegedly raped by group of seven-eight men. And in this case, the media had been extremely insensitive and intrusive & has learned nothing about how to cover a case of sexual assault.

Women pilots flying Air India planes will no longer be a rare sight as they are training more women to fly than ever before. Women’s enrollment for flight training has more than doubled to 20 per cent this year from a meagre 5-7 per cent in the past.

Even as India is the world’s second-largest sugar producer, this article talks about how sexual abuse plagues female workers in India’s sugarcane fields.

A Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has revealed the deaths of child workers in India’s mica ‘ghost’ mines which were covered up to keep industry alive.

The Supreme Court orders re-probe of 315 cases in which closure reports were filed in Kandhamal violence of 2008. At least 39 Christians were killed and 232 churches destroyed in the August 2008 violence that followed the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.

An Kashmiri man, who studied & worked in Bhilai, was arrested because he liked and shared several posts on Facebook which were considered “anti-Indian.” The FIR was registered based on a complaint by the Bhilai coordinator of Bajrang Dal.

Communal tensions gripped Chhapra district in Bihar and several shops, all belonging to Muslims, were damaged after protests. 

Seeking “azadi” from caste-based discrimination, around 50 Dalits and members of civil rights groups started a 400-km yatra to Una in Gir Somnath district where seven Dalits were attacked by “gau rakshaks” while skinning a dead cow on July 11. And the Mysuru Dalit Welfare Trust announced that it will organise a beef festival to protest the Una incident.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which was recently approved by the cabinet is an utter travesty that threatens to strip away the core of the NALSA judgment and completely fails the Transgender community. 

What We’re Reading

Stung by Dalit backlash, Modi eats his own words on cow slaughter. 

Gender Rights lawyer Flavia Agnes talks about why the Triple Talaq should not be banned.

Is this the Transgender Persons “Prohibition of Rights” Bill 2016?

Featured Image Credit: An image from the Dalit Asmita Yatra |

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