Law & Policy

This section will decode laws and guides on women, LGBT and other marginalized communities in the form of articles, FAQs and poster series.

Feminist Criminology & Psychiatry: The Leniency Of Law For The ‘Ideal’ Woman

Feminist Criminology & Psychiatry: The Leniency Of Law For The ‘Ideal’ Woman

Feminist criminology rejects the notion of women being too passive to be criminals as it normalises male violence and robs women of their agency.
Our Homophobia Kills: The Gay Panic Defence

Our Homophobia Kills: The Gay Panic Defence

Gay panic defence with the help of the existing homophobia in our country, ensures the further marginalisation of the LGBTQIA+ community.
A Win, With A Long Road Ahead: The Supreme Court Repeals Section 377

A Win, With A Long Road Ahead: The Supreme Court Repeals Section 377

On the afternoon of September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India repealed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, almost 160 years after the law came into being in colonial India.
Patriarchy And The Indian Jails: The Plight Of Female Prisoners In India

Patriarchy And The Indian Jails: The Plight Of Female Prisoners In India

Female prisoners in India face more obstacles within this prison system than their male counterparts who have access to certain resources.
No Aadhaar, No Food: The Compulsion To Link Aadhaar With Ration Cards Has Costed Many Lives

No Aadhaar, No Food: The Compulsion To Link Aadhaar With Ration Cards Has Costed...

The Government's year old directive to link Aadhaar with ration cards has lead to prolonged hunger and untimely deaths.
Let's Talk About The Sexist And Archaic Indian Adultery Law

Let’s Talk About The Sexist And Archaic Indian Adultery Law

Indian adultery laws don’t penalize everyone found to commit adultery, the law is rather narrow in terms of who can be tried.
Rajasthan High Court’s Outré Ruling: Defence Of Insanity To Include PMS

Rajasthan High Court’s Regressive Ruling: Defence Of Insanity To Include PMS

Rajasthan High Court's regressive ruling reinforces the sexist stereotypes against menstruating women and delegitimises their feelings.
The Assam Registry And India's Pursuit Of The Hindu Rashtra

The Assam Registry And India’s Pursuit Of The Hindu Rashtra

The Assam Registry is touted by some as a much-needed count of the refugees in the country, but is poorly veiled symbol of India's xenophobia. 
Tea Gardens of North Bengal: A Hotbed of Human Trafficking

Tea Gardens of North Bengal: A Hotbed of Human Trafficking

Tea gardens in Bengal have now become a hotbed for human trafficking, owing to the undermining of labour rights and rising deprivation.
The SC has lifted the centuries-old ban on women's entry to the Sabrimala temple thus granting women their freedom of choice to worship.

The Sabarimala Controversy: Women And Their Right To Pray

The SC has lifted the centuries-old ban on women's entry to the Sabrimala temple thus granting women their freedom of choice to worship.

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10 Feminist Songs To Listen To When The Patriarchy Has Got You Down

Gather round, feminists! It's exhausting work raging against The Man, so how about you play these feminist songs for a musical pick-me-up?
Dear Straight People, Stop Teaching Me How To Be Queer

Dear Straight People, Stop Teaching Me How To Be Queer

There are several competent queer writers and it’s only logical that The Hindu invite and give a platform to them, instead of letting more straight people teach me how to be queer.
How Gillette Made Me Revisit The Toxic Masculinity In My Past

How Gillette Made Me Revisit The Toxic Masculinity In My Past

The content of the Gillette ad hit closer to home than I was comfortable with. My imagination drew parallels between the video and my own life, and I felt repressed old memories stirring in the darkness of my mind.