Gender and Sexuality

India’s flawed rape laws: a betrayal of equality

Gender neutral laws are the need of the hour

Against the tide: The women who fought and won in the 18th Lok Sabha against the ruling regime

From retention of seats by Mahua Moitra, Supriya Sule to the emergence of younger women, such as Iqra Hasan and Saroj, the 18th Lok Sabha saw many women succeeding

Allahabad and Madhya Pradesh High Courts deliver two contradictory judgments on interfaith marriage without conversion under Special Marriage Act (SMA)

While Allahabad HC bench of Justice Jyotsna Sharma said interfaith couples not intending to convert their religion can marry under SMA, a similar plea for police protection was rejected by Madhya Pradesh HC citing Muslim personal law

Rights-based approach to abortion: The need for legislative reforms

Inconsistent court rulings leave women facing a confusing and unfair legal battle for safe abortion in India.

Absconding Prajwal Revanna arrested from Bengaluru airport in early hours on May 31, SIT to seek potency test

The SIT has also issued notice to Prajwal’s mother to probe her role in the case; Revanna had left for Germany on April 26, had an arrest warrant and Interpol ‘Blue Collar Notice’ to his name

#HassanChalo: Thousands protest demanding justice for the victims of Prajwal Revanna in Karnataka

A huge rally took place in Hassan, Karnataka demanding ‘no bail, only jail’ for the previously absconding MP Prajwal Revanna, with civil society organisations from across the state rallying for justice and accountability to the victims.

Dalit woman dies of suspicious circumstances after brother, uncle beaten to death

The Dalit woman, whose brother was reportedly killed by goons who had reportedly asked her to withdraw her complaint of sexual harassment, reportedly died by falling of the ambulance which was carrying her uncle’s dead body.

Federation of Karnataka State People’s Movements to protest against Prajwal Revanna sexual abuse case on May 30

Through the protest, organisations pertaining to women, Dalits, farmers, minorities, backward communities, sexual minorities, scientific movements, student and youth movements will protest at Hassan town and demand cancellation of Revanna’s passport, protection of the dignity of the victims

National Commission for Women: An instrument of social justice or a mere political mouthpiece?

A look at the past one year shows the emergence of a worrying trend where the NCW has turned a blind eye to issues of sexual violence or shown selective outrage in a bid to protect as well as further the political agenda of the current ruling BJP government

Prajwal Revanna sexual violence case: Arrest warrant against Revanna issued by court, JD(S) decries political conspiracy

The arrest warrant had been issued by a special court for MPs and MLAs in Bengaluru following an application by the SIT formed to probe Prajwal's role in the sexual violence case

JD(S) leader HD Revanna, accused of allegedly kidnapping a survivor of sexual assault by son Prajwal Revanna, granted bail

The bail comes after the MLA, an ally of the BJP party, spent nine days in jail; conditions imposed include a bond for Rs 5 lakh, bar from leaving the country, and prohibition on interacting with the witnesses

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“Authorities cannot arbitrarily accuse people of being foreigners or initiate an investigation without a substantial basis” states Supreme Court while reinstating citizenship of a Muslim man

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