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Activists write to President seeking stay on Yakub Memon execution

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By Team FI Several left wing Politicians, human rights activists and feminists have written a mercy petition to the President of India requesting clemency for Yakub Memon. Memon was awarded death sentence by the TADA court for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and is scheduled to be hung to death on

Protect free speech and accountability, nation-wide support pours in for Teesta Setalvad

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By Team FI Support is pouring in for Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand following the CBI raids on their residence that began on Tuesday, 13th July. Social activists have been alleging that the Hindu nationalist party BJP’s Narendra Modi led Government has been repeatedly attacking Setalvad and her organsiation for helping the victims

CBI search seeks to intimidate and humiliate, Teesta Setalvad

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Instead of looking at cases like Vyapam scam and Asaram Bapu cases wherein witnesses have been killed, or cases where politicians have been implicated in crimes, CBI is being used to attack human rights defenders By Team FI India’s Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), On 13 July, launched a search on the residence of social

How ‘Per Vaginal Examination’ turned into the ‘two-finger test’

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Indian laws, clearly stating the role of health professionals while carrying out examination of sexual violence survivors, do not make any reference to assessing virginity of the survivor, degree of habituation to sexual acts, status of the hymen and status of the vaginal elasticity. Despite this, and in the absence of standard medical protocols in

Activists write to President seeking stay on Yakub Memon execution

Yakub- Memon

By Team FI
Several left wing Politicians, human rights activists and feminists have written a mercy petition to the President of India requesting clemency for Yakub Memon.

Memon was awarded death sentence by the TADA court for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and is scheduled to be hung to death on 30th July.

Here is the [...] Continue Reading…

Protect free speech and accountability, nation-wide support pours in for Teesta Setalvad

save-democracy-India

By Team FI
Support is pouring in for Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand following the CBI raids on their residence that began on Tuesday, 13th July. Social activists have been alleging that the Hindu nationalist party BJP’s Narendra Modi led Government has been repeatedly attacking Setalvad and her organsiation for helping the victims of Gujarat violence that shook [...] Continue Reading…

CBI search seeks to intimidate and humiliate, Teesta Setalvad

Teesta-setalvad-raid

Instead of looking at cases like Vyapam scam and Asaram Bapu cases wherein witnesses have been killed, or cases where politicians have been implicated in crimes, CBI is being used to attack human rights defenders

By Team FI
India’s Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), On 13 July, launched a search on the residence of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband [...] Continue Reading…

How ‘Per Vaginal Examination’ turned into the ‘two-finger test’

two-finge-test-india

Indian laws, clearly stating the role of health professionals while carrying out examination of sexual violence survivors, do not make any reference to assessing virginity of the survivor, degree of habituation to sexual acts, status of the hymen and status of the vaginal elasticity. Despite this, and in the absence of standard medical protocols in such cases, Indian forensic [...] Continue Reading…

Govt shows interest in Depo Provera again

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For the past three decades women’s groups in India have been fighting against the inclusion of Depo-Provera, the injectable contraceptive into the country’s family planning programme. With signs of a renewed interest from the government on the inclusion of this drug, it is imperative that activists discuss and articulate their views on this issue of grave importance to women [...] Continue Reading…

Colonial Assam and Women’s Writing, by Dr. Nizara Hazarika

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Exploring the colonial period from a post colonial stance, to decode the various issues pertaining to women’s lives and how women started their literary articulations, Dr. Nizara Hazarika’s book Colonial Assam and Women’s Writing throws light on how women developed a sense of autonomy and agency which was reflected in their writing both non fictional as well as fictional. [...] Continue Reading…

Rethinking Disabilty In India

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Anita Ghai explores disability as a social, cultural and political phenomenon and marks a fundamental shift from the standard clinical, medical or therapeutic perspectives on the subject. FeministsIndia presents a short write up on the book from the author and an extract from Chapter 7 of the book

Rethinking Disability in India explores disability as a social, cultural and political [...] Continue Reading…

Protect Judge who put Naroda Patiya convicts behind bars

Jyotsna-Yagnik

Even as Judge Jyotsana Yagnick who convicted Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi (both out on bail) for the Naroda Patiya massacre is being intimidated with threatening letters, government delays response on her request to protection which was scaled down from Z-plus to Y category

By Team FI

Following reports of retired Judge Jyotsana Yagnik, receiving threatening letters and blank phone calls, [...] Continue Reading…

PUDR slams Bastar police chief for intimidating human rights activists and Adivasis

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By Team FI

People’s Union for Democratic Rights, issues a press statement to condemn Bastar IG, SRP Kalluri’s open threat to silence human rights activists and lawyers who work in the tribal region. In a recent press conference, the police chief had threatened the activists and lawyers with severe ‘police action’. His warning comes on the heels of two recent [...] Continue Reading…