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Now, Another ‘PadMan 2.0’: Indian Teen Creates High-Tech, Anti-Rape Undies

– Seenu Kumari, from Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, has come up with a prototype – She spent less than £50 on the underwear which are both knife and bulletproof – Garmentsent away for patenting and is hoped to be sold to the wider market – Rape, sexual abuse and child …

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Homosexuality Was Accepted By Hindu Gods, Now What’s Your Problem?

Our traditions entrench the belief that anything that gives pleasure to the body is lousy and lustful and should be treated as a crime. The debate over Section 377 has thrown up many crucial questions before us. Do gods have anything to do with our sexual orientation? Does the human …

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What Is To Blame For The Mounting Shortage Of District Court Judges In India?

Not the current recruitment system as is generally believed. For a while now, the ever increasing vacancies in the judiciary have invited attention to the process of appointing judges to High Courts and the Supreme Court – but not to lower courts. With 23% posts lying vacant and nearly 2.62 …

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The Terror Of Board Exams Is Killing India’s Future And Spreading Unrest

In India, board exams have always been synonymous with stress — for the students, parents, teachers and, sometimes, relatives and neighbours as well. It is shocking how a child’s assessment model becomes the cause of so much pain and undue pressure. With the re-introduction of board examinations for 10th grade, …

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‘I’m A Mother Against Bullying And I Want Others To Join My Protest’

Most children, even when they have not faced any direct aggressive communal bullying, will identify with such repetitive comments. Dear fellow Indian mothers, I believe no mother asks her child to hate another child. So it was disturbing and shocking when Zareen told me, “My little one is only six-and-a-half …

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Blinded By Pellets In Kashmir, ‘Insha Mushtashaq’ A Bravehear Girl Passes Her Class 10 Exams

Insha Mushtaq was one of the youngest victims to have been blinded by the pellet guns used against protesters in Kashmir Valley, has passed her board exams on Tuesday. Insha lost her eyesight after she was hit by hundreds of pellets, mostly on her face, after she opened a window …

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A Gentle Woman’s Journey From Social Work To Prison!

Anu Mishra was arrested and jailed for two years. Cases against her are still being heard. So why was she in prison for so long? Anu Mishra was arrested from her home in New Delhi in 2010. Plain-clothed policemen showed up at her house and took her away. They told …

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‘Am 60 With Youthful Passion And Beauty, Need A Passionate Young Man To Marry’

The white coiffured Sultana Abdullah is a retired Air India hostess who spent more than 30 happy years on the national carrier’s in-flight cabin crew. She is now 60 and is looking for a bookish romantic handsome man to marry. Sultana Abdullah’s principal qualities include her “wicked sense of humour” …

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Disabled Indians Have Climbed The Mount Everest, Still Struggle To Enter Temples And Mosques

It is sad that barriers are built on the basis of a person’s disability- especially in a country like India where the Gita of peace is based on Ashtavakra, a person with eight physical disabilities Mohammad Faisal Nawaz, 34, is a social activist focusing on gender equality and girls’ education …

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UP Government Has Proposed To Reduce Muslim Holidays In Madrassas To Bring Them ‘At Par’ With Other Schools

Now, discretionary holidays have been reduced from 10 days to 4 days. Apparently to bring madrassas at par with other schools in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has now made a proposal to reduce discretionary holidays around Muslim festivals in madrassas. The madrassas, however, are compulsorily shut for festivals …

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