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Demonetization, Chaos and Closed Banks in Kupwara

 
/ February 22, 2017

Demonetization has been not very much influencing Kashmiris due to regular shutdowns. But, due to the non – availability of new currency notes at J&K Bank branches in Kupwara, people have been suffering badly.

Life of Migrant Labourers in Kashmir

 
/ February 21, 2017

Kashmir has been depending on migrant workers to fulfil the increase in the demand for skilled labour for decades now.An estimated five lakh migrant labourers from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab

Community Voices powered by Lalit Lokvani in Uttar Pradesh

 
/ February 20, 2017

“Radio is such a medium that even while cooking we can listen to the news, music and folk songs.” shares a happy listener of Lalit Lokvani. Lalit Lokvani is a community radio station in Alapur village of Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh, catering to the needs of 120 villages in...

A Visit inside Kashmir’s First Cashless Village

 
/ February 16, 2017

  Lanura Budgam village is located at a distance of 24 Kms from Srinagar city. The village was declared to be the first ‘cashless’ village by J&K Government on 18 December 2016. The declaration of Lanura being a cashless village stunned local villagers. The village lacks basic facilities, like electricity...

A Body of Pain – Questioning Marital Rape on Valentine’s Day

 
/ February 14, 2017

Video Volunteer’s correspondents Usha Patel and Babita Maurya talk about sexual consent in UP’s villages Today is Valentine’s Day. There will be hearts and candies and flowers, at least in the metros. There will also be rapes, in both cities and villages. Legally sanctioned, “sacramental”, marital rapes inside homes. The...

Our lives are threatened because we are asking for food. It is our right, right?

 
/ January 30, 2017

“You’re asking for rights? Do you know what caste you belong to?,” the Sarpanch (Village Head) reminded Samaru Vanvashi, a Dalit resident of Bisapur village in Uttar Pradesh. Samaru had approached the Sarpanch because he had not been paid his NREGA salary since 2014 and had not received his rationed...

Why can women not name their husbands?

 
/ January 26, 2017

Community Correspondent Madhuri asks Sindhu, Gayatri Devi, Rita Devi and Srisati Devi the names of their husband. The women, of varying age, all smile shyly and unanimously respond that they cannot refer to their husbands by their names. The reason being the husband is a superior creature, equivalent to a...

Mother of six daughters abandoned by husband, stigmatised by society

 
/ January 25, 2017

Married for 26 years, Phoolkumari has been deprived of her share of the family property. The reason? She has six daughters. “My relatives told me you have no one to continue the family lineage. What will you do with property? Give it to your sons-in-law?” she says She works as...