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Babasaheb is Angry

 
/ April 14, 2015

Babasaheb is angry. As I look up at a large photo of his on the wall in front of me; his thick, black eyebrows are knitted together, eyes scowling through spectacles. I can almost feel the disappointment that fills the air. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Indian...

One Billion Rising: Changing perspectives with a camera

 
/ February 5, 2015

February 5; Pune, Maharashtra Heena Sheikh had been a victim of domestic violence ever since she got married. Undocumented instances of domestic violence are still quite common in India. The societal norms, which revolve around a patriarchal system, make it difficult for women to raise their voices. That’s what happened...

Extending Rights

 
/ December 10, 2014

Community Correspondent Rekha Bhangre brings an inspiring story from Madhya Pradesh. Durga, who was recently elected Village head has overcome many barriers in her way. While increasingly women tend to hold prominent posts in their village, the empowerment seems to be a token one as they still have to depend...

Women discriminated against for not giving birth to boys

 
/ November 13, 2014

Savitri Devi gets beaten up by her husband very frequently for not having a son, reports Community Correspondent Mahesh Kumar from Ambai Bujuru of Kaushambhi district in Uttar Pradesh. Kaushambhi district celebrates a festival known as Sakat or Ganesh Chowk every year. In this festival, everyone can participate except the...

Safe Motherhood scheme not safegaurding the rights of pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh

 
/ November 11, 2014

Pregnant women pay bribes to avail free maternal health service in Uttar Pradesh The staff of a Community Health Centre of Mirjapur village in Uttar Pradesh, have been demanding cash from pregnant women before providing service of any kind. As a result, they are forced to buy medicine from outside...

Houses of Dalit families burnt by upper caste men

 
/ October 9, 2014

12 powerful men from the ‘upper caste’ burnt down the houses of 4 Dalit families, our Community Correspondent Reena Devi reports from Maha Dalit Tola area of Chitauria Village in Katihar, Bihar.   The conflict arose because the attackers had been trying to forcefully evict the residents. A meeting date...

Failure of Total Sanitation Campaign in Bihar

 
/ September 26, 2014

As per Water Aid’s latest survey report, Bihar needs to build 6,900 toilets a day to keep promise of total sanitation. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Navita Devi from Katihar district, Bihar reports on the failure of the scheme in Gandhigram village. Toilets have been built but the villagers haven’t received any...

Untouchability: Dalit children excluded from temple festivities

 
/ September 21, 2014

Untouchability steals the right of children belonging to Dalit community(considered untouchables)to be included in temple festivities unlike all other children, in this village. As per Article 17 of the Indian Constitution, untouchability is a punishable offence. However, that doesn’t stop the many social atrocities committed against the Dalit community across...