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Bihar’s MNREGA practises gender pay gap

 
/ July 1, 2015

While gender pay gap is blatantly present across the world, India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) was one scheme meant to ensure that all its participants are paid equally. The scheme also aims to bring women into the labour force, 1/3rd of the jobs are reserved for women. However,...

Lack of proper abortion facilities force women to run from pillar to post

 
/ June 22, 2015

Women seeking abortions in a remote village in India are turned away from the state-run health facilities due to a lack of infrastructure and are forced to approach private practitioners. Last year, 24- year old Masahun Khatun was 5 months pregnant when she fell in the front yard of her...

Are safe pregnancies and childbirth in rural India a luxury?

 
/ June 17, 2015

One woman dies every ten minutes due to pregnancy related complications in India. Although the government has put in place schemes to ensure that every woman has access to healthcare during and after pregnancy, ground reports produced by Video Volunteers reveal that access to prenatal and postnatal care, nutrition and...

One woman’s harrowing experience of giving birth at a state-run health facility

 
/ June 15, 2015

A 24-year old woman in labour was kept waiting for the doctor for 6 hours. The doctor on duty did not turn up and she delivered in the presence of a nurse. She was forced to pay INR 400 for her delivery and even, to use the toilet. She neither...

You can’t Deliver Your Baby Here, The Roof May Collapse Any Moment

 
/ June 15, 2015

Crumbling infrastructure at a state-run health facility keeps pregnant women from availing healthcare services here. With a roof that leaks during the monsoon and no functional toilets, both frontline health workers and patients find it difficult to use. Bharti Kumari Reports from Telmocho village, Dhanbad district, Jharkhand This series on...

Gang Rape in return for love: caste-based violence

 
/ May 26, 2015

An upper caste boy raped a girl and her mother, along with other 4 men. The girl belonged to lower caste and was not allowed to be involved in a relationship with someone belonging to the upper caste. So, they broke in the girl’s home late at night and started...

Corruption in Health center: Midwives made to pay INR 7000

 
/ April 21, 2015

Cases, where the common man has to pay bribes to get work done, is not uncommon in India. Here Community Correspondent Anul Guria documents testimonies of corruption that occurred at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Chainpur Block of Palamau district, Jharkhand. PHC’s are state-owned rural health care facilities in...