11 #women die and 62 hospitalized at a #sterilization camp in India

12 November 2014

Of 80 women who underwent sterilization surgery at a government run birth control mobile clinic yesterday, 13 are dead and 60 hospitalized in critical condition. Government compensation to women’s families who’ve died from such procedures at government clinics indicates this case just might be the tip of the ice-berg.


Women Attempting to Escape from a #Women’s #Shelter, Say They Are Being Tortured

Kolkata, West Bengal, 01 August 2014

More than 30 women scaled the walls of a government run shelter for women and tried to escape.  They were caught and brought back.  They complained that they were being tortured in there.  This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred.  There are frequent reports of torture, abuse and rape of women in shelters around India, but there is no reliable system of monitoring and accountability.  Oddly, these women, many of who are destitute, and others who have been rescued from sex trafficking, are locked in like prisoners, and prevented from leaving or escaping when they try, as they did in this case.  Check out the links below.









Fear of #Rape Causes Women to Jump Off Moving Trains, Buses, Autos in #India




Medical ‘Guinea Pigs’ for #Cervical #Cancer Studies, 254 Poor #Women Killed in #India

guinea pigsNew Delhi, April 20, 2014

 The death of 254  women from poor families from villages and slums in India,  who were participants in  US-funded clinical trials for cervical cancer, has triggered public outrage about the ethics of how clinical trials are conducted in India. The women who died were part of a control group who were kept without screening to study death rates in unscreened populations.

This follows a row for these same clinical trials in 2010 when four teenage girls taking part in the  test study of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines died.  The Indian government was accused of loaning its citizens to western medical companies for use as guinea pigs to test dangerous vaccines.  The subjects were selected from the poorest sections of India and did not have adequate education to make informed choices.  The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and run by the international health charity PATH and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), vaccinated more than 23,000 girls aged 10–14 against HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.  The Indian government had said, the girls had died of other causes that were not related to the vaccine.

However, after a case was filed with the United States Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) it was determined that the women were not given adequate information to give informed consent.The studies were by US National Cancer Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation












Chair of India’s National Commission For Women says Clothing Invites Sexual Assault


New Delhi, July 18, 2012

In response to a case last week where a teenage girl was attacked and molested by a mob of men in full public view, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma’s statement asking women to dress carefully to avoid crimes (like molestation) against them has sparked outrage and disgust with rights activists questioned the selection process of NCW office-bearers. Sharma’s comments came close on the heels of the removal of Alka Lamba from a fact-finding committee probing the Guwahati molestation case for revealing the victim’s identity.

While speaking about the molestation case on Tuesday, Sharma stopped short of prescribing a dress code. She said, “Be careful about how you dress… Aping the west blindly is eroding our culture and causing such crimes to happen.”

Earlier this year, at a seminar where she address young women, Sharma offered this advice on how to deal with street sexual harassment, “Don’t be offended if someone calls you ‘sexy’, rather take it positively.”

CPM leader Brinda Karat demanded the NCW chairperson withdraw her statement or quit. “Such advice is unwarranted and militates against the mandate of the commission. It only strengthens the forces who blame victims for the crimes against them,” she said.  Full Report Here


Men Allowed to Rape Women in a Rehabiliation Home

Hoogly, Kolkata, July 13, 2012

Investigations into the mysterious death and burial of Guriya, a 32-year-old woman in a Hooghly rehabilitation home, has unearthed a horror house where female residents were regularly raped and tortured by men from outside. It was virtually a free for all — anyone could walk in after sunset and do whatever he pleased with the women, who are either mentally challenged or speech and hearing impaired.

A representative of the NGO Shruti which fights for the rights of physically and mentally challenged women, said that this is not an isolated case.  She said  ” Sexual abuse is common in homes for women. In case of physically challenged and mentally handicapped women, it is even worse. They cannot protest against the abuse. No home can run without government licence or funding but there is hardly any monitoring.” Full report here

India Worst Country for Women Among the G20 Nations

June 2012

A new poll, conducted by Trust Law  ranked the 20 countries that form the G20 (the 20 major economies of the world) to determine which of them were the best and the worst in terms of gender equity. The rankings were based on six different categories. These were:1. Quality of health 2. Freedom from violence 3. Political participation 4. Workplace opportunities
5. Access to resources (i.e. education, property rights) 6. Freedom from trafficking and slavery.

India was rated as the worst country for women, ranking worse than Saudi Arabia.  Child marriage, foeticide and infanticide, sexual trafficking, domestic slave labour, domestic violence and high maternal mortality all make India worst of the G20.  More here

Why Are Indian Women Setting Themselves on Fire?

February 21, 2011, CHENNAI

28-year-old R Sushila was admitted to the burns ward of the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH) after she tried to immolate herself, When she died a week later with 90% burns, it was recorded as a suicide. However, nurses said she had told them she committed suicide unable to bear the pressure and harrassment from her husband and in-laws for dowry. Continue reading

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