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Triple Talaq: Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutesVedatrayee, a Kolkata-based young lawyer, takes a hard look at the issue of triple talaq, with a historical perspective. Read more in her regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. October 2015 gave Shayara Bano an experience that spurred her fight against a custom disguised tyranny when her husband sends her a speed post with the […]

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Reclaiming Pink: The Story of Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang

Reading Time: 4 minutesPayel profiles Sampat Pal Devi and the lathi wielding Gulabi Gang that stood up against violence and other wrongs perpetrated by husbands, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Twelve-year-old Sampat Pal Devi was married off to a much older man in Banda district of UP.  Too young to protest, she succumbed to the […]

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Why should Criminalisation of Marital Rape Destabilise Marriage?

Reading Time: 5 minutesPayal takes a hard look at the issue of marital rape, its criminalisation and the argument that it would destabilise the institution of marriage. India should learn from other nations, she reasons, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale in The History of the Pleas of the Crown stated […]

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Three Reasons why Women Need to Safeguard Themselves through Self-Defence

Reading Time: 2 minutesRitambhara tells us how self-defence techniques are important for women. We are introducing a new weekly column, every Monday, Three Questions. A Different Truths Exclusive. In the present scenario, “Women Empowerment” and “Gender Equality” are nothing more than frenzied fancies. It is perturbing; women can’t move around freely on the roads at night without the […]

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Freedom! Woman, you hold your Key

Reading Time: 2 minutesMahima was inspired by her cousin to pen this poem. Most of the women are chained to their thoughts. They have to set their minds free first. A tribute to the women of this country, on the I-Day, exclusively in Different Truths.   At the stroke of the midnight hour,                             This 15th August just […]

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The Perpetrator Beta vs. the Victim Beti: Tales from a Chauvinistic Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesVarnika Kundu, daughter of an IAS officer, was terrorised and almost kidnapped, in Chandigarh, by Vikas Barala, son of BJP Haryana chief. Our New Delhi-based columnist, Payal says that nobody has a right to shame a woman because she drinks, or drives out late at night, is independent, or does not have a protector. As […]

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Women and the Art of Saying No

Reading Time: 4 minutesWomen do not know how to say, ‘No’. They get into trouble for hesitating and not speaking their minds, clearly.  Here’s a bold and gutsy reaction to this problem by Payal, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I’ve always maintained that anything men can do, women can do too, whether it be boxing […]

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Sex and the Indian Woman: More than Lipstick under our Burqas

Reading Time: 5 minutesGender roles are defined and given in a patriarchal society. The ‘good’ versus the ‘bad’ girl/woman mindset in the backdrop of the film Lipstick under my Burqa and marital rape. Payal takes a hard look and rips apart these assigned roles, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  This is a coming of age […]

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What Would Happen if Suddenly, Magically, Men Menstruate and Women Could Not?

Reading Time: 3 minutesMale-female role reversals have intrigued most of us. In a 1978 satire for Ms. Magazine, feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem answered the question that so many women have asked: “What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not?” Nikita dwells on this interesting subject, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. “What is […]

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Boys will (Not) be Boys: Towards a more Human Society

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe talk all the time about what we would teach our daughters, but we equally need to engage in reorienting that which is taught to our sons, not just for the future of the world, but so that they themselves can grow to their full potential as human beings. Payal takes a hard look at […]

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