ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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In Its Haste to Rescue Sex Workers, 'Anti-Trafficking' Is Increasing Their Vulnerability

Framing trafficking as an issue of morality wrongly assumes no woman would enter sex work of her own volition. The article discusses the experiences of sex workers picked up during raid and rescue operations, who reveal that such a strategy rarely addresses the issue of trafficking, instead it results in large-scale human rights violations.

From Mathura to Bhanwari

The recent law on sexual harassment at the workplace rides on the back of decades of campaigns by women's groups, starting with the rape law in the famous "Mathura case" to the guidelines on sexual harassment arising from the fight by Bhanwari Devi to punish the men who gangraped her for opposing child marriage. Unfortunately, lawmakers have failed to heed some of the crucial lessons that can be drawn from these struggles.

A Sporting Chance for Gender

Against the backdrop of the violence which the Asian and Commonwealth Games medal winner, Pinki Pramanik, was subjected to and the current condition of another medal winner, Santhi Soundarajan (who failed a sex determination test), it is time to think about going beyond gender categories in sport.

Injectable Contraceptives

In the context of the increasing privatisation of health care and the involvement of private practitioners and clinics in the state family planning programme, the possible introduction of an injectable contraceptive in the programme is worrying.

Population Growth and Coercive Controls

While policies aimed at controlling population have become marginally more sensitive to people's needs, they continue to ignore serious health and welfare issues, particularly of women. The case of injectable contraceptives, their development, promotion and use, illustrates this.
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