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Oct. 7, 2022, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"'At the time, politics was not looked at with a good point of view,' she said. 'Especially for women. Because the society I belong to, they think that women should not step into politics.'" (13) "Ms. Tudu, a widow whose husband was Ms. Murmu’s brother, grows rice in a small field and draws her water from the community pump. She said it was 'liberating' to have electricity in her home, though some of the rooms had yet to be connected. Ms. Tudu was thrilled by her sister-in-law’s ascent. 'It fills my heart with joy,' she said. A cousin sitting nearby, Heera Murmu, was more pragmatic." (22,23)
Oct. 7, 2022, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"For the B.J.P., political analysts say, giving Ms. Murmu the presidency is a way to increase its appeal to women as well as send the broader message that it cares about the disadvantaged. But they say it is also part of an effort to make gains in states with large tribal populations. Voters from India’s tribes and its lower castes have tended to support the Congress party, which is now in the opposition, or regional parties with strong local leaders." (15)
Oct. 7, 2022, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"India’s presidency is largely ceremonial. But when Ms. Murmu, who on Thursday was declared to have been elected to the post by lawmakers, is sworn in next week, it will have significance well beyond Uparbeda. Besides being only the second female president of India, Ms. Murmu, who until recently was the governor of Jharkhand State, will be the first from the country’s Indigenous tribal communities, an economically marginalized population that makes up nearly 10 percent of India’s population. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P., which along with its allies nominated Ms. Murmu for the presidency last month, says her new prominence will bring attention to the...more
July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The police officer, Station House Officer Tilakdhari Saroj, was later arrested after being caught on the run in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where the crime is alleged to have taken place" (Para. 2). "Saroj has been charged under the stringent POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act brought in in 2012 which could see him face life in prison if convicted" (Para. 8). "Pathak added that six people were named in the case and four had been arrested, including Saroj, and all officers serving in the police station have been removed" (Para. 11). "The case has caused predictable outrage in the state of Uttar Pradesh and...more
July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The police officer, Station House Officer Tilakdhari Saroj, was later arrested after being caught on the run in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where the crime is alleged to have taken place" (Para. 2). "Saroj has been charged under the stringent POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act brought in in 2012 which could see him face life in prison if convicted" (Para. 8). "Pathak added that six people were named in the case and four had been arrested, including Saroj, and all officers serving in the police station have been removed" (Para. 11).
July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 13-year-old girl who went to a police station to report that she had been gang raped was then raped again by the police officer she reported it to, authorities say" (Para. 1). "The father of the girl alleged to police that four men had lured his daughter away to the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh on April 22 where they raped her over the space of four days. The men then brought the girl back to her village in the Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) before fleeing" (Para. 3-4). "According to the report filed by police, the girl went to the police station the following day to make...more
July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the Uttar Pradesh state government in a tweet. 'The gang-rape of a 13-year-old girl in Lalitpur and then her rape by the police in-charge when she went to file a complaint shows how genuine law and order reforms are being suppressed in the noise of 'bulldozers'. 'If police stations are not safe for women, then where will they go to take complaints?' she said" (Para. 14-16).
July 8, 2022, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Saroj has been charged under the stringent POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act brought in in 2012 which could see him face life in prison if convicted" (Para. 8). "The POCSO Act was brought in in 2012 after a young woman was gang raped on a bus in New Delhi in a case which shocked the world and put the spotlight on how rife acts of sexual abuse are in India. The young woman later died of her injuries" (Para. 17).
March 15, 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"Women have been enthusiastic voters in India: voter turnout among women will be higher in this year's general election than that of men. Most women say they are voting independently, without consulting their spouses and families. To make them secure, there are separate queues for women at polling stations and female police officers guarding them. Polling stations contain at least one female officer"(Para. 2-3).
March 15, 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"With a sex ratio that is skewed in favour of men, India has had a problem of missing women for a long time. Last year, a government report found that 63 million women were "missing" from India's population because the preference for sons led to sex-selective abortions and more care was given to boys. Separately, economists Shamika Ravi and Mudit Kapoor estimated that more than 65 million women - some 20% of the female electorate - were missing. This included women who were not registered to vote and women 'who were not in the population because of gross neglect' (worsening sex ratio, which reflected the gross neglect). So elections, they...more
March 15, 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-DATA-2

"More than 660 women candidates contested the 2014 elections, up from 24 in the first election in 1951. And political parties now target women as a separate constituency, offering them cheap cooking gas, scholarships for studies and bicycles to go to college" (Para. 4). "More than 20 million missing women, analysts say, translates into 38,000 missing women voters on average in every constituency in India. In places like Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and a key bellwether state, the figure swells to 80,000 missing women in every seat. Given that more than one in every five seats are won or lost by a margin of fewer than 38,000 votes, the...more
March 15, 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CLCC-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, a government report found that 63 million women were "missing" from India's population because the preference for sons led to sex-selective abortions and more care was given to boys. Separately, economists Shamika Ravi and Mudit Kapoor estimated that more than 65 million women - some 20% of the female electorate - were missing. This included women who were not registered to vote and women 'who were not in the population because of gross neglect' (worsening sex ratio, which reflected the gross neglect). So elections, they said, were 'revealing the preferences or the will of a population that is artificially skewed against women'" (Para. 14). "'I have heard of...more
March 15, 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Yet, a truly astonishing number of women - equal to the population of Sri Lanka - appear to be 'missing' from India's voters lists" (Para. 5). "In their upcoming book, The Verdict: Decoding India's Elections, poll experts Prannoy Roy and Dorab Sopariwala find that the available data on women points to this. They looked at the number of women above the age of 18 in the census, extrapolated it, and compared it to the number of women in the latest list of voters. And they found a sizeable 'shortfall' - 21 million to be exact - in the number of female voters. Three states - Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan...more
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, South Sudan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"In Deoria, despite multiple letters from the district government to cease sending vulnerable women and children to a shelter operating without proper registration, three police superintendents sent at least 405 girls to the shelter over two years, where shelter employees exploited many in sex trafficking" (39). "While in bonded labor, employers reportedly subjected women to serious workplace abuses, including severe restrictions on freedom of movement and communication, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking" (45). "There were reports women and girls in the devadasi system of symbolic marriages to Hindu deities (a form of so-called 'ritual prostitution') were victims of rape or sexual abuse at the hands of priests and...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to human rights groups and media reports, between 70 and 90 percent of Dawoodi Bohras, a population of approximately one million concentrated in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi, practiced FGM/C" (44).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they freely participated" (37).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"On June 28, the minister for women and child development, Smriti Irani, told the lower house of parliament that 462 one-stop crisis centers for women were set up during the previous three years, including 291 since 2018. More than 220,000 women sought support from the centers. The centers provide medical, legal, counseling, and shelter services for women facing violence" (44). "A 2018 report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences documented abuse 'varying in forms and degrees of intensity' that was reported to be prevalent in almost all 110 government-funded women- and child-care institutions surveyed in Bihar State" (52).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"In July 2018 the Supreme Court heard a public interest case seeking to ban the practice of FGM/C" (44).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual harassment remained a serious problem" (46). "A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found home-based garment workers consisted almost entirely of women and girls from historically oppressed ethnic communities and earned approximately 10 rupees ($0.15) per hour" (55).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

"Doctors continued to carry out an invasive 'two-finger test' to speculate on sexual history, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that the test violated a victim’s right to privacy" (42).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The government advocated for the return of Rohingya refugees, including potential trafficking victims, to Burma" (33). "The law does not provide for the granting of asylum or refugee status, and the government has not established a system for providing protection to refugees" (33).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"It is illegal to pay for sex with a minor, to induce a minor into prostitution or any form of 'illicit sexual intercourse,' or to sell or buy a minor for the purposes of prostitution. Violators are subject to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine" (50).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Police sometimes worked to reconcile rape victims and their attackers; in some cases they encouraged female rape victims to marry their attackers" (42).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Nationwide protests erupted in response to the incident [where a woman was gang raped and ten her body was burned], calling for an end to violence against women, and in some cases, protesters asked for the accused to be handed over to them" (43).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISTD-DATA-2

"The number of new HIV cases decreased by 57 percent over the past decade" (57).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"The constitution provides free education for all children from ages six to 14, with a compulsory education age up through age 15, but the government did not always comply with this requirement" (48).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"The government has promoted female sterilization as a form of family planning for decades and, as a result, it made up 86 percent of contraceptive use in the country... The government provided monetary compensation for the wage loss, transportation costs, drugs and dressing, and follow-up visits to women accepting contraceptive methods, including voluntary sterilization" (47). "Policies penalizing families with more than two children remained in place in seven states, but some authorities did not enforce them... Certain states maintained government reservations for government jobs and subsidies for adults with no more than two children and reduced subsidies and access to health care for those who have more than two" (47).more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were continued reports that police raped female and male detainees" (7). "The survivor had accused state BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar of rape in 2017" (8). "Some female child soldiers reported that commanders recruited and used them in part for sexual exploitation" (17). "[T]he government claimed, based on statements of several women formerly associated with Maoist groups, that sexual violence, including rape and other forms of abuse, was a practice in some Maoist camps" (17-18). "Problems of domestic violence, sexual abuse... continued. According to NGOs, gender-based violence and sexual abuse were prevalent in the Sri Lankan refugee camps" (32). "Incidents of rape continued to be a persistent problem, including gang...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The law reserves one-third of the seats in local councils for women" (37).