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Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
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Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Aug. 4, 2021, 11:38 p.m.
Countries: China, India
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"Such procedures -- along with postnatal abandonment or worse -- are notoriously common in China and India, where cultural and other biases encourage the preference for a son" (Para 23).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"Baljit is spare with the details but admits she contemplated suicide: once before marriage when her husband was demanding money, other times after he left her. Baljit still says she doesn’t feel like living. Her mother, whose imagined grief stopped her from committing suicide before, died in May. 'What else remains?' she asks. 'I am alone.' Of abandoned brides like herself, Baljit says: 'We are like dead bodies walking. We have no place in society. We can’t live and we can’t even die'" (Para 59-61). "When Ekampreet was 3, Sarbjeet tried to commit suicide by drinking rat poison. Five years later, she tried again by slitting her wrists. She went...more
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CUST-PRACTICE-1

"Sarbjeet Kaur’s husband stopped sending money for his daughter’s school fees in 2016, with three months left in the term. Sarbjeet sold her sofa and two cupboards so she could finish. Last year, she sold the gold earrings her parents had given to her daughter – again, for school fees, this time at her new, cheaper school" (Para 63-64).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"But she had the inner strength to leave her rural home and move on her own to Chandigarh, the regional capital, to volunteer in the passport office. She knows she’s defying traditions back home, where married women don’t leave the house without male relatives or have a separate identity" (Para 25). "In Toosa, women don’t venture out at night and are rarely left home alone, even in walled family compounds" (Para 36).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Baljit Kaur lives two lives. In the first, she’s a policewoman, composed and authoritative in a pressed uniform and red lipstick. In the second, she’s an aging bride, abandoned by her husband and sleeping under sheets printed with red hearts" (Para 47). "Baljit became a cop in 1995. She worked her way up through training courses and exams and is an assistant sub-inspector at the Fatehgarh Sahib District headquarters in Punjab. She has a sunny government flat with a plant-filled terrace and drives both a scooter and a car" (Para 56).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

"She last spoke to her husband on Oct. 6, 2014. They have been locked in a legal battle ever since. She has been granted ownership of their house and has won maintenance costs, but those have yet to be paid, she says. She has spent more than $4,000 on lawyers’ fees" (Para 53).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Satwinder is slowly breaking through this – and in the process has become a symbol of a newfound willingness to fight back against a patriarchal system. She runs a WhatsApp group and Facebook page, and tells rural Punjabi women what paperwork they need to cancel their husbands’ passports. She also organises protests" (Para 37).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-6

"An abandoned woman has no status, says Shiwali Suman, who organises abandoned wives in New Delhi. 'Are we divorced, single, widowed?' she asks. 'What are we actually? We are not able to be categorized.' The men deny they have done anything wrong, saying they did their best but were taken advantage of by their wives. One says his life is 'hell' now and he no longer trusts women. The wives left behind don’t see it that way" (Para 16-18). "Reena Mehla was 24 when she got married. Five years later, she says, her husband told her he was going to work extra police duty shifts elsewhere in India, and instead...more
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ADCM-PRACTICE-1

"Sarbjeet lives in sugar cane country where the chimneys of brick factories occasionally pierce the fields to puff grey smoke. Her parents keep cows. She wants better for her daughter, so offered the new woman a compromise: If Singh would call his daughter regularly and send $142 a month for her expenses, she would drop her case and stop trying to cancel his passport. He did for a while, then he stopped, she says. Now Sarbjeet worries constantly about money" (Para 75-76).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The wives say many of the men demand – and often get – tens of thousands of dollars in dowry, despite the ancient practice being illegal. The husbands can use that money to establish themselves overseas and obtain permanent residency or a new passport, leaving their wives and children behind – and in limbo" (Para 15). "When Amritpal talks about her marriage, she keeps coming back to the money she spent on it: She says she forked over $28,000 on the dowry and wedding; three days after they were married, she says, her husband told her to get $14,000 more from her father. Her husband, Kulpreet Singh, said all the...more
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In the past year and a half, the women have managed to suspend more than 400 passports and revoke 67 others, Kabiraj says. In all, more than 5,000 women have filed abandonment complaints with India’s Ministry of External Affairs" (Para 9). "Only a few thousand people live in Toosa, but her relationships span the globe. She’s helping nearly 400 women who’ve been abandoned by their men, she says, getting several of their runaway husbands deported from their adopted countries and jailed. Every few minutes her phone rings" (Para 35).
July 16, 2021, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: BR-PRACTICE-1

"Narendra Modi called for family planning measures and praised an 'informed section' of society who are 'doing good for the country' by choosing to have small families" (para 2).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"Most child marriages are reported in rural communities that often consider verbal abuse or a child being slapped in her marital home as reactions to disobedience on her part, campaigners said" (para 20).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"India accounts for more than 20% of the world's adolescent population and the highest number of child marriages in South Asia, according to the UN children's agency (UNICEF)" (para 7).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"But girls married before the legal age of 18 have been omitted from the latest survey due to new child protection laws — even after the previous report found nearly 1 in 6 married girls aged 15 to 19 had faced abuse" (para 3). "Early marriage heightens the risk of domestic slavery, spousal violence, and poor health, with girls married under the age of 15 almost 50% more likely to have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence, campaigners say" (para 6).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India's biggest survey of domestic violence — potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help" (para 1). "But girls married before the legal age of 18 have been omitted from the latest survey due to new child protection laws — even after the previous report found nearly 1 in 6 married girls aged 15 to 19 had faced abuse" (para 3). "India accounts for more than 20% of the world's adolescent population and the highest number of child marriages in South Asia, according to the UN children's agency (UNICEF)" (para...more
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'We use the survey in our campaigns, on our pamphlets and to hold orientations [of grassroot workers]. This is authentic data, there is no other similar survey in the country,' said Venkat Reddy of child rights non-profit MV Foundation" (para 10). "'These girls lack the support to report the matter to the police as they ask for a family elder to accompany them. Schools do not have an enabling environment for adolescents to discuss these matters,' said Indira Pancholi, founder of women's rights non-profit Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti in Rajasthan" (para 22).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India's biggest survey of domestic violence — potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help. India's national health survey is a mine of statistics on key social indicators — from fertility rates to immunization, marriage age to gender-based violence, and is used to craft government policies and pinpoint charity spending. But girls married before the legal age of 18 have been omitted from the latest survey due to new child protection laws — even after the previous report found nearly 1 in 6 married girls aged 15 to 19 had...more
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Child brides being beaten by their husbands will no longer be included in India's biggest survey of domestic violence — potentially hiding the problem and making it even harder for married girls to get help" (para 1).
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"India began asking questions about domestic abuse as part of the national health survey in 2005-06, after the country's Domestic Violence Act was passed. Since then, the research has shined a light on a largely hidden form of violence against women, and revealed that few women go to the police to report abusive husbands" (para 8-9). "Only 14% of women who suffered domestic violence sought help from the police, and of them only 3% reached out to the police, the health survey data shows. 'These girls lack the support to report the matter to the police as they ask for a family elder to accompany them. Schools do not have...more
July 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, DV-LAW-1

"Officials said they dropped the under-18 age group because the survey's confidentiality clause was at odds with India's child protection law of 2012, which demands that all cases of child sex abuse must be reported to the police" (para 11).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The directions were issued in a judgment setting aside the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s July decision that had granted bail to a man accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbor on the condition that he request the survivor to tie a rakhi on his wrist. A rakhi is a thread bracelet that a sister ties on her brother’s wrist during the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister or any similar relationship" (para 2-3).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and S Ravindra, also directed that courts should not suggest, entertain or encourage marriage between the survivor and the accused, or mandate mediation between them, as these forms of compromises are beyond the power and jurisdiction of the court" (para 5).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1). "The Attorney General, KK Venugopal, had suggested gender sensitization for judges who have an 'old school' and 'patriarchal' outlook in December of last year, and in line with the same, the Supreme Court bench also suggested gender-sensitization training for judges and public prosecutors" (para 7).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1). "The bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and S Ravindra, also directed that courts should not suggest, entertain or encourage marriage between the survivor and the accused, or mandate mediation between them, as these forms of compromises are beyond the power and jurisdiction of the court" (para 5). "The Attorney General, KK Venugopal, had suggested gender...more
July 7, 2021, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"A husband has been filmed parading his wife's severed head through the streets after decapitating her in India[...]Police superintendent Arvind Chaturvedi said the accused had been arrested and a case of dowry death filed against him on the complaint of the victim's father"(para 1,6). We can conclude that dowries are present in India due to this incident of a dowry related death(NK-CODER COMMNET).
July 7, 2021, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-DATA-2

"India reports the highest total number of dowry deaths with 8,391 such deaths reported in 2010, meaning there are 1.4 deaths per 100,000 women.Female dowry deaths account for 40 to 50 per cent of all female homicides recorded annually in India"(para 16,17).
July 7, 2021, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"A husband has been filmed parading his wife's severed head through the streets after decapitating her in India[...]The vile incident took place on Saturday morning and the 30-year-old was arrested near Jahgirabad police station.Police superintendent Arvind Chaturvedi said the accused had been arrested and a case of dowry death filed against him on the complaint of the victim's father"(para 1, 5,6).