Given the exponential level of population growth, and the fact that India is a developing nation with limited resources, there is an imminent need to reduce the population explosion. One way to go about it is by family planning. Another more effective way of going about it is by educating children about the various methods of contraceptives, reproductive health, and the consequences of sex.
By Yash Jain, WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
Awakened by the heinous and brutal rape in the outskirts of Hyderabad that shook the entire country and made the legislatures realize the need for strict and stringent laws for the punishment of rape and other sexual offences, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed the Disha Bill, 2019. The Bill, derives its name from the given name to the victim, a veterinary doctor who was raped and murdered in the incident. Also known as the AP Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019, this Bill seeks to amend the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973, for ‘heinous offences of rape’ and the Indian Penal Code, 1860, to strengthen the provisions relating to crimes against women and children.
By Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Central University of Kerala.
Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is a sub-component of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) announced by the Government of India in 2011, aimed at improving the participation of women in agriculture and to help them achieve socio-economic development. (more…)
By Ria Goyal, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
The One Stop Centre Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. One Stop Centres set up under this initiative are to be funded from the INR 1000 Crore Nirbhaya Fund which was set up in 2013 to fund various schemes related to women’s safety. These OSCs are meant to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof, to women who have experienced violence in the public or private spheres like family, community or workspace. The violence can be of any kind, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse, and women are to be provided integrated support regardless of their age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race, and culture. Such support includes access to a range of services like medical, legal, psychological and counseling support. Further, women facing violence in the form of attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honor related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting, who approach the OSC, are entitled to the provision of specialized services. (more…)
By Tanu Singh, Ramjas College, New Delhi.
Surrogacy, a highly controversial issue beset with many ethical, social, and legal dilemmas, has finally met its fate in the light of the new regulation Bill passed by the Indian government. On August 5, Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 which was introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 15th July and is still up for passage in the Upper House. (more…)
This Research Brief provides a holistic view of the problems faced by tribal adolescent girls during their menstruation and further investigate the causes related to their higher vulnerability towards encountering Reproductive and Urinary Tract Infections. Additionally, it reflects on the impact of societal norms and community attitudes towards menstruation and Read more…
The lack of understanding and knowledge of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in India perpetuates myths and has propagated a culture of ignorance on the subject of menstrual health and well being. This Policy Report presents an elaborate overview on the same, so that Right to Menstrual Health can be acknowledged Read more…
India’s Sexual & Reproductive Health, Well Being and Rights are yet to be addressed in a manner that fulfills the country’s international obligations. Our Policy Brief studies these policy gaps and outlines the necessary course of action for bettering the sexual and reproductive health landscape in India. Click here to Read more…
This Research Brief provides an overview of the sexual and reproductive health in the State of Gujarat and how its policies are faring on the Sustainable Development Index of the United Nations (Agenda 2030) in relation to Good Health and Well Being. Click here to read the Research Brief
By Lakshmi Kailasan, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi.
Medical termination of pregnancy which is more commonly addressed as abortion, may be defined in medical terms as the premature exit of the products from the uterus. To explain it in simple terms, it is the removal of an unwanted foetus. Going back in time to reflect on the status of abortion, it was punishable under the Indian Penal Code thereby suggesting the complete infringement of a woman’s right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by the State under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Prior to 1972, not only did the penalizing lead to violation of the law but also resulted in unsafe abortions being conducted by untrained medical practitioners, a problem which to some extent exists even in today’s time. (more…)