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BJP MLA advocates child marriage of girls to stop ‘love jihad’


In a shocking demonstration of regressive politics and a disdain for the autonomy of young girls and their rights, a Madhya Pradesh MLA from the BJP party has spoken in favour of child marriage and denounced the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2016. The full article is enclosed below, ..... Read More

Efficacy, safety, cost: India’s decade-old debate on the cervical cancer vaccine erupts again


The debate over the use of vaccines to prevent cervical cancer in India came to the fore again last week when the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare indicated that it was unlikely to include Human Papilloma Virus or HPV vaccines in the national immunisation programme. The health ministry’s decision ..... Read More

Sex ratio at birth dips in 17 large states, Gujarat tops list


The western State records an alarming dip of 53 points; Haryana follows closely The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the Niti Aayog stated and stressed ..... Read More

The fight to ban a ‘humiliating’ virginity test for newlyweds


A movement to stop newly-wed brides from a nomadic tribal community having to take a virginity test has begun in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and campaigners are determined to put an end to the "humiliating" practice, reports BBC Marathi's Prajakta Dhulap. Anita*, 22, says the ordeal of her ..... Read More

Times of India Interview with HRLN Bihar State Coordinator on Child Marriage


Times of India, in their special edition New Hope magazine, recently interviewed Advocate and HRLN Bihar State Coordinator Vikash Kumar Pankaj on the issue of child marriage in the state. You can read the full article below.   'Vikash Kumar Pankaj is the state co-ordinator for Human Rights Law Network and president ..... Read More
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