Maharashtra

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

Maharashtra Orders 2017


Available below are all of HRLN's Reproductive Rights Initative's 2017 Orders in the Bombay High Court, Maharashtra. ..... Read More

Maharashtra Siblings Are Using WhatsApp To Campaign Against Virginity Tests In Kanjarbhat Community


The teenage bride's parents stood anxiously outside their dingy house in Pimpri Chinchwad, Maharashtra, as caste panchayat heads sat around near the door. About 10-15 minutes later, the 40-year-old bridegroom emerged from inside, violently flinging the door open. "She has already blackened her face. I won't accept her as ..... Read More

Female Genital Mutilation: India’s Dark Secret


  Below is an article written by Harinder Baweja for the Hindustan Times Imagine being taken to a room in a dark decrepit building. Imagine being pinned down on the floor. Imagine your underwear being taken off. Imagine seeing a knife being heated on the gas stove. Imagine the same hot ..... Read More

HRLN receives a positive order in Mumbai regarding termination of pregnancy past the 20-week period


HRLN received a positive order from the High Court in Mumbai on the 6th November 2017 regarding a petitioner's need to terminate her pregnancy past the 20-week period mandated by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. In this case, severe fetal abnormalities had been detected, but the petitioner ..... Read More
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