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Odisha Police Set Up Special Cell to Probe Crime Against Women

Hindustan Times - Bhubaneshwar, India, 8/31/2019

The Odisha police have started a separate cell to deal with all cases of crimes against women, including that of dowry-related deaths as well as other cases of exploitation. The decision comes in the wake of a spurt in crimes against women in the state. A circular signed by Odisha’s director general of police (DGP) said the cell would monitor all red flag cases and ensure prompt investigation, especially in cases of rape, which are time-sensitive. A ‘red flag case’ is defined as an incident of ‘inhumane crime’ against a woman that is dealt with in immediate priority. The special cell will also pursue expeditious prosecution of such cases by appointing special prosecutors, and will ensure the use of latest infrastructure in investigating sexual assault.

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Unemployment Rate Among Indian Women More Than Double of Men: Study

India Today - New Delhi, India, 8/30/2019

The unemployment rate among women in India is more than double than that of men with similar qualifications, a new study has revealed. Titled "Gender Inclusion in Hiring in India", the study by two Harvard students noted that 8.7 percent of urban, educated women in the country are unemployed, as opposed to only 4 percent of comparable men. According to the study, while discrimination based on gender is illegal under the Indian constitution, conversations with hiring managers and other labour market experts have revealed that there is gender discrimination in the hiring process. The study analyses three stages at which women may face barriers during hiring - qualifications and experience, the choice to apply, and application process, while suggesting tools to increase gender diversity in the Indian workforce.

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Thousands Gather at #MeToo Rally to Demand Hong Kong Police Answer Accusations of Sexual Violence against Protesters

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 8/29/2019

Thousands gathered at Hong Kong’s Chater Garden on August 28, 2019, to hold Hong Kong police accountable for alleged instances of sexual violence during extradition bill protests. ‘In the name of law enforcement, police are using sexual violence as an instrument of intimidation,’ said Linda Wong, spokeswoman for the Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities, the organiser of the event. The rally was attended by an estimated 30,000 people, many of whom carried purple ribbons and shone purple lights to show support for the victims, as well as displaying messages echoing the #MeToo movement. A survey launched on August 21, 2019, by the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women found that 46 out of 221 respondents reported having experienced sexual violence since the protest movement started in June 2019.

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"No Need for Teaching Sex Education in Schools": RSS-Linked Body

NDTV India - New Delhi, India, 8/28/2019

‘There is no need for sexuality education in schools or making it part of curriculum under the new education policy proposed by the centre as it will have a negative impact on children’, an educational body affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said on August 27, 2019. The Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) suggested there can be ‘need-based counselling’ for students and parents. The National Education Policy draft, which was given to Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in May 2019, states that sexuality education will be included in secondary school studies, including topics like consent, harassment, safety, family planning, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The SSUN says it is working to ‘Indianise’ and find and establish alternatives to the present education system.

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Muslim Women's Body Wants Family Law

India Today - Mumbai, India, 8/27/2019

A Mumbai-based women's group has raised the issue of parity for Muslim women like in Hindu and Christian laws. They have urged the government to bring in a Muslim family law in Parliament to uphold gender justice and gender equality for women in the community. In a letter written to Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has argued that Muslim family law would enable legal justice for Muslim women at par with Hindu and Christian women. “There is no legal parity for Muslim women compared to Hindu and Christian women. Rights of meher, property, divorce are given to women in the Quran, but there is no legal framework available for protection of these rights," the letter said.

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