GS-I: Indian Society & Social Issues

Dowry Laws in India: Review of Legal Framework & Recent SC Verdict

August 3, 2017

Dowry is the money, goods or estate that a woman brings to a marriage. Dowry is illegal in India under the Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961, under which both giving and accepting dowry is offence. The punishment for violating the law is 5 years imprisonment + Rs.15000/- fine or...

Social Issue: Gender Parity in Indian Boardrooms

June 7, 2017

Gender diversity simply out is the equal treatment and representation given for both males and females in an organization/entity. Globally, calls for more gender diversity on corporate boards have gained momentum. Article 16 of the Indian Constitution states: “there shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters...

Various Issues Around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

June 7, 2017

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is the process of removing or cutting some or all of the external female genitalia.   The ritual is practiced as pre-emptive measure to lessen or control women’s sexuality and sexual desires so that she grow and evolve as epitome of beauty and...

Women’s Social Movements of North East India

June 3, 2017

Recently, the 19th Meira Paibi Numit was observed in Manipur. Meira Paibi or Women Torchbearers is a women’s social movement in Manipur. This movement was launched in 1980s against the AFPSA Act imposed in the state. We note here that Manipuri women are perhaps the most politically empowered in...

India and Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

May 4, 2017

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an intergovernmental agreement that deals with issues related to parental kidnapping or child abduction for children under the age of 16 across international borders. It lays down procedures to bring back children those have been wrongfully retained...

Privatization of Water: Various Issues

May 2, 2017

Clean and potable water is not merely a commodity but also a basic human need. In the backdrop of groundwater crisis; unequal distribution of water; issues in delivery of safe and drinking water to people, particularly in rural areas; and to check wastage of potable water, the debate on...

Prevention of Damage of Public Property Amendment Bill

April 1, 2017

India is a democratic country and therefore her Constitution gives rights to its citizen to protest but these rights are not absolute and are subjected to some reasonable restrictions such that these protests should be peaceful. Since independence there have been numerous protests in the country which were not...

Loan Waiver and Farmers’ Suicides

March 23, 2017

In this article, we examine why loan waivers are considered as inefficient measures to tackle the issue farmers’ suicide. Learning from the past (2008 loan waiving policy) Loan waiver on one side is seen as solution to all the financial problems of the farmers, on the other side people...

Increasing the Representation of Women

March 23, 2017

In the light of the recent initiatives worldwide and nationwide to empower women and increase participation of women in every field, let us analyze exactly what prompted women in outvoting men in the recent elections in the last few years in India? India has a rather mixed track record...

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

March 16, 2017

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has been recently passed by the Parliament. The Bill seeks to amend the old Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 that entitles women to receive maternity benefits from the place of employment. This benefit includes full time paid absence from work for taking care of...
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