At the end of his weekly sessions with a group of adolescents from Dharavi, Umar Khan noticed that Faisal* had taken to hanging around long after the others had left. “I felt he had something on his mind, so I would find reasons to stay back,” says Khan, 21. After three weeks, the 10-year-old blurted… More EHSAAS at SNEHA: How this NGO is enabling youth to become change-makers
In a world where attention spans flicker like a cursor, romance is reduced to a roulette. Blender, Tinder, Grindr gamify intimacy into a casino for quickies. People are matched by math not the flutter of the heart. We swipe for sex at scale, and manage its `side-effects’ with the dangerous morning-after pill. But risky ain’t… More Doctors say high usage of morning-after pills by Indian women a cause for concern
Singles looking for love in a big city will tell you they have it hard. Dating is a drain on money and time, and romance invariably gets the short shrift in the rat race. For gay singles, it gets that much harder, given the stigma that is widely prevalent across India, forcing a majority to… More For Indian gay men finding love online, apps are a blessing and a curse
Pooja Kumar was just a 10-year-old when she dropped out of school. Her father, a poor farmer from Bihar’s Gaya district, could afford to educate only one of his five children. He chose the youngest – the only son. Pooja’s sisters were married off when they were 14, a common practice in Bihar, which along… More How the youth of Bihar are rising to fight child marriage
Outside her cramped tin-roofed shanty, 15 kilometres from the Indian national capital, Noor Fathima, 30, prepares lunch for her children who wait expectantly. She stirs the khichdi with one hand, battling a swarm of flies and mosquitoes with the other. “Life back home was not so filthy,” she says, pointing to the squalor around. Home… More In a corner somewhere in New Delhi, Rohingya refugees find sanctuary
One time my husband started slapping me hard on the face because I had not cooked the rice to his satisfaction,” Suruchi* told IPS. “He hit me so hard that my infant daughter fell from my arms to the ground.” For 20 years 47-year-old Suruchi, a resident of India’s coastal megacity Mumbai, faced physical and… More From the Police Station Back to the Hellhole: System Failing India’s Domestic Violence Survivors
Growing up in Mumbai, Havovi Wadia moved with ease through the city, never thinking twice about travelling alone at any hour of the day or night. Over the last few years, however, her movements have changed. “I travel every month and usually leave home at 4:00 am for early flights,” says Wadia, who works with… More All-female transport: Ladies, fasten your seatbelts!