In Pictures: India’s Gun-Violence Widows

Campaigners in the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur have been demanding that authorities withdraw a controversial anti-insurgent law which gives the security forces the powers of search and seizure. The region near the Burmese border is home to many militant groups and has seen decades of separatist violence. But rights groups accuse the security forces of using the immunity given by The Armed...

Feminist Discourse And The Fear Of Patriarchal Backlash

“The world is still run by men and I kind of think we can do it better,” quipped the Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg. Naga/Meitei/Kuki women admittedly are fairly circumstanced as compared to their counterparts – woman in the traditional Naga/Meitei/Kuki society being conceived not as mere human embodiment, but deified as divine companion, violation of whose modesty by any form of physical...

Rights Of Women And Law

(Since I stepped in to the law class of my alma mater five years back, the plight and sufferings of Indian women has always been in mind. As I studied deeper in to Indian and International law relating to women, sometimes I found myself exasperated on the sheer lack of awareness among Indian women. I feel that it is my bounden duty to contribute whatever little that I can in this field. Of course,...

The Women’s Movement In Manipur As Reflected In The Text ‘Meira Paibee.’

The resistance movement in Manipur, which is aimed at protecting the democratic rights of the Manipuris, is distinguished by Manipuri women voluntarily grouping themselves into Meira Paibees. The Meira Paibee movement reveals the present state of the political structure in Manipur which perpetuates undemocratic rule through the use of military force by the state. What is the Meira Paibee movement? Literally...

Gender Bias In Manipuri Society —A Reappraisal—

The lofty height of idealism on “Equality” as enshrined in the Preamble to the Constitution of India is a manifestation of anti-climax of inequality which has been in existence in the traditional Indian society. Equality being the cardinal value of the Constitution of India as against the background of elaborate values and clearly perceived inequalities to secure justice, social, economic, and...

Women Hurdle Health Challenges To Save Manipur

Conflict has marked life in India‘s northeastern state of Manipur for over six decades now. It has affected the lives of people, especially women in many direct and indirect ways. This is a region where even something as basic as clean drinking water is scarce. In many areas, people use either pond water or river water, neither of which is free from contamination. There has also been a substantial...

Wrong Test Result Dubs Expectant Mom HB Positive, Young Mom Endures ‘Deep Away’ Tag

IMPHAL, Mar 18: Apart from mental and physical trauma normally associated with an expectant mother, a woman in her mid 30s was kept in isolation at RIMS Hospital as the consultant doctor, relying on the result of a blood test conducted at a private clinic, declared the woman in question as Hepatitis B positive. Recounting the harrowing experiences endured by W Kanan Devi (35) to newspersons today,...

Undeterred, Rape Victim Decides To Fight Back

IMPHAL, Mar 13: ‘‘Like me, my husband is also blind. Under the impression that we would not be able to fight back, my chastity had been violated. But I have resolved not to go back until the culprit gets his due punishment’’. These are the words of Thokchom Ranita (33), a blind woman, who has been taking shelter along with her husband and their children at the mission compound of Jiribam after...

International Women’s Day

“It is not good for a man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day  is now an official holiday in China, America, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

We Can: Women Can

My dear fellow teachers and distinguished personalities, I would like to begin by stating outright that I am not delivering this as a Key-Note Address as such. Rather I am sharing with you my thoughts—my concerned thoughts on/about issues and questions confronting women today. Women Question: It has become a cliché to say that women constitute almost half of the total population of the World/Country/State....

Women And Sense Of Solidarity

It is both a pleasure and privilege for me to be here today. A pleasure because I am in the enviable company of such distinguished lady participants. A privilege because such invitation is not accorded to any Tom, Harry and Dick. I am therefore truly honored and for this I must thank the organizers of the UGC’s Sensitivity, Awareness and Motivation (SAM) workshop   for Capacity Building of Women...

Crime Against Women and Constitutional Safeguards

Crime against women. Image Credit: Indian Express. Crime is an act of wrong doing by voluntary and intentionally. It is very dangerous to the individual and the society. Generally, it involves the violation of social law, moral law and country’s law with the objective to cause harm or injury to other. According to Paul Tappan ‘Crime is an intentional act or omission in violation of criminal...

Dispensation Of Justice And Conceptualization, The Ethics Of Equality And Empowerment Of Women

Image Credit: post-gazette.com The lofty height of idealism on ‘Equality’ as enshrined in the preamble to the constitution of India is a manifestation of anti climax of inequality which has been in the existence in the traditional Indian society. Equality being the cardinal value of the constitution of India as against the backgrounds of elaborates valued and clearly perceived inequalities...