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Tribals in less developed areas show better male-female population ratio!

  A Kondareddy woman Hyderabad: Is development skewing the girl child sex ratio in the state? Well, the final census data to be officially released on Friday reveals that in a few mandals untouched by development , the girl child is safe, thanks to the egalitarian tribal societies that accord equal status to men and women. Kunavaram mandal in Khammam where 85% of the population comprises tribals recorded the highest girl child sex ratio in the state with 1,126 girls per 1,000 boys, which activists hailed as a rare victory in the battle against rising female foeticide and infanticide, that has... 

Ghoora [घूरा]: Why I object to the phrase ‘brutal rape’!

  Ratnakar Tripathy The way I grew up and the kind of people I have come to know through choice or inheritance, the very word ‘rape’ was avoidable. As for the act, one thought rapes happen in some kind of netherworld that never dare come into contact with my universe. Way back in my teens, there was some hushed up gossip about a distant family member inflicting himself on a pretty worker in the village, I knew quite well. The matter was suppressed. But I do remember the woman wilting away with indignity after the incident and her stuttering husband’s face too, who lost all affection... 

Dharhara sees fruit trees as banks, its girls as Lakshmi: now CM gifts it – Bal Kendra, Balika residential school

Dharhara sees fruit trees as banks, its girls as Lakshmi: now CM gifts it – Bal Kendra, Balika residential school Dharhara: the girl & the tree I Patna: Dharhara, a village in Bhagalpur district has made news a several times as a sturdy bastion of women’s rights which is rooted in its local tradition. Respect for the girl child is not something that Dharhara learnt either from modern ideologies or the enlightened intellectuals of today. According to its local tradition when a girl child is born to a resident of Dharhara, the family plants a fruit tree. For the daughters of Bihar’s... 

Two forthcoming feats by Indian women : scaling Everest, ‘Snowman’ Trek in the Himalayas!

Two forthcoming feats by Indian women : scaling Everest, ‘Snowman’ Trek in the Himalayas! Editorial note: Bihardays salutes the spirit and the effort of the mountaineer Premlata Agarwal who will stand on top of Mount Everest and the mountaineering veteran Bachendri Pal, the first woman Everester who is to lead a team of women in yet another adventure trek in the Himalayas. We wish them both a resounding success in their efforts! Bachendri Pal atop Everest: 23 May 1984 Jamshedpur: a 43-year-old mountaineer Premlata Agarwal, who started her journey to Mt Everest on March 25, is will undertake... 

Chhavi Rajawat at the United Nations : the first MBA woman sarpanch of India!

Chhavi Rajawat at the United Nations : the first MBA woman sarpanch of India! Chhavi Rajawat:riding the new wave! According to reports in the Indian and international press ministers and ambassadors from diverse nations reacted with disbelief when the chairperson of the 11th Info-Poverty World Conference held at the United Nations introduced the jeans-clad Chhavi Rajawat as head of a village in India. For, from a distance one could easily mistake Rajawat, an articulate, computer-savvy woman, for a frontline model or at least a Bollywood actress. But she is sarpanch of Soda village, 60km from Jaipur,... 
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