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HuffPost Her Stories: A ‘Spectacular Start To The Year’ For Gender Equality In India


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Dear reader,

The new 12 months kicked off in India with a big building within the battle over girls’s get right of entry to to a well-known Hindu temple. Protesters have blocked girls of “menstruating age” from coming into Sabarimala since September, when the Supreme Court dominated that each one girls had a proper to go into the sacred area. This week, regardless that, two girls controlled to slide into the temple in the course of the night time, surroundings off celebrations and protests.

“The whole country, and especially the state of Kerala, where Sabarimala is located, was taken aback by the news,” HuffPost India’s Sharanya Hrishikesh stated. “The temple’s priest conducted a ‘purification ritual’ after the women’s entry on Wednesday, there was a violent strike called by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday, and on Friday, even as protests are going on, news broke of a third woman entering the temple to offer prayers — a Sri Lankan national.”

HuffPost India reported at the function a Facebook web page performed in connecting the regulation professor and grocery retailer supervisor recently riling up the rustic. It additionally reported at the attention-grabbing about-face many of the authentic Supreme Court petitioners have made since first pushing for girls’s get right of entry to to the temple. Of the 5 girls who at first advocated for equivalent get right of entry to, only one nonetheless stands by way of her authentic perspectives.

“There is still a long way to go — the issue has exposed deep divides within Kerala, and there are many women who have internalized biases and claim they are ready to wait until they reach menopause to visit the temple,” Sharanya stated. “The taboo around menstruation and temple visits will require a lot of work to be undone. But this is a spectacular start to the year in terms of gender equality.”

Until subsequent time,


For extra on Sabarimala, observe @HuffPostIndia, @piyasreedg and @SharanyaHK.

The U.Okay. Foreign Office has been billing girls for the price of their rescue from compelled marriages out of the country, The Times newspaper reported this week. The administrative center’s Forced Marriage Unit, which assists with rescues of British nationals duped or coerced into marriages in a foreign country, has been withholding the passports of survivors who can’t pay for their very own rescue, the file stated. A survivor of compelled marriage spoke back to the inside track in a weblog submit for HuffPost U.Okay. that sheds mild at the manner some households manipulate their daughters into marrying odd males 1000’s of miles from house. It’s an enchanting learn that does credit score the Foreign Office for investigating just about 1,200 compelled marriage circumstances closing 12 months. But it additionally makes transparent how the coverage exposed by way of the Times places susceptible girls in an much more susceptible place. “These are not victims who had a choice, they didn’t go to their local travel agent and book two weeks in the sun, overspending their resources on a jolly and expecting the good old British taxpayer to foot the bill,” Jasvinder Sanghera writes. “They are victims of crime at the hands of the very people who should have loved and protected them.”


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