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· May, 2016

Stories about India from May, 2016

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

11 May 2016

Panama Papers Database Only Fuels Indians’ Frustration With Government's Response

"This could help investigators, if they are serious, to at least begin a meaningful investigation."

Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

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A new bill in India has been proposed to ban anyone to call the Pakistan and China borders as "disputed areas" along with several other restrictions.

7 May 2016

Indians Applaud a Journalist's Passionate Takedown of a Body-Shaming Facebook Meme

"We judge her everything merely on the basis of her size and colour of her skin," wrote Tiyash Mukhopadhyay about a popular meme featuring Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe.

5 May 2016

#JusticeforJisha: India Protests the Rape and Murder of a Dalit Woman

"#JusticeForJisha Find the culprits. End victim blaming mindset. Stop feeding the rape culture."

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"