Abortion Limit Raised from 20 to 24 Weeks
The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 10/14/2021
The government has notified the new Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021, defining eligibility criteria for termination of pregnancy up to 24 weeks against the previous limit of 20 weeks. The eligible categories include survivors of sexual assault, rape, or incest, minors, women with physical or psychosocial disabilities, and cases where the child is likely to be born with a disability. The eligibility categorisation also includes cases of women with pregnancy in disaster or emergency situations as may be declared by the government. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021 came into force with effect from September 24, 2021. The Act amends the 1971 MTP law.
Dalit, Tribal Women Among Worst Victims of India’s Hunger Crisis
Al Jazeera - Kalahandi, India, 10/13/2021
Around 50% of the households in rural India were forced to reduce the number of meals ever since the lockdown was imposed as part of an immediate adjustment for food security, and about 68% of the households reduced the number of items in their meals, according to a study by the People’s Archive of Rural India. The State of Working in India 2021 report shows that 83% of women lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, with 47% women and just 7% men unlikely to recover from the job loss. Beena Pallical from the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights says most marginalised women were pushed back into work that put them in unsafe spaces and made them susceptible to catch the virus.
All Women Vaccine Drive at Public Vaccine Centres in Mumbai on Saturday
Hindustan Times, India, 10/12/2021
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will conduct an all-women vaccination drive at all public vaccination centres between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm on October 9, 2021, to bridge the gender disparity in the number of men and women vaccinated in the city. BMC had held similar all-women vaccination drives on September 17, 2021 with a total of 127,000 women getting vaccinated at public and private centres throughout the day. Women will be able to walk into public vaccination centres and do not need to pre-book an appointment online for their slot. Both first and second doses of vaccines will be administered to women. Around 90% of the intended population has already been given their first shot.
Sangat Bangladesh Holds Memorial for Feminist Author and Activist Kamla Bhasin
The Daily Star, Bangladesh, 10/11/2021
Sangat Bangladesh, a South Asian feminist network founded by Kamla Bhasin, held an event on October 9, 2021 to commemorate the feminist author, poet, development worker, and educator who passed away in September 25, 2021. Hosted by feminist activist Fawzia Khondker Eva, the event began with a minute of silence in tribute to Kamla Bhasin. Development worker Tapati Saha recounted the life and work of Kamla Bhasin, followed by a musical tribute from Sohana Ahmed, coordinator of Sangat Bangladesh. Renowned singer and development worker Nobonita Chowdhury, feminist activist Nahid, and Fawzia Khondokar performed to “We Are Feminist”, one of Kamla Bhasin’s most celebrated songs.
Karnataka Minister K Sudhakar Blames ‘Modern’ Women for Vanishing Joint Families in India
The Times of India - Bengaluru, Karnataka, 10/11/2021
Karnataka health and family minister K Sudhakar on October 10, 2021 criticised the “choices” of modern Indian women while referring to “disappearing joint families”. “Even if they get married, they don’t want to give birth; they want surrogacy,” Sudhakar said while addressing a World Mental Health Day event at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans). The minister’s words about the “choices” of modern Indian women shocked the audience, mainly comprising the faculty of Nimhans. A faculty member from Nimhans said that the minister’s comments could not be dismissed as an individual opinion when said in an open forum like a World Mental Health Day event.