Historically, the highest dropouts from secondary schools were the girls and had half the probability of getting enrolled in schools than boys. Research has shown that girls who complete their high school education are less likely to have underage pregnancy.
Even today, one million girls under the age of 15 get pregnant every year, that too with delivery-related complications, like children being born with a survival rate of 50%. Thus, millions of girls lose their chance of education and their lives are spoiled.
A decline in the sex ratio of the girl children leads to the threat against women empowerment and more discrimination against the girl child. Despite decades of collective efforts by subsequent governments and civil society to bring equality in girl child rights and education, the condition of girl children in India is still unnerving.
As a result, on 22 January 2015, a scheme named ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, hereinafter referred to as BBBP, was launched by the PM of India in Haryana under the ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare, and Human Resource Development.
As corporations in one part of the world (the West) bombard us with rainbow flags and messages of platitudes, many, on this side of the globe, tend to miss the fight and determination behind the great cause of celebration.
Decades of struggle led to the recognition of the era, which can very well be termed a reign of terror, where even living a healthy life was a question of “chance” for a substantial and essential part of the human population — the LGBTQI+ community.
This is a brief look into the way many human beings amongst us who belong to…
Volunteers Collective wrote a letter to the Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal regarding the ex-gratia (by favour) compensation and other relief measures announced for families of those who died due to COVID-19 in Delhi.
Following is the letter for the perusal and observation of the general public.
Shri Arvind Kejriwal,
Hon’ble Chief Minister
National Capital Territory of Delhi
Subject: Re ex-gratia compensation and other relief measures announced for families of those who died due to COVID-19 in Delhi.
On the 6th of February 2020, the Karnataka State Government, Department of Finance issued a landmark order regarding maternity and paternity leave for the parents of adoptive children. The above-mentioned order stated that maternity leave of 180 days i.e. approximately six months and paternity leave of fifteen days shall be provided to the mother and father of an adoptive child respectively as similar to the maternity and paternity leave in case of biological parents. The same was done keeping in mind that adoptive parents do have a right to bond with the child as well. …
Volunteers Collective | Ramdan Diaries — Shujaat Khan’s Memories of Ramadan
Shujaat Husain Khan (born 19 May 1960) is an Indian musician and sitar player of the Imdadkhani gharana. He has recorded over 60 albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work with the band Ghazal with Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor. He also sings frequently. His style of sitar playing, known as gayaki ang, aims to imitate the human voice.
Ustad Shujaat Khan has recently tied up with Inroom…
The gender pay gap differs in different states, markets and industries; women’s subjugation is the only constant.
The modern waves of the globalisation and advanced industrial revolution have created immense space for women in the workforce. Women today are involved in almost all fields of work. This, however, did not happen overnight. It is a result of a long and tedious journey.
In the 19th century and most of the 20th century, women were limited to low skilled jobs, and were sardonically looked down upon. Their attained feats were forcefully relegated due to lack of education, skills, and opportunities. Fortunately…
Jai Bheem | Babasaheb Ambedkar said, “Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence”.
We must stand on our own feet and fight as best as we can for our rights. So carry on your agitation and organize your forces. Power and prestige will come to you through struggle. — Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
The widely revered Indian jurist, economist, politician, social reformer, a member of the Constituent Drafting committee, independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice, and the chief architect of the Constitution of India, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social…
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and yourself melt away.”
In Part I of the article we discussed the merits of the charges slapped against Dr. Khan under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the National Security Act, 1980 (NSA).
The Part II of the article will describe the conditions in which Dr. Khan had been detained which are further exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in violation of the right to life and liberty stated in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
“…When you get to enter the toilet in the morning after waiting in a line, it is so smelly that I vomit before using the toilet…I try…
Volunteers Collective is a Delhi based citizen’s collective run by people from diverse professional and academic backgrounds working for the collective welfare.