How solar power transformed primary healthcare, other facilities in Birsing village, Assam

By Ratna Bharali Talukdar* It is a pleasant morning, heralding the spring, in Birsing Part I char village. Shahida Khatun, 30, cannot quite enjoy it, however. She has a fever and is waiting in the lobby of the char’s Riverine Primary Health Centre (PHC) to consult the doctor. Birsing is one of 2,251 habitations in … More How solar power transformed primary healthcare, other facilities in Birsing village, Assam

Lack of transparency on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor raises economic, environmental issues

By Zofeen T Ebrahim* Mohammad Saleem and Badar Din have never heard of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but they see plenty of Chinese people around. Their boss is Chinese and they communicate with him through signing as they do not speak the same language. Both men, in their twenties, have travelled from a village in … More Lack of transparency on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor raises economic, environmental issues

Hostile environment in Bombay Hotel area leads to violence against women, risks their safety, security

By Darshini Mahadevia, Renu Desai, Shachi Sanghvi, Suchita Vyas, Aisha Bakde, Mohamad Sharif Pathan (CfD) and Rafi Malek (CfD)* There is a growing recognition that large numbers of women in Indian cities experience violence inside and outside their homes and feel insecure about being in public spaces. Patriarchal norms and sexist attitudes towards women are … More Hostile environment in Bombay Hotel area leads to violence against women, risks their safety, security

CRPF unjust to its own personnel by denying April 2017 Naxal attack was human rights violation

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recollect the dastardly attack on CRPF personnel that occurred in Chhattisgarh on 24 April, 2017. Left-wing extremist (LWE) groups carried out an attack on a team of 90 CRPF personnel who were on duty, sanitising a stretch of the public road being constructed in the Burkapal-Chintagufa area of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. … More CRPF unjust to its own personnel by denying April 2017 Naxal attack was human rights violation

Sustainable Development Goal 16: India’s failure to reduce all forms of violence and related deaths

Excerpts from the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan report* on Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels: Number of victims of intention homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age According to … More Sustainable Development Goal 16: India’s failure to reduce all forms of violence and related deaths