Eating Disorders: India Needs to Pay Attention

Western countries, with their strong associations between slimness and beauty, have a significantly higher rate of widespread eating disorders in their population. Statistically speaking, the proportion of India’s population suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating is a lot lesser than that in western countries, but that doesn’t mean that the… Read More

Purdeh Mein Rehne Do: A Ban on Burqa in India?

The latest uproar in the political sphere is ‘banning the Burqa’. Shiv Sena demands the government to act quickly and ban the Burqa in India as they have done so in Sri Lanka, saying ‘after Ravana’s Lanka, let’s ban Burqa in Ram’s Ayodhaya’. Hopefully when he gains his composure, he realizes that in global politics, decisions are… Read More

Consent 101: Navigating Consent in modern day India

“Sexual intimacy should be voluntary. If it is not voluntary, then it is illegal… if you are unsure, refrain”. Consent means a completely voluntary agreement when the woman by words, gestures or any form of verbal or non-verbal communication, communicates willingness to participate in the specific sexual act. Consent must therefore be (1) unequivocal and… Read More

Contraception – Whose Responsibility Is It?

In an ideal world, both partners would be responsible for contraception, but this world is far from ideal. In heterosexual relationships, women often assume the responsibility for contraception because frankly, they have more at stake. According to the National Health Family Survey, only 53.5% of married couples use any type of contraception at all! It’s… Read More