Lalita Panicker leads the opinion section at Hindustan Times. Over a 33-year career, she has specialised in gender issues, reproductive health, child rights, politics and social engineering.
Articles by Lalita Panicker
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:25 AM IST
Government schemes, which have been a lifeline for so many women in these trying times, must be responsive to the needs of women with disabilities. For a start, the government could use its robust grassroots systems with its health workers to create awareness in families about the need to not compromise on health and education for women with disabilities.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 08:41 PM IST
Women have been part of the agrarian crisis for a very long time, though largely overlooked. Women farmers need access to all aspects of the sector from technical training and pricing to marketing and finances
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:59 PM IST
With so much uncertainty about when schools will reopen, there is every likelihood of girls not returning to school and this increases the danger of their being married early. Without the safety net of schools, the girl child being forced into marriage is cut off from any possible communication with a teacher or counselor.
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:28 PM IST
A chapter “Gender, Special Groups and Social Equity” in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s revised Draft Development Plan, 2034 focuses on how to make the commercial capital friendlier for women in several crucial ways
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:23 PM IST
Mental health issues manifest themselves in many ways, from insomnia to eating disorders to emotional swings to self-harming, all of which can be treated given the right interventions
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 09:53 PM IST
The NCW should be an organisation which can step up to the plate and fulfil its mandate, but that does not seem likely given its current composition
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 08:01 PM IST
There are several ways to reach out to women at risk in this time, and this is a time when they need the most support
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 07:04 PM IST
The government must make more women aware of job opportunities in this sector and emphasise that most companies engaged in manufacturing and heavy industries, by and large, do not compromise on the safety and health of their employees
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The government has the road map all drawn up. It has to now actively push women by providing information about the gaps in demand and supply, provide the skilling required and create an enabling environment for easy finances
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Perhaps one way would be to first create a database and consider some form of cash incentive to at least tide them over at a time when the cost of food, medicines and other necessities has gone up.
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 07:27 PM IST
In these fraught times, children, especially the girl child, are much more vulnerable to trafficking. The government has to figure out more proactive ways to save them from the dangers that Covid-19 has heightened
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The central and state governments and the private sector must come up with innovative solutions to make women a real part of the next phase of the growth story.
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The lack of safe abortion facilities will have an impact on both health and family planning long after the coronavirus crisis is overcome, both in terms of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Planning for this now is the only option
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 05:38 AM IST
The coronavirus has occasioned a rethink in our health care systems and infrastructure in general. It is now time to put mental health into the mix and prepare for the future which will bring many more challenges on this front
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 01:46 PM IST
A court ruling that not wearing accoutrements of matrimony invalidates marriage is a step in the wrong direction
By Lalita Panicker
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 06:25 PM IST
As is always the case in situations of disasters and pandemics, those affected the most are women and children. India already bears a disproportionate burden of malnutrition in the world.
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Women’s health is a vital issue. In this, reproductive health has to take precedence. Health services are not reaching them in time in many urban and rural areas. At a time when basic health services are stretched, it is quite likely that women’s health needs, both in the public system and at home, are not a priority
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 06:56 AM IST
For those with disabilities, being confined to limited spaces is par for the course. A holistic approach to changing society, making it more inclusive and accommodating should include paying special attention to those with special needs.
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 07:18 PM IST
This pandemic will leave behind orphans. This leaves children open to various forms of exploitation from being forced into child labour, sexual violence and begging. Many older children may have to stop going to school to look after their siblings
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 05:14 PM IST
That nursing does not attract enough people is seen from the poor ratio of 1.7 nurses and auxiliary medical staff to 1,000 people in India, 43% less than prescribed by the World Health Organization
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Now more than ever, both the central and state governments need information on people so that they can make targeted interventions
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 04:56 PM IST
Gender-based violence tends to increase in crisis situations such as natural disasters, epidemics and conflict
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2020 04:33 PM IST
Women are also primary caregivers within families. But within families, given the patriarchal system in which men make all vital decisions, women are likely to get the short end of the stick.
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2020 05:18 PM IST
The endeavour should be to help the victim fight back, and reclaim her life and home, and not be forced to stay in camps, like so many women riot victims have been forced to do
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Introduce flexible hours and crèches in courts and law firms. Address the pay gap. Honour women role models
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2020 07:58 PM IST
There are several benefits of having more women bus drivers. For a start, buses will become less threatening spaces for women
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 05:53 PM IST
If we were to put a face to the current protests across India, like many in the past, the ones that immediately come to mind are those of women from Padukone to Aishe Ghosh to the heroic women of Shaheen Bagh
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 06:03 PM IST
Given the alarming rate at which crimes against women and girls is increasing, the police have to be made more aware of gender justice and its myriad forms. We have a strong government; there is no excuse not to begin these reforms.
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 07:03 PM IST
The statistics are not encouraging. Women entrepreneurs, according to a study, made up a mere 13.76% of the total number of entrepreneurs. This puts India at 52nd of 57 countries in the Index of Women Entrepreneurs
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2019 05:30 PM IST
Instead of punishing people with the two-child policy, give them information and tools to make a choice