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Strengthen the NCW to effect real change | Opinion

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
While Sharma deserves criticism, past chairpersons of this organisation have been unimpressive, to say the least.(HT PHOTO)
While Sharma deserves criticism, past chairpersons of this organisation have been unimpressive, to say the least.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 31, 2020 09:53 PM IST
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Actor after filing FIR against Anurag Kashyap: ‘I am being grilled while he is chilling at home’

Days after filing her FIR against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, the actor has now said that after filing the case, accused is ‘chiling at home’ while she is being ‘grilled and questioned’. NCW chief came forward to assure her that she has written to Maharashtra DGP regarding the case.
Days after accusing him of sexual misconduct at workplace, an actor filed an FIR against Anurag Kashyap alleging that he raped her.
Days after accusing him of sexual misconduct at workplace, an actor filed an FIR against Anurag Kashyap alleging that he raped her.
Published on Sep 26, 2020 06:30 AM IST
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Parliament monsoon session: LS passes Homoeopathy and Indian systems of medicine bills

The bills were passed in Rajya Sabha in January, 2019, to regulate alternative systems of medicine on the lines of the National Medical Commission Bill, and create a new regulatory body for homoeopathy in the country
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during the opening day of the monsoon session on September 14.(PTI)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings during the opening day of the monsoon session on September 14.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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How Covid-19 invisibilises concerns of women, girls

A much stronger gender lens needs to be built into the Covid-19 response so that we don’t lose hard won gains made in regard to women’s rights and well-being in education, health and empowerment
The lockdown and economic stress act as a perfect storm for abuse of women.(Hindustan Times)
The lockdown and economic stress act as a perfect storm for abuse of women.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 31, 2020 06:56 AM IST
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Domestic violence, child abuse cases on the rise in this lockdown: Experts explain why

With violence against women and children surging amid the ongoing lockdown, we talk to experts about the reasons and how to seek help
The focus right now, including that of essential service providers such as the police, is on the pandemic, so abuse cases remain unresolved, claim experts(Photo: Shutterstock)
The focus right now, including that of essential service providers such as the police, is on the pandemic, so abuse cases remain unresolved, claim experts(Photo: Shutterstock)
Updated on May 30, 2020 11:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRishabh Suri

TikTok faces criticism as NCW leads calls for ban over hate content

TikTok, a video-sharing social networking site owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, where millions of Indians post short videos of just about anything is in the midst of a storm with the National Commission of Women and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh both turning their guns on it.
A TikTok spokesperson said that the platform clearly outlines in its terms of service and community guidelines what is not acceptable on our platform. It’s Twitter profile described the platform as “just an anti-fake news account”.(Reuters file photo)
A TikTok spokesperson said that the platform clearly outlines in its terms of service and community guidelines what is not acceptable on our platform. It’s Twitter profile described the platform as “just an anti-fake news account”.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on May 20, 2020 06:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Coronavirus update: Send back children in conflict, says Centre in view of Covid-19 crisis

In its advisory, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights asked states to take care of children of migrant workers goinghome.
A migrant worker with children headed back home pauses for break on day 5 of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
A migrant worker with children headed back home pauses for break on day 5 of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2020 03:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

High court upholds minority status of Chandigarh’s St Kabir School

In Feb 2018, action on admn’s petition, court had stayed Sikh minority status granted to Sec-26 school by national commission
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Updated on Mar 21, 2020 01:49 AM IST
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JNU violence: Panjab university students disrupt Haryana speaker’s address

Carrying banners, the students belonging to some Left-leaning student bodies, shouted slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad when the Haryana speaker was speaking
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Updated on Jan 06, 2020 04:45 PM IST
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Chandigarh: St Kabir School fails to get high court’s nod to admit general category students in EWS quota

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has not granted permission to the Sector 26-based St Kabir School to admit general category students against 25% seats reserved for students from economically weaker sections (EWS) in nursery classes. Though a detailed order is awaited, the HC bench of justice Arun Monga, while disposing of the plea, said it would hear the main appeal listed for January 10.
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Updated on Dec 13, 2019 01:01 AM IST
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RS panel to consult social media firms on how to stop kids from accessing porn

The group held its first meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday and laid the broad contours of MPs’ task. The panel is likely to give its report by the end of this month after talking to experts and agencies, said a member of the group.
An informal group of Rajya Sabha MPs, constituted to suggest measures to regulate the access of children to Internet Pornography, will consult social media companies. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)
An informal group of Rajya Sabha MPs, constituted to suggest measures to regulate the access of children to Internet Pornography, will consult social media companies. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 04, 2019 05:53 AM IST
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Minority issue: HC seeks response from Chandigarh admn on school’s plea

St Kabir has approached the court demanding that it be allowed to take admissions as per regulations for minority schools
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Updated on Nov 26, 2019 12:45 AM IST
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Punjab chief secretary to probe reduction of teachers’ salaries

The commission has given 15 days to the chief secretary to collect data and submit the action report.
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Updated on Nov 25, 2019 10:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Patiala

It’s #TimesUp! Removal of Anu Malik from national TV is testimony: Sona Mohapatra

Singer Sona Mohapatra reacts to Anu Malik stepping down from Indian Idol as a judge in the wake of the constant questioning of his reinstation.
Singer Sona Mohapatra has been vocal about the #MeToo movement.(AFP)
Singer Sona Mohapatra has been vocal about the #MeToo movement.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 03:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRadhika Bhirani, New Delhi

Anu Malik quits as Indian Idol 11 judge after renewed protests led by Sona Mohapatra: report

Music composer Anu Malik has reportedly stepped down as a judge on singing reality show Indian Idol, after renewed protests surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
Music Director Anu Malik at PV Sindhu's felicitation ceremony organised by Sahara Group in Mumbai.(IANS)
Music Director Anu Malik at PV Sindhu's felicitation ceremony organised by Sahara Group in Mumbai.(IANS)
Updated on Nov 21, 2019 07:00 PM IST
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Chandigarh has no women commission

Having 45% women population, city has no association with state or national panels either
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Published on Nov 13, 2019 01:16 AM IST
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MSP raised for wheat, pulses; masoor gets biggest push

According to decisions announced by the Cabinet, the highest MSP increases were for lentils (masoor) and gram, two largely consumed pulses the country often imports to meet domestic demand.
To boost the production of pulses, the MSP for lentils has been raised by 7.2% over last year’s MSP.(Photo: Bloomberg)
To boost the production of pulses, the MSP for lentils has been raised by 7.2% over last year’s MSP.(Photo: Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 24, 2019 01:09 AM IST
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Trial against ex-bishop Mulakkal to start on Nov 11

The district court in Kottayam has summoned him on November 11 when charges against him will be framed.The chargesheet against him was filed two months ago after agitating nuns threatened another round of sit-in protest.
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Published on Oct 23, 2019 11:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Thiruvananthapuram

Review child guardianship laws: NCW to Government

The set of recommendations, reviewed by HT, moot changes in the 1956 Hindu and Guardianship Act and asks that mothers be considered the default legal guardian in cases where the woman has been deserted by the husband or divorced.
NCW has recommended the mother should be declared natural guardian in conventional cases. In the case of children born out of wedlock, the body recommended that the law make the father equally responsible for the child’s upbringing.(HT File)
NCW has recommended the mother should be declared natural guardian in conventional cases. In the case of children born out of wedlock, the body recommended that the law make the father equally responsible for the child’s upbringing.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 01:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

64 died cleaning sewers in Delhi, says panel; govt counters claim

Delhi’s social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, however, said the deaths took place in septic tanks of malls and high-rises which are inaccessible to sewer cleaning machines of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
Delhi’s social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, however, said the deaths took place in septic tanks of malls and high-rises which are inaccessible to sewer cleaning machines of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).(Photograph by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)
Delhi’s social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, however, said the deaths took place in septic tanks of malls and high-rises which are inaccessible to sewer cleaning machines of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).(Photograph by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 25, 2019 05:31 AM IST
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Committee set up to revisit criteria for creamy layer submits report

Income ceiling is the threshold over which OBC candidates would be barred from caste-based reservation in government jobs and admission to government- funded educational institutions.
According to people aware of the development, the report has suggested ways to make the process of determining creamy layer non-discriminatory and legally sound.(HT file photo)
According to people aware of the development, the report has suggested ways to make the process of determining creamy layer non-discriminatory and legally sound.(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 01:36 AM IST
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India’s shame: Manual scavenging must end

This requires battling caste, enforcing the law; and restoring dignity to workers
People hold placards during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, September 25, 2018(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
People hold placards during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, September 25, 2018(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2019 05:42 PM IST
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Low convictions, lack of infrastructure major hurdles in justice for child rape victims

A recent study by the DCPCR titled ‘Mapping of needs and priorities: study of child rape victims in Delhi’ revealed that only 15% victims of child sexual abuse received compensation, which too in most cases, was “delayed” and “inadequate”.
While dictating the order, the court had also said that there are 7,277 POCSO cases pending in 19 Delhi courts.(AFP file photo)
While dictating the order, the court had also said that there are 7,277 POCSO cases pending in 19 Delhi courts.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 09:42 PM IST
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Ghaziabad sewer deaths: Supervisor held

Government has blacklisted contractor and suspended work after making first arrest.
Uttar Pradesh (UP) water utility Jal Nigam on Friday also suspended work on the new sewer line. The UP government had earlier blacklisted the firm contracted for the project.(HT FILE)
Uttar Pradesh (UP) water utility Jal Nigam on Friday also suspended work on the new sewer line. The UP government had earlier blacklisted the firm contracted for the project.(HT FILE)
Published on Aug 24, 2019 05:31 AM IST
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Officer investigating Jaipur rape case removed from posting

Vaishali Nagar police station incharge Sanjay Godara will be under awaiting posting orders (APO) status till an investigation is over. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch of the CID, Additional Commissioner of Police Santosh Chalke said.
The officer-in-charge investigating the rape case lodged by a woman, who died after setting herself on fire at a police station here demanding the arrest of the accused, has been removed from his posting.(Getty Images/Representational Image)
The officer-in-charge investigating the rape case lodged by a woman, who died after setting herself on fire at a police station here demanding the arrest of the accused, has been removed from his posting.(Getty Images/Representational Image)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 12:57 PM IST
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NHRC amendment bill cleared in House

The Government assured that steps will be taken to protect human rights ‘round-the-clock’.
The amendments to the NHRC Bill propose the chairpersons of the National Commission for Backward Classes, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities as members of the NHRC.(Hindustan Times)
The amendments to the NHRC Bill propose the chairpersons of the National Commission for Backward Classes, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities as members of the NHRC.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 20, 2019 01:11 AM IST
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SC seeks attorney general’s aid to deal with plea on defining minority

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is Upadhyay’s lawyer, submitted before the court that the law which allows declaration of minority community on the basis of national data was illegal.
The PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay challenges the validity of the Centre’s 26-year-old notification declaring five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis — as minorities.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay challenges the validity of the Centre’s 26-year-old notification declaring five communities — Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis — as minorities.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 20, 2019 02:19 AM IST
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BJP MP’s guards attack Agra toll booth employees

The incident came just a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned BJP lawmakers that violent behaviour was unacceptable.
Katheria, who is the chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC), and his aides were booked under various IPC and section 30 of Arms Act.(Rishikesh Choudhary/Hindustan Times (Representative Photo))
Katheria, who is the chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC), and his aides were booked under various IPC and section 30 of Arms Act.(Rishikesh Choudhary/Hindustan Times (Representative Photo))
Published on Jul 06, 2019 11:17 PM IST
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BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria’s bodyguards thrash toll plaza staff in Agra

The toll plaza staff claimed that trouble began after they asked drivers in Ram Shankar Katheria’s cavalcade to exit in a proper queue so that the boom barrier does not fall on any of the vehicles but the MP’s staff got down and thrashed them.
BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria has been a controversial leader and was booked by the UP Police in April for allegedly assaulting a police officer.(HT FILE PHOTO)
BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria has been a controversial leader and was booked by the UP Police in April for allegedly assaulting a police officer.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2019 03:18 PM IST
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Sona Mohapatra slams Shahid Kapoor for doing ‘misogynistic, patriarchal’ Kabir Singh: ‘Does the actor have no responsibility’

Sona Mohapatra slams Shahid Kapoor for taking up a film like Kabir Singh. She also lashed out at National Commission of Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma for lauding his performance in the film.
Sona Mohapatra slams Kabir Singh and the movie’s star Shahid Kapoor for being misogynistic.
Sona Mohapatra slams Kabir Singh and the movie’s star Shahid Kapoor for being misogynistic.
Updated on May 25, 2020 09:53 AM IST
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