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Dhrithi Arun

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Here’s What You Should Know Before Reporting On Suicide

According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people die due to suicide annually. What’s saddening to note is that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst 15-24-year-olds. Given these statistics, it is evident that the media has a tremendous role to play in reporting such issues. Unfortunately, the way in which news media handles such reporting is sensationalistic and often forsakes the ethics of journalism. It is common consensus that the irresponsible reporting

Op-ed

Let’s Talk About Walmart Underpaying Its Workers

The Walton family, the owners of Walmart, happen to be the richest family in the United States. They currently possess an estimated net worth of $149 billion. There is no denying that they have built Walmart into a signpost of capitalism and successful business. After all, Walmart serves to be the dominating market force for the average American and controls almost 10% of US retail sales. In 2017, Walmart made almost 14 billion dollars in profit, and today continues to

LGBT+

Two Women Have Been Sentenced To Caning In Malaysia For Sexual Relations

Malaysia is currently in the midst of a debilitating human rights crisis, one that concerns the security of a large demographic of its society. In Malaysia, homosexuality is illegal under the Sharia law. In light of this, two women in Malaysia have been sentenced with caning and a fine of 3,300 ringgit under the Islamic law for “attempted sexual relations.” The Shariah Judge, Kamalruazmi Ismail, has been quoted saying, “Adequate punishment must be meted out so that

Op-ed

Here’s Every Rebuttal To The “It’s Our Religion” Excuse On Gender Discrimination

Given the recent public attention regarding the bar on women by Several Hindu temples in India, it is important that we address each of the claims made by defenders of this long-held cultural phenomenon. When the “It’s our religion” argument is used to validate sexism, it often serves to be a particularly impenetrable line of defense, wherein those who speak out against rampant discrimination are shunned by their religious communities and their words are deemed to

Feminism

This University In Tokyo Has Been Lowering The Exam Scores Of Female Applicants

Tokyo Medical University is a well-known private university in Japan. On August 2, the university became the focal point of controversy after the nation’s largest daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, published an investigative piece. The report revealed that over the past decade, the university had consistently been lowering the entrance test scores of female students, by 10 to 20 percent, in an effort to curtail female enrollment. Statistics reveal that in 2018, out of the 1,019 female students who applied

Feminism

India’s Landmark Decision To Scrap The Tampon Tax Is Progress

Last week India took one bold step towards becoming a more progressive nation. In a landmark decision, the nation announced that the highly debated “Blood Tax”, more commonly referred to as the “Tampon Tax” internationally, will be put to an end. India previously charged a 12% GST on sanitary products, and on scrapping this, has furthered the cause of female rights in the nation. How does this move help the plight of females in the country you

LGBT+

A Look Into How India Is Combating Homophobia

July 10, 2018 marks a significant date in India’s contemporary society. On this day, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court begins its hearing on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This section currently criminalizes “sexual activities against the order of nature” including homosexual relationships. India has been notorious for stigmatization and discrimination against individuals who identify as queer. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code allows for this pejorative to continue and fosters further discrepancy and tension. It has

Feminism

When The Feminism Conversation Gets Hypocritical

I recently happened to stumble upon the realization that certain qualities in women seem to entice admiration and profound respect, whilst other factors seem to garner more negative epithets. This dogmatic line of belief on what makes a woman “empowering” occurred to me as I overheard a young girl proudly declaring how she “never played with dolls” when she was younger and “always preferred toy soldiers.” What was interesting to me, however, was the prospect

International

Here’s What’s Worrying About Indian Laws Regarding Sexual Crime

Recently, on April 21, 2018, the Indian government approved the death penalty for crimes surrounding the rape of children under the age of 12. This new order came to light after the public backlash the government faced in regards to its inaction and silence over the horrifying rape of an 8-year-old girl, Asifa, in Kashmir. As India takes steps to combat such tragedies with its laws, it is important to keep in mind that the world’s largest democracy still faces

International

It’s Songkran: A Look Inside The Festival Of Victim Blaming In Thailand

Each year Thailand prepares itself for what has been regarded as one of the most dangerous public celebrations – Songkran. Marking the beginning of the Buddhist new year, Songkran begins on April 13 this year and spans the course of three days. The celebration, however also brings to light the deeply rooted misogyny that pervades the nation. In the days leading up to the riotous festival, every year women find themselves being warned to dress conservatively in order to

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