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Virginity test of brides to be an offence soon in Maharashtra

Certain communities in the state follow a custom whereby a newly-wed woman has to prove that she was virgin prior to the marriage.
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When traditional and modern dating fails, Indian millennials are turning to AI for love

Millennials in India are looking at AI-powered matchmaking apps to find socially and intellectually compatible partners.
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Men are also victims of patriarchy. Just ask Tej Pratap Yadav

The feminist movement will benefit by recognising the struggles of (at least some) men against patriarchy. Tej Pratap Yadav seems to be finally back in Patna for good, but with a new home. For most of November and December, he’s rarely been in Patna, and hasn’t stepped into the family home. He has spent most of this time going on religious pilgrimage in the Braj region in and around Mathura, and Varanasi, Bodh Gaya and other places. He has also made trips to the Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi, where his father Lalu Yadav is lodged. He has been steadfastly avoiding his mother Rabri Devi, his wife Aishwarya Rai, and his brother Tejashwi Yadav, who is three years his junior. Tej Pratap Yadav called up chief minister Nitish Kumar and demanded his right to separate accommodation as an elected member of the Bihar legislature. He had so far been living with his...
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Priyanka Chopra promotes feminist app Bumble while wearing thick sindoor and choodas

There’s something very unsettling about seeing Priyanka Chopra talk about choice and agency while wearing sindoor and choodas. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ extravagant Jodhpur wedding has been the talk of the town all week. The global diva is already out there talking about tech investments and women empowerment in TV interviews, without wasting any time. But there’s just something very unsettling about watching Priyanka Chopra talk about choice, agency and rights for Indian women, while wearing thick red sindoor (vermillion) and choodas (sacred Hindu bangles). "Don't focus your energy so much on what people think of you, or what society says. Focus more on what your loved ones think of you. If we lived more in reality, life is really fairly simple": @priyankachopra's advice on love. Watch now on https://t.co/hMlRpgrUU6 and NDTV 24x7 pic.twitter.com/i3sbshsMNx — NDTV (@ndtv) December 5, 2018 These accessories have heavy religious connotations, and through time have become important check-marks for Indian uncles...
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Illiterate married Indian women better employed than educated married women: US study

Study finds that women with secondary education are deterred by ‘income effect’ — being married into families with high incomes.  
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Abandoned by NRI husbands, women move SC to restore strict anti-dowry law provisions

Eight women file plea on behalf of '40,000 abandoned brides', want immediate arrest, impounding of passports and quicker legal action.  
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Deepika Padukone’s hearty laughter at her wedding has shattered an age-old culture

I want women to wipe their tears and laugh on their wedding day. I want them to laugh like Deepika Padukone, says Taslima Nasreen.
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No, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi didn’t get married according to Christian customs

A Delhi MLA questions Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s religion based on the fake image that has gone viral on social media.
Supreme Court of India

Husband is not master of wife: Supreme Court strikes down adultery law as ‘unconstitutional’

Supreme Court says adultery can be a ground for divorce but not a crime.
Supreme Court of India

As we debate Telangana caste killings, don’t excuse courts for fanning patriarchy

Courts must stop accepting complaints from Indian parents about their daughter's choices.

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Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav during his 80th birthday celebrations in Lucknow | Nand Kumar/PTI

Four reasons why Mulayam Singh is angry with son Akhilesh Yadav

Mulayam Singh’s criticism can weaken the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh and demoralise the party workers.
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Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.

Defence

To bypass US sanctions, India & Russia work out rupee-rouble transfer for S-400 deal

Amid US sanctions against Russia, sources remain tight-lipped about the various modes of payment that are being pursued for the S-400 missile deal.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.