Namita Bhandare
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No punch in this cosmo

3 min read . 15 Feb 2019
Eight of the country’s 24 high courts don’t have a single woman judge. And of the 229 judges appointed to the Supreme Court since 1950, only six have been women. Photo: iStockphoto

Balancing the scales

4 min read . 02 May 2017
A file photo of a youth being questioned by an anti-Romeo squad official in Lucknow. Photo: PTI

Fire anti-Romeo squads

4 min read . 18 Apr 2017
Yet, despite the centrality of marriage to our lives, 74.1 million single women in India—never married, divorced, separated, widowed—comprise nearly 12% of our female population. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

All the single women

3 min read . 05 Apr 2017
Despite a law since 2013 and the Vishakha guidelines before that, sexual harassment at the workplace remains a maze that nobody seems to be able to negotiate.

An unequal balance

4 min read . 22 Mar 2017
Perhaps Gurmehar Kaur is that kind of 20-year-old who believes that holding up a series of posters will bring about world peace.

Getting lady oriented

3 min read . 07 Mar 2017
The activists see voluntary sex work as potentially empowering—it could place women at the heads of their households—while the abolitionists say everyone in the trade is a victim of patriarchal exploitation.  Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

Activists versus abolitionists

4 min read . 07 Feb 2017
Denying women safe and equal access to public spaces violates the most basic constitutional guarantees of equality and dignity. Photo: PTI

An occupy movement

3 min read . 19 Jan 2017
Members of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan entering the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai on 29 November. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

No disruption for patriarchy

3 min read . 27 Dec 2016
Jayalalithaa’s hugely publicized and talked about schemes tend to be seen as women empowerment measures. Photo: Reuters

Jayalalithaa, a champion of herself

3 min read . 14 Dec 2016
Afreen Rehman; Bader Sayeed; and Shayara Bano (from left to right)

The battle for gender justice

18 min read . 03 Dec 2016
Crucial questions of equity and inclusion in sanitation must be addressed. Photo:  Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Leaving no one behind

3 min read . 29 Nov 2016