The realities of POCSO trials: Tedious, traumatic and time-consuming

POCSO implementation – Experts say the entire judicial process is ‘tedious’ and ‘traumatising’ for the children and their families. Continue reading The realities of POCSO trials: Tedious, traumatic and time-consuming

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Kodukkapuli, a big draw in summer

For A Karthik, a class 7 student at a private school in the city, summer means holidays, cricket, ice cream, mango, and Kodukkapuli. This peculiar-looking fruit, resembling a tamarind, has a sweet and sour flavour and is considered a bestseller in the summer. Continue reading Kodukkapuli, a big draw in summer

Discrimination can begin with ‘Chee! Chicken!’ at a child’s dabba

Experts believe that teachers play an important role in ensuring that children from minorities or marginalised sections are not discriminated against. Further, teachers themselves should not reinforce stereotypes and create a divide among children based on community or linguistic lines. Continue reading Discrimination can begin with ‘Chee! Chicken!’ at a child’s dabba

Eating away at India

At a time when self-worth is measured in the number of likes one gets for pictures and the number of friends and followers one has online, a lot boils down to that ‘perfect’ picture. With this comes an almost unrealistic expectation or aspiration of how one should look, which is fuelling the prevalence of eating disorders which is dismissed by many. While the prevalence of eating disorders in India is lower than that of western countries it appears to be increasing, according to experts. Continue reading Eating away at India

Performing poetry and enthralling audiences: Miles Merrill, Australian slam poet in Chennai

Poetry lovers were in for a treat on the night of November 15 when the acclaimed Australian slam poet, Miles Merrill, performed at The Velveteen Rabbit in Chennai. The event which was organised by the Australian High Commission in collaboration with Stray … Continue reading Performing poetry and enthralling audiences: Miles Merrill, Australian slam poet in Chennai

Contemplating Life and Death, one website at a time

On the internet, one can learn to make biriyani or even a bomb. While it empowers, it also provides a platform for exploitation of impressionable minds. Among other things, it can teach people with depression or suicidal tendencies the most effective ways to end their lives. Pro-suicide sites are among the most dangerous sites on the internet today and all one needs to do to access them is to type some basic keywords that open up to a deep, dark world where Death is romanticised and Life is ridiculed.

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A Tale of Two Survivors

Bruises take time to heal but scars, they fade but rarely disappear. For women who are victims of domestic abuse but also burn victims, it is not just the trauma of physical abuse but the mental agony of dealing with burn scars that takes a heavy toll on them.
Here are the stories of two such women who are not victims as much as they are survivors.
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Why being a Good Samaritan isn’t always good

Being a Good Samaritan can backfire. Dr Banu Krishnan experienced that when she was allegedly harassed continuously after she took a 64-year-old woman, Rathinamal, who was lying helpless on the road, to the hospital. What followed was an unexpected turn of events, one that would haunt her for quite some time.

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