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Women in India’s Kerala fight taboos to climb mountains

Divya Divakaran (left) spearheaded protests to gain access to the peak

Legend has it that the world will come to an end if women scale the Agasthyarkoodam peak in India’s southern state of Kerala. But these women want to take a chance and prove tradition wrong.

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25.01.2019 | 14:27

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In God’s name: Indian girls forced into sex work despite ritual ban

Shobha Somappa Tarvgol, 18, sits in her one-roomed home in Modhur, India. Shobha became a Devadasi sex worker because there are no men in her family and she had little other means of supporting her sister, sick mother and grandmother.

Young girls in south India continue to be “dedicated” to village temples and then forced into prostitution despite laws banning the ancient ritual, researchers said.

The devadasi system, which involves putting a beaded necklace around girls and often leads to a life of sex work and slavery, goes unchecked in Karnataka state, according to two reports released this month.

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22.01.2019 | 13:08

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Children Living on Railway Stations

© Murali Krishnan

Deepa (who only has one name) is sitting desolate in the corner of the busy Thane railway station in Mumbai. She looks exhausted, weary and frightened after a long train journey that lasted 8 hours …

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18.01.2019 | 15:00

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Barred from bathing and banished from home – period taboos around the world

In this photograph taken on February 3, 2017, Nepalese woman Pabitra Giri prepares to sleep in a Chhaupadi hut during her menstruation period in Surkhet District, some 520km west of Kathmandu.
The practice of banning women from the home when they are menstruating is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable at this time. They are banished from the home — barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men — and forced into a monthly exile sleeping in basic huts.

In many countries women are excluded from religious rituals and banished from their homes while they are on their periods.

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12.01.2019 | 21:02

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Catch them young: Indian writers tell tales of land rights for kids

A picture book for children which highlights the issue of land rights of farmers and indigenous people in India.

Deadly disputes over land and indigenous rights are not obvious themes for children’s books, but Indian writers are using real-life conflicts to help the next generation understand their impact on communities across the country.

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03.01.2019 | 13:15

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The ‘She Homes’ Project in India and the Possibility of Traveling Women

Traveling, safety and power are deeply interlinked in the populous, diverse and inherently patriarchal country of India. Because of this complexity, women have often refrained from traveling by themselves. In Kerala, however, things may be changing.

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29.12.2018 | 14:23

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Wedding traditions around the world

Marriages traditions differ around the globe. DW takes a closer look at some wedding traditions worldwide, and we would like to invite you to share with us the wedding tradition in your country.

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28.11.2018 | 14:07

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