Covid and child marriages: How minor girls are fighting back in West UP
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani had told the Parliament earlier this week that there was no data to indicate a surge in child marriages during the lockdown. Asiaville tracked down several instances of attempts of forced child marriages in a small suburb of Western UP itself. Read the ground report.
Amit Shah linked anti-CAA protests with Delhi communal violence: Sitaram Yechury
The CPM general secretary questioned how the BJP leaders – Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Verma – who made provocative speeches are all scot-free.
“Umar’s arrest is a sinister step in the direction of criminalising dissent”
Delhi Police had arrested activist Umar Khalid on Sunday night. A day before his arrest, the media reports had claimed that names of prominent politicians and activists such as Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav and Apoorvanand had featured in the disclosure statements of the accused in the Delhi riot cases.
“Resettlement policy” for Delhi jhuggis: evict, demolish, make slum dwellers wait for years
The Supreme Court ordered the demolition of 48,000 jhuggis in Delhi. But have the authorities been able to resettle those who were evicted in the past? The likes of Rajendra Paswan were evicted from the Yamuna Bank in 2007, despite paying for alternate housing, and continue to await for redressal. Read the second part of the slum dwellers series to learn about the painfully slow process of resettlements.
SC orders eviction of lakhs of Delhi’s slum dwellers during the pandemic
With the stroke of a pen, the Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of lakhs of slum dwellers living along the 140 kilometre railway route in Delhi. This will trigger possibly the most large scale urban eviction drive of recent times. A Delhi based lawyer has dubbed the order as the “shame of the judiciary”.
80 crore Indians pushed below the poverty line: Economist Arun Kumar
In the fourth episode of ‘To The Point’, economist Arun Kumar tells Asiaville that India is witnessing an “economic depression”. He claims that the lockdowns and the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has pushed 80 crore Indians below the poverty line.
Market “Ki Baat”: Toy industry struggling due to COVID-China factor
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the latest Man Ki Baat episode, spoke at length about the toy industry and how India needs to boost its share. However, market insiders say these “good intentions” lack policy assistance. The Indian toy market, which is heavily dependent on Chinese supply, has been left high and dry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unsung Corona Warriors Series: ASHA workers tracing COVID in containment zones
In the third and final installment of Asiaville’s series – Unsung Corona Warriors – meet 39-year-old Sanju. She is an ASHA worker tracking the lanes of Central Delhi’s Nabi Kareem as part of her COVID duty. While hundreds of ASHA workers like her risk their lives while carrying out surveys for coronavirus tracing, they get merely Rs 1000 as remuneration for the duty.
Does the suicide of two Delhi jewellers indicate a bigger COVID triggered economic crisis?
After months of verbal and physical harassment, two brothers, Ankit and Arpit Gupta, died by suicide on the third floor of their jewellery outlet in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. The jewellers’ association claims it’s not an isolated event, but rather indicates the deep economic crisis that the jewellers’ community is stuck in.
State govts will suffer due to the Centre’s adamant attitude: Jharkand CM on #NEETJEE
On Friday, the opposition parties filed a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of the NEET-JEE exams, scheduled to begin from September 1. The Chief Ministers of seven non-BJP states behind the move argue that the exams will risk the safety of students and could increase the COVID-19 spread.