OCTOBER 2018
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“I fell,” said Rima Chari (35) to hospital counsellors who saw her injuries. She bore eight children and frequent beatings from her husband. Like her, 33.3% of Indian women experience spousal abuse--physical, emotional, sexual. Since 2001, the NGO Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) has been setting up crisis centres in government hospitals to help and encourage more women to report such violence and seek help. The first centre started 17 years ago in a western Mumbai hospital, in collaboration with the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and centres now run in 12 states.

S P O T L I G H T

Why Open Prisons Are The Solution To India’s Overcrowded Prisons
BY CHARU BAHRI

Several Indian states are experimenting with open prisons, where convicts live with their families and even go out during the day to work. Rajasthan's experience has been largely positive, in terms of good prisoner conduct and reduced burden on the exchequer, as prison researcher Smita Chakraburtty found after visiting 15 of 29 open prisons in the state in 2017. Her work suggests that permitting the majority of convicts to live in open prisons would not make society any less safe.

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D A T A F I X

Beyond Institutional Care For Homeless Indians With Mental Illness

BY GAYATHRI BALAGOPAL & MATHEW P. ABRAHAM

Richest Young Women Fear Public Transport Most; Poorest, Cinemas

BY ALISON SALDANHA

T H E I N T E R V I E W


Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) aims to achieve 100% 'open-defecation free' (ODF) status nationwide by October 2, 2019. SBM has made “impressive progress” in various states, and the programme is on course to achieve complete toilet coverage, says Parameswaran Iyer, secretary, ministry of drinking water and sanitation. In an email interview with IndiaSpend, Iyer talks about the challenges of verifying if villages are ODF and why the government backs controversial twin-pit toilets.

I N T H E N E W S

‘India Can Double Per Capita GDP By Turning More Secular’
BY CHARU BAHRI

If India were to reach levels of secularism seen in western Europe, it could more than double its per capita GDP in 30 years, concludes a new study that analyses links between religion and development. But to achieve this growth, Indians will have to let go of religious beliefs that keep women and marginalised castes out of many economic activities. India currently ranks 66th among 109 nations in terms of secularisation and China, first, according to the study

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Govt. Ad Spend Could Feed 46M Children Mid-Day Meals For A Year
BY SHREYA RAMAN

Mid-day meals for 46 million children for a year. One day’s wages for 200 million workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Around 6 million new latrines. And at least 10 more Mars missions. These were some of the things that could have been financed with the money that the National Democratic Alliance government spent on publicity in the four years it has governed India.

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Rural India Lacks Connectivity, Drinking Water, Reading Ability
BY INDIASPEND

Up to 23 million households (in over 292,000 villages) without electricity; 7% (over 43,000) villages without mobile services; 20% rural habitations without clean drinking water; 25% of 14- to 18-year-olds (nearly 88 million) in rural areas who cannot read basic text in own language. These data reflect those left out of India’s growth story in the country’s rural areas, home to 833 million or 69% of the population, according to various data sets analysed by IndiaSpend.

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