Rina Chandran

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6 Dec 2016 | 5:35 PM

Transgender women in India face bias despite laws, says activist

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender women in India face persistent bias that denies them education and jobs despite India having progressive laws for transgender people, according to a leading activist.

30 Nov 2016 | 5:46 PM

After court battle, Indian women enter landmark mosque with song and tears

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of women poured into the inner sanctum of the iconic Haji Ali Dargah mosque in Mumbai on Tuesday after a Supreme Court order granted them equal access, sparking hope for other cases of discrimination against women.

18 Nov 2016 | 8:36 PM

India's move to curb black money a 'disaster' for rural women, activists say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's move to withdraw high-value rupee bills from circulation to crack down on corruption and counterfeit currency has hurt rural women particularly hard, as most of them are outside the banking system, activists said.

7 Nov 2016 | 5:12 PM

India investigates sexual abuse of indigenous girls at boarding school

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Officials in western India have set up a special investigation team to look into allegations of sexual abuse of girls at a boarding school for indigenous children after a 10-year-old was reported to be pregnant.

20 Oct 2016 | 6:42 PM

Dalit man kills himself in western India as protest over land rights widens

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Dalit man has killed himself in western India in a fresh protest over land, as a campaign for land rights for the low-caste community widened across the country.

19 Oct 2016 | 8:44 PM

Indian human rights body demands answer over deaths of hundreds of indigenous schoolchildren

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has accused the western state of Maharashtra of negligence over the "shocking and painful" deaths in the past decade of more than 700 indigenous children in schools run by the authorities.

19 Oct 2016 | 9:17 AM

In southern India, it takes a village to update tattered land records

KONGARAGIDDA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poorly educated and with few resources, Kanasari Veeraswami had no way of proving he was the lawful owner of a small plot of land left to him by his father in the southern Indian state of Telengana.

11 Oct 2016 | 9:04 PM

What's a slum? In India, Dharavi's thriving informal economy defies the label

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malik Abdullah's plastic recycling business in Dharavi, the sprawling slum in Mumbai that is among the largest in Asia, has survived fire, building collapses, and the criminal underworld for decades. Now, it is threatened by development.

10 Oct 2016 | 10:00 AM

Press 1 for child labour: Garment workers use cellphones to report abuses

Textile workers from Bangladesh to Turkey are using cellphones to report child labour, delayed wages and trafficking – a trend rights groups say shows the promise of technology in tackling abuses in the garment industry.

Fighting labour violations: A filepic of an 11-year-old boy working on a car at a vehicle repair garage in Dimapur, in northeastern state of Nagalan, India. Laborlink has reached more than 500,000 workers in 16 countries from China to Colombia, the company says. — AFP
4 Oct 2016 | 7:50 PM

India to see 'big conflicts' over forest land despite law - activist

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indian officials have been slow to implement a landmark law giving rights to forests to indigenous people because they view it as a handicap to development projects spurring expansion in the fast-growing economy, a land rights campaigner said.