Stories: India

  • Meet Our Newest Fellows

    The International Reporting Project is awarding fellowships to report on different topics around the world. The following fellowships were awarded in late 2017 and early 2018.                           Religion Issues We congratulate the following journalists who were awarded fellowships in late 2017 and early 2018 to cover religion issues: Jessica Aguirre is...

  • Runaway Brides

    Perched on her boarding-school bed while taking a break from studying, 16-year-old Dhaup Talniya recounts her plans: First, complete her education. Then become a police officer. That way, she says, she can enforce laws in her tiny village in India’s northwest to stop child marriages and motivate girls to get an education. Despite laws requiring women to be...

  • Witch-Hunting in Eastern India, Activists Fight Back

    Elina Horo sits at her desk, combing through the pages of notes written in Hindi that recount the most recent killings. Horo, who is the coordinator of the Adivasi Women’s Network, is sharing some of the details of the most recent attacks of witch-hunting in this eastern Indian State. There was the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law killed and buried...

  • Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer

    HUTUP, India — The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise. It’s 5 a.m., and the young girls hop on the bus, one by one. They range...

  • The Men Trying to Change the Stigma Around Menstruation in India

    AHMEDABAD, INDIA – As a boy, Tarun Bothra always wondered why his grandmother kept his mother out of the kitchen for a few days each month. He didn’t realize at the time that his mother was on her period, and the family’s strict Hindu beliefs meant she was considered too “unclean” to cook for...

  • ‘She’s like my wife, you know how it is’

    Sushant, 18, was accompanying two girls from his college to a nearby market to shop for make-up supplies when he was stopped and questioned by the Nepal police. “These checks are a complete nuisance,” said the young man. “It’s harassment!” His other young friends laughed and waved as they strolled across the border from Nepal...

  • Women in India Are Turning a Curse Into ‘Positive Action’ With Entrepreneurship

    CHATWAL, India — A group of about half a dozen women are gathered at a lone cement home in a vast expanse of farmland covered in waist-high wheat and mustard seed plants in tribal Eastern India. Sitting on the ground around a wicker basket and large silver bowl, the women expertly roll a dough-like mash into balls. They are...

  • In Rural India, MIT Grads Aim to Improve Access to Sanitary Pads for Women

    DUMANDIH, India — Anita Kumari was scared and apprehensive when, at age 13, she first started her period. Though she'd learned about menstruation at her school in rural eastern India, she didn't fully understand what was happening to her body. But her mother calmed her nerves and gave her a cloth to use to absorb the blood. Like the...

  • School for Underprivileged Girls Teaches Feminist Principles in India

    LUCKNOW, India — Kunti Rawat was around 11 years old when she left her government-run school in northern India and joined a school for underprivileged girls. It's where, she says, she finally learned how to be confident in herself and speak up. Today, the 24 year old has attained her MBA, studied in the U.S., and has returned to India...

  • Vaginal Ring Protects from HIV: Study

    A vaginal ring infused with an antiretroviral drug can reduce HIV risk by a third when used consistently, a study has found out. The findings, drawn from a phase III clinical trial involving 2359 African women, has particularly brought hope for the vulnerable women and girls, who often may not be in a position to refuse unprotected sex. The findings...