News of dowry related deaths in Kerala, Madras High Court’s decision to support to LGBTQIA+ community, and the arise of new Delta Plus variant were some of the main topics of concern this week.
The death of 24 year old Vismaya from Kerala after facing dowry-related abuse from her husband created outrage across India.
CPIM member Dipsita Dhar and law student and columnist Arya were among the women who took to twitter to discuss this.
In another news, the Madras High Court pronounced a historic order, giving guidelines to create a safe environment for LGBTQIA+ people, including a suggestion that action be taken against the problematic ‘conversion therapy’ — an illegal pseudoscience practice that claims to ‘cure’ queer persons.
Shaneel Lal, a queer member and the Co-founder of Conversion Therapy Action Group expressed their joy on this court order.
Cases of the new Delta Plus variant were recently reported in many states including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The new variant has emerged as a new threat in India. Economist Prof Shamika Ravi and Dr Pooja Tripathi gave us an insight into the situation.
While Lakshadweep continues to be a hot topic of discussion, barrister and writer Suchitra Vijayan hosted a panel to look deeper on the issues with the place.
Last week saw IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticizing microblogging site Twitter after he was locked out of his account on the platform for almost an hour over alleged copyright infringement. Journalist Swati Chaturvedi passed a remark on this.
Earlier this week, American singer and song writer Britney Spears had asked a judge to end the court conservatorship that has controlled her life as well as money since 2008. In a statement made via a remote connection, the 39-year-old labelled the conservatorship as "abusive", adding that it did more harm than good to her. Here are some reactions by women from across the world.