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Compensation for rape victims, or justice?

06/27/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Detail from a poster made by WAD (Women Action for Development), the organisation that Ambra works for - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.

‘Mob justice’ follows rape allegation

03/14/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A rape survivor in the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre - Sven Torfinn | Panos Pictures

Ambra’s support group is helping a young girl who became the victim of ‘mob justice’ after a Manipur policeman’s suicide put her in the firing line.

Meet Bhan Sahu – our new blogger from India

12/22/2011 | Stella Paul

Meet Bhan Sahu our new blogger from Chhattisgarh, India where the government is facing an armed uprising by Maoist guerrillas. Bhan works with people from marginalised communities – mostly women.

Pink Sari gang fights injustice

11/25/2011 | Deepa Jainani

Gang members demonstrate in Banda, Uttar Pradesh - Deepa Jainani | Panos London

Sampat Pal has become an unlikely heroine to tens of thousands of poor women across India as the leader of the Gulabi Gang (“gulabi”, meaning pink in Hindi, refers to the colour of their saris).

Mobile phone links to violence against women

09/26/2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A woman using a mobile phone in her car.

The rise in popularity of mobile phones in Manipur has opened up new avenues of gender discrimination and violence against women.

Suspicions aroused over high suicide rates

05/31/2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A sign inside a morgue in Imphal, Manipur, reads "A corpse is a silent witness that never lies"

Last week women’s groups in Manipur staged protests to demand an investigation into the high number of suicides by women and murders of women. According to crime figures highlighted by the NGO I work for, there were five suicides in the first three months of 2011 alone.

Sex for shelter

12/21/2006 | Shehar Bano Khan

Sexual exploitation of girls is well documented but boys are often overlooked. In Pakistan, child rights workers fear rural poverty is pushing greater numbers of boys into selling their bodies.

Ethiopian women return to fight a new war

10/02/2006 | Sisay Abebe

Belaynesh Adugna was 12 years old when she fled her husband's home to fight with guerillas in the northern province of Tigray. Now she has to adapt to civilian life.

Human dogs

07/14/2005 | Winnie Onyimbo

In Kenya's capital Nairobi, campaigners and police are advertising notorious danger spots on billboards. Will highlighting these 'rape red zones' make women safer or is there more to it? 

Girl soldiers rebuild their lives

12/16/2004 | Panos London

Children have paid a heavy price in the conflict in northern Uganda. For some young women who have now escaped, this means returning home with babies fathered by the rebels.  

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