Journalism by Takhelchangbam Ambravati
Compensation for rape victims, or justice?
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.
From ridicule to fulfillment; ‘I have made the journey’
Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.
Controversy as methadone treatment reaches Manipur
Ambra blogs about some controversial topics around treating people with drug dependencies in Manipur. Also, a new initiative looks to diagnose HIV in infants as early as possible.
‘No alternatives’ drive HIV positive woman to sex work
Caring for two children can be difficult in Manipur, especially when you have no means of stable income. Some women turn to the only source of income available to them. Women Action for Development has been supporting Nungshi (not her real name) to start a new life.
‘Mob justice’ follows rape allegation
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.
Democracy “is a farce” in Manipur polls
The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.
Sensitising the community to protect women in Manipur
Takhelchangbam Ambravati talks about her work in Manipur supporting women who live with domestic violence.
The story of an HIV widow
A woman had been married for just five and a half months when her husband died. While going through his possessions after his death, she found documents which showed that her husband had been HIV positive for a long time and was even taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
Conflict Widows’ Forum protest against violence
The level of violence in Manipur – both within and outside the family – is immense. So even though we have a deep conviction that our work will make a difference, our faith is put to the test many times.
Fast intervention and working together saves women’s lives
Recently we have been trying to re-awaken and re-invigorate government departments and bodies, trying to get them involved in ensuring justice for the women who are survivors of violence and discrimination.