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Dowry in India was outlawed decades ago but it still flourishes as a practice, with dire consequences. More than 18 women die every day in India in violence related to demands for dowry. While the complaints in 2021 of dowry harassment rose 25 per cent over the previous year, ironically the conviction rates have been plunging. This is largely due to the inability of women to take the cases to their logical conviction owing to societal pressure to ‘compromise’. Article 14 chronicles the dark practice.

With twenty-one reported deaths this year due to dog bites, Kerala is facing a stray dog menace so serious that the Supreme Court has been forced to intervene. With over two-and-a-half lakh stray dogs in the state, the Kerala High Court had allowed the capturing and culling of the animals in 2015. However, this order was challenged by animal rights activists in the Supreme Court which is slated to deliver its final judgment on the issue next week. The Citizen reports on the man-animal conflict in ‘god’s own country’.

Staying on Kerala, the pandemic led to the closure of Spinning and Weaving Mills under the National Textile Corporation (NTC) in Kannur, around two and half years ago. TrueCopy Think reports on how hundreds of workers rendered jobless, stare at an uncertain future with no sight of the mills opening any time soon.

And, long years ago, in the 1950s, the humble bicycle was the totem for India’s 'Atmanirbhar' push and even became a metaphor for the changing role of Indian women in a modern India, only to lose out. The India Forum argues that the cycle – an “everyday technology” – can still be the future of sustainable mobility if urban planning can fall in step.

For more stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


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Dowry Was Banned 60 Years Ago. But Cases Are Rising, While Grieving Families Find Justice Harder Than Ever

Article 14 looks at the staggering data of dowry cases in India and explains how underreporting and low conviction rates in the cases, constitute a challenge in understanding the depth of the continuing practice that was outlawed six decades ago.

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Rabies Endemic - Disaster Management Act for Street Dog Shelters in Kerala

The longstanding problem of stray dogs in Kerala, with over 2.5 lakh of them, and 21 human fatalities this year, has been a fiercely debated issue in the state. The Citizen points out that the government has been caught between locals who want a swift and drastic solution and animal rights activists who advocate a more compassionate approach.

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വിമാനത്താവളങ്ങള്‍ പോലും വില്‍ക്കുന്നു, പിന്നെയാണോ ഈ നൂല്‍നൂല്‍പ്പ് കേന്ദ്രങ്ങള്‍

Two-and-a-half years after the closure of the operations of the NTC mills in Kerala, as an aftermath of Covid, there is no revival in sight, leaving hundreds of workers in dire straits. This, as TrueCopy Think recounts, is despite numerous protests and entreaties.

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The Journey since 1947-III: Can the Bicycle Come Full Circle in India?

Can the bicycle clamber back to its once preeminent status of a viable personal transport, and a wheel in the quest for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, which even women took to, breaking some taboos and myths in the process? And, can it make a comeback as a sustainable means of public transportation? The India Forum discusses.

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Manipur farmers hit hard as demand for local rice plummets
Manipur’s policy of importing rice for distribution to the public, which began during the pandemic, the Imphal Free Press reports, has resulted in a decrease in takers for the local varieties which is now hurting indigenous farmers badly.
Inflation Has Two Legs Now, Demand And Supply. It Needs Two Prongs For Taming, Monetary And Fiscal
Inflation has been a global scourge in recent times. In India also, taming inflation has been the preoccupation of the government and the central bank. Swarajya points out that there is every indication that inflation is far from being benign, and tackling it will need both supply side disruption and demand revival.
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Main Media reports from Kishanganj in Bihar, on the abysmal condition of one of the arterial roads of the town between Lehra Chowk and West Pali Chowk, which not only is an ordeal to commute but plainly dangerous to human lives and limb.
Grapes in Kashmir: From Abundance to Negligence
For centuries, grape cultivation was the pastime of kings and nobles in the Kashmir Valley; and vineyards populated every nook and corner. Now it has largely gone to seed. Kashmir Observer traces the history of the fruit in the Valley and argues that reviving viticulture has the potential to reinvigorate economic activity, especially in the backward districts.

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