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No Country for Women

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Ireland has come in for global criticism after Savita Halappanavar’s death, but the condition of women in India is surely worse. At the launch of a recent 16-day campaign in Mumbai, called ‘Break the Silence against Violence,’ organised by Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA), women’s activists and doctors gave a measure of how badly we fare in this regard. “About 300 women die in India every day during delivery or from unsafe abortions,” said Dr Duru Shah, a gynaecologist. When it comes to violence against women, the state ignores vulnerable sections like prostitutes. “It is not enough to say we want to end violence for respectable women; it has to be a commitment to end violence against all women,” says Bishakha Datta, co-founder of the NGO Point of View. The fortnight-long campaign will end on 10 December.