Child Development Ministry
14 Dec 2018
Government not planning to replace take-home rations with packaged-nutrients: WCD
The government is not planning to replace the existing take-home rations and supplementary nutrition to packaged nutrients at anganwadis, the Lok Sabha was told today.
24 Nov 2018
Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail
The new proposed amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) plan to crack down on child pornography.
07 Oct 2018
Government child helpline appears in pornographic content, lewd calls received
A government toll-free number for reporting child sexual assault cases has been suspended temporarily after it appeared in pornographic content search, and calls seeking sexual services were received, a senior NCPCR official said.
29 Sep 2018
WCD Ministry's awards for those who made 'Poshan Maah' success
The Women and Child Development Ministry has decided to award those who helped in the implementation of 'Poshan Abhiyaan' and has asked the States and Union Territories to shortlist work of frontline functionaries who have worked towards making this mission a success.
11 Sep 2018
#MomoChallenge: WCD Ministry asks parents to monitor children's online activity
The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry has issued an advisory on the deadly "Momo Challenge", asking parents to monitor social media activity of their children to ensure that they are not engaging in the dangerous game.
08 Sep 2018
WCD Ministry invites nominations for National Children Awards 2018
The Women and Child Development Ministry has invited nominations for this year's National Children Awards given to children with outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts and culture, social service, and bravery.
07 Sep 2018
WCD invites nominations for Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018
The Women and Child Development Ministry have invited nominations for this year's 'Nari Shakti Puraskar', the highest civilian honor for women in India.
27 Aug 2018
WCD launches a toll-free helpline to address nutrition queries
A toll-free helpline was launched today to address queries associated with nutrition and malnutrition, a major area of concern in the country, a Women and Child Development official said.
24 Aug 2018
12 sexual harassment cases under probe: Air India tells WCD
There are 12 cases of alleged sexual harassment before Air India's various Internal Complaints Committees (ICC), the airline has informed the Women and Child Development Ministry.
09 Aug 2018
Sex abuse: Nine states including UP refused audit of shelter-homes
The nation is shocked by tales of abuse which have emerged from children shelter homes in UP and Bihar. More disturbing is the fact that in both cases, officials reportedly turned a blind eye for long.
08 Aug 2018
Govt orders social audit of over 9,000 childcare homes
Women and Child Development Ministry has ordered a social audit of over 9,000 child care institutions across India in two months, an official said today.
02 Aug 2018
Muzaffarpur shelter-home: SC bars media from publishing minors' visuals
The SC has taken suo motu cognizance of the Muzaffapur shelter home sex abuse case. Among its first directions were instructions to media not to publish visuals of the minor victims, even in blurred or morphed form.
13 May 2018
SC concerned about prison-overcrowding; asks HCs to look into issue
Supreme Court has expressed concern about overcrowding in prisons across the country, in some cases beyond 150% of the capacity, and asked all the High Courts to consider the issue as it involves "violation of human rights".
07 May 2018
Child sexual abuse survivors may lodge complaint till age 25
If a new proposal of Union Women and Child Development Ministry sees the light of the day, child sexual abuse survivors may be able to register a police complaint till the time they turn 25.
28 Dec 2017
India to soon roll out new law against human trafficking
India will soon introduce a new anti-trafficking law, that proposes 10-year jail for violators engaged in "aggravated forms" and life imprisonment for repeat offenders.
20 Aug 2017
Government to strengthen existing laws to curb offensive online speech
In 2015, the Supreme Court quashed Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act, calling it "unconstitutional".
25 Jul 2017
Centre launches 'SHe-box' to address sexual harassment at work
There are 34 lakh central government employees in India, and women constitute 11% of the total force.
03 Jun 2017
Child marriages in India on rise; 12 million marriages recorded
12 million child marriages were recorded in India in 2001-11; 5 million victims were girls and 7 million were boys revealed a report.
31 May 2017
Healthier Maggi noodles - Nestle India launches iron fortified noodles
Nestle India is revamping its Maggi Masala Noodles by cutting the salt content and adding iron to launch a new fortified variant of the ready-to-cook noodles.
30 Aug 2016
MHA says marital rape under 18 years cannot be criminalized
The Home Ministry has stated that marital rape cannot be criminalized for girls under 18 years, citing "social realities."
19 Apr 2016
Govt mulling criminalisation of marital rape
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the government is mulling criminalising marital rape.
11 Mar 2016
International concept of marital-rape not for India: Maneka Gandhi
On being asked if the government intended to criminalise marital rape, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said that "the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be applied in the Indian context."
5 Dec 2015
Government planning to criminalise marital rape
The government is awaiting the Law Commission report in order to introduce a law to make marital rape punishable by revising the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
19 Jul 2015
Government panel recommends making marital rape an offence
In its report to the women and child development (WCD) ministry, the Pam Rajput committee recommended that marital rape be made an offence.