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Government not planning to replace take-home rations with packaged-nutrients: WCD

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.

Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail

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.

Government child helpline appears in pornographic content, lewd calls received

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.

WCD Ministry's awards for those who made 'Poshan Maah' success

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.

#MomoChallenge: WCD Ministry asks parents to monitor children's online activity

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.

WCD Ministry invites nominations for National Children Awards 2018

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.

WCD invites nominations for Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

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.

WCD launches a toll-free helpline to address nutrition queries

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.

12 sexual harassment cases under probe: Air India tells WCD

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.

Sex abuse: Nine states including UP refused audit of shelter-homes

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.

Govt orders social audit of over 9,000 childcare homes

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.

Muzaffarpur shelter-home: SC bars media from publishing minors' visuals

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.

SC concerned about prison-overcrowding; asks HCs to look into issue

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".

Child sexual abuse survivors may lodge complaint till age 25

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.

India to soon roll out new law against human trafficking

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.

Government to strengthen existing laws to curb offensive online speech

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".

Centre launches 'SHe-box' to address sexual harassment at work

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.

Child marriages in India on rise; 12 million marriages recorded

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.

Healthier Maggi noodles - Nestle India launches iron fortified noodles

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.

MHA says marital rape under 18 years cannot be criminalized

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."

Govt mulling criminalisation of marital rape

19 Apr 2016

Govt mulling criminalisation of marital rape

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the government is mulling criminalising marital rape.

International concept of marital-rape not for India: Maneka Gandhi

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."

Government planning to criminalise marital rape

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).

 Government panel recommends making marital rape an offence

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.