Articles about Ministry of Women and Child Development

Government to rehabilitate children orphaned due to COVID-19

17 May 2021

Government to rehabilitate children orphaned due to COVID-19

The government has laid out a procedure to rehabilitate children who lost their parents to COVID-19.

Bihar: 53 children die in suspected Encephalitis outbreak

12 Jun 2019

Bihar: 53 children die in suspected Encephalitis outbreak

Bihar has been reeling under an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak, which has reportedly claimed the lives of 53 children in the past 10 days.

#WomensDay: WCD, MSDE sign agreement to provide skills-training to women

08 Mar 2019

#WomensDay: WCD, MSDE sign agreement to provide skills-training to women

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) and the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry (MSDE) entered into an agreement to provide skills training and employment to women.

Caught-on-camera: Congress minister fails to read Republic Day speech

26 Jan 2019

Caught-on-camera: Congress minister fails to read Republic Day speech

In a rather embarrassing situation for Congress, Imarti Devi, the state Union and Child Development Minister of Congress, was unable to read the Republic Day speech at a program held at SAF ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

169 sexual-harassment complaints from workplace in private industries: WCD Ministry

13 Jan 2019

169 sexual-harassment complaints from workplace in private industries: WCD Ministry

A total of 169 complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace have been received in private industries since 2017, the Women and Child Development Ministry has said.

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.

Odisha: Shelter home sealed over sexual abuse allegations, two arrested

03 Dec 2018

Odisha: Shelter home sealed over sexual abuse allegations, two arrested

An NGO-run shelter home has been sealed in Odisha's Dhenkanal district and two people, including its managing director, arrested following allegations that the minor inmates were sexually abused there.

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.

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

16 Sep 2018

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi proposed that a child separated from jailed mother must be made to visit her in prison at least thrice weekly, amid incidents of such children getting trafficked.

#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.

Ban junk food on campus: Government orders universities

22 Aug 2018

Ban junk food on campus: Government orders universities

The University Grants Commission has directed all universities and higher education institutions to ban the sale of junk food on their campuses.

Fake WCD website for Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao duping people: Govt

20 Aug 2018

Fake WCD website for Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao duping people: Govt

A fake website with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao logo is duping people posing as a government-backed saving scheme, warned an official with Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry today.

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.

1,991 kids available for adoption in India for 20,000 prospective-parents

05 Aug 2018

1,991 kids available for adoption in India for 20,000 prospective-parents

The number of children available for adoption in the country is 1,991, including 1,322 girls, for about 20,000 prospective parents, an RTI revealed.

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.

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

31 Jul 2018

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi created controversy by calling transgenders "the other ones," she has tweeted an "apology," claiming she didn't know "the official terminology for the transgender community."

WCD Ministry declares September as National Nutrition Month

25 Jul 2018

WCD Ministry declares September as National Nutrition Month

Every year, September would be celebrated as the National Nutrition Month to mark India's fight against malnutrition, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has said.

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

20 Jul 2018

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

An official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has said passports of eight NRI husbands, who abandoned their wives, have been canceled and lookout notices against them issued.

'Hamari Phulwari' scheme yielding positive results: Haryana WCD Minister

08 Jul 2018

'Hamari Phulwari' scheme yielding positive results: Haryana WCD Minister

The "Hamari Phulwari" scheme launched by the Haryana Government, aimed at transforming the Anganwadi centers of the state, is yielding positive results, state minister Kavita Jain has said.

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.

Gender equality, liberation of rural women: Key drivers of growth

15 Mar 2018

Gender equality, liberation of rural women: Key drivers of growth

Addressing 62nd Session of Commission on Status of Women, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development in India Chetan Sanghi said, "Gender equality and emancipation of rural women is recognized as a key driver of inclusive growth and social progress in India."

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.

Maternity Benefits- Centre cuts spending, only firstborns to receive coverage

18 May 2017

Maternity Benefits- Centre cuts spending, only firstborns to receive coverage

In changes introduced to the Maternity Benefits Programme (MBP), the Modi government limited the applicability of the Programme from "first two live births" to "firstborns", almost halving the number of beneficiaries.

AAP Woes: Four Delhi MLAs wish to join Congress

31 Mar 2017

AAP Woes: Four Delhi MLAs wish to join Congress

Adding to the troubles of Aam Aadmi Party, the party's four sitting Members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly have expressed their wish to join the Congress party.

2017 International Women's Day

07 Mar 2017

2017 International Women's Day

The 2017 International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. This year's theme is 'Be Bold for Change'.

New anti-trafficking law up for Cabinet authorization

29 Oct 2016

New anti-trafficking law up for Cabinet authorization

The draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016 has been sent by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to the Cabinet for its approval.

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.