In July 2007, Pratibha Patil was elected India's first woman president.
Human Rights organisations from across the state of Uttar Pradesh protest against the alleged mass rape in Shrawasti of 12 Muslim women.
"Only girls with bad character go to college."
The government has informed the Supreme Court that Muslims have a right to establish Shariat panchayats to settle disputes between two people and fatwas issued by these courts are not in conflict with or parallel to the Indian judicial system.
Women have been special targets of communalist ideology and communalist violence.
India's personal laws are based on religious affiliation, granting special rights to the country's Muslims. Nadja-Christina Schneider discusses religious minority rights and secular modernisation on the subcontinent.
The Supreme Court Wednesday put objections from the Gujarat government aside and sought details of 17 incidents of communal violence in 2002 to decide on the question of shifting of these cases for trial outside the state.
A new 'model nikahnama' drafted by Shia clerics may soon give a section of Muslim women in India the right to initiate divorce.
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