Welcome back to this week’s top stories concerning women. Continuing to fight and raise their voices, countering the huddles, women constantly prove themselves. Four Indian women golfers make the cut in Finland, revision in the MBBS curriculum and others constitute this week’s top news. Let’s brush up on our knowledge about the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Women Military Police in the Indian Army: marching forward to write an empowering chapter
Over 70 years after joining the Indian Army, women officers worked in organisations like the Army Medical Corps and Military Nursing Service. As you read this, the first batch of Women Military Police (WMP) is marching out and setting an example for other women to be inducted into the Army in Ranks and Files. The first batch of WMP was inducted in 2019, with women candidates being selected from across the country to be enrolled in the batch.
2. In Finland, four Indian women golfers make the cut
At the Aland 100 Ladies Open, the Indian quartet of Diksha Dagar, Vani Kapoor, Amandeep Drall, and Tvesa Malik qualified. At T-10, Diksha (72-73) finished in first place for an Indian. Heading into the fourth round, rookies Lisa Pettersson (73-66) and Ana Pelaez Trivino (71-68) are tied for first place with a one-shot advantage. In the second round, Vani (72-76) and Diksha experienced very different outcomes.
3. Government establishing emergency hotlines for women and children
To achieve greater coordination and resource utilisation, the administration is likely to link the women and child hotline with the national emergency number within six months, according to sources. The current nationwide numbers for calling the Women Helpline (WHL) and the Child Helpline are 181 and 1098, respectively (CHL). The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), sometimes known as 112, is a national emergency number in India that automatically locates callers and dispatches emergency services like police, fire, and ambulances.
4. Revision to the MBBS Curriculum: Modification of Virginity test Module
The National Medical Commission (NMC), according to The Indian Express, has changed the MBBS curriculum to “make medical education in compliance with current laws.” This includes the elimination of “lesbianism” and “sodomy” from the list of unnatural sexual offences as well as the condemnation of the two-finger virginity test as “unscientific, inhuman, and discriminatory.” The distinction between sexual fetishes like voyeurism, exhibitionism, or masochism and mental problems resulting from such unusual interests is covered in the modifications made to the six forensic medicine modules and two psychiatry modules taught to undergraduate medical students.
5. Supreme Court says ‘Domestic, unmarried partnerships or Queer relationships make a family’
The Supreme Court noted that “familial connections may take the form of domestic, unmarried partnerships, or LGBT relationships” in an order posted on August 28. ‘Atypical’ expressions of love and families are “as real as their traditional counterparts and equally deserving of legal protection and benefits under social welfare legislation,” a bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and AS. Bopanna noted, according to The Hindu. The aforementioned statement was stated in a ruling that upheld a working woman’s legal entitlement to maternity leave.
6. In case of the death of a child, the central government will provide 60 days of special maternity leave
In the event that a child dies shortly after birth, all female central government employees will be entitled to 60 days of special maternity leave. The directive was given by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
According to the Department of Personnel and Training, the choice to offer a special maternity leave was made with the potential emotional pain brought on by a child’s death in mind. A mother’s life is greatly impacted by stillbirth or the death of a child soon after birth. Only female central government employees with fewer than two living children and only for delivery in an authorised hospital will be eligible for the special maternity leave benefit.