Deepali Gaur Singh

RH Reality Check, Asia

Deepali Gaur Singh is a Bangalore-based (Karnataka, India) academic and media practitioner. She is the author of the book ‘Drugs Production and Trafficking in Afghanistan,’ published by Pentagon Press which focuses on the economy and politics of Afghanistan, in particular, the effects of the narcotics trade on the security and stability of the region as also globally. She has an M.Phil. and Ph.D. on Tajikistan and Afghanistan from the Central Asian Studies Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Deepali is also a filmmaker and photographer. She has been actively engaged with developmental organisations in rural Karnataka, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Orissa documenting social change and developing an archive of alternative images in different media on issues ranging from early childcare and primary education, health, environment to the informal sector workforce. She has also made a film on the situation of immigrants in Germany where she studied at the University of Hanover while on a DAAD scholarship in July 2000. As a freelancer she has researched and written extensively on Afghanistan and the new Central Asian Republics. Many of her writings have been published in Indian national dailies like, the Deccan Herald and in Kabul Press, an Afghanistan-based news and current affairs website. She is the recipient of the NTS-Asia post doctoral Research fellowship, 2009-2010. She is a member of the Cluster for Excellence, Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg and has been awarded a post doctoral fellowship by the DFG (German Research Foundation) at the cluster between November 2008 to January 2009 and August 2009 to January 2010.


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Kidnapped for Marriage

Deepali Gaur Singh

Though still more young girls than boys are kidnapped for marriage, there are parts of India where kidnappings of boys for marriage occur more frequently than for ransom.

AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India

Deepali Gaur Singh

Stories in a new anthology on HIV in India swing from touching to tortured, poignant to pragmatic, as the writers expose the lives of the real people behind the stereotypes of sex workers, the police, homosexuals, transgenders and most of all, positive persons.

Shifting the Blame onto Victims

Deepali Gaur Singh

Latest reports by India's National Crime Records Bureau found a seven-fold increase in rape cases between 1971 and 2006. But the agencies that should ensure safe environments for women make excuses for perpetrators and resort to moral policing rather than finding ways to make women safer.

The Trade: Guns for Vasectomies

Deepali Gaur Singh

In the Madhya Pradesh state of India, the administration is offering men guns in exchange for vasectomies. But in choosing to meet targets rather than educating communities, the administration is hardening stereotypes of manliness, placing communities in even more vulnerable positions.

No Room for Orthodoxy in HIV Prevention

Deepali Gaur Singh

The HIV epidemic in India needs to be fought by accessible testing, lessening stigma, widespread education, and needle exchange programs, but above all, it needs to be fought by a humane and scientific prevention program coming from the government.

Muslim Leaders Defend Marriage by Choice

Deepali Gaur Singh

In India, women -- viewed as either the husband's or father's property -- cannot make decisions about their own marriages. But a new decision made by Muslim bodies and Islamic scholars says that under Sharia law, a woman cannot be married against her will.

Rural Employment Act Is Mixed for Women

Deepali Gaur Singh

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is one of the most closely watched social initiatives in India. While the scheme has the potential to be effective in the alleviation of unemployment and poverty, it is imperative is to study women's participation in the social auditing of the NREGA.

Reviewing The Year in Indian Women’s Rights

Deepali Gaur Singh

Looking back on the year in Indian women's rights, it's clear that women continue to occupy the role of nurturers and care-providers in every Indian sub-culture, religion or group, robbing them of the ability to nurture and care for themselves. It is time for that to change.

LGBTs in Asia Face Criminalization

Deepali Gaur Singh

Sexuality confronts and challenges cherished notions of culture. And hence sexuality outside marriage is not recognized, sexuality of women is not seen as existing, sexual choices other than of the heterosexual variety are criminalized and transgender people marginalized.

India Lags in Providing Sex Ed

Deepali Gaur Singh

With a opposition to sex education guided by politics of the day and state weighed against the considerable number of lives at risk, it is the politicizing of sex education that is to be seen as "immoral" and not sex education itself.

Reclaiming Religion

Deepali Gaur Singh

The 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights threw open doors to the various forms of religious intimidation used to hold women down by the chains of culture, belief and honor.

Married into Traffic

Deepali Gaur Singh

For the millions of child brides in the Asian continent, marriage is the vehicle that transports girls into a zone of exploitation beyond redemption - precisely because marriage enjoys protection as a societal sanction.

Promoting Yoga as Sex Ed

Deepali Gaur Singh

Yoga can help people living with HIV live healthier lives, but it certainly can't prevent new infections, much as Indian religious leaders may want it to.

The Fight Against Sex Selection

Deepali Gaur Singh

Increased international exposure of sex selective abortions in India is leading the first female president to pledge reform. Will this be any different than laws already on the books, or just more control over women's lives?

Women and AIDS in India

Deepali Gaur Singh

Sex in India is a practise but one that does not enjoy either the space or atmosphere for discussion between the practising partners. As a result many women remain unaware of what HIV/AIDS really means and how they can protect themselves.

India’s Skewed Sex Ratio

Deepali Gaur Singh

The extremely skewed sex ratio in India tells a story of the "girl deficit" caused by banned practices undertaken by people of different religions, social strata and education levels.

“A Country of Housemaids”

Deepali Gaur Singh

The Indian government is addressing human trafficking by requiring training for women seeking employment as domestic workers abroad and banning women under 30 from this work in certain countries.

Marrying the Rapist

Deepali Gaur Singh

Women who are raped in India face societal pressure to marry their violators; proposals of marriage are seen by some as atonement for the crime, even when they are offered just before a guilty verdict.

Child Brides and Their Sexual Health

Deepali Gaur Singh

Akha Teej is an auspicious day for Indian weddings, but is also infamous for the mass child marriages that occur on the same day. Young married girls are particularly vulnerable to HIV and other reproductive health concerns.

Yoga or Sex Ed: What Should Youth Be Taught in School?

Deepali Gaur Singh

Editor's note: Today we welcome Deepali Gaur Singh, writing from India. She has experience in childcare, health, and education; she will be covering reproductive health issues on the continent of Asia.


At a time when even children from rural marginal families in one part of India—the southern state of Karnataka—are engaging in information dissemination on HIV with a specific focus on stigma and discrimination, adult policy-makers in five states of the country have rejected the new syllabus introduced by the national government's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) featuring sex education as a dedicated subject for middle school students. Just as the central government gets credit for taking one of the most proactive steps with regard to both education and children in recent times (by directing all states to include the subject in their curriculum), and with the training of teachers also underway, it's ironic that the resistance to the move has come from just about every quarter possible.

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