It is estimated that in India, a woman dies every two hours because of unsafe abortions. Just 10 per cent of the estimated 70 lakh abortions that happen in India every year are said to be documented; the rest are assumed to take place in shady clinics, often run by quacks. In a landmark ruling in September, the Supreme Court of India allowed a 13-year-old rape victim in Mumbai to terminate her 31-week pregnancy. Yet the same court in July ruled that a 10-year-old raped child, should not be allowed to abort at 28 weeks. On We The People we ask: Why did the families of these children have to go to the court for a private decision? And, is it time for the 46-year-old Indian abortion law to be amended?
The coal scam has claimed ex-coal secretary and two other former bureaucrats. Is this a watershed moment for anti-corruption? Agenda looks at why IAS officers are protesting.
Guests: Shailja Chandra, Former Chief Secretary of Delhi; Sanjay Bhoosreddy, IAS Association, Pranav Sachdeva, Advocate
Anchor- Sunetra Choudhury
The issue of demonetisation has divided political and public opinion. Inside Parliament, there have been stormy scenes, and outside at ATMs and banks, there have been serpentine queues. There are stories of hardship and suffering, but some also say the pain is worth the gain. On We The People, we look at the politics and economics of demonetisation. What is its aim – hit at black money or digitise the economy? Will it net the big fish? Will Modi government’s gamble pay off? We get you the stories of those who are struggling to cope with this move as well as of those who have adapted to the digital economy.