Varalika Mishra

is a Mental Health activist, author and a freelance journalist

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The Split Verdict on Marital Rape

The Delhi High Court's divisional Bench on May 11, 2022 delivered a split verdict in the marital rape case regarding the validity of Exception 2 to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The...

Ishrat Akhter: First international wheelchair basketball player from Kashmir

Delhi: Ishrat Akther from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir is a multi-faceted personality. She is an international wheelchair basketball player, a motivational speaker, Kashmir’s young leader and an achiever’s award-winner. Indeed, six years back, Ishrat's...

Nature enhances mental health

Natural landscapes, such as beaches, water, forests, parks, and mountains, the availability of public open spaces used for public entertainment and sports reduce attention deficit disorders. Green restoration improves preschooler spatial working memory and cognitive...

Understanding the Hijab judgement through different voices

“We must distinguish between the right to wear Hijab and the issue of hijab. My support of girls’ right to wear hijab is NOT an endorsement for the garment. I am personally against all prescriptions for women in...

Two Treasured Children In India’s Capital Bring Hope For Sex Worker Community

Delhi: In the year 2020 and 2021, the Covid wave and lockdown had severely impacted the livelihood of the women of GB Road. Children, women and elderly people had no source of income which left...

Understanding Women’s Day Through Different Voices

“The celebration of Women's Day is indeed important. However, to make it a day only about women, in today’s day & age, defeats the purpose of equity & inclusion that are the cornerstones of empowerment....

Dynamics Of Social Exclusion And Its Impact On Mental Health

“I wear a hijab (headscarf) and I've never felt scared or had a feeling of apprehension while going out thinking I'll lose out on an opportunity because of one piece of cloth. I've given interviews,...

Devastating Impact Of A Pandemic On Indian Females And Their Mental Health

“I lost many patients, babies and mothers due to Covid, mentally, emotionally and physically the pandemic took a toll on me. I was overworked due to a shortage of doctors and had not slept for...

Impact of the pandemic on students and a need for Mental Health intervention

The United Nations estimates that at least 1 billion learners have been affected globally by the closure of schools due to the pandemic. With the pandemic continuing to evolve, the world is likely to face...

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A young IPS officer, who sees opportunity in being posted at Naxal hot-bed

Ranchi: It is no secret that most government employees do not want to work in rural areas, be it babus or officers. Let alone,...

Retelecast of epics during lockdown: Orchestrated nostalgia or soft radicalisation?

Kolkata: Last weekend, shows depicting Hindu mythological epics ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ started airing on Doordarshan and DD Bharati. And in the ensuing week ‘Ramayan’...

After suggesting MLAs, not to take commission, I do not get a chance to speak: BJP’s Jharkhand MLA

Giridih: Member of Legislative assembly (MLA) from Gandey Assembly segment, Jharkhand, Jai Prakash Verma, made a startling revelation about his party colleagues. He said,...

The mind of an extra-ordinary actor

Incidentally, the last film I watched in the theatres before the country went into lockdown, was Irrfan Khan’s last release in India ‘Angrezi Medium’....

A poetry session on tram, that Shah Rukh Khan rode on

Kolkata: Travelling on a slow paced tram, journeying through various parts of the city, does have a vintage appeal. Now, add to that, reading...