India’s top female civil servants are being asked to provide information about their menstrual cycles as part of a new job appraisal process, according to reports today. The All-India Services Performance Appraisal Rules 2007, intended for senior government staff to fill out, contains a three-page health section asking women for a “detailed menstrual history” as well as other personal information, such as when they last took maternity leave.
The form has caused outrage among some women employees. “The questions are too intrusive and have no bearing on our work,” Seema Vyas, joint secretary of the general administration department in Maharashtra state, which includes Mumbai, told the Hindustan Times newspaper. [Guardian]
It is, as everyone says, a bloody outrage. Much more intelligent and productive are these Indian slum children who have decided to launch their own newspaper to provide better facilities for their community. Brilliant.
Another positive piece of news: a group of annoyed middle-class graduates have launched a new political party against corruption called the Bharat Punarnirman Dal (India Reconstruction Party) [via capt bananabrain].
In the three months since its formation, it has attracted 1,500 paying members, and 25,000 nonpaying online members through its website, www.bharatpunarnirman.org. â€œBy the end of this year weâ€™ll have a full-time staff of 50, and within ten years weâ€™ll establish ourselves as a force to be reckoned with,â€ Mr Shukla said.
Not good at all: the first ever report on child abuse in the country finds that unfortunately it is quite common. [via Jai].
In other news I hope Bangladesh beat England today in cricket, though it is unlikely to happen. The Bengalis have played fantastically in this World Cup and deserve to go further.
Although the political situation in the country has gotten worse, with more charges now filed against Sheikh Hasina.
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