Skin Care Tips For Women - All You Need To Know6 minute
Coco Chanel once said, and I quote, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty”
One too many shades of concealer can make your skin look cakey and flawless for a girl’s night out, but only a dedicated skincare routine handing you the right skincare tips for your skin type can prevent the breakouts and open pores that follow the morning after. Like any other goal, you must incorporate a routine to achieve that flawless, no-makeup look and hold yourself accountable to follow through with it - every single step of it.
Quite frankly, your everyday skincare routine doesn’t even have to be too elaborate. While many beauty bloggers swear by the 10/12-step Korean skincare mantra to achieve great looking skin, in reality, all you need to have healthy skin is a habit-forming attitude.
In case you want to get the glass skin look you can follow the video by Kimdao
Small things, but effective things that will add on each day to bring you that spot-free, glowing skin. Don’t be intimidated by what you see on social media. There's a wave of advances in the field of skincare but none of them is useful if you don't get your basics right.
If you’re a beginner who’s new to the world of skin-care and don’t know just where to begin, mazel tov! You’re at the right place. This blog covers all that you need to know about finding your skin type, various products suitable to each skin type and essential products and tips that you’re going to have to incorporate in your routine to achieve your skingoals.
First things first. How to determine your skin type?
Your skin happens to be your body’s largest organ so you'd best be treating it like a regularly-attended-to priority. Before you decide what products to use on your face, you need to know what's most suitable for your skin type. Different skin types have very different (almost contrasting) needs, so without this first step of determining your skin type, you may end up drawing out a routine that’s utterly useless if not detrimental to your skin.
Broadly speaking, your skin type could fall under one of the four categories:
In order to determine your skin type, you can use one of the two methods:
The first way to test your skin type is to wash it thoroughly using a mild cleanser (nothing too harsh because this might disturb your skin’s natural PH levels). Wait for about 30 minutes and start observing your skin. If you notice an oily texture or a mild shine on your forehead, nose and chin - you most likely have normal or combination skin. Besides these regions, if you find that even your cheek region has turned greasy, you probably have oily skin. Wait for another 30 minutes in case none of the two happen. If your face feels parched, especially when you try to move your facial muscles around - then you have dry skin.
The other and quicker way to do this is by using a blotting paper. Rub a piece of blotting paper across your forehead, nose and chin first. If you notice that the blotting paper is soaked with oil, repeat the procedure on your cheeks. If it gives you the same result, you most definitely have oily skin. If the paper has no oil, you have dry skin. And in case of excess oil only in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), you more likely have combination skin.
Once you’ve established your skin type, you can go ahead and select products that are well-suited to your skin. But before we get into the details of what goes inside your shopping cart, here’s a list of basic things to bear in mind for each skin type:
Skin Care Tips For You Depending On Your Skin Type:
Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin
Dry skin is generally a consequence of either aging, hormonal changes, or extreme weather conditions. It can also be caused as a result of certain ingredients in soaps/cosmetics, long hot showers (apologies to have burst your bubble, but someone had to say it) and even some medications.
- Shorter baths, preferably with lukewarm water if not cold. Avoid hot showers.
- Avoid scrubbing while bathing
- Use gentle, mild soaps/cleansers. Nothing too fragrant-y
- Dab on a rich moisturizer right after taking a bath
- Try not to get the temperature too hot while you’re indoors
Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin
Oily skin too can be caused by many factors, the most popular ones being: hormonal imbalances, puberty, stress or excess humidity. Oily skin is as bad as having dry skin as it leads to frequent breakouts, large pores and blackheads.
- Wash your face twice a day. (Not more)
- Again, it is recommended you use a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubbing
- DO NOT pop/touch/squeeze a pimple. This increases the chances of your acne multiplying by spreading
- Use skin care products that have the word “noncomedogenic” in them. In simple terms, these won't clog pores.
Skin Care Tips For Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is easily triggered by external factors, so every product you use has to be tested beforehand on a patch so you know exactly what your triggers are and can avoid them.
If you have sensitive skin and are struggling to find a routine that is right for you, follow Anokhee Oza's advice on how to deal with sensitive skin issues with this easy-to-follow skincare routine.
Before drafting your skincare routine, here are 5 non-negotiable rules you MUST follow no matter what skin type you have if you want to look your best:
- Sleep for 7-9 hours every day (they call it beauty sleep for a reason)
- Use sunblock every time you step out (one that blocks UVA and UVB rays)
- Stay hydrated throughout the day
- Always take your makeup off before going to bed
- Moisturize everyday
Without sticking to these 5 rules, all your efforts and massive bills spent on the best products available would, quite frankly, be in absolute vain.
It is true that you are what you eat. But a more superior truth is that you look like what you eat, too. You’re probably aware either because of being told by a doctor/elderly or by experiencing it yourself, that when you eat a lot of certain food groups such as processed/fried foods, your skin starts to appear lifeless and in some cases also elevates acne.
What to EAT and what to AVOID for healthy-looking skin?
Superfoods for your skin
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil is known to be one of the healthiest fats available and does much to prevent any diseases that are associated with ageing.
- Organic tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that not only heals but leaves your skin glowing.
- Essential fats present in avocados, salmons and nuts help maintain a balance of good oils in your skin.
- Green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidising properties and also helps protect collagen (the main protein in your skin)
- Vitamin C rich foods such as bell peppers and citrus fruits
- Eggs contain biotin, a substance that helps prevent and heal dry skin
- Legumes are known to repair damaged skin due to their high levels of protein
- Leafy greens like spinach, kale and other greens such as broccoli and brussel sprouts and rich in Vitamin K - a vitamin that helps improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation. I guess our mothers had a point when they insisted we ate our greens, didn’t they?
Oatmeal, miso and artichokes (besides being gut-friendly) are rich in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent acne breakouts.Superfoods for healthy and glowing skin
Skin-wrecker foods that you are better off avoiding
- Alcohol causes dehydration that in turn leads to dry, dull-looking skin and in extreme cases, even breakouts or rashes.
- Deep-fried food (although tastes amazing) is an absolute no-no for healthy skin. It induces excess oil and also tows with your skin complexion.
- Dairy products including cheese, butter, milk, chocolate are known to increase oil secretion that lead to breakouts and blackheads.
- Caffeine, much like alcohol, causes dehydration and can lead to dry skin
- Sugary treats like doughnuts, cookies and croissants are high-glycemic foods. In simple terms, they’re responsible for early wrinkles and premature ageing. Remember this when you opt for a second serving of that birthday cake.
- A majority of people are known to have a low-tolerance towards gluten and they aren’t even aware. So if you’re dealing with inflammation issues and have no idea why - it might be a smart decision to cut down on those white breads and pastas.
- Sodas are high in sugar and tend to be bad news for your skin. Try alternating your soda intake with tender coconut or a fruit juice
- Whey Protein (although it happens to be a great source of your daily protein requirement) are proven to raise insulin levels and spike acne.
Establishing a skin-care routine (that’s personal to your skin type)
You’ve found out your skin type. You’re fully aware of the best natural skin-care practices to incorporate in your lifestyle according to your skin type. You know the 5 golden rules, and you know how to eat right. So far, so good. Now you can successfully move on to decide the kind of products that are most suitable to you.
6 key steps of a basic skin-care routine: (along with a list of natural products for skincare that are Indian-made and science-backed)
Step 1: Cleanse
It is important to thoroughly cleanse your face by washing it twice a day before applying anything on to it. You’re constantly in contact with a lot of dirt and pollution and you owe it to your skin to use a cleanser mild enough to maintain your skin's pH level yet effective enough to remove pollutants causing clogged pores, dullness and acne. How to choose the right cleanser and facewash
Step 2: Tone
Toners are used right after cleansing your face and before putting anything on. Although traditionally people preferred to apply toner by saturating a cotton pad and swiping it across their face, beauty experts advise the application of a toner with clean hands. This ensures that you don't lose a lot of product in the process of application.
Note: Although most toners can be used in the morning and at night, those with exfoliating acids should be used only at night.
What do toners do?
Toners happen to be one of the most underrated skincare products out there. Besides removing excess makeup and dirt, they tighten your pores, balance your skin’s pH level and add an extra layer of hydration to your skin.
Different toners serve different purposes, so aim to incorporate one that caters to your needs specifically. While selecting the right toner for your skin, look for either of these ingredients:
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids in case you’re looking for one that helps remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate damaged, dull skin
Rosewater or green tea if you happen to have sensitive skin since both these ingredients help calm any redness or irritation
Vitamin E and C to prevent aging due to dust and pollution
Step 3: Exfoliate (Optional)
Although exfoliating your skin wouldn’t be considered a necessity every single day, (in fact too much exfoliation could prove to reap negative results) it’s good to get rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating your face 1-2 times a week in order to avoid clogged pores and allow your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
You could either choose to exfoliate your face with a scrub or use a liquid chemical exfoliant in case you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. To exfoliate mechanically with a scrub, gently apply some on your face with a finger and rub it in circular motions. Wash this off with cold or lukewarm water in a couple of minutes.
In case of a chemical exfoliant, apply the liquid using a cotton pad or a washcloth but be sure to consult a dermatologist to know which of the two types of exfoliation is best suited for your skin type.
Table with types of exfoliation (based on skin type)
Step 4: Moisturize
The one product that doctors recommend for every skin type and one that all beauticians, celebrities and make-up artists swear by is using a moisturizer. Our skin gradually loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, and it's very important to prevent this loss of water by using a suitable moisturizer that hydrates and softens the skin (amongst other things).
How to pick a suitable moisturizer for your skin
Step 5: Protect (SPF)
With the lives we lead, moisturising alone does little to protect our delicate skin from external damage caused by the sun and other pollutants. Enter the last step of your skincare routine: Application of sunblock. The daily application of sunscreen resolves imperfect textures, fine line and wrinkles and is the secret to young-looking skin.
A few things to bear in mind:
i) Pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
ii) Doctors advocate using a sunscreen that contains a combination of both physical (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) and chemical (such as oxybenzone and octinoxate) blocking components. This will protect your skin against both - UVA and UVB rays and won't leave any visible residue.
iii) Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to sunlight
iv) Re-apply every two hours
Besides these 5 golden steps, if you wish to go that extra mile to see remarkable results for your skin, incorporating essential oils are a great (and natural) way to elevate your skincare game and take it to a whole new level.
Best essential oils for skincare (based on your skin type)
Essential Oils For Normal Skin
Although normal skin does perfectly well with most essential oils without causing any harm, some suggested oils for this blessed lot are:
The numerous benefits of rose water are already known to most Indian women. Just like rose water, rose oil has the potential to nourish, heal and hydrate your skin and also reverse ageing in the process if used regularly.
2. Ylang Ylang Oil
Not a popular name today, but Ylang Ylang helps moisturise and enhance your already healthy-skin making it one of the most suitable essential oils for ones who fall under the normal skin type category.
Essential Oils For Dry skin
1. Argan Oil
Rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants, pure argan oil is a must-have product to incorporate in your daily skincare regime. Not only does this timeless miracle nourish and hydrate your skin, but it also helps you age backwards by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A combination of vitamin E and fatty acids creates a noticeable difference in your skin almost instantly.
2. Chamomile Oil
Another revitalising harvest for dry skin, chamomile oil (diluted with coconut/jasmine) helps hydrate your skin and is especially recommended for those with rather sensitive skin instead of using it as is.
3. Marula Oil
Rich in essential proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, marula oil is most suitable if you’re suffering from dry skin. It feels light on application while simultaneously providing ample moisture to your skin.
Essential Oils For Acne-prone skin
1. Cedarwood Organic Oil
If you’ve been dealing with stubborn acne for a while now, chances are you’ve been advised to stay away from the application of any kind of oil on your face. Applying oil leads to excess secretion of oil and hence increases acne is a myth you’re going to have to toss into the trash today. Cedarwood oil has an acne-fighting formula that can help you get rid of the most stubborn spots.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Fun Fact: Meghan Markle in a magazine interview once claimed that tea-tree oil was her “little cure-all”. The fact that this miraculous antimicrobial formula fights acne, fungus, dandruff and is royally-approved? There’s a beauty hack that has me sold!
3. Neroli Essential Oil
Another antimicrobial and antifungal wand, neroli essential oil is the safest pick when it comes to acne-prone skin. Besides having anti-oxidising properties, it also has a rich fruity scent that will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling great too!
Essential Oils For Oily Skin
Again, contrary to the popular belief, people with oily skin need sufficient moisturization too. Some oils work wonders to fix oily skin problems, leaving them soft yet non-greasy.
1. Grapefruit Oil
Anything that has the word citrus attached to it is most likely going to benefit you if you have oily skin. Besides working wonders to revitalise dull-looking skin, grapefruit oil also helps heal acne.
2. Organic Orange Oil
Known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, sweet orange oil gives your skin a vitamin-C boost making your skin brighten almost instantly. Its light moisture is just about enough to make it perfect for someone with oily skin.
1. BB and CC Creams: What's the Difference?
A BB or “blemish balm” cream is a great multi-tasker in the sense that it acts as a moisturiser, foundation and sometimes even a sunscreen - all in one. So it’s a great alternative if you wish to incorporate the benefits of 3 different products in a single bottle or simply don't want the feel of foundation on your face but still want to look good nonetheless.
CC, on the other hand, stands for “colour correcting” and is a product used to address issues such as redness or uneven skin tone. While BB creams are lightweight in texture, CC creams tend to be more cakey and opaque. Although the two are marketed to be very different products serving dissimilar purposes, they’re both pretty much the same.
2. Is Double Cleansing Necessary?
If you want all that gunk and grime completely off your face after a long day’s work, double cleansing works great. As the name suggests, it involves cleansing of your face twice - once with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. The first one helps take off any makeup, excess oil or dirt from the day and clean your face. The second will cater to your particular skin type and would have ingredients to fight acne, hydrate or exfoliate your skin. (depending on your needs)
3. Does a Cell Phone’s Blue Light Hurt Your Skin?
The long-term exposure to your phone’s blue light can cause skin damage in the form of pigmentation, inflammation or worse - long-term effects like ageing and weakening of the skin.
4. What Is Cleansing Oil?
The whole cleansing oil craze is not unknown to women thanks to social media influencers and all the hype around it. Cleansing oil uses all the “good oils” in your skin to remove the bad ones. The oils present in your skin can be sebum (naturally produced) or ones that come from makeup and other products. After rising if off, the “good oil” takes away the “bad oil” with it. Oil cleansers also contain ample antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients that amplify the appearance of your skin. The good news is, they can be used by all skin types.
5. How to Keep Your Face Clean Before and After Your Gym Workout?
A gymnasium is a pretty gross place to be at if you take into consideration all the minute details such as combined sweat and germs of hundreds of people(barf). This makes it important to take extra care of your delicate skin to ensure that no harm is caused.
1. Do not wear makeup to the gym. Makeup mixes with sweat and creates an unwanted pore-clogging situation that you’re better off avoiding.
2. Make sure your hair is tied up and not in your face. Sweat + hair during a workout will only lead to more bad oil clogging the pores on your skin.
1. Wash your face immediately after your workout to remove any sweat residue/bacteria accumulated during the workout. Preferably carry a cleanser to do so. If not, wash your face thoroughly using cold water.
2. Carry toner pads to wipe off any excess oil or dirt from your skin after washing it.
3. Use a gym towel that doesn’t have many nooks for bacteria to hold on to. New brands have emerged with silver induced towels, specifically for people who workout. These towels possess antimicrobial properties that make it fit for reuse.
6. Does a vegan diet benefit my skin?
Veganism is a diet that promotes abstinence from any animal product such as meat, dairy or eggs. Going vegan may be beneficial for your skin for the simple reason that restriction of dairy means lesser breakouts and consumption of foods high in antioxidants such as vegetables and fruits will make your skin more radiant.
7. What are some skin care tips to calm redness?
First off, discontinue every product you’re currently using. (skincare or makeup). Look for lotions with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Licorice extract, Allantoin, Boswellia serrata, Beta-glucan, Centella Asiatica, Salicylic acid and only use these for a while. Stay away from dairy, alcohol and caffeine completely.
8. Why are fragrance-free products best for everyone?
It is a matter of concern to many people (or should be) that manufacturers of skincare products can hide a lot of synthetic chemicals in the name of “fragrance” under ingredients. Thousands of chemicals are being ingested and absorbed every single day due to these cover-ups and have resulted in the most number of adverse skin reactions.
While many fragrances are made to mask the scent of skincare ingredients that don't smell so pleasant, the negative effect of these chemicals outweigh the advantages of natural ingredients. It is hence the best option to select fragrance-free products that your future self will thank you for.
FOITO- Transforming lives with the right career path3 minute
I recently came across a book called ‘Ikigai’- The Japanese secret of a long and happy life. And the secret to a long and happy life is to find a career which gives you a purpose to wake up to every day.
As a child, whenever I was asked “what do you want to become”? the answers changed every 6 months. So I had a plethora of choices starting from a doctor, to astronaut, a comedian, a robotics expert, and whatnot.
But then little did I realize that what we dream of and what we end up doing can be stark opposites. As we step into higher education we get into peer pressure or family pressure and eventually choose a career which is “Trending in India” and finally fall into a spiral of gloom and despair when we realize halfway through that we do not like our career path.
Owing to the immense competition, we are very still stuck in a maze where it is almost difficult to get to know ourselves. But it is important to note that embarking on a path to the right career without a thorough analysis of your own self is a horrible mistake and, as a consequence, all of us may eventually be left in a state of absolute misery!
Therefore, before planning out our future job opportunities, our main focus would be to better understand ourselves. It means developing our latent talents, finding things that really attract us, searching for experiences that give us an adrenaline rush, recognizing work that doesn't make us feel drained and helps us to reach our highest potential.
This seems quite daunting for us being in a country where only rhetoric learning is given utmost importance and there is less scope for developing skills that match our passion.
Still, wondering how to go about it?
This is where FOITO comes to the rescue.
FOITO was incorporated in November 2018. They have covered a journey of 1.5 years and have already completed more than 30 + training projects and over 80 skills assessments. Having a network of 20 + trainers across India, they have been able to deliver effectively to all their clients
A brief introduction about the founders:
Mr. Shabar Syed (Co-Founder)
Enthusiast, ambitious and imaginative, his diverse professional experience, his passion for teaching and his versatility in strategic analysis help him deliver enriching interaction-based learning sessions.
Manohar Reddy (Co-Founder)
Humble, technically strong, he knows the best way to manage the most complicated situations. His unique actions and imaginative concepts, together with his first-hand experience of working for a leading retail store, helps him add practical scenarios to the workshops.
Swagata Ganguly (Co-Director)
Bcom Hons graduated from Delhi University, now pursuing an MBA at IIM Lucknow, was part of FOITO 's journey as an intern and is now looking to manage the venture forward as a director.
The USPs of FOITO are as follows:
Their Skill Evaluation Module is an emotional intelligence-based skill evaluation that seeks to help people determine their best career choices based on three-point requirements. They also recommend the necessary preparation programs on the basis of the qualifications needed for the career paths thereby obtained.
The best part is whether we are at the beginning of our career or in mid-level jobs they can help us steer in the right direction based on our educational qualifications. Or if we want to venture into entrepreneurship they give all the necessary training by Industry Experts customized according to our needs.
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As the saying goes “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
21 Must-Know Laws for Indian Women6 minute
Women in our nation have reached great heights of success, yet most of them are still not aware of the most common laws for Indian women laid down by our government.This article attempts to help educate about the laws for Indian women.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Women in our nation have reached great heights of success, yet most of them are still not aware of the most common laws for Indian women laid down by our government. Whenever a wrong is done, often we let the matter slide because we don’t want to deal with police and courts. If each one of us knows our rights, instead of being terrified, we could actually fight the wrong. This article attempts to help educate about the laws for Indian women. The term Police itself is so misunderstood by us. POLICE stands for Public Officer for Legal Investigations and Criminal Emergencies.
Ever partied too loud or too late for the police to come and intervene? Or have been in a situation where the traffic police have threatened to take you to the police station? Well, they can’t!
- When women interact with a Police Officer- Women cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise. If arrested, they have to be presented before a Magistrate within 24 hours and should be kept in a prison separate from the male prisoners. The arrest and search of your body can be made only by a female officer.
- If any form of questioning is required with the Police: If the police officer wants to do any investigation or question you further about any complaint you may have filed, he needs to come to your home and do such questioning at your residence. The police officer cannot call you alone to the police station or any other place of his choice.
- When Woman endures sexual harassment or a sexual assault at the workplace: Each one of us has had that sneaky boss of ours eyeing us in a manner that made us uncomfortable. Or in an interview, a sexual favor was demanded in exchange for the job. Whether verbal or non-verbal, such action is not acceptable. All such complaints are to be filed within three months of the occurrence with the Internal Committee at your workplace. If there is no Internal Committee, you can file all such complaints with the Local Committee in the town where you work or reside.
- Women have a right to Equal Pay: There should be equal pay for men and women for the same work done by them in the same position. For example, Two team leads with equal experience, should receive the same salary irrespective of their gender. No gender discrimination can be made even during the hiring process. This has also been guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.
- When a woman works night shifts- There should be proper security measures taken by your employer if your job demands night shifts. This includes your travel to and from work. No woman should be made to work alone in a night shift and has to be necessarily placed in a group.
- Woman’s right to say No and Sexual Assault: When you are touched sexually without consent, or forced or coerced to establish any form of physical relationship, it is sexual assault. If any form of threat is made to you to get the consent, it is not consent. Stalking, eve-teasing, Voyeurism, acid attack, outraging a woman’s modesty, showing pornography etc. are all considered to be sexual assault and sexual violence.
- Woman’s Right to Privacy: The identity of a sexual assault victim is to be kept confidential under all circumstances. Your statement may be recorded by before a Magistrate without being overheard by anyone else. Even in the judgment, the judge refers to you as the ‘victim’. All the Bollywood movies where cross-examination is done in open court, it is only entertainment purposes. The reality is very different.
- Medical Examination in the event of rape and sexual assault: A medical test to establish rape should be conducted within the first 72 hours of the incident. It is to be performed by a female doctor. The test establishes any sexual activity performed on the woman and helps to detect the rapist if any semen sample is found in the victim’s body. Rape is a crime and not a medical condition.
- FIR in case of Sexual Assault: There is no time limit to report rape or sexual assault. A case may be filed in any police station that the victim wants to, in the presence of a female constable. This is known as the Zero FIR. Section 375 and 376 of the IPC deal with rape. In certain cities like Delhi, a woman may report a sexual assault online or through a registered post letter to a senior police officer.
- Woman’s Right to Free Legal Aid: When reporting a sexual assault, if you do not have a lawyer present, you may ask for legal aid and the police officer has to provide you with it.
- Right of Abortion: Abortion is the right of a woman. Hence, no parental or husband’s consent is required to abort. Under normal conditions, until the 20th week, the woman can abort and if there is any risk to the life of a mother, abortion can be done until the 24th week.
- But without the woman’s consent, abortion is illegal and a punishable offense. During pregnancy, under no circumstances can any test be performed to find out the gender of the baby. This is a crime.
- Right against cyber crimes: With the advent of technology, it has become much easier for criminals to hide behind their digital screens and harass women. Cyber Stalking, Identity theft, Online Defamation, Morphing pictures, pornography, etc. are all crime.
- Cybercrime complaints may be filed online at https://www.cybercrime.gov.in/ or in your nearest police station. You may file a complaint anonymously as well.
- Rights of a married woman: The Supreme Court in India has said that every married woman should be treated with dignity and respect. You are entitled to live in the same house as your husband and to be maintained by him. Any act of bigamy on the part of your husband is a punishable offense.
- Woman’s right Against Domestic Violence: If your husband or any other man in your house hits you, you can file a Domestic violence case. This may be filed with or without simultaneously asking for Divorce.
- Right to Property and Streedhan: All the gifts received by you before and after marriage ceremonies or during childbirth, is your personal property and no one can take it away from you, not even your husband. You have an equal right in your father’s property as well. Similarly, you also have a right in your husband’s property after his death.
- Woman’s right to give divorce: Divorce is always a second chance at happiness and everyone deserves to stay happy. If any cruelty is being meted out to you, you can ask for a divorce. Adultery, Bigamy, religious conversion, insanity, missing for over 7years, or non- consummate the marriage, are divorce grounds.
- If your husband has committed rape, bestiality or sodomy; on any other person, it may be a ground for divorce provided you can prove it. Marital rape is considered in India only when the age of the wife is less than 18yrs.
- Note: It may be noted that the marital laws in our nation differ with respect to the caste and faith of a person.
- Right to Maintenance and Alimony: In the event of judicial separation or divorce, a woman is entitled to maintenance from her husband for herself and her children, as long as she does not remarry. The amount depends on your lifestyle under Section 125 of CRPC and decided by a judge. Alimony is a one-time payment of maintenance.
- Right to Child’s custody: Ideally for a child below the age of 5yrs, the mother is the natural guardian and the child should remain in the mother’s custody. A female minor child is usually placed in the mother’s custody always.
- A right to Maternity benefits: Becoming a mother is one of the best feelings in the world and it should not stand in the way of your success and career graph. Every expecting, adopting or surrogate mother has the right to maternity benefits. It may be claimed for up to 26weeks and post this, if the nature of the job permits, you can opt for work from home. During the period of maternity leave, you cannot be fired or demoted. Even if the mother dies during childbirth, your heir is entitled to the payment of any maternity benefit that is due. Even at instances of miscarriage, it is supposed to be paid. Some common queries were answered by the Ministry of Labour & Employment which may also be helpful- Maternity Benefit Laws
- Woman’s right to Live-in relationship: Any sound woman above the age of 18yrs has the right to choose her partner whether to get married or be in a live-in relationship with. Live-in relationships are legally recognized by the law. And children of such couples also have legal rights against the father.
- Right against Dowry: Both giving and receiving dowry, whether in the name of gifts or anything else is strictly prohibited. If you are being tortured by your in-laws in the name of dowry, you may seek divorce and legally imprison your husband and his family.
National Commission For Women
The NCW is a government body in India that aims to voice the rights of women in our country. It has advocated and fought against archaic laws. It strives to ensure the safety of women, both inside and outside their houses.
If anyone of you have any further questions regarding your rights, you may click the link below to seek help for all such matters: http://www.ncw.nic.in/helplines
The website also provides the space to ask your questions online as well. http://ncw.nic.in/
The National Women Helpline number is 181.
My Personal Experience:
Being a lawyer, I have encountered many women who wanted to file for divorce or get an abortion or wanted to file a complaint in general for any atrocity meted out to them. But more often than not, they would not go through with it despite living horrendous lives. Their biggest fears involved only one question- What will the people think? Log kya kahengey! And how would they support themselves and their children after the incident? But all these fears are unnecessary as there are enough laws in our nation to protect the interest of women.
India, the land of Durga, Kali and Saraswati, ironically is famous for being one of the most aggressively dominant patriarchal societies in the world. But since Independence, one step at a time, an attempt is made to bring change. The laws though abundant lacks awareness.
Women have traveled a long way from being uneducated and married at the age of 10yrs to now becoming the CEO’s of some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Battles are being fought day in and day out in against patriarchy but most battles are yet to be won.
Once the rights are identified, it shall become increasingly easy to get these rights implemented. One step at a time and we shall be in an equal state with the men in our society if not superior. This is where feminism begins. This article hopes to be a step in the direction of achieving that.